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Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop Up 2017 Recap

I am still on a high from this past weekend’s Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop Up Shop. As the third annual event of its kind, the 2017 rendition was bigger and better than ever. Hosted at The Mezzanine in downtown NYC, the snow didn’t stop you guys from coming out and supporting minority-owned businesses for the holidays and I am SO honored that I could host this event for another year. Here are a few of the highlights:

Our title sponsors had amazing VIP beauty services for our guests including makeup touch-ups, hair touch-ups and free giveaways. 

IMAN Cosmetics debuted some of their newest items from the collection they curated in partnership with the Proud Mary film. They also had some of their classic items and bestsellers. Those matte lippies? So bomb! If you haven’t already, check out my Holiday Beauty How-To Featuring IMAN Cosmetics.

Here one of their artists does a fierce touch-up for me during the event. Flawless look and their products compliment brown skin so beautifully.

CURLS offered free hair touch-ups in their VIP suite, and also had a bomb gif photobooth that guests were able to use to snap fun videos at the event.

They also gave away free samples of their Blueberry Bliss Leave-In (smells so good and works WONDERS!)

DJ Rubadub was on the 1’s and 2’s and she ROCKED it!

We had an amazing group of editors and digital influencers who came through to support. There are SO many to thank for their support. It feels good knowing people will trek out in the snow to support something you believe in.

Our vendors sell some of the coolest products you could possibly place under the Christmas tree.

They are so incredibly creative, and I feel blessed that they were part of this event offering some of their amazing creations to customers.

From beauty products to crafts to journals and jewelry. There was such a great variety of items at price points for everyone on your list.

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram @LoveBrownSugar because tomorrow at 9pm, I’ll be hosting an IG Live session with a “Holiday Gift Guide” featuring products from these brands.

I know many of you who don’t live in the NYC area wanted to support but couldn’t make it, so this my way of hosting a virtual shop so you can see and support the brands from at home!

There will be giveaways and exclusive deals just for LoveBrownSugar followers from some of these brands, so save the date & time and tune in for some fun!

Very special thanks to This Open Space for allowing this event to take place, by way of their Space Fund business competition. Winning first place in that competition was just the boost I needed to bring this event series back to NYC and support budding creative entrepreneurs display their talents. I’m beyond grateful for the support.

For more pictures from Shop LoveBrownSugar 2017, click HERE for the album on Facebook!

Want to try This Open Space to book a space of your own? Use my referral link to get $25 OFF your first booking: http://fbuy.me/gT0gj

Photography by Kolin Mendez | Videography by Joe Chea

Must-Have Easy Holiday Gift Ideas


Around holiday time, it can be really tricky when you’re shopping for friends and family. There are so many options out there and staying under budget can be a challenge. My problem is always going into a store to shop items for my loved ones and coming out of the store with bags on bags for myself!! It’s a TRAP I tell ya! Anyway, I partnered up with TheOutfit.com and JCPenney to show you guys how to get chic and timeless gifts for friends and family without breaking the bank. Here’s the first quick and easy idea:

Get High Tech 


Headphones are the quintessential gift for pretty much anyone on your list. Who doesn’t like music? These are perfect for anyone who commutes, travels often or simply wants to shut out noise from the outside world. Get ahead of the game and go wireless. They will love you forever (or until invisible headphones are invented).

Check out the full list of my quick & easy holiday gift suggestions by clicking over to TheOutfit.com

This post is sponsored by JCPenney in partnership with TheOutfit. All opinions expressed here are my own and not those of the company.


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


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.

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LBS Ultimate Gift Guide: 10 Stylish Stocking Stuffers


The days are dwindling down, but that does not mean it is too late to purchase gifts. Stocking stuffers are quick and simple ways to give gifts without breaking your pockets. Whether it’s for a co-worker or your best friend, you can never go wrong with stocking stuffers! Check out 10 amazingly stylish stocking stuffers everyone will wish they had.

1. Bag Charm



Bag charms are definitely an IT factor this season. Whether you choose a tassel, pom pom, or even the persons initial, this simple accessory can change the look of an entire bag. The best part is you don’t have to spend a lot of money, and you may end up snagging one for yourself.

2. Fanm Djanm Headwrap



Every woman should own at least one head wrap. Why not be that person to give someone their first, second or even fifth head wrap. The Fanm Djanm head wrap is a simple, stylish and effective stocking stuffer that no one will deny!

Related: LBS Ultimate Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Beauty Junkie

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LBS Ultimate Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Beauty Junkie

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I love shopping for beauty lover’s during Christmas time. It gives me a chance to not only get something nice for them but to also scope out the market to see what’s new and trending. If you need to gift a beauty junkie this holiday season we have the perfect gift options below! From highlighters to brush kits and beauty blenders, the beauty junkie in your life will absolutely love the items listed below.

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LBS Chic: The Perfect Little Black Holiday Dress


Holiday season is upon us ladies! Break out your best sparkly heels, winter wonderland ‘fits and ugly sweaters because those holiday party invites are probably already piling up. You all know there’s nothing I love more than a little black dress. I blog about a new one every season, right? Well, get into my perfect little black holiday dress:


Well I’ve teamed up with online retailer Maurices to show you fashionistas how to simply and easily style a little black dress (this black lacy one I’m wearing is under $100!) for your next holiday celebration. This one is from their Plus collection and can easily be dressed up or down for an at-home celebration or even an office party, layered under a sharp white blazer and pumps.


One thing I love to do is entertain. Now that I have a new home, I’ve been hosting my friends for cocktails and such alot more often. Holiday season is the perfect excuse for some good ole girly shenanigans & holiday cheer at my place.


A lacy black dress like this one pops with metallic accessories. It’s not quite a party without silly #selfie props and bottles of bubbly, right?


Maurices also sent over a fun holiday box for me with special items perfect for holiday time – the perfect pale lavendar nail polish, a statement necklace and more.


So ladies, how do you all dress when entertaining friends and family for the holiday? Do you get decked out? Or keep it casual? Let me know!

SPECIAL: Because I love you. 20% off Maurices with discount code: THANKS20. Valid on single, regular priced purchases between 11/13/15-1/9/16! Y’all welcome.

Disclosure: Though this post is sponsored by Maurices, all opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.

3 Brown Girl Approved Holiday Make-Up Looks

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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.

Related:LBS Beauty Review: Essence Beauty Box

Natural Glam

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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.

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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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