(Smooth Girl Magazine models, nikki manaj, buffie, lil kim)

yes, i posted it, "Jungle Body" may be downright derogatory, but trust me if you have one there's nothing to be ashamed of (i have one lol). In one of my previous postings, i spoke of how black women's beauty isn't recognized so it's up to us to put ourselves on a pedestal.contrary to popular beliefs, we do in fact have some badd assss shapes. i mean the kind that many woman envy and many men ( secretly) desire. i guess a part of me understands why the mainstream world has fought so hard to suppress our beauty because when it all boils down; " WE DA SHITTTT!!"ahem...*cough* pardon me, i got carried away.
in order to take care of your " jungle body" , you need to do cardio 7x a week and increase your fruit and veggie intake by 60% (or more), and do toning exercises. cardio should be done everyday, but interval training or a strong cardio workout should only be done 3 times a week. pilates, yoga, kickboxing,dancing, ballet are all good ways to tone your body. now i like weights but i know some women who don't like to bulk up, using light weights and high reps are a great way to tone up without getting bulky.stretching before and after you workouts is the key.
a diet high in fruits, veggies and lean proteins (beans too) are good for you. tropical fruits are my personal favorites.i strongly suggest a Caribbean diet or a modified "creole" diet to achieve healthiness. it's important to take care of yourself, not just so you can look good and fit in some jeans but to be healthy and live a long healthy life.

life is so pretty and colorful, i just had to add some pictures for you to see. this is why it's so important for us to preserve the earth.
** Denise, that frog is for you.**

8:44 PM

(snake jewelry, Rober Cavali snake sandals, snake cluthces, Naomi Cambel working a snake dress, snake goddess)

hissssss.. The word " snake" can strike fear in some and mysticism and fascination in others. Pre-Christianity, snakes were revered and represented the feminine, luck, love, power and many other positive things. Sadly, the world has changed it's perspective on snakes. driven by fear ( and religious fanatics), the snake has been reduced to a venomous demon. So today i will restores the snakes reputation and uplift it back to it's original glorious status.

in regards to fashion, the snake has made the world stand still. From bangles, to dresses, the snake stands alone in being a timeless aspect in the fashion world.

the dress; nothing says " sexy" like a bad ass snake dress. when couples with the right shoes, and jewelry, the snake dress is bound to make everyone in the room, "hiss". For me "Sky Brand" clothing seems to the concept of snake clothing mastered. Sky has an array of snake tops and dresses with snake detail, charms, and embellishments, for a fairly pricey price. Snake dresses look good with mimimal jewelry and "not so flashy" shoes, since the main focus is the dress, i suggest playing down everything so that the dress can be played up.!! you can always go to ebay or google to find Sky Brand clothing , otherwise check out, http://www.sky-clothing.com/Sky_dress_links.html for links on where to get Sky brand.

the bag: snake purses and cluthes are the must have for every season.Fashionably speaking, purses are easiest to find, it just depends upon your price range. when wearing a snake purse or bag i recommend wearing it when u have plain clothes on and want your bag to stand out. your stripped shirt or sequin blouse would not do a snake purse justice, it would only make u look busy and chaotic, unless of course that's the look that you desire. pair a snake clutch or purse with a sexy sweater and jeans, or a simple black dress for a night out, keep things minimal so you purse can steal the show. now if your one for having prints on and still want a snake purse, i suggest keeping the purse neutral with a more natural look, so it won't clash with your outfit or shoes, i.e cream, light brown, tan, dark brown, or black etc. that way your clothes look sexy and your purse look complementary. in terms of where to buy, Ross, Tj maxx, AJ Wright, and Marshalls all have snake purses for a reasonable price. you can always find a nice guess snake purse
http://www.guess.com/ or at macy's. Ebay carries an array of snake purses and clutches from name brand right on down to the less pricey.

Shoes; well i have to admit, snake shoes are the sexiest of them all. if you can find a pair with an actual snake charm on it.. omg!! I'm lost for words. snakeskin printed shoes are everywhere, my favorite is micheal antonio, his brand seems to have the snake pumps and sandals "down packed". you can wear snake pumps with jeans or at the office,or snake sandals with dresses, or a jumpsuit it's all up to you. since snake shoes are everywhere, there's no sense in my trying to give you numerous links for them. Google, ebay,
http://www.michaelantonio.com/ just to name a few and you will find all the snake sandals you need.

