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#MCM (MAVEN CRUSH MONDAY)- YOLANDA RENEE

Everyone has their favorite Youtuber that they may have watched grow from their inception. Many of us Black and Latina girls are natural, and have been for quite sometime. However, when we initially went natural the only help we received for these TWA’s could be found on YouTube. Enter Yolanda Renee. I was one of her first subscribers, I’ve experienced at least three big chops, a bunch of make up tutorials, and have watched the level of creativity soar.

Let’s talk about why Yolanda Renee is one of the best natural hair, WOKE, naturalistas:

1. She’s beautiful and has a beautiful family. On their vlog you can see the love as she teaches her two daughters Taylor and Skylar to love their natural self! There’s wayyyy more she teaches them but I’m saving that for number 2. Her fiancé, Devon, is a dope, conscious rapper is heavily involved in his community and family life. That’s #BLACKLOVE at it’s finest! Devon’s album ‘A Blank Canvas Should Be Illegal” is out now on all major platforms.

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

2. Yolanda Renee is very creative and savvy. Since, the inception of her YouTube channel she was still the same Yolanda, but you literally watched the quality of her videos soar after about 5 videos she was a PRO!

3. She creates ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT AND TOURS BEING HERSELF! That is one of the most powerful things you can show two young, black girls; be an original and know your worth. In my opinion, it would be hard for Taylor and Sky not to follow in mom’s footsteps because they are obviously naturals. The beauty of creating your own content is Yolanda Renee owns all of her intellectual property. I don’t know about you, but I believe that’s what makes her a maven.

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4. She engages her audience on all forms of social media. This characteristic alone makes her approachable, sweet, and just simply nice. A lot of self made bosses don’t have time to surf the content of their platforms, but Yolanda takes the time to engage.

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee  IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

5. One of the most important things Yolanda Renee does, you know besides slay, is share how she does everything herself and her method to get there. To many other girl bosses this information is amazing and FREE. Yolanda has a series on her YouTube showing her methods on record keeping, emailing, monetizing your channel and so much more.

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee Youtube

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee Youtube

As you all may be able to tell, Yolanda Renee is one of my favorite social media mavens! Her amazing marketing tactics are above par, and has allowed her to create a world of her own around things she loves. Yolanda Renee is our Maven Crush Monday!

Check her out here www.youtube.com/user/etcblogmag/videos

Follow her on all social media @Etcblogmag

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DIY Earrings and Rings

MATERIALS:
GLUE GUN
BUTTON KIT
BUTTONS
FABRIC
EARRING BACKS/POSTS
RING BASES
SCISSORS
ALL CAN BE PURCHASED AT AC MOORE FOR UNDER 20 BUCKS!!!

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How to Host a New Year’s Eve Dinner Party on a Budget Pt.3

Here’s the conclusion to “How to Host a Dinner Party on a Budget” where I showed the tablescape for hosting a New Year’s dinner party for family and friends! Most of the items were made and are all from The Dollar Tree, and believe it or not, EVERYTHING is a dollar there.

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Photo Cred: BiBi

Go to pinterest for a bit of inspiration and viola you have a dinner party tablescape!

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Photo Cred: BiBi

NYE Tablescape

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#DIY Latern Centerpiece

Hey guys,

As promised, I am delivering a DIY which will be part of my “New Years Eve Dinner” series! I hope you enjoy the step by step tutorial, if you decide to make one tag me in your diy design!

Things you will need:
Glue Gun
4 or 5 5X7 photo frames (I got mine from Dollar Tree)

Step 1:
Purchase the frames. I showed mine here so you can see what they looked like before. In the Dollar Tree everything is actually a dollar so go take advantage of that!

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Photo Cred: BiBi

Step 2:
Take the hot glue gun and secure the glass in the frame to lessen the risk of falling out.

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Photo Cred:BiBi

Step 3:
Measure the frames and make sure they are aligned and then glue them together. Repeat these steps until the latern is glued together.

