Over the weekend, i had the pleasure of attending the Curly Hair Festival at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. I had previously attended a number of the Natural Hair Week events in London so I was excited to see what the founder of the iconic event Vinna Best had in store following the recent rebranding from Natural Hair Week to Curly Treats Festival rebranding.
After years of attending hair events, i’m always astounded by the number of natural haired lovelies that attend and in this, i’m sure that they were not disappointed by the offering in this instance. Throughout the day guests were treated to hair and health workshops, demos and interactive discussions, a fashion show in celebration of Black Girl Magic and of course some of you favourite brands such as Cantu beauty, Creame of nature, Mixed chicks and Softn’ Free were in attendance as alongside some amazing independent brands. Popular influencers such as MahoganyCurls, Lekoia Lee and the girls from Curlcuture were also on deck taking part in workshops, discussions and meet and greets. I especially loved the fact that men were catered to with a dedicated afro men’s hub which offered free shape-ups, beard maintenance and skin care advice for the man in your life. For mini curlies, there was an empowHER lunch and a children’s corner which provided fun interactive activities and storytelling.
Over the weekend I attended AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE 2017, at the Business Design Centre in Islington which in its 36th year still managed to draw a large crowd.
You don’t know anything about it, AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE is an annual hair & beauty event in London which hosts stalls of many different products for all types’ textures and even some body products. They also host a variety of workshops live demos and fashion shows.
I have religiously attended the show for the last few years so I knew what to expect and was excited to discover some new hair products.
Despite my planning to get there early to avoid the rush ... Let’s be honest that never happens it was lovey to see so many eager faces and try out so many products.
This year AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE welcomed Afro Man, which catered to the grooming, hair and lifestyle needs of the man in your life which included skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters.
While us mere mortals gorged chocolate, and went to church over the Easter weekend somewhere in the Colorado Desert celebs, socialites and the uber trendy were getting down at Coachella.
Festival of festivals the four-day event which was held over two weekends boasted a star-studded a line-up of music greats which included Kendrick Lemar, Lady Gaga, Schoolboy Q and our very own Stormzy to name a few.
But can we talk about the fashion?
No rules no trends just do your thing boo boo. Make sure and take note because the inspiration for many of this summer’s trends will defiantly be drawn from the valley this summer.
Check out some of the looks:
Don’t you love it when fashion trends come back around? This 90’s throwback was recently featured in a number of designer’s collections during showcased tops and dresses with cold shoulder silhouettes NYFW for Spring 2016.
And now the cold-shoulder trend has graced us with its presence, and it just so happens to be the perfect way to ease yourself into showing a little skin during this changeable weather we are currently experiencing since you can keep the rest of your arms coverer.
Do you dare to bare (shoulders) this summer?
Want a chemical free way to colour your hair?
Want to colour your hair without subjecting you locks to all those harsh chemicals?
Well let me introduce you to Naturigin
Founded in 2004 by the Danish couple Stig and Mette NATURIGIN offers 19 permanent colour shades which are all 100% free from PTD, SLS, ammonia, resorcinol, and parabens. Containing a naturally derived formula, with a special blend of certified organic lemon and mandarin essential oils, along with 10 additional pure and gentle organic extracts and natural oils, which protect the hair during colouring to reveal shiny nourished locks!
This innovative Danish brand won the best Natural Beauty Product 2014-2015 in the US market and Naturigin is the only hair dye in the world to have an organic certification and is made from using 98.2% naturally derived ingredients, making it a vegan product.
I recently tried the product myself as I was concerned about the health of my hair and wanted to avoid using any chemicals and I must say the process was super simple and I was thrilled with the results.
If you’re ready to stop colouring with toxic chemicals, why not give NATURIGIN a try.
I cannot think of a more versatile team of clothing then the humble white T-shirt. Seriously what piece of clothing are you able to wear any day of the year, in any season. That said, it’s in the summer that white t-shirt truly becomes a wardrobe necessity, as it can anchor statement pieces such as wildly-printed shorts or colored jeans, take the formality out of work wear, add a casual element to silky, beaded, or even sequin skirts, just convey a sense of laid back summer style with a pair of blue denim cut-off shorts or jeans or nick your boyfriends oversized t-shirt chuck on some statement jewellery and voila you have a tunic dress.
