Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Indique Hair VIP Experience

It's almost Fall, which means its time to invest in new fall fashion and beauty looks. This Fall it's especially for me to change up my vibe. As many of you know, I'm starting my law school journey in September. I feel like it's time for me to revamp my look to celebrate this new chapter in my life. Part of my "back to school" makeover includes a new hair look. I was incredibly excited when I was offered the opportunity to visit Indique Hair Boutique.

Indique Hair International is one of the leading premium hair extension brands in the global market. They are the only hair company that produces hair extensions at the source — their headquarters in India. The demand for their high-quality hair has allowed them to grow at an inconceivable rate. In fact, their expansion landed them a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies of 2013.

Indique has worked with celebrity clients like Ciara, Brandy, Lala Anthony, Lady Gaga, Laurieann Gibson, Rihanna, Eve, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. With boutiques in 11 of the country’s major metropolitan areas, Indique is one of the most hands-on virgin hair companies in a market over-saturated with unhelpful online-only wholesalers.

Indique really rolled out the red carpet for me this morning during my VIP Experience. I visited the company’s boutique in Silver Spring, MD and spoke with hair specialist Tiara Dunn about all things Indique.

The Collections

First, she walked me through each of Indique's six collections. the BOUNCE Collection™, HYSTERIA Collection™, PURE Collection™, STUDIO™ Collection, and the KERATIQUE™ Collection.

All of the hair was beautiful, but two collections stuck out as the clear front-runners in my mind: The PURE™and STUDIO™ Collections.

The PURE Collection™ is Indique’s collection of natural, untouched Virgin Indian Hair. Dunn says that the Pure Collection of unprocessed hair is what most people buy when they want “classic virgin hair.” One of Dunn’s favorites, the Pure Wavy, is a popular best seller because it has great texture. 

“Pure Wavy is good for workouts and for blending purposes,” said Dunn. She says she wears her own Pure Wavy in a ponytail for her everyday workouts, and wears it down on days that she wants to feel more dressed up. She likes the hair because it blends seamlessly into her leave out, and many people can’t even tell that she’s wearing a sew in.

I would wear pieces in the STUDIO™ Collection when my natural hair is out. The pieces in the STUDIO Collection™ - Indique’s custom clip-in hair extensions - are perfect for women who want a more “on the go” hair option. The collection features a gorgeous, easy to apply fishnet unit, a clip-in bang option, and individual clip-ins pieces.

The VIP Experience
Every Indique customer is treated to the “VIP Experience.” During your visit, you will receive a full consultation. An Indique staff member will walk you through the collections, ask questions about your ideal hair style, then go over the maintenance for your desired hair. The Indique professional and the client go through a few options together and match the client’s hair and texture. Dunn says that she loves to give guidance and provide options, but she never tells customers what to buy. 

“At the end of the day, they have to choose what they want,” Dunn says. It seems that Indique values the power of personal choice and self-expression more than anything else. 

Customers can preview how their desired hair will look when installed by using the consultation iPad. On the iPad, clients can log onto the Indique Gallery and see pictures of installed hair on dozens of real people around the country.

If clients have any maintenance or product questions, the Indique staff are glad to help out. The boutique also works as a hair care middleman. Depending on where they live and their price point, Indique will refer customers to top area stylists.

Indique's professionals are always there to help. Even if you're not near a boutique, you can watch Indique's videos online. You can always call one of the boutiques to get more information.

Care and Maintenance

If cared for properly, a bundle of new Indique Hair will last up to a year or more. Dunn says she has even seen customers who have updated pieces of their hair after two years of use. Dunn says that using sulfate free and parabin free shampoo and conditioner is “crucial” to protecting your Virgin hair. 

“We suggest L’Oreal's sulfate-free line,” she said. “It’s affordable, because you can buy it at the drugstore.” Indique also has their own line of hair care products that includes Argan oil, shampoo, conditioner, and heat protectant.

