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 www.shoptagr.com 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 shoptagr.com 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! 

The Makeup Show Came To Dallas For The First Time And I Was There! YAY!

At long last! The Makeup Show finally came to Dallas. I had announced this on my blog last year on October 4th when I first found out. This was the first time that they came to my city, and I was glad to have been part of history by attending. There will never be another first! It was held over two days Saturday September 27th and Sunday 28th. There was something on on the Friday, but that wasn't for the public.
My Haul: The brands I bought.

The atmosphere in there was so much fun, it was light and full of creativity. Pro-Artists coming together to demonstrate, dish on what we love, and edify creatively.

There were some top names in the industry there who have many years of experience - the celebs of the makeup industry if you will, including my favorite MUA, Danessa Myricks of I Make You Beautiful. She has been such an inspiration for me

over the years. I first had the pleasure of meeting her at the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta back in 2008. I attended two of her classes. She is such an approachable person and so cool and down to earth. She is self-taught and super talented. No one can teach you talent - you either have it or you don't! You would have probably seen her work in hair magazines mostly.

Her stuff has been repeatedly copied and used for posters, party flyers, etc. especially the leopard eye shadow application. I asked her if she ever gave her permission, and she said most of the time no, and laughed. She was like, "Well, what can you do?"As long as it's in the public domain it's up for grabs. She said she didn't mind though and took it as a compliment that people thought enough of her work to covet and steal it to use for their promotions. At the end of the day, every one knows it's hers. Here is some of her work, which I am sure you have already seen: See Danessa's Work.

I saw Ve Neill on my way in, she was on her way out of the exhibit hall. I called out to her, but she didn't stop. She did acknowledge me though. LOL!

The Makeup Show is geared towards professionals and students who wish to enter the makeup industry. To get in, you have to produce credentials to support same along with your purchased admission ticket. It is not like the free-for-all that is IMATS.

At The Makeup Show, you will be able to attend makeup demonstrations and pre-paid classes of your choosing - all for your education, to improve your skill in your chosen field.

The exhibit hall had a plethora of professional brands where you were able to purchase and deliciously discounted rates, including bundle deals. So, brands that you may have wanted to try, but thought were a bit too expensive, then was your chance. I bought a few things that I needed as my budget would have allowed. I rarely go overboard with my spending.

My weekend was packed with activities, and I hardly slept, but I wasn't going to miss attending the first ever Makeup Show here in Dallas!

The immaculate Mehron counter! This is some of the best makeup for professional work that money can buy. Best of all, it is always affordable! I love this brand!

Body Art by Makeup Forever.

I met up with the beautiful Rachael Yvonne Davis, Miss Plus America New York. She lives here in Dallas though. I met her last year at a fashion show I worked at where she was one of the models.

Then I took a selfie! LOL! The shirt that I am wearing I got from a friend of mine in Canada. Her name is Nicole Callender Alexander and she is a visual artist/painter. It reads: " I love (heart) my natural highlights." I got tons of compliments on this little tee-shirt.  If you are interested in getting one of these or any other pieces from her collection, you can visit her site here, to place your order, or just to see her work. Yes, that's my natural hair's texture which I'll be talking about in another blog article.

More body art. 
                                                                                           
       One man and his blue beard at the Serenity+Scott booth.

James Vincent Of Makeup Forever being interviewed. I don't know who the interviewers are. He eventually needed that wheel chair to move around. He said that it was nothing serious though.


Orlando Santiago demonstrates how to PROPERLY use foundation, concealer and powder to contour and highlight the face. Not that crap that is being demonstrated on those youtube 'beauty' channels. People actually watch these channels and go out wearing their makeup as demonstrated by these fakeup artists, and their applications rarely ever pass the test of flash photography. Can we say raccoon, the powdered down ghost of Christmas past, or a goth Marie Antoinette that even Marie herself would cringe at her reflection?! LOL!

In closing, if you attend this show when it is in your city, you should sign up for any of the brands pro-discount programs. Online exclusives and discounts that save you money on your favorite brands are always welcomed!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video Inspiration - A Whole New World.








The lyrics in this song spoke to the way I felt today. 

Sometimes, the little things - as simple as they may seem, can mean the world, and remind you of your strength and purpose!


Lyrics:

Aladdin: I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

Aladdin: I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

Aladdin: A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

Princess Jasmine: A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here, it's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you

Aladdin: (Now I'm in a whole new world with you)

Princess Jasmine: Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feelings
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky
Princess Jasmine: A whole new world

Aladdin: (Don't you dare close your eyes)

Princess Jasmine: A hundred thousand things to see

Aladdin: (Hold your breath, it gets better)

Princess Jasmine: I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back
To where I used to be

Aladdin: A whole new world

Princess Jasmine: Every turn a surprise

Aladdin: With new horizons to pursue

Princess Jasmine: Every moment gets better

Both: I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

Aladdin: A whole new world

Princess Jasmine: A whole new world

Aladdin: That's where we'll be

Princess Jasmine: That's where we'll be

Aladdin: A thrilling place

Princess Jasmine: A wondrous place

Both: For you and me

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sooooooooo! Dallas Is Having A Carnival!!!!!!!!!!

Yes! You read the title right! And no, this is not a carnival with rides and clowns, and large fried turkey legs! It's the Caribbean-style carnival parade of the bands in the streets with costumed revelers jamming to sweet soca music.



