Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Need To Go To Bed......

Janelle Monae Remix
Janelle Monae Remix - by AGrlCanMAC on Polyvore.com

It's 3am. I spent all day running errands, I didn't go out tonight and yet I'm wide awake and JAMMIN to Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You" as I type. LOL. I didn't know how else to channel my energy so I starting playing on Polyvore and came up with this. Another cute spring/summer look.

Friday, January 30, 2009

LOIS Hair Classification System



Trying to figure out what hair type your kurls are? It can be so confusing right? I learned about another way to classify them or at least a different way to describe them. I find that I can't describe what my hair is like best with Andre Walker's system (3C, 4A, 4B etc.). I like the LOIS Classification System way better. I was on Tyte Curl's website and found this article.

So per Tyte Curl:

Hair Types

Our friends at OurHair.net have devised a simple system to define hair types and to encourage healthy hair as well as a healthy mindset. Their system is called LOIS, which takes away the need for a strict hierarchical hair system that separates good hair from bad hair.

Before you begin, please keep in mind that a healthy, undamaged, virgin hair strand, meaning one that is not processed, relaxed or colored, is needed. Examine Your Hair Strand: Select a single strand of the most common type of hair on your head. Aim for 70%, so if you have different textures, use the most common texture on your head. The hair should be freshly washed without products applied to it and rinsed in cold water. Or, gently rinse a single hair with a little dish detergent and rinse in cold water. Allow the hair to dry on a bit of paper towel so that you can look at the pattern without touching it.

Find Your Pattern:

L - If the hair has all bends, right angles and folds with little to no curve then you are daughter L.

O - If the strand is rolled up into the shape of one or several zeros like a spiral, then you are daughter O.

I - If the hair lies mostly flat with no distinctive curve or bend you are daughter I.

S - If the strand looks like a wavy line with hills and valleys then you are daughter S.

You may have a combination of the LOIS letters, possibly with one dominant. If you cannot see one letter over the others, then combine the letters. Example: LO or IL or OS..
Click Here to read the rest of the article

So according to this system, my kinky-kurls can be identified as OS with medium sized strands and is a spongy texture (Read the rest of the article to id your strand size and texture). What's yours????

*****EDIT 2-12-09: After further investigation of my strands, I see that 95% of my hair is koily in different concentrations so I have mostly O strands. While I do have some S areas, the majority of my hair is O. So I'm daughter O.****

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What Ya Thank?



See the hat on the lady? I think I want a hat like this. I know they look kinda crazy but hey, it's cold outside! And they sure will keep your head warm. I'll find a way to make them fly. Some bronzer for the cheeks, mascara, and lipgloss, I'll look like a bronzed snow bunny. LOL. What do you think? Any of you own or want one?

Spring Chaquetas

For all my non Spanish speakers chaquetas means jackets. Just felt like being phunky. LOL. So it's almost the weekend and I'm feelin good feelin great. I love spring because I love wearing jackets. I created a collage of jackets that I want for this spring and what I will be rocking them with. Check me out:

Spring Jackets Looks
Spring Jackets Looks - by AGrlCanMAC on Polyvore.com

In case you can't tell, the black garment is a romper. I liked this one b/c it has a kimono style sleeves.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kinky-Kurly Ladies: Let's "Grow It!" in 2009!



So I'm back like I promised to share my thoughts on this book. First off, let me tell you, Amazon provided very fast delivery! I ordered the book this past Sunday and it came in the mail yesterday! I was very surprised and pleased. I was out and about all day yesterday, so I didn't start reading it till last night. I finished it this morning..... So my thoghts?????

Great book! It's another easy read that you can finish in a couple hours. And then you'll probably read it again, like I will later on today, and write various notes and bust out your highlighter. Ok, so where do I start? Let's start with the writing style and attitude. What I liked about Chicoro's writing style is that it felt like a one on one conversation with her. I really liked that. I like that she shares her past hair woes, experiences, and lessons learned because what she's experienced, we all have at one time or another. I know many wanted pictures of her hair, but I feel that that would have taken away from the book and what she was trying to do. (If you want to see pics of her hair, you can visit her fotki.) B/c it isn't about her hair, it's about YOUR hair and taking control of its destiny.

