Lady in Red

I have always loved the color red for your hair. Its something about it that I just love. Red is the color or POWER and  PASSION. When I am wearing a red lip you can’t tell me NOTHING!

When I saw this beauty on Divatress website I knew I had to get my hands on it. I am not going to lie, I was a little intimidated by the color when I first got it out of the box. I actually purchased it in October and I just wore it out This month (Jan 2018).

I customized the unit by cutting a bang into it and framing it around my face. This unit is semi-big head friendly(that’s why I have a bang) It is a lace front and synthetic hair. The curls are nice and has the volume I want when I wear a curly wig.

It has a comb in the back and you are able to adjust it to fit most head shapes. When it comes to coloring my hair, that is something I decided not to do. However, I LOVE bold colors and I am always looking for a way to wear them without damaging my hair. I encourage you to try a wig if you want to color your hair. Even if you just want to see what you look like in a particular color before you actually dye your own tresses.

What are some of your favorite Bold hair colors to rock? Let me know in the comment section below.

Keep Pushing

When you have been sick for the last two weeks, the last thing you want to do it keep pushing. However, as a mother, you don’t get the option of curling up on the sofa with a hot cup of green tea and just sleep.

I had two sick kids, a teething toddler on top of being sick, a sick husband and house to run. I am almost at the end of this cold. I am so thankful for grocery delivery services, for the cold that hit FL so I didn’t miss being outside lol, for the honey in my green tea that soothed my throat and for the humor that has kept me sane through all of this. I am so glad we are almost to the end of it and will go back to my regular scheduled program soon.

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2017 – The BEST yet, WORST year lol

It is Officially 2018!!! we can all wave goodbye and good riddance to 2017

This year was a year of growth for me. I was so happy to finally see the light that is the end to PPD. I also suffer from depression but PPD was another beast all in itself. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. However, I am a survivor and I am so proud of myself as well as my husband for all he has and continues to do for me and our family. This man never complained when he had to work 40+ hours a week to provide for us, get off work, clean the house, cook dinner and take care of our children because I was just not capable to do it. I knew I he was an amazing man when I married him but this year (and last) made me love him even more than before. We celebrated 12 years of marriage this year, We started having consistent date nights as well.

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Some other good things that happened this year was the ability to see some of my family this year. Two of my sisters I got to see TWICE this year which is HUGE. They live in KY and we live in FL so being able to see them both twice in one year was truly a blessing. I was also able to see a close friend before the year ended. One of my closest friends moved BACK to FL and it has been a joy having her here. I was able to attend a friend 15 yr wedding anniversary which was awesome since I was the MOH and there the day they said I DO. To see them happy is so encouraging to me.  So many good memories that I didn’t even take photos of. I learned to really live in the moment this year and truly embrace whatever I am dealing with and taking it day by day.

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When I look back at these pics they envoke such happy emotion. I am humbled that I was able to live my life and have amazing people around me. Now this year wasn’t all about rainbows and butterflies.

Just looking at the news you could see that there was so much chaos going on in the world. That chaos spilled over into my life. I found out that I am the product of rape and that is something that I had felt I was for a WHILE. However, to have it confirmed by your mother was triggering especially since the man who molested me as a child confirmed it to one of my sisters. All of a sudden all of these feelings I THOUGHT I had dealt with came flooding back as flashbacks, harsh realities that I indeed needed to heal and really take care of myself. I have been in therapy for a while and I am finally in a place where I can share. I read a book by the AMAZING Jennifer Lewis called Mother of Black Hollywood (A MUST READ, do yourself a favor ) she had a rough childhood as well and she said something that I will forever carry with me – “We are ALL as SICK as our SECRETS.” I know that for me to truly heal I cant hold on to secrets. So many families hold onto these things and we can’t. I implore you for 2018 just be REAL and be honest about who you are and WHAT you have been through. TELL YOUR TRUTH.  We all have baggage but we don’t need that baggage to define us. in 2018 I want to focus not only on my mental health but my health overall. I may have a setback but I am determined to know stay down, I will get back up and fight to get to my goals. They may not come to fruition in 2018 but I will make sure to put in the work. I have some trends that I would love to see everyone doing in 2018. You can check that out below

What are some of your treasured memories from 2017? What challenges did you overcome? What are you working towards this year?

 

Did SheaMoisture Sell out?

Yesterday,  SheaMoisture made a HUGE announcement.

They have been bought out by Unilever. Now, When this was announced I heard right away that they are sell outs and they aren’t here for the community that built them but honestly I feel like that is further from the truth. As a SheaBassador I had the privilege to get on a call with Mr. Dennis himself and ask him specific questions about this deal(something that all of the Sheabassadors had a privilege of doing.)

