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#CCStyleSummit + My Top 5 Takeaways

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Create and Cultivate‘s Style Summit in partnership with Simon Malls at the Houston Galleria.

As a new mama, being able to attend industry events that are tailor made for entrepreneurial women feels like a super productive mini getaway and I always feel so empowered having connected with other like-minded women. At the event, I saw some familiar faces and made acquaintances with a ton of new ones! I also invited my sister to come with!

I engaged with several beautiful brand activations, (Origins and Rolex were my favorite) and even began the process of securing future collaborations with a major brand that I’m so excited about!

They rolled out all the stops for this one with a fabulous open bar and a panel of influencers that had a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and REALNESS to share! Here are my 5 biggest takeaways from the awesome panel discussion (in which I’m paraphrasing):

  1. Know your worth as a creative. Send your rates sheet, sis. Too often creatives only get paid marginally for their work or in exchange for gifts. It’s time we raise the bar as a collective. Of course there are many factors that go into compensation and everything is negotiable but closed mouths don’t get fed. Believe in the value of your work.
  2. Be smart about what brands you align YOUR brand with. Many of us are our own personal brand. We must be protective to a certain extent of the brands that we are building/ growing. Everything isn’t for everybody. Be sure your partnerships make sense for your brand.
  3. Quality over quantity! Having true influence or impact is not about your number of followers or post likes. What is that engagement looking like? Are your followers genuinely following you because they like your content? If you called them to action, would they move? Companies are wising up to these inflated numbers that are really just colored bubbles for many. Building a real community for your brand with consistency and quality content is the key to long term success.
  4. Remember why you started. Entrepreneurship looks cute on social media which is why many jump in without careful consideration. The truth is, the days can be very long as the grind is continuous. People tend to underestimate the level of commitment and consistency being successful in this business requires. You can look all cute on the gram but at home you’re looking crazy… plugging away like a mad woman. lol! This will also help you maintain brand integrity. At the end of the day, you have to remember why you chose this! You have to remind yourself of that feeling you got when you knew you had to take that leap of faith and pursue your dream!
  5. Relationships are key. Like REAL face to face interaction with humans. lol I’ve always been a very social person but since becoming a mom, my schedule is so busy. It does take an extra effort and planning to come out to industry events. Connecting on the gram is fine in the interim but there is nothing like that face-to-face energy when connecting with someone. The connection is a lot more real and the impression is longer lasting.

I feel tremendously blessed to be able to design the life I love and I hope to continue to make an impact by inspiring women of all ages to live their best life, unapologetically. I thank God for the vision, the freedom, the grind… the journey.

I had so much fun attending this event and definitely plan on attending more Create and Cultivate events in the future! Did you attend? Do you plan on attended a Create & Cultivate event in the future? Leave me a comment below!

xo -Riss

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Celebration, Sip and See for Baby Kamara!

If you’re new here, you may or may not know the story of my ‘Journey to Motherhood’. I wrote a full and detailed blog on my journey which began in January of 2017. If you haven’t read that blog, be sure you do.

Due to the fact I was on bedrest for 12 weeks during the second half of my pregnancy, I was not able to have a traditional baby shower though we were very blessed with so many gifts from our online baby registry. I got the greatest gift of all (my beautiful daughter born healthy and perfect) on December 30th, 2018. So when it came to the things I wasn’t able to do prior to my daughters arrival, like having a baby shower and nesting/ preparing her room, I tried not to be too bummed.

Waiting to design my daughters room after her arrival was probably a blessing in disguise. I was so much more comfortable and actually able to decorate the walls and stand! lol I was truly able to take my time without having so much else on my mind (like having a safe and smooth delivery). I designed her room after meeting her getting a feel for her personality!

When it came to celebrating Kamara’s arrival, my sister had me covered. She insisted that we celebrated the arrival of her magical, rainbow baby niece who has already brought so much love and light into the world and into the lives of those that meet her.

This past Saturday, we celebrated baby Kamara Michelle Stephens with a Sip and See that was so intimately beautiful! My mom and sister did an absolutely amazing job planning the event. I’m so grateful for them and the friends that helped! We had a blast and even played games that were so memorable, also due to the fact that the baby was there in our presence! Gratefulness is flowing from my heart…

Thanks for reading! xo -Riss

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Carissa Stephens As Seen On Houston Life TV | DIY Hair Masks and Natural Hair Styles!

