Friday, January 31, 2014

Khaled Hosseini - And The Mountains Echoed (My New Read)


I am a big fan of Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns now has a new novel called And the Mountains Echoed.

I love Khaled Hosseini's books because they make me feel like I am traveling with him from Kabul some other middle eastern country to America, to Europe all while learning the ins and outs of another culture. I have read the The Kite Runner and the A Thousand Splendid Suns with such delight and interest and curiosity and he took me on his journeys. The narrative is so alive, vivid and real that if he was walking and talking in the dirt fields barefooted with his Baba you would feel like you were a part of it.

I have been so busy with work and my blog that I did not even realize that a new book came out until I saw a Book Club notice in lobby of my building. While I have no time for a book club, I will be enjoying this book on the train to and from work.

If you love to read and love novels that remove you from your current mindset into an exotic and education journey then any book from will be a favorite.

Below are Links to all three books. Check Them Out!! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Style An Old BraidOut on Natural Hair - Tutorial




Hey Loves,

There are so many things you can do with an old braid out or twist out on your natural hair. In this video I show you 4 natural hair styles from a braid out. Natural hair styles can be quick, easy and fun!

Watch the video above. Let me know which of the 4 styles you preferred.

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Vegetarian Challenge Food Shopping



Hey loves!

So, as I plan for this 14 Days No Meat Vegetarian Challenge, I realize that I need to go food shopping soon. I better get this shopping list in order. I will not be going crazy in the supermarket getting every veggie in site - I need to start slow. If you don't know what your doing either, I suggest you go slow with me. Lol!


First, think of what meals you want in the first few days. Google recipes and see what you might want to try. Make sure your list has items that are rich in vitamins, Protein, Iron, Zinc and Fiber. We want to make sure our meals are balanced so we get the most out of this experience. Also, I will post here and the Facebook Page as I come across recipes or ideas that I love. I know I will be on my smoothie game and I think I will be trying steamed veggies and grains and salads and potatoes maybe.

Ok....now to my list:
  • Bag of leafy greens (baby spinach, kale, chard) for salad, cooking and smoothie 
  • Red Cabbage 
  • Sweet peppers
  • Onions
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Wholewheat Couscous 
  • Quinoa
  • Red skin potatoes 
  • Plantains
  • Potatoes
  • Mushroom
  • Salad dressing 
  • Egg
  • Frozen mix fruits for smoothies. 
  • Navel oranges and tangerines
  • Banana 

**pardon my crabby handwriting. hehe!
I often drink a homemade smoothie few times a week. Maybe now I will make smoothies more often as they do fill me up and give me a glass full of goodness. I will post pics and recipes for some of my smoothies when I make them.

What will you be shopping for?


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Join Me on this 14 Day Vegetarian Challenge

Hey Loves,
Photo Credit: www.vegetariantimes.com

From February 1st to 14th I will be embarking on a 14 Day Vegetarian Challenge and I want you guys to come aboard with me. 

So, I was inspired to reserve 14 days out of February to do my body good and not eat meat for that period and instead eat all things vegetable, fruits and ground produce and even some fish occasionally. While, I am not going vegan, this vegetarian challenge should do my body well and yours too. I will be documenting my journey on the blog with daily posts as a way to push me and also you to complete the challenge and not slack off.

Note, I am not a nutritionist nor do I claim to be one. However I have done my research and know that detoxing your body from meat and processed foods can do your body good. And to be honest, would 14 days be that bad to take off from consuming meats and such so we can treat our body good and feed it with what the earth provides?

You Choose how strict you want to be. There are different types of vegetarians. The top 3 are:

1. Pescatarian (Eat no meat but eats fish)
The word “pescatarian” is occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. Although the word is not commonly used, more and more people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or as a stepping stone to a fully vegetarian diet.

2. Vegetarian (Eat no meat or fish but eats egg and dairy)
When most people think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians. People who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products are lacto-ovo vegetarians (“lacto” comes from the Latin for milk, and “ovo” for egg).
Lacto-vegetarian is used to describe a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, but does eat dairy products.

