5 day Juice Cleanse Review

I had the NERVE and audacity to sign myself up (and push myself) to do a 5 day juice cleanse.

If you’re in Atlanta, be sure to check out Twizted Sisters to get information and get on board for your custom detox to spring clean your body for the summer!

Now, in an effort to correct and undo, a year worth of eating terribly and not working out, i decided to do this custom cleanse to kick start getting back on the road to fit. If you remember or have been following me for a while then you know that I dropped like a million pounds last year and you can read about that journey here.

If you’ve also been following me you saw how I spent countless weekends turning up, going on dates, traveling and eating junk food any and whenever I want. But then it hit me around my 26th birthday. I absolutely am NOT taking the best care of my body so, it’s time to get moving and back on track!

I’m sure you guys are wondering what are you even to expect from a juice cleanse? So I’ll answer all the FAQ I got this week.

Are you ONLY drinking juice?

Yes, bih. It’s a detox– so no food! That means only the fresh pressed juice, and a gallon or more of water daily.

Aren’t you starving?

Only on day one. As with everything you are gonna struggle because you’re correcting all the bad habits.

Is the juice good?

Well the fabulous thing about the custom detox is, CONSULTATION! I had the pleasure of telling Courtney all the things I DON’T like, which is practically EVERYTHING, then she made a detox based on the results I wanted to get from the detox. For me, I wanted to trim a little weight and stop feeling so sluggish to actually get some workouts in. (Because for me, as soon as my head is in it– nothing can stop me)

So! Now that that’s out of the way, what can I say about the 5 day juice detox cleanse to help you know what to expect? IT’S LIT.

Day 1:

  
I struggled. Hard. The juice was delicious but I was STARVING. I wanted to eat any and everything and everyone in the office seemed to be eating everything I wanted to eat but couldn’t. I was snappy, angry, and my friends and coworkers said I was a bit more evil than usual. I finished the juice for the day around 5 p.m. so I went to bed early to offset the urge to eat.

Day 2:

  
I was really over it, but I was already a day in so quitting wasn’t an option. My body started flushing the toxins from my body and I started to feel really drained. I drank about 2 gallons of water because I felt so thirsty while flushing the toxins. It was a more humbling day because I came to the realization that food addiction is so very real the way that craving food and not eating it really toyed with my emotions.

Day 3:

  
IT WAS LIT. I literally felt like I was floating on clouds. My body felt light, airy and overall GOOD! Not to mention it was HUMP DAY, which meant I was half way through! My body must have really cleared out my system because I felt AMAZING!

Day 4:

 
I was anxious, less hungry, and starting to see less bloating in my stomach area, and my body overall felt really good. I started creating a plan and focusing on what I would be eating and meal prepping for success the following weeks.

Day 5:

  
I made it! The juice for the day was to boost and reset my metabolism. Wasn’t the most appetizing but I was so happy to have made it all 5 days!

When I woke up Saturday morning my appetite was inexistent. After weighing myself I lost a total of 4.5 pounds! Eager and satisfied with my results I’m looking forward to continuing my lifestyle change, again!

Are We Waiting or Not?

My name is Shakira, and I like sex.

Who am I kidding? I love sex!

So it’s not a surprise that when I went on the journey to be celibate. I failed–more than once. That caused me to question my self worth and I asked myself “What is wrong with me”?

Then came “The Wait”, an informative book written by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good! This book was a must read for me because I had to know how in the hell did they do it.

Giving up sex until marriage can be a challenge. I learned that not having sex was extremely hard for them as well,but they fought the urge because they knew they had something special, something real with one another. Being obedient to this would help them see things clearly, help them make better decisions, and open their lives up to an abundance of blessings.

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While I read this book in one day, less than 12 hours to be exact and there were lots of parts that stood out to me… I’m not going to tell you all of them because you need to read the book yourself. However, there is a section titled “Who is your Husband?” They explain the difference in the man you want to be your husband verses the man that God has for you. And that man is  the man who is the better version of yourself and you’re that to him. The man that values and respects you for you is your husband. He brings out the best of everything in you. And if you decided today that you wanted to refrain from sex until marriage, he respects and understands that, so he will go on that journey with you. That is your husband. 

That is just so real to me! If I tell a guy I don’t want to have sex for whatever reason and he decides to give me push back, he should be automatically cut off!  So men and ladies, if you’re tired of failed relationships and broken hearts, I recommend reading this book, hell I’m going to read it again!  I’m not saying read it only because its intent is to get you to join #TheWait, but read it because it gives you pointers on relationships, it talks about God and what he can do for you with patience, and also tells you how you can have a clearer mind about your future based off decisions you make today.

The Odyssey to #Kylie Lip Kit (#Review) [Spoiler: It’s Fuckin’ Lit! 🔥]

I’m starting to grow a tiny addiction to lipstick! Better late than never, right?

SO!

