About two days ago, my husband told me we’d been invited to indoor skydiving and I was excited but my stomach hurt at the thought of it. I have a fear of heights and as much as I wanted to do this, I didn’t. With that said, I don’t remember much of how the top of the tunnel looked or the bottom because I refused to look! We went to iFly Seattle in Tukwila and it was a group of 12 of us (there is a discount for groups of 12). I was the most hesitant but apparently I did the best when the time came to fly. We watched a short video to let us know about the hand signals our instructor would be using as well as how important for us to relax.

If today had a theme, it was “conquer your fears” and that I sure did.

Enough chit chat! Enjoy the pics!



Team #NoWeave

As you know I’m in the process of growing out my hair. With every visit to the hairdresser, I’m confronted with whether or not I should do a random chop but at the same time I get excited about seeing the length. I promised my nephew I’d grow it so I’m doing just that. I still want to chop it off though… Anyway my weekly routine goes like this:

  • wash
  • blow-dry
  • flat iron
  • flat iron once/twice during the week until the next wash (depending on if it was a curly or flat style).

I’m fortunate to have very thick hair that holds a style, and even if it did drop a little, it still looks like there is some sort of styling going on. As part of team #noweave I try to post pictures on my Instagram (Symonef) when I do my hair. Dark and Lovely even liked my pic so there was more inspiration for me! The first pic is what I did to rectify some curls gone wrong. I twisted and pinned a few sections to the top of my head overnight and the next day it looked pretty crazy, so I just tucked and pinned until it looked like I made an effort.

This one was when I went to San Francisco for a few days. I washed my hair the day I was leaving and gave it a little wave that I wouldn’t have to do anything with it for the rest of the trip. And I didn’t! As the curl dropped and stayed in some places, I just pinned the front back and kept it cute. It was also prior to the fresh highlights I got that you can see in the pic above.

Growing out your hair doesn’t have to be a painful process. I find it interesting because I’m forced to see what styles suit my face and style accordingly as well as play with highlights and layers. I don’t know where I’d be without my highlights and layers! I’ll post another pic after my next wash when I just do it “flat”. Patience is key when dealing with hair but there is nothing more rewarding than receiving compliments for you hair and what you did on your own to your hair with regards to styling it. If our hair is our main point of beauty, then wouldn’t you wish for it to be yours as much as possible?

I’m off to order a stick vacuum and run some errands. Have a wonderful afternoon until next time.



Last month I “purchased” an app called Cloth and I just started using it today. The app is free but if you want the filters and weather (to help you categorize the type of weather your outfit is suited for) you pay $0.99. I’m so happy about Cloth that I wanted to share my thoughts on it! I’d found out about it in an article by Mashable.com (← click for article). I downloaded all of the free ones just because I didn’t want to forget to get them and I didn’t want to spend money on apps that weren’t for me and it would be a waste of money.

I’ll be going home for a wedding next month, but prior to that my parents will be here then we all leave together. So I got to thinking that packing would be quite interesting if we’re out doing stuff with them and I won’t have my usual time to think through outfits that I want to take. That’s when I pulled out my phone, went looking at all the apps I’d bought about “digitizing your wardrobe” and I found that Cloth suited my needs to a T! So off I went snapping away :).


You can take the pictures while wearing the outfits but I just want to have a general idea of an outfit so I laid mine out on the floor and started taking pics to just build up ideas. I managed to get about 6 outfits done but we’re having a pretty hot day in Seattle for once and the heat got the best of me so I decided to take a break. You can share your entries on Clothapp.com, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter as well. As far as picture saving goes, you have the option of just keeping the pictures within the app or saving them to your Camera roll (I really like that).

You have 7 categories (some seen below). The only issue I have here is that you cannot customize them. I would LOVE to customize the categories but for now I’m just adding tags for what I’d use in place of a category. You can also receive badges for your entries but I’m not interested in that right now. I went in with a purpose and further exploration will be done later.

Some of the categories

As I said, the main purpose of me using this app is a means of “pre-packing” planning. I’ll be adding more outfits as the days go by but for now, I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far. I always told my husband that an app like this would be icing on the cake. I’m kind of happy I switched from Blackberry to iPhone now or else I’d still be living in the shadows lol. If you’re a budding fashionista or professional, I think this app is great. You can always have an idea of how you wore an outfit and how you may be able to change it up for another occasion. So go on and check it out!