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WebMD Q&A interview with Hair Guru’s Ellin La Var & Kim Kimble | The Natural Socialite

In Education, Interviews, Natural Hair on August 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Myths and misunderstandings abound when it comes to caring for African-American hair textures. Top experts gave WebMD crucial info on caring for ethnic hair, whether you wear it straight, braided, loose, or curly.

Here their answer common hair care questions.

How is African-American hair different from other textures?

One common myth is that there is just one type of African-American hair, says New York stylist Ellin LaVar, who has worked with celebrities including Angela Bassett, Naomi Campbell, Whitney Houston, Iman, Serena and Venus Williams, and Oprah.

“African-American hair isn’t just the very kinky, coarse texture,” says LaVar, who created the Ellin LeVar Textures hair care line.

Though the texture may vary, there are some similarities that make African-American hair different from other types, says Philadelphia dermatologist Susan Taylor, MD, who also directs the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York. In general, the hair contains less water, grows more slowly, and breaks more easily than Caucasian or Asian hair.

Why is it so difficult to style my hair?

Product labeling can often be confusing and may lead African-American women and others with similar hair texture to purchase something that’s too heavy or just not appropriate.

“Look for products that describe the texture of your hair, not the color of your skin,” LaVar says.

 How often do I really need to shampoo?

The experts interviewed for this story told WebMD that you should shampoo at least every 14 days, but every seven to 10 days is recommended.

“I often have to explain to clients that African-American hair needs to be washed regularly,” says West Hollywood stylist Kim Kimble, who has worked with Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington, and Vanessa Williams.

“Bacteria can grow on the scalp without regular cleansing and that’s unhealthy,” says Kimble, who has a line of products called Kimble Hair Care Systems.

Many women are worried about stripping the hair of moisture when they wash (in addition to the time-consuming ordeal of styling). LaVar suggests lathering with a moisturizing shampoo designed for normal or dry hair and following with a moisturizing conditioner.

Why does my hair keep breaking?

When you sap moisture from the hair, it loses suppleness and is more susceptible to breakage, LaVar says. Because African-American hair is naturally dry, it needs supplemental moisture to stand up to styling.    

Curly textures tend to be the most vulnerable because the bends in kinky hair make it difficult for natural oils to work their way down the hair shaft. So the curlier your hair the more vulnerable it is to drying out and breaking.       

Chemical and heat styling suck the internal moisture from hair, making it brittle and fragile. To fight breakage, look for heat-shielding and hydrating products that contain silicone, Taylor says. They coat the hair and help seal in moisture.

LaVar tells her clients to avoid products designed for limp hair. Ingredients that add body can actually strip oils and remove moisture, she says.

The experts also suggest wrapping your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet before bed to help your hair retain moisture. Cotton fibers in your pillowcase will wick away hydration.

Are there any moisturizers that don’t feel greasy?

“If the product feels greasy, it’s probably not adding moisture inside the hair,” LaVar tells WebMD. “You need a penetrating conditioner with lightweight oils that are absorbed rather than sit on top of the hair.”

Kimble agrees. She says that lanolin or other greasy products moisturize, but they clog the pores on your scalp and weigh hair down. She prefers conditioners with essential oils, like grape seed oil for example, that moisturize without leaving an oily residue.

Another tip: LaVar says that body lotion can be a good stand-in for a leave-in conditioner because it is designed to be absorbed into the skin. Rub a dime-sized drop between your palms and smooth it over the length of your hair.

Why is the hair around my temples thinning?

Braids are usually the culprit, experts tell WebMD. Tight or aggressive handling of the hair causes traction alopecia, a form of hair loss, Taylor says.

Plus, the weight of braids can stress the hair follicles and cause hair to fall out as well, Kimble notes.

Thinning can also be a result of hormone changes, genetics, or a health condition, so you should see a doctor as soon as you notice a change in your hair growth or texture.

Is your night time “Head Wrap” turning your man off? | The Natural Socialite

In Dry Hair Remedies, Natural Hair, Natural Hair News, Socialite Says, Style Guide on August 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I am literally cracking up over here! LOL! Essence.com recently posted an article entitled Sound -Off: Is a Do Rag Really Okay in the Bedroom?, and I was tickled to death about how serious the guys that were interviewed felt about their Boo’s nightly head wraps. I mean, you all have heard me say time & time again…. If I don’t protect my hair at night, you might as well call me Florida (Evans) when that alarm clock goes off in the morning! lol. My hair ends up looking like the Black struggle & low self-esteem after just one night of neglect.

