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
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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

 

 

Curls Unleashed Product Review/Giveaway (closed)

Peace Beautifuls, I tried Curls Unleashed for the first time and proceeded to do my second attempt at a Wash n Go!!!  Fam I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the results!!! Check out the video below and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this page.

Products have a soft pleasant scent!!!

Lavish Lather sulfate-free Shampoo:  The lather was awesome!  It did not leave my hair striped of moisture and I did not feel any roughness what so ever…loved it!!!
Shine & Define Mousse:  Definitely gave my hair great shine and I could see more defined curls
Take Command Curl Defining Creme:  This product is awesome!!! The consistency is great…not soupy and runny!!! This product would also be great for two strand twist!!!
Curl Boosting Jelly:  I could of used the boosting jelly alone for this wash n go but I felt using the curl defining Creme with it would help with moisture to avoid the dreadful crunchy flaky effects.
Overall, I think the Curls Unleashed products are tremendous!!! I will definitely be using these products again for wash n go and see how it works for a twist out.  I highly recommend Curls Unleashed especially for anyone with hair texture similar to mine.  I never thought I could do a wash n go on “She” but Curls Unleashed made it happen.  I’m thrilled about my results!!!

Small Business Spotlight Feature: MaroonDawta

Ladies you know how I feel about earrings/eargear…Accessory Junkie peeps!!! This next feature is special to me. I stumbled across MaroonDawta on YouTube. When I saw her body of work I was like WHOA!!! I reached out to the owner, Tremaine Rennis, who is a awesome young lady…and the rest is history. 


MaroonDawta is different, edgy, trendy, meaningful and some may say political. But whatever style you choose, I know we all can agree that it is a “MUST HAVE”!!! The quality is grade A…I’ve had her work for sometime now and MaroonDawta is definitely in my Top 3 accessory picks!!! Please take a moment to read the Q&A on MaroonDawta to find out more about Tremaine and her business. Then take advantage of the discount code “wherehaveyoubeen” to save 15% the entire month of June!!!! Thanks Tremaine!!!!

 

 

Q. What is your name and where are you from?
Hello Jackie, first of all, thank you so much for deciding to showcase MaroonDawta®. My name is Tremaine – the founder and sole designer of MaroonDawta.com. I was born and grew up on the beautiful island of Jamaica but I currently reside in the UK.

Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?
The name of the brand is ‘MaroonDawta’; this name was chosen as a homage to my heritage as a Jamaican Maroon (which I’m extremely passionate about) and ‘Dawta’ is just ‘daughter’ spelt with a Jamaican twist. MaroonDawta initially started in 2009 selling beaded jewellery online but unfortunately I decided to close shop in 2010 due to personal circumstances and feeling creatively ‘stuck’. I’ve always known the direction I wanted MaroonDawta to take. I wanted to build a brand of pride and confidence about African (and African Diasporan) culture mixed with heavy doses of rebel and pure niceness! In 2012 I finally developed the emotional and financial courage to put my all into creating a brand that reflects just that – and so MaroonDawta was resurrected. 
MaroonDawta offers wearable art in the forms of hand-painted earrings and gemstone bracelets – with tons more in line for 2013! Our earrings are heavily influence by Africa – from simply the map of Africa, to honouring the timeless Queen Nefertiti, to showcasing the beautiful Adinkra symbols. Again, we have new things in store for 2013 – watch this space!

Q.What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
A. My inspiration comes from Africa history & culture – from the Kings and Queens of ancient Africa to the modern everyday girl around the corner. I am also vociferously passionate yet humbled by our history as a people – wherever the ship landed. My country (Jamaica) inspires me, my children paintings’ inspires me; my surroundings inspires me – from the driest of woods to the vibrancy of freshly bloomed flowers, as corny as it sounds – I’m inspired by life. 


 

 

Q. What distinguishes MaroonDawta from other brands?

Let me first say that there are a lot of talented sisters out there doing their thing, some I have purchased from and still continue purchase from. What I think separates MaroonDawta from other brand firstly is the rich history behind our brand (read more about the Maroons here). Our story, our fabulous designs of course but also our plans for 2013 (we have to keep shush for now though). We are not just talking about making fabulous earrings, MaroonDawta is a movement – a movement of unity, a movement of confidence, a movement of cultural pride. We will also be doing workshops for young girls focusing of confidence and self-lov and cannot wait to start.
 
