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Dream Wedding On The Horizon!

Dream Wedding On The Horizon!

Dream Wedding On The Horizon! by hope-elle featuring round stud earrings



Lovelybride Noble Sweetheart Beaded Organza Wedding Dresses Bridal…

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Manolo Blahnik ankle strap shoes

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Round stud earrings

anitako.com

Tiara headband

$11 – newchic.com

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Billiard Diva! Eight Ball Anyone?

Billiard Diva! Eight Ball Anyone? 

Billiard Diva! Eight Ball Anyone? by hope-elle featuring a perfume fragrance



Floral blouse

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Topshop high-waisted skinny jeans

$58 – topshop.com

Oscar de la Renta black patent leather pumps

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Kate Spade crossbody purse

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14k earrings

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Fake ring

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Alice + Olivia thick rimmed glasses

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Eyebrow makeup

clarins.com

Perfume fragrance

violetgrey.com

Yves Saint Laurent gift sets kit

harveynichols.com

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A Fashionista Just Bloggin’!

A Fashionista Just Bloggin'!

A Fashionista Just Bloggin’! by hope-elle featuring canvas slip on sneakers



Doublju womens plus size knit top

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Zhenzi high waisted cropped jeans

$49 – navabi.co.uk

Dune canvas slip on sneaker

$120 – johnlewis.com

Steve Madden chain strap purse

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Lip gloss

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Make up purse

teesinthetrap.com

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Weekend Beauty By Hope Elle

Weekend Beauty By Hope Elle

Weekend Beauty By Hope Elle by hope-elle featuring a t shirt



T shirt

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Ripped jeans

$37 – prettylittlething.com

Alaïa black boots

vestiairecollective.com

Hologram backpack

boogzelapparel.com

Silver chain necklace

luvaj.com

Claire’s silver earrings

claires.com

Silver ring

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Sounds Of Soul, From The Land Down Under

By
Hope Elle


This band of brothers from the Land Down Under has been around since the 1950’s. But their commercial success and longevity was sparked, when they relocated to Miami, FL; at the suggestion of fellow musician and rock legend, Eric Clapton. After experiencing a major musical rut around 1973 and touring tired nightclub scenes. Music producer, Arif Mardin was advised by Ahmet Ertegtin, (head of the US label Atlantic Records) to arranged for the brothers to record their next album with Mardin. And the results, an unforgettable signature sound and complete Disco era domination. The Bee Gees haunting soulful sound, coupled with powerful lyrics gave them the popularity and following they’ve long for. Eventually, this move proved to be highly advantageous to the group, thus spawning hit after hit making the Bee Gees a household name.



A frustrating time surfaced, when the Bee Gee’s noticed they were unable to reach grander heights of record sells. Forced to tour America and overseas nightclubs, just to generate some kind of interest to no avail. In 1973, things got worse for the band and soft rock nor popular music were helping matters any. It was definitely time for a major shake up or they needed to ship out. Through the consistency of encouraging the Bee Gees to lean towards Soul music, ballads were the lead off. Eventually, they would try their hand at disco dance oriented music; and Eureka a US No. 1 hit “Jive Talkin” followed by “Nights on Broadway”.


Falling in love with their new sound, along with a bigger fan based. The album Main Course shot up the charts, and introduce the world to the eldest Brothers Gibb, Barry, and his sexy falsetto became the band’s trademark. The Main Course would be the band’s first charting album, with two top ten singles since 1968’s Idea Album. The follow up album Children of the World was completely immersed with Barry Gibb’s sultry melodious falsetto. Thus songs like “Love So Right”, “You Should Be Dancing”, and “Boogie Child” were all top ten hits with the album peaking at No. 8 in the U.S. The Bee Gees became certified gold and released a greatest hits album spanning from 1967-1972.

After the successful release of a live album, the brothers Gibb heard opportunity knocking. And agreed to work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack Album, for the film of the same title starring John Travolta. Although, initially not part of soundtrack creation, until post production of the film. They were urged to write songs for the film, which they completed in one week at Château d’Hérouville studio in France. The soundtrack was a masterpiece and three ten singles were, yet spawned again “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Stayin Alive” and “Night Fever” all charted high in the US and UK. It’s believed that, the Bee Gees started disco, but it should be noted the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack may have prolonged it. 


