Woman Crush Wednesday: Rihanna Bares it All

Hola, Spiiirits!

At the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 2nd, Rihanna bared it all in a completely sheer crystal-net floor length gown that was custom made by designer Adam Selman. Well “bared it all” may be a little too forward…she did have a flesh tone thong on that beautiful bod. Talk about shining bright like a diamond, Rih!

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Rih paid homage to the Josephine Baker era in this floor length frock, which hosted 230, 000 Swarovski crystals.

Now of course Rih’s bold, nude (or at least mostly nude) expression, has brought much backlash. (Instagram even, to my knowledge, removed her page because of it, TUH!) However, I am here to say that I am in support of this fashion choice!

First of all, Rihanna looks beautiful and her body is to D-I-E for in this dress. Second, why is it that women have to be ashamed of their bodies? These bodies (male or female) are blessings from Source, so why is it we cannot honor them as such? Rihanna is a young woman in her prime finding strength in her femininity, versus the shame that is so readily taught, and I applaud her for that. (BTW this is not the first time Rih has worn something sheer in public that exposes her breasts nor that she’s been photographed topless. So I don’t understand why this time is SO much more of a big deal than the others).

Also, I am a believer in the #freethenipple movement. It is simply the gender roles set by a patriarchal society that allow for a man to freely be topless, nipple exposed, but shame a woman for the thought of the same thing. Even though the chest scientifically contains the same visible make up. While I love clothing, I just don’t think nudity should be so frowned upon. It is after all, our original form. We are taught to be ashamed of and hide our root physical form and then we wonder why we find it hard to love ourselves.

Remember, God made the naked form. Man, made clothing. That’s all I’m saying…

BUT…I’m really curious to know you guys’ opinion on Rih’s outfit and public displays of nudity as a whole. Do you agree with Rih’s #freethenipple approach or do you think she should have covered up for the awards?

Let me know!

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

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Trendspotting Tuesdays: Mermaid Mane

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As the warmer seasons of the year kick into full swing, fashion begins to reflect the seasonal shift in the myriad of colors that make themselves visible in trends & style.

Now as we have already noticed, neon-pastels (seems like an oxymoron, but oddly enough it’s not..lol) have made a heavy appearance in the Spring/Summer 2014 trendscape. This color trend has permeated everything, from nail polish, to accessories, to lipstick you name it. Hair, is no exception. This new obsession with neon-pastels has brought on a the mass desire for mermaid hair!

No matter what race, color, or creed, hair texture, or style, many are dying their hair beautiful bright pastel colors like coral, seafoam green, teal, and lavender.

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Some opt for ombre, doing darkest shade to lightest shade (roots to end). Others distinctly highlight their strands a brilliant trifecta of neon-pastel shades. And some opt for all over, one color, neon-pastel strands. No matter the method, the result is quite vibrant & very reminiscent of the our images of sexy mer-people. And I love it!

I don’t have the balls to dye my entire head of hair (for the hair health issues color poses), but I do plan to dye Delilah (my loc) purple on the tip one of these days. Does that count…?? Haha.

What do you guys think of the trend? Would you die your hair in this mermaid fashion?

Let me know!

Until Next Time…

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Crooklyn’s Finest ❤

This past weekend two wonderful gifts made their way into our home…

OUR CROOKLYN’S FINEST TEES!!!!

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Blessings from theOhiogirl, got me feelin’ major like Biggie. A crop tank & a tee. ^_^

These HalfBrooklyn tees are super dope and I love them already! They are good quality, efficiently priced shirts. I love the additional softness of the crop tank.

Free Spiiirit is gonna customize the t-shirt so be on the lookout for that! Oh, btw! Speaking of customization…do you guys have any ideas for how you want to see this shirt customized??? We’re thinking a little fringe & distress, hippie-grunge style, but we are open to suggestions! What do you guys think?

(If you’d like to purchase a “Crooklyn’s Finest” tee direct all inquiries to HalfBrooklyn@gmail.com)

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Trendspotting: Neon Lipstick + A Little Insight

Hello beautiful, Spiiirits.

