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New Leaf

Hey and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com.

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First, I’d like to take this time to acknowledge all the moms, expectant mothers, and all those who play mom in the lives of their loved ones. Yesterday’s Mother’s Day was indeed different with regard to quarantine living, but I truly hope all those that were able to celebrate were granted the opportunity to do so.

Coming into 2020 Mother’s Day, I won’t lie I was feeling a little overwhelmed. The first order of business, I took some time away from social media. I spent the vast majority of Mother’s Day creating and remaining peaceful but also allowing myself the space to express any emotion I needed to. I didn’t feel pressured to make a post about it as I knew I was going to spend that day reflecting.

I thought about all of the beautiful memories I was able to create with my mother. I couldn’t help but also think about those who spent their Mother’s Day without their loved ones. So I decided to turn today’s blog post into a dedication post/how to cope without a loved one while quarantined.

Now I will note it wasn’t easy for me to step away from my phone for a bit (quarantine living new norm) but I knew, in the end, it will make me feel all the better about that particular holiday.

And so, I’ve thought about 4 ways to use coping mechanisms while quarantined

(There are others but for the sake of the current climate in practicing social distancing, these will suffice)

  1. Reach out to a close friend/loved one. Sharing your thoughts and ultimately connecting with someone will give you the space to feel heard.

  2. Create new memories/recount old memories. As a creative, I find solace in producing art. Whenever I have the space to do so, it feels like a literal weight is off of my shoulders.

  3. Take into account how you’re feeling. Journal any thought/emotion you’re feeling and or showcasing.

  4. Utilize resources like counseling or therapy. There are many licensed professionals who are offering cost-effective services virtually. Pyschology.com is one online resource that offers a listing of these professionals.

There are hundreds of other ways but with our new “norm” and practicing social distancing, I compiled a list of the safest/healthiest ways to cope while quarantine living.

Let me know how did you go about celebrating your loved one while quarantined? Is there a healthy coping mechanism that you utilize not listed above? If so, let me know in the replies.

As always, thank you for taking the time in checking out today’s post. It means more to me than you’ll ever know!

Until the next blog post,

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My May

Hey y’all and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com! As we approach the last day of April(yes I finally printed a calendar, so my concept of time is back!) I wanted to check-in with the readers and ask, how are you?

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As of lately, I’ve been feeling rather optimistic and overall hopeful. I’ve been allowing myself the opportunity to just remaining present all the while savoring the time I have now to truly pour into myself. I spent months beforehand pouring into a job, people, and their opinions all the while I kept putting things on the back burner.bet GIF by Black Girls Rock

Now, look at this growth!

Coming into April (after I gave myself the permission to feel any and every wave of emotion from March) I was ready to fully take on all that I wanted and really be on my Megan The Stallion mood (I know I’m not the only one who has listened to the remix)Megan Thee Stallion GIF by Moneybagg Yo

So with that being said, I’ve decided to title this blog post-“My May”. For anyone looking to set new intentions, start a new project, collaborate with a brand, or even relish in this time we have, I want you to look at May and say “My May.” Let this month be the start of all that we will accomplish all the while honoring how we feel.

Whichever course you decide to take for “My May”  is OKAY. Don’t feel pressured to produce something simply because of what or who you follow on your socials. Be present in the now and really soak in the time we have.

Above all else, I’m reaffirming May to be the month of us fulfilling all of our personal goals, stepping out of our comfort zone (for me it’s been recording more), and remaining faithful in my creative endeavors.

Let me know what your intentions are coming into May?. What has April taught you moving forward?

Before I end tonight’s post, I just want to take this time in thanking all of the essential workers that have been working on the front lines, as well as all of my fellow educators who have been going above and beyond for their students. Parents, thank you for continuing to push through this difficult time as you continue to wear many hats and still put on a brave face for your loved ones. Lastly, I just want to note how proud I am of the students doing their due diligence in heading into their Zoom classrooms or even completing their assignments. You are all amazing and I am incredibly proud of you.

Let’s continue to practice safe and healthy measures as we enter a new month during unprecedented times.

As always peace, love and I hope to catch you in the next blog post,

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April’s Intro

Hey and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com! Round of applause to another blog post and say it with me C O N S I S T E N C Y. The Lordt only knows how much I needed to come back and give you guys yet another blog post.

But before I move any further, how are you guys? I truly hope you’re doing well. Although these current circumstances are not ideal, I pray that you can find solace during these times. As for me, I’ve been very reflective and hopeful coming into April.

This time around, I’m focusing today’s post on welcoming April with open arms and remaining optimistic. I know we’ve entered day 133 (I’m exaggerating I know but it feels like it’s been this long) of being quarantined, but coming into April, I didn’t feel indifferent. I more so felt positive about entering a new chapter. Starting anew gives me the ability to set new intentions for the remainder of the month. With that being said, I have a few things up my sleeve for April so please stay tuned.

Now back to quarantine living. Although I’ve utilized most of my time catching pretty much everyone’s Instagram live, I told myself coming into April I will devote more time to scheduling my content for Takemetotheheights.com. Bruh am I glad that I FINALLY got the chance to do so. I got a little worried that I would have difficulties in doing so, but before I knew it, I had so many ideas that I needed to flesh out for new content.

But aside from that, let’s all just allow this new month to be indicative of all the amazing things that await us. I challenge the readers to also take this time in setting new intentions to keep the momentum going. Whether it be that project that you’ve been putting off or that book that you have yet to finish (I have a few I want to finish as well) take the time in reaching that finish line once and for all.

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Until the next post,

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Magnolia

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Quarantine and Chill

Hey and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com! Yes, I’m back again with another blog post.

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It’s officially Day 7 of being quarantined (I think). It honestly feels like day 111. How has everyone been doing? I hope you all are okay. Me, I’ve been spending the majority of my time indoors writing/doing things to keep me entertained.

Tonight’s blog post is all about what you can do during this time. Before I even begin, I just want to note that I know these are very sensitive times and I truly hope we are staying indoors and following the necessary procedures put on place by the CDC. But above all else, I hope we are taking this time to truly take care of ourselves in all aspects of health.

I’ve come up with just 7 ways to keep yourself preoccupied during this quarantine. Now keep in mind, there are so many ways, but these ways, in particular, I’ve been practicing.

Here are 7 ways you can keep yourself productive/ preoccupied while in quarantine

  1. Catch up with a loved one. It’ll allow you to utilize the time that you never thought you had due to your busy schedule.
  2. Read your favorite book or check out a new one.
  3. Devote this time to much-needed self-care. Again, this is the time you’ve never had due to your hectic schedule. Light your favorite candle. Burn some sage. Pour your favorite glass of wine (Moscato for the win!). Whatever self-care looks to you, now’s the time to do so. 
  4. Find a new show to binge-watch. Like a lot of people, I’ve also been tuning into All American.
  5. De-clutter and organize your space. You probably have shoes and clothes that you no longer wear. It’s time to do that Spring cleaning you’ve been trying to put off for quite some time now.
  6. Take a nap. I can’t count how many times I’ve already done this.
  7. Create a new music playlist. I’m currently compiling my favorite Ty Dolla $ign songs. If you want me to share it with you, let me know in the reply section!

Bonus: Please stay indoors. If you’re not required to be outside, stay home. I can’t stress this enough.

 

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Practice social distancing by hosting online ventures whether it be a DJ session, a dance class, yoga, do karaoke by having your friends join your live on Instagram and singing along with you or just simply chatting online with your friends. You can also FaceTime your friends.

Above all else, enjoy the time you have whether it be to yourself or with a loved one. Stay safe and let’s continue to practice humanity and empathy with one another. 

Stay up to date with all things Heights related by following Takemetotheheights on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Until next blog post,

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The Return

Welcome back to another edition of Takemetotheheights.com!

It truly feels amazing to say that again after all this time.

Now before I even start let me just apologize for not writing to you guys in the last few months. I have so much to share/ spill with you guys I don’t even know where to begin. Above all else, I hope everyone has been setting new goals/intentions for him or herself coming into 2020.

Aside from that, I can say that I’ve been in better spirits since we last touched base. I no longer feel the heavy burden of my day to day (I’ll get into that in another blog post) If only you guys knew what went on, you too would feel drained and no longer passionate about the things you truly love to do. However, something happened where I realized I needed to reshift my focus and really give my all and attention to the things I truly enjoy doing no matter the circumstances.

This new found sense of freedom that I have is truly undeniable. Never did I think I’d be in a space where I truly felt free to do whatever my heart desires. I feel more inspired than ever and I can’t wait to share what else I have in store for you guys.

So yes, I can officially and proudly say:

I’M BACK AND I AIN’T GOING NOWHERE

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No seriously. Did you guys miss me? Because I definitely missed you. No, I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Takemetotheheights has become a huge component of my life that if I no longer devoted to it, I would be doing a disservice to not only myself but to all those who take the time in reading these blog posts. For those who have continuously checked in or even asked questions about Takemetotheheights, it truly means the world to me and then some.

So as always, please stay tuned to all that I have planned. I have so much more up my sleeve. Before I end tonight’s blog post, I just want to take this time in saying how much I appreciate each and every single one of you. You guys have continuously proved time and time again just how devoted you are to Takemetotheheights.

Make sure that you’re following Takemetotheheights on Insta, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything Heights related.

Stay safe and I’ll check you guys in the next post.

With peace and so much love,

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Lights Out

 

It’s been forever and a day…but I finally get to say:

Welcome back to another installment of Takemetotheheights.com. 

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I’m just gonna jump right into it.

My last blog post was in August (I know I’ve been slacking 😩). Now before I even get into the why’s and whatnot, let me just note how thrilled I am to be writing again. Feels so good to come back and share with you guys what’s been on my mind. 

So let’s rewind a bit. Since we last touched base I was gearing up to head back to work for the new school year(man I miss summer. 😰) Let’s just say September was the start of my shaky months ahead. All of September I already was beginning to feel burnt out ( I was already exhausted and tired of work y’all…OVER IT.) I instantly lost my desire to write because of my day to day work life(which I’ll eventually share with you guys) and long and behold October was coming closer and closer. 

Aside from it being my birthday, it also marked a year since my loved one’s passing. 

How was I functioning? I wasn’t. I completely checked out from work and found myself not being present for others. I couldn’t describe the feeling then. I just knew I didn’t feel like myself. 

Tonight’s blog post is me shedding light on those moments where we oftentimes might check out due to overwhelming circumstances. I felt that it was imperative for me to say to you guys that no matter what, keep pushing through. I know it’s easier said than done. 

But if it wasn’t for me checking in with myself and utilizing my resources I would’ve never been present to even write out this blog post let alone go about my day. Despite those moments I had in October, I above all else definitely looked forward to kicking off November in the best way possible. 

I also want to make note that those moments truly taught me something valuable: never ever take for granted your resources (whether it be in the form of therapy, counseling, or something that you prefer such as a hobby that you enjoy doing or even reaching out to a loved one)  

I  feel more empowered than ever and I can’t wait to see what else this month has to offer. I’m affirming nothing else but positivity for the remainder of this month and the months to follow. 

Before I close out this post, I just want to thank those who check out Takemetotheheights whether it be here or on Instagram.

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Please stay tuned for all that I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com and make sure you’re following Takemetotheheights on Insta, Facebook and Twitter. 

