Weekend Deals

Weekend Deals | The B Werd

I really thought I’d never get on this wave, but I’m loving mule slides! These pink pair are under $20.

The perfect oversized sweater to run around the city in all Fall. And it’s my favorite color to wear. You guessed it! Olive.

I purchased this cargo jacket in store over the weekend and it’s even cuter on than it is in photos. Definitely a fall staple.

An open back knitted sweater is right up my alley. I love that it’s oversized but still sexy.

Belled sleeved are in and this mustard sweater is perfect for them. Only $18!

This cognac suede moto jacket is a bit pricey, but worth it. You’ll be able to wear it for years and get your moneys worth.

I picked up these black heeled mules from Target for my upcoming Italy trip and they’re so comfortable!

Statement coats are one thing I will splurge on and I’m crazy about this bright red Topshop trench.

This bronze satin maxi is so gorgeous and looks so expensive but is under $30! I’ll be buying it just to save it for a special occasion.

Since it doesn’t get too hot in Houston, I wear a lot of blazers as jackets in the winter. I’m obsessing over the pattern of this gray checked long-line blazer.

Loving how chic this black ruffled jumpsuit is. Perfect for a night out or a vacation.

I want this satin blouse in every color. Y’all know I love a satin button down. It pairs with anything and is timeless!

For those of you who have work totes, this one is perfect for the fall and winter. I love the burgundy shade and the leather + suede combo.

I’ve got this balloon sleeve button-down blouse in my cart hoping that it’ll be restocked in a small sooner than later.

These suede ballerina lace-up sandals are now on sale for under $100.

Chunky sweaters are so easy to wear. This one would be perfect under a leather moto with a pair of destroyed denim and black booties.

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#CoffeeTalk

Coffee Talk | The B Werd

Homecoming is coming up! This will be my first homecoming as an alumna. Do you have any suggestions on what to wear to the football game/tailgate and to the parties?

The one and only time I went to homecoming was the first year after I graduated, don’t judge! LOL I was always antisocial in college. Here’s what I wore to mine when I went, but it will all depend on the weather. If you’re heading to the game or tailgate, a college t-shirt or sweatshirt is plenty, with a pair of jeans or joggers and comfy flats like Vans or running shoes. Or even a t-shirt or sweater dress and some Chuck Taylor’s. Don’t be that overdressed girl with heels or boots on at homecoming LOL save that for when the sun goes down. If you’re like me and don’t own any college paraphernalia, opt for a tee and moto jacket. As far as going out, make it sexy! A dress and thigh high boots or any of the options below. Enjoy yourself!

What are your top 5 budget friendly websites to order from online? Just discovered Romwe but I’m skeptical about the low prices. 

Unless I’m searching for something specific, I generally shop on the same sites over and over. I browse Forever 21, ASOS, Missguided, Boohoo, and have recently made quite a few purchases on Pretty Little Things because they had a 50% off sale. I consistently shop at Nordstrom and Revolve but mostly classics, staples or basics that I want to last me.  I purchased about 9 items for my Cuba trip from Romwe and was very pleased with them. The quality wasn’t the greatest and I wouldn’t bet on their longevity, but for something you only plan to wear a few times, it’s worth the $12 LOL. My favorite swimsuit sites are Zaful and Amazon when I want to buy several and don’t want to spend a ton. The only thing I worry about when ordering from sites like Romwe and Pretty Little Things is shipping time. They’re not U.S. based companies and so items make take much longer to get to you.

What are the best tips to stay motivated and disciplined in career, life, etc.?