Tips and Tricks
  • Don’t use oil directly on dry hair. It can make the hair too oily, and mess up its texture. 
  • If you feel your hair getting dry, you should put essential oils on the hair only when the hair is wet. 
  • Only apply oil once every two weeks before you do your blow dry. 
  • Try not to use any heavy oils or alcohol-based heat protectant. Anything with alcohol in it can damage the hair.
  • Remember, it's not your real hair: you don’t need to use put a lot of product on Virgin hair.
Indique gifted me some 12 inch Pure Wavy hair. The hair feels SO soft, and it doesn't mat up at all. I posted about my visit on Instagram and Facebook and received SEVERAL comments from all of you saying how much you already LOVE Indique. I know you all have great taste, so they come highly recommended (*wink-wink*). This hair will be perfect for my Autumn bob: I'm planning to color and highlight it. I can't wait to show you guys. Maybe I'll do a vlog about it when I get it installed.

Thanks so much to Indique Hair! I can't wait to try out my new Pure Wavy.

Have you tried Indique Hair? What do you think? Leave a comment below if you want to see a video update post-install.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

you deserve love

"You deserve love, and you'll get it" - Amy Poehler

howard university's most stylish

I'm so proud of this shoot that I did with Denzell from Howard Outfitter. I was so honored to be selected as one of Howard University's Most Stylish Students! Especially, since Howard is one of the most stylish campuses in the nation. I had such a great time, that I didn't even mind the cold! Click on the video above to watch me talk about my style inspirations, "70's glam-meets-minimalism" kookiness, and why I push the envelope with my outfits (here's a hint: it involves YOU!).

Isn't the photography gorgeous?! Definitely go check out Denzell's site, Howard Outfitter. He's doing really great things!

What do you think of the video?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

the lazy girl's fashion news roundup: jan. 9

Find out which celebrities rocked the first major runway of awards season, and which ones missed the mark at the People's Choice Awards (Fashionista)

Why, yes: you CAN grow your hair faster. Refinery29 tells you how. (Refinery29)

Designers are finally getting serious about wearable devices (Fashionista)

Feel yourself slacking on your resolutions already? Here's how you can get back to the gym (Refinery29)

Turns out that famed fashion photographer (and frequent Marc Jacobs collaborator) Juergen Teller wasn't took excited about (t)working with Miley Cyrus for her new Marc Jacobs 2014 campaign, and opted out (Fashionista)

Sticks, stones, and meat on her bones: Kate Upton still upset over Victoria's Secret diss (Fashionista)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

currently: can't live without

I've been on hiatus for a whiiiiiiile...and Winter Break laziness has made that even worse. But some good has come from my laziness, dear readers. I'm able to share my December beauty, entertainment, and fashion finds with you all! Here's what I was obsessing over while I should have been blogging.

10. Jaclyn Hill's Makeup Tutorials

This girl is SERIOUSLY amazing. Self-taught makeup artist and beauty vlogger Jaclyn Hill does an AMAZING job explaining why and how she uses certain techniques during application in her step-by-step tutorials. She's gorgeous - inside and out -and you can't help but smile during her tuts. Her videos and product recommendations have been responsible for most of my beauty growth this year. Thanks, Jaclyn! (Also check out Carli Bybel's vids!)

9. BEYONCE, the album

First of all. WHAT?! How does this woman CONTINUE to surprise us, and shake up the industry!? If I keep talking about the magical, mystical wonder that is Beyonce, this whole post will be 5 pages long, so I'll stop there. I'm literally listening to "Haunted" as I write this post. It's safe to say that I've listened to at least one song on the album every day since it's been released. It's just AMAZING and sexy. Love, love, love it. Plus, the fact that I look at the videos on the video album, and I see people that I know? That's cray.

8. M.A.C. Prep and Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast

This product offers just one example of how Jaclyn Hill (and BeautyByJJ) has impacted my beauty routine. After watching a few tuts on YouTube, I started noticing that all the women whose face makeup I admired used the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Highlighter. Bright Forecast is great for darker skin tones. It gives my skin a bright, natural finish. I LOVE it. I use it all the time now.

7. Xhilaration Faux Leather Shift Dress

Obsessed with this. I wore this dress to a party for the first time last week, and I got SO many compliments. The best thing about this dress is that it looks like a $600 dress, but I only paid $27.99. That's right, ladies and gents. This is a Target dress. I'm LIVING for this right now. I'm trying to take my style in a more upscale urban direction, and this dress is a good first step. It's very Kanye. Yeezus himself would be proud.

6. SMASHBOX Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting

I just can't talk about this without wanting to simultaneously cry slow thug tears and dance really hard. This primer is a GODSEND. My makeup stays put all night when I wear this. That's tough for me, because my makeup usually shifts. Love this product. Buy it NOW!

