Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Routine

So I joined a growth challenge on about two weeks ago. Mostly because I knew if I didn't make some kind of commitment to do something with it soon I would end up with some bad breakage...I was getting too lazy. So from now until April I'm going to be making it a point to keep my routine and wear a lot of protective styles. I went a head and put my hair in genie locs last Wednesday, and while I was doing I discovered I'm actually to armpit length....that's what's up.

I'd never done a length check before so needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. Especially since I'm not even at two years yet. So here's my routine:
1. Wash: weekly/bi-weekly (depending on my hairstyle and how my hair feels)
2. DC: weekly/bi-weekly
3. Seal: acv rinse and my leave in
4. Moisturize: every other day with my water, shea/oil mix
5. Wear protective styles 
6. Vitamins: Flax seed oil, biotin, glycerin, omega 3,6,9, multi, and garlic
7. Exercise daily
 Now about these yarn braids....I've been on the fence for a while now about locs and I gotta say these are really pushing me in that direction. I'm really feelin the way they look, so don't be surprised if you see me locking it up sometime soon lol. I think I'll keep these in till the end of next month. My head has been itching like crazy and I know I'm not allergic to yarn so I have no idea why but it's driving me nuts!


From the great Steven Lopez, The After Midnight Soul Series:
Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jill Scott, Minnie Riperton, Sade and Tina Turner.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I'm Gleamin

I told you all a little while ago about a body painting photo shoot I did back in September. Well I have been able to get a hold of some my photographers favorite shots and I HAD to share.
Body Paint: Dave Smith  Model: Jackie Keller
Body Paint: Jessica Bloom (she also painted me)  Model: Maggie McLaughlin
all photography done by LP Photography

Just to be apart of something this beautiful was amazing. I hope every ones holiday was wonderful =)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Additions and The First Giveaway!

So I thank you guys for your emails about the site and giving me your honest opinions. They were ALL much appreciated! That said, I've made a lot of changes and I've added a lot of great new items. So please check everything out and let me know what you think about everything.
Also, because I finally got to ten...actually past ten counting Networked Blogs on FB....and we are apart of the Light it Up Blog Event..... you know what that means? Giveaway! I love that it's in time for Christmas =). So I'm thinking that up for grabs should be:

One winner will have one choice of these three items. To join the give away you must:
  1. Be a follower of this blog
  2. Leave a comment to this post
  3. Giveaway will end December 31 @ midnight.
    Winner will be selected at random and announced January 1st
       GOOD LUCK!

       New Arrivals

      Saturday, December 18, 2010

      Toes # 1

      I can't paint my nails any more because of my job =(. I do understand why though. As the kitchen manager I'm cooking, washing my hands and cleaning ALL the time! I wouldn't want somebodies nasty nail polish chips in my food so I dare not subject anyone else to that kind of horror. Any way now I'm going hard in the paint (literally) on my toes. So I'm going to start sharing some of my favorite tutorials with you guys from now on. Hope you like.


      Friday, December 17, 2010

      Me All Day

      I was born and partly raised in Los Angeles, Ca, but also partly raised in Tucson, Az. During most of my younger years I was natural. Long hair down my back natural, all the way up until I turned about 12. In California I remember there was always some boy in my ear about how pretty I was. Then I turned 10, moved to Tucson, and everything changed. Black girls aren't received, or at least weren't when I was growing up, with open arms there. Little black boys have the pick of the litter. White girls, Mexican girls, Mixed girls (Asian...yes there was a few), so where was there rooms for us? Especially with so few little black boys? 

      Now don't think your going to start dating other races young lady. We don't get down like that....

      So where am I left?

      It wasn't until I got older that I realized how bruised my self esteem was from all this. I didn't have a great family life so unfortunately my self worth came from places it shouldn't have. And while it really shouldn't have matter what those little boys thought it did.

      I tried everything I could at the time to get someone to notice me. That long thick hair.....I cut off until I had little 1 inch baby curls all over my head. It grew back, then every couple months I relaxed it and dyed it every color I could. I never felt beautiful. I repeated this process, cutting, perming, and dying every year until I turned 18.

      I had a bun in the oven!
      Ever since I could remember I heard the old wives tales, not to perm/dye your hair when you were pregnant. I was so conflicted with what to do. I hadn't seen my really hair color in years, let alone texture. What was I supposed to do for nine whole months? After much debate with my then husband I figured that my little baby didn't ask to be here. So I have to try and give it the best and healthiest start I can. I started what I now know as transitioning. I was always planning to start back relaxing though as soon as the baby was born and I was done breast feeding. Except, a couple months later I was pregnant again, and my whole life changed.

      This time my pregnancy was different. My life was crumbling around me. I was all alone in a new state with no home to return to, and no family to turn to. Over the next nine months I began a journey with God that I never knew was possible. By the time I was ready to have my son I was mentally and spiritually stronger than I had ever been. Because I was only at home I hadn't learned to do anything different with my hair. I wore it in cornrows, puffs and ponytails. Outside of that I had no clue what I was doing. So after Jeremiah was born, and I was done breast feeding, I just went ahead and texturized it.

      But I didn't feel like me anymore.

      Over the course of the next year and a half I did everything again. Cut it, permed it, colored it and did it again. No matter what I didn't feel like me.

      So in March of 2009 I big chopped.
      I will NEVER look back. For some people it's nothing more than just hair. For me it was more than that. It was me accepting and being exactly who God made me to be, and being content with that. I'm me all day. I can't and won't be anybody else, and if you don't like that....well....that sounds like a personal issue lol.

      Artists Feature: Betsy Otter Thompson- Walking Through Illusion

      First off I must apologize! I should have read this book a LONG time ago....and I did sort of. I started it, then stopped, then started, then stopped, then last week I started, and completed. From beginning, to end. It was amazing to read. Now that I have read it through I now understand why it took me so long. I wasn't spiritually prepared to read it before. 
      This uniquely formed self- help book was inspirational for me to say the least. Ms. Thompson's base was a conversation with Jesus, taking stories of the people He knew throughout His life, or came into contact with and used them as a platform to give direction and enlightenment from their life experiences. For me it personally gave a new perspective to the art of the self help book by showing that in order for your life to change you can not constantly be worried about others action in your life. You can only control your part in it, and how you react. Beautiful.
      I was also blessed enough to be able to interview Ms. Thompson, this is what she had to say =).

      J: Where are you from?
      B: I returned home to Philadelphia four years ago after being in California for 23 years.

      J: How do your surroundings affect your creative process?
      B: Other than making sure I’m comfortable in them, my surroundings, per se, have little to do with it. For me, it’s about focus: sitting down, and putting my attention to the task.

      J: How long have you been writing?
      B: I’ve been writing for 23 years.

      J: What is your favorite piece and why?
      B: I always think the article or the book I’m working on is the best one because it’s the one that’s answering my momentary questions.

      J: Where do you draw inspiration from?
      B: For me, it comes from within. Without my communication with spirit, there wouldn’t be any product. I’m a vessel. The information comes through me, I write it down, and I share what I am given. Not to say there isn’t an editing process, there is, just as there is, and needs to be, in any kind of writing.

      J: What do you think makes you different from the next writer?
      B: I’m only different in that I write what comes through my creative expression. Many spiritual self-help authors are doing the same: expressing ideas through their creativity. Many themes are similar, but the results are never the same because each of us writes form our own individual perspective and personal growth.

      J: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
      B: I’d take my peace of mind, my joy to be alive, and my gratitude for having a beautiful island on which to live.

      Saturday, December 11, 2010

      Pic of tha Day

      Ms Pinkie and Her Cd

      I already knew I didn't like this female but I gave her CD a listen. I don't know why I wasted my time. SMH it wasn't my cup of tea and I'm a little upset that I wasted time that I can't get back. =(

      Friday, December 10, 2010

      Monday, December 6, 2010

      Wednesday, December 1, 2010

      ReArrange Your Face

      Oh that's right you already did why you go and do that now love?
      Life lesson of the day. Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.

      New Job and Other Shit

      I finally found another job, thank God! I know I'm blessed cause there are still people out here looking in what people pretend is not a recession.(Dummies) So that's what's up. I am exhausted. I spend my days pretty much working and the weekends at the studio. Still haven't figured out how to get my music on this bitch. o_O But I am almost done with my jewelry website so hopefully it will be up in the next two weeks.....and there goes my free time....
      Do I look as tired as I feel?

      Friday, November 26, 2010

      Bye Bye

      I love this magazine, if you didn't know about it, well....=)

      Thursday, November 25, 2010

      Happy Thanksgiving

      For all those celebrating today I wish you a wonderful day filled with love, family, joy, and bomb ass food lol!
      Love ya,

      Wednesday, November 24, 2010

      Burnin on Em ~Hot Toddy

      So Usher and Jay-Z's song Hot Tottie came on and I couldn't help but wonder....what the heck made him do this song? Then I thought, yea right about I do need one of those lol. Although some people drink them as a cocktail hot toddy's are also used as a natural remedy for colds, which I was on the brink of getting. Nothin a good run and the hot toddy didn't solve though =)

      • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
      • 1/2 cup honey
      • 1 quart water
      • 2 1/2 cups whiskey 
      • 1 cinnamon stick 
      • 4 bags of your choice of black tea (I used peach)
      Bring your water to a boil, take off the heat and add you tea bags. Once your tea has steeped add honey, lemon, whiskey, and cinnamon stick. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy. (But don't forget this does have alcohol so enjoy with caution.)

      Thursday, November 18, 2010

      Burnin On Em- Tofu and Peppers

      I love to cook so don't ask me why I haven't done this sooner. =) I hope you guys try it and like it.


      • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
      • 1 pound firm tofu, cubed
      • 1 onion, sliced
      • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
      • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
      • 1 whole carrot, peeled and sliced
      • 6 mushrooms, sliced
      • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
      • 1/2 cup broth (your preference)
      • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
      • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
      • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
      • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
      • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
      1. Directions
      Heat peanut oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Toss the tofu into the oil, and cook until browned on all sides. 
      Once browned, toss in onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and garlic; cook until just tender, and onion is turning translucent about 5-7 minutes.
       In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes. Pour over tofu and vegetables, toss to coat, and simmer 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens.
      Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

      Many people are very apprehensive about eating Tofu, but to be quite honest it truly is like every other food out there, if you cook it right, it tastes great. Below are just some of the benefits of adding it to your diet.

      Cardiovascular Benefits of Soy Protein:
      Research on soy protein in recent years has shown that regular intake of soy protein can help to lower total cholesterol levels by as much as 30%, lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels by as much as 35-40%, lower triglyceride levels, reduce the tendency of platelets to form blood clots, and possibly even raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
      All of this sounds very good to people trying to avoid atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease. High LDL cholesterol levels can lead to a build up of cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels. If these deposits get too large or break, they can cause a heart attack or stroke. Triglycerides are a form in which fats are transported in the blood, so high triglyceride levels, which are often seen in diabetes, can also contribute to the development and growth of these dangerous cholesterol deposits and heart disease. And blood clots can be another major problem for people with heart disease, since they can precipitate a heart attack or stroke. Soy protein, however, can address all of these issues, leading to a greatly reduced risk of heart disease.
      Soy for Smooth Sailing through Menopause:
      Soy has also been shown to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms associated with menopause. Soy foods, like tofu, contain phytoestrogens, specifically the isoflavones, genistein and diadzein. In a woman's body, these compounds can dock at estrogen receptors and act like very, very weak estrogens. During perimenopause, when a woman's estrogen fluctuates, rising to very high levels and then dropping below normal, soy's phytoestrogens can help her maintain balance, blocking out estrogen when levels rise excessively high, plus filling in for estrogen when levels are low. When women's production of natural estrogen drops at menopause, soy's isoflavones may provide just enough estrogenic activity to prevent or reduce uncomfortable symptoms, like hot flashes. The results of intervention trials suggest that soy isoflavones may also promote the resorption of bone and therefore inhibit postmenopausal osteoporosis.
      Additionally, most types of tofu are enriched with calcium, which can help prevent the accelerated bone loss for which women are at risk during menopause. Calcium has also been found useful in rheumatoid arthritis, a condition in which calcium may help to reduce the bone loss that can occur as a result of this disease. Tofu is a good source of calcium. Four-ounces supply about 10% of the daily value for calcium and contain only 70-90 calories.
      Rich in Minerals for Energy and Antioxidant Protection:
      Tofu is a very good source of iron, providing 33.8% of the DV for this important mineral in 4 ounces. Iron is primarily used as part of hemoglobin, a molecule essential to energy production since it is responsible for transporting and releasing oxygen throughout the body. But hemoglobin synthesis also relies on copper. Without copper, iron cannot be properly utilized in red blood cells. Fortunately, both minerals are supplied in tofu, which also contain 11.0% of the daily value for copper.
      In addition to its role in hemoglobin synthesis, copper may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Copper, along with manganese (yet another trace mineral for which tofu is a very good source), is an essential co-factor of a key oxidative enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Superoxide dismutase disarms free radicals produced within the mitochondria (the energy production factories within our cells). Copper is also necessary for the activity of lysyl oxidase, an enzyme involved in cross-linking collagen and elastin, both of which provide the ground substance and flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints. Four ounces of tofu supply 34.5% of the DV for manganese.
      Want to Be "Buff"? Eat Tofu:
      Think a meal without meat equals a meal without protein? Think again. Four ounces of tofu provides 9.2 grams of protein, that's 18.3% of the daily value for protein, and it comes virtually free of saturated fat (less than 1 gram), and at a cost of only 86 calories.
      Cardiovascular Protection from Omega-3 Fats:
      Fish aren't the only good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Tofu provides 14.4% of the daily value for these especially beneficial fats in just 4 ounces. Omega-3 fats have been the subject of intensive study by researchers. Omega-3 fatty acids have a broad array of health benefits. Omega-3s help prevent erratic heart rhythms, make blood less likely to clot inside arteries (which is the ultimate cause of most heart attacks), and improve the ratio of good HDL to bad LDL cholesterol. And finally, by reducing inflammation, these essential fats play a role in preventing cholesterol from clogging arteries.
      Selenium-An Antioxidant, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory Trace Mineral:
      Several other nutrients in tofu are helpful for other conditions. For example, tofu is a good source of selenium; 4 ounces provide 14.4% of the daily value for this trace mineral. Selenium is needed for the proper function of the antioxidant system, which works to reduce the levels of damaging free radicals in the body. Selenium is a necessary co-factor of one of the body's most important internally produced antioxidants, glutathione peroxidase, and also works with vitamin E in numerous vital antioxidant systems throughout the body. These powerful antioxidant actions make selenium helpful not only against colon cancer by protecting colon cells from cancer-causing toxins, but in decreasing asthma and arthritis symptoms and in the prevention of heart disease. In addition, selenium is involved in DNA repair, yet another way in which adequate intake of this mineral is associated with a reduced risk for cancer.

