Why Don’t You… Wear Almost Black Lipstick?

‘Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”

How to wear dark lipstick

I marched into Sephora with a purpose.  I wanted a vampy, sooty, almost-black lipstick. And I needed it to match my Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish.

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At Home with Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish Review

I can’t remember why I took these pictures, but I was reading an old issue of Lucky magazine and cover girl Zooey Deschanel said something that reminded me of, well, me.

“There’s this picture of me that I wish I could find,” she said. “I would buy these fluffy ‘50s prom dresses from the thrift stores and just put them on with a tiara and sit and type at my computer.”

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A couple months ago, I got an email from DeBorah with the subject line Hair Secrets.

I’m not going to lie, I was prepared to feel embarrassed before I even read her email. I was ashamed that I still don’t know how to master doing my own hair in its natural state… and that I’ve only really tried once and gave up when I didn’t get an, um, favorable response at work.


DeBorah said that she’d been natural for a little over a year and would like to take her hair out of protective styling to wear her hair straight.

KAY, perfect.

This I can handle considering that I don’t really have a routine, unless you count going to Drybar every two weeks. In between appointments, I rub Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum on my palms and smooth it on my hair. When Aveeno Pure Renewal dry shampoo isn’t going to cut it, I use Aveda Control Paste Finishing Paste, to tame my edges. The dirtier my hair gets, the harder it gets to hard my curl pattern. I believe this is referred to as “reverting.”


I still won’t allow my self to put heat on my hair, which, is why I’ve been trying really hard to master flexirods.

I went to DryBar the night before I left for Ford’s Further with Ford Conference on a mission. I needed clean hair, but most importantly, I needed soft waves that I could finally myself.

You guise.

How to flexi-rod your hair

I did it. I learned how to flexi rod my hair. I know this isn’t a big deal, you know, in life, but considering, I was pretty pleased with myself. Now, I feel like get more bang for my blowout!

I can use the flexirods for a week or so, and then, when my hair gets a little to dirty to manipulate (or I get lazy), I can wrap it and keep all of the body.


How to flexi-rod your hair

Wearing: Gap Chambray Shirt// French Connection skirt// J.Crew Metallic Oxfords// Marc Jacobs Fran Tote// Piperlime Necklace// J.Crew Factory Necklace

It might be all in my head (hehe, or, on my head) but I felt like I looked more pulled together for this conference. It’s amazing what hair can do, right?

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Perfect Pink Lipstick

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Perfect Pink Lipstick

The very first lip product (once my mother allowed me to move on from Wet N Wild’s clear lipstick) that I remember being obsessed over was a Chanel Glossimer called Pretty in Pink. A pale frosty pink that could be pretty if I blotted it on just so. I had to have been like 11 or 12?

Pink Lipstick for Women of Color

It matched my nail polish, a precious bottle of the same name, my first foray into luxury beauty. The sales lady asked my mom if I was allowed to wear mascara—prior to this moment, I wasn’t—and popped in a few extra samples for me.

“Dust a bit of powder on your lashes before you apply,” she said winking at me. “And only ever apply mascara to your top lashes. With your eye shape—that’s all you need.”

Pink Lipstick for Women of Color

What was I saying?

My point is that one of my first lipgloss loves was in the color hot pink, setting me up for a life of searching for the perfect pink lipstick.

Not just any pink, what I now refer to as Shocking Pink, thanks to Elsa Schiaparelli.

Pink Lipstick for Women of Color

So when Erika emailed me saying that she needed recs as a fellow brown-skin gal, I was all DO I have suggestions?! You bet your pretty little head I do. I would like to present absolute favorite pink lipsticks.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the one that got away. YSL Rouge Volupte in Provocative Pink, I still think about it to this day. I lost the cap in the back of a cab. It rolled into the seat fold, and that was that, I wasn’t putting my hand in there. I tried to wrap the lipstick in a napkin but the next morning the inside of my clutch was pink. Sad face.

My next obsession? MAC Cosmetics Oh Baby lip glass. I was in the 8th grade and thought I was the ish with that tucked into my Coach bag.

Pink Lipstick for Women of Color

Ladies, what pink lipsticks do you reach for often? What should Erika have in her life?

Say Goodbye to Ash with Aveeno

Say Goodbye to Ash with Aveeno

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is legit.

Storytime, y’all.

On Wednesday it was 50 degrees–or so my iPhone said–but coupled with the fact that there was a 30 degree wind chill and I had to be at Drybar at 8am, I was freezing.

I immediately regretted the decision to not wear anything on my legs or a heavier jacket but if I was going to be on time for my appointment–the girl has priorities and more pressing, dirty hair–I couldn’t turn around and change. I must have looked miserable because I got all sorts of pity stares on the train and walking to Drybar holding down the hem of my Rodarte for Target dress.


Oh Dahling!

When I left Drybar an hour and forty minutes later, it had only warmed up slightly and I was still cold. I had a press preview at Piperlime and one for Clarks before I could head back into the office AKA warmth.

But by the time my cab (I broke my new self-imposed rule: no cabs before 10pm unless I’ve had more then 3 drinks) reached 30th and 7th, the American Apparal sign tempted me. I dashed in with a mission, a sweater to put on over my dress and another pair of their thigh high socks.

When I was finally at my desk, wearing the sweater and about to pull on the socks, I realized for as cold as I was, I wasn’t ashy. And considering the wind and the windchill–that was quite a feat.

Aveeno-Daily-Moisturizing-Lotion-Review 2

I recently signed on to be an Aveeno Ambassador and am testing out the lotion for the next 3 weeks. The body lotion isn’t the only Aveeno product’s praises I’m singing, I love the positively radiant moisturizer, too. I’m talking spring skin saviors with Fallon of Sage & Sparkle, Glam’s resident beauty gal, Valis, and Jessica of Bows & Sequins.

Have a look below:

Oh, as for why I needed to look so cute in the first place? I was going on a Grouper later that night. Stay tuned for that story later this week. Definitely a New York night.

I’m just glad the Aveeno kept my skin supple looking. I would have cried if I showed up for the date and one of the guys was like #ByeAshy!

Oh, Porsha. We’ll miss you.