Hello All!

I apologize for the dissappearance- it is quite an interesting thing to try and work keeping a blog into your shcedule. Nonetheless, I wanted to come here and share some type of inspiration for the next year. I’ve always been the Type A kind of person, and so goal setting has always been something I’ve done habitually. Every couple of months or so I re-analye what I’ve wanted to do, if I’ve gotten there, and what my next steps should be. But there’s this wonderful thing about December where you aren’t the only one doing this! We all have the ability to share what our hearts are hoping for in the next year and it can lead to ideas of improvement and inspiration for others. I know New Year’s resolutions are cliche and often never fulfilled fully, but I ask you to take a step back and think about why that is. Maybe these resolutions aren’t really anything you truley care about, or maybe they ARE things you care about, but in actuality may have a hidden obstacles rooted within that you must conquer before being able to focus on the aforementioned goal. Whatever your goals may be, I hope that you can fit in self-reflection into your new year. Do it often! It is a wonderful feeling to be able to step back and ask yourself what it is that is causing you to react the way you are….and to find it out! By building knowledge of your own behaviour, you not only have more control over your actions and reactions, but you increase your self confidence and can decrease your need to cling onto others for acceptance. Use this year to accept who you are, your flaws and all. We are all every growing, and so you can always change the negatives! The more you love yourself, the more you can love others..and I believe love and kindness is the best contribution you can give to this world. Be open to new thoughts, to new feelings, to new ways of becoming positive and don’t be afraid to reach out for the wisdom of those unlike us! I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy heart for the next year and years after!

Happy Holidays!!

Thoughts on Nubian Heritage’s Indian Hemp & Hatian Vetiver Body Wash

Nubian Heritage Body Wash, Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver


Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil Soap), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm
Kernel), Glycol Stearate (Palm Kernel), Stearamide AMP (Palm Kernel), Cannabis
Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Butyrospermum Parkii
(Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Deionized Water, Essential Oil
Blend, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk (Silk Proteins),
Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver), Azadirachtin Indica (Neem) Oil, Lonicera
Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese
Honeysuckle), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

  After having pretty good success with the body lotion for this line, I decided to look into the body wash. I had been using Burt’s Bees’ Gud line to try and steer my way into a more natural based body wash but didn’t really like this particular wash at all. I have pretty dehydrated skin, and though my legs don’t dry out too often, I do have keratosis on my arms that I knew I needed to keep moisturized and felt like that moisturizing step needed to begin before putting on lotion. The Gud line didn’t provide that for me, so on to the next.

  Like the lotion, this body wash worked really well for my body except for my chest and back. The body wash definitely did not strip my skin, it even helped to calm down my keratosis, but I just felt like it was aiding my chest and back breakouts. There were several times during this past summer where my air conditioning broke and lead to 3 day periods with no cooling system at work. Because of this, I didn’t want to smear on lotions or body butters that I would sweat off immediately so I didn’t apply anything on after my showers. When I did this, my body felt very comfortable, not dry, and my chest and back breakouts started to look better. I realized that with this product, at least for me, you can’t layer on anything else if it’s in an area that is prone to breakouts. I think that this body wash either leaves an unnoticeable layer of misturization or film that’s enough by itself in problem areas OR the body wash just doesn’t clean off any extra layers of moisture that  I have slathered on from the previous day leading to clogged pores. Not sure which one of it is, but I just steared clear of using this on my chest and back. I also noticed that it caused similar types of issues to my underarm areas. I didn’t get breakouts but I would start to smell WAY faster and sooner than I ever have before. I think it’s, again, because it either left some invisible and unoticeable film or it just focuses more on moisturizing, not deep cleansing, so any deoderant or bacteria was not washed away. (When I say unoticeable film, I mean you can’t feel something greasy or slimy. It doesn’t feel like anything’s SITTING on your skin, but your body still feels moisturized or comfortable. And though I mention that I don’t think this wash deep cleanses, I do feel like it does cleanse.)

   The scent is obviously close to the lotion and I really enjoy it.  It looks almost like a pearly dark beige when squeezed out of the bottle and I think it’s wonderful if you don’t have problematic areas or don’t moisturize after showers. I even use it to shave and it works better than shaving creams that cause your skin to feel dry once they’re rinsed off. If anything, I can see myself buying this as a replacement for shaving creams. It is a bit pricier than other body washes, having cost me about 12 bucks, BUT this lasted me for at least 4-5 months (I can’t remember if I purchased it in May or June). I won’t be repurchasing at the moment only because I want the most simplistic body care routine and the fact that I had to use a different soap on my chest, back and underarms did not allow me to attain that personal goal.  I would definitely recommend trying it out, but just observe the areas that you tend to break out in if you are also putting lotion on after showers. In my book, this gets a 4/5.

