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Fleek Issue 5

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Dalilah Muhammad USA OLYMPIC





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Fleek Issue 5

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Dalilah Muhammad WOMAN

on the run to the

2020 Games

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Olympian, now #1 in the world in 400m hurdles, concentrates prior to women’s meet at the June 2019 IAAF Diamond League Golden Gala Roma in Italy

"We wanted to do something that is unlike the collections we are already doing, in that it is more 'item-y,'" said Jacobs. "These items are things that you could put together in your own way; it's more about personal styling than about having a full runway look." - MARC JACOBS On Fleek Digital 3

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Fleek Issue 5

Digital Magazine

Double Cover Issue Editor-in-Chief

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Susan Van Brackle

On Fleek Digital Magazine Contributors Emily Earlie Allison Verdun Tara Michel

ON THE COVERS: First Cover: Dalilah Muhammad appears at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY September 7, 2016. Credit: Achim Harding/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News. Second Cover: Daliliah at women’s 400m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League Golden Gala Roma June 6, 2019, Stadio Olimpico, Meeting Atletica Leggera Second Cover: Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto. PHOTO CREDITS: PR Newswire, PR Newsfoto, Mizuno, American Specialty Health Incorp.,

Luxe Brands, Alamy Stock Photo: Xinhua, Inside Photo, Everett Collection, Inc.; SRI Fabletics, H&M, U.S. Open/Ticketmaster, Coach, Lancome Paris, Macy’s, Bare Minerals, lululemon, Chiquita, Thomas Sabo, David Yurman, Kandi Burress, Walt Disney Company, Upfield/I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, Badgley Mischka, O.Vine, Lysse, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), MasterClass, Marc Fisher, Ltd., Woke Creations, On Fleek Digital Magazine, Commons Wikimedia. On Fleek Digital 5

Kelly Rowland fit and fierce in Fabletics

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The indomitable Kelly Rowland of famous girl group ‘Destiny’s Child’ keeps in fierce and fabulous in the Harper Seamless Sports Bra and Seamless High-Waisted Statement Leggings with the Eva Reversible Bomber from her Fabletics collection.

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From now until the end of summer, New York City comes alive with it’s hosting of the greatest show on earth. Become part of the excitement, the sports, the players the magic that is the U.S. Open. Ticketmaster is your path to getting your seats today.

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FLEEK Actress, producer, mom Eva Longoria collaborates with ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’ brand to encourage healthy eating message of ‘Spread ‘No Drama’ campaign.

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ver since her role as Gabrielle Solis aka ‘Gabby’ on the former nighttime soap opera “Desperate Housewives”, Eva Longoria has acquired a huge fan base because of her sardonic wit, scathing humor and mischievous laugh. Now Eva is bringing the fun to the ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’ brand with commercials that spread a supportive message to all women who regularly contend with food guilt. The hilarious 30 second tv spot is a bit of comic relief designed to make viewers chuckle while feeling less guilty about the bread they’re about to devour. Buon Appetito People! #SPREADNODRAMA



lack Girl Magic is all around us. It is what comes to my mind as I deliver this issue of On Fleek Digital Magazine. The Black Girl Magic phenomenon comes in many forms. The Huffington Post describes Black Girl Magic as a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. I say it describes the higher heights and accomplishments that sisters are reaching everyday while making it look easy. Like just when

you thought this was as far as sisters could go they go one step farther and faster than anyone thought they would. No one knows their journey. The list of super girls performing Black Girl Magic gets longer and longer everyday. Take for example our Forever First Lady Michelle Obama


FLEEK whose groundbreaking autobiography spent a year on the New York Times Best Seller list. As if becoming first lady wasn’t enough, Mrs. Obama authored a book entitled ‘Becoming’ that resulted in global acclaim. Not too shabby huh? I could go on naming names in the music, entertainment, literary, education, science and media fields however this month I’m focusing on sisters that are bringing their Black Girl Magic to athletics. There’s of course Venus and Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka dominating the tennis courts; top champion gymnasts Simone Biles, Dominique Dawes and Gabby Douglas just to name a few. This is after all the Health and Beauty Issue therefore, gracing not one but two covers of this issue is Olympic gold medalist, model and NIKE brand ambassador, Dalilah Muhammad. Ms. Muhammad spoke with On Fleek Digital Magazine fresh off her ascent to flawlessness with a competitive win that named her the #1 fastest female athlete in the world in the 400m hurdles category. The interview takes a look at what’s next in her journey towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and there’s also a first-hand deep dive into the concept of excellence, which is a key ingredient of the Black Girl Magic phenomenon. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I enjoyed creating it. Give it up for #blackgirlmagic!

