Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Wanna Try: DreamDry


Blowout  bars have had a big boom over the last few years.  Salons touting blowout only services attached with a cheap price tag,  have popped up just about everywhere across the nation.  While the idea is nothing new, (y'all know Dominican salons have been doing this for the longest. Just saying) I still wanted to give the blow out bar craze a try.  So I decided to book an appointment with DreamDry.  When I  booked my appointment I made it very clear to the salon receptionist that I had afro- textured hair. Yup, I sure did.  This chica wanted to avoid any possibility of a hair disaster.  I was quickly assured that I would  be paired with a stylist who would be knowledgeable of my hair type. 

My appointment day arrived and although I ran a little late I was greeted by my stylist and seated right away once I checked in.  Pause. I'm gonna keep it 100 with y'all or real or whatever the young folks renamed honesty, this small action of starting my appointment on time despite my tardiness, won me over.  If you've had salon experiences like I've had in the past then you know the pure joy of finding a salon that are sticklers for starting hair appointments promptly.  Big Points for Dream Dry. Play. After being seated I had a quick consultation and then was whisked away to the wash bowl where the stylist did a great job introducing the products (Dream Dry uses Oribe products) and their benefits. After completing my wash I was prepped for the blow out using a heat a protectant.  My hair was blown out on a medium heat.  The kind of heat that allowed my hair to be stretched but not pin straight, which was fine by me ( Lord knows I don't need another heat damage scenario in my life. Please and thank you).  Once the blowout was complete my hair was curled with a flat iron, creating great body and waves. Other than my hair looking a  tad bit dry I was happy with the final look. In case your wondering what I mean by dry, my hair didn't appear to have that normal shine I'm used to when getting my hair straightened. I suspected the products had something to do with it but I'm not 100% sure.  Have you tried a blowout bar? If so how was your experience?




Services:
Blowout

Price:
$40 plus tax

Pros:
Quick service
Great price
Great ambiance (They have Ipads to browse while getting you hair done)

Cons:
My hair looked a tad bit dry (I suspected the product had something to do with that)

Grade:
 A-

Monday, January 13, 2014

4 Things I learned while watching the Golden Globe Awards

Capes and Fades:  Who knew the combination of a cape and fade could make such a flawless look. Well apparently 12 Years a Slave actress, Nupita Lyongo'o knew.  Lyongo'o was a crowd favorite among the red carpet looks, donning a simple yet chic Ralph Lauren cape gown and a low cut fade. #I'mhereforNupita #Nupitadidthat










Trending again: Why no one told me is beyond me but apparently high low hem dresses are the best thing since sliced bread. I spotted the not so new trend at least four times on the red carpet. 


















No Excuses: When it comes to showing up and showing out 'But, I'm Pregnant' will no longer be an acceptable excuse for the ladies sporting baby bumps.  Preggo stars Kerry Washington, Drew Barrymore and Olivia Wilde didn't let a little bump get in the way of shining at the Golden Globe Awards. Each star looked absolutely stunning.





Girl, It's not all about you: It's no surprise that red carpet style is often ruled by the ladies.  While this may be true the gentleman at the Golden Globes were  ready to put up a fight and show the ladies a thing or two about this thing called style.



Saturday, November 9, 2013

1 Top Three Ways

Maybe it's my attachment to things or it could be that I just love mixing things up.  Either way I've been rocking this Old Navy top (see here) non stop.  I was able to snag this top at a bargain weeks ago with my Old Navy discount at a skimpy $10 bucks. This top is so versatile making it super easy to mix and match.  Here are few outfit ideas that I tried.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Black Leather Jacket Project










































I told you she'd be back at it (Don't remember, refresh your memory here ).  Brooklynite and Black Leather Jacket Project founder, Antaya McKenzie will be returning with another exciting fashion showcase this year.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the The Black Leather Jacket Project, it is a platform that was created by McKenzie to expose the talents of young independent designers. On September 6th McKenzie will be producing her second spring preview show featuring collections from Rock Wallace, Padmore, Kathy Rosa, Mathematics, Collec+ive Coutrue Junky and Rik.wahyt.  In addition to the fashion inspiration guests will be treated to a special performance by R&B songstress Ruby.  And if you were searching for other reasons to be super excited about this event, the hostess of the night will be .... wait for it... ME.  Yes,  I'll be entertaining the crowds and sharing commentary of what hits the runway.  If you are interested in attending the Black Leather Jacket Project please email  Amckenzie21@gmail.com for ticket information.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

3 reasons why H&M's online shop is great news


Have you heard the news? After a few false alarms H&M has finally launched an online shopping website for US shoppers.  Why is this good news?  Well here are my top three reasons why:

Move, Get out the way:
Veteran H&M shoppers know more than anyone that it can get pretty crazy in the aisles of the budget friendly clothing chain, especially on the weekends. With an online site you have the option to avoid those rowdy crowds we all hate to battle.

Luck Stars:
For those of who have experienced the fashions of H&M in your city, count your lucky fashion stars.  Believe it or not there are some states in the US who have no local H&M.  Now residents of those states can join in on the fashion fun.

Second Chance:
How many of you have fallen victim of seeing an item in H&M stores but only to realize they don’t have your size (raises hand).  With the introduction to the new site shoppers will have a second chance at making a purchase.



Monday, July 1, 2013

Suit and Tie

It's so easy to spot out the kind of folks who are deeply passionate about what they do. They are usually the ones who couldn't imagine themselves doing anything else, to them there is no such thing as work only a love for their passion and they are always moving in the direction towards growth. Melissa Blemur (Run to her site now) is just one of those people.  She is a photographer by trade but I'd like to call her one who documents all things beautiful. With her years of expertise and genius eye she is able to capture people, places and things in ways that are both effortless and unique.  About a month ago Melissa asked me if I would act as her model for the day.  She had been stung by the inspiration bug after seeing a Janelle Monae video and wanted to recreate the look and feel through photos.  Of course I said yes and this is what happened.









 Photos by: Melissa Blemur

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Baby Steps


































Baby Steps. Those are usually the words that I am silently whispering to myself when I'm reminded that fear takes time to overcome.  I'm sure this will sound silly but showing off my arms scares me. What scares me exactly? Well maybe it's the constant thought that I'll be judged.  Will people take note of my very much visible stretchmarks? or will they gawk at my jiggly arm fat?  I don't know but what I do know is I was never crazy about how I looked in anything sleeveless and had banished myself from wearing it. Yes even in the hottest of temperatures sleeveless was off limits for me.  It's something that I have carried from my younger years into my adult life.  As I've gotten older  (and by older I mean maybe a year or two ago.  Hey I said baby steps.) I've slowly entertained the idea of going sleeveless.  To some it may not seem like such a big deal and that some would be right but I'm taking steps into a space where I'm kinda ok with this sleeveless thing and that makes me smile.  I am learning and I am growing. Gotta love those baby steps.
















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