Gillian, The Enchanting

With great pleasure I present to you Mrs. Gillian T.! Gillian T of St. Croix This positively enchanting newlywed took the time out of her busy schedule to send me some of her wedding day photos and I am so thrilled to be able to share them with you. The happy union took place on May 23, 2015 on the gorgeous Carribbean island of St. Croix where she was raised. The beaming bride and her partner of 14 years were united in a ceremony that took place outdoors on the grounds of a beautiful villa. If you look at the pictures long enough, you can pretty much feel the island breeze on your skin! As part of her ensemble for this incredible occasion, she chose to wear Boutique De Bandeaux’s Camille headpiece in white. ::squeal:: What an honor! Mrs. Gillian T of St. Croix walking down the wedding aisle Thank you Gillian for sharing this with us and allowing us a glimpse into your special day. Many blessings to you and your wife as you embark on this new journey. 🙂

If you have any photos to share wearing a Boutique De Bandeaux headpiece, please e-mail them to BoutiqueDeBandeaux@live.com with the title “Customer Photo.” Until next time lovelies ❤

– C

Jenniffer, The Exquisite

Jenniffer Davis Brown, Natural Hair Bride

Jenniffer Davis Brown wearing Boutique De Bandeaux

Today’s customer photo comes to us from Houston Texas, where the beautiful Jennifer Davis Brown was wed on April 4 of this year.  Doesn’t she look absolutely exquisite? She’s wearing the Camille headpiece in champagne and has paired it perfectly with pearl accessories and a jeweled bouquet.   Many thanks to Jenniffer for taking the time to send this lovely picture and allowing me to share it with you all.

If you have any photos wearing a Boutique De Bandeaux hair accessory, please send it to BoutiqueDeBandeaux@live.com and it could very well end up on this blog as well!

Naturally Curly Pool Party 2011

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the Naturally Curly Pool Party here in NYC. As I understand it, it was the brainchild of Natural Selection‘s Cassadie and sponsored by Hair Rules, Shea Moisture, Ouidad, and the Jane Carter Solution.

In all honesty, this was without a doubt the best natural hair event I’ve ever attended. From the moment I entered the hotel for the bloggers’ event, it was all love and I was warmly greeted by the lovely Cassadie and other attendees. It was nearly 100 degrees that day and after schlepping an hour on the train from the Bronx to Times Square, I was ready to get my pool on! I stopped briefly to snack and schmooze at the seating area which featured the array of hors d’oeuvres including my favorite, sushiiiiii.

Once I entered the pool area I squealed – yes squealed – with delight. Dim purple mood lights, overhead projector showing the ocean, and poolside access to the bar…yeah this was going to be a fun. In addition, the music was bumpin! Every song seemed to be something I loved but hadn’t heard in ages!

I met Audrey of Miss Moon’s Musings and we were the first to get in the pool! Soon after, I spotted a curly beauty I’d seen at another event. I wanted to ask her if she’d be interested in modeling for me, but didn’t get the chance to. Luckily this time around we exchanged information and, if all goes well, you’ll see her in my shop soon.

On the top floor, there were various hair product demonstrations in progress courtesy of the sponsors. Dickey from Hair Rules was a delight as always. He’s such a nice approachable man, but I wonder between the salon and all the events he attends, does he ever sleep? That’s a hard working man, yall! lol

Shea Moisture offered a unique demonstration by letting girls try their sugar scrubs and massage oils in the shower and sauna. Smelled heavenly!

Unfortunately, I had to leave a little sooner than I would’ve liked because the boyfriend was waiting for me. I just had to write this quick post to let you know this event was a phenomenal success on NaturallyCurly’s part and I hope they continue to host more in the future.

PS – The goodie bag was no joke too, hehe.

– Chanel 😀

Teaching a Child to Love Their Natural Hair!

In honor of Natural Hair Trending Day on Twitter, I thought this blog might help some natural bellas who are struggling to get their children to embrace their hair. As black women, we know how hard it is to maintain a healthy level of self esteem while a barrage of outside influences tell us we are not the standard of beauty.  This can be of particular concern to mamas with kinky haired kids.  I know I’ve personally struggled with getting my 5 year old niece to appreciate her big cloud like puff with enthusiasm.  However I noticed when I went from defending natural hair to going on the OFFENSE, she became much  more receptive to learning to love her locks.  Here are some of my favorite ways to teach a child to love their hair!

