Motivation Monday: From Entrepreneurship to Loving Your Hair (Inspirational Links)

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I am addicted to inspiration. Admitting is the first step, huh? One of my favorite blogs, Rowdy Kittens, which honors the beauty of living small with gratitude and grace, regularly posts links to other great content around the web from articles to podcasts.

Recently, while brainstorming in the shower (isn’t it the best place for ideas), I thought, why not add to the effort? The world always needs more motivation and positive energy, right? So, visit Live In Color each Monday, and connect with content which feeds your soul. I cannot think of a better way to begin the week.

Here’s what caught my eye today:

Fractured Atlas Book Club: Build Your Dreams

11 Reasons Why ’14 Will Be a Break-Out Year for Women Entrepreneurs (via Forbes.com)

Live Like Stan

What kind of creative are you?

Why I Went Natural & My Personal Hair Journey

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Celeb Style Spotlight: Solange

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Solange at an H&M event in Mexico City
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Style rebels decimate boxes, crushing rules with stilettos, sneakers, timberland boots, or any other form of fabulous footwear! Solange, singer and founder of record label Saint Heron, easily fits this description, a free spirit willing to take risks. In our era of stylists and filtered selfies, it’s refreshing to watch a celebrity experiment.

Years ago, she embraced her natural tresses, eschewing straight weaves which show up on female entertainers of color from red carpets to magazine covers. Folks were upset, tweeting furiously: Who did she think she was cutting all of her hair off like that? Wearing it natural?  Why?

We love Solange for not allowing the pettiness of public opinion to dissuade growing feelings of freedom and joy. Her taste is a genuine reflection of a global sensibility; some of our favorite pieces marry African prints with bold colors and intricate shapes. Lately, these looks are catching our eye:

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Your Easy Holiday Hair Style Guide!

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So you have received either the anticipated or dreaded invitation to dine with your boyfriends’ family, that annual holiday company shindig, or you and the girls are determined to bring glitz and glitter to a New Year’s Eve party. Wherever you are headed, I’m sure, like me, your first question is simple: “What am I going to do with my hair?”

Well, hold tight, beauties. We will lead you down the yellow brick road of fabulous! Your holiday hair guide is here, complete with photos and easy steps you can do at home.

Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Photo Courtesy of Panache Photography

Romantic spirals set the mood for an evening of smooth talk, pointed toes, flirtatious giggles and mistletoe. Give your flat, straight, and smooth tresses a splash of curls. This look can easily be achieved with a wand curler or rod set. Spiral curls will pair beautifully with a pant suit, or gown for high-end events.

Hair styled by Valencia Pearl  Photo courtesy of Panache Photography
Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Photo courtesy of Panache Photography

All hail the bun! Simple, classic, beautiful, sleek, effortless, and definitely an elegant compliment to your holiday dress, or sequenced blouse. It can either be worn with or without a bang, and is perfect for both the day at the office, or later at happy hour. Pair this style with a red lip, and rhinestone studs or diamonds, and you have made your mark in the book of holiday perfection.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Photo credit: Pascal Le Sergretain / Getty Images

Spice life up a bit, and shock everyone with a new cut and color. Make it an occasion few   will forget. Going short does not limit glamour and versatility. Short tresses are easy to maintain, and may give you more flexibility traveling from party to pub crawls. It compliments any holiday ensemble! Oh. Don’t be shy when you beat your face! Add some lashes, smoke those eyes and use bold color on your lips. Work it!

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Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Photo courtesy of Panache Photography

Rock old Hollywood glamour!  Waves were beauty staples in the 1920’s; flappers wore them to announce their femininity, beauty and strength. Fast forward to 2013, and it still sends the same message. Soft waves are an ideal choice for festive evenings.

Photo credit: Getty Images
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Photo credit: Getty Images

Deep side parts, and hair set to one side, bring red carpet Hollywood pizzazz to your local holiday dinner. As stunning as this hair creation is its not difficult to achieve. Part your hair deep on one side, curl each section, smooth those edges with a styling aid, and bring the hair all up to one side. Finally, secure it with pins to complete the look.

Photo Source: Instagram
Photo Source: Instagram

You know I did not forget about my gorgeous naturals!! The holidays are a special time in style and beauty. Why should you all miss out? Add sparkle to your locs with an ornate headband, create an amazing up do, or try a semi-permanent color. The possibilities are endless!

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What’s your favorite holiday style? Are you going to try some of these looks?