Wanderlust 108 with Swisse

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Wanderlust 108 held in Washington, DC with Swisse - Australia’s No. 1 brand for vitamins and supplements. Wanderlust 108 is considered to be the “world’s only mindful triathlon.” What does that mean? Well, the event featured three mindful activities - Running/Walking, Yoga, and Mediation. Cool, right? What better way to start a Saturday morning. The schedule was full of activities from 6:30am - 2:00pm but I chose to do the 5K, mediate and hang out with the crew from Swisse. Since recently discovering Swisse, I was really excited to learn more about their premium quality supplements and what I can do to boost my nutrition.

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At Swisse’s #DestinationHappiness stunning Botanical Wall, I learned about my specific health needs and which vitamin boosts are best suited for me through an interactive digital platform.

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WOOOOOO HOOOOO! I was extremely pleased with my results. I was suggested the Women’s Ultivite Mulitvitamins to maintain my energy.

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I also discovered so many creative ways to detox and cleanse your body of toxins. From detoxifying Ashtanga yoga poses to supplements and choosing to eat the right foods that help with bloating (my biggest issue). I was starting to feel like a true wellness warrior ready to take on anything!

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Lunch was delicious and vegan!

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Hair, skin, and nail health is something we are all somewhat passionate about but it can become difficult to follow a routine when were committed to busy schedules and in my case, lots of travel. Swisse has both a liquid and tablet form of their special formula, either of which can be easily incorporated in your daily routine.

At #DestinationHappiness, I learned that the Swisse’s Hair, Skin, and Nails Liquid is made with blood orange extract from Sicily- not only is it delicious but that vitamin C helps the body naturally produce collagen, which is a key building block for shiny hair, supple skin, and strong nails. What better definition is there of #BeautyFromWithin!

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This experience was absolutely fantastic!! I was able to workout, relax, eat well, and learn all at one event! A HUGE THANKS to my friends at Swisse for treating me so well. To discover the full range of vitamins and supplements for your nutritional needs, click HERE!

Xo,

Mel

One Year Later film screening pics

It's been two weeks since the event and yes, I'm still on cloud 9 from the One Year Later film screening.  My photographer Tenneal McNair took so many amazing pics that I'll just share here.  I didn't want to flood your Instagram timelines.  Please scroll to get an idea of how incredible this evening was.

XO,

Mel

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The best host ever! My homie Dayo - @thearthype

 
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The love was sooo real.

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Director Joshua E. Peters dropping some knowledge - with a smile.

 
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My biggest supporters - my best friends Jessica and Malek Naz 

 
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One Year Later video DC screening recap!

The One Year Later video screening was held at Beyond Studios here in Washington, DC and the evening was magical!!  I just want to say Thank You to everyone who not only came to support but also those who just purchased a ticket in support of the film.  A portion of the proceeds were donated the Habitat For Humanity Hurricane Relief Fund and it warmed my heart to be able to pass along your contributions to help out all of the victims in the affected areas including my motherland, Puerto Rico.  

HUGE thanks to my videographer Pierre Edwards of Districtdodger.com for capturing all of these beautiful moments so perfectly.

I hope you enjoy!

XO,

Mel

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HERE IT IS ! 

Special thanks to:

Filmmaker Sam Song of Spare Tire Productions for bringing my vision to light.  You are truly the best!

Photographer MalekNaz Freidouni of Maleknaz.com for taking such beautiful photos and being such an awesome friend.

Hairstylist Gianne Nascimento for buzzing my hair to perfection and being part of such a profound moment with me.

Designer Virginia Arrisueño of DeNada for allowing me to use your beautiful studio.  I am forever grateful.

And to ALL of you that constantly support and follow me along this journey - THANK YOU!!!

I hope you enjoy!

Xo,

Mel

Creme of Nature - Straight from Eden

Having healthy hair requires a well balanced diet, a consistent hair regimen and of course the hair products.  Right? And most of us curly girls can understand the #struggle. The Straight from Eden line by Creme of Nature contains olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil - perfect for those with all hair textures - and is all about healthy hair/lifestyle which seems to be on the same thinking as your transition so we felt a strong synergy. The line works for girls who are natural, texlaxed or relaxed.

The Straight from Eden line comes with four hair maintenance products that all contain coconut, avocado and olive oils essential for naturally curly and permanently straightened hair.  

These products include:

Creme of Nature from Eden Natural-Oil Infused Hydrating Shampoo - a sulfate-free gentle cleanser for all hair types to cleanse, moisturize and detangle hair.

Creme of Nature from Eden Natural-Oil Infused Hydrating Conditioner - a luxurious conditioner that deeply moisturizes and strengths hair.  This sulfate-free conditioner also contains shea butter and safflower oil for extra protection and can be used as a weekly conditioner or part of a steam treatment.

Creme of Nature from Eden Natural-Oil Infused Hydrating Leave-in Conditioner- detangles, conditions and protects the hair for blow-dry and wet-set styles.  The fine mist nozzle provides even product distribution.

