All Flatened Out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 2, 2014 by The Style Code

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Well….. Anyone that knows me will know that I love my wedges, stilettos, and  high heels in any way shape or form.  However, in my attempt to be more heath conscious, I have turned over a new leaf, and after doing research on the effects high heels, I sought alternatives that wouldn’t cramp my style or my feet.  According to the American Osteopathic Association, “extended wear of high heels and continually bending your toes into an unnatural position can cause a range of ailments from ingrown toe nails to leg tendons, and lower back pain.”   I’m not saying I am completely giving them up, I love a cute wedge.  I will however, look for styles that provide support in the right places. 

 I found a great company called Footzyfolds https://www.footzyfolds.com/ that has many stylish options when it comes to flats, and if you like them on Facebook you can get 25% off your first purchase.  I love these flats.  You can take them anywhere, and one of the great things about them is the fact that they roll up! 

These are a great alternative to heels, and they don’t sacrifice style.  

“If Lost Return to Lagos” a Teespring T-Shirt Campaign

Posted in Fashion and Style with tags , , , on February 19, 2013 by The Style Code

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The “If Lost Return to Lagos” t-shirt campaign was inspired by one person’s love for home. This t-shirt says what it means and means what it says.

How the Campaign Works

Teespring allows individuals to creatively design a tee, launch a campaign, and spead the word in order to reach a desired goal. You reserve your t-shirt and it will be shipped when the goal is met.

So what are you waiting for??? Reserve one and there will be more great ones to come.

The Campaign: http://teespring.com/iflost?fb_action_ids=4775033087116&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

DearCurves – African Fashion for Real Women

Posted in Fashion and Style on February 6, 2013 by The Style Code

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Dear Curves offers African fashions for real women. The line uses staple fabrics such as George, Gele, and Ankara in designs which compliment a woman’s beautiful curves.
DearCurves.com

Caring for Your Braided Hair

Posted in Fashion and Style, Health and Beauty, Knowledge and Awareness with tags , , , on September 25, 2012 by The Style Code

So I recently started wearing braids again, and have to say I have really missed it.  One of my concerns while wearing braids is making sure my hair stays healthy while in this style.  I came across some helpful tips on Transitioning Movement.  I do use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a week to cleanse my scalp in order to prevent build-up and relieve itch, and like the results.  The post workout tips are great too.  Take a look!

Braid extensions can be a super-cute protective styling option for those of us transitioning from relaxed to natural, looking to retain more length, in need of a beauty break or just looking for a fresh fashion fix. It is important, however, to keep in mind that your real hair still needs to be taken care of underneath! Extension braids can be very drying, especially on the scalp area. With proper care, you will be able to retain all of your new growth once the braids are removed. It would be unfortunate to end up with less hair than you started with due to neglect. Here are a few quick and vital tips on maintaining your real natural hair while wearing extension braids.

Cleansing

To help maintain scalp circulation and keep it buildup free, rinsing with raw apple cider vinegar and water is recommended. You can either pour it on a cotton swab and dab through the parts or fill a spritz bottle with the mixture and spray all over the scalp area. Leave it on for 20-30 min before rinsing with warm water. Don’t forget to use light, all-natural shampoos that are nutrient rich to cleanse the braids. Your real hair, within the braids, needs to be cleansed and buildup free as well.

Moisturizing

The next vital steps are maintaining a hydrated scalp and strands. A spritz bottle filled with a light essential oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil can be extremely moisturizing after cleansing! Spray the scalp and braids lightly to replenish stripped natural oils.

Deep Conditioning

Either your favorite deep conditioner or a DIY mixture of Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil can be applied to the scalp and braids for 30 minutes. Not only will it replenish any lost moisture but Jamaican Black Castor Oil is also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal that will ensure optimum scalp health and circulation. Additionally, the fatty acids are also very healing for scalp ailments such as dandruff.

Post-Workout

It would be extremely drying to cleanse the scalp and braids after every workout. Especially for those who workout every day! You would end up with a shortened life span for the braided style. To help buy some time before washes, a scalp massage of peppermint essential oils and jojoba oil will help break up the salt produced from excessive sweating as well as minimizing odor. Rinse with warm water after massaging.

Nighttime Routine

It’s best to wrap the braids into a high bun with the ends tucked in, to reduce breakage. A satin pillowcase will also help combat breakage as well as tugging, dryness and frizz.

