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Hi! I'm Shanticka. My blog is about any and everything that I want it to be. Me, my family, work, personal style, friends, etc. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy getting to know me. Live, in living color.


Tell it all Tuesday...

The beautiful Kiah over at From the Rez to the City created a blog post about who she is as a person. I felt like it connected me to her on a whole different level, and for that I am grateful. Judging from all of the sweet comments on her post, I know I'm not the only one. Kiah and I had a brief Twitter convo and she said something that rings so true... "We all know we love fashion, but that does not define us." I loved her post so much that I decided to jump on in and share a few things about myself (I got her blessing =D).  I've done a similar post previously, but it didn't dive as deep (see here). I decided I would start a new segment titled, "Tell it all Tuesdays". This is all very random and all over the place, but hang in there with me y'all. Here it goes...

I was born in Chicago (Cabrini Green) and raised by my great grandmother and great aunt. My granny passed away when I was 12 years old, but I feel like I learned so much from here in the short time that I was blessed with her in my life. I moved to Minnesota when I was 14 years old. I hated it like crazy. I never would have guessed that I would meet some amazing people, and have such wonderful life long friends.

I like a good game of paintball. Nothing like shooting your friends in the leg with a semi-automatic paintball gun. =D

I have one tattoo. I tattoo'd myself like a big old fool at the tender age of 12. Before you ask, yes it says "Fe-Mac". Anybody remember the rapper chick MC Smooth?? I finally got it covered at the ripe old age of 33. Bout time! HA!


This is my first haircut (8th grade). It was supposed to be like Salt N Pepa, but ended up every bit of horrible. BTW,  I was in my late 20's when I finally waxed my eyebrows. I was so bushy!! lol! Don't judge me!                            


I loved my high school years. Some of the best times were had. I never went to college, and that's not to say that I won't go in the future. I was just one who got right to work after high school.


I'm outgoing and I love to laugh. I found out from my husband that I laugh just like my mother. LOL! Now when I laugh, all I hear is her. She'll be happy to know that.

My Momma                                      
People say I'm an old soul. I feel like it sometimes too, but I sometimes I don't like being a voice of reason. Sometimes I just want to let go and do stuff!!

I have 3 brothers and one sister. I'm the oldest, so I'm in charge wether they know it or not.

I do not like pets of any kind. Not even fish! I don't want to take care of them.

I don't like people that much. **wait let me explain** I have a huge family. A lot of which I lived with until I moved from Chicago. Even though I love my family, I always wanted to be by myself and have my own space. With a family so big and so close, there was never a need for too many friends.

I feel like I'm at my best when I know my family is happy.

I don't wear make-up other than a little eye shadow and lip gloss.

My first application of eye shadow

I have been married to the most wonderful husband a gal can have for almost 10 years (this February). Together for almost 15 (this March).

Although I love Minnesota for it's diversity, school system and NO CLOTHES TAX, I want to retire in a warmer climate. North Carolina preferrably.

I work in the insurance industry, and have since I graduated from high school in 1997, except for the few months that I worked at Comcast. Hey, it was free cable and internet!! I love the service aspect of my job. Even though I said I don't like people (don't judge me), I love building business relationships and seeing that customers return because of a service that I provide.

I think I may have rambled on for too long, that's all for now. Join me next week for another edition of "Tell it all Tuesdays". I'm going to try to keep doing this until I run out of things to say about myself. I hope to learn more about each and every one of you who take the time to stop by my little space and check up on me. Thanks for reading!! Until next time...


  1. Awe! You did such a great job! I am so glad that you opened up and shared more about YOU with us! You are such a special lady and I can't wait to learn more about you! Love the last photo! Those jeans look great on you and your mom is beautiful! I laugh like my mom too! haha Girl you must like the cold! burrrrr Kiah

  2. Very inspiring posts! Great idea from Kiah! Love your blazer in the last look

    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  3. Great post Ticka, thanks for sharing and letting us get to know the lady behind the kind demeanor and smile. This is really a frat way to connect to your fellow bloggers and followers, I often have a hard time expressing things about my personal life and myself in general outside of those in my close circle, but I thinks what you and Khia dies really awesome. maybe I too will open up a bit more :) thanks again for sharing :)

  4. Awesome post! We have all had those moments that we aren't to fond of but sharing them with others is always sweet. I have a tattoo that I HATE and I am determined to get it removed by next yr or 2013. Nice learning new things about u :)


  5. Nice post!!! I really do feel like I know you a little better!!

  6. Aww Ticka...thanks for sharing. It is good to know folks beyond the fashion...especially those of us who are more than just fashion. Now I'm gonna confess something to you. I don't know if you kow but Blogger Dashboard acts up on a reg. Not all of the blogs I follow show up consistently. Unfortunately, yours is one of them. My confession is that I come looking for you at least once a day. Not because I am a stalker but because you have an infectious personality that interests me :) It may be just in my head but we are kindred spirits.

    Thanks again for sharing! That Kiah came up with a good idea. Maybe one day I will feel up to it to do the same...maybe.


  7. love the concept. I do totally feel like I now know YOU!

  8. wow, amazing so great job!

  9. You guys are so sweet! Thank you for reading my ramblings.

    @Tavia, I know what you mean about Blogger. It acts up all the time and takes away blogs that I follow. Thanks for looking for me and always commenting! It's not in your head. We are sisters gurl! =D I can't wait until you and Toni @Pretty Dark Girl Style decide to share. C'mon ladies! Join in!

  10. Wow Ticka!!! This had all the elements of a great story!! LOVE IT! I may do one too!! BTW that salt and pepper cut had me in stiches! lol and that bootleg tatto!

    E. Louise

  11. I LOVE this!! I hope you keep doing these every week; It's great learning so much about you! I have never played paintball, but it's on my 2012 to-do list! I grew up in a big family too, which makes me rather friendly, but I also kind of grew up like an only child, though I have a brother, so I can be a bit shy and introverted too.

    Thanks for sharing so much of yourself!

  12. I LOVE the idea of "Tell it all Tuesday"! I feel like I am kind of introverted when it comes to my blog. I guess because I tend to open up on social networking sites like fb and twitter. I really like the idea of sharing something other than our fashion sensibilities. I may have to try it. BTW, I love those wide leg pants, haute!



  13. Awww...this is an awesome post. You guys will NEVER get to see my teenage and junior pics if I could help it, LOL. I looked a hot mess! But seriously, thanks so much for sharing a piece of who you are woman. FAB!

  14. Great post!Thanks for sharing more of yourself. I think I'd like to do something like this someday. From what I've experienced, North Carolina is not that warm in the winter. What about Florida? ;) You look great in that last picture.

  15. wow...1st time here and i got to know so much about you....you are very candid and courageous to share your personal self and life with fellow bloggers...and u luk great in the last shot!!!

    Season’s greetings!!

  16. Nice post Merry Xmas!!!

  17. Wow the tatt cover up turned out to be awesome! LOLL cant believe you did that at age 12 ahah. Great post!

  18. Nice Post! LOL @ your D.I.Y tattoo @ age 12 :)

  19. I absolutely MISS Chicago! =( -Jessica



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