5. Netflix (Seriously)

I'm beginning to think I need to buy Netflix a Valentine's Day gift (especially with the Feb. 14 premiere for House of Cards Season 2!!!), because it has clearly been my boyfriend for almost two years now. In December, I became addicted to two TV crime dramas: The Killing and Dexter. Also, I was SUPER perplexed by Prince Avalanche (with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch) and was EXTREMELY happy I didn't pay $12 to see it at E Street Cinema last year.

4. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

There was an AMAZING salesman at Sephora who introduced me to this miracle cleanser. It makes my skin CRAZY smooth. Scentless. Paraben-free. Sulfate-free. Phthalate-free. Love it.

3. Marc Jacobs for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection Scarf

It's honestly just perfect. I've been using it to spice up my outfits and keep me warm. Love it. It's limited edition, so they don't sell it anymore (tear) but I've seriously become obsessed with this scarf over the last month.

2. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges

It's hard to find edge control that has staying power, and also moisturizes your hair. I'm super concerned about breakage (I refuse to have struggle edges) and this product truly delivers. However, I would say that if you're going to a sweaty club, or it's a warm day, it's not the BEST option. Maybe invest in a container of Hicks.

1. Clarisonic MIA

This was the best Christmas gift I received this year. This sonic skin cleanser is a truly amazing little machine. It's slowly getting rid of the dark spots on my face, and it's already shrunk my pores by a CRAZY amount. LOVE it. If you don't have one already, start saving and get one. It changes your life.

Friday, January 3, 2014

five ways to live like a fashion editor

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to live life like a fashion editor. I want to live a more curated, organized, and centered life in 2014. Here are a few tips and tricks that I've picked up by observing industry greats and from my experiences as a beauty editor.

1. Handwrite your "thank-yous."

Tom Ford Handwritten Note

This is an absolute must; editors write letters to cover stars, designers, and personal friends and family all the time as a way to keep in touch and show gratitude. Sure, an email will do in a pinch, but who doesn't like receiving a handwritten letter?  Editors are amazing at making others feel appreciated; it's a skill that I've learned to admire. What better way is there to show someone that you care than to take the time out and craft a personal message?

Whether you're writing to a fashion designer, a relative, or an old internship coordinator, people like to be liked. This tip is ESPECIALLY important for those of you who are soon-to-be college grads (like me!). A good thank you note after an interview can be the difference between getting the job and getting the boot.

Check out Harper's Bazaar Editor-at-Large Derek Blasberg's autonymous stationery line for Paperless Post.

2. Experiment with beauty products until you find your mainstays.

Lucky EIC Eva Chen's Beauty Finds

Courtesy of Eva Chen | Editor-In-Chief // Lucky Magazine [Instagram]

Like many editors, Lucky Editor-In-Chief, Eva Chen knows that it's important to experiment with beauty products. I first caught the beauty bug when I was appointed Beauty Editor of 101 Magazine, and since then, it has only gotten worse. Once you hit 20, it's CRUCIAL to start taking care of your hair and skin. Any good editor will tell you that the key to looking flawless is to wash, exfoliate, and moisturize!

I usually find products on fashion/beauty sites (like Refinery29) and scour YouTube for reviews before buying them. If you need more of a personal beauty experience (rather than virtual), hang out at beauty havens like Sephora, Clinique, or Benefit. All three carry amazing skincare and beauty lines, and the professionals at all three brands are more than ready and willing to help out.

3. Define and refine your daily "uniform."

Anna Wintour in black glasses

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour's beauty, hair, and sunglasses look may be repetitive, but, you can't say she isn't always chic. Having a personal uniform is important for any fashionista. I'm a little more adventurous with the way I dress on the blog, but in my daily life, I'm mostly known for leggings or black jeans, a stylish oversized neutral sweater, heeled booties, and a statement watch.

Once you find the colors, makeup, and garment shapes that look good on you, stick to them. BEWARE: this isn't to say that your "uniform" should be the same look every day. Being in a closet rut can take the fun out of fashion. Each outfit should be a variation on a similar theme with its own eccentricities, but the ensemble should look like "you."

4. Plan and Pack Your Day Bag

Vogue editors fashion week purses
Courtesy of Vogue.com

Like an editor, I usually carry a large bag for my "on-the-go" lifestyle. I pack it to the brim with all my daily essentials. On a workday, my bag includes my laptop and computer charger. On a regular day, the contents of my bag are a little more pared down.