Today, I had the opportunity to return to one of my favorite television sets, KPRC Ch. 2, as a beauty expert and filmed two live segments on one of my favorite topics… natural hair! I loved the opportunity to work with the Channel 2 crew and the hosts of Houston Life TV, Derrick Shore and Christine Noel, who was in for Courtney Zavala.

On my first segment, I shared 3 quick and easy DIY recipes: Optimal Moisture, Growth & Strengthen, and Smooth & Shine. On my second segment, I was accompanied by my 3 models, Nakyia, Amber and Devon. I showcased quick demos on easy-to-achieve, heat-less styles for curly hair. Check out my photos from the day and click the link below to watch my live segments on Houston Life TV!

WATCH HERE: https://www.click2houston.com/houston-life/hl-style/diy-hair-masks-using-items-you-probably-already-have-at-home

Thanks for reading! xo -Riss

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Modeling on Live TV ONE Month Postpartum

Yesterday, I had a complete blast on set at Channel 2 studios. I was contacted by a fellow blogger friend, Dawn Darnell, whom I’d met last year as we were both speakers at a woman’s conference.

She was looking for a model for her travel fashion segment on KPRC Ch. 2 Houston Life! She asked me if I’d be available and feeling up to it. Being just about a month from delivering my sweet Kammy Cakes, my initial thought was, “How am I going to look on TV after JUST having a baby?” How would I feel about my body so quickly after spending a season on hospitalized bed-rest and having an unplanned c-section?? Those thoughts didn’t linger around too long as I mustered up the courage to step out of my comfort zone and experience a confidence in myself like never before. A word to my new mama’s…. you can do anything and everything. Believe in yourself!

I learned that there would be several travel looks. The international traveler (ie. Europe, Africa), the cultural traveler (Austin, NOLA), the beach vacation look and the staycation look! I had the luxury of modeling the staycation look for the segment. Comfy, casual… chic.

I was excited to model this look because usually when I plan travel it is for destinations abroad. Now as a new mom, I am embracing all the fun that can be had even locally and am opening my eyes to all the experiences to yet be re-discovered right here in Houston. I am so looking forward to taking my daughter to the zoo, parks and museums and seeing the gems in this city through her eyes!

My look was so comfortable, I loved it! The shoes were sponsored by #DSW and the outfit was compliments of #TheLoft. The look, designed by Dawn, spoke to me as someone who likes to be cute, comfy and be on the go. The army green backpack was actually a diaper bag (cutest ever) and was the perfect compliment to the lounge pant, which I was obsessed with. The blouse I wore underneath was the perfect material to feel light and breezy with my layered look and the jacket provided that edgy pop that really completed the look.

The other ladies who modeled with me on the segment were so much fun to work with and the TV hosts, Derek and Courtney were also wonderfully warm and cool. The energy and vibe on set was so perfect.

If you missed the live segment, no worries. Click here to watch now!!!:

https://www.click2houston.com/houston-life/hl-style/travel-in-style-on-your-next-getaway

Thanks for reading and for watching! xo

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On Tour for the I’m Me Foundation

Since Fall of 2016, NaturallyGG has had the pleasure of being presenters on JJ’s I’m Me Tour in Houston, TX. We have visited several inner city schools, educating and mentoring on the topics of health, natural hair, inner beauty, and owning your own individual uniqueness with confidence!

On the tour, the girls are exposed to mentors and influencers in the community that EMPOWER them in the areas of self-love, goal setting, financial literacy, beauty & style, fitness, cooking, career building and so much MORE!

We have been so blessed to serve our community in this capacity and look forward to continued mentor-ship and the next touring season with the I’m Me Foundation!

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Here are some of my favorite photos from the tour which include us speaking at middle schools, high schools, colleges (Prarie View A&M University) and churches (Fountain of Praise).

Expressing the importance of self-care and opening up the floor for questions after our DIY whipped shea butter demo!

Influencing Young Queens

Before presenting at Prarie View A&M University!

