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Wine Festivals

The Maryland area has great wineries. And with those wineries comes Wine Festivals. They start as soon as the weather breaks and it’s a fun experience. I had been wanting to go to a real wine tasting and wine festival for years, but I didn’t make it to either until last year.

A few weeks ago probably the biggest wine fest in Maryland was held in Columbia, Maryland known as “Wine in the Woods”. The name may sound scary but I hear it’s a great time and an event not to miss. Unfortunately, I missed it. Not intentionally, however. I had pre-purchased my tickets but it turned out that my aunt’s funeral was being held on the same day in Philadelphia. The weather wasn’t so cooperative for the wine fest this year anyway. Wine in the Woods has many local wineries so you get to taste different wines from around the area.

More recently was the Caribbean Wine Festival in Mount Airy, Maryland at the Linganore Winery. They have a really good sweet white wine (dessert wine) that I like called “Sweet Chessie”. Sweet Chessie can only be purchased at the winery, as most of their other wines can be purchased in stores throughout Maryland. It’s $16 and comes in a super skinny bottle. I’m sad that I didn’t get to buy a bottle to take home. By the time my friends and I were ready to leave the lines for purchasing were ridiculously long.

I remembered that they gave out stem-less wine classes last year and decided to bring my own glass from home.  I secretly want to be a wine-snob, but until then I will share what little I know. Most importantly, the wine glass design is essential for enjoying the perfect glass. No-0ne likes fingerprints on their wine glass. For a little light reading check out The Anatomy of a Wine Glass.

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My Free Twist-Out

I won a free twist out hairstyle today. Great timing too because I wanted to blow dry my hair and wear a twist out on dry hair.
The night before I was scrolling thru my Instagram feed and saw this.

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Nappstar is a natural hair salon. The owners and stylists of Nappstar are two sisters in Maryland. I had been to Nappstar several times before and was always happy with my results. So I called and got the 10am appointment.

They moved their salon to a new location a while ago were looking to find additional natural hair stylists to work with them in their salon. In order to evaluate the potential stylists’ abilities and skills, they issued a call for anyone with natural hair to be the test “dummies” for lack of a better word.  I believe they had 4 female stylist to work on 4 ‘model clients’. Two clients had natural hair and the other two had locs. (I don’t like the term “dread” locs, so you won’t see/hear me use it too much).  They rotated the stylists between twisting and styling the locs and natural hair clients to test their skills.  My twist out was done in flat twists in a star pattern (think bicycle wheel with the spokes coming from the center).

The process for me from wash to twist out, including the blow dry and time spent under the dryer was about 2.5 hours.  The outcome was decent and more importantly it was free.  I will say that I would probably never go there for a twist out in general. Not because they wouldn’t do a good job, but typically I do my own twist outs and twist outs for me don’t last long enough for me to shell out that kind of cash for a very temporary  style. But for anything else I’d definitely recommend these sisters.

I must admit that I have visited the Miss Jessie’s Salon in SoHo- New York City, and received a twist out. Maybe I’ll blog about that later. I will say I was very pleased with my results and it lasted at least two weeks. BUT the twist out at Miss Jessie’s was an individual two-strand twists that had great hold because of the product, causing the twist out to be super defined and long-lasting.

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