Our hair should not be interfering with our love lives, or our nighttime romance. Redefining ourselves means we are open to feedback, to listening and to changing if need be those things about our habits, rituals and personalities that end up costing us the love, happiness, and fulfillment we seek.
It is a well-known fact that natural hair and cotton fibers don’t mix, and the friction caused from tossing & turning at night can strip your hair of its natural oils and cause breakage. I will just have to tell my husband that I’m deeply sorry (not really) if my silk scarf is causing him problems, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Honestly, I’ve never noticed any “lack of attraction” on his end so………….. *Kanye shrug*
I howled with laughter, then I realized he was quite serious. Another gentlemen in his early 40s chimed in, “Yeah, I have begged my wife to at least give the hair thing a rest a few nights a week — it is hard to feel connected sexually to my wife when she has hardware in her hair, or her hair is covered up and I cannot touch it. Very frustrating, but if I say something about it we end up in a huge fight. So I don’t say anything anymore to keep the peace.”
Now I don’t want to seem insensitive to this group of Black men, but I cannot understand how a scarf or bonnet makes one less attractive to their spouse or partner. I mean, would you rather your woman sleep without her “hair equipment” at night and look busted at work tomorrow, so that you can get your night of “sexual connection”? What will that do for the attraction you feel for your spouse when you awaken from your night of passion?

Lucille Ball wearing a sleep bonnet in I Love Lucy

The idea of wrapping hair for sleeping is nothing new, nor is it something that is exclusive to Black women’s hair. Back in the 1940s women would get their hair done in the salon once a week or so and, in order to preserve the style, would wrap their hair in head scarves so that they could get as much “wear” out of the style as possible before having to have it re-set.
If my husband felt completely turned off by my bonnet and asked me to oblige, of course I would. Just for one night though…. Don’t get too used to that though sir. I kid, I kid. I have been considering investing in a nice satin pillowcase, so I just may go ahead and make that purchase in order to preserve my sexy.
~Charlotte

I love her Socialite Style | Kimberly Sumner

In Art & Beauty, Natural Hair, Style Guide on July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm
Sumner purchased this “kente cloth–esque print dress” from a small boutique in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Photograph: Ilenia Martini

A few weeks ago, I ran accross some fabulous pics of stylish New Yorker Kimberly Sumner, and was completely blown away.  My recent obsession with textiles and bright colorful prints was deeply intesified when I saw this natural beauty featured on Timeout New York ‘s online mag.

from newyork.timeout.com:

Kimberly Sumner, 23, freelance artist, Harlem

Her personal style: “An explosion of patterns.”

Her inspirations: Soul Train, blaxploitation films, the reemergence of the Afro in the late ’60s, Op Art, the artist Yinka Shonibare, textiles from around the world, vibrations and color theory.”

Favorite stores:Beads of Paradise (16 E 17th St between Broadway and Fifth Ave; 212-620-0642, beadsofparadisenyc.com) is heaven on earth. Any rare stone you can imagine, you can find it here. Moscot (118 Orchard St at Delancey St, 212-477-3796 • 69 W 14th St at Sixth Ave, 212-647-1550 • moscot.com) has a cool collection of retro frames that I enjoy sifting through. And I really enjoy the decor at the Brooklyn Circus (150 Nevins St at Bergen St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-858-0919, thebkcircus.com). I always end up skimming through the coolest books while I’m there.”

Her signature items: “My hair and eyeglasses. Mostly my hair, though. Also, the fact that if you happen to run into me on the street, you can bet that I’ll be wearing some type of print somewhere, if not head to toe.”

How she describes New York style: “It’s a hodgepodge of almost every style you can possibly imagine. No matter what you look like or how you prefer to decorate yourself, you’re welcome to do so here.”

How her style has evolved through the years: “When I first moved to NYC five years ago for school at Parsons, I was completely broke. I arrived to New York with straight hair, wearing jeans and a T-shirt! My style evolved out of frequenting secondhand shops and learning about flea markets. My obsession with textiles and patterns didn’t happen until my senior year, when I was writing my thesis about a body of work I created consisting of hand-dyed textiles. That’s when the research about textiles from different countries began and I started noticing things I never noticed before. While shopping at flea markets and wandering around the city, hand-dyed garments, batik textiles, kimonos and Dutch wax prints began to catch my eye and manifest themselves in my wardrobe.”

In an interview with Style Like You, Kimberly talks about when she made the decision to let her hair grow “towards the sun,” as she says, it had the effect of a halo or crown, as if nature is anointing her a queen. She digs deeply into the rituals of the Maasai tribe for inspiration and ponders, “It’s not about who can wear the shortest skirt or the highest heels, it’s about how big can I make this headwrap to signify my status in this tribe.”

Her Grandmother’s Dress
“This is one of my absolute favorite pieces in my wardrobe because I understand the process and time required to dye the fabric that became this...
An Explosion of Fabulosity

“To me true beauty has nothing to do with the physical. However, it is about how you carry yourself. I find knowledge to be most beautiful.”~ Kimberly Sumner

Natural Hair & the Generation Gap | The Natural Socialite

In Natural Hair, Self Help Series, Socialite Says on July 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

 

Ever since I completed my transition process and became natural, I have received mixed reviews from different people in reference to their opinions about my “new do”. When I first did my big chop, I was definitely not  1) prepared to deal with being COMPLETELY natural & 2) prepared to deal with having SHORT, completely natural hair. If I could have done it over again, I definitely would have transitioned more than the 10 months that it took me to grow my mini fro.   I have since grown to love my hair & its unpredictable nature, but since 2009, neither of my grandmothers have gotten accustomed to the beauty of my “nappy hair”.

I know that I am the only one who has to love my hair, and quite frankly…. I do & could care less what people though.  My experiences with some of my “elders” however have caused me to stop & think twice about the generational gap that exists when it comes to natural hair. Going against someone else’s standards of beauty can be challenging, but nothing beats loving yourself for who you are.

Have any of you witnessed the generational differences that exist when it comes to having natural hair?  Did you get any opposition from your family members when you decided to transition?  If so, how did you deal with the “pressure to perm”?

Green Tea Health Benefits & Hair Remedies

In Dry Hair Remedies, Education, Natural Hair, Natural Hair News on July 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

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One of the most popular herbal agents being used these days is green tea. This herbal tea is packed with antioxidants that combat harmful free radicals, deliver cancer-fighting flavonoids and disrupt the production of bacteria. The same antioxidants that help your body fight the free radicals that attack your cells also help your scalp when you use green tea shampoo. It protects your scalp from infections and gets rid of the impurities

Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Cancer:  Clinical studies have proven green tea helps prevent many types of cancers, and there is research to support polyphenols may actually kill cancer cells and arrest their growth.  Bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, prostrate, skin, and stomach cancers have all shown to be positively affected by green tea.

Heart disease:  Natural News reports:

Research at the Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, Japan confirmed that green tea polyphenols can protect a heart from oxidative stress, as well as maintain good left ventricular function after ischemic arrest (restriction in the heart’s blood supply) and reperfusion (tissue damage caused when the blood supply returns).

Green tea also protects the heart by preventing hypertension.

Weight Loss:  Drinking green tea boosts the body’s metabolism. The polyphenols also help burn fat.  The World’s Healthiest Foods explains:

A human study, published in the January 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, confirms green tea’s ability to not only reduce body fat, but damage to LDL cholesterol as well. After 12 weeks of drinking just one bottle of green tea each day, 38 normal-to-overweight men in Tokyo had a significantly lower body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass and amount of subcutaneous fat compared to men given a bottle of oolong tea each day.

Green Tea & Hair Growth

Using green tea to grow hair probably relates to the evidence for influencing
circulating hormones in the body. A high intake of green tea correlates to higher levels of sex hormone-binding protein – or globulin, which carries hormones like testosterone around the body in a bound, unusable form so that tissues cannot use it directly. Testosterone is usually carried around the body by this binding protein, therefore, reducing levels of free testosterone, so that it cannot be converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the hair follicle, which is thought to shorten the hair cycle and cause hair loss.

Soothes Dandruff and Psoriasis

Research also suggests that green tea can help with scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis by soothing skin and reducing inflammation. Using a shampoo that contains green tea or using a green tea rinse after shampooing can help reduce scalp irritation. Many commercial anti-dandruff shampoos contain carcinogens, making green tea products a safer alternative. When choosing a green tea shampoo, look for one in which green tea appears close to the top of the list of ingredients and that does not contain harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens, which could contribute to scalp irritations.

