Lookbook: How to Slay a Matching Set

Matching sets are my new fav trend this year. This lookbook is full of ways to style a matching set. Nothing makes me happier than finding cute fashion pieces that I can wear more than one way. I'm a sucker for print all over and this set was perfect for #NYFW.

I know you're probably thinking, "Why is she on YouTube?" Before 2018 started, I decided that I was going to go a little harder. One of my goals was to create video content. Have you checked out my other videos? Please hold me accountable + subscribe to my channel here. Peace.

What Black Panther Taught Us About Branding in 2018
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Black Panther is shattering box office records and inspiring millions. We can learn a lot by dissecting the actions of the powerhouse team behind this film. I'm not even into superhero films, yet I've seen this movie twice and plan to go a third time. Why? Because the storyline inspired me and the sense of community that the movie itself has fostered within the Black community is mesmerizing. Now let's get into the juicy stuff aka what Black Panther taught us about branding in 2018.

Be Authentic

The people of Wakanda were themselves; with natural hair, unique style and lots of wit. Nobody in Wakanda dressed alike except for the warriors. I was impressed with the way, Ruth E. Carter, designed wardrobe for the cast. She studied garments from the Maasai and other African tribes per this New York Times article. So, what does all this mean to you? Your brand is unique to YOU. Sure, products and offerings must cater to your audience to equate to sales, but your audience will never find you if they cannot identify what makes you different.

I encourage you to lean into what sets you a part; rather it's your curly hair, witty personality, professional background or celebrity client list. People buy from people, not machines. Give your brand some life by creating lifestyle content that is authentic to YOU and will resonate with your audience. For example, I started sharing my journey in advertising as a Black woman because my audience is mainly Black women who are active in social media and consume advertisements daily.

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Women Can Do Anything Men Can Do

Yes, I am a part-time feminist. Carry on.

Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje regiment; Nakia, government spy; and Shuri, head scientist are unforgettable characters in Black Panther. I admire each women's brain power and unique style. They never backed down from a challenge in Black Panther and were leaders in their respective industries.

Black Panther himself froze when he first saw Nakia and was aided by Okoye to complete a successful rescue. There would be no Black Panther without Nakia, saving his family. So... what does all this mean for branding? You must have a powerful team built with thought leaders to run a successful brand. You cannot do everything always, so it's great to have team members with work ethic and integrity to help you carry out tasks. Click here to read How to Brand Yourself Using Free Tools.

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

The entire world believed that Wakanda, world leaders in modern technology, was a third world country. Although Wakanda was to blame for this perception, it played a huge role in how each country at the United Nations treated the people of Wakanda throughout the movie. So, what does this mean for you? I'm glad that you asked.

You should not say “no” or “yes” to a person or opportunity simply based upon what meets the eyes. You must research brands and businesses before collaborating with them or attending their events. Always remember that "you are the company that you keep." Click here to read why you should support your local girl gang. 


Visuals Matter

Black Panther has some of the best visuals I've ever seen, hands down. I fell in love with the waterfall where ritual combat took place. The colors of fabric represented amongst the African people and the depth of the waterfall were breathtaking. It's not every day that you see hundreds of people who look like you standing proud on and within a larger than life waterfall.

What does this mean for you? It means people will remember your brand for what it looks like and how it makes them feel not what it says. Take some time to think about your brand's physical appearance and make sure it's visually appealing.

Black Panther was everything that my soul needed and more. Use the tips above to take your brand to the next level this year. It's time to create more dynamic content. Click here to download 20 Free Apps and Resources You Need to Do It All and Still Slay.

5 Big Ways to Stop Stressing in 2018
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Stress is a part of life, right? Yes. It's natural to stress from time to time, but that doesn't have to be your constant reality. I used to worry about getting things done all the time. Stress stops you from being present in meetings and kills productivity. Below are 5 ways to stop stressing in 2018.

Last week I pulled off a 20-hour day. Yep... twenty of good hours of brain power. Here's what I did:

7am Wake up, pray and get dressed for work

8:40am Leave for work

9am - 6:45pm Work

7pm - 7:45pm Run errands (Stopped by the Beauty Supply Store and grabbed dinner from Chipotle)

7:45pm - 12am Work on To Do List (COTC needs, answer emails from last week, write a letter of recommendation for branding client, schedule tweets through the weekend)

12am- 1am Gym

1am - 2am Netflix

I'm not superwoman, but I have learned how to do it all while working full-time. Every day is NOT a 20-hour day, but most days are filled with knocking things off my never ending To Do list. Below are a few ways I cut down stress with such a hectic schedule.

Get Organized

You can handle 20 hour days if you set yourself up for success. The first step to being organized is to write down everything that you need to do. Sit still for 5 to 10 minutes to create a master list then organize those tasks by level of importance. I try to start with things I don't like to do like answering emails and scheduling tweets then jump into writing content and planning my Instagram feed.

Save Money

I'm a spender by nature so saving isn't my favorite thing to do, but it’s been essential to getting off the broke bus. I sometimes struggle and live paycheck to paycheck, but I'm working hard on saving to avoid this behavior. I am currently saving for retirement (401k), emergencies, our wedding and my 26th birthday. Saving towards goals makes the act of saving worth my time. 

Here's my savings breakdown:

Retirement: My 401k is through my job and they match my donation. #winning

Wedding: I'm saving for our wedding using Rize. You can sign up here and get $5 for free. I love Rize because I can watch my money grow monthly. It was simple to setup and it's easy to adjust my savings goals. 

Emergency Fund: This one is my first priority. I am currently saving $300 per month for this fund. I want to save up 6 months’ worth of expenses in case I'm ever out of a job or can't hustle like I want to.

Stay Inspired

20-hour work days require inspiration. You must remember why you're working so hard to be successful. Are your kids your motivation? Does the next generation excite you? Never forget your "Why." For me, I get inspired looking at successful Black women across social media, style influencers on Pinterest and the creatives around me. I only spend time with people who I love and/or inspire me. There is no gray about this. People will either feed you or drain you. The choice is yours.

Say No

Sigh. You must learn how to say no to stop stressing. Your life will change when you stop agreeing to attend events that don't interest you and quit wasting time gossiping. It's tempting to Netflix and Chill, but what about meeting bae at a coffee shop and discussing your goals? When was the last time you turned your phone off and journaled? It is okay to say "no" to other people and "yes" to yourself.

Treat Yo'self

Spa days kill stress. I'm a sucker for a good facial when it's within my budget or a gift. I can’t describe the feeling after being away from my phone and To Do list for hours, but it's magical. Spas are expensive so check out Groupon deals and shop for massages during major holidays when businesses run promotions. I like to treat myself to a facial and/or massage once per quarter. Work hard, play hard. 

I hope that these tips were helpful and insightful. Say no to stress in 2018. May your edges and skin flourish all year long. Click here to download 20 Free Apps and Resources You Need to Do It All and Still Slay.

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What Was I Thinking? Love...
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Before Love Hit Me 

I used to think that I could do anything under the sun on my own. There was a time when my inner feminist stood taller than the Empire State building. I was so sure that I could and should do everything that a man could do. I was positive that I only needed a man to procreate and that we were equal aside from that. But things have changed. I know that I told you that love wasn't enough. The funny thing is... I've found that it is.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT

what is love?

Love is a lot of things. Definitions can vary per the author, but to me love is hope. The greatest love story ever told is about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for us. I'm reminded of John 15:13, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."

As my boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine's Day earlier this week, which also meant we made it to 1 year committed to each other, I couldn't help but overflow with love. It amazes me that the same loving God who died for our sins, gave me someone who would be an example of that daily.

Dating someone who is patient has given me a new revelation on who God is. I've never been patient... like even before the social media craze started, I've always wanted my way instantly. I guess that's the life of a 90s baby.

God isn't like that though. He doesn't rush us to become perfect and he doesn't expect us to handle life on our own. His love gives us the power and freedom that we need to withstand life's storms. God has always been my source for everything and it's taken me seeing His qualities in a mere man to figure out how much He truly cares for me. God's love is perfect.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NLT

perfect love

Wow! Who wouldn't want to experience a love like this? God uses people as instruments to remind us of who He is. Sometimes we all get a little off track then look up and we can't even see the track. And that's okay. The Bible says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

But you don't have to stay fallen away. It's by His love, grace and mercy we can make it another day. I say all of this to say that love is enough. Do not let the brokenness of your past stop you from entering a new season of love. 

You can't rush God's timing. Trust me, I tried. That rushing period is a piece of our story that I like to sweep under the rug. I was so anxious to be with my boyfriend that I was willing to do anything to obtain his love and even after we got together, I couldn't accept that he was mine because I saw our relationship as a competition instead of a blessing. 


It wasn't until we allowed God into our situation that brokenness began to heal. God's plans are always of good and not evil. Even in your darkest moments, God cares.

I am saying all of this to say that now is the perfect time to open your heart to Jesus and say no to the broken little girl inside of you yearning for validation.

It's time to let that hurt go, sis.

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How to Create an Irresistible Instagram Profile
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Are you ready to experience gaining authentic followers everyday? This is my last instagram centered post for awhile. I'm hopping over to Pinterest next, but before I do I wanted to share some tips for creating an irresistible instagram profile. Oh yeah, keep reading to get all of the details!


STOP! Before you indulge in this gem of a post, make sure you read my previous instagram posts:

  1. 5 Reasons Why No One is Following You on Instagram
  2. How I Gained Over 1k Instagram Followers in Less Than 3 Months
  3. 3 Super Important Things to Consider For Personal Branding

Now that you have the basics out of the way, its time to get more into detail about creating an irresistible instagram profile.

Create a consistent color scheme

Why? I'm glad that you've asked. Colors schemes are visually appealing and people love it. There are a ton of examples that I could use for this post. Some of my favorite instagrammers to check out with kick butt colors schemes are @abeautifulmess and @heartofchic.

Consistency is key people. Rather its an actual colors scheme or filter, stick with it. Using a consistent filter gives your profile a feeling of togetherness. Having a consistent color scheme also gives your followers an idea of what to expect. Instagrammers don't want surprises unless its Beyonce slaying some new music or a surprise performance. All in all, I want you to pick 3 colors or less and stick to them. I've committed to black and white on my instagram, @thejasminediane. 

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Figure out why people are following you and deliver more of that

Which types of post get the most likes and comments? Post more and more of that jaw-dropping content. Enough said.

Get over yourself and follow like-minded instagrammers

THIS ONE IS BIG!!! When you step out into the big world, you realize that there are a ton of people better than you at everything. Stop competing and being arrogant about followers. It's time to connect with people + brands for inspiration. Seeing other creatives post their works inspires me.

I love to read quotes and post them to my page from time to time, but they are always on my feed because of the types of people that I follow. Stop taking this instagram stuff so seriously and learn to enjoy it. Your newsfeed across any given social media channel should inspire you and not leave you mentally drained. 

Okay, I'm done preaching about instagram and I seriously hope that these posts were helpful. I love instagram and my following has grown tremendously in recent months, so I had to drop some knowledge to the people who I loooooves aka my blog readers! I need a sassy little name for my tribe. Suggestions?

Thank you for reading how to create an irresistible instagram profile. Don't forget to follow me on instagram @thejasminediane! Peace.