Why we Love Kanekalon Crochet Braids

I believe that by now many of us have tried or at least heard of crochet braids- a style that is achieved by cornrowing the hair and latching the desired installation hair into the cornrows.

For the past 2 months, I myself have been wearing crochet braids and I plan to for a looong time.

The most popular hair now being used for this style is 100% Kanekalon hair. (Yes, the one we use for box braids also).

I’ll tell you why almost everybody loves this hair. 100% Kanekalon hair is CHEAP. In addition to this it is very versatile. It can be worn straight kinky, curled or made straight by several processes (Flat-ironing on low heat or blowdrying). This hair is, in conclusion REALLY worth it, and looks very natural no matter what you do with it. My only little problem is that Kanekalon hair sheds a lot. But honestly, I’m willing to put up with the shedding for all those great benefits mentioned above.

The following YouTube videos have demonstrated how natural Kanekalon Crochet braids looks:

For those of you who are entirely new to Crochet Braids you can check out these how-to videos:

If you are interested in doing your own crochet braids, the method is not as complicated as it may seem at first. Give it a try!

If you’re still unsure whether crochet braids are for you, check out the PROS and CONS list I’ve put together.

Pros:

  • Crochet braids are very cheap
  • They can be worn kinky, straight and can be curled
  • You can create a cornrow a pattern that will allows a lot of versitality when styling
  • Kanelon hair looks very natural
  • You may still have access to your hair in order to take care of it
  • Kanekalon hair comes in many colours (You can choose, mix and match colours where you want. Create highlights, layers and fringes… many possibilities)
  • You can also determine the length of hair

Cons:

  • Hair sheds like crazy
  • Time consuming method

(Two little CONS that we can get over. This is why we love Kanekalon Crochet Braids.)

NOTD: Something of a Magical Blue

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Yesterday’s nails were wonderful and nothing short of it.

Mostly so, because I did not expect this lovely shade of blue when  I decided to apply two different shades, as an ‘experiment’. 

While I had no high expectations regarding the ‘combination’, my nails became something of a magical blue and I really loved it.

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So here’s what I used to achieve this look:

  • Midnight Blue by Rimmel, was used as my base colour. It was the darker of the two polish.On a scale of 1-10, (10 being the darkest shade of blue), this colour will earn a 9.0.

Two coats of the polish may appear black so I only used one. This is what it looks like:

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  • I then applied one coat of DVD by Sally Hansen.

DVD is a lighter-coloured polish, sort of translucent looking blue with blue/ purple glittery effects.

nail2The resultant colour was much MUCH better than any of the two individual colours. And since both these polish don’t chip easily, I’m looking forward to a long lasting love affair with my new colour. That is, until next week..

To Ms. Lauryn

“To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, 
never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

-Lauryn Hill 

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Since the release of ‘Neurotic Society’ by Lauryn Hill this month, I’ve been hearing and reading conflicting reviews.

To be quite honest, I haven’t listened to this song as yet. I’m afraid that I may not like it. The good reviews have been very
good. The bad reviews have been VERY bad. There’s no ‘in between’. At worst, I could be disappointed by this new release- this is my fear.

I promise myself to do so however, after writing this post.

Hours ago, my Twitter timeline began buzzing with the news that the Grammy-winning Ms. Lauryn Hill’s failure to pay
federal income taxes for three years had earned her a prison sentence.

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There were again, mixed reviews and comments. Hows, WHATs, Damns and then some HA!HAs . Some Good-for-hers.. Some Let’s-feel-sorry-for-hers..

Well this tweet about summed it up.

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Ms. Lauryn… I can never forget your performance in the film Sister Act 2.. I still get goosebumps.

I love you for giving us The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

I listen to you sing about Zion and think about all the parents who sacrificed for their children somehow.

When I hear your name, I think of your beautiful music and NOTHING else.

Can’t we just say that Lauryn gave us good music?

NOTD: Simple Nail Art

pol4This week I decided to do some nail art using the leftover falsies which I had from before. I did a simple design for both my (big) toes which turned out pretty well. Sad to say, the falsies were very uncomfortable so they lasted only a few hours. I’ll try harder next time..

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The polishes that I used (in order of the picture) were a Top Coat by Ruby Kisses, Black Nail Art paint by Hurricane, Grape Going! by Sally Hansen and Toscano Spice by Borghese Nail Lacquer.

The Toscano Spice was used as my main colour. It’s very creamy and lovely- I think those are the words for it. One coat could really get the job done right.

I then did a sort of triangle in the corner with the Grape Going!. This is another great colour, and probably one of my favourites. (I love purples and blues). I then followed with a simple three-flirty-strokes design and then covered with a clear coat for protection. Then.. voilà..

My falsies were transformed into art.

I hope to take step-by-step photos next time.

Don’t forget to tell me what you think..

