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…..

hair chart

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:

water-chart

Too legit to quit

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

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

valentine's day date night outfit ideas

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……..

Date Night 1

Date Night 2

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 ……

Girl Night Out 1

Girl Night Out 2

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

Happy Valentine Day My Trendsetters

Couture Week 2015 Wearable Hair and Beauty Trends

S/S 2015 Couture Trends

Hey Trendsetters, we all know that Couture Fashion Week is known for its beautiful, over exaggerated, crazy-chic, theatrical designs as shown in My Top S/S 2015 Couture Collections but its not all about the clothing. The hair, makeup and the accessories pull together to help complete each look. This year’s Spring/Summer Couture Week 2015 showcased some covetable, wearable beauty and hair trends, so go ahead and take your pick from some of my favourite inspirational looks…..

Halo Braids

Halo Braids

Forget the milkmaid braid and op for the more sophisticated boho-chic twisted braid variation

Chain-Link Ponytail

Chain-Link Ponytail

Create a simple and easy illusion by adding long matching hair extensions attached to metallic or primary-colored hoop(s).

Graphic Eyes

Graphic Eyes

Apply eyeliner to the crease and top of eyelids and then extended outwards for a cat-eye look.

The Veiled Bow

The Veiled Bow

The veiled beanies is getting a run for its money, the new “in thing” is the mix of the veil with ribbons creating neat bows and a bit of mystery with a playful touch.

I know I will definitely be trying these out these looks will you?

My Top S/S 2015 Couture Collections

Couture Week S/S 2015

The media was once again buzzing with excitement, Couture Fashion Week 2015 showcased some marvellous collections that were full of pieces that are red carpet worthy and perfect for the social butterfly. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional theatrics and drama or the pieces that are more modernized, the shows gave a taste of everything and it seemed to be a never ending array of exquisite embroidery and glittering crystal beading, frills, draped chiffon, creamy satin and the exceptional manipulation of lace to mention a few, all to create dreamy pieces. Here’s a look at some of my favourite pieces……

 Elie Saab

Elie Saab 2015 Couture 1

Elie Saab 2015 Couture 2

Elie Saab 2015 Couture 3

View full collection here

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 Couture 1

Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 Couture 2

view full collection here

 Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli 2015 Couture 1

Giambattista Valli 2015 Couture 2

Giambattista Valli 2015 Couture 3

view full collection here

Ralph & Russo

Ralph & Russo 2015 Coture 1

Ralph & Russo 2015 Coture 2

Ralph & Russo 2015 Coture 3

view full collection here

Versace 

Versace 2015 Couture 1

Versace 2015 Couture 2

Versace 2015 Couture 3

view full collection here

Alexis Mabille 

Alexis Mabille 2015 Couture 1

Alexis Mabille 2015 Couture 2

view full collection here 

What were your favourite collections?

Hairs To A Better Tomorrow

Never Give Up On Your Hair

Normally I just blog about fashion related topics but this year I’ve decided to get a bit more personal with my trendsetters family. I will be bringing hair and beauty to the table, come on it’s only right as one’s look is not complete without having their hair “slayed/laid” or having the face “beat“. So you can look out for personal takes, trends, reviews and diys related to hair and beauty. I’ve mentioned in my previous post We Now Return To Our Regular Schedule I had a baby last year and apart from having my handsome son, one of the plus of being pregnant was that my hair had grown out from my pixie cut and it was full and thick.

hair postpartum

postpartum hair before shedding

However shortly after giving birth I started to suffer postpartum shedding, this totally freaked me out. My hairline was thinning and it seemed like every time I combed my hair half of it was in the comb. Thankfully I did some research on stopping the hair shedding and I stumbled upon the healthy hair journey (cue celestial bells). This introduced me to new techniques and terminologies (will elaborate in future posts) and showed that it was just mere myths that kinky, coily hair further more relaxed hair can’t grow. The secrets I found to obtaining healthy relaxed hair were simple, use the right hair products to give some good old Tender Loving Care (moisture and protein), drink lots of water, limit the amount of heat and chemical relaxer application times in a year, do hairstyles that required little manipulation, along with taking vitamins. So I hide my flat iron, stocked up on hair products beneficial for hair growth, started a relaxer stretch and began taking biotin; well, whenever I remembered. Everything was going great, I had gained 2 1/2″ to 3″ of growth between the front, middle and nape of my head, my edges were no longer thinning and my hair was thick and full again; I was begging to enjoy the texture of my unprocessed hair for like the first time ever.

thinning due to postpartum shedding

When I decided to end my relaxer stretch this lead to the discovery of the term “telaxed hair” textured relaxed hair where I would still have a curl pattern. So I decided that I would start and commit myself to doing a healthy telaxed hair journey instead and go on a quest to prove that healthy hair length retention is possible with telaxed hair and to grow my hair as long as possible from current neck length. I will be transitioning completely to texlaxed hair by gradually trim of my bone straight relaxed ends. I know this can be a tedious progress and I’m not going to wake up like Rupunzel or Ariel the mermaid over night but rather that I would have to take a realistic approach with my progress. So you can look out for my progress and length checks along the way and even join me on this journey. Hopefully my story can help and encourage someone to never give up on their hair. So lets toast to a new beginning and greater lengths.

Are my trendsetters relaxed, telaxed or natural?

My Top 5 Spring/Summer Trends

SS 15 TrendsFor some of my readers I know it’s still freezing outside, but lucky for me I’m in Barbados soaking up the sunshine (sorry didn’t mean to rub it in). However, due to this weather I’m totally excited and looking forward for the fashion for spring/summer 2015 to hit the stores as some stores are already trying to get rid of their winter stock to make room. Based on what was seen on the catwalks across the fashion weeks from the major fashion capitals five main trends were very prominent among the designs. So I decided to give you trendsetters a heads up about what will be hot this season so you’ll know what pieces you should be looking for to add to and what to keep in your wardrobe before you hit the stores and become overwhelmed. Fortunately, some of the trends from spring/summer 2014 will be still fashionable this year, like florals, sheer, crop tops and the 70’s influence. So, without further ado, here is a look at the top 5 spring/summer fashion trends that you’re gonna want to get your hands on in 2015:

Top 5  Spring/Summer Trends 

Florals

I know you must be thinking “Florals? For spring?  That’s very groundbreaking.” Well, we all just have to accept that florals are here to stay, just like peanut butter is always affiliated with jelly, it would be awkward to go through the season without this staple.

Florals SS15

Sheer

Designers seemed to be in loved with how they can play with sensuality and still make it sophisticated. This trend seems like it never going away either, come on we must admit that we like the idea that it make us feel like we’re wearing nothing. However, remember to keep it chic, an opt more for sheer panels instead of head to toe all over sheer.

Sheer SS15

Gingham

Notoriously affiliated with tablecloths, this print is in for a comeback that will best any picnic tablecloth. Whether blown up or shrunk down in size it gives a retro and vintage feel.

Gingham SS15

Bohemian

Put on your flowers headbands because the hippies are coming to town, well, the Retro-Fab ones from the 70’s I mean. The new “boho” look for spring 2015 includes flowing Bohemian inspired prints, trapeze dresses, tie-dyes and lots of colour.

Bohemian SS15

Crop Tops

The “Red Carpet Gown” is getting a run for it’s money as more fashionistas are preferring to pair a crop top with lady-like skirts or well-tailored trousers giving just a subtle peek of midriff skin.

Crop Tops SS15

Hope this helps my Trendsetters, Happy Shopping

Happy New Year


Happy New Year collage

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

pompwknd collage1

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:

pompwknd collage 2

pompwknd collage 3

pompwknd collage 4

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

(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week 2014

bbfw 2014

For a brief moment I wanted to rip my shirt off with my bare hands and scream “feed me more” like WWE wrestler Ryback but with my son in hand and realization of my surroundings I had to refrain. BBFW 2014 had awaken my inner beast and left me hungry for more. The independence weekend kicked of at the Hilton Barbados Hotel with an invite only cocktail launch and press release that promised fashion enthusiasts that they were in for a treat. Take my word for it, as it was surely a weekend to remember with two nights of fresh and innovating designs showcasing Spring/Summer 2015 collections from both the local and international celebrity designers. The air was filled with loud coos of approval, blinding flashes and shuttering sounds of the cameras.

The runway shows kicked off with Jewelry by Antonia. It was a selection of beautiful necklaces, earrings and bracelets that ranged from simple yet stunning pieces to more elaborate breath taking ones. These designs would make the perfect statement piece as the could be worn with a red carpet look or easily dress up a more toned down outfit.

Jewelry by Antonia

The collection by Jacqueline Benn Schuppe  was named Ling Ling; a name she is affectionately known by and it was influenced by the 50’s.  Clever use of denim, tulle, lace and cotton modernized her vintage inspired pieces. One could never refer to her collection as dated with an array of dresses, classic blouses and skirts well accentuated with accessories appropriate to the time the era from pearls to turbans and other head pieces.

Ling Ling 1

Ling Ling 2

Ling Ling 3

Up and coming designer Carla Gittens fresh from Jamaica Mission Catwalk season 4 where she was first runner-up debuted her collection Designs By Carolori for the first time here at BBFW. Carla’s collection was feminine and give an air of effortless with bold bows and flowers to compliment some of the contemporary designs.

Designs By Carolori 1

Designs By Carolori 2

Designs By Carolori 3

Designs By Carolori

This was the second time for Charles Corvsky Dieujuste showing at BBFW and he surely lived up to expectations based on his previous showcase. Once again femininity and sophistication was evident as his collection breathed luxurious elegance with chic flowing pieces. Charles final piece was a crowd pleaser, comprising of a black lace and tulle dress which was more risque but it was still coherent with the other looks as it easily flowed down the runway.

Charles Corvsky Dieujuste 1

Charles Corvsky Dieujuste 2

Charles Corvsky Dieujuste

Learning a second language is always a plus and it offered me the privilege of working with designer Karlos Nunez as Dominica Republic as his translator. His menswear line entitled “Men Tailory” had a touch of the 40’s yet it was very modern. There was a wide selection of ready to wear pieces that were sharp and crisp accessorized with suspenders, gold chains links, hats and designer bags. His pieces showed great detail, craftsmanship and understanding of fabrics. Favorites with the crowd and myself were his trench coats pieces which had a hint of suspense to the character. Over all his collection would be perfect for the man looking for the “charming gentlemen” look.

Karlos Nunez 1

Karlos Nunez 2

Karlos Nunez 3

Karlos Nunez 4

The word “Anticipation” would be an understatement when referring to the level of excitement there was to see the collection “Alien Queen” by Viktor Luna finalist of Project Runway season 9. Viktor drew his inspiration from the pop king himself, the legend Michael Jackson. Just like Michael was ahead of his times, Viktor’s collection was avant-garde, futuristic, biker chic yet feminine. His designs mostly consisted of leather pieces, bondage straps, armor like details, spikes and studs giving a yin-yang feeling of good and bad merged into one. The final piece really embodied the collection’s name “Alien Queen” and at the end of his collection all I could say was ” Abduct me now! Beam me up Scottie”.

alien queen 1

alien queen 2 alien queen 3 alien queen 4

So there is no doubt in my mind and I can truly say that once again Barbados has proved to be the fashion capital in the Caribbean.

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.

8 mths pregnant8 mths pregnant

baby Nathaniel

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