It's not a table cloth it's GINGHAM and it's fashionably Timeless! Here are 6 of our favorite gingham looks

Some people’s biggest fashion doubt is how they can pull off any look that includes gingham. A design that seems to be TIMELESSly challenging for many but able to be pulled off many times. First Lady Jackie O along with many others was able to push gingham and all of its fashionable possibilities through her wardrobe selections. There are many ways that you can be your very own statement making GINGHAM GIRL! Add color, pair it with prints, make it simple and casual, or jazz it up with some heels and extravagant accessories.

Here are our 6 favorite gingham looks over time, that you can pull off today and throughout spring/ summer 2017! Don't be afraid to use these images as a guide and take a risk. You'll be the one snatching all the attention in the room. Trust us, we've got you covered. 

1. Former First Lady, Jackie O Inspired Gingham dress.

1. Former First Lady, Jackie O Inspired Gingham dress.

2. Cute gingham on gingham crop top and skirt set.

2. Cute gingham on gingham crop top and skirt set.

3. Simple pastel gingham with pops of colors to match.

3. Simple pastel gingham with pops of colors to match.

4. Sexy yet elegant tucked gingham top to attract the eye in all the places you'd like for a night on the town.

4. Sexy yet elegant tucked gingham top to attract the eye in all the places you'd like for a night on the town.

5. Classic gingham skirt with a preppy top and sunglasses to add edge.

5. Classic gingham skirt with a preppy top and sunglasses to add edge.

6. And the risky yet fun gingham and floral combo! You can try it with polka dots as well. 

6. And the risky yet fun gingham and floral combo! You can try it with polka dots as well. 

Crochet braids are baccckk!!!

I can vividly remember being about 10 years old, sitting on a pillow and my mom putting these curly braid like strands into my hair, using some sort of hook needle. At that time, (Whether I agreed with the look or not.... I DIDN'T!!) I wasn't old enough to have much of an opinion.. you know how the saying goes "what mom says goes"... so I made it work! I had no idea that this hair style would come back 15 years later BUT as a HAIR PHENOM!!! 

Crochet braids are on FIRE right now, and they came back with such a variety of styles to choose from... your options are literally endless. 

If you're natural this protective style has to be the most simplest style thus far. The supply list is simple; latch hook needle and the hair of your choice...BADA BOOM BADA BAM!! DONE!

 

In the Summer WE SLAY: Short Haircut Edition

The summer time brings nothing but Fun, Warm weather, Bright colors, Vacations and SHORT HAIR. Ladies! there is no better feeling then rocking your favorite dress in the summer time paired with a super fierce cut as your number one ACCESSORY. I am currently rocking a short cut and there is nothing better then having a short cut to elongate your neck and further exude your confidence levels. BUT.. on to the good stuff.

 The Oh So Fabulous, Miss Janelle Monae took the 2017s Grammy Red Carpet by complete storm! Janelle, looked AMAZING! She paired her Gorgeous dress with the super popular Pixie Cut. The "Pixie Cut" will always be an in style trend.  This ultra sexy cut adds tons of funk and flare to any personality type.

I guess we can say that its okay to be Inspired by Janelle Monae.. her latest hair trend has been spotted all over and I must say EVERYONE IS ROCKING THEIR CUTS!

-Stephanie Scales

Spring 2017's Most Trendiest Nail Polish Colors & Designs

Warm weather is around the corner and I know for most ladies that’s a dead giveaway for cute sandals, bright pedicured toes and manicured nails. The dreaded part about this season is going into the nail salon and standing In front of the slew of colors, for what feels like hours before deciding on the same polish we had two weeks ago! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO HARD!?!

Spring 2017 has some very delightful colors and designs that will help bring out the eclectic side in you.

My favorite brand who never seems to fail me is OPI.  This spring they released the FIJI COLLECTION. This collection is bright, fun and was inspired by the “islands beautiful wildlife”.

Alright.. so now that you're aware and ahead of the game, you can confidently march into the nail salon and GET SPRING READY! BUT remember... bright, fun, nude or metalic, you can't go wrong. 

