24 Things I Learned at 24

FSCN1267FSCN1272 As of last week December 5th I turned the sweet ol’ 24 years. The fact that I’m 24 even thinking about it is crazy, because I still get asked for my ID for like everything, like I am getting old & time is flying. For crying out loud my little brother looks older than me. I feel like I was just in high school yesterday, now I’m just a college graduate, like what ? Now I keep thinking “Wow, I’m almost 25, meaning I’m literally almost 30, which is close to 50, which is basically 75” I need to relax on that though and enjoy 24, ha! I compiled a list of things I learned throughout my years. Although my husband laughed at my list, it’s all actually true

  1. For the love of God, wear your retainers
  2. If you have to think about it, don’t buy it
  3. The Lifetime Movie channel is heaven sent
  4. Dogs are needed in life
  5. Announcing your accomplishments & future plans are not for the world to know. People can be spiteful
  6. Be nice to people. A simple “Hi” can make their day
  7. Cooking home meals beat takeout
  8. Cleaning keeps you balanced
  9. Prayers work, if consistent
  10. Lazy days are needed
  11. Drinking water & minding your business makes life easier
  12. Don’t worry about how far along others are in life. Your different so your path will be different
  13. Exercise to keep healthy & active not just looks
  14. You can’t satisfy everybody
  15. Get a hobby
  16. Do what makes YOU happy
  17. Sometimes you got to say how you really feel
  18. Stay faithful to your hair dresser
  19. Bills suck
  20. Stop worrying about things you can’t control
  21. Have a taco or two or five
  22. Travel, work is cool and all but a break is cool too
  23. No one will ever do your eyebrows as good as you.
  24. TREAT YOURSELF

Road To Fully Natural ? Somewhat?

Ever since I was 12 years old I’ve been getting perms. My mom was fully against it and I wish I would of listened to her, till this day I keep telling her “Mom, you were right! Perms mess up your hair.” At the time I had an obsession with having silky straight hair, and begged my mom for two years straight before she gave in. Now as an adult I wish I would of never. But it happens I was young and didn’t know I should embrace my big hair. I kept getting perms religiously up until 20010-2011, when my hair was in SHAMBLES!!! I wish I had my old desktop so you all can see how THINdry and poor my hair looked once it was straightened. It was so bad to the point that the salon owner (who has bee doing my hair since the age of 5) stopped what she was doing and went of on the stylists whom she trusted at the time to do my hair. That stylist was basically damaging my hair slowly but surely and it showed, since my hair was long. By that point I had enough and started getting perms once a year instead of every 3 years. The first picture will be how my hair was when I first permed it, long, thick and healthy.

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I was sick of perms leaving my hair lifeless, so I told myself no more perms. My last one was December 2014, before leaving to the Dominican Republic for vacation. This is because it’ll be way easier to manage and it was but that was my last last last and LAST perm i’ll ever get in my life.

unnamed (1) After that point by no means did I ever stop using heat etc. I just stopped with the perms. I was still hitting the salon every two weeks for a wash & set. After a few months of being on a hair treatment I instantly started seeing changed in my hair as far as thickness. The curl patterns were barely there but I was still happy with the changes my hair was doing. By this point I wasn’t even thinking about restoring my curls, I just wanted my hair to not feel lifeless anymore and at least have some bounce to it when it was straightened, but it even lacked that as well. Let’s just say my hair was a hot mess but not as bad as before. Instead of being bone straight when it got wet it started getting puffier and puffier practically being a mix of an afro / straight ends. (Yeah, not cute what so ever.)

 

when-ur-hairdresser-asks-if-you-like-it-and-you-9325919By the end of 2015/ early 2016 I moved out. I went from being in New York where there are Dominican hair salons at every corner to Kansas where it was impossible to find one (let’s just say I still haven’t found one). This alone meant big changes for my hair, I would always get it done every two weeks and now that I moved to Kansas and I had to just suck it up and do it myself. At first this was a huge head ache because I have a lot of hair and didn’t know what to do with it after I finished washing it. So I would go to Walmart spend money on Shea moisture (because I thought this was the only thing that worked for my hair type), and would let it air dry and slick it up. Four months in (April to be exact) I was frustrated and wanted my hair done, so I did some research and stumbled upon one hair place near by. I went in got my hair done by a young Caucasian female (whom was the sweetest and we talked non stop). Let me say I was NERVOUS, SHOOK, CONFUSED that she wanted to do my hair, she then assured me she had done my hair type in Atlanta for some years which calmed me down a bit. Once finished it didn’t look too bad but it was still puffy and I wasn’t thrilled but wasn’t disappointed either (sign). Then it was time to pay. They charged me $85!!!!! Holy crap I died a little inside paid and never went back. In New York I only paid $20 and it was done great. This is where I sucked it up again, and continued to do it myself and do nonsense to my hair.

