Friday, January 25, 2013

Throwback Thursday or....TWILIGHT ZONE????

True Story!  I've been sick for the past 3 days (Note to you men: "It's a WOMAN thing - you wouldn't understand!") and yesterday I dragged myself into my doctor's office.  When I walked in, this older woman looked up from her magazine and gave me the once over.  Taking in my lipstick-only bare face, FILA-esque tracksuit, Dookie braids, Chuck Taylor All Stars, and Old Skool "Cazelle" glasses (thrown in for good measure), she nodded as if in approval.  Then she....smiled.  And stopped me instantly in my tracks.  Noting her own light grey acid washed jeans (I think we called them "stonewashed" back in the day), grey MEMBERS ONLY-esque jacket, shaggy hair colored by Dark & Lovely #1992, and a singular GOLD TOOTH in the middle of her mouth, I nodded back and went about my business.  The ladies at the front desk looked at each as if they were about to witness a real, live Old Skool DANCE OFF . Hilarious.

The thing is: I'm not sure if that actually happened or if it was the delirium from being sick, but nonetheless....thank you, old skool lady, for providing a much needed laugh.  Somehow, I think I know that somewhere she is nodding "right back atcha, girlfriend. Right back atcha."


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lions, Tigers, and Dreds - Oh My!!!!


I have braids!!!  Or perhaps....dreds!!!  But really, they're twists.  On a whim I decided to do my hair  last week.  I started around 7 pm and it took me about 5.5 hours to finish.  I used the Model Model braid "Marley" synthetic braiding hair and I used 7 (gasp!) packs of hair.  Yes folks - I did say seven!!!  It took so much because I myself have so much hair.  The braids do allthe way down to my butt and rather than burn the ends, I left them slightly raggedy.  I actually like that because it has a kind of earthy, organic look and feel to it.  I was initially going for Janet Jackson in "Poetic Justice" braids, or even 90's reggae rapper Patra - FAIL!!!!  As you can see, I ended up w/ newly-married-and-just-returned-from Africa-with-stepdaughter-in-tow-Denise Huxtable Kendall, which was my least favorite look that Lisa Bonet rocked on Cosby Show.  Little did I know.....


Btw: Don't let the "dreds" fool you - the RED EYES (in the above pic) are solely due to a lack of sleep and no makeup.

I'm on the fence with this hairstyle, I gotta be honest.  I wake up with a sore neck because it's hard to sleep with these thick, heavy "ropes".  I may keep them in another 1-2 weeks, and then I think I'll be visiting my girl HADNEY the Haitian Hair Artist Extraordinaire  ( for my annual blowout and trim.

* What do you think, ladies - is this style a DO or a DON'T?  Let me know.  I can take it.  :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Turns out we DON'T need a resolution. Sorry Aaliyah.


They say "rules are made to be broken", right?  Thatis yet another reason why I don't make New Year's resolutions.  For most many people, the same "lose weight, save many, stop procrastinating" resolutions made last year, will be made again this year, only to be repeated the following year.  Sure, we set a multitude of resolutions, but how in the world do we get the mastery over them?  How do we attain them?

Let me be clear: this is not a "secret of my success" blog post.  Certainly, if I was successful at achieving all my "lose weight, save money, stop procrastinating" goals, if you will, I would not have chosen the above image for this post.  But rather than enumerate a laundry list of things needing to be worked on, I merely have one goal for 2013:

In the past, I have set goals and I have met goals, indeed.  But this year, rather than itemizing each and everything that I want to achieve and attain, I'm just going to focus on the end result.  Rather than break down each individual chapter, I'm going to focus on the book as a whole.  By focusing on becoming a better me, the best me, I will inevitably work on the individual 'chapters' that need attention.  This way, the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts.  Let's have a great year, ladies!