Category Archives: Encouraging Topics

Podcasts from Two Minute Topic Tuesday with Tassie

{Featured Friday} Naturally Me Natural Hair Custom Made Dolls

Naturally Me Featured image

Hi Skinnies!

Today I want to share with you a company that is pretty inspirational and has totally embraced the meaning of Loving U and the Skin U Are In!

I came across this company that creates custom dolls of women of color and natural hair!  So THIS my Skinnies is natural hair related! 😉  Let me start off with saying how I love my natural hair!  I love the versatility of it and I even love how complicated it can become with all its varying textures at any given time!  What caught my attention the most about these dolls is not only are they gorgeous but they represent all the versatility our hair offers!

I know my audience is diverse so that is one reason why I wanted to share the story of this particular company because it gives everyone an opportunity to see how embracing who you are and loving the skin you are in can literally change your life!  This goes beyond skin color but rather embodies the possibility of taking chances, seeing a need, and being a solution to that need.

Clarissa Lewis saw a need and she filled it!  Here Clarissa explains her journey to creating such unique dolls

Afro Doll

As a child growing up in a predominantly white community, I often struggled with self love and acceptance. I desired to “fit in” which did not always feel easy to me.  Through the guidance of my parents who always kept us well balanced with the knowledge of our culture, I grew to love and accept my natural beauty. This grew exponentially when I attended the HBCU in Atlanta GA, Spelman College.

Later in life, I began a career in Natural Hair Care and realized how important it is for young ladies to consume images of natural beauty on a daily basis. I often experienced little girls who were discouraged to embrace their naturally kinky hair by getting it constantly blown straight. All of these experiences led to the creation of Naturally Me Dolls.

I am the mother of two daughters 7 and 3. When looking in stores for dolls of color, it is clear that we are under represented. IF there are any dolls of color in the isles at all, they most definitely do not embrace the versatility and beauty that most little girls and many women wear day to day. There is something about seeing a doll that REALLY looks like you, not a watered down version of a brown doll that MAY have curly hair at the most. This is why I do what I do and it is very exciting to sees the positive response to my dolls.

Realistically, this is common within our community but as I said earlier Clarissa’s story also embodies the power of embracing who you are and loving the skin U are in.  She took her experience and created something beautiful!

We all have a path we must take and most paths take courage, boldness, and determination whether its about, health and wellness, skin care, hair care, or life changes.  Stay on your path because you never know where it may lead you!

So Skinnies, if you want to learn more about these NaturallyMe Dolls please check out Clarissa’s shop and Facebook page. Reach out to her and feel free to support!  Links to her are below and let her know you found out about her through The Skinny on Skin 101!!!

As I come across various companies I will now start to share them on Fridays under Featured Friday so stay tuned for more amazing new topics and content that I think need to be featured!!

Do you know of a company, organization, or product I should feature that embodies what we are about?

Let me know!! Please Share, Comment, and Like!  I love to hear from you :-)!!

Until next time Skinnies, keep loving U and the Skin U are in!

Tassie Small
Lic. Holistic Skin and Wellness Therapist


Enjoy Today…Your Special Way

Hi Skinnies!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and enjoying the weather no matter where you may be!

 My family enjoyed  a Hot Air Balloon Festival this past weekend for Memorial Day.  So in honor of this day I hope that everyone enjoys today and are grateful for the freedoms we have.

Enjoy today in your own special way!!  Until next time Skinnies…keep loving you and the skin you are in!  See you THURSDAY! 

Tassie Small

Lic. Holistic Skin & Wellness Therapist

Monday Madness Much

Hi Skinnies!

Question: have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to go a “little” crazy when you want to get things done?!

