The Texas International Hair Show Presents The Natural Life!

Natural hair is a lifestyle -yes a lifestyle. Whether you’re a product junkie, YouTube guru or an “I’ll make an appoint” type of girl, natural hair takes time and attention to maintain its health and be vibrant. An added accessory to any look, natural hair is versatile, charismatic and timeless.

The 2018 Texas International Hair and Trade Show’s Natural Life department has searched far and wide to bring you trend-setting, innovative, and the most sought after professionals in the world of natural hair. Natural hair educators, stylists, exhibitors, wearers and spectators are welcomed to be part of our hair world.

 

2018 Natural Life Celebrity Guest Stylist

You’ve seen her innovative, game changing styling on Beyonce, Zoe Kravitz and Brandy! Susy The Purple Unicorn, aka AfricanCreature, owner of “HairBySusy” and creator of the Lemonade braids and the Zoe braids.

 

2018 Natural Life Classes

Sunday June 24, 2018

11:00 to 12:15 The tricks and truths about dreadlocks Syreeta Baker

12:30 to  1:45 Locs Jese Webb

Monday June 25, 2018

11:00 to 12:15 Braid Elevated Ms. Nelly

2:00  to 3:15           Revolutionizing the Natural Experience           Cyrita Jackson

3:00  to 4:45         The Business of Loc Extensions                      Paulette Anderson

 

2018 Natural Life Showcase and Competitions

The Natural Life Showcase and Competitions offer a grand prize of $500. 2nd and 3rd place winners are awarded trophies.

Showcase

  • Crochet Styling

Competitions

  • Loc Styling
  • Braid It Up
  • The Silky Sensation
  • Largest Afro

 

Showcase and Competition details, and entry forms can be found at www.texashairshows.com/natural-life-competitions-and-showcase/

Email: naturalhair@texashairshows.com

or call: 469-969-3575 or 916-750-5290

with questions or concerns.

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Pre-Father’s Day Bow Tie Pop-up featuring BowTie Mike

Inspired by the creative, busy traveler with an entrepreneurial spirit, AC Hotel by Marriott®in downtown Dallas is proud to host a very special Father’s Day pop-up featuring Dallas-based luxury bow tie designer, BowTie Mike (https://www.instagram.com/bowtie_mike.com), winner of the 2017 Accessories in the Nude designer competition,on Wednesday, June 6, from 5 PM – 8 PM.The pop-up will feature a wide selection of the luxury bow ties and BowTie Mike will be making bow ties onsite. The free event welcomes the public to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for dad. The reception will take place inside the AC Lounge at the AC Hotel – Dallas Downtown located at 1712 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75201 in the historic Mercantile Commerce Building.

Visionary, creative director, and founder of BowTie Mike, Michael Williams, began his journey in fashion as a freelance wardrobe stylist and started creating bow ties after having a difficult time finding the perfect neckwear for a major editorial magazine spread. Using unexpected materials from snack packages to his grandmother’s old high-end dresses, Michael’s hobby quickly became a calling and has since been recognized and won several awards and even caught the attention of celebrity clients including, Denzel Washington and Grammy award winner Bilal.

 With Father’s Day quickly approaching, June 17, AC Hotel’s bow tie pop-up makes it easy to find an exceptional gift for every type of father.

 

 

 

 

 

North Texas Black Restaurant Week Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Celebrate North Texas Black Restaurant Week June 16 – 23, 2018

Black Restaurant Week

DALLAS – May 14, 2018 – PRLog — North Texas Black Restaurant Week is back showcasing black restaurants, scratch kitchens, caterers, bakeries, and food trucks throughout Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin Counties, June 16 – 23, 2018. Presented by DFW Black Bloggers and Achieve PR, the one-week foodie experience will feature vegan, soul food, BBQ and gluten-free options during the Dallas Black Restaurant Week Kick-Off event held at Southwest Center Mall (3662 W Camp Wisdom Rd Dallas, TX 75237), June 16th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This year will be hosted by Starving on A Budget – (http://starvingonabudget.com/) Food Writer, Dalila Thomas (http://cw33.com/author/dalila-thomas/), Black (http://www.blackenterprise.com/chef-elle-publishes-cookbook-get-holidays-ease/) Enterprise (http://www.blackenterprise.com/chef-elle-publishes-cookbook-get-holidays-ease/) Featured Chef and Author, Gabrielle McBay (https://gabriellemcbay.com/) owner of Ellements Cuisine and Pastry Concepts, and Clyde Greenhouse owner of Kessler Baking Studio (http://www.kesslercookies.com/). North Texas Black Restaurant Week Founder Denita Quinn states, “We keep this event free for all participants to help small business owners focus on increasing revenue, generate marketing exposure, and add a customer base. Customers can buy directly from the participants during the week of Juneteenth at their locations throughout North Texas.” Attendees will be able to sample dishes, purchase entrees, view cooking demonstrations, meet featured chefs and support black businesses.

