Feature: Rene Daniella

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My name is René Daniella, and I am originally of both English and American heritage. In my 26 years I have lived in 9 different cities across 4 countries, two of which were not English speaking. Travel is an integral part of my lifetsyle; it’s one of the biggest reasons why I’m excited to get out of bed each morning and take on the day. This site is dedicated to highlighting the beauty of femininity as I have come to understand it, my international travels, unique style & beauty, big curly hair – and of course, building community & creating experiences through Femme In Bloom! I recently moved from London, United Kingdom to Washington, D.C., and I’m traveling to new places around the world every month!

In addition to my tips and stories of the beautiful struggles that come with being a world-traveleing curly girl, you will also see features discussing personal experiences, my top secret travel tips, health & fitness challenges, yummy recipes and a whole lot more!

“Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this quote from Emerson, because it reminds me that we should all feel empowered, confident and secure in our voices – even if we find ourselves singing a new tune tomorrow. In whatever I do, I own it – and I would love for you to join me on this beautiful journey of doing the same. Let’s be strong, travel often, love deeply, and grow – together!

Own It,

Rene Daniella

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Feature: Brittne Babe

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Who is Brittne?
Brittne Babe is a natural athlete, certified personal trainer, online health and wellness coach and a full time college student. With over 1 million followers on her social media accounts, she has helped millions of men and women all over the world with motivation, technique and nutrition.

What is Brittne’s training style?
Brittne’s style is geared towards using your own body weight to build muscle (calisthenics). Her training is designed to be done at home, the gym, the beach, the park… ANYWHERE!!

Brittne incorporates free weights into her routines and resistance bands to intensify her workouts.

By using your body weight, you are also able to train at your own pace, build enormous strength and ultimately improving your quality of life.

HER STORY
Brittne began her training nearly 11 years ago as a track and field athlete. Her ability to run at fast speeds landed her an opportunity to run track in college.

During her first year of college, she started to blog her training and healthy meals on social media and it quickly inspired her followers all over the world. She began to offer free tips through email, before deciding to pursue personal training as a profession.

Training at home was something she was forced to do. With no car at the time, it was her only option. She began making routines that would help her build curves, strength and endurance.

Once Brittne became certified, she began to build programs that were geared towards building the body you want AT HOME for all levels of fitness. This quickly took off and the amazing feedback from her clients has been overwhelming.

Brittne is positive, motivating and determined to help as many people as she can live a healthy and fit lifestyle!

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Feature:DWomoh-Piper Twins

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Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper are Models, bloggers and Designers based in New York.Since the start of their journey in fashion they have been blazing the fashion trail with features in WWD,Elle SA,Essence,HuffingtonPost, Lucky Magazine, Marie Claire, Buzzfeed and The New York Daily Newspaper, as well as appearances on the Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, and placements in Vogue Japan and so much more. Their designs have also been exhibited at fashion weeks all over the world, including New York Fashion Week, Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion week in Ghana, Caribbean International Fashion Week, Fashion week in Los Angeles and their talent has been recognized on a wide array of media platforms in New York and beyond. Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o Jojo, Chrisette Michele,Angela Simmons,Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, Karen Civil, Towanda Braxton and others have been spotted wearing their designs.
Born to a Caribbean mom and an African dad, the DPiperTwins embrace their roots and display it in every collection through a bold and vibrant combination of colorful African print designs. They were born in New York but raised in Ghana and later came back to the United States to pursue their dreams. They graduated from The High School of Fashion Industries as well as the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology with their bachelor’s degree. After graduating,Chantelle interned at Shwartz & Benjamin,which is the showroom for DVF and other brands where she worked alongside the design and marketing team. Danielle interned at Marchesa and Maggie Norris Couture, where she sharpened her skills with hands on experience.
They have used their platform to highlight brands they love. As fashion bloggers/ innovators in this industry, they have partnered with brands such as Keds, Teva, Budweiser and Chinese Laundry just to name a few.
As part of their efforts to give back, the DPiperTwins have raised funds for several non-profit organizations. They have also done charity fashion shows for Sickle Cell Anemia organization SYNC, Nyaka Aids Orphans School and New Life Orphanage in Ghana. Annually, they use a portion of their sales to purchase toys, clothes, books and other supplies for an organization in need. Recently, they spent their birthday at New Life Orphanage home in Ghana and New Years at a Village in Ghana where they gave numerous gifts to children . They hope to one day create their own non-profit organization to help further their goal of bringing smiles to the faces of people globally through their joy of fashion.

 

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Feature: Courtney Connley

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Hi! I’m Courtney, the mentor in your head with a sweet spot for storytelling and helping millennials win in the workplace and at life.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in journalism, I, like most DMV natives, landed a comfortable job with the government to help me start on this crazy yet exciting journey of adulthood. After 365 days of freelancing on the side, applying to countless media jobs, feeling uninspired and itching for more in life, I left my “good government job” for my first editorial position in NY. While my journey thus far has been full of hard work, sweat, tears, prayer, and even rejection, I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. (Ok, well maybe the rejection part, but hey there is a lesson to be learned in every setback. )

I don’t promise to have all the answers for you, but I do promise to offer honest advice about what has and hasn’t worked for me. My hope is that the stories I share about my personal career/life, as well as tidbits from the awesome people I interview and meet will inspire someone to dream big, take risks and have faith.

