Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Naturally Me…Kind Of

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last natural hair post!  What is wrong with me?  I really haven’t been that busy.  Hmmmm, I’m just gonna chalk it up to laziness and move on.

A lot has happened since my last post ~ I’ve dyed my hair twice, discovered new hair products and found an incredible community of natural haired people on Twitter.  Who knew there were so many natural haired beauties out there?  I didn’t.  And lemme tell you, these ladies know what they’re talking about.  They’re quick to offer love, support and helpful suggestions (use the hashtag #NaturalHair if you want to check them out).

I’ve been natural for 11 months now.  Yay!  I’m not going to lie and say it’s been an easy road, there have been times that I’ve wanted to go back to the “creamy crack.”  Dealing with natural hair, as beautiful as it is, is a learning experience.  There are days when I think I’ve figured my hair out and then my hair does a flip on me and I have to start all over.  When I first started this journey I was using the Mixed Chicks product line and I loved it because it defined my curls but I hated it because my defined curls were incredibly hard. I’ve also tried products by Carol’s Daughter but I felt like I could taste the hair cremes so I stopped using them, now I only use the shampoo.  A few people have suggested that I try products by Garnier so that’s next on the list.

I’ve been experimenting with different hairstyles ~ I think that’s one of the pluses of natural hair, the versatility.  I’ve worn curls, puffs and two~strand twist outs.  I’ve even flat~ironed it.  I don’t really like straightening it but my husband prefers it that way, so…  For the most part though I wear it curly.  My girl, Kendra, posted a video of herself brushing her hair out and I love it, so I decided to post pictures of myself with my hair brushed out.  I don’t have a lot of hair but it’s thick so brushing it out is a chore.  I do love it though, it’s so funky and you can really see the burgundy color.

Since going natural, one of the things I’m started to pay a lot of attention to is natural sistas in the media.  There are commercials (the Ford Fiesta and Mirena commercials come to mind) where sisters are totally rocking their natural ‘dos and I’m loving it.  I’ve also noticed natural haired sisters on television shows ~ Jasika Nicole, I’m looking at you, girl.  And did y’all see the BET Awards?  I have serious hair envy.  Esperanza Spalding, lady, your ears should be burning.  Seeing natural haired women who are beautiful and successful is so inspirational.

Now if we could just get Essence to get it right ~ why do y’all advertise hair relaxers on the same page that you offer tips and tricks for natural hair?  Doh!


Shopping in NEPA: the Bare Accessories

People are always asking me about my jewelry, they want to know where I bought it or who made it or if they can get something similar.  I always tell them “Yes!” and then I proceed to tell them exactly where I purchased each piece, how much I paid for it and who they should talk to when they get to the store.  I especially love doing this with small, locally owned businesses ~ when you buy local, you help your community.

Anyway, about a month ago, Miss 16 and I were shopping for accessories for her prom dress when we stumbled across a lovely little store at the Shoppes at Montage in Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA).  the Bare Accessories is a cute little shop that offers a variety of accessories to fit every budget.  My daughter picked up a bronze clutch that perfectly matched her dress (my daughter shares my eclectic taste) and I fell in love with some floral leather bracelets.  I decided not to purchase the bracelet *gasp* because the shopping trip was not about me, it was about Miss 16.  I just made a mental note to return later in the week to buy it.  Naturally, life got in the way and I never made it back up to the store.  And when I finally did, the bracelets were gone!

I perused the shop since I was already there and found quite a few pieces that caught my eye ~ chunky rings, slouchy handbags, sequined scarves, beaded earrings, etc.  On my way out, I decided to take a chance and ask if they’d be getting anymore of the leather bracelets and was told they would be getting them the following week.  Then Stephanie, one of the co~owners, did something that is almost never done at the big stores (and this is why I heart little shops), she asked for my name and number and told me she’d give me a ring as soon as they arrived.

Sure enough, the following week I received a phone call letting me know the bracelets had arrived!  While picking up my bracelet, I met Michaelene, the owner of the shop.  She is so nice.  If you get a chance, pop in and check out their wares ~ I’m sure you’ll find something you love.

Contact Information:

the Bare Accessories
Shoppes at Montage
2031 Shoppes Blvd.
Moosic, PA 18507
Hrs: Mon ~ Sat 10 AM ~ 9 PM
Sun 12 PM ~ 5 PM

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I just really like the products and the owners of the shop.


Monday Mingle: I Love My Job!

Monday Mingle is hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. Afterall, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are all about work:

1. Tell us some of your previous job titles. Which was your favorite job?
2. Who is the worst boss you ever had?
3. Who was your favorite boss?

Next week’s questions are:
1. When was the last time you went to the beach? Where?
2. What are your plans for the summer?
3. What are your favorite summer recipes? (you know the ones that don’t require an oven)

PS Jennifer included a little reminder on her vlog for us to make sure that we check the linky periodically to see if there are any new minglers.  If you see new participants, welcome them to the crew by leaving them some comment love.  Thanks

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