The best tip I can give it to want it on a daily basis. I make this same mistake and have to catch myself. You know that determination we have when we first start a new job? The determination to make the best of everyday, come in and handle business and present new and effective ways to get things done? It eventually fizzles out, just like everything else in life. It’s our job to keep it alive. I feel burnt out every now and then and have to remind myself that I don’t want to stay where I’m at, so unless I aim for more, work harder, go higher, and get more strategic, that I won’t grow or have more. I gave up making excuses (for the most part, but I’m human), so when my alarm goes off at 5:30 am to get up for the gym, I just jump up. When a task comes my way that I’ve been dreading doing, I take the time to knock it out so that I can move on. Tackle things confidently and always look for what’s next, because everything gets better. Adding a relationship to my plate has been a blessing, but it’s also caused me to have to take a step back and redesign how I originally had things organized. Make lists of what you want to accomplish within the next 3 months and work towards them daily. Once you begin to cross off things you said you wanted to do, it makes it easier to continue to work for them.

How did you grow your nails so long? They look amazing!

Thank you! I don’t have much maintenance for my nails other than getting them done every two weeks, but I do take these Skin, Hair and Nail gummy vitamins. They taste like candy so I never forget to take them. I get an acrylic powder put over my nails so that they don’t break.

I also work an office job and find it so difficult to be productive while sitting at a desk 8 hours a day. How do you stay focused and on track while at your desk during the week?

I really am against sitting at my desk all day long. In all honesty, it’s just not healthy. You should really be taking breaks, getting some movement in and at least a lunch away from your computer, but most days I don’t. I start my mornings with a cup of coffee and that gets me going on the right foot. I almost always listen to something, whether it be smooth jazz or a rap album that makes me want to hustle. Once I get logged onto my computer, I write down a quick “must do” list for that day, along with other things that cross my mind that could be done, then get to work on those. I rotate podcasts, but my favorite is “How I Built This“. After lunch I normally hit a slump where I feel antsy or tired and can’t focus. This blueberry green tea helps me big time. One cup and I feel refreshed and am ready to get back to it. Drinks lots of water and keep some “good” snacks on hand (almonds, peanut butter, fresh fruit). Time moves quickly and I admit that I feel guilt when I don’t take advantage of every hour of every day since my to-do list is almost never ends.

I don’t even know where to start with this question but long story short – I need new clothes! Lol can you give me a hand full of what your favorite items are right now?

Lol I feel you girl! I’ve spend an uncomfortable amount of money these last few weeks buying things I felt like I needed to prepare for the upcoming months. Here are some things I’m loving –

We have similar curl patterns and I was wondering what your favorite curly hair products are right now?

Please don’t be fooled, I probably only wear my curls a few times a month. Since my curls are still in a “healing” stage, I don’t find them convenient just yet since they require so much care. When I do wear my curls, I either wash my hair with Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner or Deva Curl’s No Poo Shampoo and Conditioner. This Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie is what I do first, mixed with Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Conditioner and those two really help combat frizz for me. Lastly, I’ll mix Deva Curl Styling Cream with Deva Curl Styling Gel and comb through with a Denman Brush. I diffuse my hair with this diffuser until it’s about 80% dry, then air dry the rest of the way. The key is to not touch your curls until they’re completely dry. Once they are, I’ll turn my head over and shake my curls out. Voila!

Thank you all for the #CoffeeTalk questions! I’m trying my best to get my life back in order after the Hurricane and had a health scare take me out for a few days this week. As much as I preach about working hard, I want to preach taking care of yourself physically and mentally just as much! As always, send your questions to me via email or comment below. Enjoy your weekend!

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena® SkinClearing® Makeup at CVS

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SkinClearingMakeup #CollectiveBias.

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup at CVS | The B Werd

We all knew that Neutrogena made skincare, but it wasn’t until recently that I’d found out about their cosmetic line. I was in CVS one evening last week picking up some new facial products I’d hope would quickly clear-up a breakout I was having. After my engagement, things were in a whirlwind. I had little sleep, more than my fair share of celebratory champagne and family and friends in town that I hosted for days after. That same week, Hurricane Harvey touched down and we went from being stuck at home, to losing power and having to find a way to my sister’s house where we stayed for days. Even after the rain stopped, I couldn’t make it to work and we couldn’t go home because our townhouse was surrounded with water. Needless to say, my skin reflected everything I was going through and I was pretty desperate.

