Small Business Spotlight Feature: Fatemeh’s Jewelry & Accessories

Hi Beautifuls, here is my latest Small Business Spotlight!!! Take a moment to watch the video and read the Q&A to learn more about Fatemeh’s Jewelry & Accessories!!!
What is your name and where are you from? Fatemeh Grant. I live in the central valley of California.
 

Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? 

  • Fatemeh’s Jewelry & Accessories was established in 2010. I offer handmade beaded or crochet jewelry, hair accessories, hair products and crochet items.
 

What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?

  •  I was bored one day and just starting crocheting earrings. I would make something and put it aside and my sister gave me the idea to start selling them. I really don’t have an inspiration for each design. It just pops in my head. If the beads or yarn aren’t in front of me I’ll make a drawing and write what beads/material I want to use and make it later.

What distinguishes Fatemeh’s Jewelry and Accessories from other brands? 

  • My items are one of a kind. In the past, I would only make 1 of each item but I had to start duplicating items per customer request. Ask and you shall recieve. I also pride myself in having reasonable prices.
 

What challenges have you faced with starting the line? 

  • Advertising.
 

What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business? 

  • No personal goal. Its something I’ve added to my list of hobbies.
 

Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur? 

  • Do what you love and love what you do. Don’t let people discourage your dream. It will be slow in the beginning but hang in there and don’t give up.
 

And finally, how do we get our hands on Fatemah’s Jewelry and Accessories?

  • You can purchase my items online. www.fnggrant.etsy.com. Im offering you Im Just Jackie followers a 10% discount. coupon code: IMJUSTJACKIE. 
 

    Also if you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural? 

  • I went natural before I found out about the natural hair community. I went natural a couple of times because I wanted a change. 

    How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop? 

  • I’ve been natural (for the second and last time) since 2007 when I BCd. I starting locing in Oct 2012.

    What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? 

  • I just love my hair.

    Has anything been a challenge on your journey? 

  • Those dang split ends. LOL. Thats why I started locing. I got tired of cutting 2-4″ off each year. Although I was hitting milestones, I still had that setback.

Small Business Spotlight Fearure: A Life Balanced

Peace Beautifuls, I want to introduce you all to A Life Balanced.  If you are interested in holistic / natural based products to enrich your well being, than this is it!!! Take a moment to watch the video (sorry kind of lengthy) and then continued to read the Q&A to learn more about A Life Balanced and the owner, Alana Hinds.
From A Life Balanced website: 
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the heart portion of the soul was weighed in a balance against the feather of Ma’at, symbolizing truth, harmony, peace, balance & order. This is how we should live our lives (mind, body & spirit). Let our heart be as light as a feather=BALANCE
Are you living A Life Balanced?
What is it that you are carrying in your heart? Guilt, shame, regret, fear, resentment, unresloved issues.
What seems to be eating away at your heart? Processed foods, fats, sugars, salt, substances.
Our mission is to balance your health & well-being using holistic approaches. A life Balanced will give you the knowledge & support you need to achieve your nutrition goals. No one diet works for everyone. We will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. We will also help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.
Q. What is your name and where are you from?
A. Alana Hinds


Q. Can you tell us a little about your company?
A. My company is a Holistic (whole person mind, body & spirit) Nutrition based company that assists individuals in achieving their health goals both inside and out
 
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
A. My inspiration began with my passion on healthy living and eating. It was pretty much a reflection on how I was raised from a child and how I continue to live today. I was raised in a health conscious/alternative medicine household by my parents and grew to know the importance of it as I got older. The inspiration behind each product resulted in simply wanted a more holistic and natural product to use both internal or external.  


Q. What distinguishes A Life Balanced from other brands?
A. We are a very small business (just me) 🙂 that caters to the individual needs of each client/customer to provide optimal results. And I believe that’s something that is lacking in “healthcare”. Also we provide “holistic” services and products that is safe and beneficial for both the internal/external body. Although our products may be similar to other brands the quality and benefits supersedes others. 
 
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A. Being able to supply the demand. Being that it is only me mixing, preparing or consulting, it can be challenging at times. So I would say time can be a the challenge but overall I love what I do.
 
