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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Grooming- DIY

Shown above: my Sisterlock before grooming


Just before the Holiday Season, I started grooming my locks here and there. I highly recommend it. I took a small scissor and cut out bunching, cut off weak parts of locks, and lint.

I am aware that many of you already do this. I am not a "neat freak" when it comes to my locks; I prefer them a bit messy so I never groomed them before now. But I like the occasional grooming since I tried it; it has made my locks look less shaggy though they are still unique.

Words of caution: Do not cut into the rotation. It will cause your locks to shed and possibly unravel.
One of my resolutions since my 18 month locksiversary was to become more of a DIY (Do-It-Yourself-er).
Mission Accomplished!
Sorry about the blurry photos. I tried to show the strands of loose hair/fuzz I cut away from the lock. The photo below shows the lock after the trim. Again sorry about the resolution of the photo.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Artwork by award winning illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist!

Today I had great fun with my extended family. I cooked, sang Christmas Carols, ate, and watched movies with the entire family today. I feel happy and tired all at once. Next year, we plan to have a formal event. Sounds fun; I volunteered to help coordinate the event.

And I hope your Christmas was Merry! I sent out some unconventional Christmas cards I bought at the Black Expo in July. I just fell in love with the artist's work. She had gorgeous waist length, free form locks too. What wasn't there to love?


Here is more of Jan Spivey Gilchrist's work:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Locked Inspiration- Miriam Chemmoss

It's peculiar and wonderful how much inspiration is all around us that we ignore, physically and spiritually. When we are inspired, then we inspire others. Look at how the natural movement has grown.

Having said that, I would like to introduce Miriam Chemmoss, a beautiful East African singer, to those of you who could use a little locked inspiration. Admire her voice and her locks.





Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Party Fab

So, recently me and you know who headed to a holiday party. There was veggie food, drinks, and dancing/music galore. I had a good time. See:

I did a quick lock loops set and took out the rollers with some of my hair damp. I had to because I was rushing as usual. I used a blow dryer after taking the loops out and wasn't completely satisfied with my hair when I left home. But I got lots of compliments, so I guess all is well that ends well.

My mommy made my shrug/shawl. She is such a talented seamstress. She also hemmed my pants and told me to switch earrings before I left. I appreciate having such a good mommy with style and skills. Thanks mom!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Some Berry Natural Inspiration

Halle Berry is my new favorite natural. I have heard she is wearing her hair this way for a movie. Regardless, I love the curls. Yay!

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Gripe from a Clean Working Girl

So, I am known in my circle as somewhat of a germaphobe. I am not! I just wash my hands often, carry hand sanitizer and use it every 15 minutes, and brush my teeth after most meals. There is nothing wrong with good hygiene. Right?

I hate public restrooms especially at my job. First, there are cracks in the stalls and the mirrors are directly across from them. So if you look ahead and not down you get a full view of everyone doing their business. I mean some privacy please.
Why is there always mystery water all over the sink and floor? I mean there are loads of paper towels.
The other main problem is that the toilet seat covers are on the wall outside of the stalls.So, women ignore them and just go in anyway. They aim and miss. It's disgusting that grown women would leave things that way. I feel if you did it, clean it up.
And wash your damn hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I treat women differently that I know don't wash their hands. Please don't even think about shaking my hand or offering me food if you don't wash your hands with warm water with soap in a public restroom. No, rinsing your hands with cold water doesn't count.


Meanwhile, the company potluck is around the corner. Ewwh!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cadillac Records: Worth Seeing

I went to see this movie this weekend about Chess Records in Chicago in the Civil Rights Era. I must say that I didn't want my money back and remained focus through the whole movie.

It is about blues, soul, and the evolution/cross-over of Rock-N-Roll overall. But specifically, it is about the artists at this record label who made the music.

I must say that I am not a fan of Beyonce's music most of the time. I define a fan of an artist or music as someone who would purchase the music or in some way contribute to the artist/music. No, a free CD or download doesn't count, LOL. However, I enjoyed her portrayal of Etta James and can't imagine another known entertainer portraying her. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play/sing my favorite Etta James song.

Sunday Kind of Love:


So, I particularly thought Mos Def's portrayal of Chuck Berry was awesome. I also love the exploration of the characters Howlin' Wolf and Lil' Walter. In short, go see it!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The First Emperor

I went to a Chinese exhibition at the High Museum for free on Saturday. I love culture and viewing it for free made it sweeter, courtesy of a deal I found out about through Onyx Cherry where Fulton County residents get free entry the first weekend of each month.

