Friday, August 14, 2015

Y is for Yoni ::: Layers of Beauty Tour





This post is part of The Layers of Beauty Tour created by GG Renee of All the Many Layers.  Follow the tour through the blogs of 26 women exploring the complexities of womanhood and beauty from A to Z.  Click here to keep up with each post and enter to win a giveaway package of goodies for your mind, body and soul.   #LayersAtoZTour

I'm excited and honored to be a part of the All the Many Layers, The Layers of Beauty Tour. 26 women were chosen to pick a letter from the (English) alphabet. From that letter, a word was chosen that relates to beauty for each to write on. I chose the letter Y for Yoni. Some of you may be asking, "what is yoni?" Yoni is a sanskrit word roughly meaning sacred space. This sacred space is in reference to the female genitalia, feminine fertility and our wombs. The yoni is a very important spiritual portal, it's a door and a room at the same time. Think about it, this space is created for things to enter (think intercourse or sperm for conception), grow there (like a baby which is another spirit/life) and be birthed (includes new ideas and beginnings). I think this is why us women are more open. Because we have a way for things to get inside of us, so many positive and negative energies pass through and can be stored in there. Because of this, we need to understand ourselves so that we can have less of the negative stuff stored in there and more room for all the positive stuff.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Editor's Note: Where Have I Been?


Good morning and Happy Friday! I come to you to explain the disruption in updates on here. As you may have noticed, nothing new went live for July and more than likely only one or two posts will go live for this month and here is why:

  1. I burned out. As of right now, this space is still a one woman show (maybe that will change in the near future) and between my 9-5 job, my side hustles picking up (it's wedding season for my makeup artistry- every weekend I'm almost always booked) and other projects (like the 2nd edition to my first eBook I published earlier this year) I'm involved in, the free time I did have, I chose to sleep or do absolutely nothing.
  2. Carpel tunnel is mutha. My 9-5 is a desk job and for the past month or so, I've been on the computer and typing things way more that usual. By the time I'd get home/free time my wrists were like, "nah player", so I've been trying to lay off of my right wrist especially and need to just break down and the get that wrist brace to wear overnight. 
  3. Was torn between moving the site over to the Wordpress platform or keeping it here on Blogger. AGrlCanMAC is my only site on Google's Blogger platform. All my other sites are on Wordpress and I really love it over there. I've tabled making a final decision about this for now, because there are other things that I want to focus on at this time, but this will come up again for me. If you're a blogger and have made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress, I'd love to hear any input you have about it.

The good news is that I haven't gone anywhere and I am totally continuing on with AGrlCanMAC. You can expect 1-2 posts for this month and September will resume back to a blogzine cover like we had for the months of April, May and June and cool content. The cover girl has been selected and I'm excited to share her with you all. Thank you always for your support and good energy.

If  you are on Periscope, I did my very first video broadcast on there last night and shared two book recommendations and two books that I'm about to start reading. I'm @AGrlCanMAC on there and the video will die around 8 or 9 o'clock this evening if you want to catch it before it goes away (I chose not to download the video to share on here because I will have better ones coming and with better lighting). I definitely plan to do more so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Music That Can Mac for Your 4th of July Weekend

HOURS PT 1 cover art
Hours Pt 1 LP by Siraj Nuri {Credit: Kuson Parson}

Three day, 4th of July holiday weekend coming up, who's thankful?! I've got great album picks for the weekend rather your objective is turning down and relaxing for the long weekend or turning up. For those who want to relax, you will want to check out Siraj Nuri's newest LP, Hours Pt 1. It's silky, velvety and soulful music and the vocals are sure to take you to a magical and easy going place. The whole album is that "glass of wine music". You can get it from her Bandcamp page at www.sirajnuri.bandcamp.com. I'm telling you, you won't be disappointed. The vocals, instrumentals and everything are just friggin good. It's so hard to pick a favorite song because they are all just that good! You can thank me later.


 

Now if you're trying to get your groove and/or party on for the holiday weekend, check out Snoop Dogg's newest LP, Bush. I have dubbed this project "roller skating music". The whole album finds me, at any given moment, doing boogies and shimmies like one would out roller skating at the rink. These grooves and boogies should not be surprising seeing as how the whole thing was executive produced by Pharrell Williams.

Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July!

Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fit Brown Girls Mashup // Workout Hair, Gear and More

Our June cover girl, Kinya

I'm a girlie girl and I'm proud of that, but that doesn't mean that I'm afraid of getting dirty or sweaty for the sake a good workout to maintain my health and sense of adventure either. This post is a mash up of hairstyles, gear and gadgets all for your health and fitness needs. See something missing that could be helpful for your fit brown sistas? Share it in the comments below. Thanks for tuning in all this month. Have exciting news for July and can't wait to share July's theme and featured posts to look out for.


Workout Hair

No Gym Zone // Gym Free Workouts

June cover girl, Kinya Harte


Whether it's a financial decision or personal preference, some of us aren't about that gym life, myself included. With Instagram selfies and videos in the gym, we may think it's one of the only ways to get and stay fit but you have options, friends. You can get gym worthy benefits with little to no equipment in the comfort of your own home or backyard or at the local park. Two of my favorite IG accounts share tons of workouts you can do outside of the gym for the same toned and tight body results.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Five Fit Brown Girls on Instagram to Inspire You

{Credit: WrkOutQueenie}

Instagram hosts inspiration for just about everything and fitness isn't left out of that equation. I sometimes find that I have more fitspiration from there than online or from women's magazines where we are rarely on the covers and only take up a couple pages inside. With "statistics" and the news/media shoving down our throats that we [black women] are obese, unhealthy and don't exercise, I'm glad that fit brown girls around the world are taking to social media to share and inspire. Rather you are just starting your fitness journey or fitness is a permanent and ongoing fixture in your lifestyle, these 5 picks can help inspire you or add to your inspiration. Outside of their awesome physiques, these women also tout the importance of keeping your internal and mental/spiritual health a priority too and I love that about these women. They are forthcoming with nutrition and health information and motivation because they want everyone to succeed and if you've been a reader on here long enough, you know that aligns with my abundance mindset perfectly. The order in which they are listed doesn't denote how much I like one over the other, I love them all equally and love the variety they bring to black women's fitness.

