Quilted Koala

Quilted Koala

I am excited to bring you another awesome collaboration and this time it’s with Quilted Koala! Being able to test their new Midi East-West Bag with a Crossbody Strap was so awesome and I am happy to say that this bag has been added to my weekly rotation!

Keep scrolling for some promo codes, too!


This post was made possible through a partnership with Quilted Koala. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.


Who is Quilted Koala?

Quilted Koala is a fashion accessory company based in New York City, and all of its products are completely customizable, so you can mix and match them to create the best handbag for you. They have been featured in O, Oprah Magazine, People, Shape, and Good Morning America.

Mother's Day Collection 20% OFF the Collection USE CODE: MOM
Mother’s Day Collection 20% OFF the Collection USE CODE: MOM

Midi East West Bag in Black Leopard

I was so excited to get the Quilted Koala Midi East West Bag in the mail. And if you know me well, you’d know that I love anything and everything leopard print, so this was a perfect addition to my collection!


This past weekend, I decided to take it for a test drive on a trip to Boston and see how I liked it. TL;DR: I love it.

I knew I would be out for most of the afternoon, so I wanted to be sure I had all the things I needed with me. When I say this bag is roomy, it’s roomy. I can even fit my laptop in it! I will definitely be bringing this bag to the office again whenever I go.

Here’s the bag on a chair with a large boba smoothie for size reference!

The product has an inside pocket (with a sturdy zipper) and two-compartment pouches on the other side. It held my phone and a phone charger, but the website said the larger compartment is for an iPad!

It has a heavy-duty snap closure at the top and two on the side. I loved every single one of these features. It also made me feel safer walking around town with the snap closure shut. I was able to carry it by the handles or wear it as a crossbody with the add-on Black and Silver Strap.

While the bag is a little heavy due to the fabric and construction, it wasn’t too bad. It’s honestly the perfect bag for everyday activities. I love the add-on strap too. You can also have the bag monogrammed with your initials or with a fun symbol of your choice!

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Quilted Koala has so many different types of bags that you can choose from, but this one is one of my favorites.

It makes an excellent gift for yourself, your friends, or even your Mom for Mother’s Day. And, they even have a Bridal Collection!

Be sure to check out everything that Quilted Koala has to offer, and you’ll definitely find a product that you will love!


This post was made possible through a partnership with Quilted Koala. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.

Get Awe Inspired

Get Awe Inspired

If you’ve looked around this blog, you’d know that I love talking about women’s empowerment, self-care, and how to find inspiration to live a life you love. With that said, I am excited to get Awe Inspired with you.

This sponsored post was written in collaboration with Awe Inspired, and I did receive a free product in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


This post was made possible through a partnership with Awe Inspired. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.


Awe Inspired is a brand that I was super excited to work with because they empower women through fine jewelry. By focusing on Goddess energy and Affirmations, they want women to stand in their power and harness the power of their inner goddess. Take The Inner Goddess Quiz and find out who your inner goddess truly is.

Who is Awe Inspired?

From their website:

“Awe Inspired is Mission-driven. Female founded. Family run. Awe Inspired was founded in 2018 by three-time cancer survivor Jill Johnson and her son Max to make meaningful gifts and tokens of strength with exceptional quality. Since then, Awe has grown beyond Jill and Max’s wildest dreams and become a symbol of empowerment for hundreds of thousands all over the world. The team now also includes an awe-some group of people dedicated to empowering lives through inspiring, gifting, and giving back.”

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I Am Worthy Of Abundance Bracelet

When I opened the box, I loved the packaging. It was sophisticated with a touch of sparkle with the confetti. And, if you know me, I love confetti.

This beautiful, sterling silver Awe Inspired bracelet spells out one of my favorite affirmations: “I Am Worthy Of Abundance.” I was immediately drawn to the simplicity of the bracelet and the power the affirmation holds. It feels light and comfortable on my wrist (more pictures to come, I promise), and it effortlessly matches all of my other jewelry.

Awe Inspired tells you to: “Wear your empowering mantra and live your life by its message.” And I do that every single day. 

I continually encourage myself to be mindful and have an abundance mindset. I’ve also worked with several life coaches who helped guide me through the mindset work I needed to do to get over my mental blocks around money and abundance. So, I know the power affirmations hold and know they work. 

This bracelet, while dainty, is a statement piece you can wear with anything you’d like. I have added this bracelet to my daily jewelry routine. It can be worn with any clothing, and it fits so well into my sterling silver jewelry collection.

Here are my Top 3 Awe Inspired favorites:


If you don’t know what affirmations are, here’s some information:

Affirmations are short, positive statements that can help you transform your mindset while impacting your life and well-being. When said, written, or worn regularly, these statements help provide you with a positive outlook on life and help you reframe thoughts. And it helps reduce the impact and effects of stress, offering benefits for your physical and psychological wellbeing. Also, affirmations can help you sleep better.

Do you have any favorite affirmations that you use? Any that you used in the past and didn’t know it? Comment below!

Other favorites:

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BLVCK Paris

BLVCK Paris

If you know me personally, you know I love wearing black. I’m a big fan of wearing all-black clothing 24/7, and it’s the primary color you see in my wardrobe. With that said, I am so excited to bring you a collaboration with BLVCK Paris. I was gifted all three items for free in exchange for an honest review.


This post was made possible through a partnership with BLVCK Paris. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.


A little about the brand BLVCK, from the brand:

“Blvck Paris is a lifestyle apparel & accessories brand, supported by millions of highly engaged social media followers and customers worldwide. The brand was founded in 2017 by French designer, Julian O’hayon and is known for its ‘All Black’ clothing, accessories, and leather goods for men and women.

From visual content to merchandise, we strive to pioneer a new type of lifestyle focused on quality and design. The ‘All Black Lifestyle’ is a culture shift to live life on your own terms free from vanity. The generic styles of traditional fashion have become obsolete, it’s time to Blvckout your life.”

-Blvck Paris

BLVCK Paris:

BLVCK Paris Packaging

Okay, when I tell you that I’m picky about packaging, I’m picky about packaging.

But these items came in simple black and white packaging that gave off that vibe I was expecting from this brand. The items arrived in two bags and a box, giving off a sleek, minimalist look. I was so excited to open the bags I barely had time to take photos!

BLVCK Bold Black Hoodie:

This Bold Black Hoodie is now one of my favorite hoodies to wear. I wore it to a concert where I had to wait outside in the cold to get in (yay for a cheap general admission ticket). I paired this hoodie with a packable puffer jacket, and I was SO warm. 

The construction of the hoodie is solid with 100% Terry Cotton, and it feels so good on my body. I love the minimalist detail of the logo on the back of the sweatshirt, too. Given the size I got (3X – I’m typically an 18/20 in clothing) and my height (5’2″), the logo ended up lower on my body than expected, but it still looked good. 

BLVCK Summer Bucket Hat:

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Bucket Hats, and the BLVCK Summer Bucket Hat is no exception. Constructed with 100% Faux Leather, the logo sits right on the front of the hat, and it includes a size adjuster inside. It’s a solid option for a sunny day, and it’s super stylish.

I plan to bring the Summer Bucket Hat to Las Vegas this week. It will be added to my concert outfit rotation, and I couldn’t be more excited.

BLVCK Tumbler:

I always have a tumbler full of water while I work throughout the day, and this BLVCK “All Black Everything” tumbler is absolute perfection. It’s stainless steel and is supposed to keep your liquids hot or cold for up to 24 hours. It’s excellent for long meetings, traveling, or simply using throughout the day while hanging out at home. 

Thank you so much, BLVCK Paris, for a great collaboration. I love all of your products and plan on buying more from you in the future. The products are well-made and fit right into my wardrobe!

What are your favorite items if you’re a fan of BLVCK Paris?


This post was made possible through a partnership with BLVCK Paris. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.

Mignon Faget Jewelry

Mignon Faget Jewelry

I am back with another fantastic partnership this week, and this time, it’s with Mignon Faget! I was graciously gifted a beautiful piece of jewelry to share with my audience in exchange for this blog feature, so I hope you enjoy reading about the company, the item I received, and the inspiration behind the brand. 


Mignon Faget Every Wear A Story

This post was made possible through a partnership with Mignon Faget. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.


Mignon Faget

All of Mignon Faget’s products are carefully crafted with passion while still ensuring the spirit of New Orleans. From delicate jewelry to fun, creative pieces for your home, Mignon Faget has many products for people with different tastes. Because of that, I am so excited about this collaboration, and I hope you are too!

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Mignon Faget’s jewelry is as modern today as it was when she first began designing over 50 years ago. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, the creations feature an effortless mix of natural, organic forms and bold, sculptural lines. Mignon’s revolutionary approach to deconstructing and reconstructing recognizable shapes marks her as an unrivaled innovator in jewelry design—and also lends the pieces a timeless familiarity. Through Mignon’s eyes, hints of New Orleans architecture, Louisiana wildlife, and everyday objects have been transformed into iconic pieces of jewelry. Since 1969, she has effortlessly blended innovation, taste, and craftsmanship in designs that will last for decades.”

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Mignon Faget Box

Upon opening the box, I was immediately impressed with the packaging. I noticed that the ring was inside the blue branded paper (shown above) and wrapped in tissue paper. Upon further opening up the packaging, I saw that the ring was in a blue dust bag inside a small box. Mignon Faget also included a small card with an inscription in the ring box that inspired me to think about their motto, “Every Wear A Story.” It added the personal touch I was looking for!

Mignon Faget Starry Night Ring Jewelry

Starry Night Ring

Designed in New Orleans on historic Magazine Street, this beautiful sterling silver ring is one of my favorite jewelry pieces in their entire catalog. This wonderful piece of jewelry is called The Starry Night Ring, and it’s a part of their beautiful Crescent Collection. The ring features a blue goldstone stone surrounded by beaded detail with a star accent. 

Mignon Faget Ring with Box

The level of craftsmanship is fantastic, and you can tell that every piece of jewelry is handmade through a process that they have mastered over the years. Learn more about Mignon Faget‘s design process and history by clicking here

As a big fan of crystals and stones, the blue goldstone is the perfect stone to embody a starry night. I love the dark blue color with specks of gold or silver, making it look like you’re staring straight into a galaxy.

Sterling Silver is the primary type of jewelry I wear, so this ring was perfect for me! If gold is more than your style, you can also order this ring in 14K gold. Again, they have something for everyone!

Mignon Faget Starry Night

Jewelry should reflect who you are.

I believe all accessories are created for creative expression, and the Crescent Collection allows everyone to do that. They have several types of jewelry with the blue goldstone feature that you can choose from.

The Crescent Collection includes the Starry Night Ring, Starry Night Necklace, Starry Night Cuff, Starry Night Pendant, Starry Night Ear Studs, and Halo Bangle

If you’re looking to support a great business with New Orleans, Lousiana spirit, I would encourage you to check out everything that Mignon Faget has to offer. There is something in their shop for everyone. Shop Mignon Faget Last Chance Designs | Save Up To 70% Off Jewelry & Home

Other Mignon Faget Favorites:


This post was made possible through a partnership with Mignon Faget. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.

Vegamour Hair Care Review

Vegamour Hair Care Review

I am so excited to bring you another amazing partnership. This time I am lucky enough to share some of Vegamour‘s hair care products! I received four awesome products to test out for free in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Being in my mid-30s and having color-treated hair, I know it’s essential to have a solid hair care maintenance routine. And, I will say that I haven’t been perfect with that routine – actually far from it. 

