Archive for December, 2009

December 31, 2009

’10 is a Good Number…

Oh dear…so I’m not very good at these. Goodbyes of any kind. Yesterday, my little eagle Mum left the coup for sunny FL., and while I’m fairing better than last year when she left, dang it I’m still a bit saddened. I’m grateful for having a Mum in my life, but this seeing her only once a year nonsense must cease. This is a workable goal for the ’10 year, along with a few other straggly resolutions.  Last year, did not make resolutions of any sort only because it’s a greater disappointment to reflect on all you hadn’t accomplished upon the years closing.  I sound like a downer don’t I! But honestly, I love the prospect of looking towards newer/greater/brighter/expectations of any sort, and all around growth/support of family/friends rather than limiting my life to a box filled with redundant weight goals/health, job goals, etc. These are constants in my life. General practices of everyday that I’ll continue to improve on whether or not it’s a new year on the calendar or not.

Hair wise, other than the first year I BC’d…’09 has been one of the most eye-opening , knowledge filled journeys. I’ve learned and used products/advice from oodles of sources, started down the path of exciting fun filled projects (Hey Sophia!) and met and explored countless blogs/natural hair enthusiasts (Hi Tivia, still late but will hit u up;-)!!

Reasons for starting this blog almost a year ago were simple. Take control of my hair. Indefinitely. I’ve mentioned before, albeit briefly, struggles with heat damage & an overeager stylist. But truthfully it’s harder to explain…to put into plain text how distraught I’d become at the prospect of either cutting off all my hair or starting the process of growing out heat damage & fried colored ends. Hair is just Hair….blah blah…BLAH! Right, but paying some broad to destroy my hair over a period of months is not my kind of sweet candy.I was peeved not only at aforementioned stylist, but primarily myself for not knowing enough of my own hair health & tolerance.

I say all that to say…whether you’ve been natural for 10 yrs or 1 year, there’s always room to learn something new/old.  If you haven’t already let today, tomorrow & the New Year be your mark to start.  Open up your mind, pick up a book, ask your stylist the why’s and what’s of what she’s putting on your hair. If you’ve just BC’d, planning on chopping/tranistioning or have friends/family considering, direct them here, here, here & to so many other sites and forums devoted to what we put our time and love into caring for each and every day/week/month.

This post is going to be short, because even though it is just a day that separates a New Year from the old…there always remains a ton of ish to get done. So with that, a huge THANK YOU goes out to friends, supporters, fellow bloggers I’ve met throughout this past year. Some on Twitter, others here on Back To Curly & countless others on YouTube.

To my readers, those who’ve commented, e-mailed since the commencement of this journey with me, Chai sincerely appreciates the love!! (I talk in third person when I get sentimental, sawry!)  As a thank you, and for the blog’s 1st yr. anniversary, watch out for a sweet Giveaway in the coming days! A PJ always delivers, so it’ll be good;-).


December 23, 2009

Seasoned Hair

First snowfalls of the winter season are insanely gorgeous, fun filled & ridiculously spontaneous! Dare I say it…I frolicked and sledded until my bum became sore this past week, enough to postpone doing my hair until Tuesday afternoon. Sunday was sled down the slopes of Fort Greene park day/chill with girl homie to dish about hair & other essentials —>while Monday was treat thee to Princess & the Frog day.

I felt fortunate on so many fronts, but had to cut to the nitty gritty of what I’d ignored over the past two weeks. It’s an insane accomplishment on my part to go two whole weeks without taking  a bit of poo to my scalp, yet somehow all survived. The hair was actin proper up till Tuesday…actually in hindsight the growing fro achieved a record # of compliments from friends and random stranger ladies, so I was a bit sad to hush the halo.

With a bit of inspiration from girl homie, I jumped on the mixing train Tuesday afternoon to whip up a homemade pre-poo. While two-week old curly fro was snappin up compliments left and right, it was hard to justify because of how dry and brittle it’d become, and with no V05 or Herbal Essences to take the lead, I dug in my stash.

