Last week, I was invited by California Closets Nashville as a VIP Guest to the Nashville Parade of Homes! The Parade of Homes is an annual event that allows guests to see the latest home… More
A couple week’s ago I attended an inspiring event at Lipscomb University. Actress, Tisha Campbell, was invited to the university to speak on her career. Many know her as Gina, from the TV show Martin, but Tisha Campbell has a long and historic career in Hollywood. She’s been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years, winning her first talent competition at the age of seven.
The entertainment media studies department, headed by Professor Natasha Johnson, completes a class assignment that involves planning and producing a community event that invites a celebrity to the city. The students did an amazing job, even when the guest list moved to more than 200 attendees. It was so exciting to visit the campus and listen to Tisha talk about her career, motivations, and inspiration. Of course I had to vlog it! I even give you a glimpse into my life with some fun commentary:
Make sure to watch, comment, and share!
Last month, the team at FORM Beauty selected me to become a product ambassador. I was so excited to try these products because I’ve only heard amazing reviews. At the same time, I was hesitant because the Form Beauty system is kinda expensive – and that’s been the biggest complaint. However, the following review will help you understand why Form Beauty is a good deal. Yes, it’s a great deal! Let go!
When I was asked to be an ambassador, the first thing the team wanted me to do was take a survey to assess which Form products would work best with my hair type AND my hair routine. Many of you know I run the natural hair blog, Natural in Nashville (currently on hiatus), so I’m used to trying products that make big promises with no return. I love my natural hair but I hate that it gets SO dry, tangles easily, and shrinks as soon as I hit a piece of humidity. For those concerns, I tend to keep my hair in braids and protective crochet styles.
After I took the 10 minute survey, I was presented with a list of Form Beauty products specialized for my hair type and situation. Even though I love my cute curls, I’m a braid girl all day. Give me some bundles or some crochet and I’m ready! The key to being someone who wears weave and braids often is to make sure your hair is healthy UNDERNEATH your installation. If you get scared to take out your weave because your hair looks like ‘who did it and what for’ then you are doing natural hair ALL WRONG.
My first package from the Form Beauty team included the TWIST Styling Cream ($29) and the Multitask Leave-In Lotion ($32). I was immediately attracted to the Leave-In lotion. It’s a lotion in a specialized spray bottle. The product comes out in a fine mist so it distributes amazingly well. When I used it on my hair I was instantly in love. The smell of the Form Beauty products is amazing. The found the perfect balance … not floral but not heavy. If your guy has longer hair, he could use it too and not smell like a florist shop.
The next week I was ready to take the plunge. I washed, conditioned and then I blow dried my hair. I used the Twist Styling Creme to do a two-strand twist. Y’all! It came out so bomb! But the real test is if I could get SECOND DAY hair!
Second Day Hair! Yup! It passed the second day hair test! My hair was super moisturized, not greasy, kept its shape and felt so soft. I used a couple pumps of the leave in, to separate yesterday’s coils and wah-la! My hair was ready to rock. I’m totally in love with this styling system and I can’t wait to try the cleansers and conditioners.
So, are the Form Beauty products worth the cost? Albeit, they are expensive, it’s a QUALITY product. Also, my hair is about shoulder length now, but it’s thick. So, I didn’t have to use as much product to get the best results. Also, they have a subscription service and the product is available in Sephora. So, you don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of wash day. Oh yeah, and it’s a BLACK OWNED company! Yes! That’s the most exciting part. A black owned company working hard to help women with textured hair! I’m excited to support.
So, would you try FORM Beauty? Have you tried it? What’s your thoughts? Let’s discuss in the comments.
Oh yeah, I got a video coming soon on how I achieved my up-do! You know I go you!
As a creative freelancer, the talk of money is very sensitive. Creative folks are always discussing our need for money, but very few work toward establishing a set scale that will keep the bills paid. Consider your favorite creative person, and please understand, we don’t do this for free! From filmmakers, to writers & bloggers, to style gurus, creative freelancers, like myself, are the MOST underpaid employees in the workforce. (source). Guys, we need to ask for what we are worth and don’t be afraid to stand our ground.
