28 February 2009

Almost NS is almost surprised

In celebration of her birthday and to commend all her hard efforts with Dolly's 30th and Thelma's Baby Shower, we organised what was supposed to be a surprise gathering for my sis-in-law Sharon aka Almost NS! It remained a surprise til only days before when NS Dolly let it slip...needless to say I was NOT impressed! But hey Almost NS was almost surprised.

Ahhh big bro and lil sis

We had a lovely time at Ridizio Rico a Brazilian joint with great food and fresh meat brought steaming to your table and let's not forget the yummy cocktails... Papaya Caipirinhas' ummmmmmmmmm! Anwyay, they had the most embarrassing system for the birthday folk present in the restaurant which on a Saturday night was at every table! A member of staff would come to your table and BASH LOUDLY on a tambourine and sing sorry shout Happy Birthday...along with the rest of the table. Sharon feared it would happen to her. And it did!...

It was a throughly enjoyable night was had by all.

Close up of hair, I wore the flipped up side curls again.

Me and my beautiful NS and Almost NS African sistrens.

27 February 2009

Twist it/Flip it result

This is how the flipped up twist came out. It dropped really well for work, the compliments just kept coming from both my colleagues and members of the public!!

26 February 2009

Twisting it up

So after a fresh wash and blow out I decided to twist my hair. I don't usually blow dry my hair, I like to let it dry naturally but I wanted the finished result to have a bit of length.

Here's the finished article...

On one side I put in some flat twist going over to one side from the front to the back. I didn't quite get the parting right as you can see, but it wasn't bad for a first attempt. The rest was just twisted.

Here it is from the back.

I put some rollers on the ends to hopefully create a nice flip up on the ends.

23 February 2009

Online Offline

Today by chance I met two women I have had contact with online, offline at a making your own hair products course I attended in Hampton. They were, Michelle - owner of Hair Affairs magazine, sisterlock consultant and organiser of the Natural Hair Meet Up (of which I am a member) and NS Gallery member Cherry or CherryLola as she is known on a fabulous blog Cherrylola.com.
Funny thing was, Michelle had recently stood down as organiser for the group (as she's one busy lady!) and after numerous emails to SAVE THE NATURAL HAIR MEET UP GROUP sent to all members, Cherry stepped in and took over. They had never seen or spoken to each before and yet today the universe threw them and me together. It was lovely sharing experiences and thoughts over boiling pans of natural shampoo. Their presence enhanced this fun, informative day and made it all the more inspiring.

Cherry has organised a MEET UP on the 11th March at Cubana. Those wishing to attend must first join the group Natural Hair Meet Up. I'm really looking forward to meeting them both again, as well as all the other NS ladies set to attend.

22 February 2009

Baby Shower

Yummy Mummy-to-be Thelma held her baby shower today. Here she is with her sexy bump and her wild blown-out NS hair.

We had a fab time playing baby orientated games, eating delicious Ghanaian food and sharing lovely gifts. One of the games was called Baby couture and we all had to produce a baby gro for the baby prior to the shower. Here was my entry, which went down well on the day.

My hair was quite curly today. Later that night I fell in love with this beautiful curl that was falling in my face and had to capture it on camera.

Aint that cool!

20 February 2009

Half-term Museum Madness

It's that time again. Half term. It's difficult to keep your kids entertained over the holidays especially when it's cold out and your feeling the credit crunch!

A nice FREE day out is a visit to the Science Museum in South Kensington. We always have fun and there's loads to do for kids.

So today we decide to pay a visit. Only problem is HALF term is not the best time to go. IT WAS CRAZY. Best thing to do is go EARLY like when the doors open. We went peak time on a peak day. It was madness, but Zain had fun.

18 February 2009


The competition is ON!

These ladies are up against each other in the hopes of becoming the winner of the NS Twist & (sh)Out Competition. The winner will receive an spot in the NS style gallery, an NS T-shirt and NS goodies. Visit the website to vote. Competition closes on the 28th February 2009.

NS Sistren

So she rocks up to my place, in her beautiful NS Hat, looking all sexy and certainly not like someone undergoing Chemotherapy. Then takes off her hat to reveal her stunning TWA. Her new look simply ROCKS!!!

Gwan sistren you is looking hot!

15 February 2009

NS Daddy

Caught up with my Dad today, fresh off the plane from JA full of sunshine inside and out, he made me feel pale and in desperate need of a holiday. It's alrite.. it soon come!

An original Dreadlock Rasta and my NS Dad.

10 February 2009

Return to work

After a long spate off, it's finally time for me to return to work. I'm feeling good. I'm feeling ready. And I'm definitely feeling my lovelyfreshly washed fro and black bow.

08 February 2009

Heaven is missing an Angel

Look at this little Angel. Henry's neice Esiya. She and her parents paid us a surprise visit. What a wonderful, beautiful surprise...


