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Style File News: Online Orders Expect Delays with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

March 13, 2020


Today in Style Fine News, the COVID-19 is affecting the United States nationwide.  The Los Angeles United School District has reportedly shut down its entire district and schools in Washington state K through 12 are reportedly to closed effective 03/07/20 until 04/24/20.

How will this effect students who come from low income homes who depend on reduced meal programs and how are they expected to stay up to date on their class lessons if they do not have access to the internet and computers or laptops?  Businesses who are asking employees to stay home are going to find that if their income is not subsidized by other resources, that can place them in serious financial binds.  Fortunately, and according to what’s being said in today’s news, actions are being taken to support these issues, it’s just a matter of how they will be spelled out.

Ok, so let’s shift over to how this virus is affecting how we shop and conduct online businesses.  AtStudio5 is primarily about fashion and beauty.  I do a lot of my shopping online, mostly, and like many business who does a lot of shopping and conducts a lot of business online will tell you that they rely on many goods from China.  But since the outbreak of the virus it’s been experienced that orders shipped from China can expect up to a two month delay before the items ordered are even shipped, and another 2 – 3 week waiting period before they are actually delivered.  For example, I ordered a top on 01/28/20.  It took a week for it to ship, another four weeks for it to actually leave China.  A pair of shoes I ordered in 02/13/20 shipped out on 03/011/20 and is said that the latest I will receive them is 04/22/20.  This is a prime example of how China merchandise is affected by the outbreak of this virus.

If the majority of business is conducted online including orders that are being placed and shipped to customers, it is important to be in touch with your local carrier to determine the timeframe to which deliveries can and will be made, depending on where the orders are shipping to and orders placed and where they are shipping from.

This is usually the time where we enjoy fashion weeks, but with the spread of the virus shows that had already been underway were eventually cancelled as Italy shut down the entire country with the spread of the virus there.  A reporter said and confirmed what I had already concluded which is the spread of the virus will change the way we as Americans shop and what will be available to us.  The spread of the virus has also affected shows in Milan, New York and London.

Be aware that this also affects the way department stores buy clothing to fill their stores, and will find that buyers will find it difficult to find and buy new designs because the designers are taking a second look at the toll this is going to take on the fashion industry.  So, if you were looking for fresh new designs from your favorite designer or new and upcoming designers who are debuting their looks for the first time, it is very likely you will not see them unless they do what Georgio Armani did which was stage a run way fashion show without an audience.

We are in different times, ladies and gentlemen.  We are going to see this industry suffer in great proportions.

This is just my two cents.  I’d like to hear what others are thinking, what they’ve experience since the outbreak, and their views on how they feel the US has handled it.

Thanks for reading.

Beauty: Makari For Beautiful Skin

January 28, 2020

MakariYears ago I was introduced to a soap that changed the way I saw exfoliation for the skin.  A beauty expert who owned a kiosk at the Baldwin Crenshaw mall in Los Angeles, CA noticed I had dark spots and blemishes, and at the time my skin was not looking as healthy as I would have liked.  She told me about this soap by Makari De Suisse, and let me tell you…after using it for a month twice a day in addition to my regular skin care routine, it opened my eyes completely!

Because I loved the soap so much back then I decided to do some research to see if I could find it again going on just the shape of the soap and color of the box, and I was able to find it online.  You can purchase this soap and its product line on Amazon.

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Redefine the meaning of classic beauty. 

For years, women of color have sought high-end skincare products designed exclusively for their unique concerns. Finally, with the Classic collection by Makari, everyone can achieve the clear, smooth, glowing complexion they’ve always dreamed of. Specially formulated for all skin types, our Whitening Exfoliating Antiseptic Soap is enriched with gentle apricot seeds, moisturizing botanicals, and a host of naturally derived active whitening agents. In the bath or shower, lather up skin with this exfoliating cleansing bar, and watch as acne blemishes, scars, and discoloration fade away for a fresh, youthful, perfectly even appearance. This antioxidant-rich soap is also great for healing blemishes and restoring skin’s softness and suppleness. Use in synergy with Makari’s complete line of Classic products to achieve your ideal shade of beautiful!

