Makeup and Martinis with Sparkle The Stylist

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Sparkle the Stylist
and SHE (Sparkle Hyche Enterprises) presents Makeup and Martinis,  a free event that will connect the beauty industry(makeup artists, salon owners, beauty industry professional).Complimentary Drinks, Mini Makeovers, tutorials and an opportunity to network with others within the industry.  The event will take place today, Monday September 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.  The event will take place at Salon 422  1640 Roswell Street Smyrna, Georgia.  You can R.S.V.P  at Sparklehyche@gmail.com.

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To shine brightly with flashes of light and be vivacious and witty are used to define exactly what a sparkle is.  When speaking about the beautiful, multitalented Sparkle Hyche, she lives up to exactly what Webster and any other dictionary defines.  Sparkle Hyche, a 2nd generation hairstylist, continuously constructs and masters her passions and gifts.  She uses those gifts and passions to enhance the lives of others because she respects the reality that looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. 995079_10152710665092474_6395714661635732884_n

Wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, published writer and instructor; are only a few hats that this highly noted stylist wears.  While Sparkle is a New Jersey born diva, she is a certified Georgia peach.  While growing up in South Georgia, Sparkle, performed her first weave and began to sew dolls clothes at eight years old. By eleven, she had a complete clientele of friends and church members. That was just the strong foundation that needed to be layed because from those humble beginnings a star with the brilliance of the sun was born.

With her years of experience and abundance of education there is no question as to why Sparkle is the one stop stylist to many celebrities, high end clientele and devoted customers.   Sparkle Hyche is a woman with amazing gifts and SHE MEAN BUSINESS.
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OOTD (Late)

10668247_304196823118727_908723272_nLast Saturday me and some of the girls had a shoot with Kushions Photography for the next issue of Full Blossom Magazine.  Of Course I just knew that i was super cute with my new hairstyle and Fresh to death attire, so i decided to share.  This is the first time that I have ever felt comfortable enough to wear a crop top that showed a little of my stomach but now that I have popped the cherry, you are sure to see more.  I wore heels for the shoot but later that night I wore it with a wedge.

 

DEETS:  

Long Sleeve men’s denim shirt: Goodwill

Black High Low Skirt:  Catos Fashion

Black Patent Leather Pump:  Jessica Simpson

Black and Gold Wedge Scandal: Covington (Sears)

ACCESSORIES (ALL GOLD EVERYTHING)

Bamboo earrings

Oversized rope chain

Bangles

Red  ring

LIPSTICK

Ruby Woo: M.A.C


      SHOP

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By Marqueshia Fountain

photoshoot13_zps41cd3fb9I had the pleasure of meeting Marqueshia Fountain during the P.H.A.T. Girl Fresh presents Life Styled event in May.  She was there helping Carla Halliburton with the decor set up for the event.  However, I had no idea of the many talents that she was equipped with.10369115_682314351804120_3757334786334646091_n

Marqueshia is a freelance makeup artist, but she is also a health and fitness advocate. She spend a lot of time educating herself and others of ways to love themselves and live a healthy lifestyle.  While Marqueshia has always seen the importance of health and fitness, she gained a greater knowledge about four years age.  She stated that she, ” big chopped to natural hair and became a vegetarian during that time.” When speaking of the transition, she said, ” What I have learned during this time is that what you put onto the body is just a important as what you put into your body.”

1604688_629842463717976_1445292396_nAs Marqueshia transitioned into this new lifestyle she  wanted to come up with all natural products that could be used on the skin and hair containing quality ingredients at an affordable price. “Every product that I make and sale I use myself”, say Marqueshia. They contain all natural organic butters and cold pressed virgin oils.
She gifted me an amazing set, called The Dream Set that it included one 8 oz Body Butter and one 8 oz Body Polish both these products contain her signature ingredients (100% Unrefined Shea Butter, 100% Unrefined Cocoa Butter and 100% Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil). Along with organic grapeseed oil, vitamin e oil, avocado oil, organic extra virgin olive oil and sweet almond oil. Both products that are in the Dream Sets help to moisturize the skin and with prolonged use will help to fade blemishes as well as scars.  I must say I was very pleased because it left my skin feel and smelling amazing.  I am very particular about what I put on my skin for a number of reasons but I am glad I tried these products.  She definitely has a new customer.2014-04-08120950_zps74fce217

All the products available at www.bymarqueshiafountain.com  are handmade by Marqueshia and contain all natural ingredients with a twist  (the twist is fragrance) so you get the best of both worlds. You get a natural product that not only smells good it has the added benefit of nourishing the skin.Intense Body Butter

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MY TOP FIVE BEYONCE JAMS!!!

Just like the rest of the Beyhive, I am feeling quite festive today, yes, it is BeyDay bitches!!!  In honor of Yonce’s born day, I decided to share with you my top five favorite Beyonce jams.

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AND ONE TO GROW ON!!!!!!

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Every Woman Isn’t Waiting To Be Wifed….

119203342_origToday while on Facebook I found  myself engaging in a conversation that I have had on many occasions.  The guy was asking why I wasn’t married and informing me that if he were my man, he would have put a ring on it long ago.  As usual, I was irritated by the assumption that I want to get married because the reality is, not every girl is eager to become someones wife.

I informed him that I was not some lonely old maid with no options and that had I wanted to, I could have been married on several occasions.  From there, he begin to ask the typical questions: was I lesbian, what had made me this way, did I not feel worthy and doesn’t every woman dream of getting married?feminism-is-the-radical-notion-that-women-are-people-11

After answering all of his questions, it left me with a few of my own.  Why is it that there are so many double standards in terms of gender?  Why are women judged on such a grand scale for our choices?  Why is it something wrong with us going against the grain and being who we are.

Gender based double standards really get on my damn nerve.  Why is it okay for a man to not want to be married but wrong for a woman to feel the same way?  If a man doesn’t want kids it is cool, If a woman doesn’t want kids it is a crime. Women are entitled to be and not be whom ever we want and it should be just as acceptable as it is for men.

feminist-quotes-5One of the first gifts a girl is given is a baby, so that she can learn how to be caring and nurturing in preparation for motherhood and marriage.  Why is this?  The world has moved forward in so many ways, but many of these sexist beliefs still linger. I think that it is just unfair that we tell our daughters the the world is theirs to conquer but later make them feel wrong for not wanting to be who society says they should be.

As I thought about this, i was reminded of the words that award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke on Beyonce’s Flawless;

We teach girls to shrink themselves To make themselves smaller We say to girls’You can have ambition But not too much You should aim to be successful But not too successful Otherwise you will threaten the man’Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage I am expected to make my life choices Always keeping in mind that Marriage is the most important Now marriage can be a source of Joy and love and mutual support But why do we teach to aspire to marriage And we don’t teach boys the same?We raise girls to each other as competitors Not for jobs or for accomplishments Which I think can be a good thing But for the attention of men We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings In the way that boys are Feminist: the person who believes in the social Political, and economic equality of the sexesScreen-shot-2014-08-25-at-1.20.02-PM

Now before any of you get bent out of shape, I am not bashing marriage.  I respect the beauty of two individuals making that commitment.  I know that the Bible honors marriage and that, ” He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the Lord.”  I love being loved and giving love, it is a beautiful thing.  However, I also respect a woman’s right to do what ever the hell she pleases without being made to feel wrong.  Love being able to be me and make choice according to what is best for me,  not according to society and their standards.  

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SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH

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September is the month reserved for Sickle Cell Anemia awareness.  Sickle Cell is near and dear to me because not only do I have a friend living with it but I lost my best friend to the illness.  For years, I struggled to understand the illness because my best friend always looked so well.  All I knew was that sometimes she missed days from school.  I never knew how her true hardship until we were older and I witnessed her turmoil during the birth of her son.  From that day on I, my understanding of the disease and respect for those living with it was great.

