Ursula Stephen, Essence TV

Having coiffed the style that People magazine once described as the “most coveted style of the year”  also known as “The Rihanna,” celebrity hair stylist Ursula Stephen is in high demand.  In addition to styling Rihanna and models for national beauty campaigns, her other celebrity clients include singers Keyshia Cole and Michelle Williams.  I had a chance to speak with Stephen at the Essence Music Festival to discuss what’s hot in hair care and how you can create your own signature style. … (Read More)

Snow Hound!

This is one of the most difficult post for me to write.  My buddy, my friend, my puppy is gone.  Ethan passed away last Friday.  The last few weeks have been incredibly difficult.  The years seemed to catch up with my once vibrant, healthy, playful friend all at once.  I have been incredibly sad.  What makes me smile is remembering the twelve years of good memories.  Taking him on long walks, car rides, watching him give the UPS man the business, his canine curiosity, and his seemingly insatiable desire to stop and smell the flowers. Hydrangeas, daffodils, roses-it didn’t matter.  If there were flowers, we had to stop so that he could sniff each one.  He protected our home, was always good company, and a loyal friend  that I will never forget.  So today I remember the love, laughs and life of Ethan (2000-2012).

Rest Stop

A New Foundation!

Laura Mercier's Creme Smooth Foundation

So a month after returning from my Costa Rica getaway and I still have a lingering tan.  Which means I needed to get my summer foundation in order fast. Fortunately, I had been experimenting with some brands I’d never tried before and I was pleasantly surprised by the range of foundation hues and texture.  So if you’ve been looking for a new foundation and are considering a prestige brand, here’s a few you should consider.  Tried and tested, Rainy Day Diva approved!

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Weekend Beauty Itinerary

Miss Jessie's Rapid Recovery Treatment

What do a bright, eye-catching mani/pedi, a luxe conditioner, and a rice exfoliating cream have in common? They were all a part of my beautiful weekend. Sometimes just a few fun, refreshing treatments can be just as invigorating as a day at the spa.  Since I had started out my weekend in major pain and an emergency visit to a lash therapist (I’ll explain in another post), I felt the need to indulge in a few beauty treatments as part of my recovery. … (Read More)

Fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley, has collaborated with Band-Aid to create limited edition Band-Aids.  The Dress-Up Band-Aids ($5), are assorted in size and design.   … (Read More)

On The Go in Kenya!

Kelly Rowland for Vegas Magazine

Have you heard the latest? The in-crowd is out! I’m talking three strikes. If you’ve been putting your dreams and life on hold because you were afraid of what the in-crowd (co-workers, friends, neighbors, or family) would say or think, it’s time to give them the slip.  Move on!

Maybe you wanted to change the way you eat, but you were afraid of how your family would react to your vegetarian lifestyle.   … (Read More)

Afro Friday!

Aisha Tyler, The Talk

I wish I had an Afro that big. A real one! There’s something about big, fabulous hair that breathes life into your alter ego. On The Talk, the ladies donned Afros. And a few alter egos did emerge if only for a brief moment.

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Are You A Gladiator?

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC

Last week was so much fun. After posting the interview with the costume designer for the show Scandal, I had a lot of laughs with other Scandal fans.  It turns out there are gladiators everywhere.  And all different kinds at that.

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Blair Underwood, Daphne Rubin-Vega in A Streetcar Named Desire

If you haven’t solidified your plans for the holiday weekend and you’ll be in the NYC area, I recommend you take in a Broadway play.  A Streetcar Named Desire is currently on Broadway with a stellar cast.  Blair Underwood is the leading man, a refreshing spin on the character of Stanley. The cast also includes Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella, and Wood Harris as friend and potential love interest, Mitch.

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