Style Item Of The Week- Nice Laundry

Nice Laundry

Nice Laundry


Hands down one of my favorite trends of late is colorful socks for men. Sunday morning church service is overflowing with the more stylish and daring gents of the congregation wearing what has affectionately been referred to as “socks of glory” or “the sock ministry”.

Now that fall is officially in full swing the dip in temperature provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your sock wardrobe. Admitedly I initially wanted my husband to review the socks that the folks from Nice Laundry sent over, but the colors appealed to me I kept a few pairs for myself. Not only are they stylish, they’re comfortable and offer the perfect exclamation point to any ensemble.

If you’re looking to add to or even lunch your own sock drawer Nice Laundry offers a recycling program to their US customers where a percentage of the recycled socks are repurposed.

Want more details? Visit www.nicelaundry.com

AJ Crimson Debuts Dual Skin Cream Foundation During New York Fashion Week

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press


AJ Crimson served as the makeup sponsor to several shows this season and I was able to get a sneak peek of his new dual foundation which debuted during fashion week.
Dual Skin Cream Foundation

Dual Skin Cream Foundation

The foundation is buildable and offers sheer to full coverage. Crimson indicted that he created the colors for the dual foundation from dark to light so there is definitely something in the wide range of hues for brown girls. I had a chance to catch up with the makeup guru backstage at Harbison where I swatched his new banana cream which is perfect for creating highlight and contour. The biggest plus of the banana cream is that it goes on wet versus the powdery finish of other brands that can sometimes leave you looking ghostly.

The other exciting update from Crimson is that his foundation will be offered in a pro-palette which is a perfect addition to makeup artists kits.

The look backstage for Harbison was clean, natural lines with a pop of color on the lid. The goal essentially was to enhance the natural beauty versus an overly dramatic look.
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To learn more about the collection visit AJ Crimson

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

NYFW-Backstage with Design Essentials At Harlem Fashion Row

Halo braids

Halo braids

Design Essentials served as the official hair sponsor for Harlem Fashion Row. Keith Campbell returned as Lead stylist for the show and he created looks from highly textured, voluminous pompadours to halo braids and textured Afros.

Though each designer had individual styles that served as the hair inspiration for their respective collections Design Essentials provided products from both their natural line and the professional salon range.

The pompadour created for Byron Lars was a huge favorite both backstage and among the fashionistas attending the show.

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Get the look
After hair was teased, to create volume, and spritzed with Hydrience replenishing mist to both moisturize and add sheen Design essentials maximum hold edge control was used to keep flyways at bay.

Textured Afro

Textured Afro

The highly textured looks were created using Design Essentials natural line specifically the curl forming custard was used to “funk up” the fros that were seen on the runway.

For more product information please visit: www.designessentials.com

 

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

 

NYFW-Backstage At Victor dE Souza with Mizani

Backstage at Victor dE Souza

Backstage at Victor dE Souza


Master Mizani Stylist Ceaser Ramirez was tapped to create looks for the Victor dE Souza Spring 2015 Collection and the textured hair was very reminiscent of 80s disco chic. The arctic- icy blonde tresses were the perfect exclamation to accentuate the beautifully cut satins and silks in the collection.

“I wanted to design a dimensional style in this icy, arctic shade for a dramatic look,” says Ramirez. “Using MIZANI products to create the bold, textured style was a perfect match, as the brand has always been a leader in the professional textured market. I loved having the opportunity to work with Victor because he brings drama and his pieces are incredibly theatrical, so it really inspires my creativity.”

Ramirez used the following Mizani products in order to create what he describes as an “A-line bob”:

First the entire head was coated with
Mizani Iron Curl Heat Styling cream and the hair was braided all over in a figure 8 pattern; once the pins were secure, the hair was sealed with the humidity resistant mist and touched briefly with a flat iron.

Figure 8 braid

Figure 8 braid

Finally the hair was taken down and teased to create textured voluminous bob.

For more product details please visit:www.mizani.com
Follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mizaniusa

Playing In Paint-Shea Moisture Cosmetics

Shea Moisture Cosmetics

In case you didn’t know the highly regarded brand Shea Moisture popular among naturalistas recently added cosmetics to their product offerings; the line offers a full range of options from pigment-rich shadows to color correcting cc creams and I’m definitely a fan. Like most makeup artists I frequently spend time crafting looks for clients and rarely afford myself the opportunity to “beat” my own face. When I was approached with the opportunity to try the cosmetics for a brand that I already use to tame my natural tresses I jumped at the chance,

Eyes
I decided to create a basic eye look by using Claudia shadow to define my brows. The shadows (like most) are a wet dry formula so I sculpted my brows by wetting an angled brush and filling in any sparse areas with the Claudia shadow,
After priming my eyes with Milani shadow I used the Claudia shadow in my crease and completed the look with the Cassandra shadow and added liner and lashes.

Face
I primed my skin and added the Shea moisture CC cream in medium. The formula boasts SPF in addition to being incredibly buildable; I applied the cream with a stippling brush and because the formula is so build able, concealer was not needed.

Lips
I cannot say enough about the lipstick offerings from this range; with lip stain products that are basically foolproof for those that shy away from color to lip glosses that go from nude to bold there is something for everyone.

