Friday, February 28, 2014

Fall In The Dead Of Winter

One of the reasons why I love living in the South is that sometimes the weather is like Fall in the dead of Winter. This day was nice, as I took a walk to the nail salon. I think it was about 70º.

Asymmetrical cardigan - Desigual for Cirque Du Soleil (purchased at the Cirque Du Soleil - KÀ shop in 
Las Vegas.
Knee High Wedge Boot: Purchased from
Comfy Fleece Lined Tights: Ebay
Sunglasses: Apple Bottoms
Watch: Apple Bottoms

This is the back of the boot. When folded down it reveals the animal in you! LOL! The front on top is studded. Every time I wear them I get compliments from both men and women.

Lady In Red - Valentine's Day OOTN

I know that this post is late, but oh my, my busy days didn't allow me to get to posting it sooner. Anyway, better late than never, aye?!

My husband is always such a sweetheart, and usually everyday is Valentine's Day for us. We went to an Italian restaurant not too far from where we live, and had to wait for an hour to be seated, so I took the opportunity to take some pics while we waited.

Coat: Ebay
Dress: Deréon
Belt: Forever XXI
Clutch: H&M
Shoes: Shoe Republic Pink Bottoms, purchased from Lulu'

Rose Gold flower embellished hoop earrings: Ebay
Rose Gold and Swarovski Crystal lazer cut floral cuff:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

All Dressed Up - Winter Chicness!

Hey y'all! How ya doin' this Winter! It's been rather cold here in D-Town!

I haven't really done much posts showing my style/fashion sense. I will be trying to add more of those to my blog from now on. It's just that I don't usually have time to take pictures when I'm done dressing - I just dress and step! When I get to the event or work, I'm busy till it's time to leave and I don't remember. And sometimes when you ask someone to take a picture of you, they mess it up! LOL! True, true, true!!!!

Ok so here goes... I attended this event here in Dallas last Saturday called The Awakening. It was the reception event staged by The Fashion Opera. For more info on what they're about, check out their website

This is was my look:
Hosiery - Charlotte Russe.
Dress - Go Jane
Coat: Ali Express Vendor.
Shoes - Shoe Dazzle.
Clutch: Just Fab.
Ankh Jewelry: Earrings ordered from Amazon, ring purchased in Las Vegas.

Two of the cast members from the show. Left - Whitney Brown, right - Beatrice (Bebe) Lawrence. I love these girls. They have been in my makeup chair many a-time, and we always have a blast, and their skin is beautiful!

I got sooooo many compliments on my ensemble I was overwhelmed. People I didn't know asked to take photos with me et al. I was like, "this must be how celebrities feel!" I didn't like all that attention though, but I accepted it graciously. I just prefer to dress nicely and not be put on blast! LOL!

Whitney hadn't seen me for a while, but when she does I'm always backstage with an apron on and makeup brushes in my hand. She didn't recognize me that night! Check out my Instavid to see her reaction when she realized it was me recording her! LOL! I had a great time at this event, the energy in the room was so positive and light!

If you'd like to see more of my style, leave me a comment below so I'd know if it is worth the effort doing these kind of articles.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Protective Styling In The Winter With Marley Twists...

Ok, so yeah, I've gotten bored with my hair now. I was thinking about doing something drastic like cutting it off or coloring it. Then I remembered about 9 years ago I used this what they now call Marley Braid Hair to do some two strand twists. I didn't install them for myself back then, I paid a friend of mine to do it, and she did do a fantastic job. I don't remember how many packs were used.

Circa 2005: Two Strand Twists using Marley Synthetic Braiding Hair. The chick in the pic with me is not the one who did my hair.
Back then, I can't remember what they called them, it was just the style then, especially if your wore your natural hair - and I wore my hair natural and brightly colored. Yes, it was the same color at that time as the hair I used in the pic, and almost the same length. I must add that I had all my coloring professionally done. I did a lot of what they now call ombré/gradient coloring.

Anyway, I thought that these would be easy enough to do myself since I can do these kinds of braided extensions. I bought 5 packs of the hair initially and installed them all. It took me about 5 hours, so roughly 1 hour per pack. ( I  redid them and ended up using 1¼ more packs. So in total, I used 6¼ packs.) It wasn't difficult to put them in either. I find this type of extension hair extremely easy to use because it comes already sectioned (like locs) and hardly sheds. I used two locs per twist, because I wanted it longgggggg! LOL! I wanted some subtle color, so I chose 1b/33 and 1b/27.

