Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pay Your Dues to Rouge

A Haiku to Ruby Woo

Pulse Paused. Heart Stopping.
Breath stolen, eyes are watching.
Wink. Smile. Lips poppin'.
*Snaps Fingers*

An ode to lipstick?  Why not?! Lipstick is literally my favorite part of being a woman, and my even favorite-er cosmetic!  Mascara runs, lip glosses leave permanent clothing stains, and don't get me started on how the foundation smudges on my Android leave people thinking that the brown residue is some type of secretion from my dirty pores.

So on this day,


we pay our dues to rouge, highlighting the hottest hues of Fall/Winter 2015!
(Can you believe September issues will be on shelves in just a month?)

Send Me Some Nudes

When you want your eyes to do the talking and your lips be but a whisper, go nude.  Keep in mind that nude shades vary depending on your skin tone, so your bronzy BFF from Brazil might not be able to loan you lipstick if you're fresh off the lodka from Moscow. The trick to pulling off a nude lip is by lining the lips with a pencil two shades darker than your skin, then filling it in with a lipstick that's one shade lighter. Complete the look with a beige-ish lip gloss to keep you from looking severely dehydrated.  And you said you didn't look good naked...smh

"Think of nude lipstick the same way you'd think about your foundation. To get the right color, consider your skin color, hair color, even eye color. For someone with a fairer complexion, a nude that's too beige-y will appear yellow; instead, pick a nude that's in the pale pink family like this YSL shade. For medium tones, I would use a deeper beige to rose nude. If you want the truest shade of the lipstick to shine through, neutralize your own lip color first by applying a tinted moisturizer or foundation." — Jeanine Lobell
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté lipstick in Nude Beige, $34,
For fair skin, try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in Nude Beige.  $34
"This is a great neutral brown with a natural, smooth matte finish. The color is just right—not too pale, and good for day or night, especially those times when you're rocking a dramatic eye. Your lips won't steal the show, but they definitely won't be overlooked." — Jeannia Robinette
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier, $32.50,
For Medim skin tones, try Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Conother.

"This shade has the perfect amount and tone of beige for a nude lip that won't wash you out. I like to apply the color with a brush then tap with my index finger to blend into the skin so that it doesn't have a heavy 'lipstick' quality." — Stevie Huynh
Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke, $48,
For Darker skin, try Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke.
Girl, you just got RED

It's alluring, its the color of love, and it's timeless! Your mama's mama's mama's mama wore it when she met your great-great grandfather, and BAM! You're here reading this blog! You litterally owe your life to rouge!  The best way to rock red is by first applying the lipstick without lip liner.  Blot your lips on a tissue, then line your lips using a nude lip pencil.  The nude liner keeps the red lipstick from bleeding into the skin around your lips, which is common with red lipstick.  Finally, apply one last layer, and you're ready to join the ranks with your great-grands and pro-create a new generation! To spare you the break down of skin tones, I'm only recommending one lipstick: Ruby Woo.  I've never seen this shade look bad on anyone. EVER.
(Scroll up to re-read my def poetry jam haiku homage, then click here for my blog breakdown on red lipstick).

For a Sexy You, try Ruby Woo!

The Black Bug Bled Black Blood

Imagine how sexy and demure your lips would look mouthing that line again and again in a dark shade of lipstick.  Notice I said dark, not black.  Shadowy hues of deep burgundy, purple, and blackberry are back again this fall to cast an air of mystery on your already chic style.  You want to apply dark shades with a lip brush for precision, starting from the outer corner of the mouth to the center of your upper and lower lips.  As with red, line last.  I like a dark matte lip, but I've been known to dab a little Bobbi Brown Crystal lip gloss on the center of my bottom lip, then smudge for shine perfection.

For Fair skin, try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rouge Feu.
For Medium skin, try Model Co. Party Proof Lipstick - Matte in Purple Sangria.
For Dark skin, try Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet.

Now that I've given you Lipstick Life, go out and kiss someone!!! Until next time, stay Snobby!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Willy Nilly for Lilly!

Did the pews at your church look a little empty this morning? That's because every Real Housewife of every town in America was at Target  trying to get their oven mitts on a piece of the Lilly Pulitzer pie!

If you don't know who Lilly Pulitzer is, she is a whimsical designer popular amongst genteel ladies across the globe, with an extreme following on the East Coast of the US; especially in the South where I live. Who better to team up with LP than Targét, the haven for people too good to shop at Walmart, but too financially conscious (or can't afford) to shop the stores of Target's regularly priced guest labels (i.e ME!).  Like most of their featured designer lines, this collaboration has been an obvious success. Brightly colored pieces with invigorating prints flew off the shelves faster than a one legged cat in a sandbox! Sorry, I partook in the Lilly Pulitzer mayhem in Atlanta, GA so I'm allowed to talk like that since the experience officiated me as an official southerner :) The racks of the store I shopped were TOTALLY EMPTY in under 3 minutes!

Check out this  video I shot of an elderly woman getting a top snatched right out of her hands by another shopper!

