As some of you may know, I’m in the preparation of moving. So what better way to celebrate the move than to give my Beautifuls a bonus discount code “movealong40” to save an additional 40% off on the current sale prices. Happy Shopping…Enjoy!!!
Hello, I know it has been a minute Beautifuls since I’ve done a Small Business Spotlight. I’m super excited to share this feature with you. You all know I’m a makeup lover and I was pleased as punch to do a feature on a Black Owned Brand, Maurte’ Cosmetics. I actually came across this brand on Twitter and been eyeing their product for quite sometime. When I reached out to Donte’, one half of Maurt’e Cosmetics, she was more than gracious to gift me the products pictured below and share a discount code with my Beautifuls. Use JustJackie to save an additional 20%!
Want to know more about Maurte’ Cosmetics, read the Q & A and you will discover more about this awesome brand! Thank you Donte’ for taking time out of your busy schedule.
Q. What is your name and where are you from? It’s actually my name and my boyfriends name together.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? It is called Maurte’ Cosmetics, it is a full line Cosmetics Company, we have been in business for almost a year and we are online only right now.
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design? My inspiration comes from my love of make up and making women look and feel beautiful.
Q. What distinguishes your product from other brands? Well we pride our self with selling service before anything. Our Products, are cruelty free and Vegan, which is a huge plus in the cosmetics industry and are prices are sensible.
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line? Getting the brand out there, people are hesitant about new companies, and also being online is a bit of a struggle because we have to bring customers to us.
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business? Within a year we are opening a store front
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur? Stay focused, make goals and never limit yourself. Keep going even when it gets hard the pay off is greater than the struggle.
Also I know you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural?
Q. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop? I have been natural all my life. Never had a perm but I have colored my hair numerous times before.
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? The growth and its healthy
Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey? No, just learning new styles, lol.
Peace Beautifuls, I super excited to share with you my upcoming collaboration with Swim Classy. I was so honored and flattered when Milly reached out to me about being a #swimclassy promoter. When I research and gained knowledge about the up and coming new business, I could not refuse. Swim Classy is a huge promoter of body positivity which many ladies have not embraced. I love how Swim Classy is bring body positivity to the forefront and I’m more than proud to help promote their brand. Click on the video below to see how I embraced #bodypositivity…
Thank you to everyone who has supported ShopIJJ!!! As a special thanks, enjoy the Holiday30 discount code throughout the holiday season!!!
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Happy Friday All!
I hope that this post finds you well. Lately, I’ve been brainstorming different ways to show you all the art and the jewelry that I make. When you are a small fry you find yourself being the photographer and sometimes the model. I think that I take pretty good selfies. By no means am I a model or anything near but I love the things that I make so why not. I jumped in front of the camera and became the muse.
Sometimes seeing a pair of earrings placed very carefully next to the biggest latte from Starbucks that you can find is great. However, when you see a person wearing the earrings you get better visual . There are times when my lovely supporters of Gemini Flyii bless me with a great pic showcasing the gems I make. In between , I have to do my best…
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Hi Beautifuls, I’ve been featured on The Who’s Who Of Social Media!!! If you would be so kind, take a moment to read my feature. Thank you Beautifuls for supporting ImJustJackie !!!
Entrepreneur Jackie Warren aka ImJustJackie is working on the Woman she wants to be…But in my eyes, already there. Jackie is known for being a great supporting for many in all networks. Not only always supporting another business, but always keeping it authentic! Check out my full interview below with Jackie and get to know her as I did!
Sabine: Where are you originally from Jackie and what is your ultimate goal?
Jackie: Hello my name is Jackie Warren, I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. My ultimate goal is to empower/embody the best of me, building with others and helping others see the best of self.
Sabine: What did you do differently aside from everyone else in your field to go that extra mile and become who you are today? What was one major obstacle?
Jackie: The way I support small businesses sets me apart from others. Even though I’m a small business owner myself, I go hard in the paint to support others. I will show your business love before mine. And the way I present their service or product is also something I do differently. So much so, my followers always compliment on my upbeat energy.
I also always have projects and goals I’m working on. So the one major obstacle I have is always time.
Sabine: Tell us about the turning point that took you from being Jackie to Jackie ‘The Entrepreneur’?
Jackie: The turning point for me was being a single parent again and knowing employment is not a guarantee. I realized I needed more than one pot to piss in. Besides being employed and having an established tax preparation business. I decided I wanted to start a business I have great passion for and can generate sales year round.
So in March 2016 I opened ShopIJJ: The Accessory Boutique. Which is geared off my love for earrings.
Sabine: Are there any other ambitions or goals you’re working on that we should look out for?
