Graduation Gift Ideas

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Hi friends,

If you have a recent high school (or college) graduate to buy a gift for, below are some ideas (the majority of which I received as gifts for high school graduation, aside from the always-loved cash and gift cards, that helped me throughout my college experience that I still have and use to this day):

For the dorm room (or first solo apartment):

Vera Bradley Makeup Bag

Jon Hart Makeup Bag

*Laundry basket filled with: Command strips (SO expensive for what they are, especially when they’re the only thing you can use in a dorm room), batteries, cleaning supplies, tool kit, power strips, 10 ft. phone charger, etc. (This would be SO appreciate by a college graduate. Maybe even more so than a high school graduate. #adulting)

Color changing cups

Coffee warmer

Plates, bowls, utensils

Monogramed Towels

For campus (or commuting to your first job):

Vera Bradley Backpack

Jon Hart Key Chain Wallet

Swell water bottle

Umbrella: Do not forget to purchase an umbrella, folks.


John Hart clear crossbody bag for gameday

For travel:

Vera Bradley Duffel

Vera Bradley Jewelry Organizer

For everything in-between:

Gift cards and cash: Target, Starbucks, Local college apparel outfitter

What was your favorite gift that you received post-graduation? Let me know in the comments below!

Love y’all,


Dreaming of the Beach


Hi friends,

As the humidity starts to crank up here in Memphis, I am dreaming about hitting up the beach on basically an every day basis (seriously, Memphis is worse than Houston on that front I’ve decided). I am wanting some sun and sand in my life, with a healthy dose of social distancing. Here are some items that I would love to have while having fun in the sun:

Swimsuits/Cover Up:

Aerie Ruffle Longline Bikini Top in Heirloom

Aerie High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom in Heirloom

Aerie Longline Triangle Bikini Top in Best Buds

Aerie High Waisted Bikini Bottom in Raw Sienna

Aerie Wrap Halter Bikini Top in Chilly Red

Aerie High Waisted Bikini Bottom in Chilly Red

Aerie Leopard Wrap One Piece Swimsuit

Aerie Ruffle Cover Up

Beach Towel 4 Pack: Thought this was an amazing deal if you’re in the need for new beach towels like we are!

Sun Protection: I adore all of the designs from Tinsley Allison (@tinsleyallisondesigns), but especially all of their headwear:

Tinsley Allison Designs: The Kate Louis Vuitton Knotted Headband-Turquoise

Tinsley Allison Designs: The Kate Tan Gucci Knotted Headband

Tinsley Allison Designs: Landry Ponytail Hat – White

I also mentioned my favorite sunglasses in my All-Time Amazon Favorites post.

Have you been to the beach this year or are planning on going? Let me know in the comments below!

Love y’all,


Target Summer Wish List


Hi y’all,

I have spent some time away from this space to intentionally learn more about what part I can and should play against racism and ways in which I can support the black community, as well as praying for healing and unity in the U.S. With that being said, out of all of the resources and content I have consumed on social media, Alyson Haley’s post, “I’m Angry. Now What? How To Put In The Anti-Racism Work,” has been incredibly helpful to me. As such, if there are any resources you would like to link to in the comments, or any black-owned brands that you would like for all of us to know about to support, please leave them below!

As I have felt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and now through the protests being held throughout the world, I have been unsure on how to pursue this hobby of mine as I feel both personal (I find creating content for this blog very cathartic), and professional (I hope that I can grow this space into something that I am proud of and can help support my family with some day), pulls to create here. For now, I’m going to continue on until y’all provide feedback otherwise, but know that I am praying for every person that reads this blog (as silly as that may seem on a Target wish list post), and all of the other residents of this amazing planet that we live on.

And, with that, let’s get into some things I’ve had my eye on at Target, but that I have not been able to justify purchasing since I do not leave my pajamas as I continue to be lucky enough to work from home. A girl can dream, right?


Women’s Gingham Button-Front Shirtdress – Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target Pink/White

Women’s Ric Rac Flare Sleeve Dress – Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target White/Yellow

Women’s Gingham Puff Sleeve Shirtdress – Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target Yellow/White

Women’s Flutter Elbow Sleeve Tie Waist Dress – Who What Wear™

Women’s Short Sleeve Belted Tiered Dress – Who What Wear™

Women’s Sleeveless Dress – Who What Wear™

Women’s Short Sleeve Mini Dress – Knox Rose™ Coral

Women’s Short Sleeve Ruffle Hem Dress – A New Day™ (Green & Brown)

Women’s Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress – Universal Thread™


