Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! EOTD #2 – #3 + My Foolishness

Hello everyone!!!!!

So sorry for the short hiatus, I started a new job + wanted to get adjusted + wanted to get use to my schedule + sleep patterns + all that jazz lol. Anyhoo…How have you lovlies been?? I’ve been pretty good, also working on doing a Doctor Who inspired makeup series soon! If you don’t know, I am absolutely obsessed w/ Doctor Who + have been a fan since I was 5. More info on my obsession later…

EOTD #2

So this is an EOTD (eye of the day) that I did back on 02.18.14. I thought it was a fun look that was inspired by a photo I saw on a beauty page I follow. In the photo the person used red eye shadow so I used it in a way that worked for me as well. I wore this look to work because it was simple but daring much like my personality hehehe. 

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MY FOOLISHNESS…

So, I started a new job which has been interesting. Things did not start off smoothly so I had a bit of an annoyance twitch for several days but hopefully that is behind me…hopefully lol. The new company is great though based on what I know of it so far + I am looking forward to learning more and excelling like I am made to do! I have met some pretty cool people so far + we seem to get on well + have a laugh here + there which is great! Helps the day go by faster!!

In my training class we set up a potluck which was really awesome because everyone loves a good spread of delicious foods! I made a vegetarian lasagna which was NOT vegan friendly because it was loaded with cheese chese, faux meat (100% vegetarian Morning Star Crumbles), veggies + MO CHEESE lol. Everyone seemed to enjoy it very much which was nice to see. 🙂  

There was lots of singing in my class too lol. My co worker + I like to keep the people entertained + have been nicknames Sonny +  Cher lololol.

EOTD #3

Okies, so my bf surprised  me with a  bday party recently (02.22.14) which was really cool because it was Doctor Who themed and everyone had on bow ties because ya know…bow ties are cool! Lol. Below is the look I wore thinking I was just going to dinner lol. If I had known, I would have had an awesome DW themed look lol.

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Welp, that is all for now, I just wanted to update you guys + will be back later today or tomorrow with another EOTD that I’ve done + some other good stuffs!!

Behave yourselves out there! ;}

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

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EOTD (Eyes of the Day) #1 – Green + Blue Paradise

Hello all!

My lighting isn’t the best so when it comes to filming a makeup tutorial, it’s difficult to show the actual color pay off. I plan to do post on here every so often of fun looks that I come up with in order to share them with you + to get feedback + suggestions on what else you wish to see. Below, is a look that I did today just for fun!

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PRODUCTS USED:

1. NYX Eye Shadow Base in White

2. Coastal Scents 88 Color Eye Shadow Palette (Greens + Deep Purple)

3. BH Cosmetics Take me to Brazil 30 Color Eye Shadow Palette (Yellow + Blue)

4. Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Black Point

5.Kiss Ever EZ Lashes in #10 (Super natural + adds fullness)

I hope you enjoyed + I’ll catch ya laterz!!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Sorry, we don’t do Valentine’s Day!

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Hey baby cakes!! Before I get started, I want to first say that yesterday was my 30th Birthday!! Woot Woot…AARP here I come! Lol. It was a very chill day + my bf says that he has a surprise of some sort for me to celebrate my bday so we will see what happens! Also, Bday haul video coming soon!!

Moving right along….

February, the month of Black History + Love…Ermmm, why is this limited to a month? Shouldn’t Black History + Love be celebrated, studied, showed all year around or is that just me? *side eye*

Anyhoo, there are so many post I see on Facebook + comments I hear from people saying…”I better get this, or we better do that for Valentine’s day”. I’m sorry, but it’s just not that important to me! Is Valentine’s day going to feed, clothe, support + provide jobs for the needy? If not, then I’m not worried about it.

My bf + I have been together slightly over a year now + decided we will not celebrate Vday in the traditional way because we love each other + give each other things all year around. We also decided that we will have a tradition (started last year lol) where we get a bottle of wine, a huge platter of 7 layer dip, a bag of tortilla chips + watch an awesome  movie! That’s bliss. No gifts, candy or anything Vday only based…A usual day!

