The Week in Review (January 24 – 31)

Hey guys! Happy Super Bowl Sunday (Go anyone but the Pats!)

Well, I can tell you one thing about this week – I am TIRED of the cold weather!!!

Sure, it’s cool sometimes to be able to wear coats and go ice skating and enjoy hot chocolate outdoors, but when the temperature is 20 degrees BEFORE wind chill, well, there’s absolutely something wrong there. I am a summer baby, born during the dog days of August. To me, this weather is inhumane.

On top of contending with the weather, this week began with a reminder that my thesis is almost due. I have been looking at various academic journals to try and shop my paper around; I want to be able to have others read the research and ideas that I’ve come up with. If I’m not going to share this with people, then what’s the point of me trying to make it so good?

As far as my Portfolio class goes, it’s nice to see everyone’s Websites progressing and getting better as the weeks go on. The ideas and questions that are shared between the students in the class is actually helpful to revising and updating this page of mine. Honestly speaking, without sharing our sites within the class I would be beyond clueless as to how to put this all together.

On another note, today (February 1) marks the first day of Black History Month. As a young Black woman, I consider this a big deal. The goal for every Black History Month is to learn something new about Black American history that I never knew before. So, on top of putting together my thesis and making sure I don’t fail my Portfolio class miserably, I will also be trying to educate myself on the history of my ancestors.

My week wasn’t all work. My aunt turned fifty this past weekend and my family and I got together to take her to brunch. Afterwards, my brother, cousin and I decided to go skating at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden in downtown D.C.. Anyone who knows me knows this is a very rare occurrence that should not be taken lightly.

skating

I wasn’t going to show myself skating. Too embarrassing.

Today (Sunday) was the first Sunday of the month, which meant Communion Sunday. Seeing as how I missed last weeks’ service, I had to compensate; why not by partaking in communion?

Before I left the house I took an awesome selfie. My hair actually cooperated today. An incredible feat, to say the least.

sunday hair

“Bonjour” sweater: Asos. Necklace: Sheinside.com.

That’s all for now. Until next time, people!!!

The Week in Review (January 18 – 24)

Hello Everyone!

This week has been especially trying. I have about three new projects brewing at work and classes have been just as demanding, what with finishing my thesis and putting together prospective journals to shop my thesis around to.

I have learned a few things though. Firstly, I learned that perseverance pays off. I was trying to spruce up my web site for the past few days: you know, work on color, drop-down menus and just making it a cool place to hang out and learn more about me and my talent. Even though trying to do that all while maintaining a good head about issues at work proved taxing, I kept going and was rewarded with recognition by my bosses. I also treated myself to a little shopping spree but that’s another post for another day 🙂

On the 19th I took some time out to reflect on the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. Being an African American living in today’s current events of protesting, die-ins and police rebellions, I can appreciate even more what King Jr. and other civil rights activists did to make sure that the future generations could benefit from their work. However, we still have far to go. It seems as though, since Obama was elected president back in 2008, some people have found the need to become Internet bigots (what I mean is they smile in your face but, behind a keyboard and monitor, they become someone Archie Bunker would be proud of). Also, with police brutality affecting all races, we have a different force to fight. With all that said, I still thank King Jr., Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin and others for getting us this far. Things could be way worse.

Until next time, guys!

The Week in Review (January 11 – 17)

Hello to all!

Okay, so I will be writing posts like these at least once a week, giving people an inside look into my life and who I am.

This week was the beginning of my writing portfolio course in my Master’s program. That, on top of going to work everyday proved to be a LOT for me. I haven’t felt this much pressure since my last semester of undergrad at Morgan State University! At work we had our bi-annual reviews, which I HATE because I’m not a fan of my work being nit-picked. Yes, I do need to learn how to do a better job, but me forgetting to ask the lady at the Winter Outing to put the olives for the salad to the side instead of in the bowl is not my idea of doing horrible job at work.

As for my class, well, it’s too early to tell what kind of student I will be in this class. I will try to do as great a job as I can, but when you have a full time job, still working on a thesis AND dealing with a class, something is going to fall by the wayside. My guess is that something will be sleep :(.

