Mar 22, 2017

Side Swept Feeder Cornrows

A few weeks ago I reached a point where I was absolutely OVER doing my hair, so I scheduled an appointment with my favorite Seattle braider, Michelle of Natural Legacies Salon in Burien, WA. I knew I wanted something that would last a few weeks, so I opted for this cool cornrow style I found on Instagram. Thank God for that bookmark feature because it makes it super easy to save styles I like. I have so many hair and nail art options saved... wish I could try them all.

If you'd like to re-create this style, ask for "natural start" or "feeder" cornrows and show the design. I am a huge fan of natural start (instead of that hideous big bump cornrows sometimes have) because it seems to be easier on my edges and naturally blends in your hair with the extensions.

It took Michelle about 4 hours to do this style on me and I think we used about 4 bags of hair.

Inspiration Style from IG

Mar 16, 2017

A Rabbi + A Priest + An Athiest

As my girlfriend Natalie would say, Happy Friday Eve! It's Thursday and in a few hours I'll be bidding adieu to my corporate gig and clocking in for my fun weekend getaway with the BF's family to the Coast! The only proper way to pre-game for a vacation while you're still at work is watching YouTube videos, duh.

I've always been a believer in "LOVE" being the common thread in most religions, yet so many people tend to focus on our differences and what separates us. As someone who identifies as a connector of sorts, I tend to lead with finding similarities and ways to connect with someone before I look to separate myself.

When I saw this video of a priest, rabbi and atheist sitting down with one another to smoke some weed and chat it was right up my alley! If you have some time, take a look and let me know what you think.

I love coming together with people who may seem starkly different to me, but realizing that we truly do have so many ways to unite and not focus on exclusion. In short, more love... less hate! When is the last time you sat with someone who is different and make a genuine connection?

Weekend Challenge!

Feb 21, 2017

Yoga + Trap Music
Trap Vinyasa in Cap Hill 3/10

The time has finally come! The next Yoga by Biola Trap Vinyasa class will happen on Friday, March 10th at Rival Fitness in Cap Hill!

As a longtime member of Rival Fitness, I was thrilled to make the introduction between studio owner Jim Mahan and Biola. It was peak Black Excellence being able to bring together 2 dope, locally owned, BLACK brands.

Even though the event takes place in March (once Black History Month is over), it's a nod to the beauty of bringing together #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy to create something pretty awesome.

Tickets are dwindling for the event, so click here to grab yours now!

Feb 8, 2017

"Get Lucky" on 2/11
Nail Art, Mimosas & Cannabis
Topcoat SEA + Trichome

If you missed the Topcoat SEA nail event last weekend at Babeland, you're in luck! The dope ladies behind the nail brand (Mary Jane and Gwen) will be blessing everyone with another nail event this weekend at Trichome in the International District.

Trichome specializes in high end cannabis goods like pipes and bowls, in addition to clothes, accessories and even cologne!

Unlike the Babeland event, manicures will not be free, but instead heavily discounted at $15-$25 depending on the art you receive. Nail art will be provided by The Nail Mystic, Topcoat's Mary Jane, and my nail artist bae Impekable Nails.

Mimosas will be flowing and attendees can receive 15% off Trichome purchases. Musical vibes will be provided by DJ's MaryJane and She's Gucci.

 Image: @ItsTopCoat

Feb 7, 2017

Badwill Market:
Valentine's Day Edition 2/12

If you love supporting local businesses and buying dope shit, Badwill Market is the pop-up for you. Held monthly at The Rhino Room in Cap Hill (11th and Pine), Badwill Market is one of my favorite monthly events in Seattle and something I've regularly attended since living here.

The market was created to "provide Seattle shoppers with a unique platform to connect with local boutiques, vintage vendors, independent designers, up and coming brands and DIY artists."

This weekend's theme is "Valentine's Day" and will feature vendors slangin' apparel, vintage goods, jewelry and plants. I've copped some of my favorite chokers, plants and art from Badwill and have my eye on a few of the vendors who will be there on Sunday.

This event is 21+ and runs from noon to 5p. I recommend getting there on the earlier side so you have first pick at all of the stuff.

Feb 6, 2017

"Brown Girls"
Seattle Viewing Party 2/15

While it's a shitty time in our country, it's a great time for people of color in television and film. Brown Girls is the latest addition, showcasing the friendship between two women of color in Chicago (my hometown). I'm all about #BlackGirlMagic and women of color having our stories shared on a large platform, adding depth and balance to what can sometimes feel like an over-saturated market of bullshit reality TV.

