women of color

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Stripe 


     I love to push the envelope when it comes to approaching everyday style. I get bored very easily so wearing things that are tricky to pull of are intriguing. If you have ever seen Beetle Juice or a vintage prison uniform you would probably never ever want to attempt this look. Fashion should be fun so I did just that. 


     Stripes are very tricky in general. Vertical stripes can be very slimming while horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider than they are. The key is knowing your body type. I am a true believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. There are however, some helpful guidelines that can help you look more visually appealing. 


If you’re smaller on top then you want to wear your horizontal stripes on the top portion of your body and vice versa. If you have wide hips and you want to wear horizontal stripes then go for a thinner line pattern or one with alternating pinstripes. At the end of the day you look the best when you’re confident. If you love the way you look nothing else really matters. 

     If you think your outfit may or may not look like a prison uniform then give them a good pose and own it! Always put your best foot forward in fashion. Life is to short to wear boring clothes. 


Top – HM (4+ years ago) 

Pants – Fancy Kouture


Shoes – BU 

Sunglasses – Gucci 

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Summer Essentials 

My Summer essentials are just a few things I can’t live without so far this year. I thought this would be helpful to some of you ladies and I decided to share them here. Summer 2015 is in full swing so why not share some things that you can still get your hands on!  

The swing dress is a must have! Let’s face it we all want to be cute but it’s just too hot! The swing dress is a great way to remain stylish and on trend. I picked up this dress from Forever 21Plus. I am usually a large, but I wanted the dress to have extra swing room; since I have a bigger bust. Forever 21 is more so for teens and petite Shopaholics.  No one wants to wear denim in 90 degree weather so chambray is a good alternative when done correctly.   The chambray dress isn’t on the website but you may be able to find one in your local store if they carry plus. I was able to find something similar from Romwe.


For the events that require a bit more polish this summer… another alternative is a jersey dress. I picked up a short sleeved version from Old Navy, but this burnt orange dress from Glamorous is perfect for a summer day party. Find a solid that compliments your skin-tone. 

Dark skin tones look amazing in bright yellows, oranges and also olive green. If you are a medium skin tone chartreuse and corals are a great option to try. Everyone looks great in black and white so if all else fails stick with the non-colors.  There are no hard rules so feel free to try any of the colors I mentioned no matter what skintone you have.

  
“A’int nobody got time” for foundation. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is a great alternative. It has a glowy finish and buildable coverage. If your oily like me you will need to set with a powder and I usually opt for MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Dark Deep. I have been loving this since it has gotten hot here in New York. 

I have purchased a lot of shoes this year but every time I go out I find myself reaching for these Steve Madden heels. Feel free to check out my previous post for more details. But this no fuss neutral is great for every outfit in the summer. 

  
I love a bright lip on tanned skin in this heat. One of my personal favorites is MAC’s Dangerous. If you are more of a medium tone then Lady Danger is going to be perfect! I line my lips with Cherry lip liner and I always get lots of compliments. It’s a really bold color so I usually keep everything else simple with some highlighting and mascara to finish the look.   

If your not into the brights then I have also been loving MAC’s Stone lipstick. It’s a neutral brown with a purple undertone. I think it’s a unique neutral. But it can make you look a little lifeless so I go heavy on warming up my skin and usually play up the contrast with gold accessories. I use Chestnut pencil to line my lips. 

  
If you also don’t have time for a lip in this heat then please pick up NYX Butter Gloss in your favorite shade. On the days when I don’t wear any makeup at all I will put on some gloss in “Angel Food Cake” and some origins eye brightening cream.   

I have been frolicking all over the city in my Doc Marten Gryphon sandals. Red is the new black and I literally wear them all the time. They are super comfortable and paired with basics like a white t and jeans or a maxi dress you will be sure to become the topic of conversation. They just happen to be on sale so act fast… Thank me later. 

I have lots of summer favorites and I could go on forever but if you start with these you will be in good shape. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask or send an email.  

 

One Nude is Not Like the Other

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I’m going to preface this post by saying this information is especially for women of darker complexions; however, everyone should be able to learn something from this. I think as a society we tend to make generalizations all the time. There is a certain standard of beauty that has been forced upon us by the media. Straight nose, long hair, beautiful fair skin and ample assets to name a few. These are all generalizations. The one I am going to talk about today is the word Nude. Nude by fashions’ definition refers to a shade ranging from off-white to a pink champagne color.

Although “nude” means naked, the fashion world uses the term to describe a distinct color. Someone may need to wear something “nude” underneath sheer clothing conceal undergarments or under low-cut garments where underwear needs to be discrete. Nude shoes are often used to elongate the legs of someone in a formal gown. Nude lipstick is used to play down over the top eye makeup or overly colorful outfits. But if you consider the color by fashions definition it’s only “nude” if you’re a pale skinned Caucasian. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that nude by reasons definition is any color that when worn can blend into the wearers skin tone and be almost untraceable. But we aren’t talking reason. We are talking about generalizations.

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As I stated earlier one nude is not like the other. I constantly see women of darker complexions at makeup counters trying on nude shades of lipstick and I watch them as they apply the pale, milky, and creamy colors on their lips and I cringe. How can I blame them. Open any magazine to a Maybelline advertisement for nude lipstick and the shades don’t vary at all. There you will find a field of tan, beige, sand, and creamy champagne and one or two browns that are almost always out of stock if they are even stocked to begin with.

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Please understand that if you want nude lips for a smokey eye, a nude heel to wear with your white dress, or nude underwear for your chiffon blouse it does exist. I urge you to save some of the information in this post. This issue has been on my mind for weeks but it is not until I saw a post on Instagram (@tokenbrowngirl) about a range of undergarments by a brand called Nubian Skin that I felt compelled to write this post.

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After reading up more about why Nubian skin decided to start this undertaking I became a true believer. Although Women of color do just as much, if not more spending as any other demographic; our needs are not catered too as much as they should be.

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Back Story:
So I went to BeautyCon a few moths back and there was a BareMinerals Shop at the event. Bare Minerals had recently launched a new foundation formula, and they were giving away full sized promotional samples to anyone who got their shade matched. They were offering a whopping twenty shades and I was so excited to be able to try it. As I got closer and closer to the front of the line I realized that of the twenty shades only three or four looked like they may have used melanin as one of the ingredients. Yet still I continued to wait. When I finally made it to the front of the line I was informed that their darkest shade was out of stock. I still informed the representative that I would still like to be color matched so I could purchase the foundation at a later date. After trying the foundation we concluded that their darkest shade was still too light. He then informed me that even if he had the shade available he would not be able to give me a free bottle because the shade didn’t match. I won’t share the thoughts that were going through my mind… I’ll just get back to my blog post.

Needless to say I agree with Nubian Skin. Our demographic is under served. Nubian Skin products won’t be available for another four weeks but be sure to follow their blog and or follow their social media page (Instagram: @nubianskin) for more details and specific dates. The link to the site is also located there.

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The popular brand Christian Louboutin released a collection of their popular nude heels for a limited time in a wide range of “nude” colors…

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Most of the shades in question have long since sold out. My question is simple. Why should my shade of skin be “limited edition.” No one wants to look like Tyrone Biggums (at least I hope they don’t) unless it’s Halloween. More companies like Nubian Skin need to offer products to cater to women of all skin tones. When you search nude in the sleepwear section of a website I don’t want to see a bunch of beige and tan. Whether it is makeup, shoes, underwear or nail polish. One nude is not like the other.

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Companies like Nubian Skin, Black Opal, and Fashion Fair offer great makeup and lingerie options for women of color.

Where do you buy your undergarments?