What's in my Zara Bucket Bag?

Apr 23, 2018

LV Sarah Wallet

I can remember being 14 or 15 years old and my mother begging me to wear shoes instead of sneakers and to carry a purse (or pocketbook as she called it lol) because I was becoming a young lady and that's what young ladies do and blah blah... Fast forward 15 years and not only am I wearing purses but the joy a new cute purse brings me is indescribable...Ok Im being a little dramatic but nonetheless, I love a new bag! Still can't get me out of my sneakers though (sorry mommy). I love to see what people carry in their bags so I decided to post a whats in my bag of my own featuring my essential items. I literally keep (a variation) of these products in my bag every single day! Where ever I go, they go. 

This is a bucket bag from Zara, that I bought in March in store but it is still available online if you want to purchase it here! I absolutely love this bag because its big on the inside, so it holds my notebook and whatever book I am reading at the moment, along with all my other little items pictured. The color of the bag and the gold hardware gives it a more put-together look that I love and it goes with almost everything, I promise. 

In my bag at the moment I have a Sephora makeup bag, gifted to me from my Aunty, I have the book I am currently reading, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin and my notebook, which is a faux leather journal I got from Marshall's. Im currently using my LV Sarah Wallet, which was a gift to myself for my 30th birthday. Of course I have some everyday beauty essentials: Rosy lips from Vaseline, Smith's Rose Bud Salve (I use this on my hands because they are so dry and this always does the trick), Elizabeth and James Perfume roller ball in Nirvana Black, and my Lorac lipgloss in Secret Agent. I also carry this little cat pouch full pens, pencils, highlighters and markers, my car keys and a little LV coin pouch that I keep important business cards and gift cards in. Leave me a comment and let me know what are your must have items that you carry around everyday. Thanks for reading!

Zara Bucket Bag

GM Books: This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Apr 5, 2018

Writing this post now, I cannot remember how I came across this book or who suggested it to me. I want to say I saw it on a book list of must read African American women writers. Nonetheless I am so thankful that I did find it or that it found me. This book chronicles Morgan Jerkins life from childhood to womanhood in a series of essays, stories and even letters (only one addressed to Michelle Obama) in a voice similar to my own, as a black woman living and trying to create in today's society. When I think about this book and what I want to write about it, I think about a meme I have seen and have probably reposted before that says something like 'shout out to all the girls trying to love themselves in a world that is constantly telling them not to'...something like that. I feel like that sentence IS basically this book, it's just the book speaks for black and brown girls specifically. As we are the ones who are constantly made to feel as if our physical attributes are not good enough and our abrasive personalities (by this I mean the angry black woman stereotype) are "too much" for lack of a better term. Not to take away from the bigger picture that Jerkins expresses so well in her book, but if I had to sum it up, that sentence would be the start.

  I do not want to give a summary or synopsis of the book because I would do it no justice and I think this is something that deserves a read from everyone, whether you are male or female, black or white, consider yourself a feminist or don't. It is so important to hear stories like that of Jerkins so that we are more aware of the things that other people experience, I think then empathy wouldn't be scarce, especially in times like now when we need it the most. This book made me laugh out loud, it made me sad, it made me proud and it made me think about my own life and the things I have experienced and how they have shaped me. Any book (which should be most in my opinion) that inspires retrospection is worth the read. If I could have you read just one thing that I have suggested here on my blog it would be this one. If you have read it and loved it as much as I did leave a comment, let's talk! (And if you though the book is trash let's talk about that too!)

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