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    20 More Summer Outfits Under $50 from Walmart

    Just when I thought Walmart had dropped the BEST summer fashion collection, they went an dropped ANOTHER round of summer outfits under $50 this month. This time, we are seeing a lot of bold prints and colors to contrast last month’s pastel hues. The swimwear category has been updated with more cute styles as well. And I’m not kidding – no one is going to believe you if you tell them you found them on Walmart. Even if you don’t have a pool, just add one to your cart. We have this inflatable pool for only $40A few things I wanted to call out from the collage:

    Designer inspired palm print that’s sure to sell out  – maxi dress + jumpsuit

    One piece swimwear with details that look high end

    A sun visor style that sells for 2x the price on other retailers

    Easy to throw-on cotton maxi dresses in multiple colors

    Can you guess which things I ordered? (Hint: Bottom right of the collage) I also want to highlight the fact that I can order things like cute clothing online all in one cart with other household products that we need instead of having to checkout across multiple sites. (Have you taken advantage of Walmart’s grocery pick up on the app? It’s so easy.)

    Also check May’s Post for even more budget-friendly outfit favorites from Walmart.



    More Summer Outfits Under $50


    Thank you to Walmart for partnering on today’s post. As always, all thoughts and styling are my own.


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    How I Stay Tan All Year Long

    Since the quarantine began in March, I’ve been a bit stir crazy being in the house so much, and I’ve been dying to get in the sunshine. So we’ve been making sure to enjoy our little inflatable pool, strolls around the neighborhood, and evenings on the back porch with Bennett. That being said, I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice safe sun especially in the summer. Because, I’m also the one slathered with SPF, giant sun hat on, sitting in the shade. The truth is, my tan is almost never an actual tan from the sun.

    Sure we all LOVE the look of glowing, tan skin, but you can get one while still ensuring the prevention of premature wrinkles and sunspots. In today’s blog post, I am sharing every single SPF and tanning method/product that I’ve tried over the years, and how I get a SAFE TAN ALL YEAR LONG!


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    Daily CBD Use + Ways I Handle Anxious Feelings

    Anxiousness has never been something that I’ve really experienced until postpartum last year, but now, I’m even more able to recognize the feeling on a daily basis. I especially noticed it during quarantine while home with Bennett and not able to spend much time working. And most recently, it’s started happening after spending extended time scrolling Instagram. To say being on social media lately has been heavy lately is an understatement. I’ve also noticed that there’s a more distinct relation to having numbers connected with the “worth” of my business and to myself.

    For me, it shows up as irritability and restlessness with a racing feeling of never getting anything finished. There’s a looming feeling of inadequacy. Because of this, I tend to never feel fully present, feel impatient, and be short with people – especially loved ones.  Have you felt it too?

    If you have, there are many ways to quiet the noise when the world feels upside down. I’ve started working in more reading, painting, journaling, exercising, dedicated quiet time, and even mind stimulating puzzles and activities. Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture are also great. But all of these can require a block of time to add to your schedule. With a one-year old (especially during quarantine), adding MORE hasn’t necessarily been a feasible option for me most days. I have found that CBD is an easy, actionable step that I can add to my daily routine to find more balance.

    Although, I’ve already talked about daily CBD use on the podcast, I wanted to finally share Equilibria here on the blog after several months of extended use. If you’ve been curious to give CBD a try, this post will be a great place to start. I also talk about postpartum anxiety more at length in my podcast episode with Equilibria.

    *This is NOT a sponsored post.* 


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    40+ Black-Owned Businesses to Discover and Support

    Over the last week, I’ve done a lot of thinking on how I can be a valuable resource to the black community. How can I use my platform that is usually filled with frivolous things like beauty, fashion, home, and wellness to discuss a much heavier, underlying issue in our community? After a lot of reading and listening, I realized that everyone’s voices will sound different and everyone’s unique way to share support during this time will look different.

    For me, that meant looking at what I’m good at – and where I’ve fallen short. Finding clothes, beauty products, homewares and other goods that make life colorful and joyful is what I love doing and likely why you found me. But I realize over time, I have fallen into a comfort zone of sharing the same major retailers over and over again – instead of finding new, emerging, smaller ones. This includes black owned businesses.

    Over the last few days, I’ve gone down a new and exciting rabbit hole of businesses that I’ve never seen before. There have been a lot of helpful Instagram posts listing new accounts to discover. (I did notice that some got repetitive with the same businesses featured over and over.) To go a step further, I started clicking through the comments of those posts where people were tagging even more black-owned businesses. There I found some really exceptional ones that I felt are a perfect fit for APOL and YOU.

    Below, I’m sharing below 40+ black-owned business to discover and support below. As I started to click through the sites, I realized A LOT of them are already sold out of product which is amazing! If you find ones you like, please bookmark them to visit later when restocked! I’ll be adding more as I find them as well.

    If you’re looking for more resources, this is one of the most helpful that I’ve come across this week:

    Black Lives Matter Resources + Action Items


    black-owned businesses to discover and support


    BABY + KIDS

    Pretty Please Teethers / @prettypleaseteethers / ordered paci clips for Bennett

    Harper Iman Dolls / @harperiman / handmade linen keepsake dolls

    Truth and Gold / @weartruthandgold / children + adult tees + a stellar reading list


    BEAUTY + WELLNESS

    Makeup By Meggan / @makeupbymeggan / have her foundation + setting powder

    Carol’s Daughter / @carolsdaughter / body + haircare

    Briogeo Hair / @briogeo / award-winning clean + conscious haircare

    Beauty Bakerie / @beautiebakerymakeup / sweets-themed + SO cute

    The Lip Bar / @thelipbar / vegan, cruelty-free makeup picked up by Target

    Golde / @golde / superfoods for beauty + wellness

    Mented Cosmetics / @mentedcosmetics / vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic

    Black Girl Sunscreen / @blackgirlsunscreen / now available at Target

    Oui The People / @ouithepeople / shaving and bodycare

    The Honey Pot / @thehoneypot / feminine care products

    KNC Beauty / @kncbeauty / CUTEST eye masks, lip masks, lip scrubs!


    HOME

    Rayo and Honey / @rayoandhoney / Homewares with positive intent

    Clare Paint / @clarepaint / Zero VOC paint and supplies

    Tactile Matter / @tactilematter / homewares and art

    The Zen Succulent / @thezensucculent / plant and succulent shop

    The Jungalow / @thejungalow / home decor and homewares


    black-owned businesses to discover and support


    CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES

    Brother Vellies Shoes / @brothervellies / handcrafted designer accessories

    Peace Images Jewelry / @peaceimagesjewelry / curated gold jewelry

    Sincerely Tommy / @sincerelytommy_ / clothing and accessories

    Nomadic Citizen / @nomadic_citizen / handmade artisan goods

    H Kyle / @shophkyle / local Baton Rouge store

    The Tiny Tassel / @thetinytassel / the most fun + colorful earrings

    West London Boutique / @westlondonbtq / local New Orleans store

    Andrea Iyamah / @andreaiyamah / Swooning over everything here

    Dynasty George / @dynastygeorge / beautiful dresses + uplifting IG feed

    Hanifa Official / @hanifaofficial / unique ready-to-wear designs

    Grass Fields / @grass_fields / beautiful + unique textile patterns

     Twelve AM Shoes / @twelveam.co / really into these slides

    Meow and Barks Boutique / @meowandbarksboutique / bright + colorful pieces

    Love Cortnie / @lovecortnie /

    Salt N Sunscreen Swim / @saltnsunscreen / love this one piece + this bikini

    ZOU XOU / @zouxou / ethical, small batch shoes

    Tree Fairfax / @treefairfax / handmade leather handbags

    Sweats By Sam / @sweatsbysam / hand-dyed loungewear sets


    LAGNIAPPE

    Cause Box / @causebox / curated, socially-conscious products

    McBride Sisters Wine / @mcbridesisters / black-owned, women-owned wine company

    The Cupcake Collection / @thecupcakecollection / location in New Orleans!

    Trade Street Jam Co. / @tradestjamco / their feed makes me SO hungry

    Aya Paper Co. / @ayapaperco / 100% recycled stationery + gifts


    Have one to add to the list? Please leave below, send via DM on IG, or email me!

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    20+ Budget-Friendly Walmart Picks For Summer

    I’ve been telling you guys for months not to sleep on the amazing finds that Walmart has been offering this spring. But ICYMI, there are plenty more budget-friendly Walmart picks for summer. I think this is my favorite product round-up yet because of the easy breezy maxi skirts and outdoor furniture options make me ready for sunshine. (In fact, I’ve already ordered several of the things in today’s collage and will be doing a try-on in my Stories later today!) A few things I wanted to call out from the collage:

    The gold gladiator sandals and slip-on sandals – look expensive in person

    The white maxi skirt (is a little see-through) is perfect to wear over swimwear.

    There’s a convenient closure on the printed rompers to prevent wardrobe mishaps.

    Still stocking up on the Volcano dupe candle that’s only $6.

    Also really loving the fact that I can order things like cute skirts and candles all in one online cart with the other household products that we need instead of having to checkout across multiple sites. (I’ve also really been taking advantage of Walmart’s grocery pick up on the app too.)


    Click Anywhere Below: Budget-Friendly Walmart Picks


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