Thursday, February 27, 2014

Energy Boosting Smoothie


Energy Boosting Smoothie


I always post pics of my smoothies on Instagram and always get questions about whats in them and that I should start sharing it on the blog. So, I listened....so here goes...

Starting the morning right is important. Your Mum wasn't kidding when she told you that you needed to eat breakfast everyday. You know that saying Breakfast Is For Champions? It's Real! How about starting the day with an Energy Booting Smoothie?

I try my hardest to drink energy boosting smoothies as often as I can. Preferably everyday but sometimes I am in a rush and can't make it every morning - but I try. 

Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipe:

(I don't measure anything except for Maca root powder)
  • 1 Orange (peeled and de-seeded)
  • 1 Banana
  • Kale 
  • Carrot 
  • Handful of Goji Berries
  • 1 Teaspoon maca root powder
Blend and Enjoy!
I like to pour in a mason Jar and run out the door if I am in a rush!

Benefits:
All of these ingredients have energy boosting properties like Vitamin C, A and Potassium. If you haven't tried Maca Root yet, then get familiar with it Girllllll!. Maca root is good for all but mostly beneficial for us chicas. It gives us energy, helps with menstrual pain and regulating or cycle and also increased fertility.

Would you like to see more smoothie recipes? 

Do you make smoothies at home?


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Natural Hair Puff Tutorial with a BANG!


The greatest thing about Natural Hair is that a bad hair day can ALWAYS be fixed with a High Puff. So, in this video I show you how I do a Natural Hair High Puff with a cute Bang.

Play the video below to see the tutorial:


Natural Hair Puff Tutorial with a BANG! 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Khangri Japanese Restaurant Review





Do you love sushi? Do you live in Westchester or the Bronx? What if I told you there is an $22 All-You-Can-Eat high class sushi restaurants hidden in Yonkers NY?

Yes, Khangri is the best thing since slice bread. I am always excited to have dinner here and have been going since it opened and I really should have told you about it before. Well it's still open and serving up good sushi, so better late than never right? I am big foodie and always trying new places and food. This place stil have me coming back.


In a single visit I order at least two large plates of sushi. Lol!

This restaurant is located in the middle of Yonkers Square at 22 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701.  When I first pulled up and saw the big All-You-Can-Eat sign, I thought this got to be some cheap looking place and food. However, when we stepped inside it was nothing but class. Very well decorated and invited. We were the only one there so all services catered to us. Food was great and menu for the all you can eat option is really good with tons of sushi and kitchen options. I love sushi but it always cost me a fortune, so I stuck with the all you can eat menu. Lol!

Now, it's more known so you won't be the only one inside, but nothing has changed. The All-You-Can-Eat menu still exist and the service is still top notch. The owner is always there - even when she had a very ripe pregnant belly - and she greets everyone and makes sure your well taken care of.

I love how colorful and nicely plated the food looks!

So think about it, $22 and you eat all you want at a top notch restaurant? What is there to think about but locating your keys and wallet and head over for dinner. Also, if you do not want the All-You-Can-Eat option, the full menu is vast and they do everything to order so you can even specialize your order.


What's not to love? Let me know if you went to the Khangri Japanese Restaurant and how was your experience.





Sunday, February 23, 2014

Africa Will See Me One Day



Hey Friends! 
Hope you had a great Valentine's Day and Valentine's Weekend. And, if it's still going, then Happy Valentine Month. Lol!

So Valentine's Day and Weekend was great. I got sentimental Pandora charms from my Fiancé and I treated him to dinner at BoneFish restaurant. I will do a review on that restaurant soon. 

But, today I have to talk about my African Inspired weekend courtesy of my Fiancé. On Saturday, February 15th, we went to the Soweto Gospel Choir Concert at Leman Center For The Performing Arts. It was the best concert I ever been to. The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The 24-strong choir, under the direction of Beverly Bryer, draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto.