With peace and so much love,

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Magnolia

Founder/Owner of Takemetotheheights

 

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New August Flow

I’m on a wave

I guess that’s just the motion

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

NEW MONTH ALERT

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When you realize summer is almost over😩

It’s officially August and I just want to take this time in saying: Let’s continue crushing our goals, be open to all of the amazing opportunities that will present itself to us but most importantly, let’s continue doing all that we love and then some all the while receiving the fruits of our labor.

Entering August, I felt even more compelled to continue sharing with you guys in different mediums. For those of you who have checked out my first hair video, just know that there will be more on the way.

Truthfully, before I dropped that video I felt a little discouraged but I knew I had to keep pushing forward no matter how many times I became doubtful. I knew in the end that video and all that’s going to happen for Takemetotheheights.com will be all the worthwhile.

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The video truly served as a reminder just how much my doubts can often times get the best of me, yet  I’m glad I got the opportunity to upload and share it with you guys. It’s been well received and I do have another hair video coming sooner rather than later!

Above all else, I am looking forward to all of the collaborations that will occur this month. Please stay tuned to that as well!

Let’s not forget that with any new month, let’s continue to set our intentions and know that all that you want and desire is truly there. Just continue to manifest but above all else, put in that work. So like July, I hope that August treats us well and I look forward to all that will occur. 

If you have any goals you’d like to share in the reply section please feel free to do so, also, don’t forget to check out my hair as well as my other blog posts and stay tuned for what else I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com!

As always, with peace and so much love,

Magnolia

Aug 3 '19

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StandStill

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

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This post is lonnnnnnggggggg overdue. But before I delve any deeper into tonight’s blog post, let me just take this time in apologizing for any confusion I have caused with any emails you guys have received about published blog posts. I’ll be all the way honest:

I was not all the way confident about those posts and I found myself going back making changes here and there to them. For now, those posts will be kept on the back burner as I turn my attention to something a bit more important.

Now I know it has become quite the norm for me to not write as often as I had hoped but I knew the comeback would ideally be all the worthwhile. Tonight, I’m turning my attention to my standstill.

This go-round, my standstill was and is my moment in really listening to what I truly need and essentially blocking out the things, people etc..that no longer serve me. This time frame is vital in the sense where it has allowed me to really zero in on what I truly need to focus on and what really pushes me for the better.

I can recall a time where my standstill was more so used as a defense mechanism/an excuse to no longer do the things that I love or even set precedence on the things that hold value in my life.

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Moving further not just for the summer but in my adult life, I wholeheartedly knew that approaching this particular season would force me to really take ownership of all that I am and all that I can deliver. #Period

For anyone who is currently going through his or her own standstill, just bear in mind the following:

You have the absolute right to a standstill. Not everyone will understand why and that’s okay, just remember why you decided to do so and what you plan on doing after.

This goes back to your why. Reflect on what caused (or what’s currently causing you to have) your standstill. Know that you truly hold the power to move beyond any doubts or fears you might have.

Lastly, your comeback will speak volumes for you! As often as I’ve taken my moments to reflect and essentially have a standstill, I knew the aftermath of it all would be monumental. Just know you have to put the work in to show and prove and never forget why you started in the first place.

Before I end tonight’s post, I want to take this time in truly thanking those who visit Takemetotheheights.com.It never goes unnoticed and I will forever be filled with gratitude because of it.

Thank you

Also, please be sure to leave me your comments about tonight’s blog post and stay tuned for any other posts/updates from Takemetotheheights.com!

As always, with peace and so much love,

 

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Magnolia
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Did you remember​ you in June?

Screen Shot 2019-06-14 at 3.06.23 AMFor starters, I honestly was not anticipating June 😐😓

With April came along Mother’s Day and that first birthday.

Whew!  I won’t even lie, it was beyond tough getting through those last two months. As a result, I felt more inclined to just disappear; not write or even record for a bit. Forget about me blogging at the very end of May.

Yet, the hope remained for those woes to subside and eventually get it together in due time. 

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Right?! 

I was so wrong in believing that hype. SMH. And so as a result, I turned this first blog post for June as a little reminder/a few tips to all those who are experiencing the same feelings. 

1. Never ever feel afraid of utilizing the resources that are available to you. Whether it be counseling or therapy, whatever healthy medium, know that it’s for you.

2. If need be, take the necessary time to just be. All that means is don’t feel as if you have to rush nor don’t allow anyone to rush your process. 

3. Remember that once you utilize those resources, you have granted yourself the permission to truly be aware of every wave of emotion and it’s okay.  

4. Give yourself time. I can’ t stress that enough. There have been moments where I felt that if I didn’t complete something, I was not doing enough. Do know that you have to take time to pour into you. The moment you feel as if you aren’t doing enough, you’ll feel the urge to continue to pour into other things/other people. Never ever forget you throughout all of this. Baby Girl/Baby Boy, you matter too.

*Ultimately, do what works for you in the healthiest way possible.*

Before I end this blog post, I just want to say look how far we have gotten and all that we’ve accomplished! 

We’ve come a long way to get to this point so let’s relish in these moments/highlights and hold on to that!

Above all else, thank you for checking out today’s blog post. It means the world to me and then some in knowing that you guys hold it down and keep coming back😩🙌🏾

With peace and so much love,

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Magnolia

 

 

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All the Right​ Words

Happy May!

Let’s take this time in finally welcoming Spring (it’s been a LONG time coming 😩)80s may Sticker by printmeggin

I am beyond happy that it’s May and although last month was not the easiest for me (I was itching for May to come) I want to welcome in all the amazing opportunities for more collaborations, partnerships as well as earning more $

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Thank you for tuning in today’s blog post! Last month taught me even more what I need to continue to do… COMMUNICATE.  Yes, I take the time in doing so, but was it truly effectiveWas it really meaningful? 

I say all of that and then some to simply indicate/ stress how vital it was for me to push forth my voice. I felt empowered to do so at work and within my personal peer groups…yet under stress, I felt myself reverting back into my shell and dwelling on the could have/should have been.

 

I grew tired of it.

 

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Here I was making the strides I needed to do so in terms of realigning myself but I couldn’t, no refused to talk. It honestly grew annoying and I reached my breaking point.

With this particular post, I didn’t want to give off the vibe that I had everything figured out. Nor did I want to normalize not communicating.

Our voices hold so much weight and power. I can’t forget how important it is for me to regain that strength especially in spaces that are not deemed for people who look like me.

So, with that being said, there’s gonna be a huge shift in the way in which I use another outlet in expressing myself especially during times of difficulties.

I can’t forget the significance of using my voice in every capacity and circumstance.

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All in all, I’m taking more ownership/advocating more of my needs and wants and expressing myself through voice.school coming Sticker by Stuck On You

I’ll have my moments here and there, but for me to share this with you guys is true growth.

Before I end today’s blog post, I just want to take this time in thanking all those who check out Takemetotheheights.com.

It means more to me than you’ll ever know.

Let me know your thoughts about today’s blog post and make sure you’re following Takemetotheheights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

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Ohhh Snap 3 Poetry Event-Three-Peat​​​!

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Thank you for tuning in to this edition of Takemetotheheights.com! If you read last month’s write-up, then you know very well what tonight’s blog post is all about. The Three-Peat Poetry Event is officially the new name for Ohhh Snap Poetry 3! I am so glad I got the opportunity to come out once again and witness artists take center stage and share their love for spoken-word poetry.

For this write-up, I decided to upload some footage I got that night just to give you a taste of what Ohhh Snap Poetry Event is all about!

Poets that night included but are not limited to:

@queenlis

@the.rsolo

@smoove_montana

@cee.concrete_

@omg_itsqueen

@Wordup.poet

@parlayliving

@haunznoire

@mrsgorgeous

Along with many others.

The hosts that night were @dizzybrown718 and @mw_free (both can be found on Instagram) Together, they brought energy and Friday night’s vibe to get the crowd ready for the event. Thank yous are in order for Creative Square Studios (CSSBK) Brand Ambassador, Dizzy Brown, and the owner of CSSBK for once again giving me the opportunity in giving you another write-up.

Check out parts 1 and 2 of Ohhh Snap Poetry 3 down below and you’ll find yourself wanting to see more! Luckily, I was able to upload two videos to share with you from Ohhh Snap Poetry 3 Event.

Check out parts 1 and 2 of May’s Edition of Ohhh Snap Poetry Event 3

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All in all, these poets captivated the audience and kept us engaged at all times. It truly takes an immense amount of courage to take center stage and share your passions, art but most importantly, your thoughts to the world.

Thank you, poets, for putting forth your craft and having it serve as a reminder for me to keep pushing forward and honoring my true gifts. If you are looking to attend the next Ohhh Snap Poetry Event, be sure to do so if you are in the NYC area or plan on visiting. All Ohhh Snap Poetry Events are held at Creative Square Studios located in Brooklyn. Be sure to visit CSSBK’s website here for all of their future events.

Before I close out this write-up, please be sure to leave me your comments but also don’t forget to subscribe to my Vlog Channel. As always, thank you for checking out today’s blog post on Takemetotheheights.com! Don’t forget to leave me your comments about this post and share it with your friends!

Be sure to also follow Takemetotheheights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event April Edition

Good evening and welcome back to none other than Takemetotheheights.com!

In tonight’s installment, I am more than thrilled to embark on my journey of Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event’s second showcase!

 

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If you weren’t at this event, then you are clearly missing out on all of the magnificent spoken word artists both new and old who showed out last week Friday.

Before I delve any further, let me just note how overjoyed I felt in knowing I was able to come out for this second event.

With the excitement and anticipation from last month’s showcase, there was undoubtedly this climatic energy in the air.

April 5th’s poetry event was reminiscent of the feeling of rebirth. 

That feeling of rediscovering all that I am and all that I love made Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event all the worthwhile. Poets that night included but are not limited to:arrow click Sticker by BUSINESSGRAM

@rsbexpressions

@benedict

@jaceeThepoet

@missvibes

@Wize_prophet

@Shadeniasivad

@Negroinvogue

@parlayliving

@samara_thepvssypoet

@queenmehkai

@I_solanged_ya_bitch

@Kyla_lewis_ 

@sha_outloud

along with others.

You can find all of these poets with their respective Instagram names all on Instagram.com.

Collectively, they all allowed me to further delve deeper into my self-awareness and continue to harness the power I have.

Aside from that, I just want to express my gratitude in thanking Creative Square Studios BKNY and @dizzybrown718 (brand ambassador) the opportunity in helping me provide you guys with write-up number 2 for Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Snap event. 

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It was truly an eye-opening experience for me and then some. I just want to extend my gratitude to these spoken word artists who showcased their courageous spirits in this space made for us and by us.

Themes that presented themselves that night included but were not limited to our strength in numbers, honing in all that we are and then some, harnessing our true potentials when used effectively in our communities, love for one another, how we view ourselves in the eyes of our peers and others.

Entering this space made possible by Creative Square Studios Brooklyn NY (CSSBKNY), made it evident of its effect in fostering our development and showcasing what happens when we are granted more opportunities in Black self-expression.

Before I close out this months’ write-up for Ohhh Snap Poetry 2 Event, please be sure to visit CSSBKNY’s website by visiting csquarebk.com and stay tuned for when the next Ohhh Snap Poetry Event will be held along with any other future events hosted by CSSBKNY.

Also, if you’re looking to host your very own event, look no further!

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CSSBK is your one stop shop for your event needs🙌🏾

Be sure to visit their site at csquarebk.com when inquiring about utilizing their space for your events and follow them on Instagram at cssbk.

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Also, make sure you’re following the above-mentioned poets as well as Creative Square Studio BK’s Brand Ambassador, Dizzy Brown (@dizzybrown718) on Instagram.

