Eklà Beauté: Your Getaway Beauty Salon

On October 1st, I was invited to the soft opening of a new hair salon called “Eklà Beauté” located on Rue Rebecca. Stepping inside the small salon, I was greeted by a calm and relaxing music, along with a soothing and zen decor: wooden furniture and accent pieces, candles, and Buddha heads, designed by owner Christina Fils-Aimé. I was instantly filled with an overwhelming peaceful sensation, which I thought was very odd for a hair salon.



But that was exactly her goal. To create a small place where her clients can leave their worries and workload outside while getting pampered. A place where her clients can be fully attended to without being rushed and without the crowdedness of typical hair salons. A place that works by appointment only because one on one is extremely important. “I want it to be 100% about my clients. I want them to walk out feeling good about themselves and with a smile on their faces. That’s what I enjoy most of my job, to be able to put a smile on my clients’ faces”. 


For us women, getting our hair and nails done is a weekly obligation. Be it to get a wash and blow dry, a hair coloring, or simply a mani-pedi, us women spend a minimum of 2 hours getting dolled-up at the hair salon on week-ends. Needless to say that hair salons have become a meeting point, or better yet a social encounter where the latest gossips travel under the boisterous sound of hair dryers.


If you are looking to escape the cacophony of hair salons, then Eklà Beauté is the “getaway” salon for you. While her specialty is hair coloring and hair treatment, Tina also offers various other salon services such as blow dries, hairdos, mani-pedi, and makeup with also a selection of hair products available for sale.


Christina, “Tina” left Haiti at the age of 18 and moved to New York. There, she became a hair colorist and makeup artist and worked in many hair salons before eventually working for Kérastase and L’Oréal. At 30 years old, she moved back to Haiti and left the hair and makeup business. However her love for fashion and hair care pushed her to go back to the hair business. “Everybody has their own beauty, and as long as I can bring that out for them, to me is priceless.”

Eklà Beauté is open Monday-Saturday from 8AM-5PM by appointments only. To get your special treatment, call 4700-1212.

Glitz: Royal Oasis Rooftop Fashion Show

Last Friday December 6, to launch its fabulous rooftop terrace, Royal Oasis hotel organized an international fashion show featuring renown models from Europe and USA as well as many promising young Haitian talents.  Royal Oasis will donate Parts of the profits to Happy hearts foundation (HHF) a foundation owned by supermodel Petra Nemcova who announced that the funds will be used to pay the teachers of a school in Cite soleil (Ecole des archange).

With “Glitz” as a central theme (logical since the main sponsor was Taittinger champagne), the rooftop welcomed the audience with an all white breathtaking decor and hint of old Hollywood glamour, works of the talented event planner and designer Johanne Gardere from Caprice Events.

Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.
Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.

The night delivered everything it had promised and more from a surprise performance by Jperry to a titillating fashion show which proved to be one of the most professional fashion shows ever held in Haiti.

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Host Luc Merville opened the show with a short yet touching video about Nemcova’s Happy Heart foundation. Soon after, the international models and a few Haitian models graced the catwalk modeling the clothes and accessories of stores such as Karma, MOI and Le Boudoir for women and Ibiza featuring Hugo Boss and BOGOSSE clothing line for men. The show stayed true to it’s theme by delivering a “glitzy” show with dazzling evening dresses and suits.

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After being relitively quiet in the Haitian fashion scene lately, the internationally renown Haitian clothing line Bogosse startled us with an electric presentation of their menswear collection that had the public cheering and applauding.

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Photo credits: Ted Olivier.

I told you I’ll be ready in 5 minutes, stop calling every half hour!

         

(Me) – “What time are we going out tonight?”

(Friend #1) – “8:00”

(Friend #2) -“8:00 Emma time? or real time?”

Have you ever had this conversation? I’m willing to bet a lot.

My friends always invite me out an hour or two earlier before the actual time. They so often tell me “Magdoos at 8” when we actually meet up around 9 or later. They even make jokes about it and call it Emma Time (rolling my eyes). And you thought Haitians ran late?

photo 2So why is it that some of us girls take longer to get ready? Throwing on a pair of jeans and a top, putting on lipstick and mascara seems so easy, right? So why do we complicate our lives? Trying on our whole closet before deciding on our first outfit choice anyway. And do not get me started on how long I take if there’s a special someone I might run into.

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I have been going on and on trying to come up with answers to these questions for years and still cannot come up with one. Yes us girls are complicated at times, yes we like to look our best, and yes we always try to find the smallest, most insignificant details to complain about. When I say “I have nothing to wear!”, it simply means I haven’t found the outfit that goes with the person I feel like in that moment. It may be a mood, a specific attire required (Has anyone else had an “electric blue” dress code? I have… sigh) or even a goal (impressing that cute Magdoos bartender…wink wink).

At the end of the day, we can’t really blame women for this. After all, looking one’s best isn’t a fault right? Maybe we’re perfectionists, maybe we love the chaos of flying multi colored garments. Who knows? The importance is to remember to be patient. I for one, don’t mean to make people wait for my indecisiveness… Ok maybe a little 😉

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Wild Curls OOTD

We are loving this retro 90s style! She could not have worn it better with her gorgeous wild curls!

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M.A.C cosmetics event

We had the pleasure to attend a M.A.C cosmetics event this week. It was a promotional event for the new Holiday collection. We took the liberty of asking a couple tips just for you guys!

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Q. What is the secret for a perfect smokey eyes?

A. I really think a great brush makes the biggest difference! Being able to blend easily make the effect all the more smokey and fabulous. The best in my opinion is the 224 Tapered Brush.

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Q. What is the best product in this new collection?

A. There are so many! I love them all. This Mineralized blush/highlighter is amazing! The color is so flattering on any skin tone. I also love the eyeshadows. Sometimes, I wet my brush a little to make the eyeshadow have a metallic finish.

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Q. What is the M.A.C product you cannot live without?

A. Oh that’s easy! The concealer saves me every morning. I have horrible dark circles and so the mineralize concealer is my go to. Even if I don’t wear a full face of makeup, I just hide my little kinks.

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After getting our makeup done, we enjoyed the lovely entertainment, and hors d’oeuvres. Hope to be a part of it again next season!

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When Haiti meets the Upper East Side

We all love weddings.

The exchange of vows, the first dance

Our favorite part is the dressing up: Ladies in gowns, men in tuxedos…

Or like this one … a la Chuck Bass

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