Happily Ever…. After

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Hello My favorite Naturalistas!! I know I know I have been away but so much has been going on in my life!! As most of you know I recently got married, and we are expecting our bundle of Joy in June. I have just been taking time to be with my husband and family. But dont fret… I am back on my blogging. I am aiming for three posts a week Monday,Wednesday and Friday postings. Check out deets below of my wedding and reception!! xoxo

  We wed March 22, 2014 at City Hall, Located in Chicago, IL. This was one of the best decisions we have ever made. It was so nice, so memorable, quick and easy with NO HASSLE AT ALL!! I really enjoyed the day!! Afterwards we had breakfast with my cousin, and we stayed at a 5 star hotel in downtown Chicago called the Langham. If you are in Chicago check that hotel out! It is AMAZING!!!

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My mother and I

Hair and Makeup Deets: I wore my hair in a twist out. I used Edenbodyworks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème. My makeup was done by a girl I know who works at Mac. She did an amazing job!!

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For dinner we went to Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse! It was also amazing, we ordered the Porterhouse for 2! OMG the meat was so tender and flavorful!! Then for dessert we had the 23 layer chocolate cake!!

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    On Saturday March 29th we had our Reception. The reception was held at a VFW hall near my house. My Mother-in-Law transformed the entire area!! The night was amazing!! I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Me and my Husband Randy are so grateful for all of our family and friends! We appreciate all the love and words of encouragement on our special day from all of you as well.

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My niece and Nephew :)

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My beautiful Niece and I

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My brother and Mother

Hair and Makeup Deets: I got my hair straightened by my girl Nadling at Salon Pressure . She gave me soft flowy curls :) I love my hair. Also my makeup was done by @prettyeyesbyki on Insgagram :) She also did a fantastic job!!

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  Overall I would like to say that I am blessed. I have been with my now husband for 5 years. We wed on our 5 year anniversary :) Keep God First and everything else will follow. I pray that each and every one of you are doing well and blessed. I thank you all for continuting to follow my blog!! It means a lot!!!     Now on to the next chapter… My little Princess expected to arrive June 30th!!! xoxo

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L.A.C.E. Naturals Review

Hey Naturalistas!! I know I have been MIA, the wedding is over and I have had time to gather myself!! This review is long overdue!!!

 

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I was sent a few products from L.A.C.E Naturals to review. L.A.C.E Enterprises, LLC, was founded in 2008 by Candera Walker. L.A.C.E stands for Ladies Always Create Excitement, which I love!!

 

From lacenatural.com L.A.C.E. Naturls goal is to continuously offer quality products with the best ingredients to promote healthy hair of all types and skin.  Products are tested for months before offering to consumers to ensure we are giving you the best in butters, oils, herbal infusions and essential oil blends, none of our products are tested on animals. We eliminate harsh ingredients that have the potential to create more health issues in the future and will continue to create products that are safe for the environment.

We do not use any synthetic fragrances and our products are free from parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, formaldehyde and mineral oil.

L.A.C.E is based out of St. Louis, MO

Candera was so nice and I thank her for sending me out the products to review.

Below are the products that I was sent:

 

More Moisture Cream

from lacenatural.com Previously named Más Humedad which is Spanish for “More Moisture”…we decided to drop the spanish but the ingredients/formula.

This product has been formulated to aid in styling and can be used as a leave-in conditioner. Providing a high level of moisture and nourishment for your hair as well as definition, sheen and strengthening properties. Great to solve issues with dryness and works well on thick/coarse hair and this is a heavier cream.

Ingredients: Distilled water infused with Slippery Elm (leaves hair soft and manageable), Sea Kelp (Mineral rich, conditions and strengthens), Horsetail (rejuvenates hair follicles), Orange Peel (makes hair soft, shine and manageable), Marshmallow Root (natural moisturizer, hydrates hair and scalp, rich in proteins and vitamins A and C), Aloe Vera Juice. Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (Conditioning Emulsifier) Aloe Vera Extract, Raw Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative) and Essential Oil Blend for Fragrance

Best to use on damp hair followed by one of our hair butters as a sealant or your favorite hair oil. A little goes a long way.

Does not contain any Parabens, Silicones, Mineral Oil or Sulfates

My Review:

This was amazing!! I used it as a leave in as well as to prep my hair for my marley twist install. It left my hair soft and manageable. I barley had to detangle! Seems like my comb went straight through!! That almost never happens!!

 

Brahmi Root Hair Masque :

From lacenatural.com Deep treatment that includes ayurvedic herbs to aid in strengthening, conditioning, and moisturizing. Repairs, restores and promotes healthy hair growth. Makes hair soft and easier to manage. Also detangles hair for easier styling even after rinsing.

Ingredients: Distilled Water and infused with Brahmi, Burdock Root, Marshmallow Root, Yucca Root, Slippery Elm and Horsetail, Aloe Vera Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Castor Oil, Raw Honey, Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Pro Vitamin B5, Hydrolized Wheat Protein, Essential Oil Blend for Fragrance.

