Posts in category "Beauty"

Bored with your locs? Try a fresh cut and color

Bored with your locs? Try a fresh cut and color
Last year, I let a stylist near my hair with scissors for the first since I started on my natural hair journey in 2002. My award-winning natural hair needed a makeover. I had layers cut into my hair, the longest being shoulder length, which was a refreshing but not very dramatic. It didn’t feel or... Read more »

I don't do scales: Tales from the light(weight) side

I don't do scales: Tales from the light(weight) side
If you want to send a thin woman into a depressive episode, just tell her she’s lost weight. We DO NOT, under any circumstance, never ever ever ever want to hear that. Not from friends, not from family, not from total strangers, not even from the doctor.  I had a friend Facebook message me not... Read more »

Headwraps turn heads in Chicago: More than a fashion trend

Organizer, Sandria M. Washington
On Saturday, June 23, 2012, nearly two dozen Chicago residents—including four small children—were shot in Millenium Park. The lone shooter, an African-American woman in her 30s, also shot herself.  Eyewitnesses in the park that afternoon were too overwhelmed with shock to provide immediate comment on the brazen shooting; a scene of this magnitude had never... Read more »
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Getting CHANEL Blue Satin Polish Beats Getting 'The Blues'

Getting CHANEL Blue Satin Polish Beats Getting 'The Blues'
It’s “just one of dem days” like Monica sang about. Just feeling a little blah today. The plan was to come home, put on my comfy clothes, curl up on my loveseat, pull my Snuggie over my head, cry and fall asleep. Either I’d wake up later tonight feeling revitalized OR  just to go to the bathroom (curse this detoxing!) so... Read more »

Black Girls Are Detoxing!

Black Girls Are Detoxing!
I’d been thinking of doing a detox for awhile, but finally decided to officially put healthy foods where my mouth is on January 9, 2012. Today is Day 8 of a 21 day raw foods and fruit/veggie juicing detox under the facilitation of Tammye Mathews of Restored, Inc. After successfully completing a week–1/3 of the... Read more »

Here's the Skin-y: Day 1 of trying Alaffia's skincare line

Here's the Skin-y: Day 1 of trying Alaffia's skincare line
The skincare saga continues. Last week, I ordered a gang of new skincare products and to my great delight they arrived today. Talk about a right on time gift! My skin has really been giving me the flux this past week; I broke out really bad (I have no clue why) and it seemed to... Read more »
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Maybe I Should Stop Chasing the Dream: Why I can't devote time to anti-aging treatments

Maybe I Should Stop Chasing the Dream: Why I can't devote time to anti-aging treatments
It all started in Macy’s. I ran into a friend of mine that works at a cosmetics counter and she offered to give me a quick mini facial. Her offer came right on time because I was just thinking to myself how cruddy my skin has looked lately. Everytime I passed a mirror on the... Read more »

Field Trip: Kundalini Yoga in the Loop

Field Trip: Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
It was almost as awesome as the kundalini yoga (KY) DVD I do at home. During my infamous “sabbatical of 2007/2008″–e.g., a seven-month period where I was unemployed–I stumbled upon a yoga DVD entitled “Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh” and decided to give it a try. I dabbled in yoga prior to 2008, but had never... Read more »

I'm Tired of PMS-LITERALLY!: So, I'm trying a new PMS diet

I think Mo’ Nique hit it on the head when she coined the phrase, “Skinny bitches are evil!” She’s right. We are evil. Our calcium intake is too low. We are at a higher risk of osteoporosis and our brittle bones make us bitter witches, and we suffer from severe PMS. I just figured all... Read more »
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OUT OF ORDER: A tale of two stomachs

OUT OF ORDER: A tale of two stomachs
I’d been talking about joining the gym for months now and finally got myself signed up at LA Fitness last Sunday. Not that anyone really cares though. It seems like when you’re “naturally thin” or have been historically thin for most of your life, people tend to mock you when you tell them you’re working... Read more »
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