October 9, 2017

J.A.M Gr8test Hits



This weekend was nothing short of amazing. I did it, my first performance in D.C... in front of a fairly big crowd... and it was great. I didn't use the 'N' word and just continued to think to myself... you got this!!! To say that I'm proud of myself is definitely an understatement. There is definitely something special about being around a bunch of creatives; they definitely push you to be better, do more, and give more. Although the practices were crucial in regard to time management, I truly enjoyed the entire process.  I was also happy that I didn't get sick and my voice held up for 4 shows singing around 8 songs. This experience has me thinking about the next performance, maybe even voice lessons, and getting back in to writing.

Although, I was totally in the moment and enjoyed every bit of it, I was happy that 18 friends/family came out to support your girl and that meant the world to me. Take a look below to see just  to see a snippet of this weekend.

Yonce scene...

My innanet friend Tameka

The amazing Jeremy


My castmate Chelsea and I


Thanks Kim for getting me into the JAM Fam




Don't worry if you missed it this year, the show will run again in the Spring; and I hear it may be a 90's show. I'll let you all know well in advance so you can come out and support us.

September 30, 2017

Buying Black Monthly- September Edition

SUPER DOPE!!!


This month of 'Buying Black', was super dope. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm a huge fan of enamel pins, and many of you also know I'm a huge fan of Hello Kitty. Well ya'll, after just following links on Instagram I was able to find Hello Kitty's cousin, Hello Kiesha and I had to have her. I. Got. My. Entire. Life with this particular pin and had to tell every one close to me of my find. When I tell you I ordered immediately, I did lol. Since Hello Kiesha's arrival, I gave her prime placement on my denim jacket. Be sure to check out The Pin Twins for usual dopeness.

This is sooo me

The next company that I shopped with I also found on Instagram, Instagram be letting you know lol. I saw this t-shirt and it was a direct representation of me, so I had to cop it. I also LOVE the name of Lee Luh's site and she's a fellow blogger as well. Also, her shipping was super quick and the shirt is sooo soft.



Be prepared to see both of the items above in HEAVY rotation because they're just that dope!!! Did you 'buy black' this month, if not you still have a little time left!!!

September 29, 2017

Eliminating the 'N' Word...

Use JamwithKristin for a discount!!!


I know what you're thinking... 'Kristin, you still use the 'N' word' don't judge me but I'm not speaking of that 'N' word. I'm speaking of the word 'Nervous'. As many of you know, I'm in an upcoming show next week; singing. Yes, singing. Now I know and you know that singing is actually a talent of mine. But 9 times out of 10, I'd let that 'N' word get the best of me. This time around, I told myself that I wasn't going to use it... at all. Words become you, and often times, what you speak is what you project. Sooo many times I've been asked to sing in public and my response is usually 'you know I'm nervous', and that's exactly what I projected... nerves.

I totally BOMBED this Summer at my Family Reunion because of that pesky word. The song I chose to sing, I could pretty much sing backwards but I totally F'D it up... bad. Singers are already SUPER critical of ourselves, so I beat myself up bad. Afterwards, I prayed for God to allow me to use ALL of the talents that He's given me boldly and fearlessly. It seemed like right after that prayer, an old co-worker/friend reached out with this particular opportunity.

*Side Note- this is exactly why you have to be careful what you pray for and ready to receive just that.*

Honestly, I'm not sure where this overwhelming sense of 'N' word actually came from. I've song countless times in church, in high school/college, and in several weddings. I actually did the Sweet Auburn festival (twice) in Atlanta. I know that I have issues with being put on the spot to sing but that's primarily it.

I end this post by saying... whatever talent that's bestowed upon you, it's given to you for a reason; to share with the world and not to keep to yourself. It's okay to feel the initial vibrations of the 'N' word, but its not okay for it to rob and take over your greatness. Lastly, remember to speak life to every situation as well as words of encouragement over yourself; for you are what you say you are.

September 7, 2017

Influenster- Oasis Voxbox


Super excited when I received the Oasis Voxbox in July latepost,  this was the perfect Summer box. I mean this box contained everything, something to make you look, smell, and feel good.

Here's what I got in my Oasis Box...
Evolution Fresh Coupon
Eva NYC Mane 10-in-1 Primer
Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance
Aloha Protein Bar in Peanut Butter & Jelly
CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixer Foundation in #765 Tawny
Welch's Fruit Rolls







This drink was right on time for my walk



I can't really say my favorite thing because they all are. I will say that the foundation really surprised me. I hadn't used CoverGirl foundation since high school, yep you read that right. Aside from the makeup the juice was the BOMB!!! The workout bar was something that I could not get into at all, it was like an instant stomach ache. If you all received the Oasis Voxbox, which item was your favorite? 


August 31, 2017

Buying Black Monthly- August Edition

I decided to add a segment which highlights a few black owned brands that I've purchased from. This month I found sooo many things that I wanted to buy from my melaninated brothers and sisters... but, the way that my bank account is set up lol.


The first company that I shopped with is Coloring Pins. I was introduced to Coloring Pins when I attended the 2nd Anniversary of Ujamaa Box back in November. I briefly met the owner when I asked about a melanin pin that she had on. Although this is my first purchase from Coloring Pins, it definitely won't be my last; I actually have my eye on this and this. However, when they announced that they would be collaborating with By Ms James for the Story of OJ, I knew I had to turn on my notifications to make sure that I didn't miss out. Now I'm not much of a 'patch girl' but I just LOVE the 'black panther' vibe of this patch as well as the meaning. The front of my denim jacket has pins and I was thinking of putting the patch on the back, but once its there... its there. If you can think of any other cute ways to style patches let me know.

The next business I shopped at was Cute as a Button. Now I knew Tiffany because she's a fellow graduate of my Alma Mata, Albany State University. I remember Tiffany's business was exclusive to button earrings but since then she's began to take on the custom apparel market. When I saw that she'd created a 'Reclaiming My Time' t-shirt, I knew I had to have one customized in pink and green; you already know. The shipping was fast and the shirt ended up being a perfect fit. If you are looking to have customized shirts made for any occasion, please reach out to her as she does an amazing job.


Sooo this kicks off August edition and my pockets are burning for September's edition as sooo many things are already on the radar. Let me know if you'll be 'buying black' this month and if so, what are some dope businesses to check out?

August 18, 2017

Yelp's Paint Party at Pinots' Palette



Last night I had a chance to hang with my Elite Yelp family at Pinot's Palette in Merrifield, Va. I was super happy when I was notified that I was on the 'in list' because it has been a while since I've attended a Yelp event.


I've only attended one paint class in the past so I had a pretty good idea of what was in store for the night. However, this class exceeded my expectations, the studio was very bright and inviting,  my type of place. Upon arrival, my I.D was checked and I was given two drink tickets yes two, and an apron t protect my clothing. After I was checked into the event by a Yelp staffer, I made my way to the food. Us Yelpers LOVE our food and over stand the notion, food first, then pleasantries!!! The food was provided by Blackfinn Ameripub and the spread consisted of Pretzels & Cheese, Cheese Fries, Shrimp, and Tuna. I grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the bar for my libation. I was super stoked when I saw they had Rose' since that's my FAV summer drink. Luckily for me I was able to snag the last pour!!!



This way Rose'

As I headed to my seat I was able to see the picture we'd be painting for the night which was super cute. In all honesty, I don't attend a lot of painting classes because I'm not interested in painting horses, cats, or horizons lol. I'd much rather paint something that I can hang which represents me than paint something that I'll send to the Goodwill Boutique.



Throughout the class I really enjoyed the fact that the Pinot's Palette team was very motivated. You could tell they enjoyed what they were doing because of their willingness to help us create our individual vision coupled with theirs. They were also able to share a few interesting facts (where the company started, how many classes they've taught overall) and had trivia intermissions throughout; shoutout to team one for winning lol!!!

During the class I didn't know if my painting measured up because I changed my colors and was a bit behind task; but in the end, what I had was a masterpiece perfect for me. If you're interested in Pinot's Palette, be sure to check Yelp for the nearest location, you're definitely in for a treat or two.

We were gifted this cute glass


I LOVED this pic!!!


July 27, 2017

Daydream Family Wellness & Nails by M&M



Earlier this week I had the chance to be pampered and try and Express manicure by Myshia. Myshia has been in the nail game for a minute and decided to step out on faith and start her own business.  Myshia says her business caters to her clients by allowing them to make appointments directly to her for time she that fit their needs. She definitely catered to my need when I was almost 45 minutes late arriving due to the insane DMV traffic and Apple's glitchy maps.


As soon as I arrived Myshia showed me around the facilities and her suite. It was intimate but definitely served the purpose, because sometimes nail salons can be totally overwhelming. I also liked the fact that Myshia uses Londontown products which improves nail quality and manicure length with every application.



I let Myshia choose my color


My nails started out pretty basic as I'm not a huge fan of nail polish, but the after is nothing short of amazing. Myshia did her thing!!! And since it was an Express Manicure it didn't take all did but still yielded spectacular results.                                         

She chose pink of course
If you're in the Silver Spring area on Sunday be sure to check out Myshia's grand opening!!!