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The Sun Is Out, And I Am not Afraid

Winter is finally over. It’s 7:30 p.m. as I’m typing this, and the soft rays of the sun are enriching my skin.

The recent appearance of the sun has lead me to spend more time outside–napping, hanging out with friends, or relaxing.

These days the warm sun, and its gift of a nice tan, are welcoming, unlike the days during middle school when I would stay inside or wear long sleeves to avoid my skin getting darker.

If only I’d embraced then the beauty of melanin rich skin. Or if I’d known the things exposure to the sun can do for your mood, skin, and overall health.

I’m at peace with that part of my life now because I love my blackness and everything that comes with it–the color, lips, strength, and history. I could go on and on about why I love to be black, but I’ll leave that for another post.

So here’s to standing in the sun (no, not a Scandal reference). Here’s to the summer, and the color that my ancestors fought hard to be held in high regard.

 

Photo credit: Micolo J

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A Spring Fling with Fringe & Floral

With spring quickly approaching, it’s time to start building up those wardrobes, ladies! We can finally start putting away all of our winter layers in order to make room for our new spring pieces. One of my favorite trends this spring has to be fringe. I have always been a huge fan of all things fringe, I mean, who doesn’t love a nice statement piece? And I’ve never seen anything with fringe not make a statement.

purse                                                         Qmuro on Etsy Yellow and White Fringe Purse

I also love a nice floral print piece, whether it’s a nice flowy dress or a dope pair of floral print platforms; the right floral piece can create such a nice classic look. I love mixing hard and soft pieces together, and what goes better with a tough leather skirt than some floral print platforms? Don’t be afraid to venture out and mix pieces together that you wouldn’t typically pair together! I find that I create my best looks whenever I really go against the grain and try something different.

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                                                                Charlotte Russe Floral Platforms

 

Wearing leather during the spring and summer months is normally a fashion don’t, but this season please make it a fashion must! Take a chance and throw on a leather skirt (with fringe) and a pair of Chucks for a cute casual look when you’re not in the mood to wear heels.

skirtGETTHELOOKS.COMAU Leather Look Fringe Skirt

 

Have fun mixing up your floral and fringe this season ladies. Mix your old and new pieces together. Don’t be afraid to also check out your local thrift and vintage stores, you can definitely find some great fringe and floral pieces while thrifting!

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House of Holland Floral Crepe Crop Top

Ladies I would love to know what trends you’ll be rocking this season so feel free to leave a comment and fill me in!

 

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3 DIY Herabal Hair Tonics For Spring

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Via NaturallyCurly

It’s that in-between season that we all love–not sure if it’s getting warmer, may still be cold, it may rain or snow… And our bodies and hair respond to those changes.

Along with the uncertainty of weather can come a lack-of-luster for our locks.

Luckily, here are some easy, all-natural, do-it-yourself potions that you can create in no time, and bring back the natural shine and bounce to your hair.

1. Parsley & Rosemary Tonic

Solves: Dullness

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons crushed parsley seeds (found at health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup chopped rosemary
  • Water

Directions

  1. Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the crushed parsley and chopped rosemary.
  3. Allow to steep for 20 mins.
  4. Cool and strain the mixture.
  5. Pour the liquid over your hair in the shower or sink.
  6. Wrap your head with a warm towel for 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Do not rinse– allow your hair to dry naturally.

2. Nettle Hair Tonic

Solves: Dandruff

What You’ll Need

  • A handful of fresh nettle leaves or 5 tablespoons of dried nettle (found at health food stores)
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil
  • A bottle or glass jar to store the liquid

Directions

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Place the nettle (fresh or dried) in the water.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add a few drops of your selected oil.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool and steep for 20 mins.
  6. Once cool, strain the liquid.
  7. Pour over your hair in the shower.
  8. Comb or massage through your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

 

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