5 Bougie & Affordable Online Boutiques

Hey Babes!

It is time of the year.  The weather is starting to toy with our feelings; the snow has melted, but the wind is still thriving.  I know there is someone in front of their mirror contemplating wearing a light blue jumpsuit or wearing a leather jacket, a pair of jeans, and rain-boots.  On the other hand, this is the time we start to look for new and better outfits to purchase.  The newest Spring collection of your favorite designer has launched, and you’ve made room in your closet for everything and anything.  But did you prepare your wallet the same way you prepared your closet?  No.  I don’t judge you.  I also neglected my wallet and decided space in my wardrobe was more important.  I was fascinated with the different patterns, the intricate cuts outs, and the vibrant colors, until I noticed the price tag.  The price tag of these designer stores made me put some of my old clothes back on the hanger, luckily, I found some affordable online boutiques that aren’t a complete sham.  I know what you’re thinking, “online boutiques are nothing but people recycling clothes from other stores with cheaper material and overpriced.”  Yeah, I know.  There are some clothing brands that sell us a piece of fabric for more than what we make an hour.  And there are also some clothing brands that sell good quality clothes for a decent price. 

  • 3udora

3udora is a black woman owned online boutique that focuses on unique and eccentric fashion.  The online boutique includes sizes for all women, sizes ranging from small to XX-Large.  The founder of 3udora, Candice Jean-Pierre, fell in love with fashion at a young age.   She grew up in an area where many of the retail stores had the same clothing and girls’ fashion were predictable.  She decided to create a modern, sophisticated, and unique Afrocentric clothing boutique.  She asses the quality of her clothes by trying on samples and testing the clothes herself before posting her clothing on the site.  She believes that the clothes she designs bring a sense of belonging to the women who purchased it.  In her words, “They preserve the afro-culture of these women [black women] and celebrate it, while everyone else just looks at it as a trend.”  Personally, I have purchased from the site before, and I love the quality of my head wrap.  The material is stretchy, breathable, and versatile.  I recommend this store to everyone. 

Founder of 3udora
  • Rebellious Fashion

Rebellious Fashion is one of the many well known popular online boutiques we see dominating Instagram.  The online boutique has gained much traction since created in 2013.  The online retail store is based in the United Kingdom and has been in business for over 20 years.  Rebellious Fashion was made to be different, risky, and classy all in one.  The clothes trend on many different platforms and focus on making the buyer feel good.   The quality of the clothes is very good, especially for a mainstream online boutique.  And if someone receives a malfunctioned product; the customer service is excellent. 

  • Papaya Clothing

Papaya clothing is an online boutique with physical retail stores located in the United States.  Papaya clothing has been in the game for over three decades.  The store has a variety of sizes for all shapes and sizes.  Papaya clothing prides themselves in helping millions of women find the best clothes that will fit their style.  The best thing is the company has control of their supply chain; the company is direct with all operations and customer savings.  The company tests the wear of their clothes before posting the items.  The clothes wear well and can last for months, even years, after purchase. 

  • Poppy Apparel

Poppy Apparel is an upcoming boutique that has much potential.  The boutique sells different clothes for any occasion.  Although it is a newer website than the big names on the list, the brand started to receive buzz from smaller influencers.  On the other hand, the company does not have an about page or speaks much on the experience of creating the boutique.  The brand is nice but needs to step up their game to receive notoriety in the fashion world. 

  • Kloset Envy

Last, but certainly not least, Kloset Envy is next on the list.  Kloset Envy is all about looking good but not breaking the bank.  Jai Nice, founder of Kloset Envy, tests her products on herself and the Kloset Envy models before selling her clothes.  She styles and buys her clothes, as well.  In my own experience, the quality of the clothes is exceptional.  The fabric doesn’t feel scratchy on the skin at all.  I suggest ordering up in size because the clothes are snug.

Don’t forget to share, like, and comment on this blog post! Comment below the different boutiques you like to shop for clothes. Also, follow me on Instagram @ken.monet for blog and challenge updates. Remember to post March challenge updates on your Instagram with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by March 29th at 11:59pm.

Bye Babes!

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Winter Skincare Routine + Winner of January Challenge

Hey Babes,

Starting my Spring semester in college and beginning a new job are the amazing blessings in my life currently.  It is great to earn some money for my bougie lifestyle and get an education to fulfill my bougie future.  On the other hand, I don’t have time to write blog posts as frequently as I used to do. But, I’m back!  And I have a new skincare routine for the Winter.  My skin dries out quicker in the winter than the other seasons.  During Winter, I take precaution to keep my skin refreshed and rejuvenated.   My new skincare routine can be modified if you have oily skin.  Some of the products below you have seen from a previous post; the other products are new.  Check out my new skincare routine below!

  • Botanics All Cleansing Foam Wash

My favorite facial cleanser of all time, the Botanics foam wash is great for all skin types.  I use a dime size amount of the cleanser and mix it with a small amount of warm water.  The cleanser foams in your hands and deeply cleans your face.  Also, the product does not have alcohol to aide in cleansing.  Personally, I use the cleanser all the time and I still have the first bottle I ever used.  The cleanser can be used for two years; however, I don’t expect to have the same container for another year.  My next step in my skincare routine is my lip scrub.

