Jan 22, 2010

Luxe Living in Sweden

I stumbled upon this Swedish townhouse on a favorite blog of mine, Made By Girl, and had to share with my blog readers. Though a predominately white interior can easily look sterile, I think they did an amazing job. I love the use of space and the uber modern decor. This townhouse is seriously my dream palace.

Beyonce: Wild Curls too "exclusive" for Print

Allure is one of my favorite magazines and when I saw their February issue featured Beyonce on the cover I had to pick it up. Online I saw that the spread featured 6 amazing shots and to my surprise, 4 of the shots showcased Beyonce with her natural curls! Finally, she was weave free and working the camera like no other. Since I've been transitioning to a head full of natural hair, I've been keeping an eye out for inspiration. Beyonce being a mega star, and rocking her natural curls, was awesome and I couldn't wait to see the pics up close in the magazine.

While out picking up some groceries I grabbed the latest issue and hurried to read the article... however, I was extremely disappointed to see that they only chose to use 2 of the shots (with her hair blown out) for the feature. Wow, out of 6 amazing shots, they only happened to choose the 2 with her hair straight. *side eye*

Some people may think I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but in the African-American community hair is such a huge issue and I was really excited to see a star of her magnitude proud of her locks and working them in a high fashion way. Allure said that they were choosing to showcase the pictures online as an added bonus, but I felt like they were hiding them in a way. I mean, the pics were gorgeous... why not show Beyonce in a way that most don't see her. We all love the glammed up Sasha Fierce... but fresh faced, natural haired Beyonce wins me over every time. For those that may pick up the February Issue of the Allure because Beyonce is on the cover, and not opt to view it online, I wanted to share the wonderful pics of her and all her wild curls since they decided they were too "exclusive" for the print edition.

Once I moved back out West, I was once again in the land of fake boobs, fake hair and fake personalities. I had to deal with seeing weaves everywhere and it did start to get to me. I was like, damn... I need to get a sew-in asap so I don't do anything drastic to my hair (chopping it off or throwing in a texturizer)... but it's really encouraging to see Beyonce rocking her wild curls. It's like, yes... you can be beautiful and with your natural hair. This is something that put a smile on my face so I hope some other ladies out there can see this and feel inspired.

Jan 20, 2010

Special Prayer for our Troops

I was given this scripture and think everyone should say it for our troops :)

Psalm 91 (King James Version)

1) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2) I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6) Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9) Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14) Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16) With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Jan 19, 2010

10 Natural Hair Commandments

I found this great post on Clutch magazine's site about the 10 Natural Hair Commandments and wanted to share with my blog readers. For any natural out there, this is something fun to keep around.

I – Thou shalt be thankful for the hair that adorns thy head. Your hair is your ‘crown of glory’ treat it as such.

II – Thou shalt not idolize the hair that adorns another’s head. The hair on your head is unique, it’s what makes you you.

III – Thou shalt not take the hair that adorns thy head in vain. Be aware of the damage that chemicals and heat can cause, some of the damage is irreversible.

IV – Remember to take the necessary time to pamper thy hair. Create a routine, set aside specific days for sealing your ends, massaging, trimming, washing, conditioning and styling your hair. A healthy head of hair will be your reward.

V – Honor thy mother, father and ancestors for the beautiful traits that they have bestowed upon thee, one of which is your natural crown of glory. Wear your natural hair with pride.

VI – Thou shalt not attempt to use a fine-tooth comb to detangle thy hair. Even before using a wide-tooth comb, use your fingers to detangle, and when detangling always start from the ends and work your way up towards your scalp.

VII – Thou shalt not be ashamed to wear your natural hair in public. Wigs, weaves, braid extensions etc. are all wonderful temporary ‘protective’ and ‘transition’ styles, but they don’t compare to the beauty of your natural hair.

VIII – Thou shalt not kill the hair follicles on thy head – with high heat, harsh chemicals or tight styles. Stay away from pore clogging, dry scalp causing petroleum based products; use natural essential oil based ones instead. Be gentle with your hair, seek out professional stylists who have experience in styling your hair type.

IX – Thou shalt not bad mouth thy neighbor’s hair. Be respectful and encouraging to those who have not yet chosen to wear their hair natural. Negative comments will only turn them away from the natural hair community.

X – Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s hair; thou shalt not covet it’s texture, nor it’s curl pattern, nor it’s length etc. Appreciate the hair that you were blessed with. Try different styles and accessories that accentuate your very own personality and style.

Jan 15, 2010

Kell on Earth

I'm so freaking excited that Bravo TV decided to give everyone's favorite boss from hell, Kelly Cutrone, her own show. Not only did she manage to keep the girls of "The Hills" and "The City" in check, but she stole the show in the process. Kell on Earth follows Kelly Cutrone and her life as the head of high end fashion pr company, People's Revolution. Business woman by day and single mom by night, this show will take a deeper look into the inner workings of Kelly's life.

Here's a juicy sneak peek of the show...

I'm definitely going to go hard for this show because Kelly Cutrone is one of the FEW people in hollywood and reality tv that keeps in real. Actually, I'd love to see her on Wendy Williams show... that'd be a great interview... 2 of the loudest, bluntest ladies going head to head.

Me Time...

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions (I actually decided to get myself together BEFORE the year ended... no need to wait for the 1st to hit) but I've gotten back into Yoga and couldn't feel better. It's like my body is being zipped up! I feel amazing. My new Yoga instructor came off as a bit of a dictator nazi... but I love having someone push me to stretch deeper, hold my poses longer and not give up. I've committed myself to attend at least 3 yoga sessions a week and use this time to focus on myself and release any tension from the day.

It's easy to get caught up in our jobs, relationships, etc... but everyone should be taking at least an hour out of the day to connect with yourself, God, or whatever spiritual higher being you believe in. It's truly a wonderful feeling to get yourself centered again.

Jan 12, 2010

Life Happens...

My life has undergone a complete transformation within the last 7 months and it has all brought me back to a favorite quote of mine....

"The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces."

There are many times in life when we fall short of our goals and find a seemingly comfortable parking space - - be it personally, professionally, romantically... we become content, comfortable, or wake up and realize we've settled for less than what we truly want. However, it is never too late to start living the life you want.

As an adult, we are responsible for our own actions and really are in control of our future. Life is too amazing and wonderful to waste time accepting a life less than that of what you'd like to be living out. It doesn't take all day to recognize sunshine, nor does it take all day to realize you're miserable. Do yourself a favor and get an exit plan and prioritize some happiness in your life.

*my blogging has been fairly inconsistent lately due to me moving and getting ready to embark on a new adventure!!! I hope to have things back to normal within the next few weeks*

Jan 4, 2010

Every N♥tural Needs...

This weekend I came across the cutest t-shirt that I feel every natural needs to have in her wardrobe!

Is this not the most adorable thing ever? It retails for only $29.99 and is available at all Metro Park stores and online.

In Arizona: Scottsdale Fashion Square @ 7014 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - 602.626.9939

In Chicago: 2042 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614 - 773.634.5009

For other locations across the country click here.
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