The Wedding Guest 

Closet Chic

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 Hey, lovely people! 

I had to share my outfit I wore to  a wedding this past Saturday!  Initially, I was going to dress more formal but, I decided to do something different. I wore a maxi dress.  I got it from Rainbow.  I wore gold sandals and gold bracelets to match the gold chain on the neck of the dress. 

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I borrowed my sister’s Jessica Simpson handbag. I got a lot of compliments on my outfit. I love that I looked great without being uncomfortable. 

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Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you soon! 

Style Inspiration 

Style & Beauty

 

 

Hello, lovelies!
I haven’t created a style inspiration in a while.  I’m a fan of simplicity and sophistication. I chose simple, solid colored tank dress and blazer.  I accessorized this look with floral prints heels with a striped clutch.  I love how the two prints add a little flavor to this look.  Talk to you soon!

 

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Blog Interview with Authoress Tee Renee

Featured Guest and Blog Interviews, Recommended Resources

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Hello, beautiful people!

I am so pleased to be able to introduce our first featured guest to the Lovely.Multifaceted.Chic. community.  I am all about supporting women and women’s empowerment.  I met our guest on a Facebook after we both attended the Build Brand Bank It Summit which was very inspirational and informative.  Without further ado, let us get to know this lovely lady.

 

 

Lovely.Multifaceted.Chic. Interview:

Please Introduce yourself: 

 

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My name is Tanisha Renee Gladney aka Tee Renee. I am a mom (three boys 15, 11 & 7 and one girl, who died when she was 4 ½ months old in 2003), an author, editor, and chef and lifestyle coach. I was born and raised in Oakland, CA. I now reside in District Heights, MD. I am a lover of all things creative and spend a lot of time doing various arts and crafts; crocheting, basket making, coloring, etc. I love helping others and sharing my knowledge and experiences in life is my tool of choice. I have an enormous sense of humor. I challenge everyone in my life to laugh every day for at least 30 seconds. I believe strongly in the power of words. My life’s motto is: “Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your life.”

 

What services and products do you offer?

Editing, Literary consulting, and lifestyle coaching. Also, catering, meal prep, and bite-sized baked goods.

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What led you to create your service and product?

I have always enjoyed reading and writing. As a teenager, I started out writing poetry, and that evolved over the years, but I never thought about writing a book until my sister penned her first novel in 2010. She then asked me to co-author a book with her, and so began my journey. However, it would be four years later until I picked up my pen again and decided to share that story with the world. I published my first series January 9, 2015. To date, I have three published books and a short story in an anthology. Editing came about as a means to help other authors who needed help cleaning up their work. I have read too many poorly edited books that had the potential to be great stories. It’s my way of giving back and helping keep the reputation of this industry one to be reckoned with.

Since I became an author, so many people have come to me asking my advice to help them get their book published. So I decided to give more attention to those in need of this service and do my best to guide them to the best possible solution for them and their works.

I was born into a family of helpers and givers. It has been my way of life since I can remember. I get great joy seeing other’s lives being changed and their dreams coming true. So if I can give five minutes of my time to help that come to fruition, then my life is complete.

It’s funny that as a child hated to cook because it was a chore. I played like I didn’t know how so I didn’t have to (smile). I knew I could do it, though. I decided one day I was going to show my family what I had to work with, and boy was that a mistake. I made Christmas dinner one year and out the door went the notion that Tanisha couldn’t cook. Over the years, I found an appreciation for food and enjoyed seeing the smiles on people’s faces after they ate something I prepared. So after many years playing around with different recipes and the encouragement of my baby sister Crystal and cousin Twink, I enrolled in Culinary Arts School, and the rest is history! My specialty is baked goods, but I do love putting together a tasty meal for anyone who wants to eat!

Would you share more about your product/services? What is your purpose/mission? 

My mission is simply to help other’s be great, to rid themselves of negative thinking and to shine like the stars they were meant to be. With everything I do, be it writing, editing, consulting or coaching, it is my mission to bring out the best in that person. To help them see that they have all the tools they need inside of them and how outsourcing is the icing on the cake.

 

How can the Lovely.Multifaceted.Chic. woman benefit from your product/service?

She can benefit from my products/services by knowing that she will be treated with the utmost respect, that her needs will be handled with care. She will receive honest, thorough research on any information provided and a friend/sister for life. I am not one of those people that collect your money and run. No, you, my dear are stuck with me forever! I believe in family; so once you’re in, you’re in.

 

How can we connect with you?

You can connect with me all over social media:

Facebook.com/authoressteerenee

Instagram.com/authoressteerenee

Twitter.com/authoresstrenee

Snapchat: teerenee3575

Amazon.com/author/TeeRenee

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQtpCuHKxnAA1iGzSKvfeg

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12257990.Tee_Renee

 

I want to encourage everyone  to support and connect with Authoress Tee Renee!

