Friday, July 26, 2013

Summertime

Fun colors+ water+ park=Summertime 
Howdy!  A month of summer has already slipped by so fast. How have we let this happen? Well, luckily, there are still some weeks  of 'freedom' left. :-). I have not been posting lately, I know. My hair is not doing much, truthfully and with the ease of IG and FB- it gets so much harder to upload photos via a  blog. Do you agree?  Both of my computers are giving me problems as well as my phone and sometimes it feels like it takes a lifetime to upload photos, thus no blog posts. Ah, well. Albeit a month later and even though there are not many reading- I guess I will continue to post on this blog. I didn't mean for it to get so intermittent though. 

I've been eating lots of salad, doing some exercising, juicing, blog stalking reading like a fool and doing copious amounts of sewing. Like, sewing obsessed. I have also been doing a  little traveling this summer so to be fair, I've not posted some because of that. 

It's been ridiculously humid in the DMV for practically the whole summer and it's rained a lot. That has messed me up as far as styling. The buns got frizzy, the roller sets got frizzed out. The twist out get frizzy. I don't even know y'all. I had plans for my hair to stay up all summer but that hasn't happened at all. I know I am sacrificing growth because my hair feels a little dry and it has been knotting up something awful even though I got a trim a few weeks ago. Oh well, what can you do? Here are some pictures of my summer so far:

Familia! <3
staying cool in a skirt I made this summer



Took my chances a the Cosmic Cafe in Dallas- it was meh,and it spooked me out!
Sprinkles cupcakes. Bliss.
Tried veggie sushi for the first time. Turns out I don't like seaweed- ick 
Thrift/Consignment shopping!
Oh, and I made a short set! wohoo
Started a ritual of slicking down my bun- until I decided to let the weather have it's way :-/. Oh,my makeup actually does blend in pretty well- this pic just makes my face look a different color than my neck. Not true.


How has your summer been so far? 

~M

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hair Today

I did a roller set last week. Post on that coming soon. Today's style  is a result of quick thinking after my roller set got rained on :-/. It could be neater but I am actually not  mad at how it turned out as far as protective styles go. What do you think? I'm proud I'm still in the game with this protective style thing. Winning! 





I think it's safe to say I'll be trying this again. 

~M

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Freedom ( and hair lately)

Classes are over, grades are in and I'm free ( for a spell anyway)! I've hit the ground running with the extra time I have. I feel like  I'm trying to cram all I didn't get to do into a few weeks.  My hair is still a mess but I had  been so busy doing other stuff I really hadn't had time to care. About 2 weeks ago, I decided to get back on the protective style bandwagon. I've  been finger detangling my hair and all last week it was in a protective style. I washed it last night for a twist out ( only b/c we were supposed to take pictures today) and am putting it right back in a protective style over the weekend.  I am thinking about  doing a  video tutorial the style I've been wearing ( picture below). After the oil/steamer treatment I gave it last week, I had significantly less shed hair when I washed recently. I'm really, really happy about that. I used the Aphoghee 2 min keratin treatment after detangling ( wet)  and I rubbed castor oil on the front of my hair and the crown where hair is badly broken off. I've heard it's good for helping breakage. As far as products, I've gone back to using curls  conditioner and the kimmay tube leave in for now. 

I apologize in advance for the crappy photos. I've been having computer and camera problems :-/. 

What I've been up to:

experimenting on a shift dress
completed this pattern in this fabric
and my hair: 


The protective style



The back wasn't bad except for the scalpy part in the crown



an unfortunately frizzy twist out
bought this and returned it. I wasn't sure my hair would like  the protein all up and through





xo

~M

Friday, May 31, 2013

smoothies and donuts...


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I hadn't exercised since January. Not. One. Bit. I felt horrible about it so, the first week in May, I challenged a friend to commit to 15 minutes of exercise each day for the duration of the month. I was inspired by several things including Shelli's ( of Hairscapades)  latest fitness goals and results. I've missed a few days here and there but it sure beats doing nothing. A few days ago I even fastwalked/jogged a 15 minute mile which, por mi, es muy bueno!  To add to the exercise, I've been making  smoothies and juicing throughout the week when I can. My go- to is a green smoothie that's spinach and chia seed heavy.  Yaay me!! except, I seem to find a way to  mess it up by eating something sweet or fried during the course of the day. Donuts, chips or whatever.  It's like my brain asks: "Why don't you have a donut to go with that smoothie?" and my stomach answers: "Don't mind if I do." Ack.  I'm so over myself for doing that foolishness. Anyway, I'm trying...sort of. ;-). There is a small consolation- I know I'm not the only one this happens to ;-). Here's to hopping back on the wagon for the fifty-leventh time. Cheers!


~M

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I'm baaack!

I totally dropped off of the blogoshpere for like  a month, I know.  Thangs in my life just got real.  Like, real.
Anyway, I'm back a little while! Stay tuned for some new posts :-)

:-)

xo,
M

Friday, March 1, 2013

Random Musings.

Hey y'all. 
This week my hair has been so dry I could probably use it for kindling a fire. It literally feels like hay. I keep touching to see if this is really my hair.  I dunno what gives. Wait,  come to think of it, I've been doing bad with drinking water the past few weeks. Hmm, that may be the culprit right there. Haven't been feeling well but if I can muster it, I think I'm going to steam and d/c today. So I have an update to this post.  I recently performed again. I made a  rack of mistakes and left out a whole chunk of one song save the last chord. Heh. At least I remembered the last note. Anyway, although I was faaaar from pleased with the outcome, I can say I wasn't nearly as nervous the last time. I don't know if it was b/c I wasn't feeling well and didn't  have time to obsess or  if  the things I've been telling my  subconscious (that it's no biggy,etc.) are working but whatever it is, I would like to keep it this way. Next time, I'd like to channel the calmness AND perform well with no memory slips and such. I believe it's gonna happen next time I perform.  I belieeeve! I just felt like I should sing that for a minute. LOL. Anyway, I will report back. Progress is a  happening. Yaay!
As for the weekend, I think it will be quiet. Other than going to church, I have a ton of homework and practice to do. What are you getting into? Whatever you do, hope your weekend is great. 

P.S.- I  am not on the twitter but I do follow Whoissugar on instagram. She. is. hilarious. I'm laughing just thinking of her commentary.


xo
~M

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Importance of Our Black History

I'm an African American. I was born in America. My parents however were not, yet I strongly identify with the Black American story. That story is similar for  people of color across the globe  but especially as it pertains to slavery.  It's obvious that slavery is not the only history of black people(s) however in America it seems so much of American history is tied up with slavery.  This is  because most Africans were brought here for the specific reason of being slaves. Now, this is not a post about slavery per se,  but history ,which happens to encompass slavery.

 I work with children every week. More particularly children who look like me. I'm really surprised and saddened that so many of them do not know their history. How can we as a people honestly move forward if we don't know where we came from? I'm not sure when or why black history stopped being important to the average black person in America but it's not o.k.with me. When I read stories of the struggle and the triumphs, when I read about the strength, resourcefulness and  resiliency of our people, I just can't understand how we let that get lost. Modern or popular culture is great  but we are so much more than just  popular culture.

 I'd love to develop a platform to share our history with most young ( and old) folks. It's such a rich history and even though my family history most likely cannot be traced here, I embrace and identify with this as my history too.  OUR history. I started to learn about American Black history  while listening to a Harry Connick Jr. ( who is white) oddly enough.  I heard a song on one of his albums featuring Carmen Mc Rae and I thought she was someone new so I looked her up. I had no idea that she was a veteran of jazz. Along side her name were names of her contemporaries and other older artists. These artists were mostly black and names I had heard NOTHING of.  Some of the first people I read about were  Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Until then, the most I  knew about black  history was a few things about monumental figures like Malcolm X and  Dr. Martin Luther King. I became so curious that I  checked out every book I could ( remember libraries?) on black music and black people. These stories aren't told in  American history books. It's up to us to make them live on for the next generation. I have been passing on a little knowledge here and there but  I certainly have to do more. What ideas do you have to help further the knowledge for the next generation and beyond?



~M