Sunday, October 31, 2010

Virtual Voodoo....

I could watch YOUTUBE vids, shop EBAY, and BLOG-hop all day ….LOL....


I’m loving my virtual reality …

I remember when I had no friends. Now I have 3 very close women that I cherish to the max who help me in specific and varied ways to get through these days...
Thank you to my sista circle, you know who you are …We donned the name “NU JACKS”... ‘J.A.C.K.S’ representing our real names and NU because we are modern day NUBIAN queens to the fullest!!!! So those are my home girls. And though we are busy working mothers and hardly see one another, the love is always there ! Yah know the ones you call when he doesn’t, the ones who know your ugly side and still love you, the ones who you share a cup of juice with and sip after or you share your fork with them with no fears of contracting anything.... LOL yea, those chics. We all deserve at least one. Thank you GOD for mine.

I also have many internet acquaintances now. I have knitting/crafty friends, natural hair friends, face book friends, all sorts of blogger friends…It’s freaking terrific!
I can send a message, email, or comment to some one and get instant results or know that very soon I’ll have an answer or a new link…
I love that my virtual reality is by choice. I can turn it off and on with the push of a button and off/on goes the screen. Kinda like my phone…
LOL… (As a matter of fact I need to turn it on right now, in case my family is trying to reach me!)

It’s a new world from when I was a kid and shuffling through the card catalog to find information! Feel me!
I am writing this because it is true! Real Talk !!!

Also because of all the online inspiration out there in cyber space to share I have created a few writing series for this blog:

1st)  M.U.A of the moment -I will be showcasing a make-up artist every few weeks for you to meet, learn from and love


2nd) Video Vixen- I will be profiling a YouTuber that I think is fabulous


3rd) Designer Divine- I will review products, etc. from artisans and small business that I love and support

There is just too much inspiration out there that must be shared and rotated in order to reach the right hands! So here goes!!

I will put on my journalist cap (what I actually went to school for) and share!!!!

After all sharing is caring ….

So stay tuned there is more to come!!!!

peace and luv

Friday, October 22, 2010

The knitting M.U.A is a certified hooker…

I MUST knit!


I have been a crafty lady for most of my life. I love D.I.Y crafting and most things handmade.

I have had different blogs in the past chronicling my journey in yarn arts. Lately, I have been busy and I almost feel out of sync with my handiwork.

My hobby is, or at least it was knitting. I have not created anything in over 6 months. I do not feel guilty as I’d be feeling the pang of guilt had I been knitting and procrastinating on essential things that HAVE to be done. When I was an avid knitter that would happen from time to time…So the break was good to get my priorities in check. I would buy yarn , books and supplies all to have it pile up, lost and eventually donated…It was a mess. But fun nonetheless. I’ve matured a bit. And now I want to knit again. RIGHT NOW… Maybe even crochet. I love the possibilities of what my own hands can create and beautify...


That is why when my daughter refused to let go off a purple ball of cotton yarn I didn’t force her to put it down. Last week She had lost the wool hat I made her over a year ago so I figured this was her way of requesting a new one…I picked up 2 other complimenting colors and a couple of crochet hooks…

My aim is one project per month. Nothing more …nothing less…

Handcrafting is such a fabulous way to slow down this fast- paced crazy world, it enables you to express your self and revel in your creativity. Your God given talent and ability can be used to beautify your world…

Do you knit, crochet, or craft in anyway? I’d love to hear about it and the joy, release (or possible frustrations) it brings you…

If you’re not a crafter, you may want to grab a needle and a ball of yarn and head over to YOUTUBE for a quick knitting lesson video…

Now be fair warned that you may just get HOOKED!

Peace, Love and Yarny goodness to all….

Saturday....It's you again !

So it’s the week-end…


And my funds are low and the cold chill is high, I think I’ll keep it indoors for the most part when I am not in the office for the next few days.

My hair needs some attention. I’m thinking of washing, oiling and twisting until I have it flat twisted into a bun next weekend.…I also want to play with make-up and my sons need some mommy pampering……I will visit all the readers that comment on my posts …Yes, I’m stopping by your blog for a quick hello and to peep what ya been up to.

