The Color Run 2015

One of the most enjoyable parts of my weekend was participating in the Color Run.  I knew what was going to happen, but I had no idea that a 5k would be so exciting, unique and fun.  From the moment that I received my packet with the gold sparkly tattoos, and colorful accessories, I knew that this was my kind of 5k.  I grabbed my camera, protected it in its bag, grabbed a hat and headed out with my friends and coworkers to the event.

Even though  I haven’t hit my weight-loss goal, the past 5 months that I’ve been exercising has prepared me for the 3k.  I jogged in some portions and briskly walked most of it.  I felt energized after the whole event and when I hit the finish line, I vowed to engage in more 5ks in the future.

As you guys already know, I am learning photography and host another blog: kimba’sphotos.  I wanted to share with you guys who are not on my Facebook the pictures that I took at the Color Run.  I played with the pictures a lot through Lightroom to give them a unique feel.  I hope you enjoy.  If you’ve engaged in the Color Run, please let me know.  I would love to hear your stories.

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My Team

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#selfie

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A family that just completed the run.

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Chawana and Lindsay

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Sisters taking a selfie after the run…

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After we completed the run.

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I just had to get this photo!

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Chawana is being blinded by the chalk. LOL.

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Until Next Time…

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So, I Just Realized…My Protective Style Wasn’t so … Protective

                I needed to do something with my hair quickly because I work out more than 4 times a week. I was sweating up a storm, going home and co-washing and making my hair thin and brittle. I had no idea that my hair didn’t like sweat and then conditioner until I got into the habit of making that a routine…sweat…then conditioner…and then sweat again…then conditioner. I had enough. I was tired, doing too much between work, UrbanistaNoir and working out. I had to do something. I engaged Chawana and told her I wanted to get the crochet braids protective style in my hair. I would wear my hair in this style for about two months and not have to worry.

                Well, I did. LOL. (And first of all, the hair that I picked was horrible. It was dry and very tangled. I guess I will review the hair in a later post because despite how horrible it was at first, it ended up looking great and being eventually manageable.) So Chawana and I got together on a Saturday and installed the crochet braids. Everything was fine until we started trying to untangle that braid hair. It was so dry and kinky. After installation, my scalp would itch and I was in a conundrum. Should I just pat my head until the itchy feeling goes away, or should I throw away hours of time spent installing this style and remove the hair? I decided to go against my better judgment and continue with wearing the style, hoping that my scalp would stop itching. It did…but I continued working out and sweating every day and I had no idea that my hair was suffering in the protective style.

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                About a month in a half later, my hair looked like it was growing out of the style, the braids pushing my hair forward and making it more difficult to wear. I finally sat down on a Friday evening and removed the hair. Once I went through the task of removing all of the hair and my shed hair, I noticed that my hair was brittle and soft. I put a protein treatment in, then a deep conditioning treatment. My hair was still soft, dry and brittle. So now, here I am with brittle hair and I am contemplating a big chop. I think I would love a short haircut…but I don’t know. Summer is coming and I know that short hair would be a nice choice. I also don’t want to throw away a lot of hair growth that I’ve accomplished.

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                At the end, I need to realize that hair is just that… It won’t make me or break me…but the decision is still looming in my head. LOL.

                I did learn my lesson though, my hair likes protective styles, but ones that can be manipulated or taken down when they need to be. I am good with twists and roll tuck and pin styles, braid ups and corn rolls.

Will do the crochet braids style again? I have no idea, but at the present time…I have to say… NO.

                I’ll let you guys know what I decide to do with my hair.

Until Next Time

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What I’m Cooking: Quinoa & Spinach Egg Scramble (for Eileen)

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So I posted this picture of my Quiona & Spinach Egg Scramble a few days ago on Instagram (@fleurdecurl), and had no idea people would love it so much.  I promised Eileen that I would post a recipe for it, so I returned home from my workout today and couldn’t wait to share how I made my rendition of the scramble.

Here is what I used…

  • 1 Teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 quarter of a red bell pepper
  • 1 quarter of a yellow bell pepper
  • 1 quarter of an orange bell pepper
  • a handful of pearl onions
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 2 Large Organic Cage Free Eggs
  • Tony Chachere’s Salt-Free Seasoning Mix, ground turmeric, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon of Coconut milk
  • 1 half cup of cooked Quinoa
  • a handful of Chopped green onions
  • and light Sharp Cheddar cheese

So…What did I do?

First of all, I warmed the coconut oil in a large skillet until it was hot and melted through.  I added my bell peppers and onion and mixed around until they were soft and translucent.  Once I saw that my onions were cooked through, I added the spinach and sauteed it with the bell peppers and onion until it became soft and cooked through.

