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Welcome Letter

Dear nécessité

Thank you for sharing your special time in this present moment with me right now.

I am Erica Reid. I am a dedicated mother, a wife, a Maltipoo’s mommy, a believer in my vegan-plant-based way of fueling myself mentallyphysically, spiritually, and emotionally since the 90s, and I am also a lover of life. I am our home cook, I am creative, a mentor, philanthropic, very intuitive, I too have the power of discernment, I am silly, care-free, loving, caring, I love meeting and helping people, learning about other cultures, traveling around the world, speaking a bit of French, I support all children as they have a voice and are the most innocent, I am a giver and I am learning to be a receiver, I love to have fun and much more.

I desire 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, but I was not aware of it then. I loved being pregnantI felt stronger, more beautiful, and more special and I knew I was blessed since I had experienced pregnancy issues in the pastIt 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 empoweredwith power. I just felt so inspired. I was learning, observing, and taking notes along the way.

Being faced with my own health challenges and being in such pain and discomfort, I learned I was contributing to making myself very sick from my choices that were creating food sensitivities, food allergies, environmental issues, reproductive issues, being exposed to toxins, and then birthing two children that each had their own health challenges.  This led me to write my two booksThe Thriving Child and Shut Up and Cook! But those two books weren’t enough. I was not able to find anything with diversity and inclusion at the forefront in the health space that spoke tmy friendsfamily, and provided me with healing solutions to achieve my optimal health. I was inspired by friends and brief encounters with individuals that encouraged me to do so continuously,therefore, I knew my work was not done.

I want to share more, help, and create a safe space where we can grow on this journey together. This is a space that honors us as women in all our complex, contradictory, and multifaceted glory.

nécessité is a one-stop destination with e-commerce, inclusive daily content 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. 

Orange is my favorite color that is why you’ll see it as you explore nécessité. want you to experience the positive energy it exudes such as warmth, health, encouragement, happiness, and creativity.

Breathe, share in the journey, learn, grow, enjoy, and try something new with me.

Much love & gratitude, 

Erica Reid, Founder of nécessité

After all,  You are a nécessité!

 “Dear Child, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 NLT

Here’s what to expect.


Self-care has always been a priority. We feature the stories and self-care routines of women to expose you to their daily regimes and introduce you to new products and practices to inspire you. We must always love and give inward to ourselves before we can to anyone else. This includes our children, spouses, partners, etc. Self-love and self-care are always a nécessité.


As a certified holistic health coach, I’ll share recipes that taste good and may be beneficial to you as well. We showcase our favorite places to eat, along with spices, herbs, and ingredients we find helpful and delectable. Part of achieving optimal health is what we decide to put on our forks to nurture our bodies.


Amongst many things, this is so important to me. I have had environmental allergies for a long time. Always sensitive to dust, but more things as time went by. Same for my children.  We also have had food allergies all our lives. I have never let this hinder me from doing anything or providing meals for children. Allergies were the driving force behind my books, The Thriving Child and Shut Up and Cook! I’m so grateful. Here we’ll provide recipes and informative information related to allergies, food, environmental allergies, and sensitivities.


We curate mindful, non-toxic products from brands we respect and love, sharing with you products, tools, and techniques we find interesting and choose not to 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. We share helpful ways to build a wardrobe of nécessité and shop some of the fashion’s most coveted pieces in “The Closet,” a second-hand curated resale space with a few of my favorite pieces, a sustainable way of shopping.


We offer you a curated selection of products for your personal space and show you how to create a cozy, positive, feel-good personal home/office environment. 


Travel is inclusive — it is a nécessité because when we travel, we learn. Being raised by a single mother who worked for the airlines and always ensured my sisters and I traveled is where I grew my love for discovering new and interesting cultures. Here we share some of our favorite destinations from around the world.


Because the arts are diverse and a  nécessité, we share our favorite movies, music, books, and celebrity moments.

Affiliate Shopping

Here we provide you with mindfully curated product recommendations that we love and support in hopes that you will love them too. The trust of our readers is very important to us; therefore, we want to inform you that nécessité may or may not receive commission/compensation from affiliates for products featured throughout the site.

Final Sale

To help keep our carbon footprint low, all products are final sale.

Gratitude Candle

Giving back and sharing is an important part of our fabric here at nécessité, an organic part of our DNA. Our gratitude candle is a nécessité reminding us to be grateful and not to take any life for granted. 50% of our proceeds from each candle sold is donated to the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) charity as we have witnessed first-hand the unfortunate loss of women of color mothers during childbirth. Our nécessité founder lost a great-grandmother, a Godchild, and a friend through this experience, and has always known and appreciated the gift and value of life. Therefore, we are helping eradicate this experience, but cannot do it alone or without your help and support of our village here at nécessité.

Love & Gratitude,


Certified Holistic Health Coach

Certified Gut Health & Auricular Therapy (Ear Seeds)

Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition

Certification T.Colin Campbell for Nutrition Studies.

Author of The Thriving Child and Shut Up and Cook!


Philanthropy Is embedded in our DNA. It is a core part of the nécessité mission. We share with you here the charitable organizations we support to offer you a giving moment in private to help make a difference 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…