This time of year is always special for me. Since becoming a Mom three years ago, I’ve been incredibly blessed. But motherhood definitely comes with its challenges. Suddenly you have a little person (or people) wholly dependent on you, and that can be SO overwhelming. But it’s honestly a job I wouldn’t trade for anything. And it’s something that has made me even more appreciative of my own mom’s love and sacrifice.
One of the perks of being a Mom is receiving all the hugs, kisses, acknowledgment and even special gifts on Mother’s Day. I typically spend so much time and energy making sure the moms in my life are taken care of, I hardly ever indulge in anything for myself. So when Hallmark Jewelry reached out to me and told me they wanted to send over a special gift from their Hallmark Diamonds Heart of Hallmark Collection for JCPenney, I was ecstatic. Nothing like a little sparkly self-indulgence.
Opening the package up is sometimes the best part. Little boxes always have something sparkly and special waiting for you. I loved the Hallmark packaging. They included a cute little quote card in there with my necklace that reads “Life’s the best story of all…”.
I chose this piece because I thought it was so simple, elegant and beautiful. I don’t wear fine jewelry often, but when I do it’s typically on special occasions and I like my pieces to be minimal but still statement-making like this.
One of the things I find so tough about buying gifts for “the mom who has everything” is finding something that has special meaning. What’s nice about Hallmark Jewelry’s collection (available at JCPenney) is that there’s a little something special for every Mom. If your Mom is faith-based, there are beautiful crosses and angels to choose from. If she loves rose gold, there are mixed element pieces that suit her style. Even if you just want something to reminder her she’s “Mom” they have something for her. The pieces are really beautifully made.
Check out the full collection here: Hallmark for JCPenney
What are you guys gifting the moms in your life this weekend? Let me know!
This post is sponsored by Hallmark Jewelry for JCPenney. All opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.
Guys! After two years of hosting my annual Shop LoveBrownSugar holiday pop-up shops in NYC, I decided to officially launch an online shop! Shop LoveBrownSugar is now live and in full effect, and the shop currently hosts 12 black-owned brands that I’ve partnered with this holiday season for amazing gift offerings. Here are the brands and a little about why you’ll love supporting them, just like I do:
12 Black-Owned Brands To Support on Black Friday
1. Pardon My Fro
One of my absolute favorite illustrators, Dana Bly of Pardon My Fro partnered up with me for Shop LoveBrownSugar to do custom journals, custom holiday cards, a BabyBrownSugar calendar, BabyBrownSugar Coloring Book and so much more. PMF is AWESOME.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Pardon My Fro
2. LIT Brooklyn
I discovered LIT Brooklyn on the ‘gram and instantly fell in love with the packaging. Then I met with the owner Denequa in Brooklyn and fell head over heels for her scented candles. I mean, such a dope company. And the candles are travel size!
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from LIT Brooklyn
3. Ginger + Liz
I’ve known the ladies behind Ginger + Liz for years now, and it was love at first sight with their nail lacquers. They’re vegan, toxic-free and vibrant. I use these on myself and on Cadence during special occasions.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Ginger + Liz
4. The Lip Bar
I remember when The Lip Bar first launched! I thought it was such an innovative concept, empowering women to feel beautiful and challenge beauty standards with vibrant, poppy bright lip colors. Since then they have expanded to include liquid matte lipsticks, glosses and so much more.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from The Lip Bar
5. 84 Gem
Kimone of 84 Gem was a vendor at my last two pop-up shops and her jewels are always a big hit. Handmade by her in her studio, Kimone is self-taught but you would never know. Her jewels are absolutely beautiful and one of a kind.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from 84 Gem
6. Belle Butters
Y’all. Belle Butters makes so many amazing skincare products I love. But when I took a whiff of this butter owner Tasha custom created for Shop LoveBrownSugar’s first pop-up shop in 2014, I knew this was a winner. It smells like heaven in a jar. And so do most of her products. Definitely a beauty brand to watch!
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Belle Butters
7. Beauty by Africa Miranda
When I first met Africa Miranda, we were fast friends. I watched her reality show when she was living in Atlanta and thought to myself “Omg! Love her!” (as if I really knew her, y’all do it too #dontjudge). Anyway, when I met her she totally lived up to my expectations and since then I’ve been consistently inspired by her and her drive. So when she told me she was creating a Facial Elixir based on her travels to Rio, Brazil I knew I needed some and you needed some too.
Shop Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Beauty by Africa Miranda
8. Balm & Co
I’ve been following influencer, author & fellow mompreneur Alex Elle for years now. I remember when she was documenting her natural hair journey. And then when she released her first book of poetry. And then when she got married and shared her beautiful wedding photos on social. Safe to say, I’m a FAN. So when I saw she was releasing a line of skincare products, I was all in.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Balm & Co
9. S Dot Beauty
Last year, S Dot Beauty was a vendor at our Shop LoveBrownSugar holiday pop-up and while I ws there she gifted me a set of her baby products to try out on Cadence. When I tell you I use her products RELIGIOUSLY as part of Cadence’s bedtime routine! They’re infused with lavender and chamomile and all things amazing. And she makes products for women, men and the whole family.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from S Dot Beauty
10. CLEANSE by Lauren Napier
As someone who travels often, I’m always looking for options to make my life easier. I’m a travel wipe addict. I use them to remove makeup, to freshen up my skin on long haul flights and everything in between. These aren’t just wipes. They are made with the best & safest ingredients. For the conscious beauty aficionado.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Lauren Napier
11. Happy Hair
When I first got a copy of Happy Hair™, I thought it was SUCH an incredible campaign. Teaching young girls to love and accept their hair in various shapes and forms is so important to building confidence. So I’m beyond proud to be carrying this book in our shop.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Happy Hair
12. Cee Cee’s Closet
I’m a big fan of head wraps. As a mompreneur, it can get tough having your hair in tip-top shape every single day, so headwraps are my save for bad hair days. They’re also super cute & allow you to express yourself with different colors and patterns.
