• Flat Stomach
    Diet & Fitness

    5 Flat Stomach Tricks

    The weather is finally starting to warm up a bit here in NYC. As it gets warmer many of us immediately begin to wonder how a flat stomach factors into our warm weather clothes. Personally, having a flat stomach is an ongoing struggle for me. I have good days/spans of times and then moments where my belly is bloated. As someone who has experienced all stages of a flat stomach, I do have some flat stomach tips and tricks to share ! Besides a regular fitness regiment and clean eating, a flat stomach can be maintained or encouraged in several ways.   1. Eat well. A healthy diet consisting of…

  • cooking is better with spice islands
    Food,  Lifestyle

    Cooking is Better with Spice Islands

    In life, good food is everything. Tasty nutritious food is super important to me right now, especially since I’m given myself some fitness goals. I definitely have reasons why I want to get fit. When Spice Islands invited me to come see how their seasonings could create flavorful dishes I had to go see for myself. Spice Islands is a line of premium spices and seasonings. They follow strict specifications to deliver a higher quality and more flavorful product. The Spice Islands brand is set apart by 4 quality points: Source, Spec, Volatile Oil and Process. They responsibly source their product from a network of farmers throughout the world. Spice…

  • Humidity Proof Curly Hair
    Beauty,  Natural Hair

    Humidity Proof Hair Products

    Ever look outside, see that its a rainy day and wish your hair was humidity proof? Humidity proof hair is possible, but first you need the right humidity proof hair products. Humidity can turn a good hair day into a bad hair day but that doesn’t have to happen to you. I have had some issues with humidity, but my hair stylist Tamika Wesley’s tips on humidity proofing my curly natural hair helped. Read on for her recommendations on humidity proof hair products to try now. Here are 6 Humidity Proof Hair Products you don’t want to miss.   Ouidad- Advanced Climate Control System This line is built to stop frizz before…

  • Spring Cleaning
    Lifestyle

    Spring Cleaning The Easy Way

    It’s that time of the year, the days get brighter and you know Spring has arrived. Winter weather may still be lingering, along with all the mess of hibernating indoors for months. Even if you clean your place often, being indoors for so long makes spring cleaning a must. Read on for tips on Spring cleaning the easy way. First you have to understand that Spring cleaning is not to be confused with your regular weekly/daily cleaning routine. Spring cleaning is for those things that get used or ignored all winter long. See whats dirty As I mentioned, spring cleaning is not your regular cleaning routine. Take a look at…

  • Humidity Proof Curly Hair
    Beauty,  Natural Hair

    Humidity Proof Curly Natural Hair

    Humidity proof curly natural hair is like a unicorn to me. Humidity is the worst if you have curly natural hair. I have been getting some really cute twist outs lately, but then after being outside for a few minutes my hair would become a shrunken mess. After being super frustrated during a humid week in NYC I reached out to hair stylist, Tamika Wesley. Tamika knows all hair types and has magically gotten my kinky-coily 4b hair into shape too. Read on for her steps on how to humidity proof your curly natural hair. Step 1 Shampoo With A Sulfate Based Product Shampoo aids to cleanse the hair and…

  • spring clean makeup
    Beauty

    Spring Clean Makeup in 3 Steps

    Spring is here and you have probably cleaned everything, but there is one category you may have overlooked. How about having Spring clean makeup? Here are 3 steps to Spring clean your makeup collection. Whether you have just a few items, or several containers full you’re going to want to try these steps to get your makeup in order. Lay everything Out I’m going to be honest and say I do have a lot of makeup. I may not have a makeup collection like the top YouTube beauty vloggers, but as a blogger who covers beauty I have enough to fill up a few containers. On top of a table,…

  • Beauty

    Facials, Wink Brow Bar

    Facials at Wink Brow Bar have to be one of the best facials in NYC. I was asked to come in to try their new facial services, and at first I was a little hesitant. I have gotten several facials over the last couple of years and while most of the facial sessions were good, some were too harsh for my Black skin. However, the facial I got from Wink Brow Bar is honestly one of my best experiences. I arrived and met with Zara Mohsin, Visiting skincare expert at Wink Brow Bar. I was immediately put at ease by her warm personality. I went into the room used for…

  • Spring Fashion with Vionic
    Lifestyle

    Spring Fashion with Vionic Shoes

    I was invited to Lord & Taylor to an evening of Secrets to Spring Style with Vionic, hosted by ELLE Magazine & blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam. Spring is around the corner so Spring fashion styles are everything right now. I picked up some great tips to use for this coming Spring season. The evening featured an exclusive Q&A with Julia Engel and ELLE magazine editors.  They revealed how to incorporate the most coveted Spring fashion secrets into your everyday routine. There was also a preview of the Vionic Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Here is what I learned. Dresses are Everything It may seem like a basic clothing item, or something to keep…

  • My Eyebrow Threading Experience, Wink Brow Bar
    Beauty

    Eyebrow Threading, My Wink Brow Bar Experience

    My Wink Brow Bar experience just happened and it was right on time. My eyebrows and I have had a complicated relationship when it comes to eyebrow threading. For years it would grow crazy fast and in different directions, but now we are in a good place. It took a while to get here though. Years ago, after what seemed like ages of grooming my brows, it finally began to grow in one direction like normal eyebrows. Initially tweezing them was my thing; it took time and didn’t last long but I couldn’t afford anything else. Later, threading took the beauty industry by storm. For about $7, I could have…

  • Why I Want to Get Fit. www.smartsagittarius.com
    Diet & Fitness

    Why I Want to Get Fit

    Why I want to get fit is something I realized I needed to consider. Sometime in 2017  I decided that I was “fat” and needed to drop 20 pounds.  I wanted to get back the body I had in my early twenties. Then I realized I was being unrealistic about why I want to get fit. In my early twenties I had a young metabolism on my side and I had a highly active lifestyle. I was out more, involved in sports and  I would burn off calories from dancing with my friends in the club every night. Seriously, I would be dancing like a maniac for about 4 hours straight…