Styled2Party Launch | How to put together a Styled Photoshoot

Hello Passionista-

I’ve made a new business connection with some really dope creators to curate Styled Photoshoots for creatives like myself.

Styled2Party is a business venture designed to create styled photo shoots of all kinds while bringing together industry creatives through resource networking. The goal of each shoot is to not only increase each creatives network, but to also diversify or add needed content to their portfolios for self marketing purposes.

For the 1st Styled Photoshoot, the team created 4 styled sets for a special Dinner in the Park. We had a great turn out of photographers, videographers, models and event planners. Here are a few photos from the shoot:

Out of the 4 sets, I was responsible for the Boho Chic Tea Party set. It was so much fun working with the team to plan this pop up shoot.

Photographers: Ariel Views, Dana Scott, Renea Ash, Chris Montgomery

Event coordinator : Styled2Party

Event Set DESIGNER: Event Sistas, Experienced Elegance, Passion Palette Events

Custom Treats: REDLOH Affairs

Hanging Props: Erin

Cakes: My Delicate Creations Custom Cakes

Videographer: The Hampton Media Group

Location: Morgan Falls Park

The next styled shoot will be a 70’s Vintage Wedding. This shoot is for people looking to build their wedding portfolios with upscale wedding portraits and detail shots. This shoot will be on published levels and only cost $75 for photographers. This includes the full day with models as well as food and drinks.

Photographers and videographers, if you are looking to build or diversify your wedding portfolio, this is the shoot for you! We will be running through every area of a “traditional” wedding day flow from getting ready to reception. Here are some details to look forward to:

4 couples (2 same sex couples)

Styled Flat Lays (for detailed ring and invitation shots)

Custom floral arrangements

3 complimenting table scape designs

A head table design (sweet heart table)

2 different ceremony set ups

A custom swing for portrait session

Cake table and much more!

For tickets click here.

Empties| Would I repurchase?

Hello Passionista!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post featuring empty product reviews. I’ve been collecting these products for a while. I wanted to get a good amount of empty products to feature in this blog post for you. So, now I finally have a good bit of empties to share.

These empty products are for hair care and skin care. Let’s jump right in!

SKIN

OLAY Total Effects Whip Moisturizer

I absolutely love this moisturizer. It’s super lightweight and hydrating on the face. I found myself using this moisturizer in the morning and evening. I personally don’t think it’s affordable, because it retails for $20+. For me, that’s a lot. I strive to spend no more than $10-$12 on any facial product. Luckily as an influencer, many of the PR packages I get has had samples or full sizes of this product for me to try. What you see pictured is a sample size.

Will I Repurchase? I am currently using another one of the sample sizes I received in a PR package.

Neutrogena Body Oil (Fragrance-Free)

So, I don’t like using lotion. About a year ago I gave up lotion for body oils. It just feels better on my skin, more moisturizing. I love that Neutrogena offers a fragrance free body oil, because I appreciate skincare products that are fragrance free. Applying the body oil on your skin after getting out the shower will keep your skin moisturized all day. The directions say you can also adda few drops to your bath water to help soften your skin.

Will I Repurchase? Yes,I already have.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream with Hyaluronic Acid

Now, I know I just told you about how much I love body oil over lotion. But I also love body gel cream- only from the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line. This product is also fragrance free and made with hyaluronic Acid which is like hydrating your skin with water. The body gel cream really locks the mositure into your skin for the most hydration you can give your skin.

Will I Repurchase? Yes,I already have.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Wash with Blue Agave

As a SheaBassador, I received this product in a box. It was my first time using it and had a beautiful experience. This product targets dehydrated skin, I don’t think I have dehydrated skin but it gave me an amazing shower time. The coconut and cactus water scent is mild but delightful.

Will I Repurchase? Not yet, but I plan to.

HAIR

Cantu Shea Butter Wave Whip Curling Mousse

I love how this mouse really defines my curls when using for my wash n’ go routine. I find myself using a lot of mousse when styling my hair. It gives me a frizz- free finish with no crunchy curls.

Will I Repurchase? Yes.

