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Our Gratitude Jar
My how time flies! It was just last November that we shipped our first Jewel!
Over the last year we have welcomed many women into our Queendom, listened to their positive feedback and to their recommendations and suggestions. We won business pitch competitions; hosted special events for our Queendom Members; challenged women to take the time to love and pamper themselves (We deserve it.); and we even got a chance to get a jump start on our social mission! - What a year!
Launching a business is no joke! There are ups and downs, and plenty of challenges to go around. - I am even thankful for those!
We have so much more to do, but today we're focusing on our GRATITUDE for all that we have accomplished up until this point, and for YOU! Check out our Gratitude Jar below. Do you have one?
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Queendom Reflections: Five Must-Haves When Going Natural
Five Must-Haves When Going Natural
I decided to go natural for a number of reasons. The first reason is because I am more than half way through my twenties and I realize I have permed, fried, glued, and weaved up my hair, and never have I once considered embracing it as it is. Yes, there is nothing easy about having natural hair, however, for the first time I am learning new things about myself, and about the awesome people around me who are also embracing this natural hair journey. Yes, you heard me correctly. It’s a journey!
Through this experience I have really learned the significance of self-love. I have spent the last 28 years obsessing over my hair in every way imaginable. Those who are closest to me know that under any and every circumstance, rain, storm, work, or tornado, I will make my way to a hair salon. I have always believed that that if someone’s hair looks a mess, then they must be a mess, so you can understand my concern!
Hair was one of the ways I masked the things I did not want people to know or ever pick up about me. Learning to embrace all of me is my goal and I know I need to remember that my hair is beautiful. Every strand, curl, or nap, it’s all me, and it’s beautiful! For those willing to take the leap, take it from me, you CAN learn to do your hair as an adult. I learn something new everyday!
Here are my five must-haves for those considering going natural:
A great support system: My sistah friends are the best. I am blessed to be surrounded by cross-generational wisdom and love. They listen to me vent when I get discouraged, and remind me of my true beauty.
The natural hair blogs: They are helpful and overwhelming at the same time. Find a salon that you trust and keep it simple. No blog post can prepare you for the emotions you may feel. For me some days are good and other days I want to cry. I almost feel as though I am going through a break-up, yet an extraordinary break-up that leads to self-discovery.
Self-esteem: You hair is your hair!!! Love your hair the same way you love other people’s hair.
My Jewels: My Crowning Jewels help reinforce my self-esteem. On those days when my inner beauty has a hard time being reflected on the outside, my Glamour Band reminds me that I am a queen. I also have a Night Jewel. I am too fly, fabulous, and sassy to not be feeling like a queen 24-7!
Emotional Health: During this process I am becoming even more in tune with my emotional health, and I am even more comfortable receiving compliments on my new style!
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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Crown Her Queen
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, help us crown women Queens in our head wrap Jewels. All Jewels donated via our Crown Her Queen program will be donated to ZuriWorks for Women's Health, an organization that uses arts and health to develop creative, culturally relevant approaches that enhance the quality of life of women color affected by cancer.
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In Celebration of Our Independence...
We're offering 25% off our head wrap Jewels until July 7th! Use discount code "Liberty" at checkout!
Please share the Discount Jewel below with anyone who wants to declare their independence from the satin bonnet and other unglamorous nighttime (or daytime) headwear!
Have an awesome 4th of July!
~ Team MCJ
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20% Off Friends & Family Sale in Honor of Mothers
In celebration of Mother's Day we're offering 20% off our Jewels! Enter the discount code "MCJF&F" at checkout by Sunday, May, 12th, and you'll get 20% off all the Jewels in our Queendom! All USA orders placed by Wednesday, May 15th, should arrive right in time to crown your mom Queen in our Jewels!Read More »
My Crowning Jewel Wins Pitch Contest!
Our president, Veronica N. Chapman, won first place in the Merrimack Valley Business Pitch Competition! The pitch focused on how and why we bring fashion to function with our head wrap Jewels, and on our social mission!
If you have an idea for a business that would benefit a community in Massachusetts, or if you are starting a tech company, then please apply for their upcoming pitch competitions: http://goo.gl/TOJ2o
Also, check out Veronica's interview with Kevin Willet of Friends of Kevin where she talks about her experience at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Pitch Contest!Read More »
Help us spread the word about our head wrap Jewels!
Are you on social media? Do you want to help us crown women Queens in our Crowning Jewels and employ teens this summer?
