Joseph Fountain on Faith, Getting Started, & Stepping Up

From the talent showcase titled Motivate, my previous Flawesome Academy workshop, husband, father, and motivational speaker Joseph Fountain has been an incredibly inspiring man about town in Richmond, Virginia. I had the wonderful pleasure of chatting it up with him before the New Year as he talks about being a motivator for those in the community. It wasn’t until today, I was able to get my hands on the audio file to post this, but I believe it is just as powerful now as it was a few months back.
From his own testimony, he used to work as an engineer. He was laid off before his son was born, and after being rejected by many jobs while trying to get back into the workforce, he felt led by God to use his gifts to work for himself.

InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

In this video I review InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask, an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. This mud mask (when used once weekly) will positively impact healthy skin. In the review, I discuss my experience with this...

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Paula Dorf Perfect Color in Ecstasy

In this video I review Paula Dorf ( Paula Dorf's Perfect Color in Ecstasy, a versatile multi-tasker that performs triple results: for eyes, lips and cheeks I love how this product is bright and well pigmented. I like the shimmer in the hue. This is definitely...

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10 Reasons You Shouldn't Celebrate Valentines Day
10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

My views on Valentine’s Day and romance are very unusual according to some of my friends. However, one universal fact for anyone who is currently in a relationship… Valentine’s Day (the commercialized version of it anyway) should be celebrated every day, not just February 14th. However, for the sake of entertainment and pure culture tradition, let’s all get hype and excited because it’s the season to do so.

Nevertheless, I firmly believe that with the romance bug in the air and everyone desperately seeking to get shot in the butt by cupid, there should be some healthy truth being pointed out. Not the kind of truth that haunts your mind like knowing that the majority of the people you know will all be having sexual relations at the exact same time on February 14th. I’m talking about the reasons why some of you shouldn’t celebrate this holiday. I’m so serious. Whether you are making yourself look crazy, you’re hating on others, or you are just not a good person, I’m listing the top 10 reasons why you should have a seat on V-day, probably permanently.

Soy Candles GaptoothDiva Review
Old Factory Natural Soy Candles Review – Home with GaptoothDiva

Recently I received a complimentary box set of Old Factory Candles. These natural soy candles are hand poured in the United States. Each of the 3 gourmet candles inside the box that I received have natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils. Old Factory guarantees each candle will burn clean, even, true to-scent for 20 hours.

I enjoy burning candles often at home, especially when I’m relaxing, having a romantic evening with my husband, or spending a Sunday afternoon drinking wine in the tub (much needed “me” time).

I often have candles that reflect my mood, with scents and aromas that I wouldn’t mind lingering throughout the house. It’s comforting to smell a beautiful and pungent scent in your home, and have guest come by who love to guess which candles I’m using when they arrive.

GaptoothDiva Street Style Love: Cozy Winter Sophistication w/ Shanice (Baby Sis)

Just because it’s cold outside, I don’t believe that you need to skimp on style. There are plenty of options out there for even the most stylish person to showcase their personal style and still stay warm and cozy. I stay around individuals that genuinely have a knack for being unique and creative with their personal style. However, I happen to be related to one as well.

My little sister, Shanice, is someone that I can definitely be proud of. I’m known for reading people in the bloodline because of their propensity to dress like they are stuck in one year (i.e, 1998 #noshade) and never growing or evolving in their personal style. Editing aside, I just can’t go everywhere with everyone, but Shanice is someone that I never have to worry about. I’ll even admit that often the clothes that she wears, I inquire of they’ll have it in my size. When I started DashA’veri Vintage and Thrift, I modeled my ideal client after people like Shanice. She is the type of person that enjoys being comfortable, but still highlighting her feminine and tomboy mix. She knows her body and she doesn’t need to put her assets on display to feel sexy and glamorous. That to me should be inspiration for young ladies her age (22), because she sets an example of a mature style that doesn’t compromise on modesty or comfort.

GaptoothDiva Street Style Love: Cozy Winter Sophistication w/ Shanice (Baby Sis)

Unboxing My #FrostyVoxBox from Influenster

Watch as I unbox and reveal the products I received in my first #frostyvoxbox from Influenster. This was a cool experience and some really great products. This was given to me complimentary from Influenster, a free service that anyone can sign up and join. All...

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Love Yourself In spite of Your Obstacles and Flaws

You have to inspire even when it’s not in you. Everything around you can feel like it’s crumbling down, the walls are caving in and if it’s not one problem it’s another. How we deal with pressure and chaos, says so much about us. To some people I know, these type of situations can make them run away. Even the most intelligent and talented people fail, not because they don’t try, but because they can’t handle adversity, difficulties, and stress. They give up when the chips are down, and lean on the fact that at least they tried. They don’t see it through until the end, thinking that the starting line was enough.

I can’t be one of those people. I face problems every week that would probably kill the average person. Suicide is not on my mind. I made promises to not only my family and the people that care about me, but also to myself. It serves me nothing positive to give up. I want to spread the message of self-love and confidence to every single heart and mind that doesn’t know. However, when life takes its punches and jabs, it’s not always easy to keep that motivation up… but in the face of turmoil, you must fight through. It’s a selfish thing to continue on the mission, even when your own life is troubling you. Nevertheless, you never know who needs you. You never know who you can help or uplift, what people are struggling with, or how something you do can save someone else.

The concept of Flawesome, has been talked about for almost a year now. It’s not about saying that you should highlight your problems, but be proud that despite them you can still be amazing. The high points of this year, has definitely been appreciated, but it was persevering through the low points and still winning that I’m most proud of. I know that there are people out there that don’t know what they are capable of. They don’t see what we see when we look at them and say to ourselves, “Man, they could be doing this and they should do that…” We hold off on our emotions, thinking that someone else should already know. Never realizing that this person here, could really need you to say that to them. They may desperately need someone to step in and say “I believe in you enough for you to walk fearlessly in your purpose. Even when other people don’t, I do”. That’s it. That’s Flawesome. That’s the mission to be there to look beyond what other people don’t have and tell them you still believe in them.

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DashA’veri Vintage and Thrifted Redesigns Featured in Bold Curves Holiday Fashion Show [Video]

I had the pleasure of featuring my line of vintage and thrifted apparel and accessories in a local Richmond, Virginia fashion show that included models ranging in sizes for 2 to 24. It was an awesome experience, as I love styling in sustainable thrifted and vintage fashions that don’t hurt the budget. It’s something about seeing someone add a piece from my store into their wardrobe that didn’t cost them more than a value meal at a fast food restaurant.

I haven’t shared enough of what I do with DashA’veri vintage and thrift because I’ve been so busy promoting the book and the Flawesome movement, but that will change. I’m extremely passionate about thrifting and styling with low cost clothing that are colorful, printed, and unique. I have a wide variety of pieces that can fit anyone’s lifestyle. I pride myself on the fact that 90% of my wardrobe is thrifted and vintage. It’s nothing like knowing that when you arrive at the event, party, meeting, or workplace, there won’t be anyone else wearing what you’re wearing or how you’re wearing it.

In this video, you will see a diverse group of women who have all made DashA’veri Vintage and Thrift their own. They rock these pieces with confidence and no matter what size they are, they own it.

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