  • Read books about kids with natural hair! Bedtime stories are mandatory in most households with kiddies, so why not make it about something relevant? Each year there are more and more self affirming natural hair books are released but I”m especially partial to Happy to Be Nappy. Click this link and browse for a list of great book options on Amazon.

  • Encourage nappy hair confidence with themed clothing! As a child, I always aspired to have Rapunzel’s long blond hair in part because I was exposed to her image on a countless number of shirts, lunchboxes, and backpacks. Now that we have more options, our kids can enjoy their healthy coils just like Sesame Streets’ new natural puppet, Shirley:

Kiddies are also sure to love this bookbag which features the lovely afro puffed character Lela:  

 

  • Mix hair recipes together! Kids love helping out and allowing them to take more than a passive role in their grooming will instill a sense of pride in the appearance of their hair.  Setting aside an hour of time on the weekend to mix up new hair concoctions can also make for good mother/daughter bonding time.  An array of recipes are available at Styles101.

 

  • Natural hair dolls are always a great choice for our kids! There are a few good ones available now that range the gamut from tightly curled to locs. Read my earlier blog entry here for more information.

  • When you see naturals on television, make it a point to comment about how beautiful and versatile their hair is. I’ve noticed a marked increase in the number of naturals featured in the media, especially in commercials.  A simple stated opinion about an actress’ hair could open the door to a discussion about your daughter’s own feelings about her hair.
  • Buy special pieces to adorn your child’s hair! You can’t help but feel like a natural hair princess when you’ve got the right accessories to adorn your crowning glory. Click the image below to check out my shop’s kid sized headband, “La Soeurette.”

 

I hope this information was useful.  Good luck! 🙂

Etsy Finds – Fashion Week Runway Report

Natural Hair Accessories Gold Headband

"L'Egyptienne" by Boutique De Bandeaux

Exciting news!  Yesterday the shop was featured in latest Etsy Finds e-mail! The day’s focus was on items suitable for NYC’s upcoming Spring Fashion Week ’11 and our gold knot headband made the cut. For those of you who missed it, you can view it as a webpage here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few items down in the same e-mail you might notice another fabulous naturalista modeling a black and gold tee. That’s MilitiA from the band, Swear on Your Life!  Coincidentally, my boyfriend had the pleasure of interviewing her awhile back about her music for his metal blog. Small world, right?

MilitiA modeling for 1AEON

MilitiA for 1AEON

The hair is killer! You can check for more of MilitiA’s rocker chic style and edgy sound on the Swear on Your Life site.

Now if you aren’t signed up for the Etsy Finds e-mail, I’m going to have to go ahead and strongly suggest that you subscribe using the above link. It’s honest to goodness like receiving free eye candy in your inbox everyday. ❤

Nappy Dolls

While doing some fall cleaning yesterday, I found myself rummaging through my five year old niece’s toy box. She has dolls of all colors, but strangely, every single one she owns has bone straight waist length hair.  I don’t have anything at all against straight hair, but I know she consider these dolls to be beautiful. Does that mean she will begin to equate straight swinging hair with beauty? What implications does this have about how she will view her own cottony hair?

I set off on a mission to find her a few  dolls with with twas, big afros, and locs for our next visit together.  I had no idea what I was up against.  Apparently even Angelina Jolie can’t find kinky hair dolls for her daughter, Zahara. However, after searching the depths of the internet, I was really excited to find a few gems to share with my natural sisters!  Hopefully, this list of  dolls will help some of you in teaching your girls to appreciate their hair too.

Doll with Locs from TheFlyingEwe

Custom Dreds Dolls from TheFlyingEwe

Dolls with Natural Hair from Ethidolls

Makeda and Queen Mother from Ethidolls

Afro Hair Dolls from LoveMamaDolls

"FuChica" & "Punky" from LoveMamaDolls

Natural Hair Dolls by Tabloach

Various Natural Hair Dolls by Tabloach

Niya Afro Hair Doll

"Niya" Doll from Niyakids.com

Natural Hair Afro Doll

Imani by Kerusso

Youtuber Tori F. has a video compilation of dolls and the information about where to buy them:

I’m placing my orders now and I’ll be sure to update to tell you how it went!