Powered by GMC, The Fashion and Beauty Summit Returned Bigger and Better in 2017

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A month has passed and I am still on a high from this amazing GMC powered experience.  The 2nd Annual Posh and Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit was nothing short of amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this one idea, this little vision, would impact the lives of so many remarkable women.  This year we hosted the 2nd Annual Posh and Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit at the fabulous, Greektown Casino Hotel’s Ballroom, in the heart of Downtown Detroit! The first summit of its kind, in Detroit, MI, provides lovers of the fashion and beauty industry the tools they need to grow a flourishing brand, learn from some of the best names in the industry, and connect with others who share the same love for such an amazing and ever evolving industry. GMC helped to take this amazing summit to the next level by Powering the event, and I am so honored to have had the participation of such a multifaceted car brand. The mission to empower, enlighten, and excite every woman in attendance, was accomplished!

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Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Jessica Lundy, Television Personality and Detroit TV20 host, did a fantastic job of keeping our attendees engaged throughout the day! She was certainly born to host, because her skill showed throughout the day! We even had a resident DJ! The one and only DJ Rue kept the sounds going and the energy high the entire day!
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More than 200 Business Women and Fashionistas experienced live beauty demonstrations and makeovers with some of the best make-up artists and hair stylists in the industry, including celebrity hair and make-up artist, Kristen White owner of Kristen White Imagery, of Atlanta, GA,  celebrity make-up artist, Chaniece Coleman, and celebrity hairstylist, Dezi Santiago, owner of Sway’d Style Lounge in Birmingham Michigan. Attendees also experienced a natural hair beauty demonstration sponsored by Curls during our Beauty Breakout Sessions, facilitated by natural hair blogging powerhouses Janae Mason of Nae2Curly and Romance Cox of Hey Curlie.
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We had over 25 vendors apart of our Posh Pop-Up Experience and a stylish glam suite for our attendees to get pampered and relax in between sessions! I am still upset I didn’t get to shop with each one, nor did I get my message with the staff from Bee’s Beauty Bar…. I promise, next year, I am going to enjoy more of the fun stuff!
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Attendees took advantage of dynamic business breakout sessions, facilitated by me the founder of the Fashion and Beauty Summit, Kimberly M. Dobine on Communication in Business, Jessica Herron, Attorney at Honigman Law Firm presented “How to Protect Your Brand”, and Ebony Swank, owner of Swank-a-Posh Boutique facilitated her, Brand Like Swank Workshop, providing attendees with the tools they need to launch their own successful online fashion brands.  Thought provoking panel discussions on topics like “The Power of Partnerships” and “The Business of Blogging” provided attendees with the information, resources and real life experiences from our panelists, to truly feel confident in their pursuit of  building their dream fashion and beauty brands. The Posh and Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit equipped each attendee with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to help them on the path to begin to be the digital influencer in the world of fashion and beauty they desire to be, as well as the savvy business woman they need to be to stay successful in their perspective field!
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Our attendees also experienced two powerful keynote addresses, from two passionate and high powered women in the fashion and beauty industry, Ronne Brown and Nichole Lynel.
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Ronne started the morning off with our signature ‘Beauty from the Inside Out’ keynote address. I believe it’s not enough to just be a great business woman, it’s also extremely important to be a woman of integrity, good character, and substance. Ronne did a phenomenal job of sharing her journey and important life lessons each lady could easily apply in their own lives.
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Nichole Lynel also brought a fun and energetic presence to our main stage. Walking out to Beyoncé’s ‘Shining’, she ended our day with great energy and a powerful story of what pursuing purpose truly looks like. Both ladies touched each and every woman in attendance, including me!
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I cannot forget our sneak peak of the amazing documentary She Did That, brought to us by Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes Blog! Not only was Renae a panelist on the “Business of Blogging” panel, but she also hosted the “She Did That.” sneak peek featuring some of our favorite Detroit Girl Bosses, Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson, co-founders of the Ten Nail Bar, and Melissa Butler, owner of The Lip Bar, who all appear in the film! GMC Also, Powered this screening, providing our attendees with branded popcorn for the occasion!
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If you missed this year’s summit, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with a special gift! Get ready to experience the magic that is the Maven car sharing app! As you know I enjoyed driving in the GMC Terrain during summit week!  Each of our VIP attendees walked away with this special offer, and I want to share it with you too!  Wouldn’t you love to test the newest cars with the latest technologies, at the most competitive prices? Well use the POSHANDPOPULAR code for 20% off your first ride. Must book by 12.31.17. This is perfect for the holiday season!
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Many, many thanks to Juanita Davis and Iman Jefferson (General Motors) for helping to make The Fashion and Beauty Summit weekend one I will always cherish!