Which takes me to what I like about the attitude of the book. I really like that the attitude is to take charge of your hair, stop blaming the stylist, sister, mother, etc and step up to the plate; do your research. If you want bomb hair, learn what you need to do to achieve it; you can do it. There are no "secrets" or magic products to use to make your hair grow and retain your length. It's simply about dedication, healthy hair practices, and time. Also keep in mind we all are different, have different hair, therefore we will have different results. The book encourages you not to get discouraged if you don't see an immediate turn around in say, a month. For some it takes longer. If you are doing the right things you WILL see results though so don't compare your hair to others just focus on your own. So I feel the overall attitude was "Yes You Can!" (LOL) and "Do You!"

In the book, she shares her Grow It Process, which are her thoughts and ideas on how to grow hair to its utmost potential. Nothing is law but she provides great information and insight behind why she supports the steps that she does in The Grow It Process. Most of it is pure common sense that you just needed to be reinforced. Chicoro, like I do as well, encourages and practices keeping your hair care regimen simple (and trying not to use so many products) and covers all the bases in Afro-textured hair care: detangling, washing, conditioning, moisturizing, protective styling, and trimming. She also drops some science of the hair knowledge that is important for us to know so that we understand what we are doing to our hair and why we get the results that we do. Don't worry though, she breaks it down so that it is completely understandable and not like you are reading a chemistry text book.

This is not a styling book so therefore there are no styling tutorials/pictures but she stresses the importance of researching protective hair styles that work for you so that you can preserve your ends and reach your longer lengths. This is your hair, take its care in your hands. This book is not law but a guide. Take what you learn from this book and apply it to how you care for your hair. I feel that no stone went unturned in the book. She covered quite a bit in a clear and concise manner in my opinion. This book is definitely for Afro-textured natural ladies/girls and transitioning ladies. (Relaxed ladies can learn a lot from this book but it is not geared toward them so she does not talk about relaxed hair care, the science of it, etc. A better book for relaxed ladies is "Ultra Black Hair Growth" by Cathy Howse) It's def a point of reference book for me and I highly recommend you get it.

So click on the link below and get your copy now!



Chicoro has a great deal that if you buy one for you and one for a friend/family member and email your Amazon receipt/s to her, you get a free tote bag! I'm going to get a copy for one of my good friends and send in my receipts so I can get one. They are too cute! Stay blessed and beautiful and let's "Grow It!" together!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kurly Girl Inspiration: Nicole West



This picture of Nicole was featured on Mane and Chic's site as curly inspiration and I absolutely adored this picture of her and her kinky-kurly hair so much that I had to post it on here! My goal is to have this much hair a year from now.

Now We're Cookin: Rice



What's more chic and stylish than cooking great food (for your man or your friends and family)? Cooking is fast becoming a fun thing for me. I can cook your basics and not burn them but I want to eventually be that lady that cooks chic and tastey meals that people can't get enough of and entertains "intimate" groups of friends in my fly loft apartment or small condo with an "excellent view" of whatever it is that's good to view. Hey, dream in color or don't dream at all, right? For now, my studio apt with a view of the street and other houses across the street will have to do. LOL.

I got the book pictured above yesterday: "The Rice Bible" by Christian Teubner. Very cool book. You can read about the history of rice and how it's planted and harvested, the different types of rice, different methods of cooking/preparing it, or you can be like me and skip that stuff for later and get to the recipes! There are recipes for pilafs, risottos, seasonings & colorings, with woks, paellas, soups, stuffings, and desserts. So much you can do with rice. (And all you feeling the pinch from the economy, this is a very cost effective food.) I'm a rice lover. Why didn't I get this book sooner?!?



I bought a rice cooker last night too. Again, as much as I love rice, why didn't I get one of these sooner!?! This thing is the bomb (!) if you're a person that cooks a lot of rice. I didn't use a recipe from "The Rice Book", just some plain jasmine rice with my new rice cooker:



Hmm, what do with it next? Sautee up some onions n peppers and add them? Add some meat? Just so you know, my rice came out perfect! Luv the rice cooker!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bollywood!!!!!



I entered a contest on LHCF in the make up and skin care forum. The theme for the challenge was Bollywood. When it comes to make up, I love playing up the eyes so this was right up my alley b/c this style of make up emphasises the eyes too. The other ladies posted some great looks too. I didn't enter to win, just something fun today. It's a lazy Sunday and I was bored. LOL.





