Coach debuts Fall 2017 Women’s and Men’s Collections, Inspired by Great America by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
I love when iconic brands make a major comeback. Coach has been launching a slew of retro designs over the past year (hello, Pacman and dinosaurs). At New York Fashion Week, Coach debuts Fall 2017 & pre-Fall 2017 men’s and women’s collections. They went completely retro for Fall. With a distinct nod to the 70’s, head designer and creative director Stuart Vevers was “inspired by dreamers, rebels and romantics,” as well as “the Great American outdoors” and “early New York hip-hop.” The result is a fun collection of equally modern and vintage styles. Standout pieces in the pre-Fall women’s lookbook include leather shoulder and hobo bags with embroidery and patchwork featuring the NASA logo, florals, chain bags, and mini doctor’s bags, all in hues characteristic of that era: chocolate brown, mustard yellow, and burnt orange, accompanied by contrasting colors and neutral tones. Plus, the dinosaur motif makes a comeback for Fall 2017 with a limited-edition Rexy Capsule Collection, in the way of embroidery and prints, and that iconic Rexy Dinosaur Charm.
Watch the grand finale to Coach’s 75th Anniversary show on Coach.com, featuring the Women’s Pre Fall & Men’s Fall 2017 Collection. and Shop COACH 1941 Spring Collection Now On COACH.COM! Free Shipping & Returns.
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A Casual Valentine’s Day by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Happy Valentine’s Day, haute gals and guys! What have you got planned today/tonight? Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that call for getting dressed up (or down – wink, wink) and for me a bodycon dress always fits the bill. I probably have as many bodycons as some people have shoes, handbags, or earrings – but when you know what you like and what looks good on you, you keep getting it! Here’s one of my newest favorite bodycons that I made a little more casual with a pair of block heel ankle boots and a leather moto jacket. Now I’m ready for a casual Valentine’s Day.
Enjoy your day, loves!
What I’m Wearing:
H&M Tassel Earrings
ASOS Burgundy Leather Jacket / Similar here, here and here
Belle + Sky™ Sleeveless Striped Scuba Dress
Kate Spade boots / Similar here
Citizen watch (c/o)
Photos: Ksenia Pro Photo
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Lauren Lake Talks Queen Boss, Paternity Court & Limitless Living by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
When I’m in need of a little business inspiration, I always turn to fellow female entrepreneurs. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Lauren Lake, legal and lifestyle expert, and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Lauren is a woman who has successfully done it all. She has pursued a career as a professional singer, singing backup for Mary J. Blige and Diddy, earned her law degree in two states, ran a successful home design business leading to her hosting two HGTV series, co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), serves as the TV judge on the Emmy nominated “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” now in its fourth season, and now joins a panel of other esteemed celebrity women (including Vanessa Simmons, Kandi Burruss, Carla Hall, Mikki Taylor, Lisa Price, and more) as a judge on the reality series “Queen Boss” on Centric. Aside from juggling one of her many business ventures, she’s also a wife and mother who lives with the philosophy that anyone can live life limitlessly.
Lauren took some time out of her super busy schedule to share her thoughts on multitasking, her personal inspirations, what led her to law school and to launch WEEN, the inside scoop on her hit shows, and advice on how women can live a limitless life!
On her greatest influence growing up-
That’s my late mother and my father – no question about it. People ask me “how did you become a lawyer and a designer and a singer, and this, and that?” I’m able to be those things because my parents allowed me the room to grow and to experience and to discover. They let me out the house with polka dot pants on and a striped shirt I tried to sew myself and a hat and glasses. I was just a zany, crazy little girl riding my Big Wheel around the corner, embarrassing my brother. From childhood they just allowed me to express myself. They were very strict about behavior (I couldn’t be disrespectful) but I think I owe this to them because they gave me that room. I never felt like there was something I couldn’t try or I couldn’t experience and it allowed me the opportunity to do so many things. They didn’t put me in a box. Now as I speak to women across the country I talk constantly about fighting to get out of that box and fighting to never get in that box because it really is the death of you. My parents would say you don’t have to be any one thing – you can be everything that you choose to be. And I think that’s how I live my life to this day and that’s what I’m trying to give my son as well.
