Musings of a Minimalist: Earrings

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Before declaring myself a style minimalist (still trying to work minimalism into my everyday life), I already had a minimalist way about me out of sheer laziness. Some examples: I don't wear/purchase much makeup because I didn't feel like learning complex techniques and I pretty much only wear a wash n go or some variation of it because it's a quick style with little maintenance. That same lack of effort trickled down to several parts of my life which have left me with free time and energy to continue with endeavors that matter most to me: becoming fluent in Spanish (casi ahí!), blogging, and revamping my wardrobe. Maintaining a well put together closet has never been much of an issue for me, but tying it together with key accessories has always been my downfall. When it comes to bags and jewelry, I'm also an accidental minimalist out of laziness. 

With my goal of fully completing my closet with timeless pieces--accessories and all--I knew I had to start with the most basic thing I wore everyday: earrings.

Young Frankk, Hand Earrings

Young Frankk, Hand Earrings

My goal when perusing for new earrings was to balance out my current basic earring collection (a pair of Guyanese gold flower studs passed on to me after my late great-aunt's passing, a pair of gold plated hoops from ASOS, and a pair of colorful statement studs which will surely go bad within the year) and add more atypical pieces to my collection that would become a classic, lasting accessory that adds dimension to my look. In my past month several month-long search, I accomplished that goal with the purchase of three pairs of quality jewelry pieces (two of which I purchased directly from the vendors at the SoHo holiday market and Brooklyn Flea market for $25 and $12, respectively).

From this search, I learned that being flashy while being subtle is made easy with dainty, statement pieces. Each piece I've added to my collection adds a different style to my look in the subtlest of ways (except for my Young Frankk hands, those are head turners) and are versatile enough to wear day-to-day. Now that my earring game is on point, I'm looking forward to reaching more mini style milestones with my shoe collection, necklace game, and trouser wardrobe.

With this series, Musings of a Minimalist, I plan to share each of the steps in my minimalist wardrobe revamping as I become more minimalistic by investing in quality classic pieces and releasing myself from the fast-fashion cycle. At the end of this all, I plan to have a closet that will serve me for times to come and not just one season. In the same stride, I'm striving to become more minimalistic in my everyday life by only purchasing my needs and living off of what I already have. Since I'm not quite there yet, know that when I say minimalist, I am referring to the style aesthetic, not yet the lifestyle. I can't wait to continue sharing this journey with you all and provide you with better content on my style and outfits going forward.

The Wing

Thanks to an invite from a good friend of mine (shoutout to Briana!), I was a +1 on an RSVP to attend an open house for the most up-and-coming NYC co-working space, The Wing. New York, if you couldn't already tell, is keen on shared spaces; from shared apartments to Lyft lines, the biggest city on the East Coast does what it can with 8 million people. As for The Wing, they do what they can and a whole lot more for the women of the city. As stated on their website, "The Wing was born out of the belief that women need and deserve a multi-purpose space designed to make their lives easier, and that magic is created when women gather together." Yep, you read right - they created a co-working space for people who identify as female and there's more...

The truth is that women have always written books, made art, done research, owned businesses, led social movements and even ruled entire countries. Women have also done a majority of the less glamorous, underpaid or entirely uncompensated work of social reproduction—the cooking, cleaning, and child rearing that are necessary for men to go to work.

We do not need men to fill our shelves because we have always been and will continue to be active, prolific and important members of society. We are the rule, not the exception.
— R.H. Lossin, The Wing's librarian-in-residence

On top of making the 12th floor penthouse a comfortable place to create and co-work, The Wing has created a space for women, period. Atypical from your normal co-working space, The Wing is a multi-purpose environment full of encouragement, knowledge, amenities, and, most important of all, snacks. The Wing Library is a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-ceiling bookcase filled with books and magazines covering a range of genres written solely by women. Revolutionary, I know. It's also color-coded and appeasing to the aesthetic-obsessed (aka me).

