November 2015 archive

LBS Beauty Review: Essence Beauty Box


There’s no shortage of subscription boxes on the market these days. You can pretty much get everything from lingerie to pet treats delivered to you on a monthly basis. So when it comes to sorting through which subscription boxes make the most sense to review for you all, I take my curating job very seriously. When ESSENCE announced they were starting a new beauty box subscription service, immediately I was intrigued. Considering how much I love the magazine and the editors behind it, I knew this would be a well-curated box. Essence Beauty Box exceeded my expectations.

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Get Like Me: Event Coordinator Obi Nwabuzor

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When Obi Nwabuzor realized she was spending more time styling floral arrangements and streamers than studying and solving equations she knew her priorities had permanently shifted. The accounting major and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha inc. sought out ways to turn her talent for throwing parties into a profitable event production firm beginning with an informal internship that imparted invaluable information. Now with clients, including LoveBrownSugar, clamoring for her services Obi has made a name for herself as a top producer of quality social experiences including unforgettable weddings and stylish pop-up shops. We spoke to the woman behind O.N. Events about budgets, organization, and why it’s important to voice even the most unpopular of opinions.

Find out more about Obi below!

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Presenting the 2015 #ShopLoveBrownSugar Pop-Up Shop Sponsors


With just one week away from #ShopLoveBrownSugar, I’m excited to finally announce our amazing Title & VIP sponsors! This year’s Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up is gearing up to be even more amazing than last year’s with Title sponsors like Dove Hair and Essence Beauty Box, and so much more in store. Check below for a list of what you can expect at #ShopLoveBrownSugar as well as special blog & social media giveaways  you can expect from our sponsors, even if you can’t make it to the pop up shop:

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50 Black Owned Businesses for #BlackOnBlackFriday


Last year, LoveBrownSugar.com released a list of 25 Black Owned Online Stores to support on Black Friday. Considering sensitive events surrounding social justice last year, we wanted to make sure to emphasize the importance of supporting black entrepreneurs as even a small gesture of change with a large impact, especially during the holiday season. The reason I decided to bring Shop LoveBrownSugar back for another year is the same. It’s important for us to support each other! So for 2015, we’re bringing the original list back and revamping it with the addition of 25 MORE businesses to support this holiday season. So you’ll see the below list split into 2015 and 2014 for distinction.

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4 Simple Thanksgiving Outfit Combos


Thanksgiving is only a few days away, it’s only right that you give thanks in style. Tuck away the sweatshirt and bring on the fashion with these four simple and achievable outfit combos. No matter where you shop, you’ll be able to achieve each look.

Related: Holiday Gift Guide with Simon Premium Outlets

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 10.40.21 PMIf there is one thing we want to be on Thanksgiving it’s comfortable. This simple look does just that. Purchase a plain turtle neck, pair it with a poncho and some booties and this effortless look will leave you looking absolutely chic! The best part is that you’ll be wearing enough layers to travel outside of your home, without risking being hot in someone else’s. Each item is available on the H&M website.

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4 Stylish Plus-Size Outfits for Thanksgiving

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We’ve put together four stylish plus-size outfits to get you from the holiday commute to the dinner table this Thanksgiving.


More and more groups of friends are gathering together to show their appreciation for one another not only before, after the holiday but on Thanksgiving Day as well. These occasions lend themselves to more casual attire but that doesn’t mean you have to be sloppy. Pair a slim printed pant with a black sweater for a comfy look. The weather outside is frightful so finish the look off by reaching into your closet for a cape to keep you warm. See how Christina rocked hers in the holiday issue of People Stylewatch here.

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Check out other outfit options for Thanksgiving below.

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Get Like Me: Ginger and Liz

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Entrepreneurs Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett have transformed shared values into shared success. The best friends and business partners used financial literacy, marketing savvy, and organic relationships to their launch their luxury nail lacquer line Ginger & Liz. Available in a variety of vibrant colors the Ginger & Liz brand is committed to making sure women understand why they have right know what’s in their cosmetics. They’re also dedicated to providing safe beauty options that are affordable and accessible in the future from pigmented polishes to luxurious lip scrubs. Find out how these two women turned a non toxic lifestyle into a lucrative company below and don’t miss your chance to check out their product with a complimentary mini manicure at #ShopLoveBrownSugar!
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#ShopLoveBrownSugar “People’s Choice” Business Competition


Hey folks! We’re gearing up for the #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up shop which is only 2 weeks away! In celebration of the shop and to encourage even more amazing budding entrepreneurs, we are kicking off the First AnnualPeople‘s Choice” Business Competition! Typically, the Shop LoveBrownSugar vendors are handpicked by me. I feature brands that I’ve fallen in love with, whose owners cater to the LoveBrownSugar girl and whom embody what Shop LoveBrownSugar is all about – empowering and inspiring entrepreneurship.


