Viva la Revolución!



Last weekend was the realest.  Awanda and Captain Alvaro Sparrows welcomed us to Galacia, La Coruña-

Go Natural Spain: Meet Your Spanish Sisters!



 I'm 'On The Couch' with a few more ladies of the GoNaturalSpain movement. These ladies are gorgeous, accomplished and #TEAMNATURAL! Enojy!


 Dr. Kattia M. Tejeda

Why are you in Madrid? Are you from here?
I was born in the Dominican Republic, but I came to Spain 8 years ago for work. I started in Galicia, and then moved to Madrid for a good job at a hospital.

How long have you wore your hair natural?
Only one year!  It was a difficult decision to make because in the Dominican Republic, natural hair has a lot of social stigma.  But I'm extremely happy I'm natural!

Did you transition or Big Chop? 
I cut a lot of hair, but I wouldn't call it a big chop.  It felt amazing, like the growing of a Bonsai.  WOW! It's been one of the best experiences of my life!

Did your friends and family support your decision to go natural?
At the beginning, my family didn't like the idea.  They'd say, 'a Doctor with BAD HAIR???!!!' You know... the cultural things and negative stigma we're trying to change with GoNaturalSpain to liberate the next generation!

Here in Spain, my friends just gave me good words and congrats. At the hospital, everybody loves natural hair, so no issues there either.  We're destroying prejudice!  Lots of people here in Spain love our natural hair and want to touch it and have the same! It's hilarious!

What's your favorite thing about being natural?
Don't know... EVERYTHING!  It's unique, cheaper for me, faster in the morning and beautiful!
Then I met Awanda and my brother Álvaro, Captain Sparrow as you call him, and I got involved with the movement.  They call me 'Go Prime Minister'!  GoNaturalSpain is my new family and we hope to bring the community support, peace and happiness.

Thanks Nikki for this oportunity, I really love your work and I'm very proud to be on your blog.  I hav love for you and the curly troops!

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La Coruña.

They made me put it down! #SheStayWorking  
Yesterday we jumped on a plane for a weekend trip to La Coruña, Spain.  A small, coastal town in the north of the country that's home to our new friends and founders of Go Natural Spain- Alvaro and Awanda.  They invited us up to talk about the 'Go Natural Spain' initiative.  They were particularly interested in getting my persecutive on how to bring attention to their movement and getting brands to commit resources to the Spanish market.  They promised us a fun evening complete with dinner, so we were eager to sit down with them. 

Little did we know that they actually RUN this city, and they don't turn up... they tear it down. 

Go Natural Spain- Meet Awanda Perez


“If something is magical, it is fair to share it with more people.”- Awanda Perez
Awanda, the co-founder of 'Go Natural Spain!' is from Madrid, but born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  She currently lives in the north of Spain, in the city of A Coruña with her love and project partner, Alvaro Lago. She says, 'he is everything to me and without him, none of this would be possible!'  Prior to settling down in A Coruña, she lived in London, NYC, Italy and France.

She straightened her hair for the first time at 14 years old and for years, knew nothing of her natural hair.  She went curly for a short stint while living in London but went back to straightening when she returned to Madrid.  She has currently been natural and curly for a year and this time, it's forever!  She says, 'I love my curls and I'll never again wish them away!'



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The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly On the Plain


this was a particularly chunky wash-n-go because I put in about 9 twists that I had to unexpectedly remove when I was only 60% dry... to go kick it.  They KICKS IT over here.  Anyway, on your next wash-n-go attempt, put in some twists and take them down while your hair is still wet for some clumpy awesomeness. << long ass caption.
Hola Chicas!

My wash and go shrunk all the way the hell up from the rain situation and since we're going harder than a mug and hair happens to be my last priority, I fro-hawked that ish.  The streets runneth over with jovial folks celebrating and living it up and I can't miss out on a single, solitary second of it waiting on a set to dry.  So now this is happening.  

Are You Ready?- We Dipped Down to Morocco!


Pumps- Nasty Gal
Jacket- Zara

Things were real chill last night.  We kicked it with new friends, talking Black culture in Madrid over good food, drinks and music.  

The View From Spain- The Shenanigans.


