Whether you're a model and you need to take a photo with a cat or you're not a model and just want to take a few photographs with the family's adorable feline, here are my tricks for how to take a picture with a cat featuring my very own little rescue panther.

Ever since many of us were little girls, we’ve imagined in vivid detail the day we will say “I do” to the man of our dreams. Many of the details have already been written into memory like a fairy tale. The flowing white gown made of beautiful satin or an elegant French lace, the cascading bouquet of perfectly arranged flowers and the towering, hand­crafted wedding cake. Some of us have even known exactly what engagement ring we wanted to wear as a Mrs. since we were teens. Those story lines have remained fairly certain for many of us. But over the years, the one detail that may have changed is how you would wear your hair. READ MORE

Nudes and flesh tones are anything but boring. They range from creamy porcelain to deep mochas. In all honesty, how one defines nude really depends on their complexion. For me that falls somewhere between an almond latte and a rosy desert sand depending on the season and how much sun I’ve gotten. Of course I’d like to think my skin is always golden beige, but that’s not always the truth. For this very reason, a girl can never have to many nude lipsticks and nail polishes. READ MORE

After avoiding it for nearly two years, I finally watched the documentary Dark Girls. I’d been putting it off because I didn’t want to get upset. I didn’t want to watch something that would only remind me of the strong impact colorism has had in my world. Even now when I type my own name into a Google search, the option “Nikia Phoenix race” appears. Wow! That’s something people actually look up. I know who I am. I know where I come from. Sure, my complexion may have you confused. Those freckles probably throw you for a loop. But my super kinky hair is an obvious indicator of my African roots. The subject of Black hair is another conversation that we’ll save for later. Let’s get back to skin. READ MORE

A few months ago someone left mean comments about me on Instagram. That particular episode concerned my body. This new one concerns my face. Next thing I know, the photo was gone and the conversation was deleted. Guess what? It’s not over.
I've been searching for something that works as an anti-aging treatment and still allows my natural skin to shine without feeling weighed down. Did I mention you can use it on your body too? This Naked Skin stuff may just be the golden ticket.

It’s sandal weather. I hope you’ve got your pretty little feet ready for opened-toed shoes and jeweled sandals. Oh, you don’t! Let me guess, the last time you got a pedicure was Labor Day 2013. Shame on you. Aaaaaa! Just the sight of your feet would make a grown man scream. The layers of dead skin and calluses are probably so thick that you don’t even know what your feet look like anymore. Stop the insanity! We’ve got to do something about this fast. You can either go to a nail salon and watch the manicurist make weird faces while she’s working on your crusty toes, or you can take control and fix this at home. Save yourself the embarrassment and try a foot mask. READ MORE

Mondays can't possibly be bad for everyone, can they? Do billionaires and royalty dread this day too? From personal experience, the first step to tackling a Monday is actually having a weekend.




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