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Peace & Blessings

It’s a wrap!! Well until Mother’s Day 2015!  From collecting, to sorting, to setting up,  then gift wrapping – I must say, at the end – it was all worth it!imageimage

 

 

 

Over 100 women (clients of Sarah’s Inn Domestic Violence Agency)  were able to select more than 500 pieces of donated jewelry (collectively) today… Each year and the stories shared – brings more clarity to the purpose of all of this.   Though a tangible gift was given, the true gifts were the “spiritual jewels” that were discovered and celebrated through out the process.imageimageimage

 

 

 

 

Not trying to figure it all out (because I didn’t sign up for this task, I promise I didn’t) just enjoying the journey and grateful that God (Love) saw fit to use me (and you) for it!image

imageThanks again for the support! For more details about this project, please visit the Heirloom Piece Project’s website!

Until next time… Peace & Blessings

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Hi ladies!

Ok, I normally don’t write or even comment about celebrities, why? Because folks obsession of them is a bit much.  But because of my Love for vintage/classic fashion, I have to give pause and applaud Solange (Knowles) Fergueson on her soulfully executed wedding. Simple elegance at best!

She and new hubby broke the mold for weddings this past Sunday.  So swanky with a throwback flair, no detail was missed – and the ride off in the vintage cruisers (flower basket and all) added that 1920′s touch that took it to another level! Below are my fav shots, Njoy!

Stunning...

Stunning…

Even mama Tina showed out!!

Even mama Tina showed out!!

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"Can I have this dance Auntie SoSo?!" - Blu Ivy

“Can I have this dance Auntie SoSo?!” – Blu Ivy

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“Eyes that look are common, but eyes that see are rare.” ~ Dr. Myles Monroe

image…About 7:30pm on Sunday, I read some shocking and “still” unbelievable news on one of my Face Book friend’s post… I read that Dr. Myles Monroe had died in a plane crash.  As more news later developed, it was confirmed that his wife, daughter and 7 others had been on the plane as well…

Now some reading this post may be wondering why I’m writing about this on a beauty blog/site? Even some who’s never heard of him are saying “who is this man and why is he so important to her?”

Well let me give you all a bit of my back story of Dr. Monroe – his teachings are some of the main reasons Alabasta Beauty and the way I view my health, family and overall life is in exsistance today.  I was introduced to his book “The Principles and Power of Vision” at a time in my life that I was desperately seeking God about purpose and direction.

imageThe way I came across this book was truly through Divine intervention.  About 12 years ago while most were reading “Purpose Driven Life” I couldn’t really connect to that book like I desired to.   I tried 3 times to read it, but…  Nothing.

This was frustrating because I was really going through a dark/depressed time trying to figure some important things out – and the aboved mentioned book was considered ground breaking and an ideal read for my life’s questions.

During this time I kept having dreams about eagles (I’ll get back to this later)…

Enters this young woman (now dear friend) that I’d just met at an alumni event hosted by the Joseph Business School (JBS) – she was really savvy and started talking to me about business, personal goals and other things.  I felt comfortable enough with this sister to share with her how confused I was about my next steps in life and how I was struggling with the need and desire to do something of substance (with purpose). My life needed clarity.

She strongly suggested that I purchase Dr. Monroe’s book.  When I went to my church book store about week later – the same lady I’d met previously was there (what are the odds)?   Out of all the places and times  in the world to be, she was there! Not only was she surprised to see me, she grabbed my hand and walked me right to the exact location of the book.   When I picked it up – I almost dropped it immediately! Why??? Because staring back at me on the cover was that soaring eagle that I’d been dreaming of for weeks!

I needed no confirmation, I knew I was in for a life changing transformation – and that’s Exactly what I got.  This book was my Purpose Driven Life.  I wrote in this book like it was a journal – almost every page is completely  highlighted… Every question about my life (up until that point) that I’d been asking was being address as I dranked from the words of each page. (Isaiah 55)

My Creator knew! He knew the gifting and sage words of the this amazing teacher would cross my path – in that season,  those words were used to help me realize, organize and realign my life with Purpose and Power.

I learned sooo much through this read and give copies as gifts often.  I’ve always kept it on my desk as a reminder to keep the vision in front of me… Always.

