nutshell | the infamous "i'm back" post
Well, hello there friend.
Okay, okay. So I totally took an unannounced month away from blogging in order to get a slight breather. Blogging is definitely fun, but real life is definitely a priority. -- Of course, by default. But I'm back in full force and ready to rumble here, in my creative little space! I hope that my time away allowed you to catch up and reminisce on previous posts that may have once gone unnoticed as my other posts bum-rushed and stampeded over them. I have a lot on my plate for the remainder of the year - you know, projects and such, so I'll be juggling it all to the best of my ability and reporting here to produce content that I'm passionate and proud of. But enough of that! What's an "I'm back" post without a few updates?
I've decided that I will be getting my Master's in Computer Science. Asia
will also be working towards receiving her Master's Degree in Health Administration. So all of my friends will be graduating together from Higher Education in Physical Therapy, Law, and Veterinarism
I've dedicated May to Me. So that meant, more of me less of everyone else. And no I'm not being mean, I just give a lot of my time to others and wanted to treat myself to a big slice of Me this month. And boy was it sweet.
I've been eating my 6 meals a day, and my metabolism is so high that I'm unbelievably hungry on days that I want to take a break from "snacking" throughout the day. Works out perfectly though because I'm burning more calories in the gym, which I've been frequenting for one to two hours, 5-6 times a week. I'm the girl that used to eat once or twice a day. So eating two meals and 3 snacks in between in the form of yogurt, salad, and/or fruits and veggies was quite the adjustment. But I can "see" my body changing as a result of it, so *cheers* (with smoothies) to that! You know what they say, abs are made in the kitchen.
As you can tell from my newly updated playlist - if I can't jumprope or wind my hips to it, I'm not listening to it.
I've finally trimmed about 2-3 inches of my permed hair off. *cries*. It was much needed especially now that my roots are getting much more wavy. There's nothing cute about stringy straight ends hanging on for dear life to strong and full hair. Not to say I cut all
of my permed ends off - but I did cut off a good chunk
. After months of "handling", I'll finally be giving my hair a break and rocking extensions for about two months. My hair needs just a little more protection from all this dry ol' sun that finally decided to come out and serve up summer. So that's the game plan.
I'm downsizing big time. Aiming to giveaway 75% of my closet by the beginning of July. What can I say, I'm a minimalist.
I've been adding this mixture of seeds
to virtually everything I eat. I figure, their benefits are so awesome that I might as well add a little bit to my yogurt, my cereal, and my sandwiches. But as a result of eating all of these "superfoods" I haven't been able to sleep. The amount of energy I have is so high that I sleep for about three hours and wake up wide eyed and alert. So I'm cutting back on the Chia, Hemp, & Buckwheat conglomerate and only eating them at the start of my day. Some people drink coffee, me on the other hand: superfoods with nutritional value and intense energy.
My best friend
is back from bootcamp! So let's just say my text messages have been quuuiittteee exciting!
I'm a nerd, so naturally lectures intrigue me. TedTalks being one of my favorite lecture series events. This month I especially loved this fun and educational lecture entitled, Why 30 Is Not The New 20
May started off quite unexpectedly. I was ironically excited about the things that transpired.. the spontaneous events that took place.. =}
Cheers, to months to come!
♥ | of her beauty
petite style | miroslava duma
Staple Pieces can have tons versatility!
The key? Expanding your color palette and your print schema when wearing them. Being the minimalist that I am, I believe that less is truly more. And in most cases, less sometimes will take you further than more. If you're looking to make use of your closet's staples then be sure to be eccentric with your wardrobe items in order to give your pieces new personality with each wear! Miroslava Duma's Cork Platforms?!
A prime example of playing up principles.
If you're un belle petit
standing under 5'5" you can elongate your limbs in a sexy and chic way! Wear bottoms that cut off at least half way above the knee, wear wide leg trousers that gracefully swing above the ground, and go head girl, rock those high heels - they were made for you!
what they didn't teach you | about transitioning to natural
Quest for freedom. Embracing one’s self. Going back to natural roots. There are numerous reasons for why one may decide to go natural -- but for me, it's simply because I feel as though perms aren't really necessary for me and my lifestyle. That lifestyle being one that consists of healthy living, versatile looks, lots of swimming, and healthier beauty practices. So I'm transitioning to natural, although I'm sure that my hair will be worn straightened and/or blow out majority of the time as I like how my hair looks straight and framed around my face. Now I've always taken care of my hair, even before making this decision. But although I've remained faithful to my scissors, maintaining a short shoulder length to arm pit length permed bob that best suited my petite frame and large facial features, I've never been very open-minded to having shorter hair - specifically what's known in the natural hair community as the twa (teeny weeny afro). -- Not with this amazing forehead of mine, that is. So I'm going the transitioners route, which simply consists of not getting anymore perms and getting a trim every now and then to get rid of my old chemically-altered ends. I don't feel as if I need a perm - just a sweet flat iron here and there and a curly 'do from time to time -- oh and of course, my extensions.
