Naomi Campbell Still Has It! Ladies, Take Notes!

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Blog Even When You Don’t Want To: Become a Blogger Mondays!

Do you think that it’s all just peaches and cream around here?  As if every week I want to write and write and write?  I hate to burst your cyber bubble, but that’s just not the case (lol).  I do have days, maybe even weeks, when I just don’t feel like blogging…there…I admitted it…go call the blogging police and have me arrested!  Sometimes I get angry phone calls from my BFF and friends and it basically goes something like this:

Friend: Dani, WHAT THE HELL is wrong with you?!

Me: What are you talking about?

Friend: Why haven’t you been blogging?  GET IT TOGETHER!

Me: Geez! Fine!  Can I take a week off sometimes?

Friend: Don’t make me cuss you out!

That’s my life!  Getting threats on the regular (lol)!  So, with that said, here is my weekend recap!  Even though I don’t feel like doing it because I’m still recovering and oh-so-tired, I’m “getting it together” for my Become a Blogger Mondays series:

1. I had a GREAT time this weekend!  It started with a retro themed party for my second mom who is 50 and FABULOUS!  It took me forever to get my outfit together, but I finally chose to dress like a back-in-the-day girl with the victory curls, the scarf around the neck, the tapered black pants and a cute sweater.  My hair was the highlight of my night since it took me forever to get it just right.  Here you go!  A peek at the finished product:

2. My Saturday day/night was somewhat crazier!  My homie, Joy, came over to help me pack (yes, I’m moving!) and in between celebration shots (yes, I drink!) we ate and danced and just goofed out all the way!  As I mentioned on Friday, we went to see Kevin Hart perform (he was hella funny) and then we club hopped until about 4am!  It was definitely a night to remember and here we are, about to head out (excuse the mess on the floor, I am moving/packing after all)!

3.  I wish I could say that I did something just as fun on Sunday, but I spent most of the day sleeping and nursing myself back to normalcy (lol)!

What did you do this weekend? Was it fun? Was it crazy?

Naps, Kinks & Curls…Who Cares?!

So, in honor of the newest (ignorant) craze about our newest All-Around Gold Medalist, I’ve decided to address what seems to be a major issue within certain circles.  Let’s jump right into it!  Who the frap cares about hair THAT much to directly lash out against a 16 year old who made HISTORY?  It completely disgusts me to even think that people can, not only be so cruel, but they can be so superficial and disrespectful.

There seems to be a movement toward individuals going natural and less use of relaxers or other chemicals that could theoretically make them more “socially acceptable”.  Doesn’t that mean everyone can have different hair and do it as they please?  So, I dare ask the questions:  What does hair really represent?  Does it make you more acceptable to not rock the curls and/or naturalness?  Is there REALLY a need to be so hung up on titles of hair types?  I understand that this may be a sensitive subject for folks, but dang…image is not always everything when it’s at the expense of your sanity (or someone else’s).

NAPS: Now, this is a BIG thing for me to even be discussing.  I used to be the “ignorant” one who had no clue that “nappy” had a racial connotation (I still don’t and I still say it), BUT although I still say “nappy” I’m more aware of who I am saying it to for the sake of not hurting someone’s feelings (ugh).  For me, someone who is white, black, purple or green can have “nappy hair”…if you don’t do your hair, then hey, that’s what the heck it looks like!

TYPES: I just learned within the last couple of years that there were different hair types defined within a numbering system (3a, 4b, 4c, etc.).  I always used to just refer to types as, “curly” or “straight” or “tight curls” or “wavy” or “coarse”…you get the point.  I was educated on what hair type I have on Curly Nikki.  Honestly, I could care less…I just love my curls, who cares if you don’t.

GO OFF MOMENT: The point is, NOT everyone cares enough about hair to make a big stink about how others rock theirs!  Now, people can be a part of secret societies, forums or groups that only talk about hair, that is fine.  But, when there are certain individuals who take it a step further and ASSume that hair should DEFINE a person, that is when I get all out of sorts.  Here is this beautiful girl (not just a black girl, but a PRETTY GIRL) who worked her butt off to be able to compete on the United States Olympic Gymnastics team and the main thing that her “fellow people” choose to focus on is her hair?  Check out some of the HORRIBLE tweets that were put out about Gabby as she was still competing for her gold medals:

Why hasn’t anyone tried to fix Gabby Douglas’ hair?

Gabby Douglas gotta do something with this hair! These clips and this brown gel residue aint it.

Can Dominique Dawes fly to London to comb Gabby Douglass’ hair ???!!!!?!?!

