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.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Luxe Organic Beauty Oils for Glowing Skin

That's my skin! No foundation. Just brows done, mascara
and a smile.




Sometimes we're led to believe that the more expensive or "fancy" a skin care product is that it must be good. Sometimes this can be true, but in most of my experiences, not always. Quality is not always synonymous with that "luxury" face cream that filled with 98% fluff and 2% of special "organic" ingredients highlighted. Mother Nature truly has all the answers and she normally keeps it simple and gets straight to the point. I'm sharing with you my favorite natural and organic beauty oils for the face that have great skin care benefits without all the fuss and fillers and have the face feeling luxurious for less than La Mer face cream. Switch your traditional face moisturizer out with any of these three decedent and organic oils and your life may just be changed. Most can find these oils at their local Whole Foods or neighborhood health food stores and of course, on a host of various online shops. Let's get into it.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Daydreaming about My Dream House


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First off, TGIF! Secondly and the topic at hand, I can't stop daydreaming and dreaming big. God-the universe just keeps indulging me and continues asking me what else do I want. I feel like the kids in the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie who, at one point,  were allowed to go HAM in the candy land/factory and eat everything edible that they could get their crumb snatching little hands on. It really wants to spoil me rotten, I'm convinced of this. Thankfully, I'm a very grateful person so all this spoiling won't go completely to my head. *bats eyelashes and flashes pearly whites*  We all know how expensive real estate is in New York City and that includes Brooklyn now too. One of my big dreams includes me being the proud owner of an all brick or brownstone townhouse with a couple bay windows in the Bed Stuy area of Brooklyn.
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Yes, I know that many are selling for over a million. Yes, over a million US dollars. That doesn't concern me. I want one and have made up my mind that I will have one and that's all there is to it. I know how I'm going to decorate it already and have my landscaping ideas to turn the courtyard into a beautiful patio garden with a fire pit for summer evening soirees. Oh yes, it's also going to have a room that will double as my personal library, crafting studio and yoga nook. And I'm thinking of making the very top floor the guests' quarters. It will be on a vibrant yet peaceful, tree lined block (with easy parking!). I plan to gut it and make it what I want including a fly kitchen with good appliances and marble granite counter tops because I love cooking and entertaining, new floors, better windows, etc. I don't care how much it will cost. I will make it happen. I can smell my dream home already: like citrus and vanilla and it's really going to be like an oasis when you step inside. I'm so excited already.


Sparing absolutely no expense, what does your dream home look like? Maybe it's a beach house in Cape Town, a pimped out tree house in the woods of California or a cozy cottage in upstate New York. What does it look like for you?


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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Monday, May 11, 2015

Axiology Lipstick, the Answer to Vegan, Natural and Organic Lipstick



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15% off discount at Axiology for AGrlCanMAC readers! Keep reading to learn more and get the code!

It brings me great pleasure to share Axiology lipsticks with you. They are natural, organic and vegan. Say what?! The ingredients include different mineral powders (from the earth) for color, organic mango seed butter, organic avocado oil and organic coconut oil to name a few. Founder and CEO, Ericka Rodriguez saw that there was a void in the market for lipsticks with ethical and healthier ingredients and so she became the change she wanted to see and created some. In case you weren't aware, lipstick is one of the most toxic cosmetics in your makeup bag. Many are contaminated with lead and other toxic metals and contain artificial colors and  toxic fillers that, over time with continued and consistent use (like if you wear lipstick daily over the span of your lifetime), can start to affect our health. Do your research on this topic, if you're curious. This is why after a while I greatly decreased my lipstick and daily cosmetic use, in general. I'm so excited that I can wear lipstick more often again.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Popcorn Feminism?

