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BYOB Goes Pink in October!!!

October 1 marks the start of breast cancer awareness month, and #TeamBYOB is declaring our support of all of the warriors, survivors and thrivers out there.

BYOB is going pink in October…..

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This limited edition breast cancer awareness tee will ONLY be available in our Annex Shop until October 31! Just like the signature BYOB top, this isn’t about a t-shirt, we’re donating a portion of the proceeds of the sales from this shirt to the Patient Aid Fund of Cochise Oncology, a southern Arizona-based cancer treatment facility.

The Patient Aid Fund covers treatment related expenses such as supplements, transportation, gas, etc. for patients that are unable to afford them.

We’re SO grateful to put our money where our mouth is and support a local organization that provides treatment for cancer patients.

Just like our other tops, this t-shirt is pretty versatile, you can dress it up AND down, work to weekend to night out. We took the liberty of creating a few outfit inspirations for you 🙂

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So what are you waiting for? Head over to our Annex Shop and get your t-shirt!

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Seven Ways Peppermint Oil Can Help You Live a Healthier Lifestyle

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: essential oils are the bee’s knees if you’re living a naturalista lifestyle. Peppermint oil is one potent powerhouse; keep reading to find out how this essential oil can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

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On your head. A few drops massaged on your forehead and temples can help calm those “banging” headaches.

In your mouth. Add few drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and swish around in your mouth to freshen breath and fight dry mouth.

On your face. Add a few drops to your facial cleanser to brighten dull skin, control excess oil and help prevent clogged pores.

In your hair. Adding peppermint oil to your favorite shampoo or conditioner helps balance hair pH, smoothing the strands and adding shine.

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On your scalp. Massaging the scalp with peppermint oil (dilute with a carrier oil first) can stimulate the oxygen supply to hair follicles and promote hair growth. In a 2014 study, topical applications of peppermint oil were applied over a 4-week period and was shown to induce a rapid anagen phase,  resulting in a “significant increase in dermal thickness, follicle number and follicle depth” (source).

*Note: Peppermint essential oil suits every hair and scalp type, considering it is very concentrated, diluting with a carrier oil to avoid any skin irritation.

Be sure to check out Mo’s DIY scalp scrub recipe using peppermint oil here.

In your gut. Peppermint oil helps support healthy digestion by relieving indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain and upset stomach. AND the aroma has the ability to help you feel fuller faster during a meal.

In your home environment. Suffering from a cold, allergies or nasal/chest congestion? Diffuse a few drops of peppermint essential oil with water (in your humidifier would work as well) and breathe in the vapor.

Essential oils have been around since the beginning of time, and if you’re looking to reduce/eliminate synthetic chemicals from your lifestyle they are a good place to start.

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In My Activewear…

“Heading to the gym?”

No, I’m going grocery shopping in my ACTIVEWEAR.

Are you a frequent activewear wearer? You can thank the ladies of Skit Pop for your new anthem 🙂

 

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Are You Making a Statement?

Are you making a statement??
When I wake up in the morning  I take a good stretch and look up at the ceiling. I say to myself “What kind of statement am I making today?’ And to that I respond, ‘Not really sure, let’s shower and figure it out then’.  🙂
So after I shower I begin to process appointments, meetings, who will be at these meetings, do I need to attempt to “impress” the people at these meetings, will I even leave the office today? I know I know, I overthink. But I have to, otherwise I’ll be the one in a tutu dress and pumps while everyone else is rocking flip flops and socks.
What are you saying today Ebone?! What do you want the people to know or remember about you just from your wardrobe? This haunts me daily and while it may not be that big of an issue for some of you, it is definitely the dangling chip that sits on my shoulder!
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I want to be remembered for having great taste for each and every occasion. I want to be respected for my position and what I’m bringing to the table for discussion. For my fashion events I want to present a fashionable yet approachable aesthetic that is down to earth. For my 9-5 I want to present Director, managerial experience and know-how. That chip dangles ladies! IT DANGLES!
That chip was getting a lot of my time until I came across this awesome gem of a designer Kyemah McEntyre. She was recently brought to the Tyra Banks new show to discuss her amazing design for her Prom dress. Her message is one of courage, poise, tenacity, and creativity. I’m enamored with her!
Watch Kyemah strut her stuff here.
Her whole motivation for putting her beautiful work out on a social platform was to say and to show that you ARE enough as you are! I immediately I felt some ease. I’m not saying that you should skip out on the dress code handbook and instructions however, I am saying that whatever you delight yourself in whether it be in clothing, jewelry, goals, or aspirations it is ENOUGH! You are enough my loves! Don’t let anyone tell you different! No one can be you better  than you!
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Photography: MV Photography
Clothing: Rejected Thrifts
MUA: kakeup makeup
Models: Gioia Kaid and Desniege Jose

Be great! Be first! Be best! Be different!

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Top 4 Ways to Prep Your Hair for Fall

Summer is on its way out, it’s time for a hair care overhaul, don’t you think??