In addition to complimentary marketing services for restaurant week, participants will also receive information from the Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center (http://www.dallasmetropolitansbdc.com/) to help them grow and sustain their business including a free business adviser and orientation. A printed directory of restaurants and participants will be published in the Dallas Weekly, The Dallas Examiner, and www.DFWBlackBloggers.com website.

North Texas Black Restaurant Week is sponsored by Redmond & Eiland, PLLC, The Dallas Weekly, Bid Opps, The Dallas Examiner, The Golden Circle, Be Great Magazine, HBS Media, Sival Group, LLC.

To learn more about North Texas Restaurant Week and to see a list of participants, visit https://ntxblackrestaurantweek.weebly.com/. For sponsorship opportunities, please email info@ntxblackrestaurantweek.com.

North Texas Black Restaurant Week, Dallas Black Restaurant Week and Ft. Worth Black Restaurant are registered by Achieve PR, LLC.

“Be Free. Be Bold. Be Empowered. Be Creative.” – Dri’s World

“I want people to be comfortable in my clothes and feel confident at the same time. When people put on my clothing I don’t necessarily want them to transform or be someone they’re not, but be who they want to be – you can’t be judged in Dri’s World unless you’re judging yourself. That’s one of the things I mean by be Free and Bold, if they say that dress doesn’t look good on your body, but you like it and feel like a baddie then, girl wear it!” -Dri

A powerful statement from 17 year old Adrienne “Dri” Stinson, owner and founder of Dri’s World. An Athletic and Urban Apparel clothing line that launched its Summer 2018 Collection in April. The collection ranges from Dri’s World Classic Tees to Dri’s World Summer Crop Tops by American Apparel.

Dri tells us the inspiration behind becoming a business owner at there age and creating the brand.

“My mom and dad would always tell me,  ‘you don’t have to work for anyone, work for yourself.’ So I took that to heart and decided I wanted to be my own boss and handle my own money,” she says.

” I used to play volleyball, but this past summer I had surgery and couldn’t condition for a while. Once I finally got better and went to a couple of practices, it set in and I had to be real with myself. I had honestly fell out of love with volleyball. So I told my mom and dad I wasn’t going to play anymore and they were ok with that. But they asked me, ‘well what now? What are you going to do?’ I told them I had been wanting to get into fashion,” she says.

And with the help of her parents, Dri’s World came to life. Since Dri’s family is heavily involved in sports, she felt it important to make the brand cohesive with athletes, to fuel the athlete in her in some form and explains that.

“The urban side of the brand has a lot to do with my love of the 90’s.  I listen to a lot of music from that time period so I kind of watched the videos and fell in love with the clothing.”

PC: @drisworld

Taking on a business, specifically planning and designing a clothing line, as a junior in high school is no walk in the park. There are challenges that come along with building a brand and staying on track with school work.

“A main challenge would definitely have to be time management. Finding time  to work on Dri’s World throughout the week. School can be stressful and Junior year is most definitely the hardest year in my opinion. Then sometimes I get so caught up in Dri’s World I might actually forget to do something for school,” she says.

Dri wasted no time with her business endeavor. Within nine months, Dri’s World went from and idea to sampling and testing material. She explains her reason for being fully involved and hands on with every decision involved with  her brand.

“I feel that sometimes people get so caught up in the brand name that they don’t think about the quality of the clothing or shoe, or the brand owner for that matter. Like is this person really for the customers or just looking for quick money?”

When we asked Dri where she sees herself in five to ten years she replied, “Hopefully I’m out of college with little to no debt. I’ve always wanted to travel the world so I hope to be going to other countries, and learning and understanding different cultures. I don’t want to do that alone, so hopefully I’m in a good relationship or married by then.”


As for Dri’s World she explains, “I want it to be global. I really look up to Rihanna. She has a clothing, make up, and shoe line called Fenty,  I hope Dri’s World is on that level by then and hopefully one day I could collaborate with her.”

Pictures provided curtesy of @radiantsparks_ enjoy the following slide show from Dri’s World Launch Party.

