It’s your body and you choose what you want to do with it. Know that all your actions have consequences good or bad.
It took me about a year to figure out where I stand on this topic. Trust me when I tell you I could not fit all my thoughts into one blog post but I am open to discussion and feedback. To be quite honest, I even hesitated to make this post!
I’m not quite sure what to label it but it’s the problem about women’s nudity. How a man’s chest is approved for the public to see but it’s not quite the same for women. Why is that?
People may or may not judge me for this post, I don’t care. I agree with the whole “free the nipple” concept to a certain extent. I don’t agree with it when it’s over sexualized and raunchy however, if men can walk around topless, women should be able to as well. I know I’m only 18 and my friends and family are probably having mini heart attacks right now from the picture I used for instagram but, I think this is important.
If you want to be covered up that is your choice. Me personally, I would rather have a shirt on. The pictures I took are for support but, I’d rather keep my chest covered. You will never catch me outside completely topless. I just feel women who choose to be topless should not be criticized. What happened to the human body being a work of art? What happened to equality?
There are many reasons why people find this inappropriate “It’s not lady like, what about rape, you’re supposed to leave men guessing, etc.” Think about all this before you even go outside with your boobs out or post a picture like that. It is up to you to decide.
I think the human body is a beautiful thing no matter whose body it is. That’s part of the reason why being a trainer is important to me, people are trusting me to help sculpt their body, their work of art.
Before I start , I just want to say ladies . . . You’re welcome. I had no other pictures of my armpits so this is what you guys got ! This a just a spontaneous post so don’t expect great photos.
If you’re like me, you hate hairy armpits and shave/nair/wax so you don’t see any kind of fuzz emerging from the place where your arms and the rest of your body meet. The constant shaving and application of deodorant can cause the skin where your armpits meet to darken.
First of all , buy aluminum free deodorant and your problems are solved. I use Tom’s natural products. Make sure, if you decide to buy some, it says aluminum free because they do sell ones that contain aluminum.
You’re probably reading this like “That’s it?”, but yes it’s simple. When you make the transition from aluminum to aluminum free deodorant, you’re skin will start to peel. DO NOT PANIC. It is completely normal, it’s basically your skin adjusting to the healthier product. Dead skin will begin to come off.
I would suggest going with the waxing route. Can you believe they sell wax in places like CVS, so you don’t have to go to the salon if you don’t want to? Just be careful. I choose waxing over things like nair and veet because of all the harmful chemicals they use to remove body hair.
I hope this works for you all. I’ve been giving out a lot of skin advice lately.
And the answer to that question is Derma E. You know any product I’m using on my body has to be natural and that’s just what Derma E products are. I use three of their skin care products and I adore them. They’re safe, paraben free, and eco friendly.
I get asked a lot of questions about my skin and how I keep it clear. The Derma E product I use for that is called the Exfoliating Mask with fruit enzymes and Dead Sea Salt. It’s the kind of mask you use one to two times a week. It deep cleans and detoxifies and aside from soap, it’s the only product I have been using to clean my face
Clearly, I am an extremely active person and I do a lot with my hands that can cause them to be dry and rough. Things like boxing or exercising on the bars can cause my hands to be eternally rough. Ha! Derma E gave me a solution for that problem though. . . It’s their Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Hand Creme. When my hands get dry or rough, I have it right by my side. I was getting tired of people asking me why my hands are so rough.
Last but not least, Derma E’s Soothing Eye Gel. Don’t you hate when you have places to be almost as soon as you wake up, and you happen to wake up with under-eye puffiness? Well my friends, that is just one of the things the Soothing Eye Gel is for. I use it once in the morning and once in the evening. It’s purpose is to reduce fine lines, puffiness, and other things like crows feet. Who doesn’t want their face to continue looking young?
If you want clearer, more younger looking skin, Derma E is one of the best possible choices. It’s also great that their products are natural so you would be doing your body a favor and avoiding harsh chemicals. This is just three of their products but there are so many more. Go check them out here.
Your Tea is a company who sells organic tea blends that can really help your body. Lucky for me, they sent me a 14 day detox, called the Tiny Tea Tox that worked wonders.
