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15 Things All Badass, Fearless Alpha-Women Do Differently From Other Types Of Women

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Dear Super Cool Girl Who Doesn’t Seek Approval..

You Are As Dope As You Think You Are!

Sincerely,

A Fellow Badass, Fearless Alpha-Woman

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There’s a quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich that states: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” It’s a often posted on Pinterest boards and slapped onto cards with women in 1920s-fashion kicking up their heels in unison. But for me, this sentiment is more than encouragement to go on a girls trip and go wild; it’s a celebration of women who choose to be defined by their courage, bravery and decisions to go after the life they want to live instead of being confined by “appropriateness.” Call them bold, fearless, or powerful, these are women who light up a room with their magnetic energy. They intimidate the close-minded and inspire those who have long hungered for tangible proof that they, too, will serve themselves well by igniting their passions and relishing in their independence. I know a few of them very well and they have changed my…

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2015 Oscars: Who Won Red Carpet Gold?

Fashionistas,

It is the biggest night of awards season: the 87th annual Academy Awards. Of course it’s a night full of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and actresses being honored for their extraordinary work, but I absolutely live for the red carpet and all the glitz, glamour, and excitement that comes with it. For some reason, this year’s red carpet seemed a bit lackluster, landing most of the stars on my personal worst-dressed list. But there were a few looks that left me utterly speechless and gasping for more. So let’s get into this year’s top looks!

Here are my picks for best-dressed:

5. Rita Ora in Marchesa

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Rita Ora has always been a red carpet fave and it seems each look is 10 times better than the last. Looking simply breathtaking in a navy blue Marchesa gown, the entire look was sexy and sophisticated at the same time. The subtle gold detailing adds a regal element that takes it up a notch. And that train! There are no words. Perfection.

4. Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen

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Felicity Jones has wowed me the entire awards season and tonight’s Oscars look was no exception. Having a modern day Cinderella moment, she was the picture of elegance in a custom Alexander McQueen ball gown with floral applique and choker neckline. I absolutely love how her blunt bangs and smokey eye add a little drama to such a classic gown. Gorg!

3. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Haute Couture

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Wearing red on the red carpet might be considered playing it too safe for some, but after a very underwhelming Golden Globes look, Rosamund Pike stunned us all and proved that she can be effortlessly glam in a Givenchy Haute Couture form-fitting gown. This look had it all —  a sliver of skin with a middle slit, a belted waist, and floral embroidery. Simple jewels and matching strappy heels added to the ultra-feminine look.

2. Lupita Nyong’o in Custom Calvin Klein

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Let’s be honest, after stepping on the scene and basically shutting down every awards show red carpet last year, Lupita has been in somewhat of a fashion rut lately. Her looks have been more hit than miss. But tonight, she redeemed herself in a custom Calvin Klein gown created with more than — get this — 6,000 individual pearls! So beautiful.

1. Scarlett Johansson in Versace

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Can I just admit that I’m slightly envious of Scarlett Johansson? She never gets it wrong on the red carpet and always delivers such statement looks that keep us talking forever! Wearing a Versace gown with a plunging neckline and beaded necklace, the emerald green radiates against her skin tone and hugs her body in just the right places. (Can we talk about how she JUST had a baby?!) I’m also feeling the spunky faux-hawk and soft makeup.

Who made your list? Do you agree with these picks? Give me your opinions below!

Stay Stylish,

Briea Curington

“The New” Kanye West on The Breakfast Club: The Recap

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February 20, 2015– New York City, NY– YEEZY IS BACK, AND HE ISN’T SO DAMN ANGRY! Yo, when I read Kanye West was going to be on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” I IMMEDIATELY downloaded the iHeart radio app to be sure I could tune in LIVE! Man, that was so dope! Kanye just got off-air with the voices of Hip-Hop Culture, and the best content curators for this level of interview-ism (def made that word up). I am a Kanye fan, and I am so happy to see him out and about… being public, and giving the people what they want–Kanye West.

Whether you love him or hate him, you are aware of him; which makes his brand and legacy everlasting. I read that 2015 Hip-Hop is already killing 2014, and I def agree. Overall, the voice of hip-hop is lit… and its only February. Shout out to black history in the NOW.

I learned a LOT during this interview, but I’ll try to break it down to a few of my top moments from the DOPEST interview of the year:

1. “The New and Improved Media Trained Kanye!” — Charlamagne The God

2. “I had to take 30 showers after dating Amber Rose.”– Kanye West

3. “A humble servant.”– Kanye West

4. “I have enough to be happy about and I will continue to focus on that.”– Kanye West

5. “Release dates are PLAYED OUT!” — Kanye West

6. “If your job is to inspire, you have to keep that moving.” — Kanye West

7. On what Kanye thinks of his sister-in-law and Tyga’s relationship.. “Tyga is smart, he got her early.” –Kanye West

8. “Like Common said in that song, it’s the wisdom of the elders and the young people’s energy.”– Common via Kanye West

9. “My wife is a visionary.” – Kanye West

10. “That went a lot better than y’all thought it would!”– Kanye West

**Honorable Mention

On the racial tension that brewed in 2014 from Ferguson, and more..

