Join Us In Our Mission To Inspire Little Girls To Dream Big!
My Crowning Jewel was born out of our CEO, Veronica N. Chapman's, quest for something better. Protecting our hair at night is a legacy that most black women share, but Veronica felt that the nighttime head wrap options that were in the marketplace just weren't good enough. The belief that she and her aunt Luisa could design a nighttime head wrap that is both functional and beautiful is the foundation for My Crowning Jewel. They both had the courage to act on a vision.
Like our founders, we want to help ensure that little girls are equipped with the courage and confidence to dream big and take action! Because of this commitment we are supporting our CEO's goal of inspiring little girls to be courageous in pursuit of their dreams. Click the picture below to learn more about her campaign!
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Oh what a night! My Crowning Jewel Awarded $5,000 by EforAll!
Last night was so exciting! We shared with you earlier in the summer that our Chief Queendom Member, Veronica N. Chapman, was chosen as a finalist in the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Summer Accelerator program. Last night 12 weeks of hard work culminated in an awesome and exciting awards ceremony.
There were so many great announcements last night! The first great announcement was that the Merrimack Valley Sandbox has officially changed its name to "EforAll" to further emphasize their motto and belief that entrepreneurship is for all. We couldn't agree more, and we are so looking forward to continuing our relationship with this awesome organization!
Another great announcement is that Veronica was one of the awardees last night! She won $5,000 to continue building our Queendom so stay tuned for new Jewels and new developments!
Veronica also had the opportunity to address the audience last night because she was nominated by her cohort to serve as the class speaker! Click here to read her remarks.
We are so grateful to have had this opportunity, and we are committed to making our fellow finalists; Queendom Members; and the awesome team at EforAll proud!
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Exciting News! My Crowning Jewel is a Finalist in the Sandbox Accelerator!
We just learned that we are a Finalist in the Sandbox Accelerator Program! This program will provide us with "three months of incredible mentorship & weekly workshops, free office space, access to technical experts, and the opportunity to compete for $30,000 in cash prizes!"
We have already shared our commitment to excellence in product design and delivery; our commitment to our social mission; and to making sure My Crowning Jewel becomes a sustainable company that addresses the needs and desires of our customers, while being an asset to the world.
We are so grateful for this opportunity; and we look forward to what's to come!
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Mapping Our Growth While Striving For Excellence
As a new company that is always striving for excellence and growth, it is so important that we pause to celebrate our victories, both big and small. In honor of our growing number of Queendom Members, our CEO recently created a visual representation of our Queendom. The royal purple below represents all the states and countries where we have shipped Jewels. We really value our members and are truly committed to providing great customer service; designing exquisite, high-quality, head wrap Jewels; and to our social mission.
If you know some fabulous women in the states or countries where we don't currently have Queendom Members, or if you have some friends who you think should crown themselves Queens in our Jewels, send them our love and this discount code: QueendomConnect. As we continue to grow we will update our maps so stay tuned, and thank you for joining us on this journey!
My Crowning Jewel Queendom Map - USA
My Crowning Jewel Queendom Map - Global
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Living Single: Why I Am Unfazed By Valentine's Day Hoopla
Queendom, we're family now, right? I feel like we are so I'm comfortable having this discussion. Last Friday was a pretty chill day for me. I worked most of the day and went to my weekly yoga class which is always an amazing and challenging experience. It was packed as usual. Afterwards I ran to the grocery store, showered, and cooked something awesome.
It wasn't until the next day that I was reminded that Friday was Valentine's Day. If the sales on overstocked candy at my local CVS were not enough of a reminder, a conversation with my local gas station homie was another.
This was the convo:
Homie: How are you? How was your Valentine's Day?
Me: Oh, Friday was great! Or are you asking if I had a valentine?
Homie: Yes, that's what I'm asking. Did you have a valentine?
Me: No I didn't.
Homie: Why? You seem really nice.
Me: I am really nice. - LOL! - Did you have a valentine? You seem really nice too.
Homie: No, I hung out with family.
Me: Well since we're both really nice I'm sure we will one day find awesome people.
