In case you were wondering why there has been a shortness in Fashion Friday Blogs, our Fashion Editor, Naomi Hill is officially Naomi Catlin. Over the weekend we jumped the Bride over the broom and gave her away in love. It was a beautiful site to see and we wish her union a lifetime of love and happiness. The fashion blogs will be back soon. But in the meantime, send your love to the beautiful newlywed and enjoy a couple of photos. =)
Social Media is continuing to climb the entertainment ladder. With apps and Social Networking Sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, just to name a few, pictures have proven to tell a thousand words without a sound. They could tell even more if done wrong. For example, bathroom pictures with the toilet in the background is not a good look. But we are here to help you maximize your “likes” and show off your best features without any noticeable embarrassing mishaps along the way.
1. THE ANGLE
Nothing beats taking a dope picture with a terrible angle. Talk about annoying 101. Before you began taking your selfies, practice a little in the mirror to determine which side is more pleasing.
2. THE LIGHTING
Natural lighting (outdoors/sunlight) is usually always the best and most accurate definition in lighting. Bathroom lighting typically has an orange tint and while it may seem appealing and take the place of a filter, sometimes it could be a little deceiving and share less of a natural hue to your tone. Play with your camera in different lighting to get the perfect shade.
3. THE BACKGROUND
How about those messy backgrounds that seem as though a tornado just had an hour of free time in your room. Your background is just as important as the person in the picture. While the cropping tool can be a lifesaver, not many filters can clean a messy room. Pay attention to your background before snapping your photos. If your background is clear of any mess, perfect. If it’s busy, choose the corner of your room instead.
4. THE EXPRESSION
Give me face honey! From duck lips to smizing, expression tells all. An expression to give off feeling. A beautiful smile can easily lighten the mood of others, while the bedroom eye could give off much sex appeal. Not everyone will perfect their smize like Tyra Banks but practice makes great work and it’s just you and your camera. If a flirty face is too difficult, it’s always fun to make funny faces. Don’t take your selfie too seriously. No pun. =)
5. THE EDIT
Filter me this, filter me that. It’s OKAY to spice up an image to make lines sharper, color bolder, and mistakes erased. It’s not okay to completely transform your features. Download Camera+ app and play with over 100 features and editing tools to creatively make your photo pop.
Have you ever pulled your camera out to take a selfie and your friend decided to hop in the frame with you? Your selfie then becomes an usie. Same rules apply.
Remember to have fun while taking your selfie/usie. Oh and btw, it’s completely normal to take 25 pictures because you will end up only liking 2 anyway. Lighten up and pose.
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Last month the Andre Agassi High School College Preparatory Academy held a Teen Empowerment Summit. I was blessed with the opportunity to speak to a large selection of 6th – 12th grade young ladies covering the topic The 7 Areas of a Balanced Life. It was ironic to me how I was dealing with some of those same issues, blogged about it and then was presented with the platform to teach it. I can honestly say, it made for a great class. Because it was so fresh and new to me, I was able to speak from a place of passion, I was able to study a little harder and stand up a little taller because every single question or response that came from the young ladies mouths, was relative to my past or my present.
From my experience speaking for this years Teen Empowerment Summit at Andre Agassi High, I was very humbled as well as pleased from start to finish. From the leaders and organizers and of course the students, it was genuine love. Magic moments were created. We enjoyed great ice breakers, exercises, lessons, laughs, lunch and even created Vision Boards. Working with the youth is passion of mine and this opportunity only confirmed more of that.
Thank you to Lauren Brooks, Mrs. Harris and Ms. Connie for giving me a chance.
“I Just Want To Know The Secret of Making It Work, Cause Time Is Ticking.” – Brandy Asking For Relationship Advice
Singer Brandy was a guest on a new talk show called The Daily Help Line where hosts Spirit and Miles share real and uncut advice to their guests. Brandy has had her share of love gone wrong, as most of us have. She was even engaged a time or two but things just didn’t quite work out and she has found herself back to the single life. While on the show, she couldn’t help but to ask for dating advice…
Brandy: “I have a deep question for you guys. I’ve been in relationships before. I’ve been the heartbreaker, I have had my heart broken to pieces. But I just want to know the secret of making it work, cause time is ticking. I’m 35 and I’m trying to one day get to the next level. The next level! You know? Like marriage one day? Help me, ya’ll looking at me like ya’ll don’t know what I’m talking about.”
Spirit: “Communication every day is the key. And I honestly think that most people aren’t willing to do what it takes to make a marriage work, much less a relationship. Most of us, we have to ask the question: Why should I share my passwords with my partner? Why do I have to tell them where I am?”
Brandy: “Oh you gon’ tell me your password! [laughs] Just kidding!”
Spirit: “That’s the right idea though! I really think with all sincerity, relationships are hard, and people don’t want to work hard. You have to tell your partner, if we’re going to do this, I mean literally do this, it needs to be ’til death do us part, not ’til divorce do us part. So if divorce isn’t an option, and your personal happiness always has to be an option, then what you’ll say is ‘Hey, we have a problem and I refuse to be unhappy so we need to figure this out. We need to get to resolution. When you take it off the table, then you have the opportunity for resolution, you have the opportunity to forgive, and you have the opportunity for forever. You can’t hold on to stuff.”
Brandy: “Why weren’t you around two years ago in my life? [laughs]”