Now, let's talk amenities: spoiler alert, there's loads. There's a cafe decked with tasty treats, meal bowls, and caffeinated beverages. A locker room leading to a shower room equipped with The Wing shower caps, Aesop body products, Carol's Daughter hair moisturizer, and an adjacent Pump Room for any mommy members. The bathroom is also fully equipped with plenty of eco-friendly and natural beauty products from the available complimentary body fragrance offerings to the generous Glossier facial products. They also have a beauty room (which was closed during the Open House), and from the pictures I've seen it's a-ma-zing.

If reading all of this has made you want to run and sign up for your chance to be a Wingette (not sure if that's the official name of their members, I just made this up...), here a few things to note: admission is currently on a rolling basis, there is a bit of a waitlist because this place is just that awesome, and you can apply here. If you're interested in attending their next open house, be sure to keep it locked on their Instagram and try not to fangirl at all the amazing guests they've had recently (yes, Elaine Welteroth has graced their presence).

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DevaCut

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New year, new hair. Who dis?

I remember when I first went natural, curl definition was my life. From defined braid-outs, defined twists-outs and crispy noodle looking wash n go's, I tried my darndest to manipulate my hair to have it lay down and obey my every wish and command. Then came Instagram, a sea of endless curly girls sharing their journeys and bouncy curls with the world seeking to a create community and share hair tips. I was obsessed and getting inspiration for new styles became somewhat of a hobby. Among those styles, there were bantu knots, frohawks, TWAs, rod sets, and there I was sitting with my ramen noodle defined hair with little shape and body when I discovered the style I wanted the most: a fluffy, curly 'fro.

I tried picking my hair to my heart's content but no amount of manipulation would make my one-layered head of hair stand on end and fluff out on the sides. After facing disappointment with my then current shape, I decided to do the thing I dreaded the most to get the style I desired: Get a hair cut.

In 2014, after endless YouTube reviews, I made the decision to visit Devachan Salon (the inventors of the DevaCut curly cut), and get my shape sorted. Upon seeing her work via a YouTube vlog of a fellow curly blogger, I made my appointment with April at the Broome St (then Broadway) salon. She carefully listened to my ideas for the style I was looking for and transformed my triangle shaped hair into a banged 'fro with tapering layers. I haven't strayed since and now, four haircuts later, April is still the only person I trust to maintain and experiment with my shape. Every time I see her, I ask for more layers and/or volume and that's exactly what I get.

Before the DevaCut

Before the DevaCut

P R O C E S S

Your stylist will ask you what shape you're interested in achieving and any volume and length preferences you may have. If it's your first cut, they should be more than happy to walk you through what they're doing. Depending on your curl type, they may cut curl-by-curl or they might group a few together and cut at once to create a layer. With either method, every curl will get its chance to be snipped.

Be warned, this is a pretty interactive cut and there may be some hair flipping and upside cutting involved to ensure that the shape is great from every angle. You'll certainly pick up a trick or two from your stylist as the cut and styling process is also somewhat of a tutorial.

T I P S

Come with your hair freshly washed, with minimal product applied, fully air dried, and non-manipulated or stretched. A dry curly cut is best done on hair in its closest to natural state so the stylist can see how the curls will consistently fall day-to-day. Be vocal about your styling, what products work for you, how you prefer your hair dried, or opt-out of the styling altogether if you prefer (FYI - opting out of styling doesn't lessen the price in my experience). The styling process typically entails a massaging cleanse, product application, and drying via a hooded dryer and/or a diffuser.

After the DevaCut

After the DevaCut

A great curly cut can make or break a head of curls. Adding a few layers to the top can create seemingly unachievable volume you could never get with a bob, and adding a bang can add versatility to your look. Before you run to the salon, be sure to do your research, check out the stylists, and ensure that the stylist can handle your hair type. 

If you're a curly girl considering getting a cut, I highly recommend the DevaCut curly cut to help you achieve your style goals and add character to your daily 'do.