That man is Fwwine!!

Lenny. Lenny. Lenny.

 My gosh, just saying his name makes me sweat. LoL.

 The man is gorgeous and oh so talented. So I am going to indulge in a lot of eye-candy right now!

 Care to join?

 

With 'locs in his early career.

 

Lenny Kravitz is a rock star. He is the son of Roxie Roker (who played Helen Willis on the hit sitcom “The Jeffersons”) and Sy Kravitz an NBC news producer. He is a NYC native who grew up with his parents on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and spending his weekends in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood, with his maternal grandmother. Brooklyn’s in the house!! Go Lenny!

'Locs shorn, he rocks a 'fro.

 

He's even gorgeous in a blowout.

 

Lenny is a real style icon, from his head to his feet.

 It is rare that you’ll see a man who switches his style up the way he does. From loc’s to ‘fro to flowing strands, from hippie duds to posh crisp suits, the  man is nothing if not a chameleon.

Give me a minute to Groove

I don’t know why but I am feeling hella nostalgic today. For some reason, the tune of “It never rains,” by 90’s R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!,  popped into my head. Which of course got me jamming to some of my other favorite Raphael Saadiq songs.

So please folks, allow me a minute to groove. 

 

 

 

This is my favorite song from, Lucy Pearl, the short-lived collaboration between Rapheal Saadiq, Dawn Robinson (of EnVogue) and Ali Shaheed Muhammed (of A tribe Called Quest). 

 

 

Here is his latest, entitled “Good Man.” And surprise surprise, the lead girl  in the video is “America’s Next Top Model” veteran/actress/dancer and naturally curly girl, YaYa DaCosta. I love the retro vinyl Motown sound of this album. 

Unfortunately, I can’t post the official music video. But at least you can hear the song. Thanks VEVO! 😦

If you want to see the official video, click here (YaYa was amazing!). The girl was bringing Lynne Whitfield a’la “A Thin Line between Love and Hate,” no?

 

Running Scared

Fraidy Cat

 

Fashion.

Simple word isn’t it?

Just two syllables. Fa-shion.

Easy, right?

However for me, fashion isn’t simple. It’s big and often intimidating. It’s luxe brands and mingling with frugal fashion gems. It’s having the eye to sort through the pit of trend store (think Forever 21) and thrift store (think the prettied up term “vintage”) clutter and turn up with something special. Fashion can be veryyy intimidating. Everyone expects you to possess it, because without it you could find yourself black-barred on Glamour Mag’s dreaded and hilarious “Glamour Don’t” page.

But since starting my blog, I have realized that it doesn’t have to be so scary to me. When I am reading my mag’s and fav blogs, I’ve begun to take note of the things that make me happy. I noticed that the styles that speak to me are casual with lots of tunics, denim (boyfriend/skinny jeans), maxi dresses, cardi’s, blazers, belts and long colorful scarves. I suppose my style is modern boho –very Lauren Conrad (I love her line for Kohl’s by the way). Go figure, a New Yorker with Cali-girl sensibilities. 🙂

Fashion shouldn’t feel oppressive. Just go with what speaks to you (with a little guidance from the experts). Look for the love at first sight sensation, real “Ahh Haa” moments. But don’t feel the need to follow every trend. That is a sure-fire way to find yourself on that Glamour Don’t page. Your style sense should be organic to you. It should be easy. Think about it this way and you won’t get lost in the brand names, the trends or in an impulse to keep up with the Ms. Joneses.

She’s Got the Look

Flawless!

Isn’t she Fly?

 

That is Julia Sarr-Jamios. The girl is absolutely gorgeous. Her fashion is even more gorgeous.

 But her hair is the most freaking gorgeous thing ever!

She inspires me to lay off the braid/twistouts and just let my hair do what it wants to do.

Her untamed coils are happy, free and pumping it.

 

This half Senegalese/French bombshell is a model, turned fashion editor for Wonderland magazine. She has the most enviable fashion sense, it’s like imagining Lenny Kravitz had a line for women and everything she owns came from it. OMG! I just realized that I have to do a fashion post on Lenny. The man is beyond Fwwine and super stylish. But that’s for another day.

 

Let's just pretend we don't see that cig in between her digits. 😦

Welcome to the World

Talk about long time no see! I know. But there has been a new addition to the family. My little sis and her hubby are now the proud parents of a sweet baby girl –my new niece Kialee. Once your sibling has become someone’s wife/husband and someone else’s mother/father, can you still call them your “Little” anything anymore? I don’t know?

Well, back to my announcement…

I am super excited to have another niece! Welcome to the world Kialee!

 

 

Newborn Kialee

 

All that eating, sleeping and growing really tires a girl out. LoL!

 

Just a week old and already perfecting her Top Model "Smi'eyes." Smile with your eyes Kialee! Good girl! ;o)

Wash a’ Go Go Part Deux

The last time that I tried to do the “Wash & Go” look it didn’t quite work. Like my curls after that little home demo, the style was a major flop. Your girl looked a HOT MESS! Ever since that experiment, I’ve been searching for another technique that would give me that easy, carefree result that I see on just about every curly girl.

 Once again, I found a spectacular tutorial on YouTube, made by Splinta24.  She has a technique that she calls an Overnight Wash & Go. In her routine, she uses the banding method to stretch the hair. I have a crescent moon shaped section in the back of my head that shrinks with the fierceness! Now, that little section of hair could use a bit of  shrinkage prevention. So, I was beyond excited to give it a shot and to my delight, I absolutely loved loved adored the results.

 

 

What do you think?

  

 

The products that I used were:  Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.  On my scalp &  to seal my ends I used Coconut Oil.

 

 

Note:  The title of the actual video is: How I band my hair.