Pink, Purple and Polka Dots

Hey Loves!

With the undertaking of re-branding myself, I have updated my wardrobe by purchasing new and current items while getting rid of dated items. I also had to learn how to utilize the old items to keep them current-does that make sense?

Anywho, today, with the weather being really nice, I was inspired to wear some bright colors but I immediately went back to my teaching days and asked myself “am I gonna look like a two-year-old?”  I mainly do one bright color or pastel with a solid base. For example, a white skirt and neon green blouse or blue checkered shorts and a white top.

Today, I wanted more so I selected a fuchsia button up blouse, bell-bottom denim jeans and a wedge sandal. I needed accessories so instead of basic silver I paired a lavender beaded necklace and matching earrings. Then, my hair decided not to cooperate (I am currently protective styling it with individual twist gathered in a  high bun, with Marley hair added for fullness)-my edges were doing what they wanted. To tame them, I added a purple scarf with white polka dots and tied it as a headband. Boy, was I scared to go to the mirror. However, when I went I was very pleased. The cut of the blouse and jeans defined my slim waist and accentuated my curves in just the right manner. The wedges add height and thus gives a slimming and elongating effect to my legs. The denim jean, although solid, has a retro look adding another flare to my look. The necklace adds a subtle contrast to the brightness of my shirts and ties my headband to the outfit.

bun with head band

bun with head band

Here is similar version of my outfit. Let me know what you think!

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How I kept my press…=HIT

Hey Loves:

I just wanted to update you on my blow dry and flat iron; almost two weeks ago, I flat-ironed my hair for the first time. You can get all the details and process here. Because of where I live, the weather was CRAZY!! I also had to continue with my workouts. All of that definitely scared me and I just knew my press was going to be gone in a matter of minutes. However I came up with a few things that have helped me keep my hair stretched as well as healthy and protected without re-applying heat.

Marley Bun: I posted earlier about this protective style. Because my hair was already stretched, I simply put in a ponytail applying a small amount of Curlz butter cream (a sample I got from KayJay over at refinedandpolished.com) to my edges and massaging through my hair and aloe oil to my ends (they always get dry) and secured my hair in a pony tail and then attached the marley hair using a combo of youtube tutorials. I didn’t want to use a whole slew of product as I knew I didn’t want to wash my hair after.

Flat Twist/Braid Outs: When the weather was nice I wanted to shake my mane, literally. So I did flat rope twist (about 8) straight back on my hair and secured two-to-three of them with a perm rod. I used a sample of Miss Jessie’s curl cream and used a small amount to moisturize my hair. I used Entwine’s Argan oil to secure my ends before rolling. When all the twists were done I covered with a doo-rag and bonnet for the night. The next morning I gently untwisted my hair and wore as a twist out.

After a workout, I noticed my were roots were starting to kink so I then did corn rows using the exact same method above to stretch my roots. It worked! I also got a little more definition than I did with the twist out.

Big Flat twist: This crazy weather is ever changing so I tried another protective style that was super easy. I simply divided my hair into two uneven sections (one larger than the other) and did one flat rope twist on either side. I combined the two and the end and secured with a bobbi pin. To add a bit of flare, I wore cute headbands and bows that coordinated with my outfit.

Bantu Knots: I was supposed to do another sew-in this weekend but I was having so much fun with my hair! So I was scrolling through facebook and saw this tutorial! The Mr. LOOOOOVES bantu knots and I haven’t done them in so long! Now my hair is not NEARLY as long as hers so I just did them all over my head. I used these to weather the storm for a few days using Entwine’s butter crème hydrator, argan oil and manipulator. When the rain cleared up and it was sunny again, I took them down and enjoyed some gorgeous curls!

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Quick Craft=HIT!

Hey Loves!

I just wanted to share a quick craft with you all. Recently, I have had to throw away a few water bottles because they were very difficult to clean by hand and the dishwasher couldn’t get them clean either. That left me using my nice monogrammed travel cups to use at the gym, decreasing my water drinkage during the day…crazy cycle.

Earlier this week I was returning something to TJ Maxx and (I just had to browse) and found these two tervis-style cups with lids for $3.99. They were supposed to have straws and the miser in me could not pay full price for ½ the product, so I was able to get them down to $3.

$3 each!

$3 each!

I ran home, washed and dried them. Then selected vinyl colors and fired up my cricut mini. Because the price of the cups was pretty inexpensive, I was able to play around a bit. I made my monogram for one and placed Proverbs 31 on the other. It took about 20 minutes and I am very satisfied. $6+tax for two personalized travel cups. You can’t beat that with a stick!

