Let’s Get To Know Our New Guest Blogger! Queen Vanessa!

Hey Queens! So I’m super excited to introduce a queen who will be working closely with TogetherQueens as a guest blogger. I’m super excited for you all to get to know her and for you all to see what topics she has in store for you all. So without further delay, please read below for some really cool Q&A with my girl, Vanessa.

Q: So first off tell everyone a little about yourself (maybe give a few facts like name, age, where you’re from to make a decent intro.

A: 22. From Maryland, in Atlanta. Vanessa. I’m a Capricorn, and that’s all I got. I’m a Capricorn to like the T – emphasis on the fact that it’s capital! So if you read about one, yup DAS ME. I’ve always been so bad at telling people about myself when they say “so tell me about yourself” – I’m just like ask me questions instead. *laughs*

Q: What interested you in becoming a guest blogger for TogetherQueens?

A: Just following you, Charnel! Seeing that you have a vision and wanna grow, and something told me that you needed genuine hands just like I do. It presented itself as mutually beneficial for the both of us, so I didn’t hesitate to reach out. Blogs are also an interest of mine, just not something I feel like I can personally manage so being able to just be an addition to yours and help you grow is perfect.

Q: What are some of the topics that you plan on discussing on TogetherQueens?

A: I’m honestly scared to even start actually writing for TogetherQueens. Look, I’m all over the place with my thoughts – I feel like they sound better in my head than in words or whatever *laughs*. But seriously, the first three topics that come to my head are:

– health and fitness, for sure. Hastag fueled by Herbalife.

(official IG hashtag: #FueledbyHerbalife)

– money management and financial tips. This is a huge umbrella because there’s cashback apps, additional sources of income, side hustles, hell – even just budgeting ya money right! I may need to break it up so people will actually read everything I have to say about it *laughs*. Because seriously, it’s like real deal spill! I’ve had a lot of my friends ask me how I “move” the way I do at my age, but I quickly caught on to the fact that being “broke” didn’t feel good especially when I had too many opportunities not to be.

– Then also, furthering your education as a woman and what I’ve learned in “corporate” America so far.

Q: Now on to some fun topics, what is your favorite social media platform and what are 3 things you like about it?

A: I guess, Instagram. Snapchat would’ve been good competition, but it got wack when it got complicated. So Instagram because although we joke about em, don’t we all love the Instagram famous girls? And then just the fact that people all over are just sharing great pictures, and you’re connected to people everywhere.

(Vanessa’s Instagram: @elleestbelle_)

Q: What is your favorite type of music and who’s  your favorite artist

A: Favorites are way too hard when there’s so much good shit – excuse me! Lol but to throw out some random ones, um…H.E.R, Travis Scott, Drake came to my head first. But don’t get too deep with me on music. I’ll admit that I don’t keep up enough, and I’m probably not aaas hip as most!

Q: Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert and why?

A: Definitely a serving of Half & Half on this one! I like to use the “introverted extrovert” one to classify myself because I’m very reserved and in my own world, but the people I’m closest to would describe me totally opposite of that *laughs*. They’d probably use such good words like exuberant, lively, fun and whatever, and I’m just like “Yeah, ya know, I’m just regular and lonely” *laughs*. I guess it’s just that everybody doesn’t get that same side of me because I just kind of let my body guide my interactions. If it feels right, “heyyyy friend!” If it doesn’t, it just doesn’t, and that’s cool, too. It’s seriously just a mix but also heavily influenced by how comfortable that person makes me feel.

Q: Who inspires you most and why?

A: Ahh…my parents, Lisa Nichols, my mentor – typical reasons. Their mind is a temple that allowed them to overcome so much and put themselves in a position to live a life worth living. And that’s the real dream.

Q: What are three things you’d tell your 18 year old self?

A: Nothing, actually. I enjoyed how I let myself grow. Maybe I should’ve spent a little less money and skipped a few less classes *laughs*

Q: What message do you want to send to world?

A: What’s inside of you is what radiates out of you. Put good food in your body, and a little less of junk. Think positive thoughts so that you act from a positive place. Be calm and kind in your heart so that you live in that energy! Like really, just realize you really are what you put out. And don’t ignore that. Don’t limit yourself not realizing the power that you have.

Q: What is your astrological sign? 

