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Curlkalon NYC Pop Up Shop & Salon

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This past weekend, I had the honor of being the special guest at Curlkalon's NYC pop-up shop and salon! I ventured to NYC with my girls (mom, sis, and Ari) for the event and it was a blast!! The event was filled with cro-slaying, mixing and mingling!! I had the honor of having my hair styled by celebrity hair stylist and Curlkalon's Stylist Ambassador, Dani (@vanitybydanit). She is known for her tapered crochet styles, so it was only right that she styled my hair giving me my signature taper, using Curlkalon "Toni curl" hair!! 

Check out my latest post of me installing Curlkalon hair myself!! 

Stay CHIC,
Dayna

CHIC Style: Longline Blazer from TEN Shop

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I am so obsessed with this longline blazer I picked up from TEN Shop!! I have talked about TEN a few times on the blog, but basically it is a  personal shopping event hosted by owner Kesha. Kesha has such an eye for style and picking up pieces for the low low! She invites attendees to her office/shop where she has racks and racks of amazing pieces at great prices.

When I arrived to the event, Kesha already had a rack of items set aside that she knew I would love. Of course this blazer was one of those items. It is clear that Kesha knows my style because I was IN LOVE the minute I saw it! I love the duo colors, the structure and the length!! This blazer is perfect to dress up or down. I decided to pair it with shorts because: 1) it was a nice day and I wanted to take advantage of showing leg haha and 2) I think pairing longline jackets with shorts is so CHIC!

If you are in the DMV area, you definitely don't want to miss TEN's next event!!! Check them out on Instagram @tenshopten

OUTFIT DETAILS
Blazer: @tenshopten
Blouse: H&M
Shorts: Prettylittlething.com
Boots: Just Fab- Similar HERE
Bag: Charming Charlie x Style Watch
Bandana worn as Choker: Target

COURAGEOUS #BYNATURE Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of leading the charge for American's Cancer Society breast cancer awareness walk in DC! We were the team captains for Creme of Nature and we gathered a group of women in DC to walk with us! It was a beautiful day. We literally talked and laughed the entire three-mile walk. It was a great experiece connecting with everyone!! We are so glad to have this opporunity and to really help make a difference! 

CHIC Events | The Naturalista Hair Show

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This year we had the honor of being on the Bloggers Panel for The Naturalista Hair Show! We were so excited for this opportunity and to be in such great company. This was our first panel, and it was simply amazing! Jessica of Mahoganycurls was our headliner! She is considered a natural hair blogger "OG" as she has been blogging for over 8 years. We both have definitely used a few of her videos for tips and inspiration in the 3 years of our journey. We were also accompanied by Lauren of @curls_unbothered and Brandi of @brandilou88. We all spoke on the panel giving the audience tips on hair care, our journey of building our brand and overall inspiration from our perspective. 

The show was jam packed with some of our favorite hair care brands, some great vendors, and amazing information sessions!  The Silver Spring Civic Center was buzzing with Naturalistas networking with their favorite bloggers, learning about new products, branding and hair care techniques! 

Dayna also had the pleasure of working with one of her favorite brands, CURLS. She stopped by their booth for a few hours to demonstrate on one of the CURLS Girls how to use the Blueberry Bliss line! It was a ton of fun seeing the ladies crowd around, watch and ask questions! 

Overall this year's show was awesome. We are so glad that we got to experience this together and we are so excited to do more of these in the future! 

Now for the outfit details, we both went with a CHIC Tailored look! Dayna wore an all white jumpsuit with an attached longline vest and Brittany wore flowy silk pants with longline blazer!

OUTFIT DETAILS
DAYNA: Jumpsuit: ASOS| Shoes: Aldo | Chocker: ASOS
BRITTANY: Pants: F21 (similar here) Blazer: F21 (similar here) Shoes: TJ Maxx 

The Naturalista Fashion Show

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Saturday, we had the absolute pleasure and honor of being the hosts of the 2016 Naturalista Hair Show- Fashion Show! When we originally got the request to be the host for this show, we were literally in shock! To know that one of our goals, or even dream would come true was simply a blessing for us. Merging the natural hair and the fashion  is what CHICNaturalistas is all about! It was a huge night filled with fashion from a number of designers inspired by their African heritage. We are so very proud of ourselves, hosting our very first event has us  pumped up and ready for more!! 