I wanna do Gabby Douglas hair so bad. She makes me so sad.

Sometimes I wish there were a special device to rid the world of people who make comments like this (especially when they haven’t even mastered the English language)!  While they were busy tweeting and doing nothing short of being upset and jealous that their life is probably MISERABLE in comparison to Gabby’s, this young talent was wow-ing the rest of the world by being the FIRST African American female to win the gymnastics All-Around gold medal.  I’m here to say, “CONGRATS GABBY!”  Don’t let the world taint your view and don’t even think for one second that your hair defines you!  YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

WHEEEW! Glad I got that off my chest!  In honor of this inspiring young lady, enjoy the pics you freaking haters!

Saved the best for last for the haters!  BOOM!  When was the last time you were endorsed by a major brand?

Are You Gifted Enough to Start Your Own Business?

I have several friends and acquaintances whom are looking to start their own business.  They want to supply everything from clothing to jewelry and even offer services such as hair, make-up, etc.  I, myself, have never been too big on starting a business, but I’ve always wondered how someone might embark on such a journey.  I came across a hilarious YouTube channel, NeeziieBabiie143 (http://www.youtube.com/user/NeeziieBabiie143),  and for some reason could not stop watching this tiny little thing talk about how to get a bigger butt or what’s wrong with some men (haha).  It was entertaining to say the least!  At any rate, I did some digging and found out that her name is Parneet Kaur and she has her own jewelry line, Pure Karats, (I already brought some fab earrings).

She also has her very own threading salon in Sacramento, CA, Threaded Beauty, where she turns her clients from meek to chic.  Just knowing this, I knew she’d be a great person to gather some start-up business information from and to also share what she’s experienced on her journey thus far.  She’s worked with top selling music groups and artists such as Bruno Mars; Parneet must be doing something right!  I’m trying to stress the fact that all it takes is a dream in mind and the drive to make it happen! Check out what tips she has to offer those of you looking to tap into your entrepreneurial spirit (see the bottom of this article for information about her company and jewelry line):

Where are you originally from?

I am from Sacramento, California. Trying to put us on the map! So much talent out here, but for some reason we as a city don’t support each other like we should!! Trying to change that!! : )

Age?

22 years YOUNG!!

What inspired you to create a jewelry line?

Honestly, I love looking Glam and Fab, jewelry was a perfect way to offer that to all the women out there that want to feel the same way. I want women to feel comfortable in their own skin and accessories can do just that. With make-up we cover up imperfections, but jewelry only adds to US!!…Jewelry is just a way to build my brand PARNEET KAUR INC. I have a corporation and everything falls under that.  Working on “Pure Kosmetics” and soon a clothing line “Pure Klothing”  (S/o to Ms. Nessa creator of Rich Girlz jewelry that is killin the game with all her stuff on VH1 and MTV, my biggest mentor/inspiration).

How much success are you seeing from this venture?

I am gaining so much attention and just confidence to move onto other projects that will give men and women other options to look glam and fab in their own skin and allow them to step out of their comfort zones.  My Pure Karats jewelry has been styled on “The Charlies” who are with ten #1 singles, three chart-topping albums, a best-selling book, a hit reality TV show in Iceland, and having worked with producers such as Bruno Mars, Cee-lo, and much more, Sacramento Fashion week, on our local news station KCRA 3, and in a bunch of local clothing brand photo shoots. I would say PURE KARATS is starting off on the right track. I started this business at the end of December 2011. Pretty new.

How is your salon doing?

The traffic is more than I expected honestly. I was trying to stay on a local level just to gain experience, but I am getting traffic/attention from around the US which is amazing. I currently only have my jewelry online, but I do own a threading salon , Threaded Beauty, as well in Sacramento, CA that I want to expand to different areas. I will have more products in the near future. (Make-up, Skin Care, and Clothing). You can find all this in on my website www.ThreadedBeauty.com

What sort of struggles have you faced along the way?

Struggles that I have faced are HATERS!!! “Who does she think she is” “She hella ugly” “B!tch” blah blah blah. Every business has it’s start-up struggles. It’s not easy, but that’s nothing hard work can’t fix, but what could get to someone the most is the haters. I say f*ck the haters because at the end of the day haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves cause you’re a reflection of what they wish to be. Straight up. All you can do to succeed is stay true to yourself and stick to what you want.  : )

What advice can you offer those looking to become an entrepreneur in this industry?

One key piece of advice that I can offer is that if you really want success you have to wake-up and go to sleep with that “WANT” everyday until you achieve it and even then you should still strive for more. You can’t want to have a successful business one day and not the next. THINK like you’re always broke and want success, BAD!! Trust me you’ll get it : )

What’s your ultimate goal?

