Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dopeness: The 90's Are All That

July 26, 2011 at Midnight EST. What happened? Only the greatest thing to happen to 90's kids came on across television screens everywhere. This is not a hyperbole. For people all across this country ages 18-24, we all relived a small part of the 90's once more.

Nickelodeon after years of campaigns and "OMG WHY DON'T YOU PLAY [insert show here] ANYMORE?" Tonight they played Kenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains it All, All That and Doug-only some of the beloved shows which are so loved that it's enough to make grown men and women burst in tears from happiness. They're bringing it all back-All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts...any 90's show that was on Nickelodeon, they're replaying it! People on Facebook and Twitter were sooooo geeked for this, you can check the hashtag #90sareallthat and people are still geeking out over it!

Who says you can be too young to be nostalgic? I'm SOOO excited for GUTS, Rugrats, All That and Hey Arnold! and I can't wait for more!

EDIT: Apparently, the more people that watch, the more shows that will come on AND the more channels that will do such a thing. SO WATCH!

Monday, July 25, 2011

...that's not what I was aiming for, but I'll take it!

So on Saturday, I had finished twisting my hair, but I thought about the dreaded shrinkage that I would get about two days later. So I had decided to band my hair overnight using every sort of hair  I could find in this house and hope that it would stretch out my twists. To me, it sounded perfect in theory-stretch out their hair overnight, get stretched out hair! So I woke up and I took out the bands and got this:

Definitely not stretched out as I wanted. Instead, I have crimped two-strand twists. Looking back now, I should have stretched their before I did my twists like I usually do, but I'm now unexpectedly surprised at this sudden setback O_o

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hair of the Day (7/22)

I thought I was going to do a braid-out, but then I just opted for chunky flat twists because I need my hair protected and I am not going outside in this heat! (except for sushi...I'll always make an exception for sushi!)

Hair of the Day (7/21)

I had just stepped back inside the house from the 100+ degree heat  and was exhausted from the heat, but can I say that my twist out here was looking FLAWLESS?! I COULD CRY YA'LL!! :') This has never happened before! Okay, I just wanted to let my excitement out lol.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Slytherin and Ravenclaw inspired makeup

Photo credit: http://www.collider.com

I know this is almost a week late for Harry Potter , but I had some fun creating different eyeshadow looks based off some of the Houses from Hogwarts. Now, seeing as I didn't have any sort of red or yellow in my case, I couldn't do Gryffindor or Hufflepuff so I just made the best out of it and did Slytherin and Ravenclaw (book colors of course!).

Monday, July 18, 2011

My hair doesn't like me today

Today was one of those days where I just didn't like my hair. 

Okay, okay, hate is too strong of an emotion. Let's change that to "I was really fed up with my hair today".

I think it's more of a funk. I have usually have my hair in one style, and that's the problem-I need inspiration. I've tried YouTube, blogs, forums and all that, but YOU GUYS ARE SOOOO INTIMIDATING! LOL. I have seen some fierce, flawless and faboulous styles from ladies on the internet and it makes me wonder-how did you guys get these ideas?

Am I the only one who feels this way? Is this normal?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Elevation Burger vs. Five Guys


So here's the deal, Elevation Burger is the new burger place near my house which is located one block away from Five Guys. Many of you may know Five Guys for that one burger place As someone who can never say no to a good hamburger, I wanted to see which burger joint is supreme. A breakdown and some foodie-like talk after the jump.

EDIT: I thought I finished the post already and published it a bit earlier than I wanted to. Oops! O_o

Friday, July 8, 2011

A DC adventure

As I have mentioned before, I live in the Washington D.C area. When some people think of DC, there are those who bemoan this city as a place where "nothing gets done", or even a place that's out of touch with  "regular Americans". As quick as people are to say those things about the business that goes on in this city, they also forget that people live and play in this city. Not everything is connected with politics here and that's why I've made the "this city is more than just politics" tag-to give a glimpse of how people work and play in these parts. We're not all political insiders looking to get ahead, some of us are just living in the same area.

My first installment-a trip to Georgetown Cupcake, the same place where they film TLC's "DC Cupcake". I've done enough talking, I'll let the pictures take it from here.

General rule about working escalators-Walk left, stand right. This separates locals from the tourists!

Lining up for cupcakes because it's serious business!!

People behind us


Assortment of Cupcakes

Vanilla Birthday Cake

A calm street every once in a while...
On our way home (walking left, standing right-just like we're supposed to!

