Year 4| Are you a Passionista?

🎤Singing 🎤 “ Do you know what today is? It’s my Blogaversary, my blogaversary!!!!”

Hello Passionista ✨

I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I publish my very first blog post. I’m so grateful that I’ve been blessed with the creative ability to share my passions with Passionista’s all over the world. Looking back on my journey I wish I would have started blogging a lot earlier.

Once upon a time, I was very fearful of being talked about and picked on. I used to let the words that people say to me get under my skin and alter who I was as a person. You could have called me a people pleaser. Looking back on my teenage years and college life I missed out on a lot of things because of fear. I feared what the social response would be from my peers, friends, and family members. I thought I had to do what was deeded socially correct all the time. Which caused me to stuff my big personality into a box, and not authentically be me.

But the person I have become today doesn’t give a damn about what anyone has to say about Khadijah. I have learned to be comfortable being me. I’m wild, passionate, somethings loud and different from others. Those were all things that I used to hide and be ashamed of. But I had to find the strength within me to get pass my fear and be my best self.

What did it take?

Honestly, I don’t know where this strength came from. I noticed that I was always unhappy, never satisfy with anything. I began to dwell on that. I came to the conclusion that I’m wasn’t living my life to my fullest potential by not allowing my light to shine as bright as my personality. Through my faith I had to find a way to be comfortable being me. It’s always going to take work because I’m a work in progress. I still struggle with some anxiety around what people will say about me. At the end of the day, I only have one life to live. It’s up to me to live my best live everyday. I truly believe that, faith over fear brings blessings. So, everyday I strive to embraced every part of who I am and strive to be better then next day.

A Passionista is a women with big ambition and a success mindset who pursues happiness and serves others by turning her passion into a paycheck. She’s not just passionate, she is fearless, determined and full of inspiration. Nothing gets in her way. Are you a Passionista?

To my loyal readers: Thank you for come back to my little space in the internet over and over again. Thanks for relying on me as a resource for all things skincare and natural hair care. You guys inspire me more than you know.

To my new readers: Welcome! I’m glad you discovered my little blog. I share my passions for skincare, natural hair care, DIY projects. Don’t forget to subscribe and come back every Thursday for new blogs.

Passionista Seymone | The Natural Hair Journey

Meet Passionoista Seymone ….

Hello Passionista’s! My name is Seymone Jackson, born in Oahu, Hawaii but raised in Miami, FL. I am a Wife and a Mommy to a 4-month old baby boy, the 2 loves of my life. Who would’ve thought, someone who had no interest in having kids in high school, now has a son… funny right?! i grew up always changing my mind as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. My first interest was becoming a pediatrician, but then that quickly changed when I learned how long you would have to go to school for. By the time I got to college, I was in-between Nursing and Criminal Justice, which neither did not pan out as planned, because I only went to college for a little over a year and then I basically dropped out. 

Getting into my Natural Hair Journey, I decided to do the “Big Chop” June 25, 2018, which came after unintentionally transitioning for a little over a year. I say unintentionally because when I was relaxed, it got to the point where even the most potent relaxer wouldn’t take to my thick, coarse hair. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, it was a bit difficult because working in management, for a large home improvement company, I was always face to face with customers, but most did not take to my “Natural Hair” in a positive manner. I got all kinds of weird looks, I was even dismissed by a few customers because it did not come off “professional” enough for my title. Fortunately, January 11, 2019 I was able to move forward from that job and never look back to a standard 9-5 again.

This time last year, if you would have said “Seymone, don’t worry about that Assistant Store Manager position, focus on working for yourself”, I would have probably looked at you crazy. i say that because how I was raised, getting a solid job, that pays well, with a 401k was ideal. Now, I am a full-time entrepreneur, working for myself and i’m glad I took the risk and followed God’s path He has paved for me. I decided to take all the negativity I experienced in the beginning of my natural hair journey and turn it into inspiring/motivating different kinds of women who are looking for guidance on their own journey. My testimony is more than just experiences, it’s someone else’s push to go for and do what it is they may be holding themselves back from. 

