The History of Valentine’s Day

Today is Thursday, February 14, 2019. The day of love all over the world. Most people have been running and will be running many errands today to make sure their beloved is greeted with warm feelings, desires, and sensations of love. On this special day we celebrate the art of love. Today, Valentine’s day is the only day dedicated to the heartbeat of love. 

Valentine’s day has its beginnings due to the Roman festival of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was an ancient festival held yearly on February 15. It was conducted under the eye of a priest called Luperci. This festival of love celebrated the season of Spring. This was especially important for fertility rites, where men and women were gathered, and paired by a system of lottery. Fortunately for us, the festival of Lupercalia was changed to St. Valentine’s Day. This was the day of romance that we observe and celebrate, since the 14th century. 

Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers♥

xoxo, 

4373fashionlane

New Item & Sale Alert: Mac Cosmetics


Purchase on Nordstrom and receive 15% off. Price was

  • $39.50
  • $33.58
  • ($160 Value)
  • 15% off

The next three eyeshadow palettes are a fan favorite and hit on Instagram. Classic Cutie, a Risk Taker or a Qween (this is the spelling MAC is using for the name),

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Supreme: Here are some swatches of the new Qween Supreme eyeshadow palette from Mac Cosmetics. The color swatches are from the new line and the images below show the color shades on two different skin tones. From the swatches, you can tell that these beauties are very pigmented.

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  • MAC Girls Classic Cutie Palette

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So ladies and gentleman, happy shopping!!!!!

xoxo,

4373fashionlane ♥♥

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Rachel Meghan Markle Dazzles in her first official event as a Royal.

Ms. Rachel Meghan Markle, soon to be wife and Duchess (we’re still gushing to figure out her official title after she marries Prince Henry (Harry) of Windsor, stepped out of her and Harry’s Range Rover meeting up with the Duke of Cambridge, William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, to embark on today’s events for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. Meghan rose to the occasions, as always, draped in an ensemble showcasing her already fashionable status.

Ms. Markle was a dream in a cream Amanda Wakeley coat. It was worn over a distinguished navy Amanda Wakeley dress and accessorized with a custom hat by, Stephen Jones. Meghan carried a small Mulberry Darley satchel. Meghan finalized the look in some heels that give us, Sex in the City, Carrie Bradshaw vibes, with her suede Manolo Blahnik pumps.  Via Amanda Wakeley, “Meghan looking gorgeous in our Sculpted Tailoring Crombie Coat and Springsteen Tailored Midi Dress today at the Commonwealth Day Service.”

Meghan’s Style!!!
Coat @amandawakeley
Dress @amandawakeley
Hat @stephenjonesmillinery
Clutch @mulberryengland
Shoes @manoloblahnikhq
Earrings @adinareyter

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With all of this style happening, we will definitely have to take a day off from work in America to watch this festive wedding happening in a few months. Are you excited. I am!!!!!!

xoxo,

4373fashionlane

Makeup: Valentine’s Day Inspiration with Beauty Influencer, MakeupShayla + Boxycharm

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  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. Or so the good saying goes. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here is MakeupShayla for your makeup inspiration.
  • Valentine’s Day Beauty Glam: In this video MakeupShayla shows us how to #strutandslay

  • What I love about MakeupShayla is her attention to her makeup details. She is persistent in her applications and she knows what works. She is also a teachers to the craft of makeup application. She is also nice in her comments about makeup brands. She’s a girls/ boys girl.

Here is a list of all of the products she used in her video above. #strutandslay

  • INSTAGRAM: MakeupShayla
  • TWITTER: MakeupShayla
  • SNAPCHAT: MakeupShayla
  • Products Used: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • Lancome Teinte Idol 470C Foundation
  • Kylie Cosmetics Granola Concealer
  • Sacha Buttercup Powder
  • Maybelline Color tattoo Brow Gel
  • Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette
  • BH Cosmetics x itsmyrayeraye Palette
  • inglot 77 black eyeliner
  • Maybelline Big Shot Mascara
  • Persona Cosmetics Del Mar Highlight Bobbi Brown Deep Bronzer
  • Bobbi Brown Apricot Blush
  • Mac Vino Lip Liner Colourpop What IF Lipstick
  • Dose of Colors Jazzy Lip Gloss

I have received through my paid subscription to Boxycharm, the Realher Products, lipliner. Click the link below and look what this brand has to off as a lipliner close to the one MakeupShayla uses in her makeup tutorial.

