November 26, 2010

The First Snow

Happy Thanksgiving!!  I know it was yesterday but I can still say it, right??  I had a lovely Thanksgiving and I have some things that I am grateful for!  I'm really grateful for family.  They've always been there for me, anytime I need it, and it felt so good to be around loved ones.  This is also the first Thanksgiving without my Grandmother, who passed away a couple of days before Thanksgiving last year.  I am very grateful for her.  We all missed her this year, but I think about her everyday and can feel her watching over me, and it makes me feel better :)


I'm very thankful for my Pop Pop, who just recently turned 88 (can you believe it!) who is always supportive of any dream or endeavor I have, even if it may be crazy or unreasonable.


I'm very grateful for my parents who are pushing me to chase after my dreams.  They just want me to be happy, and will always be behind me if ever and whenever I need them!  Love you guys!


I am also thankful for all of my friends all over the country.  I wish I could see you all regularly!  I'm  additionally thankful for all of the positive feedback and lovely comments I'm getting from you all!  I really appreciate it, more than you know :D

Dinner was at my Aunt's house and I sat at the kiddie table (as usual), but we upgraded the name to the, ahem, "Young Adult" table this year lol.

Adult Table
YOUNG Adult Table

I know my hair looks short, but I have it pinned up.  It's time to wash it, so I might do a tutorial on a new natural doo I'm going to try ;)  And good luck to all you ladies shopping today on Black Friday!  Be careful!!  I did what I'd like to call "online" Black Friday shopping, but it turned out to be just as stressful!! :/


List one thing you're thankful for this year, I'd love to read them!

Sincerely,
Kris

All photography from this post by: http://aphlyonthewallphotography.com

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November 22, 2010

Touch My Body

We all know it's harder to keep your skin glowing and hydrated in the wintertime. It can suck even more (if you live in cooler climates) that you have to keep your arms and legs covered for almost six months straight! Meanwhile, your skin isn't getting the attention that it needs!........ No bueno. If you're nostalgic for that summer glow, and want to keep your skin softer than a baby's behind all year long, I may have a couple tricks up my sleeve to make that happen!

I want to share with you all what I do to keep my skin soft, clear, and smooth!

Face to Face:
I started using the Origins skin care product line beginning in high school, and have been using it ever since!  I have really sensitive skin, and I have never had a single issue with any of their products.  Here is what I use on a regular basis:


Checks and Balances: You want a daily cleanser that cleanses well, but gentle enough not to leave your skin feeling dull and parched.  This frothy cleanser targets both oily and dry skin, and leaves my face feeling so fresh and so clean clean. *the little green tube was a free sampler, still testing it out :)
A Perfect World: is my absolute favorite product from the line.  It's hard to find a single product that totally moisturizes my skin.  This moisturizer has a thick consistency, and is made with White Tea that gives your face an almost silky feel.  After applying this product, my skin has a nice glow, and no need to re-apply!  Your face will feel good as new until the next time you wash!
Have a Nice Day: Even in the winter your skin is exposed to the UV rays from the sun, and it's important to protect your skin from them!  This super charged moisture cream has SPF 15 Sunscreen.  It also has a light grapefruit scent that wakes you up (good for the morning)!  I use a little bit of this after I apply A Perfect World.
Ginger Body Scrub: This is becoming a favorite of mine.  I've been looking for a scrub/exfoliator for awhile, and I was so happy to stumble upon this one!  I have used it a few times, and I love it!  I use it after bathing, and the scent from the sweet ginger alone makes me happy! The sea salt removes the dead skin, and the mixture of oils in the scrub leave your skin very smooth with a nice sheen.  (Don't forget to use this on the bottoms of your feet)!




Modern Friction: I use this gentle dermabrasion on my face a couple times a week when I need to be refreshed!  Microdermabrasion can be so harsh on the skin (no one under 45 needs to be using it, in my opinion), and Modern Friction is a safer and gentler alternative that gives great results!  I immediately notice a difference in the clarity of my skin after one use!


For the Body:

You don't have to spend tons of money to have healthy and radiant skin!  I have been using these products since I was a child, and have no plans to change that fact!

