In life you are often times given an opportunity at a moments notice and it is up to you to make the most of it. On the eve of Thanksgiving I was contacted to collaborate with photographer Chidi Amadiume and I accepted the offer. Lately I have felt a strong sense of resilience in accepting my destiny and achieving my dreams. I believe the Model (Dieynaba) exudes that resilience and Chidi’s talent was able to capture it.
Photographer. Chidi Amadiume
Model. Dieynaba Diop
Resliance is Key
Mickalene Thomas’ art explores the intricate beauty of the woman. The women in her portraits are dazzling, confident, and fabulous. You stare at them and can see the reflection of an individual spirit in the shine, sparkle and color of the canvas. Her large scale, mural size works made with rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel were awing the first time I laid eyes on them in Chelsea a few years ago. I love the detail in the work and the way that several mediums correspond to give us one gorgeous image.
Some of these women appear stern and solemn others sultry and seductive, yet they all have an inner strength that Mickalene captures only the way she can.
She uses photography, landscape, and still life to bring together the final image. Sometimes the mediums are showcased in multiple forms, which would include these lovely studies for mixed media pieces.
“Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires”
If you’ve ever walked by the MoMa you’ve probably seen her piece, “Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires” in the window of The Modern Restaurant on 53rd street, which is also another way for you to get a free glimpse of Mickalene’s work, since the photos don’t really do them justice. Keep up with her upcoming shows and learn more here.
Transitioning from spring to summer has always been my time to review my arsenal and decided what stays and what goes and although there were many causalities this go round, rose water has remained an essential component in my beauty regime.
What is Rose Water – Rose water is the leftover liquid when rose petals and water are distilled together.
Why I love it:
1. It has exceptional stimulating properties and therefore, it can be used as a home remedy for stimulating hair growth.
2. It has natural moisturizing and nourishing properties that helps maintain the PH balance of Hair and Skin.
3. It imparts a delicate and lingering fragrance, thus leaving you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed .
4. It’s cheap, it works, and its multifaceted (all equally important).
How do I use it:
1. I use it as a hydrating mist to set my makeup.(gives you a dewy look love it!!)
2. I spray it on my hair to refresh my hairstyle or use it as a base in my homemade leave in conditioner (I may share that recipe later ;).
3. I use it as a perfume. It leaves me smelling natural and very feminine
4. I also use it as a rinse after using protein based deep conditioner (gives my hair a moisture boost – you know protein based conditioners are drying)
With spring well underway and summer less than a breath away, I had to ditch my regular primer for Milk of Magnesia (yea I said it) Milk of Magnesia. Oily skin + summer usually means double trouble for me, however I found a cheap and quick solution that works.
Why It Works
Milk Magnesia is a popular over the counter laxative. The active ingredients, Magnesium Hydroxide and Sodium hypochlorite draw water into the intestines to encourage bowel movement. The properties in Milk Maganesia make it effective in combating excess oils and tightening the skin.
* I use this as a primer before applying makeup and may mist my face with rosewater if my skin feels a little tight. Overall I find this remedy to be effective and cost efficient and suggest it to those with oily skin.
With winter headed our way ashy skin is not the only thing we have to worry about. Having a skin regime that keeps you looking “fresh “should be a primary concern. Being mindful of this recession, any self maintenance that does not require breaking the bank gets a star on my list and Body Brushing is IT.
Dry Body Brushing is an age old skin care technique that has been around for centuries . Skin brushing opens pores, stimulates sweat glands and increases blood circulation. Also it encourages the body to release waste material, while also getting rid of dead skin cells and dirt. It is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to detox at home. You can do it every day or just a few times a week and reap the benefits! The dead skin comes off revealing newer, younger looking skin. For best results, follow with a hot shower to open the pores allowing the toxins to come out and dead skin to be washed away.
Benefits: I have experienced
• Removes dead skin layer
• Tightens skin
• Helps in digestion
• Stimulates circulation
• Removes cellulite
• Increases cell renewal
• Cleans lymphatic system
• Improves exchange between cells
• Tones muscles
1. You must use a natural bristle or natural hair brush when doing body brushing. Synthetic bristles are too abrasive on the skin .
2. Do not brush your nipples, chest, or face.
3. Always brush skin when it is dry
4. Moisturize skin after bathing
5. Start on the right side of your body and brush toward your heart ( preferably 3 strokes at a time) .
*You Will Need
A natural bristle dry skin brush with a long handle