Monthly Archives: December 2009

10 Looks to Bring in 2010 in Style


Not sure what you’re going to wear for New Year’s Eve? Not to worry, here are 10 looks that can help you bring in the new year in style.

1. Embroidered Flutter Dress, Neiman Marcus
2. Knit Tunic Dress, NY and Company
3. Catherine Malandrino Adele Embroidered Dress, Bergdorf Goodman
4. Silk Taffeta Bow Monde Dress, J Crew
5. Great Heights Shift Dress, Anthropologie
6. Pins and Polkas Dress, Anthropologie
7. Evan Picone Sleeveless Ruffle Dress, Macy’s
8. Flore Tunic, Neiman Marcus
9. Animal Print Tunic, Neiman Marcus
10. Max & Cleo Sleeveless Taffeta Dress, Macy’s

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Successful, Single, Black Female Nightline Segment


The story of the number of single, successful, black women has now made the mainstream media — as a news segment on Nightline. Though many of us have experienced it, talked about it, and read about it, seeing the staggering statistics is still tough: 42% of black women have never been married — double the # of white women. Ouch.

Feel free to watch the Nightline segment and read the article. Then tell us what you think. Could you relate or are you sick of seeing/hearing another story about this?

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Spotlight On: Anika Noni Rose


Anika Noni Rose

I remember seeing ‘Snow White and saying to my mother,’Will there ever be a Chocolate Brown?’ She said ‘Probably. Why not?’ I just never thought the first black princess would be me.- Anika Noni Rose

She has been described as a slight (as in petite) actress with a big voice. If you add to that description critically acclaimed supporting actress in an Emmy nominated HBO series and a Golden Globe winning film, Tony Award winner and now the voice of the first black Disney princess…who you have is the incomparable Anika Noni Rose.

Anika is the daughter of Claudia and John Rose, Jr. Born in Bloomfield, Connecticut Anika was bit by the acting bug during her freshman year of high school when she appeared in a school production. She carried her new found passion for acting to college when she attended Florida A&M University and graduated with a  Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. It wasn’t long before Anika packed up her bags and moved to San Francisco, California to hone her dramatic acting skills at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre. Alumni of the school include such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Bratt and Danny Glover to name a few.

Upon leaving the A.C.T., it was time for Anika to do what any self respecting actress would do…beat the pavement for a job. She relocated to none other than the big apple (New York), sans job, determined to make it on Broadway. After only three months Anika was able to secure the role of Rusty in Broadway’s Footloose. From this point forward she enjoyed a steady stream of roles, workshops and musicals until her big break in 2004 when she played the role of Caroline’s daughter in the hit Broadway musical, Caroline, or Change. It was her break out performance in this musical that won her a Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Anika’s movie debut came in 1999 as the “film noir female” in King of the Bingo Game. But it was her turn as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls that made everyone stand up and take notice. She stared alongside Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Earlier this year, HBO showcased Anika’s dramatic and comedic talent alongside Jill Scott in the series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella.

As if winning a Tony award and critical acclaim were not enough, Anika is now the inspiration and voice of a character that will live on in the hearts of many young girls for decades to come. She is the voice and likeness for Princess Tiana, the first black Disney princess in the animated hit, The Princess and The Frog. Kudos to Disney for finally making change happen on this front and in our eyes, they could not have picked a better actress.

Check out Anika on Christmas Day in this ABC special featuring music from The Princess and The Frog.

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The Vyne’s Pick: Fantastic Facial Cleanser


Panthenol Cleanser

We’re constantly in search of quality, effective and safe beauty products to take care of our skin. Recently we’ve begun doing some product testing  of different brands and thought you would appreciate us sharing our insights and recommendations on the one’s we like. So here’s a new facial cleanser that we’re loving. It’s called Panthenol Cleanser by evie evan. If you have notoriously dry skin then this is the cleanser for you! It goes on so cool, smooth and with a hint of fragrance then lathers up for a gentle yet deep clean. You’re face is left feeling refreshed and looking rejuvenated. What we like most about this cleanser is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and stripped of moisture. Rather, your skin is left soft and supple to the touch. This is a great “I just had a long day at work and need to wash the stress off my face” cleanser. See the official product description below.

Panthenol Cleanser

This cleansing gel effectively cleans your face removing make-up, dirt, and dulling dead cells and uses Panthenol and Allantoin to leave skin natural, healthy and silky soft to the touch. Just a small amount is needed for maximum benefit. Use your fingertips to work the luxuriously rich soap-free cleanser gel onto your moistened skin. The foamy action will clean deep into pores, soothe, hydrate, protect from moisture loss and leave skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Works great for combination, normal to slightly dry skin types – though not recommended for extremely sensitive or Rosacea prone skin. Contains Panthenol which helps to seal in moisture and hydrate skin. Also contains Allantoin, a soothing agent derived from the comfrey root. Does not contain potential skin irritants of sodium lauryl, laureth sulfates, or paraben preservatives. Water-soluble foaming gel in a stylish plastic clear bottle 4.5 fl. oz.