You can follow my journey through my Youtube channel at youtube.com/SeymoneJ . You can also follow me on Instagram & Twitter @ iconiicbeauty . 

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.

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

OOTD

Hello Passionistas !!!

Tonight was a nice little happy hour with some old friends.

Dress: Target

Utility Jacket: Charolette Russe

Shoes: Converse

December Ipsy Bag Review

Hello Passionistas

There has been soo much going on that I am just now posting this review of my December Ipsy Bag. I must say I really enjoyed this months bag. I was thinking about maybe canceling my subscription for Ipsy because I never actually re-purchase any of the items- but this bag has encouraged me to keep my subscription just a little longer.

This is what I got this month:

img_0381ASLMissGlam Makeup Brush feels so good on my skin. I don’t buy different brands of brushes, my brand of choice is ELF. So getting different brands of makeup brushes in my subscription make up bag is a refresher. This is the 3rd brush I have received in a ipsy bag. I enjoy testing out new and different brushes. I always have dirty brushes, so having clean back up brushes is least a plus. You can never have too many makeup brushes.

img_0380You all should know by now I love sheet mask. To my surprise I received 2 sheet mask this bag, Purlisse Green Tea + Ginger Rejuvenating Sheet Mask and Coconut + Rice Nourishing Sheet Mask. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I like the product. I was excited about the Green Tea and Ginger mask, so I used it first. It was as expected smelled great, felt soothing, and left my skin feeling refreshed.

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Charcoal is a booming trend the skincare industry. This winter I have taken a high sense of liking to anything charcoal in skincare products. This Global Beauty Card Charcoal wash-off mask is a wonderful treat to play in. I haven’t quick used it because I waiting for the right moment. The product is a mud based solution that helps unclogs pores and life away impurities. I want to wait until my skin is clogged with 2-day makeup and sweat cause I’ve been to busy partying … ha!

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I love Smashbox. I love red lips. So…. this Smashbox Lipstick in the color Legendary was a great added accessory to my makeup looks. I am not as much as a red lip girl as I’d like to be. But this little red stick is the perfect size for my red lip moments.

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I have received like three City Color Cosmetics Shimmer shadow in my bag, this one is  in the color It’s A Girl. I love these shimmer shadows, they are super pigmented and rich in color. I currently wear a bronze shimmer shadow from a summer bag I received -with my everyday makeup look.

img_0382Bonus Buy: If you are a Ipsy Bag Subscriber you know you can gain points and purchase select items with the points you earn. So I used my points to purchase this NYX Professional Makeup Faux Blacks Eyeliner in the color midnight.


I want to start sharing new products,deals,and promos with you all. So after each post I will share a great deal that you should explore.

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This week’s Spotlight is on Destiny Candles by Karen Michelle. Destiny Candles are made by Karen Michelle – featured on Ellen, The Hallmark Channel, and more! Join countless women around the world whose relationships are improving because of this amazing and unique oil. Click the link below to learn more about Karen Michelle and shop for some goodies.

http://www.karenmichelle.com/

Cheers to a New Year

Happy New Year Passionistas!!!!!!!

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It is 2018!!!!!!!!!

 

This year has already been a hoot. I am just now posting to you guys because I have been sick and shut in with no desire to blog. I am just now getting back to feeling like my true self.

 

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2017 was a long year for me. It was a really pleasing year as well. I started a new job, graduated with my Masters degree, travel a little, completed my first Passion Project and continued my blogging journey. At first I was a little unsettle about exiting 2017 and enter a new year. Honestly on News Year Eve, I was a little sad. But as I counted down into the new year with my friends I instantly felt grateful to be in the New Year.

 

 

 

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This year I plan to continue to expand my journey as a DIY and Lifestyle blogger. I plan to introduce vlogs for my ipsy bag and beauty box product reviews. My goal is to also produce for DIY projects and ideas to share with you all. I will also be starting a “Share your Passion” monthly segment, where I have other passionistas as guest bloggers. I created Passion Locked as a way to express and share the things I am interested and passionate about, so I who love to build a community of like-minded passionistas. I plan to create a GroupMe community for all my DIY’ers and Passionistas to share with another.

