Who, What and Where!

EBONY Male Model Casting Call — In preparation for an upcoming men’s fashion shoot, we had a few of our favorite male models come in for go-sees. Because the shoot will be sports-inspired, we had to get a quick glance at each model’s fab abs. Just another day on the job! — Fashion Editor, Ericka Goodman

Very Polished Lounge Spa — One of the perks of being a beauty editor is getting to check out new spas, salons and lounges. I fell head over heels for this boutique nail salon located in my very own neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn. VP offers all-natural products (check out their delicious hand and foot scrubs) along with gel manicures and super trendy nail art. Check out verypolishednails.com for more info. — Associate Beauty & Grooming Editor, Janell Hickman

Clock Couture — I’ve always had an affinity for men’s watches. So I was pretty much over the moon to do a little research for this sports-watch story! And of course I had to try on all four G-shock watches at once! — EG

Garnier OLIA Launch — Haircare leader Garnier rounded up editors from top publications to unveil their latest innovation. OLIA hair color, which launches in 2013, harnesses the power of oil to lock in color while protecting your strands. The best part? No nasty ammonia smells, unlike other at-home dyes on the market. — JH

Spring 2013 Redken Trends Recap with Guido — I had the privilege to sit down with Redken Creative Consultant Guido at the Ace Hotel to chat about trends for the upcoming S/S 2013 season. He shared his take on why hair is returning to minimalism, and the best products to achieve the look. — JH

Heading Home — It was a short week at the Ebony offices due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful to be able to travel home and spend some time with my family! Wheels up to Minneapolis! ​— JH

Holiday in my Hometown — From Harlem to New Haven, CT… I trekked back to my hometown to have Thanksgiving dinner with my loved ones. I always make sure to visit our downtown green in the fall, just to get a glance at its New England charm. — EG

Getting Hitched — After a two-year engagement, an especially long search for the perfect wedding venue, I finally found the site of my dreams and even signed the contract this weekend! The New Haven Lawn Club offers a sublime balance of city sophistication and small town enchantment. The groom and I are very excited! — EG

Surprise in Minnetonka — After a late-night flight back home, I was surprised to see that my parents pulled out a few 2007 issues of Ebony for me. Little did I know back then that I'd be working here! — JH