Natural Hair Congress Canada Recap (Part 1)!

 
Last weekend, I was graciously invited to attend the very first edition of Natural Hair Congress Canada (NHCC) in Montreal presented by Inhairitance Inc. and boyyyy was I glad to be there. This was quite the event and if you weren’t there, you definitely missed out so make sure to mark your calendar now for next year. There were some great speakers such as Audrey Davis-Savisothy, Nerissa Irving and Stacey McKenzie, for which I had the opportunity to interview (coming soon) and sooo many other wonderful people, talented artists, designers and entrepreneurs. Here’s a recap of NHCC.

Natur-Ëlle by Dee & Honey Fig   

London Ivy & Salon de Beauté Vision D.C.
  

Kamit Soul & Comptoir Urbain  

Uzu Creations & Cocody Collections
  

The beautiful speakers Nerissa Irving (CEO of Kamoy magazine, former Playboy model and mother) and Audrey-Davis Savisothy (author of several hair care books including “The Science of Black Hair”)

The fabulous international top fashion model, runway coach & judge on Canada’s Next Top Model, Stacey McKenzie  

Etnika accessoires & Waly Access 

Haï-DesignsTribia by HD / Abisara Machold (founder of Inhairitance) & company  
 

Met some wonderful naturalistas  

Panel discussion featuring Stacey McKenzie (International Supermodel, initiator of Walk This Way Workshop), Marième Ndiaye (singer, Inhairitance spokesperson), Mona Lisa Prosper (lawyer) and Maya Johnson (journalist, CTV anchor) and Hair Show 

Canada Wide Natural Hair Competition featuring Salon de Beauté Vision D.C., Hair by Glenna and Curly Hair Designs (Winner of the very first Canadian Natural Hair Award…Congratulations Paula!! Yay Ottawa!)     

Inhairitance Hair Show     

My fave hairstyle was rocked by model Shany (love her!).

A BIG thank you to Inhairitance, particularly Abisara Machold and her leading team (special thank you to Chilandre Patry) for your having me and for showing such excellence, professionalism and elegance throughout the event. Thank you!

Happy Saturday! ❤️xo

Hairspiration: Naturalistas!

In honour of tomorrow’s event, Natural Hair Congress Canada, held at the Loft Hotel in Montreal (see blog post here), here are a few inspiration boards featuring naturalistas.

         

(Images via Pinterest.com)

Happy Friday! ❤️xo 

Natural Hair Congress Canada!

 
This Saturday, June 27th 2015, the Loft Hotel will be hosting the 1st ever Natural Hair Congress Canada (NHCC) in Montreal (314 Sherbrooke East to be exact) exclusively dedicated to the beauty & care of curly, kinky, wavy or locked hair. Presented by the Inhairitance salon boutique, this all-day event features speakers and panelists such as Stacey McKenzie (top model, judge on Canada’s Next Top Model as well as Founder of Walk This Way Workshops INC), Audrey Sivasothy (author of The Science of Black Hair), Nerissa Irving (lecturer and editor of Kamoy Magazine) and Marième Ndiaye (spokesperson and singer)…need I say more?!…(But I will)…

         

At NHCC, you will have access to a great selection of natural hair and body products, get priceless advice and feedback on personal hair challenges (we all know about that right?!), take part of the discussion with the panelist on burning issues, share experiences and hair stories and dwell in the oasis of wellbeing. Also, you will not want to miss the hairstyling competition & hair show; where 5 Canadian specialized stylists in naturally curly hair compete for 1st place in a live stage competition and where Natural Hair experts across Canada show off their talents & skills, signature styles and wedding inspirations. All of this followed by mixing and mingling with sounds presented by an all-women collective Amazon DJ Crew. So, I can go on and on about this event, but truth is, you need to be there. Everyone is welcome! 

Here’s the showdown:

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m – Conferences (2) / Workshops (6) / Panels (2)

8:00 p.m – Live Hairstyling Competition 

9:00 p.m – Inhairitance Hair Show / After-Party 

Click here for more information about NHCC and get your tickets here.

Complete Package $65 / Conferences $45 / Hair Show $25

“Only a few specialists are trained to cut and care for curly textured hair. Each curl has its size and personality. We hope through this conference to offer an exchange platform on aesthetics but also on socio-political aspect of wearing our naturally curly and kinky hair” explains Abisara Machold, owner of Inhairitance and founder of the Natural Hair Congress Canada.

You really don’t want to miss this event. This is the First congress exclusively dedicated to the curly hair movement in Canada. I hope to see you there!

(Images via www.naturalhaircongress.com & www.Inhairitance.ca)

Happy Wednesday! ❤️xo 

A Culture Chic Affair!

