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Archive for October 2008

WEEN Online recently sat down with the founder of WEEN, Valeisha Butterfield‘s glam squad to find out how they achieved her fabulous red carpet look for the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which took place October 18th. Check out the interview below with her stylist and make-up artist’s:

Crystal Hines, Stylist

1. What was the inspiration for the look?
We were going for a look that was simple yet sexy.

2. Who was it by?

3. Any little tidbit you would want to add?
CONTACT INFO you want ppl to use to contact you: ammoinfo@gmail.com

Adora & Yannize Joshua, Make-up Artist’s

4. What was the inspiration for the look
Modern day siren. Bright lips that weren’t the standard red, and eyes that popped!

5. What brands were used
-Carol’s Daughter body scrub
-MLAB anti aging line, cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, and treatment cream
-Ken Paves color drops for vibrant color
-MAC studio fix concealer
-MAC full coverage foundation
-MAC mineralize bronzer in ‘Deep Dark’
-Perscriptives ‘Fall Eye’ dimensions color palette
-Mally eyebrow pencil in ‘Sable’
-MAC loose bronzer in ‘Golden Bronze-Body’
-Ardell fashion lashes in ‘105’
-Heatherette for MAC lipstick in ‘Hollywood Nights’

6. How can one recreate this look?
-Prep skin with a scrub to make sure you are super soft.
-Use a body cream that wont stain your clothes but will keep moisture locked in.
-When doing a dramatic lip, keep eyes simple but pile on lashes for impact!
-Always use a loose bronzer for body, and use a baked bronzer to achieve that 70’s sun kissed goddess look.



Ok, I know that most of you have an iPod or some other type of MP3 player, but as a fashion accessory, it is quite limited on the fabulosity meter. Looky looky what I found on Fashion Week Daily:

If your Mini is not Mini enough, and you can’t be bothered with that clip-on shuffle nonsense, not to worry–an even sleeker Pod may be in the works. Meet the iBangle by designer Gopinath Prasana. A thin aluminum bracelet (stacked up with your favorite Hermès bangles, perhaps?) will have music control buttons, a hold switch, a multi-control trackpad, and an air chamber on the inside that will inflate, so the bracelet is held taut against your wrist. How to hear the music, you might ask? Wireless in-ear headphones, of course! It hasn’t been made yet…

Well, when it is developed, I will be the first in line to purchase. To enjoy the tunes and look fab simultaneously… I have no words!

Yours in style,

We all know that Halloween isn’t just a hit horror film, but also a holiday when you can dress up as your favorite witch, ghost, monster or celebrity for a night. As a kid “trick or treating” was the highlight of the night, mostly due to going door-to-door in your neighborhood with, family & friends, trying to get the most candy you can get. But, do you know how these traditions came to be?

1) Halloween’s roots can be tracked to the ancient Celtic times, according to History.com, “On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.”

2) Trick-or-Treating. According to History.com, trick-or-treating can be traced back to All Souls Day in England. Poor residents would ask for food and families would give them “soul cakes”, to pray for their relatives who’ve passed away. Giving away “soul cakes” was seen as a replacement for leaving food and wine for spirits, this idea was encouraged by the church. For citizens who feared ghosts, they left bowls of food outside their homes to prevent ghosts from entering their homes.

3) Costumes. The Celts used to wear costumes, mostly consisting of heads and skins of animals and attempted to predict each others forces during Samhain. Other research states that the history of wearing costumes wasn’t due to celebration but fear. During the winter, there was a lack of food among families and since there was no electricity, the short days of winter often made people scared for their belongings. People believed that ghosts came back to haunt on Halloween and feared they would encounter them. While outside they would wear masks to disguise them selves and to avoid being recognized by ghosts.

4) Jack-O-Laterns. According to Witchway.net, Jack-O-Laterns were first made in Ireland as just faces carved in turnips but later, “they were designed to frighten away evil spirits who were following deceased loved ones and blocking their way into the Land of the Dead, and also to protect the living.”

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington

Thursday Jennifer Hudson’s family announced a new foundation for families of murder victims.

The Hudson-King Foundation is for Families of Slain Victims. The foundation is named in honor of the singer/actress’ mother Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and nephew Julian King.

In a statement give by the family they said, “The specific purpose of the Foundation is to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime, this encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter as well as grief counseling.”

Donations to the Hudson-King Foundation can be sent:
c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq.
237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Calling all chocolate lovers and chocoholics. Have you heard that eating chocolate can improve your health? However, don’t start buying Hershey bars and M&M’s in bulk, there’s a catch. Dark chocolate is mostly recommended when improving your health via chocolate. The more anti-oxidants it has and the natural cocoa beans, the more it will benefit your health in several ways, here are a few suggestions.

