Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beyoncé - Notable Styles Look of the Day!!!

Beyoncé looks amazing in a forest green dress and royal purple fur(faux fur?) item! And the banded, money roll clutch is a creative and stylish asset.

The Alexander Wang x Judith Leiber clutch has 10,263 swarovski crystals and will be sold for $4,995. The clutch will be made available to the public in a limited quantity beginning in November. If you'd like to purchase you can do so at the Alexander Wang New York and London stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at alexanderwang.com.

Photo Sources: @Beyonce on instagram and not my own

Monday, October 16, 2017

Notable Styles and More Fave Looks!!

This is the Notable Styles and More round-up of stand out looks from Instagram on this weekend of October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017.

1. Jhene Aiko - Singer, song writer, long-term girlfriend to Big Sean.

2. Rasheeda - Owner of Pressed Boutique in Atlanta.

3. Angela Simmons - Daughter of Reverend Run and co-star on Growing Up Hip Hop (GUHH) New York.

4. Fabolous and Cardi B - Solo rap recording stars and hit makers.

5. Karen Civil - Music industry, veteran and innovator.

6. Pascale Rowe - Ms Bling Miami

7. Aja King - Actress, most recently known for her role on How to Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM)

8. Cassie - Recording artist, model, and girlfriend to Sean Combs.


Photo Sources: Various instagram pages

Friday, October 13, 2017

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney!!

Tracee Ellis Ross the comedienne extraordinaire - Diana Ross' daughter - peach 🍑 bum toting - fashionista of all fashionistas is going to drop a line at JCPenney on November 12, 2017.

The line will be available in sizes small to 3X, in mid price range and in a variety of glam chic styles.

Thank you Tracee for thinking of us and putting forth the effort and time to drop some stylespiration onto the world in the form of clothing.

Spread The Good News!

This is a Notable Styles and More Directive: Spread The Good news on this day, that carries a negative tone. Combat all of the spooky, unlucky, horrifying, mysterious, be-witching (and a bunch of  other adjectives that I could have used) with POSITIVITY (fairy sprinkle sound). 

And my positive message of the day is to: Smile. Smile because it is contagious and you can change the whole world one person at a time with a smile.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Zendaya The Slaya!!







Zendaya - who I was introduced to via the child celebrity grooming machine Disney Networks has grown into being one of the most followed stars for all things fashion, trendy and classy. 

This youthful star isn't only beautiful and well dressed (thanks to her individual and styling collaborations with Luxury Law). She is also full of substance which is displayed in her responses and opinions that can be found in articles and posts online. Examples of such opinions relate to Zendaya taking a stand on important societal (minority and women's rights) topics, as well as verbally identifying with a group of the human race that some have labeled "mixed" with her roots coming from one white and one black parent, although Zendaya says she represents all "black" girls.


I have two little girls of my own and I see Zendaya as an excellent representation of beauty, strength, determination and hope of what accomplishment can look like.

Written By: Nicole McClain
Photos: Not my own

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sweet Sweater Pick of the Day!!

Notable Styles and More Staff settled on a fashionable, casual yet chic pick of the day.

Moschino - My Little Pony Intarsia Wool Sweater

Educating Yourself on Local Education!

Hola Notable Ones!

Today, I would like to share a source with you that I am pleased to say keeps me abreast on things related to education in the state of Indiana. This resource even shares specific details on educational news in cities and jurisdictions near Indianapolis, Muncie, East Chicago and other places. My go to site - for this info is Chalkbeat.org.


Chalkbeat offers a full service website with information and articles on hot topic educational items. Anything that you ever wanted to know or may have questions about (relative to education) - I bet can be found on Chalkbeat. Chalkbeat also has a newsletter to keep you up to date on recent developments.

See below for an example of the Chalkbeat newsletter and how it arrives in your inbox.



Chalkbeat is such a great source for me to access information regarding the educational system policy changes, school changes, closings, etc. And if you are not an Indiana resident, fret not Chalkbeat also offers resources for other states as well.

Written By: Nicole McClain

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spring 2018 Givenchy Collection!

The last but certainly not least spring 2018 collection that I am going to post about today is the Givenchy Collection. Givenchy is a french haute couture fashion and parfumerie house that is now owned by the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) Group. The Givenchy brand launched circa 1952 and has been pressing forward ever since. Givenchy fashion is known for it's luxe appeal.

View six of Notable Styles and More Staff Pick favorite looks from the Spring 2018 Givenchy Collection. Are you ready to spring into action?? Leave your comments below.


Spring 2018 Valentino Collection!

Valentino Clemente Ludovick Garavani (Valentino) is an italian fashion designer known for his romantic yet sturdy design aesthetic. Valentino has appeared in feature films, has been seen on Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK) - the Kim and Kanye West wedding episode and many other places.

