Thursday, January 22, 2015

HOW TO MAKE A HONEY & CINNAMON MASK FOR ACNE AND BREAKOUTS #FASTANDFIERCE



 For as long as I can remember I have suffered from acne and breakouts. I spent my teenage years shifting between Clean and Clear products and Proactive and never finding a steady cure. I just kept caking the makeup on. The only thing that ever helped was birth control pills but they made me hella emo. I feel like I'm getting too grown to keep breaking out but damn it, it keeps happening. I've been trying more holistic ways of curing it and I've somehow managed to keep it semi-steady by drinking tons of water, making better eating choices, maintaining a steady face washing routine and lately giving myself honey facials. The honey facials have been doing wonders for me, I had a really bad breakout a few weeks ago and I decided to treat it with honey/cinnamon. I read that honey is a great acne cure since it acts as natural antibiotic which kills the bacteria that causes acne. Cinnamon acts as antibacterial that de-clogs the pores. The results have been pretty good so far. I've been doing it every other day for 15-20 minutes. My skin ends up very soft and the redness subsides. I'm going to continue using it and tracking the progress. Try it out and let me know how it works for you. Remember that no matter what, you are beautiful and there are no problems, only solutions. Keep kicking ass and being the Fierce person you are!!

A super special thanks to my super awesome talented friends The Freaky Baby Daddies for the cool music on my video. Like it? Hear it Here ------> "Mojojo"


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

COOL SHADES ALERT!!!


Call me hunter of the cool, call me hunter of the good energy! However, what's even cooler is when you don't hunt and it's just served to you.  A friend of mine recently put me on to Textiles and Alchemy, a sunglass company that transcends the ordinary. Textiles and Alchemy is the science of deconstructing and reconstructing fabrics into wearable pieces of art. I'm a lover of the art as you know so I was totally digging all of their masterpieces.  They use textiles and fabrics from around the globe to create some of the coolest shades I've ever seen.  Ranging from vibrant pattern fabric glasses to bold and edgy shades of different shapes.  What I love best about Textiles and Alchemy is the meaning behind the brand and the mission.  I love how creative and in tune with the energy passed on from the maker to the product they are.  There seems to be an authentic feel to this brand.  I was gifted a pair of the Ono Zebe glasses from the RA collection.  I immediately fell in love!! For starters they're round which is my favorite sunglass shape, the zebra fabric is super cool and edgy, and they have these cool little shades over the shade that give them an extra unique look.  I specially like the packaging.  They come in a gold block case which made me feel like I was opening up an ancient Egyptian treasure or something.  Super cool man!! It's always really awesome to find brands with a deeper meaning than just someone trying to sell you something.  I plan on rocking the hell out of my shades and copping a few more styles soon.  Any who check them out if you dig them and stay elevated my friends!!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

HOW LIPSTICK AND SUNGLASSES CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!! #FASTANDFIERCE


Helloooooooo awesome people who read my blog!!! I love you!! :) I've been slacking on my #fastandfierce youtube videos, but I'm back with a new one. I realize that there are 2 things I always run to when I'm in a hurry to get ready and need to look fierce; sunglasses and lipstick! I share with you my favorite sunglasses and my 3 favorite lipstick shades. I don't know if they're in season or what not but those are my quick resources. Anywho, whatever, you catch my drift. I'm not like a super makeup guru or professional (clearly) so these are just my personal #fastandfierce fun tips for kick ass girls... and some guys! Hope you dig it! Share your thoughts, comments, or whatever. Bye!!

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Lipsticks

Mac- Ruby Woo Matte
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick- Matte 002 "Pink Pout"
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick- Creme 477 Black Cherry

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

'THE BADDEST MAN ALIVE' A PHOTO STORY OF HAROLD WAIGHT

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I embrace people, artists, and ideas that aren't widely accepted, cared for or known yet.  I find beauty in the grittiness and rawness of life. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

NEW YORK NEW YEAR!!


It is no secret that New York is my favorite place.  In 2014 I spent plenty of weekends going back and forth as often as I could just to gather some new inspiration and visit the many amazing friends I have here.  The past handsome year of 2014 has been one hell of a roller coaster ride.  2014 was a year of dancing out of my comfort zone, facing my fears, shedding of old ideas, projects, jobs and people.  I can't say that it was easy but growth isn't a pretty process.  Growth is stretching and stretching does't always feel that amazing right?  As the year was coming to a close I felt extremely drained physically and mentally as well as uninspired.  I could blame it on the bad eating habits I had been practicing due to my busy mind and activities as I prepare to push new projects this new year or I could blame it on my lack of organization and my ability to get all anxious and panicky when things don't move fast enough, but I'm just gonna take full accountability and work on bettering myself so I don't fall back in that place of fatigue and creative block again (I'm a little crazy I know).  However, I certainly wanted to end 2014 strong and kick off 2015 with a bang! What better place to ring in 2015 than the city that has been a huge source of inspiration since the first time I visited? I packed up and flew off to New York City baby!



