My Staycation Essentials

It’s Monday and I woke up this morning in total bliss knowing that it wasn’t 4AM, and I wasn’t rushing to the train station to Newark for work. I have the entire week off from work and I’ve decided to use this time to spend less money, stay idle, relax and catch up on my own projects. So I’ve decided to make this a staycation. In the comfort of my home, but here are some essentials to make it a relaxing…and possibly lazy week.

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Who am I kidding? Only two of these things are realistic at this point in my life and that’s tea and cereal. Blah, but IF I had a boo and a puppy that would be my entire day and since I’m not one to waste a day my first essential for a staycation are:

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To know me is to know that I have a serious book addiction. Unlike Starbucks or Uber rides, books fill up my entire bank statement. I should probably get help for that, but I can’t help that fact that books are a very inexpensive vacation for me. I am currently finishing up Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. I’ve had the book since January, but because of work and grad school haven’t had much time to read for pleasure, so you can imagine the amount of unopened books just lying around my room. Seriously, my room is a literary mess.

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The perfect way to relax is to pamper yourself because when you look good, you feel good. I love to pamper myself by giving myself a manicure and pedicure. My favorite fresh face essential is fresh rose mask and toner kit. I am a sucker for Lush products and cosmetics that aren’t harsh on the skin and sometimes I’d rather soak in some essential oils like Lavender instead of taking a quick shower.

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I don’t watch a lot of television even though I’ve managed to get sucked into This Is Us (seriously, Sterling K. Brown is bae), but I do Netflix and Hulu like crazy whether it’s catching up on The Mindy Project, Broad City, or Stranger Things, but when I feel like getting a little work done, I need my charged laptop to work on my manuscript too. I have the week off from work and some deadlines to meet by the end of the month. What are some projects you currently have?

SNACKS! 

Seriously, my personal trainer will probably kill me because of this, but what’s a day in without some snacks? I mean it’s popcorn and pretzels, not cake and cookies, but still…snacks in moderation can’t be too harmful right? Right?!

So whether you’re chilling at your house, grandma’s house, bae’s house, your parent’s house for a staycation these are some must haves to keep near. Enjoy your day and if you are lucky like me to work in education and have the week off…turn off those email notifications, social media alerts, slack alerts and enjoy your week!

xoxo

 

Season 1 Review for “My Life Offline” Web Series

Being a blogger, or a social media influencer can be extremely difficult when most of your life is on broadcast for the world to see, but people only get a front seat view of your successes. They never truly see the amount of work that happens offline when the YouTube videos aren’t uploaded or the pictures haven’t been posted on social media just yet. Sometimes it’s difficult to compartmentalize what you want your audience to see versus what you’d like to remain hidden, but in “My Life Offline,” three natural hair influencers  and vloggers were brave enough take you on a tour of what happens offline.

In 2013, Maureen Aladin, Founder and Executive Producer of TWELVE18 Media, set out on a (3) city tour to develop the docu-series My Life Offline (#MLO). The reality show, which features the top natural hair vloggers Vaughn Monroe (@msvaughntv), Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey (@BeautifulBrwnBabyDol), and Chime Edwards (@chimeedwards) is the first ever to follow what happens in their world when the YouTube cameras are turned off, and the lens to their life (behind-the-scenes) turns on. They are social media’s “it” girls. People want to know every detail of their lives, from what they’re eating, to where they’re going, and who they’re going there with. After building their own social media empires, they’re ready to take things to the next level. The question is, will they be able to successfully translate what they’ve done online, offline – in the real world. This series is about their journey.
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It’s about their journeys, but it also about the journey for most African American women. Each episode made me feel like I knew these women. You develop a common bond with them and you leave each episode feeling a little bit more inspired. These ladies laugh, they
cry and more importantly they work hard.
Aside from vlogging, I love the personal aspects of the series. It follows Dr. Nina’s quest in searching for her biological parents, to pressing towards her weight goals and building her business. Vaughn is building a brand of her own in her city and she’s taking us on a tour of the process. She’s learning how to tackle entrepreneurship without losing herself and her own voice. With a growing audience and blog Chime takes us on her journey to putting herself out there for her brand while at the same time preparing to also build her own
family and plan her wedding.
Beyond the vlogosphere, I think My Life Offline perfectly captures what life is like for us black women who are building. We see the triumphs and the successes and the points of achievement, but we barely get glimpses into the chasing of the pavement, the tears, the anger and the amount of work it takes to “make it.” These ladies tackle their mental well-being, they look for love and they just want the best possible life just like we all do while balancing work and life.
So if you’re looking for that sunny side of the street feeling, make it a hair day and binge on a couple of episodes of “My Life Offline” I promise it’s good and the music is too! You’ll
feel like you’re making a few more friends.

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Click here to watch Season 1 of “My Life Offline and be sure to hit the subscribe button so you won’t miss out on Season 2!!! 

Thick Thigh Problems | 1 Easy Solution: Dusting Powder

There are a few things that only thick thigh girls understand such as the glory of finding the perfect pair of jeans that equally fit our waist, hips and thighs only to painfully kiss them goodbye a month later after the friction of our thunderous thighs rubbed holes in them. Only a thick thigh girl can understand how annoying it is not being able to wear a simple pair of shorts because with every step we take the more they become bunched up at the crotch. We wish that we could be carefree in our sundresses in 80 degree+ weather but with the beads of sweat surfacing at our thighs and the fire starting friction taking place underneath the drapes of our dress, you can imagine how uncomfortable spring and summers are. Don’t feel bad about those life saving thighs though.

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Luckily I have a solution for you to enjoy sundress season this year without the fear of the chafe. I present to you…well those of you who don’t already know: Dusting Powder.

Lush Cosmetics “Silky Underwear,” $8.95

03634Ingredients: Cornstarch (Zea mays) , Kaolin , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Magnesium Carbonate ,Fragrance , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) ,Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) , *Cinnamyl Alcohol ,*Benzyl Cinnamate , *Linalool . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

How to Use: Sprinkle over those areas that accumulate the most sweat. Underarms, THIGHS, anywhere! The powdery substance is actually sifted and grated cocoa butter melts that create a sheer layer of moisture without contributing to the greasy and wet feeling you already had. The cornstarch absorbs the remaining moisture which leaves you feeling silky all over. This product isn’t just for your lady bits, it’s for your entire body.

Burt’s Bees Talc-Free Dusting Powder, $6.00

IMG_20160325_151624205_TOPThis talc-free dusting powder also contains super absorbent cornstarch for those sweat prone areas and isn’t just for babies. This product is also hypoallergenic for those with sensitive skin and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or fragrances and can also be used all over the whole body.

It absorbs easily on skin and doesn’t leave your skin powdery, chalky or gritty. Your skin will stay dry and comfortable for the day. It’s pediatrician approved, so it will do wonders for your skin. It also has multiple uses as well other than the body such as dry shampoo in between wash days.

Ingredients: zea mays (corn) starch, sodium bicarbonate, montmorillonite, bentonite, commiphora myrrha leaf cell extract, ulmus fulva bark powder, rosa centifolia flower extract, parfum (fragrance), limonene.

It’s about the time if your on the east coast to start adding to your sundress and bathing suit wardrobe as you book those vacations in the islands. This is an essential you definitely want to keep handy.

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