Saturday, December 13, 2014

Braidlocks and Abs by Bun & Cheese

I am so obsessed with her tumblr blog. Everything about Bun & Cheese GIVES ME LIFE! She is a pocket full of positivity!

 FYI, I sent her an official request asking for her abs!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hair Selfies

My Locs have been neglected and every evening I've had to re-ti small patches to save my Locs from complete atrophy! It may take me an entire week to complete! But these week long sessions squeezed into my busy schedule will have to do until I find a loctician.

These sessions inspire many hair selfies. Some a little more hilarious as I play around with unsuccessful faux-loc bangs!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Tuesday Updates

Christmas is quickly approaching and though we have not purchased our tree (live trees is a tradition) or put up all our decorations, I can feel the buzz of the holiday season in the air!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Natural Hair Care for Little Girls

I'm not one of those parents that try a million super awesome supper cute kid hair styles with intricate basket weaves and braiding. (More power to you if you do, and if you need inspiration visit here.)

Awesome illustration by Katie Bradley
 I just don't have time for that, and my daughter would rather I shave her head than sit through it. What I focus on is hair health; Sophie will rock a puff most days, with the occasional ballerina bun.

 My kids are free, heck they wear jeans to church (something I was raised to believe was a sin), and they are occasionally ashy!

I don't make my girl wear the itchy tulle filled Haitian church dresses similar to those of my sketch youth and I don't risk my girl's edges for a haute hair style. (I have a small spot that has NEVER grown back from tight braids, aka tension alopecia.)

Instead I:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stay Tuned

Missing in action yet again! Work has been demanding. The kids have been demanding. The husband has been passively demanding (ha). I moved (again) and If I neglect sisterlocked, I am probably neglecting my locs, skin, self... So, I making time for all of the above. More posts on their way!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

In My Spiritual Space

Hello Lovlies! I am in an incredibly spiritual space and when that happens, I have thee song (at the moment) that speaks from my heart to my creator on EPIC REPEAT:

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
—  Hillsong United
“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scenes from my Sick Bed

Here are a few candid photos from my sick bed post surgery:

The daughter said smile mommy!

My study bible has been through the war! The first 50 pages are detached but it smells like sweet perfume!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Breaks, Fractures, Pavements Burns & Surgery

Please excuse my absence! Over a week ago after returning from a very spiritual and emotional "walk through the dessert" with some very amazing female leaders, I was thrown from my board after going down hill on a steep trail behind our home. I sustained a plethora of ugly injuries and had surgery yesterday on my elbow!

The surgery went well & I am resting at home! Many thanks for your prayers and well wishes! Special thanks to my dearest love and husband for serving and catering to my many needs everyday since the accident! Seeing his smiling face when I woke up from surgery filled me with such a striking abundance of love and continued adoration! Thank the Lord for you William!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chia Gives Me Life

The other day I posted the following pic on instagram and the Sisterlocked Facebook group with the caption, "Hydrated raw chia before dinner. Nothing like wearing a bathing suit to light a fire under your weight loss game! #locs #sisterlocks #healthyeating" and a few folks asked me how it worked.

I use Chia seeds as an alternative to afternoon coffee at work and as an aid in my weight loss goal. Chia is a real higher energy super food with nutritional value that exceeds most fruits (like blueberries) and many leafy greens, which is why I can use as an alternative to afternoon coffee at work.

Shampoo Routine

Today I went swimming after work with the kiddies and quickly washed my hair after.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self

My two favorite beauty vloggers made a video of advice to their teenage selves and it was just so incredibly sweet that I had to share!

I was the awkward ugly nerd in high school, so I can totally related to what they are saying.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Top 5 Newbie Loc Mistakes

Hindsight is 20/20 and I made many mistakes with my sisterlocks early on (and blogged most of them). Here is a list of advice based on the Top 5 loc mistakes we make in the early years:

1. I didn't push for more information and explanation.

Because I was not afraid to test the waters, I soon discovered all consultants aren't created equal and overtime learned how much I either did not know about my hair or was completely wrong about! This maybe a by product of the Sisterlock business model, but there wasn't enough transparency about sisterlocks.   The website was (and kind of remains) a bit archaic and insufficient. Sisterlock and microlock bloggers were inconsistent and often went inactive.

An acquaintance of mine paid a fist to go through the consultant training, and that is what it took for her to fully understand her sisterlocks. She had no intention of becoming a stylist but she wanted full ownership of her locs and she was tired of feeling handicapped
by her consultant. I can't tell how many times consultants made side comments about my locs that they did not even attempt to clarify. All the cloak and dagger secrecy forces you to make assumptions.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Natural Skincare Routine, Pictures & Products

Time to talk skincare...
I live a make-up minimal life and I kind of love it! When I do partake in make-up, I'm able to reach my desired look with just (natural) primer, brow liner, (natural) concealer, (natural) blush, and a little something for lip. Success with minimal makeup starts with a results focused skincare routine! (FYI all the photos in this post are 100% makeup free!)

I have tons of new natural products that I am loving! Though I do get the occasional  environment and/or food induced breakout, I am pleased with my skin.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bits of Random

I should be done re-tightening my hair by tomorrow!!!

Check out this delish organic summer meal I made:

A few random life photos and a random family video:

Saturdays with the Kids from Samantha Sophia on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day!

I am finally getting around to re-tightening my locs. I have yet to even try to find a new stylist in Southern California (nor did I even try to go to that big Sisterlocks gathering).

For some reason I am only inspired to re-ti during awkward moments (like the middle of Women's bible study), at least more than half of my locs are redone!

Still using the nappyloc tool and those fabric store needles since they really get the job done for $1!

I have skin care updates and product recommendations pending so look out for those in days to come!

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