NYC Wrap-Up!- EPIC.


thanks Marisol and Jenell for sharing this pic!

So last night was EPIC. I'm talking 'everything possibly imaginable, cuz' type EPIC, I mean, 'every photo is cute' type EPIC, or better yet, I mean 'haters were instantly concerned', type EPIC. No matter the anagram or witty phrase... (I plan on copyrighting them all, lol), we had a GREAT night last night (besides the foolish 4 hour drive home - me and my damn instant gratification.) NY, we always do it big!

Huge thanks to Tracee Ellis Ross and Optimum Salon Haircare for a fabulous time. 

Check out the view...

(...earlier that day) The Press Conference

the 'puff bun' created by Marie of St. Louis' Shi Salon! She used my products (Mizani's Miracle Oil conditioner to co-wash and Living Proof Full Cream and As I Am Smoothing Gel to style). She pulled it all up and created a donut bun and then we frizzed it up real good!

Prior to bunnin' me up, she cut off 1-2 inches, more in some places to restore my cut!  I got another cut y'all! 

What I wore:
 Jacket- gifted from Romwe
Shirt and Jeans- Loft
Shoes- BCBG
diamond stud earrings- loaned from Miska Jewelers 


Up close with Tracee's glorious and famous curls!


...Ish was so EPIC I had to rock two styles in one day.  So I rushed home, co-washed again and did a wash-n-go for the 6-in-1 Miracle Oil Launch Party later that evening.  I did the exact same routine and used the same products as I did in THIS POST, styled with Living Proof Thickening Cream and As I Am Smoothing Gel.





There were tons of gorgeous curlies, free drinks flowing, and complimentary cookie lollipops!

back of my head shot...

Tracee and Johnny Wright!

the DJ was EVERYTHING! Homegirl was in my head... #OhThatsMyJam #GoDj

that's my stylist, Marie of Shi Salon on the right!

hubby schmoozing with two gorgeous curlies!


                            my girl Adinah!

What I wore- 
Shirt- ZARA
Shorts- Express
Tights- Express
Booties- ZARA


                                                                            recognize this handsome couple?! HAIRSCAPADES!

 and these gorgeous divas? That's Antoinette and Shanti of Around The Way Curls!

Ben! That's Gaye's hubby (aka SweetDrk1) and my other photographer, Shot OneThurteen! We fam.

119 Weigh in!:
Courtney said...

I need Antoinette's pink lace dress in my life!

hunnybun said...

love the outfits you sure know how to put them together. The first one is so up my alley but the shoes in the second are to die for. But seriously no love for canada?

Valerie Jones said...

EPICness is the best way to describe this! I'm just drooling over all the variety of curlies! And now trying to see if my hair is my hair is ling enough to recreate that EPIC bun!! Thanks for sharing Nik!! :)

Pecancurls said...

EPIC-ocity to the extreme Nik!!! OMG fabulousness all over the place. Ms. Ross is the Boss with those curls! You do the darn thing Nik! I might have to give that As I Am gel a look see!
Shelli, you looked fab girl!!

Raven said...

Falls down on the floor and laughs @ "haters were instantly concerned"!!! Oh man...I like that...you should certainly use that one again. Okay...back to the pictures! Love the orange and yellow!!!
Oh yeah...Houston is patiently waiting...patiently...waiting. ;-)

H.SWABY said...

Nikki Nikki girl you know how to rock a HAIR Party!!! U guys look Awesome... And Shelli NICE photo. I want some Hair show in BOSTON plzeeeeee!

Natural83 said...

I'm tooo J that I wasn't at this event! Looks like it was super nice...Goooo Nikki! Tracee Ellis Ross is just all kinds of Fabulous! Her personality, her style, and lets not forget that awesome hair! I would've loved to meet her! Looks like the event was super duper FAB! CurlyNikki= WINNING!!!!

Davina916 said...

Beautiful pics!

Barb said...

The teeny tiny pum pum shorts with stockings look is just so TACKY, didn't look good ten years ago when it was the hot look for young girls in Asia and doesn't look good now...love the hair though!

CurlyNikki said...

that was hilarious! You should start a blog!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Davina!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks chica!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

ha! Thanks lady!!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

And yes! BOSTON! Will do :)

CurlyNikki said...

lol! Thanks lady! Houston is on the list!

Iwannabefierce said...

I know you met, hugged and socialized with just about everybody under the sun last night and probably won't remember me lol but just wanted to say it was so nice meeting you. You were so nice and that hair lady is awesome sauce.

CurlyNikki said...

epic-ocity! I like that!!!!!! And yes, Ms. Ross is the Boss... she was so ridiculously awesome. LOVE her!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Valerie! That bun was so fun to wear! Lots of fluffing and frizzing... great look!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Hunnybun!

