Workout Wednesdays: The “Gonna Make You Sweat” Playlist

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Happy Wednesday! As always I’ve got another #WorkoutWednesdays post but this week instead of focusing on exercise or eating habits, I am discussing music. Music is an essential factor in the art of exercise! Have you ever heard a song come on while you’re in the middle of your workout and you instantly become turned off? It’s not uncommon to lose your momentum just from one song. So, how can you fix that? All you need is a killer playlist that is sure to keep you moving and burning those calories. I call this playlist “Gonna Make You Sweat”. None of these songs will slow you down but rather push you further!

1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix): OMI

This upbeat summer anthem is sure to put a smile on your face while you work out! From the smooth trumpet to OMI’s even smoother voice as he proclaims his love for his lady, it’ll have you dancing on the treadmill!

2. Hey Mama: David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack

This year has been phenomenal for Nicki Minaj and this is just another major hit for her! This isn’t her first time working with David Guetta and the two make a dynamic duo! This song is good to run to or keep you motivated while pushing yourself!

3. Trini Dem Girls: Nicki Minaj feat. LunchMoney Lewis

Another one by Nicki; I love the beat on this track. The lyrics are fun, flirty, and instantly make you want to bust a move!

4. 7/11 (Jersey Club Mix): Beyonce

The original version is already a hit, but the Jersey Club Mix adds that extra umph to push you to hold that plank longer or add 20 extra reps!

5. S&M: Rihanna

A Rih Rih classic! The fast tempo of this song is great for cardio workouts or running because the song keeps going until the very last seconds! You’ll have the song on repeat before you know it!

6. Bruk It Down: Mr. Vegas

Of course, I had to add some spice to the playlist. With its playful beat and catchy chorus, you’re guaranteed to be dancing for the whole two minutes and fifty seconds of Mr. Vegas’ Bruk It Down.

7. I Love It: Icona Pop

Continuing to add variety to this playlist, I Love It is an international hit that tells a story of someone fed up with love and ready to be free. In other words even though Aino Jawo (lead for Icona Pop) is basically through with this relationship, she let it come out in a club banger instead of a smooth jam. Nevertheless, it worked for Icona Pop and it has been a hit in the gyms and for sports teams since it came out!

8. Crazy In Love: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z

Who can ever forget the first single off of Beyonce’s debut album? Classic doesn’t even fit the song. This song, to date, has been a hit both in the club and at the gym. By now there are probably dozens of remixes, but nothing is better than the original version to get you on your feet!

 9. Get Ya Freak On: Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot is truly a musical genius. Although this song dropped in 2001 (which seems so long ago), it still makes me wanna dance!

10. Stronger: Kanye West

Last but not least, I had to include this dope song by Kanye. While not as fast-paced as the other songs, Stronger gives more of a mental drive as in the lyrics it is motivating you to push yourself and ultimately become stronger!

Model Mondays: Liris Crosse, First Black Model to grace Goddess Lingerie

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I am proud to be featured in the new campaign and trade workbook for Goddess Lingerie; not to mention I am the first Black model to do so! I appreciate them seeing the beauty in me as a model and having me to represent their brand. It is a great step for model diversity within the industry! They didn’t book me cause I am black model but rather I was the best model for the job! I am extremely excited and proud to be a part of the company’s history and will continue to be an inspiration to women everywhere via my #LifeOfAWorkingModel !

I worked with them for Market Week and CurvExpo in New York. I can’t begin to tell you the excitement from the buyers of all shapes, sizes, races and gender about my shoot for the line! A few commented that their customers would be so excited to see “someone like them” or they are glad to see some diversity. That made my heart smile! I’m now in Las Vegas working the west coast, CurvExpo, for them. If you happen to be in town and at CurvExpo, be sure to stop by our booth and check out the collections!

Goddess has really made an effort to stay ahead of the game with their latest fun and flirty designs. Kayla, one of the bras featured in the collection showcases two new adorable prints: Bella Floral and Kitty Seal. Take a look at the other styles Goddess offers below!

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Four Influential Black Women, Four Magazine Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Serena, Misty, Beyonce and Ciara are making history; Four influential Black women all on magazine covers! I love it so much and am so ecstatic about the fierceness they each give us.

Serena poses in New York with such poise and grace. Not to mention her body looks insane!

 

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Talk about flawless! That’s exactly what Bey is in her third appearance for Vogue. I am loving the wet and wavy look on her!

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Misty is indeed always on pointe as the title of the September issue of Essence suggests. The distinguished ballerina and recently named ABT principal looked absolutely stunning!

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In her interview with Shape magazine, Ciara talks about her struggle with weight after having her son, and a little detail about her relationship with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. On top of that the sultry songtress has lost 60 lbs. and she looks awesome!

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Friday Favorites: August 14, 2015

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Thanks God it’s Friday cause I have some great finds for you! First up is this beautiful Julia Jordan Allover Lace Midi Sheath Dress I modeled for my client Belk!! It’s flirty, classy and still fashion forward. The color is perfect for wedding season too!

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Next is this lace ruffle bikini from SocietyOfChic.com !!! It’s so fresh & unique! I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s right on time for you to shut it down for Labor Day outings!

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How can you not love this colorful, Aztec inspired romper. The colors are bold, sure to make people stop & stare when you walk by!

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Ughhhhhhh this shoe is so amazing beautiful but we all have to wait till the middle of his month for it to drop. It’s called Miss Santiago designed by Alejandra G. Don’t say I never did you a favor! Put your coins aside for this beauty so you don’t miss out!

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I fell in love with this color maze jumper from Fashionable Addictions as soon as I scrolled past it. It’s a piece that can be worn from day to night with ease. The print is playful & fun with a hint of sexy!

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That’s all folks #TGIF

Workout Wednesdays: 5 (Free) Tips for Staying Active

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Happy Wednesday! The end of summer is slowly creeping up on us BUT there is still time to get active in a fun way. But, no matter the season there is always a way to stay fit. Skip the pricey gym memberships and expensive trainers or classes. This week features the top five ways to exercise for free! So grab some water, a friend and your music!

1. Take a hike: Literally! Look up hiking trails in your area and plan a day of exploring. If you want to challenge yourself, aim for trails with steeper hills to burn more calories! Be sure to stay hydrated, bring a few healthy snacks and wear comfy shoes!

2. Catch a wave or play in the sand. Swimming is one of the best and easiest ways to exercise. It works the entire body while not requiring any equipment! Running barefoot in the sand is also a great alternative for active runners that want an extra challenge.

3. Create a YouTube playlist. For those lazy days when you don’t even want to leave your house, put together a YouTube playlist of workout videos that you can turn on and roll out your yoga mat.

4. Take it to the track. If you live near a school or recreation center, the track is a great location for a disciplined workout whether it may be jogging a few laps, sprinting, intervals, or even taking advantage of the stadium stairs for an extra workout!

5. Try intramurals. Get together a team of your friends and head to the basketball court, football field or baseball field and have fun while staying active. Make it a weekly routine or set up a schedule in order to keep the team together!

There are countless other free options, so be sure to look at park events in your area or venture out on your own!

Model Mondays: Beauty Is Timeless, Meet 84-Year Old Supermodel Madame Carmen Dell’Orefice

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She is the world’s oldest working model, and at the young age of 84, Madame Carmen Dell’Orefice is still working the runway! Dell’Orefice, who landed her first Vogue cover at age 15, has spent seven decades in the fashion industry ever since.

Accoriding to Dell’Orefice, staying in the industry requires the ability to adapt and to become a chameleon: “”Anyone who doesn’t change is missing a lot in life because that’s a control thing and once you think you know everything, you’re a dead duck.”

Dell’Orefice has evolved over her 70-year reign. Take a look below for a glimpse of her work:

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Workout Wednesdays: Introducing FullBeauty’s SPORT Line

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Often times, we see advertisements and commercials that depict women exercising. The only problem with these ads is that most of time all of the women in them are the same size. Very seldom do we see a plus size woman working out in a television commercial. To women looking at these ads from their computers, televisions, and magazines it appears unrealistic. It creates unrealistic goals and almost encourages women to be something they are not. The main point of embracing #healthycurves is to be comfortable with our own bodies and knowing that we are more than what people think we are. That is why I absolutely LOVE this video created by FullBeauty:

This video is truly inspirational and is also the introduction to FullBeauty’s new line of activewear called FullBeauty SPORT. The main focus of the line is to not only feel great about working out but also to look even better. Their hashtag for the line #BEPOWERFULL has gone viral over the weekend and I am so excited to see the progress FullBeauty will continue to make! To shop the line click here! There is a huge sale on all of the activewear right now and any purchase over $25 on the SPORT line includes a free SPORT duffle bag.

Model Mondays: The Natural Hair Model Takeover

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Natural hair is on an all time high and I am thrilled to see that it is becoming more accepting to rock a ‘fro or natural curls. Black hair comes in all lengths, curl patterns and textures. Now even models, like myself, are in front of the camera with their natural tresses. Glad the fashion industry is embracing more diversity in hair & models.

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Céline’s newest face, Karly Loyce, appeared on the ad for the fall campaign with her beautiful natural hair and beautiful brown skin. Not only is she beautiful, the French native is also studying biology.

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W Magazine’s fall fashion entitled really proves that Black is beautiful. The spread features six models all of whom are showing off their natural hair. Ajak Deng, Amilna Estevao, Anais Mali, Aya Jones, Binx Walton and Tami Williams are truly iconic! Check out more pictures below:

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Finally, I have been named by Plus Model Magazine as one of the few natural hair trendsetters in the realm of plus models. I pride myself on my curls and am so happy that the curls have been brought back to the fashion pages! It also let’s me have diverse looks instead of just my weaves and wigs! #TeamNatural rocks! #BlackModels rock! #PlusModels rock!

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Model Mondays: Plus Model Erica Jean Schenk for Women’s Running Magazine

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Have you heard of Erica Jean Schnek? She’s the 18-year old size 18 model that is gradually making a name for herself. Erica is featured on August’s cover of Women’s Running Magazine. The young model, who is signed to Wilemenia Models, was beyond excited over the cover as it was her first. When asked about the cover she said, “Honestly, I was astonished. My family is overwhelmingly proud.”

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Erica says that she loves to workout, her favorites are barefoot running on the beach, swimming, jogging, playing volleyball and group exercise classes.

Erica is attending Pepperdine University in the fall but vows that this won’t be her last appearance.

“To be on Instagram all you need is an electronic device. To get followers all you need to be is engaging. Now you don’t need to be a size 2 and 6 feet tall for people to notice you. World fashion icons no longer need to be on magazines. They come in all types and platforms.”

What is even better is that the cover received such great reviews. I’m overjoyed from this great reception because it really is important for women to know that #healthycurves are okay. You can be plus size and fit. Congratulations to Erica and I hope she continues to inspire!

Workout Wednesdays: The FLOTUS Workout

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If nothing else can motivate you to push yourself and work out, let Michelle Obama push you to your limit. The lovely FLOTUS released two brief clips of her daily workout in May to commemorate the 5th year of her “Let’s Move” Campaign. The brief montages feature tips from the First Lady as well as safety procedures. She also challenges women not to be afraid of lifting heavier weights and to not be afraid of building healthy muscles and of course maintaining those #healthycurves!