 

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PhaShunta Hubert Talks Becoming a Celebrity Host and Running Her Own Media Company

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Ms. PhaShunta Hubert, creator of MissPhaShunta.com, launched her site on October 2013 to showcase her love for communication, media, and entertainment. At the young age of 19, Hubert built her own website, learned how to market herself, and worked as a cosmetologist; all while building her brand.  MissPhaShunta.com is a digital destination to read and watch the latest in celebrity news and gossip.  As a current communications student at Eastern Michigan University, Hubert wears many hats, including blogger, media correspondent, business owner (MissPhaShunta LLC) and mother.

Hubert began her career by interviewing local radio personalities, and landed interviews with popular music stars, such as Atlanta Hip-Hop trio Migos, and R&B star Melanie Fiona.  Since then, Hubert has expanded her reach, enabling her to  interview several celebrity and reality TV stars, including: Mona Scott Young, Anthony Anderson, Patti LaBelle, Tyrese, Keke Palmer, Diggy Simmons, Tinashe, Sevyn Streeter, Erica Campbell, and more. Hubert has also worked with BET Networks and Centric Television covering major events, such as the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, 2014 Soul Train Awards, 2014 BET Experience, and the 2015 UNCF: An Evening of Stars Awards.

“I would like for people to know that it is very possible to achieve your dreams while you’re still in school, have a child, or when obstacles are in your way. I was told, so many times, ‘no’ when I reached out to celebrity managements when I started my company. I basically had no material, so I created my own  broadcast on YouTube and social media. I tried again and again and eventually I got my first big interview. You have to stay focused and know what you want,” Hubert explained.

Hubert attributes much of her success to her family. “They help me keep the balance in my life. My father and sister travel with me; making sure I’m okay. My mother is my personal assistant. My significant other, and the father of our 2-year-old child, is my camera operator, along with my 13-year-old sister,” says Hubert.

You can learn more about PhaShunta by visiting her website http://www.missphashunta.com/, or by following her on social media @missphashunta.

 

 

 

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Feature: Chivon John

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Chivon John is passionate about empowering individuals to take care of themselves so they can take care of business. After overcoming her own personal struggles including bouts of depression and anxiety, she founded ChivonJohn.com – a wellness brand devoted to helping women design a life of more happiness, health and hustle.

Chivon is a Wellness & Empowerment Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Speaker and Writer. She’s driven by the deep desire to inspire women and girls to invest in their physical and emotional well-being and take action on their dreams.

She’s appeared on Oprah’s Lifeclass with Karlyn Percil’s SisterTalk Group and her writing has been published in The Huffington Post, GORGO Women’s Fitness Magazine, Inspire Health Magazine and she is also a contributing author to the books Real Talk Real Women and The Courage to Fly.

Chivon teaches and motivates through her online program Self-Love Academy, speaking engagement and live events. In 2013, Chivon’s blog was a Runner up in Best Health Magazine’s Best Blog Awards and she was listed as one of the 10 most inspiring Happy Black Women to Follow in 2014 by the popular website Happyblackwoman.com.

Motivation to better ourselves personally, professionally and better our communities can seem like a daunting task. But Chivon John is a woman on the rise who has proven all three factors are achievable. It all starts with one simple step: the motivation to do more.

 

 

 

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Feature: Kandace Jones- Living in the Light

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Hello beautiful people!  I am Kandace Jones, Founder of Living in the Light and author of From Stress to Peace: An Intimate Journal on the Journey from Living in Darkness to Living in the Light.

I used to live life shackled by fear, doubt, and worry.  I put on a happy face while navigating my day-to-day duties, but I was emotionally drained, stressed, and unhappy.  When I hit rock bottom, and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I was determined to live life differently.  I knew there had to be another way.  Out of that determination, and clear guidance from Spirit to be authentic and share my journey publicly, Living in the Light was born.  The Living in the Light blog and Facebook page began as a real-time documentation of my journey from stress to peace, and has evolved into a source of daily inspiration for over 24,000 across 40+ countries.

After nine months of publicly sharing my journey, while being relentless in my daily spiritual practice, I experienced a powerful spiritual awakening.  I went from living in fear, doubt, worry, and stress to complete inner peace.  My greatest passion has become assisting others on the journey to unshakable peace, while being fully transparent about what it takes to get there.  I am a Certified Spiritual Life Coach, Reiki Practitioner, and teacher/student of A Course in Miracles. I help others start and sustain a daily spiritual practice that guides them From Stress to Peace.  Some of the ways I do this include the From Stress to Peace 21-Day ChallengeLiving in the Light Retreats, and the Living in the Light Community. My spiritual memoir, From Stress to Peace: An Intimate Journal on the Journey from Living in Darkness to Living in the Light, is coming in 2014. I can’t wait to share it with you!

 

 

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