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!

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

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