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Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant Helped Me with Dermatitis

In Beauty, Fitness & Health

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post.


As women, our bodies are always changing. Earlier this year, I had major hormone shifts that caused my body to react negatively to my everyday hygiene products. Soaps that I’ve been using for decades instantly caused my skin to break out in hives. Even body moisturizer caused my skin to dry out. But nothing was worse than developing dermatitis from using aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants. In short, Dermatitis is when your skin becomes irritated by certain allergens. In my case, my aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants caused a rash like condition under my arms. This would cause my arms to scratch and burn throughout the day. Actually, it got so bad that water would start to hurt. Enter: Tom’s of Maine’s Long Lasting Deodorant – a natural deodorant option with no aluminum or petrochemicals.

Deodorant is the most crucial part of a work woman’s day. I begin my day at 5 am by heading to the gym, then head to my 9-5, and then finish off with grad classes or blog work until 11 pm. With all the hustle and bustle of the day, your deodorant should be the number one reason why you feel and smell fresh. When my dermatologist recommended Tom’s of Maine Deodorant to me, I was skeptical. But when my doctor mentioned Tom’s of Maine uses natural fragrances, as opposed to synthetic,  I questioned whether it would last throughout the day. Nonetheless, I was desperate, and I knew I couldn’t keep using the antiperspirant I had home. After two days of usage, the redness and swelling under my arms started to go down. Ever since then, it’s been a match made in heaven. because I’ve had such a great experience with Tom’s of Maine after my dermatologist recommended it, I was delighted to partner with Tom’s of Maine to learn more about their Long Lasting Natural Deodorant. 

 

So why make the switch? The naturally derived ingredients in Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant not only keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, but you can avoid artificial preservatives and other unwanted ingredients from being continually massaged into your pores.  It’s unfortunate that we are exposed to all types of pollution in the air and our food, so why put them on your body?

And as someone who considers herself an athlete, I constantly have a fear of my deodorant not being strong enough. Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant is a long lasting deodorant that works just as hard as you do. Interested in learning more about my new favorite deodorant on the block? Head to Tom’s of Maine to see if it’s a fit for you! Always consult your doctor when making a change to your hygienic routine.

Til next time,

Char.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

International Day of the Girl Child

In Body Positive, Inspiration, Lifestyle

According to Unicef,  since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

I am not one to cast a shadow on challenges of others…if you believe you are going through a problem, you, my friend are going through it. When people would say “I wish I were rich, I wouldn’t be going through this problem,” I often argue that wealthy people have a whole other set of issues that money can’t resolve. Unfortunately, as women in a 90% patriarchal world, we collectively go through a lot of the same issues.

Unequal pay, telling women they are playing “victim” when they go through rape, national leaders telling us what to do with our sexual organs (even condoning mutilation), fat shaming, barring access to education and driving, and the list goes on an on. And as much as I wish we were living through lines of Tupac’s “Dear Mama” song, we’re not.

I don’t advocate to be a feminist, but I do advocate for our human rights! I believe that we deserve to treat each other with the utmost understanding and respect. And even if it’s too late to do it now, we gotta start with youth…we shouldn’t have to condition young girls and women into believing that this is all society has to offer them. At the bare minimum, OUR HUMAN RIGHTS!

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If efficiently supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. – Unicef.

So please, if you see a little girl today–even if it’s for three seconds, let them know they are appreciated and that they can put anything they set their mind to! When I was younger, images of women running shit were far and few. I wish I could have told myself that the buck doesn’t stop with what “they” tell you to do…keep pushing sis.

Char.

 

15 days of TRILLFIT

In Body Positive, Fitness & Health

I know it’s been an entire month since I’ve written on here. And even though I’ve been low-key on the social front, I’m trying to get it together. I am a point in my life where I am blessed with opportunity, but my energy, zest, and enthusiasm seem to be low. The last time I’ve felt energized and on my P’s and Q’s was when I was consistently active.

When I used to attend Zumba classes 3x times a week, my energy was through the roof. I loved it! Aside with the intended weight loss benefits, my dealing with stress became easier. I knew that problems wouldn’t go away immediately, but for those 60 mins, I was focusing on myself! Also, I would finally fall asleep as soon as I hit the bed—and all my close friends know that this NEVER HAPPENS ANYMORE. I trainer maybe 5 or 8 times a month with OJ of OjFit_ but I wanted to take it up a notch! So, I’ve decided to put myself back into consistent activity with TRILLFIT!

What is TRILLFIT?

TRILLFIT

As seen in the Boston Globe, InStyle, NBC, and much more, TRILLFIT is Boston’s original hip-hop workout party. They believe that fitness should be fun, inclusive, and set to the illest soundtrack. Any class that endorses twerking is a class you should try! I’ve been to a couple of classes in the past when I’ve had time, and they were AMAZEBALLS! 

The classes they currently have are:

Sculpt- Our signature strength training class focuses on tightening and toning the whole body with an emphasis on booty work. Fusing elements of HIIT, core work, Pilates, and body weight exercises targeted towards arms, abs, legs, thighs, and butt, Sculpt will have you feeling the burn and looking back at it all damn day. We promise. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome.

TRILLFIT- Our signature dance class blends Beyonce-worthy choreography (we love a good twerk sesh) with multiple rounds of HIIT, to sweat your way to a tighter, toned body. Sneakers Required. All levels welcome

HIP HOP YOGA (my fave)- A slow flow vinyasa class that explores and deepens the connection between mind and body, while stretching and restoring the body from the inside out. Set to the sounds of DJ Nick Bishop spinning a live soundtrack of hip-hop and R&B, this class takes you deeper into your yoga practice with that same TRILLFIT spark. Be prepared to sweat and rejuvenate. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome.

