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A Productive Sunday

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UPDATED w/BRAID-OUT RESULTS PICS

I’m pretty proud of myself as I managed to get a lot done yesterday! My to do list?:

  1. Hot yoga (75 min. class) 
  2. Grocery shopping 
  3. Wash/Style hair 
  4. Laundry 
  5. Watch “Inside Man” (loaned to me 3 weeks ago) 
  6. Write 

One, two, three and five are complete. Four is in progress, with two loads done and put away, one in the dryer and one in the washer. And, yeah, working on number five right now;)!

As to the hair, I decided on a braid-out. Here is the wash weekend run down:

  • Pre-pooed/DC with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner mixed with Vatika oil.
  • Placed hair in 6 twists.
  • Shampooed in twists with diluted DevaCare No Poo.
  • Conditioned with Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (review coming soon!)
  • Detangled under water stream with diluted Herbal Essences Hello Hydration applied directly over Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm.
  • Rinsed.
  • Applied modified Kimmaytube leave-in (2 tbsp Kinky Curly Knot Today, 2 tbsp aloe vera juice, 1 tsp JBCO/EVOO mix).
  • Used shampoo brush to do a final detangle and evenly distribute leave-in through hair.
  • Set hair in 14 braids.
  • Sealed ends with Wild Growth Hair Oil Light.
  • Lightly oiled scalp with Wild Growth Hair Oil (original formula).

I finished my hair before leaving to hit the grocery stop and made a pitstop at Sally’s to pick up this:

You see, I was wearing a hat to camouflage my braids, but was worried about the hat messing up my roots. And, I’d been thinking about getting a fitted cap to wear under my hats for a while because, unfortunately, my satin bonnet often stick out of the sides like a saggy diaper!! *lol* And, a satin scarf caused a similar issue as it has too much material to hide. So, I remembered the Dri Sweat Active Wear Style Protector Cap and decided it was time to get one. At $3.99 (or $3.49 with Sally’s Club Card), not a bad investment as I think it’ll be great to wear under my non-lined hats come this fall and winter! And, because it has netting, it’ll be cooler than a bonnet!

So, this is what I plan on sleeping in and I hope that it’ll keep my edges smooth, while still allowing airflow o that my hair will finish drying overnight *fingers crossed*!!


In other news, I’m feeling pretty good because I completed week 2 of The Biggest Loser Cardio Max program (5 days), did Abs of Steel 5 days last week, threw in a 12 Minute Full Body Blast Ketttlebell workout on day 5 and did hot yoga too. I also had a dose of Green Vibrance most days of the week and ate well, with the exception of one slip-up on Saturday. I was going for healthy when I ordered a grilled chicken Caesar salad at a local pizza spot. But … DUY!! I forgot to order the dressing on the side and they DRENCHED the lettuce in Caeser! Dang. Oh well, I think hot yoga worked it out though!! Whew!! Talk about drenched!! Wei went with me and he said he doesn’t think he’s ever sweat so much in his entire life! Anywho, I finally got past the first two weeks of the Cardio Max work-out!! Week 3 and Jillian Michaels, here I come!!

And, that’s all she wrote! Literally! Well, almost …

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Did you get to check off all (or most) of the items off your “to do” list this weekend?

Ladies Who Lunch

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I haven’t done an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) in a while … mostly because it’s a little hard to take the pics of myself in the mirror, but also because no outfit has really moved me too much lately. But, I came up with this look that I really liked. I’ve mentioned before that I love mixing patterns … I also enjoy being a style chameleon and wearing outfits that reflect different eras and influences.

Well, I’ve had this cropped cardigan and asymmetrical “tweed-look” skirt for years and never thought to put them together (at least, not as far as I can remember). So, when I pulled out the skirt today and looked up to see the cardi with the same exact dark taupe and dusty rose pink in a complementary geometric pattern … I thought, “How did I never think of this before?” I snagged a white and dark taupe tank, some pearls, a few gold and white accessories and these Vince Camuto peep-toes platforms and … voilà. Ladies Who Lunch ;)!

As to the hair. You can see that I was rocking the messy side-braided ponytail again, but this time I started it higher and braided the base more tightly.

And that’s that.

Okay, short poll time!! Aaaaaand … I’m letting you guys answer anonymously in the hopes that more of you will participate ;).

RIP Friend

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Front row, third from the left.

Lost a member of my childhood church family to cancer today. She was only 32 years old. She helped get us all together last September for a reunion of our Junior Gospel Choir in honor of our retiring director/pianist. She helped create a memory that will last a lifetime. It feels so surreal. Just wanted to share this in her memory. RIP Latisha. You are at peace and rest with our God now and we know that He doesn’t make mistakes. We love and will miss you.

Evolution of 6 Chunky Twists

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Good morning ladies! Hope that you are all well! It’s Thursday … 2 more days to go! Anywho, this is just a quick “This Week’s Hair” update post! If you remember, I mentioned in my Henna Weekend post on Monday that I planned to put my hair in 4-6 big twists after rinsing my conditioner in the morning. Well, I did and I left them in for work, only pulling them back into a low ponytail for the day.


On Tuesday morning, I released them for a twist-out and tried to do a side part. However, that right side was being barely wavy like it’s wont to be. So, I French braided the top back a little, then braided the rest of the hair. These pics are after work and before I worked-out. 


I didn’t like how flat my hair was, so I decided to fluff it.


I was LOVING it now! … But, had to stick it in a bun to work-out. So, I applied a litte Wild Growth Hair Oil Light to the length first and quickly put it up. I had plans to set it in a dry braid-out that night (really loving braid-outs now!) … but it never happened and I went to bed with the bun and bonnet. The next morning, the curls/waves had been stretched and flattened by the bun and my hair was looking wild (not big wild, but slept badly wild … *lol*). So, I remembered a pic I had just seen of Lea Michele from Glee a day or two previously …

And I decided to do a quick, messy side braid for work on Wednesday.


(Click pics to enlarge.)

I probably should have started the braid a little higher. But, oh well *shrugging shoulders* … it worked. Ended up bunning it again for Cardio Max and bed. Don’t know what today holds, but I’ll probably just redo the bun to neaten it up for work and keep it moving.

HAPPY THURSDAY!!

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Do your twist/braid-outs evolve? If so, how?

Community

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Okay, here is another installment of “Random Things Shelli Likes” post ;)! In fact, that should say “Loves!” So, Community is one of those little jewels that is right up my alley with its silly, irreverent, clever and absurd characters and stories. This is a series that definitely has hits and misses. Sometimes you have to wade through some pretty ho-hum episodes … but it’s sooooo worth it. Because, when they get it right?  They get it sooooo RIGHT!! This episode was one of those times.

The plot? Our cast of characters all attend Greendale Community College. A friendly campus-wide paintball game has taken a drastic turn and a war now ensues. Why? Because the prize is … Priority Registration. The last man standing has first choice when scheduling classes in the fall. GO!

MODERN WARFARE

Best … episode … EVER.

I’m so happy that it got renewed for a fourth season!!! It was touch and go there for a while! I was going to be devastated if it didn’t return as there is so little “Theatre of the Absurd” type TV out there to feed my predilection for clever, geeky silliness. And so, for my other Community fans out there, how AWESOME is this poster:)?!?!?

(I REALLY need to start watching Dr. Who as I hate knowing that I’m missing out on hilarious references. Plus, I don’t want to chance getting my “Geek” card revoked. ;))  

Henna Weekend

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It was a long-overdue henna day this past weekend! My grey roots were a good inch long and the fact that I skipped an indigo treatment a few months ago and then had a couple of failed henndigo treatments my last go arounds was readily apparent. The center of the back of my head was NOT cute!

Calico cat roots in the back of my head.

Yeah, I’ve been working the last few weeks to REALLY mask that center part when I’ve worn braid and twist outs. On Saturday, I did a quick braid-out (“quick,” referring to how long it set, not the hour it took me to detangle and set it;)) with a little water, Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and Wonder Curl Butter than Love, sealing the ends with JBCO. I released it using Moxie Bling. It turned out really cute …

But it didn’t last beyond walking out my door that day …

LOL. Anywho, see how my roots look fine here? Yeah, that’s the Touch Back Marker! That thing really works! Because, this is what my roots REALLY looked like …

So yeah, you see why I needed to suck it up and do a 2 step henna and indigo treatment this weekend!

I began the process with a pre-poo/DC of Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner mixed with Vatika Oil. I applied the pre-poo on Saturday night and placed my hair in 8 twists. On Sunday morning, after working out and getting some “thermal action,” I hit the shower and washed my hair in twists using diluted DevaCare No Poo. Then I did my normal two-step henna/indigo process, with one exception. Usually, I get in the shower and try to rinse my hair as free of henna as possible with conditioner before applying the indigo. But, I was in a rush as we had movie plans with friends. So, I only dunked my head in the tub, which was partially filled with water, to quickly rinse the henna. I hoped that it would work so that I could get rid of the shower/conditioner rinse between the henna and indigo applications. And … it did!!

Whoopee!! This means one less trip to the shower during my two step henna/indigo process … and … I don’t have to use as much conditioner either!! Win-win!!

And now, I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief as my once tri-colored hair is bi-colored again;).

As I’m writing this, it’s Sunday night and I have a head full of Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm. I’ll probably end up sleeping in it, rinsing in the morning and letting my hair air dry in 4-6 big twists on the drive to work.

In other news, Wei and I had a belated birthday brunch with my youngest sister Shana and her friend on Saturday, hence the quick braid out. We went to this spot called The Turning Point in Hoboken. I was good and ate off of the “Fit” menu despite the delicious breakfast offerings (breakfast is my FAVORITE meal!). Then, on Sunday, after my henna/indigo treatment and with my conditioner-laden head covered with a baggie and hat ;), Wei and I went to see Total Recall with friends. TOTAL waste of time. Yeah … NOT a good movie. We were all bored to tears. “Doug,” Colin Farrell’s character, should have been dead 5 times in the first half hour. Although this was a “remake” of Total Recall, it was like a mish mosh knock-off of Terminator, Matrix and Blade Runner, all rolled together, with a sprinkling of Total Recall.

And finally, had a good week in regard to getting back into my exercise regimen and eating well (except for the popcorn at the movies … which I never have. But was treated by the friends, so I was a loser and didn’t say no. Probably set me back on my calories for the week :(.)!! I did the Biggest Loser Level 1 Cardio Max work-out Monday-Friday and 2 rounds of the Lauren Brooks 12 Minute Full Body Blast Kettlebell routine (24 minutes total) yesterday. And now … it’s time to do it again!! LOL! Anywho, I also took some “before” pics (Gawh!! Bleh!!) that probably won’t see the light of day until I have some good “after” pics to compare with them!! And maybe not even then!! So anyway, yeah. Feeling pretty motivated after seeing how far I’ve fallen :P and trying to keep it that way:)!

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You know the drill;). How did you spend your weekend?

Korra: The “Legend” Continues …

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“You’ve been given another chance Korra. Get it right this time.”

So, just learned yesterday that Korra isn’t just getting one more season, it’s been picked up for THREE additional seasons! Let’s hope that the series will be redeemed with more time and episodes. I hope Bryan and Michael bring back the team-writing approach and develop a more complex storyline and multi-dimnesional characters in order to tell a story that is a worthy successor to ATLA.

via Bryan Konietzko (Tumblr)

The Legend of Korra has been picked up for an additional 26 episodes, which will be split into Books 3 & 4! Mike and I had been hoping to announce this big news to the crowd at the Korra SDCC panel tomorrow morning, but the network put out a press release yesterday. And as we suspected, people are pretty confused, understandably so. Hopefully people are also excited.

I’m sure I’ll be trying to clear this up in posts for a long time to come, but I’ll lay it all out right now:

–Book 1 = 12 episodes

–Book 2 = 14 episodes

–Book 3 = 13 episodes

–Book 4 = 13 episodes

–TOTAL = 52 episodes

Yeah, yeah … I’ll be tuning in to season 2. Michael and Bryan deserve at least that for the world that they gave me with ATLA … changed my cartoon life forever. We’ll talk about season 3 once the second one is over though.

ETA: I WANT THIS HAT!!!

also via Bryan Konietzko (Tumblr)

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So what about you, my fellow ATLA fans? Will you be tuning in for season two of Korra?