Shop Exclusive Items on Shop LoveBrownSugar | Buy direct from Cee Cee’s Closet
Hey NYC loves! If you’re in the city on Black Friday, stop by the Harlem’s Fashion Row pop-up shop taking place at Solomon & Kuff (3pm-9pm) to shop some of the Shop LoveBrownSugar brands! I’ll have a space there – can’t wait to see you! RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlemss-fashion-row-black-friday-pop-up-shop-tickets-29327081089
Other 2016 #BuyBlack Gift Guides I Love
In Her Shoes “75 Black Women-Owned Brands To Shop”
Fashion Bomb Daily “25 Black-Owned Business To Shop This Black Friday”
Essence “#BuyBlack: 15 Holiday Beauty Products Made For Us and By Us”
Summer came at us fast. It seems like just yesterday we were spring cleaning, and suddenly it’s time to break out the jean cutoffs and tanks! Well in anticipation for the drastic change, I partnered up with TheOutfit and JCPenney to offer you guys tips on rocking three summer trends that can seamlessly usher your wardrobe from spring to summer.
Check out a sneak peek below:
Get details on my outfit plus more tips on summer trends over at TheOutfit.com.
CLICK HERE for the article!
I Don’t Do Clubs is working with a variety of retailers to provide you with affordable and accessible ways to support black owned businesses this June. We’re all about supporting black business at LoveBrownSugar so we had to round up some of our favorite selections for you to check out below!
With Spring in full bloom, there is no better time to step out of your Fall neutrals. Dare to be bold with 5 different ways to add a little color to your wardrobe. With Christina’s trendy #LBSInColor tag, I think this is a great post to highlight that trend.
Check out how she and other digital influencers rock it below!
While the phrase “New Year, New Me,” sounds cliche, a little change never hurt. Here are 5 simple ways to revamp your style without getting rid of your entire closet.
Detox Your Wardrobe
In order to revamp your style it is important to detox your wardrobe. Take the time to figure out what pieces in your wardrobe worked for you, and which pieces you can live without. There’s no need to toss out everything, however, you don’t want unnecessary items taking up space in your closet.
Grab your favorite magazine or even surf on the pages of your favorite fashion bloggers and get inspired! Make note of items and outfit combinations you would like to try. Step out of your comfort zone and try something a little different, you just may fall in love with it.
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Hey loves! Ok so as you know, I’m a contributor for People StyleWatch’s The Outfit and what I love most about being part of the StyleWatch family is that we help break down the hottest & newest trends and make it easy for the everyday girl to incorporate those trends into her wardrobe. For example, I’m featured in the December/January issue of People StyleWatch breaking down some holiday season trends and how to easily incorporate them into your personal style and also how to gift stylishly!
So when StyleWatch told me they wanted to partner with me to present some really dope style and beauty trends from their holiday box, I knew you guys would appreciate it. Not only so YOU can put in your requests for some of these items for the holidays, but also so you know what exactly to pick up for your style-savvy friends who are up on the latest new, hot trends for the season.
On Sunday, December 6th at the Midtown Loft & Terrace we brought the #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop back with MORE vendors, MORE sponsors and even MORE fun! What started out as a simple idea to uniquely celebrate our five year anniversary in 2015, has become definitely become a statement in NYC! Now you know we couldn’t just keep all the fun between us. Here’s a quick recap of our Second Annual #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop below.
What I LOVE about the holidays is the extra glam you can put on your make-up looks! Nothing beats a beautiful sparkly lid and a bold red lip. Check out 3 brown girl approved holiday make-up looks that will keep you gorgeous this celebratory season.
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If you’re looking to execute a subtle look, but still want to achieve an amazing beat go for a natural glam look. The trick to executing a natural glam is all in the eyes. Go for a smoky eye like Yariszbeth and keep everything else nice and simple. Don’t forget the shimmering blush to accentuate your cheekbones!
Check out two additional makeup looks below.
There’s nothing like a BOMB fall nail color top off any look. While it is nice to keep it simple with one solid color, it doesn’t hurt to add a little flavor to your look with a pop of metallic and sparkle. Dazzle the eyes of every person with these 5 perfect nail combos for the fall.
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Another perfect neutral combo is Ginger + Liz’s Best I’ve Ever Had with Orly’s Flagstone Rush. The copper tone paired with a simple nude color looks amazing with any fall look. Dazzle all eyes with your gorgeous nails. Can’t wait to see what Ginger + Liz have in store for this years #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop Up Shop!
This combination is the perfect neutral look with a slight pop of glam. The O.P.I Worth Every Penne color paired with its Tiramisu for Two looks perfect for subtle days and glammed up nights. Try this minimalistic combo if you’re looking for something nice and simple.