Friday, November 30, 2012

This Month in Instagram

These are my favorite Instagram posts from November!! Follow me on Instagram @nikmonet ;)
  • Bantu Knot Out
  • Zaiah votes Obama!!
  • Iced Caramel Latte .....DUNKIES!!
  • Faces painted.
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Sleepy girl :)
  • PIE!! 
  • Thanksgiving Celebrations
  • "Nooo... Nooo... Mister Romney!!"

Hope you had a Happy November!! ;-p

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nik in Love: November Edition

One of my Youtube guilty pleasures are the monthly favorites videos.  I love to see what beauty, fashion, and even food items my favorite vloggers are loving from month to month.  It's such a good way to get recommendations on new things to try or reviews of products I might be thinking about trying.  So I have decided to bring the written version of monthly favs to Catastrophe and share with you all the things I'm loving each month.

Wet N Wild. The Godsend of lipstick. Pretty colors. Nicely pigmented. Only $2.99! I am in love with 919B Vamp It Up, this fall. It is the perfect fall color and is kind of reminiscent of the dark colors I loved in the 90's (Don't judge me. You know they were cool.) Whatcha think? Pretty in purple? Yep!!

Snickers. Must I tell you not to judge me again? ;) Why am I obsessed with them this month. I moved from my usual obsession (Almond M&Ms) to this wonderful new guilt-filled pleasure. NO, I DIDNT STEAL ALL THE SNICKERS OUT MY DAUGHTER'S TRICK OR TREAT CANDY!!! I left one.

Scarves. My utter hate for the cold makes the pairing of Autumn and scarves a definite must-have. I never have enough of them! From the perfectly handmade knitted scarf I received last Christmas in a blog swap to the lightweight fun printed scarves that substitute as protective style headwraps. I am loving them every Fall!

Leopard Flats. For like $10 these were a steal. Tar-jay ladies and gentlemen and I wear them with everything I can. I am gonna wear the crap out of them for the next week or so because that cold air is quickly sneaking it's way in and very soon it will be a wrap for 2012.

Zaiah's green dress. I thought I liked the dress when I bought it at H&M but I realized I loved it when I put it on my baby girl for picture day. The cuteness! She looks so adorable and the green looks good on her don't you think? How much more use can I get out of it this year. I say, a lot!

I am sooo loving round/square stud-like earrings right now.  These earrings hold a special place in my heart because they're vintage and they all belonged to my Nana.  Some of them she bought. Some of them she made. But I love them all!  I constantly get compliments on the homemade ones and they really are my ultimate favs!

Stay tuned next month to see what I am loving in December :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I am having a really rough time.  How long I have been natural is really a blurred line but my "big chop" (although I was wearing my hair straight) was about 3 and a half years ago.  Why I am still having such a hard time with my hair is beyond me but I, without question, suffer from an extreme amount of breakage.

Even when I think I am doing something good for my hair, e.g. protective styling, it all goes down hill and I end up with split ends. But what I am going through with my hair right now, is the worst.

I WANT TO CUT IT ALL OFF!! Just big chop it and start fresh. Im so frustrated. I think Im gonna have to flat iron and survey the damage, because it's kind of hard when it's curly, and just start taking off what I must.

I dont know. Watch the video you guys ...and please help me!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

What FOUR looks like... November
This is my daughter Zee. She is four and a half.  Since infancy she has been the subject of about 70% of the photos that I take. Every day documenting her moments and her growth. From the moment she was born ...and now she is four.  This is what FOUR looks like in November.

                                 Cheesin' for chicken nuggets!                            too. many. toys.

So proud to cast her vote! :)

face painted cutie 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Style File: The Autumn Skirt

Remember my fall skirt tutorial that was posted on launch day?? Well today I want to share with you how I chose to style it. I love the way it turned out and I came upon the perfect fall day to wear my refashioned skirt!

Wearing one of my favorite pair of earrings that are a vintage keep from my Nana. The rusty brown really ties in with the fall nicely.

This outfit is really carefree and comfortable so I rocked a simply puff!

I love fall and I'm really glad I got my hands on this dress turned skirt right in time to style it up for autumn!

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Goodwill
Bracelets: Forever 21
Earrings: Vintage

Photography Courtesy of Photo By D

Catastrophe Launch Event!!! ~Day Three~

Welcome back to the third day of the Catastrophe Launch Event!!

Whether you're a photographer, a crafter, a mommy, a naturalista, or a foodie, this giveaway is for you!!!

Etsy has something to fit all of your needs and right in time for Christmas, this could be the answer to that perfect Christmas gift!!!

To enter,  you must be a follower of Catastrophe but that is the only mandatory entry. Other entries are available but optional!  Giveaway is open to US residents only  ...sorry :(  Future giveaways may be international.  This giveaway will be open for one week and the winner for all the giveaways will be chosen at random and announced on December 3rd!

