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“And Still I Rise” – Dr. Maya Angelou Honored with Commemorative Stamp

Through her words, she taught us that we are phenomenal, reminded us why the caged bird sings and bid the nation “Good morning” during the 1993 Presidential Inauguration.

She was a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.

Dr. Angelou passed away in May 2014, and the USPS announced today that she will be honored with a forever stamp, grouping her with the likes of other pioneers including Shirley Chisolm and Althea Gibson, in addition to those that participated in the 1963 March on Washington.

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan’s , released the below statement in conjunction with the announcement:

“Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word. Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.”

 

“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”                                  ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

Yes ma’am, you must have… 🙂

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Nine Quotes to Make you Feel More Beautiful

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“Everything has beauty; but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

“People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realising that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.” ~ Salma Hayek

“I want women to know that it’s okay. That you can be whatever size you are and you can be beautiful inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.”       ~ Serena Williams

“Natural beauty really entices men. They will tell you this time and time again, and studies Natural beauty really entices men. They will tell you this time and time again, and studies consistently prove it.” ~ Helen Fisher

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”                      ~ Sophia Loren

“I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.”         ~ Queen Latifah

“True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

“It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you.” ~ Victoria Justice

“You were fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God; and God don’t make no junk.”          ~ Mo James

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Four Fashion Tips to Rock Your Personal Runway

The 87th Academy Awards airs this Sunday, and in the spirit of red carpet glitz and glam, we want you to feel like a star in whatever you’re wearing. Regardless of size, shape or whatever, you can look like as fabulous as a celebrity; check out these four fashion tips to rock your personal runway:

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1. Proper Fit – the art of fashion rests with a proper fit. If it’s supposed to be a loose fit (boyfriend jeans, poncho top), it should be loose. On the other hand if it’s supposed more fitted (pencil skirt, slim leg pants), it should be fitted. Anything less would be unfashionable…….

2. Fabulous Foundation – you want to present a sleek, seamless look under your clothes, and a foundation garment (AKA girdle, shaper, Spanx) can help you do that. No matter what size you wear, a smooth appearance under your clothes should be your goal.

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3. Blaze On – one can never go wrong with a blazer. Dress up jeans and a tee, add a fun & edgy look to a cocktail dress or look like the amazingly fashionable professional that you are.

4. Make Yourself Smile – your clothes, your business. Wear what makes you happy. If that includes tie-dye socks and a floppy hat, rock it with confidence and don’t let anybody dull your shine 🙂

 

Fashion doesn’t only exist for one size; as long as you dress for the body you have, every time you step out of your door you’ll strut down your personal runway….strike a pose!

 

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Natural Living | How to Start Using Oil Everyday

Whether you’re a seasoned naturalista/naturalisto or new to the natural lifestyle, you know that oils are a holy grail product. What’s cool is you can incorporate oils into every aspect of your lifestyle, from head to toe, and see a healthier you all over.

Here’s how you can start using oil everyday:

HAIR

Textured hair needs oils – that’s already been established. Use as a prepoo, scalp massage, deep treatment or daily conditioner/moisturizer

FACE

Contrary to popular belief, facial oils will not cause breakouts. These oils are typically lighter, less sticky and mimics the oils that are naturally produced by the skin. Dabbing (not rubbing) the oil onto your face after cleansing is best.

NAILS

Got raggedy cuticles? Try massaging 1-2 drops of jojoba, sesame, or vitamin E oil into your cuticles before bed , after washing your hands or whenever you moisturize.

BODY

If you fancy a long, hot shower you’re sapping your skin of whatever is left of its natural oils…hot water is excellent at drying your skin out. Apply a light oil (sweet almond, coconut, sesame) all over your skin while you’re still wet and allow it to soak in before getting dressed. The oil traps the moisture in, eliminating the need for lotion or body cream after.

 

Are you a frequent oiler? Do you know someone who is? Has this post inspired you to include oil in your body/hair care regimen?

 

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THE Five Biggest Natural Hair Blunders

Curls, kinks and coils, oh my! Natural hair is truly amazing. So amazing that people of other races and ethnicities are styling their hair to match natural hair texture. Even with all of this fabulousness and admiration, there is still room for error. Check out the five biggest natural hair blunders, and arm yourself with information:

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Chasing Length over Health – isn’t the reason most women begin their natural hair journeys is to have healthier hair?? Wanting long hair is definitely not wrong, BUT to hold on to split ends just to have BSL hair is nonsense. Healthy hair grows!

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Getting Caught up in Hair Typing – okay, the hair typing chart can help you when you’re starting out on your natural hair journey, BUT building a healthy regimen is “rooted” in more than curl pattern. Characteristics like porosity, density (ponytail test), strand thickness (fine, medium, coarse).

