HELLO 2018!

Monday, January 1st, 2018

So a new year has arrived. I am looking forward to moving into it with a positive attitude because I left 2017 feeling like – whatever.

I was not in the holiday spirit. Maybe because I was missing my sister who passed away, maybe because my little sister didn’t come to visit this year or maybe because the new house needs to be renovated and we haven’t started yet.

Whatever the reason I took this holiday season one day at a time. Now that 2017 is over I want to start all over again.

With that, HELLO 2018! I am looking forward to the great experiences you will provide for me!

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See the image of the Hubs in the glass? I was trying to be creative. LOL! Taken right before midnight on December 31.

What Was I Thinking?!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

I wore my favorite protective style, box braids, for many months and my hair responded by growing nicely. However my edges didn’t feel and do the same and decided to break off.

So with that I gave box braids a break and wore my other favorite protective style which is an afro draw-string ponytail. The thing is I felt my hair had to be blown-out and flat-ironed to look presentable in the afro puff. I didn’t think my hair would be able to pull back into a pony tail without the heat. I was wrong and because of that my curls taught me a lesson.

On wash day every two weeks I blew my hair dry then ran a Chi through it. I didn’t moisturize the way I should have because I thought my curls would shrink. After a few months of that, my hair couldn’t take it anymore, but my edges grew in!

To work with my edges and the rest of my curls I styled my hair in two-strand twists, pulled them back in a ponytail, pinned whatever fell out, then adjusted the afro puff. This style worked great and I was able to moisturize properly.

I don’t know what I was thinking before. I really don’t. I knew better but at that time I didn’t.

To try to rectify what I did while begging for forgiveness, I am taking daily doses of supplements that include vitamin A, B, C, D, E, a multi, biotin, hair, skin and nails plus Co Q 10 (anti-aging).

With all of this I wonder if my hair will get thicker?

Below I am revealing a large and extra large afro puff.

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Autumn – Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

My second favorite season has arrived and I recently received the Autumn collection of Vegan Cuts Beauty Box.

My Summer collection got lost in the mail and I just got that too but didn’t bother to spotlight it because Fall was so near.

As always the seasonal choices are perfect. Vegan Cuts Beauty Box did it again. I am excited about every item in the box.

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The Autumn collection looks fantastic!

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TMF. PURE BROW PENCIL KIT

This is not only an eyebrow pencil it doubles as a soft and smoky eyeliner. $24

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100% PURE COCOA BUTTER SEMI-MATTE LIPSTICK

Vegan Cuts gave the option for subscribers to select appropriate lipstick colors for their skin tone. From the choices offered I selected the color Currant. This is a cocoa butter matte lipstick pigmented with intensely rich fruit colors. $29

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REJUVA MINERALS MEGA LASH LENGTHENING & THICKENING MASCARA $16

A midnight black mascara that’s water resistant and formulated to resist flaking, clumping and smudging. I can’t wait to use it.

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BELLAPIERRE COSMETICS CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT PRO PALETTE $50

I don’t know much about contouring but I will learn using this kit because simple step-by-step instructions were included!

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PACIFICA CHERRY KISSES HYDRATING LIPSTICK WIPES $6

Cherry Kisses is a hydrating lipstick wipe with vitamin E and coconut oil. Perfect for lipstick changes without leaving some of the other lip color behind.

Filled with fun and healthy make-up for only $39!

More From Our Wedding Vow Renewal

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Five, ten, fifteen, twenty, those numbers, and alike, are well rounded numbers to do something with. So for this “wood” year of marriage the Hubs and I decided to renew our wedding vows because five is a good number to do something with.

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Our second wedding consisted of just us. We didn’t have family or friends there and no fancy reception took place. We wanted to honor and respect our marriage without it being busy and one of the best places to do that in New Mexico is at Hacienda Vargas in Algodones.

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The wedding chapel at Hacienda Vargas offers the grace and elegance of historical New Mexico. In its rural setting the adobe chapel is more than 200 years old and care has been taken to preserve the spirit of the Old West, the influence of the original Spanish settlers, and the presence of the Pueblo Indian culture.

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Now who would have thunk five years after our first wedding we would renew our vows? I didn’t think of doing this. It was all the Hubs’ idea. However, once it was agreed, everything else was me.

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What I learned after being married for five years is marriage is not easy. Everyone says that and everyone who say that is telling the truth. If we were just dating I would have moved on. But marriage is different. We took vows before God and those are to be taken seriously. During our marriage the human in us has stepped in but God stepped in and snapped us back into place. Who else is better to do that than HIM?

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I also learned that the Hubs is the only man who has been able to slip under my skin, invade my blood, and seize my heart. He is my soulmate and I plan to stay married to him in this lifetime and continue well into the next.

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I just realized something. Around the time we first married we purchased a house and then got married. Now we did the same thing. We purchased a different house and then re-married. Wow. How about that? I wonder what positive venture will happen to us in the future?

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Wedding Vow Renewal

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Hubs and I renewed our wedding vows after being married for five years.

Our vows were renewed at Hacienda Vargas, a bed and breakfast with a wedding chapel in Algodones, New Mexico. This rustic venue is beautiful, very southwestern and just beautiful. We enjoyed our stay and our private wedding ceremony, by candle light, with just the two of us, was romantic,  fulfilling and (secretly) emotional.

The photo above is at dinner at Prairie Star shortly after our wedding. Professional pictures are scheduled to follow soon.

Grey Hair Don’t Care

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Grey hair don’t care. That’s what the Hubs said about continuously dyeing his hair.

It didn’t take him long to go all grey and the results are in the picture below.

Honestly, I like it better brown, but he will always be Da Baby no matter what!

Hey, check out my draw-string afro. I love all of the drama it provides.

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A Few Items Added To My Beauty Collection

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Recently I decided to increase my make-up collection. Believe it or not, I have products from 11 years ago, way back during my beauty pageant days. I often wonder if I should keep or toss the Tarte eye shadow and blush palette kit? The colors are just as pigmented as they were when I purchased them, and I know the make-up rule says toss them, but I wonder… They still work.

To increase my collection I have shopped at ULTA and Sephora and I am a quarterly subscriber to Vegan Cuts Make Up Box.  Here in Albuquerque there are only three ULTA and two Sephora stores. Folks from larger cities are probably cracking up right now. I have had a lot of fun giving my money to these places in exchange for some really cool all-natural, vegan, organic, cruelty-free make-up that makes me feel glorious and look beautiful. The entire process has been therapeutic. Trust me. It’s what I needed. Below are just a few items.

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PUR Chrome Glaze High-Sine Lip Gloss in (L-R) Squad; Neutral Red, Smarty Pants; Coral, Arm Candy; Strawberry and Rebel; Dark Plum.

These lips glosses are thick, shiny and lasting. I love the way they look on my complexion.

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PUR On Point Lip Liner in color Vamp Brick Red. This lip liner is so pigmented you can wear it by itself and still be fashionably in-sync.

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SHEA MOISTURE Creme Concealer in color Hazel. For my dark circles I couple this concealer with Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in color Rich. The two have been doing the trick to make my dark circles less noticeable.

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SHEA MOISTURE Lip liner in Pencil Light. During the summer I often wear light lip colors and a light brown lip pencil is a perfect blend for all the colors I wear.

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SHEA MOISTURE Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils in colors Navy, Brown and Gold. The Gold is my summer favorite.

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Lady Slipper Orchid

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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I spotted this beauty during a hike in the Santa Fe mountains. This orchid is actually called, Lady Slipper, and is a rare and unusual plant native to northern North America.

Just sharing.