Monday, November 13, 2017

Do Healthy Products Boost Your Mood?

Hi Friends!

I'm usually fighting the occasional case of Monday Blues, but the struggle is so fierce today because the weather is so cold, rainy and overcast. Vitamin D really makes a world of a difference. What really helped me kick into a brighter mood was listening to encouraging podcasts from Dr. Caroline Leaf, going to the gym and writing via blogging. I always find a way to start my day in prayer and reading the Bible. That always sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Now that we've covered, the inner things (spirit & soul) I must share how I've done a major cabinet haul in my house. It all started about a year ago when my toddler Alyssa began having bad seasonal upper respiratory allergies. She was constantly sneezing, coughing, congested accompanied by a runny nose. She was constantly on allergy syrup and I just hated it. I downloaded an app called Think Dirty and threw out all of her Johnson & Johnson products, tossed all paraben and sulfate hair products and got more diligent about reading food labels. I bought an allergen fighting charcoal (Amazon)air freshener bag for her room as opposed to Lysol spray.

I am not going to credit all of my efforts because I know some hardworking moms who have tried everything and their little ones are still struggling. Thankfully, her immune system was built up and I noticed a difference.

One of my favorite family products that I have been using recently is Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo and personal care line. I love that I can use it on my hair and on my daughter Alyssa's hair. My hair is currently curly without a chemical straightener or what we consider "natural". My daughter Alyssa inspired me to leave the chemical relaxers, perms and embrace my kinky curls. I love seeing my curls since I've never seen my hair in its natural birth state. My mom began relaxing my hair when I was 8 yrs old and prior to that my hair was always straightened with a blow dryer/hot comb method. It was a different time- no judgement to mama bear, lol.

The Tea Trea Oil shampoo left my itchy prone scalp feeling refreshed.

Fresh trim!

I'm about 20 weeks PREGNANT! ! HALFWAY THERE!!

Visit their website and check out their naturally formulated line! Maple Holistic 

Ultimately, the healthier cruelty and toxic free personal care products are not scientifically proven to have a direct physiogically positive affect on your mood. However, I am very happy and reassured knowing my daughter is exposed to safer products essentially boosting my mood. 
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THEIA Bridal Show Review

Hope you've been having a great start to October! Temps are in the 80s and everyone's loving it but me. :) Needless to say, the warm weather set the tone for the Grecian themed runway show brought to you by the creative minds at THEIA. 

I had the chance to cover NY Bridal Fashion Week and THEIA's Bridal Collection hit the runway absolutely taking our breath away. This collection is inspired by the Greek Goddess of Light. The show was filled with elegant and sophisticated tulle, detailed beaded embroidery and ethereal prints. THEIA's Creative Director Don O'Neill was able to capture the essence of beauty from a range of sizes including plus size. I got the chance to chat with Don on his inspiration behind the collection.

The Fall 2018 collection speaks to the unconventional bride looking to achieve effortless beauty and confidence that radiates from within. 

If you're looking for talent for media coverage at your next press event. Book me and my production team! Check out my work HERE!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Finding Joy in Every Season

Happy Sunday! The sun is shining bright and we're off to church and then I'm slipping away for brunch with my girls. I attended a really encouraging, knowledge sharing panel and jewelry/accessories sales event yesterday (I'll blog about it.) It was so uplifting and fun to meet different entrepreneurs, creatives and career women who happened to have busy personal lives. They shared about their struggles and how they were working for free before the brands began to hire them.

I'm in a new season in my life where I am mostly freelancing for brands and doing my own work. This takes a lot of courage, sacrifice and support. I appreciate my circle of support who encourage me to keep pushing, never to quit, to remember the talent I have and to be fearless. Those words help me to choose joy and love everyday. It's not an easy feat because the negative thoughts keep bombarding your mind. But, we have power over our thoughts when we choose to speak power and faith filled words of hope. In the morning choose joy, because where you are is only for a season. Let's learn to enjoy the journey.

Zara Top: Similar, Necklace: Truly Rachel Skirt: Cotton On and Shoes: Zara (Old)  

Shoes: Zara Shop these Flamingo Pink Tassel Earrings HERE
Shop these Muli-Colored Seed Tassel SHOP HERE

What are you looking to achieve in this season of life? Don't let anything steal your joy. Our joy is our peace. God loves you!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Truly Rachel + Walnut Street Pop Up

Hey Friends! Hope your week has been off to a great start. With spring comes a new wave of endless pop up shop and vendor opportunities. I think that is where my accessories and jewelry line thrives, Truly Rachel the most. I absolutely love meeting my customers, friends and well-wishers. I've been packing my car table, bins and Square reader on my mini-roadshow. Check out my calendar on my website to see where I will be next! This Saturday, 5/6 I will be at the National Black Theater in Harlem, Harlem world watup?!

I gave my hair a break, braided it and whipped this thang on. Yas Slay-mazing!
Grandma just loves joining me at these events and Alyssa was upset about something. 3 year olds. smh
My husband is really really the best. I couldn't thank God enough for blessing me with this kind-hearted, selfless soul. Sometimes I wish he could enjoy going out and roaming local neighborhoods and finding new eateries as much as I do. But when I see how supportive, sacrificial, kind and an amazing dad he is. All things come into perspective. Cheers to amazing husbands!
Some of my adorbs shoppers. Ok, what I love about them is that most of them said they would take that before asking the price. I love that! They love supporting and shopping small.
My youngest Truly girls!

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