On May 20, 2017 we hosted our 3rd Annual Southern AZ Natural Hair & Lifestyle Meetup on Sierra Vista, AZ! We created an intimate environment with informational workshops, select vendors and exclusive giveaways!
This year’s theme was ‘Cultivating Confidence from the Inside Out’ and we treated our guests with swag, product demonstrations, giveaways and info to treat them from head to toe!
During the event we welcomed guests from Tucson, Fort Huachuca, and areas in between and Dunbar Barber Academy also made the trip from Tucson to share knowledge about cutting and styling natural hair.
Barnett Salon Suites shared the benefits of including facials in a healthy skin care regimen and demonstrated the process on a willing volunteer from the audience.
Touch Velvet Skin did a sugaring demonstration and talked about removing hair naturally.
Bati’Mamselle Boutique facilitated a fashion show and style clinic to help our guests ready for summer style.
Oh, and somebody left the event bald…..
Check out the recap video below:
Regardless of your skin type, exfoliating your skin is a MUST if you want to reveal smoother, more youthful skin so you can be your own beautiful and be more confident in all aspects of your life.
Exfoliating your skin is one of the key steps in a healthy skin care regimen. As someone with oily skin that has dealt with severe acne and inflammation in the past, I know how removing dead skin cells provides a boost to your regular skin cleansing routine and help products penetrate better.Exfoliation is one of the key steps in a healthy skin care regimen. Click To Tweet
If you experience blackheads, whiteheads or breakouts, exfoliating your skin will help keep pores clean and unclogged, and if uneven skin tone is a concern, removing the dead and dull skin to maintain cell turnover keeps you putting your best skin forward.
It’s possible to over-exfoliate your skin, so look out for redness, tenderness, and/or increased sensitivity to know if you need to reduce the number of skin sloughing sessions per week.
Exfoliating scrubs give you more control because you can vary the pressure you apply when you’re making those little circles. Using a scrub or skin polish may allow you to exfoliate more ofter if you’re using lighter pressure.
I recently discovered a new exfoliating polish, and it was SO AMAZING that I had to make a video about it.
Don’t skimp on the exfoliation, people! Exfoliation is next to godliness…:-)
The warm weather is finally easing in – and soon we’ll be lounging by the pool and posting sun-kissed selfies on Instagram. The PERFECT ‘do for any naturalista to enjoy the warm weather and waves is box braids.
Box braids are the ultimate versatile protective style – they can be worn in a variety of styles while having your natural hair tucked away in a low manipulation state.
I’ve installed by own box braids for years, partly because I’m so obsessive about my edges….and I tend to wear my braids for 8-10 weeks at a time. If you want to find out how I maintain my box braids, check out this vintage post about “shampooing” my braids and this post about how I refresh my braids and prep for bed.This #boxbraids updo is the GOAT. Click To Tweet
In this video tutorial I’m showing now of my most favorite box braid updos, I can’t wait for my next braid install…..
Do you have a favorite box braids style? Show me, drop a pic!
Living in Confetti,
I’m busy, you’re busy, everybody is busy!!
I’ll be honest, I’ve threatened bodily harm to my husband if he takes our child to (insert neighborhood fast food joint here) again….
As the HCIC (Head Cooker in Charge) in my house, that means I have to be more creative and manage my time better if I want to save his life and make sure they have dinner ready when they get home. So over the years I’ve learned how to master the easy weeknight dinner, and when it only takes one pan to make, that’s even better.
When you’re running multiple businesses, managing a family, or coaching the neighborhood sports team in your spare time, you don’t always have a LOT of time to plan balanced meals so you can avoid the burger joint drive-thru lanes.
I consider myself to be “healthy-ish”, meaning I try to eat the rainbow most days and make sure my family eats most of the right things, but I can inhale a pepperoni pizza by myself every now and again…#dontjudge.
This ten minute, one pan meal is no-fuss, mostly no mess, and requires two ingredients!! Check out the video below:
If you want to make this dish meatless, you can substitute your favorite vegetarian-friendly protein and get your grub on!
This is the kind of fast food I like…… 🙂
Do you have a favorite one-pan dinner? Share it so I can add it to my recipe box!
Living life in confetti,
When was the last time you had a night out to let your hair down? In your pajamas? We hosted our first (definitely NOT the last) PJ Getaway in Sierra Vista, AZ and we had a blast!
We partnered with Atlanta-based brand, Hips4Love, to create an evening of fun, socializing, pampering, a little shopping with select local vendors. West End Wellness served as our venue, we managed to turn a normally serene, relaxing space into a lively headquarters of hijinks and ruckus!
Did I mention that we had a blast???
Oh, and the food was “interesting” to say the least….LOL
Check out the recap video here:
Based on the feedback from this event, from vendors and guests, we’ll definitely be doing this again! Make sure you’re on the Insiders list to be the first to know!
Living life in Confetti,
Raise your hand if you’re frugal….
I’ve never considered myself to be an artist, but I’ll finagle my way through something if it saves me money. The cool thing about decorating your favorite space is that you can create something yourself. You can pretend to be an artist and create something abstract – subjective and only understood by you.
I experiment a lot with small decor projects in my house, and I decided to DIY my wall art for my family room (AKA my second office). Check out this video below to see how I created my mixed media abstract wall art – and I can continue experimenting with that I created to keep things fresh!
Have you tried DIYing your home decor? What did you create? Now that I’ve got this first one done, I’m looking for more ideas!!
Hair grows an average of 6 inches per year. Many naturalistas don’t actually see that growth because their hair breaks off at a rate that is equal to or faster than the actual growth.
There are a lot of products that promise longer, stronger hair, but what if you could make your own product?? Oils are great for natural hair, and it’s easy to apply a little common sense when choosing what to use..
Check out the tutorial below for my DIY hair growth (and strengthening) blend:
If you’re ready to start making your own blend, here’s the list of what I used in the video (contains affiliate links) :
This oil blend can be used as a prepoo, during your LOC, or as a scalp massage oil for your trouble spots. The key is, once you make it you have to actually USE IT consistently as a part of a healthy hair regimen.
Do you have a “Long, Strong Hair” blend? Let me know in the comments!
Where can you find steer wrasslin’, calf ropin’, mud bustin’, barrel racin’ and more on a Saturday afternoon? At the 2017 Arizona Black Rodeo of course! This event is one of the more popular events in Arizona and is committed to highlighting the contributions of African-American western heritage alive by offering a fun, family-oriented experience.
Hosted by the Arizona Informant, the Black Rodeo was held at Rawhide in Chandler, AZ and featured nationally known African American rodeo competitors. In addition to the show, guests had the opportunity to shop with several local vendors, hang out with Big Red, mascot of the Arizona Cardinals and meet and greet with the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club.
Check out the video recap below to see some of the festivities:
Have you event attended a rodeo before? This was my first time, and it won’t be my last, I guess I need to start looking for that perfect pair of cowboy boots 🙂
“Your hair is the crown that you never take off.”
You’ve heard this before, right? Whether you’re rocking a teeny weeny afro, braided updo or setting your own tress trends, your hair is a statement piece, your crowning glory…and being able to experiment with protective styling is a wonderful bonus for a naturalista.
I finally had a chance to try the Jamaican Bounce crochet hair that everybody is raving about. I used only two packs of the hair and I love it!
Watch the full tutorial below:
This hair is definitely going to be a staple protective style for me. I have two more packs sitting in the closet that are waiting for their turn!
To your Beauty,