Saturday, March 30, 2013

Throw Your Cable Box Out the Window // Web Series That Will Make You Give Cable the Side Eye



Lately many of my friends and I have lamented over how crappy [cable] tv programming is these days. All we seem to be inundated with are [fake] "reality" tv shows and tons of competition shows. Where did all the quality programming go? I'll tell you where it went, to the web. Youtube, lately, has been exploding with great web series and the black community is hitting it out of the park. Below are some of my favorite channels and shows by us created with us in mind on Youtube.

The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl
I first learned of this series a couple years ago from Black Girl Long Hair and have been an avid follower ever since. You follow J as she encounters all kinds of socially awkward situations that we've all experienced at times in our life. Issa Rae, the creator and key actress in the show, is freakishly creative and funny. Directed by Issa and , they funded the whole first season from their own pockets. As the show's popularity grew, Pharell Williams took notice and his channel, I Am Other, picked up the show to start out their second season. You can watch season 1 HERE and season 2 on I Am Other's channel.WARNING: This series curses a lot but if you can get past that, it's super good.




Black & Sexy TV
I do not remember how I found this channel but I friggin love their programming! They have multiple series under them all created and acted out with great quality and entertaining story lines. Issa Rae collaborates with them a lot on projects. I have to list all their shows because I enjoy them all:

1) The Couple is a short web series that finds humor in life as a couple. One of my favorite minisodes is epidsode 6, Laid Up. Can we say hilarious?!





Friday, March 29, 2013

Visualization Project // Project Apartment Therapy

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I am apartment hunting. I know exactly what I want so I am going to use visualization to get it. The first step using visualization successfully to get you want you want is to know what you want. Be specific and detail oriented about what it is you want: color, size, quantity, etc. I mean get into the nitty gritty with what it is you want so there is no confusion.

I want a studio apartment around 500 sq ft (give or take), with hardwood floors, high ceilings and sunny windows- I want lots of natural light in my new space. $1000/month is my max rent (I don't want to spend more than this because I want to save up to buy something in a few years) and I want to pay no fee, meaning no fee charging brokers involved- all I will put down is the deposit. Any of you living outside of NYC may be experiencing sticker shock by that rent for a studio but, you must pay to play in the Big Apple. It's real out in these concrete jungle "skreets". This is normal and actually on the cheaper side for a studio in this town but they do exist and the Universe is working on it right now, thank you in advance. I have decided that I want to stay in the borough of Queens and I have a few desired neighborhood options that I would want this studio apartment that I am claiming to be in. Visualization, when paired with gratitude and you doing what you need to do, attracts what you want.

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So every day, until I secure this apartment, I am giving myself the project of visualizing the studio apartment that I described to you all at least once every day. For me, I will visualize it every night before bed most of the time but anytime that I have some free moments for my mind to wander, I will think about this space. I will research apartments, schedule appointments to view studios with the credentials I have specified and I will have what I want.

How do you visualize? If you have an imagination, this won't be very hard because you have probably done this before rather you were aware of it or not. If you haven't dusted off your imagination in a while, you can use visual aids to help you by creating a collage or vision board of the different elements that embody your specific want. Pinterest is a great, virtual resource for this. If you are more old fashioned, you can create a typical collage with poster board and cut outs from magazines, newspapers, books and other print work and put it up somewhere where you will see it/look at it every day.

Is there something you want? Have you tried visualization to achieve something? Share your visualization success stories if you have any.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Accessories That Can Mac // Kreyol Soul Pieces



I'm excited to bring back the Accessories That Can Mac feature. Today's feature is Kreyol Soul Pieces. Named to pay homage to her Haitian heritage, the fellow accessories junkie and owner, Farah; recently started KSP last year after her big chop. Most of the pieces will feed your desire for clean and chic Afrocentric accessories in a range of sizes. Lately I've taken a liking to gold anything so I am loving the dominance of pieces that have a metallic and/or gold look to them that are up in the shop. Please support this BOB (black owned business) and let her know AGrlCanMAC sent you.

