Jul 28, 2014

thirtysomething

Have you ever taken the perfect picture that magically captures the essence of everyone involved? We took this picture yesterday after an amazing brunch at Palisade (best high end brunch ever), which was the culmination of an amazing weekend full of friends, food, love and good times! It's awesome to look around and despite any negative things being thrown your way still be capable of feeling blessed. All of us were brought to Seattle for different reasons, but I feel so very fortunate to have met these people and call them friends.

On another note, I'm convinced our picture looks just like a cast photo, so I'm seriously debating pitching my ideas to a network.

Jul 25, 2014

#GetWellMeechy

I had the pleasure of meeting Meechy Monroe, Chicago-based hair blogger and one half of the "Monroe Sisters" back in 2011 when we both worked a Beautiful Textures event in Chicago. I remember being struck not only by her beauty, but her warm, friendly spirit. She was gracious, humble, and personable. Reading about her fight with cancer last night struck a nerve with me and made me want to help spread the word and offer support to her family.

Life is SO incredibly short and with each passing day it becomes clear that it's also extremely random. Bad things happen to good people and there's sometimes no explanation as to why. It's heartbreaking any time someone has to experience struggles, but when you see a healthy, young person thrown a curve ball like cancer it leaves you scratching your head.

MsVaughn, Meechy's Sister, is heading up the #GetWellMeechy fundraising campaign to help raise money to help with medical bills and other expenses related to the health and recovery of her sister, Meechy Monroe. If you'd like to donate please click here.




Jul 10, 2014

Thicker Than a Snicker: Prince Fielder


I'm not much of a baseball fan, but I do partake in the visual art of Thick Neckery. Thus, when I discovered the thickness of Prince Fielder on the cover of ESPN's "Body Issue" it made me swoon!

The 30yo "thicker than a snicker" baseball player is repping for the thick necks (and beard season lol) in the latest issue, but catching some flack for parading all of his yumminess on the cover.

Some folks are calling it "fat shaming" but I'm not really sure what that even means... so I'll just say this - - this man looks scrumptious, even with a gut. He's 6'0" 275lbs and THICK!! When I look at his pictures my curiosity was peaked, but when I watched the "behind the scenes" video I fell in love. He radiated happiness and good vibes in his interview... and let's keep it all the way 100 - - it takes a lot of courage to strip down naked and parade your body for the world to see.

He isn't a model. He's not raking in a salary of 24 million because he has perfectly chiseled abs... it's because he's a dope baseball player.




Jul 9, 2014

Lesson 14: Fear of Flying


I don't know exactly where my flying anxiety came from, but I woke up one day and realized that I didn't actually know the pilots, what their lives were about, or their qualifications. I mean, I trusted that the airlines weren't employing complete morons, but I guess as I got older I realized that I was really putting my life in the hands of a stranger. Maybe I just had more to live for? Possibly my control freak ways? I did read online that most people with anxiety during flight had control issues.

During our stint in corporate housing, I had the best view of Lake Union and the beautiful seaplanes. Like clockwork the planes would take off and land daily, whisking adventurous spirits off to the sky above. I longed to take a ride on a seaplane, but had no clue how to address my anxiety with flying. This wouldn't just be a plane, but a small ass plane (6 seats) on water! Jesus be a life vest.

For my birthday my bf surprised me with a scenic seaplane tour of Seattle! The moment we pulled into the parking lot my anxiety started kicking it. I immediately shut down and withdrew into myself. I knew that I was about to face a huge fear and didn't need to have an external meltdown, but inside I was losing my shit lol... and in all honesty I'm sure I looked like a deer in headlights.

Fast forward about 20 mins later and I had enjoyed my first water take-off and landing, scenic tour of beautiful Seattle, and fear of flying in a tiny ass plane! Y'all... it was definitely an experience and felt so freeing. It made me realize how silly fear can truly be.

As I sat there in that small ass 6 seater plane, fully capable of reaching out and molly whopping my captain in the back of the head, I stopped to truly embrace the beauty of being up in the air, living in the moment, and not scared. It was an awesome experience... and though the first bit of turbulence truly made me disoriented for about 3 seconds lol, it passed and I was back to enjoying the view.

All of this is to say don't allow fear to hold you back from accomplishing something you've wanted to do. Don't be afraid to give things a try and live in the moment!



How-To: Caring for a Curly Sew-in (Using Indique BOUNCE Coil Curl Hair)

I've been rocking my Indique BOUNCE Coil Curl sew-in for the past 3 weeks and I'm head over heels in love. This hair is so amazing... it's actually amazeballs! I remember my girlfriend Kacey telling me that she couldn't wait until I retired the word "amazeballs" lol... but I had to pull it back out of the crates for the sake of truly capturing the awesomeness of this hair.

