Monday, April 18, 2005

Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to “SHAKE YOUR BEAUTY” (insert curtsy here)! If you're in need of a beauty, style, or sexy-new-product fix, you’ve found the perfect pusher! As a beauty editor for YM, Elle, Glamour, Lucky, and Teen People, I’ve picked up tons of makeup, hair and skincare tips along the way (as well as a few rashes from over-fragranced products). So, drop me a line, ladies, and I’ll solve your beauty brouhaha in a flash. Remember, there are no dumb questions—dumb lipliner choices, maybe, but nothing a little Kim Mathers de-programming can’t fix!

Each entry will be one of three types: I’LL TELL YOU NO LIES, i.e., an answer to your beauty question; “TIA’S TOP TEN,” which can be anything from my favorite lip glosses to the worst hair in prime time; and LOVING IT, all about some fabulous product, trend, or celebrity that’s actually doing it right. And starting in May, the first person to correctly answer a delightfully obscure trivia question from THE ACCIDENTAL DIVA wins the "Product of the Month." Fun stuff!

I’ll get back to you with my first official entry. Until then, I'd like to share something with you. In each episode of America's Next Top Model, I find that someone says something incredibly insightful, illuminating--timeless, even. So, I've decided to institute an "ANTM" Quote of the Week. Very sage words, these.

Xoxo,
tia

ANTM Quote of the Week, #1
“I think the reason Mr. Jay dressed up was to show the rest of us that even though Michelle has scabies she can still be beautiful.”—Kahlen, Season 4

1150 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey i loved your book!!!!

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your website, a friend refered it to me. I will definately be picking up the book!!

Erica Dias
Fashion Stylist

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My best friend mentioned that she met you and that your sister went to UNC with me... it was amazing because I already had the book before she mentioned it. Your website is fabulous! Congratulations on your success... it is always inspiring to see a young woman who goes for and reaches her goals. Good luck and I can't wait to see you on the best seller list very soon!

Dorcas Young
Memphis, TN

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This website is GREAT!!!!!... and so is your your book!

2:46 PM  
Anonymous brooklynisis said...

"Very sage words, these."

Classic!

We must have been seperated at birth...

You have my dream job! Now I LOVE my job (advertising account planner)... BUT there is a beauty editor dying to come out! How else can I spend hours upon hours at Sephora? How can I explain my penchant for scoring beauty products at magazine publisher's infamous "beauty sales"?
Now just how do I justify freaking out if I miss an Eliza eyebrow appointment?

Stay fabulous girl! I'll get your book (the better to hide my InTouch and Life&Style Weekly - guilty pleasures. This is like hiding my Mad Magazines inside a real book growing up!).

Fellow Brooklyn DEVAH :-)

4:10 PM  
Blogger Shelia said...

I enjoyed reading your book and I think you have the "cutest" website. I'll be stopping by to see what tips you have :)

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tia,

Congratulations on the success of your book (which is VERY good) and your extra cute new website!

A few quick questions:

1. Do you use the Ellin Lavar serum on your hair while it's wet?

2. Can you suggest any methods, products to help someone who would like their (very fine) relaxed hair to grow without a weave or braids?

Thanks and good luck with everything -- especially the Oxygen deal. I'll keep my eyes open.

1:42 PM  
Blogger **Christen** said...

reading your blog I never put two and two together until I looked at your pics... I went to grad school with Lauryn and she always talked about her sister never realized it was you lol

3:21 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Hey Tia!!!

Accidental Diva was such a great book. I was so into the story and I related to Billie on so many levels. I too am a fashion obsessed, product junkie who likes to write. I don't NEED another lipgloss and yet I still buy more. I have yet to find that perfect purse so I buy three or four a month until I covet my perfect bag. Keep up the good work and congratulations on all your current and future success.

~Kim, The Urban Socialite

10:18 AM  
Blogger Shelia said...

Thanks for the gift tips. I'm thinking about getting my mom a gift certificate to this spa for a massage, manicure, pedicure & facial.

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Donna Wojo said...

Hi Tia,

Don't know if you remember me, but I was really good friends with Devon in high school. Anyway, I just picked up your book on my way to Vegas the other day and am totally loving it! Congrats on your success! Please tell Devon I said, "Hi!" I miss hangin with that crazy girl!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tia - - how's the writing going?

Not to chatise.....but isn't a certain wicked-hot author and beauty maven slightly overdue in finishing her LIST OF TOP 100 MOVIES?!?!?!?

Perhaps if said wordsmith would spend a little less time primping her metrosexual pooch, she would be able to finish her list!!!

Also, just so you know, I will not even ACKNOWLEDGE the film version of The Accidental Diva unless Phillip Seymour Hoffman has a role. I will not argue about this.

xoxo,
Todd from Mom's office

9:48 PM  
Blogger Glam Mama said...

Hey Sweetie,

I am such a fan of your website, I love your ideas and suggestions. I just love your hair tips because I girl does need assistance from time to time. Oh, and can you put more pictures up, I just love your outfits!

Miss Ashley

5:35 PM  
Blogger VADamsel said...

I went and bought the revlon raisin glaze gloss this weekend and really loved, thanks for the great advice!

2:46 PM  
Blogger VADamsel said...

I have to just tell you that this past weekend I finally purchased your book to read at the beach over 4th of july weekend and then was involved in a horrible accident with my sister, 2 kids and boyfriend, the car was totalled but we walked away okay. Anyhow my point is after the accident I consumed your book in one day and it really helped me to get through all of the crazy feelings I'm having right now, it has just the right mix of comedy and drama! I laughed my ass off and cried too so thank you for writing suck a great book, I truly can't wait for you next one.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Cousin Kuka said...

Tia,
I was looking thru an old Lucky mag at Titi Patty's while I was visiting her, and your face was smiling out at me from the pages. That is how I found this site! What a great book, The Accidental Diva, and I love the website! Congrats to you for all of your work, and continue to inspire us chicas with your wit and charisma. I also love the pic of Adam playing air guitar. I'll print it out and show his Uncle Rico!! :)
Take care girl, and keep up the good work. P.S. I love love love the Tutti Dolce lip gloss in Angel food cake at Bath and Body Works... Smells yummy and tastes like heaven. Not too sticky either... Just a note. :)

3:45 PM  
Anonymous cousin kuka said...

It just now occured to me that u probably wont know who cousin kuka is, but it's Areina and I want to make sure you know we love ya here in Rhode Island!

11:56 AM  
Blogger VADamsel said...

HI Tia,

I just wanted to say thanks for your encouraging words and also I was looking for a reason to go to NY this summer and the Harlem book fair is a great reason so I look forward to getting my copy of Accidental Diva signed (hopefully). Congrats on all your new projects and can't wait to see the Glamour magazine with you and your "baby"

2:13 PM  
Blogger ghettogeisha said...

Just finished your book last week while I was home recovering from my tonsillectomy-it was the perfect companion. Don't fret about turning 30 girl- the 30s are the new 20s. Much success and love with the new novel, I can't wait to read it.

Best,
EHR

P.S. I picked up Lip Venom- its FABULOUS!!

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Diva said...

Alright where do i start, I guess the beginning. I love love love your book. I seriously can pick a page at random and know the words. Never have i experienced a young beautiful black heroine like Billie. You have given a breath of fresh air and I thank you. I await with baited breath your next book. Its always with me and at least 6 women have read it. You are officially my shero!

2:27 PM  
Blogger richell said...

Tia,
I LOVE YOUR BLOG, ANYONE WHO HAS THE COURAGE TO LOVE DOROTHY PARKER, ZORA NEALE HURSTON, KENNETH AGER(HOLLYWOOD BABYLON) AND QUOTE MOMMY DEAREST IS ALRIGHT BY ME.

richell

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Girl -

Greetings from DC! I love your blog! You help me remember to be good to my inner diva and to fight the good fight (the one we fight for our dreams). Blog on! Write on! Ahhh, to be young, gifted and black!

BTW - Love Iman's Sand Bronzer. It makes me glow when I feel all un-glowy (who needs Greece when I have Sand). I keep at least two boxes in my underwear draw in case (gasp) its discontinued. (Yeah, I've been burnt before...I had lip gloss drama that ended with me on the phone badgering the make up company rep about secret stashes of gloss...Yes, I checked Europe, it was also discontinued there. Now that I think about it, I may need at few more boxes of "Sand".

kisses-
Simone
(yes- of Demetri & Simone)

7:02 PM  
Blogger LUXE_DivaSoulSistaHuneyChil said...

THANK YOU TIA YOU SAVED ME THE TROUBLE OF SHOUTING OUT MY OWN NEW FABO BLOG! http://lovechocolatcitygoddess.blogspot.com/
Ok I don't know about anyone else but I absolutely screamed when you shouted out my blog! *smily face* I ran around the house screaming "MY ROLE MODEL RECOGNIZED MY BLOG!" even though my mom thinks I am crazy I still love your blog and all the products... I am slowly but surely making a list of everything. Have a gorgeous time on your Vacation!

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun on your vacation. Will you get the chance to see your sister?

A

6:49 PM  
Anonymous aisha jordan said...

Hi Tia,

Congrats on your success from another WTW grad! Much continued success your way!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Alexandria Gill said...

I am so impressed! I want to be JUST like you when get older! I'm only 18 and i'm just about to start my freshman year in college, but I want to start early. I love to write and would love to have an internship with a magazine company in some upcoming summers. Clearly you are living the same dream as mine!!! I admire you so much! Is there any advice that you could maybe throw my way? Somewhere you could lead me? Anything?? Congratualations on everything!!!!! You are that deal, for real!!!!!

