Monday, March 30, 2015

I Still Miss Suede Magazine


It was my favorite urban, multi-cultural women's fashion magazine. Suede had magic that is incomparable, it's sad they only got to print 4 issues. Suede magazine debuted in 2004 and by 2005 was a wrap. I had all four issues, I wish I had saved them! I was a broke college student and eagerly absorbed every issue that came out. The issues and glossy pages took me away to another world of urban diva fabulousness that I knew I would get to partake in once I graduated and wasn't broke anymore.


Vogue and Harper's Bazaar were available to us but they weren't talking to us. Suede was. I loved seeing women that looked like me on almost all of the pages and designer wares and beauty and style tips being shared and discussed with us. Though I couldn't afford practically any of the styles showcased at the time (broke college student), they inspired me and my outfit pairings. My favorite issues were the debut one with Alicia Keys on cover and the Eve cover. Just the energy behind it and the visuals always spoke to me, excited me and inspired me. I know how tough the magazine industry can be, especially the print magazine world but I just miss Suede. I wish they would come back digitally, print again or something. What did you love about Suede magazine?


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, March 25, 2015

Editor's Note: Good Things to Come



Hi Everyone,

How are you? I hope this finds you all well. I'm coming in here really quickly to say hi and spread some positive energy. I'm so excited for all the awesome things I have up my sleeve for AGrlCanMAC. I'm really stepping into my destiny, owning my destiny and having so much fun along the ride. A lot of good things are in store and I won't show my hand just yet but just know I'm putting in that old fashioned, heart and soul and good work. One of the good things drops next month and I'm really psyched to launch it. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it and putting it into place.

Please check out my e-Book, AGrlCanMAC Presents: Fine Natural Hair, Don't Care: Tips to help natural hair with fine strands and medium to low density thrive, over at Amazon if you haven't already. You don't need a Kindle to read it, just download and use the FREE Kindle reading app. In it, I'm sharing helpful tips for naturals with hair made up of fine strands and is of medium to low density. We have to do some things a little different than our other natural sisters but that's ok once we know what to do! 

Hope you all are having a great week. Thank you, as always, for reading. I do this for me (why lie) and I do this you all too. Let's enjoy life and get our MAC (Mold Anything to Create our reality) on!













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, March 23, 2015

Learning My Rwandan Heritage // Rwandan Singer/Artist: Teta Diana

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Rwandan singer artist: Teta Diana
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Last year I found out that I'm a "young East African girl" after all. Lol. I am of Rwandan-Burundian descent on my mother's paternal side of the family and have since been learning about the culture and history. Recently someone reached out to me via email and shared with me a ton of Rwandan links and information. I'm so thankful for them sharing all that they did; it was a huge help and so kind of them. I had a post where I talked about Rwandan artist, Nicole Musoni, whom I really like. She's like a Rwandan Selena, except she doesn't dance. In the email they shared with me some other musicians to check out. One of them is named Teta Diana. While Nicole is pop-R&B, Teta is more contemporary Rwandan music. Her single, "Kata" has those feel good, let's dance vibes. I couldn't find a website for her but she has a Facebook page at Teta Diana. Any of you know of any other Rwandan-Burundian artists that I should know about?


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, March 16, 2015

Braids, Wide Brim Hats and Kimonos // My Spring & Summer 2015 Style Inspirations

I want a wide brim hat like Janelle Monae has in this picture {Image Source}

Winter's been, well, winter and though I have enjoyed the time snuggling under warm blankets with cups of hot chocolate and movie nights in, I'm experiencing a bit of cabin fever. It's time for winter and I to part ways for a few months. I'm so ready for spring and summer! I'm ready to be outdoors riding bikes, frequenting the beach, sipping on bottomless mimosas at rooftop brunches and the ladies' night I'm planning with my girlfriends uptown at La Marina. I'm inspired by so many things that I want to make and add to my personal style collection like a wide brim hat. Janelle Monae has been slaying in this accessory lately.

Friday, March 13, 2015

How I Fell Out of Love with Fashion and then BACK in Love With It

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The Zaba skirt from The African Shop {Image Source}

Fashion excited me again. It was not something to be a slave to try and "keep up" with. It was not something that I necessarily had to purchase and have in my possession. I saw it as simply something creative; something I could just appreciate.

True story. For the past couple of years, I was falling out of love with fashion. That doesn't mean that I was burning bras and and took to wearing rags, I just had slipped into a funk and indifference towards it. Which is ironic because I've been living my dream of working as a fashion industry professional in New York City for the past 8 years and am a professional makeup artist. Anything is possible though, including my disenchantment with fashion.

My apathy started a couple years ago because I was broke-ish,  doing the responsible thing paying down debt and was depressed that even with a sale, no J Crew anything was coming home with me. The prospect of having to shop at Conway almost exclusively for a while almost tipped me over. I wanted to be able to buy a nice party dress for $50-$70 sometimes. Yes, I was that broke-ish. A $50-$70 party dress was not a part of my reality then. I hated that fashion was so expensive but yet how cheap and mass-produced it was as well. I hated Moschino and I hated Forever 21. I hated that style bloggers made me want to buy shit [I couldn't afford and probably didn't even really want but they just made it look good] and was envious of their bottomless sea of great clothes and shoes. I began to dislike their new posts with yet another dress or top never worn before and wouldn't be worn ever again (or at least not photographed ever again). Why did they all have to have and/or aspire to Celine bags and Christian Louboutin pumps? Where were the fashion bloggers dressing themselves with Target finds and Aldo shoes? I was angry at them. It was a weird spectrum that I had fallen into. I was fast becoming a fashion grouch.

