Monday, October 27, 2014

Get Fit With and Nappturally Chic Jere

Hey Chic-istas! It is time to get healthy and fit!

I don't know about you, but I am sick of my fluctuating waist line! My problem is the fact that I looooovvvee food and my body is beginning to show it because my metabolism is slowing down because I am getting older (I still look yet but the calendar says otherwise lol).

If you are anything like me, you probably only care about your weight before a big event, a vacation, or when you feel your favorite clothes getting too snug... Not chic! Lol! I finally realized that now is the best time to get this under control and develop healthy habits that will carry me throughout my life. 

This year, I am focusing on being consistent and I am letting go of the dreaded unhealthy crash diets by committing to healthier eating habits and exercising three to four times a week. 

I have been following the Debbie Seiber's Program, Slim in Six (amazing program by the way), changed my eating habits (trying my hardest to eat clean, with occasional cheat days), and I have already seen results (Drop 8 pounds and I'm building muscle).

 We can't do this alone so let's turn this community of chic-istas into a healthy, fit, and strong community where we transform our bodies the healthy way! Are you ready? 

Check back here on our fitness tab for workout tips, exercise programs, healthy eating tips, and motivational quotes to keep you going. Be bold and send us your before and after pictures so that we can celebrate your success. If you want to jump start your motivation, read the weight loss story of Rachel found here.

If you have any concerns or problems, contact us at, if I cant answer your question, I will find someone who can.

Ready, set, get up and Move!!! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Empowered To Bloom Workshop

Empowered to Bloom is a community of young girls and women who strive to live their best lives by first learning to love themselves through the discovery of their inner beauty, talents, passions, and gifts while learning to authencially support and inspire each other. 

The focus of this organization is to give our girls and young women the tools they need to bloom into who they were called to be as opposed to who others think they should be. My desire is for each girl or young woman who participates in these faith based workshops leave blooming into the beautiful and majestic flower they were created to be by God.

Here's what you can expect at an Empowered To Bloom Workshop:

1) Session 1: The Warm Up

       A) Age appropriate ice breakers to introduce participants to the facilitators.
       B) Survey & Questionnaire- Targeted questions that help participants identify strengths.
       C) Pair and Share: participants will complete activities in groups of two. 

2) Session2: Self-Esteem Building

        A) Brief overview on the importance of having a healthy self-esteem
                  1. What is self-esteem
                  2. Examples of an unhealthy self esteem 
                  3. Rooting your self-esteem on who you are and who you are called to be.
         B. Mirror Activity (please contact for details on this activity)
         C. Dear Flaws. (Please Contact for details on this activity) 
         D. Discovering Your Gifts. 
         E. Takeaway- Journal Entry # 1

3) Session 3: Setting and Accomplishing Goals

         A) Brief overview of the importance of setting goals. 
         B) Vision Board Activity (please contact for details on this activity)
         C) Share and Care Activity (please contact for details on this activity)
         D) Takeaway- Journal Entry # 2

4) Session 4: Amplifying Your Beauty

         A) Putting Your Best Face Forward- Age appropriate makeup and skin care tips. 
         B) Dressing for your Dreams! 
         C) My Black is Beautiful Mini Makeover sponsored by P&G
         D) Takeaway- Journal Entry #3

5) Session 5: Healthy Habits and Healthy Lives

          A) The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle 
          B) The importance of having a healthy Body Image
          C) My Body Is... Activity
          D) Jere's Power Workout

6) Session 6: Reserved for Teenaged Girls and Young Women: Dating and Relationships.

           A) What society tells you vs. What God wants. 
           B) Your power and worth
           C)  Signs of an unhealthy relationship 
           D) Date Night Skit Activity
           E) Dating Scenarios Activity (what would you do) 

 * For Additional Information, Booking, and Availability, please contact
Jeré D. Reid by completing the form below. 

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Natural Hair Trends: The Tapered Cut

There is a blazing and chic trend taking the natural hair world by storm...The tapered cut is dynamic, fresh, edgy, bold, and beautiful!

This style and cut is magic because it is the perfect cross between femininity and edginess and it is a quick way to modernize anyone's natural or relaxed look. 

Here are my top five reasons why I love the Tapered Cut...

1) It takes some of the sting out of doing a big chop. A lot of people shy away from the big chop because they fear it will look out of style or boyish. The tapered cut allows you to big chop your hair while falling into one of the natural hair community's biggest trends.

