Thinking of Jennifer

I’ve been thinking about Jennifer Hudson all weekend long. It’s one thing to lose a parent. But to lose your mother and brother under such awful, awful circumstances…. just dealing with that alone would be crushing. Add to that the fact that they don’t yet know where her 7 year old nephew is just beyond. […]

Early Holiday Shopping Alert

Hey bellas! Got a rare Saturday post to let you know to hurry hurry hurry if you want to do some holiday shopping. One of my favorite companies for little bellas is taking a hiatus, effective of Monday, October 27, 2008. Jamila and the rest of the j. blossom gang recently lost the sublease on […]

Brilliant Bargain Beauty Buys – Hair Edition

Alright! I kicked off this week with the makeup edition of this post, now on to the brilliant bargain beauty buys for my afrobellas — natural hair needs love too! And it ain’t always affordable to find the products your hair needs. When it comes to products that rock for natural bellas, there’s high end […]

When is a “Silkener” Not a “Silkener?”

I got an e mail from a reader recently, regarding Miss Jessie’s Stretch Silkening Creme. “How is this not PERM or TEXTURIZER (perm by another name)?!?” I see where the reader could think that — after my interview with Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s, wherein she explained what the controversial “silkener” treatment was (sodium hydroxide, […]

This is as Close as I Got to Seeing Barack Obama Yesterday

Not even close, right? This dude was wandering through the enormous crowd outside Bicentennial Park during yesterday’s Miami Barack Obama rally, shouting “President Obama! President Obama!” So I took his photo. Gotta say, this is a very… Picasso-esque likeness. You could argue for a refund on that, almost. The Wall Street Journal estimated yesterday’s crowd […]

Brilliant Bargain Beauty Buys

I have champagne and caviar taste, but a beer n’ Cheetos budget. Holla if you hear me, bellas! This last weekend, I made a visit to the new and improved Sephora at Dadeland Mall. I was so glad all the salesladies ignored me. Initially I was annoyed, but I should thank them – they saved […]

Ododo Original Winners!

Ten days ago, I hosted a giveaway of hair jewelry by Ododo Designs, purveyor of handcrafted beaded hair flora. The designer, Lesley, came up with a really cool idea for the giveaway. She wanted me to ask you bellas, what makes you an original? The 29 responses we got were so interesting and diverse, it […]