A few months ago I had no travel plans in mind. Then I saw an email from my Citi American Airlines AAdvantage card with a notification to redeem my points before expiring sometime in May. I’ve been a platinum select card holder since 2016 but was hesitant to redeem the points (don’t ask me why I have no clue!) until I actually HAD to. Soon after that Janelle Monáe dropped her Dirty Computer tour dates. I looked through the dates and sadly she wasn’t making her way to Philly but I saw Chicago and Atlanta on the list. Soooo that’s when my travel wheels started to churn.
The Politics of Black Women’s Hair Symposium at Rowan University (RU) continues to make an incredible impact within the student community, so much so that the Student Mentoring Program and the Women’s Center was able to bring this special program for its third year! The students at RU always show up ready to engage and share their thoughts which is super important within a campus setting.
“Beauty is Inherent; it’s what we do” -Dr. Deb Willis
I didn’t make it to the box office just yet to see Marvel’s action packed Black Panther movie, but last week I enjoyed an enriching Blackety, Black, Black history month experience at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)!
All images captured by @DavidFordProductions
It was a night to remember and a moment to relish in for the vegan, cruelty-free cosmetic brand Pound Cake. With their roots based right here in the City of Brotherly Love, Pound Cake is ready to disrupt the beauty industry with their matte lipsticks made for your lip tone and is a “pro-black, pro-fat, and pro-trans feminist company” thanks to CEO and Founder Camille Bell, and Co-Founder Jonathan Velazquez.
Featured Illustration by Cassie Manning of @NubianRockChickArt
It’s that time of year when September hits and many influencers, trendsetters, creatives, and style gurus are looking forward to what’s next in season during New York Fashion Week. Naturally Curly made its third appearance at NYFW, and took over Gotham Hall in New York’s Garment district to celebrate Real Women, Real Fashion, and Real Texture on Thursday September 7th and I was honored to be back on the scene again! The show was powered by international specialty retailer Sally Beauty and featured runway partners such as Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Curlformers, Shea Moisture, and Mielle Organics while Michelle Breyer, Naturally Curly’s co-founder, and professional stylist, Mo Knows Hair, hosted the night. Each of the runway partners had a theme which spoke to their brand’s essence so take a dive into their hair trends and looks below.
Related Read: NYFW 2016 Texture on The Runway
All images captured by @Jamescxrbett
One thing about Philly is that it’s easy to find hidden gems in the form of restaurants, cafes, historic landmarks, and even alley ways for such a small city. This time I grabbed the homie Corb in search of a scenic view. Technically these images are B.C.– BEFORE COLOR– as you’ve probably noticed that my curls are currently an ash blonde. But hey! That doesn’t change the fact that these are dope photos so it still wouldn’t hurt to share them with you.
For a third time I was back at the Philadelphia Natural Hair Show! Not only was I able to team up with the plant and botanical based hair care brand Original Moxie, but I was able to serve up a Beyond Hair Typing workshop along with showing how the brand’s extra moisturizing products keep dry hair hydrated. I talked about understanding your hair with the Original Moxie unique 3-D assessment which looks at the hair’s dryness, density, and degree of curl to craft a solution for your hair. Take a look at a piece of the show’s experience below with Stylist Ve and I.
Life is forever moving in a forward motion and as people we are continuously evolving at different stages of our lives. A lifestyle blogger and friend who I grew up with in our hometown church, Natasha of BecomingNatasha.com, created a Grow To Know Yourself Manual that I enjoyed completing as an activity with a friend a few weeks ago and I thought it would be great to share with a few of you as well. I’ve begun to understand how important it is to take the time to reflect on moments in our lives BUT to also write donn my successes, obstacles, and visions and part one of GTKY manual helps you to do just that. In addition, Natasha also has a Grow To Know Yourself Podcast where episode one touches one making room for growth. She reminds us that change is inevitable and growth is intentional so how would you like to grow into the greatest version of yourself?
Check out these amazing resources on BecomingNatasha.com and share with a friend if you can. Happy Monday!
What a whirlwind of a week it’s been leading up until the 5th Annual Philadelphia Natural Hair Show. You never know what new opportunities or challenges life will present to you, but in this case, it was an opportunity that opened when I was asked by Celene McAfee, one of the co-founders of the Philly Natural Hair Show, to appear on Good Day Philadelphia for a live segment with Alex Holly.
I was LIVE with ALEX HOLLY ya’ll!
The timing could not have been more perfect and I was honored hop on the chance to talk about the natural hair show experience. The coolest, and most nerve racking, part was the live styling demo and showing how natural hair can be transitioned from a work look to going out for the evening because of the time crunch, but I made it happen any how! Showing how to adorn textured hair with cool accessories was a great transition from one style to the next because it’s so simple anyone could do it!
All images captured by @cathalyse
I have my final TOBI style look to share with everybody and I am so glad I had a chance to experience the West Coast clothing boutique as I showcased my East Coast vibes (if you missed my Fourth Day + Denim or The Shifted Sundress feel free to click on the links ;). This look was really fun but very different because I was able to team up with some pretty awesome people. I decided to go with a new hair style like braided extensions on the day of the shoot and I couldn’t have picked a better time to have everything come full circle! I honestly have been talking about getting my hair braided since last year but somehow never got around to doing so. Not to mention how I haven’t had cornrows since like elementary school so there was a lot of new stuff going on at once. However, this time I booked my appointment with Melissa Lane, “Da Braid Slayer,” and picked a braided style that I’ve never tried before: side braids which turned out nothing short of amazing!