Carrot Colored Fierceness

The color orange receives NO love. And I don’t even understand why. Some of the best things are orange. Oranges (duhhh), cantaloupe, sunsets and carrots. Yes, girl…carrots. This sponsored post is brought to you by Benjamin Moore and they’ve the skinny on the hottest carrot-colored accessories this season.

Um, wha? How do I NOT have Essie’s Orange It’s Obvious nail polish? Must rectify this problem with the quickness.

How To Dress For Spring Weddings…anyone know?

This sponsored post is brought to you by Marshall’s via Glam Network and it’s allllll about rockin’ the best fits for Spring weddings. Considering that most of the weddings I’ve been lately have been at churches, I am adoring the idea of wearing an off the shoulder dress and funky platforms to weddings. I tend to dress far more conservative when going to church weddings (hey…I’m old skool) but now I’m just itching for someone to get engaged and have a wedding next month that I can go to.

Any takers?

Whatcha think? What do you rock to Spring weddings?

For My Shoes Lovers: Marshall’s Has Us Covered!

This sponsored post is brought to you by Marshall’s via Glam Network and if you know anything about me and shoes, you know that I can only wear “certain” kinds. Okay, yeah – so I’m not stompin’ in orthopedic Granny shoes just yet but my flat feet have made it so that I can’t be bothered to strut in heels too often. That doesn’t stop me from lookin’ though. Girl no…

 

Gotta love how Marshall’s has those designer shoes for discounted prices. I copped an adorable pair of summery wedges before Esposo and I went to the Bahamas. And I got ’em for the low loooow. Love it!

Are you a shoe girl?

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!