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    50 Shades of Pink comes to Downtown Baton Rouge

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter hosted 50 Shades of Pink: A Girls’ Night Out on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6p.m. at the La State Capitol Visitor Center in downtown Baton Rouge. The event was facilitated by the arts committee of the chapter, and included: wine pairings, makeovers, medical spa consulting, shopping, author expos, fashion model participation, food,and music. All the proceeds of the event will directly benefit sewing camps for young girls in the Baton Rouge community.

    Submitted by Morgan E. Etienne, MPA

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    Fonzworth Bentley visits LSU, April 16

    Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins, a philanthropist, actor and producer who was named GQ magazine’s “First Gentleman of Hip Hop.” will keynote LSU’s second First Impression event,Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm, at The Club at Union Square.

    First Impressions is hosted by LSU’s College of Engineering Diversity Programs and the Black Male Leadership Initiative. The event presents business and casual styles for young men who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

    “We know nationally that there is a shortage of African-American professionals in the STEM fields,” said Vincent Harris, LSU BMLI graduate coordinator.”This event will benefit Black LSU males by providing a venue that demonstrates the value of a strong first impression when interacting in the professional world.”

    ONLINE: LSU’s Black Male Leadership Initiative

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  • What to keep in the closet for spring

     

    SPRING IN THE SOUTH IS THE season for festivals and all things outdoors. The weather down here can be a little temperamental, but there are two things we can always count on: humidity and heat. Spring is also the season for change.
    There’s no more room for those coats and sweaters, so the closet is in desperate need of a seasonal makeover. Throw out the heavy knits and bring out the linens. There are, however, a few staple pieces that could easily transition from fall to spring.
    Bold Colors
    This trend was quite popular this past fall. Red, blue  and green have become universally acceptable throughout the year. Whether you choose to go monochromatic (same color, different shades) or color block (one solid color paired with another) colors are always fun to explore . Any shade of any of these colors can stay in your closet this season as long as they are lightweight materials (i.e, cotton)

    Denim
    This trend is my personal favorite. Denim can be worn all year long and can be either dressy or casual. Denim on denim is a great style to try: Pair a denim or chambray shirt with a pair of jeans. Light colored jeans are typically a summer and spring trend,but dark can be suitable as well. For both men and women, slim, skinny, straight leg, bootcut or relaxed can be kept your closet. For ladies I see flares making a comeback, so those can stay too.
    White
    Winter white has been an evolving trend over the past few years. No white after Labor Day has basically gone out of the window these days. The faux pas derived mainly from the idea that white is lighter and breathable for warmer climates (i.e, spring and summer). This fact still remains, but instead of heavy knitted or fleece white items, I will say keep the cotton pieces and maybe add some linen to your wardrobe. White jeans and pants are suitable as well.
    Boots

    We Southerners love our boots. Snakeskin, leather, or suede, we rock them all yearlong. Yes, they are generally meant to keep your feet warm (which in fact that do), but in the summer, a pair of boots can compliment a pair of shorts [Women] or some comfortable bootcut jeans [men and women]. I would say pack up the tall, knee length ones and keep the short, ankle ones in the closet.

    Leather & Suede
    Leather and suede? In the spring? Indeed yes, this has become a popular trend. Some shoes (ankle boots, moccasins, or pumps) and bottoms (skirts or shorts for ladies) work for the spring. I would, however, pack up any suede or leather pants or jackets; Spring cleaning bootsThere’s no need with all of this heat.It’s wise to keep staple pieces like these in your closet at all times. Each of these trends are interchangeable and are great styles to transition from winter to spring. At the end of the day, style is whatever you make of it. Some dress for comfort, others to make a fashion statement. Trends come, go and come back again. One thing that is constant is the individual. So remember to just be yourself, be confident, and always live in style!

    BY CHRISTINE HAMILTON

    Contributing Writer

    Christine M. Hamilton is a New Orleans- based style blogger. She studied fashion merchandising at Louisiana State University. Follow her at CMHstyle.com

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