Happy Hump Day. Today is wash day for me since I just took out a quick protective style of four cornrows having getting my hair blown out and trimmed. I wanted to share with you all how I revert back to my curls after the blow out.
ChanJ back at it again with the music mix. Guaranteed bangers that you can turn up to for your Memorial Day festivities.
With just 9 days remaining in the month of May, the Fit for 30 is coming to an end. With this being the end of week 3 I’m preparing myself for this week’s liquid only meals, this will be a challenge considering I’m working in the office all of this week.
Week two has been completed. It wasn’t easy I had a funeral, and mother’s day all in 7 days. You can imagine how hard it was to eat right and stay focused.
Six weeks can sure enough fly by fast! It’s time for my trim on my natural hair so that means visiting Fahrenheit the Evolution on Fifth Ave and sitting in Shalaya’s chair. Since her book has opened to new and returning clients I have remained consistent with my trim every six weeks.
I know it’s been a while since we’ve had Wednesday Brunch. Here we are, its hump day and we have to discuss the difference between constructive criticism and hating. Grab your wine or your mimosa and indulge.
Another Monday, another Music Mix brought to you by Chan.J . Today’s mix includes today’s hit singles from Ace Boogie wit da Hoodie , Gold Link, A$AP Ferg, Jimmy Wopo, Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, and more.
It’s officially been 7 days since I started the Fit for 30 journey. Sundays start the new week meaning new meal plan and of course new challenges. I wanted to recap the first week including the workouts, the meals, and the helpfulness is the Facebook support group.
It’s the first of the month. New Month , New Goals. Today is day 1 of the 30 Day Challenge, my trainer Coach Keem has put together for clients and non clients to get right for Summer 17. 30 Day Weight Loss, 30 Day Meal Plan, 30 Day Exercises and 30 Day Fit Cleanse.
There are many ways to invest in yourself and if you’ve been reading the blog posts, Invest In Yourself has been financially, and physically. Today’s post is about investing in yourself mentally. With my recent birthday celebration and having a week off from work I have been able to kind of take a mental break.
This is the second installment of the #MusicMonday Chan. J Music Mix available on Apple Music. As previously mentioned you can check here every Monday for a new music to add to your music library.
Music Mix Volume 2 : Artist included on this mix are Rihanna, Trey Songz, Kendrick Lamar, Jeremih, Chris Brown, H.E.R.,and more.
Hey everyone for all my music lovers, we have #MusicMonday, Chan, J will release a playlist every Monday consisting of all your favorite jams courtesy of Apple Music. If you have an iphone or even and android you can listen to this music and add it to your music library. All you have to do is come here and click the Chan. J link and it will have the latest playlist.
It’s the last week of April, my vacation is over, back to the basics. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed , I know I haven’t posted a blog since earlier this month, but I had to hit the reset button.
Just so that we’re all on the same page let’s just define communication. Communication means the connection of two people. When it comes to dating, or even a friendship, communication is key. If you’re around someone and you feel as though you can’t talk to them because of fear of how they will react, that’s not good.
This past weekend I went to Farenheit 212 for my six-week trim. I have also uploaded the Vlog to my YouTube channel. Four to six-week trims are important during your natural hair growth process. It keeps your hair growing healthy and reduces split ends and damaged hair.
We all have obligations, taking care of your family to fulfilling your role in your career. We all have responsibilities as an adult but they shouldn’t deprive you of peace of mind.
People say all the time two people of the opposite sex can’t be friends without someone becoming attracted towards the other or catching feelings. We can agree to disagree on that but what if you do catch feelings for your Male friend or your female friend how do you go about it?
I made it! I went 30 days without buying any makeup products. This past weekend I was in the mood of treating myself. I went to Ulta because I needed to restock some items and I also wanted to try new products as well.
One thing I wish I learned in high school, the importance of having great credit. No matter how much money you have, if you don’t have good credit it’s null and void. You face having high interest rates on loans or having to ask someone to co-sign on a loan for you which most people don’t all jump to volunteer.
When it comes to working out and eating healthy it’s not temporary, it’s a lifestyle. You have to want to include it in your day to day life. Most people diet because they want to lose a few pounds before vacation , or before a special occasion like a Wedding.
