The spaces you deem your safe haven and the styles you incorporate into your livelihood should be a reflection of you!

The spaces you deem your safe haven and the styles you incorporate into your livelihood should be a reflection of you: vibrant, unique, and expressive. Anitra Terrell is using her business, Reflektion Design, to embrace her own personal freedoms. Based in Pasadena, California, this company offers a wide, impressive selection of decor, accessories, and similar products that celebrates the history and cultural impact of African textiles. Anitra’s business has taught her a great deal of about self-love: making time for it is the first essential step! Focusing on the present has helped Anitra continue to progressively build her business, and she encourages downloading the “Daily Affirmations” app to help the practice on reflecting on your own self-worth. We are in awe of your creative eye, Anitra. We’d love for you to meet Anitra, Queen of Personal Decor!

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Life should be intentional. Life should be sensational. Life should be lit!

Life should be intentional. Life should be sensational. Life should be lit. Raina Rene, the serene founder of déLUXE Luxury Scented Candles, believes that candles can make any space feel warm, comfortable, and inviting. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Raina is using her business to produce and provide phenomenal candles that encourage positive vibes and soothing aromas. Life is better when the space is full of scented intentions. Raina is creating the life she wants by finding the good in everything, and she encourages everyone to do the same. Meditation is one of the keys to setting intentions that are powerful enough to fill up a room, just like how the déLUXE candles do. In addition to sparking up one of these relaxing candles, Raina recommends checking out “A Little Piece of Light” by Donna Hylton for a reminder to always look for the light in every situation. Thank you for your soothing aroma, Raina. We’d like to introduce you to Raina, Queen of Candles!

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We all are weary of the infamous “Mercury is in retrograde” period....

We all are weary of the infamous “Mercury is in retrograde” period..but for this businesswoman, the stars have aligned wonderfully. Stephanie Mayers, an HR professional, took her career back into her control when she started Mercury Professional Solutions. Rooted in Brampton, ON, Canada, Mercury Professional Solutions is committed to making your own universe come together. Stephanie provides excellent support and services to get your business structured and ready for take off. Recognizing when you need help is essential for not only your business life, but for your overall well-being. That help plays a major factor in your stress level; we know you can do it all, but we want you to keep your peace too! Accept support now so you can focus on your self-love properly. We have to applaud Stephanie for her courageous way of starting her own thang to support others doing their thang. We are pleased to introduce you to Stephanie, Queen of Support! 

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The world is a brilliant stage, and this passionate artist is using her talent to shine!

The world is a brilliant stage, and this passionate artist is using her talent to shine a spotlight on what really matters: honoring and respecting the craft that has been curated through rich culture. Daphne Lee, a professional ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, NY, is committed to supporting black dancers by raising the standards and setting up scholarships to pursue higher education. Representation is essential in any industry, and Daphne is thankful for the boundaries DTH continues to push in order for black dancers to be seen on a global scale. While tirelessly working as an artist, Daphne prioritizes self-love: it is a daily struggle after all. Self-love is a lifestyle, and just as important as the food you eat and the air you breathe. It’s also worth it; every time. A mantra Daphne finds peace by? A true gem: “What is for you won’t pass you by.” Whew. Talk about affirming. We’d love to introduce you to Daphne, Queen of Ballet!

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Adjust your crown with a smile! 

Intentionality is everything and when your t-shirt business affirms you during your time of loss, you heal. In a time of loss, Nitra Love of Atlanta, GA released her feelings on motivational tees. With the idea of PUSH THROUGH being a personal mantra, Nitra is about hard work and making it happen. It’s hard to go through life feeling like you’re not good enough. It’s not a healthy way to live. We love that this queen recognizes that the hidden traumas can prevent you from living a fulfilled life. Even more self-doubt kills your soul. We are learning that the secret to self-love is digging up our dirt and facing it head on. The Miss Intentional brand is bold, loud and inspiring. This t-shirt line gives a voice to those who want to live a purposeful and intentional life. We can tell by her book recommendations: Luviee, I’m Judging You, Jennifer Lewis, The Mother of Black Hollywood and Mike Epps, Unsuccessful Thug that Nitra has taken a “loss” and turned it into wins. Simply put, sometimes we all need to reclaim our worth, combat negative thoughts and make a change. We’d like to introduce you to the Queen of adjusting your crown with a smile! 