WHAT I USED:

FACE
Body Shop Nature's Minerals foundation in Shade 06
MAC Brunette MSF
MAC powder bronzer in Deep Bronze

EYES
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Lid: NYX loose pigments in Lime (applied with homemade mixing medium)
Outer V and Crease: Dark green e/s from L'Oreal HIP Metallic Duo in Gunmetal
Highlighter: MAC Warming Trend
Liner: CG liner in Ebony
Waterline: Inner-NYX loose pigments in Oro Outer-NYX loose pigments in Penny (applied both of these with homemade mixing medium)
L'Oreal Bare Natural mascara in Blackest Black
Ardell Whispies lashes in black
MAC brow pencil in Spiked

LIPS
VS Beauty Rush l/g in Cocoalicious

More Books!



"Bobbi Brown Make Up Manual" is a great book. I got it from the library to check it out before purchasing and after inhaling it in one sitting, I'm so buying this book for keeps sake. Thanks to Amazon, I hardly ever pay full price for books so that's where I will buy it. I like her book b/c it's easy to read and really provides you with the fundamental techniques for applying make up and how to look great. It's not a look book that shows how to do the bold looks like you see on the YouTube tutorials n such so if that's what you are looking for, then this is not the book for you. But if you are interested in techniques for applying make up that looks flawless, then you might want to add this book to your collection. I feel I am very good at applying make up and I learned so much from this book and it's a great point of reference. So even you ladies that are more experienced, can get something from this book. Bobbi also includes a chapter sharing tips on how to get in the business and get your portfolio poppin. As an aspiring freelance make up artist, myself, I was all over this chapter.



Now on to some hair books.......



I know all you curly ladies have heard about the "Curly Girl" book by Lorraine Massey. Get it if you don't have it already! All my transitioning ladies, get this book. This is a great point of reference book for curly ladies; it really helps you understand your curls and what they need. For all my "mixologists", she provides some great hair recipes too. I have this book and really like it. This is another easy read. You can easily finish it cover to cover in a couple hours, less than that if you're a speed reader. The information in there is invaluable and most importantly, works! (Now, I will admit, the no shampoo mentality that she supports isn't for everyone but I suggest you try it for a couple weeks if you haven't. If nothing else, I bet you will reduce your shampoo usage, use sulfate free ones or use other methods to cleanse your hair and scalp like ACV mix (which I use and LUV!) or baking soda mix, etc.)






All my LHCF and Fotki ladies know about Chicoro. Her hair is bomb, right? She's def one of my natural hair inspirations and shed a different light on my views of natural hair before I just recently became natural. And she just recently wrote a book! I'm so on it. After I post this post, I'm buying my copy from Amazon. So far, there are 2 reviews up and they say great things. For any that have talked to her on LHCF or via Fotki, you know she is coo and mad encouraging. Once I've read the book, I will post my thoughts on the book. I have a feeling it will be very good though and be another good book for reference to me. If you copped this book, share your thoughts. I believe Amazon is the only place you can get this book. If you have heard otherwise, please let me know and I'll update this post.



Note: I give a lot of shout outs to Amazon b/c I absolutely adore the site and get many things from there. They have received loads of my hard earned dough. LOL. And I feel that they have some great deals. Many times, it's cheaper to get books from there even with shipping included, than it is to buy it at the store. And for me, right now, I'll take any savings available to me!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Great Book for Braids Wearers: Plaited Glory



I ordered "Plaited Glory: For Colored Girls Who've Considered Braids, Locks, and Twists" by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner from Amazon last week. It came in the mail yesterday and I finished it within hours. It's a great quick read on taking care of your braids. Lonnice also includes some cute stories. It's an overall informative, yet entertaining read. Since I'm following the C&G Method, it has become my Braids Bible. I just devoured it last night and I already have pages marked and various paragraphs throughout the book highlighted! There is lots of useful information and she includes pictures of various styles. I really like that she provides great solutions for washing especially and maintenance for your braids. All you braids wearers and C&G heads, this is a great book to add to your collection. It just might mess around and become your Braids Bible too! Read it, enjoy it, share it! I got it used for around $2! Doesn't get much better then that. I posted the link at the bottom so you don't even have to go searching for it. Stay blessed and beautiful and have a great weekend.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Whipped Shea Cream Recipe

I made some more of my whipped shea cream for my body and used only 3 oils and different ratios for some of the ingredients with this batch. So here’s the recipe I created this time.

