Black Owned Business Feature:Refineful

Can you believe it is March already and still getting snow lol? 2019 has started off pretty interesting, I am ready to see what else the year has in store. Today I will be sharing another Black Owned Business Feature.

I met Ann-Marie Watt, the owner of Refineful at BlogHer last year. She was just so dope, funny and just down to earth. We all had a group of fellow bloggers, entrepreneurs and girl bosses that we found during the conference and stuck together for the two days. Ann-Marie actually had samples of her products that she gave out to everyone and when I first tried her oatmeal soap, I was hooked.

Refineful was created in 2011 following her love of lip balms ( I am notorious for losing lip balms and finding them months later lol). She wanted to create lip balms that kept your lips moisturized and had safe ingredients. After the lip balms, she started creating soaps that are just amazing! The soaps leave your skin feeling moisturized, soft and just clean lol.

The main thing I love about this company is that 10% of the company’s proceeds goes towards Flint Kids. If you are unfamiliar on what is going on in Flint, MI (I highly suggest you educate yourself if you do not), they have been living with contaminated water since 2014 and to this day, it has not been resolved. This touched my heart that she was giving back because it seems like this problem is not a priority and it just needs to be addressed. Every little bit counts so not only are you supporting a Black Owned Business, you are supporting a town in need.

You can check out Refineful right here https://refineful.com and I highly recommend the lip balms of course, the oatmeal and coconut soaps. Let me know if you pick up something and see you guys Thursday.

Ivy’s Tea Co Special Black History Month Box

I don’t know about you but I am ready for Spring. I thought the Groundhog predicted that Spring was coming early lol. Well I guess Spring will make its way here when it is ready.

Today on the blog I am unboxing a special Black History Month edition of Ivy’s Tea Co. You have seen this company mentioned on here a few times (well more than a few lol) but I was excited to get my hands on this box.

So that is it for another unboxing of Ivy’s Tea Co. Which tea are you interested in trying? Comment below and let me know. See you guys Friday!

Braid Out F/Bask And Bloom

If you are following me on Instagram (and if you are not, you should be lol, @naturalle_drea) I announced that I was one of the Winter/Spring Brand Ambassadors for Bask And Bloom! I am super excited for this opportunity and it is also a Black Owned Business. You will be seeing a lot more hair demos featuring their products. Also, if you are interested in purchasing anything, you can use my code DREA20 for some coins off your purchase *excluding travel items and bundle deals*. You can check out the site here: https://baskandbloomessentials.com

Today I am featuring a braid out with two of their products. This is the first time doing this style on my blog/channel and it was an interesting experience lol. If you have done this style before, any tips or tricks are appreciated.

So that is it for my hair demo with Bask And Bloom. Be on the look out for more reviews and tutorials. See you guys Thursday!

Netwerk To Networth Recap

It is just something about being in a room full of like-minded girl bosses that just motivates you to level up. This past weekend, I attended the Philly stop to the Netwerk to Networth tour.

This is the first year for this tour that is helping women connect on an authentic level and learn from each other. Netwerk to Networth was created by Personally Rachel Group and PR Girl Manifesto (which I later found out that this was two black girl bosses #blackgirlmagic).

The first day of the tour started with a happy hour. It was held at Marsh and Mane which is a Black Owned natural beauty supply store and lifestyle boutique. I was excited to be able to visit this store and even chatted with the owner for a bit. She started this business after being let go from her 9 to 5 and it seemed to work out.

I loved the atmosphere of the happy hour. It was intimate and relaxed. We had some drinks, light refreshments and even got to shop in the store! I was excited for the next day!

The next day started off with some mingling, breakfast and pictures ( I absolutely loved the selfie wall). I was excited to network with some amazing women and learn from them. I was happy that I came to the event with some of my friends because I usually go to these events by myself.

The event started off with the founders giving an introduction and thanking all of us for attending. They handed it off to the moderators who guided us through the day.

The first speaker is one the reasons why I purchased a ticket lol. Melissa Alam, creator of The Fearless Con (which I have attended and blogged about before) told us how to secure the sponsorship bag.

She gave us a lot of tips on how to be organized when pitching to companies, what your pitch deck should contain and how important it is to follow up. Your pitch or sponsorship deck (which you can make through Canva) should contain the following :

  • Cover Page
  • Your Story and Event Info
  • Audience Demographics
  • Package and Rates
  • Sponsorship Benefits
  • Contact Info

Next speaker had everyone in the room all in their feelings. We all had to stand up and find someone in the room you didn’t know and pair up with them. We had to make eye contact and repeat the affirmation to each other. I’ll admit I got a little emotional and vulnerable. Everyone felt closer and just all full of good vibes.

Delilah Dee, founder of Delilah & Company LLC and recent Philly Promotions Director of iHeart Radio reminded us about Community over Competition.

She reminded us that as women, we need to be more supportive of each other, be the cheerleader for your people and don’t withhold information that can help someone else. She stressed the importance of having people in your tribe that benefit you, support you and your aspirations and just there in your corner.

Next up was Kate Marlys of Philly PR Girl who told her story of accidental entrepreneurship.

Kate just started a PR blog and  throwing her own networking events and just followed the path that lead her to Philly PR Girl. I love how transparent Kate was about her journey and about starting a business. She stressed the importance of investing in yourself, never stop learning and everyone should have a LinkedIn profile.

The last speaker was Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media who taught us about being a fan of your brand and how non verbal communication plays a big part in business.

Rakia dropped a lot of knowledge on her experience starting her business and how to be truthful and authentic. She gave us tips on defining your brand, what its purpose is and some interesting facts about certain colors to wear like yellow and blue. She also stated that everyone should have a friendtor, which is like a mentor but gives you the real, real.

After all the speakers we had some lunch, drinks and did some more networking. I made sure to get around to as many people as I could and it just felt so easy talking to everyone.

All the speakers sat down for a panel of q&a. We talked about self care, when sliding in the DM is the last resort when trying to contact someone and proper etiquette if you have to send someone a DM and so much more useful information. I took in everything that was said and will be applying it.

We had a little bit of a happy hour after the event with a DJ and more drinks. It was another opportunity to network and talk with other women in attendance.

Overall, Netwerk To Networth was amazing. I enjoyed everything, met some dope, creative women, caught up with some friends and just had a great time. The tour is still going on and I highly recommend that you attend a stop if it is near you. You can check out the site here https://www.netwerktonetworth.com/home