Black Owned Businesses I Love

One of my goals moving forward is to highlight more small businesses, BIPOC businesses, female owned businesses, and black owned businesses. Today I’m focusing on spotlighting black owned businesses. Many I’ve supported and loved for years, while others have been recent discoveries thanks to social media. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do! Black Owned Businesses Cushnie, Clothing I’ve always been obsessed with Cushnie pieces – they’re all incredibly glamorous! Can we talk about this draped silk cream tank? And this hot red dress, and this navy blue cocktail dress?! Lemlem, Clothing I first discovered Lemlem cover ups at Barney’s years ago – you may remember this one I wore in Ibiza! The colors and patterns she uses are gorgeous. I have my eye on this dress and this dress. Also found several on sale here! Local European, Clothing Every single piece in this collection is for the ultimate cool girl. Cropped tanks, cargo trousers, and cropped crewnecks – yes please. Elia Vintage, Clothing Can I have one of everything? Oversized menswear style blazers, slouchy trousers, button down blouses, and flattering midi skirts galore. Riot Swim, Swimwear If you need a new suit for summer, look no further. This swim collection is full of sexy cut out and ruched suits that flatter any body type. You can shop their suits here, and check out their IG for better pictures here. B.Freedom, Clothing I recently discovered this line and am swooning over this red wrap skirt and elegant white jumpsuit! Oma The Label, Clothing and Jewelry Another new discovery, this collection is full of gold statement pieces, chic bodysuits, and flattering tops. I LOVE this white bodysuit and this gold necklace in particular. Omi Woods, Jewelry I just ordered this gold signet ring and this gold coin necklace. The quality looks amazing – and they will layer beautifully with my other jewels. Salone Monet, Shoes This simple, but chic shoe line carries a wide range of strappy heels for all skin tones. They give you legs for days! Brother Vellies, Shoes My eye immediately went for these lace up brown leather heeled sandals. NEED! Sotah, Haircare Line My best friend Talun’s mom is the founder of Sotah Hair; a super hydrating haircare line. I can’t recommend the shampoo + conditioner enough – they are so nourishing and smell heavenly!!! Breukelen, Non-toxic nail polish Thank you to the reader who shared this wonderful company with me! Started by a teacher in Brooklyn, NY, this non-toxic nail polish company is quickly becoming a cult favorite. This light pink color is to-die-for. Stefanie François, Hairstylist at the Salon at Bergdorf Goodman Stefanie has been cutting my hair for the past 7 years. She’s one of the only people I trust to touch my hair! She has the best energy and her new spot at the Salon at Bergdorf is gorgeous. Jenelle Hamilton, Publicist/Founder of Jenelle Hamilton PR My dear friend Jenelle is an incredible business woman and publicist. She does everything from fashion, to beauty, event and celebrity PR. She lived in NYC for years, before recently relocating to Beverly Hills. And she works with clients all over the country. Kareem Mathieu, Personal Trainer Kareem has been my trainer for years. He KICKS my butt every week and has completely changed my body. I first started working out with him when he was teaching boxing at Gotham Gym, but now he does private sessions and comes to wherever you are in NYC! We do a mix of boxing and circuit training once a week. We’ve been Face-timing these past few months due to COVID-19. Venita Aspen, Blogger, Model, and Creative Director Venita and I first met while we were modeling for our friend Julia’s Gal Meets Glam collection. She’s insanely talented when it comes to all things creative. Whether she’s in front of or behind the camera, she brings her A game. I’d love to hear some of your favorite black owned businesses! I will continue updating this post as I discover more amazing brands and companies.
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Learning How To Be An Ally

I am deeply horrified, saddened, and overwhelmed with a feeling of helplessness by the racial injustice taking place in America today. I’ve spent these past few days educating myself, trying to stay informed, and looking for ways to take action against this unjust reality. I am committed to being an ally. I am committed to being actively anti-racist, because simply being “not racist” is not enough. Being an ally to me, means continuing to educate myself, listening to black men and women, signing petitions, donating to charities that advocate for POC, regularly talking to my friends and family about these issues, teaching my future children from a young age how to be an ally, supporting and encouraging brands to show diversity on their platforms, voting, taking the census, calling + writing to representatives, and standing up for injustice when I see it. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And as I become more informed and educated on this topic, I will be updating and adding to this post. No one should be treated differently because of the color of their skin. No one deserves to be living in fear or suppressing themselves in order to not get arrested, profiled, ridiculed, or killed. I will never be able to know or understand what black men and women in America have been through, but I will stand with them. I will speak up, I will take action. None of us have all of the answers, but we must start somewhere. Learning How To Be An Ally Have conversations about racial injustice with your family and friends – this video really helped me start Talk to your kids or commit to talking to your future children about this – here’s a list of some great books Educate yourself by reading about racial injustice – I just ordered this book Support and encourage more brands to represent and work with POC Support black owned businesses – I have a lot of research to do here Check in on your black friends and let them know that you’re thinking of them and there for them Request an absentee ballot so you can vote without contact Vote during the primaries for state and local officials, not just during the presidential election Take the census – it’s how the government decides how much funding your community will get for schools, hospitals and more Donate to the NAACP Donate to the The Loveland Foundation Donate to George Floyd’s family Text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the petition Contact state and local leaders Take a stand against injustice when you see it Use your voice and your power to bring awareness to this important issue whether it be on social media, or elsewhere Continue having these conversations and taking action weeks, months, years from now The last thing that I will say, is that everyone has a voice. So please use yours in a positive way. Don’t let the fear of misspeaking hold you back. We are all human and no one is perfect. This quote really resonated with me, “Empathy: Let me hold the door for you. I may have never walked in your shoes, but I can see your soles are worn, your strength is torn under the weight of a story I have never lived before. Let me hold the door for you. After all you’ve walked through, It’s the least I can do.” -MHN
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Nordstrom Picks Under $100

