Guest Post: 5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Solange Knowles

I’m Channing (remember me?) and B let me come by and talk fashion with you ladies. I’m a freelance writer obsessed with nail polish and sequins. I’ve written for, VIBE Vixen, and Clutch magazine, to name a few sites where you can see my work. I wax poetically all day on my blog, Channing in The City about creating your personal style.

So today, I’m excited to talk to you about personal style using one of my most favorite-est friends in my head, singer/DJ/mother/and all around cool chick: Solange Knowles. Solange is the younger, edgier sister to the other Queen B, Beyonce.

Looking at Solange’s style, there are five style lessons that us regular folk without stylists can apply to ourselves. Like what you ask? Well…

1. You ARE NOT Your Hair

I really admire how Solange was able to up and chop of all of her hair. I know hair is a hugely personal issue with women of color, but as a woman in the process of growing out her relaxer, I appreciate Solange showing us that your hair does not make you pretty. Don’t you ladies agree?

2. Invest In Your Shoes

In an interview with Refinery 29, Solo says that, “So many people get it right from the head until the ankles. The shoe is very important.” Yeah, I don’t want you to be one of those people who get it wrong after the ankles. You don’t even have to wear heels all the time, but make sure they don’t distract from your look by lookin’ tore up.

3. Your Nails Make A Statement, Too

As Clumps of Mascara readers, I already know that you ladies can appreciate a gal who enjoys nail polish. Solange doesn’t just enjoy it, she is frequently spotted sporting nail art to compliment her outfit. You can never be too old to have fun with your polish. What are your nails saying about you?

4. Prints On Prints On Prints

5 points, if you know what ratchet song inspired that title, hehe. Anywayss, I was never to keen on mixing prints until I saw Ms. Solange do it. The way she coordinates colors and prints when she mixes them shows us all we need not fear. And if you aren’t ready for mixing, don’t be afraid to wear a graphic print dress instead of the standard little black dress.

5. March To The Beat Of Your Own Drum

This may be sound odd coming from someone who writes about fashion and trends on a daily basis, but to me style is personal. Your style should tell the rest of the world who exactly you are without ever saying a word. Whatever you chose to do with your look, make sure it represents you. Solange Knowles isn’t afraid to get behind a DJ turntable, cut off her hair, mix prints with abandon or wear the British flag on her nails. Your style is you, have fun with it.

Ladies, I want to thank you for letting me talk your ear off and promise you’ll come visit me sometime at Channing in The City!

Thanks, B!

A Fashion Challenge with Sears? I accept.

Remember that post I did where I talked about how much shopping and I don’t mix? I also mentioned that while I’ve never been a fan of shopping, I had such a pleasant experience gettin’ my shop on at Sears last week. Through Glam Media, I was presented with the opportunity to use a $75 gift certificate at Sears. This was quite the challenge,  y’all. Not the spending money part. I can do that easily. But I wanted to get the most bang for $75. Well…the most trendy bang. It wasn’t easy. But to inspire me, I pretended like I was on an episode of What Not To Wear with Stacy and Clinton. I gave myself an hour and got to it.

Oh and uh….an hour in the mall is like an eternity to me. For serious.

I believe in shopping for outfits. I mean, yeah…snagging 2 shirts is good but I’d rather have those 2 shirts and a skirt or pants to wear with them. I kept that in mind and managed to score a cardigan, shirt, 1 blouse, a pair of jeans, a nail polish and earrings. All under $75. I was so proud of myself. I even tried everything on. My best best “Splurge vs Steal” look of the season? This bit.

 I scored this sequin top for $14.99. Spotted some funky earrings and couldn’t leave those behind.

The jeans? I got these Ralph Lauren ones for $19.99.

 And excuse me, but why didn’t y’all tell me how awesome the brand Apostrophe was? The fashion angels up above were obviously on my side that day because most of the line was on sale.

Yeah mon! I guess I’m not as impractical as I thought I was. Even though it took a lot for me not to spend every dime over here….

