Small Business Spotlight: Shanieism


Hi Beautifuls, this Small Business Spotlight features a black owned business called Shanieism!!!

I was scrolling along on Instagram one day and this image popped out at me ⇒⇒⇒

It spoke to me and I had to have it!!!  Even though I already had a planner,  it did not represent me. And I’m not just referring to me being a Woman of Color.  I’m talking about my hustle, drive and ambition.  And this “Get Shit Done”  Planner says allllllllllll that.  If you are a “Planner Girl”  then you don’t want to miss out on this planner with a twist.  But let’s go beyond the planner.  Shanieism offers so much more.  From tote and travel bags, mugs, stickers and die cuts…you will surely see something that will have you obsessed with Shanieism.  Just like me.

Shanieism offers creative products for women of color.  Our aim is to always provide products that promote a positive view of Africa-American women.

I’m so glad to have stumbled across this amazing company.  So I could bring Shanieism to my Beautifuls.  Learn more about Shanieism products and the Queen who brought this brand to life by reading the Q & A below and clicking on the spotlight video link.  Small Business Spotlight Shanieism Video

Q.  What is your name and where are you from? when established, etc)?

A.  I’m Shantel Collins owner of founder and creator of Shanieism. I launched my business in November of 2016. I’m centrally located in Washington, DC but my business caters to customers worldwide.


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

A.  The inspiration actually came from my discovery of this artist who did Pop Art images.  I’ve loved Pop Art for a long time but I had never seen any products or mainstream art with women of color.


Q. What distinguishes your product from other brands? 

A.  One of the main things that distinguished my products from other brands is that I don’t follow trends. I try to keep the ideas behind my products as original as I possibly can. I think this matters when folks are trying to find something that makes them stand out in the crowd.


Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line? 

A.  One of the biggest challenges I faced was starting the business with little knowledge. Even though I’ve been blessed to have a successful start it has not come without trials and tribulations. In the beginning, I failed to establish a written agreement with the artist, which resulted in her selling images I paid for through image sharing sites.  That was a huge error on my part because pretty soon I started seeing others using the images I had paid for. I learned quickly though when I hired the next illustrator and now I don’t run the risk of seeing our custom images in the hands of others. The one thing that kept me from quitting is how often I would have complete strangers telling them they saw my images being used by someone else. That in itself was proof to me of how well I had branded my business in such a short time.


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

A.  One of the personal goals is to open up and brick and mortar shop that caters exclusively to African-American women. That’s a dream that I will not sleep on. I’ve already mapped out the details of how I envision the shop and everything. I’m looking forward to enticing investors with this opportunity.


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

A.  If you’re aspiring to be an entrepreneur you can’t be afraid of failing.  You have to embrace the notion of taking risks. And please please please learn how to ask for help.  Being in charge means knowing how to delegate and recognizing that you simply can’t do it all.


Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on your custom designs? 

A.  Don’t hesitate to check out my shop at I typically add new products on Tuesdays and Sundays. Thank you so much for the awesome feature.



Q.  Also, I know you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural?

A.  My going natural was a financial decision. When I worked in Corporate America I could afford to get my hair done every two weeks and sometimes weekly. However, when I moved to DC in 2015 and left that job behind, I realized that I would need to make some sacrifices. Giving up the salon life seemed like the reasonable thing to do since I no longer had a 9 to 5.


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

A.  I’ve been natural now for almost two years. I didn’t have much to chop but I did cut it all off very low initially. I felt that was the best route for me to take on my natural hair journey.


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

A.  Not having to sit under the hair dryer for 60 minutes is probably the best part of being natural.


Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey? 

A.  One of the biggest challenges is maintaining a look that doesn’t look manly or butchy.  It’s kind of hard because my hair grows back so darn fast.



