Dapper Dan ~ A Man for All Seasons

When I was coming of age during the  70s, it was all about partying, going to the clubs.  I was in my late teens, and my friends and I would go clubbing most Thursday [...]

Hydrate, Moisturize, and Condition Your Hair

A friend recently reached out and touched my hair. She then remarked that my hair felt soft and fluffy, and that her hair felt gummy.  I then touched her hair and, it did feel [...]

Get Yourself a Squatty Potty

About a year ago I decided to acquire a Squatty Potty because I have known since my college days that sitting on a toilet, a western invention, is not the healthiest way to release [...]

Beads Then and Now

When I first began braiding hair professionally, I had a goal of learning how to do micro-braids and micro-beads. I had no one to teach me; it was something that came with practice. Initially, [...]

Root Down

I liken autumn to a version of spring.  Summer and winter can be extreme, while autumn and spring are temperate times. It is this comfy nature of early autumn that makes it so alluring. [...]

Oh, What a Night ~ Honoring Anu & Khamit Kinks

It was a night of honor, acknowledgement, love, and accomplishment, that was celebrated. I had never imaged that I would be commemorated in this glorious fashion. Ten of the twelve Andsisters on that [...]

Location, Location, Location

Khamit Kinks had several sequential locations that Anu scouted out, renovated, and turned into destination salons attracting clients not only from the tri-state area but from around the country and from the diaspora. In [...]

Don’t Pass Up that Farm Stand!

Driving up and down a hilly and winding road, I passed a large farm stand that looked more like a bonified store than a stand. Inside, the fresh produce was so brilliant in color, [...]

Did You Know? Twisted Styles

Did you know that Anu began braiding hair professionally in 1978 while attending Howard University?  In the summer of 1977, Anu landed as job as a Braider at the popular Shelton's Hair Gallery in [...]

The Magic of Martha’s Vineyard

A wise man once said the primary reason that people feel relaxed and happy on vacation is that they automatically breath at a slower and deeper rate while  vacationing. The rate of our breathing [...]

Toni, Toni, Toni Morrison

When I heard of Toni Morrison’s transition, I was both sadden and appreciative. I was appreciative of not only Ms. Morrison’s work but for the experience of having recently seen her on the big screen [...]

Spiritual Spritzers ~

We are currently offering two types of Spritzers, Spiritual Spritzers, and Refresh Spritzers. Refresh Spritzers are infused with essential oils and are used to cleanse and refresh the air or yourself when you find [...]

Optimism, Joy, and Contentment

We often believe that our circumstances are responsible for whether or not we are happy, joyous, and content. When I’m feeling out-of-sorts, think of a dear friend Audrey (not her real name) who lost [...]

Brooklyn Botanic Rose Garden 2019

Every June, the Brooklyn Botanic Rose Garden provides an extraordinary treat for rose lovers.  This past Friday was a most beautiful day in Brooklyn.  It was warm and sunny with a lovely breeze, a [...]

Level Up ~ Electric Resin Burners

After extensive market research, testing one burner after the next,  I can finally offer you a way to level up your home fragrance experience, with this beautiful, ceramic, electric burner. The benefit of using [...]

Walnuts Can Do That?

For most of my life I have awakened in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and I thought it was normal. Then recently it increased to sometimes twice a night. I finally decided [...]

Happy Hair is Hydrated Hair

Water equals life.  In spring the rains arrive softening and hydrating the earth, which invigorates the growth and vibrancy of plant life. Your hair needs this same kind of boost.  Hair is happiest when [...]

Baroque Pearls

Pearls are the only gems that don't have to be cut, pressurized, or put through a machine in order for their beauty to be revealed. Instead, baroque pearls develop through the sublime pressure and [...]

Herkimer Diamonds ~ Ice, Ice Baby

Herkimer Quartz "Diamonds" are the high energy seekers of the crystal world. Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid Light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy. As perfect conduits of [...]

What’s in a Name?

I stopped in my tracks upon learning of a new perfume that's about to drop called, Mothafuqueur. Someone has their tongue in cheek. When creating names for Anu Essentials Perfumes, the first thing I [...]

Anu Essentials Hair Care is Back!

It is my heart’s delight to announce the return of the full line of Anu Essentials Hair Products. I never imagined this day would come again, but it is here!  After many months of [...]

The Comfort of Yin Yoga

Sometimes it’s a small shift that can make all the difference in your ability to be inspired. My inspiration came via a growing yoga practice called,  Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is comprised of classical [...]

Agadir and Essaouira ~ Cities by the Sea

  A shot I took of a remote ocean view in Agadir Leaving the remote village of Tinouainane was bittersweet. We had bonded with our hosts and enjoyed their hospitality, but after [...]

The Claudio Bravo Palace

After five days in the mountains of the sleepy village of Tinouainane, it was time to leave for the bustling city of Agadir. On the way to Agadir, there was a planned stop in [...]

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