Friday, December 23, 2011

Her Style TV- LIVE Tweet and Greet


Join the ladies of Her Style TV for our very first Tweet and Greet! Essentially the show you have come to know and love will be live and in person, so join us for an evening of networking and fun.   The topic for the evening's show is open relationships, so you do not want to miss this evening of provocative conversation!


What: Her Style Tweet and Greet
When: Tuesday, December 27th 7-10pm
Where: Tailor Made Cafe 6 Poppleton St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Registration for this event is required: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2620849030

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Gift of Presence


by Lisa Brown-Hall
December is in full swing and with the close of the year comes holiday celebrations and the tremendous pressure to come bearing gifts.  This past cyber Monday, retailers saw the highest revenues since this holiday shopping day second only to Black Friday was created.  
During this holiday season, it is important to remember the best gift is one of “presence”.    Why close out the year over-spending, depleting your resources and derailing any budget plans all in the name of purchasing a gift?
Instead of joining in the hype of the gift-buying frenzy, spend some quality time tapping into your gifts and talents in order to bring a smile to your loved ones face.

Her Style Gift of Presence Guide
Hostess gift-if you find yourself faced with attending a holiday party and in need of the perfect hostess gift, why not make cookies or homemade fudge?  Visit the dollar store and find a holiday-themed tin, buy some tissue paper and use your culinary skills to whip up a gift that’s sure to bring a smile to your hostesses face.  Check online for great recipes and the effort you took will be greatly appreciated.

Homemade Hallmark- to this day, with all of the gifts from Tiffany, Nordstrom and other major retailers I’ve received from my husband, one of my  favorite gifts from him is a Valentine’s day card he made when we were young, broke and newly in  love.  Whenever I happen to come upon it, that card still brings a smile to my face. Visit your local crafts store and use your rhyming skills to come up with verses that are personal to your loved one with so much more impact than anything Hallmark makes.

You Say Hello- Beyond a shadow of a doubt we have become a society hooked on texting, Facebook status updates and tweets; we are more “social” in media and cyber-space and have lost the art of face to face conversation.  Put the phone down, log off the computer, grab a bottle of wine (or several!) and get your girlfriends together for some quality time in person. Trust me, the conversations will be rich and you will realize just how much you miss the connection that drew you together in the first place.

Visit and older loved one- we always assume that someone else is taking care of Auntie or our favorite uncle; why not pop in on them with a plate (either prepared or store bought) a DVD and spend some time with them- Not only will they appreciate the gesture, the wisdom imparted and laughs you are bound to have will be priceless.

Do you have a low-cost way of celebrating your friends and family during the holidays?  Then we want to hear from you.

Happy Holidays!



Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Loss Art of Self-Seduction


by Lisa Brown-Hall
I am a big fan of women knowing how to please themselves.  In fact, how can you expect anyone else to know how to please you if you have not had an opportunity to make your eyes roll in the back of your head at your own hands?  Self-seduction has been frowned upon largely because society has incorrectly taught us that touching or pleasing ourselves is wrong, therefore making the topic virtually taboo.  
There is power in self seduction, the art of knowing and appreciating your body.     Between social media and our constant need to be “on” the ability to truly unwind has become a bit of a loss art.
I asked a cross-section of dynamic women ranging in ages from 28-59 to define self-seduction and here’s what they came up with.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Aaliyah said : “The art of self-seduction is not to omit the presence of another , but in all honesty, you know you best.  The way you love to smell, feel, and taste and hear embodies self-seduction. My guilty self-seduction is a bath with bath bombs, candles, IPod on shuffle, jet stream tub and let’s just say Tweet’s song  oops there goes my… summarizes it best.”

Carla focused on the pleasure principal : “ self-seduction means pleasuring oneself sexually, me myself and I.”

Shayla  views self-seduction as an opportunity to date yourself “ Do things that appeal to your senses,  your favorite glass of wine, the feel of some sexy lingerie  and a little mood music.  It could be foreplay before the real thing or it could lead to a date with your B.O.B.” ( Battery operated boyfriend).

Marsha  ties her definition of self-seduction to self- worth.  “ For me it’s about taking those things to or for yourself that heighten your self-worth and self-esteem. Things that make you feel beautiful from within.”

Although learning how to please yourself via orgasm or physical release is  a huge part of self-seduction, it is not the only key to this loss art. Understanding what brings you a sense of wholeness, relaxation, restoration  and renewal are the true goal.

Here some key ways to  assist with your self-seduction as well as get your  3 R’s- relaxation, renewal, restoration:
Let’s call him B.O.B. ( battery operated boyfriend) 

 If a pleasure filled release is what you seek, the fastest way to reach your pinnacle is by purchasing a vibrator.  I recognize this is a huge leap for some, but vibrators can be a liberating way to thoroughly please yourself. If you really want to go the extra mile, Kandi Burruss of Atlanta Housewives fame has developed a line of vibrators that can be plugged into your IPod and will stimulate to the beat of your favorite music.

Music
Music in general  can soothe the soul and provide an instant state of relaxation. Create a play list of music that heightens your senses and places you fully in the moment for the ultimate seduction.

