Apr 27, 2015

Raw Apothecary's Unrefined Raw Shea Butter (Video)

You know that moment you get put onto an insanely dope product and start thinking about what a sham your life was before the discovery? That's how I feel about Raw Apothecary's Raw Shea Butter. It's life changing.

For years I went to my local beauty supply to buy what I thought was "good" shea butter, but I was basically buying crap. The butter would be really hard, sometimes have a lingering scent that was hard to identify, terrible packaging, the list goes on and on.

Then my best friend put me on to the magic that is Raw Apothecary. Y'all... this is hands down the BEST Shea Butter you can buy online right now, and in all honesty, the best shea butter I've ever used... ever.

It's made of out rainbows, sunshine, and unicorn tears. It's like crumbly, shea flakes on my skin... moisturizing my situation and helping to preserve my life force. I can't imagine what my life was like before this stuff, and I'm glad I'll never have to.

If you visit the Raw Apothecary website, it'll send you to their Amazon page to buy the product. I currently have Amazon Prime, so that 2-day shipping is a dream! Also, you get 1 pound/16 oz of shea butter for $11.95! Such a sweet deal.

I use this shea butter daily for my entire body (and sometimes hair) and may be considered a heavy-handed user. A pound of product lasted be about 2 months. I have absolutely NO complaints. They currently have 5 stars on Amazon with nearly 500 reviews. This product is the only shea butter you should buy.

Tip: I take the portion of shea butter I want to use out of the package they ship in and move it to a plastic container. This makes it easier to work with a smaller amount and ensure the remainder of shea butter not being used stays fresh.




Apr 5, 2015

Theme for 2015: Wholeness

 Continuing the theme of finally posting old ass blog posts, I wanted to share something I originally intended to post back in January (1/20 to be precise). I ended up reading a blog post about the idea of having one priority, instead of multiple competing ones each month. It really appealed to me to have one main focus each month that could work toward my overall theme of "wholeness" for the year. Below is a YouTube I filmed explaining everything.

In short, my idea was to have one priority each month which would ultimately work towards accomplishing my overall theme for the year. In January I focused on humanity. Essentially I wanted to care more about people. I think I did an okay job. I tried making simple changes like having more patience with strangers, removing my annoyance at the random "gutter punks" (yes, that's what they're really called) who seem to be everywhere in Seattle... just treating people the way I'd want to be treated, not saying anything if I didn't have something positive to say... you get the point.

February and March were a blur and basically spent focusing on my health (working out) and not losing my shit. Tons of change/stress were going on, but I managed to weather the storm. My focus for April is healing -- but with an added focus on my home. I need to buy a new love seat, donate some clothes, just get my house in order. Also under the umbrella of healing my home is my actual well-being. I want to heal myself (emotionally/spiritually) and really just get back in touch with who I am. Hell, maybe even get a new introduction lol.




Apr 4, 2015

1st Trip to NYC + Wand Curls on Natural Hair

What's funny is that I meant to post this on March 3rd explaining my brief blogging hiatus -- but fast forward to today, April 4th, and it's like wow! Time popped a molly. Wait, do folks still do that? I can't keep up with the latest designer drugs. Anyways...

I haven't blogged in a long time. Why? The normal stuff -- life, work, moving a million miles a minute and not making the time. Actually having the time and then realizing I don't have the energy, creative juice, or desire to put my feelings on paper. It's crazy how an overcast day in Seattle can zap you of your motivation to do anything and everything.

As I'm writing this the sun is peaking out and I'm trying to seize the moment before I once again lose an inkling of motivation to write. The vlog below is a month old, but I still wanted to share. It's kinda funny because my "NYC High" has worn off and I've realized that the city that never sleeps may just be full of assholes and jerks. I don't know if I could actually live there, be happy, and productive... or if I'd turn into an asshole/jerk/workaholic. #KanyeShrug

In other news, I still am obsessed with wand curls lol. They're the BEST go-to hairstyle if you want something guaranteed to look cute in like 15 mins.




Mar 3, 2015

The Allergy Reliever Juice (via @LEAFtv)

Last night I was sitting around the house having a small scale pity party for my deteriorating voice and overall feeling of exhaustion (aka I'm getting sick), when I came across this LEAF.tv video on a great juice blend to fight allergies. Now, I don't know if I actually have allergies, but my eyes have been wigging out for a few weeks (went to the eye doctor and they said I looked fine, medically... my actually eye appointment for a new prescription is in a few weeks)... but I've been coming down with a cold and most people know liquids/juice is a top way to knock that ickiness out.

I don't have a juicer, so I used my NutriBullet. If you don't like pulp, get a juicer or  use a strainer to get most of the pulp out. I don't mind pulp, so I was able to throw it back as is. This was really tasty (I love anything blood orange), and the cayenne gave it a nice kick. I'll be making it again this morning, but adding regular oranges too.

What's your go-to juice?

A video posted by LEAFtv (@leaftv) on

Jan 30, 2015

#BlueFriday @Seahawks Inspiration

In preparation of tomorrow's Superbowl 49, I wanted to share a wonderful look back at home the Seahawks landed another shot at attending. Regardless of which team you route for, this video is inspiring and fun to watch. Go Hawks! Hoping to see my new city win another championship. Last year was a lot of fun.







Jan 25, 2015

R&B Singer Mya Takes Main Stage at Strip Club. Folks Are Mad.