This tragic death has come as a shock to my spirit – I’m so saddened by the news… As a way of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Monroe and his family, I’m going to slowly re read and continue to apply the principles that connected us in the beginning…

If you’re reading this and haven’t read this book, I strongly urge you to do so.  All purpose, I don’t believe in coincidences – you didn’t stumble on this post and chose to keep reading by chance. This book will change/challenge your life for the better. Please join me on this  journey…

My heart felt prayers and thoughts go out to the Monroe family, friends, congregation and the island of the Bahamas…

To Dr. Monroe – your legacy will remain strong and producing  - I am forever grateful for you answering the call and sharing your gift.

Rest peacefully.

 

 

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It’s that time of the year again – time to help add a sparkle of hope to women in our community experiencing unfavorable life circumstances…

If you would like to help with this year’s effort by donating gently used or new costume jewelry – or if you have a brick & mortar business location/organization and would like serve as a collection site for donations, please contact schat@alabastabeauty.com or info@heirloompieceproject.org.

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Many Blessings in advance,

Shantenekia

For a personal look inside the project, please check out the video below:

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Brittany and I were hair twinsies for the day:)

Brittany and I were hair twinsies for the day:)

Hey Beauties!

Long time no hear from:)  Even though I haven’t  been blogging lately  - I’ve still been productively moving forward.  I left off last raving about my “Lazy Summer” which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way!  That mode  didn’t last long – I ended the summer vending at a Women’s Conference hosted by Living Word Christian Center, in Forest Park, Il.  Lots of fun work and I made some great connections!IMG_8420IMG_8400

 

 

 

It was a cool experience and reminder of why I do what I do.  I do ‘it’ to help, serve, heal and promote the importance of self care  - sometimes I forget my “Why”, however I’m grateful for gentle reminders.

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**Pearl**… Find yourself getting off course questioning your purpose?  Sometimes we have to slow down, take a step back and ask ourselves “Why”.  Grab your journal and brace yourself for the answer.

Until next time,

Peace & Blessings

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I ain't got no worries ... (Pardon the Ebonics)

I ain’t got no worries … (Pardon the Ebonics)

Hey Beauties – it’s been awhile!

I hope you all are getting the best out of our “interesting” summer, I know that I am.  I boldly declared that this would be a lazy summer – I actually welcomed it.

Its been so good to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life – this time of the year encourages it.  With the sun shining, butterflies fluttering and street festivals poppin’, this is prime time to slow it down a bit and dance with the rhythm of  season.

I’m loving it! Easy breezy, deep breaths and enjoying things that bring me peace like: reading, cooking, painting, picnics, long walks and spontaneous outings with friends!

I know I can’t stay in the place forever – but until my spirit says different, I will remain in this blissful chill mode;)

Now back to rest…

Until next time,

Peace & Blessings

 

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Ok ladies and gents… This is the season where salon professional are servicing lots of clients dealing with dry, itchy and flaky scalp.

There’s many causes of the shedding of skin from the scalp; some being the lack of moisture in the air, lack of water in our diets, product build up, fever from a virus or infrequent shampooing (especially if you perspire in your head).

When flakes and dryness are present, its common to get the urge to scratch and pile thick/heavy (petroleum) based pomades to the affected area.  What happens is, you’ll make the situation worst off than it started by clogging the hair follicles and enabling the flakes to fall freely.

If your case is dandruff, this is an internal issue. Dandruff mutate if aggravated, meaning it’ll spread or become thicker. I know, many of my old school sisters believe in “scratching dandruff”, but this is the most counterproductive thing to practice.

When flakes are present, address the problem immediately!  One is by drinking plenty of water, and by cutting back on fried/over processed foods.  Another is by shampooing regularly and applying an astringent/antiseptic oil.

One of the staples that I’ve been using this winter is my Botany Scalp Serum, prepared w/ a potent blend of botanicals formulated to decongest clogged follicles, stimulate growth in thinning areas and sooth dry/flaky scalp conditions.

Active ingrediants :Rosemary, Neem, Wheatgrass ,Nettle and Saw Palmetto extracts.

Active ingrediants :Rosemary, Neem, Tea tree, Wheatgrass ,Nettle and Saw Palmetto extracts.

Many know that I’ve been formulating natural alternative products for years  (2004 to be exact) but have taken little sabbaticals here and there to explore other interests.  Yet, I’m always led back to researching and developing products/solutions that address problematic needs.

The flakes, dryness and often times – thinness of hair (as a result to) has caused me to open my books and put my apothecary hat “Back” on.  Our bodies are created to work in partnership with nature, everything we need to nurture and heal is already provided for us through what we put on and in.

