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27 Apr

April 27, 2011 is a day that I will never forget.

“An extremely large and violent tornado outbreak (the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded) occurred from April 25 to 28, 2011. The outbreak affected the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States, leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake, especially across the state of Alabama. It produced destructive tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia, and affected many other areas throughout the Southern and Eastern United States. In total, 358 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in 21 states from Texas to New York and even isolated tornadoes in Canada. Widespread and destructive tornadoes occurred on each day of the outbreak, with April 27 being among the most prolific and destructive tornado days in United States history with a record 208 tornadoes touching down that day. Four of the tornadoes were destructive enough to be rated EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is the highest ranking possible; typically these tornadoes are only recorded about once each year or less.” Source: Wikipedia

Most people credit the Midwest for having the most severe tornadic weather, but the April EF-5 tornadoes pushed Alabama to the top of the list for most EF-5s in the U.S. since 1950 (eight total). Alabama had been tied with Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Facts & figures:

  • Alabama has an average of 37 tornadoes per year. This average is based on roughly 30 years of data (collected from 1981 thru 2010). In one month alone (April 2011) the state of Alabama had 109 tornadoes!
  • Only 1% of all tornadoes are classified as EF-5. This designation is the most severe & is reserved for tornadoes w/ wind speed of 200+ mph. Three EF-5 tornadoes struck the state of Alabama in one day. This deadly trio tied the most EF-5s in one state on one day.
  • This storm produced 2 out of 3 of the longest tornado paths in the history of the state. The Hackleburg EF-5 had a 132-mile path; the Cordova EF-4’s path was 129 miles long. That distance is comparable to the distance between Tuskegee & Atlanta.
  • 247 people died in 19 of Alabama’s 67 counties
  • $3 billion of Alabama’s 2011 insured losses can be attributed to this particular storm, meaning that this storm was not only one of the deadliest, but also the costliest.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words…

Yeah, it’s deeper than rap. My heart goes out to all the families who suffered loss.

Sources: Wikipedia.com, al.com, The National Weather Service of Birmingham

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She lives!

27 Apr

HEY GLAMS!!!

Indeed I am alive. I hope everyone is doing well. I missed you to pieces & hope you can find it in your heart to forgive my unprecedented absence from blogging. Thanks for the encouraging emails, y’all are sooo sweet. All is well with me. I just needed a break from glamming. During my hiatus I squeezed in a few weekends w/ my family, caught up with old friends, fulfilled some bridesmaid duties, and believe it or not… I even went on a few dates, LOL! But what is a Sham without her Glam?

For those of you who have emailed (or commented) questions, please be patient with me. It may take some time for me to get back into the swing of things, but rest assured that I will! ;)

LOVE YA!

Monday Inspiration

5 Mar

Good morning Glams! I know Monday mornings are hard but remain positive, stay focused, work hard & just… KEEP!

29 Feb

Glams, we must lift Sister Jayda up in prayer during this Lenten Season. You can do it girl! #JesusBeAFence

Hair Straightening Woes & February 2012 Beauty Acquisitions

26 Feb

Where do broken hearts go…

16 Feb

Whitney Elizabeth Houston

(August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

Per Guinness World Records…

     Whitney Houston was the most awarded female act of all time. Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards (as of 2010).  She was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 170 million albums, singles & videos worldwide. As of 2011, Houston had released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification. Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). Houston’s 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone’s best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The album also makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history.

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It’s impossible to pick ONE song, but I love this one…

What’s your favorite Whitney jam?

15 Feb

Sham:

I couldn’t help but love this! Hugs to Shelli & Wei :)

Originally posted on hairscapades:

by Weusi

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day … So here’s a little love story (sort of … but not really … but could be!?!).

This year has kept me busy! I’ve worked gigs with America’s Got Talent, BET Honors, NHL Classic, the Portlandia Premier, and a few hip hop shows. I’ve been traveling for the past couple of weeks, so I have not spent much time with Shelli. Despite all of this, I don’t really get down with Valentine’s Day or many holidays.  I’m anti commercialization of love. This is also part of the reason I’m often pushing against the formalized business institution of marriage.

