So this is the last of our quarantine edition and I wanted to make sure you guys were ready for Gemini season, I mean summer! My family will still be home for at least the month of May but that doesn’t mean we can’t be ready for when the outside opens up. Currently my wallet is hidden away for safekeeping cause your girl is a recovering shopaholic and the anxiety of the current situation got me relapsing like a hoe in a hen house. Pause… So that saying is something my grandmother used to say all the time. I’m still confirming exactly what this saying means but the longer we stay on quarantine the clearer it becomes. Rest in Heaven Cella Belle.
Anyway, back to the quarantine, Geminis, and summer. Have you guys been working on those summer bodies? Full disclosure, Yes I have been attempting to do some form of exercise at least every day. I drink protein shakes and I wear two different waist trainers. I’ll include them below for you. I eat according to quarantine rules which means when I feel like it I eat. If I don’t feel like eating, then I don’t eat anything. Yes, I have tried your virtual workout, your beginning yoga, Pilates, Hiit training, and twerk classes. Sometimes, I’m just not feeling it and sometimes you’re not feeling it either. Today I am telling you to do what you can do! Do what feels good and feels right. Nobody is promised tomorrow and I don’t want my description of today to be that I spent 4 out of the 24 hours in the downward dog position. Last week I did yoga 3 times out of the week. This week I only did 1. Maybe next week I will do 7.
The summer will get this body regardless. I’m seeing many crop tops, wide-leg pants, and maxi skirts in my immediate future, even if it is just around the house. Next week let’s get into some fashion and my first giveaway!! Leave a comment on the blog post with your favorite summer staple. Is it bomb glasses? What about prints? Your favorite lip gloss? I will be choosing one winner for a $20 gift card to Ulta Beauty to order some of your favorite makeup essentials! Yay, you.
Here are the deets on the waist trainers: Yellow (Along Fit Sweat Sauna Vest $25), Pink (Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer for women $25). The Sweet Sweat is my favorite. I bought it about a year ago. Both items are from Amazon.
Until the outside opens….. Y’all keep it classy
Two things happened this week! I celebrated 16 years since joining Zeta Phi Beta Sorority inc. ZZZZZZ PHI and I attended Curves En Blanc Slay and Stay virtual All White Party sponsored by Maui Bigelow and Lane Bryant. I slayed and I stayed!
Alexa play “ Move” by Ludacris. So we have been quarantined a little over a month now. My husband and I both work in the school system so we have been at home since the beginning with our 4-year-old. We go out once a week for groceries and I have been ordering other things online. I have started to see a lot of post about wishing for a quarantine bae, heyyyyyyyy !! Are you sure sis? Are you really sure that’s what you want? I’m asking because I care about you? Bro, are you sure you want that type of commitment?
I mentioned that we have been quarantined for over a month right? So let’s look at what happens when a married couple is quarantined 24 hours a day. Let me give a disclaimer, my husband is younger than I am, he is a Pisces and I am a Gemini, and we have been married for 10 years. My Gemini side makes me appear younger sometimes because he is a homebody and I need 4th of July consistency constantly. So over the last couple of weeks he has been kind of laid back. We both have our work from home hours that we have been managing, but week 3, week 3 was a doozy. By week 3 we were both suffering from lack of a sleep pattern, not just for us but also for our 4-year-old. I remember on Wednesday of week 3, I woke up mad. Guys, when I opened my eyes and got out of bed I was already mad. Those of you that know me also know that I am rarely not smiling. This particular morning, I could feel the frown lines in my forehead. I asked my husband 100 different questions within a 15-minute increment. I was firing them off like a pistol. Later I had to come back and apologize. I had to think about it and say “why are you so upset”? I realized that it was just the frustration of waking up again with nowhere to go or nothing to do.
On another occasion, my husband got upset that I parked the car in an area that normally floods. My response was that I didn’t know it was even supposed to rain. We have had 496 of those little spats. Now, we realize that we have to stay busy and give each other the space required, even during the quarantine. I have cleaned every room in the house, redecorated the bedroom and moving to our son’s room next. All I’m saying is quarantine bae beware. 24/7 is not always pretty. Make sure you choose bae wisely and be willing to do the work while getting the work. We have switched our groceries runs to a solo event. This is MY time! Check out my playlist from today’s shopping run below.
Savage: Megan Thee Stallion
Truth Hurts: Lizzo
The Box: Roddy Ricch
Toosie Slide: Drake
Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E): Jhene Aiko
Find My Way: DaBaby
B.S. (feat. H.E.R.): Jhene Aiko
Know Your Worth: Khalid & Disclosure
The entire Dreamgirls soundtrack
Don’t you wanna dance with me? No?
I could dance like Michael Jaaaackson
One thing that is very important to me in establishing an online presence is making sure that I am connecting with my audience and they are connecting with me as well. In the about section of the blog I talk about how Creative Curves started. Today I wanted to give you a glimpse into the creator of Creative Curves. So, here we go.