Strengthens and Conditions

Green tea also contains vitamin C, vitamin E and panthenol, which are all common ingredients in hair conditioner. Vitamin E restores dry or damaged hair, while vitamin C guards against damage from UV radiation. Panthenol, a provitamin, strengthens and softens hair and prevents split ends. Choose hair products that contain real green tea extract or EGCG.

Do you use Green Tea products as part of your beauty and health routines? How do you use Green Tea?

Always check with your doctor about the use of green tea for hair loss and regrowth as well as whether you should add it to your diet.  I only post this information for educational purposes.  Green tea contains caffeine, which has all the side effects of caffeine. 

Summertime Hair Styling for Naturals & Transitioners | The Twist & Curl

In Natural Hair, Products, Seasonal Hair Care, Style Guide, Transition tips, YouTube Videos on May 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

I’ve received a few questions about summertime styling options from both naturals & transitioners alike. My hands-down favorite go to style while I was transitioning was the twist & curl. This style gave me the “natural look” while also allowing me to blend the two vastly different textures I was working with.  Instead of doing a video myself on this style & its variations, I though that I would just share with you some of the videos that personally helped me along the way.

Starting with freshly cleaned & conditioned hair, the twist & curl method consists of starting the two strand twist style with the styling products of your choice.  My favorite products for this style are the Cantu Shea Butter leave in on top of the Cantu Shea Butter Hair & Scalp oil. Using a combination of these two products kept me from seeing white flakes from the Cantu leave in.  After twisting small to medium sections of hair, roll the ends of the hair with perm rods & allow hair to completely dry.  I recommend a cool hooded dryer if you don’t have the entire weekend to let your hair air dry.

 

Twist & Curl on Natural Nair

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This was my SIGNATURE STYLE while transitioning! I literally watched this video every other day! Lol!

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This style can be done on various lengths of hair!

 

Twist & Curl on Long term Transitioner with Long hair

 

Have you ever tried the twist & curl style?!? What were your results?

Peet Peeve Alert! Please stop saying “Dreadlocks”!!!

In Education, Natural Hair, Socialite Says on May 19, 2011 at 8:48 am
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Ok. This post stems from a conversation my husband & I had at lunch yesterday about this lady walking up to me and asking if I was “gonna let my hair dread”.  Now my husband KNOWS how much I 1) Hate the term “Dreadlocks” 2) Hate people assuming that since I’m natural, that it must be because I plan on locking my hair, so he immediately looked down at my face in anticipation of my “WTF” look.  Yeah, she got hit with the “WTF” face.

My WTF face

Let me start off by saying that yes, I know that most people are not really “into” natural hair the way I am.  Yeah, I understand that my fascination with natural hair is borderline obsessive.  I get that. But dang!  I can’t help but to get annoyed when people make generalizations and assumptions just because someone has natural hair.  And not to mention the term “dreadlocks”. To me, that’s the same as someone using a word to describe something and they have no idea what the word means.

Ok. Now I cannot sit here and rant about how this term sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to me without explaining why this term is inappropriate offensive  to me.

Locs are not just related to the Rastafari movement, but are historically connected to a spiritual journey or relationship of the person wearing their hair in this manner. The term “dreadlocks” is a synthesis of the words dread & locks and was historically used to signify the “dread” in those who wore their hair like this. The Rastafari religion was once seen as a threat to Christianity and came under attack by the authorities that tried to suppress the ‘Rasta’ movement. Their dreadlocks were thought to be disgusting and frightening, hence the term ‘dread’ . It was also said that the wearer lived a “dread” life or a life in which he feared God, which gave birth to the modern name ‘dreadlocks’ in relation to this ancient style.

The term dreadlocks has a negative connotation attached to it, which is why people who are aware of the history behind this term prefer the use of “locks (locs)” or “African locks (locs)”.  Today, locks signify spiritual intent, natural and supernatural powers, and are a statement of non-violent non-conformity, communalism and socialistic values, and solidarity with less fortunate or oppressed minorities.

