I had no idea in my lifetime I’d experience anything like the state of what’s currently happening in the world. Then again a world crisis will always be the furthest thought from anyone’s mind. Well, unless you work for the government or a disaster task team. Then it’s your life’s work to train for these moments I suppose.
But, as I navigate through society as an adult — as if the “adulting years” don’t cause a mid-life crisis on its own– I’ve come to realize there will be tons of situations beyond my control. What I do have control over are moments where I am free to be myself and to nourish my inner well being. Hence, the image above with my bentonite clay and turmeric mask. Times of high stress and uncertainty call for a detox to slow my skin down from freaking out like the rest of the world!
When I first transitioned to wearing my natural curls in college I made a ton of DIY mixtures or deep conditioning treatments. This was also the time I discovered the Jamician Mango & Lime brand and started to use their Locking Creme wax.
And NO I wasn’t planning to lock my hair.
But the product alone kept my hair soft and moisturized so it was a big help in maintaining my two- strand twists, which I wore for weeks at a time.
This summer UniversalBeauty.com, an online beauty retailer based in Illinois, asked me to check out the new Jamaican Mango & Lime Hemp Oil collection and I was onboard with this exciting mission. Although it’s been over 10 years since I used any Jamaican Mango & Lime products, my first experience with the brand was a good one and they make great quality products for twists, locks, braids and other curly/textured styles.
4th Year & Counting: Politics of Black Women’s Hair Symposium
What can I say! It’s always a blessing to return to Rowan University’s Campus for their Politics of Black Women’s Hair Symposium at the peek of Women’s History Month –which also happens to be the same month where the regal work of Solange’s “When I get Home” album dropped– so best believe there was plenty to talk about.
Philly has been home to a plethora of budding local businesses. Let’s see… There are restaurateurs carving out culinary niches of fusion cuisines that pay homage to their nostalgic cultural ties to home. The coffee houses and cafes were once far and very few in between but now they’ve eagerly set up shop to roast their aromatic beans here as well. Even when it comes to beer, you never realize all the micro breweries hidden throughout the city until you’re walking down some random alleyway or you deviate from your normal beaten path. The heavy community of fashion designers, musicians, and artists might even surprise you (well, maybe if you’re not a Philly native it just might)!
I Won’t Grow Up: The Pint Shop Experience
Yup it’s a new year, but I’m having a major flashback to summer 18’ during my interactive yummy experience at the Pint Shop by The Museum of Ice Cream. Aside from the fact that I enjoy ice cream very much, having a museum dedicated to this staple sweet treat was similar to the effects of a kid drinking a boozy milkshake while running wild at a Please Touch Museum.
Images captured by @Cathalyse
This throw back moment is an ode to feeling good, being blessed, and letting my inner glow shine.
I alway heard great reviews about Drexel University’s Fashion Design program but this year I experienced just how phenomenal the students really were at the summer 2018 Fashion Show. Everyone gathered at the URBN Center on June 2, 2018 where students created designs ranging from experimental garments, tailoring, lingerie, swimwear, sportswear, evening wear, children’s wear and even a Korean collaboration with the Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea.
The Department of Design’s Department Head, Alphonso McClendon, invited me to participate as a hair stylist backstage, alongside certified National Redken Artist, Educator, and International published photo artist Diane Dugan + her team. It was an exciting night and felt like collections straight off of a New York Fashion Week runway. To compliment the looks for each collection, each model’s hair was styled into a sleek high ponytail. I had tons of fun and finally received a few photos from behind-the-scenes to share but be sure to check out the video highlights below.
Myself and @TheJanaeRaquel at Gotham Hall enjoying the show.
On Thursday September 6th NaturallyCurly celebrated its 20th year anniversary while kicking off New York Fashion Week with its Texture on the Runway show at Gotham Hall. With Sally Beauty as the retail sponsor, this year’s featured brands included Camille Rose Naturals, Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Mielle Organics, Shea Moisture and The Mane Choice where all hair textures were celebrated runway style: braids, coils, locs, coiffure, tapered fros along with wild and radical manes.
All images captured by @ChaunciaVII
My trip to Chicago in early July was a full adventure and I managed to sneak a photo session in with my PIC (Partner in Crime) Chauncia, who was down for the cause, and Rashima, an editor from Chicago. We all agreed to link up, came together as strangers, and left with new freindships established! All three of us used our GURL powers: Chauncia as the photographer, Rashima as the model, and myself with hair coordination. Rashima has a really bomb curly fro, however, she still had box braids in. It wasn’t a problem and actually added to the experience overall. I hope you enjoy our collaborative work, plus, learn a bit more about our muse Rashima too!
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.