What You Get:

    • 1 x 7 oz Bar of Whitening Exfoliating Antiseptic Soap by Makari
    • A safe alternative to harmful skin bleaching products
    • Hydrating botanicals that tone, heal, and protect
    • A luxurious bath bar specially designed for beautiful black skin!

Specs & Details:

    • 7 ounces [200g]
    • No chemicals or bleach
    • Hydroquinone free
    • Gentle enough for daily use

How to Enjoy:

    • Lather with water and massage soap into desired area
    • Leave on for 1 minute, rinse, and seal pores with cold water
    • Use freely on both body and face, avoiding the eye area
    • Watch acne scars, dead skin cells, and dark marks wash away
    • Repeat 1-2x daily to enhance skin’s overall lightening action
    • Unveil your even, glowing complexion in as little as two weeks!

The soap is best used twice a day as a stand alone facial exfoliate soap or in addition to your regular skin care routine.  What you need to know is Makari De Suisse is dedicated to developing safe, effective and nourishing skin lightening beauty products for women with darker skin tones.

With over 8 product lines to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your personal skin challenges so you can feel more confident, flawless and radiant.

Makari De Suisse’s unique and powerful Classic Skin collection of skin lightening soaps and creams helps women of color achieve bright, even and glowing skin with a range of products that are created to work together.

Specially formulated for a range of skin types, the Classic Skin line of skin care products uses a powerful combination of nourishing cocoa butter and macadamia oil that hydrates and moisturizes. while all-natural licorice and mulberry root extracts provide powerful skin lightening for a brighter and more even complextion

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The are many skin care products on the market today that have different benefits designed to work with your skin type and tone.  I am not a beauty expert, I just happened to know what worked for me when I first started using the soap, and you know what…those dark spots and blemishes I had under my chin have not come back, and the other ones I have are still somewhat faded.

As a woman at the age of 52, it’s more important than ever to have my skin looking as good as it has ever looked before and it starts with taking better care of my skin using products that are not too harsh, but deliver and promote healthy looking skin.

Makari Chart

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The chart above shows the collection skin type so you can choose what works best for you.   And the chart below provides you with an idea of what it offers for brightening your skin.  My skin was lighter and felt refreshed.  No dead skin, no dryness, and for me the oiliness was cut down and I could wear my foundation better without having that constant shiny affect.

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If you’re in the market for a new skin care routine, or you want to add an effective product to boost healthier skin, check out this line.  Understand that what may work for one person, may not necessarily work for you so I highly recommend you read all of the reviews, read all of the ingredients to ensure you are not allergic or sensitive to what is in the products.

They are pricey.  The soap cost me $28.00 including shipping and tax.  If you can’t find it in the stores, you can start with Amazon and look around to other online sites.

A Note from the From the Moderator: 2020 At a Glance

January 19, 2020

2020At A GlanceIt’s your AtStudio5 moderator hoping the year is treating everyone very well so far. I wanted to take a moment to say first say thank you to everyone who showed some love last year.  Your overall support has kept the likes, comments, and reviews coming taking the current view status up to 72,737 reviews.  To me, that’s huge considering how the blog started to begin with.

This year I want AtStudio5 to be just as successful as it had been.  I hope to reach 100,000 views by year end and that can only be possible if we are all working together to achieve that goal.  This would mean inspired article posts with exciting content, I will be looking for guest writers, and I hope to be adding in additional content to make the blog that much more inviting.  I am happy to see that the article I had written several years ago, “Clairol Textures &  Tones: Hair Color for the Women of Color,” is still getting a lot of reviews.  Thank you, ladies for your ongoing support of that post and for keeping your questions coming.

Another thing that has become a center of attention is the “Beauty Bag.”  What is the “Beauty Bag?”  It first started as something I did for my mom who has been at a nursing facility for rehabilitation since February 2019.  She asked for some makeup and I put together the bag consisting of foundation, primer, concealer, mascara, a blender sponge, hand lotion, compact mirror and three lipsticks.  I had no idea that it would actually turn out to be something that could be comforting to women who are fighting cancer or have beaten it, and for women are in nursing homes to live out the rest of their days.  This has prompted me to contact many of the major makeup brands to encourage them to contribute to this cause by providing products that can create “Beauty Bags” to donate to those who are in nursing homes and to make available to those women who want to purchase one based on their specified shade preferences.

