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NAPPYESE X NUSKIN

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Exciting news!!

Our baby brand has grown bigger!! Have you had a chance to explore our brand New NAPPYESE SHOP yet? Go and do so right now and come back for more of this exciting News!

*drum Roll please…*

I am so pleased to announce that NAPPYESE is now partnered with an award winning American Brand Nuskin to you the best of natural based, health, beauty and skin care world!! Whats more? Our About page is updated too! NAPPYESE is steadily rising to greater and greater heights as the vision becomes clearer

To sit here and write all the amazing pros this company is bringing to the table is to write an eternal blog post! haha So instead, at your utmost convenience link here to read more on NUSKIN.

But first, permit me to tell you a little about the company.


𝗪𝗛𝗬 WE 𝗧𝗥𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗜𝗡 NUSKIN 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗧𝗦I

“Why Nuskin products? What makes them better than the rest? Why should I buy from you?”

Well here’s some easy answers…

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✘ Nuskin products are animal cruelty free! Nuskin does not test on animals. 

✘ Nuskin products are made using natural key ingredients, combined with top science getting the best of both worlds! You are not putting harsh chemicals on your skin! ⚠️

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️✘ You’re not paying for a ‘name’, you’re paying for quality.
Too many people are paying high prices for popular branded names when these products are actually clogging their pores, filled with all sorts of dodgy ingredients, and aren’t benefitting their skin! ❌

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✘ Nuskin has over 35+ years of science behind them, over 75 scientists (PhD level) work on their products everyday. Nuskin has won numerous awards from beauty to technology and innovation. They are leading in their field and get recognised constantly by top magazines, articles and nominated for so many annual award shows! 

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✘ This company gives back to people. They created MULTIPLE organisations including ‘Nourish the Children’ which so far has given over 600 million meals to the worlds most malnourished children. You can be a part of this! Learn more about Nourish the Children and Force for Good 

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✘ And most importantly – NUSKIN PRODUCTS WORK. You can see real visible results almost instantly  They are the DIFFERENCE DEMONSTRATED!

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So those things considered, why NOT our products? 

Working these past months with Nuskin has been a great learning experience. All of this growth NAPPYESE is experiencing is partly due to their presence in my Universe. There’s no need to imagine because its already here! Our small natural hair blog now of 2013, slowly morphing into an Amazon of natural and natural based& cruelty free skin and health care ASHÈ and first on board is NUSKIN!

PRODUCT DEMOS

As you may know from the NappyGram, these past 4 months has had me trying a variety of the Nuskin products and I have to say that I am impressed with their quick and definite results, were has this brand been all our lives?

This new collaboration enables me to make brand-new and wonderful product available to you and even at discounted rates too

Calling all Skin care Lovers..

There is so much more I want to share with you on this great opportunity, but I will save it for a next blog post. I can’t keep secrets from you so I will go ahead and say right now that this partnership involves you too!

Ssshh! That’s all for now. Until next time!

Love&Nappiness

Ese

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!

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Happy New Year my Nappyboo!

 

Welcome to 2019!! Our year of shmoneyy, abundance and gratitude!!!!

I started off the year right by going to a Vinyasa yoga donation based class right in my neighborhood of the Bronx. And now I am munching down on my freshly prepared Nigerian Jollof rice with sweet plantains fried by my lovely roomate whom I am intensely grateful for on my first day of gratitude 🙂

So we ended 2018 with gratitude by counting down 10days into the New Year! And I realized, hang on, I am not ready to stop this. Writing down my feeling of gratitude on my instagram grid was very very refreshing and helped me feel very very good. Yes I am writing ‘very’ twice and its intentional because I can’t emphasize enough! Writing what I am grateful for each day has literally helped me push my negative emotions even further down the black hole all because I have that one ray of gratitude to focus on and compare it to!!! And boy do I have plenty to be grateful for

SEE POST:

WHAT I LEARNT THIS YEAR 2018 2018: YEAR OF BALANCE

I consider myself to be a very grateful person, but I have not tasked myself till now to be dedicated to meditating on gratitude day in and day out. This my beautiful nappyboo is the purpose of this challenge.

Every great leader who knows secrets to the Universe will tell you time and time again that gratitude is truly the way to bring in more abundance. Did you see my list for what I chose for myself 2019? I am definitely going to be needing some gratitude to ground me as I get these here nappy bags for 2019. I said to myself, I want to be a rich as Rhianna by 25. I turn 25 in 18days!! Am I anywhere near achieving this goal? YES!! (by faith) and I have 364 days more to bring it into reality!!

I would love for you to join me on this challenge! Let me be your guide and let’s walk the walk of gratitude 2019 together and keep each other accountable to feeling good!

RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE

The only rule to this challenge is that you write out clearly whatever it is you are grateful for somewhere where you can see it often. And I think for all of us this pace is on our mobile phones.

How many hours a day do we spend on social media, blog and everywhere else focusing our energy into watching peoples lives? Sometimes wishing we had the things they have?  

Therefore I would highly suggest that we all take at least 15-30 mins a day writing up a beautiful post of gratitude and posting it on you instagram or facebook wall #365daysofGratitude2019 and tag @nappyese in it. Involve your friends and family because this is beneficial for everyone!!

Tag your Family and Friends!

Tag mention them in your comments under every of your post and be proud that you are being a positive influence in their life. I cannot imagine right now where we will be in our lives with God the Universe after we fill up our emotional being with with 365 days of being thankful for every little thing. I promise you it will be right there with all of our good heart desires.

