It’s been a doozy few weeks here... 🙈
I’m barely keeping my head above water emotionally, with the cold and rain of winter making me want to burrow in my blankets until it stays permanently above 50 degrees outside. 🛌
Tonight I had no less than 3 meltdowns, over relatively small issues, but compounded with ongoing physical pain causing limited mobility, on top of the emotions weighing down on me, I. Just. Could. Not. Even. 😭
I still have Christmas decor bins sitting in the living room that I can’t even handle right now. By the time I get home from doing what I have to do in a day, I don’t have the energy to do what needs doing at home. It’s a ferocious energy-sucking, painful black hole. I’m really hoping my girls can help get the take-down process started with me tomorrow. 🎄
The discovery of lice on a household member has created Mt. Washmore that had been all I can do to conquer. And we were already trying to catch up before that threw a wrench in the works. 🔧
We’ve all been fighting off the winter germs running rampant this time of year, sneezing and sore throats and so much fun. 🤧
After rehearsal tonight, the lonely side of me wanted to spend time with some friends I’ve wanted to get to know better, but being a single mom means I take the kids home and put them to bed, and really I need my bed too. It’s just part of the struggle. .
So instead we oiled up, I sent the mini-mes off to bed, and I’ve got the hot tea and my trusty ever-constant crochet project, and here’s hoping I can make it through another day tomorrow. Each minute gets me closer to Spring, I guess. 🌿🌱 Please, dear Lord.
I’m already dreaming about coffee in the morning. ☕️
Prayers wouldn’t go amiss either, friends. ♥️
Lemme see you go back... lemme see you go forth 🍑🔥🎤 #aaliyah •
Enjoying my own private #legday party here on this glorious #FridayNight 💫 #GluteKickbacks are one of my fave legday finishers. Key points to success with these:
• Keep your kickback foot perpendicular to the floor (heel UP, toe to the floor- don’t point your toe like a ballet dancer!) This helps keep the glute activated throughout the movement.
• Mind-Muscle connection is a MUST for this one so make sure to squeeze the glute at the top of each kickback + control the weight during the negative (don’t let it just spring back bc that’s a sure way to incur muscle strain or pull)
• Stabilize yourself but ensure you don’t cheat/use your body/lower back to move the weight (I like to use the upright to stabilize myself as you can see in the video but I’m not DEPENDING on it- I’m simply using it for balance)
• TEMPO matters! I’ll do some sets with really slow, controlled 3-4 second negatives (the part of the exercise where you’re returning your leg from full extension back to start position) with 1-2 second squeeze and holds at the top of each rep AND THEN I’ll finish with some more explosive sets like you see here.
• USE A CHALLENGING AMOUNT OF WEIGHT BUT DON’T SACRIFICE FORM BY OVERLOADING YOURSELF- it’s ALWAYS better to use LESS WEIGHT and lift with perfect form than to ego-lift!
• I usually do 4 sets slow and controlled then 2-4 sets in a more explosive manner like these ones in the video.
I got the pink @schieksportsinc ankle cuffs that I use for this exercise off @amazon for something like $25 SPECIFICALLY so I always have my own reliable ones instead of having to use the frayed, grubby, random gym ones that you ultimately waste 1/2 hr of your time trying to find in the “everything bin” when you don’t have your own 🙄💁🏽♀️ Buy your own accessories when you can & carry them with you- it’s totally worth it to keep your head in the game and the pump uninterrupted so you can #slayallday 🦁🖤👑
3 502 hours ago
Holla if ya hear me!!! 👐🏼 You are right where you need to be! We are all on our own journeys, learning what our souls needs to learn and doing what we came here to do. Give yourself a break and some love and see how far you have come and all the progress you have made!!! 👩🎨🎨👨🎨 #slayallday 💜
Repost pic 🦋 from my girl @genesisss_marieee
Flash back Friday 2 years and now!
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@jamesforlong slid up beside me while I was checking out eye shadows and told me I was beautiful. But the look of deep sadness in his eyes let me know there was more to be said. “You could look SO much better,” he whispered, mournfully. After I stopped laughing, Larry James guided me to his @ilmakiage make-up station and started wiping and swiping and all of a sudden, I’m wearing my very first Cat eye 👁 liner, and the rest of my face is beat by the gods.
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10 2019 hours ago
𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦.. 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘥, 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭..🔪 ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ PLEASE READ: This ‘Bad Barbie’ look I have preferred to turn it into something natural and without photoshop, so I said let’s do a ‘video’ for all those people who say that my freckles, my eyeshadow and everything is always edited. Listen girl, edit the photos is ART. Do you really want me to take a picture and post it exatcly it was taken knowing that I can put a touch of magic and fantansy? I'm sorry, but it's not my style.
I really like to carry the idea that I have in my head strictly.
All those unhappy people need to stop taking people hours and hours of work by saying in comments 'Everything is photoshop, everything is edited' because it’s really sad, and I say ‘unhappy people’ because if you were a happy person you don’t waste your life in reviewing the photos of others to know that if was edited or not, if you are happy you enjoy them, you see other things more beautiful and important.
This instagram is like my diary, and here you will only find ‘Bratz, makeup, cartoons, expressive make-up and a lot of fantasy’ you guys have thousands of people who make natural and unedited makeup looks, follow them and let me be happy editing as I want.
ᴍᴀᴋᴇᴜᴘ ᴅᴇᴛᴀɪʟs ↴
FACE | Hydrating Oil @anastasiabeverlyhills
Touch Of Glow Foundation Light / Medium @physiciansformula
Contour Kit - Light to Medium @anastasiabeverlyhills
High Coverage Concealer in ‘Cotton Candy’ @hudabeauty@shophudabeauty
Powder Bronzer in ‘Capuccino’ @anastasiabeverlyhills
Highlighter Amrezy @anastasiabeverlyhills x @amrezy
Setting Powder - Easy Bake ‘Pound Cake’ @hudabeauty@shophudabeauty
Setting Spray - Slay All Day ‘Jasmine’ @gerardcosmetics
EYES | Go Pro Palette Vol 3 in ‘Drama, Status, Cherry Blossom, Reckless, Extra’ @bebellacosmetics
Eyeliner - Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus @eddiefunkhouser
Mascara - Double Brush Mascara in ‘Beyond Black’ @pixibeauty
BRUSHES | @anastasiabeverlyhills
BROWS | Perfect Brow Pencil in ‘Granite’ @anastasiabeverlyhills
Clear Brow Gel @anastasiabeverlyhills
LIPS | Hydra-Matte in ‘CHER’ @gerardcosmetics (Pink Highlight on top)