-Stephanie Scales

Shopping 101: The 5 Key Items for Your Spring Wardrobe

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you the five key items you should have for your Spring wardrobe. As the season change, you may have a few pieces that are great to transition into Spring, but just in case you do not. Here are a few key items we think you may want to add.

 

1. Stylish Romper

As the rompers continue to grace the fashion trend on the runways, it is a must you have a cute stylish romper added to your wardrobe. 

2. Handbags

A true fashionista will always switch her bags in between seasons. The style of bag may be the same, but the switch in color is what makes a difference. As your spring wardrobe straddle between layers of clothing, so should the arm candy cradling your phone.

3. Earrings

Another essential piece to any woman's wardrobe are a pair of gorgeous, dangling earrings. Or a pair of studs! Earring with soft colors for spring are an amazing pair to showoff whether you're at work or going to have a few cocktails with your girls. 

4. Classic Denim

As denim will always remain a classic piece in anyone's wardrobe....if you do not have one then you're LATE! Just kidding! However, denim button-down shirts are an amazing item to have and wear your cute midi-skirt or pair denim-on-denim.

5. Slip Dress

The new wave!!! Dress slips. Although, we have recently seen several images of the wonderful fall/winter items to wear from New York Fashion; the slip dress was one of the most trending pieces being worn. There are several ways to wear such a simple piece. You can keep it simple and classy or add layers like a denim jacket, cardigan or kimono. 


Celebrity Style Star

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you the Celebrity Style Star on the hunky actor himself, Mr. Mahershal Ali. For 2016, the Cali native actor has been receiving major widespread acclaim for his role in the LGBT based film Moonlight where he plays a drug dealer named Juan. Since then he has swept up a Screen Actors Guild and a Critics Choice Awards. He is currently nominated right now for Best Supporting Actor for the Academy Awards next Sunday. Besides his great acting abilities, we at the Lark Report can't help to take notice of how dapper he looks these days. So we at the Lark Report have our top favorite six looks from Mr. Ali himself. Enjoy Everybody

 

 

Steph's Six Favorite Natural Hair Products

Hello there! I'm glad you came back to chitchat with Steph! I hope that your date night was a success, I am sure you had the Misters mouth wide open.

I wanted to come back and ramble a bit about being a PRODUCT JUNKIE! [and trust me.. JUNKIE is really an understatement]

Having natural hair can be a gift AND a beautiful curse. All naturals have the desire to be able to style their hair like their favorite YouTube Naturalista  [and believe me I've watched YouTube videos and the very next day ran to the store and purchased every product listed in their description box and it turned out an EPIC FAIL...You live and you learn]

                                                           -but nonetheless-

WE all want our curls popping and edges on fleek. BUT, in order to make [or attempt to make] that happen you must be willing to be your own experiment project & [wait for it] possibly spend a few $$$$ to make that happen... like anything else the best products might cost ya! 

*Travels down memory lane* I can vividly remember being a kid and looking under my grandmothers sink for a jar of hair grease and LO and BEHOLD my grandmother had 5 or 6 different brands of hair greases, a slew of hair brushes, bobby pins and BABYYY LISTEN… Don't get me started on the bag FULL of pink rollers she had for her nightly hair routine. My grandma was the real OG product junkie!

Some of the best products for natural hair can make you think twice about purchasing the -5 hair products that you have in your cart- before you even make it to the cash register. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites and if your hair agrees, I hope they become your favorites as well. 

-Stephanie Scales

http://www.sallybeauty.com/olive-Styling-Gel/SBS-483104,default,pd.html

http://www.sallybeauty.com/olive-Styling-Gel/SBS-483104,default,pd.html

http://www.justkeyproductions.com/queenly--natural-hair-care-products.html

http://www.justkeyproductions.com/queenly--natural-hair-care-products.html

http://cantubeauty.com/products#!181:grow-strong-strengthening-treatment

http://cantubeauty.com/products#!181:grow-strong-strengthening-treatment

http://alikaynaturals.com/knots-be-gone-hair-detangler/

http://alikaynaturals.com/knots-be-gone-hair-detangler/

http://alikaynaturals.com/cowash-me-cleansing-conditioner/

http://alikaynaturals.com/cowash-me-cleansing-conditioner/

https://www.sheamoisture.com/jamaican-black-castor-oil-strengthen-grow-restore-leave-in-conditioner.html

https://www.sheamoisture.com/jamaican-black-castor-oil-strengthen-grow-restore-leave-in-conditioner.html

Sexy Style Report: What to wear on Valentine's Day for a day or evening date.

