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 Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

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.

MBFW-Swim 2011: Swimwhere Anywhere Pool deck show!


The world renowned  Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Florida is most known for its beautiful pool. I’ve never seen anything like it. Despite Miami being my birthplace, I pretty much get an F for not knowing a lot of what Miami-Dade county has to offer. Locals generally stay away from the South Beach area so I always feel as if I’m transported to another city when I head down Collins Ave.
As Nikki New and I emerged from backstage for Mara Hoffman, we found ourselves right in the middle of a runway. Literally!

Security practically pushed us out of the way as models pranced their gorgeous selves right passed us.
Turns out that Swimwhere Anywhere was having a show right IN the pool.
Aww, how cute is he? And I’m not talkin’ about the kid. He’s cute too but uh…yeah. :)
My favorite pieces…
Girlfriend to the right is killing me with her adorable cut and shades. Fierce, honey, fierce!
And I think she was a spectator, but man oh man, I was lovin’ her dress.
I can be such an outfit paparazzi when I want to be. Sheesh.
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MBFW-Swim 2011: Backstage at Mara Hoffman

It’s no big deal for my New York bloggers, but this Florida blogger has never been backstage at any Mercedes-Benz fashion show. Which believe it or not, is a bit of a faux pas for a 3-year old beauty or fashion blogger. Needless to say, I was geeked up! I grabbed my assistant Nikki New and off we went to the beautiful Raleigh Hotel in South Beach.

Ahhh….the Cabana Grande where all of the action happens.

I won’t tell y’all how I accidentally went through the Designer’s Check-In. I’ll save that story for another day. Ha!


We made it backstage for Mara Hoffman only to be thrown into the hustle and bustle of hairstylists, models, make-up artists, the designer team and fellow members of the press.

I tweeted away while Nikki New snapped shots of the models getting all dolled up.

I stole a peek at some of the products that the make-up artists were using.

See any of your favorites?

Lovin’ the messy fishbone braids.

And before we knew it, the models had to line up for the pre-walk .

The proud designer watching her work…

It must be amazing to see your vision and drawings come to live like that. We actually missed the official runway walk because of we were watching another show. Check out the pieces  here. Mara Hoffman’s Native American, Indian, African and island inspirations blow my mind. Stay tuned! I’ve got a lot more for you from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.

Adventures in Summer Shopping

I’m not much of a shopper. I know, I know…it just doesn’t seem right but I’ve never liked going from store to store for many hours at time. I usually only go when I NEED something and even then, I’m out within an hour. I blame my Mom for spending hours in department stores when I was younger. I swear I spent half of my before I could drive life in Sears and Dillard’s.

And even when I do go shopping, I make a bee-line to the clearance racks. Virtually everything I buy is on sale!

When I was in D.C. I copped this oversized shirt.

It wasn’t even on sale. That never happens! And the other day, I got the cutest wedges at Target for $9!

Oh yes…they’re cute and comfortable; a must have for a size 10 flat footed sista like myself.

But I’m a wee bit lost when it comes to shopping for other outfits for summer. I’ve got several maxi dresses, bermuda shorts and tanks but I really want to step my game up in the fashion department. I have to dress professionally during the week but on the weekends I want to look hot!!

What are styles are you rockin’ this summer?

Guest Post: Spring Fashion by Channing

*taps mic* 

Is this thing on? Helllllooo out there! I’m Channing, a freelance fashion and beauty journalist. I recently started writing my own blog, Channing in the City.

Brittany was nice enough to share her lovely readers with me because it would be nice for someone to actually read my posts for once. Hehe!

Anywhoo, onward with the post. Are you looking to update your look for spring? Allow me to be of some assistance.

I think everyone deserves to be fabulous and fashionable without breaking the bank. So if you are just looking to add a few trendy pieces to a wardrobe or even starting from scratch, here are a few major trends (for cheap!) that will march you into the right direction.

  1. SEQUINtial Order
    Think sequins are only appropriate for night? Not anymore! Don’t be afraid to shine in the daytime as well.
  1. Big BANGles
    Think of bangles like last season’s signature chunky necklaces, the bigger the better! Pile them on.
  1. Naughty and Nautical
  1. LWD- The Little WHITE Dress
    This spring, ditch your faithful LBD for something, well, WHITE!
  1. Peachy Keen
    The hot new look for lips and tips this spring? Peach! Bold or light, this shade is universally flattering.
  1. AT EASE!
    With military inspired looks of course. Pair a structured military jacket with a ruffle-y dress for a utilitarian look with a feminine touch.
  1. If I Were A Boy…
    No need to wonder, just don a boy’s blazer! The boyfriend blazer trend is marching into spring and summer.
  1. Pick Your Platform

Clog, that is! Platform shoes are back in a major way. The can be worn with wide leg jeans just as easily as a dress.

B Says: I love Channing! Y’all know I’m no fashionista (I be tryin’ though…lol) so it helps to have fashion-savvy ladies just a click away.  Want to write a guest post for Clumps? Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com for consideration. 

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New York Fashion Week: Ashunta Sheriff does LaQuan Smith’s show

Lady Ashunta is quickly becoming one of my favorite make-up artists in the game. Here’s what she created for LaQuan Smith!


