Strong as Nails

What lipstick and nail polish Kourtney Kardashian wears

I met this lady at the Further With Ford Conference.

We had breakfast at the same table earlier that day, so when I saw her during a tour of Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant later, I spoke. Nothing serious, small talk. I work at I have a blog I neglect. The usual.

She goes on to tell me that about all of the different press trips that she’s been on in the past month or so. She told me that she was in New York the week prior with another car brand and had the time of her life.  She had dinner at Beauty & Essex, and if I ever go, I should have the fried chicken biscuits. If I’m into jazz, I should try Mintons in Harlem. “But take a date,” she warned me. “It’s expensive.”

What lipstick and nail polish Kourtney Kardashian wears

She pauses to catch her breath and then tells me that she has stage four cancer.

I didn’t know how to react. I was amazed that she was so active. That she would want to travel away from her husband and family. That she still maintained her site. But what struck me most of all, and I hope that you won’t find this shallow that I noticed this, but, her red nails.

The woman told me that she couldn’t wear open toe sandals because her toe nails had fallen off from chemo. I instantly looked her over for clues that she was sick, thinking, maybe I missed some obvious sign.

She was wearing makeup. She had a rather low haircut, but she has such a pretty face, I just assumed it was her choice.  She wore long dangly earrings. And her finger nails, what was left of them, were painted red.

What lipstick and nail polish Kourtney Kardashian wears

I wanted to cry, but I didn’t want to make her feel like a victim. Especially when she so clearly declared to me, at least, in this moment, that she wouldn’t be one. Instead, I just gave her a kiss on the cheek and a hug.

I’m not sure that was the appropriate response either.

It’s funny, or interesting, I should say. My life coach asked me why I loved fashion so much. When I saw my Godfather a little over a week later in San Francisco, he asked me the same thing. I told them both: It isn’t about labels, or being flashy, or even trends in my opinion. It’s about what a person chooses to do with those things. Fashion, in its truest form, to me, is the ability to say who you are, as a person without ever having to speak.

Those red finger nails told me so much more than that woman could ever.

But most importantly, never to give up. To be, in a sense, strong as nails.

What lipstick and nail polish Kourtney Kardashian wears


Wearing: J.Crew Factory Tee Shirt// J.Crew Factory Skirt// J.Crew Sandals// Kate Spade Necklace// Louis Vuitton Bag

p.s. I’m wearing Channing on my lips and tips–a custom shade by Sonia Tisdel-McNeil of Sonia Tisdel Beauty! Check her out, she can create a custom color just for you! This one is based on my logo :)

  • Lisa

    Loved this look and the story about the lady you met. Just goes to show that you never know what someone else is going through.

    • ChanningintheCity

      Everyone is fighting a battle. We just never know! Thank you, Lisa!

  • Margo

    I often find myself initially getting emotional and feeling sorry for other, but like you, I have to remind myself that when they’re strong and refuse to play the victim role, I can’t victimize them with sympathy. So, I smile and shower them with love and compliments about how mush they inspire and motivate me. Love your look, btw!

    • ChanningintheCity


  • Justine Santos

    I loved this. Great story and great takeaway. Life is going to throw a lot at you when you may or may not expect it or be ready but how you take that and flip it into a positive is it what matters.

    • ChanningintheCity

      Thank you! Agreed, how you handle it is everything.

  • ShesFacingFreedom

    What a great story and title?! That kiss and hug, appropriate or not, probably made her day.

    • ChanningintheCity

      I hope so. I really enjoyed meeting her. Thanks Yaszy!

  • Nika

    Absolutely beautiful…..

    • ChanningintheCity

      Thank you, Nika! It was such a pleasure meeting her.

  • SonyaTisdel-MUA

    Awesome story; thank you for sharing!

    • ChanningintheCity

      Thank you, Sonya for the colors! So amazing :)

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