Soweto Gospel Choir

They have been paying tribute to the late Nelson Mandela since his unfortunate death in December of last year. They closed the concert with this uplifting and inspirational tribute. Camera were not allowed but I found a video on youtube to share with you. Play the the video below:


For More info visit: http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com/

Now, I do not understand Zulu or any of the other African Languages that they were singing in but let me tell you..... I was mesmerized. Their voices were so alive and perfectly in tune and OMG the dancing had me cracking up boy. Lol! I swear Africans are so happy when they sing and dance. I wanted to go up there and dance with them. Then I had to stop and remind myself that I Am African, robbed of my joy by the white man. Yes, a lot of African influences are still rooted in me as a Jamaican and was fortunate to be born in a time where grandparents were able to tell tales of their slave parents and grandparents and where they came from. However that's nothing compared to being in Africa. I wanted sit there forever listening to what my ancestors might have sounded like; the deep accent, the joyful singing and dancing - while not understanding a word of it. 

Thokoza in I Sing for freedom

Then, as if I wasn't happy enough.....the following Sunday he took me to another African play. This was called Thokoza in I Sing for freedom which is a group of 6 Sistas of different ages and backgrounds but share one common important thing: they are Black Africans (whether born there or not). The director and also one of the six ladies is Thuli Dumakude who was born and raised in South Africa. Her voice was capitvating and had an extensive broadway career as a singer on The Lion King. Let me tell you I wanted to pick this little lady up and take her home and make her tell me every childhood memory she had. But of course that won't happen. Lol! Can't a sister dream. This play was different. It was a storytelling of childhood experiences and of course loads of singing and dancing. This is an older group (one even used a cane) but that did not stop them from dancing.
Below is a YouTube video I found of one of their performances.


Overall my Valentine Weekend was certainly African filled. I couldn't thank my hunny any more. I loved it. And love him for being so true to his roots and culture (or what we have left of it).

Heading out for our African adventures

So what did this whole experience did to me? It make me want a ticket to South Africa. So, after our wedding this is the next big thing to save up for - A trip to South Africa. Africa Will See Me One Day!!

So tell me, what country or countries are on your bucket list to visit before you die?



Monday, February 17, 2014

The Issues with Natural Hair Typing

My Issues With Natural Hair Typing!


So something have been bothering me that I have to address. The obsession with hair typing in the natural hair community truly irritates me. 

I personally think that natural hair typing is another way to class women's hair on a scale of good or bad. If a woman's hair is nappy (4Cs) as they call it, they are encouraged to do something to it so it's more curly. I sometimes feel like we are back to where we started from - thinking that the closer we are to white the better we are. Hence why biracial women are more considered to have good hair than say me who have nappy hair. But guess what, they can think what they want but I Got That Good Black African Hair. Yes Ma'am! With it's many kinks, curls, curves and all - that is my good hair. We all have good hair.

Girls are constantly obsessed with getting a curlier natural hair pattern and are sometimes chastised for wearing their hair as it is in its natural state. Like seriously, is something wrong with her natural hair texture? Not everyone want to maintain a twist-out or braid out or wash and go. Not everyone want to force a looser curl pattern (so called good hair). Just let women be. Let them enjoy their hair. Regardless of what texture they have it's hers'. Let her love it.

It sickens me when I am shopping for hair product and the site says 'choose your hair type'. Then you see all these numbers 3a to 4c. Ummm, My Natural Hair Type Is Black Hair....where do I click? Also, most of us have more than one hair texture on our head. Products should be selected on your hair's need not your hair's texture. I once brought up the topic to a friend and she explained that she can't use 4C hair products because her hair is 3B and those products leave her hair limp and weighed down. I had to correct her and let her know that the amount of that product she used is what weighed her hair down. It's called common sense. You should use what your hair needs.

So that is my rant for today guys! I had to get it off my chest an on paper - now this blog. I want to encourage you women to not allow these charts and categories to define you and let you feel any lesser of your natural hair type or to feel any better of yours than anybody else's. Know that your Black natural hair is unique; it comes in many shape and form and truly the most versatile hair type. Love it and love yourself. 


