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Vixen Style: It's All About Hats and Headwear

It's time to ditch that wool beanie for hats and headwear appropriate for the spring. These chapeaus, turbans, barrettes and headbands will surely turn heads in your direction, but also function to keep the sun at bay or disguise a bad hair day.

VIXEN_jessica_simpson_fedoraThe fedora has become a summer staple in the last few years. A fun-colored fedora, however, will set you apart from the hipsters wearing straw-colored hats.

Jessica Simpson Striped Fedora Hat, $38

VIXEN_topshop_bow_clipThis plastic hair clip is so simple yet so chic. Use it to secure a messy bun or tuck your bangs behind your ear. Plus, it reminds us of those barrettes we wore as mini-Vixens.

Topshop Plastic Bow Clip, $12

VIXEN_darby_clocheYour Easter bonnet doesn't have to be large, ostentatious nor silly. You're a Vixen and need a hat that'll have you styling during Sunday service. Pair this with retro '40s or '50s style frock for a complete look.

Goorin Bros. Darby Cloche, $56

VIXEN_finest_accessories_petal_headbandShow your sweet, not-so-sweet side with this flower headband that features sharp cut-out petals.

FINEST ACCESSORIES Layered Petal Headband, $42

VIXEN_eugenia_kim_emeline_turbanCurious about the turban trend, but not ready to dive right in? Try out this turban hat from one of our favorite milliners. Eugenia Kim has taken the guesswork out of how to style a turban ... and we're appreciative.

Eugenia Kim Taupe Leopard Silk “Emeline” Turban Hat, $79.20

VIXEN_deepa_gurnani_hair_clipWe're huge fans of the high bun, which pretty much looks good on every Vixen, but we also love any excuse to accessorize. So let's bring these two loves together with this girly barrette.

Deepa Gurnani Flower Crystal Hair Tie, $28

VIXEN_juicy_couture_bowlerTrust us, a simple bowler hat will come in handy on bad hair days. Let your hair hang loose, tuck it inside or go for a side-braid and no one will be the wiser.

Juicy Couture Straw Bowler, $68

VIXEN_anthropologie_floraswirl_clipWhat's not to love about this hair clip? It's sparkly, metallic, colorful and girly! Wear it with your dressiest sundresses, but it will also jazz up a simple jeans and T-shirt combo.

Anthropologie Floraswirl Clip, $18

VIXEN_betsey_johnson_lace_turbanThere's no reason to be afraid of the turban because Betsey Johnson has you covered. She's adapted the "old lady turban hat" for us Vixens, and the result is this vibrant, lace number. Oh the color-blocking possibilities!

Betsey Johnson Lace Turban, $38

VIXEN_deepa_gurnani_headbandThese hippie-dippie headbands were all the rage back when boho-chic was fresh and new ... and they still have a place in our hearts. To avoid looking as if you're wearing a costume, avoid wearing this headband with a bohemian maxi skirt. Think of it more in the realm of the flapper and wear your favorite fluttery mini-dress.

Deepa Gurnani Metallic Chevron Headband, $65

VIXEN_cuarteto_straw_hatOK, so this is definitely an "occasion hat," meaning you wear it to profile at the beach or pool while wearing an equally sexy swimsuit.

Goorin Bros. Cuarteto d’Aida Panama Straw Hat, $140

VIXEN_finest_accessories_eiffel_flower_headbandAnd this is an "occasion headband" that'll add a festive flair to a garden party or wedding look (just make sure your dress isn't ivory also).

FINEST ACCESSORIES Eiffel Flower Headband, $56

VIXEN_cadet_capFor those days when you just can't fathom doing your hair, opt for a cap. But not just any cap, choose one with a girly element, like a bow.

Charlotte Russe Fabric-Bow Cadet Hat, $9.50

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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