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You Haven’t Lost Your Superpowers

“I went into hyper work out mode for a month! Then I suffered a mild heart attack…To say that I have stress in my life is an understatement. The doctors said there is nothing PHYSICALLY wrong with me, but I needed to reduce my stress. After that, I went into a slump. I felt as if I’d lost all of my super powers.

After help from people around me, I learned to let go of things and take time to myself more often. 

Then I remembered your shirt and how I wanted to do the photo shoot. I fretted over my lack of muscle definition. This time, I skipped the gym and stuck to my kettle bells and a push-ups each day and accepted “my own beautiful”.

This was a message I received from one of our customers….if there was EVER a question about why we talk about #BYOB, the movement, the message, the shirts, THIS IS WHY WE DO IT.

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I’ve said from day one that I wanted “something” that was going to give women a sense of empowerment and love of their naturally beautiful selves.

Messages like these that warm my heart like nothing else…

In my reply I encouraged this beauty to embrace that she wasn’t the same person she once was, instead she was a wiser, more experienced, more awesomely powerful version of her previous self.

The beauty of you today isn’t like the beauty of you yesterday or last week; you are constantly growing and evolving into more beautiful edition of you.

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You haven’t lost your superpowers, you just haven’t discovered your new ones yet.

Be Your Own Beautiful,

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Four Ways to Fight Dry Skin All Over

During the cold winter months the humidity levels are low and the heat settings are high. These are the perfect conditions for dry, itchy skin, even if you don’t deal with this any other time during the year. Although we can’t do anything about the weather, we CAN make a few small changes to our self-care regimen to preserve moisture and fight dry, cracked skin.

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FACE

Applying your favorite serum on damp skin after washing your face will provide a lightweight moisture barrier that won’t clog your pores. Got oily skin? This is right up your alley….

If you’re dealing with any redness or inflammation, can help calm your skin before you apply moisturizer. Mo is a fan of the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum by Paula’s Choice. Use this link to get $10 off your first order.

BODY

The common advice to hold on to moisture during the cold weather months is to take shorter, cooler showers (#cantdoit). So, we suggest you abandon your towel and get used to allowing your skin to air dry. Damp skin is your BFF when you’re fighting dryness because you can apply your body moisturizer (can’t go wrong with coconut oil since it’s also a penetrating oil) over the water to seal it in before it evaporates. Enter soft, supple, ash-free skin…..

HANDS

Even if you’re a regular customer at your favorite nail salon, you can practice hand care at home to keep your phalanges looking fabulous longer…and save some $$$. Keep dry cuticles  at bay by applying cuticle oil a few times a day, or whenever you apply hand cream or moisturizer.

If you’d rather moisturize while you sleep, simply spread petroleum jelly all over your hands and put on a pair of moisture gloves before you go to bed. Don’t know where to find moisture gloves? Check out this throwback video.

FEET

Be honest, when the weather is cold, you have a tendency to neglect your feet. The skin on our feet is thicker than the rest of our body, and it’s doesn’t exfoliate easily. But keeping them moisturized and healthy doesn’t have to be a chore – all you need is that same tub of petroleum jelly you used on your hands. Simply apply all over your feet, put on your favorite fluffy socks and go to bed.

If sleeping with socks on is the worst thing you can imagine but you still want super-soft feet, cut the toes off your socks so your feet won’t overheat while moisturizing (#winning).

If the cold weather brings you skin care woes these tips will help you get ahead of the race to end dryness.

Do you have any tried-and-true tips to help you fight dry skin? Do tell!

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Bullets to BYOB: I Served

Hey y’all, it’s Mo.

Today is Veteran’s Day and I want send a big shout-out to all of my brothers and sisters in arms today, and every day. I served in the Army from 1999-2007 and I know beyond a doubt’s shadow that joining the military was the single best decision I’ve made thus far; it changed the trajectory of my life.

Considering I live in this world of beauty and fashion, hair and stuff, it’s funny to me that I still get surprised looks when I tell people I served in the military.

Don’t let the big hair and shoes fool you….I’m a proud veteran.

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That’s me on the far right

I’ve made it a point to incorporate my military service into all of my businesses; from helping other veterans get their businesses off the ground with a grand opening event, teaching them about technology for their business and of course, helping them represent their military affiliation in style.

During my military service I saw and experienced that I wouldn’t have wanted to see and experience; they will stay with me for the rest of my life. At the same time I learned so much about myself and marched into my strength. For that, I’m thankful.

