2017 Favorites

The year 2017 is almost over and oh what a year it has been! There were good times and not so good times but overall, the year 2017 was a blessing for me. I learned so much and definitely grew as a person. In this blog I will highlight my favorite beauty product, trips, and memories of 2017.

Beauty Favorite of 2017

  • Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

When this foundation came out, it was all anybody was talking about. The shade range, coverage and finish is what drew me in. All of my favorite beauty influencers were talking about it and it made it’s what to #1 on my list of makeup to purchase. Ever since I got it, it has become my go to foundation. Everytime I wear it, I get compliments and questions about it. It keeps ,y oily skin under control and feels so lightweight. The coverage is perfect and keeps me matte all day. Can’t rave enough about this foundation. I’m definitely looking forward to what Fenty Beauty brings us in 2018!

Favorite Trips of 2017

  • Disney World -New Year’s Eve

I was able to go to Walt Disney World for New Years Eve and it was a trip to remember. I went with my pageant director, Natalee, her family and friends, and my sister crown Morgan and we had an amazing time. These people know how to do Disney. We got to eat with characters, see amazing shows and attractions, and of course ride super fun rides. The firework show was amazing and Epcot on New Years Eve is a party! There’s raves and music and food everywhere! I will never forget this New Years Eve!

  • Disney World-Fourth of July

Yes, I got to go to Disney TWICE this year. This trip was during the summer so yes it was hot but it was also one of my favorite holidays, Fourth of July. I love fireworks and honestly, fireworks in Disney for the fourth was a dream. I got to be with my family and we had a blast.

  • Kansas City, Missouri

I had the opportunity to visit Kansas City for business and had the opportunity to explore the area a little bit. This city is super cool with fantastic food. If you go to Kansas City and don’t have barbecue, you are missing out. The Negro League Baseball museum was informative and fun and the Union Station was filled with history. I’m a huge history buff so I have to visit a historical landmark everywhere I go. I loved this little trip.

Favorite Memories of 2017

  • College Graduation

May 2017 I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville! After four years of hard week, I was proud to walk across that stage as a Vol for life!

  • Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant 2017

In June 2017 I competed for the title of Miss Tennessee. I had the best interview of my life, felt amazing physically, mentally, and emotionally and accomplished so many goals. I was blessed to be a runner up to the quality of life award for my work with my platform, Advocates for Autism. I went on to place 3rd Runner Up to Miss Tennessee. Going from unplaced the year before to the top 5 exceeded all of my expectations.

*photos by Darren Lykes Photography

2017 was a great year! I am blessed and eagerly waiting to see what 2018 has in store for me! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year!


Brianna Joi


Christmas Parade Makeup Look

As Miss Knoxville, I had the pleasure of being in the WIVK Knoxville Christmas Parade. It’s basically the kickoff for the Christmas season in Knoxville. I’m a Christmas fanatic so I look forward to this parade every year! This year, I wanted to rock a glam, classic look.

My makeup collection is a mix between a couple of high-end products and drug store products. Here are the products I used to create this look.

FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 380 Cool

$34 at Sephora

Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

$49 at Ulta

Shades used from left to right: Puree for transition , Caramelized for lid, Bless Her Heart for outer corner and crease, Wet n Wild Glitter in Brass for lid topper

Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals

$10 on Amazon

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rebel Red

$6.59 on Amazon

Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink in Midnight

$19.99 for a 3 Pack on Amazon

Wet n Wild Glitter in Brass

$0.89 on Amazon

I am pretty happy with how this look came out. The eyes and lips were definitely the focus, perfect for the holiday season. So classy and glamorous!

The lipstick was my favorite part of this look! I’ve been loving a red lip for the holidays lately. What’s your signature holiday makeup look?
Brianna Joi

How I Decorated my Apartment for Christmas (Dollar Tree and A.C. Moore) !!

Christmas time is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. I love the music and the smells and of course the cute decor I get to do. After Thanksgiving, I was itching to get to shopping for Christmas decor.

I’m all about being boujee on a budget so I headed straight for my local Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree always has amazing little Christmas decorations. They have ornaments, lights, fake flowers, wrapping paper and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Literally just one little section of what Dollar Tree has to offer


Conveniently right next door is my local A.C. Moore. A.C. Moore is like your typical Michael’s, Hobby Lobby craft store in Knoxville. They always have amazing prices and I’m a member of their loyalty program so I always get great deals. You know when you go into a craft store and you end up with things you definitely don’t need but are so stinkin cute? Yeah, that’s me every time I go here.

Here I got my mini Christmas tree and wreath along with other cute little details. I was going for a rustic Christmas look this year (think burlap, pinecones, and plaid).

I ended up with a nice sized haul of adorable Christmas stuff!

Look how cute this little Dollar Tree owl is!

Bought these without knowing exactly how I would use them but had to have ’em

After laying out everything, I got to work! Scroll below for pictures of the finished project!

The cutest rustic mini Tree I ever did see

” Be merry and stay that way” – wise words from a $4 A.C. Moore find

The cutest chalkboard countdown from A.C. Moore for TWO DOLLARS! Can’t beat that

One sneaky way to throw in some Christmas cheer is to switch out your normal kitchen towels for festive ones


I had tons of funs decorating my small space for the holidays. I will definitely be spending a lot more time in the living room with my tiny tree that makes me feel so happy just by looking at it. Hope this post provided some great tips for the holiday season.

Be merry and stay that way!


Brianna Joi