Rise Up


Marie Carmel Studs

www.KreyolSoulPieces.etsy.com


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Natural is Dope // Naturally Fly Tee




I can be picky when it comes to graphics on tees for natural hair. As a lover of words and budding graphic designer, I am a sucker for the fancy arrangement and styling of words on anything so this Naturally Fly tee from Natural is Dope fit my style and penchant for words displayed in a clean and cool way. I learned NID from good ol Instagram and fell in love with the philosophy behind the brand and the ultra cute graphic apparel they sell. I absolutely adore this tee and the customer service was fabulous. I bought mine in a Large so that I could wear it for loose and messily tucked in looks. As pictured, I wore it for a casual look to Sheena Lashay's recent crafting party last weekend (pictures coming soon). The shirt feels like it was made with decent quality cotton and is super soft. The shirt reads: "Embrace the fact that you are naturally fly". I'm embracing and will be doing more business with them. Their spring line is coming out and I'm trying to decide what I will get from it.


My hair is still in my favorite hairstyle that I've been rocking all winter exclusively, loose twists. This set was about 3 weeks old in this picture and I had pin curled them a few days before and let the curls fall over the next few days for this look. They so need to come down! I said I wouldn't go over 3 weeks anymore in a set but they're so damn convenient and I didn't feel like washing my hair last weekend so they made 4 weeks out of laziness. This weekend, I will take them down only to detangle, wash and blow out my hair and put them back in for another 3 weeks. I love the ease. Get up and go hair is real in my world. ;)



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Friday, March 15, 2013

Music That Can MAC // Galactic Love- Amber Ojeda




I found out about Amber Ojeda from one of Destiny Godley's recent beauty videos. I like her voice and the jazz and hip-hop fusion sound of this song Galactic Love from her Space.Bar.Love album. The San Diego native seamlessly fuses together the sounds and rhythms of pop, jazz, new soul and hip hop to create dopeness. Find out more about her music at www.amberojeda.com.




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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Hair // Cut and Color Ideas for This Spring/Summer



Spring is almost upon us and I want to breathe some new life into my look some. I want to color my hair again, this time I will NOT be bleaching any of my hair- just adding on top of it. Now that I learned a non caustic way to remove the black hair dye from my hair, I'm want to remove the black and add Shea Moisture's bright auburn color to my hair. I also think I want to get a small undercut on the front left side of my head like Maia (pictured).

Do you want to change up or update your look any for this spring/summer?



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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Music that Can MAC // Mya- It's All About Me



Oh how I loved the 90's music scene, it was so great! The music was EVERYTHING back then. All my 90's kids that were born in the 80's, stand up! I was in high school when Mya's debut single It's All About Me came out and I loved the video when it came out. My girls and I were on the serious hunt for a red, oriental style two piece set like she wore. Lol. She was one of my style icons in high school and this album, Mya, stayed on repeat for a long time. It is still one of my 90's favs to date.


 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

On the Wishlist // As I Am DoubleButter Cream



Last night after a Bokwa (it's reminiscent of Zumba) workout class with a friend, we went to the Target nearby to pick up some things. I was there to get some long performance pants for winter running (it's still cold out!) and I wanted to check out the hair aisle. I noticed Target has been expanding their natural hair care product selection. I saw some lines I don't remember seeing the last time I went down their hair aisle (which has been a while, I'll admit) and noticed that As I Am products are now in the building. I've heard such great reviews about their products, especially the Coconut CoWash that set YouTube ablaze with reviews on top of reviews singing its praises. What caught my eye was the DoubleButter Cream, pictured, on the shelf. My hair loves cream consistency moisturizers and stylers. I have yet to find a staple cream styler for my hair and BlakIzBeautyful had great results using this (she got 5 days out of her twist out with it) so I was seriously tempted to get it last night but I refrained. At least for now. I've been wearing my hair in [loose] twists exclusively all winter so I won't be able to try it out yet until I start wearing my hair loose more, maybe by next month.

What new products are catching your eye to give a try?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fitness // Black Girls Run and They Workout Too!



If you follow along on Instagram then you saw that last weekend, I got back into running. It felt so good and I am going to stick with it, I really am a runner at heart. It always helps me clear my mind, mull life altering decisions over, marvel at nature (I prefer to run outdoors) and keeps me at a healthy weight and my stomach flat. I'm even thinking of joining a running club soon.