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The entire gallery for this year’s Fashion and Beauty Summit will be available this Monday, so be sure to come back to check out the hundreds of images we will be sharing with you!

All of our amazing images were provided by the amazing Bruce Turner Photography

 

Check out the sneak peek of the 2nd annual Posh and Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit below:


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Posh in the City with the GMC Terrain

A girl is only as stylish as the car she drives, and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to get acquainted with the all new GMC Terrain as I prepared for this year’s Fashion and Beauty Summit! Once I confirmed I had the opportunity to test out this stylishly convenient SUV, my first thought was, I can fit all my looks for the weekend, and our pink carpet for the summit in the trunk! I know, hilarious right! Girl Bosses are always thinking of stylish ways to make things work!
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Having a vehicle that is functional for my busy life and stylish is so important, and GMC truly hit the mark with this beauty! A confident woman needs a vehicle with a confident appearance, and accommodating interior to match her fly! I truly enjoyed toting my girlfriends around town and running all my Posh and Popular errands in this beauty! The GMC Terrain offers greater refinement and versatility to adapt to every stylish and tech savvy girl bosses needs! It’s also packed with more technologies than ever before. I was able to listen to my audio books using the AudioBooks app conviently located in the vehicles infotainment system, while moving through downtown traffic. Talk about forward thinking technology!

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GMC keeps passengers connected with 7- and available 8-inch-diagonal infotainment systems, featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can accommodate up to seven mobile devices. Owners are able to manage their vehicles remotely with the industry-leading myGMC mobile app via their compatible smartphones. Sounds like must have features for the multifaceted millennial girl boss.

There are numerous features I enjoyed about the GMC Terrain. The range of available active safety technologies made it so easy to drive. After getting a manicure, sometimes it can be pretty hard to stay focused, I mean I’m trying not to mess up my nails! I know my girlie girls can relate! But the cool thing about this vehicle is that I felt incredibly safe behind the wheel. Some of the safety features include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing me to react and make changes to potentially avoid them, including:

  • New Surround Vision
  • New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • New Safety Alert Seat (The seat vibrates when you are drifting out of your lane! Talk about a safety alert!)

 

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With Posh and Popular I have always used my platform to promote confidence in your personal style while pursuing your purpose, and the GMC Terrain helped me do just that! I enjoyed the drive, and felt ready to take on each task in front of me, like a BOSS!

Phography by the incomparable, Bruce Turner Phography

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The 2nd Annual Fashion and Beauty Summit, Powered By GMC: VIP Kickoff Soiree at Detroit Is The New Black

The second annual Posh and Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit, Powered by GMC was nothing short of amazing! We kicked off last month’s festivities with our signature private VIP Kickoff Soiree! This year’s fashion destination for our private soiree was, Detroit Is The New Black, in the heart of Downtown Detroit. The attendees had a ball! DJ Rue set the atmosphere and it was nothing short of fabulous. Check out the amazing gallery of photos provided by our VIP Photography Sponsor Kai Davis Photography below!

The Pink Carpet was rolled out  for all of our Speakers, Panelists, VIP Attendees, and Vendors for the 2nd annual Fashion and Beauty Summit. The goal this year was to truly connect, engage, and have a fabulous time with each of our dynamic attendees! And the mission was accomplished! The private VIP Kickoff Soiree was definitely one to remember! The ladies partied in style with a few of the featured presenters and panelists for this year’s event including,  Nichole Lynel, founder of Shop Nichole Lynel, Ronne Brown, Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur, Anika Jackson of The Ten Nail Bar, Renae Bluitt creator of In Her Shoes Blog, Janae Mason of Nae2Curly, the founder of the event Kimberly M. Dobine and many more!  Check out the complete list of speakers and panelists on the official summit website!

Special thanks to our sponsors for this year’s VIP Soiree:

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A special thank you to the Detroit Is The New Black staff, for accommodating The Fashion and Beauty Summit, and allowing us to host our VIP Soiree in your fabulous space! The staff provided stellar service and helped to make this year’s VIP event a success!

 

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Pink Kisses Presents A Quick and Easy Girl’s Night In Recipe, By Chef Shanel Dewalt!

