For those of you who don’t know, I had a birthday last Thursday, my 24th birthday to be exact! I had been thinking about the moment and how I would celebrate since back in December. Usually, once December hits, the days go by so fast and before you know it it’s a new year, and then March. I’ve never been prepared for a birthday no matter how much time I had in advance to do so. It was no different this year.
At 12 AM I got the sweetest message. From? It doesn’t matter. What it said also doesn’t matter but I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. Waiting up to be the first to tell someone Happy Birthday, making sure the message is perfect minutes before so it could be sent on time and being excited about it. I’ve done it plenty so I know what it’s like on both sides. I ended up talking this person for a while before I started doing my first official birthday activity…
At about 2:45 AM I was up taking pictures of my cats, this continued until about 3:20. Yeah, that’s right, on my birthday I was up taking pictures of my adorable cats loving every moment. Don’t judge me. I don’t get to see them as often since moving, so whenever I spend the night they love cuddling up next to each other with me, although it’s usually just Izabelle that likes to come sleep with me.I’m guessing I finally fell asleep shortly afterward since I don’t remember anything after that.
I told you all how I had just twisted my hair the night before and would be sharing the results since I did them a little differently. I used larger sections for the twists since it has grown more and because I wanted to finish as quickly as possible.
Just washed and conditioned, doing a quick length check update before twisting.
The last update I shared with you all was my 1-year mark, back in June. This is where I was back then: The front reaching the top of my lip, and the back reaching my collarbone.
Shrinkage is still a thing, even with twists.
For this twist out I used a leave-in conditioner, a styling cream, and Jamaican black castor oil to seal the moisture all in. I washed my hair with the same line as the leave-in and styling cream. Find out which exact products in a future product line review!
I allowed the twists to dry overnight, and part of the day since I started late. You can also use a blow dryer but I prefer air drying so I didn’t mind waiting longer.
This is the twists separated once… Looks like noodles? Heard and seen that a lot throughout the natural hair community.
For more volume separate more, fluff more, and pick out. Note that this may also cause more frizz. I don’t mind frizz and I love volume! You can use an oil on your fingers before separating to minimize frizz, dryness, and breakage. Our fingers can be very drying to the hair. I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil but there are many options out there such as jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, the list goes on!
I separated the rest 2-3 more times each. Some sections required a bit more separating than others.
Here is the final result:
As far as my outfit goes… Well, it was so cold out, I mean I already knew and expected it to be cold but I didn’t think I would walk outside and be smacked and almost knocked down by a gust of freezing wind. I nearly ran to the car half confused. It has also been snowing so instead of wearing any of the clothing items I recently went shopping for, I put on a long blue sleeve shirt, a pair of skinny jeans, and one of my new pair of boots.
Most of the day was spent blogging, socializing on social media, and being around sick people. I may be next… I surely hope not. I didn’t actually leave the house until about 6 PM.
I never made it to the salon to get my eyebrows done, actually I made it there, I just left as soon as I arrived. I walked to the door and saw how packed it was through the glass and turned right back around. It was so full there weren’t enough waiting chairs available. I guess I’ll wait until another time or do them myself later on. Have you ever got your eyebrows threaded? To me it always hurts, they say if you get it done often enough it won’t hurt as much but that never happened to me. Sometimes I even shed tears! But in the end, they look great! Beauty is pain, right? Pretty hurts (cues music…) Okay, a better reason for threading is that the shape lasts longer than waxing or shaving.
I ended up doing a little more shopping at Burlington this time. This is another store I shop at often. I saw a few pairs of jeans I planned on getting but when I tried them on they were too big. I have been losing a lot of weight, (not intentionally) when I went to the doctor back in January or February I had lost about 20 pounds since 2017. Most likely due to a lot of stress. I’ve actually been trying to gain weight but I can never keep on the pounds. They come and go.Of course, I could have gone back and looked for different sizes but it’s not as easy at Burlington looking for the same exact item in a different size and I didn’t feel like I had enough time to look again, it was already late. I decided on a few shirts, after a long deliberation between some other clothing items. They were both florals, oh and a black sweater/cardigan that I just threw over my blue top.
I told myself the next time I go shopping I am definitely staying away from florals lol before you know it that will be my entire wardrobe. This is one of the floral tops I got, it’s in black and white so that when I wear it out one day and take pictures it will feel like the first time really wearing and sharing it lol.
I then went to spend some time with family where there was some good laughter, watching a movie (Split) and just overall good vibes. But my birthday celebration isn’t over, it’s barely begun so this weekend I will be having dinner, going out shopping again, and a few other cool things!
Update (Sunday 3/11)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to continue my birthday celebration this weekend because I did get sick… Found out it’s an upper respiratory infection. I haven’t been able to enjoy my birthday dinner or any other meals for that matter. I’ve been extremely tired, even feeling weak. I had been hoping I wouldn’t catch what everyone else had but I guess if you’re going to be around sick people, expect to get sick as well. I wanted to post this on Friday but here we are, me typing this update on Sunday after taking some NyQuil (I’ll be knocked out soon hopefully not before I finish up) and you all reading it on a Monday. No Stream of Consciousness this Monday, and hopefully I’ll be getting back into the Hobby Adventures this Friday. I should be all better by then!
Everyone is like it’s okay we’ll have a dinner for you when you’re feeling better, we’ll go out when you’re feeling better. It just won’t feel like a birthday celebration anymore. Better luck next year! THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who sent birthday wishes on my previous post, I know some of you sent me a message on Instagram that I already checked, I really appreciate you all. I’ll be getting to your comments shortly!
How did you celebrate your last birthday? Do you have one coming up soon?