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Take A Day

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and has been observed in the United States since 1949. I never put much thought or effort into Mental Health until February of this year (2018) when a severe panic attack (that I thought was a stroke), in a public space, landed me slumped over the trunk of a strangers car, in a parking lot, depending on the help of strangers. 

I’d decided to take a day off work and, unknowingly, wrote this piece (as a way to release stress) on the morning of the day the panic attack happened.

 

TAKING A DAY

So I’m taking a day,

and I hope that’s ok, with you.

Because I’ve been feeling down,

and your advice to just turn it around isn’t..helping.

And yes, I AM STRONG..I know I’m a soldier,

but time brings about a change and I’m wiser, and older.

So I know without action, there is no change.

I’m gonna take me a day and get all in my feelings,

oh, it’s ok girl.

See this is me dealing.

I don’t expect you to understand,

or lend a helping hand.

And I’m not trying to ruin your day,

but I’ve been feeling some type of way.

But I’ve grown tired and sad,

so before things get bad,

I think.

I’ll take.

A day.

Beauty by A. Norell – Sexy and Sultry For Spring!

Spring is here, but thanks to mother nature’s temperament, heavy frocks are still being rocked and it doesn’t seem quite time for pastels and florals. Even if it were, rules were made to be broken, so let’s get into this sexy and sultry look created by professional MUA, our beauty guru, Alfena Williams.

The recently engaged, soon to be married, Chasitie Ingram served as the muse for this look that I had the pleasure of sitting in on and was able to inquire about.

SheBatty: When going for a sultry look, what’s the first thing that comes to mind as far as makeup?

A.Norell_MUA: “The first thing I think about are sexy eyes and a lip color that pops.”

So it’s ok to mix a smokey eye with a bold lip? Is that the ultimate combo for sultry/sexy looks?

Yes! It is definitely ok to mix the two. It really depends on what the individual is wearing and what makeup look they are going for. You have to consider what the focus point will be. For example if you are wearing a beaded gown and the dress is the focal point you don’t want a makeup look that’s so bold it will take away from the gown.

We are in the day and age of the “glow up” what are some ways to achieve a natural radiance that isn’t over-the-top?

“I like to apply a liquid highlighter to the skin first. Then I add the foundation on top of it. The highlighter will radiate through the foundation giving a nice glow.”

Tell us how you achieved this look?

“I started the look by applying a flesh tone matte eyeshadow all over her eye. Then I added a gold shimmer eyeshadow on the lid with a dark brown matte shade in the corner. Next we applied lashes and added a plum liquid matte lipstick.”

How do we contact you for an appointment?

“Feel free to reach out on instagram @a.norell_mua or

by phone at 817-721-4977.”

DALLAS CEO, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, FEATURED ON LIFETIME TELEVISION’S NEWEST REALITY SHOW!

Nothing tests a budding relationship like travel, and the new series Love at First Flight takes it a step further, matching new couples to embark on a romantic (and stressful) journey across North America — with the chance to get married at the airport immediately after their final flight lands.

Meeting for the first time in New York, the couples criss-cross the country towards Los Angeles, as their compatibility is tested not only by the unpredictable pressures of travel, but also by a series of uniquely crafted travel-based challenges. Tune in fo the premiere of Love at First Flight, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime!

Love At First Flight Season 1 Preview

ABOUT STEPHANIE JOHNSON

Stephanie Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Dallas’ Singles & The City – an exclusive member based community for single professionals willing to become the person they seek to attract.

“At Singles & The City, our main tagline is, ‘There is more to being single than dating.’ We are a self empowerment community for single dating professionals mid-twenties to forties. We are a totally different spin off of what the entire world is doing right now.

Everyone is dating, and what not —hooking up. I’m trying to help you get to your bottom line. I partner with a lot of therapists, group counselors; people that can really help you change your mindset and how you see yourself, and why you’re single. And if you don’t want to be single, what are the things that make you unattractive,” Stephanie explains.

After a corporate layoff in 2015 – Stephanie took her then passion of hosting events and turned it into profit, having expanded her company to 5 cities in less than 4 years. Singles & The City has active chapters and hosts’ monthly events in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

Although watching her from afar looks seamless, she’s the first to be transparent about being a full-time Entrepreneur. Stephanie nearly lost everything in 2016 – sleeping on friend’s sofas and Lyfting to her own events.

