Memorial Day Fun 2011!

This weekend is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. But Memorial Day also marks the official start of Summer for many! Time to head out to the beach, show off those beach-ready bods and whip out the grill for major fun in the sun! Most of you, like me, get to enjoy a 3-day weekend starting on Friday! Y-A-Y!!! Don’t be one of those last-minute planners! Here is my list for some fun things to do this weekend:

1. Head to the beach! (More specifically, the Keys!) If you’re fortunate enough to be in South Florida this weekend, head over to the Keys. This multi-isle oasis offers sun, surf and plenty of fun! The locals are friendly and the bars are hot! When you’re done and ready to enjoy the nightlife, make sure to wash your hair with shampoo from the Modern Naturalista! Your new friends will think you practically bathed in fruits!

2. Have a BBQ with friends & family. This is the time to enjoy your time with friends & family and what better way than by having a BBQ at the park or simply in your back yard.

3. Visit a museum. This may not be the first thing you think of on a big weekend like this one but museums are always packed of events and fun things to do with family! May is Museum Month in Miami and many of our attractions offer great deals on packages. Here are a few locals to keep in mind: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Haitian Heritage Museum.

4. Rent a boat. This one may not seem to obvious to some but renting a boat or even a kayak for a few hours will get you out of crowded streets and enjoying the pristine waters South Florida has to offer. Split the cost with a few friends, pack lunches and have everyone BYOB for fun in the sun and in the water!

5. Relax. As an entrepreneur, I’m always looking to unwind. At times I go weeks without a full night’s sleep and time away from it all is all I want to is sleep! Take time to get away if you can; this weekend is the perfect time to do just that. 🙂

Most important: BE SAFE while HAVING FUN!!

This my list on having fun this Memorial Day Weekend. Share with me what you are your family and friends are doing!

Are you the smartest in your group?

Have you ever heard the quote “If you’re the smartest person in your group, then you need a new group” by Les Brown? During my journey to becoming a Modern Naturalista, I found that I became more unsettled with the direction my future was headed in. I was no longer comfortable with the path I was taking. I was always questioning what was the next step, I could never fully relish in the moment. it wasn’t bc I couldn’t appreciate the present I knew there was more to life than I was doing. I never liked being comfortable. comfort for me became synonyms with complacency. I felt comfortable and I didn’t like it. sure I had friends who were earning much higher degrees than me and even making more money but I couldn’t help but think that getting a job was the easy, safe way out. isn’t that what we were taught? go to school, get a job! I wanted to live out my passions so the above quote symbolized for me getting out of your comfort zone.

The quote doesn’t just acknowledge IQ. You can replace the word smart with anything you wish. I replace it with ‘positive’ or even ‘ambitious’. Some friends keep you comfortable; they enable your bad habits and don’t call you out. True friends will challenge you, question you and at times, make you uncomfortable! My journey on becoming a Modern Naturalista wasn’t just internal growth, it was external too. I no longer spent time with people who didn’t challenge me. I no longer wasted precious time on those who had small minds. I was always an ideas person so I needed to surround myself with people who discussed more than just people and events; I needed movers and shakers! I needed people who could walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

If you see yourself wanting to move in a different direction, making positive choices and your friends aren’t biting maybe its time you get a new group. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You should always want more of yourself, your environment and your associates. You might have out grown everything around you; your friends, your space, your town, your job, your relationship. Never be afraid to demand more of yourself!

The day I became comfortable with make-up…

… was the day I saw it as art. Colors and patterns are all around us. We use colors to express moods, personalities and even fashion. For so long I was bothered by putting any kind of make-up on my face. I stayed away from everything that would alter my natural beauty. I would speak negatively about those who abused it. I vowed to not wear makeup and start a natural revolution! …until I had my epiphany.

I started to view make-up as art. And as an appreciator of art, I began to view my face and body as a canvas. ALL cultures have various forms of expression and face painting, or make-up, is just one of many forms.

One’s choice to participate in these traditions, customs and rituals should be a reflection of the range of form of

expression of an individual and her culture, not her hiding it. I’ve come to the realization that wearing make-up does not mean I am fake. It does mean I am hiding my god-given beauty nor does it mean I am no longer natural. Wearing makeup now affords me the joy of expressing myself through another form of art. 🙂

There are a few things to keep in mind when wearing makeup and these are my favorite tips:

1.) Start slow…

Rome wasn’t built in a day and it WILL take some time to get comfortable with the different brushes and

blending techniques. Ask questions! YouTube has made it possible to learn great tips w/o going to cosmetology school. The saying ‘Practice makes perfect’ applies here as well.

