This weekend I went to see “Best Man Holiday,” the sequel to one of my favorite buddy comedies from the late 90s. I won’t post any spoilers, but I will say, I loved it! I might make a return trip to see it again.
I spotted one of the stars of the movie, Nia Long, on the cover of VIVA magazine, and I loved the photo so much that I had to recreate her as a sketch. The flared dress, the flirty pose and the flawless hair made her a prime subject for an illustration. Also… it’s NIA. Literally every guy friend I have has a major crush on her, and with good reason. She’s been flawless since we first saw her in “Friday,” and that was almost 20 years ago! I’ll have what she’s having, please and thank you.
Did you see Best Man Holiday? What did you think?
Here, there, everywhere! I’m super excited that my “Fabulous Brown Girl” holiday cards are in stores now, and I’m even more excited that you guys have been sending pics from your trips to T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods.
The best part is hearing how excited people are to see fun and stylish black Christmas cards. And you guys are buying as many as eight boxes at a time! Greedy! But I’m not judging.
My Christmas ladies have been spotted at T.J. Maxx in Washington, DC…
Marshall’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts…
And at Marshall’s on Long Island…
The girls have also been found in Norfolk, Dallas, Atlanta, and a host of other cities. They’ve even been selling out in some places. (Apparently the at the Georgetown T.J. Maxx sold out at the beginning of the month!) So you know what that means… y’all gotta scoop ‘em up before they disappear!
Have you found “Fabulous Brown Girls” Christmas cards in your city yet? Tweet me a pic! You can find me at @veronicamarche.
P.S. Thanks to Kellee Knighten Hough, Daria Johnson and Yvonne Barrett for the pics!
Here’s a fun fact: before I started working as an illustrator, I had a cool day job as a producer for NPR. I was responsible for finding interesting guests to talk about cool stuff on our talk shows, and every now and then I got on the mic myself.
Last week I got the chance to head back into an NPR studio and chat with Maria Hinojosa, the host of Latino USA. We talked about Christian Louboutin’s new line of “nude” shoes for all colors, and why it’s game-changing. (I’d written about the new product launch a few weeks back for xoJane.) Maria and I also talked about why it’s important for designers to acknowledge and embrace the diversity of women who love fashion.
Check out the interview below and let me know your thoughts! What do you think of nude Loubies for all ladies?
Last week I had a fun chat with Jamila St. Julien, who runs the blog A Minted Life.
Jamila interviewed me for her “Minted Life” series, in which she profiles other women of color in creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. We talked about the T.J. Maxx deal, how I started drawing in the first place, and where I draw inspiration. My favorite question was when Jamila asked, “How do you life a minted life?” — meaning how do I ensure beauty, joy and happiness in my day-to-day living.
Check out the interview here. And be sure to follow Jamila on Twitter too … you can find her at @JamilaStJ.