I would work with the cosmetic company to lay out the details of the “Beauty Bag” and go over any specifics on how to make this happen and how to make the products available.  Today I reached out to Covergirl, so here’s hoping they respond positively or can point me in the right direction of making this happen.  Anyone interested in obtaining a “Beauty Bag” for someone you love, for yourself based on preferred shades, contact me at  On average a “Beauty Bag” including the makeup bag would cost on average around $50 and will include the products I mentioned.

Next, this summer I would like to host an annual all white event in support of creating awareness of pancreatic cancer.  A portion of ticket sales would go to a research group currently doing research on the disease in support of their ongoing efforts.  For more information email Woman2Woman:  The Women’s Rights Movement at

In short, I hope to make this year for AtStudio5 an exciting year as well as a productive one.  I encourage everyone to join me in making that happen.

Style File News: The 2020 Challenge to Barbers, Hairstylists & Makeup Artists and Cosmetic Brands

January 19, 2020

style-file1Welcome to another edition of Style File News.  Today I want to talk about a conversation I had with my mom who is currently in a nursing home for rehabilitation after having been hospitalized almost a year now.

One of the things we talked about was how there are those in the facility who have no one coming to visit them.  It’s as if they are just to live out the rest of their days.  They have staff to come in tend to their routine needs, but it’s not often I hear barbers, beauticians, makeup artists, and photographers taking time out of their profession to volunteer their time at these facilities for “Beautiful for a Day” moments.  Providing makeovers to make them feel special and not forgotten.

There are many volunteer opportunities out there, but I have not heard of one on this level which I think would be a good idea if it could be done once a month or once every other month.  It would not cost anyone anything but to see the rewards of making someone happy, especially those who do not have family or friends coming to visit.

I got this idea because my mom had just had her hair cut by someone at the facility and she said that while she was there she wanted to do something to make herself look better and one of things she mentioned was getting some makeup.  I jumped into action and put together a “Beauty Bag” which consists of foundation, primer, concealer, mascara, three lipsticks, lotion, a blender sponge, compact mirror, and the makeup bag came with two bottles she can add her favorite body shower and lotion if she wanted.

BeautyBag2020A beauty bag for the ladies?  How wonderful does that sound?  The gentlemen who are there can get shaving cream, little bottles of cologne, groom kit, something to make them feel regal.  The beauty bag doesn’t just have to be for someone in a nursing home or assisted living facility, but for someone who has battled an illness and wants to make themselves look more beautiful, is looking to make themselves over through the use of makeup but is not sure what to buy.  For my mom I spent $50 and she is getting top name brand cosmetic in foundation, primer, concealer, and lipsticks.  The key thing was to look for items on sale and are based on what she specifically asked for and in what shades she preferred.  I added the blender sponge, and I added the concealer and primer because she was concerned about having a polished look after she applied the foundation.  I tossed in the lotion at the lat minute because I had a couple of extras and I’ll be throwing in a compact mirror.  The beauty bag has to be what they want based on their preferred shades to match their skin tone.  I was asked how much a beauty bag cost and I based it on what I spent for my mom, so in average, it would be about $50 or more or less depending on what they want included.  I did not include brushes because my mom is not much on eye shadows, so I didn’t want to add something she didn’t think she would use.

My question is would brands such as Covergirl, Maybelline, Revlon, Clinique, or Almay be willing to contribute products to create “Beauty Bags” for women who have undergone major illnesses, or to create them for women in nursing homes and assisted living facilities?  I intend on contacting them to see if I can get some type of contact to help facilitate a campaign of this magnitude.

In the meantime I challenge barbers, hairstylists, makeup artists, and photographers to give up a day out of your profession to volunteer your time to giving makeovers to the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Just like you make your clients look fabulous, you can make them look and feel fabulous for a day.  The rewards would be seeing their smile which speaks louder than words.

