Cognizant Shopper

Lome Clutch Bag by Babatunde. Purchased at The Silver Room-Chicago

Lome Clutch Bag by Babatunde. Purchased at The Silver Room-Chicago

If you follow my blog, then you’ve seen the last post about shopping during the holidays with companies that respect black people. I will continue to write and share pictures of my purchases that make me a proud, cognizant shopper.

I recently acquired yet another clutch bag by Babatunde, a South African company that is in the business of creating beautiful, handmade items from African fabrics in the most vibrant patterns and colors. My latest coup has fabric with my beloved sorority colors strategically placed.

I didn’t have to travel all the way to South African to buy my bag (although a trip there is definitely on my list for 2017). Instead, I walked over to The Silver Room, a Chicago, Wicker Park neighborhood staple since 1997. The owner, Eric Williams, has been able to make the word “community” not just be a word, but a feeling. The Silver Room, now located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, just makes me happy and grateful that I can spend my dollars knowing that the recipients of my hard-earned money (and as a makeup artist and an educator, I. WORK. HARD. AS. HELL) respect my culture and gender.

The saying, “You get what you pay for” is my reality. I pay for quality, unique products created by people who had me in mind and I am thankful that my money is going where I want it to go. When people buy from small, black-owned businesses or companies that create with black folks in mind, everyone benefits. Shop where your dollars make sense.

Until next time,



Maximize Your Beauty Budget

How many times have you gone haywire buying beauty products? Raise your hand if you’ve ever mentally chastised yourself for overspending. I’m guilty, but I’ve learned to maximize my budget by utilizing several rewards programs. There is always an incentive to buy makeup and other beauty products when you know you’re getting something in return.

I love being a member of Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards Program, where I am rewarded for my good shopping behavior! Signing up for this free program allows you to earn points, redeemable for deluxe samples, birthday gifts, and other special incentives. Points add up quickly, as you receive one for every dollar you spend. I don’t feel as guilty about walking out of Sephora with my mile-long receipt, when I know that I’ll be getting some rewards for spending my hard-earned cash.

Check out similar programs from Ulta and Sally Beauty. Make your budget work for you by being a savvy shopper. I love a good deal as much as the next beauty babe, and being a member of several rewards programs helps me to stay grounded in reality. I want the best products for my money. Don’t you?