R&B singer Mya made waves this weekend when she performed at G5ive Lounge, a strip club in Miami. So, why does everyone seem to have found spare fucks to give the old, R&B diva? Well, a snippet of her "performance" (which I'm using the term loosely), featured Mya dropping, grinding, popping, twirling... basically just working the stage and it made me cringe.

Yes, Mya is 35, still looks gorgeous, and is doing what she needs to do to make coins. I mean, if folks are still paying to see her perform does the location matter! Absolutely.

I wanted to watch her performance without judgment and just see an entertainer still excited to perform... however, I felt like she was cheapening herself. I cringed as she rolled around on stage, tossing her hair, while another naked dancer held the pole next to her.

Having your career reduced to strip club performances is one thing, but Mya was basically playing the equivalent of "3 pumps" with the pole. She simply needed a wardrobe malfunction or gust of wind to give the strippers some real competition.

I asked myself if Rihanna had done the same thing would anyone care? Would anyone judge? Hmmm... probably not. Rihanna has made a career of shenanigans and fuckery and for some reason I just expected a bit more from Mya. She always had a regal heir to her... but I guess that got left in the late 90s/early 2000s. #KanyeShrug



A video posted by DESTINED FOR GREATNESS (@flylifestyl3) on




Jan 20, 2015

The Art of Doing Nothing


When is the last time you did nothing? Like truly spent an entire weekend basking in the beauty of having no real plans? This past weekend I took the opportunity to become one with my head wrap (i.e. not do my hair), cuddle up with my dog, and chill the fuck out. I luxuriated in the joy of multiple daytime naps, tacos and pizza, took entirely too many selfies, cheered on the Seahawks, ate a bag of cookies, even more naps! It was a thing of beauty.

I  should note that I did get in 2 great workouts because even though I was on chill mode, my workout schedule has become a part of my life rain or shine (peep the calories burned in my pics), but even working up a sweat was followed by a smoothie and chill session.

I'm a busy body and usually loathe standing still. My BF often asks me why I can never "just be" and it's something I struggle with. I like to be moving around, talking, shaking, dancing... being busy. This long weekend allowed me the opportunity to press pause and not really do anything... and it was nice. The best part of my weekend was ending things ending grits, drinking wine and listening to classic Sade on vinyl. A great weekend indeed.

Jan 18, 2015

Awkward Black Girl @IssaRae coming to Seattle 2/12

I'm always excited to have events come to the city, especially those featuring successful and innovative black women.

On Thursday, February 12th, Issa Rae will take the stage at the OMA&D Ethnic Cultural Center to discuss her new book, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" with a Q&A following after. Whether you're a fan of her work, excited about her book, or just want to meet her in person and maybe snag a picture, I'd suggest adding your name to the waitlist for what's sure to be a fun evening.

Jan 14, 2015

Nate Jackson's Super Funny Comedy Show in Tacoma, WA (@MrNateJackson)


Tommy Davidson
I have yet to blog about my experience attending the Joe Torry NYE comedy show in Seattle a few weeks ago... the show in which Joe Torry himself canceled mid show (yes, he canceled... mid show... for the 2nd show on New Years Eve! A major shit show). But, the positive that came out of that experience was the venue (Parlor Live Seattle) offering complimentary tickets to see Tommy Davidson perform the following week.


Last weekend I got to cash in on those free tickets and take a trip down memory lane. I hadn't kept up to date with Davidson since his 'In Living Color' days, but he took the stage and gave a funny show.

Nate Jackson
One of the highlights of the show was being introduced to Nate Jackson, a hilarious comedian and Seattle native, who opened  the show for Tommy Davidson. During the after show meet & greet, Nate told our group about the monthly comedy show he hosts in Tacoma.

I'm always on the hunt for cool things to do in Seattle, and Tacoma is only a 30-45 mins drive (depending on traffic) from Seattle. If the show is anything like Nate's performance I saw last weekend it'll be worth the drive.

In an effort to help keep everyone's social life thriving, especially transplants who move to Seattle and have no clue what is going on and where to go, I wanted to share this new gem with the blog.

Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased here.

Sidebar: There are 2 locations for Keys on Main - - one in Seattle and another in Tacoma. Please note that this event will be held at the Tacoma location

Jan 13, 2015

Go see Selma (@SelmaMovie)


This past weekend I went to see Selma and y'all... it was definitely a must-see film. This movie reached deep down and touched my soul, my inner desire for humanity and ... I mean, just taking time to process that this film was based on history... and not some history that happened a million years ago. There are people still alive who experienced this stuff first hand and it blows my mind.

We've come far, but have not really made much progress. I feel like racism in the US has just evolved. Hate and discrimination are still widespread. Human life is still not all valued the same. This group feels superior to this group... that group doesn't want to see this one thrive. We're all stranded on this island called Earth, fighting over limited resources, refusing to work together... running amok and acting like fools. Between the police brutality happening in the US, terror attacks in Paris and Nigeria, and just overall steady stream of bullshit the world continues to crank out on a daily basis, it's easy to feel discouraged.

I found Selma to be a touching film and perfectly timed. The cast was stellar and it was nice to see this snapshot of American history and MLK Jr.'s life. If you have yet to see it, I'd suggest checking local listings in your area and making a date of it. This is a heavy movie, so our group opted for a matinee showing. I'd definitely recommend seeing this in the daytime.




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