Before

Before

Cricut and vinyl colors

Cricut and vinyl colors

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

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Open Your Eyes

I am about to rant. After reading this, I may, quite possibly lose a few followers and friends, and I am ok with that. At the end of the day our lives our measured by love; who we love, how we love and where our love was shared. No one has the right to tell anyone who they should love. No one has the right to deny anyone the joy of sharing sweet love and making precious memories or being happy. It saddens me so that our culture embraces a reality TV show where one man can have 11 children by 10 different women and TV shows where we root for the mistress to win but one man cannot love another man. The good Christian legislators can fight for tireless hours against gay and lesbians having legal rights but ‘common-law’ is still a tax deduction and 4 year-olds can shoot other children. No, I have not been affected by the lack of protection for gay and lesbian couples. In fact, because I am married ‘the right way’ (*throws up in mouth*) I can do just about anything with my husband’s signature. God forbid, but if anything were to happen to him I am entitled to all of our assets and even his inheritance from his family, but this isn’t about me. This is about the millions of people that are left, not only heartbroken, but destitute because, even though stated in a will, did not have rights to a shared house, bank accounts or cars. I encourage you to read the article of a brave gay man and his struggle. I don’t care if you are not moved or don’t like or share this. I am just doing my part so now you do not have the choice to be ignorant. Ignorance is NOT bliss people. Fight for people so that someday somebody may fight for you.
http://orlandoweekly.com/news/39-til-death-do-us-part-1.1470451?pgno=6

Entwine Couture Duo Review

Hey Loves:

Recently I tried Entwine Couture’s Duo- Shampoo and Conditioner. I have tried other styling products from Entwine including the Exotique Butter-Creme Hydrator, Creme Jelly Styler, Raw Vegan Argan Oil and Creme De La Mode and I am in love with all of them. They are all HITs! Seriously, all of the above are staples and I want to buried with them. Here are my thoughts on the duo:

Act One: Cleansing +Growth Lathering Bathe

I used this shampoo to cleanse after my pre-poo. I must admit, I thought this was either going to strip all the moisture I just put in, or not cleanse at all. Boy, was I wrong This shampoo was AWESOME! It had a great lather and it held all the of curl definition established in my pre-poo. I washed twice and my hair was not stripped at all. In addition, it felt clean and very light.

Act Two: Hydrating + Growth Crème Hair Rinse

Because I used a pre-poo, I didn’t use this product as a deep conditioner. I used it to restore moisture (leave-in) and detangle. It went on very smooth and worked really well as a detangler. I did have to use more product than I thought to gain more slip, but it worked well nonetheless. The product was heavy and didn’t leave any after residue.

I guess I will be adding these two products to my list of staples. They are HITS as well! They can be purchased Entwine Couture

Straight hair…

Hey Loves!

So, the full-head sew-in, with an invisible part lasted six weeks! Wow, right! I was pleased. However, when the sixth week arrived, it was like my hair and the weave were both done. My hair (braided underneath the weave) didn’t retain oil like it did just one week prior and began itching a bit more. The weave became more course and frizzy.

About a week or two ago, I began researching what I was going to do with my hair and was very undecided. I knew my hair needed a break from protective styling (in this manner). I knew I was going to attempt another full head sew-in in mid-April and I wanted something different and low-maintenance for the time in between. Through my research, Confessions of a Blog Vixen posted this about her own journey in straightening her hair. I have never straightened my hair and decided it was time because:

  1. I need to do a length check
  2. I need to clip my ends
  3. I need to overcome my fear of straightening my hair.

So on Good Friday, I took down my weave by simply cutting the threat attaching the weave to my hair (being super careful) and gently undoing the braids. I then lightly detangled with my hair bean (shown below) and then mixed my pre-poo mixture.

A pre-poo is a conditioning mixture to add nourishment to the hair before cleansing. I used this you tube tutorial and used EVOO at the hair oil and Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Honey Hair Butter as the scalp oil. I applied to my hear and covered with a shower cap and a heat thermal cap for several hours while I crafted and cleaned (of course I will post about that later) and did a clarifying mask.

That night, I rinsed my hair and then cleaned with Entwine Coture Act 1 Shampoo and followed with Act 11 Conditioner, leaving in my hair 15 minutes with a shower cap and my heat thermal wrap.

products that were used

products that were used

I then detangled and twisted in about 8 twist.

The next day, I continued to let my hair air dry as my hair was not completely dry (you can blow dry your hair but I wanted to decrease the heat I was using). When my hair was completely dry, I gently untwisted one twist; applied the Tresseme heat protectant spray; using a special comb (pictured below) I used a blow dryer down the shaft of my hair one time to maximize stretch. Then I followed that with a pull threw of the flat iron (Hot tools ceramic tourmaline, med-hi heat). Using that same cob, I clipped my ends. I continued the above steps until my whole head was flat ironed and trimmed.

Easter morning I applied hot rollers for about 20 minuets while I dressed and applied makeup.  After I was dressed and make up complete, I took out the rollers and viola!

How do I like it? I do like the fact that I was able to see my hair and do a length check. However I discovered that my hair is growing in these crazy layers and my ends needed some serious trimming around the crown of my head which was disappointing and difficult for styling. It also required more maintenance than my kinks! Thus, this was nice and a good change, but I  miss my kinks. (Kind of…I am also ready for protective styling).

Reply and comment! Let me know what you think!

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