I started my fitness journey April 2016 after a surgery I had and I wanted it to be ongoing I didn’t want to put an end date to it. I wanted to be healthy and in shape, it wasn’t about losing 5-10 lbs. It’s a struggle but the results are rewarding. You won’t look good overnight and you won’t be the strongest person in the world but you’ll live longer and feel good within yourself.
Working out isn’t about #bodygoals nor should it be a competition. Go at your own pace , understand this is an adjustment and you won’t always be on track everyday, allow yourself to slip up but don’t stay there. 20% of a healthy lifestyle is in the gym and remaining 80% is what you eat. Abs are made in the kitchen, so if you want that six pack or defined stomach, drink half your body weight in water and meal prep weekly so that it is easier to stay on track.
Eat. In order to get the right amount of nutrients and to stay nourished, you have to eat 5 times a day. This means 3 main courses; breakfast , lunch and dinner, and two small snacks in between those meals. Never skip breakfast and always eat within 45 minutes of working out to restore muscle.
Don’t get so caught up in numbers. Yes I step on the scale once every 2-3 months. In December I weighed 135 lbs and then in March I weighed 135lbs the difference here, is muscle.
Focus. I know it can be overwhelming and it’s easy to forget what you ate or how much water you drank. Try writing your meals in a small journey each day and when you worked out and for how long. There are also apps for iPhone and Android. One of my favorite Apps that I’ve been using is MyFitnessPal. You can document each meal and it tells you how many calories it holds, you can add your workout as well as how many ounces of water you drank.
I hope this post helps your fitness journey and remember to take it one day at a time.
Being stubborn takes little to no effort for me. As much as I like Jason and I wanted to give him a piece of my mind I wanted him to know I was mad at him. My friend Nikki was who he had to go through if he had anything to say to me and all three of us had the same English class together and we sat near each other. This was the third class of the day and I was anticipating see his fine ass and wanting him to be salty I was giving him the silent treatment.
We could never make it official because we both cared about what others thought and weren’t into being the center of everyone’s conversation. It was all politics, Jason being one of the most popular kids in high school his fan list was down the hallway.
Happy Tuesday. It’s the last day of February, hope you’ve made the past 28 days successful. This weeks Talk Tuesday is a continuation of investing in yourself; having priorities and knocking things off of your to-do list as we ride along in 2017.
Monday means new week, new goals. A fresh start to achieve your goals and stop procrastinating on accomplishing things on your to-do list. It’s crazy that we are ending the second month of 2017. This Monday Motivation post is for those feeling discouraged in what ever it is that you are trying to achieve in life.
Happy Thursday! Hope you all are having a good week. I just wanted to share with you my recent flat twist out style turned out awesome. So happy, it’s crazy the same hairstyle but different hair products can show different results. I wanted to share the products I used, how I flat twist my hair and also what I do to take them down.
In my last post I shared that I would be going back to using the products I used when I did my first big chop three years ago. The reason I stated that was because my curl pattern was different back then, they were more defined. As the saying goes stick to what you know, in this situation I am sticking to what works for me. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus line. If you all don’t know Shea Moisture was the first product line that I purchased when I started my natural journey and their products have worked for me.
Sundays are my wash days, so that means I do not leave the house. I relax, I schedule blog posts, I read, do laundry and prepare my hair. For the last two months I haven’t been satisfied with how my wash n go’s have turned out so I’m up for trying new techniques.
People in today’s world are so quick to scream “no feelings” or “I don’t need nobody, I got me”. It’s simply okay to care about someone, to have people around you that you can depend on when need be.
Sorry for the delay. Life has been happening this past week, now where were we? Oh, that’s right, the new boo Jason.
Spring is here, coming up is the Spring Fling, all the ladies want to be chose. Nails done, hair done, everything did, what was important is whom you accompanied to the dance.
I would like for my blog post to appeal to both women and men. With today’s blog topic: You Can’t Keep A Man Whom Doesn’t Want to be Kept, is inspired by a Facebook status I came across yesterday.
Ladies to keep a man learn how to cook…..
Lately I have been coming across some very inspirational and motivated individuals on social media. For once I am seeing people use their platform in a positive way. With my recent transition to a lifestyle blog I strive to better myself for my brand daily. I always look for new ways to improve my content, and improve my way of thinking.
