Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I'm thinking of getting started today on another vision board since I've had so much success with the last one I created for this year. I think this time around I won't focus so much on putting a time frame (like 2010 or 2011) but more so on things just happening positively at the time its supposed to happen!!
The picture I used isn't my personal one...I found that one online to give those out there that haven't heard of this an idea of what I'm talking about. I'm thinking I may post mines this year and update throughout the year.
Anyone else out there make vision boards?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I'm in a mood today. A damn good mood at that! I'm ready to get back into my blogging and I have to admit that I've been missing doing this everyday. I've had a lot of personal crap going on and I'm happy to say that I found myself again and I'm ready to get back into things that make me happy--->> being here is one of them!
I'm currently natural still but I'm growing my hair out underneath my weave as we speak. I'll touch on my experience as being natural in days to come but this is just a brief update for those that still visit (I see ya!!) to let you know what's been going on with my hair progress.
I'm definitely looking forward to doing better things on here!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wow, can't believe I've been gone on here for so long again. I sincerely apologize for that lovelies. I've had to take some time off for myself as I've been in and out of depressing moods for days. A lot of times in life, we forget to take care of ourselves when we're so focused on taking care of everybody and everything else.
I've been doing this for years and with personal problems arising a few weeks ago...everything came to a boiling point and I felt like I was hit with a ton of bricks. This is not how I envisioned my life to be after I graduated from High School to say the least. Don't get me wrong, I love my life but I don't love the decisions that I make that obviously keep taking me down the wrong paths.
I've decided (with the help of a great buddy)to start making goals for myself and keeping track of what I'm trying to do. Like she said, how can you ever achieve anything if you never write it down. Well, I'm writing and it feels good. So, where does this fit in here you say....
I know I've been back and forth about where I wanted my blog to go...but I've decided that I have to do what's best for me for once. I will continue to blog for those that read it for hair. I will be adding more personal things on here such as my journey to living happier and living my life to its full potential. I hope that maybe someone out there feeling the same way that I do will get some kind of inspiration from what I have to say.
I will continue to do hair updates but my hair doesn't change every week so I just don't feel I should continue to blog about nothing. There are so many hair blogs out there and I feel like I'm just adding repeat info and that's not what I'm happy doing. I want to blog about life, hair, and everything else! I hope to keep my readers entertained with this but I understand if that's not what you're interested in. But at least I can say...I'm happy with this decision!
Plus, I think I feel more free to blog then having to do everything by the books ;O) This is a way for me to reach others who feel like their never going to graduate from school, never find a great style for their hair type, never going to find great friends, etc... Life is a lot easier knowing you're not alone in the situation. Browne & Lovely is my place to do that.
Love you guys
Friday, May 7, 2010
Big update tomorrow with lots of pics people!!!
I've also decided to wait until June..maybe even July to get the next sew-in. I feel I may have a setback from having to straighten my section of hair that was left out!! NOT GOOD.
I'll be working on taking my sew in out tonight and will show the detangling process and all in some good pics :OP
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I'm a JM fan so here's her video for "Tightrope"...which is also the song she performed on BET's Rip the Runway. Might I add she ripped that performance and I loved the footwork in this video as well :OP
Well, I finally found a small booth in Savannah Mall that does Eyebrow Threading...YEAH!!! I had to take care of the disaster that was looming over my eyes for the past couple of weeks (yes I deserve a side eye for that, LMAO!)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Although I like my Denman-I always felt like I was tearing through my hair even when I had loads of conditioner on it. I happened to find this tutorial on YT from Vivacious1083 that shows you how to remove some of the teeth from your Denman.
Let me say that I'm in love with it now! It's so much simpler and not as "full" as it was before. I really feel like I was using it with way to many teeth and it was grabbing my non-shed hair as well SMH, I can't have that!!
Check out the tutorial below! You can also check out Vivacious1083 over at A Grl Can Mac
Monday, March 22, 2010
Honestly, I don't know what her job is either (Tommy from "Martin" comes to mind, LOL) but this chica stays looking fab and I love it! Either way, I can't deny her hustle is a good one might I add so I say stack those chips while the getting is good girl!
