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5 LOOKS I LOVED FROM THE MET GALA

YES. I know. I’m a little bit late to the playground with this one, but I just HAD to. And of COURSE you know exactly who I have to start with….

KING BEY (Beyoncé Knowles) 

From the side ponytail, to the bronze effortless glowy sexiness, to the toned curves to the nude heels, to the…I just have to stop. Beyonce is BEAUTIFUL, such a “thatgirlx!

JANELLE MONAE
She might as well change her name to Elegance. Everything this women does is just CLASS, and I love love love this look. The cape and the braided ponytail, YES!

KIM K.
People can chat all they want, but credit needs to be given when it’s due. Kim KILLED it with this. The curves are on fire and I think she looked stunning. The pulled back ponytail was the perfect choice and we don’t even need to discuss how her make-up was FLAW.LESS (as per usual), and that TRAIN!? Stunning.

SOLANGE

And just because I HAD to…SERVE.IT. BEY

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HOW TO ROCK A TURBAN

When your outfit is blah or your hair is just not working for you, accessorizing your head can be the perfect way to take your look from FAB to DRAB. This season I’m trying to test out things I’ve never done before and just push my fashion boundaries a biit so of course the first thing that came to mind was a TURBAN.

Turbans have been rocked for ages and are definitley not a new trend, if you have an African mom you have most definitely seen them rock similiar looks with their headscarves.

Check out June Ambrose’s Turban Collection below, launched in 2011. As you can see in the first pic above, Iman is rocking one of the blue ones.

But how does  an everyday chick rock this?

Well lucky for us June has a tutorial  in a past issue of Essence magazine.

I scoured YOUTUBE for a video tutorial and the one below from naturalbelle1 was great for achieving the “Regal” style featured in June’s tutorial. Her trick was to wrap her head to add some height and then get her scarf/fabric of choice and place over to achieve the turban style.

For a look similiar to the “avant-garde” one in the tutorial check out this video from Fashion Elites. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS CHANNEL, IT IS FAB!

The Bottom line is that there a soooo many ways to rock a turban and it’s all about personalizing the look for you. Take this post as inspiration to get started and go out and create something fabulous!

For my natural divas use the turban to play up your fabulous texture and volume

Amber Rose looking fierce in her Turban

Chrisette michelle and June ambrose! Image from Fashion Bomb.

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BRIGHT PANTS- WHAT I WANT NOW!

June Ambrose a true thatgirlx inspiration rocking some fierce pants for NY FASHION WEEK-SPRING 2012

So the weather has been strangely warm for early march, and i am LOVIN it! With the sun shining and the mild temperatures I can’t help thinking about  all types of fabulousness that a new season brings. Spring 2012 is going to be all about color, bold, bright and beautiful!

What I want now!? BOLD, BRIGHT PANTS!

When I saw the picture above, and below, of June Ambrose my ultimate thatgirlx DIVA I knew  I just haaad to get those pants so I am officially on the hunt. I want pants in crazy bright colors and all type of fits, trouser, straight, bell bottom, all of it baby!

Umm can we please take a moment to appreciate this BLUE trouser?! I need this in my life!

Can we say from work to drinks!? F-A-B

Love the pants! Post coming later this week on rocking turbans in 2012!

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New Years Eve Glam- How to Apply Fake Lashes

eva longoria glitter make-up

A long and full lash is the perfect way to top an extra glamorous make-up look, but application and choosing which one to go with can be pretty tricky.

For the best tips, we went to the eyelash gurus at  www.lashglue.com for some how-to lash info.

What to buy: A great glamorous but natural looking, and budget-friendly lash that is perfectt for NYE  is the ARDELL #117 lash.

They are usually sold at most drugstores, walmart, and shoppers and go from 4-6 bucks.  Pick-up some duo lash glue for application, its a great adhesive that will last a long time.

Tips & Tricks:

1. Practice makes perfect:

Remember the first time you tried to put on eyeliner and it was crooked,and all overrr your lid? Well after many raccoon eye mishaps its safe to say your now a pro at winging them thangs. The same goes for lashes, the first few times some of the ladies here at the thatgirlx team tried lashes they fell into the sink or they fell off 3 minutes later, but after a week or two of tries we are all false lash application machines.

