Guest Editor: Summer Fashions from Miss. Yaya

Are y’all ready for the guest post from Miss Yaya? I hardly think you are!!

As the weather outside gets less and less frightful, and the breeze is so delightful… our closets filled with blacks and browns, the edges of our clothing yearns for hikes of hems and sleeves alike. And so each year when spring melts into summer, some summer trends stand out (and fall just as quickly – haha get it?), while plenty have weathered through the years.

Current: This means they are of the essence, the same way bell bottoms, mood rings, door knocker earrings were once THE IT item in your collection, and are now out of sight/out of mind for the majority of the fashion frenzied.

Rompers: Though this style was always present in the fashion world, it is the first season in a while that it’s becoming so widely popular. The baby to OH BABY style is playful, and offers the same ease of choice as a dress does, in the sense that one item is your whole outfit.

The variety of styles go from strapless to different sleeve lengths, and from tight to loose. It is however suggested that you get one with a looser topside than the bottom, as it is meant to highlight your lower half. Anything looser on the bottom would really need to be a skirt – and thus become a dress.

Pictured: Dereon Romper $79.00

Gladiator Sandals: This is the second year that the sandal style has stuck around for. The style is versatile in that it can be bulky and add grunge/character to a girly outfit, or tone something down to a relaxed, bohemian mood.

This style comes in a plethora of studded to strappy versions, with every other style in between and has been fluid in the boundaries of flats to heels.

Be your picky self and choose just how strappy you want it – from minimal to your whole darn foot if you want it so. But please – leave the Crocs at home!

Pictured: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Dinah Flat Gladiator Sandal $142.10

Pinup Va Va Voom: With sweetheart necklines and highwaists galore, it is easy to evoke the era of the pinups, where clothes were sensual and not cut from here to there with little to the imagination.

Slowly making it’s comeback, this style is taking over everything from pants and tops to swimwear. It is recommended that if you do not want to do a whole themed outfit, you are better off to sticking to a few items (i.e. a high waist pair of shorts with a modern top).

Pictured: The June Dress $54.99


Keepers: Now this here is a summer style staple. A ‘let me buy this on clearance in December because it will still be relevant next June’ style. Something you could probably remember your parents rocking out (though maybe not as fashionably as yourself). This here style is not going anywhere.

Maxi Dresses: Ever since the celebrities started sporting maxi dresses, clothing companies took notice. Before – finding a decent maxi dress would land you in a house dress or an evening gown, with few well priced options in between. Now there are a gazillion ideas out there, with creative cutouts, backs, and patterns.

The shape itself lends to highlight the mother earth qualities and goddess-like similarities all females have from birth (yes ladies – please stand up proud). Once again, this is a whole outfit in one try, and being that it takes up your whole length, you don’t even need to worry about many accessories.

Pictured: Victoria’s Secret Maxi Dress $109.00 via a Shop.com search

Bright Colors: If it’s anything that happens in my closet every summer is that the rainbow comes around. This is the perfect time to experiment with neons, pastels, and everything in between. If you’re shy to the news – try it with a toenail color and work up the confidence – if it’s me? You’ll be seeing me with hot pink shoes, earrings and bags! (I try not to look like a big bright traffic light though). Let’s not forget that white is a bright too (okay for me it is). Have you ever been in an area with too much white light and it just overwhelmed you? Okay then – point proven! Forget the hokey about Labor Day and wear white all around – but wear it now especially!

Oh and ladies? Don’t ever think you’re too old to visit retailers that cater to a younger crowd. They usually have cheaper stuff in colors or styles you haven’t tried yet.

Some places to try (if you haven’t already started to mosey over…):

And who can forget the male clumps population? Certainly not I!

Men’s styles vary a lot less than women’s. They don’t have revolutionary different length short shorts to skirts and skorts every season (nor do I know many a man that will follow the trend). Male fashion houses are aware that for men, it is more in the shape and the fit.

So what do you ask is the summer style? Well – no matter if you’re 3008 or 2000-late, you can definitely make a boom by first realizing that the long tees, the abnormally long jeans – they’re out the window. Let’s all motivate and get our grown man on with a fit that compliments all your features, rather than highlights poor choices.

Tops: Polos, tees, and blazers. The ideal fit is that it is a half size bigger than the male body. So if your medium tee is snug – step it up a size, this will make it more comfortable to wear and undershirt and will not constrict movement. Plus no one looks confident or sexy when they’re fidgeting and uncomfortable in their own skin – and that sure as hell will happen if your shirts and shorts are bunching and twisting.

Men – don’t be afraid to look casual. A well designed tee in a soft fabric will make you extra comfy, and still keep you looking good. A button down is and always will be a good choice, but don’t be afraid to experiment!

Pictured: LRG polo $38.00

Bottoms: Personally, I like my man to wear a straight leg pant. I’m not a fan of a man in a skinny jean. If you can rock it – then by all means do so, but IMO that is a male nono.

