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25 Ways To #BuyBlack On Black Friday

 

So you guys know I am a huge supporter of black-owned businesses, especially during the holiday season. I started the Shop LoveBrownSugar holiday pop-up series with the intention of supporting these businesses over the past few years. And every year since the tragic events in Ferguson in 2014, I’ve created an annual Black Friday list with some of my favorite minority-owned businesses to support. For 2017, I’ve brought back a few of my steady favorites and I’ve also added a few new brands I’ve discovered over the last year. This is in no way an exhaustive list! There are SO many amazing minority-owned brands to support out there. But on my little slice of the internet, I like to promote the ones I personally love each year. Here they are:

Adwoa Beauty

A new lifestyle brand catering to no-fuss curlies who want effective and easy to use products to complete their natural hair regimen. The founder is Julian Addo – curator of the groundbreaking BellaKinks brand out of Dallas, TX. On top of their beautiful imagery, I love the use of ingredients like baobab oil and peppermint.

https://adwoabeauty.com/

beauty by Africa Miranda*

One of my tried & true beauty staples since it launched last holiday season, the beauty by Africa Miranda elixir is awesome as a primer, a light oil moisturizer as well as a makeup remover. I love a good 3-in-1 product and a little goes a long way. 

https://beautybyafricamiranda.com/

Black on Black BK*

There are no shortage of t-shirt and sweatshirt brands with a message, but what I really love about Black on Black BK is how unapologetic the statements are. I also have a thing for black and white so I love that the designs stick to these colors. They’ve got really cute sweats, tees and tote bags and items come in kids sizes up to adults.

https://www.blackonblackbk.com/collections

Cee Cee’s Closet*

Headwraps make a really awesome holiday gift. They’re so beautiful and they’re the perfect “bad hair day” fix for your favorite friend. What I love about Cee Cee’s closet is that they not only make amazing wraps but part of the proceeds from each wrap goes back to support artisans who are handcrafting the products in Nigeria.

https://www.ceeceesclosetnyc.com/

CurlBox

The pinnacle of all subscription boxes for naturals, CurlBox is the first and best in the market. The boxes never cease to amaze me. They partner with the best brands on the market and always deliver a premium experience. Also, founder Myleik Teele is the ultimate girl boss. I’m obsessed with her MyTaughtYou podcast.

http://www.curlbox.com/

Debra Cartwright*

One of my favorite illustrators, Debra Cartwright creates beautiful watercolor masterpieces that feature diverse women of color. She now offers prints, notebooks and other novelties.

https://debrcartwright.patternbyetsy.com/

Eden BodyWorks

One of my all-time favorite beauty brands, EDEN BodyWorks has a plethora of great options for hair, body and skincare. Their products are available at most major retailers. I’m partial to the EDEN Kids line for my daughter and their new Citrus Fusion line for myself.

https://edenbodyworks.com/

Feminine Funk

A bold line of tees and sweatshirts for women of all shapes and sizes, their taglines will give you an extra boost of confidence before you walk out the door. 

https://www.femininefunk.com/

Happy Hair*

Teaching young girls to love and accept their hair in various shapes and forms is so important to building confidence in them. The founder of Happy Hair, Mechal Roe, picked up on that by creating a line of children’s books, dolls and prints that support curl confidence. Great gift for the littles in your life.

https://happyhairshop.com/

Harper Iman Dolls

Instead of your typical Barbie or American Girl dolls, support a doll maker that caters their designs to little brown girls of all complexions. Harper Iman dolls are custom made and you can request the hair, skin complexion and clothing of your choice for your favorite little one.

http://www.harperiman.com/products

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Self-care is so important to your wellbeing and health. When it’s time to wind down at the end of a long week, I spring for heritage1933 items like the Ms Know It All whipped butter or their Exhale bath salts. 

http://www.heritage1933.com/

Jam + Rico*

If you’re looking for a small slice of island happiness in the form of custom jewelry, Jam + Rico is the brand for you. Bright, colorful pieces crafted with love.

http://www.jamandrico.com/

LAMIK Beauty

LAMIK, an acronym for Love And Makeup In Kindness, is a Houston-based beauty brand with makeup for women of all shades. With an emphasis on catering to women of color, LAMIK has lippies, shadows and more with excellent color payoff crafted by founder Kim Roxie.

http://www.lamik-beauty.com/

The Lip Bar

You guys hear me rave about this brand all the time because I genuinely LOVE their lipstick. Bawse Lady – their matte red – is arguably one of the best red matte liquid lippies in my beauty arsenal. I’m a lifelong fan.

https://www.thelipbar.com

LIT Brooklyn*

A home-based candle company with candles handpoured in Brooklyn, LIT Brooklyn exploded onto the scene less than 2 years ago and is slowly becoming a true household name. From the luxe gold packaging to the intoxicating scents, LIT should be on everyone’s holiday list.

https://www.litbklyn.co/

LLULO*

I first fell in love with this brand years ago when their founder Michelle sent me one of her signature sweatshirts. They have since expanded to offer a plethora of products with her signature “Africa” silhouette design and ankara fabrics – from pillows to swimsuits and home decor. 

https://www.llulo.com/

Lust Cosmetics*

A vegan nail polish brand with bright vibrant colors and safe ingredients, their holiday collection makes a great gift with must-have colors for the beauty-obsessed on your list.