Contact your local nursing home and/or assisted living facility and speak to an activity coordinator to see how you can make a difference.  Let’s not limit how much volunteering can be done at these facilities.  Let’s step in up and let them know they are not forgotten, and they are loved.  Remember these are mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers; people who have had careers, and have lived their lives.  Your time and talent can speak volumes by “giving back” in a way that would make your career that much more wholesome.

In closing, let’s all get involved.  Put a smile on someone’s face.  Volunteer at nursing homes and assisted facilities.  Create “Beauty Bags” to add a little luxury of beauty to someone’s life.  This is my challenge not just for myself, but for the beauty and the hair industries.

Style File News: My Grief is Beautiful

September 10, 2019

style-file1Hey everybody, it’s another edition of Style File News and today I want to talk a little bit about how we can get through grief after the loss of a spouse.

So, some of you may know I lost my husband July 2017.  It was a roller coaster of grief that came in waves.  I went through a series of emotions that was mostly full of anger and pain and I was mad at everyone.  I felt more hate than I had ever felt and I’m usually the one telling my daughter to never hate anyone in her life.  But when he died…that’s all I could do.  I hate my faith, I hated the ground I walked on the air I breathed.  What turned it around?  For starters I left California behind.  I moved two months after he passed.  I moved with my daughter, my granddaughter and her husband.  Life’s been different and certainly on a good uphill climb.

I started back with my photography and discovered something I had not discovered before and that’s taking my grief and my pain and turning it into something beautiful.  The first day he told me I looked beautiful was when he was sick and not long before he passed.  That was the first time in all the years we were together he ever told me that.  So I started taking a series of photographs to photolog my grief as I transformed myself into something I never knew could be possible.

Rene2The first of the series came during the first winter we had.  I poured out all of my makeup, I had purchased new eye makeup and decided I was going to do something different.  Finally come out of my comfort zone.  I allowed myself to be humbled which in turn comforted me.

Through my grief I learned a lot about myself.  My strengths, my weaknesses, what my pet peeves were, what my triggers were.  These are things I had not really focused on or had to focus on until he passed away.

Rene3The second photo of the series came when I was feeling saucy.  I wanted to showcase a different side of me.  One that I never really show outside of my own bedroom. 🙂 But it really opened me up to new experiences.  I especially like this photo because my hair has started to grow and it shows the length here.  And it’s fun playing with filters to get different looks that really bring out the best in a person.

But in the interim of things and as life continues to change from one year to the next, playing with filters is just that, playing with your true looks.  Getting away from the filters is something I wanted to do because I wanted to show myself in the trueness of my rediscovering myself.  And I know it’s hard for people who are reading this to think that I can turn something as tragic as losing my husband into something that says, “I am beautiful.”  No…what it says is my husband made it a point to tell me not to spend the rest of my life grieving for him.  He made it a point to tell me to get on with my life and live it to the fullest.  Travel.  Enjoy me.  Get involved with someone new if that’s what I wanted to do.  In the second year of his being gone I am starting to do just that.  Live my life to the fullest.  Enjoy being me.  Rediscover myself on a whole new level.  Do some travelling which I plan to in 2021.

Rene52Ok…so the third picture is one I think I am pretty happy with because it was taken around the time of my birthday.  It’s the coming of life.  Embracing this time in my life where I am finally comfortable with “me.”  I follow a lot of plus sized women pages and the photos I saw reminded of me a time where I truly loved who I was.  I loved the skin I’m in.  And my daughter pretty much told me that I had no reason not to be comfortable with myself.  So I took this picture to say I am still here.  I am still moving forward with my life. I am still rediscovering who I am and I am still redefining life as it is.  This is a picture that I would have not ordinarily taken but after hearing stories of other women who are weight challenged I started thinking, “why I am being so down myself?”  I am not a bad looking woman!  Why was I letting myself be torn down.

