What to Pack for a Day at Fair Saint Louis

I’ll be hanging out at at Fair Saint Louis this Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30 PM. Come out and join me! Plan your visit before heading to Forest Park, though, because Fair Saint Louis places restrictions on what you can take into the park. And, event security meticulously enforces the rules too. Here are the essentials that’ll be in my bag for a day at Fair Saint Louis, and why these items meet event guidelines.

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What’s in My Bag:

1. A  to hold my essentials. Event rules prohibit large bags with the exception of baby diaper bags.

2. A for your coins and ID.

3. A factory sealed water bottle (up to 1 liter) or an empty plastic water bottle to stay hydrated. We’ll have water for you at Camp Redbook too.

4. My iPhone to stay connected and to take photos. Fair Saint Louis doesn’t allow professional cameras with interchangeable lenses.

5. A  for sitting in the grass. Portable chairs are allowed as well.

6.  to look fly while blocking the sun’s rays.

7. An , because rain is in the forecast, but only a small hand-held style.


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How to Get the Best in Black Beauty for $1

Today and tomorrow only, you can try the Essence BeautyBox, a beauty subscription service for black women, for just $1! Use the code  to try the service, which usually costs $15 a month, for $1. My first unboxing of an Essence of BeautyBox won me over because every product, from the hair products to the beauty products, was wearable.

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I had a chance to chat with Brandi Shipp, Vice President and General Manager at ESSENCE BeautyBox. I was so curious to know more about the inner workings of the subscription service that I’ve found so useful.

1. How do you decide which products to include?

The Beauty Editors at ESSENCE thoughtfully curate each month’s box, recognizing that great beauty products can come from anywhere. Each ESSENCE BeautyBox includes a mix of hair, cosmetic, skincare and fragrance products that span from tried-and-true favorites to brand new or indie products. What is most important is that each product has been vetted by the ESSENCE team who knows Black beauty better than anyone!

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2. How do you stay abreast of the latest beauty trends that are most relevant to women of color?

Our editors spend a great deal of time meeting with beauty companies and leaders in the industry to learn about what is new and innovative in the space. We also feature at least one product each month from an independent, African-American-owned brand. So, we are always on the lookout for entrepreneurs within the black community.

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3. What feedback from box subscribers has been most helpful to you?

Our subscribers give up lots of feedback, all of which we love! One of the most important pieces of feedback early on was that our women wanted the opportunity to be able to get products that are most relevant for their needs, for example, natural hair vs relaxed hair. So, we’ve started curating the boxes with different products that can work for different needs.

I especially enjoyed the June Essence BeautyBox, and I’ve already added a couple of the products to my beauty routine. I’ve been wearing the and will likely buy additional colors. I enjoyed experimenting with the . It’s a beautiful dark hue with a surprisingly hydrating formula that’s not at all matte. I still have to try my samples of the and . I can’t wait.

Big thank you to the Essence BeautyBox team for providing my box free of charge for review purposes.

Join Me at Camp Redbook at Fair Saint Louis!

Let’s fashion the Fourth! Join me at Camp Redbook at in Forest Park on July 2nd from 1:30 to 5:30 PM. Let’s hang out, let’s talk about style, and let’s get creative in the on-site fashion closet. Yes, a stocked closet! Christopher & Banks, by the way, is an apparel and accessories retailer for women of all sizes―petite, missy, and women sizes up to a 32.

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Christopher & Banks items I’m wearing:

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I got a sneak peek at Christopher & Banks’ July collection, and it’s perfect for summer, my friends. The super-soft and right-on-trend, embroidered denim shirt I’m rocking is from that new collection. When you stop by Camp Redbook, you can expect to see even more of my favorite new pieces by the retailer. Look for us in the Family Zone at Fair Saint Louis this Saturday.

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I shopped the Christopher & Banks store at West County Mall, but you can find additional stores located in South County Mall, St. Claire Square, and the St. Louis Premium Outlets. And, since we all love a good bargain, I thought I should alert you to the affordable price points at Christopher & Banks. Comfy chic styles at great prices? You can’t beat that, right?

I’ll be hanging out at Camp Redbook at Fair Saint Louis this Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30 PM. See you there!

 This post is sponsored by Redbook Magazine. As always, all of the opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

The Mixed Gingham Print Sandals of My Dreams are on Sale!

I’ve been online stalking the since they hit the J.Crew site. What can I say? They’re the mixed gingham print sandals of my dreams, and I’ve been imagining all the ensembles I could create around them. When these beauties finally became eligible for store promotions last week, then, I ordered them quickly. By the way, the sandals are currently 30% off with the code SHOPNOW (valid through June 29th). Just giving you a heads up.

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Earrings: Kate Spade ()

Rings:  (on sale),  (on sale)

Watch:  (in )

Lipstick: ,


Mixed gingham print

What do you do with mixed gingham print sandals? You create fun, mixed-print looks, of course! Last weekend, I took my new shoes out for a test run. I wore the sandals with my navy and white polka dot dress. The combination of prints was seamless because the sandals and dress share a common color palette.

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Wondering about fit? I purchased the in my usual size 8. They fit perfectly true to size for me. The stacked heel feels stable, and the wide straps are comfortable. My only gripe is the positioning of the buckle, which sits right on my outer ankle bone. Surprisingly though, I didn’t encounter any issues with the buckle while wearing the sandals. I imagine it would be painful to run in these because of the buckle, but fortunately I wouldn’t need to do that.

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I can’t wait to wear these sandals again and again and again. I’m going to have so much fun exploring print and color combinations with these beauties.

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Flashback Friday: Pride Weekend in St. Louis

Today’s post takes a look back at Pride Weekend in St. Louis last year. It’s right on time, too, because it’s Pride Weekend this year! My neighborhood celebrates Pride big. These images were taken in front of one of many celebratory displays. For more images and details, stop by the original post. You also must see the amazing rainbow crosswalks in this post.

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Top—Forever 21 (old, , , )

Skirt: Mango (, )

Sandals:  (, )

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