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI I have a comment if a girl comes up to you wanting to fight you what do you do,do you walk away, fight her or get your homegirls to fight her.I mean the question is what is a better way to handle it , I mean your home girls are rite their in front of you . You dont want them to think you are a wuss or wimp . I mean so what do you do

6:24 PM  
Blogger beautyandcutie said...

ok

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I love the blog! I can't wait to read your book next week. Anyway, I had a question for you. My fave foundation has been discontinued by Lancome. Do you know any websites that carry discontinued products?

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Kuka said...

Hi Tia:
Glad to hear your vacay was abfab. Well, I was quite sad when I went looking around the blog for August's trivia question...Where is it?

2:36 PM  
Blogger VADamsel said...

Hi Tia,

I'm so glad you're back! I couldn't wait to read your new blog posting, sounds like you and your husband had a great vacay. Question for you...when you lived in the DC Metro Area anyone special you went to for eyebrow waxing? my brows are very unruly and I have yet to find someone that understands them, just thought you might know! oh and by the way I can't wait to try the Givenchy gloss you tried while on vacation.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tia ,
I am a mess i need a make over i cant seems to find any thing that fits me . when ever i put on my make it is over done because i cant mix and match the colours.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Alexandria Gill said...

I absolutley loved, loved, loved your book!! I'm 18 and wanna be just like YOU when I grow up! I love to write too!! I now live by your website. Your such in inspiration and wonderful role model. Congrats on your SUCCESS and your LIFE!

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with your blog. I wanted to tell that I enjoyed your book. And thank you for the sex scenes. Too many CL books leave you high and dry. I need to know why this woman is trippin over this man and sex is the only way to get it across. Cuz if the he ain't hitting it right, the relationship's a no-go. But I do have to say I wanted to shake Billie a lot. Then I had to remember that she was a lil different from Jay so then I just wanted to shake her a lil bit. I really did enjoy your book and I look forward to more.

Danielle Bailey
degedublyou@yahoo.com

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i love it!
~ u help girls out alot~
every 1 needs some 1 2 talk 2!
~love~
~kelsey~

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey iam a big fan and i havent read your book but iwill

4:54 PM  
Blogger bad girl said...

Hey gurl

i luved your book and i luv your website keep doin da damn thing.


ya gyrl keysha

11:07 PM  
Blogger SORMAG said...

Ms. Williams,

Sorry to post to your blog. You don’t have an email on the blog.

I would like to invite you to participate in SORMAG’s Online Conference. This will be the fourth conference we’ve hosted online.

This year we will be hosting the conference on our blog – http://sormag.blogspot.com

This best part about an online conference, you can attend without leaving you home.

The conference dates are October 23-29th

I would like you to participate in a Hair and Beauty Tips for Today's Woman - October 25, 2005

How does it work:

I will post a short bio about you which includes information about your book.

The day you are scheduled, check the blog for questions from those participating in the conference. The post will be up all day, so you can check at your leisure.

I do hope you can be a part of our conference. Look forward to working with you.

LaShaunda C. Hoffman
SORMAG

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great site to check out is www.palacinka.com There are so many beauty products and reviews for all types of women.

-MJ

11:35 AM  
Anonymous DIMON said...

HI! THIS IS DIMON AND YOUR STORYS IS VERY GOOD BUT I READ IT EVERY DAY AND I AM FINISH READING IT ALSO HOW OLD ARE YOU.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i like your wabsite

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this Shuntia william from hattiesburg

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tia..I was at your lecture today at the University of Maryland, and i thought you were fabulous! I'm a journalism major and i have been having trouble deciding what path to take within the field, after you talk today i was inspired and i decided that i want to try to pursue a career like yours. I have always loved to write and i am extremely girly and into fashion and beauty as well, so i think that it would be perfect for me. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your advice and inspiration, you've really helped me a lot. I was looking online after your talk to try to find internships and i was having trouble figuring out where to find them...if possible, i know you're really busy, but if you could email me at agutman@umd.edu, and give me some tips about websites or who to contact to get them that would be extremely helpful.

Thanks again,

Allie Gutman

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girl...first off, SHOT OUT to you for doin ya thang! I will defnitely be picking up a copy of your book. Nice website...let me know what you think about mine (www.kalmessentials.com) I always appreciate feeback.

Krystal
Day Spa Professional
Chicago, IL

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read the next one...on pins and needles. Missed you. Also glad u came back from sabbatical safely! smoochies - erika (cane) kendrick, your nabfeme homechick!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spike Lee! Spike Lee! Read your book many a times, so I know this is it.
B Mesfin

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

Wanted to know if you had any beauty tips for me! I'm 30, a sista, with green eyes, auburn hair and a light complexion (hey. I am from Nawlins..Creole. Contrary to Accidental Diva, which I LOVED, we don't all look Latin). I use bronzer cuz it gives me a tan look that instantly picks me up and I wear a lip colored lip gloss. I'm cute, if I do say so myself. But sometimes I want to pop. Even in the day time. Any tips? I've been to makeup counters, but am tired of being offered purple shadows.

6:21 PM  
Blogger KerryR-B said...

I love your website.....long overdue...your book is great.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous CousinKuka said...

Yes I agree! PLease some more updated pics?? :)

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey tia. it's adams' cousin just stopping by your site to say hi. happy holidays to you guys!!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Tania said...

Great website, from what I hear about your book I should definitely pick up a copy!

12:06 AM  
Blogger Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

nice blog, ill try and get one of your books, maybe u can get one of mine

11:41 AM  
Blogger MsTyque said...

Hi Tia,
I read (and loved) Accidental Diva ages ago, but just found out about your website after reading about it in your new book with Iman (LOVE! Classic!!) Congrats on your success. I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who'd like to be a beauty editor? Umm, for someone who's college educated but slightly past internship age? Is it possible, or should I just be content being a product junkie with good writing skills getting paid for doing something else? :)
Whatever your answer I wish you continued success in '06!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Mystie said...

Hola Chicas!!! I absolutley adored your novel...I read it in one day and I love your beauty advice. :)

12:51 PM  
Blogger Scandalous Beauty said...

I am so happy that I found this site! As a fellow beauty blogger, I love sites like yours. The Accidental Diva is my favorite book. Seriously. The first time I read it, I was SO excited to read about a Black woman in the beauty industry. I knew that I could be Billie one day!! (corny, I know. But it's true!) When I saw your name again in the back of Iman's book, I was thrilled. Then, when I noticed that you were the sole brown skinned bride on MAC's bridal section, I was through!

You are my mentor in more ways than you know. Keep doing your thing, I will be a supportive fan for life!

8:55 PM  
Blogger Mystie said...

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6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam C
-Meka

9:40 PM  
Blogger fashionconnoisseur said...

Tia:

First let me begin by telling you how much I enjoyed The Accidental Diva. One of my girls read the book and thought of me. She told me that this book was displaying my life story. She even purchased a copy of it for me. I read your book in two days and agreed with her. You have had my dream jobs. I love everything surrounding fashion....clothes, accessories, beauty products, makeup, etc. I think that I would make a wonderful fashion editor. I would like some advice on how to break into the business as a mature person (36). I have a bachelors in Business. I do not have any experience as an editor, etc. however I know if I went through a program to further educate me on the mechanics of being an editor I would be great because I am a very good writer and I have incredible fashion sense. Most of my friends and family get advice from me regarding fashion, beauty products, etc. I have also dabbled a bit in the fashion industry creating and sewing a line of clothes for the hostess of the first black spring break. I designed and made a pair of overalls that were the talk of the event.

I am at a point now where I am ready to completely give a great deal of my creative side exposure. Any suggestions on programs geared towards a program for Fashion Editors? I have lots of ideas. I take pleasure in reading your blogs, and receiving advice from you. I am looking forward to your new book. I am also excited about this site that you have. Keep up the good work Tia and thanks again!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Cookies said...

Hello Mrs. Williams,
I met you last December at an ED2010 event at University of Maryland where you came to speak to us about your career and your book. I was very impressed by you and I constantly refer to you in conversations about publishing in general. Recently I was given an assignment, in which I have to interview someone in my desired future profession. You were the first person who came to mind! I emailed your publisher but I have yet to recieve a response. I thought maybe I would try your blog. The interview must be done between 2/10-3/17 after which I will be writing a review on my experience during the interview and on you as a person, and how I will use the interview as a tool for my search for jobs. I hope to hear from you soon, and I hope I will be able to interview you!

Thank You,
Courtney
ccook6@umd.edu

11:52 PM  
Blogger Cookies said...

Hello Mrs. Williams,
I met you last December at an ED2010 event at University of Maryland where you came to speak to us about your career and your book. I was very impressed by you and I constantly refer to you in conversations about publishing in general. Recently I was given an assignment, in which I have to interview someone in my desired future profession. You were the first person who came to mind! I emailed your publisher but I have yet to recieve a response. I thought maybe I would try your blog. The interview must be done between 2/10-3/17 after which I will be writing a review on my experience during the interview and on you as a person, and how I will use the interview as a tool for my search for jobs. I hope to hear from you soon, and I hope I will be able to interview you!

Thank You,
Courtney

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i couldn't find anywhere else to post this message..but i wanna ask you something..what kind of qualification do you need inorder to became a fashion or beauty editor..cuz im majorin in english language & comparative literature...and another thing are we required to attend parties or is it your choice?
thank you

6:04 AM  
Blogger Lorena said...

I'm going to be in the city next weekend and can't remember the name of the dominican salon I went to last time for a blowout (somewhere in Brooklyn, possibly on Fulton...?). Can you recommend one in Brooklyn or Manhattan?