During 1977, the Bee Gees sound was undeniable and inescapable starting in Christmas season of 1977 for 8 months, six songs composed by the Bee Gees hit the No. 1 position. And reigned supreme on the US charts for 25 of 32 consecutive weeks. They would also enjoy launching a successful career, for the youngest brother, Andy Gibb given him two top ten hits “I Just Wanna Be Your Everything” and “Shadow Dancing”. And the popular single for Yvonne Elliman single, “If I Can’t Have You”.

The extreme success of the Saturday Night Fever movie, broke multiple industry records becoming the highest selling soundtrack of that time. As of 2010, it’s ranked No. 4 of all time.

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall

                 Photo courtesy of Elle.com

Who’s the prettiest fashionista of them all? Well according to Popsugar.com, it just might be you. If you follow the fashion trends for the Fall/Winter 2016; you’ll have no problem finding the perfect look. Shopping for new clothes doesn’t necessarily mean, tossing out the vintage in exchange for the new. In fact, the complete opposite is true. Sprucing up your last year’s look, with some 2017 trends, is all you need.

This Winter/ Spring 2017 mixed attire must haves include the following, off the shoulder blouse worn with narrow gathered ankle jeans or tights. Its bohemian inspired style and versatility, makes it a definite must have. You can easily mix and match this look with a bikini bottom, long tapered skirt or maternity wear.

The scarf, is making a major comeback. By updating a vintage style with a silk print scarf, you’ve made a statement without saying a word. This look below, is a prime example, of how a scarf should be utilized. It’s eye catching and draws attention to the fashion assemble. A highly sophisticated and elegant style, indeed.

Here’s a vintage classic assemble, that incorporates the structured look, with a hint of Luxe fur. Visit your local second hand boutiques; and the rack for some name brands at major discounts. The pictured look below, perfectly showcases the old with the new. The open toe slingbacks, business suit and strategically placed fur is complimented by a muted print.

CAUTION: This 1980’s Vanity 6 group inspired look, Nasty Girl, is sparking dialogue and sold out racks. With its simple peek a boo lace and alluring laidback style. You can easily transform this look from the office to the nightclub. By adding a gorgeous black long sleeve top. And black leggings with a sexy pump or stilettos. You’ve just turned heads and breaking necks at the same time. Of course, this look should be worn by women who possess, strong confidence and ability.

All these looks are affordable, achievable and most importantly, must haves for late 2016 and early Spring 2017. They are simple, sophisticated, tastefully sexy and yet personalized with you, in mind.

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The Godfather of HipHop

Photo courtesy of realwaukee.com

By

Hope Elle

When one ask the question, “Where did Hip Hop originate from?” Likely, there may be numerous answers. However, if the question is, “Who founded Hip Hop?” You’re guaranteed to here this named uttered, in the topic of discussion, Gil Scott-Heron. Although, viewed in the music genres of American Jazz, particularly Jazz Poetry, Jazz-Funk,Soul and Proto-Rap.

Scott-Heron has been recognized throughout the industry as a spoken word artist, mainly in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson, set the tone for a brilliant and ingenious musical fusion. Resulted in the engendered and creation of political rap, Hip Hop, Neo Soul and thus being labeled the Godfather of Rap.

Gil Scott-Heron’s career had expanded nearly 42 years, before his untimely death in 2011. And is most noted for his spoken word album Pieces of A Man. Which featured the hit urban political rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” According to Wikipedia.com, “the lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

The critically acclaimed album spawned a once, recited poem into a mega hit. Originally, the song was recorded with bongos and congas drum. The recorded track included a studio session band. And was the B-side to another successful single on the album, “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”.  The potency and deep meaning of the song’s title, the original and necessary slogan for the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; in particular the Black Power Movement. It’s relevancy in the 1960’s United States, mentioned what the revolution will do, will not do or will not be.

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