Monthly Archives: November 2016

The House That Hustle Built 3 

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I buzzed through this book! To say it was a page turner is an understatement. Nisa did a great job with building the suspense in the beginning of the book. I was so anxious to find out what would happen with Pearla, and Cash I was beside myself.

I provided information on the two main characters in my review on Parts 1 and 2.  A few more characters come into play. Towards the end of The House the Hustle Built Part 1 Pearla and Cash went there separate ways. The drama became too much for the couple to handle. It appeared to be a misunderstanding, but the two weren’t good for each other. It becomes very evident in this book. However, Cash ended up settled with a young lady by the name of Sophie, and Pearla started a relationship with Hassan. Now Sophie, and Hassan are bad news. Adding to the list of bad news would be; Kwan – Sophie’s brother, April -Pearla’s best friend, and Bimmy – Hassan’s right hand man, and April’s boyfriend .

Cash found himself public enemy number 1! He has everyone trying to kill him, and he really has no real street credibility. Through the whole book he was a nervous wreck, I found it quite entertaining… you reap what you sow.

I definitely loved the ending, and I think Pearla and Hassan are perfect for each other. I am almost certain it will be another version of this story. I can not see Hassan ending things as is. Oh I can not wait!!!

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Happy Reading! 📚

You can get your copy today via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Reference:

The House That Hustle Built Book 1 and 2

Fall/Winter Hair Transformation 

 

This past November marks 3 years since I have applied a straightening relaxer to my hair. For some in question a relaxer is a type of lotion or cream generally used by people with tight curls or very curly hair which makes hair easier to straighten by chemically “relaxing” the natural curls. The active agent is usually a strong alkali, although some formulations are based on ammonium thioglycolate instead. I “relaxed” my hair for 20 years. Even though I have always had a pretty decent amount of healthy hair during that time, I am happy on the decision to leave the chemicals alone. I was terrified to embrace my natural hair, due to the environment I worked in and how I would be perceived by my peers. Since my decision my hair is stronger, has more personality, and I am more confident in who I am.

October 2016 I cut a few inches off and transitioned into a fiery copper color!! 💇🏽😍 Surprising to me, my curl pattern changed. I feel in love with the new curls, I actually wanted to cut more. I must say I love being a natural curl girl! It allows me to be creative with my hair, and it’s so many products and styles to try. Each week is a new adventure with my hair, how exciting!

I received quite a few goodies from the Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo. Below are reviews, and styles with various products.

Lacee Beauty (Dallas, TX)-

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Color transition – My hair can’t handle lighter colors in the fall. I typically go darker in the fall, my hair always speaks to me. Listen to your hair ladies! My beautician is great, she has given my natural hair life and she doesn’t do anything that doesn’t benefit the health of my hair.

Style – Wash and Go

  • I washed  with The Natural Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo, and conditioned with the Hydrating Cream Conditioner
  • Applied the Moisturizing  Curl Activator Cream to enhance my curl pattern
  • Topped it off with the Define & Shine Custard to hold the style

This was my first attempt at a Wash and Go style and I definitely have some more learning to do. Overall it wasn’t bad, but the custard was a little flaky. I can’t say I cared for that.

Style – Braid Out

  • I washed with the African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo, and conditioned with the Balancing Conditioner
  • I applied the Dandruff Control Hair Masque, and sat with my Hot Head Thermal Hair Care for 30 min
  • I sectioned my hair and applied the Dandruff & Dry Scalp Elixir to my scalp, and braided my hair with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie

I chose this particular brand of Shea Moisture due to a scalp condition I have called, Seborrhea Capitis. I was overall satisfied with the brand, and I will continue to do the masque regimen once a month. My hair was really soft after the Masque, and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie definitely had my curls popping!

#AMILLONWAYSTOSHEA – 👈🏾 CLICK ON THE LINK!! Shea Moisture has over 100 products, and that alone is frustrating!! So this awesome tool helps simplify things for you. All you have to do is upload a pic, cause I know you have a selfie! You’ll be prompted to answer a few questions about your hair, and what you’re looking for…. then WAYLAY! You’ll have suggested products based upon your answers.

Style – Twist Out 

  • I washed with Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo, and conditioned with the Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
  • I let my hair air dry for about an hour, before I apply my styler
  • I applied the Twist & Define Cream for twists
  • I used the Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer later in the week to refresh my style

 

💡 I absolutely loved the Hot Head Thermal Hair Care Bonnet. I deep condition my hair once a month, and the convenience of this bonnet has me no longer sitting under a dryer. I was able  to condition my hair while taking care of duties around the house. I encourage you to check it out for your hair care needs.

