Tuesday, July 30, 2013

D.O.D.M.D // Death of the Dinner & a Movie Date

"Black Love 2" by Manasseh Art

Remember in high school the guy you had been crushing on for a while finally noticed you and asked you out? You agreed on a movie to see, he paid for your ticket and popcorn and you sat for two hours quiet and then grabbed a burger and shake afterward before rushing home before curfew. Well that was cute then but we’re grown now. Dinner and a movie is fine every now and again after you’ve been dating for a while or are a couple/married but in the beginning stages of dating, I encourage people to get more creative.

I love learning about different things and cultures, trying new things and foods and experiencing cool things. So why shouldn’t that spill into my dating life? After all, don’t you want to be with a person that enhances your life and inspires you to be open to experiencing cool things? I know I do! The thing men and women alike get hung up on is the price. Men sometimes lament “dating is so expensive” and feel pressure to spend gobs of money, especially on the first couple dates to impress a woman or because they feel it’s expected of them. Some women secretly calculate how much the man spent on the date and think that that will tell them if he’s a great catch or not. Blah, blah, blah. While you shouldn’t be cheap, if you’re creative, dates don’t have to break the bank and will still be memorable. Rather you have money coming out your ears or only two pennies to rub together, it’s really about the quality of the date. At the end of the day, what stays with you the most is if you had a good time or not.

So I dare you to get more adventurous in your date planning and open yourself to new things, you just might enjoy yourself or grow from it. Keep reading for three date ideas I think will enable you to get to know your date while experiencing cool things that don’t require your firstborn child as a deposit:

Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm Attracting This // Nikon CoolPix L820

Though I am not a professional, I love taking pretty pictures to chronicle my life and the cool things that I encounter. I currently have the GE X500 but it does not do well indoors or in low light settings; it's excellent for outdoor shooting though but 90% of my photos are taken indoors so I'm in the market for a point-and-shoot that does well indoors as well as outdoors. I first had my eye on the Canon SX50 and then their SX500 model but from what I was reading in the reviews, many called out its inefficiencies in low light/indoor settings. One reviewer of the Canon models I shared recommended the Nikon COOLPIX L820, pictured above, instead so I checked it out. I saw that the Nikon got great reviews and many called out that it did exceptionally well in low light settings. This is what I want. I WILL have this one by the end of the year or sooner and have already added it to my 2013 vision board. Once I get this, I can get back to taking more pictures for pictorials, style posts, etc. The Universe is already working on bringing it to me. Thank you in advance, Universe!

Do any of you have this camera? How do you like it? And are any of you in the market for a new camera? Which one are you attracting?

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Get in My Shoe Collection // Toms Calypso Canvas Wedges

I had no idea Toms made freakishly cute wedges until I saw a lady on my Wednesday morning train ride into the city for work. I kinda stalked her to get a better look at them and saw that they were made by Toms. The minute I could, I hopped on their website to find them and knew I wanted this pair, the Calypso Canvas Wedge in red, pictured above. I mean they just scream "Casual Friday". Since they are a warm weather shoe, I see myself rocking them with denim shorts and a slouchy white tee tucked in effortlessly or a white button down with the sleeves rolled up.

Toms products are good quality, known for being comfortable and a huge plus is that they are made in USA. I'm in a place in my life now where I want quality and am willing to pay for it. I'm supposed to be chilling on spending on clothes and shoes for the next couple months but I can't stop thinking about them so the Universe is getting me these shoes, I'm claiming that. I recently got commissioned to make a body chain for one of my co-workers, there's some extra money and I'm going to hustle to get the rest so I didn't really "spend" any of my existing money. Where there's a will, there's a way.

What shoes have you spotted lately that need to get into your shoe collection?

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Music for the Weekend // Trumaine Lamar- Monday Morning

Yay for the weekend! I'm blessed to have amazingly talented friends involved in creative fields. One of my friends, Trumaine Lamar, has a beautiful voice. I liken him to the Luther Vandross of my generation. His song, Monday Morning (produced by my other amazingly talented friend, Brandon Crumbly), off of his EP Analog Digital has been on replay in my place for a while.Take a listen to it above and check out his Sound Cloud page to hear and download the EP, you won't regret it. Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

On the Wish List

  1. Sweet Nature by Eddie Journey Hair Milk
  2. Shea Moisture Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser (sold  in Target)
  3. Shea Moisture Sugar Wax (sold in Target)
  4. Maxius Maxiglide flat iron 

Most of the items on my wish list, I will not be purchasing until September when I will take a break from wearing crochet braids. I have used the Sweet Nature by Eddie Journey Hair Milk in the past (year 2 being natural) with great results. I'm ready to return to it, it always did right by my hair. I plan to buy and try the Shea Moisture sugar wax by the end of the week for my legs, underarms and to help me maintain my Brazilians in between visits (if you're like me a week later the hair is growing back!). I'm excited to get a flat iron, I'll be straightening my hair for the first time since I went natural, this December when I'll be happy to report that I made MBL. #claimit It's time to revel in the versatility of my hair more. What's on your hair and beauty wish lists?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Barbie Was My Inspiration to go Natural

As a little girl, Barbie dolls were a huge part of my life. My imagination made my Barbies into all different kinds of women that I admired and wanted to be like "when I grew up": they all were career women with AMEX cards, fine husbands with great jobs and kids, nice cars and homes and went on vacations and shopping sprees. My dolls lived in abundance, hunny. It's no surprise that even in my adult life, Barbies still inspire me to live in abundance, especially in the case of hair. This Sugar Barbie doll from the Byron Lars Chapeaux collection, pictured above, still gives me life! She was one of my biggest inspirations for going natural when I was transitioning back in the summer of 2008. I still aspire to have a fro that big (soon reach!) and maybe I will play with color again to have a reddish fro like her too. Wouldn't it be cool if when my hair finally reaches this massiveness (in its own right) I recreated this look, hairstyle (and color) and pose? Hmm.... *rubs chin*

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