Molly Burke's Must Haves: From Converse Sneakers to a Prada Handbag

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Long before the phrase "social media creator" existed, there was Molly Burke. The 29-year-old digital creator — who started her YouTube channel at just 20 years old — has had the unique experience of growing up on social media. In the same way that platforms like TikTok and Instagram have evolved, so has Burke. She's utilized the tools as outlets for documenting every aspect of her life — from skydiving with the Dolan Twins and perfecting her beauty routine to buying her first home — and highlighting all the ways in which living with blindness impacts her day-to-day.

As a child, Burke was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that causes loss of vision, one that ultimately led to Burke losing most of her sight at age 14. Over the last decade, she's worked to shed light on the misrepresentations of blindness through personable vlogs, a bestselling memoir, and a handful of talk-show appearances — all while empowering others to own their story. "It's been such an incredible resource to have social media there for minority communities and for oppressed communities to be able to advocate for themselves and not wait for a microphone to be handed to us, but to grab the microphone and make it happen," Burke tells POPSUGAR.

Her sincerity, bubbly personality, and relatability have helped catapult Burke to a rare level of social media fame that's reserved for only a handful of creators. It's also what inspired her latest partnership with Amazon, which aims to highlight the brand's accessible, user-friendly devices and how they've helped to support Burke's daily life.

"Universal design is not just designing for disabled people, it's designing for everybody. And there are many studies that show when you design with everybody in mind, which includes disabled people, you're actually making your products and services more user-friendly for everyone," Burke explains. "I think it just takes one or two powerhouse companies like Amazon to lead the way before others will follow."

We had the chance to chat with Burke about her new Amazon partnership, the realities of growing up on social media, and all the must-have products she can't live without — including a nylon Prada handbag that we collectively deemed as the ultimate "messy-girl essential."

Molly Burke's Affordable Must Have: Amazon Fire TV Stick Max
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Molly Burke's Affordable Must Have: Amazon Fire TV Stick Max

Burke says that after moving into her first home, this Amazon Fire TV Stick Max ($55) quickly became an essential — especially whenever she has friends over. "It was a game changer for me. It was the first time that I, as a blind person, was able to independently find what I want to watch," she says. "Of course on my laptop I've been able to do that through screen readers, but there was never something that I tried that allowed me to independently pick what I wanted to watch on a TV."

Pro Tip: As for what Burke is currently binging on TV right now, she says: "I love 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' on Amazon Prime Video, because I read those books and that trilogy when I was 15 years old and I was enthralled." She also notes that if you're a fan of Netflix's other reality dating shows, "Perfect Match" is a can't-miss series.

Molly Burke's Investment Must Have: Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon Bag
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Molly Burke's Investment Must Have: Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon Bag

This Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag ($1,950) is not only one of this season's hottest accessories, it's also a favorite of Burke's. She describes it as "foolproof": "You can bring it in the rain, you can bring it in the snow, you can spill your drink on it at the bar and just wipe it clean. You can get your guide-dog slobber on it. It is the foolproof bag," she says. "And when I am spending that much money on a handbag, being able to make sure it's going to have longevity is so important to me."

Pro Tip: Besides being a practical investment, Burke also notes that the bag is incredibly easy to style. "My absolute go-to is the Prada Nylon bag with the black-on-black Issey Miyake pants and top and the Prada black loafers. I can't get enough of that look," she says.

Molly Burke's Morning-Routine Must Have: Amazon Echo Show 15
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Molly Burke's Morning-Routine Must Have: Amazon Echo Show 15

Burke's schedule can get super busy while traveling and bouncing between different events. To help her keep her day-to-day more organized, she relies on the Amazon Echo Show 15 ($195, originally $250). "I love that it can give me all of the reminders I need. In the morning, I'm checking the weather while I'm making my coffee. I'm checking my to-do list in my calendar. I can play a podcast on there. You can just get everything done with one device that's sitting on your counter that you don't even have to touch," she says.

Pro Tip: The Amazon Echo Show 15 has a number of advanced capabilities, including smart widgets that users can customize to create things like shared calendars, to-do lists, preprogrammed food-delivery options, and even watch lists that allow you to stream thousands of different TV shows and films.

Molly Burke's Sleep Must Have: Natrol Melatonin Sleep Gummies
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Molly Burke's Sleep Must Have: Natrol Melatonin Sleep Gummies

According to Burke, Natrol Melatonin Sleep Gummies ($16) are her "ride-or-die" come nighttime. "I just can't be without it," she says. "It comes with me on every trip; I'm not leaving it behind. I need my melatonin or I am not sleeping."

Pro Tip: As a self-proclaimed night owl, Burke admits that she likes to "lavish and indulge" herself at night, because she tries to keep a pretty slim morning routine. As for what her evening sleep regimen looks like, Burke says: "It's the one part of my day that is pretty consistent — I do some yoga flow, I take my melatonin, put an audiobook or podcast on, do my full skin-care routine, and have a cup of magnesium. I am just really taking my time with it."

Molly Burke's Sneaker Must Have: Converse Run Star Hike Platform Sneakers
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Molly Burke's Sneaker Must Have: Converse Run Star Hike Platform Sneakers

Few shoes are more timeless than classic Converse Run Star Hike Platform sneakers ($110), which is part of the reason Burke loves them so much. "Look, they've been around forever, so we know they're not going out of style. My uncles were wearing them back in the '80s in Ireland," she says. "You can buy them knowing that they're always going to be around. They're also great because they're canvas and rubber, so you can just toss them in the washing machine. I just feel like you can't go wrong."

Pro Tip: These shoes are designed to elevate any outfit — literally. The sneakers are fitted with a durable, molded platform that not only creates a unique and futuristic look, but also adds some pretty decent height. Beyond the classic white colorway, the style is also available to shop in red, black, and brown shades.