Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Personal Style - Question of the Week: Can I wear suede in Spring?

I get this question quite often from clients & also friends that call me for a quick style question when they are getting dressed for work or for a night out.   Can I wear suede shoes & accessories in the Spring?  The answer is a simple Y-E-S! Being a Southern girl it was always a faux pas or unspoken style rule that you can only wear suede and leather after Labor Day or in the colder months.   Well in 2015 you can rock whatever you want to in regards to suede and/or leather.  

There are so many gorgeous suede sandals, shoe booties & other accessories that totally work for every season.  So rock your suede with confidence & enjoy a few of my favorites!  

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Personal Style: The Perfect Nude Foundations....Brown Girl Problems

Lets face it if you are a brown girl its often difficult to find the right nude color foundations that actually match the variety of skin tones especially for African American women.  The typical nude that you find in stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's and even Victoria Secret just don't match the variety of shades for women of color.  We are approaching the Summer season and with all the variety of styles, including backless or strappy shirts, dresses, etc its a challenge to find the right foundations that compliment a variety of skin tones.

Recently there was a comedic reel from Buzzfeed that was so funny, but held so much truth & speaks to the lack in variety as it relates to nude foundations for women of color.  Check it out here....

I recently discovered the company Nubian Skin that specializes in foundations for women of color and they are the perfect match.  What I love about this company is that they also are sold on the Asos website which has amazing shipping to the US by the way!  If you are in a nude foundation rut, please check out both of these sites, they will restore your faith in finding just the perfect nude foundations.  

As an additional style bonus, in the Buzzfeed video they also discussed Nude Lipstick or Gloss.  This can sometimes be tricky in the sense that again as women of color its sometimes hard to find just the perfect nude lippie without coming out looking like "Tyrone Biggums"...ashy.    I happen to be a connoisseur of nude & pinkie nude lippies and I wanted to share a few of my favorites!  These work best when paired with a brown lip liner & blended very well.  Another style bonus is that when you apply your foundation, run your brush or sponge over your lips to create a even canvas for your lipstick, this helps with a flawless application!  You are Welcome!

Nude Lipsticks & Gloss for Women of Color:
  • Lipliner - Cork or Chestnut by Mac
  • Lipliner - NYX Coffee
  • Lipliner - Jordana Tawny & Natural
  • Lipstick - NYX: Toast, Cappuccino, Nude Truffle, Natural
  • Lipstick - Revlon "Creme Brule" Lip Butter
  • Lipstick - Milani Cosmetics:  Nude Cream,  Teddy Bare & Dulce Caramelo
  • Lipstick - Revlon - Fairest Nude 
  • Lipstick - Wet n' Wild - Bare it All 
  • Lipstick - YSL Rouge Volupt Shine #9
  • Lipstick - Fresh Brew & Siss by Mac Cosmetics
Do you have trouble finding the perfect nude or lip combination?  Was this post helpful?  Please comment below!