Straight Outta Trinidad Carnival!

I played pretty mas in Trinidad Carnival 2016 and went straight from the road to the airport to get back home to Grenada.

Black and White Photo Challenge

A collection of black and white photos that I’ve been nominated to post.

My friend, Sheba nominated me for a black and white 5 day photo challenge. I am no photographer, but I’ll try to dig into the archives and create something monochrome.

 

Day 1 – I’ve been on this beach so many times that I must have touched every grain of sand! Grand Anse beach is my place of solace and rejuvenation. This is my view from under a sea-grape tree :)

Chrislyn Lashington - Grand Anse beach in monochrome
Grand Anse beach in monochrome

Day 2Shelley has made my face up for television 4 days a week for 2 years. Here she is showing off her bright red lips on the first Episode of DanDan TV Show!

MUA, Shelley in monochrome
MUA, Shelley in monochrome

 

Which products to use?

I am always asked “What products to use in natural Afro Hair?” Here is my response :)

I get this question left, right, and centre. What products do you use in your hair to get it looking like that?

The products I use in my hair are based on 2 things

  1. My hair
    • Texture
    • Current condition and needs
  2. The desired outcome

For instance, if I find my Afro Hair to be a bit dry after a long day in the sun sporting a twist-out, I may decide to rehydrate by adding a moisturising product (grease, oil, lotion, butter) and going through the Quick Fix to Moisture.

In another instance I may want to do a firm twist-out that will last for a few days without much change, so I may opt to use a holding product such as gel or wax.

Find your own products!

As selfish as this sounds, it’s true and will be worth it. We should all explore our own hair as they are all different.

Afro Hair Which products to use?

Your kinks and coils are different to mine, as too is my diet, environment, physical activity, and all the other things affecting what the hair looks like.

My mother’s hair looks very similar to mine, however her hair is thinner and more elastic. We recently discovered that products that really hydrate my hair don’t do it for her and vice versa. So we’ve been switching products that we bought thinking that they would have worked for us lol.

Internet Guru

Years ago I tried a honey and olive oil hair treatment that a blog swore would nourish my mane. It turned out that my hair was left coarse, dry, and less manageable at the end of the hopeful procedure. It’s great following hair blogs for tips, however it is even better to experiment at home with products to see what is best for you. Also, when deciding to follow an Afro Hair Blogger, the closer their hair-type to yours the better the chances that their recommendations work for you as well.

The Universal product?

Go forth and explore the world of products till your hair smiles. I am yet to hear an Afro Hair person dispute the goodness of Shea Butter though…Comment below and let me know :)

3 Good things about Grenadian Men

In light of International Men’s Day I chose to focus on some of the positive qualities of our Grenadian men.

Men are often cried down on in our society today for their  shortcomings. We should be able to recognise and talk about the positive qualities that they possess and support each other in being the best individuals possible.

Here are 3 good things about Grenadian Men.

They compliment women

There is no girl or woman in Grenada that can say that a boy or man has never complimented her publicly. From the most common (and rude if you ask me) Psstt to the Nice girl, Slim, Beautiful, Famalayyy, Sweetness, & Tanty. Other than names, phrases are let loose:  I like the natural hair, Keep looking good eh, I like to see yuh, Make sure the boyfriend taking good care of you eh, yuh nice.

Truth: A Grenadian man would compliment a woman quicker than another woman would.

They have Rhythm

Keith Williams of Grenada School of DanceMusic is such a strong part of our culture and it is quite rare to find a son of the soil feeling the beat a little different from the majority of us. Thanks to birthday parties, Intercol, Carnival, and almost every social event a good dose of rhythm was planted in our souls. 

They are Physically Strong

Kirani James showing physical strengthIf it’s one thing that differentiates men from women physically, other than private parts, is the muscular strength that they possess. The skinniest man could surprise you with how strong he is. After all, our men have been handling rolly pollys.

Happy International Men’s Day!

