My 2013 in Review

December 31, 2013

2013 was a great year for my family and I.  We bought our first home, our oldest started a new educational journey (college-life) and started driving, I bought a new car, we added another being to our home (Chester the cat, hehehe) and I also went back to school to add another degree under my belt.

I had a little setback with my knee surgery but what is life without some kind of setback.  Sometimes it is not the setback but more-so of how you get back up has been my motto.

These are a few pics  of what 2013 was like for me and also should have been blog posts but was being a tad bit lazy on top of being very busy….


My baby that I call Olive…Lincoln MKX…if any of you are in the market for a luxurious vehicle that takes regular gas and good on highway mileage, this is the way to go.

Olive MKX

My second attempt at pipe cleaner curls:

ImageMy updo style after removing the pipe cleaners.  I simply tucked the curls in with no pins to create this hairstyle and let a few curls drop to the side.


Curls all dropped at about 3 weeks into having it in my hair.  Btw, this style lasted a whole month and a few days.  I just had to clean my scalp in between with dry shampoo and did my hair-line with rubbing alcohol and added some cortisone cream because it looked like I was getting a bit of psoriasis.  I typically suffer with dry scalp because I tend to not moisturize often.  This is my new year’s resolution..MORE MOISTURIZING TO MY LOCS!!!


I decided to go back to getting my nails professionally done. I got tired of having one hand looking all pretty while the other looking all jacked up…This was my first attempt at this new place and I was really impressed with the girl’s attention to detail and to being a perfectionist.  These gel nails lasted me 2 weeks with no chips or cracks and they also used LED lights instead of UV lights, so that was a plus for me.



My second visit to them and I chose the color Muir Muir on the Wall by OPI…the pictures does not do the color justice unfortunately.  It was a beautiful color on my nails and matched with most of the work clothes.


This is the same color as above but after 3 weeks.  The nail technician told me that I could have lasted for three weeks after my last visit instead of the normal 2 weeks.


This is my Christmas nails…In My Santa Suit by OPI….I always felt that red is my color, it somehow jumps out with my skin-tone.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get them done with my usual nail technician and I could tell that this one was rushing and didn’t do right.  My cuticles were all hacked up and my right thumb was chipped and lifting by the time I got home.  I was so tempted to go back but just didn’t feel for the hassle, so I painted both thumbs gold to hide away the chip.


I do not believe in making New Year’s resolutions, especially those I know I won’t be able to stand by, like going to the gym, lol…But I do believe in living a better life and letting go of all negativity and people that are not on the same wavelength as me.

I wish you guys and girls a Happy 2014 and hope that everything you wish for would be attained. I always say if you claim it, it can be yours!  So claim good and realistic things for the New Year people….if any of yall claim the lottery don’t forget a sister now 🙂


Happy New Year

Meli Mel

More about Meli Mel

Mom and wife originally from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and now reside in the United States. This blog is about the day to day things I see and sometimes may encounter in this fascinating world that we live in. Live life in concert with your values! Never be paralyzed! Don't wait for people to change!

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