We 'In Da Spotlight'

Our beautiful friends at the Caribbean Natural Hair Scene Community have done a write up on Naturally Sexy. Click this link to check it out:

Caribbean Natural Hair Scene Community: 'In Da Spotlight - Naturally Sexy'

And if you're a Caribbean Naptural (or a Naptural with Carribbean parentage)then join this group. CHNS Creator, Mikaela (pictured above), works hard to keep it exciting and fresh with special features like the CNHS e-Zine. She's doing a great job, so keep it up Mikaela and all of those who are already part of the CNHS community.


07 February 2009

No NS hubby

Naughty, naughty me. I'm so used to snapping pictures of myself for my blog that this evening, after attending an engagement gathering for Henry's work colleague, I got to snapping to record my look for the evening. Unfortunately I forgot to snap my NS hubby. It's a family affair, not a my hair affair. Sorry guys I won't do it again...promise!

So this is how I looked. Henry looked good too...he did...promise!

06 February 2009

Wii made her smile

We paid a visit to my sister-in-law Sharon this evening to pass on a her birthday gift, one that she has wanted for a long, long time...

Cleverly disguised in a Rymans bag...

A Nintendo Wii

She was soooooo happy. Wii made her smile. It made me smile however when she named her Mii (your Wii Character) Almost NS. She had the last of her texturised hair cut off yesterday. She wasn't completely happy with the finish as there was still a some straightness on some of the ends and she's still not feeling fully NS yet. She wants a little more growth before she's ready to rock her NS-self. So it's going back in extensions but she is happy to see the progress of NS journey.

04 February 2009

To Kerri

Kerri is my beautiful big sis, who is very close to my heart. If you've read her gallery entry you'll know her story...if you haven't click here.

The treatment starts today. These words are for her...

May we discover through pain and torment,
the strength to live with grace and humor.
May we discover through doubt and anguish,
the strength to live with dignity and holiness.
May we discover through suffering and fear,
the strength to move toward healing.
May it come to pass that we be restored to health and to vigor.
May Life grant us wellness of body, spirit, and mind.
And if this cannot be so, may we find in this transformation and passage
moments of meaning, opportunities for love
and the deep and gracious calm that comes
when we allow ourselves to move on.

- Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

Love you Sis, you are a tower of strength x

03 February 2009

Kam's Hungry hair.

So after his hat-free crazy exploits in the snow, Kamaal was left with some pretty dry hair. Now I should have washed it and all the rest but time was limited. I took aside that limited time to feed his hair and bring it back to life. Like an emergency NS resuscitation!

Kamaal has the super hair of the family. Never have I seen hair so thick and dense. Beautiful thick virgin hair. He's been growing his hair for a while now. Once Dad was growing his hair the boys we're like we're growing our hair too. Kamaal's strength and determination to wear his fro high and proud, as a 10 year amongst 'fresh cutz' is commendable, not to mention all the stick he has to endure!

So despite being a mother two boys, I do spend a lot of time doing their hair!

Here's how Kam went from dry to fly...

1. A spray, a brush and some Shea.

2. A twist.

3. A scarf. A rest.

4. A next day. A twist out.

5. An annoying Mum taking pictures for her blog, while you're trying to have your breakfast.

6. A revived, quenched funky fro and a handsome young man!

02 February 2009

Ohhh sNO!!!!

Photo taken by Kamaal

The snow decides to stay and reek havoc on the UK!!!

01 February 2009

Evening Snow

Around 8ish after we'd just put Zain to bed, Henry peeked outside and saw how the snow which had been falling for sometime was lying like a thick white blanket outside. Kamaal's coat was on instantly. Then Henry went and got Zain out of bed and put some clothes over his pyjama's - scarf, hat & gloves. He then proceeded to drag me off the PC. Out we all went to play in the evening snow - which we assumed was a temporary visitor. It was lovely especially since it was Zain's first real experience of playing in the snow -the soft, fresh, fluffy, snow. I felt my inner child awake as we ran about grabbing up ball fulls of snow and launching them at each other. Absolutely exhilarating.

Happy New Year

2009 starts here. I'm celebrating the New Year Chinese style. Throughout January I felt I was still carrying too much of 2008 to feel like the year had began. So here I am, 1st February 2009, the official start to my new year. It's the year of the Ox, which characterizes a dependable, patient, methodical and calm, hardworking, materialistic as well as an ambitious character. Despite being a Cat/Rabbit I'm feeling very Ox-like, especially since just moments ago I relaunched Naturally Sexy and finally put all my hard efforts out there for all to see. Yep, it's definitely a more suitable start to the year.

So this is what I'll be jamming to at my New Year party tonight. It's Cat:Alist (aka Henry) in the mix. Yep, he does like to dabble in a little mixing from time to time. This one is a selection of feel good House which certainly makes an excellent soundtrack for the brighter days ahead. He called it Inevitable!

Click here to download FREE Inevitable.mp3

Enjoy... and Happy New Year!!!!