Bringin’ in 2011 and my birthday!

Happy New Year from Doral! Have you ever heard of Doral, Florida? It’s just a minutes outside of Miami and according to Wikipedia, it is considered upscale suburb. Uh…I would agree. It is beautiful out here! I’ve been to Doral before. After all, the school that was named after my Grandma isn’t too far from the resort. But man oh man…I just had to share with you beauty that is the City of Doral and Marriott’s Doral Villas. And perhaps you’ll consider it for you next vacation getaway.

My OnStar Road Trip experience: The Trip

I love traveling so much that I started a travel blog. But then gas got high, I stopped traveling and so now it’s a photography/cool stuff I find on Tumblr blog. This post is going to be a series of posts about how awesome OnStar is. And how they rock as a company. Because any brand that realizes that bloggers have a voice is a brand that I want to roll with. Last weekend they asked me if I would like to test drive one of their vehicles to an event in Miami.

Um…yeah!

I had conveniently taken a few days off from work to attend Shecky’s Girls Night Out so when I saw a 2011 Chevy Cruze waiting for me in the parking lot, I felt like a kid who got a bike for Christmas.

FOTD Friday: I got Savannah on my mind


It’s time for another travel edition of FOTD! I’ve taken you to the Bahamas, NYC, Miami, Los Angeles and beyond. If you haven’t noticed yet…I LOVE to travel. A lot. Every weekend, I think about about a city I want to go to and jet there. Which is almost ridiculous because I’m discovering that Orlando has a lot to offer beyond Mickey Mouse’s house. And since I plan to do little to no traveling this summer (a sista has to save some pennies, know what I mean?), you’ll be seeing a lot more in my own backyard travels.

But in the meantime…let me take you to a quaint Southern city called Savannah, Georgia.

I love the South. There is a certain kind of home-y feel that I get when I visit Louisiana, North Florida and South Georgia. Sometimes I think I can make it in the big city (failed that mission when I moved to LA..ha!) but when I really think about it, I think I am really made for Southern living. This Memorial Day trip was taken with the family. I don’t remember ever going to Savannah before but Mama Clumps keeps telling me that I went once with my Girl Scout troop. Did y’all know Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts was from Savannah? Any other former or current Girl Scouts?

*crickets*

Mmkaaaay, moving on! The trip up to Savannah from Orlando was almost 5 hours. Shooooot! This was my first time taking I-95 N in all of its hellish construction. First thing I did when I arrived was take a tour. Which I kinda had an attitude about. I’m like, “Forget a tour! Let’s just walk around.” But I ended up really enjoying it.

Savannah has some of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. This coming from a modern girl in a modern world. I never really had an appreciation for older style buildings and homes until I saw homes like this.

and this…

That home was considered a single family home. Can you believe that? It’s huge! It was later turned in a school. I found so much beauty in the homes and surroundings that I tried to be Ms. Photographer with everything.

Now because I’m not a good listener, I was so wrapped up in photo-taking, I missed A LOT of details and history. One time for multi-tasking!

Savannah was established in 1733. And the buildings show it!

The detail on this church is just breathtaking. And don’t these shutters tell a story?

We passed a lot of homes that had little plaques on them just showing how old they were.

And how cute is this itty bitty house? Interesting color.

What’s North Florida and South Georgia without Spanish moss? I grew up around this stuff but never really saw its beauty until now.

Moss is a living plant and doesn’t harm the tree that it grows on. In case you were wondering. :)

Savannah is also home to one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States, the First African Baptist Church.

The tour guide told us that there were tunnels in the church that led to the Underground Railroad. My mouth was left hanging open because although I kinda knew that (African American History was my major in college), it was just so moving and emotional for me to see that. Talk about being a true history nerd!

After we hopped off of the tour bus, we roamed around the city and ran into an outdoor market.

I purchased the most beautiful glass earrings for Mama Clumps. Actually I bought them for myself but in attempts to be selfless, I figured she would like them too. ;) We went down to the riverfront.

…and enjoyed the breeze.

And then there’s the food! I was still on the road when the family went to Paula Deen’s restaurant. *insert fuming emoticon* We headed over to Tybee Island and ate at The Crab Shack. I’m not the biggest seafood fan so I can’t properly judge that spot. Savannah Candy Kitchen on the other hand…*faints*

This place was amazing! Every kind of old skool candy was there. They literally passed out samples of everything! I had the BEST peanut brittle. I had my first grit cake at The Bohemian and that was seriously the best tasting meal EVER! The flavors, the richness, the boldness, oh my!

We had a slammin’ breakfast at J. Christopher’s where I had an egg white omelet with avocados, spinach, tomatoes, grits and a side of buttah.

The latter I left sittin’ there but that omelet was delish! The last dinner of the trip was at Garibaldi’s Cafe which didn’t impress me too much. The food was decent but the service was the pits.