I was attempting to conceal all of my blemishes with make-up because I wasn’t comfortable without it, but wearing make-up only worsened the break out. My skin is pretty sensitive and can be very oily, so I was clogging my pores and needed a solution. Before I reached the check-out counter, I’d noticed a Neutrogena sign in the cosmetic section and to my surprise, I found Neutrogena SkinClearing makeup covers up and helps prevent breakouts while you wear it. After reading into it, I learned it was formulated for acne-prone skin and is the first liquid makeup foundation with Micro-Clear technology that not only treats blemishes, but also helps prevent emerging acne breakouts for clearer skin. I was sold. I ended up picking up the Neutrogena® SkinClearing® Liquid MakeupNeutrogena® SkinClearing® Blemish Concealer, and Neutrogena® SkinClearing® Mineral Powder as well as their Nourishing Eyeliner, and Moisturesmooth Colorstick.

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup at CVS | The B Werd

I wear makeup for at least 8 hours everyday throughout the week, so I need something easy to use that covers blemishes without clogging my pores. These Neutrogena cosmetics are long lasting, which is perfect for my hectic workweek. I meet with clients on a daily basis and there’s nothing more uncomfortable than having them stare at blemishes on your face. I want to feel comfortable, but more importantly I want to feel confident without looking overdone.

Here’s a step-by-step of how I’ve been applying my new Neutrogena products –

Step 1: Apply SkinClearing® Blemish Concealer

If I have any protruding blemishes that are noticeably red or forming, I use the blemish concealer to cover them as well as spot treatment and blend accordingly. This concealer is designed to help conceal blemishes and clear them up. Providing natural-looking coverage, this double-duty concealer reduces the visibility of acne and other blemishes while also helping improve your skin.

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup at CVS | The B Werd

Step 2: Apply SkinClearing® Liquid Makeup

This foundation has Micro-Clear technology that boosts the power of salicylic acid by breaking through oil and unclogging pores for fast acne relief, which is ideal for me since I am prone to oily skin. Developed by dermatologists, this oil-free formula controls shine and won’t clog pores, since that’s how I was irritating my skin. I dab a few dime size drops onto a beauty blender and blend evenly onto my face, blending into my neck.

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Step 3: Apply Skinclearing Mineral Powder

Next, I use a powder brush to brush this mineral powder over my T-zone since that’s where I get especially oily. This product also has a two-sided applicator that provides a fresh, shine-free look in case I need to touch up while I’m out for any reason. Containing minerals plus Micro-Clear technology with salicylic acid acne treatment, this non-comedogenic formula works to clear and help prevent breakouts while being gentle to skin. The compact also contains oil-absorbing powders for shine control that’s gentle on the skin.

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup at CVS | The B Werd

Step 4: Finish with Eyeliner, Bronzer and a Nourishing Lipstick

Even on my busiest days, I need to add some color and dimension to my face so I at least look awake. I add this Neutrogena® Nourishing Eyeliner I picked up, topping it was mascara. It glides on so easily and lasts all day without smudging. I then apply bronzer and finish my look with a lip color. I got their Moisturesmooth Colorstick in “Classic Nude” and love that it doesn’t dry my lips out like most lipsticks. It’s almost like a lipstick + lip balm combo that you can wear all day.

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Final Look:

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup at CVS | The B Werd

I was really impressed with Neutrogena’s cosmetics, even after using their skincare for a decade. With their SkinClearing makeup, I’m ready to be out of the door in 10 minutes with full coverage without the risk of my makeup breaking me out. Can we say peace of mind? If you struggle with the oils of your everyday makeup breaking you out, pick this trio up the next time you pass a CVS up.

Drug Store Favorite: Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup at CVS | The B Werd

This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my followers will also enjoy! Some of the products mentioned were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this review.

Another Surprise: An Engagement Party!

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I honestly believe that Nate got me to fall in love with him through a series of surprises. When we were just friends, he surprised me with a tripod for my camera after I mentioned wanting to start a YouTube channel. Several months later, I marched into his place on a Wednesday evening after rehearsing what reasons I was going to give him for why I needed space (because….. commitment issues. I touch on them here) only to walk up the stairs to a cook preparing a lobster dinner for us, a bouquet of flowers, a card, and red wine to congratulate me on the launch of my first video. I was so taken back by his sweet gesture, I decided not to say everything I’d planned to. I thank God for that surprise. He knew I needed something that extreme to convince me otherwise. Dozens of surprises later, I realized I’m much better simply giving into them because he’d never lead me wrong. I am such a rebel that I truly believe the only way I’d ever be comfortable with the idea of most things is to be surprised into them, because if I have the chance to go against the grain, I’ll take it every single time. Knowing all of that, Nate still had the guts to ask me to marry him and he has the art of surprise to thank for my yes. He’s truly been more than I imagined I’d ever get because the realist in me (or maybe that movie about the 80/20 rule) had me convinced that we just don’t get it all when settling down. And he’s so fun y’all! We laugh sooo much. I think y’all may end up liking him more than y’all like me! LOL

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The morning after our engagement, we couldn’t sleep past 7, even though we didn’t get to bed til after 3 am. We were anxious, excited and still in a bit of disbelief, so we got up and grabbed Starbucks then spent the morning reliving the night before while grinning from ear to ear. He told me I needed to be ready to leave the house by 1 pm to go and take photos. I figured that was a realistic thing for people to do after they get engaged, so I got myself ready and put on a decent outfit. Once we left the house, he said I needed to be blindfolded because he didn’t want me to see where we were taking the photos until it was time to take them. I start thinking, “are we taking photos on a helicopter? That’ll be cool.” or something else ridiculous. We stopped at a bar to take a shot. He was either nervous or trying to pass time LOL.

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I thought it would be a good idea to allow my followers to watch along on Instagram Live, so I put on the blindfold and let Nate take it from there. We were only three minutes away from the surprise when we were at the bar, but it seemed like we drove around for a good 10 minutes. Then again, everything feels like an eternity when you can’t see what’s going on. Finally, we’d arrived and he walked me inside. I instantly recognize the smell. We were at the apartment complex where Nate lived when we first met. He tells me to take off the blindfold and I do, only to see so many of our family and friends in front of us with smiling faces. I was truly in awe! I thought the night before surely had been the climax, but no. He’d set it up so that we could celebrate with our loved ones and it was the best time, but I’ll let the footage speak for itself. I always told him I’d only post the person I was marrying on my social media so I’ve been teasing him, saying “you did all this just to get on my Instagram?!” LOL. I’m more grateful than ever for someone so thoughtful and such a loving circle! Matt did an incredible job of capturing photos that embody exactly who we are and DJ A Plus kept playing exactly what we wanted to hear. If you’re in Houston and looking for a photographer, I strongly recommend them! I’m looking forward to sharing what’s next with all of you, so be sure and subscribe to my YouTube to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Watch the fun we had below:

 

Photos: @mattophotos | Caterer: EW Catering | Party Punch: @TheSimplePour | Music: @APlustheDJ

Krystal Johnson: Legal Advice for Influencers and Business Owners

Over the past year, becoming an influencer and entrepreneur has opened my eyes to many things I wish I knew when I first began. Unfortunately, trial and error has resulted in me losing money, a lot of time and few really great ideas. Thanks to women like Krsytal Johnson, an attorney who specializes in helping people just like me, I’ve learned some valuable information that helps me protect my brand and avoid legal mistakes. I reached out to Krystal to ask a few questions that I felt would help you all from making the same mistakes that I did. Read below for some useful tips any business owner or influencer could use moving forward.

Legal Advice with Krystal C. Johnson | The B Werd

Introducing, Krystal C. Johnson – 

I’m an Intellectual Property & Entertainment Attorney and the owner of the Law Office of Krystal C. Johnson. My office is based in New York City and I work with creatives, small business owners, and influencers from across the country to develop and protect their brands and intellectual property (intellectual property includes trademarks and copyrights). Whether it’s drafting and negotiating contracts, registering trademarks/copyrights, or forming an LLC, I enjoy assisting my clients with any legal needs or challenges they may face.

