A New Foundation: True Finish by Fashion Fair 2012

(Chicago, IL) — Hosted in the beautiful (and I mean BEA-U-TI-FUL) home of Johnson Publishing Co. President, Desiree Rogers Fashion Fair Cosmetics launched their newest addition to the collection, True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation.  I had the privilege to attend this event as my Mommy’s (Amy Hilliard) ‘plus one.’

Attendees included Cheryle Jackson, Andrea Zopp (formerly and presently of the Chicago Urban League respectively), Laura Mitchell and Niki Robinson (of STYLE Network’s Chicagolicious), Linda Johnson Rice (Chairman of Johnson Publishing Co.), Clarisa Wilson (President of Fashion Fair), and many more.

True Finish foundation is a new lightweight, refining mineral foundation.  True Finish is an illuminating and color adapting foundation using the unique Hue Harmony technology, enhanced with malachite to match your undertone and texture.  With celebrity make-up artists in tow, the ladies were given the opportunity to get a ‘makeover’ with this great new product.  Each shade is named with an attribute that describes the Black Woman.

  • Precious Onyx
  • Fine Mahogany
  • Enduring Ebony
  • Honest Chocolate
  • Loving Mocha
  • Powerful Bronze
  • Confident Copper
  • Chic Cinnamon
  • Alluring Cocoa
  • Wise Honey
  • Virtuous Truffle
  • Peaceful Pecan
  • Gracious Golden
  • Tenacious Topaz
  • Soulful Tan
  • Joyful Caramel
  • Rich Toffee
  • Sexy Sand

True Finish and other Fashion Fair Cosmetics’ lines can be found in select retailers such as Macy’s, Carson’s, Dilliards, Bergners and more.  For stores in your state and to purchase online, visit: www.FashionFair.com!

  Check out the pictures and the FUN in the behind the scenes video of the Fashion Fair shoot!

Whatever Happened To The FemCees? – Women’s History Month 2012

March is Women’s History Month.

We were graced with the presence of five extremely talented young women.

Amanda Furdge – @furdgecaKes

Ashley Good – Gatz N Goods

J Diction – @JDiction

Milly Mango – @Milly_Mango

Trinity – @ChicagoTrinity

These ladies are poets, vocalists, and FemCees who graciously accepted our invitation to freestyle off the dome and the heart.

They tackled Music Industry, Discrimination, Respect, and Self-Love/Inner Beauty.

 SpokenFree Ent. is proud to present:

“Whatever Happened To The FemCees?”

The Ladies’ Websites:

Amanda Furdge

Ashley Good

J Diction

Milly Mango



Be. Happy.

One thing I doubt I will ever understand is the preaching to women about preparing themselves to be a good wife.  Like, there’s some type of handbook.  Like, we ALL have the ultimate goal of being a good wife, and that’s enough for our lives.  No.  I WILL concede to the fact that as women we are biologically, which transfers too psychologically, inclined to have children.  We know that scientifically speaking, a man is needed to accomplish this.

All that being said, not all women want the same thing, let alone at the same certain “appropriate” times in our lives.  Speaking strictly for myself, I want to be married and have children AFTER stabilizing my life, my education, and my company.  I have NO interest in sharing my life with a man, let alone create a life, when I’m not ready.  I know that at this point in my life, I’m finishing my degree (after only working for a few years), managing an office that is not my own and being Director of Operations for my company.

When do I have the time to dedicate to someone else’s needs on a very, very intimate level?  Creating secrets and having moments that only he and I share? I can HONESTLY say that my mind will not allow me to create that time, because right now, it’s not that important.  I have to be happy by my own standards first.  I will not attempt to “not be lonely anymore” with someone who isn’t for me, or I for them.  Been there, done that.  I am blessed to have AMAZING, REAL FRIENDS that I can count on in a real-life way.  I know that when I’m ready for that, someone will be just as ready.

So, Lady J’s two cents is this; DAMN THE NOTIONS OF “THE ACCEPTABLE.”  Be happy with yourself, your life and its path before inviting another person with their emotions and needs in.  Study, pray, clean your space (house and soul) of old hindrances, eat well, move often, be brutally honest with yourself, know yourself, and keep moving forward.  I feel that when you occupy your time with self-fulfilling (improving) thoughts and activities, the “usual” distractions tend to fade and real happiness begins to fill the void you’ve allowed to exist.

“To thine own self, be true.” –  William Shakespeare.


Lady J

Woman where art thou?

“Women are like pillows, we absorb everything only giving enough push back to keep a man’s head up.”–Lady J

I pondered on that on my ride to work this morning. I then began to wonder, where down the road did ladies lose sight of the “woman” in the independent woman? And why?

There is nothing wrong with holding your own, but when you are with your man, you gotta let him be that. When did it become the norm for women, especially black women to be so HARD all the time?

What happened to being the support system for our brothers. Now, it’s like “men (for lack of a more commonly used word) ain’t shit” is the anthem for black women, I for one am tired of it.

Women have ALWAYS been the strength behind any man, where did that go? I know that black women are faced with the challenge of proving folks wrong but, still.

I mean really, what separates women from men. Women are naturally gentle, nurturing, etc. Isn’t that what makes us so special anyway?

Why let that part of you go ladies?

That is where all of your power truly lies. There is strength in softness.

Think about it.

Lady J aka Jelz OUT!