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6 Trendy Alternatives to ModCloth You Must Check out This Spring

Last Friday, Walmart announced in a press release that they had recently acquired trendy online retailer, ModCloth as part of their marketing tactic to take on online giant, Amazon.

While ModCloth will remain a stand-alone online merchant, independent designers who currently sell their exclusive collections on ModCloth will gain the chance to expand their reach as per the release.

It might seem odd for some customers to understand Walmart’s motives, but in recent years they have been working hard to attract younger and more affluent shoppers. But alas, like every sort of merging of businesses, this might prove a bit challenging for the American giant as customers of indie seller ModCloth are not too happy about the recent acquisition.

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Womanista: December 2016

womanista-logo01December was a crazy month, right? Well, actually all of 2016 was. But there were some really great things that came out of it and that’s the part we should focus on going ahead in this new year. We make our own path, so think positive and always be optimistic. I hope everyone had a relaxing Christmas and New Year’s holiday with their families.

If you didn’t notice already, Womanista has been undergoing some changes as we integrate our newest partner, Skinny Mom to the Womanista family and have now expanded with an entire wellness section. Be sure to check it out at Womanista.com. As it might be known too, I’ve been dabbling with content at the news desk, so be sure to check out that content here!

In the meantime, catch up on all the latest with seasonal content to childproofing how-to’s for your home, to how to balance chores with your partner and the biggest money mistakes you didn’t realize you’re making. Moreover, check out effective and smart ways to not only keep your new year’s resolutions, but also improve your (already) healthy (and sans free of infidelity) relationship. As it goes, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of December! Cheers.

Dec. 30, 2016: Childproofing How-To: Concentrate on 6 Areas of Your Home to Create a Safe Haven | While every parent hopes to keep their child safe, the biggest threat they meet with on a daily basis is lurking in their own homes. That totally includes the medicine cabinet, just about… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 27, 2016: 6 of the Biggest Money Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You’re Making | Establishing a healthy relationship with our money is an essential part of having a happy financial future. What you do today can have a large effect on that future. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 26, 2016: Use These Simple Steps to Effectively Balance Household Chores with Your Significant Other | Having a neat and tidy home is a dream come true for so many, but it’s a concept much easier said than done. Between taking out the trash, doing the laundry, and dusting every nook and cranny… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 25, 2016: 10 of the Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the US | Whether you’re looking for the best holiday town or just some creative inspiration this twinkling season, cities across the United States are lighting up with beautiful displays of Christmas trees to best showcase the yuletide spirit. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 23, 2016: 8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions | Brace yourself, Womanistas! New Year’s is fast approaching and with it comes that annual rhythm of resolutions we hope to maintain to ensure our next 12 months are better, healthier and less stressful. Oh, the possibilities! {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 19, 2016: 6 Exciting Jobs to Inspire Your Wanderlust | As far as the eye can see and well beyond the dusk, it’s evident we are true lovers of travel. From meeting people to indulging in the local fare and culture, we are nomads at heart, always seeking new experiences to quench our wanderlust. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 18, 2016: How to Snap the Perfect Christmas Day Family Photo | The festive season is upon us, abounding with merry traditions and cheer! But between that holiday hustle of shopping and party planning, it can become a frenzied feat keeping up with our favorite traditions. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 14, 2016:  20 Easy, Mouthwatering No-Bake Treats for Santa | Christmas is right around the corner and it’s pretty clear that our yuletide-inspired spirits are reaching new heights this season. Between all that shopping, festive home décor, and music that just speaks so deep to our soul, we are on a roll for a smooth and peaceful holiday. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 12, 2016: Clever Ways to Make Potty Training More Fun for the Reluctant Toddler | Toilet training is not just a cause for celebration — it’s a major milestone in your toddler’s life. They’re finally getting out of those saggy diapers and… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 11, 2016: Glam up the Season With These Beautiful Makeup Tutorials | Between all the decorating, holiday shopping and festive photoshoots, we might find ourselves a little short on time this season for that glamorous makeover at the salon or department store. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 7, 2016: 7 Things Couples Should Do Together for a Healthy Relationship | Between boredom, cheating, loss of friendship, doubt and just sheer unhappiness, keeping that spark alive can be difficult when a relationship free of foibles goes awry. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 4, 2016: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas With a Playlist of Holiday Songs to Last the Entire Season | Break out the hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies as you cozy up by the fireplace, because it’s the most wonderful time of the year. {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: November 2016

womanista-logo01What a month November was! I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving with their family and friends. As we approach a new year, Womanista has been undergoing some changes as we integrate our newest partner, Skinny Mom to the Womanista family with a brand new look to our website! Be sure to check it out at Womanista.com.

