Connected & Inspired: Superior Life Energy

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Hello & Good Day Free Spiiirits of the World.

How are you all on this lovely day?..Well it’s a beautiful day, today in SoCal. One of the few beautiful days I have had completely free for a while (for a number of reasons). With the birds chirping, the breeze blowing, and the sun high in the sky, a wave of inspiration has come over me and prompted me to write. So, here I am 🙂

Okay sooooo, raise your hands if you like crystals!

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If you don’t like ’em, ya truly don’t know what your missing. Do a little research and you’ll find that crystals have many physical & metaphysical properties that can be of benefit to your body, mind, and soul.

Its been a little over a month since I received two very special crystal pieces from Superior Life Energy and it’s time I gave them a full review.

The Pyramid of Contemplation & The Pendant of Creativity

The Pyramid of Contemplation: This piece is an exquisite Orgone pyramid who’s shape and contents provide much spiritual power. The pyramid boasts a combination of Agate, Green Aventurine, Blue Aventurine, Mookaite Jasper, Seashells, and Reiki Seeds. Superior Life Energy owner, LaQuan Williams named this piece for the very relaxing state that it induced when he would stare into it. In my experience with this piece, it seems to be a powerful connector to the spiritual realm. Before receiving the pyramid, I was having trouble with my dream recall. I am usually quite a dreamer and quite strong with dream recall but I had a short stint (maybe 2 months) of time where I had to go without fluoride-free toothpaste. (Thank God that’s over!) I think the temporarily increased fluoride consumption had some negative affects which manifested in my dream-life. After receiving the Pyramid, the second night I slept with it near my bed, I had an extremely powerful dream, the full contents of which I remembered impeccably the next morning. In this dream, I met an alien who is more than likely one of my spirit guides. The time spent with the alien spirit guide was such a beautiful experience and I could truly feel the all-encompassing love of God radiating from the being. I was very interested to find later, in my research of this Orgone pyramid’s contents, that the spiritual energy of Blue Aventurine helps to attune you to guidance from higher realms and begin to perceive your spiritual gifts. And Mookaite Jasper, can help connect one with ancestor spirits to give intuitive understanding. Coincidence? I think not. About 3 weeks passed and I also had a lucid dream in which not only did I have a conscious memory of another (previous) dream, realize I was dreaming at present (with one of the manifestations of my sub-conscious literally saying it), but I maintained control long enough to turn a door knob and open a door within the dream before waking up. The Pyramid of Contemplation not only restored my dream recall but amplified my dream abilities, thereby my dream experiences.

Lucy, The Pendant of Creativity: Lucy, gets her name from me. She contains Amethyst, Red Jasper, Carnelian, and Hematite I did my darnedest not to look up anything about her before I wore her. I truly wanted to see how she made me feel without any previous bias from the research and then see how that measured up with the benefits each component was supposed to provide. ( I try to make a habit of that. It provides the most true results.) I wore her out into life one day. Actually it was the first time Triiin & I visited Santee Alley. Halfway throughout the day as I was getting a feel for my pendant I realized I had been making musical beats in my head all day, writing, and being constantly inspired. Not that these aren’t things that I normally do, but i seemed to happening at an increased level. Whether it was musical ideas or ideas for Free Spiiirit or whatever bright idea came next, inspiration kept coming. I told Triiin decidedly “You know what, I feel more creative today. Yes…creative, is the feeling.” After researching, I found that Carnelian (which is actually the largest crystal component present in the pendant) stimulates creativity. From then on I decided that, for me, this would be the Pendant of Creativity. I named her Lucy after well….Lucy…and all the realms of possibility and inspiration that usually comes to one on a Lucy trip. Lucy is my little slice of LSD when sober, haha.

I would definitely recommend Superior Life Energy crystals to anyone interested in crystals for a spiritual reason. LaQuan Williams is a master at making perfectly powerful Orgonite combinations that could cure any metaphysical imbalance or ailment you might have. Ohhhh and they are such beauts too. Now thats a win-win. 😉

Check out more of his magnificent pieces on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.

Direct all orders to SuperiorLifeEnergy@Gmail.com

Namaste, Folks!

