Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, May 11 2018 11:01AM
In just 7 more days it will officially be 6 months until my 35th birthday. It so crazy how fast time flies by. I was just November and I turned 34. I'm going to need Father Time to slow down for real. So with that being said at the beginning of 2018 I created a list of 35 things I wanted to do before my 35th birthday. I think it's cool to have a bucket list of items to complete before I reach my mind 30s.
I shared a sneak peek on Instagram yesterday and decided to create a blank on for you guys to create your own bucket list. Like always I decorated mine with stickers and I made sure to leave enough room on the blank version so you can do the same. Feel free to share yours on Instagram and Facebook.Be sure to tag use @SatinDollCo.
To download, click the image below.Note: For personal use only.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 10 2018 12:18PM
March is here and gone and what a long month it was. April is here and I'm still waiting for spring to finally come. March was one of those months were I was reaching for my regular routine stuff but there was some items that I was loving more than others.
I told you I didn't stray from my regular items in March but when I did it was amazing. Hands down I LOVE everything in the photo shown above. I'll definitely will continue using them all April long.
First up is my planner. My old setup in my personal rings was annoying me to the max. I finally sat down one afternoon and took everything out and redid it. And I must say I LOVE
it. I definitely won't be changing it anytime soon.
On the left hand side the papers you see and the silhouette of a building skyline I found on Pinterest and printed it out on cardstock. The magnetic clips are from Heidi Swapp. The jeweled paper clip I made myself which was include in the second MadeWithSouthernLuv Ebony Queen Box
. The die cut right next to the paper clip is a freebie that you can get in my Facebook Group
. And the die cut clipped on the pocket is from ChicPlannerGal
This dashboard is one of many in my new layout.On the outside I have this note die cut which is the monthly freebie with purchase when you place an order with me. It's another one of my monthly favorite that I will go into detail more later. The doll next to that is one of 3 monthly freebies for March in my Facebook Group. The paper behind that is one of my top favorites out of all the paper you'll find in my planner. I have a thing for animal prints but I didn't want your traditional animal print. This is bold and colorful yet very feminine and girly.
I had to include a hair care product. I've been using the same products since January but I did add a new leave-in conditioner to my hair care routine. Since my sister has chopped off her long locks she purged the items she's been using and one of them is this leave-in. It's Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioner. Number 1, I love the way this product smells. Mangoes all the way. It's one of those scents you won't get tired of smelling. Number 2, the slip when I add this product to my hair wet or dry is amazing. My hair loves this product and just eats it up. Because it has olive oil and mango butter in it it helps keep my hair really moisturized. Since it still wants to be winter here in NY my hair is craving products that can help keep it moisturized and Elasta QP is one of them. I highly recommend this product. You can find it in your local beauty supply store, Walmart
This note die cut is hands down one of my favorites of all time that I've created as freebie for all my stationery orders. I believe I came across this quote one day on Pinterest and it just stuck with me. So when I was designing the freebie for March I knew I had to use this quote. I thought putting it in a note form was perfect. With the glitter "tape" at the top adds a girly touch. As you can see I love it so much that I had to keep one for myself and include it in my planner. I even did a poll in my Facebook Group and everyone loves it so much that it's the freebie for April as well.
I'm officially on a no-spend until August for my trip to Sweden to visit my older sister and with that being said I have to be resourceful and use what I have. If it's not a need or business related I can't buy it. So I've been using what I have and this sticker book is one of them. I love it because it's literally 1050 pieces and I have stickers for days.
As you can see I think this can hold me off for a while so I can do my weekly spreads in my planner. I've been using this off and on in March in combination with other stickers I have and I love it. When you become resourceful you can do a lot with just what you have when you're forced to. It has a mix of neutral, color, floral, and abstract. A little bit of everything.
Lastly, this nail color by Sally Hanson Miracle Gel in 650 Per-Suede
is everything. I believe I wore this color all month February and again in March. This dusty rose/ sienna color is everything. Secondly I literally had this color on my toes all month in March and it's didn't chip or peel off. Sally Hanson's gel nail polish is one of the best on the market and I highly recommend it. I do my nails at home and don't have the time to sit in any ones salon. I have no patience and is too ticklish for that. Plus I love the wand it grabs enough color for you run on pass on your nails.2 coats is just enough for it to be super opaque. Add a top coat and you're good to go.
