Friday, April 10, 2015

Mens' Fashion Week Dallas 2015

Hey Y'all! In an October post last year, I mentioned that I was anticipating the coming of Mens' Fashion Week here in Dallas. It was a new fashion show concept that I had embraced fully, and was eager to attend the shows.

My schedule only allowed me to attend two nights, the Thursday and the Saturday. The event ran from March 23-28, and showcased the designing talent of local designers. At this point, I just want to to go record to say that show organizers need to stop listing tickets as VIP, but instead, FRONT ROW SEATING, because there is no VIP treatment served!

So with that said, let me tell you about the Thursday event. The venue was abruptly changed, but that in no way stopped the proceedings. One designer showed his collection, and he is my dear friend Nicholas Moore of the design house Nic Moore. If you have been following my articles from way back, you would have known that I have done writings and videos on his collections before. 

His collection shown at Mens' Fashion Week Dallas: - Neo Man. The concept: men's fashion can be out of the box, and yet comfortable and fun. Each piece is handmade, and is one of a kind. Nic told me that he created these 14 pieces especially for this show.

Produced by the Artistic Director of the NIC MOORE fashion house - Courtney Guy, the show opened with a dance piece that in my interpretation, depicted the birth of the new idea, the new look, the new man, who walks out into the world, dressed to his liking in his one of a kind piece, with confidence and without  fear of prejeudice. This show left me with this realization:- If you serve confidence others will have no choice but to be served! Take a look for yourself:

Katy Simms, blogger at FashionRiotDallas and me at Thursday's show.

Enter Saturday: Upon arrival, I was introduced to chef Derek McKeller of Truck MCK by Mahiritakai. He provided the sweet treats for the evening. He made me a signature non-alcoholic drink using cucumber water, melon juice and orange syrup, and garnished/decorated with mint leaves! It was delish! Everyone who had it agreed that it was yumm!! The sweet bites were handcrafted cookies made out of oatmeal, and chocolate and a combo of those two flavors. If you are needing catering done for your event, I invite you to check him out. He's accessible on Facebook.

Chef Derek McKeller serving guests at Saturday's edition of Mens' Fashion Week Dallas. Inset: Signature drink created for this event.

Hey Mr. DJ! 
I was sort of confused about the multiple inaudible annoucements being made about the event while it was in progress and there were quite a few cancellations by performers and designers, and/or new additions to the orginal published line up. There were no programs provided, or other media which made the names of design houses or performers available. The Dj did announce them, but who heard or even remembers?! LOL!  Therefore, I am not sure whose collection is which, however, I still have pictures and video to show you, so you can enjoy Dallas' talent. Some of the designers I have seen before, so that way I was able to retain who they were and their names.

I met this young man who was manning the admission area. He is a 16 year old designer and owner of his own fashion house called Lunar Fashion Design Studio. Bubbly, polite, full of life, and has an eye for style, he reminds me of myself. At the end of the show, he addressed the audience as he introduced himself, and he spoke very confidently. I was impressed with him, and I know that fashion's future will be in safe hands.

Jawan Douglas (aka Ichigawa Tomoko)
Several seats taken, even on top of the merchandise and yet still, nobody paying attention to these. Hmmmm, I wonder why?

Konjo International. Designer (left image). He has showed his collections before at fashion events in New York during the New York Fashion week.

Blokes And Divas: Designer Teddy Legbedion in bottom right image wearing black with yellow details.

#Haute! #Sexy! #Thoseabstho! #Yessirs

The men of MFWD, featuring Ken Echols (in pink trousers) who was voted the Face of MFWD 2015. Well deserved! Ken is a seasoned model, and has always maintained his impeccable standard!

I am looking forward to MFWD 2016. My expectations are that it will be a staple on the Dallas fashion scene, and only get bigger and better. It will be THE annual Spring event to attend. Kudos Mahiritakai Allen!

See my Instagram for more images and instavids, including a sexy video by one of the haute models, and to see what I wore! *wink*

As usual, the comment section is open for discussions (NOT SPAM). Feel free to share your thoughts. I love hearing from you.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Before You Shop, You Should.....Shoptagr!

It's December, and we are in the heights of the shopping season. Everyone is getting in on the sales, whether it be for gift giving, attending a special event, or just because. If you shop online, you know that there is always some 'deal of the day'! But, what if I tell you you can get more than just 'the deal of the day'?! With Shoptagr, you'll always get first dibs on an item when it goes on sale! You've seen it online, loved it, but didn't love the price! Now, I know that there are sites that have their own alerting mechanisms for when an item, that you indicated that you liked, goes on sale, but you would have to be subscribed to the site's newsletters to receive that information. 

