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Event Recap: Joy Williams Sweet Stitch

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Back to School Sweet Stitch class taught by Joy Williams, held at the Houston Indique Boutique. Sereena Samuel, General Manager, made sure everyone was taken care of by providing sweet treats and pink punch as the hair guru shared her secrets of the hair business and techniques. The class was very interactive and hands on and at the end, students were able to feel, learn and take a closer look at the work products Joy provided. I was excited to be apart of the class as I was the model to demonstrate the 3 part sew-in. I was also wearing Indique hair in Beach Wave and Pure Curly (c/o Indique). Joy takes pride in her work and made sure my hair was perfect and checked-in with me throughout my appointment to make sure I was comfortable.

Indique Virgin Hair Extensions are soft, very full, voluminous and I have very little to no shedding in the few weeks that I’ve had this hair installed. I have naturally curly hair, and I am so happy to be able to wear my hair curly or straight. Having the option to wear curly or straight has definitely relieved the stress of being pressed for time and being late because I still need to straighten my hair. I recommend this hair to anyone who is looking to change their look, seeking a protective style, or wanting to grow out their hair. At the Indique boutique as well as the website you’ll find a Hair ID guide that will help you select the hair that either best matches your natural hair or the texture that you would like to have for your style.

The students and I had an amazing experience with both Joy and Indique Hair and I will definitely be going back to both very soon!

Thank you so much for visiting.

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

 

The process of the 3 part sew-in

 

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Sweet Stitch Class taught by Joy Williams

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The other night we attended the Fashion Exchange at Kendra Scott in Rice Village and it had a great turnout! I was so happy we were able to make it out despite the really bad weather we had to endure. Women came from all over the Greater Houston area to donate clothes for The Women’s Home. The Women’s Home helps women heal and rebuild their lives.

The night started with champagne, sweet bites and chatting it up with the locals.  We participated in an instagram contest and I won! Of course I did the big “I won I won!” scream because I rarely win anything. After I got that out the way, I was able to covet my new treasure and it was fellow blogger and local author Megan Silianoff’s new book! Other prize winners received a designer bag and another received a $100 gift card to local designer and Project Runway winner Chloe Dao‘s boutique! There were so many amazing people to mingle with and who all really wanted to make a difference and help other women that are less fortunate.

Thank you for visiting!

xoxo, WrkITGirl

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On February 8th, I attended the Macy’s Black History Month-Eras of Black Style event at the Galleria Hidalgo location. This event was very special because it highlighted the trends and style of African-Americans over time. On panel Joy Sewing (the fashion/beauty editor for the Houston Chronicle) was the moderator and Editor Constance White and Supermodel Beverly Johnson gave their own insight into the black community and how much influence is had over designers and style trends. They also told so many stories of their personal experiences as a black woman in fashion and how much things have evolved.

One thing that both Constance White and Beverly Johnson pointed out was that the African-American community now do not fight as hard as the community did back in the 60s and 70s for their place on the runways, or photo shoots, or as designers in the industry. This intrigued me and I wondered why this was. Constance suggested that maybe it is due to fear that the artist or celebrities who have the power to speak up and take a stand will lose that next endorsement deal or sponsorship if they get too “controversial”. Or maybe they feel that they are not as powerful as they think.  One of my favorite points made by both women was that if you are a person of celebrity or power, that comes with a responsibility to help the people that put them where they are today.

All in all it was a really great event and we connected with so many great people.

Thanks for visiting!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

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with Beverly Johnson (the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine)

with Beverly Johnson (the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine)

With Journalist and Editor Constance White

With Journalist and Editor Constance White

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Constance White signing my copy of her new book "The Queens and Kings of Style"

Constance White signing my copy of her new book “The Queens and Kings of Style”

 

Solution for Hair and Makeup Recap

I am so excited to share my latest experience at a new salon here in Houston, TX. I actually had anxiety about trying out a new place/person and didn’t know what to expect. I am extremely particular when it comes to my hair and it’s so hard for me to trust new people with my hair. I have had several hair disasters over the past few years so I’m even more protective and reluctant. I heard about Solution for Hair and Makeup and my girl Dia works there.

When I finally arrived it was a beautiful day and Solution for Hair and Makeup looks like an oasis when you pull up. I already had a sigh of relief. I walked in and the decor is beautiful. I instantly fell in love with the ambiance and the people. The hostess immediately offered me water or wine and had me change into my robe. Dia met up with me with a huge smile and immediately started talking with me about any hair concerns and what I wanted to achieve for my final look. My hair was very damaged on the ends and I had a couple different colors, so my goal was to have a very rich dark brown color and a nice trim to even out my hair from my mohawk days.

Long story short, Dia did an AMAZING job! My hair is kind of difficult and I was so impressed by her patience and her work ethic. Her desire to give me a perfect hair cut was even more impressive as she brought over her managers just to double check her work. I felt more and more confident in her and the salon because I know they will take that extra care in their clients.

You guys have to try this salon. This is my new go-to place and Dia is my new hair guru! Visit Solution for Hair and Makeup and ask for Dia Patel!

Thank you for visiting!

xoxo, WrkITGirl

Solution for Hair and Makeup

1800 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77098

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Dia in the zone doing hair!

Dia in the zone doing hair!

*Hair services c/o Soultion for Hair and Makeup

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How Fame and Partners saved Prom

My prom was a complete disaster and I wish I could have one chance to re-do that night all over again (*true story)! For starters, we (my date and my posse) were so late arriving to prom that we barely caught the photographers as they were packing up their equipment to leave. I did not get to dance one song and as I walked to the ballroom of the hotel, I see all of my fellow classmates walking to their cars & limos to head to after prom. To say the least, I was devastated. If there was a word more devastating than devastated, I would totally [insert here].

