31 December 2011

Natural Belles Songtress of the Year: Janelle, Esperanza & Corinne


Another tough call this year for my singer of 2011, so close I had to pick 3 ladies for the honor
After seeing Janelle Monae early this year she had to make my list, breathtaking artistic and one of the most talented performers right now, with monochrome uniform and natural pompadour she has made my year!
I also could not pass over Eperanza spading, the suprise Grammy winner of 2011 (sorry beiber fans) stole many hearts including mine at her uk performance at the barbican last April, not only does she rock the fiercest Afro she is uber talented, bringing jazz and classical music to an audience who may have missed it.
Finally I have to give props to the come back queen Corrine bailey Rae who after the death of her husband has returned with a breathtaking album. Her hair and style have grown, now a regular at fashion week wowing the press with her chic style choices
3 amazing talents that will continue to be music to our ears.....Janelle, Esperanza & Corinne we applaud you!
 
 


30 December 2011

Natural Belles Style/Hair Icon Of The Year: Solange


It may come as no surprise that Ms Solange Knowles gets the vote for style icon of 2011, she rocks it from her head to her toes, she is not only a style muse but a hair muse for many natural belle followers. Though we have been singing her praises for the last two years it is now that the media is really catching on to what a fashion trail blazer Solange is.
If she is not mixing bold prints or paying homage to her love affair with the 1970's disco era, she is creating new ways to rock her natural hair using extensions, wigs and pieces with as much flair as when she proudly wears her natural TWA. Solange is now a regular at fashion week and featured in high end fashion magazines.
 She is a musician, DJ, mummy and Fashionista in he own right, to me Solange embodies everything today's naturalista stands for, she is bold, beautiful, individual, eclectic.....Ms Solange Knowles we salute you!







Natural Belles Model Of The Year: Joan Smalls


This was a tough one to call as I have many personal favorites! Jasmine Tookes, Herieth Paul & Ajak Deng  But due to sheer presence, campaigns, editorials and variety model of the year goes to the delightful Joan Smalls ranked 4th in the world the Puerto Rican has walked for everyone this year from Chanel to Louis Vuitton, she is has fronted campaigns for Gucci, Tom Ford  and Estee Lauder and covered W magazine, ID, V  and Elle.
Joan has the ability to go from edgy punk to All American prep to soul sister and yes this is down in part to clever styling, props and make up but a true models carries every look with ease Joan Smalls carries every look!
Joan has become a force on and off the runway, she is often snapped by street style bloggers with her model of duty style and has recently stepped onto the red carpet.If this girl can act she is going to be unstoppable (even if she can't act!)
Joan Smalls we salute you!






Vogue FR, Jason Wu Runway, Backstage Beauty, Tom Ford, V magazine, Estee campaign, & W magazine

29 December 2011

The Christmas Giveaway: AmaraGold



It's almost time for Christmas hurrah! And celebrate and thank my readers for your support over last year I'm hosting a luxury giveaway from AmaraGold Eco Jewellery get the chance to win these treble clef drop earrings  worth  $300 all you need to do is follow natural belle and
AmaraGold on twitter comment below on your favourite item from the AmaraGold website to be entered to win these gorgeous luxury earrings AmaraGold is 100% renewed and is created using a carefully crafted recycling process these earring will be with the lucky winner forever, are eco friendly AND ethical so you will feel wonderful and look amazing!

HOW TO ENTER:
Visit the AmaraGold website and comment below on  a piece to add to your wish list
Follow natural belle's blog and twitter
Follow Amara gold on twitter
Please add an email or twitter handle so we can contact you if you win

FOR EXAMPLE:
My Favourite AmaraGold item is the woven gold dome ring
contact: @naturalbelle

This give away ends to 1/1/12 and is international
Good luck to you all and merry Christmas!



Iris Apfel For MAC




Iris Apfel has launched a line for Mac joing a long line of celebrity collaboration (real and fictional), besides Iris being the flyest mature fashionista on the block these colour ways are FANTASTIC! how she has managed to merge green and red and not look in festive is beyond me but this works. I'm kind of over Mac but this may have changing my mind......




 
“Most of the young people today look dreadful. And celebrities look even worse.”-Iris Apfel

28 December 2011

The Turbanista: Solange Knowles



Solange has posted some amazing images over on MY DAMN BLOG, she has an astonishing eye for composition and the whole blog archive sheds light on a very artistic character.



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