So far I am enjoying them, because they are easy to maintain. Yes, I do wash them every week. I am not playing around with that since I work out 3-4 times weekly! I know some people wear these for 4-6 weeks straight, exercise and NEVER wash their hair! To that I say... "Eeew, eeew, and oh hayle naw!" That's just grossssse!!

With all this length though, I have to learn how to be creative with the styling. So far I have come up with these quick styles. They all take less than 5 minutes to do.

Length Check and Interlaced Criss-Crossed Accessorized Low Pony Tail.

Variation of an Interlaced Half-Updo.

Interlaced High Bun.

1990's Karen Wheeler (Soul To Soul).

Elegant To-Die-For Pompadour.
The hair itself is not at all heavy, and definitely NOT tight! However, when it is shampooed, it does get a bit weighty with the water, but the weight is not unbearable, and doesn't put a strain on my scalp or hair. I also do a deep conditioning every week, alternating between a light protein and a moisture based deepie.

This is how I shampoo my hair:

1. I mix my shampoo with water in a spray bottle.

2. Then spray it into my wet scalp and then the length of the hair.

3. I massage the scalp, since that is what really needs the cleansing. The shampoo solution runs down the length of the twist which I then just squeeze down until I reach the ends.

4. Wash out, and repeat.

I use a sulfate-free shampoo weekly, and a clarifying or chelating shampoo once monthly. I alternate the chelating (neutralizing) shampoo and the clarifying one.

For deep conditioning;

1. I do the same as for the shampoo - mix a solution with water and deep conditioner in the same spray bottle (after the shampoo has been thoroughly washed out). For this I usually hold my head over the bath tub with the extensions facing forward and spray, concentrating on the length of the twist since the length of my hair (especially the ends) is what needs the conditioner most.

2. After that, I just wrap the hair up, and put on two plastic shower caps to make sure that the liquid that the hair is holding doesn't run out and soak up my clothes. Leave in for about 45 minutes-1 hour as I usually do. I have deep conditioned using my hard hat dryer, and it works just as well. Since it is colder now, I wear a microfiber robe that helps absorb any water that might escape and trickle down. I realized that I needed to mix my conditioner solution thicker so that it won't be as watery. I have done that since and haven't had any problems with the solution running down my face and neck while deep conditioning.

3. When time's up, wash out and air dry, or dry with a blow dryer on cool. I don't find that the hair takes long to dry at all. I have air dried it, and it took about 3 hours or so. I did use a micro fiber towel to help blot out the excess water.

Purchased from
The hair doesn't frizz out, or dry out and responds very well to the liquid and cream moisturizers I use:

  • Shea Moisture Coconut And Hibiscus Hold And Shine Moisture Mist
  • Creme Of Nature Strength And Shine Leave-In Conditioner
  • Next Image Silky - n- Yaky Conditioner And Detangler With Olive And Jojoba Oils
  • Elasta QP Leave-In H2
  • 4 Naturals Daily Treatment Leave-In 
  • Naturally Silk Elements Leave-In Conditioning Cream
These two help to control the frizz of my real hair especially where it is growing out at the roots, and add sheen to the twists.

This is a type of growth serum which greatly assists with an itchy scalp if you tend to have that. I have been using for about 1½ years, but I find that has become difficult to find in my area. I absolutely love it!

I already had all these except the Next Image in my arsenal.

I will say this, I moisturize my hair everyday using one only of the above. They are just alternated since they all have very good ingredients that hair loves. I sleep with a satin bonnet to keep the moisture locked in.

When I use the sauna at the gym before I had the twists in, I found that my hair would feel dry when I came out - of course since it is dry heat at extremely high temperatures. I would have to spray my hair before and after I go in to combat that. Now, with these twists in my hair, I find that I don't have to do that, somehow all the moisture remains locked in my hair - which pleases me a whole lot!

Before adding the extensions, I prepped my hair with Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream, and sealed with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Marley Hair is kanekalon and feels very coarse and dry and has no luster, but softens up when you use leave-in moisturizers, especially creamy ones. I also find that my Mane 'N' Tail Deep Conditioner (Original Formula) leaves it feeling rather soft too after deep conditioning, not to mention - making it smell soooooo good! Another thing about the Mane 'N' Tail is that, you can also dilute it and use it as a daily leave-in. So I'll probably be doing that, and add some coconut oil when I run out of the sprays that I currently have, and see how it fares. If I can mix it myself, then I will. Saving some moolah in the process... hee hee hee...