I’ve started generally browsing Instagram, Twitter, and catching some good recommendations from my blogger friend Queeen Ashley, which if you haven’t checked her out, do that shit. Seriously, her swatches are everything!

Anyways, Ashley and I plotted on this Kylie Lip Kit and in true fashion we waited by the computer for the first release only for it to sell out in minutes.

It was devastating

And like most, I don’t take defeat well. That defeat was crushing. It was like waiting in line for a pair of Jordan’s in the cold, be the next person and be told, sold out

That wasn’t happening to me the next go round. I patiently waited, watching week after week of KUWTK, hoping context clues would be dropped of the next release of the popular lip kit, sending angry snaps to Kylie (obvs they wouldn’t go through) telling her how hurt and crushed I was that she wouldn’t take my money for this amazing product I was so eager to have and smear across my lips.

Then it happened. The second round release of the nude tones, and I missed it again. Fuck. I was fuckin’ up out here.  

Then I really had to get serious. I started following her snaps, and she started announcing that she was formulating new colors for the Valentine’s collection, and a whole bunch of other shit that I honestly didn’t care about, or at least I thought I didn’t (I’ll get to that later) then she posted the new shades/swatches to the IG page, I almost died.

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It’s over. Das it. Bitch dis is lit.

Now being new to the lipstick game I don’t know much about dupes and all that crap, but I did know that Posie K, was the prettiest pink I had ever laid my eyes on. And I HATE pink lipstick. So, I had to have it. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING was going to stop me from having it.

She dropped the lip kits while I was attending a mini awareness heart walk. I had never sprinted back to my wallet fast enough. I was in a panic, a frenzy, a rush, a tizzy. Ashley was cheering me on along the way. She’s such a trooper. “Bitch hurry before it sells out, I got mine!”

$40. ($29 plus shipping)

“I DON’T CARE, CHARGE MY CARD” – is all that rang in my mind as I frantically tapped the keys of my iPhone.

Then it happened. I got it. It was purchased. Now, we wait.

[REVIEW]

It took 3 days, from purchase to door. Talk about customer service!

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When it arrived, it was LIT.  The packaging was beautiful. The box was all black with a white paint drip look around. Super cute. The inside box has “KYLIE” in all caps. The card insert came with a note from Kylie thanking you for the purchase. The liner has the color on the bottom so that you’re aware of the color and the lipstick bottle is glass.

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It goes on smooth. It smells like flowery, cotton candy! It dries in literally-like 2 seconds. It’s an ultra matte and it’s super long lasting. You can watch a ton of YouTube videos and see that it lasts through eating, drinking, everything. All day wear, for real. I wore it on a date, and it’s kiss proof – it didn’t even transfer (which is a major plus!) and it was so extremely lightweight, I couldn’t remember that I was wearing it. For most ultra matte formulas, they leave your lips feeling dry, cracked, even flaky, not this one. Absolutely worth the hassle and price tag.

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The color Posie K is really light pink which is perfect. No need for multiple applications to get the full color, I achieved the color with two applications. It’s really worth every dollar. Seriously, Get it!

Top 5 podcasts to spice up your morning commute

If you haven’t subscribed & listened —  be sure to check out #AskLo Podcast on Soundcloud!

For me, podcasts are a lot more entertaining than listening to the same ol’ music each day. Like talk radio on the go, podcasts allow you the opportunity to gain insight and learn any and everything from a variety of hosts across the web! Not sure where to start?

Here are my favorite recommendations:

 Love + Radio

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Ok, this podcast has mostly hilarious content  outside of the deep, abstract storytelling. Stories are found everywhere and they do an AMAZING job of finding every day people to tell their stories of love, sex and scary and sometimes “inappropriate” life experiences. I love the show because they tell stories from a real perspective, the person going through it. Almost seeming like street interviews the podcast has captivated my attention from their raw interviews and crazzzzzy out of the ordinary topics.

The Read

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If you’re still late to this train I’m really sorry to hear that. Kid Fury and Crissle are GEMS. Giving you sass, pop culture and the signature READ– bitch if you aren’t into it, you’re seriously falling off! Get on it! They’re 3 years deep and between Fury’s always over it attitude, and Crissles “Bitch you won’t try it” attitude, these two are my favs!

The Friend Zone Podcast

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Mental Hygiene for your brain! *Dustin Ross Voice* NO, seriously these three have the perfect energy. At first I was like wait how is this gonna work? But they are AMAZING together. Fran is my wellness guru, Assante is just me, lol, my spirit animal damnit, and Dustin is everyone’s funny ass best friend who “on a petty note” is gonna coach you through whatever you need. This trio is amazing with weekly relevant topics along with wellness tips that challenge you to further your life experience and viewpoints.

