Goddess Rising Facial Appreciation

Hello My Lovelies!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know Triiinity & I are in the midst of our Goddess Rising Yoga Challenge! It’s been a blast growing in love & light with my fellow Goddesses and I know we shall continue to grow and ascend in positivity and self-love together. For Day 10 of the challenge, our self-loving task was to give yourself a facial. So I wanted to share my facial process with you all.

Ingredients :
Urban Oreganics Facial Mask (100% vegan)
Honey
Instant Coffee
Water

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SN: Did you know honey & coffee are both naturally occurring substances that are good for your skin? Coffee has anti-aging properties as it tightens and tones the skin while mutually stimulating the skin, bringing increased circulation. Honey is humectant, so it is perfect for bringing natural moisturization. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties that are perfect for fighting acne. You can mix these ingredients without the use of a store bought facial mask or in addition to one and follow the steps below for amazing skin benefits!

Step 1: Mix Ingredients
{stir until mixture becomes a fine paste}

Step 2: Apply Mixture
{It is best to do this while laying down, over a towel to avoid any drippy carnage. Feel free to use your hands for application but I found this application best done with a utensil liken to a Popsicle stick shape. So a mixing stick or even the flat side of a butter knife would work fine to apply the proper spreading. I like it best when I apply a coating, let it dry for a minute or two, and then go back and apply another for a nice thick facial layer.}

Step 3: Wear Facial
{Relax and let the properties take hold. I recommend you let the mixture sit on your face for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing, for maximum benefits.}

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Step 4: Rinse

{Rinse mixture away with warm water. Then rinse with cool to lock the amazing effects into your pores}

Step 5: Moisturize & Enjoy Your Glow!
{Seal your skin with a light moisturizer. Enjoy the glowing effects of your after-facial radiance!}

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Love & Light
Amiiiri

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Spiritual Sundays: Lucid Life

***DISCLAIMER: these are my views, gathered from extensive personal research***

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“Life is a lucid dream & when we die, we wake.” – A.T.

Have you ever been asleep…dreaming…and you suddenly realize you’re dreaming? When this happens one of two things can happen next: either A) something alarming or frightening happens & you wake up B) you stay calm, gain control over your environment & start creating.

Now a lucid dream is simply defined as any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. In waking life, most of us reside in the 3rd dimension. This is where Earth realm exists, though Gaia is in the process of ascending. Dream space occurs in the lower levels of the 4th dimension. The 4th dimension is also the space in which the “place” that people discern as Heaven/Hell exists (on higher levels, of course that we do not usually reach until we die). The 4th dimension is a lot more fluid than the dense 3rd dimension and therefore allows for quicker creation. What you imagine literally comes to life, immediately. This is why sometimes, when you realize you are dreaming within the dream, a crashing wave (or something of that nature) will immediately appear out of nowhere and cause you to wake. This is because that split second of fear caused you to manifest something fearful, which shocked you awake. If you can remain calm in this second, you can begin to manifest wonderful things and begin exploration of the 4th dimension. (sounds flippin’ awesome, right?!)

As I said before, in waking life we generally reside in the 3rd dimension, which is a much denser, less fluid dimension. However we possess this same power of creation in the dimension as well. The process just takes place more slowly! This is why it is so important to constantly fill yourself with positive thoughts and influences, because, even in waking life, the things we think and speak, WE CREATE. What immense power lies in this knowledge!

This is why I liken life to a lucid dream. Our entire reality is subject to our perception. The more positive our outlook, the more positive our lives become. We, through our perception..thoughts &  speech…shape the very world we live in. Just as in a lucid dream, if you become fearful, negative, or disheveled these thoughts manifest in the form of seemingly unconquerable challenges. In the 4th dimension its a crashing wave. In the 3rd it may be losing your job. However, when you remain positive, open, and faithful these thoughts manifest as favorable blessings that truly open you to the beauty and positive possibilities of life. The more you practice this and take note of it, the quicker the manifestations begin to happen. God has given us the power to literally create our own heaven or hell.

“What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Anything you imagine, you possess dear spiiirits.
Namaste.
☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Menswear Mondays: Paul Fredrick Summer 2014 Collection

Greetings all my sharrrp gentlemen out there! (*southern belle accent*)

Yes I’m talking to you, you stone cold playa.

Now you know a man in the right suit & tie ensemble, can take over the world! And with the recent launch of their Summer 2014 Collection, Paul Fredrick will help you do just that.

