Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

THROW BACK THURSDAY--HOLIDAY BIRTHDAY RECAP

As my 30th birthday approaches, I find it especially necessary to recap the events of my 29th birthday experience. My birthday was on Thanksgiving of last year. I started off my birthday night/early morning with drinks with a friend. Later that morning I filmed a birthday YouTube tutorial that took up most of my day. Then I hurried off to my friend's house for Turkey-Day dinner. The following night I went out for more drinks at Krug's Park with friends. I later had a dinner outing with a friend a few weeks post f my birthday.

I have grown so much in a year. I feel wiser, but I don't feel much older than yesterday. My body appears to have more energy. My relationship with God is stronger and constantly improving. My outlook on live is more positive. And I have lost almost 15 pounds since my 29th birthday...I am in a great space for life. Is there more I want to achieve in life? The answer is YES...OF COURSE!!!! Turning 30 gives me a motivation license to work harder for it! I believe this year is going to be a year of goal digging and finding my treasure in accomplishing several of them. I am so excited. More than anything, I am glad I still look great. My biggest fear was that I was going to look horrible, but I am aging gracefully! I love it...It can only get better from here for me. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!








Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Glam Makeup Tutorial --Cranberry Metallic Smokey Eye


Fall is such an amazing season. The food is comforting, the outdoor scenery is breath-taking, the candle scents are addicting, and fall style is always taken up a notch or two. My absolute favorite next to my new addiction of fall candle scents are the fall make-up trends. I use to shy away from a dark lip, but now I crave it! It just screams FALL!!!! 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get all dressed and show your friends and family just how glamorous you can be. 

I have been so inspired by fall the past few weeks that I decided to create this cranberry makeup look. Once I was finished I just knew it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving celebration.







Products Used:
Foundation-Maybelline FIT ME (Mocha Mocha)
Concealer- Black Opal (Toast)
Setting Powder (under eyes)-Ben Nye Sienna
Setting Powder (all over face) Covergirl Queen
Bronzer-Sonja Kashuk- Chic luminosity bronzer/blush duo (glow-53)
Contouring-Black Radiance Pressed Powder (Ebony)
Blush-Bronzed FX (Garner) and Covergirl Queen (Bronzed Ebony)

Eye Makeup:
Eye Primer- Milani Eyeshadow Primer (01 Nude)
Sonja Kashuk Palette (Eye on Neutral)
Eye Shadow- Metallic Baked Eyeshadow (I Heart You)
Eye Shadow- Anastasia Lavish Palette (Sienna)
Eye Shadow- Coastal Scents Reveal II Palette
Eye Shadow- Wet n Wild Coloricon
Elf- Makeup Mist & Set
Eyeliner- Jordana Fabuliner
Mascara- L'Oreal Paris Telescopic (Carbon Black) 

Lips:
Lipliner-Sally's Beautique (Currant)
Lipstick- Milani (Sangria)
Lipgloss- Maybelline Colorsenstional (rasberry ablaze)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hair Vlog: APHOGEE KERATIN 2 MINUTE RECONSTRUCTOR DEMO


I am on every mission possible to retain my hair length as it continues to grow. I have discovered that my hair lacks protein so I decided to give myself a protein treatment using Aphogee's Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. I have heard so many good things about this product so I just had to try it out for myself. My challenge is to consistently add protein to my hair until my hair is healthy again without damaging my hair from too much product. I'm up for the challenge!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LOOKS AREN'T EVERYTHING.....The Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare Experience



Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of spending time with some awesome friends of mine. We were so excited to catch up and have dinner at a new restaurant that neither of us had been to. The plan was to try something eclectic and healthy. A vegan experience was at the top of our mental rolodex, but our appetites shamelessly opposed the meatless idea. My stomach in particular spelled out H-E-A-R-T-Y. My idea of hearty usually means MEAT and lots of it. We just knew we couldn't go wrong with Italian food. 
The plan was to grab some drinks after dinner in the downtown area so we decided to pick an eatery nearby. After perusing the Urban Spoon website we opted to dine at Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare.  Nicolas was a place that I had wanted to try for a long time, unfortunately I never knew where it was. When we approached the restaurant I just couldn't believe that it was right across the street from Hiro, one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Omaha. As much as I want to say this restaurant is tucked away; it really is not. However, I will say that if you are not looking for Nicola's then you might just miss it. There is no breathtaking architecture leading up to the entrance. It has a big city coffee shop charm to it, but then again, it is actually connected to a coffee shop.The patio delivers a pinch of intrigue with a taste of downtown-hipster regalness that convinces you to spend lots of money on cocktails and tipping. Thank God we visited Nicola's in the night chill of fall otherwise we would have succumbed to the patio's visual persuasion.


