Stories by Tiffanie Petett

24 Fitness Mantras More Motivating Than Tony Horton on Crack

You've kicked off your shoes, slumped onto the couch and turned on "Real Housewives" -- again. This, after you promised yourself you'd hit the gym after work. But when trash TV, leftover pad thai and a glass of pinot beckons, there's no way you're trading all that for a sports bra and treadmill. Hey, who are we to judge? We've all been there.   read more

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April 3, 2014  |   6:04 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
Waisted Elegance: Add Polish With Statement Belts

With all of the flowy silhouettes of whimsical maxi dresses and billowy palazzo pants trending this season, it makes sense that statement belts are also on the hit-list this spring. Skip the jewelry; these bold, bigger-is-better accessories are the way to bring your outfit to the next level. From basic neutrals to colorful pastels and metallic accents, these oversized belts add punch and polish to your look while giving extra definition to the waist.   read more

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April 3, 2014  |   6:04 PM  |  COMMENT
Doobies, Pineappling and Sisterlocks: What Natural Hair Care Really Means

"It's been two years since my first BC, and although my TWA is packed with gorgeous 3AB curls, I can't help but think my transition to long hair will take little more than a protective hairstyle and pineappling."   read more

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April 2, 2014  |   4:04 PM  |  7 COMMENTS
Try This: Curly Twisted Pin-Up

For girls with natural hair, styling can be tricky. Wearing it down works only if your dead ends aren't obnoxiously frizzled and your curls are smooth enough not to seem unkempt. Opting for an updo is the easiest go-to in this case, but what happens when your hair isn't long enough to throw up into the all-purpose top knot? YouTube blogger The Chic Natural asked herself those very questions and came up with a wide range of completely doable styles for short to medium haircuts. She demonstrates how to get the looks in these super easy (and binge-worthy) natural hairstyle tutorials. Plus, her styles are so versatile, you can wear them to the office, happy hour or even a weekend soiree. One of her looks we're currently obsessed with: this curly twisted pin-up.   read more

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March 31, 2014  |  12:03 PM  |  COMMENT
Everything Is Illuminated: Must-Get Iridescent Accessories

We hope you have your sunglasses handy because it's about to get bright this spring. We're not talking about the punchy florals that crop up this time every year. Rather, glowy iridescent fabrics turned every spring/summer runway into a shiny metallic and rainbow laser show. And now, fashion bloggers and A-listers are ablaze with their own take on Fashion Week's holographic trend.   read more

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March 27, 2014  |   4:03 PM  |  COMMENT
7 Genius Ways to Nix Hair Shrinkage for Good

Celebrities have done it. Runway models have done it. Even fiercely chic socialites have dabbled in the natural hair movement. If there's anything the big and beautiful trend has taught us, it's that it doesn't matter if you're a budding beauty blogger or the kid sister to Beyoncé -- embracing your God-given kinky hair and curly spirals is inspiring. Some who've grown tired of chemical treatments and damaging weaves say the hairstyle trend has even helped them to identify their true self.   read more

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March 26, 2014  |   2:03 PM  |  COMMENT
How to Pull Off a Twisted Side Fro Hawk

When we say styling natural hair takes time, effort and patience, we mean it. But would our favorite naturalistas change it for the world? Not a chance. Take YouTube phenom Helecia, otherwise known as iKnowlee on her channel. Famous for her braid outs, twist outs, updos and other natural hair video tutorials, this girl has racked up nearly 100,000 subscribers. One of the signature looks we're loving: her twisted side fro hawk.   read more

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March 24, 2014  |   6:03 AM  |  COMMENT
Try This Trend: Floral Hair Accessories

After a winter that could make even the shiniest optimists falter, spring has finally arrived. And with it, comes a new crop of warmer-weather trends that spurn all things stark or frosty. Our favorite spring accessory trend: floral hair accessories. The styles on our radar -- intricate floral headbands, teeny tiny daisy adhesives, hyacinth clips and soft rose barrettes -- are flirty and feminine, of course, but understated and sophisticated for a look you can pull off every day.   read more

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March 20, 2014  |  10:03 AM  |  COMMENT
Flawless Spring Looks You'll Love

Master makeup, hair and fashion trends straight from the runway   read more

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March 18, 2014  |   8:03 AM  |  COMMENT
We Tested 10 Edge Control Products for Black Hairstyles

In the world of hair styling, edge control is something most of my fair, flaxen-haired friends have never heard of, but it's an essential step for kinky-curly, bound-to-be-frizzy, African-American hair maintenance. Those stray wispies along the hairline aren't meant to roam free, as in some sepia-toned Alicia Keys video. If there's anything our favorite naturalistas have taught us, it's that going natural isn't just about going with the 'fro, and taming those frazzled edges at your hairline takes a lot more artillery than a little shine serum and hairspray. Controlling your edges can be a lifelong project ... a mission, if you will. But there's a whole category of products designed to make this mission: possible.   read more

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March 17, 2014  |   5:03 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
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