Creme of Nature from Eden Natural Oil-infused Repairing Oil- a light rich oil to help repair hair, control frizz and protect against heat damage using coconut, avocado and olive oils.  Can be used on dry or wet hair when styling or add to conditioner for an extra boost of moisture during steam treatments.

And for the ladies that like to permanently straighten their hair, Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Natural-Oil Infused Relaxer has a unique dual-phase technology that is one part naturally derived straightener and one part chemical activator. Coconut oil adds protection to the hair, avocado oil helps to fortify hair and olive oil replenishes hair during the straightening process. The system comes in two phases, allowing the user to mix it at home to maintain the freshness of the oils for healthier straight hair.

The great thing about these products are that they retail from $5.99 - $9.99 which is extremely affordable!  They are located at your local Walmart, Walgreens and select beauty supply stores nationwide and for my online shoppers, check out: www.cremeofnature.com

 

XO,

Mel

#iamlettingGO NYC Video Screening Recap

I am reallllly excited to share these pictures with you from my #iamlettingGO video screening sponsored by Crème of Nature and Dark and Lovely at Pulse Karaoke Lounge located in the heart of NYC!!!!  

Ok so to bring you up to speed, if you don’t follow me on Instagram, I started a campaign called #iamlettingGO after the realization that so many people were going through life transitions.  It was a platform for people to share their beautiful struggles and anything they were letting go of in order to move forward with any aspirations they've given up on.  

Within a month, over 500 participated, shared and encouraged each other not to give up.  I was shocked at the response! So I felt it was only right to share my personal story (which I did through video) about my transition which included shaving off my signature shoulder length curls. But more than anything I wanted to meet everyone in person !

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The first 25 guests were gifted with full sized products from Crème of Nature’s Straight from Eden which is their new Natural Oil-Infused hair care line powered by coconut, avocado and olive oils all of which are essential for healthy hair.

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We also handed out tags to everyone and asked them to share something they were “letting go” of.  Keep scrolling and you’ll see why……

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 My friend Monica Stevens of  Moknowshair.com

My friend Monica Stevens of Moknowshair.com

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The crowd and the energy was just magnificent!

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Celebrity hairstylist Mr. Johnny Wright

Everyone asked great questions!

Throughout the night, we gathered each guest’s tag that participated and attached them to balloons...

To let them all go into the beautiful New York City sky.

My friend Stephanie totally surprised me with her shirt.  How awesome!!

The curly haired blogger crew totally represented in full effect.

The LUCKY winner of the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Basket!

KARAOKE TIME!!!! 

Some of you have asked where the video can be viewed.  Stay tuned for upcoming screenings at a city near you!

Xo,

Mel

 

All photos by Pete Monsanto of FlyLifeImages

Creme Of Nature Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign Including Continued Partnership With Look Good Feel Better

How AHHHMAZING is this?!?!!! 

Creme of Nature® is partnering with Look Good Feel Better for an informative Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign through the end of October. Look Good Feel Better is a free non-medical, national program dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing cancer treatment. The campaign includes a limited-edition Creme of Nature with Argan Oil from Morocco Pink Perfect Edges; Breast Cancer Awareness walks in St. Louis, New York City, Jacksonville, Chicago and Atlanta; and "Wear Pink Fridays" social media campaign, encouraging fans and consumers to pledge to wear pink on a Friday for the month of October and post a photo using the hashtag #CourageousBeauty.

Creme of Nature's Argan Oil from Morocco Pink Perfect Edges — a hair gel infused with Argan Oil that helps to control and hold down edges, without flaking, while moisturizing and adding Exotic Shine to the hair — will be available for purchase in October with a portion of its proceeds benefiting Look Good Feel Better.

The brand's observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be highlighted with participation in five walks throughout the US, where Creme of Nature staff will walk with Breast Cancer Awareness supporters and donate supplies.

• October 3, St. Louis – The Breakfast Club Inc.'s Sista Strut Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

• October 18, New York City –American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Awareness

• October 24, Chicago, IL – American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Awareness

• October 24, Atlanta, GA – American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Awareness

• October 24, Jacksonville, FL – American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Awareness

To participate in a walk, please sign up here:  

http://cremeofnature.com/nature/courageous_beauty.html

As part of Creme of Nature’s continued support, the brand will match up to $2500 raised by each Creme of Nature team of staff, beauty enthusiasts and consumers in each city. Fans and consumers can sign up to walk with the Creme of Nature their city at 

http://cremeofnature.com/nature/courageous_beauty.html

Stay tuned to Creme of Nature's:

Twitter: @cremeofnature

Facebook:  facebook.com/cremeofnature

Instagram: instagram.com/cremeofnature for more information on signing up.

Two Year Blog Anniversary Recap at STK

This celebration has been a long time coming.  I had always dreamed of having an event but I didn't have a clue where to start so I just kept putting it off.  It wasn't until I was on my way home on the metro and a girl approached me and said "I know you!  When are you having an event? DC naturals need to meet you in person."  I was so surprised and definitely taken back by her moxie but at that moment I knew it had to be done.  Jessica Hoy of Ink Blot Army worked her magic and totally made my vision come true and helped me plan the ENTIRE event down to the tasty coconut drinks by Coconut Cartel filled with Zacapa Rum.  

