Grammy Awards 2014 Best Dressed

The stars are out again! This time walking the marvelous red carpet of the 56th anniversary of the Grammy’s. Deep V-necklines, Gold metallic tones and sheer are definitely in during this award season. We’ve put together our own award and have given The Best Dress Award to the following beautiful ladies.

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Taylor Swift leaves us with our mouth open again! Stepping away from her usual flowing looks Taylor rocked the red carpet with this metallic gold dress by Gucci. The dress, fitting her figure seamlessly, added notes of sophistication and maturity. Shall we say “Flawless!”- U Blush Magazine Winner of Best Dressed Grammys 2014

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Anna Kendrick’s glamorous dress by Azzaro, was revealing but elegant, with a leg seam cut, and a deep V-neckline, accompanied with an embellished top!

Paris Front and Back

Paris Hilton definitely turned some heads tonight! Wearing a white sheer dress by the House of Milani. Paris showed us that it is possible to have “The best of both worlds”  The front of the grown looks like a classic turtle neck design, while the back give a sheer hint of Hilton’s haute curves.

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Colbie Caillat in a romantic Ezra Santos  couture gown is the perfect combination of sexy and elegance! The 28 year old singer was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for her song “We Both Know” with Gavin DeGraw.

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Christine Teigen looked marvelous in her Johanna Johnson gown. The gorgeous metallic gold gown With the deep V-neckline and the leg seam cut looked as if was made just for her!

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The E! News host Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry’s Orange-Red gown looked simply stunning.

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Last but not least, looking fierce as always was our dear Queen B. Beyonce looked beautiful in the white sheer gown with white flower patterns by Michael Costello!

Written by: Christy Baez Ghandi said that “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, however it is very important that you do it.” I enjoy long walks in the park on a windy day and the company of a good book every now and then. My only wish is to help those who are in need, even if it’s just putting a smile on a strangers face. I’m a lover of photography and fashion. I’m an undergraduate of the Art Institute of NYC majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I’m a dreamer roaming the streets of life in new york city but at the end of the day I’m a 20 year old girl who is trying to conquer the world one step at the time while writing her story in between the lines.

When Your Ex Is In Love With Someone Else

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Perhaps the most feared part of any break-up– is when your ex gets a new beau. So what do you do when your ex moves on but you’re still in love with him? I used to chant Beyonce’s “Ring the alarm. I’ve been through this too long and I’ll be damned if I see another chick on his arm.” Comical perhaps, but I’d venture to say, many of us have shares these sentiments. How can you put your heart and soul into this failed relationship only to have another woman reap the benefits? I’ve been there. It sucks, it hurts, and will push you out of character if you let it, but remember you are better than that.

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So what’s an alternative solution? Dare I say it– let him love her. I know it stings but just sit with it for a moment. Sure you could hold on and actively fight for the relationship but you risk alienation or being perceived as the “crazy” ex-girlfriend. In the end that reputation may do more damage than good. One of the most difficult parts of a breakup is loving someone and not being able to be with them– even worse, watching him love someone else. As much as it pains me to say this, there comes a time when you just can’t fight anymore. You have to let him go.

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So I say it again. With confidence and grace– let him love her. Only one of two things can happen– in the end you will either be with him or you won’t– If it’s the former, perhaps he needed to be with someone else in order for him to see just how special you are. If it’s the later, despite how much you love him he may not be “the one.” The beauty in karma is that if you put good vibes out, good things are bound to come to you. It may have taken his relationship with you to prepare him for who he is really meant to be with. In the same way he maybe preparing you for the real love of your life– and at the same time someone else is preparing your true “Mr. Right” for you.

The Year’s Top Five Movie Theme Songs

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Music helps to bring the story to life – that’s why films use them. The perfect song adds depth to a scene and tugs at the right emotions. Our top movie theme songs!

1. “42”:Though it didn’t make the soundtrack, Jay – Z’s “BrooklynWe Go Hard” is the ultimate hype music. A story about pioneer – Jackie Robinson’s entrance into major league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers – it seems only right that Jay-Z, BK native and trailblazer in his own right, lays the cord for this triumphant story.

2. This is 40:  This is the comedic tale of a couple who tries to reclaim their youth on the dawn of their 40th birthday. What better way to celebrate than Fun’s “We are Young.”

3. Broken City: As the intro to Kanye West’s “Power” plays the audience sits in anticipation for this thrilling movie – guns, money, fast cars, and political figures to the backdrop of New York City, “no one man should have all that power!”

4. Django Unchained: Heavy Hitter – Rick Ross’s “100 Black Coffins” is just the right track for this witty blood splatting western about a slave who risks his life to rescue his beloved wife and render vigilante justice.

5. The Great Gatsby: This grand, seductive, and illustrious trailer keeps us at the edge of our seats. Andre 300 and Beyonce‘s alluring voice introduce the luxurious world of Gatsby, while Lana Del Rey and Florence and The Machine reel us into the love story.

So there you have it, our top movie theme songs! What are some of your favorites?

Let’s Talk About Sex

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Sex. Yes, I said it. It can be such a taboo topic yet it’s all around us. We have vicious debates about whether we should include sex education in schools, some parents are mum on the topic, and when it comes to educated and sophisticated ladies, well that’s something that’s kept in private. On the other hand passionate love scenes are the norm in television and film, celebrities have made careers out of home movies, and sex sells. It is ironic how sex can be a faux pas?

U Blush Magazine has too been caught in this irony. We cater to the contemporary, professional, stylista, yet there has been no discussion of sex. Well, there have been private discussions but it has yet to venture into editorial content. Like many professional women we struggle with defining ourselves as sophisticated and empowered women while maintaining our rights to express our sexuality.