MY LATEST WHIPPED SHEA CREAM RECIPE:
16 oz Shea butter
½ Cup Castor oil
¼ Cup EVOO
¼ Cup Coconut oil
½-1 Cup Aloe vera gel
2 Tsp Honey
20 drops Peppermint essential oil

How To:
Gently warm up shea butter in a pot with some water in it on the stove. (If you make the water very hot you will make your shea butter grainy) Once warm, transfer shea butter to a large mixing bowl and whip to a smooth consistency. Add oils and honey and whip again to mix them in. Gradually pour in aloe vera gel and continue to whip. Add whatever essential oils you like and whip till a frosting like consistency is achieved. Enjoy!



Tips:
I used more castor oil this time b/c it’s winter and the air is dryer so with castor oil being a great sealant I figured would be great for locking in more moisture this time of year.

When I whipped mine, I used a hand mixer but you can use a stationary mixer as well.

Try to store in the fridge when you’re not using. It will last you even longer.

This recipe will make you a lot of cream!



If your cream feels too greasy, simply add more aloe vera gel or shea butter till you achieve a consistency you like.

Do play around with different oils, ingredients, and ratios till you discover a batch that is your crack. LOL. I’m still playing around but this one is my best one yet for the cold months. I used more aloe vera gel this time so not only is more moisturizing but it’s less greasy too. My next batch is getting some coconut cream thrown up in the mix! Try, tweek if you like, share, and enjoy!

FOTD: Goldie Green Eyes



Such a simple a pretty look. I only used 2 colors and lots of blending to achieve this look.

WHAT I USED:
FACE:
* Body Shop Nature’s Minerals foundation in Shade 06
* MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Brunette from the Red Head, Blonde, Brunette collection on cheeks




EYES:
* Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer
* Lid: MAC Henna (from Red Head, Blonde, Brunette collection)
* Outer V and Crease: The darker green color from L’Oreal HIP Metallic Duos in Gunmetal
* Highlighter: MAC Warming Trend
* Brows: MAC brow pencil in Spiked
* Cover Girl Line Exact liquid liner pen in black
* L’Oreal Bare Naturals mascara in blackest black
* On waterline: NYX jumbo eye shadow pencil in black

LIPS:
* Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush lipgloss in Hot Cocoanut



I should do a tut for this. It was so easy. Just remember to blend, blend, blend! I might be going out tomorrow night so if I do, I’ll have FOTN look comin at cha. If I don’t go out, I still might play and create a look anyway. Haha. This cold weather makes me such a hermit man!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Marilyn Monroe Watch Out!



You aint got nothin on my girl after I beat her face! LOL. Me and some friends went out to an Obama Party last night at 31 Rockwell Place in downtown Brooklyn. My girl asked me to hook her up and I gladly obliged. She loved it. I loved it and we had a really good time last night. Obama yall!!!!!



My friend is a curly girl. In case you were wondering, the hairstyle she's rockin is a roller set on the orange cold wave rods(w/ a lil EVOO on each section before rolling) she did on a 1-2 week old Dominican blow out. She rolls her hair every night, w/ a lil oil on each section, to keep her blow outs fresh and fly. (Cold wave rods are waaay more comfortable to sleep on than your usual rollers.) When we were getting ready, she rolled her hair up again and close to right before we left she took them down and voila: Full, bouncy, shiny curls!

My Mom Made The News!

Monday night, my mother, Carole Staples, was interviewed and featured in a clip of the 11 o'clock Channel 9 News in Cincinnati! Excited is not even the word for what I feel. I don't think there is a word. Mommy, I'm so happy for you and all the blessings and rewards you aqcuire this year and on, you deserve!



Ok, the embed code is not working. Ugh. So Click Here To See The Clip if the vid doesn't come up.

Her website: www.MivaDesigns.com

Her blog

Monday, January 19, 2009

Stylista Must: Bomber Jacket




Got to have one of these for the spring, if you don't already, ladies. You can rock them with jeans, skirts, summer dresses, jumpsuits..... A classic piece I feel every stylish woman should have in her closet. I found this one on Amazon by Obey The Phoenix City for $90. (I want one in brown though.) This one is pleather. Hmmm..... For all you ladies who don't care how PETA feels, you might want to pay a lil more for a leather one. I may have to too, sorry PETA!

Guilty Pleasure



I don't know why I like this show but I do and will so be watching when the new season premieres in March. LMAO. Do any of you?