What ‘would’ we do without them…

Disclaimer: Obviously these doesn’t apply to all Grenadian men, but most of whom I’ve encountered align.

 

Miley Cyrus Fashion in Mike Will Made It’s Music Video “23”

Athletic fashion from Mike WIll Made It’s music video for “23” featuring Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa paying tribute to Michael Jordan.

Music Producer Mike Will Made It dropped a new video for his track “23” which features Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa paying tribute to Michael Jordan through rap, song, and fashion.

The music video is decorated with elements of the sport of basketball in a school setting. The talents wear netted hoodies, cheerleader outfits, bomber jackets, athletic sneakers with as much red, black and white as possible.

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Miley Cyrus won the fashion contest in this video with several custom made pieces representing Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls basketball team and athleticism. She opens the video with this cropped Bulls top and high-waisted hot pants.

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Are those glittered Birkenstocks? Sure enough to keep one comfortable in the smokey locker room while wearing a hot bodysuit with sunglasses on.

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This look is simple and effective. Miley has heavy mascara on her lashes and a brilliant red on her lips, accentuating all the important areas for connection.

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The all white nail tips appear throughout the video and actually match all the outfits. (Please don’t use white-out correction fluid to achieve this lol)

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Now every girl wants a glittered basketball that matches her bikini top as seen in this silver/gray and white ensemble.

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J’s on my feet” repeats in the song and so does Jordan sneakers in the music video. Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers has been out since 1985 and is still a very coveted athletic brand.

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These low harem cropped polka dot pants are interestingly paired with horizontally striped socks.

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The school spirit comes out in the restroom, laboratory, basketball court, and locker room. “23” made some good DanDan.

Dependency and Anger are positively correlated

Dependency and Anger are positively correlated. Anger can be dealt with by removing the environmental factors, which is usually unavoidable, and accepting the situation and transferring the tempered energy.

I have come to the conclusion that the more dependent I am on someone or something, the more likely I am to get angry. The frequency of feeling tempered or recognising the potential to become tempered has significantly decreased in my life, not only due to the fact of knowing how to deal with that energy.

The stimulants of angry thoughts can come from places of dependence and expectation: relationships, jobs, educational institutions, living situation, access to transportation, means of expenditure, social groups. Sadly, some of these environmental factors cannot be avoided.

Dealing with anger takes practice as every situation is different.

Anger and Dependency Positive Correlation Smiley face

When I get an angry thought or feeling, I recognise it. I become conscious of myself, my actions, and my surroundings. I then recognise what about the situation I cannot change and what I can change. I act upon what can be changed if any, and accept the things I cannot change. (O cool, that sounds like the Serenity Prayer, so it may be a good idea to say it).

Then I tackle the tempered energy by releasing it somehow. This may be a nice soup of words being recited very loudly in a private place, listening to music, visiting the beach, or even sleeping it off.

Being angry is kind of pointless, as it can steer away from getting things done. On the contrary anger can motivate, empower, and lead one into becoming more independent. The more independent one becomes the less likely to be angry, unless that anger is within/ toward self.

It is also important to not cause anger in others.

 

#WhatILearnedToday

-Msy. Chrissy

 

 

#Earthquake felt in Grenada

Earthquake felt in Grenada on Friday 11th October, 2013 10:11pm

An earthquake was felt at approximately 10:10pm in Grenada. This earthquake had a magnitude of about 6.0 on the richter scale, making it one of the most intense earthquakes Grenada has felt in decades.

The vibrations woke persons up, shook buildings, and scared quite a few Grenadians on this Friday night. Many described it as the longest and most intense earthquake ever felt. A 3 storey apartment building in the south of the island shook for a couple seconds causing the residents to all come outside in wonder.

Reports of the tremor are also coming in from Trinidad and St. Lucia. The location of the earthquake was 10.83 N and 62.29 W while Grenada is 12 N and 61 W.