2) It finally gives options to new naturals who are looking for ways to bring some life to their TWA or short to medium lengths. The dreaded in-between phase is over with this fresh and innovative style. 

3) It has a shape that is really flattering on all face shapes. If you have a fuller face, leave more hair on the sides and a keep a majority of your hair on the top. Slim face: go Halle Berry low darling... You can pull it off. Long face: Rock your tapered look with a high side part and swoop your hair to the side.

4) It gives you an Instant Upgraded Look! Sometimes on this journey, you achieve the length and health that you wanted but you are bored. Every twistout looks the same, every braidout is painfully identical to the last, and you know it's time to shake things up... What better way to uograde your hair than in an edgy style that screams, I am so chic!!!!

5) Color + Tapered Cut= Magic! There is zone of dopeness that is surpassed when you edge out your look with this cut... That zone is redefined when you add some bold color to the tips of your newly created style. Total and complete Hairstyling MAGIC! 

Well, are you thinking about taking the plunge... Why not? 

Hugs and Love!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Increase your level of Happiness with Gratitude

Sometimes it is so easy to find yourself boggled down with the menial task of life. You could be in a job you dislike, a relationship that is on decline, feeling stuck in a current position, or simply stressed by the basic responsibilities of your role in life.

When these things happen, it is very easy to loose sight of your happiness and give into the feeling of despair, discontentment, and depression. 

I remember feeling complete despair over one situation, so much so, that every aspect of my life was taken over by this problem. I couldn't see the silver lining on the dark cloud that seemed to follow me and I felt like there was nothing to smile about. 

As soon as I began to give in to that feeling, I heard the words to a familiar song marathon through my head: "count your blessings, name them one by one. Then you'll remember what The Lord has done." 

In that very moment, I took out a pen and notepad and started to reflect on all the things I should be grateful for. I started with general things that most could list: life, health, friends, family, etc... After exhausting that list, I began to dig deep and make my list personal! I wrote down the the things that God has specifically done just for me and as my pen filled the paper with this extremely personal and intimate letter of thanks, tears streamed down my face. I almost felt guilty for letting one problem darken the many areas of God given joys in my life. 

After doing this activity, I began to realize how blessed I was and took an inventory on the many times I was protected, loved, and shown favor... I was already a conqueror because I have done it again and again and again. 

Practicing gratitude immediately increased my happiness because I began to purposely look at my life through the lens of "thank you God" instead of "why me God?" I began to understand that the few problems I have pale in comparison to many blessings I've experienced and continue to experience... I couldn't couldn't help  but smile and find my happy! 

If you are feeling like your happiness  is decreasing and you have nothing to be grateful for, please join me for a month of gratitude. From tomorrow, October 24th to November 24th, let's start each morning with a moment of reflection that focuses on one specific thing that you are grateful for. 

 If you would like to share these moments of thanks, please email us at with a picture of yourself and what you are grateful for. 

On Thanksgiving Day, I will share all of your pictures and moments of gratefulness so that we can all be reminded to increase our happiness with gratefulness! 

Thanks for reading and supporting, 
Hugs and love, 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nappturally Chic Store

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Chic Natural Fashionista: Raven



NCJ: Hello Raven and thanks for sharing your amazing style with us. I just admire your fashion choices and your style; It seems effortless, chic, and trendy! How would you describe your style? Does it fall under a particular category?

Raven: My style is Vintage. Classic with Trendy touches

NCJ: Very nice!! Do you have one fashion item, you can’t live without? Is there a piece that will always be included in your wardrobe?

Raven: A good pair of jeans. I have really long legs so trying to find jeans that are long enough can be a challenge at times. Plus you can always dress them up or dress them down. A great day to night option.

NCJ: I love a great pair of jeans! What is your secret to putting together such amazing and fashionable outfits?

Raven: I put together things based on my day. What I’ll be doing, where I’ll be going and the weather etc. Then I usually start with an item I’ve had in mind for that day, then build the rest of the outfit around it.

NCJ: Where are your favorite places to shop? What catches your eye when you shop?

Raven: Right now I’m really into thrifting so Goodwill, Salvation Army etc. are my favorite places to shop. I usually look for items I want or need. If the item is neither it has to be a “can’t live without this” piece, i.e. I just bought a Giorgio Armani silk coat. This piece was on the pricier side of thrifting at $45 but I had to have it, no idea where I’m going to wear it yet but it was definitely an investment. Outside of thrifting Forever 21 and H&M are my staple go to shops.