…and more classes to come!

TRILLFIT

Check out this video of a Pop-up Class in LA. 

With that said, I am going to challenge myself to 15 days of TRILLFIT! Even though their classes conflict with my school classes, I am going to push myself to attend Trillfit between now and November 16th …at least 15 times! By doing this, I am hoping to regain that energy and zest for life again. I am also hoping to see these curves morph back into the old Chardline I once knew!

Want to join me? I am starting this Wednesday, and I really want you there! The first two people to email me ([email protected]) get to take one class ON ME!!! That’s right, if you’re in the Boston area, please come and get this work!!! Also, want to watch a few snippets from class during my 15 days of TRILLFIT? Make sure you head to my fitness IG account where I will introduce the magic that is TRILLFIT! I am going to post some progress pics along the way…so make sure you follow :).

Can’t wait to get this body moving! Head to TRILLFIT to sign up!! 

Til next time, Char.

Turning a New Leaf feat. Teri Jon

In Body Positive, Fashion, Personal Style

At 28 years old, I feel like I’ve experienced more than I needed to. I’ve had like five near death experiences; I’ve had to make tough decisions that I wake up regretting every day and to make matters worse, I keep finding myself in a lot of the same experiences. I think the greats call this insanity.

One of life’s most challenging aspects is understanding love + partnership with a significant other. I swear, in high school, it was so simple. Love meant holding hands, going to the movies, and the worst thing your significant other can do is cheat on you.

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

As I’m getting older, love is starting to mean tough conversations, holding your tongue for the sake of bruising your partner’s ego, understanding that there is a gray area that isn’t always the prettiest place to hang out in, realizing that sex more than a physical act–it’s 90% mental, knowing that honest and direct communication will make or break a relationship, etc.

Now, there are more nuances to love but–even then, I still welcome it with open arms. Why? Love has the power to transform and heal you. I once had a friend who said, “Sha, you are brave! You go into dating with the hopes of you establishing something long lasting. You don’t seem to be scared of externalities such as hurt, depression, weight fluctuation, internalized views about yourself and men in general, etc.” As endearing as his speculation about me was, he was kind of wrong. I’m terrified of love. It can be horrifying!

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

It’s 2017, and society still dictates where a person should be in their late twenties. If it were up to my family, I would have been married with two kids by now. But, by the grace of God, I’m not even close. Being married isn’t a life goal for me. Being happy and making others happy is a better fit for me. Does that mean I’m going to put a pause on love? NAH! I’m going to love harder than I’ve ever loved before. But not in search of the dream guy—in search of Chardline. I’ve been relationships that have changed me for the worst. I honestly lost more and more of myself with every relationship.

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

While this post is only PART ONE, I hope you guys follow me as I figure out what it means to take the time to and LOVE ME! FINALLY! I’ve identified six things that kept me from loving me. With each layer revealed, I am going to share some of the tips and revelations that led me to this impetus. I’m also low key excited that I’m going to partner with people who’ve watched me grow and break down for the past 10+ years. Visuals, Interviews, and Testimonies!

No fancy production here, but this project means more to me than you all know. And yes, we can talk about this dress! The reason why I had to roll out my “Turning a New Leaf” project with this dress by Teri Jon is that I am still a style blogger and partnering with brands who are turning new leaves of their own is especially near and dear to my heart! Teri Jon just rolled out their #JustMySize campaign. Check out their video to learn more about it.

Even though my dress is sold out, check out these Fall classics that I know you’ll see on the blog again!! I am wearing a size 20 if it helps for reference. Also, I found the same dress on Saks!

My shoes are from Amazon! 

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

Do me a favor? Hug yourself every night before you go to sleep. I promise it makes a world of a difference.

-Char.

Dove Intensive Repair for Natural Hair

In Beauty

The summer has a way of damaging my hair like no other. Moreover, since I have a 4b natural hair type, trying to revive my after heat damage and chlorine damage from all the pool parties felt near impossible…until now. So far I have been to three tropical locations, and every time I came back to the United States, my hair would feel unmanageable and brittle. While I have hair products that aid in placating my damaged ends, it was hard finding something that would bring my hair back to life. Moreover, naturalistas, we know the summer struggle is real!

While searching for products that specialize in natural hair care, I stumbled upon  Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Now, I know that my fellow naturalistas may think I am kidding, but it works! In the past, I have spent over 30.00 dollars in trying to find products that repair my damaged and ends and brittle hair. However, Dove’s Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner does the trick, and it is very affordable. I am usually against using products that have sulfates, but this duo has an ingredient that helps with softening damaged hair: Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives. Keratin is an essential protein that combats frizzy, dry ends. It is every natural girl’s best friend! Kudos to Dove for adding an important ingredient that helps support our tresses!

Since I have purchased the product, I have used it about three times, and the Intensive Repair Conditioner is a perfect co-wash. I live for products that are multi-functional. With today being the second day of a heat wave, I feel at ease about jumping into the pool. Since Dove Intensive Repair works to repair hair and stop 90% of hair damage before it happens, I am ready to enjoy the rest of my summer and my luscious locs!

What are your thoughts? Ready to try Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner? Let me know what your results are!

Until next time,
Char!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.