Aug 30, 2014

Mark Your Calendars- Events, events and more events for YOU

There is so much coming up that I couldn't fit it all in my IG feed! I figured it was probably best to just lay it all out right here in one spot for you to see.

You better mark your calendars starting with this event tomorrow hosted by my peeps at BKLYN Combine

**Adults Only**








Then we have a special treat happening on Sunday, September 7th in Dumbo, Brooklyn called the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party.                     

There is a live performance by Jazmine Sullivan, Tiffany McFierce and Olivia Dope will be DJing and a live street style fashion show (with reall folks picked from the crowd) hosted by Essence.com fashion editor, Celia Smith and co-hosted Vanessa Simmons of the new Lifetime fashion competition show, Threads

There's even face painting for the kids and food trucks to fill your belly. Needless to say, I think it will be tons of fun! Hope to see you there. You can get more information  and let us know you are coming at Essence.com/streetstyle


 


Then a few days after that on September 10th ESSENCE  is back at it with a pop-up salon event with Motions, Ursula Stephen and their Beauty & Style Director, Pamela Edwards-Christiani at Salon SCK. Check the details and be sure to RSVP!



Enjoy and let me know if you are coming to any of these events. I will be at them all!!!


Aug 4, 2014

Adventures of Pedicure Girl: A kid-friendly at home pedicure

My daughter loves a good manicure/pedicure, you may even remember I did a manicure party for her 6th birthday. In particular, she loves to take time out to get her nails and toes done with me-its a good mommy and me moment for us. The folks at Julep reached out recently and asked me to share my own summer pedicure story so it really made since to focus on Pedicure Girl and her next adventure.

When she goes she likes picking her own colors (she usually goes with a rainbow or a different color for each toe). Her favorite part is the warm towel oh and the massage gives her the tickles. Recently however we've been doing the summer vacation trips back to back so their hasn't been a lot of time to go back and forth to the salon so we've taken to perfecting a quick kiddie DIY at-home pedicure that has a few key elements to make sure those toes stay picture perfect. Below you will see our step by step pictorial that is easy to follow and replicate. Enjoy!


1. Before shot: This is a left-over pedicure from our recent trip to Puerto Rico. These itty bitties need help!

2. Our Tool Kit: I keep all these items in one place and tell baby girl never to touch them unless I'm around. Obviously this is a fun activity but its not something she can do alone.
  • Nail polish remover from Cutex as well as their touch up pen (the pen is perfect for fixing that extra polish that runs off trying to cover those tiny nail beds
  • Sally Hensen Nail Hardener
  • Inglot Dry and Shine Nail Enamel Drops- quick dry is essential on tiny toes. They never sit long enough to dry properly so you will need something to speed up the process. I like these drops.
  • And of course your nail polish
3. The most important step I would say is to clip the toe nails and file them so they have a good shape to prevent ingrown toe nails and promote proper growth. I still use my baby nail clipper from my hospital care kit because it handles their small nail beds gently. 

4. To the right is my CND cuticle oil which I apply to the cuticle followed by lightly pushing them back with tool to the left in the picture.

5. After all this I wash the toes off with a warm towel, apply a moisturizer and massage mostly to make her happy. We then apply a base coat to protect her natural nail from the nail color.

6. Our color of choice for our upcoming St. Lucia trip with be Tart Deco from Essie. Its bright, looks good on our brown skin and is perfect for the beach. I'm going to put it on my toes too.

7. Ten perfect toes all done. Now if I can just get her to sit still for 15 minutes so they can dry!!

Well that's it for Pedicure Girl latest adventure. We are soon headed to blue waters and bright sunshine, yay! We can't wait to dip our toes in some of Julep's new colors for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more toe talk.








Jul 28, 2014

My Hair Journey: The Road to a Better Curl

About a year and a half ago I decided I wanted to reclaim my curls. My hair was getting noticeably thin when I would wear a straight style and limp for my curly style. I attributed this mostly to the years of blowouts and curling irons I had subjected myself to. The picture on the left was a very sad wash-n-go from over a year ago. I even tried to finger-curl individual strands but clearly that didn't really go so well.

I had always had thick curly hair but the drastic change for me was a wake up call that I needed to take better care of my hair.

My first step was to ban heat from my hair or for lack of a better term, make a commitment. I made a promise to only do curly hair for at least a year. The goal was to 1) Train my curls to actually curl 2) Return the thickness & shine to my hair. Below, you will see my almost two year hair journey in pictures. Its been a long road of trial and error but my curls are finally poppin!



1. Fall 2012 -The beginning...I still had perm left on the ends of my hair so what you see here was more of wave then an actual curl. The front was a challenge so I would pin it up with bobby pins. At this point I was using Shea Moisture curl products exclusively.