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December came around and I went to New York and cut more than just the ends. After that I kept washing it and then blow dry and flat iron straight after that every two weeks, then I slowed it down to once a month because my hair was thicker and getting longer and it took me literally hours to do.unnamed (1)

During the summer of last year 2017, I just started to see more and more of my curl pattern since I slowly put the flat iron down and a lot of the dead hair was cut off. In the next few pictures people will go ahead and do something called “big chop” but I didn’t want that because personally I still want to straighten my hair when I wanted. But also have the curls I was starting to get.

Once 2018 was around the corner I told myself I would not straighten my hair for the whole year. From October on I didn’t straighten it up until late december. But can I just say um that no straightening thing … that ain’t happen  (lol) because in February I straightened it to see the length and wow I was shook at how long it was getting. The next few pics are comparisons. It’s crazy the difference no heat for a bit can do.

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My hair has grown out significantly. I still have heat damage and that is okay. By this point I won’t be like the naturals that are petrified of heat because I like to straighten my hair regardless and my sole purpose of stopping the perms was to restore my hair to get it back to the length it was and thicker again. Over the past two years I’ve used so many products but there are some that have helped out my hair starting from the shampoo and conditioner. Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner and the Renpure Conditioner have been key and using the Renpure Shampoo. As for styling I use the pink EcoStyle Gel, Cantu Leave-in Conditioner and Cantu Curl Creme. For me, the less heat the more the curls.

 

CURRENT APRIL 2018

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Go Red

Go Red

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A little set back this week on posts including this one. But it’s okay many more important things had to be done still going to be consistent. As I’m listening to this Lil’ Mama interview at 105.1 Power The Breakfast Club i’m about to float through this post. The title is honestly all about the shoes I’m wearing. One word. LOVE. These I purchased from Simmi online, they are inspired from “Aquazzura” Wild Thing shoes. But to keep it real I for one was not really about to spent $800 + on shoes. No thank you. At first I saw them, saw the price but wasn’t willing to spend the money, that is where I did my research. I one day was online shopping for clothes on Lulus.com and saw them there. One that looked similar. I was freaking out. I didn’t think twice and ordered. I got them in the mail and was severely disappointed because the material, color, shape just everything was so off. So I automatically returned them. I got so upset until I randomly stumbled upon this website and saw them again and I gave it a try.  And they were perfect. These are honestly one of my favorite pair of heels I own.

|SIMMI Tie Up Sandals| (similar)| ShopStyle Cashmere Sweater | H&M Low Skinny Jeans |

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New Year

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HAPPY 2016! Time flew by just like my skirt that I wore this past week. It’s so strange it’s December and I had the nerve to wear the following things; skirts, slip on’s and sweaters (no coats). This winter started of very strange here in New York it felt more like fall. I took advantage however and wore my skirts and went on about my business, don’t get me wrong I love doing that but I really want it to snow. Like Hello? Snow? Where are You?

During the summer I purchased this blue suede fridge crazy looking skirt. I am beyond happy I did it’s beautiful, only disappointing thing is it’s pretty large on me although I ordered the smallest size, yikes. Eventually I will have to take it to a tailor to take off some inches, so I can where it with other tops other than sweaters as pictured. It’s getting cold so I am glad I was able to get to where this one last time before the actual cold front hits. Once again Happy New Year!

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FOREVER21 Fringed Suede skirt (similar)

H&M Sweatshirt

SCHUTZ Cadey Lee Leather Black

Gift Guide for Her

 

2 posts? In one day? What!!!
Okay as promised here’s a Gift Guide but for HER now. I have a bit of a theme going on here with the all black, but I can’t help it. I have a couple of male followers that will thank me later, so you’re welcome in advance. All of the items are under $80 with the exception of one (those booties) in the image above only reason I put them there is because look at them they look good but here’s an alternative that cost less plus I’m extremely frugal so if you’re like me I’d go with these  (similar here) looks alike only difference is your bank account won’t suffer as much. Your mom, grandma, sister, friend, anybody would enjoy.

Mellow And Legs

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As Rick Flair would say “Woooooooooooo” 

It is hot as heck out in New York I mean like really. Me being the winter person that I am, I definiteley do not like the hot weather I feel icky, stick and gross. And not to mention the sweat, well I’m use to the sweat since I work out 5 days out of the week but regardless ugh it’s hot! Today I got my hair done at the salon for the first time in about a month, because it’s hot so I just do it at home the other times. And I feel gooood. I’ve seen growth in my hair I was surprised, not to mention I almost cut it again today but I didn’t. I look in the mirror right now and I can see why people assume it’s fake, but it’s not promise hehe. Scroll on down and check out my post on how to grow that bad boy out.