#TriviaTuesday

Every Tuesday on www.Facebook.com/DanDanTVShow questions surrounding fashion will be asked. The answers will be revealed here by the end of the day.

#TriviaTuesday

Every Tuesday on www.Facebook.com/DanDanTVShow questions surrounding fashion will be asked. The answers will be revealed here by the end of the day.

#TriviaTuesday

Like the Facebook page now to test your fashion knowledge.

 

8th October, 2013

  1. A bodycon dress is one that…

    • A.  hugs every inch of the body from head to toe
    • B.  stretches at least 2 inches
    • C.  shows figure
    • D.  is conscious of how fit one is
    • Bodycon refers to body conscious. Bodycon clothes are close fitted and figure hugging.
  2. Which makes you sweat more, spandex or cotton?
  3. Which Episode of Netherlands Insurance DanDan was titled “Current Trends I?”
    • A. The very first
    • B. The very last
    • C. One before the last
    • D. There was no episode titled Current Trends I

15th October, 2013

4. What was the colour of Miley Cyrus’ nails in the music video for “23” by Mike Will Made It?

A. black
B. black and silver
C. silver and white
D. white

5. Metallic clothing…

A. reflect shape
B. reflect metal
C. reflect thoughts
D. reflect light

22nd October, 2013

6. In art, which of the following is not one of the 3 primary colours?

A. red
B. yellow
C. green
D. blue

In art, primary colours refer to colours that cannot be obtained by mixing 2 or more colours. Green is produced from the mixing of blue and yellow. Other disciplines may see another 3 colours as being primary. 

7. Nike Air Jordan is a collaboration between Nike and …

A. Chicago Bulls
B. 23
C. Michael Jordan
D. Airwalk

In 1985, Nike launched it’s Nike Air Jordan brand which was a collaboration with basketballer for the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan.

8. Which of the following does not describe these pants worn by Rihanna?

A. printed
B. slim-fit
C. skinny jeans
D. gun mouth

#TriviaTuesday Rihanna pants describe

9. Which animal could not have inspired this look?

A. Chicken
B. Duck
C. Turkey
D. None of the above

#TriviaTuesday which animal inspired this look

29th October, 2013

10. Which of these movies were not based around a fashion theme?

A. American Pie
B. Sex and the City
C. Confessions of a Shopaholic
D. Coco avant Chanel

 

11. Which style(s) was/were showcased in Closet 1 Episode 1 “Current Trends I?”

A. Skinny Jeans
B. Flare skirts (accepted as an answer given that a high waisted flare skirt was used while showcasing the high waist trend)
C. Bell bottoms
D.All of the above
E.None of the above

5th November, 2013

12. High-waisted denim shorts…

A. are shorter than skirts
B. are made of denim, spandex, and cotton
C. appeared in Closet 1, Episode 4 of DanDan
D. are a current trend

13. Match the items (A, B,C,) to the body part (X, Y, Z)

A Wedges    X Neck
B Lanyard    Y Feet
C Camisole  Z Torso

12th November, 2013

14. What is a purpose/ are purposes of sunglasses?

A. Protect eyes from outside
B. Look swaggerific
C. Hide eyes from itself
D. A & B

15. What is the next public holiday in Grenada?

A. Christmas Day
B. Thanksgiving Day
C. Boxing Day
D. Independence Day

16. Grenada-based T-shirt brand Corner Ambition launches a collection in two days that carries the name…

A. CRAM
B. Street Glam
C. Mosaic
D. Minimalism

17. A woman wants to hide the cellulite on her upper thighs, which of the following should she wear?

A. white jeggings
B. mint denim shorts
C. brown linens pants
D. grey spandex skirt

3rd December, 2013

18. Which is true of skirts?

A. They have at least 2 openings
B. Long flowing ones are called maxis
C. Knee length ones fit all body types
D. All of the above

21. Which Grenadian Brand does nutmeg print fabric on island?

A. Spice Garments
B. Nutmeg Printz
C. Black Gold
D. Veronica’s Visions