As inspiration for my next weave install, I'm thinking of taking on a Kim K. inspired style and getting glammed up for the summer! Here are some of my favorite looks for the style diva!
Images from Kim Kardashian's Offical Site and Celebrity-Gossip.net
I decided to begin using a lemon sugar facial scrub to help exfoliate my skin while providing some of that wonderful vitamin C lemons have to help smooth and soothe as well. Lemon juice is a natural astringent so it can help tighten and clear pores, as well as help kill harmful surface bacteria. This is exactly what I need!
Some people love to add honey, olive oil, yogurt, etc... but I love to keep it simple and use just fresh lemon juice & sugar. A little goes a long way so have at it! I use 2 teaspoons of sugar and add lemon juice until it's consistency I like.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
- Removes scaly build-up and residue from hair shafts and closes the cuticles
- Promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin
- Vinegar helps restore natural pH and aides in preventing an itchy scalp
- Rinses have results that leave your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage
- Can be used to treat dandruff, lice, and hair loss
- Apple cider vinegar has a high acid content and should be diluted properly
- Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar products may contain harmful bacteria or toxins** Read Below
- It is not known if apple cider vinegar is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
if you go to that back corner of the stores and check out the clearance sections.
I found this beauty over in TJ Maxx for $12! I thought the pattern was gorgeous and I'm hoping to incorporate once we get settled in our new place.
FYI: I purchased this item last month way before I started the challenge. I've decided to start posting different topics as we continue on this journey!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Some products I'm hoping to try in the future:
- Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner
- Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner
- Bolthouse Carrot Juice
- Ouidad Detangling Comb
If you have a review on any of these products, post it below in the comments!
Monday, March 15, 2010
I hope you guys love what I've done to the blog! I love to change it up every so often and try something new. I've added my blog to Networked Blogs so be sure to follow along in the box at the bottom of the site.
I'm still working on adding some things on here so please bear with me while I figure things out.
Let me know your thoughts if you have any!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I’ve noticed that a majority of the time [we] clients don’t take the opportunity to research and find a stylist that will help us reach the healthy hair goals we are trying to accomplish. Bad stylists don’t become bad overnight…they usually are already at or way past that stage! So take the time out to find a great stylist that will give you the healthy hair and look that you’re going for…trust me-IT’S WORTH YOUR TIME :O)
Tip # 1
Let Google Be Your Friend
I found my current stylist on Myspace. Yes, on Myspace! This goes to show that by doing a little bit of searching and twitter stalking…err ummm “following” you can get to the info you need! I will say two of the easiest places to start are Twitter and Facebook.
Oh, and if a stylist you’ve heard of can’t be found ANYWHERE online…don’t even bother. It’s 2010 and internet marketing is a business owner’s best friend. An up-to-date stylist should have a webpage somewhere with updated pictures of their work and current contact info. I don’t know about you all but I’m big on easy access to pictures and if I’ve only got your email or a phone number…I’m not going to waste my time.
Remember, negative reviews can also be found online and that’s definitely a red alert so take heed and proceed with caution! Personal reviews can be a client out for revenge or a true horror story. You be the judge!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
So, I've been buying up stuff left and right...and guess what. I'm officially putting myself on a no-buy challenge.
That's right....the only things I can buy will be necessities...I repeat, NECESSITIES!! I've got so many products right now that I'll be doing product reviews for the next couple of weeks. I really shouldn't be proud to say that. I'm actually resisting the urge to purchase some unrefined shea butter right now...LOL.
