What i wore on 4/26/14

Navy blue flower dress purchased while taking a day trip to NY City, Navy Blue sweater thrifted, blue tights CVS, Brown Heels American Eagle Brand. My son and I worshiping at Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church.

HAPPY SABBATH 🙂

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2014 Oscar’s Favorites

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*MY 2014 OSCAR TOP PICKS*

 Best Picture                                                               

12 Years a Slave

Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, American Hustle

Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me 2

Cinematography
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design
American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson

Directing
American Hustle, David O. Russell

Music, Original Song
“Let It Go” from Frozen

Visual Effects
Gravity

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave


Best Original Screenplay
Blue Jasmine

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*Natural Hair Care*

So i have officially let out my natural kinky hair (lol). In doing this i have discovered that my hair although fabulous is dry and its not so easy to manage as when i blow dry and go.So i did some research on products, hair care and what, who and the how’s of kinky curly hair. Here is some great information and i wanted to share it with you. I’m also positing pictures of all of the hair care products that i use and no i don’t use them all at the same time lol. How do you work with your hair? What products do you use? 

*************************************************************************************************How to Care for Your Curly Hair

1. Ditch The Heat. Heat Styling Tools such as Flat Irons And Curling Irons do nothing but damage your locks and, turn your hair into a dry, brittle, unhealthy mess since you are basically frying your hair when using them. So the first thing you should do is get your split ends cut off, you can get this done at your local hair stylist of even do it yourself if you dare.

2. Don’t wash your hair every day. You may think that its good for your hair to wash it daily. But when you wash your hair daily, your actually stripping it of its natural oils resulting in it being dry and frizzy. Curly hair requires a lot more moisture than straight hair so its actually quite bad for it to be washed daily, you should only be washing your hair 2-4 times a week. You can condition your hair between washes if you like.

3. Find The Right Shampoo And Conditioner. You may not think it matters much about what shampoo and conditioners you use. Well it actually does. The type of shampoo and conditioner you use has a big impact on your hair. Everyone’s hair has different needs, so the type of shampoo and conditioner you use all relies on personal choice and what you feel leaves your hair looking and feeling its best. If you are on a swim team, etc and swim in a chlorinated pool regularly you should be using a clarifying shampoo and conditioner as the chlorine in the pool can be harmful to your hair.

4.When Conditioning your hair, apply the conditioner starting about an inch down from the root all the way down to the tips of your hair, don’t apply too much conditioner because this can result in your hair being greasy, just apply enough so that your hair is feeling silky and smooth. Wait about 1-3 minutes before rinsing the conditioner out of your hair, during this time brush your hair with your fingers until most of the knots are out, then use a WIDE TOOTHED COMB working up from the tips to the roots so your hair doesn’t get damaged.

5. You should deep condition your hair at least once a week to keep it hydrated.There are many deep conditioning treatments available.

6. Detangle your hair now. As a curly haired girl, hopefully you already know that unless it’s halloween and you’re in need of an afro, you should avoid brushing your hair when its dry because it will just go POOF ! Use a detangling spray on any knots, and carefully work through them with your fingers or a wide toothed comb, DO NOT USE A NORMAL BRUSH because this will cause breakage to your hair.

7. Avoid Towel Drying The Hair. When you scrub at your strands with the towel, this causes friction which increases the amount of frizz in your hair when its dry. While in the shower, gently wring your hair to get some of the water out of it. To avoid your hair being dripping wet, wrap it up in a towel on top of your head for about 5-10 minutes.

8. If you’re in a hurry and have no time to let your hair air dry, use a diffuser (blow-dryer attachment), because we all know that a hairdryer is a curly haired girls worst nightmare, because it simply makes your hair go POOF! While pointing the diffuser in the direction of the curl, hold the curl in your hand and gently squeeze it while drying, however you should not be using a hair blower in your hair too often, and when you do make sure to use a heat protectant.

9. Do not cake on the hair product all at once. As you should know its best to apply products while your hairs still damp, however you should not be putting layer upon layer of different products on your hair, because like us, our curls need to breathe, too many products in your hair will just cause greasiness and frizz, it is recommended you only use about 1-4 products in your hair, and make sure that you wait about 3-5 minutes between applying products so the product you just used has time to set into your hair. A great method of applying product to your hair is by gently scrunching it in, this stops your curls from becoming flat.