Realher Products

XOXO,

4373FASHIONLANE♥

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February 15, 2018

Boxycharm Makeup Subscription Unboxing

Hey Loves,

  • Today I will be taking you through the makeup unboxing of my Boxycharm subscription. How cute is the #feb2018 #boxycharm #boxymail ⚜️I’m loving this #boxycharmglow 👩🏽‍💻I cannot wait to play with everything @nakedcosmetics @coverfx @vintagecosmetics @purcosmetics @crownbrush
  • I have been a subscriber to Boxycharm for over a year. I also subscribe to, IPSY, Allure and Sephora. I will post more on these makeup boxes in 2018. Here is a look inside. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments about makeup boxes. Have you tried any yes or no and why or why not!

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COVER FX SHIMMERING VEIL CREAM – FOR THE EYELIDS

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FEB 2018 BOXYCHARM MAKEUP BOX.

Of course I will be testing these in the coming weeks and keep you posted.

XOXO,

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February 2018 Boxycharm Makeup Subscription unboxing

February 15, 2018

Boxycharm Makeup Subscription Unboxing

Hey Loves,

  • Today I will be taking you through the makeup unboxing of my Boxycharm subscription. How cute is the #feb2018 #boxycharm #boxymail ⚜️I’m loving this #boxycharmglow 👩🏽‍💻I cannot wait to play with everything @nakedcosmetics @coverfx @vintagecosmetics @purcosmetics @crownbrush
  • I have been a subscriber to Boxycharm for over a year. I also subscribe to, IPSY, Allure and Sephora. I will post more on these makeup boxes in 2018. Here is a look inside. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments about makeup boxes. Have you tried any yes or no and why or why not!

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COVER FX SHIMMERING VEIL CREAM – FOR THE EYELIDS

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FEB 2018 BOXYCHARM MAKEUP BOX.

Of course, I will be testing these in the coming weeks and keep you posted.

XOXO,

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Jouer Cosmetics is having a 30% off sale

Happy Sunday Loves,

We are gearing up for the an exciting Mardi Gras here in New Orleans. However, I received an email about this wonderful deal at Jouercosmetics.com. I am a huge fan of CZ Jouer. I follow her on IG and Snapchat. She is very informative and descriptive about her brand and company. She also teaches you the correct application techniques for her products. Here are some of the items and prices from their Skinny Dip Collection:

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  • The Skinny Dip Foil Eyeshadow Palette retails for $40.00, but with the code: skinnydip, you will get 30% off.

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  • Free shipping is available on all domestic orders.

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    Here is a slide show of the other items and prices available in the Skinny Dip Collection♥

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    Here is an image of the collection when I purchased it on its first launch last June 2017.

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December 2017, when I dropped it (Tan Lines Highlighter from Jouer Cosmetics), and destroyed in my makeup bag. #saddayindeed 

So, you can tell that I am in need of at least a new highlighter from Jouer Cosmetics. Have you purchased from this brand? If so, what did you purchase. Make sure you visit their site. I am not sponsored by any brands, so this s me just giving you some perspective from a brand I love. 

Happy Shopping!!!

XOXO, 

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Day two of my viral infection, being a mommie, schools out for my son, Mardi Gras 2018 and other tidbits.