Okay, anywaysince I was feeling myself a tad bit I decided why not post a little something. I honestly have so many summer clothing that I don’t even know I have until I open my drawer. Spotted this cute colorful small number I got not to long ago … well my mom did (Thanks Mom) at Marshall’s and I just love how these shorts are bright and short but not too short. I have a serious problem going into stores such as H&M, The Gap etc finding shorts then trying them on and there way to short. I don’t know how you gals do it but I can’t.

Last but not least, thanks running for giving me killer legs that I love.

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Top from H&M (here) and (here)

Shorts from Marshall’s (similar here)

Shoes (similar)

Home Beauty 101: Avocado hair mask

If there is anything I love is being home and looking up different types of DIY’s projects whether it be home, beauty or clothing related there is something pretty fun about them and sometimes what you’re looking for is right in your home and you don’t have to go out of your way and spend money. I like this especially when it comes to beauty related things, I like to keep it quick and simple and not buy a thousand and one products have them stashed in cabinets looking dust. Nothing beats making your own stuff because you know exactly what’s going into it, and not worry if there are some unknown chemical thrown in there for thew heck of it.

With that being said here’s an avocado hair mask I’ve meaning to put up for a while now but would also get sidetracked by homework. I use this every time before washing my hair and brings such a difference and life to my sometimes dry hair. I flipping ADORE this. Maybe you will too! You’ll thank me later, well not really me but my mom, I’ll let you know why soon.

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What you need:

1 half avocado
1 large egg yolk
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
honey (optional)(if you have ombre/or highlights and want it to be a brighter look; add some lemon juice).

What you need to do:

First, make sure you take the avocado before someone goes off and eats it before you even get to make the mask. Yeah, it’s happened to me like twice.

Alright, then take the half of that avocado and empty it out on a plate (make sure it’s ripe because it’s smoother and easier to mix) take a spoon and mash that bad boy up. Once that is mixed together take your egg yolk and mix it in with the mashed avocado until well combined. Lastly, take your olive oil and honey, mix it in your avocado hair mask. You’ll know it’s done until its a smooth consistency, it should be a bit thick. Place it in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds just to give it a little warmth and it’ll feel good, trust me.

Then, starting from your scalp, apply the hair mask deep into the scalp and work your way around your head. Once you have covered your entire head and have some left over place them on your ends OR on your face (which will leave your skin feeling smooth plus avocado is known to be anti-wrinkles helps reduce them. Place your hair into a small bun, and cover it in a shower cap (if you do not have a plastic bag works just as fine) and ten go on about your business. You can go cook, clean, paint your nails and watch some Lifetime movies (me) and do what you want and enjoy yourself. You can leave this hair mask on for hours yes hours. But if you’re not like me and want to move it along the minimum is 15 minutes to leave this hair mask sitting. When you’re done doing whatever your doing go hop in that shower. Wash the hair mask off, and then scrub your hair down with your favorite shampoo … basically do whatever you would do to wash your hair with the shampoo and conditioner all of the usual things. And THERE it’s done! Either leave it to air dry, blowdry then flat iron or do some rollers and go under the dryer for an hour (like I do) wrap it up and the next day BOOM you will be looking like a billion bucks with nice silky hair and roots 🙂 Also I can’t forget to mention, for me personally, I’ve seen growth occur faster once I cut my hair to shoulders length in the summer, so yeah it’s not only good for your hair to be nice and smooth but helps you grow it as well. Also thanks, to my mom who watches a morning show every Saturday and writes down some of the recipes they give out for your skin, hair etc … I use to think it was stupid until I tried and it actually worked.

Reasons why this mask is amazing:

Avocado is a true super food! It has many nutrients and vitamins which is good for the body that really does need it. It also serves as so many benefits for your hair and I will definitely name a few so you can see it’s not only for one specific hair type. I for one tend to have dry hair and sometimes pretty itchy and the different benefits that I have read have shown me that they would work wonders on my hair and it has. It’s a great dandruff treatment. I’ve tried this on my brother who had this issue and now I don’t even need to put any one him because his hair has totally changed. You probably read this and said “oh crap! I don’t have dry hair so now I cant do this” well guess what you’re wrong. It works for shiny hair as well the only difference is you’ll only need the ripe avocado obviously, coconut oil and a yolk. This mask will dry the hair a bit and add some volume into it. And let’s not forget about the frizzy hair it helps it keep it tame and in its place. Like I first mentioned it’s great to use as a face mask as well it helps dry, dehydrated skin. If you get into that habit of applying it this and washing it off every night before you go to bed you will feel and see such a difference on your skin in a matter of days. If you can oily skin I wouldn’t recommend this it will probably make you break out because the oil in the avocado is very absorbent and nourishing.

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