Who doesn’t love a great girl’s night in? Chef Shanel Dewalt joined me on the latest episode of Pink Kisses to come up with a fun, quick and easy recipe for your next girl’s night in! We got in the kitchen to discuss her business, Divine Indulgence, and she demonstrated a recipe that is not only fabulous, but delicious and savory!

Today’s Recipe is Tomato Bruschetta! It’s fun, feminine, and fabulous!

Ingredients

2 Cups Tomatoes, Small Diced

1 lemon, zested

1 tbsp, basil paste or 2 tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped

1 tbsp Fresh Basil, Chiffonade (Sliced Thinly)

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tbsp Garlic, Minced (Chopped Finely)

1 tbsp Olive Oil

Toasted Crostinis (Toasted Bread)

In a small bowl, mix tomatoes, basil paste or fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and garlic. Put this mixture on top of crostinis. Sprinkle with lemon zest and thinly sliced basil. Now all that is left to do is, serve!

This recipe is sure to be a hit with your girlfriends and is a great appetizer for your next dinner party soiree!

Be sure to check out the full episode of Pink Kisses now! Click to watch!

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Pink Kisses Returns Taking Style and Ambiance To The Next Level!

 

If you haven’t already heard, the Posh and Popular YouTube Series, Pink Kisses has taken things up a notch! We are out of my house, and in one of the most fabulous new private event spaces in Downtown Detroit, for the next several episodes! I wanted to give you more this season. More style, more ambiance, more beauty, more content with substance, and of course more fabulous female entrepreneurs to highlight! It was important that the space and the décor helped reflect each of those elements, and so the planning began!

What I wore for Episode 1:

Jumpsuit: House Of Chic LA
Shoes: Miu Miu
Signature Kiss Necklace: Lulu Frost
Belt: BCBG

Hair Sponsored By:
Malika Goins, Owner of Her Dream Hair
http://www.herdreamhair.com/
@herdreamhair on Instagram

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We even invited you, our subscribers, to the party! We had an audience full of fabulous ladies excited to be apart of the conversation!

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Don’t mind me, I was just welcoming all of our guests to the party!

What’s Cupcakes and Conversation without, cupcakes?

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We kicked off our first episode of the season with a hot button topic that many people have been discussing over the last 8 months:
Do you expect your friends to support you in Business?

This Cupcakes and Conversation discussion topic derived from a tweet CurlBox Founder, Myleik Teele posted in the fall of 2016 that had social media in an uproar.

Our very own Brittany Adams wrote an entire article on MyBrownBox regarding this topic that sparked quite the conversation between she, Myleik, and myself via social media! Check out the episode, to hear more!

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Say hello to our resident DJ! The talented and fabulous DJ XO! My vision was to turn this experience into one that our guests and subscribers would be excited to enjoy! And what’s better than a little party atmosphere? DJ XO kept the party going and the energy high for us the entire day!

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I also had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing Shaleena Cole, the woman behind Leo Sage Images. She has been a friend to our brand for a while, and we wanted to hear more about her story and how she got her start in photography! You won’t want to miss a chance to hear from this awesome woman in business!

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Our audience was all in, and it shows! Beautiful ladies!

Special thanks to some of our favorite brand partners for helping to make The Pink Kisses Live Experience such a beautiful success!

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Amber Kirkland, with Velvet Touch Designs for the amazingly beautiful floral arrangements
Malika Goins, with Her Dream Décor for the stunning paper flower wall
Lauren Danials, owner of Sumptuous Spirits for sponsoring our cocktail bar
Monique Franklin, owner of Belles Berries and Treats for the beautiful desert spread
Piper Jenkins, Owner of Trendy Treatz- Cupcakes and Conversation could not go on with out you!

I love each of these ladies and their brands, and I’m always thrilled to have an opportunity to work with them! They help to keep all of my events fabulous!

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Be sure to check out the first of many episodes this season, right now. And, stay tuned next Wednesday July 12, 2017 for an all new episode!

Special thanks to our event and brand photographer for capturing this event so beautifully, Bruce Turner Photography

Special thanks to our event and show videographer for capturing this event/episode so beautifully, Desmond “Touch” Touchstone with MyTouchFilms

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Happy Hour Just Got A Bit More Glamourous at The Ten Nail Bar!

Have you heard about The Ten Nail Bar? If not, you’ve been hiding under a not so glamourous rock! Making it’s debut less than 10 months ago, The Ten Nail Bar has instantly become one of my favorite beauty destinations in Downtown Detroit, and here’s why!