A: I guess I already said this, didn’t know this question was coming. I’m a Capricorn. And everybody knows how obsessed I am with zodiac signs; I believe in the compatibilities and all that.

Q: Paris or Puerto Rico?

A: I went to Paris when I was a super baby like 3 or 4, so I don’t remember it at all. But if I could choose today, Paris – Puerto Rico is messed up right now realistically anyway.

Q: Beyoncé or Rihanna?

A: Ah, please don’t kill me BeyHive, but lately I’ve been more into Rihanna than Beyonce.

Q: Tacos or fried chicken?

A: In any life, CHICKEN ME. But at this moment, shrimp tacos would be good.

Q: What’s a fashion hack that you wish everyone knew?

A: This may not really be a fashion hack. I can’t think of any of those, but one thing is every girl should really go read up the RIGHT way to wear a bra. I saw an article about it on the discovery page for Snapchat a while ago and was shook!

(link: https://www.today.com/style/thirdlove-explains-how-put-bra-correctly-tag-t117621)

Q: What’s a makeup hack that you wish everyone knew? 

A: Ooh I wish I even knew how to put on real makeup. I’m like your simple, hastag no makeup on the daily girl. If I ever have a full face or even half of one, believe I probably paid for it, sadly *laughs*. Lipstick or lipgloss, mascara or lash extensions and a good skincare routine is all I keep up with.

Q: What are 3 of your favorite hobbies?

A: Working out FOR SURE. Whether it be at the gym, on a walk with my dog, yoga, training, whatever – just anything physical that is active for me I’m usually doing or into. Um reading, a lot. I’m actually on a goal to read 100 books in 2018. Wish me luck! I’m only on book number 3 because I got stuck on one that’s really boring *laughs*. Then I guess, it’s expected – shopping, and not always just for clothes but house decor, groceries, pet toys, and everything else. I have fun cause I’m always following a deal.

Q: So I know you’ve mentioned Herbalife, tell us a little bit about the brand and why it’s important to you.

A: In a nutshell, Herbalife is one of the top nutrition companies – I actually didn’t always know this, I recently found it – but they’re one of the top nutrition companies out making products that focus on weight and health management. So it’s popularly used to lose weight and maintain an active lifestyle! But a lot of people don’t realize that it helps people gain weight, control their diets to help with their medical issues and so much more like it’s just a total package. It’s important to me because I found it when I was frustrated with how I looked and basically didn’t even feel like myself. But I couldn’t get the recipe right! Like whatever I was doing was working but not enough, and I really wanted to transform how I felt inside and out. It’s become my business, so I have a whole different attachment to it now *laughs*.

Q: What difference has Herbalife made in your life and why do you think others should try it?

A: Being a Herbalife distributor has, first of all, helped me make some great money on the side, and that’s always a blessing. I get to travel, meet people from all over, change lives, and work with a fabulous group of coaches, as well, so I really appreciate myself for going for it. Otherwise, the whole health change has changed the way I feel and see myself, and I’m like crazy happy and always feeling myself like it’s Nicki Minaj and Beyonce song, so it’s cool!

(contact Vanessa for wellness evaluations via Instagram: elleestbelle_ or via email: sunshineverrier@yahoo.com)

Q: so lastly, where can our audience connect with you?

A: Instagram: elleestbelle_

Snapchat: sunshinevan

Facebook: Vanessa Verrier

Email: sunshineverrier@yahoo.com

I want to thank our special guest, Vanessa for stopping by and giving some cool facts about herself. I’m sure you all will enjoy her time with us and I know she’ll bring great content to the table for you all. So please stay tuned because this queen has some great things in store for you all!

Later Queens!

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5 Mistakes That I’ve Made When I Didn’t Have A Clear Vision of What I Wanted Out of Life

Hi Queens!

So today I’m gonna give some examples of things I’ve done when I didn’t know exactly what I wanted out of life. Now of course at many points in my life I thought I knew what I wanted and then I realized just how wrong I was of these assumptions. So let’s jump right in Queens!

1) Never Finishing Anything

Now in past posts I’ve explained how I’ve attended college many times and still have yet to obtain a degree. This is definitely something you do when you aren’t sure of what you want. Now you may be studying a subject that you truly do love, but the timing may be wrong because you may be going through other life situations that are causing you to not remain consistent. It’s ok to not finish things sometimes, it happens. But, it will become a problem eventually if you find that you have gotten nowhere and have put time, money, and energy into it many times. My advice to you, is to just finish it! The reason I say this is because if you find yourself in this treadmill, you may never get off if you don’t decide to JUST DO IT! I can look back on my life now and I can give you many examples of when I wish I would have just done something instead of wasting time and making excuses of why I CAN’T do it. If I knew then what I knew now, I definitely would have started nursing school when I was 18 because it would have saved me a lot of money and a lot of time. Like they say “there’s nothing to it but to do it”.

2) Surrounded Myself With The Wrong People

Now again , I have briefly mentioned this before as well in a past post. When we don’t know what we want out of life, sometimes we’ll surround ourselves with the wrong people because they’re as clueless or more clueless than we are of knowing what we want out of life. Who you surround yourself with is very important, because more often than not, you become like these people. You will pick up some of their same habits and even take on some of their personality traits. You know the saying “Birds of A Feather Flock Together”. This is most often true and usually if you are hanging with a specific person and that person doesn’t have the best reputation, more than likely people will assume the same things about you. Now don’t get me wrong, as a grown person you have the free will to pick who you surround yourself with, but if your grown ass is still surrounding yourself with drama-magnets and you’re wondering why your life is full of drama then you have to do some reevaluating. I have also been guilty of this before, so please don’t be offended I’m just being honest.

3) Wasting Money

Now this one kind of goes hand in hand with #1 but it also can mean different things for different people. This can go for wasting money on school, businesses, people, basically just investing your money into the wrong things. If you don’t know what you want out of life, it is possible that you will spend frivolously on unnecessary things because you don’t have a clear direction. This could mean that a person doesn’t know where they want to be within the next 5-10 years, so wasting money becomes a habit. Again, I’ve been guilty of this as well, no one is perfect. The point is to realize these things are a problem and fix them.

4) Not Writing Out Goals and How They Will Get Accomplished

I am a person who constantly writes out my goals and my life plans. However, not staying on top of these goals can be a problem. If you consistently forget to review your goals, you may forget about them or become less confident about pursuing them. We have to remember that there’s people out there fighting for the same goals, so when we slack off we’re telling the universe that we aren’t willing to work as hard as others to achieve our goals. Set timers so that you can remind yourself to read through your goals daily, every other day, or weekly. Also, remember to write out how they can be accomplished so you will have a roadmap of how you can get things done. This is so important, because you deserve for your dreams to come true. No one else is gonna put your dreams first, so this is why you must do it!

5) Not Being Consistent With Prayer

Now it doesn’t matter who or what you pray to. As long as you do it. I say this because when we pray this is our way of asking God or the universe for favor. Yes hard work is definitely a major key, but we all know it can’t always be done without some type of help. Spiritual guidance is the best help because it simply starts from within. When you pray you are humbling yourself to listen and receive whatever blessings God has for you. So please, take time to pray even if you’re just praying to your inner self. This will definitely helping with healing and clarity on your life’s decisions.

Well Queens, this is all I have for you today, but if you have good advice or just a simple comment, please feel free to share it below.

Later Queens!

My Review Of My Latest Beauty Buys!

Hey Queens!

So as some of you may have noticed, I recently posted some of my latest beauty purchases on Instagram. Now I’m going to share some of my thoughts on these cool finds!

First there’s the amazing Whole Blends shampoo and conditioner that I absolutely love. Both the shampoo and conditioner leave my hair silky smooth and smelling amazing! After I wash my hair, I a bit of hair grease to my scalp and I’m good to go. I definitely recommend both products, they are a decent price (I got them on sale at Walgreens for $2.99 each) a good size, and they definitely get the job done.

Next there’s the Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Energizing Soap. This soap is A-MAZ-ING. Shea Moisture has some of the best soaps that I’ve ever used and this one definitely doesn’t fall short of that description. I definitely love how this soap feels on my skin, with its natural ingredients I am nothing but happy to use this lathering soap. It smells amazing and the amazing scent actually lasts on your skin for a while. Not to mention it’s awesome size. It’s definitely worth the price. It was priced at about $6.99 at Walgreens. However, I had previously purchased the same brand from CVS and got it for half the price with a coupon. So there are ways to get good brands for decent prices.

Now on to the soothing face wash. I honestly can’t remember the price of this item, but it wasn’t very expensive at all, after all it is the store brand. I definitely enjoy this facial wash, I use it daily and the micro-beads make it even more worth purchasing. It’s definitely recommended on my end if you can’t afford anything too expensive.

Now you may have noticed that I haven’t posted a separate review for the Apricot Scrub in the green bottle and that is because they have similar ingredients. However, if I find that one works better than the other, I’ll be sure to let you all know.

Thanks for checking out my review and let me know your thoughts below.

Later Queens !

What’s Inside Of My PinchMe Box

Hey Queens!

Today I wanted to show you what I received inside of my PinchMe Sample Box 📦. Although I’m still waiting on another box. I’m super happy to share this one with you guys until I receive the next one. So lets get the ball rolling!


First up we have the Glad ForceFlex Plus tall garbage bag, which is scented with Febreze, Fresh Clean scent. I only received one in my sample pack, but they’ll definitely be on my next purchase list.


Next we have a couple of Eva NYC Haircare products. There’s the therapy session hair mask and the Mane In Magic 10 in 1 Primer. I definitely love a good hair mask and nothing wrong with some good primer to moisturize. I also received a couple of $3 off coupons, which I may giveaway, not sure yet though.


Then there’s the Purely Fancy Feast Filets, White Meat Chicken 🍗Flavor. I’m sure this would be purrrrrfect for any precious kitty. This will also be an item that I plan to giveaway to someone with a cat, plus a FREE coupon for Purina Tidy Cats Free & Clean Car Litter (up to $12.99). I know some of you may be wondering how I received these samples only to give a few away. Well I had forgotten to update my profile, so of course they assumed I still had a cat. However, I recently updated it so hopefully no more kitty samples. If you have a cat and would be interested in these couple of samples please let me know in the comments below and I can create a quick and cool giveaway with these items.


Now there’s the Dr. Sheffield’s Certified Natural Toothpaste which I received a 0.85 ounce sample and a $1 off coupon. I truly enjoyed this toothpaste. I for sure plan to purchase it soon. There are so many benefits to this toothpaste including:

-No fluoride

-No synthetic detergents

-No artificial colors

to name a few.


Lastly, we have a small sample of SlimFast Craving Control gummies! Can’t wait to try these babies, because I swear I’m a hungry bear all of the time.


Well queens, I hope you’ve enjoyed my PinchMe Box 📦 . If you have any comments please share below, and remember if you’re interested in the cat samples I received, please email me.

If you’re interested in any of the items featured in this post please check out the sidebar of this page!

Thanks!

My Review of Physician’s Formula Foundation (Complimentary From Influenster)

Hey Queens!

So today I wanted to give a quick review of this foundation that I’ve received complimentary from Influenster. Although, I would definitely recommend this foundation because of its quality, I highly suggest trying out a few colors before making a final decision. I choose a foundation via online so I truly didn’t know that I was so off color wise. On the other hand it definitely lasts, I love the packaging, and the really cool application brush. I would definitely need to pick up a different color to truly test out this foundation’s capabilities, but I truly hope that this has given you all some insight on this product. I’ll leave a picture below just as an example of why you should try various colors out before choosing your final color match.

I truly hope this helped Queens! Please leave your comments me below !

How To Frugally Shop For Clothes & Accessories

Hey Queens, I hope all is well. I just wanted to share some ways to help you shop with little to no money or if you are on a tight budget. Of course I’m only going to share ways that I’ve tried before and I truly hope they come in handy for you.

•Shop At Thrift Stores

Now I no longer do this, but you’ll definitely find a lot of items for cheap. Sometimes you’ll even run into name brand items and if you like vintage items the thrift store is definitely the place to go. However, I do advise washing the items that you pick up before wearing them, those clothes tend to collect a lot of dust and you never know who wore them before you. You’ll definitely find some great items if you take your time to hunt. Don’t be ashamed of shopping at the thrift store, you have to purchase what you can afford and even wealthy people shop on a budget. Don’t try to keep up with others, you’ll only waste more money and end up frustrated with yourself for making poor financial decisions.

•Use Coupons and Shop Sales

If you get coupon alerts to your phone for certain clothing stores, take advantage of them! You’ll save a lot of money using coupons, just as long as you don’t go overboard on your shopping trip. Apps like RetailMeNot always have great shopping deals.