I understand that while many people wear locs as an expression of ethnicity and as an expression of their religious convictions, that some people wear them as a fashion preference. That’s fine with me.  I can be cool with that.  My only hope is that people will look deeper into the history behind the things that they do in search for a better (or any for that matter) understanding. Even though you may have decided to wear your hair in a loc style as a fashion statement, just try to be aware that it can be so much more than that for some people and that this term that you are comfortable throwing around can & may come across just as offensive as someone calling you a NI%$@.

Melanie LaRocque “ShayGon” Custom Artwork Giveaway!!| Enter to Win! *open*

In Art & Beauty, Contests & Giveaways, Natural Hair, Socialite Says on May 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

I am super-duper excited to announce this HUGE giveaway, hosted by the lovely Melanie “ShayGon” LaRocque! When I first contacted Melanie regarding my desire to interview her, she was so very gracious to offer to provide readers of the Natural Socialite blog an opportunity to win a customized piece of art from her collection (pictured above).

Here are some of my favorite pieces from her collection:

Mother Father & Child

Surrender

Canboulay

 The lucky winner of this piece of art will receive a truly Bespoke painting, because Melanie has agreed to reproduce a similar artwork in a colour scheme of the winners choice.

If you read my interview with Melanie, then you know that she creates art that starts with a feeling that is triggered by an experience, and this piece is no different.  In her own words:

The painting is called “Erykah” and it was inspired by Erykah Badu who was (and still is) one of my musicians of choice.  At the time when I painted it, I had been made redundant and I was desperately trying to find work.  I had bills to pay and I was in such a turmoil about what I was going to do with my life.  The day I painted it, I vowed that I must never be in that position again where I’m begging people for a job in order to survive.  I was intelligent, highly creative, hard-working and there was no reason why I shouldn’t be successful.  So I picked up a paintbrush and a new canvas that I had stored in the back of my cupboard for years and began to paint.  Erykah was on rotation in my cd player and I began to “release” all the negative feelings and visualise where I wanted to be.  The result was this painting – a confident woman who is exposed to the cycles of life (hence the naked vulnerable body), but still remains poised, confident and determined to be the regal person God had intended me to be.
 
I have never sold that painting and it remains in my private collection.  I have also never painted another version of it, so it would be an honour to do so for this competition.  The size of the painting is 420 x 510mm. 

Here’s how you can win:

1. You must “like” the Natural Socialite Page on Facebook & comment that you entered the ShayGon giveaway. 

2. “Like” the ShayGon Page on Facebook & comment on her wall that Natural Socialite sent you.

3. Comment on this post with your name & email address & tell me what inspires you. If you participate in any of the 3 additional entry opportunities, please let me know here as well.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DONE ALL THREE IN ORDER TO BE ENTERED!

**OPTIONAL**EARN UP TO 3 ADDITIONAL ENTRIES!

**option 1**Post the link to this contest on your Facebook wall to share with your family & friends! 

**option 2** Follow me on Twitter! Just email me at contest@naturalsocialite.com with your twitter name & say “I followed Natural Socialite on twitter”

**option 3** Subscribe to the Natural Socialite channel on YouTube!

That’s it!  The winner will be chosen by random selection using random.org.

This contest will end on Friday May 27th, 2011 at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be announced on Monday May 30th!

Dont forget!!! Melanie has  set up a coupon code for my readers that will entitle you to a 20% discount on all purchases until November 30th, 2011.  Just enter the coupon code SOCIALITE in her ETSY online shop  www.shaygon.etsy.com

You can also use this coupon more than once, so don’t miss out on your chance to own a piece of her beautiful artwork!

Interview w/ Artist & Designer Melanie LaRocque

In Art & Beauty, Interviews, Natural Hair, Socialite Says on May 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to find & meet Melanie LaRocque online after falling in love with photos of her work on the internet.  Melanie was so gracious to allow me to interview her and get a sneak peek into the mind of an artist.  I was floored by her down to earth personality and her willingness to speak to me; someone who was merely a fan. I am very honored to share my interview with the one and only ShayGon…

 

Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field?

My name is Melanie LaRocque and I am a self-taught  Artist-Designer-Maker.  I use the name “Shay” for my creative work which is a Melanie-revised- shortened-version of my Yoruba name: Olusegun (pronounced “O-lu-see-gon) .  It loosely means “God will help me to Conquer”.  I am a proud London-born, Trini-bred citizen who splits her life between the UK and the Caribbean.  Before becoming a full-time Artist, I studied law and worked in IP and Anti-Piracy within the Pharmaceutical, Creative & Technology Industries. However, I always harbored a dream of owning a shop or studio someday where I could create, design and teach something artist all day long because Art was my release.  I am always drawing something.  I doodle when I’m really concentrating and I always put a creative slant on anything I do.  Then in 2008 I discovered Etsy, which is an online marketplace.   I instantly knew that a change was coming.   I set up my online shop “ShayGon” and began the long walk towards my dream. 

