Handbags and More by Sha’Lari Couture

A woman can never have enough handbags. I am the kind of woman that likes to have a variety of handbags and switch it up every now and then. I had the honor to talk to the creator of Sha’Lari Couture, Shannon Richardson. She designs clutches, totes, purses, wristlets, diaper bags and so much more. During the interview, she discusses her brand and the joy of following her dreams. She is such an inspiration to women who have the desire to pursue their dreams in fashion, or in any kind of business. Getting into the handbag business can be tough, but Shannon made a brand and business out of it. She has customers all over American and in other countries around the world. Her leather and fabric handbags start at just $29 dollars. You can visit her website as well as her social media sites where she displays her work. Take a moment to read this amazing interview and get inspired!

What inspired you to create the handbags?
S: Believe it or not, the story began over 20 years ago. It started with a collection of one-of-a-kind handbags followed by a “brief” stint of trying to sew a corduroy tote. The collection lasted, but the “sewing stint” did not. In September 2011, I had the opportunity to design, create, and sew a reversible tote while on vacation…and the rest is history.

How did you come up with the name?
S: Believe it or not, the business started out as Nonnahsstyle (my name spelled backward; and the word “style”). I was talking with someone one day about designing a logo. It was suggested that I reconsider the name of my business and come up with a name that would represent me and my product. The end result, Sha’Lari Couture (my name Sha’-Shannon; my mother’s name La- Lavonne; and my last name Ri- Richardson; and the word “Couture”).

What was the first step you took when you realize you wanted to make this a business?
S: Once I realized that I wanted to make this a business, I decided what I wanted to specialize in and registered my business name.

What inspired you to learn about fashion?
S: Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to “grow up and make clothes”. I enjoyed going to the fabric store and looking through the catalogs. This was the beginning of “a little girl, a sketchbook, and a dream”. As I got older and the years past, my dream never wavered. Fashion was a part of me, I could not let it go nor did I want to.

How long does it take for you to create a product?
S: From concept to design to finished product, each item is carefully handcrafted and can take anywhere from an hour up to a few days. It depends on the product and the complexity of the design.

Do you provide samples, and do you do showcases where people can come to meet you and try your products?
S: I do participate in various events where people can meet me and see the products that Sha’Lari Couture has to offer. Continue reading “Handbags and More by Sha’Lari Couture”

Polish and Lather – Angelina Stewart

I admire people who pursue their goals and follow their passion. I recently met this amazing woman, Angela Stewart who creates Artisan soap, body polish, body frosting, bath teas, and so much more. Her products are unique because she puts her personal touches on her products, that no company can compete with. I was excited when I learned about her products because as a woman it can be difficult finding what you want to do with your passion. Especially when you don’t know how to market yourself. Angelina figured out how to make her craft a business. This is a story we can all learn from and to know that if we think outside the box we can conquer anything.

What inspired you to create the Artisan soap, body polish, and other products?
AS: I really wanted to have control over what I was using. I used to love Bath and Body Works sugar and salt body scrubs and would shell out $18 for a jar. One day I decided to take a look at the ingredients just out of curiosity. Before then I never looked and assumed it was made with quality ingredients solely based on the price. Now, this is going back about 15-20 years, and at a time “natural” bath and body products weren’t exactly a “thing” yet.

After realizing the dominate two ingredients listed were first sugar (no surprise) and the second was mineral oil! Seriously mineral oil? The same super cheap oil my mom used to remove makeup? The same stuff that I would layer with my lotion during the cold New England winters? The stuff that is at most $2 for a bottle! Talk about feeling like I got got lol. From that moment I decided to start whipping up my own body polishes with oils that I actually wanted and that I knew were a better option for my skin.

Soap making is the perfect craft for equally left and right brained people like me. Science has been my main interest and love since I was very young. Everything about it was just fascinating and awesome, but I was also an artist. I learned the science of soap making over 20 years ago and found it to be the coolest thing. To be able to take some oils and turn it into a functioning bar of soap through science was so dope. Continue reading “Polish and Lather – Angelina Stewart”

Life After Recovery – Jennifer Klotz

Traumatic events happen throughout life. Some people know how to tackle trauma yet others do not. Despite life’s journey, we experienced difficulties in order to grow. In life, we are supposed to mature, experience lessons and share them with other people. Some people are born knowing they want to be a doctor, others find purpose once they complete college or adulthood, while others may find their purpose during traumatic occurrences.

It’s an honor to talk to someone whose purpose is to help people who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction. Woman for Thought is a website where we encourage women to be their best selves. Here we have Jennifer Klotz who is a Life Coach and has a website to help others Life After Recovery.

How long have you been a Life Coach?
I have been a Recovery and Life Coach for a year and a half.

What made you get into Life Coaching?
I discovered that my purpose and passion is to help others who are struggling with recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. When I was 2 years into recovery and still unemployed, I discovered my purpose. In recovery, I have become awakened to my inner self, my true self. I am on the True Road to True Recovery. I want to help others achieve True Recovery. Continue reading “Life After Recovery – Jennifer Klotz”

Jenell B Stewart

Natural hair is on the rise…get ready world!

IMG_2846I have been natural for YEARS, but I typically repeat the same hairstyles. I view YouTube videos and blogs all the time, but there was something unique about Kinky Curly Coily Me, a website that provided information on products, hair care, how to styles, the whole nine yards! This website was a one stop shop for all of my questions about natural hair. I was honored when the creator of this site, agreed to answer a few questions about her transition from relaxed to natural hair. She has an authentic relationship with her viewers, she tells it like it is, and after one video you WILL learn a thing or two about hair care.

Kinky Curly Coily Me

To my surprise, Jenell B Stewart is a brand. Her Kinky Curly Coily Me website is just one of her many projects. This woman is slaying the Internet with her Youtube channel, blog, her daughter’s online boutique, and her new podcast she started in 2016. Later this year, she plans to launch a webinar about building an online presence. I follow her podcast on iTunes, (also available on Sound Cloud), her podcast talks about weight loss, marriage, entrepreneurship, and just about anything her listeners ask. She makes herself available to her audience allowing some of the questions to be the topic of her podcast. I thought this was great because she interacts with her audience, which makes her podcast personable for anyone who is listening. I have binged listen to the podcast this weekend while at the gym and doing my hair. I told a few people about the valuable information she puts out there for her viewers. Her goal is to inspire women to better themselves, and I must say she is on the right path! Continue reading “Jenell B Stewart”

Dia Darling – All Things I Do

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Photo credit Rene Hernandez

Dia Darling is a San Antonio, Texas gal. She started working as a ghost blogger and enjoyed putting her communications skills to work. While working on her passion she realized her talent craved for more. She knew she had a lot to bring to the internet world, and soon enough All Things I Do was created. It takes courage and boldness to step out and pursue goals in life. Dia did just that, I recently followed her 5-day email challenge titled Mapping your Side Hustle which allows you to focus on your goals and dreams She is an extraordinary person to follow and her blog speaks volumes to her readers. Take a moment and read below Continue reading “Dia Darling – All Things I Do”