Here is my 3rd guest post of the week!
I love the virtual world of social media, the fact that it knows no boundaries and that you can make connections with like-minded people in the far-flung nations of the earth! Well, you will not be travelling to far today…just to gay Paris!
The fabulous Miss B Beautiful (whom I connected with via Twitter…really, if you are not on Twitter, you are missing a trick!!!), is a Parisian Black woman with a passion for hair and beauty and is the author of the blog blackandbeautiful.fr (which she writes in 3 languages!!! Very clever!).
I asked Miss BB (as she is affectionately known), for the lowdown on where the chic Black woman of Paris shop for their hair and beauty items. All I can say is that her shopping escapades made me want to book a Eurostar ticket straight away!!
Here is her account:
Hello Black and Beautiful Ladies,
There are many places in Paris to buy beauty products for black women.
Thanks to my blog I have had the opportunity to discover and explore the best of these.
And here they are:
PLACES TO BUY MAKE UP
Make UP For Ever Boutique
Make Up For Ever is a French professional make-up brand that has a range of make up for all skin tones.
I love their eye shadows, which are very iridescent. They also have a waterproof liquid liner called Aqua Liner, which comes in an array of rainbow colours.
Their cream eye shadows are also among my favourites. Their boutique in Le Marais is really nice. If you go there on a Saturday, you can meet a make-up artist that will give you all the advice that you need!
Boutique MAKE UP FOR EVER
5 rue de la Boétie
MAC is my one of my favourite make up brands. I love everything they do!
They have a stunning boutique in Le Marais. Their make up artists are the best!
13 rue des Francs Bourgeois
PLACES TO BUY HAIR PRODUCTS
109, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Nayenka is a boutique that specialises in Black beauty. They opened one year ago.
They have the best haircare products such as Miss Jessies and Kera Care and some good french brands such as TRUE COLORS Paris, a cosmetics brand for women of colour.
9 rue du Turbigo
Merci Beaucoup Miss BB!
Black Singer Tops UK Classical Charts by The London Chronicler
I was browsing through my twitter feed the other day when I suddenly spotted a retweet from the Royal Opera House (Yes, I follow them as I love opera and all things classical, I’m out of the closet!). The retweet was from an up and coming black tenor announcing that his debut album, Noah, had reached number one on the classical charts. The Royal Opera House, where he has just finished his debut performance in Judith Weir’s Misfortune, promptly tweeted their congratulations, which is how I got to hear about it!
It was very exciting! I had seen him on Gabby Logan’s Channel 5, morning show and enjoyed his interview with Gabby, covering his childhood in Harlem New York and his love of music. He was charming, well-spoken, intelligent and erudite. He also performed an impromptu song, an excerpt from the album and was excellent, just like any other tenor.
So I kept asking myself, why did it make the headlines that a black singer topped the classical charts?
I’m not the only one to ask this question. Many of the commentators on the Telegraph’s online piece on Noah, seemed to imply the same thing. My son, when I shared a tweet from Radio 4 from their interview with him, where he said he had been told he couldn’t sing opera because he was black, was baffled as to why anyone would say that.
I tried to explain it by asserting that people generally stuck to stereotypes they are familiar with, and since there were generally hardly any black people in opera, I thought the advisers were probably only trying to be helpful, telling him to stick to a genre he was ‘more likely’ to be successful in.
Not terribly satisfied with my analysis, I asked myself another question, why aren’t there more black people in Opera, it can’t be all discrimination. Afterall, Noah got there in the end and has managed to play Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House and a number one debut album by the age of 33. No mean feat for anyone.
My experience of mainstream middle class, white activities in Britain is that black people don’t venture into that arena too often, and if they do, as soon as there is the slightest hint of criticism or resistance, we retreat, wondering if we really have the right to be there in the first place.
My own ‘mixed heritage’ background frequently causes me to deny parts of myself that are ‘too white’ for black company. So it is only now in my forties, that I feel confident enough to indulge my passion for classical music. I was once in a gospel choir, where we sang Handel’s Messiah for Christmas. When I shared the story about the King standing up in awe of the Halleluyah Chorus, creating the tradition of standing when it’s played, a story that I thought was common knowledge, I did get a few funny looks.
