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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Flexi Rod Set and Design Essentials Natural Hair line

Hello lovelies,

A couple weeks ago, I was a hair model for Design Essentials natural hair. It was great fun and I look forward to working with them in the future. Here is a video that I uploaded after the event. Hope you enjoy! I enjoyed how it made my hair feel that day and even used it a couple days after, but there was a bit of a build up issue for me. It just felt like to much product was in my hair after using it for a couple days. So maybe the ingredients are just a little to harsh for me.

Either way, I just wanted to share the video and let you guys see my flexi rod set hair. It only lasted like two days, it got puffy... So I washed it out and did a twist out. which resulted in the product build up on my hair, so I did away with it and haven't used it since :(

~Mrs Drayton

Monday, November 21, 2011

Quick Outfit of the Day (O.O.T.D)

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I also hope that everyone is ready or preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and loved ones this week. As I was at my mother-in-laws house this weekend learning some great family recipes, I decided to have my niece grab the camera and help me out by filming a couple frames so I could put together an O.O.T.D video as requested by one of my youtube subscribers.

This outfit is just a casual laid back fall look and I plan to do more O.O.T.D videos with different looks throughout the rest of this year and next year so stay tuned. I hope you all enjoy this short vid. Shouts out to the 14 year old behind the camera!

~Mrs. Drayton




Monday, November 14, 2011

G.R.I.T.S- Monday Meal

Hey guys!

Let me start off by saying that I normally try to cook healthy for the most part, but sometimes being the Girl Raised In The South (G.R.I.T.S) that I am, I like to do a little somethin somethin in the kitchen. So for now, I am about to put the hair talk to the side and jump in the kitchen.

Today, I wanted to do some fresh veggies, southern style and get some good ole fried foods in there too. ( I only eat fried stuff maybe once every couple of months). I went to the store and picked up a couple sweet potatoes, some fresh okra and a nice head of cabbage.The first thing I started were the sweet potatoes... I started by peeling them and slicing them up. With turkey day right around the corner, why not get use to things made with sweet potato ;) I added a little melted butter to a mixing bowl with some vanilla extract and a little brown sugar and tossed away...Topped with a little cinnamon and put them in the oven on 325 to start baking while I prepped and cooked everything else...





Next, I started seasoning the chops and cutting up the fresh cabbage and okra... OMG, I was getting so excited about dinner at this point. I just knew it was going to be tasty...


















After seasoning the chops, I started on the cabbage. A few pieces of beef sausage, little EVOO and a little seasoning lead me on my way. I let that all steam down nicely and after seasoning the okra and chops I battered them with a little buttermilk and flour it was time to head over to the deep fryer.

I know I am really breezing through the whole thing now in this post, but it was a really easy dinner to make. If I could have changed anything, I would have made sure I knew how to properly operate the deep fryer. LOL, I couldn't keep the temperature at the correct level and it ended up making my chops come out not as golden as I would have liked, but all in all everything turned out great....

I hope you all enjoyed the post and feel free to ask any questions or post any comments.... I will get into some more natural hair posts very soon as well as some outfits of the day as asked on my youtube channel... Now that the dinner has been made and the hubby was home, the only major decision to be made was red or white? Ideally, white wines pair well with chicken, pork and seafood. I tend to reserve reds for steak or beef. Ciao....


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shea Moisture Giveaway

Hey guys,

So, I've just finished posting a giveaway on my youtube channel of the Velour Lashes and now, it's time for me to do a facebook and twitter giveaway! I know, tis' the season! LOL... I am in a giving mood! We all know that Shea Moisture is on sale BOGO 50%off this week at Walgreen's stores so of course I stay stocked up. I have also found a couple target stores who did a price match (try it, you may be surprised!)

In addition to what I already had, I have added a few other items and will do a giveaway. So here it goes... As for my facebook page you have to like it by clicking HERE and post on the wall why you want to win the Shea Moisture giveaway! As, for the Twitter contest, you have to follow me on twitter by clicking HERE and tweet @NaturallyEJHalo with why you want to win the Shea Moisture giveaway!

The contests will go on until my moms birthday Saturday November 19, 2011 at 11:59pm. On, Sunday November 20, 2011 I will announce the winners on my facebook and twitter pages! Let me know if you have any questions!

