Monday, June 30, 2014

Life is Like a Purple Tutu


Fly in my purple tutu at SF Pride's Dyke March


Remember the opening of “Sex & the City” when Carrie Bradshaw, sporting a cute tutu-skirt, was splashed by a bus that featured an ad with her column and picture? Oh, I love that show and I loved that outfit. Ever since then I’ve wanted to wear a tutu. 

I wore a purple tutu over the weekend at the Dyke March for San Francisco Pride. I went last year with friends and we had LOTS of fun marching and dancing in the street. This year’s theme was “My Body. My Business. My Power.” Isn’t that a powerful theme? One advocate named Leslie Ewing gave a great speech. She talked about her pride in being a lesbian and then how women’s bodies are judged and scrutinized. Whether it’s because some women dress more masculine, or more revealing, or have a disability  are overweight, etc; it doesn’t matter. Women bodies are constantly under surveillance, which is oppressive. There was a line I like. I don’t remember exactly what she said, but it was something like, no body is an accident or a mistake. 

I unapologetically got my nearly 35-year-old body in a purple tutu. And I happily danced through the Mission District all the way to the Castro along with thousands and thousands of women. Now I’m sure when I got on the BART train with my tutu, a few may have been thinking, “What the hell?” But I didn’t care. It was something I wanted to do. And those people don’t pay my bills. Actually a woman waiting for the train told me she liked my tutu.  I had a family critic say I shouldn’t wear a tutu. Again, I didn’t care. It’s my life. It’s my tutu. Hey, it’s also “My Body, My Business, My Power.” 

Life is like a purple tutu because you gotta take a chance, wear it and dance your way through it. And everybody might not like your tutu. Everybody might not like the choices you make that are making you happy. But you have to do you because life is too short. And I’m glad I tuned out the naysayers and joyfully danced through the streets of San Francisco to Diana Ross and Beyonce in my purple tutu and Mardi Gras beads. And no one can take away that experience from me. Nor can they can take away the compliments I got about my tutu. 

Plus I also participated to show my support and love to the LGBTQ community. And no one can take that away from me as well. 

I took this picture at last year's Dyke March. 

I recently lost a relative. He died in a car accident and was only 22 years old. He just graduated from college a few weeks prior. His death hurt my heart because he was so young and his future was so bright. But it reminded me that we don’t know how long we have in this life. And so we have to live it fully. Sometimes that means doing things that may not please everyone. Plus we have to live with gratitude. Trust me, I know life is hard. Life can be something else. Still I try to be thankful for something in my life when times are tough or good. 


So live your life with vibrancy and color. And dance like a 34-year-old woman, wearing a purple tutu, in the streets of San Francisco to “I’m Coming Out” like no one was watching.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Thank God It’s Natural Butter Cream Was My Moisture Miracle





I really, really love Thank God It’s Natural or TGIN productsI’ve blogged about them before, but have since fallen in love with a another TGIN must-have. While attending a conference in Austin last year, it was just my luck an ice storm decided to pass through. Thankfully, I checked the weather before leaving and packed a heavy winter coat, cute hat and TGIN products. The temperature dipped into the 20’s. For a Cali girl, 20’s are like Antarctica. 

The company sent me a sample pack to review of their shampoo, conditioner, twist cream, and the Butter Cream Moisturizer.  I knew my hair was not going to be happy with the cold. Hours before heading out to 6th Street to get my par-tay on, I moisturized my hair with TGIN’s Butter Cream.  My hair stayed really soft and hydrated throughout the night. 

I dabbed on just a tad bit more before I went to bed, rolled my hair and tied it up in a satin wrap. By morning my hair had a nice bounce. I had no worries about my hair the remainder of the trip. 




Warning: My Hair Looks Good! This is right after
I did a presentation in Austin. My hair wasmoist and soft. 

The great thing about the Butter Cream Moisturizer is that you don’t need very much. A little really does goes a long way. It doesn’t weigh down your hair, or make it greasy. I don’t even think there’s a fragrance. 

I finally finished my other tub of daily moisturizer and immediately bought TGIN’s Butter Cream Moisturizer. I ordered it on Wednesday and it was on my porch Saturday morning.  

TGIN creator Chris-Tia Donaldson has great products. I’m also a HUGE fan of her lip balm. And kudos to TGIN for making travel size natural hair products so I don’t have lug a big tub of Butter Cream in my bag.  

Check out TGIN. Trust me, I don’t give favorable reviews to stuff I don’t like. 


Butter Cream! 

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