Stories by Tiffanie Petett

No, Seriously. Sneakers Are Back

It should come as no surprise in the middle of this never-ending winter of snow days (plus marathon walking-around events like New York Fashion Week) that some of our favorite trendsetters are trading in mile-high heels for sensible (but always chic) sneaks. The kicks of choice? Along with Nike, Converse and Adidas trainers, labels typically associated with high fashion (think Chanel, Dior) are getting in on the game. And they've taken the simple sneaker up a few notches with metallic gold patent leather, gems -- even low heels. It's safe to say you won't see those couture styles running up and down a court, but we're happy for any excuse to leave the stilettos in the closet.   read more


February 20, 2014  |   8:02 AM  |  COMMENT
Crazy-Gorgeous Wedding Gowns

No girl can stand the beauty of a gorgeous wedding dress. It's incredible. The thought of wearing thousands of dollars of pure elegance on the happiness day of my life, well, it gives me butterflies.   read more


February 14, 2014  |  12:02 PM  |  COMMENT
NYFW Accessory Alert

The latest bracelet trend brings a whole new meaning to arm candy   read more


February 14, 2014  |  10:02 AM  |  COMMENT
The Best in Gold, Silver and Bronze Beauty -- FTW!

We may not be flying down the steep mountaintops of Sochi or cheering "USA! USA!" at the top of our lungs in those icy bleachers, but that doesn't mean we can't participate in the Olympics in our own way -- with makeup and beauty. (Bonus: no 12-hour training days or risk of a broken femur.) Because wearing red, white and blue in a month that isn't July, we're sending our athletes good vibes with gold, silver and bronze beauty.   read more


February 7, 2014  |   4:02 PM  |  COMMENT
Heart-Themed Picks You'll Wear All Year

It's no secret: Valentine's Day is for lovers. For those who are smitten, those who want to be smitten or those who just can't get enough of love. Valentine's Day is pretty much the universal excuse to wear your heart on your sleeve. Stores stock up with chocolates and wine, malls flourish with cupid-worthy gift boxes and beauty brands come up with adorable collections that could make even the anti-cupid smile. What's not to love?   read more


February 6, 2014  |   2:02 PM  |  COMMENT
The Throwback Pack

It seems like just yesterday we were excited to stuff our brand new zip-up backpacks with pencil boxes, notebooks and binders. Somewhere along the way, we grew up. We ditched sneakers for heels, colored pencils for lip crayons and, naturally, those trusty backpacks graduated into oversized totes, ornate clutches and coveted designer bags. But as anyone on vigilant trend watch knows, even the most mundane or unfashionable items can have a major fashion moment. (See: sweatshirts). To wit, your middle school backpack is officially "in." With a few updates, of course.   read more


February 6, 2014  |   9:02 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
5 Questions We Ask Everyone: Fergie

The Black Eyed Peas haven't released a new single since 2011, but whether it's adding one of her songs to a workout playlist, swooning over her husband Josh Duhamel, aww-ing over pics of her adorable five-month-old son, Axl, or realizing you still remember all the words to "Fergilicious" (and rightly so), Fergie manages to stay on our radar year-round. And now she's back again with Viva, a new addition to her line of signature AVON fragrances, Outspoken and Outspoken Intense. The scents are as unique and daring as the fearless artist. Remember that epic backflip in heels at the 2011 Super Bowl?   read more


January 31, 2014  |   6:01 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Beanies: Not Just for Weekends

On the heels of the Polar Vortex that's sweeping the right half of the country, beanies -- the accessory you probably never thought twice about -- have been upgraded to high fashion status. Instead of wide-brimmed fedoras or Parisian berets, street style fashionistas and A-listers are braving negative temperatures with the dark horse of hats. And while It girls have been wearing them so freaking fabulously, as if they're not just made out of a ball of yarn, some of us Left Coast residents are feeling a bit cold weather envy -- praying for even just a degree below 70 to join the beanie festivities.   read more


January 30, 2014  |   8:01 AM  |  COMMENT
We Tried It: A New Kind of Edge Slicker For My Sistas

As much as I'd like to go along with singer India "I Am Not My Hair" Arie, I have to admit, my hair is ... my everything. It's a huge part of my identity (in a good way!), and I think most black women will agree: nothing wrecks a bombshell hairstyle more than frizzy, frazzled, nappy edges.   read more


January 28, 2014  |   4:01 PM  |  3 COMMENTS
FYI: You're Brushing Your Hair All Wrong

Unless you have an army of stylists like Kate Middleton or Beyoncé, chances are you use the same hairbrush for all of your styling needs. Maybe you have the travel-sized version of your paddle brush or a round brush buried in your bathroom drawer. But do you really consider buying different brushes for styling your hair? No? Well, you should.   read more


January 24, 2014  |   8:01 AM  |  COMMENT
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