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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

Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop Up Returns

I can’t even express how EXCITED I am to make this announcement. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen the incredible news. Thanks to a generous grant from the folks over at This Open Space, the Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up shop is returning this December 2017!

It has been my sincere pleasure to host this holiday pop up shop every year since 2014. I am so incredibly passionate about supporting minority-owned business and brands, and there’s no better way to do so than to support with our dollars.

There are so many minority-owned businesses popping up left and right and the internet has made it so much easier to launch successful brands overnight. But the lifespan of a minority-owned business isn’t as long because there are specific hurdles (like funding!) that get in the way of growth. Though passion is truly the foundation of a successful brand, money is an absolute requirement to keep it going. 

Check out this recap of Shop LoveBrownSugar 2015 Holiday Pop-Up

I have encountered so many amazing small businesses over the past 8 years since starting LoveBrownSugar. When I discover something beautiful, I have to share it with you all. That’s why I started my #BlackOnBlackFriday holiday shopping lists and it’s why I created Shop LoveBrownSugar. But last year, due to overwhelming costs and lack of funds, I opted out of producing the pop-up shop and instead launched ShopLoveBrownSugar.com. While you all loved the online shop, it wasn’t quite the same as the live NYC shopping experience. There’s nothing like seeing, touching, feeling and experiencing the brands in person.

So when This Open Space launched their $30K Space Fund business competition announcing that they would grant one First Place winner with $6K in space funding (i.e free venue!) I immediately applied with the hope that their Creative Council would see my vision and award me with the opportunity. Well, prayers were answered. I WON FIRST PLACE!! I won $6K to put towards a space to host Shop LoveBrownsSugar in NYC. I’m so incredibly grateful. Words can’t express how honored I am. And thanks to this generous grant, I can offer General Admission tickets for FREE!

Wanna join us in NYC for Shop LoveBrownSugar? Get your FREE tickets here:

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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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#ShopLoveBrownSugar “People’s Choice” Business Competition

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Hey folks! We’re gearing up for the #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up shop which is only 2 weeks away! In celebration of the shop and to encourage even more amazing budding entrepreneurs, we are kicking off the First AnnualPeople‘s Choice” Business Competition! Typically, the Shop LoveBrownSugar vendors are handpicked by me. I feature brands that I’ve fallen in love with, whose owners cater to the LoveBrownSugar girl and whom embody what Shop LoveBrownSugar is all about – empowering and inspiring entrepreneurship.

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For the first time ever, I’m allowing YOU the opportunity to vote to have a brand featured at Shop LoveBrownSugar on Sunday, December 6th! One winning business will receive a FREE vending space at our amazing venue (Midtown Loft & Terrace), an exclusive feature on LoveBrownSugar.com and a one hour consulting session + custom designed vendor booth provided by Obi Nwabuzor of O. N. Event Planning.

So now it’s on you! Take a look at our 4 finalists and cast your vote:

1. Mae B

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Mae B is a lifestyle brand dedicated to creating positive imagery and well made products for women of color. Mae B was founded in 2013, by Bianca Lambert after growing tired of not finding stationery that represented her as a woman of color and devoted fashionista. The brand has since expanded into travel accessories, home goods, and much more. Mae B is named in honor of Bianca’s late grandmother, Ivory Mae and Bianca is the B.

Check them out here: http://www.MaeBonline.com

2. Harlem Soap

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Harlem Soap is an all-natural cold process Goat’s milk bar soap brand based in Harlem, New York. All Harlem Soap ingredients come from sustainable companies located in the USA. Our soaps are handmade in batches of 180 bars to ensure quality. Owner Jammie Waldron created the brand as a means to remediate his eczema and soon began gifting to friends and family to rave reviews. He decided to turn Harlem Soap into a brand and began selling the soap from his home online last November and within a year has grown incredibly. Harlem Soap was feature as a premiere product in the CurlBOX inaugural “Body Box”, is now sold in 9 stores across the country and recently debuted on the shelves of New York’s West Elm stores.

Check them out here: http://www.harlemsoap.com

3. Effie’s Paper

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Effie’s Paper :: Stationery&Whatnot is an online stationery company specializing in modern stationery, desk accessories and travel mugs for busy professionals, students, mommies and social butterflies. We make products that make your heart leap! Founded by lifestyle guru and noted author, Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper products automatically make your work space and correspondence more stylish and chic. Our products are created for those who love pretty things and enjoy sending and receiving beautifully-designed, hand-written notes. Kalyn believes that the only thing better than receiving a hand-written note in the mail, is having the perfect stationery to write notes to friends and loved ones! Kalyn’s creative juices are flowing; stay tuned as we continue add new styles and designs to our ever-expanding collection.