http://www.lustvcosmetics.com

The Mane Choice

With a brand like The Mane Choice, you really can’t go wrong. They are popping out new innovations everyday, they are backed by a team of the dopest brown girls on the planet and they create products that solve problems. I swear by their Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 conditioner. Also now exclusive to Target – their Halo Hydration collection. Get you some – available at all major retailers and online.

http://www.themanechoice.com

Rue 107

There are very few indie clothing lines that I get excited about anytime they come out with something new. Rue 107 is one of the select brands on my list of favorites that continues to innovate and provide dope designs for women of all shapes and sizes. Their items run in both straight and plus sizes, they cater to curves, and everything they make is super cute and super functional. This black dress above is a go-to staple that I own and love.

https://rue107.com/

Pardon My Fro

Offering everything from stationary to shower curtains and now luggage – Pardon My Fro is an amazing design house that makes products featuring powerful women of color. Everyone should have a piece of PMF in their home.

https://pardonmyfro.com/

Scotch Porter

Shopping for bae can be difficult. Make life a little easier and get him grooming product he’ll love. This brand of products for beard and for overall mens’ grooming smells yummy and will make him feel special.

https://www.scotchporter.com/

SDOTBEAUTY*

Ever since I tried these products out back in 2015, they have been on my go-to list of beauty staples. From their facial masks to the body oils and cleansing toners, SDOTBEAUTY has a little bit of everything for the best in all-natural skincare.

http://www.sdotbeauty.com

TNEMNRODA*

If you’re looking for true STUNNA shades, like the type that make people stop you on the street and ask you where you got them, look no further than TNEMNRODA. The brand is literally “adornment” spelled backwards and that’s what their shades are – adornment for your face.

https://www.maisontnemnroda.com/

Undra Celeste

I first discovered Undra Celeste last year at the Harlem’s Fashion Row pop-up shop. Crafted by a young designer with vision and creativity, I love how understated yet luxe her pieces are. If you’re looking for a little touch of holiday luxe this season, definitely check out her designs.

http://www.undracelesteny.com/

84 Gem*

A collection of beautifully handcrafted statement necklaces, earrings and more. I love the materials she uses and how everything comes together so flawlessly. This is queen jewelry.  

https://www.84gem.com/

*These brands will be available to support at Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up in NYC sponsored by Iman Cosmetics and CURLS on December 9th. Get your tickets at the link below:

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Check out my other “#BuyBlack on Black Friday” lists from year’s past to support other businesses not listed here:

2014 Buy Black List “25 Black Owned Online Stores”
2015 Buy Black List “#BlackOnBlackFriday Top 50”
2016 Buy Black List “12 Black Owned Brands To Support’

12 Black-Owned Brands To Support #BuyBlack on Black Friday

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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

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Pardon My Fro

2. LIT Brooklyn

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from LIT Brooklyn

3. Ginger + Liz

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Ginger + Liz

4. The Lip Bar

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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

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from 84 Gem

6. Belle Butters

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Belle Butters

7. Beauty by Africa Miranda

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Beauty by Africa Miranda

8. Balm & Co

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Balm & Co

9. S Dot Beauty

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from S Dot Beauty

10. CLEANSE by Lauren Napier

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Lauren Napier

11. Happy Hair

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Happy Hair

12. Cee Cee’s Closet

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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 LoveBrownSugarBuy direct from Cee Cee’s Closet

 

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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”

LBS Kickin’ It: #ShopLoveBrownSugar 2015 Holiday Pop-Up Shop

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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.

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Presenting the 2015 #ShopLoveBrownSugar Pop-Up Shop Sponsors

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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

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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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You’re Invited! #ShopLoveBrownSugar 2015 Holiday Pop Up

shopLBS-2015-templateHey loves! If you follow me on Instagram, you got a sneak peek a few weeks ago. Though most details are still under wraps, I couldn’t let the weekend go by without sharing my excitement. Shop LoveBrownSugar is BACK! We had such a blast in 2014, we had to do it one more time for the ‘gram.

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The #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up started out as an opportunity for me to celebrate my blog’s anniversary last year. I simply wanted to bring together some of my favorite indie brands (I mean products I literally SWOON over) and my phenomenal readers in NYC to create holiday magic. There are really some dope small business owners who are out here providing products that are perfect for gifting during the holidays. I also have such a soft spot for female entrepreneurs like myself. We need all the support we can get. Hence, Shop LoveBrownSugar was born!

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Now with year two we’re doing it even bigger and better! We’re hosting Shop LBS at the Midtown Loft & Terrace in midtown Manhattan. Our space is larger, we have MORE vendors on board to present their holiday offerings and so many more surprises in store leading up to the event!

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DJ Olivia Dope will be on the 1s and 2s at Shop LoveBrownSugar. I hand selected her for this because, like me, she’s a working mommy who is doing the damn thing and making it look good. I can’t wait to kick it with her. See her “Get Like Me” feature here.

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VIP ticket holders will have access to cocktails, light bites and also beauty services throughout the day. Oh, and let’s not forget about the SWAGGED out VIP gift bags we’re planning to distribute. If you’ve ever been to a LoveBrownSugar event, you already know what it is. You NEVER leave empty handed. Trust.

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Oh, and don’t forget you guys will get the chance to kick it with me! So much fun in store. Don’t believe me? Check out this recap video from last year:

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

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(don’t be mad when it sells out, because it will.)

See you on December 6th!