Holiday Gift Guide: Accesories and More

I wanted to share some gift giving ideas for your girly fun loving friend…or yourself. I’m not here to judge. All gifts are under $75!

Gift Giving Guide: Blessing to be a Blessing

I wanted to do a little something different this  year and add some charitable organizations to my gift giving guide. The following organizations are some that are near and dear to my heart.

I truly feel that it is a blessing to be a blessing. Please take a look at the following organizations and make a donation if you can. If not, let it be a reminder to you that your gifts that you give can be bigger than you, and find an organization that you can sow into.

Hustlers Guild

The Hustlers Guild, a 501 (c) (3), was started by Obama Administration Alumni Yasmin Salina, Jason Spear, and Kevin Beckford. The three shared many of the same experiences when it came to navigating as young minority professionals in the Nation’s Capital. With a commitment to extend their expertise and resources, The Guild was formed to service underrepresented youth.

Their mission is to develop and empower youth ages 10 -19 years old, as well as college freshmen of underrepresented communities to drive innovation that will impact the future

You can donate to Hustlers Guild here.

 

C+1(Cancer plus 1)

The Mission of Cancer +1 is to  end the feeling of loneliness felt by individuals fighting a chronic illness.

To level the playing field, C+1 believes that by sharing the patient/caregiver experience with one another we will provide real, tangible information about various areas of healthcare to benefit one another. Healthcare should not just be about the life before a disease and the life after a disease…but during.  Sharing experiences and resources can be the greatest benefit to change the lives of the ones with the disease and the ones caring for their loved ones

By connecting real people who are experiencing similar circumstances, we are able to create a safe and informative community where people can be authentic, detailed, but more importantly provide an environment where we can heal one another on an unparalleled level.

You can donate to C+1 here

Bo Fosters Hope

The Eusibio “Bo” McCoy Foster Children’s Support Project, Inc. was formed in memory of Sergeant Eusibio McCoy, fondly known to family and friends as Bo. Bo was in foster care from a very young age, until he aged out at the age of 21.  Bo often discussed with her what he deemed to be inadequacies in the foster care system and the need for more programs that would provide educational, mentoring, tutoring and life skills for those aging out of the system. His dream was to one day form an organization to aid children in foster care. At the age of 21 he joined the United States Army and quickly excelled, becoming a military policeman and a combat instructor prior to being promoted to Sergeant just weeks prior to his untimely death in Belgium at the age of 24. While in Belgium, Bo was instrumental in getting many of his fellow soldiers to volunteer at a local orphanage. It was not until his death that many of them learned that he had spent most of his childhood in foster care and why he had been so passionate and persistent that they volunteer. This organization is dedicated to his memory and fulfilling his dream!

You can donate to Bo Fosters Hope here

All About Jade Rolling

So let me start by being honest. When I first saw someone talk about jade rolling I said “What the hell is this?” I thought it was just another gimmick that marketers were trying to put people on. I will also be honest and say I didn’t even think to look it up or its benefits. I just wasn’t interested.

I finally became interested once I saw Marianna of Life With Me talk about it on her IG stories and she did a short YouTube video on them. I’m really into skincare these days and any way I can give my products an extra boost, so I decided to give it a go.

 What is jade rolling?

Jade rolling is an ancient practice of rubbing cool jade stones across your face and neck. If you’re into crystals and healing, jade is associated with protecting against negative energy and balancing your chi. It is rumored that centuries ago it was a practice used by wealthy Chinese women. Today they can range in price from $10 to upwards of $100.

I couldn’t have picked a better day to use my jade roller for the first time. I had worked 12 hours the day before, barely got any sleep. I was in a pseudo foul mood and completely drained (mentally and emotionally) and my face was puffy. I took a nice long hot shower thinking that would wake me up, and it didn’t.

I cut my jade roller out the pack and realized it was really cold to the touch. I rolled it on my face for a few minutes and I instantly yelled out (yes in the house by myself) OMG THIS IS AMAZING!

Keep reading to learn more about jade rolling and all of its benefits! Continue reading “All About Jade Rolling”

Shea Suite Body Butters and Balms

Photo: SheaSuite.com

Who doesn’t love a good body butter?!? Find me a woman who doesn’t, and you’ve pointed out an alien. Seriously….

I have tried everything from lotions, baby oil gels, you name it I’ve tried it. However the best thing for my dry skin these days has been the body butters and balms from Shea Suite.

Shea Suite is a small woman-owned business based out of Maryland, and has homemade luxurious body butters and balms made from simple, rich, and organic ingredients. A few have fragrances (while seasonal), right now I’m loving the Suite Pumpkin which is a wonderful light pumpkin spice cinnamon type of scent. If you’re not a fan of fragrance you can do the standard salve which gives more of a cocoa butter scent (which men love!)

I personally prefer to shower in the evening before bed, and I love the fact that I can get out of the shower and apply this balm at night, and my skin is still ultra moisturized in the morning. The luxurious texture of the body balms literally melt into your hands and your skin.

Great for yourself, or as a gift for the holidays. Head on over to Shea Suite and place an order. And tell them I sent you!

Preparing Your Pout for Matte Colors

Helpful tips on how to prepare your pout for matte lips!













I’m not always a fan of matte colors, but the right hue will get me every time. Whenever I wear dark colors I tend to go for matte colors (my reds, wines and plum colors).

I shared on Instagram how much it irritates me when I see matte colors on chapped lips. I can’t be the only one bothered by this, am I right?!

Prepping your lips for matte colors is extremely important. Not only do you want to ensure that your color is going to apply properly (evenly, and long lasting) you don’t want to do any additional harm to your lips. Matte products by nature can be drying, and if your lips are already dry, you’re adding insult to injury. Putting salt in an open wound. Literally.

Here are some tips to keep your lips perfect and supple before applying matte colors: Continue reading “Preparing Your Pout for Matte Colors”