My hair type is 3c/4a, but more 3c, and fine - and this means that it doesn't hold these type of things well. First, I installed them twisting from the root/scalp because I like the way that looks. The extension looks like it is growing out of the scalp, but it was only two days before they started slipping. So, I just used the good-ole reliable method of plaiting (braiding) with three sections of hair for about 1-1½ inches, then I twisted down the rest of the length. It could very well be my technique too. They constantly slip out, as well as are growing out fast, but they do not fall out because of the length of my real hair. They just slip about 1 inch or so from my scalp, so I have to keep re-doing them about twice weekly. But that's ok. It's not like they all slip down at the same time. I know that agitating my scalp when I shampoo my hair is a catalyst to them not staying put, but believe me, I'd rather re-do the twists than walk around with dirty hair and scalp. 

Note: In case you are wondering what brands I used:

  • Modu - $5.99/pk 
  • Femi - $5.99/pk 
  • Janet Noir Collection - $4.99 
I found the Modu to be the best quality of the three. I got them all at my local beauty supply stores.

Shedding: Hair sheds which is normal and natural, -  for some more, for some less. If you decide to try any hairstyle that requires you to not manipulate your hair that is growing out of your scalp for a while, you will experience a build up of shed hair. Don't be alarmed if it looks more than usual when you go to detangle! Remember, your hair hasn't been messed with for a while.

With me having to redo my twists regularly, I do run into the shed hair, but I take the care to remove it gently, with my fingers or a with a wide tooth comb from my well moisturized section of hair. Also to note, detangling the hair after removing each braid or twist would make the overall process easier, when I decide it's time to take these out. Afterall, the purpose of protective styling is to give your hair a rest from everyday manipulation so that you can retain more or all of your length as your hair grows.

How long will I leave these in? I don't know. I have been wearing them for just under 4 weeks before I wrote this article. I installed them on January 13th. I was supposed to have done my relaxer touch up the week after (if you've been following my blog or You Tube channel, you will know that I do three times yearly - January, May and September), and I just didn't feel like doing it. Before I installed the twists, I did a protein treatment which was in preparation for my relaxer touch up. Currently I am just over 19 weeks post relaxer (using the time frame that I posted this article).

These are a great way to protective style, and the styling possibilities are only limited to your own creativity. Since I have no idea how long I will keep these in for, I guess I'll be changing up the look somewhat. I usually do a protein treatment every 6-8 weeks, so I might change the way I install them then.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York: BCBGMAXAZRIA - Fall 2014

Hey Y'all! I was just tuning into MBFW going on right now in NYC. I am actually heading up North this month, but by the time I get there, Fashion Week will be done! So, I have to settle for watching what I can online.

Anyway, BCBGMAXAZRIA is one of the design houses that I love. These were my two favorite pieces from their Fall 2014 collection.

Large/oversized and what I'm calling #homelessrealness silhouettes seem to be the wear come Fall 2014. This collection is fabulous! What do you think?

For more videos from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, tune into their You Tube channel, you will be able to catch live streams also.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Bit Of Inspiration & Motivation For You..

All of us need some inspiration sometimes when we feel like we're down on our luck, or emotionally tired and/or stressed. I found this in a blog on and I thought I'd just share with you.

Please bookmark, pin, or share so that others can see it. You never know who is need of a few uplifting words.

Hair Stop And Shop's Super Holiday Giveaway! YAY! I Won!

If you are connected with me on Facebook or Instagram or seen my IG feed in this blog, you've probably seen this...
In winner's row *wink*
Hair Stop And Shop had a giveaway for their customers via Facebook, and I decided to enter. My mind wasn't really on winning but moreso that I would get to share once again about this cute little, realistically curly synthetic wig that I bought from them last year, which I reviewed on my blog and You Tube channel.

If you missed the article, you can read it here.

Anyway, this was how it went: customers who purchased from HSAS in 2013 were invited to submit their reviews on their item(s). Picture reviews as well as blog articles or You Tube videos were the accepted forms. What I liked about this giveaway was that you didn't have to harass anyone by begging for votes - which is a deterrent for me. You won't really find me entering anything where I have to beg someone to vote for me. I don't like to be a nuisance!

Anyway, I submitted my review on YuToya by Model Model and I almost fainted when I found out it got the nod from the judges to receive the grand prize! I already congratulated the other ladies who entered and were winners, but congrats ladies....again LOL! (in case you are reading)!

In addition to the prizes for the winners, HSAS generously gave a piece of fashion jewelry to everyone who entered, which she had to choose from a select list. What I actually chose I didn't receive, but I was thankful for it all the same, maybe they ran out of what I liked.

I would like to again say a colossal thank you to Hair Stop And Shop for choosing my entry as the winning one! 

HSAS is an online beauty supply store that specializes in customer service and quality hair extensions and wigs at prices that you will love. Check them out, buy something. Who knows, it could be your turn to win next!