In the meantime, catch up on all the latest from computer tricks to make you more productive, to styling that baby bump for winter and getting a head start on all that holiday shopping with Oprah. Plus, we explore the cutest and trendiest baby names of 2016! Did your baby’s name make the list? As it goes, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of November.

Nov. 30, 2016: Give the Gift of Memorable Experiences This Holiday Season | Today, an increasing number of people have started to gift experiences or their time as holiday gifts. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 28, 2016: 6 Easy Computer Tricks to Make Your Workday More Productive | There is no denying that a sizeable chunk of our day revolves around computers. Whether we work from home or in an office… {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 27, 2016: 25 Empowering Quotes from Brilliantly Inspiring Women | In a rapidly evolving culture that measures likeability and talent, we often overlook the importance of inspiration in our daily lives. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 23, 2016: The Best of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016 | Shopping season is in full, festive swing this year and what better way to find the perfect, most inspired gift for that special someone than by turning to Oprah Winfrey for a little help. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 22, 2016: Reduce Travel Stress With 6 Easy Airport Hacks | Air travel can make even the most seasoned travelers tired, treading a weariness we most often associate only with the DMV. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 21, 2016: The Trendiest Baby Names of 2016 | If you’re expecting in the next few months, there’s no doubt you are currently looking for the perfect and most unique name for your little one. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 19, 2016: The Mom-to-Be’s Guide to Styling a Baby Bump for Fall and Winter | From temperature fluctuations to mood swings, looking for good maternity clothes doesn’t have to be stressful. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 15, 2016: The Thanksgiving Party Guide You Need for Easy Planning and Festive Memories | All the prep that goes into planning your Thanksgiving party every year can be a bit scary. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 14, 2016: Warm Fruit Crisps and Crumbles for Every Taste and Occasion | No matter the season, stone fruits are a beloved ingredient in so many delicious baked goods. From pies to pastries, we try our hardest… {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 11, 2016: 10 Impressively Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Appetizers | Thanksgiving is in two weeks and as you scramble to prepare the best menu of recent years, you need to consider the power of an appetizer. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 4, 2016: Easy Recipes for Quick and Tasty Microwave Meals | When you think of a microwave, you might look back to those college days of reheating home cooked meals or those small frozen dinners that helped you to pull an all-nighter. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 2, 2016: The Most Memorable CMA Moments of the Past 50 Years | After months of waiting, it’s finally here and we are so excited! Grab those cocktails, because tonight marks the 50th Annual CMA Awards celebrating half a century… {CONTINUE READING…}

The Best Sunglasses You Need This Season

The arrival of warmer weather not only means tons of sunshine, but our favorite accessory that tends to be forgotten during the cold seasons. With the sun coming out more often, it’s time to talk about our sunglasses!

Best known as shades or “sunnies,” sunglasses are the most stylish and fashionable accessory you could have on hand this season. Not only do they protect you from bright light and harsh ultraviolet rays that cause damage to your vision, but they can also really tie your summer style together. With a slew of brands boasting fun, whimsical and classy vibes for the season with their summer collection, we share some of our favorites for both men and women.

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Your Guide to Being A Natural Knockout This Spring

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For the beauty aficionado, cosmetic and makeup stores like Sephora or Ulta raise the bar of what it means to indulge in eye candy. From a diverse range of favorites to new products arriving daily that help accentuate our features, it’s no kidding we feel a lot like Alice falling down the rabbit hole in Wonderland upon every visit.

But as most women who love shopping for beauty products know, it’s incredibly easy to get carried away. And when we get carried away, we end up with things we don’t exactly need in our beauty regimen.

Since natural looks can be the hardest to achieve—because you want to look beautiful without seeming like you’re overreaching—the secret is working with Mother Nature, not against. Whenever you hit the makeup counters, choose products and tools that help you to bring out your natural beauty and features.

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The Significance (and Science) of Wearing Red Lipstick

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By now we all know how to master a bold, red lip, but did you know there’s a proven science behind sporting the rich and bright shade? It’s true, ladies. Red lipstick is more than just a pop of instant glamour. It’s a beauty product that’s as much a state of mind as it is a cosmetic accent.

