West County Center x H&M Spring Giveaway (5 Winners)

I’m so thrilled to be partnering with West County Center, home of the flagship H&M store in St. Louis. FIVE winners will receive an H&M spring box curated by yours truly AND a $50 gift card. You already know how H&M has been bringing it. It’s one of our go-to places for fresh finds, and spring is already shaping up to be super fabulous. So, I couldn’t not share this giveaway opportunity with you. Entering is easy. Text SPRING to 444-222 (through March 21, 2021). That’s it! Want to read more details? Go here.

Check out how I’m wearing some favorite H&M finds: Purple sweater (shop it here), orange voluminous dress, and, kelly green sweater.

How To Win A Rent-Free Storefront At The Boulevard

This post is sponsored by The Boulevard.

Paging all St. Louis business owners! Have you ever dreamed of owning your own storefront in a swanky location? Are you ready to move your business to level up? Hoping to explore new ways to reach potential customers? Pop Local, a program that’ll offer not one, not two, but three months of free rent to a space at The Boulevard has your name all over it. Apply to Pop Local here through February 19, 2021.

Pop Local is open to any business concept. From photography studios to clothing boutiques to specialty gift shops to jewelers to food, all are welcome to apply through February 19, 2021. Next steps include announcing finalists on on March 1, 2021 and the winner on March 25, 2021. Then, the grand opening of the Pop Local winner’s store is slated for May 1, 2021.

Pop Local The Boulevard St Louis

Winning Space

The winner will receive the light-filled space I’m standing in front of, located at #26 The Boulevard. Neighboring stores include Crate and Barrel, Soft Surroundings (see some of my favorite SS pieces here and here), Deer Creek Coffee, and Loft. The Boulevard is an open-air, shopping center right in the heart of Clayton, Ladue, Richmond Heights, and Brentwood. It also sits next to the Clayton MetroLink station and directly across from the Saint Louis Galleria shopping mall.

Pop Local Perks

In addition to a rent-free storefront for 3 months, Pop Local will be offering $2000 to bring the winner’s storefront vision to life. Even further, the program will provide publicity and marketing assistance. Winning this amazing package comes with no obligation to commit to a lease in the space. Nothing to lose, but so much to gain! Apply here.

Swing by Instagram to enter a fun giveaway (value $120) with Deer Creek Coffee, Paint Nail Bar, Crate and Barrel, The Bar Method, and Loft. For instructions and to enter, click here

Jim McKelvey’s Innovation Stack Offers Inspiration For My Next Big Move

This post is sponsored by Jim McKelvey, author of The Innovation Stack.

As a resident of St. Louis, I was especially pleased to read The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time (2020) by Jim McKelvey. The book is instructive and inspiring.

McKelvey is most well-known as the cofounder of Square—a company that made it possible for small businesses and individuals to make credit card transactions using their mobile devices. The idea revolutionized the way people could participate in business activities, and even more importantly, a basis for Square was winning some justice for smaller operations.

Innovation Stack

McKelvey is a longtime artist, specifically he supported himself as a glass blower. The spark of an idea that would lead to Square occurred when McKelvey lost out on a sale of one of his products because he had no way of accepting a credit card payment from a potential customer. That problem prompted him to work with one of his collaborators, Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) to create Square.

In the process of researching steps to developing their device, McKelvey immediately became troubled when he learned that credit card companies were charging small businesses rates sometimes forty times higher than large-scale corporations. I was intrigued and impressed that economic justice was tied into the backstory of this familiar square device.

Innovation Stack

McKelvey discusses an “innovation stack” the cycle of “interlocking and evolving inventions” when and if you dare to make truly novel creations. Square was not simply one solution to a single problem. Instead, the company was created on a series of inventive developments, that is, an Innovation Stack.

This focus on a series of interconnected developments from McKelvey’s book really appealed to me. Over the last couple of months, I have immersed myself in the study of coding. How did I get here? More than ten years ago, I created a website to share my interest in shopping on a budget. Soon after, the challenge of producing high quality images led me to acquire skills as a photographer. The task of composing combinations of texts and photographs prompted me to learn aspects of graphic design.

Innovation Stack

Then, the process of transforming a hobby in fashion into a profession pushed me to learn how to interact with a variety of fashion, makeup, and PR companies. I was obliged to coordinate events throughout the city. Changing technologies made it necessary for me to master multiple modes of online media. Ultimately, my curiosities to think beyond the front end of websites and delve into the back end motivated my journey to coding. The series of problem solving that got me here, in other words, amount to an Innovation Stack, or a kind of skill stack.