Yours Truly :-) Shot by Kuson Parson


Feminism is more than laying on your back to get where you need to be. You do have the power to be sexual but there's more to that.- Angel of Nkem Life


I love podcasts. I've learned so much from them and gained so much more insight, focus and inspiration from them. Angel, one half of the sister duo blog, Nkem Life; recently guest appeared on The Africanist's podcast station to talk about feminism versus womanism and the concept of popcorn feminism. It was a really good listen. Angel is very well spoken and was able to clearly express and explain her thoughts. She said so many thought provoking things; I agreed with so much of what she said. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 2015 Editor's Note: Summertime Fine



Baby, you summatime fine. J. Cole said it best. It is May and summer is on our heels. After the wild winter, we had here in the Northeast, I'm so ready for beach parties, cook outs and picnics in the park. This month's theme is "Summertime Fine" and I'm sharing some of my favorite, natural beauty beats to get us summer ready, footloose and fancy free. Can you dig it? As you'll see on the cover, I also recorded my very first podcast! I was so excited to work on this project and my respect for radio show producers, radio hosts and podcasters has increased. I appreciate your work and all you do to bring great content to your listeners and the world. I may do more of them but it will depend on the response I get from you all. Stay tuned for that and let me know how you liked it or if it was helpful.

Wishing you all a fun and sun filled May.









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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The BIZZ Plan for Bossy Inspiration & Encouragement

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Get some more "bossy" inspiration from business blog, The BIZZ Plan and their shows. Benoni, the founder and owner of the site, touts it as an unorthodox business blog and vehicle for sharing hope and teachable moments with others. I love to see people of color blogging about other things besides just fashion and beauty/hair. We have so much range, like anyone else, and I'm hungry for all kinds of content from us that exemplifies that. Benoni also created The BIZZ Plan show, found on Issa Rae's Youtube channel, where short interviews are held with people of color who own various businesses. What I like most about the show is that the features aren't really asked to share an overview of their actual [business] plan and exactly how they became successful. It's more like them sharing their philosophies on their businesses and success, why they enjoy what they're doing and sharing inspiration and words of encouragement. I also like that because the episodes are short, they wet your appetite just enough to want to learn more about each feature and their endeavors after watching. One of my favorite episodes is below. You can check out all of The BIZZ Plan episodes on Issa Rae's Youtube channel and also visit the website at www.thebizzplan.com.


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

Monday, April 27, 2015

To be Your Own Boss or to Have a Boss, That Is the Question

If you live in USA then you are probably inundated with the new ethos to be your own boss.

You're a sucka if you work for someone else, right? You may have heard that the only way you'll be truly happy in your professional career or truly become wealthy is by working for yourself. Quitting your day job and starting your own business is the new black. You're so not en vogue if you're still a corporate pigeon or working for "the man". But I advise people to be mindful of what lenses they put in front of their eyes.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Music that Can Mac // The Stuyvesants' Guest Selects on Fresh Selects/Tight Sounds Project



If you follow me on Twitter, then you saw me tweet about this over the weekend but I had to share it again on here because good music needs to be shared all day, every day, is how I see it. The Stuyvesants is one of my favorite producer duos and their latest project with Fresh Selects gave me the greatness that they always possess. I don't know what it is about The Stuyvesants' musical creations that take me to a really majestic, feel good and groovy place but they just do. Sometimes it's old school hip-hop magic, 70's groovin/funk magic or 80's computer-synth vibrational magic and I'm good with all of it. I do some of my best creating and writing with their music playing in the background so I'm really thankful that they share their love of music with the world. Give their Guest Selects a listen below and check out all their sounds on their website http://TheStuyvesants.com. Your weekend just got sweeter; you can thank me later.




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

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Dame Dash Interview.... Nuts or Spitting Gems?







Twitter went in on Dame after The Breakfast Club interview
I totally have Kelis' "Bossy" song stuck in my head and that's ok because it fits with this posts energy and this month's theme.



So most have heard, by now, about the Dame Dash explosion interview on 105.1 FM show The Breakfast Club last month. Dame Dash went absolute ham for reasons unbeknownst to man and the ratings sky rocketed through the roof. Most people trashed Dame for his words but I saw things a little differently....

So before getting into it, let's state the obvious: YES, he was (I felt); mad extra throughout this interview (but he's a Harlem dude, could we really expect anything less? A little NYC humor/truth/fun. Lol.). But in his crazy talk there were some good points that I picked up on because I didn't take his words (which were at times VERY extra) so literally. I pulled inspiration from what I felt he may have been trying to say. I'm going to share with you the messages that I took away from the interview despite his delivery. Below are the three messages and/or themes that I found in his interview. Remember, ignore his exact words, because they were array at many times.

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