Save the Last Dance, Honey, and Bring It On were the popular movies out at this time. Every girl watched the movies and tried to mimic the cheer and dance moves in High School. It was time to execute the dance and cheer moves I was practicing in my bedroom and basement all this time.
Who did I think I was last night? I must’ve thought I was grown, trying to impress William. The devil on my shoulder tried to have me doing something I could regret , but I listened to the angel on my right side…
Today I am going to share my thoughts and experiences on the Maple Holistics 100% Natural Castor Oil. Maple Holistics reached out to me a while back to try out any product from their line and to do a review. I have used this product on multiple hairstyles that I have done so continue reading for my review.
I’ve been natural since 2012 and I have not known about the “pre-poo method”. I research natural hair techniques on YouTube daily and I’ve come across a few vloggers lately that use this method to revive their curls after a blow out.
February 2016 is when I did the big chop for the second time. If you’re not familiar with what the big chop is, it’s when a woman cuts off all her hair, or majority of her relaxed hair to start over and begin the natural journey. Natural means no chemicals, and no heat. I decided it was time for a length check 11 months in.
I did the big chop for the first time in 2013 right after my break up and coming to the realization my hair was damaged from being a blonde for the whole Summer and it being over processed as well keeping in sew-ins longer than I should have.
You have your whole life planned out at a very young age. You envision life for yourself as perfect and you believe you can achieve anything you set your mind to and that there will be no stops on the journey to happiness, the world revolves around you. Nobody can stand in your way, you have the recipe to success, until reality hits you…
New year, new goals. Fitness goals. It is now 9 months since I have started working out with a trainer consistently in the gym and eating right. My birthday is in April and I want to look good when I’m on vacation. I want to share with you my three-month low carb diet regimen.
Talk Tuesday. Let’s talk about friends with benefits. How do you feel about it? Have you had a friend with benefits, who caught feelings first? I have 5 mistakes women make when friends with benefits.
Happy Monday. Hope you’ve all started day 2 of 365 off to a good start towards your goals. We all know the gym tends to be at capacity when the new year rolls around. That’s not a bad thing if you’ve added fitness to your 2017 goals , get it.
Happy New Year. Hope you all brought in the new year with a positive mind-set and ready to achieve your goals. It’s the first Monday of the New Year and you should make the most of it. I didn’t participate in any New Years Eve festivities as I haven’t for the past three years actually. I brought it in at home with my favorite Moscato, filmed a YouTube make-up tutorial while listening to the new Fabolous x Trey Songz mixtape.
When you sit and reflect on what you learned about yourself, what you went through, good and bad this past year what do you come up with? What has 2016 taught you? Have you accomplished majority or all of your goals that you set out for yourself this year? As I look back at 2016 I have 5 things that I either accomplished or learned about myself.
As the holidays come to an end, I have collaborated with a friend and fellow blogger for a beauty product swap! Erricka reached out to me to see if I would like to do a swap in which we choose the number of products to swap out and we send them to each other. We decided we would send each other our favorite drugstore products limited to eyeshadow, a dark lipstick, concealer, and setting powder! We will also do a natural hair tutorial video soon!
It’s never too late to begin saving money. It’s never too late to work on your credit, whether you need to build it or repair it, it’s something very important to maintain. As we go into the new year I’d like to share some tips on saving money and a few friends shared different ways they save money.
NYX Professional MakeUp is one of the popular drug store products these days. They have announced that they are releasing a drop based foundation at the end of the month. You control how much product you place on your beauty blender or brush.
As 2017 is approaching within two weeks we’re feeling the pressure to make it the best year yet or the at least better than 2016. We’re becoming overwhelmed with wanting to accomplishment so much, let go of what isn’t helping us grow in a good way or bringing negativity in our lives. You want to achieve things you did not do in 2016 that you set out, maybe you want to travel , start a new career path, find a new hobby, make better decisions financially or finally get into the gym. What ever it is you want to accomplish in 2017 , write it down and work towards it daily, remember nothing good and worth having happens over night.
