#FrotallyFlawless Event Recap

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from l-r @imccleod, @felicitystarr, @keetaray @iheartnaturals

 

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Trina- I woke up like this

Trina- I woke up like this

On a  warm Saturday a few naturalistas and those they love got together for food, fun, product swaps and an amazing panel discussion moderated by Trina Megginson and featuring hair guru’s India McCleod, @KeetaRay and @Felicitystarr. The panelists all dished on properly caring for your natural tresses, debunking myths of natural hair and offering up great perspective on life in general. The panel felt like a conversation in your best friends living room, curled up on the sofa and simply swapping advice.
Some of my favorite highlights came from my salon owner India McCleod who was very instrumental in helping me with my personal transition to natural hair. Her advice was simple- wear a scarf to bed. I know this is not always a popular option for those of us with a boo, but just get your groove on first and then tie that hair up! McCleods reasoning is that a scarf can help not only protect your hair it can prevent you from losing moisture in your cotton pillow cases.
Some of the other really sound advice included:
1. Stop stressing over length and shrinkage- why are naturalistas so hung up on length checks anyway? You have made the decision to *go* natural- just focus on overall health and taking care of your hair – after all, healthy hair IS good hair
2. Understand how any underlying health issues may play a role in your hair health- if you are caught up on length, it’s important to understand that your hair may not be where you want it to be because of something else that’s going on in your body. Diet, WATER and exercise does the body AND the hair right
3. Get routine trims- India who was the only stylist on the panel suggested trims every 8-12 weeks. Though many naturalistas do not like to straighten their hair, her recommendation was that the best trim comes from straightened hair
4. Learn what works for your hair- If you’re natural you have likely experienced someone who is either transitioning or newly natural running up to you in order to ask what do you use in your hair? This question is always funny to me because product choice for natural hair is NOT one-size fits all. Listen to advice, watch the YouTube videos but ultimately the right product mix is going to come from trial and error; once you find something that works for you stick to it! There is nothing more disappointing than spending time (and money) trying something new only to achieve less than desirable results.

Style Item of The Week- I.McCleod Shea Butter

I. McCleod Shea Butter
If there’s one thing I have learned since I have fully transitioned to rocking my natural hair, it’s that there is no such thing as too much moisture- hydration and the right blend of butter, oil, or whatever your preferences may be is essential in order to prevent breakage and keep your natural tresses happy.

About a week ago the owner of the salon that helped me transition- India McCleod launched a line of products that include a shea butter that is nothing short of decadent. My stylist, Mica used it for my latest twist out and not only is the fragrance amazing, my hair loved the shea butter combination.

If you are considering transitioning your hair or are already natural and are looking for great protective styling options, check out the ladies at I.McCleod.
Follow India on Instagram- @imccleod or my stylist Mica- @mom_e_Mica for all of your natural ( or relaxed!) hair needs.

Style Item Of The Week- Somersets Shaving Oil

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Spring has finally sprung and inevitably the warmer temps bring thoughts of shorter hemlines, pedicured toes and just spending more quality time outdoors after weeks of being sucked into the polar vortex. Before you swap out those timbs for sandals de-fuzzing is mandatory and Somersets shaving oil is the perfect product to both moisturize and remove hair all while offering up the most amazing lavender fragrance.

How to use:
Wet area prior to applying oil (about 3 drops) and let oil sit for about 10 seconds- proceed with shaving as you normally would.

Somerset shaving oil retails for 6.99. For more details and info on where to buy visit

http://www.somersetsusa.com

Happy Spring!