It’s hard to do Savannah in a weekend. My sister and I missed jumping on a Ghost Tour and I didn’t get to stop by any boutiques or shops. Another reason to go back!

Have you ever been to Savannah? From there? Want to visit?

Off I go to Miami this weekend. This upcoming week is Clumps’ 3-year anniversary Week. There won’t be any formal posts or reviews. Instead there will be giveaways totaling up to

$1,500!

You excited yet?

Have a great weekend!

Clumps heads to The Artist Summit


That’s right, my loves…I am off to cover another fab event hosted by The Powder Group. This time I’ll be back home in Miami!

What is the Artist Summit?

“A THREE DAY EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP AND BEAUTY COMMUNITY.FEATURING DOZENS OF SEMINARS, PANEL FORUMS AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS FROM THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL EDUCATORS IN THE PRO-MAKEUP INDUSTRY & INTRODUCING THE SUMMIT SHOP ­ A UNIQUE NEW PRO-RETAIL EXPERIENCE.”

Oh yeah…so there is a lot in store for all of the attendees. To get more information about attending this event click here. And if you see me in the streets, holla!

I know big beauty events hardly wonder outside of LA and NYC so I’m glad to see events in my neck of the woods.

I’ll be tweeting photos along the way. To get the behind the scenes coverage of all of the happ’ns at the Summit, follow me at @ClumpsOfMascara. If there is anything you would like for me to keep an eye out for, shoot me an email: Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Y’all know I love the Clumps fam, right?

Have a fabulous weekend!!

NYC Siting: Inglot Cosmetics

I am still all over the place with getting together posts from NYC. I am so behind but please hang in there with me.

Before I go into the fabulousness that was the Beauty Blogging event in NYC, I HAVE to tell you about this incredible line of cosmetics that my girl Adina introduced me too.


Inglot Cosmetics is rocking my world in more than one ways. Would you believe I visited this store three times in only two days? Oh yes…Inglot had my heart at the very beginning.

I desperately want to call the brand “Inglowwww” but it is pronounced “Inglot”.

Okay so the name isn’t as attractive as the brand but I promise you…walking in here is like walking in a cosmetic world of wonderfulness.


They have over 20 matte polishes!


Rows and rows of eye shadow colors stared at me.


They had a decent selection of foundations–some even being brown girl friendly!


The saleslady told me that this Poland-based brand actually has more products. They were not all out on the floor because—there wasn’t any space! You, see….Inglot is very new to the United States. 3 weeks old, to be exact.

Already a baby and I have a feeling that they are going to take the cosmetics world by storm. Not because the colors just look “pretty” but because they are uber unique! Check out my mini haul…


I can’t remember the prices but the palette was around $25 and the polish was $10. The gel liner and lippies were somewhere in between. Not bad, uh? And watch!! The palette does tricks!


It is magnetic and stackable, mama! How cool is that? The colors are not only highly pigmented but the palettes are customizeable. You can get trios, quads, quints (haha, is that the word?) and a palette of 10. You pick the colors, they pop them in the palettes. What fun!

*drools* I’m in love with the polishes. Mattes are so in right now and Inglot has a ton of them! I controlled myself and only purchased two. For now…


A rainbow gloss…


…layered on top of a purple lipstick….


Equals the best lip combo EVER! Photos of that coming soon.

I could go on and on about Inglot. And if I’ve got you wanting to snag some of these goodies, cool your jets, sister.

Inglot doesn’t have a formal website just yet. And they only have ONE store in the U.S. and that is in NYC’s Time Square. Bummer for those of us that don’t live there. I can’t wait to see how this brand grows and what surprises they have in store for us.

UK ladies, are you familiar with Inglot? Like it? Love it? Hate it?

Does Inglot catch your attention the way it caught mine?

Check out my video inside of NYC’s Inglot:


FOTD Friday:The Bahamian Edition


Happy Friday!!

[Really quickly---I just wanted to send out my thoughts and prayers to the Jackson family. Michael Jackson's music was a staple in my household. He is a legend. And the beautiful thing about legends is that they live on forever. I believe in remembering the past and celebrating the present (Sankofa). He will join Luther Vandross, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Marian Anderson and others. This PYT will always love you, MJ!]

It just occurred to me that I never posted photos of my trip to the Bahamas. And since my skin is currently enduring burns in 3 places (brown skin DOES get sunburned….I’ll spare you the photos) I didn’t that that doing a FOTD would not be a good idea.

So let’s do a POTD–Place of the Day.

Welcome to Nassau, Bahamas.

I’ve been here once before but really got to explore the city THIS trip.

The first two days were nothing but this…..


I know. Uneventful, right? It rained. And rained. And rained. And rained. Somehow, it didn’t bother me. Being able to sleep beyond 6 a.m. was vacation enough for me! And then around the 2nd day we were there….the sun came out!

Hey there Carnival!

View from my hotel room.



Outside of Atlantis…



….and then inside. The designs are breathtaking.


Fishes!