Are you having trouble figuring out what to say? Let us help you!
If you're on Twitter or Facebook follow this link for some messages you can share with your friends and followers!
Just cut and paste!
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Thank you so much for your support!
Team My Crowning Jewel
Step Out in Our Day Jewels: Zebra Libra Edition
Michelle, Ma Belle - Anatomy of The Michelle Jewel
Anatomy of the Michelle Jewel
Named in honor of our first lady, the Michelle is a sophisticated scarf that can be worn in numerous ways. Fully lined, it has a very simple, but classic look. And like the Libra, it can be worn in numerous ways from the bun at the nape of the neck to the saucy bow at the side of the face.
Here's what we've heard from Queendom members who have purchased a Michelle Jewel, "I love the way the Michelle is contoured to the shape of my head. It makes it easy to wrap so I don't have to fidget with it."
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The Anatomy of Our Libra Head Wrap Jewels
Ever wonder what makes our Libra Jewels so exquisite and versatile? Our Chief Designer, Luisa Chapman, explains what inspired the design:
In creating My Crowning Jewel, we had a very simple goal: Make a head wrap that stays on at night. Our extensive research revealed this to be women’s number one concern. Our Libra’s innovative cap and strap construction solved the problem. As the part of the head wrap which covers the head, the cap, is seamed to the parts that tie around the head, the straps or sashes, this allows for the cap to be made of one fabric and the sashes to be made of another. Previously, women had been using a one piece scarf or “do rag” to wrap their hair, usually made of a satiny slippery fabric which came off at night, now the cap could be made of the satin fabric necessary to protect the hair, and the ties could be made of a stretchy fabric whose tension would keep the cap in place.
Some women prefer a real tight wrap while others do not. The Libra’s wrap and tuck feature meets both needs. Since the sashes are 5” wide, doubled and made of stretch fabric, the cap can be tucked neatly—and securely—inside of the sashes. Or, the cap can be left untucked.
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All of our wraps are adjustable. The Libra’s perfect fit is accomplished by the 2” space between where the sashes are attached. This allows the head wraps to fit a 20” head or a 24” head.
We also had a goal of bringing fashion to function. Why not make head wraps that not only stay on, but are beautiful? Why not create sleeping beauties? This was the fun part. And this is where the seamed cap and sash construction proved even more beneficial. In addition to our basic black Libra, we wanted something sexy, fun, fashionable, beautiful. We finally settled on a metallic polyester/spandex that had the drapeability of lame, but held up to numerous washings. Available in light gold, dark gold, gunmetal, copper and midnight blue, these wraps could easily accessorize any fashion statement.
As the Libra’s sashes are 90” long, they can be tied in a multitude of ways, giving this one head wrap many different looks from the classic turban to the Unicorn to the Rosie the Riveter. The Libras that are made of high quality polyester or silk spandex resist wrinkling. As a result they can be slept in then worn during the day and night. Think about how liberating that is for all the women who don’t have time for hair! We joke around here that our Libras should carry a warning: You may never do your hair again!
At My Crowning Jewel we believe head wraps should have couture quality. Accordingly the Libra has an elegant shirring design at the center of the sash. To be certain of the quality we chose a U.S. factory which allowed us to oversee production hands on.
We Did It! - Thanks To You!
Thank you so much for voting for us! Because of you we won a spot to present our Jewels at Mass Innovation Nights!
We had a wonderful time explaining why women should retire their satin bonnets and frumpy head scarves and upgrade to a Jewel!
Thanks to the Mass Innovation Nights team we have a video of our pitch!
Pictured below is our President, Veronica N. Chapman, and Chief Designer, Luisa Chapman, presenting My Crowning Jewel to the Mass Innovation Nights audience.
My Crowning Jewel @Mass Innovation Nights!
Free Domestic Shipping! (November 23rd - January 5, 2013)
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we want to take the time to express our gratitude to you for all your support. From Friday, November 23, 2012, to Saturday, January 5, 2013, we are offering free shipping on all domestic (US) orders!
Wishing you and yours a marvelous holiday season! :)
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We have two Jewels made from Batik fabrics, the Rose Royce Jewel, and the Batik Libra. I was not familiar with these beautiful fabrics until our Chief Designer, Luisa W. Chapman, brought them to my attention; I am so happy that we were able to make Jewels from these fabric creations!
According to The Batik Guild in the United Kingdom, "Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tikand means to dot.
To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing."