Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ALERT: Introducing the NEW and IMPROVED KaShonnaFiles 2.0!!!


I know some of you have been wondering why I haven't been posting anything lately but it's because I have been working on my NEW WEBSITE!!!! I am soooo happy to finally reveal it to you all and I hope that you will love it as much as I do.

After this post, I will no longer be posting on this page so please make sure you subscribe to the new site!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Natural Painkillers Found In Your Kitchen!



I am a person who does not believe in medicine! LOL I know that may sound crazy but I believe that giving your body too much of something foreign, makes your body prone to it and you start getting to the point where it's like you "need this" to survive (in Clinical Psychology, we call that addiction.) There have been many instances where someone's body healed on it's own and that's the route I like to go (especially if it's a headache of some sort.) 

I wanted to share with you the importance of watching what you eat because food can be powerful. Food is medicine, we need it to survive and we eat it when we are sick to help our bodies get the nutrients that it needs to properly function and heal itself. 

Here are some foods, found in your kitchen, that are good for reducing/killing pain.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Event Recap: Lucky Magazine & Pandora Mother's Day event


           
                                 

On Saturday, I was invited to the Pandora "Mother's Day" event hosted by Lucky Magazine and my fellow blog girlfriend Trina from The Baby Shopaholic. The event was held at the Pandora store in Perimeter Mall and featured jewelry pieces put together by Trina and Lucky Magazine Accessories Editor, Melissa Lum. Mall shoppers had the opportunity to create unique pieces for their loved ones (which included a complimentary gift with a purchase of $75 or more,) win prizes from Pandora and Lucky Magazine, partake in light appetizers, listen to the hottest sounds by DJ Gravey and take cool photos with props in the photo booth!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Project Q.U.E.E.N!!


                             



I hoped everybody "checked their emails" because Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu are serving FIERCENESS Honey!! In the new video, directed by Alan Ferguson (Solange's boo) Janelle takes cues from the Mod and Psychedelic funk eras and puts her own unique spin on it. Erykah Badu makes her appearance as "Badula Oblongata (love it) and shows us how to "STRUT IT" while rocking stiletto boots with a large gray poodle in hand.  I am in LOVE with the video as she shows all of the haters that you can still be fierce without being raunchy.

The natural hair movement is taking over and both ladies look FAB rocking it!

Check out the stills and the video here...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Event Recap: SCAD Design Challenge

                         
Taken from HelpingHart.com

Last Thursday, I was invited to an event held by students at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. The students partnered with Hartwell Industries (a leading designer and seller of decor and blank garments) for the design challenge. The event was held to help raise awareness for the "Helping Hart" initiative. Fashion, graphic design, and advertising majors worked in teams for 72 hours to transform apparel from Hartwell into an original design that will be sold on HelpingHart.com (for every garment sold, Hartwell will donate a new garment to charity.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fashion Forecast: Spring/Summer 2013 Trends

Taken from Vogue.com

Spring is here and Summer is just right around the corner! I'm so excited to enjoy the beautiful weather, non stop events, traveling and more that is sure to come. Of course, the right outfit and accessories will be needed. Here are some of the trends that are definitely in for the season...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stella & Dot Review



Tameka, one of my lovely followers is a Stylist for a company called Stella & Dot. The company is a boutique-style jewelry and accessories line available through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Their gorgeous and affordable designs have been seen on Gossip GirlIn Style and Lucky Magazine and worn by some of today's hottest celebrities. 

Tameka sent me this FABULOUS Aurora cocktail Ring which has been worn by actress Tiffani Thiessen and seen in More Magazine. I love this ring because its very elegant looking at an affordable price. It can be dressed up or down and can be worn on any finger because it includes an adjustable sizer.

Make sure you check out Tameka's page because they have amazing gift ideas for Mother's Day, birthdays and Weddings!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Rock the Red Pump: Condoms & Cupcakes Recap




Happy Easter!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Sunday and was able to spend time with friends and family :-)

I wanted to do a recap on an amazing event, the "Cupcakes & Condoms" event sponsored by The Red Pump Project. If you don't know about this event or organization, The Red Pump Project is a non profit organization founded on being a voice and advocate for bringing awareness to women and girls about HIV and safe sex practices. Annually, the organization hosts Rock the Red Pump in different cities and I was honored to attend the Atlanta event.

