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What We Wore to the Academy Awards

When the day of the Academy Awards arrived, Afrobella and I got up super early so our glam squad could come through and make us look like princesses. And they REALLY did. First, we got our hair done by Felicia Leatherwood, the hair whisperer. Felicia is not only one of our great friends, but she’s a hair guru! She had already done my hair 2 days before by washing, conditioning and then retwisting my locs. Then she put them in bantu knots so they were curly. The day of, all she had to do was pin my locs and VOILA! Also of interest, that flower in my hair is actually a rink. Felicia wanted to put an accessory in my hair and I remembered that I had this ring. She pinned it into my hair and it was PERFECT! My hair was LAIDT like butter on toast.

Then, we got our makeup done by Nicole Evans, an amazing makeup artist! She beat our faces like DRUMS using a lot of Avon products! Afrobella broke it down on her post HERE. Our prep was filmed by the incredibly talented graphic and video designer Krystle Rowry. Thanks to AVON for sponsoring our glam team! See the video below of our prep.

Pictures and video by Krystle Rowry (@KrissDidIt)
Hair by Felicia Leatherwood (@LovingYourHair)
Makeup by Nicole Evans (@NicoleEvansMUA)
Music by Kirby Lauryen (@KirbyLauryen)
Sponsored by AVON (@AVONInsider)

*tears* I might have ugly cried while watching that video. SO many props to Krystle for putting it together so well, and Kirby Lauryen, who is SUPER talented. She actually created this song JUST for us! Can you imagine??? *faints* I can’t even deal with all the talent around me.

So, now to what we wore!

What I Wore

Since the day we found out we were credentialed for the Academy Awards, everyone asked us “What are you gonna wear?” and Afrobella and I began our hunt for the perfect dresses. I got 3 offers from some independent designers for dresses, and they all rocked, but the dress I went with was actually one I wasn’t even checking for. I wanted to rock a cobalt blue dress that was fitted, with a mermaid tail. What I ended up with was the opposite, and I couldn’t be more happier.

I found Hannah’s Boutique online as a store that had the dress I described above, so I went with my girl Renisha and Afrobella. When I showed up, they didn’t have that dress in stock. Instead, Susan, the owner suggested I tried on this grey dress with beading. When I saw it on the hanger, I was all “meh” but Re and Patrice convinced me to try it on and the moment I did, I knew I had found THE DRESS.
I REALLY felt like I was Cinderella going to the ball in this gown, except it didn’t turn to rags at midnight. I got sooo many compliments on it, and it had me feeling myself. When I was fully dressed, I sure did look in the mirror and yell “LUVVIE! GAHTDAMBIT YOU FAHN!” Anywho, pics below of my whole #alphet.

Luvvie's Oscar Outfit

* Dress is by Terani Couture from Hannah’s Boutique (10500 Southwest Hwy; Chicago Ridge, IL 60415, 708-398-4055)
* Earrings and cuff from (Earrings: Sophie & Chloe, Cuff: Andara)
* Shoes from

What Afrobella Wore

Designers seem to want to put plus size folks in big muu muus and tents, and Patrice was not having any of that. But one designer really stepped up to the plate in a dress that was fitted AND fitting of Afrobella.

In her signature purple, Afrobella rocked a custom dress from indie designer Sofistafunk and she looked soooo pretty! Her dress was vibrant and princessy and adorabo. AND because of the color, it was easy to see, according to the many people who spotted her on TV on the red carpet. That purple was eye-catching and folks spotted Afrobella on E! and ABC.

Check her out showing up and showing OUT below:

Afrobella Academy Awards Outfit

* Dress by Sofistafunk
* Earrings, necklace and bracelet from (Mali Sabatasso Jewelry line)
* Shoes from

A special thanks to Jessy Fofana of La Rue PR for helping us secure our jewelry, and really holding our hand through this outfit process!