I returned to the gym for the first time this past weekend, in almost two weeks as I was horribly sick. It killed me to not be able to work out, I barely had an appetite and I also missed days off from work. None the less I had to get back to the weights.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a teacher, an artist, a social media maven or retail cashier, don’t expect family or friends to support your endeavors. Don’t let the lack of support dictate if you achieve your goals. Refrain from any act of pettiness, deleting phone numbers, unfollowing on social media, no contact at all. Give them the choice to support genuinely if they don’t support you, allow them to continue to be that good friend, sister, brother, aunt or uncle to you.
At 2:30am I went to have breakfast with my lovely cousin, whom we always have the best thought-provoking conversations. Conversations about careers, relationships, fashion, and of course social media. Our conversation inspired today’s topic for #MisunderstoodMonday. Men’s misconception of a single woman tends to be a bit lost in translation.
A few weeks ago I put a poll on social media for viewers to choose from four names of what I should name the Alter Ego. I finally reveal the name today as promised. But before I do so I wanted to share the inspiration behind the Alter Ego and where all this is coming from.
Talk Tuesday: Is there a difference of Men Cheating vs Women Cheating?
Today’s post is inspired by the new HBO Series: Insecure starring Issa Rae. The finale has everyone in a frenzy and as I binge watched the last few episode leading to the Finale, it definitely was a though provoking episode. I couldn’t help but to think about the double standard that comes into play when cheating is involved. If you haven’t checked out this new series, you may want to, everyone in some way can relate to this real raw series.
Twenty days until Christmas. Everyone is visiting loved ones, shopping and buying gifts for one another. This is a joyous time of year. Everyone working extra hours to get their last minute items while others just simply want to be around their favorite relatives.
It’s the first of the month, the last month of the year and we are so close to the ball dropping! Now is the time to get your sh*t together for 2017 so that it can be much better than 2016.
Black Friday has come and gone. If you were one the lucky ones to take advantage of the Anastasia Beverly Hills sale like me, you know it was a hassle accessing her website. I’m not one to go out and shop at stores on Black Friday, I’d rather shop in the comfort of my home on my laptop or smart phone. It may not be much that I did purchase, we have to have some type of discipline, right?!
Cold weather is upon us and we have to keep our skin moisturized. I bought this Murad Essential Shield Starter Kit almost two months ago and I wanted to do a review.
I purchased the kit online at Ulta while it was on sale, after I seen my favorite beauty blogger Makeup Shayla show her day & night cleansing routine. I typically don’t use cleansing products because I’ve been fortunate enough to have non problem skin. This kit consists of 4 trial size products.
I start with a cleansed face a little damp and then I place a dime size amount of Essential C Cleanser all over my skin and then I rinse with warm water. The consistency lather well and you don’t need a lot if your skin is damp.
I then rinse the cleanser off and proceed to apply the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum on my face it retains moisture and adds shine to the face.
You let the serum sit for about two minutes don’t rinse, proceed to use the Advanced Active Radiance Serum. This product is slippy and goes a long way its good to put this on after the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening as that product has shine but it dries on the skin, shall I say you’ll be snatched honey. Add this right after to have that glistening glow.
The finally. By the way all of the products smell so good. It’s funny because I put this Essential C Day Moisture like its foundation primer. The consistency is thick so you do not need a lot of product.
What are some products you use daily or routinely during the colder seasons? Share below.
Happy Sunday everyone! Lately I have been inspired by people around me. People I’ve had random conversations with about life, work and relationships. I’ve also had people give me suggestions on what I can do differently with my blog, or what things I can add to my blog to engage my viewers.
Starting in January I will introduce an alter ego character inspired by numerous fictitious characters that you see on TV from Being Mary Jane, Carrie Bradshaw, Cookie from Empire, Olivia Pope, embracing your inner Sasha Fierce.
With this alter ego there will be a weekly blog post titled #FiestyFriday . It will tie into a storyline via blog posts of different relationship encounters the character has experienced. This section on the blog will also have a Q&A post where viewers can email questions seeking dating advice from a situation they were in or are currently in or even just sharing what they learned being in a past relationship.
…the more she talks to him the more she catches feelings. She’s a person that enjoys having a conversation with the opposite sex. She just maybe in lust with the idea of a potential relationship with him..