2.) Play w/ colors and schemes

The rainbow is as diverse as we are as human beings. When I started using make-up I stayed from bright colors and new techniques. Doing this only limits your range and what fun is that?

3.) Start (AND finish) w/ a fresh ‘canvas’

Before any painter paints on a canvas, she makes sure her brushes and her canvas are clean. Always cleanse your face prior to putting on make-up and before going to bed at night.

4.) Drink h2o!!

If you do nothing else (though you should), make sure to drink plenty of water. Not only does the clear stuff gives you glowing skin by flushing out toxins.

I’ve learned a lot and will continue to share my tips. Do you have tips to share? Please tell us your makeup tips and happy painting!

Nubiä —

‘The Modern Naturalista’

Wardrobe Essentials

One of the  many keys to success lies in our attractiveness. Whether we want to admit it or not, we make judgment calls on people based on their wardrobe all the time. Everyone has the potential of having a good wardrobe foundation. As an entrepreneur, I understand all too well the importance of making the right impression the first time and it starts with everything I am not saying: my attire! Style guru Tim Gunn gives us the 10 wardrobe essentials that every woman MUST have in her closet:

10. Jacket

Not your boyfriend’s jacket! Ladies, please be sure to get something feminine and can be worn in the office or on a date. Nothing’s sexier than a nice jacket that fits and is looks good on you.

9.Skirt

Women don’t wear as many skirts as we used to. Despite what you may feel about them, skirts are can say “flirty” or “powerhouse” depending on what you pair it with and how it’s worn.

8. Any Occasion Top

Make sure this is something you’re comfortable in and can easily transform from day time to night time. You should be able to wear this with your favorite pants suit, under your jacket or for drinks with colleagues during happy hour

7. Dress Pants

This one does not have to be black. Gunn says: “Whether in black, navy, charcoal or chocolate, a wool or silk pant that falls straight from the widest part of your hip is a wardrobe must. It can be worn with a chic blouse or a cashmere sweater, and by adding a blazer you can wear this look anywhere.”

6.Suit

Whether you own a business or work for corporate America, everyone needs at least one suit. You should splurge a little with this one. If you purchase off the rack, make sure you get a tailor to fit it according to your body. You can’t afford to get this one wrong!

5. Jeans

Everyone wears jeans (almost) and what I like about them is that they can be dressed up with the right accessories and cute top or dressed down with flats and a fitted t-shirt. Be sure to get jeans the hug your body but not so tight you create a camel toe (so 80s, not sexy).

4. Sweatsuit Alternative

As a business woman living in South Florida, I am always on the run. Either delivering products or running errands, I find that throwing on my favorite sweatsuit is the easiest thing to do. Time to give it up! Instead of wearing the same old, dingy sweatsuit, find something that hugs your curves and has a little bit of style! A nice seasonal dress or a cute top.

3. Trench Coat/Blazer

You can find this basic in many different colors and lengths. This is a must-have for fall and can be worn everywhere! If you live in sub-tropical climate like me then do away with the trench coat and go with a fitted blazer instead.

2.Collard White Shirt

This simple, classic essential goes great with jeans for a laid-back yet classy look or with your favorite suit to make it stand out. Sheer and lightweight, this one will never go out of style.

1. Little Black Dress!

You absolutely can not go wrong with the basic black dress! Pair it with a cardigan and flats for a day time look. When going out for a night on the town, rock your basic black with jewels and a strapped heels to bling it up!

Other essentials:

Closed-toe black heels

Bag or Purse

Matching accessories

Now it’s time to go shopping! Take this list with you next time when you’re ready to update your wardrobe. Please share with me where you go shopping for your essentials!


Are you a professional or a “pro”-faux-sional?

In these trying economic times, we only have one time to make a first impression. Whether we are head of a laid-back graphic t-shirt company or the CEO for an AM Law 100 firm, being a professional may mean the difference between getting a contract and not. Professionalism goes far beyond a title, a salary and fine threads. A true professional combines her skills, ethics AND (yes!) looks, providing the total package.
Because someone is working in a professional environment does not quantify her as a professional. And just because someone is working in a place preserved to be “non-professional” doesn’t mean that she is unprofessional. There are specific traits that one must possess in order to be labeled a professional.

