Natural Hair Journey

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This caption may actually be a little misleading seeing as I’ve been natural for about eight years now, but I have been in college for almost 4 years and haven’t really learned how to style and manipulate my natural hair. I had gotten so used to protective styles like braids and weaves that I couldn’t handle my real hair for more than a couple of weeks at a time, and that was pushing it. Not to mention wearing back to back closures made my edges thin from the tension on them. Enough was enough, so I have taken this past month and a half to explore natural styles and daily hair upkeep. Here’s a few highlights to show you all how it’s been going.

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Please excuse the crazy eye, lol I took this screenshot from a video. But here’s my actual curl pattern after I washed and conditioned my hair with Creme of Nature products, applied Moroccan Argon oil and Eco Styler gel to small sections and detangled it with a paddle brush. Lastly I used a blow dryer to blow through it and absorb some of the access water.

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Wash N’ Go on Dry Hair

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This time I wanted the wash n’ go look without having to fully wash my hair, so I actually call this a Wet N’ go. I used a spray bottle to dampen each section, then I applied Shea Moisture’s Coconut Leave-In Treatment and Eco Styler gel to it. I detangled with a paddle brush and separated each strand to make sure the products were distributed evenly. I ran a blow dryer through it to get rid of some access water but not for too long so it wouldn’t dry and shrink. I prefer an air dry to keep as much length as possible. This is the best wash n’ go I have done yet and here are some pictures of the second day.

 

 

 

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That’s it for now, stay tuned for more styles like twist outs and braid outs as i continue on this natural hair adventure!

 

Exhausted

You ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? You fail an exam, stain your favorite sweater, crack your phone, get a pimple or whatever other inconvenience that could happen just happens. I’m writing this fresh from taking two Finals back to back. It’s time for some serious me time! I studied all week, stayed up late, sacrificed and still didn’t make the grade I wanted or deserved, because professors like to play games with your grades smh. But you know what, my mother sent me an inspirational quote and I’m gonna share it with you all since we’re friends.

You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated.In fact,it may be necessary to encounter the defeats,so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it

   -Maya Angelou.

Winter Wishlist

Since it is the Holiday Season I thought I’d share some Lewks/brands that are on my wish list that I got from a few of my Fav Social Media Influencers. If you’re into sporty chic follow @Callmemshunter, the owner of L.A. based boutique, Her Favorite L.A. Teyana Taylor can do no wrong and she’s always posting adorable pics with her hubby and baby Junie. Off White is a brand I’ve spotted several celebrities wearing and Brother Vellies is a gorgeous shoe brand that creates hand made shoes by women all over Africa, follow @AuroraJames the owner for Bohemian Inspo.

 

  1. Ensemble- Her Favorite L.A.
  2. Teyana’s puffer coat- Banni Peru
  3. Teyana’s boots- DSQUARED2
  4. “For Walking” Boots- Off White
  5. Blush Boots- Brother Vellies
  6. Sneakers- Fila

Somber Sunday Vibes

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Ever just wake up with that melancholy feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on? For some reason last night I felt this rush of emotion that I had been holding in and had a really good, long cry . If you find yourself in the same predicament here are some tearjerker songs that could help you get in touch with those feelings and work through them.

  1. Burn One-Brent Faiyaz
  2. Like a Tattoo- Sade
  3. King of Sorrow-Sade
  4. X-Factor- Lauren Hill
  5. Miseducation of Lauren Hill
  6. Out my Mind-Just in Time
  7. Emotional Rollercoaster-Vivian Green
  8. H.E.R- Avenue
  9. Maxwell- This Woman’s Work
  10. Sampha- Too Much
  11. The Roots- Hypnotic
  12. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Porcelain
  13. Corrine Bailey Rae- I’d do It All Again

 

So I went with no phone or debit card for 4 days and here’s what happened.

As a millennial I feel this deep need to have my iPhone with me at all times, it’s like an extension of me, an appendage if you will. And when I found myself without it I felt like losing a limb. I kept reaching out for it after every move and referring to it for any random piece of information I wanted and laughed at myself every time I remembered that it was inoperable. The few days before my phone decided it was over me my debit card had gotten lost as well. I remember buying food with it then going to buy something else several hours later and it wasn’t there! So this is what happened with my cell. I dropped my phone for the millionth time but it was already cracked so I couldn’t see anything wrong with it visually, then a day later I hit the home button only to see a rainbow colored collage as my phone screen smh.

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I was surprised but not completely upset because I was going to be home in a couple days and didn’t have much to do besides pack for thanksgiving break and turn in one assignment, then I would be home and I could get it fixed. Let me tell you it was a LONG couple of days. Luckily I had an Ipad that I hadn’t been using but came in handy during that time, however I soon realized that I couldn’t really do anything with out a phone.

