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The 2017 Blogalicious ‘Tribe Up’ Holiday Gift Guide!

In just a few days, Black Friday will be sounding retail alarms everywhere! Luckily for us, our community is filled with sounders who have amazing products and stores, ready for purchase. In this exclusive guide, we’ve included more than 30 gifts for him and her, for the home, and for the culture. Take a dive into this year’s official holiday gift guide presented by Team Blogalicious. And if you find something you’re dying to have, share this guide with your audience. Happy Shopping Supporting!

Trendy Fashion

Entrepreneur is a Lifestyle sweatshirt from Respect the Grind

Reclaiming My Time t-shirt from Essential Tees

Naturally Fit apparel & accessories from Naturally Fine 

Minimalist feminine clothing from Shop Ifill

Handmade Huarache sandals and jewelry from Ix-Style

Pumps, boots & wedges from ShuEsq

Caribbean clothing & accessories from Merch Carnival

Specialty shirts & boots from Steele Divine, Inc.

Accessories & Trinkets

The Anthem Keychain from Pin Living Color

Blessed & Hydrated makeup bag from Shop Slay Culture

CROWN enamel pin from Christa David Art

Afro-Caribbean jewelry for him & her from Baaba’s Jule

Tea is My Love Language mug from Ven & Rose

Laptop decal from DecalDeez 

Phone cases from The Dyna Smiles

Stylish, budget-friendly jewelry from Gold Rush Boutique

Journals, Planners & Books

Whose Shoes 2018 Transformational Planner from Purpose Driven Media

FitPossible Planner & Journal from Fit Fly Fab

Detox the B.S. Journal by Vernetta R. Freeney

Free Your Mind Journal by Be Free Project

Find Your Fierce Book by Nicole Roberts Jones

Galaxy Visionary Journal by Keep Chasing the Stars

Walks of Inspiration photo journal from TP Events

Manifest Your Passion, Power & Perseverance by Lakitia M. Woodard

Skin, Beauty & Hair

Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System from Naturalicious

Liquid Matte lippie from Couture Cosmetics

Matte lipsticks in various colors from Liquid Courage Cosmetics

Makeup for Latinas Holiday collection from Vive Cosmetics (pictured)

Conditioners & cleansers from Koils By Nature 

Bombshell Beauty Box Deluxe Set from Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics

Non-toxic, fast drying nail polish from EA Polish

Plant-based skin care from Zandra Beauty

Health & Wellness

Honey & Sage luxury soy candle from Alikay Naturals

Waist burner belt from Kish Power Fitness

Black Girl Magic workout apparel from Natural Fit Designs

Self-care gift package (2 books, tote bag & sleep serum) from The DocSwiner Store

Joy to the Box from Bawdy Bookworms

Happy shopping, family. Be sure to follow these awesome brands on social media and join their newsletters. The sales don’t stop!

#Blogalicious9 Social Media Buzz Roundup
9 Tribes We Can’t Get Enough Of Online

Since wrapping up this year’s annual conference, one thing is for certain — holding space in a tribe is everything! Our weekend in Miami confirmed what we’ve always known about tribes, that they are necessary for next level growth and support in our personal and professional lives. The Tribe Up theme allowed space for the tribeless to find affirming circles and for others, to reunite and love on their friends from afar. Our official hashtags #Blogalicious9 and #TribeUp are external proof of just how important such convenes are.

While our community is the bee’s knees, we know there are multitudes of invigorating tribes out there waiting for you to join and participate. We have a short list of amazing online tribes we can’t get enough of, but before adding them to your roster, here’s a quick question. Have you checked in on your existing tribettes?

If you found like-minded women to connect with at Blogalicious Weekend, you have to stay connected with them. Your time together meant something, and with genuine, consistent communication, it still can. Consider scheduling weekly or monthly check-ins or accountability calls that will assist and affirm you both. Engage with them on social media with likes and authentic comments. Join their newsletters and support their creative projects. Be the friend you came looking for! These small tasks will deepen your relationships and hopefully, open you to more fulfilling opportunities and connections.