For most of us, spring cleaning is a regular occurrence every year, so why not add the same concept to your hair care? Preparing your hair for a change in season helps you avoid those pesky hiccups and fails during those first few weeks of the environmental change.

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Keep reading for the top 4 ways to prep your hair for fall:

Clarify/Detox to remove the residue from summer styling products, make your own natural hair cleanse or mask using bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar or water. The clay is a natural “sponge” that absorbs impurities  from the hair  and scalp.

Add Protein – Strong hair is healthy hair, right? You can go with a store-bought protein treatment, or use DIY alternatives like henna, egg, yogurt or avocado to strengthen your strands.

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Boost Moisture – Cooler, dryer weather is coming, so boosting the moisture levels in your hair combats the effects of your environment on your hair. Incorporate deep conditioning at least every other shampoo and add moisture as needed during the length of your style.

Trim – It’s always a good thing to start your fall hair care regimen with fresh, clean ends. Trimming your split ends not only gives you a cleaner look for your hairstyles, but it’s a healthy hair care practice because you’re getting rid of the old, scraggly hair….who wants to hold on to that???

With these tips you’ll be sure to have many days of curlicious fabulousness! If you need more tips to have your best hair ever, grab your copy of the “Top 10 DIY Recipes for Healthy Hair“, it’s FREE!

Do you have any #fallhaircare tips to add??

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Carrier vs. Essential: Everything You Need to Know About Oils

Whether you’re a naturalista of the textured hair persuasion or a natural lifestyle kinda girl, you’ve had the oils conversation a time or two. In case you still have some lingering questions, here’s what you need to know:

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CARRIER OILS

Carrier oils are base/vegetable oils, usually derived from the fatty portion of a plant, like the nuts and/or seeds (coconutgrapeseedavocado). Each oil has its own therapeutic properties, and they’re used to dilute and carry more potent essential oils so they can be applied directly to the skin. Carrier oils are safe to be used on the hair and skin alone.

Below are a few commonly known carrier oils & their benefits:

  • sweet almond – nourishes dry hair & skin
  • apricot kernel – promotes skin toning & firming, excellent moisturizer
  • olive oil – penetrating oil with anti-inflammatory properties
  • jojoba – used to extend the shelf life of other carrier oils
  • rosehip – fosters healthy skin by promoting collagen and elastin levels; boosts cell turnover
  • sesame seed – skin conditioner, provides relief from eczema and/or psoriasis

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils (EOs) are extracted directly from the tissues of plants and are extremely volatile. These oils oxidize rapidly when exposed to light and heat (hence the double-sealed brown bottles), and contain the pure aromatic essence of plants. Compared to carrier oils, EOs are more expensive and are VERY concentrated; a few drops go a long way.

Below are a few commonly known essentials oils & their benefits:

  • lavender – moisturizer and softener, provides relief from skin irritation…and the smell is DIVINE 🙂
  • peppermint – supports healthy digestion, cools and relaxes overworked muscles
  • rose – astringent properties, tones & lifts skin, helps bring balance and promotes harmony
  • lemon – antiseptic and astringent properties, skin brightener
  • tea tree – skin brightener, antiseptic, antifungal properties

Note: to be on the safe side, dilute your essential oils in the carrier oil of your choice to minimize skin irritation.

Carrier and essential oils can be your building blocks to a chemical-free lifestyle. Which ones are first on your list to research further and add to your personal care regimen?

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Rejected Thrifts Realness: Insecurity

Are you feeling insecure?  Has a recent dramatic change left you wondering whether it was your fault or not?  Well my friend, continue to read! I dont have any home made remedies or recommended pills you can pop, but I can share my thoughts and feelings on the matter.  So, here goes:

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What is insecurity?: One of the definitions taken from thefreedictionary.com says “lacking of self confidence/assurance”.

Why are you insecure?: Never been paid a compliment? Infidelity? Always in competition for attention? Never really saw YOURSELF as “worth it”? Hang around other insecure/depressed individuals?

How did you get here?: Did something change in your life that changed your view of self? Verbal abuse? Physical abuse? Society and its “standards”?

When did you realize it?: Did you look in the mirror and go “whoa! whats happening?” “Where’d these strange feelings come from?

Who triggered these emotions?: a family member? significant other? close friend?

Where do you go from here?:  lol….idk, but hopefully after a little venting we can all go on about our business!

Personally speaking, I have gone through every last question and found myself there. Forget putting the shoe on the other foot! I suited up in the whole wardrobe with the earrings to match!  Now, I won’t go as far as to say that everyone’s insecure, but I will say confidently that a majority of us has had to check those insecure feelings at the door and get a move on.

I’ve never considered myself to be an insecure woman, BUT I have been guilty of comparing myself to the hottest person in America. Society at large has a tendency to send those little subliminal messages into the thinking space that gets you to well, thinking. But I got my biggest dose not too long ago.