Prizes:

Facebook: There will be 3 winners!
1- Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Growth Milk
2- Curl Enhancing Smoothie
3-Deep Treatment Masque

Twitter: There will be 3 winners!
1-Lavender and Wild Orchid Body scrub and Bath, body & massage oil
2-AntiBreakage Masque
3-Olive and Green Tea body scrub


Good luck everyone!!
~Ebbieツ

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hey guys just checking in!

I have been beyond busy since the wedding, but I just wanted to check in with everyone and say hello! Things have been going great and I miss blogging, so here I come with some more treats! I am close to 1,000 subbies on youtube and as soon as I cross that threshold I will be hosting a 1,000 subbie giveaway on my youtube channel with at least 1 giveaway for every 100 subscribers that I have so there will be at least 10 things given away and I will have at least 10 winners! Stay tuned for that. In the mean time, here is the latest video. I posted this video last week after getting my hair pressed.

Until next time
~Mrs. Drayton ツ

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wedding recap and my first blog post as Mrs. Drayton

Hello everyone,

Life has been so busy and amazing lately. The last time I checked in, I was preparing for my wedding. I am now Mrs. Drayton!


I am going to try to give you the best recap of the wedding I can. Please consider the fact that I have just returned home from a fabulous honeymoon to London for 4 days and Dubai for 3 days...After adding in over 14 hours of flights each way to and from our home airport, we can all understand that I am still a bit exhausted.

My bridesmaids, family and close friends were nothing short of amazing! I really love and appreciate each and every one of them. The weekend got of to a slow, but fun start. People arrived in town and we hung and had a great time the night before the wedding.





The morning of the wedding, I was calm for the most part... Besides stressing the seating chart and wanting to make sure everyone had a seat, I was cool as a fan. Most people want to see pics more than anything so I will just try to post pics and give a caption of what's in the pic, deal?

Since this is my Natural Hair blog, what better to talk about than my hair!!! First off, the person who was suppose to do my hair for the wedding ended up burning her hand 6 days before the wedding frying fish... (I know right?!?!) Thank goodness for Kimeche! She is my maid of honors hair stylist and came to the rescue. I had no idea what was going to be done with my hair and literally 2.5 hours before the wedding was when we started to attack the whole hair thing. She got me done in about 20 minutes... Fast and did a great job!!!


So the next three pics are the gifts that I got during the day and leading up to the wedding. The very first thing I opened was a beautiful tennis bracelet that I was so excited about. The second was a lovely pink face Movado watch that matched our wedding colors... I honestly was thankful and more than overjoyed as I headed over to the wedding venue thinking I had received everything I was going to get from my love.

After arriving at the wedding venue, getting completely dressed and about to line up to walk down the aisle, my maid of honor brought in one last box and said she was told to give it to me just before the wedding. I anxiously unwrapped and opened a lovely pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. I immediately took off my "something old" shoes that I planned to wear down the aisle, panicked to find something else I could use to replace my "something old" and put on my new red bottoms to come down the aisle to marry my man. The shoes were definitely a hit with me and got all of 10 minutes of wear.... Well, until they got stuck in the grass LOL... Those heels are something else! I just love a stiletto!!!





I was surprisingly not nervous and almost made it down the aisle without shedding a tear, but that was short lived when I laid eyes on my then fiancee... I burst out into an uncontrollable mix of emotions from that point. The weather was perfect, the day went great and I really can't express how thankful I am to have had so many of our dear family, friends and loved ones in attendance on our special day! We had about 300 people in attendance to the wedding and the reception and boy did we enjoy mixing and mingling with everyone!




During the ceremony, we did the unity sand, took our first communion together as a married couple and jumped the broom. All in all, the day was perfect and I am still very thankful and highly blessed!


After the ceremony, we danced the night away... After the red bottoms got stuck in the grass, I retired them for the night and ended up putting on my personalized converse along with my bridesmaids while we cut a rug the rest of the night and so I could be comfortable walking around as we thanked the guests... Below you will see a pic of me stepping out of the shoes after they got stuck and a pic of me and 6 of my 12 bridesmaids in our "Chuck Taylors". The other 6 ladies must have been dancing or at the bar :)



I guess I can end this post with pictures of the cakes. Our wedding cake was beautifully done by my moms favorite baker in the Charleston SC area. I showed her a picture of what I wanted and saw her masterpiece at the reception. I was very pleased. The grooms cake was done by my "Superwoman" Maid of Honor... Check out her facebook page if you are in the Columbia SC area. She made my husband the best cake ever, it was red velvet cake made for his alma mater The University of South Carolina Gamecocks....

