Nearly Hair
“Nothing, is what it appears to be, when it's only with your eyes you see.”
― N'Zuri Za Austin

So you walk outside and POOF...your hair is all types of dry brittle oh and not to mention frizzy.... Whatever do you do?

I doubt ghost busters will be able to fix this one, but I have 5 suggestions courtesy of Naturally curly, that can help combat the frizz.

1. Lets try oils:

Essential oils will help to provide you with the necessary oils you need on daily basis to keep your hair free of flakes. It also won't give that greasy feeling that moist oil based moisturizers most give. A light mixture of oils (ie. tea tree) and water should do the trick

2. Deep condition your mane:

At least once a week,take out time to deep condition your hair. The hair cuticles could be suffering from moisture which could be the cause of your frizzys. Just simply shampooing can strip your hair of the healthy shine it illuminates. The conditioners have great proteins in them, which help the hair to remain strong. Don't just rely on moisture, but deep penetration of a conditioner!

3. Have you moisturized?

Sometimes your hair is just crying to be moisturized. Take some time out to slap a little loving on your hair. When your hair is wet it looks its best no? That's because water is a moisturizer. You can choose to moisturize with water or a water based moisturizing product. Keep the mane fine not frizzy.

 

4. What's your styling like?

Most times when we apply product to our hair, we miss some sections. Make sure you take the time out to distribute the product through each and every section of your hair.

  • Also, you never want to use a hard bristle brush to style. That could cause breakage and EXTRA frizziness.
  • Keep your heat products on low heat! Believe or not high intensity heat can cause more frizziness than you can imagine.
  • trim your ends as needed. Just because you are trying to reach but length hair doesn't mean your ends don;t need to be cared for.

 

5. Feed your hair right!

Remember that our hair is apart of our body, so what ever goes in, can potentially harm your head as well! The more alcohol you drink equals the drier your hair skin nails and body will be... Sounds like a big no no if you ask me!!

To read more information on fighting frizzy hair visit NC

 

Frizzy #naturalhair ?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

So you walk outside and POOF...your hair is all types of dry brittle oh and not to mention frizzy.... Whatever do you do?

I doubt ghost busters will be able to fix this one, but I have 5 suggestions courtesy of Naturally curly, that can help combat the frizz.

1. Lets try oils:

Essential oils will help to provide you with the necessary oils you need on daily basis to keep your hair free of flakes. It also won't give that greasy feeling that moist oil based moisturizers most give. A light mixture of oils (ie. tea tree) and water should do the trick

2. Deep condition your mane:

At least once a week,take out time to deep condition your hair. The hair cuticles could be suffering from moisture which could be the cause of your frizzys. Just simply shampooing can strip your hair of the healthy shine it illuminates. The conditioners have great proteins in them, which help the hair to remain strong. Don't just rely on moisture, but deep penetration of a conditioner!

3. Have you moisturized?

Sometimes your hair is just crying to be moisturized. Take some time out to slap a little loving on your hair. When your hair is wet it looks its best no? That's because water is a moisturizer. You can choose to moisturize with water or a water based moisturizing product. Keep the mane fine not frizzy.

 

4. What's your styling like?

Most times when we apply product to our hair, we miss some sections. Make sure you take the time out to distribute the product through each and every section of your hair.

  • Also, you never want to use a hard bristle brush to style. That could cause breakage and EXTRA frizziness.
  • Keep your heat products on low heat! Believe or not high intensity heat can cause more frizziness than you can imagine.
  • trim your ends as needed. Just because you are trying to reach but length hair doesn't mean your ends don;t need to be cared for.

 

5. Feed your hair right!

Remember that our hair is apart of our body, so what ever goes in, can potentially harm your head as well! The more alcohol you drink equals the drier your hair skin nails and body will be... Sounds like a big no no if you ask me!!

To read more information on fighting frizzy hair visit NC

 

For quite sometime I have had both an internal and external debate on religious pieces in fashion world.

