Flower Power

Review of Thais Flowers hair pin | Curl on a Mission curly hair blog

I recently re-connected with a friend from high school, and we just happen to share the same first name. Thais Mills is a poet, literacy advocate, voice actor, and designer of a gorgeous line of hair pins called Thais Flowers.

When she learned I’d started a hair blog, it seemed so natural that I (Thaïs) should do a review of Thais Flowers! She sent me a beautiful red velvet orchid with abstract splashes of gold and glitter. It was creatively packaged and faintly perfumed; I felt like I was opening a Christmas gift!

Thais Flowers hair pins | Curl on a Mission, naturally curly hair blog

There’s something about wearing a hair pin that makes me feel decidedly feminine. Somehow, it immediately made me sassier and classier, all at once. This hair pin is sturdily constructed and the clasp is firm, so I was able to place it anywhere in my thick hair.  It can be versatilely styled, and would look just as good with a sweater and jeans as a little black dress. (Actually, I can’t wait to wear it with a LBD and a bold red lip – sexy!)

Thais Flowers hair pin | Curl on a Mission hair blog

For someone like me who gets bored quickly with her hair, Thais Flowers are a nice way to add a new twist and create a different look. These hand-crafted flowers are made to order, and range from $25-$45. Thais also offers floral crowns, and just recently, baby floral head wraps! To view all the Thais Flowers styles, visit www.thaisflowers.com.

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M.I.A. in Miami

Hi all – sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for the last week. I spent a much needed and very relaxing long weekend in Miami! I’d been to Miami once on a day trip from the Orlando area, and in the airport multiple times en route to the Caribbean, but this was my first time spending real time in “The Gateway to the Americas.” It did not disappoint.

My husband and I were invited to what promised to be an epic wedding in ritzy Coral Gables. Long gowns were required of ladies, and black tie was optional for gents. This is what we wore:

chartreuse dress

Dress: BCBG

I thought the gown was perfect for Miami because of the bright chartreuse color and light, flowing fabric and cut. Plus, since it’s the end of the season, I got it for over 50 percent off (score!).

For the hair, I knew my curls would go wild in the humidity, and the way our flight was scheduled I wouldn’t have time to do my hair the day of the wedding, so I had to do something with it the night before. To tame my tresses, I blow-dried my hair, curled small sections with a 1-inch curling iron, then pin curled them overnight. The next day, I took down my hair and looked just like Shirley Temple. Not exactly the look I was going for, so I separated the curls with my fingers and threw them up in a loose ponytail so they would stretch out on the flight. When getting ready, all I had to do was comb them out, recurl a few sections with the curling iron, and pin them to one side and over the shoulder to create a dramatic evening look. The above picture was taken right after it rained, so I’d say my hair held up pretty well!

The rest of the trip was spent at a boutique art deco hotel on South Beach two blocks from the ocean. For three days, we woke up, put on our bathing suits, ate a breakfast of fruit and pastries, and spent several glorious hours on the country’s most famous beach. We were drunk off the environment: wide sandy beach, crystal clear water, and the kind of big, blue sky that makes you wish you could fly.

South Beach

No filter needed.

Nights were spent eating fresh seafood on some patio, swimming in our rooftop saltwater pool, strolling along breezy Ocean Drive, having drinks on a friend’s balcony, and dancing to live reggae in the kind of tiny venues I love.

Pool at The Albion - Miami

Nighttime swimming – things could be worse.

I wish I had taken more pictures, but it’s usually the last thing on my mind when I’m relaxed and having a great time (bad blogger!).

So Miami – thanks for being a gracious host and giving us a future trip to look forward to. We’ll see you again soon.