REVIEW | Bloom by Brittany Travesté

Where are you in your self-love journey? And when is the last time you read something that encouraged you to BLOOM? While I feel that I have grown to love myself and everything that has shaped to be who I am, I still have a way to go. Like many of us, I still have a tendency to conceal or hide the not-so-desirable parts of myself and my past. So you would believe it had to be fate that while dealing with this very issue I would receive a book in the mail that spoke directly to my situation. Enter: Bloom by Brittany Travesté.

How to Get Summer Time Ready for a Fun Day Out

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summer fun with tone body wash

How do you get ready for a fun day out in the summer? As a work from home mom, most days I just get up, shower, put on sweats, and get my coffee brewed for a productive day around the house. But on the days when I have something exciting planned, like a matinee movie, quick lunch date, or sightseeing with one of my girlfriends, I add a bit of extra effort to my get-ready regimen. Read after the break to check out how I get summer time ready for a fun day out with Tone® Body Wash.

Review | When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

How do you share expressions of God's love and His teachings with your young children? As a Christian, I count it a joy to find books I can share with mine that illustrate basic principles of our faith. So, when I received children's book When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner + illustrated by David Catrow in the mail, I was over-the-moon excited!

diverse children's books

At first glance, I see this vibrant colored hardcover book with a cute little brown-skinned baby on the cover that reminded me of my daughter as a toddler--complete with braids and all. I was instantly pulled in by this image, as I knew my children would be as well.  A beautiful burst of watercolors washed over my eyes as I rummaged through the box containing the book. Inside, there were also note cards, a miniature easel, and a paint set perfect for tiny fingers. As my youngest son peeked around me, he instantly grabbed for both the book and paints. And with a little negotiating and flipping through the pages of the book, I convinced him to read before diving into painting.

Celebrity-Inspired Beauty | Meagan Good

Today on the blog, I've created a simple every-day celebrity inspired beauty set for you guys. This look features one of my favorite actresses, Meagan Good. Here, Meagan is rocking a nice, natural dewy face with a beautiful cat-eye and her signature defined brows. Below the jump, I will share some favorites (along with suggested dupes) to help you create this look for yourself at home!
This look is about playing up your favorite features for a nice, natural look.  Meagan Good focuses solely on playing up her eyes, which is also my favorite facial feature to accentuate. With a beautiful cat-eye, defined brows, glowing skin, and a moisturized pout, you too can recreate this look with ease.


Long before I became active in the wonderful world of blogging, created accounts all over social media, and became addicted to binge-watching YouTube makeup tutorials, I had a serious addiction to beauty books. You know, the big coffee table books chock full of beautiful makeup artistry embossed over several glossy pages? Yeah, I wanted ALL of them. I would peruse the library on campus and gather up all of the beauty books I could find and study them during breaks between classes. I have been a lover of all things beauty and skin care since I was a teenager, so once I came across these books full of information about skin care routines, color theory, and how to properly apply makeup, I was on to something, y'all.

 Alongside being an Avon Representative at the time, gaining this newfound knowledge about beauty care sparked the beginnings of my beauty blog. I wanted to share all the things I was learning from these books with my family, friends, and my so-to-come readers on the Internet. Before I knew it, I was saving up money to purchase my favorites so that I could read them at home and own them, creating a beauty library for myself. That way, I could study Social Work and English during the day with my tuition and teach myself all things beauty at night when I wasn't doing homework.

best beauty books

These are among the first set of books I bought as a beauty enthusiast. I've learned so much from them, that I decided to create two posts sharing my personal beauty library. And while I know much about beauty can be found online in videos and blog posts nowadays, I still prefer physical books for research and wanted to share for others that do as well. Below are some of my personal favorites.

Memoirs of a Fashionista | Keyva of My Life as "Keyva Jo"

Happy First of the Month, ladies! It's been so much fun interviewing ladies for the  Memoirs of a Fashionista feature and I hope you all have been enjoying them! I've learned a lot from the fellow fashionistas I've featured so far and am excited to continue sharing them throughout the next season. If this is your first time checking out the series, the mission of the "Memoirs of a Fashionista" series is to highlight stylish women I admire while allowing them to share the love of fashion from their unique points of view.

black fashion blogger

In today's "Memoirs," I am pleased to be featuring my sis Keyva on the blog. She's not only my blogger friend, she's also my Pretty Entrepreneur tribe sister! She always has a kind, inspiring word to share on social media and her personal style is EVERYTHING! Her flawless looks are polished with the perfect balance of classic and trendy for the everyday working woman. And don't let me leave out the fact that her hair is always on point! I mean, did you catch those sleek, luscious locks above? Keyva shares style tips, fashion inspiration, and her musings on life through social media, her blog, and contributions to the Pretty Entrepreneur "Pretty Ish" blog as well. And I for one, feel like I'm in for such a a treat when she does. Ladies, I present to you Keyva of My Life as "Keyva Jo."

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