Posts Categorized: Chai’s Picks

April 12, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


How was your week? Mine ended on a rainy note; we’re talking serious downpour, yellow cabs splashing buckets of rain water on perfectly clean jeggings. But the in-between? Was oh, so sweet! I’m a paper junkie, stationary whore if you’re fancy, and had the chance to check out the latest collections from the fun folks over at Post It. My brain was on a continuous color warp for the better half of an hour, and I was in HEAVEN. Alas, this weekend will find me tearing through obnoxiously cute washi tape, and making lists. Tons of lists. A wee birdie told me it was finally Spring time, and this go-round, I finally believe ‘em. Here are a few links to get your weekend started…!

Reading Season is fast approaching & I’m compiling lists!  Here’s My African Fiction Reading List

How to Eat Food Without spending hours in the kitchen

The Green Festival touches down in the NYC & the lovely Savvy Brown & Yoli will be speaking!

A woman has found thee perfect clutch. Love them all.

Dispatches from Rome. Felicia reminds me to always to think bigger.

Itching to see a bit of Kinky Boots

42. Some call it a love story.

LUSH folks are the coolest. DIY air fresheners | Rosemary & Lavender Hair Rinse | Back to Basics How to Wash Curly Natural Hair

Marie is the BOSS! “Is This All There is? How to Create a New Life Vision

More of this happening this year. A pop up flower shop in NYC this weekend!

Could you be allergic to your natural hair products?


April 9, 2013

The Refutation of Good Hair


In her latest project, The Refutation of Good Hair, Nakeya B examines the idea of ‘good hair’ as consumption, comparable to plates of traditional African American cuisine. The idea? “The new visual interpretation criticizes the ideology that certain hair types are “good” which insinuates that hair types not fitting into that standard are less desirable and less beautiful. The series is a close examination of beauty, identity, and the Black womanhood in this current day and age.”

originally spotted via The GOOD GOOD
April 8, 2013



Cover Girl and ambassador for all things self empowering, Janelle Monae graces the May cover of ESSENCE Magazine looking incredibly beautiful! Happy to see a woman as talented and gracious as Monae dish on how she stands up to the pressures of the industry.

“Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy. I like skirts and dresses like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way”

On her signature coif, the pomp!

“When I’m not onstage, I make sure it’s moisturized and sitting like a nice plant getting fertilization.”

How she handles the pressures of being perfect

“It was getting in the way of me being great and enjoying the process. Now I’ve become more fearless. I’ve become more unafraid to mess up. As long as I’m honest, giving my all and not allowing anything prior or after to fill up my mental space, then I’m good.”

For more on the interview, check out the May issue, on sale now! Plus, I take it back to the Salon for tips on choosing the right stylist for you + some awesome bloggers spill their natural hair secrets!

March 29, 2013

Hello, Good Friday!


So this week forced me to face an often overlooked truth. I am by no means old enough nor young enough to ignore all that life has to offer. Meaning? We have no excuse to say no to much of our heart’s desire no matter our age, no matter the perceptions placed on our pretty little heads by society. Not even our loved onces can dictate when to stop agreeing to live life. And if you need a wake-up call to that fact, phone a friend. A good one. Best of the week? Y’all….Luke James is some kind of good stuff. Attending a Versus & Flow event left me and a friend pretty excited for his new album. I’m officially ready for new music! Here are a few links to get your weekend started….!

Stop Telling Women to Smile

Stop Telling Women to Smile is an exhibition of new works by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. An extension of her street art project of the same name, the show will include oil paintings, as well as photographs, drawings and prints. STWTS addresses gender based street harassment. The work was created to be placed in the street – placing the presence of strong women in that environment to combat mistreatment.

Sometimes, More is Not What you Want (or what you need)

The 7 Habbits of Calmness. My favorite?

Reduce noise. Our lives are filled with all kinds of noise — visual clutter, notifications, social media, news, all the things we need to read. And truthfully, none of it is necessary. Reduce all these things and more, and create some space, some quiet, in your life.

How to have a year that matters

The most amazing fruit you’ll ever meet really is the Avocado

Consumption of avocados has grown more than 200 percent in the past decade, and outgrowing and outpacing that of other fruits.

I’ve been slightly obsessed with kale recipes lately and think this is so apropos. There really is a Tumblr for everything!?!

Spread the word to those who don’t know. Black Girls are from the Future

LOVE this sneak peak & mini home makeover from Simply Cyn.