Anyhow, the purpose of this challenge is to curve my spending habits. I'll keep an update on here....probably every week to update whether I was successful or not for the week. Since this is my first time doing this I'm going to start slow and ease my way into stopping impulse purchases. I must say that I've honest done a great job so far!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
So, I happen to be cruising through one of my favorite hair boards and came across a heated discussion involving Karen's Body Beautiful. I immediately remembered how much I wanted to try this company in the past but as I was reading the complaint against the company...I wondered if I would be satisfied with their customer service. (Let Google Be Your Friend)
So, against all odds...I went ahead and ordered about $80 worth of products. I purchased the following (I'll add links for ease :O)
SITE LINK: Karen's Body Beautiful
Cold Winter Regimen Set (Lavender Vanilla)
Shower Gel (Egyptian Musk)
Olive Oil Body Lotion (Egyptian Musk)
Bar Soap (Chamomile Sage)
Hair Nectar (Lavender Vanilla)
The winter regimen set actually includes 8 oz bottles of the moisturizing shampoo & conditioner, hair milk, and jar of hair butter. If you purchase each separately, the benefit is that you can pick individual scents for each product...however, each will run you about $16 with the exception of the shampoo which is $12. I opted to purchase the set in one scent because it was the cheaper option, $52, and I didn't want a whole bunch of scents going on.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hair milk and the hair butter. The hair milk is very moisturizing and it works wonders on my daughters hair. I like the body wash and the soap so far!
I've only used the shampoo, conditioner, and hair milk once. That was right after I chopped off my hair!!! Personally, the shampoo made my scalp itchy. My hair was indeed dirty so I will be bias and say that I will still try it again. The conditioner I didn't care for as far as consistency goes. My hair is super thick and all I have left now is half a bottle (I had to stop before I used it all!) :O( so I wished that it would have been a little thicker. The body lotion was a little thin but okay for my hands when dry.
My package arrived safe and sound with all my products. It came with that posh little black bag from the store and two bite-size samples of two other lotion scents. I might add that one of the samples was Egyptian Musk and I'd already ordered it so that really didn't make sense to me but whatever. I forgot to mention that the company also have wonderful specials every week called Freebie Fridays! Sign up on the site and receive the emails :O)
4 out of 5
The products are really great (with the exception of a few consistency problems) if you love natural products. I got my order quickly and received all my products. I'd definitely order the hair milk and hair butter again.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
I did it...mostly ;OP
I decided to go ahead and cut all the relaxed ends so that I could go into my sew-in with ease. I let some of the ends on since at one point I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open..LOL. My stylist trimmed the rest off but I didn't get that picture before I got my hair done...but it wasn't that big of a difference than what you see below.
Before BC, this is my hair blown dry taken earlier last month!
After I BC'd!!!
I decided to leave the weave update pictures separate and just provide links under the challenge details post! I was 90-something percent natural in this pic as I had relaxed ends left over but my head felt so FREE without those scraggly ends holding on for dear life :O)
More to come!!!
Friday, February 19, 2010
So I officially got my install on last Saturday!!! I've been in and out of town for the past week so posting has been on my TO DO list forever...but I'm making it happen tomorrow! I have a before and after picture...which includes part of the BC I did!
I'm working on how I want to do these updates so bear with me people :O)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So, I found a great find for all you Carol's Daughters fans out there....her products are now in TJ Maxx! The best part about this is...LOWER PRICES!!!! Now the products may vary from store to store as far as what's available or offered so definitely ask one of the employees if you can't locate.
This product will change your bath/shower experience.
I purchased the Groove scent (smells so yummy :O) and my skin was soooooooo soft afterwards it was ridiculous. I went back and purchased another scrub in the Almond Cookie scent and although I don't care for the scent-I do LOVE the results from the product. This would definitely be a great product to use if you do your own pedicures as well. This scrub really softens the skins and leaves you very very moisturized! I paid $7.99 at TJ Maxx but it usually retails for $28 dollars a jar.
I know...a deal right! ENJOY!!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I actually received the products about a week or two (??) ago and decided to try them out before giving a review over them. I purchased these products from Honeyfig.com
Here's a recap of what I ordered (pictured above):
Miss Jessie's Baby Butter Creme (BOGO)
Dudu Osun Black Soap (got two of those)
Emu Dundee Emu/Sheep Milk Soap Bar (1)
Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding (Sample Size)
Free Sample of Mixed Chicks Condish
Free Sample of Conditioner (sorry I forgot the name...I know..I'm so messy)
So far, I've used the BBC on my daughter's hair and I'm still learning how to incorporate this into her regimen. It's a great consistency and smells nice.
