Passionista Quiauna | Happy Healthy Queen

Hello! Meet Passionista, Quiauna…

Coming to terms with the fact that it’s time to get more serious about sharing my journey and helping others with their weight loss goals was definitely a rough road. I
swear sometimes I would sit in disbelief like I’m really passionate about helping others as my life was changed because someone to help me but I am scared to give myself to the world. I remember praying over and over for God to give me strength to not eat the house down. I think back to the many jobs I’ve had and with each job I can associate a time where I shared my desire to lose weight with a new co worker or management. I remember rushing from work to make it to Zumba. At over 300lbs I remember always being the heaviest one in P90x class or Insanity and I also remember never feeling less than. Ive always pushed myself to get the work done physically but I could never get my nutrition aligned long enough to keep the weight off. 

Winning a scholarship for Lisa Smiths black health academy coupled with me getting weight loss surgery was definitely a life changer for me. The academy’s plant based curriculum taught me soooo much about food, manly the nutrients in food that we need to fuel  our bodies. I learned things about different diets that doctors would never want us to know. Things like how meat and dairy are not a necessary part of anyone’s diet in order to live a happy healthy life. I explored different diets and with cutting red meat and decreasing my dairy intake and of course keeping up my exercise regimen, I have lost right at 100lbs in a little over a year!  Now I’m at a point where I must share my journey with the world and I’m terrified. 


Every time I’ve tried to just lose my weight in peace God moves and shows me that I’m a messenger and my story is meant to be heard! I’m currently in the process of launching my transformation program HappyHealthyQueens, where I plan to give the assistance that was given to me by a black queen to black queens.

I’m excited as I move through my journey and I can’t wait to help change many lives as my life continue to evolve and I grow closer and closer to exuding all the characteristics of a Happy Healthy Queen.

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Passionista Paris| The Passion of Paris

Hello Passionista! Meet Paris Holmes …

Paris Holmes also known as “Paris Jaa” is a freelance writer from South Carolina who enjoys sharing her unique visions with the world. She’s currently located in the Atlanta area building her brand as a screenwriter, blogger, and poet across the city. Growing up as an only child gave Paris plenty of time alone to run wild with her imagination. At the age of eight, she began to write poetry, short stories, stage plays, etc. Once her pieces begin to grasp the attention of others, she decided to transform her passion into a full blown career.

The passion I have for word play runs deep! “Theseee words are my own, from my heart flow, I love you… I love you… I love you… I love youuuu!”, just like Natasha Bedingfield expressed in her hit song is exactly how I feel about writing! I picked up the pen at the age of eight in my spare time which I had a lot of because I was an only child. Being the youngest of the family, I was surrounded by many adults feeling as if I had no voice. Because the paper listened, writing became ya girl’s best friend! Through words I am able to duplicate my imagination in a creative form! I see the world differently than the normal eye therefore, as a storyteller I hold a gift to create twists that jolt the mind of others. It’s such a beautiful thang yall! Writing poetry, screenplays, and blogs is the honey that sets my cup of tea just right!



Growing up, I wrote short stories for fun and shared them with my closest friends. The stories kept them all intrigued and they were anxious for what would happen next. This went on for a while until I allowed an outsider to read and was asked why’d I not turn my short stories into short films? I had no clue why, although the ideas originally came from my dreams anyway so this made perfect sense. People would now be able to capture my visions with the human eye!? whatttt! How explosively exciting!! Without thinking I dived head first into screenwriting. I shadowed other film makers, conducted auditions for actors, and even attended a 5 week screenwriting course where I won 4th place in a pitch contest. I wrote, produced, and directed two short films which are now on YouTube,  “Transitions” and “True Colors”. Whenever the production process became a bit lengthy, I needed a way to release my everyday emotions. The ones that I wasn’t ready to show and tell at the moment. This lead me to write poetry. Poetry became a coping mechanism and still to this day is therapy for me. I’ve never felt a relief so gratifying once I lay the pen down from expressing my true feelings on paper! It was absolutely shocking to see how others related so well, after finally gaining the courage to share some of my most vulnerable pieces on social media.