 

Just Write it!

Just write whatever positive feeling you have towards gratitude no matter ho small or how silly or unworthy you think it is, it counts! because every positive emotion counts! And it dosen’t have to be things from the present, you can write down past experiences that also made you feel good and manifest those feelings again!! I will be your guide through this Gratitude Walk 2019 so don’t worry! we have each other to keep accountable. 365 days is a long time, but by the time we are done our gratitude muscle will be so huge!! That we will be living very much in the magic of life! I will also follow up with quarterly posts to re-reiterate and how we are doing.

I am excited!!!! What do you think of this ideas. Is it a fun challenge? What do you think we will learn?

Are you ready?? One………, Two……….,

 

Be GRATEFUL!!

#IAMGRATEFUL

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365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE
WE POPPING 2019!!

I ESE OTOBO HEREBY TASK MYSELF TO PERFORM 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE VIA POSTING ON MY INSTAGRAM GRID AND WRITING ON MY BLOG, JOURNAL, NOTEBOOKS OR ANY SCRAP OF PAPER I CAN FIND AND DATING IT AND SAVING IT!

I ALSO VOW TO SUSTAIN FOR BODILY SEXUAL PLEASURES FOR 365 DAYS OF 2019

I ALSO VOW TO PRACTISE YOGA EVERY DAY FOR 365 DAYS

WHAT I LEARNT THIS YEAR 2018

2018: YEAR OF BALANCE


This year I made friends and lost, and found and kept many beautiful souls.. This year I learned that nothing is permanent and I learned to let my emotions be as fluid as the river as stormy as the seas, as loud as thunder as quiet as rain. This year I learned my final lesson of trusting my instincts, never to doubt again!

I’ve learnt to drown out the voices of wayward spirits, and never let them around my fire. I’ve learnt to endure the lessons and understand which the Universe has tasked me to master within myself as I encounter all these different energies on my path. I’ve learnt to be patient but never endure the brunt of somebody’s dark cloud.

I’ve learnt to enjoy who I really am. To put down the mask, and I made new friends who pushed me towards this and ihelped me realize that every part, dimension and facet of me is beautiful. I am so grateful for abundance. I am ready to step into my light 🙂

Allowing myself to be and exist this year without the pressure or limitations of goals allowed me to gravitate around what I would do naturally, and I did many great things. I went all the way to India for the first time on my own, I studied yoga for 44 whole days. I kicked out my very toxic agents from my heart, mind soul and life. I signed with new agents in LA who are as excited for me as I am of them. I was on billboards all over New York City and other states and worked with more than a few big brands on American soil on international campaigns at airports all over the world

I did brave things like get people together and taught yoga, visited yoga studios for a yoga teaching job and actually got hired in one. The Maxim Cover girl competition taught me a lot about myself, my hardworking, resilience, level of motivation, prepeardness  and new heightened sense of my leadership and communal skills. I gave fearlessly to strangers whom I haven’t over the internet and learnt to let my love flow from afar. I learnt to love my nappyboos 🙂  I volunteered to work with children from abused homes. I got engaged in a toxic relationship and became unengaged. I sang in the subways on New York city, twice!

I learnt to give my energy to only those who can reciprocate and deserve it. I learnt to block people and toxic energies out of my life and walk away.

I experienced a homelessness within and around that help me release a lot of my baggage emotionally spiritually and physically, letting vain and toxic people walk gently out of my life and found a couple people who truly see me for my soul. I remembered who I am again and I choose now and forever to operate and choose only from my heart every single thing that pertains to my life. I learnt to be ok with being and living alone. I learnt  love myself completely!

 

WHAT I CHOOSE FOR 2019

  • Make Friends who vibe like I do
  • A creative team
  • A Pink Mercedes Jeep
  • Design Nappyese Int Complex in Lagos
  • My registered Business
  • Business Plan, with Target Audience.
  • 1M Instagram followers
  • 1M Youtube followers
  • 1M dollars in my bank account
  • Travel to Brazil
  • Get Paid to Tour Africa starting with collecting heritage information of pre-colonized style and fashion, holistic way of living, Nigerian history and her connection with other African roots and preserve it
  • Design my own house and Estate
  • Register an NGO for Children
  • Travel to South India for Yoga
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Allow myself to fall in love
  • A solo Album
  • Be the goodest influencer on the Lagos scene
  • 3 collabs my solo album with Busy Signal, Patoranking and Fiona Apple
  • No pain in my feet for the whole year
  • Strenght in body mind and soul and everything I apply myself too. tired or not
  • Softness in my body mind and soul and everything I apply mysel to
  • Write a book
  • Start my book on my travels: Confessions of a Traveling Intorvert (subject to change)
  • Date a gourgeous man with a beautiful soul who see the world as I do
  • Go on a boat cruise with him
  • Travel to an island with him
  • Start a reading group for children
  • Support my friends
  • Support my man
  • Never be alone on every holiday
  • Develop my own sustainable body suit line and tee shirt line.
  • Perform at Top Bars in Lagos
  • Go on Tour
Wagwan my Nappyboos! It’s a whole new year to me, the first of many forever more. What are your goals for this year?
Are you going to have a wing year like I did for 2018 and allow yourself space to get to know who you really are without pressure?
Or are you already grown and are crystal clear about the things you like, what are they? Care to share?

