Meet Tashara ‘TJ’ Robinson, POWER MOM!

After more than a decade of “living the dream”, Dallas native, stay-a-home mother of four and wife, TaShara ‘TJ’ Robinson found herself in an unfamiliar space.

“To make a long story short, I ended up filing for divorce after 19 years of marriage,” she says the discussion about her contribution to the newly released POWER Moms book begins.

Who signed up for this

“I met my husband at Texas A&M University and we dated for a few years. Got married, and I decided to be a stay-at-home mom -we had already had the conversation and decided that if we had kids, I’d stay home and raise the kids, and at the time I felt like that was the best decision for me. I wanted to just, you know, be a mom -be a good mom, and I wanted to be a good wife as well. And you know, even as noble as that desire sounded, I found that I still had to deal with real life and a real marriage,” she says.

steps to overcoming

It’s easy to feel alone when faced with adversity, but Robinson explains that, “I find that I have an -unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon story. So, I am encouraging people who have experienced any type of loss. My loss, in particular, was a divorce. So I’m just sharing all the wisdom I have learned,” she says.

”There was a lot of journaling where I was processing a lot of decisions that I knew I would have to make. The journaling, for me, is what helped me come to that decision and even after the divorce, there was still a lot of adjustment with my children and family and friends and -wow, I felt like I just had get it out,” she says.

Through the POWER Moms book, Robinson provides a glimpse into what she had to overcome and shows that, “Hey, everything can look good, but yet there are still some difficulties,” she says.

judging a book by its cover

“The years leading up to that divorce, and, even now it’s been two and a half years, I’ve had a lot of introspection time where I actually had to decide for myself how I wanted my life to go and run and operate,” she says.

She recalls being compared to the Obamas from those on the outside looking in and says, “I thought to myself that they [the Obamas] would be mad with y’all comparing us to them! No, ma’am!” Because everything and everyone who looks good on paper is good, right?

“To be clear, the 19 years weren’t all bad. We have four beautiful children who are emotionally healthy and physically healthy that I’m extremely proud of,” she says.

in the end, it’s a win

Be assured that her story does not end there. The best part of Overcoming obstacles and adversity is most definitely the Win!  In reflection of the journey, and while working on POWER Moms, Robinson came to realizations and discovered Empowering things about herself.

“Obstacles act as an astringent, they bring things out of you. I realized that I operated in a lot of fear. I was afraid…of a lot of things. Like, I’ve been married for 19 years and I haven’t worked in so long. How am I going to make it? I have four kids! How am I going to do that? Can I do this? I don’t  know! So, the fear and the self-doubt I dealt with, but what I also found me,” she says.

“Like, ‘Ok, you might be scared, but we g’on [sic] figure it out!’ That’s what this drew out of me so, I’m not afraid to move past that fear anymore. That’s where I am right now and that’s what that obstacle drew out of me,” she says.

The P.O.W.E.R Moms book  is a compilation of stories of by 12 mothers who exemplify P.O.W.E.R., an acronym for Persevere Overcome Win Empower and Restore. Read more of Tashara’s story, and for book signings, additional POWER Mom events and to purchase your copy, visit www.powermombook.com/t-robinson

Contact www.phenixx.com to book POWER Mom Co-Author Tashara Robinson.

To learn more about Tashara (TJ) Robinson and any upcoming projects visit www.tasharatjrobinson.com.

All photos provided curtesy of Tashara Robinson and Powermomsbook.com

A NIGHT FOR THE STARS AWARDS THE BEST IN BEAUTY, ATTRACTS NATIONAL ATTENDANCE

On Sunday December 3, 2017, Trish Hill, a Dallas-based philanthropist, entrepreneur, and owner of Salon N’vious, in partnership with The Trish Hill Foundation, hosted the 6th annual A Night for the Stars beauty industry awards show and gala, attracting national attendance from the best and the brightest in the beauty industry including: Naja Rickette (WE TV’s L.A. Hair, Celebrity Nail Artist for Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and others), Paul Mitchell School, Bronner Bros., Dana Harper (NBC’s The Voice, Season 11), LuLu Amin (DFW Beauty Guide), Christian Craven (award-winning men’s fashion blogger), Tyzza Macias (top local beauty entrepreneur, Founder of Factory Glam), and Jaleesa Charisse Howard (award-winning fashion and natural hair blogger), and more.