Blogging hit my writing world quicker than a slap to the face! I honestly didn’t see this amazing blessing coming! I knew a friend who knew a friend that blogged for a fashion website. Word got out about my dedication and the passion I have for writing and WHOOP DERE IT IS! I was blogging for a fashion site which was amusing, animated, and glittery! I had the ability to exercise my word play by uniquely describing the colors, shapes, and designs I saw in fashion and how they made me feel. My blog samples later landed me my very own opinion column in a upcoming magazine expressing my thoughts towards serious topics. I finally got the green light to let my hair down and tell it like it is! Extremely intense but breath taking!

I must admit, there have been times where I thought writing may not work in my best interest as far as a career goes. But at the doorstep of my heart the words always knock as a reminder. I can’t allow life issues to distract me from what’s destined because this love runs too deep! Instead, create a banging story, movie, or poem from all experiences and continue to manifest my dreams by moving forward. God gave me visions for a reason, so they must be told!

Website: www.parisjaa.com

Happy Halloween Passionista

Hello Passionista!

It’s been ages since I’ve carved a pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds. This year I was determined to do both. So I called over my girls for a “Girl’s Night”. We sipped wine and carved our cute little pumpkins.

Honestly, it was easier than I remember it being. I can’t explain why but as a kid it felt like carving a pumpkin was the hardest thing to do. I’m overjoyed with the way my pumpkin, “Jack-o-lena” came out.

Jack-o-lena sat gracefully on my countertop with a cinnamon candle for about 5 days before I saw mold and threw her out.

Now I did try to roast the seeds from inside the pumpkin. It was an epic fail. I burnt them. I don’t even know how they burnt. They didn’t look burnt but for sure tasted burnt. Better luck next year.

Tell me (in the comments), What traditions do you like to do with your family and friends on Halloween?

Before I go, #selfcarenovember starts tomorrow. Head over to my IG (@thepassionista__) for the flyer and take the challenge with me.

Natural Hair Twist Out Using Taliah Waajid Natural Hair Products

Hello Passionista!

I’ve been treating my hair to a new product line and I love the results. So far I have used Taliah Maajid’s Green Apple and Aloe line to style my hair in two different ways. Taliah Waajid products has my twist outs looking so juicy and hydrated. Surprisingly, flat twists styles never turn out right on me, but I tried it using this brand and loved the 1st time results.

I purchased their product during the Curls, Kinks & Culture Fest in Atlanta, GA. This a brand has been around for a minute but I’ve never tried their products. I was chatting with one of their brand ambassador about never trying the product before and she did a demo on a section of my hair using one of the curls cremes from the latest product line. I liked the feel and smell of the product so I decided to purchase 3 of the products from the line to take home and try them out on different styles. Best of all, they were having a Festival promotion – 3 for $25. You can’t beat a deal like that for natural hair products. Here is what I purchased:

Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Nutrition Leave- In Conditioner

Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Apple Seed Oil

Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Nutrition Curl Definer

To shampoo and condition my hair I used some Shea Moisture products, as well as a Lotta Body Hair Mask. Then, I used the Taliah Waajid Green Apple and Aloe products to style my hair.

I can’t express enough how much I enjoy the scent of this line. It smells so blissful like fresh green apples. I appreciate the packaging of the leave-in conditioner. The bottle sprayer has a lock feature that prevents leakage, which is great for travel. The sprayer also give you a wide range of product to help spray the product directly and even throughout your hair. Most sprayer give you a stingy mist of product that hits one spot of your hair at a time. I end up having to spray the product into my hands and rub into my hair in sections. But with this sprayer I am able to spray the product directly onto my hair and the products is distributed to a good range of hair per spray. To some people this is not a big issue, but for me this factor is major. The leave- in conditioner has a nice consistency that moisturizes, revitalizes and soften your curls. Using this product made it eacy to detangle my curl and prepare for twisting.

I used just a small amount of the curl definer to twist my hair into small sections. The creme feels really thick and heavy, but is actually lightweight on your curls if you use just the right amount. I can be a little heavy with product, especially curl creams. But you honestly only need one finger rub per section to style your hair.

Since I don’t apply heat to my hair, I allowed by twist out to completely dry over night. Before untwisting my hair I used the apple seed oil to moisturize my scalp. My hair feels stronger, my curls are more defined and my twist out has lots of volume.

