Monthly Archives: September 2015

5 Shows You Should Be Watching This Fall!


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If you’re a fan of my website then you are most likely familiar with my “5 Artist You Should Know” post. Well, because I am just as obsessed with good TV as I am with good music, I’ve decided to add a new section to my website called “Watch.” I’ll be discussing must-see movies and TV shows. I’ve listed some of my must-watch Fall shows, check out the list below!


1. Empire

If you haven’t heard about Empire, then it’s safe to say you’ve probably been living under a rock. When this show premiered last year it instantly became a fan favorite! The show is centered around a dysfunctional family that is hip-hop royalty, and their constant competition for who will control their multi-million dollar company. Empire keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I love that you can see a part of yourself in every character on the show. Tune in Wednesdays for 8pm CT on Fox.


2. Once Upon A Time

I’ve been obsessed with Once Upon A Time since it first premiered Fall 2011. OUAT takes place in a fictional town called Storybrooke, which is ruled by an evil queen.  Viewers watch the show over a series of flashbacks showing you life before Storybrooke, and life for the characters now. Once Upon A Time gives you a chance to relive all of your favorite fairy tale memories, all while giving them an adult real life twist. Tune in Sundays for 7pm CT on ABC.


3. Scream Queens

I must say Scream Queens may be my new favorite show! The show revolves around the sorority girls of Kappa Kappa Tau, a conservative and prestigious sorority, that is forced to accept anyone that wants to join once murders begin to mysteriously take place at their sorority house. This show will make you want to hid your face under a pillow, all while giving you a gut-wrenching laugh. Tune in Tuesdays for 8pm CT on Fox.


4. The Real

I’ve never been one to watch talk shows, but once The Real premiered that quickly changed. The Real is not your typical talk show, when you watch the show you honestly feel like you’re hanging with some of your favorite girlfriends. They cover every possible topic on the show, play fun and fabulous games, and interview some of your fave celebs. Tune in Monday -Friday for noon CT on Fox, and a re-air at midnight CT on BET.


5. American Horror Story: Hotel

AHS: Hotel hasn’t aired just yet, but based on every season of this beloved show I know this season will be just as epic. The thing I love about the AHS franchise is that every season feels like a brand new show. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk do an amazing job of taking the horror genre to the next level, and pushing gore to its’ limits. The storylines and acting is always brilliant and I’m sure this season won’t be any different. Tune in Wednesdays for 9pm CT on FX.

I hope my list introduced you to some of your new fave shows! What will you be watching this Fall?! I would love to read about them in the comments!

Until Next Time,
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*All of the photos were provided by Bing Images

The Time I…Dyed My Hair Purple! 

  
On last Friday I entered a new chapter in my life, and hit a new milestone. Pondering on what I’m talking about?? Well I turned 25 last week folks! To say I was uber excited about my big day was an understatement. I think it was because it was the first time I celebrated an adult birthday in another city (I went to Vegas, post coming soon).

Anywho, I knew year 25 would bring a beautiful change, so I decided it would also be good time to switch up my hair color. So I ditched my brown curls and swapped them out for purple ones instead. I’ve been wanting to dye my hair a fun color since I was about 17 or so, but honestly I’ve always been quite scared of how I would be perceived. Since I’m now in this new phase of my life where I’m just so over caring about others opinions, I knew it was the perfect time to do it.

The process for finding a great stylist to do my hair transformation was super easy. There is only one hair stylist I trust, and that’s Liz Barnes. I knew she would see my vision, and help me execute it perfectly. I’ve been a client of hers for a few years now, and she was the first stylist to ever dye my hair (I was honey blonde, a few years ago.) It took about 3 hours total to dye my hair, but it was truly worth it. My hair is still soft, and my curl pattern is the exact same, and as of right now I haven’t had to change my go-to natural hair care products.

I must say I truly love my hair! It’s everything I envisioned and more. I feel even more empowered as a woman with my purple hair. If you’ve been contemplating switching up your hair style or color, I say go for it! Life is too short not to look the way you want to.

Make sure to view the pictures below discussing my hair transformation below.

  
First, Liz lightened my dark brown strands.