I have a few favorites from the Spring 2018 Valentino Collection that I am going to feature here. I obviously like the grandma-ish silhouette in prints similar to what my nana would wear. I do feel that Valentino has done an awesome job modernizing a vintage idea. Let us know your thoughts by leaving comment below this post and have a rocking Sunday!


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Black Market Exchange was able to make my stock market watching more meaningful and alleviate my investment indigestion all together. Visit the site and sign up for the newsletter, download the e-book and even catch up on all of the articles. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Drop a comment on this page, after you have checked thebmex.com out. Tell the Notable Styles and More staff your opinions. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Spring 2018 Mugler Collection!

Thierry Mugler is a French fashion designer that launched his first independent collection Café de París in 1973. His designs are known for their body conscious and haute couture aesthetic.

Below you will find five of my favorite looks from the upcoming Spring Mugler collection. In my opinion, his designs compliment a women's shape (with the structure) and offer a high quality of workmanship.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

#BlackExcellence


Black Excellence is a term that I noticed as an insta trend (hashtag phrase #BlackExcellence) on instagram circa July 2017.


As you an see from the image above, there are now several iterations and the phrase itself has over 1 million posts.
I observed that it was being primarily used by Diddy (aka Sean Combs) around the time that #BlackGirlMagic was circulating. There was also #BlackBoyJoy and #BBJ around the same time, and I figured adult, "black" males, were seeking a hashtag that they felt represented them and that was also savvy enough to use on social media platforms.

Who better to flood the block with the phrase, than the hard working, master business man Diddy. Who was just named 1 of 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes. 100 Greatest Living Business Minds, Sean Combs individual page for more information on his accolades.

As I analyze the term #BlackExcellence, I begin to question, why isn't it just #Excellence? Doesn't excellence come in all shapes, colors and sizes? Why is it important to call out the #Black in the #excellence? When honestly, we all know that the race labels we have come to associate with such as black, white, etc were created and used by the power structure for the means to control. Yet, it is still important to use when communicating with a group.

Why is it important when communicating to be specific and use the word "black" when calling out the "excellence"? Well, if you are speaking to a person or group of people do you not address them first? In doing so, it will at least get the attention of every single person, place or thing that identifies with the word "black". It is also similar to any social grouping that has its own frequently used terms and practices, as a part of that group - the members (or those affiliated) identify with it. This is the initial desire, for those whom you are speaking to - to be aware that you are speaking to them.

What does #BlackExcellence mean to me? It means for those who identify with blackness to strive for greatness. To aspire to be the best! Whatever the best may translate to in your industry, in your heart, feel free to define excellence for yourself, motivate others to do so and remember that excellence is achievable and required. 

#BlackExcellence is a movement. An expression of a group of people that feel boxed out and oppressed but have very strong willingness and passion to achieve, succeed and refuse to remain in the shadows. Check out the #BlackExcellence hashtag on social media to get your fix. 

Until next time Notable Stallions!

Written By: Nicole McClain
Images: All rights reserved

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Featured Recipe: Savory Salmon!

Greetings Notable Stallions!

Brace yourself, as we head into the land of the unknown, together and excited for new adventures. In an effort to raise our generations communal meter, Notable Styles is expanding our horizons to cover ideas, information and articles that you may not have read on this platform before. Yaay!! 

If this is your first time to the bog site - WELCOME. And if you have been here before, thank you for returning. My job is to make it worth your while and I am hopeful that this new push will do just that.

Today's Recipe
Grilled Lemon Pepper Salmon
(cooked and prepared by Erika Burton)



Ingredients

2 lbs salmon
2/3 cup of soy sauce
2/3 cup of dark brown sugar
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tbs of lemon pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
3 cedar planks for grilling

Directions

Prep: Cedar planks need to be soaked for at least 1 hour before placing on grill.

1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder.
2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar,  water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
4. Lightly oil cedar planks. Place salmon on planks, and discard marinade.
5. Add remaining Lemon pepper over salmon or taste. 
6. Cook salmon for 10 to 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Bon Apetit!

Keep on linking in to the Notable Styles & More blog as the useful, entertaining and notable posts continue.

Photo Credits: Erika Burton

Monday, September 18, 2017

Swizz Beatz x Bally Collaboration!!!


There is a bombshell 💣 that has dropped in the luxury fashion sector in the form of an accessories and ready-to-wear line, titled 'The Bally Collective' curated by Swizz Beatz.

The products are available for pre-order now and cover a range of items such as backpacks, wallets, sweatshirts, polo shirts, varsity jackets and more! The price points for the items are $125 - $1000+ and the powerful designs make those prices well worth it. 

The artwork is developed by Ricardo Cavolo and represent his interpretation of freeing the spirit animal inside, resulting in a vivid collection of otherworldly drawings. "Working with freedom and no borders means to work with that animal inside of us," says Cavolo. "These characters are sort of gods or shamans with his/her spirit animal as totems."

See below for product images and visit the website to pre-order.