So what have you been faving in March? Do share.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, February 09 2018 11:11AM
I will tell you January felt like one of the LONGEST months ever. It was never ending but nevertheless it's now over and February is here. Which means it's time for January Must Haves. I really had to think what was I loving in January and I came up with a nice selection of items.
From nail polishes to hair care to stationery and a promotional item.So let's get into it.
It has been beyond cold here in the east coast and with my hair being natural. A good leave- in conditioning has been saving my life. It's one of many items helping me keep my hair healthy and moisturized. Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream
has been hitting the spot.
As you can see it has a nice consistency. Not too light but not too heavy. It's a nice medium and it leave my hair feeling great and ready for the next step in my hair care regimen. My hair loves it and just eats it up. I love the smell of it too. Because after a while some product scents can become annoying to me. Which causes me to stop using it for a little bit. You can find it at Walmart, Target and all your local beauty supply stores.
I go through phases when it comes to nail polishes. Sometimes it bright colors, or mints, or greens. This time it's nudes. I've been loving them since the end of December and all through January and I don't think I"ll be switching it up for February either. These three by MAC, Wet n' Wild and Formula X are the ones I've been wearing. Nobody is really seeing my feet because it's winter but if I do have to wear a pair of heels at least with a nude I won't have to worry will it clash. Formula X is in Thrilling
and you can get it at Amazon. Wet n' Wild is in Private Viewing
and you can get at Rite Aid, Target and the Wet n' Wild website. MAC is in Skin which is no longer available at MAC.
Since my business now has it open designated planner I was on the hunt for the perfect inserts for everything. Annie Plans Printables
are the business.These are her Shop Owner TN inserts
and I highly recommend them. I did a blog post on my business planner, "A Look Inside My Business Planner in 2018
". A plus is that they are so easy to print. I also love how her inserts have such great covers. Definitely my style. With it being a printable you can print it endlessly which I have to print more just yesterday.She has a wide variety of inserts for just about anything and in a wide variety of sizes.
I knew having a second planner I would need weekly inserts that I could use in my business planner .So I'm huge fan of Wendaful's inserts. I was so glad I remembered that she had a TN pocket size with a horizontal layout on one side and grid paper on the other. ( Midori Week on One Page with Notes Printable
) I included it also in my business planner blog post.
It's very clean and no fuss. It's like a blank canvas. I plan what I'm going to do daily on the left side and everything else like to-do's, shopping lists, habit trackers, deadlines, goals and etc go on the grid side. I'm loving it. It gives me enough give if I want to decorate or not too.Highly recommend it.
As you may well all know I'm the owner of Satin Doll & Co. I've been making solely jewelry and accessories for the last 8 years but in the last two have branched off to stationery. With that being said my old business card was too cluttered for my taste and need to be simplified. I wanted everything to be clean, chic and sleek. So I went and redesigned my entire promotional items. And I'm completely in love with our new business cards. It's everything I wanted. Clean, sleek and chic. Featuring our signature colors. Clear and to the point with all the necessary information. I used Vista Print to make them and they did a wonderful job like always.
As you may well all know I've branched into die cuts in 2018 and our Giving Shoulder Queen Doll - Planner Die Cut
I adore. She was originally our Twinkle Queen but everyone loved her so much during the holiday season that I took away her lights and renamed her. I absolutely adore her.I knew when I was sketching her that I love her. When I add the color I loved her. When I printed her I love her. Hands down she my favorite out of all my dolls. She's available on my website
If you're a planner girl then you must know Kiki or Paper Princess Plans on Youtube and Instagram. She recently started making and selling stickers on Etsy and I had to support one of my favorite Youtubers. These are her Work Princess Stickers and as you can see I've been using them up. You get two sizes. One larger and one smaller. I've been using them so much that I only have the big ones left and I'm using them sparely now. The paper quality is really good, they're super affordable and they're just so cute. Check her out here
Ive been hoarding this sticker booklet from Target Dollar Spot for a hot minute now and I'm finally using it. When I was setting up my business planner I wanted tabs not only for that but for my personal planner. It's a PITA to find the sections I wanted. I then remembered I had this booklet with these flags. As you can see I used most of the beige ones up. The other sheet of this one barely has anything left. But they were exactly what I needed.