10.Use the right products. Curls are prone to frizz, to prevent this frizz you should use an Anti-Frizz serum. Also to add extra shine to your hair and help in the repair process a great product to use is the Organix coconut milk. If you want to add a little more moisture to your hair you can apply a leave in conditioner. You don’t necessarily have to buy expensive high end hair treatments to keep your hair looking good, there are some great products available at drugstores and target that work amazingly.

11. Curling Mousse and Gels are great products for giving your curls definition and for creating those scrunched beachy waves. However if too much gel/mousse is used it can give your hair that stiff, crunchy feeling, so make sure to apply the right amount and distribute it evenly by scrunching it through your hair. Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Line has a great range of styling products such as mousse and gels that work wonders without making your hair crunchy and smelly.

12. Shape the hair by scrunching it some more and twirling pieces around a finger.

13. Love your curls.

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*Sewing 101*

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Fashion is my Passion, and as the Self proclaimed Queen of Fashion and Psychology, I like clothes, shoes, accessories etc. But what better way to be me, than by learning how to sow. For Christmas i asked Santa Claus or (My Husband) for a sowing machine. *Here is my new sewing machine*

photo 1Growing up my mom and grandma would make a potato sack look like a wedding gown in minutes, so i figured it was installed in my DNA, the only problem is that as enthusiastic as i am to sow, i also realized i have no skills, knowledge or understanding about sowing. So of course as any young techie person i went to the source YouTube and i discovered that i could be only several minutes away from being the Puerto-Rican “Edith Head” of sowing. I’m working on my first skirt, pictures soon to come. I did find this girl and she is just awesome, i have watched all of her videos and have learned so much. I wanted to share this post with you and also a video of her amazing sewing skills.

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Weekend Shopping Haul

Hello friends 🙂 This was a great weekend i went shopping in CT and MA and online (of course) and i found all of these great items. They are all fabulous! 

Shopping (1)

*Michael Kors 2 Tone Handbag*

Shopping (2)                      *Black awesome boots only $12.00*

Shopping (4)

*Owl Embellished Top*Shopping (5)*White and Black Heart’s Top*

Shopping (6)

*Sonoma Pattered Tank Top*

Shopping (7)

Shopping (8)

*Awesome Fashion Finds*

Today i was at Kohl’s and Savers Thrift Store and i found these awesome items. I challenged myself to spend only ($15.00) my goal was to get at least 1 dress 1 top and either pants, accessories, tights etc. 

 

Kohl’s Dana Buchman Blue One Button Jacket Blazer Clearance ($5.10)W (5)

Kohl’s Apt. 9® Dot Tiered Mixed-Media Tank on Clearance ($6.50)W (1)

Sleeveless Striped Dress Thrifted ($2.50)W (3)

Dunkin Donuts Red Velvet Latte

So normally I don’t post a lot of articles about food, restaurants etc. But today I was at Dunkin Donuts and I saw a big sign for The Red Velvet Latte. Now I’m not a coffee drinker I always get the mint hot chocolate or just go with tea. But since Red Velvet is my ALL time favorite flavor I decided to try it. Ladies and gentlemen it was the WORST thing I have ever tasted. To me it tasted like Strawberry Quick. It was terrible. If it wasn’t for my ultimate love for Red Velvet cupcakes I would never ever eat or drink this again. It was so bad I decided to actually write a post about it. So if you decide to try it you can make your own decision on whether you like it or not, as for me. “It’s a NO”… Never Again. In this case I’m sticking to what I know Dunkin Donuts Mint Hot Chocolate.

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*Kohl’s Awesome Buys*

I love Kohl’s my favorite store, i or had a great $5.00 coupon plus a 15% my purchase. So i purchased each item separately and was able to use both coupon for each item. Yeah. For a total final prize of ($9.69)

***$3.23 Top Daisy Fuentes***

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***$2.55 Apt 9 Dress***Apt 9 Dress

 

***$3.91 JLo Top***

Jennifer Lopez top

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Red Paris fashion

**Imprisoned in the Fat Body**

**Imprisoned in the Fat Body**

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 I started my weight loss journey on June 5th, 2013. I started at 238.0 pounds as of 10/15/13 I weigh 200.6 pounds. This 38 pound lost has been amazing for me. I feel better I walk, run and go up the stairs without my lungs falling out of my chest. Overall I’m doing great, or I so I thought. As I have lost all of this weight I had a much different thought of what the “skinny” me would look like or feel like. I have lost the weight I see it in my clothes, my face, my feet since most shoes are big on me now, my fingers and my body.

This is great, but yet I still “feel fat”, I look in the mirror and don’t fully like what I see or the person looking back at me. I still feel like a big girl. I don’t know why or how to explain it, it’s just an awkward feeling. I went shopping for smaller clothes and even though I did not walk over to the plus size department like I used to I still found myself looking at the x-large clothing, the size 16/18 or the clothes with stretchy material. As I try new clothes on I’m amazed that I fit into a medium or pants are a size 12-14 to me this is amazing but also scary. What if tomorrow I’m fat again? How will I look once I lose the last 15 I want to loose and how will I feel? And most of all what’s up with this chunky belly why am I losing weight on my ankles, feet and hands.

I will take a flat stomach over skinny fingers any day. I feel like a prisoner in my body, not because of the weight like I used to but with the thoughts of my own insecurities and the pictures of what I thought losing 38 pounds would be like. The pictures of this wonderful, thin, guitar shaped body. This is nothing at all what I see in the mirror; then again I was not bored with a guitar shaped body, lol. The point of this article is to state that as women we see these images of what our society considers, beautiful, sexy, thin, slender or the wow factor.

And in reality this is not who or what we really are, I would like to wake up tomorrow and have Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez or Jillian Michaels body, but those are their bodies not mine, and I have many qualities that they would die to have if they met me. I am a beautiful woman, mom, wife, person, fashionista, coupon queen, Christian woman with or without the weight. My inner beauty radiates on the outside and when people that never looked at me now speak to me and tell me how great I look, how wonderful I look now that I have lost this weight, I’m thankful for the positive and encouraging words.

But they quickly forget that I was just as beautiful and wonderful before the weight loss it’s the same wonderful filling just with a different outer smaller package.

Great Finds at Kohl’s

*So i love to shop but today i wanted to give myself a challenge i wanted to purchase 2 items for under $15.00 but one item had to be nice dress pants for my job. And i found great deals at Kohl’s, here is my haul and all for a total of ($12.96). I’m a happy fashionsita*

Croft & Barrow® Smocked Sateen Henley

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Scandal *Kerry Washington* The Coat

After the season 3 premiere of Scandal, it was pretty clear who (or in this case, what) stole the show: Olivia Pope’s white trench coat. The Burberry Prorsum Duchesse satin cape topper first made its mark on Cara Delevigne at the spring 2013 runway before making waves in the now famous tension-wrought bunker scene (no spoilers, we promise) with Kerry Washington….“Kerry and I felt like this coat was her suit of armor and she was going into battle, In the bunker, Olivia is closed off emotionally and doesn’t want to reveal herself all the way so we kept the coat fastened and buttoned up.” Sadly, the coat is sold out everywhere (like we had $2,500.00 anyways),, Lol!

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What Zulema’s Talking About

What Zulema’s Talking About

**EVERY MONTH I’M GOING TO FEATURE MY FAVORITE THINGS OF ALL, THOUGHTS, FASHION, PSYCHOLOGY, ARTICLES, TRENDS ETC**

 <* OCTOBER 2013*>

Elle Magazine Canadian Fall Fashion 2013

**Fall is my favorite time of year the sweaters, goes, scarfs, hats, jackets, boots, cardigans etc, etc, etc**

I love these great outfits, the colors are amazing and its great to see plus size models wearing these fabulous clothing items.

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What Zulema’s Talking About

What Zulema’s Talking About

**EVERY MONTH I’M GOING TO FEATURE MY FAVORITE THINGS OF ALL, THOUGHTS, FASHION, PSYCHOLOGY, ARTICLES, TRENDS ETC**

 <*SEPTEMBER 2013*>

<*WEIGHT LOSS*>

*As of June 5th, 2013 i decided to change my life in evrey way, eating, diet and body image. I have always elt like that fat kid and valued my body by the size of my skirt, dress or pants. Even though i’ve always known im fabulous (lol). But as i’ve been working on my outside fabulous self. I have learned to love myself no matter what weight, size. i am. So here are my before and after pictures. I am a work in progress but im doping it one meal at a time.*Before and after

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My Color pick of 2013 Fall Fashion trend *Jade, Emerald and Grayed Jade*

My Color pick of 2013 Fall Fashion trend *Jade, Emerald and Grayed Jade*

I love this seasons colors, but my favorite has to be Jade, Emerald or Grayed Jade, however you call it. I’m loving it. Here are some of my favorite looks. What colors do you like? What pops at you?

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