Beauty by A. Norell – Sexy and Sultry For Spring!

Spring is here, but thanks to mother nature’s temperament, heavy frocks are still being rocked and it doesn’t seem quite time for pastels and florals. Even if it were, rules were made to be broken, so let’s get into this sexy and sultry look created by professional MUA, our beauty guru, Alfena Williams.

The recently engaged, soon to be married, Chasitie Ingram served as the muse for this look that I had the pleasure of sitting in on and was able to inquire about.

SheBatty: When going for a sultry look, what’s the first thing that comes to mind as far as makeup?

A.Norell_MUA: “The first thing I think about are sexy eyes and a lip color that pops.”

So it’s ok to mix a smokey eye with a bold lip? Is that the ultimate combo for sultry/sexy looks?

Yes! It is definitely ok to mix the two. It really depends on what the individual is wearing and what makeup look they are going for. You have to consider what the focus point will be. For example if you are wearing a beaded gown and the dress is the focal point you don’t want a makeup look that’s so bold it will take away from the gown.

We are in the day and age of the “glow up” what are some ways to achieve a natural radiance that isn’t over-the-top?

“I like to apply a liquid highlighter to the skin first. Then I add the foundation on top of it. The highlighter will radiate through the foundation giving a nice glow.”

Tell us how you achieved this look?

“I started the look by applying a flesh tone matte eyeshadow all over her eye. Then I added a gold shimmer eyeshadow on the lid with a dark brown matte shade in the corner. Next we applied lashes and added a plum liquid matte lipstick.”

How do we contact you for an appointment?

“Feel free to reach out on instagram @a.norell_mua or

by phone at 817-721-4977.”

DALLAS CEO, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, FEATURED ON LIFETIME TELEVISION’S NEWEST REALITY SHOW!

Nothing tests a budding relationship like travel, and the new series Love at First Flight takes it a step further, matching new couples to embark on a romantic (and stressful) journey across North America — with the chance to get married at the airport immediately after their final flight lands.

Meeting for the first time in New York, the couples criss-cross the country towards Los Angeles, as their compatibility is tested not only by the unpredictable pressures of travel, but also by a series of uniquely crafted travel-based challenges. Tune in fo the premiere of Love at First Flight, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime!

Love At First Flight Season 1 Preview

ABOUT STEPHANIE JOHNSON

Stephanie Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Dallas’ Singles & The City – an exclusive member based community for single professionals willing to become the person they seek to attract.

“At Singles & The City, our main tagline is, ‘There is more to being single than dating.’ We are a self empowerment community for single dating professionals mid-twenties to forties. We are a totally different spin off of what the entire world is doing right now.

Everyone is dating, and what not —hooking up. I’m trying to help you get to your bottom line. I partner with a lot of therapists, group counselors; people that can really help you change your mindset and how you see yourself, and why you’re single. And if you don’t want to be single, what are the things that make you unattractive,” Stephanie explains.

After a corporate layoff in 2015 – Stephanie took her then passion of hosting events and turned it into profit, having expanded her company to 5 cities in less than 4 years. Singles & The City has active chapters and hosts’ monthly events in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

Although watching her from afar looks seamless, she’s the first to be transparent about being a full-time Entrepreneur. Stephanie nearly lost everything in 2016 – sleeping on friend’s sofas and Lyfting to her own events.

“I was in East Lansing and moved here [to Dallas] in 2010. I worked in corporate,  in the restaurant industry. I did telemarketing and I loved my job. I also did concierge work, and then did restaurant work again, but prior to my lay-off I’d started Single & The City like a yeary prior —just as a volunteer, community type thing,” she says.

“I fully did not expect all that happened to happen. And when I got laid off I started going through my savings and everything just kind of hit the fan and that’s how the whole homeless thing started, and that’s when I was like, ‘Ok, it’s time to turn this into an actual company and get some income coming in, so I just kind-of need to bite the bullet and become a professional business owner.’ And that’s how it happened.”

Despite the loss, she managed to open 2 new chapters in Los Angeles and Chicago. When asked about how she determines which cities are picked to hosts Single & The City she explains, “I go where the demand is.”

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT

Filming Love At First Flight was an amazing experience and Stephanie is very excited to share her life with the viewers.

What compelled you to tryout for the cast of Love at First Flight?

“Honestly, I was getting a lot of feedback from my members, like, ‘oh my gosh, I met this guy, or this girl, and we’re getting married next week.’ and I’ve been to several weddings already that happened like within six weeks from Singles & The City, and I was like, ‘Am I missing something? What’s going on?’ So, the opportunity came up for the show and, of course, no one ever thinks you’re going to make the cast. So, it was about me getting into the brains of singles I talk to all the time that this has happened to, and then to have the opportunity to be matched by a “professional matchmaker” and possibly meeting the person of your dreams. I was like, ‘at least let me just try.”

