Blondie’s Spotlight: Lamont Rudolph

Designer, Entrepreneur

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Lamont Rudolph

Or  The Mvdd Hvtter as he’s known on instagram, a title he truthfully boasts. I’ve followed the Atlanta native and have been in awe of his designs for the past two years so you can only imagine how excited I was when he agreed to chat with your favorite lipstick loving blonde! I caught up with him at The Green Room, a creative space in downtown Atlanta that houses everything from screen printing, video editing, painting, tattooing and more!

His tag line is “Follow the Buck”, here’s why you should too


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He even hooked me up with the custom denim Roofless cap!! I couldn’t stop gushing over it!!

Find more of Lamont’s work & follow him on IG @TheMvddHvtter

Contact him at LamontRudolph642@gmail.com

Should I Waist Cinch/Trim/Train? Pt.2

If you missed part 1 last Friday check it out here

There’s a lot of mixed information out there about waist training. So much so that you can find articles to support whatever side you take on this topic. I know, I did my “research” before purchasing 2 waist clinchers and a waist trimmer. But which side is right?

What I’ve found is that it’s ALL true! I don’t have X-ray’s to claim that my organs were affected but after consistently wearing my smaller waist cincher my ribs were always sore. However it helped my posture tremendously and I did lose inches around my waist. So which do you listen too?

Well first understand that no matter how many cinchers, trimmers, lifters, miracle wraps you use, nothing will change unless you make a lifestyle change. That means eating healthier & being active for at least 30mins a day.

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I’m so happy  a healthy life style was discussed on BET’s Being Mary Jane earlier this week!

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Ladies I wish we could all just cut the bullshit! Stop with the excuses, the denial & the short cuts! No one is trying to make you a size 2, skinny women aren’t the devil and having “more to love” won’t be so cute when your joints start failing in your 40’s!

There’s no magic pill/ shake/ apparatus! These things exist to make money off of people focused on instant gratification! Remember nothing will work unless YOU do! Both cinchers and trimmers can be effective if used responsibly. They are an enhancer to achieve results for a problem area (you can buy trimmers for your arms & thighs as well). However if all you’re doing is putting it on a few hours a day then you’ll see some changes BUT you’re just temporarily shifting the body fat. Prime example is a muffin top -it’s created because the waist band of the pants are too tight. The person doesn’t gain a smaller waist, the fat just moved to another place. So yeah, you’ll have an hourglass figure with it on but the time spent not wearing the waist trainer your body is readjusting to its previous form. You’re basically be taking 2 steps forward and one step back when you could skip all that and just make healthier lifestyle choices!

Now don’t think I’m bashing either the waist cincher or waist trimmer. I’ve used them both and have been active & inactive in both. I no longer wear the cincher but you won’t catch me at the gym without my trimmer! I’ve seen real results because I put in real work!

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At the end of the day you’re going to wear what you want, call yourself whatever you want… just don’t end up like her. I think we all can agree she looks a hot ass mess! I can only hope she did this on purpose to prove a point… but I doubt it.

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Speaking of, butt lifters & pads are dumb so please don’t waist your money on them. To me it’s like the equivalent of a water bra -cute with clothes on but you can’t fool them forever!

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Should I Waist Cinch/Trim/Train? Pt.1

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I laughed so hard when I saw this but she’s right. Shortcuts are never the move but many women are using them to get the ideal body type. These days it’s a literal hour glass: big breasts, teeny tiny waist and big hips and butt.

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I have no clue if the above pic was photoshopped, I just found it on Instagram. I say that because some women are actually built like this -but more often than not they had some help. For example there’s camera filters, specific posing angles and photoshop apps for the internet and IG, but what about when you want that look in person? Do you know there’s such a thing a selfie surgery? Smh. Regardless, no one batts an eye if you’ve had breast implants or liposuction, but the new new is butt fillers or injections, and waist cinching… or is it waist trimming? …waist training? Confused? It’s okay, I’ll explain, because there is a difference.