Stay tuned and suggestions are always welcome, I’ll reveal the name of the character soon.
It’s that time of year, MAC releases an exclusive limited edition collection great for gifts. On December 8th online and December 15th in stores, Mariah Carey will release #MacMariahCarey to select markets. MAC shared the news this past week and everyone has been anticipating the release and the pictures do it no justice I’m sure.
Hello Ladies! Ulta Beauty is having a sale now through November 26th online and in store! I have been doing so great without buying no make-up products, but I recently ran out of my most favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz! Brows have to be on fleek at all times (when you’re not at home). I have a few steals and coupons to share with you for Ulta Beauty.
Happy Monday! I know I mentioned I would keep you all updated on my dating life from previous #DateNight posts that I have shared on the blog. Three months in, and I have tea to share….
Hello everyone I know it’s been a while since I shared my makeup look of the day. Well today I had time! Just a simple work appropriate look for the Fall.
I’ve been contemplating this post for the last 24 hours. Figuring out how to interest my viewers with this topic, figuring where to begin but not ramble too much to keep your attention. I decided to just let it all out and update you on where I’m at as the cold weather arrives and cuffin’ season is in full effect…
The cold weather is here time to tuck away the curls the wrap up the fro. Cold weather means your hair is most prone to drying out and breaking off. Protect those ends.
About two weeks or so ago, I stumbled on Twitter and I seen Curlbox and OGX Beauty were having a twitter Q&A session for the #OctoberCurlBox. Included in the discussion were how-to advice on the products for those that didn’t know what to use specific products for different hair types and styles. I tweeted my favorite hair product was the Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter Leave In or Rinse Out and BOOM , ya girl won the giveaway!
The world of social media, whereve everyone is a judge, no one does wrong, everyone is perfect and has all the answers like Sway. Leave it up to social media for it to be a platform for people to voice their opinions on others lives as if they’re in their shoes.
It is holiday season and we all want to celebrate with our loved ones, and close friends. Halloween has passed it now time for Thanksgiving and before you know it Christmas will be here! When you think of the holidays, for most people gifts isn’t what comes to mind, but memories you can create with special people in your life.
If you have a significant other and they don’t celebrate the holidays is this an issue for you? If you’re newly dating and they reveal they don’t celebrate the holidays due to bad experiences or its just not relevant in their lives, is this a deal breaker?
- Bad experiences weren’t made with the new relationship so that person shouldn’t deprive you of creating new memories and acknowledging the holiday.
- If the person is religious they are exempt from this topic typically that’s not debatable.
- Perhaps there can be a comprise, maybe not exchange gifts but do an activity , spend time over a family members house, go out to dinner.
- Although people may say everyday should feel like Valentines Day , most people still want to feel special on that day as well.
Facebook viewer stated:
I would say Christmas b/c it’s a religious holiday so if the person your with doesn’t celebrate it that may be difficult if you’re not equally yoked depending on the reasoning…and I don’t mean celebrate by buying gifts just completely not acknowledge the holiday
If your someone whom is family oriented and the holidays are your favorite time of year you may want to include your new boo, significant other to the family and have them apart of the best moments. If your someone whom you’re not close with your family and perhaps you want to create memories within your household of course you’d want your significant other apart of that.
When I ask if this is an issue for you I’m not speaking of gifts, I’m talking about acknowledging the day, the time spent, the memories. Holidays can the times where people feel the most lonely. Why not turn negative into positive and allow yourself to be happy and enjoy the holiday season.
If you’ve never had a valentine before, or if you have had the worst experience ever and don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, maybe things will be different with this new person in your life. Maybe you want to experience having a Valentine for the first time the lovey dovey , flowers , a card, candlelight dinner. It doesn’t have to be an all expense paid trip with the latest Gucci bag. Yes, everyday in your relationship should feel like Valentines Day but who doesn’t want to feel special on that day as well?
‘cuz holidays are fake x plus we suppose to be the same all year ’round anyway…
I’m not big on holidays but I do chill with my immediate family.
If its a new relationship the shouldn’t bring bad experiences to the table. New relationships deserve to experience everything.
This isn’t about materialistic items this solely about time spent. Share your thoughts below.