Guest Post: Winter Fashion by Miss. Yaya

PhotobucketWelcome back COM readers for another guest post by Miss Yaya from My Own Judge!! While I attempt to assign myself as the style guide while Miss Britt is not looking, read on about making your wardrobe work through all seasons and through the thinnest of wallets.

For many, the weather is getting frightful and a summer wardrobe is starting to look as flimsy as swimsuit attire in a snowstorm. But apart from the hoarders and overprepared girl and boy scouts who have separate sets of attire per season (guilty), who has the space and time to separate wardrobes and store unused items? Money and space are getting as precious as air and water, so who’s to know what to do when looking at camisoles in weather best described as ‘brick cold’?

For y’all warm weather folks, let me tell you. I’m jealous. Why do I have to hear about your beach going shenanigans when my teeth chatter while crossing the street? Have you no shame? Do you not understand cardigans are needed for more than just AC filled offices?!?! I can rant forever of course. Or I can let y’all in on a few secrets.

We all spend money on wardrobes. Some more than others, but none can refuse the claim that a precious money is spent to cover our bodies. So how do we make the most of our money and the biggest bang for our buck when temperatures shift?

Layer effectively:
Remember that underwear is not limited to being your singular layer of fabric underneath your outside clothes. Thermals, long-johns, etc. are great for holding the heat that your body needs in colder weather. Not a fan of waffle knit articles? Make use of leggings and stockings (men: long sleeve plain tees & workout pants work as well) under your jeans and dress pants. Dress pants of all things have a tendency to waver around your legs sometimes when you walk. This lets wind and cold seep through. If the waists seem too high, choose a fun pattern to fold over your pants as part of your outfit. (You can try this in a fitting room or in the privacy of your own home toPhotobucket insure you look fine. Trust me.)

Mix fabrics:
That soft, super thin tee/blouse you were raving about in the heat of July not keeping you warm? Slip it under a button down or a sweater. The mix of fabrics (and layering) will add warmth as well as aesthetics to your getup. And let’s not forget – make use of your summer clothes.

Purchase additional staples:
Blasphemous? How to save money by purchasing more? Give me a chance! You only need a few staple items to add to your summer clothes to make it fall and winter appropriate:

  • jacket
  • blazer
  • scarf
  • gloves (depending on the severity of your climate’s chill/freezing factor)
  • boots

Sound pretty simple right?

A blazer can warm up many a light top. Imagine those three quarter sleeve items you have. They aren’t too cold but not too warm either, but they fit just great under a blazer (which adds all the warmth you miss in the first place). These buggers also have a knack for making the person who wears them pretty snazzy looking. For men, they make a t-shirt and jeans combo look neat and put together, and for women they can nip in at the waist just Photobucketright to have us looking like Coke bottles all night.

The warm-up ad(dress):
The tricky part about dresses for gals? They’re usually not floor length and made out of wool (and if they are a lot of us are not inclined to wear or purchase them).

So what do we do about those to die for strapless mini dresses we bought in May and have yet to wear?

Check out my cornmuffin of a slogan in the image to the left. “If cold feet is what ya got, leggings are what’s hot!

All laughs aside, this year above all we have been given carte-blanche with our leggings. Leopard spots, lace, (p)leather, sequins, and whatnot! Pay close attention to the dress you wear and pair leggings or stockings aproppriately. If you are wearing patterns up top, keep it simple below, same vice versa. Have a soft material dress – stay away from textured tights to prevent the lumpy bottom look at the Christmas party. Most important, wear what you feel good in.

Feel free to use that blazer or scarf as a cover up for your summery dress. Once you get to the party and you hide the evidence, no one will know how you managed such a display of skin without freezing (unless they too read Clumps).

So when you want to be financially savvy with frigid fashion? Layer it on like a cake (or onion a la Shrek), mix textures, and keep reading you some COM!



Disclaimer: Neither COM nor Yaya are in anyway responsible for readers taking this advice too far. If you live in an arctic environment and need a bear for warmth, these may not be the best tips for you. Remember to take the tips and make them your own!

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Essence Celebrates Top Black Beauty Bloggers!


Alriiiiight now!

It’s only right to give credit to some of the pioneers of beauty blogging! Some of my favorite brown girl beauty bloggers were featured HERE on Essence.com. This is a huge huge deal in my book. I mean, ENORMOUS! If you ask me, it is high time that publications start showin’ love to bloggers. We work so hard and kudos from the top dawgs is so in order.

So congratulations are in order to Patrice at Afrobella (she’s one of my mentors!), Erin at Scandalous Beauty (have you checked out her new site? Killerrrr!), Tia from Shake Your Beauty and Auntie Julia (because she so has that ‘favorite Aunt’ vibe) from All About The Pretty.

I have had the opportunity to meet all of these ladies in person (except the fabulous Tia) and their personalities are just as bangin’ as their sites.

Please support them!
And rock on my sisters! I’m so proud of y’all!

Sista Show-Of: Jewelry Makin’ beauty bloggers


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

There is something special about jewelery makers. And even something more special about wearing jewelery was made just for you. These following blog sisters of mine are also gettin‘ their hustle on by skillfully making jewelery!

Sarah at Moto Jewelry is absolutely darling. Aside from being hilariously witty and corny (like me…hehe), she puts together darling earrings, bracelets and necklaces.


How sweet are these?


And these….

And that?


Simply elegant. The bracelet is stunning. I have gotten so many compliments on it.

And then there’s Yolanda at Naturally Newbie. She makes gorgeous parrot earrings. I love these! Give her your color choices and she will whip you up somethin‘ uniquely yours.


These are great for short-haired ladies like myself who want to make a bit of a statement.

Check out the sites of both ladies. Tell them Brittany from Clumps sent you!!

Amor de Lacquer: What All Lacquered up Says

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.

Here’s another tip from one of my favorite nail polish bloggers.


Michelle from All Lacquered Up

Healthy cuticles are essential to nail growth & strength. Run, don’t walk, to buy a tube of CND Cuticle Eraser. The AHAs help remove excess skin while apricot oil & aloe moisturize the nail plate and surrounding tissue. it’s a cream so there’s no oily residue. use 2x/day.

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

Polish Pretty,


Clumps of Mascara meets Afrobella!


Last weekend I had the opportunity to link up with one of my favorite bloggers ever!! Patrice from Afrobella.com is a legend, yall. Her beauty/lifestyle/traveling/everything amazing blog was wait….I think she may have been the first brown girl blogger that I stumbled upon.

Yes, yes I think she was! I loved how she openly talked about natural hair and how to take care of it. I developed a certain kind of confidence that I never had prior to wearing my hair natural and I like to think that Afrobella assisted in that in some way.

I consider her to be a HUGE blog celebrity but she was crazy down to earth. We had girl talk over pina coladas at a lovely poolside bar.

So how great is thee Afrobella? Great enough to have an event in HER honor?

Check it:

Time: June 20, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Three Peas Art Lounge
Organized By: Luvvie (another blogger friend I just adore!)

Event Description:
Come join The Red Pump Project for an evening of relaxing, socializing, drinks & fun after the Blogging While Brown Conference wraps up. Let’s also welcome Beauty Blog Extraordinaire, Afrobella to Chicago. She’s the special guest of honor and will be gracing us with her presence.
There will be a cash bar and raffles of various prizes. Women, rock your red pumps. Men, rock your red ties! ALL proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, the only gender-specific HIV service nonprofit organization in Chicago.

Why oh why can’t I be in Chicago this time around? I am a huge supporter of The Red Pump Project and would love to hang out with these bellas but alas I can’t. If you are in the Chicago area, you should definitely attend!

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,