Wats gwan for 2019?? Let us know in the comments below. God blessings and speed into the New Year and see you the other side 🙂
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#HAIRSPIRATION OF THE MONTH; Gabriella Bernard

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My documentary ‘Black Hair’ speaks about growing up as a predominantly African woman in a whitewashed and Eurocentric Caribbean society. I address racism, hair-shaming, and overcoming adversity by cutting off my hair in this 20-minute film.

 

 

* First your first and last name and location.

My name is Gabriella Bernard and I live in Trinidad & Tobago, located in the Caribbean.

 

* Can you walk us through what was going through your head when that incident happened? What were you thinking and feeling as they were doing the hair and as you were asking them to consider alternatives?

At first, I was very determined to go home because my hair meant the most to me, and I told the producers that upfront on my application form. It took me about 30 minutes of crying and thinking to finally get to the decision that I made. I felt the need to expressly state my opinion and stand up for myself because truly I believe in promoting natural beauty and there were alternate methods that could have been taken to get my hair straight (wig, weave, blowout, keratin, flat iron). Furthermore, it is a Caribbean show and it is sending a message that we should conform to Eurocentric standards, as perpetuated by every other TV show, movie, magazine cover or whatever it may be, that tells young black women, and the world for that matter, that black people with kinky curly hair are not as good as unblemished porcelain white skin with perfectly straight blonde hair. That the beauty standard is something that we as ‘unfavorable’ black people could never achieve in this lifetime, lest we use cake soap and chemical relaxers. And then EVEN THEN when we conform, we will never be ‘truly’ as beautiful as what we have been brainwashed to believe is the standard. Especially in the context of Jamaica, where the film was produced, where it has been reported time and time again that skin bleaching is a common trend, what sort of message are you perpetuating as an industry leader? It broke my heart and shattered everything I knew when I realized someone who I had looked up to so much would do something as mentally damaging as chemically relaxing my natural hair that I had taken 3 years to grow. The decision stood even after I had told them I had it straight for most of my life and when I decided to go natural I loved myself more for embracing who I am as God intended… I had 2 options: conform and see what success I could achieve, possibly winning a contract to be an international model, something that I have always dreamed and prayed for, or break away and see how this may have been detrimental to my career. I had already left my job, I always looked up to Wendy, modeling was everything for me, and I came to compete… I had to go all the way or forever ask myself ‘what if?’ Though I mentally made the decision, I spent about 10 minutes disassociated from the world, mentally disconnecting myself from my hair and what I was about to do. My hair has always been a part of my identity, and as women, we know all too well how much emotion we have attached to our hair. My hair has always been part of my identity. I had my pretty little girl phase, then I shaved half of it off, I grew it back out and processed it straight. When I decided I was finally going to go natural I went out with a bang by dying my hair blue, purple and blond. I knew it would get damaged but it would be able to grow out. I’ve always expressed myself through my hair, and now they were going to take away something that I had groomed for so long, which was more to me than ‘just hair’, take it all away in a second. And chemical relaxers are permanent, I’m not sure if everyone understands that part, but it’s not something that can be reversed and I had to cut off all my hair after the show because it was now permanently straight and damaged…

The feeling of being stripped of my personality, my uniqueness, like Sampson without his hair…

* When you looked at yourself in the mirror after it happened, what were you feeling?

When I looked in the mirror, I saw the 16-year old version of myself watching me back in disappointment. I had lived most of my conscious life with straight hair and at 16 I wished I had the guts to go natural. I hoped that it would all be worth it in the end… but we all know I came 3rd. My reaction, however, was pure acting. I knew that I couldn’t be the girl who kicked up a fuss in the salon AND sulked over her makeover that she didn’t want to do in the first place. I told myself to let go of my emotions until after the show, and I gave it my best – my all, to try and win the competition. I was determined and I sacrificed a lot, DOWN TO MY HAIR, for a CHANCE to win, and came out deeply disappointed. If I knew then what I know now, I would have definitely walked off, or not have signed up at all. But at that moment, I was too close to my dreams to let it slip through my fingers.

 

* Is your hair still affected by the treatment they used?

My hair is somewhat affected – some parts haven’t grown into their curls just yet and are straighter than other parts. This is also attributed to previous years of chemical relaxing and I noticed that from the first time I cut my hair.

 

* What’s been your response to the continued interest at this moment on social media? Were you surprised by the support and reactions?

I was genuinely surprised by the reaction and support received from 95% of people on social media. I didn’t think that people would get it and I feared that it would be perceived negatively and seen as unimportant because I was dismissed so casually in real life, but people went through the same emotions as I did on the set, it seems! So many people were touched and started to reach out to me from other parts of the Caribbean, the US, the UK, Australia, and various countries across Africa and Asia. They shared their stories with me and I am so glad that we are having a global conversation about the reevaluation of the beauty standard. Beauty comes in all shades, shapes, sizes, and cannot be contained by 1 set of standards alone. More and more people are finally loving themselves for who they are and being comfortable in their own skin. I don’t understand why anyone would be against that, but I am so appreciative for those who understand the overarching message and are supporting my efforts. I hope that they too are living their most authentic version of themselves and creating change in their own lives and communities.

 

 

More and more people are finally loving themselves for who they are and being comfortable in their own skin

 

* What about that moment ultimately inspired you to keep fighting and speaking out?

