Hair: How I Blend My Curly Brazilian With My Real Hair

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Hey sugars! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far and you have been enjoying the beautiful Spring weather we are having in the UK. Today’s post is about hair, many people ask me how I blend my curly weave with my own hair so the details are listed below. Its pretty simple, you only need a few products.

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I have two methods of blending, depending on how curly I want my hair to be, I either do small bantu knots or flat twists as illustrated in the photo’s.

What you need:

  1. A comb of your choice
  2. Some gel. I use either Elasta QP Glaze or Eco Styler (with Argon oil)
  3. A head scarf

The method:

  1. Comb out your leave out.
  2. Add your gel of choice to the section you are working with. (The gel helps to hold the curls/waves all day)
  3. Flat twist the hair
  4. Bantu knot the ends.
  5. Apply your head scarf when going to bed – I use a silk scarf.

I do this every night, adding gel just once or twice a week so the hair doesn’t become too hard or flakey. The finished result should look like the two images below.

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In the morning you just take out the twists carefully and style as desired with your fingers. It should look somewhat like the image below depending on how you want your parting.

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Curly weave is high maintenance! If you are not someone who likes to take time with their hair – DONT get curly weave lol. To maintain the curls of the weave, I apply a curl activator or leave in conditioner every single morning, combing through with just my fingers. You can use any curl activator or leave in conditioner, I get the same results no matter what brand I use.

To see how I keep my weave looking fresh, you can read a post I did a while back here

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Hair used: 4 packs of Brazilian Kinky Curly hair. 20″,22″,24″26″

I hope this was helpful to those of you who have asked me. If you have any questions you can leave them in the comments below or send me a message via the contact form.

Stay blessed and have a wonderful rest of day x

Smooches, love and fabric xxx

Style File: The Tartan Coat

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I am a lover of vintage and cheap and cheerful garments, anything that saves money I am down for, brands are not a big deal to me, I focus more on the quality and look of the item. Unfortunately I hardly get time to shop these days so travelling to charity and vintage stores is very rare, you know you have to spend good time sifting and digging.

I went to Nando’s in Camberwell to meet and catch up with an old mate, it was inspirational and enjoyable at the same time. I love that I have so many driven and business focused people in my life. They help me to realise my potential and strive for nothing less than the best!

…anyway back to clothing… after our dinner date, I headed to Peckham to pick up some hair products and happened to pass a charity shop called Scope on the way; a beautiful dress was hanging in the window so I thought heeeey, let me go in and have a nosey. I browsed around and didn’t see much else I liked until this jacket. I was like OMG I need/HAVE to have it in my life. Its a size 14 but I tried it on, its big; not massive but deffo oversized on me. I loved the fit though, I think its perfect. It feels like an expensive jacket but the tag said £10, I was sold. It was a 2-piece, it came with a skirt; but as I didn’t want the skirt the sales lady gave me the jacket for just £5!!! #WINNING!

I bought it at the right time, Spring seems to have arrived in London UK so I am sure I will be getting good use out of it while the weather is still mild. All black everything is the perfect compliment to this jacket and is probably how I will wear it 95% of the time.

I hope you enjoy the video and photo’s, lots more to come praise God! I have got my blogging mojo back YAAAAAAAY!

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Shoes: Zara, Jeans: Primark, Coat: Thrifted, Belt: Thrifted, T-shirt: Uniqlo, Earrings: Primark

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Video: ♡ The TMI TAG ♡

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Hey sugars!

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know I also have a Youtube channel, I am totally crap at uploading but i’m trying to do better! Pray for me (“,) Below is my latest video the TMI aka Too Much Information tag. Its been floating around Youtube for a few months now so I thought I’d jump on before it gets OLD… hope you like it.

I plan to upload new videos to my channel every Tuesday and Friday but we’ll see how that goes. Really hope I can keep this up; I tend to pick at every little minor thing wrong with something I film and end up recording but never uploading anything because… yea… hey… i’m a perfectionist.

Smooches, love and fabric xxx

Let Your Legs and Shoes Do The Talking In Caroline Blomst For Deichmann

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Happy Monday Sugars!