As always, love on one another and stay tuned for the next write-up brought to you by Takemetotheheights.com!

Magnolia

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Introducing Signed e.

In this edition of Takemetotheheights.com, I decided to switch gears and place my focus on an individual who showcases the committed go-getter.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 12.18.18 AMErica, better known as Signed e. is the fashion designer who is recapturing the essence of authenticity behind her budding brand.

Having met Erica at Sister Social (by MLNNNYC) proved time and time again that your clientele/tribe will show up for you before you even realize it.

Having the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals in this safe space like those created by MLNNYC, was and continues to be essential to further foster my own growth and development as a Black woman.

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Let’s get right into these garments

“Get Me Body” Bodysuit

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I loved that I could play around with this top due to its whimsical nature in fabric choice.

“Tie me up” short sleeved crop top

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For starters, this magical crop top isn’t the everyday top that you see in other stores. The lacing alone gave this piece the extra oompf most crop tops need.

I love the simplicity yet low key approach to this particular piece.

Down below, you’ll find me wearing the top while out on dinner. It is truly a comfortable fit. I loved that it truly stood out and can serve as a staple piece in my fall/summer wardrobe. (Pieces that can be worn in different seasons are pocket-friendly but also saves the trouble of having to rearrange our entire closet.)

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I styled the crop top with a few of my favorite dainty necklaces.

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The ambitious designer behind the brand reminded so much of myself when I was taking Apparel Design in high school.

Erica’s tenacity was that reminder for me and to all of the readers who are in fashion or are creatives to continue to push forward and presevere no matter the trials and tribulations. 

Here’s another piece that every woman needs in her closet: LBS (Little Black Skirt)

I love the versatility behind a mini skirt, let alone in black. Additions like these in your closet with allow easy transition through looks.

Purchase your very own “Adrienne Skirt”

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The next but certainly not last piece redefines sexy, yet chic and it is truly made for the curvy woman in mind (just like all of her other show-stopping pieces) I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for a body con dress, but this one?!!!

It is by far trendy in its own right but is indeed a statement piece…

 DRAYA (the new definition of body con)

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Signed e. is the perfect example of what happens when you stay true to your own identity. Erica’s self-awareness behind her brand allowed her to remain authentic and true to who she really is. 

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Before I close out this feature, be sure you’re following Signed e. on Instagram at Signed_e and check out the website here:  Signede.com.

If those above images haven’t persuaded you yet to make your own purchases,

here’s one more reminder:

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Let me know your thoughts for this feature in the reply section down below and thanks for tuning in!

Until the next blog post,

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Rebirth

Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post from none other than takemetotheheights.com.

Tonight, I’m turning my attention to rebirth.

Inspired by A$ap Ferg’s song, Rebirth, I felt the urge going further into this month of March to discuss how much power that term has once you take ownership of it.

As of recently, I’ve been manifesting and transitioning into this new being…I felt a new leaf was being turned over for me.

Meditation sold separately*

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I grew in a deeper and much more comfortable space in expressing my feelings as opposed to suppressing them (growth y’all!) The power of acceptance was and continues to be vital.

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I made and continue to make travel plans. Experiencing the unknown allowed me to push the boundaries in connecting with other people.

But most importantly, my deeper sense of self-awareness has been blooming and I couldn’t help noticing what I’ve been experiencing.

I’ve been:

  • Taking more risks in all that I am passionate about. (Grind Season activated)
  • No longer feeling the need to carry the heavy burden of other people’s emotions/ thoughts and ideas. 
  • Trusting my gut and being purposeful in all that I do. 

Be that impulsive go-getter. No one or nothing can tell you otherwise. #Period.

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Disclaimer: This hasn’t been an overnight thing for me so as a result  I constantly go back and forth🤦🏾‍♀️

I’ve spent a vast majority of my life second and triple guessing myself. Yet, coming into this re-alignment, I found myself shedding old habits that were no longer serving me and putting in the work to match it.

Execution is all that will matter at the end of the day.

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So far, I’ve embarked on my life journey countless times😩 and I’ve slipped up on numerous occasions. But I knew deep down, this was all a part of my process and that change is not linear. 

Before I end tonight’s blog post, it’s imperative for me to point out the power that we all possess. Take ownership of it. Put in the work and you’ll reap the benefits of it all.

Let me know in the reply section your thoughts on tonight’s blog post. Have you been experiencing this wave of rebirth? If so, let me know down below!

Until the next blog post,

 

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Ohhh Snap! Poetry Event

Thanks for tuning into today’s write-up brought to you by the folks over at Takemetotheheights.com! I’ll be exploring my Friday night at Creative Square Studios Brooklyn!

I got the opportunity to attend CSSBK’s event: Ohhh! Snap Poetry Event🙌🏾

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When I tell you my life was made and then some that night?!!!! Bruh, I was left speechless by the poets who graced the stage and captivated the audience with their intoxicating insight.

Through their twists and turns of words touching on themes prevalent in our society like racial injustices, love, and so forth, these poets successfully left an imprint with the attendees.

ms-PJE6rq.gifPoets such as Samara,  Hattress, Leah V, i_solanged_ya_bitch, Young I_Aka_YJ, Citoblanko, She_Shi86, Iamsouliel, _artofromancelvg, Rsbexpressions, Parlayliving, Sincity_sota, Wizeprophet, and WritersBlockNYC presented their poems and their spoken word pieces. Collectively, they each brought their personalities, as well as showcased their love for this artistry to their peers.

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Ohhh! Snap’s host that night was Dizzybrown718, who delivered his own spin to new age hosting at CSSBK. Friday’s event at Creative Square Studios Bk was the prime example of what happens when more Black spaces are created for expression.ms-j4MIwi.gif

If you weren’t there that night, you definitely missed out on greatness.

Before I close out today’s post, be sure you check out each of the poets’ Instagram pages to check out their amazing work. Also, make sure to visit the above-mentioned host’s IG page to see when the next Poetry event will be.

Above all else, don’t forget to visit Creative Square Studios BK website as well as their Instagram page to stay afloat of their future events. If you find yourself visiting Brooklyn, New York, make sure you stop by and let them know Takemetotheheights sent you there!

Let me know your thoughts about today’s write up in the reply section!

If you wish to have your very own write-up or you’re looking to be featured, be sure to click the contact tab for more info.

As always, love on one another and be sure to stay tuned to my next post.

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You Gotta Know

“Epiphanies are essentially the building blocks to making your dreams a reality” M.V.

Welcome and thank you for joining this week’s installment of Takemetotheheights.com. This week we’re gonna focus on the power of epiphanies and how important it is to pay attention and listen to what they’re saying to us. 

Before anything else, let me just wish us all a happy March filled with productive and prosperous filled moments. 

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As of lately, my epiphanies have literally been showing me what I never took the time to realize in myself: KEEP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF AND KEEP PUTTING IN THAT WORK AND SHOW AND PROVE!

So here I was, back from my trip and all I kept thinking was:

“Am I truly living a purposeful life?” 

“Am I doing all that I set out/dreamed of since I was a child?”

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I couldn’t keep faking the funk. I allowed myself to believe that I’ll eventually get to it when I have the money or my absolute favorite excuse: “When I have more time.” I knew better than anyone else that time waits for no one. 

I knew I needed/desired to put more action into what I’m truly passionate about no matter the circumstances. And so, my epiphany, sure enough, came when I was on my trip and taught me something: “You took a risk coming here alone because you BELIEVED you could. Why stop there?!”

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So with that thought in mind, I began EXECUTING all that I envisioned for myself. Trust me, it took years (forever and a day) for me to get to this point. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. 

I began organizing more. Setting deadlines and holding myself more accountable for the things I sought after. Regardless of how tired I felt from my day to day, I knew I had to essentially keep grinding.

Before I close out tonight’s blog post,  I just want to say tap into your intuition and pay attention to what the universe might be trying to show you. 

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Be sure to leave me your thoughts and comments if this blog post resonated with you. Let me know what your specific goals/dreams are. What’s your plan of action? 

As always, thank you for checking out this week’s blog post. 

Love on one another and I’ll catch you guys in my next post. 

 

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Fire and Desire

Hey and welcome back to another post brought to you by takemetotheheights.com.

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I hope you all are well. This week’s blog post is special in the sense that I am manifesting all that I’ve set my eyes on since FOREVER! For starters, I am in California writing this blog post to you guys. If y’all only knew how much it took for me to get to this point in traveling; in my life, let alone going on my first solo trip, y’all would understand.

The Lordt only knows how much I needed to take this time being on break from work to go away. I’ve been holding on to so many emotions, that the moment I landed I felt a sense of relief. I felt as if I regained my independence but most importantly I felt like I got me back.

For some time now, I felt indifferent about myself and the ways in which I would handle certain situations in my life (I thought I had the answers but my name ain’t Sway!)

As a result of that feeling, I’ve decided to touch on intentions for this blog post. Before you go and look up the word INTENTION, it’s basically a cooler way of saying purpose (depending on the context of what you’re saying.)

So long and behold. Here I am in California thinking about living with intention. I realized there were numerous occasions in which my life full circled and I was constantly reminded of my purpose.

I initially set out to do all the basic tourist attractions, but after visiting Venice Beach, it dawned on me that I’m on this trip for me and no one else. I have the power to truly go anywhere I wanted and I wouldn’t be pressed about it.

It’s truly an amazing feeling to have and I feel blessed in knowing I have that agency in my life. This new surge of power I’ve been feeling has inspired me to talk to you guys in other capacities aside from takemetotheheights.com.

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In the past, I didn’t feel I had that power within myself.

I handed my power off to the wrong people/relationships I’ve dealt with.

This new wave of agency/ownership has allowed me to have an incredibly different outlook on life. Who would’ve thought in my 27 years of life I would be in a place where I can acknowledge that?! Accountability is everything and then some y’all!

But on a more serious note, I know I have more work to do in terms of putting in the time to continue to heal, as well as truly and wholeheartedly continue to put my feelings on the forefront.

Before I close out tonight’s blog post, I decided to share my footage of Venice Beach down below!

 

*I do not own the rights to this song. Uploaded through Snapchat. Editing provided by Hypno*

As always, please be sure to leave me your thoughts and comments. Let me know if you’ve visited California or are from there!

Until next blog post,

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Magnolia

 

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And Another One

Hey and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

Before I even get into this week’s blog post, let me just say that I am eternally grateful to those who root for Takemetotheheights. Your patience and support to not only me but to this blog site mean so much to me and then some. In due time, I will show my gratitude to you guys. (Stay tuned!)

Above all else, it’s already February. Was’nt it just the New Year literally yesterday?! And who else needed a redo of January? (I definitely restarted my New Year this month so if you see me and I say Happy New Year to you, please say it back lol)

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I am beginning this month by reaffirming my love affair with self-care and wellness. Lord knows how much I’ve taken a HUGE back seat in that department and I am currently paying the price for it.

These last few months were incredibly hard for me (where’s my box of tissues?)

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There were literally moments where I no longer wanted to write anymore. But deep down I knew that wouldn’t be fair to myself or my readers. The trauma and grief I was dealing with (still am, unfortunately) was for sure trying to eat away at me. I had no desire to do much of anything. Yet going into this new month, I knew I needed to change my outlook on things and just appreciate life for what it truly is.

My mother would’ve wanted me to do so. She always pushed for me to really live my life to the fullest and not allow trials or tribulations to get the best of me.