I’ve been a business owner for 5 years, and this journey is one that I never would have imagined I’d be on. There are ups and downs, challenges and triumphs, but I know that I’m armed with everything I need to get through it, thanks to good ol’ Army 😉

Forever HOOAH,

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What Nobody Wants You to Know About Marley Crochet Braids – Pt. 2

Who else is in a love affair with crochet braids? Not that they’re new on the scene, but with the plethora of hair that’s available (choices increasing everyday) it’s safe to say that this style is here to stay in the natural hair community.

With the popularity of the first “What Nobody Wants You to Know About Marley Crochet Braids post (check it out here), it’s clear that the naturalista family wants more, and we’re happy to oblige…

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Pay attention to spacing. When using marley hair, don’t forget it e-x-p-a-n-d-s. Resist the urge to install your extensions directly next to each other, a finger width apart is perfect. Otherwise you might end up looking like the Cowardly Lion from “The Wiz”….

Split the strands to save $$$. We’ve already established that marley hair expands right? Well that can work in your favor by saving you some cash. Some naturalistas opt to use the precurled or pre-twisted hair, but if you take the time to split each section prior to installing, you’ll achieve a full look with less hair. #winning

Split the strands for longer wear. Is it easier to knot one strand or three? Chances are some of the strands in your package of marley hair are NOT all the same width. So, in order make sure your knots are secure and will last, split the larger, wider strands in half before installing. You’ll end up using less hair and you won’t have to double or triple knot.

Braid brilliantly. Don’t feel like you have to cornrow your hair in the straight back pattern. Plan your braids according to the way you plan to wear your hair. Mo has been known for doing a horizontal braid across the front edge and nape area  to ease the tension in her nape area AND create a “coming from the scalp” look in the front and back.

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Crochet braids are the perfect protective style (speaking of, have you check out the 6-Month Challenge? Exclusive videos and emails delivered right to you, sign up here). Versatile, fierce and attention-getting…just like you 🙂

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Wanna Sell T-Shirts? Don’t Make THIS Mistake

Many may not be aware of this, but The Confetti Collective started out as “just” a natural hair blog. It was out of frustration from not having resources, information and a community that this platform began.

Once I decided that I was going to make this a legitimate business I knew that I needed a product. Since I was now in this dry (literally and figuratively) area of southern Arizona and I wasn’t aware of anybody selling fashion-forward, trendy            t-shirts I knew that there was room in the market for the products I wanted to provide.

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So I went out…in search of a t-shirt printer. Here’s what I knew:

  • I wanted to work with somebody local
  • I didn’t want to sell shirts that were boxy in style and made of scratchy material

Here’s what I didn’t know:

  • The various graphic application processes out there
  • The t-shirt manufacturer/brand that I wanted to use

In a nutshell I knew what I wanted but I felt the being new in the t-shirt industry I didn’t have enough knowledge about the inner workings to express what I wanted in detail. I was SO excited that when I found a printer that I jived with I moved forward with my first order and went with their recommendation on brand and application process. (the part I didn’t know..)

Enter the revelation of a mistake…..

I wasn’t 100% pleased with the first batch of shirts, so I pretty much gave them away. Remember the what I knew/what I didn’t know lists? That first batch of shirts was a gut punch that reminded me that I didn’t have the luxury of not knowing…I had to **learn EVERYTHING I could about what I didn’t know**! If I didn’t it would continue to cost me, and I wasn’t willing to pay those prices.

From that point on (more than 2 years ago) I made it my business to research, learn, absorb, ask questions about everything I could related to the t-shirt business. By the time we launched the BYOB Collection I had sampled, experimented, fluffed and folded more shirts than I could count, and I knew EXACTLY what and how I wanted to deliver to my customers.

In case you missed it, that’s the key takeaway…before you dive head first into selling t-shirts (or whatever), educate yourself about every aspect of the process. Not so that you can do it yourself, but so you can go to your vendors and let them know exactly what you want so you can offer your customers the level of quality that you desire.

I actually go through this process every time I add a new style to the shop, and while it seems like it takes forever in this instant gratification generation, it is SO worth it when customers rave about how their tops make them feel, figuratively and literally 🙂

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Remove Braids & Detangle Hair in One Step

Does the thought of removing braids and detangling hair make you tired?? Would you love to have a tool that helps you do both at the same time?

The BraidComb is Mo’s new favorite hair care tool, check out this video to learn more and get yours just in time to make those holiday hair sessions go a little more smoothly 🙂

 

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