Apr 182013

African Pride Event BannerI attended the African Pride Beauty Social National Tour two weeks ago.   Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to stay the entire time because I had to work at the MAC counter that day, but I did at least get a few pictures and some info on how the brand has made several changes.

African Pride Product TableWhen I entered the area of the event, the first thing I saw was a lavish breakfast buffet! :-)

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Here’s my plate. :-)African Pride Event My plate

When I walked in, there was a welcome table with a couple of the new products.African Pride Event Welcome Table  Then I was able to find a seat at one of the round tables that were set up for the invited bloggers.  African Pride Event Room with bloggers 1

Once it was time for the event to start, we were officially welcomed by one of African Pride’s reps. African Pride Welcome RepNext Camila Crews, the African Pride Content Specialist, educated us on the new and improved changes with the brand.African Pride Rep explaining changes One of the first things she did was ask us if we knew about the brand.  Then she asked what African Pride products we were most familiar with.  There was an overwhelming response of the Braid Spray and the grease.  I definitely used to use both.  She acknowledged that these two items were their most popular products.  She also let us know that the braid spray is even good for people who have locs, or sew-ins. She then introduced us to a couple of brand new products and the redesigned packaging.African Pride products on chairAfrican Pride rep holding product 1 Next Camila showed us how the products had been used on two different models with different hair types.African Pride Rep showing model hairstyle African Pride Rep with Model holding productAfrican Pride Rep with Model 2 African Pride Model 2 backAfrican Pride Rep with both models

Here’s the official press release for the event:

African Pride Hair Care continued their national “Ultimate Beauty Social”  Tour in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 6th, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. A transparent conversation on beauty over brunch was hosted by beauty bloggers Shalanda Turner (LiveLifeinStyle.com), Tamara Floyd (NaturalHairRules.com), special guest author Audrey Sivasothy (The Science of Black Hair) and African Pride’s Content Director – Camila Crews. The conversation opened the floor for discussion topics including: hair style choice in the workplace, writing your own rules when it comes to your hair, how women are no longer monolithic and how to celebrate individual beauty. The event showcased new products from the African Pride Family Brands’ Collections including Olive Miracle, Shea Butter Miracle and DreamKids. All products are affordably priced under $7.99 and sold at local beauty retailers and stores such as Sallys Beauty Supply, Family Dollar and Walmart. For more information visit www.African-Pride.com, to see the national tour schedule visit www.Facebook.com/MyAfricanPride and to join in this nationally charged viral conversation follow @MyAfricanPride #UltimateBeautySocial.

You can also view a video of the event by clicking on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5_psPqxQUU

Feb 222013

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks exhibitMacy’s has really done well with recognizing cultural events. This is second year in a row that I’ve attended their Black History Month event. Last year they focused on Romare Bearden. This year they focused on Gordon Parks.

This event was held at the Macy’s Galleria on Hidalgo.  There was a nice set up displaying Gordon Parks’s pictures as well as a live musician.BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks Panel backgroundBeautyByLeRenda in front of Gordon Parks background BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks event musician

I missed the beginning of the event because I was booked to do makeup for an event at Qwashae Boutique. I got to Macy’s towards the end of the panel discussion.

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks PanelEach member gave info about Gordon Parks and how he made an impact on their lives. In this picture Rebecca Briscoe is speaking on how inspirational he was to have been so successful despite the racial tension that existed during his era.

To the left of her is Ray Carrington, he spoke very highly of Gordon Parks and emphasized how his early mistakes led to him learning lessons that allowed him opportunities to leave a huge legacy. He discussed how important it was for Gordon Parks to get to know people before taking pictures.  Then there’s Joy Sewing. Unfortunately, I missed her speak, but I’m sure she gave a lot of good insight. She’s very intellectual and full of knowledge.  I look forward to seeing her at events. On the end is David Parks.

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Here I am with Rebecca after the panel discussion.  I’m so proud of her success.  We both grew up in the same home town of Port Arthur, Texas. Nice to see her doing well. :-)

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This gentlemen in the above picture was the host for the Gordon Parks event.

BeautyByLeRenda David Parks speakingAbove is David Parks, Gordon’s son.  He shared a lot of great background information about his father, including how he and his brother approached their dad for assistance in producing the movie Superfly.  He also spoke about how diversity is still an issue in the film industry.  He urged film makers to work together and explained why family and the community and are keys to being successful.

BeautyByLeRenda Macys Black History Month BackgroundThere was a great turnout for this event. :-)

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I got a chance to sit down and talk with David Parks. He ‘s so personable and approachable. He was very patient and took time to talk with everyone and took pictures.  He appeared to be just as happy to meet us as we were to meet him.  I’m so honored to have had this opportunity.