I hope to do this more often! Any tips and suggestions are welcome!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eating better one step at a time...

As a college student, I've always known that I haven't been eating right. It's so easy to go pick up a bag of potato chips or something off the dollar menu when you have to study for that next big test or write your term paper. Thankfully, there are ways that I have learned to eat better foods while I'm at school. I stress that this is only a beginning and I believe my eating habits will change over time. Some ways in which I have started to improve my diet include the following:

1) Fruit cups

Whether it be fresh or packaged, 1 fruit cup guarantees you a serving a fruit a day. Make sure its not riddled with sugar and you easily have a natural energy source and a source of essential fruits and vitamins. I usually get a bulk pack from Costco or Sam's Club and it lasts me a few weeks.

2) Cereal in a bag

Cereal has one mineral in it that many adults don't get-fiber. Fiber helps with digestion and has been linked  to reducing many chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. All you need to do is put some cereal in a bag and it makes a good snack. Just make sure it's not one of those cereals that are made from sugar-as delicious as they are, they're not that great for you either!

3) Choose your drinks carefully
As some of you know, sodas are readily available at the fountains and sports drinks that promise a boost of vitamins are also very popular. Instead, pick a few fruit juices that are low in sugar and then increase how much water you're drinking. I say pick a few fruit juices because you can't eliminate all sugars, but keep in mind that it shouldn't be the only thing you drink. Bottom line-water and some fruit juices and you're on your way.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Food Post: Bananas Foster

I first found out about Bananas Foster through my friend's friend (quite a connection there!) who made this desert before we started our Spring semester. Once I heard the "bananas" bit, I was instantly turned off to it because I have never liked the taste of bananas and I can never eat bananas without taking allergy medicine first. Once he was done making this concoction, I took a bite and I it was AMAZING!

On Friday, my friend and I recreated this dish and it was just as amazing as I remember it! Below the jump is the original recipe from Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans, the original creators of this desert. I hope you enjoy it! 

A few things before you indulge-1) This is very much an adult desert because it has rum and banana liqueur and 2) This recipe involves fire (as the picture shows), so PLEASE be careful and exercise care and all the fire safety tips you've ever learnt!

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 2011 Wish list

It's the beginning of July which means its time for another wish list. Last month, I was able to try most of the products or purchase on my list and for this month, I hope that I can do the same again!

1) Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron ($129.99, http://www.folica.com)
Yes, I know this is a product I can't exactly try, but this is on my long term wish list as in I will get this someday when I have some sort of sizeable, steady income. The only thing about this is that I have to buy it trough Folica who I have dealt with in the past and let me tell you, their customer service wasn't the greatest (I (I hope this isn't the case today, I last dealt with them back in 2008 for a Solia flat iron).

2) Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll (about $9.00, Target)

This would be great for wrapping hair when I am ready to rollerset it for my length check. This would also be an attempt to straighten out my natural hair without damaging it...again.

3) MAKE UP FOREVER HD blush in Innuendo ($25, Sephora.com or Sephora stores)
I've tried this before, it's a good product!

4) A quality blush brush.
I don't care about the brand (I'm not that brand loyal to be honest) I just want a good blush brush that will last.

Well, that's my list for the month of July. Happy Fourth of July to all the fellow Americans out there! :-D

Friday, July 1, 2011

Cutting off damaged hair

I should cut some of this off, shouldn't I?

So here is my story on why this strand is lifeless 3/4 of the way down my twist.
Once upon a time, I discovered Dominican Salons. Dominican salons became the place when I can transform my curls into long, flowing, pin-straight hair; a dream of mine since childhood. I loved the way it flowed, the way it shined and the way it hit my back and the hair flip. The fact that I was able to flip my hair made me giddy inside. All of these short time joys however would come back to haunt me as I saw my hair thin out. 

I know what some of you are asking-one time at a salon made your hair thin out? It very well could, but for me, I made multiple trips to have my hair straightened out. Over time, I saw parts of my hair break off, unable to curl whenever I got it wet and unable to twist. Now that I think back, all of those should have been warning signs, but I ignored the damage I did to my hair.

Over a year later, I have cut off most of the damage that I did. Other than that obvious spot, There are a few spots where it's wavy instead of curly, but I decided that I could work with it.

Are you scared of cutting damaged hair off? Are there spots that you promise to cut off once it "grows out"? I want to hear your story.