But recently I’ve been reminded (not by Shelli) that I’m in a relationship now and it’s not about me. And I’ve been given all kinds of advice about gifts I could get Shelli. Some funny, some serious, some sexy … most were good. But these suggestions…

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Happy (Day After) Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

ATTENTION SINGLES: It’s safe to come out now. Whew that was close… we almost didn’t make it, LOL! Because you’re reading my nonsense, I can only assume that you survived Valentine’s Day. I hope your sweetie/ bestie/ booski took time out to make you feel appreciated. But just in case he or she forgot, remember that Sham loves you! *HUGS*

Weekend shenanigans & FOTD: Soft Sable

13 Feb

I went to the movies & had dinner at Panera Bread Co with my mama (she’s the best)! I absolutely LOVE scary movies, so we saw The Woman in Black. My thoughts? It wasn’t nearly as scary as it could or should have been (hence the rating of PG-13) *YAWN* As I sat in the theater munching on my contraband trail mix (because movie theater snacks are ridiculously expensive & high in both fat & sodium) I noticed that there was an overabundance of people half my age, giggling, play-fighting & playing musical chairs all up in the theater. What the &*%@?! We purposefully attended the matinée show to take advantage of the lower-priced tickets & the vacant stadium seating, but no… the darn TEENAGERS were there to see their beloved Harry Potter all grown up. I feel so old right now. *SIGHS* Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with smoky eyes lately & this is what I came up with…Subtlety is not my strong suit, but today’s look is a simple, dark brown smoky eye. The flash from my camera made the brown appear lighter than it did in person. This is a more accurate depiction. My shiny happy wig is the result of finger coils, created using KCKT & organic extra virgin coconut oil. Do you see those 2 twists on the right side? That hair WILL. NOT. COIL. I don’t know why, but no amount of  baby talk, gel, water, kind words, conditioner, oil or sweet nothings will make that hair curl. *WHOMP WHOMP*

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte dark brown from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette over my entire lower eyelid. On my crease I used matte brown from the CoverGirl Coffee Shop palette (a slightly lighter shade than the first one). For a softer, more natural look, I used Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep on my brow bone.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: E.O.S. Honeysuckle Honeydew lip balm+ Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve

FB Flashback: My first twist-out

23 Jan

As I stated before, my FB page was a blog of sorts prior to the creation of S.I.A.G. Today our journey down memory lane takes us back to April 2011… The twist n curl experiment.

I had been following hair blogs & forums for months, soaking up all the natural hair knowledge I could get my hands on. During my curl reconnaissance, I noticed that CurlyNikki’s Show & Tell: Fierce Friday pics consisted mostly of  twist-outs. Apparently TnCs & twist-outs were part of everyone’s style catalog but mine. :( At this point I was about 16 months into my transition to natural. I almost always wore (& still wear) my hair in a roller set, so I knew little to nothing about twists. Fortunately, me & Giovanni enjoy trying new things…

First I washed my hair with Elasta QP Conditioning Creme Shampoo. Then I detangled & deep conditioned with Pantene Relaxed & Natural Conditioner Breakage Defense Mask. I baggied my hair & sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes before rinsing w/ cool water. Before twisting each section, I applied a glob of Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner. I sealed my ends using Oyin Burnt Sugar pomade & slicked my edges back w/ Ecostyle Olive Oil gel. I had to use rods on some of the twists, b/c I still had a few permed ends that would not curl. It took me 2-3 hours to create 21 twists.

  

My hair was soaking wet at the beginning of this process. I sat under the dryer for an hour or so to speed the process along before bedtime. The next morning I set my twists free using organic extra virgin coconut oil. These are the results…

 

 Because I used regular conditioner, instead of a leave-in conditioner (YES, there is a difference) my hair felt very producty & had little to no volume. It was more crinkly than curly, so I wasn’t all that impressed. Then there was day 2 hair…

The experiment ends here. By the end of day 2, it was a hot frizzy mess, so I co-washed & roller set my hair, vowing never to twist it again, LOL! In my opinion, this style took too much time & effort to only last me 2 days. But y’all encouraged me to get back on the horse & my next twist out was PHENOMENAL! The second attempt was made on dry, stretched out hair, using an appropriate styling product in the proper quantity. What else was different? By September I had cut off the last of my permed ends. You wouldn’t think a trim had that much impact, but on naturally curly hair it makes ALL the difference in the world! So to all of you transitioning divas: HOLD ON… a change is gonna come! Growing out your curls/coils is only one part of the process. You also have to learn what to do with them! It can be frustrating, but if you take the time to experiment, you will eventually discover what your hair needs to look it’s best. Happy hair growing, styling & evolving!

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