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Finding Inspiration at @TrueIndianHair’s TrueBeautyBrunch

On Sunday, May 6th, we attended True Indian Hair‘s 2nd Annual Beauty Brunch at their showroom in midtown Manhattan. Before we arrived, we had a pretty good feeling that we would be surrounded by beautiful people discussing hair and beauty. What we did not know is that we would leave the brunch extremely motivated, encouraged, inspired, and in awe of all of the success and sickening beauty we were engulfed in during our time there!

TrueBeautyBrunchLet me educate you all a bit about the True Indian Hair brand and why it is such a fabulous company.

Founded in 2005 by Karen Mitchell (who is gorgeous!), the True Indian Hair (TIH) Franchise is a company that connects “image-conscious career women with easy-to-care for luxury extensions.” Mitchell, who was such a gracious hostess at the Beauty Brunch, started TIH after leaving her position as a production manager at Aeropostale, and since then TIH has become a force in the hair/beauty industry with features in major publications as well as keeping all of the trendy celebs’ hair laid for the gods! While you sit around admiring Cassie, Kelly Rowland, the Queen Bee Lil Kim, and others, remember that Karen Mitchell and her team hooked those ladies up!

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My Relationship with TED.

When I get home from work, the gym, or dinner and I cannot think of anything to do, I watch TED talks. I watch them because they make me think critically, they inspire me, and one day LB and I will be giving a TED talk (or two) and I want to make sure we don’t repeat anything that has already been said.

Because I think that you all should stop watching the idiot box and start feeding your mind with thought-provoking mental nutrition, I have curated a short list of some of the TED talks that I have enjoyed. Of course I have been inspired by a ton more, but baby steps. I’ve got to wean y’all off of “Basketball Wives” as to not send you into shock.

Feel free to watch one or all of these videos. The titles are hyperlinked and will open up in a new page, so that you have no reason to leave Le Femme Flaneur.

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Poetic Vision, Purpose, Passion, etc.

I like sharing things that inspire me with you all. It makes my quest for sainthood easier. Here it goes…

On January 1st of this year, I was conversing with a young woman about my life. After explaining to her that I am currently on the science/academia career track and have no strong passion for what I am currently doing, she asked me what in God’s name did I want to do with myself if I wasn’t happy with my career now. Reasonable question. In response, for the first time ever, I articulated my true passion with ease. I soon realized that my passion equals my purpose and since I knew what it was that I want and need to be doing with my life, it is about time I take all the necessary steps to fulfilling said purpose.

In pursuit of getting my shit together, I remembered a video I watched during the Christmas holiday with my sister. At the end of the video lecture, we both applauded – it was not a live stream, Skype, or on any platform in which the speaker could actually hear and appreciate our applause. You know you just watched something good when you give a standing ovation to a laptop.

Anyway, watch the video below. Sister-friend Sharon Ann Lee drops knowledge on how to design your own success, do things that make you money and make you happy, and write your poetic vision. It is quite a long video, but you know you weren’t really doing anything right now anyway.

Let me know if you clap for her at the end.

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Stay Creative

Flaneurs! Dahlings!

Happy Monday. Happy MLK Day. Happy 16th of January.

Since I am enjoying the holiday in Dirty Jersey with my 5 y/o and 1 y/o cousins, I cannot find time (or space) to write a properly, well thought out posts for y’all. However, instead of leaving you high and dry, I figured I’d give you a little somethin’ somethin’.

As you may have realized, Le Femme Flaneur is all about inspiration, motivation, curating life, and slaying hoes. We like to keep a constant flow of positive energy and creativity in our lives. During my winter vacation I found a little gem of inspiration on one of my favorite websites, Behind The Hustle. Because I care for you, I figured it would be nice for me to pass the jewel along.

You’re welcome.


Now, go forth and create, dahlings.

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2012: Year of the Goal Digger

New Year’s resolutions.

A lot of us make them at the beginning of the year, say “fuck that shit” before we hit Valentine’s day, and then slap ourselves on the wrist at the end of the year for not keeping to them. I am of the mindset that the reason so many of us fail at folllowing through is because the resolutions we pick are the things we dread doing.

We say “Lose weight” but we think, “I can’t eat the foods I love.”
We tell folks we are going to “save money” but to us it just means, “I can’t buy the things I’ve been wanting/lusting after/salivating over.”
We look ourselves in the mirror and tell ourselves, “become a better person”, but the little deviant in red on our shoulder says, “Damn, homie. You weren’t shit last year!”

The problem is there are way too many “not’s” in the resolutions we make, whether they’re blatant, or they’re there indirectly. Ether.

Instead of reminding ourselves how unsuccessful we were the previous year by saying “I need to do better” this year, cut yourself some slack and have fun with your list.

Below is my 2012 New Year’s Resolution List. Feel free to swaggajack me for inspiration. You’re welcome.

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