2. Tweezers : Those eyelash strips are tiny and almost impossible to hold onto with your fingers so to make sure you have a strong hold on ’em, grab a pair of tweezers. Its a great help when trying to place your lashes above your natural ones.

3. Glue:When applying glue, less is more, you dont want to put too much, just a thin line. Once you have applied your glue/lash adhesive you also need to WAIT! With your tweezers gently wave your lashes back and forth so that your glue can harden slightly, or get “tacky”. This will make your glue stick better and allow your lashes to stay on longer.

4. Mascara: After your eyelashes have been applied, and given time to dry, use some mascara to really make them pop and also to ensure that the falsies are perfectly blended with your real ones.

5. Shadow first, lashes last:  For easier shadow application, do your eye makeup first, apply your lashes, and thenn mascara and eyeliner. Eyeliner will cover up any glue excess and give the illusion of a seamless line, even if your falsies may have been applied too far away from your natural lashes.

One of our absolute faavirote youtube make-up guru’s, lilpumpkinpie05 has the perrfect tutorial for you to follow step-by-step when applying your lashes tonight! Have a fantasic time tonight! xoxo

Check out her youtube page and SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE!!  www.youtube.com/user/lilpumpkinpie05

Also for reviews on lashes, glues, and where to get kim k and other celeb lashes check out our sponsors for todayy www.lashglue.com

Steps:

  1. Peel of old adhesive that may make lashes “gunky”
  2. Measure the lash strip to make sure the length fits your natural lash length. (You may have to cut them).
  3. Lightly line the top of your lash line with your lash adhesive. The glue shouldn’t be on the lashes but just the strip. Make sure that you put a little extra glue on the ends. If their is too much use your finger to get some off.
  4. Don’t immediately apply the lashes after gluing. Wait 20-30 seconds for the glue to become a bit tacky.
  5. While drying, bend the lashes or curve them a bit so they can fit your natural length shape more naturally.
  6. To apply the lashes, first pull your natural lashes down so they do not get in the way.
  7. Using your finger or tweezers, bring your false lashes as close to your lash line as possible and begin bonding in the middle first. Work your way from the outer corner and bond it, and then work your way to the inner corner.
  8. Use your tweezers to get the lashes as close as possible to the lash line. You may have to slightly pull down on your false lashes to get them close.
  9. Use your finger to press down on the lashes.
  10. Messed up? Reapply some glue on the section which is not fitting or staying properly. Give some time for the glue to dry a bit before pressing down with your fingers of tweezers to bond again.
  11. Comb out your natural and false lashes so that they blend together and look more natural.
  12. Re-curl your lashes with a lash curler.
  13. Remember practice makes perfect!
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New Years Eve 2011 Looks- Glitter smokey eye, grecian plaits, Kim K waves and more

A great dress and fab shoes are the basics for a fabulous New Years Eve outfit, but the element that really takes someone from regular chick to THATGIRLX status is makeup, hairr, and did I mention  makeup!!

NYE Eye Looks

In my opinion staple NYE make-up looks are a dark smokey eye if the outfit is loud, such as a sequin dress, OR if your relying on your make-up for the wow factor I think a fun look is a glitterry shadow or liner. An entirely seperate post will be coming later today with details on LASHES LASHES and more lashes. This is a staple for any glamorous look and thatgirlx will be bringing you our favorite cheap lash picks and youtube tutorials and how to finally put those things on without cursing out the world and dropping them in the sink;)

Looking through the absolutely fabulous  make-up blog by the amazing Miss Chriss : glamscamartists.wordpress.com  below are some of our favirote make-up looks from her website that we think would be great for NYE.

1. Glitter shadow

Make up by Miss Chriss at glamscamartists.wordpress.com

How stunning is this black glittery smokey eye!? Check out Miss Chriss’  website for details on the make-up used for this look:

We also scoured youtube for some great tutorials on applying your glitter shadow and below are two of my absolute favs. If you have not subscribed to these ladies you need to do it right now. Like RIGHT NOW, like stop scrolling down the page and go.and.subscribe. If your a chocolate or darker skinned girl it these ladies are great because they are working with colors that will WORK FOR YOU!

