Get Creative!

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

This is true, at least for me. 

I mentioned before that I have really been tuning into my creative side since I’ve been stuck in the house. I wanted to share with you some things that I have been working on. I also want to preface this post by saying that I completed these projects for enjoyment and expression, not for perfection.

Here they are: 

Customized Birthday Wine glasses 

In the beginning stages of being quarantined, I gave personal painting as birthday gifts, but I felt like it was time to level-up. For my mom’s (Thump), Courtney’s, and my boyfriend’s sister, Nakee’s. birthdays, I gave them glitter wine glasses with their name and their age on them. I had some issues with the glitter, but they came out nice and it’s the thought that counts, right? 

Flower Pots for my Ma “C” (grandmother) 

After I showed her my paintings, she gave me a few glass jars/pots that she wanted painted. She said “I don’t want flowers painted on them or for them to resemble anything I can buy from the store. I want something different”…so I delivered. She appreciated them. 

Corn Hole Board for Isaiah (my boyfriend) 

He saw the inspo on Facebook and asked if I could do it. If you know me, then you know, I  never back down from a challenge. Don’t even ask how long this took me to complete. Also, if you are wondering…no. We did not play it following the rules on the board every time. It is a nice design though.

The Real Ali and Court Teaser 

I have been learning how to use iMovie and if you have not seen this video already, then SURPRISE: Courtney and I have started a YouTube channel. Click the link to learn a little more about what our videos are going to be about, and while you’re there please subscribe because our first video airs on August 12th. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you. 

If you have any questions about how I created any of these projects, or what materials I used, let me know. I’m not a professional or anything, but I may be able to help! If you would like to give me new project inspo, share in the comments any projects that you’ve been working on. 

As we are continuing to showcase black-owned businesses, I would like to share how my high school and college friend gets creative.

Corrine 🌸 Rinne The Writer 🖋

“Why did you begin writing poems?”

“I’ve always been better at expressing myself through writing versus speaking. I got to a point where I had so much built up and the easiest way to release was by writing. For the longest time, I would just think of poetry in my head but wouldn’t physically write it. I didn’t start writing consistently until I took a poetry class in college and fell in love. I fell in love with watching my classmates react to my poetry and that alone made me want to write more. I love to make people feel.”

Her favorite poem that she’s written is:

As the moon shines down,
She speaks to me softly.
Reminding me that we
are one in the same. Ever
changing and shifting but

still

each part remains. Every
piece of me is present even
when unseen. I speak back
to her —

“thank you, for
teaching me how to come
back to myself even when
I’m evolving.”

She’s been writing for a while, but one of her most recent projects has been creating these “GENERATIONAL CURSE BREAKER” t-shirts, and I of course had to support! Not only did I think this message was dope, but she donated all of the revenue!

“What made you create these t-shirts? Why did you choose to release them?”

“I’ve always considered myself a generational curse breaker, especially being the first in my family to go to college. One day, I just felt like it would make a great t-shirt. I love simple clothing and this message is simple but powerful. So I created it. I had no intention in releasing it any time soon but then the tragic killing of George Floyd happened. Just like the rest of my people, I was just fed up with not doing anything. And then shortly after, I learned about Breonna Taylor. So I decided to release my shirt a little bit sooner. One, to provide people with a great shirt but also to give back and help support the movement. I definitely plan to release more t-shirts in the future.”

Her IG handles are:

@_corriiii (personal account)

@rinnesworld_ofwords (poetry account)

@authenti.cityshop (business account)

Show this creative some love!

Until next time. Mwauh 💋 -Alex

Hair Journal: Searching for Simplicity

Over the last 8 weeks, I have been experimenting with different hair product and product lines. I am one who prefers not to put things in or on her hair, if I can help it. I have noticed that this miniature afro of mine is not very happy if I don’t. It cries, “Feed Me”, “I’m drying out over here”, “Just don’t touch me”. Finding reliable, go to products can be a challenge. More often than not, I seem to pick and choose one or two products but, finding an entire line I can trust…I’m determined. (Due to my dedication to supporting black owned businesses, I will only be reviewing those product lines that are).