DIY Guide: Shingling 101



Happy MLK Day! :0)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hair Updates and Another Wish List Item



So I'm still braided up. One thing I'm noticing, is that as much as I want to shy away from washing my hair as much, I can't. LOL. (When not braided, I wash once a week and co-wash once a week.) I was washing every 2 weeks but I'm realizing that my scalp aint havin it and is itching and building up like whoa. So, I have made the executive decision to start washing my braids weekly now. I find that with aloe vera gel and tieing my hair down, the frizzies aren't a major issue. So that's where I'm at on my braids.

I was surfing GrowAfroHairLong.com earlier today and have decided to go by the C&G (Crown & Glory) Method this whole year to reach my goal of at least EL (ear length) by December. The C&G Method is you braid your hair up for 2 months at a time. Then you take a break in between, Robin-the creator of the site recommends 2 months, and braid your hair up again for another 2 months. My breaks will be much shorter: 1 to 2 weeks. In the warmer months, they might be longer since I'll have more hair to play with and can do wash-n-gos. I plan to do this method until I reach my ultimate goal length (see pic on the side).

I also joined a Grow Out Challenge for this whole year on Naturally Curly. So I'm serious, about getting as much growth as possible this year. I will be updating my fotki as usual so you can follow my hair growth there. I will talk on here some too but there will be way more updates and pics on there. Join me if you like. Here the guidelines I created for myself:

My Grow Out Challenge Guidelines

* C&G Method: braids and kinky twists
* No direct heat
* Hair multivitamin
* Exercise 3 days a week (for at least 20 mins)
* When in between braids/kinky twists: DC once a week and co-wash 1-2 times a week

And that's it!

Yet another thing to add to my ever growing wish list. It's so hard fighting PJ'ism! Also saw on GrowAfroHairLong.com Afro Detangler:



Hear rave reviews about this product. You guessed it, it's a great detangling conditioner. It'll cost you about $60 (shipping included in that) but it lasts you anywhere from 8 months to a year! If it lasts you a year, you only paid $5 a month for it. So, in many cases, you are actually saving money. I use a great detangler now but it's $10 and lasts me a month so Afro Detangler is looking very appealing to me and since I'm doing C&G, I should easily get more than a year thus saving even more money. And that's always music to my ears!

Stay blessed and beautiful!

****Picture on top left: "Allure" by Frank Morrison****

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mixology 101



Do you like making your own hair care and skin care products or want to get into it? "There's a place for uuuuuuuus". LOL. I just joined yet another board called Mixology 101. It's great site that is brand new and looking for members. Here you can learn and swap recipes for natural alternatives to what's sold commercially. Sometimes it even saves you money! And in these economic times, it doesn't hurt to save some money!

I've already found recipes that I can't wait to try! Like one member's, Shawnette, recipe for hair pudding. Easy to make, waaaay more affordable than Miss Jessie's, all natural (if you use aloe vera gel instead of IC Fantasia gel) and the results are fab! Check out her blog on there. She posts before and after pics of the recipe.

Have a great weekend. Stay warm. It's been freezing in Nyc lately! And as always, stay blessed and beautiful. :0)

*Picture Featured: "Proud Divas" by Frank Morrison

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the WishList: Pibbs 514 Kwik Dri Dryer w/ Castor Base



Anybody else want one of these babies? I do! I want this model shown: Pibbs 514 Kwik Dri Dryer w/ Castor Base. It's priced on www.buypibbs.com for $360. Yowsers! But I would love to have one in my possession. I read nothing but great reviews on them and that they are worth the money. I hear they are a great investment, don't make a lot of noise, and dry quick. Do any of you have or want one? Share your experiences!

Weekend in DC





So I went to Washington DC this past weekend to see the opening of the "Quilts for Obama: An Exhibit Celebrating the Inauguration of our 44th President" exhibit. It opened on Sunday, January 11th at the Washington Historic Society. As you can see, I was rocking the red, white, and blue in my own way. Only 44 quilters were selected to create a piece for this and my mommy was one of them! Needless to say, my family and I are really excited as she is adding to history. And this is a huuuuge honor. It was so much fun hanging out in DC and it was good to see my parents and other family members again so soon.

To see more of my mom's work (and purchase block patterns if you quilt, are interested in quilting or know someone that is), you can check out her website at www.MivaDesigns.com. To learn about the inspiration behind her Obama quilt, check out her blog at: fabricsfibers-n-threads.blogspot.com.

Stay blessed and beautiful!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Gold, Rust, Walnut Bronze Look

Another make up look comin at cha! See the tutorial for it on my You Tube channel. The lighting sucked. I will fix that for future tuts. Stay blessed, beautiful and enjoy!