So now for our outfits, because we really came to SLAY. It is funny because everyone kept asking us "OMG did you guys plan this". And we said "No not really". We both already had an idea in our mind of what we wanted to wear and when we shared our options with each other we were like, OMG this is perfect!!! We always find a way to coordinate even when we are not trying. That is what you get when you have been friends for over 20 years! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
DAYNA: Dress: ASOS Choker: ASOS Shoes: Call It Spring
Brittany: Skirt: Nasty Gal Shirt: F21 (similar) Shorts: F21 Shoes: ALDO

CHIC EVENTS | Sally Beauty x Made Beautiful Meet Up

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Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting a Sally Beauty in-store meet-up with Made Beautiful!! I absolutely love Made Beautiful products, so I was so honored to collaborate with them on this meet-up! Attendees were able to shop with me and score some amazing Made Beautiful products at a great price, using the one day only special coupon!! I had so much fun mixing and mingling with the Naturalistas that came out to see me! It was so much fun helping them pick out the right product for their needs! Made Beautiful has three lines: TRUE, INSPIRE, and PURE. Each line offers something unique, and will definitely leave your hair feeling super healthy!! I am so thankful for this opportunity with Made Beautiful, and special thanks to all of the women that stopped by to shop with me!!

If you havent already, you definitely need to try out these products!!! I know you will love them.

Stay CHIC,
Dayna

CHIC Events | Palmers & Walmert Style and Beauty Lounge

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with two amazing brands; Palmers and Walmart as I hosted their Style and Beauty Lounge at the National Urban League Conference Career and Networking Fair! The fair drew in people from across the nation looking to connect with representatives from leading corporations and agencies. I was so excited to work with Palmers and Walmart because: a) I love Palmers products, I have been using them FOREVER and b)  I shop at Walmart at LEAST once a week!! I hosted the lounge with two of me fellow blogger friends; Yolanda (@etcblogmag) and Lauren (@curls_unbothered). These two ladies were a blast to work with and we had so much fun talking to every attendee about the amazing Palmers products that we love! 

Images provided by Lavan Anderson (@everydaylavan)

In the lounge, we also had top DMV barber @wadethebarber and Top DMV hair stylist @Shaddah_Elyse giving out free cuts and styles to attendees! 

We had such a great time in the lounge! I loved talking with everyone and mixing and mingling. Even the mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stopped by the lounge and paid us a visit!! I definitely can't wait to do this again next year!! 

Thanks again to the Palmers team for having me!! It was such a pleasure. And thanks to all of the women and men who stopped by the lounge!! 

This is a pic I love so much that Lauren captured of me, getting my social media on during the event!! If you haven't already, watch my Instagram story and snapchat (itsdaynadane) for live action of the event before it expires tonight! 

Stay CHIC,
Dayna

CHIC EVENTS| Rise Empowerment Conference

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This past weekend we had the absolute pleasure of attending the RISE Empowerment convention in Washington, DC! The Rise Empowerment convention is a business platform that is on a mission to help female entrepreneurs and small business owners find the resources needed to build their brand in the competitive fashion, beauty and wellness space; while giving them an opportunity to reach a highly engaged audience. This conference is all led by women of color that are highly successful in their respective fields. They deliver knowledge, tips, advice and overall motivation for each and every attendee!

The convention weekend started on a Friday night with an all-white cocktail party hosted by the founders Rochelle Graham of Alikay Naturals, Angela Walker owner of the N Natural Hair Studio, and Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily. We had a great time at this cocktail party. We got to mix and mingle with curl-friends, look CHIC in our all white, and the highlight of our night was meeting Claire!!! To say we “got our life” when we met Claire is an UNDERSTATEMENT. We adore Claire, so meeting her was truly amazing. It also helped that she is literally the sweetest person ever!! She was so humble and so genuine, it was truly a pleasure!