This time around I've spent a week here rather than just a weekend.  I had no specific plan, I just kind of came to clear my mind and find some new energy.  That I found! I spent New Year's eve day exploring throughout the city from Brooklyn to Manhattan to Central Park just taking photos of people and things that inspired me (you can peep those in my Photo Journal).  After my exploring was over, I ended up going to a couple New Year's Eve parties with a good friend of mine, we rode the train to the parties with his friends who were super cool! Right at the stroke midnight I found myself hugging new cool strangers and feeling great! We bounced over to a loft party where I met some pretty rad people, danced and laughed the night away feeling a sense of new energy entering my life.  It was pretty great! I have spent the rest of my New Year days creating with some of my favorite creatives here in NY, preparing some new work and ventures I'll be heading into this year and getting my energy and mind right.   I feel so refreshed, I feel so alive, I feel so light after shedding so much this past year, I feel ready to enter a new dimension.  I don't much believe in resolutions but I do have one motto for 2015 which I plan on continuing this new chapter in my journey. 2015 is the year of  #FUCKFEAR! Yep, that's what I'll live by this year.  If I want something I'm just going to do it. Do what it takes without letting anything hold me back.  Not even myself! This is the year to run after my destiny!! You should too!! Happy New Year my awesome friends.  Make it count!!

Check out my New Year's Eve Photos HERE!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The SamOffThaRecord Experience Season 2 Ep. 2 "Musings With My Muse"


"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

One cannot go through life without a little magic.  Magic is believing in yourself!! When you believe in magic, you meet magical people.  I've had a muse for the past year.  His name is Harold Waight!! He is a mensch and an extremely multi talented visual artist, painter, photographer, has a fascinating sense of style and is just cool as an ice cube!! I believe Harold is on the verge of his artistic breakthrough, I see the passion in his eyes, I see the drive within him and when I hear all his stories of defeat, struggle, and perseverance I cannot believe he shares them so non chalantly, not victimizing his self but laughing and inspiring me. He is a victorious being on his way to amazing things and creating shift along the way!! Well I had to spend some time with him and his beau, the super dope fashion designer Malcolm Diggs this last time I was in New York.  We always have fun creating, laughing and inspiring each other to keep believing in magic and most importantly ourselves!! I hope you enjoy this episode and you too feel inspired to believe in magic!!

                                    
                        Harold at his home studio looking at all his photos from his recent exhibit.

Check out Harold's work at http://www.haroldwaight.com
Check out Malcolm's Digg Cool Exclusive Gear http://www.malcolmscloset.com


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

10 MINUTE WORKOUT TO TONE YOUR WHOLE BODY



I used to run. I used to kind of have abs. I used to be fit man!! 'Used to' is not acceptable!! I have been slacking heavily with my fitness and I don't like the way it feels.  Not only is exercise great to get you in shape and looking sexy but it's important for our health.  We need to take care of our bodies so that our bodies can take care of us.  Sometimes we get busy and it's really difficult to fit in a good 45 minute workout, hell even 30 minute.  Sometimes we can't make it to a gym or sometimes, well majority of the time we make excuses.  I don't want to make excuses anymore.  I reached out to a great friend of mine, Devan Dunson, who is a professional fitness trainer and amazing motivator to help me put together a 10 minute workout that can target the whole body.  We call this the 'Fast and Fierce' Workout.  I'm going to begin doing this 3x a week for the next month and track my progress.  I challenge you to do the same.  Next month I will catch up with Devan again and come up with a new 10 minute workout so that we can all stay fit! This is perfect right after Thanksgiving. Time to burn away all that sweet potato pie. I have put a list of the workout below so you can check it out and follow the format. So go ahead and hit play and groove baby!! 10 minutes is nothing!! Get it done!! Don't you totally dig the song in the video? Well that's 'Proper Protocol' by my pal out in LA, Dirk Deafner. You can check out the song, even download it here -----> https://soundcloud.com/dirkdeafner/proper-protocol-2

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