Glitter eyes with lilpumpkinpie05

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Another glitter eye tutorial with a plum/cranberry crease with beautybyjj

Miss Chriss ‘Retro Pin-Up Look”

Miss Chriss "Retro pin-up look" on glamscamartists.wordpress.com

Another alternative to a full lid of gitter is glitter liner on the lower lash line with a smokey eye.

For all you make-up beginners this would be an easy look to pull off for new years. Glitter shadow on the lid and glitter liner on the bottom of the eyes, or glitter shadow carefully applied with one of your smaller shadow brush. Finish off the look with some liquid liner and you are good to gooo!

Red lips are also a great look.

The Smokey Eye

We searched youtube farr and wide for a great and easy make-up tutorial and while hunting we stumbled on the page of makeupbyeman for this great tutorial below. She uses some black, and brown shadows to create a fantastic look for new years. Pair with a nude or light pink lip. This also looks like something that will work great for all skin tones, and she has a great technique!

Smokey Eyes

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Silver Make-up Looks

If you don’t have some glitter shadow on hand, try silver shadow on your lid with a dark grey and black shadow in your crease area instead.

2. Fabulous Hair Inspiration

A regal updo,  straight & sleek, swide-swept hair or romantic curls/waves are perfect looks for NYE. Check out the ideas below. xoxo

The Grecian Plait.

Stunning and simple the grecian plait is a perfect hairstyle to top-up your NYE look and below is a fantastic youtube tutorial on how to fake this look, by parting your hair in the center with a low ponytail and adding a using braided extension hair to place on top.

Another great classic is Straight & Sleek, if you have the length blow dry and flat iron away or head to your local beauty supply for one or two packs of yaki relaxed. If the look is only for one night, purchase a bag of their sew-in clips and using a thread and needle sew some clips into the track.

For something extra glamorous, try an off the center part with hair swept to the side. Straighten top portions of hair and only use a curling iron on the a few of the bottom strands to creat this look.

Below is a hair tutorial by the wonderful beautybyjj on how to achieve this look

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Hot in Toronto!? Free Gourmet Gelato!

So today it is supposed to hit 40 degrees celsius, and in case you are not temperature savvy, that means it is going to be HOT.AS.HELLLLLL. Tomorrow and basically the next few days will be the same, sooo I had to share this sick deal.

toronto.fabfind.com

Fabfind is by far one of my fav online deal websites, why? Because they really give you want you need, and they actuaally have FREEE ish sometimes. Today’s deal is the best one everrr, FREEE GOURMET GELATO from the downtown tdot davisville or Cumberaland locations of Gelato Simply Italian !!

“Gelato Simply Italian”- Toronto, ON

So beautiful people of Toronto, go out and print your coupon and get COOL this week! It is oh so necessarry!!

P.S. We have a truckload of caribana oriented posts coming your away, last-minute parade make-up tips, outfit tips, party tips, jewelerry & hotel tips. We have been overwhelmed with promo requests, and are narrowing down our final contenders, if you think you have the hottest bana tip hit us up, we might slip you in the cut, if your thaaat good!  lovethatgirlx@gmail.com

P.P.S  I have been on a little hiatus in development on the thatgirlx brand and expansion. The site has been so much more successful than I ever imagined, it has taken a moment to adjust, thank you to all the people who hit us up and support, we appreciate it and we will be coming at youu with  some hot ish soon!

xoxo

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Do you Fish? Adventures into the world of plentyoffish.com

Beyonce and Jigga creating their profiles;)

Wednesday’s have now been officially tagged as “date-night” by Milestones restaurants, so today is definitley the  perrfect time to debut a dating series which the thatgirlx team has had in development from some timeee.
 
So much talk goes on about online dating and alot of people have been fronting that they do not do it or are too scared to try it buuut when we hit up the streets of the GTA and talked with young men and women a verryyy high percentage admitted having used, looked through or atleast created an account on the website  called..
 
www.plentyoffish.com/  …so without furtherr ado, check below !
 

