Caring for Box Braids

My favorite protective style is by far, hands down….Box braids.  I’m completely obsessed.  I try to put my hair in this protective style at least twice per year, for at least 6 weeks at a time, during the Summer and Winter.  During that time, I make sure to go for regular touch ups so, my edges are always fresh.

As we all may know, caring for your hair underneath ANY protective style is crucial.  It should be understood that your real hair is always the number one priority.  With that said, find a braider who shies away from braiding your baby hairs.  Those fine hairs around your face should be avoided when braiding.  You should NOT experience tension or tightness after your braids are complete.

While wearing box braids, I try to shampoo my scalp every two weeks as opposed to my regular wash schedule, since I don’t use as much product, my hair doesn’t need to be shampooed as often.  I actually find it a lot easier to shampoo my scalp when I have box braids because I can put the cleanser directly on my scalp because of the parts.  After I shampoo, I proceed, as usual, with a leave-in and hair oil, then sit under a hair dryer to prevent any mold or mildew from forming on my scalp.  It’s very easy to neglect your hair when it’s in a protective style, because it’s hidden, but that’s the most important time to pay the most attention to your hair and especially your scalp.

Here are a few of my go – to products that are on rotation with, and without, box braids.


lavender_garden_hair_wash_8_fl-_oz-_pglThis particular shampoo is actually a mud wash.  This wash is without any chemical detergents, foam boosters, protein thickeners and coating agents, emulsifiers, preservatives or fragrance.  There are a number of fragrances (derived from essential oils), but I love the way the lavender scent smells. I typically only use it when I have braids because it’s easier to distribute and rinse completely.


I was introduced to this leave in by my hair stylist, Johari at Flowerchilds Studio Salon, and I have never looked back, nor will I ever look back.  Y’all, this ish right here!  8227This is life! (Insert Praise Hand Emojis).  It’s light and smells right.  It’s in a spray bottle to prevent heavy handed people like me from using too much.  I use this product damn near every day of my life.  Without braids, I use it to refresh my curls, daily.  With braids, I spritz it on my hair after a cleaning.  I purchase mine directly from the salon, but trust me you will NOT regret this purchase.


image_f3271703-72f2-4ee6-8260-eecd21bbc31d_largeI can’t really attest whether or not this oil has hair growing properties because I have to take into consideration that my hair was in a protective style and I was taking the Mane Choice Hair Vitamins, but I really like this oil.  When your hair is in box braids or twists, oiling your scalp is easy peasy.  The parts are already there!  This particular oil has an applicator which makes the task a lot easier.  Now that I have taken down the braids, I still apply the oil to my scalp and give myself a little scalp massage.🙂

Protective styles are a must when you need to take a break from styling your own hair, and it gives your hair a break from you!  Just keep in mind that this is not a hair vacation, hair still needs to be cared for and maintained.

What’s your favorite protective style?


♥ Starr

Mompreneurship and Dental Health

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Let’s be honest, going to the dentist is the last place any of us would voluntarily go.  I’ve always considered my trip to the dentist as a necessary evil.  It was always an awkward encounter, cold lobbies with uncomfortable cafeteria chairs and outdated magazines.  The staff was never very warm and inviting and I always run the hell out of there when it was all over.

HOWEVER, we all know we have to go to the dentist.  We need dental care! I’m so happy that I found Dr. Batiste.  She is amaze balls!  Honestly.  Truly.  Not only is she a bomb ass dentist, she’s a bomb ass wife,  mom, and an entrepreneur…A mompreneur!

If you are in the Houston area, give her a call for your dental needs at Elite Dental Wellness at 713.960.4090.  Follow her on Twitter,  IG and Facebook.

Listen in to the podcast as Dr. B schools us on dental care and how she balances being a mom and a BOSS!

Thank you all for tuning in!!

Laugh often!

♥ Starr

In my Opinion with Starr Howard Podcast

Recorded at Barron Studios in Houston, TX

Music Cred:Poddington Bear
Song: Anthem Summer
Website: Sound of Picture

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Give them the Boot(ie)!

october // 6 // 2016




Judging by the date on the calendar, Fall is here.  Judging by the sweat on my brow, it’s still hot as the dickens!  Let’s slow down on pulling out the turtlenecks and leather skirts, unless you’re interested in experiencing the effects of a heat stroke.  HOWEVER, their is good news!  We might not be ready to pull out the suede thigh highs, but we can always sport a cute little ankle bootie.  Regardless of the weather booties can be worn with skinny jeans, short shorts, skirts, dresses, you name it, there is a bootie to match with it.  I’ve linked my exact booties below and a few similar pairs for the ones that are sold out.


Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Raine Western Boots – Mossimo Supply Co.TM • $37.99 • Target


Steve Madden ‘Gal’ Strappy Lace-Up Sandal (Women) • $89.95 • Nordstrom

Steve Madden ‘Denay’ Cutout Bootie (Women) • $149.95 • Nordstrom

XOXO Bedelia Lace-Up Block-Heel Booties • $59 • Macy’s


Betsie Too Fringed Leopard-Print Calf Hair Ankle Boots • $89.99 • Off 5th

Tory Burch Orsay Leopard Print Calf Hair Chelsea Booties • $450 • Bloomingdale’s


STEVE MADDEN Glorria suede ankle boots • $125 • Selfridges

Nine West Acesso Suede Ankle Boots • $129 • Lord & Taylor

Thelma Suede Ankle Boot • $98 • Urban Outfitters


Lucky Brand Basel Booties • $99.99 • Dillard’s

NYLA Shoes Inc. Wishing You the Very Zest Bootie in Gold • $69.99 • ModCloth

Happy Shopping, y’all!



Fellas, Why are you Single?

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We can all probably agree that being single is no walk in the park.  We would prefer it to be a long romantic walk on the beach, but it isn’t.  In the first episode, Why are you Single?, we discussed the single life from a woman’s perspective.  me-and-shabazI wanted to get the viewpoint from a male’s perspective, so I enlisted my crazy funny comedian friend, Shabaz “Playtime” Ward and he brought the jokes and knowledge.

Let’s face it, we all have all the questions, but nobody can seem to find the answers.  I hope that after listening to episodes one and three, that we somehow answered at least one of your questions.  If not, then read this article I found on

If you want to keep up with Shabaz and his antics, follow him here on Twitter, InstagramFacebook and  @ShabazPlaytime on Snapchat.   Also if you are in the Houston area, go check him out at his Stand Up show and recording, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job.”  Get your tickets here.

Thank you all for tuning in!!

Laugh often!

♥ Starr

In my Opinion with Starr Howard Podcast

Recorded at Barron Studios in Houston, TX

Music Cred:SK Beats
Song: Here I Come
Website: SK Beats Website

Yoga & Meditation

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Beauty Tip/Item of the Week – Trader Joe’s Aloe Vera Gel

s-l225Due to my extremely dry skin, it’s crucial that I stay moisturized.  When packing for my trip to Haiti, I knew that I needed something to combat the dryness, but I didn’t want to feel oily and attract mosquitoes.  I found this aloe vera gel while browsing the aisles at Trader Joe’s.  I applied it at night, after my shower and it kept my skin soft and moisturized through the entire following day!  In addition to using the aloe vera gel as a skin moisturizer, if your hair is dry, like mine and most naturally curly ladies, you can mix the gel in your conditioner and apply as usual.  It gives great moisture and shine.  I like to mix in aloe vera gel in a spray bottle with water, glycerin, vitamin e oil, and lemon grass essential oil for fragrance.  I usually use this spray mixture to refresh my curls in the morning.  Do a little research on aloe vera gel, it has great benefits.  Find your local Trader Joe’s here.  If you are nowhere near a TJ’s, you can find the aloe vera gel here,and have it shipped directly to you.

Now On to the Podcast…

Yoga and Meditation have extreme benefits to our minds, body, and health!  This weeks episode featured three beautiful ladies who are serious about their inner peace! Tune in to Episode 2 of the In My Opinion podcast and listen to amazing wisdom from Veronica (Facebook, Instagram) , Dih-Ana (Facebook) , and Michelle (Instagram).

You can catch Veronica’s classes at Afterglow Yoga – Missouri City, TX / / Powerhouse Gym –  Lake Jackson, TX / / Angleton Recreation Center – Angleton, TX.  Keep up with Dih-Ana and Michelle through their social media pages.

Yoga and meditation is such a deep subject and we didn’t have time to even touch the surface.  I’m definitely going to have the ladies back on the podcast in the very near future.


♥ Starr

In my Opinion with Starr Howard Podcast

Recorded at Barron Studios in Houston, TX

Music Cred:Mahogany Marie
Song: Kick Back

Why are you Single?

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I wanted to start a podcast as a branch of the blog, but was unsure of the process.  I wrote the idea down in my list of 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days, which meant that I absolutely HAD to follow through.  Once you write it down, your committed.  Although I wanted the podcast to be an extension of the blog, I also wanted to tackle other issues.  Issues that affect my community as a black person, a woman, and a black woman.  It’s quite common of today’s generation to look at celebrities and their reactions to issues that affect us, but realistically, their resources are out of reach for most of us.  As a result, I thought that I could bring regular people on the podcast to discuss real life issues with solutions attainable to real every day people.  I aim to not only bring serious issues and concerns, but also light hearted and fun topics all while learning and laughing!

