Monday, September 22, 2014

Poppy & Plaid - Fashion Hair and Lifestyle

A couple of weeks ago I went shopping for something to wear to my friend Maggie's wedding
After much searching I bought a poppy colored plaid blouse at Macy's
There was also a very pretty (matching) solid pleated maxi skirt but I decided not to buy the skirt
 Instead I decided to pattern mix the blouse with a pair of pants which I already had in my closet.

Over time I’ve become much more confident with wearing loud patterns, and figured out a few tricks
to make my pattern mixing look intentional, rather than loud

 Patterns become cohesive when you have one common color. Even if your patterns have several other colors that don't match up at all, it doesn't matter. That one common color will hold your outfit together and make your pattern combination look intentional. 

(Of course this is NOT the outfit I wore to the wedding) 

Pants by Halogen available from Nordstrom (last year)

Vince Camuto Plaid Drape Front Shirttail Blouse  (poppy) from Macy's (new)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tale of Two Parties - fashion, hair and lifestyle

I decided to start sharing some photos from my fashion and lifestyle blog (changing direction) on this blog

Here's a recent post

Saturday birthday celebration for our friend Keith joined by friends from New York

white capri pants by Eileen Fisher
black & white striped sheer blouse by Vince Camuto

The party goers (Keith the birthday boy is next to me)

But the real stars were the fabulous wines we tasted from the prestigious wine boutique,  Alpha Omega Winery in Napa Valley.

Our wine tasting flight included wines from the Proprietary Red collection. So good!

For any of you not near the wine growing regions a Wine Tasting flight is a term used by wine tasters to describe a selection of wines, usually between three and eight glasses, but sometimes as many as fifty, presented for the purpose of sampling and comparison.

But that wasn't it

Sunday was a new day. And a new party!!
This time a BBQ picnic with way too much food! And another hot but beautiful day in the Bay!

Here I took a break from eating to pose on what seems to be my favorite  posing wall.


blue & white plaid bermuda shorts by Ralph Lauren
blue denim pleated shirt by The Gap
white leather laceless shoe by Steve Madden

earrings by Brighton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Locs on the Bay

Lbaor Day sailing on the San Francisco Bay.

I think it's time for a hair cut

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Sisterlocks Story comes to San Diego Insider

A San Diego TV News Magazine covers the Sisterlocks Story. Highlights Focus on originator, Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, and how Sisterlocks is impacting the personal, economic, legal and cultural aspects of African American women's lives.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

13 years of natural hair - Happy Birthday photos

Happy Birthday to my Sisterlocks  
13 years old today

I LOVED every minute of the journey!!
(Leave it alone and it will grow!)

Sisterlocks - the 1st day  (3 - 4 inchs of hair)
after 6 months
Sisterlocks 6 months  - 2001
from the back

Sisterlocks 13 yrs - 2013

Happy Birthday to my Sisterlocks!

from the back
My hair through the years

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hair weave woes in the black community

I've never worn a weave or extensions but I know they are big business.  What I discovered is that black suppliers are being kept out of the business of purchasing black hair although black women ore the largest purchasers of hair weaves. 

Here are a couple of articles I found on the subject.

After noticing that women who came to the salon for weaves were being steered to Korean-owned beauty supply shops to purchase hair, Tyrone Barge sought to remove the middleman and access the product directly.
Barge made contact with a Korean distributor of a popular line of hair, only to be told that they don’t sell to Black people wholesale.
“He told me it would be bad for business if they sold the hair to Black people wholesale because we are their biggest consumers. His insult gave me the motivation to develop my own hair product,” Barge recalled.
According to a documentary titled, “The Korean Takeover of the Black Hair Industry” by Aron Renen, African-American women account for 70 percent of weave hair purchases — which equates to an estimated $15 billion per year. Click for the rest of the story.

Are Koreans Intentionally Keeping Blacks Out of the Hair Weave Industry?

Hair weave is one of the most profitable businesses in the world. According to Devin Robinson, owner of Atlanta’s Beauty Supply Institute, approximately 9,800 beauty supply business existed nationwide; but only a little more than 300 were black-owned. Robinson attributes the lack of African-American business owners in the industry to the cost mark-ups enforced by Koreans.

The Koreans strategically make it harder for us to get into the business. They have the supplies the customers want,” Robinson said. “They sell it to us at higher prices or they deliver the products late to the black-owned stores. Sometimes they don’t allow orders from us at all.”

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