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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Natural

Just thought I’d share 5 tips for anyone who is new to natural hair or thinking about going natural.  Feel free to add your own. Xoxo

1.  Coconut oil is amazing, but it’s not a miracle worker..You still have to take care of your hair.

2. Just because someone’s hair looks the same as yours, that doesn’t mean that your hair will react well to the products they use.

3.  Don’t pay attention to what society says, all hair textures are beautiful.

4.  Hardly anyone believes in the phrase “dime sized amount” ..You’re not alone

5.  Enjoy each length you’re at, all lengths can be beautiful and stylish.

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Thot Thoughts: Behind the Scenes

Note: From now on I’m going to use the phrase “honey relationships” to differentiate spoiled girlfriend relationships from SB/SD relationships - just for the sake of clarity. I’ll also be using the phrase “honey boyfriend” to differentiate spoiling boyfriends from sugar daddies.

One of the biggest differences between a sugar relationship and a honey relationship is the time that you are “behind the scenes.” What I mean by that is the real time and effort that we expend looking fabulous, maintaining our appearance and health, and doing the personal things we need to do to keep our minds and emotions right. 

As a sugar baby, the time you spend with an SD tends to be limited. Sure, you may have a night out - but how much time do you spend getting ready for it? A few hours doing your hair and makeup, all of the exercise and careful eating you do beforehand to maintain your physique, the careful shopping to find the perfect outfits, shoes, lingerie. It’s a lot!

What an SD sees is your final product: opening night. He doesn’t see what’s behind the curtain. 

Originally posted by lady-seashell

A honey boyfriend has more access to you, and therefore he’s going to see a lot more of those behind the scenes moments. This can cause problems! It can ruin the mystique and excitement. It can take away your magic as the prize that he’s worked so hard to attain. 

So what’s a girl to do when you live with your honey boyfriend or you spend so much time together that him seeing you behind the scenes is inevitable?

How to Make Behind the Scenes an Intimate Experience

1. Channel your inner glamorous goddess. Find yourself some beautiful dressing gowns/robes (on his dime of course)! I personally love kimono style robes because I think they’re flattering on everyone and since they’re floor length, you can literally be completely naked underneath and if you need to run out and grab the newspaper or change the laundry, at least you will look damn good doing it. 

Originally posted by saratatoski

2. Lounge in style. Girls, I do not know of nor have I ever seen a single woman who did not look bomb in yoga pants and a slouchy, off the shoulder top. Get rid of your ratty around-the-house clothes and get some flattering, sensual lounge clothing. My go-to is The Limited - I really like their Lounge collection. Some athletic wear that’s more designed for yoga and pilates is also great for just hanging around the house, but the booty is poppin’ and your shape is lookin’ lit. 

3. Create a beautiful space where the magic happens. I have a vanity with my perfume, makeup, hair products, and a few pretty little tchotchkes to add decor (an expensive masquerade mask from a fetish event we attended, a small ring and bracelet holder, etc.) Play some sensual music while you get ready - jazz, classical piano, R&B, whatever your jams are. When you sit down to do your makeup and hair, your honey now sees you as not only a beautiful woman, but someone who has let him into your most intimate moments. 

4. Cut the ditz crap when you’re choosing an outfit. Every man I have ever dated has communicated to me the annoyance and frustration of dealing with my indecision in choosing outfits. It’s the equivalent of being in midtown traffic - start, stop, start, stop. Once you choose an outfit, stick to it! 

5. Make your health regimen Insta-worthy. This one requires some commitment, but try not to look crazy when you go to the gym if you know your honey is going to see you before, during or after. Yes, we know you’re there to sweat. But throwing on a pair of diamond studs and just making sure your hair is slicked back so you don’t have those random alfalfa frizzies doesn’t take much time. Having cute activewear is easier than ever because so many companies are entering the market. Some of my favorite coordinated activewear sets are from Old Navy! Just like you’d coordinate your bag and shoes to go to dinner, it doesn’t take much to just make sure your sneakers and headband are the same color - and it makes a huge difference. You go from “average attractive girl at gym” to “sugar baby at gym still looking fly as fuck.”

5. Some things should still remain behind-the-behind-the-scenes. Your bowel movements, hair removal methods, menstrual activities, pimple popping (don’t do it but if you do), face masks, foul smelling hair treatments all need to happen when he’s not around or behind closed doors. Nothing kills the fantasy of a dazzling sugar baby like the stench of a recently blown up bathroom - put that Febreze or Lysol spray within reach at all times. 