Homie: I agree. See you next time!
Now, before you start with the "hey, why don't you guys date" comments, the title of this article is "Living Single" so let's stay focused. - LOL! The reality is that on Friday I couldn't care less that it was Valentine's Day. I am sure that a lot of women and even men who found themselves without a valentine on Valentine's Day may have been bummed. I wasn't bummed at all and here's why:
I Don't Have Time For Bandits
Do you know what a bandit is? Most of us have come across them. I know I have. A bandit is a person you are seeing who you really have no business with. It's not going to really go anywhere because you really aren't compatible. The bandit may be inconsistent in his or her actions or even disrespectful, but you continue spending time with him or her because you are lonely or "hungry". ;) If a person you are seeing is inconsistent and displays shady character traits, he or she is a bandit. And, if I rather run financial regressions than spend time with you it's a waste of time. And who has time to waste?
I Am Thankful For The Opportunity To Be Selfish
I am a Libra so we're all for partnership. So if the right person comes along who convinces me that I'm better paired, he will be a very lucky man! LOL! In the meantime, I choose to use this time to focus on using my skills and talents so I can leave my mark on the world, travel when I can, and do other things that make me a better me. - Being selfish can be good, right? LOL!
I Keep Good Company
If you don't have great people in your life, find some. Having great friends makes this life journey so much richer. If things are going well, celebrations ensue. If things are not going so well, great friends are there for those times too! And we won't even mention the game nights, parties, brunches, and all around silliness and joy that great friends bring.
I Know Myself
I have accomplished and experienced a lot while single including traveling long distances and living in foreign lands, or staying local and spending quality time alone. Times of solitude are great times to check in with yourself to see how you're feeling, assess where you are, and where you want to go. If you are someone who does want to be in a partnership at some point, knowing yourself can also help you identify people with whom you are most compatible, and help you communicate your needs when you are in a relationship worthy of your time, love, and compromise.
Are you single? Were you affected by the Valentine's Day hoopla?
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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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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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Happy Birthday Erica!
Happy Birthday Erica!
Help us wish our favorite teen Social Media Intern a Happy Birthday! If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you may have noticed an increase in awesome posts. We have Erica to thank for that!
Thanks to the Merrimack Valley Sandbox we were able to get a jump start on our social mission and hire our first teen this summer! Erica is a wonderful young woman and a great asset to the My Crowning Jewel team!
Learn more about our fabulous intern below:
Name: Erica McIntosh
Grade: 10th Grade
College of Interest: Harvard University
Do you have a favorite quote or book you can share? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison
Who is your favorite “shero” and why? My favorite shero is Michelle Obama because of her passion for youth and how she is independent in pursuing her outreach.
What’s something you’re passionate about? I am passionate about helping people
Success in your book is...? Being proud of yourself and doing what makes you happy.
If a reality show were being made about you, what would its title be? If there were a reality show being made about me I think it would be called “My Crazy Life”.
For what are you most grateful? I am very grateful for my family and all the sacrifices they make for me.
Favorite childhood game or toy? My favorite childhood toy is Bop it.
What song always gets you on the dance floor? The electric slide always gets me on the dance floor.
What mark do you want to leave on the world? I want to be able to make the world a better place by making someone smile. I believe that one smile can make someone’s day and that they will pass that on to the next person they see.
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My Crowning Jewel CEO, Veronica N. Chapman, Wins Pitch Competition!
On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Veronica N. Chapman, Co-founder and CEO of My Crowning Jewel, participated in the Merrimack Valley Sandbox's "Winners Showdown Pitch Contest." After winning $1,000 as the 1st place winner in The Sandbox's Creative Economy Pitch on March 28th, Veronica was invited back on June 11th to square off against three other winners from pitch contests held by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. - Veronica won 1st place again, claiming the $5,000 grand prize!
As a result of our winning this awesome reward, keep an eye out for new products, and updates about how we are working to fulfill our social mission. We are truly grateful to the Merrimack Valley Sandbox for all the opportunities they provide entrepreneurs.
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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
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.