When I was presented with the opportunity to attend Naturally Happy Hair’s Beautique Hop , I was instantly intrigued by its name and the agenda of the event . A few days before the event, I read up on Naturally Happy Hair and knew it would be something positive and fun! The event was organized by Naturally Happy Hair Magazine Co-founders, Crystal Knight and Chimere Norris (very sweet ladies by the way) who thought of an interesting concept of “Beautique” hopping, to explore Houston’s best boutiques. Amazing, right?!
First Stop: The Ultimate Dressing Room
Our first boutique stop was at my first internship, The Ultimate Dressing Room . I walked inside, signed in for the event and was given a gift bag, along with delicious bites and mimosas. As I walked around, I spotted the owner; Sumptuous Sulay, greeting everyone and making them feel welcomed in her boutique. I was able to catch up with her too! Did I mention there was also complimentary eyebrow threading and we were given a 15% off discount? From the minute I walked in I was treated like a queen and welcomed with open arms.
Around 11:30 am, more women started to come in and the energy was picked up as they shopped and chatted with one another. Soon after that, Crystal and Chimere announced that it was time to start loading up in the charter coach that was provided to take us to each boutique. All the ladies gathered their items and we were on our way to the second stop; Obsidian Beauty Supply. During the bus ride, everyone introduced themselves so we could better connect and enjoy the trip. Along the ride we played fun games and received great giveaways, from Jessi Curl , Nothing but Hair , Eden Body Works, and Salon De La Soul Sister . Crystal and Chimere definitely took every aspect of the event into consideration, especially with the delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that kept everyone happy!
Second Stop: Obsidian Beauty Supply
We arrived at our second stop, Obsidian Beauty Supply , owned by Leslie Phillips. This wasn’t your average beauty supply store… we were instantly greeted by the pink and bright exterior, upbeat music and great customer service. The variety of products allowed for a great shopping experience. The staff was knowledgeable about everything from skin to natural hair products- which I normally don’t receive when shopping in other stores. I can also say I appreciated the attentiveness Ms. Phillips gave to us Beautique Hoppers, she made us feel welcomed and gave us 15% off on her store products (I just love deals on hair products), and even with the deal she gave us, the regular prices were still reasonable (So I’ll definitely be making another trip). Walking around the store, I felt that it was more boutique style than just a regular store because we were provided hands-on service in a fabulous environment. As we said our goodbyes and headed to the bus, gift bags were given out with sample products on behalf of the boutique.
Third Stop: Melo Drama Boutique!
Arriving back in the historical museum district, Melo Drama Boutique was our third stop. I’ve driven by this place a few times and never had time to stop by, so I was especially excited that we stopped here. Entering the boutique the vibe screamed high-fashion and uniqueness. On top of the amazing environment, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner; Jackie Adams, that made my visit even more exciting. Her personality added even more essence to the boutique’s chic and cool atmosphere. This particular boutique offered image and styling consultations for women looking to spruce up their wardrobes., I can’t wait to go back and explore more of Melo Drama! I was also impressed by the stylish clothing in the store as well, a few of my favorite pieces were the bold colored and printed maxi dresses (definitely a must have for the Spring/Summer season).
Last Stop: Heiress Boutique!
Last but not least, we arrived at Heiress Boutique located on Westheimer road. This boutique was the epitome of a fabulous and sexy lifestyle, even their casual clothes had an edge to them! I loved the bright and fun colors of the body con dresses, which are perfect for this season of club and party nights! Did I mention Mercedes, the owner was generous in giving us, Beautique shoppers, a 25% off discount? (*faints*, ok I’m up) Yes she did and I ended up buying this cute, neon green infinity scarf that I cannot wait to pair with pieces in my wardrobe! If you want a sexy look for Spring, I highly suggest taking a visit to Heiress Boutique! You’ll be treated like royalty with great customer service in a pretty environment!
To wrap up the Beautique Hop, all the ladies boarded the charter coach and played one last game for the grand prize of a $50 gift card. Throughout the event, if you bought something from each boutique, you were given a ticket and at the end, the ticket numbers were called out. I ended up winning a super cute “Born this Way” shirt from Naturally Happy Hair and I was “naturally happy” for sure. Not only were the products great, but I was truly impressed and grateful for the opportunity to attend this event. It was fun and I met some amazing women who are strong leaders in our communities. The part that stood out to me the most, was the celebration of the boutique owners. They were all African American women who truly worked hard to accomplish their dreams. Personally, I was inspired throughout this whole event. It encouraged me to further believe in myself and my dreams. I want to thank all of the ladies I met at the event, especially Crystal Knight and Chimere Norris of Naturally Happy Hair.
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