The 6th annual awards show was emceed by Titia Owens (local media personality and Founder of Where Are You? Homeless Outreach), and featured a GRAMMYs-inspired awards presentation, men and women’s fashion show, and the honoring of a cancer makeover recipient, Roz Bratton McGill as the inaugural awardee of a head to toe makeover through the Trish Hill Foundation – a foundation that provides donated and/or low cost beauty services in the DFW metroplex to cancer patients and survivors in order to positively boost their self-esteem and provide hope.

 

“I’ve been to the GRAMMY’s and the VMA’s,” celebrity Nail Artist and WE TV’s Naja Rickette wrote on her Instagram, “[but] in all sincerity A Night for the Stars by Trish Hill in Dallas is at a similar production value. Check it out next year.”

 

A full list of the 2017 Night for the Stars Award Winners are:

Best Barber: Monica Wells-Phillips
Best MakeUp Artist: Keenya Madison
Best Nail Tech: Icon Nails
Best Hair Show: Bronner Bros.
Best Hairstylist: Cee Rich
Best Esthetician: Dawn Jackson
Best Educator: Freddie Jones AKA Freddie J
Best Salon: Good Hair Day
Best Fashion Stylist: Andre Terry
Best Beauty School: Paul Mitchell Dallas
Best Magazine: Cosign Magazine
Best Product Sales Rep: Raymond Owens
Best Oral Surgeon: Dr. Faith Oliver
Shining Star 2017: Orianna Jenkins (DFW Teen Fashion Week)
Shining Star 2017: Kaye Flewellen
Trish Hill Foundation Cancer Makeover Awardee: Roz Bratton McGill

PHOTOS: Used Courtesy of: Trish Hill

Antonio Wingfield Presents -The 8th Continent Fashion Show

Designer Antonio Wingfield showcased a jaw dropping collection early Fall 2017. The collection featured futuristic, avant garde designs for both men and women, ranging from after-five, to formal, bridal and costume.

The 8th Continent, a fitting title and introduction to this bar-raising Collection. It makes one wonder -should we be free to use fashion as a form of self expression? Should we dress to please ourselves, or use fashion like assembly line manufacturing and be a continuum of the same looks?

Visit www.thefashionopera.com for details on this collection and more.

TONI&GUY Style Menu Simplifies Your Holiday Glam

TONI&GUY introduces Style Menu just in time for the 2017 Holiday! This style option trio is guaranteed to simplify your style needs this holiday party season, and at only $45 it’s a deal you can’t pass up.

I attended a Style Menu pre-view blogger event at the Hillcrest location in Dallas, TX. Style Menu options are now available at TONI&GUY locations! The event was held on a Thursday evening, offering Style Menu services and mini-makeovers. We showed up ready to work and get our blog on, but clearly the day was close to its end. But DJ So4kis made the party rock as we enjoyed an assortment of delectables and champagne while waiting to be serviced. We walked in day-long tired and walked out refreshed and ready to paint the town -even on a week night!

Style Menu

Style Menu offers Socialite Sleek, Boho Chic and Bombshell Blowout as styling options.

T&G National Creative Technical Director, Samantha Finley introducing Style Menu

Socialite Sleek

Polished, Smooth finish, Contemporary Edge

Boho Chic

Bohemian sophistication with a relaxed attitude

Bombshell Blowout

Sexy undone volume and body

Style Menu’s Diversity

I kind of shot myself in the foot in this for this event. I showed up with a full beat and I have locs. In my experience, when stylists aren’t familiar with Afro hair, in combination with locs, things get a little awkward. I was disheartened that no service was offered to me for hair. The stylist weren’t prepared for locs that night, but they rocked two other afro textured frocks. The salon provided wash, blow dry and flat ironing services for relaxed and loose natural hair. Both ladies were pleased with their results.

Visit your nearest TONI&GUY location to experience Style Menu this holiday!

Hill Harper Discusses His New, Natural Grooming Line And The Importance Of Product Knowledge In The Black Community

“I couldn’t be more proud of these products. They’re about health. They’re about wellness. They’re about making you smell good, feel good, look good and they check a lot of boxes -they hit home on a lot of levels. They’re premium quality products that are healthy for you and your skin, but at the same time they’re very affordable.” -Hill Harper

The Architect & co.