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Recently, Beyonce and Rihanna posed in a sexy spread for GQ magazine. I love Queen Bey but I must admit my hesitation with placing the image on the magazine. This created quite the stir among the U Blush team. Was the photo too sexy? Was Beyonce’s spread classier than Rihanna’s? Perhaps image and reputation had more to do with that thought? A myriad of questions and opinions filled the conversation, which leads to an important discussion about women and sexuality. In a time where sex is everywhere, yet taboo, where’s the line between hyper-sexuality and a healthy sexuality?

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As a child my parents never talked about sex. Approaching adulthood the conversations were to “be careful” and reframe from sex before marriage. Other then this I did not hear much else from my parents or any adult for that matter. But in popular media and conversations with friends sex was always a topic. Like many developing women I received mixed messages: “Sex is great everyone is doing it” and “Don’t have it, it’s bad.”

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A Historical Perspective

The nineteenth century cult of true womanhood valued chastity. For women of color, stereotypes and racial prejudice represented an additional burden. I recently read a review on black sexual politics addressing the middle class Black women’s attempt to counter negative stereotypes by being civil and minimizing their sexuality.  “Conservative sexual behavior is the foundation of the performance of middle-class black womanhood,” then it dawned on me, these standards are still prevalent today.

Women have a long history of being expected to subdue their sexuality in the name of respectability. It is no wonder that even in the 21st century professional women must still negotiate where to draw the line of sexual appropriateness. Compared to the Victorian era, sex has made its way into the public domain with a preponderance of sexual imagery in media, fashion, and popular culture– we love our sex scandals. Within a society where women are often hyper-sexualized, in a quest to be treated as equal to men, to be treated with respect, and taken seriously, professional women may feel the need to cling to the politics of respectability.

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The Contemporary Woman

As a professional woman, I too must contend with mixed messages that are sometimes hard to reconcile. My religious upbringing has a strong stance against sex before marriage. Additionally I value the perception others have of me as a respectable professional and it often seems public expressions of sexuality are antithetical to this image. However,  I am human. I enjoy talking about sex with my girlfriends. I have sexual urges, desires, and interest. What is a woman to do when she has all of this to negotiate?

I am not here to change your moral compass. What I am calling for is a healthy discussion about sex because it is a part of human nature. I grew up with little to no discourse beyond “don’t do it,” because of this I must admit I have been ill informed, unprepared, and uncomfortable when I have had to make decisions about sex. It is a disservice to raise a generation of women who have minimal knowledge of sex and their bodies. This is particularly important in regards to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Women account for one in four new HIV diagnoses and deaths caused by AIDS.
  • African Americans and Hispanics represent 26 percent of all women in the U.S. but they account for 82 percent of AIDS cases among women.

Sex is real and has real life implications. Silence and our decision to ignore reality is not only emotionally and psychologically costly– it can be deadly.

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 “A Healthy Appreciation for Sex”

U Blush magazine is the premiere platform for the contemporary, professional woman. We cannot be a voice of the women of our generation if we ignore a central part of what women negotiate. We all make decisions about the clothes we wear, who we date, whether or not we will have sex, with whom, and if we will use protection. Our choice to have sex and how we express our sexuality is a personal decision that each of us must make. Our morals, values, and comfort levels may differ but we all must traverse similar terrain. How can we embrace our femininity, sexuality, and womanhood without falling into the tramp of being either hyper-sexualized and exploited, or being rigid and desexualized? Where does the line lay? How do we move away from monolithic images of women and sexuality to images that are multidimensional and multifaceted? These conversations belong in this publication.

U Blush Magazine is joining the movement to empower women to take control of their bodies, their images, and their lives. Sexual agency and exploration is central to the lives of today’s women. Integral to our womanhood is being the creators and authority of our own realities. U Blush pledge’s to embrace our sexuality in a healthy manner and respect each woman’s ability and right to define and express herself as best suits her.

Broken Hearted Girl

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The day my heart broke I was sick to my stomach. No physical pain could compare to the turmoil I felt inside. It ached in my heart and soul– he told me that he did not love me anymore.  I knew that it was all over, the promise, the dream, the fantasy of our life, it had all ended. The man my heart waited on, the man no other could replace, was the same man that I knew no longer felt the way I did.

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Old memories seared my brain – on constant repeat – wanting so badly to go back to that place. Making matters worse the pictures, the videos, the gifts – I still had in my possession. I took a scroll down memory lane and tears filled my eyes  as I reminisced over the bitter sweet memories that felt so close, yet so far away. What I thought would be my future turned out to be a distant past. I held on for so long but suddenly I was faced with the agonizing truth– he didn’t love me anymore.

The moment needed no words. When your spirit disconnects with a person you once loved and adored you just know it. You can feel the distance and separation – the truth. As painful as it may have been, “that truth” I sensed was what I needed to experience because the hope for our future placed a heavy weight on my heart. Yes it hurt. The pain was terrible, it cut deep. What was worse was that instead of letting go I continued to hold on to a man that was no longer interested in loving me.

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Sometimes when your heart is broken you loose perspective. You’re so deep in that you forget that you are the only person who can bring yourself out. Sometimes when you are broken you choose to stay that way– even worse you choose to break others. I was that broken-hearted girl. Eventually my appearance began to change. I smiled, I danced, and went on living my life, but what I never fixed was the most brittle part of me. The broken-hearted girl inside just stayed broken– she, I chose not to fix. She continued to move through life but deep inside she was troubled, fearful, mistrusting, and angry. Most notably, she was waiting. Waiting on him to come back– knowing that this would only lead to her demise. On that fateful day she finally got it. The end had come. It hurt to the core, but on that day she decided that she did not want to be that broken-hearted girl anymore.

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