  • Happy Friday Loves,
  • We are gearing up for the weekend, Mardi Gras and getting over a viral infection. I am on day 2 of being home sick. This morning I am still in recovery mode from being ill. My son’s school is out today.
  • His school is celebrating Mardi Gras break a little early. I woke up around 8ish. Hubster was already gone to work. We have this routine that he leaves before our son and I because Lambchop (our son’s nickname), has Autism and separation anxiety. We tracked the anxiety triggers and are finding ways to work around it.
  • I am a special education teacher and this step (tracking behavior triggers),  is easy for me, 🙂
  • We are doing well with Lambchop thus far.
  • Breakfast: Pancakes, eggs, smoke sausage, milk, and juice. 
  • Lunch: Not sure what’s on the menu for that. 
  • Blog: I am always looking for ways to update the look and character of 4373fashionlane.com. 
  • Pinterest: I am working on being better at adding blog postings and tidbits on the site. I have claimed the site on Pinterest, finally!!! xx. 

  • xoxo,
  • 4373FASHIONLANE
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Updating the blog and other tidbits

Happy February 2018:

Wowzers!! The year is going by faster than expected. A lot has happened since my last post. During that time, I was busy posting on my Instagram page,  of the many fashion week likes I was feeling. I have changed the look of, 4373FASHIONLANE.COM. I enjoyed the last few days preparing for my experience riding on a Mardi Gras float with the, Mystic Krewe of Femme FataleScreen Shot 2018-02-05 at 4.54.16 PM

Here are some things I am working on this week and the next few days:

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  • 4373beautylane, is a new instagram page, in which I wanted to highlight only beauty content. Additionally, I am learning the art of makeup and needed a place for women, such as myself, who do not want to continue spending hundreds of dollars having someone else applying our makeup, when we can accomplish this art on our own.
  • There is so much I want to accomplish with the brand, 4373…however, I know that great content requires time and effort.
  • I am a born and raised resident of New Orleans, and it’s carnival (Mardi Gras season), I parade (ride) with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. We are celebrating five wonderful years as the 1st African American all female krewe in the cities 300 year history. Mardi Gras originally began in the year 1700.
  • The first krewe, was all white, male and rich. Women were not allowed to parade and women of color were in slavery, and not considered property.
  • Even though we have the men of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club., women are not allowed voting privileges in these male dominated krewes.
  • It warms my spirit to know that we now have an organization that appreciates the lives, work and dedication of African American, professional and educated women in the city of New Orleans.
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  • In the photos above, I decided I was not going to spend hundreds of dollars on hair and makeup. I styled on own hair and applied my own makeup. I think I did well for a beginner, MUA.
  • As always, please check out the latest Instagram postings for 4373fashionlane.

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Happy Mardi Gras Season!!!

xoxo,

4373FASHIONLANE  ♥

Snow day, Tarte Cosmetics and kids will be kids.

Good Evening Loves,

  • Here in New Orleans we spent our day inside looking at the news about the black ice, closed schools and shut down city. We are at freezing levels down here.
  • I am so glad we have to stay inside today. I wanted to take off from work yesterday and hunker down, but I remembered I was doing a lesson on the history of Mardi Gras and yesterday was king cake day for all of my B day classes.
  • I purchased king cakes from Joe Gambinos bakery in Metairie, Louisiana. Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 9.00.14 PM.png
  • My students loved their king cake and had a blast learning about the history of it. Some students got the baby and are now tasked with bring the next king cake, which is a Mardi Gras tradition.
  • Thus, I am home today due to the weather issues and I am glad about it. My classroom is cold. We have an open campus, by design and when the students enter my building, because I am on the end of the hall, I get the cold or hot drafts blown into my classroom. UGH!!!

Now let’s chat about Tarte Cosmetics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I posted a previous post about Tarte Cosmetics and their down right disrespect of women and men of color, in their non release of inclusive shades of their, Shape Tape Foundations. See the link to the article by Allure Magazine on it here.
  • After looking and watching makeup reviews from Jackie Aina, MakeupShayla and Alyssa Ashleyy, I am once again determined to use my blog to speak out against the injustice of makeup companies who refuse to include people of color in their branding, campaigns, ads and public relations of their products.
  • Here are some of the comments posted on facebook from people on social media about this debacle:

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Here is the response from Tarte Cosmetics:

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I just unsubscribed from the company. I am no longer going to purchase anything from them. It’s just unbelievable. I do not for one moment believe them. If they were sincere, why turn off the comments on Instagram:

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See! Tarte Cosmetics, you are busted. Yes, customers will purchase your products. However, I will not.

xoxo,

4373FASHIONLANE

A home diffuser that’s going to break the bank but keep your home smelling delicious?