Are you a hopeless romantic?

“I actually am a hopeless romantic. I’m always like, ‘maybe he’ll be at Barnes and Noble, or maybe I’ll run into him at Whole Foods —that would be great!”

What were your thoughts when you initially arrived to meet your partner?


“Oh my gosh, initial thoughts —I don’t want to tell you too much, but I was really really excited! I was excited about his ethnicity. He’s very attractive, so I thought, ‘ok! This is going to be good!’ I wanted to at least walk away with a new friend. My expectations were not high. I was not trying to fall in love. I’m like, ‘I’m going to into this with no fear. If I’m traveling, [then] I’m at least going to make a new friend.”

 
What was your biggest challenge during this experience?

“The biggest challenge during the experience —I would definitely say was just being alone in certain situations and then it being Reality TV on top of that. I’m a very structured person, so to wake up everyday and not know what your day holds. And then you’re going to see me do some stuff that you would never see me do in real life, activity wise. You’ve got kind-of like Amazing Race meets The Bachelor meets —I mean the show is just crazy awesome! But, there are so many different activities that you have to do with your partner. You have to trust them to get it done so,  for me, not being in control was like, ‘Oh My God— I’m [gonn]a do this today!”

What did you learn about yourself during this experience?


“I learned that I’m a lot more open than I thought and I shocked myself at how open I was, at love, and at trusting other people, and at, just kind-of, not being in control.  So, I was like, ‘look at me, growing!’ It was great! I’m much more self aware —it was just a beautiful process.”

How much can you really learn about a person on a travel adventure?

“That’s a good question, but I think the entire point was learning [that] for one, you can learn so much about someone when you’re back to back all the time. And then I would say that after 3 or 4 days of seeing someone 24 hours a day it’s like, ‘ok, I don’t have time to keep wearing makeup.’ You know what I’m saying —at some point you start to let your guard down and really be your true-true self and I think that the situation is what possibly made that happen a little faster. It’s like, ‘ok, today, you’re not getting lashes or heels. I just don’t care and I saw you yesterday, and I know you’re not going anywhere.’ So I mean, honestly, I learned a lot. I learned a lot really fast and it was good. It’s just an interesting way to date, you know —real interesting.”

Do You Believe That Is Possible To Find True Love At First Flight?

“I do believe it’s possible to find Love At First Flight, absolutely! Absolutely —I think you guys are going to love me and my partner and, you’ll be real excited to see the outcome for sure!

Tune in and find out how this local entrepreneur made the best out of uncertain situations and maybe even found the love of her life…all while traveling North America with a stranger.

Love at First Flight is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Pilgrim and Mike Nichols serve as executive producers for Pilgrim. Gena McCarthy executive produces for Lifetime. Pictures and video clips curtesy of Lifetime.

Love at First Flight Premieres March 20 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. 

Follow Stephanie as she will be LIVE Tweeting during the premier on Twitter and be sure to LIKE her FACEBOOK Fan Page too! 

Pictures and video clips curtesy of Lifetime.

Show Me How You Rock It 1.3 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Show Me How You Rock is back with another Little Black Dress! This week we’ll be exploring  a more casually styled LBD. So…

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Cormeshia @shebatty from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.

I have a cheerful disposition, for the most part. I love to laugh, and the word quirky fits me well. My overall style is Rocker Chic, lace and leather are my thing! But, I’m also known to switch lanes and rock Black owned/All black er’thang ethnic fashion. My goal is to always stand out when I walk into room and leave people saying, “Who is that? I like her style!”

What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?

I was headed out for a casual day with a friend and wanted to be cute, fashionable and comfortable. I’m almost forty, and at my age comfort is always key! I found this all black body con dress on sale ASOS a few years ago. I’m still working on body image issues, but I knew it’d be a good investment. For the outting with my friend, I opted for an eclectic “street” look. I wanted to give off a New York vibe, Brooklyn to be exact. The vibrant colors and street style of this look inspired me.

 How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

Overall, the look made me feel cute and energetic. My head wrap provided an array of vibrant colors. The dress and the stockings provided and element of sex appeal. I didn’t want to be too dressy, so I played the look down with wooden earrings and a rugged pair of booties. I added a splash of sass by applying minimal makeup with a pop of color on the lips.

