Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 Steps to Flawless Spring Hair





Since spring has sprung, let's get into a discussion about how to get your hair ready for the season. If you're anything like me then your hair has struggled through the winter. I turned to protective styling and heat tools to tame my hair during the winter months as a result my hair has become a little lifeless and dare I say dry. During the spring/summer months I love to wear my hair curly so I needed to get it ready by doing these 5 things.

1. Use a satin bonnet at night
Using a satin bonnet is one of those things that I only do about 50% of the time. However, this really is the first step to flawless hair. If you don't sleep on a satin pillowcase then investing in a bonnet is the next best thing. When sleeping on your curls you need the satin to help  you achieve 2 to 3 day hair. I love my hair the best when it's a bit old and the satin bonnet protects my curls and allows me to have a bit of longevity when it comes to my twist outs. So, stop being lazy and grab for that satin bonnet at night! 


2. Use an oil treatment
Lately, I've been feeling like my hair needs a little extra moisture and strength, especially around my hairline. I love the Tropic Isle Living products and decided to give their Jamaican black castor with black seed and walnut oil a try. Not only is it a growth stimulant but it's also a hair detox and scalp cleanser. So far so good! But you can really use any oil to get this regimen going. Grab your favorite oil and include in your regimen a little bit more regularly going into the spring season.

3. Less protective styling
Don't get me wrong, protective styling is great, but it also strains your hair. Ponytails, braids and weaves are all fly but they can cause your hair to break if used too regularly. Personally, my downfall is a high bun. I live for a bun because of how easy and chic they look. However, doing a bun too often will cause your hairline to break. Try letting your hair down a bit more during the spring season and give it a break from all that strain!


4. Avoid heat
I know, I know. This is a hard one! I love heat tools. My flat iron and I have a very personal relationship. However, there comes a time in every naturals life where she has to step away from the heat. During the spring is the perfect time! Enjoy the beautiful weather with your hair in free form. Don't worry about straightening your hair and just let it be. This will give your hair a much needed rejuvenation. This is the perfect chance to do that 6 month heat free hair challenge you've been dying to do! 

5. Deep Condition or use a hair masque
Sometimes deep conditioning can be a time consuming task, trust me, I hear you! If you don't have time to deep condition, use a luscious hair masque. Shea Moisture makes some great affordable options. This is one of my favorite ones. These masque's can help to bring your hair back to life in a matter of minutes. You don't need all day to deep condition either! You can simply leave the conditioner on your hair for 15 minutes and then rinse--that should do the trick well.


That's it beauties! I hope you enjoyed these steps on how to get flawless hair for the spring season. I'm on a journey now to healthier, stronger hair and I'm looking forward to implementing all these steps. I'll keep you posted on the journey.

What are some things you do in the spring season to whip your hair in shape? Let me know below!

P.S. Want to really get your hair spring ready? Check out one of my most popular blog posts ever about how to soften coarse natural hair here.

xo

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Waiting on Spring Like.....



Am I the only one who feels like spring is no where to be found? Life here in the northeast has been chilly, icy and very snowy over the past few weeks (I see you Stella). With the first official day of spring being tomorrow, March 20th, I hope that our colder days are behind us, I'm really not up for another snow storm.

With that, this is really a post to check in & to say hi and I miss you guys! Hoping that with spring comes continued inspiration and creative content creation.

Thanks for sticking around & checking me out.

Waiting on spring like........






Grateful always, all ways.



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top 5 Travel Destinations | 2017

Me in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in September 2016


2017, I am so excited to welcome you! When it comes to a New Year, I use to be a huge fan of resolutions but now I like to make mission statements and set smaller more realistic goals that I know I will hit. Usually, six months into a New Year resolutions start to dissipate.

For me, it's better to keep a mission for the year and just hold on to that vision and see where it takes me. At the top of my list this year is traveling more. I feel that is always on most lists, but for me, I feel as though I've fallen off my travel commitment a bit. 2014 was one of my best travel years yet! I took this incredible trip to Greece, one that I will never forget. 2015, wasn't great, but I still got out the country to visit Jamaica. 2016, again, not remarkable but still left the country and saw Mexico for the first time. I'm a big believer in international traveling as it pushes you to see new cultures and try new things outside of your comfort zone. This year, I'm being a bit ambitious with my travel plans and goals, but I have faith that I'll at least get through half of my wish list.

Ok, enough chatting, here goes! 



1. Barcelona, Spain 
This destination is actually already locked and loaded. The flights are booked and we just need to solidify lodging. I absolutely cannot wait to visit Spain. I've heard nothing but great things about this location. We are going during the most popular time of year in July. This will be a true treat! 


2. Bali, Indonesia
I've always had this destination on my list ever since I saw the movie, Eat, Pray, Love. I loved that Julia Roberts (in the movie) visited this destination to get her love and her peace of mind. It looks like such a tranquil and beautiful destination and according to Forbes.com, one of the most budget friendly travel destinations to visit in 2017. 


3. Turks & Caicos 
I'm literally obsessed with the Caribbean. I get lost in photos of the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. I was born in Jamaica, and though I love my country, I know there are so many other places in the Caribbean to visit. Turks  & Caicos has been on my mind a lot lately. I am obsessed with this destination and want to make it a priority to get there this year! 