It is almost a pet peeve of mine to see people wear Rosaries who have no idea of the significance in the actual beads. Mind you, me myself, am not Catholic, but I still get offended seeing such articles when people wear them. Granted, it is hard for one to not intermix both religion and fashion these days with the amount of crosses and crucifixes that are imprinted on clothings... but is it right? In a wqorld wear fashion comes next to eating, its almost understandable as to why people pick up different fashion trends, which includes this one. I have no clear stand point right now but I can say that I am leaving more towards the ---

Me: "um...are you catholic"

response: "no"

Me: *snatches* Rosary off

No it is not christian like but let me have my made up aggressive states! Lol


Anyway as I was checking my email in-box today, I saw that Chictopia had an article on this very same issue. A lot of the issues that arose where the upside down crucifix and the undertones of fashion designer's religious perceptions in clothings. I for one thought this article was far from vacuous on its informative side. It rose a great point about the debate on wearing a religious symbol and not having respect for it. Many people can handle both task of wearing a symbol and having respect, while others can't.

The article then goes on to declare that Fashion is an Art form---which is true. But my question to you readers...

When do you cross the line with Religion and Fashion?

To read a more in depth explanation of the article, check out the article itself here

 

P.S- Sorry about bieng M.I.A I will be back on my game soon.

 

 

 

 

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#Religion vs. #Fashion

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For quite sometime I have had both an internal and external debate on religious pieces in fashion world.

It is almost a pet peeve of mine to see people wear Rosaries who have no idea of the significance in the actual beads. Mind you, me myself, am not Catholic, but I still get offended seeing such articles when people wear them. Granted, it is hard for one to not intermix both religion and fashion these days with the amount of crosses and crucifixes that are imprinted on clothings... but is it right? In a wqorld wear fashion comes next to eating, its almost understandable as to why people pick up different fashion trends, which includes this one. I have no clear stand point right now but I can say that I am leaving more towards the ---

Me: "um...are you catholic"

response: "no"

Me: *snatches* Rosary off

No it is not christian like but let me have my made up aggressive states! Lol


Anyway as I was checking my email in-box today, I saw that Chictopia had an article on this very same issue. A lot of the issues that arose where the upside down crucifix and the undertones of fashion designer's religious perceptions in clothings. I for one thought this article was far from vacuous on its informative side. It rose a great point about the debate on wearing a religious symbol and not having respect for it. Many people can handle both task of wearing a symbol and having respect, while others can't.

The article then goes on to declare that Fashion is an Art form---which is true. But my question to you readers...

When do you cross the line with Religion and Fashion?

To read a more in depth explanation of the article, check out the article itself here

 

P.S- Sorry about bieng M.I.A I will be back on my game soon.

 

 

 

 

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Two weeks and some change people. Don't watit till last min!!!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Two weeks and some change people. Don't watit till last min!!!

Fashion Steele NYC giveaway!! Check it out!

Fashion Steele NYC giveaway!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fashion Steele NYC giveaway!! Check it out!

Who are the new faces spotted for the Carol's Daughter's spokeperons? According to clutch magazine "The three women are known for their beautiful hair and skin, making them a great compliment to the brand known for its natural remedies to bring out the best in every texture and skin tone."

Cassie, Solange and Selita Ebanks bring diversity to hair world with different careers and lifestlye.

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In an interview with WWD, Stoute said:

“We want to be the first beauty brand that truly captures the beauty of the tapestry of skin types in America.”

It will be very interesting to see these lovely ladies embody the values and goals of Caorl's daughter. With co-spokesperson, Mary J Blidge, CD will have great responses in the mere future!

 

To read more visit CLUTCH

Carol's Daughters New faces #Naturalhair #naturalhaircommunity

Who are the new faces spotted for the Carol's Daughter's spokeperons? According to clutch magazine "The three women are known for their beautiful hair and skin, making them a great compliment to the brand known for its natural remedies to bring out the best in every texture and skin tone."

Cassie, Solange and Selita Ebanks bring diversity to hair world with different careers and lifestlye.

Source

 

In an interview with WWD, Stoute said:

“We want to be the first beauty brand that truly captures the beauty of the tapestry of skin types in America.”

It will be very interesting to see these lovely ladies embody the values and goals of Caorl's daughter. With co-spokesperson, Mary J Blidge, CD will have great responses in the mere future!