  • To set this up for you, first it will set your home forward $590.00.
  • It will set your pocket book back 590 bucks.
  • It’s all semantics depending on how deep your pocket are. If I could find one on QVC or HSN and use flex pay, it would pass the mustard rightly so.
  • There are a few diffusers on hsn.com, with flex pay that can give you the same bang for your buck.
  • Here is one from Tony Little that is on flex pay that’s cute.

Vogue.com

Fragrances routinely waft in and out of Vogue’s Beauty department, but when it comes to the subtle leathery scent of Le Labo’s cult Santal 26—no matter what deadlines are looming or phones are ringing—even the most discerning of noses perk up. So imagine the delight when the label’s new home diffuser, which emits a steady stop-you-in-your-tracks-it-smells-so-good stream of the cult eau, arrived at the office.

Made from Northeast maple wood, a type of marked-up golden brown lumber that is often cast aside for bonfires, the one-of-a-kind scent-spreader transforms the rich fragrance oil, by way of a built-in nebulizer, into a fine mist. But, of course, it doesn’t stop there: Each handmade showpiece also comes equipped with a vintage lightbulb that, with a twist of a silver knob, simultaneously lets off a warm amber glow. A simple desk lamp that doubles as a luxurious perfume? Now that’s a gift too good to give.

Le Labo Santal 26 Home Diffuser, $590
Buy it now

xoxo,

Lioness

Youtubers review of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Makeup Collection

Here we are I will be uploading all weekend. I have time today, lol!!! People are saying Rihanna has set the standard for other brands to step their game up. Now, there is not a single reason for other makeup companies to launch more makeup that is inclusive and diverse. Check out Youtuber, Kasey Rayton below.

xoxo,
Lioness Stargazer. ♥♥

Rihanna host the Fenty Beauty Makeup Collection launch party.

Good Morning Loves, 

Founder, Creator and Musician Rihanna Fenty is launching her new makeup company, Fenty Beauty. She is a woman for women. She is our champion and she is doing something for the younger generation of women who may feel older brands are out of touch with the young, diverse makeup demographic. Welcome to the Launch Party for Fenty Beauty. 

Rihanna, is giving us a behind the scene look at her Launch Party.  

I will be heading to Sephora in store, to purchase my items from the entire collection. I am going to be an forever supporter for the company due to her celebration of women and diversity. 

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Photo: Getty/Paul Morigi

xoxo, 

Lioness Stargazer ♥

When Rhianna launches FentyBeauty, diversity wins!!


PORTABLE HIGHLIGHTER BRUSH | FENTY BEAUTY

This video above features music sensation, fashion designer, creator and founder, Rihanna of Fenty Beauty. Take a look as she demonstrates the portable highlighter brush. It is magnetized and interchangeable. She also let’s you see the highlighting shimmer, which is wonderful as well.

Dear Makeup Dolls & Kens,

Today, or rather at midnight this morning, Rihanna took the beauty community by storm by launching her makeup line. No! I did not order anything yet. I am going into the store. I want to sit at a mirror, have my foundation perfectly matched and buy until I can’t anymore. I am giving Rihanna everything, the makeup community has not given me: choice. As much as I love other brands, they do not (on purpose), cater to women of warmer skin tones. If you are honest with me, they do not cater to women of extreme fairer skin complexions either. We all fall victim to the drama or fair complexion representation, in the makeup community.