I forgot to mention snake printed swimsuits, simply because it's fall and the thought literally slipped my mind. Unless you live in the tropics this information might be unless to you this time of year, however we can still talk about it. As far as bikinis go, I've always felt the snake was the sexiest, it's something about animal print swimwear when done correctly that brings out the best in any skin complexion.i must confess that i can't stand nude,flesh colored swimsuit and in some cases snake prints are always just that.for all my chocolate, honey complexed readers those colors make you look flawless, as for me I'd rather go neon snake lol.. but anyways, at a pool party,dress your snake bikini up with some sexy gold jewelry, if it's a monokini, pair it with some gold necklaces and bangles, if it's a two piece a gold belly chain and bangles would do just fine, if you wear a necklace then have on a thin gold one. again, Google, ebay, and just about any other search engine with help you find snake swimwear.Most of the swimwear brands i highly recommend aren't using snake print this year so you will have to find it on your own. however "Aguaclara" has a snake printed bikini line called "Sierra Leon", so check it out.

well there you have it, the wonderful snake that once represented, kundanlini( google it), the symbol of life and death, the turner of time, the absolution of power and many other spiritual things can now be gracefully reborn in fashion.we can combat it's negative association by wearing our snakes with pride, love, sex appeal or just plain fun, in hopes that the snake's throne can be reclaimed, and it's true meaning restored.

(swimwear from Aguaclara,Ondedamar,Agua Bendita)

there's a spark of magic in South America. Aside from it's pretty waters, waterfull, beautiful rain forests, and beautiful people, South America has a well hidden secret; it's swimwear!! I came across these South American swimsuits and was totally blown out the water.Words or pictures can't describe the beauty, the creativity, the fabulous prints and colors their swimsuits have. I'd like to point out 3 major swimwear companies. Ondademar,Aguaclara, Aqua Bendita all of which have fabulous swimsuits.

Ondademar is up first. Ondademar is a swimwear company from Colombia who's name means " wave/ripple of the ocean". what I like about this company is that their suits are elegant sexy, they have some very exotically style suits for different body shapes and sizes. There colors are soft, yet vibrant and complement dark skin (yay!!). (see black multi colored suit towards the bottom middle) I had the pleasure of speaking to a Ondademar working on facebook and she/he was so nice, they answered my questions honestly and gave me information regarding suits and where I can find them in my home town. I have to give Ondadmar thumbs up and definitely recommend them to everyone I know. so please take some time and check out their site..(hint* they have having a sale going on..)

When it comes to zany, colorful and wild swimwear I have no choice but to point in Agua bendita's direction.( the top two bikinis on the top and top right) This Colombian company which means " water blessed" is truly a blessing. If you are the type of woman who likes bright vibrant and just plain outlandish , then Bendita is defiantly for you. They have some of the most distinct styles I've ever seen, matter of fact I can't even describe their style. hmm let me try, combine gypsy, bohemian, Caribbean,bright, floral,insane, loud( just to name a few) and you will get Bendita.It's kinda reminisced of Betsy Johnson's edgy fashion. while I haven't had the luxury of speaking to any of the Bendita members , I will say that I'm impress with their style and fashion sense. Aside from swimsuits, you can purchase many of their accessories, and jewelry. Let's not forget these suits are chocolate,caramel, honey brown, yellow and "everything in between friendly". http://www.aguabendita.com.co/

last but not least is Agua Clara.Now I confess Aqua clara is one of my favorites ( animal prints suits and green suit above left and middle).Straight from Peru. Agua Clara has some of the sexiest animal prints and exotic styles I've ever seen. Aqua Clara, which means " clear water" has something for everyone. My first experience with Clara was a blue/brown snake bikini that was given as a gift and it was the most exotic print and colors I've ever seen. since then, I've been following Clara's collections and to my viewing pleasure have seen many African inspired animal prints,embellishments, sexy shells, very distinct swimsuit styles and all the exactness that i can handle( all darker skin friendly!!!). Clara makes u want to work two jobs so u can support your shopping habits.If you want to look like a model in a magazine then i strongly suggest Clara, because no one on the beach will have your suit, nor will anyone on the beach look as sexy as you. I also had the liberty of speaking with a Clara rep and he too was nice, helpful and even asked my first name so he could talk to me on a more "personal" level. He told me that anytime i had any questions to call him and he would take care of me. With that being said Clara has a costumer for life. http://www.aguaclara-swimwear.com/

that sums it up for South America(for now). All I can say is save your money, these suits aren't cheap. They run $100 us and up, but it's well worth having a suit that's well stitched, destined, colorful , and complementary to your skin tone.

