Posts Written On September 21, 2012

My Protection…with Style!

So I’ve decided to try something new.


Something new in the realm of a “sew-in“. For those of you reading who do not know what a sew-in is, it is a weave (full or partial) that is sewn onto a person’s own hair. I know, crazy. Never the less this process was totally necessary for my hair survival. I’m in training and my job requires me to wear my hair pulled back.

Which means that status of “no edges” is right around the corner! YIKES!! I had a friend ride with me to the store where we spent hours picking out the right hair color and brand.

I was so clueless that there were different brands and that they each had something that set them apart. I spent nearly a good $300 for my hair, and to get my hair done and styled! Expensive but for two months I will not be hassling over how to style my hair. Military life is beautiful but for women it is so stressful. So I cut my hair out of that equation.

I went from this, in February 2011:

To this (one year later):

I am living proof that protective styling produces growth and many other benefits.

So of course protective styling is necessary.

Some example styles that can be done to protect your hair:

-Bantu Knots

-Two Strand Twists

-Flat Twists

-Micro Braids

-Senegalese Twists



-Up Do’s

The goal of all these amazing styles is to protect the ends of your hair! The ends help retain your growth. Protective also keeps your ever moving hands out of your locks. Its also used for moisture, growth, long styling, dates, get up and go, etc. I think you get the idea. If you have any questions on protective styling and how you can keep your hair looking fresh follow me on Twitter @IamInkWell.


Book Review: Treatment Alternative for Children

This is a guest post from Edmonton, Canada from my mom and nephew!

‘Treatment Alternative for Children’ written by Lawrence Rosen caught my eye when my grandson was 17 months old. He had a cold lasted for more than 3 weeks at that time. The medical clinic advised us to let him recover with his own immune system and no need to visit the clinic. Seeing the little sweetie suffered from runny nose, phloem and no appetite makes my helpless heart ache. I immediately leaf the pages and found out a lot of valuable information. Some of ‘Guidance to Parents’ is not even known for me, as a grandma. I immediately folded the corners of the concern pages to study in detail.

Being Asian, our culture actually rejects the western medicine which was regarded as chemicals. Most of the time, we visit our own herbal medicine doctor even if the expenses are not covered by government or insurance companies. Surely using herbs to heal takes longer time and yet it is natural. Chemical stuff has quick effect yet we don’t believe it is good for long run health.

However, the drawback of Chinese herbal medicine is that most of the time, we have to cook the exact proportion of herbs. It is time consuming especially in this no-kitchen era. Besides, most of the medicine contains unbearable bitter taste which for sure refused by all the kids.

Alternatives treatment mentioned in this book gave us another natural and healthy channel to recover from illness or discomfort. This is especially true for the kids they don’t even know how to express themselves yet.

The illustration about the dry and wet coughing is similar as what Asian regarding to the yin-yang condition of our bodies. Dehydration can be cured by coconut water rather than lots of artificial glucoses medication. Anger and tantrums’ curing way is sending kids to play more out door. Baking soda can be used for insect bites. If I know this earlier, I will save a lot of money to purchase the expensive creams for mosquito bites. Water should be used for curing fever. All these useful natural medical information bring us nearer to the Garden of Eden. We are blessed and thankful.

There are also lots of information for special needs, such as autistic kids, head lice, kidney stone etc. I especially like the Top Ten Treatment Lists and the Alphabetical table at the back of the book. I strongly recommend have this good and helpful reference book on the shelf for the kids until, maybe, teenager!

Get your copy on Amazon here!


Event LOVE: 9th Annual White #Cashmere Collection

I woke up really excited on Wednesday morning, and couldn’t get myself to the newly renovated Arcadian Court quickly enough to watch the 9th annual White Cashmere Collection. I’m always really excited to see this show, simply because I’m always blown away when I see how ordinary bathroom tissue, is transformed into beautiful fashion pieces. This year my mind was not spared, and was definitely blown. The show began with an awesome acrobatic performance, followed by some words from the host of the event, long-time supporter of the collection and breast cancer survivor, Canada AM’s co-host Beverly Thomson, and  then we got to hear the lovely Lolitta Dandoy’s touching story about how she survived breast cancer. Then it was time for the show!


