Cardi B makes history with ‘Bodak Yellow’

Make way for the new queen of the charts.

According to HuffPost, rapper Cardi B just claimed the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” and with it, she claimed a spot in history, becoming “the first female rapper to top the chart without an accompanying act since Lauryn Hill in 1998.”

But her accolades don’t stop there: HuffPost reports that her seat at the top of the charts “makes her the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 with a solo hit, and only the fifth female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart at all,” joining the likes of Lil Kim, Iggy Azalea and Shawnaa.

Cardi B also became the first solo female artist since Meaghan Trainor to have her debut track hit No. 1, says HuffPost.

You can’t ask for anything better than that! Congratulations to Cardi B.


She Leads, You Follow: People’s Choice Awards Edition

The People’s Choice Awards recognize America’s favorite celebrities, musicians, TV shows and films of the year, as chosen by the public. And while the fans may have chosen the winners, they certainly didn’t chose the winning red carpet fashions we saw on the red carpet of the Jan. 6 awards show.

Walking the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was actress Kate Hudson, who took a minimalistic approach to her red carpet look. Wearing a white jumpsuit, Hudson paired her look with a white clutch and silver drop earrings.

Alison Brie brought some subtle color to the red carpet when she wore this pale green dress for the awards. The “Community” and “Mad Men” star paired her faintly-colored frock with silver strappy sandals and some diamond bracelets.

Meghan Trainor opted for a sparkly black number to attend the PCAs, wearing a mini dress accented with gold sequins. The “All About That Bass” singer completed her look with a gold clutch and matching gold pumps.

Contrasting Trainor’s black ensemble was Camilla Luddington, who wore a  white mini dress with silver beading at the shoulder. The “Grey’s Anatomy” actress polished off her look with simple silver sandals and a black clutch.

Although these ladies are dressed to impress on the PCAs red carpet, there are elements of their looks that we can apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Fit is key – This may seem like a given, but if the garment doesn’t fit, it will ruin your entire look. Notice that each outfit fits properly, whether it’s a dress or a jumpsuit. For instance, Hudson’s jumpsuit fits in the bust while the legs of the pants fall straight from her hip to the floor, and the hem of the pants stop right at the tips of her shoes. Brie’s cutouts end right at her natural waist, accentuating her waist and creating shape in the sheath-style skirt. Trainor’s dress also creates shape with its wide waistband, but the slightly exaggerated shoulder creates breadth at the shoulder while the lines of sequins in the skirt pull away from her waist and create curves at her hips. Finally, the seams at the shoulder of Luddington’s dress fit right at the top of the shoulder as they should, which is important because the beading serves to emphasize her shoulders while narrowing her waist and balancing out her hips. When shopping for yourself, look for small like these to ensure that the garment you are about to purchase fits you like a glove. If it doesn’t, don’t worry — you can always have a garment tailored so it does work for your body shape. Remember: if something doesn’t fit, don’t assume that you are the problem; make the clothes fit you, and don’t assume that you have to fit the clothes.
  2. Use details to your advantage – Brie’s dress and Luddington’s dress are perfect examples of how to use the small details of your outfit to work for your body type. Brie used cutouts to draw attention to her small waist, which in turn, creates curves on her body. The beading at the shoulder of Luddington’s dress broadens her shoulders, while simultaneously narrowing her waist and balancing out her hips. Looking for details like these in clothing allow you to play up your best features while downplaying anything you might be wary about. Features like these don’t have to be so blatantly obvious, either; a simple seam at the waist can achieve the same goal as Brie’s cutouts, while a slight pintucking detail at the shoulder of the sleeve on a blouse or dress can add some width to your shoulders in the same way Luddington’s beading does. Just remember: it’s all in the details.

She Leads, You Follow: AMAs Edition

It was night to celebrate music’s finest as the American Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, Nov. 22. From Jennifer Lopez’s stunning dance ensemble to open the show to Nick Jonas’ gospel performance of “Jealous,” it was certainly filled with performances to remember. And of course, it was replete with memorable fashion.

First to wow us was “All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor, who walked the red carpet in a simple black gown with an exaggerated shoulder. Her sleek dress was offset by her tousled curls and a bright red lip.

Changing things up in a silver see-through number was E! host Giuliana Rancic, who wore silver gown with black mesh mosaic-like panels. She completed her look with a Swarovski clutch.

Opting for a pants look was Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, who walked down AMAs red carpet in a fitted emerald green suit. Benson polished off her look with sky-high pointed toe pumps.

Stunning in another silver ensemble was model Hannah Davis, who rocked the red carpet in a silver mesh gown with a high neckline. A sleek ponytail and a velvet belt finished off her chic ensemble.

Although these ladies are dressed for the red carpet, there are certain things we can take away from their looks and apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Simple is stunning – Both Meghan Trainor and Ashley Benson both wore fairly simple looks, but they looked impossibly chic. How could such subdued outfits be so chic? Because they fit well. The key to making any outfit, no matter how simple or complex, look stunning is to make sure they fit properly. This means ensuring that the shoulder seams hit right at the top of your shoulders, that the waist hits just at your natural waist and that the material doesn’t pull at your hips.
  2. Define your waist – All of these looks accentuate their natural waists, which automatically elevates their ensembles. Working in unison with No. 1, defining your waist helps to make your midsection look tinier while also creating the illusion of an hourglass shape; when done in a garment with a stronger shoulder (like in Trainor’s gown), the shoulder will balance out your hips and make your waist look even tinier.
  3. Details, Details, Details – Giuliana Rancic’s dress, as well as that of Hannah Davis, both feature some pretty intricate details, which create visual interest in the outfit. The silver detailing on Rancic’s gown also creates shape, as it makes her shoulders appear broader, her waist narrower and her hips rounder. Davis’ gown acts as an overlay for the bodysuit under her gown, which creates this subtle sexiness. Details like different colored panels or mesh overlays are easy ways to elevate any look.