August 23, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


This week I realized that this here space has been lacking in a few things; #1 being an update to my current natural hair faves list, which has seen it’s cycle of rotations this summer, & will most likely be shifting once more in the coming weeks. And another is simply more good vibes like those of Nigerian born singer Temi Dollface.  There really is so much to appreciate in this; the visuals + fashion + pop culture references….all love.

& on another note – Brooklyn welcomes back to several stages this weekend the Afro Punk Festival. A must visit because, well…it’s free (with RSVP), and the collective is simply there to celebrate music, art & community (oh….and FOOD!!).

sigh…summer’s almost over ain’t it? Make it count, lovelies!

August 21, 2013

You Should Meet: Studio Africa + Faarrow


Meet sisters Siham & Iman, the newest addition to Studio Africa’s recent campaign collaboration with Deisel+EDUN. Somalian born, these two singer-songwriters also make up the awesome group Faarrow and are currently striving to empower women in their communities.

Studio Africa is a virtual loudspeaker for a new generation of creative talents from across the continent. The campaign features nine artists in fashion, film, music, literature, and photography; individuals with both talent and a deep commitment to their respective countries and people: Meet the catwalk model running a foundation for the education of orphaned girls in Tanzania; the actor creating opportunities for Senegal’s talibé beggar children; the fashion designer building an industry in Côte d’Ivoire one skilled worker at a time; the musician drawing on Belgian and Congolese roots to challenge what it means to make African music today; the writer from Morocco breaking taboos as the first openly gay author in the Arab world; and the photography collective showing their home-town of Soweto, South Africa in a whole new light. – via studioafrica.tumblr


Definitely check out the remaining cast behind Studio Africa by clicking here. All have beautiful vignette videos sharing their thoughts on the campaign +  the importance of sharing the creative talents of those across the continent.

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I now have complete NEW hair crushes! Please check out their dope videos, “Say My Name,” + “Rule The World,” – both bounce worthy; and follow them over at their official website.

August 21, 2013

Lady With Long Hair


Here’s something to capture your whimsical heart on this hump day.

The film [Lady with Long Hair] tells the story of an old woman who relives memories of her life contained within her hair. Bakos tackles the challenging concept using hand-drawn animation to create a sweet, memorable personality for her protagonist. The character is depicted as both frail with age and full of life and strength, which comes through especially when she bakes.

The film moves into expressionist territory with a visual analogy that ties together the flow of water with the woman’s long wavy hair. It builds to a particularly poignant ending that uses the hair to merge the character’s current reality with her memories. -via Amid Amidi

For more on the filmmaker, Barbara Bakos & the ideas that went into producing this gem, click here.

August 19, 2013

on a positive note


8 Ways to Declutter Your Mind

Accept What Is

Be Kind to Yourself

Release Your Guilt & Fear

Let Go of Control

Visualize What’s Important to You

Focus on your Life-Force Energy

Allow Yourself to be Vulnerable

Find What Doesn’t Serve or Interest You and Let It Go

-via The Light

How was your weekend? I spent mine taking invariably long walks, running errands, buying an animal dress (impulse buys for the win!), finally did laundry (yay!) & realized the awesome ways to to enjoy an arepa.

Cheers, to a new start every day – not just this one!

August 16, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


Friday’s are usually my chance to share with you guys all the cool, fun links and time wasters that I come across on the daily – but this week, a beautiful short film produced by director & writer Ava Duvernay stole my heart & thoughts. Ava’s work definitely has an ethereal spark to it that takes your breath away. Remember The Door?Simply stunning. Art like this keeps me encouraged.

Starring Kali Hawk, Lance (yummmmmmy) Gross, & a brief cameo by Issa Rae, this here is worth more than one look: “SAY YES explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color, Say Yes, Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay created this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.”


August 16, 2013

I Got This | Hair Color Take 2


It feels like a good minute since I updated you guys on my recent trials with coloring Fro. It’s been two weeks, and if you look closely, just a bit has changed. Did I mention that I was determined to get this color thing down? Well, the initial hurdle in trying to get this color thing right was having zero access to the Shea Moisture Color System. My local Target, which I would marry if I could (no, seriously – the curly girl aisle is some kind of MECCA) does not carry the line as of yet.

A small setback, but as a backup plan (we all have one, don’t we?!) I’ve had my eye on the Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in Dark Reddish Brown. I loved the avocado, olive & shea oils that come in each application. Not to mention it has a non-drip formula, making it tons easier for those like me with clumsy intentions to apply it clean sans mess.

As for the color? Well, it took – but just barely. I kept the mix in for 1 full hour (they also suggest a 30min lapse), and decided FRO was just going to have to deal. My hair does what it does, and when it comes to color, it can be stubborn. Oddly enough, I have naturally dark brown hair which quietly led me to believe this whole process would be less frustrating. Eh…


This second go-round I definitely see color! Bonus? No more standing in the light to get a glimpse of my hard work. Granted it is subtle (strong emphasis on sub-tle) – which is fine, turns out it’s just the right kind of change I needed without the heavy commitment.


So how does my hair feel after two trials of hair color in 30 days? I’ve been extremely diligent in deep conditioning after each application, which I dare say has made such a world of difference. FRO feels just as healthy post-hair color.  Both times I did reach for Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine Oil by Phyto for added conditioning benefits. Here’s a quick hi-jack description from Sephora:

This fine, lightweight, and easy-to-rinse oil effortlessly penetrates into each strand bringing damaged, dehydrated hair back to life. The formula restructures ultradry hair while leaving a discreet fragrance of banana leaf, passion flower, gardenia, and exotic musk notes. Hair feels immediately replenished and its original softness and shine are restored.

I’m pretty much a convert, and because of the steep price I’m aiming to use only when strands are in dire need of being restored back to it’s fighting glory.



I ended up buying two boxes of the Garnier Nutrisse color, only ended up using one (ha!), but would probably head to a salon to refresh the color and brighten it up a bit.

oh! & thanks, guys for sharing your coloring stories! Truly helped to know we are all on the same boat!