I’ll be the first to say that I don’t ask for what I’m worth. That’s a BIG problem for me. You can reflect on last week’s MOTIVATION post – not asking for enough money is ANOTHER reason why I’m not as successful. Our society makes it difficult to ask for what your worth because we are so used to getting paid less. Even when I had my corporate job, I was always afraid to ask for a raise, when I KNEW I deserved it. However, if I don’t think I’m worth it, how can I make YOU a believer. Stop letting people book two-hour ‘pick my brain’ sessions for the price of a $5 coffee! You are worth more!
As a blogger and personal stylist, the info I provide isn’t necessary for daily living. You can go about your life NOT knowing the name of Beyonce’s latest bag of choice (It’s a custom Louis Vuitton), what to wear for your 20th Class Reunion (click here) or understand why using proper lighting for your selfies is a big deal. But when you do need that info, from a trusted source, you come to me or one of my stylish peers. You expect that I’ll know exactly what to say. I’m your Google. You need the 10 YEARS of info stored in my brain in order to guide you on your stylish way.
Please, stop thinking a creative’s job is easy or we do this JUST because it’s a hobby. Those who are transitioning from hobby to lifestyle need MONEY to do so. Your stylist friend who helps you dress your family for your Christmas photoshoot deserves to be paid. The photographer that has to carry his gear around town in order to get the best photo deserves to be paid. The friend who is ‘helping’ you plan your wedding, deserves to be paid. The intern who is teaching how to use ‘the Instagram’ deserves to be paid. Even your homegirl, who does hair out of her kitchen, but can slang an amazing weave, deserves to be paid. And, if you don’t feel like that individual deserves to be paid, then you don’t deserve the luxury of their skills.
Since I’m about solutions, and you are about to be a better person, I’ll give you FOUR ways to compensate your favorite creative – in addition to giving them money.
- Don’t Ask for the HOOK-UP! – Ask them their established rate before booking. Stop looking for a hook-up all the time. If the person chooses to give you the hook-up, that’s their choice. And even then, give them a tip (15%-20%).
- FOLLOW them on Social Media – Most creatives don’t have big budgets for marketing campaigns. Most of the time, we use social media to share our work, new ideas, and sales. We need your follows, likes, and shares! It take 2.7 seconds to click that share/like button and you’ve done a lot more for people you don’t even know.
- Spread the Word – Now that you’ve worked with your favorite creative, read her blog & it inspired you, or received the amazing photos from your shoot, it’s time to spread the word. Word of Mouth is the BEST way to support your creative friends. Don’t let those photos in your phone go to waste – show your co-workers & church members. Be the PR that we can’t yet afford.
- Donate to the Cause – Feel weary about giving someone cash? Then ask your independent freelance friend what they need to move their business forward. Ask them if they need a finance session with an accountant. Could she need a new lens for her camera? Or something simple, like ink and paper for her printer. Oh, think outside the box . . . FREE babysitting so she can finish that song or edit that video. Think about it.
For my fellow creative freelancers – let’s start knowing our worth and charging extra. For the supporters – thanks in advance for adjusting to our new rates. In the end, we just want to share our passions with you and give you amazing services, from a creative standpoint. Support us and your local creative community!
Thanks for reading!
Um, Hello October! How’d you sneak up on me? I’m happy to report that it was actually CHILLY last night. Oh yes! Fall weather is on the way to Tennessee. With the return of cool weather, that means less time out in the streets and fashion events start to die down as the holiday season gears up. This change allows me more time to focus on quality content.
It’s back to blog basics over here! I’m proud that I was able to put out FOUR videos on the VLOG this month, with MORE to come. I’ve posted three times a week on the website. And, I’ve successfully given y’all weekly newsletters! Listen, don’t even discount my posts on INSTAGRAM; I’ve been giving you LOOKS! So, expect more quality coming from FabGlance! I’ve finally found my grove and I’m not turning back.