3. Vegan (Eat no meat, fish, egg or dairy product)
Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin. Many vegans also refrain from eating foods that are made using animal products that may not contain animal products in the finished process, such as sugar and some wines. There is some debate as to whether certain foods, such as honey, fit into a vegan diet.

Photo Credit: www.frommysweetheart.com

As we journey through the challenge, I will post pics of my meals daily so I can share with you guys. I will also post recipes that I find to help us be more creative with our food so we don't get bored. Also, on the daily posts I will provide upload options so you can upload pics of your meals to the blog and share with us. We need to motivate each other.

So will you join me on this 14 Day No Meat Vegetarian Challenge? Come on.....tell your body YES!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Shea Moisture Mango & Carrot For Kids

Hey Loves!

You remember as a child you hated wash day? I know you remember the pain from tangles and your Mom or Sister or Auntie fighting to get them loose. If only back then Shea Moisture For Kids existed right? Yea I feel the same way.

This weekend my lovely God Daughter Lily enjoyed her wash day with Shea Moisture Mango&Carrot Kids Line. If you have a daughter or little sister who hate wash day, then I suggest that you head over to your nearest Target store and get the full line of Shea Moisture Mango&Carrot for Kids. 


Shea Moisture Mango & Carrot
Lily Loving Wash Day with Shea Moisture Mango & Carrot

Lily enjoyed her wash day so much that she knocked out my rinse time. No 'ouch', no pain - instead she was left with soft, manageable, moisturize hair. 

Thanks Shea Moisture! Oh and Lily say Thank You too!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

14 Days - Vegan Challenge With Island Essence

14 Days - Vegan Challenge With Island Essence

Hey Loves!

My best-friend Trudy from Island Essence started a 14 Day Vegan Diet Challenge and I thought you guys would just love to join her. She decided to be more conscious of the food she eats and I believe we all need to start watching what goes into our body.

Her 14 Day Vegan challenge is a collaboration with the Kushites Vegetable Cuisine in Kingston Jamaica. So, if you are in Jamaica then you know where to go to get vegan meals. However if you are here in America, your choices are endless. I have done this challenge before using meals and grocery from Trader Joe's, Pret and Whole Foods as these places have tons of vegan choices along with your neighborhood supermarket. Just remember: no meat, no dairy, no fish!  Only natures gifts.

CLICK HERE to check out her blog for details on the challenge and join her.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Featured Naturalista - IconicAfricana

IconicAfricana

Featured Naturalista: IconicAfricana


I first met this lovely angel on the street of New York on my way from the Let Your Hair Down Expo and had to stop and take a pic of her Fro. It was a creature by itself flowing in the wind as she rush to get to the expo before it ended. Isnt she and her Fro just gorgeous? To find out a little bit more about her please read below and check out her Youtube channel (IconicAfricanaand Instagram as well.

Introduce yourself.
Hello! My name is Temitope Olatunbosun (most know me by Felicia).  I am 22 years old and a recent graduate.  

What made you decide to go natural?
I decided to return my hair to its natural state because I truly missed the uniqueness of my natural hair. I saw my younger sister watching YouTube videos of ladies and their natural hair and I was completely inspired.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

OOTD | Casual Date Night



Hey Loves!

The Babe and I decided to go on a casual date night out on the town. I didn't feel like being dressy so I grabbed a sweater and jeans. I dressed it up with a few accessories and it came together really well.


ooooh! Oh please tell me what you think of my hair. I was sooooo feeling myself and my old braid out. I swear I love old braid outs.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome and Thank You

Shelly GlamNaturalLife
Welcome & Thank You


Hey Loves! 

Welcome to Glam Natural Life! Here I  will take you on my journey to longer healthier natural hair and natural living while sharing other bits and pieces of my life.  

On this blog you will find articles on natural hair tips, natural hair styles, product reviews, fashion, and health and wellness articles including nutritious foods, skin care, etc. Go ahead and look around.

My number one goal is to encourage our women to love themselves as God created us. I strive to encourage (not force) all women to wear their natural hair and love themselves as well as to feed our minds with positive thoughts and feed our bodies with natural foods. 

I encourage you to have conversations on this blog and if you have questions or just need support then leave comments or email me and I will always respond. 

To My Long Time Supporters and avid readers - Thank You! You know I love yah!