☮  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 ☮

OOTD: Updo’s & Thrifted Pleasantries

An Outfit of the Day from a couple days ago…

Actually, it was last Thursday, which was an awesome day for a lot of reasons. It was my last day of Summer session I, my mommie and grammie came out to visit me, and they packed me down with a house full of groceries. I also got a job on Thursday for which I had to go in and do paperwork. As I watch my days’ progressions, it just amazing to see how many blessings God lays in my path. Can’t be anything but thankful.

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gold studs – F21, gold charm necklace – SB, shirt – Free Spiiirit Vintage, cobalt pants – Thrifted, seahorse ring – Glitter, bicycle ring – SB, belt – Thrifted, camel oxfords – Thrifted

Every piece of this outfit (minus the studs & rings) was thrifted at some point. Even the necklace, which was borrowed, is a vintage gold piece that was picked up in a thrift store. Ahh, I love my thrifty days. They give life to my inner frugal fashionista! The updo was a quick, easy twist on a simple hairstyle. If you guys want a tutorial, just let me know.

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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. ♥

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. ♥

Janelle Monae Inspired Hair

Hello my lovelies, Jaz here! I was watching natural hair videos, as I sometimes do in my limited free time, and I stumbled across an interesting video from one of the naturals I am subscribed to. The video was by LoveIslandBeauty and its a vid for Janelle Monae Inspired Hair. The style looked absolutely stunning on miss Jo Michelle and I was dying to try it! However I had in my twist and wasnt quite ready to take them out yet, sooooo I used my Mommie as a guinea pig and tried the style out on her! I think it came out quite well and I want you guys to be the judge. Check out the video by LoveIslandBeauty and a few pics of the style on my mom below.

 

 

 

This style was done on stretched out natural hair. I can’t wait to try this on myself. What do you guys think??

Share your opinions. Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz

Hair of the Week: Mini Twists

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Greeting lovelies! A more appropriate name for this post might be Hair of the Weeks. Sunday I spent hours upon hours styling my hair into mini twists. The style, though time consuming, is a great protective style for natural hair and it is meant to last a long time. Perfection for my busy schedule! So its been a couple days already, but I plan on keeping this style for another 2-3 weeks. I only used Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In, the basic two strand twisting method, and LOTS of patience to achieve this style. Its my first time doing the twists this small and I like them thus far. I like the way they coil up at the ends. The shrinkage with this hairstyle is crazy! My twist are literally more than twice the length they appear when I stretch one. I may stretch the twists out over time using braids or ponytails and see how they look that way. But I’m not too, too obsessive over length appearance.Anyways, enough of me being a Chatty Cathy! Here are a couple more pics where you can see the twists a little more clearly.

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What do you guys think about this hairstyle? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

OOTD: Flower Power

Hey guys! This weekend I paid a visit to my family to celebrate my little sister’s and one of my little brother’s birthdays (they were born two days apart, in different years of course!). We went to the Aquarium and the movies to celebrate. I was feelin’ floral, so here’s the outfit I chose…

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Earrings: Shasa $4.99

Top: Walmart $7

Shorts: Thrifted/DIY .25cents

Belt: Marshalls (came w/ a shirt)

Purse: Thrifted .25cents

Sandals: American Eagle $11.99

Thats my ‘fit! Like it? Let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time Fash’ Nerds!

XOXO Jaz’

Hair of the Week

Hola guys I’m here with another post for all my hair lovers out there. So as I’ve said before, I’m natural and my hair is verrrryyyy thick. For this reason, and the fact that my schedule is way to busy to do anything otherwise, I don’t like to fuss with my hair everyday. I usually do one style for the week and my hair will stay that way (or some variation of it all week). This week it was a twist-out. I did my hair in about 16-20 twists, put them in a ponytail overnight and took them down in the morning. They were still a little damp which allowed for more shrinkage and less definition, but I still liked the results.

Here are a few pictures of how it looked when I first took down the twists (disclaimer: I would NEVER wear it like this, just wanted to show you all what it looked like before I manipulated it)

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Looks crazy right now right? I know, but here’s the finished product….

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Soooo thats it! My hair for the week. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’