  1. First of all 2-Step Verification became the bane of my existence. When I tried to get into my ICloud account to sync my Ipad with my Email and Password, I still couldn’t get into it. They required me to use a code they sent to my cell phone and imagine my frustration when I couldn’t see but could here my phone buzz with messages every time I tried to get into the account.
  2. This meant no Imessage, Facetime, or calling. I ended up using Gmail or Snapchat whenever I needed to communicate. Thank God for Snapchat or else I would have been a total recluse.
  3. No Instagram, when I tried to retrieve my password, of course  I couldn’t remember it, It sent a link to my yahoo address because that’s what I used when I made it in the 9th grade. I got to my yahoo and AGAIN, 2-step Verification! No code, no IG, how will I see all the thanksgiving clap backs!
  4. No Uber!- With losing my debit card I ended up cancelling it and ordering another one but I didn’t fully think through all the implications that came with that..no Ubering anywhere ugh. So I took the bus too and from school and that was it!
  5. No Ubereats- This is when I started to feel the struggle a bit, with no food in my house besides oatmeal, dining dollars( the meal plan I had for school had ran out), debit card which meant no ordering food from anywhere, I did what any struggling College student would do…..steal from the Caf LOL. Fortunately the cafeteria workers looked out and let me in so I took sandwiches home for dinner on the low. I think this was my rockbottom lmaooo.
  6. NO MUSIC- If you’ve been following my blog at all you know how much I love music, and sadly I only had a few songs saved on my ipad, so I was forced to listen to those same few anytime I was traveling out of wifi range.

All in all it was an odd change for me, but hey It was kind of nice to not be glued to my phone every time it buzzed with a text, groupme or social media message, which will basically have you on it all day.

 

Friendsgiving!

friendsgivingYesterday I had my first friendsgiving and it was so fun! I got full like it was really thanksgiving day. I’m not the type that likes to cook for large groups of people on my own, so I never thought I would actually have a friendsgiving but I have a great friend who happens to be a foodie. Here are the components that made it a great Friendsgiving!

Food- This is probably the most important part of it. Our menu had Yams, mashed potatoes, Green Beans, Roast, vegan meatballs ( I don’t eat meat),Rolls, Apple pie and Ice Cream. It was delicious and I was stuffed!

Wine- Having a little drink while you’re waiting on food always helps the time pass. Our drink of choice was Sutter home, but I prefer a sparkling wine myself.

Games/Fun- After we ate we played video games like Mario Cart and Crash Bandacoot, I felt like a kid again. lol It was a refreshing change from just watching tv or talking and it allowed everyone to interact. You can also play taboo or a card game.

Friends- You can’t have a Friendsgiving without friends! Our group was six people but if you want to have a large group make sure everyone will mesh and get along. Happy Friendsgiving!

 

Is Pretty an Accomplishment?

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We are such visual creatures. In this digital world we live especially since Instagram blew up we put so much emphasis on physical appearance. SO much so you can make a complete career out of how you portray yourself on social media; not saying this is a new concept because models have been around forever, but it seems like being a vixen has become somewhat of a goal for women. Specifically African American women who are exhaulted on social media for having a certain body type equipped with a flat tummy and striking curves. Don’t get me wrong I believe women should celebrate their beauty and bodies and take pride in their appearance, but should that be the whole package? My qualm with that is the images we see of the ideal beauty standard are in many cases unrealistic and achieved through manipulation whether it be surgery, filters, photoshop etc. and can chip away at one’s self esteem whether you realize it or not by putting these subliminal comparisons in your mind.

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Alot of these reality stars are basing their whole careers off of Instagram and hoping to be seen on more shows but where’s the substance?. And it could all be gone in an instant if something happens and people don’t see you as being so beautiful anymore. Then again I guess riding the fame wave can be very lucrative for a time, and as long as you invest in a business or something else concrete you can build something substantial. But what makes you different from every other pretty girl on Social Media? The stripper, bartender, IG vixen seems to have such a strong presence on social media and it can be entertaining, I like reality tv as much as anyone else but I am also not a young, impressionable girl. Is there enough balance?

SELF ESTEEM

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I have to catch myself feeding into the façade of likes and followers and letting that affect my view of myself. I think alot of people can relate that It gives you a rush to know that these people are liking your image and commenting, but it also gives this fleeting feeling once it goes away and you realize these opinions are like air. Sometimes I read people’s comments just for laughs sometimes because the way girls gas each other is so hilarious and dramatic.

Should we be aspiring to do this? Are we putting too much emphasis on pretty? Are we praising the wrong things? Can we make smart, sexy again?….QTNA

To Chill or Not to Chill…Thoughts on Millennial Dating

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Recently I’ve noticed many of my friends and even myself have these conversations about what “we’re too grown for”. And Netflix and chill is certainly one of those things lol. Many young women my age are being propositioned by men, or maybe boys I should say, to come “chill” and basically come to their place or vice versa for a movie or to smoke and the response they’re getting is a Hell No, we’re not teens anymore take me on a date! Then again some women aren’t looking for anything serious and can appreciate chilling with a guy they could potentially like after dealing with harsh realities of adulting and responsibilities. Sometimes it’s not that serious. It’s kind of a confusing crossroads to be at on both sides. Are we devaluing ourselves and time by just allowing someone in your space without so much as a coffee date? Is Netflix and chill staying for good? What are your thoughts on this , feedback is appreciated, like and comment away…