David Parks and BeautyByLeRendaThere was a reception following the panel discussion in which Macy’s provided light refreshments and drinks. BeautyByLeRenda Macys Wine list for Gordon Parks eventI’m so glad that I was able to attend this wonderful event. Kudos to Macy’s once again for putting on a fantastic showcase for Black History Month.

*I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Black History Month. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.*


Dec 212012

The Houston Fashion Bloggers celebrated our one year anniversary with a holiday party sponsored by Saks on 12/7/12.


It was held at the very posh and chic 5115 restaurant inside of Saks Fith Avenue in the Houston Galleria Mall. This was actually my 1st time ever going there. It’s very nice. We even had a live piano player to set the mood. :-)



Our party was RSVP only and was well attended. We ended up having to implement a waiting list because so many people wanted to come. Unfortunately we weren’t able to accommodate everyone interested because there was a limit on how many people we could invite. It’s so nice to see how far we’ve come in just one year.



We donated proceeds to the Houston Area Women’s Center. Here’s a representative talking to us about the great things the center does for local women and children who are survivors or domestic violence.

Shalanda, the founder of the Houston Fashion Bloggers spoke to everyone and thanked them for participating in our celebration.

We had a raffle to help raise money for the Houston Area Women’s Center. With cool prizes!

Here are some of the winners below











There were models there to show us what was in trend for both women and men’s fashion.


I had a fantastic time mingling with my fellow Houston Fashion Bloggers!!!





It was so nice to have local designers come out and support us. Below I’m with Carrie Ann of Carrie Ann Boutique and Nadia of Mon Venin. Excuse the blurry picture .

And of course a very special thanks to Chad who works for Saks. He’s been so great to the Houston Fashion Bloggers. He keeps us updated on all of the latest trends and events with Saks. He helped make this Holiday party a huge success!


Dec 132012
Keynote Speaker AJ Crimson on stage

Keynote Speaker AJ Crimson on stage

Celebrity Make Up Artist AJ Crimson was a keynote speaker on Day 2 of The Makeup Show Orlando. Hey gave great advice about working as a freelance makeup artist and how to really market your brand.  He has an agency called Blackboard Group and talked about how he would love to see the makeup community share more and work together.AJ Crimson Keynote speech

AJ stressed the importance of MUAs taking an active role in their personal brands and when working on photoshoots.  He encouraged us to stop undercutting ourselves and re-evaluate what’s working vs. what’s not.  For MUAs transitioning from retail, he urged us to stop thinking about makeup like you do when working at the counter.  Most products have multiple uses and it’s not always required to use so many different things to achieve a look. For example, you don’t always need a separate concealer as well as a foundation.  If you use a full coverage cream foundation, it can work as a concealer.  Sometimes, those extra products are just selling points. This tip is helpful when building a kit.  You can save money by investing in multi-purpose products.

AJ Crimson Demo 1AJ Crimson Demo 2AJ also did a makeup demo to promote his brand new Creme Foundation line.  He has 8 shades that were hand mixed and according to him were made with a lot of love. ;-p

DSCF6687I got a chance to talk to AJ.  He’s really passionate about makeup and having a product that’s easy to use on a diverse clientele.  His creme foundations as well as his lipglosses can work on anyone.  He had a booth set up in the vendors hall as well. Where he and his staff did demos and allowed us to test out his products.AJ Crimson Booth 2AJ Crimson BoothAJ Crimson Booth DemoAJ Crimson Booth Demo 2 AJ Crimson Booth George applying lipgloss

I wasn’t able to get all 8, but I did get three of them: 2 which is a light shade,  4 which is a medium shade, and 8 which is a dark shade so that I can mix them to work with my clients.

AJ Crimson Creme Foundation

I used this foundation for the 1st time on my fellow Houston Fashion Blogger Shasie.  I did her makeup last week for our Holiday Party.  I’m totally in love this foundation.  A little goes a long way.  Even though it’s a cream, it’s very light weight.  Shasie said it felt really good on her skin and she got lots of compliments.  I’d highly recommend this makeup!! Shasie b4 and after makeoverBelow is a picture of the two of us at our Houston Fashion Blogger Holiday Party sponsored by Saks. 380364_432160143504520_1388214687_n

You can purchase these incredible foundations at AJCrimson.com



Dec 092012

A selected number of Houston Fashion Bloggers were invited by the Dallas Convention Bureau to visit Dallas and blog about the great attractions the city had to offer. I jumped at this opportunity. Anyone who knows me in real life knows how much I LOVE Texas. I’m all about promoting Texas cities and of course fighting the stereotypes that all we do here is ride on horses and wear big cowboy hats and boots. There are plenty of urban metropolitan areas with great activities.

