Mani Monday: Deborah Lippmann for Tatiana Maslany x Emmy Awards 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

A legendary Hollywood glam squad guru, Deborah Lippmann worked with one of this year’s most glamorous ladies at The Emmy Awards, Tatiana Maslany, where she opted for a clean, sophisticated nail that accented Maslany’s modern look. Lippmann states, “Tatiana’s look tonight was utter modern sophistication with a stunning red dress that featured sharp lines by Alexander Wang. Her soft messy chignon was complemented by natural makeup and a slight shimmery eye. To keep this clean elegance, I used my most popular red carpet nude – Naked. She is an incredibly talented actress that I have admired with her profoundly intelligent role of multiple characters in Orphan Black.”

To Create the nail look

  1. Deborah prepped the nails using her signature 5-step manicure technique: First, she cleansed the nails with The Stripper nail lacquer remover ($19), shaped the nails with her Smooth Operator 4-way nail buffer ($12), exfoliate with the Cuticle Remover ($20, and hydrate the hand and nails with Rich Girl SPF 25 Hand Cream ($28) and The Cure ($24), respectively.
  2. Deborah applied a layer of Gel Lab Base Coat ($45).
  3. Next, she applied layers (both to fingers and toes) of a clean bare beige, Naked, a perfect complement to Tatiana’s vibrant red gown.
  4. She topped off the look with a layer of Gel Lap Top Coat ($45)
  5. After allowing the nails to dry one minute, she applied a drop of the NEW quick dry drops, The Wait is Over ($20)
  6. You can purchase these products at, Sephora, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.
What was your favorite nail look at the Emmy Awards? 

Open Letter to the Mayor

Thursday, July 14, 2016

To Mayor Rusty Bailey:

On my eighteenth birthday, you gave me a voter registration form and I have voted in every election since. Because of your U.S. History class, I know the importance of voicing my opinion and attempting to use my voice for the greater good. This is why I am writing you, to voice my concern about police brutality and its effects on the African American community in Riverside.  

Although we have been fortunate enough to not have a large occurrence of incidents in Riverside since Tyisha Miller in 1998, the effects of the shootings of Mike Brown, Philandro Castile, and Alton Sterling are felt here everyday. Being a member of the African American community, I know that many people feel frustrated, scared, unprotected, and like second-class citizens in this place that we call home.

In the aftermath of these events, the City of Riverside has fallen silent and has failed to reach out to people, just like me, who are hurting at this time. Many of us have spent the last week on the brink of tears thinking about the world and how we have returned to such a place of division, hate, and confusion.

While it is not expected for you to understand exactly what we are experiencing, I am asking that you make a whole-hearted effort to try. Understand that when I walk outside, the tension is palpable and there is a sadness and fear that is tangible. Everyone’s head hangs a little lower like we are all relying on the pavement to provide us with a solution to this mounting problem. When we go home, we have to explain to our children and siblings that they have to overly submit to police because somewhere along the road, the justice system has decided that their lives are not worth saving. Place yourself in the shoes of someone who has to explain to their son or daughter that they won’t die if they are pulled over by the police and imagine what that feels like for the parent who can’t be sure of that response. Right now, the only thing that we are all certain of is that we aren’t certain of anything.
The weight is heavy and I want this struggle to mean something.  

This is why I am asking you, Mayor Bailey, to use your time in office to make sure that African Americans in your community are protected in this city just like anyone else. Ensure that the police force has the proper training on how to work in areas like the Eastside where the members are just as afraid of the police as the police are of the members. Require the police and other city officials to get to know the largely educated, loving, diverse African American community that consider this their home. Work with African Americans that are trying to make a difference and support them in their efforts. This is not an overnight solution but it will help heal the wounds and together, we will make sure that Riverside is a safe place for everyone.

Beyonce Vs. Food Network

Friday, June 17, 2016

Photo By: Food Network Instagram

Ok, Food Network now lets get in formation. On June 10, The Food Network posted a seemingly harmless photo promoting their article, Find Out What Foods These Celebs Have in Their Fridge. The photo shows the interior of a refrigerator, highlighting what mega-celebrities such as Taylor Swift, George Clooney, and Beyoncé keep in their kitchen. The image attempted to show the celebs next to shelves of food, related to what they actually mention in their respective articles, fruits and vegetables.

However, when it came to Beyoncé she was placed next to an assortment of cakes, watermelon, and what appears to be blue Kool-Aid.

Ok, let that sink in for a minute.

Instagram users soon began to call out the television network for placing Queen Bey next to junk food and watermelon, which contradicts what the actual StyleCaster article states. The original article says, “As expected, there are plenty of healthy items like a bowl of citrus fruits, carrot sticks, and a package of eggs, along with several condiments and drinks. “ So why are we looking at an image of Beyonce’s face next to a Louisiana crunch cake?

A collective sign from people around the world can be heard as we are once fed the stereotypical image of an African American woman with poor eating habits. Despite Bey’s endorsement of the 22 Days Nutrition Vegan Meal delivery service and an actual image of the inside of her fridge, The Food Network just couldn’t help themselves.

While some users are quick to point out that the photo of the refrigerator is all one image, it is hard to ignore the placement of the photos. This article also references Taylor Swifts Bon appétit interview, where she said she has these six foods in her fridge: eggs, thinly sliced deli chicken and ham, orange juice, Diet Coke, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and her splurge food: a tube of cinnamon rolls.

Based on Taylor Swift’s own words, shouldn’t her image sit next to the bottom shelf of junk food?  This begs the questions of who created the image and how the placement of an African American next to watermelon and junk food is acceptable enough to post on social media.

We’ll wait…

Summer is Calling

Monday, April 18, 2016

Summer is fast approaching and the only thing that I’m concerned about is (1) hanging out by the pool and (2) finally finding a bathing suit that I love. To be honest, I hate searching for a swimsuit (I reallllly hate the entire process), but I found the Adore Me website and I fell in love. Through commercials and non-stop internet shopping, I discovered the brands sweet swimwear collection and instantly wanted to buy one of everything.

If you aren’t familiar with Adore Me, they are a brand that offers memberships geared towards your monthly shopping convenience. If you sign up for the VIP membership, you’ll receive sexy new lingerie sets to view and decide on. They will charge your card (the card that you add) and you will receive a credit to shop. You totally have option to skip a month and they have a pay-as-you-go option, if you aren’t a monthly shopper!

So now that I am done daydreaming about wearing the Mirra bikini while vacationing with Drake, I've decided to share a post with my favorite people (you) about this amazing brand and their body-positive mission. Here are a few of my favorite styles and a really inspiring video, featuring Loey Lane!

P.S. I think I hear the Bahamas calling my name!
For more information about Adore Me, visit their website, Instagram and Twitter!