Black Owned Brands You Should Know
Happy MLK day you guys! How’re we feeling a few weeks into the new year? I’ll admit it’s been a slow start on some of my goals this year. The grey days in Michigan make things like getting back on my 9-5 schedule and eating healthier a real struggle. One of the resolutions I have been nailing in 2021 is supporting black businesses! I know with the holidays and cities going back into quarantine you might have fell off the wagon with the buying black owned energy that rose in the summer and it’s all good! It happens. I’ll be the first to remind you that it’s not about perfection in this case but progress. To help you get back on track and save you from having to search every nook and cranny of the internet I’ll be continually putting together posts sharing black owned lifestyle brands that align with my style and beliefs for you to put on your radar!
1. Pressed by Ci
I know I’m not the only one who feels like a brand new woman when her nails are done! While I normally paint my own nails, I’ve really been into nail art which I unfortunately can’t seem to master myself. That’s where Pressed by Ci comes in. Instead of spending hours and tons of money at the salon she’s created beautiful, reusable press on nails in a variety of fun designs and shapes at a reasonable price. So if you’re wanting to step up your nail game definitely check her site out!
A good pair of hoops is something I always find myself reaching for to finish off an outfit. Not only does Hoop Mobb sell different sizes, shapes and patterns of hoops they also have accessories you can add to your hoops! So no matter your style there’s definitely have something that works for you.
3. Girl Next Door
Honestly, finding black owned brand with style that aligns with mine has been difficult. As you guys probably can tell by looking at my outfits I’m not really a graphic tee/sweatshirt kinda girl so when I stumbled across Girl Next Door it was a breath of fresh air. I love what Synahia stands for! Not only does she carry fashion forward styles but at prices points similar to places like H&M or ASOS.
I discovered Alaffia thanks to the Secret Santa my sorority sisters put together for Christmas. The girl I was getting gifts for asked for a bunch of products from them which made me wonder what the hype was about. Founded by a man from Togo, West Africa their products go beyond giving you healthy skin and hair. Whenever you buy a product from them you’re also supporting families in Togo as part of the proceeds help pay for maternal care, school supplies, transportation, glasses and reforestation!
5. Flutter T Minks
I’m really minimal when it comes to beauty. I had acne in college and relied on makeup heavily to cover up it up. I was so self conscious about it I would sleep in my foundation because I didn’t want any one to see my pimples which only made my skin worse. Wearing makeup consistantly over the years made me I hate my make-up less reflection. Finally got to a point where I was tired of feeling like I needed makeup and just wanted to love myself, not just the done up verson. So I decided to stop wearing makeup. Not to work, not for a night out, not for the blog. And it was the best thing I could’ve done for myself. I dealt with all the false narratives I had made about not being able to be beautiful because I didn’t have clear skin or that my worth as a person was tied to my looks in the first place. Plus my skin was able to get a break so most of my acne was gone. Now if I do choose to wear makeup, unless it’s for a brand collab, I usually just through on some brow gel, false lashes and a lip gloss. It was actually fellow blogger Nadia who put me on to Flutter T Minks which is a black owned eyelash brand. I recently bought their Fuego and Bad Gyal lashes and can’t wait to show them off!
6. Love Cortnie
If you love statement bags then Love Cortnie is the place for you! I have two clutches from here, both of which are leopard print, that I’ve had for almost 5 years now. They go with just about everything and always pack a punch. See how I styled them here and here. What I love about her is that she makes unique yet functional bags that are sure to turn heads!
7. Emmalyn Love
Another great place to find stylish clothing is Emmalyn Love. What I like is that she has sells more classic pieces that can be dressed up for the office or worn as is to lounge around the house. If you’re looking for good basics this is the place for you.
8. Bria Paints
Lowkey I’m mad I ran across Bria Paints after I picked out art for my gallery wall because she has all kinds of amazing, empowering pieces. I especially love that you can get some canvases as is or as a sets of three so you can have a more customized piece for your space.
I’m curious to know, what are some black owned purchases you’ve made recently? Comment below!
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