Hi, my name is Candice Straughter and I am the creator and editor of Naturally Stellar, a millennial Lifestyle and Beauty blog for stylish moms and creative entrepreneurs.

       Email Me:    Candice@NaturallyStellar.com

About Me

I am a Nashville, TN  based, African-American Stay-At-Home/Work-At-Home mom to 2 energetic, bright and silly kids.  We have an 8 year old son and a 16 month old daughter who both are experts at keeping me on my toes.   I’ve been married nearly 15 years to my best friend, college sweetheart and uber supportive hubby, Stanley.  I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Business from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a minor in Audio Arts Production.  I’m a former Jr. Business Analyst, Mortgage Specialist and Radio Operations Producer. Plus, I’m a Beauty Contributor (blogger) for Hype Hair magazine .  Crazy combination right?

Brand Ambassador: 2015, 2016  Dollar General – A Day Of Beauty

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Beauty

I’ve been a beauty product junkie since my teen years in Upstate NY.  You could often find me blowing my little fast food restaurant checks at the local beauty supply or drug store, buying the latest hair magazines (Sophisticate’s Black Hair and Hype Hair were my fav’s and I have a “Stellar” collection), beauty or hair care products.  I’m not ashamed of my beauty junkie-ism and you’ll see plenty of it on this site.

My 2 major beauty struggles of my adult life have been learning to care for my natural hair and dealing with adult acne.  I have over 20 years of experience in dealing with and styling natural textured hair.  So, you can find video tutorials, hair product reviews and my posts about my experiences as a product tester for natural hair brands on the site.

I also post regularly about ethnic skin care issues, treatments and partnered up with a board certified dermatologist this year to drop some knowledge on caring for common multicultural skin issues. 

Nashville Style and Beauty Blog, Naturally Stellar, Millennial lifestyle

 

Through the methods of using Lactic Acid peels, charcoal based products, oil free and water based products on my skin, I have managed to maintain a healthy and glowing complexion. My skin isn’t perfect but I’ve fought the good fight of hyper-pigmentation and have won!   So if you currently battle with skin issues, maintaining proper skin care or are looking to find out what can work best for you and your skin, be sure to check out my beauty content dedicated specifically to Skin.  This blog especially caters to skin care for women of color. 


Life

I enjoy being a wife to my best friend & muse, whom I lovingly refer to as Hubbis and mom to my 2 awesome bay-bay’s. As a family, we’re always ready to go exploring, to experience all that Nashville (Music City) and beyond has to offer. But personally, I’m always ready to eat, so great food and access to great food is a must in my world. My favorite pass times are getting together with family and friends, listening to good music, discussing music and issues in the music industry, singing, songwriting, freelance writing, shopping/thrifting, traveling, nail art, trying/testing new products and experimenting with my hair & putting together fabulous looks for less.

Find out some ways to make life just a bit easier from mommy-hood to home decor. From gadgets to where to get a bigger bang for your buck.  Explore the “Real” Nashville and see what the city has to offer your millennial lifestyle. Get travel tips, meal ideas or enjoy my fabulous shopping hauls. All of this is just a click away. http://naturallystellar.com/category/life-home-family/

 

Nashville Lifestyle, Millennial life in Nashville, young families

 


Business

Nashville Lifestyle | Balcony, Sambuca Sky Lounge, The Gulch

Just a little Insta Fun with Sam + Nic of Pixiwoo , my blogger boo Here’s Toya and the Real Techniques Brand Manager | Naturally Stellar

My goal through Naturally Stellar is to provide budding entrepreneurs, visionaries and young professionals the tools they need to succeed in business and the pursuit of their goals.  I want to inspire women to take risks, to be different and never accept no for an answer.  That is why I strive to give you the real deal when it comes to running a successful business and also discuss what NOT to do so you don’t make mistakes that can cost you dearly in the end. I also celebrate women entrepreneurs that are bright, bold and relentless in their niches and will always strive to deliver sound business and professional advice to get you to where you need to be in your business and career. My motto is: All Goals Everything

Whether you’re looking to start a blog or venture out in your own business or side hustle, there’s something for you in my Business & Careers section.  http://naturallystellar.com/category/business-careers/

Being Stellar isn’t something I aspire to be, it’s simply who I am.  

I AM Naturally Stellar and SO ARE YOU.”