Manuka Honey is KING

So brief disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or an herbalist. I am someone who tries to find the simplest ways to get maximum results, naturally. I’ve been very vocal on this here blog about my skin. That time I called myself not so pretty and healed my face in a week was really the beginning of my slight obsession with natural products. Now I won’t say I get all Martha Stewart in the kitchen and make everything myself. I don’t have time or patience for that. But I do try to find products that have the least amount of chemicals.

One Friday night in, I was watching Hey Fran Hey videos and I came across one about a honey facial. That lead to me doing research on honey facial masks. So I figured, I have honey in the kitchen pantry, I have oats and I have plain greek yogurt. So I watched a few more YouTube videos and applied the paste to my face. Almost immediately after removing it, my face broke out in the craziest rash!! Why? I did not use raw honey; I used the stupid one in the bear bottle. DO NOT USE THIS ON YOUR FACE. Also, I did not like the Chobani brand of plain greek yogurt. Something about their products that smell really spoiled. Only make enough for one mask and make sure you use the yogurt up before it starts to funk up. I recently bought the Kroger brand plain greek nonfat yogurt and there was no smell.

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Layers: Winter is Coming

I haven’t even been outside yet and I know it feels like doom. That’s what Winter is: sadness, the end, hibernation. I mean, if you want to look at it on the bright side, it’s a time for preparation and renewal as well. But today, it’s miserably overcast. A crisp and dreary and day calls for layers. Lots of them.

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I completely forgot about these photos my dear friend Channing (of Channing in the City) sent to me from my visit to New York early this year. Yes, 8 short months ago. This year has flown by so quickly! I’m ready for it to be over but ill prepared. And one of those things I’m not prepared for is Winter.

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4th Annual Flavors and Colors of Haiti

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“I am inspired every day by the joys and struggles not only of Haitian people, but of people around the world. Through dance I am able to express great passion and emotion and connect with audiences on a deep level. I am thrilled to premiere two new dances,Rasanble andRanmase, at the 4th Annual Flavors and Colors of Haiti on December 11 at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta.”  Jeanguy Saintus

What better way to acknowledge Haiti’s vibrant history than to celebrate with what they are known for: culture. And by culture I mean art. And by art I specifically mean dance. I’ve spoken highly of the efforts to rebuild Haiti into the country that it was always destined to be; a country with history so rich and deeply rooted in all things creative and artistic.

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A Practical Guide to Forgiving Yourself

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“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli

2014 has been a challenging and painful year for a lot of people, myself included. Sometimes, the burdens and responsibilities of life can feel like it’s too much to bear. Whether you’ve been experiencing emotional pain or heartbreak, it’s time to remember that forgiving yourself is of utmost importance. Now, I’m no professional but I know a thing or two about how to heal after hurtful situations. The power to forgive is within us and for us. If forgiveness is something that you struggle with, here’s a practical guide to forgiving yourself.

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10 Stellar Internship Tips

It’s been almost three months since my summer internship at Caren West PR ended. Since then, my life has literally been a juggling experiment. After I quit my corporate job last December, I didn’t know what I was going to do. My fervent prayer was that I would have a profession that challenge me. When I thought God wasn’t listening, I realized that He gave me exactly what I asked for and more.

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Cirque du Soleil – Amaluna

My first introduction to Cirque du Soleil was in college. I saw Alegria. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the soundtrack. If you’ve ever been to a show, you know that it’s something so fascinating, you’d just have to see it for yourself.

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ATLANTA, GA- OCTOBER 2: The cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna performs during a dress rehearsal for the show. (Photo by Pouya Dianat/Allied Integrated Marketing)

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#WeLoveATL Pop Up Gallery at Ponce City Market

Sometimes, social media can lead to more problems than necessary; other times, it is opportunity waiting to happen. What I love the most about social media is that it allows you to communicate with people who you’d probably never meet on your own. How crazy is it that a single hashtag can unite people across the world? Well my world got a little smaller when I started using #weloveatl on my Instagram posts.

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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

One of my many favorite things to do is to visit museums. I love  history. What I love more is Black history. So when I heard that the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit was coming to the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), I didn’t hesitate to volunteer.

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Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marc Forgione

To know me is to know how much I love to eat. I mean, all I do on Instagram is tweet my pretty and tasty food. So naturally, when my favorite Macy’s has a store event, I will be there.

Next Saturday, Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marc Forgione, will be at Lenox Square Mall to show guests how to impress their family and friends in the kitchen this holiday season. Honestly, I’m excited about this event. I have NO idea what to expect but I keep imagining a scene from Master Chef with Chef Ramsey. I’m excited because I get to taste all the samples. I’m also excited because YOU area invited, too!

Don’t leave too quickly because with the purchase* of $35 or more in the Home department receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, a special gift, and a SIGNED copy of Marc’s new book! So easy.

The event is FREE 99 so go ahead and RSVP now because seats are on a first come, first served basis. See you there!

Macy’s Lenox Square Mall
Home Department, 3rd Floor
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 12pm

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Lucy’s Travels: Lagos, Nigeria 2012

Yesterday was my bestie boo’s two year wedding anniversary. It’s been two years since my first visit to Africa. This post is two years LATE. I kept procrastinating because I didn’t really know how to process that amazing experience. But now is a good a time as any to share with you all the beauty that I saw in Lagos, Nigeria.

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