#iamlettingGO NYC Video Screening Recap

Posted on October 16, 2015

I am reallllly excited to share these pictures with you from my #iamlettingGO video screening sponsored by Crème of Nature and Dark and Lovely at Pulse Karaoke Lounge located in the heart of NYC!!!!   Ok so to bring you up to speed, if you don’t follow me on Instagram, I started a campaign called #iamlettingGO after the realization that so many people were going through life transitions.  It was a platform for people to share their beautiful struggles andRead More

My Staycation at the Marriott Marquis Washington,DC

Posted on August 19, 2015

As an avid traveller, I always look for my lodging to be comfortable as my home. But there are some trips that I just and want to feel special and experience ALL of the amenities a hotel has to offer.   As the #StayDC Marriott brand influencer, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore and stay at the beautiful Marriott Marquis located in downtown DC and I got the chance to experience the perfect mix of being home but feeling likeRead More

Two Year Blog Anniversary Recap at STK

Posted on August 17, 2015

This celebration has been a long time coming.  I had always dreamed of having an event but I didn’t have a clue where to start so I just kept putting it off.  It wasn’t until I was on my way home on the metro and a girl approached me and said “I know you!  When are you having an event? DC naturals need to meet you in person.”  I was so surprised and definitely taken back by her moxie butRead More

Curly to Straight- Natural Hair Blow-Out with Tracee Ellis Ross!!

Posted on August 10, 2015

I have been keeping a secret.  Trust me, I really couldn’t wait to share this very special project with you guys.   Amla Legend’s Artistic Director & celebrity stylist Johnny Wright transformed my naturally curly hair into the ultimate silky blow-out with the one and only TV celebrity, style icon and my new curlfriend Tracee Ellis Ross! *Yes, I was starstruck and I couldn’t properly function for the first 10 minutes after she arrived* It has been at least over a year since I have straightenedRead More


Posted on August 7, 2015

Come celebrate my two year blog anniversary at STK! FREE ADMISSION & NO RSVP! Gift bags provided by Amla Legend to the first 20 guests. Drinks will be provided in fresh coconuts by Coconut Cartel with liquor provided by Zacapa Rum and Light Bites will be passed courtesy of STK DC. I will also have a limited amount of Rock Yo Rizos T-Shirts available for purchase! I am looking forward to seeing you all there. XO, Mel

Featured: Virtual Beauties by: Shazart

Posted on April 7, 2015

How talented is my buddy Shaz?   I always had a true appreciation for artists because my stick figures are truly embarrassing so when I stumbled along Shaz’ art work via his Instagram I was in love with his work!  The details of his drawings are so elaborate and captivating.  To my surprise, he informed me that he was creating a book called Virtual Beauties and asked if I would like to be a part of it.  I mean, of course!!  This was the concept behind the book (as told byRead More

Mischo Beauty Introduces the Lacquer of Love Campaign

Posted on March 14, 2015

Mischo Beauty Introduces the Lacquer of Love Campaign: Effect Meaningful Change with the Stroke of a Brush WASHINGTON, DC – Luxury, eco-chic cosmetics brand Mischo Beauty launches its philanthropic arm with the Lacquer of Love campaign, which will feature a new limited edition nail lacquer each campaign season. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these signature polishes will be donated to an organization which empowers women. A new color and recipient organization will be announced bi-annually.  The brand’s founder and myRead More

Dark and Lovely Instagram Takeover!

Posted on March 14, 2015

  Follow me on Instagram as I takeover Dark and Lovely’s  Instagram on Sunday, March 15th.   Hint: I love to travel and I will be sharing ……. Well you will have to follow me tomorrow to see.  XO, Mel