The cocktail party included a heavy-hitter panel of all of the RISE Empowerment keynote speakers! We definitely pulled some great gems from this panel!! Overall, it was a beautiful space, a beautiful party with even more beautiful women!!

The next day was the actual convention! We came ready to take notes and soak up all of the knowledge each presenter had to offer. The convention started with a presentation from co-founder Angela Walker. She dished on CRAZY Leadership, how to build a team and be able to lead them effectively.

Next up co-founder Rochelle Graham dropped amazing gems on creating a product that sells! This was a great presentation because Rochelle has a thriving successful product line herself, and she was very candid about the keys to creating and building a product that will succeed!

Next,  all attendees wrote down their ULTIMATE GOAL onto a yellow piece of paper, then we all gathered together and held our goals high and proclaimed that we will RISE TOGETHER!! This was awesome, seeing everyone's goals and everyone's passion was very motivating.

The group broke for a quick lunch break, and we had the opportunity as VIP to meet Myleik! This was awesome for us because we both admire Myleik! She is literally our virtual mentor in our heads! After the VIP Meet and greet it was Myleik’s time to present, and let us just say; she had the audience captured! She dropped so so much knowledge it was just so refreshing to hear her speak in person! She talked about the “How to the Hustle” and if you follow Dayna on snapchat, you definitely got a sense of how that presentation went. Two points from Myleik that really speaks out to us is: “A real Hustler invests in themselves” and “If you are not poppin’ or ballin’, you should NOT be sleeping in”.  Yes, Myleik is raw and straight to the point and I know every woman in that building took so much away from her presentation.

The convention finished up with several more presentations: one by Megan Ward of Creatively Flawless. She touched on how to build and boss up your brand, sharing very awesome creative solutions on how to really elevate your brand’s aesthetic and social media platforms. Next up was a presentation by Shade Room’s VP as she talked how to create a social media maven and the keys to having a successful social media presence.

Overall the event was EXCELLENT and we definitely recommend all #BossGirls to attend!! You are guaranteed to leave inspired and motivated to take your brand to the next level. We left the event so ready to continue to push our brand and build it to the best it can be!! We are so excited for the rest of this year. We have so many amazing things in store for CHICNaturalistas!!!

 

 

 

 

NOLA RECAP

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This past weekend we attended the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo (NONHE) and Essence Fest! It was our first time in the city of music and amazing food and trust us, we were there to slay with our curl friends! 

Thursday, Dayna was able to attend a Welcome soiree hosted by Dark and Lovely! It was a small event filled with influencers and the entire Dark and Lovely marketing team. We had drinks, food and talked products and Curly Nikki's new book! Dayna even met the natural hair pioneer herself! She was the sweetest! 

Friday we were able to go to Essence Fest and check out their Beauty and Style Expo! There we were able to see some familiar faces and check out some of our favorite hair care brands!

Next, we attended the Design Essentials Event! It was a beautiful event. We were able to meet the oh so beautiful celebrity natural hair stylist, Felicia Leatherwood! She hosted the event along with Chrisette Michelle! We both got asked to participate in an on camera hair texture demo by Felicia! She demonstrated the difference in each girl's hair texture! We were amongst other bloggers: Amber Janielle,  Carrisa and Amber of Naturally GG!  After the event we each walked away with a swag bag full of Design Essentials products that we can't wait to try! 

Saturday we attended the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo! The space was beautiful! Dayna worked at the Kinky Curly Yaki (KCY)  booth with blogger friend Janae (@Nae2curly). Both Dayna and Nae explained to each Naturalista that stopped by, the benefits of clip/ins and protective styling! Brittany managed KCY's social media! Overall it was an absolutely awesome event. It was hosted by our blogger curl-friends Romance (@heycurlie), Yolanda (@etcblogmag) and Jessica (@JessicaPettway). We really enjoyed connecting with new curl-friends and meeting followers of our Instagram and blog! One of the most exciting parts of the day was when a follower stopped us both and said "Hey you're CHICNaturalistas!"