At Fountain of Praise Church

NaturallyGG with other JJ’s I’m Me Tour Presenters at Fountain of Praise

We truly enjoy mentor-ship opportunities, motivational speaking and community involvement. To get us involved in your next community or outreach event, contact us at either address below. Peace and Blessings… Love and Light.

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Viva Las Vegas! Bellagio Review

Last weekend I had the great joy and privilege to take a mini-vacation with my two favorite girls in the world, my mom and sis. We spent the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada and did not waste a single second of our time there. It wasn’t our first time here together but it was our first time staying at The Bellagio.

We all are working women and needed to unwind with a little relaxation and A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. What better place to do that than The Bellagio in Fabulous Las Vegas? The weekend Girls Trip came at the perfect time as we all met up right after work to catch our Friday night flight then basked in everything The Bellagio had to offer for the entire weekend.There were so many great things about this hotel that it would be near impossible to list them all so I will simply list my top 9 things that I love about this hotel (in no particular order). Why 9 things?… because The Bellagio and Vegas in general had us on Cloud 9. Read on.

  1. The Location – The Bellagio is conveniently located on the Las Vegas strip and in the midst of EVERYTHING! It is right across from the Paris hotel, Planet Hollywood and right in between Cesar’s Palace and The Cosmopolitan. So much is in walking distance that you will rarely need to hail a cab/uber. 
  2. The Planetarium – It is just the naturally beautiful and fragrantly amazing observatory filled with live and exotic florals accompanied by majestic figures. This part of the hotel changes season to season and can vary from everything to the coast line of Southern Italy to peaceful Japanese Gardens and even under water in the deepest parts of the ocean. 
  3. The Spa – I can’t say enough about the spa. We received lux massages with rich coconut \ body butter elixirs from the finest in the industry. Following our massages we dipped in the spa’s individual hot tubs for relaxation and meditation.
  4. The Pool – Boss. Enough said. 
  5. The Casino – Of course every Vegas hotel has a casino. But the Bellagio has been known to attract the wealthiest gamblers so it was fun to play a few slots, have a drink and watch others risk it all on the poker and black jack tables. 
  6. The Clubs – “Club Hyde” and “The Bank”. At one point in the club I looked up and felt like it was snowing. Confetti in amounts never before seen. Lit DJs. All of this in one hotel!
  7. The Shows – The O show is the long running show gem that plays at the Bellagio It’s a must see. Circus De Soleil is not playing any games with this one. We had our fair share of shows while in Vegas. Another must see is Zoomanity. 
  8. The Food– The Brunch buffet at The Bellagio is practically mandatory.  There are also several other cafés and eateries in the hotel. One of which include a chocolate, vanilla and caramel “water falls”.
  9. The Views – Right outside of our hotel were the beautiful Fountains at the Bellagio where the water danced as if it had a soul. Just beyond the fountains and across the strip, the view of America’s very own Eiffel Tower.

    LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 24: The Bellagio Hotel & Casino water show comes to life after dark on December 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas, the popular Southwest desert tourist getaway, appears to be making a slow economic recovery following a tough global recession. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

    Thank you Bellagio for showing us an AMAZING time! Viva Las Vegas!!

Thanks for reading! xo

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Sproing Into Fitness!

Let’s talk about fitness! This year has been a roller-coaster for me. Through it all I am reminded to keep my health and fitness at the top of my priorities list! One way I do this is by making sure that I have workouts that I can truly look forward to and where I am also maximizing my time. One workout that I really enjoy is this revolutionary one at Sproing Fitness in Houston – River Oaks!

President Devon & Crew – Sproing River Oaks

The workout feels like a group fitness class which is perfect for me! I also love seeing my heat rate and calories burned in real time up on a screen along with everyone else in the class. This makes for a little friendly competition which pushes me even harder. Not to mention the music is always great and the instructors really know how help you achieve your desired results!

Coach Lauren – Sproing River Oaks

The Sproing machine looks like a treadmill but is not… it’s SO much better!! There is a cushioned launch and landing pad that makes me feel like I’m working out on the beach! It is easy on my joints and helps me get a better workout! The motto at Sproing is “TRAIN HARD, LAND SOFT.”

Coach Jermaine – Sproing River Oaks

Check out this video from Wednesday when Sproing River Oaks was featured on Good Day Houston (KHOU).

