Posting from my phone, woot woot! I call these types of posts, “drive by posts” bc they are quick and to the point. This photo above is giving me so much life. I want to create an outfit inspired by this for the Afro Punk Festival later this summer. I have tons of fabric laying around my place that I can use for this project. I plan to start working on it after the holiday has passed.
I know it has been a while since I updated on here. I haven’t abandoned this site. Just got busy with work, life, apartment hunting and then getting settled in from moving. Hope all is well with you guys. Now that my new place is coming together, I can focus my creative energies again on making and sharing cool things on here. I am very active on Instagram, check me out there in the meantime if you want to see what I’m up to. Wishing you all great weekends and I will be back to posting soon!
I love cooking shows and am loving ABC’s newest cook off show, “The Taste”. It comes on ABC at 8pm on Tuesdays. I loved those little tasting spoons they were sampling the various dishes from when they were building their teams. For what I would do with them is not determined yet but I want them! I also noticed that they immediately dismissed the vegan and vegetarian dishes/cooks when choosing their team members to lead. I was a little surprised by that, I thought they would want the diversity but apparently not. Guess there will have to be a spin off show for them. I would watch a vegan or vegetarian cooking competition show. As I’m trying to reduce my meat intake, I’d be interested to see what dishes I could get inspiration from. But I’m going off on a tangent. Are any of you watching? What are your thoughts?
So I am totally in love with the QuellyRue Designs Afro Woman sweatshirt (pictured above). Because everyone is on how fly they are and they are hand crafted by Raquel herself, only a limited number go up and when they do, I’m never fast enough to buy one before they are sold out again. I work and don’t live by the computer so I decided to make my own sweatshirt inspired by this Quelly Rue one. Step One: purchase a sweatshirt. I’ve purchased a sweatshirt. For step two, I have chosen to base my graphic off one I created for my natural hair blog, AGrlCanMac, pictured below. Step three, I will determine what types of media I want to use to create it: fabric, fabric paint a design on, or felt.
Because I’m working on a million projects at once (I really need to get with doing one project at a time), I will provide updates as I make progress with this. What projects are you working on?
One of the cool gifts that I received for Christmas was a cast iron skillet. It had been on my list for a while to get one but I never got around to it so I was pleasantly surprised when I was gifted one. I have the 10 1/4 inch size model by Lodge and it came pre-seasoned so all I had to do before using it was wash it in hot, soapy water; dry it and rub with some cooking oil. I didn’t have any cooking oil or Crisco on hand so I just used extra virgin olive oil and that worked out just fine.
If you bought a new cast iron skillet and it was not pre-seasoned, Martha Stewart has a super easy video showing how to season a brand new one. The first thing I cooked in my skillet was sauteed kale with garlic (pictured above), yummy! I can’t wait to make some catfish in it soon, there’s nothing like catfish fried up in a skillet.
Since my skillet was gifted, I don’t know where it was purchased but you can find it HERE on Amazon.
Happy New Year! I disappeared for a bit but I am still here. I took an unplanned break from writing but it was much needed and refreshing. I’m recharged, ready and brimming with ideas, posts and tutorials for 2013. I’ve got some great things up my sleeves for this space. Thank you for your readership, leaving comments and showing your support! It does not go unappreciated. Wishing you all a healthy, fruitful and adventurous (my re-newed take on life) 2013!
New material will be coming soon!
I spontaneously bought a ticket last week to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater last night at the NY City Center. I took a modern dance history class in college and one of the dancer/choreographers that I was never able to forget about was the magical Alvin Ailey. I vowed to see dancers in his company perform live one day and I finally did!
The performance was nothing short of amazing. Alvin Ailey dance movements are so “angular” and precise yet are liquid and all flow together. They require strength and grace at the same time. its beautiful. Now I was super excited to see Ailey’s most recognized, “Revelations”, bc i just love the performance and the costumes. Wade in the Water and Rocka my Soul are my absolute fav segments from “Revelations” and they kilt it last night. I also fell in love with “Episodes” which was choreographed by the late Ulysses Dove. Wow. It was great. It inspired me to research him and his work.
Overall, I absolutely loved the performance. The precision, passion and skill the dancers had was inspiring and amazing. They made me want to get up and dance but I knew better. Lol. I went by myself bc I just had to see it and I’m glad I did. This will NOT be my last time seeing an Alvin Ailey performance!
They have a few more days left in NYC, they are here till the 30th. See if you can still get a ticket. You will not be disappointed!
Visit the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater site for more details.