Jul 2, 2015

How to Groom Your Dog (Video)


It's been hot as balls in Seattle lately, with temps staying in the high 80s again this week. I'm from Chicago and used to hot, humid summers and lived in AZ for quite a few years (115 degree temps aren't strange), but Seattle is a different monster.

Why? Most apartments and some businesses don't have A/C! Like, no fucking A/C in sight. It's a sad, sad reality that you'll probably be hot as hell in your overpriced apt or favorite restaurant.

I seriously thought it was illegal to not provide A/C in apartments when I first moved here.

Anyways, with the temps so hot and the apartment so muggy, my main priority is keeping Khaleesi cool. Right now I have 2 fans in constant rotation, but I've also made it a priority to groom her.

Khaleesi's Shed Hair
Y'all -- my favorite color is black. Most of my clothes are black. However, my dog is white. My dope ass dog and all of her luxurious white hair is ALL OVER MY FUCKING APARTMENT! The struggle is real... but I love her to pieces and take pride in being a pet parent. Thus, I sacrifice my clothing and floors to make sure she's groomed and not uncomfortable during this heat wave.


Khaleesi's Hair all over my black pants

Below is a quick video showing my preferred grooming method, brush from PetCo, and trick for getting shed hair off the carpet. Take a look and let me know what you think!








Jun 14, 2015

Dance until the Sun Goes Down #DayShiftSEA



One of my pet peeves about the social scene in Seattle is the lack of overall promotion for events and finding out about them hella late. Throw my transplant status into the mix and well, sometimes I'm left finding out about the latest happenings moments before they start. That's the case with the #DayShiftSEA event happening today from 2p to Sunset at Captain Blacks in Capitol Hill.

Brought to you by the wonderful folks at Night Shift SEA, #DayShiftSEA is the daytime, sunshine edition of their dance party. It's a beautiful day in Seattle, so get some drinks, meet new people, and sweat your hair out!

#DayShiftSEA
2p to Sunset
Captain Blacks - 129 Belmont Ave. E
$10 Cover


For a sample of the sounds your ears will be blessed with...



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Jun 9, 2015

Uniting Seattle Minorities in Tech & Creative Industries (via @hereSeattle)

I've worked in advertising for quite a number of years and for the most part I've been the only (or one of a few) minorities in the company and on my immediate team. Moving to Seattle this was even more present as I realized my new company (and city) had an even fewer number of brown faces.

At times the reality of having few people "look like me" can take its toll and make life as a Tech/Creative professional in Seattle seem daunting. In short, the struggle is real.

Founded in 2014, HERE Seattle is "an organization for minorities in creative and technical industries in Seattle, founded on the principles of empowering members through networking, philanthropic activity and enhancing industry knowledge."

A girlfriend told me about the group back in March and I had the pleasure of attending my first event in May when they hosted their "We Got the Jazz" social at the Columbia Towers. I didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised! Also, if I'm keeping it 100, I was just excited to have a reason to get mildly dressed up (Seattle's version -- because I didn't rock jeans out socially like that in Chicago lol).

The founders (Seth, Andre, Eric & Todd -- 4 dapper black men) did a great job working the room and taking the time to connect with everyone who attended. From my past experiences attending social events geared toward black professionals, the event hosts have dropped the ball in making the effort to connect with folks. I could tell everyone in the room at the HERE Seattle event felt welcome and appreciated. On top of that the music was dope and the vibe was chill. It lacked the pretentiousness that can often follow young, black professionals...

Their upcoming June event will take place on Wednesday, June 17th (full details can be found by joining the group -- click here). I can officially give them my stamp of approval, but if you require seeing some receipts, check out a quick recap of their May "We Got The Jazz" event below.


HERE Seattle Presents: We Got The Jazz - 5.1.2015 from Here Seattle on Vimeo.


Jun 2, 2015

DOPE Movie (via @DOPEMovie)

I just saw the trailer for DOPE, and already know it'll be a summertime classic! It's exciting to see the next generation of rising black actors shining in this refreshing film. DOPE will be closing out the SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) this weekend (6/6 & 6/7) and I've already snagged my ticket. It premieres in theaters 6/19, so I'd say beat the crowd and get a look at the film early. SIFF tickets are $13 and can be purchased by clicking here.