And as you can see they make the best page tabs. If you have any page flags laying around. They definitely make the perfect page tabs. Put on card stock, cute out and then laminate. You'll be good to go.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for December. What
are you loving? I would love to know.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, January 02 2018 01:10PM
Happy New Year everyone!!! I can't believe we just rang in another new year and it's 2018. Wow! Time is literally flying.
With that being said it's time for me to share my December Must Haves. With November being my birthday month and I was spoiled beyond measure and a lot of the items I'm loving happento be birthday presents. That were given to me or either I bought myself. So to no future ado here are my December Must Haves.
This is hands down my FAVORITE foundation of life. Yes, I said life. I tried this back in September or October from a sample my sister got with a Sephore order I think. I tried it and loved it. Not knowing a month or two later she bought it as my birthday gift. It's Stila's latest foundation, Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer
in Tan 13. #1 a little goes a long way. I literally use one pump and I'm good to go. The foundation will oxidize if left unused. #2 I was little unsure about the packaging but I totally understand it when it comes to the oxidizing part. No more getting foundation on my hands or using my hand as a palette either. I literally pump what I need and use my beauty blender and then replace the cap when I'm done. No cleanup at all. #3 The finish is everything. It makes my skin flawless and stay on for hours. When the label say Stay All Day it means it. On my birthday I wore my makeup from about 5:45am -11pm and when I got home it was still looking fresh like I just did it. If I was going to the club that night I could have. No worries. And if your wondering my skin type it's oily and it held up to my oily skin. No touch up at all. Not a one. The concealer that comes with it is literally a match for my skin so I've used it for any trouble spots and not under my eye since I like a brightening effect. You can find it at Stila, Sephora and Ulta
to name a few.
When it comes to liner I'm very picky because my eyes tend to water if it's cold, if the sun hits it a certain way or just because. For that reason, I lean toward cream gel liners. I recently reached for my coveted Wet n Wild liner but it dried up.
A whole container. Like really, I was upset. So while in Walmart one day I picked up a E.L.F. cream liner
in Black. When I used it the first time I was in for a shock. It was so smooth. Yes, smooth. I used it and it was BLACK. The blackest of black I've seen in any gel liner I've used. Even more then my coveted Wet n Wild gel liner. You don't need as much with other gel liners. And it literally glides over the skin and creates the darkest line. I love my Wet n Wild but E.L.F has pushed it out as far as gel liner goes. Plus I think it's a dollar cheaper then Wet n Wild too.
I'm back to using blushes as my blushes since I hit pan on my coveted Star Trek highlighter. So I have to use it sparingly. With that being said I have went back to my favorite.Tart's holiday palette from either 2 or 3 years ago that I got for a birthday.
It features not 1 but 4 blushes and 1 bronzer. Many woman and especially women of color don't like Tarte blushes
because they're not really pigmented but I love them. You have to build them up which is fine by me since I get to control how much blush I want to use. (From left to right: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess) My favorites have to be Crave, Dazzled, and Darling. I sometimes use Dollface. But hands down in December I was loving Dazzled which is my all time favorite. As you can see it's deeper in tone and comes off as Pinky Rose tone on me.
Yes, I'm a planner girl if you didn't know that already and I can happily say I'm back in a traveler's notebook. I've been trying to get back into it the last couple of months but I just wasn't feeling it. I came across Mystic LitLittle Gifts
and I loved her craftmanship, her personality and her assortment. So on Black Friday at 1-something in the morning I remembered about her sale and managed to snag a pocket wide in Macchiato.It's absolutely gorgeous. I had my heart set on a B6 pink sand but missed out on it and decided to settle for a pocket wide.I couldn't be happier.It has 6 elastics which is perfect. I've made it my planner for my business and is compact enough to fit into any bag I carry. The leather is exquisite with all the natural markings of the animal and the shade of brown is exactly what I didn't know I needed. I'll definitely be adding more of her TN to my planner collection. Pink Sand and Sand I have my eyes on. Go check her out if you're a planner girl and she's super affordable too.
The mascot as you can say for my company is a butterfly. So it's only right that a butterfly planner charm is hanging from it from my TN. This was added to my website last month and I had to steal one for myself. I loved it the moment I created the first one. It's called Flutter Butterfly Charm
and can be purchase on our website under our New Release or Stationery-Accessories. It's sure dainty and can represent many things.
As a jewelry maker/designer it's so hard for me to even look or purchase another artisans jewelry. But I absolutely adore these charm bracelets my sister gifted me for my birthday. They're so unique and so me. They from Jazzy Bloom
. I absolutely love this line and so much so that I gifted one of the bracelets to my sister for Christmas because she mentioned she wanted one. The three bracelets I was gifted were Rep Your Zodiac
in Scorpio, Black Girl Magic Bangle
, and You are a Queen Bangle
. I definitely will be adding to my Jazz Bloom collection. The craftsmanship is on point, super affordable, and so fashionable.
I'm absolutely obsessed with my planner fashion dolls. They're literally everywhere. Especially my Fall Doll
. I think I have her in 3 different places. With me not freelance designing for any company now I was rarely drawing which is very unlike me. Drawing goes deep into my soul and I've been wanting to draw. My soul has been aching for it if you get what I mean. One day my sister saw me printing another illustrators work to add to my planner and she was like why don't you do that .And my fashion doll die cuts was born.My soul is so happy it could burst. I'm so happy to doing one of my passions again on a daily basis and it's an added bonus that people are purchasing my artwork and are loving it as much as I love creating them. Plus I'm sure excited for my New Release on Friday. Shop my Planner Doll Die Cuts here
And lastly, I'm loving my Facebook Group. The ladies that join are super amazing and I love interacting with you all. You're creativity and passion for all things planner and fashion related is amazing. I love sharing exclusive freebies and printables with you guys. Plus sneak peeks too. Can't forget those. If you're not a member of my Facebook Group you're definitely missing out and I highly recommend joining. Join here
I almost left this one out by accident but I've been loving Sephora's 10HR Fix & Correct Concealer in Shade 30 and 31. My sister used to work for the company many years ago and when she cleans out her stash I end up with so much new makeup she won't use on her clients or herself.I'm so upset when she told me that they no longer carry this product and I just finished #31 which was my go-to concealer. I have some darkness under my eyes and I would use this and it concealed and brightened under my eyes. I literally want to cry. So now I'm using #30 for under my eye, to highlight my forehead and down my nose. It's creamy, blends like a dream and conceals. I love the compact ability of it.I don't know what I'll use after #30 is done.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for December. What
are you loving? I would love to know.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, December 05 2017 01:42PM
It truly amazes me how fast November came and went. Here we are in the first full week of December. I've been using most the same products or items every month but in November I switched up and this months favorites feature a true mix.From beauty to home to stationery to jewelry.
I've been into using wax melts for a minute now but recently I picked up Better Homes & Gardens wax melt in Spiced Woodland Currant and I'm in love. Actually everyone in my house loves it too.It gives just enough scent isn't overpowering. One square can literally burn for weeks before you have to add another one. I bought these at Walmart and it was cheap. Only $2 and some change. I highly recommend this brand of wax melts.
If you didn't know already but I'm a planner girl. Me and my Big Ideas or Create 365 has been putting out new sticker books like it's nobody's business. (Create 365™ The Happy Planner™ Value Pack Stickers, This Colorful Life)
This one is now old since they have yet again come out with more but I was on the hunt to find this one along with others.I'm happy I found it. It has tons of stickers to do a weekly spread. The quality is great and the variety of stickers they have is well worth every penny. I got mine at Michael's for only $10 during some sale.
I'm a draw-er and with recently me introducing my new line of die cut dolls into my product assortment I've been drawing a LOT more. With that being said I've been using my Staedtler Mars plastic eraser
again. This one is definitely from my college days. 14 years ago. Yeah, that long ago. I literally have a stash of them since I used to go through them so much while in school. If I remember correctly I got them from Staples since it was directly across the street from my school. I highly recommend them.