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, I love your new page and I really like the environment that you have provided for people of color to come and feel comfortable about sharing there feelings. I wanted to know if you have any thoughts about woman who have decided grow their hair and go all natural? Do you have any tips, any advice for the in between stages?

4:07 PM  
Blogger VADamsel said...

Hi Tia,

I just wanted to say you had me cracking up on the post about working in the mall in Northern VA, I must have grown up right down the street from you! I too hung out and worked at Springfield Mall. Anyway I just wanted to say Hi and say I love your writing and can't wait to read your next book!

Kelly Crews

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

It was nice to meet you last night. Here I thought you were all bold going on Cinemax w/ your intended....now I see your boldness knows no bounds. See you around the Slope.

Onward!
The New Girl

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tia!!

Love your website!! With wedding season coming up, can you give any advice on good products for a brown girl to wear on her wedding day??

Thanks!!

2:57 PM  
Anonymous GA Peach said...

Hi Tia,

Believe it or not, a MALE friend put me on to your site. It's Outstanding!! I have 2 questions:

Do u think it's okay for women to wear sneakers/comfortable shoes while commuting to work in the city, walking at lunch, etc.? I think they should try to polished at all times and still wear the 2-3 inch heels.

The lady who does my brazilian waxes told me I should come every three weeks. What am I supposed to do at week 2 when there is stubble and she yells at me if I shave it in between appointments? Also, does your person get every piece of hair? Sometimes it seems like they miss little pieces here and there and it's so annoying.

I also have a suggestion for you that you and your sister may want to try .. it's the MaxiGlide. I, like your sister, decided to grow my relaxer out. I was so tired of it puffing up in the summer time when I walked outside after spending an hour in the mirror doing it. I saw an infomerical for the Maxiglide and decided to order it .. I absolutely love it! It does help especially if you don't have time to go to the Dominican Spot {you can use it right after the gym and still have dirty hair! :-)} All of my friends with and without relaxers have ordered it .. you should tell your sister especially! Here is the website if you want to take a look but I have seen them on EBay as well. I ordered the entire package (shampoo, hair serum) because the informercial shows these women going into a steam room and their hair remains straight even after they come out. My mouth just dropped!! http://www.maxiusbeauty.com

Keep up the good work! I love reading your tips/advice and I do plan to pick up your book now that I have seen your fantastic website! Keep up the good work!

12:28 AM  
Blogger Ashley-Nicole said...

Hi Tia, my name is Ashley-Nicole. I am an aspiring writer and magazine journalist and i want to know if you can help me? How do i get into the writing and magazine field? my address is www.Sundae242@aol.com

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

I love your blog, so damn funny and on point! Also, I recently saw your profile in Vibe Vixen, although I noticed they spelled your blog name wrong-they called it Shake MY Beauty...

best :)
Christine

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a "beauty" question but it's more about the industry side than how to apply liquid eyeliner perfectly ;) I'm graduating in May and have great internship experience but no beauty internships. Eventually, I'd love to be a beauty editor and am wondering if my lack of beauty internships is a minus and if it is a set back then what can I do to supplement the experience I already have to make me a strong beauty assistant candidate?

I know you're uber busy but if you even had a sentence of insight I'd appreciate it! None of my mentors/contacts are in beauty (save for the beauty assistant I know be she JUST started, so is green herself) so I'm trying to find the info. Thanks!

calicutie@hotmail.com

6:25 PM  
Blogger Ashley-Nicole said...

Hey Tia, i love your book and i have the May 2004 issue of Cosmo with the exert. I am almost 20 years old, and an aspiring Writer/Magazine Journalist and I was wondering if you can tell me how to get into the field of Writing and Journalism. I want to write romantic comedy books and be a beauty editor or a writer for relationship problems. Also,are you writing a new book? If so, when is it due? Thanks.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

I live in DC and just this past weekend I saw your Oil of Olay commercial. Absolutely Fabulous!!! I frequent your site atleast twice a week and it does wonders for a plain dame!
Shaunnie

10:07 AM  
Blogger Http://www.leannashair.com said...

Hi Tia, you should get involve with this rising star Leanna. She's not a teen yet, she's a pre-teen ( 10 years old ) with her own business. Her hair products are working for everyone," literally ".
http://www.leannashair.com
631-439-1760

2:59 PM  
Blogger star baby said...

I SOOOOOO LOVEd my 3 barrel waver, i had it when i was in college and all the girls always wanted to borrow it. BE CAREFUL THOUGH! If you use it too much it will DEFINATELY break off your hair. For everyone i know that has used to religiously it gives the best wave/curl thing ever but we are all in the process of growing back the hair we lost due to the breakage of it. I use it periodically now, not nearly as much as i use to, but i love it still and it is very addictive.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

Like everyone else, I'm a huge fan. I'd like to interview you for a new magazine based in your hometown. How would I go about contacting you?

My email: aalashay@hotmail.com

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, Tia.
Hope you can give me some more beauty advice (you gave me some excellent advice a few months back...I'm Anonymous Creole). Anyway, I have huge olive green eyes, a fair complexion and curly auburn hair which is currently styled in dreadlocks (I've been told I look like a cross between Vanessa Williams and modern-day Lisa Bonet...not sure if that's a good thing). I'm looking for a dramatic evening look that will make me look HOT, but not too unlike myself. For day, I like a bit of bronzer, gloss and black mascara. But I want to shine at night. Though my hair style may say 'earthy' to some, my sense of style is definitely not and I don't want my late night make-up look to say 'earth momma' either. Can you help???

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Vashtie said...

Hi Tia,
Love your blog! Are you this awesome in real life? If so, let's be friends. LOL (I'm just kidding ... no really, I'm kidding.) Anywho, I went to sirius.com to check out your morning show (it's 7:18am here) and it's not on. What's up with that??? I wanted to try sirius on with the free 3-day membership ... but they're only playing boring ol' Martha. Yawn.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia with the ghetto socks!! Does this ring a bell my long lost friend? You will never belive this but I was in Denver taking a late night van to Vail over Christmas and sat next to a guy who apparently knows you. His name is Nick and he is an attorny in San Diego and his girlfriend works with her (forgot her name). It was so random that we even started talking about relationships...So, I moved to LA in 2002 right after Business School and would love to catch up with you. Please call me at 310.902.8810 or jkarickhoff@earthlink.net. I went to Sevilla for the summer after graduation. Call me girl. Saw your commercial!

Julie

3:02 AM  
Blogger www.KrystalGrant.com said...

Absolutely fabulous website! Outstanding commercial! I stumbled across your commercial during one of my "Cheerleader Nation" reality TV breaks. And since I'm an internet junkie, I googled you and came across your web site. Mrs. Tia, you are hilarious. And you now have a new fan. I'll be checking your web site for the latest beauty tips. (I'm going to MAC tomorrow to get my "Raisin" blush). And I'm heading to Border's book store to get my copy of "The Accidental Diva". You've inspired me to get off my lazy butt and start writing again. I guess I'll start with updating my website that's been laying dormant since September. Shame on me! Again, congratulations on your success. Also, be sure to post information on your site concerning any Atlanta engagements that are on your schedule. Thanks , KG. Oh, by the way, I LOVE "The Philadelphia Story". But "His Girl Friday" is the bomb! Carey Grant is the man!

www.KrystalGrant.com

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tia, I just wanted to thank you for coming to speak at Howard yesterday! You gave some really helpful advice. I bought your book and its really interesting so far! Can't put it down!

Thanks Again

Keahti Ingram
Student
Howard University

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Alexandria Gill said...

Let me just say again... I love U! You are so my idol. I thanked you on the post about the advice for becoming a beauty editor. I am also applying for that MTV/Rolling Stone's Internship. Thanks for all your help! *SMOOCHES*

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia Maria - we studied together in London (Jim and Carrie are checking out the site too - I'm sure they send their love) before you fell off the facce of the earth. Having been an accidental tourist with you, my observation is that there is nothing accidental about your diva-dom. Hope you're living well. xo, Mark Shields (world traveler, big homo, and all around charming fellow).

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Missixx said...

YOU ARE ADORABLE!!!!

Miss Tia, I just discovered you and your VANGLORIOUS site - what a treat! (yes I said Vanglorious don't sleep on some X-Clan now!) You got tha beauty, you got tha brains, the wonderful fam, THE MAN, gurrrrl, I'm SSSSO JEALOUS! lol Think you can write a "Foolproof Lessons to a Fabulous Life in 10 Easy Steps" book next??? Each one teach one Miss Tia, each-one-teach-ONE! :)

Nonetheless, I am so very proud of you sistergirl. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. You've definitely inspired me to keep nurturing my creativity. Enjoy basking in that breeze Miss Tia, cuz you KNOW you got fans out there!

Much Love,
Missixx

4:26 PM  
Blogger DHasMyHeart said...

Hey Ms. Tia,
You recently came to my school (Howard University) and I wanted to thank you for all of your words of industry wisdom. I just purchased your book and I can't wait to read it. I look up to you, because I, too want to be a novelist. How do I get published????

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Tracy Anderson said...

Sha-Tia,
Sorry I missed you while you were in town... next time, holla at a sistah! Last time we spoke you were heading to Spain... Wow, how time flies when you're working your butt off!! Next time you're in DC, holla - Gotta get up with you, Witt, Vida, Karen, Michelle... all the P'netts - Get you all up and shaking your booties again... I mean, BEAUTY, like back in the day. Much love, and success, darling!!!

Tracy Anderson
Director, Synergy Hip Hop Dance

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Tisha said...