  • Water
  • refined shea butter
  • jojoba oil
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • olive butter
  • emulsifying wax
  • Almond essential oil (two drops)

All became one with my mixer, & I applied liberally to hair in sections. Left on for a solid 25-30 min before lightly rinsing and applying Naked Naturals Shea Butter & Avocado Shampoo directly to scalp. Massaged the poo for five minutes to ensure cleanliness, rinsed then DC’d with Jessi Curl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner. Under heating cap for close to an hour, cold rinsed then began styling with KBB hair milk under Bee Mine’s Bee Hold Curly Butter.  Styled in twists to protect from the colder than heck weather we’ve been having, and also to save for a swanky upcoming Christmas Party where a fresh twist-out will be called upon.

Today, while hair’s in twists picked up the eagle Mum from airport to commence the start of Christmas week-end, which means if all goes according to plan, a.k.a., snap snap of the Christmas Tree, laugh smile at a show or two & partake in the frenzy of family drama at aforementioned Christmas Party.

*PJ review of Jessi Curl products & Bee Mine  to come after twists are undone.

Ladies & Gents, if no posting comes this way by Friday,  Chai wants to wish you ALL (old readers & New)  a Joyous Holiday!!! She really means it;-)

December 17, 2009

If There Were a Santa…

…I’d ask him for all the shtuff I’ve accumulated onto one ginormous wish list over this past year. I’d tell him that I’ve been good & would he believe me if I said…frugal? Well…in a sense I have. The clothes buying, bag hoarding, hair product junkie femme has marginally mended her ways because of this thing called a recession.  AND has done so quietly because at the end of the day thankful is what she is for the shtuff already stashed in her closet….many still with tags & unscrewed tops.  But I digress.

Her name’s Mari, & she’s a Hobo. Over the past few months I’ve convinced myself her only home should be on my shoulder or dancing in my closet while I work. This is my idea of a NYC femme purse. Compartments galore, soft touchable leather & a strap that has no problem fitting the arm of an over-sized wool winter pea coat. She’s versatile, coming in three other fancy colors, yet…if there existed a soft tone black purse–> this is it for me. Small detailing on purses is equal to higher quality in my book, and for the new year I’m trying to consolidate the amount of crap I carry.

Her name’s Grace, and she was born a star. Chances are, this is as close as I’ll get to her greatness, even if it is on a Tee. Aside from that classy stare, I’m hip to the purple and the slogan, Do it With Grace. I aim to rock Tees both in Winter and Summer weather, and even though it might seem redundant, it’s more fun to travel in pairs.

CUTE! I love this site in general, but the Yin & Yang of both these are perfect for the weekend.  These two be favorites, with little MJ, I Want You Back coming in a pretty darn close third.  New at the shop is the Long Hoodie…and it’s exactly how it sounds. It’s a long 100% wool sweater with a hood large enough to store any sized fro during the colder months. I’m partial to the cute detailing and just how comfy it looks on! If it’s a laundry day, I’d want to rock this.

Why isn’t this hanging on my wall RIGHT NOW!? Andrea has finally made these beautiful prints available for purchase over at I Love My Hair, and I’m still oogling from afar. With or without Santa’s help, it’s an automatic get.  You really do want to add all to a cart and carry home, but I’m partial to the orange contrast and that fly side fade braid. The silhouette is gorgeous as well.  Top Sellers on the site are this &, ‘The Only Regret,’ which fittingly comes in a T-shirt for easier adornment. Plans to sloooowly swankify my tiny space are only real if I make plans & stick with them, which is a top goal for the ’10 new year. The list is growing, but at least it’s good with Urban Bazaar, The Pairabirds collection, and a new fav over at SableToothe Tiger….yeah the name…the NAME is sweet!

Because this one has my name all over it….literally, I’m almost certain we need to be reunited. Etsy is still more of a hit than a miss stop for me, thanks in large part to Darcy & not these #fails, but necklaces like these are perfect accents to any wardrobe. The entire Alona Lahav store is worth perusing. Most items are simple, colorful and have a remarkably soft feminine touch that’s veers slightly on vintage while still staying modern. AFFORDABLE! I like that a lot;-).

Luxe Deluxe has long been on my Etsy fav list with their Honey Bee Antiqued Brass Vintage necklace topping my list for what seems like months now. The store’s marketable theme is Wedding Bridal Jewelry, yet the selection is really for anyone who dreams of antique jewelry cascading down their neck or ears.  Sales abound here on the regular, and for the holidays many new items are 40% off.  Gift ideas are spottable with price tags sitting below or up to 30 bucks.