    

After my hair was lightened, my hair was deep-conditioned, and I was placed under a dryer.

  
Lastly, the new color was applied, my hair was washed/conditioned/dried, and then flat ironed.

I simply adore my new hair! It’s everything I wanted plus more.

Be sure to visit Liz Barnes’s “All About U Hair Salon!”

Xo,
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The Time I…Tea-Toxed!

  *Me at on a roof-top party in Vegas, showing off my new more toned body.

I discovered tea-toxing a few years ago thanks to one of my favorite bloggers Morgan Stewart (like me she often discusses her fitness journey). She featured Flat Tummy Tea on her site, and I immediately ordered some. The cleanse was two weeks and so effective. It was probably one of the most beneficial cleanses I’ve ever done.

Since I knew I wanted to look fabulous for my Vegas bday vacay (and would be attending a few roof-top pool parties),  I knew it would be the perfect time to try tea-toxing again. 

For 31 days (the entire month of August) I drinked tea 4-5 times a day, and cut soft drinks completely out of my diet. At first it was super easy (I’m a natural tea drinker), but at about day 15 or so I began to crave a iced-cold Sprite, however I promised myself I wouldn’t cave and surprisingly I didn’t. When I first started the cleanse I strictly drank herbal green tea, but like with anything else, I grew tired of it (around day 17 or so). So I researched other fat-burning teas, and black tea popped up. I decided to try it, and I must say the change in taste was much needed. For the remainder of my cleanse I interchanged the two. Drinking green tea in the morning and throughout the day, and then black tea before bed. 

Along with tea-toxing, I did core exercises (twist crunches, lift weights, etc.) before bed every night. I knew the core exercises would tighten up the areas where the tea was burning the most fat. I also continued my normal exercise routine of walking. 

Overall the results of tea-toxing for 31 days was amazing. Not to be conceited or anything, but I looked darned good in Vegas. My body was pure awesomeness, and I was able to rock all of the cute swim-suits and sexy club dresses I wanted. Tea-toxing also helped clear my skin tremendously. Tea-toxing will most definitely be my go-to cleanse.

Want to try tea-toxing? Tea-toxed before? I would love to hear about it in the comments! 

25 Things I Learned Before I Was 25! 

Me at my 10th bday party
*Me at my 10th Birthday Party September, 2000.

Hear ye! Hear ye! On this day, 25 years ago, a queen was born, and her name is Deveney Marshall! *laughs* I know. I know. A bit much right?! But would you have me any other way?

As I sit on my flight (I’m heading to Vegas to celebrate my big day!) I just keep thinking to myself where has the time gone?! It feels like just yesterday I was in second-grade learning the art of cursive handwriting, and now I’m a quarter of century old. Time truly flies by.

In honor of this milestone birthday, I’ve decided to list “25 Things I Learned Before I was 25!” I hope you all enjoy! Check it out below!

1. Be Yourself. (Everyone else is already taken.)

2. Happiness comes from within. (Not a soul on earth or beyond can make you happy if you aren’t content with yourself first.)

3. Whatever you put out into the universe, you will get back. (Whether it be good or negative energy.)

4. Everything is not for everybody. (Just because something is the status quo, doesn’t mean you need to have that thing as well.)

5. It’s okay not to be perfect. (Perfection is not attainable, because honestly it’s not real.)

6. Stop worrying about having it all together. (You will figure it all out, in due time, and if you never figure it out that’s okay too.)

7. If it doesn’t feel right within your soul do not do it.

8. It’s okay to have different friends for different things. (Just don’t forget the people that have been there for you since day one.)

9. Don’t push yourself into something you know you are not ready for.

10. Dreams do come true. (With the help of faith and hard work, your dreams can come into fruition.)

11. Take care of your body, and it will be good to you. (Eat well, exercise, and drink lots of water.)

12. Relationships are hard work, and should be taken seriously. (If you want to just date and have fun, you should! It’s an important part of your growth process.)

13. Savor each and every moment of life.

14. Don’t allow society to determine who you are suppose to be. (You have the right to be whoever you want to be in life, remember that.)

15. Surround yourself with beautiful, kindred souls. (The people you allow to be in your life does affect you as a person.)

16. You’re word is all that you have. (Don’t tell someone you are going to do something and don’t.)

17. Be nice to your skin. (You’ll be so thankful that you did in 20+ years.)

18. Music makes everything in life better.

19. Don’t ask for respect, demand it. (If you take yourself seriously, everyone else will also.)

20. Don’t force something that’s not meant to be. (If something is truly meant to be, it will naturally just happen.)

21. Take time to meditate every week. (Do whatever makes you feel most centered, going to church and doing yoga are my go-tos.)

22. Be grateful. (No matter where you are in your life, you are blessed.)

23. You don’t know everything. (Enjoy the learning experience life is, just because you know a lot, doesn’t mean you know everything.)

24. PRAY OFTEN.

25. God will always have your back, always.

I feel so blessed to see yet another wonderful year, and I’m very excited to start this new chapter of my life. I’m sure the next 25 years of my life will be simply amazing! I’m looking forward to writing “50 Things I Learned before I was 50!” I’m sure you’ll be reading that list in my best-seller. *flips hair*

Until next time,
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It’s My Birthday…Well Almost!


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So it’s Sunday September 13, 2015, and my 25th birthday is just 5 days away. To say I’m overly excited is an understatement. For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been overjoyed when it came to birthdays. Birthdays mean a brand new year of future memories, lessons, and self-improvement. September 18th, is a national holiday, and NO ONE will be able to tell me differently.

I must say I am loving where I am in my life. I’m at this beautiful stage of life, where I know where I going career wise, yet I still have all the fun I that I want. I feel more free now, than I did when I was 17.

I can honestly say for the first time in my life I’m really happy. Is life perfect all of the time? Hell no. But I’ve learned to embrace everything life throws my way. The good, the bad, and the just plain crazy. I finally realized it’s okay not to have it all figured out, and to not sweat the small stuff.

Be sure to read my post “25 Things I Learned Before I was 25,” to get a full list of all the wonderful things I’ve learned up until now.

Xo,
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The Time I…Tried Twist-Outs!

  
*August 9, 2015, the day I discovered the awesomeness of twist-outs.

For those of you who may not know, I consider myself to be a bonafide naturalista! Meaning, I am very pro ladies wearing their natural hair texture, and not chemically altering it. My natural hair journey began the day I was born. No seriously! Growing up my mom was very anti-relaxer, and she never allowed me to relax my hair. If I wanted straight hair, I could only get it pressed or flat-ironed. A few years ago I began wearing my natural kinky curls more often than I wore my hair straightened. I just grew so tired of the process of having my hair straightened every two weeks.

I’m always on the hunt for discovering new natural hair techniques. Recently, when my family and I were on vacay, my cousin asked me if I had ever tried a twist out. To her surprise I had not. My curly hair routine has always been pretty simple. I would just wet my hair, condition it, and then be done. After showing me a few naturalistas twist-out results, my cousin Arie FINALLY convinced to try it. The process was super easy, after wetting and conditioning my hair, Ariel sectioned my hair off into about 8 or so parts (may vary depending on the thickness and length of your hair), and then individually twisted the parts into giant twist. And just like that it was done. I was a tad anxious to see how my hair turned out. The next day I was pleasantly surprised! My hair was gorge, soft, and full! I couldn’t believe my curls could be just as nice without me having to wet my hair everyday.

Since then, I’ve been doing twist-outs almost every night before bed, and I must say the results are just getting better with time. I’m so glad my cousin introduced me to this style.

5 Steps for Achieving a Perfect Twist-Out!
1.Prep! Make sure your hair is clean and well conditioned before beginning the process.
2. Twist! Section you hair off into different parts, and then individually twist each area.
3. Wait! Allow your hair to fully dry (or mostly dry like I do).
4. Fluff! Once your hair is dry, take the twist a loose and then fluff your hair to create desired volume.
5. Enjoy! And just like that enjoy your beautiful hair, add oil for extra moisture if needed.

Your twist should look like this (or similar to) when twist-outs are completed.  

Are you a naturalista like me?! What’s your go-to style to help maintain your curls?! Tell me all about it in the comments!

Until Next Time,
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Jump Around!

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Photos | Shainna Miles

Jumpsuit x c/o Langford Market | Vest x c/o Langford Market | Bag x Michael Kors
Sandals x Francesca’s Collections | Wooden Necklace x c/o Langford Market
Medallion Necklace x UO | Watch x Nixon 
Bracelet x Alex&Ani | Earrings x Francesca’s Collections | Ring x Francesca’s Collections

I’m a HUGE fan of jumpsuits, and I have several of them in my closet. They are so versatile, and can be easily transitioned from day to night. When I discovered this harem jumpsuit at Langford Market I knew it had to be featured on my site! It’s so easy, cool, and effortless. I decided to go with the gypsy vibe it gives off, and style it with a flowy crochet and denim vest. This outfit is perfect for a serene NOLA day!

Are you all jumpsuit lovers like myself?! Tell me all about it in the comments!

Xo,
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*Special thanks to Langford Market for providing the clothing for this look.

What’s Going On Young People? 

If you weren’t watching the 2015 MTV VMAs this past Sunday you were truly missing out. From Miley and her antics to Nicki vs Miley to Kanye making his announcement to run for the 2020 Presidential Election. This years show was a frenzy. Like with everything else these days, social media went crazy. No one could refrain themselves from tweeting, not even me.

I like to consider myself an extremely intelligent human being, and one thing I know is satire when I see it. Well that’s exactly what this years awards show was, from the subtle mentions of police brutality to how obsessed our generation has become with “one up-ing” one another on social media. I thought MTVs production team did an okay job of presenting real issues in a broad way most of their audience could understand. However, the more I read people’s reactions on Twitter, the more it became clear that no one seemed to understand what was going on.

As I constantly refreshed my Twitter’s timeline, all I could see was tweets filled with hate. For starters, several people weren’t a fan of this years hostess, Miley Cyrus. They didn’t understand the satirical skits. And when Kanye West made his acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award everyone seemed to be confused. The uproar of tweets truly puzzled me. I could have understood if people were upset over the fact that Rebel Wilson ignorantly minimized police brutality into a cruel joke. Instead they were just tweeting about their annoyance over Miley’s marijuana references. I kept thinking to myself my generation can’t be that stupid, right? It was like everyone missed the bigger picture.

I was bothered by the fact that people only watched Kanye’s acceptance speech with the intent to ridicule it. Kanye’s entire speech was centered around the importance of being an individual, yet no one was focused on that. No one cared about the valid and impactful points Kanye made during his speech, instead they waited for him to make the perfect expression so they could turn it into a meme and a gif. This is a real problem people. The crazy thing is people unknowingly do this on social media all of the time.

For a while I’ve been convinced only a select few of individuals believe in what they are saying on social media, and last night that belief was confirmed. Social proofing has become the norm. Unfortunately, we live in a time where people are literally saying anything on social media just so they can be relevant. People have become obsessed with the amount of attention they receive on social media. Retweets and likes have become the equivalent to sitting at the school’s “popular table.” People only care about thought-provoking content if by someway it can get them more followers. To paraphrase Kanye, Does anybody care about real shxt anymore?

Don’t get me wrong this post is not an attack on those who solely use social media for entertainment purposes. It is okay to laugh at gifs and Vine videos. However, we claim to be the generation that is demanding social change. I need people to understand it will take more than just hashtags to change the world. Yes, social media is an excellent tool to create awareness. However, once you have people’s attention what are you going to do to keep it? Have you been attending open forums? Have you been demonstrating? Most of you all are beginning to look very contradictory.

I want to conclude this post by simply saying this. If you call yourself having a stance on an issue, don’t throw it all a way because a supposedly funny gif/meme is floating around. Stop making senseless jokes out of others flaws (we all have flaws, just look in a mirror), there is nothing funny about that. Stop being scared of the reaction you’ll receive for thinking differently. It is okay to be different. It is okay to be an individual. And If you don’t understand what is even going on, just ask. Don’t just express something (especially on social media), because you want to be a part of the conversation. 9 times out of 10 you’re going to end up making yourself look silly.

Remember people to say what you mean, mean what you say, and if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. (:

Until Next Time,
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