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The concept of Detroit’s first modern nail bar was designed  to provide clients and customers with a #Perfect10 experience. This isn’t your average run of the mill nail salon. The moment you walk through the doors of The Ten you experience an atmosphere of trendy relaxation, where you can enjoy great music, a glass of wine or champagne with your best girlfriends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much needed break from all  of the noise going on around you. The ladies of The Ten provide a top notch experience that have hipsters and socialites alike flocking to their premier salon!

DSC_9072Founders Anika Jackson and Kelli Coleman, both Detroit Natives, Spelman graduates, and a family history of entrepreneurship,  went on to work in major metropolitan cities – New York and Chicago- and were fortunate enough to build a wealth of business experience.  Experience that could be used to further their entrepreneurial passion! After years in New York and Chicago  respectively, these best friends knew it was time to return home and launch a business that would address an unmet need, and decided to team up to open one of the trendiest Nail Bars in Downtown Detroit, MI!

“We saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a  fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. How could we not  have a place in Downtown Detroit for manis, pedis, and champagne?  Don’t we deserve it Detroit?”

And that we truly do! I mean what girl doesn’t love a fabulous cocktail during a great pedicure? I certainly do, and I’m certain all of my Posh Dolls would agree!

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These ladies have even curated a beautiful signature room fragrance, exclusive to The Ten Nail Bar. When you walk in, you know you’re at The Ten, because of this luxurious scent. They have a collection of candles and room sprays available for purchase to take a piece of The Ten home with you! And, as a fragrance aficionado, I can tell you, the scent is perfection! I have purchased a few candles myself!

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Their attention to detail is evident through the level of service they provide and the ambience you experience the moment you arrive. From the trendy non-traditional décor, to the all natural (acrylic is not used in this salon) and precise nail services provided, you are sure to leave feeling like a Perfect Ten!

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Offering services like the TEN Speed manicure for our girls on the go, to the InTENtion manicure and pedicure options for the girl who has a little extra time to relax, or even my favorite, the TENder Care deluxe options for the ladies who like to be a little bit more pampered during their stay, there is something for every girl boss, at The Ten! They even offer a TENure Membership program for just $100 a month, which consist of  two manicures and two deluxe pedicures per month, access to members only pricing on other TEN services and products, plus monthly members only treats and samples. I love a great membership program! It saves you money, and makes you schedule time for pampering!

The ladies of The Ten were even gracious enough to sponsor last year’s Posh and Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit’s VIP kickoff event, in their beautiful Nail Bar, and even gifted all of our VIPs with gift cards to return for a Ten Speed Manicure! Talk about generous girl bosses! Anika and Kelli have been such amazing supporters of the Posh and Popular brand since their return to the City of Detroit, and we will continue to support them in their endeavors! Be sure to call or go online and book your appointment at The Ten Nail Bar today, and tell them Posh and Popular sent you!

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Because of their amazing support of last year’s inaugural Fashion and Beauty Summit, it was a no brainer to have the founders of The Ten apart of this years event! They will be sitting on our “Power in Partnerships” Panel, and are super excited to share with our attendees their journey in partnership. We are so proud to have Kelli and Anika apart of year’s Fashion and Beauty Summit! They are so excited to be apart and cannot wait to connect with each of you this October!

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You can find The Ten Nail Bar in the Heart of Downtown Detroit

Capitol Park

1215 Griswold Street

Detroit MI, 48226

313.315.3010

Photography Courtesy of:
Leo Sage Images
J. Milhouse Photography

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Posh and Popular Presents, The Fashion and Beauty Summit 2016

 

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Want to see what you missed at the inaugural fashion and beauty event of the year? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I am still in awe of how amazingly awesome the very first Fashion and Beauty Summit was! This event was the first event of its kind in Detroit, MI, providing lovers of the fashion and beauty industries the tools they’ll need to grow their own brands, learn from some of the best names in the industry, and connect with other ladies that share the same love for such an amazing and artistic industry!

Over 100 fashionistas experienced live beauty demonstrations, one on ones with some of your favorite make-up artists, amazing blogger panel discussions, beauty branding 101, and more. The Posh + Popular brand’s objective  ensured attendees were provided the tricks of the trade on how to achieve becoming a savvy business owner and digital influencer in the world of fashion and beauty.

The Posh + Popular Fashion and Beauty Summit took place Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 8:00am – 5:00pm. This event had something for everyone. Whether you’ve always wanted your own blog, or just wanted to learn how to apply make-up, connect with like-minded women, or even learn how to create content for your own fashion or beauty empire, attendees left this event enriched and empowered!

WATCH WHAT YOU MISSED BELOW, AND DONT FORGET TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE AMAZING PHOTOS FROM THIS FASHION AND BEAUTY FILLED DAY!

For more photos we might have missed, head over to Moon Reflections Photography to view more!

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees, and supporters. All updates regarding The Fashion and Beauty Summit will be updated on the official website! Check out some of our amazing sponsors there as well!

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The Fashion and Beauty Summit VIP Kickoff Sip and SLAY at The Ten Detroit Nail Bar!

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Check out some of our amazing attendees at The Fashion and Beauty Summit VIP Kickoff Sip and SLAY, sponsored by The Ten Detroit Nail Bar, in Downtown Detroit!

VIP attendees received:
A gift card good for one Ten Speed Manicure, Sponsored by The Ten Detroit Nail Bar
A Lip Color, Sponsored by The Lip Bar
A Fun, Fly, Fabulous Lifestyle Box, Sponsored By Arian Simone
A Gift Certificate for One Complete Facial, Sponsored by Farr From Black Beauty Studio
10% off Services at Skinphorea Facial Bar

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Custom Cocktails were sponsored by Sumptuous Spirits Mobile Bartending Service

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We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and partners and look forward to more fabulous Posh and Popular Events to come! The inaugural Fashion and Beauty Summit was nothing short of amazing! Enjoy the photo gallery of our amazing VIP attendees below!

 

 

A Special Thanks to Our Photography Sponsor: Leo Sage Images, Shaleena Cole

 

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Posh and Popular Enjoys Quiet Luxury With The New Lincoln MKC

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What do most fashionista’s search for in a vehicle?  Most times, it’s something with style, plenty of room for girl’s night out, and of course sleek performance, quality and the latest technology. The new Lincoln MKC delivers in each of those areas!

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For the last week I have been enjoying quiet luxury with this state of the art vehicle. It matches perfectly with my style and personality. It’s functional, spacious, luxurious, and great for girls on the go like myself! This week I had so many errands to run, in preparation for the inaugural Fashion and Beauty Summit, presented by Posh and Popular, and the Lincoln MKC saved my life! The hands free trunk access feature, made it so easy to throw all of the attendee gift bags in the trunk! I mean, messing up my manicure was not an option! I really enjoyed the smooth ride, and the heated seats weren’t so bad either!  I believe women want the same thing in the perfect outfit they want in a vehicle, something that works in any setting, on trend, and most importantly a brand that is known for style, and the Lincoln MKC certainly fits the mold of the perfect outfit for me! It’s a perfect fit!

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Being Posh and Popular is certainly a mindset, an overall way of life. I believe classy and edgy go hand in hand, and this SUV fits that mold, and is perfect for any Posh and Popular doll! Having great style begins and ends with how you live, and what you choose to drive, and this SUV has set a new standard in affordable luxury. Now if I can only find the perfect nail color to match…. A girl has to coordinate, right!? Check out more details on this sleek and sophisticated SUV, and other amazing styles on The Official Lincoln Website today! Remember, having great style is always POPULAR!

 

 

 

It’s All In The Details:

  • Leather Top: BCBG
  • Skirt: Custom Made:Kristina Bowman-Smith
  • Shoes: MiuMiu

Photography: Leo Sage Images, Shaleena Cole

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20 Beauty Products I Swear By!

You want to know what’s on my vanity, in my bathroom cabinet, or in my purse?  Here are 20 of my must have beauty products!

1.  Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover

2.  It Works Toner

3. MAC Lip Stick – Top Picks: Saint Germain, Girl About Town, Ruby Woo, Heroine, Bowl Me Over

4. Le Mieux Bio Cell Rejuvenating Cream

5. It Works Exfoliating Peel 

6. Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Scrub

7. Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash

8. Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter Soap

9. Clarisonic Cleansing Brush

10. Noodle & Boo Super Soft Lotion

11. Dry Bar: Detox Dry Shampoo

12. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel

13. Shea Moisture Black Soap

14. Oribe Gold Lust Transformation Masque – Deep Hair Conditioning

15. Nivea Cream

16. Water!! Lots of It!

17. Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

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18. Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Lotion

19. Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel 

20. Evian Mineral Water Spray 

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