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Happy New Year!

Big Things Are Coming… Let’s go!

Weekday Swag: Erykah Badu for Givenchy Pre-Fall 2014

Well look at Miss @fatbellybella rocking Jeeee- Vawh- Shee… Oh, you fancy, huh? What a totally unexpected, happy (and fashionable!) surprise.

I meant to update this post with two more images from the campaign. I am in love with these artistic pieces.

Weekday Swag: Viola Davis for LA Times Magazine

I finally got to sit and watch The Help the other night and I was just amazing by Viola Davis’ performance. I am just so happy for her and costar Octavia Spencer who truly anchored the movie. So I am doubly excited to see Ms. Davis glammed out in an editorial for LA Times Magazine. She is absolutely flawless in stunning pieces from Jason Wu, Thierry Mugler and Marchesa. More stunning picks after the break.

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Weekday Swag: Ubah Hassan

I am mesmerized by Somalian model Ubah Hassan. She was featured in the latest issue of Hunt and Gather Magazine, photographed by Chris Haylett. Indulge.

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Weekday Swag: Beyonce for W + Zoe Saldana for C

Zoe Saldana looks fresh in a swimsuit spread for C California Style Magazine while Beyonce continues on her promo train in a kittenish magazine spread for W Magazine. Pix below:

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Weekday Swag: Jada Pinkett Smith Covers Uptown Magazine

I admittedly have a nostalgic perspective whenever I see Jada Pinkett Smith. I will forever remember her as the outspoken, pint-sized, militant co-ed on A Different World. But my, how far she has come, from kenté cloth on the college campus to couture on the red carpet. Here, the Smith clan matriarch discusses her role on the hit series Hawthorne as well as balancing family life at home with husband Will:

“We create together; we love on each other,” Pinkett Smith says of the man she still rocks out with to old-school hip-hop on satellite radio. “We raise our kids together. We are building something together.”

Read the entire interview here.

Images, Uptown Magazine.

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Weekday Swag: Jill Scott Covers Ebony Magazine

I always get excited when a Jill Scott album comes out because she is one of the few artists whose albums I purchase. Here she is on the June cover of Ebony Magazine highlighting the Music issue. Doesn’t she look awesome? New body, new hair, new music–new beginnings are always a great thing.

I heard a lot of chatter about her straightening her hair and going against the natural grain, but, really, can’t we give the sister a break? I often flat-iron my hair when I want to flip the script, and people should just understand that versatility is the beauty of Black hair.
 The issue debuts on newsstands and iPad on May 17, 2011 .
Peep the video from the shoot:


Weekday Swag: Misty Copeland

All images, Mark Seliger for New York

Ballerinas are truly having their moment. From Kanye’s Runwaway video to the film Black Swan, the public is once again embracing the ethereal grace of the dancer.New York Magazine has a new article out on Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater’s first Black principle dancer and Prince’s muse/girlfriend. This woman had it at the tender age of 15, and her bold moves have made her a force to be reckoned with in the color-lacking world of Ballet.

“When I stop dancing, I don’t know how I’m going to fill the void of just the experience of performing at the Met—how intense it is to be there for two months straight. Your body gets into a shape it doesn’t reach the entire year, that season.”

Update: An anonymous commenter noted that Misty Copeland was not, in fact, the first Black dancer at American Ballet Theatre, but that Anne Benna Sims and Nora Kimball preceded her in the 1980’s. While I found this to be true, many articles still credit Misty as being the first Black principal dancer there.

Misty Copeland, age 15, dancing to Aretha’s Chain of Fools


Rediscovering Me: My Return

Nearly a year ago, the most exciting/frightening/empowering experience came to me in the form of my beautiful daughter. Watching her, and rediscovering me has been a mind-blowing experience. I feel stronger, wiser, and more focused. And believe it or not, I feel 1,000 times more productive. Having a child makes you use your time more wisely, and appreciate the quiet space between you and another person who relies solely on you for comfort, food, and shelter.

Now that my life has become–dare I say it– a bit more stabilized, I feel like I am truly ready to make my way back into the blogosphere. I have to admit, I wasn’t completely gone. I would lurk on some of my favorite sites here and there. And if you follow me on Twitter at all, you undoubtedly saw some commentary here and there.

Well now, in the name of consistency, I am here, fully and earnestly. I’ve missed my fashion friends, I’ve missed musing about clothes and cupcakes, and laughing at celebrity foibles. And now I am pleased to to do it all once more, maybe even better than what I did before.

Lavishly Yours,

Happy New Year, Love Lavish

It’s been a great 2009. Every year we strive to learn a little more about ourselves, our inspirations, our style, and the life we love. In 2010 we hope to be wiser and richer in the Lavish sense. For one, Kandice and I are working on two major projects that we hope to share with you. But Lavish is an ideal that will remain a stronghold in our hearts. Love and Light,

Tatiana Smith, Lavish

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