My Mom’s Mother’s Day Present

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Over the years we’ve bought my mom just about every kind of Mother’s Day present you can think of. Together with my sister and brothers, we’ve gotten her spa visits and fancy lunches, clothes and cosmetics, jewelry and perfume and one misguided year I believe my brother bought her a fancy iron. From my recollection, […]

Proud of Papa Bella!

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This post is all about my parents! Most specifically – my dad. I’ve written about my mom quite a few times here, but not as much about my dad. Some of you may recognize his regular comments on this here blog, but let me tell you about him. My dad isn’t one to rest on […]

My Monday Manicure: The Yellows of OPI

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Last Monday, I gotta admit — I was hardly in the mood for a manicure. On Saturday May 22nd, my husband and I got some awful news. A dear friend of ours had been killed in a motorcycle accident. This was the kind of friend who changed our lives – especially my husband’s life… He […]

Chicago! Get Ready to Love Your Hair With Natural Care!

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Chicago lovers of natural hair, mark your calendar!! Remember my interview with Felicia Leatherwood, natural stylist to stars like Jill Scott, and creator of the Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop? Well now’s your chance to meet her yourself!! The Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop will be coming to Chicago on May […]

Why Am I Breaking Out?

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You wake up in the morning feeling great, and then you look in the mirror. Whoomp, there is is – a big ol’ zit staring you in the face. “Nooooooooo!” you yell. “Why am I breaking out???” If you ask me, there are five possible reasons. So excuse me while I offer some skin care […]

Natural Hair Meetup Awesomeness!

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I heart Chicago. The universe keeps giving me these wonderful signs that yes, this was the right move. And this Saturday, I got to experience one of those signs and that feeling of affirmation yet again. I went to a natural hair meetup hosted by Leila of Black Girl with Long Hair, and it. was. […]

Happy Birthday, Aunty Opal!

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Most families have at least one person like her — the warm one, the one with all the culinary skills, the one who is most likely to watch cartoons with the kids, or play games. The one who’s motherly without necessarily being your mom. In my family, her name is Opal. And she’s always been […]