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Urban Escence Apparel: By Aaliyah Always

“Essence / ΛˆΙ›s(Ι™)ns / noun / 1. the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character.
synonyms: quintessence, soul, spirit, ethos, nature, life, core, heart, centre, sum and substance” 
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the new apparel launch from the lovely @aaliyahalways which goes by the name of @urbanescenceapparel. Described as the ‘sister’ to her other apparel site @theinfluential. Exciting things are most definitely in the works ;) So stay tuned and be sure to follow on Twitter via @Urbanescence_
I simply can't wait to see all the Aaliyah designs, since I already know they're gonna look HOT! :D

Aaliyah: Video Footage Courtesy of ET Online

I was meant to post this awhile ago, but better late than never right? ;) I happened to come across a video courtesy of AaliyahAlways via Tumblr, who kindly shared this video posted from They briefly talked about Janet Jackson's letter to Aaliyah (on the day of the 14 year death anniversary), with talks on Timbaland, Missy Elliot, as well as showing a small snippet of Aaliyah at the 2000, MTV Video Music Awards. It was definitely a breath of fresh air to myself when I watched it, since I have never seen this particular footage before. So I hope this will brighten everyone's day, no matter where they are! Watch below and enjoy! ;) :D


Aaliyah Archives News: Aaliyah: Vibe Spray By Xyrena (Ships Worldwide)

Check out the new official Aaliyah - Vibe Spray. A Body & room spray version of the Aaliyah Fragrance. Available to pre-order via For those who live overseas like myself, you will already know that there were some difficulties purchasing the perfume version. This is because it's an alcohol based product, so due to certain shipping restrictions, this is why we were unable to attain it. However...the body/room spray version is a water based product which does ship worldwide. So if you really want it, this version will probably be best! :o) 

Also in other news...Xyrena happened to post an image on their Instagram with some Aaliyah goodies ;) ....

And here's what they had to say...

@xyrena: "Everyone attending the @officialpeta 35th Anniversary Gala in LA will be receiving a sample of #AaliyahByXyrena! #crueltyfree #certifiedvegan"

So for any of those who are planning to go, be sure to cop your sample! ;)


Aaliyah Archives News: Official Aaliyah Fragrance Tribute (Unisex) By Xyrena

Edit made by yours truly! :o)

Pre-order your Official Unisex Aaliyah fragrance by Xyrena via For those who live overseas like myself, Rashad is currently working on releasing a special version for international markets by the end of the week. So please be patient and stay tuned! ;)

Remember that 5% on all purchases go straight to the AaliyahMemorialFund, a charity very dear to all us fans, especially The Haughtons. Please note that for anyone who signed the #AaliyahForMAC petition, Rashad has made it very clear that everyone should purchase this fragrance, along with the Official Aaliyah Merchandise courtesy of UrbanOutfitters (Which you can check out from my previous posts!). This is the only way we can help the MAC makeup campaign come to fruition. So if you would like this to happen, please help by showing your love and support! Remember that this is all for a good cause, so let’s make Babygirl proud! :o) One love!

A quote from the Xyrena site themselves who describes the scent as...

"Aaliyah™ by Xyrena is the first and only official fragrance tribute to the Princess of R&B. Developed in close collaboration with Diane & Rashad Haughton (the late singer and actress’s mother and brother), Xyrena crafted a true aromatic tribute inspired by actual fragrances Aaliyah wore. Aaliyah by Xyrena is unisex but leans masculine, as Aaliyah favored traditional men’s scents in line with her signature, sexy tomboy image. The formula is also a hue of black which was Aaliyah’s favorite color. Aaliyah by Xyrena has base notes of vanilla, sandalwood, amber, and jasmine; middle notes of black pepper, violet and leather; with top notes of mint, lavender and mandarin. 

5% of all sales from this release will be donated to The Aaliyah Memorial Fund."