While the spinach is cooking, I broke the eggs  into a bowl and added the seasoning to taste.  I mixed in the teaspoon of coconut milk and sat that aside while I sauteed the spinach.

After the spinach cooked thoroughly, I added the cooked quinoa and stir fried it in with the spinach, bell peppers and onions until the quinoa cooked thoroughly.  I then took moved everything in the skillet around to the edges and poured the egg mixture in the middle slowly adding the spinach/quinoa mixture with the egg until the egg cooked through.

Last but not least, I topped everything with a green onion and sharp cheddar garnish.  If you are making this dish, I would allow for the green onion and cheddar mixture heat up in the pan a little with the Quinoa and Egg mixture to it can be melty and stir in easily.

A lot of people eat this for breakfast…but I plated it and ate it for lunch at work and it was so yummy!

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What I’m Crafting: DIY Wedding Card Box

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So when my uncle and his girlfriend told me they were planning a Spring wedding, I knew that I wanted to do something. I see so many different ideas for wedding décor and planning on the Internet, my mind roared into overtime with ideas on things that I wanted to help with. Since they were together so long, (20 years to be exact) my mom suggested that they place a money box among the décor of their wedding/guest book table instead of accepting traditional wedding presents. When she said that, I suggested that instead of purchasing a pricy money box (online or in the store) that I would happily make one, along with a guest book.

I couldn’t wait to hit up Michael’s, JoAnn, and Dollar Tree and found good deals at all of the stores. At Michael’s, I used a 40% off coupon and at JoAnn, I was able to use a 25% off entire purchase plus 30% off one item coupon at the same time. I must have spent a total of 25 dollars for all of my supplies, which included a few goodies for myself, goodies to make the guest book, and goodies for my shoppers at UrbanistaNoir.com.

I decided to share my crafting experience with you guys with instructions on how I made the card box that will be used at my Uncle’s wedding.

Here’s what I purchased:

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  • A Set of 3 Nested Paper Mache Boxes
  • Acrylic Craft Paint (Lavender)
  • Ribbon (Rhinestone, Dark Purple, Lavender)
  • A Purple Flower Pin
  • Glitter Craft Tape (not pictured–Dollar Tree)
  • An X-acto Knife
  • Paint Brushes (dollar tree)
  • Glue (Glue Gun or Crafting Glue)
  • a 4×6 Photo Frame (dollar tree)

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First I painted all of the paper mache boxes…tops and bottoms…and laid them on newspaper to dry completely. I made sure that I had enough coats of paint to completely cover the boxes since I did not prime them because Lavender is so light.

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When the boxes were dry, I measured around the tops of the boxes with the rhinestone ribbon, cut it to the proper size and glued it down using a glue gun.

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I then used the X-acto knife to carve an envelope slot in the largest box. I used an actual card to measure the slot.

I then rubbed around my newly cut hole with some light sand paper I had around the house. You don’t have to do that, especially if you will be covering the hole with ribbon like I did.

I took the smaller, lighter color ribbon that I purchased and glued it around the envelope slot making sure that I covered the jagged edges made from cutting the hole with the X-acto knife.

I took the glitter craft tape and covered the ribbon that I just glued around the envelope slot.

After everything dried, I placed the tops of the boxes on each box, and then stacked the boxes on top of each other, largest to smallest. After placing them where I wanted them, I glued them down with my craft glue. I placed the boxes aside and allowed them to dry.

After the glue dried, I took my larger dark purple (contrast) ribbon and wrapped it around the box, gluing some areas down and tying it at the top. I then secured the knot with a flower pin.

When I was done, I took the cardboard that was inside of the photo frame and painted it with my left over paint.  I allowed for it to dry and took a marker and stenciled in ‘Cards’.  I placed the cardboard back into the photo frame.

And here’s what I got…

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I am currently working on the guest book and will blog about it when I am done. I hope you enjoyed. If you try it out, please tag me in your online photos.

Until Next Time…

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Bloody Sunday: The Nation Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Selma March (LIVE BLOG)

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Fleur De Curl:

Awesome post from NewsOne…

Originally posted on News One:

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Fifty years ago, police in Selma, Ala., brutally beat peaceful protestors attempting to march over the now infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge — a roadway named after a Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan — to demonstrate in support of voting rights.

That day, dubbed “Bloody Sunday,” left many, including Congressman John Lewis, battered and seriously injured. It did not, however, break their spirit. Two days later Dr. Martin Luther King led a couple thousand back to the bridge in an attempt to march to Montgomery. They turned around, but only days later (March 21) the march continued with the protection of Army troops. Now, 50 years later we remember Bloody Sunday as the event that ushered in the Voting Rights Act, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in August of 1965.

Today, March 7, we reflect…

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