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My Holiday Wishlist: Renae from The Bubbly Black Girl

by Jamie Sanford on December 13, 2010

Today’s guest blogger for the My Holiday Wishlist series is Renae from The Bubbly Black Girl. I’ve worked with Renae in the past and her blog is a candid and funny look at her journey through life.


I didn’t get anything for Christmas last year. Save for a grab bag from a family get together. Of course, I tried to play it off by saying that I was happy to be with my family on Christmas. But I won’t lie, I was a little jealous when I saw my sister-in-law open her jewelry set from Tiffany & Co.

I wanted my blue Tiffany & Co. box too! But what did I get? A Publix recyclable bag filled with $1 and under items. The smile said, “It’s about family and the spirit of Christmas” but on the inside, I was mad that NO ONE (mother, father, sister, brother, trifling ex) got me anything for Christmas. You may think I seem bitter (in contrast to my usual bubbly nature). But bitter is an understatement. I was upset. Because it wasn’t the only time this has happened. I haven’t gotten ANYTHING for Christmas in a long time. It’s been 3 years since the last time I counted.

So I can’t help but think, “Damn Santa, am I really that bad?!?”

This year, forget Santa and his bourgeois reindeer too! For every person I had to get a gift for, I got something for my damn self! I bought my nieces their gifts and then I went to Victoria’s Secret and got a fancy new bra ($45). Games in one hand, the sexy pink bag in the other.

I brought someone a new pair of shoes (don’t get happy, because it wasn’t you!), and turned right back around and brought myself that Sephora Makeup Kit ($48) and their $$ primer ($52) too! Do I wear make up much? Yesterday, I didn’t. But tomorrow, I will.

I have 2 more people to get stuff for, but I already matched their gifts with the things I wanted most this year, but knew the only way I’d get them was to what? Get it my damn self!

Check out Renae at her blog, The Bubbly Black Girl! There are still more instances of the “My Holiday Wishlist” series to come!

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The Cloak Bag is a fantastic item for the upcoming holidays, for your friend who has the big fancy camera that they love to bring out on all occasions! This item is designed to protect your friend from having their camera stolen while on vacation in areas where tourists are preyed upon by thieves – situations in which having your big fancy camera out makes you a target.

This is the Cloak bag, and you can see the camera mounted inside of it.


This is the action shot. Not the prettiest thing, but since you’re able to quickly take your shot and then move on, it gets the job done.

There are fantastic reviews on the official website.  Most users focus on the camera-hiding feature, but some other also mention the benefits of keeping the camera safe from dust, debris, water, whatever environmental factors might be in play in the situation.  As someone who owns a DSLR and loves to travel with it, I would definitely consider buying this for myself.

The Cloak Bag is available in 2 colors for $49.

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