Caring for the hair has been very easy and I wanted to share my tools and tips with everyone in case you're wondering what's necessary to keep your Indique coils curled up.

Below is a quick video sharing my top tips, styling tools, and opinions on the overall quality of the hair. Enjoy!





Jul 3, 2014

Tim Howard: All American Thick Neck

Living in Seattle folks have been on 10 during the World Cup, so sometimes I've felt like an odd ball not giving ANY fucks. It's actually difficult to find the words to truly express how little I care for soccer. I played when I was a kid, and I agree it's a fun sport to play... however, I haven't really been here for the World Cup. I know, I know... I probably sound like a typical American. It happens.

Well, Praise the Lord because I've finally found something to be excited about: Tim Howard.

The 35 year old US soccer player is drip dropping swagu all over the place and I'm here for it. I don't know his story, am admittedly too lazy to do the research, but was thrilled to take in the eye candy.

At 6'3" and 209 lbs Howard is on the slimmer side of the thick neck scale, but his tats and beard make up for any bulk he's lacking. Hindsight is 20/20 and now I'm thinking I should've watched the World Cup games for potential "thick neck research."



Jun 27, 2014

I'm officially 30 years old...

"Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next."


Jun 23, 2014

Sew-in using Indique BOUNCE Collection Coil Curl Hair (via @IloveIndique)

I've always thought of myself as low maintenance when it comes to my hair, but dropping a ton of coins on a hair weave is the least low maintenance thing I can think of.... however, y'all  - - can I just say how AMAZING. Scratch that, FUCKING AMAZING this Indique BOUNCE Collection Coil Curl hair is! It's the best hair weave decision I've ever made. Ever.

I filmed a quick video showing the results of the weave, how it blends, and my initial thoughts since rocking the weave a few days. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Sidebar: Indique sent me a "mystery discount code" valued at anywhere between 5% - 20%, but it expires at 11:59 pm on 6/27. If you are going to purchase hair from them this week, leave a comment below and I can send you the discount code! I promise you this hair is game changing.




Jun 22, 2014

Turning 30 kinda hurts lol...

My 30th birthday is in a few days and I'm currently trying to process how in the world I have so many breakouts popping up over my body. It's like night of the living dead! Actually, that reference makes no sense... but suffice it to say that I've never been one to have more than one or two zits, so having a bunch is like a fucking nightmare! I don't want to remember the end of my 20s with zits everywhere.

*insert scrunch face here*

I'm sitting here debating  between whether or not to Google the latest natural skin care fix by Hey Fran Hey, go to Sephora and cough up some coins for my old favorite Murad, or simply wash out my makeup brushes... which makes me realize that I can't actually recall the last time I washed them out (which means it's been too long).

On top of the breakouts my throat is super sore and I've had a slight pain in my lower back for a few days. Is this what turning 30 is all about? Is my body making the change towards being bootleg in this next decade of life? Lol... Yes, I'm being dramatic, but you always hear people speak about how "everything changes once you're 30," so all of it is making me wonder.

I'm sure someone in their mid to late 30s is reading this and rolling their eyes lol...


Jun 20, 2014

Indique BOUNCE Collection Coil Curl: Unboxing 10" Bundle + Initial Impression (via @ILoveIndique)

 So, I bit the bullet and bought the Indique BOUNCE Collection Coil Curl hair. It was a splurge. Actually, more than a splurge. I reached deep down into my pockets and pulled out all of my coins (and fucks) and decided to go for it. This is officially the most expensive thing I've ever done with my hair... and the sew-in isn't even installed yet (read: when I'm writing this).

It's currently the night before my big weave adventure with the priciest hair in all of the land, and I'm lying to myself about how tired I actually am. I should be sleeping, but I'm up cranking out this post. I still need to seal the weft (because I can't recall or find any information online stating whether or not the weft came sealed), wash my face, and get my life together so I can make my 8am hair appointment. In hindsight I was probably being a bit too ambitious when I made that 8am appointment. Blame it on the excitement of my summer/birthday weave.

While living in loft ranks high on the "cool factor," but finding a place with doors, quiet, and lighting to film is a nightmare. I finally said eff it and filmed outside on my patio. I did manage to wait for the sun to set a bit so the lighting wasn't terrible.

In the video I show the unboxing of my hair, share my initial thoughts, and how I still feel like a slight d-bag for dropping so many coins on a weave. Take a look and let me know what you think!





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