• Paying it Forward

    Paying it Forward

    Before Black Girls Code became a thing, I spent many of my high school years doting over cascading style sheets and romancing HTML code at the Technology Access Foundation. TAF, as we called it, was the brainchild of...

  • Mid-Week Reading Round Up

    Mid-Week Reading Round Up

    This week has been a particularly bright one; brought to me in part by a killer new discovery of Trader Joe’s zesty nacho kale chips and a few nights painting my nails, while resting under my super chic (and...

  • Can You Convince Your Beauty Supply Store to Carry Nontoxic Products?

    Can You Convince Your Beauty Supply Store to Carry Nontoxic Products?

    Before I sheared my locs this past October, I hadn’t physically been inside a black beauty supply store in over six years. En route to purchase a few packs of the $3.99 Marley Hair to achieve this particularly lovely...

How to Have Fierce Locks All THE TIME!

Thu, Sep, 2011  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
How to Have Fierce Locks All THE TIME! Me with my daily style Sometimes I need a little inspiration from my natural hair community to really get my locks to be rocking. When I’m out of gas in the creative department, I turn to my favorite locked bloggers, vloggers and style experts. After all, a lack of imagination should be no excuse for boring locks. I started creating an album of great styles I want to try so that I can always have great-looking locks and shy away from my daily style of simply allowing my locks to hang low.   Here are a few of my personal pics with some loc experiments.  I feel as though I’m getting better. What do you think? Jewelry designer Enovia Bedford & Me - High Locks!   Mohawk lovin' after a trip to Good Hair...

3 Ways To Be Better & Not Broken After Tragedy

Wed, Sep, 2011  Posted by sherrell  2 Comments »
3 Ways To Be Better & Not Broken After Tragedy   This Sunday I found a church home. It was my first visit to New Beginnings church in Seattle and the name of the church and the message given on the anniversary of 9/11 couldn’t have come at a better time. When I think back over the past couple of years, there were times where I let my situation, crisis or issue get the best of me. I succumbed to depression, self-inflicted ridicule, despair and ultimately the lies I started to believe. People say that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. But that’s not always true. Sometimes, what doesn’t kill us can make us bitter. That relationship that went sour, the loved one we lost too soon, that job we were turned down for, that child that just can’t get right, we...

Composting 101

Thu, Sep, 2011  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Composting 101 You know what I love about the North West? It’s so green! Such a huge difference from the gritty city of NYC where recycling is still in an ambiguous trend that hasn’t quite caught on. I’m proud to announce that I’ve come into a new level of my life in green living. I’m officially a composter (not really sure if that’s a word but you get my drift)! For those of you that don’t know what composting is nature’s process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. So old leftovers, scraps from the kitchen, eggs, etc all go into the compost to decompose and go back into the earth. It’s been an awesome experience as Seattle requires people to compost now...

3 Things Black Women Need to Know About Getting Real About Breast Cancer

Wed, Sep, 2011  Posted by sherrell  1 Comment »
3 Things Black Women Need to Know About Getting Real About Breast Cancer   I’m not a big advocate of finding cures for cancer. Call me whatcha wanna I’d rather prevent the damn thing in the first place. Did you know that majority of the cancers we develop as human beings are causes of our environment, our eating habits and our overall lifestyle? With that said, through what we do in our daily activities in our lifespan, we’re actually the ones responsible for getting cancer? What a thought! I’m on  a mission to empower myself towards better health as well as empower my sisters, aunts, cousins and mothers to do the same. Unfortunately, black women are the hardest hit by breast cancer and have the highest mortality rates all simply because of our lifestyle as well as certain...

Love and Beauty: My Adoption Story

Tue, Sep, 2011  Posted by sherrell  5 Comments »
Love and Beauty: My Adoption Story Me: “My house?” Mom: “No our house.” Me: “My dog?” Mom: “No our dog.” Me: “My car?” Mom: “No my car!” LOL. That was the conversation I had with my “new mommy” as she drove me “home” for our first night together as mother and daughter. I was 2 1/2 years old, had been in the foster care system since I was 9 months, leaving behind a mother who struggled with a drug addiction, an older brother who was left to be raised by his father’s family and a history that would haunt me emotionally throughout my life. If you would have asked me to speak about it just a few years ago I wouldn’t be able to say the words to tell the story that...