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Cover Girl, Kinya Harte, is the Everyday Healthy & Fit Urbanista




When I was coming up with the concept for cover photo, I knew I wanted  someone who was an "everyday" woman. To me, this meant that she wasn't a fitness model for a living or even a personal trainer. I wanted someone who has just intertwined fitness into their lifestyle and also doesn't let anything get in the way of that, including health conditions. This passion to live our best lives no matter what is what I wanted to capture in a cover girl and feature. This month's cover girl, Kinya Harte, is a pretty dope woman. She's a big city, urbanista and career woman doing her thing. We talked to Kinya to learn about her and her health and fitness journey, which includes having thyroid disease.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 2015 Theme & Editor's Note: Get Me Bodied



Hello June! We are halfway through the year and I hope that you are rocking and rolling. Though this issue was late coming out, it was worth it. I take pride in putting forth quality work and have been working really hard, as of late, to improve the quality of my work and this site. Instead of just getting the cover out, I wanted to make sure that the quality wasn't compromised.


This month's theme, Get Me Bodied, is about fitness and having a fit quality of life. A few months ago, I did a search for women's fitness blogs and not much came up for women of color. The ones that I did find had been abandoned by their authors after only a few posts from a year ago or more. That hit something inside of me. I understand that we can gain inspiration from anyone but living in a country that tells us repeatedly that we're nothing, undesirable, unworthy and fat & unhealthy; YES, I do want to see people who look like me and aren't those things. I don't believe that we are any of those things about us and I believe that obesity and poor health is an AMERICAN thing, not just a woman of color thing. I know fit and sound minded women of color exist but most of them don't have blogs or if they do, they are not easy to find. I hope to see more of us blogging again but many you can find on mediums like Instagram, so I decided to root them out and share our top picks. Their journeys and pictures will inspire you and these are women not just "doing it for the 'gram". They really are enthusiasts for living fit and healthy lives so much so that many of them have made it their life's work and/or career.

I wanted this month to feature women who look like us and have positive and active lives like us, like our cover girl, Kinya Harte. She's an amazing, urbanista balancing work and life and you'll get to learn more about her and her health journey. You don't have to be a celebrity, Olympian or a fitness competitor or live in the gym to be fit. It's not just about perfectly toned bodies, gym selfies and cute workout clothes (although, hey, we do like and enjoy that stuff). Being fit is a lifestyle and a belief more than anything. With fit minds and fit bodies, let's have fun this month!

Be blessed and stay naturally fly,











Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

Follow AGCM on Twitter /// Instagram /// Pinterest /// Youtube

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sorry For Delay- The June Cover is Coming!



Hello everyone!

In my ever growing efforts to strive for quality and excellence, the June cover wasn't ready by the 1st of this month. However, it will be ready later this week and I'm excited to release it and the content for this month. I'm really excited to share this cover because my desire to have other cover girls for the magazine became a fast reality. You only had to endure my face on two covers. LOL. I just don't want it to be all about me on this blog anymore like it was when I first start this space over 5 years ago (this blog is 7 years old!). It's about community and us all uplifting each other and feeding off of each other's creative and positive energy. It's no secret that I'm all about abundance. I believe there is more than enough room for all of us to shine and I really want this space to be haven for that. It's all about inclusion, enriching, inspiring and anything else positive on here

I can't wait for you all to learn more about our cover girl for this month. If you follow on Instagram or Twitter, you, actually; already know who our cover girl is! Stay tuned, this month's cover and content are coming and it's getting better and better with each month that I do this. Thank you as always for your love and support and you know I have to be shameless about giving my e-Book a shout out. If you have or you know someone with natural hair that fine and could use some tips for caring for their hair, then my book Fine Natural Hair, Don't Care: Tips to help natural hair with fine strands and medium to low density thrive, may be a helpful resource for them. I also just did a podcast for fine natural hair and great summer styles for it.

All the best,








Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

Follow AGCM on Twitter /// Instagram /// Pinterest /// Youtube

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AGrlCanMAC's Podcast Episode for Fine Natural Hair



This post is a supplement to AGrlCanMAC's very first podcast and both are sponsored by my e-Book, Fine Natural Hair Don't Care: Tips to help natural hair with fine strands and medium to low density thrive. You can learn more about the book and purchase it HERE or there is also a link to the book on the side bar.

The time is here! AGrlCanMAC's very first podcast! And it is dedicated to the ladies with fine natural hair of medium to low density. I'm super excited to have created this and this definitely won't be the last podcast or on this topic. As this month's cover shared, the podcast talks about summer styling options with consideration for our hair's characteristics. This post will supplement the episode with visuals of some of the things that I was talking about on it. Please have a listen below and check out the supporting images and give me some feedback if you feel moved to. You can also find the episode on Podomatic at http://agrlcanmac.podomatic.com.

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