Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You Are My Sunshine! Adventures in Dyeing

I've been searching for a mustard cardigan for a while and I haven't had any luck finding the right one. So I decided to dye one!!! I purchased an off white/khaki wool cardigan for $1.50 at my local Salvation Army.

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Two Year Natural Hair Anniversary

OMG! It has been 2 years since my Big Chop! And what a roller coaster it has been! 
I've had both ups and downs during my journey.

natural hair crochet braids

half wig natural hair

natural hair half wig outré evonynatural hair long kinky twists

natural hair wet rod set

half wig freetress taylor girlnatural hair twist out updo

 This was my journey. How is your journey progressing?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tastefully Teal

ana jacket ($25, JCPenny)
Liz Claiborne sweater ($4, Goodwill)
J. Crew shirt ($2, Salvation Army)
necklace I made via Pinterst
refashioned maxi dress into a skirt 
Mossimo Boots ($35, Target)
Olsenboye handbag ($10, JCPenny)
Nicka K nail color, Yellow ($1, Beauty Supply)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mod Monday!

Max Azria chambray shirt ($2, Salvation Army)
Copper Key shirt ($4, Goodwill)
PI LA skirt ($2, Goodwill)
Leggs tights ($4, WalMart)
necklace I made via Pinterst
 Antonio Melani loafers ($8, Salvation Army)
PURE ICE nail color, Wild Thing ($1.97, Walmart)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Classic Black & White

Tommy Hilfiger dress ($4, Salvation Army)
Airport Clothing Company cardigan ($3, Salvation Army)
belt (?, really old)
Leggs tights ($4, WalMart)
cat broach refashioned with nail polish via Pinterest
Boots ($15, Dots)
NANACOCO nail color, Surfer's Dream ($1, Beauty Supply)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Budget Birthday Party!

My daughter has turned 1!!! And of course, I wanted to throw 'us' a party!!!! So I did so on a budget! 

<I used Pinterest as my guide to all things birthday. This one is from Custom Celebrations

<Her name banner was made from scrapbook paper and ribbon. The balloons came from Dollar Tree.  

<My little girl loves bread! So I made her two types of bread: banana and chocolate. I also made Buffalo Chicken and Loaded Potato Dips. The Buffalo Chicken Dip got rave reviews at the party!
<This is the Banana Bread. Not pictured here is the Chocolate Bread I got that recipe from Pinterest.

<This Dr. Suess Birthday Party Punch inspired the punch at our party.

<This is our punch made with lemon, raspberry, and orange jello in Sprite. I used colorful scrap fabric for table cloths.

< My husband bake the carrot cake from scratch and I decorated it with cream cheese icing and pearl sprinkles! Cute and classy! I took the labels off bottled water from Aldi to take it up a notch.

< I used black and white copies of her baby pictures to spell out 'ONE' on the windows. Black and white copies are way cheaper than color ones.

We also played Minute-To-Win-It games, which everyone got a kick out of. This is my first birthday party to throw, overall I think it was pretty successful. The Birthday Girl definitely enjoyed it!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thrifted Glory!

Investments skirt ($2, Goodwill)
Gap gingham shirt ($3, Salvation Army)
Department of Youth denim jacket ($5, Goodwill)
Boot Socks refashioned from sweater ($2.50, Salvation Army)
Mossimo Boots ($35, Target)
Belt ($3, Salvation Army)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Savvy Deal Steal: My First Dominican Blowout

<This is my hair in its natural state. No stretching, twisting or any other manipulation. This is how it grows out my scalp, in super tiny coils. My hair type is 4b/4c. I heard that a Dominican Salon could straighten hair in any state, so since I was starting a new job I wanted to debut a new doo!

dominican blow out natural hair memphis
 <I went to Martha's Palace (3570 Kirby Pkwy Memphis,TN 38115). You could see the stream as soon as you walked into the salon. For $30 cash, I got a shampoo, deep conditioner, blowout and style. First, your hair is shampooed and conditioned. Deep conditioning is extra. Next, your hair is placed in rollers according to your length and placed under a hooded dryer to dry you hair as fast as possible. Lastly, an extremely hot hand-held steam blow dryer and several round brushes are used to blow out your hair. A oil-based spray is sprayed on your hair during this process. It is amazing to watch the transformation from start to finish. 

dominican blow out natural hair memphis
 <This is the result. The salon is busy, but you are not there all day like traditional African American salons. The entire process took and hour and a half! My hair was silky smooth, just like I had a relaxer. I kept my hair straight for a week. It could've stayed longer but I started to miss my natural texture and felt the need to wash it. I have read several places online that say 'Don't straighten your hair, it wont curl back!' I say do everything in moderation. Some times you just want straight hair. And this is one great way to get it super silky!!! 

Overall, I enjoyed the process and would definitely do it again. Next time, I will do a hot oil treatment and deep conditioning the night before to get a little extra protection against the high heat.


Have you ever gotten a Dominican Blowout? 
How was your experience?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

All Bundled Up!

Winter is here! So scarves and layering are a must. I love my hair with this outfit. I set my curls by rolling wet hair with cold wave rods. They are no fun to sleep in, but worth the results!

Pashmina scarf ($10, Charming Charlie)
No Boundaries long sleeve tee ($5, Walmart)
Department of Youth denim jacket ($5, Goodwill)
Worthington slacks ($5, Salvation Army)
Faded Glory loafers (really old, Walmart)
Belt ($3, Salvation Army)

Wedding Casual

The November warmth was perfect indian summer weather for the wedding I attended. I was unsure of how casual it would be so I played it safe with a blazer and a fun dress! This is the same dress I wore in my previous post "Freakin' Fushia." What a difference a jacket makes!

Express dress ($5, Goodwill)
Nine West blazer  ($5, Goodwill)
Call It Spring ballet flats ($14, JCPenny)
Belt ($3, Salvation Army)