How are you guys doing today??

I’ve seen better ones myself. It’s a lot of fake people that I’m finding myself having to exterminate out of my life. Its an exhausting process and quite unnerving (especially when “friends” turn to enemies after you put your foot down and demand they stop incessantly using you). Seems leeches and life-force suckers get quite angry when you try to hold them accountable. There’s a good couple of people I can apply that too, right now, sadly. But in such testing times, those who truly care become apparent as well, and I am thankful for those lights in the darkness. This process is all for the growth and betterment of myself and those around me and I appreciate it for the blessing that it is.

Welp, that was just a little insight into my life at the moment. Moving on from that…

Spring is in FULLLLLL swing and with it’s presence has come a couple sassy trends for the fashion savvy.

One of those hot, hot, hot trends is NEON LIPSTICK!

…Pinks, Oranges, Greens, Yellow, Blues…

neon…Neon…NEON!

Check out a couple of celebs rocking the trend.

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Triiinity & I gave it a go ourselves and we love it! We will def be rockin’ our neon colors this season.

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If you want a review on the colors we are wearing let me know in the comments below!

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How do you guys feel about neon lips?? How are you incorporating the trend this season?

I love to hear from you guys, let me know!

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Gifts from the Angels: ✡ Wood Merkaba ✡

Greetings Beautiful People!

For at least the past year & a half, I have been privy to the many uses of crystals. Crystals can be used to heal on a physical and spiritual level by balancing the energy imbalances in ones aura. Crystals not only carry energy of their own but they are an amplifier of the users energy and intentions. I have been interested in the soul-healing energy of crystals ever since the knowledge of their metaphysical power and awesomeness was first presented to me. I am by no means a crystal connoisseur but I am learning more and more about individual types of crystals and their special individual uses each day.

Recently, Wood Merkaba kindly sent Triiinity & I some beautiful additions to our budding crystal collection.

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(Left: Rhodonite Pendant, Right: Flourite Ring

You know, it is said by many that crystals pick where they want to go (choosing their owners and choosing when they are ready to leave them). Well when Triiin went to the Wood Merkaba store site looking for pieces, the Flourite ring, whyy this baby just opened up its link without even being clicked on. I came in the room and she showed me the site asking me (without telling me what happened) to pick the pieces that appealed to me and I picked this very piece. So we decided it was destined, the flourite ring had picked us! When we read up on the properties of flourite, we found that flourite is a multidimensional gemstone (associated with the 3rd eye & crown chakras) that cleanses & stabilizes the aura, advancing the parts of the brain that connects us to Source.  It balances and gives order to the energies removing chaos and disorder from ones environment. This awesome crystal gives clarity on situations where you need to see unbiased truth past the illusion or emotionally clouded judgement. Flourite also offers powerful healing and protection (especially on a psychic level). This was crazily spot on, in the fact that we had been thinking about getting a crystal for protection, especially against psychic manipulation, but did not know which crystal would be best. Not to mention needing clarity to make sound, unbiased decisions in our personal and business lives while ordering our environment and strengthening our connection with the I AM. Perfection.

Wood Merkaba added in another piece for me, that truly makes me feel as though she read my energies from afar. The Rhodonite pendant. Rhodonite is a stone of love which, through steady uplifting vibrations, helps one to stabilize their emotions, deepens one’s understanding, and matures one to meet life with balance and grace. It strengthens the understanding of unconditional, universal love past our concept of conventional love. It is associated with the heart chakra and increases self-love and love for all of creation.  Though it is not necessarily associated directly with the astrological sign Leo (my astrological sign & a fire sign), rhodonite is said to resonate with fire energy. Also, though I am a very loving being, I also can be as fiery in my emotions as I can be kind and altruistic. Rhodonite is here to give me more balanced emotions and increase my love for self and the world to the level it needs to be to spread love on a mass level and exact my purpose to spread positivity and peace among the Earth. Also, Rhodonite is said to help with anxiety, which at times, Triiin mildly battles with.