The money that I would have spent, I can donate to an organization I support. I like this idea soooo much more! What do you guys think??

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Tips + Tricks #1 – Goodbye Ingrown Hairs, Hello Sexy Legs!!!!

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Ingrown hairs are basically the Devil in disguise! I’m telling you, they hurt + are just so darn nasty!! I am blessed to be a natural curly haired girl + for as long as I can remember, I have had issues with ingrown hairs after shaving. Some people may say, “Just wax” or “Use a chemical hair remover”! I absolutely appreciate the suggestions but those options just DO NOT work for me. My skin is always left behind so irritated + for the bikini area….well….it’s not pretty! LOL

If you haven’t read my blog post about the Bliss Ingrown Hair Pads, you probably don’t know that those things about killed me! Hahaha, my skin was much too sensitive for them so I have been on a hunt to find a method that works for me + by Jove I think I’ve got it!! I am going to share with you what I do to obtain a close shave and keep ingrown hairs at bay!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1. A cleanser or Mask that contains salicylic acid.

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2.  Exfoliating Gloves

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3. Bikini Zone Anti Bumps Shave Gel

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4. A 5 blade razor

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5. Argan Oil or some type of pure oil for the body.

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6. A Body Butter

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STEPS:

1.  The first thing I did was research what kind of things help ingrown hairs + salicylic acid popped up. I thought that this would  be something awesome to try because it was something I had in my home already. I had a mask with salicylic acid in it and an exfoliating cleaner, so for a week (without shaving) I cleansed my legs with the cleanser and the day before, I used the mask on my legs (left on for 15 minutes while relaxing and wearing a face mask). I washed the mask off,  pat dried my legs + moisturized them.

2. On the day that you decide to shave, when you jump into the shower, wash the rest of your body and then use your exfoliating glove (and your favorite body wash) to gently exfoliate your le gs to help loosen the hairs + to remove any dead skin cells.

3. Next I apply the Bikini Zone gel to my legs + let it set for a moment. This product really works + helps to keep my skin irritation free…in all areas, including under the arms. Once that has set for about a minute or 2, I use a 5 blade razor. Man, a razor like this is magic!! I swear it gets all the hair + I highly recommend  them!

4. After you have shaved every area that needs it, gently exfoliate your legs/necessary area again. I have read that people actually shave a second time but that is up to each individual + not part of my actual routine.

5. Once out of the shower, pat dry your skin. You want to care for your skin not damage it! when your skin is still a bit damp, mix the oil of your choice together with the body butter, cream, or moisturizer of your choice and smooth onto your legs. Your skin should feel amazing after this!!

I love wearing silky or satin PJ’s after shaving my legs because they feel so smooth + silky! I always get compliments from the bf on how smooth my skin is and it’s because I take the time to care for it. You have to relax sometimes and this is a wonderful way to unwind + enjoy some time away from the busy world we are all a part of!

I hope you guys enjoyed this tip so please feel free to comment below + share this with someone who might be looking for a solution to this common problem! I will see you in the next post!!

Until Next Time…

LOVE, PEACE, + SHOPPING RECEIPTS!!

 Kai

Daft ~ Mod: Introducing my new online accessories boutique

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Hey hey there lovlies!!

I am coming to you with a super quick blog post to announce the opening of my new online accessories boutique, Daft ~ Mod! Yay!!

Every week I will hand pick a selection of styles to add to my site for you to chose from. Everything is beautiful, chic + sure to grab the attention of anyone who sees you wearing these items.

Head on over to Daft ~ Mod and check it out! Let me know what you think!!

Until Next Time…

LOVE, PEACE, + SHOPPING RECEIPTS!