I had my first haul last week-end. And I was happy to get new brushes for my eyes only, my NYX jumbo pencil in milk, Maybelline’s Volume Express mascara and Maybelline’s Expert eye palate in Hushed Tints. I’m hoping that the milk primer helps these hushed hues to pop the way I’m expecting them too. I will share the results…

Hope you all have a nice week-end and please get some beauty rest!

Peace and love and don’t for get to moisturize!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Have you ever been in love?

I believe in love at first sight….
That is how I met my husband and how I met Lolita....
You see,
I was walking out of the fragrance store when my eyes caught hold of the Lolita Lempicka bottle…
The bottle is so attractive and enchanting that I walked back to the register to inquire. I was immediately mesmerized by the aroma. I spritz my wrist and threw the scented tester paper strip into my purse. The lovely scent caught me by surprise because I was not shopping for myself. I only went to buy my husband a new fragrance (what I thought would be a nice anniversary gift) and was lured to my new fragrance.
Well ladies the scent mixed well with my body chemistry and the sweet halo of fragrance danced about my head and flirted with me the entire evening. I could not stop thinking of it. I’m sold. Totally.
I’ll be getting this little love in the next two weeks… If you get the opportunity to try this sweet luxurious fragrance out, do so. It’s romance in a bottle …
Now in regards to hubby, He hated the cologne I chose. It was The One by Dolce & Gabbana. Fancy, huh? Well he didn’t even open the bottle to take a whiff, just smiled (because I’m so dang sweet) and asked that I return it saying he needed a filter for his car, if anything…He also confessed that he HATES fragrances. He stated that he has gotten sensitive to certain scents over the years and that he would only wear it because I wanted him to. He wears occasional oil, but is most happy with out any scents.
Can we all say: BUMMER!
However, I will certainly respect his wishes and will not FORCE him to wear what he does not wish too… I admit I get weak in the knees when I smell a well fragranced man. I love a sexy, masculine scent. But truth be told, I was thinking of my own carnal desires when I went fragrance hunting and not his REAL needs at all…It is the thought that counts and I guess I just didn’t think on it enough…lesson learned ….
whomp ,whomp, whomp….. I didn’t allow my disappointment to linger too long. I reminded my self of the old saying ‘if you can’t change some thing then change your attitude about it ….and I did…We ended up celebrating the day together, going to our old spot from our high school days, running errands, working out and swimming. We were kid free and grateful to spend time quality together….scent free and HAPPY!  
So Whoop Dere it Iz. After 16 years I’m still learning about this man…Whoever said marriage is boring LIED or didn’t try hard enough!
At the end of it all, I’m pretty convinced that God set me up and wanted me to learn more about the man I LOVE and to finally find MY signature fragrance~ Lolita Lempicka….. I returned the rejected Dolce & Gabbana and spritz a little more Lempicka before I picked him up from work yesterday….To my surprise he open the car door and said “Hmmmm, that smells spiffy!”  I smiled, not quite sure what to make of his comment....at this point it doesn't matter...I know he will respect the fact that I like it even if he hates it and vice versa .It's smooth sailing so long as i dont wear a trace of it to bed. LOL. I can live with that request ...





Friday, October 15, 2010

Will the winner of the Nordstrom Makeup case please stand up !!!!!!

Peace everyone ,

First and Foremost : TGIF !!!!

The day has come to an end and I have picked a random name from a hat …

I will no longer keep you sitting eagerly, in hopes to be the new owner of the ever- sexy Nordstrom make-up case !!!

Ok…Drum roll…………….. Please let us all congratulate Miss Rasheeda Maxine on her win!!!!

I will be sending off the lovely case once it is filled with sweet treats and girlie goodies !!!!
I must say I had great fun doing this and hope I make her day !!! Every one deserves Random Acts of Kindness every now and again !!!!!

To all my fellow Beauty Babes:

 Take care and look out for my ‘November Nights’ give-away …. details to come …..

Shout-outs to Maxine !!!!!

Peace, love and enjoy the weekend !

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sesame Street knows that Black is beauty !!!!

I’m very excited that Sesame Street is repping for us curlie girlies! Check out this video and tell me what you think?


I’m totally feeling it and feel it will definitely be a  good distraction when I attempt my next hair combing session with my dawta!

My dawta has beautiful hair, the kind of hair I WISH I had when I was growing up. Well, she is too young to know what she has, but I know …

After 3 sons, I am excited to have a girl’s hair to do up in cute styles…But she FIGHTS it every time. She is only 22 months but still it is nerve wrecking and it always ends in my bribing her , forcing her, or just leaving her alone (wild and free and knotty)….I hope this is temporary though and she can be trained into liking to do her hair. I have always had hair issues…Coming from a family that REALLY HAD INDIAN in it, I had cousins, aunts and even my mom with long flowing hair…At one point my mom could sit on her hair and wrap her long braid several times around her head…I was not that fortunate … Yea, funny at the time I thought long straight hair was a FORTUNE compared to the macka bush on my head..
I have great hair texture, I now know that. Thick, strong and wavy with hints of my Indian ancestry…but only hints…I struggled through countless perms, (I’ll never forget the burns) then braids and they even once my mom and aunts threatened the Jerri Curl to “ tame” my hair …I felt like an outcast in my family when it came to hair…I’d pray for long , flowing hair like my mom and other family members..…Man that good hair thing is no joke in our community , huh….I finally learned that GOOD hair is CLEAN hair !!! I started to change my attitude about my hair  when I was about 15 and one day I said “to hell with this” and I chopped it all off and within a year I had locks and loved it …This is when Lauren hit the scene and lots of brown sistas walked a little taller and wore their hair just a little nappier…and loved it ..It was like dark skinned was the new light skinned !!!!cocoa sistas reigned supreme !!!!! I was proud and as my locks grew so did my mind…my attitude…and before long I had locks that raced to my waist…and just like that one night, after much contemplation I sat at in front of my mirror while the house was empty and I clipped away each one of my long, regal antennas and stared at my strange new self in the mirror….WOW….…I tearfully thanked God that he answered my prayers. He gave a nappy headed little girl like moi the chance to feel my hair blow in the wind, and fall about my shoulders and my back with out any extension!!!
After they recovered from shock, my sons warmed back up to me and hubby forgave me. I would catch them staring at me from time to time !!!LOL... I promised my kids and hubby I’d one day grow it back, but that I felt that God and I accomplished our mission.…and it was time to rest...

Then I took time and got to know the stranger in the mirror….that was over 5 years ago and today, several hair cuts and styles later I still like that strange chic that peers at me from my mirror…


Shout outs and Big Thank you to Sesame Street!!! Sure wish I had this video when I was a little girl, who had Indian in my blood, but not enough in my hair!!!

Today I know I am enough!!!



Peace and Kinky love

Back Stage Pass !!!!

I have had the opportunity to work back stage for a few local shows and I will just say , it’s a wonderful way to build skills, network and confirm that you are an artist…You meet some interesting and very talented people and can build new relationships too ! It's great to see the work you did walking down the catwalk, though you are usually backstage ,it's still great to know you helped the show to come alive ....It's a great feeling !!!!

There are a few cons too though ….Like standing for hours, the need for speedy hands, the Diva model who is critical of your work and knows it all ,the occasional self doubt that emerges and perhaps the possibility of standing in the midst of bad breath. (this has been rare, no offense)
But if you can get past that then it’s all good from there …And so far it’s been all good !

However, although I like fashion shows I will not limit my self and I don’t like doing speedy make-up !
So for me, my ideal gigs so far are photo shoots where I can focus on details and have more time to work on my model.
Still, the world of fashion shows has a lot to offer , if that is the route your wanting to travel …But although I love it and would do it again, I WANT MORE....
Here is a few pics of "my models" and my work that i have promised to show…



                                                        
                           Pieces of Gold : Nu Revealed Sept. 2010
                                     
                      







Will post more tomorrow ...blogger is acting up and it's time to get some rest ....More eye candy to come ...stay tune and as always .....
 
Peace and Love !

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I’m not ashamed to PAYLESS!

Listen ,

Every one knows I try to be as frugal as possible. To the point where I have been guilty of being just plain old cheap and miserly.
That has changed thankfully, but I will still refuse to spend a whole heap of money on trends. I will not spend 100$ for something I can spend $40 on or can find in great condition at a thrift store for even less and get the same effect and feel …Roger dat ? So when I decided to check out my local PAYLESS I was pleased with their line up and the whole BONGO sale (buy one get one ½) wasn’t bad either. I bought a shoe, wore it and returned because it was too painful on my toes and my foot arch….Upon my return I got store credit and replaced them with a cute pair of booties. I also walked away with a sexy hand bag (it was already marked down, then topped with the BONGO discount) for little under $3.50.


