Thursday, January 29, 2015


While at CVS earlier this week, I browsed the aisles for beauty products I didn't need.  I stopped at the Milani display because it was the neatest, lol.  I really didn't need anything but since my liner has been acting funky, I bought the Ultrafine Felt Tip Liquid Liner.

Description: "Vinyl and shimmer finishes, shades of high-impact purple, turquoise and inky black-this eye line is a dazzler.  The fine tip makes it easy to apply a precise line. And the waterproof formula means it won't smudge until you swipe it off with out Eye Makeup Remover."

Kudos to whomever wrote this description...  It makes me feel like the only thing I need in life is this liner!

Application: "Begin applying a thin line from the inner to the outer corner of your eyelid along your upper or lower lash line."

Yeah, so it looks like I've been applying my liner wrong.  I usually start outside of the lid...  Any who, what's my passive aggressive opinion of this liner?  I like the texture but the ultraness (not a word) of this product makes it hard to apply.  Your hand must be steady.  But, for the price, I can deal with it...

Ultrafine comes in 5 colors and is available pretty much everywhere.  Drugstores, Target, Walmart, etc.  For more information, visit Milani 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


This has been a good few months for music as far as my playlist is concerned.  I was super excited when Azealia Banks released her new album and thought I hit the jackpot when D'Angelo released his highly anticipated album but I can't understand one single word he's saying.  Translator please!  Lyrics please but I digress.  Back to Blackheart.

Dawn Richard released her sophomore album Blackheart on January 15th and it's been the only thing I've listened to since I've downloaded it.  Now I'm no music expert but I would guess that the perfect mixture of synthesizing, electronics, pop, R&B is what has me drooling.  It's music that I can bump my head in traffic to, something I can ignore coworkers to...

Any who, I can listen to the album from start to finish but when I'm paying attention, I do skip Warriors and Phoenix (sorry Aundrea).

If you want to listen to the album without fully committing, you can access it via Spotify.  I'm not linking it because I don't want to get sued! Lol.  What are you listening to these days? 

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Monday, January 26, 2015


My excitement for new toys usually lasts longer than this... Week 2 of Fitbit Flex wasn't as successful as week 1.

First thing first, I met my 10,000 step goal twice and it's likely to stay like this for a while. At least, the next month or so.  In a perfect world I could successfully balance work, school exercise, and sleep but the reality is something has to be cut and I've chosen exercise...  I just don't see myself getting up early to walk or run but I will continue making more of an effort to walk at work, take the steps versus elevator, and maybe walk a few blocks on one of my breaks.

Secondly, I stopped tracking my sleep.  When I'm really sleepy, it's highly unlikely that I will make the effort to alert the app that it should start recording my sleep.  But like I said last week, I've known about my sleep issues for a while. 

Thirdly, wearing Fitbit Flex all night is annoying.  I'm more likely to forget it's on during the day but am finding it hard to sleep with it on.  I took it off a few nights.  Actually, it's off right now charging as I write this which brings me to my final complaint.  You need to charge it every three days versus every four to five.  This is just to be safe.  My device has about 50% battery life and I didn't want to take any chances....  

Overall, I still like Fitbit Flex but we're frenemies now, lol.  

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Friday, January 23, 2015


Who doesn't need another makeover show?  With all the fashion catastrophes that surround our daily lives, keep.them.coming.

"In every episode of "Love, Lust or Run," women with major fashion issues turn to style guru Stacy London for help in turning their over-the-top looks from disaster to “Damn, girl!” Stacy shows them the impact their fashion choices are making on their day-to-day life and perception by asking random strangers to rate their style as “Love,” “Lust," or “Run.” Each woman will have to strip off her hair extensions, wild clothes and outrageous makeup to start from scratch. Once they are a blank slate, Stacy will guide these women through a transformative makeunder, changing each woman’s look and, just maybe, her life!"

So...I have my doctoral comprehensives (that I postponed from last semester) so I won't be watching any TV for the next month and a half.  You guys will have to keep me posted. Love Lust or Run premiers tonight on TLC at 8 PM, central. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


I've often reflected on the roller coaster my hair has been on.  Poor thing...  So, instead of a long story,
I'll start with my journey back to natural hair in 2007.  At that time, there weren't many products available to me. At least, not where I am located.
I would use all kind of crap but ordered the more popular products from Atlanta.  I started to see some growth but then I became a hair blogger.  

I know, I know.  It's all your fault! OK, not really.
I liked trying all the new products. All of the lies and promises those products advertised dried and damaged my hair. Stretched out, my hair was bra strap length but started breaking.  What was I to do?  Shave it or lock it?  So...Sisterlocks it is.  

