BBFW 2015 Review

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This year marked the 10th year of Barbados Bridgetown Fashion Week and it was once time again for fashion lovers to gather and see the SS 16 collections of up and coming designers. I’m still basking in the glow of the collections that were featured on November 21st and 22nd. I have to admit the students of the Caribbean Market Center, D’Marsh Couture, the Barbados National Dress Project as well as the Yendor bag collection stole the spotlight for me as they produced some very outstanding collections, each with it’s own unique artistic voice.

Here are my favorite looks from the designers of both nights:

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When I saw the Him by Mark Pierre, three words came to mind. All I think was punk, edgy and androgynous. This collection would be ideal for the man who loves to push the fashion boundaries.

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As for the collection I Am Nyvek, let me just say that every woman present that night wanted at least one piece from this collection. There was great detail paid to these pieces and in my opinion the whole collection was clean and looked effortless.

 

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D’Marsh Couture from the USA showcased both a men’s and women’s collection that both had a fun flamboyant side to them. The looks were polished but still a relaxed vibe.

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The Barbados National Dress Project by Rodney Powers was themed Wear It With Pride and as the blue and yellow stripes came down the runway being a fellow Barbadian I felt extremely proud and I would love to cop the shift dress from this collection.

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The showcase of the Yendor bag collection titled Body And Sole also by Rodney Powers peaked my interest as the bag were made using the leather of the black belly sheep, which is an animal indigenous to our country Barbados. The bags came in a wide variety with something for every taste level with clutches, chain strap, backpacks and other styles. My overall opinion was that they had a sophisticated look with great detail and craftsmanship.

 

*Photos have been edited for this post, original photos are from Muze Caribbean*

Click the link below to see all the collections that were featured.

Muze Caribbean

The Newbie

telax experience

As you may know I have started a healthy telax hair journey  and the time to end my relaxer stretch had come after a slight set back in December 2014, my relaxed hair in the nape broke off at the line of demarcation(where the new growth and relaxed hair meet) leaving behind just 2 1/2″ of unprocessed hair. I think I may have prolonged my first relaxer stretch too long as you’re suppose to build up your amount of weeks gradually  as my last relaxer was August 6th 2014, a little over 5 mths post-relaxer (face palm).  Today I will take you through my first telax experience which took placed back on January 25th. At first I was left stuck with the decision of if I should relax (possible limp bone straight look) or go natural (poof and shrinkage) and I wanted neither option. I actually wanted a bit of both as I wanted the full hair look that naturals have but not the kinky and coily look, so when I came across “telaxed hair” I was floating on cloud 9 as this was the balance I was looking for. Basically, telaxing it is using a mixture which consist of part carrier oil and part relaxer to slightly loosen the hair coils so as to still have a curl pattern.

* Some of you may ask “how do you know when to end the relaxer stretch?” well the signs are easily visible such as:

  • unmanageable new growth makes scalp and roots unreachable to apply products
  • when there’s excess breakage at the line of demarcation
  • when the ends look shaggy and limp while the mid-shaft to root of the hair is full.

My Telax Process

*I had pre-shampoo, washed and deep-conditioned my hair 2 days prior to prepare and strengthen my hair for the process.*

  • apply Vaseline to the hairline and relaxed hair
  • mix coconut oil with relaxer (approx. 2 tbs) and stir well
  • apply the relaxer mix to hair working from the nape to the front of my head
  • comb through once and leave in for remainder of required time according to relaxer timeline guide (my time was 30 mins)
  • rinse hair making sure hair is completely free from relaxer
  • apply neutralizing shampoo, lather and leave in for 10 mins as to allow the hair to fully returned to a neutralize state
  • rinse hair completely, lather with neutralizing shampoo and rinse out completely if needed again.
  • apply a protein treatment for 30 mins
  • rinse
  • apply a deep-condition treatment 30 mins
  • rinse
  • blot out the excess water
  • lightly moisturize hair using the Liquid.Condition.Oil method (leave-in conditioner – moisturizer – oil )
  • trim off the uneven ends
  • air dry hair

Afterwards I applied oil to the ends and followed up by flat ironing my hair on low heat to achieve a straight look so as to do a length check pic. So overall, I can say my first telax experience was a success as you can see that I was still able to maintain a curl pattern.

Telaxing Experience

Do any of my trendsetters have telaxed hair? If yes, please feel to share your telax process and results.

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional hair consultant however, this is a procedure that has worked for me results may vary. Information posted is offered to you as tips….you are not obligated to incorporate any tips into your practices.

