Charge it to the way I was raised, but every time it's wintertime and I see strawberries in the produce section, I give them major side-eye. Technically, they aren't in season until April (thru June) so that means there's some real shadiness (probably a lot of preservatives and dye) to pass some off during the holiday season.
I'm not sure if a lot of us realize just how important it is to buy fruits and veggies when they are in season. Seasonal produce has less pesticides, contains more antioxidants, and they're far more affordable too. Also, when you get food that's at its peak, not only is it good for your health but it can keep you looking amazing as well.
With all of the parties to attend and family entertaining that you'll be doing this holiday season, I highly-recommend that you pick up some of the following foods—not just to serve to your guests but also because your hair, skin, and nails will love each and every one of them. And it will show!
If you're constipated, snack on a pear. It's one of the sweetest (natural) laxatives around! Thanks to the vitamins C and K along with copper that's in pears, it has many benefits. You can use a pear to fight off premature greying, keep your hair from being brittle and/or frizzy, and it's an awesome lip exfoliant.
Pear Beauty Tip to Try: Mash up ¼ a pear and add a teaspoon of brown sugar along with a teaspoon of grape seed oil. Apply the exfoliant to your lips and rub it gently with your finger. Then rinse. Your lips will be soft, smooth, and have a natural shine to them too!
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I am also still super devoted to helping to bring life into this world as a doula, marriage life coaching will always be my first love (next to writing, of course), a platform that advocates for good Black men is currently in the works and my keystrokes continue to be devoted to HEALTHY over HAPPY in the areas of holistic intimacy, spiritual evolution, purpose manifestation and self-love...because maturity teaches that it's impossible to be happy all of the time when it comes to reaching goals yet healthy is a choice that can be made on a daily basis (amen?).
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If there’s one thing Chlöe is going to do is serve a vocal performance that elevates anything she delivers on a track. The soulful vocalist did that and then some with jazz-influenced renditions of her most popular tracks for a recently dropped NPR Tiny Desk performance.
As she expertly dives from falsetto head voice to deeply felt guttural low tones, Chlöe proves once again that she is a master of her most versatile instrument, her voice. Starting with the songs “Surprise” and “Body Do,” Chlöe took us through a medley of songs from her debut album In Piecesthat seamlessly blended into each other while also pausing to provide brief anecdotes in between songs that pointed to her vulnerability and transparency.
The transition into the track “Worried” felt like a pointed message to naysayers (read: haters) and those who claim to not see her for who she is as an artist and creative. At the end of the day, she is not going to “worry” about things outside of her control. She then segued into her album’s moving title track, “In Pieces,” but before she began, she revealed to the audience a poignant truth about vulnerability.
“I feel like it’s important to be honest and transparent about our vulnerabilities and what we’re going through. And, a lot of times I've been broken down and the cracks will be left, but that doesn't make me imperfect. That doesn't take away any beauty I have deep inside.”
Chlöe continued, “It’s important to surround ourselves with the ones who will appreciate us in all of that glory.”
The 25-year-old artist ended her performance with her 2022 single “Cheatback” which she admitted she wrote because a “nigga was playing games.” We live for the transparency!
To check out the performance in full, watch the video below.
Chlöe: Tiny Desk Concert
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