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Grow Up! How To Mature Your Style

RihannaYour maturity is directly reflected in your style and each specific style has an age. As you grow and experience more adult-like situations and date (yes, date!), you must find the balance in your personal style and effortlessly pulling off maturity. Just think, you don’t give the guy in Timbs and tall tees a second glance, but you stare (and possibly drool) at the man in a tailored three-piece suit. Well, the same style cues go for us, Vixens! Men would rather see a blouse or a simple, white tank top rather than a Dora the Explorer-printed tee. And don’t some of these young girls dress, well, too grown! The key is balance and age-appropriate threads!

We’re in no way telling you to stomp out your inner child’s likes, but we suggest you incorporate your fashion loves in a mature way. Here’s a few methods to step your style’s age….

Take style cues from fashion magazines and celebs!
That’s why they’re in the media: influence. If you’re under 21 years old, Seventeen and Teen Vogue are the perfect go-to glossies to help you remain age appropriate. However, once you blossom into the drinking, serious dating and career networking age, it’s time to shift your eyes to Vogue, Elle and other publications that can facilitate the style transition. Naturally, celebs can help you upgrade your style’s age too. Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, these mags and celebs are direct inspiration for keeping your look cute, simple and age appropriate!

Take what you love and age it a bit!
Vixens, I love a t-shirt, but it’s truly about how you rock it. Vintage is definitely on-trend, so try grabbing a few old school shirts from a thrift shop. (Check out Tracee Ellis Ross’ love for vintage tops!)

Throw away the old, snag the new!
You know there's something in your closet that you desperately need to trash. Great, that one pair of jeans from years back still fits, but they have this hideous design on the pocket that's not a trend of today. And trust, it's not about being über trendy, but it's definitely about you looking your best. Take a day to rummage through your collection of threads and ditch the old. Yes, there are memories attached to some things, but create new ones. Refresh and renew! That's a great way to view what you should and should not still be rocking...

Lastly, observe and take style cues from friends!
Do not Single White Female your besties, but definitely peep game. Everyone has a few friends whose style is effortless, mature and completely age-appropriate. (If you don't, find some!) Find out how they learned what works best for them and experiment!

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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