Archive | December, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Black Market!

23 Dec

Thanks so much to all of you who take time everyday to read our blog and post such wonderful comments! We love all of you and are very excited for 2012 and the future of The Black Market. Have the most stylish of holidays and a fabulous 2012!

-Linda and Jennifer xx




Beauty Addictions: Soap & Glory You Cube Set

22 Dec

Soap & Glory, You Cube Gift Set, $25,

We are super excited that Christmas Day is only three days away! We’re also super stressed about that very same fact as we may or may not have gotten everything for everyone on our gift lists. For those last minute gift items that you can’t spend oodles of time worrying about but still want to present something thoughtful and fun, here is a gift that will work for friends, family and co-workers with astounding results. Soap & Glory You Cube Gift Set is a treasure trove of fun bath & body items that give the gift of pampering and TLC all in one small package. With a price tag of $25, its a bargain that can’t be beat. The kit includes:

  • Righteous Butter Body Butter
  • Hand Foot Hand Creme
  • Clean on Me Shower Gel
  • Pink Loofah Sponge

Happy Holidays!!!


The Collections: Our Favorite Pre-Fall 2012 Looks Part 2

22 Dec

Pringle of Scotland Pre-Fall 2012

While the holiday insanity swirls around us, we have been finding a bit of sanctuary in the Pre-Fall ’12 collections.  Here, our favorite looks that we really wish we could wear right now. Also, a special shout-out to two of our favorite late 90’s-early 00’s Supermodels, Kirsty Hume and Hannelore Knuts, who are featured in the Erdem and VPL collections, respectively. And yes, we did just capitalize Supermodel.

Erdem Pre-Fall 2012

Malandrino Pre-Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Pre-Fall 2012

Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2012

Moschino Cheap and Chic Pre-Fall 2012

VPL Pre-Fall 2012

Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2012

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012


Beauty News: Ojon Delivers “Super Sleek” New Straightening System to the Market

21 Dec

Ojon Super Sleek Straightening System Pictured With Aveda Invati Line

We all know the natural hair care movement is really big right now but for those of you who don’t want to give up their straightened tresses, there are some great new gentler alternatives. Super Sleek sounds like a hair straightening system we wouldn’t mind getting our hands on. Ojon recently launched their latest innovation that enables customers to smooth and straighten their curly/wavy locks at home rather than spending countless dollars on expensive and oftentimes dangerous straightening services at salons. The Super Sleek System is powered by the Super Sleek Straightening Complex which includes several plant-derived botanicals that naturally smooth and soften the hair cuticle resulting in a frizz-free, silky appearance. According to Geoffrey Hawkins, the VP of Product Development, this revolutionary new system is destined to change the way women view straightening their hair:

A gentle reshaping agent relaxes and smooths out the curved structure of hair’s keratin bonds, making them supple and flexible. Then our proprietary blend — including plant keratin derived from wheat, soy and corn proteins and azurite — acts like a liquid flat iron to realign natural keratin bonds and seal in straightness. It also fills in rough spots on the cuticle that can make hair appear frizzy, coarse and unmanageable. Finally, this treatment acts as a conduit for heat transfer from blow dryers and flat irons to instantly loosen curls.”

The Super Sleek Straightening System includes:

Beauty News: Laduree Launches Delectable Beauty Line

21 Dec

Laduree Macarons Set to Launch Delicious Beauty Line

If you’ve ever tasted a Ladurée Macaron, you’ll swear you’ve gone to heaven and back so it’s going to be one exciting day when the French gourmet cookie company concocts a makeup collection. The new beauty line has already made its Japanese debut to much fanfare. From lipsticks to blushes and much more, the rest of the world will be able to set their sights on the delectable collection in early 2012. We are salivating already! Did somebody say Laudree perfume? Could you imagine?

The Industry: Itaysha Jordan Interview

20 Dec

Just as we are obsessed with the tangible objects produced by the fashion and beauty industry, we are equally enthralled by the ever-important talent behind the scenes. One artist we have been tracking is New York-based fashion photographer Itaysha Jordan. With a client roster that includes Rolling Stone, the Vogue Italia blog, Carol’s Daughter and Bill Blass, Jordan has definitely carved out a path for herself in an industry in which there are no overnight success stories. Her photos of Sessilee Lopez and Arlenis Sosa are among the strongest images of the models around. Jordan took a moment out of her busy schedule to chat with us via email about her work, her influences and to offer some salient advice about breaking into the fashion image-making business.

