Daily Archives: September 1, 2011

Sofistafunk Giveaways – Fashion Week Event Tickets/Swag Bag *CLOSED*

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Sofistafunk & Houndstooth

SOFISTANISTAS

Don’t forget to get your entries in before the deadlines in order to be eligible to win one of the fabulous giveaways below!!

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3 VIP packages
Each package includes a VIP Gift Bag and 2 tickets to the NYC Sofistafunk Fashion Week Party and Fashion Show on Thursday, September 15, 2011

For your chance to win*:

1. Register on www.polyvore.com and follow Sofistafunk.
2. Create a co-branded set using a featured Sofistafunk skirt.
3. Post the skirt set to the Sofistafunk Facebook Page.

Entry deadline:  September 8, 2011

Three winners will be selected and announced on September 9, 2011.

*Entrants must live in the NYC area and be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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1 Sofistafunk Swag Bag
Valued at $250+!

For your chance to win:

1. Follow Sofistafunk on Twitter.
2. Tweet “Hairscapades.”

Entry deadline: September 15, 2011

A winner will be selected on September 16, 2011

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Don’t wait!! Enter today for your chance to win!!!  I can’t, but that didn’t keep me from playing around on polyvore.com and making the outfits featured in this post!! Too much fun!  LOL!!

Sofistafunk Sweet Party

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Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

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A couple of weeks ago, many of us GOCers were struggling with sticking with the exercise portion of our regimens due to  … well … mostly unwelcome “monthly visitors.” Enter, Chandra (GOC – Second Wave)! She’s back with a quick review of a fitness DVD that could help us push through that wall.

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I wanted to submit a review for one of the exercise dvds I recently ordered. I know we have a hard time maintaining our workout regimen during “that time of the month,” so I wanted to give some feedback about Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown. Whew…is the only word to describe this routine! I am not a fan of yoga as I find it to be a bit boring. But Jillian manages to combine yoga moves and strength techniques to create a powerful workout. Now some of us have expressed how PMS can make us tired and decrease motivation, but Yoga Meltdown will help you get through that phase without feeling like you have to skip exercising. There are two levels from which you can choose. I am using level one currently and even that is challenging but … I was happy I could still workout without all the jumping and hopping around that takes away from the tiny bit of energy I have from my crazy hormones! Definitely a need for those who workout at home!

Shelli: Y’all know I’m a big fan of hot yoga. And, as Chandra said, it can be a great way to get a workout in when  you’re not really feeling like hitting the weights or “hopping” around doing cardio. So, I’m co-signing on this one, even though I haven’t tried this particular DVD;).

Have you tried Yoga Meltdown or yoga at all for that matter? What’s the verdict?


Simple and Quick Protective Styles

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Well, that’s pretty much all I do, isn’t it? LOL! I LOVE an intricate braided or cornrowed updo, mini twists and roller sets. However, I prefer to do simple, protective styles that require minimal manipulation. I feel that my hair is too fragile to suffer a lot of parting, separating, detangling, combing, etc. I think that it would break if I were to regularly manipulate my hair into styles that require more than a few minutes to do. However, in the interest of full disclosure, the above simple hairstyle came about after messing with my hair for a half hour or so trying to do a modified version of this updo that I found on YouTube a few months ago:

Yeah, it wasn’t working out too well. See, I decided to make two braids framing my face, not sure of what I was ultimately going to do. Then, I remembered the video and decided to see if I could do the style with the two braids instead. I made about three or four goes at it with various modifications. Two twists with scrunchie. One twist with scrunchie. Smaller poof. Bun with Goody Spin Pins. Meh. Meh. Meh. I mean, I could have worn it … but, the poof was looking a little funky and I wasn’t getting that effect that the braid was intertwined and somehow holding the updo in place. So, I ended up with the above bun with two braids swooped to the side and back. Nothing to write home about, but, it’ll work.

Oh, and prior to the attempts at the style in the video, I filmed an updo tutorial for Corinne, who requested one for a style I’d posted on FB several months ago. That updo was done on a fresh TnC and it was far more impressive due to the foundation set.

The udpo that I filmed tonight was done on a fresh WnG.

Regardless, I did film it with the intent to post a video tutorial. This is the thing. I used Wei’s flip phone for the first time, because it can hold 40+ minutes of video, whereas my camera times out after about 7-8 minutes. He told me I could hold the camera vertically or horizontally. This is true. But the footage is horizontal when downloaded!! I was able to flip it vertically in iMovie, but the file is too large to upload to YouTube!!  *sigh*  So yeah, I’m working on it.

Hope the slideshow will appease you all for now;)!

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Do you prefer simple protective styles or those that are more intricate and elaborate? If you have a preference, why?