Dark and Lovely Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Clumping Curl Creme Gel

I literally run this product from my roots to tips for defined curls. I’m not sure I can agree with the anti-shrinkage claim. I have never came across a product that prevents shrinkage with my curls. I don’t think it possible. But I love how moisturizing and defined it leaves my curls for styling.

Will I Repurchase? Not Sure.

Shea Moisture Coconut Custard Make It Last Wash N’ Go Curl Primer

Now this is the holy grail of wash n’ go products. It helps detangle and prep kinky, curly-cooly hair. I used this stuff like water. Everyday I refresh my styles using this product to give me a picture perfect look.

Will I Repurchase? Yes, already have.

Shea Moisture Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave- In Treatment

Honestly, this is a the BEST leave in conditioner I have ever tried. I love it! I’ve been using it to treat my hair this summer from jumping in and out of the pool. It smells amazing but feels even better. I have been able to use it as a leave in conditioner for my wash routine and wash n’ go routine.

Will I Repurchase? Yes, already have.

Chasing Curlz Twisting Souflee

This summer I became a brand advocate for Chasing Curlz. The twisting souflee is one of the products they sent me to try, review and share. Out of the six products sent to me, this is my favorite. When I tell you my twist out sets have been looking amazing , it’s beena picture perfect situation. Just check my instagram!

Use my offer code KHADIJAH15 to try this product for yourself.

Will I Repurchase? Yes.

Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner

I used this dip conditioner at least 3 times to treat me curls. I like to add oil to the deep conditioner to provide additional hydration during the wash process. It’s also filled with cocoa & mango butter, in addition to the sunflower seed oil I’d add before applying.

Will I Repurchase? Not yet, but I plan to.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Water Pick Me Up Lite Masque

It is super important to deep condition. I have seen so much growth in my hair since I started deep conditioning every time I wash my hair. I was able to deep condition my hair with this mask about 2 times. The last time I used it I mixed it with another mask to have enough to cover my whole head. The formula is thick but very hydrating.

Will I Repurchase? Not yet, but I plan to.

QOTD: Have you tired any of these products?

Event| Spa Queen Expo by the Six Figure Spa Chick

Hello Passionista-

Last week, I got a chance to hang with Candace Holyfield also known as the Six Figure Spa Chick and CEO of the largest African-American Spa Booking community. She hosted a 2- Day Spa Expo in Atlanta for Spa Professionals. There were classes that spa professionals could sign up to take with their registration and a vendor expo for spa professional to book clients for services and sell products.

Candace shared with me about how she started in spa industry by doing massage therapy in Memphis, Tennessee after begining a waitress for 12 years. She gained a cliental of celebrities that lead her to creating a online business called, Spa Calls. The purpose of this business venture was for Candace to conduct service calls for spa professional to teach them how to run their own spa and share ways spa professionals could get more clients. By doing spa service calls she created a network and brand called Six Figure Spa Chicks. This network helped her quickly build a team as she transitioned herself, family, and business from Memphis, Tennessee to Altanta, Georgia.

In my conversation with Candace, she shared that building a team for her business was her main objective when becoming serious about branding Six Figure Spa Chicks. Most people (like myself) feel like they have to be a one-person show in the beginning stages of starting a business or building a brand. Candace saw things differently and opted to build her own network that turned her into a Six Figure Chick. By doing so, Candace is now able to retire as a massage therapist to focus mainly on her brand “Six Figure Spa Chicks” and teaching other spa professionals how to build a success spa business.

After my time with Candace, I browsed the expo to see what products and services the vendors were showcasing. I didn;t book any spa services, alothough I could have really used a massage. But I did get them opportunity to talk to lots of female business owners in the spa and beauty community. I was humbled to be able to network and support so many female entreprenurs. Linked below are the vendors that I was able to network with.

In Her Holistics: $10 Gift Card (Code:NEWHER) *for all orders over $50.00

The Detox Momma

Fleaux with Mo: $20 off first IV infusion

Sublime Spa Health and Wellness

Faces By Etosh

Beauty Kulture 101: Get 10 facials & receive 1 FREE Spa day

JoJo Stylez

Sovereignty Beauty

Dainty Chic

Soap Snob: Free Natural Soap

Bella Studio Body

Radiant Living Biz: Free Download

Crafts Wombman Waistbeads: Flat Rate Shipping

DIY Quliting 101| Patchwork for a Simple Quilt

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Well, I’m back at it again with another update on my quilt I’m working on. I made some measurement errors that I just noticed after I have sown everything together (you’ll see a picture below) but the quilt is not a TOTAL lost. It can be fixed and I’m going to fix it.

