Calling all Natural Gems: Taren Guy ’s #LLYHtour is headed to the #DMV !!!

In this weeks Street Intell, on October 23rd youTube sensation and noted autism advocate, Taren Guy will be in town from 6-10pm at Lotus Lounge bringing us the Luv & Learn Your Hair event. Apart of a multi-city tour with stops in Chi-town, LA, New Orleans and Houston. Taren has decided to make her next stop in the district.

For those of you that aren’t familiar, Taren is just one of the many power house YouTube vloggers that have been leading the way in the natural hair community for sometime. Her love of hair care and appreciation for natural beauty has captivated an aundiance of over one hundred thousand subscribers. However, we like to think that it is her sweet yet straight forward personality that has propelled her to where she is now.

Since 2009, Taren has been sharing her hair journey and informing women through product reviews, styling tips and personal inspiration. She provides valuable knowledge to her audience that allows everyone to see [through her experience] that it is possible to love and learn your hair; even when it’s “Frizzy”.

Taren is based out of New York city where she resides with her 3 beautiful children. Not only is she a mom and Natural hair enthusiast she is a supreme advocate for Autism.

Recently, Taren founded a non-profit called Faces of Autism dedicated to her two sons Ari and Amari who both have conditions on the autism spectrum. Through her work, she is able to inspire people to take a second look and see the world through the eyes of individuals with Autism. She plans to expand the brand to feature art exhibited by persons with Autism. To find out more about FOA click here

We’re excited to see the newly blonde bombshell and can’t wait to partake in all the exciting things she’s bringing the DMV natural hair community.


Hope to see you all there. If not, no worries you know we’ve got the Street Intell.
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Feed your need for Fashion w/ Claire [Video]

When It comes to fashion we love and all things Claire. We are simply fiends for her fashion finds, style trends and more.

We were graced with Claire’s presence a few months back but at Cocktails with Claire DC check out this cute little Cocktails with Claire {Closet Edition}

Still deciding what to wear this season? Well, ‘fall’ into the trends with @DistinctivStyle

BW Pillows Sofa 2Fall is in full swing and so is the fashion. As most of the world is coming down off of their fashion week highs, many brands have already unloading their Fall’13 collections. Here at Street Intell we enjoy following fashion and we especially adore people with a great sense of styling it. Therefore, we caught up with this week’s guest blogger, Erica Joi and decided to get a bit more interactive by taking you all past our typical interview and on a mini tour through a few fall fashion trends.
We met up with Erica a few weeks back in Nordstrom [Pentagon City] and got to know a little bit more about this vibrant Virginia belle. Erica is a bright and intelligent person who studied fashion in college and decided to take her passion a step further by jumping into corporate styling. She’s professional wardrobe stylist turned blogger.
It was a pleasure sitting down with her as she expressed how she started She says originally it was a place to showcase her work in an online portfolio. But after careful consideration, it became more of a blog and tool that she uses to inspire women’s wardrobe decisions; as well as chronicling her personal styling journey. She likes to share what she knows and what she has learned therefore, it’s easy to see how she continues to expand and evolve her brand. We sat back and let Erica do her thing as she shared her Street Intell and affinity for style. Enjoy the videos below!

“It is so hard these days for up and coming stylist to have somewhere to go for inspiration and motivation therefore I wanted to create to become not only a go-to fashion site of what to wear, but also a site where anyone could share in my passion for styling.”

September Style Feature

September featureName or Alias: Yana B.

INSTAGRAM (or Twitter): Instagram:@lovefashion1st
Twitter: @stylestamped


ASPIRATIONS: My aspirations are connected to style, fashion, fun, and advocacy. My short term goal is to be a successful fashion blogger, and in the sense of success I mean, successful in my eyes. I also aspire to be a fashion stylist and image consultant to a larger audience. As far as advocacy is concerned, as a Lupus survivor of over 20 years, and a kidney transplant recipient of 14 years, I aspire to be a voice and face for persons suffering with Lupus and kidney failure through volunteer work, speaking engagements, and personal contact. My long term goal (but not too long) is to be a published author with a New York Times best selling book.

HOBBIES: I love to blog, [] it’s my newest hobby and what I spend most of my spare time on. I have always loved to travel, and I can’t wait to visit Europe. Of course shopping is a favorite pastime of mine…as well as reading good novels, both fiction and non-fiction. One of my favorite books is “The Glass Castle,” I love the writing style of the author Jeannette Walls and her story is incredible. I also paint with acrylic and write when I can.

STYLE INSPIRATION: I let my mood decide my style. I am inspired by clothing designers who use detailed and intricate garment construction and dramatic details that make an item stand out. I also love clothing that fits well. Clothing that fits well is key! I get inspired in thrift stores and consignment shops. I love buying items that are not in mass production or hand-made. I am inspired by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood’s dramatic designs. Pairing drama with street style can be a perfect combination! One of my favorite stores is All Saints.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY: I do not have just one favorite accessory but I have many pairs of shoes! I like statement jewelry and do a lot of pairing and mixing. I like to stack chunky bracelets of all different shapes and designs on one arm, or wear multiple necklaces at a time. I like to mix silver and gold. I just like whatever will complement my style.

WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL: I believe that God has a purpose and a plan for us all, and once you tap into your true purpose, nothing can hold you back! Having a relationship with God is the pathway to a happy, successful, and fulfilled life. I try to focus on that at all times and that is what drives me to be the best that I can be in everything that I do. I see fashion and I create style. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to do that, and do it well!

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: My style varies. I like to bend the rules. I like to be a surprise, and I like to be organic. I don’t over obsess on trends, or concern myself much with designer names. I like whatever makes sense to me at the time. Overall my look is edgy, classic, sexy, original, and sharp.

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