Dear Beautiful, You,
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 devoted wife, a Maltipoo’s mommy, and a huge believer in my vegan-plant-based way of fueling myself mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally since the 90s, and I am also a lover of life. I am our home cook, creative, a mentor, philanthropic, intuitive, fun, loving, a supporter of children, and a believer in GOD. I love to have fun and much more.
What am I about? Healing! Sharing health remedies. Achieving optimal health. I am about addressing the root of health issues. What is causing the issue? Not let’s suppress the issue. Healing is my goal without side-effects when it comes to health and maintaining great health. Using modalities that can provide holistic healing. Keep myself positive, vibrational energy up, and healthy. Make sure I am addressing my health on a cellular level and all aspects of me are fed and nourished properly-mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually as well as the food on my plate. Getting to the core of what is causing disturbances and imbalance. This is a huge authentic part of my being. I have healed a lot of my children and my health challenges through the grace of GOD, mother earth, and tapping into real healing and applying it. This is why it is the heart of nécessité.
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 pregnant. I felt stronger, more beautiful, and more special, and I knew I was blessed since I had previously experienced reproductive issues. Pregnancy 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 along the journey.
Being faced with my own health challenges and being in such pain and discomfort, I learned I was contributing to making myself not well from my choices that resulted in 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 books, The Thriving Child, and followed, 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 to my friends, family, and I that included us in the conversation of healing and health solutions to achieve 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, so nécessité was born.
I desire to educate through nécessité to help make a difference in many areas through all the differentiation categories that inspire and motivate me and perhaps do the same for you — through self-care, food, allergies, beauty, style, interiors, travel, entertainment, and philanthropy. This is how we, as women, connect. This is how we care for ourselves. These are our nécessité’s…
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 positive, healthy lifestyle changes without depriving yourself. To me, health is not a luxury nor trendy — 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. I want you to experience its positive energy, such as warmth, health, joy, encouragement, happiness, and creativity.
Breathe, share in this journey, learn, grow, enjoy, and try something new with me.
Much love & gratitude,
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 women’s stories and self-care routines 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 also benefit you. 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.
In the Shop, 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. Proceeds from each sale we give back and donate to charity. It’s not trendy for us; it’s authentic to our DNA, and it is a nécessité.
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.
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.
To help keep our carbon footprint low, all products are final sale.
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…