Articles By The Curly Fashionista/Megan Dorcey

For those of us who are fashion junkies, it's hard to shelf the boyfriend blazer, or oversized sweater in turn for something more traditionally girly and feminine, but in the event of a first date there are completely different fashion rules. I have learned that when we fierce females get dressed for a night out with a new guy or even a current flame, sometimes we are dressing for the other women we will see out and about instead of the men we're hoping to impress. When we get dressed in our most fashion-forward pieces, sometimes we are sabotaging ourselves by sending the wrong signals to men. So for a date night, stash those androgynous tops and engulfing sweaters for something a little more body-hugging. Here are my 3 fool-proof picks:

Forever 21 Metalic Banded Dress

This Forever 21 Metallic Banded Dress from Forever 21 is not only affordable, but sends all of the right messages: flirty, fun, feminine. Buy Here.

Express Ruffled-Front Belt Dress

The "Day Date" confuses me on what to wear, but I found this perfect day-time dress that will go well with any lunch/movie/museum hopping that may arise. Buy Here.

Express Lace Racerback Top

This lace tank is the perfect amount of edge and frill for a night out with a new guy. Match this with black skinny jeans and you are ready for that concert. Buy Here.


As a curly single, I am always faced with the ever-present question when going out with friends or going on a first date: To straighten, or not to straighten? Forget Shakespeare—this is the real question.

I go back and forth with this almost every weekend. I love to wear my hear in its naturally curly state most of the time, and I want to make sure that if I meet a guy that I am not fooling him with a straight 'do. I want him to like me for me. This must be why I am automatically drawn to curly men. So in the spirit of (the cursed) Valentine's Day, I have compiled a list of why you should date another curly. As the oh-so-curly co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com would put it, CURL POWER!

1. Product

I dated my first curly guy in high school and found out that more than a few times, I would forget my hair product for my after-practice shower (I was a cheerleader—don't hold that against me). It came in very handy to have a boyfriend who kept a giant bottle of product in his gym locker. Granted, it was the cheapest, biggest bottle he could find, it was still better than walking around with frizz-head all day.

2. Morning Hair

My soon-to-be brother-in-law was in complete shock at seeing my morning lion's mane for the first time while we were all visiting my parents for the weekend. One thing that you will never have to worry about when attending a "slumber part"y at your curly guy's place for the first time is him finding you more in correlation with a side-show performer than a sexy, confident curly head. You may still run to the bathroom in the morning for a quick drool spot-check, but will never have to justify why your hair added 5 inches to your height overnight. Besides, no straight-haired guy understands the term "second-day hair".

3. Hats

Most guys are perplexed by a woman in a hat. Any kind of hat freaks them out; the baseball cap is too much like their buddy, and you can't rock a stocking hat in the middle of spring. With a curly guy, he will never second-guess that you might just be having a lazy hair day and for the sake of your relationship, will more than endure a day wearing anything on that head that you wish. Added bonus: most curly guys I have dated keep a plethora of hats stashed all over, and in the strangest places!

4. Personality

This is my favorite one; curly guys seem to be so much more adventurous. My theory is that they grew up with an unruly mane (just like ours), and knew that they were larger than life (just like their hair). I think this builds character in a guy, and encourages them to be unique. Other than that, you can relate because you are kindred and wild spirits who are bucking society and letting your fierceness shine through!

My personal message for all of those single curlies out there this Valentine's Day: Don't let any man alter the way you feel about your hair—ever! Would you change your eye color for a guy? No way. So instead of sitting at home pining about your single status this V-Day, take your fabulous self to the nearest Ulta, Sephora, Target or Walgreens and treat yourself to some curl lovin' products. In the end, you will save yourself unwanted poundage, and gain a wild, crazy, beautiful head of confident curls!


The holidays are finally over, and we are (hopefully) done stuffing our faces with snacks and eggnog. With the new year comes new resolutions. The most common are to exercise more, spend more time with friends, get a raise, etc. Mine is to be smarter about my wardrobe choices, with my main area of concern being to have key transitional pieces that I can go from the office to happy hour or dinner with minimal effort.

I have always envied those women who look so chic after a day of working and are still effortless well into happy hour with friends. They must spend hours going over their wardrobe to find the perfect day-to-night combo, right? My goal is to be more like these women, so I have found a few lovely items that will be (hopefully) gracing my wardrobe soon. Enjoy!

Cropped Pant. This cropped pant looks put together at work with a pair of strappy heels. Add a blazer over a feminine tank and voila! Instant happy hour.

J.Crew cropped pant

J.Crew Cropped Pant Buy Here


The Loft Ruffle Shell Top.This is a pretty top that can be paired with jeans and a blazer, or cardigan and you will be set for dinner or drinks.

Loft Top

The Loft Ruffle Shell Buy Here


Mod Cloth Sweater Dress. If you have a more casual work environment, like I do, then you can definitely get away with this sweater dress paired with tights and boots during the winter or heels in the spring. This is truly a transitional piece, going from winter to spring effortlessly, and will last many seasons.

