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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Surviving a loss: A Personal Story About Experiencing Miscarriage

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We were in the car talking about life as per the usual, then I just blurted out why don’t we just start now?!? My husband and I were once again discussing when was the right time to start our family. Initially, we were going to wait a year after our marriage but after doing some research I discovered even with perfect timing our chances of conceiving each month were 20% at best.  To be honest, when I started looking conception, and what I should do to up my chances I was pretty surprised at how much work it ACTUALLY took to plan a pregnancy. Since I was quickly knocking on the door of my 30s I figured time was of the essence. Not to mention, I had been on birth control pretty much my whole life and figured it would take some time for my body to regulate my cycles on its own.

Monday, January 2, 2017

20 Quotes From Famous Black Women to Help Make it Through 2017

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It is safe to say that 2016 brought its fair share of trials and triumphs. But as 2016 comes to close, it is time to shift your perspectives into a new year, new season, and fresh opportunities. Whether your hope for 2017 is to start a new business, move across the country, or quit your 9-5 job, let 2017 be YOUR year. Despite all the highs and lows, 2016 has brought, I am hopeful. Check out these powerful quotes by a few Black women and you too can slay 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Shopping List: 6 Faux Furs You Need For Winter

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For most of us, winter is in full swing and most temperatures are at records lows even in cities known to be warm. Being warm is the priority but looking good while doing that shouldn't be a huge sacrifice. The best way to stay warm and still look like a fashionable fab diva is with an amazing faux fur coat. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

This Kind of Woman vs. That Kind of Woman:5 Silly Battles That Have To Stop

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I love the bonds I have with the women in my life. I grew up with  5 sisters, always had lots of women friends, and have always appreciated the energy of women around me. Subconsciously  I probably decided to stay out of the many battles women are set to have with each other because the rules of patriarchy writes them that way.  

Understanding all women aren't monolith has been very important to me, an ever present idea in my life before I had verbiage for it. Differences in lifestyle,  beauty standards, career choices and even motherhood are perfectly fine. Let's stop thinking one  way a woman decides to live is better than the other. 

We're all amazing, we all add to the world in great ways, and we're always going  to do that, until the end of time. Check out this list of this verses that foolishness, that we should leave behind in 2016!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The 'Genderless Nipples' account challenges Instagram's Nipple Ban

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When it comes to certain posts, Instagram can be very finicky with what they allow. If you post something too risque, then you run the risk of having your post deleted. If you post something inappropriate, then Instagram may take it down. Cleavage and other aspects of breasts are generally fine to post, except nipples. Apparently, Apples App Store (which is home to Instagram), has very strict policies when it comes to inappropriate content. If Instagram were to allow users to free the nipple on their accounts, then they run the risk of being banned from the store.

Stunning Liberian Model Recreates Fashion Campaign to Encourage Diversity

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 Although the modeling industry has come a long way to accepting diversity and inclusion, there is still a good deed of work left to do. But luckily enough, one model is making some great strides. As a Liberian native, breaking into the industry was very challenging for Deddeh Howard.

When she first tried to find an agency, some would tell her they already have a black model. In her series entitled "Black Mirror", Howard, and photographer Raffael Dickreuter, recreated famous campaigns by Gucci, Victoria's Secret, and David Yurman that originally featured other famous supermodels.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Woman at Work: Day in the Life of Ashley West, Founder of "Bloom Undergarments"

Photo Courtesy of Bloom Undergarments
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Think back to when you had your period? Were you nervous? What did you do? Were you prepared to start wearing pads or tampons? For this week's "Woman at Work" feature, we talked to Ashley West, Founder of "Bloom Undergarments." There are so many reasons to love Bloom Undergarments but read out to find out just what they are exactly!

Since 2014, Bloom Undergarments has been on a mission to liberate the traditional period panty. When Ashley West (@girlsrockb) was 16-years-old, she would often wear bikini bottoms or any regular underwear for extra protection during her period. She would practice the same routine for about ten years but eventually, she grew frustrated that there wasn't anything on the market that met her period needs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

French Designer Sophie Theallet Refuses to Dress Melania Trump

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The same designer that dressed FLOTUS, wants nothing to do with the Trump administration 

Throughout her time as First Lady, Michelle Obama has made a lasting impact. Whether it's her fearless desire to "Bring Back Our Girls" or advocate for better nutrition, her efforts have never gone unnoticed. But despite all her amazing efforts, her elegant, stylish and fashion forward style is also quite spectacular.

Michelle Obama's great looks over the last eight years are credited to one French designer: Sophie Theallet. Just this week, she announced that she intends on avoiding any association with Melania Trump, the future FLOTUS. Theallet who has dressed the current First Lady on a variety of occasions, wrote in a letter she posted to Twitter saying that her values are not in tow with Trump and his wife.

Theallet, who identifies herself as an immigrant, went on to say, "As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband's presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by."

Since the world found out who would become the nation's next president, it is left to wonder what impact (if any) Donald Trump will have on the fashion industry. It is also interesting to see whether not brands and designers alike will want to partake in doing business with Trump or follow Theallet's lead and do the right thing. But nonetheless, one thing is for; Theallet is hoping that other designers follow her lead.

Let's hope that other designers follow suit.

What role do you predict Trump's presidency will have (if any) on the fashion industry? Let us know in the comment section below! 

By: Ajea Nicole

Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or
somewhere in a sushi restaurant.

Connect with her!
Twitter: @ajeanicole
Instagram: @ajeanicole

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ms.Vixen Style Crush: Teyana Taylor

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Originally from Harlem, New York, Teyana Taylor first hit the public scenes from her episode of MTV's My Super Sweet Sixteen in 2007. One year later, Taylor would release her debut single "Google Me," tap into her inner actress, collaborate with Adidas, work with Yeezus, become a wife, mom and so much more. But no matter the number of hats Taylor may wear, she has the ability to look fashion forward every step of the way.

Check out her most fashionable looks below and be sure to check out her Instagram:

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What are your favorite Teyana Taylor fashion moments? Lets us know in the comment section below!

By: Ajea Nicole

Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or
somewhere in a sushi restaurant.

Connect with her!
Twitter: @ajeanicole
Instagram: @ajeanicole

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Breakfast Meal Prep For the Not So Morning Person.

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It's the most important meal of the day, but its often over looked. There are many ways to have a great quick breakfast and be on the go. Meal prep isn't just for dinner, and can make breakfast time so much more attainable. 

Check out these four breakfast meal prep ideas below:



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Healthy Meal-Prep Breakfast Recipes

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Know any meal prep breakfast recipes? Let us know in the comment section below!

By Queen 
Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul. 
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