Thrift Crawl with FashDet: Recap!!!

Ok I apologize for being tardy for the party, I’m just now posting the recap for the  Thrift Crawl with FashDet this past Saturday! I was so looking forward to this! Everyone met at Caribou Coffee of Royal Oak. I was able to sip a tasty smoothie and chat with the founders of FashDet before the rest of the guest arrived. I would like to say Inez and Erika are the sweetest ladies you could ever meet! I felt like I’ve known them forever!

 

Shortly after, a few more guest arrived. We all snapped pics and tweeted about the excitement of thrifting! First stop was Paris Antiques. There I purchased a really cool owl necklace. Afterwards we shimmied next door to the Salvation Army. They had some nice things there. I got a skirt by J.Crew. Then we fought the wind, it was vicious, and headed to Chocolate Shop Vintage. This is where the madness begins! Most items were marked $5. I purchased a sweater,dress,and blouse! Last on the roster was Lost and Found Vintage. Their collection was awesome! I got an 80’s peplum dress from here.

 

I had a blast, and I’m looking forward to more meetups! Below you’ll find a list of all the attendees and their blogs. Pics can be found >>>here<<< on my facebook page!  

Spring Trend 2012 Pleated Maxi

There is nothing more classic and chic than pleats! A new style trend for the upcoming spring season is the pleated maxi. Naturally Chic did a great post  >>here << on how to rock a pleated mid-length/maxi. Don’t be afraid of bright colors and mixing textures. Statement jewlery are an effortless option to pull the entire look together.

  • (First Pic) I love the color blocking and different lenghts of this skirt. A nude crop top works well not pulling the attention away from the skirt.
  • (Middle Pic)Look at our First Lady looking oh so FAB! in her pleats!
  • (Last Pic) The metalic maxi and skiny belt are from different ends of the spectrum but it works.

Miranda Kerr is looking oh so stylish in black on black!

Ketchup Mustard!

Hello ladies and gents! I have been neglecting my blog and my readers…shame-shame on me! But the good news is I’m back! There is so much for me to catch you up on! I met the wonderful ladies of FashDet!!! Erika and Inez (the creators of FashDet) are so pleasant and I had a blast checking out all the great Vintage Boutiques in Royal Oak. The other bloggers were very friendly as well! The positive energy from this group was phenomenal! Stay tuned for a recap of Saturday’s Thrift Crawl! Meanwhile check out the photos here. I’m so excited to show you guys the great pieces I got!!

In other news I have an interview with another Detroiter (Detroit is making moves out here!) His name is Edgar Powell. Founder of I Love My Life Clothing. I don’t want to give away too much info just yet! Stay tuned for that as well!

Your’s truly will be turning the BIG 2-7 on Feb.7 Yes, yes I’m approaching 3-0 *awkward silence* lol I plan to celebrate this Saturday, Feb.4 at Black Finn of Royal Oak. I would love to see you there so we can party like rock stars!!  What will I be wearing??? You’ll have to wait for that one too 😉 As always thanks for stopping by!

Muah,T 

 

ACV Rinses,Peppermint, and a Miracle Leave-in?

Tonight I decided to do my hair rituals since I was feeling under the weather this past weekend. It’s been awhile since I did an ACV rinse. Why I stopped? I’m not really sure…was it beneficial? Yes! I started finger detangling with Vatika Oil to remove shed hair. Once I was all twisted up 8 twist to be exact, four on each side….I hoped in the shower. With my jar of As I Am cowash sitting on the edge of the tub I cleansed my scalp, nervously eyeing the large jar of coconutty creamy goodness. Oh how I wish the jar came in a pump! It’s beyond nerve wrecking making sure the entire jar doesn’t spill over every time I take a scoop of heaven. Once the condish is all rinsed out I plopped with a tshirt for a min to remove excess water to apply  Bio Infusion Rosemary Mint Conditioner as my DC. I wanted to add some honey and EVOO buuuut I’m all out of EVOO so I applied the condish alone with a heat cap for about an hour.

 I have never been a big fan of peppermint or rosemary. The smell has always been way too strong. I have rosemary EO but I only used it for prepoo with EVOO. Before I even put the heat cap on, my scalp was beginning to tingle. Some naturals loath this feeling. It started out ok….but it was just weird to me, not calming at all. The tingle just intensified once I put on the heat cap. Finally it was time to rinse. For some reason I decided to add AVJ to my ACV rinse. I poured the mixture into a squirt bottle for easier application. Was there a difference? I can’t really tell, it’s been forever since I’ve done just a ACV rinse. Are there benefits to adding AVJ ummmm not sure LOL I know AVJ is moisturizing, for the longest I thought my hair didn’t like AVJ…that’s a whole different post.

(I’ll do a quick review of the Bio Infusion at the end)

Usually the smell of the ACV is really strong, I used to add One ‘n Only Argan Oil from Sally’s to help with the smell. But maybe the AVJ neutralized the stench because it wasn’t that bad. I plopped again, twist still intact, and it was time for the leave-in. BioSilk Silk Therapy Miracle Leave-In. This was an impromptu purchase from Kroger (it was clearance lol). This stuff does everything. I was skeptical because of the squirt bottle, and I don’t care for squirt bottle leave-in’s no matter how great it is. (i.e.Taliah Waajid Protective Midst Bodifier). Here’s what the back reads:

Miracle Leave-In Conditioner; 17 Miracle uses for your hair and skin

  • Conditions and hydrates hair and skin instantly
  • Provides volume and body
  • Controls and defines curls
  • Reconstructs and repairs dry and damaged hair and skin
  • Strengthens the hair
  • Revives dull lifeless and hair and skin
  • Smoothes the cuticle
  • Controls frizz and flyaways
  • Prevents Split Ends
  • Stops hair breakage
  • Seals the hair
  • Protects hair color from fading
  • Protect’s hair and skin from environmental damage
  • Thermal protector from blow drying
  • Thermal protection from flat and curling irons
  • Leaves hair and skin soft and silky
  • Adds incredible Shine

Directions: Spray all over hair, style as desired. For skin, spray all over body.