On how she juggles multiple TV shows, business ventures and personal life, plus her advice for other women-
I think it would be the same advice that my mother used to give me: Prioritize and don’t sweat the small stuff. We (women) are multifaceted and multitaskers by nature. We have the ability to do more than one thing well at once. What’s important is understanding that you can do it all – you just may not be able to do every single thing at once, and it’s about prioritizing and coupling the right things together. It’s about a daily – even an hourly – evaluation or reevaluation. It’s also important for your children to see you in this multifaceted role because it helps them understand the power of womanhood and how special our gifts are. Women do things with style and with love and with vision, and with a passion that I think is special. As women, our multifaceted nature gives us the passion that we can pull through to the various areas of our lives. If we prioritize, bring in that passion and that purpose we innately have, that’s how we figure out how to manage things. And it’s ok to say “I’ve bit off more than I can chew. Let me put this aside, focus on this, and let me reevaluate. And if the dinner burns and you’ve got to run out to Chipotle, it ain’t the end of the world. Sometimes it just happens! Or if you send that email and because you were doing more than one thing you forgot to say one thing or you forgot to add a person, just say Forgive me, charge it to my head and not my heart and know that it’s ok. But what I think is the bigger crime is to not live up to your limitless potential – to be the D list version of yourself. I would rather someone take on too much and try to experience the world on a limitless level than a person that never lives at all, never tries at all, and never takes a leap of faith.
On the catalyst for her co-founding WEEN-
I co-founded along with three of my sister friends. This came about years ago when Don Imus made those derogatory comments about the Black women on the Rutgers basketball team. I remember sitting in a room with my sister friends and we were just talking about what Black women and women of color had to say about this particular situation. And the conversation began to grow into a larger conversation about the way in which women are perceived and portrayed in society and in media and how it affects so much of what is written, said and believed about us. As young women trying to find ourselves and our purpose, we wished there was an organization that spoke to that – to celebrating women, to giving women a voice, and to groom women in the pursuit of their dreams. And that’s why we started WEEN.
What drove her to go to law school and eventually do “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court”-
When I went to college I was pre-med. About junior year I started getting an overwhelming feeling. I really take on people’s emotions and feelings so I didn’t know if being in the hospital everyday would work for my personality. So I said what else could I do? I called my parents to say het, I don’t think I want to go to medical school now – I think I’ve decided I want to be a professional singer. Dead silence. My parents said great, you’ve been singing all your life, but they wouldn’t let me change my major to music. My parents both have their doctorates so they’re in favor of post-graduate education and degrees, so they said think about your skills, think about what you do well, and let us know what you want to study out of undergrad. So I thought I love to use my voice, I love to inspire and motivate people, I love to entertain people, I love to help heal people and I said you know what – maybe I’ll think about law school.
I found my way in the process, by just riding the wave of life and showing up. When I got to trial advocacy, it was like I found my home. Most of the students were petrified of standing up to do a mock court session. But because of my background as an entertainer and a signer and my love for theater, for me, the courtroom was very much a stage. It was a moment to tell my side of the story – a side of the story that I want the jury to believe. I knew I wanted to be a litigator, and in the courtroom, and that’s how I became a criminal defense attorney and went on to do a lot of family law as well. I got to be the voice for the voiceless. I just fell in love with it. And that’s how it all began!
As the judge on “Paternity Court”, I am able to do the very same thing and that’s why I love it so much as well.
On how Queen Boss is different from other business pitch shows-
Forbes Magazine called Queen Boss the Shark Tank for women of color. It is a show that features entrepreneurs who are women of color – the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in our country. It’s an exciting time because we’re able to feature women who have innovative ideas who may not have the opportunity to be on a show like Shark Tank. Many times women do not have the same amount of resources to further our ideas and our businesses – or even the knowledge. Because we’re managing so many things in our lives: motherhood, being wives, head of households, having other careers. So this show is very important and it’s different because it highlights a group of entrepreneurs that often don’t get the shine they deserve but most importantly shows Black women and women of color in a light we don’t often see on television. We don’t see enough women of color as entrepreneurs, as businesswomen, as scientists, creators, and innovative thinkers, and I think that’s why the show is so important and why the show is doing so well.
On what the “Queen Boss” judges are looking for in contestants/entrepreneurs-
In our contestants, we’re looking for passion, potential, and profit – a business that works. For every great brand, we’re looking for the story and the passion to be able to continue when everything doesn’t go your way. We’re looking for entrepreneurs that have that particular commitment to their product.
Potential: how far can this grow? What can it be? Is it something that can touch the masses? Or is it a very niche product?
And more importantly, we’re looking at the potential to use this $25,000 seed money in a way that can truly grow the business. Between the judges there are a lot of arguments because there are a lot of great ideas, and we can easily award the money to any of the entrepreneurs up there but it’s about who can use it best in this moment? Whose business could this money further and really take to the next level? And that’s a discussion you’ll see (on the show) that we’re going to have over and over again.
I truly appreciate Lauren sharing her background, inspiration and tips for success! Make sure you check her out on “Queen Boss” on Centric, as well as on “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.” (Check local listings for time and station.)
This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.
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Making Better Choices with Jenny Craig! by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!
When I started the Jenny Craig program four weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I received a huge cooler box of food and drinks, a meal plan, and a call from my consultant who excitedly walked me through it all! Well, a month has passed and even though I didn’t stick to the plan for the full duration (due to a major life event that sent me of town and threw off my schedule and eating), I’m proud to say I did lose three pounds!* which makes sense, because Jenny Craig members can expect to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week (which is a healthy weight loss range). Probably because instead of dieting, the Jenny Craig program taught me how to eat properly. It’s all about making better choices: smaller portion sizes, eating/snacking every few hours, and cutting back on sugary drinks. Those are the major takeaways for me, and what helped me lose weight.
The program was fairly easy to follow because I had everything I needed! When your meals are already planned out, and there’s no need to buy anything, it’s easy to just grab and go. Like a quick Chocolate Dream shake for breakfast, or a breakfast fritatta. And even though I’m a super picky eater, I was satisfied with all of the options. Getting serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love, and Jenny Craig has more than 100 premium menu items with a ton of irresistible, flavorful foods, created by 40 professional chefs! Planning my meals out for the day (snacks included) was easy, and helped me cut back on snacking on all the wrong things, which I am prone to do.
The only issue I ran into was sticking with eating more fruits. The meal plan suggested fruits as a midday snack, and I failed to be consistent with that. I’ve always been a fan of eating vegetables with dinner, but for some reason I always find it hard to incorporate fruits into my diet on a regular basis. But I did supplement my dinners with broccoli, spinach of some other veggie. But a healthy lifestyle is all about balance, so I’ve learned not to beat myself up mentally if I ‘fail’ at eating properly one day.
Overall, I enjoyed the Jenny Craig program. Like I mentioned before, I was a little hungry at first because I was used to eating much larger portions – that I now realize was too much. Being on the Jenny Craig program has taught me to think before I eat. Now I think twice about what I’m eating, and ask myself: Is it healthy? Will it satisfy me until my next meal? Is the portion size too big? Will it make me feel good for the moment, or make my body feel good in the long run? Eating right isn’t tricky – it’s just a matter of choice. And I’m happy to have tried out this program and will be making better choices when it comes to eating!
*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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The Best Hair Year Ever – with L’Oréal Paris EverCurl by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been trying out a number of different hair care products, courtesy of some of my favorite brands – thanks, OGX and Strivectin! Now, I’m adding another great brand to my hair care collection: L’Oréal® Paris EverCurl.
I had my last relaxer in Fall 2014, and I’ve been transitioning back to my natural hair since then. I didn’t do the big chop and I still heat treat my hair on a daily basis, so I’m always looking for products to help protect my hair. I received a complimentary sample of L’Oréal® Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Shampoo, EverCurl Hydracharge Conditioner, plus EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream – Gel. I haven’t yet used the gel, but I did try the shampoo and conditioner, and I was in love!
Both contain coconut oil and other natural botanicals, which “gently cleanses and quenches for softer, manageable, hydrated curls and healthy shine.” The frizz-free formula is also sulfate-free, and has no parabens, or harsh salts that typically strip your hair, leaving it dull and damaged. The shampoo completely cleansed my hair while moisturizing it. And the conditioner nourished my tresses. Once I styled my hair, it felt so soft and looked bouncy and healthy.
At some point, I need to (and will!) start embracing my natural curls. And when I finally do, I’ll be using these three products. This particular hair formula is said to be especially gentle, and offering 48 hours of well-defined, frizz-free curls! What naturalista wouldn’t want that?!
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