By the way, if anyone is looking for a prom dress, wedding-related outfits or gala stuff, I really recommend you check out Hannah’s Boutique. They really came through for a G with this dress. If you mention my site, you’ll get $25 off any regular price purchase so getchu a piece and be fierce!

Thank you to the Dream Team for making us look and feel like princesses. Y’all made us slay effortlessly on that red carpet. MUCH MUCH LOVE!!!

Afrobella and Luvvie

Check out Afrobella’s more detailed post on what we wore HERE.

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  1. March 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Both of you ladies look absolutely fabulous from head to toe!!!

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Savvy Sis!

  2. IfYouEverComeBack
    March 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Girl yall both looked goregoeus, Yalll were just slaying hoes. I will admit from the other post, wasn’t sure I liked Afrobella’s dress, but looking at it here I love it. She’s look like a Disney fairy GodMother all shuny and sparkly, so pretty.

    You look very pretty too, and I lvoe your shoes, cause they were glittery.

    Also can’t wait for your snarky update of the Oscar’s, I knoe someone is going to get roasted. lol

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      She DID look like a princess, ain’t she? I told her that. The Oscar’s has minimal foolery. Everyone behaved and acted like they had sense so I didn’t have much snark. Now if this were the BET Awards… O____O

  3. March 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Wow you ladies look so freaking amazing.

    OMG I think I shed a thug tear. Don’t post this comment tho; I gotta preserve my thuggery.

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      BAMBI! Thanks so much. And your thug is on lunch break.

  4. March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    You both looked AMMMAAAAAZING!!!!!! I LOVED the video and seeing the process of you two getting ready (I was all fahklepmt by the music!!) Keep on being the superstars you are!

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      LIANNE!!! Hey boo! Thanks so much for your support. 😀

  5. March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    That videoooooo! OMG!!! Thug on the floor! And here at work, too! lol

    So beautiful, ladies. And what a lovely video to keep your cherished memories. 😀

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Girl my thug was murked when I first saw the vid myself.

  6. Charlotte
    March 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Both of you looked absolutely stunning! I’m sure many hoes were slayed.

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      We tried to slay at least 452 hoes. AT LEAST.

  7. March 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Just simply breathtaking!

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm


  8. Naija
    March 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous, and you both looked lovely.

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, Naija!

  9. March 3, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I love the theme song. That singer is amazing

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Isn’t Kirby super dope???

  10. Topshelf
    March 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Luvvie you looked gorgeous! I showed my coworkers and they agreed that you looked like a movie star. I lied and told them we were friends though. Well, you DID retweet me once so in my mind we are BFFs! Congrats on a once in lifetime experience.

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      AAAWWWW!! Thank you! Too bad I can’t act worth a lick. Don’t worry. I won’t tell 😀

  11. March 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm


  12. March 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    omg! y’all are so beautiful. just made slaying hoes look effortless. the two of you are super dope.

  13. That Dude
    March 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    You both looked great. Amazing even. And that music & singing on the video? I know you’ve been wall-sliding & Leyomi-dropping since this started…lol

  14. yadi
    March 5, 2012 at 9:39 am


  15. darknstormy
    March 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I usually lurk, but had to come out right quick to say how regally beautiful you both looked! I read both you and Afrobella, and I couldn’t be more proud to see you two representing brown sistas proper!

  16. lexi
    March 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    simply gorgeous!

  17. March 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Amazing! I love everything about this video!! You two look breathtakingly beautiful!!! xo

  18. Biglilkim
    March 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    You both looked absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  20. HowlingBanshee
    January 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Somebody really needs to use y’all as models for some animated magical princesses. I want my daughter to play with dollies that look like y’all in those #alphets. Shoot, I want some collector’s edition dolls of y’all looking like that. The kind that’s got a full page ad stuck inside of PARADE magazine, where they go on and on about the exquisite, hand-painted, lifelike detail…and each limited edition piece is hand-numbered on the bottom of the foot. Yes ma’am.

    • January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Your comment just made my LIFE!!! From your fingertips to God’s ears!

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