Have a Fantastic Weekend!

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Hello all! It’s finally Friday(yay!). What are you up to this weekend.

I will be hanging out and enjoying the breeze. Will get back to you on Monday with more stylish and artsy posts. Until then, Have a fabulous weekend!

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Surfboard decor

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Whenever I get into a slump, I feel like decorating. Lately, I’ve been drawn to surfboards. Although I don’t surf (would love to learn), I love the happy vibes that surfboards bring into a home.

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What do you think?

Surfboards can be sooo expensive, so here is a website that shows you how to build your own! For decor, at least.

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Scandinavian homes

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There’s something quite refreshing and cheerful about traditional Scandinavian decor that I find very pleasing. The use of an abundance of white might seem cold to some, but with pops of color, it’s a happy place to be.

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I stumbled across My Scandinavian Home when I was perusing decorating ideas. I simply love the clean modern look with a blend of rustic tradition.

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The use of white and openess proves to a preferred concept due to the long, dragged out winters which can create cabin fever. So, instead of dark colors, Scandinavian homes tend to incorporate light and happiness into their homes.

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I’m simply in love with the look. Not to mention, works great for a beach house ;)

Tell me what you think!

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Have a lovely weekend!

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Locked love

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I am having some major loc (“dreads) envy right now. I decided to lock my hair about six years ago but at that time, was too impatient to wait for the process to undergo, so I took them out and wore my hair in it’s ‘fro.

Now, I’m really feeling the itch to want twist my hair and leave them alone and let the natural process begin into beautiful locs.

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I love kinky hair in all it’s glory, but there’s definitely something undeniably sexy about dreads. Maybe it’s the gritty, knotty look of them that I find most appealing- a little messy, but still styled.

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They’re unconventional and that’s what I love about them. They defy beauty standards and every time I see someone with them, I find myself staring at them. I often find the things that are most shunned in our society, quite beautiful anyways.

Despite popular belief “dreads”/locs are not “dirty”. It’s cleaning them that allows for the locking process to take hold.

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Not to mention no more combing hair and that’s perfectly fine with me :)

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Have a Beautiful Weekend

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Do or Don’t: t-shirt dreses

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In my mission to be as no-fuss as possible, I’ve noticed a trend happening. That’s right! T-shirt dresses. Like you’re everyday shirt dress, but..made out of t-shirt material.

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I really like the fun look of this one.

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I personally love the look. What do you Think?

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Have a wonderful (spring) weekend!

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Better care for better hair

I’ve been having major issues with my hair recently- the dryness, the unmanageability, tangles, knots, the whole gamut. If you have kinky hair, you know how it is. Taking 3  hours out of my day was not worth it. Not to mention the breakage that had occurred.

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Aside from that, I had been cutting my hair all the time, but irregardless, whenever tangles and knots set it it’s time for a trim. So before I succumbed to shaving all of my hair off and calling it a day, I decided to invest in salon quality product. Store brands are good and all, but they still left my hair dry by the end of the week.

I’ve been hearing rave reviews about Moroccan Oil (now the most valuable item in the bathroom) claiming that it’s even great on kinky hair, so I decided to give it a try, along with a moisture replenishing shampoo.

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Since I have very dry, tightly coiled hair, i can’t afford to skimp on products and I want to get more bang for my buck. The great thing about salon brands is that a little goes a long way, even on thick hair.

Since I had cut my hair short, yet again, I decided to test out my new products. I still seek length so I threw out my old hair dryer and invested in a hood dryer and a good diffuser hair dryer, for touch ups.

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Once my hair gets past a certain length, tangles are more prone to happen, so since cutting my hair, it makes it not only manageable, but less of a hassle to deal with.

So, I basically I washed my hair with Elucence Moisture Balancing Shampoo ( I clarify if needed with an apple cider vinegar rinse.  Next, I apply the Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask and leave it on for about 20 minutes with a warm cloth (the directions say just 10 minutes, but since I have low-porosity hair, the heat helps to open up the hair’s cuticle).

Once I rinse that out, I apply a the Intense Hydrating Styling cream. This is where it gets trickly. Since my hair is so tightly curled, I do the shingle method which you can learn more about here.

Put my hair in chunky two strand twists and let dry under the hooded dryer.  Once my hair cools, I take it out, then that’s it!

If I need to stretch out my curls, I simply take the hand dryer with the concentrator nozzle ( I don’t care for the diffuser) and on the lowest setting, apply the tension method.

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I really don’t worry about it looking perfectly curly because that takes too much time and besides I like the no fuss curly fro look :) The most important thing is that my hair stays softer and moisturized longer.

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Simple Irish Nachos

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Normally my New Year’s resolution to solely eat vegetarian is broken by St. Patrick’s Day, but I simply couldn’t resist this recipe for Irish Nachos by Cooking with Curls.

Although it’s quite delicious, it’s still healthier than the versions you would get at the pub. It’s pretty simple to make also and makes for a great party dish.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds russet potatoes (cleaned, and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (crushed)
  • sea salt & fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 – 5 Slices uncured, nitrate free, thick-sliced bacon (cooked and chopped) or you can use turkey bacon, like I did
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • pico de gallo, salsa, or diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 2 minced green onions
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves

To Make:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Wash and dry potatoes, leaving skin on.

Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds and place in large bowl.

Drizzle olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper on the potato slices. Stir to combine.

Place potatoes, in a single layer, on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turn over, and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.

Remove potatoes from baking sheet and place on a flat-sided cast iron skillet, slightly overlapping the edges.

Sprinkle with cheese and bacon, and return to the oven for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted.

Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro, and serve with Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Enjoy!

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