Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cool Comfort…. Cool Grey

So it's official… I find myself having a "color" each year… Well, let me say.. A color finds me every year… I'm not sure how this happens, but subconsciously my mind connects with a particular color and holds on tight until its ready for the next color.  2014 is all about GRAY.

Before I go any further, let me first say that prior to this trend, you would not catch me in sweatpants… Except for that time in high school… and that was only after softball and basketball games.  But the new way to wear sweatpants is actually chic and comfortable.

Photo from TheWTFProject

While shopping in New Orleans I found the perfect set from H&M.  You can get my outfit Pants and Similar Top . Check out how I styled my pieces below.  


Now we all know Rihanna is the queen of making sweatpants look sexy, but a few plus size bloggers also urged me to run to the nearest store and find me a pair of my own.  Check out how +Nadia Aboulhosn+gabi gregg and +Garnerstyle style their sweatpants.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Natural Hair Freedom: Look Who's Coming to Dinner (Brunch)

Missed the first Natural Hair Freedom Brunch? Guess what? It's that time of year again!!! On Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, NHF will host its 2nd Annual Natural Hair Freedom Brunch.  We will have a great time mingling, socializing and learning about natural hair & beauty!  Get your VIP tickets here before they're all gone!  And just in case you can't hold your excitement, we've decided to give you a sneak peek and introduce you to a few stylists who will be on deck to answer all of your questions about hair and fashion!

And just in case you can't make this event... we have you covered!!! In honor of International Natural Hair Meetup Day, NHF will host BE YOUnique Celebration on May 17. International Natural Hair Meetup Day is an annual one-day event. Its purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day.  For more information about Natural Hair Freedom and future meetups, join the group here! 

Deshonica Kerrie

What inspired you to become a stylist?  How long have you been doing it?

I have been doing hair since 1992. My inspiration is encouraging people to look and feel their best, and I do that by doing what I can to make their hair look and feel beautiful and healthy.

 How long have you been natural?  Who/What pushed you to give up the creamy crack?  

I have been natural since 2004. Well I don't really refer to it as "creamy crack". I just love my natural curl pattern and wanted to wear it. There is a healthy way to everything so I believe stylist should look for those ways.

You say that you specialize in Healthy Hair Care. What do you think is the misconception of black hair in the black community?

There are three misconceptions in my opinion. 1; That our hair can't grow. 2; That it can't have movement and 3; that we can't or shouldn't wear color.

As far as taking care of hair, what are some simple things anyone can do to pamper their hair on a daily basis? 

Make sure and use great daily and finishing products( i.e Design Essentials Daily Moisturizing lotion And also Silk Essentials). Another great thing to do is go to sleep with a silk scarf on to protect the hair from dryness and frizz, and give you better control for the following day.

Natural Hair… Here to stay or just a trend? 

It's definitely here to stay. It's always been around but now we are embracing it with more confidence. 

What are some of your favorite hair products?  What is your go-to hairstyle? 

Design Essentials.... Their products cater to all types of ethnicities. My go to style is my Locs lol.

What is the most rewarding part of being a stylist?

Meeting new people and knowing that the artistry of my hands can help them feel more beautiful and confident.

What advice can you give to somebody who wants to start their career as a hair stylist?

 Make sure that you LOVE what you do. Hair should be a passion. Patience is equally important.

 Where is your salon located and what kind of services do you offer? 

6600 Roswell rd  Sandy Springs Ga. We offer any service as long as we feel we are able to keep hair healthy.

How can people follow you? Facebook? IG? YouTube?

I can be followed basically on all social media sites under DeshonicaKerrie

What do you wish to gain from attending the 2nd Annual Natural Hair Freedom Brunch.

I love opportunities to network and meet new people. I especially love meeting new people that I can discuss healthy hair with.


How do you remain so fashion forward yet budget friendly?
Sometimes I read magazines and/or walk around stores such as Bebe, Cache, Aldo, and Nordstroms to see what is currently trending. Then, I go to lower-end stores to see if I can find similar pieces. I know that places like Shoe Land, Ross and Forever 21 and even thrift stores have items that are on-trend but sell them for much lower prices. It also helps to know how much I'm not willing to spend on clothes and shoes so I just stay out of certain stores entirely. I can't see myself spending $50 for a pair of shorts or a tank top!

What are your favorite fashion essentials?
They vary throughout the year, so I'll break my essentials down by seasons:

Winter: Pea coats, anything leather and structured handbags.
Spring: Cardigans, jean jackets, jumpsuits, bright colored dresses and blouses.
Summer: Maxi dresses, crop tops, rompers, sandals, and clutches
Fall: Blazers, riding boots, and scarves.

What are your favorites places to shop?
 My favorite places to shop are Value Village, Goodwill, Forever 21, Ross and Shoe Land. You can get nice pieces (and shoes) from these stores without spending insane amounts of money.

Who (or what) do you draw your style inspiration from?  How do you describe your style?
 My style is inspired by 'mileage.' What I mean by that is I pick pieces that I can get a lot of wear out of. Having numerous pieces that you can mix and match helps to expand your wardrobe without having to do unnecessary shopping. Of course, if you thrift shop, you can feel guilt-free about spending!

I would describe my style as being simplistic, yet classy and chic. I'm venturing into mixing prints, so I'm looking for style experts to help me with that!

How long have you been natural?  Who/What pushed you to give up the creamy crack?
I have been natural for a year and a half and I LOVE it! When I was relaxed, I used to love how my new-growth looked and wondered what it would look like if I was all natural. One day I put in a relaxer that pretty much took out a lot of my hair and it was left looking thin and scraggly. So not cute! A few months later, I walked into the salon at Walmart and had them chop it all off. I love the fact that I can walk in the rain, go swimming and workout without any worries.

What are some of your favorite CURLY girl products?
My favorite co-wash/leave-in conditioner is Tresseme's Luxurious Moisture Conditioner. My favorite styling product is Beautiful Textures' Curl Control. My new found favorite deep conditioner is Kinky Kashmere's Infused Hair Masque. That stuff feels like silk on your hair!

What is your go to hairstyle?
I'm currently in that 'awkward stage' where I'm growing out my TWA , so my go-to style is a wash and go that I wear with a headband.

What inspired you to start blogging?  What would you say to somebody who wants to start a blog of their own?
I was inspired to start blogging because my family and friends would simply complement me on what I was wearing any given day and would be floored when I told them how little I spent. They would always ask where I shopped and how did I know where to go to get the best deals. Instead of just telling a few people, I decided to start blogging so that everyone could see how easy it is to be 'Flyy and Frugal!'

If you want to start your own blog, write about what comes natural to you. Don't do what everyone else is doing unless you have a different approach. There are a ton of hair, fashion and beauty blogs that exist so come up with an angle to help you stand out!

How can people follow you? Facebook? IG?
You can follow me on IG: @flyyandfrugal, Twitter: @flyyandfrugal, Facebook: /flyyandfrugalcom, Pinterest: flyyandfrugal and, of course, visit the site!

What do you wish to gain from attending the 2nd Annual Natural Hair Freedom Brunch?
I hope to learn new tips for taking better care of my hair, to meet new vendors and purchase their products and, most importantly, meet everyone there!

Alecha Rice Gresham 

What inspired you to become a stylist?  How long have you been doing it?
My auntie doing press and curl for the elderly ladies In our community.

How long have you been natural?  Who/What pushed you to give up the creamy crack?
About 4 years; when I became a NATURAL STYLIST… couldn't straddle the fence. lol

Do you think the “Natural Hair Movement” is here to stay?
Yes just for the women 30 and up..

What are some of your favorite hair products?  What is your go-to hairstyle?
Design essentials, naked, shea moisture, she butter, and coconut oil...a twist out

What is the most rewarding part of being a stylist?
Seeing my client loving and embracing their Natural hair—making them beautiful

 What is the most drastic hairstyle you’ve ever done?
Hairshow styles....ugh

What advice can you give to somebody who wants to start their career as a hair stylist?
Seek and pray to God first and ask for directions and everything else will follow....YOUTUBE!!!!! LOL

Where is your salon located and what kind of services do you offer?
All Natural Styles, sew in quick weave, silk press, individual braids, Marley twists,etc..

How can people contact you? Facebook? IG?
Alecha Rice Gresham. IG: Alechag

What do you wish to gain from attending the 2nd Annual Natural Hair Freedom Brunch

For ALL my Natural sisters get educated and embracing their natural hair

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Suit(e) Life

Move over guys!  Women have decided to take over... again! This time we decided to raid your closets and add a modern, chic flare to your boring pant suits.  We've added pops of color, prints, and tailored them to suit our frames.  

Get the same Blurred Spot Pant Suit I'm wearing here and here!

Let's face it... Nobody can rock a pant suit like Solange. But it's ok to try...right?

Photo from Lioness Blogs

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Love Potion No. 9

What better way to transition into Spring than with a Skater Skirt... In fact, skater skirts are the perfect transition into any season--in Fall/Winter you can pair them with leggings and booties while during Spring/Summer you can dare to bare and give a little leg action.  Not only can you wear a skater skirt anytime, but anybody can dress a skater skirt to fit their style--sporty or feminine.  I'd been eyeing this ASOS Skater Skirt as soon as it hit their website, but anybody who knows me knows I despise buying items regular price... even if it's already a bargain.  So you can only imagine my enthusiasm when I saw they marked down the price.  Without hesitation I transferred the skirt to my shopping cart and the next thing you know I am trying on the skirt at home... but the excitement stopped there.  I could not find a top to pair with skirt.  It wasn't until I walked into H&M to celebrate a weight loss milestone that I found the perfect top.  I usually pass right by my H&M store because they only carry straight sizes, but since I had lost a few pounds I decided to give it a try.  The first item to catch my eye was the pink top with No. 9 written in black letters and to my surprise... it fit! The "No.9" reminded me of a bottle of Chanel perfume.  It was at that point that I decided to dress my skirt up with a more feminine flare in honor of Ms. Feminine herself, CoCo Chanel.