Sunday, July 30, 2017

What the heck is Spiritual but Not Religious

As a Christian, I am very perplexed by what exactly this phenomenon of "Spiritual but Not Religious" means. As a matter of fact I'm starting to believe it's just a trendy thing to say when you believe in God (or rather an ultimate being), but don't want to commit to the culture of a religion...


My friend gave her insight but I still ain't feelin' this concept. There are a few too many types/variety of spirits 😈 out there for me to claim I'm spiritual and spiritual alone.
It makes me think of Mar 5:1-20, the story of the Demon/Evil Spirits possesed man.

Mark 5:1-20New International Version (NIV)

Florida be Like

Florida Summers accurately explained in a single Meme.


Which is why in June I decided to dedicate the rest of the summer to wearing my hair curly. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Disney's Aladdin Casting Struggles | Issa' Rant

So apparently Disney has a live action Aladdin movie in the works and it's casting directors are having a "had-time" finding people to play the live action film's lead roles.
This meme is TOTALLY ME


No seriously I very much agree with people stating that he's not 'excatly' the right ethnicity but hey with all the white-washing tone-deaf casting directors in Hollywood, throwing out flops like Ghost In the Shell, I'll take what I can get. Jennifer Lopez (Puerto  Rican) was thrown under the bus for playing Selena (Mexican) but she still did a phenomenal job. And FYI Disney' live action Black Panther actor isn't "African" (playing devils advocate here) but African American and neither are the primary voice actors for The Lion King live-action film.

I'm not saying that I want this particular actor to play Aladdin, or that the role should be cast on looks alone....😢😢😢
BUT I can forgive ethnicity mistakes if Disney at least attempts to get the cast somewhere in the correct ball park. Lest we have this kind of crap again...



OK rant over. C'mon Disney!!! Don't mess up my childhood fave. 😤😤😤

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blake and Liya | L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive

Good Evening 'Daah-lings'

I like to introduce you to my newest friends and trustworthy allies Blake and Liya


Its no surprise that I have a small army of Red Lipstick and these are the two newest members to my collection. Introducing Blake and Liya by the L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive. Blake has a very subtle deep undertone while Liya looks more firey (on me). Both ultra creamy and hydrating on the lips and last virtually all day. I've been leaning more towards lipsticks these days because they 1) are a bit 'old school' / vintage...hehe, due to competition like liquid lipsticks and 2)  they're sooo affordable with these two only being $7.99 each (at Ulta). Liquid lipsticks are becoming a bit more common in the 'drug store makeup' section at Ulta, but people tend to rant and rave about Instagram worthy Liquid Lipsticks more, and 'vintagey' tubes of lipstick less. Oh well... Mes Trésors.

That's all for today.
Cheerio, Cheerio Daah-lings!

Love Always,
Li.Ree

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Life Of Li.Ree | Accepting Natural (15 years After GOING NATURAL)

Hello Dahlings!

To all of my black female readers out there you may have heard of or already be part of the GOING-NATURAL Trend. Girls and women across the nation (and quite possibly all over the World) are kicking boxed/salon perms a/k/a Relaxers to the curb and re-embracing the God-Given textures of their 'Natural' hair.

For some women anti-relaxing was an Empowerment choice, but for me it was a 13 year old girl going-bald choice.

Okay, not literally bald, but my hair was coming out in clumps and patches. And breaking off at a ridiculously alarming rate. I went from graduating Elementary School with long, strong, thick and healthy hair...



to Entering the 8th grade like this.


No matter who did it and what type of Relaxer or technique that they used, my hair just never responded well to them. Point blank period.

My last relaxer was a week before I started the 8th grade. My hair was freshly permed and looked GREAT (and in thin but straight) for the first week of school. Then came the following weeks, and when my hair started suffering from creamy-crack withdrawals...I just let it suffer. The last stylist who did my hair was a one-time shot, and my mom and I decided that it was best to just put the relaxers behind me.

I went back to basics. WAAAAAY BACK! To tabletop stoves, brass hot combs and Blue Magic. When I finally started going to a salon again, it was to a small store-front shop owned and operated by two elder black women, one of Afro-Caribbean (Ms. I) and the other of African American (Ms. E)descent. I & E Beauty Salon.

Between late Middle School, High School, College and even well into Adulthood, Ms. E (hot) pressed my hair with a manually heated brass hot comb and Blue Magic hair grease.
Yes, the Natural-Hair purist/Elitist will start yammering on about how bad X,Y and Z is for your hair and BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!

But I kind of get the feeling that those are the very same girls that used to tease me back in high school because my edges weren't 'straight', my hair looked frizzy in Florida's humidity and "Ooooh Chile' she need a perm".
Now GOING NATURAL is all the rage, and (as I've been told many times before) "I'm doing it Wrong!"