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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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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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NYC Rooftop Dinner

NYC Rooftop DinnerThomas and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary on our rooftop last week! It was the most beautiful night and we enjoyed a delicious meal from one of our favorite restaurants; Carbone. The spicy rigatoni dish is to die for! An Elegant TablescapeI wanted to make our table look elegant and effortless. I put out a white linen tablecloth, navy blue linen napkins, silver napkin rings, and rattan placemats. My glassware is from Hudson Grace, and my silverware is actually from Bed, Bath and Beyond a few years ago! I put simple white hydrangeas in a clear glass pitcher for a relaxed, summery look. Tapered white candlesticks completed the table. Blue Floral Top + Skirt SetThis blue floral top + skirt set has been hanging in my closet for months waiting to be worn! It’s from one of my favorite brands; Misa Los Angeles. They make the most stunning colorful, printed pieces. I modified this top and scrunched the middle together to make it into a crop top. Then I used a safety pin to hold the fabric together – such an easy little DIY crop top hack! I have 2 of these Misa skirts and they’re even prettier in person. What I love about them is that they have a comfortable elastic waist, flow beautifully when you move, and are super flattering. They’re also made of a wrinkle resistant material so you legit never have to steam or iron them. AccessoriesFor shoes, I wore my favorite Aquazzura lace up sandals. Their heels are 100% worth the splurge because they last forever, never go out of style, and don’t kill your feet when you walk in them! I put on these fun V. Chapman gold cross earrings for a Dolce & Gabbana, Italian inspired look and kept the rest of my jewelry simple. These earrings have quickly become my go-to for date night!
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White Dresses + Jumpsuits For Spring

I love a crisp white dress or jumpsuit for hot spring/summer days. There are so many great pieces on sale right now, so I wanted to share the select few that really stood out to me! I broke them up by casual dresses, cocktail dresses, and white jumpsuits. Casual White Dresses For Spring One of the easiest pieces to throw on for spring or summer is a LWD. Reformation makes the most gorgeous white dresses. They tend to sell out really fast, so if you see a dress you like, jump on it – seriously!!! I am loving this one (so classic and easy), this long sleeve one (just ordered), this dainty eyelet/lace one, and this one (the details on it are too good.) In terms of dresses from other brands…I really like the cut on this dress and it’s super reasonable, this dress would be great belted, I can see myself living in this easy linen shirtdress, LOVE this organic looking apron dress, and this is such a pretty strapless dress for the beach. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Cocktail White Dresses For Spring This dress was one of the most popular dresses I’ve ever worn. I got so many questions about it! I love that it’s fitted, hugs all of the right places, and isn’t see through. It would be perfect for a night out, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, etc. It’s soooo elegant and under $300. This dress is beautiful on and I wore it on my last trip to Miami – it’s one that can definitely be dressed up or down, I actually wore it with flats in Miami. You can’t go wrong with a white blazer dress, and this long sleeve Alexis dress is dreamy. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); White Jumpsuits For Spring A white jumpsuit is timeless. You can wear a white T-shirt underneath it – this one would look great styled that way, or alone – I love the cut out detail on this one. There are only a few of this one left in stock and this strapless one looks so comfy.
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