I’m a very opinionated soul and I stand firm in my beliefs, but I also take time to listen and take in the opinions of those around me, the people in my life that I like to call my tribe.  We all have different journeys and separate paths, yet all reaching for the same star.  I hope that my tribe will be as influential to all of you as they are to me.

Episode 01 features my long time friend and college mate, Shamia Williams.  img_0357We talk about living single in today’s times and try to answer the age old question, “Why are you single?”  We tried to tackle this topic in an hour, but it was nearly impossible, so I hope to have her back on the podcast to finish up and also include feedback from you after you hear the initial episode.  If you would like to weigh in, please don’t hesitate.  Feel free to reach out to me on any of my social media outlets or simply comment below!  I can’t wait to hear from you.

In the meantime, all of my married people, take a gander at this article and let me know your thoughts!

Things Marrieds Shouldn’t Say to Single Women In Their 30s

Listen to the episode here.



Beauty Tip/Item of the week…In My opinion:

I’m a lover of perfume and sometimes wonder if, and oftentimes when, the fragrance removed itself from my body.  There are also moments when my days go on for ours, periodically leaving home before sunrise and returning after sunset, hoping that my fragrance lasted throughout the entire day.  I would advise you to keep a cute perfume roller in your bag for days like this, but to be honest, you may not always have a roller available.  Don’t worry, I have found the solution to your problem.  Rub a small amount of vaseline on your application spots, and spray the perfume on top.  Using the vaseline as a base.  This technique will make your perfume last longer without having to reapply!  I have included my favorite fragrances for you to shop, below. Also, keeping in line with all things “vaseline,” I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the lip butter.  I have very dry skin which unfortunately includes dry lips.  Lips that oftentimes burn in the summer.  I found this lip butter in my local drug store and haven’t looked back.  The product is moisturizing without being greasy and has a nice smell.  The Cocoa butter is my fave!  Not to mention, the little tin cans are stinking adorable. Pick one up the next time you’re pressing the aisles of the corner drug store.

Vaseline and Perfume

  1. Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne 30ml/1.0 Fl oz. • Jo Malone • $65.05
  2. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Black Opium’ Eau de Parfum • Saint Laurent • $27–115
  3. Miu Miu Eau de Parfum • Miu Miu • $68–118
  4. Chanel Chance , Eau De Toilette Spray • Chanel • $60–125
  5. Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly – 7.5 oz • Vaseline • $3.49
  6. Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Tin 0.6 oz • Vaseline • $3.49

Again, thank you so much for taking time to listen to me on the podcast and reading all about my life and loves on the blog.  You are greatly appreciated.  If you have ideas for the podcast or topics you would like discussed, feel free to comment below.

Hugs and Kisses!
♥ Starr

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In my Opinion with Starr Howard Podcast

Recorded at Barron Studios in Houston, TX

Music Cred:
Artist – Pimpstrut Local #13
Song: Playon Playaz

Passion Planning

AUGUST // 28 // 2016

Hey guys,

It’s been a long time!  The last time we spoke, I told you I would be giving a couple of helpful organization tips here and there.   Well, today I’m going to tell you about something that really helps me stay organized and most importantly productive.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a thing for planners. Yes, a paper planner! I know that sounds weird, especially being in the digital age and all, but I have found that having something tangible really helps me. People ask me all the time why I don’t just put everything in my phone. Well, oddly enough, I only use my phone to make phone calls. I really don’t use it for much more than that on a consistent basis. I have found that actually being able to put my hands on my planner helps me. This may not be for everyone, but as I stated before, it works for me.

With all that being said, I have to tell you about this amazing planner that I have. It is called The Passion Planner. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING! Did I mention it is amazing? This planner was created by a young female entrepreneur who saw a need for it and filled it. The Passion Planner isn’t just any old planner. It goes well beyond setting up appointments and staying on schedule. It also helps you set goals and keeps track of them throughout the year. At the end of each month, there is a section that allows for reflection. Being able to sit down, reflect on my month, and see if I have taken any active steps towards achieving my goals is very powerful. It helps to hold me accountable. My Passion Planner has increased my productivity in the last two months that I have had it. Because my weekly schedule tends to be pretty busy, I set aside time each weekend to sit down and plan out my week. Being able to see what I have ahead of me keeps me mindful of how I should spend my time. Now, I don’t want you to think that every hour of my day is spent working or staying busy. I definitely find time for all of the fun things, but in addition to those, there’s work, afterschool activities for the kids, as well as chores that must be completed regularly. My planner is essential to my every day functioning. I could go on and on and do a whole commercial on the Passion Planner, but instead I’ll just leave you with the website so that you can check it out for yourself. Remember to check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

Passion Planner

My Passion Planner

In some way, we all probably use some form of a planner. It may be on your phone, it may be with a couple of post-its, you may even be one of those people who can remember EVERYTHING (yeah right)! As long as what you are doing is working for you, that’s all that matters.

