holiday help

Although the holiday season has just passed, we are all still struggling to recuperate and get back on track. This time of year, family and close friends frequently gather to celebrate; with our hearts full of kindness, thankfulness, love and joy, we indulge in familiar traditions and make lasting memories. But as we navigate through the ending of one year, the holidays, the beginning of another year, it is important to keep our mental and physical health in mind. Continue reading below to see our tips!

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how theMBB's do Halloween

With the fall season here, Halloween becomes ever present. Buying costumes, stocking up on candy + covering your house with spooky decorations creates fun family traditions. In this post, we give you all a peek inside what Halloween looks like in each of our households.

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discussions with dianna: i am not my hair

Dianna, daughter of Shawnna - 1 of 3 of the resident MBBs, is quite the courageous young lady. At the age of 17, she is already very confident + grounded. Dianna loves to express herself through fashion, makeup & beauty, but not long ago she finally was allowed to make a huge change to her appearance! Keep reading to find out her thoughts + feelings of her recent transformation 💇‍♀️

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2 aunts + cancer = 1 aunt

Breast Cancer Awareness month is a great way to raise awareness about a disease that is killing 113 people a day. All October, you can find statistics, survivor stories, and pink ribbons everywhere you turn.  Initially, I wanted to use this post to focus on the facts, but it quickly grew into something more. Although I will still post a few links below for you to see the details yourself, I'm going to do something I rarely do - share my personal experience with breast cancer.

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the mbb's guide to updating your fall fashion

We here at The Modern Black Belle love fashion, but we often feel intimidated by all of the Fall Fashion advice that is floating around the web. Beautiful model-like bloggers travelling to New York and Paris fashion weeks just to turn around and tell us about the latest couture and runway trends that most of us cannot wear in a practical way.
Well if you’re on the hunt for some fall fashion advice that can combine the latest trends into your every day life, continue reading below 🍂

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a trip to the orchards - the linvilla orchards

Oh hey y’all 👋 We don't know about you, but we are so excited that it is officially fall! You start to feel the chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors, and some of our favorite activity, like harvest festivals + apple or pumpkin picking, are once again here to enjoy. Although many people tend to mourn the ending of the summer season, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy! Keep reading to hear about our time spent at the Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA.

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the mbb's guide to self care

Self-care refers to activities that you do to reduce stress, connect spiritually, or proactively working towards your general well-being, and neglecting self-care can lead to breakdowns in your mental and physical health. This energy is not only damaging to yourself, but it is easily transferable to all those around you. So sis, this is your guide to ensure that you keep your melanin poppin’ at an optimum level ✨The MMB's have got you - Mind, Body & Spirit.

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the modern black belle hits the road

Nashville, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, etc., have all been popular for many years and for good reason.  People seek out southern city vacations looking for weekend getaways that are relaxing and laid-back while still offering up many options to have fun. Here are a few places that are still pretty low on the radar, yet are equally as indulgent for your next adult getaway.

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the MBB's top southern dishes

Traditional southern foods are enjoyed world 'round.  From state to state, you can find endless renditions of the classics, but nothing beats the simplicity of southern fare in its basic form.  Here are 10 of our favorite foods from the south.

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local hidden gems

Planning a girls getaway to a major southern city? Looking for something new to do in your current city? If so, this list is for you! We have dug up some hidden gems and must do/see attractions that most people pass up while visiting (or even living in) a major city in the Southeast.

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a modern belle wedding

It is no question that the modern belle strives to have not only a classic wedding, but a chic one.  Here are a few tips on how to add some Low-Country flair that nods subtly to your roots without compromising your style.

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hosting summer parties

From Memorial Day to Labor, summer is filled with almost too many opportunities to host a gathering.  Whether it's a simple girls night in, or a family bar-b-que, these tips will keep the modern belle prepared for anything and your guests wanting more!

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the modern belle's guide to summer beauty

10 beauty musts to get you through the summer

Well Hello Summer! I must say I was awaiting this season as “Spring” was a major disappointment. Now that summer is here it’s time for BBQ’s, festivals, relaxing beach days, rooftop parties, or just catching up with friends. You’ll have to update your beauty regime to accommodate for the heat and humidity to ensure you look great throughout the season. So say bye to layering, coats, and heavy foundation; here are our 10 summer beauty essentials.

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the modern black belle hits the runway

The sun is shining and with summer in full force  we love to slay at all times. Here’s a list of some summer time essentials to keep your look fresh for whatever spontaneous summertime activity may come your way. From an impromptu beach trips to backyard bar-b-ques, we’ve got you covered–come sand, sangria or sunshine!

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the modern belle’s family vacation

If you're a mom, you know that every summer comes with the task of finding the perfect family vacation.  With beaches spread all over the south, many can be hectic and over-crowded, taking away from the serenity you sought out.  We have compiled a list of some off-beat vacations that are perfect for your family (and you wallets).  Let's get started!

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