The difference between the two different textures is quite obvious - my virgin natural hair is not chemical altered therefore it's fuller, healthier, and curlier. Whereas my chemically altered ends are thin and limp. I'm proud to say that it's been almost 10 months since my last perm and my decision to transition to natural is one that I have not yet regreted. And when you have a hairstylist as wonderful as mine (who can get your hair silky, straight, and bouncy better than any salon-grade perm and minus the heat damage) than you'd definitely transition too. So far, I've learned a lot -- as transitioning and dealing with two different hair textures is quite the adjustment. But I've decided to share what I've learned so far with my fellow transitioners and/or aspiring transitioners! Shall we dance?
+ You may grow a few dreads.
But don't be alarmed, just know that the two different textures of your hair are jamming out to Bob Marley's, One Love
. You don't have to be in your hair all of the time,
but you definitely shouldn't leave your hair untouched for long periods of time. Doing so may cause your hair to become matted. I wash my hair every 3-5 days on a need be basis and I finger detangle with each wash. The one time, however, that I decided to leave my hair alone for about a week and a half, I gave birth to a few dreadlocks.. with beads and seashells at the end (sarcasm). Although they looked super cute, the take down process was nothing but ugly. Let's just say it took me a couple of hours and a few prayers to untangle my hair without breaking any of it.
+ You can avoid "the fuzzies".
I think my greatest fear about going natural was "the fuzzies". Who would have ever thought that anything fuzzy would create such an undeniable fear inside of an adult? *looks in mirror*. Fuzzies around the circumference of your head can make going natural discouraging. It's another thing if "the fuzzies" were longer - but baby fuzz is not the business. Want to go avoid "the fuzzies"? Add your hair product at night, style your hair the way you want it, then tie it down nice and tight with a satin scarf over night. Your hair will be nice and laid -- oh and fuzz, less!
+ Heat. It burns.
If you want your hair to strive the most you have to kick your dearly beloved heat. But if you decide that you just can't live without your hot tools then be sure to use a heat protectant so your hair doesn't get heat damaged. There's no way to save your hair from the damage that comes with heat so be careful and mindful. There are also different methods on Youtube that minimize the amount of direct heat to your hair: the tension method, for example, is great for blowing out your hair without ripping through it. You can also limit your number of heat passes you'll give yourself per month and do things like pin curls to help maintain your straight hair. The Heat-Addicted Tip:
Hair burns at 451 degrees. So get to know your flat iron by investigating the temperatures on it. If the temperatures aren't directly stated, you can call the manufacturer's customer service number to get them.
+ Your hair will form alliances.
Your natural hair and your permed hair will not be cool with each other. They will form alliances and have fights that you'll have to break up (by detangling) from time to time. I like to keep my hair parted regularly like the Red Sea. Even when my hair is pulled back into a bun, there is a part down the middle although you can't really see it. This allows me to pay attention to each side individually, moisturize my hair completely, and detangle with ease.
+ Don't bite the hand that feeds you.. Or the hair.
Be gentle with your hair. All of that pulling and tugging will leave you with a wad of hair in your hand as your hair is very fragile. Be gentle, take your time, and treat your hair like it's on the soft little head of a newborn baby. Remember that you're nursing your hair back to health - treat it like your patient.
+ Water will be your best friend.
Okay -- so another reason why I've always been reluctant about embracing kinky hair is because, quite frankly, I can't deal with stiff hair. Now before you go kinky-kray let me explain. I had to learn that there was a huge difference between "kinky" and "unkempt". One day I woke up, and my hair was touching the ceiling. I won't lie, I couldn't move it. It was one of those nights where I didn't follow my own "hair law" of tying my hair down. So I figured I'd have to wash it to get it back to where it needed to be, you know, near my neck, where gravity permits. But after dreading washing my hair again, I improvised using my spray bottle of water, aloe vera, and glycerin. I simply, parted my hair in four using with my fingers, sprayed my "lush miracle juice" (as I call it), added some conditioner and wallah-magic
my hair was looking delicious! So always remember that there is a difference between "kinky" and "unkempt" hair. It wasn't the "kinkyness" to blame -- it was the fact that my hair had been "unkempt". And unkempt things do unkempt things.
So don't fret! You can transition to natural without doing the big chop! Managing your frizz and keeping your tall hair short is possible by simply moisturizing, detangling, and tying down your hair regularly! Oh - and don't fear water, your hair is a flower ready to bloom.
My Regimen + My 5 Hair Rules Deep Condition every 3-5 days / Air dry with a Leave-In Conditioner & with my hair in two french twist / Tie down nightly / Flat iron 0-1x a month / Twice a day (am +pm) - 1) Spray with water mix (water, glycerin, and aloe vera), 2) Add some conditioner or moisturizer, 3) Seal with oil mix (coconut, castor, and evoo)1 // 2 // 3
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