Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Be Just Who You Are; Make No Apologies!

One of my favorite quotes of all. This is on my bathroom mirror for me to see every morning. I want everyone out there to believe these words, because I truly believe that we are all meant to shine if we just give ourselves the opportunity to do so.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson
-- Marianne Williamson lectures every Tuesday night [7:30PM] in Los Angeles at the Regent Showcase Theatre. Needless to say, I will be there next Tuesday for continued spiritual guidance, and insight. If any of you in the L.A area happen to stop by, make sure to say hello so we can chat for awhile!

More pics of me making the most of my self-timer, tripod, and backdrop. I am working on a 365-day project in which you take a self-portrait every day for one year. I am curious to see how long I can keep this going, and I can't wait to show you all what I do with it!

This is a twist out I did last night using Miss Jessies Curly Buttercreme, surprisingly guys I am quite pleased with the results. I had a 16oz jar in my cabinet that I planned on passing down to anyone willing to take it off my hands, but now I am forced to renege. My hair is very defined, soft, shiny, and big, I was afraid that this wouldn't have much hold because it seems to be marketed as more of a "moisturizing product" however that wasn't the case.

I was completely out of my "staple" hair products last night [w/the exception of Paul Mitchell The Condish], so I used things that I had stashed away. Prior to twisting, I shampooed my hair with Goldwell Kerasilk Shampoo, and conditioned with V05 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Creme for about 45minutes w/o heat. I then used Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as a leave-in, and twisted with the Miss Jessie's Buttercreme. I let the twists air-dry overnight, and separated them until I got the desired fullness.

Make Up
Eyeshadow: Mekong [NARS]
Blush: Taj Mahal [NARS]
Lip Liner: Flesh [Ulta Brand]
Lipstick: Circe [NYX]
Lashes: Red Cherry [102]

To the folks requesting a tut on the make-up look from the last post, I will have it up this week!


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  2. I love your hair. I try to wear mines the same way however; it ends up dry looking and busted, lol. I recently was told to use ms jesse's curl pudding. I will def try this over a weekend.

  3. Your posts the past few days have been more than what I needed to read! Keep it going!

  4. Very beautiful!!! Everyone needs to be reminded to be themselves without apologizing for it - Took me a long time to realize this. :)

    I tried the 365 day project 2 years ago in January but it ended in April. Might try it again in this July to mark the half year. Definitely do the project. It's a very self revealing and personal experience to share a part of yourself everyday with others..all the great,good,bad and in between. I'm a very private person and it helped me open up a bit. Can't wait to see what your unique contribution to the project!!

  5. Love, love, love the pix! Love the definition in your hair...I'm transitioning (in my 8th month now, yah!) Anywho, I had bangs prior transitioning, you have definitely given me a new look to try.

    Quick question...How much is too much when it comes to pooing the hair? I usually shampoo every 4 days, because I'm not putting intense heat to my hair and my semi-natural styles doesn't last me much longer than those 4 days....

  6. I love the new bangs gyrl!! I just may see you next week, because I'm in need of some spiritual guidance. And I also love that quote, although I forget to take heed. It's funny because I was just saying this to my boyfriend the other day. That I felt like something was missing in my life. So last night he read the Bible to me and we are going to start doing a daily devotional in the mornings. I am going through a lot of changes right now, all positive and good, and I need to keep growing and feeding my soul. Your blog is very positive and that's why I keep reading!

    xoxo Meisha

  7. I'm sure I commented this already, but...I LOVE your blog! Very inspirational post. Words that I needed to "hear":)

  8. Did you cut your bangs yourself? I am contemplating cutting my own. If you have any tips on how to do it, that would be greatly appreciated!

  9. I never get enough of reading that quote.

  10. Your curls look so luscious! I can't wait for my natural hair to grow out. I'm so excited and impatient. Thanks for the continued inspiration...

  11. I just gotta tell you that YOU ROCK! These pics are great! I LUV the hair! Out of your regular stuff (?) can't tell! The twist out is banging!

    What? Lecturing every week? You are Lori make me sick (lol) with all the haps and fun thrifting in LA! I am hoping to be able to come out in two weeks when the hubby comes, if I gotta sneak on the plane:) I need some of that thrifting in my life:) I'm a newbie so I need some guidance, yep that is my story and I am sticking to it- ALL the way to LA:)

  12. Oh and I think I may have to use that opening quote for my fb status soon:)

  13. WOMAN these photos are FAB FREAKING FIERCE!!!!! OMG!! I can't believe you took them yourself??? WHaaaaaaaaa. I told you because of you, I am now searching for a camera. FOund a great Canon for under $4, but I think the hubby may buy it for my -day cause I ain't got no Anywho, I am stealing the quote/writing/reading for my blog with your permission. I had a copy of it in my cube for me to look at everyday. It's truly my FAVORITE. Will of course post back to you.

  14. I first saw you on curlynikki's blog and I tried to look for a fotki. Needless to say I was saddened when I couldn't find one. Then one day I stumbled on this blog and I immediately realized that "Hey, that's the girl! I've found her!" that was soon followed by me digging through your archives. Just wanted to say that you have a beautiful personality and a blog to match. Keep doing what you do, and best wishes to any ventures that you have in life. :) --Liz

  15. Thank you! I needed a pick me up today ;0)

  16. BEAUTIFUL! I come here ever morning just to see your pictures and quotes and of course that HAIR!

  17. You title is my Motto. If you refuse to apologize or dim down your light, the world can either take it or leave it init?!

    You look beautiful as always , you skin is spotless:)

  18. Thank you for the amazing posts you've been doing :) , your photography is just WOW and your new bangs are just so gorgeous. You are just a beautifal person inside and out keep on doing what your doing !

  19. My honest opinion:
    You look better without the bang.
    You're a beautiful woman, nonetheless; with or without the bang.
    Keep up the great work. <3

  20. wow the passage by Williamson was so touching.

    love your new hair! its so big and pretty.

  21. you look absolutely fab girl!
    and that quote from Williamson was exactly
    what i needed at exactly the right time...
    simply amazing.. praise God

  22. Hello Nikole,
    I'm a recent follower of yours and I just wanted to let you know that YOUR presence (even though I don't know you) has automatically liberated me =)

    All the best

  23. Let me just say that you are one of the most beautiful black women I have ever seen. I love your spirit and your creativity. You have inspired me more than you know. Please keep this blog going because now I am an absolute addict!!!

  24. this was a great reminder sister! thank you for sharing these insightful your site!!!

    straight outta Oakland


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