April Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey babes!

Congratulations to the winner of the March challenge, Joyce Cheng! I hope you enjoy your prize and participate in the next Bougie Babe Challenge. Speaking of the next challenge, it’s a new month and we all know what that means – Challenge time!

It’s April, and when I think of this month. I think of growth. We celebrate Earth day and Easter in this month; both holidays represent adding to your life and growing to become a better version of yourself. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ and us gaining a second chance. Earth day brings awareness to our dying earth and giving us the tools to grow a sustainable world. Each holiday guides us to add positivity in our lives and that is what I wanted to do this month. For this month we will be adding a positive habit into our lives. I will be posting one lucky winner on April 30th 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 a picture everyday or 7 pictures all together weekly on your progress with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by April 29th at 11:59 pm.
  3. The caption should explain what you gave up for the month and why you chose the hobby or habit.
  4. The activity must be completed in APRIL OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of you completing a similar challenge from a long time ago.
  5. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.

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

Bye Babes!

xoxoxo,

Bougie

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

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