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2019 – Resolutions -What do you have to add?

It’s the end of January and finally time for me to chime in about my 2019 goals. First of all, I will say that I haven’t been to the gym yet because it will take until the middle of February before all of those weight loss/ gym attending resolutions have trickled down to the small 1% of people who actually keep those resolutions. Until then, it is quite difficult to find an open treadmill or elliptical machine.

I have decided to take an additive approach to my new year resolution. This is to say, that I won’t focus so much on eliminating the bad as much as I will focus on including the good.  I believe this way the bad will eventually fade into the background. After all, you cannot serve two masters right?  Let me give an example.  I don’t plan on just cutting back on television watching, instead I plan to bike ride at least twice per week.  It stands to reason that If I am bike riding I cannot be watching television.  See how that works.

On the fashion front, my goal is to do more styling. I spent last year completing stylist courses and was very gung ho about this.  I saw others from the course report their success.  I wasn’t quite able to jump in with both feet like they did. So this year, I will add styling to my writing and photography.

One personal goal (tangentially related to fashion) is to add a nightly skin regimen. It has been said that Black doesn’t crack.  It may not  fully crack, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve certainly seen some chinks in the armor.  Even though dermatologist note that the appearance of wrinkles is partially genetic, it is also a result of sun damage, poor eating habits, and not enough water. A nightly regimen will be beneficial as well as increasing my intake of vitamin C.  Well, that’s it in a nutshell – 2019, I’m ready for you!



The Holidays – Nailed it!

I have a whole new respect for manicurists and nail art specialists. I now know that the images we see on Google images are much more difficult to attain than it seems. Case in point… In the spirit of the holidays, my sisters, nieces, and I decided to embark upon a holiday nail painting challenge. I looked at quite a few images and even watched a segment on Home & Family on the Hallmark channel. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do, but then I thought I’d do some version of a French manicure with glitter accented holiday colors.

Take 1. This was the first attempt at something festive. But it didn't have enough flair.

Take 1. This was the first attempt at something festive. But it didn’t have enough flair.

I attempted a redo this time with a white base instead of clear. I don’t think I waited long enough before I started dabbling with the decorations. I wasn’t prepared for the long wait time. I ended up trying to redo portions of the polish. It became thick and gloppy in parts. You can see it on the index finger in this second iteration. Also, I hadn’t done the work of soaking my hands and cleaning the excess polish from my cuticles and edges. So, though I like the white base better than the clear, I didn’t achieve that neat holiday nail art that I saw on Google images.

Take 2 - This was my attempt to make the holiday nails look more festive. These ended up looking a little sloppy. The index finger is a clear example of that.

Take 2 – This was my attempt to make the holiday nails look more festive. These ended up looking a little sloppy. The index finger is a clear example of that.

I finally settled on something simple – a rich burgundy red with one accent nail. I painted my pinky a festive silver. I painted the corner with the same burgundy red, but only after I made sure the silver was dried. I actually waited. As they say, patience is a virtue. Then, the bedazzling began. I was able to use the nail art accessories that I bought years ago, but rarely ever use. I figured adorning one nail on each hand was manageable. In order to make the little jewels stick, I had to add a clear coat first. Lastly, I dipped the toothpick into the clear polish in order to make it sticky. Then, I grabbed one jewel at a time and placed them diagonally – the green jewels first, then a mix of red and gold jewels. I felt this last simple design was more my speed. Thoughts?

Take 3 - the final iteration. Simple, rather neat, with a little holiday cheer.

Take 3 – the final iteration. Simple, rather neat, with a little holiday cheer.

My final holiday nail art attempt. This is the one I settled on and the one that I like best.

My final holiday nail art attempt. This is the one I settled on and the one that I like best.



In search of the perfect face washing regimen

African Black Soap

African Black Soap

You’ve heard the old adage – Black don’t crack – right? I mean haven’t we all? But, as I approach my mid-forties, I can say that Black may not crack, but it certainly does bend a bit. I am finding that no one is immune to fine lines and wrinkles. I see more and more of them on my face – and quite frankly, I don’t like it. Additionally, I have also noticed that my skin looks dull and has lost luster. It sounds cliche, but it is true. Of course there are tons of articles on the internet to address this and one could easily go down a rabbit hole in search of answers. I know some people think we should just grow old gracefully and embrace every line and wrinkle as an indication of acquired wisdom…NOT me. I say don’t go down without a fight.

In preparing my arsenal, I happened upon a product that makes my skin feel amazing – and wouldn’t you know, it’s from the Motherland. African Black Soap from Okay Pure Naturals is my current face wash of choice. The packaging says it is imported from Ghana. I am sure there are other brands, but this is the one I am currently using. It doesn’t lather up with thick white suds; quite the opposite. It has a subtle lather, but when I put it to my face and started gently massaging in a circular motion, I felt something happening. There was a simultaneous moisturizing and cleansing effect. My face didn’t feel dry afterwards and I felt that I looked better. It is hard to explain because its is linked to a personal feeling. I encourage you to give it a try. The price ranges from $4.99 – $8.99. I got mine at Marshall’s for $5.99, which is a small price to pay; search Amazon, I am certain you can find it within the price range stated. I think I am pretty late in the game as far as finding a steady regimen for my skin, but better late than never right?
Let me know what you use and I would love to hear your story if you decide to try African Black Soap. Onward fashion soldiers!