Author: Yegide Matthews

Editor’s Letter

Autumn/Winter 2019 | #YHMLoveWhatYouDo I want to be as confident as ZaZa. You know her name. It’s Zahara “ZaZa” Bean. If you don’t know, you need to check out @redcarpetgirlz on Instagram. A few months ago, the four-year-old bad and boujee—her words, not mine—stumbled across my feed with her full of confidence dance moves and sass. I kept thinking, “she is the coolest person ever, and I hope my future kids are this cool.” ZaZa has picked up magazine features to an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past summer. She’s busy living her best life with poise. We talk a lot about confidence at Young Hot & Modern, and ZaZa represents much of that at a young age. While we should all have her level of confidence, ZaZa also stands out because she’s having a ball doing what she loves. That’s what I’d like us to embrace this season. Here’s why. My first experience in fashion started with a high school talent show. I loved mixing a mini runway presentation in the middle …

Editor’s Letter

Spring/Summer 2019 | #YHMGoGetter The idea of girl power is to instill a sense of confidence, intellect, pride, and joy in young girls that will continue throughout womanhood. My mother did an amazing job of that in me. Her mother did the same for her and her sisters. The women in my family are passionately independent, go-getters. This perspective of girl power fuels my reason for pushing YHM forward. I refer to YHM as many things: a side hustle, a small business, a hobby, and a passion project. Whatever the definition, I hope to continue telling stories about women, individuals, and brands empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs, trendsetters, scholars, policymakers, and more! From #BlackGirlMagic to #BossBabe, we can all get our girl power fix by tapping on a few hashtags. Team YHM is here for all of it, and we hope to connect women in conversation and action. We love celebrating confident, intellectual, and joyous girl power moments. We take pride in that. So let’s all share those empowering moments on social media …

It’s Time to Step Up Your Skincare Regimen

As a little girl, I remember my mother teaching me the importance of a good skincare routine. I grew up using Noxzema’s deep cleansing cream and any lotion that was in the apartment. For a long time, I focused my skincare regimen on my face. I didn’t share my beauty products with friends, no one was allowed to touch my face, I didn’t pop blemishes in fear of a scar, and I washed my face in the morning and at night. I was serious about having a fresh face. I still am, however, as I got older I expanded my focus to my entire body beyond using a flower-scented bath wash and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotion. After my Noxzema phase—I still love them—I transitioned into all things Neutrogena. These drugstore brands worked perfectly for my skin and budget. Our digital magazine is all about the everyday woman, and we want to stay true to that. I asked my editors to share their favorite skincare products, and they didn’t hesitate to chat up their tried-and-true favorites. …

Editor’s Letter

Winter 2019 | #YHMGetItDone I recently came across an Instagram post that read “I need to figure my sh*t out and get back to creating some work I feel excited about.” I instantly felt the need to comment “same.” However, I would be admitting that I’m not so happy with how things are going. So here it goes. I need a change which I often confuse with “I need a break.” Does that happen to you? There are times when I fall into a creative slump here on YHM. I feel the need to retreat and reflect, but to be honest, I regularly reflect on YHM. I think about what we get right and what we can do better all the time. As we usher in the new year, I’m going to take all that reflection I did in 2018 and get stuff done. I don’t need a break. I need a change—a change of pace and a change of purpose. That’s why I’m committing to a New Year’s resolution of positive change. A few …

Ana Laura Gives Us Glam-Casual For Fall Fashion

Autumn is a complete game-changer in the fashion world. Whether you’re a fashion guru like Ana Laura, the curvaceous plus-size model in our 2018 Influencer Look Book, or you’re a laid back type of gal autumn is all about transition. We know a thing or two about layering our favorite summer pieces, diving into darker hues, plotting holiday looks, and just leaving the house in the most comfortable pieces in our closet. Our annual look book collection covers just that. First up in our look book series is Ana. Our girl models a glam yet casual look that can take you right into the holiday season. Ana’s sheer and fringe black top tucks away in a sleek burgundy leather skirt. She finishes off her look with simple black low-heeled boots and a fun “taxi” inspired purse. We love Ana’s take on fall colors. Mix up your take on her chic pencil skirt with looks from Ann Taylor, Reiss, and Altuzarra. Her fringe top most definitely screams holiday parties. Shein, H & M, and Norma Kamali have …