Monday, November 19, 2012

Men CAN give good FACE!


Madame Beaucoup is proud to announce its 1st addition to the team.......our very own Health & Beauty Expert and Atlanta correspondent!

Madame Kerstina Madden  

Ms. Kerstina Madden is a native Detroiter who is no stranger to the process by which a diamond is pressed into its shining glory. She graduated from Detroit's Northern High School and went on to become a licensed cosmetologist at the age of 21.

She is currently an Atlanta, GA transplant and the consummate designer hair stylist.  Her professional goal is to help bring every woman's crown of glory to its most healthy and effervescent state. 

Ms. Madden is wholeheartedly dedicated to ministering wholeness to every client that she services, by applying wisdom to knowledge. She will bring you all things health and beauty as well as what is trending in the Dirty South. Please visit her @!

As promised we have dedicated the month of November to men.  The following is a list that Kerstina has compiled of manly skincare products that would make a great gift or possibly begin a new skin care regimen. 

And she writes.........

We've all seen him: Shoes polished to a spit shine, suit falling effortlessly over his masculine frame, his natural pheromones lingering in the air well after he's left the room. We love, the well groomed man. What's his formula? Take a look at Madame Beaucoup's holiday product suggestions for the polished look that women will appreciate and gifts that men would enjoy receiving.

The Kiehls - Facial Fuel skincare line can easily become a staple in your man's daily grooming routine. The products are kind to his skin while providing immediate results and any good woman knows that the bottom line is a mans main objective.

The No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm gives his lips the moisture that he needs, especially during the winter season, without leaving them shiny. Perfect for everyday and small enough to fit in the arm rest of his car or in his breast pocket.

The trifecta of this line would be the Energizing Face Wash, followed by the Tonic and closing out with the Moisturizer. Following this regimen will not only improve the quality of his skin but surprisingly keep away blackheads and razor bumps.

For more intense razor bump treatment, we recommend the Energizing Scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells and promote healthy cell turnover at least once a week.  Men with clean shaves will find the Close-Shavers Formula 31-O, a formidable addition to their medicine cabinet.  It is a water soluble oil that softens the facial hair allowing for a closer shave and rinses clean.

In the Ultimate Man Refuel Set you'll find a few of these products and more, this is the perfect starter kit to gift him with. It's practical, inexpensive and something that he can add to his repertoire and be proud of.
All these items can be found at

Check out this Huffington Post interview with iconic rapper, budding designer and Gillette Fusion Master of Style spokesman Andre 3000 for his thoughts on grooming and personal style.

Has facial hair always been important part of your personal style?
It's been a part of me, but I wouldn't say important. I think every man wants facial hair because it says something. It says "I'm older" and "I'm mature." And I didn't get facial hair until I was 25 or 26. So once it grew in I left and never cut it. Actually when I did my last film I had to cut if off, but that was the first time ever.

Do you get experimental with the style and shape of your facial hair?
I can't. I don't grow hair on certain areas of my face. I don't experiment too much--I just keep what I know. But with this product (Gillette's Fusion ProGlide Styler) you can shave and trim. There's a lot of options. Basically you would have to go to a barber to get all of that done, which costs about $25 a visit.

Have you found that women are loving your facial hair?
Yes they do! It depends on the women--some like the clean cut kind of thing. But those aren't the kind of ladies I get.

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


"But it wouldn't be nothing, nothing Without a woman or a girl"

James Brown

My Dad circa 1972


I can't write a blog dedicated to men without acknowledging the quintessential man that shaped what I look for in a man (strong and silent), what I love about men (cool confident stride) and a leader of their families and community.  The man that blessed me with his sharp and intelligent sense of humor and made me believe that I was smart and beautiful when a lot of times I felt average.  James Brown is one of his favorite singers so it was only fitting to begin this with a line from one of his most popular songs. 

 My new favorite thing......

"The Bow Tie".......I've always loved them.  When I was a little girl my Uncle was the only man I knew who wore them. I remember him getting strange looks and questions about his choice in neckwear.  He was always "high brow" so I just assumed they went along with his persona, and since I've always favored "high brow", I loved his bow ties.....

Uncle Larry

Bow ties have become quite popular among my fashion forward male peers.  I wore my first one at an event last month but it wasn't the real deal, and you know I can't have that. 
The opportunity for me to learn how to properly tie my very own Windsor knot came when I attended the Bespoke Tie Event with Neil Borin of Carrot & Gibbs at the newly opened Emerald Gift Shop in Detroit, MI.  I of course had to capture this magnificent knot that Mr. Borin created in an impromptu photo shoot with Kevin Nedd, photographer extraordinaire!



If you need a quick lesson, check out one of my favorite men in a bow tie, Mr. Dhani Jones



Tom Ford_AW 2011

yigal Azrouel_2011


Upcoming EVENT


I will be attending the 2012 William Malcolm Style and Substance Scholarship contest High School Edition.  Fashion designer and Humanitarian William Malcolm believes that in order for young men to become successful men that contribute to our society, they must be shown how to do so.  The goal of this annual competition is to highlight and encourage young men from Michigan (High School Seniors) to pursue excellence through educational endeavors, become an active participant in the betterment of their state through volunteerism and community involvement as well as increased responsibility toward their family.

One winner will be selected out of 20 semi-finalists at the Selection Gala on November 16th.

Local Spotlight

Speaking of ties.....check out the Local Spotlight page on the blog, there is a hot new line of custom women's wear created by June Sutton of Fit 2 B Tied, using neckties as the material.  Her line of skirts, vests, and jackets are featured in this month's Local Spotlight.  Here are a few images from the line. Fit 2 B tied collection


Ideas for the forward thinking Man with Beaucoup Fashion

Cam Newton's bow tie with a pop of color

DeMarcco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys



Ryan Lochte looking like the next James Bond

Lance Gross in a classic tuxedo shirt in denim

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo's Christian Louboutin sneakers up close

Columbus Short

Idris Elba for Esquire Magazine


Denzel's recent photo shoot with GQ
Bradley Cooper wearing the "untied" bow tie
Michael K. Williams in suspenders at Art for Life
My favorite Annie Leibovitz photograph of Jamie Foxx
Young Jizzle looking uncharacteristically debonair in the classic 3 piece suit
The fitted vest...always a winner
Arian Foster, NFL player and gentleman in Blazer with piping accent
Dhani Jones, NFL player and self-proclaimed bow-tie trailblazer

Madame Beaucoup @ Your Service!

The holidays are approaching and you need something to wear but you don't have time to look.  You have nothing in your closet.  Look no further....I will find affordable, functional, stylish pieces for you to choose from!  Personal shopping services also make for a great gift for someone special as well.  Please keep me in mind when you are looking to fill either need.  Contact me @ 313-300-6307 or email
As Always Thank you for reading and Happy Shopping!