Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Little [GOAPELE] for a Saturday Night

It's the last Saturday Night in June, and like the old soca song, I got a weakness for sweetness tonight. I want to hear a song that makes me feel like I'm sipping on something sweet and soothing. I feel as if I've been traveling the desert for days and I am in definite need of refreshment. But where can I find such a song to play tonight?!?

Oh hey, Goapele! You say you have the perfect song? And it's called "Milk and Honey"? That DOES sound sweet!

So tonight, I hope that Goapele's "Milk and Honey" soothes your spirit like milk and honey soothes the tongue!! And if you dig the song, be sure to show your support by buying the single for the low price of $1 at!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Miss Moon Gets Healthy: And Learns to Eat When She's Hungry!!

I'm a woman of my word, what can I say?!? LOL

I've never been the type of woman who stereotypically overeats when depressed or sad. When life hands me lemons, I don't immediately run to the tub of ice cream. Quite the contrary, when I'm depressed, I seldom eat. I don't get much of an appetite in those times.

Life has been going very well for me lately, so of course I've been eating regularly. In starting my "Miss Moon Gets Healthy" journey, I've noticed that the potential for overeating doesn't happen when I'm sad... it happens when I'm BORED!!
As I've mentioned before, I've dealt with insomnia for most of my adult life. And on many nights, I'd be up, wide awake, and watching Bollywood movies on my laptop on Netflix. My mind would wander to thoughts like, "Mmmm.... some potato chips would be great right now!". And I would pause whatever movie I'm watching, which most likely stars hotties like ShahRukh Khan, and run to the bodega around the corner of the 24 hour 7/11 in my area. 

Recently, such a thought popped in my mind. I was immersed in the film, "Swades" (Great movie, by the way! Check it out! It's streaming on Netflix!). So I paused the movie, got dressed, and went outside to visit 7/11. This was around 3 o'clock in the morning. When I got there, I was staring at the bountiful display of potato chips, in every flavor imaginable, and a single thought popped into my mind -

"Will any of these bags of potato chips help you to reach your goals?"

The answer was a resounding "No!", so I walked over to the beverages for a big bottle of water, grabbed a green apple, and went home to munch, sip, and swoon! LOL

I wish I could say that since this moment, I've steered clear of chips, cookies and other things that taste great, but aren't great for me. But alas... I've succumbed. But I am learning how to stay away when boredom strikes me, and I am confident that I will use my self-control to reach my fitness goals!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wanna Wanna Wednesday... ALDO'S Brendle Sandal

Can you believe we're almost at the end of June and I have yet to rock a pair of sandals?!? I've been rocking my sneakers most days, with the occasional ballet flat, but sandals? Nope! And frankly... my toes need to breathe! LOL

This is why I am very, very happy about this week's newest addition to my Wanna Wanna Wednesday list! Introducing the Brendle Sandal ($27.99, ALDO Shoes). I predict that these shoes will be rocked by yours truly by summer's end!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Music Therapy with Miss Moon

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
~ Sophia Loren

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
~ Kahlil Gibran

" Glamour is a shooting star, it catches your eye, but fades away, beauty is the sun always brilliant day after day."
~ Mike Dolan

Hello. My name is Audrey... and I am NOT glamorous. And I'm resigned to the fact that I may never be one of those women who just look effortlessly posh, like June Ambrose. I'm waaay to awkward to pull that off, but that's okay. I and women like me possess a different type of beauty. A loveliness that's all our own.

Audrey Hepburn is hands down one of the most beautiful women to have walked the earth. What made her so lovely, though, wasn't the gowns or the makeup... it was her extraordinary spirit. So today, let's take a cue from Audrey (with a little help from Kay Thompson) "On how to be lovely", from the movie "Funny Face". I hope that this song will make you smile and feel a bit more lovely today! Enjoy!

On how to be lovely
(On how to be lovely) 
You got to be happy 
(You got to be happy) 
When you can feel 
light and gay 
Then you'll be lovely 
as a holiday.

On how to be charming 
(On how to be charming) 
You got to be merry 
(You got to be merry) 
If only to weave a spell 
And you'll be lovely 
As a carousel too.

I (I know you can) show how. 
It's (it's all in the) know-how. 
And (and once you know) oh how 
The world looks good to you 
As it should to you.

On how to be lovely 
(On how to be lovely) 
You got to be jolly 
(You got to be jolly) 
When you can be fancy-free
And flash a smile that 
Folks come flocking to see.

You'll be as lovely 
As can be.

Boo-diddly-ba-bau! Ee-


Can't (can't do it with) make-up 
You (you've just got to) wake up 
And (and startin' to) take up 
A life delirious 
Nothing serious.

On how to be lovely 
(On how to be lovely) 
You got to be cheery 
(You got to be cheery) 
I'll give you a guarantee 
You don't need dough 
You don't need a college degree.