Punctuality: A professional is ALWAYS on time!

Nothing excuses tardiness. It’s really tacky. I’ve been watching a lot of Real Housewives lately and I’ve noticed a direct link to the women who make the most money. They not only are excited about what they do, they are always punctual. Even when partying or having lunch with the girls, the one’s who are (almost) always punctual make a lot more money than those who are always “fashionably” late.

Preparation: Professionals practice preparation

A few months ago, I was invited to go on a trip to Naples. In my excitement, I didn’t take the time to check my car’s fluids and do a quick inspection. Not more than an hour into my ride, I blow a tire. What’s worst? I didn’t come with a spare. I know, “what was I thinking?”

A professional is always prepared, regardless of if you’re working that day or not! You never know when you’re going to make a potential sale or meet one of your clients or customers. You should ways look the part and be prepared with materials on your person or in your car so you can access them.

Persistence:Practice Makes Perfect!!

Professionals obsess over their businesses! They are very passionate about what they do and are involved in every detail of their careers. They are persistent even when things are grim. They realize that their success comes in their persistence. The reason why nearly 60% of restaurants fail in the first 3-5 years may be due to lack of persistence. (i.e. find the problem(s) and growing from mistakes)

Polished: Professionals play the part!

A professional pulls it all together with the look. Because you only get one time to make a first impression, the very first judgment someone makes about you comes even before you’ve said a thing! Agree or disagree, people first see who you are on the outside before they get to know who you are on the inside.

These are but a few traits that a true professional posses. If you are not making the kind of money you believe you’re worth or the kind of money you’d like to be making, establishing a few good habits may distinguish you from professionals and the rest!

 

–Nubiä

“The Modern Naturalista”

Plastic Strawberries

It’s strawberry season and I am so glad to be enjoying another sweet treat from mother nature. The heart-shaped fruits are not only sweet and healthy, they make great gifts! These red berries carry a boat-load of beneficial properties. Chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries also serve as nature’s Proactiv®! It’s no wonder these are my one of my favorite-ess fruits!!

The other day I walked into the supermarket and there they’re! Wearing a shiny, deep red coat, they were waiting for me to pick up a box. My mouth watered as I inched closer. They were delicious looking and I couldn’t wait to take them home. When I arrived, put away the groceries and proceeded to make a shake: a natural whey protein, soy milk, strawberries and ice. I started washing my strawberries and as you guessed, I couldn’t help but take a bite…. Crunch! (( chewing )) Ewww…. Not just eww but yuck! I felt a hollow middle in my strawberries and new this wasn’t normal. I cut a few of them down the middle and they were empty; all of them! I was disgusted. I couldn’t believe how plastic they looked. Had my fruits been genetically modified? I didn’t bother doing the research on the company to see how they picked their fruit. I knew what strawberries look and taste like and this certainly wasn’t it. At the time, my finances couldn’t afford me the luxury of eating organic so I settled for regular. I should’ve known something was wrong when I noticed that the berries had been flash steamed. Towards the stem of the fruit, my attention was fixed on the white pale looking top. What happened to the pink-reddish color I had grown accustomed to? Ugh…

What is organic food?

Organic foods are foods that are produced using environmentally safe methods that do not implement the use of modern synthetic substances such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms. They are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

Why organic?

Taste Better; True to Flavor:

Research shows that some organic foods are often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin! “Nothing beats the fresh taste,” says Britain’s HDRA organics association. “You can grow for flavour. Commercial growers have to grow for shelf-life.”

No nasty pesticides, fertilizers or hormones:

Designed to kill living organism, pesticides and fertilizers are harmful to wildlife, human health and endanger our environment. They contaminate our air, water, food and our health overall. “Pesticides are the badge of the amateur” — organic grower.

Foods to eat organic:

1. Baby Food.
2. Strawberries.
3. Bell Peppers.
4. Milk.
5. Corn.
6. Bananas.
7. Green Beans.
8. Apples.
9. Grapes.
10. Potatoes.

So eat up, be healthy and enjoy organic!

Nubiä
“The Modern Naturalista”