Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fab Tab!

My friend, Tabitha, is so FABULOUS!!! She did my hair last Saturday and as a result she saved me so much in the morning while getting ready because I didn't even have to touch my hair until this past Thursday evening. This past Thursday (day 5), I unpinned and untwisted my hair and wore it out in a different style. It still looks good and it is Sunday (day 8)! So, Tabby saved me time and gave me a 2 in 1 style. I love love love it!! Thanks boo!

Ok so how did she do it???

1. Put hair into 3 side ponytails and leave some hair out in the front for bangs.
2. Twist each ponytail should have about 3 to 5 twists per ponytail
3. Twist all the hair you left out in the front for bangs
4. Tuck and pin all twists

My hair on day 5:

My hair on Sunday (day 8):


Thanks again FAB TAB!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Brittany!!!

Hello Everyone,

This is my good friend Brittany!!! I miss her...she up and moved away on me #tear. 

Well, she actually tried my washing method and then took her hair out two days later. Here are the results....

I love love love it!!! I love her hair color as well....I'm too chicken to color my hair. So, you see can be done! Thanks for the pics Brittany. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

I Wear My Faith

I went to my church's fundraiser gospel concert last night. It was great! Howard University, NC A&T University, and Virginia State University showed out. Anyway, at intermission I went out to the lobby to check out some of the vendors they had this year and I came across these lovely ladies from Virtuositee.

Michanda and Quinci
Side note: these ladies are naturals showing can rock a funky puff or a sexy blowout. 

But yea, the shirts grabbed my attention instantly because I saw a silhouette of a woman with natural hair. Then once they explained the meaning of the shirts and what their company was about I was SOLD! 

Virtuositee is a faith based goods company that spread the Word of God through their clothing and products. They inspire dialogue about Christianity with products that marry faith and fashion. Hence, the slogan "wearing my faith". 

The shirt I decided to purchase was the "In His Image - The Essence of His Likeness". 

The shirt means..."You are woman as God envisioned you - beautifully created in His image, productive, aware of your power, and reigning in the earth." The inspiration for this shirt came from Genesis 1:27, which says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (KJV). 

Here I am wearing my shirt...


If you would like to learn more about Virtuositee or would like to wear your faith by purchasing some of their products please visit their site at You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Protective Style #2

Hello All,
Thanks for stopping by. Below is a video of another protective style I like to do...Enjoy!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Health and Weight Loss

By the request of my sister today's topic will be about my weight loss journey. She claims I am a "health nut" and says I need to drop some knowledge about health and exercise. I'm a "yo-yo" (weight constantly going up and down) so I can't help but to be a "health nut". Welp....this is me my freshman year of college. Still in shape from sports in high school. 

Toward the end of college this was fat and unhealthy me. 

After graduating from college, I went to the doctor and he said I was overweight and had high cholesterol. Knowledge ---> There are two types of cholesterol LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). My LDL and HDL were high probably because I had not been working out, ate unhealthy foods all the time (Bojangles, McDonalds, Popeyes, Wing Zone, Wendy's, Jimmy Johns, Pizza America, Red Lobster) and was overweight! Later, the doctor said it had something to do with heredity as well.  Knowledge ---> Nonetheless, I needed to do something about this quick because high cholesterol can cause things like chest pain, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes...and I am too young for all that! So this is what I did. 

2007 - 2009

Weight Watchers and working out three times a day was with a trainer. Sometimes, I would do the Boot Camp program my job sponsored after work. Also, walking during my commute to work aided in weight loss. Results: Weight loss and normal cholesterol.

2009 - 2010

I got off Weight Watchers because I felt I could eat healthy on my own without having to pay that monthly fee. I found myself gaining some of the weight back, so I downloaded a free app to my phone called My Fitness Pal to track my caloric intake. I also did Beachbody INSANITY 60 day program. When I finished the program, I started going to the gym again 3 times a week. My routines consisted of the following:

Day 1:
Weight Training
Erg a.k.a. Rowing Machine (30 min) 

Day 2:
Spinning Class (1 hour)

Day 3:

Weight Training
Run on Treadmill or Walk on Treadclimber or Elliptical (30 mins)

Results: 5 pounds of weight loss, but cholesterol was extremely high. The doctor wanted to put me on medication, however, he said I was too young to be put on medication. High Cholesterol is also hereditary, therefore, it might always be high for me but I still need to do things to prevent it from being extremely high.