Here we go:

May 21 – Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross

I ordered the sample kit. The shampoo and conditioner had a light and subtle scent, cucumbers came to mind. I washed my hair twice and I liked the shampoo because it cleansed my hair but did not strip it so much.

I followed with the heavy conditioner, which was not super thick or heavy and it spread really well throughout my hair. That’s important because you want the product evenly distributed over your entire head. I only needed four quarter size amounts to cover all of my hair. I combed through with a wide tooth comb, added a dime size more conditioner, and covered with a plastic bag for an hour.

After rinsing the conditioner out, my hair was not fuzzy (sometimes my hair has a fuzzy, wispy, cottony outer layer after washing and/or conditioning, depending on what I use).

I parted my hair and applied leave-in, It was a little thicker than the heavy conditioner. I used about the same amount of leave-in as the heavy conditioner.

It wasn’t visibly greasy but the product it self was slightly visible in areas.

After 2 hours, I picked out my hair. It was spongy, juicy, moist, well hydrated full afro, usually not as hydrated without using some curl cream or moisturizer.

+ Not greasy or heavy

+ Easy to use and distribute

– Doesn’t define my curls

Day 2

In the morning, my hair was coated but not greasy to touch. I then added the serum, curls were hydrated and stretched. My hair was very soft feeling for 2 days before I added water to the leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle and used that to two strand twist my hair.

…and the next day

May 30

I used Taliah Waajids’ Curls, Waves, and Naturals: Silk Milk Shampoo, Repair and Restore Masque, The Great Detangler Leave-In conditioner, and Curly Curl Cream.

The shampoo was very nice but, the conditioner didn’t feel that great on. Afterwards, the conditioner left my hair really soft.

The masque didn’t feel that good while I was applying, but my curls were well defined. I used a quarter sized amount of curly curl cream 6 times. I had tight curl definition with the curly curl cream, but my hair wasn’t as soft once dried. My hair dried clear after a hour of air drying.

The next morning, my hair was dry and drawn up. My curls were defined but very tight. I added the leave-in and souffle. It was hydrating and not greasy, but it wasn’t very defining, and I could feel a slight coating on my hair.

Stay tuned to see what brand and products I use next and to see how my hair responds. The journey continues…

Thump out!

Hair Talk

Tracee Ellis Ross is my homegirl.

At this point, I can say that. Tracee Ellis Ross, the daughter of the lovely Diana Ross, is my homegirl. We have an extremely close connection, to the point where I have a collage of her that circulates on the screen when my computer falls asleep. I’m pretty sure she has my picture on her cellular device’s lock screen. Believe it or not…I was there for some of the filming for GIRLFRIENDS.

Any who, my homegirl decided to come out with a new hair line and of course I had to support!

In celebration of my love’s accomplishments I decided to surprise her with a product review of her own brand! ( Or more like Ma Thump gifted me with a Pattern Set for my birthday, and because I love Tracee so much… she is truly my spirit person, I made up this story and I love it along with the truth equally.)

The name of her product is PATTERN.

The product is/was created for women and men alike to fulfill the unmet beauty needs of the CURLY, COILY, & TIGHT TEXTURED community.

To begin I started the process on stretched and well moisturized hair! It had been about three and a half weeks since my last wash. Do not judge me! I waited so long because I was completely out of products and was waiting on my gift to arrive!

While waiting I was sure to be attentive to my hair to refrain from any breakage. I typically only get dry scalp in the very front of my head however, since I was pushing on 4 weeks, the dryness was all over.

To solve this problem I put 2 scoops of raw coconut oil in a glass saucer and warmed it up. I then added 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil.

After giving it a little swirl I applied to all of my scalp and used the left overs to show my hair strands and ends some love. This simple act left my hair well moisturized for when it was finally wash day!

Here I attempted to use the flash and capture the shininess and moisture my hair exemplified that day.

The first product applied was the hydration shampoo.

One thing I love, love, loved about this shampoo is that it did not make my hair a desert land. Most shampoos leave my hair extremely dry. Shampoos are supposed to remove oils and dirt from your hair but there is often no balance between clean and desert dry. This particular shampoo was a cleansing and hydrating product.

Another plus was that it lathered very well the first time I applied it, therefore the second time was a more in depth cleansing. Typically the first application is always a waste of shampoo as I like to say, making the second run through the first wash in actuality.  