Whether it’s a crisp cotton crewneck or the paper-thin slouchy styles made popular in recent season the white t-shirts are a must for your wardrobe.
Being a child of Caribbean descent Palmers Coca butter was one of the main beauty staples in my house (No one was leaving the house with no dry arms and legs), so of course I jumped at the chance to check out their award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range which includes a Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Body Cream and Body Oil.
I had been incorporating coconut oil in to my skin and hair care regime for some time now so it’s nice to cut out the middleman as brands are realizing the many benefits of including coconut oil in their products.
The Coconut Oil Formal aside from smelling amazing and leaving my skin feeling soft supple and moisturized without feeling greasy consist of mainly ethically and sustainably sourced raw, organic Coconut Oil which is infused with ancient Polynesian sacred oil, Tahitian Monoi Oil and is also free from Parabens, phthalates, mineral oil.
My favorite product from the range is the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil as I loved the way the oils absorbed into my skin quickly and easily without feeling sticky and left me smelling heavenly.
I also like that fact that you can add a few drops to your bath to make your bathing experience a little bit more luxurious.
Palmer’s Award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range is available for purchase at Boots, Sainsbury’s, Feel Unique and Amazon.
Now you can sweat like Beyoncé... Well kind of!
R&B megastar Beyoncé and Topshop's billionaire owners, Sir Philip Green are to launch a sexy active wear label called Ivy Park
THE Ivy Park’s debut collection combines fashion led design with technical innovation resulting in an extensive active wear line which is suited for everybody and every body shape.
The collection includes leggings with three different rise options, as well as a range of second skin pieces i.e. tanks with built-in sports bras, bodysuits, and medium-impact sports bras. There will also be streetwear pieces like logo sweatshirts, T-shirts, and parkas which can be mix and matched to create the ultimate outfit for punching a bag or pounding the pavement.
You will be able to shop the Ivy Park collection at Topshop from Thursday 14th April
Tired of being confined to night time glamour? This season, metallic will be hitting the streets for SS16!
Unleash your inner magpie with shimmering fabrics and shiny accessories from rose gold glitz to high shine shimmer and of course everybody loves a bit of bling!
Chunky trashy jewellery is a quick way to add some flash to your everyday office outfit and metallic shoes will shine some light to your old faithful jeans and take a casual daytime outfit through to the evening.
Check out some of the hottest metallic trends to wear at all times of the day.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the River Island Style Studio Valentine’s Blogger Event which gave me the opportunity to finally experience the Style Studio and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
Never heard of the Style Studio?
Well………Style Studio launched in the London and Birmingham flagship shops and offers personal, one-to-one bespoke styling services from retailer’s stylists for a 30 minute, one-hour or two-hour session giving customers the opportunity to find out about the latest trends and collections to, “discover their individual style.”
The Style Studio personal shopper lounge is a large luxurious space with comfy sofas and great lighting and massive fitting rooms, perfect if you wanted to bring your friends to give you the thumbs up on your outfit (Or hands down) there is even a bar in case you work up a thirst during your styling session or you need some liquid courage.
Oh and I have to mention ‘magic mirror’, this baby allows you see yourself in 360 degrees, compare outfit photos or even take selfies that you can upload to your social media or send to someone to get a 2nd opinion on your outfit.
The Valentines event was absolutely lovely I was able to network with loads of amazing bloggers and we were all treated to prosecco cookies and other nibbles yum!
The stylists picked out outfits for each blogger and we all tried on and strutted our stuff in front of the magic mirror we also played some party games none of which I won and talked to the stylists about the collection.
If you would like to give the Style Studio a whirl you can make an appointment via the website: www.riverisland.com
Let’s face it guys when we wake up its dark. When we leave work its dark, its overcast, it’s rainy and even though spring is on the horizon its not here yet. We need to take things in to our own hands!