When one tribe isn’t enough, spread your wings in these 9 online tribes.

9 online tribes to know and join this year


Black Bloggers United

Black Bloggers United, Inc. was created February 20th, 2014 with the intentions of highlighting Black content creators worldwide via social media. Fast forward to 2015, we established a website to act as a hub for our content creators, had our first event in South Florida and expanded to a worldwide community of over 800+ strong. To date we are the only network that continues to highlight Black content creators, promotes their work and connects them locally with our Regional Directors.

The Diosa Tribe: A Virtual Sisterhood Tribe of Like-Hearted Women

The Diosa Tribe™ Facebook group is a virtual Tribe for liked hearted women. It is a sisterhood and a tribe of inspiring, soulful, change-making women, Diosa’s, that join together in the name of transformation, growth, and community. We are here to support one another, inspire one another, and share resources to support our sister’s out.

Get Bullish

Bullish is feminism- and justice-minded work talk. Bullish advocates working harder and smarter now so you can have “balance” when you’re wrinkly and covered in diamonds. We believe in starting businesses on zero dollars, selling expensive things to rich people, and doing real things in the world rather than trying to “manifest your dreams.” Bullish explores class and gender issues in business, assertiveness, sexual ethics, “gentlewomanly living,” multiple income streams, and the value of women talking openly about money, careers, privilege, and influence.

Mocha Moms

Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier voice for mothers of color. Through chapters and online, Mocha Moms, Inc. provides support for women of color as they journey through all phases of motherhood while advocating for them nationally. Mocha Moms, Inc. also encourages the spirit of community activism and service among its members.

The Unfit Christian Congregation

Lead by D. Danyelle Thomas, The Unfit Christian Congregation is a digital space that believes it’s time to change the way we do faith. This community encourages real talk about faith, sex/relationships, culture, and intersectional identities of gender, class, and race. 

Sister Power Hustlers

The brainchild of Michelle Y. Talbert, the Sister Power Hustlers community was birthed out of a deep desire to help women entrepreneurs get the information we need to create and sustain our businesses. Talbert believes, “Through shared resources and relationship building aka how we network we can go much further in business than we ever could alone.”

DW Life Coach Network

Short and to the point, this community is an exclusive professional membership for life coaches nationally and internationally. Join here.

The Self-Care Suite With Tara Pringle Jefferson

Jefferson believes in the power of self-care and so does her intimate community. The Self-Care Suite is an online community for women ready to experience growth in their careers, relationships, and in self-love + acceptance.

In Demand Brand Mastermind

Though private, this group is for driven entrepreneurs who are building brands with meaning, emotion, and value. In Demand Brand Mastermind is run by Kate Putnam who loves helping entrepreneurs grow their business through “psychology-driven brand strategy.” 


What tribes are you apart of? What have you learned since joining these tribes?

5 Lessons KIA Taught Us About “On Trend” Branding

When was the last time a brand made you feel truly special? For us, it was KIA at Blogalicious Weekend in Miami, Florida.

KIA returned as our premium conference sponsor and totally lived up to the title. Throughout the weekend, attendees raved about their swanky activations and trendy gifts. But what separated KIA from the pack was their staff. As consumers, we’ve all encountered brands who deplete their resources in marketing and branding, while overlooking the intimate ways they can physically interact with their audience. From the warm welcome attendees received upon walking into their Suite to the safety precautions their vehicle operators took, KIA exhibited great customer service. The staff focused on ensuring that our attendees got the most out of their time together, thus engraining brand awareness and for some, loyalty.

When we checked social media, it became clear that KIA was a collective favorite of the Blogalicious tribe. Our hashtags #Blogalicious9 and #TribeUp are embedded with photos of attendees enjoying delectables in KIA’s suite, cruising down Biscayne Blvd in one of their 2017 model cars, or fawning over free curated beauty and skincare products. This kind of response reminds us of how important it is to know your audience, their needs, and how and when to address them.

