Before you buy chocolates and roses...

Read here and here...then decide for yourself. IF it makes sense to you, then go for it. I think you may be a little more aware of what you might be celebrating. There are plenty of other theories and historical references, but here's a couple to start some dialogue.


Madam b.Fly

When you got that glow!

So, everyone's buzzing about Valentine's day. I'll give two perspectives on this day. Consider this Installation #1.

Look and feel your best on that day by doing some small things that'll make for a beautiful day inside and out!:

Drink plenty of water! (Of course, you already drink the prescribed 8 glasses a day...right?)

Get some fresh fruits and vegetables in your system as often as possible. The closer to the way they came out the ground, the better they are for you, AND they count towards your water intake, because you haven't cooked all the water out! Plus, you look great and feel light...no explanation necessary!

Stretch, do some yoga, run some stairs, in short, GET MOVING! No one wants to get to their special day and be stiff and achy, so move those muscles and let all that water you'll be drinkin' lubricate your joints and get your blood pumping. (Plus, exercise give you an AMAZING glow, like some other, *ahem*, extracurricular activities!)

Don't over-promise and under-deliver: Basically, don't set yourself up to do more than you can handle, it takes away from your experience if you're all cranky and tired because you waited until the night before to build a monument to your heart's desire in your front yard. (Extreme, yes, but you get the idea...)

Stay true to you. No need for an "Extreme Makeover: Valentine's Day Edition" to make your day memorable. A change in your fragrance, a new top, something subtle to enhance your already enchanting beauty.

Enjoy your day!


Madam b.Fly


Taking a Tumble! (Not in a bad way!)

NO, I did NOT fall down in my shoes...I recently discovered Tumblr...and it is IT!!! I love it. Check me out, and follow me!


A drop in a pond...

One of the ways I am trying to help Haiti out from a long distance...

Interested parties can contact me on my website.


For the love of babies!

Treating them the best way we know how includes spending as much time as possible just being close to them. One way to do that and be the fabulously productive Fly mama you are is by "wearing your baby". I came across this site, and that coupled with knowledge I grew up with, has made, sewing, laundry, even washing dishes, something to smile about.


Get some Sunshine in your life!

The world needs more people that take care of themselves the best way they know how, using the most basic of methods, relying on nature and intuition to guide them. Sunshine Abuwi of Natural Sunshine.com is one of those people, letting experience be her teacher, and allowing people with similar experiences to help her to create her reality. An entrepreneur (Peace Love and Sunshine hair and body care, PHENOMENAL!!!), blogger, mother, and generally glowing spirit, I say check her out just to feel the energy beaming from her site!


Madam b.Fly

In keeping with my Refashionista's Creed...


When I say get there NOW...you shouldn't have even finished reading the rest of this sentence.

So since you did, I'm done.

...and GO!!!


Madam b.Fly


A Band-aid on a nightmare...

I've been pulling my hair out on how to lend a helping heart to the recent unbelievable devastation in Haiti. I've decided that there's plenty to be done. I'm starting with a short term clothing/medical supply drive, initially housed at the High School where I coach dance.

In the works are a show, done by local poets and musicians, and hopefully an artists auction of independent designers jewelry, clothes, paintings and other goodies to create a fund to send for monetary contribution.

I figure it's a start from another direction for a place starting all over.


The eyes have it

My favorite feature on anyone is the eyes. You'll catch me doodling them all over my notepads and on the backs of flyers, on my hands, wherever I get the notion. As a result, I love eyeshadow! I am also on a budget, which means I usually go for whatever I can get my hands on for a reasonable price. Coastal Scents has a variety of makeup palettes that go upwards of 70 colors, and are reasonably priced around 20 buck a pop, plus shipping. I have the one shown above, and with a little bit of base, it goes a LOOOOOONG way in terms of color and staying power. I love it. Hope you do too!

BTW, this picture really doesn't do the colors justice, they are VIBRANT!


Was really long...now, not so much

So I bought this super long, high waist opera/formal/black tie/"insert-reason-for-needing-a-skirt-this-long-and-stiff-here" skirt from the thrift store a little bit ago, and I had been eyeballing it trying to figure out how to make it wearable in my actual everyday life!

Simply stated, I hacked off the bottom, (okay, not hacked, but lovingly trimmed) to just above my knee, and hemmed it. Voila! A "fits me like a glove" high waisted pencil skirt! I'm especially excited about this refashion because the others I've come across have been ill-constructed, too short or made from some weird fabric I'd never wear. So YAY me for pulling it off!

More to come,

Madam B.Fly



I had a friend send this to me a while back (I think it's Deepak Chopra, not totally sure though). Just some inspirational mini-changes you can make in your everyday actions to allow life to love you back! Enjoy!

1. Drink plenty of clean water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like
a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food
that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pause and reflect.
6. Play more.
7. Read more publications/documents on improving your life and helping others in some way than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot
control. You become what you think about. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Don't dwell over issues of the past.
19. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the
past. That will ruin your present happiness.
20. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
21. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
22. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
23. Realize that life is like school, and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and
fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will
last a lifetime.
24. Smile and laugh more.
25. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

26. Call your family often.
27. Each day give something good to others.
28. Treat others as you want others to treat you.
29. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
30. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
31. What other people think of you is none of your business.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
will. Stay in touch.

33. Do the right thing!
34. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
35. Time heals most everything.
36. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
37. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
38. The best is yet to come..
39. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.
40. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.


Madam b.Fly


The Pledge

I, Uzuri, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 4 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!


Madam b. Fly.

One More Time!!!

Hey, Everyone! Okay...I'm wiping my blog clean. There are so many things I want to talk about, and I 'm gonna give myself the opportunity to do just that. Hope you enjoy the ride! We'll go from style to recipes to sewing to natural hair care to activism to running to dance to whatever else I'm passionate about at the time! At some point, I may narrow it down, and maybe even divide this blog into a couple others if the need calls for it, but for now, it'll just be fun. You game? Great! See you around!



BTW, those of you who were bookmarking me for the Chocolate Chip Scone recipe or the Coconut Curry Soup Recipe, I'll repost those for you, or you can drop me an e-mail and I'll pop it in your inbox. Deal? Deal...:)