Once we walked in I was somewhat astonished by how small the restaurant actually was; especially since the patio gave an illusion of much more space. The inside of Nicola's truly did mimic the size of a neighborhood coffee shop. It was very quaint and filled with diners who appeared to be regulars and enjoying their food. There were several people waiting to be seated at the entrance. There was limited space to stand so we waited until we were able to sit at the bar. I couldn't help but to notice that many of the customers were in large parties of four more. The owner of the restaurant was very involved in the guest experience as he took our order for drinks and reassured us that our table was on the way. He entertained us in some conversation as we had drinks and waited for seating. It wasn't long before we realized he was very cultured person and knew a mutual acquaintance of ours. He even gave us some suggestions on places to visit to hear some good local music. We were finally seated after a couple kindly released their table and traded seats with us at the bar to indulge in some dessert coffee. This was definitely the kind of restaurant that made you want to linger around after the main course and stay for some baileys Irish coffee and tiramisu.

When we took our seats I looked all around and tried to bask in the hospitable comfort that Nicola offers. I found it even more peculiar that Nicola's only had male servers working that night. I didn't find it to be a problem; as they all were kind and gave excellent service to their guests. 



(Bowl of Squash Soup $4.95)

I started off with their soup of the day; which happened to be a squash! It was absolutely AMAZING!!! The squash was pureed to perfection with no traces of its origin once being a vegetable. The texture was creamy and evenly whipped. There was just that right touch of  buttery sweetness to it that was very reminscent of sweet potato bake. It was extremely delectable. There seamed to be a sea of floating pecans that I tasted with every bite. Honestyly, the pecans may have been a little overkill. The soup was served with a slice of toasted buttered bread. It was the perfect compliment to the soup. I finished this dish anticipating the likes of Thanksgiving. It was undoubtedly a first plate that warmed a cold soul and left you with delightful memories of family and holidays.
(Lasagna Mediterranean $18.95)
For my main course I decided to go with the server's suggestion of the Lasagna Mediterranean. The ragu sauce lived up to it's menu description of  being hearty. I would have liked for the consistency of the sauce to have been just a tad bit thicker.  I felt that it was a little too watery and runny for my liking. Nevertheless, it was still tasty and filling. I asked the server to bring me out a boat load of Parmesan cheese to coat my lasagna. The meatballs added to the heartiness of the lasagna. The seasoning was a little heavy for me as I have cut back on salt. It shouldn't be a problem for anyone that regularly consumes a large amount of salt. I think the Lasagna Mediterranean was good, but it didn't make me jump for joy. I would order something else the next time I return. Our server assured my party that all their dishes are prepared homemade. I think this adds to the charm of Nicola's. 
(Ravioli di Scampi di Gambero $16.95)

(Ravioli di Carne or Formaggio $15.95)


Overall I really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. The quaint charm of Nicola's is perfect for any dinner occasion; whether it be a night out your with family, friends, or your significant other.The food is delicious, the service is FIRST CLASS; moreover their crowd is satisfied. Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare definitely reaffirms the notion that looks aren't everything.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HOW TO FILL IN YOUR EYEBROWS (EYEBROW SHADING TUTORIAL)


I naturally have unruly eyebrows. I usually get them professionally waxed twice a month and then I shape them up with a tweezer in between visits. Although, I love the appearance of a freshly arch brow they can sometimes look just a little to thin for my preference. I like to fill in my brows whenever I have enough time for a more thicker natural look. It has taken me sometime to perfect my eyebrow routine, but I have definitely figured out my personal method. Here is my eyebrow routine. I hope you all enjoy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seeking the Kingdom First and Discipline

 I am so tired of running my own life. The older I get it becomes CRYSTAL CLEAR to me that whenever I try to take charge of the life gifted to me; the results of gratification are temporary. The satisfaction burns out after the first 3 months, maybe 6 months if I'm LUCKY............ and luck has a VERY strange way of making my joy a priority of longetivity. And this goes for pretty much every area of my life--WORK, FINANCES, SHOPPING, LIFESTYLE, RELATIONSHIPS, ETC...I truly believe it was because I never took out the time to stop and ask God: What do you want me to do? What do you want from me? How do you want me to spend my money? How do you want me to live my life? What relationships do you want me to have or maintain...I could go on and on. I have been so busy trying to things my way without getting the wise counsel that I need from God. Sometimes I find it hard to hear from him or I second guess what it being instructed of me.  If I am unclear then I know I NEED to spend more time in his word and prayer; so things can be revealed to me without room for doubt. Galatians 5:16--Trust in the Lord at all times and do not lean on your own understanding.