The second product applied was heavy conditioner for coilies.

My favorite quality about this product was the thickness of it. My hair soaked it up and immediately felt fluffy and light. My experience with other conditioners is that is the product would sit on top of my hair and not actually penetrate the strands. No penetration = pointless conditioner. I covered my hair with a plastic bag for an hour to allow the conditioner to really set in.

The last product applied was the leave-in conditioner.

I was initially skeptical upon feeling the texture because I found it to be thin. However it was very moisturizing and ultimately a good thing. If I were to straighten my hair the product would not have weighed my hair down.

The smell of all three products are synonymous: flowers!

Very light, very subtle… just flowers.

I am extremely satisfied with the product and I would recommend it to everyone. On the Pattern Hair Care website there is a curl guide to help you distinguish and learn your hair type. I love how informative it is because I’m sure we have all heard the terms : 4b, 4c, density, porosity and many others when discussing black hair and I personally never knew what they meant. Now I not only have a product that compliments my hair, but I also have an informational inventory that I can conveniently visit and freshen up on my hair vocabulary.

Below are my post-wash hair styles. Real simple, Real Natural .

I hope this is helpful! What products and deep conditioners do you use?

Share with me below. Until Next Time. -Courtney B.

Hair, Hair, Hair!

How do you all feel about hair? Is it a huge accessory for you? Do you feel that you having a lot of hair makes you more beautiful ? Do you feel as if a man or woman wouldn’t want to be with you because you have short hair? Are you your hair? What’s going through your head right now? Are these questions resonating with you? 

For me, I’ve always had a head full of hair, for years at a time. A lot of people know of me because of my big go-to curly FRO. With my fro, I felt like it was super dope on me.. like it worked for me, lol..To achieve my curly fro, I’d wash and condition with brands like Herbal Essence, Aussie, and OGX. Then I would dry my hair with a towel or T-shirt and get some curling pudding and roll my hair with perm rods. The next day once my hair was dry, I would take the perm rods out and pick the curls and fluff it out as much as possible. 

Am I my hair? 

NO I AM NOT MY HAIR.

Recently I decided to say forget this, “I Am NOT MY HAIR”. With that said,  YES I CHOPPED IT ALL OFF ! Wait … actually my exact words were “F•*•K THIS, I’m cutting it”. At that time I really wanted to get braids and four times, your girl was stood up. That last time I was so frustrated, I went to the beauty supply store and bought hair cutting shears and went home and began the process. 

— pictures 

For about 2 weeks I’ve been trying a new brand and it’s called Canvas Beauty. I paid around $40.00 with a coupon for a bottle of shampoo and conditioner. The bottles have pink labels on them, which is what made me want to buy even more, and the brand is black owned, so I felt it would cater to my hair texture a little more than other brands. 

The shampoo smells like cotton candy bubble gum! Meanwhile, the conditioner has a minty smell. Love that about the brand. When I wash my hair with the shampoo it honestly doesn’t make my hair feel any different than other brands. With the conditioner I felt it left my hair feeling super soft and that’s what we want ! 

In this picture I had just finished shampooing for the second time, per directions.

Here i was letting the conditioner sit for 10 minutes while i showered.

These are pictures after the wash and air dried with no other products

Overall, Canvas Beauty Brand was okay to me. I’d give it a 7 out of 10 because the bottle labeling was pretty cute and the smell of it was awesome. As I mentioned before, I thought it would cater to my hair texture a little better than other brands but honestly it reminds me of OGX products with a better smell. I feel it’s for all hair textures, so try it out and let me know how you like it ! 

Remember, “WE ARE NOT OUR HAIR”.

Talk to ya next week! 

Chavon 🤍

Design Essentials Hair Review

The next company on the list of hair reviews is Design Essentials, another black owned hair company. So, lets get into It.

Step 0: I decided to add a fun picture of my hair in its natural state pre-wash.

Step 1: I washed my hair with the Almond & Avocado Shampoo.

  • Hello Curls 😍. This shampoo left my hair so soft. I will definitely be using this again. I am not a fan of avocados so I don’t care for the smell, but I wouldn’t consider it a bad smell. 