The first Chinese Emperor was able to begin building the Great Wall, create a Food & Drug Administration, and was completely obsessed with immortality.

All of the soldiers here are clay, terra cotta. He ordered thousands to be created to guard him in the afterlife. He also sanctioned the creation of hundreds of scribes, officials, musicians, and even birds made of terra cotta to accompany him in the after life. There was even an actual mock river bed found with cranes and swans of clay in and around the creek of actual running water buried in his tomb. The tomb of Shi Huang Di is near an earthen pyramid 76 meters tall and nearly 350 square meters. His actual tomb with all its pits is covers an area miles apart.


It is amazing to me how advanced their creation was. The soldiers are around 6 feet tall, which would have been larger than life at that time. And they were created on arguably one of the first assembly line. Each part was assigned a different artist who had to be accountable by signature for any defects.

As with any dominate culture, their literacy and technology was advanced. He united many territories under one common language with advanced weapons and military strategies.


It's peculiar how the more things change, the more they remain the same. He was not unlike more present leaders (Caesar and Napoleon come to mind) in that he wanted to be remembered;I guess this is one way to do it as he is still celebrated some 2,000 + years later. However, conversely his cruelty to his subjects, paranoia of up-risings, and intolerance for expression is also not unlike dictatorships today.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

18 Months of Sisterlocks

What I have learned?
I have learned that
1.My hair will not look exactly like anyone else's Sisterlocks.

2. My hair is messier than most with Sisterlocks. I love that; I'd like to think my hair is channeling Lisa Bonet's locks.

3. My hair is always done whether I additionally style it or not.
I should have gotten Sisterlocks sooner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What has happened since I got Sisterlocks?

I lost weight. Easy to see it in these photos isn't it? Last week, I didn't eat much as I have adopted veganism. Sisterlocks makes it much easier to get that cardio in!

My hair grew thicker and longer though not much. I had lots of shrinkage. See the difference between October 2007 and November 2008?


Then

Now


My Sisterlocks are in the teenage stage now. They are on the way to maturity. My babies aren't babies anymore.

I want to especially thank Brunsli who was instrumental in changing the way I viewed Sisterlocks. I doubt I would have them without seeing her hair. I used to think women that had looser curls/straighter hair had to have thin Sisterlocks. I was definitely, very wrong.

I also want to thank Carole . We spoke for a very long time when we met and I was touched by her gentle spirit. We also have similar hair textures and similar lock sizes. She gave me awesome advice about combining, splitting, grooming and bunching (the latter particularly affects those with a loose curl pattern.

I look forward to taking over more (DIY) of my hair journey and being more hands on with my hair. More on that later...TTYL

Monday, November 24, 2008

Danielia Cotton: Locked Beauty Inspiration

Danielia Cotton- is an alternative/rock musician with a head full of beautiful locks



If you'd like to sample her music, check out http://www.danielia.com/ . I prefer the song "Didn't You".




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Spicy Vegetarian Chili- So Yummy

I found several recipes for Vegetarian Chili. I had to make some alternations to the recipes I found. It turned out great! Here is what I used:
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
1 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
1 (12 ounce) package vegetarian sausage crumbles
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
4 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce ) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can of whatever beans you prefer, ( I chose navy beans) drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (4.5 ounce) can of sliced mushrooms
1 dash of pepper sauce
***Serves 1 large pot
DIRECTIONS
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and scotch bonnet peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles and veggie sausage. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Bro's New Hair Style

OK, so for years now, my brother grows his hair out in the summer usually in an Afro. But he has tried twists, cornrows, and almost every cut know to man.

Well, he finally tried a Mohawk. I think it is too cute.



Seeing this, made me think of my Mohawk:




I so want to cut the right side of my Sisterlocks off to have a design cut in. I just love funky cuts. But on second thought, the upkeep doesn't sound like I'd be up for it. Besides, who wants to start the locking process over again?! I must say that I love Jill Scott's latest punk locked hairdo though:




Look at these natural punk styles too:


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sophia, Naturally is Lovin' Lock Loops

So today, while I was working from home at the parental units pad, on break of course, I rolled my hair. I got a head start before work. I just love the results. Don't you?

Here is what I did step by step.

1. I took 2 packages of lock loops (http://www.lockloops.com/) and wrap & roll from Jane Carter Solutions( available at Whole Foods Market).


2. Start off with clean slightly damp hair.

3. Take the package of lock loops and separate the rollers from the foam sheets.
4. Remove the foam pieces from the circular part of the roller.



