Friday, September 30, 2011

Music That Can Mac: Baby by Brandy

Happy Friday! Happy Friday! This weekend, I'm taking it back. Back in the 6th grade, I adored Brandy and down right wanted to be her. I loved her voice. She's an alto just like I was. I thought she was so cool and pretty and just the ultimate teenage, Black American beauty. I had the mini backpack purse like her, the bubble coat and long, jet black braids. Her tape, yes TAPE!, Brandy stayed in my walkman. I had a crush on this 8th grader back then and everytime I heard "Baby", I thought about him. I don't even remember his name, lol, but I thought he was so fine back then! Lol. So join me back down memory lane with this and have a great weekend! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

LOA Thursdays: Meeting the LOA Halfway

So in the past few LOA Thursdays, we've talked about creating vision boards, overhauling your thoughts to a positive frequency about things like money and daydreaming often about the things you want out in and from your life. These are all great steps forward. The other important component to getting this way of life to work for you is to then put some action behind it. You've got to meet the LOA halfway; meaning you've got to do your part. It's not enough to just want it, you've got to do something that puts you in the position to get it! It's not enough to want to marry your dream man but you aren't involved in any activities and live on your couch every single weekend or work 24/7 and never do anything fun and in social settings where you could meet people. Your actions must coincide with your thoughts.

I will share with you my journey of how I got to New York City. I was using the LOA and didn't even know it back then..... 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Product Review: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditoner

I'm slowly falling for the Organic Raw Shea Butter collection in the Shea Moisture line. This whole line has argan oil in it and it's really making me want to try this oil alone in the near future. So far each product I've tried from it is doing my hair lovely. I'm already attached to the shampoo in this line, it's official, and now I really like this Restorative Conditioner. It's creamy and goes on smooth, has excellent slip for detangling and when I rinsed it out; it left my hair feeling very soft. It smells just as good as the shampoo from this line. Shea Moisture if you're reading this, please sell that scent (as a solid perfume please)! I love it and have been told by men that it smells "intoxicating". ;D

The ingredients are great, the scent is great, the price is great and the results are great. This could mess around and be a staple! The instructions say that you can use it as a leave in too. I may try it like that in the near future.

The Deets:
Shea Moisture Raw Organic Shea Butter  Restorative Conditioner
Where to Buy: Target,, or Walgreens
Price: around $10 for 12 fl oz

Vist the Shea Moisture website:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Kurly Directory: Fro Stoppa

I found another cool kinky-kurly hair site and have to share it with you: When I first found her site, I stayed on there for a couple hours reading post after post and looking at the pictures; I couldn't stop reading! She shares great natural hair tips, hairstyle tutorials and styles she creates with her hair. I've taken a liking to her site because she does a lot of hairstyles with twists and keeps her regimen and staple products simple. I'm really determined to make twists a fly part of my lifestyle and hair routine. They're just so simple and easy! My life has become so active (I'm never home I feel like) that I need "fly on the go" hair. So if you love twisting your hair or want to get into wearing twists, this site is especially very inspirational. I've gotten some hairstyle ideas from GG that I'll be putting my spin on in the near future.

So go check it out. Stay naturally fly. :D

Friday, September 23, 2011

Music That Can Mac;: Fly Union

Happy Friday! I first heard of hip hop trio, Fly Union, from Andrea of Fly. Don't sleep on her music recommendations people. Check out their website and download their TGTC: The Greater Than Club mixtape for free 99.  They flow over a lot of remastered, old skool, 60's soul beats. I luv the feeling this album gives me. I've been playing it non stop since I downloaded it.

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

LOA Thursdays: Daydreaming is Cool

The Law of Attraction encourages daydreaming. Dream up the life you want. Maybe for you, it's traveling 90% of the year or becoming a successful blogger ;D . Maybe it's having your own farm or working from home. Put pictures around your place and on your computer that represent the life that you want. Daydream about this often. Yeah, I said it, daydream often. The more you think about what you want from your life, the more situations will line up to get you the life that you want. Now in order for this to work, you must do your part and do things to help the process along but your job is to act like you have the life you want already, be thankful for it already and let God and the universe work out the "how" it will come about.

Part of my dream life involves being the beautiful, Black American Domestic Goddess that my paternal grandmother was and adding a modern twist that is appropriate to the times that we live in now. Born and raised in North Carolina, she could BURN in the kitchen and was the homemaker extrodinaire. Looking at old pictures, man, she made it look fabulous. People loved her cooking, dinner parties, etc and she delighted in feeding people and seeing them enjoy good meals. She stayed fly, could do laundry and fold clothes like a pro, kept the house spotless and my dad and his siblings always looked good and were well taken care of. I have always wanted to be similar to my grandmother. She was just so fly to me. So I daydream about cooking awesome meals for my future husband and our children. I also daydream about hosting great dinner parties and successfully running my future household (with the help of my hubby of course). I like to feed people and like my grandmother, I delight in seeing people enjoying my creations. With each meal I cook, I'm getting closer and closer to cooking as great as my grandma did and that makes me feel so good!

When you daydream about your dream life, what does some of your life look like?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hair Lessons Learned, Wisdom Earned: Sweet Almond Oil

Leaves me with a greasy mess of strands that won't go away till I wash my hair. x_x

It's best that I use SAO for my skin (my skin LOVES it) and if I need to seal my hair with an oil, just stick to my grapeseed oil.

I'm just starting to realize that I really don't need to seal my hair anyhow. Oils easily build up in my hair. On some rare occasions I may need to but usually my Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk does the trick keeping my hair properly moisturized and sealed. :D

What have you learned about your hair lately?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

LOA Thursdays: The Money Chant

Money DOES grow on trees!

Say it with me: "Money comes easily and frequently".

Say it till you believe it. Loral Langemeier talked about in The Secret (page 106) how, growing up, he was taught that you had to work hard for and struggle to have money so he shifted his thoughts and came up with the quote above to think into existence instead. I say this everyday at least once a day and while I'm not a balla YET, I'm increasing my financial stability and prosperity as each day passes. Unexpected income finds me when I'm not even paying attention. A friend recently gave me $5 that she owed me for something that I don't even remember. I said to myself right before that incident that I needed to get some cash so I could do my laundry. Womp, there it is! Creating wealth is a mindset. Obviously, there are other things you have to do to generate wealth and we will get into that later but your life and every day events start with your thoughts.

What are your attitudes toward money? Remember, you attract what you think about. Your thoughts are powerful, choose the right ones to harp on.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review to Come: Hair Products 101 by Chicoro

I really dig Chicoro's simple and effective approach to hair care. Her book, Grow It!, is my hair care bible still to this day and I reread it often. I'm late and didn't know that she came out with another book recently, Hair Products 101. I enjoy reading, learning and supporting Chicoro. In my encounters with her, she's been very down to earth and her practical and simple advise in hair yields results. I will be purchasing this book soon to add to my hair care library and once I finish reading it, I will share with you all my thoughts.

Have any of you out there read this book yet?

If you're interested in reading it with me, email me ( and I'll set up a chat/discussion thing of some sort. If you like the sound of that, get your copy from below and let's do this!:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Product Review: Bee Mine Bee Lovely Moisturizing Daily Conditioner

In short, I like the Bee Mine Bee Lovely Moisturizing Daily Conditioner.

You all know how much I luv the Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk. I've been using it as a leave in and it makes my hair feel and look so good. My hair feels so soft and moisturized since using it; I've been having hair-gasms left and right! It's got a smooth and light, creamy consistency. It smells great too. Use sparingly if you have hair like mine that doesn't need a lot of oil on it. It's got castor oil as one of the ingredients in it and I got too happy with it one time and it left my hair on the greasy side some. When I used it with a lighter hand, my hair didn't feel greasy at all so be careful how much you use. A little goes a long way! The instructions say that you can use it as a rinse out conditioner as well. I may have to try it like that next.

Will I re-buy this product? Honestly, probably not. It's good but sometimes I just am in the mood to try something new. I didn't need this product in my arsenal. It's a good product though and I would definitely recommend it to others. Give a try, especially if your hair likes castor oil.


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Oil Cleansing Method Updates

I've been exclusively using the oil cleansing method for over a year now. My face couldn't be happier and even though I have oily skin, it never appears oily anymore. I use some different things than I used to the last time I talked about it.

I now use sweet almond oil on my face. It's a light and smooth oil and leaves my skin even softer and smoother than grapeseed oil. SAO also gives my skin mega glow; it even glows under those awful flourescent lights that usually make people look like "death becomes her". I luv it!

To cleanse my face, I went back to black soap and it is doin wonders on my face like it has in the past. I like Shea Moisture's brand best.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Friday! I luv 4 day work weeks. :D I was still exhausted last week so I didn't have music for the day for you. This Friday I wanna vibe to Jasmine Solano. This chick is so ill and her flow is ridic. I first became a fan when she performed as one of the opening acts for J*Davey's New Designer Drug promo concert in BK back in June. Check her out.

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

LOA Thursdays: Vision Board for Your Hair

Sources going from left to right: KinkyCurls, both images in the middle: Ishe, last two I do not remember

I'm starting a new series every Thursday for however long I feel like doing it. It is called LOA Thursdays. LOA is short for the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is one of The Secrets to living a fulfilling life and getting what ever it is that you want. I want to help inspire those that are interesed in taking control of their thoughts to live their best life. Join me every Thursday, as I share content or thoughts that embody this philosophy.

When you truly believe in this concept, it will do amazing things in your life. It has in mine (Shoot I lived in New York City on unemployment for almost 2 years; had money to pay all my bills and still live a little.) and continues to do so.

Since this is mainly a hair and beauty blog, I figured I'd kick off the series by talking about how this concept can be used for our hair. We all gave our relaxers the dueces for various reasons. A lot of us we wanted to grow "healthy" long hair without the use of hair texure altering chemicals.

This Thursday, I want to inspire you to create a vision board for your hair goals (if you created some for yourself). Whatever you want for your hair, put it on a board; add affirmations on there as well if you like. You can create a physical board on something like poster board or create one on the computer and print it out. Get creative with it! Believe that you will achieve what you included on your board, get excited about it as if you already have it and look at it daily if you can.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Talking Healthy Beauty at the Healthy Beauty Project

Celebrity make up artist and healthy beauty enthusiast, Todra Payne, has been in the beauty industry for a over a decade now and wanted to create a more holistic approach to beauty by emphasizing that beauty comes in many different packages and encouraging the use of products with healthy ingredients b/c they are better for you and just as effective as the stuff on the mega store, department store and drugstore shelves. It's alarming what things companies throw into their products and how the FDA doesn't regulate this area of consumer products. Didn't know that? Please do your research. Your head may spin!

If you are into healthier beauty alternatives and a healthier concept of what beauty is (not the prepackaged Hollywood hype or video girls hype), then stop by, read the articles and join the Healthy Beauty Social network. The ladies on the forum share some great beauty tips and many healthy cosmetics lines like Priia and Sweet Libertine are members there so you can talk with the owners directly. I'm on there. I know we're inundated with forums now but if this is of interest to you, I'll see you over there!

CORRECTION: Ladies, Healthy Beauty Social is full social network; it is much more than a forum.

* Visit The Healthy Beauty Project website:
* Join the network:
* Facebook: Healthy Beauty Project
* Follow onTwitter: Todra Payne

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back Up Shampoo: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

I had been going through some trials and tribulations with my hair last month and the month before but I am happy to report that we are back on track baby! I learned that I'm lost without my Bee Mine hair moisturizers! Nothing does my hair as lovely as they do. I so will be doing business with Tracey some kind of way or the other in the near future; I'm claiming it. Her products are just so awesome and I'm so thankful her line was ever created!

But let's get back to the topic at hand. I decided to get the Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shampoo as my back up when I didn't feel like making my homemade hair wash or was in a place that wasn't conducisive for me to make it. While I luv my hair wash to bits, it's more time intensive (I have to make it for every wash) and sometimes I need to get in and get out. In those cases, I've started using this shampoo and just following up with an ACV rinse. This is what I did before I created my hair wash mix.

I totally dig this shampoo! OMG. I've, dare I say it, never used a shampoo that didn't dry my hair out some until I tried out this one. This product cleansed my hair and yet left it feeling soft and smooth too! It doesn't lather a lot but I like that. It lathers enough and spreads easily onto my scalp and hair. And it smells heavenly, like frankensense and myrrh. I wanna find a scented oil or scented fragrance stick with that now.

I'm totally hooked. I plan to use this and my hair wash interchangably.

* Target approx $10
* Walgreens approx $10

Get Your Fashion Week Exclusives from EXUDE Magazine

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Fashion Week is starts tomorrow! Make sure you guys stay plugged in for coverage on it over at EXUDE Magazine. You may or may not know but I am the Senior Beauty Editor over there and we cover Fashion Week every year so please check us out and read our coverage on the various shows going on.

One thing I feel that Fashion Week lacks though is designer diversity. Wish there were more Black designers "in the tents"; more minority designers in general. The only Black designer we can count on to always make the tents is Tracy Reese. We should create our own Fashion Week. Black Fashion Week? Black American Fashion Week?

Monday, September 5, 2011


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This picture is so cute. Regularly scheduled posting is coming back starting tomorrow!  Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend. I had a blast. Lataz!


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