Leaving the comforts of a cushy 9-5 to follow your entrepreneurial dreams is no small feat. Many of us fantasize about being the captains of our own ships, but few of us truly act on it. Meet Molaundo Jones, President and Founder of The Clever Agency. As an artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist with years of academic administration and non-profit experience, Molaundo decided in 2012 that it was time to take the proverbial leap. An impressive year later, Molaundo has put together a collective of New York City’s brightest and most talented beings across multiple industries to create The Clever Collective. Today, he sits down with In Her Shoes to talk about his vision, dream clients and how to take your brand global
For many manufacturers, including Talima Davis of Brooklyn Limegreen, this dream has become reality. With products in the aisles of Walgreens stores across the country, Talima knows a thing or two about going retail. Read on as Talima shares a few priceless tips on how to distribute your brand on the retail level
This holiday season, Curly Girl Collective (CGC) is committed to promoting self-love to young girls of color. On December 5th, CGC is hosting ALL Dolled Up, a holiday event that invites fellow curly girls to donate brown/curly dolls to a community-based organization in NYC that serves low-income and disadvantaged girls. If you’re in the New York City area, this is an evening you don’t want to miss!
Just when I thought online shopping couldn’t get any better, a new kid on the internet block proves me wrong. I’m elated to introduce you to DOOBOP, the newly launched online destination for all things fabulous and answer to all of your beauty needs. Searching for carefully edited and hand picked prestige products from around the world? DOOBOP has you covered. Need to stock up on your fav domestic brands like IMAN Cosmetics, Phyto Specific or LAMIK? DOOBOP is your new beauty partner in crime. Read on to learn more!
Who says that dropping your little ones off to school and toting them around to their many social activities requires you to sacrifice style? Today In Her Shoes, guest blogger Candace Montgomery of ChicBusyMom.com shares a few of her go-to pieces to make YOU the flyest mommy in your ‘hood. Get into her top seven picks!
Am I the only one who’s thoughts are being consumed by next week’s Thanksgiving feast? Just in time for the season’s biggest food-focused holiday, the talented Chef Elle Simone shares her Granny’s highly coveted “Thanksgiving Leftover Love Muffins Recipe” on In Her Shoes. Step your culinary game up and thank us later!
If you follow me on Instagram (or know me in real life), you’re aware of my slight obsession with getting my nails done. The colors are amazing? Check. The names are catchy? Check. And there are no harsh chemicals in the formula? I’m here for it! Because of this obsession, I was elated to find out that D.C.-based beauty veteran Kitiya Mischo King was launching her very own nail line, Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer. Thankfully, this busy lady was kind enough to take time away from her launch week to answer a few questions about her latest venture. Hope you enjoy!
What happens when your business partner of four years tells you she’s going to be a mom? You celebrate and prepare to support her with all of your heart! When a sister-friend is presented with one of life’s biggest blessings, it’s time for you to fill in the gaps…and trust, it will be necessary as your partner welcomes new life into her world.
For Sara Liz Pickett and H. Ginger Johnson, this scenario is all too familiar but with an even sweeter twist. Just eight months after Ginger gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, Liz also added “mom” to the long list of titles she rocks. How do two Fly Female Entrepreneurs make it all work? Today, the ladies of Ginger + Liz share a few priceless tips for juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood. It’s no easy feat but these women seem to have the formula for success!
Am I the only one who woke up this morning with “This is why I ROCK!” on repeat in my head? Never before in the history of television have we seen Black women and girls CELEBRATED and uplifted this way. Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, in partnership with BET, has brought her love and respect for Black women – which by the way has been going strong for years, long before the cameras were rolling – to the masses. I laughed. I cried. I took mental notes. Each honoree’s acceptance speech was heartfelt, tear-filled and packed with quotable moments we’ll carry for years. Here are just a few of my favs
Do you have a story you’ve been walking around with for years that just needs to be told? Have you already written a novel, short story, or work of non-fiction but have no idea what to do with it? Whatever your literary goals may be, today’s guest blogger, the talented Tamika Newhouse, has laid out all the information you’ll need to get published. While it may seem like a daunting task, Tamika says it’s easier than you may think. Grab a pen, a pad and take notes as Tamika serves up the art of getting published through her top 10 tips!
Indulging in the flyest Brazilian fashion required an airline ticket, hotel accommodations and a bit of extra spending money until Damali Alexander and Dana Johnson joined forces. As founders of the new online boutique, dobrasilshop.com, the well-traveled style mavens are providing access to a carefully curated collection of Brazilian designers, right at your finger tips. I had an opportunity to catch up with the digital retail mavens at the top of their entrepreneurial journey to chat about everything from identifying your ideal business partner to their “must-have” technology gadgets.
Veronica Marche’s annual collection of illustrated Christmas cards, featuring women of color as fashion characters, will now be available for sale at T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods stores nationwide. Miller’s Fabulous Brown Girls! holiday cards feature style savvy brown girls celebrating the season — whether by decorating a tree, delivering presents, or toasting with a holiday martini. If you want to go all out and snag the gift or wine bag to match, Veronica’s got you covered there, too!
As many of you may know, I had the honor of being a workshop leader at this year’s Style Bloggers of Color conference in Miami. The workshop was a huge success thanks to all of the brilliant women and men in the room! Everyone was both creative and strategic in their thinking which made for an effective afternoon of brainstorming concepts for some of the top names on the market. With years of working as a PR consultant for some of your favorite beauty brands, I’ve been responsible for aligning my clients with the bloggers we all know and love as well as emerging bloggers with quality content. Most of these partnerships have been awesome (and continue today), but I’ve got to be honest, a few have left a lot to be desired. I’ve learned quite a bit throughout my experiences, including what not to do, so if you’re ready to take your blog to the next level, this post is for you. Check out my top 7 tips for building powerful blogger + brand partnerships!
Founded in 2009 by Fly Female Entrepreneur, Kahindo Mateene, MODAHNIK is known for its mix of vibrant colors and bold prints. Having lived and traveled in Africa, Europe and America, Kahindo combines these different stylistic elements quite seamlessly, bringing a unique point of view to her design aesthetic. A native of The Democratic Republic of Congo, she pulls inspiration from the avant garde spirit of the Congolese art and culture. I had an opportunity to meet the talented Kahindo during this fall’s Harlem’s Fashion Row presentation during New York Fashion Week and knew immediately that I wanted to share her story. Read on as Kahindo speaks candidly on life as an independent designer and her experience as a contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated Project Runway
Last Thursday I had the honor of sitting front row (well, front table) at ESSENCE Magazine’s “Smart Beauty VII: The Power of Confidence: Reflections on Black Beauty Now” panel event. As part of the presentation, the Smart Beauty VII panel featured a mix of beauty industry experts, tastemakers and legends including: my girl Patrice Grell Yursik, creator, Afrobella.com; Iman, Founder & CEO, Iman Cosmetics; Gabrielle Union, actress; Bethann Hardison, former model, agent and fashion advocate; and ESSENCE Editor-at-Large and event moderator Mikki Taylor. The discussion was BEYOND inspiring so I had to share a few of the highlights with you!