On Friday, July 14, 2017 the Tropic Isle Living Team hosted an intimate influencer dinner at The Treehouse at David Burke Kitchen in New York City. Mrs. Hines, the CEO and the Tropic Isle Living team put this dinner together as a way to chat with influencers about the mission behind the brand and how they planned to help each of us in the room leave that evening feeling empowered. They touched on the rebranding of their products and revealed the new labels to everyone present at dinner, but most importantly they touched on their own personal campaign, “Be The Living Original!”
As one of the Tropic Isle Living brand ambassadors I was asked to speak on my time with the company and how much they have pushed me to live my life for me and as my authentic self. Both myself and Kai (my partner in crime & TIL brand ambassador) shared our thoughts with the room on what authenticity and ‘be the living original’ meant to us. My answer touched on how I never forget where I come from no matter what.
The example I used to help drive my point forward was my Jamaican ‘accent’. This is something I personally don’t ever notice because it’s a natural part of who I am, yet everyone I come across always points it out. Often times Caribbean nationals leave their islands to visit or migrate to North America and when they arrive they completely lose their native accent. This is something that I strongly believe makes me who I am, so no matter where I am or where I go my Jamaican ‘accent’ will forever be with me. Anyone should be able to pick up that I am not originally from the US. I am a very cultured individual and it’s something I will never lose sight of. It makes me, Natasha Lee-Duhaney, ME!
“Living from a place of profound authenticity involves being rooted in your deepest beliefs, values and truth and living a life that is a true reflection of them. It is about being true to yourself through your thoughts, words and actions. It means being willing to sacrifice any relationship, situation or circumstance that violates your truth. The more you practice listening to your inner wisdom, the less friction and discord you will find yourself creating in your life.”
I commend the entire Tropic Isle Living team for all your hard work and efforts to create something so beautiful and have us be involved in such a beautiful and uplifting movement. The evening consisted of love, laughter, tears, and talks by Mrs. Hines herself.
As amazing as the food, the venue and those in attendance was, what truly was amazing was listening to Mrs. Hines of Tropic Isle Living share her story of her brand, rebranding, new beginnings, growth and capturing the essence of embracing our natural selves. I’ve known her for quite some time now, so I expected to be blown away by her talk, but as always I wasn’t ready! And I don’t think any of the influencers present were. She left me and perhaps everyone else in that room covered in goosebumps. We laughed, we cried and we were ourselves! It was a very liberating experience and I am so happy I was able to not only attend but to also be a part of it.
The event was an absolute success! This wasn’t the typical influencer dinner where a brand only invites us to show us a new product with hopes of us sharing it all over our social media platforms. This was a a dinner filled with thought provoking discussions, put on by a brand who genuinely had our best interests at heart. I was able to engage and connect with cultural, vibrant and likeminded individuals thanks to the TIL team.
I still have no idea how they selected their influencers but it’s obvious to me that it had nothing to do with the number of followers anyone had. Instead they hand selected each influencer who fit the criteria of women who aren’t afraid to be themselves, women who were willing to share their knowledge and women who only wanted to see the best for other women.
This influencer dinner allowed many of us bloggers and vloggers the opportunity to meet and greet one another, network and mingle while having a blast doing so. I follow several of the Queens who graced the event and I’m sure you do too. Take my word, they are all just as beautiful in person as they are online. And I’m not making reference to their physical appearance, I mean they have beautiful souls and that helped to make the event even more special. The encouragement of self and love and support of a fellow sister was uplifting!
Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
Faux Locs installed by my girl Germina, from Alter Ego Beauty Bar in Florida