Take Down Process

This is the most crucial step in braid extension maintenance. Many have had to cut their hair off due to misunderstanding the proper steps of the take down process. When removing the braids, coat your fingertips with an oil to help soften the hair and help restore lost moisture as you go along. Once fully removed, do not jump into the shower and wet your hair. That is a common mistake that causes severe matting! Instead, coat the hair with a moisturizing oil like coconut, olive or avocado oil and begin to finger-detangle section by section. A spritz bottle with rich conditioner and a small amount of water can also be used. Once the hair is fully moisturized and detangled, it is best to deep condition for 30 minutes to an hour before cleansing. This will help soften the hair, resulting in minimized breakage and hair loss in the shower.

In Our Heads About Our Hair

Posted in Fashion and Style, Health and Beauty, Knowledge and Awareness on September 19, 2012 by The Style Code

When it comes to how we choose to wear our hair, that choice should be respected.  I am reminded of a scene in Spike Lee’s joint  “School Daze” where Tisha Campbell aka “Dina” and the other Wannabee’s battled it out in a salon with the Jiggaboo’s over “Good Hair & Bad Hair”.   This scene pointed out the obvious issues regarding hair and its link to status, self-esteem and acceptance.

Today, it seems the same issue is still present in a way.  If you choose to wear your hair outside of its natural state does that make you a Wannabee? And if you choose to wear your hair in its natural state a Jiggaboo?  Of course not, most times that is not the case.   Unfortunately, there seems to be a stigma no matter which way you go… I have heard many times; that if an African-American woman  chooses to wear straight hair she’s trying to be someone she’s not, and if she wears her hair natural she’s said to be more connected to her roots.  That argument doesn’t stick, because that’s not always the case.    There could be many reasons a woman may decide to wear her hair one way over another.

“In Our Heads About Our Hair” is a documentary that examines with candor and humor Black women’s issues regarding hair and self-esteem, and advocates for the acceptance of all hairstyle choices.

#Nigeria 37

Posted in Events, Fashion and Style, Knowledge and Awareness with tags , , , , on September 18, 2012 by The Style Code

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I really like this #Nigeria 37 project.  It would actually be a really great way to see the everyday fashion and style of people in the country.  Here are more details about the project:

#Nigeria37 -  a Instagram Venture. “One Year. One Picture-a-day. One Nigeria.”   Open to everyone in the 36 states and FCT  who are open in sharing their pictures from around the country via instagram.

There 2 guidelines:

#1: Only one tagged (#Nigeria37) Instagram photo per day - Idea is quality over quantity. Make it challenging to find interesting pictures of anything in Nigeria; up to you to decided what that is!

#2: Add location of pic in description. - Love to know where the picture has been taken.

That is it, just those 2 rules to follow. Just that easy!

This starts Sept 17, 2012 till Sept 17, 2013.

Feel free to join on Instagram.  Invite other people also if you know they’ll have fun with and passion for this project.  Just follow and pass on the guidelines.

Remember this is just for fun and a way to show case Nigeria. I’ll try to aggregate images on a site via the hashtag for easy access if gets to hard to enjoy them from Instagram. Also starting on Sept 24, 2012 will be doing the best of the week picture every Monday.

My handles are:

EA Eze – Twitter – @omoeze & Instagram – @omoeze

(Part 3) Oh the Skin You’re In: Cleanse! – Dry Skin

Posted in Health and Beauty, Knowledge and Awareness with tags , , , , on September 18, 2012 by The Style Code

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

****Ok, so that was a loooooong break.****  My bad – sometimes life gets in the way of the fun stuff. :-)

Memorial Day has come and gone but it’s still summer in LA and at 100° temperatures, it’s hot as Hades right now. Unlike the East Coast that is hung heavy with lots of humidity and moisture in the air as summer dies down and fall begins, the City of Angels remains a hot and dry climate (despite its many surrounding beaches). I love the outdoors but when the sun can potentially give you cracks and burns instead of joy – your skin regimen has got to be on-point!  I moved to LA to enhance healthy living, not to age rapidly due to sun exposure and dry breeze.

I want to look like this:

Not this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does that last picture above look like how you feel? All tight and dry? Like someone can light a match to you? The itching and burning are incessant no matter what you do? You see the flaking, the cracks, the lines and you apply cream after cream, masque after masque and yet, you just can’t seem to get that dewy glow that you once had as if you were a wood nymph covered in morning dew – cherub, fresh, flawless. If this is you, then you probably have dry skin also known as XEROSIS. Yes, that sounds much scarier. It’s serious and just like oily skin, time and care must be taken to not over-do-it whilst trying to find a remedy. While I am not an overall dry skin sufferer, I’m Brown, so I am therefore anti-all-things “Ashy” on my skin. What’s that you ask? I think UrbanDictionary.com sums the meaning up best:

“Of a pale grayish color…looks like ashes”

As in: “Hey girl, you got some lotion? I’m all ashy.”

