When my friends Lianne Farbes and Kristin Booker announced they’d be cohosting a party called Cocktails and Couture, I knew that I had to be there to support my amigas, and that I wanted to look special. You can’t show up to a beauty and fashion blogger soiree without turning it OUT!

This was my look for the evening! Allow me to break it down for ya. Let’s start with the makeup.

I stopped by Sephora Herald Square to get a gift for a friend, and after I saw the battalion of makeup artists I felt inspired to get my face done there. Here’s how it works – you buy a $50 giftcard (which you could totally then use towards your purchase), and sign up for an appointment. I let the ladies know I was in a hurry and they hooked me up with an artist within 10 minutes! And she airbrushed my makeup – that was the first time I ever had it done!

If you’re ever at Sephora Herald Square, ask for Thalisha. She is AWESOME. AND she mentioned that she is also a singer, and I believe that this is her!

LOVING my earrings by Peace Images, BTW!

My makeup:

foundation, blush etc – Temptu airbrush makeup

mascara – Lancome Hypnose Drama

badass red lipstick – Illamasqua

Temptu is AMAZING. My look lasted ALL night long. And that red lip, honey it was a WRAP. Even certified red-lip expert Felicia of This That Beauty gave me props later!

And my outfit:

sequined tank – Lane Bryant

Wide belt – Torrid (no longer available)

fabulous amazing skirt – custom made for me by Chicago designer Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik

shoes – sparkly lovely Pons Quintana flats by Scarpasa

bag – Betsey Johnson, Betseyville (no longer available).

I knew I wanted something truly amazing and distinctive. I wanted to wear something nobody else would be wearing. And I wanted to represent an up and coming indie designer. Kahindo Mateene is a Chicago-based, African designer who did absolutely amazing work for the Red Pump Project fashion show. When she heard that I’d be going to a party at Ted Gibson’s salon – as a big huge fan of his and of Real Housewives, she did her best and made this amazing ruffled skirt for me in TWO DAYS. She has SKILLS, y’all.

Expect to hear lots more about Modahnik here on Afrobella – she is amazingly talented! Click here to check out her lookbook at Modahnik.com, click here to like her Facebook page, and click here to follow Modahnik on Twitter!

Much thanks and love to Scarpasa, Peace Images, and Modahnik for their generous sponsorship during New York Fashion Week.

What do you think, bellas?

Stay tuned for post #2 – my Cocktails and Couture event recap!

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Renae says:
September 17, 2010, 8:51 am
FLY! :)
bella says:
September 17, 2010, 9:02 am
Paulettew says:
September 17, 2010, 9:21 am
You look gorgeous! Work it!
Niki says:
September 17, 2010, 9:51 am
Pow! You look fabu!
Phyrra says:
September 17, 2010, 12:29 pm
The skirt is awesome and your red lips looked fantastic! You look beautiful!
BlackBetty says:
September 17, 2010, 12:30 pm
Awesome look and makeup. The look was totally pulled together. Loving it!
Nik says:
September 17, 2010, 1:44 pm
Your makeup is on point! That skirt is amazing. I love the whole look, just gorgeous!
Dasheen Magazine says:
September 18, 2010, 3:50 pm
Let me say again that that skirt is the BOMB, truly! And I really love that you brought the sparkle with the top and nails. Keep up the great work and more outfits of the day please :)
Gabrielle says:
September 18, 2010, 11:31 pm
You look amazing Bella. That skirt really is beautiful.
Christine says:
September 20, 2010, 11:44 am
You look amazing! I love the skirt. Super pulled together. And the red lip! Completely flawless!
Chantal says:
September 23, 2010, 9:47 am
I *LOVE* your skirt!
Nia says:
September 24, 2010, 12:57 am
BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for posting on Fashion Week. Fashion & NY-what a life! ...Your fans are so proud of you!
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