Goapele - BET's Soul Train Awards

I was happy to see Goapele (my natural hair inspiration for many years) on BET's Soul Train Awards, this past Sunday. She was one of many talented singers that paid tribute to Anita Baker during the awards ceremony.

To learn more about Goapele, check her out at Goapele.com

Stuart Membery Blog

Well, we can all now keep up with my friend Stuart Membery as he has just started a blog! How exciting. Oh and our latest container of Stuart's furniture is now in store at Black & Spiro....just in time for Christmas. There are some lovely new pieces so make sure you pop in for a visit before it is all gone again!!



Winner of the Naturalbella Tote Bag!!!

Hello all!  The contest for the Naturalbella Tote Bag ended this past weekend.  Racquel from QuellyRue Designs  has emailed me and and has choosen a winner. There were so many great response's, that Racquel wish that she could give a bag to everyone that responded. But since their can only be one winner, the person that will be getting this great bag is:

Congragulations Barbara on winning the contest. Please email Raquel directly at quellyruedesigns@gmail.com to claim your prize. Thank you again for everyone that took time to participate in this contest. Both Racquel and I both appreciate it!

Loc Tutorial - Nautilus inspired updo

Franchesca Ramsey  inspired the latest link of the day. Now I have to update the post with the tutorial video that Franchesca recently posted. Take look! This style can actually be achieved with loc's, kinky hair and curly. Love the style. Perfect for the holidays!

Parties Flowers & Installations

I think that summer wind may have swept me away last week. I just realised that I haven't posted since last Monday. It is amazing how time flies. This week has seen the installation of a few gorgeous pre-Christmas jobs, Harry's school Christmas pageant, a friends surprise 40th Birthday party and a summer garden dinner party which Brad and I hosted at our home last night with a few of my lovely clients and friends.

I filled the house with fresh flowers including my first Peonies for the season.

The garden looked so lovely and green. I'm so glad the drought is over here for now.

I also filled the house and verandahs with lots of candles. I must thank my friend Stuart Membery for organsing a rush delivery of the oval rattan placemats from Indonesia and also to Brad's dad for painting them for me in that pretty green which I chose to go with the napkins and cushions on the chairs. We had such a lovely night. I think it was the beginning of the festive/party season as Brad and I have a few more exciting parties to attend this week...Christmas really is such a wonderful time of year!!

PS. I promise I won't let that summer wind sweep me away this week!!

Rocking out with Kelis!

I am loving this song by Kelis called Brave! Powerful message that speaks to where I was and where I am.
I was weak... but now I am strong!

Happy Holidays!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a great holiday weekend.

Link of the Day!

Fabulous hair style from Franchesca Ramsey.

Younikness - Jewelery & Accessories

Fabiola Bernard , owner and designer of Younikness,  founded the one of a kind, handcrafted accessory line in January 2010.

"What really motivated me to start making accessories was me going natural and seeing other natural ladies with their naked hair. Natural hair is beautiful on its own but adding that flower or that bow to your hair will definitely accentuate your hair and complete your look."

To see more great jewelry and accessories, go to  Younikness.com

Inspirational Photos - Wahidah Shaba Fowler

Inspirational photo from one of my favorite models, Wahidah Shaba Fowler (she is also a spokesperson, and community activist).
Wahidah Shaba Fowler

"Though Wahidah claims Brooklyn as her hometown nothing can take her away from her West Indian heritage. Her mother is from the beautiful island of the Bahamas and her father is from the mystic land of Guyana. Wahidah thinks of modeling as another way of expressing her passion, which is a visual art, to her every inch of her body is paint and the world is her canvas. Though Wahidah is fairly new to the modeling world, some of her resume consist of her modeling in music videos such as Maino (Hi Hater), Red CafĂ© (Things you do), Steelo (Make Up My Mind) and Skull Gang ft Juelz Santana (I am the club). Wahidah is also a correspondent in which she has interviewed celebrities such as Fabolous, The Dream, Christina Milian and Ryan Leslie (just to name a few). Wahidah has also been featured as a guest speaker in the film, "A Girl Like Me" by Kiri Davis (which won numerous awards and was seen on The Oprah Show). Wahidah was also featured numerous times on BET (2008 Notarized Countdown, Rap It Up). She has also done runway shows for Thando Kafele (National Hair Show), Raggauffin (Trace Mag) and Alize Rose. Wahidah is also the host of the #1 online Hip Hop news show titled, “The Friday Hip-Hop Report" for Jump Off tv and AllHipHop.com. Check Wahidah out in the film "Don't Blink" from Kotch Films, the release date will be late 2009...."  - Source


Boutique de Bandeaux Headbands

These gorgeous headbands are from Boutique de Bandeaux

"We specialize in handmade couture-inspired hair accessories for thick, curly, & kinky natural hair. We use vivid colors and over-sized pieces to ensure our accessories they stand out in your voluminous tresses. Our designer headbands are not only crafted to be fashionable, but big hair friendly!" - Source

The Summer Wind

Yesterday at home whilst enjoying the company of family, the first hint of a summer wind stopped me in my tracks. It's that warm summery wind that reminds me of happy times at the beach or by the pool on holidays with family and friends. I also think of Frank crooning in the moonlight...

The summer wind, came blowin' in from across the sea
It lingered there, to touch your hair and walk with me
All summer long, we sang a song and then we strolled that golden sand
Two sweethearts and the summer wind

Like painted kites, those days and nights they went flyin' by
The world was new, beneath a blue umbrella sky
Then softer than, a piper man, one day it called to you
I lost you, I lost you to the summer wind

The autumn wind, and the winter winds they have come and gone
And still these days, those lonely days they go on and on
And guess who sighs his lullabies through nights that never end
My fickle friend, the summer wind

The summer wind, warm summer wind, the summer wind

I'll leave you to ponder that and some beautiful images to remind us of the beautiful summer days which lay ahead.

image credits -

Stylist Myriam Muhammad

All of these holiday loc styles where created by loctician Myriam Muhammad

Black & Spiro Christmas

Here is our Christmas display at Black & Spiro which we installed today. I collaborated with talented Brisbane artist Sue-Ching Lascelles to create this installation. Sue made all of the amazing animals and wreath and screen in a mixture of paper and fabric....she is very, very clever!! We conceptualized the design with Mexican otomi textile as our inspiration. Unfortunately these photos aren't great so if you are in Brisbane, make sure you pop in for a visit. We'd love to see you...

Some Eye Candy 4 ya!!

Ok... can you say Gorgeous!
(Model name unknown)