Stay tune for more articles. I publish new posts every week. To never miss a blog post Sign up to the Newsletter. Click Here To Signup For Newsletter. Also check out the Youtube Channel.


Until next time, Be Well and Speak Positivity into your life!
~Love Shelly 

OOTD | Engagement brunch

OOTD - Heading To My Surprise Engagement Brunch



OOTD | Engagement brunch
Dress: Forever 21
Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Hey Loves! 

So, last week Sunday I got dressed up for date with my now fiancĂ©. He told me he was taking me to a play. Only to get to the place and it's a surprise Engagement Brunch. It was so nice of my friends to plan this. Anyway below are pictures of my outfit. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Featured Naturalista: Micca Whaley

Featured Naturalista: Micca Whaley


Where are you from? 
I am from South Carolina.

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you? 
This is really hard. I guess I would say that because I tend to carry myself in a "I take myself pretty seriously" way to some, most people are very shocked to learn that I am a complete nut. I mean I'm very silly and down right immature at times. Haha! I can also cross stitch and crochet.


Having Fun with the FRO!

How long have you been natural? 
I have been natural for about 4 weeks now! I'm a baby natural but I'm so happy that I finally did it!

Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When? 
My last relaxer was February 2013. I transitioned for 10 months before cutting the relaxed ends on December 8, 2013. But I like to think I did my big chop, kind of, before I really transitioned. I cut my relaxed hair into a pixie cut in March 2013 and then let it grow from there with mini trims every two months or so.

Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water


Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water


Hey Loves!

Did you know that there are many benefits to be reaped from drinking Lemon water? This is very true. Last year I decided to lay off of drinking carbonated beverages and juices from concentrate. Now I only drink fresh smoothies that I make myself, water and lemon water.

If you want me to post articles on making smoothies then let me know in the comment section below. Today we are going to talk about the benefits of drinking lemon water and why you should include it in your diet. 

First lets establish something: Water is good for you and we need to consume a lot of it on a daily bases. You might think this is crazy, but when you stop drinking sodas and juices high with fructose syrup you will be craving water more and won't even realize how much you are drinking it. 

Lemon is an excellent source of nutrients for you. We see lemon as decorative garnish for drinks in restaurants and bars. However we often do not realize that lemon is a big sack of nutrients. In one lemon you can find a high concentration of Vitamin C and B-Complex, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Fiber. Yes all that in one lemon.

Add a few slices of orange for a sweeter taste


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

December Favorites

December Favorites!


OMG! Can you believe that December is over? Where did the time go?

December was a great month for me. I tried a lot of new stuff, fell in love with a few products and most importantly I Got ENGAGED!!! Lol!

Check out my December Favorites video below: 



My December Favorites!


Tell me, what were your December Favorites?


Saturday, January 4, 2014

How To Make Natural Face Mask using Aztec Healing Clay

DIY Natural Face Mask with Aztec Healing Clay

DIY Natural Face Mask with Aztec Healing Clay



Hey My Loves!

Have you ever tried to make a Natural Face Mask? Well I have done some research and decide to make my own featuring the Aztec Indian Healing Clay. I was so happy to try this.


So what is this Aztec Healing Clay? This is 100% Calcium Bentonite Clay (nothing added - 100% pure). This is great for clearing up the skin of acne, blackheads, dead skin, other impurities and leave the skin glowing and clean. When mixed properly into a nice paste and apply to the face it, it gets hard after about 15mins. As it hardens, it pulls all bad stuff from under our skin to the surface (like a suction).

Ingredients for the Natural Face Mask
Ingredients for the Natural Face Mask

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year 2014 Budgeting Tips



Happy New Year to you and your Family!!

Hey loves! 

Lets start the new year right, shall we? Lets setup a 2014 budgeting plan. Did you struggle with organizing and handling your finances in 2013? Lets not carry over that bad habit over into 2014. Lets make 2014 a better year financially!

Studies have shown that we, of African american, Caribbean and Latino descent tend to have the worse financial problems in America if not the world. Have you ever stopped to wonder why? The answer: we tend to not budget as effectively and struggle at sticking to a budget. 

I am by no means a financial adviser, however the tips below have helped me with money management - so I figure I would share:

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