I am excited for Rihanna, as if she were my own sister, taking the world by storm. She is completing this not only through her music and fashions, but through her makeup collection. Bravo! Rihanna. There has not been a woman of color doing this since IMAN. Tyra Banks has done this. However, it is not on the full fledge scale as RiRi. Her music, fashions and now makeup will give the little girls all over the world optimism. Rihanna is the island woman that we love and that dry and island love is coming to a Sephora, near you!!!!

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xoxo,
Lioness Stargazer

Good Morning Lovies….Beauty Guru drama and companies should look at bloggers for the real makeup reviews..

It’s 11am my time. I had a restless night thinking about this trip to Yale, with excitement. Up blogging and posting on social media, and trying to understand why some beauty guru’s are not appreciative of the luxuries they receive. Sit down and listen…..Last night Jackie Aina and Jeffree Star were going at it pretty crazy. He began by calling her a rat and she called him Janice Starr (which I think is quite funny). He should come out with another liquid lipstick called Janice. I said it first. Do you think he will credit me???? Maybe not, lol!!!!

This all began from a video Jackie posted:

This is so unimportant in the grand scope of things. These beauty gurus are making money off of beauty products, going on expensive trips and getting free makeup. Why are they so pressed!! I don’t get it. I need these cosmetics brands to open their eyes. We, true blue bloggers, are the ones who should receive the PR. These gurus are just playing!!!! In my opinion.

xoxo,

4373fashionlane

Apple Cider Vinegar as a facial toner? Who knew? I did and more bloggers/writers are finding this out.

I have been using apple cider vinegar for years. I wrote few blogs written back I used it to describe using it instead of deodorant. Now Danielle Ruppert has written a blog post on it recently. Here is her section below on how to make a skincare toner using apple cider vinegar.

The second way to clear up acne is to use apple cider vinegar as a toner. Instead of using those harsh toners that have chemicals in them, switch them out for an apple cider vinegar toner that is super simple to make! Take a clear glass or plastic container (with a cap) and add your desired amount of the apple cider vinegar depending on how much toner you are planning to make.

I use is a three ounce plastic container, that I purchased from the travel section of my local grocery store, and add two tablespoons of the vinegar. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend using less apple cider vinegar. The next step is to then dilute the apple cider vinegar with distilled or filtered water. Follow a ratio of one part vinegar to about two or three parts water. You might have to test out the ratio to get the perfect ratio for your skin. Lastly, once you have your toner ratio all figured out, grab a cotton pad or cotton ball, add a small amount of the toner, and apply to the entire face after cleansing. Then, after the toner is completely dry on the skin, you can apply any other facial products or moisturizers you wish to use!

Both of these apple cider vinegar tips will help keep bad bacteria and toxins out of your skin and body which, in return, will clear up acne and prevent it in the future (with regular use of course). Now, I’m not going to tell you that this will work for everyone and every type of acne… because it won’t… but if you tried almost every acne hack in the book to try and clear up your skin, this just might work for you!

 

Travel Size makeup items you need in your makeup bag.

I am always looking for pocket size, travel items to save my life when I am traveling. You can have travel size items in your bag on you way to work, the gym, etc. We say the term travel size for traveling. It does not mean you only have to travel to the airport or on a road trip. No one wants to have back and shoulder problems due to always carrying full size items.

For the Dolls and Kens on the go and pressed for time, travel size items can assist you in your fabulous life while keeping you dolled and prepped for your day. Let’s dive in. Here are some travel size goodies:

tarte eyeshadow palette

Tarteiest Pro to Go Palette, $23.00

 hand sanitizer

  • KAT VON D, Lock it Setting Power: I chose this one based on its price, $15.00 and the color is translucent.

lockit setting powder kvd

marc jacobs gel and eyeliner set

laura mercier loose setting powder

As always, Love you so much 🙂

Lioness Stargazer

 

 

My Beautylish unwrapping

This was my first time ordering from Beautylish. The one interesting and appealing point about the website is their payment options. You can pay all at once or set up a payment plan like, QVC or HSN. Those are the only sites I have ever used to order items for and they used payment plan. The excellent part of the ordering experience is the shipping. They use Fedex. Their shipping is fast and I will definitely become a repeat customer.