Cupcakes & Condoms was hosted by The Red Pump Project Atlanta ambassador Skyy Banks and was held at ROOM at Twelve. The event brought out some fabulous supportive women who all rocked their red pumps (and sneakers) in support of this great cause. The keynote speaker kept everyone's attention with her "realness" and was very informative. The guests were given three types of candies that each represented that person's sex life...

Frooties- you are a person who gets around, but don't have anything

Laffy Taffy- you are safe and don't get around

Hershey's Kiss- you have chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV

The women with the Hersey's Kiss were told to touch someone that was in the room who then contracted the STD. She also went on to speak about how sex costs on five different levels: spiritually, financially, emotionally, physically and psychologically.

The event also included poetry, free HIV screenings, a gift bag full of vendor samples and condoms as well as a candy bar that included delicious cupcakes by OMG Cupcakes.

Check out the pics

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FLOTUS covers Vogue!!


Michelle looks AMAZING on her 2nd cover, the April 2013 issue of Vogue!

In the interview, the First Lady talks about the stressful role of being the FLOTUS and her relationship with Prez Obama. She is such a positive role model for women and young girls everywhere (which is DEFINITELY needed right now!) She puts God first then family and then her job, and as stressful and scrutinizing as it is, she does it with a smile on her face and is not afraid to address the haters!

*Ladies take note!!*

Check out the pics and make sure you pick up the issue out now.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fro' Fashion Week Recap


Happy Sunday!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to partake in some of the events for the famous Fro' Fashion Week that goes on here in the ATL. To be quite honest, I never heard of it until I moved to Atlanta and to be even more honest, I didn't know there were this many events for natural hair until I decided to go natural! 

I attended "Fro Fashion's night out" and "I love me because I am different... children's event" and I got to meet and hang out with Tarin, founder of Fro' Fashion week and Jessica McGuinty, founder of Jessicurl (I am also one of her newest hair models for her line, stay tuned for pics!!)

Check out the photos...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

From Curly to Straight.... Hair Tutorial


Happy Sunday Loves!!!

A few weeks ago I did my booski's hair! She normally wears her hair curly, but I have been DYING to straighten her gorgeous curls. When going from natural to straight, it is very important to use good quality products that add moisture and serve as a heat protectant from damage that can be caused by a blow dryer and flattening iron.

Check it out from start to finish :-)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jane Carter @ Whole Foods


I love Jane, so when I found out that she was doing her Whole Foods hair tour in Atlanta, I couldn't miss the chance to meet her in person! Last year, she was so gracious enough to send me my first products to review for my blog (Product Review: Jane Carter) and I absolutely loved them.

The event brought out a nice crowd of women who were very curious and ready to learn what they can do at home to maintain their natural locks. Jane teamed up with the ladies of Tress Talk ATL and they did hair demonstrations, gave away free samples and some women also won full size products.  

Jane was VERY down to earth, humble and such a beautiful spirit to be around! She had the opportunity to interact with the ladies and vice versa and one question that was posed was would Jane come out with a line of hair color. Hmm..... We shall see :D

Check out the photos....


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Diva Premier Hair..... 3 month Update!!


Happy Sunday!

I wanted to do a 3 month update on my Diva's Premier Indian Curly hair that I got installed back in December 2012.  The hair has held up really good as far as the curl consistency goes and still looks good (the older it gets, the better it looks.) However, the hair does get tangled though not tremendously since  I have been using quality conditioning and moisturizing products on it. The hair is NOT meant to be straightened and I figured this out after I blow dried and attempted to straighten it with my CHI flat iron. However, it does look fabulous when it is blow dried straight and curled with a curling iron. 

Check out the products that I used and pictures :-)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Product Review: Arbonne (plus 20% off)


A few months ago while I was covering St. Louis Fashion Week, I met Cornelia Baum, a beauty consultant for Arbonne. We chatted and exchanged information and she allowed me to try some of the beauty products.

