The truth is, I have attended hundreds of networking events over the last 5 years as a single woman, and I have yet to encounter the possibility of true love. Though I have hope, I seem to know how this story ends. Essentially I’ve become so numb to it, simultaneously praying that I’m wrong. While, popular opinion states that finding love at a networking event is inappropriate, I beg to differ. As a matter of fa...


Girl, you are winning my heart over more and more! Opening up, expressing your badazz sexuality, and expressing the pertinence that Jay-Z understand the #GirlBoss that he has!!! I have said it once and will say it again, "Who cheats on Beyonce?" and WHYYYYY!!!! I have asked my boyfriend this question all day after experiencing Beyonce's Formation World Tour last night. And also while prancing aroun...

September 16, 2015

The Soultry Speakeasy is a fine dining experience that highlights the prohibition era ‘Harlem Renaissance’ culture featuring a culinary pairing of food, wine & spirits reminiscent of the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem in the 1920s thru mid-1930s. During this period New York City’s Harlem district was transformed into a fabled cultural center; inspiring a legendary creative movement...

September 8, 2015

As all Jamaicans worldwide know, one of this century's funniest men in drama is without a doubt Jamaican lauriat Oliver Samuels. My people know & appreciate good theatre & we go out in our stylish fashions when we shwo full support of our cultural happenings. I caught a glimpse of some beautiful end of summer / Florida fall trends on our favorite runway...the streets of course! Here's a few of my favorite audience me...

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...

February 6, 2015

Since moving down here to South Florida 5 years ago, I have met some wonderful individuals & families. One of my absolute favorite sister-friends is Ngozi Selassie. We met through her husband's yoga class & remain connected, she's the only one who does my hair and she really became like instant family. I have been buying hand-crafted jewelry from Ngozi for years so I figured it was time for a major shout out.



January 21, 2015

Any self-proclaimed fashionista looks forward to enhancing their own personal collection with high fashion name brands. Let's keep it real, knock off just ain't cuttin it! So when I decided to treat myself to some nail color by none other than the High Priest of Women's Footwear, Christian Louboutin, it was a very momentous occassion....or so I thought! 


The famed shoe designer's nail laquer line boasts of [and I quo...

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 [] local

Gold Plated Stacked Rings []

To Accent Your Professional Attire

Noteworthy: Burgundy Faux Fur Flats []

Black Faux Leather Jacket []

Street Style

Noteworthy: Tortoise Shell Sunglasses []

Denim Culotte Pants [] local!


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