💡I always use TGIN’s Argan Replenishing Hair and Body Serum when taking down my twists, or braids. I also use it daily to add shine and moisture to my style.

💡Cantu and Shea Moisture has a product line for Men, and Kids.

Reference:

Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo

Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo 2016

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Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo

Bella Kinks is a movement. Conceived for the promotion and awareness of the transcendent beauty of natural hair, the transformative impact of an organic diet, and the tranquil benefits of exercise for women of color. Bella Kinks exists to motivate women for action while embracing their authentic beauty. Sharing knowledge and resources of such a lifestyle is the cornerstone of how Bella Kinks strengthens its mission.

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The woman behind it all, Founder – Julian Addo

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Sumatra Reed – Knowing Your Worth

Overall, Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo was Amaze – Balls!! I was so happy to be in attendance, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my experience with you. The event was held over 2 days, and attracted many from the entire Texas footprint. We heard inspiring words as well as ways to maintain healthy curls from the Beauty and Fashion Vloggers Sumetra Reed and the Glam Twinz. Courtney Adeleye (The Mane Choice) shared how to grow your hair, vision, and mindset. Mahisha Dillinger (Curls) gave us information on how to achieve “Growth and Slay.”  We were also educated in ways to execute a Hair Expo Event and secure sponsorships from our host, Julian Addo and Sabrina Bossier (Natural Partners in Crime). Their were so many great takeaways from this weekend.

Many wonderful vendors lined up the walls of the Fashion Industry Gallery in Downtown Dallas. You can catch a glimpse of these vendors Interacting with customers and their products in my video listed below.

The list and links directly to there site includes:

Soultanicals
BB
Snappee 
Textures
As I Am – Born Curly
Camille Rose Naturals
Curls
Mielle Organics
Bouncy Curls
The Lip Bar
The Mane Choice
Kurlee Belle
Curly Chicks
Nudred – The Original
Made Beautiful
TGIN
Obia Natural Hair Care
Kinky Curly Yaki
DAMI
Uncle Funky’s Daughter
Divine Luxury
Ven & Rose
EDEN
Elle Vie
Natural Sis 72
Hiruna
CoCo Conscious Collective
Ugly Betty Boy Crush

Intentional Living High Tea

I was granted the honor of being the Mistress of Ceromonies for  The Intentional Living High Tea, hosted by Dr Jatun Dorsey.

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The Lady of the hour, Dr Jatun Dorsey

Founder/CEO of The Commend Her Network

Dr Jatun Dorsey is a go-getter, multi-tasker, and extreme advocate for the personal and professional growth of women. She is passionate about building lasting relationships, fostering sisterhood, and supporting women as they journey through life aspiring to succeed while overcoming numerous obstacles. Dr Jatun has over 12 years of management and leadership experience. She has excelled academically obtaining a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, and a Doctorate of Business Administration.

The Intentional Living High Tea was a private event Dr Jatun hosted with a soft promotion of her now available book. Dr Jatun’s  book,  Intentional Living: 30 Productivity Principles to Achieve Peace of Mind is now available on Amazon.

Moments captured. 😊

Check out Dr Jatun discussing a few principles highlighted in her book.

Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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http://www.saintanndallas.com

Originally built in 1927, the historic school has been transformed into a modern environment that boasts the largest garden patio in Dallas and is consistently voted as “Best Patio in Dallas” by D Magazine and “Best Outdoor Dining” by OpenTable. The restaurant’s refined yet casual atmosphere and extensive menu has made it a favorite among patrons.

It is open Monday through Friday for lunch, every day for dinner and drinks, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The first level of the two-story red brick building is Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar.

I recently Fancied this establishment for a friends birthday dinner, and my expectations were blown away. Everyone I came in contact with was very professional and courteous. I agree with the introduction, the patio area is breathtaking. I personally order the Grilled Salmon with Lemon Garlic Spinach. I can’t say I was crazy about the Spinach, but the Salmon was divine! The Salmon had a vibrant color, impeccable seasoning, and nice and tender. The appetizers, drinks, and main courses for the group were impressive.

Brunch is my favorite weekend activity, I will definitely return to try out their brunch menu. Hopefully this time, I can snag a seat on there beautiful patio.

*Valet Parking is available at no cost to you

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