First off…May the 4th be with you! You know I couldn’t resist!
Wow! Time sure does fly by! Today, May 4, is my 4-year Blogiversary (Blog Anniversary)! It seems like yesterday I was sitting on my couch writing my first post not having a clue where my blog would be in four years. So many experiences, many of them still in my queue lol (don’t worry they are coming)! Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet, connect, and network with some pretty amazing readers, bloggers, and people (online and in for real-life) who just make this world a fun place to be in. I appreciate you all for showing my blog and me so much love and support. With this new year, I will be embarking on a journey and I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to share it with you all (even the HALF-craziness lol). LOTS of running, fitness…and oh yes, lots of food and foodie finds—and of course, so much more!
Here are a few of my favorite posts over the past year and since inception of My Pretty Brown Blog!
I’m a Hair Enthusiast! Hair…is just something that I love! I’ve always been a fan of fly, funky, and fun and can’t forget easy to manage. Every fall/winter I protective style with either braids, twists, or locs. Looking for some ideas for a Fall Festival? And guess what!? Even if you don’t “celebrate” Halloween, you can still dress up and have fun! Last year, I wanted to do something fun, but having my faux locs installed — I had no clue what. Then I came across Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey’s (Chescalocs) Natural Hair-O-Ween video where she collaborated with other naturals on YouTube. When I ran across Ambrosia Malbrough’s Grace Jones Hair-O-Ween tutorial, I said–that’s IT! I absolutely love Grace Jones so I figured out a way to make her look work with my locs. This is not a tutorial (you can view the video below), but to show you the final result and inspire you with some ideas!
I am none other than… Grace Jones, the “remarkably unchanged”, a true living legend, fashion icon, and FIERCE unequivocal beauty!
Make-up: I made Ambrosia’s look my own, but used similar tones. Just have fun with it!
Face: MAC – Studio Fix “Fluid” NW46
Face: Ruby Kisses – 3D Face Creator – Level 8
Eyes: Coastal Scents (88 color palette) Shadow: darker shades for my eyes
Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon
Cheeks/Face: Cover Girl – Ebony Bronzer
Lip Liner: Jaguar Luxury Cosmetics – Plum and Black
Lipstick: Revlon – VaVa Violet with a hint of Cover Girl – Embrace
View Ambrosia’s Grace Jones – Natural Hair-O-Ween Tutorial
Here are more videos from the Natural Hair-O-Ween Collab!
Welcome to the wonderful world of Marley/Havana Twists! What they are called, depends on who you ask. I installed these less than a year ago. I’ve been meaning to post pics, but I had a hard time locating them. I hid them from myself or they are amongst my many devices. I did find a few photos with all kinds of fancy filters. Who doesn’t love fancy filters, right?! I love the filters because they show them in more detail.
I absolutely loved these Havana/Marley twists. It was my 4th time installing twists, but my first time for Havana (super chunky) twists. My first set were Senegalese twists (waist length), seen here. I completed those in 11 hours. I decided I wanted them again in Winter (last year), so I installed them again here. I even installed Marley twists for the first time, but I used a different type of hair trying to recreate my Senegalese twists. FAIL! Lol I realized you can’t do that. Different twists, require different textures/types of hair. They were more like kinky twists. I’ll post about those later.
Here are a few pics:
New specs alert!
This was a super, random bun style! Not even neat, messy in all its gloriousness!
Can’t you tell I was excited about my new eyeglasses!? I mean, they showed up in like…every pic!
I actually went back and decided to make my twists smaller. I redid mainly the front and top. I still can’t remember why I did that. I am a runner, so they may have been a little too heavy for what I needed at the time. Either way, I liked the way they turned out.
Brand of hair used: Femi Marley hair — about 6 packs. I used the invisible twist method.
I used about 3 to 4 pieces depending on the size and spread them apart with my fingers to make them full. This brand of Marley hair was not as full. I’ve also used Bonne Marley hair (when I ran out). I like that brand because they usually have fuller pieces.
Took me about 9 hours to complete.
Products I used: African Pride Braid Spray, a spritzer of water with peppermint oil, and a few drops of castor oil for my post-workout spritz (mainly for scalp); a water bottle to spray twists if they needed moisture or looked dry.
I watched numerous YouTube videos and then decided to try them on myself. I’m not a professional, they just turned out pretty sweet!
I’ll definitely be installing these again. If you have any questions/comments, leave them below!