Twas A Merry Half-Christmas

06.25.13

The day before yesterday was half-Christmas and what a merry Half-Christmas, indeed!

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Triiinity and I celebrated by dressing festively, smoking hookah, having an awesome balcony photoshoot, and making a lovely holiday dinner!

The Shoot

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My Outfit: rust feather earrings – SB, cheetah button-up – Thrifted, multi-metal bracelet- Glitter, elephant ring – Beauty Supply, cheetah ring – F21, green shorts- Vintage (from mom 🙂 ), camel belt- Thrifted, camel oxfords – Thrifted

Triiinity’s Outfit: glasses – Claires, pyramid earrings – F21, gold charm necklace – Vintage/Thrifted, crystal necklace – Gift, bicycle ring – Beauty Supply, black bandeau – Buiyahkah, green cardigan – JC Penny’s, distressed red jeans – Free Spiiirit (customization), white converse- online

 The Session

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Wild Mango Shisha, yumm…

The Holdiay Din-Din

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Spicy Shrimp Pasta…dinner in bed prepared for us, by us 🙂

Oh, and we even received a half Christmas miracle! I was finally able to get a part I’ve been needing for my car for a while and not only was it cheap, but a nice guy, who was a random customer in the store, offered to put it in immediately for us!

Allhamdulillah!! Praises Be!

Do you guys celebrate half-Christmas? If so, i’d love to hear what you guys did for your mid-year holiday!

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

Menswear Monday: River Island Swimwear Spotlight

River Island has some lovely swim gear for men this summer. River Island is a cool clothing company (one that was brought to my attention through their recent work with Rihanna), but they feature lots of cool stuff for men and women. Their swimwear doesn’t come up short, either.

Check out a couple of their cool printed items from their most recent men’s swim collections.

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With stylish prints and modern cuts, River Island swimwear is definitely worthy poolside gear for the stylish male.

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♥ XOXO A.T.♥

OOTD: Thrifty Glam

Don’t you always feel good when you put together an outfit that’s main pieces are from the thrift? I know I do…

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gold studs- F21, sheer top – Thrifted, black tank – SB, rust colored necklace- SB, cheetah ring – F21, snake ring – SB, ribbon belt – SB, high-waisted jeans-Thrifted, gold flats – Payless

Photo Cred: Triiinity Tafari

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

How to Care for Natural Hair

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More & more, women of color are embracing their crowning glory. Its an amazing thing, seeing all this large-and-in-charge, curly, kinky, natural hair. I just love it! However many women complain that they don’t know what to do with their natural or how to care for it. This is often times is a deterrent for women who may be interested in going natural and this issue sometimes sends naturals running back to the “creamy-crack” (as its been coined).

I’ve been fully natural a little under 2 years now (growing it out for close to 3) and in that time I’ve learned a couple tricks to the trade.

  1. Never detangle dry. Natural hair can tangle beyond belief, simply because the curls grow and curl around each other. This is a natural occurrence and while it doesn’t need to be tackled every day, it is something that will need to be tackled. Break your hair down into sections and use some sort of moisturizer or conditioner to soften your hair before you go at it. Then use a wide tooth comb and go to work. (Only pull out the rattail for small knots, otherwise you’ll be ripping out hair unnecessarily.
  2. Keep your hair moisturized. It takes a longer time for natural scalp oils to reach the tips of curly hair, simply because of our wave pattern. You have to compensate for that by keeping moisture in your hair. Pay attention to ingredients as this is very important to keeping moistue in your hair. Watch out for ingredients that strip hair such as sulfate (which is found in many shampoos) as well as ingredients like mineral oil and petrolatum which only give the appearance of moisture but actually just coat and suffocate your hair while leaving it dry and brittle. The best moisturizers are ones that have water as their first ingredient. Also, if you can’t find sulfate-free shampoo, try co-washing (washing with only conditioner). It does wonders for my hair, I actually rarely even use shampoo anymore. Leave-in is cardinal as well. Apply after washing and seal lightly with the oil of your choice. (coconut oil & olive oil can be found at your local grocer and are great for sealing and/or scalp oiling). Also sleeping with a satin cap or satin pillowcase is cardinal to keeping the moisture in your hair and off the pillow.
  3. Low Manipulation Styles & Protective Styles are your best friend. First let me state the difference between low-mani styles and protective styles. Low-mani styles are styles that do not require a lot of manipulation for upkeep. You don’t have to comb through this type of style every day and it is usually low stress on the hair. These types of styles include, but are not limited to, twist-outs, braid-outs, bantu knot-outs, etc. Protective styles protect the hair. They usually involve your hair being hidden from the elements in some way, whether it is just the ends of your hair, or your whole head. Buns can be seen as protective styles because your hair is tucked under and the ends do not have the opportunity to be exposed to the elements (and henceforth, more opportunities for breakage). Hair extensions, marley twists, bohemian braids, etc., can also be used as protective styles. Both of these methods of styling are cardinal for the natural who desires healthy hair. Our hair is just not made to be combed and raked through all the time. Sometimes it good to just leave it alone for a while. Continue to care for it an nourish it, but do not feel like you have to comb it every single day. Embrace your nappy! I usually do a braid-out or twist out and leave it that way for a week. I cover it with a satin bonnet at night and just fluff and go in the morning. If my hair gets too shrunken throughout the week I may revert to a puff or some other bi-product style, but I do not recomb and rake through it every day for a new style. I also throw in a long term protective style every now and then (My last one was bohemian braids). Giving your hair a rest keeps it from breaking and over-shedding, while helping it stay strong.
  4. Be careful with heat. I’m not going to say you can’t use heat. I mean, what’s natural hair if not versatile. But I will say go easy on the heat. You shouldn’t be blow drying and flat ironing every week. This kind of constant direct heat can pop your hair, make it dry broken & brittle, and even potentially change your curl pattern. Look up heat damage on YouTube and you will see dozens of horror stories about people who flat-ironed their hair too much and literally lost their curl pattern. It just kept getting looser and looser until it got straight…and in some cases it only took one time to cause those sort of damaging effects. With those kind of risks, excessive heat use is just not worth it, if you ask me. If and when you do choose to use heat, use a good heat protectant on your hair. Grapeseed oil is a great natural heat protectant.
  5. Remember, your hair is not the next girl’s hair. Does your hair need more protein or moisture? Do twist-outs work best for you or are puffs more your style? Get to know your hair. Pay attention to what it needs. If it is too limp, it may need protein. If it is too dry it may need moisture. If your hair tangles too much when left in a puff, opt for another style. Your hair will tell you what it needs, if you would just be willing to listen.

Before you give up on your natural hair, give it the best chance for survival! Try these couple of tips and I’m sure that you will see a dramatic turnaround in the manageability and health of your natural hair.

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

Trendspotting Tuesdays: Orange Lipstick + Finding Your Shade

Orange lipstick is hot, Hot, HOT for the summer.

Check out a couple of celebs that have taken to rocking the trendy color…

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Now orange is a color that can easily look tacky and loud if done incorrectly. However, it can look great on any skin tone, if you pick the right shade for you.

A Couple Tips on Finding the Correct Shade

Light Skin: Choose a very true-to-orange shade, it’ll pop against your bright skin
Medium Skin: Choose an orange with golden undertones, it’ll accentuate your skin and give it warmth without bronzer
Dark Skin: Choose darker oranges with more brown to brick undertones, it will be less harsh on your tone while giving you the poppy look you desire

For all shades: Always opt for liner whenever possible, its the secret to long-lasting and defined lips in any lipshade. (You can buy a beauty supply lipstick and make it look like a million bucks with liner, Trust Me.) Also if you can’t find your exact shade in the stores, don’t be afraid to mix colors and liners until you do!

The right orange lip gives you a fun look and a warm summer glow. And with these tips & tricks in your arsenal there is no need to fear getting it wrong. Go forth & get funky in orange!

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

The Evolution of A.T. : New Header

 

 

Greetings, lovely souls.

I’ve created a new header for this blog. Check it out!

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I thought the blog needed a little something more so I went hard at work creating a header that my followers and I could be proud of! What do you guys think?

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

OOTD: Rebel Rasta Edition

Yesterday…

Triiinity & I both channeled a bit of rasta-style in our wardrobe

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– My Outfit –

gold studs – F21, gold chain – SB, marley shirt – Walmart/Free Spiiirit Customization, black bandeau – SB, green/gray shorts – thrifted/DIY, “love” ring- Glitter, black slave bracelet – SB, elephant ring – Beauty Supply, converse-style pinstriped shoes – Target

– Triiinity’s Outfit –

rasta beanie – Beauty Supply, earring cuff – Amazon, “tough” shirt – Walmart, cheetah scarf (as belt) – SB, skirt – F21, bracelets – gift, bicycle ring – Beauty Supply, silver heart ring – gift, rust statement ring – Amazon, socks – gift, white converse – online

Photo credit: (for my pictures) Triiinity Tafari

♥ XOXO A.T. ♥