Saturday, February 4, 2017

Beaches Remake & Girl Friendships

{Image Source: Creative Soul Photography}


Here at AGrlCanMAC, women are not viewed as competition; they are revered as allies. When I learned that Lifetime was filming a remake of Beaches, starring Nia Long as Hillary Whitney and Idina Menzel as CC Bloom, I knew that I wanted to tune in. I hadn't watched the original in years and I think Lifetime did a good job with this one. I swear I was fine until the last 10 or 15 minutes and then I busted out in tears out of nowhere! It such a beautiful story of two women navigating life spanning over a 30 year friendship.

Beaches conveys the blessing of friendships and sisterhood between women. I have some amazing close girlfriends and I am so thankful for them. We have taken turns picking each other up off of the floor. We've kept it real with each other, shared our fears and excitements with each other, we've gotten into mischief together, we've called each other crying or shown up at the front door crying, we've celebrated important milestones in life together and we've encouraged and invested in each other. Without the enriching energies from these friendships, I don't know what my life would be like.

I also have influential women that I have met and have become my friends, women that have mentored me along my path and dope soRHOrs that add to my life in ways I can't always quantify. Sisterhood is a vital part of personal development and growth for women and such a huge part of why helping young girls and other women is major for me. It's a huge factor in why I started this blog and why I can never really walk away from AGrlCanMAC either. The friendships I have amassed because of my involvement in the blogging and social media world may not have been possible without this platform.

Rwandan girlfriends posing in style. {Image Source}


I also love that the movie captured the beauty of two women from different walks of life and socio-economic statuses adding to each others' lives and forging a genuine and strong bond. CC was a singer and actress and Hillary was a lawyer/attorney legacy. We are often told that birds of a feather flock together but now always. My closest best friend has a different life than me. She enrolled into the Army right out of high school and completed her college degree last year, married young and has kids. She lives in a quiet suburban area in upstate New York, is a health care professional and has been a home owner for years. I went to one of the largest universities in country straight out of high school and then moved to New York City after graduating. I am not married yet and have no children yet, live in a small Brooklyn apartment and am a writer, visual artist and fashion/beauty professional. We have different lives and are as close as ever. We have poured into each others lives in significant ways just like in the movie. Friendships are so much about the connection and less about the perceived similarities or differences, they exceed lifestyles and appearances and simply are there for your growth, your support and your joy.

Did you watch the Beaches remake? If so, what did you think of it and take away from it? How have your friendships with women enhanced your life?


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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Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 New Year Note



Hello out there!

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

It's been a while, I know.

It's a wild ride being a writer/blogger. When I first started this blog back in the summer of 2008, I was a passionate 24 year old woman. I stand before you today, as a passionate 33 year old woman. It would be an understatement to say that since the age of 24, I and my interests and beliefs have evolved over time. Back in 2013, I stepped away from the blog with confusion, disinterest and sadness. In 2015, I missed it and felt like part of my purpose was to inspire through this platform, so I came back. Since my come back, I've been trying to figure out what I want AGCM to stand for now and what works for me at this time in my life. My schedule is different, what motivates me is different.... I toyed around with making this space a blog-zine (remember when I created covers and themes for each month for a little last year?) type of format, I took blogging e-Courses to get re-inspired and tried a bunch of other things.

After much experimentation and contemplation towards the end of this year, I came to see that what made blogging so fun for and effortless to me back in 2008, when I first created it, was the heavy focus on simply sharing. No strategy, no meditated structure and no plan to take over the blogging world or natural hair world. (For goodness sake, I used to film videos in my poorly lit studio apartment bathroom!) I wasn't trying to attract readers or convince anyone of anything. I was just sharing things I learned and liked that may help others and fellow shipping with readers who were into what I was into. It was exciting to be present, share what I was learning and even share parts of my journey into womanhood. I wasn't very organized or strategic with my posting back then; I was just consistent in posting what I felt was helpful content, guerrilla style. Lol.

Where does this leave me for 2017?

I'm releasing the desire for a blogzine model or modified model altogether and just want this to be a fun, fresh and inspiring space. The site will be gettin a makeover soon, the details are in the works and I am creating a realistic new content schedule for myself as opposed to what I think I need to follow or what other "successful" bloggers follow. So much of my writing journey has been about learning to allow myself to be myself and move how works best for me and not compare my work. I have my lane; my lane is a great lane and is there for me to help how only I, being Milan, can. That feels so good. We all have something to offer this world, don't cheapen it by thinking you have to be anything but yourself to offer it.

I thank you all for rocking with me all these years and your support. It is felt and appreciated and I will continue on this blogging journey. 2017 for AGrlCanMAC is about the return to being present, having fun, learning and sharing. I don't know what the schedule be just yet, still working that out but I'm so ready to be completely in love with this space again. So we're having fun in 2017, deal?