The feeling of being stripped of my personality, my uniqueness, like Sampson without his hair… I don’t want anyone to ever have to go through that to learn the lesson that I did. I want people to continue to stand up for themselves despite what other people may say because they don’t have similar experiences. Our black ancestors before us did not stand up and fight for us to come in this modern day and age to yield to outdated, colonial rules. So many times people have ridiculed me for my hair, on the street, at work or professional settings, and at school… So many times people have been racist or prejudiced towards me because of the color of my skin or how my hair grows up to the sky. So many times I have been affected because of society’s twisted misconceptions and stereotypes that are casted upon us and eventually accepted. This time, I say no more. As I continue to live my truth, I will prove to myself and everyone else that I am a professional, that I am beautiful, that I am competent of doing anything that I put my mind to. I refuse to let my skin color and hair texture ‘hold me back’ from these opportunities in my life, because they are not an evaluation tool of my professionalism, capabilities or intelligence.

 

 

* What do you hope viewers at home might learn from what you went through and your response?

I hope that viewers at home will see that it is okay to stand up for yourself… I sacrificed all my hair, and for what? I did everything I could to appease the judges, but all in vain. Social media quickly took to Instagram to voice that I was robbed when I was eliminated. You see, we can change ourselves to fit someone else’s mold, but that does not mean that we will be liked or accepted. It’s only wisdom that can now allow me to look back and say that I wished I stood my ground. I would have both my dignity and my hair. I feared that others would judge me and say that I was truly an unprofessional model for walking off the show. But I’ve learnt that the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself… Always stand your ground; do not yield.

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I REFUSE TO LET ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO BE BEAUTIFUL. I am pleased to announce that a 20 minute documentary that I have starred in and directed alongside @trinidadandtobagorocks has been selected to screen at @ttfilmfestival! Hair is more than "just hair" and living in a society that idolizes Eurocentric features and demonizes African features makes it that much harder trying to live my truth in all my melanin glory. Join me as I open up about racist incidents, living my truth, being whitewashed as a cheap reality show stunt, and still overcome it, all the while cutting off that trashy, outdated, straight hair and starting over my natural hair journey AGAIN. I will be counting on YOUR support to help me win the People's Choice Award 🏆🏅. FYI: Research shows there has been a 40% decline in relaxer sales over the past 8 years. It ain't a fad or a style. BIH, IT'S A MOVEMENT. ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 — — Pre-lime 🍤🍻: Fri Sep 7 @ Drinks Bistro, Woodbrook from 7pm — — Airing dates 🎬: Fri 21 Sept, 5.00pm, The University of the West Indies ** Fri 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A ** Mon 24 Sept, 4.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago ** Tue 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando — — Photo Creds: Model: @gabigabz_ Designer: @benecaribe Photographer: @moderndaycaveman Art Director: @rackedstudios — — #model #international #caribbean #ttfilmfestival #trinidadfilmfestival #film #documentary #naturalhair #natural #melanin #queen #straighthairissotrashy #overit #movement

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* I noticed that you’re working on an upcoming documentary and continuing to use your social media as a way to speak out against what happened. Why is it important for you to continue this mission? What’s your ultimate hope with sharing words of encouragement regarding hair and calling for change?

 

My documentary ‘Black Hair’ speaks about growing up as a predominantly African woman in a whitewashed and Eurocentric Caribbean society. I address racism, hair-shaming, and overcoming adversity by cutting off my hair in this 20-minute film. It has been screened at the Say It Loud Film Festival in Washington DC in July, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in September, The Baltimore International Black Film Festival in Maryland from Oct 2-8, the ArtCity Film Festival in Cameroon in Oct, and Kurlz on Film in Los Angeles in Spring 2019. I’ve also started a GoFundMe to submit my documentary to festivals across the world so that people can hear my story: http://www.bit.ly/blackhairdonate 100% of funds will go towards paying submission fees to enter the film, which is currently estimated at USD$3,100. My message is important because it is not just about hair. My message is letting people know that they should live their lives being comfortable in their own skin, in their own appearance, and that we need to look past colonial remnants in our culture that tell us ‘white is best and only white is best’ If all races, particularly the white race, could come together and agree that we are all equal and treat each other equally, we could live in a much better, more advanced society. We have so much more in common than what ‘separates’ us. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can evolve into a more loving era of humanity.

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If the Caribbean had a flavour it would taste like me 👅😈 — — Model: @gabriellabernard_ Photography: @refiic Designer: @dominichutch — — 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 🍃 — — #fashion #runway #editorial #natural #melanin #beautiful #caribbean #model #internationalmodel #scoutme #fordmodelsscout #wlyg #imgmodelscout #lordeincscouting #jagmodels #makemeamuse #willyscouts #scoutmetier1mm #emgmodels #iamscouted #gilleonsmithcasting #wespeakthisisme #scoutmesilent #models1scout #mc2scouting #elmsquad #be1scoutme #bodylondon #bikini #caribbean — @bellaagency @elitenyc @elite_london @statemgmt @fusionmodelsnyc @suprememgmt @nextmodels @dnamodels @dnkmodels @ethnicitymodels @chocomediamodels @theindustryny @abbeylynnmodels @pridemodelmanagement @megamodelbrasil @gadalmodels @crawfordmodels @megamodelbahia @niiagency @noagency.nyc @managementartists @midlandagency @immmodels @elevenmodelmgmt @newyorkmodels @womenmanagementny @major_scouts @qmodels @mahogany_models @mandpmodels @bma_models @marqueemodels @leo.alderman @stettsmodelmgmt @clavonmodels @shlegel_daria @mmgtalent @theindustryla @lookmodels_germany

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* What other things do you have planned in the wake of this? Are you still modeling? Do you still want to continue talking about this in the future? What are your goals?