CurlyNikki said...

me tooooo!!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

girl yes! I stayed to the end just to meet everyone, and I'm sure if I saw your face (more than the profile in your pic), I'd remember you! Thanks for coming out last night and for your kind words! Thanks chica!!!!! See you again soon!!!

Sweetdrk1 said...

I am drooling at all the beautiful pics. The hair is ridic and Nik you and Tracee just ALWAYS fabulous! <3 <3 <3

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Gaye! And thanks for being on Boogie patrol!!!!! Couldn't have done any of this without you. Baby girl LOVES you! Thanks again!

Sweetdrk1 said...

*went back to read* lmaooooo at "haters instantly concerned" THIS!!

CurlyNikki said...

and Shelbey is so sweet... so mature, smart and very nice. Y'all clearly did a great job... we hope to raise Gia the same way! Tell her I said thanks too!

CurlyNikki said...

;)

CupOf*T said...

Your so Fab Nikki! Congrats on all your success!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks chica!

hunnybun said...

I see you avoiding the canada issue. I promise its not that cold we don't live in igloos and yes there are black people

Sweetdrk1 said...

you are her big sister, she loves you! This comment will warm her heart! <3<3

CurlyNikki said...

lol! I love Canada! Well... Toronto is the only part I've been too and it was EVERYTHING! I promise to come up there soon!

Hairme said...

Nikki this looks like a BLAST! You look too cute! Traci looks fab! I'm drooling over all the gorgeous natural hair in the place! Thanks so much for all you do!

Bianca said...

You looked great! Hair and wardrobe! www.shopperstherapy.blogspot.com

unclouded_path said...

I've NEVER seen so much BIG hair in one spot! It seems as if NY definitely did it up BIG! The pics look great and as usually nikki u're looking hawt!

Karen said...

Not really feeling the BUN but your WNG looks great, love it....your hair looks extra full -)

Rhonda C said...

Nik, FINALLY!
I had a ball and met some super-dope chicas (What's up, Shelli and Shana)! Now...when does Philly make the list?

CurlyNikki said...

I KNOW RIGHT!! FINALLY!! You were gorgeous and I loved that dress! Hope you had fun at Essence??! Thanks a million for coming in to kick it with us! And yes, Philly is on the list!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Karen!

CurlyNikki said...

I know, right?! It was RIDIC! Thanks chica!

CurlyNikki said...

It was!!! Thanks a million!

Miss Anne said...

Nikki you todally rock! Tracee todally rocks!!! Love your mustard and orange number... love it all!!!

Now I think it's time for you to please come over to London!!! I'll keep saying it until you do!!! We'll be amazing hosts!!! do come :-) #LondonCalling

Rhonda C said...

You were EVERYTHING! Trying to figure out how someone can transform my cotton head into a brilliant full cut like yours. Yup, after leaving Essence suddenly my degrees in engineering, math and MBA kick rocks! But, I am working on that ...got my eye on a gig in the health n beauty department. #wishing You noticed my dress?! I'm in heaven! *lol*

Abstract said...

Nice "puff bun"! I think it's pretty hot! Also, I'm loving the yellow/orange combo! Good way to get in some more bright colors as the end of summer fast approaches. And Shelli, I see you with all them curls, girl!! Love it! Looks like you all had a good time.

Nicole said...

Nikki, that picture of you, Tracee and Johnny Wright is so nice!

Nicole said...

Hey Nikki, I hope you come to the DMV area soon!

Shamika Thomas Ellis said...

Nikki, it was so awesome to meet you in person and I got to take a pic with you which was so fab. Just your smile tells me how genuine of a person you are so thank you so much for throwing this very fab event. :) Great job on getting the very fab Tracee there as well, you both looked awesome. Hope to meet you again when you're in NYC. All the best! :)

Positively Jewls said...

Nikki, it was so awesome to meet you in person and I got to take a pic with you which was so fab. Just your smile tells me how genuine of a person you are so thank you so much for throwing this very fab event. :) Great job on getting the very fab Tracee there as well, you both looked awesome. Hope to meet you again when you're in NYC. All the best! :)

Jada07 said...

Love it!!!

Angela said...

#boom....
Child, boo. "you should shut the entire hell up" is what I would've said. That's class right there. He still working on me like Steve Harvey.

Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful said...

I was soooo happy to finally meet you Nikki! Like I said last night, you are my sister in my head. You've always motived me to work hard and work smart. Its hard to explain how passionate I am about what I do to other people but I know you get it. Very proud of your success.
Thanks for all you've done.
I've written a review of the event with the pics I took.
http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/optimum-hair-miracle-with-curly-nikki-and-tracee-ellis-ross-aug-2012/

SWC said...

I liked the shape of your cut and would like to see close up shots. Your hair was so cute. For some reason that particular bun didn't do anything for you, but I've seen you pineapple before, yourself, and it looked good. Not sure what the stylist was trying to accomplish. But the Wash N go was fierce.