Sunday NONHE hosted an amazing brunch! The food was to die for and the mixing and mingling with our curl friends was priceless! 

CURL FEST 2016 RECAP

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Yesterday was absolutely amazing!!  I had the pleasure of attending CURL FEST 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. For those who do not know; CURL FEST is the largest, dopest natural hair festival out there! I like to call it the “Coachella of natural hair". Thousands, and I mean THOUSANDS of beautiful naturalistas gathered in Prospect Park to celebrate and shop some awesome vendors. CURL FEST definitely exceeded any and all expectations. It was EVERYTHING! 

The highlight of my day at CURL FEST was being interviewed by Michaela Angela Davis for Centric!! This was such a cool experience, and I can’t wait to see it air on Centric!!

What I love most about attending these kind of events are the connections that are built with everyone I meet there. I love meeting fellow bloggers that I communicate with via social media, and also people who are followers of the blog and my Instagram!! It is definitely the most fun!!

All in all, CURL FEST was a blast. It is officially a MUST ATTEND for me go-forward. I am still in awe of how much fun I had, and the enormous VIP swag bag that I received! It was literally over 20 full sized products packed in one bag! I am excited to try them all.

A special thanks to the women of Curly Girl Collective for putting on such an amazing event. I look forward to attending many many more!!

Oh and of course I can’t forget to spill the details on my outfit! This is a set from Vetudejoy! These pieces are from their summer line and it will be available tomorrow!! So check out their site to snag this set! I love it because it is versatile and you can easily mix and match the top and bottoms! I paired the set with this statement necklace from H&M and gladiator sandals from Journeys. I loved my look, it was unique but still kept the festival vibe!! 

#CourageousBeauty| Making Strides against breast cancer

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Creme Of Nature's 4th annual #CourageousBeauty Campaign is back! The Courageous Beauty campaign is a celebratory campaign dedicated to the life, survival, and supporters of those who are affected by cancer. Yesterday I joined the campaign by making strides against breast cancer in a 3 mile walk in D.C! Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight.  I am so honored to be able to participate in this campaign as a co-captain and Sally's meet up hostess! As part of the #CourageousBeauty campaign, Creme of Nature teamed up with bloggers in various cities to walk for a cure.

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The bloggers/captains of each city are encouraged to gather women to walk and raise donations for the fight against breast cancer! The D.C captain is the beautiful Yolanda Renee! Yolanda selected me to be her co-captain and I couldn’t be more honored to help spearhead such an awesome cause. The Creme Of Nature DC group rallied a group of Naturalistas and their little ones to make strides, and we showed up and showed out yesterday!

Also in attendance was blogger Candice of MyCandiShoppe! Candace will be co-hosting the #CourageousBeauty Sally's meet up with me on Friday!

The DC Team is challenged with earning $2,500! If our team meets this goal, Creme Of Nature will match it! If you would like to donate, please visit the website HERE

And don't forget, this Friday my #CourgeousBeauty Sally's Meet Up is happening!! Candice (@mycandishoppe) and I will be there for a meet and greet full of fun, natural hair talk, giveaways and much more! So if you are in the DMV area, you definitely do not want to miss this!! 

Also Visit:
Yolanda's YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAM
Creme of Nature INSTAGRAM
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer FB Page

THE NATURALISTA HAIR SHOW

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Yesterday I attended the Naturalista Hair Show as a VIP blogger. The Naturalista Hair Show is one of the largest natural hair shows/events in the DMV area! I am so glad that I was able to attend. It was a fun-filled event full of vendors, workshop classes, live panel discussions, and just overall meeting and connecting with other naturals. 

One of my favorite parts of the show was the panel discussion featuring Natural Hair Vlogger/Bloggers: Courtney of Curls and Couture, HeyFranHey, Annisa LiMara, and Candace of MyCaniShoppe. The discussion touched on how the ladies started their blogs/vlogs, how they grew their platforms and also monetization of their blogging platforms! It was definitely good information and pointers learned from that session!

