Nordstrom Rack’s Beauty Buys. Must Haul All.

O.M.G….if you knew this and didn’t tell me, I’m taking away one of our friendship stars. Did y’all know that Nordstrom Rack had beauty products? How did I NOT know this? I mean, yeah….I’ve been to Nordstrom Rack several times and have been mesmerized by their affordable prices for shoes. So yeah. Maybe that’s why I didn’t notice the beauty section. But still. I would have a saved a penny or two if it meant racking up (hehe, get it?) on some beauty stuffs. Like THIS kind of beauty stuff…

One can only expect the best from Nordie’s baby sister. I love love LOVE Stila and was excited to know that they have a ton of Stila options. Just how cute-sy are these little books?

Each one retails for, wait for it….$10. Ten bucks. Diez dólares. That’s it, yo! Each palette comes with 4 shadows and one of Stila’s convertible colors. These convertible colors can double as lippies and creamy blushes. It’s up to you. I love how the the eyeshadow selection for each palette can make a complete look. Ya know: there’s a shadow that can work for a lid color, crease color and browbone. Brands are becoming a little more conscious about eyeshadow placement when it comes to their palettes and I couldn’t be happier.

Majestic on Michigan Avenue palette

This palette is my favorite out of the bunch. It has the most wearable shades that are suitable for a brown gal like myself.

Ravishing on Rodeo Drive palette

Perfect for my gals with cooler complexions, I am in love with the blue/teal in this palette. Look at it. It just POPS, uh? Quick story about Rodeo Drive. This tells you how much I DON’T know about pop culture: When I first moved to L.A. (back in 2007), my cousin took me down Rodeo Drive and was telling me about how she’s run into so many many celebrities just by walking the strip. My response: “So is Rodeo Drive popular or something?” I know. I know.

Moving on…

Fashionable on 5th Avenue palette

This is the one palette that I think can work beautifully on everyone. My swatches may not be so convincing (still trying to work out this new lens….be patient with me!) but I love the variation and how this palette can easily be used for day and night looks.

These are the kind of books we should have had in school.

I’m just sayin’….

Have you ever been around the beauty selection in Nordstrom Rack? Find any deals?

5 Style Rules You Should Break

We all know how much of a fashionista I’m not so this was super insightful. Except the whole denim on denim thing. I so wouldn’t know how to rock that effectively.

What do you think? Any other style rules you think are okay to break?

 

Crocheted Fashion with G.L. Accessories

So how’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Florida is…up and down as usual. A few days ago, the high was in the 40’s and today it’s almost in the 80’s. Nuts, I tell ya. A Central Floridian has to be prepared when the weather does its topsy turvy thang – hence why I’m lovin’ these gorgeous crochet chain rope scarves from G.L. Accessories.

Adorable, right?

Gwendolyn of G.L. Accessories (also a Central Floridian) has a beautiful Esty shop of her crotched pieces. Ranging from earrings, scarves, bangles, hair accessories and beanies, her design is one of uniqueness and perfection.

Okay, y’all know how I am about modeling, so work with me here, okay? 😉

Priced at $14 a piece, these scarves come in several colors including orange, yellow mustard, honey, black, brown, turquoise, crimson and few others.

Perfect for accessorizing your wardrobe when it gets chilly…

And when it warms up a bit, you can drape them like a large necklace.

Or double ’em up.

I loves ’em.


You can grab these at G.L. Accessories for $14 buuuuut if you use the code CLUMPS12 at checkout you can save 15% off of your order. Act quickly as the code will expire 1/31/12. Gwendolyn is also running a special this month. Buy 2 rope scarves ad get 1 free. So with the coupon and discount code, you’ll get 3 scarves for less than $23. Yeah mon!!

Yay for supporting the smaller businesses!

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 Essence.com, 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.