Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 18 2017 06:03AM
Summer is not summer without attending CurlFest in Prospect
Park here in Brooklyn, NY. This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity
to take the day off with my sis and go. I was dressed and pumped ready to go
and see all the amazing vendors, beauty influencesors and of course to buy some
amazing products. FYI, I had a mental list in my head of what I needed too.
Me and my sister was running a bit late because she had to
beat my face to the gods and then finding a parking spot on Eastern Parkway is
always an adventure. So by the time we trek our way through Prospect Park to
where CurlFest was it was already after 12:30. We walk actually past the
registration line by accident because they set up the tents differently this
year and when I say the line was lonnnnnnnnnnnggggggg for general admission to
get the general admission gift bags.We said nah and headed right into CurlFest.
Can we say vendors galore. Palmers, Eden BodyWorks, Mielle
Organics, Madam CJ Walker, LottaBody and those are the ones I stopped at where
the lines were reasonable. The others were Iman, Shea Moisture, Crème of
Nature, Curl Keeper, Design Essentials, Jane Carter Solutions, Jamaican Black
Caster and Nyako. No two booths were alike. All booths were giving out samples
plus many more giving out ice pops, water, lemonade, and etc to keep us all
cool. Many were holding demonstrations of using the actual products on
someone’s hair. I really wanted to stop at Crème of Nature but they were the
one with the longest line but the samples they were giving away was ridiculous.
Full size I believe. Nevertheless, I was able to purchase my go-to products
that I needed to wash my hair when I got home. Winning.
After stopping at some of the booths we visited the
Marketplace Vendors. I always love stopping by them and seeing what’s unique to
purchase. Being a creator myself, it’s kind of hard for me to buy but I’m
always on the lookout for something unique. My sister wanted a head wrap
particularly a black one for work. Luckily, we got to Fanm Djanm early and she
still had some available. Thank god. And she’s such a sweet heart too. She was
on hand if anyone need help wrapping their wrap. We stopped at another vendor
that was selling unique afrocentric earrings for $5 and $10. My sister got a
wicker material pair and a hamsa pair to match her new tattoo. There was a
couple vendors selling t-shirts, sunglasses, face painting, unique dresses and
tops, henna. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get my henna again for the second
year in the row but I guess there is always next year. Oh and even Spike Lee
had a booth there selling and autographing his t-shirts. Super cool. Managed to
snap a picture to show my dad.
Food…. Can I say it was hooootttt. Lord, you would think
with the rain the day before it would have been comfortable. Nope. Hot. We
checked out each truck and settled on the Jerk truck. We didn’t want to wait
for the Jerk Chicken to be done so we the Cilantro Lime Brisket. OMG!!!! It was
so good. I wish we would of got a photo but we were too hot and hungry to think
about that. At that point my sister’s coworker finally got there and we wrapped
up eating and then walked around. By this time the crowd had grown from the
hundreds to the thousands. I swear we were standing on a hill and you could
look down into CurlFest and all you saw was people. It’s a beautiful site to
see. Women of all ages, skin types and curl textures. We hit the stage area to
see what they dj was playing. After being in the crowd for a bit we went around
again to the vendors to see what my sister’s coworker wanted to get. After that
we decided we had enough and it was time for a real lunch. We then started our
walk out of Prospect Park but along the way we had to do a lil’ photo shoot
because we couldn’t end CurlFest without one.
So in closing, I totally enjoyed my second year of CurlFest.
All the vendors and marketplace was amazing, the dj was pumping, the food
vendors was amazing but the best part was seeing everyone with their natural
hair. All the textures, styles, the fashion even the little kids. Too cute. If
CurlFest didn’t reach a million people this year they were close to it and it
will definitely reach it next year. Amazing job to the CurlyGirlCollective. See
you next year.
Totally forgot to share the samples that I was able to snag from some of the vendors.As you can see I already started to use two. It isn't as nearly as big as the stuff I got last year but it's still a good haul of stuff.I'll let you know most likely in my future must haves if any make the cut.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:16AM
Summer is officially here and it's time to make another bucket list. With that said let's get to work.
