Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New nail adventures

I just adore each one of you.  OMG - you all make me wan to keep writing when I'm having a bad day or when I'm just feeling like giving up.  I hate that I don't know each one of you, but I hope that in some small way, you have gotten to know me just by reading this blog.  However...there are a few of you who do know me personally and you have known me for a while.  For those of you who go all the way back before this blog was this blog, you know a certain thing about me - I love me some manicures and pedicures.  If you're really close to me, you know I haven't had a decent manicure since 2009.  I have an announcement...


A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try out a new place in my current city.  I went to Alicia B Nail Bar.  Since it was my first time going, I didn't make an appointment.  I didn't know what I was going to walk into and if the vibe didn't feel right, I wasn't going to stay.  When I walked in, I noticed the decor and the comfy feeling and how the owner, Alicia, interacted with her regulars and myself.  She asked if I could come back in an hour and I agreed.  Other than a few things I bought during my shopping adventure, going to back to the nail place was my best decision of the day.  

When I got back, she and her other nail techs (Kiki and Jessica) were busy, but I was able to pick out a color and got an extended version of my favorite part of any visit - soaking my feet!  I had no clue who was going to help me since it was my first time there, but all I wanted was for my manicure and pedicure to be right because I was going to a concert the next night.  Kiki ended up being my nail tech and she gave me a pedicure that almost had me catching a midday nap!  OMG - that was the most relaxing pedicure I had ever experienced.  But before she even started on my pedicure, she asked me what I wanted to do for my manicure.  

Ok, naturally, I have long fingernails.  I have strong fingernails.  I try to get them healthy and maintained, but not having a decent manicure in eight years, I was reluctant.  However, we talked about what I wanted and she gave me professional advice and she got started on my pedicure.  I had a glass of wine while I was getting my feet done, listened to some good music, and just felt awesome.  

Then, came the moment of truth - it was time for Kiki to do my nails.  But something really great happened while Kiki was doing my nails - Jessica asked my name and said...

"welcome to the family"

How could I not want to come back?!  In between Alicia telling me the right time to come back, Kiki giving my feet life, and Jessica giving me that welcome, I knew I had found my new nail place...hopefully.  Kiki still had to do my nails.  We decided to go with gel polish and just because I'm me, I picked the polish that changes color.  I wanted a party nail and she added some stones on all of them.  And just something else I noticed, she shaped my nails to perfection.  It took a little while, but that was worth it!  Needless to say, my nails ended up better than I had anticipated and I cannot wait to go back.  Best part?  I'm writing this post almost two weeks after my initial visit and ALL of my nails are still in tact!  Yep, this has sealed the deal.  After years of just getting pedicures and mediocre manicures, I finally found a place that can do both and do them very well.  

So, if you live in Columbia, SC or ever pass through and need your nails right, I hope you can get into my new nail place of Alicia B Nail Bar!  If you're looking for great techs with awesome personalities who take their time to give you the look you want, this is the place for you!  Oh, and the conversations are not bad either!  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Man, it was an interesting week

It was a pretty interesting week for dudes last week.  Strange opening, I know, but just follow me here.  There were a couple of things trending.  Oh snaps, let me clear up something -  

I'm fully aware of the fact that I'm a female plus size blogger.

Ok, back to my post already in progress...

Where were we?  Oh yes, trending.  There is a male romper out on the market now, or is it coming soon.  Let me just say I wasn't feeling it.  I don't know if it were the models (because everyone cannot wear everything), the prints, or a combo of both.  But I will admit, when I saw the camo print, I was hooked!  Now, I can't see anyone in my family wearing it (honestly, we're just big people and I'm scared to wear a jumpsuit myself), but if you have the body for it or just want to try it out, here is my suggestion...


Photo credit: NY Mag

I mean, people are always looking for the latest trends on the runway and some of that stuff you know good and well you wouldn't wear out in public.  You buy it for display only.  So don't be mad at these guys out here starting a trend.  Keep breaking barriers in the fashion world and stop being afraid to try something new.  

Next trending topic - the little boy doing his own makeup.  I have tried and failed to find this video of just this particular thing on YouTube.  The one I found was an hour long and he was only the first two or three minutes.  But, I think I can explain it to you.  Young boy (maybe 10ish) is basically putting on his makeup better than most women I know, including myself...but the caption floating around social media is if you saw your son doing this, what would you do.  My answer is as follows...

Either stick with it or stop playing with my makeup!!!

Yep, that's my answer.  Makeup isn't cheap!  If he wants to be a makeup artist - you do you, boo!  There is money in that industry!  Plus, he can hook me up with supplies with mama runs low!  But, real talk, I would support it.  People made such a big deal about him practicing on himself.  Well, who he going to practice on?  Those mannequins don't even come close to the feel of human skin.  Also, in order for you to highlight the features of someone else, you need to know your own features first.  Then I saw the stupidest comment that said he should practice on his sister?  What if he is an only child?  I'm an only child.  I practiced on myself and don't give me the but you're a girl speech.  I remember the first time my mom let me do her makeup and it was in 2014.  I was in my late 20s, had been doing my own face for years, and this woman pushed me out of her - but when it came to her face, she was like NOPE, NOT TODAY!!!  Maybe his mom was the same way.  

Honestly, I salute the young man and if any of you know who he is or how I can reach out to him, please let me know!  I just want to know who he is so I can give him the proper credit he is due!  And just to give you a little extra, one of my fav actors Jeremy Renner was a makeup artist before making it on the big screen.  You never know what doors this young man may be getting ready to open.  

Basically, open up your minds and your hearts.  The world is changing!  Time is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing - moving forward and fashion is moving right along with it.  And people, I don't see you making a big deal about guys sewing and becoming designers or learning how to do hair.  Quite frankly, I don't see the difference.  Makeup artist, designer, hair stylist...hmmmm.....all legal ways to make money and express yourself.  Sounds like the perfect storm to me!  

What are you doing people that people thought would be impossible or not in your best interest to do?  

Friday, May 19, 2017

I had a blast

This time last week I was still recovering from the high I experienced from the concert the night before.  I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Mary J. Blige and her opening act of Joe in living color.  OMG - it was so much fun and my outfit wasn't too bad either.  

I think we all know the drama she has going on in her life right now, but when she did No More Drama aka my favorite song from her, she absolutely slayed!!!  When Joe closed out his segment, he ended with I Wanna Know and that absolutely made my night.  

A special THANK YOU to Colonial Life Arena for the contest that allowed me to win my tickets!  And if you were wondering about my outfit, here is where you can get all the pieces...

Top and SLAY clutch: Ashley Stewart
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Shoe Carnival