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This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of going to #PoseNPost Symposium, an intimate event hosted by singer Chrisette Michele and a few beauty bloggers and entrepreneurs, such as Brosia Malbrough, Lover4_Fashion, and Courtney Adeleye of The Mane Choice. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to attend this event at first because of the price point, but luckily I was contacted about covering the event for the blog, and I couldn’t say no!

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First of all, let me say that the overall ambience of this event was excellent. It was a chill vibe filled with young women ready to learn about using social media to build their brand, network with their peers and just meet some new friends. I’ve been to more than a few networking events where the air felt forced or competitive, but at this one I could honestly say that I held a genuine conversation with everyone that I talked to. Every person I smiled at smiled back (this doesn’t always happen) and everyone went out of their way to be friendly, exchange business cards, or just compliment one another!

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Chrisette started the event by singing a few songs (her voice is excellent by the way) and had everyone play an icebreaker where we met up with someone we didn’t know, took an “US-ie” and posted it on instagram after creating our very own hashtag.

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Chrisette then opened up the floor for questions, and everyone had the chance to have their questions answered about everything from building your personal brand, to finding your personal asthetic for your social media handles (my question!), to figuring out when to make the leap into full-time enterpreneurship. It was great to hear all of the ladies horror stories and accomplishments, to know that they went through struggles to get to wear they are today.

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At the end of the event, we could all take a picture with Chrisette Michele, and my boyfriend caught this candid moment of me being goofy (of course) as Chrisette complimented me on my pants. Rob took all of the photos by the way.. I told him he might have a hidden talent on his hands : )

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It was blessing to have the media pass, because I am SO glad that I got to attend this event. I will definitely attend in the future, whether or not I have one. If she’s on her way to your city, I suggest that you grab a ticket fast!!

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Happy Friday readers! It’s the first Friday in October, what do you have planned? If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my giveaway, check out my Ultimate Co-Wash Guide and Faithful in Flannel post!

I’ve been raving about one song in particular this week (for no reason other than the fact that it’s well written and I love the video!)

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Why don’t you love me by Beyonce’: I’ve always loved this song and felt like it’s never gotten as much recognition as it deserves. I love the lyrics, the video, and it’s SOOO good when she sings it live! I was so glad to see her perform it at the Mrs. Carter Tour because it was incredible.

The video has this vintage-y vibe and the song reminds me something that would be sung in a musical (think Dreamgirls). It’s so interesting to see Beyonce, one of the greatest living performers, so vulnerable and concerned with why someone doesn’t love her; basically asking: “Why don’t you love me? I’m smart, beautiful… I’m Beyonce!” Her sister Solange helped her write this song, too. Ever since I watched the On the Run Tour on HBO that song has been in my head again and I’ve been playing it nonstop.

If you haven’t heard this song, listen to it above and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Happy October, readers! The start of October in South Carolina was so beautiful that I had to take a few pictures. I also wanted to take out the time to talk about this AWESOME clothing line called Faithful Chics, founded by Crystal Perkins. Her story and testimony is amazing: After going through a dark time in life and marriage, she felt she said two choices: to Stay Down or Let Go and let God. Thankfully, she chose the latter! She then started this clothing line to share faith and God’s word through apparel (you can read her full story HERE).

Y’all know that here on TheReddBlogger.com, I LOVE talking about twenty-somethings doing inspiring things! I think it’s so awesome that through faith and believing, Crystal was able to get through her troubles and start a business.  This is only one of the tees in her collection and I think this one is my favorite. I love this quote! (and the color red!) Walking by faith is something I am definitely doing in this freelance writing journey of mine! It’s just so inspiring to know that no matter what, God has your back. I also want to get the Philippians 4:13 tee because that is one of my favorite scriptures. All of her items feature quotes about Jesus and faith. Someone having a bad day can literally look at your shirt and get inspired!

It was warm with a little breeze yesterday so I decided to pair the shirt with a flannel top and I loved how it looked together. I’m definitely going to be rocking this shirt with a red lip! Check out all of the clothing items Faithful Chics has to offer HERE and tell me what’s your favorite item?

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*This shirt was given to me by Faithful Chics, LLC for my consideration. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.. and I seriously LOVE this shirt!

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If you have natural, afro-like hair texture like me, super curly hair or are familiar with the ‘Curly Girl Method’, then you have probably heard the term Co-Washing. There are a lot of questions concerning the term: What is it? Should I do it for MY hair type? What type should I try? I answer all of this and more with my Ultimate Co-Wash Guide, plus a full review of the Bel Nouvo CoCo Castor CoWash AND a video of my co-wash routine!

What is Co-Washing?

Co-washing is washing your hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. This will remove product buildup from your hair and scalp without completely stripping your scalp of it’s natural oils. You can use any conditioner. Now, some companies have separate conditioners made specifically for co-washing!

Why should I Co-Wash?

Co-Washing doesn’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils. Some shampoos can remove not only the dirt, but all of the natural oils from your hair and scalp, leaving your hair super dry. Dryness begets breakage!