Enter Shoptagr: Here's how it works.

Shoptagr is an extension for your browser bar, that alerts you when an item that you saw online and 'tagged' goes on sale. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Visit and follow the extremely simple and quick sign-up, and installation instructions. Signing-up, and browser extension installation takes not more than 30 seconds.

2. You are now ready to use Shoptagr.

3. When you visit a site that Shoptagr supports, you will see the extension (icon) turn from black to green,
indicating that you are welcome to tag any item you are interested in, to receive notification when there is a price discount. Click on the item you like, then click on the shoptagr icon extension on your browser bar. Enter your information. Easy as that. When the item goes on sale, you will be notified with the quickness!

4. You can visit to see record of all your tags and other information that you may want to update or input.

5. After you've signed up, please be a good friend; do your good deed of the day by sharing this with your friends who love to shop, and get rewarded at the same time!

Love what you read? Interested and ready to get started on your savings? Then visit Shoptagr now! Click here. You can thank me later! LOL!

I have already enjoyed discounts using this extension. I love it because I love to save money whenever I can! Happy shopping!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fashion Week Dallas Fashion Preview

I attended the preview to Dallas' Fashion Week. I was glad to see the organizer Mahiritakai Allen back in Dallas producing fashion events again. It was in 2012 he successfully produced Dallas Fashion Week, and then he disappeared until now.

Mahiritakai Allen - the man behind the production -
addresses the crowd with the big reveal of  a Dallas
Fashion Week focusing on men's wear.
I had the opportunity to speak with him after the show and I was enlightened to some of the inner workings that kept him out of the loop for a while. Needless to say, when God has given you the talent, the guidance and instruction to go forth, there ain't one being that can derail you, maybe for a short while, but never forever! Never!

This was a preview of the grand scheme of things to come in March 2015! A fresh, new concept by Mahiritakai to produce a fashion week focusing on men's wear! Isn't that just awesome!? I think that the concept is immaculate! Too often I/we go to fashion shows to see collection, after collection, after collection filled with designs for women. There are many designers right here in Dallas whose collections are specifically for men, but are little known, not to mention male models. This is going to be something new and refreshing to see, and I can't wait. Sorry to say, but the productions that get put on year after year, have become redundant. Men are fashionable too!!

It began with a food tasting, then a 'street chic' style fashion presentation. The pièce de résistance - the Men's Wear Showcase, was left for last! I came in time for that presentation. Patrons were given mini menus of the dishes prepared, and were asked to circle which ones they liked, so that the organizers would know which dishes would be on the menu list for next year's Men's Fashion Week in Dallas.

I've added as many pictures as I was able to take, as you will see as you scroll. They are items you can look at and envision the man or a man in your life adding these to his wardrobe. From the everyday, casual street chic, to the well dressed man who pays attention to detail. There was something for every type of fashion personality. There were a few pieces shown for women, but the focus was on menswear. 

If you attended the Dallas Fashion Week Preview, and you have images from the event, don't forget to add them to the cyberspace image pool by using #fwd and #mensfashionweekdallas. 

I am sorry that I do not have all of the names of the designers to label the images accordingly, and I also want to apologize for the quality of some of the images. The subjects were moving, and well, my device has limited capabilities! LOL!

There were more collections shown that were listed on the program sheet. This was only a teaser, I expect that more designs will be added to the line up come next year.

Wedding dress designs. Designer name unknown.

Designer name unknown. He is the gentleman in the white shirt. I found the designs from this collection to be very unique, and certainly on trend. It was well received by the audience. The collection is playful, trendy and in my favorite color - blue! LOL!

Classic mens' suits - business and formal. Designer name unknown.

Silk Threads offered some Asian inspired formal and traditional wear, which were well tailored and had clean silhouettes. 

Formal pieces in green from Silk Threads. These gowns are flowy and very elegant. In my opinion, I would not have styled the dress on the right with black pumps, but rather with gold or nude ones instead. The black pumps did nothing for this dress. Thus debunking the old adage that black shoes go with everything!