An Aside: I hate the extra foam in that it is not Eco friendly. But the rollers are pretty ingenious. They were inexpensive and didn't dry out my hair. Plus, I love supporting Black owned businesses and sister Sisterlockers. I suggest everyone purchase them.

5. Apply a bit of the foamy Wrap & Roll and begin rolling from the ends up to the scalp.
6. Secure the rollers by locking the groove part of the roller into the circular part. There are two grooves. So for tighter curls, lock them into the first groove.



6. Continue rolling until your hair until your head is complete. I used sections.


Another Aside: I used approximately 50 lock loops. Depending on your density, how much hair you put on the roller, and length it may take more or less.

7. I left the rollers in for about 6 hours until my hair was very dry from the dampness of the foam and water.

8. I took the rollers out in the order I put them in. Voila! A nice curly look:

Monday, November 17, 2008

WTF!? Proud to Be Plus in Boots


Ok, this post might read as a rant. I apologize in advance.

Now, I am a pleasantly curvy girl that has packed on some pounds lately. Basically, I went from a 16 to a 12 back to a 14. I think it is because of the hormones the doctor prescribed mainly.

I digress, I was on a fashion site that is like a message board group online. And someone made the comment that women with big legs or women over a size 10 in clothing or shoe shouldn't rather don't need to wear boots because their legs look like "tree trunks".




WTF!?



Here is a recent pic of me in over-the-knee high boots ( I own 2 pairs). I must say I think I look fab!





There are many, many beautiful women who fall in an "obese/overweight" category according to the charts doctor's provide, yours truly included. I passed a fitness test there and swam a mile just this past weekend. The point is not everyone who is skinny is healthy. Not everyone who is fat, plump, or plus is unhealthy.



Concerning the matter of fashion, I think all boots that are knee high or higher can be worn in a tasteful or tasteless way. It's not about who's wearing it but how it is worn. I personally love all fashionistas in general and celebrate women who model and are not a size "0". There is nothing wrong with being a zero mind you, but that size is represented as the norm in media and fashion which could and does often undermine the average size woman's self-esteem.


For the record, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average size American woman is 5'3.8" and a size 14. Here is some more data complied in 2004.



The Ladies:


of the SizeUSA survey, 64 percent of women are pear-shaped, while 30 percent are "straight," which means they have little perceptible waist. (I have seen surveys with the opposite result.)


Black women have larger measurements than other women, but they are most likely to have the classic hourglass shape.


Women over 36 are the most likely to have bigger hips.

Black women older than 55 have smaller hips than those ages 45 to 55.

The fashion industry assumes these standard measurements for a woman: 35-inch bust, a 27-inch waist, and 37.5-inch hip. In the real world, women ages 36 to 45 actually average:

White: 41-34-43

Black: 43-37-46
Hispanic: 42.5-36-44
Asian: 41-35-43


So, as we all know, what the fashion industry hands down is usually unrealistic. But occasionally, they get it right. Just look at Tocarra Jones, also a size 14. How can anyone can deny her beauty or proportions?


My hope is that if there is a plus out there contemplating boots reading this, that they will buy a fabulous pair . If there is another garment that you have been told that you are too fat, too skinny, too old, too dark, or too light to wear, hopefully, you will wear it proudly after considering this post. If my aim is too high, I hope all will feel just a tad bit better about their style and their body.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Dyed My Locks Again

This journey started out as a quest to dye over the lint, build-up, and follicles in my locks. If you look real hard and squint, you can see some of it especially around the scalp. See!

So, my beloved H.D. (Heartbreaker Decepticon) helped me dye my hair. The color I chose on the box was supposed to make my dark brown hair slightly lighter and cover the lint. Naturtint is an awesome brand that has no ammonia and no parabens.


It comes with a delightful conditioner that gives your hair a nice sheen without adding the heaviness of most wash-out conditioners.

I mixed the developer and H.D. did the application. It did not give me the result I thought it would. Boo! Last year, the color took completely when I Dye d it a nice jet black color. This year, it gave me a little sheen and NO color. It's like the color didn't take at all. It did kind of condition it.

The end result, it looks almost exactly as it did before but with a little more sheen. The lint is still present.

I have too much lint for a Sharpie and too much build-up for a Tweezer.

I am deciding between a stronger dye or using the lint method Amba prescribed. She said that if you spray your hair with oil and work the lint down to the ends, then you can wash it out or pick it out and it will travel to the ends.

I may force myself to sleep on Satin pillows, but I refuse to sleep with my hair covered

Any Suggestions? Any Comments?