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

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