Cherise is a freelance writer and marketing strategist specializing in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. As a writer, she shares her story and the stories of others in the hope that they will entertain, teach, and uplift. The rest of her time is dedicated to her loving husband and making sure her 2 year old doesn't stick weird things in his ear.
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31 Things Only Miami Hurricanes Understand

When you attend the University of Miami, you are accepted into a family — a rowdy, reunions-end-with-the-police-arriving kind of family. Because once you step on campus, your DNA changes, and the shift is universal and permanent. No matter what you d…
By Cherise Luter

21 Oscar de la Renta Moments via @oscarprgirl

Oscar de la Renta was a legend in every sense of the word. When I heard the news that de la Renta passed away Monday evening, my mind immediately went to Erika Bearman, otherwise known as @oscarprgirl. Her Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts, boa…
By Cherise Luter

41 Things Only New Orleans Natives Understand

Growing up in New Orleans is like growing up in another country. The food, culture, music, and language seem completely foreign to most of the rest of America. We drink anytime, eat rich foods, listen to great music, and enjoy waterfront views on the…
By Cherise Luter

What Has She Been Up To This NYFW?

Fashion Week is organized chaos at its best. I know from personal experience how grueling the nearly 24 hour a day schedule is for attendees. Do not believe the glossy mags: It is in no way as snazzy for media as they would want you to believe. Model…
By Cherise Luter

9 Bloggers Teach Us How to Work Fall's Big Trends

Like it or not, fall is on its way. All the signs are there: back to school prep, Labor Day BBQ plans, and early Halloween decor on display in the craft store down the street from my home. Yes, the lazy days of summer are drawing to an end. Revisitin…
By Cherise Luter

9 Ways To Winterize Your Natural Hair for the Fall

Summer and natural hair go together like peas and carrots. Whether air drying after a beach swim, going full fro for a flea market stroll, or sleek curls at a rooftop party, the summer months are when your curls get a chance to shine. But, once the f…
By Cherise Luter

Instagram v. Reality: The Mommy Edition

Instagram is a great way to pass the time, but let us all admit that what we see on our feed is not exactly the real deal, as Bustle's own Olivia Muenter so astutely demonstrated. We know you ate that beautiful croissant while stuck in traffic, not w…
By Cherise Luter

Janelle Monáe's New Video Is The Ultimate '90s Jam

Janelle Monáe is a genius. Her under appreciated musical talent spans just about every genre from swing and soul to jazz and funk, now she's bringing back classic '90s R&B with her new song "Electric Lady" and the ultimate throwback video. If you gre…
By Cherise Luter

13 Women Who Prove Fashion Gets Feminism Right

Recently there has been a bit of confusion as to the true definition of feminism. Though many have weighed in already, may I suggest we look to the women of fashion for a little input? A tense relationship between fashion and feminism has existed for…
By Cherise Luter

Brown Girl/Red Lip: How I Went Bold With My Beauty

All it took was my friend calling a fellow classmate Bozo the Clown to put me off red lipstick for 14 years. Phrases like that isn't her color, she is too dark, or in my case, your lips are too big for that stuck with me for much longer than you woul…
By Cherise Luter

15 Time Missy Elliott's Outfits Were Supa Dupa Fly

When Missy Elliott descended that staircase during Pharrell's BET Awards opening performance last week, my music loving heart skipped two beats. Not since 2006 have we been blessed with a new album from Elliott and the infectious energy of her flow t…
By Cherise Luter

The Absolute Ugliest Bridesmaid Dresses on Screen

Brides get all the attention, even fictional ones. Like every wedding guest, television and movie viewers are all waiting to see the wonder or monstrosity that is the bridal gown while the bridesmaids’ attire goes unnoticed — unless they look horrend…
By Cherise Luter

Want To Seem Smart On A First Date? Wear This

We've all seen those Discovery Channel shows documenting the mating rituals of (insert exotic animal here) and marveled at the lengths they go to attract a suitable mate — ostrich wins for best moves, etc. We humans tend to separate ourselves from ou…
By Cherise Luter

Gisele Got A Buzz Cut (!!!)

The premier of design house Balenciaga's newest campaign is making some serious waves, and it isn’t about the clothes. Brazilian bombshell Gisele Bündchen is sporting a fresh buzz cut and it has garnered her a new title, certified badass. The Fall 20…
By Cherise Luter

The New 'Fro Has a Different Message

The afro is in no way a new concept, but the newest iteration of the decades old hairstyle is taking a firm hold. A new report says that black women's transition to natural styles is having a huge economic impact, which is leading many to believe tha…
By Cherise Luter

7 Beauty Products We Love Because of Marketing

We women love our beauty regimens. Some of us spend hours meticulously creating nail art, sculpting our eyebrows like they were Michelangelo’s David, or browsing the beauty aisle for hours to find the perfect shade of red lipstick — I’m still on the …
By Cherise Luter

Where is Pat McGrath's Makeup Line?!

In the world of fashion, there are makeup artists and then there are makeup artists. Pat McGrath is the latter. She is the woman that brings the beauty to runways at every major fashion week and designer campaign around the world. She is also the bra…
By Cherise Luter

Olivia Palermo's Style Star Dreams Have Come True

Reality show stardom is not the easy road to mainstream success. The genre, with its catfighting and, in the early years, bug eating, is seen by some as the bottom of the barrel when it comes to talent searches. Even the use of the word “star” in rel…
By Cherise Luter

Denise Huxtable's 15 Most Stylish Moments

Watching The Cosby Show season premiere, with its ever changing sets and choreography, warranted buttered popcorn and couch cozying in my household. Not only was the show ridiculously hilarious, but it was one of the first to depict black people just…
By Cherise Luter

The Most Memorable Prom Dresses On Screen

Though many of my peers would love to amnesia our entire high school experience, most of us at least have wonderful memories of prom night — the snazzy hotel ballroom, the sight of usually athletic shorts clad classmates in tuxes, the ridiculous them…
By Cherise Luter