NW said...

I need Tracee's red dress, Loved itI Where did she get it from

Natural83 said...

Ditto! Loves it!

Shashou said...

Awww that looked like so much fun. Next time I'll have to make sure I get there.

Megan M. said...

Curls, curls I see everywhere! I wish I was there to meet some curlies...you know I would of brought my camera to take pictures and record. You and Tracee were beautiful, you both looked like "girlfriends" who have known each other all your life.

Nisus said...

Oh my! I love everything about this event and ALL the pictures, like you said. All the familiar bloggers! DC represent!! :-) I see Wei and Shelli!
My co-blogger and I call the "puff bun" the "Buff". http://www.itsjusthair.com/2012/08/birth-of-buff.html Too cute! And TER in that red dress!

Mel said...

Look at you with those bird legs! LOL You looked fabulous and everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. If this was epic I can't wait to see what's planned for Gia's 2nd birthday. It better be off the chain or you are going to hear from the cyber aunts! Just sayin'

hairscapades said...

Me three!!! It was so cute and she is too cute and sweet!! Shanti too!!

Adinah Juliet said...

NIKKI!!!! Girl... Thanks for putting the pic of us up here!! :-D This event was as much fun than the Mizani event you hosted last fall. Your dopeness is all that, as usual lol!

hairscapades said...

Those black booties were hot Nik!! And your hair was HUGE!! I thought that it looked shorter!! Now I know you got the cut freshened up:)!! You making me want to get some more layers to pump up my volume. I didn't mess with my hair too much b/c I worked out before getting ready and some of the braids for my braid-out were damp from it!! So, I didn't want to make it completely frizz by fluffing before it dried. Then an hour in the heat ... I never made it to a mirror to do some serious "volumizing!" I was jealous of all the huge hair!!! LOL!! So many beautiful and sweet ladies with amazing style and hair!!


Shelli

hairscapades said...

I loved the bun Nik!! When frizz goes right in my opinion;).

hairscapades said...

Awwwwww, thank you Pecancurls!!! You are too sweet!!


Shelli

hairscapades said...

Awwww, thank you H.Swaby!! I'm like, why am I leaning all out!! I should have been all up on Nik and her itty, bitty self ... Nik, you say I'm small ... really, what you mean is SHORT!! OMGosh, I'm really like half a foot shorter than you!!!! You are small ... I'm a mini person;)!! LOL!!


Shelli

hairscapades said...

Gaye, I was looking for you!!!! I swear I thought I saw you at one point and then I was like ... "No, that's not her!!" I was really looking forward to saying, "Hi" in person!! At the last NY meet-up, I recognized you, but didn't say Hi because I figured you'd wonder who the heck I was!! I should know better that it doesn't make a difference if you recognize anyone or not, it'll all love:)!!


Shelli


(p.s. I'm jealous!!!! I want to babysit Boog!!!! Babysit .. then give her back. 'Cuz, you know Nik, you got a sista shook on doing long term Boog-sitting!! LMBO!!)

hairscapades said...

What up Rhonda my friend:)!! LOVE you lady!! So happy to finally meet you in person and we are going to get you up here to see Tameeka, you hear me?!?!


Shelli

hairscapades said...

LOL!!!! Awwww thanks Abstract!!! I was feeling pretty "wallflowerish" in that sea of gorgeous , HUMUNGOUS natural hair!! So. much. AWESOMENESS!!


Shelli

Eleanor said...

Nikki - 2 words about that bun: ATROCIOUSLY AWESOME!!!

Angie Ang said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing!
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CurlyNikki said...

Ha! Thanks Eleanor!

CurlyNikki said...

LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing it! See you next time chica!

CurlyNikki said...

Gotta rock the bird legs from time to time! Wish you were there Mel! We had a blast! And yes GG's bday will rock :)

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Megan! It felt that way too, she was so cool... even brought me a gift!

prettypearls08 said...

I had a wonderful time wall to wall natural beauty, hair galore, Nikki and Tracee, it was just everything!! Great job Nikki can't wait until you come to Philly!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

YES! You must! Thanks lady!

CurlyNikki said...

I'd guess Zara... we were so busy we didn't even get to talk fashion details!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks SWC! I LOVE IT! Like, I can't keep my hands out of it! I'll take some more pics tonight or tomorrow!

prettypearls08 said...

And oh yes lol "haters instantly concerned" ha ha I died!!

CurlyNikki said...

It was great meeting you as well! Thanks for coming out and for all of your sweet words! See you next time and thanks for the amazing write up!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Jada07!

CurlyNikki said...

awwww! Thanks lady :) I'll be back so we shall meet again! Glad you had fun!!!! Super cute profile pic you've got there!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Positively Jewls :) double post I presume :) xx

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Nicole!! He was HILARIOUS and amazing!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Abstract!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Miss Anne!!!! I hear London calling... let's get it!