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you our Sexy Style Report on what to wear for your Valentine's Day on your special daytime date or evening night out on the town. 

V-DAY Date During the DAY!

Go from the office to a quick Valentine's Day lunch date with your co-workers or special someone. Whether you are classy-chic office girl or distressed denim with a cardigan chick you can go to a chic restaurant in style. 


V-Day Date at NIGHT!!

When the sun sets, SPICE IT UP! Don't be afraid to show a little skin or more. Play with your red's and blush colors with your garments. Be flirtatous with your thigh-high boots you have been dying to wear on a special occasion. 

CHANGING OUR PARFUMES FROM WINTER TO SPRING

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you the Lark Experience 101 on "CHANGING PARFUMES FROM WINTER TO SPRING".  Besides the fashion and the glam on a woman, there's still another key ingredient that is still missing to ascend the whole entire look. That's right we are talking about the scent of attraction. All perfumes have a seasonal scent. From your winter fragrance to your spring fragrance, some don't know how to change winter and spring perfumes. Here at the Lark Report, we got you covered! Check out these amazing top 5 parfumes courtesy of the Lark Experience.

 

Miu Miu MIU MIU L'eau Bleue, $90, sephora.com.

Miu Miu MIU MIU L'eau Bleue, $90, sephora.com.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl, $115, macys.com.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl, $115, macys.com.

Sisley Paris Izia, $100, sisley-paris.com.

Sisley Paris Izia, $100, sisley-paris.com.

Vilhelm Parfumerie Don't Tell Jasmine, $245, VilhelmParfumerie.com.

Vilhelm Parfumerie Don't Tell Jasmine, $245, VilhelmParfumerie.com.

Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Aqua, $112, macys.com.

Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Aqua, $112, macys.com.

Natural Hair Updos For Date Night

"So There's This Guyyyy!!" The infamous line used all around the world. So....He asked you out for the first date, huh? Well, We've all been on first dates, which means we've all had our first date checklists in our head... that list may go a little something like.. Outfit..check, Accessories..check, Shoes..check, HAIR!! well.. depending on the person and their hair preference, that could be an easy task or a call to the new Beau cancelling because your "grandmother is sick" but in reality you just couldn't figure out what in the world to do to with your Naturally NATURAL head full of hair. Well.. I am here to save you HONEY, I've done the research for you! Some people go natural with this preconcieved notion that in order to be a "Real" natural that you must rock "Braids and Beads and Shells and Thangs!" Well, I am here to tell you that if you want to Rock Rough and Stuff with your Afro Puffs then DO IT! To be natural is one of the most beautiful parts of being an African American. But enough of my blabbering... I am here to share with you six BOMB hairstyles to rock on that first date with the new Beau. 

Until the next time,

Stephanie Scales

Exclusive: Meet Photographer . . . Will Sterling

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you an EXCLUSIVE with Kontrol Magazine's house photographer, Will Sterling. He has worked with several publications like Kontrol Magazine, Sheen, Krave Magazine, Black Sophisticate Hair; as well as several celebrities, like Steve Harvey, Wendy Raquel, Monique, and several more. Let's read more on Mr. Will Sterling below with our very own Shenae Johnson.


Shenae: Where are you from?

Will Sterling:From Jackson, Mississippi

S: What brought you to Atlanta from Jackson, Mississippi?

WS: I wanted to expand my market and be open for more opportunities. Over a 5 year span of traveling back and forth to Atlanta, I already built a foundation for my brand.

S: How did you start your career in photography?