Kommon Kourtesy #2 – Reality Shows: Blood Sweat + Heels

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Style, Beauty, blogs + really annoying situations! These are all the great things you can see on Bravo’s Blood, Sweat and Heels. Let me tell you how I feel about this show so far (2 episodes in).

At the start, this show seemed to be about really educated, savvy + fashion forward females in New York. I am a sucker for fashion as most of you know so I wanted to watch + see what it was all about. So far, I like the silliness of Mica Hughes (even though she can go a bit overboard when drinking) + the Strength + realness of Demetria Lucas. However, I am completely annoyed by Daisy Lewellyn with her very over the top selfishness (being selfish is the ugliest thing no matter how much money you have or how fabulous you think you may be) + her archaic mentality. Melyssa Ford is okay but I definitely feel she needs to work on growing up. She’s much too grown to be rolling her eyes + acting like a 12 year old.

Again, there have only been two episodes so I haven’t really gotten a feel for the other characters or I just checked out whenever they came on screen. I am not sure, but I know they did not grab my attention + if I did pay attention, it probably wasn’t a good reason. I actually thought that this show may be a tad bit different than other reality shows but I was wrong. Ratings are all about the drama. I have enough drama in my day without watching someone else air theirs, so with that said, I most likely will end this series with those two episodes.

Oh, before I forget…Daisy said she didn’t like bloggers because  they just sit behind a computer + type + are probably unattractive (see Ep. 1)…Hahahahaha that cracked me up because I’m really quite sexy + fashionable + the reason I blog is because it’s fun + a great way to meet others. Also, I never say anything on a blog that I am not willing to say to someones face. How can you make a judgement about a group of people if you don’t know those people. *Shakes head* poor baby!

Well, that’s my quick take on what I think of the show based on what I paid attention to. Have you seen the show? What is your take on it? Leave a comment below if you wish to share your views.

Until Next time…

LOVE, PEACE + SHOPPING RECEIPTS!!

Kommon Kourtesy #1 – Interview with Film Maker, Anthony Tran

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“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely” – Henry Ford

Who is Anthony Tran? Well, today you will get to know this educated, handsome and outgoing 25 year old film maker. Everyone has dreams and goals and this very awesome fellow knows exactly what he wants and has been taking those steps to get there.

 I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Tran and here is what he had to say about being Anthony, doing what he loves and how you can achieve your goals as a film maker too! Grab a cup of tea, coffee or hot cocoa and snuggle up for the first installment of Kommon Kourtesy! Enjoy!!

Kai: Tell me a little about yourself personally and creatively.

Anthony: What do you want to know? (Laughs) I love adventure and travel and I don’t get to do it a lot lately completing the film. I love making connections with others and meeting people with different backgrounds from all walks of life and I know everyone has a story to be told and I really like to convey things in different ways. Creatively, I’ve always been an artist and I’m all about motivating people to try new things if they really want to make it in the industry. I am known for my ability to bring people together.

Kai: Very nice! Also, in 5 words, describe who you are.

Anthony: Ambitious. Inventive. Respectful. Honest. Reliable.

Kai: So, at what age did you decide that making films was what you wanted to do?

Anthony: Ever since I was a kid in grade school I wrote stories in hopes to one day turn them into visual arts. I wrote my first script when I was 12 and attempted my first feature when I was 16 called “The Dumbest Horror Flick Ever” – a parody with cultural satire.

Kai: You knew what you wanted to do straight away it seems! How did you get started making films and what drives you to continue on this journey?

Anthony: Ever since I was young I was fascinated with cameras, movies, television, etc. and ask anyone, I have been talking about making films since middle school. I am driven to continue this journey because film making is fun, you get to meet new people and of course the best part of seeing your idea becoming a visual medium that people can be entertained by or interested or inspired by.

Kai: Where did you study film making?

Anthony: In high school I went to Scarlet Oaks for Digital Television Production and when I turned 19, I went to Brown Mackie College-Cincinnati.

