Poetry Prowling in Deep Ellum

Feeling inspired to begin writing again is not easy sometimes. With everything I have going on in my professional life right now; at times I feel that I am doing myself a disservice taking the time to pen this blog. However, I am a writer and if I stop writing all together I may never realize my full potential. At this point I could easily launch into an anecdotal story about my favorite college English professor but I’ll save those lines for another time. I’d rather tell you guys about this cool event I went to last week, completely spur of the moment, in Deep Ellum.

My younger sister is still in her adventurous 20s and has yet to experience the body betrayal that is 30. Seriously, I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and she told me I am exhausted all the time because I am Vitamin D deficient. Then the very next week I had Norovirus and was the most sick I’ve ever felt in my life. I digress. I’ve been to one other poetry slam with my sister, but that was last year. I enjoyed it the first time so naturally I was down to attend another.

We went to a small venue in Deep Ellum off Commerce Street (if any of you are familiar with Dallas) called Kemet Kitchen. Very chill vibes with healthy fare and a cute cocktail bar. All eyes were on the stage that evening though for this event hosted by Black Canvas. To my surprise there ended up being all types of acts taking the mic: singers, a 3 piece band, poets, and even a comedian. Despite some of the performances being lack luster; overall it was quite enjoyable.

The best of the evening had to be the featured poet Tro’Juan Henderson. His poems about love, admiration, and corruption had me snapping until my thumbs hurt. There was also an amateur poet that evening who struck a cord with me. Her poem “If I Love a Black Man” described every fear I’ve ever had in my adult life about committing to a Black man. For the life of me I cannot remember her name which is unfortunate because she was amazing. Needless to say I am glad I forced myself to miss my self imposed bed time that evening and partake in the arts Dallas has to offer.

Black Canvas does their events monthly. If you’re interested in checking them out click here.

Outfit information is featured on my Instagram @beautybym.bell

 

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Get Ready with Me: Beautycon Dallas

Just chillin with Amanda ensing!

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Products Used:

Urban Decay: De-slick Setting Spray (Before & After)

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing primer

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet +

Laura Mercier Translucent powder

Colourpop brow pencil in Bangin’ Brunette

MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette: Spread the Love, Peanut Butter, Nuts About U, Jammin’, Extra Creamy (in order of use)

Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Medium to Dark (used highlight and bronzer to contour)

MAC blush in Hipness (LE: Wash & Dry Collection)

Anastasia Glow Kit in Gleam: Mimosa and Starburst (in order of use)

Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Covet

 

 

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The Makeup Experience

Hey y’all! Long time no blog. I know this is everyone’s excuse but I have been so crazy busy! Between work, the class I picked up, and life I just haven’t had time to post anything for you dolls. However, today I have something I think is both interesting and exciting to share with you. One of the things I had the opportunity to do during my action packed weekend was voluteer my time as a model at a makeup academy here in Dallas. It was an awesome experience and I would definitely do it again! The class I modeled for was called The Makeup Experience. It is a two day class for beginning Makeup Artists offered at Elan Makeup Studio . The class covers basic makeup application, corrective techniques, product knowledge, ect. If you live in or are visiting the Dallas area and are interested in the course please check out their website at elanmakeup.com. If you are interested in modeling you can check them out on Facebook and Twitter as well; I also received a $100 gift certificate for products of my choice from the studio! I have posted a couple of photos below from my two days at Elan. My makeup came out beautiful and the intstructor and students were very friendly and personable! It was such a joy to be around like-minded people who love makeup and the beauty industry as much as I do.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and I swear I am going to better about updating! Please comment below, and don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel for tutorials, reviews, and more!
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Prime Bar/OOTN

Hola amigos! Sorry that I didn’t get a post up for you guys sooner. I went to Prime Bar last night in the Uptown Dallas area and it was an ok experience. The music was pretty good but it was a bit too crowded for my taste. Not some place I would recommend if you want to mingle with people or shake your booty on the dance floor…lol. Also, the drinks are over priced! I know we are in a recession but $9 for a whiskey sour! 😮 All in all not some place that gets the Girl Friday seal of approval. If you visit Dallas definitely check out some of Uptown’s other offerings. There is a bar around the corner called The Concrete Cowboy and I haven’t been but it looked like a lot more fun than Prime Bar. Could be in my next review! Stay tuned!

Shirt: JC Penney; Brand = Weavers
Pants: Express Stella Jean Leggings
Blazer: Express
Ring: Maurice’s (maurices.com)
Bracelet: Virginia’s Boutique (virginiasboutique.com)

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Model Behavior

Happy Sunday everyone! I have to say that I have not left my apartment all weekend and it has been bliss. I didn’t know how badly I needed to loaf until I was given the opportunity to do so. It has been raining all weekend here in Dallas. In fact, I am just now seeing a bit of sunshine peeping through the clouds. Despite my uneventful weekend, a lot has been going on. I don’t know if I have shared this with all of you, but in addition to being an awesome Girl Friday at the Army and Air Force Exchange, I am also an Ad and Fit model for the Softlines division. It is loads of fun and I have been grateful and fortunate to have the experience.
                Last month we shot a short ad for the autumn, misses line. It was the coolest thing. We went all around Dallas shooting, and everything was captured with a tiny GoPro camera. If you’ve never heard of a GoPro…Google them! They are awesome and so compact. The camera was attached to the end of a hula hoop that I am the other models jumped through, like a jump rope, while film was rolling. It was over 90 degrees that day and we were wearing autumn apparel, blazing hot but so much fun! We were recently posted to YouTube and I have included the video below so you guys can check it out. (I am the one with the Afro…lol!)
                About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting another Exchange ad with the lovely Steven Kemble. Steven is a Dallas based fashion, lifestyles, and event guru. For those of you who live in Dallas you may have heard him on 103.7 Lite FM. He was amazing! One of the most fun, energetic persons I have ever been around. He did the Exchange a huge favor by making an appearance in our ad. He graciously agreed to do so even though he was running off to another shoot with D Magazine the same day. 
                I am not thinking of changing careers just yet, but I am so glad I get to participate in these things. It makes for one hell of an upgrade on my resume! Hope all of you have had a wonderful weekend.
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