Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thrifting Virgin

Good Sunday to you!! A couple of months ago, I tried my hand at thrifting.  I always watch YouTube videos of people that find the cutest things.  But, I've never done it myself.  Mainly because I don't like digging for things.  I want things to be all laid out in front of me and all I have to do is just grab it and go.  But, a couple of months ago, I tried my hand at it for the first time.  I, along with my Ma and sister, went to a local thrift shop just to see what they had.  And I spotted this cute little green number on the mannequin in their front window.  It really caught my eye because it was my favorite shade of green. And I've wanted something that color for a long time now.  So, I made the joke that if it were $8, it was coming home with me.  So, once we got inside, I asked the salesperson at the counter how much the dress was.  And low and behold she told me it was $7.99!! I snatched it right off the mannequin and gave that dress a new home.  

Now, don't get me wrong, that was a definite freak of nature.  One, because I didn't have to "hunt" for it.  And two, it was in my price range.  So, long story short, I still feel the same way about thrifting. But, I can say I'm no longer a thrifting virgin.  Will I do it again? Maybe...but it will definitely have to be in the right place and the right price.  So, here's how I styled this little gem. Let me know what you think and where are some of the places you find some great thrift pieces.  Until next time!




Thursday, May 5, 2016

Guess Who's Back!!


Hello Everyone!!

First, let me just apologize for not posting in such a LONG time.  A lot has happened since I last posted almost 3 years ago.  I've relocated, changed jobs, suffered some losses and gains.  But, all of this has made me a stronger person in the long run.  With all of that going on, I really didn't have much to post about.  At times, I really didn't want to go on with life, much less post about what I'm wearing.  I didn't want to put others through something if I couldn't put my all into it.  I would definitely be doing you all a disservice.  And myself as well.  So, please accept my humble, heart-felt apology.  

Second, since this is mid-2016, I am definitely going to do better with posting to my blog.  I want to take Dial S for Style to another level.  And if I want to be taken seriously, I have to put up or shut up.  So, take this post as a new beginning and you can look forward to more posts in the near future.

Third, I've got so much to share with you all!! Plans for what I want to do with this blog, to what I want to do career wise.  But, I want to get some more things set in stone first before I begin revealing anything.  With that being said, my lips are sealed for right now.  

Fourth, thank you all for your patience as I've gone through and continue to go through my transitions of life.  If you continue to ride this roller coaster with me, I will do my best to not let you down.  

So, let you all know I am still among the living (lol) here's a recent photo of myself.  Well, actually, this is one of my favorite pics and I just wanna show off. #dontjudgeme #youdoittoo

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Well, Long Time No See!!

Hello folks!! I know I have been missing in action since my last post.  But, a lot has happened since then.  The Naturals in the City Hair and Wellness Expo was a huge success, my son is now in first grade, I cut my hair, and I turned the big 35 back in August.

In my last post, I told you guys about the Naturals in the City Hair and Wellness Expo that took place on July 28th.  People were all abuzz about the event; so much so that people were there as early as 8 am to see what was going on.  There were fabulous women from many different cities and towns excited about what Memphis's natural hair community had to offer.  I really wanted to get photos of the event.  But, since I was working one of the ticket tables, I couldn't take any :(.  If you didn't make it to this year's event, don't fret my pet!! NITC is going to be a yearly event and will be back in effect on July 27-28, 2013.

As you may know, I'm reppin' for #teamnatural and have been over 5 years.  I'd been letting my hair grow out since I did my big chop back in November 2007.  I wanted to sport this fabulously large afro that would rival the sun whenever I stepped outside.  You know the kind (think Angela Davis.)  I was well on my way, until stress took over my life.  As a result, I ended up with a stress spot in the back of my head  that was about the size of a nickel.  At that time, I thought I would just let the spot grow out.  I'd even began to baby that area by twisting around the short spot, massaging the spot with an avocado oil blend daily, etc. I had toyed with the idea of cutting my hair off again, but like most people, I really didn't want to do it.  It wasn't until I went to one of my favorite blogs K is for Kinky and read a post entitled "When It's Time To Let Go" which was about cutting your hair because of damage.  I took that as my sign to go ahead and "just do it."  So, that Saturday at work, I told my boss that I wanted to cut my hair.  And she was happy to oblige me. I also got it colored a little more red because it wasn't bright enough for me.  Of course, I have pictures of the hair cut.  Did you think I would get you all hyped up and NOT post pics?!



The initial hair cut



Web site photo shoot

At a Christmas Banquet

Me and the little one

Getting ready for the Zo! show


**EDITED TO ADD** Since I began typing this post, I have had 2 hair cuts since then.  I have also decided to keep my hair short for a while.  I didn't realize how much easier short hair is for me.  At the most, it takes me 5 minutes to get my hair ready in the morning.  With a soon to be 7 year old, you know you need lots of time in the mornings.  Plus, with all the tings I have going on (and trying to have going on) who wants to spend a lot of time dealing with hair.  Now, don't get me wrong, when I had my big 'fro, I LOVED it.  But, once you take into account how much time you have to spend detangling, how much products you have to use, trying to keep your hair looking presentable to yourself and the world, it can take a toll on your life.  Not to mention your pocketbook.   So for me, short hair is the way to go.

Let me know what you think about the new hair cut.  Feel free to send me a comment.  Talk to you all soon :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!!

