NJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo Recap

Hello hello and hello beauties and beaus!  Today I am sharing all the details about the NJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo.  If you weren’t there, you really a missed a treat and I’m letting Ms. Kei Reeves know today that I will be in attendance next year.  I’m putting my bid in now uhkay??!!!!  But in all seriousness, it was so much positivity, support and conversation going on in the entire room .  Women, men and even children came out to this event with the intent to network and shop, including me!  And of course the natural hair community represented!

Ms. Adeeah Rogers looked amazing and did a great job as hostess with the “mostest.”  She also served as moderator for the Q & A panel and it was a very good discussion.  Check out my YouTube vlog for snippets of the conversations, plus me chatting it up with some of the vendors.

Lastly, have you ever attended an event and just knew that you were meant to be there?  Well that’s how I felt.  Needless to to say this was both time and money well spent.  Well wishes to all the vendors!  I wish them much success in their businesses and I am reminded that it’s time to take my business to the next level.  God gave so many ideas and I learned some nuggets so it’s definitely time to hit the ground running…who knows I may attend next year as a vendor??  We shall see, xx Nij

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One lil bitty car selfie aint never hurt nobody! LOL 😉

And yaaaaaaaas Muva Reeves!! She is the New Jersey Hair & Beauty Expo and owner of several businesses including Keiranea and Nae Naturals.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m looking exactly like my mommy in this pic while rocking these fab shades from TK Reflections Boutique

rocking another pair of shades from TK Reflections! I actually purchased 3 pair. See more on my YouTube vlog [Nijah J]

Author of “Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair” Ariane Roberts, before she signed my copy of her book

Young Fashion Designer Egypt Ufele and her friend/model and also fellow designer

Alright yall, I’m out!!  Again, you can find footage of the event including my many purchases on my YouTube vlog here.

Thanks for checking out the blog and stay tuned for the next event sponsored by Kei Reeves.  Link here for the event info: Soul-ly Handmade Fest.  Right now tickets are only $5, so I hope to see you there!

Places to Go, People to See, Stripes to Wear

* Avenue Plus Size Clothing sponsored this look in exchange for a review but the opinions are all mine. *

Hello Hello and Hello again to all my Fabulous Ladies aka my FABBIES!  It’s been a minute and a lot of happened in these past 3 months, including the launch of my official site!  And what better way to celebrate, than with a new blog review.

So the dress I am reviewing today is the Stripe Flounce Maxi Dress.  Now maxi dresses are my absolute fave because they’re super cute, they keep you cool in the summer heat and can be dressed up or down depending on occasion…and yall also know that I love a mean shoulder cut out too!  Needless to say, this maxi dress gave me all of that and more.

I ordered a size 14/16 and I believe it fit great, I love the length and it turned a lot of heads…so what do you think? Was it a hit or miss?  Comment below and let a sista know.

Also if you shop the look today, you can enjoy 50% off!  And I know yall love to save a coin just as much as I do.

Until next time,

xx, ya gurl Nij <3

 

Living my life like it’s golden!

just Queenin on this beautiful Sunday

 

Don't settle for less…if you want more

Don't settle for less…if you want more

Hey peeps, so I spent yesterday’s snow day catching up on the best show ever – “This is Us.”  Please tell me you watch it??

Well, I was on episode 10 when Sloane and Kevin were having a discussion on their “status.”  It went a little something like this: Sloane nervously asked Kevin, “What are we doing…I mean are we just sleeping together because if so that’s totally fine.”  Kevin, obviously frazzled by the question responds, “Here’s the thing.  I like you…a lot.  You’re funny, you’re brilliant and I like sleeping with you.  I don’t know what we are.  I’m just happy there’s a we to talk about.”

Now did he answer the question?  Because if he did then I missed it.  It goes back to the point I made in my last video, “I’m Single…and I’m Selective Too”  about listening intently to what is said versus what you want to hear.

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Although this is television, this is some people’s reality and when I heard it my heart just sank…because I’ve been there.  I knew I deserved better and wanted more but was willing to take what I could get because there was a “we.”  For goodness sake, I didn’t want to be that single friend who’s shoulder everybody cried on.  I wanted to trade stories about my boo during girl chat…but the turmoil wasn’t worth it – and it still ain’t.

Precious dear hearts, as the title states, “Don’t settle for less…if you want more.”  If it’s marriage you desire, then you have to carry yourself as such, not compromise nor give mixed signals.  Guys may not like it, but one thing’s for certain – THEY WILL RESPECT YOU.

Until next time…xx Nij <3

 

 

#PFW17

So, this entire week has been bananas!!  From the Avenue feature (here) to walking for designer Thomas Lavone at Philly Fashion Week on Saturday.

I’m still amazed that for the 3rd year in a row, Thomas Lavone has asked me to be one of his guest models.  For those who don’t know, he was my pageant coach in 2013 and he  continues to mentor me since my win.  I’m honored that he entrusts me to represent his brand.

I wasn’t able to snap many pics but I managed to get a few while backstage:

Also shout out to Joe Clarke Photography for catching Thomas Lavone’s entire collection.  Each piece was amazing…from pant suits with pockets and capes to floor length gowns. Psst, make sure you watch the entire video…there’s a pleasant surprise!

Lastly, check out the hashtags #phillyfashionweek and #pfw17 for more pics and videos.

Until next time…xxx Nij <3

Three Words: Little.Black.Dress

Three Words: Little.Black.Dress

*Avenue sponsored this look in exchange for a review but the opinions are all mine.*

So let me just say this #LBD was simply love at first sight!  While perusing Avenue’s latest styles and selections, I was like hold up wait a minute!!!!  I gotta have this sassy black number.  Us gals know the importance of having at least 1 little black dress in our closet -and this one right here satisfies that necessity.  Between the grommet and lace detail along the sleeves and leg, I screamed yaaaaaaaaaaas as I shimmied into it.  A pair of simple black pumps completed the look and voila!

I know you love this dress so here’s the link to shop the look…and also get 60% off: http://www.avenue.com/womens/plus-size/60849-lace-grommet-sheath-dress.html

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Ok my Fabulous Ladies aka my FABBIES, catch yall on the next post!

xx, Nij <3

#snowwhat

I know I wasn’t the only one semi-obsessed with getting my hands on one of those Ugly Sweaters…which are soooo ridiculously cute by the way.  This one in particular definitely makes a personal statement because for some reason just about every picture came out blurry, but you know something… “SNOW WHAT!” 😉

You can purchase the Snow What Penguin Holiday Sweater from Avenue Plus Size Clothing and also browse their entire collection in store on on-line.  I am most certain you will find a sweater to fulfill your fashion needs, whether it’s for an office party or Ladies Night with the girls.  Happy Shopping! xx, Nij

 

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