My experience with Nubian Heritage’s Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Lotion

So I think it best to begin this review by giving some semi-detailed insight as to how I eventually came about this product. As I’m sure most are now well aware , the natural craze within the beauty industry has sky rocketed. But I remember when this was not so- when the idea of going ‘natural’ was still new, when now well known natural brands were still going through their primary product packaging as they were introduced to the world…and even back THEN (4-5 years ago) the idea of natural was much more common than say 2005-06 (the earliest dates I’ve seen for forum posts about hollistic approaches and the like).

Anywho. So around 2007 I had searched around for a curly hair specialized salon to finally get my hair trimmed and shaped. I had not been to a salon, legitimately, for this type of service since I was a toddler. My mother was always the one to trim my hair after I washed it and that was all I knew. By 2007, at age 17, I then began to feel like I needed a little more oomph in my step and the rest was history. It initiated the interest in natural products for my hair and with the knowledge from that stemmed the intrigue of dabbling into organic and natural ways to treat both my facial and body skin issues. As of recently I have also branched into internal ways to be a cleaner eater and the introduction of fitness on a more serious level. It’s fascinating how much of a domino effect it all really is.


One of the first ‘organic’, ‘natural’, or whatever they want to try and market it as, lotions I used was Jergen’s. They came out with I believe 2-3 different scents that were supposed to have oils as a main ingredient and as I was attempting to move on to products with less chemicals, I became a sucker. (Please note that the different Jergens Naturals scents may not have all been oil based. I can’t really remember much about the whole line they were trying to introduce. I just know I had it in my posession for about 24 hours and it wasn’t all that natural) I went to my local Target, bought one, came home and looked up reviews, (a totally backwards way of doing things) and read about the formaldehydes within the ingredients. I returned the lotion and did more searching. I had my eye on Nubian Heritage Hemp lotion for about 6 months before I decided to shell 9 bucks (on sale) for it and I finally purchased it January of 2012. To tell you the truth, I can’t even remember what I was using before but I know they weren’t as natural as this baby.


Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Deionized Water, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Ceteareth 20 (Emulsifying Wax), Castor Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Vegetable Blend, Carbomer, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vetiveria Zizaniodes (Vetiver), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Extract), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (*Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient).

The ingredient list is semi-hefty, but besides maybe the Carbomer (?) and the emulsifying wax, there is nothing in this list that is a chemical (to my knowledge).  I really love this lotion. It does have shea butter as one of the main ingredients and unfortunately it is too heavy for my breakout prone chest and back. Other than that, I use this on my entire body and it works great. The more you put on the silkier you will feel, but because of the price point I tend to only put enough to moisturize. The scent is awesome to me; definitely gender neutral but I do feel like it has a tiny hint of masculinity in the scent (but it’s not a masculine scent if that makes sense). So the biggest hits with this lotion for me is that 1. It calms down my Keratosis and 2. Diminishes stretch marks. Yup, it does both for me. After I moisturize my whole body I usually put a little extra on my Keratosis that I have on my upper arms and they are now about 95%  of the way smooth. I also make sure to apply some on my bum area, where I have stretch marks, and within 2 weeks tops I saw results. My marks aren’t completely gone because I stopped using the lotion half way through to try a different brand (I’m always trying things out and am too impatient to wait for each bottle to finish before doing so), but if I had used it all the way through, I’m pretty sure I would see bigger results.

I will note that I finally am about 2 applications away from done with this bottle,it being October, and the shea butter’s scent is starting to become a little more dominant. In the grand scheme of things, that took about 10 months to happen, you still smell the other notes in the fragrance, and if you use this lotion on a daily basis I think you’ll finish it up within 3-5 months. I will also note that this isn’t the typical liquidy ‘lotion consistency’, though I’m sure with a look at the ingredients you would already know that.

I have a stash of other things in my cabinet that I need to try out and then I intend to toy around with making my own body butters. But if that doesn’t work out, then I’m definitely going back to this brand and I’ll try out their other scents.

(P.S. I am aware that hollistic life styles have been around since the beginning of time and are still present in Eastern cultures especially. My initial paragraph is referring to the re-introduction of this lifestyle in commercial America)

Muscle Tee Week ft…. Skirts!