Susan Van Brackle

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MIZUNO: New Technology Focused On Balance and Performance Training


lobal performance sporting goods company, MIZUNO is making its foray into the training footwear arena with their introduction of the TC Series. in North America. The key to the brand’s point of difference is the shoe’s innovative COB (Center of Balance) Technology. The company’s deep dive into athletic performance research has allowed for a better understanding of how balance and body awareness benefit sports agility to deliver a sophisticatedly advanced training shoe. Find yours at www.mizunousa.com.

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Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles hosts MASTER CLASS on fundamentals of gymnastics for aspiring youth Taking MasterClass sessions with experts that are at the top of their game is all the rage. Who better to learn and gain inspiration from? Now none other than Olympic gold medalist and Greatest of All Times gymnast Simone Biles is offering professional sessions to youth on the fundamentals of the sport. “I have benefited from great coaching throughout my career and I am excited to share tips and insights in my MasterClass to help other coaches and athletes as they pursue their gymnastics goals,” said Biles. “As part of my MasterClass, I spend time in the gym breaking down some of the best skills and drills – from basics to advanced – and I also cover the mental part of training. It takes a lot of work, but with practice and confidence you can accomplish your dreams, too.”


ow’s this for driving incentive in the workplace. An array of Garmin® sports and fitness wearable devices are available to health plan members who have access to the ChooseHealthy® consumer discount program by American Specialty Health Incorporated. The ChooseHealthy Platform is offered to health plans nationwide that want to empower their members to get healthy. Find out if your benefits plan offers this perk.

New Garmin Fitness trackers

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ccording to Sport Nutrition: Nutrition Guidelines for Athletes to Perform Better and Recover Faster, written by Professor Asker Jeukendrup, British sports nutritionist and exercise physiologist: “When athletes are choosing fats or foods that contain fats, it is very

More reasons why olive oil should be part of a healthy lifestyle.

important to consider fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids as well as understand their effects on disease and inflammation, and olive oil is a very good choice.” Additionally, healthy fats satiate appetite, tend not to impact blood sugar and moisturize the colon for smooth movement.


eBe Rehxa, the two-time Grammy nominated curvaceous cutie that was once body-shamed by designers for her shapely shape is now brand ambassador for the bebe fashion brand. The campaign entitled ‘Bebe loves Bebe’ promotes the powerful ideal of self acceptance. Now in stores.

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Modern Marble Print

Luongo Snake Print

Neutral Zone Print


re you into Athleisure? It’s a fashion trend that marries casual comfort with everyday wear and it’s not going away. The look can be found at work, school and of course in the gym. Good athleisure moves with you, has great fabric recovery, is breathable and is colorfast. Introducing Woke Creations, a line that hosts an array of quality custom print designs for the many sides of you. Featured here are just a few leggings from the collection. Prices range from $50.00 to $70.00. Find them at onfleekdigitalmagazine.com


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Editor’s Pick

Naomi Osaka is beauty’s new brand ambassador for Bare Minerals.

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ennis phenom Naomi Osaka is making waves on more than just the tennis court. The statuesque 21-year-old continues to break barriers and shatter stereotypes with every forceful swing of her racket. She’s been selected to be the fresh face of Bare Minerals cosmetics. “To me, The Power of Good means being the best version of yourself without sacrificing integrity or putting others down,” said Osaka, Power of Good Ambassador. “With bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation,

I don’t have to compromise clean beauty and natural-looking results for performance. These formulas keep up with my active lifestyle and never fail to deliver.” Osaka, who represents Japan and trains in America, is the daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father. She is the first Asian player to be ranked No. 1 in singles, as well as the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015. Can’t wait to see her again at the 2019 U.S. Open. #womenworthwatching


FLEEK Activewear brand lululemon enters health and beauty market with personal care products for active athletes


anadian athletic apparel retailer lulemon, best known for its coveted yoga wear, knows that everyone sweats so they’re branching out into the personal care arena. They’ve unveiled a unisex line of targeted products specifically geared towards the needs of athletes. The four sweat management products will be distributed online at lulu

lemon.com, in 50 lululemon stores, at select studio partners in the U.S. and on Sephora.com. By distributing at Sephora the brand expects to reach new guests that may also be faced with sweating issues. The product line is free of ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and is certified with the Clean at Sephora seal of approval.