“I was in East Lansing and moved here [to Dallas] in 2010. I worked in corporate,  in the restaurant industry. I did telemarketing and I loved my job. I also did concierge work, and then did restaurant work again, but prior to my lay-off I’d started Single & The City like a yeary prior —just as a volunteer, community type thing,” she says.

“I fully did not expect all that happened to happen. And when I got laid off I started going through my savings and everything just kind of hit the fan and that’s how the whole homeless thing started, and that’s when I was like, ‘Ok, it’s time to turn this into an actual company and get some income coming in, so I just kind-of need to bite the bullet and become a professional business owner.’ And that’s how it happened.”

Despite the loss, she managed to open 2 new chapters in Los Angeles and Chicago. When asked about how she determines which cities are picked to hosts Single & The City she explains, “I go where the demand is.”

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT

Filming Love At First Flight was an amazing experience and Stephanie is very excited to share her life with the viewers.

What compelled you to tryout for the cast of Love at First Flight?

“Honestly, I was getting a lot of feedback from my members, like, ‘oh my gosh, I met this guy, or this girl, and we’re getting married next week.’ and I’ve been to several weddings already that happened like within six weeks from Singles & The City, and I was like, ‘Am I missing something? What’s going on?’ So, the opportunity came up for the show and, of course, no one ever thinks you’re going to make the cast. So, it was about me getting into the brains of singles I talk to all the time that this has happened to, and then to have the opportunity to be matched by a “professional matchmaker” and possibly meeting the person of your dreams. I was like, ‘at least let me just try.”

Are you a hopeless romantic?

“I actually am a hopeless romantic. I’m always like, ‘maybe he’ll be at Barnes and Noble, or maybe I’ll run into him at Whole Foods —that would be great!”

What were your thoughts when you initially arrived to meet your partner?


“Oh my gosh, initial thoughts —I don’t want to tell you too much, but I was really really excited! I was excited about his ethnicity. He’s very attractive, so I thought, ‘ok! This is going to be good!’ I wanted to at least walk away with a new friend. My expectations were not high. I was not trying to fall in love. I’m like, ‘I’m going to into this with no fear. If I’m traveling, [then] I’m at least going to make a new friend.”

 
What was your biggest challenge during this experience?

“The biggest challenge during the experience —I would definitely say was just being alone in certain situations and then it being Reality TV on top of that. I’m a very structured person, so to wake up everyday and not know what your day holds. And then you’re going to see me do some stuff that you would never see me do in real life, activity wise. You’ve got kind-of like Amazing Race meets The Bachelor meets —I mean the show is just crazy awesome! But, there are so many different activities that you have to do with your partner. You have to trust them to get it done so,  for me, not being in control was like, ‘Oh My God— I’m [gonn]a do this today!”

What did you learn about yourself during this experience?


“I learned that I’m a lot more open than I thought and I shocked myself at how open I was, at love, and at trusting other people, and at, just kind-of, not being in control.  So, I was like, ‘look at me, growing!’ It was great! I’m much more self aware —it was just a beautiful process.”

How much can you really learn about a person on a travel adventure?

“That’s a good question, but I think the entire point was learning [that] for one, you can learn so much about someone when you’re back to back all the time. And then I would say that after 3 or 4 days of seeing someone 24 hours a day it’s like, ‘ok, I don’t have time to keep wearing makeup.’ You know what I’m saying —at some point you start to let your guard down and really be your true-true self and I think that the situation is what possibly made that happen a little faster. It’s like, ‘ok, today, you’re not getting lashes or heels. I just don’t care and I saw you yesterday, and I know you’re not going anywhere.’ So I mean, honestly, I learned a lot. I learned a lot really fast and it was good. It’s just an interesting way to date, you know —real interesting.”

Do You Believe That Is Possible To Find True Love At First Flight?

“I do believe it’s possible to find Love At First Flight, absolutely! Absolutely —I think you guys are going to love me and my partner and, you’ll be real excited to see the outcome for sure!

Tune in and find out how this local entrepreneur made the best out of uncertain situations and maybe even found the love of her life…all while traveling North America with a stranger.

Love at First Flight is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Pilgrim and Mike Nichols serve as executive producers for Pilgrim. Gena McCarthy executive produces for Lifetime. Pictures and video clips curtesy of Lifetime.

Love at First Flight Premieres March 20 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. 

Follow Stephanie as she will be LIVE Tweeting during the premier on Twitter and be sure to LIKE her FACEBOOK Fan Page too! 

Pictures and video clips curtesy of Lifetime.

