Grab Your Passport! We’re Going To Europe.

Europe here we come! This summer me, my sister and cousin will travel through Europe visiting Germany, Netherlands, France and Italy. (insert happiest emoji)

Below are maps with circles highlighting places we will visit within each country. Flights are booked, passports are ready, but there is so much more to be done. My biggest challenge will definitely be packing. One suitcase for three weeks … how will I survive? I have already dreamt about packing, forgetting everything and almost missing the flight trying to pack last minute. The trip is in July, but I should start practice packing tomorrow.

Ahhh! I’m so excited. mgermany mfranceitaly_states_map

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Fill your closet with Luxury Brands, it’s practically FREE!

IMG_6677Blue Tank Top by Urban Outfitters & Black Cross Back Tank Top by Zara

Inhaling the scent, then gliding my legs and arms through the openings of new clothes or beautiful shoes became a ritual. Pumped by the register ringing as each price tag floated near the scanner that read its barcode…  yes, it was an addiction. Careless shopping became a habit that my bank account should not have funded.

I grew and learned that I would always be poor if I failed to budget. Becoming fiscally responsible has not erased my love for clothes and shoes. However, it has inspired me to explore alternative options, like FREE clothes.

In December, a friend (@socalsaver85) introduced me to Twice, an online concierge-style marketplace for quality secondhand clothing. Pricing is great, shipping is fast and easy.

Twice offers a wide selection of brands including Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Phillip Lim,  Marc Jacobs, Gap, Dolce & Gabana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lululemon, Michael Kors, and Yves Saint Laurent. 

Receive your first item totally free without entering  your credit card info, I kid you not. I was skeptical, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I have now received six tops from Twice.

  • Follow this link (https://www.liketwice.com/RIbMG) to setup up your account online, you earn a $10 credit. If choose not to sign up through the referral link above, you will not receive the $10 credit.
  • Download the Twice app, you earn an additional $10 credit for each (iPhone and iPad) device download.
  • Use the promo code BUNDLEUP15 to save 15 percent off your first purchase

Your item will be shipped to you totally free if it’s priced below $26 and  you have racked up $30 in credit. Choose an item below $16 if you receive $20 in credit.

I received all items pictured for free using Twice credit, but paid partial shipping for a few items.

IMG_7483Navy Blue Blouse by ASOS & Multicolored Tank Top by Calvin KleinIMG_7489Purple Solid Tank Top by Kensie & Black Tank Top by Talbots

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I Reached Two Milestones This Week. It’s a Celebration!!!

happybirthday2Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.

This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.

As for the hair… If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I cut my hair on August 31. I will reveal the reasons for the cut in a Youtube video on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo

Style Is Always In Fashion

Happy Friday!!!

Style Is Always In Fashion” is the title of my Pinterest style and fashion board. Have you checked it out? I will be adding new pins over the long weekend.

Let me know if you find any inspiration. xoxoStyle Is Aways In Fashion

TLC Movie Sneak Peak

CrazySexyCool ended too soon, but they’re back! The story of the “scrub” disapproving dynamic trio TLC will be relived on VH1. The movie will star Lil Mama (as Left Eye), Keke Palmer (as Chilli), Drew Sidora (as T-Boz), Rochelle Aytes (as Pebbles) and Evan Ross (as Dallas Austin).

Take a sneak peak at the past. Feeling nostalgic? I am.

Street Food Cinema Summer Fun

List five places that are date appropriate, girls night fitting, kid approved, fido friendly, foodie pleasing and entertaining all-in-one. Oh! And cost 10 bucks to enter. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Are you still thinking? I have one for you, Street Food Cinema (SFC)!

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The Street Food Cinema experience travels throughout Los Angeles this summer from May 25-August 31 providing an awesome summer fun destination that includes movies, live music and food trucks.

On June 20, Mean Girls was projected on the SFC (40 feet wide by 22 feet high) screen at Poinsettia Park and I attended.