I'm really happy that they are using a mixture of actual scents which Aaliyah wore herself. Some people may think it's another gimmick, but it's definitely far from that, since both Diane and Rashad have taken a lot into consideration into preserving Aaliyah's legacy, and rightly so! I've been waiting for something like this for years, so the fact that it is actually happening, truly warms my heart. Thank you Diane and Rashad for taking the time and effort into making all these ventures possible. I know Aaliyah would be very proud. :o) If that's not all...check out the dope video promo for the fragrance below, to give you a better feel of what it's all about! Enjoy! ;)



Aaliyah: Tommy Hilfiger Fashion show at Macy's in Brooklyn, NY (12th September, 1997)

Repost via @alwaysandforeveraaliyah: “I was so excited to see Aaliyah at this fashion show. Back then I didn’t have a fancy camera, but I still love my momentos. Just wanted to share one of the photos I took from that day. Aaliyah at Macy’s in Brooklyn, NY on 9/12/97. #aaliyah#oneinamillion #macys #fan #rare#tommyhilfiger #kidadajones” | Wow thanks for sharing with us all hun! You’re very blessed to of seen Aaliyah in the flesh! What I’d do to just have that moment! *sigh* and thanks to @diaryofaaliyahhaughton for tagging me

Aaliyah & Damon Dash: Rare Photo

Repost via @nickibille14: “You always find these great gems or shall we call them blasts from the past hehe.. Like these old pictures of my baby @maydersen with #Aaliyah @duskopoppington and @gisele ❤️ ” Thanks so much for sharing with us all! Such a beautiful picture! And thanks @aaliyahfanpage1979 & @weloveaaliyahhaughton for tagging me! ;) 


Aaliyah Archives: News

A few days ago, Rashad tweeted some exciting news regarding an OFFICIAL (yes you read that correctly!) Aaliyah clothing/apparel line courtesy of UrbanOutfitters. Anyone who wishes to purchase please visit the link via... Remember, that by purchasing any Official Aaliyah merch, you are also helping towards the many charities that Aaliyah was fond of, including the memorial fund which is dear to everyone's hearts. So as you can see, this really is all for a good cause :o). 

If that's not all...literally just minutes ago, Rashad posted this tweet stating that there are yet more surprises for us in store...


Obviously as you can see by my reply, I'm so hyped! :D Lol! I'm willing to wait on greatness, but for those who lack patience, I will definitely keep you all posted on what's happening! ;)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo's Courtesy of Tavarius Polk


Big shout out to Tavarius Polk (for those who are unaware of who he is, he sang on Aaliyah's Never Givin' Up from the One In A Million album) who shared these rare gems with us all. Enjoy my lovelies! :o)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

Repost @therealqd3: “#tbt w Aaliyah @aaliyah RIP angel @eliane.nicole and my sister @kidadajonesog on Fiji island in the 90’s. Good times” | Wow…thank you so much for sharing and thanks @aaliyahalways for tagging me! :o) ♥ 


Aaliyah: Rare Photo

Repost via @itowandabraxton: “#TBT Fun times with @tamarbraxtonher @trinabraxton1 and the beautiful #aaliyah #bfv finale tonight!!#braxstan #braxcon #karuPr” | Thank you so much for sharing with us all and thanks @tma_aaliyahfan for tagging me! ;)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

Repost via @nitroinc4: “Hanging with Aaliyah on the beach in Jamaica #90s #jamaica #aaliyah #aaliyah#aaliyahrocks #aaliyahhaughton #rnb #hiphop#montegobay” | Thanks for sharing and making our day as always! In my island slang….‘safe’ ;)


Aaliyah: Rare Photo

Repost courtesy of @nitroinc4: “Hot night in Jamaica #pdiddy#puffdaddy #seancombs #aaliyahrocks #aaliyah #NotoriousBIG #Biggiesmalls #bigpoppa #jamaica#montegobay #hiphop #rap #rnb#90s#blackisbeautiful #blackgirlsrock#blacklivesmatter” | Thank you so much for sharing and thanks @aaliyahalways for tagging me ;) So nice to finally see this epic picture in colour! Enjoy everyone :D