Home | You Better!™ | "You, Better! with Ceslie Armstrong" MRS. O FASHION and BEAUTY (pt. 1)

"You, Better! with Ceslie Armstrong" MRS. O FASHION and BEAUTY (pt. 1)

Home | You Better!™ | "You, Better! with Ceslie Armstrong" MRS. O FASHION and BEAUTY (pt. 1)

Guests include insider celebrity style-makers Kithe Brewster, Anthony Dickey of Hair Rules, Mrs. Obama's make-up artist Derrick Rutledge, editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Carol Mackey and our Momentum Women models. Filled with tips, solutions, advice, and how-to be inspired as a stylishly successful working mom!



Carol M. Mackey is Editor-In-Chief of the (formerly Doubleday Entertainment) Black Expressions Book Club, a club founded in 1999 to celebrate the voices and visions of African Americans. Under Mackey’s editorial leadership, Black Expressions was voted Best Book Club by the African American Literary Awards Show for 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2004 (there was no Awards Show in 2005). Recently, she has been featured in Heather Covington’s Literary Divas: The Top 100 + Most Admired African American Women in Literature, a compilation of biographies about African American women who have powerfully impacted America’s literary history.

Widely recognized as a leading expert on African American books, Mackey has appeared on the CBS-TV Morning Show in New York. She is frequently interviewed by the press and in 2005 was named one of the “50 Most Powerful African Americans in Publishing” by Black Issues Book Review. She was recently awarded the Maya Angelou Legends Award in the African American Pavilion during Book Expo America in June 2009 for her contribution to African American literature. Mackey lives in New York with her family.

Carol's pick: "Mrs. O" by Mary Tomer



celebrity fashion stylist
Trusted celebrity fashion stylist to the biggest A-list leading ladies including Julianne Moore, Iman, Selma Hyack, Alfre Woodard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tyra Banks to name a few. From Project Runway to the Academy Awards to the runways of Fashion Week, Kithe Brewster is the go-to stylist in live productions and magazines. (image by Marc Baptiste)

Kithe's Picks: designers Rubin Singer, Lafayette 148, J. Mendel, as modeled by Momentum Women Organization™ members who are inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama:

Kathy Jones Bettencourt of San Antonio, Texas

Restaurateur and mother of twin girls

Holly Cao of San Francisco and New York City

CEO and co-founder of Lion Cao Asset Management

Sil Lai Abrams of New York City

Mother, author, and founder of Sepia Process


celebrity hair stylist
Inspired by the success of his book and the enthusiastic response from women around the world, Dickey launched a solutions-oriented line of cleansers, conditioning treatments and styling aids specifically geared to the special needs of kinky, curly and wavy hair. "Hair Rules is the first and only hair care collection that liberates, transcends and unites a multi-textural world," says beloved stylist to the stars Dickey. Most recently, he has returned to his roots with the launch of Hair Rules Salon New York.

Mastering the mystery of textured hair, Dickey has created iconic hairstyles for designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities alike. Sarah Jessica Parker, Minnie Driver, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama are just a few of the notables he has styled. He has contributed editorial imagery to magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Essence, Vibe, New York Times magazine, Glamour, Allure, and has appeared on many TV shows including the Today Show and the You, Better! Show with Ceslie Armstrong.



master make-up artist
With the stroke of a brush and the eye of a master Derrick Rutledge has claimed his place as a premier Make-up Artist. His art has graced the faces of the legendary and the aspiring alike, creating undeniable looks for the celebrity and unforgettable moments for the everyday. He is notable as the official make-up artist for First Lady Michelle Obama.

Derrick’s talents include serving as Master Artist and key developer for Dudley Products and Dudley Cosmetics, his expertise laid a foundation, which fortified the then budding initiative. For the last decade Derrick has served as Chief Make-up Artist for BET adding his trademark sculptured brow and well defined lips to the entertainment industry’s standard.

Today as founder of Derrick Rutledge About Face (DRAF LLC) Derrick Rutledge has created a team of beauty experts on the subject of aesthetics, make-up application, hair care, styling and imaging. This team of future beauty image all-stars is trained in the DRAF Technique™.

In addition, Derrick Rutledge has created product lines for skin care, hair care, body care, baby care and household care. These products along with a tested complementary program help women find their own aesthetic vision for herself; her family, their wellness and health.

"Mrs. O" by Mary Tomer (Hachette Book Group Usa)


Just a short time in the spotlight and Michelle Obama has already become a fashion icon for the 21st century. She’s only the second first lady to appear on the cover of Vogue, yet, like everything else, she’s still got her feet planted firmly on the ground. “I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it,” she said in her Vogue interview. “But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear—people just have different tastes.” Like many American women, Mrs. O plays multiple roles—mother, wife, successful professional and so many more as First Lady. As different roles demand different wardrobe choices, Michelle’s fashion choices have proven to be a mix of glamour and ease, of authenticity and approachability that have inspired women across the country to follow suit. Now, this gorgeously illustrated book celebrates Michelle’s fashion choices as a creative expression of her life experiences. Mrs. O celebrates Michelle’s personal style story thus far, highlighting the influences and recurring themes that have made her a modern icon, and laying the foundation for what will truly be an evolving, engaging tenure in the spotlight for years to come.


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