Silk Hair Designs+Review

 

You probably can tell from some of my photos but I have very thick hair. When it isn’t straightened my hair is full, curly, and sometimes frizzy. The frizz is what I dislike the most. I always knew that silk (pillow cases) were a great way to prevent frizz and keep your hair healthy, but I never took the plunge to buy one. I never thought about how my hair ties could be causing damage. I mean I definitely feel the hair being ripped out from my head. That’s why I switched to scrunchies. Now I’m in love with silk scrunchies..

I received these from Silk Hair Designs. They are seriously the best scrunchies I have ever used! I love how soft they are. I love how they slide out of my hair without ripping some of my hair out. They come out with ease.

I know some people feel like scrunchies are outdated but I actually think they’re super fashionable. Some of the top social media influencers have been wearing them. So don’t let that uncertainty discourage you from wearing scrunchies.

It’s hard to choose what color I love more. But I have a weakness for green and that emerald green is a favorite of mine. I also enjoy the different sizes. The white is a great statement piece and the gray is a great everyday hair tie.

I’m very excited about these and as simple as they are it’s the little things that make me smile.

I really hope you all try out these. They’re affordable and durable. If you have thick hair like me give these a try.

*I was sent these for review, all opinions are my own.

 

Lazy Sunday+Summer Reading List

I thought I would take a break from the sponsored posts and share some cool stuff with you all. You all know that I like love to read and I love talking about books even more. I’ll be honest it’s tough to read given the nature of my environment right now but once that’s over I’ll be reading as much as I want without constant distractions.

I have an Amazon Wishlist where I add books and tea that I would like to eventually get. If I’m listening to a podcast and hear a few book recommendations I add them to my list. I also get recommendations from Vogue magazine. I love being able to read the excerpts of the books. It’s a great way to learn about new authors or new books.

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Let’s start off with the most recent book I’ve heard about. Witches of New York by Ami McKay This is high on my list for books I want to be able to read, it doesn’t come out until July 11th but is available for preorder. I’m not sure if I ever shared this with you all but I’m a huge fan of historical fiction.

The story is about two witches in the 1800s who finally feel comfortable to be themselves without being prosecuted (this takes place two hundred years after Salem) for who they are. They open a shop in New York selling potions, teas, and other items. They soon hire another young woman who shows signs of being a witch or just sick.

It seems like a great read and I’m very excited about it. I also wouldn’t complain if Ami McKay sent this book for a review. Just saying.

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This one is going to be a hit, I can already tell. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a tale of love, loss, and a whole lot of glamour. Evelyn Hugo is an older Hollywood star who is known for her love life. She asks a down on her luck journalist to write her memoir. She agrees to do it without fully understanding why Evelyn wants her to do it but she needs the job and gets down to business. Evelyn is known to be private so her sharing her life with the world is a big deal. I need to read this, it sounds so good, right?

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War, love, loss, new relationships is basically The Alice Network by Kate Quinn in a nutshell. A young woman from the northeast of the USA in the 40’s is threatened to be disowned by her family for being pregnant. She’s sent to Europe to “take care of the problem” but instead goes to London to try to find her cousin who is more like a sister to her who was lost during the war. In the process, she finds a woman who could possibly help her on her quest. She also learns about a group of women who helped the war and went by the name “The Alice Network”. I love stories like these because even though they are fiction they have a lot of truth to them.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? Let me know in the comments.

EQL+Equality

You all probably know that I am big on equality.  So when EQL reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to share some information I was all for it.

So, you’re probably wondering what is EQL exactly. Well, they help brands come up with a strategy to show more equality. Awesome, right?

EQL has the idea if you march silently every day even the most narrow-minded person will eventually understand you.

This is important to me because I deal with a lot of inequality. I’m disabled, Afro-Latina, and a bisexual woman so equality is sometimes hard to come by. Being a blogger doesn’t make it any easier because even some brands look at my disability before looking at my talent.

It’s not a great feeling but we can definitely change what’s going on in our world. We have to support one another and show kindness.

