Monday, February 14, 2011

Do You Have An Alter Ego?

In the past couple of months, I quickly discovered that I have an alter ego! This all happened a few months ago back when I got my Kim Kardashian inspired sew-in. First off, I'm the type of girl who's kind of shy, really quiet, and never likes to be the center of attention. My fashion sense was very casual and low-key. I would never dare to ever wear heels anywhere except for church! I never wore bold jewelry or any eyeshadow or large earrings or anything to show my girly side. I just sort of kept to myself until.....I got that sew-in! I promise..everything changed right before my eyes! All of a sudden, I started looking at bold and daring shoes to wear out to anywhere! Even to the supermarket! I even bought some cute heeled boots and wore them to school...mind you...I never in my life wore heels to school before on a typical day. I started becoming more interested in make-up. I started going shopping more often for more fashionable clothes. I actually kept up with the fashion trends for the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 season. My wardrobe is suddenly growing to be more exciting now. I've bought so much shoes, I don't know where to put them at times. Guys even started to take more notice of me too. They've approached me a few times...even White guys [which is pretty rare for me]. After removing the weave, I feel like I gained some sort of confidence that stuck with me! Both men and women have given me compliments in the past couple of months with/without the doesn't matter. I feel that the weave was the push that I needed to finally break out of my closed shell. I even started smiling more often..I was never a big smiler in the past because I always felt so uncomfortable with everything. I'm able to look at people in their eyes now. In the past, when I spoke to somebody, I would look anywhere but into their eyes. I feel like I can walk with my head high now, with or with out the weave. But I'm so glad that the weave I got was able to make me find a self that I never knew I had. I'm going to be reinstalling the weave again in a few weeks just in time for Spring! I don't know what to name my alter ego LOL. But she truly comes out when I have my hair freshly relaxed and styled in blunt bangs with my hair hanging down, and of course she comes out when I have a wonderful weave. But she hides when my hair is in a bun or ponytail [I try to avoid those 100%]. Im not saying I dont have confidence with my hair in a bun..but I'm just a lot more less outgoing :/

Check out the photo's below for celebrity alter egos.

When she's with family & friends, she's Beyonce, Southern belle from Texas. But when she performs, she transforms to Sasha Fierce!

Normal Trina transfoms to the Baddest Bitch

Kelly Rowland goes from grungy to glamorous!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Trend: Box Braids!

I thought box braids were...#dead for years! Lately, I've been seeing a lot of girls with Kim Kardashian inspired weaves, asymmetrical bob hair cuts, Nicki Minaj inspired blunt bangs with weave, and literally ALL of Rihanna's hairstyles [except for any with the Red hair]. But 2011 started not too long ago, and already an old trend is making a comeback...braids! Check out Solange Knowles and Brandy Norwood's braids so far this year. These braids remind me of Janet Jackson in her Poetic Justice movie. I love them, but I cant see myself with braids anymore...I've moved on to sew-in's now since I find that braids tend to make my ends thin out the longer my hair grows.

Braids are a great way to grow out your hair. It gives your real hair a chance to rest and thrive also while giving you a break from doing your hair every morning. Just wake up and go! But I do recommend washing your braids every 2 weeks, also conditioning them as well. Don't forget to moisturize and seal the braids to nourish your real hair underneath. Make sure that the perimeter of the hair line is not braided too tightly, or else it can lead to breakage at the hairline. These medium sized braids that Brandy and Solange are rocking are a great size if you don't want to spend hours taking them down when it's time to remove them. I think those long braids are chic and unique! The long lengths remind me of something "Boho-chic" it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spring Hurry Up! [Pink Nails]

I live in New York, and lately we've been getting at least 1 snow storm a week! From late December till early February, we've already had a total of 7 or 8 snow storms! Crazy. The temperatures have dropped dramatically. We are currently in the negatives as I type. Lately, I've been so reminiscent of the Spring season because I have winter blues. I love Spring and all the nice bright colors associated with the season. From flowers to fashion, Spring ranges in a variety of pastels, blues, nudes, purples and my favorite...pinks! To accommodate my feelings for Spring, I went to the nail salon and brought along my China Glaze "Pink Voltage" polish along with me. This color just adds a splash of brightness, happiness, and makes me kind of forget about this dreadful Winter. I've gotten a lot of compliments about my nails too. I love how the Barbie pink color meshes well with my skin tone :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Small Haul: Earrings & Lip Products

I went to the mall today and picked up a few things. Recently, I fell in love with feather earrings! I think they're so cute and different from what I normally wear. So I decided to pick up a pair today. That's really all I wanted, but of course I picked up a few unexpected things lol. Just wanted to share what I got.

I got these thread wrapped earrings from Charlotte Russe

I got the second pair from Charlotte Russe. Both pairs were 2 for $8
I got these lovely feather earrings from Wetseal. They were $6.50
Then I went to the MAC counter and picked up the "PRR Lipglass".
Afterwards, I went to Target and picked up Maybellines ColorSensations Totally Toffe in #215 to go with the Mac lipglass. These two were made for each other!

Do you see how well they go together? I love love love it! Will review it soon on my lips!
The color on the left is MAC's PRR Lipglass, and the color on the right is Maybelline's ColorSensational in Totally Toffe.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 Updates

I've been away from my blog for a month now. It's not that I was busy or anything like that. I haven't been blogging for a while because I needed a break from sitting in front of the computer all the time! If I'm not at work, then I'm home surfing the web or sleeping. I took Spring semester off from school because I'm going to a new school possibly in the Fall and I'm pretty much finished with all my prerequisite classes. So I have more free time to be online. I don't go out that much and stay indoors about 85% of the time. One of my resolutions for the year was to lose weight. It's not healthy to sit down in front of the computer for a number of hours, which was exactly what I was doing. I was inactive and started packing on a few pounds. So I decided to take a break. The break allowed me to catch up on some TV shows too! My new favorite shows are now The Office, Park & Recreation, New Adventures of Old Christine, Gossip Girls, and even the news LOL. I haven't started working out yet because I still need to find time to go sign up for the gym. But yesterday, I bought a digital weight scale! I'm moving in the right Now all I need is some workout clothes and sneakers and my gym membership, and I'll be good to go.

Anyways, lets talk about hair. I relaxed after 8 weeks post on January 14th. The relaxer went pretty well. I didn't shed that much. If I go past 8 weeks, I usually start shedding like crazy. But since I relaxed at 8 weeks post, I didn't have that problem. My cousin relaxed my hair and with my orders, she didn't trim. My ends held up pretty well too. I was able to retain an inch of growth! I took pictures but I will be doing a big reveal of my hair progress this coming May, my birthday month. Other than my relaxer, I've been protecting my hair under my half wig every single day. I'm getting so bored and tired with this wig. I so desperately need a change, so Im thinking about getting another sew-in when I'm 8 weeks post. Which means that I'll have to stretch my relaxer to 16 weeks since I will be leaving the weave in for 2 months. I will be 8 weeks post on March 11th, so this will be the day when I'll get my sew-in! Just in time for Spring. I think I'm gonna go for the same Kim Kardashian inspired sew-in I had last time...or maybe a Teyana Taylor inspired weave with loose curls. Curly weaves are always cute and suitable for warmer weather since you can wash and go with them. Decisions, decisions...Stay tuned!