( Pure Fiji Star Fruit Scrub,Bella Lucce Starfruit And Banana Body Cream, Get Fresh Starfruit products,yummy starfruit in a bowl)

Starfruit is a wonderful gift.Native to the tropical regions,this tangy fruit is packed with antioxidants,iron,fiber and many beauty benefits.Named for it's star like shape after cutting, the starfruit can really add zest to your culinary skills, by making your dish look exotic, giving you a sweet and sour smoothie,or a tropical fruit salad or chutney to be glazed over chicken,pork, or fish.For those of us who don't live in the tropics, getting starfruit poses as a challenge, but there are a few skincare products that can contain starfruit that can be delivered right to your front door.
I'm a California girl so i will start recommending a product close to home.Get Fresh skincare line is the best.Get fresh gave me my very first experience with starfruit in beauty products.Living in a desert climate, i needed products that were going to keep my skin moist without making me feel heavy and greasy. I won Get Fresh's starfruit hand cream in a raffle and have been hooked on it ever since! To my surprise, Get Fresh has a whole skin care line devoted to starfruit!! i thought it was just some hand cream, but nooo, there's body butters, scrubs, soaps and even a dry spray. http://getfresh.net/search.html?q=starfruit
For those of us who prefer tropical skincare products (not that i blame you) you can give Pure Fiji a try.Fiji has a whole array of products containing starfruit. now, I've never tried these personally, but i was told from friends that Fiji left there skin soft and glowy. So why not test it out.
please feel free to email me and tell me how Fiji is working for you.
last but not least, we have Bella Lucce. Now Bella is wonderful line because it has skin care ingredients from all over world! Bella has a starfruit and banana bath cream, which is suppose to be added to your bath water leaving you with soft touchable skin. Aside from the starfruit, there's Peruvian chocolate, Arctic scrubs, and honey drizzle bath syrup.I've shopped with Bella recently, I'm highly impressed with the products available and Bella is always having some sort of sale or promotion. For the whole month of September there will many sales and free items being issued so hurry up and visit Bella's site today.http://www.bellalucce.com/Starfruit-Banana-Butter-Cr-egraveme-Bath-pr-86.html
before i go i think it's important to leave you with some nutritional information regarding starfruit as well as some allergen information.
StorageNon-ripe star fruit should be turned often, until they are yellow in color and ripe with light brown ribs. Store ripe star fruits at room temperature for two to three days or unwashed, and refrigerated, in a plastic bag for up to one week.PreparationStar fruits are great to eat out of hand as these tropical delights do not need to be peeled or seeded before eating. Simply wash the fruit, remove any blemished areas, cut crosswise to get the star shape, and eat! Make Star Fruit Part of Your 5 A Day Plan-- Add to fruit salads. -- Use for tarts, preserves, chutney and stewed fruits. -- Garnish chicken, pork or fish dishes. -- Garnish beverages. -- Add to your fruit smoothies. NUTRITIONServing size 125gAmounts Per Serving - % Daily Value* Calories 40 Calories from Fat 5 Total Fat 0g - 0% Saturated Fat 0g - 0% Cholesterol 0mg - 0% Sodium 0mg - 0% Total Carbohydrate 10g - 3% Dietary Fiber 3g - 12% Sugars 7g Protein 1g Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 45% Calcium 0% Iron 2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.IMPORTANT NOTE:Star fruit originated in Southeast Asia and is readily available in Taiwan. Star fruit causes several symptoms in patients with chronic renal failure or end-stage renal disease. The symptoms vary and include insomnia, intractable hiccups, agitation, muscle weakness, confusion, consciousness disturbances of various degrees, seizures, and cardiorespiratory arrest. The various star fruit subspecies contain different toxins, including a powerful neurotoxin that is suspected to accumulate in blood, cross the blood-brain barrier in chronic renal failure patients, and eventually cause irreversible damage.Star fruit intoxication is a neglected but serious fruit intoxication frequently observed in patients with chronic renal failure. Because no effective treatment is currently available, patients— especially those who are newly diagnosed with chronic renal failure or end-stage renal disease—must be warned not to ingest star fruit, even in small amounts.
* starting this week I will make sure the spotlight Friday item will be posted by Friday.*