Waist Training is the process of reducing or shaping a woman’s waist through gradual body modification using a corset, cincher or trimmer belt (my personal definition)

A Waist Cincher is a type of short corset that cinches, or pulls in, at the waistline. Functional waist cinchers make a woman’s waist appear smaller than it actually is. (via ehow.com)

Waist Trimmer belts are used to help remove excess water weight from your abdomen region. The belt is placed around your waist and worn when you work out and do your typical daily choirs. As the belt contains the heat from your abdomen, you will sweat off excessive water. (via ehow.com)

Every time you turn around a celeb with a banging body is endorsing their own or somebody else’s cincher or trimmer


It’s hard not to buy in when you see what you believe are their results. & it doesn’t make you weak in the least bit to want to change something about yourself or to admire someone who has the body you wouldn’t mind strutting around in. I personally feel I have a healthy body image but I love how gorgeous Amber Rose’s body is! I mean, how could you not?!

But back to the subject at hand, waist training. I spoke earlier of celebs and other curvy women on IG showcasing their results, but does it really work? Is what April said on Facebook true? What are the pros and cons? I’ve tried both methods and will share my experience next week in part 2!

Reasons To Be Happy You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

February 14th is around the corner and you may be like me & be without a “traditional” Valentine -I say traditional because when I’m single on this love holiday I’m my own & my friends Valentine. But if you choose to be the little Morton’s salt girl, Georgia’s Juice has several reasons to be happy you’re single! Enjoy!

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Single on Valentine’s Day? Well, you might want to count your blessings. Many couples can’t wait until February 14 to see what gifts they get and others dread having to buy gifts. If you don’t have a Valentine this year that’s okay, there are plenty of reasons why you should be happy that you don’t.

  1. No pressure

Girls, you don’t have to worry about if have to buy your boyfriend a gift and guys you don’t have to stress yourself on what to buy. Not having a Valentine eliminates the pressure and stress of what to buy or what to do for the evening. Simply with no significant other, you don’t have this stress anymore.

  1. You can hang out with your single friends

Being single on Valentine’s Day gives you the time to hang out with your other single friends. For girls this might mean movies and ice cream at the house and for the guys, this gives you a chance to catch up with the fellas.

  1. You won’t have to worry about a heart break

We all know that Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day filled with love, candy, and roses but let’s face it, it can quickly go downhill. If you don’t have a Valentine then you don’t have to worry about arguing if something doesn’t go right, and you know you can’t get dumped because you’re already single.

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  1. You can avoid disappointment

If you don’t get you that 6ft. teddy bear you wanted on Valentine’s Day then you have nothing to worry about because you’re single. Guys? This means you don’t have to be disappointed if your girl didn’t get you a gift at all. Since you’re single, you can buy yourself exactly what you want, no disappointments.

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Like gorgeous new shoes!!

 

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Got It For Cheap….

I’m always on the hunt for new lippies -& it’s even better when I can save a coin or 2 in the process! Thanks to @CheapLuxTaste I know exactly what I’m getting myself for Valentine’s Day!…or you know, today. lol!

The absolute best thing about Instagram is discovering dope and helpful accounts. While stalking one of the make-up gurus on IG, I’ve stumbled across the Dupethat account. Basically they swatch products to find affordable dupes. Recently Anastasia Beverly…

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Blondie’s Spotlight: Smooch Me by Dionne

Entrepreneur, Beauty Connoisseur

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Courtney of Smooch Me by Dionne

 

A few years ago, through the networking powers of twitter and a few mutual connections I came across this sweet, fabulous, fellow lipstick lover, Courtney! A review and two giveaways later I finally got the chance to catch up with this makeup maven and get the info on how this empire that lipstick built came to be! Check it out

Blondie’s Lipstick: What inspired you to create your own makeup line?

Smooch Me by Dionne My passion for makeup is my biggest inspiration, I truly enjoy encouraging people to live fearlessly while enchancing their natural beauty at the same time.

How did you come with the name Smooch Me by Dionne?