Below watch these videos to learn more about EQL and their mission

 

 

Power Of What You Wear from EQL on Vimeo.

WearYourBelief from EQL on Vimeo.

 

 

Heroes are born from EQL on Vimeo.

 

#WeMarchEveryDay

 

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Box Of Shadows+Review

Being Wiccan and being a witch are two really big parts of my life. When I’m having a bad day (like today) these two things make it easier for me. I guess that goes for anyone who practices a religion. I was really excited to work with Box of Shadows.

Box of Shadows is this really cool subscription box that sends you Wiccan products right to your home monthly. There are three different types of boxes you can choose from the Initiate box, the Priestess box, or the Supreme box. It’s filled with tools and pieces for your altar.


As you can see I received a lot in my Supreme box. I’m really excited to put all of the things on my altar once I move into my new place. I also excited to have gotten this book in the box because I really want to celebrate Litha this year and the book gives a lot of amazing tips plus recipes. I’ve been loving all things lavender lately so I’m very happy about the incense. Overall I’m very pleased with the box. I think it’s a great way to practice your craft and learn more about it.

Box of Shadows is really sweet and offered you all a discount code for 10% off your first box and free shipping. The code is: SABOS

I’m really happy with this box and I would definitely buy myself one in the future.

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*I received this box to review. All opinions are my own.

Cupi Essential Oils+Review

This blog is gradually turning into a self-care blog and I am completely okay with that. Since recently getting out of a domestic violence situation I’ve been trying to heal from the damage my abusers caused. I did a post about self-care already so you guys probably already have an idea on how I’m coping with my anxiety and depression. One thing I didn’t mention was essential oils.

Cupi Essential sent me out six of their oils plus a sample of their lavender (which has been my favorite lately).

With the lavender I’ve been using it to relax before bed and get better sleep at night. I’m not an expert so I can only speak for myself when I say that it has been helping me out a lot. The best part about all of the oils is that they are all 100% pure and natural so you can feel comfortable using them.

I’m still new to using essentials so Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to figuring out how to use them. I strongly recommend doing your own research when it comes to possible side effects especially if you’re pregnant.

I want to open this blog post up to you all share with me what you all like to do with your oils. I’m looking into getting a humidifier to help release more of the scent. Like I said earlier, the lavender is my favorite and I personally feel like it helps me sleep better and feel less anxious. Tha

Thank you again, Cupi Essential for letting me try your oils. If you want to try them for yourself visit them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cupiessential?ref=profile_shopicon

 

 

*I was sent these products to try, all opinions are my own.

 

Etoile Atelier Fragrances+Review

Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers
Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers

There’s something about a nice fragrance that I love. It’s the last step in my morning routine and for me, it makes a huge difference. I have a few favorite scents but I’m normally pretty open about trying new fragrances out. Etoile Atelier was super kind and sent me their sample collection of fragrances.

I’ll start off by saying how much I love the size of this. You get 8 of their fragrance oils, This is great because you can test out each one and figure out which one you like best. My favorites are “You Belong” and “Eau Salee”. I actually love mixing those two together. These are oils so they will last longer and throughout the day blend in with your natural scent.

Being able to try out these fragrances has been a top part of my week (I’m not even kidding). Smelling nice fragrances helps me during anxiety attacks, and between us, I’ve had my fair share lately so these have been incredible for me to just focus on something good when my mind goes somewhere bad. I love how fresh these scents are and how they are not very sweet smelling. They have a very mature and fresh smell to all of them.

The best part about the oils is that you know that you won’t have to reapply throughout the day.  You can purchase your own sample box here.

Let me know your favorite scents when you get it. What is your favorite fragrance?

 

 

 

 

 

*I was sent these products to review. Opinions are my own.

Bullet Journal+How To Start One

I’m currently taking art therapy to help with my anxiety from dealing with domestic abuse and one of the things I started was a journal but not your typical “dear diary” journal, this is a visual/bullet journal.