Thank you all for stopping by this blog launch event and I look forward to sharing so many new things with you all in the days to come!!!

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Center Stage Naturals: Ashanti

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Ashanti, known as “Felicity Starr” on IG. I’m a mother of a beautiful 2yr old boy, a faithful servant of the Lord and I’ve fallen in love with rocking my natural tresses with pride.

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural for 7 years, but really just taking care of my hair the past 2 years. The first 5 years I damaged my hair extensively with press-outs and Dominican blow-outs which caused a massive amount of heat damage. It took the last 2 years to cut out the damage but in that process I’ve gained an immense amount of understanding about my hair and what’s best for maintaining its healthiness.
What made you decide to go natural?

Actually a roommate of mine at the time sparked my interest. But due to breakage from transitioning, I had to do a big chop (BC) earlier than I intended. My BC sent me through an identity shock. I hated my short hair and did everything to conceal it; from gluing in braids, wigs, weaves…anything that would cover my Grace Jones inspired cut, I had it in my hair. And I think from that experience it ignited the years of hair abuse because I never accepted my hair in its natural state, or gave myself a chance to love it. And in looking back, I’m regretful I didn’t.

What were the reactions you had to going natural? Did you receive any positive or negative comments?

My boyfriend at the time hated it lol. He’s the one who actually nicknamed me “Grace Jones”. My step-dad wasn’t too fond of it either, but I just think some men prefer hair. My sisters, Mother and Aunties all loved it, and my girlfriends as well. But my job wasn’t too open to my change. You know when you’ve done something so extreme you don’t receive a single comment, just stares? Sometimes those are the worst nonverbal reactions you can receive; just a blank look and no comment. That’s exactly the reaction I received when I returned to work. I was insecure to say the least, and although the my cut was more accepted than not, I couldn’t really settle with my decision.

If you have been met with negative comments, in what way do you believe your faith and positivity have helped you to overcome the obstacles of negativity?

When I first started my natural journey it was right before “The Natural Hair Exodus” began. You didn’t see too many women open and eager to transition like you see now. There was the Long Hair Care Forum that was very helpful but the amount of YouTube’s and IG post you see now was scarce to nonexistent. The unified support wasn’t there and at times I felt like an outcast. So, not having all the wonderful avenues you see now, my journey has personally helped me to not only accept my hair through self examination but through this experience I’ve learned to identify and truly love other parts of myself I once did not. My view of beauty was so skewed by what was projected by mass media that I overlooked the beautiful qualities I was blessed with and wanted to alter them anyway I could. The negativity blossomed a self awareness and I wouldn’t change my experience at all because it presented me with a valuable rejuvenation process. Witnessing the progression of others in their journey is quite rewarding for me. Being a part of that underlying support we have for one another, it’s amazing to be an encouragement to another or inspire natural newbies.  

Who are your hair inspirations, if any?

As far as inspiration, I can’t pinpoint one person. I’m inspired by the young lady who just BC’d and loving her new found freedom to the beautiful woman with locs, or the Queen who plays in her natural hair giving ideas to others. My inspiration is not based off goals or desire lengths but how the individual is embracing themselves.

Do you have a regimen? If so, what is it?
I co-wash 2-3 times a week and wash every Saturday evening. After every wash I use a leave in, mixture of two oils (either coconut, almond, castor, oil, or jojoba oils), and I seal my ends with shea butter. When styling for a braid or twist out , I use any type of Curl Enhancing product  (I’m using Cantu Coconut Curling Cream at the moment) to help set my braid/twist-outs. I deep condition once a month or as needed, and provide my hair with extra TLC such as blackstrap molasses, protein or any other type of treatment on a as needed basis as well

What are your favorite products?

I’m a minimalist when it comes to products. I wash and condition my hair with the TRESemme line, I love their Naturals line but honestly any product by TRESemme my hair soaks up happily. My styling product of choice would have to be Garnier Fructis’ Fiber Gum Putty, it holds down my hair and edges nicely. I use Eco Styler gel sparingly, but honestly, I haven’t grown fond of this product because I don’t like hard hair. And lastly, I would have to mention KimmayTube’s (of YouTube) leave-in conditioner, the best leave-in I have ever put in my hair…hands down!

Where can we find you online? 
@FelicityStarr on Instagram

How is that for inspiration?!! A perfectly lovely way of kicking off the Center Stage Naturals feature!!! Thank you so so much Ashanti for allowing me to share your story and allowing Catastrophe to be a vessel of inspiration by way of all of your natural beauty!! ~xoxo

If you would like to be a Center Stage Natural, contact me at and you could be featured!!!

Catastrophe Launch Event!!! ~Day Two~

Welcome back to the second day of the Catastrophe Launch Event!!

Today's giveaway is for all of my crafty critters!!

A $25 dollar Michael's Gift Card!!


 A $10 Pick your Plum Gift Card!!

Get it right in time for all of your Christmas time crafts!!!

To enter,  you must be a follower of Catastrophe but that is the only mandatory entry. Other entries are available but optional!  Giveaway is open to US residents only  ...sorry :(  Future giveaways may be international.  This giveaway will be open for one week and the winner for all the giveaways will be chosen at random and announced on December 3rd!

Thank you all for stopping by this blog launch event and look forward tomorrow for the final giveaway!!
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Catastrophe Launch Event!!! ~Day One~

To all of you who have come by to check out my new blog, Catastrophe...


I am so excited to embark on this journey and I am so happy that you are here with me!  To celebrate this venture, I am doing a weekend of giveaways.  One giveaway a day for the next three days!! 

I'm launching this blog event with a Shea Moisture giveaway!!!  You will win three products from the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus line!

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shea Moisture Organic Curl and Style Hair Milk
Shea Moisture Curling Souffle Gel

To enter,  you must be a follower of Catastrophe but that is the only mandatory entry. Other entries are available but optional!  Giveaway is open to US residents only  ...sorry :(  Future giveaways may be international.  This giveaway will be open for one week and the winner for all the giveaways will be chosen at random and announced on December 3rd!

ADDENDUM: Since we all have different hairtypes, I will allow tradeouts for Shea Moisture products of equal or lesser value.
e.g. Tradeout Curling Souffle for Black Soap purification Mask
or tradeout Curl and Style Hair Milk for Hold & Shine Mist

Product trades must be readily available in store and equal value to giveaway items.

Thank you all for stopping by this blog launch event and look forward tomorrow for a crafty giveaway!!

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Autumn Centerpiece

I know that Fall is almost over but I wanted to share a little bit of craftiness for the season before it's all candy canes and Christmas trees.

Recently, I was cleaning out my little crafting nook that has now been turned into a very multi-purpose workspace and I found these bottles that I thrifted some time back.  I always love grabbing bottles and vases and such even with no real plans on what I am going to do with them.

These bad boys needed a purpose and so I came up with this simple little number. A centerpiece for Autumn, we used it for Thanksgiving, that just gives a little Fall jazz to the table.

I love jute twine. I used it last year in my fall pumpkins and I tend to lean back towards it a lot. I just love the rustic/vintage feel it can give to any craft/decor item.

So I got to glueing.

I added a little fabric flower to the twined bottle with some fabric I had a round the house.
Had some silk Autumn flowers, so I threw some of those in there (eventually changed up to some real chrysanthemums). Smacked on a ribbon. Scattered some glitter leaves that Zee and I made together. Laid down a simple runner from some fabric at home.... and ta da!  

Simple Autumn decor!!  Keep this in mind next year for your Fall tables and mantels :)  Simple and funtastic.

Now it's time to craft Christmas!!

Fall Skirt Tutorial

Thrift shopping led me to a fabulous find this fall.  When I saw the print of this dress my mind starting spinning. 

Photography on the right courtesy of my 4 year old ;)
The dress itself is kind of dated. Needs some work. The collar leaves something to be desired. So I decided to convert it into a maxi skirt for the fall!

I started by cutting of the top part of the dress. Luckily, this dress already had elastic in the waist so it saved me the step of sewing one in.  I cut about an inch or so about the elastic to give me a little space to work with.  I then pinned the extra fabric down the the existing elastic and sewed around the perimeter of the elastic attaching the extra fabric.  Because I cut an inch. I had a lot of extra inside once sewn, so I trimmed that down so it wouldn't poke out when wearing it. 

Then rock it out!!

Do it two ways: Head Wraps

There are days when my hair just needs a break. Sometimes it's a form of protective styling and sometimes it's just a bad hair day, but wraps can be the perfect solution to both of those issues.

Style 1: Turban Twist

 This style is perfect for days when you still want to show off your natural hair but not put a lot of work in.

Pull your scarf tightly against the back of your head.
Tie it in the front
Pull the back fabric up and tuck it in under your tied section

Twist the two tied ends together
Tuck your twist into the back of your turban off to the side

...and you have a perfect turban twist for the lazy or fashion forward days ;)

Style 2: Wrapped Crown

This style is perfect for days when you need your hair to be completely protected.  It is also good for covering up a long term deep condition ;)

Pull the scarf tightly to the back
Twist the back tail tightly
Wrap the tail around the crown of your head and tuck to secure
Perfect protective style!
 Sidenote: If your scarf is cotton, you may want to place a stocking cap underneath to act as a barrier between the cotton and your hair.  Cotton can dry your hair and be damaging!


Life is made up of ups and downs. Dark clouds with silver linings.

Sad stories with happy endings.

I love finding the light in the darkness.

When things get all jumbled and messy, something amazing usually comes out of it. 
I have had many twists and turns. Moments of chaos. Moments of peace.
In it all, I have discovered beauty and even created some. 
 I have made horrible messes and top notch choices.
Held myself back and moved forward.
Still so much to be learned.

My life is a beautiful catastrophe.

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