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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Friday, October 21, 2016

There's a Song for That // 1980's Millenials



It's that time again, FRIDAY. TGIF! Lately there has been an obsession with bashing millenials but hey, the baby boomers raised us and spoiled us rotten so blame them! I'm an 80's baby so today's song, "80's Baby" by Trumaine Lamar will have you jamming and reminiscing too. If you aren't an 80's baby, it will make you wish that you were one! Check it out and I'm wishing you all a great weekend!

More quality and fun content is on the way. As always, thank you for rocking with me over all the 8 years that this blog has been around, grown and evolved. The best is still yet to come!




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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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays



Another new feature!!! On Wednesdays (not every Wednesday necessarily), get a dose of curated wise words from various sources, which will always be listed if the source is known, and from yours truly sometimes. Let's get into today's wise words:



Where we start doesn't have to be where we finish but in order to finish, we have to start! The right time is always right now. Start now and the path will appear before you brick by brick. We are in the last 3 months of this year and like our oracle reading for this month said, the time is now to start sowing our seeds of desires and intentions.

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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Friday, September 30, 2016

There's a Song for That // Discouraged



We all know how healing and amazing that music is. One of the many reasons why I love music is because there is a song that captures and/or explains every human emotion in life and I thought it would be fun to throw out moods and share songs that are about them or are an answer to them. There's a Song for That posts will be on Fridays (not every Friday necessarily). Now, onto the new feature....

The mood: Discouraged


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tamanu Oil for First Aid



Yesterday while bringing groceries in the house, I discovered a cut on my finger. These incidences are often funny to me because I don't know how long ago I got the cut or how I got the cut, I never feel the cut or any pain until I finally notice it and then all the sudden; all the feelings and sensations of a cut appear out of nowhere. I know I can't be the only person that this happens to.

Upon discovering the cut, I immediately rinsed my finger with water and then applied hydrogen peroxide. Before putting on a band aid, I put a little tamanu oil on the cut because research has shown the oil to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and helpful in accelerating the healthy healing of minor cuts and wounds. It's great for helping creating an optimal environment for skin to regnerate well, so it also great for lightening (I didn't say vanishing them, although depending on the severity, it possible can lighten them significantly) scars and blemishes on the face and skin.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Native Spirit Oracle Card Reading for October 2016

Native Spirit Oracle cards for our October 2016 reading

The month is almost over; man, did it go by fast! It was exceptionally busy for me with great things that I will share soon enough. Because this month was exponentially busy, I didn't do an oracle reading for September so the beginning of October's oracle reading is a one card pull to summarize this month and what to keep in mind for what is left of it.


Native Spirit Oracle card reading for 
September 2016.
Check out the audio below to learn what
this card means.




This October, Native Spirit encourages us to start thinking about how we want to finish out this year and what we want for next year and to start sowing our seeds for next year's harvest. 

For more details on this message and the other messages that came up for the month of October, check out the reading below.




If you have questions, you can leave them in the comments and/or if you'd like your own personal reading, you can email me at milan.n.staples@gmail.com. As always, the oracle readings are not specific to or aimed at any religious faith. Anyone from any background can find these messages helpful and encouraging along their journey. Wishing everyone a great rest of this month and an amazing October.

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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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Self Care Spa /// Relaxing Detox Foot Soak


As busy and fast paced as our 21st century lives are, we often don't slow down until we catch a cold/flu or fall ill some other kind of way. 

We have to be deliberate about making time for self care and rejuvenation. Self care often benefits our physical health but is also great for our internal and mental/spiritual health and livelihood. Last month I created an initiative for myself called "Self Care Sundays". On Sundays, when I can, I do something relaxing for myself.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Native Spirit Oracle Card Reading for August 2016

Denise Linn Native Spirit Oracle Cards


July, it's been real. August, WELCOME! 


I don't know what exactly will go down this month but I'm open to all the good that is in store for me and each of you and am super excited about August and what magic is on the horizon. Below is our Native Spirit Oracle Card reading for August 2016 and this month, it's all about us having vision, trusting our intuition to guide us and being on a quest to seek out information, evidence, experiences and thoughts that feel good to us and support our visions and passions. Check out the full reading below and let me know your thoughts about this month's reading and how you feel it applies to your life.





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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Friday, July 1, 2016

Native Spirit Oracle Card Reading for July 2016





TGIF! And, yay, it's July! Above are the cards for this month's July 2016 Native Spirit Oracle Card reading. Listen below for the full explanation and how these messages may apply to your life this month. This reading isn't tied to any religion and anyone of any faith can find these messages helpful. I hope these messages help you in all ways positive for your life. Cheers to a great July!



Let me know any of your thoughts in the comments below about this month's messages.


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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