My ultimate life goal is to be remembered for the things that I have done for others. I want to leave a mark in peoples life. Whether it was making someone feel good when they put my jewelry on or giving them a good laugh with my YOUTUBE videos. I just want to be remembered and live a fulfilling life because we do only live once and I want to take all the opportunities I have in life to make something of myself. I am currently writing a book as well titled, “The Men that Made me.” This is being written to share my experience with men and to give women an outlet to understand that they’re not alone in a lot of the stuff they go through in relationships.

What do you think is your God-given purpose in life?

I think my God-given purpose in life is to give to others in any form that is helpful. I’ve always been that person that has looked out for others and am very giving, so being able to share and give people things that can make them happy and maybe even guide them in positive directions is very fulfilling to me.

What’s something funny/quirky that people may not know about you?

Me and my best friend don’t ever sing songs all the way we just sing the damn add libs.. Ex: Trey Songz… all his oooooooos and aaaaaaah lmao just imagine us walking into a store and all you hear is funny ass noises. Yeh that’s us!! lmao I freakin laugh at everything… lol

No matter what your talent/trade, ANYTHING is possible!  Adopt the mentality that you can do whatever you put your mind to and the rest will fall into place.  It’s only a matter of time before you break into your industry of choice and show the world what you have to offer!  Thanks for visiting my Dreamworld!

To check out/purchase some of Parneet’s jewelry, click below:


Threaded Beauty

A Prom Dream Come True!

No matter what path anyone takes in life, it’s so important to give back.  Give back to family, to friends, to strangers…to your community!  That feeling of making someone happy can’t be replaced with anything else and sometimes it only takes a small gesture to make someone’s world a little better.  With that said, it’s no surprise that I was more than happy to volunteer for the Uplifting Sisters “Prom Dreams” event!

I’ve always worked with youth of all ages while living in Philadelphia, so this was right up my alley and something I knew would make a big difference in the lives of young ladies!  I’m open to helping any and everyone, but there’s something about helping young girls that has always been close to my heart and for that I commend Sheena Brown, founder of Uplifting Sisters, because there aren’t enough professional women GIVING BACK to our country’s future.  Attendees were able to shop for dresses, jewelry, shoes, shawls and handbags at NO CHARGE!  Everything was free to them and their families and it was all with a goal of doing something great!

No matter how tired any of us were, seeing the look on their faces was something that even I can’t describe!  If you aren’t seeking to help others, you need to start because it will truly be inspiring for not only them, but for you as well.  Teamwork makes the dream work!

 

Let’s Help Support Someone’s Dream…Cultures Clothing

Built on a positive foundation and a goal to merge cultures together through the expression of art and design, Cultures Clothing can very well be a fashion industry change that we need.  Founded by Alloyius McIlwaine, Cultures Clothing began with a dream and enough ambition to start a movement.  He’s taking his talent to the next level and beginning the process of mass production.  However, in order to successfully catapult his company to the next stage, WE need to step up and help!  Want to know more about Cultures Clothing and their current campaign to get kickstarted?  Well, here you go:

What is Cultures Clothing?

Cultures Clothing is a line that uses art and fashion to show that all cultures have something beautiful or interesting about them. The line is representative of high fashion, urban wear, and everything in-between for Men, Women, and Children. Cultures Clothing also features aspects of society’s sub-cultures in its products…because your environment has just as much to do with who you are as your ethnicity. So for example, along with influences from different ethnic cultures, you’ll see influences from everything from fine art & high fashion to hip-hop in the clothing as well. The line also promotes positive and up-lifting messages…encouraging people to think outside the box and to reach for their dreams.

What is the Cultures Clothing Kickstarter Campaign?

The goal of my KICKSTARTER campaign is to raise funds for the Mass Production of Cultures Clothing. According to GSEA Fashion Group (a manufacturing company in NYC that I will be working with), Cultures Clothing will need approximately $5,000 for sample & pattern development, tech pack development, screen printing, pattern grading, tags and labels, shipping, etc. We hope to raise this money so that we can produce large quantities of t-shirts, dresses, polos, etc. to sell on our website & in stores/boutiques.


Whatever you can afford, please help to support this initiative.  No amount is too small, just like no dream is too big.  Click here to donate to the Cultures Clothing Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200018760/the-mass-production-of-cultures-clothing

Take a sneak peak at some hot new looks from Cultures Clothing!

Another Dreamworld exclusive!  Remember, show your support and help Cultures Clothing reach their goal!