Just like my favorite brand of erasers I have a favorite pen that I love to line my drawings with. I recently switch back to my Pilot Precise V7 Rolling Ball pen in Fine
from a Staples brand pen because it was bleeding through the paper. I love this pen because it doesn't bleed, makes precise lines like it's name and works on all different paper types. That was my problem with the Staples one. No match how much I love it it was killing me. I'm glad I switch and will only be using this pen for now on.
Now that it's no longer summer and fall/ winter is here in NY. There is no more wash n go's for the new future. So I've switched to doing twistouts when I wash my hair and then stretching it for another week before I wash my hair again. I've been using OGX Moisture + Vitamin B5 Weightless Oil Mist. It supposed to nourish them hair and fight frizz plus all that other stuff. I've been using it to add oil to my hair and help in combination with my moisturizer to help keep my hair moisturized. I love it and so does my hair. Not only does it help lock in moisture and does help fight frizz. Plus just like the bottle said it's weightless. So oil can weigh down your hair and leave it stiff as a board. This doesn't and I'll definitely be getting a new bottle soon because this one is literally almost done. You can find it at your local beauty supply, Target and Walmart.
With it now being fall/winter I have put away all my big earrings including my hoop earrings and have been wearing studs earrings again. Because it's just too cold for that and I love my earrings. I've been reaching for my White Opal Vintage Glass Stud earrings
in conjunction with a basic pair of studs.The reason I love these so much is because they're white. Meaning they can go with anything. I just grab them and go.No fuss required. I highly recommend them and I' m not just saying this because I made them and are selling them. They're a must in a jewelry collection. You'll be thinking me later for sure.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for October. What
are you loving?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, November 07 2017 10:49AM
Wow, it has been a good couple of months since I've done a favorites blog post. Nevertheless, I have some items that I've been loving all through October. I included a little bit of everything from beauty, to hair care, jewelry and some stationery items. So enough chit chat because I can already tell this is going to be a long one.
My first item is one of these portable perfume holders. I really don't know the name of it. It's good if you have a big bottle of perfume and you transfer it into this and now you can take your perfume on the go with you. No more roller balls. It even has a spray nozzle. You simply take the spray nozzle off your big bottle of perfume and put this contraption on top and keep pushing down until the contraption is full. I love it and it being a pretty rose gold color is an added plus. It's the size of basic lipstick.
Recently with the expansion of my Stationery line I've been drawing a lot more. With that being said I was using a Staples brand pen to line my drawing and it was bleeding through the paper. It didn't matter what type of paper it was. It bleed through it all. So I searched my supplies and came across this Pilot Precise V7 Roller Ball in Fine Point.I love it. It's smooth, doesn't bleed and leave my lines perfect. I'll never line with any other pen ever.
Recently, Nicki Minaji and MAC teamed up with each other to do a full on collection. Now when I saw this I had to jump on it. Number one the packaging is to die for. Yes, I'm a packaging junkie. Two the color is everything.
This one is Nicki's Nude
. On MAC's website it is described as soft corally pink.
I absolutely adore this color. It's a corally pink but not on the summery coral pink side. It's a more wearable color that you can wear everyday. Which I sometimes do. I pair it with a pink lip liner and a brown lip liner. No gloss is need in my opinion. You can add more brown lip liner to make it more earthy. More pink liner to make it more pink.It's very versatile. Go and get it.A must for any makeup junkie.
With it officially fall now. I've been deepening the colors of my lipsticks.With that being said I had to whip out my Whirl MAC lipstick
It's described on the MAC's website as a dusty rose and they couldn't be more correct. I pair it with Whirl Lip liner and a brown lip liner. The perfect fall lip color. Plus it's a matte finish but still super moisturizing. One of my go-to colors. Definitely a must in any makeup collection.
First off Happy Birthday to all my Scorpios. I go through periods were I wear necklaces and then I don't. I've been in a necklace wearing mode and my go-to piece has been my Scorpio Brass Golden Chain necklace
available on my website. Besides the fact that it goes with just about anything. It's also a conversational piece. I literally had people start a whole conversation about Scorpios.Like really. But anyway.I've been loving it to death.
