Random Amazon Purchases That Are Game Changers

I’m proud that when I shop Amazon, I usually stick to the items I intend to buy. Dog food? Check. Some book I need? Check. But, on occasion, I find myself adding random stuff to my cart that I didn’t know I needed. Here are a few of those items. Turns out, they’re game changers.

1.Mini Handheld Fan

I bought this handheld fan to survive summer photo shoots. But, this fan is so handy that I take it everywhere now. It’s in my tote bag right now. It has a rechargeable battery that you can charge via USB. It doesn’t get easier than that.

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2. Handheld Garment Steamer

You’re probably thinking what kind of style maven doesn’t own a steamer. I like to iron and make sure my clothes are perfectly pressed before leaving my house. This little steamer, though, is so powerful, I haven’t ironed once since getting it. When we can travel again, I’ll surely be packing it with me too. It’s especially efficient on handling creases on all those ruffled styles that are trending right now.

Random Amazon purchases

3. Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack

So…I really didn’t need this since I already had a clothing rack. But, while bored-in-the-house-in-the-house-bored, I started redecorating everything. My closet-office got a clothing rack that better suited the vibe of the space. Stay tuned for a reveal of that revamp once my walls get repainted.

4. Super Compact 256MB Flash Drive

My photo management system requires a lot of space, and I grew tired of the unreliability of external drives with cords. Their failure rate just got too high for me. So, I tried this little drive. It’s so tiny and holds so much. I keep one in my computer all the time.

5. Magnetic Cloud Key Holder

Don’t even ask why. I found this key holder randomly one day. And, since getting it, I’m always able to find my keys too.

6. Nipplomats Nipple Covers (in dark)

I’m pretty sure I’ve raved about these before. I’ve been using Nipplomats nipple concealers when an outfit requires no bra or I just don’t feel like wearing one, which happens often these days. I love that nipplomats come in a dark option that can truly serve as a nude for black women. Equally important, they stick where you set them and are reusable for up to several wears.


7. Tofu Press

I’m vegan and eat tofu. For years, I’ve been pressing my tofu the non-environmentally-friendly way, using paper towels. The shortage of paper products during this pandemic prompted me to finally get a tofu press. I don’t know how I lived without one. It’s much more efficient than my previous method, and it can be tossed in the dishwasher.

Practicing Self-Love With 3 Black Woman-Owned Brands

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that wherever you are, you are feeling love (and warmth…because it’s freezing in St. Louis). I thought I’d do a fun post in honor of Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and women making boss moves in general. I’m sharing three amazing gifts by black woman-owned Brands that always make me feel loved on Valentine’s Day and every day.

Black Woman-Owned Brands

Black Woman-Owned Brands That Are Perfect For Gifting (To Yourself or Others)
1. Golden Grocer Golden Box (Monthly Subscription, $25/month)

I was recently in Golden Grocer where I visit often to get my Adina’s Vegan Cuisine fix. Golden Grocer is a natural food, supplements, and beauty store based in St. Louis. I ran into the new owner, Jamila Owens-Todd, and she told me all about the new monthly subscription box. Of course, I had to try it. The image below literally captures my reaction when I unboxed the January box and saw that it was filled with vegan goodies that I already love or always wanted to try. The subscription is only $25/month or $20/month with a 6-month subscription.

Black Woman-Owned Brands

2. Soaplife360 Skincare Products

I attended a life-changing women’s wellness event last year. I met Coco Kennell, owner and founder of Soaplife360, a natural beauty and skincare line. Y’all know my sensitive, dry skin woes. I bought a butter and soap that night, and my skin thanked me for it. So, I’ve been so excited to explore other products in the line.

I’m in the process of checking out the line, but I had to check in and shout-out the Rose and Aloe Hydrating Toner. I’ve used it EVERY day since receiving it, as a hydrating mist, as a toner in my skincare routine, and as a setting spray for my makeup. I’m also currently using the brand’s 360 Cleansing Ritual Beauty Set. It’s a perfect way to try top products from the line, and it’s TSA-approved for airplane travel. I’ll be sharing more about my favorite products and a coupon code from the brand soon.

Black Woman-Owned Brands

3. Pat McGrath Lippies

No surprise, I found my PERFECT red lip in the MatteTrance lipstick collection by Pat McGrath. If you’ve been curious to try the line but not quite sure about forking over $40 for one lipstick, the minis below might be for you. You get to try 3 MatteTrance lippies for $25! The set below is my favorite and includes my go-to red lipstick.

I’m wearing Elson from Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Colour Blitz V2 set. There are 3 sets of the minis to satisfy everyone, even the neutral lovers.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Must-Stop For Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

This post is sponsored by the St. Louis Premium Outlets.

It’s official. There are only 7 days until Christmas. If you’re still holiday shopping, you’re in luck because The Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale at the St. Louis Premium Outlets is in full swing. It ends on December 24. I had to see for myself how good the deals were, so I visited my outlets yesterday. Y’all, it’s a must-shop sale. Grab the entire deal guide here. Then, check out some of my favorite finds below.

Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale

Kate Spade fan? The sale there is so good that these pajamas are now under $25!

Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale

The Michael Kors store has sale on sale on sale. I was especially drawn to the coats there.

Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale

The small leather goods are also the perfect stocking stuffers. I grabbed a travel-sized jewelry case that’s exactly what I needed for my trips.

And, when I got to the register, everything I purchased was even less than I expected. Gotta love a consumer surplus!

Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale

This Coach leather travel bag has been on my wish list forever. You simply have to see how steep the discounts in Coach are. Check out the guide here.

I’m a fitness junkie, so the adidas sale had my name all over it. From caps to hoodies to leggings, everything you need to jumpstart those 2020 fitness goals is on sale.

If you’re near the St. Louis Premium Outlets, now is the time to plan your next visit. Stop by my Instagram page to view my entire holiday outlet sale shopping trip.

I Tried This Clothing Rental Subscription, And It’s Worth The Hype

This post is sponsored by Haverdash, a clothing rental subscription.

Managing the quantity and quality of my wardrobe is important to me, but doing so can be tricky as a blogger because of my content creation demands. I’ve become quite intrigued lately by the idea of clothing rentals, but a few concerns always gave me pause. On a whim, though, I tried Haverdash, a clothing rental subscription for the everyday woman, and I’ve been converted. This clothing rental subscription, which costs only $59/month, offers a few perks that are totally worth that fee. I’m breaking it all down below.

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Before delving into all the reasons I’m hooked on Haverdash, I must let you know that EVERY look featured in this post is created using my Haverdash rentals. My concern about not finding items I’d even want to try? Not an issue with Haverdash at all. Also, the monthly fee of $59 allows you to rent 3 items at a time, wear them, return them, and get more for as many times as you can fit in a month.

Scroll down below for the top 5 reasons I’m a fan of clothing rental subscriptions after trying Haverdash.

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1. Experiment with styles/trends you’re not ready or don’t want to commit to.

The moment I started my Haverdash subscription, I added styles to my closet that I wouldn’t necessarily purchase. Back-out sweaters, faux leather midi skirts, denim skirts…if it caught my eye, I tried it. It’s a no-risk experiment because I could wear the items (or not) and return them. Of course, I ended up loving everything.

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2. You can always have a fresh outfit for any occasion.

I’m a huge proponent of repeating items and outfits, but sometimes you just don’t want to wear the same thing around the same people or in the same space. With rentals, you never have to worry about that. Wear it once, return it, get something new.

3. Don’t want to part with a rental? You can purchase it at a discounted price.

When I unboxed this striped sweater with the stunning opening in the back, I knew I wouldn’t want to part with it. And, I don’t have to. Every item you rent is available for purchase at a discounted rate. It’s like giving items a trial run before they earn a permanent spot in your closet. Win-win!

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4. You never have to pay for dry cleaning.

I love that once you’re done with the items in a shipment, you simply pack them up, place them in the pre-paid bag, and send them back. Haverdash handles the dry cleaning. Less laundry for me? I’m so here for that.

5. Unlimited access to the latest styles

One of my favorite features about the Haverdash setup is your monthly fee gives you unlimited access to the styles you want to wear. You’re allowed to rent 3 items at a time. Once you’re done with them, send them back and 3 new items will instantly be shipped to you.

Have you tried a clothing rental subscription? Tell me below. If you haven’t tried Haverdash yet, try it today! You will be glad you did. Check out my Instagram and Instagram stories later today for a glimpse inside the process (from unboxing to styling).

The Best Fitness Finds in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I shared my top picks in this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week. Nordstrom cardholders have early access to the sale now through July 20. The sale, then, opens to the general public on July 21 through August 6. I always find it helpful to see items on real people, so I thought I would check back in to share some of the items I actually purchased during the sale. Today’s post shares the activewear I bought. One item is a perennial favorite (Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 Bionic Training Shoe), and the other is an item from a new-to-me brand (Zella Intrigue High Waist Crop Leggings).

Old top | Leggings | Sneakers


I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym. Your girl is trying to meet her 2017 health goals. I go through so much activewear in one week that I like to periodically add new pieces to my wardrobe. It’s a chore, though, because my taste has become discerning. My activewear has to support the workouts I do, so it has to be moisture-wicking, soft, stretchy, and durable. Of course, I need my activewear to be stylish too. I also only wear black at the gym, so I look for items that have unique details. With all that said, I can now declare my LOVE for the two items I purchased in this year’s #NSale.

The Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 Bionic Training Shoe was no surprise. This particular Nike style became my all-time favorite training shoe back in 2015 when I purchased this pair. They’re lightweight, breathable, flexible, and so perfect for the gym. They’re also true-to-size. I wear an 8.

This year, I was especially drawn to Zella leggings because of the cutout details on a couple styles. I had never tried anything from Zella before, but once I did, I became a fan. The leggings have that high-waist I prefer. They’re moisture-wicking. The cutouts look edgy and vent heat. I was so sure the leggings wouldn’t accommodate my thighs, but a size small fit perfectly. I often size up to a medium in other brands. By the way, I’ve already done a HIIT class in these leggings, and they stayed put for the entire hour. I never needed to pull ’em up. Zella has a new fan. Actually, I bought another pair of Zella crops.

P.S. I passed on the other pair of Zella leggings in my initial Nordstrom post because they were too long on me.