Until next time,


Mission Trip to Haiti

APRIL // 7 // 2016

Hey y’all!

Thank you so much for your interest in sending me to Haiti!  This is an opportunity that I feel so fortunate to be blessed with and I can’t wait to go and spread the good news of Christ.  Below is the official donation letter, just read and click here to proceed with a financial blessing.  Remember to type in my name (Starr Howard), in the note section.

Haiti Donation Letter

Thank you again!

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  ~ Mark 16:15

Capsule Wardrobe RED-y….Maybe

I’ve been thinking hard about a capsule wardrobe.  I LOVE clothes, shoes, and everything in between, but I have too much stuff!  I mean, when you pull a dress out of your closet and think to yourself how cute it is, but can’t remember ever buying it, then you may have a problem.  #Firstworldproblems

With that being said, I will may work with a Capsule wardrobe for the spring.  I’m still doing a bit of research, and have found this blog to be very useful. To get a bit of practice, I created a few outfits from this amazing red sweater I scooped from Old Navy, using the items I have in my closet.  Some of these pieces, you have seen before in previous posts.  I guess that helps build that capsule wardrobe I’m speaking of!

Option #1:  You will see a lot of leopard in the next few options, but what can I say, it’s the perfect neutral.


Sweater – Here ( color – Flame Attempt) / /  Leopard print beanie – Here and similar here / / Scarf – similar here / / Bag – Here / / Boots (old) – Similar here


Option #2: I can’t tell you how much I love all things plaid!! throw the red sweater on top of this plaid shirt, or wear the sweater alone and tie the shirt around your waist.  Either way works!


Same Sweater

Ray Ban Aviators (Nordstrom is currently price matching) / / Buffalo Plaid Shirt – Here // Ruby Woo Lippie – Here / / Watch (My favorite arm piece) – Here / / OTK Boots


Option #3: I’ve used this bag for everything from a carry on, to a computer bag, to my every day bag.  It’s reversible, inexpensive, and comes in every color imaginable. I like to pair this outfit with a pair of brown tights when it’s a bit cooler.


Skirt – Old J.Crew, but you can get a similar one here / / Ankle Boots. Mine are old, but here are a similar pair / / Tote  / / Statement necklace (mine is sold out) Similar here


Option #4: This H town weather has not afforded me many opps to wear my OTK (over the knee) boots, but when I get the chance, it’s on! This exact clutch sold out, but I’ve seen them everywhere if you are looking to add one to your wardrobe.


Destroyed Skinny jeans (old) Similar pair here / / OTK Grey Boots – Similar pair Here and Here / / Clutch. Exact item is sold out, but a cute one can be bought here


Option #5: I love scarves, but it as previously mentioned, it hasn’t been cold enough in Houston to wear them.  I can’t wait for those 2 weeks of winter! Mixing stripes and leopard is a new found love of mine.


My exact leggings are here, but here is a similar pair / /  Similar Leopard Cross body, Splurge here and save here / / Combat boots here / / Similar scarf here and here / / Sunnies / / Lippie


Option #6: I love what a leopard print brings to an outfit.  It matches nothing but goes with everything! When in doubt, throw in a bit of leopard to take your outfit up a notch.


Boyfriend jeans – Here and Here / / Leopard pumps – save here and spurge here / / Favorite Watch – here / / YSL Clutch here


What I love most about all six of the above options is that they are not hard to put together and most pieces can probably be found in most of our closets, yet they still look put together.  That’s also a reason why I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe.

I hope this motivates  you to attempt to live a minimal life, (at least in your closet) if you don’t already.  I’m not sure how successful I will be in executing a capsule wardrobe, but one can only hope.


♥ Starr

p.s. – I created these outfits using the Stylebook App.  Get into it.  It has been a time saver for me.

Four Friday Faves – Shopbop’s Surprise Sale

Well, it’s not quite Friday, yet, but I didn’t want you to miss out on this crazy good sale.  ShopBop is having a Surprise Sale that is soon to end, offering 40% off select items.  I have included my four faves from the sale, below.




DKNY Black Cape / Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody / House of Harlow Ring / South Parade Sweatshirt

I’ve put myself on a shopping freeze for the month of November, minus Black Friday, so I haven’t indulged in this sale, just yet, but don’t let me stop you from taking advantage!

Happy Shopping!