Background Info
Arbonne is a distribution company that sells beauty, personal care, health and wellness products through independent representatives. Founded out of Switzerland, the products are based on botanical principles founded by the work of one man and a plethora of bio chemists, herbalists and biologists. The company prides itself on providing quality, safe and valuable products that deliver results and benefits.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Gutter Magazine presents.... Black HERstory Month


Happy Monday!!

Since it's Black History Month, I thought it would be quite appropriate that I shared with you all the editorial photos that I did for a spread for Gutter Magazine a few years ago in Baltimore when I was attending Howard (H.U... You KNOW!!)

Gutter Magazine is an online publication that highlights fashion, the arts and street culture in the Baltimore, Maryland area. I was so ecstatic when they asked me to do their February 2007 Black History Month spread paying homage to Black fashion pioneers AND THEN featured me again but this time on the cover of their December 2007 cover.

Check out the photos, I hope you enjoy and Happy Black History Month to you all!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

His & Her Valentine's Day gift ideas under $100



Are you still on the hunt for that perfect Vday gift for your mate.....? 

Well, maybe I can help!  

When you're on a tight budget, but still want to show that you care, it can be hard to find something that isn't cheesy and matches your significant others tastes. So with that in mind, I have put together a list of gifts under $100 that are sure to do the trick.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day looks for Him & Her

Taken from www.abeautifulmess.com


Whether you are planning a night out on the town or an intimate dinner for two, you should look AMAZING while doing so! For my fellas, I know it may be hard to find something that doesn't take away from who you are or is too far out of your comfort zone and for my ladies, you want to stand out but don't want to look cheap or like every other female wearing the same thing while doing so. On my Polyvore page, I have put together some looks for you and your boo if you are still on the hunt for something simple or showstopping to wear for Valentine's Day.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Get V-day SEXY with Karena and Katrina!



I have been in the gym hardcore for the last 2 weeks toning up my body for my 2 photo shoots this month (1 with my new agency and 1 for this fab make up artist and designer.)

Along with going hard in the gym, in the mornings, I have been working out from youtube videos in which I came across 2 beautiful personal trainers Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up.

These ladies are so motivating with killer bodies and on their website, they have been promoting workouts geared to making you look "Oh So Sexy" for Valentine's day with their "Love your Body" work out challenge. The workouts are short, simple and effective and if you stay on task and commit twice a day along with eating healthy, I'm pretty sure you will see results just in time for you to slip on your red hot dress for your night out. Plus they are giving away prizes from Victoria's Secret...HOLLA!!

Join the challenge on their website......

Tone It Up

Also check out this amazing Youtube Channel for more workouts...

LiveStrong Woman Channel


Make sure to post pictures of your Fab looks for V-day on my FB Page

The KaShonna Files

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Follow me on FB &Twitter...



Hello Luvs!!

Just wanted to let you all know that I am now on Facebook & Twitter!  Make sure you follow me on both to stay up to date on all things Beauty, Fashion, Health & Lifestyle because I post things on there that don't always make it on here :)

FB: The KaShonna Files
Twitter: @KaShonnaFiles

ALSO....

Just wanted to give you all a quick update.....  I am in the process of moving & I have so many exciting things coming your way! I am in the process of collaborating with different companies on new product reviews, events AND casting calls. So make sure you stay tuned!!

Much ♡♥♡ & Stay F.A.B.

Cheryl♡

Friday, January 18, 2013

Top Award Show Hairstyles

Amanda Seyfried's Romantic Wave
Just a little hair porn from the red carpet to start your weekend off right!! Enjoy ladies <3

Monday, January 7, 2013

Beautiful Curls Product Review


Happy New Year Loves!!!

I hope the year has started off right for you all and you are following those "New Year's Resolutions" that I'm pretty sure most of you have made lol....

A few months ago, I did a review on Alaffia's skin care line. Today I am doing a review on their "Beautiful Curls" Shea butter Shampoo and Conditioner.