Sickle cell anemia is a disease affecting many African-Americans, it is one of the most common genetic disorders especially in the United States. It causes problems with the red blood cells. Normal red blood cells are round and smooth and move through blood vessels easily. Sickle cells are C-shaped and become hard and sticky. They can get stuck in small blood vessels, blocking blood flow. This can cause pain and organ damage. Sickle cells die quickly, but your body cannot make new red blood cells to replace them fast enough. This leads to anemia. People who have sickle cell anemia need constant treatment to prevent severe pain and serious health problems.images (1)

Each year, about 1 in 500 African-Americans is born with sickle cell disease, which runs in families. This means that the gene that causes sickle cell anemia is passed down from parents to children. People who have sickle cell disease got the sickle cell gene from both parents. People who have only one sickle cell gene are said to have the sickle cell “trait.” They do not have the disease, but they can pass the gene to their children. About 1 in 12 African-Americans has the sickle cell trait.

Some Celebrities with Sickle Cell include:

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1. Tionne “T- Boz” Watkins.
A singer in the group of TLC that has the sickle cell anemia and also the spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association in the United States.

2. Prodigy.
A rapper also shares the experiences of having this disease and expressed a word of encouragement for all the individuals who are also suffering from sickle cell anemia.

3. Tiki Barber.
An American football player. The football player also gives advice on how to treat this disease.

4. Larenz Tate.
An actor that has the sickle cell anemia together with his two brothers. They raised a foundation that deals with awareness of the disease. The two brothers also shared their experiences on how to fight and treat the said disease. They also encourage other people not to be afraid with the sickle cell anemia since this can be treated.

5. Miles Davis.
A Jazz trumpet player also encountered this kind of disease. The trumpet player wants to express a variety of experiences and treatments on how to fight the disease.85b793adfc28fa2c867a6ab0dd955977

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She’s So Clutch

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10567936_701421146195_276470228_n Last Saturday I styled and directed a mini photo shoot for talented designer Kourtnei Wright. Kourtnei is a young lady who has an abundance of talent.  She begin making, designing and altering clothing for her company GreenThumb several years ago.  She quickly became known for her unique out of the box work.  However, over time she has transitioned into another area of fashion.

She’s So Clutch is Kourtnei’s latest project and just like with GreenThumb she is exposing her creative range.  She’s So Clutch is a collection of custom clutch purses that are fun and funky.

She’s So Clutch full collection of bag will premiered during Albany Fashion Week, in Albany, Georgia on 

 

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Blogger Garner Style…. Boycotting Target


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Recently there has been a lot of talk about issues within the plus size community.  Many people have went as far as to blame us (plus size women) for some of the problems.  Personally, I agree.

I think that it is time that we stop accepting bullsh#t from others who are benefiting from our “fat” dollars.  With all of the millions that the plus size industry generates why should we accept being treated as if we are unimportant.  How is it that many brands use standard models to sale plus size clothes?  Why is it that many department stores seem to hide the plus size section?  Why Is there such a huge difference in the fashion that you see in the plus size section of many stores?  The answer to all of these questions is the same; because we allow it.Garner-Style-Swapdom2

Blogger and respected fashionista Chastity Garner Valentine of Garner Style is not one of those who chooses to sit quietly and accept this unfair treatment.  She recently began a movement to boycott Target following the release of designer Joseph Altuzarra’s lookbook for a collaboration with Target.  The release of the new collection brought to light the fact that Target is yet another retailer who doesn’t give a damn about it’s plus size customers.

In seeing this reality, Chastity did what she does best, she blogged.  The blogged read something like a letter directed towards a lover who had gone astray.  The opening paragraph reads; “For so long, I loved you. I always went above and beyond in our relationship. I’ll visit you to get a couple of items and more than a couple hundred dollars later and a cart full of products, I have left giving you way more than I ever planned to. No matter how much I give, you never seem to appreciate me. All I want is the clothing you offer all your other regular sized customers, but you always leave me out. With that being said, I have to end this relationship. It’s you, not me and for my own well-being and my self dignity I have to sever ties between us.”  target

Chastity’s decision to boycott Target, has been met with many mixed emotions: there are those (like myself) who totally agree and support her, there are those who are saying;”who in the hell does she think she is” and then there are those think that she is making a big deal out of nothing.  However, the reality is, she has a very valid point, it is in poor taste that you Target feel the need to neglect your plus size customers.

