Got a smart phone? Love Macy’s?

If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then I’ve got somethin’ for you…

By the way, the above is meant to be said in a cheesy game show host voice. Kind of like Allen Ludden in Card Sharks. LOVED that show.

What was I talkin’ about again? Ah yesss…Macy’s has just won my heart. Aside from being a beauty girl, I’m a tech-y geek beyond belief. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Macy’s will be introducing personalized QR codes that will deliver videos directly to your phone. Don’t believe me? Use the barcode scanner on your phone to scan the image below.

The codes will give viewers an inside peek of trends and collections as well as give behind-the-scenes looks at brands and designers. Including Bobbi Brown and one of my favorite brands I.N.C. Keep an eye out for these special stars. They are spotted throughout Macy’s stories nationwide. Click here for additional deets.

Look for more ways to save with Macys coupons here.

 

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2011: Caviar Nails

Celebrity nail technician Pattie Yankee for Dashing Diva helped create super cool caviar-esque nails for the Cushnie et Ochs show.

Dashing Diva shares how you can get the same look at home using adhesive nails.

1. Apply 2 coats of Dashing Diva’s Limo Service Polish

2. Apply nail glue all over the nail

3. Dip nails into black seed beads

4. Sprinkle with black glitter

5. Apply and activator spray to adhere

These are super funky. Think you’ll try ’em at home?

Photos by Ann Lawlor

Bali Intimates rocks + giveaway

I believe in shapewear. And nobody (haha, literally) does it like Bali. I had the pleasure of meeting them at the Blogalicous Conference last Fall. I also met the fabulous June Ambrose who represented them. After getting fitted, I had the opportunity to test drive a pair of their firm control leggings.

Hit the jump to see how successful or unsuccessful I was in that department.

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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?