And just for fun, because cursing like a sailor when it’s BRICK while walking to the train station...may not be cute? I don’t know how I’d rock it, but given the right tear inducing breeze, I’d snag this chunky wrap neck warmer in a hot sec.

Alright, a list easily doable for Santa…and hopefully me;-)

December 14, 2009

Taking Chances

I’m nervous about it, but …no Process this week. Nothing to do with time or energy, the hairz just kept on working well past the Sunday mark…and I refused to fight it. This morning had a doctor’s appointment and had no worries when it came to styling.  I’d been using the baggy method over the course of the week, and hair remained relatively moisturized and defined. Mid-week, sprayed a bit of Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Spray to combat the cold/dry air we’ve been having here on the East Coast and and honestly have no complaints…hair or scalp wise.

A bit hesitant to prolong anything beyond the usual  7-day mark, while all does still look good and non-itchy, inevitably I’ll have to fit the time in later this week to do a quick wash.  Not sure how this is all going to go down amidst holiday parties, shopping for friends and families & the general hustle/bustle style of the holidays…but it will get done.

With not much to update on this week, I thought it a good opportunity to answer a question posted by a reader last week:

I’m transitioning from locs to natural hair, I’ve had locs for nearly 9 years and so I’m naturally out of sync when it comes to hair regime and products for natural loose hair. Is it possible for you to to give me product, herb, oil and hair regime recommendations?

Mmm….did I ever mention anywhere on here that I had locs? I’m almost certain of it, though it’s not a period of my natural hair journey I choose to talk about in depth. In hindsight, while I was still natural wearing locs, I do feel the hair was in it’s resting phase, taking a break from other elements in life. I’d just transferred to a new school, full time student working full time work hours day to day…I had no, zilch, NADDA time to style the bouffant before classes in the a.m. and work after 4.  My locs weren’t in nearly as long as 9 years, but I grew to love & appreciate them from their first latch to every inch of growth subsequently gained while they were in.

If you’re a locked natural, perhaps you’ll understand this. Reasons for deciding to venture into loc-dom vary in considerable amounts, & visa vi…the decision to end the relationship with locs differ and range in significance ways. I made the decision to cut my locs because I found myself constantly looking in the mirror and longing for a new face, a new way to wear my hair once I walked across the stage to accept my diploma. Plain & simple. When I graduated college, I was sporting a short cut administered by my brother’s barber.  Because it felt right, and the time was right, I went for it. No regrets.

Okay, that’s the better half of the story. While I didn’t transition from locs to loose hair, I was still in la la land as far as how to style my hair, & what to put in it. I know of women who’ve chosen to unravel their locs, and while it is a tedious process, the rewards are a full head of head.

Things I did notice after the locs were cut, was a significant difference in hair texture. The best way to describe it would be to say that my natural texture had grown a bit looser.  Texture change in hair is not uncommon whether you’ve worn locs for 15 rs or loose hair for 5. A change in hormones could be a factor or another range of undetermined factors. Full Disclosure: I was experiencing a slight change in hormones i.e., I’d developed scalp conditions, all over winter itch, and hairs were sprouting up where they normally had no business occupying.

With a change in hair texture, I soon realized it was an entirely new ball game, as far as finding products best suited to moisturize and style the hair.  And while general hair advice is relative to….a multitude of factors, here’s the advice I would have given to my lost self many moons ago:

  • Keep it Simple:  Biggest past mistake was pressing the panic button each morning, looking in the mirror not recognizing what was now growing out of my scalp.  Gut reaction was to rush out and fill my bathroom cabinet with anything in the conditioner/moisturizing category.  Sooner than you could blink an eye, I had  tried everything Garneir Fructis put out, all the mousses from different brands, gels, pomades, waxes, puddings, milks, butters, lotions, serums, smoothies. It was a lot of crazy for no cool reason. Advice to former self: Keep it Simple, start off small. Hair needs time to adjust to it’s natural environment, and combating what it needs with what it inherently doesn’t pulls you in two steps back rather than forward.
  • Access the damage: By this I mean, pay attention to scraggly ends and the overall structure/shape of the hair. If you’re planning on un-doing the locs, beginning to wear the hair loose can pose a bit of a challenge if the overall structure is out of whack.  My first few trims after loc-dom was done by a professional because, while clueless was no longer my middle name, it’d become my first. A smart cut helps in overall hair health, styling the hair, but also in retaining length while detangling during a wash
  • Shoulda/Woulda Products: I have to say, I’m not sure how my sense of direction went so crazy after cutting my locs, but establishing a routine was never a top priority. That was mistake numero 1. Developing a routine right out of the gate is a sure sign to your hair that you are in compliance and are willing to stick to what works & not what’s popular. Recommendations are great, product reviews are often times invaluable if you’re not yet ready to commit to a full jar of a pricey pudding, but finding what naturally works for your hair should come first, while implementing the product du jour…a tad later. It’s primarily about re-adusting, and finding the right hair regime  takes time, patience & researching what your hair texture needs. All this is relative to climate temps, tools used to style & technique.