Jackie: Currently I’m working on a new site for ShopIJJ and I recently started Jackie O’Management LLC. Which is a consulting firm that helps individuals form, set-up and manage their business.
Sabine: What is it that you want the world to know about Jackie?
Jackie: I want the world to know I wasn’t always this confident, self-sufficient Woman. Knowing my worth and Loving the skin I’m in has brought me where I am today. ImJustJackie is a vision, a statement, a movement!!! Join the movement as I present natural hair, beauty, fashion and more through my mind to your eyes.
Thank you so much Jackie and know I am forever your supporter!
Instagram Store: ShopIJJ Shop with Jackie!
Peace Beautifuls, for those who’ve been with me since the beginning. You know it has been a while since I’ve presented a Small Business Spotlight Feature. I’m super excited to start up my features again. First on the list is a lovely accessory company called “Trinket World Fashions” The owner/ artist/designer is Metrell Gamble. She was so kind to reach out to me.
“Hi Jackie ! It’s Metrell. Thank you so much for agreeing to feature Trinket World Fashions. I have been designing accessories for over 5 years. My original Black Diamond Cut Chains were featured in the first Sista Owned Haul by Toni Daley in 2011. At that time I sold on Etsy but now feature items on my own website, http:/trinketworldfashions.com/
Each piece is handmade. I work hard to ensure that my items of the best quality and design.
My social links are located on my website. New releases are always featured first on Instagram @metrellwebb. I offer flat rate shipping and this month through June 30, 2016 customers can enter coupon code SUMMER to receive 50% their entire order!”
I was so surprised when she reached out to me. I asked her would she mind doing a Q&A…she was more than happy to share a lil more of herself by answering the questions below:
Q. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Metrell Gamble. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I currently live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?
My business is Trinket World Fashions. I create unique handmade jewelry and fashion accessories. I began designing and selling accessories in 2011 on Etsy as well as vending in my local area. This year I launched my new website trinketworldfashions.com.
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
I have always been very interested in African and Afrocentric culture. Those two are at the center of my inspiration and it goes from there.
Q. What distinguishes your product from other brands?
I personally design and create each piece that you see on my site. I make an effort to express culture in a way that compliments diversity in personal style preference.
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
The biggest challenges that I have faced were getting out of my own way and not second guessing myself. Often times you can talk yourself out of going with your gut. I had to learn to trust my own instincts.
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
I would like to grow my line of products and reach a broader audience. I would like for Trinket World Fashions to be a go to spot for cultural statement accessories. I’m always excited to introduce new fashion jewelry items, and will be doing that, but I’m especially excited about some other fashion items that I will be released in the near future. So be on the look out for that!
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
Start small and allow your business to pay for it’s own expenses. Begin with the understanding that it takes time to grow any business. You wouldn’t expect your newborn to go to work and pay your bills so…take care of your business like it’s your baby, so to speak. With the proper focus and attention it will begin to expand.
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on your custom designs?
I offer a first look at new releases on Instagram, @metrellgamble, and run exciting promotions and a contest every month. For example this month, June 2016, their is a 50% OFF Coupon Code offering 50% OFF an entire order. Next month I will run a different promotion. You can shop my designs at http://trinketworldfashions.com
Also I know you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural?
It’s kind of funny, I actually didn’t mean to go natural, lol. I discovered YouTube in 2010. I don’t even remember what I was watching but I saw a thumbnail of a girl with natural hair and clicked on it. It was Pretty Dimples. I watched and watched her videos for what seemed like hours. That night, at the end of her ‘wash and go’ video, my weave was on the floor at my feet. I didn’t even realize I had taken it all down. I was in awe of her hair and mine!
Q. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop?
I have not relaxed since 2009. I can’t say that I experienced transitioning because I didn’t know my natural hair. I wore weaves and stopped relaxing prior to learning how awesome our hair is. Eventually I did big chop though…. twice.
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey?
The most rewarding part of my natural hair journey was realizing that, when properly cared for, our hair is so lush and beautiful.
Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey?
The initial challenge for me was leaving my hair alone. The most recent challenge is that I rarely wear it out at all. It’s a personal choice for anyone but I think it’s a good idea to flaunt that plush natural a bit while you’ve still got it!
I was only expecting one pair but she actually sent me two!!! The first pair is the “White Feather” earrings : These earrings are so beautiful. They scream peace and tranquility. Perfect for an All White Affair or just a casual day out. The second pair were the “Rasta” earrings: are even more stunning in person. These are just a few of her hand made creations. Go to http://www.trinketworldfashions.com and see all she has to offer…Thank you Metrell