Straight leg or bootcut will be the closest in line with your upper body and will create a long and lean silhouette. That means no breaks from top to bottom which also means you’re on the scene smooooth and clean (and I’m queen of corny…).

Pictured: Express Rocco Straight Leg Jeans $78.00

Manly trends you ask? Some similar to women’s: don’t be afraid of bright colors (but don’t overdo it – we are not looking for Skittle takeovers). Pastel colors are also in tune with the brights, but are toned down enough to be up to par with the relaxed summer mindset. Designs are also snazzy – whether on a t-shirt, blazer, or a pant.

Try not to go all nutso with it though, because I have never had much nice things to say for males whose pants have a golden arch on their behind (must I even name the brand?).

To save the best for last – unisex advice that never goes out of style OR seasonbe confident. Wear all that you are and have with confidence and everything else will be a perfect fit. Smiling seems to do the trick too – just brush yo teeth! I know every person reading this has stepped outside of their house and found the natural ability of checking out a person who’s having a good day. It’s in the smile, the posture, the language. Don’t ever put yourself down.

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Hope I did the Clumps Fam proud!

Amor de Lacquer: What The Polish Addict Says…

Got another tip from one of my favorite nail polishes bloggers!!

Stephanie from The Polish Addict

“Different base coats work differently for different people but a good base coat makes a world of difference in terms of wear time, prevention of yellowing, and some even help to make difficult to apply polishes easier to apply. My personal favorites right now are Barielle Camouflage and Zoya.”

Visit Stephanie’s blog here. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,

Sista Show-Off: More hot blogs, mags and artists


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 Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

  • What do you get when you combine a hubby that shoots and a wifey that bangs out make-up? None other than K&T Makeup Artistry. I love love LOVE family businesses but it especially warms my heart when it is a husband/wife operation. That’s just a beautiful thang. In the DC/M/V area and needin‘ to spruce up your portfolio? Check out the fab duo’s MySpace page for more information.
  • Sommer, the head lady behind the electronic publication of Gemini Mag is quite the inspiration. Sometimes I forget that the average size woman here in America is a size 14. Yes girl….it’s true. Gemini Mag focuses on the beauty and lifestyle by and for plus size women. I love it, I love it! Yours truly has contributed in the Beauty Department of the magazine. Rock on, Sommer! Just remember moi when you land on the newstands. Check out the most recent subscription here.

  • I envy her brows somethin‘ serious. She had me itchin‘ to try henna. This beautiful Indian lady has such a wonderful spirit that is captured beautifully in her blog. She is Saimese.
  • I call Miss. Yaya my Brooklyn angel for a reason. Never mind that we spend time shipping off goodies to each other…..she also has a bomb ass blog! I Will Be On My Own Judge talks about everything from celeb fashions to hair reviews, drugstore polishes and everything in between. And don’t you judge her..because she will be her own judge. Ha!
  • Sweet Life Magazine is everything and then some. Beauty, fashion and entertainment galore! Magazine Editor Michele has an inviting and beautiful layout that makes visiting the e-magzine feel like you have just left reality and entered a paradise. Yours truly has also contributed to this fabulous publication. So sweet!

I hope that you visit the following blogs, websites and magazines. I love love LOVE supporting any and everyone in any way that I can. These women are inspiring in so many ways. I can’t stress enough that NOW is the time to make your dreams come true. Got a passion? Turn it into a career. Got a cause? Make sure your voice is heard. Got money?

….shoooo, I don’t. But don’t let that stop you. Go ‘head and do things that make you happy, lady!

Amor de Lacquer: What Steph’s Closet Says…


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

In honor of Amor de Lacquer Week, I was able to snag some tips from some of my favorite nail bloggers.

Steph’s Closet

What I would give to be Steph’s little sister for a day and rummage in her closet. I would have a field day! Here is what she says is one of the most important tips when it comes to nail care.

“My most important nail tip is moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! A good hand cream (any brand) and cuticle oil (my fave, solar oil) are holy grail products that I can’t live without. All it takes, is a few rubs of creative’s solar oil when you see the first sign of dryness and tada!. It’s amazing! “

Visit Steph’s Closet HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Amor de Lacquer: What Scrangie Says….


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

In honor of Amor de Lacquer Week, I was able to snag some tips from some of my favorite nail bloggers.

Scrangie

Aside from being a great nail blogger, Scrangie has the best sense of humor ever. She will not only have you wanting to purchase EVERY polish that she displays, but she will also leave you in stitches with her hilarious commentary. Here is what Scrangie says is one of her most important nail tips,

“Using a glass file is super important. Using lots of cuticle oil for moisture is also just as important. The glass file keeps your nails from splitting and peeling, and the cuticle oil does that as well but adds the benefit of keeping your nails flexible and resilient. “

Of course I had to ask darling Scrange what her favorite glass (crystal is okay too) file is and she says she likes Essie’s Crystal File and OPI’s Glass File.