Mod Cloth Dress

Mod Cloth Dress Buy Here


Wristlet Purse. Don't get caught out with your overflowing work bag—no one cares about those spreadsheets, trust me. Keep a fun wristlet in your usual bag, so you can easily swap your card and keys for a night out. I am loving this wristlet from Express.

Express Wristlet

Express Wristlet Buy Here



Karl Lagerfeld and Blake Lively

Karl Lagerfeld and Blake Lively

I can't say if this is normal or not, but a few of us here at the NC Headquarters have what borders on obsession for all things "Gossip Girl." Since we haven't had a new episode to dissect in far too long, we are turning to the stars who play our favorite characters, and their regular lives (if you can call them that). Blake Lively has just been appointed as the new face of Chanel's Mademoiselle handbag collection, as reported by WWD last week.

This comes as no surprise, as Karl Lagerfeld has been swooning over the glamazon for quite a while now, even telling WWD that she is "a kind of American dream girl." Well said, Lagerfeld! I have to say that I completely endorse this match made in heaven, since Miss Lively is one of my all-time favorite curly girls (I think she falls in the 2c area), and I can't quite get enough Serena...er, Blake, in my fashion mags, and can't wait to see her sporting the ultra-chic line of bags.

Lively was equally enthusiastic about the campaign, explaining to WWD, "How did Cinderella feel when she slipped on the glass slipper? How did Snow White feel when she met her Prince Charming? A dream come true is an understatement. I can say that I feel like the happiest, luckiest girl around."

I will be waiting patiently for these new campaign shots to crop up, but until then I will have to settle for a night at the movies with Leighton Meester, who plays an up-and-coming country music star in the movie "Country Strong." Who can resist cowboys in tight jeans?


This time of year, we are completely overwhelmed with print, online, and media ads touting different celebrity fragrances, and a few actual clothing lines.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

Don't get me wrong—I have fallen in love with more than a few pairs of Miss Simpson's shoes and handbags, but lately, I'm sensing that celebrity fashion lines are the new celebrity fragrance. How much is too much?

Over the past couple of weeks I have heard two separate stories about celebrities and their fashion lines. First off, Lindsay Lohan has reportedly stated that she will expand her 6126 fashion brand to include shoes. Currently, the celebrity is focused on leggings, and let's be honest, leggings are not pants no matter how often she wears them as such. Fine and dandy, Lohan needs something to keep her busy now that she's out of rehab (again), and this might actually keep her occupied.

Next up, Hillary Swank. "Women's Wear Daily" reported that the brilliant actress will be throwing in with DMA (Designers Management Agency) to start her first clothing line. First, she thought of designing inspirational t-shirts, but then it quickly became an entire line dedicated to a more outdoorsy, sporty approach. Where do I start? She was smart to scrap the t-shirt idea, but I will be interested to see the prices on this "outdoor fashion line."

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

Let's not forget that Swank is hosting the new CW fashion/reality/game show (as yet unnamed), and it can only be a matter of time before her fashion line fizzles.

I will, however, say that there are a few celebrity lines that I actually like. As mentioned before, Jessica Simpson can make a cute little shoe at a modest price range, and who doesn't like Justin Timberlake's jeans and leather-focused line? For the future Swanks of fashion, stick to what you know, kicking butt at the Academy Awards.


Last night I was more than happy to attend the Ron King Grand Opening party and runway show in Austin, TX. Ron has been working on opening his new salon in The Four Seasons, and now that the hard part is over, he could finally celebrate with a big bash and runway show by designer Thuy. After attending Austin's fashion week this year, I could never expect that an event like this could be pulled off in this city, and he did it all on his own, with years of experience at New York Fashion Week.

Natural Hair Model

Ron King ending the show with a fabulous natural hair model.

The atmosphere of the party was incredible—everyone excited to see one another and take part in an-all-too rare Austin event. More than once there were whispers of how you couldn't throw a party and runway show of this magnitude in New York during fashion week, and it's true—this was definitely a one-of-a-kind soirée thrown by a one-of-a-kind man.

Thuy Models

The gorgeous Thuy models.

It was a great feeling to know that we were there for a reason besides our own vanity, and that was to give back to kids in need. The man of the hour awarded one lucky cosmetology student, Briana Flores, with a $25,000 scholarship. We all had warm fuzzies at that point, if we hadn't already had them from the mini Moet champagnes being passed around.

Thuy, the Designer

The talented designer, Thuy.

The Thuy show was unbelievable, for lack of a better word. The petit designer impressed the crowd with girly prints and frocks, which have already made it into my dreams of next spring's wardrobe.

Such an amazing night, and hope to see more events like this in a city that already has the reputation of bringing major film makers and music groups. And hopefully Austin Fashion Week members took note!


I am always excited to jump on a plane and visit a new place, but traveling can also be very stressful and put a cramp in my style. Being that I have to hop on a couple of flights anytime I want to visit my family, I have realized that there are a few small things that are necessary for me to look a little less like a zombie when I reach my destination.

