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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 Chic: 3 Summer Trends I Love

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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:

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Get details on my outfit plus more tips on summer trends over at TheOutfit.com.

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CLICK HERE for the article!

5 Ways to Revamp Your Style

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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.

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Get Inspired

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.

Related: How To Create A Vision Board: Tips & Tricks

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LBS Ultimate Gift Guide: 10 Super Stylish Gift Ideas From StyleWatch

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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!

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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.

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5 Perfect Nail Combos for the Fall

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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.

Related: Get Like Me: Ginger + Liz

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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!

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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.

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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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4 Simple Thanksgiving Outfit Combos

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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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5 Must Have Shoulder Bags for the Fall

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While totes are nice they tend to cause us to pile any and everything we can fit into them. It’s always nice to switch it up a bit, and shoulder bags are the perfect way to do that. These single strap bags lighten your load for only the essentials. Check out 5 of our must have shoulder bag styles for this fall season.

Related: 10 Under $100: Knit Dresses

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Whether you style is edgy or chic, bucket bags are perfect for everyone’s personal taste. Available in many colors, shapes, styles and sizes bucket bags combine a chic and practical to create one extremely fashionable look. This accessory is a MUST HAVE!

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When people think quilted bag, Chanel automatically comes to mind. Quilted shoulder bags are extremely fabulous and look amazing when someone is either dressed up or down. Add a little flair to your quilted shoulder bag with a faux fur bag charm that compliments this statement piece.

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