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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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If 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.
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.
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JCPenny | H&M
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!
Neiman Marcus | MICHAEL Michael Kors
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.
Sweater dresses are what maxi dresses are to the summer…ESSENTIAL! Whether to rock them with leggings or thigh high boots, sweater dresses are a simple way to stay warm and look fabulous. Check out this post for a range of knit dresses for any occasion all under $100!