Sweetdrk1 aka Gaye writes;
WOW is the one word to describe the last 5 days for me. I will start by saying THANK YOU Nikki, because without CurlyNikki.com I wouldn’t know any of these beautiful women.
What started out in October of 2009 as my attempt to get all the knowledge I could in order to keep my hair healthy, turned into an obsession! I stumbled upon CN.com and have been a 20xs a day visitor ever since. Don’t judge me, you all are addicted just like me! Now it’s JUST a blog you say? I say then you haven’t been on the site. It is truly a community! I have met folks that have become my friends. The bonding began during the Butters N Bars contest… y’all remember that? We posted daily and all became connected. I have since met quite a few Curlfriends at various events. Like the “Natural is not a Fad” event hosted by the one and only Pamela KoilsbyNature Jenkins on Saturday October 15, 2011.
This event took place at the National Harbor in Oxen Maryland. YES I drove 4+ hours to spend a wonderful day with my Curlfriends. This was an amazing event. It was well organized, informative and naturally beautiful. I mean you had all sorts of hair styles, sistas of all ages as well as the Guiness World Record holder for the largest afro, Aevin Dugas!
The Damn Salon was in the Damn Building too! Love those ladies!
And of course I got to hang out with the OCC’s (orignial CurlyNikki curlies)
I drove, I enjoyed and then it was back home to prepare for the next event…
CURLYNIKKI Does NYC!! Wooo Weee! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was as the days got closer. I had already had plans to meet up early with some of the ladies to break bread and shoot the breeze. After a dreadfully rainy day, the sun was shining bright almost like a spotlight for Nikki’s grand entrance and it was indeed grand! We got there early… the Carlton Hotel is always warm and inviting and add Mizani’s extra touch… my heart was pounding. You could hear the folks that were there all whispering the same thing “where is Nikki?”. I looked to my left and saw that beautiful mound of hair. She was being interviewed and was wearing her best accessory- that smile! Now I had the honor of spending a few hours with Nikki when she first arrived, so my goal was to get the other ladies close to her if I could. She came down those stairs and good gracious did everyone run to get to her. I didn’t want to bother her, so I just posed with her hair–
LOL! I was so proud of her! Then I looked and here comes none other than Aunt Viv from the ‘Fresh Prince’, hot dayum! She was so nice, hugging us and taking pictures!
Taren was there and so was Richaeu! I just couldn’t keep up. The hair that flowed through that place was amazing, I kept stopping people, asking if I could take pictures! Everyone was so nice. The folks from NaturallyCurly were very nice as well. Well, here is a video I put together capturing the evening. Of course Boogie was there too… ‘lil doll baby!
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Awww, so sad I missed the NYC meetup but I hope Nikki has another one soon so I can attend. Definitely looked like a fun event and all the ladies looked wonderful. Side note: Aunt Viv looks like she hasn't aged a bit, so fab!
OMG! I LOVE THIS VIDEO SWEET!!!!!!
LOVE YOU, MEAN IT MUCH!!!!
I am happy you all enjoyed!
I really liked the picture video at the end. I hope to meet Nikki one day also!
This is so nice. Thanks for sharing:-)
OMG Aevin's afro is amazing!!!
Thanks Dr. K for sharing your experiences with us. The natural hair community is amazing and so diverse! I love the pics and video. You did an awesome job at capturing both events.
Hey, I'm in the DC area now, Curly Nikki in DC would be cool!!
Great replay! It was a fun night.
I remember the Butters-n-Bars challenge!!! That was fun!!!!
And ahem….Nikki we need to bring you to DC or something. We don't want to be neglected. 🙂
Sweet, your pics are great. Thanks so much for sharing. And I am loving this post. I never thought I could meet people virtually, like them and want to talk to them regularly and spend time with them any chance I get. I love hanging out with the ladies I have met on here. You are such a sweetheart and your family is just as wonderful. I am looking forward to spending more time in the future, wherever and whenever, with my "natural hair club" (as my mother lovingly calls it).
WOWZA Sweetz! What an exciting weekend! I hate I missed the MD event, but my curlfriends showed up in gorgeous numbers to suppot Pam. Thanks for sharing your experience and your wonderful review! I felt I was right there with you.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki at the NYC meetup & I'm still curly star-struck! 🙂
She is so gracious and beautiful. (Just to give you an example of how gracious she is, when I thanked her for all that she does with CN.com, she complimented ME on my hair and my outfit! Such a humble and beautiful person!)
Nikki, congrats on your success and for bringing SO many curlies together!! I ran into so many friends at the meet up who I didn't even know were coming. Just fabulous. Keep doing what you're doing Nikki! We HEART you!!
man i missed the oxen hill event!! However I did run into the ladies from the Damn salon around DC! Absolutely fabulous! They'll be in town at the end of the month to do some hair! I'm trying to save up to make an appointment!
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i m really feeling good after reading the post and after looking at your pics..you are looking gorgeous.
Whisper it was a pleasure meeting you as well!
DrChuck24 aww man! I was blown away by the beauty. Glad you were in there!
loooooove the pics… I even saw myself in one haha. Had no idea it was you sweetdrk1….
Sweet you and your husband are some spectacular people I am truly blessed to have met you and hope that will not be the last….the video is truly amazing you really captured the beauty of that day…. I had a blast with you and the ladies
Nikki you have opened up a forum for us ladies to come and discuss hair, relationships, fingernails, chicken whatever lol and I am truly grateful for that yesterdays turn out proves how valuable you are to us congrats on the success 🙂
awesome awesome dabombdotcom review I felt like I was there!! I'm still amazed at how packed it was full of natural beauty!!
Miss Medi DiJah
You are not alone. A lot of people get shy in these type of affairs. Who knows? your statement could give someone an idea at the next meetup to take some time and have the guest of honor say a few words to everyone later in the evening and form a reception line so everyone can say hello to them.
I wish I did too, but i'm sure they'll be other times 🙂 go get your rest mama.
And congrats Nikki on your success as well. You deserve a big THANK YOU for your forum, i've learned ALOT since my first visit. I'm ever so grateful.
Miss Medi, I wish you would have said hello. I just love meeting new folks! I am happy you enjoyed because I know I did! I am still recovering..this old lady can't hang! LOL!
So sad I didn't get to meet you. I too was there. Met a young lady by the name of Gina and we both walked from the train station to the hotel.
When I walked in, the place was PACKED! NYC sure did turn out to see Nikki.
Now… it seems as if everyone came in cliques because everyone was off with their friends doing their own thing, and me being the introvert that I am stuck to myself, giving curlies the occasional head nod, hair compliment and smile. I really wished I wasn't so shy and could walk up to some of the ladies and start a conversation but honestly, I felt like the newbie at school and everyone was the cool kids lol.
It was nice to be out though, so no complaints 🙂
I just want say I really enjoyed myself at your event, Nikki! Had a wonderful time & you are just the sweetest person ever! Congrats on all your success! You are truly my inspiration!
Yaaaay for this article!!!! The meetup was awesome!!! I am so thankful to meet all you lovely ladies! God bless you Curly Nikki for moving forward with the vision God gave you!!! Natural rocks!!! 😀