Jessica Miller, the angel behind Wood Merkaba, is a Certified crystal healer and makes beautiful wearable crystal pieces. It is clear that she charges, cleanses, and blesses the her crystal pieces before sending. Upon receiving these beautiful babies we could feel their fully charged, cool hum of power. When I put the copper plated flourite ring on my finger I could immediately feel powerful energy coursing around and through my finger. Talk about, WOW! Holding the Rhodonite pendant in my hand and stroking it with my finger, I could feel the energy emitting from it as well. Upon wearing the pendant out into life, I found my emotions to be more balanced in situations where I would have normally been riled. Its crazy how real the soul-healing powers of crystals, really is! I feel as though I was at least slightly more patient than normal and better at expressing love in tense situations. I am presently wearing it on a gold chain but I really want to get a copper chain for it. Copper is a great conductor of energy , the best (dare I say), which is why many crystals pieces are made with copper in, on, or, around the crystal.

As someone who does not use over-the-counter or prescription medication and wholly advocates natural methods of healing, I love using crystals as a part of a holistic healing plan for my mind, body, & spirit. These two beautiful pieces are already making wonderful additions to our budding crystal collections and I will continue to observe our progress in the areas these crystals pieces were created to aid.

Do any of you have experiences with flourite or rhodonite?? If so, share, Share, SHARE!!!

Check out WOOD MERKABA for beautiful & powerfully charged, wearable crystal pieces.

Also check out the WOOD MERKABA Etsy ShopInstagram page.

For more information on Flourite click here, For more information on Rhodonite click here or here.

Namaste, Spiiirits.

☮ Amiiiri ☮

Sales Sales Sales Sales, Sales I Do Adore

**Hov Voice** “Girls girls girls girls, girls I do adore. Put ya number on tha paper, I sure would love to date ya, holla at ya when I come on tour…”

AYYYEEE

The way Hova used to feel about girls is the way I feel about sales! Can I get an amen?

I pray everyone had a happy Thanksgiving among family & friends & family-like-friends. And I hope you guys n gals really got to enjoy Black Friday! I didn’t hit the shopping mayhem full of deals but I sure would have liked to. I’m sure there were some really good sales. If you got an awesome deal on something, I’d love to hear about it! I’m thrilled by the sale tales of the shopping savvy, lol.

Moving forward,  I want to let you guys know about the Black Friday sale we are having over at Free Spiiirit.

That’s right I said HAVING, not HAD.

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All weekend long we are having this sale in honor of Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season. Just enter code : FSBLACKFRIDAY to receive your discount! Sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time.

Cyber Monday holds a treat in store as well, so be on the look out for that!

Peace & Blessings.

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

The Hunger Games – Jennifer Lawrence on Fire

I don’t think anyone knows just how much I love the Hunger Games. I love the trilogy so much that, before there was even word of a first movie, my sister and I bought two Hunger Games shirts (mine says “Down with the Capitol” tehe) , a mockingjay pin, and a mockingjay necklace, between us. When the first movie came out, I went (suited in my HG gear and all) to see it immediately. Epic trilogy, man. Awesome societal parallels. & anyone who really knows me, knows of my deep love for dystopian fiction…

That’s why it’s really killing me that I can’t go see Catching Fire tonight. That’s right, Hunger Games Fan #1 is in for the night and stuck NOT watching the much awaited second movie, which made it’s way into theaters on this beloved day. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

However, I am not one to dwell on the bad, so on a more positive note… Did you guys see what Jennifer Lawrence wore to the premiere earlier this week???

Oh yes, little Miss Everdeen was quite the “Girl on Fire” on the red carpet in her Christian Dior 2013 Haute Couture Gown. I think she really rocked this look. It was daring, sexy, and classy all at the same time. And her new blonde pixie cut + red lip combo was the cherry on top! Check it out…talk about dressed to kill.

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What do you guys think of Jennifer Lawrence’s premiere look?

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