JOIN US this Saturday as NaturallyGG Hosts at Sproing River Oaks!! There will be a great workout from an incredible fitness coach and light bites on the patio from Max Fit Foods!!!

There will also be health and hair tips, swag bags from our sponsor CURLS, a gift card giveaway and MORE!!!

We are so excited to bring in the month of July with a BANG and hope you join us on this Saturday, July 1st! Get your tickets here NOW as space is limited!!! Be there for 1pm, the class will start right at 1:30pm!

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Here is a video recap from our event!

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The Company You Keep

It is so important to surround yourself with positive people who uplift, encourage and inspire you to be the best version of yourself. With everything that I am striving to achieve in life, it becomes more and more apparent that energy drives progress.To be surrounded by ambitious people is important to me because I enjoy listening and sharing my goals and aspirations with people that I know and trust well.
I enjoy listening and sharing for a few reasons.

  1. Listening to others share their ambitions puts me in a position to be helpful. I enjoy helping people and contributing to a cause, project and/or goal when I see great potential in something or someone. This habit is not only genuinely enjoyable for me, but has also led to some amazingly productive conversations, outstanding collaborations, and long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships.
  2. Sharing my goals with very select individuals that I know and trust well allows me to vocalize my goals. I always write my goals down (and this is advised for anyone) but when my tongue declares my goals aloud… it is powerful. There is POWER in the tongue. Especially when sharing with a like-minded, motivating individual because that energy can be reciprocated. You can tell if the relationship is healthy because you can express without fear of judgment, ridicule or unwarranted criticism from the receiver of your goals, dreams and ambitions.
  3. I’m a conversationalist by nature. lol

As powerful as the tongue is, the mind is that times a MILLION. “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Gandhi

The ambitious understand, nothing is impossible… everything is reachable. I believe this so much and I am grateful to be a co-founder of an incredible professional networking organization that was founded upon these very principles!LeAunier allows it’s members the opportunity to network with other professionals and go-getters from all sorts of educational and professional backgrounds. This empowering membership based organization brings together a wide variety of people who may have never otherwise met.

Our membership consists of young African American doctors, nurses, lawyers, successful business owners, esteemed educators, city officials, financial analysts, HR professionals, etc, etc. We are a pretty mixed bag and that’s what makes us great! It’s about the collective!

We are establishing and fortifying long-lasting relationships, helping each other get to the next level and having FUN doing so! We believe in balance. Just as hard as we all work, we also like to play. LeAunier offers epic events such as yacht parties, group travel, holiday parties at beautiful venues, wonderful brunches and dinners where we fellowship and discuss our goals over great food, exclusive member only benefits, party bus events, community service events, opportunities for our members to become mentors to youth in the community, a private social platform where we encourage each other almost daily, and so much more!

I recommend that everyone become a part of a network/group that offers professional networking, positive energy, empowering tools, wonderful friendships and of course an opportunity to unwind and have a great time.

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to learn more about the organization and how to join!Follow @LeAunier on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you stay informed about our upcoming events!

Thanks for reading! xo

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NaturallyGG’s 100th Video/ Fav GG Moments

Wowww… I can’t even believe we have been creating valued content in the natural health and beauty space for over 6 years!!! The opportunity to express, motivate, cultivate and inspire has been an incredible blessing to my life and the experiences that NaturallyGG has provided I couldn’t imagine them without having this brand.

I am SO proud of our work. To celebrate our 100th upload to the channel, we have compiled our favorite GG moments in our most recent upload. Please check out our 100th video!!! Subscribe to the channnel and stay tuned for more uploads and events hosted by yours truly. Thanks for watching!! Video below. xoxoxoxo

Watch Our New Show: Married To Business

So I can finally share this news!!! Kenneth and I are sooo excited to announce that we will be shooting a new show called Married to Business!!! We will be sharing our daily lives and you’ll see how we grow in our marriage as we grow our business empire!!!

Our first episode premiered December 20, 2016, at 8pm! This is HUGE you guys… and trust me, you won’t want to miss a beat!! We are asking for your support and need EVERYONE to click below and go SUBSCRIBE to the channel! We have so much in store for you!!!
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