1) A few squares of chocolate a day, keeps the doctor away. According to WEB Md., eating a few pieces of chocolate a day can decrease the risk of a heart attack,  research from Diane Becker, MPH, ScD has shown “…that blood platelets clotted more slowly in people who had eaten chocolate than in those who had not. This is significant because when platelets clump, a clot can form, and when the clot blocks a blood vessel, it can lead to a heart attack.”

2) People with diabetes can eat chocolate to help improve blood vessels. This may seem like an oxymoron, but eating chocolate sweets can help their blood vessels function better. Diabetes can have a negative effect on blood vessels because it creates too much amino acid that prevents them from relaxing. According to ScienceDaily.com, a recent study showed that patients who drank high flavonol cocoa for one month increased their blood vessel function from “severely impaired to normal”.

3) If you’re feeling a little blue, chocolate can help. This doesn’t mean that it’s the cure for depression, however, if someone is having a bad day, it can help improve their mood. According to ChocolateForHealth.com, “Cocoa contains anandamide (a form of acid that naturally occurs in our brains) which stimulates blissful feelings. Cocoa also contains B vitamins, which are associated with brain health.”

4) It can help prevent Heart Disease. According to CBSNews.com, a study by Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso and the National Cancer Institute of Milan surveyed over 4,000 people with great health and no high cholesterol and high blood pressure and if they consumed dark chocolate often. People who did eat small portions of dark chocolate showed a low level of C-reactive protein, which helps reduce inflammation. If inflammation turns chronic, it can cause heart disease.

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington

I so admire Sarah Palin’s style! Her confidence and loyalty to her views is admirable in anyone’s eyes. I also like her personal style. I giggled a bit once I heard about the $150k spent on her clothing by the Republican National Commitee. I’m not a hockey mom, but I don’t think that the average hockey/soccer/football/basketball mom can drop that much on clothing… unless her seed is a highly paid professional athlete who still really loves his mommy.

Anyways, to get the $150K look for less, check out the imagery below courtesy of The Avenue…and it’s for the hippie chick hockey mom!

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Modern Printed Ponte Swing Jacket 39.95 NOW $24.99, Avenue
Pencil Skirt $39.95, Avenue
Zita Wide calf Boot $49.99, Avenue


Tailord Blazer $59.95, Avenue
Ponte Pencil Skirt $29.95, Avenue
Fara Patent Peep Toe Pump $45.00, Avenue


Herringbone Sparkle Jacket $39.95, Avenue
Side Zip trouser $21.90, Avenue
Elana Shootie $18.99, Avenue


Keep it strictly stylish!

Yours in style,

Have you noticed that nowadays celebrities need to diversify? Singers become actors, actors become singers, they own fashion, perfume and make-up lines. The list goes on and on. One of the biggest trends is celebrity owned restaurants/bars. I guess Planet Hollywood was the first major celeb-restaurant. If you want to eat like your favorite star, here are the top 5 celebrity owned restaurants: 

5. Madre’s, Owner: Jennifer Lopez

Pasadena, Calif.

J.Lo isn’t somebody I associate with down home cooking, but her Pasadena restaurant aims to make you feel like you’re eating in the Lopez family kitchen. The food is Latin and the environment is warm, like a mother’s kitchen should be. Who knows? You may even see an impeccably dressed couple with twin babies!

4. Teany, Owner: Moby

New York, N.Y.

The techno star is one of the world’s most famous vegans. So, of course his cozy teahouse restaurant features a vegetarian menu and more than 90 types of tea. There are a number of vegetarian/vegan restraints popping up in New York, but this is the best one owned by a celebrity! 

3. Rubicon, Owners: Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Robin Williams

San Francisco, Calif.

The menu is described as Cal-French. I like the sound of that; healthy and rich, just like its owners! The wine selection is guaranteed to be excellent, Coppola is not only a wine connoisseur, he also owns his own vineyard that produces some fine reds. Keep your eyes out for a very hairy man eating next to you, you may think he’s Sasquatch, but it’s more likely to be Robin Williams! 

2. Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante, Owner: Ashton Kutcher

Los Angeles, Calif.

This Melrose restaurant is described as a hot spot that celebs flock to. Demi and Ashton dine at Dolce often and bring their friends. You might even catch a Willis-Moore family reunion if you’re lucky. 

1. Nobu, Owner: Robert De Niro

New York, N.Y.

I was a little surprised that De Niro chose to open a sushi restaurant in TriBeCa, since Italian would be the more obvious choice, but apparently De Niro understands Japanese cuisine as well as he understands the mind of a criminal. Nobu has been described as the best sushi in TriBeCa and possibly in New York City. If you are in Milan, Italy you can check out the European branch of Nobu, co-owned by Giorgio Armani.