Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Groom’s Look

Mr. Chappelle looking like $1,000,000!

Cousin Mars thinks – I’ll start by saying I am a huge Chappelle fan. I probably wouldn’t be too critical of any outfit he wore. Fortunately for me, Dave made critiquing this look a cinch. [Read more...]

Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Bride’s Rehearsal Dinner look

Tessa Thompson in Philosophy at the AFI FEST "Selma" Screening in Hollywood

Cousin Mars thinks – When a woman wears short and/or tight outfits, the intended look is obvious. Although I often enjoy witnessing the aforementioned style, I give the most props when a woman is able to pull off the classy sexy look. [Read more...]

Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Groom’s Reception Look

Black on Black on Black

Cousin Mars thinks – I’ll start by saying Nasir Jones aka Nas (pictured above) is from Queens, NY…as am I, might I add. Now let me get into this all black “get-up.” [Read more...]

Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Bride’s Bridal Brunch Look

Midi Pleated Skirt

Cousin Mars thinks – Although I usually prefer a lady show off more leg, I’m digging this look. Do you want to know a secret about me? [Read more...]

You Oughta Know: Designer Love Collins

Black Bridal Bliss EXCLUSIVE: Love Collins Custom Clothier

Los Angeles-based fashion designer Love Collins has been designing stylish pieces for the discerning woman for nearly a decade. “I began designing under my own label professionally, full-time in 2005,” the newlywed explains. Collins studied at Howard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology and her first major break designing under the Love Collins Custom Clothier umbrella was actually a bridal job for Kimberly Chandler, wife of NBA player Tyson Chandler, currently a center for the Dallas Mavericks. “I designed the wedding gown for Kimberly and every item the bridal party wore — over 20 people!” recalls Collins. [Read more...]

Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Guy’s Engagement Session Look

Potential Engagement Session Outfit

Cousin Mars thinks – This outfit could be worn during an engagement session photo shoot. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Carolee Word Play Bangles


In August, I attended the Carolee Fall/Holiday Press Preview. Carolee is one of my go-to resources for stylish fashion jewelry for formal or semi-formal occasions. In fact my bridesmaids even wore earrings and bracelets from Carolee during my Charlotte wedding last year. It was one of my gifts to them. However at their recent press preview, it wasn’t the “bling” I went home thinking about. I was most smitten by the new Word Play bangles. They too make excellent bridesmaids gifts and are so fun for stacking. [Read more...]

MARS vs. VENUS – Critique of a Wedding Guest Look

Duro Olowu dress & Christian Louboutin pumps

Hey, Triple B! Your favorite cousin is back. As I explained last week, in addition to my Final Friday musings on serious topics like marriagebrotherhood and parenting, I will post here
each and every Thursday about…Fashion. My lil’ cuz Venus and I will alternate each week between looks for the ladies and the fellas to wear not only on the wedding day but to all of those events leading up to the nuptials as well. Today, we’re breaking down what we like — and loathe — about this look recently worn by one of my favorite actresses (big eyes and all), Tracee Ellis Ross. [Read more...]

MARS vs. VENUS – Critique of a Groom’s Look

Hey, Triple B! Your favorite cousin has something new up his sleeve. In addition to my Final Friday musings on serious topics like marriage, brotherhood and parenting, I will post here each and every Thursday about…Fashion. The truth is I’m a simple khakis and sweater kinda guy when it comes to clothes — I’ve never been nor do I aspire to be a “fashion dude.” But Boss Lady Bridgette felt like BlackBridalBliss.com was slacking in men’s wardrobe content. Eventually I had to agree she had a valid point: Most fellas want to be fly for their wedding day, too. Still, I told her I would only do it if I could make it fun and stay true to who I am. So I partnered up with my lil’ cuz Janee D. Weather aka “Venus” (Triple B’s hardworking editorial assistant) and soon the Mars vs. Venus concept was born. We’re kicking off this exciting feature with a look for the groom and/or his groomsmen in the above pic. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Nubian Skin

 


As a woman with a dark chocolate complexion, I’ll forever be grateful to my parents for instilling a positive self-image in me from an early age. As an adult I realize what they managed to do was no easy feat. I still have a few issues with my image — but thankfully my complexion (or hair texture/length) has never been among them. Yet, the reality is the rest of the world — and especially the fashion and beauty industries — is for the most part obsessed with light skin. So although you’ll never catch me trying to bleach mine, it is annoying to say the least when searching for bandaids, hosiery, lingerie, etc. to match my ebony tone. In fact, the rare times I do find a bra/panty set in my shade that is actually  cute, I literally get excited. How cool it would be to have a go-to resource for brown women that offered affordable and stylish undergarments in a range of brown hues, right?

Enter Nubian Skin.

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