I went on a strict diet...drastically started cutting back on foods high in cholesterol (cheese, eggs, ranch dressing, fried foods, mac n cheese, shell fish - especially my beloved shrimp, UNCLE JULIOS queso, pizza, salami, etc.) I still used the My Fitness Pal app on my phone, but this time around I not only tracked calories but cholesterol and fat intake too. Knowledge ---> Why fat??? When choosing fats, your best options are unsaturated fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. If you use these fats in place of others it can reduce your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels in your blood. Try to stay away from the saturated and trans fats. Saturated Fats raise total blood cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels; saturated fat may also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Trans fats raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol.  Additionally, my breakfast always consisted of cholesterol lowering foods, such as, grapefruit (do not eat if you are on medication for high blood pressure), oatmeal, and Cheerios. I also started using Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of Vegetable Oil, turkey bacon instead of thick sliced pork bacon, baking foods instead of frying them, butter with no cholesterol (Country Crock has 0mg), less salads drenched in my favorite dressings and more steamed veggies, sometimes having beans instead of meat, eating leaner meats and fish, etc. And yes you got it, I got tired of going to the gym AGAIN! So, I did Beachbody Turbo Fire 90 day program.  Results: Weight loss and cholesterol was borderline high; not extremely high as it was before. 

Currently, I am doing Beachbody P90X for toning and monitoring caloric and cholesterol intake using My Fitness Pal app. No, not tracking fat so much these days because it was getting to be over *Tamar voice*

Knowledge --->

How I determined my daily caloric intake:

How I determined daily my cholesterol intake:
The doctor recommended that I try to intake less than 200 mg daily. You would have to talk to your doctor about this. 

How I determined daily fat intake:

Too much? Yea, it is a lot of calculating. That's why my sister calls me a "health nut".  I have gotten used to it and YES sometimes I do just "live" and eat what I want but I don't get crazy with it. O yea and you see how Beachbody got me?!?! They definitely roped me in. Anywho, my advice is to just set small realistic weight loss goals and try to incorporate some sort of exercise regime into your daily life. Also, try to surround yourself with healthy people. I think that was my downfall in college. 

Joliza, my sister, my friend.....this is for you.....KNOWLEDGE DROPPED!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Protective Style #1

I woke up with a headache and didn't want to put my hair in a protective style that would hurt my head from pulling it back too tight. Below is a video of how I did my protective style. 

Big Hair!!

Last night was the season premiere of The Braxtons!!!! Tamar cracks me up. While, I was sitting there watching I figured I would just twist my hair and see what would happen. I put 7 two strand flat twists with bantu knots in my hair. I did this on old dry hair and spritzed with a little water. I was done about half way through the show. 


Here are the results....

Ornament Exchange

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This year my parents are hosting!!!! Thank God I don't have to sit in Thanksgiving traffic this year. Anywho, my mom always has something entertaining for her guests to do when they come over and this time she wants to do an ornament exchange so people can walk away with something to decorate their tree with for Christmas. I decided to go the DIY (do it yourself) route and make my own ornament. The ornament I will be making is a pine cone.

How did I do it???

Materials Needed: 

* Styrofoam Egg
* Hot Glue Gun
* Decorative Paper
* Pins
* Embellishments of your choice
* Glue Stick
* Scissors
* Ribbon

Step 1: Cut decorative paper into 1 by 1 inch squares

Step 2: Using the glue stick put some glue on the back of the paper then fold down two corners to make it look like a house. Do this to all your 1 by 1 inch squares.

Step 3: Cut off two small pieces of your decorative paper then hot glue them to the top and bottom of the styrofoam egg.

Step 4: Start pinning little house shaped paper on to the styrofoam egg. Continue until no more white styrofoam is showing.

Step 5: Hot glue or pin on embellishments.

Step 6: Add ribbon for hanging and done!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Crocheting and Knitting

As of late, my mother has been teaching me for the second time how to crochet. It has been a real struggle for me because I'm left-handed and my mom is right-handed, but YouTube has been really helpful. Here are some of the projects my mother just finished. If you want her to make you something...I'm taking orders!!! 

Candle Drape (crochet)

Children's Sweater w/ Hood (knit)

Now, back to me....I like some of the knitting patterns more than the crochet and I don't feel like learning to knit. So my mom introduced me to....drumroll.....drumroll.....drumroll....

The Knook!!! Now, I can knit with a crochet hook!! So cool...I'll update you on my knook projects. See ya soon!