Photos taken by @a.norell_mua

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HIGHLY PRAISED SCREENING OF ‘MANCHILD’ KICKED OFF ALL STAR WEEK WITH A BANG AT RALEIGH STUDIOS W/ CELEBRITY PANELISTS AND GUESTS

The screening of the inspiring story of the greatest pre-high school aged basketball player ever was an enormous success thanks to panelists Schea Cotton, Grammy nominated rapper Problem, and former NBA players Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton, w/ moderator WNBA’s Cappie Pondexter!

(Los Angeles – California) – ​On Monday February 12th​, Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story, ​touched the hearts of hundreds at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. ​Manchild ​tells the story of now retired ball player, ​Schea Cotton,​ who was once regarded as the greatest pre-high school aged player ever, even better than LeBron James.

Thanks to celebrity VIP guests and an all star panelists including ​Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton​, this story of ​faith, integrity, and resilience​ e​mpowered the audience through mentoring, education & sports!

Amongst the screening of the film itself, star of the documentary and ​founder and CEO of the Manchild Elite Corp.​, shined light on his amazing organization dedicated to empowering youth through education, basketball, and leadership. In service of the nonprofit’s mission, Schea brought over a dozen of young men to the screening where they got a firsthand look at the inspiring story!

To support and donate to the ​Manchild Elite Corp​ please visit Manchild Elite Donation HERE.

Follow Manchild on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

(L-R) Rapper Problem, James Cotton, Casey Jacobsen, moderator Cappie Pondexter, Schea Cotton and members of the Manchild Elite Corp.
Schea Cotton on the red carpet.
Schea Cotton and Moderator, Cappie Pondexter, on the red carpet.
(L-R) Schea Cotton, James Cotton, Rapper Problem, and Casey Jacobsen on the Q&A panel.
Audience member asking a question to the panel

Show Me How You Rock It 1.2 – Cape Fashion

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Capes are a cozy and comfy alternative to coats, and sometimes jackets or blazers. Add class to any outfit with a cape or poncho. On this Fashion Friday, we’ll be seeing a cape look! So…

show me how you rock your Cape Ms. Reiko @Godsfaveshoes from houston, Tx!

Here’s how I am still rocking the cape look.
PC: @godsfaveshoes

 

 I’m not ready to let the trend go just yet.
PC: @godsfaveshoes
It’s still great for layering especially in Houston’s indecisive weather.
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Show Me How You Rock It 1.1 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Little black dresses are never out of season or out of style. The second installment in this series is   a glammed up little black dress look.

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. alfena @a.norell_mua from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.
I am a laid back type of girl that really enjoys hanging out with family and friends. I love celebrating the success of my peers and I’m very nurturing. My style is somewhere between classic, relaxed and expressive. I really enjoy being comfortable and cute but I also like to play around with prints and colors as well. When it comes to attending events I always resort to a classic style. I like to switch it up from time to time and keep it fun.
What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?
This look is inspired by my love for holiday looks. I like sequin and I think it adds just enough flare to spruce up a look for any occasion. Whether it be for date night or a company party.
How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

I feel confident and sexy when I’m rocking this dress.
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Show Me How You Rock It 1.0 – The Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, girl! Just show me how YOU rock it!
Kicking this thing off is the most popular item that every girl should have, the little black dress.

Show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Desiree @sumcute from Dallas, Texas!

 Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.

I’ve never thought about putting my personal style into words. I rarely am ever on trend but I may throw in a few pieces here or there to make a statement. I frequent thrift stores and clearance racks, if I like it I buy it and make it work.

What inspires you about this look?
I’m inspired by the quirkiness of my little black dress look. It has sequin embellishments all the way down and across the front of the dress and double shoulder pads, it screams 80’s prom queen and I love that about it.
How do you feel when you’re rocking this little black dress?

When I first tried this dress on I was a little weary, I even posted a poll on my insta-stories asking what everyone else thought about it. Not to my surprise no one liked it…but I still bought it. Once i saw the way it hugged my curves in all the right places, it had to come home with me. I was actually shopping for a Halloween costume and came across this. I had no particular place to wear it but ended up wearing it to my company Christmas party. I felt confident, and cute. The dress is pretty conservative but it’s length and figure forming nature made me feel sexy. I received tons of compliments which boosted by confidence even more. I feel FIERCE in this dress.
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Kat Tat co-hosts 5TH ANNUAL “GIRLFRIENDS & CHAMPAGNE” February 16th -NBA All Star Weekend

This annual event, hosted by Shar Jackson, Cherie Johnson, VH1’s Kat Tat, Amina Buddafly and more, will also feature special performance by Mathew Knowles’ group “Blush” and “That 3”