Thrifty Sisters 

Style & Beauty

 

 

 

Hello, lovelies!

On last weekend, my mom, sister, and I went out for a brief weekend getaway.  I suggested that we go to a Goodwill.  We ended up getting some cute dresses.  This past Sunday, my sister and I wore our dresses to church.

I  found this cute, curve-hugging dress for my sister for  $5.99.  I like the lace detailing on the back. She wore a camisole underneath.

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I saw this simple faux wrap dress with a nice print.  I wore it with a studded belt and studded sandals.

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My mom got this dress as well that she wore to work this week.

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Talk to you soon!

xoxo Brandi

How I Treated My Acne-Prone Skin

Healthy Living, Style & Beauty

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking forward to writing this post about how I have been treating my acne-prone skin.  For those you who have been dealing with acne, the experience is not great.  It can be painful and uncomfortable.  Back in 2013, my skin broke out terribly.  I have always had breakouts, but I have never experienced my skin being in such a severe state.

Here are before pics back then.  Yes, I am slightly cringing right now.

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Here are very recent pic of now.  There is no editing or anything.

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I began to take a holistic approach to treating my skin last year because I got frustrated with trying so many creams and cleansers.  I tried ProActive, Murad, and other commerical acne treatment systems.  The dermatologists were not helpful and prescribed me meds that did more harm than good for my skin.

I noticed that my skin worsens when I am stressed.  During the time when my skin got worse between 2011 to 2013, my stress levels went up due to my job as a mental health therapist.  I dealt with a lot of serious cases and work demands. It seemed like each job situation went from bad to worse.  In 2014, I stepped  away from counseling which brought a lot of my stress down. During the time I took the top pictures, I went vegetarian for  a while and began to workout everyday to alleviate stress, but I failed to care for my skin properly.

So, here what I have been doing since last summer to revive my skin.

  1. I removed myself from the toxic, unhappy people– primarily work, friendships, and some family.
  2. I started using products that treated and healed my skin.
  3. I also did research, because vegetarians and vegans suffer from acne issue.
  4. I stopped wearing foundation in the fall of 2014.  I literally used foundation to hide my skin issues which was not a good idea.  I have been foundation free for almost two years and my skin is doing well without it.

Here are the products that I use religiously that literally changed my life and my skin:

Tea Tree Oil.

The first item I started using was tea tree oil.  I read that this oil dries up pimples and has other skin health benefits.  I put the oil one a cotton swab and I dab the oil directly onto my breakouts at night.  I usually do it at night before I go to bed.  The first night I tried tea tree oil, all of my pimples literally shrunk in size significantly.  Make sure you test tea tree oil because it is strong. I got this tea tree oil from Wal-Mart.  I have also used other brands of tea tree oil as well.

SPF Moisturizer.

My skin is super sensitive to sunlight.  It breakouts if I’m in the heat too long.  I love being outside so, I increased my SPF from 15 to SPF 30. I have super duper oily skin, but those of us who have oily skin still need moisturizers.   This moisturizer helped me to protect my skin and reduce oil dramatically.  I cannot exaggerate how oily my t-zone would get.

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Black Soap.  I use the Dudu Osun brand of black soap (I purchase it from Amazon.com).  I have used other brands but this particular brand works the best for my skin.  It’s mild on my skin and it has natural ingredients.  Black soap in general is used to minimize skin issues.  I use black soap on my body and it has helped with my chaffing on my skin.



Garnier Dark Spot Serum.

This serum cleared up the dark spots and blemishes on my skin.  I started noticing a difference in my skin in about two weeks.  This serum helped my skin heal from old acne scars and it helped speed the process newer pimples.  I use to buy this at Wal-Mart but it is cheaper on Amazon.com.

 

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Generic Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Moisturizing Cream.

I use the Equate (Wal-Mart) brand of the Garnier Dark Spot Corrector.  I love the generic brand moisturizer because it’s lightweight and helps my skin feel soft.  The Garnier moisturizer flakes and peels which means that it does not absorb in my skin.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS: These are products that use occasionally or as needed.

 

 

Garnier Face Mask.

I started using this mask to help my skin hydrate and heal my skin.  This mask has the serum in it.  I use this mask infrequently or once or twice a week or whenever my skin is getting stressed.  I started using these mask after seeing them at Walgreens on sale.  I now order the box of six on Amazon (which is half the price you would pay at Wal-Mart or Walgreens).

 

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Hydrogen Peroxide.

Peroxide is a great, inexpensive way to kill bacteria on the skin.  If you pop pimple, peroxide is great to put on your skin to treat the area of your skin to prevent inflammation.  I used peroxide often when my skin was really inflammed and I use it occasionally when I pop my pimples ( don’t judge…much).

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I really hope this post help those of you who have been having challenges with treating your acne.  If you found this post helpful don’t forget to like, comment, follow the blog.