Fashion Inspiration: 4 Cool Blogs To Follow In 2012

Channing In The City

I came across this fashion forward blog while surfing the net this past week. As a sucker for fashion I was impressed with the cool finds and tips that this young lady has to offer. Her story goes like this:

 ” When I came out of Penn State in 2009, I thought I would be anchoring the 6 o’clock news. With my broadcast journalism degree in hand, and not a job opportunity in sight, I turned my focus from hard news to fashion news. Fast-forward, now, almost three years later and I am now a full-fledged style/beauty journalist blogging and vlogging my way to New York City. “

This sounds all too familiar to me, as I too was in the same place with the same degree a couple of years ago… I’m definitely up for seeing whats to come. Check her out! http://www.channinginthecity.com/

AngelaandVanessa.com

Just when we thought the Simmons sisters had their plates full, Angela and Vanessa Simmons hit us with an amazing  fashion blog. The sisters hook up for the second time around to give readers a look inside their fashion fantasies, daily activities, and offer a social networking community of others who love to indulge in individuality and all things fashion. Check it out. http://www.angelaandvanessa.com

 The Fashion Bomb Blog

Paris and New York based journalist, Claire Sulmers gives the scoop on urban fashion in this highly rated fashion daily dose blog. From celebrity trends, to the everyday joe and jane, fashion is all about individuality… And here’s where you can find it: http://www.fashionbombdaily.com

RochelleYanique.com

 

In case you haven’t checked out this site yet, Rochelle Yanique is all about cost-effective tips for maintaining your mane. Earlier this year, I wrote about the founder of RochelleYanique.com, Rochelle Boreland and her inspiring journey to becoming an entrepreneur. Since then she’s been keeping the those tips coming. Check out what she has to offer at:  http://www.rochelleyanique.com

I would love to feature more cool blogs on the site. Drop a line and let me know what some of your favorite fashion inspired blogs are.

Love,

@BCSTARKS

Brittnay’s Corner: Holiday Hopes for All

I started this blog  about 9 months ago with the intention of inspiring as many people as possible to follow their dreams and be encouraged. As my readers know, since I have stated so in many of my posts, I often share  the things that inspire me because like others, I can often use the same encouragement.

This year I’ve undergone so much growth and improvement, as I am sure you have also. And much like you, I still have more room to grow. For example, although I have become a lot less fearful of taking chances, I still have fears about what the future holds for me. Yes, I am optimistic and hopeful, but I’m honest about the fact that sometimes I wish I could control more than what I am able to (control freak much?!… Don’t judge me. Lol)

Seriously, this time of year always gives me that “you have got to get it together” feeling… and I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing. But what I am sure about is that I now know how important it is to trust and respect life’s processes, because no matter how much we may plan and hope and wish and pray for something other than what is with us in the present moment,  life will have its way with us and make sure that we learn the lessons that we are meant to learn in this lifetime.

My holiday hopes for myself and everyone who is reading this is that, while moving forward in our journeys, we will be open to trusting life a little bit more, believing  in ourselves a little bit more, letting our light shine a little bit more, and have the determination to not let anyone or anything steer us off course from our goals and dreams.

With that being said, Happy Holidays to all!

 

Love,

@BCSTARKS

P.S.-  Check out what one of my favorite up and coming hair companies, B Long LLC wishes for everyone this holiday season. BTW, this is the dream that I have worked towards all this time that has required much inspiration on my part. It’s all coming together slowly but surely.  😉

Life Class Lesson 11: Are You Living A Financial Lie, Or Know Someone Who Is?

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The intentions of this post is to perhaps awaken someone who is dealing with similar issues and want to turn it around, and/or help educate others of the pitfalls of debt that can be avoided. Afterall, when you know better, you CAN do better.

What started as a normal Sunday morning with the fam turned out to be quite lesson filled.

It all began with a wonderful early morning church sermon which taught that the greatest way to give to others is to share with them your own “story.” This lesson resonated with me because I am a firm believer in the power of sharing life lessons. I believe that we all can learn a thing or more from our own experiences, as well as other’s. This of course, is all the more reason to share our own story with those who may benefit from hearing it.