Lately, I’ve tried to limit washing my hair to a few times a week because I’m working from home. I usually throw it up in a messy bun every day and jump on zoom meetings. Putting my hair in a bun constantly definitely has damaged my hair. I also shed pretty regularly (it’s normal, I know).

This opportunity was presented to me at the perfect time because I needed to take better care of my hair, and Vegamour was going to help me do that! 

Vegamour Hair Care

This post was made possible through a partnership with Vegamour. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link at no cost to you. Read my disclaimer here. 


Vegamour Products:

Vegamour formulas are designed to support the appearance of longer, denser, thicker, healthier hair.

“We study the power of nature through the lens of science to bring you the ultimate in total hair wellness & beauty for a lifetime of happiness.”

– Vegamour

Vegamour products are developed with four core pillars: Bioavailability, Clean, 100% Vegan Ingredients, Holistic Hair Wellness, and Science-Backed Results. If you’re looking for more information about the science behind the brand, click here.

Every product and ingredient work together for a complete, holistic approach that contributes to the beauty and health of hair.


Vegamour GRO Foundation Kit

I was so excited when I opened the box to see the GRO Foundation Kit. It includes three products that target hair from root to tip. I received GRO Shampoo, GRO Conditioner, and the GRO Detox Scalp Serum. Each product helps promote visibly thicker, fuller, and stronger hair (which I need). 

Vegamour GRO Foundation Kit

This hair transformative trio boasts clinically proven Phyto-actives and our proprietary Karmatin™ (vegan keratin) that work together to boost your hair health.

GRO Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner utilize the microencapsulated vegan b-SILK™ protein. This type of protein physically bonds to hair follicles and remains attached to strands even after rinsing. The Vegamour products have nourishing formulas which include the world’s first chemical-free keratin hair treatment products.

Vegamour GRO Detox Scalp Serum

The GRO Detox Scalp Serum was easy to use and actively improves the appearance of scalp damage. It destroys unhealthy bacteria while providing a semi-permeable barrier that locks in moisture and protects the scalp from environmental pollutants. The best part about these products is that they are suitable for all different hair types.

If you want to purchase them separately instead of in a kit, here are the links!


Vegamour GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager

Who doesn’t love a scalp massager!? I’ve been trying to find one that I really like, and this one is amazing!

Vegamour Scalp Massager

The GRO Scalp Revitalizing Massager features have bristles that stimulate the scalp while providing a wonderful scalp massage. My favorite part of this massager is that it has an actual handle. It can also be used on a dry scalp or to work in your Vegamour hair growth serums, foams, or shampoos.


Review:

Without further ado, here’s my review. I know I shared a little bit about each product above, but the packaging is beautiful. I love the blush pink color.

The scalp massager is probably the best scalp massager I have ever used, and the handle on it is amazing. It’s a must-buy if you’re looking for one, honestly.

Full transparency: I didn’t wash my hair for about 4-5 days before using these products. I wanted to test them out on completely dirty hair with a slightly oily scalp. There was a difference in the hair on my scalp almost immediately after I used the Detox Scalp Serum. I let it sit on my scalp for a few minutes then washed it out.

Then I followed the serum with a shower and the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo didn’t lather up too much, but I definitely could feel it cleaning the hair. My hair is usually super rough after using some shampoos, so the texture wasn’t too bad this time.

I worked it in my hair for about 60 seconds with my fingers, then used the scalp massager. I washed it out and put the conditioner in. The conditioner went on smooth and felt really good on my hair once I let it sit for a few minutes. 

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Overall, I am very impressed with these products and would definitely purchase them again. I love their holistic approach to hair wellness. They are Cruelty-Free, 100% Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free, Hormone-Free, Toxin-Free, Dye-Free, Synthetic, Fragrance-Free, Prostaglandin-Free, Phthalate-Free, Castor Oil-Free, PEG-Free, and Petrolatum-Free. 

