Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of Robin Thicke

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Happy Throwback, Thursday!

I am sure that each of your Instagram feeds will be littered with pictures from your friends 3rd birthdays or their first Easters but for this joyous Thursday I wanted to blog about an artist who is very near and dear to my heart and that is Robin Thicke.

I first heard the heavenly melody of Robin Thicke’s song “Lost Without U” probably 7 years ago on the radio and I was instantly obsessed with that song. I thought that is was the perfect beat, tempo, and melody, and it evoked sexuality and lust. It was like love at first lyric. At this time, because I had only heard the sound of his voice I assumed that Robin was black. Not sure why exactly….perhaps because of the sensuality but for whatever reason I thought he was black and so did my mother.

My family and I enjoyed the song so much that we decided to buy the whole album from a record store (when those still existed) and after looking around for a bit we found the CD and were blown away to find that he was a super hot white man. Not that color plays a role in the music that I listen to but we were shocked and happy to find out that a white boy had so much soul. We bought the CD and Robin Thicke has held a sensual place in my heart ever sense.

He has recently been in the media after word that he and his beautiful wife and lover for over 20 years will be getting divorced. It broke my heart to hear this news and I genuinely hope that they figure out their differences.

In conclusion I would like to dedicate this beautiful Throwback Thursday to Robin Thicke. You may be Lost Without your love but I am so glad I found you!

Do you guys like Robin Thicke? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a lovely day!

Krystal

The Lovely Lulu

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In honor of National Puppy Day I thought that I would showcase one of my amazing puppies, Lulu!

You may not know her and sometimes its hard to find her but she is the cutest, sweetest, little nugget in the game and lucky enough to be one of my dogs. Meet, Honolulu (Lulu for short)! She comes in weighing a staggering 3 pounds, although she thinks she is the size of a bear, and she has the bark and bite time match.

She is a professional beggar and the moment she see’s anyone with the smallest amount of food in their hand she lowers her ears and bats her beautiful, puppy dog eyes to get their attention. Trying to deny her of my dinner has become an everyday struggle.

She’s got to be one of the cutest dogs in the world and I’m so glad to call her my pup! Here’s to Lulu!

If you guys have dogs I would love to see/hear about them!

Krystal

Embrace Your Beauty

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Hey guys! Today I was going to write a blog post about some of the beauty products that I use on the daily basis but I decided to switch it up and write about something that has taken me a long time to come to terms and that is not only accepting who I am but embracing my beauty. I have spent so much time trying to change both my inner and outer appearance so that I could impress someone who’ve I liked, or tried to fit in with a group of people who I thought were cool, and looking back on all those things now all I really can say is, “Man that was dumb!”

Yes, people are ever changing and yes, I think it is fun to embrace new trends and tryout new things but often I did and sometimes continue to do things so that I can fit a certain standard and now after doing a lot of soul searching in 2014 I think I’m just going to do me.

I love my dark skin, I love my baby dreadlocks, and I love my spaghetti arms and awkward frame and those are not things that I wouldn’t have always admitted. I believe that life is a journey and people are continually growing and learning new things about themselves everyday. I have learned from a lot of the women in the blogging community to just be who you are and embrace what you’ve got and I am so thankful for that!

With all this being said I encourage everyone to embrace who they are (if you don’t already) and share your beauty with the world.

I hope everyone has a happy Thursday!

Krystal

Tips on Happiness

Hey everyone!

I wanted to write a blog post about happiness and some tips that I have learned from watching documentaries and reading books. These are just some of the tips that I believe are helpful and I personally have used to become a happier person. They may not work for everyone but you don’t know until you try so here they are:

  • Hang out with positive happy people – Happy people’s energy and mood will rub off on you eventually. Make an effort to hang out with generally kind and happy people and before you know it you will notice that you will start being a little more positive and happy! (Look to the drama kids if you are in school and don’t know the happy kids are)
  • Fall down Seven times, stand up Eight – Be resilient! Life is gonna knock you down sometimes but don’t let what happened to you define you. Rise above the situation! It shows your strength and although it may be hard at first you will thank yourself at the end of the day for not giving up.
  • Celebrate small victories – An achievement is an achievement no matter how small. If you struggle with waking up early or getting to school on time and one day you get up early and make it to school before the bell rings well that is an accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself for doing so.
  • Appreciate the little things – Very often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and we forget to smell the flowers, look at the clouds, and just be. Take time out of our day to appreciate all the beautiful little things around you. You might notice that there are more than you thought 😉
  • Be optimistic – Through self talk humans convince themselves that they can’t do something but if we simply say that we CAN instead of we can’t, more likely than not we will be able to. Try to look on the brighter side of things. You will become a happier person and perhaps your luck will start to change.
  • Volunteer – Giving back is one of the best ways to become a happier person. Knowing that you have made a positive impact on someone else’s life, perhaps someone that you don’t even know, creates an almost indescribable feeling.
  • Do what you love – A lot of times we get caught up in pursuing a career that we are not necessarily passionate about because we are influenced by our friends or family or the possibility of making a substantial amount of money. Instead of getting caught up in all the hype and focusing on what everyone else wants you to do, do what you want to do. Pursue the career path that you want to pursue. If you are truly passionate and want it bad enough you will make it happen!
  • Be open minded – We are all different. We are all born different, come from different places, eat different food, and love different people. Being different doesn’t mean bad. Having strict ideals for how someone should live their lives is only gonna isolate you from a portion of the population. Instead of doing that, why not listen to others opinions, put yourself in their shoes then decide.
  • Live in the moment/Don’t Worry – Stop worrying about what happened five years ago, a month ago, or a minute ago. We can’t go back and time and correct it so why don’t you realize what you did, learn from your mistake if you did make one, move on, and appreciate what is going on in the present. Although YOLO has become an extremely obnoxious saying due to its over usage, it absolutely true! We really do only live once. You only get one shot and wouldn’t you rather spend it focusing on the good and enjoying the moment instead of worrying about the past and the things that you can’t change?
  • Music – Listen to music. That’s it.
  • Sleep – We all need Zzz’s.
  • Cultivate close relationships with friends and family – According to the documentary Happy which is available on Netflix, the happiest people in the world have close friends and family. So make an effort to be close to your friends and family. Simple.
  • Gratitude – Be appreciative and thankful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. Once you learn to be grateful for the things around you, more good things will come. I guarantee it. I would encourage you to write down a few things everyday that you are grateful for. You will begin to notice your mindset about your life change.

I hope that you found these tips helpful! It’s a cold world sometimes but if you realize that you hold the key to your destiny with the thoughts in your head then

What tips do you guys have on happiness? Is there anything that I didn’t mention that you believe would help contribute to becoming a happier person?

Happy Tuesday!

– Krystal

“Girls” Captures the Simple Things

On Sunday nights episode of the HBO Series “Girls” the ending credits featured the song “Simple Things” by Miguel. I had heard the song before but I didn’t quite fall in love with it the way I did after I heard it this time.

The show closes with Hannah and Adam in a bathtub at a swanky hotel, a gift to Adam from Hannah, as a way to celebrate Adam landing a part in a Broadway play.

Hannah had earlier been convinced during an interview with Broadway legend Patti LuPone, that Adam would leave her because “Broadway is the most seductive of mistresses.” Hannah opens up to Adam about her new insecurity and he denounces her worries by telling her that she is the only girl he ever wants to be with. Melt. I don’t even find him attract but I melted away like the Wicked Witch of the West when I heard this line.

Hannah then asks Adam to act out lines from his play and after some momentary hesitation he recites a full monologue, in character, while lovingly swishing bubbles in her direction. 

The camera pans out, the screen goes black, and all you here is Miguel’s voice sing “I don’t need a model, I don’t need a movie star.” It is perfect and captivating and elegant and reaffirms my love for Lena Dunham and new love for Miguel.

Below is a video of the song I retrieved from Youtube. I do not own the rights to the song but simply would like to share the simplicity and beautiful melody with all those who are willing to listen.

The lyrics perfectly capture the essence of the scene by reiterating to the audience that neither Hannah or Adam cares about fame or money, they care about having good times together and they love they share for one another. That’s it. The simple things.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

– Krystal

Judge Less, Love More

Hey, everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely Wednesday!

I wanted to write a blog post about something that I have noticed occurring for far to long and far to often in our culture and that is shamming.