The Black Market: Tell us how you got your start in the industry.

Itaysha Jordan: I moved to New York from Boston in 2005 and began building my portfolio by setting up appointments with model agencies and collaborating with various makeup, hair and wardrobe teams. I’ve also been blessed with many mentors.

TBM:  What do you think are the elements that make a successful and compelling fashion photo editorial? 

IJ: 1st and foremost, a clear idea concept; secondly, the team/tools to execute the vision; and thirdly, the synergy to bring it to fruition.

Itaysha Jordan

TBM: What photographers, artists and other image-makers influence your work? 

IJ: I get asked this question quite often, and can’t pinpoint any 1 artist that I am influenced by – there are a number of variables. I refer to this as “Collage” – a mixture of fine art/artists, history, pop culture, languages and the power of women. Photography-wise, I really love street shooters, those that capture moments in time without obviously posing their subjects. This is more so an innate gift vs skill.

This is a quote I love:

”There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Most recently I came across the work of Vivian Maier – ( )An AMAZING street photographer who was based in Chicago and shot from the 1950’s through the 90’s. Her work was discovered after her death. She is definitely an inspiration.

Misty Copeland by Itaysha Jordan for Essence Magazine

TBM: Can you give us your take on the lack of minorities in the upper echelons of the fashion industry? 

IJ: This is an on going topic in my circle. I will attempt to summarize my view which is constantly developing: I believe that if you’re good, you’re good. Most good work is eventually noticed. Quite frankly, I think there is an abundance of mediocrity out there – a lot of rushing and overnight artisans that I just don’t think have the skill level, YET. Its so much deeper than calling yourself a “celebrity” such n such, as a way to command respect. For longevity, it takes time to get to the so called ‘top’. Look at the current top teams; most have been working since the 80’s/90’s that’s 20 to 30 yrs. Irving penn was practically 100 yrs old when he died.

I’m not oblivious to the fact that there is room for more minorities in the upper echelons of the fashion industry, but simply saying why not do your own thing if they aren’t listening? I would also challenge those that have made it regardless of color to reach out and pull up another… mentor!

On another note, I abhor being categorized by my race in relation to photography (because its about the talent) although I do realize that its rare and this is why my work stands out. Its also my theory, that there is still a market that is not being served. An international market of “minorities” that loves luxury items and service, yet  may not make 100k+ per year but doesn’t consider themselves “Urban” this market wishes to see their likeness in advertisements & editorials in  a modern way.

What I am doing is carving my own lane. I believe I am that bridge >>> the connector to the locked gates of the “top” and can serve this developing market.  I will no longer rely or wish to break into “the cool club”. I will just continue to work harder and increase the quality of my work.  The industry is much too over saturated and filled with politics. Anyway, isn’t it ultimately about who you know? 🙂

Sessilee Lopez by Itaysha Jordan

TBM:  What advice would you give to aspiring fashion photographers to help them build a solid career? 

IJ: I would advise aspiring fashion photographers to study both master photographers and the masters in fashion design. Understand how garments work on the human body – the construction and beauty just as much as how to properly expose an image. Lastly, take a business course!

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Twitter: @ItayshaPhoto


Arlenis Sosa by Itaysha Jordan

Beauty News: Aveda Debuts Invati Hair Care Line

20 Dec
Aveda Launches New Hair Care Line for Combating Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is just about every woman’s worst nightmare. As the saying goes, our hair is our crown and glory, and because of this we shell out billions of dollars a year on hair care products to keep our manes full and fabulous! Aveda has been coming to the aid of hair-challenged women for decades and now they have devised a special line specifically for thinning hair. Set to launch in February 2012, Invati is a collection of products infused with the Densiplex Complex which includes a potent blend of ayurvedic herbs such as; turmeric and ginseng.  The collection includes:

  • Exfoliating Shampoo – $24, cleanse and unclog pores on the scalp with wintergreen salicylic acid.
  • Thickening Conditioner – $24, with arginine as its base, this conditioner enriches each strand of hair from the inside out. Organic kukui nut adds natural shine.
  • Scalp Revitalizer – $60, with turmeric and ginseng as its base, this invigorating product helps to revitalize the scalp.