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Celebrating Anu Prestonia for 40 years of Natural Beauty

I had the honor of creating Anu Prestonia celebration gown, for her gala event.  I post just a snippit of the event here, but it was so much more than this 1 minute story.  Want to see more take a peek at the professional photos from Khamit Kinks IG page See more photos from Photographer Edward C.Jones here. The program: DJ, Des One Food by Richard Yu of Madeline Catering  Mistress of Ceremony Harriette Cole http://harriettecole.com/ Special guests Drumming: M’ten Halsey & Osayande Makati Angaza African Dance Tribute Video: Hamamset Angaza (seen at the event) Special Guest Speakers: Nana Camille Yarbrough author of “Cornrows”  (was not present, but message read by Ms. Cole) Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter: More...

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Ashley's Dress

I had the great honor of making this young lady's Prom dress. This time around I made her wedding gown and her Grandmother and Mom's dress. These are priceless opportunities when making a custom design dress. Some of the special touches during fittings, video chatting with Mom and Grandmom during her fitting. Hand embroidering the names of her Usilla (Great Grandmother), Lois (Grandmother). Dawm (Mother), onto the left side of the gown train, which is the side with the heart. Also the embroidery is embellished with real pearls. I look forward to photos and will share them as soon as I receive them. The fabric of the dress is a silk satin from C & J textiles, 230 W 38th...

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Braid Love

Braids have are a work of art and Debra Hare-Bey is one of masters in the magic of woven hair.  This was the 3rd year of International I Love Braids Day, this year at Restoration Plaza.  You can see more about 2019 Braid Love Day here, Reflections- 2019 Braid Love Celebration. Debra Hare-Bey, conceived created this holiday in Brooklyn which was celebrated at Restoration Plaza in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  Below a snippet of the show.  Also participating Sherri Hobson and her beautiful bridal headpieces, Legacy Beauloni.

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Making Black Beans

I got this crock pot as a Christmas Gift about 15+ years ago. It only goes on to high or low heat, but it does do the job of making beans. One day I will get one of those Insta Pots, for now my Crock Pot is fine. I didn't measure the spices, it was more like eyeballing. The salt was about 1/2 teaspoon, because you can taste at the near end and correct it, but when you add too much salt it's just salty. The olives and the bacon have salt in it so just wait and taste.Cilantro, not everyone likes it so leave it out and use something else you do like. I also should have chopped the...

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