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Fashion & Beauty

The Color of Family…Vibes by: V.Lyn


I have found myself blessed…despite any life adversities that I may have experienced those of my own creations and those brought about by life’s happenstance there has been one constant for me the family blessings I have derived and benefitted from throughout my years. They have touched my soul and awakened my spirit and have shown my the joy of living as well as reminded me of my humanity. They have been both my anchor and what has given me buoyancy. Through them all …I have been given my strength and taught that sometimes it is okay to be soft. They have shown me in their manners that tenderness is not a weakness and not to be feared…bending like the branches in a tree keeps you from breaking… My family is larger than me and that fact has made me enormous…I am infinite with these people … and through them we create a legacy that will continue long after we have gone. They are my family but more importantly they… they are the  Purest of Friends.

Dedicated To My Family

A pure friend is one who shares in the experiences that gave you your novella, reminds you of the subtle nuances that flavor every tale, encourages you to invest in your characters, supplies you with the parchment that your story is written on and proof reads with a judicious eye, keeping you true… A pure friend understands that your story is your own an one which is flavored with the journeys and tales of all you have touched and who have touched you, a pure friend is your most ferocious advocate in your right to retell your tale in only the way you can… and honest enough to remind you that you are not the only one who has a story to tell… A pure friend reminds you to focus on the joy of the journey and not just the hurdles and reminds you that how the protagonist arrives is as important as where… A pure friend compels you to seek internally for loftier goals and then prods you forward to DO better and BE better…

Thank you my family for all the ways you are and have been the purest of friends …

Hi my name is Trenton, my Bebe (that’s Swahili for grandmother) is African American and so am I but I am also White and I will be proud of both!

One biological family!

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Bodies in Motion

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Sexy Hair by V.Lyn

 

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Photos from Essence.com and Stylebistro.com

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Getting it Right in 2011 by V. Lyn

 

Spring is coming! I know it…even if  most of the country is covered by snow, ice, rain and dead birds that fall from the sky by the thousands…that is a whole other story. But spring is coming and it is time for those of us who have let some things go..the ten extra pounds we put on during hibernation. After all this African American is Sub Saharan and I do not do well in the winter, for me it is a time to pack on that extra 5 pounds okay 10 pounds, let’s keep it real, for when the great blizzard sweeps across the great Southwest burying us in 20 inches of snow while winds whip about the plains in skin cracking gust of 60mphs, okay that has never happened here as far back as I could research but each year I still prepare for that inevitable day chowing down on all those sugar rich and processed foods swaddling my normally muscular body in a nice comforting layer of fat.   My skin is dull and dry even the skin on my feet from the blistering cold , my hair dry and fried and my makeup even needs refreshing. Yes I sound like a mess but beneath the mess is a fox I can assure you. And perhaps you like me need a bit of nurturing and a gentle nudge in the right direction. so here are some great tips from a variety of experts.

Hot Hairstyles for 2011 

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Never too Young! by: V.Lyn

Your skin is your bodies largest organ and to keep it supple, youthful & healthy it requires tender care. Pulling, stretching, the sun, lack of sleep and harsh cleansers are all things that can do it damage, with time being the biggest culprit. While we can’t stem the passage of time..we can do our best to minimize the rest of the damage causing culprits.

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