Beauty and the beat

Hey Girl. Hey to all of you!

“Style is a beautiful thing indeed,” Nanny would say. Nanny was my great grandmother. Just one of the many conversations I miss having with her. Her grace and style shaped my complete idea of beauty and I am so grateful.

“All the pizzazz comes from us sweetheart. Back then we had to make something out of nothing. And we were clean as the Board of Health…,” Nanny said.

The style of Black folks is sought after, emulated and recreated by so many because of how we take so little and make it so fly. That is indeed the mark of a lady of quality.

I am Jill Tracey! I have been bringing you "Love Life and the 411" on South Florida radio for over 20 years and I thank you for each and every one of them. As you also know, I live for style and beauty. No matter how crazy is your day, night, or life, when you can snatch it all together to look and feel beautiful all's right with the world. Let the church say Amen. Amen.

As the first beauty editor of The Miami Times, South Florida’s most recognized publication targeted specifically to the Black agenda, I look forward to bringing you the best in all things beauty, style and the 411 on the people, places and products that should keep you shining bright like a diamond.

Welcome to #BeautyandtheBeat.


How to tell if you have a great makeup artist

When people see your “after” look they always say:

A. Your makeup looks great!

B. You look beautiful!

If your answer is A, it’s time for a change. One of my favorite makeup artists is Rhoni Samuels, head face designer at Giorgio Armani Beauty.

She says, “Makeup should accentuate your beauty, not hide your face.”

South Florida is naturally beautiful, so fresh, radiant skin - being unafraid of melting in the wicked, hot sun is a must! Weekly, I’ll introduce you to some of South Florida’s best beauty purveyors to help you get your shine on!

Style Files Q&A

Licensed esthetician and certified make-up artist, Glynis Fobbs of Glamour'd and Grace Beauty LLC will come to you. Her specialties: Full-face wax, lash and brow tinting, lash lifting (perm) and facials. Be like a Dove commercial with dreamy, beautiful skin.

What’s the one thing that you wish your clients would not do?

I wish my clients would not hold their heads down to look at their phone or device.


Warrick "theW" Andrews started as a nail tech. He became a full time makeup artist nine years ago. Since, his artistry has gained the likes of many, including a celebrity clientele. He stands by his phrase, "Doin my makeup thing," by creating versatility and creativity on his canvases.

Who are your two best clients and why?

Shareza J. Wilkerson and Fly Girl Diva on Power 96. They are very consistent, loyal and have assisted me in being a better makeup artist by bringing out my gifts and talents – outside of makeup.

They came to slay.

Sister to Sister

These divas are the total hair-and-makeup package. Although not in the same shop, MUA JPhoenix does travel. She gives you that good Trina Robinson-executive-I-run-all-of-this face. With almost 25 years in the hair-care business, Cheryl Sims has seen and transformed many missing edges – including my own. When I was ready to be a member of the #nogluegang that meant going the big shop. I have never been happier the with low maintenance and hip glamour of my new styles.

Cheryl Sims Hair Y’s choice Salon 


My best clients are:

1. The person who is patient with me and my creative time with them and the consideration of me being creative with my other clients. What I do is art not paperwork so sometimes I need more time than originally planned to create the best looks for my clients.

2. The client that lets me have free creative reign. These type of clients end up with new looks that are out of the norm for them, or I may want to try a trendy new look that they would be the first to wear.



Coming from a family with a love for cosmetology, she grew up learning from her aunts and grandmother, sister and cousins about eyebrow grooming and hair care, but it was makeup artistry that won her heart.

Things I wish my clients wouldn’t do?

There a very few things that bother her while working with clients, but moving around while I’m perfecting a winged liner gets under my skin.

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Who would be your dream clients?

Dream clients would be former First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Gabrielle Union and Charlize Theron. She loves to work with beautifully structured faces and diverse skin tones.


Isn’t he lovely?

Stevie Wonder’s son Kailand Morris heads to Paris to intern at Dior

My, how fast they grow. Mom's designer Kai Millard Morris and father the legendary Stevie Wonder, Kailand Morris is taking a cue from mom and is headed to the legendary house of Dior in Paris to learn the world of high fashion. However, Kailand Morris is no stranger to couture. He’s ripped the runways of young superstar Black designer Pyer Moss, Dolce & Gabbana and Comme des Garçons.

During Kailand Morris’ summer internship abroad, he will report to Dior’s head creative director, Kim Jones at Dior Homme and will certainly include his first love as a DJ as well. “Something expected,” he posted on an Instagram in front of the Eiffel Tower recently.

Speaking of Dior...

THE Summer Tote

It is Rhianna’s favorite summer bag - which is saying a lot considering she’s in partnership with Louis Vuitton. Christian Dior never goes out of style but the hot monogrammed tote bag is definitely having a moment. It’s a go-to-travel tote, a perfect weekend getaway bag for celebs on the go this summer. Now the bad news. It’s sold out at most Dior Boutiques. Clearly its retail price of $3,200+ is not an issue. I’m gonna wait for @KeyshiaKaoir to have a garage sale and grab one of hers. If you fancy and can’t wait, be among the A-lister Celebs on Dior’s waitlist and have it customized with your name on the bag.

Snatched this week

Karrueche's doing the most in Italy with boo, Victor Cruz for Pitti Uomo or "Pitti Men,"one of the world’s most important platforms for launching new projects in men’s fashion and accessories.

I’m so excited about our journey! Until next week, Divas. Love ya, mean it.

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