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Hanging at “New Year New You” Hosted by The Mane Source

Briana McCarthy of The Mane Source and me
What better way to start off the New Year than to realign your focus on personal lifestyle goals? Briana McCarthy and The Mane Sourcehosted, “New Year New You” last Saturday held at The Living Room Lounge, which featured a spectacular lineup of expert guests covering a wide range of lifestyle topics. Here are some of the tips that I found personally informative for anyone looking to start the New Year off right.

Health
Dr. Kara Davis, author of Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss, came with straight talk about what we should and should not be doing with our bodies. She noted that many diseases can be prevented through diet, exercise, proper rest and eliminating stress. Sounds simple enough, but many of us still do not apply these principles to our life. Dr. Davis gave sound wisdom like resting your fork while eating. Don’t scarf down your food. Give your body time to digest the food. In order to not over eat, learn your body and don’t eat until you are full, but eat until you have satisfied your hunger. That makes a difference.
Renisha James, Renewed Fitness
Fitness:
Renisha James of Renewed Fitness, a personal trainer and ambassador of Black Girls RUN!, got our blood going as we moved around the room in a fun quiz exercise.  The questions she asked us to answer helped us to dispel myths, like “if you do weight training, you will look like a body-builder.” Renisha emphasized the most important aspect of fitness is to just get moving. Try to workout at least 30 min a day, 3-4 times a week. We recalled many of the excuses we use to not exercise and found that there really are no excuses. Oh, and ladies…your hair is not a good excuse either. We came up with solutions for that too! 
Beauty
Tamika Martell-Price, Rachel Odem
and Briana McCarthy
Rachel Odem of Makeup by Rachel O gave an insightful presentation on skincare and makeup.  She demonstrated on her live model the various types of facial treatments and makeup options one can use to maintain fabulous skin. Of course, this sparked a lot of questions from the audience on their most pressing concerns. As a licensed esthetician and makeup artist, Rachel was able to give us a wide range of tips for common skincare problems along with pro makeup tips and tricks. One of the best things you can do for your skin is to exfoliate at least twice a week to get rid of dead skin, blackheads and to help with hyperpigmentation.
Fashion
Professional wardrobe stylist, Tamika Martell-Price, founder of A-line Style Services was on hand to share her style insight. There are two things that I personally took to heart  from her presentation. One of the takeaways is to do a closet audit. Throw out or giveaway anything that is worn or doesn’t fit. Make a list of the key items that every woman should have to complete her wardrobe before you go shopping. Tamika was even gracious enough to give us a copy of her list. The next takeaway was that your clothes represent your personal brand especially if you are an aspiring entrepreneur.
Finance
The Double Saving Divas
Last but not least, we have the Double Saving Divas, Tai and Tarin Perry. You may have seen them from the hit show, TLC’s Extreme Couponing. They not only gave us some of their best couponing tips, but practical things that you can start doing right now to save money. Things such as, take advantage of store’s rewards programs like, CVS Pharmacy’s Extra Care Bucks to pay for purchases. Or, how about paying yourself first by taking the amount you earn from the first hour of work every day and putting it into savings. Find an accountability partner to help you stick to a budget. 
But wait, there’s more…
Will Williams, Director of Education and New Product Development at M&M Products Company was there to introduce a new natural hair product line Nothing But from Sofn’free GroHealthy. He very passionately gave us some of  his best tips on natural hair care. One minute at his booth and you will be all smiles from ear to ear, ready to try his products. And guess, what? We each walked away with a swag bag of full-sized product to try of both Nothing But and Beautiful Textures. Subscribe and watch for product reviews!
Now, I can’t end this post without talking about the food. Yes, the food…vegan soul food!!! I’m super excited about this because my experience with vegan has not always been pleasant. All I can say is that I had a second helping of the greens, macaroni and cheese and black-eyed pea fritters catered by Majani Catering. Yummy!
                                                                                                                                                        
Congrats to Briana and her team on another fabulous event. I definitely left with a wealth of knowledge that I will be referring back to all year long. Here’s to the new you (and me) in 2012!
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