Greg Lauren Spring 2016 Menswear Collection

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These are just a few of the collection looks.

These are just a few of the collection looks.

So far of all the collections I’ve seen from men’s fashion week, I must say that the Greg Lauren collection is my favorite! I feel like the collection foreshadows what Kanye West’s style will evolve into in the next few months. Especially looking back at the FourFiveSeconds video where he introduced us to the oil stained, soiled, unkempt denim look.

But, I really love this collection because it says I’m chic yet rough around the edges. The looks are very versatile as well. It caters to a younger audience but at the same time I could see a male in his mid 40’s rocking a look from this collection. That’s what really makes it dope. You can take something from this collection and make it your own and that’s what fashion is all about.

My favorite piece has to be the knee length denim shirt. I could literally picture my dream guy in that ensemble. What are your thoughts on this collection? Leave your insight below. Also, don’t forget to follow my Instagram account for frequent updates on things that are trending. Stay fly folks! XO

6 Easy Tips to Growing Long and Healthy Hair

My hair inspiration. Kelis.

My hair inspiration, Kelis.

I get tons of questions flooding my direct messages on Instagram about my hair and how to retain length. So I thought I’d create a blog post about it to answer all of your questions. First let’s start off with a little background about my hair. I was relaxed for most of my life until I was about 18. I had no plans of going natural until my sister sat me down and convinced me that it was the solution to healthier hair. I must say it is the best decision I’ve made for my spectacular mane thus far. My hair is the longest it’s ever been, and I am completely in love with it. Disclaimer: I am no expert. This is just helpful tips I feel has worked for my hair over the past four years and I am sharing them in the hopes that they will be of use to you. Feel free to correct me or chime in where you see fit. The PRD community is one in which we guide each other.

Natural Hair

The first step for me in having healthier hair has to be the obvious which is going natural. Leaving your hair in it’s natural state is the best for it’s growth. Hair manipulation is the leading cause of death in the hair world *cues laughter*. No, but seriously trying to get your hair to do things it was not naturally made to do can be very damaging to your hair. I’m not saying that you can not be versatile because that would be a lie. Natural African American hair is very versatile and can do multiple things. I’m just saying be mindful in the techniques you use to change the texture or state of your hair. This applies to all hair types as well.

Less Manipulation

This takes me into my next point, HEAT IS THE DEVIL and I prefer to stay out of the kitchen. Think about it like this, you don’t like to be lied to and neither does your hair. I rarely use any form of heat to my hair unless I absolutely have to. This has been one of the main reasons it has been able to thrive. Heat can be very damaging to the health of your hair. Try not to use heat that often and I am telling you you will see a difference in the state of your hair. If you will be using heat often make sure you are doing your research on how to properly care for it prior to and after heat usage.

Organic Products

When I am looking for new products to use on my hair, I try to go for organic products that do not have a ton of chemicals in them. For instance, a lot of hair products have alcohol in them that can be very drying to your hair and moisture is essential in strengthening your tresses. We want to clean our hair without stripping it of all of it’s natural glory. You want to add to it, not take away from it. I also buy products that aim toward dry or damaged hair. Even though my hair is not damaged, it could use the extra kick those products provide.

Moisture

The next step in healthier hair is definitely moisture, especially for us kinky curly girls. Being that our hair is curly it is harder for our natural oils to penetrate the shaft of our hair and make its way all the way down the follicle. So we have to do a little more to keep it moisturized. I wash my hair every other week. In this process I make sure I set aside the extra time to deep condition for about 20 to even 30 minutes. Also throughout the week I make sure I am reapplying oil and conditioners where I see fit. We have to be very protective of our ends because it is the oldest part of our hair. Keeping it moisturized will make it harder for it to break off.

Trimming

Us girls always have a hard time letting go of unwanted ends. This is something I struggle with because I love length. But this is what holds our hair back from fully thriving. I try to trim about every six months but sometimes it doesn’t always turn out that way. Or again, trim when I see that my ends need a little love. Having strong and healthy ends is the key to having longer hair. When your ends are bad it causes unwanted shedding and breakage that is completely avoidable.

Be Gentle

Last but not least, be gentle with your hair. Sometimes our hair can be completely unmanageable and just plain frustrating, but don’t let that get the best of you. Be kind to your hair, love every stage of growth, and most importantly be patient with it. Focus on everything it is, and leave behind what it’s not.

Of course I have so many more tips for healthier hair. But this post would be insanely lengthy if I continued. So I just listed the most important ones. But the main things to remember when it comes to hair is to make sure you’re educating yourself and learning your hair. It’s all about trial and error and finding what works best for you. Everyone’s hair is different. Look to hair blogs and join different hair communities for a little inspiration and insight to keep you going during your hair journey. Don’t ever get discouraged. Great hair takes time. In the process of all of this, make sure you’re loving your hair for what it is and not comparing it to anyone else’s. Everything God touches is beautiful. It’s just up to us to see the beauty in it.