This post is a little bit exciting (ok maybe very exciting)! I received some news a few weeks ago that got my heart pumping and i’ve been dying to share it with you. The news boosted my blogging spirits and made me scream ‘o yes girl, get it’ in my best American impression ever. You see, there is often a slight look down and nose sniff when one mentions the words ‘i’m a blogger’, some people get it while others are like ‘oh gosh not another one’. So to see a fellow blogger, pushing the boundaries and collaborating with a brand that has worked with the likes of Halle Berry is really motivating. We are no longer just bloggers, we are proving to be professionals in our own right with something to say, with influence and some darn amazingly creative klout.

Lets take this time to congratulate Caroline Blomst on her collaboration with Deichmann. Caroline is a beautiful Swedish blogger who has been causing a bit of a stir in the world of street-style, she is highly rated and quite loveable, attracting around 1.3million readers, find her blog here. The collaboration with Deichmann – Europe’s largest online shoe retailer – see’s the launch of an exclusive 7 pair capsule collection, including flats, heels and trainers (sneakers for my American sugars).

The Caroline Blomst for Diechmann collection is a mix of fancy lace shoe boots and casual trainers, making the line accessible to everyone, from those who like a bit of elegance, to the comfy tomboy, as well as the casual stepper; we can all get in on some of the shoe action.

Staying true to trend, we see some pixel and graphic print thrown in the mix with some lace. My personal favourites would be the pixel print trainers and the lace peep toe shoe boots. I love how Caroline decided not to go wild with the designing and keep things simple, allowing the shoes to fit in perfectly with the Deichmann look and feel but stay true to the laid back rock style she is so famous for.

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L-R: Cut-out Peep Toe High Front £27.99, Loafer £17.99

I had the pleasure of getting a closer look and trying out  4 pairs. They are comfortable, sturdy and best of all, they are affordable. You can not go wrong with trainers walking in at £22.99 and sexy lace shoe boots strutting through at an amazing £27.99. The entire collection is priced from £17.99 for the flats – £27.99 for shoe boots, your credit card and bank manager will not be mad at you but you may be the envy of some of your friends.

We all love the high-street for the ability to shop style and trend without the high price tag and this collection doesn’t let us down; we get lace, graphic print, monochrome, peep toe, studs, T-Bar, gold, buckles and sports-luxe; all trends that could be seen on the runway throughout the Spring/Summer ’14 fashion weeks.

Dig out your favourite pair of denim jeans, midi skirts or leather pants and pair them with your favourite Blomst shoe, for work, school or party! …or you could be like me, pop on a mini skirt and let your legs and shoes do the walking talking.

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L-R: Lace Up Trainer £22.99, Lace Peep Toe High Front £27.99

 You don’t often see such a nice variety with only 7 pairs but I think Caroline nailed it. The collection can be shopped now here, it went live today!

This post is my entry into a competition being run by Deichmann, you can have a read of posts by various other wonderful bloggers here

What’s your favourite pair?

Smooches, love and fabric xxx

Beauty Shot: The Black Widow

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Photography, editing and make-up by J’ara Ami
Hat from H&M here

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There is an old saying, ‘if you want to get ahead and get noticed, get a hat’, so I went out and got myself one of those! Not just any hat though darlings, a floppy hat. I think its working already, I will strut with my head high and work the room like I own the place… Call me the black widow, even though I have never been married… we’ll just ignore that little discrepancy and run with it.

I went to Holland Park yesterday, such a beautiful park and the area has some stunning houses. No doubt its a rich area, the houses are massive. I noticed many were converted into flats though, I’m not a fan of flats because I am way too noisy, I need to be able to blast my music and jump up and down on my floor with no complaints. …anyway, this hat would fit perfectly in Holland Park, with a beautiful maxi summer dress. I’m going to go look at house prices now because I really fell in love with the area and want to know just how hard I need to work to live in a place like that.

Happy Monday sugars, have a fabulous one, push hard and get closer towards your dreams

Smooches, love and fabric xxx

Hot Spot: Itsu | Chelsea

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I’ve seen Itsu restaurants a gazillion times, for some reason I’ve always just carried on walking and ended up somewhere else to eat. I’m not sure what I thought it would be like or why I have avoided walking inside, pulling up a seat and getting my grub on, it seems like a popular enough place so it can’t be that bad, can it?