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Trauma can and will destroy you if you allow it to do so. I didn’t want to mourn the loss in such a detrimental manner any longer nor did I want to stop doing the things I truly love to do.

I ideally needed to rediscover my happiness and tap more into what truly makes me, well me. I am a lover of beauty, design, travel…basically any and everything that ideally exemplifies a Libra. (Libra gang, Moon in Aries to be exact)

And so, with that being said, I have a few things coming up this month….one which requires me to pack which I have yet to do (I literally pack the night before, I gotta do better) and the other….well I don’t want to give it away just yet….

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But before I leave this week’s post, I just want to say I hope February and the months to come bring about more opportunities for collaboration, more coint for our pockets (prosperity out in this bish) more opportunities to truly take care of ourselves and to enjoy life while we are still blessed to do so.

Let me know in the comments section what you’re looking forward to/what you have in store and I will catch you guys in my next blog post!

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With peace and so much love,

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This Can’t Be​ Life

Happy New Year and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com. Before I get into tonight’s blog post, let me just take this time in saying how much I truly missed you all during these last few months. This has been an extremely difficult time for my family and I. 

I decided to take the necessary time in truly processing all that has happened.  Before I begin, I just want to make note that I am usually the strong friend. The friend that typically checks in with my close peers and family members just to see how they’re doing.  Yet, this time around I had people check on me and it was honestly the strangest feeling.

As much as I went back and forth about wanting to talk about this, (even at this point as I type out this blog post) I knew deep down it would ideally be therapeutic for me as well as helpful for those who might have or are currently experiencing the same thing. 

Losing a loved one is never easy nor did it ever come across that way. Even typing this out is making it difficult for me in accepting that my loved one is no longer here. I still find myself hoping to hear her voice. Not seeing the physical aspect of my loved one truly breaks my heart.

There have been days where I found myself not being able to do the things I normally do. I found myself going back into my sadness. I didn’t have the strength nor desire to do anything. I would spend days on end in my room just wanting to be alone.

It’s been a hard pill for me to swallow to accept that my mom is no longer here. She was literally the only person who truly understood me and knowing that I don’t have that anymore is terrifying and devasting to say the least.

A mother’s love is undeniable and to be surrounded by its warmth is an indescriable feeling. 

At this point in my life, I want to do all the things I set out to do in the past. I remember my mom use to tell me to go out and truly live your life. You never want to find wishing you had more time to do all that you desire.

Before I end tonight’s blog post, I just wanted to take the time in thanking those who have remained patient in tonight’s return. Your response has been overwhelming and I am filled with the utmost gratitude. Thank you.

Don’t hesitate in checking on your strong friend every now and then. You never know what he or she might be going through. A simple text can literally mean the world to them.

Also, tonight’s blog post is dedicated to my extraordinary and fearless mom and to anyone who has lost a loved one. I pray that we can find peace and strength during this difficult time.

Above all else, love on one another while we can and don’t be afraid to tell someone you love and care about them.

With peace and so much love,

Magnolia

 

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October’s Very Own

Happy Tuesday!!!! (definitely intended for this to go out sooner but I caught ANOTHER COLD) Thank you for checking out tonight’s blog post. It definitely means a lot to me and then some.

I can’t believe it’s already October. Just TWO more months until the year is officially over. (No, seriously, before you know it, we’ll be sharing New Years Resolutions and what not!)

I hope we take this time to truly do all that we have our hearts set for, do all that we’ve been dreaming about and not be afraid of taking any risks. Seize any and every opportunity available by any means!

For the remainder of this month, I not only challenge myself but to all of the readers to set our fears aside and our doubts and really push forward no matter what obstacles that may come about.

We owe it to ourselves to really take that leap of faith and just go for it.

Aside from all of that, I am even more so thrilled that it’s finally October because……

IT’S OFFICIALLY MY BIRTHDAY MONTH (Libra gang!)

I may or may not practice this particular move in front of the mirror lol.

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So for the remainder of this month, I’ve decided to post three times out of each week to kick off my National Holiday.

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Yes, you read that correctly. More blog posts for my readers so please stay tuned!! I look forward to giving you all even more content as I continue to explore and delve deeper into my creativity.

I can’t wait to see what else this month has in store for me. I welcome the opportunity for more collaborations as well as more opportunities to venture out and explore new experiences with people and places. I also look forward to the opportunities to refocus and redirect my attention to doing more of what I love no matter how tired I might be from working during the day.

Each start of a new month is our opportunity to start anew and bask in all of the amazing possibilities that are out there.

Before I move any further, I want to know what you’re looking to manifest for this month? Are there any goal(s) you’re looking to achieve?

Be sure to let me know what you’ll be looking forward to for this month in the reply section below and stay tuned for what else I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com!

As always with peace and so much love,

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Is that you September?!

Hey and thank you for coming back to Takemetotheheights.com💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾

Before I begin, I know this blog post is long overdue😩

For those that haven’t checked out my most recent blog post as to why I haven’t blogged consistently, be sure to check it out here: takemetotheheights.com/wherehaveyoubeen?

My apologies for not posting as much as I wanted to. I knew I needed to take some time to just process some thoughts/feelings I’ve been having. Aside from that, how have y’all been?

Can you believe summer is done? We legit just have 3 months until the new year 😩😩😩Where has the year gone?!!!!

Welp, with any new month, I welcome it with open arms and an open mind. I welcome all of the amazing opportunities that are in store for me. 

September means so much to me and then some: 

 For starters, this month kicks off New York Fashion Week and let me just say this year has truly opened my eyes to the amazing work and creativity designers showcase. For those of you who aren’t aware, I’ve shared my favorite looks from fashion week. Be sure to check out part one of my 3 part series under Fashion Files.

Aside from my love of NYFW, I also get to look forward to one of my best friends birthdays and I get to FINALLY start brainstorming my fall looks (I can’t wait to start buying Fall Jackets to add to my closet)

With all that I’m looking forward to for September (well what’s left of this month lol) I want to know what you guys are planning, doing or even manifesting for the remainder of this month.

Let me know in the reply section below what you guys are looking forward to or if you wish to email me be sure to do so at Takemetotheheights@gmail.com.

Before I close off this blog post, I just wanted to take the time in thanking you all for checking out Takemetotheheights.com. You guys continuously give me the fuel to keep putting out new posts.

Be sure to stay tuned to see what else I have in store.

As always with peace and love,

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Where Have You​ Been?​

This is probably the hardest blog post I’ve ever had to share with you all. Coming into September has truly been trying for me. 

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As of lately, I haven’t been feeling like myself. I feel as though I’m inadequate. Like I’m not enough. Typically when I feel this way I hide. I disappear well from everything and anyone. I find myself questioning my self-worth and if the things I say or do mean anything. 

However, as much as I found myself succumbing to those old habits of mine, I knew deep down that I needed to change that for the better. 

I no longer wanted to nor felt the need to hide from the world. I wanted to be able to continue to be in a space where I can still share with you all despite what I’ve been going through. 

It’s not easy but I’m glad I’m in a space where I can better communicate my feelings without feeling awkward or defeated. 

I decided to share these moments with you all for the simple fact that there might be someone or even a group of people who might be experiencing this firsthand. I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone and if you can, take the time to either write what’s been going on or even reach out to a loved one. 

Even taking the time to share my thoughts has been therapeutic for me. It literally feels as though a weight has been lifted off. Trust me, it hasn’t been easy. Even typing out this blog post took a lot for me. The perfectionist in me constantly kept changing and omitting things in this post. But I needed to bare it all and truly be my most vulnerable self with all of you.

Never feel afraid of stripping your layers or tearing down your walls.

If you ever find yourself questioning your value or what you do…STOP.

It’ll cause you to undermine everything you’ve done and plan to do. You are an invaluable asset to not only yourself but to others around you.

Before I end of this blog post, I just wanted to say don’t allow your setbacks or even negative thoughts deter you from creating something beautiful. You’ll be able to look back and be proud of all that you’ve accomplished. You are more than your pain. You are much more than those negative thoughts. You are truly a masterpiece. Never ever forget that. 

If you’re looking to reach out or even share how you’ve been, don’t hesitate in shooting me an email at Takemetotheheights@gmail.com.

 

As always with peace and so much love,

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Magz 💛

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Summer Soon Done

Hola and welcome back to Takemtotheheights.com!

Happy August to you all. As with any new month, I welcome it with open arms and an open mind. I am ready for all that the month of August has to offer: new opportunities for meeting as well as collaborating with others, setting new goals and intentions. Each new start serves as a reminder that we have the amazing ability to start over, refresh, regroup and ultimately try again.

I hope that everyone’s manifestations along with dreams become a reality. No matter how challenging it may get or even frustrating, always remember tomorrow’s your opportunity to start anew.

I’ve decided to dedicate this month to second chances. I often (more frequent than others)  am not the type nor do I ever feel ready in giving people, things or even experiences a second chance. A lot of it is due to my upbringing and my families notion in the idea that once you fuck up that’s it.

Yet, the older I get and more invested I become in my own development and betterment in self-care, I realized I needed to be able to revisit people and or things that have caused me grief or even stress.

I no longer wanted to carry the burden of not wanting to deal with people or said things that inflicted pain. Nor did I believe it was healthy for me.

There was absolutely no growth in me doing that nor was I challenging myself in the ways I needed to.

Being able to revisit my grief gave me the strength as well as power in knowing that I am strong enough to face these issues head-on and that it will ultimately be okay.

I’ll be able to develop a much deeper sense of self-awareness as a result of me taking ownership of the things and or people that caused me grief.

For the remainder of this month as well as moving forward into the next, I challenge you all to revisit anyone or anything that has inflicted pain. Be sure to honor your past feelings or even the feelings you may currently have.

Also, set new goals for the month of August.

What are you hoping to learn? What are you manifesting for this month? How are you going to fulfill your goals? Has last month taught you anything? If so, what?

Be sure to let me know down below what your goals entail for the remainder of the month and how you intend to reach them.

Also, let me know what July has taught you and what you plan on doing with your new found lesson or blessing coming into the month of August.

Before I close out tonight’s blog post I just wanted to take this time in thanking those that continuously come to Takemetotheheights.com.

It truly means alot to me and then some. I create my content in the hopes that someone out there can connect as well as share their personal experiences with me.

I love the idea of knowing that I can share my personal thoughts and experiences with you.

Stay tuned for what I have in store for the remainder of the month of August!!!!

Until next blog post,

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Julyin’

Hey y’all and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com. Thank you so much for coming back and checking out another blog post.

For starters, I just wanted to take this time in apologizing to you all for not staying afloat with my blog site.

As of recently, I have been trying my hardest to get rid of this cold I have. I am convinced it’s the flu since I’ve been feeling rather sick a little after the Fourth of July.  I’ll just continue to load up on vitamin c and ginger for the most part. (Pray for me y’all)

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Aside from that, how have y’all been? I’ve missed you all so very much and I promise to deliver just as much content as I was before. I hope everyone has been enjoying this extremely HOT summer we’ve been having. I know my hair hasn’t been lol.

I know I am long overdue for a trim. My hair has been showing me signs lml. I’ll get more into my haircare/hair update in my next hair blog post so please stay tuned for that.

I’ve also been devoting more time to my close friends. I forgot how therapeutic it was for me whenever I got the opportunities to hang out with my friends. A lot of my worries and troubles begin to subside when I dedicate more time to my friends. And yes if you guys are reading this I am shouting all of you out lol. You guys are amazing and mean everything and then some to me. Thank you for always being an ear for me especially in moments of when I needed it the most.

Now in terms of what’s next for Takemetotheheights.com, I have fantastic news to share with you! (Drumroll please….)

I’ll be attending CurlFest in Brooklyn!!!!!!

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If you plan on attending please be sure to let me know in the reply section down below. I’d love to meet those who will be attending!

 

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I won’t get into too much detail about last year’s CurlFest (lawd) but just know in a nut I am DEFINITELY looking forward to this years.

I also have more news to share with you all but I’ll save that for another blog post.

All in all, it feels amazing being back with another blog post. Thank you for ALWAYS being patient and thank you for taking the time in reading tonight’s blog post.

I am forever thankful to you all. Stay tuned for what else I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com

Before I close out tonight’s blog post, be sure to leave me your replies and don’t forget to let me know if you’ll be attending CurlFest!

Until next blog post,

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Sessions with Sky Britnei

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com. Thank you so much for taking the time in checking out today’s blog post!

Before I get started, I just wanted to say how amazing we all are. For those that are taking that leap of faith in starting his or her own business, I commend you. You are truly brave and passionate about your brand and I wish you longevity as well as prosperity.

Moving forward into today’s post, I have something very special to share with you all. In the spirit of entrepreneurship/business, I recently got the opportunity to interview a creative, thoughtful just overall light being.

Sky Britnei is the epitome of what every budding business person should be: She exemplifies optimism for not only herself but to her brand as well, Sky encompasses what passion and hard work look like while building her business and she is consistent and considerate of the needs of her consumers.

Sky’s careful attention to detail is also a quality up and coming entrepreneurs, as well as business owners, should possess.

 

Without further delay, here is my interview with Sky Britnei:

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First, I just want to take this time in thanking you for doing this interview. I think it’s super crucial to educate ourselves as well as others more about small black-owned businesses. Let’s continue to change the narrative by introducing Sky Britnei. 

  1. Can you give us, the readers here at Takemetotheheights.com a brief overview of who you are?

In the simplest terms, I am art. A creative. A person of passion. Everything I create is by way of passion and inspired by art.

  1. What caused you to start your all-natural line? 

I created my natural body butter line during a pivotal moment in my spiritual journey. At the time, I felt confident in my jewelry line and knew I wanted to expand although I wasn’t sure in what way. I started diving deeper into the world of meditation, yoga, and holistic wellness and really began to fall in love with it. As I researched more, my passion for the wellness world grew and I decided that I would use my new found passion to further expand my business.

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  1. What are you hoping consumers gain from your line? 

More than anything, I want my customers to know and truly feel the hard work, dedication, energy, and love that I pour into all of my products. 

  1. What’s your favorite product(s) or which would you recommend to the readers?

My favorite body butter is Majesty. I use sweet orange and vanilla essential oils to fragrant this butter and it smells sooo good (all of them do, lol). To be honest though, what I would recommend depends on your skin type. This is also why I have the benefits of each butter/oil listed on my website and encourage my customers to do further research on what works for their skin. I have oily/combination skin thus Majesty works wonders. 

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  1. What are you manifesting for your line in the years to come?

Success, stability, productivity, happiness, growth, and connection with other black-owned businesses!

  1. How can people find you or purchase your products?

(Potential) Customers can visit my website, www.skybritnei.com. They can also follow me on Instagram @DeLaJipi which has direct links to my products. I have also begun doing pop up shops and other events, so that information will also be listed on my Instagram page.

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  1. Any advice for up and coming black-owned business owners? If so, what gems would you drop to them?

Okay, so I have a few that I have learned throughout my journey.

There will be difficult times but, consistency is truly key. No matter how trying times may be, don’t give up on your dreams. Make those dreams into goals and think about how to execute those goals. No matter how many people you see succeeding via shortcuts, never forget that hard work and passion about your craft breeds success. And last but definitely not least, it is okay to take care of and put yourself first. Always.

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Once again, thank you for taking time out of your schedule in doing this interview for Takemetotheheights.com. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to purchase Sky Britnei’s products at www.skybritnei.com.

Also, be sure to follow Sky Britnei on Instagram @DeLaJipi.

You’ll find info on pop-ups along with other events and of course a link to her website for her amazing products.

I’ve already purchased my body butters. What are you waiting for?!

 

 

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June, is that you?

Happy June. 

I’m super overdue, but I’ve decided to spend those first weeks of June truly enjoying the weather and being surrounded by my loved ones.

Let’s cut right to the chase. I am feeling overjoyed for two reasons:

  1. The school year is almost done and for those of you who are in the educational field know that feeling all too well: DRAINED and EXCITED for summer to be here!
  2. I am happy to announce my new blogging services and share it with you all.

 

With that being said, all month long I will be offering my blogging services to those who are looking for a blogger to review/cover their event or product.

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Be sure to click the contact tab, send an email and indicate what service(s) you want in the subject of your message.

IMG_3280.JPGAside from that, I have welcomed this month with open arms and an open mind. I am ready for all the amazing opportunities to come for the month of June.

Last month has taught me the significance in me strengthening/redefining my work revolving self-care/healing. With the last week of school tomorrow, I’ve taken a step back from social media for a bit and just allowed myself to recharge coming into a new month. I’ve also devoted time in collaborating more with other people. Doing so has allowed me to harness my ability in remaining approachable.

Moving forward, I’ve decided to dedicate this month in focusing on the power of connecting with others. We often times get so wrapped up in our own ideas or even transfixed on doing things that we see so fit.

Allowing myself opportunities in sharing my light and vibrations with others will in turn cause for greater relationships with peers as well as enable me to honor a space in which I can wholeheartedly speak to others revolving the scope of creativity, business and the like.

So with that being said, if you have a networking opportunity in NYC for bloggers, influencers and/or small business owners, please be sure to share your info and shoot an email by clicking the contact tab.

Before I end of this blog post, please be sure to share your thoughts and comments about this post. Also, be sure to follow Takemetotheheights on all social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook) and as always, stay tuned for my next blog post.

With peace and love,

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Magz

 

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Forgive or Forget

Hey y’all and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

Let me just start off by saying thank you for coming back to my blog site. It truly means a lot to me and then some. 

Before I wave goodbye to the month of May, I’d like to focus on the power of forgiveness.

I recently went to an event out in Brooklyn where this topic came up. A lot of old wounds and trauma sprang up for me. Instead of shying away from talking about who or what that last hurt me, I decided to talk about it. I never realized how much of a toll it took on me when I began to notice how tense I instantly felt. 

I didn’t realize how quick I was in the past to forgive people. I never really took the time to process those thoughts nor did I grant myself the opportunities to do so. As a result of that, I became more depressed and unhappy with the way in which I didn’t warrant my feelings at the time.

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Thus, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to say: Don’t be so quick to forgive an individual(s) when and if you need time to process your feelings. 

I needed to be able to forgive myself above all else before I handed out forgiveness cards to others. 

It’s crucial for me to point out that it’s important to say: “I’m not ready to forgive yet.”

By indicating this or the like, you’re allowing yourself to fully place your feelings on the forefront. Granted, you may not feel ready to address how you might be feeling at that very moment but showcasing this will give you the foundation for learning how to evoke your feelings.

As for me, learning how to forgive myself was and continues to be a process for me. I didn’t realize how hard I was on myself until I thought about all the times I never truly forgave me. The real healing and processing began when I started to apologize to myself for all the things I couldn’t change or how I felt in my past circumstances.

I say all of this and then some to simply state: The true power behind forgiving someone is having the ability to wholeheartedly forgive yourself.

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Before I close off this blog post, just know that I too am still struggling with forgiving myself at times. It takes moments of being alone with your thoughts and acceptance/ you honoring your feelings.

Moving forward, I fully intend on taking as much time as I need to continuously practice the true art of forgiveness.

What has this month of May shown or taught you? What are you looking forward to in June?

Let me know in the reply section below and I’ll catch you in the next blog post.

Till next time,

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Magz

 

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Spring has FINALLY Sprung

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

Let’s cut right to the chase. Who here is excited…no thrilled that it’s finally Spring?

I know I most definitely am! After dealing with Winter for the past 30 some odd years now (we’ve had quite the Winter this year lol) we were granted the opportunity to welcome May with warmer temps💃🏾

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With that awesome weather we had and us FINALLY welcoming in Spring…

I welcome May with open arms, an open mind and an open heart.

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I decided to take this time to reflect on all that I’ve set up in terms of my goals and where my mind state is going forward.

I’ve realized how much more ambitious I’ve become and more inspired to create and tap into my creative juices more often.

I’ve also realized how much time I’ve devoted to learning and understanding myself better. I’m fortunate to be in a place in my life where I don’t need to rely on the happiness of others in order to feel happy myself.

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Aside from that, my energy is a true reflection of how much my character has developed and changed over time. I can easily sense when things just don’t seem to be worthwhile, so in turn, I’ll be able to move more swiftly.

As a result, I no longer wanted to be nor felt the need to be in a space where things or the like don’t benefit me.

All in all, my journey has been more at the forefront and I look forward to seeing what else will come my way.

Let me know in your replies down below what you’re looking forward to for the month of May💛

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magz💛💛

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Welcome Back!

Heyyyy and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

It feels so good to say that to you all after all that time has passed. Besides me needing time to recharge myself, I went back and changed up the aesthetics of Takemetotheheights.com!!!!!

I decided to change my website because I felt as if I kept holding myself back. I told myself going forward into 2018, I will try my hardest to continuously give you all not only an aesthetically pleasing website but one that catered to the needs of others. When I started Takemetotheheights.com 2-3 years ago, I went in with the idea of solely basing it for my love towards fashion as well as including a few personal things to me that I felt held so much value.

Granted my older blog posts are my babies and mean the world to me, I knew that I also needed to be able to provide you all with more meaningful content that can be used in our day to day lives.

So without further ado, I present the OFFICIAL RELAUNCH of TAKEMETOTHEHEIGHTS.COM!!!!!

You’ll notice that I’ve included a toolbar(desktop view/drop-down menu in mobile view) with just a few things that I wanted to talk about more often with you all.

Each section in the toolbar includes Mantras, Self-Care, Fashion Files, Hair, Skin and FINALLY, a Contact section where you can reach me if you’re looking to work along with me or want to be featured here on Takemetotheheights.com.

I’ve devoted so much time and more love into this relaunch!

I am beyond thrilled to begin this new chapter with you all.

Before I close off today’s blog post, please be sure to tell me your thoughts on my relaunch of Takemetotheheights.com. Which section of the toolbar are you looking forward to reading posts about?

Thank you for rocking with Takemetotheheights.com! It means so much to me that you all have stayed and continue to show your support. It never goes unnoticed!

Stay tuned for more posts!

With an immense amount of love and as always peace,

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Magz

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First NYFW featuring: Jeanette Limas

¡Hola to all the fashion lovers and enthusiasts out there!

Welcome back to takemetotheheights.com!!!!

Let me just say how thrilled I am to be bringing you all another blog post. Towards the end of January, I was dealing with so much. Straight stress overload😩

I’m just thankful I can keep giving you all blog posts.

Other than that, I must also HUMBLY AND PROUDLY say Happy Black History Month!

With all that’s occurring for Black Excellence in Fashion, I can’t wait to share with you what I have in store!!!

Well, as mentioned in today’s blog post title, First NYFW featuring: Jeanette Limas, I got the opportunity to attend my very FIRST New York Fashion Week show and I’m still on cloud nine.

NYFW has always been on my bucket list since I was a little girl and having the opportunity to attend a show made me feel unstoppable. The world is truly my oyster and I’m up for all the grabbing.

Upon arriving at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 in NYC, I was enchanted by the massive walkway that led to the building.

Lights lined the concrete ground as I walked into the crowded space. The entryway of the runway had tall white walls that was placed in front of a massive wall.

In huge black lettering, Jeanette Lima’s name proudly stood. The energy in the room was filled with excitement and pride for Lima’s line.

Having started in 2015, Jeanette Limas is no amateur when it came time to showcase her minimal yet show stopping collection in NYC.

Jeanette Limas is no stranger to New York Fashion Week. Having already presented four collections in New York City, Thursday’s show highlighted Lima’s fifth collection.

Lima’s presentation proved to be a true testament of just how successful she has become in this field of fashion design.

Guests sat in white chairs as we were welcomed by a singer dressed in a signature Jeanette Lima long sleeved red dress. The garment moved beautifully as the singer glided  around the wooden floor. Once the artist took her place, it was showtime.

The singer continued to croon into the microphone as models walked gracefully down the runway.

Below, you’ll find just a few of my favorite pieces from Lima’s collection.

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Despite the frigid temps that Thursday night, I was grateful I came out to partake in Lima’s spectacular collection.

Thank you Jeanette Limas for continuously breaking down racial barriers in Fashion by showing others that we are truly magical. Plátano Power wins again.

For those that want to view Lima’s designs, be sure to check out her website here: Jeanette Limas.

You can also check out Jeanette’s Instagram here: @JeanetteLimas.

Let me know in the comments section which of these looks were your favorite.

Lastly, be sure to also let me know which designer(s) are you looking forward to seeing for NYFW 2018.

Before I end today’s blog post, I just wanted to thank those who continue to check out Takemetotheheights.com.

Let me go ahead and send out so much love to not only the U.S viewers but also viewers hailing all the way from Canada, Nigeria and Malaysia🙏🏾💛

Thank you for taking the time in checking out Takemetotheights.com and leaving me your thoughtful comments!!!

 

 

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As always with peace and lots of love,

Magnolia

 

 

 

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Go hard or Go Home.

Hey to all the fashion lovers of the world.

Welcome back to another blog post brought to you by the lovely folks here at takemetotheheights.com.

Here I am during my lunch break 😂 bringing you a blog post unlike any other post I’ve given to guys in the past. It presents a rather crucial theme that I recently found I had difficulty facing as an adult.

It was brought to my attention that we have this tendency of allowing our very own fears and doubts about pursuing our goals to ultimately get the best of us and in turn shies us away from accomplishing well anything.

Why is it that if it is something that we are truly passionate about, we not only deal with nay sayers, individuals who don’t understand our crafts and talents but also our own negative and hurtful thoughts about ourselves?

While having that conversation, I couldn’t help but to think about how often I allowed my excuses and doubts to get the best of me. Now before anyone says or thinks anything, just because I have this space to share my posts with you all, doesn’t necessarily mean I always felt this comfortable in sharing. It took some time for me to get over said doubts and fears.

However, I got stopped in my tracks when I began to plan out for the remainder of the month. I was asked why not do what I have in mind two weeks from now instead of prolonging it all the way into February. All I thought was, this individual just might be on to something.

Here I was making those useless excuses and in turn allowing those thoughts to manifest into presumptions and doubts about not being able to plan out accordingly for reasons unknown.

It was also brought to my attention and was then asked why I chose to make excuses instead of taking that leap of faith and just ultimately “go hard” for myself for a change. Again, I truthfully couldn’t really say anything but agree.

I don’t know if any of you are at the point of just growing frustrated about not fulfilling your goals because of our lame excuses. But let’s all end that now.

It’s 2018 and you still have those opportunities you thought you couldn’t ever fulfill. As long as you start and invest the time, there’s no way nothing or no one can stop you from accomplishing your dreams and tap into your passions.

Always remember to hold your crown 👑 and keep moving forward.

Before I continue further, I just wanted to thank that person for making me realize how toxic our excuses can become and in turn doesn’t allow us to excel and transcend into our highest forms. Thank you 💛💛

Overall, regardless of how cold and or how tired we might get, or what others might say or do or even our own hurtful thoughts and criticisms about ourselves, let’s challenge ourselves.

Let’s walk with the knowledge and power in knowing that we can accomplish just about anything. As long as we invest the time and commitment, we can push forward against all odds and reach for the heights. 🙌🏾🙌🏾

If you’ve reached the end, let me just say thank you for taking the time in reading today’s post. Be sure to leave me comments and stay tuned for what else I’ll have in store. 💃🏾💛💛💛

With peace and so much love,

Magz

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It’s our Anniversary

Happy New Year to all you fashionistas and fellow fashion enthusiasts.

Welcome back to takemetotheheights.com.

Tonight’s blog post is just a quick recap of New Years and………

This past Sunday, Takemetotheheights.com officially turned two years old!🎉🎉

Back to when I started this blog site, I remember feeling nervous and anxious. I never expected for this site to turn two years old as a result of my own personal fears and doubts.

I’m just grateful that I was able to continue to provide you all with meaningful content throughout these couple of years no matter what might have tried to deter me.

I have so many hopes and plans for takemetotheights and by remaining positive and resilient, I know that there is essentially no limit for this site. Help me wish Takemeotheheights.coma Happy Birthday by commenting Happy B’day or just by simply placing a yellow heart.

Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 12.46.08 AM I’ve managed to continue so far with this site with the help of you all. I check in to see who views this site and who leaves a comment here and there and that is all truthfully my fuel to continue sharing my passion with you. It truly means a lot to me and then some and I couldn’t be any more happier about that. Thank you and a million more times thank you.

Aside from that, to ring in 2018, I decided to keep it really simple and chose to spend that time with my family and a close friend/sister. Aside from the 9 degree weather (yup, it was bone chilling cold out)

I decided to spend that time with them simply because as I get older, I began to realize that time is such a precious gem and we’re not always fortunate in having that with our families and close friends. As soon as that ball dropped, I felt this sense of awakening pouring out of me. I knew at that very moment that once I declared 2018 as my very own, I instantly began to feel reassured and knew that with Him all things can be possible with my perseverance and dedication.  I decided to take on more risks and to stay positive at all times no matter the circumstances.

Growth is also an essential key factor coming into the New Year for me. By allowing myself to let go of things that I can’t control, I knew this was me coming into my very own as an adult.

Learning how to and continuously say no when deemed necessary was also crucial for me.

Harnessing this power not only makes me feel powerful but it also calls for me to set more boundaries and limitations. I can’t allow for me to stretch myself thin. It isn’t healthy for me nor would I be happy.

Last but definitely not least, continuing to practice self-care helps to set a new and healthier lifestyle for me. In turn, I’ll be able to share my practice with others and maintain my peace of mind.

In all, I pray that this New Year brings you all nothing but more blessings, opportunities for growth and being patient with yourself. As always, be sure to leave me your comments as I always look forward to reading them and don’t forget to leave me a Happy B’day for takemetoheights.com along with a yellow heart.

Stay tuned for what else I have in store for the upcoming months.

With peace and so much love,

Magz.

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2018 Y’all Ready?! Let’s take a moment to Self-Reflect

2018 is almost upon us and it’s that lovely time where self-reflection is vital as we approach closer towards the New Year.

I’ve decided to take tonight’s blog post to share just a few things that have been on my mind. In the past, I remember how fearful I was in expressing myself through my writing.

Now that I’ve created a space for myself, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to just share with you all what’s been on my heart.

Hopefully someone can reap the benefits of what will be said.

So here I am reflecting back on 2017 and as much as I didn’t want to have the typical post of what I’m leaving behind this year going forward, I found it crucial to finally have the courage to express myself through my words for a change.

I have to ensure that I put me 1st at all times. I have the habit of forgetting that and as I get older, I found that when I didn’t, my inner peace was disturbed and I would feel off balance.

I no longer want nor need to feel the pressures of wanting to feel accepted. I have a plethora of family and close friends who are there. That’s all that should matter.

It’s the libra in me and just the way I’ve been raised to crave relationships.

Yet, if my spirit no longer resonates with a person, please do not take it personally.

I’m on a journey to finally figure me out for a change and I shouldn’t be afraid to say that.

I need to continue to explore other options of self care and share it with my family. We get so caught up with the daily stresses that we forget to check in.

Time is VERY CRUCIAL to me so please respect that.

Any and every goal that I have mentioned to people will happen with my hard work and through the grace of God.

If and when I say no or decline an invitation, again don’t take it personally.

I just prefer my moments of peace and quiet and I have the right to say no.

In turn, this will allow me the opportunity to recharge.

I have the habit of being “the mom” to my close friends/family and granted I have that habit, it’s not my job to play parent.

And lastly, I no longer feel the need to constantly explain myself to people nor do I need to. (Unless you and I share the same last name then cool no problem lol)

So with that being said, I am looking forward to all the great things to come for 2018. I will always remain hopeful but most importantly realistic about what needs to be done for me.

2017 it’s been real but I love how 2018 is already looking 💛💛💛

If you made it this far in the post, I thank you 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

It hasn’t been the easiest road but with my resilience and support system I’ll get there no matter what.

For those of you who have continuously been rocking with takemetotheheights.com I appreciate you all.

With peace and love,

Magz

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Watch Me Slay 2K18- Up and coming Makeup Artists New Years Edition

Hi and welcome back to Takemetotheights.com.

Tonight’s blog post will showcase a few makeup artists on the rise that hail from some of our hometowns here in NY.

First things first,  I want to welcome a new comer to the makeup scene, Janaesha.

Here’s Janaesha, also known as naemadeyoublush

Pictured down below with a look that truly captures her innovation and creativity as an artist, J is a prime example of a makeup artist on the rise who isn’t afraid of stepping outside of the box.

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Follow naemadeyoublush on IG

Check out J’s Facebook here for more makeup looks

Never shy from using glitter, lashes and blush, J is the epitome of what every makeup artist should remain…innovative as well as passionate about this industry.  

J’s drive and persistence in this business is shown throughout her growing Instagram page. Her services are not only reasonable but is also something people look forward to based upon her reviews from her above mentioned Facebook makeup page.

Receiving ratings that are five stars across the board, you can instantly see why this makeup artist can easily build her clientele.

Check out a few of her looks down below and you’ll see how she beautifully blends products in and plays in colors. 

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J’s interpretation of a bold lip down below

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Following naemadeyoublush is none other than Tatiana Lewis Artistry.

Follow Tati’s Instagram here

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Full-time mom and makeup slayer, Tatiana’s approach to creating makeup looks is what I like to call “sophisticated glam.” Having already worked with some well noted Housewives, as well as various known brands such as Josie Maran, Tatiana is truly the archetype makeup artist you want to work with.

Her level of skill as well as knowledge with different makeup brands and products that can truly amplify your overall glow, will definitely have you wishing your makeup can stay on FOREVER.

Tatiana’s social media is just a small indication of the level of artistry she possesses. Aside from her amazing skill set in this industry, she is truly a humble and well rounded person. Her level of professionalism is just a small piece of just how well she carries herself and represents her brand.

Be sure to scroll on down to see some of Tatiana’s makeup looks on clients : )

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Up next but certainly not last, we have Beatface by Ashley. A fellow SFC alum, dance teacher and budding freelance makeup artist, Ashley has successfully managed to teach herself the artistry of creating beautiful looks. Pictured down below is Ms. Ashley herself beat to the gawds.

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Follow Ashley’s IG here

Check out Ashley’s styleseat site here

Ashley’s makeup looks down below truly showcase’s her love for glitz, glamour and of course the glow. Check out the pictures and see how she truly shows her love for the artistry.

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If you’re looking for amazing artists to amplify your look this upcoming New Years be sure that you’re following these ladies: naemadeyoublush, Tatiana Lewis Artistry and Beatface by Ashley.

You won’t be disappointed : )

I just wanted to take the time in saying thank you to those who continuously take the time in reading these posts. Knowing that people leave me comments means a lot to me.

To all of my new comers, thanks for checking out takemtotheheights.com and be sure to stay tuned for the next post.

You never know who or what might be in the next blog post.

With peace and so much love,

Magz.

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Louis Vuitton Don-My Trip to that FREE Exhibition!!

I would’ve said Happy Friday to all you marvelous, magnificent, majestic….lol you get the idea, fashionistas and fashion lovers. BUT…… I had to take care of a few things first but it’s all good on my end. (Thank God) So instead I’ll just say Happy Saturday lml.

I FINALLY got the opportunity to check out the Volez, Voguez, Voyagez Louis Vuitton Exhibition at the American Stock Exchange. All I have to say is WOW!!!!! If you haven’t taken the time to check out the exhibition, PLEASE make sure you do so sooner rather than later.

Even if you’re not a fashion lover like myself, you won’t be disappointed about going. The legacy alone of this treasured designer will suffice.

The exhibition was by far well thought out and innovative.

Dating back from 1854, the exhibition chronicles Louis Vuitton’s designs through travel, sailing and aviation. Curator, Olivier Saillard and Artistic Director and Set Designer Robert Carsen eloquently took the Louis Vuitton brand and showcased it in a fashion timeline. Each room was designed to tailor around the specific themes Saillard and Caresen had in mind.

Just note that the entire main level  of the exhibition was designed to look and feel as if you are in an actual Louis Vuitton trunk. (How dope is that?!!!)

Below you’ll find the map and just take heed of the amount of rooms and work that took place in order to create this extraordinary exhibition.

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Further along this post, I’ve chosen just a few of the hundreds of photos that were taken at the exhibition. Each of these photographs can truly speak for themselves. So without further ado, feel free to check them out for yourself🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

The Original tools to design the infamous Louis Vuitton Trunks

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The infamous Louis Vuitton Trunk

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Modern Louis Vuitton Trunk

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2000’s and beyond of Louis Vuitton Speedy Handbags

Can’t forget about Men’s Fashion

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Marc Jacobs Collaboration with Louis Vuitton

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My FAVORITE…..VINTAGE LOUIS VUITTON

The following garments down below were worn by some of your fave celebs at different  red carpets.

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These photos alone don’t do the exhibition justice. You have until January 7th, 2018 to check out this splendor.

Click here for further details about the Louis Vuitton exhibition.

Before I close out this post, I just wanted to thank those that continue to rock with Takemetotheheights as we approach further into the New Year. It truly means a lot to me to see who has been visiting and leaving me comments.

Until next time, and as always with peace and love,

Magz.

 

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“Almost There”-an intro to Tyrik Ballard-Feature Black Artist Presentation

Hello all fashion lovers but this time around, I’d like to also welcome my music enthusiasts as well.

This week’s blog post will explore my night at the Apollo Music Cafe to watch none other than Tyrik Ballard.

Please be sure to continue reading as I introduce to you all, my avid readers, to someone who is not only humble but truly gifted in what he does.

Mr. Ballard exemplifies the ideal R&B male artist this music industry needed for the upcoming years ahead. He exudes that smooth and velvety feel music was lacking these days.

While watching Tyrik perform at the Apollo Music Cafe (and just know that this wasn’t my first time watching him perform) it’s evident that Mr. Ballard is Mr. R&B. Period. (Yes I said it lol) His presence alone truly captivated the attention of the audience. Upon walking down the aisle of the cafe, all eyes along with numerous screams and whoops from devoted fans like myself were heard throughout the dimly lit room.

Mr. Ballard came out dressed in beige Chelsea boots, black coated jeans, a black turtle neck all paired with a camel over coat, wayfarers and a gold cuban link necklace. The pieces alone further gravitated my attention to him as he oozed with sleek perfection.

The lights got low as soon as he hit that stage. The only light that was clear to see was Tyrik’s. He let go of all of his inhibitions and showed the audience not only how meaningful his songs are but also what his artistry truly means to him.

It was an amazing sight to see and being given the opportunity to witness that night at the Apollo Music Cafe was indeed a blessing in disguise for me. Unlike other performances, that night was indeed monumental for Mr. Ballard’s musical career. Not only was he performing in his hometown of Harlem, his name was also shown on the giant marquee the Apollo is famous for. Mr. Ballard’s poster was spread throughout the Apollo truly indicating the level of artistry this young man possesses.

One of the songs Tyrik sang that night entitled, “Almost There” truly resonated with me. The line in particular, “I’m taking control of my life” was a reminder for me that regardless of what has happened in the past, I determine my future and it’s up to me to harness that power.

I was not only thrilled for him about all of these extraordinary things happening but to also witness the excitement in the faces of his loved ones was overwhelming for me. It was clear to see that Tyrik has a strong and supportive family unit and the love in that room permeated throughout the air.

Here’s some photos I took of Mr. Ballard with his permission (and I totally had to take a pic with the star himself lol)

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Before I close out this post, I just want to take the time to thank Tyrik Ballard for sharing his gift with the world. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for him and I look forward to his next performance.

For all of you who want to know where you can find Tyrik’s music, his EP, “Almost There” is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon…basically any and every music outlet out there. Definitely give him your ear. You won’t be disappointed.

You can also follow Tyrik on Instagram at Tyrik Sings.

As I end this blog post, I just wanted to thank those of you who have also been following takemetotheheights on Instagram for everyday fashion inspo!!! All of the support never goes unnoticed.

With peace and love,

Magz

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Dear Magnolia, That’s Me

So it’s been quite some time since I’ve last given you guys a blog. But don’t you worry, I’m back with something that you all might love and enjoy reading. A few weeks back, (October 21st to be exact) I celebrated my birthday with my close friends who I truly consider family. This year’s birthday was truly a moment of self reflection and setting up new goals for myself. I realized last year for my 25th I didn’t get the opportunity to set any new goals. But this year, I’ve decided to dedicate my time to truly fulfilling some life long goals I’ve envisioned for myself.

So for this blog in particular, I purposely strayed away from the norm of what I post that’s fashion related. It was simply done this way because as I embarked onto this new chapter, I knew that things would no longer be the same for me and the goals I’ve envisioned for myself would be a true testament to that.

My main reasoning behind wanting to set some new goals is because as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I would occasionally feel stagnant.  Feeling as if I wasn’t mentally growing or preparing myself for my future and what I want, was ideally a recipe for disaster. I knew that deep down something had to give and the only way things would change for me is if I allowed them to. I no longer wanted my personal fears and doubts to get the best of me.

Essentially, fulfilling said goals will not only take hardwork but most importantly resilience. I’ve had my fair share of challenges, even the week of my birthday, but I knew nothing or no one couldn’t get in the way of me celebrating. In hindsight, this is the takeaway I want you all to leave with. No matter what might come and try to hinder you from your dreams, never ever allow it to. I get it. It’s easier said than done. But it truly starts from within. If I never took that opportunity to really sit and self reflect, I would’ve never made that self realization on accomplishing my goals nor would I be typing out this blog for you. What you say and think also holds power. If you truly believe you’ll go far, you will. Never find yourself in a predicament where you don’t believe you’ll reach your dreams. If I constantly kept feeding myself negative thoughts, I would’ve never started Takemetotheheights.

With that being said, I want you all to take a moment for yourselves and truly self reflect. Now ask yourselves, have I taken the time to set some new goals? If not, I suggest you start making plans in doing so.

Before I close out this blog, I just wanted to take the time to thank those who have been commenting as well as reaching out to me via my instagram @nolie_______It definitely doesn’t go unnoticed and it’s my fuel to keep providing you guys with some dope and meaningful content. You are truly appreciated.

As always keep sending me your amazing and thoughtful comments, never EVER let anyone or anything deter you from reaching your heights and I’ll catch you guys in the next blog post.

With peace and love,

 

Magz

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More Spirited Magic Please

Welcome back to another installment of Takemetotheheights where I present to you another female who is a trail blazer in her craft. This fellow fashion lover and blogger is not only a fellow Dominicana, but she is also one of the best bloggers out in the internet. Kyrzayda is a blogger who I initially found on Instagram to gain more inspiration for my personal looks.

She undoubtedly embodies creativity and effortless style.

I chose to present her during my segment of Women’s History Month because every now and again, not only does she have a killer sense of style that’s absolutely stunning and graceful, but she also reminds her readers the importance of developing your own wellness and takes the time in which to reflect on it.  Her simplistic and minimalistic approach to her lifestyle blog reminds me that less is always more. Between her Instagram,(@Kyrzayda) and  blog site (kyrzayda.com) one can gather numerous ways to gain inspiration from Kyrzayda’s style.

Below, I’ve decided to include a few of my favorite pieces from her Instagram. Be sure to scroll down and see what I loved:

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Ruffles Galore

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Side slit slayage…and that handbag!!!!

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Pant suit dreams

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Sweet sweater 

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Bell bottom goals

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This dress literally left me speechless!!!

Although I’ve decided to only highlight these looks in particular, just know it was extremely hard narrowing down my favorite looks from Kyrzayda.

Don’t believe me? Be sure to check out her Instagram along with her lifestyle blog and her online closet,Kyrz’s Closet. It will definitely quench your fashion thirst.

Stay tuned for who else I’ll future for the remainder of Women’s History Month and be sure to leave me a comment about which woman or women are influential in your life.

With peace and love,

Magz

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Spirited Magic-Women’s History Month Edition

Hey guys and welcome back to Takemetotheights.com. This blog post in particular will feature one of many females I met/stalk their Instagram for style inspo lol. So in honor of Women’s History Month, I decided to showcase a series of women each week throughout the month of March to highlight not only their greatness but also help to further shed light to these amazing females and stress the importance of how dedicated us women are to our crafts.

The first female I decided to showcase is none other than Hadassador. When I got the opportunity to attend her fashion showcase back in January, I knew deep down I had to feature her for this month in particular. I was floored by all of her well-made pieces. Her ready to wear pieces left me feeling hopeful about the fashion industry. At the age of 21, she has successfully showcased a multitude of pieces at her Fall/Winter exhibition. Below, you’ll find a few of my faves courtesy of my snapchat.

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Aside from my personal faves pictured above, I felt as though her Fall/Winter 2017 collection was exuberant and versatile. While looking at each of these pieces on these models, I instantly saw myself wearing it on a daily. Hadassador not only has managed to create innovative pieces but she has also helped me to develop a much deeper appreciation for fashion. Creativity will always be on the forefront and it was present that night of her exhibition. Kudos to you Hadassador!!! I wish you all the luck in the world with this collection as well as the many other collections you have in store for the world.

As always, please don’t be afraid in leaving me a comment. Let me know which of these pieces from Hadassador’s collection you loved. If you’re looking to see what else this amazing collection had to offer, please be sure to follow Hadassador here on instagram: @hadassor. You can also shop this collection at her website here: hadassador.com

With that being said, I can’t wait to show you all who else I’ll feature for the next few weeks of Women’s History Month. Stay tuned!!!!

With peace and love,

Magz.

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Borderline

In this blog post, I purposely strayed away from the norm of what others might be posting at the moment. As much as I do find the typical Valentine’s Day blog post to be important, I found that what I wanted to shed light on to be more paramount for me.

Currently, I found myself delving deeper into my own personal thoughts and thus realized while at work how little care I was taking care of myself. I usually would ask others how he or she might be feeling at that very moment and even as I’m typing this I realized I never asked that question towards myself.

How are you doing? That dreaded typical question, at least to me, where frequently people  genuinely respond by saying, “I’m fine” But are you truly?

I never realized the importance of self care until I got further into my career. With last year being a turning point for me, I realized that what I did to cope with those feelings no longer served a purpose for me.

It all begin on a Friday at work. All the staff members were appointed to some type of wellness to allow themselves to destress and practice better habits of self care.

Self care is ideally the notion in which individuals take necessary steps in improving their health with or without the help of a professional. It’s about improving the physical, mental and spiritual aspect about oneself.

Without that professional help, you might ask how might one take the necessary steps in developing and establishing self care.

Well, without further delay, I did some digging online and found various ways in which you can practice self care.

  1. Use a planner. (This will not only help you stay organized but will help to plan more ‘me time’ in those hectic moments.)
  2. Develop an exercise routine. Whether it be two or three days out of the week, allowing yourself to ideally recharge and regain some strength will not only improve your outer appearance but also enable you to start living a more fit lifestyle.
  3. Write in a journal. I often times find myself writing in my journal whether it be to discuss what occurred earlier in the day or jot down any goals or ideas I have.
  4. Create a vision board. Grab a few magazines or newspapers and begin to map out images and or phrases that’s geared to where you see yourself going in the next few years.
  5. Reach out to a loved one or a close friend. Often times we seek out advice looking at the wrong individuals. But having those that are truly supportive and understanding can enable you to have a better outlook on your personal life.
  6. Choose an activity or hobby you enjoy doing. Whether it be sketching, reading or any other activity that you enjoy doing during your leisure time, can allow you to block out all the stresses of your day to day busy schedule.
  7. Change your wardrobe. Even if you intend to buy just a few pieces here and there, making that step in changing your wardrobe gives you something to look forward to while you’re getting dressed to head out in the world.
  8. Declutter your space. This is easier said than done I must say. Getting rid of things that no longer serve a purpose for you can make room for things that you truly need.
  9. Travel. Whether it be within the states or out of the country, allowing yourself to get out and venture the world will truly change your outlook on how you view things.
  10. Set limits for yourself. We all walk around with that notion that we can take on every and anything in the world. But let’s be honest. Often times we find ourselves overwhelmed by taking on too many tasks. Take the time to map out what can get done and prioritize.

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Before I end this blog, please remember to take care of yourself first. It might be hard at first but in the end, you’ll reap so many benefits.  Everything will fall into place in due time.

Stay tuned for what else I have in store for you all and always please don’t hesitate in leaving me a comment about this blog.

With peace and love,

Magz.

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Dogoboy Clothing💪🏿

So let me just start off by saying that this blog post in particular has been LONG OVERDUE. However, I’m just glad I still got the opportunity to share it with you all. First things first, I hope you all are doing well and despite the turmoil and chaos that’s occurring out in our world, never be afraid to say how you feel.

Always remember to keep your faith first and everything else will fall into place.

Let’s jump right into what I’m dying to share with you once and for all. For those of you who checked out my last blog post, I mentioned an amazing fashion designer who has been gathering up some interest on his social media outlets.

Leonard, the mastermind behind this line, has successfully showcased his talent in art by crafting up amazing designs for his clothing line, Dogoboy.

The name alone sparked my interest when I first took notice from his IG page Dogoboy_Clothing

Hailing from the Dogon tribe of Mali, Dogoboy serves as the ideal line in which people can truly stand out but also represent their ancestry and be able to wear it on the forefront in a beautiful and artistic manner. Although he only has pieces for men, he’s on the works for creating beautiful pieces for women very soon (can’t wait for that)

Below are a few of my favorite pieces of Dogoboy Clothing:

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I also got the chance to sit down and interview him as well!!!!!!

Please be sure to check out the video below.

(The background noises are from a coffee shop lol so please bare with me and these videos are RAW and UNEDITED)

Dogoboy Interview

Part 2 is followed by part 1 on YouTube. 

As mentioned in the video, please be sure to visit Leonard’s site, Dogoboy.nyc, if you’re looking to purchase any of these or other AMAZING pieces!! !!

Please don’t hesitate in leaving any comments you may have about this blog. Be sure to stay tuned for what else I have in store for you all!!!

With peace and love,

Magz

 

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BLACK OWNED GIFT IDEAS FOR BAE PART 2- Getting a gift for HER

Happy Holidays to all of my fellow fashionistas🎄🎄🎄

I hope you all get the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and look forward to the New Year quickly approaching.

Welcome back to another installment of Takemetoheights. For those of you entering the site for the first time, welcome. For those that are already familiar, thank you so much for coming back.

For tonight’s blog, I present to all my fashion enthusiasts BLACK OWNED GIFT IDEAS FOR BAE (Getting a Gift for Her)

In the previous blog, I showcased an array of gift ideas for Him. Click here for more details…..https://takemetotheheights.com/2016/11/27/black-excellence-getting-a-gift-for-him-pt-1-mens-edition/

The first gift idea I have for her is brought to you by Bed of Nails. Owner, Candice Idehen opened up Bed of Nails in 2013. Unlike other nail salons, Idehen wanted to create a nail salon for both men and women who ideally wanted to feel luxurious and special. Bed of Nails provides services ranging from manicures, pedicures, nail art, gel services… basically a little bit of everything you can find at Bed of Nails.

Aside from these amazing goodies offered at Bed of Nails, cocktails are also served while customers are pampered at this Harlem nail salon gem. Check out Candice’s website here: http://www.bedofnailsnyc.com

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The next idea is none other than 127|East Cosmetics. Brought to you by Nicole Dupree, 127|East Cosmetics provides a line of super pigmented, enriched with essential vitamins, long wearing lippies. Not only are these beauties great for your lips but they also provide them with moisture and give excellent shine. Interested? Be sure to check out Dupree’s, 127|East Cosmetics website here along with her instagram.

Website: http://www.127east.com/customer-care

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/127east/

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The following gift for her is for all the beautiful naturalistas out there. Exotic Lathers is a Brooklyn based Natural Body Care Line that offers a wide variety of natural goodies for her. Items range from Honey Sugar Scrubs, to Soy Candles, Organic Soaps and even Whipped Body Butters. 

Check out the website here> http://www.exoticlathers.com

Instagram> https://www.instagram.com/ExoticLathers/

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The last two Black owned gift ideas for her are for my die hard vintage jetsetters. The first I want to present to you is none other than Martine’s Dream. Her Instagram, (https://www.instagram.com/martinesdream/ )alone pushed the envelope for me to showcase her amazing shop as well as character. Hopefully, I get the opportunity to visit her beautiful shop. Located at 681 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, Martine’s Dream reminds me of a traveler’s paradise. Hidden gems are stored in this beautiful shop. Be sure to check it out for yourself.

You could also visit her website here> http://www.martinesdream.com

Instagram> https://www.instagram.com/martinesdream/

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Last but definitely not least for our Black Owned Gift Idea series is none other than Tracy Chambers Vintage. 

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Owner, Helen Willams Nurse has successfully stocked her collection of vintage finds ranging from the ‘50s all the way to the ‘80s. Appropriately naming her vintage boutique after the infamous Diana Ross’s character from the film, Mahogany, Tracy Chambers Vintage is the ideal shop for those fashionistas looking for one of a kind pieces.

Check out Nurse’s vintage boutique here>  http://www.tracychambersvintage.com

You could also check out Tracy Chambers Vintage on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/tracychambersvintage/

I got the opportunity to learn about so many different shops, vendors, designers that unlike many other individuals, kept their passions paramount regardless of any obstacle. Looking at these individuals, these business owners gave me the necessary drive to continue to push forward regardless of my personal woes.

Granted, I didn’t get the opportunity to present this to you at the date I had in mind initially, I’m glad I got the chance to still present something that I truly loved doing for you all.

With that being said, please be sure to enjoy the rest of your Holidays and stay tuned for what else I have in store. 👀👀👀

 

 

With peace and love,

Magz.

 

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BLACK EXCELLENCE- Getting a Gift for Him Pt. 1 Black Owned Gift Ideas for Men

Good evening my fellow fashion lovers. Before I get started on tonight’s blog, I just wanted to once again stress the importance of maintaining a level head and just to focus on reaching your “height(s).” You just might be one step closer to your dreams when you place all of your energy and positive thoughts to it.

With that being said, takemetotheheights will feature a two part series where I’ll explore AMAZING GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN and WOMEN!!!!!!!!!!

This will be the FIRST TIME where I do some digging and present to you some great gifts for that special someone in your life for this upcoming Holiday Season.

So sit back, take a few screenshots of your favorite ideas and allow me to introduce BLACK OWNED GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM.

The very first gift idea I have for you is brought to you by @emperorintrovert. He’s successfully brought his beautiful art to life on crew necks as well as beanies for the colder months coming up ahead. Pictured below is the man behind these great crew necks!!!

Be sure to check out his Instagram here-> https://www.instagram.com/emperorintrovert_/ and DM him about making a purchase!!

 

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For my beard lovers all around the world, the next BLACK OWNED GIFT IDEA you can score for him is Bevel. Creator, Tristan Walker has created a line dermatologist approved to help get rid of those pesky razor bumps! Walker’s line includes a multi blade razor, shaving brush, priming oil, shave cream and much more. But what I love most about Bevel is their 30 day money back guarantee. You def can’t beat that!!!!

Check out their website here for more info!!!! https://getbevel.com

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For those sneaker heads out there, here’s the perfect spot for those sneaker aficionados. Jordan Heads Brooklyn located at 302 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233 is the premiere destination for Jordan Heads worldwide.  They consign as well as buy and sell Air Jordans. Click on their website down below to check out more details!!!https://jordanheads.squarespace.com/airjordan/?category=Air+Jordan

Follow them on Instagram as well https://www.instagram.com/jhbk23/

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Still unsure what to get for your Mr.? Why not check out, Leisure Life located on 559 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205Charnier Corey, creator of Leisure Life NYC wanted to provide innovative and creative business professionals an outlet where they can turn to a shop that offered them an edgy lifestyle.

Leisure Life offers a wide array of vintage clothing and accessories as well as combine their house brand. Like what you see?

Click onto this link to see much more-> http://www.leisurelifenyc.com/leisure

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The very last gift idea I have for you all is Brooklyn Circus. Owner, Ouigi Theodore has cultivated a menswear brand that juxtaposes between old vintage vibes and modern everyday pieces.  You can find pieces ranging from varsity jackets to duster coats at Brooklyn Circus.

Need to see for yourself? Check out Ouigi’s, Brooklyn Circus

here ->https://thebkcircus.com/collections/new-arrivals

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Like what you see so far?

Stay tuned for part 2 of Black Excellence- Getting a Gift for Her- Black Owned Gift Ideas for Women.

If you have other Black Owned Businesses that you wish to share with me in the comments section, please don’t hesitate in doing so. I would greatly appreciate it. 

As always, spread love and peace to one another.

xoxo,

Magz.