So this is day 4 of my Spanish adventures.  We've been going jamón (Ham-on) since we touched down in this strange new place and our time (which is totally warped... I have no idea what day it is) has been filled with hella walking, sightseeing, breathtaking views, tapas and new friends.  No matter what time of the day we wander out of our flat, folks are on the street, loitering, lol, drinking, dancing... enjoying one another's company.  They know what they're doing! Good thing I packed my party pants and my liver! #PourItUp

I've compiled a pictorial of the past 3 days.  Enjoy!

This Is 30- Turnt Up in Spain!

Longest. Post. Ever. 

#ItsNotAPartyUntil

This.  This pic right here. 

Go Natural Spain!


Every once in awhile you see something that inspires you. You meet someone, or see a piece of art that makes you get up off of your behind and take some kind of action. Or sometimes you’re a blogger who just needs a vacation, and you know these really awesome women who embody an ideal that you are very passionate about and they want to throw you the most awesomest birthday party ever, and you’re all like “Really?” and they’re all like “Hell yeah!” and then you buy a ticket to Spain because that's where they are, only you don’t speak a lick of Spanish so then it instantly becomes an adventure! *heaving panting* *catches breath*

Wait...what?

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ATL Curlies, Turnt Up! Dark and Lovely Curl Power!




Maaaan, Atlanta has been on my radar quite a bit these last few months and y'all keep it rockin' no stoppin'! I touched down in the A once again, this time to kick it with Keshia Knight Pulliam and Dark and Lovely at the super posh Havana Club.  I must confess, trying not to call Keshia “Rudy” was more difficult that I’m willing to admit, but hey I’m an 80’s baby. #DontJudgeMeKeshia :)

Suffice it to say, we had a grand old time, or dare I say, E.P.I.C. even!  You know... 'everything possibly imaginable, cuz' type EPIC, I mean, 'every photo is cute' type EPIC, or better yet, I mean 'envious people were instantly concerned', type EPIC.  Enjoy!


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This Is Not a Drill- Nikki + Keshia Knight Pulliam!

It's about to go down, Atlanta. TONIGHT!

Remember, this E.P.I.C. night in NYC back in February?  Well, now this is happening and you're not gonna want to miss it!
  
See you tonight!


Natural Hair & Clean Living- World Natural Hair Show

Chiiiiiild... I am drained. 

Yesterday, I attended the World Natural Hair Show in Atlannuh with Mizani and I had one heck of an itinerary.  My day started in State College at 5 am. After a layover in D.C., a layover in Buffalo, some complimentary wine (thanks Delta, boo! *flips hair, pops gum*) and a delay, I made it to the A by 2:30 pm.  Same time zone in case you're doing the math.  There was the issue of the weather on the last leg and then someone spilled some damn jet fuel directly behind our plane. Really, tho? Fire department all on the tarmac... whole mess. 

At any rate, after all of that, I was at the hair show doing my thing for a total of 90 minutes. Where to next? Back to the airport, of course! Ready to head home...until my flight got delayed, all 3 of them. More complimentary wine and an upgrade to first class? Yes, please! Seven hours later I was back in State College resting my curly little head. Can somebody say pooped?  Oh, and for the concerned cyber aunties, Boog was safe and sound, looking after #ProfessorDaddy. They didn't even burn the house down! 

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The International 'BTGH' Book Tour Hits St. Louis!



Hola Chicas,

Last night I brought the international 'Better Than Good Hair' book tour to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri!  More than 600 curlies from as far as Memphis (hey Lisa, boo) and Kansas City, turned out and turnt up at The Coliseum.  The very classy affair, complete with signature cocktails, appetizers, gift bags and some wobbling morphed into a 'bout it ass party by the end of the night!  Warning... this post is incredibly pic heavy as it was another E.P.I.C. night!  I'm talking 'everything possibly imaginable, cuz' type EPIC, I mean, 'every photo is cute' type EPIC, or better yet, I mean 'envious people were instantly concerned', type EPIC. Enjoy!

My SheaMoisture Sponsored #BTGH Book Tour


Started in Tokyo, now we here... D.C. that is, and it was fab.  We brought the 'Better Than Good Hair' tour to U Street in D.C. this past Saturday afternoon, and while it was too early to shut ish down, we tried our hardest.  There were
hors d'oeuvres, good music, grown folk drinks, one-on-one consultations and lots o' pics!  Enjoy the view and I hope to see YOU on the next stop *whispers... STL... we turnin' up...on some real levels*.  


 Shondell Harris of SheaMoisture & celeb stylist Diane Bailey: Shondell was cracking jokes and Diane was spitting knowledge. 






