October 12, 2015

Lesson: How to stand out within a sea of beauty on one of the most visually stimulating days of every West Indian's calendar...CARNIVAL! 


Though seemingly difficult, I always admire the island flavor my people bring to their everyday runway...the streets of course & unapologetically so! ;) Here are a few of my faves.











 By this time I was jumping up too much to take clear pics as you can very well see, I...

September 8, 2015

Don't we all just love looking at how celebs rock our favorite fashion trends! I for one know that African Fashion is not a trend but a staple that all of our wardrobes need like the breath of life itself. Here's 15 of my favorite celeb looks.


Jill Scott


Alicia Keys

 Kerry Washingston


 Angela Bassett

 Michelle Williams

 Halle Berry


Garcelle Beauvais


 Lady Gaga

 Lauryn Hill



Nicole Ari Parker

 Tatianna Ali



September 6, 2015

Funnily enough, as small as my isand of Jamaica actually is in comparison to the many countries of the world, our heroes pack a monumental punch {~we likkle but we tallawaa!~} Of course our first international super star who actually put Jamaica in the global spotlight is none other than the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley or as we call him 'Bob'.




I had the pleasure and honor of visiting The Bob Marley Museum on my r...

September 3, 2015

One of the best parts of traveling is the reading time it affords. So seeing the super thick issue of September's VOGUE at every marketplace I went to before leaving Miami had me practically salivating on command {~ lol ~}. I grabbed a copy for the plane ride to Kingston and was obviously brimming with glee to open it's first pages. There is always such endless inspiration for image makers in the iconic publication t...

February 18, 2015

Most people who have ever relocated in their lives, will have experienced some form of culture shock in the new city or town they relocate to. For me, as a native New Yorker & Chicago resident of 6 years, the shock was far more than climatical. Within 2 months of moving to Miami, I realized just how much I began to miss continental Africans.  On any given day, in NYC or Chitown, I can easily go to my favorite Ethiopi...

January 6, 2015

Miami Culture Maven: Hi Loreal so nice to sit with you to talk a little about your line Goddess Fashion Factory, you know you're one of my favs in Miami. So please tell us how you got started.

Loreal Banks: Well in 2003 I got my first sewing machine & I actually started learning to se in my church. Then in 2005 I attended American Intercontinental University to study fashion marketing & fashion design. So I've been in...

January 5, 2015

Out To a dinner date with your beaux!

Noteworthy: Guatemalan Jade Earrings [www.ArtByGod.com] local

Gold Plated Stacked Rings [www.Nordstrom.com]

To Accent Your Professional Attire

Noteworthy: Burgundy Faux Fur Flats [www.Aldo.com]

Black Faux Leather Jacket [www.HM.com]

Street Style

Noteworthy: Tortoise Shell Sunglasses [www.GAP.com]

Denim Culotte Pants [www.shoplolablack.com] local!


January 4, 2015

Seeing the beauty of African inspired makeup has always instilled a sense of pride within me. A pride that wasn't always so easy to claim. As a young African-American woman with roots in Jamaica, we often hear black skin & thick hair being related to things of ugliness & shame. I cannot find the words to express how grateful I am for the fashion phenomenon that is African inspired makeup. 


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