I Signed Up For This Regimen

Hey Trendsetters, so I’m off and running on my healthy telaxed hair journey where my main goals are health and length retention, I am aiming for  between Shoulder Length or longer if possible by December 2015. Therefore, I have sat down and planned out how I intend to attain these goals and to help stay sane during this journey…..

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Hair-care:
Keep scalp and hair clean by washing hair once a week. moisturize hair every other day using Liquid Condition Oil  method or if in box braids or extensions, mix with water in spray bottle and spray onto hair and massage scalp and edges.

example of a breakdown on how I will wash my hair

  • Week 1: pre-shampoo (apply oil treatment to hair before washing) – shampoo – condition
  • Week 2: protein treatment (strengthen) – co-wash (wash hair with conditioner only)
  • Week 3: pre-shampoo – shampoo – condition
  • Week 4: deep condition (moisture) – co-wash

Styling:
During the relaxer stretch my aim is to protect my ends and minimize hair manipulation so as to avoid excessive combing and brushing. I will be wearing my hair in protective styles such as buns, milkmaid braids and box braids as well as cooperate the use of wigs and extensions as these methods are easy and low maintenance.

Heat:
If heat is to used for a straighter look, I will use a heat protector to avoid overheating or burning or opt for roller set air-dried 85% with the hairdryer on cool/low setting. However it won’t be used more than 1-2 times a month.

Trim:
I will trim my hair only when necessary or in the event that split ends occur.

Nutrition:
I will make a conscious effort to eat well and drink 9 cups of 8 oz cups of water a day, along with taking a combination of biotin, folic acid and MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) to aid with growth.

To find out the amount of water I needed to drink I followed the equation:

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Too legit to quit

DISCLAIMER: Information posted is offered to you as tips….you are not obligated to incorporate any tips into your practices.

Valentine’s Day Outfits For The Hooked, Hitched or Free

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Some people get wild and giddy each year when Valentine’s Day comes around and other for various reasons cringe at the idea. But the bottom line is my trendsetters is that we all like to look our best no matter our relationship status, whether it be hooked, hitched or free. So here’s some outfit inspiration for date night on Valentine’s Day……

For my ladies with a significant other, it doesn’t matter if you will be going on a first date or if you’re going out with your longtime love, the goal is to keep your date’s eyes on you and keep him close all night long. Take your pick for a date night that includes a fancy romantic dinner with a lush setting or maybe you just want to catch a romance comedy at the movies and then dinner or drinks……..

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For my single ladies you don’t have to stay home, it’s a great opportunity for a Girl’s Night Out with the squad and either treat yourselves with a nice dinner date or party the night away. Gather up all your single friends on valentine’s day and celebrate the love of friendship ……

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So if you’re hooked, hitched or free, let’s go out and celebrate love no matter what.

Happy Valentine Day My Trendsetters

Happy New Year


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There is nothing like a fresh calendar year….. a brand new 365 days  

This is not another “New Year, New Me” post because we all know that most of the times we end up setting goals that we somehow manage to not complete most of them by year-end anyways….. le sigh. Instead this is just a short post from me to you hoping all of you enjoyed your holidays and had a blast ringing in the new year. I can’t believe the holidays are basically over already, but on the brighter side 2015 has so much in store.  With that being said, let’s not rob ourselves of happiness by rushing through 2015 trying to fulfill lifetime goals in a year’s time but rather live one day at a time and enjoy the moments while we work our way closer to becoming a better version of ourselves.  So, let’s set our eyes to the horizon and look towards the fashionable future.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my trendsetters and may 2015 bring you and your family good health and a lot of happiness!

Pompasetting

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Last post my trendsetters, I told you that the fashion beast within me was awaken and I was left hungry for more. Well, I was given the opportunity to feed this beast at the recently held PompaWeekend at Divi Southwinds’ Pure Ocean Restaurant. Judging from last’s year event, I was excited to see this year’s fashion show and  I wasn’t disappointed as it introduced me to many new local designers that I was totally unaware of.

The PompWeekend, which is in its second year, is another opportunity for young fashion designers to showcase their designs. This year I have to say that organiser and publisher Toni Thorne and her team at Pompasette Magazine outdid themselves and gave the true definition of a seamless runway with close to 20 designers showing. There were so many collections to see and there was something for everyone including fashion for both males and females. The looks included elegant and casual ready to wear pieces, business wear, bridal wear and swimwear. The designs were chic, playful, urban and edgy with the use of colour, patterns and construction that ranged from demure to risque. I have to give credit were credit was due and even though some of the designers were self-taught, it truly didn’t show as the collections were of high standards.

