Hola! Happy Friday! Today’s post—Casual Christmas is one of the holiday themed Friday Sass posts that you will see within the next few weeks. I don’t know about you but for some reason I almost always associate plaid with Christmas. It could be the colors or patterns but whatever it is I feel that it’s befitting for the season. Pair the pants with a tough leather moto jacket, sky-high Christian Louboutins and a touch of chic with a Chanel bag. I think that this look is not overly done but just right for the holidays! Do you agree?
Here's some news that may not surprise but probably does delight actual fashion editors and buyers: Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director for IMG (the company that heads up Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week), recently gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal in which she revealed that as of next season, many of the surplus fashion bloggers currently being invited to shows will not be invited to return.
Hola! I wanted to/needed to pause and pay homage to an icon, fighter and striver of our time—Nelson Mandela. The former South African President died today at the age of 95. He was the first black Africa to hold the presidency office in his country—wow can you believe that! Mr. Mandela leaves behind family, friends and countrymen that loved him dearly, as well as a legacy that will on forever.
If you don’t know all that this man sacrificed for the people of South Africa and worldwide then please read (don’t just see the movie) his autobiography ‘Long Walk to Freedom‘. This book was mostly written in secrecy in his jail cell where he was wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years. It is necessary that we share his legacy with our children so that they can pass it on to theirs.
May you rest in paradise Madiba. <3
Hola! If you haven’t heard of or seen the likes of the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o then you have clearly been living under a rock. She is definitely a rising style and fashionista who can be seen in the famed film ’12 Years a Slave’. Lupita graced the pages of DuJour.com donning fresh threads in shades of white and blue. Go here to read the full article and to get all the deets on the looks. She is simply radiant, don’t you agree?
Photography: Stephen Pan. Styling: David Vandewal. Hair: Ted Gibson at tedgibsonbeauty.com.
Makeup: Kristin Gallegos at CLM using Bobbi Brown.
Hola! If you are in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area next week then you may want to check this out with your little curly. Join in for the book launch of The Adventures of Curly Julie presented by the natural hair author J. L. Greenhill.
WHO is Curly Julie?
“Curly Julie is a little girl with curls experiencing life through the eyes of a little African American girl in America.”
The FREE event will have face painting, games, storytelling and gift bags for the children. I think that this will be a great experience for little girls and boys. Tickets are going fast so go here to rsvp now. Enjoy!
Hola peeps! I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends (I surely did). Today is the first installment of a new segment on SNC—Curlz Star. As we will feature a natural hair chica or chico and let them tell you their personal journey. Continue reading to find out about Mai…enjoy!
1. What is your name, where are you from and how long have you been natural?
My name is Marianne (Mai) and I African/European. I have been natural since the end of 2010.
2. Tell us your curlz story—why are you returning to natural? Or if you have always been natural what has it been like in a world where relaxers once ruled?
I use to have my hair relaxed (by my mum) from when I was about 14 till about 25. I begged her until she caved. Around the same time I started to dye my hair (by myself.) By mid-2009 I decided I wanted to stop using relaxers. I wish it were some “Romantic Story” of “wanting to go back to my roots” but my decision was not that well planned. I was tired of having hair that was brittle, dry, thin and lifeless. I did not take proper care of my hair while it was relaxed and using both relaxers and Hair Dye within months of each other did not help my lack of Hair care. I did not big chop as I was not brave enough to cut all my hair off in one go so I would just trim my ends as my hair grew and slowly transitioned. By mid – 2011 I also decided to stop using Commercial Hair Dyes to try to stop using harsh chemicals all together.
3. Name three products you can’t do without and why?
Water, Deep Conditioner and Leave-in conditioner.
4. What is your favorite go to hairstyle that never fails you?
Twists/twist-outs seem to be my “no fail” hair styles. Whenever I decide to twist my hair I usually put them in medium-sized twists and after wearing them for a while I will rock a twist-out till it is time to wash my hair again. I use to be a Wash-n-Go fanatic (I still love wearing my hair out) but as my hair started to grow I get more tangles and more single stand knots (I hate them!) So if I wear my hair out I try to make sure to have my hair stretched as this helps with the tangling otherwise I wear my hair up in updo’s.
5. What advice would you give to a transitioning or newly natural chica?
Do research, ask questions, get onto forums, watch YouTube videos etc. Keep in mind that at first you will want a general understanding of natural hair; but what you really need to know is YOUR hair. So after you have done your research you need to then find out what works for you. I think patience is another important point. It will take time till you know what your hair needs, likes and wants. I learnt that I needed to be patient, gentle, not to stress or give up! I also think it is important to know that you do not need to go out and buy every single product your “Hair Idol” might be using or follow an exact carbon copy of the routine she/he does. No two sets of heads/hair are the same therefore just because someone’s hair looks/reacts a certain way does not mean you will get the exact same result and that is OK! I think we need to love the curls that grow on OUR head. It is great to look up to someone or get inspiration from someone because that is how we learn but at the end of the day you will need to love your own hair, build a routine that works for you and use products that your hair thrives on.
6. Where can people follow you on social media?
Thank you Mai for sharing your story and lovely curlz with us! Do you want to be a Curlz Star? Well email me email@example.com and I will be sure to check it out. Thanks!
Hola! I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Please remember to love one another today and that goes for family, friends and strangers. Enjoy your day!
Hola! As “National Stuff Your Face Day” approaches aka Thanksgiving we must plan to wear an outfit that is suitable for the family dinner but can also easily expand at the waist. Well today’s What 2 Wear is here to help you out. Nothing grows with a bulging food belly better than leggings. Usually it is a big no to wear leggings as pants but the exception to the rule is to wear a long shirt to cover your bum. Hence the lovely embroidered cashmere sweater that I have paired with it. This is perfect for the festive holiday and the embroidered neckline doubles as jewelry. Throw on comfy booties in a fall appropriate color and your look is almost complete. The finishing touches are the accessories—pearl earrings, a menswear watch and a large satchel to stuff your leftovers in.
Finito…a perfect look for dinner! Do you agree? So what your plans for Thanksgiving and what are you going to wear? Share!
Hola! Welcome to Monday and a short work week! I am gearing up for the holiday but I must take time out to share today’s muse—Melissa De Sousa. She is most recently known as the feisty Shelby in new movie ‘The Best Man Holiday’ (a must-see). However she is not new to the big screen, Melissa started acting back in 1998 and her career continues to soar. Take a peek at the pics and notice the transition of her curlz to blond wavy tresses. I love her natural hair best but she is gorgeous nonetheless. Which look is your fave? Do tell.
Hola! Here is why you need to pick up the Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue of Ladies Home Journal magazine—First Lady Michelle Obama. I mean she just exudes elegance and grace. Now this is a cover done right (take note LUCKY–no shade) because it is simply beautiful!
I must also add that LHJ has really step up their game in the mag world.. Last month I had the opportunity to attend their Get Social conference which was very informative. Don’t sleep on them and go pick up the issue. I definitely plan to. Keep up the good work LHJ!
Photos: Alexei Hay