Holiday Locs Inspiration: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

You'll be able to say a toast to your own flyness and show out in front of the shadiest of relatives with these gorgeous hairstyles that are perfect for Indigenous Peoples' Day:

Tynette has the kind of modern and edgy style that never fails to impress, even when it's a simple messy bun!

Patience is my favorite interlocker.  She started her and her daughter's hair herself. Her personal style is bold yet refined. She's a beauty and so skilled at styling her own locks! I'm a fan!

This upgrade to a messy bun is simple and easy but also quite beautiful.

This spiral ponytail is life-giving!

Latoya is giving us options for our spiral curls, wear them up or down! (with or without makeup)

And you can never go wrong with a most regal bun by MissRii!

A Season of Change

Monday, November 13, 2017

October was a month of action, change and inspiration. I left an organization that moved me across the country to California and challenged me in countless way over the past three years. We bought a car. Settled a bit more into our little home. Celebrated an anniversary and traveled for that anniversary. 

Some of that travel included South Florida for Blogalicious, a vibrant online community and annual conference that elevates women multicultural social media influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs. I went to my first Blogalicious 7 years ago and so much has changed for me in that time. My tribe has changed. My goals have shifted. My life expanded. Going this time I was able to glean a who new set of things to be inspired by and I engaged with people differently.

Conferences like Blogalicious are important, they give you perspective and inspiration. Its important to be able to appreciate their lane while staying in yours. I don't envy or want their story or version of success. But there is power in their stories and being in a room of women who are passionate and willing to support other women. I will definitely be more intentional about going to conferences where I can experience the magic that is genuine community.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Black Women

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Black Girl Magic, the Halloween edition:

1. Betty Boop: since the cartoon was inspired by a real live black woman anyway

2. Since you're already a Queen in your own right

3. Love galore with SZA

4. Since The Walking Dead and specifically Michonne is one of my favorites

5. Since you're on a budget and you want to keep it a little sexy

6. Since Storm marries Black Panther in the comics (I love comics) and the movie is coming out soon

What are you wearing for Halloween? Did you see any great tutorials that we must try?

Friday Favorites: Hair and Skin Care

Friday, September 15, 2017

Some products just do what they say and are worth every penny, here are a few of my favorites for my skin and hair:

Beautiful Curls Defining Gel by Alaffia

I posted recently about folks who have an obsession with relaxed edges. When I do moisturize my edges and want them laid, I use this Alaffia moisturizing and curl defining gel. It’s a wondrous product, there is no build-up and it is all natural.

Andalou 1,000 Roses Body Lotion 
This lotion is light, moisturizing, plant-based and it has the loveliest smell.

Flow Water

Alkaline water for the win! I love this boxed water from Flow!

Alkaline water is different from tap water because it's less acidic—it has a pH over seven, meaning that it has a lower concentration of hydrogen ions. In chemistry all liquids have some level of acidity, as determined by the pH scale. The pH measures the concentration of hydrogen ions in the liquid, which is expressed on a scale of 0-14, with anything under seven (like black coffee, orange juice, and vinegar) is acidic, seven is neutral and above seven (like baking soda) is alkaline territory.

Benefits of Alkaline Water include:

  • Soothing acid reflux 
  • neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism
  • anti-aging and anti-disease
  • cleanses the colon
  • rejuvenates the skin
  • lubricates muscles and joints

Tru-Colour Bandages

Tru-Colour bandages for every skin tone and I love them!

Use the coupon code "raisingself10" for a discount at

(We are not wearing our exact banadge colors so that they WILL show up better on Photo.)

About Me

Corporate Chic. Natural Living Advocate. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Social Media Addict. Bookworm. Wanderer.

When I'm not working crazy hours for my corporate finance gig, I'm toiling away as an evening entrepreneur and making random hair and skin care products from scratch. I started in 2010 to chronicle my natural hair journey and it has grown into so much more.
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