As Toni always says,” Pompasette is more than just a magazine” and in addition to the stunning runway show the finalists of the “Wear the Issue” Inter-school competition held by Government Information Service (GIS) walked the catwalk in their T-shirt designs; there was also the launch of Settlers Season which was previously known as “Settlers: The West Coast Experience”; as well as entertainment provided by an artiste from the Honey Jam Jazz Barbados. Kudos must go out to Toni Thorne and her team on another successful event.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite designs:

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Don’t forget to grab your free copy of the latest issue of the Pompasette Magazine available in various locations island-wide.

We Now Return To Our Regular Schedule

Hey my Trendsetters, I’m backkkk….

Natz The Rebel

To all my readers I deeply and humbly apologize for being M.I.A over the last couple of months. As much as I wanted to be blogging as usual, time just kept alluding me. So much has happened, but I won’t dive into every detail of the last couple of months but I would like to highlight one of my crowning moments.  Since I was away, I had the opportunity of experiencing the growth of another human being inside of me and I gave birth a beautiful baby boy I named Nathaniel.

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Baby Nathaniel

Honestly, I became a bit overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a new mom. What I thought motherhood would be and the reality of what it really is kind of hit me for a six or as my american readers would say a home run. At times I felt as if I was in over my head, between taking care of my newborn son, working on my postpartum body  with the practice of yoga (I am so not about the pouch life) and all that stacked on top of my daily life.  I found it a bit hard to balance everything at first, thankfully everything is coming together and I’m balancing better now.

mom: busy job on earth

Now that my son is older and more independent or so he thinks, I have found time to start blogging again (insert happy dance). So you can look out for my posts coming your way especially my review for Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week 2014 that will be posted shortly and other fashion events I have left on the fashion calendar for this year.

Once again it’s great to be back.

Nathaniel

Nathaniel and I

Pompasette Magazine Launch.

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Congratulations are in order for one of our local magazines Pompasette on the successful launch of their 4th issue on December 14th. Every editor’s wish is to be able to continue publicizing print worthy magazine and editor Toni Thorne was able to accomplish this with her style and fashion biannual magazine was filled with features, fashion trends, thought-provoking information and more in its latest issue. The word “Pompasette” is a barbadian term which means “to show off” and they surely did that as the launch that also featured a night of fashion from up and coming young local designers ranging from custom-made t-shirts to elegantly casual pieces. Some of the designers were Alexis Campbell, Katrina Brathwaithe, Janelle Forde, Tellah Prescod and Amelia Johnson to mention a few. It was a great night that was packed with plenty of local fashion and entertainment.

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Take a look at some of the highlights of the night………

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(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week_All Access Granted

For this year’s BBFW along with my media pass to cover the event, I was also granted an all access pass which gave me permission to venture backstage. I must admit that I chose to take pics of the models coming down the runways and chatting with designers and fellow bloggers. However, I did manage to take the opportunity to go back stage and took some snaps before the runway shows of Aria Urban and Kimystics collections.

Here’s a glimpse of a few of our local models all beautified and waiting to strut their stuff on the runway.

 

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Danielle in Aria

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Zoe and Kari in Aria

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Aria Collection

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Aria Collection

Shanni - aria 2013

Shanni in Aria

Nakita - aria 2013

Nikita in Aria

Paige - aria 2013

Paige in Aria

Kimystic Designs

Kimystic Designs

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Paige, Rhea, Thandika – Kimystic Designs

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 Kimystic Designs

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Kari in  Kimystic Designs

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Nikita in Kimystic Designs

So my trendsetters, that’s rounds up my coverage of BBFW 2013, remember to keep it stylish and chic until next post……

(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week_ Final Showcase

Barbados Independence Square

All good things must come to and end….

For the final night of Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week (BBFW) belonged to the men. The featured designer of the night was Carmichael Byfield of House of Byfield hailing from Rotterdam, Netherlands. He stepped away from the concept of the more tradition suits and produce an array of colorful, edgy, modern day suits for his menswear line with the use of bold prints. Even though his pieces were daring being loud in both color and print; the designs still had a range between the more demure man to the more extroverted man with the big personality. From the entrance of the first model to the finale, he held those present in his palm of his hand with his eye-catching, elaborate designs and presentation.

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This year was another great showing from the fashion designers and we look forward to seeing for much more from in the future.

*All photos aren’t mine, some photos belong to fellow fashion blogger Natasha Beckles of In My Wardrobe.