 Here is some purse porn for my Bag Ladies !
                                                         
                                            goes great with my jacket !
                                      

                         loving the print , I am going to do an eye look just like this !

It is spacious enough for my things ....No Essentials left behind ! 
                                           
                          Loving the depth of the this bag ...very roomy
                                    
                                    Oh there goes the earrings and the lip gloss i was looking for !

Metallic Shimmer, I'm a rock starr !



                             I was happy to find a comfy fitting yet sexy, work- ready bootie.

                                                                  take a peek :



I am not going to hurt my feet now and later on in life be stuck with bad feet and a sore back and then have to wear these :
                                                             LOL ....riiiight ? NOT riiiight !                  


So there is a limit to my heel height and I am careful to make sure I am comfortable ... uncomfortable is unsexy and those 5" stiletto wearing Barbies out there will pay big in the end...I don't really believe the hype that beauty requires pain ! So girls, if you have a pair of shoes that makes you lose circulation in your big toe or have your bunion throbbing, it's time to toss 'em ...Don't even donate them to the Goodwill , cause you'll be giving another chic the same issues...Each one teach one ...

Trust me, I tried shoes on and walked up and down the aisle to make sure I found something my feet could withstand. I’m sure I pissed off the sales girl with my antics. The bag was impulse buy yes, but hey, it’s a nice sized bag for the price of a large cup of coffee so I’m not mad about it! Go me !!!!(happy dancing)

Have you found any great finds lately that make you do the happy dance? Do tell.

With the fall here and in full effect we are all changing up our wardrobes a bit and transitioning for the colder weather. I hate the cold , but love chunky knits and scarves and I'm a sucker for fleece! I even thinking about getting a Snuggie...LOL...

I found a great vid that was a powerful reminder as to just what my fall wardrobe was lacking …
take a peak .....

Hope this helps you too …
Peace and Love!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

soul searching is beautiful and you can not buy it...just try it...

To my new followers, I send you Warm Welcomes and many thanks!
It is a pleasure to have you and I look forward to communicating with you all!

Today is 10/10/2010. Although I am not a math person I like numbers and this seems significant. Google the date and see what you get …

My cousin says that if life has thrown lemons at you, this is the perfect day to gon’ and make that lemonade…feel me?
So What Can I do, on this supposed supernatural day? PLAN! That’s what!

I’m conducting an innerview with self. Asking some tuff questions and refusing wimpy answers… Holding self accountable…



What do I really want?


And how am I going to get it?


Where do I see my self in 5 years?


How will I achieve that?


What do I want for my family?


When am I really going to move to another state?


What about the JOB that I hate?



Ever just sat with your self and had a good talk?
or wrote out your feelings until your hands hurt?
Some times the mysteries of life can be revealed with a little SILENCE and a lot of SELF searching….
That is what 10/10/2010 means for me ….A day of personal reflection and inner searching…

Now is today just another day? You be the judge …I have already decided it is not. No day is just any other day in my book. It’s all about what we do with those 24 hours …It’s up to us….

I remember a wise saying I learned a while back ….take this and run ….
“IF IT’S GOING TO BE …THEN IT’S UP TO ME!”

                                    so....

Let’s see what we can change in our lives in the next 90 days …..
You can change NOTHING INTO SUMTHANG!!!!

Here is an excerpt that got me thinking …..
“The vibrations of 10-10-2010 are all about conversion, changing from one form into another. A time where miracles come to life and breathe deeply of the broken dreams and lost hopes of so many with golden hearts. Conversion is defined as an event that results in a transformation, a change in the units or form of an expression: (like conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade) the act of changing from one use or purpose to another. A change in which one adopts a new faith, or belief. As a total unit numerical #10 has the same vibrational word energy as the words; crown, man, arise, shine vitality, and conversion point"
The vibration of this paramount day and year of 10-10-2010conversion asks you how do you spend your time energy, money, and light. Do you spend too much time and energy in worrying or waiting for a sign from the universe?” read more


Peace and love....Monday is on her way ...rest up and get ready for the week ahead!
Look in da mirror and make dat change !

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Green Tea is a natural beauty aide...Sip on !

