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A Baby AND A RING!?!

This year has been un-freakin’ real! I knew #2019 was going to be lit but yaaaallllllllll, it’s just exceeding all my expectations lol If you missed it, We are having a baby!

When we found out we were pregnant, Mark and I were THRILLED! While we embrace our nontraditional relationship and lifestyle, we still value things like commitment, family, and unconditional love. At 28, we are both growing and learning everyday and our blessing (due July 2019 :D) is another evolution of our relationship and individual selves. 

“Mark and Jade, sitting in the tree,

K-i-s-s-i-n-g,

First comes love.
Then comes marriage.
Then comes baby* in the baby carriage…”

We did things a little “out of order” but I want to take a moment to speak to any of you out there who feel any bit of shame or guilt about that. Because in all transparency, I did. I never realized how deep rooted my want for approval from family/friends was until I found out I was pregnant before being married. While majority of the response was incredibly positive, there was some that was not-so-positive. This hurt me. I had to pray about it. It was the start of me really un-learning and unsubscribing to belief systems that were actually not MINE yet I held onto so tightly.. 

I won’t go into this too deep, because this post was supposed to be brief LOL but I just wanted to throw out there that as I work through this on a personal level, I am finding a renewed sense of strength within myself and motivation to be even more myself an unapologetic about it than ever. 

So with that said, thank you to everyone who has supported us, prayed for us, and wish us well on this new chapter as parents & partners for life <3

Ship Your Gifts This Holiday Season Like a PRO!

This post is sponsored by Fedex

This year I got a head start on my gifting list (which hardly ever happens so, yay! LOL) and since I’ve got a jumpstart on my gifts, I wanted to share how I’m wrapping and shipping my gifts this holiday season like a pro!

Cute Gift Boxes

I can’t lie, I’m actually really bad at wrapping gifts LOL Mark loves doing it and his gifts always look so professional. Mine on the other hand look like a 5-year old went crazy with some wrapping paper and tape! My solution: Gift boxes! Finding really nice gift boxes that already have pretty decor that I can just throw things in makes my life so much easier! Plus, no one has to suffer through my terrible wrapping skills lol!

 

Pre-Order Shipping Boxes

Fedex has a ton of cool services and one of the most convenient is the option to order complimentary FedEx Express boxes. When you have a ton of things going on, sometimes those little things like  boxes for your gifts can slip your mind. Fedex makes it easy to stay on track and not just order boxes but also other shipping supplies that make life so much easier.

 

 

Planned Pickups

Don’t have time to make it to the Fedex store? No worries! You can plan a pickup for one or all your packages! This is one of my favorite features because it saves me so much time. Especially when I’m sending out so many gifts to family and friends back in Texas and around the world! Fedex keeps you in the loop on where your packages are 100% of the way so you can be reassured that once you plan your pickup, your packages will make it to their destination on time!

How are you saving time with holiday shipping this season? Share them with me on Instagram and

Facebook!

Happy Holidays! Xo, Jade

Cute Holiday Party Ponytails For Natural Hair

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The holiday’s are right around the corner and what a perfect time to go ahead and start planning out your holiday #lewks. There are so many places to gain inspiration, but isn’t hard to actually choose?! We’ve been kind of obsessed–and by kind of, we mean very–with #badass ponytails! Especially those that incorporate some sort of braid, twist or texture. Not only are ponytails a classic style, the fact that many of these ponytails are super low-maintenance and qualify as a protective style – make them a total win win. The colder months can take a toll on our natural hair and that’s why we’ve put together the cutest holiday party ponys for natural hair gals, enjoy!

All Braided Up

Pull your braids up into a gorgeous high pony and wrap the base with a braid to conceal your hair tie.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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DIY Ponies

If you don’t have time to sit down with your stylist, here are a couple ponytails that are super easy to recreate yourself! They require minimal skill and time! Yasss.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dolled Up With Sparkly Accessories

A lil sparkle adds a whole lot of glitzy drama.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Vavavoom Volume

Pull up your tresses into a mega voluminous pony adorned with wire at the base

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Braided Intrigue

Baby braids and bigger cornrows is a total party pony win.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cornrow Corsets

Add a little flair to your braids with pretty corset detailing.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cornrows Into a Curly Poppin’ Pony

How gorgeous is this mega long pony with super tight cornrows and laid down baby hairs.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Interested in more holiday hair inspo? Try Issa Rae’s Hairstylist’s Step-By-Step Chain Link Braid Tutorial

 

 

Check Out My New Show With PopSugar! Tressed Out

2018 has been a year of undeniable #growth and #manifestation!