Paul Fredrick is a menswear brand started 25 years ago, originally specializing in dress shirts. Dedicated to providing high quality, the brand designs, manufactures, and directly distributes all of the items in its collections. This new collection features lightweight seer sucker suits, fashion dress shirts, and unique ties that host amazing debonair style with right-on-time colors and patterns for this Summer season.

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My favorite aspect of the new collection? Their stylish ties. I feel like the right tie takes a good suit to the next level of awesome. Here are my top 3 faves. Check out these amazing patterns & color combos!

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However, true to their original specialization in dress shirts, Paul Fredrick stocks up to 89 unique combinations of sleeve, collar and fit options in a single dress shirt style, alone. Talk about tailoring to your preferences!

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Check out Paul Fredrick’s new Summer Collection ASAP and see what they might have to fit your sleek, stylish, summer suit needs.

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Photoshoot Phresh: Tribal Warrior Goddess Makeup

Hey, hey, hey guys n gals!

Today, Triiinity & I had a photoshoot with amazing photographer and our good friend , KwithyKat. It is our second photoshoot with Kwith (of many more to come!) and the continuation of the first concept we ever explored with her, uni-Goddess Ilati Masalu.

{Ilati Masalu: Goddess of Balance & Equality. Ying & Yang Fire & Ice Creation & Destruction There are two sides to this omnipotent Goddess. She manifest herself as two women who are themselves two sides of the same coin. Depicting her power over all Earth’s elements, she commands power over chaos & order, creation & destruction. She embodies the importance of perfect universal balance, knowing that everything has its perfect place and perfect time. Her symbol is Asar, or the all-seeing eye. Residing on the spiritual plane she uses her third eye, seeing in light & the color spectrum, to identify and rectify imbalances that reside in the physical world.}

The first shoot was this Goddess’s introduction. For the continuation of the Ilati Masalu’s story our intent was to depict the Goddess in different situations. This one…the Goddess in anticipation of warfare.

Here’s my half of the look.

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These are quick snaps before we started shooting and the best shots I could capture really quickly. Once the pictures from the shoot are ready I will add another to this post where my eyelids are down & the makeup shows a bit better. (Plus it’ll be in HD…ooh la la, lol)

For the warrior-Goddess look we wanted to go a bit bolder with the tribal so we made black face paint, using a black crayon and coconut oil, to create these dots and lines.

On my brows I used a Wet n Wild brow pencil in Midnight Brown.

For lid shadows , I used the Coastal Scents 88 Palette. Chapstick served as a cheap primer alternative and I put a bright base coat of  2-shades-brighter-than-flesh-tone eyeshadow on top of it. This allowed the makeup look to be stable and well-pigmented.

The lid colors contain yellow, red, and two shades of orange from the palette.

I lined my eyes with black liquid liner and for mascara used both Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara & Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara.

Lastly, my lipstick was a combination of some brown lip base Triiin had from a past makeup kit. A brown lip color from Black Radiance called “Copper low”, shade 5023B and a golden shade of lipstick called “24 Carat gold.”

Can’t wait for the finished products of this shoot!

Check out more of KwithyKat’s work, in the meantime. 🙂

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Do you guys like my tribal warrior makeup look? Have you done tribal makeup before? How was it similar or different to this look? I love hearing from you guys, soooo let me know!

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Surviving a World of Frustration