My ignorance changed last week, after attending an event with fellow blogger Wande; maybe my belly was rumbling so hard I had no choice but to stop at the first sign of food, maybe the pink banners with Itsu printed in welcoming font lured me in, who knows; but upon having a quick price check -currently on a strict budget this month- and admiring the food going round the conveyor belt, I was sold. I stood outside taking photo’s of the joint like some sort of paparazzi. Blogger rules: photograph everything, everywhere, everyday; every image is a story.

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The location: Istu [dining] 118 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3AE

Itsu Chelsea was buzzing, it was a Friday night so there is no surprise there, this meant we had to wait for a table. We were given a pager and told we would be ‘paged’ when our table was ready. I found the pager system pretty strange, like really, this is not a ward on casualty, this is a restaurant no? I would have preferred it if a waitress collected us when our table was ready, its a lot more personable this way. For me, the pager = no service charge/TIP is coming from me!

Due to time – it was about 8:30pm – we decided to eat in the bar where we were asked to wait, our bellies were crying, we wanted to eat and get a start on the journey home as quickly as possible. Our decision left us limited to the option of hot food only but that was fine with us. The chairs were cosy, the room was a lot quieter and we were able to control our spending by ordering directly from a menu rather than getting excited and picking the world off the conveyor, perfect.

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What we ate: Teriyaki Grilled Salmon in a box – £8.95  | Hot Steamed Edamame (shared a plated) – £3.95 | Finca Cerrada Viura (White Wine) – £6.95(250ml)

The pleasant surprise I had when our food arrived, oh my, I was expecting a tiny portion. The box was a decent size, the salmon was placed on top of some beans and rice, looking so juicy my taste-buds were dancing with excitement. The sight of the teriyiaki sauce covering the tender looking fish flesh, the shiny edamame glazed with ginger, garlic and spices, it was all just… Please waitress, hurry and place it on the table already.

I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, the edamame was very ‘morish’ who knew beans could taste so good?! Its so simple yet so tasty. The salmon was as tender as it looked, rice cooked to perfection, no hard bits, nice and fluffy how I like it with the addition of the bean vegetable mix being just right. I left nothing on the plate. The edamame left me considering ordering another portion to take home, however, my budget was set so I stuck to it.

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Likes’s: The atmosphere is fab, you can stay in the buzzing areas of the restaurant or you can opt to sit in a more chilled and quiet zone. The edamame was a favourite and highly recommend it. I loved being able to eat in a luxurious part of Chelsea at a low cost.

Dislikes’s: The pager, it may seem like a new age way of dealing with customers but its way too impersonal and robotic for a restaurant, especially in this part of London where you expect attention to detail in the customer service.

If you’re in Chelsea, the Itsu [dining] restaurant is a nice option to refuel, the food is healthy and they have a calorie counting chart on their website for those watching their figures.

Price range:

Food: From the kitchen – £1.95 – £15.95(for eel) | From the conveyor – £2.99 – £4.99 |

Drinks: Wines – £4.50(glass) – £39.95(bottle) | Cocktails: £7.95 – £9.95 | Champagne: £6.95(glass) – £39.00(bottle) | Soft £2.40 – £3.75

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Style File: Leather Mistress

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Firstly I ask for your forgiveness on the graininess of these pictures, sometimes outfit shots are difficult to take. Not only do we play a game of cat and mouse with the rain in good ol’ England, we also have to consider sunlight!

Any-who enough of my moaning, I’m pretty sure I care more than you do, so rather than talk a bunch a techy babble about farting around with iso and shutter speed, lets just take a moment to admire my outfit, that is obviously what this post is about.

Leather just has that ‘pow’, that ‘boom’, that oi you, Cat-Woman aint got nothing on me, type of feel to it. I wish I got some better snaps to show you the detail at the back of the dress, its lace and looks so amazing, but alas, its winter, so the likelihood of me prancing around the streets with no jacket on is very slim unless I want to ‘catch death’ (old Jamaican saying).

This is one of my fav jackets, the midlength is perfect for me and I love how its slightly sloughy looking, with the big pockets, but its also fitted and elegant; right up my ally. I know its white but i’m sure Cat-Woman would be totally jealous! Now, where is my Batman?

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Shoes: Nelly, Bag: Prada, Dress: Zara, Coat: Ebay.

Do you like leather?

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx