Saturday, December 10, 2016

Heavy is the Head...


I started Crown Heavy LC about a year and a half ago. I was working for Comcast at the time. I was a hard worker for the company. I tried to climb the corporate ladder and failed. Even with my Bachelor's degree, no matter how many ideas my non-educated white supervisor stole from me, no matter how many times I did the job of others, no matter how many initiatives I took to better the company, I was constantly overlooked at promotion time. It was around this time that I realized that working for somebody else the rest of my life was not a life I wanted to live. It was around this time that I started to open my eyes to racial employment prejudice. It was around this time that I began to really grasp the plight of black people in a corporate setting. It was around this time I started to really take control of my destiny. It was around this time that I began to think of an entity that I would love to pass down to my unborn seed one day. It was around this time that I gave life to Crown Heavy LC.


I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a novice when it comes to fashion. But I've never been told I couldn't dress. I'm 6'4", 200lbs, handsome, 29 years young and I intend to take advantage of my high metabolism. More than that, I'm an ambitious black man with a chip on my shoulder.


I intend to use Crown Heavy as a vessel to further black progress. As a black owned business, I plan to become big enough to put my black ppl into a better position to succeed. I think this past election has proven that the black dollar trumps the black vote (pun intended). I want to set an example with Crown Heavy. I hope I can encourage my melanated people to support other Black owned brands: Negash, Laced Legacy, Dashiki Pride and now Crown Heavy. I hope that we circulate the black dollar throughout the black community. It's going to take a community effort to overcome our economic trials.

Black Dollar > Black Vote

#CRWNHVY


posted by Giovanni of Crown Heavy LC

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Good tidings we bring....

Saint James Day School Kindergarten Christmas Program, 2016.



Jeremy's 3-piece suit and bowtie: Dillard's | Shoes: Payless 
My Dress: Calvin Klein | Pumps: Christian Louboutin 

Friday, December 2, 2016

He's back!


Crawford is here! Let's see what kind of mischief ol' Crafty Crawford will get into this year. Elf on the Shelf can be fun, so let your imagination run wild!

xo,

Glenesse


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Milk and Cookies


By now, I think most of my friends know of my tradition to wear all white on my birthday. A few years ago, it was my take on the "little black dress". Originally, the idea was met with much opposition, as my birthday falls after Labor Day, but rules are meant to be broken. Since then, it's become expected. In the weeks leading up to my birthday I was in sort of a slump and did not have any intentions to even celebrate this year. With my fiancé away at training, I just wasn't in the celebrating mood, until I spoke with my best friend Jessica about it. We hung up, and 10 minutes later she called me back and told me she had booked a flight to spend my birthday weekend with me! It completely turned my mood around! She will forever be the cookies to my milk.

Here's to 28...

xo,

Glenesse



Jessica's Dress: Hot Miami Styles | Pumps: Christian Louboutin
My Birthday Dress: KamiShade | Heels: Lola Shoetique

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Little Pumpkin Spice


This past week has been a great one for me. Last Wednesday I celebrated my 28th (shhhhh! lol) birthday and in lieu of that was able to spend some time with one of my most favorite people in the world! That, however, will be contained in a different blog post. On Monday, Jeremy and I ran errands, had lunch and even caught a movie. Honestly, I felt refreshed and fabulous and I wanted that to reflect on the outside and fuse it with the season we are supposed (tell that this crazy Texas weather) to be in. I hope you guys are having as awesome of a week as I am!

xo,

Glenesse ♥



Blouse: DKNYC | Jeans: Michael Kors
Belt: H&M | Bangle: Michael Kors | Watch: Cardow

Sunday, September 25, 2016

What to Buy: Bargain Beat

Drugstore Makeup

Hey loves! This blog post was requested by my beautiful friend Kisha, and I was more than happy to oblige. For you dolls that would like to experiment with makeup without completely breaking the bank, here are a few inexpensive items that can line your cosmetic bag and still give you a quality beat! 

For the most part, e.l.f cosmetics offers everything you can think of, and almost all their products are priced below $10. I stand by their brushes 100%. They also offer a range of foundation, blush ,and contour palettes. Personally, their darkest shade is not dark enough for me to wear, but it would work for some of you brown ladies.

There are often stigmas around "drugstore brands" when it comes to makeup, but most of the items are just as good (if not better) than high-end brands. K-Mart, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens and even your local hair stores can offer some great products. For my deep brown ladies, I recommend Covergirl Queen, IMAN, and Black Opal. They offer deep brown shades with undertones that actually compliment our skin, instead of leaving us pasty.

For my super oily skin, I use milk of magnesia as a primer. I apply it all over my face, under my foundation, to help soak up my oil throughout the day. As crazy as it sounds, IT WORKS! For luxurious lips, I love Colourpop's line of Ultra-Matte liquid lipsticks (they are only $6 a piece!). My favorites are LAX, Guess and Limbo. For concealer, L.A. Girl Pro Concealer can be found in hair stores, as well as drugstores and online. Their orange concealer is perfect for brown girls to color correct and their other shades are great for highlighting and contouring.

I've tried to provide links to all these products, but if you still have questions please feel free to contact me! I  know how overwhelming make-up can be in the beginning, but a little trial and error and lots of practice will have you fab in no time!

xo,

Glenesse


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cold Hard Love


This weekend my love and I celebrated his birthday. Last year we were unable to spend his birthday together due to his deployment. This year we took full advantage of physically being together. It started with dinner at Osaka (a local Japanese Hibachi restaurant) and ended with floor seats to WWE Live. Somewhere in between we painted.


Our weekend was spent filled with love and laughter. We were able to take some time to just snuggle up and embrace each other and even take a few unscheduled naps. After all, isn't that what happiness is all about?!


Life is so much better with someone you love.
Happy Birthday again, Shawny.

xo,

Glenesse

Top: Ross
Tomgirl Jeans: American Eagle
Pumps: Christian Louboutin