Smooch Me was inspired by the word “smooches” a word my homegirls and I would use as a word of endearment towards each other when our lips are making a statement with a bold lipstick or lipgloss. As for Dionne that is my middle name which I tend to favor a lot.

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What type pf products does your line offer?

My cosmetic offers products for women of all ages and all occasions (weddings , parties, professional etc) All products offered are hypo allergenic, FDA approved and not tested on animals. Smooch Me by Dionne cosmetic line was created for beauty loves on a budget, all products are excellent quality for a affordable price. The quality and price of my products have been compared to Mac, kaori, and Mary Kay. By many beauty lovers,bloggers and magazine editors.

Including this blogger! Brows are very important in the beauty world these days. You recently added a new product to keep us all “on fleek” (lol!) Tell me about it.

Brows are most definitely important when it comes to the beauty industry. Our brow quad is already in high demand. Our brow quads are $10

Would you say Smooch Me by Dionne  is geared towards a professional makeup artist or the everyday woman?

I carry professional and everyday makeup so I would have to say both, I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing makeup artists who have build there kits with my products and recommend them to their clients.

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What’s your advice to anyone interested in getting in the beauty business & starting their own makeup line?
The first thing I would advice someone who wants to start their own cosmetic line is to make sure this is your passion. Eat! Breath! And Sleep MAKEUP! I emphasize this so much when I talk to upcoming entrepreneurs because you will invest so much time and money in your business. Plus when you are passionate about something you are destined to succeed. Research is very imperative as well know your makeup, know your ingredients and know the quality of your product. Consumers will have tons of questions before actually purchasing from a new line. Study up on different skin types as well, you don’t want to sell a oily based concealer to a oily skin person. Save! Save! Save! I did not just wake up one day a say “I want my own cosmetic line” and poof! it happened. Creating a brand alone can be very expensive. I started off with an outline of cost and a business account. A year in a half later I started my cosmetic line. Last but not least if you plan on starting your own cosmetic line but have not yet Shh keep quite! Before I introduced my cosmetic line to the world I only disclosed my ideas with my two bestfriends and my immediate family. One of my favorite analogies “make sure your band is marching right before they perform” this is your brand make sure you have things in order before putting them out there. For starters your name: website: what products will you start off with, business cards, etc you have a lot to do so what are waiting for :)

What’s next for Smooch Me by Dionne?

The next move for my business is to remain great, I move in silence just know more great things are to come. Stay tuned! "</p

Tell me something people should know about you or your brand

I was blessed with the opportunity to travel my brand outside of the US France and Rome so we do ship internationally. We host parties and consultation as well. (Skype too) just send all inquires to smoochmebydionne@gmail.com Get SMOOCHED "</p

Love lipstick? Well you’ll love this! For the month of February lipsticks are 2 for $10 and eyeshadows are 2 for $15!

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Should You Move In?

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Georgia’s Juice

 

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Living together before marriage is controversial topic for some. While some are strongly opposed to the idea of moving in with a significant other before marriage, others think it’s a fundamental part of a relationship. For those of you who are seriously considering taking that next step in your relationship and moving in with your significant other, there are a few things to take into consideration.

Are you doing it for the convenience factor?

A lot of the time in relationships, it gets to the point that one of you is spending most of your time at the other person’s place and it makes more sense just to move in together. While that may be true, don’t let that be the main reason you make the big move. You need to be sure that living together is something you’re ready for and a step that both of you are ready to take.

Are you nervous?

It’s okay to be nervous. It’s a big decision that needs to be thought through and if you’re not the least bit nervous about it, that may be a sign that you’re more interested in playing house than joining lives with another person. Building a life with another person is a journey in itself and it requires a lot of work and sacrifice. The sooner you come to this realization, the easier the transition will be.

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Review: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Disclaimer : This review is coming from the perspective of someone with the following skin type: combination/oily, not sensitive, not prone to breakouts Product Details/Claims: 1.9 oz in the standard size ($42) 0.58 oz in the travel size ($16) Paraben…

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