I know I’m not the only one who has experienced moments like this, for example:

1.  The lady at Starbucks giving you straight attitude so much so that you end up talking to a manager because you felt totally disregarded as a customer….too upset to blog

2.  You go to do your work and can’t log on to the Internet…as a matter of fact you can’t even find the icon that shows the networks to log in too!…too frustrated to blog

3. Have a conversation with family members that take a bulk of time and emotion…too wired to blog

4.  Children needing to go somewhere that you promised they could go by a certain time because you knew you would’ve already completed your blog! …too consumed to blog

5.  Get hit with another situation that takes your time, energy, and heart to the point you are…too emotional to blog

Well, my Skinnies TODAY has been that day for me!! I debated posting today due to the multiple situations listed BUT I pressed through it and although THIS is not what I wanted to blog about I figured “why not”, part of me loving me and the skin I am in is being transparent with frustrations, anger, emotions, and resposibilies that may hinder me from progressing.

I’ve had this blog for years and I have consistently been inconsistent with my post.  My inconsistency most of the time was due to situations such as the things mentioned above…it’s called life AND guess what LIFE happens!  But, I made a commitment to not allow myself to fall into the same trap and became determined to accomplish my goal of posting today.  I have not gotten to the point where I have my posts pre written…so I literally blog on the days I have planned (baby steps).  

The point is this:  LIFE HAPPENS and every now and then we have a MONDAY MADNESS moment!  Embrace it BUT don’t let it stop you from accomplishing your goals!  Be BOLD and just keep living life because LIFE AWAITS!  Take the good with the bad and KEEP PRESSING!

Now after writing this post I feel like my Monday Madness has just become my Motivation Monday!! Moving forward in LOVE!  Until next time Skinnies keep loving you and the skin you are in!!

Tassie Small

Lic. Holistic Skin and Wellness Therapist

{Podcast} What If The Odds Were Stacked Against You?

 Hi Skinnies!

Today on the Podcast I am talking about pursuing your dreams and goals against all odds!

So, every Tuesday I am posting a Podcast as a Two Minute Topic to be motivational for you and possibly even help you with something you may be struggling with.  Its just 2 minutes or less but it is a moment that I hope you take to listen and find a bit of wisdom and hope in.

I started doing this Podcast with this goal in mind to be something that would help someone no matter where they are in life.  I will be adding more days and episodes as I progress but for now, my goal is to provide this every Tuesday as a quick 2 minute topic to encourage and motivate you and I hope you enjoy them.  Give it a listen and I’ll see you next week….until then my Skinnies, keep love you and the skin you are in


Thanks for Listening!

Tassie Small
Lic. Holistic Skin and Wellness Specialist

{Podcast} How To Stop Being Master Of None

Hi Skinnies!

It’s Two Minute Topic Tuesday!!

Today I am touching on something that I hope you can relate to.  I would consider myself sometimes to be a Jack Of All Trades, simply because I believe I am perfectly capable of doing just about anything…and most of the time I do.  But the other half of that phrase is…MASTER OF NONE and that’s where the problem starts.

We find ourselves doing a lot of things but not mastering anything!  Sometimes its good to have abilities to do many things but also know when you may need someone to come in and help you with tasks instead of you taking it all on just because you can.

Give a listen to today’s Two Minute Talk Tuesday and let me know your thoughts!



Thanks for listening….Until Next Week!

Tassie Small
Lic. Holistic Skin and Wellness Specialist

{Podcast} What is Your Motivation?

Hi Skinnies!!!

Today I am talking about MOTIVATION!  What motivates you to do what you are currently doing?  This thought was sparked from this quote: “Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain”

Continue reading {Podcast} What is Your Motivation?

{Podcast} The Key to Communication

Hi Skinnies!

Today on the podcast I’m discussing The Key to Communication.  There are many ways to communicate but there is one way that is not too effective at all.  Today I am discussing an aspect to communicating and knowing the difference in being heard and being understood.

I hope you enjoy this Podcast and feel free to leave your feedback and thoughts!

Im4- Key to communicate

Thanks for listening! Until next time! Remember to Love U and the SKIN U are in!

Tassie Small
Lic. Holistic Esthetician & Wellness Coach

“SKINNIES are those who love themselves and the skin they are in”