R: Rose aka SimplyCre8eve. I live in Miami, Florida and I am a Makeup Artist and Natural Hair Stylist.
What is your style philosophy?
R: Be yourself. You should wear what you want, when you want. You shouldn’t allow a season or what’s hot to determine what you wear. As long as it’s stylish to you.
How would you describe your sense of style?
R: Free and Random. I could be wearing ripped up denim shorts with a vintage pump or sneakers one day to a pencil skirt and my favorite Jeffrey Campbell Heels on the next day! I like to switch it up, mix prints, and be daring and cre8eve!
What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
R: There really isn’t a process. It’s organized chaos. If I’m going to work I know that I’m wearing all black because that is our uniform, so I like to dress it up with accessories like my shoes, hairstyles or jewelry. Any other time I don’t necessarily plan ahead of time, but I kind of make it up as I go along based off of how I’m feeling that day.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
R: (1) Vintage Sequin Top (2) Penny Bracelet that I purchased from a Thrift Store (3) Jeffery Campbell Shoes: The Cooper purchased from www.karmaloop.com
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
R: Thrift Stores, nastygal.com, urbanoutfitters.com, karmaloop.com, textilesandalchemy.com
How long have you been natural?
R: I did my second big chop 4 years ago.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
R: I was tired of getting chemical burns and I hated the way my hair felt after getting relaxers, so I let my hair grow out. The very first time I went natural I let my hair grow out a little bit and I cut the chemically processed parts off. Then I decided that I wanted something different and regretfully decided to relax my hair again. After about a year I decided I wanted to have my natural hair back and be chemical free so I did another big chop in 2009.
What is your signature hairstyle?
R: I’m known for my big afro in a starburst style. Lately I have been rocking my unicorn braids and various up-do styles.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
R: My favorite products to use to style my hair are a natural bristle brush, products that hydrate the hair and don’t leave a greasy residue like Paul Mitchell Foaming Hair Pomade, bobby pins for my up-dos and hair wraps for those days when I don’t feel like styling my hair. My favorite products to cleanse and condition my hair are the Crème of Nature Argan Oil line. It is budget friendly and works great. I use the Sulfate Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo, and Intensive Conditioning Treatment, which are both in the Argan Oil line.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R: YouTube: www.youtube.com/simplycre8eve