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 Jere.reid11@gmail.com 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, 

Jeré 






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.



NCJ
: 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 nappturallychic11@gmail.com and answer the questions above and send us pictures of your hair throughout your journey.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Nappturally Chic Jeré's Beauty Favs!!!


Here is a list of my all time favorite and most used Beauty (Makeup) Products. I tend to keep things simple and use neutral palettes on my eyes and use pops of color on my lips. My routine is very simple, cost effective, and easy to apply. I'm working on two get ready with me videos... one is for work (everyday looks) and the other is my "glammed" out look. 

Face 
1. My favorite foundation is the Iman Second to None Stick Foundation. I have a review of it HERE. I love it because it matches my skin tone perfectly and because it gives me nice and even coverage without looking overly made up. I use Clay 5 in the Winter when me skin lightens up a bit and I use Earth 1 in the summer months when the hot Florida sun gives me a tan. 

2. Concealer- I use Fit Me in 30 or L.A Girl Pro (Toffee/Fawn) to highlight under my eyes and even out the darkness around my mouth and eyes. I love both products! Together these are a great dupe for MAC's concealer. 

3. Finally, I set my foundation and concealer with Covergirl's Press Power in Tawny! I loooovvve this stuff. Sets my makeup and gives me a nice and warm glow. 

Brows
1. Having a defined and nicely shaped brow is so important to any makeup look. Since most of us aren't born with perfectly arched eyebrows, we need a little help every now and then. My all time favorite product to naturally fill in my brows without giving me the dreaded sharpie marker look is Anastasia's Dip Brow in chocolate. The color, the texture, and ease of application make this product a winner in my book. I love it! 

Eyes
1. For my everyday eye look, I keep it very simple. I love using Covergirl's Queen Eye Shadow Quad in Desert Bronze. I simply and lightly sweep the gold color over my eyelids and use the deep brown eye shadow for some slight crease action and to line my eyes. Perfect color combination for ladies who don't want to have overdone eye makeup. 

2. Sometimes, I skip eye shadow all together and just line my eyes with Covergirl's Ink It liner. I usually use the black liner to line my lids to help my lashes pop and then use the aquamarine ink (light blue) or the Golden Ink (shimmery golden) to add a pop of color to my waterline. 

3. My eyes aren't complete without a coat of mascara. I love Covergirl's Lash Blast! I apply two coats on on the top and bottom to make my eyes pop. 

Lips
1. I used to be the girl who was anti-department brand cosmetics. I could never justify why it was necessary to pay more than 15 dollars for any one cosmetics product. For the most part, I'm still like that, but your girl will bend when it comes to MAC lippies! The colors, the matte finish, the longevity, and the ease of application that comes with a MAC lipstick is so worth the $15 it cost. I have never found a lipstick that makes me feel like MAC's, Candy Yum Yum(hot pink color), Ruby Woo (a red that will make you feel so sexy), and Morange (a orange that makes me feel like a glowing). I absolutely love these shades. I recently added Snob and Heroine to my collection and I can't wait to try them. I think I may be a little addictive to these lippies... Oh well! It is sooo worth it! 

Contour, Highlight, and Blush

Contouring and highlighting isn't included in my everyday makeup routine but when I want to achieve a glamorous version of my everyday look, I add it in.

1) Highlighting is the perfect way to add some sun kissed shimmer to your face while creating a natural and effortless glow. I highlight using MAC's Gold Deposit by sweeping this lustrous and beautiful
golden color along the highest point of my cheeks, the middle of my forehead, along the bridge of my nose, and chin. I love this stuff!! 

2) I contour using Covergirl's Ebony Bronzer by adding slight color around my cheek bones, jaw, and temples to give me a more defined cheek, and all around structured face. I don't go crazy with the contour... I just lightly infuse a little bit of color on these areas...still natural with a little pop. 

3) Blush is another easy way to complete your look and again, I go for blush that enhances my natural complexion and helps me to create the overall glowing look I love. I love Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen. This color works perfectly with my complexion by depositing a subtle yet noticeable coral color that shimmers and reflects light! 

Well Here are My Favorite Make Up Looks

Natural look: Minimal EyeShadow and foundation with a Bold Lip!
 This is basically my face a majority of the time
Here is an Example of a bolder look.
Here you can see the contouring and highlighting,
 heavier eyeshadow, and pronounced eyelashes
I look like this on date night/Sundays/Events.
 


