#BuyBOBMonth Linkup Challenge

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Welcome to the linkup portion of the #BuyBOBmonth challenge! If you have bought your black-owned business product and you’re ready to show off your new buy, you’ve come to the right place! My cohosts and I are so happy to have you participate in the last leg of the challenge and we cannot wait to see what you have bought!

Linkup Rules:

1. Add your link to the post! Your link will show up on every hosts’ linkup post no matter which blog you go to upload (more exposure for you!).

2. Make sure the post is the link specific to this challenge so do not link your blog homepage. Failure to follow this instruction may result in your post being removed from the link up.

3. When sharing your post on Twitter, use the #BuyBOBmonth hashtag. That way we can track all of the challenge posts there too. You are also free to show off your item(s) on Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest…anywhere at all!

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL: At the very least, you must comment on or share the link posted right before yours via Twitter. If you are first in the link up, you must do this with a link posted after yours. The point of the linkup is to celebrate black-owned products and create a sense community based on this celebration while keeping you informed about other great black-owned business products that are out there. Failure to follow this rule may result in your post getting deleted from the linkup.

This linkup is brought to you by:

Nia (@glamsavvy)The GlamSavvy Life• Tamara (@baydiangirl) from Baydian Girl
Neosha (@NeoshaLatrice) from ItsRatedNGEE • Vanessa(@NessaRWilliams) from Vanessa R. Williams • Mary(@verilymary) from Verily Merrily Mary

Link away, friends! We can’t wait to read about your new finds!

The Little Orange Dress

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I believe in the powers of the little orange dress (LOD). Similar to the little black dress (LBD), the LOD can transform any black girl from mundane to instantly chic. Call it black girl magic.

I remember meeting with a designer a while back to discuss this idea I had about remaking the classic fashion pieces with a care free black girl twist. Instead of the little black dress, we would create the little orange dress. There is something just so beautiful about bright colors on chocolate skin. It just can’t be replicated. Some may say it’s a ‘no no’ but I say it’s a ‘HELL YES.’ I haven’t given up on the idea that of that fashion line yet, stay tuned. I might just make it happen.

It’s Friday!! So excited for the weekend, it’s the weekend before my two week vacation and I’m thrilled!! Shout out to the Grenadian flag, I just happen to stumble upon while out shooting.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Do you think the little orange dress is just as chic as the little black dress?

Dress: Forever21 old (similar)
Shoes: Forever21 s/o (similar)
Sunglasses: Forever21

The Most Inspiring Thing You Will See on the Internet All Year

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As the video of the shooting and death of another black body circulates, I made a conscious effort to avoid it. At this point, I cannot handle news of another life taken. I am sure so many of you are in the same boat. The weight of these hateful acts has taken more of a toll than I can truly express.

Instead of reading countless articles, listening to reporters reinvent the story and viewing countless tweets, I decided to seek out inspiring things. I searched for things that can lift my spirit out of the dark hole and remind me of the incredibly resilient spirit of black people. This is where Zion Harvey comes in. Out of thousands of stories, his stuck out to me as the most inspiring story I have seen on the Internet all year.

The most inspiring thing you will see on

Harvey, an incredibly happy eight year old boy, just received the first successful bilateral hand transplant.

At two years old, he lost his hands and feet to a life threatening infection, which caused multi-organ system failure. It is really inspiring and miraculous that he survived it with his spirit intact. No matter what comes his way he handles it with grace.

As much as I can write about the amazing characteristics of this young individual, the video below serves him much more justice. Check it out to see Harvey’s journey and how he is a breath of fresh air in a world of chaos.

If you have any inspiring and uplifting videos, please share them below! I cannot wait to have more to add to my collection.

Chambray Romper + Sandals

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Sometimes a girl just wants to explore her surroundings. A while back I told you guys how much I love Newark and that hasn’t changed. I’m a strong believer in appreciating black neighborhoods before gentrification takes hold. Newark has so much to offer but I love the grit of the city. I love that there is still beautiful expressions of blackness.

This look is perfect for doing some Saturday exploring, or running errands. I’m not usually a fan of the romper… you see the way my thighs are set up. Yea…it’s not the must comfortable thing ever. I made an exception here because it was a gift from my mother and it’s the quintessential weekend look.

Speaking of which, another weekend is upon us and I’m so ready for it! I’m exhausted. Do you have any cute outfit plans for the weekend?

Romper: Old Navy
Sandals: ASOS S/O (similar)
Sunglasses: Forever21

Five Things You Should Do Before Classes Start

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By Brea Thompson

As the summer season continues to fly by and students prepare for their return to school, it is the prime opportunity to take advantage of the remaining time. Normally, the final weeks result in indulging in home-cooked meals, last minute shopping, strategic packing and cherishing precious relaxation before the stress of school kicks in. Going into my senior year of college has made me realize that I need to take the time to embrace the real last summer that I have. Before entering into my career field. Check out the five things that you should do during the final weeks of summer.

5 things you should do before classes


It is never too late to expand your circle and reach out! This can be especially helpful during the summer when your time is a little more flexible than your regular class schedule. Take the time to find at least three to five individuals, whether they are peers or professionals, in the field that you would like to enter. This can open up opportunities for relationships to grow as well as get an early look into employment options. The power of social media networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn is a great way to find individuals. Trust me, I have used these sites and have met amazing people along the way! Sometimes it only takes a “Hello, my name is…” sentence or paying a compliment to someone to get a great conversation started.

Obtain an internship

Just because the summer is winding down, it does not mean that your work prospects are closed. There are plenty of chances to find an internship that is seasonal by reviewing company sites and internship listings. You can also reach out to advisors within your department to see if they can aid you through this process. If working for an internship at your school or nearby location is not an option, then you can always apply for a virtual position! These are always around for different businesses and entrepreneurs. If this is not an option either, then do not be afraid to approach someone with an internship idea that you created. The initiative could be the step to further your skills and gain experience that will aid you in the future.

Find a new hobby

It is easy to fall into a routine of the common activities that you like to indulge in, but from time to time you have to step out of your comfort zone. The summer is the best time to do this because it allows the freedom to try new things and narrow down your new passion. Just because the summer is ending does not mean that your hobby has to as well once the school years starts. You can find a club or organization that has this newfound hobby and continue to grow in this area. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there to find something new because you never know where it may take you. For me, my new hobby has been finding recipes to try each week in order to expand my cooking skills! There have been some trial and error moments, but I am growing to love this hobby more each time.

Set goals

No, goals and resolutions are not just meant for the New Year! These can be made at any time for anything that you feel needs fine-tuning. A great start is to do this before the school years begins because it would provide a fresh start. Going into a semester with things to tackle would help to create a productive mindset and efficient environment. Start with something small so that you are able to see the progress that you are making. Eventually the bigger projects that you take on can be done with ease and you will have a routine on how to handle each goal.

Take a trip

Everyone needs time to get away from work and the hectic tasks that often appear. At the end of the summer, it is always good to take a step away and clear your thoughts. The weekend before returning to school, take the time to go on a short road trip or spend time at the beach. This will award you the opportunity to reflect on the

It is not too late to end your summer on a high note. Take the time to treat yourself to some leisure time and expand your career aspects. The summer is not an excuse to hold off on these things any longer. Go out there and do something new before stepping foot back onto campus. Be sure to tell us how you will be ending your summer this year. We can’t wait to hear!