For Brown Girls... Red Lips


This week, Karyn Washington, blogger and founder of For Brown Girls committed suicide. While the reasons for her suicide are hers alone, I will continue to honor the work this young sister did trying to uplift the hearts and souls of those who were having difficulties accepting their dark skin, while celebrating dark skin and the beauty inherent in it.  As a dark skin woman who has never battled colorism (overtly, that is), and as a woman that has always been proud to be dark skinned, I want to continue to lead, not with words, but with my actions.  In my family, there was never anyone that glorified dark skin outright, but I remember the care that my grandmother took to ensure that her skin (and mine) was preserved and moisturized and kept blemish-free.  I remember my Dad looking lovingly at my Mom's skin and declaring his love for dark skin, always following up with the cheesy saying, "The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice!" right before hugging and kissing her.  For Brown Girls will continue, and I will continue to show my pride by participating in the #darkskinredlip project as I have before.  To show your support for brown girls everywhere, continue to rock your red lip, brown girls. And use the hashtag #darkskinredlip to push the movement forward.

These red lipcolors are my favorites, and they are used by Brown girls everywhere! If you are a brown girl, you probably have these in your daily rotation.

Every brown girl has this secret weapon in their arsenal of lipsticks.  Ruby Woo by MAC is the ultimate, blue-based red lipcolor for ALL brown girls.  A matte formula ups the sexiness and classic boldness of this lipstick.

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Dragon Girl by Nars is a relatively new entry into the brown girl "must-have" red lippie game.  This is my go-to, everyday lip color.  The smooth applying formula that is Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, make this matte color easy to apply, reapply, and eventually take-off.  If you didn't know, now you know.

Make-up Forever is known for their highly pigmented lip colors, and the great color payoff that brown girls can expect from their products.  Although I personally enjoy the sexiness of a matte red lip, when I want to get my grown women on in business situations and places where I will have to talk a lot, I opt for this Make-up Forever lipstick in Moulin Rouge.  It's creamy consistency and deep red color make it a personal fave.

Most brown girls I know will rock a matte red lip, but a red gloss is a whole 'notha level.  If you are looking for over the top sexy, then this Lip Glass from MAC in Russian Red is the lip color for you.  In MAC's classic shade Russian Red, this color is transformed in their luscious Lip Glass formula.  This ain't for kids, ladies...

My birthday is December 5th, and so was this release of what some people say is the most perfect matte color that MAC has ever had, RiRi Woo.  Eponymously named after the pop sensation, Rihanna, this lipstick actually stood up to the hype.  I remember being so dismayed after seeing the lines of people waiting to get this shade, but being more than confused that this lipstick was available online!  For those who waited in line for it at the stores, it has proven to be worth your while.

One of my most favorite red lips is a cheapie.  I have no idea what brand it is, but I know that it is a wonderful matte color named, "Speak Up".  I can assure you, when I wear this beautiful red, my lips do all the speaking for me.
Just for the fun of it, I asked the Sephora saleswoman, "Can you recommend a red lip for me?"  Although Sephora has countless red color lipsticks, this woman went right to this color. Sephora "Always Red" in this cream lip stain formula.  It glides on smoothly, like a lip gloss, and dries matte. Come again?  And this stains the lip all day. Through eating, talking, drinking, kissing, this color is still there!  Thank me later...

Now, remember to rock your red lips.  And when you take your pics and post them to social media, use the hashtag #darkskinredlip

Polar Vortex...


If you live in the US, you know that this "polar vortex" has made dressing a complete nightmare.  On this day, the weather was 26 Degrees fahrenheit, a virtual summer in these parts.  To pull myself out of the winter funk I have been experiencing, I tried to dress in my two favorite things; African mudcloth print and leopard. Both harken back to the Motherland, and both, in my mind, conjure up images of a copper sun and the warmth it emanates.  To create a bit of subtlety in what could have easily been print craziness, I topped this mudcloth print jersey skirt, with a trusty Black/Cream color block turtle neck I have had in the closet for years.  My trusty Black tights help to anchor this printapalooza, and my neutral makeup with dark berry lips also lend an air of classiness that is much needed in this ensemble.   I pulled out one of the fave coats this year, and decided that you can never have too much leopard.  "Never too much, never too much, never too much..." Sorry, I was channeling Luther Vandross as I looked at this leopard on leopard.  But it can never be too much can it?

