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The Barbadian Designers Making Sure We Rep This Independence

 

Scrolling through my Instagram I couldn’t help but notice that some tridents and blue and yellow combos were popping up.

As we all know, Barbados is celebrating its 51st anniversary of Independence this November. It’s not usually a big commercial period but it’s good to see some designers are making sure we can rep our country in style.

I want to add to this list so if you or someone you know has Independence-inspired pieces, drop me a line.

Ashlar Designs has some bags in the works.

 

Bay & Bim has trident jewellery.

#BayandBim

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Bead Gang sold out of these bracelets but it seems more could be on the way.

 

J’aime Crochet has swimsuits, several of them!

Choose Happiness, Choose J'aime Crochet😍

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Klutch Appeal’s trident clutches are available by order only.

Ready for tonight's charity show! #klutchappeal #caribbeanfashion #caribbeanstyle @vinsacavehill

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Odboih is also in on the action.
Suga Apple Swim has you beach babes covered.
Daresque is another swimwear option.

Reflecting On Curls Nite Out Summer Edition

Do you.  Take risks. Silence those inner voices. 

No, this isn’t some random cheesy motivational post. But it is a different kind of event recap. I knew Curls Nite Out wasn’t going to be just a hair event but I don’t think I quite expected these themes to come through so strongly.  I don’t know if it was planned but that was what I got from quite a few presenters, regardless of the topic.

Melinda Belle of Astrape Finance,  Renee Crichlow of REAC Fitness and Christian Gibbs stand out in my mind as some of the most inspirational presenters.

Melinda Belle of Astrape Finance
Melinda Belle of Astrape Finance

Melinda talked about the importance of not letting fear hold you back, forgiving yourself for past mistakes and coming up with a plan to move forward.

Renee Crichlow of REAC Fitness
Renee Crichlow of REAC Fitness

Renee spoke about  how you need to stick to your goals and not attempt things half-heartedly, about not putting junk in our bodies and minds the same way we  (hopefully) don’t put junk in our hair.

Christian Gibbs demonstrating her twistout routine while Shawna Rowena Morgan lends some assistance.

Christian shared how people started complimenting her hair when she started rocking it with confidence. You can see a clip of her presentation here.

I decided to highlight these because many of us find it difficult to silence the voices whether we want to try a new hairstyle, start an exercise regimen or make an investment. Doing what you want, when you want and how you want is super hard for many of us but these ladies reminded us how important it is to do what is right for you.

I’ll also be posting a video clip from Renee on Facebook along with one from image consultant Shawna Rowena Morgan whose presentation I really enjoyed. If you need help knowing which hairstyles and colours suit your complexion and face shape, she’s the girl you should check out.

Marcia and Lisa of L&M Touch of Class
Marcia and Lisa of L&M Touch of Class

It wasn’t all super serious though. Marcia and Lisa of L&M Touch of Class had lots of advice for the ladies considering Sisterlocks while Khadijah of Blvcallure demonstrated crochet braiding. There was also a make-up demo by Alphaeus Designs.

And last but not least, there was stuff to buy and awesome new curlfriends to meet.  What more could a girl want in just three hours?

Cupcakes from Bite of Love
Sugar Dream Inc. and these trinkets that look edible but definitely aren't. Yes, that's a Tea Time biscuit.
Sugar Dream Inc. and these trinkets that look edible but definitely aren’t. Yes, that’s a Tea Time biscuit.
Jewellery from Fontaine Creations
Luna Designs
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Soaps, scrubs and body washes from Eden’s Choice. I got Vanilla, Cinnarose, Ocean’s Kiss and Oatmeal and Honey soaps.
And yes I got me some jewellery because I can never help it. I love these bold pieces by Ashlar Designs.
And yes I got me some jewellery because I can never help it. I love these bold pieces by Ashlar Designs.

I had a fabulous night even though I was quite under the weather and I’m already looking forward to the next event!

Curls Nite Out -The Summer Edition

If you spend even a little time on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably come across tons of natural hair meet-ups, usually somewhere in the States. And you’ve probably wished you could attend so you could chat with fellow curlies and admire all the different textures and styles that make up the natural hair community.  Or at least you wished we could have more events like that in Barbados. Well I have the summer event for you!

Curls Nite Out

I was pretty excited when I heard about this event so I had to find out more and share the info with you. I had a chat with Alison, the organiser. Here’s what I found out about the event which will be held at the Soroptimist Activities Centre, Eden Lodge, St Michael.

She explained why she came up with the idea to stage Curls Nite Out.

“I always had the basic idea for an informal, girlie, evening of fun, education and socialising for natural haired women in Barbados, especially after hosting the Barbados Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show. When the initial plans for our formal event, Curls and Cocktails, fell through, I postponed but I couldn’t leave these ladies without a summer event. So . . . Curls Nite Out was born.”

I asked about what we can expect on the night and the line-up is pretty awesome. There will be presentations by natural hair stylists and an image consultant as well makeup tutorials. If that weren’t enough, attendees will also hear from finance and fitness experts. There will also be pop-up shops and yummy treats on sale including healthy fruit juices and JEMS Gourmet Chocolates.

It’s obviously not just about hair and I asked Alison why.

“Anyone on this natural hair journey knows it a holistic journey. You may find yourself changing your diet to have a better impact on your hair.  If you recently big chopped maybe you want help dressing or styling for your new cut. We want to provide that. Maybe you find that wearing your makeup in a different way, makes you more confident with your new chop.  And we’re women. Who doesn’t love to shop?  Also these are some amazing entrepreneurs building amazing brands and businesses I thought these ladies should know about!

I also asked what she hoped women would take away from the event.

I hope they will leave knowing, first, that they are not alone on this journey; that they feel more confident and proud of their choice. I hope this event undoes some of the teaching that we are not good enough because of whatever. There are thousands of different species of flowers, and they all wear their petals with pride. That’s what I want for these ladies.

I had one final question: More and more Barbadian women are saying no to relaxers but there’s still resistance to natural hair in some circles. Are you satisfied with how far we’ve come?

Yes.  I am satisfied, considering how hard “they” have worked to make us believe we are less than we are.  This return to our natural hair, has moved beyond America, and England. Money makes the world go around. So to see big companies creating lines strictly for natural hair ladies says progress to me.

So there you have it ladies. InMyWardrobe will be at Curls Nite Out (with camera in hand) be sure to say hello and let me get a photo of that fab hairstyle. The dress code is dressy casual so show off that fab style as well.

To find out more about Curls Nite Out and Curls & Cocktails which is taking place on August 9, check out Barbados Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show on Facebook.