Jackie & John The Podcast Episode 1: The Writings Were on the Wall


The Debut Episode of Jackie & John The Podcast is here. After months of talk its finally here. From the Creative Mind of @DramaDupree we present to you our debut!! Follow us on Twitter @JackieJohnPod
Follow Jackie on Twitter @im_just_jackie
Follow John Salvatore on Twitter @TheJohnEffect

This week we are formally introducing ourselves. We get VERRRRY personal talking about dating, the type of men we like.

Thank you in advance for checking us out.

Please share, comment, repost.


Jackie & John

Itiba Affiliate


Hi Beautifuls!!! I’m excited to announce I am officially any Affiliate of the Itiba Brand. Some of you may remember the Small Business Spotlight Itiba was featured in on my channel few years ago. That’s what makes this affiliation even more amazing.

At itiba, we strive to bring you the ABSOLUTE best in natural skin care. All products are handmade on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our location allows us to be close to the Earth and the plants that we use to create these wonderful, luxurious products. You will find only the best natural, vegetable oils in Itiba’s products.

Clink on the link below and see the amazing lotions, body wash, creams and oils Itiba has to offer.





Im A Podcaster!!!


Hi Beautifuls, many of you know Im an avid podcast listener. So when John of The John Effect Podcast asked me to be a panelist on The Pod Panel, I said yes instantly. And the rest is history. If you want to hear another side to ImJustJackie then give The Pod Panel a listen. We are a bi-weekly podcast which consist of three Geminis and 1 Cancer who just share their everyday life and thoughts based around current events…come join the conversation. I must warn you, the conversations maybe to much for your ears!!! Oh and be on the look out for Jackie & John The Podcast coming soon!!!

Small Business Spotlight | Captivating Creations


I’m always excited to share businesses I support with my Beautifuls!!!.  This one brings me even more joy because the owner is a supporter of ImJustJackie.   Anesha Dyonne is the Owner and Creator of Captivating Creations.  Specializing in homemade goods for Natural Hair Queens, you will find hand crafted items such as Silk-lined Bonnets and Shower / Conditioning Caps.  Anesha has been a DIY Queen for quite some time.  Now she has taken her talents and started her entrepreneur journey with Captivating Creations.  Take a moment to read the Q &A and learn more about Anesha and Captivating Creations!!!


Q.  Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?A.  Captivating creations started in 2001. I had no plans to start a business, but business found me! I began by recreating jewelry that I liked in magazines & stores. At the time, beaded jewelry was the rage; gemstones, glass, & metal beading. I would make my creations to wear to church and work. Ladies wanted to know where I purchased my earrings, bracelets, & necklaces. So when told that I made it, I had customers! They were captivated with my creations. Hence, the name!

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

A.  Now, after many years of personal shopping, styling, home decor, and even crocheting; CC makes satin bonnets! I have always created what I needed or wanted. After going back to my natural hair state, I once again saw a need. I have a lot of dense curly hair and could never find a bonnet or shower cap big enough. So, I created my own.

Q.  What distinguishes your product from other brands?

A.  The one thing that people should know about CC bonnets, is that a real person is making every item. Society is so focused on quick & cheap, that people forget how unique and valuable handcrafted items are. I don’t have a team or business coach, I’m the whole show!

Q.  What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A.  The challenges with refreshing a business or dream, is that there is no new thing under the sun! Someone is always creating something; perfecting it, making it bigger or better. My main obstacle is my thoughts on how I want to do business. Which is honestly, efficiently, and debt free!

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

A.  My advice for any black woman who has a love for something that she wants to share with the world, is don’t compare yourself or your dream to others! Do it even if only one person buys it!  Do business without harming other black women!

Q.  And finally, how do we get our hands on your custom designs?

A.  Captivating Creations is currently on Etsy. Instagram is my visual platform, but am on Facebook as well. Anyone who is interested in custom bonnets or shower caps can also email (captivatingcreationsandmore@gmail) or direct message. I will give fair and realistic estimates


Click on the link below to view video

Small Business Spotlight | Captivating Creations