Step 2: I used the Almond & Avocado Conditioner as my hair mask, so I let that sink for an hour with a Wal-mart bag (classy, I know 😂). Then, I rinsed.

  • When I first applied my curls remained the same, but the texture changed. After rinsing it out, the texture and curls changed. It felt a tad more brittle after the conditioner was rinsed out. 

Step 3: I separated my hair into 6 sections and finger detangled the Almond & Avocado Leave-In Conditioner into each. 

  • The softness began to come back, but not a fave. The picture shows that it made my curls a little more defined and tight compared to the other conditioner.

Step 4: Lastly, I used the Almond & Avocado Curl Defining Mousse to rod my hair. 

  • I was pretty impressed with the slight shine that it gave my hair initially, as well as the lack of frizz. My arms were tired by the time I finished washing my hair, so I only roded half of my hair, that night and the rest in the morning. The picture that is shown is me air drying the rest of it on our morning walk. 

And this was the final product: 

I was very happy with the way my curls came out. They were pretty defined and the slight frizz that it does half is partially due to the un-rolling method that I have…I will work on that lol Anyway I loved this style.

I wore this style for about a week with no additional products, but added a headband by day 3. 

I more than likely only use the mousse for this style. I was also a fan of the shampoo, so I do see a repurchase in my future. I am interested to see if the other scents produce the same results. Is anybody else a fan of Design Essentials? Which products of theirs do you use?

LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE yourself first. Until next time. Mwauh 💋 -Alex

I Am Not My Hair…Or Am I?

Does your hair define you? 

I am a part of a podcast, The Party of Four, and in our first episode we unpacked and discussed the Netflix series, Self Made. Hair, black hair specifically, was a major focus point of this short series. At the end of that podcast episode, we shared our perspective on if our hair defines us.

This is a summary and continuation of my response: 

I had traditional locs for 16 years. For so long, I did indeed believe that my hair defined me. I was 6 when my mom started them, so I did not know who Alex was without locs. If I cut them will there be anything of substance left? I have been known as the girl with the locs practically my whole life. Who would I be when I cut them? Would I be less attractive, less exciting, less confident? 

So I went short…real short, for many reasons. One being that I needed to let a lot of sh** go. This may sound odd to some but memories that I wanted to forget were trapped in my mind and in my locs, and it was holding me back. So, cutting them off completely, signified that process. 

This is my hair journey:

Pre-locs:

Beginning stages:

High School – College Years

My locs were a part of me, and I assumed that was the first and only thing people saw when they saw me. My mom is a natural hair consultant, so she did my hair until I began to do my own around the 5th grade, and for special occasions (birthdays, dance recitals, school dances, when I didn’t feel like it lol). Not many people my age had traditional locs, not at my school  anyway, so they made me stand out from others, they made me unique. I would dye them and style them in different ways and I would get questions and compliments all day. If I cut them what would be left? Would I even know how to do my own hair? 

I went back and forth about cutting my locs for years so one day I was just like no better time than now. I went to my mom’s house and asked her to cut my hair with no plan on what I was going to do next. She seemed slightly confused…slightly hesitant, but did what I asked. 

I felt free…for about 2 days… and then balled my little eyes out. What was I thinking? I didn’t have a comb or brush, because I never had to use one before. The only hair products that I had besides shampoo and conditioner was gel. What kind of hair styles could I even do with my hair at this length…so I went shorter.

Chavon actually was the one to cut it the second time. She then styled it for me for a girls night out and boosted my head UPPPP. I started to gain confidence.

About two weeks after that, I realized it was hard to maintain, learn how to do, and have it like I like it for work, so I went even shorter and dyed it. Honey, let me tell you, after that, you could not tell me anything. I was absolutely in love. 

I was then able to grow with my hair and perfect my hair styling craft as it grew out. It was still a slightly difficult process, but I was up for the challenge. I would go through periods where I felt beautiful and creative and the next I would be lacking confidence and feeling slightly defeated. I enjoyed seeing my progress though, my growth,  and how creative I could get. 