I want to continue spreading my message of self-love and positivity. I am still modeling and ultimately I would be elated to become an internationally signed model and walk for Victoria’s Secret. However, I haven’t put all my eggs in one basket and I am also focusing on my background in Marketing and Events Management. I definitely want to continue being an activist for change and I am currently involved in community development programmes in Trinidad & Tobago. I plan to use my influence and education to eventually become a person with political power in the future, such as the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago. We can do a lot to get our economy back on its feet with people who think as progressively as I do, and want to see an actual improvement of the nation. Especially in the wake of the dying oil industry, there are several things that we can do. We can invest in sustainable energy for a greener and cleaner future, especially having the luxury of living on an island that sees an abundance of sun, wind and natural waves for the majority of the year. We can also implement a refugee programme for the Venezuelans coming across to the country whereby they can find shelter, work and make a contribution to our society. Food manufacturing is an industry that can create even more jobs for our citizens and increase our food security. We can also look into reforming the education system by exposing students to new career paths and allowing them to pursue studies tailored to thriving and upcoming industries where there is a huge demand. Construction, mechanics, engineering, plumbing, and other vocational/technical education should be at the forefront as opposed to making people go into debt for an education that they may not be able to use in the future. My ultimate goal is to impact positive change on the world, and I’ve started that by living the best life I can every single day. Some days are good, some days are bad, but I am grateful for every moment of my experience so that I can share it with others and hopefully be a guide to them in their own way.

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There's nothing more exhilarating than living your most authentic life. BE WHO U WANNA BE. BE WHO U ARE. Listen I'm just so glad I have a whole fro again. The journey continues…💫💫💫 // Last night I had such a beautifully overwhelming response at the premiere of my film Black Hair. It's even been picked up in Baltimore, Maryland and Cameroon, Africa! Remember to go catch it if you can, and vote for BLACK HAIR as the People's Choice Award, and help me go to Baltimore! 🙌🏽🙏🏽 @trinidadandtobagorocks @ttfilmfestival — — Airing dates 🎬: Mon 24 Sept, 4.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago 🖤 Tue 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando — — Photo Creds: Model: @gabigabz_ Photographer: @shannonbrittophotography — — #model #international #caribbean #ttfilmfestival #trinidadfilmfestival #film #documentary #naturalhair #natural #melanin #queen #straighthairissotrashy #overit #movement #beautiful #fun #editorial #blackandwhite #photography #afro #naturalista #rain #scoutme

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My message is important because it is not just about hair. My message is letting people know that they should live their lives being comfortable in their own skin

WE ARE HIRING!

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Wagwan Nappyboo!

 

Welcome back to the blog. It’s been a crazy October here in Nappyese-land. From competing for Maxim Cover girl to new opportunities at our door step. We have grown even more into our own this year! Setting up our nappy-shop and stocking up with new nappyboo merch and nappyese tested and approved products.

We have recently partnered with an award winning and top cosmetic company worldwide. They are an amazing all natural and animal cruelty free brand! More details on this very soon! Tbh this opportunity is bigger than one person and we are so excited to finally open up our doors to include some very special nappyboos, who want to be more involved in the building and maintenance of our amazing platform!

Where my NAPPYBO$$ at?? This is what NAPPYESE is about!! Sharing the juice and whilst connecting with you beautiful souls creating a world where we we all work and live together in peace and harmony, a world where it is good for everyone.

If you’re a nappyboo ready to graduate to nappybo$$ status and take charge of your own life running your own business use the form below to enter your name, email and position applied for and expect an email response asap! Goodluck!

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

  1. PRODUCT TESTERS
  2. VIDEO EDITORS
  3. VIDEOGRAPHERS
  4. VLOGGERS
  5. ESSAY WRITERS
  6. GUEST BLOGGERS
  7. BEAUTY BLOGGERS
  8. HAIR BLOGGERS
  9. TRAVEL BLOGGERS
  10. POETS
  11. ASSISTANT EDITORS
  12. SOCIAL MEDIA MANGERS
  13. NEWS LETTER EDITORS
  14. STYLISTS (COLLAB)
  15. PHOTOGRAPHERS (COLLAB)
  16. MARKETERS
  17. MODELS

 

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5 Top Afrocentric Jewelry brands for Wakandan Vibes

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Its Wakanda forever season again!!! At least for some of you I know it is, haha. I have a funny feeling Afrocentric vibes will be a huge hit this Halloween season. You might be one of the folks that wishes to have a try a hand at Nakia’s sultry looks, Or maybe bald headed Okoye warrior princess display of female power and strength, which ever the case we’ve got you here at Nappyese.

You see way before the Black Panther Franchise surfaced into our reality, #Nappystyle has been giving us African strength and royality from dawn of day. Most times, around the city then, I felt it was met with quick awkward side glances, wide eyed surprises or intrigue but the best reaction is always a smile of admiration and a compliment, followed by ‘where can I buy that?’ question.

