Friday, February 28, 2014

Goodbye February (You sucked)!
So long Mercury Retrograde!

March is upon us, and I'm welcoming her with open arms.
The new month brings about a number of wonderful changes, but there are two that are significant for me - warmer weather and my (Aries) season. Spring is my second favorite time of year and I don't think I've ever anticipated it more than right now.

( SIDE NOTE: This is the best breakdown of Mercury Retrograde I've read so far - it also sums up my experience with Retrograde this past month (Feb 6th -28th). If you're not familiar, click here. )

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Floral Kimono x The One Year Anniversary of My Golden "Crown"

I've been natural my whole life, but it wasn't until recently that I began to fully embrace my hair in it's natural state. I'm coming around on the one year anniversary of giving up being a slave to my flat iron and straightening my hair every other week ( flashback to when I began my journey here. ) While I've lost some length due to my color change, I've learned what works/ doesn't work for my hair, gained more defined curls and fallen in love with the effortless beauty that is my golden "crown." 

It feels good to be completely comfortable in my skin.

I'm now in the process of attempting new ways to wear my hair in this state. Anyone who knows me knows I bore easily ( I'm surprised I haven't taken a bottle of blue black dye to the head by now, but stay tuned ) and I'm excited to try twist outs, Bantu knots and various other ways to style my 'fro. 

If anyone has any natural hair sites that they'd like to recommend, leave them in a comment below.   

( SIDE NOTE: I couldn't wait for Spring to pull out this beautiful floral kimono - one of my favorite trends for the coming season. )

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Links We Love: ThoughtBrick.com

I love sites that I can get lost on for hours. 
The ThoughtBrick blog is a series of posts about self- discovery/ realization and challenges to help push you to be the best version of yourself.  

Monday, February 24, 2014


Spring Dreamin'

My spring wardrobe can be summed up in one word, Pastels.

( SIDE NOTE: I've also developed a new found love for florals, sunburst jewelry accents, cut out sandals and Indiana Jones inspired hats; Thanks Pharell. )

What are your go to spring staples? 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

White Sage, Smudging and Little Ethiopia


I picked up some white sage in Little Ethiopia over the weekend with the intention of trying smudging for the first time. I'd stumbled across a video of someone doing it before and it piqued my interest enough to dig into the background of the practice.


Smudging is the act, (sometimes referred to as a ceremony or ritual), of burning herbs for cleansing, protection of physical and spiritual bodies and banishment of negative energies. The above picture is of a smudge stick, or a bundle of herbs tied together for easier handling. 

I cleaned my space, turned on a little meditation music (my favorite below, to get myself in the right mindset) and lit the stick at one end. After lighting, you're supposed to extinguish the flame just enough to let it smolder, (there will be a thick smoke emanating from it) while allowing the smoke to cover every corner of the area that you want to cleanse/ protect. You can also use it on yourself if you feel that your spirit needs healing. Once you're satisfied that you've touched on every corner of your home and/or space it is said that you are to open all doors and windows to release the negative/ stagnant energy. Put the stick out by running it under cool water and storing it until the next use.




For more on smudging, click here

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Woke Up to 8+ Inches of Snow...


Woke up to 8+ inches of snow, and it's still coming down. Ugh. Needless to say, I'm craving Spring/ Summer more than ever. I was going through pics from warmer days last year and decided to share a few. I was a little camera shy well into the fall due to four long months of unfortunate brace face; but it was all for the greater good - a perfect smile.  I'm tempted to start unpacking spring clothes and putting together outfits.. my little way of telling the universe I'm ready!

( SIDE NOTE: I'm hoping to get back to this length by my birthday. Deep conditioning twice a week + fewer trims. )



Musings: 2/13/14

Something so beautiful about the way hurt forces you to feel.

all of the emotions that you try to suppress spill out 
you lose control
and you have no choice but to face them

My New Favorite Ring

I got this ring a week ago at a trunk show that I attended at Nuebian Hueman hosted by Alex Elle. It is a clear quartz crystal wrapped in copper wire. Clear quartz point is known for it's healing properties. It is also said to accelerate the fulfillment of prayers, amplifying whatever energy or intent is programmed into it.  

I've worn this ring every day since purchasing it, and I feel it has helped me achieve a strange calm that I haven't felt in a long time. For that I'm thankful.


Learn more about crystals and their meanings here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How Cool is This Lionel Richie Inspired Tea Cup?

Leave it to etsy to have the best campy finds.

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Links We Love: CocoCozy

links we love
so much inspiration gained from this interior design blog.
I will be redesigning my space in the oncoming months and posting the progress here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

My life is one sick, twisted ball of irony..

One Down, Forever to Go


This month marks the one year anniversary of We the TRIBE! I'd love to say I have some super cool new releases to drop in celebration of this, but unfortunately, I don't. My focus is on a spring relaunch so all of my attention has been going there. I'm looking forward to hopefuly expanding the brand beyond a sweatshirt/ t-shirt line. I've learned not to rush myself. In due time. 
"The enemy of the best is good."

-Voltaire

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Frozen bubbles  
as captured by Redditor Codedheart.

List of Boyfriend Rules

Just in time for Valentine's Day.

"List of Boyfriend Rules" through the eyes of a six and nine year old Brooke and Blair. I think they may be on to something, lol.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Part One, Unfinished



Experimenting.
 
Oil painting's take forever to dry..

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Musings: 2/4/2014

Peoples lives cross for a reason.
Every interaction you have in life, no matter how small, affects not only yours, but the lives of the people you come into contact with as well.
Remember.

( SIDE NOTE: Paradigm shift... ) 

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