USPS Strikes Again

I just took the plunge and it was not a smooth transition. Let me start by saying USPS does not like me at all. It is one of the main reasons I am hesitant when ordering anything online that will be delivered via USPS. I placed my first wig order and had no issues at all with the company. The problems arose with USPS. I missed the first delivery. I received notification of their attempt to deliver. That was not a problem. I followed their instructions and scheduled a new delivery date. I missed the delivery on the 27th and scheduled a new delivery for the 29th. All was well again. USPS emailed a confirmation of my new delivery date and I rearranged my schedule to be there to accept the delivery.

On the 28th I was anxious. My first wig by mail delivery was due to arrive the next day…except that didn’t happen. I came home on the 28th to find my package siting on my porch. To make matters even worse, USPS sent me another email on the 28th reminding me that my package would arrive on the 29th…the package that was already on my porch. I was annoyed but grateful the package was still where they left it by the time I came home.

Did you know I actually am a volunteer postal worker? I don’t want to be.  I didn’t sign up to do it but I receive other people’s mail on a regular basis. Sometimes it is mail from people one door away. Sometimes it is mail belonging to someone a block away. Other times it is mail that belongs to someone on a completely different street. So I find myself delivering the mail on a regular basis and not being compensated; making me a volunteer postal worker, involuntarily.  As a matter of fact, I currently have mail in my possession that does not belong on my street.  I guess I will be making mail deliveries tomorrow.  I hope when my neighbors receive my mail (because I know they do) they don’t keep it or throw it away.

The part that is most frustrating is I don’t see an immediate solution.  Complaints fall on deaf ears.  I am not in a position to completely eliminate mail delivery.  I would love to choose my delivery methods.  Unfortunately some companies solely use USPS.  What’s a girl to do?  Vent in a blog I suppose.

Wigtorials Coming Soon

Everybody knows I love wigs. I change my look often. I like to keep my hair natural. My wigs allow me to achieve all the looks I want without having to apply excessive amounts of heat to my hair or chemicals. I love the freedom of changing my color, texture, and length daily if I choose; all while knowing my natural hair is healthy and free of damage.

I am old fashioned in the sense that I like to buy my wigs in-store.  That’s about to change though.  So many people buy wigs solely online and with good reason, cost.  Purchasing wigs online will result in average savings of 40% compared to what you would spend in a store.  That’s all I needed to know.

I’m preparing to make the switch to online wig shopping.  There is something that is bothering me though.  When it comes to wigs, I like to try before I buy.  Someone suggested that I pick out my wigs online; then try on the wigs in a store before placing my order.  That sounds like a good idea but it has been difficult.  The stores rarely have my selections in stock.  My next option is to watch video reviews.  That’s the next best thing to trying it on myself, right?

That brought me to my next problem.  I have a short attention span.  I am easily distracted.  Everything I want to know about a wig can be communicated in 60 seconds.  I do not want to sit through a ten minute video of someone stumbling over their words to get the answers I need.  I don’t want to be cross sold on other products either.  I just want to know if the wig is right for me.  Since I am not getting the answers I need I will just take a gamble and place an order.  Once the order arrives I will do my own video review.  It will be the kind of video review I would like to see.  It will be short and to the point.  We need short and sweet video reviews for people like me.  I accept the mission.

Countdown to Carefree Spring Fashion

It is March and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s time to rearrange my closet and get ready for rising temperatures. This year my focus is nudes and earthy tones. As we get closer to Summer I will slip in brights but for now my focus is on toned down muted looks.  I know what you’re thinking but these colors are far from boring.  I started to add colors like peach, pale pink,  and even beige to my collection.  As far as fit and fabric, I am loving light, loose, and airy.  There is always room for a form fitting piece on occasion.  However, those pieces will likely be layered with something light and airy.

Here are some of the staples I can build with;

1) Classic pencil skirt

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2) Sheer blouse

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3) Wide Leg Pant

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4) Blazer

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I love to mix and match different shades of the same color and layer.  It is hard to go wrong with that technique.  Oh, I almost forgot footwear.  Here are a few I am looking forward to sliding into this Spring.

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Yummm!

I started the year with two of my favorite things; food and art.  I recently escaped to the American Visionary Art Museum where I took in the Yummm exhibit.  I love trips to museums.  They allow me to reset and just be in the moment.  I occasionally need that calm.

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This trip did not disappoint.  The exhibit was both entertaining and informative.  I explored peoples relationships with food and discovered an artist I was not familiar with prior to this visit, Ramon Alejandro.  He is now a favorite.  Below are pieces by Ramon that pulled me in.20170104_14311820170104_143023 20170104_143053

Before I found Ramon, I found humor in these contemporary pieces…

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…emotion in these…

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…and me in this.

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If you have the opportunity to see this exhibit, I highly recommend you do.

 

Effortless Weightloss

Every Fall I decide that I will start working on my Summer body  in the Winter.  This Fall I put together a detailed workout plan.  That’s about all I did.  I never actually started.  Last month I noticed that I was losing centimeters around my waist.  Of course I was not complaining but I did wonder how.

I spent days off mostly in bed.  The dropping temperatures made my bed irresistible.  I wasn’t working out.  I wasn’t stressed.  Sometimes stress will cause me to lose weight.  That wasn’t it though.  I was actually unusually content.

I continued to go over my actions and  inactions in an attempt to figure out the cause of this welcomed weight loss.  Then it hit me; breakfast.  That’s what I had been doing differently.  I was eating breakfast mostly every day.  Some days it would be as simple as fresh fruit or cereal.  Other days I would prepare a hot breakfast but I ate breakfast mostly every day and I lost weight without an exercise plan. Imagine what I could accomplish if I actually start my exercise plan.  I am still working on that.  In the meanwhile I am thrilled with my effortless weight loss.

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Mexicano Square

My day was saved by a food truck. I have not decided whether it is healthy to get this level of comfort from food but there are worse things I could be doing. The day started off pretty well until I ran into one of my enemies, traffic.

On this particular day I had a shoot in Washington D.C.  It is probably best to navigate the city by train or Uber but I drove.  I arrived in plenty of time despite traffic only to face my other enemies; restricted parking and construction.  My call sheet alerted me that there was limited parking and listed two parking garages as options.  Street parking was permit only.  I didn’t want to risk a ticket so I proceeded to the first parking garage which turned out to be a parking lot that was also permit only.  Frustrated I proceeded to the second garage.  I was turned away.  The second garage was solely for government employees.

I ended up parking in a garage I found about a half mile away from set.  I was still making good time though.  Then it happened.  I exited the garage at Patriot Plaza and walked right into Mexicano Square.  There was a row of food trucks but Mexicano Square stood out.  I am happy to say I chose the right truck.

I ordered a burrito and in changed my entire mood. How good was it? So good that I couldn’t put it down long enough to get a good picture.  I did however get a pic of the social media handles.  Mexicano Square sells tacos, quesadillas, and burritos; pretty much exactly what you’d expect.  If this truck is near you, you have to treat yourself to this fresh, fast, and authentic Mexican Cuisine.  You will not regret it.

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Peace

20161112_112817Lately my mind has been racing. Though I haven’t been able to formulate my thoughts into words. Today I concluded that it is okay to take time off, to not speak, to enjoy silence, to disconnect from the world and reconnect with myself. A quiet drive and a trip to this beautiful place did the trick. I hope the images bring you some of the peace it brought me.20161112_111627 20161112_111627
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