ABOUT THE FILM:

Dope

USA | 2015 | 115 minutes | Rick Famuyiwa
Like a 21st century urban update of Ferris Bueller, this remarkably fresh comedy follows a trio of friends, fronted by college-bound ’90s hip-hop head Malcolm, who stumble into a duffle bag full of designer party drugs, leading them down a riotous rabbit hole into the criminal underbelly of the hood.
Malcolm (newcomer Shameik Moore in a breakout role) doesn't fit in with the other kids in his tough Inglewood, California neighborhood. A self-described geek into white shit like Donald Glover, he is smart enough to be on the fast track to Harvard, yet chill enough to spend lazy afternoons debating the finer points of classic “Yo! MTV Raps” episodes with his fellow outcasts and bandmates Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), a snarky ultra-cool lesbian, and Jib (The Grand Budapest Hotel's lobby boy Tony Rivoli), who claims to be 14% black. When this crew stumbles onto a backpack full of designer party drugs, it leads them down a riotous rabbit hole into the criminal underbelly of the hood. Director Rick Famuylwa's coming-of-age comedy was the toast of this year's Sundance Film Festival, combining the attitude of Ferris Bueller, the kinetic visual style of Spike Lee, and the brains of Neil deGrasse Tyson for a totally new kind of film, one that is both modern (Bitcoin, drones, Snapchat) and nostalgic (flattops, Air Jordans, a soundtrack filled with ’90 s hip-hop classics), while also being fresh, funny, smart, uncompromising, and, yeah, totally Dope.






Jun 1, 2015

Sip & Sin at The W Hotel (via @wseattle)




During a random night in lower Queen Anne, I stumbled into Oskar's Kitchen and ended up grooving to the sounds of DJ Topspin for hours. From that moment on I made it a point to stay updated on his rotating sets, not only because he's a dope DJ, but being new-ish to Seattle I figured a DJ would be the best source for all things fun. 

Summer is a few weeks away and one of the events sure to become a staple in my weekly rotation are the "Sip & Sin" nights at the W Hotel Seattle

Hosted in the hotel's TRACE Bar and Lobby, the weekly events feature a rotating lineup of DJs and are broken into two categories:

SIP - Social Interactive Playtime: Every Wed and Thurs from 8p - Midnight. Features happy hour specials from 4p - 7p and 10p - Midnight. Note: Wednesday nights the DJs will spin traditional vinyl, so this is the night I prefer to attend.

Tips: Wednesday night is Ladies Night and features specials for women all night long. Also, their food is BOMB! I suggest getting there between 6p and 630p to take advantage of their food/drinks specials, then waiting until 8p to order your next round of drinks (ladies). The discount is about $4 to $6 off regular drinks, so it's a solid deal.


SIN - Social Interactive Nighttime: Every Fri and Sat from 930p - 130a. This also features happy hours specials from 4p-7p and 10p - Midnight.


I am not one to send people off, so I suggest checking out the event on either June 3rd (Wed - SIP) or June 19th (Fri - SIN) when DJ Topspin will be there. Here's a preview of his magic hands...


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May 25, 2015

I want Purple Hair...

I was browsing IG when I came across the slayage that is blogger Gabi Fresh and her dope lavender hair! I was instantly swooning over her beautiful purple hue... and now I'm sitting here pondering how I can pull this off! I love my balayage, but for some reason I have a tendency to go light in the winter and darker in the summer. Blame my cancerian mood shifts. #KanyeShrug

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I've been extremely bored with my hair and am ready for a change. I don't know for sure if additional color is the best route to go, but the lack of talented braiders in Seattle is a buzzkill. That's something I miss about living in Chicago -- access to talented folks in a variety of price ranges who knew how to do my hair. Life in Seattle is not a total hair struggle (I have a colorist and insane weaver on deck), but for fairly standard protective styles I'm SOL. On top of that, I just can't seem to learn how to do it myself. Yes, these are very much so first world problems, but ... #KanyeShrug.


May 18, 2015

Beyonce's Chicago Bulls 1-piece Swimsuit

Nicki Minaj just dropped the visual for her Beyonce collab "Feeling Myself" and the scene stealer for me was the Chicago Bulls one piece swimsuit!!

Beyonce slays everything she rocks, but as a Chicago native my heart skipped an extra beat watching Queen Bey slay in my hometown colors.

I've seen a similar version of this suit at Forever21 (bodysuit, not a swimsuit), but I'm sure every online boutique will be producing their version of the suit by the end of the week.

I still haven't signed up for Tidal (I'm happy with Spotify), but I respect the artists making it a point to add that something extra. I'm on the hunt to find this suit and when I do I'll be sure to update the post with purchase options. In the meantime, I can't wait to see just how creative IG and Tumblr DIYers can get with this suit. It's a gorgeous, attainable suit for sure. Now that body? That's a different story lol.




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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.




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