For this I'll be using my Me and My Big Ideas 1557 Seasons sticker book plus some yellow and lemon washi tapes I picked up at a NYC Planner Addicts meetup yesterday.
For this I"m using a piece of graph paper because graph paper is life. I first laid down the washi to add a bit of color. I then when into the summer section in the sticker book and choose the acting stickers. I placed those randomly on the paper. I then added some of the deco stickers and one sunshine & summertime stickers. And I'm done.
This is not even half of what I want to do this summer but making ice cream, eating outside, seeing a concert in the park and taking a road trip is a good start.
What's on your summer bucket list? Feel free to share.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 23 2017 02:05PM
With only 2 more days to our 10th anniversary I wanted to sit down and write an open letter to you guys saying thank you. Yes, a thank you letter addressed to each and everyone one of you. Because without you guys supporting, loving and purchasing Satin Doll products there would be no Satin Doll & Co. Each day I get up and is able to do what I love because you guys . That's why I love doing giveaways. It's my way to give back.
In those 10 years I've only lost one order (knock on wood), only taken one month long break/ vacation, and taken maybe a day here or there when sick. You guys have been very considerate during those times. Thank you.
When it comes to custom orders, you guys are so creative and it's been a pleasure working with you to design each and every piece. It still amazes me what ideas you guys come up with. Thank you for letting me be the one to create these amazing pieces. Each and every one of them. It has been my pleasure.
With that all being said. THANK YOU!!!! To 10 more amazing years.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 09 2017 06:28AM
Another month has flown by and June is here finally and hopefully summer will arrive with it. This past May I was loving so much. From jewelry, accessories to makeup to hair care to home goods. So I have a bit for everyone.Enough chit chat and onto the favorites.
This first must have has been a staple in my makeup collection for years.It's the NYX Mosaic Power Blush in Love (MPB10).
As you can see it's been well loved. But nevertheless, with it having 0.20 oz should last me for a bit longer. And luckily NYX still sells it too. From NYX website it's described as a coral with gold shimmer. Which is kind of true. The shimmer is never subtle and is more of a sheen then anything. A must in my opinion if you love coral blushes.
Now me and my sister are diehard Bath and Body Works candle lovers but one day while in Home Goods we picked up this candle.Hands down the best candle ever.Burns so clean, smells amazing and can burn for hours .We've had this one I think for 3 months and you see how much we have left. It's by WoodWick in the scent Summer Melon and usually costs $15 but you get them at HomeGoods for $9.99.A great steal.HomeGoods have a ton of different sizes and scents.
Now that my natural hair is getting bigger I'm using my turban headbands more.They not only keep my hair out of my face but are cute and fashionable too. Our Black Out
will always be my favorite solid while our Safari
is my favorite animal print and our Paisley
is my favorite print.I've been wearing all 3 in May. If you follow us on Instagram
you've probably seen them. You can find them on our website in the Accessories
You know I have to throw one hair product in the mix. This was actually supposed to be in last month's Must Haves but I forgot to grab it. Nevertheless, the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Dry Deny moisture seal gel oil
is the business. I ran out of my EcoStyler Gel in April so instead of going to buy more I looked in my stash to see what else I had and came across this.I'm glad I did. It has held me down all through April into May.Wash n' Go,twist out and braid outs. It not only has a great hold without being crunchy but looks in the moisture too. I'm coming close to the end of it and started looking for but unfortunately have come up empty at my Walmart and local beauty supply. Oh did I not mention a little bit goes a long way. It's available on the Cantu website
so I might have to buy it there.
Yes I still love my MAC StarTrek blush but the Wet n Wild megaglo Highlighting Power in Precious Petals
is giving me life.
My sister gave me this highlighter and when she applied it to me one day I was in love and she was like here. She actually used it in combination with the MAC highlighter I love. She added a bit of Fix+ then touched the product and then my face.Gorgeous. It's a golden gold and it's build-able.With it being super affordable is an added plus.