The herbs and oils used in my Botany Scalp Serum were chosen based on their antiseptic, anti fungal and cell regenerating qualities.   A little goes a long way w/ this botanical blend – with proper use and a little tlc, we’ll help rid those flakes in no time! (Available in salon “now” and  online soon)

In the mean time, continue to properly take care of your bodies internal and externally, making sure to practice clean scalp hygiene – and in return, creating a scalp environment that promotes healthy hair growth!

Be on the look out for info on my product Relaunch… Until next time,

Peace & Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

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image Hey snow bunnies! A show of hands for all who’s over this “interesting” weather?!?! **wildy waving both hands and feet in the air.**

Welp, complaining never gets us anywhere – so I thought I’d make the best outta the situation by sharing a little style inspiration <<<< see what I did there;) #poet #jokes #snappinfingers

 

 

Hey, if you can’t beat Mother Nature, join her.  Check out these cute and spunky ways to rock winter head gear this season.  I guess cute & cold could be BFF’s! Until next time, Peace & Blessings…

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Cute beanie with sleek tresses… Hey Nia girl!

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Ok, so I Love the color – as well as how she worked her fro w/ this hat. Check out the dangling chain and cute glasses! Vintage at best… Cute, Cute and Cute!

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I’m currently wearing a head wrap similar to this – someone told me it looked like a turban, lol… It’s still my go to if I want to keep my ears warm and hair uncovered.

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Knit and curls… What a perfect combination!

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She has that “I woke up like this” look. Effortless w/ a subtle pop of color!

 

 

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imageHey Beauties!  Here’s the gumbo recipe some of you requested via FB.  Too many steps to post via social media – so I decided to blog about it and give visuals.

 Gumbo is one if my faves, yet it’s so time consuming (and pricey if you’re using lots of seafood) that I only prepare it occasionally.  Inspired by an old recipe from chef Emerald Lagasse – I’ve tweaked and made my own low fat version  along the way. If you have the patience to make this dish – your fam and friends will sing your praises and you won’t have Any leftovers;)

Let’s get started…

what you’ll need is:

6 skinless chicken thighs

6 Turkey Andouille Sausage links (Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s)

5 to 8 cups of veggie both

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

3 small/short celery stalks (about 1 cup)

1 small red onion

2 bay leaves

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon dried orangano

1/4 teaspoon dried tyme

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)

1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon 21 season mix (trader joe’s)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon file powder

Hot sauce or Sriracha (hot chili sauce)

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Lets prep:

Chop all veggies (peppers, celery and onions) and put them to the side.

Season chicken with ( Dried oregano, a “portion” of the kosha salt, cayanne, paprika and black pepper.

In a hollow pot, heat tablespoon of vegetable oil (I used canolia).  Cut sausage down the middle and sear (brown) on each side in the oil.  Remove sausage let cool, and then chop in cubed pieces.

In the same oil, brown the seasoned chicken (about 5 min each side).  Remove chicken and place in the fridge until later – chop after cooled.

Now it’s time to make our Roux (gravy):

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A great roux is the foundation of a good gumbo.  It’s the most time consuming part of the dish, but if made right – it adds a unique/nutty flavor.

In the same pot that the meat was seared, add the remaining veggie oil.  On medium heat, slowly add the flour, continuing to stir.  *This process will take at least 20 min.  The goal is to achieve a dark chocolaty color gravy.  Don’t be alarmed if it smells a little burnt, again, that nutty taste will add so much flavor to the finished dish. *Remember, you must stir the whole time…

Next- when roux is complete, add the chopped veggies, bay leaves and remaining spices to the paste.  Stir and cook until veggies are soft (about 4 min). Add the chopped sausage.

When veggies are soft, slowly pour veggie broth as you continue to stir.  After everything is blended well, let simmer on low heat for an hour.

Now add 1/2 a cup of chopped parsley, and the chopped seasoned chicken.  Let simmer for 30 min. If you want to add any seafood (shrimp, crab, crayfish or scallops) this would be the time.

Served on top of brown rice, sprinkle file powder and hot sauce on top – a piece of French bread to sop up the gravy- and you’re done!

Again, lots of steps, but it’s so worth the time in the end.  Once you’ve master the roux, everything else is easy breezy.

Please let me know how it it turns out;)

Until next time, Peace & Blessings!

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