Here (pictured below) is all of the patches put together, according to my pattern. But as you can see it doesn’t all line up. AND, its smaller than I imagined it to be.

So…. Now what? I have a plan.

I am going to repeat half of the pattern to make the quilt wider before sewing on the boarder. I think adding about 12 more inches will make it a nice size for a lap quilt.

Honestly, my time for quilting has been limited lately, because I’ve been busy. But I really want to get this quilt done soon. So, my goal is to complete it in the next 2 weeks. the next DIY Quilting 101 blog post I post will be the finally post to wrap up this project. FINGERS CROSSED!

DIY Quilting 101 | Patchwork for a Simple Quilt

Hello Passionista

So, last week I introduced y’all to my quilting hobby. If you have not read that blog, stop here and go read DIY Quilting 101| How to start a Simple Quilt before reading this blog.

I am knee deep into my new quilting project. As I was sewing my patches together I ran into some issues. The top half of my patchwork looks wonderfully pleasing. But the the bottom portion lack correct measurements. Honestly, I can not tell you where I went wrong with measuring and cutting the patches. But I did find a solution to my problem.

Since I am super pleased with the top half of the pattern, I decided to add that same layout to the bottom half. This essentially will make quilt longer than originally planed, but its a plus to creating a lap quilt.

TELL ME….

Have you started your quilt yet? How’s it going?

BIG ANNOUCEMENT

I will be hosting a 2 part DIY Workshop for Quilting in Atlanta, GA. If you are interested or know someone who is interested, please register for the classes.

Learn the tips and tricks to hand quilting in 2 workshops. Each person will create a 36″ x 48″ baby quilt. Supplies and fabric will be provide, but participants are definitely welcomed to bring their own.

Beginner Hand Quilting 101 part 1

Beginner Hand Quilting 101 Part 2

DIY Quilting 101 | How to start a simple Quilt

Hello Passionista


So, I was cleaning out my craft closet and found a bunch of  fabric I had from my quilting days. It’s been at least a year since I made a quilt and I think it’s time that I put my sewing skills back to use. I’m excited to start back creating quilts and of course I want to share this experience with y’all. I find quilting to be a very suttle hobby. It’s relaxing and fun to do in your spare time. So I will be instructing you on how to make your own simple quilt. 

I sew all of my quilts by hand only using a sewing machine when necessary. Don’t worry if you’re not the world’s best sewer. I taught myself how to sew and quilt. My best advice with this skill is practice makes perfect. 

What you will need to start: 

  • Basic sewing skills 
  • A cutting mat or a hard surface to cut on
  • Rotary Cutter or  Fabric Scissors
  • Marker or fabric pencil
  •  Patchwork shapes or Rotary Rulers 
  • Cotton Quilting Fabric (4 to 6 different patterns)
  • Cotton thread 
  • Sewing needle

For starters, you want to find or create a quilt pattern. If you are up for the challenge you can free hand draw/ layout your own pattern  or you can find free patterns and measurements on Pinterest. For this project, I created my own pattern (shown in picture below). I used graph paper to sketch out the shapes exactly how I wanted them and mapped out which fabrics to use. I will be using 5 different cotton fabric designs for this quilt. 

After you’ve selected a pattern, it’s time to layout your fabrics and start cutting. You want to make sure that you cut all your pieces in the beginning so that you don’t have to stop and cut once you’ve started sewing. For my sketched pattern I labeled each patch with a number to determine which fabric design I will be using. 

Pictured in my pattern you can see that each box is labeled with a number 1  through 5. I marked my fabrics 1 through 5. Using the measurements in my pattern, I start with #1 cutting all the different sizes I will need with that fabric design then moved on to #2 and so on until all my fabric is cut. Use a marker or fabrice pencil to trace your lines for cutting. Once you have everything cut, I suggest laying it out on a flat service so you can see how your quilt will look once it’s all put together. 