Nordstrom Picks Under $100 Happy Friday! One of my favorite stores; Nordstrom, just marked down hundreds of styles under $100. I wanted to share the classic staple pieces that caught my eye, as well as a few Father’s Day gift ideas and beauty items! Classic Pieces Under $100 These two easy spring/summer dresses are both under $100. I love the subtle floral print on this one. And you can’t go wrong with this black off the shoulder dress! I can’t believe how inexpensive these strappy sandals are and they come in multiple colors! I love that the heel isn’t insanely high. This Rails button down is a wardrobe essential – I have it in white, but really love this light seafoam green color to style with white jeans. For Father’s Day – this Peter Millar zip up would be PERFECT, and so would these Chelsea boots for under $65. Thomas LOVES Peter Millar and always raves about the quality of their clothing. For your dog, get this chic all black travel carrier. It’s the best looking one I’ve seen and I just ordered it to replace the other one I had! A few beauty items that I’m coveting…One of my favorite candles; Diptyque 34, just came back in stock at Nordstrom (I have the big one in my entryway!) I’ve heard amazing things about this Hourglass lipgloss and this nude-pink color is gorgeous. My girlfriend was just raving about this Sunday Riley Good Genes serum, so I’m excited to try it out! Shop the rest of my budget-friendly under $100 picks below!
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My Favorite Dishes

My Favorite Dishes I truly enjoy collecting dishes. I think it’s so fun to mix and match different colors, patterns, textures, shapes and sizes. You never know what mood or occasion will arise, and it’s nice to be able to switch things up seasonally. I dream of the day I can have a walk in pantry just for all of my dishes and platters… Rattan Glasses + Pitchers Rattan pieces are ideal for spring or summer. I’ve actually been using my rattan glasses as a simple water cup everyday because I like the way they look out on my desk or nightstand. I feel like it motivates me to drink more water! They look beautiful displayed in a glass cabinet, on a dinner table, or even on the counter filled with flowers. Gold Rimmed Teacups + Bowls + Plates Dauville gold rimmed dinnerware is so unique and can be used for special occasions or everyday. I use their gold rimmed teacups (hand wash only) when I drink tea, their gold rimmed bowls for fun brunches (fruit looks stunning in them), and their cake plate for birthdays. These ones from H&M home are a great dupe! Blue + White Spongeware Dishes Tory Burch makes the most iconic blue + white dishes. You may remember this spring tablescape I did with all of her pieces. I’m dying to get my hands on these smoke ring patterned plates to mix and match with the ones I currently have. The pitcher from this collection is a MUST HAVE for lemonade in the summer and flowers throughout the year. Everyday White Plates + Bowls My classic white plates and bowls come from Hudson Grace at the Brentwood Country Mart. They’re made in Italy and hand glazed. They are the “organic” style so they’re slightly imperfect which I love. They feel really luxe and special, but are casual enough to use everyday. Also, they are microwave safe, but I don’t recommend microwaving them for too long as they do heat up. Many of you have asked where my classic white mug is from – and it’s from the same collection. Everyday Glass Cups I have drinking glasses from Hudson Grace, but they’re pricy. I found these ones from Crate + Barrel that are basically identical and more affordable. Growing up, we had these glass tumblers which I’d buy in a heartbeat if I had the cabinet space! Wine Glasses These hand blown glasses can be used for water and wine, aren’t they elegant? These ones are super similar and 1/4 of the price! You can’t go wrong with a simple wine glass like this… If I’m being completely honest, I truly hate those wine glasses with a flat base. I don’t know why, I just find them tacky and way too modern. I also don’t like stemless glasses, again this is just personal preference. For parties, I order bulk sets of these wine glasses so that guests can drink out of a nice glass, but I also don’t have to worry if it breaks. Martini + Champagne Glasses One of the most frequently asked questions I get on IG is; Where do you get your martini coupes? They are available here! They’d also make fabulous dessert dishes if you’re having a dinner party! Italian Splatterware (Outdoor Friendly) My friend Jen got me hooked on Italian splatterware. I couldn’t resist ordering an entire set for summer. Perfect al fresco dining pieces. Speckled Ceramic Plates + Bowls For my cookbook shoot, we used a ton of Humble Ceramics plates + bowls. They’re expensive, but so worth it. Helena and Alicia recently shared these Sarah Kersten bowls that have a similar vibe and are just to die for! Shop all of my favorite dishes below!
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