Once it did start to grow out, I didn’t realize how long it would take. Shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, detangler, oil, curling cream. “I took my locs for granted” is an understatement. After all that, I still have to part my hair, flat twist it, two strand twist, coil it, something. This was all very very new to me. Shout out to the many black queens that make hair videos and update them to YouTube because those were a life saver. 

So, after all of that, did my hair define? Does it still define me ? 

I like to view my hair as an extension of me. When I had the short cut, I was all that was left (because I barely had any hair LOL). Throughout that process, I started to realize that there is so much more to me. Who I am doesn’t change when my hairstyle does.

*plays I Am Not My Hair by India.Arie*

My hair is a factor that is considered when defining me but I am not defined solely on that. It makes me proud to see what I can do, even if it may seem like a simple style to others. As long as I like it, and I can recognize my progress, that’s all that matters. It’s a form of self-expression. It’s a form of self-love. We have a complicated and frustrating relationship but it’s a part of me that I love and am proud of. 

The answer is different for everyone. This is just mine. 

As I am continuing through this process, I still haven’t found my ultimate go-to products, so I was very excited when my mom, Thump, had the idea to do hair reviews. For the rest of the week, we will continue sharing a series of these reviews from various companies. Today, I want to share one of my favorites so far, Taliah Waajid, a black-owned hair product.

Step 1: I started with the Silk Milk Curl Softening Shampoo.

It left my hair soft and my curls started to come through. The smell was subtle. It smelt good but not like anything specific.

Step 2: I applied the Repair & Restore Hair Strengthening Treatment Masque and let it sit for about an hour.

Now this did not smell good at all, but I have to say it really started to define my curls and allowed my hair to remain soft 

Step 3: I used the Great Detangler: Leave-in Conditioner and Co-Wash. 

I used it as a leave-in and first finger detangled. Then, I used my detangler brush to thoroughly detangle in sections. This had the same smell as the shampoo.

Step 4: I had both the Curl Sealer and Curly Curl Cream, but it is stated that they should not be used together. So, I used the Curl Sealer to do my two braids in the front of my hair.

Step 5: I then used the Curly Curl Cream on the rest of my hair to do mini twists.

I was very impressed with both products. They seemed to both leave my hair with a shine that I barely see with any hair products. My twists also stayed almost as tight as they did when I first did my hair, which also rarely happens.

Out of all of the products that I used from her, I will continue to use the Curly Curl Cream or Curl Sealer. The day after my initial wash, I twisted everything except the front two braids. Unfortunately though, as soon as I took the twists loose (which was my target hairstyle), it poured down raining outside and the style was ruined. I will definitely be using some of her products in the future. The Curly Curl Cream gets a 10/10 from me though. I’ve also tried a wash-and-go with the cream applied to seal my curls. I am still perfecting my wash-and-go skills, so if you have any tips, please let me know! 

Comment your favorite products below or share your experience with Taliah Waajid along with your hair type! 

LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE yourself first. Until next time. Mwauh 💋 -Alex

Homemade Hair Aides

Now that I am building a new hairelationship, I am finding myself experimenting more and more. The trial and error process can be fun and exciting, but it may also be disappointing and overwhelming. Wearing Sisterlocks meant that I only needed shampoos and conditioning agents, nothing else. My conditioners were herbal rinses that sometimes included 4-10 drops of essential oils. I rarely used cream conditioners and I never used hot oils treatments. I would, however, combine oils to put on my scalp and hair prior to washing it (the night before or at least 4 hours before). My new hair goals are to clean, nourish, condition, moisturize and only apply products 1-2 times a week. I have decided to document hair regimens and share in hopes that I will assist others in their natural hair journey.

4/20

Shampooed with Love and Happiness Coconut and Jasmine followed by Carols Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo. (I generally shampoo my hair at least twice)

Applied homemade conditioner – one overly ripe avocado, 1.5 tablespoon mayonnaise (I’ll use 2 next time), 1.5 tbsp honey (use 1 next time and add 1-2 tbsp oil next time)

*I did not have any disposable shower caps so I wrapped with cling wrap and covered with grocery bag for 10 hours

Rinsed out, no shampoo, followed by rice water (sprayed on)

The avocado turns a brown color, don’t be alarmed.