It’s important to us that we adjoin our audience with sponsors who “get them”. In confidence, we can say that KIA exceeded all expectations! Here are just a few branding lessons we learned from our time spent with the motor company.

5 branding lessons we learned from KIA

  1. Assemble the right tribe for your brand and its activations. Make sure they represent your mission with pride and integrity.
  2. Train your staff. Once you curate your tribe, equip them to serve your audience. With hundreds of attendees KIA’s staff met throughout Blogalicious Weekend, they were knowledgeable and prepared to handle next steps.
  3. Diversify your offering. For each day they were on the scene, this sponsor had something new to offer, which is great for diverse audiences.
  4. Make signing up easy. Consumers want to give you their contact information. Just make it easy for them to give.
  5. Be on trend. Everyone with a smartphone has heard about Rihanna’s new makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Due to the singer’s popularity – and the quality product features – those products are hardly in stock. Imagine the Blogalicious women’s surprise when they walked away with free Fenty products and a chance at a $50 Sephora gift card. This level of “on trend” is what we’re after and KIA provided just that!


Thank you, KIA, for being one of this year’s Title Sponsors! We appreciate the lessons, too.

Moving Forward: The Next Chapter in the Blogalicious Story
In 2005, I was a corporate lawyer who was giving my heart and soul to a company I wasn’t sure cared about my well-being as a person. It was always about the work – staying late, skipping meals, climbing the ladder. I got tired of that and wanted to have more, be more, and do more with my life.
Outside of my corporate job, I was a blogger. Myself, along with some other like-minded women who were in a similar situation as me, created Blogalicious in 2009 as a space to create a community offline, that we had found with our readers online.
Back then, I couldn’t have imagined that we’d still be at this nine years later! Since we got our start, we’ve become the premier conference celebrating the diversity of women in social media. We’ve worked with a stellar family of brands such as KIA, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Dove who have trusted us to tell their stories through unforgettable campaigns and initiatives with the help of our community.
From the legendary GAIN party in 2012 to the private movie screening of Beyond the Lights with Gina Prince-Bythewood in 2014, we’ve done and seen it all as a conference. We’ve had so much fun, learning, laughing, and growing together.
Now, however, things are changing.  As an industry, blogging has evolved. Social media has changed. Trends have come and gone, and there’s a new one starting every day! With our 10th year quickly approaching, I felt like it was time for us to evolve along with this industry we love so much.
What we’re anticipating is a series of multi-city events that bring you all the good vibes and great content that you’re used to, but for less time and in a more intimate setting. Imagine all of the deep-diving we do on the conference VIP Day, but more times throughout the year. I will also continue to serve you by bringing brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs together in a purposeful and profitable way, as a coach and consultant.
There’s so much more in store for us in this next chapter of the Blogalicious story. It is my hope that you’ll stay on the journey with us, pen in hand, ready to take your starring role. Learn more about ‘What’s Next?’
With Love,
On Dove: Expect More, Expect Better

This past weekend had us in a collective state of WTF? We were shocked, angry and hurt. Here’s why: over the last several years, we’ve seen the Dove brand working diligently to break barriers when it comes to redefining standards of beauty. We were excited about how they were celebrating women of all shapes, sizes, and colors and being forceful and forthright about representing all of us in the media.

We paid special attention to how Dove supported our blogging communities – whether with We All Grow Latina or Mom 2.0 or Blogalicious and more, the Dove partnerships have been thoughtful and genuine and those qualities have shone through. When we work with them, we always feel that they are coming from a place of respect and collaboration, and that has made them a trusted partner over the years.

So when we heard about the 3-second GIF that appeared on Facebook, we definitely felt like we were hit with a ton of bricks. It just so happened that the news broke while we were wrapping our 9th annual conference. That meant we were all in a room together! The feeling of disappointment and confusion was palpable – I said to the group of women bloggers of color that I was standing with: “I’m going to get to the bottom of this.”