From the first day of law school I knew I wasn’t going to be the traditional courtroom attorney. I’ve always felt drawn to providing counsel and support to those individuals with creativity and passion for their businesses and brands. Through my practice, it’s been most rewarding to aid my clients in achieving their goals and excelling in their businesses.

For business owners and influencers in the early stages of start-up, what would your first piece of advice be?

Starting a business and/or launching a brand can be a very exciting and stressful time. It’s vital to identify a clear vision of what your business/brand represents, who it serves, and what message you want to translate to the world. Identifying these three items will create a foundation for you to build upon. Of course, the business and answers may evolve over time (or completely change along the way) however, this framework will support your growth in the early stages and aid others to properly serve your vision and needs.

Also, don’t be afraid of writing it down – that goes for your vision and for agreements. If you have an LLC, an operating agreement needs to be in place to regulate how your business operates. If you are in a partnership an agreement is imperative to ensure that the parties are aware of their duties, responsibilities, and rights. While there are some States where oral agreements may be honored, it’s not worth the risk. Written agreements reinforce the vision and provide a standard to operate by. Save yourself the headache, frustration, and potential confusion by putting your contracts and agreements in writing.

What is the most common mistake you see new entrepreneurs and business owners make and how can they avoid that in the future?

Too often new business owners think that they can just “figure it out as they go,” and neglect to handle simple task. Be proactive, instead of reactive. Protect your ideas with the proper registrations. Ensure you are legally compliant with your state and local laws, as well as any other regulations that may apply to your business. Keep a good record of your contracts/agreements and other important correspondence. Don’t allow your excitement over an amazing idea overrule your preparation.

Another common mistake occurs when new business owners  and influencers are in such a rush to close a deal that they don’t thoroughly read or understand the agreements they enter into. Do your due diligence. If an agreement seems too complex, invest in an attorney review. Some attorneys may review a contract for a lower fee than their typical rate, simply to translate the agreement and review it for any red flags or issues. Remember, rushed and right don’t always match.

Many business owners and bloggers offer courses, workbooks, spreadsheets and other forms of educational information that they’ve created. In order to fully own those products, should they be following a particular legal route?

All of these products are considered a form of intellectual property and can be fully protected through the copyright registration process with the United States Copyright Office. By protecting your coursework with a copyright, not only are you securing legal evidence of ownership, you can also maximize the damages you may receive if someone unlawfully uses your work. Bloggers and business owners often undervalue their intellectual property until it’s infringed upon by another party.

“If you believe it’s a good idea, someone else will too.”

Is securing a domain name enough to have legal ownership of your brand name?

Unfortunately, it is not. Legal ownership of a brand name is secured by the registration of the name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Along with the brand name, you can also register and protect your logo. The primary benefit of trademarking your brand name is that you prevent anyone else from using that same name for the same purposes that you’ve registered it for. Many business owners overlook the value of intellectual property ownership and as a result lose out on the benefits.

On the State level, you can also file a trademark application, but the USPTO registration is supreme. Also, it’s important to remember that while registering your business with the State does protect the name within that state, it doesn’t prevent the use of the same name in other parts of the country.

At what stage in business should business owners or influencers consult with a legal expert?

I recommend starting with an introductory consultation to run your plans and ideas past a legal expert familiar with the early stages of starting a business or influencer marketing.  Every attorney is not qualified or experienced to answer your questions, so make sure that you identify an individual with experience in the area of your need. I actually offer assessments and legal compliance roadmaps to clients who schedule consultsultations with me.  While it’s impossible to know everything, you should know all that you possibly can to get started.

Having someone like Krystal in your corner to consult with is so valuable! Connect with Krystal on Instagram or Facebook for more useful information on better practices for protecting your brand and covering your legal bases.