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¬†www.shanieism.com. I typically add new products on¬†Tuesdays and Sundays.¬†Thank you so much for the awesome feature.

 

BONUS QUESTIONS!!!

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.

 

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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.

XOXO

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.

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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%!

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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.

Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on your custom products? You can order from our site. www.maurtecosmetics.com You can also stay up to date with us on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram

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.

 

Beautifuls, I wanted to share my latest VoxBox courtesy of Influenster!!!¬† I was chosen to receive the Twinkle VoxBox.¬† This box is in my top 3 of boxes I’ve received.¬† It was loaded with goodies I will definitely use.¬† Check out the list below or click on the video for more details on the Twinkle VoxBox and how to become an Influenster.

  • Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Soft scent, kept skin smooth and moisturized
  • Hills Bros Hot Cocoa Milk & Dark Chocolate – Taste great, perfect for a cozy evening
  • Not Your Mothers Clean Freak Unscented Dry Shampoo – would be awesome for protective
  • Cover girl So Lashy by blast Pro Mascara – testing, review coming
  • Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets – super convenient, helps cut down mess
  • Country Crook buttery Spread Coupon – favorite butter
  • Oreo Thins – super thin but yummy
  • Axe White label Night BodyWash – N/A

 

Hi Beautifuls this is my first blog post of 2017…Happy New Year!!!¬† The question everyone is asking, “How was 2016 for you…was it good or bad?”¬† Well I’m not going to ask…I say “Let’s not talk about OLD SHIT”¬† I hope everyone’s New Year started off with joy, excitement, enthusiasm, new journey’s and much more. I must say mine started off fantastic mixed with a low or two.¬† But overall I’m here…we are here and ready for 2017!!!

So what are you looking forward to in 2017?¬† I have my Happy Planner ready to go!!!¬† Beautifuls, y’all know I love to spend coins.¬† If you don’t invest in¬†nothing else this year, make sure you purchase some type of planner.¬† I swear if I didn’t have my planner, I would not have accomplished my mini and major goals which lead up to me making a major purchase at the end of 2016.¬† The planner keeps me organized/focused.¬† If you want to do better and see improvement personally and professionally, then invest in yourself and get a planner.¬† The word procrastinator will not be in your vocabulary no more!!!

I must say I’m looking forward to an Amazing, Exciting 2017 with you All ūüôā

Want to stay current with ImJustJackie, be sure you are following me on all my Social Media Platforms:

Daily:  Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram

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Monthly / Random:  Pinterest (ShopIJJ) & ImJustJackie Blog

 

 

ImJustJackie Collaboration!!! #swimclassy

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…

 

¬†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!

Meet ImJustJackie

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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 ‚ÄėThe Entrepreneur‚Äô?

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‚Äôm 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!

Blog: imjustjackie.com

Instagram Store: ShopIJJ  Shop with Jackie!

IG/Twitter/Tumblr/Periscope: Im_just_jackie

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ImJustJackie

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/ImJustJackie

 

 

 

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