Inside Brandless’ NYC Pop Up

It’s noon on a Sunday and before my sister and I enter Brandless’ NYC pop up, I stop to read the brand’s mission printed on the clear glass in the front: “Here at brandless we put people first, which means value and values stick together. Better stuff, fewer dollars, and no nonsense. Join us.” As I peer through the glass window the white letters are … Continue reading Inside Brandless’ NYC Pop Up

Sustainability Spotlight: Inside Dunkin’ Donuts Tiny Home Powered by Coffee

Yesterday, my sister and I stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts pop up at Madison Square Park in New York City. It’s a tiny home powered by a biofuel blend of 80% coffee oil that’s extracted from coffee grounds. The coffee beans powers everything from the fully functioning kitchen to the jacuzzi tub and get this: a washer/dryer unit. Inside the home, is comfy and chic, thanks … Continue reading Sustainability Spotlight: Inside Dunkin’ Donuts Tiny Home Powered by Coffee

Top Picks for Reusable Straws

2018 has been a big year for plastic straws as they became the poster child for the case against plastic pollution. This year, Seattle became the first state to ban plastic straws, San Francisco will implement its ban in 2019, and several other U.S. cities and states, including NYC and Hawaii have pending legislations on the table to follow suit. In addition to states, many … Continue reading Top Picks for Reusable Straws

Switching to Plastic-Free Sandwich Bags

Whether I’m packing snacks or storing chocolate chips in the fridge, I always find the need for plastic sandwich bags. It wasn’t until I realized I was going through boxes of the stuff that I had to ask myself, what are the environmental (and health) impacts of this? Turns out, there are a few. Health-wise, most plastics contain harmful chemicals that may leach into your … Continue reading Switching to Plastic-Free Sandwich Bags

Wellness Inspiration: Black Girl In Om

Founder: Lauren Ash, a creative writer, yoga and meditation teacher founded the website, and was recently named as one of ESSENCE’s top “33 Self-Care Sistahs That Helped Redefine Wellness in 2017.” What is it: Black Girl In Om (BGIO) is a platform for women of color who are looking for wellness/self-care/self-empowerment tips and inspiration, which the company offers via an online publication, podcasts and in-person … Continue reading Wellness Inspiration: Black Girl In Om

Why You Need an Essential Oil Diffuser

I remember walking into my local natural foods store earlier this year and immediately being uplifted as I inhaled the aroma of ylang ylang that permeated the air via a diffuser that was placed at the entrance of the store. Since then, I’ve always wanted one, so I was excited when artnaturals sent me their oil diffuser and 8-piece essential oil set to try. The … Continue reading Why You Need an Essential Oil Diffuser

TOP 4 TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR BLOG SIDE-HUSTLE

When I first launched my blog in 2010, I had no goals. I just loved beauty and fashion and while working in the health care industry, I desperately needed a creative outlet to showcase my passion. I didn’t care if anyone read it, because I was doing it for me. Fast forward a few years later, I was able to land my dream job as … Continue reading TOP 4 TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR BLOG SIDE-HUSTLE

NYC Event Spotlights Beauty Brands for Black Women

On Sunday, August 13th, I attended Project Beauty Expo, a small trade show that is dedicated to spotlighting up-and-coming indie brands that cater to black women. Instead of writing a long blog post of the cool brands that were on display, I created a video with highlights of the show. Check it out on my Instagram now  or click on the image below. Continue reading NYC Event Spotlights Beauty Brands for Black Women

NYC Hot Spot: Grace Street Cafe

If you’re the type of person who likes to Instagram everything you eat and drink, then add Grace Street Café in NYC’s Koreatown to the top of your list. The café serves Asian deserts, such as donuts and snow ice, alongside a curated selection of premium teas and specialty coffee. I recently visited the café and ordered the Rose Petal Milk Tea, which is adorned … Continue reading NYC Hot Spot: Grace Street Cafe