I am always more than willing to share the not so secret hiding places of luxury afrocentric accessories, because I was once like these people. And if not for my healthy obsession with researching the net, curating styles via instagram, my career as a blogger, I too would have thought it a myth to be proudly African, let alone find unique and sexy afrocentric accessories that match with my soul. More especially in today’s modern day post-colonial African culture, with our generation seemingly eager to swap out our rich complex cultures for rat race uniforms of bland mediocrity and fitting into patriarchy standards of style. It continues to amuse me when the same generation cries culture appropriation. How can someone else appropriate a culture you claim as yours but hardly display until one costume day but you think you proudly claim it as yours? Where’s the genuinity in that?

Anyways I digress into muddy waters. Let’s save the politics for later, when our stomach are all full…lol

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Happy 2018 my dear friends 🍾💋

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“JEWELLERY IS THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE THING A PERSON CAN WEAR “

-Iris Apfel

This post is for nappyboos who want to know where to go to find modern day afrocentric accessories with symbols that perhaps trace all the way to the first Egyptian African civilization. Those who take prize in wearing their heritage even if then don’t know the whole history behind it. In my opinion no one truly really knows anything, yes facts but where you there? Yes? No? Either way we are all timeless souls and our souls knows what we are when we see it it, thats why you’re here reading this post 🙂

We must work from where we are now and stop our dancing with yearnings of the old and that which we can never attain here and now. Lets! Live in the moment!

These amazing brands below, all sell and ship from within the United States! They will have your soul dancing and feeling right where it belongs! I have purchased myself from each of them listed below and I highly recommend you include them in your style. From head-wraps, braid, loc and hair accessories, to body jewlery, these brands have got you covered. Not only will you feel authentically stylish, you will also be a shining example to men and women that will feel your vibess gaan. And after you are filled with pride of your own, at your leisure have a peek at our new NAPPY-SHOP and find new and different things from the other side of the globe. Tips on how to be unique with confidence? We got you boo! We’ve got you.

AFROHEMIAN

Afrohemien is a handmade jewelry brand that blends afrocentric style with bohemian vibes.
Afrohemien is inspired by the beauty of Africa, ancient artifacts, mythology, nature, patterns and texture.
Each piece is created as a reminder to appreciate our history and to return back to where it all started, The Motherland.

FANM DJAMN

FANM DJANM (FUM|JUM) means STRONG WOMAN in Haitian Kreyol. The Hatian brand was founded in 2014 as a collection of eight headwraps, which Paola sold directly from her apartment on the weekends. Today, Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.

BELLACEE JEWELS

A favorite on Etsy, Bellacee makes Afrocentric, Ankara Jewelry, Ear Cuffs, Tassel Earrings. Handmade her self with love.

IMAGE GANG

💎Image Gang ⚜Gold plated and gold filled jewelry. Established in London in 2017, Image Gang was created with the sole purpose to be an inclusive, empowering brand for women.

Our mission is based on creating and curating unique but affordable pieces of quality jewelry that allow you to express your individual style.

 

NVTIV SHOP

NVTIVE is a boutique that specializes in the sales of traditional and modern body jewelry, accessories, apparel and art designed to showcase Pan African cultures from all regions of the continent. NVTIVE aims to pay homage to the customs and traditions of Pan African  culture in the design, and manufacturing of jewelry, accessories apparel and artwork.
And when wakandan season is finally over until next year again, lol and at some point you feel some sort of daring energy that challenges you to think and feel outside of the box (they come once a blue moon) and try new things beyond borders, dont forget to browse trough our NAPPY-SHOP and compliment your newly found international energy with accessories curated far and near all over the world by NAPPYESE and don’t forget to #NappyStyle 😉

 

 

#IAMGIAIA PART ONE

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Hello Instagram my name is Ese. It’s 1:16am here in New York and I’ve been up all day since 6am yesterday. 😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵 I’m about to share more of my stories with the world. It’s scary and daunting but I need to do it because I desire to be to a responsible human. Responsible for making the world a better place by being brave joining in to speak about and ask questions about difficult things that affect me and I think everyone else in society_ some more than others ✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾 I’ve always been a better writer more than I’ve been a speaker. I used to judge myself but now I know it’s ok to be great at one thing and not both. I’m a great speaker too but I’d rather say funny things so you laugh or I’ll smize and share a smile that’ll make your skip a mini beat. Most times I’ll be quiet and be in a corner cleaning or sumtin because we never get to a place where we are comfortable enough with each other to talk about how we can work together as humans to have a greater balance for all of us here on earth. 🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐 But we have important business to address so I’ll start now with my words… 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 I am just young growing woman trying to understand the world around me and so far nothing makes sense. Rephrase- Nothing makes MY sense. I had an ex recently call me mental and hounded me to go see a shrink even while I didn’t have a roof over my head. That was abusive so I let that go. 🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕 Life has had me literally estranged from my family for the past 5 years for in the name of survival. So I can’t talk to my parents and I don’t really have any grown adult to talk to that I think will listen and first understand me objectively without trying to brain-wash me into what they think I should think and do Anyways African parents never really talk to their kids anyways… So here I am about to spill my guts to total strangers on the internet, Yaaay millenials👋🏾 ✨💛✨💛✨💛✨💛✨💛 I’ve tried this many times before you see. But finally I have started to come to a place of peace and calm within myself where I can try to constructively string my words together to make some sort of sense. Are you ready?? It’s almost 2AM…. #IAMGIAIA #nappyese

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LETS TALK ABOUT BODIES

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Watagwan my nappyboo.