The sisters posing…


Every single time I travel, I ALWAYS have a hard time taking pictures of everything. I am too busy “taking in” the sites to even think about snapping shots. *sigh* More of a reason to return!

Off to the streets!

Thank you, Courtney for being natural in this photo..


Here goes my Dad…

“Hey Brit, look….there’s a MAC.”

Funny.


But I didn’t buy anything. Wait….now that I think about it, I didn’t get any souvenirs from the Bahamas. Mannnn….

Senor Frogs!

This photo is currently the background on my laptop. Loves it! And I loved the conch fritters there. I will say the BEST conch fritters eeeever are at The Conch Shake in Provos, Turks. Amazing!


Look! It’s ClumpsTV. Or Clumpsivision. LOL! Yes, I spent $14 to check good ole’ Clumps and to tweet. It was hard being Blackberry-less for almost a week.


More random shots!

What to wear on Paradise Island? A color liner, mascara and a glittery Dazzleglass. That’s all! LOL @ what I was listening to.

Sister shots….


opps, forgot to “smile with my eyes”. Next time, next time.

These chicks are clearly loving their desserts. LOL!


Of course the nails STILL got polished everyday. I’m rockin‘ Diamond Cosmetics’ Hot Summer Pink!

….and then back to Miami. We stayed at the beautiful Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach. A terrible storm hit and what happens? Lights go off in the hotel. And they don’t come back on. For hours. And hours. We ended up being forced to leave.

The horror.


The commotion….

But what’s any family vacay without some random “something” happening?

Oh! I also swam with dolphins which was an amazing experience that everyone must do once in their life.

Another great trip!

Next?

Back to NYC and definitely Vegas.

Doing any summer traveling? Take me with you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

FOTD Friday: Presidential Inauguration Edition

It’s Friday! Ohmigoodness this has been quite a week for me! I have not been home since last Saturday and I can hear my closet calling my name.

For those that don’t know….I have a relationship with my closet. Not sure why I love it so much but I do. I even fall asleep in there sometimes.

*crickets*

And I know I’m not the only one but I digress.

I figured that I would dedicate this FOTD Friday to history!!

The genius in me left my digital camera at home so the following pictures will be from the Blackberry. Which…aren’t that bad. I also purchased a disposable camera but I have yet to get those photos developed.

My view of Capitol Hill…


…I actually had tickets to get IN the event. Blue tickets to be exact. However, I didn’t make it in. Neither did A LOT of ticket holders. I was only able to see him get sworn in via jumbo-tron aka an enormous screen. The crowd of people was breathtaking. Or frightening depending on your point of view.


I walked a good 7 hours that day sans eating/drinking or using the restroom. All were impossible to do with that many people. It was hard to locate anything!


I climbed on top of a barricade just to get this picture. Wow!


We also ran up hills, slid through bushes and broke down fences….desperate to get to a jumbo-tron in time to see the President get sworn in. Even finding one of those was a challenge! There had to have been at least 4 of them. What?! Look at the masses tearing down a fence.

Inauguration Day tweets from Twitter:

7:19 a.m. — Walking to the swearing in ceremony
8:33 a.m. — Walking to the Blue Gate. So many Obamanites
8:44 a.m. — Just saw someone I graduate with. Imagine that!! All of these people.
9:02 a.m. — Gates open. Ticket holders all cheered. We see the promised land!
9:20 a.m. — My hands are freezing. Tweeting is becoming a struggle.
9:38 a.m. — Seriously…there is so much line confusion.
10:24 a.m. —
You think you’re all exclusive b/c you have a ticket just to
realize that 2 million other folx have tickets too.
10:38 a.m. — There’s no way we’re getting in. People are screaming “Let us in.”
10:42 a.m — People are pissed. We aren’t going to see it in person or on T.V. Damn.
11:33 a.m. — I really want to cry.
12: 13 p.m. — We see a screen! Okay, I’m better now. At least I can watch him.

…..around that time I lost service completely. In fact, most people did. I was unable to tweet and make/receive phone calls and text messages until around 3:00 p.m.

But I was there. I participated in history by voting for Barack Obama and witnessed it by being there.

More photographs…and better ones at that.

Look at Sasha Obama. I love her! This is classic. Shows her innocent and admiration of her Father. Tears welled up when I saw this photo.


Darling Malia. She has so much class for a 10-year old. Look at the gaze to her Father. It’s like they are talking with their eyes. *more tears*



No words. I mean….what can you say?

I absolutely love Vice President Biden’s personality. And we won’t even get on the fabulousness that was Dr. Jill Biden’s ball gown.


No matter your party affiliation, you have to have been affected by this event in some way. I even have friends from other countries who have been inspired by the Obamas. Yes we did!

What were some of your thoughts? Did you go? I will be traveling throughout the weekend but hope to catch up on comments and showing my blog family love soon!

Have a great weekend!

[HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY, COURTNEY!!
.....there's your gift so leave me alone...lol!]