Shout Out to Aubrey Organics

Shout out to Aubrey Organics man. They're products are grrrrrr-eat! If you haven't tried them, you will want to. Not only are their products made with all natural ingredients but they WORK! Now everyone's hair is different but I've heard reviews from all different kinds of hair types and I haven't heard a bad thing yet. And my (4A) hair absolutely adores their products.

I absolutely ADORE their Island Naturals Replenishing Conditioner.



It moisturizes and melts away the tangles in my hair (so I don't know if I can even call it detangling anymore) like a mutha! I've also used it as leave-in (and then sealed with a lil castor oil) and received great results. Curly girls, transitioners, this. Is. The. STUFF! A lil on the pricey side, about $10 for an 11oz bottle, but for hair that's moisturized and the comb glides through, I'm so there.

Also have mad love for their Herbal Liquid Everyday Body Soap.



When I say this stuff cleanses your skin but doesn't dry it out, OMG! After continued use, I've noticed that my skin stays moisturized way longer (and it's winter right now!) and is even more responsive to my whipped shea butter mix that I moisturize my skin with. My skin has never felt smoother and silkier to the touch.

These are the only 2 products I have from them so far but I'm hooked and can't wait to add more to my possession. Their ish WORKS. They are all cruelty free products and environment friendly as well as friendly to your body. I like that none of the ingredients I have to consult to a chemist for pronunciation. LOL.

Next on my Wish List to get from them: Mandarin Magic Gingko Leaf & Ginseng Root Moisturizing Hair Jelly. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about this styling gel. This'll be great for when I wear my curls out to give them definition and hold.



I get my Aubrey Organics products from Vitamin Shoppe. I know Whole Foods carries them as well. And you can also shop online on their website www.AubreyOrganics.com. "And if ya don't know, now ya knooooooooow....."

Monday, January 5, 2009

Just Did The BC?

Then check out this vid. YouTube's HealthyHairJourney shares some of her tips to happy, healthy, growing curls.



And how to define your curls.....



Enjoy!

Stay blessed and beautiful :0)

Kurly Girl Directory



Want your curls to be healthy, pretty, and long (if you crave length)? Here's some Curly Girl friendly sites I'm addicted to that inspire me.

www.NaturallyCurly.com - They have a plethora of information, forums including ones specified for your hair type, product reviews, articles, and an online store- CurlsMart

www.LongHairCareForum.com and www.K-I-S-S.biz - Great place for women of color with curly or relaxed hair

www.motowngirl.com - Great site with tons of curly info and DIY hair care tips. When I was transitioning, I lived on this site

www.ManeAndChic.com - This girl is doin her thing. She documented her transition on there and shared her BC with everyone there as well. She provides great curly girl tips, product reviews, books, styles, and pics of curly girls takin over the fashion scene!

UrbanCurlz.blogspot.com - This chica is doing her thing too. She posts great styling and hair care tips and also posts a lot of fashion related topics as well.

www.CurlyNikki.com - I enjoy her site b/c she interviews your every day curlies about they're regimens and hairstyles, when and why they transitioned, and what regimens and hairstyles they used when they were transitioning. Loads of inspiration in these interviews!

Don't forget to check out www.YouTube.com. There are tons and tons of videos on curly hair care, products, and styling. Some of my favorite channels are:

KinkyCurlyQueen
BlackOnyx77
Richeau
BeautifulBrwnBabyDol
CurlyChronicles
Maranda313
TeshonandFamily
CrownofHISGlory
HealthyHairJourney
ItsMeHeatherNicole
LadyLibra

There are many more sites I have yet to find. When I find them, I will not forget to share them with you all and add to the list. If you go to a site that you love that I haven't listed, let me know and I'll be sure to add it.

So much inspiration! Hope these sites inspire you as much as they do me!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Exfoliating for Radiant Skin


One of the key elements to soft, radiant skin are these babies: exfoliating gloves. They are cheap and work. I got mine from Wal-Mart for less than $3. I use them every day in the shower by wetting my body first then put my body wash on the gloves, rub together and apply to my body in GENTLE circular motions all over. It feels so relaxing and result is lovely! Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin so your skin will have that glow and be smooth. So what are you waiting for, go get a pair!


