I’ve discovered a new “pet peeve”.

It’s fashion designers who over-price their stuff, not thinking about the customer who loves their stuff, yet, can’t afford it.

designers don’t create with the average consumer in mind. They create with associates and public figures in mind…you know….those people who can AFFORD to purchase a bag for over $1,000.

Christian Louboutin is receiving rave reviews for his new line of bags called ‘Africaba’The bags are created with different African fabrics with an assortment of beautiful bright colors. While we think his bags are dope as hell, we [black folks with regular jobs] can’t help but get agitated at the fact that it costs too damn much to represent The Motherland. Meanwhile, our richer counterparts can probably rock an ‘Africaba’ bag in every design, every day of the week.

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I’d love an ‘Africaba’ bag now, but I’m not going to get my lights turned off for one.

I’m already salty that I have yet to experience a CL shoe. The cheapest shoe is well over 500 bucks! I would like to think that I can treat myself to a pair, but my entrepreneurship has to be on 100 before I can believe that! I’m sure every other CL fan has felt the same way.

Does Christian Louboutin even know that half of his consumer base finds themselves suddenly making life decisions at the shoe store when they see that shoe with the red sole?

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ANYWAY….

I can’t help but get offended for the designers who sells their hand-crafted African bags on Etsy for less than 100 bucks. Check here to check out the different shops. A lot of them are really cute! You’ll come to realize who the REAL financial support should go to.

The bottom line is society thrives off name brands and fashion designers make a killing off of a society that does so! At the same time, the poor gets poorer, trying to “keep up with the Jones”.

The rest of us will window shop until we know we can afford an Africaba bag.

 

 

Angela Bassett is not only one of the most powerful actresses of out time, but Miss Angela is such a trendsetter. It’s so easy to fall in love with her sense of style, as much as her adorable personality and grace. It’s why we follow her on all of her social media! We’re just waiting for her to slay us every time she posts a photo of what she’s wearing. This latest ensemble is “breaking the internet”, and we are HERE FOR IT!

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White Pantsuit is by Veronica Beard

Shoes are by Fendi

Jewelry by Bavna Jewelry

Hair styled by Randy Stodghill, celebrity stylist

Makeup by D’Andre Michael

Styled by celebrity wardrobe stylist, Jennifer Austin!

 

Angela slays from head to toe, thanks to her  amazing glam squad, for press on her upcoming film, ‘London Has Fallen’.

Ty Hunter has been Beyoncé’s stylist for over 15 years, so it’s safe to say he knows how to make you look good in front of a camera. Even phone cameras!

Ty came up with this brilliant idea to design a phone case with built-in lighting. In the age of “selfies” Ty is breaking barriers with beauty-meets-tech innovation and evolving the selfie game by helping us take more flattering photos!

It’s such a great idea for those of us who spends at least three minutes, trying to find the perfect angle where the light captures our beauty better!

Ty-Lite is a protective phone case with a built-in LED frame, so it’s like carrying a pocket-sized vanity mirror. The case has three settings: Cool, for outdoors, Warm, for indoors, and Indoor/Outdoor, which Ty told Glamour that  “gives you that little extra glam.” And you can also control the brightness of each setting, for 100% custom lighting.

 

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The cases are compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6Plus, and GalaxyS6.

Want a case for your phone? Visit Ty-lite.com 

 

Congratulations to Willow Smith as she is the newest celebrity to collab with Stance, as their sock designer. The 15-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinket-Smith and sister of Jaden Smith, looks absolutely stunning in the campaign images, modeling her sock collection which is soon to debut.

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Willow definitely has an eye for design, as her socks are full of beautiful watercolors, stripes, and pastels.

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Willow is such a style rebel, it’s no surprise why Stance is collaborating with her. She joins another style rebel, Rihanna, who was Stance‘s sock designer last year.

“For me, socks can emit energy through you—even if nobody sees them. They have a message on them that radiates through your entire being . . . at least for me they do.” ~Smith tells Vogue.

 

The Smith kids are doing it up in the fashion world! As the new face of Louis Vuitton, Jaden caused quite a stir, modeling women’s fashion in his campaign ad.