Now that you have all your pieces cut out, start at the top and sew everything together piece by piece according to your pattern. If you are a pro on the sewing machine, you may find it easier and faster to use a sewing machine. But I like to hand sew my pieces together (at least for this part). This may take you some time. So don’t get frustrated. Take you time and sew at your own pace. 

The cutting process took me a little over an hour to do. I spent about 2 hours sewing my pieces together in one night and completed the first half of this quilting pattern. In the next blog I will be showing the finished results of sewing all the fabric pieces together for this quilt and how to add a border and the backing to complete a simple quilt. 

I hope you are as excited as I am. TELL ME (in the comment section below) how it goes. Have you ever made a quilt before? Or are you just getting started with this new hobby? 

Happy Stitching!!!!

SheaBassador| Velvet Skin & Strength + Color Care Purple Rice Water Collection & Review

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I’ve finally had the chance to try all of the products in from my 5th SheaBassador box. Y’all should know that I have been using rice water in my hair since December. So, I was exciting about receiving products with purple rice water. Now I want to go to the store and buy some purple rice to make some purple rice water of my own. Honestly, I have not seen any rice water products on the market. This is the first branded product I am trying that has rice water in it.

Velvet Skin & Strength + Color Care Purple Rice Water for sensitive skin & all hair types 

The purple rice water collection is enriched with 3 key ingredients

  • Purple Rice Water, which has been used for centuries on Asian Royalty.
  • Wild Orchid is a symbol of beauty around the world. 
  • Sweet Violet Extract is an edible flower often used in aromatherapy. 

Strength + Color Care Shampoo

This sulfate-free nourishing shampoo helps restore hair to a stronger, healthier state. A blend of Purple Rice Water, Wild Orchid and Sweet Violet Extract removes dulling residue, while restoring shine and vibrancy. Apply to wet hair, gently massage into scalp and hair, working into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. 

After cleansing my hair twice with this shampoo, I have found it to be very silky and soft cleanser for my kinky curls. I do not have any color in my hair, so there is no concern for dulling residue. I frequently use rice water in my hair during my wash process, this is the first hair care product I have used with rice water in it and I expect amazing results. 

Strength + Color Care Conditioner

This nourishing formula locks in moisture and nurtures strands back to health while combating unwanted brassy tones, softening and detangling hair. Apply to clean wet hair. Gently comb through from roots to ends and leave in for up to three minutes. 

This conditioner most definitely locks in moisture to promote soft hair. It was easy to finger detangle my hair after cleaning. The only thing I do not like about this product is the packaging. The conditioner is to think for this pump situation. It takes a minute of pumping to get the conditioner to even come out, then after a few pumps the conditioner stops coming out. The formula is thick and does not remove in the bottle. 

Velvet Skin Body Lotion 

Formulated for sensitive skin, this lightweight creamy moisturizer hydrates and leaves skin silky soft. Smooth lotion all over your skin after a bath or shower. 

I do not use lotion often. But I used this lotion after a day of Self Care. I agree that the product leaves your skin feeling silky soft. I do not agree that it is lightweight but it is creamy. 

Velvet Skin Rice Scrub 

Our scrub gently buffs away dry skin to soften and reveal a new radiance. Apply a small amount to palm, massaging gently into skin using a circular motion, concentrating on rough and dry areas. Leave on for one minute and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

I am in love with this body scrub. It is lightweight but extremely rich. I use it in the shower after shaving or at least twice a week. The scrub is gentle and soft. Honestly, after shaving my legs and using this scrub I felt in heaven. 

Velvet Skin Facial Mask 

This skin smoothing facial mask gently polishes skin, while an added boost of Papaya Extract leaves skin looking nourished and luminescent. Apply facial mask to clean skin. After 10 minutes rinse off with warm water. 

This facial mask formula has a whipped formula appearance. It only takes a little bit of product to complete the job of polishing your skin to be more nourished. I’ve been using this mask once a week and my skin feels amazing after using. 

This product line is cruelty free and available for purchase at ULTA.

Before I end this blog, I want to share my latest media feature in Voyage ATL, click here to read.