I'm a bit bummed that summer is on the way out.  But, on the other hand, I'm secretly excited about layering and having the ability to wear voluminous curls without fear of frizz ruining everything I've worked so hard for.  

In preparation for fall, I'm compiling a short list of items needed to transition smoothly into fall.  This look serves as wonderful inspiration. First I'd like to procure a caped cardigan in a color that goes with practically anything.  I love the balance of the high waisted printed skinnies and plunging top with the oversized cardigan.  The fringed handbag adds a little bit of edge.  If you aren't careful, you could end up going too frumpy with oversized outerwear which is makes it imperative to have the right accessories to compliment your look.

It's been a while since I've had a pair of black wedges in my shoe collection. But in my quest to appear somewhat put together, I find myself lamenting my past decision of wearing  heels to do anything more than a quick trip around the block.  My hope is that wedges will allow me to achieve the height I desire, while being stylish and pain free.   

And can we talk about how flattering her printed skinny trousers are? Years ago, if you would have asked me to buy a pair of high waisted pants with a bold print, I would have called you crazy.  But now,  I'm liking the option of trading out a floral skirt floral trousers.  I already have one pair of black + white tribal print skinnies that I adore, now it's time to venture into the world of color.

Lastly, can we talk about her wonderful hair styling.  The fullness is enviable, which serves as our reminder to do a little bit of trimming as the new season rolls in.  Fall season could mean and increase in shedding. When our ends are nice and trimmed, we have an easier time removing the shed hairs thereby warding off tangles. 

What I love most about this look is how wearable it is.  If you want to be a little more modest, the top can easily be switched out for a tank or basic tee.  Again, just pair a little something edgy and unexpected with your look to keep it fresh and modern.  Are you loving this look as much as I am?

A few days ago, we discussed the topic of being polished.  One of the Laws of being polished was to have our hair on point.  Trimmed ends and healthy strands are key, but what about those edges?  Tamed edges are a must if we want have a polished look.  I was one of those people who never really did anything to groom my edges. Then one day I decided enough was enough and it was time to find a product that could lay these edges down.

The problem is that I had no idea where to start.  So I did what came naturally. I asked you guys on the Facebook page.  And thanks to your responses,  I have a few products to add to my shopping list.
Aveda Control Finishing Paste
Aveda Control finishing paste with organic flax seed. 
Price: $30.00 Amazon.com
Feature(s):  "Leaves hair pliable enough to play with."  Provides a medium hold and contains all natural flax seed.  
Argan Oil Perfect Edges

Argan Oil Perfect Edges
Feature(s): Contains Argan oil. Moisturizes and gives shine without flaking.
Price: $5.00 
Hicks Transformations Edges

Hicks Transformation Edges
Features: Non-greasy, non-flaky. Rinses easily 
Price: $12.00
Design Essentials Sleep Edge Control
Design Essentials Edge Control
Features: A moisturizing firm hold. Intense sheen to polish all hairstyles.
Price $11.50 

These edge control products were the most recommended thanks to everyone's feedback.  My experience with edge control products in the past hasn't been successful.  Years ago, when I had less texture than I do now, my hair responded well to Profectiv's Root Health Anti-Dryness Strengthener.   Although it isn't really an edge control product, the soothing cream helped calm my scalp while nourishing and taming my baby hairs.  It was like a moisturizer for my edges.  I may try it again.  But, who knows, maybe now I need the help of a thicker gel to give me the results I'm looking for.   

Either way, I won't stop until I find a staple edge control product.  Especially now that I've decided to experiment protective styling in braids for a while.  I'm open to any other suggestions.  Please share your experience.

Good morning!  This Monday I decided to try something a little different.  Instead of reading the Monday Motivation post, I'd like you to listen to it.  Yes.  I've recorded my first ever podcast on a whim.  This is part of my journey to always moving towards the edge of my comfort zone.

Because it's my first ever recording, there's a little bit of background noise.  I'll upgrade my equipment if I continue to make podcasts in the future.  The session is almost 30 minutes. Hopefully many of you are off today and might have time to hear the entire track.

Let me know what you think.