Events

#CurlyCartel Holiday Cheer for Charity (w/ Video)

On Tuesday Dec. 17,  the #CurlyCartel Christmas-Holiday Cheer for Charity event honored the talented Tracee Ellis Ross and Teyonah Parris.  A portion of event ticket sells benefited Downtown Women’s Center.

The pink carpet affair, held at Planet Dailies Los Angeles, offered women a chance to shop vendors for the holidays, enjoy complimentary appetizers, a fully-stock bar, and encouraged women to embrace their natural beauty.

Honorees received “Women of Brilliance” awards,  were showered with gifts, and love. The custom illustrations and personalized stationary presented to honorees and #CurlyCartel founders made Cotton Candy Playground a crowd favorite (see video below).

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Curls & Cocktails

Curls, girls and cocktails filled Sadie Lounge in Hollywood for the Curly Cartel‘s second event.

The celebration was hot, literally! Despite the heat, I relished in the merriment as we honored celebrity natural hair stylists Dr. Kari Williams, Felicia LeatherwoodAfrican Creature and Adele Supreme.

It is always a pleasure to mingle with women sharing and embracing natural beauty. I met new curlfriends and connected with fellow LA Curly Girls. Good times!

Check out photos below.

6b484dd2e98611e2b41222000a1f8cb0_7Dr. Kari Williams, Ms. J. Gray (Curly Cartel founder), Adele Supreme, Felicia Leatherwood,      Miss Dunnie O (Curly Cartel founder) & African Creature. photo credit: Curly Cartel

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IMG_2478Dr. Kari Williams and IIMG_2447Kissa Starr (Buttafly Unltd) and Teyonah Parris (actress & model)

IMG_2474Gift Bag Items

 MegaGrowth & Ebony.com Host Poolside Beauty Chat 

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Felicia Leatherwood (celebrity natural hair stylist), Kissa Starr (buttaflyunltd), Valeka Holt, Delali Kpodzo (We Are Onyx) and I

Growing up, my definition of beauty was heavily influenced by media standards. I failed to embrace the differences that make us unique. My ignorance helped to create a perception that dictated my behavior and interactions.

Today, I am proud to celebrate images and attributes that I found embarrassing and/or bashed. Embracing my own natural beauty has changed my perspective and is one of the best choices I have ever made.

Honored to be part of this amazing movement, I love opportunities to connect with other amazing women redefining beauty.

On Thursday night, natural hair and beauty bloggers/editors gathered at the upscale Sofitel Los Angeles for a beauty chat hosted by MegaGrowth and Ebony.com. I had a blast chatting about hair care, makeup, fitness and philanthropy with those in attendance.

Guests enjoyed delicious gourmet hors d’ oeuvres, complimentary drinks and received MegaGrowth swags bags. The summer inspired beach totes included three full-sized products that smell yummy. Look out for a review.

Check out MegaGrowth.com for product details.

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IMG_2372Swag bag and products

IMG_2304 2Melanie Martin (Ebony.com), Judie Reyes & I

IMG_2296Tia Muhammad (NEONPinkMagazine) and I

971637_10100561651542906_8731576_nStacey Lee (Haute Behavior), Bria Bryant (Haute Behavior) and I

Au Naturale Anggg

[singing my rendition of  You Will Know by Black Men United]

Mmm…hmm…hmm…mmm…hmm…
Yeah, yeah

When I was a young girl
I had visions of fame
They were wild and they were free
They were blessed with my name…

I L.O.V.E. that song!

Anyway, one of my visions included attending Spelman College and stomping across campus chanting “Oo-ooop!” with the Delta’s or “Skee wee!” with the AKA’s. None of that happened. I missed the undergrad pledge opportunity, but at the end of 2011, I kind of joined a sorority called the natural hair movement.

I imagine the sisterhood, empowerment and bonding is pretty similar to a sorority. Don’t burst my bubble! (insert side eye)

Last month, my friend Angela hosted about two handfuls of her curlfriends for an au naturale girls day. It included girl talk, bonding, motivation, hair makeovers, sharing tips, a product exchange, yummy healthy food and adult refreshments.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience (minus sitting under the dryer) and gained a few new curlfriends. Good times!

Check out the photos below.

Want to know more about Angela? Follow her on Twitter, Examiner.com and Instagram.

81bb4a3cb08911e2a67b22000a9f188a_7Angela & I gave Valeka a hair makeover using Curlformers

f0ccd932b06f11e2914322000a1f984e_7Me unhappily under the dryer with flex-rods

e9750fd6b10711e2ac8a22000a9e2947_7This is the next day. I was over sitting under the dryer, so I left w/ the rods in and allowed my hair to air dry.

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E0F57D1B-5E02-4842-9453-21F9E487A3D7Everyone left with a bottle of Kinky-Curly‘s Knot Today & Curling Custard samples. Both were provided courtesy of Kinky-Curly, thanks to their PR rep Erica.
IMG_1260Yummy food & refreshments

Curly Cartel

Curly Cartel, a community created to encourage women to embrace their natural beauty, held its first event on March 3, 2013. The event, hosted by creators Miss Dunnie O and Ms. J Gray, was held at Confidential Beverly Hills and featured notable natural hair/beauty panelists, food and beauty vendors.

Overall, I’d say the event was a success. More than 100 women with different curl patterns, shapes, sizes and backgrounds were provided a positive space to experience, learn and grow.

Attendees were able to get answers to puzzling questions, while snacking on tasty treats and receiving complimentary mini makeovers.

Between stuffing my face with “Healthy Bites” and “Signature Sweets”, I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Dunnie O, Dr. Kari Williams (Mahogany Revolution), Chef Ameera (chefameera), Chef Vita Love (chefameera), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Actress), Tia Muhammad (Neon Pink Magazine), Rosalyn Lockhart (Fierce Phaces), Ferriss Mason (UrbnVntg) and a new curlfriend Corene.

Check out the photos below and feel free to ask questions. Oh! And I recommend you try the following…

1. Chef Ameera‘s kale salad and roasted herb & veggie quinoa

2. Strawberry Kouture‘s cheesecake covered strawberry

3. Creole Primas‘  chocolate cake pop

tumblr_mmdbpl3WAx1rjkbxdo10_1280Me & Corene (photo credit: Tia Muhammad)

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Miss Dunnie O (in pink top ) & Ms. J Gray(in white top) awarding raffle & door prizes

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IMG_1436Chef Ameera

IMG_1449Sheeq Cosmetics mini makeover station

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