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?

I was going dilly dally around this question and keep it all fairy tales and daisies but honestly, the biggest challenge I’ve faced has been myself. I had this compulsion to negatively criticise myself, I lacked confidence and because of that, I delayed MaroonDawta for about two years. Uncle Marcus Garvey said it best: “..If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life…”. 
Sometime we wake up on our own and find our own inner confidence to start again but sometime it takes someone else recognising your abilities before you do. Whichever route you take, be sure that confidence is your destination – get there. My other obstacle was probably finance. I had to wait until I was financially able to start the business properly, for example, getting my trademark and other legal icing to get things going. 
 
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?

I want people to enjoy wearing MaroonDawta’s creations. Not just wear them, but tell a story with them. Be proud. Be stylish. Be yourselves! I want people to put on our jewellery and step out feeling like “dem boasy!”(translation: feeling confident lol). We have several things for the brand that should come into fruition in 2013. We want to be the ‘go to’ brand to accessorise your lives! From head to toe to home – literally. We’re talking clothing, home décor etc. I’m both excited and scared about MaroonDawta’s future. I’m ready. 
 
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
My biggest advice to all is to first be confident in your aspirations. Be weary though that confidence will attract a few doubters; you will need to be able to distinguish genuine concerns/advice from negative discouragement. 
You will need to have a clear goal of what you want to do and know why you want to do it. You will need to have a plan – a S.M.A.R.T plan. 
Get yourself a business plan, if the thought of a business plan sounds daunting, then do yourself a spider diagram; this is where it becomes a plan-in-action rather than an ‘idea’.
Research, research, research! Become very familiar with Uncle Google – he is the absolute best! You can get useful information from blogs and forums etc but don’t take it as fact. Consult official 
journals and/or government websites for factual information.
Know your support team. That person (or people) must be someone you trust enough to honestly express your fears, plans, goals and ‘failures’ to. That person for me is my cousin Asanya; we grew up together so she knows me very well. She is the most beautiful and honest soul out there. If I need a kick up my backside she’s there – if it wasn’t for her BRUTAL honesty, I probably wouldn’t have started MaroonDawta again. If you don’t have that support system close to you in real life, business forums are your next best thing. Join up and immerse yourself in the community.
Lastly, I don’t know everything but if you want to chat to someone who is going through the process and learning as I go along, send me an email tremaine@maroondawta.com. 
 
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on MaroonDawta Jewelry?

I thought you would never ask! 😀 You can find our goodies at www.MaroonDawta.com. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@MaroonDawta). Again, thank you Jackie for choosing to feature MaroonDawta. Take care.

Get it Chick of the Week: June 12, 2013

Hey Chicas let me introduce this week’s GIC!!! Kelly Augustine of MASQUEmag.com is a beautiful Full-Figured Lady who’s not afraid to show off her curves.  Kelly has a great sense of style (TRENDY~EDGY~TASTEFUL) which shows in her body of work!!!  When I first saw this picture of Kelly I was blown away…confidence just oozed from this picture and “Get It Chick” was all I could say.  To learn more about Kelly and her blog go to http://www.masquemag.com

Outfit Deets:
Leather Motorcycle Jacket – Vintage
Harem Pants – H&M, 
Leotard – H&M, 
Shoes – Shoedazzle
Earrings – Yumnah Najah Designs, Aslin Ov

GET IT CHICK of the WEEK: 6/5/2013

Peace Kinks & Curlies today I will be starting a new weekly segment called “GET IT CHICK”!!! Basically GIC is where I pick a photo that just screams GIC. A GIC has a style of her own which she is very comfortable expressing. When I see a GIC, it’s like BOOM…Get it Like Me!!!  If you think you’re a GIC submit your photos to imjustjackie@gmail.com with GIC as the subject!!!

I came across my first GIC when I was gathering photos for Im Just Jackie FaceBook page.  At first sight I was like WHOA!!! Im loving everything from head to toe.  The main reason why she is a GIC, when you look at this photo its like you can feel her energy.  She owns it and the “GET IT CHIC” is all over her.  From her hair to her taste in fashion…she is daring and not afraid to show it.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this GIC!!!  Let me know what you think!!!