 Serial

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This show is LIT! Week by week they have IN-DEPTH story telling where they piece by piece break down a story! This season is about Sgt Bowe Bergdahl and it screams privilege to me (I don’t trust him I’ve seen Homeland Lol), however season one.. Adnan Syed, that caused them to revisit the case! Phew! Sarah is lit. Serial is lit. Get into it!

My Taught You: Myleik Teele Podcast

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Every podcast has a takeaway. Myleik’s podcast covers any and EVERYTHING. Hardly ANYTHING is off limits. She’s a powerhouse when it comes to disseminating information, and I love it! Talking about love, business, career moves, entrepreneurship– you can send in personalized questions and get them answered as well!

Glitter bombing is the NEW black!

Do your friends occasionally annoy the living daylights out of you?

Do you have their addresses?

Do you want to annoy them back?
If you answered yes to those questions, you are just as petty as I am and that is absolutely fine. I like people petty, the pettier the better, lol.

After some late night world-wide web fishing, I stumbled across a way to be far mOrE petty to my friends and surpass their expectations of me.

My discovery you ask? Glitter bombing

A brief Google search should return many ways that one can participate in glitter bombing. My weapon of choice was sending my ‘enemy’ a glitter bomb

While I will never admit to my friend I was the one who sent it (and she’ll never know because she doesn’t read my website [shade]) however, listening to her complain about when she opened it was probably one of the funniest things to happen in a while.

The process is easy, you enter your payment information, the recipients address and voila. Wait for the magic to happen. Now, if your friends are as vocal as mine, you’ll be sure to hear about your package being delivered. If they keep embarrassing things to themselves, well, maybe you just have to settle with knowing the mission was accomplished.

The most rewarding part? Your friend who annoyed you… being annoyed back 10-fold covered in annoying glitter that is hard to get rid of.
Happy pranking!

KeKe Palmer is the loyal homegirl who keeps it real on gory, humorous #ScreamQueens season premiere 

Okay, What the hell? Where do I even begin?

Well first if you haven’t watched slow your roll — **this review contains spoilers**.

After being viciously dragged for 7 years with no answers by Pretty Little liars (see my claim over getting my life back here) I was pretty apprehensive to watch Scream Queens.

I mean who seriously has time to get sucked into another prime time murder mystery about some stuck up millennial girls being hunted and killed?

I mean apparently me, because here I sat through the whole 2-hour series premiere.

A new series on Fox based on a college campus of sorority girls, it stormed out the gate with many meme /gif worthy quotables.

Can we talk about how amazing Emma Roberts plays this spoiled, bitchy, delusional, entitled, young lady? I mean it’s so good I can’t even hate. Where was she when Regina George was being cast for ‘Mean Girls’!? I mean she’s murdering and simultaneously selling the dream of sisterhood to cover her ass!

 

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Not to mention our girl KeKe Palmer and Niecy Nash are playing recurring characters (I love when all the black people don’t die first in murder mysteries).

 

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I don’t know about you all but I was extremely excited to see and experience the abrupt exit of Ariana Grande. I mean she sings great but her everlasting whisper voice– I can’t deal.  I did find it hilarious that just as she was being killed, just like a millennial, had to TWEET for help rather than picking up the phone and dialing 911. I also laughed at the text exchange right before the devil killed her.


The girls are all pledging the sorority Kappa Kappa Tau that is seemingly racist as fuck and all white. After some issues with the way the sorority had been operating,  the dean played by Jamie Lee Curtis, forces them to accept all new girls who rush.

Cue where KeKe comes in.

Although she plays the homegirl who keeps it real, I’m hoping her role continues to expand as the no nonsense, loyal girl who is just trying to stay alive in an environment where people are dropping dead like flies to the red devil.  


My prediction of the season is that  the murdering devil is going to be the dean of students.
Now let’s hope and pray this doesn’t become a long drawn out game of clue like Pretty Little liars because this go round I’ll certainly have no shame in dropping out of watching the show.

Oh yeah, and did you guys catch the Miami University of Oxford reference? HEY MIAMI! #LoveAndHonor


Be sure to check out Scream Queens, Tuesday at 8pm/ET on Fox! 

Media Influencers, bloggers and more attend the #Rosewood VIP Atlanta Screening

Celebrities, bloggers and media influencers kicked off their Labor Day weekend festivities at the Rosewood VIP Screening at Cinebistro in Atlanta. Featuring an advanced screening of the new series staring Morris Chestnut, it also showcased sneak previews of Empire (9/23), Scream Queens (9/22), and Minority Report (9/21) — all returning or premiering on Fox, September 2015!

A cross between Monk and House, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., played by Morris Chestnut is a successful private pathologist in Miami. While battling his own health issues, he exhibits his expertise and passion as the top pathologist in the Miami Area.

Review the official Fox trailer below and be sure to tune in to the series premiere Wednesday, September 23rd at 8 pm/7 CT!

“Meet Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Junior, the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami, who uses his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, to perform for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see.”

Coming to FOX in Fall 2015!