Hey Tia! I bought Iman's book The Beauty of Color and it's so gorgeous!! But I'd like to know if I can try any look shown in this book. I have a pretty fair skin tone, blue eyes and light-brown to blond hair (think Russian girl), so I don't know if looks like Namoi Campbell's or Padma Lakshmi's would look any good on me... Actually I even had a lil fight with my mum who pretends there is no way these looks are suitable for my face! Please give some advice. Thanx!

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

Where would I be without your blog? I must say, probably off somewhere looking like the second coming of Ashy Larry, and quite frankly there's enough of that here in D.C. as is! Thank you for preventing such madness-- one woman at a time.

Now, to pick up this book of yours...

Jesica
Editor, UVa. '04

11:51 AM  
Blogger Georgiagirl24 said...

I Loved your book from beginning to end. I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a new book to buy, and came across yours and bought it and then recommened it to everyone in earshot. I was reading your home page on your website, and wanted to add my two cents. I would love to see Joy Bryant (Get rich or die tryin) to star as Billie in the movie or t.v series. For Jay I would like to see someone not as well known as the actors listed on your home page. A new, refreshing, black face to play Jay would be beautiful. I made your book into a movie as soon as I finished reading it. I cant wait to read your next. And I love your website also.
Georgia girl
Atlanta,GA

9:15 PM  
Anonymous georgiagirl24 said...

You looked wonderful in your commercial. Im so happy you meantioned the hair and how it was achieved. The loose, messy looking twist in the commercial is a look I am always trying to get but always fail. I have to follow your guide on how to get it and see if it works for me. Thanks so much for your insight.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Johnica J. Garrett said...

Whitney Teal put me on to your site. I am loving it girl!!!!
I am also a beauty product junkie..check me out @
http://johnicagarrett.blogspot.com/

1:45 PM  
Blogger Johnica J. Garrett said...

omg so I bought your book at 8:30pm last night, started reading it at about 10 and was up til 4am finishing it! I would read a lil bit, tell myself "ok time for bed" and each time end up tossing and turning thinking about Billie and that wonderful Jay. I loved it!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous PR Princess-in-Training said...

Hey Tia,

Love Love Love your blog and your book! Found this post about you on Pierce Mattie's PR website, thought you might want to read it!

http://www.piercemattie.com/blogs/2006/04/olay_for_pay.html#more

Thanks for giving me something to read and check up on every few days!

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi tia!
i love your beauty blog. it's fun to read and very informative. your hair looks great in pics and i can't help but ask what your regimen is. could you post more details about how you take care of and style your hair. if you do or do not treat it with chemicals, let us know what brands. oh and if it's not too much to ask, tell us who your hairstylist is! thanks a lot!

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Garner Circle PR said...

Atlanta....

Hello Tia,

Every since I first met you in Atlanta at a NABFEM book signing I have been following your career and just love what you are doing!!! I wanted to know when you are making your way back to the peachy city again? Inspired, I have branched off my freelance career - www.nicolegarner.com. Also, when we met you gave me your Teen People email address, what is the current email address that you are using? Stay in touch.

Sincerely,
Nicole Garner
e: pr@thegarnercircle.com

4:12 AM  
Blogger Johnica J. Garrett said...

I am a pale sistah in need of some fabulous self tanners / body bronzers / anything that will make my colorless legs fabulous in a skirt.

Help!
johnicagarrett@gmail.com

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What! How could I have missed you! Well what's the saying? You snooze you lose? I hope you won't stop coming to the good ol' HU to give us youn college students some much-needed advice! By the way, I finished the Accidental Diva and I loved it! You get 50 thumbs up! When is your next book coming out lady? I need something to take my mind off my crazy life!

Keahti Ingram
Student, Howard University

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Tiesha Street said...

So...I bought your book and I LOVED IT...now all my friends in "The Glamourous Crew" are trying to get it to read. I felt as if me and m 2 best friends were Billie, Vida, and Renee. I was Billie since we liked many of the same things and it was even funnier because some things she said were things I said. You seem to be a GREAT person...I hope one day I can meet you.
T.Street
www.myspace.com/thafineststreetever
www.xanga.com/starmochakisses
A student at University of Texas

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Lil Daph said...

Dear Tia,

No, it's not a love letter, but I feel as though I should pay proper respect to a Beauty Diva! I read the book last year and it was so yummy. It was the perfect book at the beach where I seemed to be more often than not. In addition, I love that your site is practical and perky. The one thing that I don't like about reading beauty columns is that often times they seem to be lacking in diversity...ya dig? Not the case here. Keep rollin' girl! NOVA STAND UP!!!

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Jenee said...

Hello Tia,

i read your blog all the time. ( I am usually a lurker). If you are looking to lose weight I would recommend Weight Watchers the only thing is in order to lose you might have to exercise with that diet.I recently lost 22 pds on ww. Something that works without exercising for me is doing Atkins, it helps you lose quickly, but it is also very easy to put it back on once you stop.

12:02 AM  
Anonymous jenee said...

Oh I forgot my email address is ajenee1977@aol.com. Looking forward to your next book

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Happy Anniversary... Here's to many more years!!

P.S. Do you have any dress suggestions?? I am going to a wedding in May, it's in St. Lucia and it's on the beach... I am pulling my hair out trying to find something!!

Thanks and once again Congrats!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Hi Tia!!!

My skin is VERY oily and so are my eyelids, which makes wearing eyeshadow difficult. What can I use to make my eyeshadow stay on? And how can I combat the oiliness that makes my forehead and nose ultra shiny by mid day?

Thanks so much!!! And happy anniversary on your blog.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Sunges said...

Dear Ms. Williams,

First of all please excuse my blog as it was only created so that I can talk to you.

Your book was brought into my life for a reason as it has absolutely changed me. It is sssooo GREAT to know that someone like me exists in the oh soo challenging industry that is Fashion. My dream never felt possible until I read your book. Aside from the fun and interesting storyline I became addicted to your book because it gave me a glimpse of the industry through your eyes.

As a Canadian, it is extremely challenging as our industry is small, limited and almost exclusive. Susan Boyd (former editor of Suede and former editor of Canada's fashion mag Flare) was the only woman I had to look up to and was looking forward to having as a mentor until she left.

Due to fear and taking the "safe route" I decided to study accounting nevertheless fashion has haunted me all throughout the years. After reading your book I believe it is time I put that all aside and do what I am supposed to do. I am going to get a certifcate in magazine publishing but I just wanted to know, can I utilize my accounting to get an "in" in a company and when will you ever come to Canada for your Canadian fans?

Sundra
Your greatest Canadian fan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

9:07 PM  
Blogger ~~*\@/*~~ said...

i just saw your oil of olay commercial!
i never heard of you before, but, way cool! :-)
will look for your book.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Brandi K. said...

Is it possible that this is the same Tia Williams that was my best friend in Bremerhaven, Germany? This is the best way I could think of to email you, so here goes nothing! Now, I've GOT to go get a copy of your book!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous RM Harrison said...

Tia,

Honestly, I had no idea who you were until I saw your Olay commercial a few days ago. So, I decided to look you up (my usual thing to do on super down-time at work) and oh my goodness! You are incredible! I'm so excited for you and everything you've/'re accomplishing! I most certainly will grab a copy of "Accidental Diva".
Keep pushing it, girl!
I'm an aspiring novelist (among other things), so I'm glad to know that thatt is something you've decided to concentrate on, as well.
Again, I'm so happy for you, Tia! Best wishes to you and everything you set your heart to!


RM Harrison
Writer, Photographer
Washington, DC

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should also check out https://anitagrant.com I love her Rhassoul Deep Condish it looks like chocolate, smells like chocolate and even contains chocolate but it's a deep treatment conditioner for your hair. Have a look & see for yourself.
All the best
Irene

4:20 AM  
Blogger Kanaughty said...

hey tia,
i just wanted to say congratulations. it is funny, i think i saw you on a tv commercial and i told freda about it and i said i think this is a girl that went to our high school. steilacoom class of 93? anyhoo, this is kanani, not sure if you remember me, but i just wanted to congratulate you on your success and your courage to do what you love on your own.
from another creative soul,
kanani miranda
kmiranda27@earthlink.net - www.worksbykanani.coom

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Debra said...

Hi Tia-- love the website, the commercial, everything! You are an absolute Go-Getter Girl! In fact, I would love to profile you on my site!!! Let's get in touch :) dphunter@post.harvard.edu

www.gogettergirls.blogspot.com

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Jenny (Tollus) Greenfield said...

Tia!!

Yep, it's another old pal from P'nettes! Too funny. I saw your Olay Totals Effects commercial the other night and couldn't believe that I actually know a celebrity!! I looked you up on the web and man you've accomplished so much!! I remember how much you entertained me in High School... we always had to stand next to each other on the squad since we were the tallest! I knew you'd go on to do great things, but I had no idea what, until now. I'm proud of you!! Keep up the great work! I've written down all your beauty product faves and now I'm off to shop for them and to pick up your book! :-) I just read some other comments and see that other chickies from good ole WTW have been in touch with you as well!! Must be fun to hear from everyone. Well I'll be a regular visitor to your site now, so I'll talk to you soon, Jenny

3:25 PM  
Blogger TheBeautyBrains said...

Tia,
I run a blog called The Beauty Brains that deals with the science of cosmetic products and I just read your post about "Tend Skin."

I was intrigued by your "aspirin" explanation of how the product works. I'll have to look into that - thanks for the inspiration. Also, you might want to check out a product called "Bump Stopper." It's designed for men but it should work for women as well, and it's a lot cheaper!

Anyway, feel free to link to us as "Beauty Brains" if you think your readers would be interested.

Thanks and keep up the great blogging!