Visit Scrangie’s blog HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,

Women’s History Month Challenge-The Look!

Happy Monday, fam. I hope that you all had wonderful weekends! Gosh, saying that mine was busy is an understatement. My Father’s 50th birthday party (it was a surprise!) was in full swing in North Florida. I had to make my way up there and celebrate with him and my family from Miami and Atlanta. Of course I will be sure to post pictures of the joyous family affair, but in the meantime….let’s get started on this Women’s History Month Challenge!!

Gangstarr Girl
and I have collaborated to do another challenge in which we not only drop a few snippets on monumental women but we also create looks representing them.

Because of the craziness that was this past weekend, I didn’t have the time to actually play around with make-up myself. However, after telling my baby cousin Corey the idea behind this post, she was cool enough to let me make her over.

Corey is my baby cousin. At 16 years old, I remember semi-raising this little girl. She is my heart and soul and will ALWAYS be my baby. *tears* I get emotional just thinking about how much I love this girl. Corey and I have decided to honor my Grandmother and her Great-Grandmother for this Women’s History Month.

A little bit about our Grandma, Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas:

Eugenia B. Thomas was born on November 24, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Miami in 1929 where she was adopted by the Bell family. Because of hard times, the Bells offered the home to Eugenia and raised her as their own. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated class valedictorian in 1940.

After graduating from high school, with high achieving academic records, she attended Florida Memorial University where she also graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1945. She then graduated from Biscayne Development Executives and Fordham School of Public Speaking. Mrs. Thomas worked as a Dade County administrator and later as a legal secretary for many years. She assisted Gwendolyn Cherry in opening the first Dade County offices of the Legal Services Department. Mrs. Thomas continued to work in various departments for almost 30 years until 1966 when she retired.

The happiest time of her life was during her marriage to a gentleman named Lawson E. Thomas; they married on December 26, 1953. Her husband was the first African-American judge in the south since Reconstruction. He was very influential in the African-American community and did a lot of work during the Civil Rights Movement as a pioneer in Miami’s African-American community. The late Judge Lawson E. Thomas and Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas have made solid imprints in Miami’s history. As an attorney, his skillful advocacy resulted in many noteworthy legal victories on behalf of his clients. He helped lead the fight to equalize salaries for black and white teachers and was instrumental in foregoing a compromise between protests and county government over the lack of blacks to serve on local juries. Judge Thomas’ contribution to his community.

Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas continues to be active in her community and involved in just causes. Her dedication and community work, especially her work on behalf of children, has been honored through the naming of the Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary School in the City of Doral (Miami). (source)

The most recent photo of our Grandma.
She stands to the left and my Great Aunt, her sister-in-law, is to the right.
How fabulous are they?


Of course my Grandmother isn’t in full blown make-up but Corey and I played around with colors that we think she would wear.

BEFORE

AFTER



We used:

FACE
NOTHING

EYES
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s
MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

LIPS
Stila It Gloss in Smashing

We are honored to be a part of such strong legacies.

Check out the looks of the other participants of the Women’s History Month Challenge

-Gangstarr Girl
-Beauty of a Budget
-Honey Brown Sugar
-I Will Be My Own Judge
-Coup de Coeur
-Tried and Truth Beauty
-Love, Life and Turtle
-Makeup and Fashion
-Milan Rouge

….ladies who are participating that I haven’t listed, please let me know!

What a beautiful end to Women’s History Month!

Sista Show-Off: New bloggers on the scene



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 Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Let’s give a nice warm welcome to these ladies who are new to the blogosphere.

Contests and Such: This little lady compiles all of the contests running on beauty blogs and posts them. That’s right….every giveaway and contest! Amazing, uh? If your blog is hosting a giveaway/contest, shoot Nessa an email at contestsandsuch@gmail.com

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Gettin’ Nailed: Yesss, another nail blogger hits the bloggin’ streets and I couldn’t be more excited. The Asian Girl chats Nailonomics 101 while shootin’ photos of her beautiful nail designs and swatches.

Jen’s Makeup Bag: Another new blogger but this chica definitely isn’t new to make-up

application. Her looks are incredible!

Be sure to subscribe to their blogs and/or add them to you Google Reader. I already have!



Because we are all familia,











CoM’s Take on the 5 Best Mascaras…

Clumps of Mascara veterans, where yall at? Riddle me this….do you think you could guess at least one of my top 5 mascaras on the market right now?

No seriously….I know I review a lot and love a lot but what’s one of my favorite?

Leave your answer in the comments.

…..oh and then go and check out my article at A Few Goody GumDrops. It is there where you will find the answer, my darlings!

Peace and cupcakes,