Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous Pt. 1

Fashion, especially good fashion, can be a wonderful thing. Fashion is art for the body. According to Coco Chanel, “Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.”

One of my favorite shows on the TV is the post awards Fashion Police show. (Sidebar: This is by far the funniest show on TV.) The show reviews fashion from the major awards show. On each episode, the panelists include a fashion designer, stylist, hair stylist and other beauty experts. Kevan Hall has been a guest panelist.

Kevan Hall

This Detroit-born, L.A.-based designer is a staple on the Red Carpet. He attended the famed Cass Technical High School that boasts such alumni as Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, and Tracy Reese (noted fashion designer). Kevan Hall attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California. He received the prestigious Peacock Award in his senior year at FIDM. He worked as Design and Creative Director from fall 1998 – spring 2000 for Halston.

Kevan Hall with his wife and partner, Deborah, started the Kevan Hall Couture line in 1982. This line can be found in many high-end stores e.g. Neiman Marcus and Bergdorff Goodman. In 2002, Hall launched Kevan Hall Collection.

His clients include Vanessa Williams, Drew Barrymore, Katherine Heigl, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross. His fashion philosophy is “emphasize purity of style, incomparable tailoring and sensuously draped streamlined silhouettes.”

Here are some of my favorites from his Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 lines:
Kevan Hall Black Gown

Kevan Hall SeaFoam GownKevan Hall Grey Pleated Dress

Kevan Hall Brown Linen Applique DressKevan Hall Collection

Live Elegantly,

Mix Maven

A Few of My Favorite…….

Happy Holidays (Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa) to all.

This writer’s strike is really bothering me. I am missing Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. If there were not other important things going on in my life, I would have no reason to exist. I hope both parties can come to a suitable agreement, so I can see my men live on the TV once again.

My top 5 favorites shows are (not in any specific order) that I have never discussed on Pumps and Gloss before:

  1. Eureka on the SciFi Network – Mr. Maven turned me on to this show as he is a sci-fi fan, but not in a weird/nerdy way. The show is about a sheriff who moves to a town where all the residents are geniuses. One of the major employers of the town is Global Dynamic where scientists work on high-level, top secret assignments for the Department of Defense. The show has a nice mix of romance, science and mayhem, which I totally love. The ensemble cast includes Salli Richardson, Joe Morton, and Colin Ferguson.Eureka - SciFi Network
  2. The Nanny -I love this show. When the show first aired, I was a freshman in college. At the time, I liked how Nanny Fine dressed because I, too, loved the short skirts and wore them as often as I could. The show is a classic just like “I Love Lucy.”The Nanny - Source:Amazo.com
  3. I am not a huge animated fan, but I love “The Boondocks.” This sharply written animated show is definitely NOT for the kids. The show is based on the cartoon strip of the same name. The strip contained a biting critique of popular and political culture in the United States. My favorite episodes include Gangstalicious, a rapper who gets shot and kisses a fellow male rapper. I am still trying to figure out who he is supposed to represent.The Boondocks - Cartoon Network
  4. Chuck is a new show on NBC prime time. We missed a few episodes in the beginning. Thankfully, we were able to catch on easily to the show. “Chuck” is a show about 20-something techy nerd, who accidentally downloads NSA and CIA information into his brain. Chuck works at BuyMore as a tech support that works in the Nerd Herd (i.e. Geek Squad.) He works undercover for the government and each week battles, along with his spy handlers, terrorists and other evil-doers. Chuck - NBC.com
  5. Las Vegas is worth watching for Josh Duhamel alone. He is definitely fine!! I liked the kick-a$$ nature of the show, until James Caan decided to leave the show, I am sure for valid reasons. The new addition of Tom Selleck as casino owner is a, somewhat, dull . Would have been super nice, if Mike got the President of Operations job, considering he has a degree from MIT. Still I enjoy the show, but I waiting for an increase in kick assery.Las Vegas - NBC.com

What are some of your favorite television shows?

Decking the Halls with Boughs of Holly,

Mix Maven

Glossy Monday Variety ~ 10/29/2007

Happy Monday Glossy Ones,

October is coming to an end, but let us keep Breast Cancer Awareness in mind and heart throughout the year.  If you have a cause that you would like us to share with our readers, send us an e-mail at pumpsandgloss@yahoo.com.

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MONDAY MELODY

I am really liking Keyshia Cole’s “Should Have Let You Go.”  This is my favorite song by her to date.

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MONDAY FLASHBACK

I heard “Goodbye Love” by Guy on the radio late the other night and it made me think of this song.  I don’t know how true this is, but at the time, I heard when the Guy reunion initially didn’t work out, Teddy Riley gave this song to Blackstreet.  Here’s “Don’t Leave Me.”  The Guy reunion worked out after this and the only song I remember from that project is “Dancin,” which I really liked.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:  The Gap’s (Product)Red Line

I hold three causes very close to my heart – church, breast cancer and Africa.  The Gap has partnered with (Product) Red and 50% of all sales go to helping Africa with the fight against A.I.D.S.  There are fashions for the whole family, so be sure to check out the entire line HERE.  Here are my three favorite items:

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I simply must have this “Inspi(red)” top – too cute.  A Gap.com Exclusive, it comes in sizes XS-XXL.

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How adorable!  This baby t-shirt comes in sizes 3-6M, 12-18M, 18-24M, and 2 Years to 5 Years Old.

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Can’t you see your little sweet pea in this?  Sizes 0-24 Months.

To learn more about thee (Product) Red initiative, go to JoinRed.com.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?

I love to dance, so I thought I would share my favorite dance-related songs.

The dance to “Crank That” by Soulja Boy Tellem is more like a routine, so I figured I better post the instructions!

The “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid is a fave because it is easy! LOL!  This song will forever remind me of my family reunion!

This was the jam way back when!  I just had to have that #1 Anfernee Hardaway jersey – I miss you Penny (oh, he was so fine)!!!  I know you all have to remember “Tootsee Roll” by the 69 Boys.  Dip Baby, Dip!

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JOY’S SHOE PICK

Sometimes, you have to give your feet a break and wear some flats.  I keep flats in the car for after church and other dressy occassions.

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The adorable “Luena” by Baby Phat is perfect for shopping sprees and when you need a break from your heels. 

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MONDAY PRAISE

A friend of mine once said “CeCe Winans has a real connection with God because it just shines through in her music.”  Amen!  Here is one of my favorite songs by CeCe – “Alabaster Box.”

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“Alabaster Box” is based on this Scripture:

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”   “Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”   “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.  You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

~ Luke 7:36-50 NIV

Have a Wonderful Week!

~ Joy