  • BreedLove Beauty Coffee Lip Scrub

The coffee lip scrub from BreedLove Beauty is one of the best lip scrubs I have ever gotten my hands on.  The coffee lip scrub removes all the dead skin on my lips without feeling harsh.  The smell of the scrub is subtle; the scrub smell won’t overpower your senses.  After using the scrub, my lips feel soft as rose petals.  The scrub also moisturizes my lips, so they aren’t dry.  I don’t use the scrub every day; I use the scrub three times a week.  I love having soft lips.   After the scrub, I use my toner.

  • Studio 35 Beauty Witch Hazel Toner

This toner is inexpensive and works wonders on my skin.  Depending on the day, I use the toner after using the Botanics foam wash.  The toner picks up anything that my cleanser left.  Usually, the foam wash gets all the dirt from my face, however, the toner makes sure to get excess filth that might be deep in my pores.  My skin doesn’t dry after I use the toner.  In addition, the toner is a big factor in my smooth and clear skin.  This next step is my most recent addition to my skincare routine – tea tree oil.

  • Garnier Soothing Rosewater Facial Mist

This another product I have raved about before in a previous post.  The facial mist gives a nice refresher for my dry skin and brings back the moisture in my skin.  The product can be used before makeup as a primer and after makeup as a setting spray.  The facial mist is perfect for a little help when you feel dry.  You can read more about my raving about the product in my previous post.

  • Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil

I doubt the brand of the tea tree oil is the best for skin, but this oil has given me life.  The first time I applied the oil to my skin, I noticed a clear difference.  The dark spots on my face lightened overnight.  The smell of the oil is strong, even with only a drop.  I rub the oil on my face with my fingertips and watch my skin glisten.  It is one of the best additions I have added to my skincare routine.  The next thing in my routine helps dull the smell of the oil.

  • Ponds’ Dry Skin Cream

I need to be sponsored by Ponds’ because I love this cream.  This cream saves my skin every time I massage it in.  The salve is so creamy and light.  Once applied, it softens and rejuvenates the skin.  The Ponds’ cream can be used in every season, depending on how much you put on.  For the winter, I doubled up on the cream for the harsh winds and cold air.  In the summer, I prefer a small amount of the cream.  I suggest this cream to every dry skin person I meet.  It is the best and affordable.  Buy it.  My last step on my skincare routine is another new addition. 

  • Jason Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream

This is a new cream I apply after I use my Pond’s cream.  It is a bit heavier and creamier than the Pond’s cream, but it works for my skin.  I don’t feel my pores clogging and crying for air.  The cream is a nice addition in keeping my skin healthy and clear. The vitamin E in the cream evens my skin while the avocado oil renews my skin’s softness.  The product works wonders, and I love the results I get from it.  Although the Pond’s cream is the best thing that can happen to my face, the Jason vitamin E cream is the icing on the cake.

And that is my new skincare routine for the winter!  Tell me your skincare routine in the comments down below.  In addition, the Bougie Babe Challenge winner is…. Ms. SUNSHINE!  Her post is down below!  Check out her Instagram and show her some love.  Thank you all for participating in the Bougie Babe Challenge of January 2019!  I will be posting the new challenge of February by tomorrow, stay tuned!

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Light the Fire Before the New Year

“Light the fire within, not the fire below.”

Hey Babes!

Finally, the new year is on its way! Better choices will be made and better opportunities will be utilized. You won’t make the same mistakes and will better yourself. New year, new you, right? But maybe that’s not how you’re feeling.

Are you unmotivated? Do you frequently question your purpose in life?  Is life repetitive and mundane?  Then the fire within you has faded.  The passion living inside has died.  The day drags on until your shoes are off, your head is comfortably in the pillows, and the sound of silence puts you to sleep. The simple routine in your life makes it harder to practice your craft or to start your own business. Like I’ve stayed before, do NOT wait until 2019 to do something. You got this! Let’s do something now that will impact us before 2019:

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables

I am guilty of not eating enough vegetables! I am the pickiest eater but I like trying different dishes. On the other hand, I haven’t been eating as healthy as I should. What can I say? I love French fries and chicken wings. The unhealthy eating and putting processed foods in our bodies stop today! Try to go cold turkey or slowly stop eating fast food; no matter how you achieve the goal, we can do it. Trust me, you’ll feel better before 2019 makes its way to your front door.

2. Choose better friends

During this time of the year, more people talk about leaving “fake friends” in 2018. If someone in your life is not the right for you, then it is time to let that person go. But don’t wait until it’s 11:59pm on December 31st, to tell these people to roll bounce out of your life. As Bougie Babes, we keep our circle filled with positive people who want the best for themselves and for you. So don’t wait, interact with the people that peak your curiosity; ask your friends the difficult open ended questions and see if they are meant to be in your life. Believe the actions of your friends, family, coworkers, mentors, and etc. And remember, just because you do not click with a person does not make them fake. The individual is just not your cup of tea.