I go through hair products like nobodies business. So when I ran out my old moisturizer I went through my stash and found this True by Made Beautiful Hydrating Hair Butter.
I never noticed until today that is says it's for 3c | 4b/c hair. My hair is mix combination of 3b, 3c and 4a if you can believe that.
It's a creamy, light weight mixture that my hair loves. I do the LOC method when I was my hair and I use this moisturizer after I do that. Because it's water based and not too heavy my hair loves it and absorbs it nice. I use it on my hair when it's wet and when it's dry. It leaves my hair light and well moisturized. Add a oil to seal and I'm good to go. I'll definitely be buying another one when this one is done. Oh and I totally forgot to mention how good it smells. Delicious. You can find it a your local beauty supply store, Target and Walmart.
Now a while back I ran out my hair styler/moisturizer and went in my stash and came across this. I was like hmmm, let me give it a try. Olive Oil ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding
is the business. It's hydrating, plus has a good hold it and makes the perfect styler.
Like it's name it has a pudding consistency. I've used it to style my hair while it's wet, and when it was dry. Plus, I've done a wash n go with it. Through it all it has performed perfectly.It's like a 3 in 1 product. I only hope when this one is done I can find it in stores.
I've come to learn that I'm a gel pen type of girl. Move over the regular bullet pen. This one is pretty generic gel pen from Dollar Tree the Jot brand in a 0.7 mm point. It writes so smooth and doesn't bleed through any type of paper. A win-win for me.
I'm totally in love with this page marker I made for my planner. Would you believe it's from a makeup palette box. Yes, a makeup palette box. I added a Heidi Swapp pocket on this side to hold my monthly calendar and a die cut.
The other side features another pocket of cardstock and holds extra stickers. I decorated the pocket with varies die cuts from several Stationery brands. All I did was laminate it to make it sturdy. You can search on Youtube how to make a page marker. It's super easily and I shared on my Instagram stories while I was making it .
Finally, my last favorite is my Head in a Planner Die Cut. She available for personal use in my Facebook Group
. The story behind her is, she was supposed to be one of my very first die cuts. When I print her out with all the others she printed like this. She just won't print me for anything. I've kept her in my planner ever since. Since I recently got a laminator I laminated her so she's protected.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for October. What
are you loving?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, July 21 2017 10:57AM
Yesterday me, my sister and her best friend went to Coney Island for the day. Now if you're a fellow Brooklynite then you might remember the Coney Island from the late 80s and early 90s. Where Nathan's was the highlight of your trip there, the Himalaya ride was the place to be even if you weren't old or tall enough to get on it in my case and you never stepped on foot on the beach. Times have truly changed and now it's more a tourist attraction. So let's go on a little adventure of the new Coney Island.
Our first stop was Nathan's.
I'll confess it's been a couple (probably 3-4) of years since I stepped foot in this part of Coney Island. Nathan's is still Nathan's except they added a outside eating area and they kind of restructured the inside.But my only complaint is the whole staff is Asian.What happened to all the local staff they used to hire unless it's under new management.
We walked down the street on the side of Nathan's and there was all this cool wall art for you take pictures in front off. So cool and beautiful to showcase local artists.
Also there were a ton of new shops and stores. All those games on the outside and food joints. Gone. We then walked up the ramp to get to the boardwalk to eat our Nathan's . Now this was a site to see. The beach was so clean and jammed packed because it was super hot and day two of a heat wave. 96 but felt like in the 100s according to the weatherman. It was hot period.
I'm sorry I didn't think to bring my bathing suit with me. So then because my sister's best friend was taking her favorite student out for the day she bought her an all day pass for the rides in Luna Park. Then the fun began.
As we walked into one section of Luna Park we were hit with yet another great piece of wall art.
I didn't take any photos inside Luna Park because #1 we were too busy watching the student have so much on the rides. Such a thrillseeker. And #2 children everywhere.