Chiquita uses fitness stickers to encourage health and wellness minded


ow about some encouragement as you go about reaching your fitness goals? Well the folks at Chiquita launched Fitness Stickers to boost health and wellness efforts. The stickers show the ‘favorite fruit’ conducting various forms of exercise and rooting us on to

do the same. Bananas are said to contain fructose, soluble fiber and potassium making it a perfect snack for runners and athletes. What’s more, bananas help minimize bad cholesterol while driving up good cholesterol which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. On Fleek Digital 19



‘Real Housewife of Atlanta’ star Kandi Burruss makes her move into beauty world


andi Burruss is a woman of many layers. Readers generally know her as an entrepreneur, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, and star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Now she adds the title cosmetics mogul to her list of many accomplishments. This talented woman On Fleek has expanded her empire to include the launch of Kandi Koated, an empowering collection of luxury cosmetics celebrating diversity and inclusivity across all identities and skin tones. Why beauty and why now? Burruss designed 20 On Fleek Digital

the line for those seeking to express their authentic selves—individuals who know their worth and want to look and feel confident on their own terms. ”People come from all walks of life,” Burruss said. “They are not only a rainbow of shades, hues, and colors but also identities. The collection’s color palette ranges from deep espresso and bright, bold reds and purples, to brilliant metallics and buttery nudes. This allows anyone to experiment and celebrate their beauty in the ways that work best for them.” P.S. I’m loving the lipstick look.

Songstress Rita Ora global brand ambassador for jeweler Thomas Sabo’s fall collection


he vibrant jeweltoned colors of Thomas Sabo’s fall/winter fashion jewellry collection shine as brightly as its brand ambassador, Rita Ora. "Wearing jewellery is transforming – through its shine and sparkle. My THOMAS SABO campaign aims to empower women to experience this magical boost of jewellery and to inspire other women to create personal looks full of energy and liveliness," says Rita Ora at the beginning of the collaboration. The two year relationship was celebrated at a splashy launch in Berlin Germany.

Ms. Ora and Mr. Sabo at Berlin opening.

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"With this campaign, we pay tribute to the dreamers, makers and renegades who continually inspire us...� DAVID YURMAN FALL 2019

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Brandy is 2019 BMI President’s Award Recipient Artist to receive top honor at R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


hether you call her ‘Moesha’ or media’s first African American ‘Cinderella’, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), will present singer, songwriter and actress Brandy Norwood with the prestigious President’s Award for her body of work. The artist will receive this recognition during the R&B/Hip Hop Awards scheduled for Thursday, August 29 in Atlanta, Georgia. As the 2019 award winner, Brandy joins previous artists like Curtis Mayfield, Ludacris, Toni Braxton and Will.i.am that have previously won this distinction.

Beyonce brings the ‘Spirit ‘of the Lion King to Audiences

Movie Review by Tara Michel


ver the years, Disney has been successful in bringing a vast array of live-action film remakes of classics like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and others to the silver screen. When Disney in 2016 that a remake of the animated 22 announced On Fleek Digital classic “The Lion King” was imminent, excited fans have

been waiting to revisit this story. Fans were even more excited when they learned that Beyoncé was going to play Nala, Simba’s childhood best friend, and future love interest. Beyonce was director Jon Favreau’s top pick for the role of Nala and her performance proved that she was the right choice. Since Beyoncé is also known as “Queen Bey”, why not cast her to play a future queen? Viewers will be happy to find that many songs if not all of the musical numbers that made the original Lion King so memorable have returned in the remake including “Circle of Life/Nants Ingonyama”, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”, “Hakuna Matata”, and my favorite “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. A new song entitled “Spirit”that is written, produced and performed by Beyoncé has even been introduced (click the image to see the video). A favorite moment in the remake was where Simba is visited by Mufasa’s ghost and reminded with this quote“Remember who you are. I never left you and I never will” . Although it would have been better if they started with “Simba, you have forgotten me...” but it was a great scene. As of this writing, the remake has made over a billion dollars at the box office, which is more than the original, and it is the fourth Disney movie to hit a billion dollars. “The Lion King” is one of the greatest stories ever told. In my opinion, the remake was successfully adapted.

