Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Paint Nite - Joyias Tapas

Yesterday evening I enjoyed another Wine/Painting event (Paint Nite) down in Tower Groves at a restaurant called Joyia Tapas. I made sure to get down there at least 30 minutes before the event started to make sure I was able to get a good seat. The restaurant was very nice and I made sure before we started at 7pm to have a glass of moscato and a sprite on deck to enjoy.

Eventually 7pm comes around and our head painters along with, I think, was the owner of the restaurant introduce themselves and inform us that during this wine/painting party servers would be around to bring us drinks and food which was definitely a nice and welcomed difference from the other previous two wine/painting parties that I have attended.

After all of the introductions the head painter starts the class and we see an example of the painting that we will be doing for the evening.

Name of Painting: Reflection

 So we start our paintings with a blank canvas and start to do solid colors across and blending the colors as well.

Throughout the evening I'm making some small talk with some another lady at my table and after we paint up to this point, we take a small break to let our canvases dry before starting on part two of paintings, which is to painting bushes, and you can imagine the funny jokes that were had about that.....lolol

So I started off painting my bushes and tree trunk in the color black as the example painting but when I started to makes the leaves for the trees something in me decided to change it up and go in a different direction. So I decided to make my tree a deep dark green and follow it up with a slightly lighter green in the middle of the leaves.


 After I was done with my first tree, I flipped my canvas upside down and proceeded to make my reflective bushes (in green) and tree. Yet while we were painting, we were treated to a belly dance performance.

So while the belly dancer was giving some wonderful entertainment, I was bobbing my head to the middle eastern music and started to make my reflective tree and again decided to make it different and painted the trunk brown and gave it the leaves a fire orange and red tint. The bushes were green and to finish the look I made the stars on one side white with a white moon and on the other side yellow stars a blood red moon. I was very proud of my masterpiece;)

After I was done, I took some pictures to remember the moment but unfortunately they didn't have any metallic sharpies so I didn't sign my name yet to my masterpiece. That shall be rectified soon;)

 Overall I had a great night, I can honestly say this has been my best wine/painting party to date. Probably because of the location, atmosphere and the positive ambiance of the place and staff. If you ever get a chance to experience +PaintNite , enjoy yourself. You won't regret it;) and if you are able to experience it at Joyia Tapas, definitely prepare to have a good time! I plan on coming back to try out the food!

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Milestone: Diahanna's graduation from college

This post is long overdue by three weeks. My sister graduated from college and just want to let her know how proud I am of her. She is a successful entrepreneur, a homeowner, and now a college graduate. It was definitely  a proud moment and after the ceremony at the Family Arena out at St. Charles we went to Ameristar with some family members and enjoyed brunch at the buffet.

Since Flickr's embedding slideshows no longer work...I can only put up a link to the pictures.

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's official: 2yrs of kinks and coils

Have scarf will wrap

Well this past year feels as though it has gone by fast in regards to my hair journey.  As my hair has grown throughout the year I've been able to do a few styles, including the above picture. My hair is now around 10 inches long since I measured it on May 27th. I definitely can see a difference from the previous year.

A bun courtesy of the Perfect Puff product

two strand twist

side fro

Full fro

swept up in the back

what my hair really looks like without stretching

another full fro pic

another side fro pic

fro hawk - but now they are bigger ;)

I'm really enjoying the journey and proud of myself that I haven't had a nervous breakdown. LOL 

So of course I'm checking my length from time to time and can see the progress but man I just can't wait to rock an insane huge fro. That is my goal!!!

Now - May 27th 2014

Then - May 26th 2013

Big Chop - May 27th 2012

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

Thursday, May 01, 2014

#Shake38 Shakespeare festival: Cleopatra and Antony

This past Friday I had the opportunity to participate in the Shakespeare festival which is known as Shake38. A friend of mine contacted me on April 20th and informed me that someone was going to be putting on a festival and was interested in having someone there talking about lotions and body butters and recommended my name to the person. 

So I made contact with the lady by the name Ilene Berman. We decided to meetup the next day at Chronicle Coffee  so we could talk and go over what she would need from me. I made sure to bring her a sample of my shea butters so she may try them out.

Overall we had a great discussion and she informed me of the concept she was envisioning since she was in charge of the Shakespeare play, Cleopatra and Antony. I left there with ideas already brewing in my head. I needed to make up business cards, produce product labels for my shea butters, and get other items so I could give out samples.

By the time Friday came around I was ready and left work early so I could make my way to the location with plenty of time to spare. I was able to relax for a while and take in some lunch at the The Best Steakhouse off of Grand.

So I make my way to my destination 30 minutes in advance so I could have a parking spot and met Ilene at the sidewalk. She introduced me to another lady who would be doing hair, Ayanna Thompson and another lady, Angela Malchionno was on her way who would be doing nails. She was also going to bring a spare table for me to use so I may lay out my items.

My table

So the event officially started at 1:30pm, Ilene was kind enough to let me use a table cloth she brought along. 

So throughout the day people came through and I talked about my products, gave out samples and my business cards. The other ladies there also were showing off their crafts. The young lady that was doing hair was doing an amazing job styling locks and even did my hair at the end.

Angela was kept busy the whole time.

By 3:30pm the event was winding down and Ayanna was doing my hair in a pretty up do. Around 4pm we were officially done and everyone was ready to go. I gave Ayanna a ride home and relaxed for the rest of the day. Overall I had a great time and told Ilene that I would be interested in the future of participating in another sidewalk show.

A few pictures of the hair style Ayanna Thompson did for me.

The right side was slowly unraveling so I took it down.

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz
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