Check them out here: http://www.effiespaper.com

4. RAW (Recognize A Woman) Handbags

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RAW (Recognize A Woman) Handbags was established March 2015 by Charnae’ Stanley, a Morgan State University Alumna. RAW Handbags are handmade handbags designed for women to; Wear fearlessly, Spread womanhood and Inspire other women to be phenomenal. The concept of RAW is to empower and encourage female unity, empowerment and perseverance through fashion. Each and every handbag is named after a powerful, iconic woman in the world. Char wants consumers to feel a connection with their RAW bag from the inspiration and accomplishments of the woman it is named after. RAW is based out of NYC, expanding into the DMV, ATL and LA market in the near future.

Check them out here: http://www.rawhandbags.bigcartel.com

So, who do you want to see featured at Shop LoveBrownSugar? Vote now!

 

The business competition will run between Monday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 29th. Final winner will be announced on Monday, November 30th! Share this link to get your favorite business featured!

 

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Kickin’ It: Shop LoveBrownSugar Pop-Up Shop + 5 Year Anniversary

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Words can’t express how happy I am to have made it successfully for 5 years as a blogger. When I first started this blog, I could never have told you that I would be where I am now. Doing what I love, making women of all shapes, sizes and colors recognize their true beauty and using my platform to pave the way for other people in my community.

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This past Saturday, December 13th at the Dumbo Loft in downtown Brooklyn, NY I invited you all out to celebrate with me and to support fellow entrepreneurs who I love with my Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up shop presented by Beautiful Textures. Not only did my NYC family come out and support me but we had such an amazing time! So of course I have to recap for you all we got into:

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Beautiful Textures, as Presenting Sponsor, set up a really amazing #GlamWonderland complete with a sweet treats bar, free product giveaways, a mini holiday tree and a really fun photobooth!

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 They gave away tons of free products and really set the fun and inviting atmosphere for the celebration.

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Guests were able to take pictures in the photobooth and score some pretty awesome prizes and gifts.

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I know BabyBrownSugar and I aren’t the only ones who enjoyed ourselves in the photobooth!

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Guests were treated to cocktails provided by The Most Romantic Wine. The specialty cocktail of the day was the “Liquid Mistletoe” which included a mix of wine and ginger beer. These cocktails were SO good and Icewine is a really great dessert wine that makes the perfect gift. (stay tuned for a giveaway from them during 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar)

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Light bites, or should I say delicious awesomeness, was served up fresh courtesy our catering sponsor Sweet Potatoes (New Rochelle). They cooked up some really delicious southern cuisine including catfish bites, turkey meatballs, chicken wings, red velvet cupcakes and of course their world famous sweet potato pies! I can still taste them – SO good.

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Makeup touch-ups were provided by cosmetics company Shades by GAL.

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They are responsible for my beautiful makeup look for the day and also for makeup touch-ups on many of my attendees!

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Guest were also treated to a nail bar featuring mini manicures so they could leave even prettier than they came.

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Sounds were provided by DJ Kraff who had the crowd jumping all day long.

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Our vendors were so awesome and of course sold the LoveBrownSugar Limited Edition items at the pop-up shop.

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Find out more about the Limited Edition Collections here.

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Very grateful to have presented each of these amazing businesses who sold at the pop-up shop in addition to other vendors like 84 Gem, Nick Knacks and Ola’s Beautique who I didn’t collab with but who really helped to round out the pop-up shop with their super cute items!

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I had to pose with illustrator and entrepreneur Dana Bly of Pardon My Fro who designed this super cute illustration based on me & baby girl.

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I have this pillow sitting in my office and every time I look at it, I smile!

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Vendors also supported each other which was so beautiful! Dana wore a wrap that day from The Wrap Life. And Michelle of LLULO stopped by Dana’s booth to support and purchase prints. I thought this was so beautiful and helped re-emphasize the importance of us all supporting each other.

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TNEMNRODA was on the scene sharing her luxe sunnies with shoppers.

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The Limited Edition LoveBrownSugar x Belle Butters collab was a HUGE hit. Everyone was walking around smelling themselves. It smells SO good!

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Very happy that Tasha Burton of Belle Butters came all the way up from Ferguson, Missouri to be with us for the pop-up shop.

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Everyone was inspired by Inspirado.co’s mugs, posters and inspirational home decor.

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The ladies of The Wrap Life were quite popular and I know quite a few people who stuffed their bags with pretty head wraps.

Shop LoveBrownSugar Sponsor

Each guest walked away with a deluxe VIP swag bag courtesy my amazing gift bag sponsors including: Neutrogena™ Wrinkle Repair Cream (full size), Doo Bop makeup bag (valued at $20), Cantu Shea Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream (full size), EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi and Coconut Shea Deep Conditioner sample packs, Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Deep Conditioning Masque (full size), Beautiful Textures product samples and Ancient African Formula skin and hair products. It was pretty friggin’ amazing. I gotta say it.

LoveBrownSugar Staff Members

I have to shoutout my wonderful LoveBrownSugar.com staff for showing up and supporting! Thanks Savonne, Fatima, and Keyaira for all your help!

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I’m so thankful also to all my family, blogger boos and close friends who came out to the event.

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And to all of YOU beautiful readers who purchased tickets and shopped – thank YOU! We couldn’t have done it without you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you can relive the excitement via the recap video below: