Through this video I could hear my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and their parents… It’s Sunday and I’m thankful…. these are good words to remember as I interact and engage people each day…
Creator is truly amazing, always by my side, leading me to where I need to be, allowing me see, to feel, to hear and to speak with those around me…
Beauty Native Style
“My Neechie Bling”
Made by Beverly Pasquayak
I have a very dear friend that is so talented when it comes to designing Native Regalia’s, ribbon shirts, Native Designed Purses or specialty items and my favorite, beaded jewelry. Whether she is creating earrings, necklaces, medallions, hair pieces or specialty items, her work phenomenal. The beadwork or Native themed jewelry that I see being sold in department stores is no way near the same quality. Each piece that she creates is unique and is never the same. Each bead is placed with precision and the outcome is a reflection of her thoughts and feelings during its creation. Which is why her pieces stand out to me.
There are many Native people throughout Turtle Island that are have a talent for creating beaded jewelry and are displayed proudly during our Pow Wow Season and are worn on a daily basis. Every beaded piece is finely made, is detailed and precision is key in the creating “Wicked Neechie Bling”.
90% of my collection is beaded or in someway have a Native Theme and when I say “Native Theme”, I mean, that piece will be beaded or may have some turquoise incorporated into the pieces. I am one of those people who can scan over jewelry and only pick up jewelry that speaks to me or more so my soul. Which is why my collection all have a story behind them.
This set that I am showcasing today is my favorite set. Beverly Pasquayak is the creator of this finely beaded set that came with a set of earrings, a necklace and a barrett. I was absolutely drawn to this set as it reminds me of the cape that I started beading years back and never completed. Yes, this lady has a talent for creating pieces that just soothe my soul. I only wear this set when I feel on top of my game, thank you Bev, your awesome.
I will continue to showcase a set or a piece of my beaded jewelry collection each month. So with that, thank you for stopping by and reading my blog, it is much appreciated, stay fabulous.
Beauty Native Style
My Sunday Afternoon Ritual with
Why it’s important for me to wash my makeup brushes on a weekly basis?
Can you imagine using the same foundation brush week after week after week without cleaning it? Imagine the bacteria that has accumulated on that brush after every use, even worse, if your using a cream / liquid foundation. Even now just typing these words I cringe. This is my number one reason why I do this every week. I love how a clean brush feels and looks.
Another reason why I clean my brushes each week is that I get to use an amazing product from the Mother Earth Essentials product line. The fragrance from the soap that I use to clean my brushes reminds me of my Mother and my Grandmother and it’s like spending Sunday afternoon with them.
What Soap do I use?
I use the Sweetgrass Bar Soap from MOTHER EARTH ESSENTIALS. All Mother Earth Essential products are based on Aboriginal culture and traditions and are based on the philosophy and teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Mother Earth Essentials have a wide variety of luxury, bath and beauty products. My favorite Mother Earth Essential product is the Peppermint Sage Shampoo and Conditioner, it is very soothing.
How do I clean my Makeup Brushes?
All I do, after my towels are set up, is run my brush under warm water until it is completely wet and then swirl the brush over my Sweetgrass bar soap and then use the palm of my hand as the textured surface until I have a nice lather. I then run the brush back under the water until all the soap is all rinsed away. I may do this a second time with my foundation brushes, depending on how the first lathering went. I like to get my brushes nice a soapy, but its not necessary.
Once I’m done rinsing my brush, I press it between a towel to remove most of the water and then I take the brush and swing it away from me, like as if I was a beating a drum. Again this is not necessary, but I like doing this until I can barely feel any water splattering on to my arm.
Then I hang up my brushes upside down so that no moisture goes into the ferrel of the brush. I do not have one of those fancy brush holder devices to secure my brushes on, so I pin them on to a towel with clothes pins, does the trick.
How long do the brushes take to dry?
I guess it depends on the size of the brush and I usually just leave mine hanging until the next day, this way I know that they are completely dry and ready to use.
- Repeat each week.
Mother Earth Essentials All Natural Product
Please visit the Mother Earth Essentials website to learn more about this amazing luxury, bath and beauty line. It is 100% Native owned and operated and use all natural products that have been used by Native people for generations. Well done Carrie!
The following was taken from the Mother Earth Essentials Website:
All recognition for any success we experience at Mother Earth Essentials is given to the Creator, Mother Earth, & our aboriginal Elders & medicine people who have demonstrated determination & resiliency in keeping our beautiful culture intact for future generations. Thank you for supporting our business!
Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous!
FASION MAGAZINE MARCH 2014
LUXX READY TO WEAR FASHIONS
I am very thankful to have met Mr. Derek Jagodzinsky last week at our Student Retreat. Derek Jagodzinsky of LUXX READY TO WEAR (luxxreadytowear.com) was one of our many service providers that we had on hand to pamper our post secondary students at the Fantasyland Conference Centre. He was able to join us on Thursday afternoon to give our students a one on one fashion tips and share the latest trends session. As you can image, he is in high demand and we were blessed and honored to have him with us last Thursday.
He was able to share with us that he will be featured in the March 2014 issue of FASHION Magazine, so grab a copy right away, as I am sure they will sell out once it hits the stands. The way Derek brings his native culture forward, in his designs, is very unique and has given him solid recognition as one of todays hottest Aboriginal Fashion Designers in Canada. No doubt, he has gained international recognition with this alone. He also mentioned that Lindsay Willier, National Finalist for Canada’s Next Top Model has modeled some of his designs and is amazing motivational person. (If you were to ask me, Lindsay should have won).
Betty Ann Cardinal
A number of Derek’s designs were recently purchased by the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton and will be permanently showcased in the Aboriginal Language Section of the Museum and once you see these amazing designs, you will know why. These pieces that will be showcased at the Museum have our Cree Syllabics on them which reads over and over, “We will Succeed”. When he shared this story with me, I could see how proud he is of his accomplishments to date and I could tell he is very passionate about his work. He said that adding the traditional colors, red/white/yellow/black, of the medicine wheel into his designs was a key concept in this years designs. As a fashion designer, he is always thinking ahead to his next collection and no doubt they will be fabulous. He is a very talented designer and I am so happy that I was able to spend time with him and hear his fashion story. Beauty Native Style all the way Derek!
Betty Ann Cardinal, February 27, 2014 http://www.luxxreadytowear.com/