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14 Books for Young Readers

Last month, I spent a great deal of time sorting through some books that I have at home. I needed some age-appropriate books for a younger relative, and I knew that I could find some among mine. However, it wasn’t that easy. Although I did find some books that I loved at her age, they were fewer than I expected and I knew there must have been a trillion more books that I had read and loved.

I know that there are a lot of people wondering where to start when buying books for young readers. I hope that my list can give you a start. Some of these books and series even I myself still enjoy. Have fun!

 

1. The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Series by Anne Mazer

A great series about family and school life, and their ups and downs. ‘Little writers’ would especially like these books. 

 

 

2. Here’s to you, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume

A story about family, friends, school-life, sibling-issues and trying to perfect it all..or at least keep it together.

 

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

Even the not-so-occasional readers will enjoy this.

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4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

5. Malory Towers Series by Enid Blyton

 

6. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

7. Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene (for ya mystery lovers)

8. The Hardy Boys Series by  Franklin W. Dixon

(another one for the mystery lovers)

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling  Pants Series by Ann Brashares

10. Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

11. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

12. The Baby Sitters Club Series by Ann M. Martin

13. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

14. Goosebumps Series by R. L. Stine

5 Challenges Everyone Must Try

Personal Challenges keep me sane. Knowing that I’ve decided to start something, endured the full period and started seeing positive results or changes- however small they may be, is a great feeling. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to do a personal challenge again in the upcoming month. In deliberation, I’m running back and forth through a mental list of the challenges I’ve done before, attempted or thought of doing, and trying to decide which one would be a good idea.

I compiled a list of 5 of these great challenges to share with my readers: 5 Challenges Everyone Must Try.
Of course my list is female-biased but nonetheless, no one is excluded from trying any of these challenges.

If you are new to any of these challenges, doing it as a group challenge is probably the best way to start off. It is easier to stay on track because it’s so easy to lose focus at first. The idea of competition is also always a great source of motivation.

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The Hide Your Hair Challenge is personally the most fun challenge I’ve done. I did a lot of protective styling (mainly updos) during this challenge. When I get tired of wearing my hair up I simply switch to wearing it down and then continue the cycle. However I wasn’t able to do this during the challenge because I had to hide my hair and protect my ends. After the first 2 weeks I had to get creative with my hair and the styles. That was the fun part and the challenge altogether was a great change. It made me take styling seriously for once.

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30-Day Squat Challenges have gone viral. Although I’ve never done a squat challenges, I used to include squats in my regular exercise routines so I know how challenging it could be. Squats are a great workout for your lower body and are among the few exercises that are super easy to do at home. The good thing about the squat challenges that I’ve seen so far is that they include proper rest days and the difficulty level increases. I know a lot of beginners are complaining about the pain of trying to walk the next day. Well..the old cliche No Pain, No Gain works well with exercise.

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The 8-A Day or eight glasses of water a  day is something I try to live by. You don’t have to literally drink an eight ounce glass of water 8 times daily. What you eat, how much extra physical activity and your body’s needs determine how much more water you need. Water intake depends on individual needs. What I’ve learned to do is drink small amounts of water regularly or when I really feel the need to. Carrying around a bottle of water instead of buying juice also helps. It’s a hard habit to get into but it was really worth it after some time. Your body will really thank you later..

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This was a personal challenge idea that I got from a book. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the title/author of this book. The aim of the challenge is to say something positive or give a compliment to someone you may not know too well (since it’s easier to be nice to people we are familiar with). This self-development challenge was an uncomfortable one at first since I’m shy with strangers in person. I know you’re probably wondering how giving someone a compliment makes YOU feel better. A compliment works positively both ways- for both giver and receiver. Try it..

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The Eat Healthy Challenge  combined with the 8-a day challenge, has bigger and better overall health benefits. But it is my least favourite, most frequently attempted and least successful challenge to date. I love junk food. The End. Okay, eating healthy is a great choice and we all know that it’s something we should be doing so, but it’s hard right? Junk food is my weakness so I make up a million excuses. This is the one challenge that I’ve only attempted too many times to count. But I think that it’s also the one challenge that everyone should try- Including myself again. So, motivation anyone?

Guest Post: Mimi

Go to a place where you can rest your feet. Just drop what you’re doing. Today I have a guest post from Mimi of Mimi Manicures. Since I’ve stumbled upon Mimi’s blog, I’ve been in love and you’ll soon see why..(I promise you.)  

And now, before I ramble on here’s Mimi:

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Hello there my lovelies.  Allow me to introduce myself to you, my name is Mimi from http://mimimanicures.blogspot.co.uk/ and I am really really excited to do this guest post for the amazing Soul Shakedown Party.  Now firstly I have to address something….I LOVE this blogs name, as soon as I saw it it made me smile very much….in my own head I am having a maaahooosive soul party, with soul legends singing to me….ahhhhh!

Oops I digress, im sorry lol.  So I was approached by the lovely Soul Shakedown to do a guest post.  Of course this is a no brainer for me, it was such an honour to be asked.

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I decided to to a simple design for this post which actually turned out pretty cool, I love the effect of the white on the blue base.mimi1

The base is an amazing beautiful blue by Different Dimesion called Homeboy.  I have to say, if you love a good blue polish then this is really one you need in your collection, it is bright, beautiful and holographic…what more can you ask?!  I used my Models Own nail art pens for the black and white design and finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.mimi4

The base is an amazing beautiful blue by Different Dimesion called Homeboy.  I have to say, if you love a good blue polish then this is really one you need in your collection, it is bright, beautiful and holographic…what more can you ask?!  I used my Models Own nail art pens for the black and white design and finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.

So I thank you all for listening to my ramblings and I would like to extend my thank you’s to the lovely Soul shakedown Party once again for asking me to do this.  I really hope you liked my design.  Now off you pop to have your own soul party….im off to mine lol.  Lots of polish love Mimi xxxx

 

Revlon TOP SPEED 730 Royal Review

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I’m in love. First of all, I got this Royal nail polish by Revlon a few months ago, but I was very hesitant to use it. Medium to dark shades of blue are my favourite when it comes to nail polish (and I only have about two left now), so I’m holding on to them for as long as I could. I fell in love with this Royal blue as soon as I saw it and kept waiting for the perfect event to wear it to.  Well, one finally popped up.

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I had cut all my nails off on impulse some days before so I bought some falsies, cut them down to the normal length of my nails and used the polish along with Celeb City by Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Colour. Celeb City is also one of the best nail polish I’ve ever used but I’m planning to review it separately later on.

The Royal was very thick so I applied only one coat. I didn’t mind however because two coats made it overly dark- which I didn’t want. I wish it came with a thicker brush though… I had to take care so that it didn’t look ‘too chunky‘ in certain areas when it dried. I probably should have changed the brush myself. It would also probably take a looong time to dry- like I said, it’s very thick. It didn’t chip, (but then I had on falsies after all).

I wore them for like four days until they all fell off.

I may probably reuse these sometime in the future. My nails are back to normal length and I’ve worn the polish on my natural nails since then  for about two days only. I had no problems with it on my natural nail either. This is a polish I would actually hunt for and buy again if it ever dried out. I looove the colour. The polish quality is nice also. I just wish I had a thicker brush for it.

 

25 Books for 2013

With the first two months of 2013 gone, I’ve finally decided to start tackling some of the books on my 2013 to-read list. Some of these books have been on my to-read list for a very long time- months and even a few years. Others, I am now discovering through recommendations, or I’ve watched the movie and decided to give the book a read. There are three books here that I’ve read a very long time ago and enjoyed- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, To Sir with Love by E. R. Braithwaite and Beaches by  Iris Rainer Dart. These I’m re-reading and hopefully with a new perspective now that I’m little older.

My minimum aim for this year is 25 books, as I really hope to go beyond 30. Here’s my 25 (the must-reads):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Finally, Maya Angelou’s Autobiographical Series..

 

 

 

 

T&T Carnival: Masquerade Dream

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2013 has come and gone. And who was not there? Me.
One costume that I really had my eye on this year was Azure by the Tribe Mas Band. pic3Of all the costumes that I saw myself
masquerading in my carnival dreams, Azure by the Tribe Mas Band topped them off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Trinidad’s Carnival finally over, I am anxiously awaiting our own upcoming Carnival. Carnival in Trinidad is one of (if not) the most looked forward to in the Caribbean and is definitely on my list of events to not miss in the very near future. Carnival climaxes on Tuesday with masqueraders taking to the streets to display their costumes. Ooooh the costumes..

THE COSTUMES. I love Trinidad’s carnival costumes with a passion. The traditional type costumes and the ‘bikini and feathers alone’ costumes are equally amazing. However every year I keep my eyes on the party bands, as I call them. These bands are fun over competition and cater for a good party time on the road. Their costumes are the original bikini and feathers costumes, and the best. They are light and allow you to get on, misbehave and party hard. I love these itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny barely covering costumes, though some may label them too skimpy and non-traditional.

I’ve yet to muster up the courage to wear one. (I’m just really afraid of my boobs falling out in public. It’s one of my worst nightmares.) So, tell me what you think. I’ve also attached some links for those of you wondering how you can get into the Carnival fun in the future.

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pic1Tribe costume images featured are via TRIBE Carnival FaceBook Page. You can check out their costume designs, band launchings and other band related info. Their website Carnivaltribe.com also contains masqueraders and costume info. 

TriniJungleJuice.com images via their website. Also, check out more photos on their FaceBook Page

All other Photos are via carnivalinfo.com. They have great info and pictures on T&T Carnival. Check them out.