For my FACE I use a buff puff facial sponge:



I get mine at my local Duane Reade in a 2 pk for about $1. A small price with big results! I use it by scrubbing in circular motions GENTLY all over my face with my facial cleanser almost every day. The end result is radiant, soft, even-toned skin that glows. I love the sound of that. Don't you?

Stay blessed and beautiful!

Friday, January 2, 2009

10 Fashion Commandments for 2009



I was checking out Urban Curlz' blog (Fellow curlies check her out. She is doing her thing over there and I'm an avid reader. She's on my blog list as well.)today and was reading her entry for today: Clutch Magazine's 10 Fashion Commandments for 2009. I agreed with it so much, I just HAD to post it on here. So listen up and take heed. LOL.

Commandment #1 Thou shalt not wear leggings as pants, baring your backsides for the whole world to see! Instead, pair leggings with casual dresses, or tunic-length shirts and sweaters. Enjoy the trend, but tastefully and in moderation.

Commandment #2 Thou shalt not show panty line, thongs, bra straps, or any other undergarments for that matter. Be a lady, and keep such personal information to yourself.

Commandment #3 Thou shalt not buy clothing that is too small, under the pretense of loosing weight to fit into it. Money spent today should be able to be used today. Besides, it’s not about the number or size on the garment, but rather the way it fits your body and makes you feel. A comfy 14 beats a too-tight 10 any day!

Commandment #4 Thou shalt not spend beyond your fashionable means. Purchasing the hottest=2 0new “it” bag means nothing if you can’t afford to go out and be seen in it, or if it will make the rent or car note past due. A Birkin bag may be fly, but you sure can’t live in it!

Commandment #5 Thou shalt experiment fearlessly with bright colors and bold accessories. Spice up a simple black ensemble with a pair of turquoise flats, for example, or a stack of beaded bangles.

Commandment #6 Thou shalt not fall victim to the trends, allowing the magazines and designers to dictate everything you wear and every piece you buy. Be yourself and wear what makes you feel most comfortable. Embrace your individuality!

Commandment #7 Thou shalt not wear shoes and boots with leaned heels. Walking sideways is not sexy!

Commandment #8 Thou shalt not assume that we all are “Sasha Fierce.” Yes we all have fierce alter egos within us, but that doesn’t mean that we should show up at the club in a leotard or one piece with some pumps on!

Commandment #9 Thou shalt understand the importance of appearance and how everything from your hair, makeup and the wrong accessories can destroy a great look. Make sure everything ties together PLEASE!

Commandment #10 Thou shalt always take one good look at themselves in the mirror from head to toe before heading out the door. Whether it’s off to work, a date with a boobie, the club, school, etc., for the next 365 days make sure it’s a look that isn’t going to garner you those side-eye stares. The goal is to be you!



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Aquis Mimi's Diva Dryer Hair Turban



From Naturally Curly's CurlMart website:

Curlygirls know that regular towels can cause frizz, but microfiber towels prevent that. This fabulous turban is made from a patented material that absorbs water quickly without causing frizz.

More details:
Stays on your head (With one brilliant little button!)
Real Microfiber (A fancy word for super-absorbent!)
Dries hair fast (Less blow drying!)

Aquitex® is a super-absorbent microfiber material that dries a girl's hair quicker than an ordinary towel. Dry your hair in half the time!

Turban 101:
Tip...Twist...Flip...Button...Go!
Tip your head forward and put on the turban...
Twist, Twist, Twist (and then twist some more...)
Flip the end over in one magnificent swoop...
Button & go girl!

It looks pretty cool. I just may invest in one after I take my braids out. If you have one, share your results! Click here for more details.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR




Happy New Year! This picture embodies what I want 2009 to be filled with: more effortless style, relaxing, traveling and fun! I worked at planting good seeds in 2008 so let's get our good harvest on this year! 2009 is going to be a great year. I know it and can feel it. I'm claiming all my blessings God is going to bless me with so LET'S GET IT!

Things To Do In 2009

* Pay off credit cards
* TRAVEL as much as I can this year/visiting friends
* Have more fun: Find it
* Get my side hustles seriously supplementing my income this year
* Go back to my salsa lessons :0)
* Decorate my place (just moved back in October)
* Get back on my sewing tip

What do you want to do in this year?

I just want to enjoy my life a whole lot more this year. I spent last year making hard decisions, experiencin a lot of changes, making sacrafices and purging some people and things in my life I should have let go a while ago so that I could live and enjoy my life to its fullest potential. 2009 is all MINE! Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosporous new year. :0)

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