If you’re looking to switch up your hair care routine, I’d definitely try Vegamour. These products help you achieve natural results with conscious ingredients. 

If you want to shop the post, click the products below!

Thank you, Vegamour, for allowing me to test your products for free in exchange for this blog post review. I hope we can continue to collaborate in the future.


This post was made possible through a partnership with Vegamour. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link at no cost to you. Read my disclaimer here. 


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4 Steps To Finding Financial Freedom

4 Steps To Finding Financial Freedom

Many millennials are still trying to find financial independence because no one taught us how to manage money.

We were taught to cook, clean, and sew in middle school, but no one talked about finances. We didn’t even know it yet, but we were hanging out in an economy that had grown to be more expensive than what our parents had lived through at the same age, and we had no idea how to navigate it on our own.


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This is a sponsored post that was written in exchange for financial compensation. All thoughts and views are my own. Read my disclaimer here.


The sad part is that at 36, I’m still not entirely up to speed with managing my finances, but I am actively working on it. The goal of this post is to share the steps I’ve been taking to get closer to the financial freedom and independence that I’ve been looking for all of my adult life.

In reality, I believe that women today have many advantages that women didn’t have before, specifically the decision to have separate bank accounts from their spouses. And, thank god! I love having a bank account where I control what goes in and out without someone else approving the purchases. 

Now, I’m sure you can tell at this point that I am not a financial guru, nor do I know everything there is to know about finances. But, I want to share the things that have helped me throughout my financial journey.

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Steps To Take Toward Financial Independence

Calculate The State Of Your Current Finances

How much are you making each month? What do you put aside for rent, utilities, and all the things you’re currently spending money on? Simply put, you need to know what you’re bringing in, how much you’re spending, and why you’re spending it. Being intentional about money is something that you can learn by asking yourself straightforward questions.

What worked for me is was creating a budgeting spreadsheet. Yes, it was a pain to keep up with since I had to input everything manually, but it made me more mindful of what I’m spending where I’m spending it, and it helped me create a budget for the entire month.

Ask Yourself Why

Why do you want to become financially free or independent? This may be the biggest question that fuels your drive to make changes in your life. Do you want to get out of debt, travel the world, or buy a house? These are all valid questions to ask yourself throughout your process. Of course, these questions may change over time, and that’s okay. 

My reason is to stop living paycheck to paycheck. I want to travel the world and go to every concert I want to go to, no matter the location and cost. Ultimately, I want to live comfortably and be free to do as I please. 

Split Your Paycheck Up

This might have been one of the most frustrating decisions I have ever made because when I get paid, I’d want to see the total amount of money drop right into my bank account. However, I never learned how to save money. 

For me, it’s been tough to separate my money into a savings account because if I have the money, it’s there to spend. Yes, I know that I have a mindset block, but splitting my paycheck has helped – big time. 

I currently have my paycheck split up into a few different accounts and have recently started using one of the accounts as my expenses account. Whenever a bill needs to be paid, I use the account to accumulate extra money to pay bills. It’s been working well for me so far. 

Consolidate Your Debt

Consolidating my debt was one of the best things for me. I have so many student loans that I’ll probably be paying off forever, and it was hard to keep up with different pay dates because they were serviced through different companies. Consolidating those accounts into one helped me manage my payments better and know how much was coming out of my bank account and when.

Another option is getting a debt consolidation loan. It’s a great solution, as it helped me pay off some of my credit card debt. I even improved my credit score. If you’re looking for more information on how to consolidate your debt, click here.

Again, I am no finance expert, so please take my advice with a grain of salt. I am just an average married woman who has been on a money mindset journey over the past seven years. It hasn’t been easy. But, I know that if I didn’t start caring about my money when I did, I wouldn’t be able to do anything I can do now! 


This is a sponsored post that was written in exchange for financial compensation. All thoughts and views are my own. Read my disclaimer here.