Playing Around with Clip-In Extensions…

So next week one of my cousins is getting married (YAY!) and I’m soooo excited! ¬†She asked me to do the great honor of being a bridesmaid in her wedding I’m so looking forward to it. The dress is so pretty and I’m sure she’s gonna make a radiant bride ūüôā And yes…I’ll have pics for the blog when I get back ūüôā

But anywhoo, she wanted the bridesmaids to have a specific hairstyle and I realized that…I clearly don’t have enough hair for that at the moment lol. So after much contemplation I decided to give clip-in extensions a shot! ¬†Mind you, I have never had any extensions in my hair other than braids soooo….I had no idea what I was doing lol. ¬†But i liked the idea of clip-ins because they seemed easy to install, remove, and style — at least from what I’d seen on YouTube vids anyway lol.

So I went to my local Beauty supply store and picked up the ONLY pack of clip-in extensions they had. First mistake lol.

Milky Way 100% Human Hair Clip-In Hair Extensions 7 Pcs – European Straight 14″

I got one pack, in the color 1 (Jet Black) which was perfect because I recently dyed my hair Jet Black for my birthday. ¬†The length of the hair was 14″; it came with 7 pieces: one 10″ wide piece, two 7″ wide pieces, two 5″ wide pieces, and two 3″ wide pieces.

Now the reason I said “first mistake” is because, if there’s one thing that YouTube has taught me in regards to weave/extensions is that in order for it to look good/realistic, you need to make sure the hair that you get is as similar to your original hair texture as possible. ¬†Otherwise it’ll not only look a mess (for lack of a better phrase), but you’ll CONSTANTLY be applying heat to your hair in the form of a flat iron to get it to blend. No bueno.

My only saving grace for this rash decision is that I planned to curl my hair for the look my cousin wanted for her bridesmaids so THANKFULLY, blending wouldn’t really be a problem. ¬†But definitely, for future reference, If I wanted to wear the hair straight outta the pack without curling it, I would have to get a hair texture that wasn’t so bone straight.

But yeah…on to the install. ¬†I used this video by Megan from ulovemegz on YouTube to help guide me:

Prior to putting the clip-ins in, I sprayed my hair with heat protectant because I would be using a lot of heat on my hair. ¬†I ended up using one 5″-wide piece at the nape (well not directly, I parted some hair and then placed that piece, it’s easier to show than to tell..lol), then a 7″-wide piece, then the 10″ wide piece at the crown, the other 7″-wide piece, and then one of the 3″-wide pieces on the right front side of my head. ¬†Again…it’s easier to show than to tell. ¬†If you guys are interested in me doing a tutorial I’ll definitely give it a try, but it’s pretty much exactly like what Megz did in her video except my part was on the left side of my head (mirror image in my pics tho…)

Anyways…after I installed the hair, I used my 1-1/4 inch Jilbere ceramic curling iron to just give the hair some…life lol.

A product thumbnail of Porcelain Series Spring Curling Irons

This is what it looked like at that point:

Not too shabby in my opinion…but still not great lol. ¬†Then I began styling. ¬†I used my¬†Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand to make spiral curls all throughout the hair. ¬†

Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic  Curling Wand.Opens in a new window

I had it set to 375 deg I think….that’s hot man. ¬†But it got the curls in after only 10 seconds per section. ¬†Then I only had to use one big bobby pin to pin my hair to the side to achieve this FABULOUS look ūüôā

And the best part is…my cousin approves! Winning! lol

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know if you’d like to see a tutorial on this look and I’ll do my best to get that out for ya.