I am sharing the story of my colleague, smart and very brave and beautiful, former Miss Arizona USA Jordan Wessel. She champions the voices of so many young women in entertainment, not just in the states but all over the world. I think its time to ask myself too,

Who made up the rules ??

Does it serve me?

What about my own rules?

 

 

What it took to be “perfect”

 

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What it took to be “perfect”

Every year I, like many of you, write down resolutions. The No. 1 thing on my list in 2018 is to get healthy both mentallyand physically.

I realize mental health isn’t something most people like to discuss, especially with strangers on the internet. But hey, I created this blog so I can be real with you, so no topic is off limits. Our society views “healthy” as someone with a perfect body. But I think it’s much more than that. In order to be “healthy” you need to balance physical health with emotional and spiritual health. Many of us set goals so we can look a certain way, but why don’t we set goals to feel a certain way?

2013 was one of the best years of my life but came with an overwhelming amount of consequences that I’m still suffering from. I was struggling with severe stomach issues for 2 years, and felt I had no control over my life. I was a freshman in college, but I spent more time at the Mayo Clinic and at my parents house than I did at school. The stomach pain was so severe I struggled getting out of bed, I barely socialized with friends, and was so desperate to just feel “normal” again. After countless medical tests, scans, and misdiagnoses’ I attempted to take my health into my own hands. I found a trainer who struggled with Crohn’s Disease (similar to what I have), yet seemed to function completely normal. I confided in him, and he swore the more I exercised the stronger my body would become and the more I could manage my symptoms. Over time the gym became my sanctuary. I looked forward to sweating everyday and I began feeling significantly better. Given, my diet was extremely limited but for the first time in my life I was seeing physical results in the gym. I was surrounded by fitness competitors, and I admired their dedication to the sport and their insanely ripped bodies. At that time, these individuals were my definition of “healthy” (lol). After 3 months at this gym, I decided to prepare for a bikini competition. I was more determined than ever and became extremely strict with my regimine. I exercised 7 days a week, averaging around 3 hours at the gym, and pushed myself until I was shaking and light headed. All I thought about was the gym, and I fell in love with the process of watching my body transform. The endorphins gave me a natural high, and I thought I could keep-up with that lifestyle forever.

Although I was over-excerising, my diet was the most damaging part of my training. Before the fitness competition, my diet consisted of:

  • 1 Rice cake with a cup of egg whites in the morning
  • 4oz tilapia and asparagus for lunch with 1 rice cake
  • 4oz tilapia and asparagus for dinner

 

As I look back on that time, I can’t believe I ate the way I did. I was burning hundreds and hundreds of calories every day at the gym, but wasn’t eating nearly enough to keep my body stable. To top it off, I was taking fat burners, which are basically an unnatural amount of caffeine in pill-form, so your body is constantly burning even when you’re not at the gym. I felt drained, but I also felt sexier than ever before because of the attention I was recieving. People were constantly reaching out asking for tips so they could look like me, and be “successful” like I was.

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I lost over 40 pounds in 3 months. When I stepped on stage at my fitness competition I was under 100 pounds. For reference, I’m 5’10, so I should never be under 100 pounds. I was frail and weirdly proud of it. I placed 5th overall, and was approached by a judge afterwards who told me I should be walking in the Victorias Secret Fashion Show, which I took as a huge compliment.

My hard work was paying off and my wildest dreams were coming true. I was signed by a modeling agency and I won Miss Arizona USA 2014. From the outside, people thought I had it all, mainly because of my body. Little did anyone know, I was falling apart mentally. I began to equate my weight with my self worth; the thinner I was, the more valuable.

I avoided going out or spending time with friends because I didn’t want to be tempted to eat or drink something that would compromise my figure. All I thought about was calories and training. When I attempted to introduce “normal” foods back into my diet I would get sick. Even attempting to eat turkey, chicken, or protein powder was a struggle. My body couldn’t tolerate or digest anything and I started gaining weight back. I remember stepping on the scale at 107, and feeling disgusted with myself. I had torn both labarums in my hips while training, which suddenly made it hard for me to walk and I definitely couldn’t run. Cardio became painful but I kept doing it because I figured it would keep me small. At this point the negative self talk was at an all time high, I constantly thought to myself, “If I gain any more weight, I’m going to lose everything.” I trained harder. I went back to my previous diet. I took fat burners, but nothing worked. My stomach pain increased daily and no matter how hard I trained, the scale was only going up.

My new trainer, Scott (if you live in AZ I highly recommend him), instantly realized all I cared about was the number on the scale. Since I was preparing for Miss USA, it would have been easy for him to push me to exhaustion and give me tricks to fool my body for a few more months. But he didn’t, he encouraged me to strengthen my mental health, and stop pushing myself so hard in the gym. He was the first fitness professional to educate me on the importance of self love and confidence. Looking back, I wish I would’ve implemented his advice to repair my metabolism and focus on my mental and emotional health more than physical. I was so consumed with doing whatever it took to be a size “0” before Miss USA, that I couldn’t focus on anything else. I didn’t lose the weight, and I competed at a size 4. I was considered one of the “bigger” girls at the competition.

My physical and mental health went out the window after Miss USA. The gym was no longer my sanctuary, it was now a means for punishing myself. If I went out with friends, had a drink, or ate something I “shouldn’t”, I felt guilty and spent hours trying to work it off. It was such an unhealthy cycle and I was trapped.