Judging from the benefits this stuff really does sound like a “miracle” right? I stopped using this awhile back, because I have so many products I was trying to work my way through. Now that I typed all this out, I’m thinking about using it on a consistent basis to see if it works “miracles”. Here are the ingredients.

Water, cetearyl alcohol, hydrolyzed silk, behentrimonium choloride, cyclopentsiloxane, cclohexasiloxane,propylene glycol, quaternium-80, panthenol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, hexylene glycol, fragrance, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, linalool, citronellol, hydroxycitronellal, geraniol,eugenol.

This is what I found about hydrolyzed silk (via ingredientstodiefor.com)

What are the benefits of Hydrolyzed Silk Protein?

HAIR CARE-Aids in moisture retention due to its strong hygroscopic properties (silk is credited with the ability to retain 10,000 times its weight in water), resulting in optimum conditioning and increased strength. Provides superior conditioning properties, making it ideal for natural-type conditioners, shampoos, and hair repairing systems. Links hair fibers to improve elasticity, resiliancy, and restore the moisture balance.

SKIN CARE– Aids in moisture retention due to its strong hygroscopic properties (silk is credited with the ability to retain 10,000 times its weight in water), resulting in optimum conditioning and increased strength. Provides superior conditioning properties, making it ideal for natural-type skin care such as gels, serums, and emulsion systems. Links skin fibers to improve elasticity, resiliancy, and restore the moisture balance.

The reviews that I read (there’s a few on Amazon) most were from people with color treated hair (like myself). If you have color, (they say) protein is your friend. I’m no scientist, but I probably should read up on stuff and see why it’s beneficial…..

I sealed with Amla oil and used Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado and Honey Twisting Cream. I still have a whole friggin jar. Not because it’s garbage but you don’t need that much AT ALL it’s very concentrated and creamy. Unlike the silk therapy which  smells heavenly, the twisting cream has no smell. I put some satin sponge rollers on my ends (my bestfriends for a good nights sleep) and I’m calling it a night after this (very long) post LOL

The BioInfusion Conditoner has excellent ingredients also. It’s very moisturizing. The only downfall….the lingering peppermint smell. If you like that sort of thing, this may work for you. I purchased both the shampoo and conditioner from Walgreens for $7.99. I think it was buy one get one 50% off or free. The consistency was light but creamy. This isn’t really a detangling conditioner if you asked me. But everyone is different.

Ingredients
Deionized Water (Aqua) , Rosmarius Officianalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary) , Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint) , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearalkonium Chloride , Polyquaternium 11 , Olealkonium Chloride , Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita) , Panthenol , Glycerin , Jojoba Oil (Buxus Chinensis) , Wheat Amino Acid , Tocopherol , Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis) , Diazolidinyl Urea , Quaternium 22

Soho Makeup Brushes *First Impression* and French Twist Updo

Happy MLK Day!

I’ve used a couple of the Soho Brushes from Walmart twice already. So far I can tell a major difference between them and the E.L.F. brushes I purchased from Target. I’m not knocking E.L.F. it’s a great starter brush/eye palette for beginners like myself. I used the eyeshadow brush,smudger, and foundation brush. First the Soho brushes are noticelably softer. I used the same eye primer by E.L.F. but for some reason the color POPPED a lot more! I forgot to take pics from both days. But I do have some.  I think the Soho brushes picked up the pigment better and the entire look came together even more with the smudge brush. Foundation by L’oreal True Match, mascara by NYC. What ya think?

I’ve been wanting to try CurlyNikki’s look, the french twist. I used a banana clip and bobby pins to achieve the “twist” and the scarf from Dollar Tree.

Mission: Keep it Sexy 2012

If you don’t follow me on Twitter (you’re crazy lol jk) I tweeted about how I recently joined  myfitnesspal. I discovered this site through some friends on CurlyNikki.com The thread is about weight loss for 2012. This was right on time for me! I had already made plans to slim down and tone it up. So now with this really cool site (available at the app store), I can keep track of my calorie and water intake while on the go. It’s really great, because you can link up with other friends and family. We all know how weight loss is easier when you have a support system.

I didn’t want to think of it as a DIET more so has getting fit. When you hear the words diet, that sounds like blah blah blah bland food blah blah no sweets blah blah miserable! With the food diary you can monitor what you eat and how many calories you have to spare. So instead of “dieting” it’s about making smarter choices.

Personally when I feel I’m being deprived of what I love the most, it makes it 10x harder to stick with it. The app let’s you choose what you want. You put in your exercise for the day. The more calories you burn the more calories you’re allowed to eat! Can you say #winning!! My username is nerdycurlyqt. Hope to see you there!

Mission Keep it Sexy 2012 has begun! ;o)