WS: Well . . . [I've] always been fascinated with capturing moments. I started out doing weddings for the reason to help people relive moments by capturing those moments through photography and video. jok

S: Although you have a studio in Jackson, MS, are their plans to have an official studio location in Atlanta?

MS: There are plans to having a studio in Atlanta, but we just want to continue expanding the brand with plans of something in the future.

S: What are your 2017 goals?

WS: Working on the continuous expansion of the Sterling Photography brand. With a focus in wedding photography, we want to expand to Houston for more wedding photography.

S: Describe your preparation process when working with Kontrol Magazine.

WS: Session with Kontrol Magazine! Well the thing that helps most is having a vision board for the upcoming shoot. Once I receive the concept or vision it allows me to prep with proper lighting, gather the right props and set the location.

S: What is a typical day for you Mr. Sterling?

WS: A typical work day would be waking up and checking-in with Gary in Mississippi for the day to day scheduling there. Then working on improvements and marketing. I also check my Atlanta schedule for shots and prep work....mainly checking emails, editing photos for clients, and resetting to do it all over again the next day.

These images belong to Sterling Photogrpahy. You can view more by visiting www.sterlingpics.net 

What To Wear On Date Night?

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you the Lark Experience 101 on "What to wear on the first night on your date night ladies". That first date night with someone is always special, and just as special that date is, ladies you have to feel and look special as well. Here at the Lark Report, we have some key idea looks and style that will compliment your taste and style for all seasons. We want you SINGLE LADIES to make 2017, the year for them to put a ring on it in the future.

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The Lark Experience 101: How to wear those holiday sequin pieces from day to night

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today, we give you the Lark Experience 101 on "How to wear those holiday sequin pieces from day to night". Wearing sequin pieces has been trending for some time now, although it has always been a must wear for those holiday parties a girl never wants to give them away. So today we would like to show you a few ways to wear your favorite sequin top, jacket, blazer, skirt, pants or whatever your have from day to night.

Legs! Legs! Legs! They are the next best eye catcher to a popping lip color and gorgeous handbag, but with sequin pants/leggings they will be the star of the show. 

You can pair your sequin pants to a blazer and button-down blouse for business meetings and luncheons. When the sun goes down change those daytime pointy toe shoes to a nice strappy sandal and tuck your classic button-down blouse.

Who doesn't love being the center of attention with a popping jacket to complete your outfit? Complete your comfy sneakers with a sequin blazer or bomber jacket while running errands then turn your daytime jacket into a night-time show stopper paired with a nice stilleto and mini clutch 

Look chic and comfy during the day with a graphic tee and bright purse. The switch it up for your night time outing with a dark top and a handbag to complitment it.

Trying not to change your entire outfit from day to night? Then make subtle changes of switching your daytime handbag and flats to an oversized bag and gorgeous pumps for your night time look.

That wasn't enough ideas for sequins from day to night? Well, here are a few more ways to wear your favorite sequins piece.

***The Lark Repost do no own the rights to these images.

CELEBRITY STYLE STAR: A look at R&B Diva Fantasia

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Last year and 2017 has been looking very bright for the sultry R&B Diva herself Ms. Fantasia. From a critical-acclaimed album to love and happiness, but there has always been something we love to see Ms Fanny do which is rock some great fashion. Fantasia is no stranger to great style. With an A1 winning glam team and squad, that have Ms. Fantasia slaying from her head down to her toes.. Check out some of Fantasia's top six favorite fashion moments from The Lark Experience team.

CELEBRITY STYLE STAR: Who We're Watching for 2017

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. As we are 18 days into 2017 there are several celebrities making noise by being seen and not heard through the sense of style and fashion. So, here is our quick pick of stylish celebrity stars to watch.

ELLE Magazine's most recent cover of Zoe Kravitz

Gabrielle Union on the red carpet for the Sleepless Premier(above). 

Issa Rae of INSECURE on the red carpet during the Golden Globe Awards(below).

