Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Doris New York Couture Mag Debut!


Last November, I had the pleasure of meeting two lovely ladies at the event, Sofistafunk and Friends. Those ladies were Marlene Duperley, the co-owner of Doris New York (DNY), and LaNora “The Muse” Williams-Clark, a DNY model and the blogger behind Musings Mag (check out LaNora’s guest blog here). Marlene and LaNora both exuded so much beauty, warmth and intelligence; I was immediately drawn to them and we talked extensively during the event.

Flash forward to the present. Marlene just launched her online magazine, Doris New York Couture and LaNora is her first feature. But, this is about so much more than hair, fashion and beauty; it’s about the personal struggles behind the surface. You see, LaNora lives with Graves Disease and has for a while now. So, LaNora and Marlene put together this debut issue and video to shine a little light into the shadows. And, I am so happy to be able to have a platform, however small, to help share it with others!! So please check out the debut issue of Doris New York Couture!! I hope that you’ll find it as enlightening and touching as I did!


Basic Black w/a Twist


I wasn’t originally planning on posting this outfit at all. However, I got so many compliments on it at work yesterday that I figured, “What the heck! Why not?” Now, I know this one won’t be everyone’s cup of tea as it’s a little eclectic and colorful. But, ya know, the ladies at work were loving it, so I thought a few of you might too ;)!

I started with a basic wrap dress from Walmart. It’s from their GEORGE line and I have it in black, brown and a subtle brown and taupe “leopardish” print. I got the printed one on clearance for about 10 bucks down in the boondocks of Virginia a few years ago. I couldn’t find it in any other colors in the store back home, so I hit Walmart.com and was able to snag the solids for about $19 each, I think.

I love wrap dresses as they are a classic shape and flattering for many body types, especially hourglass shapes (teetering on pear) like mine ;). I think that they are a wardrobe essential and I have at least six of them. Anywho, I needed something quick and easy to wear, so this was it. Initially, I was thinking about wearing it with black tights and black leather calf-length boots. However, that just felt sooooo boring! So, then I thought of the purple slouchy booties that I showed you guys last week here. When I went into my tights/hose basket, I spotted some textured tights that matched the booties perfectly.

So, I pulled on the tights and boots, threw on a yellow beaded necklace and earring set and accessorized my hair with a bendie black hair scarf I got from the dollar store a couple of months ago. Initially, I adorned my hair with the DIY yellow flower clip I made last year. But, it felt like too much up top. So, I put it on the belt of the wrap dress instead. And, voilà!

That’s it. Hope that some of you like it as I took, like, 60 pics to get a few decent ones! LOL!!


How do you put a twist on basic black?

Mini-Hairscapader: DaKayla’s HairStory


As told by Kaniece

What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her.
My daughter’s name is DaKayla and she is 3 years old (she will be 4 in March). She has 4A/4B hair. She is a very outgoing, energetic and happy child. She loves anything Princess themed and loves to watch the Sprout channel.

How do you care for her hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?
I usually let her hair tell me when it needs to be washed. Although, we do usually wash her hair every week at the earliest and every two weeks at the latest. I wash her hair with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and KeraCare Humecto conditioner. I have been using these two on her hair since she was about 6 months old. We deep condition with ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner. We use ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion. We prepoo overnight once a month. I use a Denman brush to detangle her hair while it is dripping wet. I also use Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Olive Hairdress with Extra Virgin Olive Oil to grease her scalp.

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?
For the most part, yes. My hair is 3C and very curly. Her hair is coarse and requires a lot more moisture than mine. I can’t use mousse or KCCC on her hair because it does nothing for her.

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
Typically DaKayla’s hair is in braids with beads on the end. It makes life so much easier in the morning for both of us. Occasionally she will ask to wear her hair in ponytails like her friends.  I guess her braids would be considered her protective style as her hair has grown tremendously.

What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?
As she gets older, she wants to wear her hair down and out because that’s how I usually wear mine. I am on the look out for some type of moisturizer/defrizz product that would allow her hair to be worn out with becoming tangled.

How does your child feel about her/his natural hair?
She loves her hair. I went natural when she was about a year old, so she only remembers my hair as curly and not relaxed. She does ask sometimes why her hair isn’t straight like her best friend that has fine 3a/3b hair. I have to explain to her that everyone is different and therefore they have different hair. She acts like she understands, but I think the conversation will come up again.

Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your child’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?
I do not plan on relaxing her hair. I love her texture and feel that, as she grows up and sees that she can do so much more with her hair, hopefully she will  not want a relaxer.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
My daughter was my motivation to grow natural. She has also inspired my mother to go natural. I am so grateful for websites like this and CurlyNikki, Tweeny Hair and Beads, Braids and Beyond. I have gotten so many different ideas for her hair. Who knows? I may submit my hair story too!

Retro Bouffant Updo


So, I finally tried that retro bouffant updo that CurlyNikki was rocking all fall (see here if you missed it). I had done it on the Afro puffy twists (see here), but hadn’t been able to achieve it on my loose, curly hair (not that I tried that hard). Anyway, when the bootleg TnC set that I attempted the night before didn’t go according to plan, I decided to give this cute little updo another go.

The bootleg TnC set


Not perfect, but it’ll work!!

So, yeah. I liked it, but I do need to work on perfecting it.