Monday, March 9, 2015

AGCM Book Club /// Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen









My father got everyone in the family this book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, as one of our Christmas gifts. I enjoy Joel Osteen's sermon's whenever I've been able to catch  them on tv and I love that he smiles while talking throughout his whole service! He's just so mellow, wise, humorous and smiley. Lol.

I was excited to dig into this book because this year I wanted to take things to the next level and I like reading what people I deem as successful in their own right have to say about attracting and living the life you want. I'm 31 and it's go time; time to shine. I've been there done that on working jobs I couldn't grow and shine in. It's time to really start "living my best life". This book was chock full of messages that God and the Angels had been saying to me for a while. Throughout reading it, I got the messages again and acknowledged them. Rather you're a Christian, another faith or super spiritual like me, there are things that anyone can take away from the book. I really appreciated him encouraging people to mind their outlooks on things. I mean, you can choose to be miserable at your job or be thankful that you even have one while you look for another job or opportunity that honors your goals and desires more. I also love that he talked about your past or your family not defining your journey and success. I finished the book inspired to honor my gifts and passions this year and that if I'm going in the direction of my purposes are, I cannot lose.

Have you read the book? What did you take away from it?


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, March 6, 2015

Music That Can Mac // J Dilla and Entrstellar


Happy Friday! Between J Dilla and Entrstellar, I've been floating in musical bliss all week. J Dilla "Donuts" (affiliate link), a classic, has been in heavy rotation and made the work week all that much sweeter, no pun intended. You can pick up the frequency of the fun and soul he had making his music. Don't you just love art like that?

I've also been vibin out hard to producer duo, Entrstellar. My very good friend, Brandon*, who's work I have shared on here many times throughout the years is one half of the group. The other is a serious talent out of Canada named Jay Ellyiot. One of the they're latest remixes for Missy Elliot's "Beep Me 911" has got my mind spinning. They're Daft Punk "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" remix is dope too. I've been doing some serious body rolling and twerkin to it alone in front of my bathroom mirror each morning.


Wishing you all a great weekend. Spring is upon us in the northern hemisphere! The days are starting to get longer again and hopefully after tonight, the snow will leave NYC alone until next winter. Lol.What are you all listening to lately?

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, March 4, 2015

The Science of Transitioning by Audrey Sivosathy







Recently Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of the amazing book, The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care, reached out to me and sent me copy of her latest book The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals. I had no doubt in my mind that it would be as awesome and thorough as TSBH was and I was right. This is a phenomenal resource from women (and girls) transitioning from chemically relaxed or heat damaged hair (from excessive straightening) to natural hair and newly naturals. I wish this was around when I was transitioning and went natural 7 years ago. It would have been a huge help to me. Instead I had to scour books, Youtube videos, hair forums and blogs to piece together all the info in this book. Now it's all in one convenient location to add to your library and easily refer to. Lucky ducks! I give this resource 5 out of 5 stars.

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, March 2, 2015

I'm Asking for Scarier Things

Dream home office inspiration
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If your dreams don't scare you then they are insulting to God. Bold phrase right? I didn't really take this quote up until late 2013 when I declared that I wanted to go on a $4,000 South Africa trip in the summer of 2014. I didn't know where I would find the $4,000 for it (I was paying on consumer debt and not making much at work) but I decided to take God/the Universe up on its challenge. This desire scared the crap out of me because in my logical mind, I couldn't figure out how I was going to do this. The math didn't add up that I could save up for this trip. But I learned that it wasn't my job to figure out how. It was my job to do the work and believe. The money found me and the ways to make extra money to put towards the trip found me.

The South Africa trip was the biggest thing I had asked for to date and put deliberate energy behind so it's time to ask again and this time bigger and scarier. I'm setting my intentions out here when I express my desire for AGrlCanMAC (and my other writing) to afford me the ability to put in my two week's notice to my full time job if I wanted. I want it to happen this year. I trust the Universe's timing though over the exact time I want it to manifest though. I'm just ready to jump knee deep in the trenches and do the work. I am a writer and artist at heart and I'm finally owning and stepping into the fact that I want to turn these passions into paychecks. I would love for AGCM to be one of my full time careers that never feels like a day of work. I love it so much that I may never really "retire"; I'll just keep creating and doing the things I love until I die.

Monday, February 23, 2015

AGCM Book Club // Wild by Cheryl Strayed


The CEO of the company I worked for was my Secret Santa and he gifted me with this book. Always down to read a book especially about adventures that push us to be better people, I was excited to crack it open. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, is about woman named Cheryl Strayed who in her early to mid-twenties, after she loses everything including her mother to cancer, her marriage and self control; she decides to embark on a solo hiking trip through the Pacific Crest Trail.She expects to "run away" in a sense and clear her mind with less distractions but discovers and experiences so much more. Filled with trials and tribulations along the way, she gains courage, strength, friendships, adventure, acts of kindness from many people and a deeper perspective when it comes to life and her life. It got kind of slow to me in the middle because I was just ready for her to be done hiking, lol, but you grow seasoned with her as she spends her whole summer blazing the trail meeting new people and stumbling upon various revelations.




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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