I found this out by accident since there really was no extensive promotion via the various media in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Arguably, there is no Caribbean community here like there is in other cities in the United States, so my jaw dropped when I found out. 

I was able to attend two parties hosted by Island Divas - (Samsara J'Ouvert) and another party promoter who calls himself Bacchanal Sounds - (Trinidad And Tobago's 52nd Independence Celebration). They both had top named soca artistes who performed at both events. Tallpree from Grenada at Samsara J'Ouvert, and Shurwayne Winchester from Trinidad and Tobago at T&T's 52nd Independence Celebration.


Those two events were not related to the upcoming Dallas Carnival, but it alerted me that things are rumbling and shaking in Dallas, Caribbean style! DFW has joined the other cities like Miami, New York, Houston, Boston, and Washington DC who have Caribbean communities and a carnival parade. Yessss gawwwwd!

If you do follow me on Instagram you may have seen these instavids and/or pics that I posted from the events. If not, here they are. Instagram only allows you 15secs for a vid, so you gotta make it work! LOL!:

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Samsara J'Ouvert


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Samsara J'Ouvert

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Samsara J'Ouvert

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With Shurwayne W at T&T's 52nd Independence Celebration



Enjoying the sweet sound of soca at Trinidad And Tobago's 52nd Independence Celebration in Dallas.

I enjoyed myself at both. I am from Trinidad And Tobago and have been struggling, living in boring Dallas! LOL! So I was only super happy to attend when I found out that these events were being put on.

The Dallas Carnival costume parade - the first of its kind here, is being held on September 28th, 2014. There are going to be parties leading up to that day starting on Thursday 25th. Interested in attending and purchasing tickets? Visit their website: http://www.dfwcarnival.com/


There was a costume launch/unveiling that was held on August 31st which I found out about after the fact! Someone tagged me on Facebook in a video that was recorded at that event that showed the costumes. Here it is:


The video was recorded in low light, and the quality is not the best.

video

The images below will give you a better view......................

The black that the lady on the left has on is not part of the costume. Those were her own personal additions. Shoes are not included.


Frontline


Backline


Frontline

Backline

Frontline costumes are always more elaborate, cost more (obviously) and are at the front of their sections in the band, in case you are not aware. Yes, the costumes come with bottom pieces, they just forgot to put them on the mannequins! LOL!

Those are the costumes that are available if you are interested. Last day for registration in September 14th. You can contact Melissa:

email - tttevolution@gmail.com.
phone: 214-730-3960
Facebook: TTTEvolution

Her band is all-inclusive which means that you get a costume, park entry fee paid, food, and drinks for your money. The prices are rather reasonable in my opinion compared to the prices that are normally charged to play in an all-inclusive band. Frontline USD 120.00, backline USD 90.00.


I understand that there is the option to also make your own costume and pay a $15 park entry fee, as well as purchasing printed tee-shirts. For more information on that, please visit the Dallas Carnival website and contact the committee members.

Island Divas, not affiliated with the Dallas Carnival Committee, aim to have a Caribbean flavored event at least once monthly. You can follow them on their Facebook page Samsara J'Ouvert to keep abreast of their events.


I love Carnival and I am excited! Wait a minute, do you remember this blog article from last year February? That time I did it just for fun, but now I can do it for real! YAY!!!!


I am also planning to attend on that same weekend - The Makeup Show, I have some juggling to do, but I'll figure it out! LOL! The Bronner Brothers' Hair Show is usually on this same weekend, but it seems that this year's been postponed! Thank goodness, because I don't have the ability to be omnipresent! Hahahahah!!!



Of course, if you are interested in getting your makeup done to compliment your costume, you can contact me through my website: FlawlessAndFancy.Com



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape!

Hey Y'all! I found this on Pinterest, and I thought that I'd share it with ya'll.

This is great to information to be armed with especially if you are purchasing your sunglasses online.


Check the side bars to see how you can get up to 80% off retail from your favorite designers.

Not sure what's the shape of your face? I did a tutorial last May on how to apply blush correctly for your face shape. In the beginning of the video I explain how to figure out your face shape. Click here to learn.

I have an oval shaped face, and just like it says, I find that any frame shape works for me.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Got Müller? The Quaker Brand Greek Yogurt - Product Review

Have you ever heard of it? I know I haven't, nor have I ever even seen it before until I received in my Influenster Go Vox Box, a coupon to get $1.49 off. This product is not at all popular where I live. When I was eventually able to find it, there weren't much of them at all on the shelf compared to the other brands. 



So, what did I think of it? I am not really a fan of Greek yogurt because it is a bit too tart, but I know it is the healthier option. I decided to get the box of four to try.


As you can see, the fruit and the yogurt are separated and not mixed in together as is the custom with other brands. The fruit is real fruit because I was crunching on seeds. I've got no problem with that at all. The yogurt itself was tart as was expected, but adding the sweet fruit to it made it delightful.

This product may be tolerable for those of you who are lactose intolerant. My husband is and was able to eat this without any problems at all. 

These are great for on-the-go as long as you have an insulated carry-bag to ensure that it maintains its refrigerated temperature. 

I enjoyed it, and will purchase in the future. Yes, I do recommend it. 

Fun fact: Yogurt can also be used as a post workout recovery meal. It is high in protein and the fruit (berries) are a great source of antioxidants.