Brighten up your wardrobe with the most cheerful colour in the rainbow Canary, lemon, citron, and marigold. I’m talking about yellow baby already spotted in the SS16 catwalks shows of Burberry and Christopher Kane this trend is going to be major this summer so why not get a head start.
Whether you colour block or just opt for a pop this colour will defiantly brighten up your day.
As of Monday 18th January 2016, Gorilla Perfumes at Lush, in collaboration with Studio Xag, will be presenting the Gorilla Galley at Lush Oxford Street.
This is the first of a two-parts, it is free to attend and explores the Art of Perfumery in a celebration of two of Gorilla Perfume’s most iconic fragrances, The Sun and The Smell of Freedom.
Open to the public until 24th March 2016 this interactive take on presenting perfume is a wonderful addition to the unique shopping experience on offer at Lush’s biggest global shop on Oxford Street, London.
Why not check it out?
The Gorilla Gallery (Lower Ground Floor), Lush, 175-179 Oxford Street. Open daily 10.00am-9.00pm and Sundays 11.30am-6.00pm
Described on Louis Vuitton’s website as: “A modern and unexpected reinterpretation of a fashion show, this exhibition, following on from SERIES 1 and SERIES 2, invites visitors to discover Nicolas Ghesquière’s inspirations for his fourth ready-to-wear show as the Artistic Director for women’s collections at Louis Vuitton.”
I was completely blown away by the innovation and the thought that went behind Louis Vuitton Series 3. Every aspect of the design process was portrayed from the beginning roots of the Louis Vuitton design and creation process to modern day with all the technical advances that have been picked up along the way. Actual artisan from Vuitton were flown in to demonstrate the assembly process for Ghesquière’s and visitors were able to ask them questions, there was a virtual catwalk show and the ultimate Louis Vuitton wardrobe.
Bad girl Riri will be showing off her softer side in the advertisement for her just-announced fragrance, RiRi by Rhianna.
Known for a more edgy image the “Bitch Better Have My Money" singer posted the images on her Instagram page.
Perhaps this could be a sign of things to come… a Rhianna doll perhaps? Why not?
Monday I was invited down to Nice Nails Baby in Clapham Junction to try out their Walking On Air Pedicure. I have to admit I had slightly fallen off with my pedicure game to the point that during our recent heatwave I couldn’t rock my sandals because my toes were far from on point.
Generally I do love a good pedicure as it give me a chance to relax and get pampered but be with work and trying to buy a flat time has not been on my side so when I got the invitation I was delighted to pop down to trendy Clapham to get my feet right.
Nice Nails Baby i.e. located almost directly across from the station inside the Electric Beach Tanning Salon.
I loved the classy yet eclectic décor which was a far cry from the bland and almost clinical décor of most nail shops. Everywhere you looked there was pictures of nail designs to give customers inspiration which had e looking down at my hands wondering if I had time for a quick manicure also but I was pushed for time so I made a mental not to come back another time.
I was greeted by Michelle Duberry who is also Managing Director and founder of Nice Nails Baby and lead to the pedicure room.
After deciding on a colour was sitting pretty soaking my tootise in a warm foot spa then a foot mask was applied and my feet were wrapped in cling film while Michelle and I shot the breeze about everything from fashion to blogging to natural hair journeys and she even recommended a hairdresser to me Result!!
Once the mask was washed off of me feet a foot file was used to buff my feet free of any rough or dry skin. Next my cuticles were pushed back and my nails were cut and shaped.
Before the nail colour was applied a foot scrub was used, followed by lotion and a relaxing foot rub.
Throughout the treatment I felt very comfortable and no discomfort was experienced. The treatment was done to a high standard, the and as I was feeling comfortable the time seemed to fly by.
As my appointment was on a Monday morning I expected it to be quiet however there were a number of people popping in to enquire about appointments. I would love to come back when it was quite busy because I imagine the atmosphere would be laid back and fun. Even though Clapham is bit out my way I explained to Michelle that when it comes to good customer service I am normally happy to go out of my way or pay extra because you want to feel happy with the service especially when it comes to being pampered.
Pedicures start from £22 which I think is totally reasonable and Nice Nails Baby also offers a wide range of other beauty treatments including manicures, eye lash extensions, eyelash tinting, and brow tinting and waxing. They also offer package deals for a number of treatments which is great if you are getting ready for a special event or holiday. There is also a Nail party service where they can come to your house and pamper you and your friends which I thought was an excellent idea for a girly evening.
For more information visit the Nice Nails Baby website www.nicenailsbaby.co
Ever since I was young Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE was the place to see and be seen.
Having long since moved from Alexandrea Palace to it new home at the Business and Design centre in Islington the land scape of the event has some what changed, black women are now embarrassing their natural beauty, braids afros, twist outs dreads Yesss honey that’s what’s up1 not shade to the weave and relaxer wearers out there Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE 2015 is dedicated to the celebration of choice, whether you rock the natural, relaxed or a weaved look, you will find a product or service to suit your needs!
And indeed there was. The main stage had a jam-packed line-up of dancer’s singer’s demonstrations and catwalk shows to entertain the eager crowed and workshops took place throughout the day.
Venders included the usual suspects ORS, Cream of Nature, Mixed Roots Keracare and Beautiful Textures which included demonstrations from the hair whisperer herself Felicia Leatherwood.
WAHLS’ famous Battle of the Barbers competition was in full effect and saw barbers from across the country competing to be crowned KING BARBER and the Avant Garde competition displayed an array of eclectic creations.
Creative fashion catwalk show feature designers such as MAM MAW, ASO GLOBAL, PIECES BY KEKE, I-KOLLECTION, HONEY MALAOLU and if you looked closely you may have noticed some of the finalist from Top Model of Colour rocking the runway.
Now I don’t know about you but one of the main reasons I go to Afro Hair & Beauty Live is for the new products! I want to know what is hop and popping and I was not disappointed this year ORS featured two new ranges that were added to their portfolio Shealicious and Monoi Oil range and I was also told by the reps that they had made changes to the Curls unleased range.
I was also able to talk to the reps from new kids on the block CANTU which sold out of its Deep Conditioning Treatment Masque during The Natural Hair Week so you know I had to get my hands on it!
Photographer Peter Hogan
Photographer Peter Hogan
Photographer Peter Hogan
Photographer Peter Hogan
Photographer Peter Hogan
There were so many wonderful venders with amazing products that I have not mentioned so I recommend that you get yourself down to Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2016
Style icon, rapper, and singer founder of Billionaire Boys club.
News broke last night that H&M's newest designer collaboration will be with none other than the French fashion house Balmain.
Last night hints of a possible collaboration was made via the twitter pages of Rousteing and his famous friends, in the form of a selfie posted by Kendal Jenner with Rousteing and model Jourdan Dunn at the Billboard Awards with a caption reading "We have some news" and links to Balmain and H&M.
The collection will feature men and women's wear and is expected to hit the stores on the 5th November 2015 in around 250 stores worldwide and online.
Hopefully the collection will have all the high end edgy sophistication of Balmain with a more affordable price tag.
I suggest Balmain fans set there alarm clocks as this collection is likely to sell out quickly
Are you ready for the #HMBALMAINATION?
The Natural Hair Week delivers informative seminars from qualified experts, interactive debates, creative hair demos and a platform for hair and beauty brands to sell products and services whilst connecting with their target audience.
The Natural Hair Week was launched in spring 2013 because it was felt that there was a lack of events celebrating natural afro hair and beauty across the UK.
The brainchild of Vinna Best of OfficiallyNatural and Diane Hall of I Grew It Long The Natural Hair Week has since seen over 3,000+ attendees in five major cities in the UK
I had heard good thing from friends that had previously attended The Natural Hair Week so I promised myself that this year I would attend the London event, which was held at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.
The venue was very nice and consisted of three large rooms, one of which housed the works shops and seminars while the other two had the many venders which included ORS, Motions to name few as well as product and hair styling demonstrations.