Rice water was made by soaking rice in water for over a 22 hour period, sparayed on, sealed with cling wrap for 1.5 hours

Rinsed hair and sprayed herbal leave in rinse (herbs – nettle, sage, coltsfoot, horsetail; oils – olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, glycerine, roman chamomile (e.o.), lavender (e.o.) and lemon(e.o.))

4/21

Sprayed the herbal spray leave in rinse

Made cream based moisturizer/curl definer – shea butter (a little less than ½ cup), glycerin (1 tsp, use more next time), my mixture of coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, dried chamomile and lavender, oils of lavender, lemon, rosemary, (I also added 1 drop of jasmine, 4-5 bergamot, lemon grass 2-3; I’ll add tea tree, more lavender and rosemary next time), and fresh aloe from plant.

4/22

Sprayed herbal conditioner and then applied moisturizing cream that I made.

I am noticing my hair has not drawn up as much as it would normally have. Now my hair is starting to curl up and spiral. It is well moisturized but greasy. This would be great for hair that quickly absorbs oils and moisturizers.

I was very happy with the results, minus the greasiness. I recorded my part of the “Don’t Rush Challenge” video a week after and as you could see, my hair was still lustrous and my twist out was gourgeous.

Stay tuned all week for more product reviews!!!

Thump out!

Celebrating My TNT Sistas

For those of you that don’t know, I am the only Thump in Thought member whose birthday does not fall in June. I am a proud Aquarius baby, but I love my Gemini and Cancer sisters. Being that the first one is this Friday, I wanted to take the time to celebrate, highlight, and show my admiration for them. So, let’s get into it… 

Chavon – 12th

Chavon and I met during my sophomore year of undergrad and we clicked pretty fast. Chavon has such a genuine heart, exerts positive energy, and is always very honest. She gets straight to the point and that’s what I love about her most. I know that I can trust her with literally anything and she knows it’s the same vice versa. Love you Vony Von.

Thumper – 16th
Yall call her Thump, but I call her Ma. Yes, Thumper is my phenomenal, goofy, strong mother and I am her first born. Words cannot express the gratitude and love that I have for this lady. We butt heads often but she has my back always and she knows I have hers. Thank you for always making a way for my siblings and I. Thank you for answering my FaceTime calls even when you don’t want to. Thank you for cooking me meals whenever I come home. Thank you for passing on your knowledge, lessons, giving and caring heart, and the continuous love (including tough love) you give to us. Much love from your first and favorite 😉

E – 18th 

My very first sister. Truth be told, you are my mom’s real first child, lol. I guess we can share that spot. Sometimes, I wish we could go back to when we were younger…playing on the playground, sleepovers, dress up…I miss it and I miss you. I don’t know if I told you before, but I have always admired and looked up to you. You are an amazing mother to your children and the energy that you give off is contagious. I miss you much and I love you forever.

Courtney B. -26th

Courttttt. This is my girl. We’ve known each other since middle school, but really started becoming close in undergrad. We even lived together the year before I moved to Florida and she moved to ATL. She gets me and let me just say, that’s hard to achieve and she does it with ease. Our memories speak louder than these words, so here are some of my favorites: London, much needed vent sessions, our graduation weekend, collaborative dinners (with Wine, of course lol), laughing on cue to prepare for your acting career, Bonefish Grill dates…to be honest we have way too many to name here. I guess I just want to say I can’t wait for many more, starting with your birthday weekend. Love you and see you soon!!

I love and appreciate all these women greatly and I’m glad you are all in my life. I hope you enjoy your birthday month because you deserve it!! 

-Alex aka Ali aka Sunny aka Amica

Guilty Pleasure

I’m guilty, and it was pleasurable.

Some of the guilty pleasures I have be indulging in is randomly practicing cursive. It looks pretty bad at the moment, but it is getting better. I use my computer and cell phone so much that I rarely utilize my penmanship. I will say that there is something peaceful about a pen to paper interaction. It’s grounding and reminds me that I here. No crash of a hard-drive can erase this moment in time. I have to go back and dot my T’s and c dot my ‘I’s ‘and cross my ‘T’s ‘because there is no automatic system put in place to do the work for me. (mmm that was good)

“you should think about, take a second” DING (what song did this come from?)

