Things and brands I am loving right now!

After a big shopping drought during quarantine I have officially let the floodgates open. I’ve been on a tear and am discovering so many amazing brands and products from Black-owned businesses that I am eager to share with you. Here’s my latest haul:

Brother Vellies:

I know that I may not be venturing out to go on an official date or dinner anytime soon but I could not resist this rattan Nusa Clutch from Brother Vellies. I like how you can peep through the holes a little bit and peek inside the purse.

I also ordered a few pairs of the Cloud socks which look delicious to pad around the house in.


Goodee is a mission-based marketplace with a platform centered around talented artisans making beautiful things and consumers looking to make a difference with their purchases. They sell an eclectic mix of accessories and homegoods that are handmade and colorful and totally not run of the mill.

I scooped up the Bassi Market Tote and know that it will be on my shoulder at the beach and farmer’s market all summer long.


I have loved this brand for the last 10 years. Founded by Supermodel Liya Kebede, lemlem is an artisan-driven collection of women’s, men’s, children’s and home goods made entirely in Africa. This brand is my go to for swimsuit cover ups or just cozy cotton basics for any summer adventure. I will be living in my cover up and wraps this summer.

Third Crown:

We just featured Brooklyn-based jewelry design duo Third Crown on the site and I am so excited to wear their signature Arc choker. It is so cool and different and Beyoncé approved—obviously I am sold.

 Play Pits:

Guys, my 10-year old  son is starting to smell! He totally has BO and this all-natural deodorant for kids from Play Pits is going to be a life saver. Play Pits is helmed by a mother and son duo and I can’t think of a better pair to provide sweet relief to moms who need their cars not to smell like locker rooms.

1988 Fragrance and Candle Co.:

Speaking of smelling good, I ordered this Creamy Body Butter from the 1988 Fragrance and Candle Co. So now, between Jack’s pits and my skin, our family will be a breath of fresh air!


Sunny Situation

This is the summer of sun. We basically have to be outside for any type of social activity these days so let’s get our SPF (and masks!) on! I have been spending a ton of time at the beach with family and friends in San Diego and in LA which is why I have been slathering on a litany of sunscreens.
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Taking a trip to the doctor these days may stir up a lot of emotions—worry, anxiety, uncertainty. It’s only natural. However, a trip to Dr. Deepika Chopra, the OPTIMISM DOCTOR®, may set your mind at ease and help cultivate lasting happiness, resiliency, optimism, and success. Dr. Chopra uses touchstones that we can all relate to in order to help us tackle what currently seems to be an insurmountable mountain of “stuff”—from parenting and adulting, to working, to generally manifesting what you want. We’re so on board to reach our highest potential, self-heal, and grow with her sage help.
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Hats On

They are the ultimate bad hair day cover-up. Copious amount of COVID roots or greys? Throw a hat on. Crispy surf hair? Throw a hat on.
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