Here’s a sneak peek at the products used:

Products clock wise: Nicola lip stain, lip gloss in Brillo Labial, medium CC cream, Claudia and Cassandra shadow, Milani shadow primer, L'oreal gel liner, MAC reed shadow

Products clock wise: Nicola lip stain, lip gloss in Brillo Labial, medium CC cream, Claudia and Cassandra shadow, Milani shadow primer, L’oreal gel liner, MAC reed shadow

Finished look wearing Caroline nude lip gloss
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Second look wearing Brillo Labial

Second look wearing Brillo Labial

Style Item of the Week- Violight Sonic Toothbrush

Violight Sonic Toothbrushes

Violight Sonic Toothbrushes

My teeth are the source of great pride for me. You see around 6th grade not only did my teeth need correcting but I also discovered I needed glasses. I was taller than most of the boys in class, prematurely curvy and with braces and glasses added to the combination I was more duckling than swan. Fast forward to my adult years and I have pearly whites that I flash with every opportunity. I take great care of my teeth and I love the deep cleaning they get from the Violight sonic toothbrush. The portable brush is perfect for travel or ideal for a college students’ care package. Whoever said fashion and function never meet clearly never experienced these toothbrushes.

Violight Sonic Toothbrushes retail for $14.99 and can be found at Ulta.com

#PerfectBlend Indique Hair and Beautiful Textures Contest

If you have been considering a protective style in the form of a weave Indique hair and Beautiful textures are teaming up for the ultimate giveaway- luxury hair extensions from Indique and a chance to try Beautiful Textures texture management system.

Indique is the first luxury brand of extensions I’ve ever had installed and the quality is some of the best I’ve used. I’ve been swimming in the hair, colored it, straightened it and the curl pattern has remained intact with minimal shedding or tangles. Trust me when I say this hair is worth the investment.

Here’s a pic of me wearing 2 tubes of Pure Wavy.

Me rocking Indique Hair

Me rocking Indique Hair

Want the opportunity to try the brand? Well here’s your chance!

#PerfectBlend Giveaway Rules:
-Use one of the badges below to state why you would love the opportunity to try the brand.

-Mention
@lovinmytextures and @iloveindique and use the hashtag #Perfectblend

Sample caption/tweet: “I’m a naturalista who would love the chance to achieve the #Perfectblend with @lovinmytextures
@iloveindique”
#PerfectBlend Giveaway Includes ($600 value):
– 2 bundles of Indique Hair luxury extensions and complimentary install
– Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System

Contest runs August 13th-18th and winners will be contacted via social media

I Protect My Hair

I Protect My Hair

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About Beautiful Textures
Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Walmart, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.

About Indique Hair
With a winning combination of hair experts and stylists, and more than 25 years of industry experience, IndiqueHair International provides 100 percent virgin human hair that is natural and of the highest quality. With an impressive client base that consists of Lady Gaga, Lala Vasquez, Rihanna, Ciara, Jill Scott, Brandy and more,Indique Hair’s unique Indian virgin and natural human hair extensions are lustrous and tangle free. Indique Hair International is the only company that produces hair extensions at the source, with headquarters in India; IndiqueHair has free-standing boutiques in Brooklyn, Soho & Little Neck in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston. For more information visit Indique Hair

Because I’m Happy- #HappinessHappens Day

Me in Tulum,MX

Me in Tulum,MX

Eternal optimism is one of my character traits. I firmly believe in the power of you think, therefore you are; with this philosophy firmly entrenched in the way I go about my day to day existence I recognize that happiness and joy are both done on purpose. I believe in the power of saying good morning, recognizing beauty in people, places and things and quite simply smiling as part of a greeting in my basic human interactions. If you would like to join me in being happy on purpose- post a picture of yourself creating happiness for someone else. In honor of #HappinessHappens Day, Homegoods  will give away over $10,000 in gift cards on August 8th.

Simply upload a picture via Instagram or twitter where you created a moment of happiness in someone else’s life and you could win a $100 gift card. Use the hashtags #HappinessHappens and #HomeGoodsSweeps- winners will be randomly selected.

 

 


Be Happy,
The GF

Wedding Trend Alert-Back Necklaces

Can you believe August is already upon us? August signals the end of summer and a distinct nod to fall- back to school, cooler temps and because I was a fall bride I always think of this time of year  as the official wedding season. This November I will celebrate 13 years of marriage to my best friend- and one of my dear friends is celebrating her 25th year of marital bliss by renewing her vows in October.  Hands down one of my favorite trends  this fall wedding season is the back necklace- part roaring twenties, definitely sexy and the ultimate exclamation point to a backless gown. If you’re a fall bride looking for the perfect accessory consider a back necklace.

Here’s some inspiration:

 

back necklace

back necklace

photo credit: Angelas Bridal Boutique

 

 

 

 

 

Ben_Amun pearl necklace

Ben_Amun pearl necklace

click here to purchase

Additional inspiration via my Pinterest board

When Life Gives You Curves- You Rock Them-Curves Rock Weekend Recap

This weekend the Hyatt Hotel played host to the third annual Curves Rock Weekend. The weekend kicked off with a runway competition hosted at Oxygen Lounge and continued with a mix of panel discussions, a sample sale and a showcase of emerging designers. The highlight of the weekend is always the runway show which featured a mix of designers for the traditionally under served curvy girl.
One of my new local favorites who I initially discovered via Instagram @Mimidre of Fly Nerd was featured both as an emerging designer and in Saturday evenings runway show.

Tionna Smalls returned with her own brand of curvy, plus-positive humor keeping the attendees not only laughing but continuously reminding everyone about just how awesome it is to be curvy.

Ms. Maryland Plus delighted us with her talents and personally brought me to tears with her spoken word which was equal parts poignant, impactful and encouraging.

Follow the designers showcased via IG
@trudivadesigns
@marcohall
@mimidre
@dreamsbydanielle
@siobhanpeay

Here are some highlights from the show and you can follow my Pinterest Board for additional photos. .

Fly Nerd

Fly Nerd

Curves Rock

Curves Rock

Marco Hall

Marco Hall

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