Thebeautybrains@gmail.com
Thebeautybrains@blogspot.com

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
My name is Taysha Smith Valez and I am a real park ave princess of color. I own many boutique beauty companies. I so need to talk to you Tia. Please respond when you have a chance.

hcouturebeauty@gmail.com
www.hcouturebeautyllc.com
www.daniandvalez.com
www.beautywaterorg.com
www.hcouturebeautypublishing.com

1:55 AM  
Anonymous *chloe* said...

woo hoo I won! LOL. I remember wanting Billie when it was first featured in Lucky! tres sexy! My email address is ca.gordon2@gmail.com Tia, I'll be joining you in getting trim very quickly because my graduation is on Friday. So good luck to the both of us. Also, can't wait to read your new stuff, I love Accidental Diva, and have encouraged others to buy it. Can I share a makeup tip with you guys? using NYX black shadow (found at some beauty supply and drug stores), line your eyes with a angled brush for lining - I've done away with my beloved black pencil for this.

1:32 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Love the blog; Now I have to go try the LM bronzer in addition to the tinted moisturizer, which the girls over at makeupalley rave about (where I found someone hip enough to lead me to your site, btw).
A question, though -- where can one find the 3 custom color Billie lipgloss? I checked on their site and didn't see it.

Thanks ever so much,
gina
(toffeegyrl@hotmail.com)

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Dean Hiatt said...

Hi Tia!

Wanted to let you know about a brand new product, Lotus Skincare.

Exotic fragrances. Irresistible Flavors.

The New Beauty Fusion of East and West


Introducing Lotus Skincare
Green Tea. Pomegranate. Papaya.

Lotus Skincare is inspired by the lush, exotic aromas and flavors of Asia. A perfect marriage of East and West, each formula combines the subtle aesthetic principles of Asian aromatherapy and beauty with the Western love for superior performance and multiple skin-loving benefits.


Lotus Skincare is the creation of Sandy Kim and Joanie Gong, two native New Yorkers and entrepreneurs who collectively bring over 20 years of fashion and marketing expertise to their new business.

I am new to the blogging scene and not sure how to get press to you. I have a press release with all the product information as well as jpegs of the product, if you are interested. Please feel free to email me at deanh@mazzpr.com or call at 212-755-2100.


Thanks,
Dean Hiatt
Alison Mazzola Communications

9:48 AM  
Blogger DDNice- Single? Black Female said...

Thanks for checking in on my trend fuchsia lip obsession- I’ll try to “tone it down.” When I looked through my lipstick collection, I actually had the color I was looking for from Fashion Fair (so of course it had gold flecks in it and it was old as hell!)- and you’re right- way too blue for me…

I have a recommendation for anonymous with fine relaxed hair.

I too have fine relaxed hair and have grown it down to the middle of my back through pure diligence.

1. I do NOT hand blow dry my hair- only wet sets and sitting under a dryer- adds volume and reduces split ends. Sally’s had a great Ion dryer- you look like an alien- but my hair is dried quickly and I get to take a nap.
2. I use ultra moisturizing products to avoid tangles and only use a wide tooth comb in my hair. I love the Neutrogena triple moisture line. I’ve used a LOT of products- expensive and cheap and this is one of the best lines for moisturizing my hair and eliminating tangles.
3. Switch up your treatments- rotate hot oil and protein based treatments.
4. My final one is keep your hair clean. I wash and condition my hair often. With fine relaxed hair you can’t afford to have it plastered to your head or you look like you have two strands on your head. Wet-sets add volume and last for a few days (unless of course you workout a lot and sweat in your head!).

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Ellisha said...

Hey Tia, I found your post about
Tom Cruise a riot. I guess since he's adopted a black child we should be relieved that he's spending time with black folk. Or maybe he thinks we're more fun to party with.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted you to know that Redken lush whip stands no chance against the most incredible hair products by "Barex". The Barex "Re-Define cream" puts Redkens to shame any day.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Jodi said...

Tia,
Blast from the past...Hollie Coalson, Krisit Balkwell, Jodi Roberts and Lyllian Koppisch...Go Sentinels. Drill Team, Seaworld, those ugly red cowgirl leotards! Amazing we all survived! Anyways, we all 4 still talk quite a bit and just discovered your success! WAY TO GO GIRL! We are so proud of you! Just wanted you to know you have fans from the old Steilacoom days! Lyllian's an Esthetitian for Gene Juerez, lives in Arlington, Wa. Kristi works for the Attorney General in Seattle, lives in Tacoma. Hollie has 2 boys, plus girl on her way and married John Coalson and lives in Virgina. I am A Pediatric ICU nurse in Tacoma. I love your info and again we all are so proud of you! Take Care!! Jodi

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

You are right on point!..with everything...I myself have been questioning Tom's antics...he better stop before he ends up like Justin T. and get his...you know the rest. Now for the real issues, is it me but is Tyra hating on Daniel on the low?...I mean, as a southern girl myself, poor Daniel probably doesn't even realize she has an accent...especially if she's never been out of the South. Cmon Tyra, give the girl a chance!

PS..my cousin and I went to the mall, and the Laura Mercier Sun Dust really works...ahhmazing!

LaToya

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Tia,
I recently posted a comment, but I put it under the wrong entry. My question referred to the internship opportunity, but I posted after you posted a new entry and I'm not sure that you go back. I'm the girl from MI wondering if you had more advice concerning the internship. If you get a second would you mind taking a look at it? Thank you so much. God Bless.
p.s. I have a friend who subscribes to Sirius, she told me that your radio show is hilarious. I'm really looking forward to checking it out in the future. Congrats on all of your success.
Rasha

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Tia,
I recently posted a comment, but I put it under the wrong entry. My question referred to the internship opportunity, but I posted after you posted a new entry and I'm not sure that you go back. I'm the girl from MI wondering if you had more advice concerning the internship. If you get a second would you mind taking a look at it? (I'm not sure if you go back to read previous posts, but I just wanted to be sure you'd see this) Thank you so much. God Bless.
p.s. I have a friend who subscribes to Sirius, she told me that your radio show is hilarious. I'm really looking forward to checking it out in the future. Congrats on all of your success.
Rasha

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tia,

I need some hair recommendations badly. I had long, thick hair then got bored with it and cut it in layers. The layers grew in some and then it looked like I had a mullet so I cut the longest layer. Now I have a mostly one-length do that's about chin length. I'm growing it back out, but some days I'm looking kind of like Scout Finch from "To Kill A Mockingbird"...lol.

What can I do to keep my hair looking cute as it grows out? I relax every 2 months and moisturize almost twice daily. My hair is in good condition, but it lacks style and I will not cut it. I'd like to try those sexy, wavy, just got out of the bed looks with my short hair. How do I get that without heat?

Thanks,
Danielle
dmissgray@aol.com

7:53 PM  
Anonymous CousinKuka said...

Okay, seen the commercial a total of 6 times this evening on MTV...
WHOO HOO! (Yeah I screamed everytime!)

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

y dont u ever write about white girlz or asian girlz or girlz not brown? i think all u c is color & not beauty... beauty has no color lines... well it shouldnt n e way...

8:43 PM  
Blogger Jamyla said...

I got the book Saturday and finished it Monday. Wow!!! Great book. I can hardly wait to read it again. You know-like watching a movie again to get what you missed in the anticipation of what would happen next.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tia,
I loved your book, read it in a day and searched the net for more info on you. Congrats on all your success, do your thang!
Question - Any makeup recommendations to hide the stretch marks on my shoulders? I would love to wear a strapless dress.
Thanks!
Winy
Toronto (Canada)

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Ashley-Kafi said...

Tia-
I ordered Accidental Diva last week, received it Thursday and was blissfully finished Saturday morning. When I stopped reading I was still smiling. This is an awesome contribution to not only fiction, but black fiction. I think that you are delicious, your website is delicious, and you inspire younger black women like me to work our asses off!

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Charnette said...

Hi Tia,

Love your blog, it has the best makeup and fashion tips. I use alot of the products that you recommend. I will be in NYC in July and was wondering if you can recommend a good Dominican Salon, preferrably in Manhattan or Queens.

Thanks,
Charnette

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Chantel said...

I hope you feel better. I know those migraines can shut your world DOWN when they're intense enough. My fiance thinks I'm nuts 'cause I always freak out when your commercial's on ("I read her blog!!" Odd, I know). If enough other ladies ask, do you think you could recommend a good blow dryer? I'm afraid I'll waste money on something too low-quality or something overpriced and my stylist is all tight-lipped about what she uses. Once again, feel better =)

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello darling how might a grits get the rss feed for your site???

smooches

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Miss Tia first i would just like to tell you that I LOVE your website and also i absolutely love love love your book which you have out now with Iman 'The Beauty Of Colour' its FABOLOUS.
I'm 21 and from the uk, i was wondering weither you could help me, i suffer with really bad oily skin and i just dont know what to do about it, it always looks oily and dull. I've suffered with it for what seems like forever and even got teased about it when i was younger, i don't know what products i should be using ie facial washes, creams etc. I've been to my doctors because i wasn't sure if it was something internal but he said he can't help me. I remember reading one of your blogs and you said if you suffer with oily skin you should use a night cream that contains 2% salic acid,could name a product that would be best for me use. Ms T i'd be greatful for any advice that you could provide me with, i wish there was a magic pill that could get rid of this horrible problem for me or do you know of one. I've suffered with ill health due to getting bullied at school for the way i looked,I now just want to be able to be confident in my skin, look amazing and start to feel good about myself. May god bless you and continue to be with you and your family. Keep up the FANTASTIC work lots of love Jadeen Xx

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Angie said...

Hi Tia!