NCJ: Do you have a celebrity style icon? A person you draw inspiration from...

Raven: I love June Ambrose and Nicole Ritchie. But I buy what I like; I draw inspiration from what I see in store or in magazines.

Thanks so much for sharing your fashion tips with us! If you want to see more of Raven's fabulous style. 

Check her out on Instagram: Swankstylista

Friday, October 17, 2014

Donna: The Story Behind the Curls

NCJ: Hello and thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little more about yourself. 

Donna: My name is Donna Moody and I'm 33 years old. I have 3 blessed children and I've been married for 8 years. I love blogging about natural hair. I've been natural for 4 years and I love how my journey has allowed me to encourage and help others with their decision in "going natural". I am now a Carols Daughter  and Aunt Jackies Ambassador. I'm hoping to grow more in these Awesome brands and continue to educate others about natural hair.

NCJ: Very nice! Please tell us about your hair before going natural. 

Donna: My hair was relaxed and long. I've always had long hair unless I decided to cut it but after years of perming and cutting, my hair always remained shoulder length. It was like the growth had stunted. I wore a lot of wraps, roller sets, and I flat ironed my hair a lot. Heat and gel was my hair best friend until the damage started knocking at the door.

NCJ: When and why did you decide to go natural? Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop?

Donna: One day I decided to try a wig. I started loving how lace front wigs look so I kept wearing them. My Best Friend, Alexia Hunter had started her natural hair journey and after a few months of me wearing my wigs, she wanted me to try the natural hair journey with her. I thought to myself, "no way"! I didn't want to BC because my face was too full and I was scared of looking like a boy. After many attempts, and 6 months later, I decided to let my best friend cut off the chemical in my hair. The night before, I watched many YouTube videos on women who did the "Big Chop". I was so amped about doing it that I did it the next day!  Nervous and excited, It was the best decision I ever made and I wouldn't change it for anyone. 

NCJ: What was your biggest fear about going natural? How did you overcome it? 

Donna: My biggest fear as I stated earlier was the cutting process. I couldn't seem to get that I had to cut all of my hair off to get the chemical part off. Watching YouTube videos, helped me get over that fear because the women I watched were fierce, bold, confident, and beautiful.

: What are your favorite styles, favorite hair products?

DonnaMy favorite hairstyles are my Updos', Twistouts, and Wash n Gos'! 
My favorite products right now are the following:

  • Carols Daughter Milk Collection
  • Aunt Jackies Flaxseed Gel, Custard, Knot on My Watch Detangling Therapy, and Leave-in
  • Eco Styler Gel
  • Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Design Essentials Stretching Creme
  • Jane Carter Nourish and Shine
  • Cantu Shea Leave-in
  • Creme of Nature (natural hair line)
  • Beautiful Textures Line

NCJ:  What advice would you give to other new naturals or those thinking of going natural.

Donna: The advice I would give naturals who want to start their natural hair journey is to be confident in your decision. Everyone will not be supportive of your decision or have positive feedback about it. You have to feel confident and beautiful yourself and show everyone that natural hair is Gawjus.The second thing I would say is to learn your hair. Find out what products work by experimenting. Just because some products work for others doesn't mean that you will get those same results.
NCJ: Can you please share your hair do's and don'ts/ 

Donna: Do's for my hair- Trim, deep condition hair once a month, always use a leave-in for moisture, pay attention to the ends of my hair, and detangle hair while conditioner is in my hair or detangle in the shower.
Don'ts for my hair- I do not keep my hair dry, I don't comb hair dry, I don't leave in protective styles for a long time especially when gel is applied, I don't wash my hair everyday, I don't allow anyone to put their hands on my hair if they are not licensed to do so. 

NCJ: What is the biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey. 

Donna: The biggest lesson I've learned is to be me. I learned that when you're confident about yourself while being yourself, others will like you for you. I never thought that women all over the world would love my hairstyles or ask me for tips. It's all a humbling experience.

NCJ: Do you have any social forums that will allow other naturals to keep up with all of your fabulousness?

Donna: You can follow me on the following networks:

Thanks for sharing Donna! It was so great to get to know you and to learn about the story behind your curls! 

If you want to share The Story Behind Your Curls, email us at and answer the questions above and send us pictures of your hair throughout your journey.