Thanks to everyone out there who have wished us well, were there in mind, body and in spirit. We love and appreciate you all from the bottom of our hearts.. I will do a post on the honeymoon soon and then it will be back to hair stuff. I did want to share a little piece of my day with you all who have been so supportive!

~Mrs. Drayton~

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Countdown to Mrs. and Velour Lashes

Hey everyone,

I am less than a week away from my wedding and boy is this an exciting time. God is so good... Considering everything that's taken place in the past two months and leading up to the wedding, I must say that I have been as cool as a breeze and far from those crazy bridezillas that you see on t.v.

In a couple days, I will be with my loving family and friends... I am so excited about the lashes that were sent to me by the wonderful Velour lashes... I have lashes for my entire bridal party as well as myself and I can't wait to try these things out. I will have a giveaway coming up soon after the wedding of a pair of these lashes so stay tuned... I will come back on in a couple days with wedding and honeymoon updates... Until then...

~Ciao

Here is the picture of the lashes!! Review and pics to come..






Monday, August 15, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips

Happy Monday everyone!!!

I have walked pass these strips for quite some time now and finally decided to give them a try... Boy was I so glad that I did. I absolutely LOVE the results and they were so easy, it makes no sense!

What strips am I speaking of??? The Sally Hansen's Salon Effects nail strips... The color I chose was blue ice, but please believe I will be going back to get many more..





After I sat down yesterday to apply them, it literally took about 15 minutes from start to finish. Half way through the process, I decided to grab the camera and record a video, for those who may have thought about trying this out or those who really didn't realize how simple it was to apply these.. Here goes the video. I hope you all enjoy and have a great week!






Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer vacation hair staples, OOTD and fun in the sun

Good morning folks,

Happy Monday to you all. I just wanted to get on since things have settled down a bit. I went to the Curly Nikki Meetup two weeks ago, left Raleigh and went to Atlanta for 2 days, left Atlanta and went to Tallahassee, FL for 3 days, came back home for my fiancee's family reunion and Flew to Cozumel Mexico last Monday through Friday. Man, did I have a ball.

The weather in Mexico was hot, but amazing. I captured some footage and wanted to share it with you guys. I also, got some footage of outfits of the day and showed the products that I used while down in Mexico. I hope you all enjoy the video.

~NaturallyEJ

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hey chicas! Curly Nikki Meetup Recap

Hey curlfriends...
It has been a while, I know I have really been slacking off, but with the wedding less than 60 days away, I really have lots going on. I went to Curly Nikki's Farewell meetup in Raleigh yesterday and had a ball interacting with other natural ladies. I met quite a few people, got a chance to exchange information and really enjoyed the atmosphere. It was a a cute little wine bar that was a little hot inside, but we made it through the evening just fine.

I am sad that I didn't get to meet as many folks that I thought I would, but I am sure that over time I will meet more of my natural friends at different events. Here is the LINK to more pics on my facebook page.





Monday, June 20, 2011

Video: EJ's take on making shea butter whip

Hey guys,

Things are in full swing on my end with wedding stuff, but I still want to get as much useful information and videos out for you guys as I can. Here is my take on making shea butter whip. I love my product and use it daily or at least every other day to moisturize my hair. I hope you guys enjoy the video...

~NaturallyEJ

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hey Guys! Checking in

There is so much going on right now and I have seriously been neglecting the blog ( I apologize). I did want to get on to let all of you know that my buddy CJ will be in town during the weekend of the Charleston natural hair meet up in July and she will be doing braided styles on those of you who want to make appointments. Just shoot me a message or comment here if you are interested. She lives in Atlanta, so if anyone there is interested as well please send me a comment with your contact info and I will get her information to you. Below you can find the video of the style she did on my hair and how we achieved it.

I promise to check in soon. I have a fun weekend coming up and I can't wait to share it with you guys...