Eucerin: I have eczema, and as a child, my breakouts were pretty bad.  This was the ONLY lotion that could moisturize my skin/dry patches.  It has a thick, creamy consistency, and your skin will stay hydrated throughout the day.  It can be a bit pricy for body lotion, but it's worth the cost.  TRUST.
Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil: We all know about baby oil, whether we use it or not.  And I have to tell you, you don't have to be a baby to use it!  Here's one of my tricks to keeping my skin moisturized (especially during the winter).  After showering and rinsing off, don't towel dry.  Immediately after stepping out the shower, apply the baby oil to your entire body.  If you still are a little wet, blot dry those areas with your towel.  Proceed with applying lotion to your entire body, as you normally would.  You're now left with extremely soft skin, with a nice little glow.  Watch out now!
Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Swivel Stick: Cocoa Butter anything is one of the best ways to eliminate a scar or dark mark, and I use this swivel stick anywhere I need to!  Don't forget about your lips, I frequetly use this as a lip balm.
Vaseline: Vaseline is a household item that some people don't use to its fullest potential!  I make sure I coat my lips with this stuff every night before going to bed.  I don't know if anything will ever hydrate my lips like vaseline does lol!  If you've run out of makeup remover, and your facial wash isn't cutting it, try applying a little vaseline to the area, and wipe off with a soft tissue (especially for eye makeup)!  Ladies/Men with dry feet?  When getting ready for bed, coat your feet with vaseline, then wrap your feet in saran wrap overnight.  The saran wrap helps your feet retain moisture, and the next day you'll be doing the Moonwalk just like MJ!  If the saran wrap is too xcore, just throw on a pair of socks!

*Origins line can be purchased here, and they have physical store locations, and are sold in select department stores.  Their products are not tested on animals nor contain: Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, PABA, Petrolatum, Paraffin, DEA, Synthetic Fragrance, Animal Ingredients.  All body care products can be found at your local Target, Walmart, or Grocery store.*


Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I'm excited to have some family time!  What are you thankful for this year?

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November 18, 2010

Step by Step

Hi everyone!  Today is Thursday, and I am happy to say it because it's almost the weekend!  I wanna see Harry Potter tnite at midnight, but I can't find anyone who's available to go argh (I'll be working on this all day).  But I'm not going to be a complete geek and talk about HP the whole post...

I went to NYC on Tuesday to go to the re-launch of Ruff Ryder Records (previous artists include DMX, Eve, Jadakiss, renowned producer Swizz Beatz).  I actually got to meet Swizz Beatz and he seems really chill and down to earth.  I got to see the studio where he first started producing... He said he used to LIVE in that studio lol.  I hope some of that inspiration/passion/success rubbed off on me!

I've been slacking a little on my "re-vamp room" mission, only because I need help doing it.  And my bff's are not tryna help smh... I WILL make progress today, as soon as I press enter, I will be off organizing this room!



These are some pics of me before I got my "hurr did"


For those that saw my youtube video, I hope you liked it~




What are some hair products you can't live without??

wearing: vintage 70's poncho, black leggings, brown leather Madden boots, vintage jewelry

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November 13, 2010

Straight hair, don't care

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!  I have really been enjoying this weather!  It's been in the mid sixties and sunny for the past few days (that's warm where I'm from, especially in November)!

Since my last post, I have been soul searching, changing some things in my life, and trying to bring some positive energy around me!  I decided a good way to do so would be to re-vamp my room!  I'm cleaning it (much needed, I know Mom...), re-organizing, and doing a little Feng Shui!  I have a new inspiration board, and am going to hang up some inspirational quotes (if you know of any, let me know)!  :-)

As some as you may or may not know, I am a big fan of hair care.  I love everything about hair, and I'm making it a point to know everything I can learn about black hair care.  Natural black hair care, specifically.  And if you don't know what I mean by "natural hair," I'm talking about sistah's who don't add any chemicals to their hair to alter their natural texture (not that I have anything against women who relax their hair).  Anywho, I have a youtube channel that talks about hair care (and I plan to eventually incorporate my music), and you can check it out here.

I was tired of the twists in my hair, so I took them out, got my hair blown out, and trimmed.  Do you like it?




I also just recorded a video of 10 ways to promote and maintain hair growth!!  You can check it out below :)



Have a safe and wonderful rest of the weekend!

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November 8, 2010

....Movin to the ends of their own Rainbows.

"For Colored Girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is Enuf."


*update*

After posting my review, and discussing the film with both men and women, I've realized that I didn't touch on any downsides/negatives of the film.

1. Black men were portrayed poorly in the movie (besides the cop, who didn't have a big role).  Yes this is true, however, let's keep in mind that this movie was based off the 1975 award-winning Broadway play, which featured the choreopoems that you heard in the film.  The content of the movie was based on the content of the poems.  And these situations happen/have happened in real life.  It's not about For Colored Boys, it's about For Colored Girls, and it wasn't turned into a Hollywood-version, Sugar-coated, happy ending.  It is what it is.

2. The women in the film were very dependent, and not at peace with themselves.  Yes.  They were not.  I really suggest everyone pick up the book of poems, and I think a lot of people will get a better understanding of what this play was about.  If you thought you were going to see Waiting to Exhale 2, where everybody had a happy ending, you were sadly mistaken.

3. Tyler Perry had no right to make this film, he isn't a female!  Ok.  So this is me being COMPLETELY HONEST.  I think TP "Perrynized" this film.  We're used to Tyler Perry doing comedic films with overly dramatic plots.  And I feel that this was a big test on his skills as a director, if we would be able to pull this movie off... I think he did add a little bit of the over dramatization to the film, as antagonists assumed he would.  I also wished we heard Phylicia Rashad's poem about "Touissant" in totality (that was one of my favorites), as well as the scene were Whoopi and Thandie's character were both reciting their poems simultaneously.  I understand the "artistry" of it all, but we need to remember what this film is about.  I could go on and on about the story line and the fact that they all lived in the same building, and how extremely dramatic Janet's character was, but you get the point.  I think he fell a few steps short of Oscar worthy...