 

To read more visit CLUTCH

Lookie what i didi!!

My 6 day twist turned twist out! =)

Lookie what i didi!!

My name is Tanisha Blakemore, founder and CEO of Twizted Tees, a t-shirt line celebrating and promoting natural hair that was birthed from self-discovery.

As a result of this 4-year natural hair journey, my self-esteem skyrocketed. I became infatuated with my hair. I loved the healthiness, versatility, and texture of my chemical-free hair.

My personal experience has inspired the development of Twizted Tees. These original-design shirts provide a new, trendy look that is based on style and quality for the consumer. The concept is to encourage a foundation of self-pride, embrace hair in its natural state, all while promoting products that display self-expression.

What does it feel like owning your own business with many other people owning larger business companies? Is it intimidating?

It feels great to start a company that is promoting for a good cause. The thought of all that has to take place to make this a successful company is overwhelming at times. Looking at the larger companies isn't intimidating at all, more so motivation to work that much harder. Determination, hard work and perseverance are what it will take to make my vision become reality.

When did you decide to throw the relaxer out (if you did)?

2007 marked the year when I no longer wanted to “lye” to myself, so…. I cut off my relaxed hair. What a liberating experience! I transitioned my hair from relaxed to natural for approximately 6 months, which evolved into much more than a physical transformation.

What was your support system like once you went natural? How would you describe your hair journey so far?

My friends and family have been very supportive during my natural journey. In the beginning, there were naysayers, other people were questioning my decision, but this was something I was doing for myself. There were days I wanted to give up and go back to relaxing but quitting isn't a word I use very often. Going through this process built my self-esteem and strengthen my patience.

 

What hair products can you not live without?

As most, like myself become product junkies, trying to discover what works for your hair type. But products that I find essential for my hair would be shea butter, vegetable glycerin, almond, jojoba, and coconut and Alma oil.

What is your signature style?

I lovvvvve double strand twist and twist-outs...

What has been one of your biggest obstacles so far in your career and how did you face it?

There haven’t been many obstacles thus far; my focus is on ensuring my company has a solid foundation.

When it comes to your hair, what do you find most challenging?

The challenge that I have faced during my journey was finding what products worked for my different textures throughout my hair.

What keeps you motivated (pertaining to life/work/or hair)?

Honestly my motivation comes from within. When I have a vision and see the end result, reaching that is what keeps me going. I also love and enjoy sharing information.

People often times know nothing about natural hair so what is the craziest remark you have has received about your hair? Any advice to the aspiring successful women out there/closing remarks?

Honestly I haven't had many crazy comments during my process. There have been people who would crack jokes or people questioning why I decide to go natural. I would laugh at the jokes and going natural was a decision I made for my own reason so what others said didn’t matter. Advice I would give for anyone that decides to go natural or going through the process is to stay true to yourself, ignore negative comments and have patience.


Dare to be different while promoting, embracing and celebrating natural hair!!!

www.gettwizted.com

 

Check out her T-shirt reviews here

Afros & Artisans: Ms. Tanisha's Twitzted Hair &Tees

Monday, April 11, 2011

My name is Tanisha Blakemore, founder and CEO of Twizted Tees, a t-shirt line celebrating and promoting natural hair that was birthed from self-discovery.

As a result of this 4-year natural hair journey, my self-esteem skyrocketed. I became infatuated with my hair. I loved the healthiness, versatility, and texture of my chemical-free hair.

My personal experience has inspired the development of Twizted Tees. These original-design shirts provide a new, trendy look that is based on style and quality for the consumer. The concept is to encourage a foundation of self-pride, embrace hair in its natural state, all while promoting products that display self-expression.

What does it feel like owning your own business with many other people owning larger business companies? Is it intimidating?

It feels great to start a company that is promoting for a good cause. The thought of all that has to take place to make this a successful company is overwhelming at times. Looking at the larger companies isn't intimidating at all, more so motivation to work that much harder. Determination, hard work and perseverance are what it will take to make my vision become reality.

When did you decide to throw the relaxer out (if you did)?