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With the way life plays out, there are a lot of out of control things that are simply out of our control!

With the way life plays out, there are a lot of out of control things that are simply out of our control. Fortunately, there will always be one essential factor that we can have the sole power of: our energy. Robin White, also known as Robin the Reiki, is an incredible woman who balances several roles while based in Atlanta, Georgia. Energy healer. Yoga coach. Tireless humanitarian. You go girl. Robin created her business with determination to empower the people of her community to start pursuing a sustainability, healthy lifestyle. Her company, Robin the Reiki, stands for embracing the ability that everyone has to restore what has always been theirs: good, good energy. The journey with self-love starts when you courageously decide to listen to yourself and your own intuition! Don’t be afraid; you’ll be surprised with how much you like what you have to say. Interested in learning more about healing your energy? Robin recommends the read, “Healing Harmony and Hopefulness - 7 Effective Ways in Healing Energy” by LaTonia and Titus Mathis. We are grateful for your generous and wise healing, Robin. We’d like to introduce you to Robin, Queen of Good Energy!

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It’s true that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

It’s true that you’re never fully dressed without a smile, but it’s also crucial that you’ve got an actual style for yourself. Regardless of your field, you’ll feel your absolute best when you look your best! Reiko Foster, an educator-turned-stylist based in Houston, loved to dress up for the classroom. The teaching veteran is now empowering and encouraging other teachers to discover their own fashion while they take on the timeless job of educating our future. Reiko wants her clients to send messages to the world without even saying a word; she refers to wardrobe as a form of self-care, and we can all imagine how much educators need to embrace that! Deciding how to present yourself is a factor we fortunately have control over; might as well make it incredible, ya know? When Reiko’s not styling educators or speaking at conferences, she’s tuned in to one of her favorite podcasts, “Gettin’ Grown”. We admire your fashionable and scholarly eye, Reiko. We are excited for you to meet Reiko, Queen of Stylish Studies!

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Life should be a wonderfully crafted!

Life should be a wonderfully crafted combination of daring elements, fulfilling work, and appropriately-spiced moments. Life should be like...gumbo. Jenell Gilyard, owner of the magnificent Neon Gumbo Design Studio based in Denver, Colorado, thinks life should be as satisfying as your favorite bowl of comfort and nutrients. Jenell is using her creative services to empower dreamers and the brilliant businesses they have. Having her fair share of rough times, Jenell works to not only allow the space and freedom for her to evolve as a human, but offers the same to her clients. Her journey with self-love reminds her that life is transformative: regardless if it’s personal or professional matters, you are able to add, alter, and remove whatever doesn’t serve you. While she’s not whipping up a thrilling new branding plan for her clients, Jenell is making good use of the app “Simple Habit” (she recommends you do too!). Thank you for fulfilling our creative appetites, Jenell. We’d love to introduce you to Jenell, Queen of Design!

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A key component to loving the skin you’re in is taking great care of that skin!

A key component to loving the skin you’re in is taking great care of that skin. In a world that’s becoming more green and clean conscious, the natural route is always an excellent path. Eight One Face + Body, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an all-natural, gender-neutral company that stands for promoting healthier lifestyle choices, starting with the products you use for your skin. Temara Payton, the enriching owner of this brand, strives to be act as an agent of positive change in her community. She is using her brand to not only greatly improve the skin and health of others, but to build awareness and connections with those within her community. Temara’s biggest take on self-love? It’s a true gem: validate yourself before you allow others to validate you. Start where you are, and make a conscious effort to nourish yourself before you can bloom for the benefit of others. When she’s not mixing up miraculous skincare products, Temara is catching up on a few of her favorite books: “The Thing is..” by Alecia White, “The Esther Effect” by Arionna Anderson, and “Becoming” by our forever First Lady Michelle Obama. We are in awe of your natural craft, Temara. We’d like to introduce you to Temara, Queen of Skincare!

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Millennial Moms: Representation is essential in all fields of livelihood!

