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20170620

Why We Need Wonder Woman

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

It's crazy to think that not too long ago (within the past century), women were allowed to vote, women were allowed to apply for their own charge cards and not ask their dads for theirs.When I was a just a little girl, my brother and I would walk into the local comic book store and check out the latest comics. I was always intrigued by the beautiful illustrations inside of comics, it may have been part of my influence into the creative field! The colors, the characters, the costumes, the romances, the plot lines, everything was given detail to except for one, women. Growing up, I never quite understood why I never saw women on the front lines of the comic book stories. Sure there were the famous women characters that we all knew and loved like Cat Woman, Super Girl, and Storm to name a few. But if you take a look at those characters' comics or other women characters comics, you'll notice that most of their stories are pretty abstract and vague or at the center of their plot is a man, unsurprisingly. It wasn't until I realized that that's the way the world is run, there are more men in power than women, even though women have been 52% + of the world's population for the past several years. Then, 2017 came around with it's first movie of a woman comic book character, Wonder Woman.

20170604

The Yoga Bra


Illustrated By Jacqueline Davis Moranti

When it comes to working out, I make sure that my fitness outfits are just as fashionable as my regular outfits. You never know who you'll bump into while you're at the gym or the studio! When shopping for my athletic clothing I usually stock up on tights and bras, but with my haste in just buying what's matching this or that I don't really take into account the type of support I might need for my workouts from my bras. Have you ever gone on a long run, while wearing a sport bra meant for yoga? Or kickboxing in an unpadded bra? It's not fun or comfortable working out that way, that's why I made it my mission to learn the difference between the variety of bras out there other than how cute it would look with my outfits. 

20170528

How To Fake The Wake


Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

Admit it, you're busy. It's ok to come to that realization, we all have things to do and things we want to accomplish. Mornings are tough, from avoiding the snooze button to making sure you look somewhat well groomed, you also need to make sure you get out the door on time! Incessant Netflix Originals and Hulu Show marathons, to demanding deadlines and passion projects, it's easy to understand why morning feel like a necessary evil. Unfortunately sleeping starts to feel like a thing of the past as you get older, like an elusive product of a special club that you're not a member of. I do my best to get as much REM sleep in but alas, life gets in the way. Time is precious and that's why I've figured out how to mask the sleeplessness because no one likes to hear, "You look tired!" Here's how I wakey- wakey....

20170520

Hair Goals


Illustration by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

We've all seen those commercials, the ones with the models twirling their super gorgeous hair around and prancing about how great this or that product helped them achieve the desired look. I'll admit there was a time when I did what I could to get those products and try it out to get that "hair commercial" look. But alas, as a young and misguided person of color with not too much resources, I thought I could do that too, I thought I could look like that too, but boy was I wrong! I never, not once achieved that look, not until I realized that I was doing it all wrong. Women of color have different hair textures than the one's that are so often portrayed in the mainstream media, it wasn't until I fell in to this realization that I learned how to actually get the hair goals for myself and not the ones that were thrown at me. With that said, my naturally frizzy hair still needs a lot of love and attention! Fortunately there has been a boost in resources and conversations of haircare for women in the darker end of the spectrum, one of those brands in particular is Schwarzkopf. And I totally love the new Gliss product line and what it does for my hair. 

20170516

SPF Easy

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

It's no secret that using spf infused products is essential to maintaining great skin for years. For those of you that don't know, too much sun can cause really bad long term problems for your skin. Might as well love the skin you're in and take care of it! As soon as the weather hits a stable 60 degree and sunny temperature I start to switch out my skin care products for other products with spf in it. That also includes body products too. While I like to consider myself a sun worshipper, I also make sure to know all the facts about too much sun. As you know, the sun causes pigmentation wrinkles, skin cancer, all of that is enough to send me running to my local department store for some adjustments to my skincare! I've been adding this special ingredient to my beauty ritual for years, yes my product rotation has greatly changed but my views on skincare are greatly cemented into my brain, thanks mom! Take a look at my current rotation!