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Purchases That Can Bring You Joy

September 12th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We’ve all heard that money can’t buy you happiness. But if you spend that money on the right things, sometimes it can. Happiness isn’t about getting more stuff, but some things can brighten up your day and even bring some more joy to your life.

The trick is knowing what to spend your money on (and when not spending it is better). We’ve put together a list of little things, big things, and great investments that keep giving back long after you make your purchase.

So the next time you have a little extra cash burning a hole in your wallet, consider spending it on these things. Or saving it. Whatever works for you…

Ways We’re Wasting Hundreds At The Grocery Store (And How To Stop)

September 1st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know that the average family throws out around $2,000 in groceries each year? Factor in the number of times you end up ordering in because there’s nothing in the fridge, and you can probably double it the amount of money you spend on food.

Groceries might not be the biggest expense on your list, but who couldn’t use an extra grand or more in a vacation fund or savings account? Especially when it’s as easy as finding a way to throw away less each week?

Whether it’s shopping when we’re hungry or buying veggies we know we won’t eat, there are things we can all change about our shopping habits. Make these tweaks the next time you grab a cart and you can get in and out of the store faster and spend less.

Brands That Do Plus-Size Better

August 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When it comes to plus-size fashion, brands are far from created equal. Some still don’t offer plus-size options at all, even though the average American woman is between sizes 16 and 18. Other department stores start plus-size lines that suddenly disappear. And some just don’t seem to be hiring the same designers for larger sizes as they have for their other sections because their plus-size lines aren’t always as cute.

But some brands have the right idea in mind. These labels understand fashion and do it at the right price and for a greater array of sizes. So whether you’re at the mall or shopping online, these are the brands that are doing their thing in 2016 that you should check out.

Reasons To Go Back-To-School Shopping Even If You’re Not A Student

August 10th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Back-to-school season means sale season, but the discounts aren’t just for the kids. Once you walk across your last stage, backpacks and pencils on discount flyers don’t seem worth your time. But they’re not the only thing being sold for the low at this time of year.

The beginning of fall means lots of retailers are making room for new inventory — by putting lots of items on super sale. Know what to look for and you could save just as much during back-to-school season as you do on Black Friday. At least when it comes to some items. So if you’re in the market for anything on this list, now is the time to watch the sales and head to the store.

If you snooze, you lose. These items might not go back on sale in this way until the end of the year during holiday season.

Finally! Is Like The Amazon Of Nude Products For All Women

August 5th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Thinking about buying something in your FleshTone? We are now LIVE here at!! Click on the link in our bio to read about us and have your say on the FleshTone products made with you in mind. Thank you so much to everyone involved who has made our project a reality. The #nudeforall #truenude #notmynude #FleshTone movement grows each and every day and we are so happy to be here to witness that! is being updated with new products and experiences all the time, so be sure to check in on the regular. Together, we are Blogging Diversity and Creating Community! 🎉🎯🔥 #blackgirlmagic #blackfashionblogger #browngirlbloggers #blackfashion #browngirlfriendly #representationmatters #melaninpoppin #melaninonfleek #melaninfriday #blackwomen #blackisbeautiful #blackhair #browngirlsdoballet #naturalhair #skintone #melaninaustralia #blackgirlfly * * * Photography @breannasheather MUA @desireemakeup Hair @emporiuo_hair Models @mirene2 @ginamartopmodel @yasmin.honeychurch @jaz01mcg @_elizabethmay_

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Over the years we’ve regularly updated you on breakthroughs in the Black girl nude movement, like Christian Louboutin adding new shades to his shoe collection and Nubian Skin‘s lingerie selection, but a new site called is about to take the (chocolate) cake.

Pegged as an Amazon for nude products that includes a blog and e-commerce site, Fleshtone is a directory that lists any and every nude item a person could want or need from clothing, makeup, nail polish, and shoes, to construction paper, multicultural paint, bandages, invitations, and even dance gear.