“My father emailed me, he is way smarter than me. He is my only parent so I have to listen to him. He told me to stay out of it. I mean, I can’t jump in front of every bullet.”– Kanye West

I am thrilled to get to know this New Kanye, this husband/father/calm (sometimes) cool, collected Mr. West.

We grew up on pink Polo Mr. West.

We got familiar with Gucci Mr. West.

We never understood, but loved him anyway, the Angry Artistic Rant-Filled Mr. West.

And I am looking forward to blasting new music from the New and Improved Media Trained Mr. West!

So, how long do you think the New and Imporved Media Trained Kanye will last?!?!

Who cares?

Get in the NOW!

Check out the full interview here

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The Best Fashion Moments of the Grammys Including Beyonce, Lady Gaga and More!

Fashionistas,

It’s time for music’s biggest night — the Grammy Awards! This is one of my favorite awards shows because not only is the fashion typically more playful than other shows, but the night is also an unpredictable mix of star-studded appearances and fresh music, so you never know what to expect. (I hear Beyonce will take the stage tonight for a special Selma tribute.) I’m excited!

Before we get into tonight’s festivities, let’s take a look back at the stars who’ve slayed the red carpet in the past. Here are my fave Grammys looks of all time:

10. Lady Gaga in Armani Prive

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Always one to make a huge statement when hitting the red carpet (remember the meat dress?), Lady Gaga wore a celestial Armani Prive spiraled creation to the 2010 Grammy Awards. She rocked an ombre blonde wig and smokey eye to complement the look. I love that this ensemble stayed true to the wow factor we’d come to expect from Gaga, but more glamorous than outrageous. Gorg!

9. Taylor Swift in Kaufman Franco

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Taylor Swift glowed on the red carpet at the 2010 Grammy Awards opting for a navy blue, off-the-shoulder beaded Kaufman Franco gown. This gown was the first step in really transforming her look from country singer to pop megastar and I was definitely feeling the new sophisticated chic style!

8. Britney Spears in Randolph Duke

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I will never tire of an all white red carpet moment. So I loved when Britney Spears hit the red carpet in 2000 wearing a floor-length Randolph Duke gown. Simple jewels and an Oscar de la Renta fur stole added to the old Hollywood glam factor. How stunning?!

7. Rihanna in Azzedine Alaia

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A modern day lady in red, Rihanna went for a bold look in a flowing Azzedine Alaia gown with a criss-cross neckline and sheer accents at the 2013 Grammy Awards. She popped it off with a matching red lip. It was a softer option for the singer who usually edges things up, but she pulled it off wonderfully. Perfection!

6. Solange Knowles in Ralph and Russo

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Is there any look that Solange cannot pull off? Solange showed some skin in a crystal encrusted emerald green Ralph and Russo gown with a thigh-high slit. This gown looked beautiful on her frame and I especially loved how her coral heels and afro made a statement as well. Big hair don’t care, am I right?

5. Kelly Rowland in Georges Chakra

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Kelly Rowland combined two of my favorite fashion trends: sheer and cutouts. With strategically placed cutouts, this black Georges Chakra dress fit her like a glove and the mermaid bottom added an extra oomph. Needless to say, I’m in love with this look!

4. Pink in Tom Ward Couture

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Pink had the ultimate glam moment at the 2010 Grammy Awards in a scalloped Tom Ward Couture gown. The multi-toned effect kept it edgy while the bejeweled accents added a classic touch. Pink is one of the few stars who can keep it funky while still getting dolled up, and I’m here for it.

3. Beyonce in Elie Saab

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This has to be one of my favorite Beyonce red carpet moments ever. She dazzled at the 2006 Grammy Awards wearing a strapless Elie Saab gown with diamond embroidery. She kept things subtle with a sleek ponytail and elegant red-toned dangling earrings. Nailed it!

2. Katy Perry in Gucci

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Let me just say that when Katy Perry wore this mint green Gucci gown in 2013, I didn’t need to see anyone else. She was my best dressed…period! The pastel color against her skin tone paired with the dark black hair were a match made in red carpet heaven. Love!

1. Jennifer Lopez in Versace

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You can’t mention the Grammys without mentioning THAT dress.  Although more tame by today’s standards, when Jennifer Lopez sauntered in at the 2000 Grammy Awards wearing this plunging Versace gown, jaws dropped! Defying all types of gravity, this floral green number was well worth the fashion risk because JLo has been getting it right ever since.

What do you think about these looks? Who will be the best dressed of tonight’s show? Any moments you are looking forward to? Tell me in the comments!

Stay Stylish,

Briea L. Curington