Kai: Woohoo!! Give me a moment while I rep Cincinnati (hometown)! Hahaha. Back to business, this is not an easy business to venture into, do you think you have the support and resources to thrive? What sets you apart from others?

Anthony: This is definitely not an easy business and I would say I have good amount of resources and support from the general public, talents in the area and more, but I find that when doing a voluntary project like “Obliquity: Imagery of the Unknown”, it can get really tough to have commitment from people in full for certain aspects – and most of the people that could help our film become even more solid require pay and I’m 25 working part time trying to release a community film project, so in that regard, we thrive to get things done the best we can, but we definitely could have more support and resources.

What sets me apart is that I constantly network, collaborate and cross-promote and give everyone the opportunity to submit or discuss working together. There are plenty of people that are making projects, but just from experience and from reaching out, very few who say they are capable of great talents may not actually be willing to even work with you. I feel like a lot of people are in their own film cliques (as opposed to myself and our team) where we truly do try and bring anyone interested in working with us to the project. That way, there’s a little bit of everyone in the film.

Kai: What was your inspiration for Obliquity?

Anthony: In my first script –which I later turned into a book- one of the chapters is called “Obliquity: Imagery of the Unknown”. In 2007, we tried entering an Insomniac’s Film Festival and that segment sparked the short film made for a school competition called “Duality”. Later we created a horror short called “COEXIST” for the College Movie Festival and the idea originally was to have characters from all our short films be tied into this feature. On another note, “Obliquity: Imagery of the Unknown” was inspired also by interactions in society, the film community in Greater Cincinnati and my own emotions and experiences were also incorporated. I wanted to make a film that would be trippy, unique, and combine talents of people in our area to really build upon connections. We even were given locations cost-free and promoted other artists and business owners.

Kai: What is the essence of Obliquity?

Anthony: The essence of Obliquity (subtitle “Imagery of the Unknown” is that there are many things to see in the film including different imagery, locations, camera and editing tricks and more. On the other side of the film, there are things you do not see that one would have to deduct and piece together and look beyond to understand more. The film is entirely about a city where society has become careless, immoral and unkind and now sleep deprived college students try to stay awake for up to four days and they begins to see what drives these forces and people to act the way they do. There is also a message that you do not have to be sleep deprived to see this if you allow yourself to be in tune (i.e. Shannon’s character. )

Kai: What was the most important lesson you had to learn that has had a positive effect on your film? How did that lesson come about?

Anthony: I learned a lot about planning and not jumping the gun and going to shoot just because we have a good scene written. I mean, grant it, it still worked for the film and we may have just gotten lucky, because you really have to organize everything before starting production. I also have learned to appreciate everyone on the project (even when things didn’t work out) and to remember whatever you say- whether on social media or on stage at a screening, you represent everybody’s hard work on projects. It’s ideal to show gratitude toward those helping. These lessons come from trial and error.

Kai: Films tend to morph throughout the creative process + sometimes major changes happen during editing. Were there sections that you absolutely love but by the end felt it just no longer worked? If so, do you think they could be used elsewhere?

Anthony: There was a whole story-line with the overly hated Titney Spears character where her fakeness changed her around to finding herself and though it would have been a whole’nother character, I would have liked to see some of that in the film again, but being a thriller it’s just too weird for most people. The footage was originally going to combined with a 40min short that loosely ties-in with our feature with a  whole script ready to go, but with time constraints and the push to release the feature itself, it may not be likely to film this. At least we’ll have it as a bonus feature on our DVD and Blu-Ray.

Kai: How would you describe your filmmaking process?

Anthony: We go on set, have a light meal, have the actors go over lines and rehearse as we set up the cameras and lights (if needed) and I begin to look for angles and mark notes on my shot lists or storyboards. Of course, there is plenty of preparation to even get to a shooting day. If I see an actor struggling, we step aside and discuss ways of seeing things in different light so they can feel what they are portraying and we just give it a go.

Kai: What do you consider the elements of a good film? A great one?