4. Amalfi Coast, Italy 
Now, on every travel list you have your reach destination. I'm defintly reaching with this one, as this is more of a honeymoon type destination in a lot of people's minds. But, I have the philosophy of why wait what it comes to a lot things. I believe you should go places while you can and when the opportunity presents itself. This destination was on my list a couple years ago and I didn't make it there. I would love to go to the Amalfi Coast during the summer to see the beauty of it all. Let's see if I can make it happen.


5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
My boyfriend and I actually made it to Mexico last September. We went for our 3 year anniversary. I should have done more research on Mexico and chose Cabo as our destination instead of Cancun. Though we had a blast, I did have a couple regrets as I saw how beautiful Cabo was toward the end of the year when it seemed like my entire Instagram timeline had went on holiday there lol! We do have the opportunity to go to Cabo this year in September for friends 30th birthday, so hoping we are able to confirm that get the details squared away. 

This is my travel list so far, but I'm also looking to explore my country domestically and visiting a few places such as Arizona to see the canyons and New Orleans for the food and jazz and Charleston for the food and charm.

Here's to a prosperous and adventure filled 2017. Are there any destinations that you have in mind for the new year? Please share them with me below. I'm always looking for inspiration for my next trip.

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xo

Monday, December 12, 2016

SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Collection


I'm always looking for a product line that will help me in combating unruly frizz. I typically can find a shampoo from one brand and then a conditioner from another plus a serum from somewhere else to help me in achieving a super smooth blow out. However, the holidays in full swing, I'm looking for one line that gives me everything in one collection. With SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Collection I found just that!



Formulated with certified organic, natural and fair trade ingredients, including Argan Oil, Almond Milk and Shea Butter, the products improve manageability and protect against heat damage – without the use of synthetic ingredients – leaving hair silky and smooth.

Not only is my hair benefiting from the amazing ingredients that makes up the formulation but the Argan Oil is ethically sourced by women in co-ops as part of the brand’s purpose-driven Community Commerce business model. 10% of the sales of the collection support women’s empowerment in three key areas – entrepreneurship, education and equity. The brand invests in these communities by funding training, infrastructure and safety programs to sustainably source indigenous ingredients, grow local manufacturing of high quality goods in their own villages, and provide fair prices for their goods and labor.

Here's what I used from the collection to achieve silky smooth, bouncy hair! 



SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Collection

  • Cleanse & Hydrate Shampoo – This sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses while controlling frizz and smoothing hair. (10.3oz - $8.99; 13oz - $10.99)
  • Soften & Detangle Conditioner – This revitalizing conditioner effectively detangles, smooths and revives hair. (10.3oz - $8.99; 13oz - $10.99)
  • Blow Out Crème – This conditioning styling crème tames unruly frizz and flyaways while improving control and manageability. ($10.99)







To maintain my hair overnight, I simply wrap it with a bristle brush and the curls actually get even better as the style gets older! 



Get the SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Collection  here & here!

P.S. Love SheaMoisture and looking for last minute Christmas gifts? Check out my other reviews here & here!

Thanks SheaMoisture for providing me with this collection. As always, the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, December 5, 2016

25 Gifts for $25 and Under



It’s almost time to start thinking about Christmas shopping!! (Sorry in advance to those who only start thinking about Christmas after Thanksgiving). Christmas is the most glorious time of year, but it can most definitely be stressful if you’re on a budget and you need to get gifts for co-workers, family members, friends, close neighbors etc. Lucky for you, I’ve done all the hard work. I’ve been checking out tons of holiday gift guides online and curated a list below of 25 items that are perfect for her and even some cool gifts for him! So sit back, relax and click your way to a completed Christmas shopping list. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for ebates to get amazing cash back incentives. If you’re going to shop for other’s make sure you get a little something, something back for yourself later. Happy shopping, friends!
  1. Boulangerie Jar 
  2. White Marble 15" Laptop Cover
  3. Brookstone Swivel Speaker
  4. kate spade new york Take Note Large Notebook
  5. Be Still, My Soul Posters
  6. Custom Gold Bar Neckalce 
  7. Oversized Hoop Earrings
  8. Jack Black 'The Balm Squad' Gift Set 
  9. Lodge Cast Iron Pan 
  10. Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes
  11. SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Bath Holiday Kit 
  12. SAIC tea for one
  13. Keep Not Settling mug
  14. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
  15. Custom Patterned Black and Ivory Wooden Picture Frame
  16. French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler
  17. Men's Classic Watch Scarf Black/Green One Size
  18. Women's Fur Mini Bag - Who What Wear
  19. Wake Pray Slay Journal
  20. Seek Explore Discover Luggage Tag Box Set
  21. Ooh La La Flute Glass
  22. Omi Printed Ankara Leggings
  23. The Lip Bar - Man Eater
  24. Vice Collection: Champagne Bears
  25. Mini Waffle Maker
I would be extremely happy if I got some of the items on this list (just saying!) A great Christmas gift doesn't need to be expensive, it just needs to be thoughtful and come from the heart.

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for affordable gifts? Let me know below!! 

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