Also, clothing or accessory sells are awesome. I had never stepped foot into Charming Charlie’s because I assumed it would be too expensive for me. The only reason I ended up stepping foot into the store is because my mom shops there. Well let me tell you I am very happy I decided to walk in. They had so many awesome deals ! I bought 2 handbags that were under $20 each. Then they have an awesome sell section, so many awesome accessories to choose from. I will probably be a customer forever at this store. Also, Forever 21 has some awesome deals if you shop in certain areas of the store. Last year I purchased a cute crop top and pencil skirt for $12 total and that’s a great deal. So just make sure you search throughout the store, I’m sure you’ll find some good deals.

•Take hand-me downs

My mom has too many Michael Kors purses to count. So you can bet that I happily took the ones that she didn’t want any more, plus they are still in good condition. If you have a family member or friend that has clothing and accessories items that they don’t want anymore and you know they have style, why not grab them? You can’t be ashamed when you’re trying to save money, but you still want to have a stylish wardrobe.

•Shop A Little Bit At A Time

Sometimes when we shop we want to go on a shopping spree. But, sometimes you just can’t afford to splurge. So if you’re out shopping try to grab a couple of items and then wait until your next pay to purchase a couple more items. You don’t have to spend it all at one time.

Well Queens,

I hope these ideas will help you on your journey to being stylish and frugal. If you have any comments or other suggestions leave them below, I’m sure everyone would love to hear your cool ways of staying stylish on a budget.

How To Diffuse An Argument With Your Spouse

Have you ever been in an argument with your spouse and then at the end of your argument you forgot what you’ve even been arguing about?

Or have you ever had a disagreement with your spouse and neither of you want to understand the other party’s side?

Well Queens,

I think it’s fair to say that many of us have been there and done that. Today I want to give some quick ideas that you may have thought about when you were calm and then forgot about in the heat of an argument with your spouse.

First off, remember that at the end of the day, you clearly love or care about this person or you would not be with them. So never allow your anger to overshadow your feelings for the one you love. When you notice a small discussion or a mild argument heading for left field, then it may be time to relax a bit and think before the wrong thing leaves your mouth. As adults we have to take responsibility because another person’s feelings are at stake. So just genuinely ask yourself is my anger worth losing the person I love?

Second, was it really worth the fuss? Sometimes we may be so upset at something because it means so much to us, that we don’t realize it was never truly worth the energy of an argument. This does not at all mean your feelings are invalid, but you may not be able to communicate them properly if your feelings are coming from a place of anger or extreme emotions. So if you’re in an angry mood and your spouse is sad about something , that may not be the time to make the situation worse. Instead grab a journal and vent to your journal, and if afterward you still feel the same way about the situation; seek advice from a person who is in a positive place in their lives, who may have been in your place before, and who you know wouldn’t steer you wrong.

Third, try to see it from the other person’s point. Now I know as a woman, we’re typically always right ☺️. But there are cases where we aren’t and we must act like grown women and take responsibility for our faults. Don’t get me wrong sometimes the other person’s point just doesn’t make any damn sense, so in this case you may have to just stand your ground all together. But, when the other person seems as genuinely passionate about the situation, then you must seek a way to understand their point, even if that means just listening without interrupting. That doesn’t mean that you’re wrong for the way you feel it just means that it’s ok to understand another side of the situation.

Which brings me to the fourth piece of advice. Don’t Interrupt! We all get irritated and want to get your point across, but when we interrupt it makes the other person not want to listen because they feel you aren’t listening to them. So even if it’s tough, try to hold your tongue until he/she finishes, that way they’ll be open to listening to what you have to say.

Lastly, if the argument truly wasn’t serious, find a way to laugh it off and sweep it under the rug. Every argument truly isn’t worth your precious energy. It could be something so simple like not putting the toilet seat down, not taking the trash out, or not getting the right thing from the store. Whatever it may be, if it isn’t a true deal breaker of your relationship, then let it go!

Sometimes we have to truly remember the things that we admire and cherish about our spouses instead of picking apart their flaws. We all have flaws and when you’ve been with someone for a while, you’re married, or living together , it’s easy to get irritated with the smallest things. If you truly love a person, you learn to accept their flaws and understand that those small petty things can’t amount to the love that you have for that person.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic so please leave your comments below!