Hello everyone!! I will just spare you the explanations about my hiatus and just get down to the nitty gritty.  On July 28th, there will be a hair and wellness expo taking place in Memphis, TN.  Naturals In The City Hair and Wellness Expo will encompass all things that lead to living a healthy lifestyle.  There will be workshops about maintaining natural hair, the process of going natural, and even a class devoted to tween and teen girls on self esteem and how it relates to natural hair.  We women know that positive self esteem starts at a very early age.  It only takes one incident, one person to make you feel less than you really are.  And that can haunt you for the rest of your life. 

There will also be presenters there to teach about getting and maintaining a healthy body as well.  Because you can't just walk around with fabulous hair and ignore what's below your scalp.  This event is all about the total package.  Isn't that what it's all about?!  With African Americans leading the statistics in heart disease and diabetes, we need all the help we can get.  So you will definitely get that here.

This event will be held at Esplanade Memphis, located at 901 Cordova Station (off of Germantown Parkway) in Cordova, TN.  Tickets are priced at $10 until the day of the show. You can to the event web site at www.naturalsinthecity.com and purchase your tickets.  Or,  if you're in Memphis or the surrounding area, stop by A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge and purchase your tickets there.  I hope to see you there 'cause I'll definitely be there!!  Oh, and don't forget to spread the word :)


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Who's In My City?

Hello all!!! A lot has happened since the last time I posted on my blog.  I'm in the process of moving, I am now gainfully employed (yay!!!), and I am going to begin the proper steps to begin graduate school (pray for me, yall.)  But, between all of that, I have managed to do some window shopping.  There's ALWAYS time for window shopping :). 

Since I'm no longer in school (right now), I will have to rename my post from Who's On My Campus to Who's In My City.  I'd been toying with the idea of changing the name for some time now because whenever I would be out and about, I would always see  well dressed people.  And I would be dying to take their picture, but I didn't know what I would do with those pictures afterwards.  So, here's the first installment of Who's In My City?

The first person to grace the WIMC post was spotted last Sunday while my friends and I were in Target.  My friend Melonee spotted him because of his spiffy glasses and cute hat.  Once he came over and we all began talking, we learned more about his background.  And I must say he is much more than nice frames and a straw fedora. Edward Bogard is the founder of SoGiv, a non-profit organization that raises global awareness through apparel and footwear that uses their sale funds and donates it to worthy causes such as cancer, homelessness, HIV/AIDS awareness, cruelty against animals and many, many more.  Their slogan is "Every pair SOld, we GIVe...SoGIVe."  Now, is there anything more stylish than helping others? Of course, not.  Helping others NEVER goes out of style and it always fits.  Now, on to the pics!!!

Here is the stylishly handsome Edward himself donning a tee shirt with his organization's name on it.  His casually cool outfit is set off with stylish glasses and a straw fedora hat (very on trend right now.)


This is a picture of the bracelet he sells for SoGiv.  It complements his red sneakers and gives a finished look to his outfit.  


                                 These sneakers are also apart of his SoGiv clothing line. 



Please check out this You Tube video for more information on SoGiv and how you can help.  Or, visit their website at www.sogiv.org.



Monday, February 27, 2012

Adventures in Window Shopping

Since I told you all briefly about doing some window and actual shopping, I decided to talk about one of my top 5 favorite stores:  Old Navy.  I met up with a couple friends this time around and we decided to see what was new.  Old Navy is getting everyone prepared for spring with rich, bright colors, bold prints, and what seems to be a season filled with cute dresses.  If you don't find anything to wear there, then you're just hard to please (just kidding :), unless you REALLY are hard to please.)  I suggest hitting up the clearance racks first to take advantage of great pieces to add to your wardrobe.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  My first model is wearing pieces from the clearance rack, with the exception of the yellow tank.

Even though these were considered winter pieces, they could easily be carried over into spring.  I know you may be thinking this outfit has a lot going on.  But, I like it and I think it works.  Just look at it this way, if the temperature starts to get warm, you can lose the cardigan and just rock the skirt and tank.  I believe the total amount of this outfit was around $50.

Now, this next outfit is part of Old Navy's spring collection.  It is filled with great dresses that can take you from day to night with bold prints and cute shapes.  They can be dressed up or down with just a switch of a shoe, purse, and jewelery.

This is a fabulous little dress that just SCREAMS for warmer weather. I personally can't wait, but I know we're gonna get a freak snowstorm before spring actually gets here.  Anyway, this dress is priced around $33, so you can still afford to go out for dinner and drinks and not go broke.

I only snapped a couple of photos, but you get the gist of what's in the store.  If you're like me, you probably already shop there.  But, if you don't , what are you waiting for?  Until next time...

I know, I know...

Hello all!! I just wanted to let you guys know I'm still amongst the living.  I've been really busy this month with trying to find a new place to hang my hat, finding a new 9 to 5, and windowing shopping mixed with a little of actual shopping.  Between all of that, I decided to color my hair.  I have been an undercover redhead for a long time.  So when I finally took the leap to color my hair again, I only did what I know; go red.  I love my new color, but I think I wanna go redder next time.  I can hardly wait until my next touch-up :).  Of course I couldn't talk about the color without showing a picture.  **WARNING** Please pardon my freeform afro going on right about now.  Today was just one of those days where I just added moisturizer and finger fluffed.

Of course, my hair color was done by none other than Takeisha Berry-Brooks at A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge.  So, if you're in Memphis or the surrounding area, look her up online at www.anaturalaffair.com, or on FaceBook:  A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge.  She, and all the wonderful stylists will be glad to take care of you.  Until next time...