Celebrity event director Helecia Choyce will kick off All Star weekend with her 5th annual​ “Girlfriends & Champagne!” ​The star studded event is set to take place on February 16th from 3-8pm at Castaway: ​1250 East Harvard St. Burbank, CA

This years hosts include: VH1’s ​Kat Tat Jackson,​ Actress ​Shar Jackson​, Singer songwriter Amina Buddafly, ​Actress ​Cherie Johnson​, Entrepreneur ​Helecia Choyce ​and special performances by: ​BLUSH

Adding a new spin on the popular red carpet event, this year boasts a​ ​Girlfriends and Champagne Self Worth​ ​themed mixer where guests will be able to enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvre.

Like past affairs, there will be vendor booths including ​Manly Handz massages, L & L Boutique, Queen of Massage Atl, Priscilla Psychic Reading, Cigar Rollers, Shoe Shiners, Photo Booth, Casino Tables​ and many more, ending​ with a raffle giveaway with some amazing gifts including an all expense paid vacation to Las Vegas!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Slay – From Office To After-Five

Dallas MUA A. Norell created a Valentine’s Day look that’s sexy, time efficient and will carry you from day to night. The look was completed four different ways with modern, yet classic fashion from Ivywood Lane Boutique.

“With this look I wanted to do something simple with a pop of color. Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday and women might not have a lot of time to do their makeup. This is a look that can be done in 30 mins or less,” A. Norrell.

Before & After

What did you use to achieve the look?

Foundation:Mehron Celebre Pro HD cream in MD 4, Contour: MAC NW 50, Concealer: LA Girl pro concealer in Cool Tan, Setting powder: AJ Crimson Bamboo, Face powder: MAC NW 45,
Eyebrows: Dollar General eyebrow kit, Contour: Covergirl Queen Ebony Bronzer, Blush: no name palette color pink, Highlighter: MAC (discontinued),Eyeshadow: Morphe palettes Second Nature 3502 and 35R Ready, Set, Gold. Liquid Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate (black), Mascara: Maybelline Stiletto Lash (black), Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies, Lips: MAC Chestnut lip liner and Ruby Woo lipstick

Where can This look be worn?

This look can be worn anywhere. It’s natural enough for the work place but just enough drama for date night with that special someone. I’d suggest a nude shade or soft pink lipstick for day time and transition to a bold red lip for night.

 Ivywood Lane Boutique

These Pop of Polka black and white polka dot hight waisted pants are a fun selection for the day of love. The red jacket and red lips provide a perfect pop of color.

Polished and ready for business. This look pairs the Modest but Arrogant pop over Jumpsuit with the sexy Floral Kimono Blazer.

This all black Modest but Arrogant strapless pop over jumpsuit will lay the foundation of any look. Dress it up or down with accessories, a jacket, shawl or shoes.

After five and all the way live! Paint the town red in this sexy, fun and flirty Shaggy Fringe Cardigan.

For bookings email A. Norell at A.NorellMua@gmail.com

Model: Andrea Jackson

Fashion: Ivywood LanePictures curtesy of A. Norell.

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s Powerful Directorial Debut, “The Counter: 1960” Selected To Be Screened At Pan African Film And Arts Festival

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s “The Counter: 1960 illustrates underrepresented narratives and boldly sparks dialogue of racial equality.

After 27 years of working as casting director for famous music videos, TV, and films including Being Mary Jane, Fruitvale Station and Southside With You, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd releases her first film as a director and producer, The Counter: 1960.

The Counter: 1960 is a short film inspired by and motivated to bridge between all races, cultures and generations. Co-written and co-produced by Ashley Jackson and produced by Kimberly L. Ogletree, The Counter: 1960 hopes to create a change within the film industry by bringing light to such less represented narratives.

The film has been selected for screening in the 26th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, as well as the 10th Annual Jaipur International Film Festival in India. In addition, it has received Gold and Silver Awards at the LA Shorts Awards and the NYC Indie Film Awards in 2017.

About The Counter:1960

Based off of a true story, the film begins with three North Caroline University students, Joseph (Jerod Haynes), Diane (Ashley Jackson), and Franklin (Etienne Maurice), who are completely frustrated by a constant string of police killing of unarmed black youth. They decide to meet and think of what it is students like them can do to contribute to positive change. The film’s plotline unravels through a bridging between different temporal backgrounds and settings.

WHEN  & Where to go

Screenings:

Tuesday, February 13th @ 6:25PM

Thursday, February 15th @ 3:30 PM

WHERE:

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90008