Ouidad Hosts Google+ Hangout THIS Sunday #FRIZZ101

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Ouidad known as the “Queen of Curl” for her wildly popular range of products for curly girls of all types will be participating in her first Google+ hangout on this Sunday, March 23rd from 2:30-3:30 EST- an added plus? The hangout is being moderated by my boo Ty Alexander of Gorgeousingrey.com. you can submit questions in advance by using the hashtag #FRIZZ101 via Ouidad’s twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

RSVP to the Google + Event: https://plus.google.com/b/115791409929036885941/events/cmri1dn6men40v2dmpnl4bdrsuk

Ouidads Google + Page- plus.google.com/+OuidadTheCurlExperts

Other beauty and style experts participating in the hangout include: Evelyn Lugo of EvCurlGurl.com, Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes Blog.com, Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead.com, Crystal Tate of StyleBlazer.com and Christina Patrice of Mane Objective.com

Follow Ouidad in social media:
Facebook: Ouidad
Instagram: @Ouidad
Twitter: @Ouidad
Google+: plus.google.com/+OuidadTheCurlEx

Debunking Natural Hair Myths

Natural hair has become the great divide in the black community. From high profile media personalities like Wendy Williams claiming natural hair is not sexy, to folks who wear relaxers saying that women with natural hair look unkempt it takes great confidence to be happily nappy.

I for one have tightly coiled natural hair that is currently colored in a shade of red that does not exist in nature. When I have my fro unleashed I inevitably get compliments and even found myself having a 30 minute conversation with a random woman when I was in Rite Aid picking up a script. Her name was Stephanie and she was eager to know exactly what I had done to my hair to achieve the look. Here’s the dirty little secret of natural hair-One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect product. Sure there are products that are my go-to’s but the reality is on a particularly bad hair day, I’m likely to look like Frederick Douglas-for real.

The bottom line is you cannot be lazy with natural hair; You have to find products that work well for you and once you find a routine that works- stick to it.

Here are some top myths about natural hair according to two of my girls who’s curls are enviable, healthy and just plain gorgeous:

Sherrie Wood, @victorie82 on IG
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1. The biggest (myth) being that it is easier to maintain and is less expensive

2. It’s unprofessional

3. Men don’t like it and prefer straighter hair

4. It’s not versatile and you can only have a afro or braids

Trina Meggison, @iheartnaturals on IG

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1. Because natural hair has no chemicals in it, you don’t have to take care of it

2. Your hair grows faster if it’s natural. No, hair growth is based on your diet, how you care for your hair, and genetics

3. Naturals can heat train their hair. Any excessive heat will cause damage and/or alter your curl pattern. What you called trained may just be damaged or weakened strands

What’s the primary myth you want to debunk around natural hair?

Selfies, Pizza and Stars- Oscars Recap

Although the red carpet is typically the highlight of any awards, I dare say that Ellen Degeneres really stole the show in her role as host last night. Her comedic timing is always perfect but on oscar night it was even more so; between record breaking impromptu selfies, to making good on her promise to order pizza Ellen remained entertaining during a show that can sometimes be a snooze fest. She was funny, incredibly well dressed and was the primary reason I stayed tuned in- besides waiting to see Lupita win!!!!

Here are my top 8 moments from last nights Oscars:

8. Fashion moments I loved Pharrells trendsetting boldness opting to wear a Lanvin tuxedo that included shorts. Pharrell continues to make controversial fashion choices that keep us talking.
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7. Best dressed- I also LOVED Charlize Theron in Dior, Kate Hudson in Versace and Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

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6. Speaking of Pharrell his performance of his academy nominated song “Happy” was another highlight. The choreography was on point and who can resist dancing along to such an infectious song? Plus he made his way to the audience and had several nominees dancing right along with him.

5. Judy Garland Tribute- Pink is usually incredibly edgy and prone to acrobatics during her performances; however I loved seeing her all dressed up delivering a powerful rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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4.Pizza! In the middle of the formality of the academy awards Ellen Degeneres polls the audience on how hungry they are and then proceeds to have pizza delivered. Apparently it was gluten free.