One thing that I actually enjoy is being able to share my works and thoughts with all of you. This website and accompanying blog was created as an assignment for this class, but I am enjoying every second of my time putting this together. As far as continuing this after the class is over, well, only the Man Upstairs knows what’s going to happen. But I really want to keep this going.

Fortunately, this week wasn’t all “work-no-play.” Friday night found me in an actual bowling alley. If you know me you know I stay far away from exercising of any kind. However, it wasn’t so bad when I finally started to bowl and get my technique together. On the other hand, when I woke up the next morning, my wrist was in so much pain that no amount of wine could deter the feeling (oh, yeah. No amount of pain medication as well). As much pain as I was and still am in, I am already planning to go back this Friday, but not without buying a wrist brace first.

bowling night

Needless to say, my friends and I had fun!

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

The 90’s Are Back!

When I was a little girl in the 90’s, I loved the styles that my mother put me in. Acid washed denim, bright crazy colors, and floral was all the rave. Fast forward to 2014 and when I heard that 90’s fashion was making a comeback I was a little disturbed. “Who in their right minds would want to look like that on purpose?!” I wondered to myself. Now I see the light. Dark, gloomy florals have been replaced by bright, effervescent colors. Crop tops and acid washed jeans have resurfaced with a cool vengeance. Below are my top three 90’s faves that have come back better.

1. Neon

neon summer

I used to think neon colors were unnecessary. Like, did they have to be so bright??? Then I found this “Life Is A Beach” shirt at Forever 21 and was sold. I found a new niche when I added this Victoria’s Secret neon green bra under for an added effect.

2. Florals

florals

I seriously had a dress just like this when I was a little girl. The pretty flowers on this dress makes this exceptionally cool. To make this not look like you’re about to take your 6th grade class picture, add a clutch and some neutral heels (in this case, my green Jessica Simpson heels I got for a steal at DSW) and you can go from grade school to the top of the class.

3. Crop Tops and Acid Washed Denim

acid wash

Yeah, we both wore the same shirt to a party. No, it wasn’t planned. But who can say no to that gem of a top from online powerhouse ASOS for only $10! Add a pair of $20 H&M jeans (on my friend, a pink pair of Forever 21 jeans) and you are transported back in time right back to 1992. Oh, and for added effect, throw your hair in some pigtail buns and you’ll be set to take your spelling test (or if you were me at 7 years old, ready to write your bad behavior on the board 100 times).

Anything else you wanna add, my darling Fashionistas, sound out below in the comments section! Until next time!

Flexi Fabulousity

Hey again everyone! So this past week was the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday: pies, turkeys, and relatives up in your business asking those questions that you hate; “So, when you gonna get married, girl?” “You think you should freeze your eggs, you know, just in case you feel like having kids later in life?” ß Yeah, those questions -__-

Thankfully, here’s an easy, breezy hairstyle that doesn’t take long at all and will have all those pesky old people complimenting you on at least one thing. The following are steps to achieve that perfect curl without using a lot of heat.

  1. You’re going to need the following items: a blowdryer, Eco-styler gel, and about 20 to 30 flexi rods, depending on the thickness of your hair. If you don’t know, flexi rods look like this:

flexi rods22. After blow-drying your hair to your desired straightness, separate your hair into four sections. The parts don’t have to be even.

3. Using one of the sections, make a medium-sized horizontal row. Generously apply gel to the row of hair. Using a small-toothed comb (aka a rat-tail comb), comb the gel through the hair.

4. Taking a small section of hair from the row, secure the end of your hair with one of the rods. In a twirling motion, twirl the rest of your hair onto the rod, leaving empty space at the top of the rod.

5. Take the top of the rod and bend it to stay in place. Continue with the rest of your head.

6. When done, either sit under a dryer or air dry until every last strand of hair is completely dry. My hair usually takes about 1.5 hours under the dryer, all night if I air dry.

7. Unravel the hair in the opposite direction of the way you first rodded the hair.

8. Separate and fluff to your desired look.

When everything is said and done, your hair should look like this:

Kyla curls

So, what do you think? Did I do a good job? Are there other, easier ways to achieve this style? Would you guys like to see a video? Sound out in the comment section below!

Later, Fashionistas!