…I still did good. And this winter wear will SO be coming in handy. This Apostrophe cardigan came in at a whooping $12.

Perfect for boppin’ around Maryland this Christmas. As will this striped shirt…

I scored the Sally Hansen polish for $3.62.

Hey. I never said I was a model. Ha! So let’s do the calculations…

-Stone Earrings…$7.99
-Sally Hansen Complete Salon polish…$3.26
-Sequin tank…$14.99
-Ralph Lauren jeans…$19.99
-Tiered knit shirt…$17.99
-Anthropologie cardigan…$12.00

TOTAL before tax: $75.79.

So I went over $0.79. Still some steals. Think I did good?



No monetary compensation was provided by Sears or Glam Media for this post. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

POLL: Shopping. Yay or nay?

I have a confession, y’all. I’m not a shopper. In fact…I suck at it. The only places I can shop without cringing are beauty stores (obviously), tech stores and book stores. Department stores put me in some kind of trance. And not in a “OMG, I’m so excited I can’t even think straight” kind of trance. But in a “OMG, this is so overwhelming. Where do I start?” trance.

I blame Mama Clumps. Really, I do. I remember having to spend hours in department stores with her as a kid. I’d take books with me and sit cross legged outside of fitting rooms waiting for her to say, “I’m done.” Going shopping always seemed like a punishment.

Esposo and I are going to Maryland for the holidays and considering it’s been a summery winter all season here in Florida, I figured I’d better get us some warmer wear. I went to….the mall.

I know. My sentiments exactly. I go to a mall a good 3-4 times a year if I’m lucky. And even that’s pushing it. The good news is, I actually had a pleasant time shopping this go round. I made a list of what I wanted to get, printed off coupons (you know how I do…) and only ventured around the departments I needed to be at.

Okay, I’m lying. I did make my way over to shoes (I REALLY need a pair of comfortable leather boots), purses and jewelry, but come on…even I can’t get away from the magnetic force that is boots and Movado watches. Anywhoovers, for the first time EVER, I made it in and out of the mall having spent under budget and WITH the items I came for. That absolutely never happens. Don’t get me wrong. I am still far from a shopaholic but this shopping trip was actually…tolerable. Where do you stand when it comes to shopping?

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P.S. – Anytime any of you trendy gals want to visit me here in Central Florida and show me how to shop, let me know. I know how to paint nails and pick out makeup like a professional but my fashion sense could sooooo use some help.

NYFW S/S 2012: OPI Samoan Sand at the BCBG Max Azria show

It looks like the nude nail polish trend will still be with us Spring 2012. OPI was backstage at the BCBG Max Azria show putting the nail polish Samoan Sand on the models’ nails and toes.

If you’re a fan of the “mannequin nails” look, check out the post I did on Mannequin Hands for Brown Girls. I used OPI’s San Tan-tonio I can’t say this is my favorite nail polish trend but hey, if you’re going to rock it Samoan Sand and San Tan-tonio are the shade to roll with.

These feet were made for walkin’…but comfortably.

It’s a well known Clumps of Mascara fact, that I am NOT a fan of heels. And not because I don’t want to be stylin’ and profilin’ and standin’ close to 6-feet tall in heels that elongate my legs. But let’s face it, heels are not meant to be comfortable. Prolonged wear of ’em can’t possibly be good for our toes, feet, ankles and legs. And because of that, I like to rock comfortable and cute flats and sandals as often as I can.

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Rumba Watches=WIN

My obsession with watches continue with the super fun and incredibly affordable Rumba watches. And one of the best things about these watches is the packaging. Check this out…

…I know right! Hit the jump to see them up close.

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Sista Show-Off: The shopaholic who stopped shopping

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at

Can you imagine NOT shopping? I mean…for a complete year not purchasing an article of clothing, accessory OR purse? Have you fainted out of sheer horror yet? My girl Kelli over at Stop Shop is doing it. Hit the jump to read her story.