The BEST product used for hair after loc-dom & for any natural loosed hair lady is what once used to be an enemy, and that’s conditioner. My biggest splurges after cutting off the locs were on conditioner, spending up to 20 bucks for a jar of promised goodness.  Carol’s Daughter was once my condish of choice, namely the Tui Conditioner, but other brands such as Aubrey Organics, Pantene Relaxed & Natural( their Breakage Defense Mask is highly recommended, affordable & works well!),  Herbal Essences.  These products get a lot of word play throughout the natural hair community mostly because they work for the majority. Most have softening properties, i.e. coconut oil/cream, jojoba oil,  & surfectants that opt you out of using an overly harsh shampoo to cleanse. As an alternative to shampooing with a harsh sulfate shampoo, co-washing is often preferred amongst naturals because of it’s more gentler approach to cleansing while also conditioning. Unless you suffer from scalp irritations and need the frequency of washing with a regular shampoo, co-washing is a positive starting point.

Coming from personal experience and spending oodless of $$ on products ranging from the low end to high end, there is no definitive product, or oil. There is finding a good plan/regime, learning patience & sticking with what works. Mane & Chic put together an amazingly comprehensive guide to transitioning that’s helpful for all naturals new and old.  A few other great resources are & Black Girl With Long Hair & my personal fav, YouTube!  All offer great tips, tutorials & advice that hardly ever seem overwhelming just simply informative.

Hope this helps, & wish you all the best on your continued journey! If anyone has any follow up questions, you can reach me at

December 7, 2009

Soldier On

Whoa! Winter much? I’m serious, cold fronts are serenading this part of the world in ways that I conveniently forget each year. I’m sloooowly inching closer to a state of preparedness, donned a scarf this morning…and that was all she wrote. I haven’t shopped for a winter hat, gloves, freakishly expensive boots I promised myself I’d save up for earlier in the summer or even sent my best winter coat to the cleaners. My assessment of winter is this: even if I’m not ready, it will come….so there.

A far as the hair, been seriously gearing up for the onslaught of dryness & lack of moisture, so much so that I decided to become friendly with Bentonite a tad early.  All I had in mind this week was alleviating the frustrating irritations and flareups that proceeded my KCCC application.  Pre-pooed with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, rinsed then applied the bentonite mix. I’ve always eyeballed just how much to mix with what, and I did not deviate for what worked in the past. Added to the clay:

  • water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vitamin E Oil (to help with the scarring)
  • Tea Tree Oil ( to soothe the irritated scalp)

Mixed all in a bowl, applied to the hair starting from the back working my way forward.  Hair was initially sectioned into four parts to make my life easier, and donned a conditioning cap for an hour 1/2. Definitely felt the tingle from the Tea Tree….heaven!!  After rinsing hair was noticeably shinny and clean, not stripped. Regardless though, I was eager to DC  due to the incessant  rain pounding on the roof and lack of good television.  Used KBB’s Deep Conditioner for an hour or so, rinsed then began styling with Darcy’s Botanicals Leave-In Conditioner under the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme. Air dried and slept using my semi-baggy method to conserve moisture. Didn’t add spritzes or oils to hair, instead just placed the conditioner cap over the dry twists and secured it with a satin bonnet. This method has worked fairly well over the past few weeks & with the colder temps outside it was just what my hair needed.

This morning the twists were undone and moisturized enough to fight the dirty winds of another Monday.  My main concern while walking to the train this morning was the how’s of finding a good hat worthy enough to fit into my winter attire, but also be natural hair friendly….preferably with a satin/silk lining.  Time to do some research, and if I can’t find anything…I will have to enlist the help of Grandma and her workable hands.  If affixing a satin/silk lining to ALL my hats is the solution…I’m game.

