Starting this week, I’m featuring a few of my favorite brown-girl beauty, fashion and lifestyle mavens in a series called “My Favorite ‘Fit.” How it works — I asked each chica to share a photo of her favorite outfit and some words about why it makes her feel amazing. Then I illustrate her favorite look and share her answers here. Enjoy!
I’ve been following Tia Williams’ work as a beauty writer, editor and blogger for almost as long as I can remember now! Her blog, Shake Your Beauty, was daily lunch-break reading when I was still working in news. Here, Tia talks about the outfit that makes her feel like a rockstar.
“My favorite outfit is
my printed bodycon skirt and green mockneck crop top, with orange pumps.
I love it because
somehow, magically, it gives me the faintest hint of curvaceousness. If you squint.
My favorite place to wear it is
anywhere after 9pm.”
Make sure to go binge-read Shake Your Beauty. (My favorite post? The one where she shares bikini-line trimming tips she learned from strippers. Such vital information.) And you can also find Tia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I have had this photo of Solange Knowles on my “Inspiration” Pinterest board forever, and finally sat down to sketch it. I’m playing around with a new technique for creating backgrounds, which I have oh-so-eloquently named “scrubbling.” (Like “scribbling,” “scrubbing” and “bubbling” all rolled into one. Don’t judge me.)
This is illustration is a new favorite, simply because of the vibrance and the colors. Plus: Afro. So of course I love it.
I was in New York walking through Central Park with one of my besties recently, when I saw two gorgeous women rocking animal print like it was nobody’s business. One had on a beautiful, floaty maxi dress, and the other had a glorious, ginormous afro puff swooped to one side. They were so effortlessly gorgeous and fly.
A soon as my friend and I got to our destination, I went to work in my sketchbook with my Tombow pens. If there’s anything love sketching as much as afros (and I love those A LOT), it’s animal print.
I have a bit of a obsession with checks. My eye always goes straight to blouses, dresses and pants with a window-pane print, and I’ve been stalking this floaty black-and-white windowpane top from ASOS for MONTHS. (Still sold out. Still sad.)
But when in doubt, just draw it out, right? Here’s my girl rocking a super-cute check-print skirt — it’s floaty, pink and flouncy, but thanks to the check print, it’s not *too* girly.
Thanks windowpane. Until we meet again….