All of this was happening while my life looked perfect on the outside. Of course no one shows their struggles on social media, so instead of turning to get help I kept up a viscid and hoped it would get easier. Don’t get me wrong, I had so many positive things happening in my life and I am so thankful for my reign. However, if I could go back there’s a lot I would change, beginning with telling myself to chill the F out. When I passed-on my crown, I essentially gave up pushing myself in the gym. It was frustrating not to see results, so I avoided it all-together. When I turned 21 I let go of my routine and decided I was just going to have fun. I surrounded myself with friends, went out to clubs every weekend, traveled all over the country, and had the time of my life. But my new routine of not caring wasn’t working either. I went from one extreme to the other and my body broke down.

To this day, I’m still trying to repair my metabolism. Because of my torn labarums, I will need double hip surgery in the near future. I torchered my body because I thought the smaller I was the happier and more successful I would be. Let me tell you something, even when I was at my smallest, I still wasn’t happy with myself.

In 2015 and 2016, I wrote “get healthier” as my new years resolutions. But as each year passed, I was frustrated because my body didn’t have that “unbelievable change”. My only goal was to get that “perfect” body back.

In 2017 I made the resolution to do everything I could to fall in love with myself. Sounds weird I know, but I realized I would never be perfect so I was setting myself up for failure. I needed to learn to love myself in every phase of my health journey in order to be the best ME I could be. I transformed dramatically in 2017, because I began practicing self-love every day. I was proud of myself for my growth, and I began exercising again because I loved my body, not because I hated it. I journaled, I cut out negative people in my life, I limited social media, and I believed in myself.

I still battle with insecurity at times, but I’ve never felt mentally, emotionally, or spiritually healthier in my life. This shift changed everything. My relationship with myself and with others has improved dramatically and I no longer feel like I need to hide who I am or how far I’ve come.

Being vulnerable is scary, but I share my health journey with you because I know I’m not alone. I believe the majority of women reading this post will be able to relate to me in some way. But most importantly, I want this post to show you that I’m not even close to perfect. I don’t want to be another girl on your instagram feed that makes you feel less than. I’ve said this before, but social media isn’t reality. No one shares their struggles, failures, and insecurities online. It’s easy to get lost in comparison when looking at someone else’s “highlight reel” but the truth is that NO ONE is perfect.

We’re all beautifully and wonderfully made and it’s the year that we begin celebrating that. I want you to join me and become healthier mentally and physically in 2018. Become the best YOU possible, but don’t sacrifice your health to obtain an unrealistic standard of beauty. Learn to appreciate and love the skin you’re in, and watch your entire life transform.

 

XO

JWESS

 

“I WANT MY JOURNEY WITH MAXIM TO START CONVERSATIONS ON THE WE VIEW BODIES”

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These conversations are already being had. And its time for all of  us muse about a new pledge. One that will see each and everyone of us wholesome and completely loving ourselves, and thus being able to love another as such regardless of the way our physical bodies look. To treat our physical with utmost respect, a reflection of  mentally balance state of mind. In which ones perception of worth is not derived externally but internally and is not phased by opinions of mentally and emotionally unstable people, nor societies now matter how forceful an impact.

Jordan Wessels’s bravery to share her story on her journey has encouraged me to be more brazen about my own journey too. Yes! Even more brazen that I already am now lol. Because I think theres a lot of trauma release that needs to happen across our human civilization. And I want to start with mine.

More career gist to come soon. What do you think of her story? Feel free to share your below too. This is a safe space and all negativity and spam comment swill be deleted.

LETS WIN $25000 FOR NAPPYESE

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Wagwan Nappyboos!

What’s popping?

My whole life right now my boos, my whole life. These past few months have been super duper eventful in every way shape and form for me. You really don’t want to know, but i’ll tell you anywayz. If you also really want to know in detail, the crazy life of a traveling young African woman trying to make it in the big bad world as a model, entrepreneur and now business woman, boo I’m also here for it. This space NAPPYESE is very much real and we’re not going anywhere anytime soon! We are here for Life!  All of it, and there’s no stopping us!

As I always say, I’m only a tap away by email, social media: Instagram (I’m here everyday), Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, even Youtube! I am always opening to meeting new people, making acquaintances, friends and learning new things. Feel free to share sometime with me if you wish. I am grateful for all my special nappyboos who have now become friends. with me through this journey of mine as a creator and social media influencer. I have identified my purpose as connecting with souls across the universe, creating spaces for authentic beauty, love, happiness, joy and peace. I am God’s gift to the World.

Long story short this hustling is not stopping anytime soon. And next up on our list of things to conquer together is this amazing opportunity with Maxim! I vaguely remember entering for this same competition a couple years ago. But life had other roads for me to plough first, and with more people to meet. But finally here we are again 🙂

 

 

LETS WIN $25000 FOR NAPPYESE

I need all of you nappyboos to vote for me once every 24hours to win the coveted spot as a Maxim Magazine cover girl. The winner gets $25000 and a cover shoot with Maxim Magazine! And I would love to add you to my private whatsapp voting squad group. We are already up to fifth from 13th! And voting only just started. YASSSS!

 

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I really want us to make this happen. Let’s level up together, reach out and join my nappy squad for maxim!

 The money I win will help pay for a green card for longer stay here in the states, cover plenty expenses for me and family back home and the rest will go into creating more merch and products for our nappy shop!

I’m excited!!!!! Feel free to enter this amazing opportunity as well if it suits your fancy and best of luck!!

Thank you for all your support on my Journey. Casssh yyou sooon!

 

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