Saturday, July 20, 2013

Poetic Justice Box Braids

Poetic Justice, poetic justice, if I told you a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?

I hope you guys have heard the song by Kendrick Lamar as well as seen the popular movie featuring Janet Jackson. Almost 20 years ago, Mrs. Jackson appeared in that movie with her iconic thick box braids which are now called Poetic Justice Braids. 

As a tide of box braids have become popular again, many celebs have been rocking the look. 

Typically I get box braids every year so I can prevent damage to my actual hair while facing the the typical marching band season. This year I have been having trouble tending to my semi natural hair and with all the swimming and work outs I've been doing. It was a must that I'd get braids for the summer. That being said I wanted something that I could easily look posh and professional as well. So I asked for suggestions. I was suggested to get Poetic Justice Braids. I love the braids, it's chic, easy to maintain, and easy to style. The only downside is the braids can be really heavy and an annoyance in this summer heat. New York has been looking at 95 degrees weather for 2 weeks straight 😨.

I suggest getting braids done professionally or as close to professional as you can get. My braids were done by a girl I used to go to school with and she's really good with hair. It took only 3 and a half hours which is quicker than most pros.

But since I workout and swim a lot, box braids have been doing me a lot of justice (lol, I'm so punny). 

What protective hairstyle do you rock during the summer? Leave a comment down below. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BET is the Biggest Troll

I'm usually not into celeb business unless I'm really passionate. To be honest I haven't watched 106 and Park in 6 years. But I had to watch it for what's going on this week. 

They brought Bow Wow on to the set because they needed a sexy mainstream celebrity on the show. He was joking about hosting the show but the producers took it seriously. Bow Wow knows the industry, he has a tv voice, and he has a huge fanbase who would watch the show just for him. 

Angela being "best friends" with Bow Wow asked him if she could co-host. That was something she was really passionate about wanting to do. 

The chemistry they had on set was just too good. It left the audience guessing. "Are they dating on the DL" or "Are they just really good friends" . Personally I think two ways. Once you friend zone someone, they are permanently friend zone. However there are always exception to that rule. We will never know until they go public with some type of relationship; whether they date each other or date someone else. BET saw this a gold mining marketing opportunity. They decided to get rid of all the other hosts on the show and let Bow Wow and Angela Simmons hold down the countdown. 

They worked well together but its quite misleading. For example this clip from Angela's first visit. 

Then their responses for the fan questions about their relationship.

Instagram seems misleading at most. 

BET however likes to troll us. They will post up pictures like "Angela Simmons sends a smooch to her ex" 

and invite each of their ex's on the shows, respectfully. The picture above appeared on the BET website. 

It's part of a master marketing plan which must be annoying to the ones involved. Worst of it came when poor Bow Wow had both of his very public ex's on set for a whole week...

Despite all that, the whole week went through with upmost professionalism. You don't see any videos or pics of Bow Wow, Ciara, and Angela anywhere near each other backstage though so you can quite understand the relationship  between the three at that point. 

This marketing skill has still brought a boatload of viewers to 106 and Park which at one point was a dying show. I still believe that their is some hard feelings between Bow Wow and Ciara. Well I believe that Bow Wow still has some hard memories and two good hits from that relationships as a good a reminder. Angela just seems to the neutral person throughout that entire week. Ciara was just uber professional and at times it seemed the things she said was very well rehearse and insincere. 

As for Bow Wow and Angela... Lets just say I am rooting for them. Whether they are best friends or a couple, they are have really good chemistry. 

What do you guys think? Leave a comment down below!

Monday, July 8, 2013

NAACP Fashion Show

Summer 2013 woot!! As a recent high school graduate it's time to usher in some new changes and hopefully I get smarter. It's now or never to do all the crazy things that I couldn't do before, until I'm back with my face behind books.

One major change is my new job at Charlotte Russe. For the first time in 3 years I'll be working with mostly Caucasians who aren't criminals, mentally ill, and speak fluent English. Gosh I'm so excited lol. 

The only thing is the hours and pay is meh but I actually have grandeur plan to do newly regrained free time. But those plans are about a month away.  

Anyway last month I went to a fashion show and it was my first red carpet event in sort of speak. I wasn't really red carpet ready as everyone else. That day I had just came from the tattoo parlor so I was dealing with a lot of surprised people. The show wasn't really super grandeur event nor wasnt simple. A nice in between showcasing fresh designers and designs from well known upper end stores like Camille la Vie. Couple that with a very diverse audience that included my former school mates and current secondary students as well older audience and fashion seekers. It was quite an interesting show and each scene was presented far from the traditional fashion show. 

A group shot with all my old band buddies, all of us now graduated its crazy how we've changed over the past few years. 

Me on the red carpet lol 😍

And now a few snippets from the show. Unlike a traditional fashion show. They did scenes and acted out a few popular movies and shows which was quite amazing. They did James Bond, Twilight, and A few others.

Well, that's all for today's post. I hope you guys enjoyed. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Washington, D.C.

So you may be thinking like this:

"It's so damn hot, I ain't trying to go anywhere this summer." 

