Travellers’ Essentials

By Francine Holmes

Traveling anywhere is supposed to be exciting, whether an overnight stay or a weekend getaway! but if you’re anything like me there’s always some anxiety associated with it; especially deciding what to pack and how much of it!

Before you stuff everything but the kitchen sink in your suitcase, pause …

My trick now, is to make sure that I have all of my essentials handy! Once your numerous outfits have been meticulously curated by activity and neatly packed! What must be done next is to simply ensure that all your little must-haves, a sample sized collection of your skincare routine (makeup remover-moisturizer-brushes-sample size makeup-toothbrush/paste-perfume etc…) are all tucked away quite nicely in a small makeup case. My Alomo is just the right companion.

It absolutely goes without saying that hair care is imperative! So along with my styling products, my trusty protective overnight satin cap, my African Black soap and of course my trusty Éponge, African exfoliating sponge are always in tow.

They are the first items set aside when packing and as well as unpacking on arrival.

Go over to my shop to get you travellers’essentials!

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✨Happy Holiday ✨

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BLAQUE by Christiane King

Christiane & Rose-Marie are sisters originally from the Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. Although their paths led them on different parts of the world (Christiane in Los Angeles and Rose-Marie in Germany) their connection to their roots led them to the inception of Blaque by Christiane King.

Blaque by CK was born from the thirst to reconnect with the beautiful continent they fondly refer to as the Motherland. Through Blaque by CK they honor, celebrate and elevate the beautiful continent of Africa and Black heritage. Join the culture!

These glamorous tees showcase the African map in the most luxurious way with our flip sequins

I am feeling glamorous rocking my @Blaquebyck tee. I love the concept for these tees: I am representing my home land, supporting a black “women” owned business, while looking like a snack. The look matches my personality and mostly my style, what more can I ask for? 

 These tees that can be worn anywhere, dressed up or down. They are incredibly soft, great quality and most of all they’re incredibly well made: the sequins are here to stay! Believe me, my daughter and I have tested it! While wearing it, she would amuse herself flipping the sequins over and over! This has been my fourth time wearing it, I hand washed it and it still looks as good and vibrant.
The ability to flip the sequins from one color to another is another ingenious feature of the tees. The website ( has a pretty wide range of options to fit any sizes from (small to xxl) any style, they also offers stylish studded hoodies. The site is easy to navigate, the customer service is responsive, prompt and extremely helpful. Free shipping in the U.S.
The owner Christiane is incredibly sweet and gracious to offer a discount for my followers, so take full advantage and GET YOURS TODAY!!!

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Turmeric Face Mask

By Francine Holmes

My new go to product is Turmeric, it’s the unmistakable bright yellowish orange spice that does it all.  It can help regulate cholesterol, aides in cognitive function, the list goes on but improving and maintaining healthy skin is what caught my attention.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits that have been proven to prevent, clear up acne breakouts and reducing resultant scarring. Turmeric brightens up your skin to bring out its natural glow. I have been using it religiously for two weeks now and the difference has been quite noticeable.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits

Here’s my easy d.i.y face mask recipe, my mellow yellow turmeric face mask.

You’ll need:

-3tsp Turmeric powder

-4tbs Coconut milk

-4tbs Greek yogurt


-1tsp Chickpea powder or Kaolin clay (optional)

I typically make a small batch for my daily use over the span of 2-3 days, once in the morning, then I store the remainder in the refrigerator for the night application.

In a small resealable bowl, blend together Greek yogurt, honey and (chickpea powder or Kaolin clay), then add the Turmeric and coconut milk. You can add more coconut milk and continue to blend until it becomes a smooth paste.

1.Wash and dry your face to remove oil, and any impurities before applying the mask.

2. Apply the mask generously, either with your fingers or an application brush (I use an old foundation brush)

3. Allow the mask to sit on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes until it’s completely dry

4. Rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry and voila!

I use the mask twice a day but you can gauge your needs and results and apply accordingly.

Have fun!

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Indigenous Peoples Day

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African exfoliating body nets

💥They’re BACK IN STOCK!!!💥

African exfoliating body nets… get yours while supplies last

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Connecting to your authentic self

By Francine Holmes and Erica Laguerre

For many of us, our lives are, or have become a loop of routines that are being performed daily in a mindless mechanical way, without the inclusion of self-care. This isn’t necessarily purposeful but we do have a tendency to put all other things and others’ needs before our own; and I find this to be particularly true for women of color. 

The importance for women of color to have a safe space to express themselves freely, a refuge from the emotionally draining task of navigating today’s world with its culture of perpetual micro-aggression has never been as crucial. Translation: “Sis! Love yourself first, cause it ain’t easy and it ain’t safe for a sister in these streets” 

Most of us are making a conscious attempt to “live our best life” and in order to do that you have to realize that it starts with self-care. I attended a support and empowerment retreat this past weekend. It was organized by CTCORE-ORGANIZE NOW! a grassroots organization working with groups and organizers of color in order to dismantle institutional racism statewide through three pillars: training, community organizing, and community building. 

Throughout the weekend, through genuine, open, supportive, and difficult conversations that we’re at times far from “safe” because they were real. We delved deeper into some aspects of the black culture, boundaries, black womeness, intersectionality, our roles, struggles and purpose in society at large. 

We granted ourselves the confidence to actively engage mind and body to push through these limiting boundaries that have been set overtime. 

It is imperative to allow the time and space to focus on one’s overall wellness. It can be such a profound experience in self-discovery; as it allows you to gain awareness, regenerative and protective tools to obtain and maintain a deeper connection to your mind, body, and spirit. Each participants had the opportunity to engage in yoga sessions led by Shinda.  

The workshops included group activities on effective and liberating relationship, mala making, tarot readings, self-directed communications that provided the safe space and supportive atmosphere to express and uncover our “authentic self”. The radical relationships workshop was led by Farron H.

Selfcare should be an integral part of your life, its effectiveness is quickly evident, as it allows for a more receptive, confident, and productive self. That mindfulness will manifest in better life choices, make for more authentic relationships, be it with family, friends or even professionally.


Facilitators information: 

Farron: Instagram → thebookoffarron

Shinda: Facebook → Peace In Peace Out

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Labor Day Sale

✨LABOR DAY SALE✨ Shop and get free shipping on all orders $35 and up. Hurry and get all your faves while supplies lasts

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Memorial weekend sale

✨Memorial weekend sale ✨ Shop and save 20% off of your purchase. Use code MEM20 – Sale ends on 5/28/19

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