Archive for July, 2009

Let’s Go to the Farmer’s Market

July 31, 2009
Adam at ShopStyle

Saturday morning shopping, fresh brewed coffee, a bag of fruit, freshly made tamales. Dress for comfort and style in a chic silk dress by Adam, leather thong sandals by Steve Madden, and a simple necklace by Sonya Renee. Throw all of your purchases in your satchel by Roxy Over the Rainbow.

Beauty: Summer Hair

July 31, 2009

Summer nights make for pretty hair looks. Whether you choose to let it fall loose and free, keep it swept to one side, or let the tendrils flow, choose a look that’s easy to maintain.

Get the Look: Go Green

July 31, 2009

Green looks beautiful on chocolate skin as shown here on Michelle Obama. It is the color of hope, health, and growth. Whether you opt for Kelly green, Forest green, jade, emerald, or lime, green is great for a casual look and won’t make you look dated. Add a bling bangle or two, and you’re all set to take on the town.

Arden B at ShopStyle

Designer Collections: Louis Vuitton & Miu Miu Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

July 30, 2009
Louis Vuitton
Rose Codero

Jourdan Dunn

Georgie Badiel

Miu Miu
Liya Kebede

Jourdan Dunn Sales for Friday, July 31

July 30, 2009 is bringing Nicole Miller and Harajuku Lovers to the web tomorrow. Known for her exquisite dresses and accessories, Nicole Miller lovers will be able to save up to 75% off regular retail prices. If you’re a fan of the Japanese inspired line of handbags, Harajuku Lovers is just for you. Save up to 65% off!

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Event Photos: Express TXT L8TER Denim Campaign Launch Party

July 30, 2009

Ciara & Camila Alves

Gabrielle Union

Express launched their new TXT L8TER Denim Campaign at Nobu last night in Los Angeles. The initiative is a join venture with the Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety initiative. Singer Ciara will be featured is featured in the advertising campaign.

How to Choose a Nail Salon

July 30, 2009

When it comes to being a true Chocolate Fashionista, it’s all about having the total package. Gorgeous hands and feet are no exception. When choosing a nail salon there are a few things to consider such as location, amenities, customer service, and above all, cleanliness. Here’s a few tips to help you tell the rocks from gems:

1. Appearance. Is the salon clean? Do customers appear relaxed or frazzled? Is the floor clean? Are the stations neat and orderly? Does the staff clean their stations after every customer? Are the implements (tool) clean? If not, you might want to keep looking. Fungi runs rampant in nail salons. Be sure before you take a seat that the shop is sanitized.

2. Services. Are the services plain, so-so, or elaborate? Higher end nail salons usually offer better services because their goal is to make customer feel beautiful. Cookie cutter nail salons want to get you in and out, they are all about the dollar. This is what I call the assembly line affect, the more customers they serve, the fatter their pockets. A good manicure should include at minimum a decent hand massage, one that relaxes you completely. Pedicures should be enjoyable as well. If you want more luxury, an upscale salon is likely to offer more incentives such as aromatherapy, massage chairs, body waxing, massage therapy, beverage service etc.

3. Staff. Are the nail technicians and staff licensed? Do they display their licenses within full view of the customer? Any nail salon worth their salt wants to keep customers coming back. A well-trained staff should be friendly, courteous, and eager to help.

4. Location. Location is always important because it usually determines the level of service you get. Nail salons that sit on every corner usually offer little incentive to keep customers coming back other than the fact that they are quick and convenient. You want to feel safe when you’re going to a nail salon and not worrying about what’s going on outside.

Chocolate Fashion Blog’s Nail Salon A-List

The Paint Shop – Beverly Hills
319 S/ 1/2 Robertson Blvd.

Bellacures – Los Angeles
239 N. Robertson Blvd.

Jin Soon – New York
23 Jones Street

421 E. 73rd St.

NSeya Salon & Spa – Atlanta
6090 Roswell Road

Hand & Foot Company – Miami
5792 Sunset Drive

Polished Lounge – San Francisco
470 Third Street

The Rock Spa @ The Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas
4455 Paradise Road – Main Level

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Parties & Events: TAG Signature Series Body Spray Launch Party

July 29, 2009

The TAG Body Spray Launch Party was held at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, July 28th. Check out the Chocolate Fashionistas in attendance.

Singer Teairra Mari & rapper Hazel E

Publicists and T.O. Show co-stars Monique Jackson & Kita Williams

Teairra Mari

Model Eva Pigford

Model/Actress Denyce Lawton

TV personality Claudia Jordan

VJ Lala Vasquez


Bare Necessity

July 29, 2009

Strapless dresses are the way to go for day or night looks as shown by one of our favorite Chocolate Fashionistas, Rihanna in a black and cream strapless dress. Baring your shoulders makes your neck look long and sleek. Accentuate your look with a statement necklace or a pair of chandelier earrings.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle
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Style Profile: Genevieve Jones

July 29, 2009

Just who is Genevieve Jones? Inquiring minds want to know. Well according to the powers that be, Miss Jones is a socialite, it girl and jewelry designer who hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been featured in Vogue magazine on countless occasions and remains on the guest list of the most fabulous parties. We love how Genevieve is unpredictably fashionable and you have to respect her reinvention techniques and lust for the fabulous life.

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