So, what can you expect this month>
- HBCU Homecoming Events – So, it’s my school’s Homecoming month and the start of college homecoming events across the US. You know I got a homecoming lookbook coming for you! Check out last year’s looks!
- COLLABORATIONS – I have a collaboration coming up with FORM Beauty, Private Label Extensions, and some secret ones I can’t tell you about yet! Just make sure to read the blog to see what’s popping! Wanna partner with me? Check out my PARTNER PAGE then send me an email! I’d love to share your product/event with my readers.
- 100 Days of Fitness – Yeah, I talked about it last month. Even made it to 14 days. Then, I had oral surgery, a bit of financial distress, and just overall stress, so I stopped. BUT you can always dust yourself off and try again! Let’s do it!
- #ONEMILLIONFOLLOWERS – Yeah, I’m still on that! I’m on a quest to get One Million Followers across all social media platforms (combined)! Will you be my friend on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube?
- I’m just shy of 10K across all platforms – lets get me 1000 more this month!
So, that’s what’s happening on Fabglance.com! What are your goals for the month of October? Let’s talk about it in the comments section!
As I’ve said before, the best way to embrace fall in the south is to rock summer style in fall colors. That’s why the denim-on-denim trend works so well right now. You can layer for those brisk mornings, while prepping to look casually fine at Happy Hour. Below, I spotlight three outfits to inspire you to rock DENIM on Denim! Believe, it’s all the rage! Let’s get started:
The 35th Annual African Street Festival, created by the African American Cultural Alliance, celebrates all things from the diaspora. From amazing performances to international vendors, the weekend event brings out the best in black Nashville and allows us to feel one with out African heritage. I love showing you sides of Nashville that don’t include country music. Truthfully, Nashville is becoming quite the cultural melting pot as we have more than 100 new residents arriving to the city everyday! Check out this amazing event, held in Hadley Park, right at the foot of Historic Jefferson Street.
My sister and I decided to go to the festival on the last night. Truthfully, it’s the best night to get awesome deals from the vendors. Also, Sunday night is a great night to see the crowning performances. This year, we had the pleasure of seeing the Sankofa Drum & Dance Company. The legendary troupe gave the audience an amazing 45 minute performance that boasted complex drum routines, exciting dance performances, and inspirational crowd participation.
Of course I had to give you some VLOG coverage. During my visit I scored a pair of cool sunglasses and my annual container of PREMIUM Shea butter! I’m so mad I wasn’t able to get my favorite Jamaican meat & three, but I was so happy I supported this important event. Like I said, Nashville is more than country music and cowboy boots. There are tons of cultural events that discuss the various parts of the world. Now that these world residents are living in our city, we must make sure to celebrate our differences.
Have you attended the African Street Festival in Nashville? What is your favorite part of the fest? Let me know in the comments section!
On Friday, September 22, Nashville welcomes a new addition to family fun and nightlife newness! The Topgolf brand has hit the city and it lives up to its name. I was invited to preview the new Topgolf facility that sits at end of the Jefferson Street bridge. This sweeping facility is more than golf. It’s a event space, family center, bar, and restaurant.
You might wonder how can Topgolf do it ALL and still appeal to its expected demographic – golfers. One visit to the facility and you’ll see the brand has contemporary approach to all things FUN.
With more than 300 staff members, Topgolf Nashville boast a celebrity chef, an on staff Golf Pro for lessons, and a courteous wait staff who is well-versed in all things Nashville. The facility also has ample space for corporate events, a huge music venue with VIP access, and more bar areas than I could count. The team has studied the ways of Nashville & Tennessee and boasts a menu of Hot Chickeb sandwiches, an exclusive Jack Daniels, and a commitment to bridging the gap between Nashville’s family fun, all types of music, and nightlife. Guys, they really got it right!
But is it FUN? Omg! Yes! When I first thought of Topgolf, I thought it would only be fun for golf enthusiasts. I mean, I’ve hit a ball or two, but you won’t catch me watching a PGA tournament. Topgolf uses technology, food, and music to create an experience that fun for every member of your party. I loved the automated scoring system, the various games for different skill levels, and the food. I’m already planning my Girls Night Out for next month!
