Hello October…errr… Blogtober!

I welcome you… with reluctance.

Welp, the thing is, October means Autumn which means Winter isn’t far behind which meeeaaannns… brrrrr! Me no likey cold weather. BUT, in order to get to the lovelinesses that are Spring and Summer, we must get through boots, coats and hot cocoa evenings. I do actually enjoy the boots. ;-)

That said, I’m gonna attempt to embark on yet another “blog every day this month” challenge, suggested by my girl Shirley over at This Square Peg, which is aptly named Blogtober. I haven’t been feeling the best these past few weeks but let’s see what I can pump out for you guys. This’ll be yet another opportunity to force myself to get writing and think up new content.

The “trick” with this challenge, though, is that I need to incorporate Autumn within each post somehow. Challenge indeed! *bites nails*

I challenge all my blogger boos out there to join me!

Talk to y’all soon!


Toia B.

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iLyH Beauty Talk: Natural Hair {{VIDEO}}

Poppin’ in really quick to share this amazing series with you from I Luv Your Hair, a site which I have been contributing to since inception AND has recently celebrated its one year anniversary! It has been a genuine pleasure to work with editor, Tiffany Barnes. This Beauty Talk series that she’s put together is a must watch!

If you’re a regular here, you may already be at the point where you are absolutely in love with your natural hair and rock it confidently… orrrr maybe not. In any event, I think this three-part series will give you a little boost whether you’re at one stage in the journey or the other.

Enjoy part one below and make sure you click on parts two & three afterwards. Oh, and SUBSCRIBE! ;-)


Toia B.


NYC Event Alert: Glam Ladies NYC by Natural Partners in Crime Oct. 11, 2014

Natural Partners in Crime is at it again with yet another NYC event just for you!

On Saturday October 11, Glam Ladies NYC sets out to educate while giving you opportunities to shop, mingle and take full advantage of the pampering beauty services that will be on deck.

The event includes two informative workshops:

Scalp Is Skin with hair and skin care specialist Kimo Bentley will explore how you can maintain healthy skin and, by extension, a healthy scalp which leads to healthy hair. The creator of the line Shea Gourmet, Bentley will be on-hand as a vendor while providing one-on-one mini scalp analyses for all attendees who might be interested.

Beauty 101- Starts With Skin is another helpful workshop that will focus on skin health with licensed esthetician and skin therapist Cynthia Pierre.

Enjoy passed appetizers provided by Camryn Drew Caterers from 1pm-3pm along with drinks mixed by Over Cocktailz AND cupcakes by Lala’s Cupcake Boutique… YUMMERS!

Unfortunately, I have to work (story of my retail life!) but go on and enjoy for ya girl! ;-)

Learn more about the speakers and get your tickets at glamladiesnyc.eventbrite.com


Toia B.


Hair Tip Tuesday: Using Essential Oils in Your Natural Hair Care Regimen

You’ve probably heard about how great essential oils are to use in your hair care regimen, like the fact that they help to stimulate blood flow in the scalp and therefore, hair growth. But, do you know how to use them?

Well, basically, before using them on your skin (which, of course, includes the scalp), they must be diluted in a carrier oil. These are the oils you may already use like Olive, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed and so on.  While carrier oils are made from the fatty parts of fruit or plants and have a fairly mild scent, essential oils are more concentrated, extracted from the blossoms or leaves of plants and are normally quite aromatic. In fact, you probably use some of these for aromatherapy and massages for their soothing effect.

Never Use Alone

Please! Essential oils in their purest form are super potent. If applied directly to your skin without first being diluted in a carrier oil, they can and will (personal experience) burn/irritate the skin. They are far too strong to use on their own. Also, because essential oils, by nature, evaporate rapidly, they need to be balanced or stabilized by a base or carrier oil.

How Much?

Again, essential oils are concentrated extracts so you don’t need a whole lot. They usually come in a convenient dropper bottle, making it easy for the user to carefully place a few drops in their carrier oil. I, personally, don’t use specific measurements but I generally use about four drops each of three essential oils (Tea Tree, Rosemary & Peppermint) in my moisturizing spritz. I use pretty much the same “formula” when making my own oil blend.

How to Use ‘Em

How you choose to use your oils once diluted is up to you and you hair’s needs. Many naturals, including me, like using their carrier oil/essential oil mixture as a pre-poo/deep conditioning treatment, used in conjunction with a plastic cap for some heat. I also like to add a couple drops of essential oil to the water reservoir of my hooded hair steamer. This not only adds the goodness and benefits of the essential oil to my hair and scalp but the scented steam provides THE most relaxing aromatherapy effect! You gotta try it if you haven’t already!

I’ve also talked about how effective these oils are in scalp massages. On their own, massages are soothing and stimulate blood flow but the added benefits of the oils make it that much more effective. For more relaxation, try warming your oil by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water before applying to your scalp.

You can usually find essential oils in your local health food stores and there are many online retailers and distributors who offer both carrier and essential oils in addition to other helpful natural and organic butters and things.

When in Doubt…

Everything ain’t for everybody! Please be keep in mind any allergies or conditions you may have and do a test on a small part of your skin to make sure you won’t have some crazy reaction to the oils. If you are unsure about using certain essentials oils, do your research and consult your physician.

Do you currently incorporate essential oils in your regimen? If so, which ones and how do you use them?


Toia B.


Cotton Recognizes Reuben Reuel of Demestiks New York

Way to go Cotton!

…ya know, the “fabric of our lives” folks? Yeah.

Welp, I was excited to see Brooklyn’s own Reuben Reuel of Demestiks New York as the latest designer to be featured in their Cotton Makers series. I’ve been following this young man’s work for some time and even got to see the line up close at The Natural Aristocratic Tea back in May.

Awesome sauce!

His vibrant Ankara pieces are super classy and crisp, receiving tons of exposure within and outside of the Big Apple. Sounds like I need to find this guy and get a Behind the Brand feature goin’!

If you don’t know about him, please watch. 


Toia B.

*feature images via Demestiks New York