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Small Business Saturday

Hey, sweets!

I hope you all have had an amazing holiday weekend. As promised, I'm here to share some of my small business faves and social media influencers/creators that I feel deserve to be recognized for their hard work. To know me is to know that I will always put my tribe on. If I eat, we all eat. And without any further introduction, here's a hefty list of even MORE amazing people to support.


Kay Akerele

The owner of the latest Black-owned clothing brand, Polish Fits. He focuses on providing effortless drip through stand out staple clothing items. Through social media, you will find that he loves to express his creativity & uniqueness through his personal style.

Instagram: @broadwaykay

Website: polishfits.com


Zana Allen

A holistic healer & tarot reader that encourages wellness & self-improvement/-healing with her gentle energy & thorough services (Tarot with Zana Allen). She is the embodiment of "health is wealth," and remains authentic in her journey through her social media platforms.

Instagram: @epitomeoftarot

Website: epitomeofwoman.com


Habeeb Ataa

A body positivity advocate, creative director, personal shopper/stylist & visual artist based in D.C. that has created a movement entitled #RealBodiesMatter through his social media platforms. He uses his platform & his voice to encourage Black women to embrace their God-given beauty.

Instagram: @flexessories, @habeebfits

Website: flexessories.bigcartel.com

Ryan Barnes

Ryan Barnes is a Prince George's County-based painter. He creates and hosts paint and sip events that provide a creative outlet for all artistic levels. He accepts personal requests & makes sure that your vision is brought to life.

Instagram: @aye_rydollasign


Kiersten Bouldin Better known as Kiersten Lynn, Kiersten is a freelance, pro makeup artist based in Prince George's County, MD. She enhances her clients features through flawless & precise makeup applications, and gives them each an effortless glow.

Instagram: @kierstenlynn.mua

Website: kierstenlynnmua.com


Jasmine Bynum

The owner of one of the newest beauty brands in Prince George's County, MD, Bynum Beauty. Jasmine is a dual-licensed esthetician & makeup artist who provides confidence boosting beauty services. Her makeup applications are seamless, professional & natural every time.

Instagram: @bynumbeautyllc


Shaughn Cooper A celebrity/local photographer based in the DMV, and creative director for Ari Lennox. He uses his gift of being behind the lens to highlight every day life, events, and his subject's features. He's an advocate for personal & professional growth in his community. I had the honor of being in front of his lens for my maternity shoot in 2018, and I am eternally grateful for the experience to this day.

Instagram: @shaughncooper

Website: linktr.ee/shaughncooper


Miya Cottoms

My best friend & the owner of one of the newest Black-owned, handmade jewelry brands, KarmaKreations. Adorn your body & enhance your spiritual journey through crystal healing & wellness tips hared through her social media platforms.

Instagram: @xxkarmacreations

Website: lovekarmakreations.com


Dominique Davenport

A DMV based hairstylist that specializes in natural hair & protective styling. She is a true go-getter, an amazing mother, and one of the very few people I trust with my tresses. I'm a huge fan of herShe never misses a beat!

Instagram: @_divinedesignsbydomi_


Jay Edwards

Jay Edwards' brand, In God's Time, is a faith-inspired clothing line with timeless fashion pieces.

Twitter: @TheAlmightyJay_

Website: ingodstime.shop


Roxene Edwards

Her brand, VIRTUE Home Essentials, is a luxury handmade soy candle brand designed for the true homebodies, design lovers, and candle fanatics. The brand's purpose is to complete your perfect self care moment.

Instagram: @virtuessentials

Website: virtuessentials.com


Alex Grimes

Better known as Alex Simone, A DMV-based photographer & my older cousin who's strong suit in this forever growing field is portrait photography. She effortlessly delivers photographs that will last for a lifetime.

Instagram: @alexsimonephoto

Website: alexsimonephoto.com


Jaya Griffin

A fellow Virgo & chef based in North Carolina that shares her passion for baking, cooking & creating innovative dishes/recipes through social media. The Whisk Appeal Bake Shop features gourmet brownies & other sweet treats that I can confidently say I am obsessed with. I love to give this woman my coins!

Instagram: @jayacancook


Briana Holmes

A family friend that's basically my family but to the social media world, she is best known as the founder of Nylon & Sugar, a space where glamour meets motherhood & melanin. From sharing her favorite cosmetics to her day-to-day life with her beautiful daughter, you can't help but to connect with her positive spirit.

Instagram: @nylonandsugar


Blanche Howard

The face & owner of BeInspiring, Inc. Blanche is a body positivity coach that uses her social media platform to promote health & wellness. With her undeniable confidence, she also uses her voice to speak on social injustices, political matters and creating safe spaces.

Instagram: @beinspiringinc


Noelle D. Johnson

An artist and healer that focuses on development, growth, and healing in the Black community. She provides guidance through chakra balancing mantras and encourages artistic/spiritual practices through personal workshops.

Instagram: @warmweathernoelle

Website: warmweathernoelle.com


Khristian LaRoche

A personal and private catering chef based in Prince George's County, MD. Every meal she creates is made from the heart & has soul in every bite. She is available via direct messages on Instagram, email, and text.

Instagram: @_rationalk


Simone Miles

Simone is a dear friend of mine that enjoys connecting with friends and strangers on her podcast called, Nice to Meet You. She delves into life experiences and lessons with each of her guests. I love her honesty, here humor, and the healthy discussions that she provides. I've had the opportunity to be a guest and guest host on her podcast, and I hope she's down to have me again soon!

Instagram: @ntmypodcast

Website: ntmypodcast.com


Jonice Moody

Jonice is a Maryland-based fashion blogger that specializes in styling the everyday curvy girl. The prices are affordable, and the product is always on trend. Her clothing ranges from sizes 14 to 24.

Instagram: @soacurvygirl

Website: linktr.ee/soacurvygirl


Elaine Ramallosa

A Filipina, self-taught makeup artist based in Maryland. She's not afraid to step outside of the box with bold colors and statement looks. Her bubbly personality is easy to connect to and makes your experience with her worthwhile.

Instagram: @elainermua


Kelci Reedy

Many of you know her as the administrator of The MonAlicia Bakes but to ME, she is my big sister, first best friend & right-hand. She is a DMV-based food blogger & photographer that is all about the TRUE foodie experiences. She documents her creativity (and love for French toast) & real life experiences/travels through her social media platforms. She is authentic, down-to-earth & deserves all of the recognition in the world. And for my customers: PLEASE thank her for assisting me & helping me make my brand what it is today. If it’s not me, Kelci is the one that ensures that you all receive the most perfect orders.

Instagram: @foodishways, @kelci.michelle

Website: appleofmyeye.me


Synclaire E. Roberts

A poetic soul & the author of "Makings of a Woman," a collection of poetry, prose & essays. Syn focuses on Black self love, self care & growth by creating a safe space, and being open and honest with her consistently evolving journey.

Instagram: @withlovesyn

Website: withlovesyn.com


Ariana Simoni

An Anne Arundel County-based candle creator and tarot reader that promotes self love and chakra healing through her social media platforms. She is the owner of the brand, Witchy Organics, where she also sells candles and crystals and provides her readings. Ariana is outspoken, unapologetic, and consistently vibrates positively.

Instagram: @witchyorganics19

Website: witchyorganics.bigcartel.com


Cheyante Smith