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What is Beauty? Wise Words From Ebony Magazine's Melanie Yvette Martin
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Ebony.com Associate Beauty and Style Editor Melanie Yvette Martin shared her personal and professional journey with us at July’s Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series event. Host and interviewer Syreeta Martin of Sincerely Syreeta asked the provocative and engaging questions that kept the audience riveted, over vegan food prepared by... Read More...

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Bank Bust vs. It's A Must
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Move over leopard; python is in it to win it this season! The good weather is still on our side, so we at the Urban Romance Style department are keeping our pedis fresh and our tootsies out. Just like leopard print, python is a sexy neutral, great for updating your shoe wardrobe. Monsieur Christian... Read More...

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Celebrate National Lipstick Day With an Orange Pout
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We're loving bold lips this season and an orange lip color is the perfect poolside pop of color for this National Lipstick Day. Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Purty Persimmon. At just $2, this is a great place to start if you want to try the orange lip trend. Why... Read More...

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UR Style Profile: Mariel Haenn
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Name: Mariel Haenn Hometown: New York City Client List: Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Solange Knowles, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Pharrell Williams—just to name a few. If you've ever perused a "best dressed" list for an MTV Video Music Award or Grammy red carpet, there is a strong possibility that you've... Read More...

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UR Scene: Red Red Wine Bar
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It's pretty safe to say that I'll drive from point A to Timbuktu for a good time. Great eats, stylish urbanites, and cocktails are all a part of the package deal and thanks to Red Red Wine in Annapolis, Maryland, I didn't have to sacrifice any of those essentials. On a... Read More...

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DIY with Francesca: What's the Tea?
Comments (0) UR Renewal

Tea and tea tree oil are natural, inexpensive and versatile solutions for many problems, from head to toe. Let’s review all the major benefits of a daily “tea time.” There are major health benefits to consuming tea, if you're willing to kick your daily coffee habit. Wake up in the morning... Read More...

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The Cheese Does Not Stand Alone: FDA Withdraws Wooden Board Ruling
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Social media has been used to draw crowds to parties, to unite protesters that topple governments, and now, to keep the American artisan cheese industry from melting. As a fan of good cheese, I’m very happy to hear that the Food and Drug Administration has backed down from its recent... Read More...

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UR Recipes: Strawberry Bruschetta
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this tasty treat! This strawberry bruschetta recipe can be served as an appetizer or dessert. Either way, prepare for your guests to become obsessed with this recipe. Ingredients 4 thick slices whole wheat bread 6 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons lemon juice 3 cups sliced... Read More...

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Home Style: OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington®
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You know that much-loved OPI color you beg your manicurist to keep in stock? Now you can surround yourself in your favorite color with OPI paint for the home.   Ace Hardware and OPI have teamed up to make OPI's most popular colors available for the home with an exclusive color palette by... Read More...

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Karl Lagerfeld x Barbie
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Style

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld to design his own Barbie... Just when you thought Barbie couldn't get any more fabulous, Mattel Inc. has decided to team up with iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld to create a limited edition “Barbie Lagerfeld” doll. Though no official release date has been announced, the doll is... Read More...

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Marriage Equality From Another View
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We know that the current fight for marriage equality is not the first in America. Loving v. Virginia—the case of Mr. and Mrs. Loving, whose marriage in 1958 violated Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924 prohibiting marriage between people classified as "white" and people classified as "colored"—led to the Lovings being... Read More...

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Faith and Fashion: DKNY Ramadan Collection
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Ultra-chic and only available in stores in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates, DKNY’s new line is dedicated to Muslims who observe Ramadan. For those who may not know, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is a very sacred time during... Read More...

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Seattle's New Minimum Wage: An Experiment in Danger of Sabotage
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In case you haven’t heard, the City of Seattle decided to take the plunge while governments at so many other levels were debating and bickering, and raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. They officially decided to be America’s guinea pig, by a unanimous vote of the city council,... Read More...

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Summer Color Trend: Neon
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Go bold or go home. What would summer be without bright, eye-catching threads? There are many ways to wear neon or incorporate it into your outfit. Neon is the equivalent of putting a giant exclamation mark at the end of anything you say, so the key is to keep it simple. Here... Read More...

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UR Book Club: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
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Louise O’Neill’s debut young adult novel, Only Ever Yours, showcases the deeply intimate and troubling fight for perfection in an anatomically manipulated setting. O'Neill's characters struggle with coming to terms with a forced lack of personal identity. They are created to be perfect and pitted against each other through weight scales... Read More...

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We Are the Champions: Recap of the 2014 ESPY Awards
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ESPN's ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles and while it was a night to celebrate the best in sports, no one can deny that Drake and his comedic prowess also won as host of the show. The actor-turned-rapper/R&B dude proved that if the rapping and singing thing... Read More...

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Don’t Put a Cork in It: Wine in Nontraditional Packaging
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Comedian Kathy Griffin famously jokes about her mother’s habit of “tipping it” or drinking wine out of a box. Griffin has told audiences that her mom pours boxed wine into a bottle to impress guests—a practice that Griffin gleefully mocks her for. (Griffin is known for her ball busting, so... Read More...

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UR Book Club: A Critique of #GIRLBOSS
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It’s hard to deny that Nasty Gal has revolutionized the world of popular fashion since first hitting the scene in 2006. Like millions of other shoppers, I developed a minor addiction to the brand's edgy silhouettes, irreverent hemlines, and weird-hot style at the expense of my bank account. So when... Read More...

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UR Mixology: Ginger Whiskey Refresher
Comments (1) UR Home, UR Recipes

Here’s a sexy and sophisticated drink for those who like to sip on something they can feel in their bones. Yes, this is a stiff one but you won’t regret it! Whiskey Ginger Ingredients 1 oz whiskey of choice 2 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste, recipe below) Cold sparkling water, to taste Lime wedge (optional) Directions Shake... Read More...

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Adidas x Marina Abramović for FIFA
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Marina Abramović and Adidas recreate 1978 "Work Relation" performance for the 2014 World Cup Adidas has teamed up with performance art icon Marina Abramović for a collaborative film project celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The three-minute film captures the first ever re-staging of Abramović's iconic 1970s performance "Work Relation" which focuses on commitment,... Read More...

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Suitsupply Turning Up The Heat With Summer Trunks
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With summer really starting to turn up, it's about time to start hitting the beach with some brews and a few friends. Before you do, take a look at these new releases from Suitsupply. The brand hit the scene with three graphic print swim trunk styles to keep you looking... Read More...

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Travel at Any Stage of the Relationship
Comments (1) UR Men, UR Renewal, UR Traveler

When we meet someone we like, we kind of want to do things with them. We go on dates, we socialize and we may even get a chance to get horizontal with them. And depending on your level of adoration as well as finances, you're most likely going to travel... Read More...

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Ruggedly Groomed: Honey Remedy for Whiteheads
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Guys, we know you care about your skin too. Before you raid your girlfriend's stash of products, head to the kitchen (or the bedroom) and grab some honey. If you’re having problems with whiteheads like I am, something as simple as applying honey to it can make these summer times a... Read More...

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The Burden of the American Soccer Fan
Comments (4) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Men

In 2009 I was a sophomore at The Evergreen State College when something amazing happened to me. I had grown up my entire life shunning sports, from my high school to the professional leagues (I was, however, lead clarinet in the pep band…ladies). I was put through the uniquely American test... Read More...

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