Who, what and where!


Ciara’s Birthday Dinner at RSVP Restaurant in NYC: An all grown up Ciara, who turned 27 last week, hosted an intimate birthday dinner at RSVP restaurant in New York City. In between blowing out her candles, Cici and crew feasted on a self-portrait cake while her new video “Got Me Good” debuted in the background. – Fashion Editor, Ericka N. Goodman

'Decide To Be Beautiful' Book Launch:  After a busy day of beauty events, I headed over to support celebrity hairstylist Keith Campbell on his latest publishing endeavor. But don't get it twisted; this was no ordinary book launch. Campbell came out like a true champ giving attendees a hair demo they would never forget. Songstresses Bridget Kelly, Chrisette Michele and Melanie Fiona watched in awe from the crowd. – Associate Beauty Editor, Janell Hickman

Bally “Lips for Life” Event : Last Thursday, Swiss luxury leather goods house Bally teamed up with the DKMS Delete Blood Center, the world's largest bone marrow donation center in the world, to launch the new “Lips for Life” Collection. The event was hosted by New York Knick Star Tyson Chandler and his wife Kimberly, who encouraged the crowd to register as a bone marrow donors and shop the capsule collection – which 15% of all sales go to the charity. - EG

NYC New York Color Spring 2013 Preview: I headed over to the beautiful Joie Clothing Showroom for afternoon nibbles and a sneak peek of New York Color's 2013 makeup collection. My favorite product, you ask? Their new chubby mascara equipped with a curved wand for extra oomph!-JH

Sister’s Journey Annual Pink Tea: This weekend I trekked to my hometown to celebrate and support the city’s Breast Cancer survivors and those who fight the battle alongside them. I was swelled with admiration as the brave breast cancer survivors told their story and encouraged the crowd to become more aware by getting tested. I couldn’t walk out without ordering a t-shirt to commemorate the day. - EG

Target Meet Your Match Event: Target has a special place in my heart. Since I'm from Minneapolis, I was thrilled to hear about their latest multicultural offerings. Hostess and beauty expert Tai Beauchamp walked me through their amazing lines and reminded everyone that beauty comes in every hue. - JH

Miss Jessie’s Curl Bar Visit: In desperate need of a trim and style, this natural girl headed over to Miss Jessie’s Curl Bar in downtown Manhattan. Upon entrance, I was greeted by the brand’s Co-founder Miko Branch who also styled my hair. With the help of a great cut, a perfect dry double strand twist and Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls styling lotion, I walked away with hair a curly girl could only wish for!  - EG

Sokari Douglas Camp Opening Exhibit: I had the privilege to attend Sokari Douglas Camp's "Dressed to the Nines" opening exhibit at Stux Gallery. Her incredible steel sculptures blew me away and Douglas was gracious enough to visit us the NYC-Ebony office the next day. - JH

Intraceuticals Facial at Yasmine Djerradine Institut de Beauté: The cold weather can leave your skin dehydrated and a bit lackluster. So I decided to test the proverbial waters and try the Intraceutical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facial. This treatment infuses moisture, vitamins and antioxidants into the skin by using various Intraceutical products which left my face clean, plump and glowing. But don’t worry ladies; you can try all their products at home. The line’s vitamin boosters are an instant refresher for the skin. - EG

CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Launch Event: I am sworn to secrecy not to spill the beans on CLEAR's 2013 launches, but I had to at least share their amazing retrospective on how far hair tool technology has come. Look out for a few new launches hitting drugstore shelves out in January 2013. I loved catching up celebrity stylist Oscar James who chatted about working with my favorite actress Vanessa Williams on her new ABC series, 666 Park Avenue.- JH

Grey Ant Spring/Summer 2013 Preview: The ultimate summer specs were on deck at the Grey Ant Spring/Summer 2013 preview. These vintage-inspired drama building shades would be the perfect touch to a warm weather wardrobe. So as we bundle-up and prepare for old man winter, don’t forget summer is still just around the corner.  - EG

-Ericka Goodman