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
A. To be able to reach individuals on a globally
 
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
A. To continue to do what you love regardless of the financial or supportive (family, people) ups/downs because the reward is in the passion that you will later discover
 
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on A Life Balanced?
A. A Life Balanced can be reached on all social networks @alifebalanced (IG, Twitter, Facebook)
SAVE 15% ON ORDER $20 OR MORE USING DISCOUNT CODE JUSTJACKIE
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If you are a fellow Naturalista please continue…
Q. Why did you decide to go natural?

A. Did my loc chop (get my dread locs off) 10/2011 after 12 years. Read the story here:http://aroundthewaycurls.com/alana-hinds-from-a-life-balanced-discusses-the-big-chop

Q. How long have you been natural?

A. Always was natural since birth 

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey?
Freedom of expression, individuality, versatility  

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Toni Daley

Hey Hey Hey Beautifuls, have you heard of Toni Daley??? If not, you gone learn today😃. I was asked by one of you to do a feature on Toni and I’m so glad I did. Toni was more than willing to participate in my small business segment. Her work is absolutely amazing!!! I love her creativity and the love she has for gift!!! Don’t take my word for it….see for yourself!!! If you want to know more about Toni and her business read the Q&A below…Thank you Toni!!!

 

 

Q. What is your name and where are you from?
A. My name is Toni Daley. I’m from Toronto, Canada.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company?
A. My website is tonidaley.com and I offer unique handmade jewelry, custom earrings and original artwork. I started about 2 years.
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
A. My inspiration for my brand, my jewelry and my artwork is natural hair. It’s a bit of an obsession of mine! I love natural hair and because I find so much beauty in it, it’s often reflected in my artwork as well certain images within my jewelry. Although anyone can wear my jewelry I do tend to design with the naturalista in mind. I offer large bold pieces that will stand out against big dark hair, and sleek rounded designs that won’t snag in loose hair.
Q. What distinguishes Toni Daley from other brands?
A. I think there are three main things that separate me from other similar brands.
1) Originality – All my designs are my own original concepts and I like to add fresh new designs often.
2) Diversity – Although it’s obvious that my main love is natural hair my designs don’t solely focus on that. You can find an array of designs ranging from afro picks to dragons!
3) Value – I search for the best value for my materials so I can keep costs low and pass the savings down to my customers
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A. I can’t think of a specific challenge that I had to face, it’s all been an ongoing process. I’m still learning as I go.
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
A. I’d love to be able to do it full time one day.
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
A. I never decided one day that I wanted to start making art, I’ve ALWAYS made art. I didn’t decide one day that I wanted to make jewelry, I’ve ALWAYS made jewelry. I’m an artist, I love to create so this has always been my hobby. I would make earrings for my family and friends and people would see them wearing my creations and then try to find out how they could get some. So my advice would be do what you love because when you love something and have a passion for it, people can see that and will seek you out.
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on Toni Daley jewelry & art?
A. You can visit me at www.tonidaley.com
For the Naturalsita in You!!!
Q. Why did you decide to go natural?
A. I actually didn’t decide to go natural….at least not intentionally. I damaged my hair with relaxers and as an alternative started wearing braids. I ended up absolutely loving my braided styles and went through a sort of “Brandy” phase. I wore braids for 2 years straight! When I finally stopped, I fell in love with what was revealed underneath and decided not to go back to chemicals.
Q. How long have you been natural?
A. Since about 2006
Q.What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey?
A. The most rewarding thing has to be YouTube. Going/being natural opened my eyes to this amazing online community full of support and love and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey?
A. I can’t think of any challenge that is specific to my natural journey. It’s been a great road so far.

 

 

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Twizted Divas Boutique

 

Peace Beautifuls, it’s my pleasure to present to you Twizted Divas!!! This business specializes in crocheted and hand painted jewelry and accessories. I’m so honored Tina reached out to me to feature Twizted Divas. Her brand is unique! The quality is awesome! If you dare to be different then check out Twizted Divas!!! To learn more about Tina and Twizted Divas, read the Q&A blow.
 

