I started this blog, totally and completely on my Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie… you know, the bomb Nigerian speaker who most of you’ve probably heard kick off Beyonce’s “Flawless” with the type of passionate women empowerment speech that makes you wanna yell, “girl power!”… Yep, her.
In other words, I started the blog because I believe that as women, we are more than the pretty faces our IG feeds tell us we HAVE to be to make our mark.
Before it ever launched, I envisioned this space as a place where multidimensional women denounced the idea that we are supposed to fit into some little box where we do our one little thing. Instead, I knew that by launching the blog, I could send the clear message that we can be any and everything, without ever being forced to choose.
Sitting on my living room couch, I envisioned a motivational movement helping women understand that we don’t to have to compete for us all to eat. But instead, the synergy of our collective efforts to uplift and support one another is a major force to be reckoned with…a force that helps us all win.
It’s been 5 months since I made the decision to post passionately and with purpose. Everyday since then, I’ve been driven to create an impact that benefits all of us in someway.
Being the overachiever that I am, I couldn’t just stop at writing my words. I decided that I had to wear them, and that I wanted other women to wear them too- purposeful statements that empower, encourage, motivate and inspire. From this vision, I birthed the Kandice Guice Collection.
Its been two whole weeks since the launch, and already, women from different walks of life are sporting their message their way. Check out there truth and light below:
Jazmine Boutte, Creator of The JD Series
What is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion influencer? Being a plus size woman, we didn’t have many fashionable options so now that retailers are starting to take notice of us, I enjoy showing women of my size that there are fashionable options. I enjoy helping women of all shapes and sizes and motivating them to be confident.
What is your favorite thing about being a woman? Our intuition, strength and our clothing selection lol am I allowed to have 3?
What’s your guilty pleasure? TV, I have so many shows. Competition(Survivor), Reality(Housewives) Drama (HTGAWM). Ooh and trap music (ayyyee)!!!
What fashion staple is a must have this fall?leather jacket if you don’t own one…shame on you.
What motivates you to perfect your craft? Myself, I set goals at a really young age and the fear of “what if” in the back of my mind. Like “what if” you would’ve never started your blog. Even if you fail at least you will be living without regrets.
What’s one piece of inspirational advice you’d like to give to women about pursuing their dreams? Go for it, just do it. What’s the worst that can happen? Don’t be the woman with the what if stuck in the back of your mind.
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Samjah Iman, Creator of Style & Energy
What is your staple clothing item? Distressed Jeans. There’s something about a pair of distressed jeans that gives an ordinary tee or jacket or heels or sneakers some edge.
What motivates you to perfect your craft?Living out my passion motivates me to be the best I can be at my craft. Once you’ve found your passion, you don’t ever want to sacrifice the chance to not live in it. Also, being a role model to some young girl watching who is unsure of her place in a world that judges people on the color of their skin motivates me to make whatever I’m doing work.
What is your favorite thing about being a woman?My favorite thing about being a woman is femininity. When a woman has style, grace, and class – she’s got that “it factor.”
List a few beauty essentials you can’t live without? I have to have chapstick (I think I’m addicted), coconut oil (it’s the cure to everything in my head), and a good exfoliating wash.
Describe attributes that make you a multidimensional woman?I always tells people I am a walking contradiction. Meaning, I can be as soft as a kitten but as fierce as a lioness depending on the situation. I can adapt to any environment, and I love that about myself. You can catch me chilling at a hood barbecue or dinning at the finest restaurant with executives. I rap all of Jay Z’s songs one minute then chill out to Duke Ellington the next. I’m all over the place and I think it’s freakin’ awesome.
What does sisterhood mean to you, and why do you feel it is important to women everywhere?Sisterhood means support to me. It’s important for women to support each other because the world socializes us to always compete with one another which breeds envy and insecurity. We need more collectiveness instead of competition.
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Destiny Moore, Creator of Joy in My Soles
How would you describe your personal style? A mix of girly and tomboy
What’s one fashion expense you allow yourself to splurge on? Shoes especially sneakers
What’s one piece of inspirational advice you’d like to give to women about pursuing their dreams? Be your own cheerleader. Don’t wait for someone else to come along to push you to go after your dream. It’s YOUR dream. Not everyone will be excited about it or even understand it, but go after it anyway. Whether you succeed or fail, you’ll be happy that you went after it.
Describe attributes that make you a multidimensional woman? I am intelligent yet inquisitive, kind yet tenacious, and a leader yet teachable. These attributes make me a multidimensional woman.
How do you view competition/ working in an industry that most would say is extremely competitive? I view competition as a way to either push you toward excellence or as a way to make you feel inadequate and make you unfocused. Everyone has gifts and talents that are unique to them. There’s enough room for each of our gifts and talents to shine.
Who is one of your top fashion inspirations? Why? Olivia Palermo because she has such a polished and classic style. I also love when she switches it up and wears sneakers.
Kimberly W., Stylist/Owner of Kimbeaux Styles
What is your favorite thing about being a woman?Other than lipstick, wigs, and girls nights? I’d have to say the fact that women ALWAYS seem to get the job done. The odds have always and will forever be stacked against us, simply for being woman. But that’s the beauty of it. We are dreamers, providers, daughters, students, fighters. While wearing all types of hats, we see it; want it; get it.
How do you strive to make your mark?I’m learning to not only take advice from those that have surpassed where i want to be, but apply that advice. Someone wise once told me, “You should be doing something to build your business every single day. Your dream will not work unless you do.” Where is the lie?
How do you view competition/ working in an industry that most would say is extremely competitive? Competition is both encouraging and irrelevant at the same time. Encouragement comes from seeing that if THEY can do it, EYE can do it! Irrelevant because God says your gift will make room for you. If He has given the gift, He has given you the means to be successful, above and beyond your wildest dreams. Stay in and master YOUR lane.
What’s your guilty pleasure?THRIFTING!! It’s what i do to clear my mind, to get inspiration, etc. Most don’t have the patience to sort through “junk”. But you know what they say, one man’s trash…
What fashion staple is a must have this fall?Some type of fur. Scarf, vest, coat, bag etc. It adds a taste of class and high fashion to every look.
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