#blackout friday

picture it. it’s black friday 2003, and wal-mart has dvd players on sale for $20. these were the pre-netflix days so a dvd player priced under $75 was a huge steal.  like dedicated shoppers across america, i woke up at dawn to rush my local wal-mart.

all hell broke loose when somebody’s uncle jumped on a stack of boxes and started throwing dvd players to nearby customers. i caught one like odell beckham jr. and ran for my life. you would have thought i was carrying baby jesus.

fast forward to 2015. not only do i try to abstain from shopping at wal-mart due to it’s anti-worker practices, but i’m also working hard to align my spending with my principles. with the murders of so many black men, women and children, i’m in no mood to celebrate a capitalist system that devalues black life.

this holiday season, my mission is to support black-owned businesses who deserve love year round. on friday morning, i’ll be shopping online from the comfort of my bed while eating leftover sweet potato pie.


  1. nubian hueman
  2. ekineyo
  3. dopeciety
  4. nubian skin
  5. gloss rags
  6. nomad yard collectiv (dc area)


  1. peace images jewelry
  2. venus visuals
  3. rachel stewart jewelry
  4. lost queens


  1. coloured raine
  2. ginger + liz
  3. black up cosmetics

skin & haircare

  1. pooka pure & simple
  2. oyin handmade
  3. curlkit
  4. qhemet biologics


  1. andrea pippins
  2. thepairabirds

good reads & writes

  1. salt by nayirrah waheed
  2. teaching gold mah how to heal herself  by bilphena yahwon
  3. shapeshifters by aimee meredith cox
  4. vagabroad journals
  5. effie’s paper

health & well being

  1. little urban tea
  2. afro-vegan cookbook
  3. the spice suite (dc area)

check out quirky brown love for a list of over 200 black-owned businesses.

go big girl what you gon’ do?

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i’m not the only woman with a small frame and large chest, but for most of my adolescence and early adulthood, you would have thought i was sent from mars. when was the last time you saw one of those cute $19.99 two-piece bikinis at target with a 34ddd top and size small bottom? you said never? i know. thankfully, bathing suit shopping was sooooo much easier this year when i discovered that asos has an entire line of swimwear for the dd+ crowd.

my new white swimsuit snaps snugly in the back and the three straps on each side really help to ease the weight of my chest around my neck. this was just a test run, i can’t wait to try more.

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retail therapy: exodus goods

exodus goods is a recently opened new orleans boutique founded by sisters darlene and lizzy okpo and armina mussa. darlene and lizzy are the dynamic duo behind the fashion label william okpo, so naturally their pieces are available in the store.  unfortunately, those of us outside the french quarter can’t shop online just yet — judging from the pictures, i can’t wait to visit during my trip to nola this summer.



all pics via exodus goods on instagram


Girlboss-mainin a mere seven years sophia amoruso built from an ebay shop to an online retail behemoth worth over $100 million dollars with over 300 employees.  the 30-year old who was diagnosed with adhd and depression at different points in her life has written a new book, #girlboss, that chronicles the company’s meteoric rise and her out-of-the box philosophy. here’s an interview she did with forbes about the company’s success.

after watching this video, i have one question. what are you waiting for? get into your greatness. oh, and pick up #girlboss.

good wood

good wood, a cute hideout in dc’s u street area, hosted a happy hour last friday.  the store’s inventory includes vintage furniture, clothing, and perfume–a deadly combination for a girl like me.

i’m wearing a bib necklace from anthropologie, gingham shirt gifted from kdj,  vintage skirt and bag, and shoes from urban outfitters

vintage shopping in miami

i spent last weekend in florida and had a blast vintage shopping with my granny.  we frolicked around south florida gushing over clothes and shoes at the rabbit hole, c. madeline’s, fly boutique, and angel’s vintage boutique.

the rabbit hole  is a small boutique that we passed a zillion times before noticing the “vintage” sign out front.  don’t let the size or random strip mall location fool you though, it’s fully stocked with an array of goodies.  it’s the first vintage boutique i’ve visited with shoes over a size 8–major win for girls with big feet. the owner was super helpful; i described what i was looking for and she pulled things from the back for me to take a look at.  i got this cute peplum number that brought a single tear to my eye.  sometimes, pretty clothes make me emotional.  price range: $$

c. madeline’s is a huge vintage warehouse that houses everything from furs to vintage pucci and dior.  i was excited to visit after reading the reviews online, but struggled with feeling overwhelmed when i arrived.  imagine racks and racks and racks of clothes and display cases filled from top to bottom with jewelry.   i left after about fifteen minutes, nothing felt special and it was impossible to gather my thoughts.  my brain needs order and simplicity.  price range: $$$-$$$$

next stop was angel’s vintage boutique, a store i travelled to in the pouring ran.  unfortunately, braving hurricane weather was hardly worth it for this matchbox.  the price points and inventory were completely bipolar–a handwritten sign alerted me to a $10 rack housing utter foolishness, while simple midi-dresses were priced at $50 and above.  the clincher came in the form of several faux gucci bags for $200-300 which were displayed alongside a pair of “real” chanel earrings priced at $500.  *insert major side eye* price range: $-$$$

last on my list was fly boutique, a vintage boutique that has two locations in miami.  it definitely has some great finds and the interior decor is to die for–a huge morrocan style bed sits squarely in the middle of the store.  if i wasn’t traveling, then i would have purchased a low coffee table with two pink stools.  i was crushed when i couldn’t fit a bangin red silk jumpsuit over my feet–who has that problem?  major blower.  price range: $$

overall, the stores paled in comparison with spending time with my uber fashionable grandmother.  i can’t think of a woman with more style and grace.

miss pixie’s furnishings & whatnot

miss pixie’s furnishings & whatnot is such a gem.  it’s the perfect place to find vintage furniture and nick-knacks–where else can you score blue mason jars, grecian busts, and marbles in one location?  the price points aren’t the best, but i can explore the goodies all day.

weddings just became easier: finbury & stanley

finbury & stanley believes wedding gifts should come from the heart and leave an undeniable impression.  using their concierge gift registry allows friends and family to escape big box stores, and select unique gifts crafted by artists working in and around the New England area.

don’t worry, even if you’re nuptials aren’t in sight, we single ladies can purchase items from finbury & stanley’s website.  these plates are definitely on my must-have list!

spring’s wardrobe checklist

i try to be a strategic shopper and purchase items based on what’s in my closet, not my innate desires to have everything owned by my favorite bloggers.  using this philosophy means contemplating what you already own and the variety of ways to combine new and old items.  i can’t wait to score some of these items from the thrift store.