What to Wear to Work: Polka Dots and Denim

 

There is nothing better than an easy breezy dress for the summertime paired with a denim jacket for inside office cooler temps.

What I am wearing:

  • Old Navy black & white polka dotted dress – bought on Vinted.com ($21)
  • Mossimo denim jacket – thrifted ($5)
  • Style & Co red flats – gifted ($0)
  • No name brand blue aviator sunglasses – Patapso Flea Market ($5)

Total cost for this look = $26 – Now that is a bargain!

Hair – twist out

Photographer: Neko Wright

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Meet Nitro, the furriest member of my family

I was one to always say “I don’t want a dog!”

I like dogs ok, but I am already a mom and was not interested in having an animal to feed, take to vet, walk outside in any kind of weather and to be responsible for if I needed to go out of town. We had always had dogs when I was growing up but playing with a dog as a child and being totally responsible for one as an an adult are two very different things!

Fast forward to this past year –  I remembered that I always wanted a Yorkie. So cute, not that big and well mannered. I made up my mind that I was going to try to find a Yorkie for a reasonable fee. When I get my mind set on something – it is pretty much a done deal – so the search began! I looked high and low for a Yorkie using all of the dog search websites, local electronic newspapers and Craigslist. Let me just say that there are some crazy people when you deal with online adventures. I had one lady promise to hold a Yorkie for me during a snow storm, as I could not get out of my neighborhood, but she sold it that day anyway and did not want to tell me that – but I found out on my own.

It took a few months but then I came across a 2 month old Yorkie being sold on Craigslist and not too far from where I live. I communicated with the seller and at first I thought she was another crazy online seller but she turned out to be great!

We met with her at her home to check out the Yorkie and fell completely in love with the puppy at first sight- he was so cute (and still is!). He was in the woman’s home with his mom and he was well taken care of and loved. We inspected him physically after playing with him and decided to take him home. On the way home we named him Nitro.

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The day we bought Nitro home

When we bought him home on March he weighed 3 lbs. He is now 8 lbs we still love him to death! Yes, we have to walk him in any kind of weather, feed him (I cook for him), take him to MANY vet visits (more than my son had when we was a newborn!) and we have not gone on  a trip since we have had him, but I am sure one will be coming up soon – do we take him or get someone to sit him? I guess it depends on the trip.

He brings us so much joy and unconditional love that we don’t care about the responsibility. He is definitely worth it.

First Vet visit
First Vet visit
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I have come to learn that Nitro is most likely a Yorkiepoo (Yorkie mixed with Poodle) and that is fine with me as I did not want his ears to stand up like a full Yorkie – I am in love with his floppy ears and hope they never do stand up!

He loves being outside
He loves being outside

 

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Giving me the side-eye while trying to take a nap
Giving me the side-eye while trying to take a nap
Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch
My tele-work days – he is never too far away!

Sounds from the Streets: DUPONT BRASS

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Imagine coming into work on a Thursday morning, taking the metro and wishing that it was Friday but you have one more day to go to get to that magical day of the week! You get off of the metro, come up the escalator, and emerge outside – when you do, you get the best EARGASM ever!

Click here to sample their sound

It is DuPont Brass, an innovative brass brand comprised of students from Howard University. They began as a 5 member band trying to raise money for tuition and now have grown to 9 members and play at weddings, banquets, political events and other functions.

I actually look forward to Thursdays now, as I know I will get to hear their band play as I depart the metro and walk to work. It puts me in a good mood to see them working together to make such beautiful music and to know that they are doing what they love to do makes it even better!

I came to like DuPont Brass so much from the short time I get to listen to them as I come out of the metro that I decided to purchase their CD, Crewsin. It is amazing. The sound they create together is undeniable. You too, can purchase their CD.

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I promise you will love their story, their sound and their CD. Check them out and support in any way that you can. Here is a story that we need on the news. A positive story about a group of African Americans that are doing something positive!

Thank you, DuPont Brass for always making me smile on Thursdays!

Upcoming Events to see them LIVE: 

August 15, 2015 – Fenton Street Market, Silver Spring,MD

August 18, 2015 – Music on the Mall, Washington, DC

September 1, 201 – Katrina Memorial Fair, Silver Spring, MD

My absolute FAVORITE protective hairstyle: Crochet Braids

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I cannot tell you how in love I am with crochet braids as my go-to protective style for my natural hair! I used to get my hair braided but I can no longer sit for 8 hours or more to get individual braids. So, I met a young lady about a year ago that changed my life. We were at a shopping event and she had crochet braids that I thought was her real natural hair. When she told me that it was crochet braids I was AMAZED! .She has been doing my hair ever since and I will continue to go to her as long as she is doing hair!

What are crochet braids, you ask? It is when your entire head of hair is cornrowed and single strands of braiding hair are literally crocheted onto your cornrows. The single strands is what gives it such a natural appearance to make it look like hair that is growing from your scalp!

Crochet braids have been around for a long time and I remember that my mom got crochet braids years ago when she was going on a cruise.But I am here to tell you that the type of hair being used now and the way your natural hair is cornrowed underneath has changed the game! Now with the more natural look hair textures and the many ways you can get your hair cornrowed determines the many different ways you can rock your crochet braids.

