Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hanging at Brunch with Eden: Chicago Launch of Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Line

There are great things on the horizon for the new hair care brand Eden BodyWorks. They pulled out all the stops this past Saturday for the launch of their new Jojaba and Monoi line. On last Saturday, top bloggers and influencers in beauty, fashion and media from the Chicago area were invited to attend “Brunch with Eden” held at the W Lakeshore Hotel. Such names included Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Jet Magazine; Clarisa Wilson, president of Fashion Fair Cosmetics; Afrobella (Patrice Yursik), natural hair and beauty extraordinaire; The Double Saving Divas (Tai and Tarin Perry); and many more beautiful mavens. I had the honor of going to represent Rachel Odem of Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup and Makeup by Rachel O, and to introduce “Love Your Naps” and the cool things we are doing here. It was a day filled with delicious food, fun, and insightful information about the Eden BodyWorks brand. Dr. Kari Williams, a trichologist and natural hair expert delivered an excellent presentation on the foundations of what hair needs to stay strong and healthy and how the Jojoba line meets those needs.

Dr. Kari Williams stops for a pose

 Eden BodyWorks has had much success with their first line, Peppermint and Tea Tree. I expect this line to do well considering this is designed to infuse strength and moisture into the hair with these powerful, yet natural ingredients. I can tell you now that I have already been using the product and I really like the results. I will share more on the benefits of Jojoba and Monoi along with key tips Dr. Kari gave in my full product review coming soon. The price point ranges from $8.99-$9.99 and includes: a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, hair milk and a hair oil.  The Eden BodyWorks Jojoba hair care collection is being offered online and in Walmart stores nationwide.

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Commit to a Happier, Healthier You: Take the Wellness Week Pledge

One day, after a grueling few hours at work on top all the things good and not-so-good going on in my life, I felt a bit overwhelmed. So, in the middle of the day, I decided to take a much needed break. Sitting under a tree eating a banana and cashews while listening to the birds chirp, my mind was able to empty out. I began to refocus and feel a real sense of calm. It was a moment where it was all about me, and nourishing my mind, body and soul. This week, March 19-25 is National Wellness Week presented by SpaFinder. Take charge of your mental and physical health. Discover simple, inexpensive ways you can take those “you” moments. Also, get amazing deals on spa, fitness and wellness services this week.
The Wellness Week Pledge 
I pledge to take charge of my health by taking these simple yet vital steps toward a happier and healthier life. By committing to achieve at least one of these activities each day of Wellness Week, I will make taking care of myself a priority, enabling me to do more, stay healthy, and live a longer, more vibrant and meaningful life. I pledge to:

  • Change my breakfast. I will kick off my day with a healthy meal that includes foods like oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, seeds, nuts, and whole grain cereals and toast. 
  • Choose to move. I will walk more by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further from the store or taking a desk break to go for a five-minute stroll. 
  • Hydrate. I will drink a glass of water before breakfast, lunch or dinner. 
  • Make my sleep a priority. I will build boundaries around my sleep by sticking to a set bedtime, and by not eating or working in bed. 
  • Embrace the power of touch. I will recharge myself and others through the simple act of giving or receiving a hug, foot rub or five-minute massage. 
  • Give myself the gift of silence. I will find 10 minutes a day away from screens of any type – phone, TV or computer and enjoy the quiet. 
  • Connect with nature. I will walk outside, breath more deeply and enjoy the outdoors for a few minutes each day. 

Get Amazing Deals on Spa Services
All week long, hundreds of spas, fitness and wellness centers are offering exclusive deals and 50% off prices. Take advantage of this opportunity to recharge by visiting to find out more about Wellness Week 2012 and deals in your area. Give a gift certificate to friend who needs to “them” moment as well.

What steps will you take this week to commit to a happier, healthier you? Please share your comments below.

Seen and Noted: Erykah Badu in Malaysia

We love this messy, no-fuss bun Erykah Badu is sporting. The eyewear is fab. Unfortunately, for Ms. Badu, these photos were taken at a press conference two weeks ago in Malaysia after her concert we canceled. Malaysian officials decided to cancel the concert after the Star magazine published a photo of Erykah with the name “Allah” painted like a tattoo on her bare shoulders. The officials stated that it was an insult to Islam and that she was not a good role model for young Malaysians.

When asked if she would return to perform in Malaysia in the future if the opportunity presented itself, Badu said: “I have faith in people’s ability to evolve; that’s why I do what I do.

You can read more on the Huffington Post or Malaysian Insider.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Natural Hair and Your Career [VIDEO]

Are you thinking about going natural, but not sure how doing so will impact your career? Are you looking to go on a job interview, but unsure of how your natural hair will be perceived? Many women, especially those in the corporate world feel pressured to stay relaxed because of the stigmas associated with natural hair. The CNN video below contrasts two women, both are natural (one is transitioning). One woman is a marketing exec who chooses to wear her hair in its kinky state, the other woman is a financial exec who chooses to wear it straightened.

In the video, each woman talks about the perceptions people have about natural hair. Ivy, the marketing exec who chose to wear her hair kinky, notes that it’s not really her fellow White co-workers, but fellow Blacks who give her the most flack over wearing kinky hair. They usually have all these perceptions about natural hair and want to know if it’s damaging to your career. Many are surprised to learn that Ivy has been natural for 12 years. Being natural has not stopped her from moving up the corporate ladder into more senior roles.

Natural Hair Perceptions
“People might think I’m earthy and “granola” (i.e. you’d rather hug a tree than a human)”
“People might think I’m agressive and a know-it-all”
“People might think I’m unkempt or unclean”
“People might think I’m lazy”
“People might think I’m uneducated”
“People might think I’m Afrocentic (not saying that’s bad)”
“People might think I’m___________________”

All these perceptions begin with the phrase, “People might think” True. They might think those things. However your interview, your resume, your interactions and actions speak for themselves.

Getting over the “hair” conversation
Michelle, the financial exec who wears her hair straightened, expressed that one difficult thing to get over is the initial reaction people have when they see you are natural. She retold the story of a co-worker who wore her afro to work and everyone looked at her strange. I think one of the most hassling things about wearing natural hair to work is the questions. Whites and Blacks alike who do not have curly/kinky hair tend to ask some of the same questions like: How did you get your hair like that? Does it just grow like that? Have you ever thought about straightening your hair? Does it itch?

I mean, really? Do I really want to feel like some exhibit at the zoo? In my experience, the questions will eventually subside. If you don’t make your hair a big deal, others won’t either. People may perceive you one way based on you hair, but once they get to know you, they realize that you actually know what you are talking about. I would hope that people think that I am a smart, free-thinking and conscientiousness person because I have natural hair. But then again, who cares what people think?

Please share your thoughts and experiences, and reactions to the video in the comment section below.