HAPPY HAIR JOURNEY!

Perfecting Your Strut

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Walking into June I feel refreshed, hydrated, and unstoppable. All of the stress of the colder months are gone. Classes are over and I can finally be free. But most importantly, I have the opportunity to bring to life all the amazing outfits I’ve been dreaming about all winter. But how can we walk into this lovely warm weather in a bad shoe? Or even worst, in a great shoe but a bad runway walk. Either way its impossible to make your ex jealous if you’re stumbling all over the place. So here are some tips on creating your signature walk in a signature shoe:

  • Walk Heel to Toe: I can’t stress this enough! There’s no better way to look ridiculous in heels then to walk planting your feet directly on the ground. It’s just absurd and women should get tickets for it. I’m just saying.
  • Work Your Way Up: Don’t start off with a six inch heel and think that you’re going to look like Naomi Campbell. Start off with a wedge, then gradually work your way up to actual heels. Start off with a smaller heel until you’re confident enough to take on Sasha Fierce(a six inch pump).
  • Practice, Practice, & More Practice: Walk around your house in your heels. Not only are you breaking them in, you’re becoming more comfortable in them and developing a strut that works for you. The only way you’re going to get better in walking in heels is if you actually walk in them. Duh! You can even clean in them while you’re around your home. Think of it as killing three birds with one stone. You’ll be cleaning, toning your legs, and practicing your walk.
  • Perfect Fit: Make sure your shoe fits. This is pretty self explanatory. You’ll be saving yourself a lot of discomfort and awkwardness by simply doing the obvious.
  • Smaller Steps: Take smaller steps to get to your destination. It just makes the process smoother and also take your time. There’s no need to rush greatness. The world can wait.
  • Confidence: Heels were created to make a woman feel powerful. You should feel that power in every step. Let your hips move freely and don’t try to control them. Trying to control your hips will only make you look like an amateur and we can’t have that.

Well ladies and gents that pretty much sums up all the tricks I’ve got in my bag. If you guys have any tricks up your sleeve that could potentially help a wobbly friend out, feel free to comment below or even tag someone who needs a quick Sasha Fierce lesson. I hope this post was helpful to you. If you haven’t already, follow my Instagram account to stay up to date on all the latest fashion tips and tricks. I promise I won’t disappoint.

CFDA Awards

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01:  Singer Pharrell Williams poses on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Singer Pharrell Williams poses on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

WHAT IS THE CFDA AWARDS?

First and foremost, you’re probably wondering what the heck is the CFDA awards? Well, I am here to break it down for you. The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) has been around since 1962. Every year this not-for-profit trade association comes together to acknowledge the accomplishments of well deserved and devoted fashion designers, journalist, visionaries, and lifetime achievers.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

I know your second question has to be why is this relevant? Why is this night such a grand night for fashion enthusiast all over? Well, the members of this organization consist of 400 of the best American designers in jewelry, menswear, womenswear, and accessories. So yes, this is a big deal! Not just anyone can join either. Membership is solely based on invitation.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NOMINEES? 

The CFDA Fashion Awards Guild submits the nominees, and its members consist of the top journalist, fashion retailers, stylist, influencers and the member designers of the CFDA.

THE 2015 WINNERS 

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson

The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Board of J.Crew Group, Inc.

International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Instagram

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons

Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin

Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Swaroski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

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Networking 101

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We don’t always realize the power of networking and how it can act as an catalyst to jump-starting our careers. Success is definitely a lethal combination of WHO you know and WHAT you know. I am naturally an introvert and completely suck at meeting new people. But it is something I am definitely working on and strive to be the best at. One helpful guide that has aided me in becoming better at networking is Aliza Licht’s Leave Your Mark.

Leave Your Mark is an aspiring career woman’s dream. It’s a sassy mash-up of helpful tips in landing your dream job, keeping it, and excelling beyond it. The networking portion of the book resonated with me the most. I am always looking for ways to expand my network and get my name out there. Here are her networking tips on how to mingle through a cocktail party:

  • Host 411: Know who your host is. It takes away any potential awkwardness and also makes you look really in the know.
  • Get Your Head Out of the Sand: If you know you’ll be mingling with people later, read the news that day–not just news specific to your business, but news of the world.
  • Push and Pull: The best conversations are ones where the roles shift. You give some spotlight, you take some spotlight.
  • Take a Breather: There is no point in hanging around talking to no one. Take a bathroom break, gather yourself and walk back in refreshed.
  • Make Networking Work: If you make a connection at a party, get that person’s business card. You never know where that connection will lead or when you might need to use it.

Of course her book goes completely in depth on these tips. But I can’t give you all the cake! You have to go out and purchase this book as an investment in yourself and your career. I promise you’ll love every penny of it.

Another really helpful guide for me in networking is, lifestyle blogger Shameless Maya’s video How to Network & Make FriendsI hope these two resources are just as helpful to you, as they were to me in making your net-work!

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” —Richard Branson