The Artists Way is making a comeback. The new (or old) solution to your creative slump

I’ve had crafts and the creative pen on the brains since attending one of Sheena’s Craft partay. Paper Pastries is everything I want to fuel the fire.

For the Stay at home/work at a desk/coffee shop awesome folks out there….this is for you! Ambient sounds to boost your workday creativity

A good friend will always hand you the truth. Pay Attention to things that connect you with joy

Girl Crushes | Classy Top Knot (so cute, & perfect for Summer!) | DIY Mega Moisture Mask

Spring refresher course? 10 Commandments of Curly Hair

Missed the memo on this, yessir! “Your Thirties are Do or Die

Are us thirtysomethings really invisible? Are we quietly hibernating, honing the best of ourselves while we get fit enough to fight? Is the thirties just the decades-long Rocky workout montage of your life? Where are the TV shows about people in their thirties stumbling on their way home from the parties to puke up that expensive pasta they were finally able to buy with their really good graphic design job? I don’t know about you, but making sure my mortgage gets paid has been full of cinematic suspense for years now.

March 22, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


Happy Spring…oh, & a Happy Friday! We’re still waiting for a bit of sunshine and warm glows to make it legitimate here on the east coast, but baby steps. This week we finally saw the return of SCANDAL (thank the lawd), and the wait was so worth it. I’m such a die hard gladiator & the 3 week long hiatus was excruciating (wish I were exaggerating, the struggle is real)!  Are you guys watchers? Did you tune in? I’m developing my own theories on Jake’s motives with Olivia, but oh…oooohhhhh!! Shonda is about to slay the audience come the season finale. So says my GUT! Anyhoot…I’m off to brunch hard this weekend, catch up with old friends & end this starring contest with a pile of laundry that just won’t go away. Here are  a few links to get your weekend started…!

How can you not love Tracee & Chescaleigh. Together!!

Entrusting someone with your Curls? A Racist Hair Journey (no, really)

A Tribute to the Life and Works of Toni Cade Bambara. Yes, and Thank You.

Oh, Darling You. Choose Your Own Adventure. Always.

This bag should be in my closet. Will be.  Oh, & this will do too.

Confession: I’m a make-up hoarder. Yeah, I know you can’t tell. But my guilt often reminds me, so here’s to doing something about it this Spring. Yay! turns out Elsie has a nifty way to fix the problem, and it involves eating strawberries.

Healthy & Homemade look good together. Especially in yummy Granola

Peel Back The Layers & Know Thyself

Bloggers are wrapped up in a tizzy thanks to this. & thanks to MJ using freedom of speech we get to enjoy this

Gabi Whips her Hair over at Rookie

Ready To Be ‘The One?’

Pantene recently rolled out their Truly Natural Line. Intrigued! Are you?

The Art of Meditation is trending worldwide again, thanks to Lady O. Learn the how-to before you do.

I’m a candle woman, always have been. This one has warmed my home for the past year.

And, blogger’s sabbatical withstanding, a woman has been on a climb back up from the sick bed over the past few months & it’s been a challenge. I’ve made a ton of changes to Chai’s living situation, and a major one you can read about here. That’s me….in the background, waving goodbye to foods once loved; but hello to good health. Cheers.

March 19, 2013

Adieu Google, Hello, Feedly!


Let’s be real, change is pretty much the one and only constant in the age of internety/social media things, just ask Facebook. So it really came as no surprise to hear Google’s announcement that they are doing away with the STILL much beloved Reader. How many of you guys currently use Google Reader? Are you pissed? I’ve heard a ton of mixed reactions across the board, but wanted to reassure you that the link to many of your online destinations, including this one, is still within reach;).

For the past four years I’ve been using Feedly to source my online RSS addiction, and pray that it doesn’t serendipitously crash with everyone converting over the next few weeks. Wait….so what is Feedly? Pretty much the easiest way to organize, sort and enjoy much of your favorite blogs and sites anywhere. While I loved the premise of Google Reader, the interface was beyond janky and left me seeing spots. Could never stay on for more than 10 minutes without taking a break.


Once I discovered feedly and was finally able to avoid the muck and enjoy simplicity, I began to enjoy keeping up with my internety peeps. Plus, it’s just so much prettier!


I’m able to download the app (for free) onto my web browser, smartphone and even tablet, making catching up with the latest news a lot easier.

Heck, options are still great right? NewsBlur is another great alternative. Google Reader will bid adieu on July 1st, so plenty of time to transfer your RSS. Click here for a quick Feedly walk through & here to learn more about NewsBlur and other geekery options.