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Peace & Love!
-Shelly




Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentines Day Pandora Box

Happy Valentine's Day Loves! 

**Make it a Valentines Weekend**

I don't always share none hair/health related stuff but you guys are like my babies! Lol! Anyway, I have to profess my love for Pandora Box. You can always find something that represent what you are feeling, occasions, events, hobbies....almost everything.

For this Valentines Day, my fiance got me  two charms to add to my Pandora bracelet. I was so happy. I thought it was very thoughtful and sweet so I had to share with you guys. Hehe!

Heart Of Love and Engagement Ring Charm!

We got engaged on Dec 7th of last year so this is our first valentines day together as an engaged couple. He got me an engagement ring charm to symbolize our promise to each other and a heart glass charm to emphasize our love. Isn't that just the sweetest thing. I swear I love this man to pieces.


My Pandora Bracelet: Every Charm Has Personal Meaning
***My hubby ordered these charms from http://www.reeds.com which an authorized Pandora Retailer.

Did you celebrate Valentines Day? 

What did you do for your loved one?


Friday, February 14, 2014

Featured Naturaslista: Lesley Taylor

Featured Naturaslista: Lesley Taylor

Where are you from? 
I am from Pooler, Ga. Right outside of Savannah. I host a youtube channel (InspiringlyNatural)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Global Couture SupportASista


Hey Loves!

So...its February...Black History Month. So naturally I want to go out of my way to support a Black Owned company and highlight them as best as I can. I want to introduce you to Global Couture, an apparel and accessories company owned by a Naturalista. Do you want bold, chic natural hair inspired T-shirts, hair accessories, bow ties, earrings, necklaces, totes, iphone cases, and curly girl mugs? Then head over to http://www.globalcouture.net To get a 10% off discount, use code GlamLife at checkout (valid now until Feb 21st). Lets Support A Sista!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

SheaMoisture Smooth and Repair Product Review

SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Conditioning Shampoo

SheaMoisture Smooth and Repair
The SheaMoisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Day2 of 14Day Vegetarian Challenge

Day2 of 14Day Vegetarian Challenge



Hey Loves,

I have been enjoying the challenge so far. I have not been missing meat - AT ALL 

Today was a rough day. I had migraine pains from last night which carried over into today. So naturally I did not want to do anything. 

For breakfast, Derrick made a yummy smoothie for breakfast from kale, banana and Orange. It was do yummy and really filling. I did not want lunch because I was still quite full. 

Day1 of 14Day Vegetarian Challenge

Day1 of 14Day Vegetarian Challenge


Hey Guys!

My 14 Day No Meat Vegetarian Challenge has begun! Excited mucho mucho! Lol! I am also excited that a good number of ladies and gents have decided to do this challenge with me. Now I don't feel alone. Also, Maggi from CluelessCurl have joined me on this challenge and we will both be documenting the challenge and supporting each other. Please go check out her blog. She is such a positive person, Eco-lover and tries to live clean with every passing day. 

So, yesterday February 1st was day 1 of the challenge. I woke up and reminded myself that this is not just a challenge but a change in lifestyle. I hope this challenge will allow me to fall in love with more earthy foods and improve the health of my household. Yes people......the Fiancé is supporting the challenge and also excited to see how it will affect his health. He is much better at making smoothies than I can so he is the official Smoothie Master in this challenge. 

So here is a break down of what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast 

I wasn't that hungry so I had a banana and orange and drank some black tea that I got from Teavana. 


Brunch
My friends Krista and Yana took my fiancé and I out for brunch at a Jamaican spot in Soho to celebrate our engagement. 



I went back to my Jamaican roots and ordered the Jamaican Breakfast: Ackee, callaloo, plantains and festival. Yummy! Now I miss my mommy's cooking. 




Dinner
For Dinner I took over.  I loved it. No meat but still taste good and filling.

I made a lovely dinner of couscous, steamed cabbage with sweet onions, fried ripe plantains and freshly sliced cucumber. Served with a glass of lemon water.


What did you eat today? Share with us. 

See you tomorrow. Let's learn and grow together. 


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