Representation is essential in all fields of livelihood. It’s especially essential that this representation is authentic, transparent, and enlightening in every form. Christine Carter, an incredible writer and global marketing strategist based in Baltimore, Maryland, has been using her successful career in marketing to serve as a leader to an audience completely relatable to her: Black millennials and millennial mom consumers. Christine is inspired by fellow mothers who strive everyday to thrive in both their work and home life, and she is committed to reducing the all-too familiar stress and hardships that comes with finding that balance. In addition to a bomb support system, self-love is crucial as well; being able to decide when to take a break for your own well-being is honestly non-negotiable. To practice growing self-love, Christine recommends reading, “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive” by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff. We love that you’ve taken your business and personal experience to pass along to the younger generation, Christine. We pray your gift keeps on giving. We’d love to introduce you to Christine, Queen of Marketing!

 

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How lovely is it when you look as good as you are on the inside?

How lovely is it when you look as good as you are on the inside? Hint: it’s pretty exhilarating. Styled by Charae, servicing proudly to the DFW area, stands for “freedom of self”; honoring your personal style is her thing! Charae Tucker, the fashionable and fearless founder, believes that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, regardless of their lifestyle. Empowerment is not only a feeling, but a look; Charae is committed to helping others discover their look that will enhance their pep in their step. Style and self-love makes an excellent duo; being intentional about what you want for your life plays a huge role in how you allow self-love to seep in. The same way you pick and choose what to cover your body in, choose how you want to love yourself. Self-love is always a beautiful look on you; we want to remind you to choose it everytime. Charae recommends these books on your personal journey to self-love: “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, and “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. We admire your dedication to making everyone look as worthy as they are, Charae. We’d love to introduce you to Charae Tucker, Queen of Style!

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Self-Love After Divorce (Guest Feature)

Allow us to introduce you to Caroline. After meeting Prince Charming, Caroline thought life and love had been fulfilled. However, after a rocky patch in her marriage, Caroline came to realize her dream had turned into a nightmare. A victim of an abusive husband, she fled to start her life anew. Broken by her mistreatment, it wasn’t until she uncovered the importance of herself and the need to love who she is did she start to turn her life around.

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Navigating through this life requires essential protection!

Navigating through this life requires essential protection: protection of your hair; protection of your mind, soul and body; and especially, protection of your skin. Vitamins, sunscreen and water will always do your body good, but natural skincare is an excellent step in the right, glowing direction. Ariella Beamon, an esthetician with a flourishing talent, is using her company, Looks Skin Studio, to teach the importance of practicing natural skincare. Looks Skin Studio, located in Plano, Texas, is using their excellent customer service to spread the good word of natural skincare, and the power that it truly holds. Ariella’s secret to gaining a true, natural glow? Personal mantras: encouraging your body to bloom everyday really does wonders! Ariella recommends to read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho to stimulate your mind. We are in awe of your dazzling ways, Ariella. Your glow is only becoming brighter from here. We’d love to introduce you to Ariella, Queen of Glow!

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How You Gone Win If You Ain’t Right Within?

The soulful and ever-so-relevant Lauryn Hill once said, “How you gone win if you ain’t right within?” We must admit...an excellent point was made. Soul On Purpose, thriving out of Baltimore, Maryland, is dedicated to bringing women of color what they are in dire need of: balance. Life is busy; with our energies being spent in several different directions, sometimes all you need is a little guidance. Tanefa Wallace, founder of Soul On Purpose, believes that guidance stems primarily from holistic self-care. During her journey to self-love, Tanefa constantly reminded herself to put herself first. Rather it was rain or shine, she was always ready to break it down to build it all up again; all while always keeping herself the priority. Soul on Purpose stands for women of color who want to strive in their own goals and dreams, and recognize the key component in being able to do so is starting by living positively for themselves. Tanefa’s book, “The Lies You Tell”, is a powerful 21-day devotional filled with affirmations and scriptures crafted to help guide women of color into feeling confident and secure in finding their divine purpose. We admire your soul, Tanefa. We’d love to introduce you to Tanefa Wallace, Queen of Purpose

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Confidence is a look that makes everyone of all shapes and sizes glow!

Confidence is a look that makes everyone of all shapes and sizes glow. That value of feeling good and looking better is available for everyone. Fattshirts, based in Dallas Texas, is a clothing line that is encouraging women to gain some well-deserved self-esteem. Lisa S, the fabulous owner of Fattshirts, is creating her dream life by working tirelessly towards her inspiring endeavors. While on her journey to self-love, Lisa realized that she can’t be a service to others unless she first serviced herself. By taking the time to making herself a priority whenever it’s most needed, Lisa is able to recharge and recommitt herself to one of her many purposes: empowering others. Fattshirts is a business that represents owning your body and having immense pride for the way that you were uniquely made. “The Life of Asil”, authored by the amazing Lisa herself, is the perfect read for any young women going through self-esteem issues and insecurities. We are pleased to introduce you to Lisa, Queen of Tees!


