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Friday, December 19, 2008

Super Size Me!

This year certain sections in TRIBE delivered to masqueraders a final product differed greatly from the prototype with masqueraders collecting headpieces that appeared shrunken when compared to what was modeled at the launch and advertised on the website. This did not sit well with masqueraders who pointed out the difference vociferously! And although the offenders are no longer with TRIBE one hopes that stricter quality control measures are in place for 2009, ensuring that masqueraders get what we pay for.

Well I am happy to report, after seeing it myself, that those of you in Caged Canary Frontline, Green Honeycreeper and Spangled Cotinga Frontline will be pleased to know that your headpieces have been super sized! Richard and Anthony (who are producing the aforementioned headpieces) informed me that not only do they try their best to ensure that their work is kept at the same high standard from band launch to distribution, this year they employed some tricks to get the headpieces looking even bigger than advertised.

Though they did not reveal how this was achieved, the difference is obvious as in the case of the Green Honeycreeper below; the original headpiece is on the left and the super sized version is on the right:

Not to mention the Spangled Cotinga headpiece which I tried on is MASSIVE, much larger than Caged Canary Frontline headpiece and Sea Salt (which previously held the unofficial record of largest headpiece for Carnival 2009). Even with my arms extended I could not get around the feathers, it is that big:

Even the tails look super sized:

The effect of all those Caged Canary headpieces is stunning, hopefully this section will be in the top 10 of the section lineup and that the masqueraders will take pride in crossing the stage in an ORGANIZED fashion so that the beauty of this section can truly be appreciated:

Much thanks to Richard and Anthony who allowed me into their camp to see the process that goes into making these fabulous costumes and for the chance to capture these candid ,behind the scenes shots that not everyone is privy to. It just makes me THAT more excited for Carnival 2009 ... 2 more months!

Hair is Where It Is At...

By now you ladies are probably thinking about hair styles for Carnival with low maintenance options such as braids being a popular choice among masqueraders for years. The problem lies in getting hair for braiding, or even weaving, being limited to your Beauty Supply Store (BSS) and the variety offered there. From my experience very often the BSS carry limited inventory as well as styles when it comes to either human or synthetic hair and you are resigned to use whatever they happen to have in stock. That was until I discovered an online BSS store called Hair Sisters that I even turned my friends on to. They carry a wide range of hair for braiding, weaving as well as wigs and ponytails;whatever your heart desires!

The prices are pretty reasonable but what I like most is the variety, not to mention that the products also come with reviews and even sometimes photos by customers which helps in narrowing choices. I have ordered from them before, shipping time is adequate and they do accept pay pal for those of you worried about security issues. Hair Sisters carries all the popular brands and they throw in complimentary items with your purchase as well.

For Carnival my personal favourite is the wet and wavy or curly braids, very easy to manage and you have several styling options. So, if you do not have a BSS in your area or just need the convenience of choice, visit Hair Sisters and see what they have to offer.

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