Originally posted by heckyeahreactiongifs

You may need to get creative with when these things happen, but trust me - it’s worth it. As for menstrual activities - I have been using Thinx for several months now and my life has changed infinitely for the better. If you have a light to medium menstrual flow like me, you probably won’t even need to buy tampons or pads anymore! I haven’t for at least six months. 

6. Limit the negative self-talk. You wouldn’t air your insecurities to your sugar daddy. Why? Because you are marketing yourself as someone valuable and worthy of investment. You don’t draw attention to flaws. The tendency and the habit is to share those feelings with your honey, but try to nip that as much as possible. When you harp on that little bit of tummy fat, those stretch marks, and other “flaws” of your physicality, you draw his attention to them. He may not even have noticed them until you pointed them out! Case in point: I am very insecure about my teeth. I have a crooked smile and I always have. I said this in passing once to an ex-boyfriend who was shocked “I never really noticed, I guess I just like that your smile is different.” Mind you, after I brought it up, several times he asked me if I would consider getting braces. He got the boot for other reasons, but you see what I’m saying.

7. Give yourself ample time to get ready and avoid the manic panic. We all know stress is contagious. If you know it takes you two hours to get ready, give yourself two and a half if you can! That way you are relaxing, your man is watching this beautiful transformation, and you’re not running through your house like a bat out of hell trying to get your life together.


*edited because damn I really can’t count lmfao

CURLY HAIR MASTERPOST

I’m starting this list because as a born and bred Curly Top, I know first hand what a struggle it can be to figure out how to manage/become comfortable with your hair (and do so on a budget). So, please feel free to add, reblog, and share with the curly heads you love (Please don’t delete the source.) 

1- Kiss sulfates goodbye.

I didn’t even know sulfates were a thing until it was brought to my attention. Basically, they are chemicals inside many of the shampoos and hair products that you know and love, ie; Aussie, Suave, Garnier, etc. 

A couple of the biggest problem-causing sulfates are called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, they promote bacteria, reduce proteins, and basically leave your hair covered in a thick layer of wax that sucks all of the natural oils out of your hair. I have been sulfate free for about a year now, and anytime I am forced to use a shampoo with sulfates in it, I can immediately tell the difference in the texture of my hair. As someone who will never spend a dime over the necessary price for beauty products, I’ve compiled a small list of my favorite Sulfate free or low sulfate products that you can find just about anywhere and that will not break the bank:

  • -L’Oreal Paris EverCurl
    This was the first product I tried after making the switch and I love it. It averages about $10 at places like Walmart and it lasts a while. They have a bunch of different options in this line like gel, style milk, etc. It’s cheap and it smells REALLY GOOD!
  • -Shea Moisture
    My favorite is their Coconut Hibiscus line, where they also offer several different types of products. This is probably my favorite out of everything that I’ve used (I’m partial to the Curl and Style Milk and the Hold and Shine Moisture Mist.) They also have a wonderful set of Shampoo and Conditioner, each product also averaging about $10.
  • -Miss Jessie’s
    This one is a little more expensive, each bottle averaging around $22, but it’s definitely worth the money. I love the Pillow Soft Curls product, but right now I’m working my way through a bottle of Multi Cultural Curls and it’s great, though not my favorite. 
  • -Suave Professionals
    Now, I know that I mentioned Suave earlier in the ‘bad list’, however, they have a line of Keratin Infused shampoos that are really low in sulfates AND in price! I usually never buy the shampoos and conditioners from the lines listed above, because it’s a lot of money for a little bit of product, and, let’s face it, in a Curly Haired’s world, there’s no such thing as ‘Family Size’! I can usually hit up Walmart or CVS and get a giant bottle of both this shampoo and conditioner and pay around $9 TOTAL! THAT, my friends, is a deal!

2- Find a good oil.

I’m partial to a salon quality Argan oil, but you can use whatever suits you best depending on your type of curl. You’re probably going to pay a little more for the oil than you would some of your other products, but at a couple of pumps a few times a week, one bottle can last months. 

3- Develop a solid after-shower routine.

This was a hard one for me to figure out, but once I got the hang of it, what used to be an hour long process now only takes about 15 minutes. Each routine will vary from person to person depending on your curls/resources/etc., but here is mine:

  • -First of all, I never wash out all of my conditioner. I don’t walk out of the shower with my hair still sudsy, but I leave just enough in that it makes the next 15-20 minutes a smoother process. 
  • -I start by squeezing all of the excess water out of my hair, (honestly, I’ve learned that my life post-shower is so much easier if I just stand on a towel) making sure that it’s still pretty damp, but not dripping down your shoulders. It’s a fine line. 
  • -Then, I rub a little bit of whatever curl milk I’m planning on using later into my hair (I only just learned this about a month ago and it has SAVED MY LIFE!) this seriously makes the whole brushing your hair out thing eight billion times easier. I know that people say you’re not supposed to brush your hair when it’s wet, but most of those people have board-straight hair and no actual valid opinions. You can brush curly hair when wet, or not at all. There is no in-between. 
  • -Brush it out. I start from the ends and work your way up to avoid as much breakage as possible.
  • -Now I add my oil. A few pumps of Argan into my palm, and I make sure to rub it all over my hands so no matter how I touch my hair, the oil is making contact. Try to avoid the roots, just because you have your own natural oils living there and they get kind of angry (greasy) when you invite other people in. I’ve found the easiest method in doing this is to start at the highest point you plan on putting the oil, and then twisting your hair into sort of a faux-pony tail, it spreads evenly and you don’t have to worry about your hair tangling again.
  • -Flip and scrunch! Put however much curl milk you feel necessary into your palms, flip your hair and get to work! I like to start in my biggest problem area, which is the base of my neck. I put a little more product there than I do anywhere else because it dries out so quickly. Once I’m done, I flip my hair back and scrunch up the curls on the crown of my head a little more, just because I have an issue getting a lot of volume up there.

4- Satin pillow cases are expensive.

It’s true. I know everyone says that the way to keep moisture locked into your hair is to sleep on satin pillow cases, but they’re expensive and my head slides around. No bueno. So, I’ve found a loophole! The messy bun! It’s a life saver, really. I usually wash my hair before bed, so when I’m done putting the products in, I flip my hair over again, collect it all into a bun at the very top of my head and tie it off (I use scrunchies. They don’t leave those annoying hair-tie lines in your hair). Make sure you’re not tying it too tight though, or else it could ruin the curls and you’ll wake up with a frizzy head. This locks in the moisture and protects your curls from those pesky cotton pillow cases.

5- Stop hurting your hair!!

It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Spent hours in the bathroom with a fan and a flat iron trying to look like Megan Fox. (and proceeded to sweat out all of that hard work in a matter of hours). Stop it. Throw out the flat iron, the curling rod you use after the flat iron to get those pretty beach waves, and the hair dryer- YES! I said the hair dryer. Even with a diffuser, you’re causing unnecessary damage to those beautiful curls of yours! Be nice to your hair!

6- Vitamins.

Biotin. I’m not kidding. It keeps your hair long, curly and most of all- Healthy! It’s cheap at any Walmart or drug store and as a bonus, it helps out your hair and skin too!


That’s all I’ve got for now. If I think of some others, I’ll come back and add them, but if you have any opinions or tips that I didn’t mention here, PLEASE add them! Let’s have a discussion, learn and GROW together! (See what I did there?)

Seventeen Reaction: Seeing you in a lingerie for the first time.

A/N: Thought I’d put something out while I work on the next “Dating ___”. I feel like I say this all the time, but seriously feel free to leave any request you have and also maybe check out my other work if you’d like. Also I didn’t think this was too NSFW, but if anyone wants I can add the ‘read more’ option. 

S.Coups: Will go from 0 to 100. This man will be so thirsty for you, he wouldn’t even know how to react. First he’s all flustered but then he’s like “ uh did you dress up for me?” like yeah no duh 

Originally posted by kristian-do

Jeonghan: Angel who? Come again later because he ain’t here.  “Oh honey, now why would you wear that. You know it’s only going to stay on for less than a minute.” Just shakes his head as he walks towards you. You better get ready for the events that awaits. daddy

Originally posted by hanwooz

Joshua: So you think Joshua is this pure child who can only play the role of being a gentleman right? Well YEET- you’re wrong. When he first sees you in the lingerie he is starstruck, but that will only last for so long, because in just the blink of an eye your lingerie is now on the floor. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Originally posted by jihanlife

Jun: Jun would act like he’s all flustered about you being dressed so sexily, but who is he trying to fool here? not me, but lowkey he is a smol bean!! <3 In 0.12 seconds that act is long gone though and trust me that’s not the only thing gone ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Originally posted by mkayy-wenjunhoe1777

Hoshi: Hoshi, oh my what do I tell you? He absolutely does not know how to react. He’s so inexperience, like he can’t actually believe you would even dress in this manner; especially for him. “Wow, you look beautiful. I-” starts stuttering because you look like a dime.  