This picture came from Shalanda of LiveLifeInStyle.com

We started our tour by attending a Happy Hour tweet up for the Mayor’s office at Hotel NYLO with Shawn Williams.


Our second stop of the night was dinner at Dallas Chop House. We had our own reserved section set up for us.


My Dinner at Dallas Chop House

My Dinner at Dallas Chop House

20121211-120443.jpgI ordered the Filet with Roasted Garlic and oh boy was it tasty!! :-)20121212-085627.jpgNext stop was Hotel Zaza. We got a chance to socialize & mingle.

I planned on taking lots of pictures but one of the hotel managers stopped us from taking pictures. He said he had to protect the customers’ privacy. Two of the Houston Fashion Bloggers’ cameras were confiscated and weren’t returned to them until we left. :-(

Our next stop was one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. We went to Winston’s Supperclub. This place is exclusive, eclectic, & lots of fun!!








We're standing with the owner Adam.

We’re standing with the owner Adam.

The above pictures came from Shalanda of Live Life in Style.

This place is totally awesome. The ambience is different from any other club I’ve ever been to. Adam the owner is super cool and told us he and his partner are planning to open a Winston’s Supperclub in Houston next year!!! Woo Hoo!!

On day 2 we had a very full day of events. We started out at Dallas Bishop Arts District.





I purchased a ring and a purse from this cool boutique called Just Add Jeans




We walked around the Bishop Arts District for a little while before going to our next destination which was West Village. Below are two of my Houston Fashion Bloggers Imani & Mimi.



The next destination was lunch at Mi Cocina restaurant.

Didn’t get to take pictures of the restaurant but when we walked out, we totally photo bombed this guys Christmas Tree picture. LOL! :-D

Veronica took us around to see some of the gorgeous architecture of Dallas. Above I’m in view of one of the new bridges. Below are some of the buildings we saw.




There are lots of restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, lounges on McKinney.

At the Dallas Galleria Mall, we attended the lighting of the Christmas Tree. It was a big event with a full program of ice skaters and even a skating Santa who had sparks on his skates.










Our dinner was sponsored by the Dallas Galleria. We ate at The Grille On the Alley.


20121210-002654.jpg20121210-054338.jpgOMG!! The food is soooo good here!! I had Rack of Lamb and it was the best I’ve ever had.

Another highlight of our trip was attending the Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons game. I’m very happy to report that my Texas team pulled through and Dallas beat Detroit!! The Dallas Convention Bureau allowed us to enjoy the game in VIP suites! that was awesome!! We weren’t allowed to use our cameras at the American Airlines Arena. :-( I did however snap some pictures with my cell phone. Excuse the low quality .








We ended the night at club Synn. We were invited by the Party Chasers promotions group. We had a reserved section and V.I.P. service. That was cool!

Shalanda's picture of the group at Synn night club

Shalanda’s picture of the group at Synn night club


Nov 192012

Last month, I attended a Le Metier de Beaute event at Saks Galleria with my two fellow Houston Fashion Bloggers Shasie and Taylor. We met with the manager, Shawn, and his employees James and Dorita to learn about the brand and the benefits of using their products.

Light refreshments and cocktails were available for us.

Shawn, provided full makeovers for Taylor and Shasie. They were very pleased with their looks.

I’ve heard great things about Le Metier de Beaute’ but until this event, I’d never had the chance to really play with the products. Below I’m holding the Foundation. It retails at $68.

Shasie instantly fell in love with this foundation. She said her skin felt smooth and she could really tell how hydrated and even she looked. She also said it felt lightweight. I had the opportunity to test the Kaleidoscope kits which retails at $95. Above I’m holding the face kit. Below is a closer look.

The shadows are very silky, smooth, and blendable; however, you do have to build them up a bit to get a bold effect. The kaliedescope eyeshadows on the counter below are limited editions. The regular single shadows are $30. See below

There was a lip kaleidoscope as well. See below  The Lip colors are very moisturizing.

Le Metier de Beaute also has a skin care line.

  1. The Daily Renew Cleanser retails at $50.  It gently cleanse, exfoliates, and removes makeup to help skin appear more radiant and smooth
  2. Daily Refresh Tonic retails at $50.  It’s alcohol free and works to improve skin color and tone.  It also rebalances and reconditions the skin.
  3. Replenishing Daily Solution retails at $225. It is a moisturizer that has an SPF of 30 and works to hydrate, protect, and soothe.

 Above Shawn and Dorita are explaining the skincare line to a customer

I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with Shawn but I did get one with Dorita.  She was very nice and helpful in educating me about Le Metier De Beaute products. :-)