3.Matthew McConaughey’ acceptance speech- I have admittedly not seen Dallas Buyers club but after his acceptance speech for wining for his lead actor role in the movie I’m definitely going to check it out. He was the only winner to thank God for his win-
“There’s a few things, about three things to my account that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase. Now, first off, I want to thank God. ‘Cause that’s who I look up to. “He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.”
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2.Selfies! Ellen did an amazing job of infusing her authentic self into every moment as host. When she broke out her phone to take a selfie with several of the nominees she broke records for having the subsequent tweeted picture be retweeted over 2 million times.

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1. Lupita Nyong’o wins! Lupita looked like a princess last night in her custom Prada and she served as inspiration to black girls everywhere-” may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

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#TeamLupita We WON!!!

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Lupita Nyong’o has found her way into our hearts not only as a bonafide fashionista and this seasons “It” girl, the Yale graduate can now add Oscar winner to her list of accomplishments. Lupita won in the best supporting actress category for her portrayal as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.

Nyong’o was breathtaking on the red carpet with her custom made Prada gown in a beautiful shade that she referred to as Nairobi blue indicating that the hue reminded her of her native Kenyan home.

If you were not already in love with Lupita for her graciousness and savvy fashion sense, her acceptance speech definitely would win you over . “Thank you for putting me in this position. It has been the joy of my life. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Congrats Lupita!!!

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#BorgheseRedCarpet- Because Everyone Deserves Celebrity Treatment

 

RED-CARPET02The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2nd. (tomorrow!!) Although I am excited to hear the final list of winners, the red carpet remains the highlight of the evening.   In honor of the coveted red carpet, Borghese is offering one lucky winner an opportunity to score  a package of goodies valued at $450!

 

You can visit their face book page for more details or enter by using any of the following:

 

• Leave a comment on Facebook:  indicating your Favorite Red Carpet Look

• Share the post on Facebook

• Follow Borghese Beauty on Twitter

• Follow Borghese Beauty on Pinterest

• Follow Borghese Beautiful on Instagram

• Tweet about the Borghese Red Carpet Treatment Sweepstakes using

#BorgheseRedCarpet

• Post to Instagram using #BorgheseRedCarpet

 

The contest begins Saturday March 1st and ends on Monday, March 3rd.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Cheers! Sterling Wines The Official Libation of The Oscars

2011 Sterling Carneros Pinot, bottle shot

The Oscars is what I always love to refer to as the Olympics of Red Carpets and this Sunday the 86th Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theater.    The competition for the golden statues is fierce this year with very deserving nominees in every category.

One of the biggest trends for entertainment buffs and fashionistas alike is bringing the red carpet experience home by way of hosting Oscar viewing parties.   As you are prepping to host your soiree why not add a little of the glamour of the Oscars to your party? Sterling Vineyards is the official wine of the red carpet and you can toast your favorite nominee and determine who was best dressed with a little Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc  or 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Cabernet .

Having wine as an accompaniment to your Oscar bites takes the hassle out of coming up with a signature drink and by including both a red and a white option you can satisfy the tastes of most of your guests!   I am a certified wineaux and when I tell you my initial reaction to the Sauvignon Blanc- was quite simply wow.  I am an equal opportunity wine drinker and will grab a red or white depending on my mood.  The Sauvignon Blanc is floral with a bit of citrus and is the perfect white wine to appease even the biggest wine snob.

Visit my Pinterest Board for more Oscar Party Inspiration and check out www.sterlingvineyards.com for locations and where to buy.

 

Cheers,

Lisa

Shop Chic For A Cause With Chico’s

Heart Disease continues to be the number one killer of women and although February is drawing to a close, heart health is critical year round.  The folks over at Chico’s have partnered with the American Heart Association in order to fund research around awareness of the disease.

 

This gorgeous Fabulous-at-Heart pin retails for $20.00 and Chico’s has committed to donating half of the proceeds from each pin to research, prevention and education around heart health. So why not Shop for A Cause?

 

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Click here for more information on the American Heart Association

 

In honor of Heart Health Awareness month- here is an interview that I conducted with Raijean Stroud as she talked very candidly about her battle with heart disease:

Interview with Raijean Stroud

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