“I always wanted a resource for the full spectrum of products that relate to darker flesh tones and there wasn’t one–so I made one,” creator Tayo Ade told Elle. The Australia-based lawyer and professional dancer was personally frustrated with her inability to find skin-color fishnet stockings for a Samba performance, which she eventually pulled out of as a result, and that’s when she got the idea to launch a one-stop shop for all the nude products.

“It takes quite a long time to search the internet and try to look for what people have said about them. So, having one place to really build a community and find out what people are saying is really important. I am a role model for my kinds and representation really does matter,” Ade said.

Funny enough, though there’s still a ways to go as far as nude inclusiveness, Ade is now running into the problem of trying to stay on top of it all after launching Fleshtone last month.

“There’s an infinite number of brands that cater to fairer flesh tones, and with brands like Nubian Skin, there is so much room for growth and I’m really excited about what they’re doing. I actually can’t keep up. There is so much coming out, it’s crazy! I love it!”


Things You Should Never Charge To Your Credit Card

August 4th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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A little plastic can be a great way to extend your money when you need it, build your credit, and even allow you to splurge in the spur of the moment when you really deserve it. But it’s easy to rely too much on a credit card.

Say “charge it” when it comes to these items and you could be paying way more than what the items and experiences are worth for a lot longer than you’d like. Even if you have to put them off or change your mind completely and shut down your plans, paying with cash will save you quite the headache.

So if you’re looking to spend smarter or save better for what you really want, keep your credit card in your wallet in the following situations.

Do You Know The Best Days Of The Week To Shop Online?

July 18th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all have times when we’re most likely to browse for things to buy online: when we get an email about a flash sale, when we’re bored, sometimes during downtime at work. Some online retailers use those trends in our shopping habits to change their prices.

Unless you really can’t decide whether or not to buy something, you rarely come back to look at a specific item several times during the week. But if you did, you might notice that prices on some items change depending on the day of the week you look at them.

Some people shop more on certain days of the week than others. And online retailers sometimes change their prices to encourage people to do more shopping on the “off” days. Shop on these slow days of the week for items and you can save up to 50 percent on what you want — without having to wait around for a while for a sale.

We Loved For The Convenience, Then This Happened…

May 26th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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When you’re a busy parent, conveniences like having your favorite products being delivered to your door are not taken for granted. So when, an awesome service that delivers bulk household products and groceries, offered to let us sample their service, we didn’t hesitate to order the basics: Bounty Paper Towels, Charmin toilet paper, Bustelo coffee (yes, that’s a must) and Apple & Eve juices for the kids’ lunch boxes. Everything arrived just as I ordered, well-packed and in less than two days. It was great to have these items in bulk and not have to lug them from the store to the car and then from the car into my home.

It’s always great to do a little research on new companies and businesses you’ll probably be using regularly, so I check out and was blown away to find out that the company is only three years old and does so much for not only their customers, but also their employees, which the co-fonuder and CEO Chieh Huang refers to as “family.”

One great thing Huang did in 2015 for his staff: he just set up a fund with his own personal assets to pay for the college tuition of all of his employees’ children. Education is what gave him the opportunity to make his life better; he wants to be sure that everyone who works for him can provide the same opportunity for their children.

Huang surprised them (again) by announcing Boxed is paying for all employee weddings.

Watch the big reveal here…


Founded in 2013, Boxed has taken the best elements of the wholesale shopping experience and folded it into one innovative, cutting edge mobile app that allows consumers direct-to-their-door access to all of their favorite warehouse club products, without membership fees. Boxed brings convenience and savings to on-the-go consumers who don’t have the time, means or patience to shop at a brick and mortar big box club.

Boxed does all the heavy lifting, delivering a rich array of wholesale items directly to doorsteps across the continental United States in two days or less. The brand’s innovative discovery-based design recreates the fun of the treasure hunt experience with a curated selection of everyday essentials that consumers love including household staples, health and beauty supplies, office pantry items, groceries and a wide variety of organic and green products.

