Woven Wall Hangings

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I noticed a trend that is vastly becoming ever popular- that’s right! Woven wall hangings. These charming tapestry design add instant charm to any room. I’ve never weaved before, but I’d like to learn how to make my own, which beats paying a $100 for one.

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I like the southwestern homey accents that add instant coziness and traditional appeal to any home.

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What do you think about them.

These places sell them if you’re interested:

Urban Outfitters

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One Kings Lane

Or you can make one yourself!

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Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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The best facial moisturizer

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After trial and error of trying out different moisturizers to combat the dry climate, I finally found one that works and it’s right out of my own kitchen!

Containing many ingredients that are good for the skin, the night cream consists mainly  of shea butter, tamanu oil, coconut oil and aloe vera.

As a day cream, I’ve whipped up coconut oil and vitamin E oil.

As a regimen for dry skin, I basically, wash off makeup using coconut oil, then I do a facial steam ( towel ran under hot water, then squeeze the excess out), then I’ll wash my face with castille soap and apply the night cream for more moisture at night, and the day cream as a light, yet hydrating moisturizer.

The results not only keep my skin soft, but combats dryness and dullness.

You can even add a few drops of essential oils if you’d like, for added benefits!

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Let’s talk about hair!

Lately, my hair has been really dry. If you wear your hair naturally kinky or coily, then you probably already know how much work it takes to keep the hair moisturized and supple. Compound that issue with living in the dessert and there comes many expletive-inducing moments.

I’ve actually had my hair in faux locs for the past month because I keep grappling with the idea of having dreads/locs. However, since I enjoy wearing my hair full and out, I decided to nix all the twist outs, bantu knot outs, all the outs and simply wear wash n goes, dry my hair and go. Sitting down for a 3 hour-long detangling session isn’t going to work for me.

So, since I like to live my life simply. I decided to try out no more than 2 or 3 staples that will be what I use for my hair until somehow they stop working for my hair.

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Seamless bone comb, Shea Moisture Gel Curling Souflee, Kinky Curly Knot Today, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle, and an ionic blow dryer.

First I detangle my hair in the shower so that my hair can be sopping wet. I co-wash with the conditioner. then separate my hair into sections. Next I apply the Knot Today Detangler from Kinky Curly.

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Then I take the Shea Moisture Gel Souflee and do some sort of shingle method, which means that you take each individual curl and smooth them so that they clump together.

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This is the first time trying this method and although there is lots of shrinkage going on, I really don’t care.

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It’s amazing how short my hair looks in it’s natural state, but I like the tiny little ringlets

So far, my hair feels more moisturized and the whole process takes about 20 minutes ( not counting the drying time). We will see!

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Do or don’t: blue lipstick

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I remember back when I was a teenager I actually made blue lipstick using nothing but vaseline and blue eyeshadow. At the time it was really cute. I still think some people can pull it off.

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Although I probably wouldn’t go this route today, what do you think? Would you try it?

Milani is a great, yet affordable makeup line that has blue lip color, if you’re daring.

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Have a Beautiful Weekend

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The Women

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I was watching The Women last night and as corny as it is, there’s something inspiring about it. The fact that even though one of the protagonist’s  husband  (Meg Ryan)  was cheating on her, she still picked up her frazzled self and got it together to host a runway fashion show.

It’s not the best of movies, but I like the relationship between the women and how they encourage each other, although they all have things going on in their personal lives. . Oddly, there are no men either, but it’s still an interestingly  motivating movie to watch.

What movie do you like to watch?

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How to pack without wrinkles

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Are you traveling for the spring? I for one, love to travel this time of year and have a few suggestions on how to pack without your clothes getting all wrinkly.

Here are a few tips:

1. Lay pants flat at the bottom of the suitcase so that the waistband lie flat and the legs hang out.

2. Lie your more delicate clothing, such as blouses, on top of the pile so that the collars are aligned and the sleeves hang out.  Place sweaters and dressers on top too.

3. Put your underwear, socks, bras, etc. into a bag and place into the center of the suitcase.  The pillow effect of this will help to keep your clothes wrinkle-free.

4. Tuck your shoes, toiletries and belts around your clothes.

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That’s it! A nicely packed suitcase with wrinkle-free clothes!

31 Travel experts weight in on packing light.

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Have a Beautiful Weekend

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Spring Cleaning + a Trick for a Cluttered Wardrobe

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Do you normally spring clean? Meaning to clean the house from top to bottom? I did this weekend. It took about 3 days or so but after getting rid of all the junk, I feel so much lighter and happier.

Technically it’s still winter but our place was getting too cluttered. I found myself cleaning and sprucing up the same area over and over again. When that happens, I know it’s probably time to get rid of some things. I know it’s a bit early for that but I couldn’t help myself. It needed to be done!

With that in mind, i also decided to tackle my closet and got rid of a lot of things I don’t even wear. In my opinion, if it’s not going to be worn, why keep it. In many ways, I realize that I’m going towards a minimalist mindset- Out with the junk, in with the essentials.

Eventually moved over to the medicine cabinet, under the cabinets, the garage, etc.  and after doing all that I feel so..much..better. a bit light if I must say so.

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Ray and Jen came up with a genius idea of deciding which items to keep in a wardrobe and which items to toss within a 6 months period.

Some things I know I’ll never wear so I don’t even bother with them. Then there are those things I keep hanging onto knowing that i can’t fit anymore because it’s so “pretty”. Yep! I’ve learned to let go of those things also. Either they get sold or go to Goodwill. Might as well let someone else get use out of it.

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Within editing my wardrobe, there’s something I’ve noticed. Many of the colors that I own are neutralized, blacks, pinks, soft whites, blues, etc. Perhaps psychologically these colors remind me of the beach and they make me feel light and happy. Whatever the case, I feel more calm now  that I have a decluttered space to think and be creative.

What do you do to clean up your abode? Are you a minimalist when it come to wardrobe editing or do you just cram it all in there?

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