I started the #LipstickNCurls platform almost 10 years ago to help us natural + curly girls learn more about our hair, and celebrate the skin we’re in. Little did I know, picking up a camera and figuring it all out would land me with my very own show with Popsugar!

 

As we’ve ventured on this journey together, we’ve had some amazing hair days — but Lord knows we’ve taken a ton of L’s too! Our tresses have a way of stressing us out, like no job or man could! LOL. But most importantly, our hair shares a story with the world, that can’t fully be expressed with words. Our hair is our crown, and for many — a source of confidence and strength. I’m so thankful to the entire PopSugar team for seeing the beauty in OUR hair tales, and helping make this dream of mine a reality. The pilot episode of my new show #TressedOut is now live, and I can’t wait to hear what you think! YOU helped make this happen, and I’m excited to continue on our #journey together.

Share your thoughts about the show with me here, or on Instagram and Facebook!

How To Maintain A Healthy Relationship When You’re Busy As Hell

Last weekend Mark and I went on a hike! Now, to some of you that may sound like “Okay not exciting” LOL but for us, it was major! It’s one of the ways we maintain a healthy relationship when you’re busy as hell

 

For the entire month of October, I was ALL OVA THE PLACE. Multiple cities, out of the country, traveling every week. Even to the point where I flew from Philadelphia to Portland for just 2 1/2 hours before going out of the country to Costa Rica.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Could I have flown from Philadelphia to CR (Which would have saved $$ and about 6 hours of travel)? Yes. But, as a super busy #girlboss, there are things I have to do that may seem unconventional in order to make sure my home life and relationship  are a priority. Mark is a super passionate and loving Cancer, and I’m a work-a-holic Capricorn. Sometimes when I am on the go, he can feel neglected. And believe me, it took a few heated arguments for me to understand that.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We really try our best to communicate our honest feelings but sometimes that can be hard to face. It was TOUGH for me to recognize that my #hustle mentality was pushing my partner away. Especially when you feel like your ambition is taking you in one direction and your loved one are pulling you in another. He understands and celebrates my work but when he said “You can’t be this great of a person and not expect me to have a hard time sharing you” something clicked for me.

I realized that we had to establish protocol. We needed some sort of guide to follow when I got super busy and he got super lonely. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate his honesty and vulnerability. Most guys I’ve been with had a TERRIBLE time expressing their feelings and that shit can be whole different battle on top of the conflict at hand. (Been there, done that!)

We decided that our protocol would be this:

  • Solo travel trips cannot exceed 4 consecutive days; if  it does, both parties have to agree on it.
  • When either of us travel, we bring the other if possible.
  • Before long heavy travel periods, we have a “pep talk”. We discuss the upcoming trips thoroughly, making sure each of us are fully aware of what the plan is. Gotta be on the same page!
  • During those trips when I’m away and he expresses that he misses me, I acknowledge his feelings and we move on quickly. (Sometimes the “missing” would trigger a fight for us. We’ve decided that communicating before hand helps avoid the argument because it’s not a matter of debating the option to “go home” or “stay” or changing course, but that we’ve committed to the choice we made from jump to be OKAY with the trip. This is why the pep talk is CRUCIAL for us.)

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you find yourself and bae hitting the same arguments over and over, take a moment to find the root of the problem. Be HONEST about how you feel from a place of vulnerability rather than trying to control the other person or be “right”.

Take a hike…(LOL)…with your bae. Do something where you can reconnect with nature and BREATHE, together. A couple hours on a weekend to show your boo thang that they are a priority will do wonders for your relationship. (PS, hiking is also FREE LOL)

Xo, Jade