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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


    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


    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!


    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


    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 / / 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


    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!

    Product Roundup, Shop With Me, Walmart

    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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    Our Post-Quarantine Bucket List

    To say I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I’m going to do AFTER quarantine is an understatement. Every single day, I think I’ve mentioned at least one thing out loud that I miss about pre-coronavirus days. This might sound like I’m being negative, but I think it also makes me appreciate even the smallest of things that I previously overlooked before now. So I started making a list of everything that popped in my head – even the littlest things – that I am going to look forward to once this is over. And surprise, surprise, almost all of them involve being outside of our house and plenty of sunshine. I thought I’d share mine in case you want to start your own post-quarantine bucket list to look forward to checking off.

    Keep Reading Post-Quarantine Bucket List

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    Outfits, Shop With Me

    My Most-Loved Jewelry Brands + Timeless Jewelry Collection

    When I think about some of the most timeless pieces in my wardrobe, jewelry immediately comes to mind. If you’re a regular reader here, you probably know that I almost always have at least one piece of jewelry on – even if it’s just classic studs whenever I leave the house. (And sometimes even during quarantine.) I recently spent a morning taking inventory of all the jewelry that I own – some pieces I’ve had for years while others are fairly new. That’s when I realized that I’ve never actually shared a list of my most-loved jewelry brands, so I immediately started working on a list to share my current jewelry collection for reference.

    Keep Reading My Most-Loved Jewelry Brands

    Top Jewelry Picks:

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    Product Roundup, Shop With Me

    Mother’s Day Gifts Every Mom Will Love

    Waited a little late to shop for mom this year? I’m usually a gift-buying procrastinator, so I am totally with you… I’ve rounded up some easy and practical Mother’s Day gifts every mom will love – even if they show up a little late. (And with shipping delays due to COVID, who really knows when things are going to arrive anyway?)

    Make sure to scroll all the way through to see some EXCLUSIVE discount codes from various retailers that you can use for Mother’s Day or for yourself – I wouldn’t blame you if you found something you want. From farm-grown roses to CBD products and photobooks to skincare, there’s a little something for everyone!


    Click Anywhere Below to Shop Mother’s Day Gifts

    The Flower Lover: Grace Rose Farm

    If you haven’t heard of Grace Rose Farm – go check out their Instagram feed NOW. It’s the most insanely gorgeous rose farm in California, and they are shipping bouquets across for Mother’s Day – any mom would be so excited to get these beauties!


    Also see my post from last year on handmade flower gifts!

    The Nostalgic Mom: Chatbooks

    Earlier this year, I finally sat down and made a photobook with all of Bennett’s photos from 2019. I don’t know what took me so long because Chatbooks is SO insanely easy to use. You can make one directly from their phone app that syncs to your camera roll! Surprise your mom with a book of her own or a credit to make one from her own photos!


    The Beauty Queen: Tula Skincare

    Okay, one thing every woman needs is a great face wash. I have not found one better than the Tula Cult Classic face wash. I kid you not, it changed my face washing forever. Grab one for mom along with one of their rose eye balm sticks or the hair, skin, and nail gummies!


    The Wellness Expert: Equilibria CBD subscription

    So many reasons why I love this brand – especially since I did a full podcast episode on it! (LISTEN HERE) Start mom off with the Brilliance Box as a starter kit or one of their limited time Mother’s Day bundles!


    The Mom Who Has Everything: The Sis Kiss Mama necklace

    It may be too late to get a personalized name necklace from TSK, but it’s never too late to grab one of the best-selling “mama” necklaces or one of the many initial style pieces.

    20% OFF CODE: SYS20