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Author archive for Better Blueprint

  • Dec092020
    A video of Monica Barnett on the art of gift giving

    the art of gift giving

    Do you find yourself often struggling with what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Here is my simple…

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  • Dec092020
    This men's Isaia blazer is the perfect upgrade from nice to dapper for any professional man

    every man should own….

    ...an Isaia blazer! And the best place to start looking is Saks Men's Store! This was one of my client's…

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  • Dec092020
    The gatapack is a face mask with replaceable filters

    7 must-haves items for post-pandemic travel

    I am in the camp of not traveling but....as life sometimes does, we are thrust into the moment! During this…

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  • Dec082020
    The Clare Vivier Bowie mask is nice

    pretty masks with bows!

    We're in the midst of a pandemic so, sometimes you have to find the pretty in every situation. In this case,…

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  • Dec072020
    A red lip pouch by Claflin Thayer is perfect for your purse or date night

    the 5 best things I bought under $50 in 2020

    2020 has been a doozy! But I wanted to share the 5 best things I bought under $50 in 2020 because…

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  • Nov232020
    The must-haves to add holiday sparkle to any outfit or occasion

    must-have holiday *sparkle*

    This year, more than in years past, we need to do holiday sparkle and find the joy of the season! It's…

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  • Nov202020
    This red lip color by Mansai7 is called Alizarin and is gorgeous

    a *new* red lip color

    This red is a cool classic red with subtle blue undertones which means you won't see any orange-yness and if…

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  • Nov192020
    A black sequin and tweed mask for celebratory occasions

    need a mask for the holidays?

    I believe the answer is this tweed sequin mask by St. John! IF you think that the backbone of festive…

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  • Nov192020
    Sequin pants because sparkle is essential

    sequin pants

    Who knows when you'll need them but better to have them and be prepared, right?! If there's ONE thing I…

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  • Nov182020
    Monica Barnett with a big smile because of a recent business win

    the entrepreneur’s “grind”

    So people will call it a grind but there's a large part of me that thinks it's a grustle .…

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  • Nov162020
    5 style tips inspired from Vice President Kamala Harris including pearls and Converse sneakers.

    5 kamala harris style tips we all need

    I recently published an article for NBC News' Know Your Value team and it's a quick 4-minute read but here…

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  • Nov132020
    A book stack from a personal stylist, and includes Pantone, book by Antwuan Sargent and more

    my living room tsundoku

    I oftentimes tell my clients that if they're stuck putting an outfit together, they should 'start with your shoes and…

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  • Nov122020
    a podcast on dating after marriage called Making A Stylish Exit

    podcast appearance on making a stylish exit

    I was sooooo excited and honored to be asked to appear on my girlfriend, Nicole Richmond's podcast called Making a…

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  • Nov112020

    closeted lifestyle

    your personal style matters...regardless of who sees it! Checking in around November 2019, I was happily planning out my meteoric…

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  • Nov092020

    fashion in the new world of work

    Excerpt from a series called Curated Career Conversations: my interview with Sarah Johnston A year ago, my professional "uniform" included…

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  • Sep302020
    A stack of gallery copies of The Creatives' Closet

    book launch: the creatives’ closet

    This book has been about two years in the making and there is a story behind -- connect with me and…

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  • Sep282020

    your bra measurements

    There's a right way to measure your bra's cup and band size if you cannot get to a professional shop.…

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  • Sep242020
    Looking for underwear that are comfortable and is black-owned. The company is called Knix.

    black-owned intimates: knix

    As a woman who does not enjoy a light or short cycle, I am in love with Knix's period-proof underwear! Did I…

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  • Sep212020
    An example of a wireless bralette by Free People

    sizing your bra up or down

    I love this table! Depending on the maker, whether you've been eating pints of Ben n' Jerry's solo, or you're…

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  • Sep172020
    A model wearing a fedora hat by Monrowe NYC, a black-owned headwear company.

    black-owned headwear: monrowe nyc

    I cried when I saw The James - and clicked to find it was gone! Monrowe NYC is a black-owned headwear…

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  • Sep142020
    Wearing the right size bra

    are you wearing the right bra size?

    Are you wearing the right bra size? There are a few things you can do to ensure your girls are…

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  • Sep102020

    how-to remove a coffee stain

    I love coffee️but it stains! And I'm not just talking about your teeth - a wrong move or a hearty…

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  • Aug312020

    nice to meet you: black-owned jewelry brand

      Black-owned jewelry brand, Oma The Label Owner, Neumi Anekhe New York-based label started in 2018 + former fashion stylist…

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  • Aug272020

    nice to meet you: jellie sandals

    nice to meet you: alexandria brandao, a women and kid's fashion footwear brand! I found them on Instagram and fell…

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  • Aug252020

    14 perfect power pieces

    I asked newsletter readers what they needed to know and what I heard was, "I need just…

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