If you have any questions about products, how I use these products or if you want to see a video, please comment below and I will try my best to assist you. 

As Always, Be Chic, Be Beautiful, Be You!!!

Hugs and Love,

Jere' 






Saturday, September 27, 2014

Nappturally Chic Jere Press and Media



Magazine Features

Essence Magazine (Sept, Oct, Nov, February) 

O, Magazine- Oprah's Magazine (September Issue) 

EBONY(Sept, Oct, Nov, February) 

Uptown Magazine (Sept, Oct, Nov, February) 



Websites


Curly Nikki HERE HERE HERE



Black Hair Networks HERE



Tiffany Nichols Designs HERE



Luv Your Mane HERE



Kinky Kurly Sistas HERE



Instagram 

Natural Hair Daily


Team Natural_



Luv Your Mane



Kurlee Belle



Crown Your Glory



My Hair Crush



Kinky Kurly Sistas



Natural Hair Mojo



Natural Hair Does Care



Curl Kitchen



Naturally Obessed



Urban Hair Post



Protective Styles



Natural Hair Junkies



The Natural Community



Trials N Tresses


    

                        
     

         
                               
                             
         
        








Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Life as a an MBIB Ambassador... Part 1



Hey beautiful people, how are you? As I stated, I want to keep you all in the loop by chronicling my journey as As MBIB Ambassador. I think doing this will also help me to live in the moment and appreciate all that is happening to me. Well, here goes- Part 1: Finding out I was an Ambassador.

I remember my stomach being in knots all day long... Everyone was calling and asking if I heard anything yet... Did I get it? It was extremely weird because while part of me was so sure I would get it, a bigger part of me was filled with so much doubt and fear. We were suppose to get a call on Monday May 31st... I jumped every time my phone dinged or rang. My heart stopped with every alert only to find out that it was my mother, my husband, or my best friend asking: "did you hear anything yet?!" It got so bad that I had to tell them to stop calling me! (Lol now but not then)

Finally 5:00pm rolled around and still no call. In my head that was it... Close of the business day... I had lost! I was a loser! The disappointment of it all rushed to my throat and then my eyes. I cried for about 20 minutes and then I moved on. I got dressed for exercise, I told myself that I should still be proud of myself, and I put on my bravest face. No one had any idea how I was feeling... I smiled, I told jokes, and I tried to put it out of my mind. 

Fortunately for me, my sister Candice called me. She said "Hey sis," in her high adorable voice. Before I could I say anything, she proceeded to tell me that this opportunity was mine and God already has my name on it. She was so sure that this was for me because she knew how passionate I was about what I do. Her vote of confidence brought silent tears over the phone because I already "knew" that I lost. Her pep talk did make me feel a little better... It helped me to realize that win or lose, I inspired my loved ones and made them proud. 

That night, my husband in his wisdom said, maybe they are behind the deadline for counting the votes, maybe they didn't pick winners yet. I scoffed and cried some more.

I went to work the next morning did what I had to do and I prayed that my hubby was right. After my third amen, I got the email that gave me hope. It basically read, hello Finalist, the winners will be notified tomorrow (Wednesday) via phone or email. Although I was happy for what seemed to be a lifeline...I was not looking forward to spending another day in agony. Fortunately for me, I began to build relationships with a few of the other finalist and we talked all day, distracting each other from the impending news or doom.

Just like Monday, 5pm came and went and still no call. It didn't hurt as much as it did on Monday because I kind of already knew the feeling of losing lol. I made my way to exercise, smile on my face, preparing to leave this experience behind and just like that... After 6pm, my phone rang and it was the call I was waiting for! I am a My Black is Beautiful Ambassador. Thank you Lord!!! 
The call lasted about a minute but it felt like longer. I felt like she was speaking in slow motion as I waited for the words to come out of her mouth. I jumped up and down and cried tears of joy! This call will always serve as a reminder to not doubt myself and to believe in myself. Even if I don't get the next opportunity, I learned to trust the process and be fearless anyway. Thank you God was all that I could say! 

Stay tuned for the next installment of My Life as a My Black Is Beautiful Ambassador.