Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Five | First Lady Fangirling and Sundae Simplicity

Friday 5 is a weekly post in which I run down the things that made me smile this past week.

1. Hearing Michelle Obama Speak
On Mother's Day weekend my brother (like the rest of our family) graduated from Tuskegee University with a bachelor's in chemical engineering. The speaker was Michelle Obama. It's sad to say that I do not remember the speaker at my own Tuskegee graduation just 3 years ago. It's a shame, I know. 

When Michelle was introduced, I lowkey fangirled for a second. People know I don't fangirl about anything or anyone! Mrs. Obama's speech was appropriate, well timed, and well researched--who told her about the Chicken Coop and The Shed?! I feel all the much better for having been able to participate in such an occasion.

I tried my best to capture the fabulousness on one of the many screens

2. Family Time
After the graduation we traveled to my cousin's mini mansion for food and fellowship. Though none of my late father's side of the family came, all but one of my mom's 8 sisters showed up (Aunt Jack was in Trinidad for the Bocas Lit Fest). The house was packed and it was so good to see the people that care about my brother all in one place. 

Isn't mama fly? (she can't see in the sunlight, lol)
The graduate #NaturallyFleek

3. An Empty Nail Shop
After all of that family stuff I could not wait an entire work week to get my nails done. I went to my shop right after the school day ended. Now, my shop is the spot. It's located in the mall and the people do a good job making it popular with locals and convenient for tourists. Can you say "busy?" But on a Monday? The nail shop does not go up! I was the sole customer. One lady painted my toes while another rolled over a table and lamp and got to filling my nails in. I was in there less than an hour!

*sings* I'm in love with the lilac!
4. My First Sonic Sundae
Later in the week my husband insisted on getting ice cream at Sonic. I usually don't have sweets in the week but got something anyhow. I decided on a sundae. I have never ordered a sundae anywhere. I'm a milkshake, blizzard, mcflurry kind of girl. That said, I really enjoyed the simplicity of the sundae. #ImaBeliever

5. A Field Trip
The week ended with a field trip. Unlike other places I've worked/interned/went to school, our school does not require that field trips be educational. So, we spent the day at a fun center with skating, bowling, and arcade games. The kids had a blast and I got to refresh my dancing while roller skating skills. 

The kids were amazed that I knew how to skate but skating was a large chunk of life in the 90s! Many of our kids couldn't skate or were on their phones while they were rolling. My, how times have changed!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Secrets to Lasting Twist Outs

With my love of twists also comes a love of twist outs. I love the uniformed curl pattern, the volume, and the movement that I get from the style. What I didn't love at first was figuring out the maintenance. I struggled for some time to find exactly what I needed to do to make this style last at least a full week. Now, I can bring you my 3 secrets to lasting twist outs.

Secret #1: Get a good set from the beginning

Find the styler that will give you good definition starting from day one. If you do not have a good strong set to begin with, your style will quickly fall then frizz. I personally use very thick, sticky rinse out conditioner to do my twists. I also recommend the ORS Lock & Twist Gel. It provides a soft hold a step above a sticky conditioner.

Secret #2: Don't separate your curls
Watch any style tutorial on Youtube and you will see the person immediately separate and fluff their hair after taking down their style. Um...that step isn't for me. Separating your hair ages it. You don't want to fast forward your style duration by a day or two. Let your hair naturally fluff up over the style's duration.

Secret #3: Tie your hair up at night
Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf each night to keep the style from getting frizzy and/or losing definition. I have several videos about preserving a twist out overnight which I will place below.

Do you have your own secrets to making a twist out last? Comment below! 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Video : Follow Up | Flax Seed Gel

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I uploaded my "DIY: Thick Flax Seed Gel" video back in December of last year. The video received a few questions both underneath the video and on some of my other gel related content. I felt it might be best just to do a "go to" video that I could refer people to should there be any other questions in the future.

Is this gel as thick as xyz gel?
What is the purpose of the marshmallow root? Irish moss?
How do you use this gel? (or general questions about the user experience)
How do you preserve this gel?

Still have questions? Comment below! 

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