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)

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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Office Style: Neutral & Stripes

My favorite day of the week is Friday! It is the ending of the work week and the beginning of the weekend. Another thing I love about Fridays is that in my office it is casual dress day.

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As the weather is getting colder in the DMV it is time to pull out the layers, jackets and boots. I absolutely HATE cold weather but the one thing that I do like about the colder temps is that I get to wear scarves! I love, love, love scarves. There are so many ways to wear them and accessories any outfit.

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For Friday that just passed, I chose to wear neutral colors and accent with black & white stripes.

Something that you will come to learn about me is that I RARELY pay full price for any article of clothing or shoes. I am big on thrift shopping, closet sales, and clearance racks.

The Look:

  • Drape jacket by Inspire (purchased at a closet sale for $20)
  • Black & white striped shirt by Forever 21 (purchased at a thrift store for $2)
  • Jeggings by Mossimo (purchased at a thrift store for $3)
  • Boots by Target (purchased on Ebay for $20)
  • Necklace (bought at a closet sale for $5)
  • Crossbody bag by Urban Expressions (purchased at a closet sale for $10)
  • Scarf (purchased at a thrift store for $3)

My entire outfit cost under $100!!! Now that is what I am talking about! Looking stylish all while keeping some coins in your pocket!

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What is your favorite outfit to wear on casual Friday?

Photos taken by Jacki Welch (my fabulous colleague!)

Self Acceptance…FINALLY!

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Over the past weekend I attended the Shopaholic Suite event that featured several of the DC, MD & VA’s (DMV’s) local curvy bloggers selling items from their closets. The event was amazing – more about this later in the post.

But what happened as I entered the room, walked around, shopped and met some really cool people was that I finally came to a place where I accepted me, for me, EXACTLY the way that I am.

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I was in a room with only other curvy woman that were also beautiful, smart, funny and extremely fashionable. They all looked like me – my size! I was not out of place – I fit in just like a piece missing from a puzzle. As I met all of the women and talked with them about the clothing that they were selling and about blogging it became more and more clear to me that God made everyone in different shapes and sizes for a reason. If we were all created to look the same the world as we know it would be completely boring.

Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. I have 4 sisters and I am the heaviest. In my circle of friends, I am the heaviest. At my place of employment, I am one of the heaviest. People that know me and that are the closest to me do not even know and probably could never tell that I have been self conscience about my weight and desperately wanted to know what it may feel like to be “normal size”.

I lost 60 lbs on Weight Watchers about 4 years ago. Since that time I have gained about 25 of those lbs back, hince my new plan, Operation Fat Be Gone – which includes daily visits to the gym, joining the Fitbit craze, tracking my food in MyFitnessPal. I have been on this plan since Sept 2  and I have not lost any weight, as noted in my post, Killing Myself in the Gym – But NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT! I am motivated and committed to the plan, not only to lose weight but to he a healthier person so that I can live a long time. I have recently come to find out that I have a vitamin D deficiency – which may be enabling me to lose weight. Now I am taking vitamin D and will see what happens after about 6 months (the times for your body to respond to the vitamin D).

But what if I never lose another pound?……

I will love me just the way that I am. I will be the most stylish curvy fashionista that I can be and will encourage and support all of the other curvies of the world!

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But again, all of this happened from attending the Shopaholic Suite event over the weekend that was held in the Silver Spring Civic Center. This event was utterly amazing. There were gift bags – with actual gifts, nicely set up tables and clothing racks, free massages and delicious baked goods. I met some of the most down to earth friendly bloggers as well as other shoppers. I had not had that much fun in a long time. I definitely shopped until I was ready to drop!

Below is just a small sampling of the items I purchased:

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I hope to attend more events like this in the future. I want to see more people that look like me!

Food Love: Crab – Cakes, Legs, Whole, Soup – How Ever!

Can I just tell you that I LOVE CRAB! I could eat crab all day, every day and NEVER get tired of it. This is one great thing about living in Maryland – there is no shortage of crab! Every time I think about moving to the west coast I cringe at the thought of no more crab.

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Since I love crab so much I finally decided it was time that I learned how to make crab cakes and thanks to my fiancee’s mom, I now have it nailed down and can make them any time we want!

Side bar: What is the true plural of crab? Is it crab or crabs? I have not quite figured this out yet and have searched in many dictionaries. This came up from watching Deadliest Catch – it seemed that they never said crabs.

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My truest love of crab is the whole blue crab! I love the picking to get what some people call “that little bit of meat”. That is my favorite form and with my special “crab dip”, it is ON!

Crab soup

I have recently become fond of lump crab soup from a DC Food Truck, Feelin Crabby. Their soup is to die for! I literally stalk the truck just to get to soup. The crab slider are greatness but the soup….. WOW.

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Crab legs are much meatier than the whole crab and I like them as well. As you can see, I like crab(s) any way that I can get them. My favorite place to get crab legs or whole crab(s) is the DC Warf.

If you are in the DMV, what is your favorite place to get crab(s)?

Yes, I did the BIG CHOP (actually twice!)

I know there is much discussion over to do the BIG CHOP or not. I have been natural for 2 years and during my transition period I got so tired of trying to deal with the 2 textures – the new growth of natural hair and the old relaxed, straggly hair that was just hanging out on my ends. I was hard to create a decent hair style with these 2 textures so one day I cut about 80% of the relaxer off but I was scared to cut it any shorter. About two weeks went by and I decided why not – so I did! It was the best thing I ever did for my hair. Finally getting rid of all of the relaxer made me feel free! I wanted to shout from the mountain top that all of the creamy crack was gone.

Everyone has to do what is best for them but for me it was the BIG CHOP all the way!

Get to know Yani of NaturallyCurvaceous.com

My name is Yani and I am brand new to the blogging scene. I am starting this blog to share my thoughts on natural hair, being curvaceous, finding style bargains in thrift stores or flea markets, weight loss (or lack there of), my love of food, which could be the problem with the weight loss and just my random thoughts on anything that may pop into my mind.

I currently reside in Capitol Heights, MD. I am the mother of just one 10 year old boy who is the love of my life. I am recently engaged so I will not be offering any dating advice but I may give my thoughts on how to keep a relationship going.

I am a very simple woman that likes to keep as many “coins” in my pocket as possible. So I will share some of my frugal ways with you in hopes to keep the “coins” in your pocket too.

So sit back, relax, read, make comments and please share this blog with your friends!