I loved your book; it is my absolute favorite right now. I recommended it to all of my friends. When are you coming out with something new? Also are there still talks to make the Accidental Diva a movie? Please let me know because I am really a devoted fan.

7:22 PM  
Blogger star baby said...

Just bought this! It is absolutely amazing......You guys nailed this one....My lashes are big, bright and beautiful...

4:53 PM  
Blogger Natalie & Patricia said...

Love the site...found it in my life long search for all things cute, sassy, and informative! Will be picking up the book!

Natalie Black
black | lotus

11:56 AM  
Blogger PinkCrystal1908 said...

Hey Tia, love your blog. I'm so glad to see back to the norm after that hospital bout. I was so worried I even said a little prayer. ;)

Anyhoo, I was hoping you could help me find a SPF-infused moisturizer for my combination/normal skin. Whenever I simply was my face with my Cetaphil cleanser, my skin remains clear, but every moisturizer I try breaks me out. As of now, I am only using vitamin E cream for when I wear makeup, but I know need to wear sunscreen everyday. Especially living in humid Mississippi.

I am 15 years old, so I don't know if this is a cruel case of puberty or what, but I would really like your advice so I won't want to kick myself when I'm 40.

Love ya Tia (and all the rest of you chicks who shake you beauty)!

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Aisha said...

Hey! I just saw your Olay commercial on TV and you truly are one fab chic. Im in college right now so im hopefully trying to be as successfull as you one day. It is a real inspiration to see young black women out there doing it big.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also loved your book. I've read it twice already and can't wait to read it again. When is there going to be another book just as great and just as "intimate"?

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do NOT be fooled by T.Cruise. hes trying to convert hip hop heavy weights to scientology. on my life i SWEAR it!

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Dmure Vixen said...

Thank you so much.. love your site!

11:37 AM  
Blogger themakeupgirl said...

I just picked up your book today!!! I am looking forward to reading it. Love your site!!

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't totally disagree with you about some of Keenya's remarks and I can understand trying to fit (to some degree). I just want to say that they are not there to make friends they are there to win a competition. Nice is not always associated with all models i.e. Janet and Naomi. Anyway, about the chubby thing that everyone wants to place on her, but by normal people’s standards; she is still skinny. I might add that they are all skinny but not all (not any that I could tell anyway, but then I only see them on the tube) had any muscle mass, which even if one is 6' and 100 lbs. but their body fat is about 25%; they are clinically obese even if you LOOK like you're just skin and bones, and yes that is possible. As far as the black comment made about Niema, I am an African-Native American woman, and trust me no one would be defending me if I wanted to say I was Native American. That is only because I have a deep (thought not exactly dark) complexion, and I am actually by percentage more Native then Black. Sadly enough, the way we look at race today is still very stereo-typical. A black person with a dark complexion is seen more as black no matter the mix they may be and vise versa for a light skinned person. Though there are some that go with the one drop rule, when it should be if you are a mix of “what ever”; you should be identified with what ever YOU associate yourself as. Anyway, there is good percentage of black people of darker complexion; mixed or not, that would not see Niema as black (though by percentage she is more everything else more so than black). Heck, being mixed myself I don't see her as black, then again I also don't see myself as Native American though by percentage I am more so. I'm just playing devil’s advocate and at the same time trying to make a point! Now that doesn't make it right, it is just the way we view each other, not everyone, but a good amount. Sad, but true! So, be mad at what I have said if you want, but deep inside there is a part of you that carries that as well; even if you suppress it to a point that you're not conscious of it. Truth hurts.

11:54 AM  
Blogger star baby said...

What is the secret to covering stretch marks. I remember J. Lo getting her body airbrushed for a very sheer dress and i always wondered wow, if she can get her body airbrushed that means her stretch marks have magically disappeared, ha. What makeup can be used to cover stretch marks on arms, and back.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia,

Please share with your beauty sistahs how you met Adam and how long you dated before he proposed. Were you looking for love or did it just sneak up on you?

I was in a relationship that went on 4ever and now I'm wondering when will I meet my Yummy Hubby.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most perfect novel ever is...Their
Eyes Were Watching God!!!

1:00 PM  
Blogger caliprynses said...

The most perfect novel ever is...Their Eyes Were Watching God!!!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Arcynta said...

Hi Tia!

The "most perfect novel ever" is Their Eyes Were Watching God.

2:30 PM  
Blogger caliprynses said...

Oops...my email address is caliprynses@yahoo.com

5:46 PM  
Blogger Ola Rae said...

Hi Ms. Williams!
I am a long time fan of your book. It is a random story how I found it, but I'll save that for another time. I am writing b/c I have tried to get to you through your agent, but so far no success. I completely understand that you are busy with your own life and upcoming novel, but your book was one of the reasons I finally decided to move back to NYC (bedstuy, not fort greene just yet)for good, to pursue better career opportunities for myself and let a little happiness in my life.
Since you were a beauty editor for various magazines, now full-time author, I would love to learn about how you got started and what steps you would advise someone like me who wants to work in the fashion magazine/publication industry especially the beauty side? It is a very competitive industry and hard to break into, especially if you do not have much editorial experience. I have applied to internships, talked to different people, and still I am no closer to my goal. I am smart, articulate, have a great work ethic, thick skinned, and very willing to work as hard as necessary, especially in a field I am interested in, but I just need an opportunity. My mother is always telling me that I need to build contacts and network with people so that is what I'm trying to with you. Any advice you have at all, I would truly be grateful.
Thank you for your time,
Olapeju
olapeju.ogunyemi@gmail.com

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey tia i absolutely love reading you blog its hilarious! i also ABSO-FREAKIN-LUTELY love teh Accidental Diva. i have to say i read it, like 3 times. I am an aspiring writer and admire the way you use your words. keep being inspiring adn can't wait to read your next blog.

9:36 PM  
Blogger tiffi said...

tia tia tia. hi. my name is tiffannie deflorimonte and i am truly touched by your greatness lol. i think i love you and i'm only 17 but i want your job. its my dream i would love to sit and talk with you just once. you sound soooooooo coool. and i never buy books thats what barnes and nobles is for. but i will be sure to purchase yours. you know i gotta help a sistah out. lata keep in touch.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I definitely agree with you about Beyonce. So many gurls are hatin' on her. But she did her thing representing the H-Town!!!

6:24 PM  
Blogger tlc0508 said...

Tia you are a truly fab-u-lous diva! Your knack for words and your flair for all things beauty-ful are truly inspiring. Do you need an assistant?!

12:50 AM  
Blogger tlc0508 said...

Hey Tia any tips on a graduating Broadcast Journalism senior(Dec'06 can't wait!) who has just realized that working at a magazine just might be her calling? I want to do fashion and or beauty because its my obsession but my internships haveconsisted of TV Journalism, Not print or PR.?

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia:

HELP!!! I am getting married in 3 months and I have not found a dress until I saw photos of Beyonce at the Jay-Z concert in a gorgeous cream number. Can you tell me who the designer of the dress is?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Ola Rae said...

Hi Ms. Williams!
I am a long time fan of your book, it was a very refreshing read for me. It is a random story how I found it, but I'll save that for another time. I am writing b/c I have tried to get to you through your agent, but so far no success. I completely understand that you are busy with your own life and upcoming novel, but your book was one of the reasons I finally decided to move back to NYC (bedstuy, not fort greene just yet)for good, to pursue better career opportunities for myself and let a little happiness in my life.
Since you were a beauty editor for various magazines, now full-time author, I would love to learn about how you got started and what steps you would advise someone like me who wants to work in the fashion magazine/publication industry especially the beauty side? It is a very competitive industry and hard to break into, especially if you do not have much editorial experience. I have applied to internships, talked to different people, and still I am no closer to my goal. I am smart, articulate, have a great work ethic, thick skinned, and very willing to work as hard as necessary, especially in a field I am interested in, but I just need an opportunity. My mother is always telling me that I need to build contacts and network with people so that is what I'm trying to with you. Any advice you have at all, I would truly be grateful.
Thank you,

Olapeju Ogunyemi
olapeju.ogunyemi@gmail.com

5:33 PM  
Blogger Elle* said...

Heeey Tia, glad u are back!

MUAHZ!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Tia!
Love your pic in Marie Claire!

Wanted to get some advice on birthday makeup...sista is turning the big 31 (gasp) in August (but, hon, I don't look a day over 25) :o)

I have a comfortable, yet sexy Ella Moss dress that I plan to wear (this is my first weekend birthday in years). It's a gorgeous soft green (my fav color). My eyes are a big and are olive-y green and my hair is sandy brown. What makeup colors can I wear to give me a natural, yet sexy/pretty look?

I've got a light/yella complexion...if that bit of info helps. Thanks a bunch!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Jen Jen said...

First of all, I love you're book! But I so agree with you on Heidi from Laguna Beach. How is she gonna get far by quiting all the time and not paying her dues!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Blossom21 said...

Hey Tia, I am in need of some journalistic help. I currently got a position as an editorial intern at a small magazine, and at first everything was cool, I have a few articles in the mag's july issue, so im psyched about that. The problem is my boss is an ass, he runs the magazine unorganized. He gives me no clear cut direction and when i try and make suggestions he brushes me off. So im sitting on my ass at the office doing absolutely nothing, mind you, im not getting paid. Now the other person in the editorial dept is back from spain so i guess she's my boss in a sense, the next to authority before him. She's cool and definitely not the problem, but i cant understand how he gives me work to do, i complete them he doesnt check it or acknowledge that it's done and when i have a question he completely acts as if it's not important, he'll say something like, "I'm busy right now, I cant do that" and you know what thats all nice and good, but don't keep me at work if i'm not working, call me to come in when something needs to be done. Tia it's really bothering me because I'm very strong-willed, very organized, and I have excellent work ethic, but this guy is killing my inspiration, I have no interest in coming in to work everyday. If it were my magazine I would run it alot better, I'm aware that its a small magazine but everything I'm learning is on my own. It's not clear what the level of power I have is, because he'll give me a large assignment but then turn it over as if i had no part in it. If I try and present him with ideas they are ignored or brushed off. I dont want to quit because I need the exposure and experience, but I'm afraid my pride is going to get the best of me and he's gonna get cursed out. Please from one sista to another lemme know what i should do, before it's gets ugly.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Website, got the hint for it from Iman's book. Thank You. My one question is I have really tightly coiled natural hair. It has been very dry lately and is very thick, is there any way to get it to be more manageable, less tightly coiled and not so dry, if it persists I will have to resort back to a perm as I cannot handle it at all like this, help

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello

Saw the latest issue of Maria Claire and I have to say you are looking very stylish! Quick question: What type of foundation, powder, or cover up do you use? I have been trying to find the right shade for several months now without having any luck. Everything is either too light, too dark, or too red. You and I seem to have similar complexions and I just wanted to get you advice or suggestion on what I should do.

Thanks!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Johnica J. Garrett said...

I'm jealous!! The ten pounds look good on you! If I gained ten pounds...well we won't even go there.

Your hair also looks fabulous.

A few questions:

Who makes the best top coat? I am wearing an actual visible color on my nails for once (red) and I am now in love with it. I want to extend the wear of my polish for at least a week with no chips!

I need a cute designer case for my Palm Treo phone. Any suggestions?

Johnica
johnicagarrett@gmail.com

10:18 PM  
Blogger star baby said...

Love the website, it's always a great source of information. In fact i just tried the mascara you recommended and it is just FAB! Question that most girl ask, what is the key to getting rid of, or lightning stretch marks. Also what should a girl do when she's having a fat girl moment. You know one of the moments when nothing fits right, and then you see Beyonce and you just want to starve yourself for 2 weeks. Ugh. Love the website, Billie is me all grown up, haha....

11:01 PM  
Blogger laviejolie said...

You've been in a few magazines. How were you able to grace their pages? I've always wondered how mags find those "regular" women to spotlight.

9:25 PM  
Blogger StarbucksK said...

Hey Tia,

I was wondering what good leave-in conditioner's are out there? I find that most of the leave-in's used on me are counter productive. As soon as my hairdresser puts that crap on my hair it is weighed down. I'm trying to grow my hair out and I'm at the point that I don't want her to put any product in my hair. Suggestions???

Also, I don't use make-up at all. I have some MAC concealer stuff and sometimes I'll put a lil Noxema on my face, but I don't really need anything yet. I know that the day will come where I need to moisturize and exfoliate, so I want to be pro-active. I am 23 and am looking for a low-maintenance beauty regimen for a high-maintenance girl (who don't really need one). LOL!

Thanx much!
Smooches!
Kafi

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Ramona said...

Dear Tia,
I recently read the article in "Allure" magazine that was written about your web site. So atfer reading it, I decided to check it out and I love your blog. I have been obsessed with fashion and beauty and magazines for as long as I can remember and i admire Black women that have made a mark in the fashion world.I always dreamed of one day starting my own fashion magazine for black women.

I wanted to know if you could offer me advice on whati should do. As I stated earlier I love Fashion and everything associated with it but I dont know how or what part to focus all my love and creativity.As an Art Major in high school and currently one in college, I wanted to know how I should start focusing on a career and find a way to break out of the customer service job cycle. I love clothing but I wouldn't want to spend my whole life working in a department store doing monotonous tasks. I you could offer me any type of advice,I'd truly appreciate it.
Sincerely
Ramona

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, i'm sorry forgot to give you my email address, sorry

Ramona Fagbore
Bkbabygirl11206@aol.com

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Sascha Amarie said...

I can't seem to escape you.In marie claire and now in my new allure magazine i got yesterday!Anyway thanks for giving the link with jobs from your industry friends.keep it coming mama.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Johnica: I'm not sure what Tia's favorites are, but I personally like Seche Vite Quick-drying topcoat, or OPI's topcoat. (don't forget to check out the online beauty supply stores for discounts!)

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia! I love your blog. I was wondering where I could find a Frederic Fekkai hair elastique? Thanks!

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your commercial and am thrilled at your success. Just happened to be reading Allure and discovered your website.Good luck to you and continued success.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous NEW FAN ;D said...

I wandered here by fortunate accident.. everything about this is truly serendipity.

I absolutely adore your blogs and articles, make-up tips, "current obsessions," and product reviews. This is the perfect little boost between issues of Cosmo, Vogue, and Lucky.

Your website is fabulous, your book is on my shopping list, and your success seems to be be building momentum. Cheers.

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Article in Allure
Saw your Shake Your Beauty article in Allure. I read your comment about the Biore Pore Perfect Cloths... Yes woman I love them. I follow them with a chic hidden gem made by Hope Skincare called BHW Complex Antioxidant Hydrating Moisturizer. Lite, citrusey The combo makes my skin say, Im fresh peops. ;) You should try it!

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Talya said...

I loved your book and I just purchased two bottles of "Model In a Bottle". I'm trusting you Tia. I'm about to start my second year of college. . .any quick makeup tips that I can use so i do not go to class looking a hot mess? (BTW: I love MAC and spend a ridiculous amount of money in there every chance I get) *Talya A.*

2:38 AM  
Blogger The Glamour Bee said...

Hi, Tia! Love your blog. Found it through Allure (Congrats on that, btw.). I have to look for your book. Thanks for the tip about Model In a Bottle.

3:03 PM  
Blogger SOSHY said...

Tia~
I live for your fashoin blog! I've never seen someone blend entertainment and fashion "know-how" so well! Your delivery is immpeccable (sp)! I'm more than impressed! I read your book and I must say that it's kind of shameful comparing so much of myself to a fictional character but I think sub-conciously you know me personally! YOU HAVE MADE A BELIEVER OUT OF ME AND I'M DEDICATED TO YOUR FASHION COMMENTS! KEEP DOIN YOUR THING HONEY!XOXO!
P.S. And Their Eyes Were watching God, is by far the best novel ever!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in love with Miss Tia

8:33 PM  
Blogger Izleys said...

Grab a latte & a pillow ladies, .... this is a long one! : )

I first discovered "fabulous Tia" while flipping through "Lucky" mag a few years back. Since then, I've read "The Accidental Diva" - love, love, love!! & watched your success both professionally & personally (congrats on the move to People, the happy marriage & your cute bridal makeup AD for MAC, & finally....following your heart to resign from Teen People to write full time - talk about tough decision.) (air kisses)

I'm a huge fan & with such little diversity in the Beauty Mag industry, well I'm glad to see all you've accomplished. (hand clap for us brown girls everywhere) You're an inspiration & I enjoy the site & it's good to know I'm not the only 30-something who loves reality shows meant for "ahem - a younger demographic" - (The Hills (where's Stephen), Making The Band (sang Aundrea!!), Think U Can Dance (Allison killed it, Natalie is my fave but Benji's gonna win, I just know it).

Now that I've thoroughly expressed my genuine praise - I have a serious plea for some mucho needed advice... I'm 31, I live in Chicago & after 10 years of working in Telecommunications (profitable but B O R I N G), I realize what I've always known,.... I want to work in the Beauty Industry but I have no experience & no clue where to start! I'm all over everything beauty/fashion from products to mags to make-up artists to reviews (love, love, love reviews), you name it! My problem is that I have no real idea of where to start & exactly which aspect of the industry I am most interested in pursuing.

I would love to work for a magazine, but realistically there's not much opportunity for that in Chicago so I limit my writing to poetry & no one cares if a poem wears lipstick. My dream job consists of testing the latest/hottest/classic time withstanding/most revered & um often rather pricy products on real women for a cosmetic/skincare brand since my favorite thing to do is test out products on my own or hand over new products to a friend to see how she likes it. My favorite beauty mag feature besides the makeovers (who doesn't love a good reveal) is the real tester reviews section (more mags need this) but I also love teaching the importance of great skincare (without it, who cares how much your foundation costs!) By "teaching", of course I mean my sister, nieces, cousins, friends etc. I'm getting an energy boost just writing this...sad huh?

When I hear people talk of "passion & how working on what you love doesn't feel like work", I thought about it for a few years (literally) & eventaully realized what I am truly passionate about! An exciting revelation, I must say, but it was quickly followed by the head scratching fizzle of okay, now what?

So, what do you think I should do? Should I start with Beauty School, a make-up counter?? My current free-lance "gig"... yeah right, involves helping my clueless, (gotta love her)tomboy g/f get her skin in "perfect-wedding-pic-shape" for her October wedding along with helping my 16 yr old cousin reverse the "acne-made-worse-by-a dermatologist" before her senior year starts. This kinda stuff is just fun for me but how to turn it into a dream realized - no idea. I keep a computer database of products I love & loathe & I LOVE helping friends/family find whats best for them - but I'm not getting any younger & I know I need to start soon if this is the direction I truly want to take & IT IS!!

I know the obvious suggestion may be to start with selling cosmetics for say Avon, Mary Kay etc but um, how do I say -- I'm looking to ultimately scale bigger heights I guess. I'm more Stila/MAC/Smashbox than Dove/Caress/Ivory if you know what I mean. Not that I don't love em all, I'm just looking for more than that..again, not to be snobbish. Besides, I sold Avon in high school & well .... next!