December 6, 2009

Transitioning Memories

*This post might come off a bit jilted, but it’s pretty much my best attempt at piecing together a strange puzzle dating back to my transition days. Forewarning…it’s a doozy.

ELLE January 2000

It’s funny the things that run through your mind on a lazy Sunday.  Especially when the weather takes another unusually cold turn and your covers and slippers are the most appealing thing next to a cup of hot tea.  Sunday for me is typically Hair day, wash day.  Begin the Process of styling the hair for the work/play week. Because I had ample time on my hands yesterday I thankfully started early & finished early, making today grocery/wash dishes/unpack from vacation type…day.

Somehow though my brain made a detour after checking a few emails, catching up on old blog posts in the natural sphere, and landing on this truly amazing site for natural hair gals. I’m still perusing, finding  just a TON  of cool inspirational information, but sporadically took a break after reading Ebony’s transition story. We hear and see countless stories of transition on a day to day basis.  If you frequent enough sights via or, you’re up to speed on just how important expelling these types of stories are, particularly for those just embarking on the natural hair journey.  Earlier this year I made an attempt at voicing my own transitional period, but honestly fell flat, barely touching the surface.

I don’t really have a ton of…great memories during my transition period. I can’t even recall good times after my BC to be quite honest. My mind is suspiciously fuzzy when it comes to taking a trip down memory lane, and I’m a bit miffed as to why.  I want to remember…I want to gold mine those memories and show them off proudly when given the chance…yet, I wouldn’t, or don’t know how it truly all went down.  Whatever, because it’s Sunday I’m headed down the road whether I like it or not…who knows what I’ll find.

First blip to come to mind is a documentary I tripped on waaaaay back in the day during my freshman year of college.  It was Black History Month…(AHH! so glad I remembered that!), and PBS was doing their best to remind those who cared by airing a handful of shows mentioning the African Diaspora.  Mid-month they aired a documentary by T. Nicole Atkinson titled, Lockin’ Up.  The film is short, 29 min long, yet the message was perfect timing.  *Let me press rewind though for a quick sec to mention what bought me to ‘perfect timing.’

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December 4, 2009

Wishin & Hope’in

One of my frequent blog reads issued a first in a series of book gift ideas geared specifically for Ladies the other day, and honestly all I could think was…do I really need another book to read?  Another mound of ‘to read’ books stacked up in two corners of a room collecting dust until the dog days of Summer come around?

Ehhh…I guess I’d rather not answer my own question. Instead here’s my own lil book wish list for the Holiday;-). Tokens of eye bliss that have either been on my radar since their hardcover release last year or just as recently as this past Summer.

Letter to My Daughter

The intro to Maya’s latest book reads:

“I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian and Spanish-speaking, Native American and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you”

Initially skipped on a purchase of the hardcover last year, yet secretly gaming myself to snag the new Paperback just released over the past few weeks. The book itself is less than 200 pages, a quick, inspirational read, and a great addition to the Angelou collection of prose. ($15)


Some moons & several publishing years ago, I was an adamant book-whore for anything tackled with the fetching tag of ‘chick-lit.’ I devoured countless paperbacks with titles ending in ‘-aholic’, and gravitated towards any heroine that resembled the life I dreamt and craved for, the ‘it girl,’ working at a fabulous magazine CO. in NYC a la Betty Suarez. It’s a fair enough sin to admit to now that the genre is flopping on it’s belly, and the current job pays all most current bills just fine. It was on my lunch break back in September, while surfing through Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ Feature that I read the first few chapters of a new kind of ‘lit’ that was more fierce than I’d remembered, but most importantly FUN.  I instantly cracked up at  the ‘friend in my head’ feeling that settled in after reading some of  the main character, Sydney’s sarcastic wit in Feminista by Erica Kennedy.  Not many intro chapters change my frugal option to wait for the Paperback to drop, but ‘friend in my head’ sarcastic banter is more than welcomed these days.($24.99)

Posing Beauty

I caught a glimpse of Deborah Willis’ newest work, Posing Beauty with a quick stop into a new local Bookstore in my neighborhood & mentally kicked myself for not being privy to it’s release earlier.  Below is an excerpt from Publisher’s Weekly:

Willis (Reflections in Black), a MacArthur fellow and chair of New York University’s photography department, curates a collection of iconic portraits and snapshots by anonymous photographers in a history of beauty that merges gender, race, family, class. Willis’s words, a distillation of her inquiries into beauty and race, are few—the images speak for themselves. The photographs, organized thematically, reach back to the 1890s and forward to the current first family. Famous photographers share perspective with family photographers and those known only as Unidentified Photographer. The recognizably famous—James Baldwin, Marian Anderson, Joe Louis—appear along with those known only as Mom and Friend, Two women holding magazine, ca. 1950s or Barber cutting man’s hair outdoors, ca. 1930s. Willis’s content is groundbreaking; rarely, for example, are men this adequately represented in a work devoted to beauty within black culture. For Willis, this extraordinary compilation is the culmination of my exploration of beauty within black culture and through the medium of photography. For readers, this is a dazzling eye-opener.

A MUST get if you’re a fan of her previous work and remarkably beautiful snapshots. ($49.95)

Who Shot Rock & Roll

This one’s just for fun but could easily make an amazing coffee table/conversation starter.  Who Shot Rock & Roll really just exudes a creative force of energy capturing the essence of those behind the lens  as opposed to the characters posing in front. As a collective, the images of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner plus many more is enough to force me into marking this as an early investment.

From now to January 31st you can also catch the exhibition showcasing photographs from the book at The Brooklyn Museum in New York. Below is taken from the website:

The exhibition is in six sections: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers; exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of the band on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and the musicians. ($40)

Thank God I'm Natural

This one’s for keeps.  Thank God I’m Natural is a companion to those thinking of going natural, many who are already in the pits of being natural, or even those who were a little underwhelmed by Chris Rock’s attempt at delving into Good Hair ( I KNOW! My review is lost in the winds…somewhere.)

The holidays are right around the corner and Thank God I’m Natural would make the perfect Xmas gift for that special woman in your life. Surprise mom, your daughter, or your best friend with an autographed copy of the book with a personalized inscription that reads “Dear XXX, Always stay natural. You’re beautiful just the way you are.” As black women, it is not often that we’re told we’re beautiful as we are, which is why this is such a unique present. The book is available online by and Thank God I’m Natural is offering free shipping on all purchases from now until Christmas, excluding international orders.

I’ve got more wish lists to share in the coming days.  Really just trying to get into the spirit of the Holidays;-)!

December 1, 2009

Lil Purple

Wavy Ruffle Shirtdress

Today’s my last day here in the Sunny State but I finally sneaked away to do a bit of shopping!  Still some amazing deals out there in the stores & online, so with the Holiday season pressing down even harder this year, I decided to invest a bit early in ‘the dress.’ You know ‘the dress’…the go to number made to impress all eyes during these festive days of the year.  But to be honest, I’m hardly ever the girly girl in the freak’em dress with high inched heels.  Comfort is a born necessity of mine, and it’s usually found with shoes closer to the ground & a cute skirt and top. But alas, when a girl sees a sale, and the weather outside is a balmy 82 degrees, something else tends to take over.  With my Mum in toe, we both tried on dresses at The Limited, where the sales in store will really make your head spin! I snagged this cutie pie purple number, and as soon as I tried it on, I KNEW! Why? The cutie comes with pockets!! Okay…along with the necessity of comfort to bring smiles to my face…functionality! I’m a huge fan, always have been, and the fact that the designers clearly had ladies like me in mind made me an instant fan. The pic really doesn’t do it justice…in reality the purple is a tad softer and the silhouette is killer!!  With a price tag less than 60 bucks…C’mon!

Combo Fabric Shirtdress

My Mum picked up this nice piece on the first try as well, and petite as she comes, it looked stunning! Small bits of happiness can sometimes start with finding the right dress, and I’m happy I can wipe my hands of the search until it’s time to hit up the holiday parties. To compliment the purple # I secretly snuck in a cute jewelry piece to match. Nothing more, nothing less, and I’m already set;-)!

Leaving Florida with a snazzy dress, good memories and an uber relaxed state of mind, yeah! Earlier today came across this super BEAUTIFUL video full of a bevy of well known ladies in the music biz. The artist is Shafiq Husayn, with ‘Lil Girl’ featuring Fatima. This vid just makes you happy on all levels;-)