"I ain't got any money but I need to get the hell out of this town for a day." 

"My girl ain't doing the things she used to do. Man she's trippin!" 

I have found your solution, a nice little getaway to go in Washington, D.C. 

A few weeks ago my ❤ and I went to D.C to shoot for a little project I have coming up, I didn't have much money nor did my ❤ but we managed to scrap about $150 together to attempt to go somewhere. We took the metro bus there which was about 46 bucks each(round-trip) and we spent the whole day traveling by subway. After my shoot which was early in the morning we spent the whole day out sight seeing hardly ever taking a break. I actually wasn't quite prepared for anything. All I had with me was a makeup bag and a change of clothes. But we made thing work and hustled our with a hotel owner to let us shower and get some necessities for only $20 we actually took our sweet time lol and made the most of our $20. 

After that we toured the city  and went sight seeing. I couldn't quite over how much it didn't feel like a city lol. It was forever in my vision just a simple big ass town. I'm too use to New York lol. 

Our first stop obviously the station which was really nice in comparison to Penn station and 42nd st. Sadly I forgot the name of the station already lol.

Another thing I like about D.C was the fact that I could take pictures, gawk around, and not worried about looking like a tourist. In manhattan I wouldn't do that because next minute everything u have will be stolen.

We got around by subway which already I'm not a big fan of. I like busing for everything. Washington has a bit of annoying subway system. 1. The system is color coded rather then letters or alphabets so if ur color blind, it might not be for you. Okay and understanding the routes took us a minute so afterwards it wasn't as bad but it wasn't effortless as manhattan subway system. Maybe because we aren't city kids it mad it even harder. 

But one thing I did like about D.C was the fact that they are really big on transportation by bikes. I really regret we didn't tour Washington bike but we didn't have enough money to do it. If u have the money I really suggest it.

First stop museum of Natural History. What I enjoyed about D.C was all the best things were free.

Next stop: 

National Zoo

Then the brown panda escaped the zoo and I got my famous (lol) news interview about the escape in which I actually thought a big panda had escaped the zoo. Thank you news team for not informing me of my obvious blunder. 

We left relatively quickly cuz I only cared for the pandas lol. 

Next stop:

White House

Which we ended up stopping at every monument before that on our way. The White House, which is part of the National Park, is really far from the nearest subway station but there is a lot monuments, statues, and points if interests on the way there. 

I don't know the name of any of the places we stopped here on out. I either forgot the name or didnt know to begin with. We were just improvising based on subway directions at this point and we were quite tired.

And we finally made it to the white house!

I was actually quite scared to my phone on the other side of the fence to take a picture. What if it dropped, what if my hand get shot for even touching white house property. But <3 and="" hand="" it="" my="" of="" out="" p="" picture.="" the="" took="">

Next stop:

Federal Triangle

Idk what's over here but it's right next to Smithothean museums so we kept crossing over those boundaries

And we ended up in the Museum of American history. We were quite upset because everything closes at 7 in D.C and we finally found lockers! It was already 6, so we found it as no use. But luckily there is outlets and a bench in the locker room so we took our time just chilling. 

I like this museum more because of its nods to pop culture and fashion.

Wait... This is British lol

Next stop:

National Park, at this time we were losing light and quite tired. 

"❤ come take a picture with me by the fountain"
"I'm too tired"
I walk away anyway.

"❤ why aren't you coming?" 
"I'm coming"
Never gets up but proceeds snapping photos from a distance. 

Proceeds on Marilyn Monroe vibe.

"There something in the water!"

Apparently the monument is on crunches cuz it took a boo boo

A gate keepers house but we can't go in -___-"

Congressional Park I think or something like that.

The Lincoln monument.

It was so breath taking how they immortalized him. 

Reminds me of the hundreds of marches on Washington.

And this is, I guess a newer attraction that I never heard of but it looks really cool and has the name of each state on it 

People went and waded in the fountain. Don't know how legal that is but it looked refreshing after the long walk in National Park.

After that we got back to the station and chilled and relaxed and caught the midnight bus back to New York. We didnt get back to manhattan till 5am went to do a shoot in manhattan for another project and the sleep deprived me was rushing. Done by 6am we tried to go to 42nd and buy bus ticket home. City that never sleeps my ass!!! First on Sunday night I hard time finding a place with a charger or finding something open at that time of night. Then now Tuesday morning, couldn't buy a bus ticket till. 9am. Had to go to Penn station and buy a train ticket and once in New Jersey did I realize that I had to wait an hour for the Pasack Valley line to come ugh. 

Then even worst once I was back home I became quite irritated with the busing system because here in the burbs the bus come once every hour. Okay, if the bus drivers weren't assholes and purposely drive past you or close the doors on you. I wouldn't care in the city because there's always a bus 15 minutes later. Bus drivers find no meaning in customer service. 

So that's it for my trip. I hope u guys enjoyed reading this.
I really think this is a good trip for couples rather than families or children. It's really cheap, and scenic, and beautiful. I mean even a recent high school grad (who works at McDonalds) can afford the trip then so can you!