Sunday, July 20, 2008


I'm so pleased to spotlight friend, StyleChile reader, and NYC (and Miami) party road dawg extraodinaire, Shamika Lee, a recent Harvard Business School graduate who was chosen as a 2007 L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth for her involvement with Graham Windham--she sits on the board. Check out Shamika's L'Oreal commercial and L'Oreal interview! Sham's love of button downs, discussed below, is apparent in both commercial and interview.

StyleChile: What are some of your favorite trends this season?
Shamika Lee I wish I were more up on fashion, but I don't really know all trends from one season to another, but some of the things I like are definitely dresses cinched with a cute colorful belt.
StyleChile: Any must have beauty products?
Shamika Lee: I am a huge mascara fanatic. My must have is the Cils Booster by L'Oreal, its an amazing primer/prepper that you put on before you put on mascara. It's just amazing! I usually follow up with L'Oreal L'extreme for evenings or L'oreal Telescopic (during the day). I tend to get compliments on this duo of Cils Booster + L'extreme. A few months ago I was at an event and the president of Maybelline admired my mascara, it felt pretty good because she DEFINITELY knows mascara.
StyleChile: If you could only keep one item in your closet right now what would it be?
Shamika Lee: It would be my favorite white button down shirt, it was tailor-made in Thailand and have since fallen in love with tailor-made shirts. It's extra long and can be worn with jeans or with a cute belt as a mini dress. I defnitely have an obsession with white button down shirts, I think they are so crisp and classic, a starched white shirt can go from work to afterwork. I love wearing white button shirts with jeans, its something I have loved since college (though i imagine i prob should update my style :))
StyleChile: Please tell us more about your organization and how we can get involved.
Shamika Lee: Graham Windham is a 200 year old non profit in NYC that focuses on underserved children. Our services include, a foster care/adoption agency, a boarding school for foster children, multiple day care centers through NYC, after school programs, and a host of other community based services that focus on children and families in NYC's most underserved areas. One easy way for folks to get involved is through the holiday gift drive which provides gifts to children who would otherwise go forgotten during the holiday season. Through a pairing process, volunteers can serve as "secret santas" to a child and help make the child's holiday season brighter. We also have multiple mentoring and tutoring opportunities available both in NYC and at our school in westchester.


Alicia said...

A great post and interview with a woman who is doing so much good - congratulations Shamika!

Anonymous said...

This sounds so amazing- its really inspiring to see a woman with her head and heart in both worlds of fashion/beauty and more importantly service. I would love information on the mentoring program and definitely want to do the secret santa program over the holiday season. Just thinking of all the children in New York alone who don't have family or are in family situations where they are neglected or abused breaks my heart. Thank you Shamika for helping us all remember how important community is. These children are the people who are the thread of our future world- we have to take care of them.

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