How my hair was cornrowed – don’t say anything about all of my grey hair!

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The absolute best thing about the crochet braids is that it only takes 4, maybe 5 hours from start to finish! And you come out with a hairdo that you can not only style many ways but the type of hair that I use is also water-friendly for easy washing and going swimming.

The comment I always get when I wear crochet braids is “Your hair is so pretty!” And I always tell people that it is crochet braids and not my hair. They always think it is my very own hair – again a shout out to my stylist for always hooking me up!

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So, if you want a protective style that is easy to install, easy to maintain, looks like your hair and that you can wear for up to 3 months – I suggest crochet braids!

The hair I use:

Brand: Freetress, Style: Water wave

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What to wear to work: Black & White & Bright

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Nothing makes me feel better than bright colors. I am also a huge fan of black and white – so why not put the two together!

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What I am wearing:

Black & white polka dotted shirt (Dress Barn) – Thrifted for $2.00

Yellow knee length skirt (Golden Flava) – Thrifted for $3.00

Black strappy sandals (Cloudwalkers) – Thifted for $2.50

The entire outfit cost $7.50. I did have to get the zipper replaced on the skirt which was $10 at my local dry cleaners – so if you ad that on, the entire outfit was a whopping $12.50!!

Shopping on a dime (Thrifting) is one of my favorite things to do!

 

Photo Credits:  Jacki Manson (Photographer)

I am BACK! (I took a short hiatus)

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I took a hiatus from Naturally Curvaceous to take a minute to focus on what I want for myself and what I want for this blog.

I am BACK!

My promise to my subscribers and readers is that I will post at least once a week on my blog. I will still focus on fashion (on a dime), natural hair, being curvaceous, weight loss, and of course my random thoughts.

What I wanted to achieve for myself was:

  • A healthier lifestyle – some of which I will document on this blog
  • An addition to our family – a Yorkie named Nitro that I am sure you all will meet soon
  • A way to incorporate more family time into my schedule (with fun, free events, of course!) I will be sharing those with you as well.

For the blog I want to stay true to my authentic self and hopefully post information that is entertaining and interesting.

Thank you for sticking with me through this time, now let’s get on with it!!

Yani

Men: Orgasmic Opportunists – Yes or No?

This is something that I have always wondered about – are men Orgasmic Opportunists – even when in a “committed” relationship?

Definition: Taking every opportunity to get to their next orgasm

Is it true that men really do not think with the head on their shoulders?

It is not that women do not cheat. I think women cheat for very different reasons than men (maybe covered in a future post).

But this post is about:

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I am in a committed relationship and this post does not have anything to do with my relationship but it is something that I have thought about for as long as I can remember.

Do men have the ability to be completely and 100% faithful – meaning no sex with anyone outside of their relationship/marriage?

I really would like to hear from the men that read my blog on this topic as women have their own opinions that I have heard all of my life. But I have never really asked the men that I know to answer these questions:

Is sex (or having and orgasm) the most important thing that motivates men?

Can men truly be faithful in a “committed” relationship?

Is faithfulness determined by who you are in a relationship with?

Does the orgasmic opportunist change with age?

What are the things required in a relationship for you to be totally faithful?


Now for my opinion:

I think men can be 100% committed and faithful, if they want to,  but I believe it takes the right relationship, at the right age for them to understand the what they are looking for. I believe that men need to be loved and catered to as much as women. I think they too want compliments so that they too feel sexy and desirable. I believe in saying “thank you”- even for the little things. I believe that you cannot know what you want if you have not been through some things in life and some of that comes with age.

But I do believe that there are some men that just desire sex and not a relationship. Those men should just be who they are and not even try to commit to another person because we all know it will end badly.  Keep having un-committed sex and be happy.

The bottom line (in my opinion): Happiness and contentment = faithfulness for men and women!

Let me know what you think…..

Snow….oh NO!!!

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I think I have mentioned to you all before that I want to move to the west coast…and this is main reason to get away from the cold, snow, ice , heavy coats, gloves, scarves and hats!

I must say that snow is beautiful to watch from the comforts of your home looking out of the window but it all together something different when you have to be out in it.

Today was the first snow of 2015 in the DMV (DC, MD & VA area). It was beautiful and my son got to have his wished for “snow day”. I had to venture ou to work so I thought I would share some of the beauty with you!
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Steppin Out on New Year’s Eve

Steppin Out on New Year's Eve

Adrianna Papell see through dress
$110 – johnlewis.com

Belted dress
$3.13 – amazon.co.uk

Adrianna Papell evening dress
newyorkersapparel.com

Wide pumps
$26 – beyondtherack.com

ALDO heels & pumps
aldoshoes.com

High heel pumps
unique-vintage.com

High heel shoes
$41 – styletread.com.au

Platform shoes
payless.com

Teal pumps
$31 – newlook.com

What to wear on Christmas Day

What to wear on Christmas Day

Long sleeve top
rotita.com

H&M boot cut jeans
$47 – hm.com

Red jeans
$44 – bluebanana.com

H M circle skirt
$7.82 – hm.com

Mary jane
modcloth.com