xoNecole's Happy Hour

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xoNecole's Happy Hour Podcast serves up candid conversations over cocktails (without the early-morning hangover). Led by xoNecole founder Necole Kane, the show’s trio of hosts also includes managing editor Sheriden Chanel and lifestyle contributor Amer Woods. Together they transform into your “homegirls in your head” as they welcome special guests and delve into vulnerable, unfiltered discussions on life, love, sex, wellness, personal/professional growth and all things affecting your glow up. Need a mid-week mental refill? Join us for the xoNecole Happy Hour Podcast and unwind with us every Wednesday. IG: @xohappyhour

Episode Date
Dating, Social Distancing, And Coping Through Coronavirus

In this episode, the Happy Hour squad talk coping with the coronavirus and how to keep calm and carry on in the midst of a health storm. A surprise voice memo during pre-game has the ladies sharing their thoughts on whether or not cheating hurts men more than it does women. And Necole reads a love message from her “prison pen pal,” making her realize the importance of personal connections and making space to attract the love and man that she truly desires, despite the fear she's currently experiencing. 

Sheriden explains why she’s disconnecting from social media to protect her peace while also trying to maintain a long-distance love with her international bae. Amer, who’s at home with her mini-me, is adjusting to homeschooling and gives tips for parents on how to keep their kids active and entertained while they’re on indefinite vacay. And with the cancellation of xoNecole's biggest event franchise -Pajamas & Lipstick just a week from the event going live, Necole shifts her focus to listening to God’s voice during this time of uncertainty and reconnecting with friends that she hasn’t spoken to in a long time. 

Plus, the ladies highlight small businesses that are giving back to the community in a major way, share resources for business owners big and small, and suggest online courses to sharpen your skills and keep boredom at bay.

Catch all important links and show notes here https://www.xohappyhour.com/post/coping-with-coronavirus-social-distancing

Mar 22, 2020
What Does Beauty Mean To You? A Self-Reflection

When you look in the mirror, do you see beauty in your reflection? On today's episode, The Happy Hour squad gets real about how they perceive their own beauty in a world of unrealistic beauty standards. 

Plus get all the scoop on Ulta's 21 Days Of Beauty sale


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Mar 15, 2020
The Hardest Lessons Of 2019
Things you will hear in this episode:
  • One of the ladies reveals a recent domestic violence situation with her ex which shocks her co-hosts
  • Tips for removing yourself from a toxic and potentially abusive partner
  • The eye-opening lessons each host learned in 2019
  • How to date with intention
  • Questions you should ask before accepting an offer to speak on a panel
  • Tips on pitching yourself as a writer for xoNecole
  • Advice for contacting editors and managing editors for publications
  • How to choose the right conferences to attend
Resources mentioned in this episode:
   Writer's spotlight
      Shellie R. Warren
      Taylor Honore
      Charmain Michelle
You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @xohappyhour and use the tag #xohappyhour to join the social convos. 
Leave us a voice message on xohappyhour.com to share your story with us or ask a question for a chance to be featured on the show!
Dec 11, 2019
A Well Traveled Life + Vegan Dating (Featuring Kendrick Cross)

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • How travel can change your life
  • Flight Layaway plans that are available for travelers on a
  • How to protect your peace from toxic family members during
    the holidays


Plus Find out what it's like to date Actor Kendrick Cross @Kennythepoet

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Give us a shout on Instagram @xoHappyHour

Nov 27, 2019
I Love My Job, But Not The Anxiety

Today the Happy Hour squad is getting real about the anxiety, stress and burnout that comes with their careers and dream jobs.

Although black women have become advocates for therapy, healing from past traumas and childhood wounds, when it comes to our wellness in the workplace, we’ve been slow to remove our superwoman capes. Inspired by the xoNecole.com article, “I Took A Two-Month Leave From Work For My Mental Health”,  in this episode, the ladies share their different encounters with anxiety while on the clock. From Necole feeling burned out from the acquisition and expansion of xoNecole and Sheriden becoming a slave to her inbox, to Amer working in a no-days-off environment with tough management to match, each story is a reminder of the importance of putting yourself first. And thanks to advice from clinical psychologist Dr. Ayanna Abrams, you’ll learn how to fill your cup instead of your to-do list.

Nov 20, 2019
Things My Parents Never Told Me About Sex

Inspired by the recent controversy surrounding T.I. taking his daughter to the OBGYN to confirm her sexual purity, in this episode, the xoNecole Happy Hour squad tackles sexuality.  The hosts gets down and dirty, sharing lessons learned and unlearned about sex from parents to first partners and beyond, and how the stigma around sexuality as it pertains to young black women has impacted their own views on sex. Sheriden keeps it real about her first masturbation experience at the age of nine, and how it opened her up to a world of pleasure and living a sex-positive life. Necole shares how a particular sexual experience left her feeling dirty, and why she wasn’t comfortable in her sexuality until her 30s. And Amer teaches mothers how to approach the topic of sex with their children (especially their daughters), and the importance of passing along accurate information on the subject. 

Nov 13, 2019
Credit Karma, Money Shame & Self Worth

As women we often keep it real about everything except for our bank accounts. We desire prosperity but operate with a broke mindset, and sometimes tie material things like a house, a car, and even getting our hair and nails done to our self-worth. Not to mention that social media has us showcasing our wins and not the journey it took to get there.

On this episode the xoNecole Happy Hour hosts spill the tea on everything from their finances and credit scores, to dealing with money shame in the digital age and keeping up with the Jones’. Necole shares her story of how she spent $30,000 in one year as a celebrity gossip blogger in an attempt to stay “glammed up,” and the sacrifices she is now making to tackle her tax debt, while Amer talks her change in lifestyle after losing her six-figure job. And Sheriden explains how she’s taking strides to improve her credit while also revealing that a man’s salary is low on her tier when it comes to choosing a partner. You’ll also learn about some of their favorite resources to help transform your money habits and keep you inspired on the road to financial freedom.

Nov 05, 2019
I Met my Husband in an Uber Pool
Inspired by the xoNecole.com article, "I met him in an Uber Pool and now we're married," the second episode of xoNecole's Happy Hour explores the possibilities of finding love in unexpected places. The ladies interview special guests Jenisa and Lester Richmond about their unpredictable love story that started in a rideshare in Los Angeles. Lester shares how Jenisa ghosted him twice before finally saying yes to a first date, and Jenisa shares how they kept the relationship going while living in two different states. Plus, the Happy Hour hosts confess their fantasy places for meeting a love interest and present an interesting challenge for listeners who are open to new love.
Oct 30, 2019
WTF Happens in Your 30's?! Life Shifts and Saturn's Return
Your 20s and 30s are filled with opinions of where you should be in life. You’re told to go to college, get married, get your dream house with a white picket fence, and bring another life into this world before your biological clock runs out. But what happens when you fail to meet society’s expectations of who you should be as a woman by a certain time?


On the debut episode of xoNecole's Happy Hour podcast the hosts get real about the life shift that happens as you close out your 20s and head into your 30s. Necole reveals the struggles behind the scenes of her huge career pivot from gossip blogging to female empowerment, including almost walking away from the xoNecole site after accumulating mounds of debt and having to pay her team out of her own pocket while living in a community space in New York City. Amer opens up about leaving a domestic violence situation and how solo travel encouraged her to hit the reset button on her life, and Sheriden reflects on the past few years as managing editor of xoNecole.com, and why she’s currently experiencing imposter syndrome. If Saturn's Return is coming for you at this stage in your life– you're in for a few laughs and thought-provoking revelations from the hosts of xoNecole's Happy Hour.
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Oct 29, 2019