McKelvey’s book provides encouragement for those of us who consider the value of responding to challenges with novel solutions. Of course, oftentimes a new solution reveals a new, unfamiliar problem, which requires yet another original solution. When we approach challenges with an awareness that powerful projects or wonderful accomplishments are the  results of an Innovation Stack, then we are usefully prepared for the extended series of steps that await us.

As a Black woman seeking to pursue a career in software development, I understand there are numerous barriers and reasons to feel professionally isolated. At the same time, I remain excited about the possibilities. And who knows? Perhaps some of those challenges are in fact opportunities for innovation.

You can purchase the book here. I’ll also be giving away a copy of the book on Instagram later today.

Win The Best, Fun, Fashion-Forward, Fine Jewelry

It’s giveaway time! I’m so thrilled to partner with AUrate New York to offer you the coolest piece of fine jewelry–a 14K gold ear cuff (value $150). I’ve been wearing mine non-stop since receiving it. And, you’ll love it too.

AUrate was founded by two women who believed that fine jewelry could be luxurious, affordable, and ethical. And, I know you appreciate those details as well. So, in honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, I’m celebrating with AUrate by sharing some jewelry created by women for women. The giveaway is going down on Instagram only. Click through below, follow the rules, and get in it to win it.

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Hands down. @auratenewyork has become my go-to for unique, fashion-forward, fine jewelry. In honor of Women’s Equality Day next Monday, I’m spotlighting AUrate because it was founded by 2 women who simply believed that fine jewelry could be luxurious, affordable, and ethical. I’m rocking one of my favorite new pieces (a 14K gold ear cuff) along with my 14k midi gold studs. Small pieces can make big statements, right? By the way, why should I have all the fun? Enter to win your own Mini Circle Ear Cuff in 14K yellow, rose, or white gold ($150). See entry rules below: . . To enter: 1. Like and comment below. 2. Must be following me. 3. Tag a friend for a bonus entry. . That’s it! Giveaway ends on 8/29 at 11:59 PM CST. Good luck! #auratenewyork #partner #goldearcuff #setthestandard #14kgold #stlouisblogger #jewelrygiveaway #sustainablegold #economyofstyle

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Glowing Skin Beauty Routine + EveryHue Beauty Giveaway

I’ve got exciting news! I’m giving away 3 of my favorite EveryHue products. EveryHue Beauty, is a new multicultural brand available at Target. Fan of Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP)? If so, you may recognize the makeup line because RHOP cast member Gizelle Bryant is a cofounder of the company. To enter the Instagram-only giveaway, go here.

I’ve been using EveryHue Beauty products since the fall of last year. What I’ve been loving most about the products is that they leave my skin radiant. And, there’s more. Every product in the line is under $20, with the exception of the foundation brush, which is $28. By the way, the fabulous brush is one of the items I’m giving away.

The tinted moisturizer is a go-to for me. Until now, I’d searched for a tinted moisturizer that complements my skin tone with no luck. The EveryHue tinted moisturizers feel like moisturizer, but cover like foundation, all while proving sun protection with a physical sunblock. You see, I knew it was possible. Want help finding your hue? Use the brand’s color matcher here.

EveryHue Beauty

Now, watch me use my some of my favorite products. Then enter to win some for yourself.

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[Ad] [CLOSED: Congrats @christina_carol_beauty!] Giveaway time! I’m thrilled to have gotten my hands on the entire @everyhuebeauty collection, a new multicultural brand available at Target. This brand had my full attention at tinted moisturizers that actually complement my skin tone, feel like moisturizer, and perform like foundation. Yass! Watch me use the products. Then, enter to win some of my favorite goodies for yourself. See rules below. . . What I’m using: EveryHue Luminous Tinted Moisturizer (Nutmeg) EveryHue PoreFect Primer EveryHue Concealer Corrector Duo (Ginger) EveryHue Setting Powder (Cinnamon) EveryHue Glow and Go Pressed Powder Trio (Buttercup) EveryHue Liqui-Lighter Illuminator (Lust) EveryHue Setting Spray . . Giveaway: Win an #everyhuebeauty trio palette, foundation brush, and beauty blender. . . Rules: 1. Must be following me and @everyhuebeauty 2. Like and comment below 3. Bonus: Tag a friend who would love to try EveryHue Beauty products 4. Must have a mailing address in the US . . That’s it. Giveaway ends this Sunday, February 3 at 11:59 PM CST. #economyofstyle #everyhuebeauties #TargetyourHue #HueNation #blackbeautyblogger #targetbeauty #stlouisblogger

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