What is the White Cashmere Collection? “It’s Canada’s annual celebration of Fashion with Compassion. A fund-and-awareness-raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision of a future without breast cancer. More than 100 Canadian designers have participated to-date!”

Rodney Philpott– “…sultry slit-to-the-hip sheath is crafted from BT “lace” and strewn from shoulder to the hem of its train with white flowers and petals.

Suhaila Niazi– “…delectable layer cake of a gown… complete with a pink ‘fondant’ bodice and tiered skirts ‘frosted’ with elaborate flowers and edged in beaded ‘icing’.”

Adrian Wu- “…great knotted and woven ropes that coil around the torso while its draped skirt balloons to the floor.”

LABEL– “…delicious, dangerously short dance dress… smooth strapless bodice with a frothy skirt created from layer upon layer of pink and white BT”

Lucci Rojas– “…delicate, painstakingly pleated and folded pennants of pink and white BT ‘fabric’ flutter to the knees where a graceful white floor-length skirt takes over.”

Golnaz Ashtiani– “…beautiful floral brocade effect from Cashmere BT ‘fabric’… with dramatic cone-like volumes…for the BT Couture Collection.”

Izzy Camilleri– “…party dress entirely constructed of hundreds of BT blossoms, in white Cashmere Envirocare.”


Laura Siegel– “…intriguingly draped and layered dress…textural interest by adding a chunky knit shawl.”

Joel Bissonnette-“…seductive thigh-slit, halter-neck dress features a slim, tiered skirt and a cheeky corseted waist.”

Cara Cheung-“…sharp shoulders, rhinestoned seaming, ready-for-anything short flowered skirt, and cape-like overskirt.”


Anomal Couture, Sonia Leclair-“…sensual cut-out gown…crafted from essentially linked lingerie elements.”

David Jack-“…aerodynamically sleek couture… takes flight with aileron-like peplums at the hips and a flowing BT fabric train.”

the train was giving me life!!

the designers 🙂

Jewellery by Karen McFarlane

head piece: MMCrystal by Michelle Merizzi

The cuteness!! (the first ever children’s wear)



love 🙂

Lolitta Dandoy 🙂

The eats!

le fun times!

The White Cashmere Collection was curated by Canadian fashion designer Farley Chatto, and paid homage to Classic Hollywood Glamour. It was a lovely show, and I’m so happy that I was able to experience another year!


FYI: BT stands for bathroom tissue 🙂

ps: You can also view the collection and support the cause by joining Cashmere’s unique Vote Couture for the Cure initiative on Facebook until November 19th. Fans are invited to vote for their favourite design and Cashmere will donate $1 per vote, to the Foundation in the winning designers name. Voters will also be entered in a draw to win one of four $2,500 shopping sprees. GO VOTE NOW!


Event LOVE: Preview Reception- Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Last week we attended the preview reception for the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes charity walk at Turf Lounge  in support of the campaign to end violence against women. The evening was hosted by CP24’s Steve Anthony, who was wearing heels by the way… in fact I spotted at least six men in heels, even the male serving staff were in heels, now that’s some serious support. We sipped on signature beverages like the blistered stiletto and the sling back which was absolutely delicious, and snacked on appetizers while being given tips and tricks on how to walk in heels, as well as how to look good while rocking heels. There was even a walk off between some of the men in heels, which was hilarious by the way, but oh so touching 🙂

The GM of Turf Lounge (middle) rocking those red stilettos!

les noms…

🙂 🙂 I heart Brittany!

There’s something absolutely satisfying about seeing these men in heels don’t you think?… maybe it’s just me 🙂

Fixing us up some blistered stiletto cocktails!

Getting ready for the stiletto walk-off!

Fries never tasted soooo good!


oh my gawd! so good!

The slingback… all kinds of delicious!

They weren’t tryna rock the heels lol

He said his momma would kill him for wearing  heels, so he had to hide his face! ha!

The lovely Michelle 🙂

Loves me some Anthony!

Fun times were definitely had!

Thank you for inviting me 🙂