The items ordered were all from Charlotte Tilbury. I was introduced to the brand by watching one of Kim Kardashian app videos, as a subscriber. She gave Ms. Tilbury good review and I thought, “I need to check her out.” One thing I realized quickly that her items were a little high priced and after my Chanel makeup and skincare splurge, I would wait for Ms. Tilbury. I am glad I did. Not that I needed another foundation, but I seem to be drawn into buying more foundations than I need. However, I do use them. I mainly use my Chanel. Now, I am going to begin using my Charlotte Tilbury foundation.

The one item I cannot wait to get into is the CT (Charlotte Tilbury) Multi-Miracle Glow. It is supposed to be used as a cleanser, mask and Balm for baby soft skin. It is an anti-wrinkle cashmere cleanser, an overnight regenerating facial mask and a face and body (sos) Balm. I cannot wait to see what happens and of course I will keep you posted.

Lioness Stargazer 🙂

United States of America’s First Lady Michelle R. Obama: Grace and Fashion in the American White House, the American State Dinner Fashions.

United States of America has never had a more fashionable 1st family ever like that of President Barack H. Obama and Madame First Lady Michelle R. Obama. Yes, President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy were the fashion house political families of their time. However, they were not on the same level of grace, class, polish and love like that of President and First Lady Obama.  They are scandal free.  They love their roles as American graceful examples of Politics, Fashion, and entertainment.

First Lady Michelle Obama is the quintessential example and inspiration of what all future First Ladies should embody.

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August 2, 2016: President and First Lady Obama with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and wife Ho Chin.

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Final Obama Administration White House State Dinner with President Barack H. Obama, First Lady Michelle R. Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, with Italian First Lady Agnese Landini. First Lady Michelle Obama is wearing Atelier Versace in gold chain main, which sparkled when the cameras flashed. 

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May 13, 2016: President and First Lady Obama with Leaders of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Sweden.

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March 10, 2016: President and First Lady Obama (middle and right end) with, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie G. Trudeau.

 

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10/13/2011: President and First Lady Obama with South Korean President and Republic of Korea 1st Lady Kim Yoon-ok

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June 7, 2011: President and First Lady Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Husband Joachim Sauer

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1/19/2011: President and First Lady Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao

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5/19/2010: President and 1st Lady Obama with Mexican President Felipe Calderone and First Lady Margarita Zavala

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11/24/2009: President and First Lady Obama with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan SIngh and wife Gursharan

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Final Obama Administration White House State Dinner with President Barack H. Obama, First Lady Michelle R. Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, with Italian First Lady Agnese Landini

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March 14, 2012: President and First Lady Obama with British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha.

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May 13, 2016: President and First Lady Obama with Leaders of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Sweden.

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Feb. 11, 2014: President and First Lady Obama with French President Francois Hollande.

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April 28, 2015: President and First Lady Obama with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe.

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Sept. 25, 2015: President and First Lady Obama with Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan.

 

 

Baby news for Scandal Actress Kerry Washington :-)

The amazing actress (Scandal, Django, etc), and her husband (former NFL standout), Nnamdi Asomugha, have welcomed a healthy baby boy named, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha. They are now the beautiful family of four. The family welcomed a daughter, Isabelle, in April 2014. Congrats!!!

photo credit: google images

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Rhianna

If she can do it, so can you. If she can live life on her own terms, what’s stopping you from living life on your own terms. Dress how you wish. Make up your face. What I have learned is to treat my face like a canvas.

I am caring for my face and loving my blemishes away. I use Bio Oil, Mederma (the generic version from walgreen, because it was on sale, LOL). I am into the ipsy bags! They have some cute stuff they send monthly. I dress and pay attention to what looks good on my body. I weigh myself. I want to be honest with myself about my weight struggles. It’s ok!

Be like Rhianna! Live life! Forget everything else!