Quick Pics: Birthday Fab

Quick Pics: Birthday Fab

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend with my SO and a bunch of my fab girlfriends. Because I love all things sparkly – I picked out a very Fab on a Budget dress from a boutique shop in the Prince George’s Plaza mall called Rumors. I paired the dress with 4-inch black satin heels from a store called Traffic. I opted out of wearing a lot of accessories as to not overwhelm the look.

My hair is a twist-out done on wet hair with Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel (review coming soon). I did small to medium twists on my hair, let them dry over night, and unraveled them the next day. When untwisting, I further separated each piece at least once to give my hair more volume. Then I moisturized with Bee Mine Balanced Cream Moisturizer (review also coming soon).

OMG, Where have you been?

OMG, Where have you been?

So, yea. It has been a looong minute since I have updated this blog. I apologize for that, but it was for fairly good reasons. There have been a lot of changes happening in my life in the year since I last posted and they kind of diverted my attention away from this blog. But it is one of my New Year’s resolutions to be more consistent with updating this thing. Look, I even changed up the background. What do you think?

As for what’s kept me away? First, I started a new position over the summer that was a better both professionally and financially and I love it. I work in higher education and am currently an academic advisor at the University of Maryland 🙂 Second, I got my own place and my Significant Other and I finally moved in together. Its been a long road (and a long story) but we are finally in a happy place. I also took on a second job just for some extra cash during the holidays last December so that kept me pretty busy for a while.

But enough excuses. I’m back and I’m so excited. I have lots of things I want to write about and share with you guys regarding my hair, product reviews, fashion and more. If you are reading this, thanks for coming back and visiting!

Sorry I Have Been MIA

Sorry I Have Been MIA

Hey everyone. So my last post was three months ago. Yea. Life has been a little crazy these past few months. I graduated from University of Delaware with a Master’s in Counseling in Higher Education. I got a job at University of Maryland, College Park as an Academic Advisor and I love it. It’s my first 9-5 with benefits so I feel like I’m on my grown ish now lol. It was kind of like a world wind. I had my first interview Thursday July 22nd and I stayed with my grandparents who don’t live to far away. I was driving back to central Pennsylvania that Saturday where I was living with my boyfriend until I found a job and they called me mid-trip to invite me for a second interview. The second interview was Tuesday July 27, so I turn around and come right back after a day. My boyfriend’s lease was ending and we were both planning on moving back in with family until I found employment so I just packed all my stuff and moved back to my grandparents for good.  They offered me the job on August 4th. Needless to say I was ecstatic. I had been job searching since January and was afraid that the school year would start without me getting a job offer. I accepted the job during the same phone call that they offered it to me. They say you aren’t supposed to do that, but to wait and think things over but screw that. I needed a job!

So, I ended up back in my hometown area of MD/DC and my bf moved back to Philadelphia. We are working on figuring out how to get him down here. It’s complicated.

In addition to that, I had to buy a new car. So yes, I bought my very first new car. It’s a 2010 Honda Civic LX and I bought it because its perfect for me. Affordable, small sedan, high reliability ratings, good MPG and it will last me a long time. I wasn’t looking forward to a car note but I kind of brought it on myself. I bought a 10-year-old used Ford Escort last year and basically did no maintenance on it so things were starting to all apart. Rather than spend thousands of dollars on fixing an old car that wasn’t guaranteed to last much longer, I just put that money toward a new one. Here it is:

2010 Honda Civic LX

This major purchase along with the fact that my student loans are no joke, I decided to get a second job. So now I am a Seasonal Sales Associate at Macy’s. The hours haven’t been too crazy and depending on how I deal with a second job this winter I may keep it.

I have also been catching up with friends and family who all seem to have migrated to this area. It good to be near everyone again after living out-of-state for so long.

So that’s what’s been keeping me from keeping up with the blog. I started this blog as a way to document my natural hair journey. I started making videos on YouTube but for some reason I find it to take  a lot of effort and time and I don’t think I am very good at it. I will still make videos from time to time but I find myself to be better with a digital camera and will probably use pictorials as my way of journaling my hair. I also want to talk about other things like fashion, entertainment and current events. It’s my early New Year’s resolution to be more committed to this blog and see where it can go.

So in order words: I’m back bitches!

I Have My Master’s!

I Have My Master’s!

On May 28th, 2010 I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling in Higher Education. It was a rough two years but I am so proud of myself for getting it done. I would definitely say that grad school is not for the weak and it takes a great deal of determination and perseverance to get through it.

Among that many things to be considered on Graduation Day, two of the biggest were what to wear and how to style my hair. I spent weeks searching for the perfect dress. I wanted something form-fitting, knee-length and simple. One day while shopping at Macy’s with a friend, I stumbled across a brown form fitting, knee-length dress. I loved it because it was the perfect blend of conservative and sexy. It was something you could wear to the office, on an interview, or a date. After the long search for this dress I failed to get a shot of it on the big day. I was much too happy to be wearing my blue cap and gown and visiting with family. Including my sister and her children who I haven’t seen in two years.

For my hair, I knew that I did not want to wear my fro because my grandmother and brother would be attending and they have made no mistake about not liking my natural hair. When I considered wearing my natural hair all I could think of was my grandmother berated it and making a bigger deal about it than my actual accomplishment of getting my master’s degree. I thought that I would please my grandmother by either getting a cute cornrow style with extensions or micro braids. I eventually decided upon micros. On graduation day my grandmother did indeed make a comment about my hair, stating that she was glad I did something with my hair besides wear my fro. I suffered the pangs of insult silently. I tried to rationalize it by telling myself that having the micros in would give my hair a break and let it grow for a month.

They came out cute I think. I opted to go for a curly style to give it some flair. I wore micros all four years of high school and always wore them straight so I thought I would do something different this time around.

Here are some pics of me, my family and my hair on Graduation Day.

My brother and sister.
My papa.
My grandparents.
My boyfriend (I am kneeling down a bit because I was about five inches taller than him that day.