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This past weekend, I attended my first homecoming at my alma mater since graduating. I’d been back to Ball State University quite a few times since graduating, but never homecoming, so it was great to attend the tailgate (which didn’t happen when I was in undergrad), and see old friends that I hadn’t seen in years.

I got to see parts of the campus while I was in Muncie, IN. Of course, they introduce the new hotness and the dope renovations AFTER I graduate. There are picturesque lakes and waterfalls and shit near the residence halls, and the halls themselves have been renovated or brand new halls introduced. See that last picture? That’s Park Hall. That wasn’t there when I was around. Like, really? You know how many picnics with imaginary boyfriends I could have had out there by the water?

The best part was reuniting with my ship. I’d last seen her in person last year for her book signing and premiere, but I was only in town for the day. This time, I got to really hang out and reconnect. I’ve been away for too long. I need to make it out to Indianapolis more often.

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Yet another awesome music concert attended by my sister and I. We both flew to Atlanta a few weeks ago to see Outkast perform as part of a “homecoming concert,” as they had been touring all year. I can’t begin to describe in words how amazing this weekend was for us. The weather was perfect, the crowd was peaceful, the view was perfect. I even ran into a friend and fellow Ball State alum while there. My sister and I had gotten both VIP and Golden Circle tickets so we can enjoy Outkast twice, in addition to the special opening acts that differed on each night - Janelle Monae, Future, 2 Chainz were there Friday, and then Saturday it was Childish Gambino (of course!), and Kid Cudi. It was DOPENESS.

I’ve always had a fascination with the city of Atlanta, ever since I was a pre-teen going through my Kris Kross/Usher craze, and every time I visit, I’m reminded of why people choose to move there. It’s the right amount of city with the right amount of Southern. 

I’ll always be talking about this weekend. 

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babytrapdaddy:

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You just popped in the Kanye West
Get right for the summer workout tape
And ladies if you follow these instructions exactly

You might be able to pull you a rapper

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a NBA player

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man, at least a dude with a car

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I. CAN’T. STOP. LAUGHING. 

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Did You Hear?

standupandsayow:

For all you fans of Beauty Assortment for the Sun-Kissed, including myself (read my review here), you’re probably aware that the company site is currently undergoing a renovation, if you will. Well, the big news is here, and starting October 1, they’ll be known as Bekura! A bit of info…

So you probably went to the site like, “Wait, what?” The launch date has been pushed back to October 13. Get ready!

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Of course, I’ve been listening to this mixtape/album nonstop since it dropped last week. Of course, I have. And you know this. Man.
My Top 5 favorites (in no particular order):
1. The Palisades
2. Poke feat. Steve G. Lover III
3. Candler Road
4. Sober
5. Move That Dope
I love how he takes us all to Atlanta on the STNMTN side. I definitely feel it, having come back off an amazing trip there for the Outkast ATLast concert (more on that later). Childish Gambino has done it again. I can’t wait to hear this live.
"STNMTN/KAUAI" Is available for download here. Get the “Kauai” side on iTunes today. 

Of course, I’ve been listening to this mixtape/album nonstop since it dropped last week. Of course, I have. And you know this. Man.

My Top 5 favorites (in no particular order):

1. The Palisades

2. Poke feat. Steve G. Lover III

3. Candler Road

4. Sober

5. Move That Dope

I love how he takes us all to Atlanta on the STNMTN side. I definitely feel it, having come back off an amazing trip there for the Outkast ATLast concert (more on that later). Childish Gambino has done it again. I can’t wait to hear this live.

"STNMTN/KAUAI" Is available for download here. Get the “Kauai” side on iTunes today. 

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The Hair Chronicles: Design Essentials Natural

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This is another one of those brands I’ve known about for years but never got around to trying until now. While I was at the Let Your Hair Down Expo in Brooklyn this September (check it out here), I was able to visit their table, and they had a cool sale (as is the case at most expos) where I could get the two items I scored for $20. This line is available at Walgreens, Sally’s and your local beauty supply stores, or you can order online here.

Here’s what I tried:

Honey Curl Forming Custard with honey and chamomile

- 7.5 oz, $16.99
- What it claims:Defines curls, elongates curls and coils, adds shine, medium to firm hold.
- Clear gel with the typical consistency
- Clean scent with a hint of sweetness

Almond and Avocado leave-in conditioner

- 8 oz, $12.99
- What it claims: a lightweight, non-sticky moisturizing conditioner with nourishing botanicals and Vitamin E for hair health and detangling. Penetrates quickly. Instantly soften hair and smooth the cuticle for easy detangling. Natural oils improve manageability and provide luminous shine. 
- Typical leave-in consistency
- Fresh scent

I tried a little bit of custard by using it to refresh three-day twist-out hair. What I immediately noticed was that this gel gave my hair the “wet” feeling, so I knew it had moisture. I untwisted my hair the next morning and was immediately impressed, and opted to scoop some into a travel-sized container to take on my flight this past weekend, since I didn’t want to check my bag nor fuss over hair products. I figured the gel would suffice for definition. 

This was my hair the next day:

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The good news is that the gel did its job. Great definition and shine, soft hold, no crunchiness. Plus, it made my curls POP! I gather this will be great for wash-n-gos and TWAs.

The bad news is that I overdid it by re-applying the gel to my hair to “refresh” that night when I had enough product in my hair already after a whole week, so the next morning I had mad flakes when I went to untwist. Ugh! Hoping it wouldn’t be too noticeable, I swooped my hair into an updo, where it stayed until I got home yesterday and gave my hair a good wash. This time around, I used both the custard and the leave-in on damp hair (the directions on the custard recommended pairing the two) and allowed it to air-dry overnight. This was my hair the next day:

Same results, no flakes. I put my hair into fat twists and went to spin class that evening, and didn’t re-apply any product before bedtime. My hair on day two:

Okay. So the custard kept the definition, but my hair definitely needed additional moisturizer, mostly from sweating so much in spin class. I also have additional frizz, too. It was almost as if I didn’t use a leave-in at all.

Overall? The leave-in conditioner didn’t really wow me. Just doesn’t pack a punch like I’m used to. The custard, however, is a keeper. I like that I’m able to get soft results and definition, and I’m interested in seeing how well the custard plays with my other leave-in conditioners. I normally don’t use gels or gel-like products that much for this reason.

Repurchase? Not the leave-in (though it smells wonderful!), but yes to the custard.

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