We all love a classic and fearless red lip seen on the puckers of Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, or Angelina Jolie who exude a beaming confidence and attitude every time they hit the red carpet. As a color emerging more and more in our daily lives, red lipstick isn’t a new trend at all. In fact, it has a rather lavish history dating back to the Golden Islamic Age.

With rediscovery and an increasing popularity, studies prove wearing red lipstick actually makes a huge statement on your overall well-being. To make this season truly yours and squeeze spring for every ounce of your personal effort and passion, we share four very scientific reasons why wearing red lipstick is über important to your lifestyle.

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Fashion Find: Romper Love!

I met up with one of my best friends at UPM last Thursday and it was really nice seeing him again after all those months. Sure, things got a little crazy between us, but after months of texting and trying to come to a mutual understanding to keep a solid friendship, it was a really pleasant conversation. While we were chatting and walking about the mall, I saw a gorgeous romper in the window of Garage Clothing. Has anyone been to that store at UPM? It’s my new favorite. Anyway, as per his persistence and authoritative way, I had to try on the romper. It came in two colors, but we both mutually agree that blue is one of the best colors ever. So, yes.

Now if only this weather could warm up a little and spring could hurry the heck up, I would be totally excited to wear this out! Like, almost everyday too. Did I mention it has pockets? Anything with pockets is a great and solid find.

Womanista: December 2015

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All of the beautiful things that make you uniquely you are explored and celebrated — that is Womanista. The authority on fabulous! From holiday towns to perfecting your photography skills, here are my contributions to the women’s lifestyle magazine for the month of December.

Dec. 29, 2015: Your Guide to Having the Best First Date | It finally happened: that über-sweet tall, dark, and handsome guy from work finally asked you out. While you might be internally screaming from all the excitement and smiling like a Cheshire cat, a part of you suddenly grows jittery… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 28, 2015: 7 Signs Your Thyroid Isn’t Working | Despite the bundling up in your favorite sweaters to keep warm or the delicious smoothies you’ve been chugging to feel re-energized—are you still cold, bloated and feeling rather sluggish? {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 27, 2015: New Year’s Traditions from Around the World |Between fireworks, large crowds and kissy sessions, New Year’s festivities may look strikingly similar on TV, but many countries welcome unique and often, offbeat traditions to ushering in the new year! {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 25, 2015: Not Your Grandma’s Hot Chocolate | While it’s wonderful to spend time with family or decorate the tree with snow outside your window, cozying up in bed with festive films and a steaming mug of hot chocolate makes the holidays even better. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 24, 2015: How To Keep Your Cool and Reduce Your Anger | From the garbage not being taken out to the kids avoiding chores, we’ve all experienced a passing annoyance to full-on rage with steam coming out of our ears from time to time—well, not literally. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 21, 2015: The Top 10 Festive Holiday Towns Across the U.S. | Whether they look like winter wonderlands or not, some of America’s most beautiful towns offer a creative spin on yuletide traditions. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 19, 2015: How To Take Perfect Holiday Photos | With the holidays here, many will be snapping photos at parties or special events, with some even seeking professional photographers for help capturing that picture-perfect festive memory. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 15, 2015: How To Have Frizzless Winter Hair! | Besides ushering in snow, the winds of winter and all that blasted dry air can be rough on our hair. Between styling tools, dry winter weather and the taking on and off of our haute hats, our hair is giving us a serious case of wispy and static winter frizz. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 10, 2015: 5 Ingredients that Can Worsen your Winter Cold | You always wash your hands, you habitually take Vitamin C and you’ve tried everything to fight off a cold, but now you’re feeling so terrible you can’t even get up to turn on Netflix. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 8, 2015: The Physical Risks of Your Screen Addiction | Whether you’re working, traveling, shopping, or relaxing at home, much of your time probably involves your smart phone. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 7, 2015: 7 Don’ts For a Happy Couple | For years, movies have presented audiences with an ideal of the happy couple’s life. We see everything from jetting off to glamorous locations to dorking out with each other over drinks… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 4, 2015: 10 Holiday Movies to Get You in The Spirit | Between the last-minute gift shopping, tree trimming and holiday baking, many of us will delight in the time we spend on the couch with family and friends watching holiday movies. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 1, 2015: Finding Joy and Balance – Recognizing Holiday Depression: Though perceived as a time of joy and celebration, between the countless gatherings, parties and shopping rush, the holidays can feel like a deep dark pit of despair for so many prone to depression. {CONTINUE READING…}