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Happy Birthday Michael Jackson RIP

Get More: 2011 VMA, Music, Beyoncé

Beyonce drops the mic to show baby bump.



Beyonce is Pregnant…

The singer appeared at the MTV VMAS showing off her baby bump. Congrats to the first couple of Hip Hop. 



All Natural… Gowns and Afros and Singers Oh My!

Solange Knowles, Esperanza Spalding and Corinne Bailey Rae and many more get kinky for New York’s Time T magazine.



Obsession of the Month Kelly Framel Jewels

Kelly Framel a.k.a “The Glamourai,” has swooned us with her cat-eye for personal style.  Her high-low wardrobe combinations and perfect portion of downtown cool and uptown sophistication has kept us inspired as loyal Glamourai readers. 

Framel’s unique sense of style has been translated in to a one of a kind jewelry line. Reflecting the designers love of all things bold, ethnic, and chic, the line delivers in a unique way.  A layaway plan is even offered to fans on a budget.  These pieces are well worth the price, at least you don’t have to worry about seeing anyone wearing your jewels around town.

Necklaces and Earrings are available online at



Images of 10 Year Old Model Outrages…

Ivory Coast born, Thylane Blondeau, is a 10-Year Old Model who has long graduated from the jejune days of child modeling.  Her killer looks, courtesy of a union between former French international football player Patrick Blondeau and actress Véronika Loubry, have catapulted her to the top of the who’s who in editorial fashion.

Earlier this year, Blondeau came in to focus off-set along with fellow “modeling minors,”  Elle Fanning, 13, and Hollywood darling, Hailee Steinfeld ,14, (both whom have snagged lucrative campaigns with Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu)amongst controversies of their overtly sexualized ads and editorials.  Blondeau stood at the helm of the debate with provocative sex-kitten photographs that would prove sexually suggestive for an of-age model let alone a 10 year old child. 

Many groups such as the “Mother’s Union” have condemned the photos sighting, “Photo shoots requiring her, a 10-year-old-girl, to dress in full make-up, teetering heels and a dress with a cleavage cut to the waist across her pre-pubescent body deny Blondeau the right to be the child she is.” 

Perhaps what is even more disturbing are the comments made by fellow bloggers of age, pining over the child’s looks and enviously complimenting the Blondeau’s Beauty.  One blogger exclaimed, ” Maaan, why didn’t I look like that when I was ten? Nah kidding..hell I wish I look like that now! LOL The lovely lass?

No one can argue that the 10-year old is beautiful and angelic, but don’t most 10 year-old girls possess the same quality?  Should children not have the right to explore life before they are branded with adjectives praising the external rather than the internal qualities?  Qualities which will define them long after beauty fades and childhood escapes them?

Blondeau’s portfolio has turned the spotlight on the controversial images perpetuated by the fashion industry in the name of artistry and style.  Nevertheless, is it fair for the industry to be singled out as TLC has also given life to the debate with it’s “Toddlers and Tiaras,” series. 

Regardless of which side you straddle, it is an undeniable fact that the sexualization of children is on trend and despite who is at the helm of the debate. Afterall, these children have parents when do they become responsible for exploiting the innocence and sexuality of their pre-pubescent offspring?

Elle Fanning for Marc Jacobs (which middle school class is she teaching attending?)

Hailee Steinfeld for Miu Miu (is she catching the school bus looking like that?)

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We adore these stacked retro bangles from Milly $156.99 available at Saks.  They are the perfect choice of accessories to spice up your little black summer frocks.

We adore these stacked retro bangles from Milly $156.99 available at Saks.  They are the perfect choice of accessories to spice up your little black summer frocks.

à la brownie: Janan, enchantée.

Our favorite fellow designer, Janan of Casa di Culture


Janan & I met while both working at Montreux Jazz Festival. The stylish, trilingual DC native caught my attention with her one-of-a-kind, often home-made outfits & I invited her over for an interview with à la brownie. We talked fashion, style, Switzerland & inevitably, hair! Enjoy!