3. Practice healthier coping mechanisms

Whether it be through fitness , through the arts, or through knowledge; we will practice better ways to express our emotions. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Alcohol, drugs, and violence have terrible long term consequences. It can stun your growth physically and mentally. Before January 1st, we will not rely on bad habits to make us happy. So pick up a paintbrush, a pen, or a dumbbell and fight our demons head on!

4. Communication is key

I know it’s cliche, but you know it’s true. Many times our worst moments started because of miscommunication. It’s time to say how we feel in a respectful manner. It’s not easier to change the way you communicate. I know from experience that changing the way you speak to others is DIFFICULT! You need to think before you speak and be able to get your point across in a conversation.

5. Drink more water

Yep, I said what I said.  Water is natural and the best thing for us, why not use it?  Put down the 2 liter bottle of soda and get a gallon of water.  Don’t drink the gallon in a day, but drink at least 4 cups of water a day.  The best way to feel better, look better, and quench your thirst is by drinking water.  Drink only water for a month straight and see how great you will feel by the end of it.  

And that is just a few things we can do to light that fire and start changing things now before 2019 begins.  There is an abundant amount of changes that can be applied to all of our lives; so start small and work your way to those goals.  Have a great holiday and I’ll be here in the new year!  


Bye Babes!

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Review: Walgreens Avocado Oil and Oatmeal Mask

Hey Babes!

Welcome back to Bougie Babe!  I hope your holiday weekend was phenomenal.  Today, I will be reviewing another Walgreens face mask. Again, I visited my favorite place on Earth (An exaggeration, but it’s almost true.) – Walgreens.  I searched the shelves to find a new product to try for my readers.  As I struggled to find anything new, a specific tube caught my eye.  The design of the bottle isn’t unique or special, but I wanted to try it.  The mask does not include Parabens, Phthalates, and Sulfates; however, the mask includes fragrance.  I looked for the face mask on the Walgreens’ website.  Unfortunately, I did not find the mask on the website.  After intensive research on Google, I gave up.  This facial tube mask I bought at Walgreens is only available at my local Walgreens store. 

Walgreens’ Nourish Facial Mask

The Avocado oil and Oatmeal face mask is a good mask. It works well on the skin and dries swiftly.  If you have sensitive skin, be careful and wash the mask off quickly.  After applying the paste to my face, the mask immediately began to dry.  The mask feels tight on the skin while it dries.  The tinkling sensation is absent with this specific mask.  Also, the fragrance in the mask is not a strong scent. After about ten minutes, the mask is completely dry.

Once I washed the mask off, my skin felt smoother.  I needed to apply a moisturizer because my face looked ashy and felt like cement.  I used the Breedlove Beauty buttercream to bring the moisture back into my face and my skin felt better.  The mask is not the best mask out of every face mask I have tried, however, it is a good one.  It is good to clear the skin; if you aren’t careful about what you use to moisturize the skin afterwards, the mask will irritate your skin.  Overall, the Walgreens’ Nourish Avocado oil and Oatmeal mask is two and a half stars out of five stars.  The mask is good for clearing the skin but does not “nourish” the face.

Thank you for reading my post!  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment.  Also, follow me on my blog and @ken.monet on Instagram. 

Bye Babes!

xoxoxo,

  Bougie

Travel for the Holidays

Hey Babes!

It’s that time of the year!  The leaves are changing colors; the snow is falling, covering the ground; grandma is cooking the Thanksgiving turkey and sides; parents are wrapping the toys, and I am craving to go on vacation and escape winter. 

Personally, I hate winter ever since I was a little girl.  The freezing temperature and daunting breeze of winter annoy me to the core.  Most people wish for a white Christmas with a plethora of presents under the tree.  I, on the other hand, wish for a glass of Sangria and a plane ticket to Bali.  I enjoy traveling to different places, and winter is the best time to do so. 

Unfortunately, it is hard to plan for a winter vacation.  The price of hotels increases and the number of available seats on a plane decrease.  Sometimes, the chosen location is booked to capacity and won’t be available until next year.  What’s even worse than not being able to book the place you want is not knowing where you want to go.  What’s the best place to go right now?  How much would it cost to go there?  What if these pictures on Google are fabricated?  There are disadvantages to traveling in the winter, but I have a great tip for you.

Jetzy!  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “Bougie, what is Jetzy?”  Let me explain.  Jetzy is an app that allows you to interact with other travelers; post moments on your profile, and receive rewards for using the app.  You can add friends and give shout-outs from different areas around the world.  If you receive a certain number of points, you can get a free trip on Jetzy.  I downloaded the app and fell in love with all the different places other Jetzy users posted.  You receive 1,000 reward points as soon as you sign up!  Download the app and use the code ‘V8T7eBzr’ and earn another 100 reward points.  

So, take some time for yourself this holiday and enjoy some unique rewards from Jetzy.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post.  Follow the blog and @ken.monet on Instagram. 

Bye Babes!

xoxo,

Bougie