Plenty of Fish

Dating Chronicles of Plenty of Fish: Five Do’s and Don’ts
 
Online dating may not be the most conventional way to meet someone but it can be one of the most successful ways…so I hear! I was a little hesitant when friends of mine recommended that I try online dating (life is just too busy to meet people the old-fashioned way) but I created a profile a couple days ago anyways…and it’s actually starting to grow on me! I’m going to test the site out and update you guys, give you pointers and let you know about my experience…basically…I’m your little guinea pig!

Plentyoffish.com is where I decided to start off. Only because it seems extremely popular, so I figured I’d have a little more variety in the type of men on the site. Also, it doesn’t seem as intense as a site like eharmony where most people are looking for a serious relationship. In the end, online dating is all the same, regardless of the site you use, you should be able to get something out of my experience!

Creating a profile for a dating website can be hard because you want to say the right things to ensure you actually attract people but at the same time, you don’t want to come off as anything but yourself. Here’s a list of some of the do’s and don’ts I came across when creating my profile and creeping the profiles of others!

Remember "Hell Date" on BET..well let's try to avoid being like those contestants and keep the crazy to a minimum..

1. Keep it short and simple! Don’t write an entire essay and at the same time you don’t want it too be TOO short. The longer your profile, the higher the chance that nobody will read it. You’ll come off far too picky and people are just far too lazy to read 5 paragraphs on what kind of person you are and what you’re looking for. If it’s too short and shows zero personality, you’ll quickly be overlooked. I’d recommend 3-4 sentences, a quick line about you, why you’re on the site and what you’re looking for…all you need! Trust me, men are extremely brave when it comes to interacting online, if they want to know anything more about you, they definitely won’t hesitate to ask

2.  Let your personality shine! It seems like writing a quick description about yourself would be easy but it can be difficult because one little phrase or choice of wording can really effect what people will think about you. Here’s an example. When I first created an online dating profile months ago, I stated “I was just looking for a fun time and I’m open to anything!”. In my head, I thought that showed how easy going I am. In a man’s head…that really translates to…”i’m promiscuous and I’m down to do the nastyyy!”. All the sexual invitations I received in my inbox led me to delete my profile 24 hours later thinking all guys on these sites are dogs. Take the time to write out your description, choose your words wisely, and as cliché as it sounds…be yourself and you’ll attract the exact type of guy that you want to!

This is the reaction you will get when you use that pic you have from 20 pounds lighter and 5 years ago and then you and your date meet..be yourself!

            3. Click Click FLASH! When it asks you to post pictures, it seems common sense that people would post RECENT photos. But that’s clearly not the case. There’s nothing wrong with picking out your best photos…that’s the benefit of these online sites. You don’t have to worry about running into someone you’re attracted to on your bad hair day. Pick your best photos, but make sure they actually look like you! I’ve come across many profiles where the guy looks like 4 completely different people, it’s confusing and it just throws you off. Consistency is key!
            4. Be straight up! On these sites you have to put in what you’re looking for, whether it’s dating, friendship, a long term relationship, or really just someone to fool around with. Be honest and make sure you make it clear what you want. With online dating you don’t have to waste your time dating someone and realizing your both on a completely different page. So save yourself and everybody else some time by stating what you really and truly want. Regardless of what it is there’s going to be someone else on there looking for the same thing. If one night stands are your thing or you’re searching for your own prince charming, be clear about it, there’s nothing wrong with getting exactly what you’re looking for! 

Harlem Heights date, remember that show!?

         
        5. Be confident! Everybody can agree that confidence is extremely sexy. If you’re a female and you’re on a dating site, you really don’t have to do much searching, the messages will start flowing in and all you need to do is sit down, filter through them and make your picks! BUT if you like to be more proactive and you come across somebody you’re interested in…do not message them anything that shows even a tiny little bit of insecurity. I’ve received messages where men will say something along the lines of how they don’t even expect a reply from me and how they think they’re way out of my league. The profile was intriguing and I was attracted to the men in the pictures but as soon as they show that insecurity, they practically killed it for themselves You’re really ruining it for yourself before the other person even gets a chance to talk to you. Keep your insecurities hidden, nobody needs to know about them!