Price: $25.00

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A Black “Sex and the City” Coming to Bookstores and the Big Screen


Helena Andrews, DC writer, has received a lot of buzz lately due to her upcoming memoir entitled, “Bitch is the New Black.” Her book is to talk about the struggles of young, successful black women to find love and build a career. Despite the book not being released until June, Grey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes has already been reported to produce the film.

An attractive young woman with a BA from Columbia, Master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, and positions at O Magazine and The New York Times, Helena seems to have a very familiar story. She’s been called a “bitch” at work, has had a complicated childhood and, like many other black women like her, has had a very difficult time finding love. From The Washington Post:

The genesis of Andrews’s book came from a conversation a few years ago between Andrews and Gina, a social scientist who lives in Los Angeles. They wanted to start a blog to explore “why black women can’t find a man.” The day she talked to an agent about this idea and pitched it as a book, one of her sorority sisters committed suicide.

It jarred Andrews. “We stopped. Discussed what happened. We think each other’s lives are fine. You got a good job. A good place to live. You will handle it.” But some people can’t handle it. “She looked like any other successful black woman,” Andrews says of her friend. , “Good clothes, stylish. Ivy League degree, master’s.” Nobody saw it coming. She won’t discuss the details, but you can see it in her face, the mind racing over the why.

“People keep talking about the black single woman in D.C. But do you know who she is? Does she know what she wants? They should stop saying we have it all together. . . . I am that single black woman in Washington, D.C. Why is she single? This is who I am. Tell me.”

Read the entire story about Helena Andrews on The Washington Post.

Tell us what you think – are you excited to read/watch Helena’s story? Do you think her story is an accurate depiction of successful black women in America?

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New Music Releases: Robin, Alicia and More


This week brought some highly anticipated R&B releases of the year. First, the talented Alicia Keys released The Element of Freedom – her latest in over two years. Sex Therapy also became available as the latest smooth, sultry and appropriately named release by Robin Thicke. Finally, iTunes released Soul Christmas from their iTunes Essentials library featuring some of the most soulful Christmastime favorites to get you in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorite songs from each of them:
Alicia Keys – The Elements of Freedom
For someone as talented as Ms. Keys it’s difficult to outdo each previous album. Though this may not be her best full release, it certainly has several notable, memorable songs.
Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down – Consider this the acoustic, “quiet storm” version of her Jay-Z collaboration.
This Bed – Could have easily been written for Mariah Carey, this one will get you bopping your head and singing along the first time you play it.
Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart – Upbeat and catchy, this is a  post-breakup legend in the making.
That’s How Strong My Love Is – “The” love song of the album. As a plus, it showcases Alicia’s talent tickling the ivories.

Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy
Robin’s Sex Therapy made it difficult to select just a few favorites. His style has stayed consistent with the Robin we all know and love but this time has definitely dialed up the sensuality factor.
Sex Therapy –  The name says it all. We’ll keep it clean and leave it at that.
It’s in the Mornin’ (Featuring Snoop Dogg) – The ultimate smooth groove that’s perfect for snuggling.
Rollacosta (Featuring Estelle) – Definitely a hit. This up-tempo song will infiltrate the radio and, quite possibly, the clubs very soon.
Jus Right – With a hint of a “Lost Without You” feel, “Jus Right” is smooth and blissful.

iTunes Essentials: Soul Christmas
Available exclusively through iTunes, this Christmas Soul conglomeration includes the best 25 soulful holiday songs for you to download. Some of the songs listed include:
This Christmas by Donny Hathaway

Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder

Deck the Halls by Musiq Soulchild

Silent Night by The Temptations

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The Vyne’s Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Gifts for You!


We all know this is the season for giving, but we also shouldn’t forget about ourselves. This week we show you some great gifts for you to either ask for on your list or to buy for yourself:
1. Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Earrings, Tiffany: Every girl loves getting a little blue box. And it’s even better when that little blue box contains diamonds.

2. Rosette Bib Necklace, Banana Republic: This unique bib necklace can become your “go-to” accessory to add some feminine pizazz to your ensembles.

3. Kai Body Butter: This alluring, tropical scented fragrance made into a body butter will make your skin smell and feel fabulous.

4. Tunebo Leather Satchel, Anthropologie: Anthropologie is the epitome of “boho-chic” and so is this bag. Get ready to constant answer the “where did you get that bag?” question by carrying this Tunebo leather satchel.

5. Multi Stone Cuff, Vivre: This beautiful multi-stone bracelet can easily take you from day to night.

6. MacBook Air, Apple: Get the benefits of a MacBook without weighing down your shoulder with Apple’s MacBook Air. A little pricey, but oh so worth it. Merry Christmas to you!

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