I recently stumbled on a site called Black Girls Run and have fallen in love. I love seeing our community take charge of our well being and build our self esteem. This site encourages black girls and women to get into running and lead healthier lifestyles. The site talks health and nutrition, fitness and training tips, hair and beauty, etc- all the things that make us girls. Our women have high rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure and so many of this can be prevented just by leading more active lifestyles and eating healthier. Follow them on Instagram at @officialblackgirlsrun

www.blackgirlsworkouttoo.com

Through Instagram I found out about Gymnetics Fitness, an Atlanta (GA) based mother & daughter fitness duo. The mother is 60 years old and she looks effin amazing! They hold group classes in Atlanta but if you don't live there you can get a taste of what their classes are like with their workout DVD called Black Girls Workout Too!. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of seeing our women being talked about so much in the media that 4 out of 5 of us are overweight and obese or that we're unhealthy, don't work out because we don't want to sweat out our hair, have high blood pressure, etc. It's time for us to do better. We know how to look good, we need to treat our bodies and insides with the same care and enthusiasm that we do planning our outfits to wear out and show off on Instagram and Facebook. I plan to show my support and purchase the BGWT DVD soon and I will definitely share my thoughts after I've tried it out a few times. Reviews have said that it's not too easy or too hard and yields great results if you give it a real go. Follow them on Instagram: Lana @lanagem and Ellen @vitaminellen





 Stay naturally fly and fit!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mixtress Chronicles // How to Remove Hair Dye Without Bleach



I was at my cousin's house celebrating her son's 13th birthday (he thinks he is so cool and grown now. Lol.) and we started talking about coloring hair. My one cousin dyes her hair jet black but she wants to strip it so she can go lighter for spring/summer and said she saw a video on Youtube how to naturally lift hair dye from your hair using vitamin c powder and shampoo. I hadn't heard of this and she showed me a video by CoachByNicole, shared below, on how to do it. The girl's results weren't too shabby for not going to a salon to have it removed. I later found another video that ElektrikTV did on this tip too. This seems like a less harsh and less drying way to remove hair dye. It got me to thinking.... Late last November, I dyed my hair jet black and after seeing that vid, it's got me interested in trying it so I can dye my hair a lighter color. Want something warmer for the upcoming warm months. I'm thinking the bright auburn or dark auburn color from the new Shea Moisture color system.


 Please note a few things: 
  1. This young lady is NOT a licensed cosmetologist.
  2. This mixture WILL NOT lighten virgin hair- meaning it won't lighten hair that has never been colored.
  3. This mixture did NOT lighten her hair. It drastically faded/removed the [black] color that was on top of her hair. There is no bleach in this mixture so it will NOT lighten your hair past what is was before color was applied.  

Try this at your own discretion and know that results will vary. Some girls left comments on her video saying that it didn't work for them while other's left comments saying that it worked out famously for them. With anything new you try: use your common sense, trust your intuition and have an open mind. What do you think? Would you try it?  

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Wish List



"Spaz" Hoops by Beads by Aree- I absolutely love her items. I am obsessed with hoop earrings again and will be adding these babies to my collection.

Kettlebell- The obsession is about to end, I'm getting one! I'm going to buy the Reebok 7-Pound Kettlebell for now.

Body Chain- It's not summer just yet but with me getting my fit body back, I will be ready to show off my abs with this beautiful adornment. I want to buy the Silver Bling Body Chain from Ivy Charlaine but she is still on maternity leave. :( So I am going to try my hand at making my own until her shop opens back up and I can buy one of hers. When I make it, all the details will be on my creative blog: Creatividual Workshops. Of course I will keep you all posted when I make it. Etsy has tons of shops that are selling body chains too for as low as $20 and up. This one pictured in the collage is from Biscay and Beyond.

Foot soaker- I try to make Sundays my "spa" days by doing a clay face mask and I do my nails (which is just filing, buffing and shining them) and toes. I want to step up my pedicure game with a foot bath/soaker. I'm looking to buy the Homedics FB-300 Jetspa Elite Jet Action Footbath. It got decent reviews and the price is very affordable.

Food Processor- I want this cute yellow one from Amazon.

What do you all have on your wish lists for the month?


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