Style Icon: Kelly Rowland swagg is cold as ICE

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*sings in falsetto*
“ICE…..I.C.E. feels so… nice. …”

That’s my jam!! lol I was scrolling through my Instagram (@leopardkissez) to see Ms.Kelly was serving up something fierce on The View today. Click here for a recap. She also did a performance with Big Boi of Outkast. Not only does she have remarkable talent but she always looks so well put together. She can rock any hairstyle from her short coif during her Destiny’s Child days to big voluminous ‘natural’ curls to long flowing tresses. Her new album Year of the Woman is due out early next year. She opened up about her new album during an interview with Sister2Sister Magazine. Kelly is on top of the world these days with her hit single ICE, and I wish her much more success in the New Year! 🙂

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Natural Kids: Chloe and Halle ~Stars in the Making

Many moons ago I did another post of a child star from the Disney channel, Skai Jackson. Catch that post here. Now there’s some new girls on the block and these lovely young ladies can SANG! They are the winners of Radio Disney The Next Big Thing singing competition. These girls are so very talented. Playing musical instruments, these girls have had guest roles in The Fighting Temptations, Meet the Browns, and House of Pain. Their YouTube channel has over 12 million views! Did I mention they have two songs now available on iTunes! Here’s  link to their Facebook page showcasing their natural locs! At only 12 and 14 years old, these girls have a bright future ahead of them!

Photo courtesy of ChloeandHalle.com

Photo courtesy of ChloeandHalle.com

The new miracle oil? Benefits of Apricot Oil

I know what you’re thinking….not another oil!! LOL If you are a part of the natural hair community, you probably have your fair share of oils already. Some of the more popular oils are; extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO), and jojoba oil. There are MANY more, not to mention essential oils. If you aren’t to familiar with essential oils check out this article.

Get to the apricot oil whudya!” Ok ok! 🙂

Recently I’ve decided to ‘simplify’ my hair care regimen (more info to come) as much as possible. While on this journey I came across Apricot Oil. My original intentions were to purchase a big bottle of sweet almond oil and use nothing else but that. Then I saw this bottle on the shelf at my local health food store.

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 I read the label 100% moisturizing oil–treat dry hair. Hmmmmmm…….and the price was right too! Retailing at less than $7 for 16 oz I say it was worth a shot. Since then I have consistently used this oil to seal my hair. I can honestly say I have noticed softer more manageable hair, and not to mention the shine! Could this be my new ‘miracle oil’?? Here are some of the benefits of Apricot Oil that I found on the web.

“Heated apricot oil has been has been long used as a hair treatment to restore shine and lost nutrients to dry or damaged hair. Essential fatty acids help restore softness to hair. Simply mix a few drops into shampoo, or rub a few drops between your palms then through hair.” (Quote provided by eHow.com)

“Rich in essential  fatty acids like oleic and linoleic, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is good for prematurely aged, dry or irritated skin. The excellent softening and moisturizing properties is great for face, hands, and hair.” (Quote provided by healthguidance.org)

I have yet to use this oil for my face or body. The oil is very light in texture similar to jojoba oil. But moisturizing like EVOO, and provides sheen like EVCO. Darcy’s Botanicals also sells this oil with a light fragrance on her website here.

Photo courtesy of DarcysBotanicals.com

Photo courtesy of DarcysBotanicals.com

*This product can be found at your local health food store or Amazon.com

Natural Kids: Wash Day/Detangling–Make it easier for her and you!

Mommy nooooooo!!!!!! *chases child around room with comb*

Does this setting sound familiar to you? As a kid with a lot of hair, my mom (and aunts) were often overwhelmed with my hard to manage hair. Tired arms and tears where the norm. Well those days are no more with simple practices that can make washing her precious curls a breeze!

These are the tools you will need

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Grab some toys, coloring books, and movies they will help keep your little princess occupied. Snacks are great too! TAKE BREAKS if she begins to get antsy let her stretch and grab a drink of water. You want this experience to run as smoothly as possible.

Finger detangling is your best friend!! Spraying a conditioner mix (w/plain H2O) will help “melt” those tangles and knots. The conditioner I used (pictured above) is a cheap conditioner by VO5  I found at Meijer. You can use whatever you have on hand.

 

1. Saturate hair with conditioner mix.

2.  Section hair in workable sections and secure with hair clips

3. Working one section at a time. Begin separating any tangles or knots with ONLY your fingers.

4. GENTLY comb out any further tangles with a shower comb or paddle brush. If you run into a ‘trouble’ area STOP combing and work out the tangle with your fingers and proceed with the comb.

5. Braid (I find that these stay together better than twist) the detangled section.

6. Continue until entire head is detangled.

I found a great YouTube channel GirlsLoveYourCurls that has some great ino and styles for your little curly! Check out her Facebook page too here.

A Pop of Color!

Greetings my friends!! It has been far too long wouldn’t you agree?  Since I’ve been gone I’ve made my first YouTube video! Say whaaat???!! I know…I know LOL It was just a test run! Check it out here. Blogging/Vlogging is a part-time job! Well it is if you want to deliver quality material to your followers. And that is exactly what I intend to do for you guys! Just bare with me in the mean time in between time. (hehe) So what better way to make a “come back” then with a OOTD post right?! My first love is definitely fashion. I posted this pic on my facebook page, but you need details right?! I gotchu boo!

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This look was for a casual day of shopping (no surprise here *wink-wink*). I know the photo quality isn’t the best, still working on that. Anywho, as promised here are the deets:

Denim Vest: Thrifted/Modified by Calvin Klein

V-neck Black Tee: JCPenny by Decree

Stripped Body Con Skirt: JCPenny by Decree

Yellow Tights: Target by Xhilaration

Gray Leg Warmers: Target by Xhilaration

Boots: Kmart by Bongo

Bamboo Earrings: BSS

Although the Winter season is upon us, that doesn’t mean you should shy away from color just don’t over do it! Stay tuned for my post on the lastest trend NEONS!