I was happy to attend the RSVP Presents A Culture Chic Affair this past weekend and I had such a fabulous time meeting some amazingly talented people from artists to fashion designers to makeup artists to entrepreneurs. It was such an enriching experience filled with Afro-Caribbean culture, live entertainment, creative artisans and designers. In fact, there were so many great moments (that I was able to capture on camera), it’s only right that I share them with you. Experience a Culture Chic Affair through my eyes and camera lens. Enjoy!

Jana & Emilia Fashion Design Tufafi Fashion  Sidow Designs AMM Line Productions  Custom made bead designs from Beads Eleganza. Curly Hair Design products for the “curls of the world”. Veronica looked lovely with her ready to wear, ready to shine Kuwala design. Love it! Tanyta Boldon’s apron design from Aquilla Design Company worn by a fashionista. Antonia Bejide, makeup artist, looked flawless with her piercing eyes and beautiful glow (follow her YouTube channel @Toni3luv). Sarah A. Onyango (Rogers Television host, CHUO 89.1FM Radio host & producer) hosted the event with such grace. Nancita Kapi sang her heart out and strutted the catwalk for AMM Line Productions. The lovely Divine (I love her name!), Event Specialist, RSVP Events Canada, along with her team really worked their magic to ensure an elegant and flawlessly executed event. Tribal Threat entertained the crowd with great music. Cheryl Sandiford, Certified reflexologist, Sabrah’s Reflexology, restored my balance & harmony through my soles and I must say her hands are pure bliss. Wonderful artwork display. Afric du Canada also displayed some lovely art. Unique African accents, clothing, home decor and accessories from Chidima Dezigns. Aprons on display from Aquilla Design Company by Tanyta Boldon. Colourful African clothing by Shakara Designs(All images via Star In Moi)

This was an event I’m glad I did not miss. Thank you RSVP Events Canada for extending the invitation and for your heart-felt hospitality throughout the event. Looking forward to many more. 

Happy Wedesday! ❤️️️️️️️️️xo

Hairspiration: Bangs!

One of my favourite hairstyles to rock is bangs! When I get freshly cut bangs, I feel like a completely different person. A few snips can give you a whole new look, whether straight, long, short, wavy or side-swept. It’s definitely a quick and easy way to change your look without having to snip much off. You don’t have to be on “team big forehead” to rock bangs either, it looks great on most face shapes. See for yourself…here are some of my hairspiration boards featuring bangs!

(All images via Pinterest)

Not sure about putting scissors to your hair? You may want to consider bang extensions. Clip-in bangs are the perfect way to get the look or try it out without the commitment.

What’s your favourite hairstyle?

Happy Wednesday! ❤️️️️️️️xo

Makeup Bag Makeover!

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Ever wonder how long you should keep some of your essential beauty products before tossing them? Well if it’s been a while since you cleaned your makeup bag, you might want to consider the following…

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Eyeshadows are the perfect beauty essential item to make eyes pop however they do have an expiry date of 18 months so make sure you toss it a year and a half later in order to avoid eye infections. Tip: Write the expiry date at the back of your eyeshadow to keep track of when to toss it.

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Lipsticks can make any pout stand out however they should be tossed after 2 years in order to avoid the goopy lip look. Tip: Refrigerate the lipstick tube to keep it fresh longer.

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Makeup Brushes are essential tools to have for easy makeup application and thankfully they have a lifetime shelf life if taken care of properly. Tip: Wash brushes every week in order to avoid bacteria buildup and invest in a great quality set.

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Liquid foundations are great to create an even, uniform colour to the complexion however it should be tossed after one year‘s use. Tip: If it looks streaky and uneven then it’s time for it to go.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Feel free to share your beauty tips, I’d love to hear them.

(Images via Pinterest)

Happy Monday!
❤️️️️️️xo

Hairspiration: The Top Knot!

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Last year, I cut my hair bob length and I immediately fell in love with my new look…That is, until I realized I couldn’t rock one of my favourite hairstyles anymore…the top knot. I may have even shed a tear that day. So ever since then, I’ve been determined to let my hair grow to top knot length. I’m very happy to say that the time has now come for me to work my up-do and I’m super ecstatic. I love that top knots can be messy or precise (I live for a fab sock bun look!) and can complement any outfit.
What kept me inspired throughout my hair growth journey were some of my favourite top knot hairspiration looks that I referred to every time I thought of putting scissors through my hair.
Need some hairspiration? Check out these bomb top knots.

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(Images via Pinterest)

What’s your favourite hairstyle?

Happy Friday!
❤️️️xo

2015 Colour Of The Year: Marsala!

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Pantone, Inc. is the world-renowned authority on colour and this year, they have declared Marsala as “Colour of the Year”.