"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one" ~ ancient chines proverb

Tea, especially green tea is coffee's healthy, sweet and younger sister and I'm rolling with her these days!
ya hurd me ? LOL...I made a switch from coffee and cola to tea and water...and after the first few days of wanting to guzzle down 2 Liters of PEPSI,  can say I feel better and glad i made the healthier choice..It is not easy though , I have been trying to leave PEPSI alone for years, even while pregnant it was hard not to sip on that bubbly pop....
Any how , you are what you eat and I am not going to keep blaming all my breakouts on my menstrual cycle...Let's leave "Aunt Flow" out of this one...for now.
I know I am what i eat ...and drink ....and apply on my body ....and so I decided to take my tea to the next level of self care...yea.

I have heard so many things about green tea that I have started my own little experiment by drinking it daily and incorporating it into my daily face cleansing ritual. I love the fact that it boast of antiseptic and astringent qualities. It is claimed to tighten your pores and is gentle on your skin.
I first heard of the homemade toner on Divas Can Cook blog and tried it once and forgot about it ....
But I have been wearing more make-up lately and am balancing this with natural and affordable skin cleansing methods....FREE is affordable to me ! and Natural is LOVELY to me !!! so Green tea toner it is !

I basically made a cup of tea and left it unsweetened of course. Once cooled i filled a cotton ball with the warm liquid ( best used cold ) and rubbed on my clean face...I make sure all make-up traces are gone and I let this air dry...

So far I like this and while Witch Hazel is another great product on the market , this home made toner is tastier, cheaper and ALL NATURAL .... oh and it will last in your refrigerator for about a week...
Try it and tell me your tasty results....

Peace, LOVE and GREEN TEA !

I LOVE.....Lucy

Do you remember I LOVE LUCY?

OMG!!!! How can I forget her especially when I some time feel I channel her and her clumsiness and silliness too!
I mean really, the little things I find my self in are HILARIOUS, EMBARRASSING and some times DEADLY!
Today was no different; I went rushing into the bathroom to do my make up and my daughter naturally trailed behind me ….ok…
She knocked over my Caboodles and my son came running in to save the day…ok….
I continue to apply my new Rimmel shadows on my eyes (not really liking it. The colors won’t pop the way I need them too….hmmm… another story) …..Anyways…..


So I finish shadowing the eyes and go for my liner. Realizing I did not have my pencil liner in my kit, I figured what ever ~ I’ll go with the liquid one and call it a day…
I start to line my eyes and love the way the rich black line looks as I paint my lids. I feel the familiar cool wetness the liquid formula has to it and continue with a steady hand. Slowly the scent of polish wafts to my nose and I try not to blink because I don’t want to ruin the shadows … I just figure my dawta knocked some thing over during her episode with my Caboodles…so I continue to thicken the line until it starts to burn!!! OMG ! I’m like (literally) “WFT”???
To my horror it turned out I was not lining my eyes with liquid liner, IT WAS NAIL POLISH! You know the thin bottles of nail polish with the ultra thin brush for nail art????? Yea, that one… I was easily fooled when I grabbed for it thinking it was my liner…The two bottles, now that I look, are almost identical!!! And if you’re not paying attention and in a hurry this kind of crazy may happen!!! OMG!

The burning would not stop and reminded me of the type of burn you get when you leave the relaxer in your hair too long. OUCH!! On my lids!!!OUCH!
So needless to say, I frantically swiped my lids over and over, because the polish seemed to be drying quickly and hardening on my face…LOL …..

Only two words can sum this up: NOT CUTE!

I cleaned up, assured my nerve-wrecked 11 year old I was safe, not blind and rushed off to work... the other eye lid still remained ½ done…LOL…but I’m grateful my vision is still in tact….Boy oh boy ,what a day!

Thank God there is a tomorrow….For new beginning and restarts …feel me?

Have you ever had a deadly or goofy make-up blunder…please share ~ so I don’t feel so bad!!!

:()

Take care pretty people,

And as always

Be a Beauty inside and out!!!

Peace and Love





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Friday, October 1, 2010

mushy mua moment...

I follow the blogs of others....lots of them....I especially love the raw truth, hunger and drive of new writers. I crave the playful vanity, style and audacity of fashion bloggers and to my makeup bloggers out there, you effing rock and inspire me with no end!!!!


Have a Lovely Week-end ,
Thank you for beautifying , inspiring and admiring my virtual reality !!!!

one luv
.....and it don't stop.....