Before I had a chance to reach out to Dove, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had already reached out to me. This made a lot of sense; this is the Dove that I know and respect. We hopped on the phone yesterday morning – their entire team with Pamela King and me. And, the first words out of their mouths were: “We are deeply, deeply sorry.” There were no excuses or corporate ‘splaining – just a promise that an action plan was being developed to ensure that something so offensive would not happen again. The Dove team that has worked on several influencer campaigns and conference sponsorship activations with the Blogalicious community are all women of color – and they were clearly upset and offended by the ad. They assured us that the entire brand accepts full responsibility for the offense and that management at the highest level is involved to make things right.


On Sunday, during our closing Fireside Chat at the conference, Amber Wright asked me how leading with my heart has shaped how I do business. In this case, it’s made me consider the fullness of the issue for all parties involved. As my husband always reminds me: “Taller trees experience stronger winds.” Because Dove has made the conscious decision to be a warrior in the fight for positive and diverse representation in retail and the media, they are treading in waters that can be very dangerous if not handled with the utmost care. They also have pushed us to expect more from them. To expect betterThis is a good thing. If this incident causes them to tighten up their internal processes, globally, hopefully, that standard that will become the norm across all major brands.

As we wait for the specifics of their action plan, let’s continue to expect more and expect better. To use our voices and our platforms to call foul when we see it, and to speak our truths. While we have a ball connecting and collaborating and lifting each other up in-person and online, let’s never forget that our Blogalicious Mission is 3-fold.

Serving as “a think tank and mouthpiece for causes, policies, and issues affecting the multicultural digital space,” means that Blogalicious will continue to seek out answers from and forge partnerships with the people that are making a difference. It may get a little messy at times, but that’s what it means to be on the front lines.

Read their updated statement HERE.


— Stacey Ferguson, CEO & Co-Founder of Blogalicious and Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media

Read These Frequently Asked Questions About #Blogalicious9

Blogalicious Weekend is among us! For those of you with questions running rampant in your mind or group chats, we’ve created this post featuring many of the questions we’ve been asked thus far. If this list doesn’t include your question, please check your inbox for previously sent B9 newsletters and posts in the Social Suite. (Read this, too.) Reach out to Team Blogalicious for immediate concerns.


Where is Blogalicious 9 being held? The Hilton Miami Downtown hotel located at 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida, 33132.

How far is the hotel from Miami International Airport? 15 minutes! And 5 minutes from Port of Miami.

What should I wear and/or pack? Ashley Carter of Fab Ellis wrote this wardrobe-friendly post about her first visit to Blogalicious. Use it for inspiration while keeping in mind that Miami is hot!

Is it too late to find a roommate? Check out the Roommate Thread in the Social Suite.

Will we have time to play in the pool? Yes!

Who are the speakers this year? Here’s our directory of Speakers.

Who are the 2017 ambassadors? Meet the ambassadors here!

How can I create or update my schedule? You can do both on Sched. You can also download Sched to your phone’s home screen, print your schedule, and/or sync it to your Calendar.

How can I chat with my conference friends? Attendees are viewable on Sched so you can see who will be there as well as their sessions. You can also join Mighty Networks and chat with everyone about all things Blogalicious Miami!

What is Mighty Networks? Well, first, join us! MN is an app dedicated to keeping digital communities like ours in touch with one another while at large events. You can post questions, new topics, articles, events, create groups and so much more. Send private messages to your roommates. Create groups to meet up with your conference friends after sessions. Essentially, do all the things in Mighty Networks!

Is it too late to volunteer for Blogalicious Weekend? Yes.

Can I attend multiple sessions at once? No.

Am I allowed to record in sessions? Please keep live recordings to a minimum. We want you to enjoy your experience and respect the speaker, too. We encourage photos, tweets, quotables, and recaps.

How can I give feedback to Team Blogalicious? We’ll send you a survey after B9 weekend to gauge your experience.