Pretty much I have noticed (and I know I’m not the only one) that most specifically in America, through the help of the media and the internet, we have created this weird virus that has infected many of our citizens in which we openly judge, bash, criticize, threaten, and sham many people for being different and expressing themselves in a way that some may find strange, degrading, or inappropriate. For Example: Miley Cyrus, Duke University Student Porn Star, LGBT community, and every single public figure pretty figure.

As one of my New Year’s Resolutions I decided that I was going to be less judgmental and listen before I take a side on an issue. Hear the other side of a situation before I make up my mind about a matter. Well I have thought long and hard about this one and I have concluded that many Americans whether it be online or in person, are constantly judging others and telling men and women how they should behave and live their lives. It honestly makes me sick.

Anytime a public figure or just the average joe does something different, artistic, creative, or just out of the ordinary it seems like every talk show has to make it their feature segment that day and shame and criticize that person for making a mistake. It happens ever single day and all of a sudden the general public has this opinion about someone they don’t even know. It really diminishes creativity because many people feel scared to express who they are for fear of later being mocked.

I don’t blame the public so much as I blame the media for this. The media exploits these people very often so that they can gain a larger audience and make more money. It is so gross and has created this absolutely sickening group think generation of people who judge, mock, shame, and criticize others for living their lives, being creative, trying new things, making mistakes, and choosing to be different opposed to fit into this cookie cutter mold of how a large majority of the America audience thinks a twenty something should behave.

I applaud those who are brave enough to wave their freak flag and shout from the rooftops, “I’m a weirdo, here me roar.” We need more of those people.

Why do we need to follow these rules of how to be and behave? Because it makes the moms of America comfortable? Because otherwise people will think you’re a slut? One of the worst parts is that those who chose to criticize others often act as though they have never made a mistake in their lives. Time and time again I see and hear comments from men and women on television and online talking complete trash about whomever is the hot topic at the moment as though they themselves have never once done anything taboo.

This happens more often with women, in my opinion, than with men. Women judge the shit out of other women. Constantly. They judge another women by whats she’s wear, her weight, her job, her spouse, her friends, her children, her everything. They may not even know this women but pick at every detail of her life until their is nothing left.

It absolutely has to stop. The bashing and criticism only divides us. We drift further and further away from unity as a nation with every media sponsored public shaming of a pop star, porn star, politician, or pupil. It will end when people one by one decide to take responsibility for the things they say and realize that those that they are judging are humans and trying new things, making mistakes, and simply just being themselves.

I encourage everyone to try to do a little less judging and a little more loving. One of my favorite Youtubers Tanya Burr posted a tweet yesterday that really spoke to me. She wrote, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Everyone is just trying to figure out what they are doing with their lives on their own and it makes it a hell of a lot harder when people they don’t even know bash them for doing things a little differently. Why not just let people figure it out on their own and go about your day?

I am as liberal as they come. I believe that people should be allowed to do whatever they want as long as they are not hurting themselves or anyone else. You of course do not have to agree with me or even come close to believing what I believe in but I invite everyone to take a step back and have a more open mind. Just because someone would rather dress more sexual than causal, or chooses to do porn opposed to work in an office, or is attracted to someone of the same sex opposed to the opposite sex does not mean that they are evil or any less human than anyone else.

(I do realize that this has become random rant and in some areas I am judging a group of the population but that is for the greater good and some pieces of this argument do make sense and hopefully will help at least one person).

Let’s work together to create a more loving and open minded planet for everyone by simply just being a little more kind and accepting and not letting the media seduce you with their one sided propaganda. Decide for yourself.

With Love,

Krystal

Meet My Puppies!

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to make a post about my dogs because for some reason although they are adorable they are not featured on social media very often. Below are some pictures of them that I hope brighten your day! The smallest little pup is Lulu, who was named by my little sister not me. She is about the size of a guinea pig and was the runt of the litter. Bolt is the little guy that looks like her but is a bit bigger. They are biological brother and sister and they were a part of a litter of 5. They are about 5 months old and a Maltese and Shih Tzu mix which we call a Shihtese. Not sure if that is the appropriate name but it works.

The blonde beauty is Star. She is a Cocker Spaniel and Papillon mix. We adopted her last year from the pound and she is the leader of the pack and the most hyper.

It is pretty surprising that we have 3 dogs in my family considering the fact that I didn’t grow up with any dogs but my little sister is much more persuasive than I am and thankfully so because our dogs are an absolute delight!

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I hope you liked the pictures!

– Krystal