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Photo cred: BiBi

Step 4:
Make sure the lantern is stable before standing it up. I didn’t watch my glue and ended up having glue on the side of my frame but it was ok I was able to get it off after the photo.

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Photo Cred: BiBi

Step 5:

Dress up your space with these centerpieces for your dinner table.

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Photo cred: Bibi

Thanks for reading and if you make your own tag us in it using the hashtag #DIYLANTERN

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DIY Nook Vanity Makeover-Budget Friendly

So I wanted to give my little nook in my bedroom an update. I said that I was going to use it as a changing/makeup station, so I looked around the house for my budget luxurious items. I had an old vanity that I got for free from my neighbor, and a mirror in the living room that only I used, a stool, and a girly Marilyn Monroe photo. I am taking that down, however it serves its purpose for this post. What I didn’t have was something to cover the worn top on the vanity, then I thought hmmm, contact paper! I go to the local family dollar and purchase a roll of contact paper, 2 vases, and a curtain. I was at Walmart for a completely different reason and ended up purchasing what I came for as well as a small, transparent make up organizer. I went to my moms and she gifted me a lamp and another piece I can hang jewelry from. All together my project was less than $20 bucks!

With a little will, there is always a way! Check out the gallery below…

Things You Will Need:

  • old desk or table, either doesn’t matter you’re personalizing it anyway!
  • mirror, I bought mine years ago for about $1-5 at a dollar store so mine was recycled but they go for pretty cheap.
  • Lamp, my mom gifted this so it was free, but some stores like Family Dollar have them for about $5-$10 dollars.
  • Curtain, I bought mine for $5 at the Family Dollar store.
  • Picture, was purchased from Walmart about 6 years ago for about $10 so it was on hand and free.
  • Vases, for hair utensils from Family Dollar store and were literally a dollar

Throw this all together and rejuvenate your space. I promise you when you walk in after a long day it will be worth it!

Photo Credit: Jessica Bonilla, Facebook

Living Life with Lanii

Photo Credit: Jessica Bonilla, Facebook

Photo Credit: Jessica Bonilla, Facebook

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re a creative mom on a budget like myself, you’re looking for an affordable costume. What better way to have a bit of spooky fun with the children and maybe some of your girlfriends than dressing up.

Now I know what you’re saying, why would I want to dress up? I hate Halloween. Yeah yeah I know! But what if I told you that you could watch a professional transform before your eyes, would you be interested in watching? Well you’re in luck because that’s exactly what I’m going to do!

This make up artist is out of NJ and if you look closely you may recognize her from the music scene, as she’s a talented vocalist. However, now she’s tapping into other skills and serving us that Halloween face paint realness!

Jack Skellington was her break out video, but she went on to portray Selena, Mulan, and Sally from The Night Before Christmas. So if you’re interested in some of these looks click here:

Photo Credit: Jessica Bonilla, Facebook

Photo Credit: Jessica Bonilla, Facebook

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBOIKwl1hKAdb5-vkGnOnzg

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Divmond Kut Kouture Presents Chase Your Dreams Clothing

I love women in business, ESPECIALLY Black Women in Business! This young lady I am highlighting, Shanita Denton, is very fashion forward. Not only is she the owner and master designer at Divmond Kut Kouture, but she has just started a new line of boys clothing called Chase Your Dreams Clothing. She was inspired by her young son, Chase, and has created a custom line of clothing for little boys. She has been consistently creating opportunities for herself in the fashion industry getting her clothing on the likes of even Cynthia Bailey, but the children’s line is causing a stir!12417964_1005963696116629_2545418756911875928_n

It helps that her son has the cutest face ever! Many blessings to the seamstress and all her endeavors! This is definitely BiBi Approved!!!

12974459_1056831354363196_1356964142706518811_nHere’s the link below to find all these great fashions at Chase Your Dreams Clothingand to see the lookbook for Divmond Kut Kouture!

http://divmond-kut-kouture.myshopify.com