Posts tagged ‘Fashion’

Tressumé: Jacquelyn Vaz

Name: Jacquelyn Vaz

Location: Miramar, Fl

Jacquelyn Vaz is a 27 year old Fashionista who is originally from New York

but soon moved to Florida at the age of 6. She always wanted to be a

teacher but that later changed when she realized her passion was for

fashion. In 2011 she started her fashion blog Dream-Couture, first fashion

show (Rip the Runway Miami) August 2012 which was her first time designing,

and this fall will be opening her online vintage boutique. She has her own

personal style and loves to thrift. Her goal is to become a well known

stylist because styling has always been the part of fashion she loved the

most. Lastly, Miss Vaz has joy in finding new ways with put clothing

together and believes everyone can look like a star.

How long have you been natural? 2 years

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? Big Chop

Why did you choose that route? I figured I did every hairstyle/color in the world and perms burned my hair so bad that it was time to do what was right. BIG CHOP

What inspired you to have natural hair? I’ve always had a love for natural hair, and watching different YouTube channels made me appreciate all textures of hair. I figured why not see what my hair can be like and experience the Love of the Natural Look.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural? I get numerous compliments on a daily basis and I feel it’s easier than a perm. In addition, there are a million and one hairstyles that can be done with this beautiful mane. There’s no turning back to the creamy crack

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? Olive Oil and Kinky Curly

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?I Looovve high pony tails it gives me that high fashion look I love

What do you love about your natural hair?I love that you can have a different look everyday if you want. You can go from a big afro to two twist, or even braids it’s amazing

What do you dislike about it? The only thing that can drive me nuts is the shrinkage at times

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? Own it! What I mean by that statement is you shouldn’t care what anyone says and don’t believe the hype about good hair this good hair that. There is no such thing, everyone has good hair just a different texture so embrace what you have and work it! Always keep your hair moisturized.


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Tressumé: Karen Marley

Name: Karen Marley

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Karen Marley is an entrepreneur, fashionista, beautiful spirit, and daughter to legend, Bob Marley. She has an eye for fashion, sharing that with many through her exuberant style and boutique, Buttons and Bows LA.

I am extremely humbled to have gotten the opportunity to get an interview with the amazing Karen Marley. Not only am I humbled, I was excited as all heck to share this with you all too. Check out Karen’s natural hair journey below.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since early 2000.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I did the “Big Chop”.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose that route because I had been using relaxers and heat (styling) on my hair for many years whilst I lived in Jamaica but after I moved to London in 1999, I couldn’t find a hair stylist to maintain my straight hair the way I liked and was used to. I decided the easiest option for me was to go natural. Within days of cutting my hair I felt the difference, fell in love with my curls and have never looked back.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Sparing my hair from heat, chemicals and not having to spend hours at the hair salon inspired me to go natural.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Besides all the compliments I receive, it is extremely healthy, it feels great and the natural look encompasses my “healthy living” lifestyle.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
I actually have three, Kinky Curly’s shampoo & conditioner and Curling Custard. These products keep my curls shiny, tamed, manageable and easy to style.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I like it short with a little length at the top because it’s easier to manage, yet versatile so I can still have fun with it.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the formation of the curls and the fact that my hair is free of harsh and damaging agents.

What do you dislike about it?
I do not like that I have to wash and style my hair every morning.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
I would advise someone with natural hair or transitioning to keep hair very moisturized and only use alcohol-free products.

If your ever in LA be sure to stop by Buttons and Bows LA for you fashion fix!

**Disclaimer: All photos were taken from the Buttons and Bows LA instagram page. I do not own any of these pictures**

Quality Black Cotton

First, I’d like to wish all of you a Happy Labor Day. I know you all are probably out and celebrating but I just had to drop in with something for you guys!!

Came across this brand Black Cotton Apparel,

<<< Isn’t this design super cute!!(Photo Courtesy of

Being that I am of Caribbean decent(Big Ups to Jamaica, mi love yuh! I love you other island too! :-)) I could not let the amazing designs and philosophy pass me by (Yes,I am a sucker for good art and culture!).

You know I love you all, so I got the chance to dig deep into the brand and what it stood for in an interview. Check it Out….

What inspired you to create your brand Black Cotton Apparel?

When we started Black Cotton there were just a handful of apparel lines out there and most of them lacked substance and quality. We felt that we needed to create something that represents the caribbean correctly.

Black Cotton Apparel; how did you come up with this name for your brand?

The name ‘Black Cotton’ came out of a brainstorming session. It was one of the many names thrown on the table. The mulitple meanings that could be derived from the name was very appealing and worked well with African American history.

How do you think your brand Black Cotton Apparel will help change the outlook of people towards one another?

It’s human nature for people to find ways to separate themselves but Black Cotton Apparel aims to showcase our similarities through our designs. The African diaspora is so wide and deep but every one of us must remember that we came from the same place.

What makes Black Cotton Apparel stand out from all other brands?

I think our strongest asset is our creative designs and the intention behind the art. There are many lines out now that lack creativity and an authentic purpose. What we try to do is inspire, entertain and enlighten!

What inspired you to develop the idea of the designs for your tees ?

The inspiration comes from everything around us- the past, present and future. Ultimately, our inspiration comes from God and his compassion and love for all people.

What inspired you to develop the idea of the “Trifector” tee?

The ‘Trifector’ tee is a combination of African , Caribbean, and African American motifs. This particular design draws on slave labor and the transatlantic slave trade, better known as the triangle trade.

What has been the biggest accomplishment for your brand Black Cotton Apparel?

Every new progressive conversation that is sparked as a result of our brand is a big accomplishment!

Where do you see Black Cotton Apparel 5 years from now?

Black Cotton Apparel will be in a better position to make a positive change in the mental state of millions through art and fashion. We plan to have a flagship store where you can find all the latest Black Cotton Apparel and also socialize with like-minded individuals.

If you could describe your brand Black Cotton Apparel in one word what would it be? Why?

Perseverance! It sums it all up. Without perseverance we wouldn’t be where we are now! Our history is a perfect example of what spiritual tenacity and persistence can achieve. We believe people would be better off with perseverance than with intelligence.

What else can we expect to see from Black Cotton Apparel?

You can expect us to experiment with other types of apparel and accessories. You might even see a documentary or two…we will keep you posted!

Where can Black Cotton Apparel items be purchased?

It’s currently available online at

Other contact information:

Phone : 754 300 8508

Twitter : @bcapparel


Hair Styling and Fashion Cafe Meetup

If you are from Jamaica or will be in that part of the country on March 31st be sure to stop by this event…..

Beautiful Earth: Natural Hair Haven


Hair Styling and Fashion Cafe Meetup

When: March 31, 2012

Where: Simma Down Cafe @ the Bob Marley Museum

Tickets are $500 JA

You can pick up tickets at…

Beautiful Earth

151 Constant Spring Road


Earth Elements

35 Constant Spring Road

Discussion and Demonstrations will be going on!!

Plus Debaz designs


Until next time….