Sonder Stays: New Orleans

Whenever I travel I like to make a habit of splitting up my stays between hotels and actual homes. I love the service aspect of hotels, but there’s just something about staying at someone’s home that makes a city feel real. So when I found Sonder for my best friend’s birthday trip to New Orleans last fall (we stayed here), I…
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Dress Rules Rewritten

I’ve always been one to march to the beat of my own drum, so my style comes as no surprise to those that know me well. I love to take rules and spin them on their head, and fashion is no exception. When Simply Be tasked me with rewriting the rules, I had to ask myself “if there were no…
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Summer Wedding Guest Outfit

It’s officially summer wedding season, and I think there’s often confusion about what is appropriate to wear to weddings. In this weather, what is the right summer wedding guest outfit? Short answer is that there really is no answer. Many factors go into determining the right outfit – the location, the time of day, and the vibe of the couple play…
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Do Black Women Need Sunscreen?

As ridiculous as this may sound, I didn’t think I needed sunscreen until about last year. I actually always used to wonder “do Black women need sunscreen?” until I’d gone on vacation to Mexico and I couldn’t understand why my face stung every time I put something on it! I’d later realized that I was sunburnt even though it didn’t…
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Travel Beauty Essentials

The more that I travel, the less and less I bring with me. It’s too much of a hassle to worry about whether items are TSA-proof and honestly, I need more space in my suitcase so I can shop! On my most recent trip to San Francisco, I realized my beauty bag was the most bare-bones it’s ever been. I’m…
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