Month: December 2015

Thank You


If you’ve stopped by, commented, been inspired, or felt compelled to share something you’ve seen on Lavish, I just want to say, thank you. Over the years, so much has changed within me: my priorities, my passions, my goals. And I’m sure many have noticed the shift. A peek at my latest Instagram posts bear witness to that. 2016 will see me grow evermore confident, as I branch out to free my true self and share it with you.

Than You for coming. And thank you for being here for what’s to come.

To 2016…


Sanneta Myrie Has Beauty on Loc

While everyone is busy making and laughing at meme’s of Steve Harvey’s gaffe at the Miss Universe event, I became intrigued by Miss World pageant contestant Miss Jamaica, Sanneta Myrie.


Sanneta Myrie is stunning.

While she didn’t win (that honor was given to Miss South Africa), I was struck that this young doctor (yes, doctor!) is a dancer who is spiritually and culturally rooted. And oh, the locs! It’s the first time that the natural style has been presented on a stage of this magnitude. Hopefully we’ll see more sisters representing their natural hair in pageants to come. Black hair is a thing of beauty.

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Peep this video. Sanneta’s radiance shines through and through.

A Slaying Shoutout to Lupita


You can say the world was literally blinded by her beauty in this stunning, bejeweled gown. I just loved everything about her look.


But I could still appreciate the other fashionable sisters on the red carpet. They did their thing:


Janelle Monae’s space-age outfit fits right in with her personality




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The Importance of Serena

#SportspersonoftheYear #SerenaWilliams

I’m very passionate on the court, but I’ve learned to be fierce more on the inside.


Image: Sports Illustrated

I’m so happy for Serena. It’s definitely been her year, and I’m proud that a Black woman of strength and beauty can grace the cover of this Magazine with a befitting title that commands attention and respect.

There are so many rules to this beauty thing, and when it comes to Black women, the game is doubly slanted. Over the years, commenters on blogs in general have referred to Serena as part of the Williams brothers, as if muscle and athletic acclaim were something to be belittled, as opposed to lithe frames or surgically enhanced body parts. Serena proudly turned her shoulder to the haters, by winning, and winning, over and over again.

I love Serena for being boldly, unapologetically Serena.


Image: Sports Illustrated



Image: Sports Illustrated

With Honor: Cicely Tyson

I wanted to give Cicely Tyson props for her recent Kennedy Center Honor by dedicating 50 years as an actress and entertainer. A few weeks ago, Black Twitter and Instagram was having a field day with Ms. Tyson as a #CelebrityOnlyBlackPeopleKnow . Well now, America can know her and lover her, just as Black folks always have: the mama in our heads.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Honoree Cicely Tyson and past honoree Arthur Mitchell arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: Honoree Cicely Tyson and past honoree Arthur Mitchell arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)



The first Lady looking amazing (as usual) in Oscar de la Renta



Rita Moreno , the first Latina to win an Academy Award for her role in West Side Story


What would the White House be without Olivia Pope Kerry Washington?



Gina Rodriguez


Janelle Monae

The Wiz! Those Shoes!


I thoroughly enjoyed NBC’s revision of the classic theater hit “The Wiz”. The updated take on The Wizard of Oz had everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Queen Latifah, to Neyo playing their parts to excellence. And can I talk about the costumes? The colors, details, and finery were nothing short of ahhh-mazing. And let’s not forget about the star of this show: those shoes.


The glittering, faceted stage shoes worn by Dorothy were carefully assembled using carefully crafted metallic shapes, that came to bedazzled life on stage. Ease on down the road with your on glittery pair, that will send you back home and then some.

Miu Miu Laminated Calf Leather Pumps, $600

Nicholas Kirkwood Pump, $170

Janiko MARABOU heels, $377

Kate Spade New York Karolina Pump, $298

BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Maven Pumps, $100

Lavish Body: Weekday Motivation by Jada


And this is why I must never give up. Because getting older does not mean getting lazy.

Remain committed.



Weekeday Swag: Lupita Nyong’o Covers Essence

I had talked so much about who I was that I’d forgotten who I was. – Lupita Nyong’o


Well it’s about time. Acclaimed film actress and Broadway star Lupita Nyong’o landed her first cover of Essence for their January 2016 issue. Looking fly as ever, she talks about her new role in the upcoming Star Wars movie. Lupita, I am a lifelong fan.


Lavish Movies: Chi-Raq New York Premiere

#Chiraqthemovie #putdowntheguns

This is a movie to see. It’s been a long time since Spike Lee put out something that I got hyped about, but he did it with Chi-Raq. Set in Southside Chicago, this film tells the tale of one woman who starts a movement to end the violence, using the oldest and most powerful tool known to mankind: sex.

The film is urgent, arresting and thought-provoking. Based on the Greek play “Lysistrata”, Chir-Raq follows as a group of women, lead by a woman of the same Greek name,  begin a sex strike to convince men of rival gangs to end the gun violence after yet another death of  a child, senselessly murdered by a stray bullet. The film is led by a smart group of actors including, Teyonah Parris, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Hudson among many others.







Following the film premiere was a march led by Al Sharpon and the National Action Network, along with Lee, Nick Cannon, and a host of local leaders from New York and Chicago who shed light on the ongoing plight of gun violence in the inner city.

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Chi-Raq premieres in theaters December 4.

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