2. More of a curl with length. The wavy curls are still weighed down with dead ends. I had highlights put in and was nervous because I'd never done anything like that before. #hairprude

3-5. Team No Shape but I'm holding on to length for some reason. Some days are curlier then others. At this point I've transitioned into using Miracle 10 Leave In and then L'Oreal Ever Curl for my daily cream. It worked nicely on my longer hair. I was in denial about cutting my hair.

6. About two weeks after I finally went to Hair Rules Salon in NY (May 2014) and Yesenia blessed me with the cut that woke my curls from the eternal slumber they'd been in. At the time, I was so upset about how 'short' it looked straight that I didn't even focus on what it would look like curly. Then I washed it and voila'!

7. July 2014 - Curl Fever!!! everyone is asking me what I'm doing to my hair and what I'm using. I think I've found the lightest product on the market and its called Earth's Nectar Coconut Curl Cream and I use it with Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Hair Oil. The results are well, fabulous!

8. July 2014 -This is just a gratuitous curly shot of my mini-me and Me giving curl love.





Jun 13, 2014

Boy Do I Have Something for You!


Remember my limited time beauty box  with Cocotique? Well you can still order the box from by clicking here Cocotique.com. Also, get 10% off by using Code: CBM10.

Enjoy and don't say I never gave you anything!!! Smooches.





Badger Foot Balm 

Curls Defining Movement Curl Release Serum  

Natural Style By Fubu 
Curl Defining Gel
Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash
Curl Elongator
Men’s 3-in-1 Wash

Harvey Prince Hello Fragrance 


Naked Bar Pit Cream Natural Deodorant

Remember use promo code: CBM10



Jun 9, 2014

My son sure knows how...

to pull at my heart strings. Two weekends ago we had our annual school Gala and I couldn't go! You see the Gala was on the same night of my dear friend's bridal shower.

When I got to school that Monday a couple of people came up to me and shared that I got a shout out in the video.  Really??? I knew I had to see it.  Fast forward to today when another mother mentioned this infamous video to me and subsequently sent me the link.

Can I just tell you this video GIVES ME LIFE! The kids are answering the question 'What Makes You Happy' and of course its to the tune of...HAPPY by Pharrell. You have to watch it- my son appears at about the 3:10 mark. Man I love that kid.




Brooklyn Chef Battle: Get the Deets

Looking for a family event that everyone will enjoy? Well mark your calendars for June 28th for the Brooklyn Chef Battle.

THREE TEAMS


BATTLE WITH SECRET INGREDIENTS


TO CREATE MAGNIFICENT DISHES JUDGED BY YOU!

This Iron Chef Style Battle will consist of three teams. The aspiring cooks/chefs will have the chance to show off their talent by preparing three unique dishes for the audience to decide the winning team. Each team will be made up of one youth and one adult, this intergenerational aspect makes for a great opportunity for each team to share secrets from their ideas of old school and new school cooking.

Click here to buy your ticket and for more information: 














FEATURING

LIVE CHEF BATTLE

TASTING TICKET INCLUDES 9 COURSE TASTING PLATE

SHOPPING WITH LOCAL VENDORS

ACTIVITIES/GIVEAWAYS/RAFFLES

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

FITNESS & WELLNESS WORKSHOPS

FAMILY CENTER – FILLED WITH CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES INCLUDING “BABY CHEF BATTLES”

MUSIC

AND MORE







May 19, 2014

Embassy Suites: The Great Debate


Lord knows I must be a family travel expert by now- I’ve experienced first hand, written about, and had my friends write about life in the #HaveKidsWillTravel lane--yep I'd say I've had it every way. The family travel season is heating up  so befittingly I attended a panel discussion at Dylan’s Candy Bar with Embassy Suites, Brooke Burke- Charvet and a few of her friends to discuss ‘The Pretty Great Travel Debate’. 


The discussion led by Brooke, her daughter Rain and her son Shaya  (who were super cute and impressive on the mic) were talking to the audience about solutions for family travel. If you are a mom and planning a vacation the below Embassy Suites details are good-to-knows as you prepare:
  1. Am I the only one that didn’t know that Embassy Suites  is all two-room suites? This way the kids can be in one room and parents in the other. Everyone can watch their own shows and I don’t have to worry about the baby kicking me in my face all night. I was so excited about it that I went online to find a room for my trip to Annapolis in June but they were all sold out (insert sad face).
  2. The have free snacks for the kids and cocktails for the parent.
  3. There is free made-to-order breakfast. This is great for my kids because they like warm food and so do I.
  4. Each night there is a family reception- time for everyone to reconnect and wind down
The discussion which by the way I had to struggle to focus because I ate four Jolly Ranchers (THANK YOU DYLAN'S CANDY BAR!) before the conversation even started. That was my fault for having no self control but damn if it wasn't on the table calling my name.
The parent/kid panel 'debated' bedtimes on vacation, shared vs. separate rooms and social media (when is the right time to get a phone). Long story short, I don't currently have a Hilton HHonors (Embassy Suites loyalty program) but I'm signing up for one next week to add to my savings programs for my family.