Candlelight and you
Candles offer the  ultimate sensual experience. The dim light combined with a fragrance can be an immediate mood enhancer, even when you are alone.  Do not underestimate the power of a hot bath, combined with a candle in your favorite fragrance as an ultimate player in your self-seduction.

Unfortunately for many, self-seduction is more of a theoretical philosophy versus something that is actually  practiced. Change the course of the perception of this very healthy way to keep your balance, find pleasure and stimulate your senses.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Suffering in Silence- Depression

by Lisa Brown-Hall
"Sick and tired of being sick and tired" is a universal lamentation of women everywhere. We often don our capes and will gladly take on the role of superwoman but at what cost to our own personal well- being? Weariness is likely a part of our DNA as we readily play the role of mother, wife, sister, lover setting our needs aside to our great personal detriment.

Depression is sometimes difficult to recognize in women because we often have so much on our plates that we rarely take a critical look at our symptoms in order to recognize just how deep the cracks beneath our well-hidden, silent crisis run.

What causes depression?

Depression is a complex disease and can be caused by a number of factors. The loss of a loved one, medications, or even certain illnesses can play a role in the manifestation of the disease.  The important thing is to "be still" long enough to recognize a problem may be emerging.


Recognize the signs of depression 

I had a friend who practically prayed that a recent visit to the doctor would not only result in the need for surgery, but a long recovery period. She saw nothing wrong with this as she was so tired from her daily routine she viewed surgery, followed by mandatory bed rest as an escape.  Though it is normal to “feel a little blue” when you are facing health problems the need to escape from daily life could very well be the sign of something deeper.  When I suggested to this friend she may actually be depressed, she fervently denied it and said she simply needed a vacation.  My question to her was why not take one then?

Besides needing an escape from daily life, other signs of depression include:
  • Weight gain, or increased appetite
  • Weight loss or decreased appetite  
  • Fatigue or very little desire to engage in activities that once gave you pleasure
  • A sense of worthlessness
  • Withdrawing from friends and family

Seek help

Admitting that you have a problem is crucial to healing when you are suffering in silence. For many women, this bridge is the most difficult to cross because we see the need to ask for help as an admission of failure or a sign of weakness. This is particularly true of African-American women as the myth of the superwoman is so pervasive in our culture we have sadly begun to believe our own hype. Compound this super woman myth with our tendency to only seek spiritual help and many of us are left suffering from clinical depression that could clearly benefit from the right dose of medication. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer, but prayer combined with the medicine to treat your illness is what will lead to a greater since of well-being.

There is great power in being self aware and recognizing your need for help. Here are some additional resources to help you get back on a path to wholeness.



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kate Spade Contest: WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Thanks to all who participated in the first Her Style Contest. We are happy to announce that Portia is the lucky winner of the delectable Kate Spade Twirl fragrance.  We will be in contact with you in order to provide you with details for claiming your prize.

Congrats from the Her Style Team!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Think Pink! Shop for the cause


The month of October is in full swing and unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have noticed the considerable amount of pink that is so prevalent during the month.   Well, whether or not you have been tickled pink, there are a number of ways you can show your support for an increase in breast cancer awareness and research this month .

Here are a few statistics about the disease:
  • Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer among women (skin cancer is the only other form of cancer that is equally as prevalent)
  • There is almost a 100% 5 year survival rate for women who are diagnosed in the very early stages
  • Self examination is an important factor in prevention.  NOTE: it is key to know what is “normal” for you. Many women have lumpy breasts as the result of hormonal changes; also women with smaller breasts or who are thin may have more lumps so it is important to know what is normal versus what may be cause for concern
  • The general rule of thumb is that most women should have their first mammogram at the age of 40.  The exception to this is women who have had a family history may want to consider having one a bit earlier
For more information visit: http://www.cancer.org/


Here are some items the ladies of Her Style TV love as a way of showing support for an increased  awareness about Breast Cancer:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Win a bottle of Kate Spade Twirl from Her Style


Kate Spade’s latest fragrance Twirl was created to evoke a sense of “Joie de Vivre”.  The bottle resembles a disco-ball filled with champagne and the notes include orange blossom, magnolia and jasmine with a dose of French macaroon that emerges once the fragrance dries.
The Her Style team would like to offer you the chance to win a bottle of this delectable new fragrance!
Simply comment on this post anytime between today 10/12 and Friday 10/22 and you will be entered for a chance to win.
How simple is that?

Friday, September 23, 2011

NY Fashion Week SS2012- Mataano Collection

by Lisa Brown-Hall
Though many are just pulling together pieces to create fall looks, fashion insiders have just returned from NY Fashion week where the runways were filled with what you will likely be wearing during the spring season.

The trends for Spring/Summer 2012 offer a nod to more feminine hemlines, including lady-like sheath dresses fuller skirts, maxi dresses and much to my delight vibrant bursts of color.
                    
The Mataano twins- Ayaan and Idyl are US born designers who were raised in Somalia presented  an amazing collection for spring.  The collection ranged from short rompers, to 50’s influenced full skirts, to body-conscious maxi dresses.  Fully wearable, the Mataano sisters developed a line that will strike a fashionable chord with most fashionistas come spring.