Grunge street style by Speechless Vulgarity modeled by Ken Echols. Seating upclose, allows you to properly scrutinize. I was not impressed with the quality of the fabrics used nor the construction of these garments. The seams were unfinished, and in two of the pieces the seams were coming apart in the garments, in the rear and shoulder areas! I feel that garment constructors need to take pride in finishing their work, and not use 'street' or 'grunge' as an excuse for laziness. I hope that that the garments for next year's show will be better made.

Men's dapper casuals from Edo Popken.

The gathered crowd patiently awaiting the start of the show.

Brown-Lane Studios setting pano.
Designers and models oblige an appreciative crowd after the fashion presentation.

I enjoyed being part of the audience. I must add, that this event started on time, and there were no delays. It was well put together and from the 'front-of-the house', everything went smoothly. I am eagerly anticipating the big show next year Spring. For event dates and more surrounding Dallas Fashion Week's Men's Wear Showcase, you can visit:

What we wore: Our outfits of the night.

Flanked by my equally fluent in fashion friends Nicholas of NIC Moore, and Melissa of TTTEvolution. LOL! We all carried clutches, but we didn't plan it!

Blazer Jacket: Insight New York.
Pants: Just Fab
Shoes: Dollhouse
Cropped Top: Forever 21

I always loved geles/ichafus. My mother used to wear them. I only recently learned how to tie one myself, and let me tell you it does take practice! LOL! But when you get the hang of it, you can style it anyway you like.

Accessories close up: Clutch, Ring and Earrings - Just Fab.
Watch: Jeaneret

Friday, October 17, 2014

♥Back To My Natural Curls♥

Full on fro! LOL!

Hey Y'all. It's been years, but I am back to my natural curls.

In the middle of last year I started feeling like I wanted to color my hair again. However, my hair doesn't do well with double processing. It can only take one chemical process at a time. So to be able to color my hair permanently, I had to grow out my natural hair.

I didn't do a big chop, I just cut if off gradually - which is what people refer to as transitioning. Since September last year I have been wearing protective styles, which included crotchet braids and rope/Senegalese twists with Marley hair. Before I knew it months went by, and my natural texture had grown out so much, I just decided to continue.

This hair typing thing I am also on the fence about, because I am not really sure what that is anymore. I've got naturally straight hair, curly hair and kinky hair on my head now. So I dunno! LOL!

My hair is fine and thrives well when it is left alone. People who watch my You Tube videos now and then ask me if I still take hair vitamins, and yes, I do. They also ask me if they made my hair grow faster, and no, they didn't. My hair grows on average ½ to ¾ inches per month, but what the vitamins help do is make my hair strong from the inside out, so it doesn't break and shedding is minimum, so therefore, if my hair stays on my head instead of breaking off as it grows, then it appears to be growing faster. - Catch the drift?

I don't believe that there is any thing that can make hair grow faster than it usually grows, but there are things that can make your hair healthy and strong - like the Maxi Hair Supplements that I use. These also make my skin and nails look and stay healthy. I used to get a toe fungus in my big and index toes, every now and again, and that would be from my toe nails edging up in my sneakers when I'm exercising, but since I have been using the Maxi Hair, that has not happened. I wear a thin layer of acrylic on my fingernails, and when I get it removed, my nails are firm still.

Sometimes, I get little white heads on my face and I would pop them. Before, doing that would leave a superficial mark, but now, that doesn't happen since using the Maxi Hair, Skin and Nails supplement. I must add in that my doctor has cleared these for regular use.

Back in the early 2000's I wore my hair natural and always brightly colored. By 2005, I had gotten bored with it, and went back to relaxing it and colored it jet black. So, I guess it's high time for some color! LOL! 

Unlike some, I did not go natural to make a political statement. I just feel like wearing my own curls, with color. So don't look for me joining any Team Natural or any of that kind of foolishness that only serves more to divide people than to unite.

About my regimen, nothing has changed save for the relaxer and apple cider vinegar treatments - those are gone. I still use the same products that I did when I was relaxed. They work just fine. I am not a product junkie, so I wait until my current stock is depleted before I go out to buy anything new. I do like trying new products though. At the beginning of July, I got a birthday coupon from Sally's for $10 off a $20 purchase and they were at the time having a B2G1 sale on some of the brands they carry for naturally textured/kinky, curly, and coily hair care. This is what I ended up with: Instagram photo.

I had my hair colored professionally. No, I don't know the color because it didn't come out of a box. I asked the colorist to lift it from a 2 (my natural color) to a level 6 or 7, and to do it like an ombré or gradient. I wasn't ready yet to color from root to tip.

