Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Valentino ROCKS

I'm not sure who the young lady in the picture is but my love affair with all things Valentino continues with the pink and red LEATHER summer dress she is wearing.

hear that TopShop has a look-a-like.  I'm off to see if I can find it.  Stay tuned. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Multicultural fairies

I love fairies, wood nymphs, elves and others fantasy creatures ever since I was a child .  But rarely were they depicted as any race other than white.   I am on the hunt for multicultural fantasy creatures and here is my first one!
Hopefully more to come :).  If anyone finds any ( I have never seen an Asian or Latina fairy, either) shoot me the link.

In joy


Glitter Eyeshadow???


As a contact lens wearer, I am constantly afraid that something is going to get under my contact and scratch my cornea.  This is not an irrational fear as it has happened to me before resulting in a week of cyclopian life.  So what's with these glitter eyeshadows on the market now that claim that they are safe for contact lens wearers?

In joy


Natural Hairstyles

When I turned16, the highlight of my day was my Mom taking me to get my hair chemically straightened.  In my mind, I was now an adult because I could run my fingers through my hair, it could blow in the wind and I could fling it from side to side. Within a month, it started to develop split ends,  the heat appliances I used to curl it fried my hair and no amount of moisturizers of all kinds could cure the dryness.  I tried switching to foam rollers, but that always pulled on my fragile hairline.  I gave up curling it and started wearing it in a pony tail.  I deep conditioned it twice a month, used hot oil treatments yet within a year, it looked like straw, dry and brittle and by 18 , most of it had fallen out.  

I cut it down to a short Afro and had it braided and my hair grew back very rapidly.  Once it got down to shoulder length again, I stopped braiding it and chemically straightened it again and bought the best hair products, cut down on the heat appliances, yet in no time at all, breakage and dryness had resulted in me returning to the short Afro and braids again.  
When it grew back out again, I decided I was going to stick with braids, and was amazied that without chemical relaxers, even with little to no moisturizing, my hair kept growing and growing.  

For a few years after that, I would take out my braids about every three months, comb out and condition my hair and put it right back in braids again.  

When I met met my hubby-to-be, he encouraged me to ditch the braids (doing them every three months entailed sometimes up to $300, unbraiding my hair and combing out shed hairs, plus hot combing it as, ironically, most braiders find it easier to microbraid straight hair) and learned to manage my own natural hair.  It took a lot of reading and practice but I took his advice.  I found out that many hair products just weren't made for black hair, that because of the way our hair coils, washing less often helps maintain natural moisturization, and that the texture of my natural hair was awesome.  The reason it grew so well in braids, was that I wasn't dumping chemicals and heat on it all the time.

After years of enjoying my natural hair, I now wear my hair loced, and couldn't be happier!!! Much less maintenance, lemme tell you).  It's been almost 14 years loced and I will admit there are times that I miss feeling the curly kinks of my natural hair, but those are few and far apart.

Here are a few more images of natural hair.  In Joy!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Caftan Love

They say if you live long enough, that old fashion becomes new again.  They (not really sure who "they" are) also say that if you wore the trend the first time it came around, you are too old to wear it the second time.   

I call bullshit.  Can't wait to wear one of these delightful caftans again.

Camilla Franks Kaftan dress.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dress I need and can't find

Molly's butterfly sleeve dress is what I need to wear to a wedding next month!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Random thoughts through the day

Why are they a thing?????