Fashion & Substance

Celebrating women, brains and beauty
#fbf to #curlsandcocktails two weeks ago. So much fun hanging out and celebrating the hair that God blessed us with. Thank you @flylifeimages for capturing all the amazing beauty of the night. Your work is amazing. (at ATL CurlsandCocktails)

#fbf to #curlsandcocktails two weeks ago. So much fun hanging out and celebrating the hair that God blessed us with. Thank you @flylifeimages for capturing all the amazing beauty of the night. Your work is amazing. (at ATL CurlsandCocktails)

#tbt to two weeks ago when @mulahcosmetics hooked me with cute lips!!! Click the link in my bio for the discount code if you’re in need for cute lips!!!

#tbt to two weeks ago when @mulahcosmetics hooked me with cute lips!!! Click the link in my bio for the discount code if you’re in need for cute lips!!!

Brains and Beauty Interview with Tina Dixson of Mulah Cosmetics

Although it can sometimes pose a challenge, at only 33, Tina Dixson has figured out how to balance being a mom, running her own business, being a dependable, and dedicated employee, and have an exciting dating life. But it’s her love of lipstick, and her curiosity about the ingredients gives her the energy she needs to keep those late hours while cranking out tubes and tubes of lip pampering, buttery smooth lipstick.  So what started as a personal hobby quickly turned into a paid business through the multiple requests of friends and family, and because she has an amazing heart, when a friend was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to create and sell a red lipstick for proceeds that would help with mounting medical cost.  And THAT was the start of a real deal business.

Since I’m a fool for all things girly and skin friendly, I just had to pick her brain.  The chat we had was treat enough, but Ms. Tina was sweet enough to gift me three of her full size color stick lipsticks, which I love, and because I couldn’t get enough I had to buy one more red matte lipstick for the fall.  My favorite!!!!! I sleep in it sometimes… LOL!  Just kidding!  So because Tina is so dope, she also decided to gift all of my readers and followers 15% discount for online purchases!!!!! See what happens when you’re down with Fashion and Substance…. Fun reads and Sweet treats.  Read on for the details and discount code.

The Substance:

Name: Tina Dixson

Age: 33

Location: Atlanta, GA.

Title: Founder of Mulah Cosmetics

Academics: Bachelors in H.R. - Devry

F&S: What does your average work week look like?

T.D:  I’m up at 6:30 and my end of the regular work day varies depending on the week and day.  It changes constantly.  After I get off of work I spend time with my daughter and help her with homework and make sure her life, school and friends are all okay.  After that, I am dating right now, so I try to make sometime for him, then I’ll take a little me time.  I’m usually up ‘til about 3 A.M.

F&S: What are some of the lessons learned with running your own business?

T.D: Lots of lessons.  I’ve learned to not really compare my business and products to what others in the industry are doing. In the beginning I would let myself become discouraged by doing that.  You can’t look at what other people are doing.  What’s for you, is for you. we all have our own time line.

F&S:  What is your make up routine like in the mornings?  How long does it take you?

T.D:   I start with great skin care and moisturizer, then I’ll do very light contouring and bronzer.  No foundation.  Mascara, lipstick and then I’m out..

F&S:  How has your own style influenced the selections you create?

T.D:  I’m more classic.  I like classic colors.  Colors that are versatile. That’s what I envisioned when I started my line.

F&S:  What’s your all time favorite nail polish color?

T.D:  I’m a pink chic.  I love shades of pink and I tend to go blues a lot too.

F&S:  What are some of your beauty indulgences? 

T.D:  I love mascara.  Even if I don’t do lipstick, I have to have mascara.

F&S:  What secrets do you have that keeps your skin healthy and happy?

T.D:  I use honey.  It’s a natural moisturizer.  I sneak it into the sauna at my gym and massage my face with it.  And the STEAM!  It just does something for your skin.

F&S:  Your daughter.  She’s fifteen.  Is this make up wearing age?  Or has she started already?

T.D:  I’ve only allowed her to wear lip gloss.  Now that she’s in high school I’m starting to let her explore with softer lipsticks, like soft pinks and nudes.

F&S:  What’s your fashion addiction?

T.D:  Shoes and Jeans.  You can always catch me in jeans and heels.

F&S:  What’s your definition of femininity?

T.D:  To me that’s such a beautiful word.  It’s embracing your womanhood.

F&S:  Coffee or Hot Tea:

T.D:  I love coffee.  I could drink coffee all day long.

Want cosmetics that celebrates and encourages that beauty that you already possess.  You can experience just that with Mulah cosmetics. Don’t forget to use Discount Code: fashion15.   

   

Appearance 101 : First things first

With autumn just around the corner, and everyone getting settled back into the swing of things, it can be easy to let our casual way of dressing from the summer roll over into fall, not to mention, trying to juggle the myriad of things we all have going on in our lives, it can be hard to find your groove.  One thing that can help you find your mojo is an exciting, inspiring, functional wardrobe.  It can be so simple, and yet so impactful all at the same time.

Most of us don’t realize that our look is much more than just our Outfit Of the Day…. It’s a non-verbal way of telling the world who you are, it can set the tone for your whole entire day. It gives you the power to “FEEL” confident and successful.  Your appearance is your own personal choice, a daily conscious effort to look like the brand that you create for yourself.  Which can be so empowering considering the fact that sometimes our employers and peers Do make assumptions about us based on our appearance.  Take a look: 

Now, there’s no need for hyperventilating here… WE can totally do this!    

It really is fun, and quite easy. Start with deciding what you want your look to say about you (YOUR SIGNATURE LOOK).  Then from there start building with the basic essentials:   Great blazers, crisp button downs, tailored dresses 

 don’t forget to add in cute cropped pants and a pencil skirt.  

After that it’s essential to add in fun prints and inspiring colors to help keep things interesting.   Like this: 

And just like that, you’re well on your way to a full, functional, and fun wardrobe.  

Just remember to make it easy, make it fun, make it you.

XOXO,

L.

 

I was so tired I forgot to share what the actual fashion show looked like…..
#Fashionandsubstance #FashionShowProduction 
 (at Atl work flow)

I was so tired I forgot to share what the actual fashion show looked like…..
#Fashionandsubstance #FashionShowProduction
(at Atl work flow)

Got wrangled into a dress fitting…. Anything goes when planning a fashion show…. #mycrazyweek #Fashionandsubstance #WednesdayFeelsLikeFriday (at Atl work flow)

Got wrangled into a dress fitting…. Anything goes when planning a fashion show…. #mycrazyweek #Fashionandsubstance #WednesdayFeelsLikeFriday (at Atl work flow)

What my week looked like so far part 2 cont: Fashion show production by night…. Amazing bridal show! The gowns looked amazing… I luv the behind scenes action! There’s way more excitement going on backstage than in the front even though the runway setup, gowns, and girls were to die for. I’m tired as hell this morning but my creative projects feed my soul…. #Fashionandsubstance #happyandtired #humpday (at Atl work flow)

What my week looked like so far part 2 cont: Fashion show production by night…. Amazing bridal show! The gowns looked amazing… I luv the behind scenes action! There’s way more excitement going on backstage than in the front even though the runway setup, gowns, and girls were to die for. I’m tired as hell this morning but my creative projects feed my soul…. #Fashionandsubstance #happyandtired #humpday (at Atl work flow)

What my week looked like so far part 2: America’s Mart fashion show prep by night…
#Fashionandsubstance #FashionShowProduction (at Atl work flow)

What my week looked like so far part 2: America’s Mart fashion show prep by night…
#Fashionandsubstance #FashionShowProduction (at Atl work flow)

This what my week looked like so far….. Macy’s #fashionRocks visual displays by day….
#Fashionandsubstance #fashionRocks  (at Atl work flow)

This what my week looked like so far….. Macy’s #fashionRocks visual displays by day….
#Fashionandsubstance #fashionRocks (at Atl work flow)