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The Budget Diva

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 5, 2009

It costs to be a diva. But if you are smart and thrifty, it doesn’t have to bankrupt you, or put you through financial strain. It is important to prioritize and learn how to go about your transformation wisely if you are on a budget. So what is your situation? If it’s difficult, I can relate. I spent a whole year out of work when I had my daughter and I’m just getting a new job. Fortunately, it is a job with a high income potential if I work hard at it. But my husband and I just purchased a new home and have yet to unload our previous one. So things are difficult. So what can one do when one is on a fixed income? How do you become a budget diva?

Rule 1
DIY. Learn how to do for yourself. If you cannot afford to have your hair done professionally on a weekly basis, invest in some styling tools of your own. Don’t be suckered by the price or the brand name either. There are some really inexpensive tools that you can pay $20 for or $120 for, and get the same results. Do your homework. Read product reviews. Doing these things first can save you time, money and frustration. Next, purchase a manicure set. You don’t need much. Some nail clippers, a file, a four way file w/ buffer, some clear base coat polish and a colored nail polish, such as red, black or gold. Make sure you get those toes too ladies. Being on a budget does not give license to walk around with bear claws hanging out of your open toe pumps.

Rule 2
Drugstore Makeup works. MAC is great. Nars, Smashbox & so on. But if you head on over to your local Walgreens or CVS, don’t turn your nose up at the Loreal & Maybelline lines. I remember my mother used to use Maybeline Great Lash Mascara when I was younger. Now, like a decade later, I’m using the same mascara. And I paid $4 for it. For great everyday looks, don’t underestimate your local drugstore.

Rule 3
Shop smart & Plan Ahead. Decide on your look ahead of time and prepare. If you don’t really know what your own style is, look in magazines and get some ideas. Then take a trip to TJ Maxx, Filene’s Basement,
Marshall‘s & Shoe Carnival. You may come across some great designer fashions at half the price. H&M is one of my favorites too. You can also get some pretty things and cute accessories from places like Discovery, Charlotte Russe & Forever 21. Here are some quick budget fashion tips:

Shop out of season: Clearance sales are the best! So while you may not be able to buy a wardrobe ahead of time, you can always pick up a few pieces and shoes. For example, I once got a skirt for $5 from the gap for work that was $35 regular price. I got some sandals for $15 that were normally $40. So when you come across these fantastic deals, capitalize on them. If you find it difficult spending money on yourself and have major priorities over fashion, which most of us do, just do one piece a paycheck.

Shop second-hand sometimes: Consignment shops & Goodwill offer a wonderful outlet to purchase some really cute things for next to nothing. Hint: These places are exceptionally helpful when you need work clothes. There are also some places that will buy your gently used clothing, as well as sell. Plato’s Closet, for example. Carson‘s usually has coupons in the Sunday papers. And twice a year they have the “Goodwill Sale” in which you can receive a voucher for gently worn clothing to use toward a new purchase. Pair this up with a sale or coupon and you’re balling on a budget!

Shop Online: Ebay is one of the safest places to shop online today. Get a paypal account. And sometimes you can find online deals at your favorites stores, that are not available at the physical locations. One more thing to look out for is product premieres. Lots of times when someone is doing a new product line, they give out free samples. Look for coupons from your favorite name brands as well.

With all of these options, you should barely ever have to pay full price for anything!

Some Products We Like


Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer $7(this product has a tint to it, and is recommended for ethnic skin, such as asian, black or indian. Not recommended for pale skin)

L'Oreal True Match Powder, Caramel Beige W7L’Oreal True Match Powder $11

Dickinson's witch hazel-Daily Facial TonerWitch Hazel (Toner/Astringent) $4

L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Bright Shadow Duo FlamboyantL’Oreal HIP (High intensity Pigments) Eyeshadow $7

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor Simmering SpiceCoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor $10

CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss Cool Cocoa Mint SplashCoverGirl Wetslicks Lip Glosses $6


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Tracee Ellis Ross

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 4, 2009

When I first started watching “Girlfriends” back in 2000, there was one cast member who had Standout Style to me. Joan Clayton. While I found her to be funny looking, she was artistically interesting, quite striking in her side profile and uniquely beautiful. But what stood out the most for me, was her wardrobe. Who is her stylist? I thought. Please give them a raise. I was impressed by her trendy style, dramatic dresses, feminine pencil skirts, strappy shoes, billowy blouses and bright red lipstick. And then I discovered that it wasn’t Joan Clayton that had such fierce style, it is Tracee Ellis Ross herself. There is nothing fictional about this style diva. She has been featured in Glamour, In Style, a New York Times fashion editorial, Vibe Vixen, & Essence to name a few. Her hair is wildly beautiful and her makeup light and never overdone. Whenever Tracee shows up on the Red Carpet, she arrives looking effortlessly glamorous! Check her out:

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Dynamic Vintage Divas

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 29, 2008

eartha5In honor of Eartha Kitt, who passed at 81 on Christmas day, we have composed a little dedication to the Dynamic Vintage Divas that paved the platinum and gold walkway for our current divas. These women had wicked style, were sickeningly sexy and constantly classy. The best thing about them is that their beauty is timeless and their impact helped change the way we view ourselves as black women, and the way the rest of the world views us. They helped give black women confidence and inspired most of the trends that we are into today. Yes we still have a ways to go, but they’ve taken the most difficult steps for us.



Eartha Kitt



  Orson Welles deemed her “the most exciting woman in the world!” He gave her the role of Helen of Troy in the stage version of Dr. Faust in 1950.

The self-proclaimed “sex kitten” was famous for her cat-like puuuurrrrr, her portrayal as the first black Catwoman, and her song “Santa Baby.”

Born in South Carolina on a Cotton Plantation and rose to International Star Status

Dorothy Dandridge



 Born in Cleveland Ohio, her parents created an act for Dorothy and her sister, which was later called Dandridge Sisters

Starred in Carmen Jones in 1954 alongside Diahann Carroll

First African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress

Was swindled out of over $100,000 by her financial reps and accountants

Lena Horne


 Born and raised in Brooklyn, she was blacklisted from tv and film for nearly a decade because of her outspokenness  

Quit school when she was 14 and got her first stage job ay 16

Felt that her looks were both a blessing and a curse

Diahann Carroll


Diahann Carroll

 Best known for her title role in Julia (1968) as the first black woman starring in her own series and not playing a domestic worker

Played a reoccurring role in Dynasty, one of the most popular soap opera’s of all time

 Starred alongside Lena Horne in Carmen Jones in 1954

Other Notable Vintage Divas

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday



Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker


Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin


Tina Turner

Tina Turner


Pam Grier

Pam Grier

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