To officially rate this movie, I'd give it a B+ :)
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When I first learned that Tyler Perry was going to be adapting "For Colored Girls..." the award-winnng play into a feature film, I was very excited.  I immediately bought the book (which were the choreopoems), and from the layout, it felt like I was reading the script-which was awesome.  The poems were so beautifully written, with imagery and content for days, but also contained harsh realities of the things women of color face on the daily.

The play was also written in the 70's, and I was very interested to see how Tyler Perry was going to take these poems set then into present day.  Furthermore, I didn't know how well a male was going to portray these women's stories.  And I have to tell you, I think he did a phenomenal job!  I absolutely loved the film!!  Reading the poems were one thing, but the way each actress performed each poem, as a part of their dialog was outstanding.  Perry tailored the poems and dialog so well that resulted in a seamless deliverance!

Overall, I'd definitely recommend all women to see this film.  It was a tear jerker for sure, but it has a strong message, and exposes real life issues that are most times pushed under the rug!  Get a group of girls (guys too!) together and go see the movie!


I'm lookin' raw in these pictures, but I think it goes with my "Africa" theme :)




Have you seen the film?  What are your thoughts on the movie?

wearing: Vintage Dashiki, vintage jewelry, Enigma wedges

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November 5, 2010

For Colored Girls

TGIF!  But wait...

Today has been... A LOT.  I woke up around 8a.m. to my father telling me that my mom wanted me to "clean."  Luckily, I only had to clean a part of the house: vaccum and dust downstairs,  Clean the bathroom off the kitchen, the kitchen, and mop the floor.  I'm like "No problem, that's easy!"

Definitely was sweatin and achin' an hour in!!!  I'm embarrassed to say this, but I've never actually "mopped" before.  I always would use the Swiffer (it's amazing) in my teeny 2x4 apartment I had in college.  Pretty simple.

With the MOP, there's a rhythm to it, from side to side.  I was listening to some Jesse McCartney (yes I listen to Jesse McCartney), and the beat was really fast, and I didn't realize it, but I was mopping to the beat, and couldn't quite keep up (hence, the struggle).  So I changed it to some chill Ryan Leslie and started groovin' and moppin' to the beat (I couldn't help it), and by that time I had the hang of it!  I just know I'm gna be sore tomorrow.  What a workout!

ANYWAY, I'm treating myself to a mani/pedi in .5 seconds, then going to see "For Colored Girls" with the besties tnite.  I bought the book, but didn't finish reading it (so I'm going to attempt to before the movie).


These are the rest of the pics from a look I featured in a previous post: here 


Don't mind my stank face... You'll get used to them :)


I told myself I would do "fun things" this weekend, so hopefully I'll come back with great stories/adventures to share!  Until then, have a safe and great weekend!

wearing: Black American Apparel blouse, Gap stirrup jeans, Michele white ceramic watch, Black Patent Leather Rachel Roy Pumps, Beige Shearling coat

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November 3, 2010

Cornfield

Today was pretty relaxing.  I picked up a morning shift at work, and that's about it!  I usually have Wednesdays off, so they usually always consist of a lot of relaxation lol.  The bestie Sasha is coming over in a bit, and I'm going to attempt to get her to come thrifting w me for a little while.  Besides that, just enjoying this beautiful fall weather!



Sometimes I break the rules and wear "white" items after Labor Day.  I don't know how much longer I can get away with wearing this skirt... ;)




My mom isn't a big fan of my "red lips" hehe


P.S. I haven't been to the movies in forever!  What's a good movie to go see this weekend?


wearing: Black sheer AA blouse, Vintage skirt, Jessica Simpson leather pumps, Vintage jewelry

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November 2, 2010

Lanvin for H&M

 LOVE.  The only thing that's a little bothersome to me is the fact that there are ZERO people of color in this video.  Why is that?



What do you guys think?  Thoughts?

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November 1, 2010

1st of tha month

I woke up singing, "It's the first of the monthhhhhhh" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony lol.  I can't believe it's already November!?!  I have a day off today, so I wanted to run some errands that involve returning and exchanging clothes, and I also wanted to do a little thrifting (if I feel up to it).  I also desperately need a mani and pedi, AND to make a hair appointment, but I can only be stretched so far today.  I'm feeling a little lazy hehe.



JC Penny catalog much?  I look like someone's mother haha:


Have a wonderful Monday!

wearing: Ray Ban Sunglasses, H&M Stripped Sweater, Gap 1969 Stirrup Jeans, Vintage LV purse, Black leather Jessica Simpson Pumps


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