Laughing at how ridiculous I am to be taking pictures in this freezing cold...




I remember like it was yesterday. "Ma'am, please take your bra off and lean over. We are all women in here and trust me I have seen my share of breasts."  This coming from an obviously 22-year old womanchild who was dressed ultra-trendy but obviously had just come out of her training bra.  But I did as I was told.  I leaned over at the waist and allowed her to hoist my titties into what I imagined was not going to fit, considering the sheer size of it.  She ordered me to stand up straight, she actually went into my bra and adjusted my breasts, and said, "There, turn around and have a look in the mirror. Just as I thought, a 36 H."  I turned around slowly, not believing this bra would look any different than the 40 DDD bra I had just purchased from Macy's several weeks previously.  But it was if magic happened.  I had never looked smaller in my life.  My waist looked several inches smaller, and my posture was straighter than ever.  Could it be?  Was I a part of the over 80% of women speculated to be wearing the wrong size bra?  If this bra was any proof, I was.

This here is the bra brand that changed my life...

As a fuller figure bra wearer since I was in middle school (I was a DD in middle school), I thought I knew about all the bra brands that catered to fuller-figure women.  But I had never even heard of Elomi.  But since then, I wear the brand EXCLUSIVELY.  I mean, I tossed every single bra I had in my drawer and started over.  I have amassed quite a collection of Elomi Bras, and I fall in love with them more and more every time I wear them.  Elomi, of course, has a website that has their full line of bras, but Nordstrom carries all of their bras, with a guarantee to have your size in stock. I suggest you go to Nordstrom to try it on. Since I am familiar with their bras, I know what size to get, so I am a little more comfortable buying from other places.  

Now, for those of you used to paying $20-$30 dollars for your bras, this is not the brand for you.  But I will say this to all of my fuller busted sisters.  What good is it to have on an outfit that cost hundreds of dollars, if your ill-fitting bra is going to make it look like it came from the $10 Store?  My grandmother told me when I was young to invest in "a good mattress, a good leather shoe, and a good bra."  And my grandmother has never steered me wrong.

Here, the styles that are in constant rotation in my lingerie wardrobe:
The BEST shirt for T-Shirts and other tops for when you need a smooth appearance

This is their bestseller (try it on and you will know why).  I have this in multiple colors. My everyday bra.
The Elomi Caitlyn

Of course, if you are unable to shop a local store that houses Elomi brand bras, check out this video that may be of some help.  

PS. You thought these bras would be ugly just because I said they provide great support. Shame on you...

I'm always on the hunt for new bra bands, what are some other full-figure bra brands that I need to know?  Please let me know. Us big-breasted women have to stick together! Lol

The Skunk... Part III


In my mind, this is an everyday work outfit, or at least that is what I told The Spouse.  Maybe someone's job?  But anywhoo, how much more classic can an ensemble be?  Basic wide leg slacks, a top in texture, and a cardigan sweater?  This vest is doing overtime!  I win!

Black and White Faux fur Vest: ASOS, Lace Ruffle Shirt: Nordstrom (ages ago...), Sweater: (super old)

Super Wide Leg Chelsea Pants: Lane Bryant
SN: I remember when Lane Bryant was the end all, be all in plus size women pants.  But tragically, they stopped making these babies a few years ago. I still have several pairs in various colors and prints, but I never had these in black. While perusing the thrift store one day, lo and behold, these babies were hanging on the rack with original tags intact and everything!  And... they were a Tall! Score...
To see my other looks featuring this faux fur vest, click here and here.
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