Do I need to attend every session? No. Your schedule is your own! Build it before or during the conference.

Will we experience Miami in the evenings? Several of our sponsors are hosting offsite events that have been shared through our newsletter. Check your email and see what you missed. (We’ll cross our fingers for you and hope there are some slots left.) Should you explore Miami on your own, tag us in your photos online!

Will there be food onsite? Of course! We’re serving breakfast and lunch daily.

What is this year’s hashtag? Our official and primary hashtag is #Blogalicious9. If you have space please also use #TribeUp, our theme this year.

Will Blogalicious pay for my travel and/or hotel? No.

Who are our sponsors this year? Find our wonderful sponsors here.

Are you offering onsite daycare? No. We cannot be held responsible for your children.

Are day passes available? Yes! Check out all of our ticket options here.

What if this list doesn’t answer my question(s)? DM us on Twitter or post in the Social Suite or Mighty Networks during the event. A team member will respond to you as soon as possible. We’re on social media @BeBlogalicious everywhere.


See you in Miami!

9 Things To Do Before Blogalicious Weekend 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Blogalicious Weekend is the event to attend this year. We’ve emailed and shared updates about our wonderful sponsors, speakers, and workshops. You know who’ll be there, what they’re bringing and that the opportunity for you to network is there. By now, you also know that we’re returning to Miami and will make the Hilton Miami Downtown our home for that weekend.

In today’s Round Up, we’re not rehashing what you already know. Instead, we’re providing you with a checklist to ensure that you get the fullness of the Blogalicious experience. We want you to learn and have fun. If you do these things now, you’ll spend more time doing just that come October 5-8!




Have you booked your hotel room?

We’re staying at the Hilton Miami Downtown this year. While our $199/night room special has passed, we hope there are still some rooms available for you. See what the hotel has to offer if you’re still in need of a room. And if that doesn’t work in your favor, learn how you can find a roommate from the Blogalicious community below.

Have you found a roommate?

We have a long Roommate thread in our exclusive Facebook group for attendees in need of roommates. (You can’t miss the photo!) Take a look at the comments and see who still needs a roommate or two. This will be a fun way to get to know new people, reconnect with your old friends and save money on your room.

Have you joined the Social Suite?

As mentioned above, we have an exclusive group for past and present conference attendees called the Blogalicious Social Suite. We share tips, resources, ideas and new ways of doing the same old thing. We’re big on engaging and cultivating community, so if you’re on Facebook (we know you are) and you’re coming to #Blogalicious9, join our group here. You won’t be disappointed.

Have you signed up for our newsletter?

If you’re on our email list, your inbox is constantly on #fleek! That’s because we want to keep you informed on what’s happening with us, in the community and for the conference. Besides, our theme is Tribe Up, so it’s only right that we have your back by sending you all our plans! Now’s a great time to plan your introductions to our wonderful sponsors like Kia, Change the Cycle, and Jack Daniel’s in case you’d like to chat with their representatives. Join the Blogalicious newsletter today.

Have you registered for #Blogalicious9?

None of the above would be possible if you aren’t registered for the conference! Without having registered, you won’t get a nice name tag, have a reserved #SeatAtTheTable, or have the opportunity to connect with coaches and mentors like Stacey Ferguson, Andrea Corson, Emilie Aries and Ana Flores! Blogalicious 9 is somewhere you want to be and the best part is that we really want you there! Register now while we still have tickets left.

Have you built your schedule?

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could select which workshops and sessions you want to attend now? With Sched, that’s possible! Take 5 minutes to look at our extensive agenda and plug in where you want to be each day of Blogalicious Weekend. While you have the option to print out your schedule, Sched makes it easy with its digital capabilities. You can also download the app, with the conference logo, to your phone’s home screen for easy access. (Our Tech Advisor, Terrance Gaines, can help you do this! Tag him in the Social Suite.) Build your schedule here.

Have you joined Mighty Networks?