Happy shoppers were able to walk away with pieces from the lifestyle collection that included dresses, shoes, scarves, hats, pieces for lil Lillys, indoor and outdoor decor, and let's not forget Lilly Pulitzer nail polish colors by Essie. Each piece is fun, full of personality, and makes you want to have a cool glass of [vodka spiked] lemonade by the pool on a hot summer day.  I was pleased with the functionality, style, and cut of most of the pieces, but am a little worried about the ladies who are going to show up at summer BBQs looking like cookie cutter Stepford Wives because of the repetition of colors and prints used throughout the entire line.  Let's have a look at some of my favorite things from the collection:

Shift dress - $38
I love how their shift dresses had a nipped waist, creating a flattering figure for those who may not have one!

Challis Romper $34

Gold Sandals $30

Shift dress - $38
This print will go great with just about any color solid!

Raffia Tote $30

Girls Eyelet Tank $14
Girls Pom Pom Shorts $12

Jumper $44
Everything comes in Plus Sizes, too! EVERYTHING!!!

Charm Bracelet $20

Gold Plated Giraffe Flask with Funnel $15

Nosie Posie Hammock $150
This is literally the ONLY thing I want to kick back in this summer!

There's a whole lot more to choose from... at least there was before 8:30 this morning... But like I said, these are my picks from the collection.  There ewere a few other things I would like to have shown, but some of the pictures available on Target's website didn't do the merch any justice.  Not to mention, if you know what one piece looks like you can pretty much guess how every thing else looks since  the color, prints, and fabrics are pretty much redundant. If your Target is lucky enough to still have some leftovers, keep this in mind: Everything is pink, green, blue, and white... Eyelet, pom pom, cotton, or polyester... And if they made it for mom, you best be believin' they made it for girl, baby, lawn and dinner table!  

While I think the collection is just adorable, I was unable to score a piece for myself.  If I could have, I probably would have only nabbed a pair of shorts and a headband.  I was, however, able to get a top and  a pair of pom pom shorts for a special lil tot, and I can't wait to see her looking precious in Lilly for Target!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Top 5 Instagirls

Are you a Fan of  the 'Gram?  That's instagram, if you've been living under a BOOK (facebook).  If you are truly a GramFan, you'll recognize some of these personalities from your timeline as Jihan and I countdown our Top 5 Favorite Types of Instagirls!  Double tap away, Trend Snobs!  Double tap away!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

She got that GOOD HAIR!!!

You heard it growing up, you try to achieve it every Saturday at the salon, and you're looking for a baby daddy with it in hopes that your next generation will be born with it.  What am I talking about?


Find out who has it, who doesn't, and how to get it on this week's episode of The Latest!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The More You Know!

You know the name of Drake's new mixtape.  You know the designer of the dress Arianna Grande wore to the Grammys.  And you know all the words to every song written by Taylor Swift... EVER.  But do you know who invented the stop light?  The gas mask?  Peanut Butter?  Who are the pioneers of the civil rights movement that helped make the United States what it is today?  The Latest takes to the streets of Atlanta to find out how much you really know about not only Black history, but American History.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


You did it! You've achieved pure bliss:  you've finished school, found the love of your life, then get a job offer for your dream job... ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!!  What's more important to you? The love you've found, or the career you've dreamed of your whole entire life?  Decisions, decisions...

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Latest: Crazy in Love!

I told you about the project I'm working on  called The Latest in my last blog post The Snobby Awards: 2015 SAG Awards Edition. If you haven't read that post, DO IT NOW!!! Then check me out on the latest The Latest! See you next post, TrendSnobs!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Snobby Awards!!!! 2015 SAG Award Edition

The Snobby Awards are one of my all time favorite blogs to write and post.  The FASHION! The GLAMOUR!  And don't forget...

The SHADE!!!

Because I am the Trend Snob, I'm going to start off with some trends for the evening:

White Power

Offended?  I'm black. Get over it.  Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon, Maggi Gyllenhall, and Ariel Winter definitely got the memo about winter white being this season's go-to shade.  No matter your shape, height, skin or hair color, winter white is always a crowd pleaser and pops magnificently on the red carpet.
*see my winter white look in my First Lady of Style blog entry by clicking on the link

Girrrrlll, you just got RED!

Gwendolyn Christie, Maisie Williams, and Edie Falco sizzled on the red carpet of the SAG Awards!  While I love how the color red can turn a drab damsel into a Vivacious Vixen, I absolutely hate it on the red carpet!!!  I can never see the full detail of the dress because it blends in with the floor! After all, the reason we watch award shows is for the dresses, right?!

That's enough of trend talk for now!

Without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you...

The Snobby Awards
2015 SAG Awards Edition

The Fashion Floral Award goes to...
Lupita Nyong'o

Leave it to Lupita to consistently make a fashion forward statement on the red carpet of any award show or event.  This beauty has miles of style!  While she's usually a front running fave on my list of fashionistas, I'm not 100% loving everything about this Elie Saab gown.  I'm digging the print, feeling the plunged neckline, and cherish the fullness of the dress, but I wish the fabric of the skirt was chiffon or another material that drapes better than this one does.  Every blogger in the blogosphere will probably disagree, but meh... I love, but I'm not in love.  Shade, but no shade.