Who should Co-Wash?

Everyone should try it! Curly girls, afro girls and girls with dryer hair especially. You may not have to do it as much if your hair is considered oily or if you have straighter hair. The oils in your hair are already being transferred to the ends of your hair at a regular rate, so you won’t have to worry about breakage as much. For afro/curly girls, the natural oils from the scalp aren’t always reaching to the ends of the hair, creating dry, brittle ends. Washing your hair with a stripping shampoo frequently only adds more dryness to the equation!

How Often?

Think about how often you shampoo your hair and try to replace some of those washes with co-washes. I try to co-wash my hair once a week, only shampooing when my hair is really dirty.

What about shampoo?

I still use shampoo for when I need to get my hair completely clean, and I will also follow up with a deep treatment to restore moisture in my hair. If you still don’t feel comfortable using shampoo, an apple cider vinegar cleanse is an alternative.

How should I Co-Wash?

I have an entire video showing how I co-wash below!

What are the best co-washes or conditioners?

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emily giffin

The One and Only is the first book I’ve ever read by Emily Giffin.  I’ve heard great things about all of her books and everyone kept pegging this one as a great ‘Summer Read’. It’s obviously almost autumn now but I still wanted to check it out.

I’ve actually heard mixed reviews about this book but was immediately drawn in by the southern feel and college football storyline. Being born and raised in South Carolina, I totally understand (and sometimes indulge in) the seriousness of the sport, but anyway).

I opted for this read as something much lighter contrasting The Fault in Our Stars, which I just finished.

I actually REALLY liked this book, even though I didn’t too much care for the main character (Shea); usually that is a deal breaker for me but I enjoyed it.

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funkfest

On Saturday morning my cousin called me and said that my Uncle had to tickets to Funkfest, a music festival in Charlotte that lasts pretty much the whole weekend. It was Saturday, so we already missed OutKast’s performance the night before (bummer) but we still had a chance to see a lot of great performers, including Ice Cube and The Roots.

When we got there, we didn’t realize how close our seats actually WERE to the stage. There were cocktail waitresses outside taking food and drink orders and, to my pleasant surprise, we were seated at a table in the VIP section.

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It was HOT..HOT ..HOT when we first arrived. But, we instantly started having fun as we danced to the tunes of 85South/69 Boyz (the guys who sing ‘Tootsie Rolll’), and 112.

WAR was up next to perform and although they were a good band, I didn’t know ANY of their songs. There was a cameo of Burnadette Stanis or Thelma from Good Times, as she was raising money for her non-profit for Alzheimer’s disease ‘Remembering the Good Times.’

I was super excited to see The Roots and Ice Cube, and they were up next. The Roots were SO SO SO SO good live. I’d grown up being familiar with their music and proud of their success on Jimmy Fallon, but they are an AWESOME band. Very lively and SUPER talented. They are probably the only group in the line-up that still performs on the regular basis, and you could tell! They had so much energy and didn’t want to leave the stage. I think I’d go see them in concert by themselves.

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Now, Ice Cube. Everyone was excited to see Ice Cube and LL Cool J (who we unfortunately had to miss! There was a flash flood warning and we had to get back on the road to SC ). Ice Cube did a great job. I’ve always been a fan, musically and of his countless family movies. He definitely got the crowd on their feet and had everyone reminiscing on his hits. Nevermind the pouring down rain (good thing I wore my hair in those puffs!) everyone enjoyed themselves.

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On our way to the bathroom, my cousin pointed out Muggsy Bogues, the shortest man to ever play in the NBA (He stands at about 5’3′!) We instantly ran and took a picture with him. So random and cool!

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Although we didn’t get to see OutKast, I had a GREAT time at Funkfest. I definitely want my family and friends to go next year and just spend the weekend out there. If you like oldies-but-goodies and music festivals, you should check it out, too!

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Happy Monday, readers! I took out my Marley Twists and I’m back to my good ole ‘fro. I LOVED the twists and it was a great protective style but I was starting to miss my hair! I know a lot of people are thinking about getting Marley Twists for the summer so here are my Pros and Cons:

 

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Pros: 
It was a great change-up! I was wearing my afro for 5 months straight and needed a change! I didn’t want to apply heat to my hair just  yet, so I went with a protective style. I initially wanted box braids, but I decided I wanted something super different.

The hair is so cheap! Marley hair is $4.99 a pack– you really can’t beat that! Although I did need NINE packs for my whole head, it’s way cheaper than the $100+ dollars you would spend on extensions.

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Instagram: @BoxOfHappies

Instagram: @BoxOfHappies

Hello readers! I hope everyone celebrated their New Year’s Eve in a GREAT way!

My first post of the year will be targeted towards supporting small businesses.. so if you have one, listen up!

Box of Happies

is a subscription based monthly box that features handmade items from artists everywhere.  I’ve actually had this box for a while (This is the October box, I believe.) But I’ve finally had a chance to thoroughly look at the box and even use some of the items!

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