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

March Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey Babes,

It is March!  It is now the start of a new challenge.  The February challenge winner is HelenWong!  Her posts are on her Instagram @collenlau;the posts are sentimental and beautiful to see. In addition, her captions are inspiring! This month, I will be challenging my readers to give up something that isn’tgood for them.  Together, let’s un-learnour bad habits; stop indulging in junk food, and start evolving into betterhumans.  I will be giving up onchocolate, alcohol, and falling asleep late at night.  To grow into the best, bougie version ofourselves, we must fix our flaws.  I willbe posting one lucky winner on March 31st and the winner will receive a $50Visa gift card. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be following my blog, Bougie Babe and following me @ken.monet on Instagram.
  2. Challenger must upload a picture for the month of what you are giving up and why with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by March 29th at 11:59 pm.
  3. The activity must be completed in MARCH OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of you completing a similar challenge from a long time ago.
  4. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.
  5. The caption should explain what you gave up for the month and why you chose to give it up.

And those are the rules! I loved seeing the January and February challengesyou guys posted. I can’t wait to see the posts for this month. Don’t forget tolike, share, and comment on this post. Also, follow my blog and @ken.monet onInstagram.

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

February Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey Babes!

Happy Black History month! It is time for the newest challenge of the month. I thought long about this challenge, which is why it took me until now to announce it. I didn’t know if I wanted to combine black history with Valentine’s Day festivities. However, I felt that it would be too obvious. I want to create challenges that better my reader and myself. This month’s challenge is to enjoy love. Once a week, complete an activity that you love to do. I know it’s sounds easy, but life can get in the way of our alone time. Spend time with yourself while reading a book; cleaning the house; writing a poem, or trying new recipes. I will be posting one lucky winner on February 28th and the winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be following my blog, Bougie Babe and following me @ken.monet on Instagram.
  1. Challenger must upload a picture each week of them enjoying the activity they love with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by February 27th at 11:59 pm.
  1. The activity must be completed in February OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of an old vacation or activity you completed a long time ago.
  1. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.
  1. The caption should explain what the activity is and why you chose to partake in it.

And those are the rules! I loved seeing the January challenges you guys posted. I can’t wait to see the posts for this month. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post. Also, follow my blog and @ken.monet on Instagram.

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Accomplish Your Goals!

Hey Babes!

Happy New Year! I know, I’m a day late. Forgive me but I had to nurse a headache from New Year’s Eve. But I’m back and I have a challenge for you, babes! I will be participating in this challenge as well. The new year is all about uniqueness and accomplishing goals, however, most of us give up after two weeks. We will NOT do that this year. I want to inspire us all to do our best. So I came up with a goal for my readers. This challenge is monthly and is up to your discretion. Also, there is a prize for the winner. All rules will be listed below.

January 2019 Challenge – Complete a Project

It’s time to complete a project. Whether the project be for school, work, or a personal project; January is the month to complete it and cross it off your to-do list. No matter the project, we are here to complete it. I will be posting one lucky winner on January 31st and the winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be following my blog, Bougie Babe and following me @ken.monet on Instagram.
  2. Challenger must upload two pictures of their finished project with the hashtag #BougieBabeProject by January 28th at 11:59 pm.
  3. The project must be done in JANUARY OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of an old project you completed a long time ago.
  4. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your social media handle.
  5. The caption should explain what the project is about and why you wanted to complete this project.

And that’s all you need! I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store. I will be posting my updates of the challenge on my social media. Our new challenge will begin in February. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post. Follow my blog and @ken.monet on Instagram.

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