Press play and watch Willow’s promo below

Cutie pie actress, singer, and host Keke Palmer has been busy on her promo run for Fox’s Grease Live. The 22-year-old recently spoke at a panel discussion during FOX’s 2016 Winter TCA tour, where she was joined by her Grease Live cast mates, including Julianne Hough, Kether Donahue and Carly Rae Jepson, along with executive producer Marc Platt and director Thomas Kail.

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We couldn’t help but notice Keke’s epic fashion choice for the promotional event!

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She took to Snapchat to express how she REALLY wanted to represent…LOL Keke was cute and comfy in a short black lace Rebecca Minkoff dress and a pair of Vans. I can dig it!

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After the panel discussion, Keke changed into a pair of high-waisted trousers and a lace top with some adorable sandals. This look was for Fox’s All-Star celebration.

Congrats to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s son, actor Jaden Smith on being the new face of Luis Vuitton. However, Jaden being the new face of the fashion giant isn’t as big a news, as the ad campaign that he’s partaking in.

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You gotta admire a young man who steps out the box and expresses his individuality so effortlessly. Dare we say how bold Jaden is to basically break the gender-specifics of fashion?

Keep in mind that this is not the first time we’ve seen Jaden in a skirt.

 

Remember this ensemble?

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How about this?

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Loves…what do you think of Jaden’s apparent unique choice of fashion?

Do you think this ad somehow will send the wrong message and confuse the kids who look up to him or do you think the ad celebrates freedom of expression and individuality?

 

 

I am so excited to see this year’s Soul Train Awards which has already been taped and will air November 29th. From Erykah Badu as host to the much-deserved anticipated tribute for Babyface, I am overwhelmed with excitement. Not only do I look forward to the performances and the artists, but judging from the pics circulating, I have fallen in love with the fashions. These artists have showed off and showed OUT on the red carpet! The photos I’m sharing are those who rocked my favorite gowns, suits, etc.

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Tevin Campbell comes from out of hiding in the perfect chocolate-covered suede jacket!

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Ms. Jill Scott rockin’ Balmain!

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Blogger and media personality XiXi Yang in this beautiful shimmery gown

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Ms. “Lady in Red” Fantasia, killin’! (before her red carpet appearance)

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Janelle Monae in Goth-like Glam! #Loveit

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Host, Erykah Badu serving life in this unique creation!

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Avant looking debonaire

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Wendy Raquel Robinson looking stunning in her white

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Entrepreneur/Reality Star Omarosa looking magnificent

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Chrisette Michele and Fiance looking fab

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Claudia Jordan in this “peekable” beauty

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R&B star Tank, looking fresh to deaf in his blue!

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Regina Hall killin’ in lace and leather!

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Jasmine Sullivan looking voluptuous in her tuxedo- inspired dress

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My personal favorite, actress/singer Demetria McKinney rockin’ in an elegant royal purple gown created by Mariah Harper Designs (Note: The gown also had a hood #Slay)

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Vivian Green looking fab in her pants suit!

 

These past few years, we have seen a lot of creative Halloween costumes. Some were cute, some were sexy, and some were adorable. There were others that were quite offensive and downright disgusting. We at LN couldn’t go THIS Halloween without showing you the most creative costumes that went viral on social media.

 

 

 

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Man dressed as  that long ass CVS receipt, even after buying just one item.

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Ready to Die album cover!

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Parents and their twins as The President & his secret service

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Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner

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This cutie patootie as a bottle of Pepsi. 

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Little boy & girl as The Obamas

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A hot dog place and workers “dressed” as McDowells from Coming to America

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A couple dressed as Meek Mills and Nikki Minaj

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A baby as sushi

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Three lil cuties as TLC

 

A kid as a penny

 

Baby as a Starbucks drink

 

 

Person as a used sanitary napkin

Dudes as “army men” toys

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Couple as a woman giving birth (equipped with doctor & nurses)

 

Contestant on The Price is Right

 

Baby as “Subway sandwich”

Jasmine Sanders and friend as the ladies from B.A.P.S

 

Friends as “weed”

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This is not a costume, but this definitely gets an honorable mention.

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