January 31, 2012

NAILS: Gold Layers


I love layering nail polish. I grabbed all my gold infused lacquers and piled them on. Pretty sure I'm wearing 4 different nail lacquers. What do you think?


January 30, 2012

I Made A Yummy Iron Rich Drink!

iron rich juice for juice cleanse
I'm incorporating fresh juice into my life as I mentioned before. Yesterday I missed my Bikram yoga class and was a little upset about it so I made this iron rich juice I'll call Broccoli Mon (pictured left). It's probably a great drink for me to sip because it'll help me fight my Anemia.

Here are the ingredients:
3 giant broccoli stalks
2 green apples
1 lemon
1" ginger
A lot of you have been wondering how I know what juices to make. I don't really, but I've had so many juice mixes that I know what will taste good together. I've also learned that certain fruits make your juice taste sweeter or tangier. Lemon is one that will make it sweet but tangy and grapes or any berry will make your juice sweet. Berries are great super fruits. The darker the berry, the more oxidants that berry has. Nonetheless, Broccoli Mon is a hit!

Oh so yummy in my tummy.

January 26, 2012

TMI THURSDAY: Researchers Discover High Heels Do Cause Flat Feet


heels
My hooker heels. I love them so much!

Remember when I told you that I landed at the Physical Therapist because of my flat feet? Turns out my doc was right (not that I didn't believe him). He told me that wearing high heels—3 inches or higher please—caused the muscles in the back of my legs to tense up, creating Post Tendinitis. I thought I was cured after a month of Physical Therapy, but the pain has returned. It comes and goes, but for the most part it is there. Probably my fault because I'm not doing my daily stretches. Sigh. I'm going to have to get back into a routine of doing them. This is my life and I need my feet! I am seeing my Podiatrist in May for a check-up and hopefully the pain will subside by then.

Anyway, a new study proves that high heels do cause flat feet. My fellow shoe lovers, let's be smart and not wear heels all the time. Your feet deserve a vacation. Without the proper use of your feet, you have no life. So treat your feet with amazing care and you will live a better and healthy life.

January 25, 2012

NAILS: Feeling Blue

blue ombre nails

It's cold and snow has recently fallen. These nails are befitting to the winter season. Last night I realized I had a lot of blue nail polishes, so I decided to create a blue ombre. The final outcome of my nails was a second attempt. The first time I had the dark coat on the thumb, but found that it looked better with the darker color on the pinky finger. I think it's because the thumb/index finger hit the eyes first and really creates the ombre effect (visually) when you see the light color first.

What do you think?

blue ombre nails

January 24, 2012

What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?

Well, my good friend Chelsea recommends I take some medicine, drink a Guinness and pass out. Gotta love best friends. However, my colds start in my nose. I choose to take a Zyrtec-D which has 120 mg of Pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant) and nip that sucka in the bud.

However, that didn't work. I found myself sick within the past two days. Fevers and a stuffy nose that just won't go away. Could this be my body telling me to slow down? Probably. It's day two of my illness and I feel so much better after getting 14 hours of sleep and drinking a lot of water and fresh juice. I should be back to my normal self tomorrow.

What are your cold remedies?

January 23, 2012

The juice cleanse is back on! Sort of.

fruit and veggies
After pushing my juice cleanse to a halt, I've decided to resuscitate the liquid diet.

I will be eating regularly. It's just that once I went off the juice cleanse, I noticed that the uncontrollable itching caused by Anemia worsen. Sipping fresh fruit and vegetable juice made my skin stop itching. I don't now what the connection is, but I am going to return to drinking fresh juice everyday at least twice a day.

Only good can come out of this.

IT'S MY GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!

Today I am 23. That's right. It's my 23rd birthday on the 23rd of January. MAKE SOME NOISE AND TAKE A LOOKIE AT MY NAILS BELOW! I'm wearing Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippmann on top of Not A Gold Bigger by Nicole by OPI and Hey Sailor by China Glaze.

January 18, 2012

Trying Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo

olay facial hair remover
...very soon.

I expect good results because I trust Olay as a brand. I'll experiment this weekend (too lazy to do it tonight) and tell you all about my experience! I haven't used a cream facial hair removaer in a long time. I usually use the Veet Face Ready-To-Use Wax Strips for my upper lip area.

This shall be interesting...

January 16, 2012

I Have Sleep Apnea - Now What?

hair
At my sleep study.
Today I went to the doctor to get results on a sleep study I had a couple weeks ago. The results showed that I have slight Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is when you stop breathing as you sleep. FYI: 85% of Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea. It can lead to high blood pressure and other diseases you do not want. Apparently, I stop breathing at least 7 times when I sleep and 34 times when I am in deep sleep. Scary right?

Basically, my doctor told me that I need to lose weight immediately. What this doc doesn't know is that I've been trying to lose weight since August! Having polycystic ovaries doesn't make losing weight easy. The weight comes on fast, and then likes to stay on. Sigh. I'm just really sad. I feel like I've wasted money on a trainer because he hasn't really helped me lose any weight and it's not his fault. It's mine and my body's. I haven't been at the gym as often as I should and that's because my feet hurt sometimes and I am perpetually exhausted.

WOE IS ME.

So I guess I just have to get serious about my exercise and diet. Now is the time while I am young.

January 12, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 12 - Coming To A Halt

After talking to some supportive friends, my juice cleanse is coming to a halt. Why? TMI ALERT! I'm concerned that I haven't been pooping. Yup. I'm a girl who loves to take her daily dumps. Before the juice cleanse, I was shitting at least twice a day. On the cleanse, I shoot a poop probably once every two days. I'm going to still be juicing, but I think I might go back to eating regular meals. I'll devote my meals to healthy dishes.

For those who call this quitting, I don't really look at it that way. Have you done a cleanse? No? That's what I thought. You can't say I didn't try. I really did. Well, I think buying a juicer was the best thing I could have ever done for my health. I'm only going to drink fresh juice from now on. Sorry Tropicana.

January 11, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 11 - Making Some Modifications

Today was a good day. Had a drink in the morning I'll call Splash of Spinach.

2 green apples
1 honey crisp apple
1/3 of a cucumber
2 giant handful of spinach leaves

I've decided to start having an iron-rich drink in the morning. It's usually the nasty tasting vegetables so I figured why not get it over and done with in the morning. The rest of the day I drank a very sweet concoction that I'll call Sweet Surprise.

1 mango
8 strawberries
2 handfuls of red grapes
2 red delicious apples
2 carrots
1 tomato

I also had lunch today. On a cleanse you're allowed to eat. You just have to eat the right foods. Zucchini is on that list of foods you can eat, so I went with Zucchini and brown rice. The portion was small and I was satisfied afterwards. I think I might just start eating for one meal and juicing the rest. Then eventually, I think I will be strong enough to juice all day, every day.

Today I learned red grapes and strawberries make your juice super sweet. Mmm.

January 10, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 10 - Three Words: Baked By Melissa

When I got into work today, a box of these were delivered to me. WHO SENDS CUPCAKES AT 10AM?!?! It was all downhill from there because resisting Baked By Melissa mini cupcakes is pretty much committing a sin.

I did go to yoga after work and I think I fell asleep. I started snoring and woke myself up! I'm going again every night this week. This should be a great detoxifying week. I also noticed a place a block away from my office makes fresh juice. This is awesome! Now I can have fresh juice as I head home.

January 9, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 9 - Let's Press Restart

I ate a lot today. A lot of bad stuff. A lot of chocolate chip cookies and etc. Tomorrow I am pressing restart on this cleanse. It's also my first night of Bikram Yoga NYC. It's going down. I reserved a spot in the class and it is happening. Reboot cleanse in full effect tomorrow.

I will not give up!!!

January 8, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 8 - I Ate All Weekend

It was light, but I ate. I also didn't eat the right stuff. Sigh. Tomorrow is a new day and I think I have found a veggie juice I like.
2 carrots
1 lemon
1 mango
2 oranges
1 tomato
My period also came which is a sign the cleanse is working because as you know, my period has been the despise of my womanhood. I think this cleanse thing is doing me good. Now, I just need to dig deep and pull out willpower so that it's only water or fresh juice and fruit/veggies for the next 22 days so I can truly reap the amazing benefits of this fast.

January 7, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 7 - Fail

I'm ready to give up, but I've never been a quitter. I thought that I would try and just drink water today and eat vegetables for dinner, but my father (read: recent college grad living at home) insisted on making me fish for dinner. Sigh. I ate the fish and then ate everything else I could get my hands on. I'm not proud... again. But my friend Christina Ly says doing 3 days of good cleansing is a lot. However, I'm not convinced. Damn it. I will get through these 30 days juicing if I have to rip a baby's arm off (too morbid?).

It was all downhill when my personal trainer canceled on me today because it's his birthday and his family surprised him with a party. Womp. Anyway, tomorrow I'm going to bikram yoga (for real) with one of my best girlfriends and I should be able to get back on my juice track.