 

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Gritt

Kinks & Curlies I’m absolutely please to present to you SeanMarie presents Gritt!!! You all know I’m an accessory junkie.  So anytime I get to share with you an accessory based business, it’s just a win win all the way around.  I was lucky enough to come across Gritt by chance on YouTube.  I saw her work and fell in love.  Thank you for participating in my small business segment Sean.  Take a moment to view the video and read the feature Q&A to see why I think Gritt is alllllllll that!!! If you love it, take advantage of the 15%  discount using Justjackie  the entire month of June!!!
 
Q.  What is your name and where are you from?

Hi Guys! My name is Séan Marie.  Séan is not pronounced like Shaun, but like Saun. I am from Baltimore, MD and currently reside in the DMV area. 

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

My company is GRITT. GRITT sells affordable cutting edge jewelry and accessories and will hopefully branch out into clothing in the near future.  I’ve sold jewelry and accessories for over a year, but didn’t start selling my own creations until October 2012.
Q.  What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
GRITT started very humbly. I am a HUGE accessory freak and one of my many shopping sprees I stumbled on button stud earrings. The earrings were “cute” but my personal style is a bit more edgy and I love patterns. So instead of purchasing earrings that I thought were only so-so, I decided to make my own. I had no idea that they would take so fast! I’m extremely thankful and humbled by the support I have received. 
Q.  What distinguishes SÉAN MARIE presents Gritt from other brands
Edge. I’m not a conventional person when it comes to personal style so I really try to push the envelope when it comes to the accessories I create. I love love love patterns and I truly enjoy mixing pattern ideas. The Queen Bee GRITT studs I created were so different and while they are 2 different pattern ideas they went perfectly together. That was when I knew I was on to something! 
Q.  What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
My biggest challenge was getting exposure. While I can’t share my “secrets”, I will say this: Don’t be afraid to hear no” and “Every opportunity should be explored, small and large.” Often times we find ourselves saying we are too good to do this or that and when it comes to creating a brand, you in my opinion are never to good. Know what lines you wont cross and be selective of who markets your brand, but never box yourself in and never be afraid to expose yourself.
 
Q.  What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
Personally, I would like to expand my brand. I love tee shirts and have been exploring different tee ideas. I hope to have a few in the line up by the end of the year… I’m saying it out loud so that I back it up!
 
Q.  Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?

Know your worth!  Not every boutique is worthy of carrying your brand. Success only comes from hardwork. If your sleep by 10p, then my guess is you aren’t grinding hard enough!
 
Q.  And finally, how do we get our hands on SÉAN MARIE presents Gritt?
Check out www.seanmarie.bigcartel.com be sure to also follow me on Instagram @_seanmarie_ and like my page on FaceBook, Facebook.com/accessoriesbyseanmarie
 
*For your loyal followers please use this code to get 15% off your total purchase. This code will be good for the entire month of June!!! 
Justjackie*

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

Wow! I’ve been natural for about 9 years! To be honest, I didn’t decide to go natural for any one particular reason. I just decided that my hair was good enough for me and that perms weren’t necessary. Sticking to team natural has not been easy! But I wouldn’t trade the experience, tears and all!

Q.  Did you transition or did you big chop?
I transitioned until I couldn’t anymore. I had decided on a protective style of micro braids and made the mistake (depending on how you look at it) of going back to the braid shop to have them taken out. My hair at the time was a little pass my shoulders and by the time I left the shop I could barely get my hair into a ponytail because they cut so much of my hair out. So that decided what my next step would be. I went to a local natural shop in Baltimore and the stylist cut out all of the hair that was still permed and gave me comb twists! I was shocked at how much I actually loved my shorter natural hair and never looked back. 
 
Q.  What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? 
People. For some reason, people think I have this magic secret when it comes to natural hair maintenance and while I don’t, I always answer any questions. I recently went to an Oyin bottling party and met some of the coolest natural hair women! I’ve actually kept in contact with one of the women and we are partnering on a Natural Lifestyle event that will be held in Baltimore on June 22nd. If you are in the area and want some additional information check out the site http://naturalconceptions.wix.com/natconcept
 
Q.  Has anything been a challenge on your journey?
Learning my hair texture and what products actually work well for me. I think every Naturalista has this challenge. But once you overcome the challenge, the options are endless!