Love and God Bless,

– T

A Call to Stand Apart: Day #3

My Prayer: ¬†Lord, please help me to stay focused on you. ¬†There are sooo many distractions around me that I keep allowing to steal the time that I need to build up my relationship with you. ¬†Please, just help me to stay focused… -Amen

What Blessed Me from Chapter 3:

– LOL, you know, it always slightly amuses me that Jesus first big miracle…was turning water into wine (John 2:1-11). Why was THAT His first big shabang? Why didn’t he heal someone? Raise someone from the dead? Nah…he turned water into wine for a lacking wedding reception. ¬†It’s funny because, this miracle in itself says a lot about Jesus’ character. ¬†He’s the one that will provide all your needs. ¬†As simple as that need may have seemed, it was a big deal to the wedding party I’m sure and Jesus wanted them to be happy. ¬†And His presence there made all the difference… “Jesus showed from the start that He wanted people to be happy (ACS,¬†p. 19)”

¬†“The ‘wine’ of the partying that you and I do ultimately turns sour. But the gifts of Jesus are always fresh. What He provides for us always satisfies and brings us happiness. Each new gift we receive increases our capacity to receive more and enjoy more from Him. He gives grace and still more grace and, unlike the wine at Cana, His supply of blessings never runs short and is never exhausted. Actually, the gift of Jesus to the marriage party is a wonderful symbol. The water in the jars represents His ‚Äúbaptism into death,‚ÄĚ and the wine represents His blood spilled for us to cleanse us from sin (ACS, p. 21).” ~~ I honestly think that speaks for itself…

*Feel free to leave your thoughts below*

Tonight’s Reading: ¬†Section 1, Chapter 4 – “You Can Come Home Anytime” (p. 22-25)

Love and God Bless,

– T

A Call to Stand Apart: Day #2

My Prayer: ¬†Lord, help me to take life seriously…help me to take this journey seriously. ¬†I don’t want to waste the time that You have seen fit to give to me on this earth. ¬†I ask that you please be with all of Your youth, myself included; protect us as we seek to find the path that You have set for our lives, and help us to make You proud. -Amen

What Blessed Me from Chapter 2:

The story of Jesus in Jerusalem found in Luke 2:40-52¬†is kind of like a coming of age story to me…This is when we really see Jesus stepping out on His own, literally. ¬†Not only from a physical standpoint, separating himself from His parents to “be about His Father’s business (verse 49)” {Major sidebar: but that has always been amusing to me, considering that Jesus, although in human form, was still “God the Son”, and the Trinity is three in one, so handling His Father’s business was handling His own business. ¬†It was kinda like Him saying “Don’t worry about me! I’m handling my business!” lol. Oh? Just me? okay….}¬†but also on a spiritual basis. ¬†To be able to have an intelligent discussion with those individuals that were pretty much like what we consider the elders in the church today, at 12 years old…Jesus had to really know His stuff. ¬†Better yet, He had to know who He was. ¬†And that speaks a lot about what Mary and Joseph taught him at an even earlier age…but that’s an entirely different topic ūüôā

– “He observed that the standards of society and the standards of God were in constant conflict. People would forget God‚Äôs words and observe their own traditions that had no value (ACS, p. 17).” ¬†~~ Is this really so different from what we see today? ¬†Who are we really trying to please here as we live from day-to-day? And I’m definitely speaking to myself throughout all of this… Scripture says that, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19, KJV).” ¬†But really, are we aware of the standard God has for us? ¬†Are we living in accordance with it? Or does society’s standard hold more weight than His? ¬†Just something to think about…

– “[…]¬†not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God (ACS, p. 17).” ¬†~~ Those are pretty strong words there. ¬†But it’s exactly in accordance with what is reiterated multiple times throughout the Bible. ¬†Yes, we are called in the fifth commandment to “Honour thy father and thy mother […] (Exodus 20:12, KJV).” ¬†But as it is qualified later on in the scriptures, we are to do this “in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:1). ¬†As hard as it may be sometimes, especially when you’re younger and you’re living with your parents and seem to not have very much control over your life as it seems, it’s important to remember this: ¬†Honor your parents (and your family/loved ones for that matter) without dishonoring God. ¬†Simple as that.

– “Early in the morning He would go to a quiet place to meditate, read the Bible, and pray (ACS, p. 18).” ¬†~~ What an example, right? ¬†I don’t know about you, but I can HONESTLY say that I can tell the difference when I start the day this way compared to when I neglect to spend time with God. ¬†When I do spend that time, I feel at peace, more energized, and less worried about whatever challenges the day may bring. ¬†No, it doesn’t make everything go away…or make the world all better. BUT it changes my perspective and my attitude which makes all the difference.