Hey friends! My name is Yureka Pirtle, I am a millennial, a mom, a wife, a counselor and I am currently balancing about 20 more roles. I am from Holly Springs, Ms. It’s okay if you don’t know where that is right now. Just know it is the cutest retirement city that you could ever visit. When I wanted to take a break from the city normally I would just go to Mississippi. The reason that I have mentioned my city of birth is that I believe that it plays a huge part in the foundation of my personality. Friends and family would describe me as really laid back and quiet. However, I tend to get myself into a lot of trouble because my Gemini often takes over. I live for new experiences and the adrenaline rush! Now I am not talking about physical adrenaline, but the adrenaline that you get from doing something that you have never done before.
True story. I entered pageantry on a dare. I told some friends and family I was interested in competing in a national pageant. The responses that I received were nonchalant. Although, I have to give them credit because I really do have a lot of ideas that somehow always come to me when I’m in the shower. Despite being a little shaky on what I was doing or even why I was doing it, I won that pageant yall! I competed as Miss Mississippi in the American Beauties Plus Pageant and I won! I often play this moment back in my head and think “what if I never entered”?
Over the years, I have begun to be a junkie for those experiences. I seek them out. I am often asked how to get started in pageantry or modeling. I always tell ladies to research and just start. Sometimes it difficult to follow my own advice but whenever I have, I was proud of myself 100 percent of the time.
Did yall catch the Drake lyrics in the title? Have you ever noticed how smooth Drake’s beats are in most of his songs? I get serious sway vibes when listening. Let’s vibe like a Drake song.
Are there things that you have been waiting to do? What is holding you back from pursuing it? Comment above and let’s talk.
Until the outside opens …
Disclaimer: The above paintings were done by a famous painter named Alexander Kade Pirtle. For inquires please contact us via the contact page!
Day number 4,356 from the Pirtle Residence…….. So we have been in the house for a while now and I have lost count of what day it is but there is one thing I know for sure. Mommy shaming is at an all time high. Since starting my new job as a facebook scroll technical engineer, I have notated several things. I bet your wondering who Allison is right? Well, Allison is the parent who has some how became the parent police and multitasker of the century on social media as of lately. Allison has converted her home into a Pre-K classroom equip with multi colored paper, paint, crayons and all the play dough you would ever need. She has a fully functional amusement park in another room and blue tape outlined on the floor directing her student to the cafeteria for lunch. Not only is Allison rocking her new home school reality, she is also cooking three meals a day and doing yoga four times a week. WHO are you Allison!! Pre-Quarantine I considered myself to be a schedule master but guess what happens when there is nothing to schedule. Nothing, absolutely nothing. Three weeks inside and I am just starting to grasp this temporary normalcy. Did I mention that I am the mom of a 4 year old boy? Previous to last week, we were staying up until the early morning hours and sleeping through mid morning. Now, we are on a 10-4 kinda schedule and I can roll with this for a while. I am balancing making sure my son is learning, working from home, and dodging a virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic. I would say that maybe I am the super multitasker! Are we homeschooling everyday of the week? Nope. Do my 3 meals a day always include something cooked from scratch? Nope. Is my son having the time of his life while at home with mom and dad? Absolutely. So Allison, keep sharing all those cute pictures. We love the family time. However, all parents are different. They adjust to what is better for their children. For some, this may be the only time they have gotten to bond with their mom or dad. What do you guys think? Have you experienced this? Leave a comment. Until the outside opens, be safe.
“Back when the world made sense”
Quarantine and chill anyone? As we adjust to this hopefully brief new normal, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are probably seeing their biggest profits yet. I am probably contributing to this like most Americans because in the Pirtle house we are buried in streaming services. This weekend is going to be a little different. I’m a star yall!! Well maybe not yet, but I am so excited that my first movie as an extra is premiering on Netflix Friday, March 27th. The movie “Uncorked” starring Niecy Nash, Mamoudou Athie, Coutney B. Vance, Sasha Compere and a host of other notable actors had scenes that were filmed in Memphis, Tn. So, here is the scoop on my experience.
The hours are lonnnnnnng. So I expected that I would have to block off a couple hours per day but I was wrong. The call times are normally early in the morning and you are there all day until the night. For this particular film, all of the extras were across the street from the film set. The hostess was very sweet and made sure we were taken care of in every aspect. She even made hot cider. Whats that joke about 30 extras in a house?
Fancy clothes? Nah, Extras were told what the shoot would be for the day and we would bring clothing that matched the scene. Once dressed, the coordinator would inform us if we needed to make changes. There were items that could be borrowed as well. For the men this was a little easier than for the females. You know the collective “we” like to do the most. My seasoned ladies were surely showing up to show out. One had on a fur, not faux fur but fur. Who does that? Anyway..
Makeup? So all of the extras did not get hair and makeup. Only those that were in noticeable scenes or speaking parts reported to hair and makeup. The makeup artist that they had on set were bomb though ( I received hair and makeup). I enjoyed these ladies so much because it gave me an opportunity to talk about the industry and the culture of the industry in Memphis.
Remember, I said that I received hair and makeup? Well, I did. The main scene that I received hair and makeup for, I was pulled from because I looked to young (no spoilers). This is by fair not a bad problem to have but I was thankful for my other snippets. Don’t forget to catch the film on Netflix. I wanna know what you think. Feel free to drop comments above.