My Pride PIcks Feature for PRIDE magazine

Back in May myself and my bestie headed down to the Natural Hair week which was held at the Mariott Hotel in London. This was my first time attending such an event and I have to say I had such incredible time meeting likeminded women who were rediscovering their natural beauty and embracing their natural hair. While in attendance I was interviewed by Pride Magazine on what were my go-to products, hair style and current outfit. Was pleasantly surprised to find that they had decided to feature me in their June Issue of Pride Picks… Check it owwt!!! Pride Picks

Dark Girl Nude: The Spring 2014 Guide

Love this article on ‘nudes’ for black women

Disrupting Dinner Parties

“They disappear like magic and become a fluid extension of her legs, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette.”

– Christian Louboutin, shoe god

The nude shoe. It’s a shoe in  a color that comes as close as possible to blending in with your skin tone, and it’s been a hot trend for so many years that the fashion world is saying it’s a classic here to stay. From the castles of Great Britain to the streets of America , you can walk or click into virtually any shoe store and find a pair that works for you- unless you are a darker person of color.

For at least four seasons now, lighter skinned people have had easy access to an overwhelming selection of shoes in colors specifically designed to neutrally complement their skin, and they can often find such shoes in the section named “nude.” The same can’t be…

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2015

Just a quick one as I’m off to bed but thought it’s only right that check in with you guys seen as it’s been aaaaages!

Don’t make any New Years resolutions, I’m serious don’t make even one. Just do daily tasks and be sure to complete them one by one.

Smile at people more even if the other person looks crazy serious, it will do one of two things make them smile too and/or make you feel happy inside for being someone’s sunshine for a few seconds.

Buy the dammm shoes!! Too often we work to pay bills- I don’t know about you but I’m going to try and actually enjoy a few aspects of my pay check.

Lastly

Think before you speak , listen more, will it really matter tomorrow?

My two cents…. Have a blessed start to 2015 😘

Why I’m Not Marching for #Ferguson or #MikeBrown

My sentiments exactly…. We need a plan of action not a #hashtag

by Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Chief Millennial Officer

You won't see me out here. Nope. (source) You won’t see me out here. Nope. | Protestors drop to their knees and put their arms in the air during a rally for Michael Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer Saturday, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)

I didn’t wear a hoodie for Trayvon. I didn’t march to Save Our Girls. And I didn’t March for Mike Brown and peace in Ferguson. It’s not that I don’t believe in the causes and I don’t want things to change, it’s that I’m not convinced marching in 2014 is really going to make a difference.

This isn’t 1960 when marching peacefully actually evoked change. Or when the act of sitting in a restaurant sparked a nationwide movement that changed some things. It’s 2014 where people create hashtag campaigns and funky…

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Review: ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner & Invigorating Shampoo

Hello my lovelies, it’s been a busy few weeks for me of late wrapping up the last few treatments on my Beauty Course juggling the kids and planning a holiday so I’ve been a little of track with me blogging but with everything winding down now for the 6 week hols I will sure enough have a minute to catch my breath.

As you know I am a Brand Ambassodor for the fabulous company ORS part of the perks is that we get to test out their products. I was sent last month their shampoo and conditioner from there Hair Repair range. Now to be able to give an honest response/ review I like to use a product for a good few weeks to really be able to give the most accurate account. I never have understood companies sending you a tiny sachet to sample like what is a one time penny sized amount of anything going to do? 😦

Conditioner & Shampoo by ORS hair Repair

Conditioner & Shampoo by ORS hair Repair

So with that said, may I start with the ORS (Hairepair) Invigorating Shampoo made with Rosemary and Mint extracts it truly is really invigorating like I know you think I’ve got to be saying this because I’m an Ambassador for this company but believe me if I didn’t like the product I’d say. Afterall how is a company going to appeal to customers if everyone’s doing the smiley dandy dance. No, for me honest reviews are the way forward. First of all it lathers up beautifully and my 4c curls really took to it. The mint leaves a nice tingling sensation on your scalp and if your anything like me I love a good ‘instant feeling’ product. After two washes my hair doesn’t feel striped or dry and it smells gorge.

Mid wash with Invigorating Shampoo

Mid wash with Invigorating Shampoo

I follow my Shampoo wash with the Nourishing Conditioner. Can I just say whoever discovered that putting Banana in your hair is good for your hair actually needs a medal, because of this conditioner I’m actually in the process of trolling the Internet looking for good Banana Hair Masks for natural hair (if you know of any please let me know- faaaaanks :))). Thick and creamy you really feel like your hair is getting everything it needs from this conditioner. I usually cover with a plastic bag and leave on for about half hour once I rinse with Luke warm water. My hair feels moisturised, soft and is at a great point to style. I personally think it would make a great leave-in but unfortunately you do have to rinse it out

A close-up of Nourishing Conditioner

A close-up of Nourishing Conditioner

All in all these have become staple products of mine I prefer the feel and results my hair gets with the Invigorating shampoo than say their olive oil shampoo and like I said the conditioner really is devine.

Have you tried these products if so what did you think?

Get fit and quit ‘I’m trying’

So last year myself and partner decided to book ourselves onto the Suncebeat excursion happening in the beautiful European destination of Croatia. This wonderful event is taking place in July and to say I’m excited is an understatement , I’ve been prepping potential hairstyles, outfits and researching things to do (I’m a real holiday geek) and I’m actually one of those people who enjoy the pre holiday preparations. Part of this preparation has also been to get into shape or should I say ‘beach body ready’, as slim as I am I’m actually quite jelly and I’m by no means half as fit *like don’t ever ask me to run for that bus* . After having two kids and years of eating badly, smoking and mass consumption of alcohol at those infamous ‘ladies nites’ I have effectively ruined the temple that God has given me. So what had initially set off as a vanity project has in essence become a lifestyle make-over. My other half is a gym bod so he has been really on helping me with my meals and on what supplements I should take and after falling off the wagon himself he has found a re-motivation for getting his body in shape too. I must say it can be a little daunting as I’m actually trying to gain muscle yes! PUT ON WEIGHT! I can hear the boos from here lol But it’s true you wouldn’t believe the sort of puzzled looks I get and cynical remarks from the ‘know-it-alls’ As if to say all slim woman are slim because we starve ourselves pah!! That may true in European culture but I’m from a Caribbean background mate and you ain’t seen as ‘helty’ if you’re slim.

One of Chef Gaillard's lunchtime Specials

One of Chef Gaillard’s lunchtime Specials

Feelin the burn!!

Feelin the burn!!

Netherless I’m determined this time (I say this time as I’ve ventured down the gain weight route before) to really see it through and not just to get a buff booty either- I’m talking get that healthy tight fit ,the sort of fit where you can see it by the glow from my skin. It’s crazy how this has really had a knock on effect to my other lifestyle habits. Take the smoking for instance I was doing some plyometrics (jumping on boxes to you) and I swear I could literally feel my heart pushing through all the gunk that these cigarettes be putting in my body and from that moment I was like ‘uh huh I can’t do the fag thing anymore!’ So I’ve invested in an electric one to help me with the weaning process. Its a really great journey though and it ties in so neatly with my natural hair journey too. As I now watch what I put in my hair I also watch what I put into my body. However it’s not easy and there are days when I’m just like “I’ll suck my belly in when that camera comes out” But then I look at the little definition that’s started to take shape on my thighs and how much better I feel after a park workout and I know that this is a good choice for me whether in 8 weeks time I’m beach ready on not.

Review: ORS Hair Repair intense moisture Creme

So at the end of March I was involved in The ORS Hairvolution event was a a great evening meeting loads of fantastic bloggers and natural hair enthusiasts. And at the end of the night we were all given these fantastic goodie bags.

My Fabulous ORS Goodie Bag

My Fabulous ORS Goodie Bag

One product that particularly stood out for me was their Intense Moisture Creme. At the event I had a scalp analysis done, I was astounded to discover that me seemly healthy head of new growth was actually masking a severely dehydrated scalp. Being new to this natural journey I had made the mistake of buying up all these natural oils and butters but I was using them in the wrong way. Using castor oil on my scalp when in fact I needed to moisturise with something else. That something has become the Hair Repair Intense Moisture Creme.

ORS Hair Repair Intense Moisture Creme

ORS Hair Repair Intense Moisture Creme

Light in texture but supper supple and offering the moisture that a thirsty scalp like mine needs. I was worried about ingredients not being ‘natural enough’ but with a blend of coconut, avocado and other essential oils this Creme has it covered. It smells divine too and doesn’t leave your hair smelling like an oily frying pan even after you remove your headscarf. Another plus is this can be used on both natural and relaxed hair, It was light enough for me to use daily and my scalp really seemed to take to this formula. If your looking for a moisturising Creme that doesn’t leave your hair uber greasy then I’d highly say to give this a try. I just wish I had received a bigger jar 🙂

Keep that fire burning!

How quick did the Easter holidays come and go? It’s like lately time is so fleeting you blink and before you know it it’s gone. I feel like there are days spent where I’m just chasing hours hoping that if I move fast enough I’ll have a few to spear. Let’s face it Life is a juggle and very often when your in a relationship you can be swallowed up by responsibilities and duties that adulthood brings, leaving little room for that rose tinted freshness you started out with. So this got me to thinking is it possible to truly maintain a balance in ALL life areas?

As a career seeking parent I can tell you this is no easy feat. Managing these areas of my life successfully are a constant up keep and sometimes I do fall short. I want to be a attentive mother, emotionally connected partner, high achieving career woman, sociable friend all while still having my mental screws intact. But very often I’ll find that one thing suffers and at present it’s been my relationship. Now we’re not ‘on the rocks’ or anything of the sort in fact emotionally we are more connected than we have ever been. But what is lacking is that QUALITY time so in order to get this ‘house’ back into order we’ve devised a plan – hopefully you’ll find some of our plan helpful too

1) PRIORITISE AND ORGANISE

Yes!!! The boring part but for everything to function cohesively two of the most important factors. Whether it be making sure that the kids are in bed like clockwork and that meeting is rescheduled for a weekday. By prioritising your relationship and organising your lifestuff around it you are ensuring that you give yourselves a solid core to work with. Of course things happen that cannot be helped like that overtime that’s needed to cover the cost of an unexpected bill. But by developing a system where your relationship is above external factors, it will be harder for the madness of outside to get in.

It's important to still 'date your partner

It’s important to still ‘date your partner

2) TRY TO REVIST THE BEGINNING OF YOUR DATING LIFE TOGETHER

Whether it be that wine bar you wound up in after your first dinner together, or you buy that dessert you first shared. There is nothing like reliving the first occasions you got together. Ahhh! to quote Erro ‘Da Newness!’ -Remembering how many outfits you went through or the butterflies you felt or even the panic at realising you had spinach in your teeth. Whatever it was remember it with a warm heart- after all their still here aren’t they!? Lol

One of our first holidays together

One of our first holidays together

3) GET SPRITUAL TOGETHER

Me and my partner like to go to church together although not as often as we should we do make it point to involve God in our lives and in our relationship as without him we wouldn’t be able to survive the temptations and daily trials that life can bring. Morally it helps us to to keep us grounded and become better human beings therefore better partners. So whatever your religious or spiritual background don’t be shy try to incorporate that into your relationship even if you just have some quiet time together. Meditation (stillness) is good for reflection and can often bring you both clarity.

4) PLAN TOGETHER

Planning together gives your relationship a sense of purpose and movement (and us women love a good plan). At present me and my partner are planning some time away. What your planning doesn’t have to be life changing could easily be something simple. But planning together shows that you are both equally invested in the relationship and it also gives you both an opportunity to check that you are moving in the direction you BOTH want.. Now let me just see if I still possess the power of persuasion (swings pendant) *look into my eeeeyes*

Us in our Sunday Best

Us in our Sunday Best

5) LAUGH TOGETHER

I’m a laugher by nature and I love to laugh. My partner is no Chris Rock but we have a lot of in-house jokes and musings that only we would get. We regularly jest with each other and he’s gotten laughs out of me even when I’m dead serious trying to argue a point. I make him laugh with my spookily accurate impersonations of himself (poor deep voice and zombie actions) and we’ve even managed to even turn past issues on there heads with a few jokes or two. Laughter helps take the edge of things even if you got to go back and deal with it later at least you know there’s a funny side.

Bright side to life

Bright side to life

There are more things that I’m discovering daily in how best to balance my relationship with my life but I’d say that the above five points have definitely helped me to be that consistent, loving partner I am- don’t get me wrong we have ‘our days’ but overall we no longer sleep on arguments and we communicate a million miles better than before. What I have also discovered is that Relationships with substance and a future take work, The ‘Ever After’ part is usually just the beginning.

Review: Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie

So by now you’ve all heard of possibly every natural or newly naturals’ staple product Shea Moisture. Whether it’s the Curling Soufflé or the Deep Butter Treatment Masque. Shea Moisture is fast becoming a staple product within natural haircare and with their non harmful ingredient philosophy they easily put our naturalists minds at ease.

CES

CES

As I’ve just started out on my journey (Jan 2014) I’ve been looking for THAT Product THAT regime – that ‘agrees’ with my hair and helps me show the full beauty of my 4c-ness. It can be really overwhelming looking at all these different blogs/bloggers who agree with this agree with that, to co wash not co wash, Curly Girl Method etc *phew* it’s a lot!! Out all this natural advice Shea Moisture seemed to be almost universally agreed upon so I thought I’d give them a try. I decided on the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Deep Cleansing Shampoo-African Black Soap ( will do a separate review later)
Since my BC Eco Styler gel has become my best friend I love the way it defines my curls and gives my hair this gorgeous shine. I alternate between the Olive Oil and Argan Oil ones. However they do leave my hair feelin quite hard and I wanted to try something that leaves a more natural feel.
So Friday night I did a mini twist out on my hair. I washed and dried my hair then I directly applied the CES (curl enhancing smoothie) to each section I then did a two strand twist in total it took me about 1hr and half to do * bear with me I’m learning here peoples!!* I then tied it down over night with my silk bonnet

Smoothie & my mini twists

Smoothie & my mini twists

My mini twists morning after

My mini twists morning after

The next day I unveiled and I must say although my curls were not as defined as they are with Eco Styler they were uber soft and my hair smelt delish. My hair felt highly moisturised and althought my twistout was a bit of a flop I do think when my hair has more length it will look better

Twistout Reveal

Twistout Reveal

I will definately be using CES again *at £15 pop I really can’t afford not too! (UK prices are always so much higher than our Stateside familia ) but putting price aside I think it’s a fabulous product one that my hair will thoroughly enjoy getting to know 🙂

ORS Hairvolution Event!!

So you’ll remember a few weeks back I told you that I’d recently become a Brand Ambassador for the staple brand ORS (formerly organic root stimulator). Part of being a Brand Ambassador for ORS means not only am I one of the first receive the brands newest products for testing and reviews but I also get to attend events at fab locations where I get to smooze with fellow bloggers and talk lady talk about haircare, beauty and what’s what in the land of womanhood (hard job but someone has to do it)

Hairvolution was my first such event. Held right in the hub of East London’s Brick Lane Market at the very Americanised bowling alley All Star Lanes.

Brick Lanes' All Star lanes (cocktails sweeeet)

Brick Lanes’ All Star lanes (cocktails sweeeet)

We were briefed on what to expect in the coming hours, asked what my size was? Then told to pick out a dress pre personalised with the ORS logo. I needn’t have been worried the dress fitted like a glove and I was glad I brought my simple black Gwenda heels from TopShop accessorised with an ORS necklace I was good to go.

Hashtag #orshairvolution

Hashtag #orshairvolution

Guests started arriving shortly after 5pm I immediately recognised some the UK’s top black haircare bloggers UKNaturals, CFYH (UK), Crystal Afro and the ladies behind Natural Hair Week to name a few familiar faces. Guests were encouraged to tag pics with the #ORShaivolution to either their Twitter or Instagram accounts and were given print outs as keepsakes from the event. Gliiter lips were provided on the night by international Kamanza Make-up which came in a gorgeous array of colours * colour shy me ended up with a vibrant blue* eeek!! Patricia Ramgolam-Singh then treated us to an upbeat demonstration of ORS’ new strengthening and straightening product which went down a treat with even the most staunch curly haired sister.

Patricia performing the demo

Patricia performing the demo

Me with some of the ORS team and guests

Me with some of the ORS team and guests

After a brief introduction of all Ambassadors both from the UK and in Europe I had a few women come forward to sign up and the winner of the bowling competition was read out (we were in a bowling alley afterall!). Winning prizes ranged from a Hairdryer to an mini IPad!

For food we were treated to mini hamburgers, goat cheese/red onion tarte Not to mention the best non alcoholic cocktails I’ve had in ever! ( no drinking on the job for me )

Some of the contents of the Hairvolution goodie bag

Some of the contents of the Hairvolution goodie bag

Overall I give my first ORS event a major Thumbs up!! Not only was I a part of hugely popular brand’s product being showcased but I also met some incredible women who had so much to say on hair, As a newly natural I felt like I was sponge soaking up every drop of haircare tips and tidbits and I was inspired by how positive an event like this could be. Guests left with an ORS goodie bag containing full sized products and I left with some invaluable advice on moving forward in my natural journey…