Apply to freshly washed, damp hair for about 30 – 45 minutes with a shower cap alone or under a hair steamer. Rinse with cool water and style as desired.

 

My Review: Best deep conditioner that I have tried so far! Wow… This left my hair so moisturized. It really felt like my hair was restored and easy to manage. I left it in overnight! My hair felt amazing! This is a must try!!

 

Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay Detoxifying Shampoo Bar

My Review:

I was not a fan of shampoo bars until I tried this one! Man!!! My hair was really jacked up due to an overload of product. But this shampoo bar really cleansed my hair and scalp. My hair wasn’t stripped at all! Ladies this is a must try product!!! Below is a pic of my hair after it was washed with the shampoo bar:

 

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Ladies do me a favor and go checkout L.A.C.E. Naturals!! http://www.lacenatural.com/

Have you tried L.A.C.E. Naturals? What were your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

Naturalista’s Business Corner NHDC – Natural Hair Don’t Care: Carsa

Natural Hair Dont Care!!

blackandgold 
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your company. Share some of your natural hair journey.
Where is your company based? My company is based out of Chicago, IL.
How did you come up with the concept for company? I started my apparel line 2 years ago. I was inspired by my daughter who was born that same year. I wanted her to grow up loving herself just the way she was created and I wanted to be her best example of embracing the “natural” me. So I came up with the idea to create an apparel line to celebrate my natural hair loud and proud. I designed this line for women that want to make a statement about their natural hair without saying a word. I also wanted to be sure not to alienate women who choose not to wear their hair in its natural state, but rather to celebrate those who do. My tees are created to express the pride I have in my hair-itage and the joy I feel in sharing that pride with others in our community. All of my items are designed with the fashionable girl in mind. I understand that natural girls are fashionable too.
The name Natural Hair Don’t Care Tees LLC derived from the term “long hair don’t care” which was coined by Lil Wayne, the rapper. Natural hair don’t care simply means to have the audacity to wear your hair in its natural state.
What distinguishes your company from other companies like yours, whether large retail-chain or small? My designs speak bold simplicity with a play on pop culture. They are clean, edgy, and thought provoking yet playful at the same time.
What is your favorite product that you can’t live without? I actually don’t have a favorite product. I consider myself to be somewhat of a lazy natural lol. Whenever I’m doing my hair, I reach for the first product I see in my cabinet. My hair loves coconut oil though!
What is your most popular selling product? The black/gold “All Natural Everything” tee is our best seller. It sells out so fast I can barely keep it in stock. The Signature t-shirt is also a customer fave.
Are there any new products or accessories on the horizon for your company? Yes, I’ll be adding new t-shirt designs, sweatshirts, and beanies to my line as part of the winter collection.

 

Are you or your products making any appearances at anymeetups, or natural hair events anytime soon? I just  exhibited my line at the 3rd Annual Holiday Beauty Bazaar on December 7th at Kroc Community Center from 12p-4p.
Any transitioning or natural hair advice you’d like to leave with the readers? 1. Be patient with your hair. 2. Enjoy EVERY step of your hair journey. 3. It’s okay to like or even admire someone else’s hair but be your own hair crush. 4. If you love [on] your hair, I promise it’ll love you back.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for someone wanting to start their own company? Be clear on why you want to start a business, do your research, create a simple business plan, determine/know your target customer, and network network network! Most importantly, do what you love and love what you do.
Where can we find you on social media? You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @NHDCTees for updates on the brand, sales announcements, and to view pictures of our featured customers. http://nhdctees.bigcartel.com/

The Naturalista Pregnancy Chronicles Vol1.

LOL… Hey guys! Ok I am trying my best. I have been struggling keeping up with work and home. Its been really stressful at my job, I havent had much me time to do anything. I just wanted to check in with you guys to see how you all are!

I am doing well, baby is doing well. I am 22 weeks :) We are so very excited to be welcoming our little princess into the wold!! Oh.. and yeah I have been planning my wedding reception as well, and that is a job within itself right!!

But other than that, I have a protective style. My fav Marley Twists because a sista don’t feel like doing her hair at all!! LOL

I also attended an event close to my home at my alma mater Governors State University. The event was called the Mane Event and it hosted some of my other blogger friends on the panel to discuss hair. As well as many vendors and hair stylists in the south suburbs.

Some of my blogger boos Parisade, Meechy, and Donedo and Nicole :)

Some of my blogger boos Parisade, Meechy, and Donedo and Nicole :)

I will be doing a few reviews soon so stay tuned for that. If you would like a topic to be discussed. PLEASE don’t hesitate to email me :) I don’t bite. I want to know what you all want to talk about! Thank you all for being who you are! I couldn’t do this blog without you. I really do appreciate each and every one of you!!

 

Check out some pics ;)

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My mommy and I :)

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xoxo

Michelle

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