The DO Black Soap is okay. It's very fragrant and black (and I mean messy type black). It really gets all over your counter and towels. It's pretty cliche' for it to be that dark considering that black soap is usually a dark brownish color. I usually order from Nasabb's and I think I'll be ordering some again since I usually use black soap in my skin regimen. I like this one for my hair and as a pedicure treat!
The Emu Dundee Sheep Milk Bar was not very good to my skin. I used it to wash and immediately when I rinsed it off....my skin felt dry as sand while I was still under the shower water!!! I had to really slather on some lotion afterwards so I think I will finish this bar and try a different one.
The Curly Pudding is still unopened! I don't have a reason to use it yet so I will be cracking it open once I officially do my BC. That's coming soon BUT I am doing the weave challenge so my hair will be pretty much hidden for most of the year except during updates.
I haven't used the free samples yet but I plan on using them soon. I'm so happy I got the opportunity to try out products that I normally wouldn't have tried. Hope you all enjoyed the LITTLE I could dish about these products. TTYL!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Okay, so my tax refund is coming later than expected....I'm not thrilled about that. I plan on changing my site up a bit as my needs for blogging have really changed. I received my package from Honeyfig on Saturday and will be doing a haul post for tomorrow!!!
I've tried several different things over the past few days that I'd like to share as well so I'm back to doing my busy posting for the next few days. Since I don't have access to a computer at home...I'm thinking I may be scheduling posts from here on.
The Weave Challenge Details Link will be active on January 31 once I get my hair done. I'm not sure what I'm going to do exactly since I don't have the products and such so I think it's better to wait until I actually get the sew in. I mean, what if something goes wrong and I don't get it installed? I can't take that chance...LOL.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Please keep Haiti in your prayers as they continue to go through the devastation of the earthquake. It's hard to look at the pictures as they come but let them serve as a reminder that not everyone is out there doing okay in the world. Wyclef Jean's organization is accepting donations by texting Yele to 501501 will automatically donate $5 to the organization through your cell phone bill. Trust me, you'll feel better after doing so.
I pray the President Obama is able to provide some relief to this country. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and with the devastation it has incurred from natural disasters...we can only pray things will get better with time and donations.
Monday, January 11, 2010
So, about a week ago I watched Reniece showcasing her progress video. When I say progress it's truly an understatement!
Her hair is gorgeous to say the least and to be totally natural...I'm speechless! I'm still amazed at how straight, shiny, and healthy her hair is. So, as I continue on my journey to natural hair I've decided to begin a weave challenge to grow my hair out successfully.
The guidelines will be listed under the picture icon on the side bar! The rules will be posted later today (around 4 pm). I opted not to post on Friday since I found some additional ones I wanted to incorporate!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I've wanted to try these products for the longest! I opted not to last year but this time I'm jumping on it. Click here for a list of the ingredients & benefits used in the products.
The main thing I have decided to change about my regimen is being consistent. I'm horrible at this and my hair is showing the effects. As I mentioned before, my hair is dry and hard (very hard) to detangle unless I'm in the shower washing it. I've decided that I'm going to begin using a line of products vs. trying out a poo here, a condish there, another leave-in over here... ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHH.
I'm literally tired of doing that so I'm buckling down and recording my progress in a notebook and keeping a picture log of every month. The only way to be successful is to stop being lazy and take charge of the health of my hair. So, here's my Wish List for 2010! I'll keep updating as I get each product. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This is a product that Reniece uses in her regimen and I definitely wanted to try this out as one of my moisturizers. I have a tendency to just go to bed without moisturizing & sealing (not to mention without a scarf..eeek!) which also sets me back as well.
So, this concludes my list. I told you all that I was keeping it simple!!! I'm not spending a bunch of money on products that I'm not using or have the potential not to use or like. I'm taking it slow.