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:

  • Updating 4373beautylane on InstagramScreen Shot 2018-02-05 at 4.13.11 PM.png
  • 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

What’s on my “try,” list? Kopari Beauty available at Sephora 🌺

A coconut fan favorite is now available at Sephora. Price $38. The Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub is divine and an Allure Beauty award 🥇 winner. Check it out and see for yourself⚜️

Let’s us know what other items from this brand you have tried or would love for us to test and review. Please leave your comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on all social media @4373fashionlane.

XOXO

4373fashionlane.com 🌸

How do we maintain a thick skin while navigating the world of social media?

  • I was prompted to read a post called: I quit social media for a week and it didn’t change my life., in one of my blogger support groups, (Black Bloggers United) on Facebook.
  • Please read the article for yourself. It’s a cool read. This reading led me to pose this question: how do we maintain a thick skin while navigating the world of social media?
  • Many bloggers, social media entrepreneurs and folks in general, struggle in this arena. How can you maintain a separate space for emotional sanity when all around you are people perpetuating a perfect life scenario?
  • The answer is you must have a strong core. Otherwise, everything this we see will leave us miserable. We are in different categories of life and thus our standing in life leaves us fully or partially fulfilled.
  • How do you build a strong Core? Find what inspires your spirit the most and dive into that area.
  • Additionally, find what is inspiring and bask in that aspect on social media.
  • There are times where I too, venture into a little ratchet television, social media postings and gossip blog sites, for kicks and giggles.
  • Some people who are fulfilled in life look for inspiration and social media is not always the fix for this.

Author, Jasmine Lamb, explored three areas where her life did change when she unplugged:

1. I read more—I buy new books as much as I try new lipstick, so, a lot. I finally got around to making a dent in some pretty crucial reads. Instead of stopping to take mental work breaks to scroll through my various timelines, I picked up a book instead.

2. I doubted myself less—Let’s face it, comparison is a total killjoy. Every time I felt I had made significant progress in my entrepreneurial journey, I’d stop to scroll through Instagram and immediately felt I was back at square one. Quitting Instagram allowed me to be more present in the everyday wins and look at my experiences as a continuous story that’s just as unique and valuable as anyone else’s.

3. My focus shifted—Not only was I more present, but I started to think of new ways to be creative in my “in-between” time, whether it was brainstorming new ideas to reach my business goals, choosing to meditate and re-affirm the day’s intentions, or having more real-time conversations with people I value in real life.

So, the question is, how do YOU maintain a thick skin navigating the world of social media?

xoxo,

4373fashionlane ♥

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Gold feather quill liquid eyeliner brush with metallic ink pot with black eyeliner and stand with tin case.

How to build your brand!!!

We are all just beginning to build our brand. I am looking at ways to building my brand further and I came across this video. Please check it out and it and let me know what you think.

Ideas from watching this video.

  1. Get on Instagram and get more than one account.
  2. Find your niche.
  3. Have a separate account for the passion you like.
  4. Get a separate email for these account.
  5. Build a feature account: fashion, shoes, hair, education, politics.

Happy Sailing ♥