Check out My Back to School Foster Care Hair Day in Seattle Sept. 6

Fri, Sep, 2011  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Check out My Back to School Foster Care Hair Day in Seattle Sept. 6 On Tuesday, September 6th, 2011, ten young women will go back to school in style with a fresh hair do’, skin care products, and an entire day of beauty completely free. No, they didn’t win a contest prize, an award or an extreme makeover. They are simply students in Seattle currently navigating their lives into adulthood all the while living as children of the foster care system. On the day before school begins, they won’t be girls in foster care. But they will be future agents of change, empowered, supported and pampered by their community. The “Back to School Foster Care Hair Day” marks the annual launch of a community celebration for young women currently in the foster care system that will join these young women with...

Are Your Finances Affecting Your Health and Beauty?

Wed, Aug, 2011  Posted by sherrell  2 Comments »
Are Your Finances Affecting Your Health and Beauty? This economy sucks. When I graduated from college two years ago, it was during the brink of one of the worst economic times in my generation. Most of my friends continued with school, I got my certificate in esthiology and transitioned from the world of fashion marketing into beauty figuring out my next steps. Now in repayment for student loans, credit cards and mundane living, the stress of money can definitely put a damper on just simply living life. Who’s with me? When you’re stressed about money you can’t focus on the more important things in life like working out, getting a gym membership or funding your beauty maintenance routine. Thank God for products, bloggers, vloggers and girlfriends with skills or I would be...

What to do When You Don’t Have Support On Your Natural Hair Journey

Tue, Aug, 2011  Posted by sherrell  4 Comments »
What to do When You Don’t Have Support On Your Natural Hair Journey When I came back to Seattle after spending a semester in college in NYC, I had a new attitude, some bamboo earrings, knee-high boots, and a blown out afro that had an ego of it’s own. I was “finding” myself and adopting a NY state of mind where any and everything go. Unfortunately, my NY state of mind wasn’t widely accepted by my uncle in Seattle who was quick to assure me that my newly found independence and self expression was a social faux paux in his simple question to me that fateful evening when he took one look at my afro and asked, “are you on drugs?”. I laughed it off to save face and abruptly went to the mirror for the first time feeling slightly self-conscious. One stupid comment was all it took to bite away at my...

Vixen of the Week: Laurie Cardoza – Help Her Save Teen Girls From Prostitution!

Mon, Aug, 2011  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Vixen of the Week: Laurie Cardoza - Help Her Save Teen Girls From Prostitution! We’re all here on earth for a reason and whether we’re empowering each other through self-image, saving lives through our work or supporting each other with our time, we all make a difference. Today’s Vixen of the Week is a woman I had a brief encounter with on a short trip from Seattle to Portland. I met Laurie on the train, peering over her shoulder as she worked diligently on a newsletter for a missionary with WorldVenture. After a chat and learning more about her organization, I also found out that Laurie, an amazing and friendly woman with a heart so big and caring I got chills just sitting next to her,  is on her way to Medellin, Colombia. There she  will partner with the Open Arms Foundation, which strives to...

5 Great Ways to Appreciate Life When You’re Lost

Tue, Aug, 2011  Posted by sherrell  4 Comments »
5 Great Ways to Appreciate Life When You're Lost For the past few weeks I’ve been in a transition period. I moved from NYC back to Seattle, trying to expand and grow some of the things I’m doing for OBV and still trying to decide on the next thing. The journey has been discouraging at times and down-right frustrating. I constantly feel as though I’m asking “What’s next? Where do I go from here?”. I’ve been extremely blessed to have so much but at the same time feeling as though I haven’t quite made it to where I want to be in life. What do you do when you feel stuck or feel as though you’re slowly moving through the mud trying your best to keep your head up and your pace steady? I don’t have the answers, I have no advice for...