CurlyNikki said...

wall to wall natural beauty is truly the way to describe it. It was BONKERS. Super inspiring. And yes, Philly it is :)

CurlyNikki said...

haha :)

Tyana said...

You could've dressed a tad bit better than that shorts outfit...esp compared to what Tracey & everyone else had on!! Huge event=the flyest fit possible. Those shorts an that hair were a FAILLLLLLLL!!!!

Gaye Glasspie said...

You probably saw my daughter she was there with Nikki! We have to set up something..I am right in north Jersey. Lol Boog is a doll baby! We had a blast!

Mel said...

Me too!! You need to schedule a trip back for Mardi Gras. We definitely know how to tear the city up!! :-)

Mishie said...

Nikki - You are going to have to insure that hair b/c it looks CAW-UTE! I love the bun and w-n-go! Werk!

CurlyNikki said...

haha! Thanks Mishie!!!!

Michelle Bridges said...

Really tho? If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. Rude! U looked fab nik! Haters gon hate! Smh

Naturally Esq said...

President Obama visited Oakland CA. Will Curly Nikki be our next visitor?????

hairscapades said...

Niambi!!!!! You know that I didn't know Wei knew you, right? I'm showing him your blog and he says your name! I'm like, "You know her?!?!" LOL!! And I read your "Buff" post too!! That is too funny, b/c, guess what? I was rocking one when I hit the sack after the event last night (can you tell that I was done?!?! LOL! Passed out quickly!). And I am rocking one right now too!!! The Buff is awesome;)! LOL!!


Shelli

barbaranaturallyspeaking said...

This event was amazing! I'm still amazed at how beautiful both you and Tracee Ross's hair and personalities are. It was also great to see and meet so many naturals and to get some new tips on braidouts and twistouts. This made my day!

Gwenn4ya said...

These are some nice pics Nikki!! Looks like a whole lotta fun going on!! I loved the puff!

Miss Anne said...

We're waiting and ready!!! Let's! x

CurlyNikki said...

lol! Perhaps! I'd love to come! xx

CurlyNikki said...

Barbara you are even more beautiful in person and your hair is STUNNING! thanks for coming out!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Gwenn!

Ky said...

Black is so beautiful!

Positively Jewls said...

You are very welcome n thanks for the compliment on the pic. :) btw, yes that was a double post, I'm a little special sometimes, lol. All the best.

Derika said...

Wow! You guys looked stunning! I wish I lived near NYC! Looks like you guys had a ball!

5naturals said...

Nikki, your cut makes your hair look thicker. I love it.

Nyjae said...

That wash first natural hair meet-up and it did not disappoint. So happy I got to meet my hair crush Shelli from Hairscapades...I was honored to be in the presence of so mainly beautiful women...I'm glad I joined #teamnatural

barbaranaturallyspeaking said...

Thank you! and you're welcome!

Natural Beauty said...

Awesome. That night was EPIC!
celebrateyournaturalbeauty.blogspot.com

Jonnelle Hosannah said...

The next time you have one these lovely meet ups please let me know. I would love to come to one of your events.

AnnabelTRP said...

That bun is killah! It's so surreal seeing TER in posts on the blog, love it! Also love all the pops of bold color that all the women are wearing in the pictures, so gorgeous!

AfroChique Honey said...

Oh WOW I was for counting down the minutes until the release of these pictures! EPIC for real!!! Cannot believe you rocked that second style from the frizzy gorgeous puff ball in the SAME DAY! QUEEN! But Niki when are you coming to England, we are waiting for you!!! xxx

sharon-jefferson said...

Very cute outfit Curly Nikki! I'm also a fan of Tracee Ellis Ross. She's one of my fashion heroes.

Kudos said...

Getting dizzy...have sooo many new styles to try now!
*snals*snaps*snaps* to the female DJ, she was getting busy!!

MyNaturalCurlyLife said...

Its from H&M. Its very new so they should have plenty!

MyNaturalCurlyLife said...

Its from H&M. Its very cute so they should have plenty!

Angela B. said...

Looks like an awesome event!

Jessica Coletrain said...

...Look..........at...............all...............those.............curls!!!!!!!!!! O_o

SavanahRae said...

I love that puff

F F said...

congrats on all you are [email protected]:disqus

KosherKurlyGirl said...

I WAS THERE,CHICAS!!!! I was positively confused by the sheer amount of beautiful flowing hair in that room ,didn't even know where to look first. Such a beautiful view. The DJ was SIIIIICK,folks,so I was sad that she hadn't brought her business cards along. Like Tracee said,it was amazing to find myself in the same room with literally hundreds of ladies with hair like mine. Shalom!

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