Marsala is an earthy red wine tone that is hearty, rich, stylish and universally appealing. This elegant statement colour is perfect on its own or as a strong accent to many other colours such as grey, ivory and olive.

It can easily be translated into your everyday life. In fashion, you can go monochromatic with a dress and accessories or a sweater and skirt. In home furnishings and interiors, you can focus on adding accent pieces such as chairs, rugs, throws, cushions or you can go bold by painting a feature wall in this welcoming hue. In beauty, you can have fun with lips, nails, eyeshadows and cheeks.

Need some ideas…Here are some inspirational looks featuring Marsala.

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(All images via Pinterest)

Will you be incorporating Marsala in your wardrobe or home decor this year?

Happy Monday!
❤️xo

Fantasy Wish List!

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Everyone has a “Fantasy Wish List” (things that you don’t need but uber want) and I thought it would be fun to share mine (a girl can dream right?!). Plus you never know, Santa might have me on his good list this year.
My FWL consists of…
▫️Of course, shoes! I’m absolutely loving these laminated high heel court shoes in gold and silver from Zara. They are a must-have in my books and under $70.
▫️More shoes! I’ve been in love with these Pigalle red bottoms in black and nude forever now and I look forward to one day rocking a pair I can call my very own.
▫️Sephora Favorites! Sephora always has amazing gift set ideas and 1 2 3 that caught my eye are Bottled Dreams Fragrance Sampler For Her, Give Me Some Lip and Give Me Some More Lip. It’s a great way to discover new fragrances and lippies and I’m all about that.
▫️Michael Kors! MK came out with a new Sexy Rio de Janeiro Eau de Parfum and I’m in love with its soft, feminine, exotic yet everyday scent. It would be a perfect addition to my collection.
▫More MK! I am due for a new wallet and I’m loving the simplicity and sleekness of this jet set travel continental wallet.
▫️Wool Coat! I’ve been on the search for the perfect camel wool coat for a few years now but this Zara belted wool coat in mink made me lose sight of the ‘camel-colour-must’. It’s absolutely stunning!
▫️Clutches! Cortnie Elizabeth, designer of Love, Cortnie handbags has created some amazing clutches and tote bags. I’m particularly loving this Ashleigh statement clutch, the RiRi II statement clutch and the Calico calf hair statement clutch.
▫️Click Clash Flash! I know a good camera is a must-have so why not go for one that is sure to take the most beautifully vibrant photos like this Canon.
▫️Last but not least, wine! I’m a moscato lover so when I heard that Christina Milian (along with her momager & publicist) created Viva Diva Moscato Wines in different flavours, I knew I had to add that to my list…with so many options to choose from like strawberry, mango and pineapple & coconut, you just can’t go wrong.

These are the items that made it to my FWL. What’s on your list this year?

Happy Monday!
❤️xo

Jewelry Inspo – Flash Tattoos!

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Flash Tattoos is the brand responsible for launching the jewelry-inspired temporary tattoo craze. These metallic tattoos are original, innovative and perfect for all occasions (like holiday parties/festivities, weddings or sunny destination getaways). They can be applied to your feet, hands, arms, back, chest and even your nails…so practically anywhere! It’s non-toxic and safe to wear PLUS it can last up to 6 days. What a fun spin on jewelry!

Dakota
This set is geometric. It brings a touch of bohemian festival-inspired style to your look.
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Josephine
This set is polished. It brings a touch of Parisian femininity to your look.

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Sofia
This set is exotic. It brings a touch of gypsy-chic to your look.

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Zahra
This set is eclectic. It brings a touch of boho couture to your look.

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Child of Wild
This set is tribal and ancient Egyptian-inspired. It brings a touch of free-spirited inspiration to your look.

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(Images via Sephora.com & Pinterest)

Who said jewelry had to break the bank? These Flash Tattoos can be yours for $22-30/set at Sephora.com. Most sets include 4 sheets of various metallic designs. It’s a perfect “gift/stocking stuffer” idea.

Will you be rocking metallic tattoos this holiday season!?

Happy Friday!
❤️️xo

Gucci Has Beauty!

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(Image via thechicspy.com)

If you haven’t heard by now, Gucci has a new cosmetic collection! This line is modern, luxurious and perfect for the empowered & feminine Gucci woman. It gives a high impact look that radiates glamour. Whether you choose to focus on eyes, lips or flawless skin, there is a great selection available among the rich colours and luscious textures. I’m loving the black & gold packaging and the attention to detail.

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(Images via beauty.gucci.com)

This is where legendary fashion meets modern beauty. Shop Gucci Beauty here. Will you be buying?

Happy Wednesday!
❤️️️xo