Kendall Jenner

History in 60's Fashion

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. With Black History Month being a month away from now, what better way for Kontrol Magazine to honor a woman who has paved the way for many women of color. A woman who was the backbone of the great and late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. movement. Nevertheless, a woman who executed such beauty, style, and grace within all of her endeavors. That's right I'm talking about the late and great Coretta Scott King. Believe it or not, Coretta Scott was a very fashionable woman during the 60's Civil Rights Movement. She marched with class, protest in style, and talk to everyone with dignity. Here at The Lark Report, we want to salute a great woman and acknowledge her top fashionable movements.

Exclusive with Beauty Editor. . .JAYSON GLENN

Jayson Glenn, Beauty Editor of Kontrol Magazine

Meet Kontrol Magazine's Beauty Editor

Jayson Glenn

Interviewed by Shenae Johnson

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Today we would like to introduce you to the Beauty Editor of Kontrol Magazine. Jayson Glenn. He is a multi-talented celebrity makeup-artist from Montgomery, Alabama. Let me not give you all the tea on him just yet in this introduction. Jayson's charisma and energetic spirit will be felt as you read this interview.

How did you make your way to Atlanta? I am from Montgomery Alabama and I made my way to Atlanta years ago actually modeling for Kontrol Magazine and met up with my Jeremy Dell who soon became my bestfriend.

How did you get into the beauty industry? I went to cosmetology school and got my license and degree while working under Antowan Fleeton where I learned how to do hair and makeup.

How do you prep for your sessions for Kontrol Magazine? I prep for my sessions with Kontrol Magazine by asking for the concept and direction of the photoshoot.

So what does a typical workday look like for you as a beauty editor? A typical workday as a beauty editor for me looks like the best experience anyone could imagine. I make sure all of the ideas and criteria are met as for the beauty department and at the same time focusing on my part which is delivering whats to be expected.

Are you more of a bright or a natural lipstick lover? I am more of a natural lipstick lover! Anybody can tell you i love Shanghi from the Revel cosmetics.

What is your signature finish on a client? My signature finish on a client would probably be a glossy lid. Love love love the way it brings the eyes to life.

Who inspires you within the beauty industry? Well being a black male celebrity makeup artist , I've been honored to be inspired and taught by [other] successful black male celebrity makeup artists such as Antowan Fleeton, Jeremy Dell, Sam Fine And Sir John, so I have been blessed to be able to even connect with them on that level.

What beauty trends should we look out for this spring/summer? I think everything rotates when it comes to beauty trends and i kind of feel like you should start your own trends when it comes to YOUR makeup and how YOU feel. But of course the bronze and glow will always be popular in the spring and summer.

What are the skincare tips you swear by? Actually investing in good skin care! Cleansing your face and hydrating doesn't take much at all. 

For 2017, what are top two goals? Top two goals for 2017 is connecting and working more with Sir John And meeting Beyonce lol.

What are some words of advice you would give to aspiring makeup artist? Its never easy but with God first, its never impossible. - Jayson Glenn

If you would like to see more of Jayson Glenn and his work please visit his website www.jaysonglenn.com and follow him on Instagram @jglenn_com.

**All photo rights reserved and approved by Jayson Glenn

Style List

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Do you know how popular denim is? Not only is denim a classic trademark wearable statement, but it's very distinguished, vintage, and still trends to this day. However, some people do not know how to rock their denim casually or dressed up for an evening affair. Here at the Lark Report, we are here to help you out ladies and gentlemen. By the way, did you know that denim has been around since the mid-1700s . Take a look at some of these hot denim trends for your evening out in casual or dressed up.

Balmain Army: 6 favorite looks from the Balmain Resort Collection 2017.

Welcome to The Lark Report . . . where fashion, beauty, style, and entertainment reside. Let's talk about the amazing designer of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing. The Balmain 2017 Resort Collection premiered July 2016. Many sources state that Rousteing gave the audience an open letter saying, "My Balmain army has shed its armor" (ELLE.COM). 

The Balmain Army of the Resort Collection 2017 is showing a different woman, a mature, serene type of woman. Several reviews from ELLE, VOGUE, WWD, and many more mention how this collection doesn't show the tightest form fitting dress, but allows the garments to move with the curves allowing the sex appeal to still exists. Take a look at some of our favorite looks from the new collection.