For the first time ever, I’m allowing YOU the opportunity to vote to have a brand featured at Shop LoveBrownSugar on Sunday, December 6th! One winning business will receive a FREE vending space at our amazing venue (Midtown Loft & Terrace), an exclusive feature on LoveBrownSugar.com and a one hour consulting session + custom designed vendor booth provided by Obi Nwabuzor of O. N. Event Planning.

So now it’s on you! Take a look at our 4 finalists and cast your vote:

1. Mae B


Mae B is a lifestyle brand dedicated to creating positive imagery and well made products for women of color. Mae B was founded in 2013, by Bianca Lambert after growing tired of not finding stationery that represented her as a woman of color and devoted fashionista. The brand has since expanded into travel accessories, home goods, and much more. Mae B is named in honor of Bianca’s late grandmother, Ivory Mae and Bianca is the B.

Check them out here: http://www.MaeBonline.com

2. Harlem Soap


Harlem Soap is an all-natural cold process Goat’s milk bar soap brand based in Harlem, New York. All Harlem Soap ingredients come from sustainable companies located in the USA. Our soaps are handmade in batches of 180 bars to ensure quality. Owner Jammie Waldron created the brand as a means to remediate his eczema and soon began gifting to friends and family to rave reviews. He decided to turn Harlem Soap into a brand and began selling the soap from his home online last November and within a year has grown incredibly. Harlem Soap was feature as a premiere product in the CurlBOX inaugural “Body Box”, is now sold in 9 stores across the country and recently debuted on the shelves of New York’s West Elm stores.

Check them out here: http://www.harlemsoap.com

3. Effie’s Paper


Effie’s Paper :: Stationery&Whatnot is an online stationery company specializing in modern stationery, desk accessories and travel mugs for busy professionals, students, mommies and social butterflies. We make products that make your heart leap! Founded by lifestyle guru and noted author, Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper products automatically make your work space and correspondence more stylish and chic. Our products are created for those who love pretty things and enjoy sending and receiving beautifully-designed, hand-written notes. Kalyn believes that the only thing better than receiving a hand-written note in the mail, is having the perfect stationery to write notes to friends and loved ones! Kalyn’s creative juices are flowing; stay tuned as we continue add new styles and designs to our ever-expanding collection.

Check them out here: http://www.effiespaper.com

4. RAW (Recognize A Woman) Handbags



RAW (Recognize A Woman) Handbags was established March 2015 by Charnae’ Stanley, a Morgan State University Alumna. RAW Handbags are handmade handbags designed for women to; Wear fearlessly, Spread womanhood and Inspire other women to be phenomenal. The concept of RAW is to empower and encourage female unity, empowerment and perseverance through fashion. Each and every handbag is named after a powerful, iconic woman in the world. Char wants consumers to feel a connection with their RAW bag from the inspiration and accomplishments of the woman it is named after. RAW is based out of NYC, expanding into the DMV, ATL and LA market in the near future.

Check them out here: http://www.rawhandbags.bigcartel.com

So, who do you want to see featured at Shop LoveBrownSugar? Vote now!


The business competition will run between Monday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 29th. Final winner will be announced on Monday, November 30th! Share this link to get your favorite business featured!


Have you purchased your ticket to Shop LoveBrownSugar? Grab it below:

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LBS Kickin’ It: Sister Souljah’s ‘A Moment of Silence’ Book Launch


Last week I had the privilege of attending an event celebrating the launch of Sister Souljah’s most recent release “A Moment of Silence” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Hosted by the Mayor of Newark and a longtime friend of the author Ras Baraka, the event was an opportunity for the community to come together in appreciation for Sister Souljah’s works and the positive message behind them.

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Holiday Gift Guide with Simon Premium Outlets


Holiday shopping is on the horizon, and if you’re like me you’re probably already rolling your eyes. The long lines, the long lists and not to mention the toll it takes on your checkbook. Well, here at LoveBrownSugar you know we’re all about getting the look for less and saving a few coins so you can spend them on fun experiences (like travel or brunch – hello?) So when Simon Premium Outlets offered me the opportunity to take a shopping spree and come back with cool but cost-effective gift ideas for you guys, I took them up on the offer.

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