Eternal hope isn’t so bad after all

A popular news station here in Tampa completed a weeklong series today which delved into the minds of local teens. The stories covered everything from bullying and secret drug use to the effect of social media on their interpersonal skills. My 18-year-old daughter Chelsea was selected to be one of the teens featured and I … Read More

Go loud or low-key?

Ok, I admit it. I’m still THAT girl. You know the one: quick to jump on the latest trend. I love the idea of getting out of the box and rocking some socks with sandals or coloring my hair fire engine red. But, I work in a fairly conservative environment. So, I started thinking to … Read More

Right now, I am completely obsessed with …

Alex and Ani bracelets. I love them for so many reasons, but two in particular:  they’re customizable and they’re affordable. Very rarely do I run across jewelry that fits both of these very important “must haves” for me … and so beautifully, too! I’m finding that the older I get, the more comfortable I become … Read More

It’s just genes, gel and water

The idea for this blog sprang up from a very simple idea: my hair.  More specifically, it was people’s reaction to my hair. It’s rare for me to make it through the day without someone asking me about it.

The conversation usually starts with: “Excuse me … I love your hair.” Then come a series of rapid-fire follow-up questions like:

  • How do you get it to curl like that?
  • What do you put in it?
  • Can I touch it? (Yes, you read that right!)

Don’t get me wrong. The compliments are flattering. But, when I tell people that my “look” is accomplished through a mix of genes, gel and water, I sometimes get the combination side-eye/duck lip smirk. You know the one I’m talking about: It just screams, “Chil’ pleeeeze!”

Seriously, I haven’t had a chemical relaxer in my hair in over 16 years. But, I get the feeling that more than half the people I give my answer to just don’t believe me. So, for those who still have doubts, check this out!

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