Every year we look for the best ways to keep in contact with you while on Conference grounds. Enter Mighty Networks, a new community dedicated to community builders, entrepreneurs, marketers, and leaders building the most compelling and successful new digital brands. You guys have been sending invites left and right via Mighty Networks and it’s been cool to watch. If you haven’t created your free profile and downloaded the app, do it here.

Have you accepted special invitations?

Remember we invited you to join our newsletter above? Well, the key to getting access to exclusive events and activations is by being on our list. So far we’ve sent invitations on behalf of Jack Daniel’s, Stop Stalling, American Heart Association, and more. Get in there, fam! We wouldn’t want you to miss out.

Have you followed us on social media?

Following us on social media is a MUST! Next week, our Ambassadors, along with our super-creative attendees, will share the Blogalicious Experience in dynamic ways – through live video, tweets, stories, blog posts and more. We’re on social media everywhere @BeBlogalicious and are using hashtag #Blogalicious9 to record what it means to Tribe Up!

Easy, right? We can’t wait to see you there! Let us know if you have any questions.

Register for Blogalicious Weekend

#Blogalicious9 Meet Pro Baller Keith Sims in the Go RVing Suite

Stop by the Go RVing Suite located in Concerto D:

1:00PM – 2:00pm or 4:30pm – 5:30pm

11:30 – 12:30pm & 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Take your best selfie with Keith Sims, retired NFL offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins & the Washington Redskins and an enthusiastic RV’er.


After 11 years in the trenches of the NFL, Keith Sims was ready for a change of pace. Little did he know his wife, Tia, had been plotting for this moment for years and had long ago decided that they and their three boys were going to discover new roads in an RV. They now spend more than 100 days and nights each year touring the country and use the travel experiences to enhance the boys’ homeschool education.

You can follow their adventures at

Tag your posts on Facebook and Twitter with #GoRVing #Blogalicious9 to win one of two $100 Amazon Gift Cards!
Visit; A great resource to help you plan your next vacation!

Click to Tweet It!
What’s up @soulfulrvfamily? Can’t wait to meet you and talk travel with @GoRving at the @BeBlogalicious conf! #GoRVing at #Blogalicious9

See you in a bit!
Team Blogalicious

Experience Jack Daniel’s at #Blogalicious9


Your friends at Jack Daniel’s have returned! Join us in the #FriendsOfJack hospitality suite at #Blogalicious9 in Miami for fun games, live cocktail demos, whiskey tastings and more.

The Suite Schedule

Tastings: Friday, October 6th @ 4:30pm
You’re invited! Jack Daniel’s is hosting tastings for #FriendsOfJack in the hospitality suite on Friday. Your friends at Jack Daniel’s encourage you to drink responsibly.

Farewell Happy Hour: Saturday, October 7th @ 4:30pm
You’re invited! Jack Daniel’s is hosting a farewell happy hour for #FriendsOfJack in the hospitality suite on Saturday. Join us for delicious cocktails, cool music, and small bites as we wind down from a fun-filled weekend in Miami. Cocktails are refreshments will be provided until exhausted. Your friends at Jack Daniel’s encourage you to drink responsibly.

#FriendsOfJack Miami Experience


You’re invited to join us on Friday, October 6 for the #FriendsOfJack Miami Experience from 9:30-11:30 pm. Be prepared for an evening of great music, delicious cocktails and more. If you attended the party we hosted during #Blogalicious8, then you know it’s an event you will not want to miss!

This event is open to conference attendees ages 21+. Please RSVP now for a chance to join us, as space is limited. The location will be shared upon confirmation. Transportation to and from the event will be provided.

Hope to see you there! Space is limited and you MUST RSVP!


Keep up with our exciting activities during the conference using #FriendsofJack on social media. Be sure you stop in the suite to pick up some cool swag too! In the meantime, please check out for cocktail recipes and more.

Your Friends at Jack Daniel’s encourage you to drink responsibly.

Team Blogalicious

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