      And that's just a few of the benefits. If you didn't know....well...=)

      Wednesday, November 17, 2010


      I realized a couple weeks ago that I had been watching too much t.v. I don't know how I came to that conclusion but I think it's because I think most shows are such garbage anyway that even a small amount can probably cause damage. It's that old adage hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. People wonder why their spirits suffer so much and it's because we feed them so much garbage on an everyday bases. Just like feed, wash, strengthen and take care of our physical bodies; I feel like we should take that same care with our minds and spirits. But I digress....
      I went to library and fell in love all over again. I hadn't been to a public library in a good 10 years! It was wonderful. All those books, all that access to free knowledge! Well I just wanted to share with you some of this months readings.

      The Collective Works of Langston Hughes, Edited with an introduction by Dolan Hubbard.
      Interiors; A Black Womans Healing in Progress, Iyanla Vanzant
      Textured Tresses; The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hair, Diane DaCosta
      Hair Talk Stylish Braids From African Roots, Duyan James
      The New Natural Healing Cookbook, Bessie Jo Tillman, M.D.
      Altered Clothing; Hip Fixes and Transformations With a Needle And Thread, Kathleen Maggio

      Reading really is fundamental.


      So I got some thigh high argyle socks on ebay a couple weeks ago and they came yesterday yay! When I thought about this outfit yesterday I wasn't thinkin about my coat but it worked out any way cause I like it.

      Tuesday, November 16, 2010

      Artists Feature: Strawberry Couture

      It is starting to get cold out....or in some places it already is, and I just had to feature Ms. Lenore of Strawberry Couture. I've adored her hat's for a hot minute now and knew it was time to share that with you.
      J: Where are you from and how do your surrounding affect your creative process??
       L:  I am originally from Ann Arbor, MI. Most of my ideas come between asleep and awake. I can ponder all day on a new idea. When I am about to fall asleep, the idea becomes clear.
      J:  How long have you been designing and what is your favorite piece, why?
      L: I have been designing officially designing since 2006. Designs itself have been forming in my head my whole life! The hat above, The Black Cloche is my favorite and best selling piece. There are so many ways to wear it as can be seen here: 
      I have 2 of them in hot rose and toasted almond.
      J: Where do you draw inspiration from?
      L: Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. They come at the wrong time for instance when I am washing dishes, an idea I saw on TV or a picture at a shop for a split second. Sometimes I will try to follow a pattern. I often have trouble following those so I make up my own version of it. Other times I have an idea in my head, once I finish the project, it will come out to be something else but better!

      J: What do you feel makes you different from the next designer?
      L: I feel different from others because I do not follow patterns; never have and never will. I will use them as a guideline. I often get request for patterns of my hats, but I choose not to. It's like asking shop owners where they buy their supplies. They WILL NOT tell you. It's my trade secret! I may give some guidelines, but I will leave it up to artists to come with their own material like I had to.

      J: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you what would they be?
      L: If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take my busy bag(bag of crochet yarn and needles), cell phone, and hubby.