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 Sisterlocks.com 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!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Point Your Toes



Every weekend I take my daughter to her TOT ballet class. I didn't have the kind of childhood that included these little luxuries, the opportunity to develop a talent on my parent's dime. In the midst of my many pursuits, I want to make sure I fuel my own children's creativity and success.

I don't know if my daughter will continue dance in the years to come, but in these little moments I can see glimpses of her growing into the woman she will become.



Where did my baby go?


Where Did My Baby Go? from Samantha Sophia on Vimeo.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tayarisha Poe's Photography

There is beautiful quality about Tayarisha Poe's photographs, she has the uncanny ability to capture quiet and familiar moments in a way that makes them extraordinary and striking.







Thursday, July 24, 2014

Giveaway: 31Bits Jewelry

It's my birthday month and since I do believe that it is better to give than receive, I have another giveaway:

2 Bracelets and a Choker from 31 Bits!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The final day of your 20's

*Rolled over this morning and faced husband*
Husband: How does it feel?
Wife: How does what feel?
Husband: To wake up on the final day of your 20's?
Wife: REALLY? (Thinks: REALLY you stupid jerk, then immediately asks Jesus for forgiveness)
Husband: (Smiles) I mean that as a compliment!
Wife: A compliment, by reminding me of the END...
Husband: The END of what?
You are more beautiful than ever!
Your skin is perfect!
You've grown so much since we started dating freshmen year!
We're married, you birthed our children, and you put the word aging to shame!
Wife: OH! You still shouldn't have started with reminding me it is the last day of my 20's...

TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY, but today I celebrate the end of a decade by going to work make-up free and wearing my best smile and my fiercest wedges! Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

(Ended) Giveaway: Ruche Shift Dress

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a birthday part for Ruche, an online boutique with a vintage inspired touch. Their 6th birthday party was filled with decorative whimsy, delish treats, and fabulous fashion for a steal.



So to celebrate my birthday month, I have also decided to giveaway one of the dresses I picked up during their birthday party:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Do you like you?

Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
Cause I like you

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Followers

myfreecopyright.com registered & protected
Designed By Boutique-Website-Design