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I didn’t.  Creating was simply a part of me -as common as eating, drinking and sleeping.  I thought everybody needed to create and that it was a natural part of life.  But my earliest memories start with my mum who used to set me homework from the moment I could hold a pencil.  My siblings used to come home from school with their work and I wanted to do some too.  So my mum would give me a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and say: Draw me a story.  So I did.  When I finished, I would sit down and “read” it to her.  I drew her so many stories and she kept them. I never stopped drawing stories until I started my degree.    

Could you tell us about some of your work?

Hmmm, I normally start with a feeling which was triggered by an experience.  I try to capture it whilst leaving room for questions . I think that it’s important that my paintings can be interpreted.  Someone, somewhere must be able to “get it”.  Otherwise, what’s the point? 

I usually draw people – especially women – black women to be precise – because I am one and I have been raised, taught, encouraged, cut-down, motivated up and laughed with them all my life.  So I simply paint what I know and I know what I feel..

 How will you describe your style?

Eclectic.  –which is code for “never-would-have-thought-of –putting –those-two-things-together” lol.   I don’t know if I have a particular artistic style – I’ve never had my worked assessed by an art critic – but I know that I am influenced by sights, sounds, smells and my heart.  So I take these treasures and mash them all together in a way that somehow works.  I also refer to my style as urbanite because I’m a cosmopolitan city girl who has old-fashioned values and ethical principles.

 Do you have a favorite artist? Or artists that inspire you?

I don’t have a favorite artist just like how I don’t have a favorite color.  I love anything that moves me whether it’s art, music, a bag, a shoe, a dinner set lol. I’m open to anything creative. But if I had to drop a few names of established people whose work I admire, I would say Matisse, Picasso, Rembrandt, Alvin Kofi, Kehindi Wiley, Chidi Okoye, Chris Ofili, Boscoe Holder, Jacob & Gwen Knight Lawrence, Kadir Nelson… the list goes on. 

Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently.

The funniest thing that’s append recently is my 1 year old daughter shouting “ahhh-MENNN” at the end of Pastoral prayer the other day.  And when people turned around and looked at her laughing, she just said it again with a look on her face that said “Say it like you mean it!”

 

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Oooo!  That’s a hard one.  I had to go away and drink some tea before answering this one lol.  But think this best describes me:

Sometimes falls but always rises…

 

Any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists?

Keep it real.  Express your heart and don’t overthink things.  Be open and flexible to possibilities. See difficult situations as opportunities to polish and perfect your work.   That’s the difference between manufactured and organic work. 

This path is not easy so be prepared to work hard, encounter disappointments and feelings of failure.  The key is to not to give up.  Take a break, hit the pause button, but don’t chuck in the towel.

People talk about being discovered, but the real discovery is the one they made when they recognized their talent and nurtured it. 

Remember that life is more than you…

Lastly, how can we reach you in order to purchase your beautiful artwork?

So many ways to hook up with me:

Online Shop: www.shaygon.etsy.com

Blog: www.cariblime.blogspot.com

I also have a Facebook Page (search “ShayGon”) and I am on Flickr.

Of course, you can always contact me by email: shay_gon@yahoo.co.uk

Thank you for your time Melanie. Peace & Love.

Melanie has been so gracious to set up a coupon code for my readers that will entitle you to a 20% discount on all purchases until November 30th, 2011.  Just enter the coupon code SOCIALITE in her ETSY online shop  www.shaygon.etsy.com

You can also use this coupon more than once, so don’t miss out on your chance to own a piece of her beautiful artwork!

AWESOME Natural Hair Engagement Photos!

In Natural Hair, Style Guide on May 3, 2011 at 10:40 am

What an AMAZING looking couple!  Their natural hair is literally intoxicating! I am truly inspired by their obvious love for one another.  And her ring…… Aahhhh! Check out the other photos from their shoot by the amazing Ashley Rose Photography.  Congrats to the happy couple!

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