January 6, 2012

Juice Cleanse; Day 6 - I Ate and I'm Not Proud

Well, I never said I would be perfect throughout this cleanse. I do promise I will be honest about my experience. This thing is hard. However, I realize that I need to stick with it because today I briskly walked to work from the subway and didn't feel like death. After work—I was there late—I grabbed a handful of graham cracker sticks from the free table and then went to the vegetarian spot across the street. I figured if I was going to eat I might as well eat vegetarian. I had fries and ordered a potato and spinach burger. After the fries I was feeling queasy. Took a couple bites of my burger and stopped. I felt guilty. I'm not eating clean and properly cleansing my body, but damn it I missed food! AND YOU KNOW WHAT?! SHOVING THOSE GRAHAM CRACKER STICKS AND FRIES INTO MY MOUTH IN MY MOUTH FELT GOOOOOOOOOOOD!

But that's my problem. Food does too much for me and I am trying to break this hold it has on my mind, body and soul. I'm juicing all day tomorrow, going to Bikram Yoga and I've got an hour session with my personal trainer. Pretty extreme, but in my world it's go hard or go home.

I will get back on track. I will get back on track.

January 5, 2012

Juice Cleanse: Day 5 - I'm Going To Eat Fruits and Veggies

I didn't think it was possible that I could actually lose weight, but I lost 5 lbs. That's 5 lbs is 5 days! I had been eating right and going to the gym since August but couldn't drop a pound. This juice fast seems to be just what I need. I will say that I've noticed that I'm a little constipated, so I must not be drinking enough water. I have another confession. I ate some mango tonight and a banana last night. I did some research on Reboot Your Life and learned that it's okay to eat raw or cooked vegetables and fruits while juicing. Therefore, I might start doing that. It's still a cleanse... right?

Aside from the minute constipation, I feel absolutely great! I'm not dizzy nor do I get headaches or shakes or anything. I do get a little hungry every now and then, but then I drink some water or juice and the need for food is gone.

My main goal with this cleanse is not only to lose weight, but become more healthy. I'm going to the doctor's on Monday and going to ask for a (rapid?) blood test to check out how the fast might be affecting my blood. Climbing stairs are beginning to feel less like a chore—thanks Anemia—so the cleanse must be helping!

January 4, 2012

Juice Cleanse: Day 4 - Bananas Don't Juice

veggies
Lunch and snack.
So remember when I told you about my strawberry, banana and red grape concoction? Turns out the reason it was so yummy was because bananas don't juice.

Tonight I put my last banana in the juicer to make a sweet "dinner" of banana, strawberries and grapes, but the banana didn't juice; I know so because I put it in the juicer first. It shot straight to peel collector. Womp.

Needless to say, today was another successful day of straight juicing! I stepped on the scale just for pure curiosity and I'm 2 pounds lighter! I think I can do this! I just hope I don't go broke. Buying fresh produce twice a week is kind of pricey.

So that's 2 pounds in technically 2 days because day 1 and 2 I ate. The first day I lost it at night. I was shoving bread with Nutella into my mouth. The next day I had some beans and rice and day 3 was when I decided enough was enough and that I needed to get serious. Success! As Nemo would say, just keep swimming, swimming. In my case, I'll just keep drinking, drinking...

January 3, 2012

Juice Cleanse: Day 3 - I Survived A Work Day

Today, I didn't eat... technically. When I came home from work at 8pm I had a banana, but that's still on the good "food" list so it doesn't count... right? Either way, I'm proud of myself for sticking to the juice cleanse today. I survived my first work day back from the New Year vacation. I also had a productive day, so I think I can do this. I can do this.

This morning I had grapple juice; a mixture of red grapes and gale apples. Then for lunch/snack I had a modified Mean Green juice; a mixture of kale, cucumber, a lemon and red grapes because I ran out of apples. I also realized my Mean Green was totally wrong after I witnessed the video below of Joe Cross. I was missing the spinach and ginger.

I didn't add ginger to any of my juices because I couldn't find it in the grocery store. Haha! Turns out it's a key factor in helping me shit my brains out. Yay! I found the ginger tonight, but two grocery stores ran out of fresh kale and spinach. What gives? I'm not buying anything bagged. I shall try again tomorrow, but looks like I'll be having a modified Sunset or Mean Green. Sunset is ginger, carrots, orange, red apples and red tomatoes... I think.

I also peed 15 times today. No. Joke. I know that within a half hour of sipping on my juice, I will be in the bathroom releasing a waterfall. Anyone else have this problem?

Versace Bright Crystal Might Be My New Scent

versace bright crystal perfume
I'm usually a Ralph Lauren Romance perfume wearing girl, but I got my hands on a bottle of Versace Bright Crystal and I'm in love! It's a mix between Ralph Lauren Romance and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.

Heavenly scent.

When's the last time you had a french manicure?


These nails are press-ons. You know, my new nail addiction. I actually really like them because I've become too lazy to paint my nails. But, I'll be going back to painting my nails next week.

The last time I had a french manicure, I was 14. I forgot how professional and grown-up my nails look. What do you think?

January 2, 2012

Juice Cleanse: Day 2 - It's Not Easy


I caved. Last night I had a couple pieces of bread. Today, I had a couple pieces of meat. THIS. IS. NOT. EASY.

But I am sticking to this juice cleanse. I am determined to make it to 30 days with less than 10% of the days spent cheating. Tomorrow I will not be cheating. Tomorrow I will not be cheating.

This morning I had a mango, orange, and tangerine juice. Later on I had a strawberry, banana and grape juice. The latter drink was rather yummy. I hate the mix of strawberry and banana, but with the added taste of grape, it was exceptionally delicious. For "dinner" I will be having a 24 oz. concoction made up of 1/3 cucumber, 1 lemon, 1 green apple, 1 gale apple, bunches of kale and bunches of lettuce.

I haven't really felt faint or dizzy. I've just felt hungry. I also haven't been blowing up the toilet with my feces, which I'm upset about. Haha! I've been peeing a lot though. Tomorrow I go back to work after a 3-day weekend, so we shall see how this juice cleanse affects my work habit. I have a feeling it won't.

My Trip To The Benefit Brow Bar


Pre Benefit Brow Bar visit:

eyebrows

Post Benefit Brow Bar visit:

eyebrows


Friday I jaunted over to Bloomingdale's to visit the Benefit Brow Bar. (Here's a list of NYC brow bars.) As you know, I've been growing out my eyebrows because someone at the nail salon I always go to, effed them up. This is when I knew it was time to go to a brow specialist.

I trekked all the way over to the east of Manhattan to get my eyebrows worked on. The total of the trip plus tip cost me about $33. Ah, the price of beauty. The lady doing my brows asked me what I wanted and I really didn't know, except that I didn't want them to be thin. I also knew I liked my eyebrows to have an arch and be perfectly defined.

We decided to keep 'em thicker than usual because I could always go thinner. I've never really had thick, thick eyebrows. I've always had a medium-thick (see picture below), so this is different for me and I kind of like it. Although, I think my eyebrows before had a little bit more of an attitude that I liked. What do you think?


eyebrows
Eyebrow shape from 6 months ago.


January 1, 2012

Juice Cleanse: Day 1 - Everyone's A Critic

jack lalanne power juice

My juice cleanse/reboot has officially begun. I didn't mean to start it on the first day of the New Year, but it happened that way. You see, I bought a juicer last Tuesday and was ready to start my cleanse. Then I took the juicer out of the box. It was broken! Grr. The next time that was convenient for me to get a new one was on Friday. I then went to a New Year's Eve party last night and well, had my last food feast.

Everyone that I've told has something to say about my cleanse. From that I'm crazy to I have to eat at least once a day, I've heard it all. No. I'm not crazy. I've decided that I need this cleanse. I'm young and not letting my health/weight get in the way of me living. Food is my crutch and it's time I throw it away. I want to be healthy and enjoy the life I live. Don't get me wrong. I love my life, but I think post-cleanse it'll improve immensely.

I woke up today at around noon (haha, it was a long night), and had my first glass of juice at 2pm. It was freshly squeezed apple juice. It's amazing how fresh apple juice tastes so much better than concentrated apple juice.

Tonight my "dinner" will be green juice that includes celery, cucumbers, lemons, and granny smith apples.

By the way, I went with the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Express out of convenience. So far it's been good. It's quick and takes out all the pulp. Although, I enjoy pulp. It gives the extra fiber I love. However, I think this might make the juicer last longer because the skins aren't clogging up the machine.

My Hair Evolution - 1 Year Later

A year ago, my hair looked like this:

hair

Now, it looks like this:

hair

Last year I don't know what got into me. I decided to chop off my hair for the hell of it. It felt good and was slightly liberating. For so long I held on to my long locks for the sake of being the black girl with the "good hair." Now, I don't really care.

I've learned that hair length doesn't make your beauty, it's how you wear it. I decided to grow out my hair because the short hair was fun and easy to manage, but I got bored of it. Also, cutting my hair forced my strands to grow at a more rapid rate. I only go to the salon ever so often. The only time you can find me there is when I need a relaxer or I have a special occasion. Therefore, I wasn't able to properly maintain my pixie cut. Whatevs. I was a lazy and broke college kid.

Now, I'm just growing out my hair because like I just said, it grows at a rapid rate and I'm interested to see how long I can grow it before my hairdresser and I think I need a good 'ol chop!

Happy 2012!


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