Make sorrow incidental 
(Let joy be monumental) 
And you'll be lovely 
You'll be as lovely 
As can be

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Little [SADE] for a Saturday Night

There is nothing... N-O-T-H-I-N-G better for a mellow, chill, and relaxed Saturday Night than a little Sade. I'm am braiding up a storm right now, but you can best believe I will be taking a well-deserved break to sip a glass of wine and vibe out to tonight's Saturday Night song pick!

I hope you all will join me in vibing out to Sade's classic, "By Your Side", and if you are fortunate enough to have a very special someone to relax with, get a slow dance in for yours truly! ;)


Friday, June 22, 2012

Miss Moon's Musings Third Birthday Giveaway: Meet the Winners!!!!!

Whew! This giveaway was the BIGGEST in Miss Moon's Musings History, and I am so very grateful for the phenomenal response I had gotten!! As much as I wish I could announce ALL of you the winners of EVERY prize, assisted me greatly in picking the lucky person to win each prize!!

But before I announce the winners, I want to send a very special Thank You to all the amazing shops that participated in me celebrating the third anniversary of Miss Moon's Musings: Flowers from Fatima, My Celestial Souls, Deen + Gray, Quelly Rue Designs, My Shade of Brown, Brown Butter Beauty, and All of these shops are so worthy of your patronage, so even if you didn't win today... be sure to visit their shops when looking for a special treat!!!

So here we go... Winner announcing time!!!!!

 Congratulations to the winner of the $10 Gift Certificate, courtesy of Flowers from Fatima.... Allyce S.!!!

Congratulations to the winner of the Celestial Crown & Sleep Cap, courtesy of My Celestial Souls... Tanesha D.!!!!

Congratulations to the winner of these TWO pairs of earrings, courtesy of Deen + Gray.... Jocelyn R.!!!!

Congratulations to the winner of the Babassu Butter Love Deep Conditioner, courtesy of Brown Butter Beauty.... Lendise B.!!!!

Congratulations to the winner of the Afro Woman Tote Bag, courtesy of QuellyRue Designs... Tishana T.!!!

Congratulations to the winner of the rare Best-Sellers Box, courtesy of My Shade of Brown.... Jamillah W.!!!!!

Congratulations to the winner of the Super Prize Package, courtesy of and Curl Mart.......Ollie M.!!!

All of the lucky winners please send me an email with the subject, "I won Miss Moon's Musings Third Birthday Giveaway Day [ADD YOUR NUMBER]", with your full name, and preferred shipping address, so that I can send to the shops to mail your prize!

I have another special prize for ALL of you, courtesy of the wonderful Anita Grant!!! She has created a very special coupon code in honor of Miss Moon's Musings Third Birthday!!! Hooray!!!

Between now and June 30th, enter the coupon code MissMoonHB3 to get 15% off your purchase!! Many of you have no doubt seen my posts preaching the gospel of her Rhassoul Deep Condish, if I were you... I'd use this coupon to try some out for myself!!! Many thanks to Anita Grant for the coupon!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you EVERYONE for helping to make this blog's third birthday a very special one!! Here's to many more years!! Cheers, y'all!!!

I HEART Her Hair: Solange Knowles...

It's summertime, and between the heat, taking walks, and over-all laziness when it comes to Ms. Mooch, I do believe it is HIGH time for a good ole fashioned BRAID-cation! Can you believe it's been two years since my last one?!?

This time around, I decided to attempt to recreate Solange's beautiful box braids, as I think it's a versatile, fun, and the perfect style for summer. So of course, this post is all about the Solo Braids, man!

I will be putting my braids in this weekend, so next week, be sure to check out the post next week. What do you think of Solange's braids? Would you rock them or knock them?!?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wanna Wanna Wednesday... A KILLER Bollywood Collection!!!

Why am I JUST finding out that has a FABULOUS Bollywood collection, available for purchase?!?!? I feel like Rip Van Winkle!! LOL

So for this week's Wanna Wanna Wednesday, I thought I would share the handful of Bollywood movies I want to add to my collection. Because... I couldn't pick just one! :)

This collection includes old and new favorites, many I've featured in this blog in the past! Many of you have asked me for suggestions of Bollywood movies... I couldn't think of a better place to get started than here! I have promptly added each of these movies to my Amazon wish list, and I plan on investing in one movie a month until I have them all! So let's get started!

My Name Is Khan ($19.93, Amazon) Two of Bollywood's biggest superstars, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, deliver powerful performances in this epic romance that proves true love knows no boundaries. Rizwan (Khan), an Indian man with a unique way of looking at the world, moves to San Francisco and meets a vivacious single mother named Mandira (Kajol). They form a special bond and fall in love against all odds, but fate and tragedy conspire to tear them apart. That's when Rizwan embarks on a remarkable journey across America to win back the love of his life.