I was an avid weave wearer for some years! When I say loyal I mean loyal! My mood depended on my hair.  If it wasnt fried, dyed, and laid to the side I was bent all outta shape.  So as I began to give some serious thought into going natural I figured I’d  transition for a few months till i got to a desired length and then give it the ol chopperooski…lol. While doing so I never gave thought to emotions and feelings that were to come surely after.  I never knew how important permed hair “seemed” to be until I was ready to let it all go. In the shop I was like YYYAAAYYYY but when I made it home I was like GIRL! I kept picking at it like it was going to grow before my eyes.

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After I cut my hair off I tried to wear the same amount of make-up as i’d done before with the extra hair on my head and it just didnt look right. didnt feel right, just wasnt right. I began to feel like I’d made a horrible mistake. I began to notice my eyes arent level, the pudge in my stomach, I talk one sided at times, etc! But then I realized I never made the decision to be amongst the “liked”, I did it in fact to save some dern money!

Weaves can be very expensive when you’re getting quality hair.  Deep down I knew I had nothing to fear with my big chop but it was kinda scary stepping outside the norm.

But then again, what’s fun in being normal and doing mediocre activities?   I like to challenge myself and excite others!

Im fearless, Im courageous, I AM WOMAN!!!! I’m a Leo darn it, and thats what we do! It was a love/hate relationship in the beginning but now its love/more love.

I never realized how much I hid behind the weave until it was gone. I was never really outrageous with my make up routine however presently I dont wear as much as I used to.  Its like an eye opening experience I suppose. A little foundation, mascara, nude lips, eyeliner and I’m good to go.

I’m being ME now.

My own beauty is enough.  No extras, additives, or substitutes. I’m me, no one else can do me better…

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If you’ve been here or are here, stretch out those arms, wrap them around you tight and squeeezzzze. Love on yourself sometimes. You definitely wouldn’t break your own heart, would you??

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Five Secrets to Feel More Beautiful RIGHT NOW

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The longest relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself, and we want to help you love that person a little more every day. More than simply loving the reflection you see in the mirror, we want you to know beyond a doubt’s shadow that were fearfully and wonderfully made. Simply put, you’re the bomb.

In case you still don’t believe us, here’s our five secrets to feel more beautiful RIGHT NOW:

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  • Don’t act your age. The late R&B princess Aaliyah told us, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number’, so don’t feel that you have to behave a certain way simply because you’ve reached a certain age! You’re as beautiful as you feel.
  • Create your personal beauty bubble. Eliminate the things (and even the people) that make you feel anything less than beautiful. Foster an environment of inspiring beauty within yourself and those around you. Beauty is as beauty does, ya know…
  • Go to bed…with your significant other. Okay, does this one really require an explanation??
  • Be flawesome. Even your flaws are awesome!!!!!!
  • See yourself the way others see you. Song of Solomon 4:7 reads, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (NIV). Now we know that there is no flawless person, but King Solomon was SO in love with his bride that he did’t even see her flaws. How AMAZING would it be to behold your beauty in the same way that the people that love you most behold it?

Now that you’re feeling SO beautiful that you simply can’t stand it, pass this post on to somebody that needs it! If you want to take it a step further, check out the BYOB Collection and purchase their (or your) favorite top!

Here’s to a more beautiful you,

 

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How Not Cleaning Your Hair Care Tools Make You a Rookie

Let’s be honest, we spend a LOT of time on our hair. Scheduling hair appointments, sitting in our stylist’s chair and inventing “cute” ways to sleep so we don’t ruin the newest style (admit it, you do it too).

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With all that we invest in our mane maintenance, shouldn’t we make sure we’re not using dirty hair care tools??

 

Hand dryers – do you carefully clean your hands to remove product buildup before you pick up your blow dryer to dry your hair? Nope. Fortunately all you need is a cleansing wipe to clean the handles of your dryer, and the nozzle attachment from your vacuum is perfect to clean your blow dryer vent.

Curling iron/Flat iron – same as your hand dryer, use a cleansing wipe to clean the handle, cord and buttons on your hair irons. Make sure it’s turned off and cool. For super gunky/ sticky barrels and plates, you can use alcohol and a cotton pad or  mix a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water and rub on with a dry cloth to remove baked on buildup.

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Brushes – use a comb to remove any hairs that are stuck between bristles and wash with a solution of shampoo and water (use the comb again to get in between bristles). Rinse and allow to dry.

Combs – remove any excess hair, soak in a solution of shampoo and water, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.

Scrunchies/Hair Ties/Pins/Clips – while you could toss these and buy more, don’t you want to save a few bucks?? Soak your used scrunchies, hair ties, hair pins and clips in a solution of clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar and water. Massage to release any product buildup and rinse thoroughly. Allow to dry and put them back in your styling rotation.

 

Don’t make the rookie mistake of using dirty styling tools on your hair. You’re the real MVP, and you hair should be a reflection of that :-).

Here’s to Beauty, Balance and Taking Care of Business…Naturally 🙂