Finding Your Pretty
May04

Finding Your Pretty

I love being a woman of color, more specifically, I love being a black woman. It did however, take years before I fully accepted and fell in love with my blackness and really genuinely felt that my black was beautiful.

When I was a little girl growing up in Kansas City I always wanted to be brown like my grandma. I didn’t think my black was black enough. I recall my friend’s mother, who was dark skin and whose children were dark skin say “light skin people look dirty to me.” and then realizing she said this to a child she quickly followed it with “but you don’t look dirty though.” I wanted to be dark like my friends and would often apply my make up especially lipstick the way they did using the same colors. Dark brown lip liner with clear gloss made me look crazy.

Finding Your Pretty with Chez
Apr06

Finding Your Pretty with Chez

I started to see the change around age 26. The smooth dimple free thighs that I would get so many compliments on – backstage of fashion shows from fellow models– were beginning to look a little cottage cheesy. I HAD CELLULITE! After a brief break down trying to come to the realization that my easy early 20s where beauty was a breeze, when I barely worked out or even put on lotion for that matter, were behind me. Reality smacked me and it was the smack of an old black southern grandma – right across the face, hard and life changing. I had to take action! I began to research the best ways to combat these stubborn fat deposits that I’m sure have “We shall not be moved” picket signs.

Finding Your Pretty with Chez
Jan12

Finding Your Pretty with Chez

There’s nothing worse than applying makeup to a dry face, shaking a dry hard hand, picking hangnails or a flaky scalp. It’s getting cold and dry as we enter the winter months and you must protect your skin. We remember to lotion down our arms and legs and even oil our scalps. Make sure you moisturize and remember not to neglect small
areas like your cuticles. 

Finding Your Pretty with Chez
Nov06

Finding Your Pretty with Chez

"There are no ugly women, only lazy ones," that's what beauty business mogul Helena Rubinstein claimed and cosmetics made Rubinstein one of the worlds richest women in the world so we might want to listen to Helena.

I don’t think it is healthy to hate the way you look and whatever you need to do to accept yourself physically, I support. I believe as long as you are doing it for you and not for the acceptance of society or for the attention from men you should change whatever you are not able to accept. With women literally dying to enlarge their butts to astronomical uncomfortable sizes for Instagram likes and to be the object of lustful men, we are clearly at a time when the mere acceptance of ones God given physical attributes is a brave and courageous thing.

In Style with Leslie Young
Feb09

In Style with Leslie Young

How To Buy A Winter Coat

I hear this winter is supposed to be one of the coldest in recent years. When I was in sixth grade I remember being in class when a short-lived snow flurry came through. My school was right on the water, so it was very odd but memorable. That’s the closest I’ve been to snow.

With the cold temperatures, comes the need to bundle up. My inner east coast girl, loves cold winters because I love wearing heavy duty coats, but the sensible adult in me knows it’s unreasonable to have a closet full of winter coats in sunny Los Angeles, so I manage with about five. For those of you on the more sensible side, here are ideas to keep in mind while winter coat shopping for the family.

In Style
Jan05

In Style

Being the proud mother of four little ones (under 7 years old), I can say that I have some experience when it comes to styling the baby bump. I should start by saying that although it doesn’t always feel like it, being pregnant is a beautiful thing. Whether your ankles swell, your skin gets spotty or you’re just feeling plain old yucky, it’s important to realize that your body is doing an amazing and awesome thing, growing a life.

You will find that maxi length and wrap style dresses will feel the most comfortable and look the most flattering. Maxi dresses offer the length that you’ll need as it becomes harder to move around comfortably. For me, I was constantly bending down to pick up one thing or another so I needed hands-free coverage. You won’t have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions or other embarrassing moments.

First Ladies High Tea
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