City Girl in Red Lipstick, New York, Jaqueline Diedam, Designer, Illustrator

Courtesy of Jackie Diedam
Courtesy of Jackie Diedam

Once again my love of design, illustration and red lipstick led  to my discovery of  Jackie Diedam on instagram. I’m glad I did, as  I discovered a new shade of Orange-red I’m dying to try.

In-between projects Jackie graciously agreed to share her joys of discovering crimson and I’m sure some of you felt the same way she did, at first.

” I used to hate red lipsticks, until I found out how to wear them in a fresh way. I love shades that are not discreet like orange-reds, because it brings all the attention to my face in a bold and confident way.”  – Jackie Diedam

Lips in Rio Rio
Rio Rio

In this image Jackie is wearing George, from Troi Olivierre Beauty and another favorite is Rio Rio from Topshop.

George $28
George $28

Basically, it’s go all-out or go-home!

I think we all agree with Jackie and she’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!

Mysterious Red by Nars

Mysterious RedOkay, okay I know I was supposed to go out and pick up a new shade of crimson, one I haven’t tried before but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I’m just a huge fan of Nars and their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, it’s almost an addiction since I leave near the Mac boutique too, and never go inside.

I had to pick up Mysterious Red and I’ve been wearing it everyday since. Occasionally with Jungle Red  as it gives it a different feel.

What do you think? can anyone recommend a good matte for me to check out?

City Girl in Red Lipstick, New York, Katie Rodgers, Artist

Courtesy of Katie Rodgers
Courtesy of Katie Rodgers

I’m a huge fan of fashion, illustration and red lipstick and what happens when my dream worlds collide? I end up discovering talent i.e Katie Rodgers of

Chanel Rouge Velvet 38 Fascinante
Chanel Rouge Velvet 38 Fascinante

I look forward to seeing her updates on instagram and I’m easily swept-away  into her world, wishing I could stay  in the land of tulle and lace.

Katie graciously took time out of her busy day to dish about her favorite hues and tell us why she chooses red.

Mysterious Red, Nars
Nars, Mysterious Red
I try other colors but always go back to red. I love how timeless it is. My favorite lip color at the moment is NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Mysterious Red. I’ve tried a million brands of lipstick and NARS velvet pencils are my favorite. I also love Chanel Rouge Velvet 38 Fascinante. Red lipstick is not only a powerful look; it creates a powerful mind. – Katie Rodgers,
Courtesy of © Katie Rodgers
Courtesy of © Katie Rodgers, JLo in Elie Saab
I’ve been so inspired by Katie, that I almost bought a set of colored pencils and drawing paper, but I hesitated, and may still attempt at being more creative.
Here’s to Katie, she’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!

City Girl in Red Lipstick, Athena Calderone, New York, Interior Designer, Founder of

Courtesy of Athena Calderone
Courtesy of Athena Calderone

I’m a huge Instagram follower and recently started following various food and lifestyle blogs.  Why? I’ve developed an obsession with food and interiors, especially posts from women that wear red lipstick as a signature hue.

I came across and instantly fell-in-love with not only the amazing photography/recipes, but with Athena Calderone.

Mac Ruby WooNow she’s not only talented, but she knows a great shade of crimson when she see’s one and graciously took time out of her busy schedule to share her favorites and give us a quote.

“I’ve always been a fan of a juxtaposed bold look.  A red lip adds that strong edge that I continually crave – guaranteed to make me feel polished and put together.” – Athena Calderone,  Founder of
b0aaf3e0-ef8b-46fe-b6b8-4d22ea72d09cAthena’s Favorite Hues: NARS Dragon girl, NARS Red Square and MAC Ruby Woo.
Athena looks gorgeous in crimson and she’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!

My Morning Reds

FullSizeRenderWell, how many of you travel with every single shade of crimson you own? I only travel with my two recent favorites but found myself this morning wanting a change. What did I do? I looked around for reds I just wasn’t wearing, because that happens once I find a shade that I can’t be separated from.

I picked up my Red lipstick pencil by Lipstick Queen and my Red Haute by Lancome, however I did reapply after lunch with my Red Red by Butter London.

What about you guys?

Caroline Issa on


I love Caroline Issa, I just wish I could go without wearing red on a day-to-day basis, but I’m just not that pretty naturally.  I need the crimson to perk me up.

Isn’t she gorgeous? I love her recent interview on and her newest red lipstick quote.

I’ll put on big chandelier earrings and a red lip, and that is how I can sort of cheat my way from day to night. – Caroline Issa,

For the interview: