after deep conditioning, i’ll be following the LOC method: Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in Seal with coconut oil Apply a MODERATE amount of avocado oil as heat protectant(blow drying hair to 90% dry) Twist with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to moisturize Seal ends with Raw Shea Butter (Bantu knot ends)
1. Don’t let your African/ Caribbean culture fade away
2. Cherish and take care of your beautiful curls
3. Act as a middle ground between black and white people politically (sadly, this is lacking)
4. Comb your hair when it’s wet. Please.
5. Don’t mix up your thick body with being “fat” (and if you’re bigger or smaller, ya good too)
6. Embrace your hair, complexion, and features and don’t try to strive to look like a white girl
7. Use SPF 15 (you still half white fam)
8. Try to learn a lot about both parent’s cultures
9. Kinky Curly “Knot Today” conditioner will SAVE YOUR LIFE USE IT!!¡¡
10. Remember how beautiful you are and carry it with you every single moment of your life.
She will be holding a press conference before the wedding to share her thoughts on their marriage. Her bandmates Eugene and Shoo, who will be singing for her during the ceremony, will also be present at…
This is for my blog of the month@katnisservdeen! Hope you enjoy it, Bailey.
“Malfoy, for the love of god! You scared me!” Hermione hissed. She clutched her library book and pulled it toward her chest, searching for his eyes in the dimly lit closet.
She hated when he would shove her into a dark broom closet without any warning. He was like a snake, he moved so quickly and quietly. Or maybe Hermione was just uncoordinated. She didn’t want to think about it and how he had the upper-hand with physicality.
“What’s got your wand in a knot today, Granger? I just wanted to see you.”
Her eyes adjusted enough so she could see him now. His hair was disheveled and there was sweat dripping from the ends. He just got back from Quidditch practice. She felt chills run up her spine as he traced his fingers across her forearm lightly. He always did that when he genuinely had missed her.
“Sorry, I’m just tense,” she explained, “I feel like Harry is catching on. He has been watching you so obsessively with the map, he probably knows I’m with you right this second.”
He sighed as he moved his hand up her arm so it was now cupping her cheek. She was forced to look him in the eye. His eyes looked very relaxed tonight, which was different than they had been looking lately. Hermione had gotten to know his eyes well over the past two years with their secret broom closet meetings. They were dark, almost black in a dimly lit room when he was stressed. They were grey like a clouded storm when he was feeling alright. His eyes had been black more than not recently.
“You should really confront Potter about this crush he has on me. If I didn’t know better, I would think you’re jealous.” He teased.
She rolled her eyes as he smirked. Before she could reply, he tilted his head towards hers and lightly brushed his lips with her’s. It was gentle and tentative, nothing like she was used to.
Draco was usually always going in with full force. She tried to act like his passion annoyed her, but she secretly loved it. It was a thrill that she always had to hide the marks he gave her from Ron and Harry.
She pulled away to look him in the eyes again. He looked dazed.
“What is it? Draco, are you alright?”
“I need to tell you something, Granger.” He explained.
He still never called her Hermione, it used to bother her, but she would find it weird now any other way.
“Go on,” she urged, “We don’t have much time.”
She watched his adam’s apple bob as he swallowed to begin his speech. She felt oddly aroused, but she quickly pushed those thoughts out of her head. They didn’t have time for that tonight.
“I feel happy tonight, happy for the first time in awhile. I’m not going to explain why, and I expect you to respect my privacy.”
“But if I can hel-”
“Stop, let me finish.”
She obeyed, but she was frustrated and concerned. But when was she not?
“Just know that things will change, and I’m sorry. They have to. I just need to enjoy tonight, this high I feel. Granger, I don’t tell you this enough, but I do love you. I just want you to remember that. Remember this moment, no matter what happens. I want you to remember it even when it doesn’t feel real anymore.”
She could see now his neck was flushed. His neck always flushed after he expressed his feelings for her.
She wanted to ask more questions, but she knew she shouldn’t. It would be too hurtful, too honest. She didn’t want to face reality, not yet. She knew Harry was close to figuring out what was going on with Draco. She just wanted to ignore it. She didn’t want to know the truth. The truth of who Draco was probably becoming.
“I love you too,” she replied softly, it was almost a whisper, “Come here.”
He leaned into her again, and she felt fire as his lips touched her’s. This was the passion she was waiting for, the passion she lived for.
She decided tonight she would memorize everything about this. How he felt in her arms. The way his hair curled at the ends when it got too long, the heat radiating from his neck as they kissed, the way his long fingers felt as he grabbed her skin. How even though he was grabbing her with much force, he wasn’t giving her his all, as though he was afraid he would hurt her if he did otherwise.
It was here Hermione was blissfully happy, but she knew it could not last forever. Nothing could as long as Voldemort existed.
They finally pulled away from each other, and she could feel his breath on her cheek. She closed her eyes to capture this moment; this feeling of serenity.
“I have to go.” he whispered.
What Hermione did not know was that that was the last time she would see him for months, and as she lied there below Bellatrix, screaming for Ron to save her, she could not help but wonder, where did it all go wrong? Why was he standing there now doing nothing when she needed him most?
She tried to remember his words, to remember that it was real, as her skin was being torn apart by a curse she was unfamiliar with. Mudblood now etched her skin, but it didn’t etch her heart, not the way Draco’s words did all those months ago.
A Chinese knot is a knot that is tied and woven from a single length of cord or rope to be a variety of shapes and of varying complexity. Each shape has its own symbolic meaning, and nowadays you can find them as decoration, gifts for special occasions, and adornments on clothes.
Each kind of knot is named after its shape or the symbolic meaning that it carries. Knot weavers can use a variety of colors, but they usually weave deep red ones as in the picture above. The color red signifies good fortune.
Ancient and Modern Use of Artistic Knots
Several styles and colors of Chinese knots
Even today, Chinese knots are rich in symbolic meaning, and they therefore hold sentimental value when given as gifts or passed down through families.
For example, in ancient times and even now, lovers may give a knot as a token of their love. The ‘true love knot’ and the ‘double happiness knot’ are given or used at weddings to express mutual love and growing old together in fidelity. Knots connoted love and marriage in Chinese culture.
This connotation can even be seen in Chinese words. The Chinese word for ‘rope’ is ‘shèng’ that sounds similar to the words for ‘spirit,’ ‘divine,’ and ‘life.’ Knots had a spiritual meaning and were used for worship.
The word for ‘knot’ itself is ‘jié’ and is related to many other terms that reinforce the symbolic meaning of the knots. For example, ‘tuán jié’ which means ‘to unite,’ ‘jié hūn’ means ‘to marry,’ and ‘jié guŏ’ means ‘bear fruit,’ ‘result,’ or ‘outcome.’ So a knot given to a marriage partner or a couple means all these things and having children as well.
Modern Usage of Artistic Knots
Along with being symbolic gifts or messages, knots are still used if they wear traditional Chinese clothing or as good luck charms. They are a means of fastening traditional garments instead of buttons or wooden pegs. Now, silk is most widely used to make these clothing knots.
They are used as jewelry such as even rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. They are sold as handicraft novelty items too.
Today I’m picking up a wedding planning journal (because I am neurotic).
I know this is insane because we’re not getting married till 2017 – BUT it’s not completely insane because we’re going to have to front load a TON of our wedding planning. I’m not going to have time to do almost anything next year as an intern and Sweetheart has a busy fourth year with military commitments. So we’re being neurotic proactive.
I also looked at color schemes this morning while I was eating breakfast before I head to clinic….
You all have to realize that I was NEVER the girl who planned her wedding when she was 7 or 17. I am not the girl who looked at wedding dresses online and thought about what my wedding dress looked like.
I always figured I’d have some tiny little wedding with like 20 of our closest family and friends in like a $20 dress that wasn’t even white…. but it looks like it’s actually going to be big… so I’m pretty much starting from ground 0 as far as planning a wedding.
Sooo I had to share my twist out with all you naturals out there! I was so excited that it finally came out really well!! Below is the regimen, maybe it will work for some of you if you’re having trouble perfecting your braid/twist outs like I was :) I kept my hair in sections throughout this entire process to avoid fairy knots.
1) Detangled in sections. Sprayed hair with water + coconut oil mixture to minimize breakage. Used large comb first then followed with my modified Denman D3.
2) Kept my hair in sections and let the water/coconut oil mix sit for about 30 mins under shower cap. This served as a slight pre-poo.
4) DC’d with my own deep conditioning recipe (lustrasilk shea-mango cholesterol + cheapie conditioner+avocado oil+vit E oil+EVOO+castor oil+rosemary&peppermint EO) under my hooded dryer for 30 mins.
5) Rinsed with cold water. Dried hair using t-shirt method.
6) Begin braiding/twisting in sections. In each section I first oiled my scalp with a JBCO/Jojoba/Peppermint oil mixture. I then added my altered version of kimmaytube’s leave-in to the strands. Followed by Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue as a styling agent.
7) Braid hair and then start to twist at the ends so that the ends curl.
8) Take down with your fav oil of choice…I used vatika oil.
That’s it! I repeated steps 6+7 until my entire head was completed then sat under the hooded dryer for about an hour (because I was going out that night) otherwise I would’ve left the twists in overnight.
If you have any questions just ask!!!
Oh and if you’re curious about this makeup look just ask and I’ll re-post with the makeup products used :)