~NaturallyEJ

Friday, May 27, 2011

Enso Naturals Memorial Day Savings

Hey Naturals,

T.G.I.F. I just wanted to jump on a post to let you guys know that Enso Naturals is having a deal this memorial weekend of 25% off your entire purchase! I am really anxious to try this line out and will definitely post a video when I do, but in the mean time, take advantage of this sale if you have heard great things and want to try this line out or if you already use this line and need to stock up! Click HERE to visit their website!!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quick Natural Look and Makeup Pallet and Brush set Giveaway

Hey,

I decided to do three giveaways for my youtube subscribers and twitter followers. In order to enter, you must subscribe to my youtube channel and put enter me on this video and to get a second entry, follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/NaturallyEJHalo and tweet me "Enter Me". Good luck! Here is the tutorial and giveaway information!

~NaturallyEJ

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jane Carter 20%off at Earthfare The entire month of May!

Hey,

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the Jane Carter products lately and although I have never tried them, I wanted to share the info with you all. For those of you who actually use it or who may be curious like I am..

Click HERE for the info I found on this deal.



~NaturallyEJ

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

EJ's signature Braided style

Hey guys,

So everyone knows I can't braid and I can barely twist, but my very dear friend from childhood was in town this past weekend and so graciously did my hair for me. She is my braiding hero! LOL, the only person who's constantly braided my hair since I have been natural. Here is a video of my signature braided style. I hope you all enjoy it!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

BOGO free Organix at Rite Aid!!!

So you guys know I stay on the look out for any Buy one Get on Free sale and I found one that I can really appreciate!!! Organix shampoo and conditioner are on sale this week at your local Rite Aid!!! I only got two conditioners today, but I am thinking of going back to grab another set of the shampoo and conditioner for our product swap at our Summer meet up! The sale ends on Saturday!!! You just have to have a rite aid card, which you can get for free right at the counter before you check out! It is on the front page of the weekly store ad, here is a picture of it below. I hope this helps someone! I circled it in red for you... Since it's small.




Until next time
~NaturallyEJ
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Terrific Tuesday! Non Hair Post #Random

Hey guys,

I hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday. I wanted to first let everyone know that Walgreens has a BOGO free sale on supplements, so for those of you taking prenatals for your hair growth and things like biotin or simply Vitamin C, D, etc. You guys should go by and stock up!

So I was on youtube and came across an old video of myself from back in the day when I was in College at FAMU! What great years!!! I thought I would share it with you all. Don't die laughing, it's old skool! Well I'll call it a throwback! LMBO... Happy Tuesday everyone! I will have a hair video coming in the next couple days!

~NaturallyEJ

P.S. I am the chick on the FAR right in the yellow jersey! Couldn't tell me nothing back then. LOL

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Natural hair Meet up April 30, 2011

I am a week late with posting the updates for this, but boy did we have a great time. There were about 25-30 women in attendance to the Natural Hair Meet up that we had and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We did product swaps, talked about hair products and regimes, had a local vendor and enjoyed some great food. Here is a video below of some of the highlights from the meet up. I hope you enjoy!

~NaturallyEJ

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Herbal Essence 2/$3.97 at CVS

Hey!!!

This week CVS has a sale going on in their weekly add for Herbal Essence products. Basically, you need a cvs card which is free to get, it's just like a grocery store perks card. You purchase the two products of your choice and it rings up for $5.97 when your receipt prints out, you get a $2 off coupon on your next purchase at the store which basically makes your purchase $3.97 for both. Here is a picture of the receipt they will print out for you to get $2.00 off your next purchase.


Also, I am not sure if they randomly print out coupons for stuff, but the lady ahead of me in line didn't have her cvs card, so I allowed her to use mine. She just bought some minor stuff, like trail mix and a beef jerky or something and the cashier gave her the receipt but handed me the coupon that came out with it and low and behold it was 25% off my next purchase good for 3 days only. When I got to the register she said I could combine my two receipts so I did! I went back and got two full price Organix tea tree mint conditioners, used my $2.00 off coupon and my 25% off coupon for a total of $9.21 spent on organix. Which is regularly priced at $6.99 at cvs. Here is the pic of the second receipt.


I know you all may think, it's not worth it, but I say go for it. I got two bottles of Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and two bottles of Organix Tea Tree Mint and my combined grand total was less than $15. I am satisfied with that purchase. You can use your $2.00 off on anything in the store that is full priced for 30 days! Even if it is something that only cost $3. I hope this helps someone!