Anyway, the biggest topper of it all was that my prom dress was in shambles. I wanted my dress to be a hand-made, one-of-a-kind creation. I asked a family friend who I knew could sew to make my dress. Long story short, over the course of a couple months I asked when the fittings would be and they kept getting pushed back all the way up until the day of the prom was when I saw my dress for the first time. And it was in pieces still. I was so upset I couldn’t believe my dream prom dress was practically material that needed to be sew together still. As she frantically sews me into my dress I am so distraught that I almost decide not to go.

I finally pull myself together, only to miss prom all together. I was very sad for a long time and still get sad when I think about it. I looked forward to it and dreamed about it through all of my school years only for it to end up that way.

I said that to say, if I could go back, I would have simply BOUGHT my prom dress! No hassle, no worries, and I would have had a beautifully made quality gown.

For those of you on the hunt for your prom dress already, I found this really great dress company called Fame and Partners. What’s great is that they have a “customize” option where you can pick your style of dress you like, choose the color you want, and then customize the neckline, skirt shape, etc. Where were you when I needed you?! This is a one stop shop for you creative types that want a hand in how your dress will look or the simple gals who just want to pick a dress and go!

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Be sure to buy your prom dresses from Fame and Partners if you are wanting a stress-free experience! They have so many affordable options and you will get $20 to spend when you take an online style quiz.

If you’re not looking for prom dresses, this is a great option for bridesmaids dresses as this summer will mark my 4th time as a bridesmaid! Or maybe I’ll do a prom-themed birthday this year! My birthday is in March…..do you think I should do a big party?

I wanted to share some of the options I would choose for this upcoming prom if I were to go.

Thank you for visiting!

xoxo, WrkITGirl

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I decided to enjoy this amazing weather by doing a little shopping and having a Greek lunch. What I love most about this outfit is that it’s super comfortable yet its still super cute and trendy.

Outfit details:

  • Turban: c/o Francesca’s
  • Sunglasses: Forever21
  • Shoes: Dots Fashions
  • Scarf: Banana Republic
  • Top: Target
  • Leggings: Charlotte Russe
  • Jacket: Arden B.
  • Purse: Phillip Lim for Target

Thanks for visiting!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

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Our latest tutorial on a nice copper-colored smokey eye was requested by one of our viewers and we are so excited to finally share the result! This look is great for an evening out on the town or going to dinner!

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Enjoy the video tutorial below!

XOXO,

WrkITGirl

A trip down 2013 fashion memory lane

Hey there friends! I wanted to share my favorite styles from 2013 and do a quick trip down memory lane. From our 28-day style challenge to going to the debut of Debonair Lounge we have some great style moments to reflect on.

Over the course of 2013 we had the opportunity to work with The Ruben Stunner Show, Francesca’s Collections, WWD Magic Tradeshows, attend NYFW 2013 and cover Houston designer Cesar Galindo, covering the Enstyle Butik event with Nessa Posso of itsRichGirlz.com and Delicia Cordon DeCordon.com, hosting a fashion event with Fiat, and being on panel for Saks Fifth Avenue‘s prom event.

Thank you to all of you who continue to support WrkITGirl.com. We love you all so much and will continue to bring you more fashion, beauty and lifestyle!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

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With Chelsea Coffey Exec. Director of Mia’s Closet

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My interview with the Ruben Stunner Show

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Gift Idea for Anyone: Eyeglasses

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One of the latest and hottest fashion trends right now are glasses. This is a win-win for those of you who actually need eyeglasses to see. You are now spared the teasing and “four-eyes” references. People now want to look like us with even bigger and crazier frames than ever before! We could get use to this.

What better way to bring a little character to your outfit than with a bold pair of eyeglasses with a little color or a little bling on them. For a more professional or demure look you can even try a rimless or clear-rimmed pair which are popular as well. Whether they are super geek or super chic, there are tons of options, prescription or not, that you can choose from.

We found that if you want to buy glasses, the process can be daunting because there are so many places out there to choose from and you want to get the best deal for a quality pair that will last you. So where should you go for these deals and quality frames you ask?

Look no further than your home desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can easily shop for your eyeglasses online. We feel that GlassesUSA.com has a great selection for any style you might be looking for. We also love that there is a virtual mirror feature where you can try on the glasses without ever leaving your home! We tried some eyeglasses on and check out some of our favorite styles we found. Try it out for yourself below!

Visit GlassesUSA.com for great selection and great deals for this holiday season’s gifts.

For our WrkITGirl.com supporters, we have a coupon code so you can get your very own pair of glasses from GlassesUSA.com and/or give the gift of sight.

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Take 15% off + get free shipping on your entire order (orders over $50). Code: FS15

Take 10% off any order of prescription glasses. Code: Blog10

Thank you for visiting WrkITGirl.com and don’t forget to try out the Virtual Mirror and share your image on instagram with hashtag #wrkitgirl!

xoxo, WrkITGirl

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GlassesUSA.com

GlassesUSA.com virtual mirror

Holiday Gift Guide: Home Edition

We know some of you are still trying to figure out what to get your friends and family for Christmas, so we have a great holiday guide for those people that love home decor. These are great ideas for any man, woman or the college student wanting to decorate their dorm or apartment to make it a little more home-y.

Home Gift Ideas:

  • Diptyque Candles
  • Quirky desk or wall clock
  • Dress form
  • Decorative storage boxes
  • Decorative pillow with a saying
  • Unique mirror
  • New set of coffee mugs
  • Vinturi wine aerator
  • Something to remind them of their favorite place or a place they want to go
  • Set of picture frames

Below we have some links to a few option of the above listed gift ideas. Feel free to browse!

Thanks for visiting and we hope your holiday season is amazing!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl