Girls Trips: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

Girls Tip was full of #BlackGirlMagic! The movie is centered in New Orleans during Essence Fest, which is the ultimate girls trip! Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Regina Hall assemble to make the perfect story of  sisterhood and friendship. I laughed, almost cried, cheered, and of course I went to see the movie with my girls!

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If you a part of a friend group, you know just how genuine this movie is. Groups of friends can constantly experience ups and downs. Ceratin friends may become closer than others in the group. You sometimes go through rough patches and petty arguments in friendships just like any other relationship. Between careers, kids, and even financial hardships it gets hard to keep up with your friends. Outings become fewer and farther between, phone calls become text messages, and before you know it large amounts of time pass and you’ve missed chunks of each others lives. But, the ultimate goal with sisterhood is to continue to grow together instead of allowing yourselves to grow a part.

The movie truly showcases the importance of sisterhood and friendship. Life throws us numerous struggles, and those struggles become easier to handle with when you have a support group. It is encouraging to have your girls behind you cheering from the sidelines, ready to fight for your honor, or wiping your tears after a disappointment. Girls trips give you permission to pull out that dress and heels you’ve been dying to wear, eat all day everyday, and dance like there’s no tomorrow. It’s an opportunity to relax, drink, be adventerous, and just let your hair down away from your everyday life.

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Girls trips can also bring unresolved issues to the forefront. If you and one of your friends attending the trip have had an issue, you better believe it will come out on that trip. Make sure when you agree to a girls trip you have a solid relationship with each person going. Try to resolve any and all conflicts before you leave. The last thing you want to do is spend your money and be uncomfortable for a few days!

It can even bring out hidden personal issues. Someone may get too drunk and suddenly start spilling their guts and start crying. But, this is what girls trips are for! Once you agree to go on a trip with your girls, nothing is off limits! You are allowed to be on your worst behavior! You can look forward to days and nights of endless girl talk, which in essence can be very theraputic and rejuvinating!

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 I have had my fair share of girls trips. Each time I go on a trip with my girls, I come back with a greater appreciation for each one of them. Girls trips are a way to strengthen your bond all while exploring the world together.

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Girls Trip, New Orleans 2016
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Girls Trip, Northern Illinois University 2014

 

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Girls Trip, Atlanta 2015 

Have you been on a girls trip? Are you thinking of planning one? Which character are you most like from the movie? Tell me about it in the comments!

 

Summer Watchlist

This summer, my DVR has been recording like crazy. My summer television lineup has throughly kept me entertained each week. Here are my top 5 must-see shows!

1. Power: Starz: Sundays 8PM

At the end of the 3rd season, viewers were left with a cliff hanger as Ghost, the main character, was taken into custody by his ex-mistress  Angela. So far this season has had me  clenching my seat every single season. The fact that Ghost stayed in jail for as many episodes as he did surprised me, but has been making for a very interesting season. There are so many cans of worms being opened from the Lakeisha and Tommy relationship, to Kanan still being alive and nobody knowing about it. The writers for this show are amazing and keep you in pure suspense!

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2. Insecure: HBO: Sundays 9:30PM

Insecure has become a hit. I love creator Issa Rae. She is an unapologetic black girl, sprinkling her magic all over the place. It is a show that I can personally relate to on so many levels. The authenticity is what I love about the show. Issa, the main character, is in her 20s and struggling to figure out her career and especially her relationship, or lack thereof with her boyfriend Lawrence. At the end of last season, we were left hanging. Issa cheated, and Lawrence went for revenge. From just the first episode of this season, I can tell we are in for a roller coaster season! I mean look at how the first episode ended! I just hope Issa and Lawrence work through their relationship issues and are back together by the end of the season!

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3. Claws: TNT: Sundays 8PM

Claws is nothing like I thought it would be. The show is about so much more than just a nail shop. There is humor, murder, drugs and mystery! Niecy Nash does an awesome job carrying the show in her lead role, as Desna the owner of the nail shop. Initially, I assumed the show would just be about the nail shop, but there are so many layers that give an added twist of suspense!

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4. Black Ink Crew: Chicago: VH1: Wednesdays 7PM 

Black Ink Chicago is filled with drama, fights, and tattoos! It’s great to see young adults living their dreams, making money, and having fun. Their drama does not take away from their talent. Although it’s a bit different from the New York show, it’s still worth the watch if you are into reality television.

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5. Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood: VH1: Mondays 7PM

Of course I can’t make a watch list without my staple show Love and Hip Hop. This season features singer Keyshia Cole and Booby Gibson. Hazel E is wreaking havoc on just about all the female cast members. They have also introduced Alexis Sky, Fetty Wap’s ex- girlfriend. That just screams messy being that Masika, Fetty Wap’s daughters mother is also a longtime cast member of the show. From the previews for the upcoming season, it’s very apparent there will be fights and drama that we see every season and city of Love and Hip Hop.

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What are your go to summer shows?! Let me know in the comments!

Protective Summer Hairstyles

Protective styles are an awesome way to be a lazy natural. While I try my best to stay on top of wash days,conditioning, and everything else that comes along with being a naturalista, it can be very time consuming. That being said, at the beginning of this summer I made a decision to wear my hair in protective styles all summer. I wanted to give my hair a break from heat styling, and give myself a break from having to twist my hair every night 🙄.  

In doing this, Pinterest has become my go to for cute hairstyles. Having my hair in braids for the past month has saved me so much time in both my morning and nightly routines. I actually get ready for work and have time to spare to sit and watch tv! Versus struggling to get my natural hair just right, and having to fly out the door to work. After taking down my first set of braids, I noticed my hair was a bit fuller. Not too much extra length just yet, but I’m sure it will come in time. It has also been a relief to not have a big afro in the heat! While it’s super cute, and I love my fro, I hate a sweaty scalp😷. I am planning to experiment a couple more times with braids, as well as a couple of molded ponytail styles!

What are you’re favorite protective styles? Let me know in the comments! 

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Q: What is your dream summer vacation? 

A: My dream summer vacation is to travel to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I look forward to waking up to the beautiful beach, white sand, blue water, and blue skies! When I go I want to stay for at least a week to enjoy everything this fabulous getaway has to offer. I always jump at any opportunity to travel and experience new culture, but this would be the ultimate voyage for me!

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What is your dream summer vacation?

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Q: Tell the story of your favorite summer memory. 

A: My absolute favorite summer memories took place at least 20 years ago. My family would get up pretty early go to church on Sunday mornings. After church we would come home and BBQ. While we waited for the food to cook, we would have massive water fights! We used super soakers, water guns, water hoses, and even buckets! Nothing and nobody was off limits. My brother, mom, and dad were all a part of the fun. This was fun, but also a great way to cool off from the heat. We would eventually dry off and enjoy the BBQ. I hold these Sunday summer memories very close to my heart!

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What are some of your favorite summer memories? Let me know in the comments! 

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Q: What is your summer go-to makeup look?

A: Since the summer sun brings along a lot of heat, I tend to keep my makeup pretty simple. I rarely wear a full face of makeup as it is,  in the summer I do it much less. Usually, I will only wear a full face of makeup in the summer if I am going out at night. In all honesty, nobody wants a sweaty face of foundation! So to keep it simple, I stick to lipstick or gloss, mascara, and occassionally lashes. Pretty simple, but it works!

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Vey simple and subtle lip and lashes!

What are your summer makeup routines? Let me know in the comments!

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I will be doing the #Summer17WritingChallenge for the next couple of weeks, along with my regular scheduled blogs! Some will be very short while others may be a little longer. So for my first installment, the question is (drum roll please!)…

Q: What book are you reading this summer and why? 

A: I will be starting Charlamagne Tha Gods’ new book, “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.”

 I decided to read this book because first and foremost I actually like Charlamagne and his harsh honesty. He is the main reason I watch the Breakfast Club interviews. I also love self-help books. They are a great tool I’ve found to keep me motivated and focused while working toward my goals.

What are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comments!