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Today…I feel inspired to write because I desire to vent.
We live in a frustrated world. The reasons for this are many, but one of which is lack of emotional control. Another is ill communication. Those are the two issues I will focus on today.
The secret to contentment lies in control over the emotions. This does not mean to stifle ones emotions. It’s actually quite to the contrary. But it is to consciously acknowledge your emotions, fully understand the emotion (and it’s true source) and reflect before you react. This is how people who have attained true balance & peace handle situations.
However, living in such a world of imbalance, many of us are not trained to handle our emotions in this manner. Rather we have been trained to lean to two of either extremes; hide our emotions entirely or hyper-emotionally overreact.
The issue with these two methods of dealing with emotions is that they bring more problems than resolve. Many conceal their emotions (most times poorly, at that) but at the same time expect the party they have been affected by to know how they are feeling. And more so, expect the party to be sensitive to their emotional state. Well this is certainly absurd. Most people will not know exactly what you are feeling unless you tell them. Holding it in is unhealthy and counterproductive because this negative emotion, gone unchecked, will only manifest again either at a later time, or in other ways.
The hyper-emotional response is no better. It is acting immediately on a myriad of emotions before even giving yourself a chance to process what you are actually feeling. During the hyper-emotional response a person likely acts immediately to show they have been affected by an action, however this is highly deceptive. The reason for this is because this heightened, rapid emotional response generally does not give a true read. Usually, in such cases, the emotional response is over-dramatized and may be a masking emotion to hide the true root emotion that this situation triggered a response to. Sometimes, during this type of response, the person becomes angry or sad (and acts on said emotion) before even giving themselves a moment to analyze if this moment is really worth that response. Many times these responses are a cry for attention to a certain underlying issue. However this is of no help, because this person still wants the other party to know exactly how they are feeling and be sensitive to that…even though they have not expressed (or even analyzed for themselves, sometimes) their true emotional state or the true reason for it.
So we can see that, though these are two very different methods for dealing with situations that garner an emotional response, they both have the same fatal flaw. Ill Communication. WE DO NOT COMMUNICATE!!! We assume, we hide, we do anything to run from our genuine emotions. Never truly dealing with them or allowing for resolve from any other involved parties. But you can’t hide forever. Not happily, anyway. Rather than letting the shit hit the fan, we can open up the tunnels of communication. Analyze how you truly feel & why before you react (this may take a few seconds, minutes, hours…the timing is totally up to you & how good you become at quickly analyzing the root of your emotions). Once you have done this, you can determine if the situation is needing of a response at all. Are you really angry with this situation or just having a bad day? Now once you have determined the true root of the emotional disturbance you can communicate that to the other involved party. True communication is a two way street. Meaning that when you are communicating your feelings, reasoning, and desires to another party you must also be an effective listener. They will have reasoning, feelings, and desires of their own that they want to be heard. These things need to be communicated and received from both (or all) parties. You don’t have to ultimately agree with the persons perspective but you do have to open your eyes & ears to really, truly gain insight on the other persons perspective to make a genuine analysis of the situation. At this point, a middle ground of peace can be attained.
Peace & patience opens up the ability to have this sort of natural, effective, flowing communication. That is why meditation is such a powerful tool. When you are centered and at peace within yourself, occurrences outside of yourself will not even get the same negative emotional rise out of you! But even when they do, you will be able to quickly process and analyze your emotions and it’s true root and effectively communicate that. Also, with this self provided peace, you will have to patience to listen and really absorb the perspective of any other involved party. And that is when true progress can begin.
PEACE to ALL
XOXO A.T.

Finally Finished & LookSoup

Who’s finally finished with finals?!?! Me! Hell yeah! lol….No but really though, I’m super excited. I finished with all my finals on Thursday and I’ve just been relaxing and living it up since then. The storm is OVER!! Definitely something to be grateful for. Not to mention I’m one more step closer to graduating. Just one semester left, now. Exciting!

But at any rate, I’ve discovered this site called LookSoup…they actually emailed me and asked me to put my blog on the site, so I thought that was pretty cool. Its set up like Pinterest, but it’s kind of like a Pinterest for bloggers. You can “like” looks or “collect” them to your own various groups of collections. You can also follow others and others can follow you. And best of all, because its for fashion bloggers, its all about fashion, hair, beauty, etc. A fashion bloggers dream! Plus, you are given a LookSoup score to gauge your influence. The score is the sum of all the likes and collects you’ve gained from things you posted on the site. The number of followers you gain also increases your score.

If you a fashion blogger or someone who just loves fashion, I’d give the site a look-see.

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& of course follow me 🙂

XOXO JAZ’

Menswear Mondays: Remember Movember & Cyber Monday Spotlight

Hello All!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving & a great Black Friday!

Since this is the last monday of November, I thought I’d give a big shoutout to all my men who participated in No Shave November in dedication to Men’s Health (and to all my ladies who supported them)! Sooo, i have compiled a couple of pics I thought were funny and cool in relation to the month long sacrifice. Whoot, whoot, here’s to you!

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I hope you all enjoyed my mini Movember tribute! One last hoorah for Movember before its over! **Hoorahhh**

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Also, guys….its Cyber Monday! If you missed Black Friday or just cant get enough of those sweet, sweet deals, Cyber Monday is for you! All across the web, stores are having awesome sales online to appease their faithful customers. Here are a couple of sites my men (and women) can find some great deals on.

Forever21

(free shipping, no minimum, up 70% off)

Express

(free shipping, everything 40% off)

Urban Outfitters

($15 off orders of $75 or more, free shipping for orders over $50)

Fossil

(30% off sale items, free overnight shipping on all orders)

MyHabit

(up to 60% off, free shipping in the US)

Those are just a few…

Hurry, hurry before midnight comes!

XOXO JAZ’