One of the key rules of Sisterlocks is to allow your hair to utilize the oil it naturally produces.  Leaving my hair alone and not using products has allowed my hair to grow and become quite strong.  I used to think people were being shady when they kept saying my hair has grown and I was like....errrr, wasn't my hair this length last year?  But, after evaluating the length of my loc, I can confirm, it's twice the length it was this time, last year. 

In sum, stop putting all that crap in your hair.  Stop watching all those YouTube videos.  Stop with those concoctions that include jello + toothpaste + tequila = hair growth.  Learn your hair and leave it alone.  Seek professional opinion.  You know, the people who are actually trained on hair...  I know some of our pockets are tight but you don't have to go every week.  Drop in every now and then for a consultation.  

This post was inspired by Damian Walter who reads every single one of his clients for going along with hair fads and screwing up their locs.  

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I've been tracking my steps for a while now.  I've been doing it since smart phones had the capability to do so. Most recently, maybe over the last few months, I've been tracking steps on my iPhone.  However, your phone would need to be on you at all times for an accurate count.  For most of us, that's not realistic which is where Fitbit Flex comes in.


"This slim, stylish device is with you all the time.  During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.  at night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning.  Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal.  It's the motivation you need to get out and be more active." 

After a week, what do I think?  First, I would've liked if it was a tad bit slimmer.  Secondly, it's not stylish.  I don't care what color you get it in, it will never be stylish for a woman, lol.  However, it's winter so no one even knows I'm wearing it. In an effort to make it more stylish, you can purchase a expensive ass cover from Tory Burch for Fitbit. That's not an option for me.  Thirdly, Fitbit has proven that I walk approximately 1500 more steps than my phone would've tracked.

I appreciate Fitbit tracking my sleep, however, I already knew that was an issue, lol  One of the best features is the silent alarm. I now prefer Fitbit's gentle vibration over my phone's blasting.  Fitbit is waterproof which means you can shower with it but I use that time for a Fitbit break and charging; although, you can go approximately 4 to 5 days without charging.

Does it push you to be more fit?  Is it really worth it?  Yes, I am more conscious.  I want to walk more and opt for steps instead of elevators.  If you're able to afford it, go for it.  It'll make a cool gift for anyone starting their health journey (which is most of us in January).  Let's hope it's not a fun new trinket for and won't be thrown at the bottom of my junk draw in a month or so... For more info on the Fitbit Flex and other products, visit Fitbit

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Friday, January 16, 2015


Pink Gumbeaux: I remember when we first met.  I think we were both freshmen in undergrad taking an English course by a professor I still can’t stand and you sat right behind me.  At some point in the semester, you told me you would be traveling to Canada for a vacation.  When you returned, you were like “I’m moving to Canada!”  Naturally, for someone our age…I was like “yeah right” but guess what?  You not only moved to Canada but you’ve been around the world since then.  What gave you the courage?  What places have you lived?  What has each country taught you?

Roderick Smith: I have always loved your sense of humour Miss Theodore.  The class we took together was actually Cultural Geography taught by Dr. Lackey, whom just loved to say your last name.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


Photo Source: Curvy Chix Chariot Facebook
Curvy Chix Chariot is described as "the first fashion truck for plus size women (sizes 14-24) in the DC Metropolitan Area." 

I just love DC but that's neither here nor there...    

Any who, Curvy Chix Chariot was founded by Donna Hundley, who was frustrated with the lack of trendy clothing for plus sized women.  Contents of the trcuk include accessories, handbags, jewelry, and apparel.

The truck makes it's rounds at local events and can be rented for private parties!  Unfortunately, you can't shop them online so you'll have to fly out to DC... :) Kidding!  For more information, visit Curvy Chix Chariot

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Monday, January 12, 2015


Are you one of those DIY or HGTV freaks?  Yes?  Good!  And, how do feel about nail polish?  Love that?!  Well you're going to love OPI's Interior and External Paint Collection by Clark + Kensington. This paint collection includes three collections: The Artist, The Wild Heart and The Romantic.

Collection Description: 

The Artist. "A reflection of your personal style, both fashionable and a little unexpected.  Eye-pleasing color graces all your favorite things-the well-traveled and the newly acquired bling." 

The Wild Heart. "High drama collides with cultured chic to create an oasis of eye-catching cool.  Ignite the pulse of spontaneity with a passionate palette to surround and ground you."

The Romantic. "Sumptuous color and plush silhouettes set the stage for intrigue.  Flush with graceful flourishes and effortless charm, an era of Hollywood glamour is awakened." 

This is an excellent move for OPI and I wouldn't be surprised if they moved into home goods. Although I stay in a wack apartment, I'm looking forward to using this paint in my first home.  So far, I love all the bright colors in each collection.  

OPI's Interior and External Paint is sold exclusively at Ace Hardware  For how much, I don't know.  It's not listed on the website so you'll have to pop into one of their stores.  For more info, visit Clark + Kensington

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Thursday, January 8, 2015


This collection reminds me of a stormy winter day.  It looks more depressing than sexual but I digress...  Of course, there are a variety of grays, most are creamed based with one shimmer.  But, then there is that one pop of red that probably represents the "Red Room."  Although I'm throwing a little shade, I'll probably purchase My Silk Tie, Romantically Involved, and Cement the Deal.  View the collection at OPI

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Photo Source: Target

On January 6th at the Four Seasons Restaurant Pool Room in New York, Target announced the designer for their limited edition collection: Lilly Pulitzer.  The 250-piece collection which includes apparel, accessories, shoes, home decor + will be available at all Target stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.  The collection is described as "a modern interpretation of the American resort" with exclusive prints from original artwork.

"Founded in 1959 by Lilly (McKim) Pulitzer — a stylish Palm Beach hostess and socialite whose husband Peter Pulitzer owned several citrus groves — the brand has an ingenious origin. Lilly would turn her husband’s fresh oranges into juice, which she sold at a juice stand off posh Worth Avenue. She wasn’t a stranger to hard work, but Lilly never wanted to look anything but fashionable, so she created kicky printed shift dresses to wear while working at the stand because the patterns camouflaged the juice spills beautifully. Catching the eye of more than one passerby, including the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Lilly started selling her dresses at her juice stand, and American resort wear was born. Since then, Lilly Pulitzer has evolved into a brand that stands for boldness, individuality and optimism — every day’s a beach day when you’re wearing Lilly!"

And, check out this promo video Lily Pulitzer for Target.

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Monday, January 5, 2015


Photo Source: Getty Images 
Guys, I'm sick.  How have I been on break almost two weeks but in the last few days, start feeling like crap?  Grrrr...  So, I'm not sure if you've heard the news but Revlon CEO Lorenzo Depani is a racist asshole.  The story goes that Alan Meyers, a former Top-Scientist... can we just let the title "Top-Scientist" soak in...  Any who, Alan Meyers has filed a lawsuit against the CEO stating that he was ostracized as a result of being Jewish and that Depani also stated the following:
  • He hated living among Americans whom are "dirty" and "small minded"
  • He "could smell a black person when he entered a room" 
  • "Thankfully, Jews no longer stick together"
Another thing that ruffled Depani's feathers was Meyers making him aware of safety concerns which probably set Depani over the edge.  I bet Depani said to himself..."you mean to tell me you're Jewish and you have the nerve to be doing your job right? And, being smarter than me?  The nerve!"

A lot of articles mention that Depani is Italian.  I'm trying to figure out why that matters but I'll tell you what does matter, I will not be shopping or blogging about any Revlon and Revlon-owned products.  And, thanks to April Coleman of Glitter. Gloss. Garbage., we now have a list of all Revlon owned products to avoid :)

Oh, and no word from Halle Berry, Revlon Brand Ambassador.  She was probably advised to lay low until it "blows over."

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Saturday, January 3, 2015


Hey kidos, I'm back!  2014 sucked so bad that I've been struggling to outline 2015 goals, lol.  I'm kind of in one of those "why should I even bother" moods but too many monumental things are scheduled for 2015 so I suppose I need to get my act together...preferably by tomorrow (my last day of vacation).  In 2015 I will be getting married, maybe purchasing my first home and by a miracle...completing my PhD.  Hopefully there is room for relocation and a better paying job *pretty pretty please*

And like a million others, I need to get my health together.  Just like all vain brides, I would like to loose weight but I need to desperately make a lifestyle change.  Side note: I'm eating a brownie as I type this...  More broad goals include regular exercise and meditation, living in the moment and always remembering I have control over my feelings.

Last but not least is the goals I have for this blog.  As of now, I am less than 100 views from 100,000.  What an accomplishment!  My blogging has come such a long way.  When I first started Pink Gumbeaux, there were a lot of reblogs but I now compose my own.  I am grateful for the host of readers beyond the United States reading my blog.  How did you guys even find out about me?!   In 2015, I would like to improve my writing skills, content, and have more life experiences I can blog about.

Any who, I wish each and every one of you a prosperous year but only if you follow me on social media...if you don't, I take it  My Facebook page has 55 likes and that's pitiful so make sure to "like" Pink Gumbeaux on Facebook. Then there's Twitter.  I have more followers there but I don't know any of them so follow me on Twitter!  Last but not least is my Instagram where I'm attempting to be an amateur photographer, lol.  Like my twitter, I don't know most of these people so I need you to follow my Instargram too.

*twirls away*

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