For more details and to shop their current collection click here

photo credit:Sherrie Wood @Glamcollective

Monday, September 19, 2011

Her Style TV Hits The Airwaves- September 20th at 8pm!


The dynamic trio behind Her Style TV are taking their talents to the airwaves with their premiere internet radio show! Beginning on September 20th, 8pm  you can tune into http://tobtr.com/s/2323041 internet radio where the ladies will tackle the biggest fashion blunders from this past summer. Tune in to hear Quinn Conyers, Candice Denise and Kanika Feaster as they discuss “Excuse Me Miss...Fashion Hot or Fashion Not!" The good, bad and ugly of fashion disasters and fashion successes for the summer of 2011!

You do not want to miss out on this unique opportunity to get better acquainted with the ladies of Her Style, so log in and remember to join in the discussion.

Her Style wants to hear from YOU!
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Meet Kanika- Television Personality, Actress, Urban Pop Star

by Lisa Brown-Hall

The current pop divas better get ready because Kanika Fester is about to take the music world by storm.  In addition to her long list of accomplishments including: radio host, acting roles in HBO’s The Wire and Zane’s Sock it to Me, Feaster is poised to capture your ear and your hearts with her new single called Runway Girl. An undeniable beauty, Kanika has also modeled and is now using her talents by teaching the craft to young girls at Barbizon.

Not only is she one-third of the dynamic co-hosts of Her Style TV, Kanika has a long career in media and entertainment after gaining an audience by interviewing local politicians for Bmore news, she took her talents to first radio, then TV as she is currently host of “The Talk Lounge” which has been airing on Comcast for the past two years, to over 1 million viewers in MD, DC, ATL, and VA  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Have you met Ihsan Bilal?

by Lisa Brown-Hall
Every once in awhile an artist comes along who’s voice and sound is so unique you are forced to stand up and take notice- Ihsan Bilal firmly fits the bill.  A native of Moreno Valley, CA, the eccentric beauty who began singing at the tender of age of 6 honed her talents after being accepted to the illustrious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC.  The talented Bilal recently released her highly anticipated new album Big Red Box and of course the Her Style team was on hand for her release party.

If you are in the DC area, Ihsan will be performing at The Apple Store in Georgetown:
When: Friday, August 19th, 8pm-8:45pm
Address:
1229 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 572-1460

You can also catch a sneak of her debut single here:
Here are some pics from Ihsan's CD release

Ihsan's arrival

The crowd TRULY enjoyed the music




Event attendees were treated to copies of Monarch Magazine


How stylish are his glasses?




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meet Quinn Media Mogul, Entrepreneur, Fashionista


by Lisa Brown-Hall
If you spend just a few minutes on the phone with Quinn Conyers you will immediately be struck by her larger than life personality and enthusiasm.   Her voice alone draws you in and the first thing you come away with is the realization that THIS is what passion sounds like.  A fellow Howard University alum, with a degree in Communications this young entrepreneur is destined for greatness. As a lead co-host of The Spin, Conyers has also done stints on Fox 5 in Washington DC and has been featured in Essence Magazine and Black Enterprise.
In addition to taking the media world by storm, Conyers is the ultimate fashionista as she also has a range of purses the Conyers Collection. You can experience her unique collection of funky-one of a kind handbags online at www.thepursepaparazzi.com or during her Purse Party on August 20th at 2pm Baltimore Maryland at the Topaz Boutique located at 1611 Eastern Ave.
 We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Meet Candice Denise- Eclectic Performer with a Keen Eye for Event Management

by Lisa Brown-Hall

The ladies of Her Style TV want to get to know you, so in an effort to give you an intimate glimpse into the driving force behind the brand we will dedicate several posts to each of the women who help make Her Style your destination of choice!
Meet Candice- Candice Owens is President and co-owner of Haute Minded Events (HME), a social/socially corporate event planning firm specializing in cosmopolitan sophistication of non-wedding related events. Their motto "From Hopeless Mediocrity, to an Historic Moment..." offers some insight into the passion and keen eye for details she brings to every event.
 In addition to being a dynamic event planner Candice is the consummate performer having graced the stage in many theatrical productions. She commands attention when she walks into the room, and in spite of her commanding presence she’s a sweetheart! 
Her hobbies include karaoke (who knew?!) spa days and spending quality time with family and friends.
Her favorite quote: -"Even if they turn the lights off, the show must go on!" -Lupe Fiasco

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Welcome to Her Style TV a destination for women, by women and about women!

The brain child of Quinn Conyers, Candice Denise and Kanika Feaster these dynamic women have joined forces to create Her Style TV.  “Her Style” is the premier online television network for young, diverse and professional women. The network focuses on Business, Beauty, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The ladies behind this awesome site aim to bring you “The View” meets “Essence” with a unique voice that hopefully speaks to you. In addition to the Spin (television show) check our blog for weekly updates from Lisa Brown-Hall, Editor In Chief of www.ghettofashionista.com  we will cover everything from beauty, to style to sexuality and we hope you engage in the conversation with us!  This is our living room, have a seat, a warm cup of tea or chilled glass of wine and enjoy the experience.