Monday, July 30, 2012

Guest Post: Timing is Everything

Meet Misha'el (Mi-Shy-L). Not only is she one of my besties but she is also an aspiring entertainer, actress, model located in California making her own way in showbiz.  Recently, she filmed her first music video and is ready to debut it to the world.  It's been a long time coming but things are quickly beginning to unfold for my girl.  Check her out below. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

For the Shoe Obsessed Vol. V | Black & Bright

I realized this morning while I was pinning away on my shoe board that I hadn't made an 'Obsessed' post in quite some time.  So here we have it.  My last edition was an ode to the brights and this one is no different except that I dialed it down on the volume a bit.

For this set, I'm especially in love with the ever unfailing & magnificent Jeffrey Campbell's designs.  The JCs featured in this post are the Daytime wedges (leopard), the Kylie (teal & orange spiked) and Tawny (black spiked).  Oh, they make my hear sing! 

 I also slipped in a pair of shoes for the fall by Rachel Zoe (center), they were so bad ass, they couldn't be ignored.  Let's just say it's a preview for what's to come for the fall edition of 'Obsessed'.  Rachel Zoe has an awesome collection and so far I've liked 99% of everything I've seen from her but I expect nothing less--In my best Rachel Zoe voice---> I mean she like Rachel Zoe.

And if you think I've been slackin' on my pimpin' and you'd like to see more of my shoes obsessions.  Check out & follow My Obsessed Pinboard on Pinterest.  It gets much better there, I'm telling you.

Black & Bright

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Makeup Look | Fresh & Flushed & How to Highlight Your Face

With summer in full swing, many days in D.C. are super humid and positively suffocating.  And as you can guess, it's not the ideal time to pack on piles of makeup (not that I ever pile it on in the first place, ha!) so I've been relying on a soft, almost-no-makeup-look to get me through the hottest days of summer.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beauty Buys: All About Mac

I'd been wanting to get my hands on a bottle of the MAC Face & Body foundation for quite some time and I figured now was as better time as any. I'm finding that I like it quite a bit but I'll have to update you later as I've only worn it once so far.  However, first impression was A+.

MAC Face & Body foundation doesn't have any SPF so if I know I'm going to be in sun for a long period of time, I may mix it with my Smashbox BB Cream.  I'll let you know how that combination fares after a few trials as well.

As for my other goodies, I'm super excited about them as well.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In Love With Ikat

Just before moving to our new home I purchased this beautiful Ikat chandelier chair for my woman cave/office.  It was actually the first purchase I'd made for the house and I could not wait to get it home. When I showed it on Instagram (@OhYesItsVee), everyone loved it but for whatever reason I neglected to show all my blogger friends--my apologies:

This chair was an absolute STEAL at TJ Maxx for $199.99 (Originally 499.99)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jill Scott Inspired Hairstyle

On Friday, I went and got a fresh fade and by the time I made it home to wash it, it was pretty late.  I was too tired to mess with my hair and went straight to bed after washing and rinsing my conditioner.  If I was thinking straight, I would have slept in my conditioner and then rinsed the following day.  Needless to say, I didn't and my hair was total mess when I woke up.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to Get The Perfect Braid Out & Twist Out Everytime

Braid outs & twist outs are excellent heat-free styles for relaxed, transitioning & natural hair alike but for me, not getting it right has the potential to turn a bad hair day into a full-on bad day.  

Since cutting my hair, I've been feeling so free as it takes only half the amount time to set and style it.   However, my uncooperative section is and has always been the hair at my crown and not having much hair comes with a price;  the margin for error is greatly decreased as the uncooperative sections aren't as easy to hide or blend.  With that in mind prior to cutting my hair, I focused on trying to achieve a frizz-free crown.

 Here are a few tips I learned along the way to achieving my best braid outs and twists every time:

1. Start on clean, freshly washed and conditioner hair--this is essential to achieving a bountiful shine and sheen with lots of body.  Hair that's already weighed down with product or that has not been thoroughly cleansed will appear dull and has high frizz-potential.

2. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair before applying any other product.  The leave-in helps to give balance to those areas that need extra moisture and conditioning.  And if you're hair is anything like mine, it needs all the balance & moisture it can get.

3. Apply a creamy, water-based styler instead of gel.  Applying a water-based styler will not only aid in moisture retention but will also help to give definition and bit of hold.  Gels often contain ingredients that will cause the hair to be crunchy and/or dry--the act of getting rid of the crunchiness may cause an unwanted frizz.

4. Follow with a bit of light oil like jojoba, coconut or olive oil to seal in the moisture.  I usually take a nickle-sized amount of jojoba oil, rub my hands together and then run my hands over my braids or twists.  Doing so locks moisture into the hair which may keep you from having to re-moisturize your hair throughout the week.

5. To minimize the chance of frizz taking over, the braids/twists should be left in until they're completely dry.  Not allowing the braids/twist to dry completely will result in frizz and there's no way around it.  If you like a little frizz, exercise control and fluff your hair up on your own at take down.  That way, you can control the amount of frizz that will occur.

 Remember to wear a satin bonnet to bed or sleep on a satin pillowcase as cotton will suck the moisture right out of your beautiful hair.

Here are my twists after they were completely dry. My hair takes a full day to dry depending on the products I use.

This is my hair at take-down prior to fluffing.  Notice the wonderful sheen and minimal frizz--even the color-treated portion of my hair looks super moisturized.

Here's my hair after fluffing.

Styling natural hair takes planning if you're going heat-free.  This means getting a jump on your hair a day or two in advance to ensure that your hair is completely dry before manipulating it.  With these few easy steps, you're sure to achieve the perfect braid out & twist out every single time.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Portraiture| Inevitable Change: A Portrait of My New #NaturalHair

My name is Veronica Campbell and there was a time in my life where I avoided change at all costs.  I welcomed it with as much enthusiasm as I would the flu instead of embracing it.  Funny thing about change is that it usually happens whether I like it or not.  Now, I believe that change is God's way of moving us along in life whether we perceive it as good or bad at that moment.  I've learned that either I can go with the flow and grow or stand still as an inactive participant.  

For the last 4 years, I have been swimming in change; a new baby, a new home, a new husband, a new mindset and with lots of growing pains in between.  As far as the growing pains go, I can't tell you that I've loved it the entire way through but it has definitely been to my benefit and betterment.   I giggle now thinking of the young, immature mind and the nowhere that I would be if things had stayed just as they were.  I'd be a waste of a talent, wasting my gifts right along with the "going no wheres" that I kept in my company.

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