During my healthy hair care journey that I started back in 2011, I learned that my hair loves protein. It's just as well because since it is now colored, it will need proteins to keep it on track. These are the products that I am currently using : Shampoos, Conditioners, Stylers.

I don't use them all at once (just incase you were wondering). They all have a specific time when they will be used. I keep a calendar from week to week so, I can remember what I used the week before. I still do pre-poos (pre-shampoo treatments) the night before shampoo day. I make my own mixture using essential oils and natural oils. I just air-dry when I'm done with my hair sectioned off in twists.

As a curl refresher, I use water with some of this product in the picture below added to it. I found this early in my hair journey, and used it off and on. It contains silk proteins and amino acids which my hair lovesssssss! It leaves it feeling soft, and well, you see how the curls look. Sometimes, I can just use this and coconut oil and go about my business if my hair already has product in it. No need to add more product, the water just re-activates what is already there, if you know what I mean.
You can find this at Sally's or other beauty supply stores. They usually go for about $1.19 a piece and Sally's.
I went to dinner on my birthday. To get my hair with defined ringlets, I just used the curl refresher mixture I made with the Smooth 'N' Shine and water, added coconut oil, and brushed through my wet hair with my Denman brush. This was the result after it air-dried.

Things like shampoos and conditioners will always be subject to change, but I will always make sure to have a no-sulfate one for weekly use, and a chelating and clarifying one for alternate monthly use.

When I use the sauna at the gym, I spray my curl refresher concoction or any liquid leave-in moisturizer into my hair because that dry heat can make it feel very dry.

Managing my hair is very easy. I don't have problems with dryness, flaky scalp, knots, and tangles, and my hair or the most part is pretty easy to style. My Denman brush is my new found friend. LOL! I've had it or such a long time, and didn't really use it much. I find that the Denman is better for curls rather than straight hair. This particular one detangles and defines curls in one go. I still use my bonnets when I'm going to sleep, or a scarf if I'm doing the pineapple method to maintain my curl definition. If you are not familiar with the pineapple method - it's simply pulling all your hair to the top of your head, as far forward that you can get it, then tying your scarf around, leaving the curly top open (think of the way a pineapple looks). This helps to keep your curls from getting smushed, and it also helps with volume.

The Denman curl defining and detangling hair brush that I use. I got mine at Sally's. Note: Denman is the brand, there are other brands that have brushes like these.

I don't really like the way twist-outs and braid-outs look in my hair. My technique is not good, so I leave those alone. Maybe when my hair gets longer, I'll try it. A bit of gel and that Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Shea Moisture is all I really need for curl and wave definition and sheen that lasts all day long, even through sweaty workouts at the gym.

Yeas, dealing with my curls has been no hassle so far, and I can only imagine that it would get better since I know how to care for my hair relaxed or natural.

Summertime at the pool. I use a sun spray for hair from the Ion Purifying Solutions collection. It provides protection for the hair from sun saltwater and chlorine. I have been using this for years now, and you will find it at Sally's. It's their brand.

I do a lot of finger combing. Your fingers are great tools to use when manipulating your hair. You don't always need a comb or brush.

In this picture you are able to see my hair color best. I styled my hair in a fro-hawk and just tied a silk scarf into a headband. My go-to styling products are Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and IC Fantasia's Sparkle Lites No Alcohol Gel.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dallas' First Carnival! It Was E P I C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told you that there was going to be a carnival parade in Dallas for the first time ever! It was SUPERBLY EPIC!!!!!

I played with TTTEvolution and we had a blast, to say the least! We made history! There were two bands, and we were the only costumed one. It started about 3 hours late, but all that is part of what we call 'good bacchanal'! LOL! 

Check out the video below for highlights from our band TTTEvolution on the road.

I was told that the Dallas carnival organizing committee would keep this event annually on the last Sunday of September. So, in case you missed it this time around, then keep up with us at TTTEvolution. Visit our facebook page for more images, and to stay abreast for our band launches for carnival. 

Leading up to the event, starting the Thursday night, there was a party every night till the actual day of the parade. 

Next year it is going to be bigger and better for sure!

TTTEvolution's official website will be launched soon. So stay tuned for that. To my West Indian people in the DFW Metroplex, and nearby states, (matter of fact, all are welcomed from where ever you are on planet Earth) I hope to see you in our band for 2015!