Or:Damn, Sheila skin be ashy…..she need some cocoa butter to moisten up.”

And my personal favorite complete with Washington, DC slang:G, my elbows are ashy than a mug!!”

How Do You Cleanse Dry Skin?

The top priority when cleansing dry skin is – Maintaining Moisture! It’s about practicing a good internal and external skin regimen to help your body naturally produce the sebum it needs and preserve the oils you have by using products that seal in moisture without clogging your pores. Externally you have to cleanse and moisturize appropriately for your skin type. Internally – DRINK WATER! Lots of it! (But we’ll get to that later in another blog).

Dry Skin – Be Gentle!

Yes the same rule applies. Be Gentle. Don’t think because it’s dry suddenly what you need to do is overload on the moisturizing products. That would be a tragic mistake that might result in a “dry acne” breakout, rash or further drying. The key is to keep skin CLEAN and Hydrated with non-comedogenic products, water or oil based and preferably those with a little fruit-acid to help gently slough off dead skin.

THE CULPRITS & SOLUTIONS:

So what is the cause of your dry skin? It could be any number of the problems below or a combination. WebMD list the top 3 as:

  1. CULPRIT: Dry Air = Dry Skin – Dry heat dries out our body’s natural oils and moisture, in addition to drying out our mucous membranes.

Solution: Use a humidifier to moisten the air where you sleep or relax the most in the home.

  1. CULPRIT: Hot Baths & Showers – Hot Baths have the same effect on your overall skin that hot water has on anything else we use it on. It completely strips away dirt and would be harmful microbes. However, washing your face in hot water is a no-no because you may end up stripping all the natural oils and friendly bacterial flora from your skin.

Solution: Take showers in cool to tepid (lukewarm) water. This will allow you to thoroughly cleanse without over-drying.

  1. CULPRIT: Not Giving Your Skin the Proper Moisture – So you’re all showered and fresh and ready to go. Lotion? Who needs that? We ALL do. Not giving your skin the proper moisture will only lead to flaky, itchy skin. Being ashy is not hot.

Solution: Externally, proper moisture starts with a good, non-drying cleanser and should be followed by a moisturizer that should be applied while the skin is still slightly damp.  Internally, drink lots of water. Our bodies are 60%-70% water and you should be drinking at least half your weight in water each day to replenish.

Most dry skin is not serious and we will all occasionally suffer from some form of it or another (albeit more visible on some of us). However, there are some more serious conditions that cause dry skin that may require the attention of a licensed dermatologist at best or at least a trip to your local aesthetician. They are: Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Eczema and even Insulin Resistance via Diabetes. More information about these conditions can be found at www.WebMD.com.

CLEANSERS – BEST BUYS FOR DRY SKIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CETAPHIL® Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for All Skin Types ($-$$) – Yup! Cetaphil wins
again. It is one of my absolute favorite products for dry skin and is again
dermatologist recommended. Still on the pricier end of your drug store cosmetic
buys running about $8-9 but it gently adds moisture without making your face
oily and it is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t leave residue that could trap
oils in your pores) and rinses clean without overdrying. It is a great year
round product for those who live in warmer climates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROL’S DAUGHTER®  Acai Hydrating Foam Cleanser ($$) – Touted as one of the best for women of color with dry skin, this new line by Carol’s Daugher cleanses, hydrates and rejuvenates dry skin that is uneven in tone and moisture. Infused with the anti-oxidant powers of Acai, along with the cooling and moisturizing effects of Ylang Ylang and Aloe, it’s also a potent anti-aging product. Plus, for all you Natural junkies out there, it contains NO Parabens, NO Petroleum, NO Artificial Colors and NO Mineral Oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALBA® Coconut Milk Facial Wash ($)–100% Vegetarian, Soap Free and Hypo-allergenic,
this cleanser is moisturizing without leaving any greasy residue and it smells
wonderful!! Leaves the skin supple and glowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DHC® Deep Cleansing Oil ($$-$$$) - Despite the fact that this is oil, it rinses clean and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin. Products of this ilk originally started out as make-up removers but have since grown in popularity as great water-soluble cleansers that combat dry skin.

This concludes the first letter in C.R.E.W.(S)2™ for CLEANSING the three major skin types. Next up: “R” for REPLINISH  – Inside & Out. If you have any questions about the products above or more recommendations, look me up at HealthiBeauti@gmail.com.

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