 

Last year I completed my first Passion Project, which was Quilts for Babies. In 2018 I plan to do the Quilts for babies again in honor of March of Dimes and start a few other Passion projects.

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Thank you all for stopping by Passion Locked and chopping it up with me from week to week. I love to hear from my reader, you can always contact me at passionlockedblog@gmail.com. Also, follow me on instagram and twitter @passionlocked. Always feel free to leave me comments, I make sure I respond to just about everyone.

 

Brunch with Friends

Helllloooooo !!!!

I know I’ve been missing for two days of blogmas. I’ve been busy with orders and shopping…🤷🏽‍♀️

But, I’m back now !!!!! 😍

I recently hosted a Christmas PJs Brunch with all my girlfriends. It was super nice! But of course – as the host, I did not get any pictures. What I can say is— we had a good time.

I cooked a really nice brunch. I made lots of mimiosas and we drank lots of mimiosas!

We played “dirty santa” and cards against humanity… so many laughs and memories made…

I did manage to get a few snaps with my polaroid camera for my next scrapbook..

Until next time 💝

Xscape Concert (Blogmas Day 9)

It’s Saturday !!!

I am a weekend lover. Last night I went to the Great Xscape Tour to see- June’s Dairy, Zonnique, Tamar, Monica and Xscape. I have always loved Xscape- so seeing them in concert was amazing.

I missed most of June’s Dairy performance. But they need a lot of song covers- they opened the show. Zonnique did a good job but I didn’t know any of her songs. Tamar sung her face off as usual. But her savage time was a lot. She brought fans on stage and did a lot of talking about her divorce 🙄. I love Monica. And just like every time I seen her perform, she gave me chills. I have been a fan of Monica since a little girl when my mom used to play the Miss thing album.

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le have been talking about Xscape been off tune (mostly Kandi). But they sounded great last night. I was happy with the entire show.

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never take a decent photo, but here's my concert outfit

Tan Duster from boohoo.com

Black Dress from Forever 21

Booties from Target

Teavana Favorites

Hello Passionistas!

It is no secret that I love tea. Last week I took a trip to Teavana to get new summertime tea.

I normally go to teavana once in the summer and once in the winter and buy my tea in bulks. I enjoy brewing a fresh pitcher of tea every Sunday to have for the week.

On a weekly basis, I say that the hardest decision I have to make is my nail color. Until I go into teavana. I think its because I don’t go in the store often and when I do I like to get 4 different blends in bulk. But if you’ve ever been in Teavana you know they have a wall of nothing but tea behind the counter. So I literally stand there for what seems like forever, making my decision. So this is what I got this time:

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Hot Pink Lemonade – Citrus Tea

Strawberry Daiquiri -Blended Tea

Strawberry Slender Pu-Erh- Flavored Black Tea

Mandarin Mimosa – Blended Tea

Natural Belgian Rock Sugar

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In the store, they bag the loose leaf in paper bags. When I get home, I transfer them into my tea canisters for storage.

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Mandarin Mimosa is a blend of two types of loose leaf teas. When I was in the store they were sampling this one. I had like 3 cups as I made up my mind about what I wanted. It was really good, more fruity than sweet.

Hot Pink Lemonade is a citrus tea. I have never tried it before but I thought it would be a good summer time tea that I can mix with fresh squeezed lemonade.

Strawberry Slender is a flavored black tea. I have purchased this tea many times before. I like to mix with pineapple juice and add slices of strawberries.

Strawberry Daiquiri is also a new buy for me. It is a blend of two types of loose leaf teas as well. The loose leaves were sampled in a dish and it smelled so wonderful and fruity. I just had to have it. This tea is actually really heavy with dried fruit, so it may look like you’re only getting a little bit. But a little bit goes a long way.

Until next time,

XOXOXO

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