Detoxification is when you remove toxins from the body. A detox tea simply does that but it’s tasty as well. I enjoyed my tea for 14 days with agave as my sweetener. You have to have the tea 3 times a day, either 30 minutes before or after a meal. That’s is specifically for the type of detox I had, others may be different. I chose to do it before. I had my morning tea , my before lunch tea, and my before dinner tea. I have never had so much tea before!
You can be on whatever diet you want while taking this tea, I’m just glad I’ve been on a healthy one for quite some months now. Don’t think the tea means you do not have to drink water, you still do. Remember, there is more than just the detox I had, there are others. You should try at least one out! Visit Your Tea’s website here.
I’ve been asking myself lately “Cleo, what the heck took you so long to begin your fitness journey?” . . . You want to know why I’ve been pondering that?! It’s because I’ve met some amazing people these past couple of months. Bartendaz that has blown me away. I am honored to be a part of this group and in doing so, inspiring other people to want to join the movement.
Allow me to introduce the man who started the Bartendaz movement many years ago Giant a.k.a. Hassan Yasin a.k.a. the BarFather. He has easily become one of my mentors and in just two weeks helped me a lot. I admire people who are passionate and aren’t all talk and that is exactly the kind of person Giant is. He is this week’s “New Yorker of the week” via NY1 news. You can catch us both in the segment here. Sadly, they didn’t use my one on one interview *sheds tear*.
If you thought that Bartendaz was strictly a guy thing, trust me I am not the first female to be a Bartenda.
Meet my sister in arms Earth! She has been a Bartenda longer than me and it shows. She helped train me my first day exercising with the Bartendaz. It’s cool learning from someone who you can relate to. There are more males in Bartendaz than there all females, but that would NEVER intimidate us.
Butterfly and Frenchie are two other women I have met while Bartending. They both showed me some awesome moves to work on my core and I can’t wait to use them in my next class.
Thank the Universe because I finally held my first l fitness class on August 23rd, 2014. Not to toot my own horn but it was successful. I am very proud of Essence and I for making this all come together.
Also, a special thanks to one of our sponsors DripDrop. I am an official DripDrop ambassador and I thought it would be wonderful for all the ladies participating in the class to try it out for themselves. My favorite flavor is lemon and I strongly suggest you guys try it out for yourselves! It is a tasty way to stay hydrated. You can purchase DripDrop at CVS and Walgreens.
Yes, there are other parts to your body that need to be exercised, but in this class we are focusing on two. These days a lot of women really want a tight, flat stomach and a nice round booty and my job is to try and give that to them!
We got great feedback from the class. I can’t wait for the next one we are having on September 20th. . . And this time with a special guest! I hope more and more ladies sign up for the class, I love teaching and helping others. The class costs $20 and will be held in Manhattan just like the last time. Water and DripDrop will always be provided.
Thank you to ByAjani for these amazing pictures. This is a FAQ but yes you can book him for a shoot. Just visit his website and hit him up. #CleopatrasArmy
Recently I stumbled across a gem of a juice bar in Harlem. Rejuvenate Juice Bar basically saved my life. In my journey towards being the healthiest me I have to have healthy drinks too. I can’t just go around drinking something that contains only 5% juice. Now when I finish a workout and I need a protein boost, you know exactly where I’m headed.
Rejuvenate Juice Bar makes fresh juices, smoothies, patties, and sometimes soup. My favorite smoothies so far are the Cool Breeze and the Sunrise so I recommend them to EVERYONE. The guy behind the bar Nigel Bennett is a great guy. Not only does he make great beverages but he also gives the juice bar a very friendly feeling. I hate going to places and feeling like I am talking to a bunch of robots that make my food.
Honestly, this place is perfect and healthy. I wouldn’t be giving you guys the scoop on this place if it wasn’t. I think everyone should stop by Rejuvenate juice bar and pick something up. I guarantee you’ll adore it. Rejuvenate is located on 171-B West 133rd Street between 7th & Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Make your way over there and tell them Cleopatra sent you!