*Feel free to leave your thoughts below*

Tonight’s Reading: ¬†Section 1, Chapter 3 – “Jesus’ Ministry Begins with a Party” (p. 19-21)

Love and God Bless,

– T

A Call to Stand Apart – Day #1

*my thoughts are in navy blue. Enjoy!

My Prayer: ¬†Lord, please help me to understand what Your purpose for my life is. ¬†Although I think I have an idea, I want You to lead me in the right direction…thank You in advance for all that You have in store. ¬†In Jesus’ Name I pray -Amen

– The one difference between the app for the book and the online version is that the app only contains the audio for the “testimonials” from the young adults that have been blessed by EGW’s writings, not the actual text. ¬†I really like that aspect of the book so as much as I can I’m going to try to use the online version over the app version.

What Blessed Me from Chapter 1:

– ”¬†The intellectual part has its place, but when I get up in the morning to face my day spiritually, what I want needs to be clear, vivid, and personal (ACS, p. 11).”¬†~~And this is sooo true! ¬†How many times do we as young adults think to ourselves,¬†Well all that spiritual talk is great, but how does it really apply to the life I live, the challenges I face, the temptations I have to endure, every single day of my life?¬† It’s definitely something I’m hoping to gain from this book and this journey as a whole

– “[…]she wrote that Christ saw in lost humanity ‚Äúthe pearl of price.‚ÄĚ How could He find something so beautiful in me?[…]¬†I understood what, for me, is the true essence of salvation. Christ doesn‚Äôt seek me because I am lost. He doesn‚Äôt long to save me because He feels obliged to. He gives me salvation because He loves me (ACS, p. 12).”¬† ¬†~~ Nobody ever wants to be a charity case. ¬†We never want to feel like someone is doing us a favor because they merely feel sorry for us. ¬†It’s truly amazing to know that Christ doesn’t see us as charity cases! ¬†But then again….He does ūüôā ¬†If you think of charity in the way that Paul uses it in 1 Corinthians 13 (KJV), CHARITY is synonymous with LOVE. ¬†Even the dictionary defines CHARITY first and foremost as ”¬†benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). ¬†Charity in this sense, has NOTHING to do with feeling sorry for someone, but EVERYTHING to do with love….the driving force behind why God wants to save us (John 3:16)

Now the most EPIC part of being able to have the EGW app on my phone is that the words literally come alive through audio, and I’ve learned that I personally am an auditory learner so it’s EXCITING to hear not only the words of the book come alive, but also the scripture that’s being used is coming alive through voice as well…and I love it.

– Can you imagine…being promised something and having to wait THOUSANDS of years to get it? ¬†How about…being promised the ultimate gift, but not knowing WHEN you were gonna receive it? ¬†Well ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden, that’s exactly what humanity had to deal with for thousands of years. ¬†The anticipation…the disappointments…the doubt. ¬†And then, when the Savior finally shows up…he’s conceived out of wedlock, born to the poorest of the poor, no earthly fanfare, in a stable with cattle…and dirt. ¬†Really???

– “In becoming human, Jesus demonstrated ultimate humility. On earth His physical surroundings were primitive. He hid His glory from those who saw Him and shunned all outward display (ACS, p. 14).”

– Once again, we have to remember the point of Christ’s birth…¬†“[…] each of us now, as the shepherds then, is the object of God‚Äôs most intense love and interest.¬†The story of Bethlehem is a fantastic theme. We should marvel that Jesus exchanged the throne of heaven and the worship of angels for a manger bed and the company of sheep and goats. Yet this was only the beginning of the evidence of His great love[…] Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by millennia of sin. Like every other human baby, He accepted the results of the laws of heredity so He would be able to share and understand our disappointments and temptations, and to give us the example of what it means to live a perfect life (ACS p. 15).”

And that example is exactly what I hope to explore over the next 30 days…because to be a Christian means to not only be a FOLLOWER of Christ in word…but to BECOME like Him through our actions. ¬†Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk.

*Feel free to share your thoughts or discussion points as you wish*

Tonight’s Reading: ¬†Section 1, Chapter 2 – “Jesus as a Child and Young Adult” (p. 16-18)

Love and God Bless,

– T