I feel where Chastity is coming from because for years, I have had a love affair with Target.  Besides them not being WalMart, they always have the best merchandise.  There was a time when they sold the best support garments and the plus size department was filled with nice trendy pieces.  I can remember when I purchased nearly all of my jeans from Target.  However, when they decided to reconstruct the store, all of that went down the drain.  You would have better luck hearing a rat pee on cotton than you would finding a decent piece of clothing for plus size women in Target.  Which is why I have chosen to stand with my fellow blogger in support of the #boycottingtarget movement.

This is without question a positive step in the right direction for the plus size community.  It is time the society realize that we are just as fabulous and fashionable as other women.  We are in no way second class because of our weight.  I hope that more of us decide to speak out and stand up for our beliefs.  We deserve the option to be what we want not what others think we need.

A rep from Target, did make a statement concerning the boycott but to me, He just said something to be saying something.  Joshua Taylor(Target rep) told  Refinery 29 about the future of the company’s plus-size options. “We never want our guests to feel disappointed, and if we’ve let them down, we apologize,” he said. “We appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from our guests. We’ll take this feedback into consideration as we move forward. In the meantime, we offer a variety of plus options. We’ll also be introducing a new plus line in the near future that features a focus on the latest styles, all at great prices.”

Until they are more considerate of the needs of plus size women, I encourage all of my P.H.A.T. GIRLS to shop elsewhere.  I much as I hate to say it, I guess I will bite the bullet and head on over to Wally World.  20140620_134709

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The Curvy Idol Competition

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The Curvy Idol Competition is a national two part competition for professional and aspiring plus models. This competition brings all  contestants an unbelievable amount of exposure to thousands of people in the curvy community. Contestants enter the competition on the Curvy Idol website and await for their profile page to be added to the site. Contestants can then begin planning on how to promote their site to their supporters and be ready once voting begins. The top ten finalists will receive amazing perks that include a VIP weekend in Atlanta, a feature in Curve Appeal Culture Mag, participation in the Curvy Idol Commercial and Documentary, a free group photo shoot, a Finalist shirt and more. The winner will receive unbelievable prizes worth over $5000 that include a $1000 wardrobe makeover, lifetime free Curve Appeal Platinum Membership, a Free Cruise, cover model for the relaunch spring issue of Curve Appeal Culture Mag and so much more. The Curve Appeal Network is looking for one winner to take it ALL! Top ten finalists will stay in a luxury style vacation home in Atlanta (free of charge) for the Curvy Idol Finale Weekend February 20-22, 2015 and will be judged on; etiquette, photo shoot, creative images, speaking ability, runway walk and poses in a TOP MODEL Style Competition. This amazing competition is also a fundraiser for the 2015 Curvy Girls and Future Leaders Summer Camp that will empower middle school and high school curvy girls to live healthy, be fashionable and to not give in to peer pressure. Contestants will receive points via votes, securing donations and completed marketing project assignments. Enter the Comp at http://www.CurvyIdol.com
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Balling for Lupus

 

 

 

 

P.H.A.T. GIRL FRESH is honored to be working with the beautiful Mrs. Bo Talley during the “Balling For Lupus” Charity Basketball game.  As an advocate for women I support a number of events that bring awareness to issues that touch and concern women.  However Lupus awareness is near and dear to me because someone very important to me lives with the illness.  That person is my Bigmama; my aunt by blood but my grandmother and mother at heart.

Mrs. Bo Talley was among the first individuals honored as by P.H.A.T. GIRL FRESH during the Life Styled event.  I have a get level of respect for her and her efforts to encourage women to live their best lives despite age and other factors.  So, when she informed me of  her intention to have this event, I assured her that I would assist and volunteer as much of my time and energy as I could.