"The near two-minute trailer introduces some of the shows leading characters, Leila, a South Asian-American writer who is seemingly trying to navigate her own sexual orientation; and her close friend Patricia, a black musician who is struggling financially, creatively, and romantically. In just a short period of time, the clip, which is guided by the sounds of Chicago native Jamila Woods, illustrates a fusion of both of the women’s backgrounds, while addressing themes of love and relationships, family and sexual orientation.

Unlike other series, Brown Girls is led by a crew of 95 percent women, people of color and/or women, according to director Sam Bailey. “When I was putting the crew together, I really focused on making sure that the people behind the camera represented the story they were telling in front of the camera,” Bailey said of handpicking the BG team. “We got on set every day and the energy was just different. You could feel it. Everyone was so invested. It was personal for them and I think that comes through in the final product.” - Vibe Magazine

The Seattle viewing party will take place on Wednesday, February 15th @ Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar in Cap Hill (11th Ave. between Pike and Pine). The event is free, but starts PROMPTLY at 6p, so make sure you head over early to snag a good seat.

Click here for more information.

Feb 3, 2017

Beyoncé Laser Show 2/10
Pacific Science Center
(via @PacSci)

... And on the 3rd day of Black History Month Beyoncé gave us a dope ass laser show at Pacific Science Center!

If you live in Seattle and have yet to experience the laser shows at Pacific Science Center, you've missed out. Tickets are only $12 and feature 60 mins of live laser projections by trained "laser artists" in their state of the art laser dome.

Little known fact: The Pacific Science Center laser dome is the largest laser theater in the world!

Beyoncé's laser show debuts Friday, February 10th at 1030p!

Click here for tickets. Also note that there is NO late seating for the laser show, so arrive at least 15-20 mins early to get a seat.

Feb 2, 2017

Get Nailed! Sexy Manicures with @ItsTopCoat and LELO

I'm a huge fan of nail art and never miss an opportunity to get a free mani, so I wanted to spread the word that @ItsTopCoat will be offering FREE manicures tomorrow night at the Get Nailed! event at Babeland in Cap Hill.

In addition to dope nail art, the event will feature complimentary bubbly, tips for the bedroom, and giveaways from luxury sex toy designer, LELO.

Little known fact: I've actually been an affiliate with LELO since March 2016! I don't know if I ever blogged about my first experience with their products, but it's actually a funny story and led to me wanting to join their affiliate team. I'll save that for another post... but their toys are gorgeous and work wonders!

The Get Nailed! event is free and doesn't require an RSVP, but manicures will be done on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. If you want the chance of getting your nails done, I'd highly suggest getting there as close to 7p as possible and adding your name to the wait list. The event will feature 4 nail artists (including my nail artist and eternal bae @ImpekableNails), so consider the wait times that may happen once the list gets full.

Feb 1, 2017

Through The Eyes of Art
2/3 @ MoPop

If you're looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month this weekend, Through the Eyes of Art will be celebrating their 4th annual show. This all ages show take place at MoPop (formerly the EMP) and kick off at 7p, featuring local vendors) before the 8p show starts.

"Presented by MoPOP and Brandkings, the city’s premier Black History Month celebration will look at the topic of building a strong black economy. Featuring a speech by CNN correspondent and Seattle native Angela Rye, live performance from Josephine Howell, and a special reunion show by Seattle hip-hop group Ghetto Chilldren. The Servant of the People Award will be presented to Ezell's Famous Chicken co-founders Lewis Rudd, Darnell Rudd, and Faye Stephens. The evening will be hosted by Isiah Anderson."

My nail artist @ImpekableNails will be showing during the vendor portion (7p-8p) and I'll be her nail art model! If you're in the area, feel free to swing by and say hi.

Tickets are $15 ($12 for MoPop Members)

For more information and tickets click here.

Jan 26, 2017

Love, Peace and Soul
Black History Month Party
via @HellaBlackHellaSeattle

The dope ladies of Hella Black Hella Seattle will be hosting a Black History month party on Saturday, February 4th -- right when we need more events to come together and partake in self-care and shenanigans, balancing out all the fuckshit Cheeto Satan is doing. The party will be held at LoveCityLove in Capitol Hill (14th and Pike) from 8p-Midnight. The cover is $2 and will feature moonshine by Dame The Bartender. If moonshine ain't for you, it's BYOB -- but drink responsibly. This event is FOR US BY US and we want to keep the foolishness to a minimum.

Click here for more info.

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