If you know me then you know I'm hands down a earring lover.I can't leave the house without a pair.So when I lost one of my White Opal Vintage Glass Stud earrings
I was heartbroken. What was once lost was found right in my sister's jewelry box. Can you believe she thought it was her earrings.NOT! I refused to take the last pair out of my inventory and with my supplier not longer selling the vintage cabochons. I got my earring back from my sister. We've been inseparable since. Like I said there is only one pair left on my website. Don't walk, run.
When it comes to my stud earrings I really need to find a better way to store them because I lost my Goddess Faux Druzy Stud earrings
too.Well one at least. Still don't know where it went. But I refused to throw it away and I'm glad I didn't because I've never been so happy to give an odd number of supplies before. I remembered I had an extra one that I made into a stud but it didn't have a match.Now it does. They're a bit of bling without going crazy and my FAVORITE of all my faux druzy studs.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for May. I'm not sure if they'll be one in June since I"m using the same ol' stuff but you never know. What are you loving?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 30 2017 11:53AM
I was recently in a reading slump and didn't pick up a book or my Kindle for a month but I think it's officially over. I was recently sent Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Baily by the publisher Hachette. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
The book features our two main characters Peggy who when they first meet is a college senior/popular cheerleader and Elliot aka. The Kingmaker. Who is the colleges legendary football coach who makes player that go to the NFL. Elliot first sees Peggy during a difficult time of his life when he wife dies suddenly and he's left to raise his daughter alone. He blames himself because he chose his job/football over his family. Even though they both know a relationship of any kind is forbidden they still pursue one another. Which results in a year long secret relationship where Elliot forces Peggy to leave despite her wanting to stay after graduation. Their relationship was a fast pace, sex driven and pure lust which grew into love despite them both trying to fight it.
Speed forward to 3 years later. Peggy finally comes back to the college for alumni week where she wants to get back at Elliot for the way she has been the last 3 years since leaving. Which result in 4 failed relationships/engagements. She keeps her past engagement rings on a necklace that she never takes off. During those 3 years Elliot has thrown himself into football and pushed everyone away including his daughter with his cold and hard exterior. When he hears and then sees Peggy after so long it's like life has been given back to him. Elliot is desperate to get Peggy back at all cost while Peggy wants to him to fall for her and then she walk away. Nevertheless, Peggy plan fails. Elliot manages to lift the burden that he put on her and she does the same for him. Elliot then goes on the mission to win Peggy over and for her to stay.Just when she thought Elliot wasn't going to show for the alumni banquet he does and give a speech that Peggy wasn't even expecting. One that won her over literally.She finally got the right proposal.
This book is all about fate. The author did an amazing job of Elliot's self loathing, religion and guilt. Which result in Peggy having a particular kink. Both character have a great depth to them. I normally hate flashbacks to the past but the author did these so well that I enjoyed going back 3 years and learning their story behind it all. In the end, I was cheering for Elliot and Peggy and was overjoyed when everything worked out.
It's the third book in the series and I look forward to reading the rest. I highly recommend this book and author.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 16 2017 11:32AM
If you're a planner junkie then you're going to love today's blog post. If you remember a while back before my computer went kaput I was creating printable for my traveler's notebook and ring bound planner. Now that my computer is back to running condition (knock on wood) I'm recreating them. Today I will be sharing with you my monthly goals printable.
It's a printable that you can put in the front of your monthly calendar that has not only any important dates but birthdays, your goals for that month, a reading list and a notes section. Let's take a closer look.
At the top you can write in the month which makes a great printable to have on hand.Now onto the part you're waiting on. The download. Note: this is made for personal size ring bound planner.
This Month Personal PrintablePrinting Instructions
To print, click print then go into your printer properties and make sure it's on portrait. Then click print. I personally print all my inserts on landscape to have more room to work with.It's up to your personal preference.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, May 05 2017 10:03AM
I'm the type of person that you can depend on me to be very dependable. I rarely switch things up but when I do I often turn to love the item and it's added to my regular "stuff". That's what happened in April.
In April I added two items to my daily life and brought 2 things out of reserved that remind me why I love them so.
With the weather finally starting to get warmer in New York I can finally switch up my jewelry and accessorize like I want to. With that said my jewelry case has found a spot on my bedroom floor.It's that big and heavy that's the only place it can go. With that being said my most beloved necklace has found it's way back out.
My Scorpio Brass Gold Finish necklace
is back into my everyday jewelry wear. Yes, I'm a proud Scorpio woman and I show it. Now that the weather is getting warmer and no more chunky anything is needed.I can finally wear my necklaces. It's pointless when you're bundled up from head to toe. This necklace has been my go to necklace because it goes with everything. The reason why I even created this piece is it's a take on the name plate necklace. Yes I had one, along with the bracelet and ring. So instead of flashing your name. You're flashing your sign. I love it. Yes, you can still find certain signs still in stock on my website
I swear I feel like I live in Dollar Tree sometimes but you can't beat it. Everything is a dollar.
If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen the pink pen (shown above) in my planner pictures. I obsessed with it. I went into Dollar Tree on the hunt for a new pen because my coveted pens from Target and other Dollar Tree pens were slowly but surely dying out on me. So I more then anything pick these pens up for the color and pattern on them then the ink inside them. Well I surprised when I got home and found them to be gel instead of regular pens. But let me tell you that I LOVE them. I tried using a regular pen one day and threw the sucker to the side and went an grabbed my gel pen out of my planner. I don't think I"ll ever go back to a regular pen again. I've been converted.Gel pens all day, everyday.
You know I have to have some hair products in my monthly favs. So get ready because I"m about to go on a love fest. Eden BodyWorks my hair loves you.
I finally finished the Cream of Nature CoWash. Thank god because the smell of it was turning me off for some reason. I've used the Eden BodyWorks All Natural Cleansing CoWash
before and loved it. I was surprised I had another new bottle to use. I now remember why I love this stuff. #1 it has amazing slip, #2 it doesn't take a lot , #3 it foams up like a shampoo, #4 makes my hair feel clean, #5 smells so good, #6 my hair loves this stuff and responds well to it, #7 makes detangling so easier.
Yes my container is almost done. I can probably get one more wash out of this for me and my mother's hair. Yes, my mother's hair loves this too and her hair type is more kinker than mine. You can see from the picture that the consistency is so lightweight and is water based. Any that that is super light and water based my hair LOVES. Heavy products my hair hates with a passion and will show too. I have to buy another bottle ASAP. You can find this at your local beauty supply, Target, Walmart, and Sally's too.
Now this product my sister got a while back from a CurlBox and was hoarding it. She finally said here try this and I"m so glad she did. Mind you she has relaxed hair. Total side note. But anyway...
Now that the weather is warming up I can now go the easier route with my hair and wash n' gos are it. So I tried out a wash and go using the Eden BodyWorks All Natural Curl Definining Creme
. Gurl... Gurl, I LOVE this product. I did my regular routine and then used this and Cantu gel. My curls came out popping. And my hair was so moisturized. Not just a day or two but the entire week. To the touch when I would fluff up my hair I could legit moisturize my hands afterwards. So I said to myself let me do a twist out and see if my twists come out good too. It didn't let me down.
The picture doesn't lie. My hair was on point and everyone was raving about my hair. It was super moisturized and got bigger and bigger as the days went on.
As you can tell from the photo (shown above) it thick but not thick in a heavy way. It's still lightweight because one of the first ingredients listed is WATER. Good H2O. It has amazing slip. Which my hair loves. It absorbs into my hair and leaves my hair super moisturized. This week I was super lazy and put my hair into a puff right after cowashing and deep conditioning. I worn that for 2 days then twisted the front and put a puff in the back. My hair was so dry from my laziness. I said to myself let me grab this. I put this in my hair as a moisturizer and styled my hair. It didn't let me down. After three days I took that out and remoisturized my hair and did two two-strand twists until wash day tomorrow.So it not only works for wash n' gos, plus twist outs but works as a moisturizer and styler. Along with Curlz Twist n/ Shout this is going to be my go to product for everything. When you find a product that works I stick with it.
I used this product for 5 weeks straight and I have so much to still go. I can probably go another 5 weeks before I need another container. So you get a lot for you money. But on a side note, DO NOT use Eco Styler gel with this. I tested it on the back of my hand and it doesn't mix well. Luckily, I had a bottle of Cantu gel which it works well with. I forgot to add that with my favs so I guess it will be included in May's.
So this concludes my Must Haves for April. Go try Eden BodyWorks
products they're the business. They get my stamp of approval.
What were you loving for April? I would love to hear.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 18 2017 11:42AM
Not everyone is a morning person. Years ago when I was working during the day and going to school at night I was a night owl. A decade plus later, I love going to be at least 11pm. 12 am if I want to live dangerous. I'm a morning person and is normally up at 5:30am or 5:35am every morning even on Sundays when I try to sleep.
Being a morning person has really help me to get more done in my day. By 12 midday I can honestly say majority of the items on the list for the day are completed. Which frees my time up for other things. Here's what I've learned by being a morning person.
1. Wake up early it will motivate you more.
Because you're up earlier you'll want to tackle the things you have to get done. You'll be motivate to get them done.2.Give yourself time to get ready.
I hate being rushed to get ready. So getting up early gives me plenty time to get ready at my own pace plus make breakfast and etc.3. Take a hot shower.
When you get up early you have time to actually enjoy a long shower instead of jumping in bathing and jumping back out. 4. Do your beauty routine.
Being up early enables you have the need time to do your beauty routine without feeling or being rush. Even though I can beat my face in 20 minutes if I really have to.5. Exercise! Get your stretch on and then a workout before you leave.
Some people like to get a early workout in before they start their day. You're body will thank you later in the day.6. Plan our your day.
Being a planner, my day is already planned out. I just take a brief look inside my planner and see what I have to get done for the day.7. Pump that music.
Due to the time I get up I can't pump my music but if you're like my sister she's always pumping her music when she's getting ready. It'll keep you in a good mood while getting ready to start your day.8. Read something that inspires you.
Because I get up so early I normally have time to read a chapter or two of whatever book I'm reading at the moment. It's a great start to the day.9. Start your day doing the most hardest task.
I've noticed if I get the hardest task done first thing in the morning my day moves more smoothly.It's like lifting a weight off my shoulder.10. Brain exercise - crossword or sudoku
Got to keep you mind sharp. No better way then doing crosswords or sudoku early in the morning.11. Eat light at night so you don't wake up feeling full.
I've noticed if I eat a very heavy meal the night before I'll wake up super hunger the next morning which will result in me wanting to eat a super heavy breakfast. Which isn't good.12. Don't press snooze.
I'm really good with not pressing snooze.Because all that does is delay your day.13. Get out of the bedroom don't tempt yourself to get back in bed.
Your bed will tempt you. So once I'm done getting ready I get out of my bedroom.14. Meditate.
If you're into meditating then this would be a good way to start your day.15. Check emails and voicemails so you can plan accordingly.
Out of habit we all check out phone first thing in the morning but instead of scrolling on Facebook or Instagram check your email. If there are any pressing items you can add it to your schedule for the day.16. Catch up on the news so you don't face the day completely clueless about the day events.
With our current world it's good to stay up-to-date on the current world events.17.Drink water.
I'm not a water drinker but I'm trying. I've heard it's good to start your day with at least a cold cup of water.18. Stick to your routine through the week and try not to deviate too far on the weekend.
Just like keep your children to a routine you need to have one too. Once you start on try to keep it going even on weekends. You'll be happy at it later.
These are why I like being a morning person plus so many more not listed. Are you a morning person or a night owl?