ReneThis last picture is another favorite.  It’s been said that people who knew my husband and I and my tragic loss, that in this picture, they can see a glow in me.   the glow that says I am starting to live.  Well…that…and the fact that I’ve discovered makeup like I’ve never discovered it before.  Plus my husband did not like a lot of makeup.  He told me several times that he wished I didn’t wear it, not even the little that I did.  I told him, “I’m sorry but I am not walking around looking like Plane Jane while you admire other women fixed up all nicely.”  That included dressing down from my usual style to meet him in the middle with jeans and T-shirts, which has never been me.  And the few times I did he was happier than a kid in a toy store for the first time.  I do not over do it with my makeup.  I wear just enough to wear I feel good…and I feel good about myself.

In closing, I hope you like these photos.  These past two years have been about growth, rediscovering life, and moving forward to embrace all that life has to offer.  Grief will consume you if you let.  People grieve for the loss of their loved one in many different ways.  Think about how your loved one would have wanted you to remember him/her and how they would have wanted you to move on with your life.

If you’re struggling with grief after the loss of a loved one.  Let me talk to you about helping you find comfort through photography.  Contact at today to discuss the many ways your life can be transformed.  This may not work for everyone but through today’s modern times there are different avenues and platforms that are provided for us to grab hold of and find some sort of relief.   I’m here for you.

Updated 9/11/19

What’s New: Savvy Hair Studio Changes to Savvy Hair 101

August 15, 2019

Hey everybody out there….first I want to say thank you to everyone who has been stopping by the blog and reading all my blog posts.  And special shout out to all the ladies who are still reading my post about the Clairol Textures & Tones hair coloring system.  That post has been one of my most popular posts  to date.  If you have not signed up to receive the monthly newsletter I am still working on you can send your email over to be put on the email list.  I am expecting to have it ready to roll by the first of the year now that I can concentrate on it more so now that my daughter’s wedding is done.  And by the way she looked really beautiful and my son in law looked very handsome.  Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and everyone who helped us put it together.

Ok- let’s get into today’s blog post.

So, today I just want to talk about a little bit about what’s new with AtStudio5.  I changed the Savvy Hair Studio page to Savvy Hair 101 specifically because it actually promotes a lot of tips, suggestions, and recommendations to maintaining health hair, what to do if hair is damaged or has experienced extreme breakage, important information to maintaining a relaxer and other valuable information I believe women would find healthy.  The updated page name is active and ready for you to jump on over and take a look at any updated information that may be beneficial to your hair care needs.

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Black Hair Essence:  If you have not visited Black Hair Essence, I invite you to do so.  This blog is catered to women of color who are going through all phases of their hair care, hair journeys, and are looking for tips, suggestions, help, and advice for their hair.  While at first I thought it to be the main blog going forward, I decided to keep Savvy Hair Studio 101 as a good hair resource because I’ve gotten so many reviews on that page that it would be a shame to drop it.  So Savvy Hair Studio 101 will continue and Black Hair ?Essence will be catered to women of color.  Emails are always welcome so if you have general questions, concerns about your hair care regimen, or anything hair related and you feel I can help answer your question the email address is

Ok…so that’s all I have to today.  Keep checking back for more up to the minute news on what’s going on with AtStudio5.

Updated 09/09/19

Style File News: RAW Artists Arise Showcase Featuring Rejeana Black

July 19, 2019


Hey everyone out there, this week in Style File News, I am featuring a young lady who is not only beautiful, but is an amazingly talented photographer whom I have the pleasure of having her and her mom a strong part of our family.

We had the pleasure of her taking engagement photos when we got to see her back in 2017 when my daughter, granddaughter and her fiance flew out to visit.

If you enjoy photography and you support young and upcoming photographers and artists alike, here is an event you sure don’t want to miss.  I try to support all of the good things our young people are doing in life that is positive, because if you think about it, they could be involved in so much worse.

Put July 24, 2019 on your calendar and be sure you do not miss this event featuring Rejeana Violet Black.  I am only sorry I can’t be there to see her show, but I wanted to make sure I do a huge shout out to her.

So, click on over to the RAW Artists Arise Showcase Featuring Rejeana Violet Black page for more information on this event and for ticket information.  The showcase will be in beautiful Orange County at the Mansion Costa Mesa at 7:00 pm.  Don’t wait!  Get your tickets today!


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