Forgetting that Good Hair Starts Within – what you put into your body has a direct effect on what comes out (literally), including your hair. A healthy diet, proper hydration and moderate exercise promote healthy hair growth.

Forgetting that “Primpin’ Ain’t Easy” – for many naturalistas their hair has been chemically treated longer than it’s been natural, lending to a pretty steep learning curve initially. Just because you watch YouTube tutorials during every second of your spare time, your hair is YOUR hair…you have to invest the time to learn what works and what doesn’t. Once you know that your fave deep conditioning mask gives you the BOMB definition for your twistout, you can primp all day, baby…….

Turning a Protective Style into a “Neglective” Style – just because your hair is tucked away in braids, a sewin or twists for an extended period of time, this doesn’t mean you can skip your hair care regimen. You still have to care for your hair while it’s protected, otherwise it will be in worse condition when you take down your style. Get access to all kinds of goodness when you sign up for the 6-Month Protective Style Journey here.

Friend don’t let friends make natural hair blunders. Share this with your curlfriend BFF to show her that you’ve got her back 🙂

To Your Beauty,

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Dear Blog Reader, I Love You

Dear Blog Reader,

This is my love letter to you. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day filled with jobs, family, extracurricular activities, field exercises, social time, etc. to read, comment on and share the content we publish. Without you nothing we post would make its way out into the world, thank you for “listening” to our voices and paying attention.

There have been many days where I thought this wouldn’t work, nobody was reading and I should just quit. Thank you for proving me wrong and reminding me why I started this platform in the first place: to fill a void in the southern Arizona market with information I love sharing.

I am grateful for each and every one of you, the growth over the past 18 months has been amazing and that simply wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you for every bit of blog lovin’.

I love you for reading,

Mo

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Natural Hair || Protein and Protective Styling

The 6-Month Protective Style Journey is moving along nicely, so many of our fellow journeyers are asking questions, finding inspiration and getting motivated through the information being shared.

If you’re rocking a protective style right now you already know the benefits of low manipulation. BUT, what are you doing to strengthen your strands while they’re protected?

Check out this video that was exclusively shared with those that have signed up for the 6-Month Protective Style Journey. This information is too important to not share with our readers, we want to make sure you have the resources you need to achieve your best hair with protein and protective styling.

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Do you have any tried and true methods for strengthening your hair while wearing a protective style?? Do tell!!

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Natural Hair || The Hair Magnate

Are you a fierce, fabulous naturalista in search of a hairstylist to match? Located in Sierra Vista is a hidden gem in Tiffany, AKA “Hair magnate”. Twists, curls, weaves and wigs (she does custom units….), this lady can transform any head of hair.

Read on to learn more about this texture tamer and how you can schedule an appointment:

1. Are you natural? If so, how long has it been? Did you do a big chop or transition?

Well I’m kind of in between relaxed and natural I don’t plan to do the big chop/ go completely natural or anything like that.. I’m pretty much an all around girl when it comes to my hair. Honestly, what I do to my hair depends on how I feel at that moment lol

2. How long have you been a hair stylist?

Over 10 years

3. What percentage of your clients have textured hair?

About 80% of my clients are natural.

 

4. Do you have a specialty? What is it?

I specialize in Hair care, Healthy Weaving and Hair Replacement

5. What’s your hair philosophy?

Be good to your hair and your hair will be good to you. Consistency is key!

6. What are your favorite products to use on client’s hair?

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Wooow I have a looong list of products I absolutely love to use but to keep it short. For natural hair I like Jane Carter Solutions/Design Essentials Natural line and for relaxed and other textures Nairobi and Design Essentials

 

 

 

 

7. What advice would you give to someone looking for a stylist to care for their natural hair?

Do your Research, Read Reviews, Word of mouth and schedule a CONSULTATION!.

Consultations play an essential role in achieving a successful salon visit. hair-magnate2

-You’ll get a chance to meet your stylist face to face.(You should want to meet the person who could possibly be caring for your hair)
-You’ll have the chance to ask all of your questions and obtain answers on the spot
– You’ll get a chance to check out the atmosphere.
Also don’t just limit yourself to one salon. Check around until you find a stylist/salon you are completely comfortable with.

8. How can our readers contact you for services?

At the salon 520 458 1558, on IG@HairMagnate and on FB www.facebook.com/TheHairMagnate

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February is the Month of #BYOBLove

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One of the core messages of The Confetti Collective is BYOB: Be Your Own Beautiful, and every day during the month of February we’ll be sharing one #BYOBLove affirmation to help you get your day of loving YOU off to a beautiful start!

 

 

Check out today’s post on Instagram and you are cordially invited to share and respost the affirmations that resonate most with with you!

 

Because we like you so much, here’s a bonus #BYOBLove affirmation:

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