My parents exposed me to an eclectic array of music when I was growing up in the sixties and as a result, there is only a very small part of any genre of music that I don’t enjoy. Now that there is a Black man in opera, no doubt I’ll make more of an effort to go and see one! (I’ve always wanted to see Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.)
I would suggest that it’s okay to be who you are, do what you do and be the best you can be at it and nothing or no one can stop you. That’s probably why Noah made the headlines, the fact that he overcame many obstacles, some of it has to be said, his own biased expectations, to achieve his dream.
‘What a world it would be if we could all wake up and see all of ourselves reflected in the world – not merely in a territorial sense, but with a kind of non-exclusive entitlement that grants not so much possession as investment. A peculiarly anachronistic notion of investment, I suppose, at once both ancient and futuristic; an investment that envisions each of us in each other.’
This of course is an ideal, but I think it’s one that we would all do well to aspire to.
Guest Post – Event | Gidore Multi-Textures Hair Workshop with Felicia Leatherwood – The Inside Story by Fiona Onanuga of Love Your TressesPosted: April 3, 2012
I really love London! There is SO much to do and see in this fabulous city.
An event that I reall wanted to atted was the Gidore Multi-Texture Hair Workshop that took place last Saturday, however I was unable to attend. I didn’t want my lovely subbies and followers to miss out on what I knew was going to be an awesomeevent, so I asked Fiona of the brilliant blog, Love Your Tresses to write a guest post for me!
Here it is!
4 different conditioners per section, and see how your hair feels afterwards
face has been rinsed thoroughly after washing
|Miss Leatherwood in action and the buzz in the hall!|
|Jane Carter and KeraCare product and styling demos|
|Moi and the beautiful Laila & Joycelyn|
|After many months of talking I finally got to meet Pelumi!|
|Crystal [such a sweetheart] & Fiona|
|Isn’t her fro so spicy! Wunmi of Woman in the Jungle|
|Any thoughts Nubians? Laila & Kaila – stunning as ever|
|Kulchicbeauty – a friend of a friend newly discovered!|
|Made my day finally meeting Akua from SheaButterCottage|
|Joycelyn, Ayo & I|
|Photo owned by naturalselectionblog|
|Photo owned by naturalselectionblog|
Which Black British beauty and fashion bloggers are on my hot list?
I took inspiration from my recent post that showcased the leading Black beauty bloggers from the US and thought that I would start a Pinterest board to collate my fav Black British bloggers – we to are doing some fabulous things right here in the UK!
I have really gotten into Pinterest – it is such an easy way to document your thoughts, ideas and aspirations to create a visual feast that is a reflection of the very essence of who you are! What fun it will be to look back at your boards in 1, 5 or 10 years time! It will be a montage of your evolution as a person and a snapshot of the history of your presence here on this earth! If you are not on Pinterest request an invite! If you are on Pinterest follow me!
So which bloggers am I loving right now?? Check out my board to find out!
Who should join the list? Do let me know who your favorite Black British beauty and fashion bloggers are too!
If you are on Pinterest, happy pinning! Leave your Pinterest address in the comment box below and I will be sure to follow!
I came accross this fabulous post a few days ago, posted by Coco & Creme, a sister blog to the leading US online magazine for the ‘young, contemporary’ women of colour, Clutch, and I thought I would share it!
Featuring the heavyweight black female bloggers from accross the pond such as Afrobella, Curly Nikki and Scandalous Beauty – follow all of these ladies for the latest news and views on the best hair and beauty buys for the woman of colour.
It is always great to discover what is happening in the States, and I am becoming increasingly impressed with the quality of the digital content that these entrepreneurial, innovative and enterprising women are creating – such powerful brands and successful businesses!! Black women in the States have really utilised the web and social media to carve out incredible niches – allowing their voices and opinions to be heard…and shared!
They are a true inspiration and I hope that I will see many more Black British women take to the web and create an identity for themsleves and the women they represent.
The latest issue of the UK’s ‘best selling Black magazine’ , Black beauty & hair, hit the shelves today…..
….. and yours truly is the blogger of the month!
How cool is that??!!
Thanks to all of my followers, both of my blog and on Twitter! I love writing my blog and I love interacting with you all!
Do grab a copy of the magazine and let me know what you think….
…and if you are thinking of starting a blog, but are stuck as how to begin, my advice to you is to JUST DO IT (you know – like the Nike ads)!
You do have something to say, a unique point of view, a valued opinion – so share it with the world!