2007 marked the year when I no longer wanted to “lye” to myself, so…. I cut off my relaxed hair. What a liberating experience! I transitioned my hair from relaxed to natural for approximately 6 months, which evolved into much more than a physical transformation.

What was your support system like once you went natural? How would you describe your hair journey so far?

My friends and family have been very supportive during my natural journey. In the beginning, there were naysayers, other people were questioning my decision, but this was something I was doing for myself. There were days I wanted to give up and go back to relaxing but quitting isn't a word I use very often. Going through this process built my self-esteem and strengthen my patience.

 

What hair products can you not live without?

As most, like myself become product junkies, trying to discover what works for your hair type. But products that I find essential for my hair would be shea butter, vegetable glycerin, almond, jojoba, and coconut and Alma oil.

What is your signature style?

I lovvvvve double strand twist and twist-outs...

What has been one of your biggest obstacles so far in your career and how did you face it?

There haven’t been many obstacles thus far; my focus is on ensuring my company has a solid foundation.

When it comes to your hair, what do you find most challenging?

The challenge that I have faced during my journey was finding what products worked for my different textures throughout my hair.

What keeps you motivated (pertaining to life/work/or hair)?

Honestly my motivation comes from within. When I have a vision and see the end result, reaching that is what keeps me going. I also love and enjoy sharing information.

People often times know nothing about natural hair so what is the craziest remark you have has received about your hair? Any advice to the aspiring successful women out there/closing remarks?

Honestly I haven't had many crazy comments during my process. There have been people who would crack jokes or people questioning why I decide to go natural. I would laugh at the jokes and going natural was a decision I made for my own reason so what others said didn’t matter. Advice I would give for anyone that decides to go natural or going through the process is to stay true to yourself, ignore negative comments and have patience.


Dare to be different while promoting, embracing and celebrating natural hair!!!

www.gettwizted.com

 

Check out her T-shirt reviews here

                                                
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 by: CluelessCurl

Alright, here we go again. Too much protein can make you gain fat not muscle.What's too much??? I had no idea there were side effects to something that's suppose to be part of a healthy diet. Is there some conspiracy going on. So, I did some research on portion control. I found out that chicken/beef should be the size of a deck of cards. C'mon, I'm trying to make an effort to control my portions. But, how about two decks of cards. LOL. Here's a neat slideshow to show the right amount needed.

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Protein Conspiracy??

                                                
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 by: CluelessCurl

Alright, here we go again. Too much protein can make you gain fat not muscle.What's too much??? I had no idea there were side effects to something that's suppose to be part of a healthy diet. Is there some conspiracy going on. So, I did some research on portion control. I found out that chicken/beef should be the size of a deck of cards. C'mon, I'm trying to make an effort to control my portions. But, how about two decks of cards. LOL. Here's a neat slideshow to show the right amount needed.

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Nailpolish:

Ruby Kisses Torpical Blend

Gold and Black nail art polish

and H&M White polish

Nails for the week: artistic touch

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nailpolish:

Ruby Kisses Torpical Blend

Gold and Black nail art polish

and H&M White polish

My name's Vanessa and I'm a college junior. I love writing, reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

I went to the salon one day to get a relaxer after some horrible braids that I left in for too long. The stylist relaxed my hair from root to tip. My hair was so thin and lifeless! I then started researching ways to take care of afro-textured hair. After a couple months, all the videos I watched about how to take care of relaxed hair slowly turned into natural hair videos. I loved the versatility that I saw and that's when I decided that natural hair was for me.

The hardest part was styling. In the beginning I paid for braids, kinky twists, and even a sew-in. After I didn't want to pay for those hairstyles anymore, I did more braidouts, but it go to a point where my braidouts were looking a mess. I wanted to transition for as long as I could, but styling was becoming a hassle because of the two textures, so I decided that 6.5 months was enough.

When I BCed I couldn't believe who I was looking at in the mirror, lol, but I was so happy that I was finally natural. My boyfriend was completely supportive. The first time I tried transitioning I gave in and relaxed and I could tell he was disappointed and so was I. Now that I'm natural he compliments me on my hair all the time. It's nice to have someone love and appreciate your hair as much as you do. My dad wasn't as supportive though. He never really said anything rude, but you could tell that he didn't like my afro puff. I think he might slowly be coming around though. As for my mom, she loved my BC, so she was very supportive. I also received a lot of positive reactions from white people. They loved my hair and I found it interesting that some of them wished their hair was like mine.

I'm not going to lie-- when I first BCed I defintiely had to get used to my "new look." I also thought a lot about what people's opinions about my hair would be. The first time I wore my TWA in public I was VERY self-conscious, but I eventually got over that. Nowadays there really isn't a day when I feel less than beautiful because of my natural hair. Sometimes I just have bad hair days, but I think everyone-- relaxed or natural, has those kinds of days every once in awhile. There is nothing that an afro puff cannot fix. I can honestly say that I love my hair.

I think the number one thing that motivates me to stay natural is my blog. A lot of people tell me how much they like my blog and how helpful it is, but these same women are the ones who motivate me and inspire me to help others realize that having natural hair is nothing to be ashamed of. There are also plenty of supportive women on Twitter, Facebook, and other hair sites and forums. There is nothing more beautiful or attractive than a woman who appreciates and embraces her natural beauty. I have reached a point where I KNOW I will never relax my hair again. It just doesn't make sense (for me) after everything I've seen and learned so far.

My blog has come a long way...but it's definitely not on some Curly Nikki status, lol. I didn't think that I would have people telling me that they love my blog, it's informative, etc. I just want women to know that the hair that we have been made to feel ashamed of for so long is beautiful and manageable. I feel like there are so many natural hair myths and stereotypes that need to be addressed and demystified, and that is part of my goal as well...to help dispel natural hair myths so that women are confident enough to rock their natural hair.

Going natural has made me more aware of myself and others. It sounds silly, but a hair change can make you realize how superficial and ignorant some people are. Before going natural I didn't think I could pull off short hair, but now that I've experienced it, I feel just as beautiful, if not more beautiful with natural hair as I did with relaxed. 

No one has ever really made a crazy comment about my hair, but I'm sure it will happen eventually.

My signature hairstyle is my puff! I'm into protective styling now, but if I could, I would wear my puff all the time! I don't know why I like it so much. The more it grows, the more I love it.

Currently my faves are: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner as a deep conditioner...it is the truth! I also seal my moisturizers with a mix of castor oil and coconut oil and it also works well.

Right now my hair goal is full shoulder length by summer 2011. I'm really trying to retain all the length I can by making sure my hair stays moisturized, deep conditioning weekly, and protective styling to prevent knots and split ends.

The best piece of advice I've received so far is to be happy with the way that your hair grows out of your head. A lot of times some of us naturals get curl envy-- desiring a certain hair tecture, but yearning for someone else's curl pattern  isn't beneficial. Appreciating my hair for what it is has made this journey much easier and worthwhile.

For those struggling, I would say to do as much research as you can. I'm the type of person who becomes really curious about something and researches a lot to satisfy my curiosity. If there is anything you're not sure about...Google is your best friend. If you need tutorials, product reviews, etc...search videos on Youtube. If people are not being supportive of your journey, join sites like Hairlista or Natural Sunshine. Know that you are not alone and there are many women out there with the same questions and feelings as you. Any concern that you could possibly have about natural hair is online somewhere...take advantage of it.

Thanks for featuring me on your blog! I enjoyed answering these questions.

Tales From the Kinks: @OnyxxRose The blogger

Monday, April 4, 2011

My name's Vanessa and I'm a college junior. I love writing, reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

I went to the salon one day to get a relaxer after some horrible braids that I left in for too long. The stylist relaxed my hair from root to tip. My hair was so thin and lifeless! I then started researching ways to take care of afro-textured hair. After a couple months, all the videos I watched about how to take care of relaxed hair slowly turned into natural hair videos. I loved the versatility that I saw and that's when I decided that natural hair was for me.

The hardest part was styling. In the beginning I paid for braids, kinky twists, and even a sew-in. After I didn't want to pay for those hairstyles anymore, I did more braidouts, but it go to a point where my braidouts were looking a mess. I wanted to transition for as long as I could, but styling was becoming a hassle because of the two textures, so I decided that 6.5 months was enough.

When I BCed I couldn't believe who I was looking at in the mirror, lol, but I was so happy that I was finally natural. My boyfriend was completely supportive. The first time I tried transitioning I gave in and relaxed and I could tell he was disappointed and so was I. Now that I'm natural he compliments me on my hair all the time. It's nice to have someone love and appreciate your hair as much as you do. My dad wasn't as supportive though. He never really said anything rude, but you could tell that he didn't like my afro puff. I think he might slowly be coming around though. As for my mom, she loved my BC, so she was very supportive. I also received a lot of positive reactions from white people. They loved my hair and I found it interesting that some of them wished their hair was like mine.

I'm not going to lie-- when I first BCed I defintiely had to get used to my "new look." I also thought a lot about what people's opinions about my hair would be. The first time I wore my TWA in public I was VERY self-conscious, but I eventually got over that. Nowadays there really isn't a day when I feel less than beautiful because of my natural hair. Sometimes I just have bad hair days, but I think everyone-- relaxed or natural, has those kinds of days every once in awhile. There is nothing that an afro puff cannot fix. I can honestly say that I love my hair.

I think the number one thing that motivates me to stay natural is my blog. A lot of people tell me how much they like my blog and how helpful it is, but these same women are the ones who motivate me and inspire me to help others realize that having natural hair is nothing to be ashamed of. There are also plenty of supportive women on Twitter, Facebook, and other hair sites and forums. There is nothing more beautiful or attractive than a woman who appreciates and embraces her natural beauty. I have reached a point where I KNOW I will never relax my hair again. It just doesn't make sense (for me) after everything I've seen and learned so far.

My blog has come a long way...but it's definitely not on some Curly Nikki status, lol. I didn't think that I would have people telling me that they love my blog, it's informative, etc. I just want women to know that the hair that we have been made to feel ashamed of for so long is beautiful and manageable. I feel like there are so many natural hair myths and stereotypes that need to be addressed and demystified, and that is part of my goal as well...to help dispel natural hair myths so that women are confident enough to rock their natural hair.

Going natural has made me more aware of myself and others. It sounds silly, but a hair change can make you realize how superficial and ignorant some people are. Before going natural I didn't think I could pull off short hair, but now that I've experienced it, I feel just as beautiful, if not more beautiful with natural hair as I did with relaxed. 

No one has ever really made a crazy comment about my hair, but I'm sure it will happen eventually.

My signature hairstyle is my puff! I'm into protective styling now, but if I could, I would wear my puff all the time! I don't know why I like it so much. The more it grows, the more I love it.

Currently my faves are: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner as a deep conditioner...it is the truth! I also seal my moisturizers with a mix of castor oil and coconut oil and it also works well.

Right now my hair goal is full shoulder length by summer 2011. I'm really trying to retain all the length I can by making sure my hair stays moisturized, deep conditioning weekly, and protective styling to prevent knots and split ends.

The best piece of advice I've received so far is to be happy with the way that your hair grows out of your head. A lot of times some of us naturals get curl envy-- desiring a certain hair tecture, but yearning for someone else's curl pattern  isn't beneficial. Appreciating my hair for what it is has made this journey much easier and worthwhile.

For those struggling, I would say to do as much research as you can. I'm the type of person who becomes really curious about something and researches a lot to satisfy my curiosity. If there is anything you're not sure about...Google is your best friend. If you need tutorials, product reviews, etc...search videos on Youtube. If people are not being supportive of your journey, join sites like Hairlista or Natural Sunshine. Know that you are not alone and there are many women out there with the same questions and feelings as you. Any concern that you could possibly have about natural hair is online somewhere...take advantage of it.

Thanks for featuring me on your blog! I enjoyed answering these questions.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. [1 Peter 3:3-4]



Weekend Encouragement: Beauty

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. [1 Peter 3:3-4]




 

 

 

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Koils By Nature Soothing Herbal Eucalyptus and Lavender Gel Review

Saturday, April 2, 2011


 

 

 

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