Sorry for the long post, I know you're a busy girl!! Sooo, any advice 4 moi?

Izleys
U.B.A.

Urbyn Beauty Addict

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like Ernest Sewns cigarette jeans you'll LOVE J Brand's 10" and 12" even BETTER!! I swear! And if you can find a pair, Citizens Avedon stovepipes. . . Kate wears Sass & Bide!!!

6:47 PM  
Blogger J.Lenoir said...

Tia! The look you created for the bridesmaids is amazing. I can't believe those colors worked on such a wide range of complexions?!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tia, thanks for the salon recommendation. I needed to find someone to relax my hair. Hope it's worth it!

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY TIA, I HAVE A VERY PRESSING ISSUE THAT I KNOW A FELLOW FASHIONISTA LIKE YOURSELF WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP ME WITH. I JUST REMOVED MY FIRST SET OF INDIVIDUAL EYELASHES AND I PRACTICALLY RIPPED OUT ALL MY REAL ONES!! I HAD NICE EYELASHES TO BEGIN WITH. ANYWAYS, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU'VE EVER TRIED TALIKA LIPOCILS OR MAVALA DOUBLELASH, AND DO THEY WORK?? THANKS SO MUCH. BY THE WAY, BOTH THE BOOK AND SITE ARE FABULOUS!!

6:03 PM  
Anonymous CHANEL said...

HEY TIA, I HAVE A VERY PRESSING ISSUE THAT I KNOW A FELLOW FASHIONISTA LIKE YOURSELF WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP ME WITH. I JUST REMOVED MY FIRST SET OF INDIVIDUAL EYELASHES AND I PRACTICALLY RIPPED OUT ALL MY REAL ONES!! I HAD NICE EYELASHES TO BEGIN WITH. ANYWAYS, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU'VE EVER TRIED TALIKA LIPOCILS OR MAVALA DOUBLELASH, AND DO THEY WORK?? THANKS SO MUCH. BY THE WAY, BOTH THE BOOK AND SITE ARE FABULOUS!!
I'M NOT SURE AS TO HOW YOU WILL RESPOND, BUT MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS CNBURGESS@MSN.COM JUST IN CASE!! THANKS AGAIN, PLEASE HELP ME SOLVE THIS DILEMMA...
CHANEL
LOS ANGELES, CA

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Toya Elaine said...

Hey Tia,

As my adopted "soul sistah" (like Bilal says) I need some advice, cuz I know you got TONS of it. I'm an aspiring author, I have a children's book that I think is delicious and I want to know if you could give me solid advice on the next step. I sent the paperwork off to get an unpublished copyright, but from there I have no idea what to do? Could you pleaaaaseee help me?

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Toya Elaine said...

Hey Tia,

As my adopted "soul sistah" (like Bilal says) I need some advice, cuz I know you got TONS of it. I'm an aspiring author, I have a children's book that I think is delicious and I want to know if you could give me solid advice on the next step. I sent the paperwork off to get an unpublished copyright, but from there I have no idea what to do? Could you pleaaaaseee help me?

11:09 PM  
Blogger Toya Elaine said...

i forgot to give you my contact info:

Toya@toyaelaine.com

ps. feel free to post the website, it's incomplete, but it should be up and completely running in a couple of days...

11:10 PM  
Blogger star baby said...

Any thoughts, opinions or reviews on the new book Effortless Style by June Ambrose.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You HAVE to check out these shoes. They're bcbgirls larry pump and they are a grey suede pump with black piping and a this very cute bow. I saw it at nordstrom's. there's a great picture at this locattion www.lorisshoes.com

12:05 AM  
Blogger foxyhustle said...

Hi Ms. Tia...
I know I may be ahead of the season asking this but what would you recommend for this winter's dry skin? I always find my hands and feet extremely dry and "ashy" and would prefer not to use oily lotions that make it impossible to grip anything.
Any suggestions?

Jo Avis D. Green
Lubbock, TX

5:16 AM  
Blogger Kinya said...

CONGRATULATIONS to the ONLY other person in the world (besides, maybe, my poor brother Kevin, who had to live with me during THE PHASE) who could recite EVERY line to The Lost Boys with me JUST THE WAY IT WAS SAID IN THE MOVIE (without the wrong emPHASis on the wrong sylLABle)!!!!

How are YOU, Honeygirl!?!?! How are Lauren and Devon and your Bobs ('Remember when I called you and you had a cold - you were all stuffy - and your Mom answered the other line and you said, "I got it, Bob." And, I said, "Who's Bob?" And, you said "Very funny, Kinya." WHEW!) and Pops?

Wow. I've been looking for you, girl. You know, trying to connect with my old buddies in my old age, I mean, THEIR old age! Ha! I have actually been searching for old friends for about ten years. I've been in touch with Kippie, Kanani and Freda for years now. I have also gotten connected with friends from Nurnberg, Germany (Go Eagles!). Now, I know why you were so elusive! I see Kanani found you. I will have to ask her how she came upon you. Anyway, I got sick of putting your name up and classmates.com and reunion.com (I must have e-mailed three Lauren Williams' asking if they had a sister named Tia) and decided to just google ya! Imagine my surprise!!

I have been telling stories about us for years. 'Remember when we "saw" "Kid" and "John Goodman" at the Tacoma Mall? We were idiots! I can't believe we did that! And, we got those little B&W pics from those little booths. I have pictures of us from our last day of school from Mrs. Davis' 9th grade English class. You, me, Kanani and Rochelle. You, Thanh and me. 'Remember when you busted me out in that very same English class when Mrs. Davis made reference to "getting hot 'n' heavy in the backseat of your boyfriend's car". You turned around and said, "Kiiinyaaa!"

You have gotten yourself into the perfect career for your outgoing personality, honeygirl. Way to go, Tia. Way to go. (Are you thinking of 'An Officer and a Gentleman' right now, too?)

You gotta hit me up so I can send you the pics. Do you remember your psychedelic peace T-shirt and black acid wash jeans? I do. hee hee My e-mail address is KayLee0396@aol.com. 'Hope you have time. I really do. And, hey, let me know if you ever get down this way to good old Pennsylvania. (Yes, I'm that close.) We have Dutch Country, you know! Ha! I myself will be in New York in October at the New York Film Academy. We could do brunch! Do people really still do brunch?!?!

Long live 'The Lost Boys'!!!! "You'll never grow old, Michael. And, you'll never die. But, you must FEED!"

I will go now. I have a book to buy, written by an old friend of mine who bought me a door-length poster of James Dean for my fifteenth birthday. Thanks, again.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Kinya said...

Oh, yeah! My Mom said, "Hi!" and "Congratulations!"

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have somewhat uneven skin. I was wondering if there is a cream or whatever that you recommend to getting completely clear radiant skin....you know the kind of skin that you wake up to that you don't really need makeup for

10:39 PM  
Blogger Lynz said...

Tia...

I have a career question...please e-mail me offboard at
lyndsaylevingston@hotmail.com. I would greatly appreciate your insight...

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Lydia said...

I absolutely love your site! You are such an inspiration to an aspiring magazine editor such as myself. However, I do have a quick question for you: I'm 5'11" and feel like such a loser when I wear heels. I try to think about other tall chicks like Tyra and Kimora who rock heels but I still can't muster up the courage to. Any suggestions or words of encouragment? Thanks.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Shakira Hightower said...

Hey,

I really enjoy your blog.
Do you know of any opportunities to work Olympus or European fashion weeks that are upcoming?

Thanks,

shakirahightower@yahoo.com

7:02 PM  
Blogger Shakira Hightower said...

Hi!

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girl,
Let me first start out by saying that I absolutely love your blog! You keep it so real - and I appreciate that. Keep doing the thang!

I know that you used to live in NY so perhaps you have some insight to my question. I just graduated from college, and am now working and living in the NYC area. Do you know where the urban professional scene is in NY? I feel like in Washington D.C is easier to tell, but I haven't quite caught onto where urban professionals hang out here - you know, like lounges that play like jazz/neo-soul/chill r&b music. Any suggestions and help that you can give is greatly appreciated - I am pretty new to the city and a sista's social life is STRUGGLING - I need to meet some people! Let me know at your earliest convenience.

Thanks so much!

You can email me at gangstagirl1492@yahoo.com. Please help!

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girl,
Let me first start out by saying that I absolutely love your blog! You keep it so real - and I appreciate that. Keep doing the thang!

I know that you live in NY so perhaps you have some insight to my question. I just graduated from college, and am now working and living in the NYC area. Do you know where the urban professional scene is in NY? I feel like in Washington D.C is easier to tell, but I haven't quite caught onto where urban professionals hang out here - you know, like lounges that play like jazz/neo-soul/chill r&b music. Any suggestions and help that you can give is greatly appreciated - I am pretty new to the city and a sista's social life is STRUGGLING - I need to meet some people! Let me know at your earliest convenience.

Thanks so much!

You can email me at gangstagirl1492@yahoo.com. Please help!

(PS: I posted this comment next to an old post. Sorry about that.)

2:23 PM  
Blogger foxyhustle said...

Hey Tia..
thanks for the input about the lotions and creams for this winter in your last post.
Speaking of scented chocolate that you can wear...have you tried Jessica Simpon's line called Dessert? I have the powered sugar body shimmer in dreamy...smells like hot chocolate.
Anyways...I wanted to ask you yet another question.
First, did you attend any of this years Fashion Week? If so, could you please tell us about it!
Second, I pay close attention to detail and enjoy playing around with accessories. This year matelics will be huge. Which color choices do you think may compliment metalics best and which colors are going to be hot this fall?

Thank you for taking the time to create your blogs!

J.Green

3:50 AM  

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