Thursday, August 27, 2015

Carol's Daughter #BORNandMade


 
 
Curly/Natural hair care  and Body Care power house Carol’s Daughter has teamed up with I Am That Girl, for inspiring campaigns that I’ve seen in a while. Calling this a campaign doesn’t really do it justice since the I Am That Girl non-profit  prides itself in inspiriting girls  (and by default women) “to love, express and be exactly who they want to be” The co-founder Emily Greener says, I Am That Girl is shifting girl culture. By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, we are giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world.”


The collaboration has brought forth the #BornAndMade movement that encourages us (girls and women) to be who they were born and made to be.  Check out the images from the campaign on https://www.bornandmade.com/ which feature many women you know and many more you should know.  You can also create your own (like me) Born and Made photo.  
 
 

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Venue: Drake's Dealership


I got to experience along with some other lucky Drake’s Brewing fans, the soft opening weekend of Drake’s Brewery.  Now East Bay Drake’s fan that aren’t as close to San Leandro can enjoy the beautiful brews, and some delicious bites to eat. Drake’s Dealership, is tucked perfectly into The Hive on Broadway in Oakland is a new indoor/outdoor venue which housed not only a fireplace, bar, ample seating, but also has what Drake’s is known for perfect brews!

 

 


Drake’s Dealership features their Year around Beer, as well as Limited Releases, and Experimental on tap, not to mention for none beer drinkers there are wine options, as well as my favorite coffee Highwire’s Howling Wolf.  If you are a Drake’s pro, then bring your Growlers/Bombers to be filled Want to try something different, you’ll have a chance to do that too, because soon they will also feature “guest beers” from other local breweries. What more can you ask for, I’m telling you this place is going to be great!

 

 

 

Check out my experience:

 

 

Service was very good especially since they got a ton of folks from First Friday and also fielding tons of question. They option for indoor outdoor seating also makes it a prime East Bay location for hanging with friends.  The location has  pretty good for parking (certain times of the day) and there is a small lot with minimal spaces, and the venue is bike-able but even better it's close to BART!!!

 

What I tried:

 


Amber Extra Special Bitter (5.9% APV)

Classically good amber although much darker than what I expect (which I like) definitely not to heavy.

 

Experimental Series Flight-

(Left to Right)

 


Oaklander Weisse (3.4% APV)

Berliner Weisse Style

Crisp, citrusy and suppppppppper refreshing (love), definite hot summer porch beer

 

7x70 (7% APV)

Experimental IPA Style

This one was ok, but I hate IPAs. If IPAs are your jam, then this is a very hoppy one with a good punch you’ll enjoy.

 

Summer Session Schwartz (4.3% APV)

(Schwartzbier)

Smoothest and lightest of any dark beer I've ever tasted. It was cold brewed ice coffee like in its beauty!

 

Food:

 


Bianca Pizza (Capers, Anchovies, Pecorino Romano)

If you like salty and anchovies this one is for you (and it was the one for me!), this is a sauceless one.

 


House Salad w/ Duck Breast

This venue has a lot of duck options on their menu (dying to try the duck poutine), and there is nothing wrong with a duck heavy menu. I added the Duck Breast to the house salad which featured arugla, blue cheese, pecans, cranberries and a nice house dressing. This one can be a meal in itself. Very tasty this is going to be a regular craving meal for me.


 

The venue officially opens today August, 10th (2015) and I really encourage you to check it out at some point.
 
Drake's Dealership
2325 Broadway Auto Row
Oakland, CA 94612

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Event Alert: The Makeup Show Pop Up SF


FINALLY The Makeup Show is coming to the SF Bay Area (San Francisco specifically) in a “pop up” format. If you like or love make up then you’ve heard about and probably seen pictures from The Makeup Show, which features classes, sample sale, and sneak peeks from your favorite make up brands. Novices and professionals alike will love this experience. I’m shocked that they haven’t been to SF before (They are usually in L.A., Chicago, and NYC at least annually).

Here are the details:

 


Where: Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero

Pacific Concourse

When: August 29th-30th 2015

Why: Because you are a makeup maven, and maybe even a novice and you h

How: Purchase your ticket here ($28 for one day $44 for the entire weekend)

 

See You There!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beauty Quickie: DevaCurl SUPERCREAM


 

WHO: DevaCurl

WHAT:
SuperCream

HOW (it looks, smells , cost etc.):
Medium density  white cream,  most notably it smells better than any DevaCurl product I’ve experience (faintly sweet coconut). The packaging is a bit awkward as you can’t truly control how much you are getting out in a pump, it would be much better in a screw off top container.

Price Point: $28 for 5.1 oz. that may seem pricey but a little goes a long way (it has excellent slip).  

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Coconut Oil, Jojoba Protein, and Corn Starch (this is what they are using as part of anti-frizz and hold)
Free of the following:





Phthalates

DEA/MEA/TEA

Sulfates

Silicones

Paraffins
 

 

WHERE TO BUY:

DevaCurl.com

If you are in the SF Bay Area, you can find the product on the shelves of The Beauty Center Stores. Per DevaCurl, the product will be on the shelves of Sephora and Ulta by the end of the month.

THE VERDICT:
I use at the very least two DevaCurl products every time I wash my hair, so trying this was very exciting for me.  Supercream claims to do everything that is needed for super curly (aka highly textured, coily, African American Hair), and it really does.  I can stand by all the claims they are making on their site, the only thing with this is it does not provide enough hold. I’m used to being able to wear styles for a week and after 3 days by hair looked 7 days old.  I could quickly remedy this by placing a tiny bit of gel on top of the product (which I’ll do in the future), but in order for this product to be perfect it would have to be reformulated with more hold to be truly the only product I need to style, define, and moisturize.


Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars (Almost Perfect)

 

Check out a more detailed review and how I used the product:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Event Alert: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Grand Opening in Pleasanton



Who: Kiehl’s Since 1851

What: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Grand Opening

Where:
Stoneridge Mall
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd.
Pleasanton, CA

When:  Wednesday July, 1 2015
10AM to 9PM
If you can’t make it the grand opening day check out the store during its regular hours Monday through Saturday, 10AM to 9PM; Sunday, 11PM to 7PM.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cover Shots: Taraji P. Henson + W Magazine


 
 
 
Shockingly I actually don’t watch the smash hit “Empire”, but I have been familiar with Taraji P. Henson for a long time. I’ve been a fan of hers since she was doing films which primarily featured black actors, and of course I'm a fan of her role on  “Person Of Interest” where many in the mainstream media first really got to see her acting chops. With the rise of “Empire” so has her status as “It Girl” (although she is a fully grown woman, although she doesn’t look it with a kid in college). It’s fitting that she would be on cover (and inside) W Magazines (August 2015), #thepopissue.

 

There is much more to this woman than her beauty, and her acting chops check out  the interview that accompanies the stunning photographs.

 

Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot W Magazine
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