One thing I absolutely do not miss is the indentation reflected on my finger-nail from writing. I had one ugly finger on my right hand from the pen/pencil being pushed so hard against it.

For me, physically writing gives the space to be hard on myself, to rewrite and rewrite again a word or phrase a million times because I hate the way it looks. This however, will lead to flawless penmanship… nothing to harsh, just a little self-push.

While I have been being using a lot of the left side of my brain for writing, I have also been using the right side, getting in tune with my artistic ability. Each week I have recreated at least one picture I adore by painting it on a canvas. I haven’t gotten to the point of generating an original piece just yet, but I am honing in on different techniques and my ability to drawn lines without erasing a thousand times. It’s a belief of mine that we are born artists in some shape or form. We were created to create. As we get older that gift and natural ability somehow gets suppressed. Why is that? I’m making it a point to get back in-touch with the creator that lies within me.

My favorite desert of all time is drumroll please…

CHOCOLATE-CHIP cookies fresh out of the oven. Cooked just enough to be edible. I need the whole cookie light in color and soft. It must be eaten with a spoon directly from the aluminum foil which should be folded for sturdiness, and once on the spoon, dipped into a cup a cold vanilla almond-milk (sweet or unsweet is fine) for 3 seconds. This is the only way, and I will have it no other way. I’m guilty. I have eaten a whole roll of cookies in two weeks… okay a week in a half, but I promise not to purchase any this grocery run. Plus, I’m starting to cut dairy out of my diet. The last guilty pleasure of mine I have given into is a cold glass of Michelob Ultra. I loathe the taste of liquor, and wine is for when I’m with my girls and we are chatting. Now Michelob… with 2 limes that is, is an every occasion type of drink. A movie drink, a beach drink, a nice drink before bed. I will say it does not give sexy vibes, and you immediately think beer belly but that’s why you buy cute koozies to block those negative thoughts. Shout out to my girl Diahsia for buying me the cutest one for Christmas. I am enjoying all of these “unhealthy” goodies now because when the gym opens back up I’m going hard. But until then…you know the rest my beautiful beings.

-Courtney B.

Behind the Scenes

Don’t Rush they say, but my foot is HOVERING ABOVE THE GAS OVER HERE!

However, patience is a virtue and I doing my best to live in the moment and use this time wisely. Using a calendar or simply writing down what needs to get accomplished throughout the day has be the key to being productive during these days.  Assuming you’ve seen our #DontRushChallenge, in my first setting I was dressed in casual clothes, thinking of a TO-DO list for the day. A book was thrown to me, which was the perfect item being that I am being intentional about making time to read every day.

Reading is fundamental!

In the second clip, a little more about myself was revealed. Let me explain. I am an extroverted being, full of go-go juice! I love to have fun, be with my friends, and dance! I dance while I cook, I dance while I eat, and I love going to the grocery store with Alex because not only do we keep each other focused from buying unnecessary things… we dance in the isles together!

Not the cute structured dancing, more so the off-beat and embarrassing dancing. It’s pretty funny.

It looks similar to this!

SO in short, I miss going out and dancing.

The outfit I was wearing was a multi colored romper with sleeves that stopped at the elbow and the bottom were made into shorts; perfect for the weather that has recently been reaching as high as 84 degrees! Whoop whoop. Plus, you can never go wrong with a romper, you slide into it and whalah, you are dressed and ready go.

Aside from doo-doo green, brown is probably my next favorite color.

I love how it looks on my skin.

*Brown Skin Girl by Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, Wizkid and Blue Ivy Carter begins to play in background

While the color in the romper does have a brownish- mustard yellowish color to it, it’s close enough to brown for me so brown it is lol.

Next, if you were to look closely, I only have on eye shadow, mascara and lip-gloss. I am a simple girl when it comes to make-up. Partly because I don’t know how do it, and partly because I don’t care to. This IS a beat face to me honey, yaaaaas. Lastly, jewelry, I also keep it simple in that department. For the most part, every piece I wear, is an everyday accessory. Less is more.

I immensely enjoyed participating in the #DontRushChallenge. After getting dolled up and listening to music while filming my part, I felt as if I was about to hit the town with my friends and that was satisfying.

Until Next Time Beautiful Beings!