NYC Curlies, Turnt Up! Dark & Lovely Curl Power!



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 'envious people were instantly concerned', type EPIC. No matter the anagram... (I plan on copyrighting them all, lol), we had a GREAT night last night.  NY, we always do it big!

HUGE thanks to Dark & Lovely and Marsha Ambrosius for a fabulous time.  With free Dark & Lovely products, styling demonstrations, stunning models, Amanda Seales on the wheels of steel, an open bar and a house full of gorgeous curlies, good times were had by all!  I remember looking up and everyone in the venue was dancing to old school MJ.  Priceless.

The homie Chrisette Michele was supposed to be in attendance, she writes:
'You have no idea how badly I wanted to be with you and the curly girls last night. I was rushed to the hospital and had an emergency surgery. I even asked the doctor... can I go to the Curly event and come back? 
Guess what??? His assistant was like "A CURLY NIKKI EVENT?" I was like YES GIRL!! 
Need a tutorial on hospital hair stat! Giiiiirl this "non-silk" pillow? Momma had to bring me some coconut oil!'

Peep the view!-  


We were there to celebrate the launch of the new Dark&Lovely 'Au Naturale' line.  The first relaxer company went natural, y'all! Their line is geared toward defrizzing, defining and elongating.  Have you tried it yet? Share below!


The venue was PACKED. #AllTheWayLive

 The homies, Shanti of AroundTheWayCurls and Shelli of Hairscapades!


 GAYE!  aka SweetDark1 aka TheHomie aka #TheCrew

ATL Curlies, Turnt Up!- Mizani Natural Hair Meetup



Last night we kicked it in ATL with Mizani! LOVED seeing the curlies of the A come out and show support.  We had a fabulous time, especially after (a) figuring out how to pronounce the name of the venue and (b) freeing myself from the dope but confusing ass bathroom elevator. #TipsyGirlProblems



With free Mizani natural hair products, styling demonstrations, stunning models, good music, an open bar and a house full of gorgeous curlies, good times were had by all!  The venue, DO at the Viewwas fab. 

                                                                                                  #TeamMizani
                       



Tokyo Drift: The Outtakes



(1) We didn't discover that our apartment had a balcony until day 3!  We'd been so busy running around with the events, sight seeing and shutting clubs down,  that the curtain we'd never drawn, revealed a pretty dope deck and an even doper view--




(2) Hubby eats weird ish. He tries everything once! 

#Delish #FriedStuff #BitesBack

Silk Worm Larvae #Fail #Nope  

Tokyo Turnt Up- My New Year's Eve in Pictures

Went to the fashion district Harajuku, to acquire swag...

 Found a Harajuku girl…

Beasted through the swarming streets...
#Bronchitis #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat


Got home and called ahead to attempt to gain VIP access into the 'best' New Years Eve party in Tokyo. My angle? I'm a natural hair blogger #KanyeShrug, and the headliner for the evening was this lady-
#RebekaBrown 

It worked! Slept for 4 hours, got sexy…

shirt- Gifted from Romwe
skirt- gifted from Romwe
Coat- gifted from ROMWE
tights- Forever 21 (bought in Harajuku!)
booties- Forever 21 (bought in Harajuku!)

The Hangover 3: Tokyo Turnt Up


#TypicalUs #LoveInTheClub

No words. None. But know this. I had plans to catch up on my sleep y'all. I really did. Until...Melissa called, "Let's go out!' '_' Ok. Just an hour or two, right? Not at Geronimo, wherein every 30 minutes or so someone buys the entire bar a round of shots. Four free shots later we hit the streets hungry and loud. The quaint little restaurant we found could only quench our hunger though. Nothing could stop the loud. There were times I'm sure we were going to get put out. When we left the restaurant we did the responsible thing and finally went home to rest our minds and our bodies, except we didn't, and I just totally made that up. Smh...everyone was out, happy, singing and dancing in the streets so of course we went to another bar... and then another... and at some point, Melissa walks over to me and was like, "we're gonna bounce", and me in my alcohol induced naivety asked her "Giiiirl Why?" and she showed me her cell phone. 7 am. #DEAD #recordscratch #GTFO #BabyJesusHelp  It was like that Key & Peele non-stop party sketch. We walked out and the SUN WAS OUT. That's an abomination against God. I was with my husband and still felt like I was doing the walk of shame.

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