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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ditch Your Lotion for Natural Body Oils

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Ghanaian beauty Herapatra has beautiful glowing skin!




I haven't used lotion in years. *clutches pearls* A black woman that doesn't use lotion? Yep and I don't miss it and I'm not ashy either. Not only have these oils improved the quality of my skin over the years but they are also great for minor protection against the sun's rays and free radicals. They are not a substitute for sunscreen or sun block but hey, every little bit helps. The oils I'm sharing today, I've used alone or mixed together (with essential oils) for luxurious blends. Rather alone or blended, these oils give me soft and supple skin and they are better for the body than most conventional lotions that may be loaded with artificial fillers and potentially harmful preservatives. We often forget that our skin is an organ too and it's the largest organ on our body and anything we put on it gets absorbed into our blood stream (the Patch birth control is a perfect example of something topical going into the blood stream).  So when we know better, let's do better. Give oils a try and you just may want to tell your lotions good bye.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Music That Can Mac // Memorial Day Weekend



Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of the summer season. It's also a three day weekend and I'm always thankful for a long weekend! It's only suitable that we pop off this wonderful occasion with some great music. Below is a culmination of my good music picks for your weekend and whenever else. Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday weekend filled with sun, fun, a cookout or two and gratitude for the men and women who lost their lives in service of this country.


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