Hill Harper debuted H2L and JUA via The Architect & Co. in March 2017. H2L and JUA are natural, non-toxic grooming products for men and women. Over a pre-Thanksgiving midday chat, Harper explains, “The company that we founded is called The Architect & Co., betheartitect.com, it’s foundationally a health and wellness company built off the idea -what I write about in my book, that we are all active architects of our own life. And we can build our life like an architect builds a structure, but we have to start with a real strong blueprint or a plan and then we have to have the right foundation. And so, the first line of product we have for men is called H2L, and for women it’s called JUA. JUA means sun in Swahili, and H2L is just a play on my name; there are two H’s and two L’s in my name.”

H2L for men

H2L Nourishing Body Wash, H2L 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioning Cleanse, H2L After-Shower Hydrating Oil Spray, H2L Invigorating Body Lotion

H2L Natural Shave kit

H2L Natural Men’s Pre-Shave Primer Oil, H2L Natural Men’s Shave Lotion, H2L Natural Men’s Aftershave & Bump Prevention

JUA

JUA Nourishing Body Wash, JUA Smoothing Shampoo, JUA Restoring Conditioner, JUA After-shower Hydrating Oil Spray, JUA Invigorating Body Lotion

hill harper, founder

Harper, is best known for his role as Dr. Shelton Hawkes in the CBS hit drama serie CSI: NY and has a long list of noteworthy experiences spanning from critically acclaimed actor, to author, to Harvard Law Graduate. So what inspired the creation of an all natural line, in the beauty genre and something as intimate as a skincare?

It would take a personal experiences with cancer, in combination with serving as a member of  a cancer panel, could with his passion for community to add founder of affordable and health driven grooming products into his notable list of accomplishments.

“In 2010 I was doing a movie, For Colored Girls, in Atlanta. Kerry Washington was playing my wife and we were there shooting and I woke up one morning and I couldn’t swallow very well and, ultimately, to make a long story short, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My father had actually died of pancreatic cancer, but when he was my, almost, same age he had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer,” he says.

Community needs

The Architect & Co. formulates products with consideration to melanin, and they launched their mens and womens lines simultaneously. Knowing that cancer is one of the leading causes of death for the Black male demographic, I couldn’t help but wonder, so I asked,  “was the creation of this product, in-part, due to the lack of attention that Black males, in particular, pay to healthcare?”

He replied, “I created this line and it’s healthy for everybody. But, it particularly has properties for folks with melanin in their skin. We tend to have a lack of Vitamin D and Vitamin D is something that is critical for good health, so I put in a lot of oils that have a lot of Vitamin D and things like that. But at the same time you’re absolutely right, as African American men, we have a tendency to not stay on top of our health or our health checks on a regular basis; but we still use products we just throw some stuff on and keep it moving.

After I’d had surgery for my thyroid, President Obama -who I’ve been friends with for a number of years, asked me to join his President’s Cancer panel, which is a three-member panel that makes recommendations for the White House. There are two scientist on the panel and one non-scientist, and I was that non-scientist. Different experts would come present to the panel; we would take their information and make recommendations.

Many of these doctors and experts would talk about what we put on our skin. And the fact that our skin is our largest organ on our body, and it absorbs everything you put on it, almost like eating it. And they were making a point, to me, and to the panel, that the same companies who own the drug company are the same ones, these multi-national conglomerate companies, that own most of the products that come out for skincare, lotions and etcetera. These companies own these companies and so there’s not a big interest in doing research and study on the impact of having these carcinogenic elements that are in many of these products. And I thought about our community. I remember when I was young, my grandmother was like, ‘You gonna put some Vaseline on that?’ [Right] Vaseline is Petroleum Jelly, it is a toxic byproduct of oil, you know, oil refining.”

H2L and JUA, affordable solutions

A thyroid cancer diagnosis and working so closely with research surrounding cancer lead Harper to being aware and conscious of daily-use products. He is also aware of the price tag associated with non-toxic living and says, “I was in a position where I could afford these high-end products that didn’t have any carcinogens, but I said to myself, ‘What about people in the community? They can’t afford $40 for conditioner or $40 for the organic shampoo.’ I said, “There has to be a way that you can have non-carcinogenic products at an affordable price -the same price as some of these other brands.”

Shop now and save

Hill has done just that by offering H2L and JUA exclusively from his production plant TheArchitect & Co. via bethearchitect.com. A subscription based model that renews annually, or as frequently as necessary through a la carte orders. Ladies, subscribe for your JUA and hook your man up too, with a subscription to H2L for the year.

Use the Promo Code: TRY ME 20 for 20% off of your order now through the 2017 Holiday Season! 

Photos from bethearchitect.com

Have A Star Studded Family Night Out At The LSGF Red Carpet Gala

I have wanted my daughters (specifically my oldest) to have a red carpet experience since the Oscars, Grammy’s and Golden Globes started doing celebrity red carpet looks with children a few years ago.  This year, I am excited to attend Let’s Start Giving Foundation’s Red Carpet Gala with my family on November 4th at the Social Arts Event Room in Duncanville, Texas! If you’ve been keeping up with  @lsgfoundation16 on Instagram and the Lets Start Giving Foundation 2017 Gala event page, then you know that the night will be filled with charity fundraising, and wholesome entertainment!

The foundation

Let’s Start Giving Foundation is a non-profit organization providing persons at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness with essential day-to-day needs through individual donations and partnerships with local businesses and community agencies. LSGF’s founder, Alaia Stinson is currently ten (10) years old! And, with the help of her parents and siblings, the foundation is in its second year of operation, continuing to work towards her dream of providing a shelter facility for homeless families.

a red carpet affair

Proceeds from LSGF’s Red Carpet Gala will be donated to Ola’s House of Hope and used to make a direct impact on the Dallas County homeless community through boot-on-the-ground efforts. Expect nothing less from this gala than you would on any other gala, or upscale night out. Look forward to  extravagant gowns and dresses, suave suits and fly outfits as well as keynote speakers, honored guests, silent auctions and raffles.

Family Friendly entertainment

But what makes LSGF’s Red Carpet Gala unique is the family friendly entertainment lineup! Live Stand-up comedy by Edwin Douglas. Triple D Dance Company is ready to tare the floor up! The Dallas Holmesboyz Steppers are gonna take you down memory lane and back to the yard! And Destinee Duncan, Ms. Glossy Girls herself; winner of the DFW Fashion Week Fashion Show 2017 Young Talented & Gifted  Designer of the Year Award, will be showcasing her collection!

Let’s Start Giving!

The timing is perfect, it’s the holiday season, giving season, charity ball season! Don’t miss this opportunity to go glam and include your family, all while giving back to the community. I sure won’t!  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

For more information about Let’s Start Giving Foundation visit www.letsstartgivingfoundation.org

Séxūal By Michel Germain

Séxūal by Michel Germain was founded on love and is a romantic fragrance, frequently referred to as, “A love note in a bottle.”

Michel Germain

Michel Germain, a French-Canadian Perfumer for more than 25 years, known for his prestigious fragrances. Germain credits the sustainability of his brand to creating a storyline that stands out and does something that no one has ever done. When shopping for a fragrance you want compliments. Michel Germain Parfums wants you to get noticed and asked what you’re wearing!

The Pop-up

I had the pleasure of co-hosting the Séxūal by Michel Germain Pop-up at Macy’s in NorthPark Center Mall in Dallas, Texas on October 21st.

Attendees enjoyed treats, and detailed information about the brand  and the Séxūal line by a Michel Germain Account Executive.

Séxūal

“I haven’t found a fragrance that makes me feel confident. I haven’t found a fragrance that lasts and I haven’t found a fragrance that makes me feel like i’m the only women in the world.” -Norma germain

Inspired by a comment from his wife, Norma, Séxūal by Michel Germain features eight fragrances in total. Four Women’s fragrances: Tendre, Paris, Sugar and Noir. And four for Men’s fragrances:Tendre Pour Homme, Paris Pour Homme, Pour Homme and Noir Pour Homme.

But what goes into making a fragrance that makes a women feel like the only women in the world? This sent Germain on a five year quest through France, Africa and the North East for the perfect notes needed to create a fragrance that would do all those things. Ultimately creating Séxūal, a fragrance that exudes romance. MG Account Exec explains that, “In all Séxūal fragrances there is a hidden note, an aphrodisiac. It invites closeness. It invites romance, hugs, and kisses guaranteed. That is what makes this frangrance so unique. They are also oil based, the natural oils blend with your body chemistry and creates your own signature fragrance.

So what happens when you wear the Séxūal? It’s not, ‘oh, you’re wearing this, or are you wearing that? The question becomes, ‘oh my goodness miss! What is that that you’re wearing?’ They can’t identify the scent, because you’ve just created your own signature fragrance through the natural oils, through the aphrodisiacs. That’s why you want to own Séxūal!”

Event Photo Credit: Alfena Williams