Bye, Girl, Bye

Funny headline (debateable). Unfunny post. Today I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite things in the whole wide world: my almost 3 year old (-one day) Maltese puppy, Khloe. If you’re an avid Mane and Chic reader, you’ll remember her from this pic…

khloe

 

or maybe this one…

Save Khloe The Maltese

 

It was a bright sunny day this morning. I took a photo of her around 9 a.m. against the bright sunny clouds. That’s the last time I saw her. My mom took her to the vet at 11 a.m. and it poured down raining for a couple of hours. I thought that was crazy and I don’t believe in coincidences. Everything for a reason. Anyway, she had been my ride or die for the past 3 years and I’m going to miss her so much, but I know she’s in a better place. She taught me so much: life is short and all you need is love. I am grateful to have had her in my life. Everyone who met her, loved her and she touched them. She was so amazing, so strong (with her wiry 3 pound frame), and so LOVELY. If you have someone or something in your life like that— thank God for them EVERY DAY, ACCEPT them EVERY DAY, and love them EVERY DAY!

Prayers up to everyone who is experiencing a loss. Love be with you.

#SendItUp #SendItOn #SendItThrough

What to Wear in Vegas

Whether you’re planning a girl’s trip away or a romantic getaway, one thing’s for sure, you’ll want to look best. Thankfully Vegas is the perfect destination to experiment with some of the season’s newest trends. If you want to look like an A lister or a high roller, read on to discover the seven staple pieces that you shouldn’t leave home without. You can find all of these items on Net-A-Porter, unless they’re sold out.

What To Wear In Las VegasLeggings
Leggings are a vacation essential as you can dress them up with a jewel toned dress and stilettos or pair them with an over sized t-shirt and boots for an effortlessly chic look. As you know, everything is bigger and better in Vegas so leave your plain black leggings at home and opt for a bold printed pair or take a leaf out of your favorite celebrities’ style books and try a pair of glamorous faux leather leggings.

Ankle Length Boots
If you visit Vegas, you’ll end up doing your fair share of walking, so it’s wise to pack a pair of stylish yet comfortable shoes. Don’t be surprised if you end up walking several miles within a single Casino. Black ankle length boots are a great choice as they’re comfortable to dance in all night and are edgy enough to wear to a concert. If you don’t mind standing out, perhaps opt for a pair with rose gold studs, for a look that’s right on trend.

Sparkly Sequin Dresses
Nothing screams Vegas more than a sparkly dress. If you’re looking to turn heads opt for a dress covered in gold sequins. Just make sure not to overdo it on accessories as a gold dress is a show stopper on its own. If you’re dining at a five star restaurant or are looking for something a little more sophisticated, opt for a dress with black sequins instead.

Cutout Dresses
If you’re not a fan of sparkly dresses you may want to try one of fashion’s hottest trends, cut out dresses. Cutout dresses come in all styles e.g bandage and skater and have strategic cuts to showcase a bit of skin. As an example, some cut out dresses expose your mid section or your back. Celebrities who have rocked cut out dresses on the red carpet include Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Rhianna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Crossbody Bag
Leave your hand held bags at home and opt for a practical mini cross body bag. Mini cross body bags are the perfect choice to take to a concert. Not only do they hold your essentials, like your wallet, keys and make up but they also offer extra security as you can stand up and dance without having to worry about leaving your bag on your seat unattended. If you want a cross body that transitions well from day time to night time make sure to choose a bag that has a chain strap as they’re a little more glamorous than leather straps.

Dressy Blazers
Believe it or not blazers can work as casual wear as well as office attire. For a night at the casino try pairing a bright colored blazer or a sequined blazer with a little black dress and heels. Or alternatively, try wearing crisp tailored white pants and a white blazer like Taylor Swift, Charlize Theron and Milas Kunis.

Leather Jacket
If you’re not the kind of girl who wants to wear a dress to a concert or club, you can always opt for a pair of black skinny jeans paired with an edgy leather jacket and black studded ankle length boots. The options are endless, you can even pair one with a lace dress or shirt for an edgy yet feminine look.

Cat Eye Sunglasses
If you plan to spend a few hours relaxing on a sun lounger by the pool, you can easily add a bit of vintage chic to your outfit by donning a pair of retro cat eye sunglasses. Celebrities who have been spotted wearing stylish cat eye sunglasses include Olivia Palermo, Nicole Richie, Katy Perry and Beyonce.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcase and your plane ticket and set off on the vacation of a lifetime. With these seven items packed safely in your bag you’ll be ready to give Vegas’ celebrities a run for their money. Just remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Must Have Tools For Natural Hair

This post is entitled ‘Must Have Hair Tools’, but it’s not really. It is just a starting point of what you might want to have on hand. Some of things may or may not be relevant to you depending on how you chose to style your hair and your hair length. Click here to shop for these items in the Mane and Chic Amazon store.

