Monday, March 30, 2015

Sisterlocks Selfies: Happy Monday

A little selfie love to start the week off...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Play Clothes: Skinny Slacks and Slimming Blazers in Black

That moment when it takes a photo to realize a shirt is semi see through...

This is the first time I've EVER worn this lovely Ann Taylor loft shirt without a camisole underneath, but it was a warm day and I was wearing a blazer so I went without it. Opps!

None the less, the outfit was a success, very comfortable and it did not look sheer in person. Truth be told, I kind of like it, makes me look edgier that I actually am in real life!

Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Blazer: Banana Republic
Pants: Old Navy
Flats: Nordstrom Rack
Purse: Coach
Shades: Tory Burch

Monday, March 23, 2015

3 Steps for Better Skin

I started to write an all encompassing post on tips for a clearer complexion – from diet to detoxing – but I realized that most of my friends that have intermittent battles with acne have one thing in common, a dirty face. So why focus on a million different remedies when this might be at the root of your problems.

Let me clarify that my definition of a dirty face may be slightly different from yours. The moment I touch my face with hands that haven’t been recently washed, my face becomes dirty. The second I sweat, dirt germs must be multiplying on my epidermis! Last but not least, the millisecond I add makeup, my pores aren’t breathing as freely as they were meant to be and I count my face as dirty!

More than one good friend has admitted to me that they periodically fall asleep with their makeup on. Gasp! As soon as I get home I use a makeup wipe to wipe away every bit of the day’s makeup. I have not, and hopefully never will fall asleep with makeup on!

I believe in a great cleanser – not one with a million hard to pronounce ingredients and fancy commercials. My current favorite cleanser has a handful of ingredients I could find in a grocery store, and works!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Could Loc Bangs Work For Me?

Amongst my many adventurous hair desires, I kind of want to give myself loc bangs, but growing up in the era of Chappelle Show has left me with a Rick James impersonation fear!

Getting sisterlocks, for me, was about hair prosperity and looking like Dave Chapelle's Rick James is the opposite of hair prosperity for a girl. There are still so few depictions of dreads and braids in popular culture, so the ones you encounter kind of sear themselves into your brain.

What do you think, could I pull off loc bangs?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Black Thursday

A selfie crafted just for Instagram!

Natural Hair and Locs

Follow me: @RaisingSelf on Instagram, for more random hair, makeup, cooking, life and random Southern California living photos!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Quick and Easy Ways to Grow Out Your Eyebrows

A few weeks ago I realized my eyebrows were becoming ridiculously thin for a face as full as mine. Though I have my brows professionally threaded regularly, my at-home maintenance in between visits were the root cause of my rapidly thinning brows.

Though it was hard to exert self control, this is how I grew out my brows:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Play Clothes: Easy Casual Gray & Yellow Outfit

DIY ripped jeans bought on clearance from JCPenney, a clearance scarf from Target and a pair of sale canvas shoes also from Target... and voila, the perfect weekend causal outfit!

Makeup and care-free!

Jeans: JCPenney
Shirt: TJMaxx
Shoes: Target
Scarf: Target
Skin: Natural Sunscreen from Andalou

And there you have it, a quick & easy casual gray & yellow outfit

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easy Ways to Improve Bad Mother-Daughter Relationships

Recently, a young lady reached out to me via Sisterlock's Facebook page seeking some major life advice:

I'm getting my Sisterlocks installed on Monday morning. I can't wait! I love your locks and have seen so many beautiful pictures of you. Even though I'm joining the Sisterlocks club, my Mom disapproves. It's strange because she is a very proud Black woman.

My Mother reminds me often to embrace my African heritage yet she finds Locs to be gross. Locks are huge part of African culture. It's disappointing to see this hypocritical attitude coming from my mother on this subject. I tried to reason with my Mom but she gets defensive & judgmental. My mother is also uncomfortable with the fact that I'm in a interracial relationship because of the cultural differences. I'm proud myself (including my heritage) and my individual beauty. How is it now that I'm embracing my beauty through African styles, my pro African mom rejects this idea? Why can't I find someone else from another heritage/culture just as worthy and Handsome/beautiful?

My Love's culture doesn't really have a connection with Locs but he is open to the beauty of them. My Mom who says, "Embrace your Blackness" deems Locs as ugly & dirty looking. This confuses a lot. It's seem like whatever I do is it never good enough & my Mom is never happy for me. I'm reaching out to you for advice. All I wanted was her support & I'm getting everything but that.

I replied to her post and wanted to share some of my reply with others that maybe facing similar difficulties with their mother (or matriarch in their life):

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Work Clothes: California Winter

It's winter in Cali, which means the early mornings and evenings are chilly, with mild to warm mid-days, and full on sunshine all day!

Lace Blouse (layer 1): Banana Republic
Top (layer 2): Nordstrom Rack
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack
Scarf: Target

This outfit is a by-product of the need to be comfortable, stay warm early in the day, peel off some layers during lunch and stay warm during that chilly evening walk to the car.

Earrings: Anthropologie 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shadow, Light and Locs

Shadow, light and locs...

locs, dreads, interlocks
I love playing with photography and light!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Video: My First Attempt At A Braid-Out on Locs

This was my first ever attempt at a braid-out, and I've been loc'd for almost 5 years! Some might be surprised by this, but my favorite part of locs is how low maintenance they are, and elaborate hairstyles can be a laid back buzz kill. Nonetheless, I gave it a try and though the results were not as defined and short lived (because I didn't use a setting lotion), I would try it again.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Product Review: Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection

A week ago, Head & Shoulders sent me a few products for a line tailored to and for women with textured hair. Head & Shoulders is all about living life head first — this means shampoos and conditioners that work in perfect harmony to care for your tresses from scalp to tip!

Head & Shoulders' brand continues to develop products that provide superior scalp care without sacrificing the beauty benefits of leading cosmetic shampoos. In fact, the Moisture Care Collection:
  • Provides moisture for scalp and hair immediately and over time, helping to eliminate dandruff and leaving you 100% flake-free 
  • Is specifically designed for textured hair 
  • Includes a shampoo, 2-in-1, co-wash and scalp soother 
  • Main ingredients include vitamin E rich almond oil, coconut essence and dandruff-fighting ingredient zinc pyrithione (ZPT) 
Though I haven't struggled terribly with dandruff, my sister definetely has from time to time! So my sister Lissa joined me in testing  the cleansing, conditioning and styling products in the collection. Over the course of a week she really noticed a difference in some of her build-up areas around the perimeter of her scalp!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Play Clothes: Black Sunday

This is what I wore to church and to run a few errands:

Top: Loft
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Loft

Earings: Anthropologie
Ring: Target

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Play Clothes: Saturday Outfit

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend, here's what I wore (just in case you care):

Top: Stitch Fix
Jeans: Target (I ripped them myself)
Shoes: Loft
Purse: Kate Spade

Frames: Ebay
Earrings: Target
Necklace: 31Bits

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