I was disappointed that I was unable to attend most of the seminars due me getting there quite late in the day but people I spoke to told me that they really enjoyed them.
I really enjoyed my experience at Natural Hair Week and I got to meet up with many natural hair bloggers and vloggers who I had been following for some time which was nice.
Photo source: The Natural Hair Week Facebook page
Oh yeah as The Natural Hair Week was sponsored by Hairfinity VIP ticket holders were gifted a bottle of Hairfiinity in the goodie bags (Yesss) along with other hair and beauty samples. Previous sponsors have included: Curls, Lush Cosmetics, KeraCare, Curls, Motions Hair and Design Essentials.
Following the success of the recent Adidas = Pharrell Williams collaboration Adidas Originals have teamed up with high street giant TOPSHOP and to create an exclusive seven-piece capsule collection. The collaboration sees the high-street giant rework classic pieces from the sportswear brand, with the ever-popular Superstar jacket and trainers taking trophy status.
Our capsule with Topshop is the perfect partnership, as it allows us to explore a contemporary fashion aesthetic while paying homage to our iconic sportswear roots," said Josefine Aberg, design director of Adidas Originals.
"Our love of fashion and sportswear comes to life in this capsule collection. Sportstyle classics with bold graphic numbers are the superstar looks this season." said Topshop's creative director - and Vogue contributing fashion editor - Kate Phelan.
The collection launched globally on April 30th, online and in shops.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend i went along to Be:Fit London, the only women's fitness show in town!
I'm not exactly a health freak but i have been in the Gym recently trying to get sexy for the summer so I figured it worth coming down to see if I could get some tips.
I attended Be:fit London last year but other than that i am a Fitness expo virgin so i didn't know what to expect.
Last year I had a blast but the only complaint i had was there wasn't as much venders as I expected and the venue was kind of small (Even if it was nice to be by the river). That wouldn't be an issue this year as Be:fit was now in a new location the Design and Business centre; and I am happy to say there was loads of different brands to meet, as well as a wide range of fitness classes to join in, expert talks, cooking demos, etc.
I loved that there was also dedicated chill-out areas, where you could go hang out and regroup when it gets a bit too over whelming.
In all I had a lovely time but I wish I allowed myself more time there as there was so much to see, taste, and demo.
Did you get to attend Be:fit London over the weekend?
What were your thoughts?
I had the pleasure of being invited down to the Diane von Furstenberg Bruton Street store celebrate Grazia magazine 10th university (Has it really been that long?) and the launch of DVF's new S/S14 collection.
I have always been a fan of DVF even if it's a little out of my price range so it was nice to get a look at the colour collection pretty prints bright colours sooo DVF darling.
Attendees were treated to lovely nibbles, cocktails and champagne and the opportunity to socialise with the events co-hosts Global Brand Ambassador (and winner of House of DVF on E!) Brittany Hampton and style editor, Jessica Joffe.
DVF also had its very own very own glittery photo booth for attendees to get their vogue on.
Thanks Grazia and DVF for having me.
You can check out the DVF SS13 collection on their website: www.dvf.com
Supermodel and mum–of-one, Jourdan Dunn has announced she will design a clothing range for children and young adults.
'I love kid's clothes and have been obsessed with them ever since my son was born,' Said the model, whose little boy Riley (5) is now a mini-style icon thanks to his mother's @officialjdunn account.
The Victoria's Secret model who was scouted in a Primark shop when she was 15 £2.4 million in the past year alone, working for the likes of Burberry and becoming the face of Maybelline cosmetics; has entered into a licensing deal with Fluid World (the company behind the Hello Kitty UK launch) and has confirmed at least two collections, for the moment.
Andrew Lane, CEO of Fluid World, said: 'Jourdan Dunn is a fashion icon who sets trends and influences style. I am delighted to be working with her on this exciting project and bringing her cool urban style to a wider audience.'
You go girl!!
During the festive season its only right you sparkle with a bit of bling.
British label Crown Love have launched a collection of sequin clutch bags with the right amount of frosting for the jazziest of occasions.