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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pole La Teaz






I had heard so much about the physical benefits of pole fitness and decided I must give it a try. Sometimes being restricted to the gym or working out in one's living room can become redundant. So I stepped out of my comfort zone and visited Pole La Teaz at 2148 Hills Ave NW in Atlanta, GA. I met up with my friend and fellow Youtuber Sumkindawndrful.

Pole La Teaz is a premier studio for pole dance classes, striptease workouts, sensual dance, and lap dances. We took the Sultry Dance class. Let me first say that it is no easy workout. As simple as it may sound, this is a serious workout especially with high heels. The mission of Pole La Teaz is to offer women of all ages a unique form of exercise dedicated to strengthening and toning their bodies while unleashing their inner goddess in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment.




As a first timer in the studio I received a warm welcome. My class was filled with women of all levels from beginner to expert. There was no pressure to do each move perfectly or any judgement on physical appearance. Our instructor was very patient and professional. She taught us a few seductive moves and we even learned how to swing from the pole and climb. I must definitely give it up for all strippers and exotic dances. Neither swinging or climbing is easy.
I will definitely return to Pole La Teaz for more lessons. If you're interested in booking lessons at their Atlanta or Alpharetta locations in Georgia, visit there site here (www.poletateaz.com).


Until next time,

NK








Monday, August 25, 2014

Middle Georgia Naturals Meet & Greet and Product Swap




On August 16th I had the chance to attend the Middle Georgia Naturals Meet & Greet and Product Swap in downtown Macon, GA! The meet-up was held at the chic Taste & See Coffee Shop and Gallery at 546 Poplar Street. The trendy coffee shop offers live entertainment, delicious desserts, and coffee of course.  This was a great opportunity for product junkies and natural hair enthusiast to meet fellow naturals and swap the products they have tried that are sitting on their shelves. The meet-up was hosted by Daphne Ragland, founder of Middle Georgia Naturals and natural hair product line Natty Coco. Daphne had giveaways for attendees and everyone left with a swag bag gifted by Camille Rose.

I had a chance to talk briefly about my experience using Body by Vi. I shared how I've lost nearly fifteen pounds, gained muscles, and lost inches. I also provided information to each attendee on how they can get their product free and have a party hosted by me. My personal trainer, Thomas Wright, also stopped by to talk about the health benefits of the products. If you're looking for a trainer in the Middle Georgia area be sure to friend him on Facebook and let him know you're interested in a personal trainer.




Camille Elaine, a hairstylist from Macon discussed porosity. She dropped lots of healthy hair knowledge on this subject. She educated us on how porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. Knowing your hair's porosity can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well moisturized, strong, and shiny. I thought this was a brilliant topic to discuss because women too often get wrapped up in the products without understanding the basic foundation of their hair.

After the meet-up a few attendees, Daphne, and myself did an impromptu photo-shoot outside of Taste & See. Check us out on Poplar Street and make sure you check out Middle Georgia Naturals for more events coming soon.

 






Until next time,

NK

Monday, August 18, 2014

African Pride Beauty Innovation Brunch




Photo Credit: Shawn Bell
This past Sunday, August 17th, I headed to Atlanta for the African Pride Beauty Innovation Brunch held at the  Madame CJ Walker Museum. For a hair and culture fanatic, this was a beautiful blend of history and beauty! The Madame CJ Walker Museum is housed in the historic Auburn district of Atlanta. This was once a thriving area that boomed with black owned businesses.

Photo Credit: Shawn Bell

I had the opportunity to meet Ricci de Forest who is a native of New York and a professional cosmetologist. He is the curator and owner of the museum. We gathered around to listen to his tale of how he stumbled across the location. He stated that when he "got the lease, didn't know that the original artifacts used by the agents would be left in the beauty shop!" and he also educated us on the fact the first African American Radio Station in the country, W.E.R.D was housed upstairs.



We also had a delicious brunch prepared by Chef Nikki of the Food Network. She served salmon, sweet potato hash, French toast, cumber salad, Mediterranean frittas, and other delightful items as we sipped on Mimosas.  Nikki definitely can cook!
 

