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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

I Have the Legs of a Clumsy Grade Schooler after Recess

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This post was created in sponsorship with Mederma, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

I was blessed with the gifts of wit, intelligence, and a great personality. I, however, was not blessed with the gift of the type of coordination that allows me to remain accident-free throughout my day. I am the CLUMSIEST. Like, I bump into things and scratch up my legs and arms so often that I’m used to it. The other day I was hanging with some friends who were visiting from out of town and I nearly fell INTO my car when we were heading to go somewhere. My knee got caught in my skirt and almost took me out. I tried to play it off but they caught me…lol.

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Here’s What’s In My Custom MAC Eyeshadow Palettes

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I recently downgraded my makeup routine (see more here and here) and will take a more minimalist approach when it comes to how much I own. Now this doesn’t mean my makeup looks will be more minimalist—I will continue to wear color and full beats (I’m still either a full beat or no makeup whatsoever…lol), but I don’t need to own as much as I have in the past. Find out more about how I reduced my spending on clothes and makeup here.

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Wide Leg Pants from Recessionista’s Closet

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Do you guys have any favorite affordable fashion boutiques owned by Black women? Shout them out in the comments. Today I want to shout out Recessionista’s Closet from the very gorgeous and stylish Jennifer Spears. I met Jennifer in person yeaaaars ago at a Nordstrom event I hosted in Atlanta. We had been following each other on Instagram and I was telling her about a bad hairstyling experience I had at an Atlanta salon and she asked me if I needed an Atlanta-based hairstylist for whenever I was in town doing events. I was like YESSSS…lol. So she introduced me to her very talented hairstylist and friend Nina Gonzalez of Petal Jolie Salon. Yo. They do some AMAZING hair in Atlanta! If I lived there I would be getting my hair done there all the time. Nina did my hair for me a few holidays ago when I was in town visiting family and I LOOOOOVED it.

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The African Print Peplum Belt That I’ll Be Wearing with EVERYTHING

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OK maybe not everything, but I’m SO happy I found this belt on Etsy. In one of my random “Ohhh I need a …” moments where I out of nowhere imagine a piece of clothing I need in my closet, I had thoughts of how amazing an African print peplum belt would be. Thankfully Etsy is the type of marketplace that allows some of my random clothing ideas to be available for me to buy. I typed in “African print peplum belt” in the search and the rest is history.

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So NOW These Brands Carry Our Shades…

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I was thinking about this the other day after I saw a campaign that The Lip Bar did with Ashley Blaine of Netflix’s Dear White People. It’s basically throwing shade at the brands that were not trying to even pretend we existed like five years ago who all of a sudden now have extended shade ranges. It’s almost like our skin tones are treated as a trend. Um, this melanin doesn’t wash off at night.

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This Zara Sale Skirt + Monday TRIED to Come for My Neck

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Happy Monday, ya’ll!!!

My Monday morning was off to a ROUGH start. My iPhone X has been acting up to the point where it kept freezing and placing emergency calls (a result of a delayed response to me pressing the side button a number of times). This morning my alarm wouldn’t shut off because the phone was frozen and wouldn’t respond to any of my screen tapping. My alarm songs are HIGH powered Soca songs (i.e. “Ministry of Road” by Machel Montano) and old school hip-hop songs that get you AMPED (i.e. “Ante Up” by M.O.P.) so imagine not being able to snooze or turn that off when you’re getting up…lol. Then it took me like two hours to backup and restore my phone and I still might have to go to the Apple store after all this. I also had to reschedule a call and may have missed my gym window (I’ll figure out how to get back in it). If my phone doesn’t work by tomorrow, Verizon said they can send me a new one, so not so bad.

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