Ishq ($14.96, Amazon) Kajol (Kajol) and Ajay (Ajay Devgan) are very much in love. But since Kajol is a middle-class girl and Ajay is a rich boy, Ajay's uncle is determined to break them up. He uses Kajol's platonic friendship with a middle-class boy named Raja (Aamir Khan) to convince Ajay that she's unfaithful. But if Ajay is to find happiness, he must resist his uncle's manipulations. Indra Kumar directs this romantic comedy with music by Anu Malik.

Devdas (Single-Disc Edition) ($7.81, Amazon) The son of Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee, Devdas was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He grew up in the lush village of Taj Sonapur, where he spent his childhood with his playmate Paro. They grew up sharing a special relationship. Oblivious of all the differences of status and background, a bond that would never break grew between them. Soon, Devdas is sent to London for his education. Years later Devdas returns. Devdas besotted by Paro's stunning beauty longs to marry her. But Devdas father meets Paro's mother with condescending arrogance. It causes a rift between the families and even though Devdas tries to convince his father, his father doesn't relent. Paro then enters into a chaste marriage with a wealthy, much older man, Zamindar Bhuvan, while a shattered Devdas walks towards anguish, alcoholism and Chandramukhi, a stunning courtesan, who passionately loves him. Meanwhile, Paro, on the other hand, performs her worldly duties sincerely, but inside her, she could never forget Devdas. Strange was the fate of Devdas. Intensely loved by two women, who were never meant to be his. One whom he could never love and one whom he could never stop loving.

Om Shanti Om Bollywood DVD With English Subtitles ($12.50, Amazon) In the 1970s, small-time actor Om (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with superstar Shanti (Deepika Padukone), but the two of them are later killed in a suspicious on-set fire. When he's reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to punish the person who ignited the blaze. In his former life, he swears he saw Shanti's secret husband (Arjun Rampal) set fire to the set … which means his only chance to expose the truth is to have the movie remade.

Fanaa ($6.07, Amazon) When Rehan meets Zooni, sparks fly. Touched by the sightless but determined beauty, Rehan takes her on a sensory tour of Delhi. While Zooni's friends warn her away from the ladies' man, Rehan is genuinely falling in love -- but he's hiding a secret.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ($6.59, Amazon) Wealthy, charming Raj meets working-class beauty Simran on a train, he's instantly smitten. She feels the same, but she's betrothed to another man. Raj isn't about to give up, so he follows Simran from London to India to win her over.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ($10.78, Amazon) Suri, a mild-mannered office worker, sees his ordinary existence transform into an extraordinary love story when he falls for Taani, a vivacious young woman who lives life to the fullest.

Humraaz ($8.49, Amazon) Karan (Akshaye Khanna) and Priya (Amisha Patel) are the lead performers of the upcoming musical dance troupe and are very much in love with each other. The troupe gets a contract to perform on a cruise ship owned by millionaire Raj Singhania (Bobby Deol). Raj is magnetically drawn to Priya and she too is totally swept off her feet as one of the richest eligible bachelors is wooing her in lavish style.Karan is unaware of the relationship between Priya and Raj. As the cruise comes to an end, besotted Raj proposed Priya and she agrees.Now begins a treacherous triangular love story, full of surprising twist and turns - both emotional and violent.Humraaz is a story of complex relationships, misplaced ambition and unmitigated greed.Humraaz reveals the darker side of us. You will be transfixed and wondering what will happen next.

There you have it! Are there any movies I missed out on? Be sure to leave a comment with your picks!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Miss Moon's Musings About: Natural's Night Out 2012

Boy, did I have a fabulous time at Chic n Kinky's Naturals Night Out 2012 this year! They promised to provide a bigger and better event than last year's and they did NOT disappoint!!

Danielle of Curls: Lovely hair and lovely smile. She was very sweet and answered all of my questions about Curls products (Can you believe I've never tried them before?!?)

I was super psyched to meet Nikki of Everything Under the Moon as we've been bloggy buddies for a WHILE now! I eagerly stole borrowed this photo from her Instagram.

My partner in crime for the night's events, Sudana of Creative Urbanista, who debuted her brand new 'do! Looking great, girl!

Check out Sudana's recap of the night by visiting her blog! Great photos (Like this one!) !!!

Adorable tees were available for sale from Haus of Swag, one of the night's fantastic vendors!

Ginger + Liz was on hand to offer attendees manicures! They were also having a killer sale on their polish!

The Lovely Monique of Cotton Beauty Pantry and I (Why does Ms. Mooch look like Prince Humperdink in this picture!?!? LOL)... We met at last year's Natural's Night Out! Check out her FaceBook page for her pictures from the event.

I look icky in this picture, but I'm including it because Courtney of CutieKinks looks adorable!

Naturalistas of every size, shape, color and texture hanging out on the patio.... I cannot wait to see what's in store for next year!!