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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CURLS AND CONVERSATION #curlsandconversation

WHAT: Design Essentials Natural & Kick-off Curls & Conversation 2014 Tour @ Visions Natural Hair & Health Expo, Birmingham 

WHENMarch 29, 2014

WHERE: Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex North Exhibition Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

TIME11am - 12:30pm CST


JOIN THE CONVERSATION: #Curls&Conversations #DECurlsConvo #DesignEssentialsNatural

To learn more about the Curls & Conversation 2014 National Tour and for upcoming Tour dates, visit  To cover this event for your media outlet or blog, send RSVP to Taronda Gibbons  Interview opportunities and post-event digital photography are available upon request.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Beauty of Brown with @LupitaNyongo #Oscars #ESSENCE

Ocsar Look:
Headband designed by Fred Leighton
Hair by Larry Sims
Makeup by Nick Barose

She brings a glow of sunshine with her every where she goes.... Ms. Lupita Nyong'o.  Last week at the Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon, she graciously spoke about once not liking her skin complexion.  Her words pierced my heart because I have once been at a place of not liking what I saw in the mirror.  To hear Lupita share how she overcame that trial was also a blessing.

Lupita Nyong'o attends the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills on Feb. 27.

Here is Lupita's speech:

Lupita Nyong'o was given Essence’s Breakthrough Performance award for her work in ‘12 Years a Slave.’


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


I recently relaxed my hair. I'm totally in love with it and harbor no regrets.  My recent ah-ha hair moment was realizing the only way I "now" desired to wear my hair natural was in a fade.  I am extremely comfortable with really short hair.  After I shaved my head, I learned how to love another part of who I was: ALL OF ME!

What I know for sure...

I'm never afraid to cut my hair.
I will always have the desire to wear my fade.
My fade is my comfort zone.

Our hair is an extension of who we are. Our style. Our self love. Our outward expression of beauty is apart of what moves us to choose a particular style.  For me, it's very simple: Because I have learned to love me, I love who I am with or without the world's standard of "beautiful hair".

Follow more of my journey via Instagram

I'd love to hear your "hair story" here on the blog!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter Skin Arsenal Keeper: HERBACIN KAMILLE HAND CREAM #winter #skincare #herbacin

Herbacin Kamille + Glycerine Hand CreamAll of you is important. Proper skincare isn't just about the face. Keeping our hands and complete body at peace is necessary. I've been using Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream and wooo hooo, ya' girl hasn't had the ashy hands fight! Thank goodness.  I pay attention to skincare and that includes my hands. Yours, too. There's nothing like manicured nails and ashy cuticles and skin.  

Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream is a glycerin based cream that fights chapped skin, dryness and roughness. It's packed with natural plant extracts, silicone and vegetable glycerin. I like it because the scent isn't overpowering and it's not greasy.  My skin stays soft and moisturized even through washing them constantly throughout the day.

Find Herbacin products at your local Walgreens
3.3oz size/ $5.99

About Herbacin
Founded in the heart of Germany in 1905, Herbacin created a very distinctive brand early on that still reflects the close proximity to nature. Cultivating its own plants and herbs for decades, the entire Herbacin line goes through dermatological testing and are produced at the company’s facility in Wutha-Farnroda, Germany. The line includes: Herbal Facial Care, Herbal Hair Care, Herbal Shower Gel, Herbal Aroma Bath, Herbal Bath Sensations, Wellness Baths & Showergels, Foot Care Line, Wuta® Kamille White Line and Herbacin® Kamille Green Line.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Beaute Memories of #2013

2013 has been what I call, "The Experience".  I had good moments.  Moments I'd like to have changed.  Moments I loved.  Moments I wished were nonexistent.  With all, it was a year of growth.  As a woman, I've grown.  As a friend, I've grown. As a supporter, I've grown.  As an artist and business woman, I've grown.

This post is here for you to relive moments of "The Experience" with me.  If you were apart of any of these moments with me, I'd love to hear from you.


I had the opportunity to work with GooGoo Atkins, Tonya Nelson and Chrystal Rucker in Nashville for The Stellar Awards. 

I attended my first Harlem's Fashion Row event during Fashion Week!

Covered Back Stage Beauty for Mehron Makeup during Fashion Week!

Private tour of backstage, Hair and Makeup room of The Lion King on Broadway! 
I was too happy!!!!

2nd year in a row with the infallible Cotton Fashion 24 Hour Runway Show Team 
South Beach. DeShawn Hatcher, Director

2nd year in a row hosting the Social Circle with Taliah Waajid at the World Natural Hair Health and Beauty Show in Atlanta, GA!

I stepped out on real faith and hosted my first event which was a success! 

Working with my faceAtelier makeup family at The Makeup Show NYC!

Meeting Actress Jenifer Lewis during the National Association of Black Journalists in Orlando. I had the chance to work with Jemele Hill (ESPN) 

MY FIRST NATIONAL PUBLICATION!!!! October 2013 issue of American Salon Magazine!

November 2013 Issue of Peluquerias Hair Styles in Barcelona, Spain

December 2013 Issue of Peluquerias Hair Styles Magazine!!!

First male fashion shoot. 
Kamon Sataya, Designer
Logan Thomas, Photographer
SCAD Savannah

The final moment I want to share is the celebratory moment of my website going live.  For the past few years, I've been blessed to get a lot of jobs based on referrals.  Transparent moment: IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK! I was referred to an agency and I wasn't selected.  After hard core honest tear talk with a friend and fellow artist, she believed it was because I didn't have a website. I had been using my blog to advertise my work.  It works, but only for a season.  On a Saturday I made a decision that I didn't this issue to continue being an issue.  The following Monday, my site was complete. Kickbutt lessons get results! I'm thankful for "my boo" who didn't hold back on the truth. YOU ROCK! *wink*

My baby was born...

I'm excited about 2014! There are great rewards in store for preparation and I believe I'm ready! I can't wait to share what happens next!