 

 This Brunch was also filled with great debates on an open format to discuss our hair concerns, our personal experiences, our expectations of hair brands as consumers, and many hot topics. Camila Crews, Strength of Nature's Global Brand Manager, opened the floor up with telling us about some innovative products offered by African Pride's Texture Manageability System as well as Olive Miracle and Shea Butter Miracle moisture rich products. We also learned about  Beautiful Texture's Straight to Curly technology that allows Naturals to go from curly/kinky to straight and back to curly all while doing so without damaging the health of one's hair.

Photo Credit: Shawn Bell
What piqued my interest  even more was being surrounded by beautiful artifacts of our past that included actual tools used by agents of the salon.

Blow Dryers, Various Pressing Combs & other tools


A Flat Iron


Blow Dryer
I also noticed some things of our past and was reminded of how the Civil Rights movement is not so far removed from today's current on-goings.




The Madame CJ Walker Museum is also a functioning salon!


 

I left with amazing goody bags filled with Strength of Nature's products.

Photo Credit: Shawn Bell
Be sure to check out the Madame CJ Walker Museum here

Join the conversation using the social media hashtag #APbeautybrunch

Visit www.African-Pride.com for more information


Until next time,

NK

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BEAUTIFUL TEXTURES™ AND INDIQUE VIRGIN HAIR EXTENSIONS PRESENT THE PERFECT BLEND


 
FIRST-EVER COLLABORATION BETWEEN POWERHOUSE HAIR BRANDS DEBUTS AUGUST 13-18 OFFERING WOMEN THE ULTIMATE OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT THEIR NATURAL HAIR WHILE WEARING LUXURY HAIR EXTENSIONS 
 
 
 SAVANNAH, GA - Beautiful Textures™, the leading hair care innovator for women of color with curly, coily or kinky hair, has joined forces with luxury hair extension line Indique for a unique collaboration offering women the opportunity to flawlessly blend their protective styles with their natural hair.  The Perfect Blend is the first-ever collaboration between Beautiful Textures and Indique, utilizing Beautiful Textures' revolutionary Beautiful Textures Naturally Straight Texture Manageability System (TMS) and Indique's array of luxury virgin hair extensions.  The limited run collaboration debuts today, Wednesday, August 13, through Monday, August 18.
 
Campaign highlights include a how-to video that will be available online at Beautiful Textures and Indique's respective websites and a chance for consumers to enter a contest for a chance to win the complete Beautiful Textures line of hair treatments and styling aids along with two tubes of Indique virgin hair extensions, representing a value of approximately $600.This will also include a complimentary install as well as the Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System.
"Protection, versatility and style are the three areas that the Perfect Blend collaboration between Beautiful Textures and Indique addresses," says Charlene Dance, global marketing director Strength of Nature, Beautiful Textures' parent company. 
 
Women can be assured that while using the Texture Manageability System under their extensions, their natural hair is protected and primed for easier detangling when the time comes to switch up their style and remove their extensions for a different look.
 
"Indique Hair is pleased to partner with Beautiful Textures to present The Perfect Blend," says Ericka Dotson, Co-Founder & Global Creative Director of Indique.  "This campaign is designed to encourage women to think about the condition of their hair while wearing extensions and to understand that their natural hair can be maintained while they simultaneously enjoy the versatile and stylish array of extensions that Indique offers."
 
About Beautiful Textures
Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Walmart, Walgreens, Sally's Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.
 

 
 
About Indique Hair
With a winning combination of hair experts and stylists, and more than 25 years of industry experience, IndiqueHair International provides 100 percent virgin human hair that is natural and of the highest quality. With an impressive client base that consists of Lady Gaga, Lala Vasquez, Rihanna, Ciara, Jill Scott, Brandy and more,Indique Hair's unique Indian virgin and natural human hair extensions are lustrous and tangle free. Indique Hair International is the only company that produces hair extensions at the source, with headquarters in India; IndiqueHair has free-standing boutiques in Brooklyn, Soho & Little Neck in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston. For more information visit http://www.indiquehair.com/.
 
 
#PerfectBlend Giveaway Rules & How to Enter:
1. You must share the provided social media badges using the #PerfectBlend hashtag on Instagram between August 13th-18th.
 For example " I want to win the  #PerfectBlend using @lovinmytextures & @iloveindique!"
 
 
You will be contacted directly via social media.
 
Link to download the badges as seen in post: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thegarnercircle/sets/72157645986112960/
 
 
 
 
 
NK