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Case design fits all Samsung and Apple styles




et in touch with your inner empress with fashions and accessories fit for a Lion Queen. Shown here are designs from Woke Creations ranging from lioness inspired jewelry, t-shirt, belt bag and phone case suitable for Samsung and Apple users. Find them at onfleekdigitalmagazine.com. On Fleek Digital 23


iambattista Valli, the undisputed master of haute couture, is pleased and proud to present his collaborative line of chic ready-to-wear to be sold at H&M this fall. The esteemed designer is shown here with Anne-Sofie Johansson, Creative Director for H&M (far left), and social media model millionaire Kendall Jenner (center) who wore a design from the previewed Giambattista Valli collection for H&M during the amfAR gala at Cannes in May. On Fleek Digital Magazine readers are getting a ‘sneak-peek’ at what the Giambattista Valli line may offer in stores come November 7. Ciao Bellas!

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Is it Wine or is it Water? O.Vine, a spring water with functional ingredients from wine grapes


hardonnay- and Cabernet Sauvignon-essence water to refresh the "infused water" landscape. a line of all-natural, non-alcoholic beverages that expresses the spirit of wine and sets new standards for sustainable sourcing as well as innova-

tion. Free of preservatives and synthetic colors, its natural blush color and healthful ingredients are derived from the essence extracted from red or white wine grape skins and seeds. On Fleek Digital 25

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ummer is almost over. It’s time to get back to business like a BOSS. Transition looks from lighthearted straw bags to perfect totes, carry-all computer clutches and sleek business card holders that seamlessly touch on seasonal fashion trends. Why not do the heavy lifting in style.

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In Black & White


ress it up or down. Wear it to the gym or the club. Mix or match yoga pants with comfort skirts. Add a structured jacket and AthFashion becomes a tailored look. For fall, Woke Creations is introducing a bold collection of striking AthFashion pieces designed to move with you throughout each moment of your day. These soft, breathable, custom print AthFashion body-con separates, dresses and accessories by Woke Creations are due to launch at onfleekdigitalmagazine.com.

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WOMAN ON FLEEK By Susan Van Brackle


resh off of her record breaking win at the USA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Dalilah Muhammad was crowned #1 in the world in the 400m hurdles on Sunday, July 28, 2019. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist sat down with On Fleek Digital Magazine for an interview to discuss among other things, how it feels to be #1 in the world. This type of accomplishment caused me to ponder the construct of ‘excellence’ when I stated to Dalilah, “Do you know that breaking the world record puts you in the same class of excellence as let’s say Michael Jordan?” She chuckled lightly at my comment but in actuality the comparison is huge. Excellence at this level is fascinating. It begs the questions, “Does an individual’s trek towards professional excellence begin with elements of early childhood development? Community engagement? Familial support? Self motivation? Is it one factor, a combination of factors or all of the above?” Many people spend their entire lives in pursuit of excellence; striving to be the very best at what they do every single day often coming close but never fully achieving it. Then there is the achievement of excellence where athletes like Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, basketball legend LeBron James, Master of the golf course Tiger Woods and multi Grand Slam tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams reside. To understand the depth of the meaning of excellence, Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary identifies the phenomena as, among other words, ‘flawlessness’. Flawlessness is an impressive descriptor since it’s usually reserved for super heroes. Yet this young woman 28 On Fleek Digital

with the endurance of an antelope, the speed of a cheetah and grace of a gazelle powers down just like any other millennial when there’s a moment that she’s not in grueling competition stating, “I enjoy a NetFlix binge-watch to clear my mind, unwind and get refocused.” For me as a mere mortal, I wanted to know more about the sensation of winning at such a high level so I asked Ms. Muhammad these questions that she answered most graciously: Susan Van Backle: What was the first thought or thoughts that came to your mind when you realized that you’d broken the world record in the 400m hurdles? Dalilah Muhammad: I guess I felt relieved that I had done it because I really wanted it. My second thought was that I had to get ready to do it all over again and get my time even lower. SVB: After running such a phenomenal race in Des Moines, Iowa does it put you closer to competing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020? DM: Actually no. My career is track and field so in effect I run professionally all over the world. The trials for the Tokyo Olympics don’t happen until right before the August event so the earliest I will have a chance to qualify is by June 2020. I was stunned at the level of discipline and dedication that is required to maintain the ethos of a champion. Viewers have watched Dalilah race in different countries around the world and back again. She’s competed in teeming rain and glaring sun yet she remains focused, diligent and consistent. Her commitment is amazing to watch. SVB: What drives you? DM: A competitive spirit. A desire for what’s next. To stay in that current. It’s definitely from within. SVB: It’s not unusual to see athletes before a meet or match with headphones on. Perhaps the driving, motivational force of music is a component towards a disciplined, competitive spirit. Do you have music or songs that drive or motivate you? Especially before a match? What’s on your playlist? DM: No. No music before a meet. The nerves I feel before running, I live in those nerves; I go with