Style 1- Individual Twist

Style 2- Flat Twist

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Make It Classy | DIY Herbal Hair Rinse

Hello Passionista

I have experienced yet another great beauty DIY from Make It Classy DIY beauty box. Each DIY beauty box is plant- based and free of chemicals for your everyday beauty routine.

I had the pleasure of assisting the CEO & Founder of Make it Classy, Victoria (who is also a fellow blogger) during the Ultimate Women’s Expo in Atlanta, GA. During the expo, I worked at the Make It Classy booth with Victoria and a few other ambassadors. The day was filled with me talking and networking with women who are curious and passionate about natural beauty care. There was even a station for customers to make a quick clay mask sample for face and hair to take home and try. I felt truly in my elment being able to share my passion for embacing natural beauty and DIY projects.

A few weeks back I posted a video of my using the Make It Classy DIY Beauty Box for Rose Water on IGTV, click here to watch. Today, I want to share with you the Make It Classy DIY Beauty Box for Herbal Hair Rinse.

After making my herbal hair rinse, I used it to rinse the conditioner from my hair after cleansing. I used the entire bottle provided for one rinse. The DIY beauty box comes with enough ingredients to make 2 batches of the product. If you don’t use the entire bottle in one usage like I did you may store in for up to one month in the refrigerator. My scalp felt refreshed and my curls looked more defined than ever. Picture below is how my curls looked after using the hair rinse.

Tell me, what are your thoughts about herbal hair rinses for your natural curls? Have you ever used a natural herbal hair rinse?

Skincare | Olay Product Review

Hello Passionista

So, I am really late with putting this review out but better late than never. Last month, I received a VoxBox from Influenster to try and review some Olay products. I’ve been moving at such a fast pace these last couple of weeks it slipped my mind to create content for this Influenster campaign.

OLAY Pressed Serum Stick

I have never used a serum stick before. Honestly, I’ve never even seen a product like this on shelf but I guess it’s a new skincare innovation. It is a great idea for convenience with your skincare routine. The packaging is sleek and nicely designed. I found it to be great for travel. I recently went on vacation and was able to pack this in my carry on with no issues. I was worried it would melt in hot temperatures, but it remained as is through travel.

I’ve added this product to my night time skincare routine. I don’t use it every night, but I do make use of it most nights. After washing my face and patting it dry with a towel, I rub the stick all over my face. I use my fingers to really press the product into my skin. The product directions suggest that this product can be used in the morning and at night. My morning skincare routine is near perfect and I’m not ready to change it. So, I will continue to stick with using the serum stick at night. If you are looking for a product to give you refreshed and hydrated skin daily, this is a product I would recommend you try. It’s packed with Vitamin B3 + Sake Kasu. The Vitamin B3 will help your skin retain moisture to keep your skin hydrated. Sake Kasu is known for amino acids and antioxidants.

OLAY Retinol 24 Night Serum Fragrance – Free

I used the OLAY Daily face oil in the morning to moisturize my face. I’ve been using the face oil for a few months and it has become like the most important part of my morning skincare routine. I was elated to receive the OLAY Retinol 24 Night Serum to add to my nightly routine. I use it after applying the pressed stick to my face, before I press the product into my face with my fingers. This is a water based serum so I know it is really giving my skin the hydration it needs while I sleep. The greatest benefit of this product is waking up with flawless skin everyday. I don’t have any fines lines and wrinkles (Thank God) but this product helps reduce and improve the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines and firms skin without any irritation.

Have you tried these products before? What’s been your experience? 

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September Creations

Hello Passionista –

I can’t believe it’s October already. But I’m excited because Fall is my favorite season. Being that I live in Georgia, it’s still 100 degrees outside, so I’m over the heat. I’m ready to wrap up in my blankets, wear my cardigans and oversized sweaters, and drink apple cider.

September was a busy month that went by so fast. Here are a few things I created last month. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see on news and events I have coming up.

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I will be a panelist at the GSG Pop Up Shop on October 12th at Genesis Atlanta Studio and Creative Loft.

You can purchase tickets on eventbrite

Lastly, I’m searching for 4-8 guest bloggers to be featured on the blog throughout November. To be considered you must creative a blog post of 100 words or more about something you’re passionate about, with 3 to 4 supporting photos. Send you’re blog content to passionlockedblog@gmail.com by October 18th.