See! I told you I was moving on from mixing muscle tees with trousers! And what a fabulous day that has brought indeed. I really can’t say enough about the versatility of these things.  And from the top set above, I can’t help but just gawk over the middle outfit. It’s the skirt. The outfit all together is so appealing to me and it may be that it’s on the verge of tacky ( maybe? :D), or that the skirt just alludes to the 90s but I love it either way. I will note that I’m not too fond of the glitter toe on the shoe for this look, but I couldn’t find another replicate sans glitter.
The bottom set, for me is like striking gold. Can you imagine looking so glamorous with the comfort of a t-shirt tank? And a muscle-tee at that? Now let’s all just be honest here and agree that when saying ‘muscle-tee’ we never associate it with glam. That’s what makes this outfit so great. Let’s raise the roof.

For information on the items shown, you can find them on it’s polyvore page here!

Muscle Tee Week Day 2

So these are going to be the final sets of Muscle Tee shirts that are paired with trousers…promise! Obviously the look is pretty easy to do, and it’s really fun to dress up a basic muscle tee with some funky printed bottoms. But can we get away from the easy veratility of muscle tees for a minute to discuss those flats..I love them!

To check out the set and its detail, you can visit it’s polyvore page here!

Muscle Tee Week

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So…I think I’m going to profess this week as Muscle Tee week. This is my second outfit made with one (though the previous set posted could pass off as just a regular tank) and I can’t get anough of them. I have a couple more saved in drafts for me to work with and I think I’ll just go ahead and make it a theme this week.

I think this is probably one of my favorite sets so far (because I’ve done so many, right?) I just feel like it has both class and attitude and who doesnt wan’t that in an outfit? Plus, it really does cater to the laziness syndrome I’ve been having lately (well, atleast the tee does).

There’s just something about muscle tees that make me feel like even though they are supposed to be really casual and carefree, they seem way more put together than just a regular scoop neck tank. Maybe its the extra skin that they allow to peek through that I find to be so flattering, but they are just perfect in my mind right now.

They also seem to work perfectly with nice trousers. Usually if I’m thinking of going casual, I feel uncomfortable if I don’t have SOMETHING on that’s more clean cut, whether it be jewelry or the bottoms I’m wearing. Wearing muscle tees with loose trousers like the ones shown above is like decieving people into thinking you put a lot of thought into what you’re wearing when really you are as comfortable as the next person who threw something on. It’s just great.

As always, if interested in any of the items shown in this set, you can find more information about them on their set page here.

Knee High comfort

Knee High comfort

So this set was made with the idea of having to run errands while feeling incredibly lazy. I think the tucked in shirt and the loafers give it a clean look, but I don’t think the outfit in it’s entirety would be too fussy at all.

Laziness when it comes to getting dressed has been probably the number one adjective to describe my mood anytime I have to leave the house lately. Why is that? I know I’m not the only one who gets ready with that mindset but it’s just so funny to me. I used to put so much effort into looking nice when going to school, and then you fast forward to me now where I just throw on a maxi and some flip flops and I’m out the door.
I guess it could be worse. I could be going out in cartooned pajama pants and a tank while grocery shopping.

If interested in any of the items within this set, you can follow this link to it’s polyvore set page!

I’m a cozy and a dressy!

I'm a cozy and a dressy!

Polyvore. Have you used it lately? Or ever?

I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of it seemed a little…cliche? It seemed that if you were into fashion and were in tune with it’s relationship with the online world, that you most likely sat around making polyvore sets with nothing else better to do. (Farfetched?)

Well (my?) stereotypes aside, I decided to finally utilize the website in its entirety and figured I would make my very own first set. My respect for this portion of the website thoroughly increased. First off, though I do not see myself creating sets with all of those fancy backgrounds and inspiration collages any time…ever…I will say that that crap takes A LOT of work. I initially thought that it was kind of silly (just being honest here..) to go through all that business just to accompany your outfit set, but they do create a really complete inside look into what the user was inspired by, which is kind of cool. Second, there have been times where I have fantasize about the wonderful things I could create if my closet was a tad bit bigger. Unfortunately, I would then be awoken by the fact that I, like most, do not have the funds to continuously feed my closet with amazing pieces to aid every expressive impulse. This website does that. The only downside is that you may not be able to wear it, BUT just the journey of selecting items and changing concepts in your head with the endless amount of options they have almost equally meets that quench for expression.

Basically, though I may be real late to the game here, this website seems to be a really good option for exploring different ideas and styles you’ve never ventured into before for free and with an endless online closet. Awesome.

If curious about any of the items posted within the image, you can visit this set on polyvore here!