Women’s Sleeveless Blouse – Who What Wear™

Women’s Short Sleeve Eyelet Top – Knox Rose™

Women’s Flutter Short Sleeve Blouse – A New Day™


Women’s Animal Print High-Rise Tie Waist Shorts – A New Day™ Brown

Women’s Tie Waist Shorts – A New Day™


Women’s Betti Multi-Band Thong Sandals – Universal Thread™

Women’s Lalli Strappy Woven Slide Sandals – A New Day™

Women’s Agnes Microsuede Espadrille Platform Sandals – Universal Thread™

Women’s Neida EVA Two Band Slide Sandals – Shade & Shore™

Are you looking to update your summer wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below (as well as any suggestions mentioned in the above).

Love y’all,


Full Face Under $50: Essence Cosmetics Haul First-Impressions

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Hi friends,

I was inspired by Taylor Wynn’s (@taylorwynn), recent “Full Face of Essence Cosmetics” video and I had to try out an (almost) full face for myself! Coincidentally, Taylor’s video coincided with a B1G1 50% off sale on Essence at Ulta, so I was able to snatch up all of the below products, plus the Wet n Wild foundation and Maybelline powder that I already had in my collection (that were both also purchased previously on-sale), for a grand total of $46.67 before tax. With that being said, all of these products retail for $62.86 before tax, so you can get an amazingly affordable, full face of makeup for under $70, no matter if there is a sale or not. However, I of course always recommend you holding out for a sale and keeping your eyes opened to all available coupons! Now, let’s get into what I think of the makeup. 🙂

Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil: $1.50 (Normally $2.99)

I got the nude shade of this pencil, and while it is very pigmented, it was a bit more crumbly than I would have liked and irritated my eyes a bit. However, I think that was partially due to having not worn makeup in quite a few days (keeping it real here in quarantine), so I will continue to test.

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara: $1.50 (Normally $2.99)

I’ve used this brow gel once before and I still love it. Fantastic amount of pigment for the price with a nice, small brush.

Essence The Blush: $1.50 (Normally $2.99)

I really loved this blush formula! I got the shade “Befitting” and it compliments my skin tone really well.

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder: $3.99 (Normally $4.99)

Okay, y’all, I adore this bronzer. Easily my favorite product (besides the highlighter). I got the shade for blondes and it warms up my complexion so well, without being orange at all.

Essence Primer + Studio HD Hydra Primer Spray: $2.49*

A decent setting spray! Does bring some glow to your skin and settles the powdery look down to make you appear more skin-like.

Essence Fresh + Fit Awake Primer: $2.99

This thing brings the glow in a really intense way! I like it so far, but will have to let you know more once I have more time to test these products out.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara: $4.99

I used this mascara once in the past, but recall not liking it because it was difficult to take off. However, with my current DHC oil makeup remover, I had no problem at all. I do like the amount of volume and length that it brings to my lashes for every day, but I like my Urban Decay Perversion mascara for more volume for night.

Essence Camoflauge + Matt Concealer: $3.99

On first impression, I really like this concealer for every day! It is definitely medium coverage and has a really thin texture.

Essence Brighten Up! Banana Powder: $4.99

This stuff really does brighten your under eyes right up, but it did make my under eyes look a little dry. However, I did add more powder than I normally would since I’m trying to stop the inevitable mascara transfer from my oily skin during the summer, so that experimentation could be a factor (or it could be the concealer. TBD!).

Essence Spice Up Your Life Eyeshadow Palette: $4.99

I liked the eye look I ended up with for the three shades I used, but the shades I did use were definitely the hardest to blend that I’ve used in a long time and are quite crumbly. However, for $5 for a palette with this amount of shades, that is a heck of a deal. But, if I’m honest with myself, I would personally purchase one of Melted Chrome Eyeshadows in retrospect, as I think I would have gotten more use out of that.

Essence x Ulta Beauty Collection Girls United High Shine Lip Gloss: $1.50 (Normally retails for $4.99)

The shade that I purchased is no longer available on Ulta’s website, but I do like the formula. Essence’s lip gloss formula is supposed to be great in general, so I don’t think you can go wrong there (but you may be able to prove me wrong!).

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight 01: $4.99

This highlight is just so great! It brings a really natural glow to your face.

Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Liquid Foundation: $3.25 (Normally retails for $6.49)

Mentioned my thoughts on this foundation here.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder: $4 (Normally retails for $7.99)

Mentioned my thoughts on this powder here.

What are your favorite Essence products? I will keep y’all updated as these products make their way into my collection (or go into the donate pile).

Love y’all,