 

Q. What is your name and where are you from? 
A. Hello Diva, my name is Bettina “Tina” Lawson, I was born in Memphis but raised in Kansas City.

 

Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? 
A.My company is TwiZted Divas Boutique, we crochet and make hand painted jewelry and accessories. I’ve always crocheted and draw as a hobby, after losing my job a yr ago I decided i could make money doing it. So I launched an online store 2/2013
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design? 
A. My inspiration stems from my love of art and fashion. I love the creativity, originality and the boldness of others. I love doing things outside the box, so a person, place or thing can spark an idea.
Q. What distinguishes Twisted Divas from other brands?
A. What distinguishes TwiZted Divas from other brands is there isn’t a specific target area of customers. What’s available now is for the ladies. We’re currently working on baby items, men items, apparel and the list goes on. Everyone can be bold, my goal is to have a wide variety of what we have to offer.

 

Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line? 
A. Challenges faced are things such as the financial aspects that come with starting up a business and balancing it with everything else going on in my life.
What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business? TwiZted Divas Boutique is my baby, I would like to be successful and keep growing as an entrepreneur, I’m learning new things everyday.
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur? 
A. Patience is a virtue, it can be frustrating at times. Stay motivated and determined if its what YOU want to do. Don’t start something you don’t intend to finish, and remain positive. Go for it.
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on Twisted Divas? 
A. Go to www.twizteddivasboutique.com (I am currently moving everything from the Etsy store to the website) Facebook: Twizted-Divas-Boutique, Instagram: twizteddivas
For the Naturlista! 
Q. Why did you decide to go natural? 
A. I decided to go natural because I got sick and tired of my hair being unhealthy from the chemical dependency of perms, it was growing past shoulder length and I could never get it to be thicker. So I chose to join the natural hair movement like so many others and I talked 2/3 daughters to do the same.
Q. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop? 
A. I am transitioning to being natural and have been natural since April 2012.
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? 
A. The most rewarding part of going natural is even though its more work than I initially thought, I’ve noticed how much my hair has grown and how fast and thick it is.Love it. I get excited doing the length checks.
Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey?
A. My personal challenge has been trying to figure out which products work better on my hair and stick with it. I don’t like buying alot of different products just to try them.

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Naturally Jazzy Creations

Peace Beautifuls, I would like to share with you all Naturally Jazzy Creations. Insert from website: Naturally Jazzy Creations is a business offering products to help you feel your best everyday. Products range from soaps, lotion bars, oils and more. Gifts, Wedding and baby shower favors. I’m so pleased the owner, Shanika Hewitt, asked me to feature her business. She was gracious enough to send me two of her best selling soaps, Lemongrass Swirl and Oatmeal Milk & Honey. I must say both soaps left my skin feeling moisturized!!! The scent is fantastic. The lemon scent of the Lemongrass was not overbearing and the Oatmeal Milk & Honey scent is amazing definitely my favorite…very therapeutic!!!! 

 


Take a moment to read the Q&A to learn more about Shanika and Naturally Jazzy Creations!!! Then go to her website and save 20% off your order using discount code justjackie.
Q. What is your name and where are you from?
A. Shanika …I currently reside in Shreveport,LA but I’m originally from California
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?
A. My business officially started at the beginning of this year. Before that I was just selling items to family and friends. I offer natural bath and body products such as soaps, lip balms, and body butters. I’ve just started making hair items but right now they are still in the testing phase. 🙂
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design? 
A. Two of my five children have eczema so that’s what originally started me on my quest for natural products. Once I started making them myself, I was in love!! I love being able to know exactly what goes in my products. The designs for my soap usually start off as a way to meet a need….ex oatmeal, milk and honey soap for dry skin, peppermint soap to keep mosquitoes away.
Q. What distinguishes Naturally Jazzy Creations from other brands? 
A. As I said most of my products are to meet a customer’s need. My soaps are highly scented and that’s what a lot of my customers love about them.
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line? 
A. Some of the challenges are trying to balance making products, advertising, and working a full time job. (can’t forget spending time with hubby and kids)
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business? 
A. I would like to find a boutique where they could carry my products. That will be my next step. One day I would like to be able to open my own shop and run my business full time.
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur? 
A. Don’t give up….keep going and don’t listen to the negativity. Someone will always have something to say….tune out unwanted opinions.
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on Naturally Jazzy Creations? 
A. You can go to my website www.naturally-jazzy-creations.com
Q. Since you are a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural? 
A. Wanted to be free from the chemicals that I was putting on my head
Q. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop? 
A. For three years now…I transitioned
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? 
A. Getting my daughters to realize that their natural hair is beautiful because God blessed them with what he wanted them to have
Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey? 
A. Yes….not being able to do the beautiful styles I see on Youtube due to lack of talent and patience…lol