Originally posted by howon

Wonwoo: When you first walk in your shared bedroom, Wonwoo’s eyes are glued on his computer monitor. It takes a few seconds to get his attention, but trust me the small wait would be worth it. The minute his eyes are on your body, be prepared for some serious body worshiping.

Originally posted by soohuis

Woozi: At first when Woozi sees you in your outfit  he doesn’t really have an initial reaction since he’s still jet lagged from the traveling, but as soon as his brain starts to process what’s going on around him… hmm boy this bean will be so flustered up. “You look- uh” he can’t even form a coherent sentence. 

Originally posted by woozioppa

Mingyu: “Mingyu? Mingyu? Mingyu? Oh my fucking gosh, he’s fucking dead.” Okay but seriously, this guy’s mind would just start wandering. Doesn’t even know what to do besides stare at you. “Mingyu? You there?” you ask. nope

Originally posted by svnteen-idiots

The8: From the moment Minghao lays his eyes on you, you best believe that he will waste no time in getting his hands on you. Minghao’s eyes would be filled with lust, about to get this show on the road. ok but this gif tho

Originally posted by ftwonwoo

DK: At first glance Seokmin doesn’t think much about what’s going on, but after taking a second look at you. Whoo, his eyes would grow twice in size. Seokmin would be a little bit more softer with his praises and remarks, ya know being the gentleman he is and all. still knows how to work it though ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Originally posted by jongindiaries

Seungkwan: Oh this kid… The minute he walked in on you lying on the bed in a lingerie, oooo his mind will just turn into smush. Seungkwan would stand there staring you down, thinking about the things he wants to do to you. 

Originally posted by dank-svt-memes

Vernon: Vernon can be walking into the house looking all cute and smiley and the second he sees you waiting for him in your lingerie, his face will just change in a hot second. ”Why don’t I help you take that off and maybe we can get some stuff going in the bedroom, yeah?” holy heck he’s so confident and cocky i luv

Originally posted by hanwooz

Dino: You thought you were going to get a reaction from this child. sorrynotsorry I don’t make up the rules, Jeonghan does. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Originally posted by jeong-hanie

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From Eden: Ch. I

There are things that put one to sleep and things that keep them awake, despite all other intentions. The world is split into these things and nothing else. Even when tired and even when looking for reasons to wake, somethings just don’t work. It was the flopping of pages onto the floor that startled Lexa awake despite her deep and unending need for more, despite the battle of both categories raging in her head. That and the sun that she tried to burrow against into her pillows. That and the tingling numbness that shot through her arm as it moved around in her bed as she tried to adjust. The sounds of morning started to filter into her awareness as she rubbed her arm, hoping to get life enough back into it as it was accompanied by grumbles of protest and utter complaint.

Weary and sore, Lexa sat up in bed and pushed her hair around. The bed, though her own, felt foreign and new once more while at the same time holding the faintest feeling of something she remembered. Four months in a hotel in Nebraska had nothing on the view from her bed at home. A month before that bouncing around world promoting meant a host of beds that each took a familiarity away from this moment. Beach and sunshine were a wall here for her, and from her bed, Lexa tried to remember that this is where she was now, at least until she finished reading and chose the next location.

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anonymous asked:

“I’m going to need you to put on some underwear before you say anything else.“

Hahaha okay xD


Sansa Stark is one of a handful of actresses that doesn’t get naked on his show. It’s not exactly revolutionary for an actress to refuse to show their body for the world to see but on his show, it is quite a novelty. Some of the crewmen like to make lewd comments about her and call her a prude behind her back, which Jon tries to stomp down as much as he can, but men are assholes. There’s only so much Jon can do short of just punching them whenever they start on Sansa, and he’s been tempted to a few times too, especially when the lewd comments become too graphic. It’s disgusting how some people feel they can talk about another human being that way and Jon hates it with a burning passion. He’s never been one of those guys that like to boast about the women they’ve slept with. Even at school when having bragging rights like that was what made you popular. It’s just not something he does. He was raised to respect women.

It gives him a reputation around the set. People tend to avoid him anyways because he’s an award-winning actor and he has the kind of face that makes people think he’s one of those pretentious method actors. He’s really not but he doesn’t mind the solitude. Truth is, Jon’s just awkward around new people. There’s a reason why he likes acting so much – he doesn’t have to be himself for awhile. It’s nice to fall into a character and forget about his own insecurities or shortcomings. But he was taught to respect women and he was taught to stand up for what’s right so him coming out of his proverbial shell to yell at the crew gives him quite the ‘diva’ reputation. Not that he cares. Jon’s a white, straight man in Hollywood with a six-pack and a pretty face. He’s going to get jobs.

Sansa, on the other hand, is young and new; plucked straight from drama school before she could graduate. She’s beautiful – there’s hardly any doubt about that – and talented but she’s a dime a dozen in the acting pond. She can’t afford to be anything but sweet and polite with the crew, so Jon does it for her. He doesn’t have an ulterior motive. He barely has any scenes with her. He’d do it for any of the other women he works with, but okay, maybe he is a little more protective of her because maybe he’s intrigued by the steely glint in her eyes or the way she practically whimpers when she hears there are lemon cakes at the crafts table. It’s a stupid crush but even if he didn’t like her, he’d still defend her right to not be naked, so it’s a complete surprise to him when he does find her standing there in the middle of his trailer completely naked save for a pair of pink polkadot underwear.

“Oh,” she says when he walks into the trailer. “I didn’t know you’d be back so soon.” Her tone is casual, as if she’s simply greeting him in passing on the set, but there’s a pleasant flush rising from her neck to her cheeks. It’s making it extremely hard for Jon not to look below her neckline to see how far that flush might extend to.

“I… uh, we finished early,” is all he can manage but good lord if she doesn’t cover up soon, Jon’s going to have a really mortifying bodily reaction to her.

Sansa nods. She looks around the trailer and sighs. “The piping in my trailer broke so I couldn’t take a shower and I had all this fake blood on me. I needed to shower. I’m meeting my family for dinner. I can’t go to dinner looking like an extra on the set of Carrie, you know?” She’s looking at him like it’s not a rhetorical question so he nods vigorously in response. “Right, and… Well, your trailer’s the closest and they said you’d be filming till late in the evening, and…” She’s as red as her hair now and that makes Jon smile in spite of the odd situation he’s now in. “I didn’t think you’d mind. You’re the nicest one on set.”

“What?” Jon inclines his head in confusion because that’s definitely not the reputation he knows he has.

“Jon,” Sansa sighs. “I know what you do for me. You’re not exactly subtle and the makeup girls talk. You know they say that… that you have a crush on me or something, which is silly, right? Because you’re Jon Snow and I’m just me and – what?”

“Okay,” he breathes out, closing his eyes, because it’s now just way too much for him to handle. He tried being a gentleman because he sees male and female nudity all of the time on the show but this is Sansa. It really is just too much. “I’m going to need you to put on some underwear before you say anything else.”

“Oh!” she squeaks, and he hears rustling before she says, “you can look now.”

Jon opens his eyes to see her in a pale blue sleeveless dress and it really isn’t helping at all because she’s as beautiful with clothes on as she is without. This is bloody ridiculous. “Um… so you were saying?” He honestly really didn’t hear a word of what she said. Something about a piping and him being nice and makeup girls.

“You have a crush on me,” Sansa murmurs, stepping in close. Jon swallows, which makes her smile tentatively. “Don’t you?”

“No,” he answers too quickly. “I mean… I wouldn’t call it a crush, more like… you’re really talented and it’s easy to be interested in you. Everyone is.”

“But you’re interested in me?”

She’s way too close now and he’s way too human not to notice the way her pupils are dilating as she looks at him. God, he’s totally gone and he doesn’t even care that coworkers dating coworkers is the worst idea ever, but they really don’t have many scenes together so fuck it, fuck it.

He must’ve said that out loud because she’s smirking by the time he captures her lips with his. He can feel it against him and it makes him laugh into her mouth. As first kisses go, it’s not great because they’re both laughing and there’s a lot of clashing of teeth, but when they pull back, her hands are around his neck, tracing patterns against the nape of his neck, and she’s pressed against his chest. It’s not great but it’s perfect.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is such an amazing, near flawless piece of storytelling, with wonderful characters and beautiful setting and atmosphere. Such a breath of fresh air among the generic, dime a dozen anime that tend to dominate each season.

It’s also horribly, criminally underrated and deserves so much more love and recognition.

Kiss week has begun!

Day one is Tyler Joseph and his beautiful dime piece wife, Jenna. 

which was suggested by tearinmyl-leart

6 more days to go! Hopefully I’ll be able to draw this stuff a bit better by the end of the week