I write a lot for a lot of different reasons and as much as I enjoy love it I need a break sometime to relax my mind. That’s one of the reasons I started the visual journal because it’s more art based. I’m not an artist in the sense that I can draw or paint or even sculpt but I do love to just have fun with and being a victim of domestic abuse leaves a lot of room in my mind for the negative things I went through to pop up. Doing a bullet journal keeps those thoughts away even if it’s only for a little while.

I found a definition for a bullet journal so you can have a better idea about what it is before I get into how to start one.

“A bullet journal is just a notebook that accommodates a huge variety of planning schemes. You can create calendars and to-do lists, and you can also use it as a diary, a brainstorming notepad, and more.”- Life Hacker

  1. Find a notebook. They actually sell “bullet journals” but you can honestly use a regular notebook the way I did.
  2. . Decorate it and customize it. It’s yours so you can have it as plain or heavily collaged with Mod Podge like my journal.
  3. It can be as organized as you want or not organized at all. Some people make an index and color coordinate their to-do lists. But that is all up to what you want to do.
  4. Don’t feel obligated to write in it all of the time. Use it when a thought comes to you. Or you could make it into a planner to keep you updated.

Most importantly, have fun with it. It’s yours and you control how you do it what you put into it. Pinterest is a great way to get some inspiration to update your daily logs.

 

Self Care+Why You Should Do It

It’s such a cliche thing to say but it’s really true that you can only take care of others if you take care of yourself. Try not to look at it as being selfish but instead look at it as making an investment in yourself.

Self-care is important for your overall health. Mental and physical. There’s also no wrong way with doing self-care you should do it the way you feel it will benefit you the best way. For me taking a long hot shower and doing a skin care routine makes me feel a million times better. I feel refreshed and renewed.

A big mug of hot tea also helps me feel more relaxed and a  comfy sweater and good book even makes the mood better. You definitely don’t need an extravagant routine it can be as simple as taking a walk or painting your nails.

For a  long time, I always felt like self-care was a selfish act but it’s actually the complete opposite. It’s okay for me to better myself and take care of my own needs. I can give to others and still give to myself.

Below I have a list of things you can do to practice self care:

  • Take a shower/bubble bath
  • Make your favorite recipe
  • Give yourself a manicure
  • Do a face mask
  • Take a nap
  • Look at the moon or stars or clouds
  • Take a walk
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Light incense or candles
  • Read a book
  • Meditate
  • Keep a journal

 

3 Women+Movie Recommendation

I love watching good movies! I thought it would be great to share to some of my favorite films with you all. I love older films especially films from the 60’s and 70s. The one I really like is 3 Women. 

This film is a thriller and at times can be comical. I love Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Shelley Duvall (The Shining) both. They’re the most talented actresses of that time.

Sissy Spacek plays a very timid almost childlike character and Shelley Duvall plays a talkative almost annoying character. After a fall, Spacek and Duvall almost switch personalities

It’s definitely a strange film but it’s so good.

It’s on Netflix.

Finding Happiness+How I’m Moving Forward

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ll be completely honest with you all and tell you that a couple of weeks ago I went through something extremely traumatic. It’s amazing how abuse always makes its way into my life. From having an abusive ex to this current situation (which I won’t be discussing on my blog).

But I’ve made the decision not to allow anyone to hurt me anymore, not emotionally and not physically, not ever. I won’t let anyone humilate me, or make fun of me, or talk down to me.  I don’t deserve that and there will never be a time in my life when I will deserve that.

Ironically with my 25th birthday coming in May I feel as though I’m entering a new chapter in my life:finally.

I sleep better, I’m able to eat better, and I overall feel better. I know that I won’t be healed overnight because even with my growth I still get the ocassional knot in my stomach. My heart flutters and my appetite may go away in a quick second only to return.

But I can only move forward and get stronger. I can only live this new life and never look back.

I truly believe that one day I will be the best version of myself. I’ll smile the way I used to. I won’t have nightmares. I won’t be afraid of the outside world. I’ll be okay.