Later in the day, while watching television, my family and I encountered an episode of Oprah’s Life Class in which the topic was “Are You Living A Financial Lie?” During this episode, people discussed their stories of their relationship with money. The stories varied enough that many of us could either personally or indirectly relate to them. In fact, as a bi-product of higher education, I can either relate to or empathize with those who have responsibly or irresponsibly taken advantage of those spooky things that we all know as student loans.

The lesson is that we often create chaos in our own lives when we attempt to fill voids with things outside of ourselves, (such as material things, money, relationships, sex, etc…).

When it comes to debt, however, Americans know first hand how to create it, but rarely ever deals with the “why” because we often don’t know how and where to begin. But the answers can be found within the individual stories of every single one of us who live in this country.

Below are stories of individuals who have dug themselves into financial ditches, but through sharing their story with others, and being honest with themselves, they have since been able to change it all around.  Its never too late to set things straight, but you can only change when you 1) acknowledge that there is a problem, 2) decide to do something about it, and 3) take action towards doing it.

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Featured Dream Chaser: Super Producer in the Making Yung Ladd Makes Music and Dreams Come True

Most recently, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and interacting with a young man by the name of Brian Pickens, but you may know him as Yung Ladd. If that doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you’ve heard some of the hottest songs that this Grammy nominated and 2x platinum producer has put out for big name artists such as Lil Wayne (“I’m Good” – Tha Carter VI), Fat Joe featuring  Chris Brown (“Another Round”), Drake, Usher and many more.

Knowing him has been quite the inspiration since he’s managed to work himself into milestone success in an industry that is extremely competitive and not for the faint of heart. From the day that I met him, I’ve been intrigued by his resilience, ambition, authenticity, kindness, and the pure passion that he expresses for what he does.

Ladd is not the typical 20-year-old, and that’s what’s most admirable about him. He’s managed to turn his life into something that he can be proud of, despite earlier obstacles in his life.

I was inspired to write this post because when I see Ladd, I see myself and so many other people who have the audacity to embark on a journey of making their dreams come true. For what Ladd represents, my prayer is that those who have dreams never give up on them. I’m most certain that he would agree that anything can be accomplished with hard work, persistence, and what he recently revealed to me as his top priority, building strong relationships.

Check out his bio below.

There’s so much more we can expect from this hard-working Dream Maker, but until then, follow him on Twitter to stay in the loop.

Yung Ladd Bio

Brian ‘Yung Ladd’ Pickens is quickly taking the hip-hop world by storm. Having produced tracks for the likes of Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Don Trip, and Chris Brown, this 20-year-old Milwaukee,Wisconsin native is holding his own. But like most dream chasers, his journey did not come without obstacles.

Back in 2007, Ladd experienced serious health complications, which led to an encouraging meeting with his idols, Miami super producers Cool & Dre, on behalf of his mother and The Make A Wish Foundation. From that introduction, he formed a mentorship with the producers while on the road to recovery, and became inspired to follow his passion for music.

“I just wanted to be a part of anything dealing with music.” – Yung Ladd

A newcomer to the game, Ladd got his official start in music after enrolling in Florida Institute of Recording, Sound and Technology in Orlando,Florida. He inked a deal with Cool & Dre’s imprint Epidemic Music after graduating in 2010, and got to work on producing tracks for various artists.His most recent work includes one of the most controversial songs off Lil Wayne’s Grammy nominated album Tha Carter VI titled “It’s Good,” as well as Fat Joe’s “Another Round” featuring Chris Brown. The world can expect to hear more from Yung Ladd as he is currently producing music for Usher, Bird Man, Roscoe Dash, Lil Twist, The Game, and more.

Kanye West Takes You Backstage at ‘Watch The Throne’ Tour (from ThisIs50.com)

I came across this awesome video on ThisIs50.com, rapper 50 Cent’s online blogging community. As an attendee of the Watch the Throne concert at the AAA (Where the Miami Heat play) in Miami, I can’t even begin to explain the level of high energy throughout the entire show. It was like the best party that anyone could ever go to… THE ENTIRE SHOW!

In this video Kanye talks about the vision that he has always had for himself in terms of music, and the responsibility that he now bears as a result of his success. I love that he recognizes that celebrity is just a stage to use one’s talents and gifts as a platform to better mankind in some way because of one’s very presence… Yes, even if it is just to inspire them to pursue their dreams.

Check out the video below.