Hi babes! Welcome to Living with Dee 🌸 My name is De’Shilee, since we’ll get to know each other lot call me Dee (all my friends do.)
I started this journey in 2019 when a friend gave me the opportunity as a brand ambassador of her own company. As that ambassadorship grew it opened my eyes to the world of blogging. I realized I had the chance to use that platform to show beautiful woman like myself that beauty is not set by society standards; WE define it.
I hope to inspire everyone with my knowledge and unique sense of beauty and fashion while share the every day of life we all deal with.
The death of George Floyd and unfortunately many black people like him has finally started to open the eyes of people that racism is very alive and present. Over the past several days across my social media platforms I’ve seen people I follow be shocked that they were not aware that they were also contributing to this. I’m happy that this has made a lot of people share very talented black businesses, creators and others alike that deserve to be recognized. But what happens when this is no longer in the media eye or loses speed on the internet.
I wanted to put together a blog post of black owned businesses and the services they offer because as we can see it is very easy for black owned creators to be lost in the background. I just want us to continue to share the light on these amazing black creators in the industry and support them. Support comes in many forums for businesses. When funds are not available just by liking, commenting or sharing a post helps gets attention as well as following if you really love what that person does.
Devy’s Delights is a custom dessert business. Located in Memphis, Tennessee this company I’m proud to say is ran by my best friend Develyn. Devy’s Delights has a vast menu of treats from candied grapes to cheesecakes. If you are looking for something for a special occasion she has packages for that too!
Keisha’s Vanity 💄
Keisha’s Vanity ran by the beautiful Keisha herself is based in Atlanta, Georgia with some traveling dates to Pittsburgh. Keisha’s Vanity services include make up, customized wigs and other hair services, as well as micro-shading!
Inscentive is for all your smell good needs! De’Shawna is the owner for this great company making candles that I’ve never seen before! Each candle and incense has a unique fragrance that is unmatched. I’ve heard nothing but good things and cannot wait to add the candles to my collection.
Joi has so many talents that she never ceases to amaze me. She is a self-taught make up artist and runs her own YouTube channel that makes you feel like you are just hanging with a girlfriend talking make up. On top of this she is the co-founder ToiBoxx. ToiBoxx is a lip gloss line ran by two women giving you shades I never thought I needed in a gloss. Their gloss embody all a girl could want – no stickiness!
Live Queenly Boutique 👑
Live Queenly Boutique is a company I’ve mentioned several times on my Instagram. I’ve had to pleasure of purchasing hair bundles and a couple pair of lashes and satisfied is an understatement. From start to finish I received amazing customer service. I received my product always within the time frame. I got a direct message on Instagram on top of the included tips with the product letting me know how to take care of my hair and to reach out if I had any questions. The lashes are so beautiful even though I haven’t quite mastered putting them on lol.
I can’t even begin to put into words everything that has been happening. If the unnecessary death of George Floyd opened your eyes I am glad. Racism is not something new that just showed up. It is very much alive in our world – my world. It is something that some of us have to experience every day. Having to fear for your life because you were born black will never be okay.
As humans it shouldn’t take something to impact you directly for you to know that black people being brutally murdered for just existing is wrong. So how do we change it? Start by making the changes in your life. Stand up when you see racism right in front of you. Sharing a post on social media is not enough and will never be enough. Educate others when you see them doing racist acts or saying racist things. Break the cycle.
Please remember that when this no longer has media attention it is still happening. It’s still OUR responsibility to do everything in our power to make a change.
A Young Black Women
Please join me and help sign the petition to help get justice for George Floyd.
Okay girlfriends let’s talk clothes! This pandemic has been the worst for my online shopping habit lol, who else is with me. There are so many good sales that just cannot be passed up which is the perfect opportunity to revamp that closet!!
Forever 21 is one of my favorite places to shop. I only bought 4 pieces during the 50% off sale since shipping has been delayed on all my packages. Thank god I did because if you are like me and have done nothing but work and eat during quarantine, I apparently no longer know what size I wear. I still think these items are cute enough to share and I was able to keep ONE thing.
Striped Flounce Wrap-Front Dress
Let’s talk about the dress! In my opinion very versatile and who doesn’t like to get their money’s worth from their clothes! Even though I currently work from home full time this dress is perfect for those who are slowly going back into the office. The self tie at the waist makes it perfect to adjust for comfortability. I ordered in the color shown above cream/blue but it also comes in cream/brick. On the website both colors look pretty similar. My true size in dress is a Large. Given recent events and the design of the dress I would recommend sizing up or trying on in store if possible.
Surplice Cami Bodysuit
Bodysuits are always a must in my closet because I can wear them with just about everything. I was intrigued with the material and neckline of this bodysuit since I don’t have one similar. I order in the color Ivory; once received it looks more like a cream color. This body suit also comes in black and coral.
Londyn Curb Chain Cargo Joggers
Give me all the casual and aesthetics! I fell in love as soon as I seen these joggers on the website. Coming in 3 colors (Olive, Khaki, and Light Pink) these joggers are perfect to dress up with heels or dress down with sneakers. I ordered in a size L which is the highest size it comes. Unfortunately because I have a bigger butt and thighs these pants don’t fit as comfortable like I would want them too.
Layered Faux Gem PendantNecklace
Layered jewelry is right up my alley! I love being able to put together 2-3 necklaces or even brackets and creating a whole new look. This layered faux necklace is perfect for just that. It has 3 chains in one giving you that layered look with a beautiful gem attached. The only downside I have is that it gets tangled very easy since it’s one necklace but for the price it’s still a nice purchase. See Instagram for how I wore it!