The What the Tux Award goes to...
Emma Stone

Ah, Emma.  Another red carpet fave.  The pale skin, the burnt orange hair, the red lip!  No matter how edgy or soft her ensemble is, she always manages to put an old Hollywood glamorous spin to the look.  Kudos to her in Dior in this fresh take on the tuxedo dress.  Tuxedos are huge right now-- worn as a jacket or a dress -- and I must admit, I've never seen one with a sheer skirt, train, or both!  Also, notice that the tuxedo is double breasted, another hot trend you'll see a lot of in menswear this season.  This look is chic and new!  I kind of wish she didn't wear a cami underneath for a little more sex appeal, but she still looks amazing!

The Erykah BaDON'T Award goes to 
Uzo Aduba

Aduba, Badu.  Crazy Eyes, crazy dress.  I love how Uzo Aduba has a way of bringing it together full circle.  I'm just really confused as to what exactly this dress actually is.  Is it eyelet? Is it yarn? Is it safe to bring my cat around her? What I do know is what it ain't, and that's cute!  The Orange Is the New Black star looks like Erykah Badu when she was knitting needle crazy back in the 90s.  Somebody shank this woman a stylist ASAP, because based on the number of SAG awards she took home tonight, she's not going to be a stranger on the red carpet.  Congrats on your awards girl, but the Fashion Police will sentence you 20 to life if you pull something like this again!  And while we're on the subject...

The Orange is the New WHACK Award goes to...
The Cast of Orange is the New Black
Thanks for the title, Christian

Where. Do I. Begin.? I guess with Vickey Jeudy since her pic is first.  I'm getting Owl Chic from this look.  The bodice looks like owl eyes that angle down in the shape of an owl's beak, and the print of the skirt looks like cross hatched owl feathers.  One question, Jeudy:  Hoo-hoooo told you that you looked cute?  Next we have Dascha Polanco in what could have been a halfway decent dress had her seamstress known that horse hair doesn't work well in the hem of stretch lace, trains, or the hems of straight skirts.  Oh, and measuring Dashca would probably have been a good idea because she looks like a stuffed chorizo in this dress.  And Laverne Cox, if you don't sit your Battlestar Galactica space creature looking dress and hair self down somewhere!!!  This is HOLLYWOOD, ladies!  Next time take notes from Danielle Brooks (far right), who obviously does not like any of you, because she let you all come out of the house looking cray!  Danielle is about that red carpet life!

The Okay. You're Sexy. We Get It! Award goes to...
Sofia Vergara

She's Latina.  She's gorgeous.  She's 42.  She's got a body and an accent that won't quit!  She's everything on this planet we all want to be!  Sofia always kills on the red carpet.  She knows how to accentuate her femininity in a way that makes us gawk in awe and sneer with jealousy.  I love all the elements of this Donna Karan Atelier dress from the one shoulder action, to the exposed corseting, unexpected ruching, and whatever fabulous fabric the skirt and train are made of.  I would be able to see it better if the red carpet wasn't so RED!!! I think its silk though...

The 'What is That, Velvet?' Award goes to...
Anna Chlumsky

I don't like anything about this dress.  I typically think classic glamour when I see Escada.... Maybe this is supposed to be a classic cut and silhouette made 'modern' with the use of metallic silver fabric trim and... what is that? Velvet??? Whatever it is, the Veep Star looks hot.  Not muy caliente hot, but your kneecaps might be sweating HOT!  She's a beautiful girl, and I've loved her ever since she killed McCauley Caulkin in My Girl, but this dress is all over the place.  Do better next time, Vera.

The Honorable Mention Award goes to...
Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike betta Gone Girl as she slays in this textured Dior high low gown.  This isn't a silhouette or cut we typically see on the runway, and that's one of the main reasons I love this look. Everything about this voluminous dress is perfect from the way the textured detail fades from prominent at the décolletage into a beautiful oblivion towards the bottom.  I'm almost certain her hem has horse hair done correctly *ahem Dascha Polanco*.  If it's not horse hair, its satin.  Either way, I love the dress, I love the shoes, I love the messy bob, orange lip, and her almost non-existent accessories.  Job well done, Rosamund!

And now the moment you've all been waiting for....

The Snobby Award goes to....
Camila Alves

Model, mother, fashion designer, and wife of Matthew McConaughey looks absolutely STUNNING in Donna Karan Atelier.  This dress embodies everything I love in a gown!  Sweetheart necklines can go terribly wrong when draped at this magnitude, but Camila got it oh-so-right!  The faux sash that comes from below the bust, across the abdomen, and cascades onto the floor into a puddle of royal opulence is literally to die for!!!  The mermaid silhouette, fabric that is just begging to touched, and the deep, beautiful amethyst color of this dress makes her a WINNER at an award show where she wasn't even a nominee!  But she did get a SNOBBY, and isn't that all that matters??!!

Thats all for now, Trend Snobs!  Until Next time, STAY SNOBBY!

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