Right away I wanted to know if this was a partnership or a buyout. Unilever has bought out Sundial but Mr.Dennis is still the CEO of Shea moisture and holds creative control. He now has the ability to have more capital to put back into his community at a faster rate, as well as being able to make his brand a global brand. I asked him if there was a black-owned business that was bigger than his that he could have gone to in order to build his brand to be the global brand he dreams of. He stated sadly there was not.” he also stated that is why he is excited about the possibility of investing in more black entrepreneurs so that one day we will see a black-owned business with global reach.”

I personally am excited about this. All too many times we as minorities cry out that the business needs to stay black-owned. Look around your neighborhoods, even in predominantly minority ones, WHO OWNS MOST BUSINESS? WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING? It is usually not back into the community that business is in. With this buyout the COO who is overlooking the companies that have been bought out is a black woman, the money is also being put BACK into black communities. So how is this a bad thing?

The “Beats Deal” of Beauty & Personal Care was Announced today but this time Black Women are at the Center ! This sister @eebracey sitting with in the light, is now on top of a 5billion dollar portfolio at Unilever bring all her Black Girl Magic & Grown Ass Woman Strategy to brands like Vaseline, Qtip, Dove (yup) AND now Sundial(SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage) the largest deal ever in this category by a Black (family business) the DOPEST detail is Sundial & @unileverusa have created a fund to invest in Black & WOC entrepreneurs starting at 100 million! Providing, capital, infrastructure & information to smart, passionate sisters-50 million ready to invest in Jan! Today Black women won big in a big business deal & there’s more to come ✊🏾💄💃🏽 #BossedUpBlackWomen #CenterBlackWomen #InvestInBlackWomen #TrustBlackWomen #BlackGirlMagic #GrownAssWoman #HereForBlackWomen

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One thing that Mr. Dennis kept stating over and over is that he is excited that they now have the economic freedom to put money in our communities that way we can have the SAME opportunities. If there are no funds then how will these opportunities happen?

I have seen a lot of black women talk about this company and how they aren’t the same etc and you have every right to not spend your coins where you don’t want too. However, look at this as an opportunity you have as black women(Or other WOC) to submit business proposals to a company that understands the struggle you may have when going to a bank to get a business loan. They now have the opportunity to help MORE women. So if you have a dream of owning your own business, start getting things together so you can submit a proposal and try to get it funded.

What other company has done this? who have set up a fund to help entrepreneurs. NO one else has done it on this scale. This is the LARGEST buyout for a black-owned business who made sure that their community is not left behind. When you are innovators and at the forefront of business, people may not understand and they may not support you. Business 101 is about growth, you can’t make money if you don’t grow and you cant invest in people or your business if you have no money.

So congrats ShaeMositure on your new endeavors. You’re not afraid to break down the walls and I can’t wait to see where the next 20 years takes you.

#SmallBusinessSaturday – BlackFriday weekend edition

I did a little shopping online this last week.Just remember, When you shop small business you are supporting families.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite small business that I have purchased from in the past and also this weekend.

First up is HGC Apparel. I have purchased from them in the past and I have been eyeing this shirt for the past six months. I had to get my hands on it. With 30% off your purchase, you need to get your hands on this shirt(and many other items) now.

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Respect, Protect, Love the black woman shirt 

For the art lover in the family, you have to check out these two artists. First up is Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute. I love her illustrations they are so cute to decorate your home or office. Also,if you have Ebates you can get 7% cash back (don’t miss out on those savings)

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F.R.O art print Coily and Cute

Next up is Justin Copeland Art. I have his art lining the walls in my home. His art moves me. I found him on Instagram and it has been love ever since.

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Golden Flowers is one of my favorite pieces that I own.

Wear Truth and Gold is a company that makes shirts for activist big and small. Their shirts are conversation starters for sure.

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One Thousand Cranes T-shirt

The weather outside is getting cold and that means you need a cute mug to hold your coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The Dyna Smile has some of the best looking mugs out there. I own two of them and they put a smile on my face every morning that I drink from them.

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Of course, I can’t write an article about small business without showcasing a beauty brand. Juvia’s Place has some of the MOST PIGMENTED blushes and eyeshadows on the market right now. They are also priced great.

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These are just a few of my favorite small business at the moment. I wanted to share my love of them with you. None of these products mentioned are sponsored. I have purchased from all of these shops with my own money. All of the thoughts are my own.

What are some of your favorite small businesses to shop at?