Small Business Spotlight Feature: SalmonNaturals

Hey Hey Hey Beautifuls, I’m back again with a new Small Business Spotlight Feature!!! SalmonNaturals  based in Toronto, Canada is a company that specializes in jewelry and hair accessories.  The owner, Leisha Salmon, reached out to me and asked if I would do a feature on a special piece. Check out the video and the Q&A below to see a few creations and learn more about SalmonNaturals. Always support small businesses Fam!!! Go to SalmonNturals websites and show your love and support.  Use discount code Jackie2 to receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!!! Don’t forget to follow her on the social media sites to find out what’s new with Leisha and SalmonNaturals
Q.  What is your name and where are you from?  
My name is Leisha Salmon- (Like the Fish) I am a Jamaican born Canadian Artist and Designer living in Toronto, Ontario. I am a formally trained artist I Studied at the Ontario College of art and Design after which I too up blogging while working part time. That was back in 2010 the blog salmonnaturals hair care. In 2011 I launched Salmonnaturals my handcrafted hair accessories and jewelry line. Now in year three I opened up my first virtual store on Etsy an online handmade shopping place for creative people. Although I am formally trained in graphic deisgn and have an award for my ceramic sculpting. My passion is art and I love being able to express it through fashion.

 

 

Q.  Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? How did you come up with the company name? 

Salmonnaturals is a company where I design and manufacture one of kind peices my very unique style come to life for all those who want to be true to themself and do it in a Fab way.

 

I have been a busy bee getting my company off the ground  from blog to business.

 

here are just a few of my sites

 

I came up with this name by combining my last name Salmon with Natural. Salmonnaturals is a physical represents of my natural God given talent for creating Art.

 

 

Here are just a few of my sites:

http://salmonnaturalshaircare.blogspot.ca/

http://salmonnaturals.tumblr.com/

 

 

I think of all my creations as a piece of art that takes shape while I am in my studio surrounded by things that inspire me. There is something for fashionable little girls and big Ladies. I also have some simple guy friendly unisex designed trendsetting jewelry for fashionable guys too. 

 

What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?

 

The inspiration for designing hair accessories is thanks to my little sister since the age of 5 she has had her one style a mini fashionista in the making. She just love creating hair clips for her she has thick long beautiful kinky hair. Most of the products at the store would break in her hair so I had to set in and create things for her.

 

My jewelry is inspired by my beautiful lady friends every birthday I give handmade gifts and because of the overwhelming love from them I started selling both hair accessories and jewelry online in my virtual shop.


What distinguishes Salmon Naturals from other brands?

 

At Salmonnaturals everything is handmade by me in my studio. Handcrafted makes all my creations have a one of a kind, whimsical, imaginative and artful aesthetic. This is what I think distinguishes Salmonnaturals from other brands there is only one Leisha salmon.

 

 

What challenges have you faced with starting the line?

The challenges that I faced since starting my brand is getting into local stores. The competition is fierce in Toronto but I am lining up potential store. Learning from my mistakes and being positive.

What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?

 

My biggest personal goal is to open up a store in Jamaica that would be so amazing and that is my biggest dream to date.  

Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?

 

The biggest advice I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs is get your social media know how right of the bat it makes a big difference if you want to start out on the virtual web.

And finally, how do we get our hands on SalmonNaturals?
Salmonnaturals is available on the virtual store sites Etsy and Storenvy