feeling them. I use those feelings to drive me. In fact, I recall the night Dalilah won the Olympic gold medal for running the 400m hurdles in Rio de Janiero in 2016. Dalilah was interviewed by a NBC News 4 sports reporter who asked, “What was the exhilaration like?” Dalilah responded, “It was the anticipation that was just terrible but you know once I got on the line I knew I was ready and I just did what I’ve been training to do all year.” Huh! No soundtrack necessary for this superstar. As for what’s on her playlist... DM: I like J. Cole. He was on the USC campus before. I met him during a meet and greet. Dalilah Muhammad is a University of Southern California business graduate, a fashion model and athletic ambassador for NIKE. She’s been prominently featured in the brand’s splashy 2017 ‘#Equality’ campaign along with other high-profile celebs like Nets basketball star Kevin Durant, Olympic all around champion and gymnast Gabby Douglas and Black Panther movie actor and now producer Michael B. Jordan just to name a few. SVB: You’ve been in contract with the NIKE machine since 2013. What’s your latest Nike campaign, if you can talk about it? DM: Nike always has projects going on. Some thing is always in the works. I can’t speak about anything it now. Just stay tuned. SVB: And finally, since you’re On Fleek Digital Magazine’s double cover girl for this health and beauty issue, please leave us with some fabulous takeaway tips. You’ve competed all over the world. What are the ‘must haves’ in your travel bag? DM: I like ‘Mario Badescu’ skincare and lipbalm. About the line: It is best known for being a simple yet effective skincare brand that uses fruit extracts, soothing botanicals, and other natural ingredients. DM: Oil blot sheets are small and portable enough for touch ups on the go and squeezable fruit pouches provide nutrition and energy between flights.

Another extraordinary win for Dalilah Muhammad at the Doha races.

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ome is where the heart is so why not make it On Fleek? You’re the queen of all you survey. Create a castle that reflects who you are and what you deserve. Select sumptuous textures, soothing palettes, prints

and patterns. Shown here are items from the ‘Woke’ Home Collection featuring pillow cushions, lamps, towels and mugs that bespeak your Queendom. onfleekdigitalmagaine.com


e’re loving that fresh faces like actor and producer Michael B. Jordan and Yara Shahidi (shown above) are part of the fall 2019 campaign for Coach. New for this season is the Tabby shoulder bag (seen here), the Troupe tote and the Rivington backpack. $350 at coach.com

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ark Badgley and James Mischka’s latest collection offers a sophisticated palette of forest greens, rich blues, elegant grays and striking metallics. The brand has evolved from being creators of couture and evening gowns to include day dresses and sportswear, as part of life’s every day celebrations. The team’s timeless dedication to glamour and luxurious designs has made them one of the fashion world’s top picks.

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esigner brand Lyssé is offering fashionistas a fall 2019 collection of travel-friendly tops, pants, leggings, dresses and jumpsuits for stylish wear and easy care. Shop the line at Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Von Maur, as well as Amazon, Zappos and Stitchfix. www.lysse.com,

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uper model Chanel Iman is the latest beauty to high step on behalf of the Marc Fisher LTD brand. This fall’s ‘Step and Repeat’ collection features the designer’s latest ‘top 7’ footwear faves that all women should have in their arsenal. The splashy campaign brings Fisher’s message home with super cute styles that are key for the season like moto-combat boots (Dream; $229), snake print (Alva; $219), hiker boots (Izzie; $249), and embossed croc (Haze; $369) among others. Find these fashions at Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, Zappos and of course www. marcfisherfootwear. com.

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Super model Chanel Iman in snake print Alva bootie; $219.


rammy award winning songstress and multi-platinum recording artist Ariana Grande is onto the next release in her stable of fragrances. Inspired by her anthem Thank u Next, LUXE Brands collaborated with Ms. Grande again after winning 2019 Fragrance of the Year on behalf of Cloud by Ariana Grande. Scent notes in Thank you, Next evolve like this: Top Notes: White Pear, Wild Raspberry Heart Notes: Crème De Coconut, Pink Rose Petals Dry Down: Macaroon Sugar, Velvet Musk Sounds amazingly yummy! Thank u, Next launches at Ulta.

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