Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

#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.

IMG_1124

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

IMG_1767

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!!!

FOLLOW ME:
@LOVEALWAYS_BIBI ON IG
@LOVEALWAYSBIBI ON TWITTER
LOVE ALWAYS, BIBI ON FB

IMG_1643

At Home Spa Day

We all know I love to DIY just about everything, even down to my infant son’s food! So I decided, since I have a new baby and can’t get to the spa…I will bring the spa to me!

So I burned some incense and began my journey to Namaste! I mean, you know, if that’s a thing! Anyway, I decided I only wanted a facial. Here’s what I used.

Materials
Cetaphil
2 cups of water
Fresh/Dried Parsley or Thyme
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Sugar
Aloe Gel
Lotion
Apple cider/water toner

Directions

1. Cleanse your face. I used cetaphil.

IMG_1639

2.Boil 2cups of water and fill a bowl with fresh/dried herbs and boiling water. Cover your face and the bowl for 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep your face about 12 inches away.

IMG_1614

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

3. Exfoliate!!! Mix coconut oil, olive oil, and sugar. Scrub for 40-60 seconds and rinse off.

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

4. Tone with Apple Cider Vinegar and water, then pat dry.

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

5.MOISTURIZE! Inuse Fruit of Life Aloe Gel and St. Ives Shea Butter lotion.

Photo Cred: Walmart

Photo Cred: Walmart

Photo Cred: Walmart

Photo Cred: Walmart

If you try the at home facial, let me know how it turns out! Follow me on Instagram @lovealways_bibi!

DIY Vanity Mirror

Ever wanted one of those really cool mirrors with the lights on them? Then you saw the prices of the mirrors and thought HELL TO THE NO! lol here’s a simple and most importantly AFFORDABLE solution.

Hope you enjoy! If you attempt this simple DIY tag me on Instagram @lovealways_bibi.

Love Always,

BiBi

Photo cred: BiBi

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.

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

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

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

NYE Tablescape

Closer look

Host A New Year’s Eve Dinner Party on a Budget Pt. 2

Here’s part two of “Host a New Year’s Eve Dinner Party on a Budget”. I call this project “old man time”! I had to do it quite a few times to get the hang of it, but I wanted to show you the first ones I did. I am going to try again before the next video so stay tuned! Hope you like them!

Materials:
Plates
Permanent Markers
Printable Stencils
Pencil
Ruler

To erase mistakes you can either wet a Mr. Clean magic eraser, but I used Goo Gone I had on hand

Photo cred: Bibi

#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!

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

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

Photo Cred:BiBi

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.

Photo cred: BiBi

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.

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

Step 5:

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

Photo cred: Bibi

Photo cred: Bibi

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

BiBiNook2

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!

Blog-photo

AnneorShine DIY Desk Update

I am a DIYer at heart, and my favorite youtuber is AnneorShine! I came across this DIY project and couldn’t resist posting! I thrifted a small desk two weeks ago and am dying to repurpose it! I loved the marble idea, so I am going to definitely try my hand at this! I will come back with my update as soon as I make it happen! Until then, watch this DIY and tell me if you love it or hate it!

 

Photo/Video: AnneLeStyle