Dear Nécessité Woman,
Welcome to my newest venture, which I am so proud to share with you. It is called nécessité.
I want to use the nécessité platform to help make a difference, through all the differentiation categories that inspire and motivate me and perhaps do the same for you — through self-care, food, beauty, style, interiors, travel, entertainment, and philanthropy. This is how we, as women, connect. This is how we care for ourselves. These are our nécessités…
nécessité is something that’s been brewing inside of me since I became a mother over 18 years ago. I loved being pregnant. It gave me a surge of energy. There was an extra heart inside of me, a full being with a soul inside of me; and as a result, I was more empowered, with power. I just felt so inspired. I was learning, observing, and taking notes.
Being faced with my own health challenges and then having children that had their own health challenges led me to write my books, The Thriving Child and Shut Up and Cook. But those two books weren’t enough. As a woman of color, I could not find anything that was speaking to me, to my daughter, or to my friends that were constantly asking me to start a lifestyle empire to speak to our needs. There was an absence of inclusion — therefore, I knew, I wasn’t done. I still had more to say and to do, and I wanted to share more, and that’s how nécessité came about. This is a space that honors us as women in all of our complex, contradictory, and multifaceted glory.
nécessité is an inclusive daily content site that reflects the ever-evolving nature of women. It’s about finding small, manageable, realistic ways to implement lifestyle changes without depriving yourself. To me, our well-being is not a luxury — it is an investment. It is about seeing self-care for what it really is: a non-negotiable nécessité.
Here’s what to expect.
We will feature the stories and self-care routines of women as a way to expose you to their daily regimes as well as introduce you to new products and practices to get you inspired.
As a certified holistic health coach I’ll share recipes that not only taste good, but may be beneficial to you as well. We will showcase our favorite places to eat, along with spices, herbs, and ingredients we find helpful-and delectable, of course.
Every month we will curate mindful products from brands we love, sharing with you products, tools, and techniques we find interesting and can not live without — for example, the ancient art of the Kansa Wand facial massage.
At one point in my life, I desired to be a buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue; I was always frolicking in my mom’s Norma Kamali clothes and Robert Clergerie shoes, that is where I gained my love and appreciation for personal style. Here we’ll share with you helpful ways to build a wardrobe of nécessité’s, as well as being able to shop some of fashions most coveted pieces in “The Closet”, a second-hand curated space with a few of my favorite pieces.
We’ll offer you a curated selection of products for your personal space and show you how to create a warm and cozy ambiance.
Travel is inclusive — it is a nécessité because when we travel, we learn. Being raised by a single mother who worked for the airlines, who always made sure my sisters and I traveled, is where I grew my love for discovering new and interesting cultures. Here we’ll share some of our favorite destinations from around the world.
Because the arts are a nécessité, we’ll share our favorite movies, music, books, and celebrity moments.
Philanthropy is a core part of the nécessité mission. We’ll be sharing where to support charitable organizations so you have a chance to make a difference, with ways to give from your heart to theirs.
Thank you for being on this evolving journey with me. I’m so grateful you’re here — let’s do it together. We are not a moment, we are a movement, we are nècessitè.
Here we go…