Before the movie, guests rocked to Elle Rae while mingling and standing in vendor and food truck lines. I grabbed mini donuts from The Fry Girl truck, then firecracker wings and bomb dust fries from the Belly BombZ truck.

The mini donuts and bomb dust fries were tasty, but the firecracker wings did not evoke sparks. I waited about an hour in the Belly BombZ line, the wings were not worth it and prices were deceptively raised.

Enough about that, guests competed in a Mean Girls Look Alike/Sound Alike contest to win a 76 gas card and a gift bag of goodies, it was pretty entertaining. Two thumbs up for the Street Food Cinema experience.

Next time, I plan to take advantage of outside food and beverages being permitted. A nice glass of wine with a movie? Why not!

For more information and to view the schedule, visit Street Food Cinema. I hear that free tickets are given away to @stfoodcinema followers on Twitter and Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions. xoxo

1003470_481848308559840_1228379204_n SFC guests (photo credit: Katy Winn/Winnk)

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IMG_2869 Food Trucks as far as the eye can see (photo credit: kinkycurlsla)1001679_481848671893137_795072227_nMean Girls Look Alike/Sound Alike participants (photo credit: Katy Winn/Winnk)IMG_2864Guest grabbing Kettle Corn (photo credit: kinkycurlsla)

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My Curly-Haired Daughter Wants Straight “Yellow” Hair!

What would you do if your little curly-haired daughter, sister, niece or cousin cried desperately asking for straight “yellow” hair?

One mother, Nicole Updegraff, decided to search for a book as back up for the conversation she would have with her daughter. Unfortunately, she did not find a book with the message she wanted to impart.

From the void, I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair was born. I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair is a love letter written by Nicole to teach her 3-year-old daughter that she is absolutely perfect just the way she is. How awesome is that?

The story is ideal for children ages 3 to 8, but this twenty-something year old (me) is captivated. I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair crosses, age, gender and racial barriers and unites us all for a fun journey that promotes self-love. The narrator, Charlie, shares cool facts about her hair. She also brings her family and friends along by showing us the different beautiful hair colors and styles they wear.

Nicole said, “I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair rhymes its way into your heart,” it has crawled inside mine and buried itself.

Guess what? Aside from the love story, Nicole and her Cotton Candy Playground will be launching a kids apparel line, really SOON! Take a sneak peek at a few designs below. Great designs with even better messages.

Enter for a chance to win a copy of I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair and a “I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair” tee, for someone special. Details are posted under “giveaways” click here

Visit Cotton Candy Playground to check out the previously mention goodies and more! Follow @cottoncandyniki on twitter and @cottoncandyplayground on Instagram to connect and stay in the loop.

Feel free to ask any questions and thanks for reading. xoxo

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NU (2)Nicole Updegraff

(Mother, Wife, Friend, Writer, Illustrator & Graphic Designer)

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

992673a4dfbe11e2972d22000aa82023_7Felicia Leatherwood & I

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

IMG_2474Gift Bag Items

Stay In Your Lane! Go At Your Own Pace.

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Music playing, curls blowing, I commute through the canyons from the city to the valley. Gorgeous views line my path, it’s easy to forget that I am where I am.

The other day, I found myself driving like a go-cart hugging the curves of the road trying to catch the car in front of me. On occasion, I sail like a cruise ship inhaling the scenery and living in the moment, but I speed up when the car behind me is in a hurry.

As I trailed behind the car ahead, a light blub came on. I remembered that when driving and in life, we have to go at our own pace and stay in our lane. I said to myself, “Self.” Myself said, “Huh?” I said “Do you! Stop worrying about everything else.” 

If I rush my journey to reach those in front or please those behind, I could fall off and they would still be on the road. We have to do what is best for us… there will always be someone ahead and someone behind trying to rush us.

*Please do not use the above as an excuse to slack or be content with mediocrity. I have witnessed “When one door closes, another opens” being used after and individual woke up behind schedule for a interview, then cooked a full-out breakfast instead of making it to the interview. We have to do better.

xoxo