Throughout the event I had the chance to visit the many vendor booths and product tables...

 Meet and connect with curl friends...

....and of course a little media action!

Overall, the event was awesome!! My favorite part of being a blogger within this community is attending the events! I have attended a number of events this year and each one offer something different and unique! They will never get old for me. Meeting new friends and connecting with other Naturalistas is what I enjoy most! I definitely look forward to the next one!

Stay CHIC,
Dayna

#CURLPOWERBRUNCH

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This past weekend, I ventured to my hometown of Cleveland Ohio for the #CurlPowerBrunch hosted by Romance Cox, aka Hey Curlie!! Romance is a Cleveland native that started her brand Hey Curlie just last year! She started Hey Curlie with one goal in mind: to bring natural hair events to Cleveland! Little did she know that her passion for events would spark her natural hair empire! Romance effortlessly captured the attention of thousands of woman via social media; that look to her daily for natural hair inspiration. I not only have the pleasure of being one of those women, but I also have the pleasure of calling Romance one of my best friends! To watch her brand grow over the past year is so amazing and I am so incredibly proud of her!

With a year under her belt, she was finally ready to deliver her very first solo event, and it was definitely worth the wait!! Over 50 women gathered at this sold out event! There literally wasn't an empty seat in the house!

The event started promptly at 1:00pm, where all guests were greeted with a stuffed swag bag!!! It was jammed packed full of Romance's favorite products!! What I loved most about the swag bag, and this event, is that Romance personally went through the entire bag and showcased each product and why she loved it!!

After a little mix and mingling, Romance started off with introducing herself and sharing her hair journey. All attendees were glued to her as she gracefully delivered her story.

The event continued with numerous giveaways, where attendees clutched their raffle tickets, praying their number would be called! The giveaways were the bomb! Romance gave away full size product lines, skin care products and even hair!! I was lucky enough to win a Dear Naturalista "Curl Power" tee!!

Other giveaway winners

The event consisted of great food, drinks, tons of  pictures, laughs and a few tears.. Yes, REAL TEARS!! Romance ended the event with a heartfelt thank you to all of her attendees. It was so genuine and sincere that she cried. It wasn’t a dry eye in the building after her speech. Just Romance being unapologetically herself at that moment was just so beautiful! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this event and support my girl! CHICNaturalistas wishes her nothing but continued success!

If you missed out on this event, don’t you worry because this is definitely not the end to the Curl Power Brunch series. Romance is already planning her next one for 2016! You definitely don’t want to miss!!

Oh and in case you were wondering about my outfit, complete look from H&M, shoes from Call it Spring!

photo credits:
Branded Curl Power images via @heycurliecurlpower head there for more images of the event!! Also be sure to follow @heycurlie!!

Stay CHIC,
Dayna

3 The Curl Way | Dallas

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This past weekend I ventured to good ol Dallas, Texas for the 3 The Curl Way event to support my curl friends Romance (heycurlie), Courtney (curlsandcouture), and Nae (nae2curly). It was such an awesome event full of meeting fellow bloggers, natural hair conversation and great food!! For the event, I knew that I wanted to wear something that was super Chic, different, and eye-catching! So as I did my online shopping a few weeks ago, I came across this top and I had to have!! What I love most about it is of course the length, and the high slits on the side! This look was super CHIC, with a touch of edge! My first thought when I bought the shirt was to pair it with shorts, but after having a fashion show in my room, Idecided that shorts would be just too casual for the event, so I opted for pants. I added the white pants and t-strap sandals for a simple effortless look that I absolutely LOVED!!! Check out all of the details below!

Oh yes, and did I forget to mention I shaved my sides?!! I love it.. it brings so much edge! I am loving my short hair ya'll...

Details
Shirt: Misguided
Pants: Old, not sure where I got them
Necklace: Aldo Accessories
Sunnies: Forever 21
Shoes: MisguidedHere's a few pics from the #3TheCurlWayEvent