Style Stalk Your Favorite Instagram Accounts With This App

February 27th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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More than just a social app for picture sharing, many of us draw fashion inspiration from Instagram.

I must admit that I’m always wondering where someone on my IG feed purchased their ensembles. Whether it be a cute pair of over the knee boots or a pair of statement earrings, I’m always on the hunt for a fabulous find. And to be quite honest, I loathe leaving a comment and asking where someone got something, especially if I don’t know them.

Luckily, after a session of Instagram pursuing, I stumbled upon Like to Know It — an app that allows users to to shop via their Instagram feed. WWD reported that it’s one of the most fastest growing online shopping affiliates today. Once registered, you simply “like” a post that features a Like to Know It link and you’ll receive an email with a breakdown of the outfit details with photos and links to where you can purchase directly. Sounds amazing, right?!

Not to mention, big mass appeal brands and retailers like Neiman Marcus, ASOS, Proenza Schouler, Urban Outfitters, the Outnet, and more have added their brands to the social shopping service.

So, the next time you’re scrolling through Instagram and want to know the deets about a fit, use Like to Know It.


I Regularly Blew $500-$1,000 Shopping Every Week To Feel Good About Myself

January 27th, 2016 - By Tracey Lloyd
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Conditions like bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder can trigger behaviors like binge spending.

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It’s no secret that my money is funny right now. I had to quit a job with a six-figure salary because my disease prevented me from working. And I couldn’t work for almost two years because of my bipolar depression. However, my financial and emotional situation of the past is not unlike that of my current situation. That’s because when I was working, my bipolar disorder triggered bouts of binge shopping.

When I talk about binge spending I don’t mean the occasional overindulgence at the mall, or even a bloated credit card bill when Nordstrom has that Half Yearly Sale. No, I’m talking about regular — possibly weekly — spending sprees totaling $500 – $1,000, all for the purpose of feeling good.

I could shop for anything: housewares, clothes, cosmetics, luggage, even groceries. My binge spending patterns were caused in part by my undiagnosed bipolar disorder, and in part by a condition called borderline personality disorder, which sometimes accompanies bipolar.

Before my doctors figured out that I had bipolar, I was on antidepressants but not mood stabilizers. Mostly, these drugs kept me from getting too depressed — meaning they kept me in the office and off my sofa, for the most part. But there were times that I felt a little down, or a little uneasy, or a little anxious. I couldn’t handle those times: they all made me want to jump out of my skin. My inability to manage my feelings or their resulting moods was a symptom of borderline personality disorder.

Instead of having moods and feelings pass without judgement, people with borderline personality disorder let those moods marinate, and usually get down on themselves for whatever happens. If someone cuts you off in traffic, it’s because you’re a bad driver. If you get looked over for an assignment at work, then obviously you’re unqualified for your job. When these bad feelings pile up, there needs to be a release. Some people drink. Some people gamble. My release was shopping.

Binge shopping was like a drug for me. The more I shopped, the better I felt. Any negative thoughts I had melted away while I was signing the cash register receipt. It wasn’t about the items I bought, but rather the act of buying itself. I felt good about myself when I walked through the mall with multiple shopping bags. Buying three pairs of shoes at a time was a triumph. If I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy, I was anxious.

I realized that I had a problem when I took a leave of absence from my job and I didn’t have as much money to spend. I would go shopping and collapse into tears because I couldn’t afford to buy anything. I also noticed that I’d let a few bills go unpaid at times — like my car note and my electric bill — so that I’d have more cash to spend while shopping. Without my fix, I really noticed that I was depressed and had some unresolved emotional issues.

Thankfully, I was diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder at the same time. Not only did I get mood stabilizers to even out my mood swings, but I also learned emotion regulation techniques that would help me release the stress of having negative feelings.

Now that I don’t have any extra money, I don’t have the ability to go binge shopping. But I also find that I don’t need it because I have the tools to manage anxiety or burgeoning depression without resorting to overspending.