Must Have Tools For Natural Hair

For Detangling:

Fine Tooth Comb
Shower Comb/Wide Tooth Comb
Denman Brush
Tangle Teezer

For Drying and Straightening:
Blow Dryer
Diffuser
Flat Iron
Hooded Dryer
Hot Rollers/Steam Rollers

For Updos:
Bobby Pins
Clips to use at home
Clips to wear out
Hair Ties
Hair Accessories to wear out

For Cutting:
Good Pair of Shears

For Sleeping:
Scarves
Satin/Silk pillowcases
Satin/Silk bonnets

For Setting:
Magnetic Rollers
Flexi Rod/Super Rollers
Curl Formers
Spray Bottle

For Drains:
Hair Stopper (Stops Hair from going down the drain)

For Scalp Cleaning and Oiling:
Roots Only Applicator Comb

Click here to shop for these items in the Mane and Chic Amazon store.

Spotify

A couple of months ago, I discovered something really dope called Spotify. The first month is free and only $10 a month after. I love it because I get to listen to my favorite artists and listen to their entire albums. I also can listen on the go through an app on my iPhone. This past weekend, I went on a road trip and was playing old music from the 90s. It definitely kept me up and entertained. I can hardly believe that I was shelling out so much money buying songs and albums off iTunes, but now I just put in whatever I’m in the mood to hear for one small monthly fee.

Spotify is the best thing I’ve discovered since… the Jilbere shower comb, Kinky Curly Knot Today and braid outs —combined. You know I don’t rave about stuff unless I really believe in it and that’s the only reason I’m sharing it with you. Today, I got an e-mail from Spotify about their refer-a-friend program. I already had plans to eventually write a post about it, but this was the perfect opportunity to share this with those of you who don’t already know about it. Basically, I get a month free for every 5 people that sign up. If you have Spotify, you might look into this program too. Anyway, if you love music, click here to learn more about Spotify.

Dresses To Wear To A Wedding

Find these dresses on ShopBop, if they aren’t sold out.Dresses To Wear To A Wedding

What To Wear With Denim Shorts

What To Wear With Denim Shorts

Frizzy Hair Song

I love this video. I had to share. Diana Ross your hair out! Werk it out like Diana Ross!

Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu

How To Transition To Natural Hair

Back in 2011, I wrote an e-book about my 17-month transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. It was entitled Secrets of a Long-term Transitioner. Recently, I changed the title and added a subtitle. Now it’s entitled How To Transition To Natural Hair: Secrets of a Long-Term Transitioner. You can find it on Amazon for Kindle. If you have a Kindle, the book is free to borrow. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can purchase the book and download software on Amazon that will allow you to read Kindle books on virtually any smartphone, tablet or computer.

I gave digital copies of the book to over 3000 people. Why? Well, because I wanted as many people to read it as possible. If you read the book and want to earn some good karma, please go to the Amazon page for How To Transition To Natural Hair: Secrets of a Long-Term Transitioner and write a review. This year, I am going through a different kind of transition: one where I am transitioning from dip-dyed/ombre/bleached ends to healthy waist length hair (fingers crossed). I plan to use the same techniques I used in How To Transition To Natural Hair as I conquer this leg of my hair journey.

Secrets-of-a-long-term-transitioner

*The book is now $2.99 on Amazon or free to borrow if you have a Kindle.

 

 

Curly Ombre

I haven’t given you a hair update via an actual photo since December 2012. So, here’s a picture of a braid out /roller set hybrid I did a couple of days ago. Please forgive the quality of the photo, I took it with my iPhone. I used Hair Art’s Super Rollers in orange. Those are the 5/8″ rollers (or flexi rods to most). This is a wet set where I loosely braided my hair 1/2 way and rolled the ends in the orange rollers. I may have done 4-6 braids. I use braids as a way to speed up the setting process. Where doing the 4-6 braids takes me only 15-20 minutes. Doing a full roller set can take me 30-45 minutes with these rollers. I didn’t use any products or very little which is probably why it’s already beginning to frizz in some sections for the photo, but because my hair is so fine, I get more volume by just using water for this set. This is one of my go to styles.

Curly Ombre

I have a name for this hair style. I call it the Beyonce Bradshaw. It’s a blend of 3 hairstyles including Beyonce and Sarah Jessica Parker, or as we know her better, Carrie Bradshaw. Anyway, there are 3 basic elements to the Beyonce Bradshaw: center part, big curls and curly ombre blonde highlights.

Beyonce Bradshaw