Nude Pumps for Darker FleshTones (#BlackOwned)

December 17th, 2017 by

It's been a year since we blogged about one of our favorite topics - shoes. We wrote about Our 5 Favorite Dupes of the Louboutin Nudes and your responses were incredible. Back then nude shoes were having a 'moment'. Well that moment has moved onward and upwards, and we now have our second instalment for you, right on time for... read more

Nude For YOU – 25 Swimsuits for Women of Color – SS17

August 9th, 2017 by

The latest trend for swimwear this summer has been 'Nude'.  But whose nude is it anyway? There are so many swimwear brands that have been killing it this summer. This is presumably because of the high profit margins that can be associated with swimwear, and the power of social media. All you need is a tiny piece of Lycra, celebrity endorsement -... read more

GIVEAWAY NEWS – “Dancing While Dark”

April 19th, 2017 by

As many of you know, we've been passionate about FleshTone dance apparel since forever. We wrote about it here and discussed it with Elle Magazine here. As many of you also know, Gaynor Minden surprised us all by coming to the table and releasing its Core Colors pointe shoes in two new shades - Espresso and Cappuccino. Here's what Gaynor... read more

Your FleshTone is Profitable

April 12th, 2017 by

Your FleshTone is now officially good for the bottom line. For many years now, black entrepreneurs, frustrated with the lack of diversity and representation in fashion, have created their own successful businesses, risking their houses, relationships and sanity to join the 'start-up life'. Brands like Nubian Skin, Kahmune and Matte have addressed gaping chasms in the fashion and lifestyle markets... read more

From Ballet Shoes to…Bedding?! (Feb Newsletter)

February 25th, 2017 by

So, what's new to this month? Answer - a LOT!! It's been BIGLY. The News in Ballet Shoes First of all - the big news. Ballet slippers and Pointes in your FleshTone are finally here!! You may have read our blog 'Dancing While Dark' where we discussed the extra steps dancers of color around the world have to take... read more

Dancing While Dark

December 20th, 2016 by

“Nude is just a color, right? Why are you injecting race into this?”   The above neatly summarizes the DMs and emails we often receive at from persons aggrieved by our brand. These messages are from people who are usually alarmed that the beige-colored nude they know and hold dear, is starting to lose its universal truth.   This... read more

Skin Bleaching Spam From Sephora – PART THREE

November 28th, 2016 by
Skin Whitening Sephora

We are now moving on to Part 3 of our deep dive into colorism. And this time we turn to the Middle East. Catch up on Parts One and Two here. Part 3: RENNE “Mixed Feelings” Having finished with South Asia, I detoured to the Middle East. I’ve detoured here, because not long after Sarah’s Sephora episode, one of our... read more

Skin Bleaching Spam from Sephora – PART TWO

November 24th, 2016 by
Skin Whitening Sephora

In Part One of our blog, we looked at the experience of one of our readers who signed up to Sephora Online in the Asia Pacific - and then started noticing skin bleaching spam in her online footprint. This led us on a journey to China, where we examined what it takes to be Bai Fu Mei (White, Rich and Beautiful).... read more

Skin Bleaching Spam from Sephora – PART ONE

November 23rd, 2016 by
Skin Whitening Sephora

So, you’ve signed up to Sephora online. You’re in the ‘Asia Pacific’ (Australia). You select ‘dark’ as your FleshTone and complete your registration. You start surfing your socials and the internet. What happens next? For one of our readers, Sarah*, it meant that she began noticing pop up spam for skin bleaching products from Sephora in her online footprint. She... read more

Our 5 Fave Dupes of the ‘Louboutin Nudes’

October 26th, 2016 by
Louboutin Nudes

When Christian Louboutin debuted his Nudes Collection in the summer of 2013, it was a watershed moment for those of us living in the world of fashion and beauty. Like so many other women of color, I thought – WOW. Yassssss. Finally! Hashtag heaven. I said to myself - I'm going to save forever. I'm going to mentally overcome the decadence of... read more

Blonde Hearts Run Free – at ALDI

October 18th, 2016 by

(Image copyright ALDI) The Aldi ‘Young Hearts’ Collection for 2016 drops tomorrow.   It’s a whimsical and carefree collection with splashes of colour. It somehow manages both fluid lines and structure. The quality of the fabric is high. And this year – the range includes clothing for BOYS. You can now dress your precious possums of both genders in a... read more

Blogging Diversity. Creating Community.

July 1st, 2016 by

‘What is’ It’s a question I am asked often, and the answer is – ‘it is everything’. It is part-blog, part fashion and lifestyle directory, part online community. It is a labour of love and a dream that has been in the works for more than a few years now. It is about our mantra ‘blogging diversity – creating... read more