Show Me How You Rock It 1.3 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Show Me How You Rock is back with another Little Black Dress! This week we’ll be exploring  a more casually styled LBD. So…

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Cormeshia @shebatty from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.

I have a cheerful disposition, for the most part. I love to laugh, and the word quirky fits me well. My overall style is Rocker Chic, lace and leather are my thing! But, I’m also known to switch lanes and rock Black owned/All black er’thang ethnic fashion. My goal is to always stand out when I walk into room and leave people saying, “Who is that? I like her style!”

What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?

I was headed out for a casual day with a friend and wanted to be cute, fashionable and comfortable. I’m almost forty, and at my age comfort is always key! I found this all black body con dress on sale ASOS a few years ago. I’m still working on body image issues, but I knew it’d be a good investment. For the outting with my friend, I opted for an eclectic “street” look. I wanted to give off a New York vibe, Brooklyn to be exact. The vibrant colors and street style of this look inspired me.

 How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

Overall, the look made me feel cute and energetic. My head wrap provided an array of vibrant colors. The dress and the stockings provided and element of sex appeal. I didn’t want to be too dressy, so I played the look down with wooden earrings and a rugged pair of booties. I added a splash of sass by applying minimal makeup with a pop of color on the lips.

Photos taken by @a.norell_mua

Ready for your feature?

1. Pick a look: little black dress, date night, brunch, GNO, Bad & Bougie, etc.
2. Answer the following questions:
Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.
What inspired you about this look?
How do you feel when you rock this look?
3. Select 4 to 6 pics ( mix landscape and portrait). Include a headshot (cause we want to see that beat too) and of course full-body.
4. Send to cormeshia@shebatty.com with the title SHOW ME HOW YOU ROCK IS SUBMISSION -YOUR NAME

HIGHLY PRAISED SCREENING OF ‘MANCHILD’ KICKED OFF ALL STAR WEEK WITH A BANG AT RALEIGH STUDIOS W/ CELEBRITY PANELISTS AND GUESTS

The screening of the inspiring story of the greatest pre-high school aged basketball player ever was an enormous success thanks to panelists Schea Cotton, Grammy nominated rapper Problem, and former NBA players Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton, w/ moderator WNBA’s Cappie Pondexter!

(Los Angeles – California) – ​On Monday February 12th​, Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story, ​touched the hearts of hundreds at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. ​Manchild ​tells the story of now retired ball player, ​Schea Cotton,​ who was once regarded as the greatest pre-high school aged player ever, even better than LeBron James.

Thanks to celebrity VIP guests and an all star panelists including ​Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton​, this story of ​faith, integrity, and resilience​ e​mpowered the audience through mentoring, education & sports!

Amongst the screening of the film itself, star of the documentary and ​founder and CEO of the Manchild Elite Corp.​, shined light on his amazing organization dedicated to empowering youth through education, basketball, and leadership. In service of the nonprofit’s mission, Schea brought over a dozen of young men to the screening where they got a firsthand look at the inspiring story!

To support and donate to the ​Manchild Elite Corp​ please visit Manchild Elite Donation HERE.

Follow Manchild on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

(L-R) Rapper Problem, James Cotton, Casey Jacobsen, moderator Cappie Pondexter, Schea Cotton and members of the Manchild Elite Corp.
Schea Cotton on the red carpet.
Schea Cotton and Moderator, Cappie Pondexter, on the red carpet.
(L-R) Schea Cotton, James Cotton, Rapper Problem, and Casey Jacobsen on the Q&A panel.
Audience member asking a question to the panel

Show Me How You Rock It 1.2 – Cape Fashion

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Capes are a cozy and comfy alternative to coats, and sometimes jackets or blazers. Add class to any outfit with a cape or poncho. On this Fashion Friday, we’ll be seeing a cape look! So…

show me how you rock your Cape Ms. Reiko @Godsfaveshoes from houston, Tx!

Here’s how I am still rocking the cape look.
PC: @godsfaveshoes

 

 I’m not ready to let the trend go just yet.
PC: @godsfaveshoes
It’s still great for layering especially in Houston’s indecisive weather.
Ready for your feature?
1. Pick a look: little black dress, date night, brunch, GNO, Bad & Bougie, etc.
2. Answer the following questions:
Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.
What inspired you about this look?
How do you feel when you rock this look?
3. Select 4 to 6 pics ( mix landscape and portrait). Include a headshot (cause we want to see that beat too) and of course full-body.
4. Send to cormeshia@shebatty.com with the title SHOW ME HOW YOU ROCK IS SUBMISSION -YOUR NAME