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I never intended to become an influencer but a few years ago businesses would reach out to ask if they could send me items. Shoutout to Stanford Ave Boutique for making me their first Ambassador. I appreciate that opportunity by @meghann_monroe and @_cmspence for basically kicking off my influencer title, forever grateful. They are serial entrepreneurs so be sure to check out their other businesses. But since I have been an influencer for years I have worked with a lot of phenomenal black-owned businesses so I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites (if I left you out it was not on purpose charge it to my head).

This is a list of businesses I either know personally, had a collaboration, or I have personally supported. Please support these businesses and show them love! I am not putting them in any particular order, just listing:

  1. Grind Pretty and The Glamatory [BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOX AND MAKEUP] I met the owner Mimi J in 2016 during a Boule event and been connected ever since! She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a talented MUA. Grind Pretty encourage girl bosses to be their full potential. She has events, has a subscription box, makeup line, and so much more. I love her and her brands.

  2. Slim + Huskys [RESTAURANT] My cousin Derek is one of 3 owners, however, Clinton and EJ are like family too. They are 3 Tennessee State University graduates and members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. I am not being biased by adding them to the list by any means. I LOVE their pizza and cinnamon buns. I am not even a big pizza eater but there's is just very different. You can pick your ingredients to build your own. I usually get chicken, shrimp, Salomon, spinach, and cheese Husky. They have locations in Nashville (my hometown) and now several locations in Atlanta, GA as well. They have other locations coming soon to other cities as well so be on the lookout. Also, I love how they incorporate culture into their venues from Hip-Hop, city-related, and black culture.

  3. Vivacious Vanity [VANITY MIRRORS] I love Velvet the owner even though I have never met her in-person. She lives in Houston, TX. She is so sweet and amazing! I LOVE my vanity mirror. You can see my vanity mirror in my previous blog.

  4. Billionaires Bling [BLING] I love Jasmine even though I have not met her in-person yet she is Pennsylvania. I was supposed to this summer during Boule. But she blings anything I have several bling Starbucks cups, blinged Chanel perfume, face mask, water bottle, Chanel wall art, face visor, and more. She is so dope. Creative and talented.

  5. The Social Media Dr. LLC's clients. [VARIOUS] I wanted to highlight my black-owned clients:

Skinfinity Esthetics [ATL ESTHETICIAN]


Credit Benders [CREDIT REPAIR]




Want to see more check out this post on my business page with so many tags:

6. Optiprecision [EYEWEAR] I love the Tiffany & Co.

sunglasses I just got recently. Use code DRLAUREN to save 15% on sunglasses. They

also do prescription glasses.

7. Sweet Cakes By Ray [NASHVILLE, TN CAKES] She is my sister so I have known her since

she was born haha. Her cakes are not only pretty but tasty as well.


I have known Quenest for about 12 years now. She is a good friend and helps me out

a lot!

9. LaJoy Photography LLC [ATL-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER] I love LaJoy! She has become my friend the

last few years and we make magic! Most of the photos on this blog were taken by her.

10. Brooklyn Body Butter [SCENTED SHEA BUTTER] I love the Strawberry Shake & Bubble Gum

flavors because it smells just like it and feels so good!

11. Soapy Faith [NATURAL SOAP] I love these

West-Coast based ladies. Always so sweet and supportive. They pray over every batch

of soap. The soap smells good, kills germs, and feels like satin.

12. The Para Girls [GREEK APPAREL] I love their

Greek gear! So chic, modern, and stylish. I love the owners (both AKAs) and have

supported since the start!

they launched. If you need a gift for someone Greek this is perfect for you!

13. Greek Couture [GREEK APPAREL] I love their

stylish Greek gear! I will be showing a package I receive on my IG soon. The cutest

varsity jacket. OMG Plus the owner is an AKA.

14. Sew Klassik [GREEK APPAREL] He is amazing.

He does hand-sewing unique Greek apparel items. He is also a member of Kappa

Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

15. Special Event Factory [ATL FLORIST]

Her floral arrangements are magical seriously. I have had the honor of having 2 thus far.

The most beautiful and she is a mother of 4 that balances it all so wonderfully.

16. Maikidesigns [GREEK & REGULAR ACCESSORIES] She is located in NYC and creates everything from

fur slides, mugs, and more!

17. Chic Geeks [TECH CASES] I have several cases

from this company and I LOVE them. I have been around since she started the


18. The Biz Lawyer [TRADEMARK & BUSINESS ATTORNEY] I love collaborating with this brand from brand shoots,

hosting events, being on panels together, and more. She is phenomenal!

19. The Compact Lash Co. and BreBeautified [MUA & LASHES]

20. Shop L and L Beauty [BEAUTY PRODUCTS]

I have so many more black-owned businesses I love but these are the 20 off the top of my head. I post black-owned businesses on my story frequently. I hope that you find this list helpful.

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