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Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions! Pt. 1

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post where I answer your frequently asked questions as I have been less than social on social media sooooo I asked you all on YouTube and you came through! Thank you to everyone that responded and stay tuned because I plan on doing these Q + A blog posts on a regular basis!
I’ve been creating YouTube videos since 2011! It will actually be 10 years of creating content in March. Reflecting on my social media journey, I have realized that it’s not sustainable option. The older I get, the more I want to experience REAL Life and not REEL life. I still love sharing my journey and growth in hopes to inspire people in a positive way and what I would like to focus on is my journey of love, locs and life. Focusing on numbers all the time negatively impacted my mental health so I’m done with keeping up with the Joneses. Lately, I’ve been thinking about creating sustainable products so I’ve been brainstorming what that might look like. I have some ideas on what I would like to create but if you have anything you would like to see from me, let me know in the comments.
I posted a reel a couple of months back sharing all the different methods there are to maintain locs and that was a fun process in laying out all my options. After thinking about all of the options and reflecting on my past experienced with my first set of locs, I have decided that I want to go the semi-free form route. The main reason for this is to ease the tension of my scalp and prevent any sort of alopecia taking over (Y’all know how I damaged my scalp the first time and I don’t plan on repeating history). I’ve also been looking into maintaining my locs via the crochet method as it does a great job of minimizing frizz but I’m not well-versed in that so I might need to look into taking a class.
I plan to leave perfection behind; specifically, the urge to make sure my hair is freshly twisted on a regular basis. I want no parts of perfection anymore. I just want my hair to be and grow and thrive and thicken up. What I plan to bring with me to my new loc journey is peace and patience. For me, these two things are not always easy for me but every day in every way I am getting better and better.
After going through my breakup, I didn’t have any plans on dating. I really wanted to focus on my photography studio and my self. But you know what they say; when you plan, God laughs. Long story short, at the behests of my single girlfriends, I decided to try out an app called Hinge. On Mr. Man’s profile, he wrote that he was vegan. He messaged me and asked me what my favorite vegan restaurant is and the rest is history. Mr. Man being vegan was what attracted me to him. He was vegan since he was a teenager and I think there is something amazing that he can have that level of discernment so young; that was a major GREEN flag for me…among other things. 
That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any questions you would like answered in a future Q+A blog post, feel free to ask in the comments!

Top 5 Brown Girl Friendly Presets for Instagram

After many years of trial and error, I am FINALLY satisfied with my Instagram feed. Speaking with my blogger friend, LisaALaMode, really helped me hone in on the look of my feed and now I have the tools to curate a cohesive color story for the gram. 

I cover A LOT of what is necessary for a slamming IG feed in my latest YouTube video from the clothes and what you need in the background of your photo but another important element is finding presets for your photos. 

Presets are edits or adjustments that have been saved for use in Lightroom (or any other editing software) to recreate a certain look in one click.

Presets represent one of the most powerful post-production tools for simplifying the post production process and I want to share with you my favorites for chocolate skin!

In my opinion, the go-to place for finding presets is Etsy. I actually purchase all of my presets on Etsy; they are affordable and it’s a simple import process if you have Lightroom (fyi, Lightroom is recommended for these presets). With all that being said, here are my top 5 presets.

FEMININITY

Bright whites, crushed blacks with cool undertones and chocolate skin

BLACK GIRL MAGIC

Muted tones, pops of white and bronzed skin

FLAWLESS

Muted tones and a golden sun-kissed look

BOUGIE

Vibrant pops of white, crushed blacks with warm tones and chocolate skin

CLASSY

Bright with pops of white, warm tones and glazed chocolate skin

Classy is my preset of choice and what I currently use at the moment. I don’t plan on changing it anytime soon but if I do, I got plenty to choose from. 

I’m a lover of browns, earthy colors, pops of white and crushed blacks. What can i say? I like what I like! 

Hopefully you found my preset recommendations useful!

Will you be checking them out?