Bag

First up, I am a big fan of a bag that is big enough as a carry-on and also hold your passport, water, magazines, etc. I found this Diane Von Furstenburg tote that will definitely be going on my wish list to Santa this year.

Spritz

Flying always dries out my skin and leaves some serious bags under my eyes, so a good friend recommended this Evian spray to perk up my face during connections.

Scarf

My sister actually met her now-fiance in an airport, which reminds me that although those yoga pants are really comfortable, they are best left for actual yoga. Throw something sparkly on in celebration of the holidays, like this wrap by Chelsey. Who knows when you'll find yourself under some mistletoe?

Mask

There is nothing more detrimental than sitting next to someone who needs their light on during a red-eye flight, so pack this super soft and super-adorable sleep mask from Bath and Body Works for your next trip.

Shades

If you over-indulge during the holiday parties and just can't escape the dark circles, you can at least cover them up in style. RayBan aviator sunglasses will never go out of style.


Bag You Can Win

Win this bag!

We love to thank our NaturallyCurly community with hair products and tools as much as possible, but we are happy to announce something a little different, hosted by fashion-forward Relic Brand. Starting December 9 through December 20, Relic and NaturallyCurly will be giving away a fabulous accessory every day. Prizes include handbags, clutches, watches, and belts. Now is the time to reward yourself for all of those hours logged at the mall, and stuff your own stocking!

To enter, just visit here every day from now through Dec. 22. Relic Brand is also letting our curlies in on a super-secret sale: a code for an additional 20% off on Relic's Online Exclusives, which are already marked down by 30-40% for a total savings of up to 55%! The only thing you need to worry about is how jealous your friends will be. Good Luck!


One of my favorite things about the holidays is the fact that I get to shamelessly wear holiday dresses decked with glitter, lace and sequins, and it is completely acceptable. Another great thing about this season is that curlies are able to wear those crazy, beautiful curls on the top of their head and be the envy of all the stick-straight girls at the party. Let the games begin! My in box has been getting overwhelmed with holiday party dresses and holiday looks, so I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you, so you can start planning your holiday dress strategy.

ModCloth Dress

Find this frock at ModCloth

Throw this on with some tights and a pair of booties and you're all set! If you're feeling a little chilly, add a faux-fur jacket.

Express

Score this LBD at Express

If you opt to go bare on the bottom, keep it covered on top. Remember, he knows when you've been naughty or nice!

The Limited

Pick up this crowd-pleaser at The Limited

When you need to impress your bosses at the holiday office party, this conservative number will do the trick. Just remember to steer clear of the karaoke machine after a few cocktails!


My last trip to Vegas for a hair brand's awards show proved to be a complete blast, but while I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the insane hair on the models, I couldn't help but notice what they were wearing. Alison Lang, fashionista extraordinaire (she's styled Kelly Clarkson, Mandy Moore, Will Farrell to name a few, as well as the fashion director for MTV2) was behind the insane fashions sported on the runway that night. Lucky me, I had the chance to pick Lang's brain, and talk to her about current trends, classic pieces, and what to do with that beautiful curly hair of yours!

Megan and Alison

Alison Lang and I in the "model pit".

CF: You have a plethora of experience in the world of fashion. What has been the most memorable thing you have worked on?

AL: To be honest, I feel very blessed to have working on so many different types of projects. I would say now that Michael Jackson has passed, working with him at MTV's Video Music Awards at Lincoln center in NYC is by far memorable. He surprised Justin Timberlake on stage. I look back now and realize that I (worked with Jackson) when I was 22 (which boggles my mind). It is so crazy to think that he is gone. But so amazing to have that memory.

Another great memory was doing a 24-hour live show with the Foo Fighters for MTV2. I had about 48 hours to prep all of them and did all of there fittings on camera. Each hour was a different theme and they needed a different wardrobe change. Everything was needed from Tuxs to swim trunks. It was insane but so much fun.

CF: We are seeing a lot of trends cropping up right now; what is your favorite thing that has caught on?

AL: To be honest, I am not a fan of trends. I am a fan of classic items. That is why I love Chanel. I have purchased handbags 8 years ago that still look current today.

CF: Women with textured hair are sometimes hesitant to try new fashion trends when their hair makes a statement; what are your suggestions?

AL: Your hair is an accessory to your outfit. If you are going to go crazy with your hair then wear something simple and vice versa.

CF: What are a few staple items that any fashionista worth her salt should have in her arsenal?

AL: Great basics that you can mix and match.

  1. White tee shirt
  2. Black blazer or chunky sweater
  3. Jeans that fit your body type
  4. Black dress
  5. Black and or metallic heels
  6. Black converse or cute sneakers of choice
  7. One statement necklace
  8. Business suit
  9. White blouse
  10. A splurge handbag. Nothing trendy—something classic.


These are items that you will have forever and are worth investing in. Mixing and matching this items is something fun to do. You will be so surprised how many looks you can make out of these few simple pieces.



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