• Beauty

    Brushes Anyone???

    Hello Lovelies!! We’ve talked about quite a bit when it comes to makeup and how to apply it, but we haven’t addressed what we use to apply our makeup. Let’s be honest, some tools that we use are based on our personal preference and some tools we may use because we are not sure what to use. Just like there are a plethora of makeup brands available to us, there are also a plethora of makeup brushes available to us. I’m going to cover a few different things about brushes and sponges. Just like makeup, there are very expensive brushes, some not so expensive brushes and some brushes that are…

  • Entertainment

    Le`Andria Ain’t The Only One Hurt

    For the past few years, we have heard the name Le`Andria Johnson in a ‘not-so-positive light.’ But along with her name, is raised the seemingly unfair, taboo subject of church hurt. Is our dear sister crazy, or could she be the poster child of years of being gifted and gutted for the pleasure of the church (the organization)? A few years back, we saw Sister Johnson in raw form… And that’s in more ways than one. We literally saw her flesh, her bottle, and glimpse at her colorful language. With the reaction the Church gave, one could liken it to Genesis 9:21, but instead of there being only a few…

  • Finance

    Level Up Your Finances

    Summer is in full swing and many people are taking vacations and enjoying what seems to be the hottest weather of the year. Some have the tendency to apply these laissez-faire ways to their financial situations. It’s time to think of this season in a different light for financial reasons, use it as a benchmark to analyze your growth or lack thereof in personal matters. The middle of 2018 has gotten here quickly and the end of the year is not far behind. Are you where you need to be in your financial plan for the year? Has the dust settled on your motivation that was so prevalent in January?…

  • Health

    Stop the Excuses

    Before typing this month’s article I was thinking, what could I tell the readers this month to either help them get started, stay on the journey or get up if they have fallen down.  What did I decide to talk about, NO EXCUSES! Now let me tell you how I came to this. On June 3rd I was sitting in my bed on my ankle and my entire, yes, entire leg went to sleep.  From hip to toe and I didn’t know it. At the time I was prepping my meals for the next week.  I get out the bed to check the food, put my right foot down on…

  • Health

    Summer Fun: Safety Tips

    Amusement parks, beaches, community swimming pools, summer sports, bike riding, hiking…Yes honey! With that said, let’s cover a few safety tips for fun in the sun as we creep towards the end of this season. Chilling in the Sun… Summer fun brings forth increased time in the sun, hence greater exposure to UV Radiation. Exposure to UV radiation is a cause of skin cancer, so as you can imagine, it is very important all year around. Now I know women of color embrace that “Melanin Poppin” skin; however, please remember, melanin is protective, not preventative. With that said, here are a few sun safety tips: Wear sunscreen of at least…

  • Style

    Shop with Carla: What’s At Rue

    Hey ladies! Am I the only one starting to feel like the malls are no longer catering to me? Me as in my 30 to 40ish self? Well, over the next few months we will take a look at what’s in store for the average sized woman between 30-45. My recent visit was to Rue 21 located in the University Mall in Carbondale, Illinois. I typically do not shop at Rue 21, occasionally for sandals or small odds and ends. However, this time I decided to take a deeper look into what they offer. First, this particular Rue 21 reminded me of a teenage girl’s room….clothes, shoes, and accessories everywhere!…

  • Beauty

    Glow On Baby!!!

    Ladies! Ladies! Ladies! Let’s talk! Can we say il-lu-mi-nate!  Yes, we can! (in my best Sherman Klump voice). It’s that icy, blue, rose gold, golden, bronze, copper hue just to name a few that we adorn out cheek bones, foreheads, chins, noses, inner tear duct and upper lips with. Some of us have also began to mix our loose powder illuminators in body lotions and in setting sprays to bronze our bodies (if you haven’t done that yet, you can and you should). It’s a money saving tip to avoid purchasing expensive illuminating body products unless you choose to. Illuminating products can also be purchased in liquid oil and stick…

  • Finance

    Searching for Funding

    This time of year marks the end of most academic years across the nation. Graduations are among us and thoughts of higher learning are at an all time high. What’s the first thing that comes to mind after knowing that college is next on the horizon?  How can I pay for it? How can I get a degree for free? How many grants and scholarships are out there? These are all common questions but it’s rare that people really know the answer to them. This article will discuss the misconception of Financial Aid applications, scholarships and give tips on how to make your individual search and process easier. FAFSA is…

  • Editorial

    Say No to Insecurity

    There’s been a lot of talk lately concerning self-love and freedom in connection to our hair, or the lack thereof.  There’s been even more action attached to our words– we’re going back to the natural state of our hair and cutting it all off or doing big chops–from celebrities to everyday women such as myself.  Of course, we know women have been “going natural” and rocking short cuts for a long time now. However, the intentional reason behind it, I believe, has peeked to a new level lately with rhyme and reason. I question if this refreshing breath of freedom is the recent birth of the understanding that we are…

  • Health

    Summer Fitness for a Summer Body

    What time is it?  It’s spring/summer time.  This is the time where we want to wear shorts, sundresses, sleeveless shirts and swimming suits.  Are you ready? If you aren’t, that is perfectly okay. You can start this journey any day of the week.  Now, let’s discuss how you can reach your goals as the weather warms up. Previously I gave tips on how we can workout at home or on the go.  What are some of the things we can do outside now that the weather is warming up?  There are sooo many options of things we can do for the first time or just very simple things that will…

  • Editorial

    3 Tips to Conference Confidence

    It’s that time of year that we are being inundated with advertisements for conference and retreats and it can be overwhelming to decide which is right for you. I mean, if you name a subject-any subject-there’s an expo, a conference, or a retreat for it, but the question that we have to ask ourselves is will it add value. As someone who loves to attend conferences (and host them), I have to think carefully about where my time and finances are best spent, and I bet the same is true for you. We don’t have time or money to waste so I’ve answered a few questions for you to consider…

  • Health

    Miscarriages: Facts & Faith

    Having a miscarriage can be a devastating event for a family unit, one that can lead to friction and separation. On the other hand, it can lead to closeness and perseverance to move forward and try again. Most commonly, when family units remain steadfast, one can move forward and have a normal, healthy pregnancy. It is only in 1% of cases that women will experience a concept called, recurrent pregnancy loss, a condition where one has two or more miscarriages. If you or a friend is in this 1%, there is hope! Let’s learn about miscarriages and recurrent pregnancy loss. The Facts Most miscarriages are by chance. There is nothing…