Friday, August 27, 2010

Imagination Is The Beginning Of Creation. You Imagine What You Desire, You Will What You Imagine, And At Last You Create What You Will - George Bernard Shaw

Thought I would share some of my photography with you today - And since we are on the subject of photography, here are a few of my favorite photography resources! I will be working on updating the site with a resources section soon which will include more info on Photography and other topics of interest. 

I also want to thank everyone out there for the overwhelming amount of love and support you have shown from day one. The sisterhood and positive support has been tremendous, and I am very grateful for it all! A big shout out to some of my male readers out there, thanks guys for support as well! 
 
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Spotted this beautiful building downtown!

 I talked to this gentlemen briefly about issues some of the homeless men and women of Downtown L.A are facing. Their public benefit cards are being stolen, and they are being physically, sexually, and verbally abused. I am starting a non-profit this year in order to bring awareness to these issues, as well as provide a safe haven, delicious healthy food and snacks, resources, clothing, and toiletries to assist them in their transition back into society. As no one should ever be forgotten.

At my favorite Cafe; Bricks & Scones, working on my editorial schedule for the blog, I have a ton of videos and special features lined up for you all! 
 
Walking around the Flower District, I love putting together my own floral arrangements on the cheap! Ten bucks and under is usually my limit.
 
 This building had a lot of character!

 I thought the eyeglass necklaces at Forever 21 were pretty cool!

Still eating my yogurt sprinkled with Flax Seed & Wheat Germ. It's definitely made a big difference in my skin!

Yesterday I wore two bun's on either side and slapped on a hat. I was feeling a bit hair-lazy that day. I'm wearing my new favorite earrings my mum brought back from Africa. Thanks mum!

Later on that night, I took it down to go out to the movies. I only had five minutes to get ready, so I just spritzed it with a bit of Tui Leave In by Carol's Daughter and left the rest up to nature.

 This pic was taken earlier this week, I intended on sharing my Bantu Knot out results. However it was an epic fail [as they always seem to be]. I had to run some errands and didn't have time to finagle it back into a ponytail, so I wrapped it up. E-badu style and went on my merry way.

Happy Friday everyone! I will see you all Monday!


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53 comments:

  1. i love those earrings. And the scarf looks soo good on you. Curious Where in Africa did you mum go? I love Africa

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  2. I'm loving your African head wrap. Utterly beautiful on you.

    http://beautifulms.blogspot.com

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  3. Non profit...that deserves a two thumbs up...on that journey as well. Love ur blog!!! And ur make up is clean and flawless. KEEP INSPIRING!!!!

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  4. Your skin looks flawless. I am just now implemented Sweet Almond Oil and Rosewater in my skin care regimen. And w/ the way your skin looks....flaxseed and wheat germ is now about to become apart as well! I'm headed to Whole Foods this evening...Quick Question...I am dealing w/ alot of dark spots from previous acne breakouts. How long did it take to even your skin tone?

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  5. You look beautiful as usual. So refreshing to hear that you are starting the non-profit for homeless people. Thanks for caring enough to advocate for them. A lot of folks look down on the homeless and fail to realize that many are dealing with mental illness and have slipped through the cracks. The system unfortunately fails them time and time again. We need to see ALL people. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!!! Thanks again. P.S. Can't wait to see the new videos. You are such an inspiration to me.

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  6. There's too much goodness wrapped up in this post! A non-profit initiative, glowing skin, wrap wrap... Can you please give a tut on the head wrap and also what make up did you use? Your skin is so dewy.

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  7. That last shot of you is epic

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  8. I love the wrap! I can't wait to see the new things you have in store for the blog. You're blog has truly inspired me to be more active with my blog. I started it a long time ago, but didn't post on it that much. I'm working on it!

    http://poeticcreations-theart.blogspot.com/

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  9. The last pic is stunning! Def gonna try that look this weekend. BTW great non profit idea! You seem to have such a good heart. Keep up the good work girl! God is shining His light on you!

    BTW-when are you coming out with your jewelry line so I can blog about it? I feel like its gonna be DOPENESS!

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  10. That photo with the hat is so...everything. WORK GIRL.

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  11. Kudos on the much needed not-for-profit. Keep us posted :) smxxches

    @Shakira/Thankful, she did a post the other day on blemishes.... http://moptopmaven.blogspot.com/2010/08/beauty-skin-ethos-skin-quick-tip-5-tips.html

    @JIN, i 2nd that emotion :)

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  12. @LaToya, I couldn't agree more. @Nik, have a GREAT weekend, see you Monday!

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  13. This post was really awesome! I like that ur starting up a non-profit to help out the homeless. I tried doing a documentary for one of my classes about Mayor Bloombergs decision to ship them to different parts of the country. Keep us posted on the non-profit, I'd like to contribute, somehow. :~)

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  14. The nonprofit sounds amazing. It truly is heartbreaking how the homeless are just disregarded.

    Your skin looks flawless. *running to buy some flaxseed*

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  15. can you please do a head wrap tuturial? lovely!

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  16. I love the head wrap. What kind of wrap is that? Where did you get it? How did you put it on?

    I've seen a lot of comments in which people are requesting a tutorial!!

    ThANks!

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  17. Its nice to see that people still care about each other as a human race. Good luck with your non-profit organization!!!

    love&peace
    http://coilymystic.blogspot.com/

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  18. I like! Where can I get the flax seed and wheat germ from?

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  19. you are just too STUNNING!

    yes yes i would like to see a head wrap tut and where did you get those earrings from that you wore with that wrap???

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  20. plz plz plz give a head wrap tutorial!!

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  21. you look GREAT as always. i LOVE the earrings. I was going to harrass you to find out where i could get some, but i did my own research and provided a link just in case you or your readers are interested!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/54707880/mandisa-south-african-seed-bead-earrings?ref=sr_list_27&ga_search_query=african+beaded+earrings&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title

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  22. You look beautiful as always and your smile is so wonderful. I love the idea of two side buns and a hat when you need to keep your hair up and out of the way while running errands. I'll definatey be stealing that one!

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  23. I agree, no-one should be forgotten. I tried to document one of my trips through downtown LA's Skid Row, and I just couldn't record to many stories with the homeless men,women, and children down there. I live here in LA, and I find it crazy that there are so many homeless people right in the heart of the city. My family annually feeds the homeless during the holidays, but I've also been looking into other ways to help more. The stories always have that "WOW factor", and help is needed... your right they need a safe zone!

    I hope all goes well with your non-profit!!! :)

    Okay, about the Flaxseed... I have some everyday, for the last 4 months, and my skin is.... let's just say, I love love love the smooth healthy glow! lol! I need to buckle down on the wheat germ, it's that acquired taste :-/

    Last thing, The earrings your mum bought you from Africa are super cute!

    -xo

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  24. the very first pic I believe was taken in my lovely city of SF! get in touch if you're ever back in these parts! I love connecting with other bloggers and others who work in philanthropy/non-profits!

    great post. photography is one of my faves too!

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  25. You truly are an inspiration gurl! I'm on your blog everyday and now I find myself wondering how I ever got along without it. You've introduced me to some new things as well made me look at some old stuff from a different angle. Keep up the good work. Positivity is infectious and I surely caught it from you.

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  26. Love your blog. Thank you for touching on so many topics that influence people in the world today and sharing your experiences. Live, Love, Peace. ~Sweetsop
    P.S.
    Where did you get the hat?
    Please do a video tutorial on how you did your Gele / head-wrap (Love it).

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  27. I commend you for being one of few individuals who actually took the time to stop and talk to a homeless person. It reminds them and us that they are human. We assume we know their stories, but the truth is we dont. If given a choice who would really chose to be in a dire situation? I dont know anyone who would. Good luck in you endevaors to start your non profit organization. I am sure it will be successful.

    http://thecharitablediva.blogspot.com/

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  28. Great post MTM. The nonprofit idea will definitely be greatly appreciated. You have a glowing spirit and I wish you much success!

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  29. you are so wonderful and positive. i love that you so openly share information, all sorts of information. know that you are touching lives and creating smiles!

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  30. we need a head wrap post... u look lovely

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  31. You're so elegant. I commend you for venturing into the non profit sector to help those less fortunate. My hunny and I are planning to do the same for underprivileged youth in our area. Blessings to you Nik! :)

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  32. @missimone...thanks. I remember reading the post. So after I left my comment, I went back to find it. Thanks for looking out!

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  33. How did you do that head wrap? It's beautiful.

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  34. you look absolutely REGAL in that last pic. loves it!

    missdeeplyrooted.blogspot.com

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  35. Your imagination, creativity and style in two words......Simply Beautiful

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  36. The photos are wonderful. You show depth-of-field well. :) Here are two more books that a friend turned me on to:

    The Joy of Photography - for those of us trying to master a film camera, like yours truly. :)

    The Joy of Digital Photography - the second edition of the first.


    I like the head wrap. :)

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  37. Awesome! Love it, you have true creative talent. Can you do a head wrap tutorial. I can do it but yours is perfect.

    xo,
    Calming

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  38. Beautiful pics!! Really love the last one. xoxo.

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  39. You are so beautiful..love your blog..love the diversity of your posts: from motivational to fashion, recipes( tried a few already...sex cake was DA BOMB!!),hair, great photography, it is so refreshing, about to go and try the flaxseed..I already take capsules but might be better with the real thing..KEEP DOING YOUR THING girl..God will is truly blessing you..

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  40. Do you ever get Gabrielle Union comparisons? You do favor her:)

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  41. Luv the photos! I just bought my very first DSLR (it's a Canon though). Getting ready to get my feet wet in some photography. Thx for the resources.

    -Nik

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  42. non-profit for the homeless is excellent! also, love the head wrap pic - you look beautiful, as always. must do a tut on how you did it. thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

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  43. I came in to ask for a head wrap tutorial....LOL! pretty please! I've been doing the flax seed,wheat germ,yogurt for a cpl of months and I have noticed a change in my complexion. It's more even and I've been getting a few compliments as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. The hat and the necklace you peeped cute. I can't wait to hear about the non-profit. Lata.

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  45. All these comments, I'm pretty sure someone else has already asked this. But could you a tutorial on how to do that wrap. I've been search online I couldn't find one I liked.

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  46. Your photography is amazing....love, love love old architecture. Also I can tell you are just an amazing person, beautiful inside and out. Keep up the fabulous work you do to inspire us all.

    ~L~
    www.AvidAccents.blogspot.com

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  47. your look soo beautiful in that headwrap
    you goo girl!

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  48. loooooooove your earrings <3

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  49. You are one beautiful sista - inside and out!! You have to hook us up with that headwrap tutorial!! Hope you had an AWESOME weekend!

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  50. Hello. I just found your site. and I enjoy the name...As my name is mophead. I was wondering how did you tie your scarf? I am intersted in wearing more of these, however I dont know how to tie them. Much appreciation

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  51. That hat and bun pic rocks!!! What is your ethnicity?

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