I look forward to many of you coming out and showing your support for a worthy cause while having family friendly fun.  Below you will find information and a link for the tickets (click the flyer or the “Balling for Lupus”)

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Presents1st Annual Balling for LupusFemale Celebrity Basketball Game

 

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ATLANTA, GA -“Female” Celebrity Charity Basketball Game to Raise Awareness & Funds for the LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA GEORGIA CHAPTER.

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for the LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA GEORGIA CHAPTER; Fred Williams, Head Coach of the WNBA Tulsa Shock and Wife Mrs. Bo Talley-Williams CEO of Blaq Pearl Entertainment will host a “Celebrity Female Charity Basketball Game” themed “BALLING FOR LUPUS” at Ronald McNair High School, August 16th, at 5:00pm. This is an historic event (the first all female celebrity game in Atlanta) that will bring together WNBA players and female celebrities all for one common dynamic, LUPUS AWARENESS.

 

LUPUS is near and dear to their families hearts because they lost an aunt due to complications of LUPUS; they also have a cousin who is currently living with this mysteriously unpredictable illness. These loved ones and their knowledge of the illness is the driving force behind Mr. and Mrs. Williams determination to bring aid and awareness.

 

 

OFFICIAL MEDIA HOST

Rolling Out Magazine

 

 

CELEBRITY HOSTS, COACHES & PLAYERS
Bria Janelle (Host) Event Host/ Radio Personality
Momma Dee (Celebrity Asst. Coach) VH1 Love & Hip Hop Atl

Ms. Frankie (Celebrity Asst. Coach) BET The Way it is, Family First, Frankie & Neffe

Ms. Juicy (Celebrity Asst. Coach) Rickey Smiley Morning Show

Kara Braxton (Head Coach) 2x WNBA Champion & WNBA All Star

LeCoe Willingham (Head Coach) 2x WNBA Champion

Chasity Melvin (Player) WNBA Hall of Fame North Carolina State
Michelle Snow (Player) WNBA 2x WNBA Champion
Tyra B (Player) RnB/Pop Singer/ Actress/ Entertainer

Jae’ Nash (Player) VH1 Tough Love Co-Ed

Kahijidah Rowe (Player) Style Network Big Rich Atlanta
Kellie Brew (Player) Celebrity Photographer/Blogger/S2S Magazine
Megan Robinson (Player) Sister of CEO Bo Talley-Williams

Kimberly Braxton (Player) Full Figured Model/ Twin to WNBA player Kara Braxton
Koereyelle Dubose (Player) Single Wives Club

Reigndrop Lopes (Player) 1st Lady of HipRock, sister of Lisa “Lefteye” Lopes

Chanita Foster (Player) VH1 Football Wives & Beyond The Game

Neffe Pugh (Player) BET The Way it Is, Family First , Frankie & Neffe

Dominique Blake (Player) Olympic Gold Medalist
Kamillion (Player) Singer/Rapper Entertainer
Stacey J (Player) The Social Enthusiast/ Lisa Ray’s The Real McCoy
Rae Robinson (Player) Hip Hop 4 Cancer Founder
Venessa Delarosa (Player) Full Figured Super Model
Veronica Jones (Player) Business Owner/ Philanthropist
Rasheeda Walker (Player) Actress/ Model/ Philanthropist
Michelle Mitchell (Player) Business Owner/ Philanthropist
Joi Tiffany (Player) Neo Soul Singer/ Event Host
Christina Granville (Player) Actress/ Model

Special Honorees
Zakiyyah & Kalenna Harper
Elendora Fennell & Jackie Talley
Cheryl Keith & Michael Keith
Michelle Broadus
Jade Nealious
Carlene Harrison

Official DJ’s

DJ Benny-Demus (Akons Official DJ, TLC, Planet VI)

DJ Roots Queen (Rude Girls Radio on Desertstormradio.com

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