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The start of something beautiful always begins from the ground-up!

The start of something beautiful always begins from the ground-up: your roots. Roots are our essential foundation to creating your perfectly balanced and meaningful livelihood, but in order to bloom you must be willing to cater holistically and unconditionally to those roots. AMEDE HEALTH THROUGH WELLNESS, rooted in Pasadena, California, is a product line that is rejuvenating mental, physical and emotional health through a service of life coaching and holistic healing. Latia Youngblood, the incredible founder of this nurturing brand, wants everyone to know that “life is lifting”. You fall down; you lift yourself up. No matter how many times or how much it hurts, you always lift yourself back up. On Latia’s journey to self-love, Latia valued the importance of allowance; admitting to your feelings, so the healing path could be honest and authentic. It’s never easy facing your imperfections, but self-love comes when you’re able to graciously accept every single fiber of your being. AMEDE HEALTH THROUGH WELLNESS proudly stands as the foundation to building your best life; the roots that are destined blossom wonderfully. Latia recommends these two wonderful books from bell hooks, “Sisters of the Yams” and “All About Love”, to help nurture your roots. We are pleased to introduce you to Latia Youngblood, Queen of Holistic Health.

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Beauty is found everywhere...

Beauty is found everywhere. In magazines, in movies, in the ever-growing social media platforms...most importantly, beauty is found in yourself. The Modeling Standard, based in Dallas, Texas, is committed to revealing to women how gorgeous they truly are, inside and out. DeAna Fierce, who is just as true to her last name as she is to her mission, navigated her own journey to self-love by listening to God’s truth rather than doubtful thoughts. DeAna was compelled to start The Modeling Standard to give women the opportunity to shine and recognize their undeniable worth, especially in a world where there are limited spaces that allow beauty inclusivity. The Modeling Standard stands for the one standard that is absolutely essential: the one you set for yourself. When she’s not reminding women of the treasure that they are, DeAna’s only growing more powerful by reading two of her favorite books, “The Power of Now”, by Eckhart Tolie, and “Unf*ck Yourself” by Gary John Bishop. We see you, DeAna. And we are loving what we see. We’re excited to introduce you to DeAna Fierce, Queen of Setting Standards.

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Hair history in the black community has been proved to be a burden for many

Hair history in the black community has been proved to be a burden for many. Fortunately, it’s also been a blessing to many, many more. When it comes to turning pain into passion, Yakima Fernandez is using her business, Onyx Haircare, to turn her strength into an even stronger salary. It’s no wonder this Baton Rouge-based beauty is such an inspiration; she was able to take a dark time in her life and use that energy to create a beautiful product line, that will undoubtedly bring joy to Black women who want better for their hair. Turning lemons into lemonade...we are in awe of what you have accomplished. Thank you for turning your work into our light. We’d love to introduce you to Yakima, Queen of Strength!

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Are you living your best, healthy life?

Are you living your best, healthy life? Don’t go back and forth about this; go ahead and check out AJA Naturals, bomb products that will definitely have you feeling like a natural woman. Aja Walker-Rice, the founder of this incredible, all-natural, luxury self-care brand, believes that everyone deserves to access to self-care. What’s a better way to start with your skin? Inspired by nature and unwilling to compromise one’s health, Aja is using her brand to promote loving the skin you’re in by taking care of the skin you’re in. Be selective of what you allow into your body; it’s yours for the long-run, honey. We’d like to introduce you to the Aja, Queen of Self-Made Skin Care.

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We all need those sweet, gentle reminders to love ourselves through all of life’s twists and turns

We all need those sweet, gentle reminders to love ourselves through all of life’s twists and turns. What better way to be reminded than to wear it? Iyana Laws, based in Lexington Park, Maryland, is using her Yoni Love waistbeads to encourage women to embrace body positivity and mindfulness. These waistbeads, strung together beautifully with meaningful beads and stones, are used to help women adore their body, all while stepping into a divine, feminine energy. Body jewelry to accompany your journey to self-love looks pretty powerful...and it feels even better. We’d love to introduce you to Iyana Laws, Queen of Good Energy!

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