“The look for LaQuan Smith’s Fall 2010 collection was exciting because it was his debut to the fashion world after such huge buzz for the last few years. We wanted to make it special and LaQuan’s concept of water and sand inspired the sun glow goddess look we created using COVERGIRL and COVERGIRL Queen Collection. I applied COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire on the lids and completed the eye look with a few coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara and Urban Decay glitter eye liner in the corner of the eye. To make the lips pop with brilliance, I mixed COVERGIRL ShineBlast Lip Gloss  in Flare with MAC Gold pigment. COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer was the driving force to give glowing radiant 
skin.”


 
  
 

Dear NY Fashion Week, Can Brown Stick Around?

I have still yet to actually attend any real deal New York fashion shows…a complete faux pas for the seasoned beauty or fashion blogger. Every season I endure an influx of blog posts, articles and features all done by those who have been so fortunate to attend the NYFW festivities.

Sometimes I cry silently as I click here and there, being mesmerized by the models and the designers’ pieces.


You see, I cry for many reasons, fam. I cry for not being an attendee at these shows AND I cry for the lack of brown girls on the runway. The latter is just down right annoying. Flipping through Essence’s History of Black Models slideshow made me feel a little better though. My favorite?

Um, yes!! You better work it Chanel, Sessilee, Jourdan and Arlenis. The pulled back hair, loud lips and beautiful expressions? Loves. It! I hope that we see more diversity this time around. In the meantime, view Essence’s slideshow here. I didn’t know there were so many popular Black runway models. That Kiara Kubukuru was absolutely stunning!

New York Fashion Week: the Vessel by Lois

MOJ and COM team up for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion WeekRemember when Meryl Streep was in The Devil Wears Prada? To be more specific? When she was explaining to Anne Hathaway how designers and the fashion industry as a whole contribute to her decision of even a belt? That’s how I feel sometimes when I’m at these shows.

the Vessel by Lois is a great collection of womenswear with a masculine twist. Tailored to a T, the dresses and suits combine the angles of menswear with just a smidge of a feminine touch. Let’s just say this is what I would consider the difference to be between going into the Men’s Wearhouse and getting myself a men’s blazer in my size, and getting a similar blazer with bold shoulders and lines, but tailored with consideration to the female body. We have fabulous curves for a reason you know.

This show started on the first day of the forsaken snowstorm. It was actually a shame that many people lost the opportunity to witness this show in person. But at the same time – my socks were drying for half a day after my adventure to the venue, so if they stayed warm as an alternative? God bless ‘em.

Being that the fashion industry is a bit ahead of the commercial industry, these presentations are a year ahead. This is where trends start to surface, along with what your favorite stores choose to purchase for the following seasons. The slightly less than year in between? Spent on ordering, producing, shipping, marketing, and selling. Fall 2010 so far has been true to autumnal nature. Earth tones, knits, high collars, heavy fabrics (tweeds, wool, etc.), and of course, layering.

MOJ and COM team up for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week

Before the show

Check out after the jump for more pictures and the makeup details.

MOJ and COM team up for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week

After the show

My humble opinion? I really liked the line. It didn’t veer too far from the safe side (but then again, not everyone is Lady Gaga in their day to day life), but it still had plenty of personality to distinguish it from every other line with a blazer or a suit in their collection. The black coat on the right (above) was my favorite piece, and there was a similar one in purple. Made me think of a grown up Red Riding Hood – you know, when she leaves the forest and enters corporate world. My other favorite? The diversity of the models. Beyond that, the fact that every model had strong features that made you notice them, instead of dismiss ‘em as a walking hanger.

MOJ and COM team up for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week

The designer (middle) posing with models.

MOJ and COM team up for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion WeekThe hair and makeup teams for the show were Cutler and Youngblood, respectively. I have to admit, yours truly, the Yayameister came a little too late to catch the details about hair. There was much snow in the way of my advance arrival. I did get a chance to speak to the Creative Director of Makeup (and fellow blogger) for the show, Felicia Walker Benson of ThisThatBeauty.com.

Felicia described the look as “traditional” and consistent with the mood of the line and the past collections. Clean with a masculine influence. Being that this season’s presentation was for fall, the colors were amped up a bit and shades customary to autumn, like purple and berry were used. To recreate the look, check out the following eyeshadows: halo, alabaster, storm, bordeaux (pressed shadows), and heather smoke (mineral shadow). The lip was created by using the color bistro as a stain. The brow artist set was used to finely craft the brows, and a heavy contour was used to sculpt the face. Instead of blush, splendor was used as a highlighter on the face. To be true to the “clean” look, no lashes were used for this look.

Want to recreate the lip stain look? Use bistro, or your favorite cranberry color on hand to apply freely to the lips (make sure to moisturize and prep lips first). Blot the color with a tissue (blot not wipe) or a makeup sponge, and apply mineral powder over it to mattify the color. If you choose to leave out the last step, or add clear gloss, you will have created three versions of a traditional, but always appropriate fall look.

Like this review? Want different coverage? Lovin’ Lois? Spill!