How God Speaks to Me
I am working on hearing from God. I am also learning how God speaks to me. I have discovered that God speaks mostly to me through prayer and dreams, but mostly through prayer. If he puts something on my heart it usually shows up as a cluster of thoughts while I am quiet during my prayer time. If he is trying to spell something out to me or warn me he will give me dreams that I need to interpret. Sometimes these dreams are a string of visions with people randomly participating in outlandish events that make ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. But he gave them to me for a reason and somewhere in that cloudy vision there are significant details and symbolism of instructions. If those dreams are ignored he continues to give them to me OVER and OVER. Eventually I will say, "okay God I get the point...you need me to do this."
He also introduces me to people who have the anointing and purpose to give me knowledge of what God intended for me to know. Those people are my favorite.

Discipline plays a HUGE Role
I want to SEEK GOD AND HIS KINGDOM FIRST before I do anything else in my life, so I am making an effort to make him a priority. As I put forth this effort to seek God first, I discovered that takes discipline. It takes to discipline to quiet yourself down and just get on your knees before him and hear him out. It takes discipline to listen. It takes discipline to consult him about your strongholds and no one else. It takes discipline to wake up in the morning and worship him and read the bible. It takes discipline to listen to his messengers during a workout instead of listening to music that may distract you. It takes discipline to remove all distraction that interfere with your precious time with the Lord. It takes discipline to want make him priority because HE SHOULD BE A PRIORITY not because you feel obligated or want something from him. It takes discipline to really want to get to know him.

What I want
I am currently working on having discipline in my life. It is the one thing that I am asking God to give me, because I believe that discipline is the key to many problems in life.

Hebrews 12:11--For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

I long for discipline so I can have the BURNING DESIRE to seek God and his Kingdom FIRST. I don't want to figure life out on my own anymore because it yields no permanent rewards. I want the life and everlasting joy God intended for me to have.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HOW TO APPLY EYESHADOW


This video is a continuation of my Makeup Beginner's Series. I have been loving fall inspired eyeshadow looks lately, so I decided to create this simple beginner's eye makeup look. Enjoy! Products Used: Milani Eyeshadow Primer BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette Sonja Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette

Friday, September 19, 2014

MY LATEST PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE


I am still trying to figure out what works for my hair. My primary goal for my hair is to achieve HEALTHY hair. Then my next goal is LONG HEALTHY HAIR. I am experimenting with hair styles. Here is my latest multi-flat twist Grecian hair style. It is the perfect protective style. I usually wear this style for a week and I moisturized every night or every other night. Happy Hair Journey!!!!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

APARTMENT DECORATING FEVER




Last weekend I had the opportunity of visiting one of my friends in Davenport Iowa. Her apartment was an absolute dream to experience. The apartment had so much character. Her personal touch on her home decor definitely complimented the architecture of the apartment. I loved her taste and it inspired me to make some inspiration boards for my next apartment. I definitely want to take my time researching the theme of my house and the color scheme. My favorite color is a ocean/teal blue. But I definitely love crisp white and clean lines. I also want to incorporate accents of pink. These images are giving me absolute life right now. I am moving to California next year, I do believe around May-June. I still have some kinks to figure out, but I am really excited about moving and apartment hunting. I plan to take some time to stay with my mother to save and make the best decision in choosing a budget friendly apartment. It is California after all; so I need to be patient and resist the temptation to just jump all in. But in the meantime I am excited to start crafting my vision for my California apartment. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

INSPIRATION

-DESIGNER-ALTUZARRA

PHOTO COURTESY: STYLE.COM

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to get the perfect Curly Afro with Bantu Knots


Here is my latest hair tutorial. I crafted this hairstyle through some experimentation on Bantu knots. I didn't know how to do Bantu knots, so I decided to try them out on wet hair as a trial hairstyle. When I uncoiled my Bantu knots and started to separate them I realized that my hair looked more like a curly Afro than Bantu spiral curls. My observation is that these results were due to the fact that I had created this hairstyle on wet hair as opposed to hair that had been dried from a blow out.I thought the style was unique so I decided to try it again and film for you gorgeous ladies. I really do like this style and will definitely be trying it again in the future. I hope you all enjoy this tutorial.

Products Used: Tresemme Naturals Conditioner Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditoner Repair Cream Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie One'n Only Argan Oil 


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