I always keep a pair of sunglasses with me, no matter what season it is. If I know it's going to be a long day - and I'm in heels - I also bring a pair of flats (preferably in a dust bag). I don't want to be caught in a lurch without my phone, so I usually have my iPhone 5c charger, too.

Editors often don't have time to stop for meals. If you're just as busy, pack a protein-packed snack (like a Luna bar). As far as beauty goes, make sure you have some lip balm (or that day's lipstick) ready as the day takes the moisture out of your lips. It can also be a big help to keep blotting papers, emergency mascara, and a pack of tissues at the ready. Use a smaller makeup bag, or a clutch, to keep these essentials together, away from the dark abyss at the bottom of your bag.

Check out what Vogue's editors pack in their fashion week bags.

5. Maintain A Daily Workout and Food Routine

Anna Dello Russo Works Out in Dolce and Gabbana

Remember when Anna Dello Russo went jogging in a FULL LOOK from the Dolce & Gabbana show last year? No picture better illustrates the fact that editors LOVE to stay fit. High intensity, quick workouts are a winner for editors' 24/7 lifestyles. Barry's Bootcamp and SoulCycle are celebrity and editor favorites. However, many editors also take low-intensity Yoga or Pilates classes. Switch up your routine and take one of these classes once a week to build your core and center your mind.

Don't have the money to spend at the gym? Buy one of Jillian Michaels' DVDs; the Biggest Loser trainer combines weight training and aerobics to delivery high-intensity, high-result, 30 minute workouts.

Additionally, what you put in your body is very important. I'm a big fan of Harper's Bazaar's "24 Hours With" section (here's Vera Wang's), which usually also features what style stars and designers eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most successful "fashion people" say that they eat the same meal every day. The meals usually consist of a grilled lean protein (like meat or fish), a green vegetable or a salad, and lots of water.

Which of these tips will you try? Leave a comment below!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

the lazy girl's fashion news roundup: jan. 3

Love fashion and want to stay current, but don't have the time to scour the fashion news blogs? Not to worry, sista-girl. I've got you covered. Here's a rundown on all the major fashion news you need to know for Jan. 3, 2014.

Kaley Cuoco Becomes the Latest Celebrity to Attempt to Make "Fetch" Happen

Kaley Cuoco Pink Wedding Dress

On Tuesdays, they wear pink. Just like her rosy bridal predecessors - Jessica Biel and Reese Witherspoon - Kaley Cuoco wore a pink wedding gown to her nuptials to her tennis pro honey, Ryan Sweeting. Maybe I just don't get this new "cool girl" trend, but when I get married, my dress will be unmistakably white. [Fashionista]

Forever 21 Just Got A Little More Expensive and a Lot More Fashion Forward
Forever 21 Releases Upscale Leather Shoe Line

Forever 21 followed in the footsteps of its fellow fast fashion powerhouses, Zara and H&M, when the company decided to spend a little more cash on improving the quality of their shoes. Forever 21's new 10-piece product line of leather shoes (ranging from $49 to $79) will be sure to give competitors a run for their money, and empty fashion fans' bank accounts a little faster than usual. [Racked]

Ms. Moss Turns 40

Kate Moss Turns 40

Kate Moss, quintessential runway diva and tabloid queen, is celebrating her 40th birthday with a tell-all French documentary. Ya know; typical 40th birthday stuff. The doc will air on Sun., Jan 12 on France's Paris Première channel.  [Fashionista]

Rejoice, 14-Year-Old Boys in 1994: The Wallet Chain is BACK!

Versace Wallet Chain

Enough said. Versace brought it back. Speaking of Versace: Donatella's quest to turn Lady Gaga into her twin continues (here). [Refinery29]

BEYHIVE: CALL OFF YOUR DOGS! Miley Deserves to Live Another Day.

Miley and Beyoncé

Unless you literally live under a rock, or in a pineapple under the sea, you've undoubtedly heard by now that Miley said some less than nice things about Queen Bey in he March 2014 LOVE Magazine cover interview. Fortunately, Miley and LOVE both confirmed that rumors are not true. The comments were allegedly made up by a Daily Mail "journalist." Thank GOODNESS: I don't know if I could handle living in a world where Miley and Yoncé weren't able to coexist. [E! Online]
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