But overall, I'm happy to see Coney Island got a facelift it definitely needed. I'm glad it's flourishing and thriving. I'll definitely go back soon and hopefully when my older sister comes back home for a visit we'll take here because if you remember the Coney Island of the past. You'll have to see the Coney Island of today.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 18 2017 06:03AM
Summer is not summer without attending CurlFest in Prospect
Park here in Brooklyn, NY. This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity
to take the day off with my sis and go. I was dressed and pumped ready to go
and see all the amazing vendors, beauty influencesors and of course to buy some
amazing products. FYI, I had a mental list in my head of what I needed too.
Me and my sister was running a bit late because she had to
beat my face to the gods and then finding a parking spot on Eastern Parkway is
always an adventure. So by the time we trek our way through Prospect Park to
where CurlFest was it was already after 12:30. We walk actually past the
registration line by accident because they set up the tents differently this
year and when I say the line was lonnnnnnnnnnnggggggg for general admission to
get the general admission gift bags.We said nah and headed right into CurlFest.
Can we say vendors galore. Palmers, Eden BodyWorks, Mielle
Organics, Madam CJ Walker, LottaBody and those are the ones I stopped at where
the lines were reasonable. The others were Iman, Shea Moisture, Crème of
Nature, Curl Keeper, Design Essentials, Jane Carter Solutions, Jamaican Black
Caster and Nyako. No two booths were alike. All booths were giving out samples
plus many more giving out ice pops, water, lemonade, and etc to keep us all
cool. Many were holding demonstrations of using the actual products on
someone’s hair. I really wanted to stop at Crème of Nature but they were the
one with the longest line but the samples they were giving away was ridiculous.
Full size I believe. Nevertheless, I was able to purchase my go-to products
that I needed to wash my hair when I got home. Winning.
After stopping at some of the booths we visited the
Marketplace Vendors. I always love stopping by them and seeing what’s unique to
purchase. Being a creator myself, it’s kind of hard for me to buy but I’m
always on the lookout for something unique. My sister wanted a head wrap
particularly a black one for work. Luckily, we got to Fanm Djanm early and she
still had some available. Thank god. And she’s such a sweet heart too. She was
on hand if anyone need help wrapping their wrap. We stopped at another vendor
that was selling unique afrocentric earrings for $5 and $10. My sister got a
wicker material pair and a hamsa pair to match her new tattoo. There was a
couple vendors selling t-shirts, sunglasses, face painting, unique dresses and
tops, henna. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get my henna again for the second
year in the row but I guess there is always next year. Oh and even Spike Lee
had a booth there selling and autographing his t-shirts. Super cool. Managed to
snap a picture to show my dad.
Food…. Can I say it was hooootttt. Lord, you would think
with the rain the day before it would have been comfortable. Nope. Hot. We
checked out each truck and settled on the Jerk truck. We didn’t want to wait
for the Jerk Chicken to be done so we the Cilantro Lime Brisket. OMG!!!! It was
so good. I wish we would of got a photo but we were too hot and hungry to think
about that. At that point my sister’s coworker finally got there and we wrapped
up eating and then walked around. By this time the crowd had grown from the
hundreds to the thousands. I swear we were standing on a hill and you could
look down into CurlFest and all you saw was people. It’s a beautiful site to
see. Women of all ages, skin types and curl textures. We hit the stage area to
see what they dj was playing. After being in the crowd for a bit we went around
again to the vendors to see what my sister’s coworker wanted to get. After that
we decided we had enough and it was time for a real lunch. We then started our
walk out of Prospect Park but along the way we had to do a lil’ photo shoot
because we couldn’t end CurlFest without one.
So in closing, I totally enjoyed my second year of CurlFest.
All the vendors and marketplace was amazing, the dj was pumping, the food
vendors was amazing but the best part was seeing everyone with their natural
hair. All the textures, styles, the fashion even the little kids. Too cute. If
CurlFest didn’t reach a million people this year they were close to it and it
will definitely reach it next year. Amazing job to the CurlyGirlCollective. See
you next year.
Totally forgot to share the samples that I was able to snag from some of the vendors.As you can see I already started to use two. It isn't as nearly as big as the stuff I got last year but it's still a good haul of stuff.I'll let you know most likely in my future must haves if any make the cut.