THANKS to STK DC for providing such a beautiful venue in such short notice.  And THANK YOU to all of the beautiful faces that came to celebrate with me.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you!

Xo,

Mel 

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 Full sized products provided by  Amla Legend

Full sized products provided by Amla Legend

Jessica Hoy of Ink Blot Army

My beautiful little sister Cecilia

My boys came through to celebrate!

The dynamic duo- celebrity makeup artist Carl Ray and hairstylist Johnny Wright

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 STK General Manager Ben Arndt

STK General Manager Ben Arndt

 Kitiya King of  Mischo Beauty

Kitiya King of Mischo Beauty

 My high school friend Lindsey Allen of  princesslinzzslair.com

My high school friend Lindsey Allen of princesslinzzslair.com

Curly to Straight- Natural Hair Blow-Out with Tracee Ellis Ross!!

I have been keeping a secret.  Trust me, I really couldn't wait to share this very special project with you guys.   Amla Legend's Artistic Director & celebrity stylist Johnny Wright transformed my naturally curly hair into the ultimate silky blow-out with the one and only TV celebrity, style icon and my new curlfriend Tracee Ellis Ross! *Yes, I was starstruck and I couldn't properly function for the first 10 minutes after she arrived*

It has been at least over a year since I have straightened my hair and I couldn't have been happier to have it done by the best.  I  have to be honest though, I was a little nervous when I saw the flat iron because I had just went blonde and I did not want to risk the integrity of my hair since I love rockin' my rizos.  Thankfully, my curls reverted back without any damage.  The Amla Legend Heat Defense System which includes the 10 in 1 Silky Blow-OutElixir, the Silky Blow-Out Masque, the Silkening Oil Mist are definitely "must have's" in creating a smooth and straight look because they all aid in maintaining your hair hydrated and moisturized while using heat.

I want to send a HUGE thank you to the SoftSheen Carson family for giving me this wonderful opportunity- I am forever grateful!

Ok, enough of me yapping - Check out the full video below!

Enjoy!

XO,

Mel

Here are some behind the scene pics courtesy of my buddy Pete Monsanto of FlyLifeImages.com .  

P.S. The laughter was ALL real.

SuperCream By DevaCurl

SuperCream is finally available to purchase!!! This a new product that has been launched by DevaCurl and it's been a couple of years since their last product hit the market, so I knew it was special.

A few weeks ago, I attended the DevaCurl SuperCream Product Testing Event where a group of fellow bloggers and vloggers sampled the product before its official launch and boy, it was a blast! There was a  delicious spread of food and drinks (a priority for someone who is always hungry) and we were given our own hair stations with a sample of the product and hair tools to create whatever style we wanted.  I decided to apply SuperCream to my hair dry- specifically my dry ends on the right side and compared it with my left side (sorry, I don't have before & after pics).  I have noticed since I colored my hair from blonde back to brown, my hair really lacks moisture and shine.  The texture of my hair after I used the product was so soft, had noticeable shine, and it also smelled delicious.  It would normally take me two or three products combined to achieve what I did with a little bit of SuperCream.  It will definitely be a staple in my wash and go routine!  

Check out some of the great moments captured that day.  

You're in luck! DevaCurl is going to be giving away tons of SuperCream to consumers. 

You can win a bottle of Super Cream from DevaCurl! To enter, head to @mydevacurl, give them a follow on Instagram, and repost the SuperCream image on your account. Be sure you leave a comment about why you love being #supercurly! They will be choosing people with the random number generator all week, and giving away, full size Super Cream prizes.

Good luck!

Xo,

Mel

Deva Cut with Nevila

I desperately needed my ends cut after my new hair color but I decided to go for a new shape. Thanks to Nevila of Devachan for capturing my vision perfectly.

*FYI: I did not say much so you can see and enjoy the process*

To book an appointment: 

www.devacurl.com or call (212)274-8686  

* Ask for Nevila and tell her I sent you :-) *

xo,

Mel

Featured: Virtual Beauties by: Shazart

How talented is my buddy Shaz?  

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I always had a true appreciation for artists because my stick figures are truly embarrassing so when I stumbled along Shaz' art work via his Instagram I was in love with his work!  The details of his drawings are so elaborate and captivating.  To my surprise, he informed me that he was creating a book called Virtual Beauties and asked if I would like to be a part of it.  I mean, of course!! 

This was the concept behind the book (as told by Shaz)

"Beauty is subjective, each of us has his own perception of art.  What could be more intense than cultural diversity.  Although beauty is subjective, it is through different female faces that the project Virtual Beauties transcends reality to exceed borders.  It's from the social network Instagram that 30 women far from prejudice are making us travel."

 

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  Pick up your copy here !

For more details on his work check out: www.shazart.tumblr