Anthony: Concepts are always the kicker for me as well as the story, the actors, the situations, the locations and of course our biggest issue since I mostly do video is having the audio perfected. Having interesting visuals that will engage the viewers are always nice. I personally really like movies that utilize their plot and scenarios in creative ways throughout the movie.

Kai: What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

Anthony: There are so many movies out there that I have yet to see being the head of every department on a feature film, but I will say that “American Beauty”, “Requiem For A Dream”, “Memento”, The original “Final Destination” and “Scream” movies have really made an impact on me. I also enjoy “Cube: Hypercube” and “Nightmare On Elm Street” for being different and I feel like in the last decade, there hasn’t necessarily been well-rounded solid films that are different and I’m inspired by that to bring it back into this next decade.

Kai: What experience do you have in other art forms?

Anthony: I am currently working on a demo LP called “Belief System” under the name Trippy or Tripp T, where I rap and sing. I also have drawn a lot and am interested in painting more.

Kai: How does film unite different types of art and media?

Anthony: Film can incorporate all types of media. From having a soundtrack, to a score, sound design to graphic design and animation, to art that is in the background of scenes to photography of promotional material and behind-the-scenes documentation, almost anybody interested in media should try the film route whatever your forte.

Kai: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life creating film?

Anthony:  My advice to someone who wants to make a motion picture is to first never give up. It’s a hard business for a reason and I was blessed to have over 200 people volunteer on the project with 26 bands signed to our movie’s soundtrack. Network always and tell everyone you want to make movies. Pass out business cards, make a roster with those interested in getting involved and list their skillsets, post online everywhere when you have a shoot coming up, know what you are capable of and limit your cast to a small amount so you can easily schedule if it’s your first project and again, never give up. Rewrites and changes may need to happen, but if you are the leader, everyone is counting on you to completion. Don’t waste people’s time and don’t lie about being community-oriented and not even try and help another film maker in any way (even as simple as sharing a post.) Reputation is also important but let live and have fun!

Kai: In regards to actually pursuing a film career, what advice do you have for those who are serious about it?

Anthony: You can either build a community and try and bring people together or you can move to the big cities where films are always happening and just go for it. It helps to have projects under your belt, but it really does come down to who you know and what you do. Being early is always a plus and remember –anything can happen. Shoots can get cancelled at the last minute and you just have to prepare yourself for that. Also, always communicate properly. Don’t leave someone hanging or it’s going to look extremely negative on your end and word does get around about people who do work and people who say they do and can’t even be professional with others.

Kai: Where do you see yourself in 5 years in regards to the film making industry?

Anthony: In 5 years, I hope to have been working in the industry on big budget movie sets and also have created another film or two including a possible sequel to “Obliquity”.

Kai: I hope to do the same but as an actress, I am really good ya know? Hahaha! Maybe finally we can collab without anything getting in the way! Well moving right along, where can readers view your films and learn more about you?

Anthony: Most of our films are on our http://youtube.com/trippytranfilms and there are some articles online if you search my name or movies. Soon, we will have our website built better (currently we have http://trippytranfilms.com up) and DVDs will be released soon hopefully as well.

Kai: Anthony, thank you so much for sharing with me today. I think it’s awesome what you are doing and it’s so great to see that Cincinnati, Ohio has so much talent and we definitely aren’t afraid to dream! Any last words?

Anthony: Thank you so much Kai for taking the time to ask me questions about the project (and me) and I hope that everyone gets a chance to check out our work. We plan on doing bigger things once we reach higher budgets down the road so watch out for that! I know so many talented people here in Greater Cincinnati and beyond and I’ve just been so fortunate to work with so many amazing people. Our ideas may be different than what people normally see nowadays, but I hope they can appreciate the hard work and the creations in what’s to come.

Kai: Absolutely! It has been my pleasure and I can’t wait to see everything!!

Until Next Time,

LOVE, PEACE, + SHOPPING RECEIPTS!!

♥ Kai