For a single person in the city, the nightlife choices can be bleak. I love the fact that Topgolf is open til 1am. You can chill at the bar, come for a date, or take out your stress in one of 120 golf stations! Even, during the day, with free wifi and an amazing menu (y’all its the bomb!) you can have lunch with a colleague to close a deal. Can we say BLOGGER MEET-UP! Oh yeah, they have BRUNCH! You know Nashville loves BRUNCH!
Want more info, check out my VLOG! I met the staff, hit a couple balls, and enjoyed a delicious meal. Topgolf Nashville is committed to making customers feel comfortable and have fun. Hey, you might find out you’re better at golf than you thought!
Have you visited Topgolf in your city? Tell me what you think!
I’ve declared that I want one million followers. How is this gonna happen? Why am I making this declaration? I guess we can call this a continuation of last week’s motivation post, “Don’t Be Afraid to be Famous”. This week, I want to encourage you to speak the impossible over your life.
On Sunday, I was sitting in my rented townhouse, looking at my messy bedroom, while tapping back & forth between social media sites. I watched some of my fave youtubers, read some of my fave blogs, and looked at fashion shows featuring clothes I can’t currently afford and/or fit in. I was shook. It seems like everyone is doing better than me.
I know that’s not true. I know there’s so many peaks and valleys behind each beautiful photo and exciting video. There’s the fight with social media alogorithms, there’s ‘haters’, there’s self-sabotage, there’s ALOT of fear, and there’s just pure laziness And the goal seems so out of reach!
The Beyonce’s, Oprah’s, and pretty bloggers of the world make it look easy, when you KNOW it was hard. Over time, I realized … we aren’t any different than our fave celebrity or influencer (or lady that works down the hall who got the promotion over you), they just believed the impossible, walked through FEAR, and they worked harder than most.
So what’s your impossible? What seems so out of reach that you laugh at the thought of having it? I’m not talking about the give me a unicorn and a private island thoughts. I’m talking about, using your skills, interests, and talents, and turning them into something amazing. Who’s number one in your field? You want that top spot? What’s holding you back?
I’m a writer. That’s why I started this blog. I love words. I love telling stories. I love crafting content. Next, I love STYLE! Not just fashion but STYLE! I love to see someone who understands their look and has the confidence to flaunt it. Lastly, I love to motivate people. I truly believe the world is big enough for us to have want we need. You can be in the top ten. You can be an influencer in your field.
So, I want a million followers. Combined. I have an Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, TWO twitter accounts, Tumblr, and Youtube. This year, combined, I want to reach ONE MILLION FOLLOWERS. I’m speaking this declaration over my life because I know I have the talent, education, and savvy, to make it happen. No, I may not be the prettiest girl in the room, and I sure ain’t the richest, but I have the tools.
Guess what, you have the tools too! In the comment section, DECLARE YOUR IMPOSSOBLE. Wanna be the number one sales person in your company? Declare it. Wanna get 1000 views on your video? Declare it? Wanna be the mom who gets the kids to school, ON TIME, each morning? You got it!
It’s time to shop . . . my closet! When you are a lifestyle and fashion blogger, you start to gain LOTS of clothes and accessories. Some items, I fall in love with IMMEDIATELY and I keep them forever. But some items, although cute, never make it to another wear. Happens to the best of us. So, it’s time to clean out my closet.
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On September 16th, Ashley Stewart will select it’s newest campaign model! Last month, I got to be a judge in the Finding Ashley Stewart Model Search here in Nashville. More than 100 ladies from Nashville and surrounding cities strutted their stuff in Green Hills Galleria. We selected two amazing ladies to represent Nashville, Saaneah and Theresa.
The finalists will be awarded a one year contract to model for Ashley Stewart clothing stores. And, there’s talks that Ashley Stewart will return to Nashville in 2018! You know I’ll keep you posted. So, take a look at the VLOG below and see all the beautiful plus-size women show their beautiful selves on the runway!