It’s Shop Small Saturday!💃🏽 A yearly initiative that celebrates and supports small businesses everywhere! As consumers, we practically throw our money at big-box retailers, especially during the holidays. Nothing wrong with that, trust me I have a major Target addiction too! However, the idea behind Shopping Small is to put money back into our local communities and support the dreams of small business owners. According to the Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles– small businesses have created more than 43,836 jobs in the state of Illinois alone! See why it’s so important for us to show small biz some love? Here are a few of my favorite small businesses that are run by some of the dopest women of color in the game. Check them out and get your small shopping on!
Created by sisters Letisha and Zeena Brown, Brown + Coconut is a 100% plant-based and non-GMO skin care line. The sisters started their line a few years ago when they ditched their chemically laden skin care products in hopes of clearing up their severe acne. Clear up their acne they did! But they didn’t want to stop there. They decided to share their love for all natural skin care with the world and the rest is history! Brown + Coconut is one of my all-time favorite skin care lines. I legit cannot get enough of their Hibiscus Cleansing Grains! I use it as both a mask and an exfoliator and my skin couldn’t be happier! They have all kind of goodies including cleansing oils, body butters, and facial masks. Head on over and get 20% off any full-size product when you use code: THANKFUL20 and tell them Jess sent cha! 😎 (excludes beauty boxes and sample sizes.) Sale ends Tuesday 11/28.
Brown + Coconut Owners; Letisha + Zeena Brown
This might be a little TMI but I absolutely hate to shave. The ingrown hair, the razor burn, the hair growing back at a rapid pace–it’s just all too much for me! One day earlier this summer I was listening to an episode of Being Boss and the owner of Oui Shave, Karen Young, was being interviewed and it was like she knew my whole life story! Hailing from Brooklyn; she told the story of how much she hated shaving. From terrible razor burn thanks to those infamous little pink razors. To learning that most shaving creams are chalked full of harmful ingredients–Karen was over it. So she set out to find a solution. She wanted gorgeous, hairless, healthy skin but couldn’t quite find what she was looking for at the store. That’s when she fell in love with the safety razor.
According to Karen– a Safety Razor is a single blade engineered to be irritation free. A tool that’s balanced and weighted to make shaving a pleasure. A razor that is built to last. This is for curves and angles. This is for the girls who want to show up for their lives- minus the razor burn.
On the episode, Karen shares that once she started using a safety razor her ingrown hairs, razor burns and irritation went completely away. So she did what any woman making boss moves would do– she created a business! Oui Shave not only offers stunning single blade razors but skin care products like the After Shave Toner + The Bikini Body Brightening Balm.
Get your hands on a Luxurious 24K Gold Plated Safety Razor (also available in Rose Gold) and step your shaving game up. Buy separately or in sets with the Oui Shave Skin Care line. Hurry up and get your shop on, Preorders ship out Nov. 30th! P.S. — A percentage of your purchase will go to “Not For Sale” an organization working to end sexual slavery and forced labor. Go support now!
Oui Shave Owner, Karen Young
If there is one thing in my wardrobe that gets a ton of compliments whenever I go out, it’s my Sideways “J” Necklace from Love Peridot! If you’re anything like me and you are a major sucker for accessories than Love Peridot is right up your alley! Love Peridot is an online boutique that carries gorgeous statement necklaces, dainty rings and tings, and bomb lifestyle products. Created by accessories fanatic, D’cher; Love Peridot is my favorite spot to shop for gifts for my girls and new pieces for me. D created her online business just shy of two years ago and has already taken Chicago by storm. You can check out her recent feature on Windy City Live!
I decided to “go for it” and create online access to affordable, chic statement pieces and what I like to call lifestyle essentials. Combine a love of accessories + an obsession with the month of August and Love Peridot was born. It is my mission to make you feel empowered with each piece that you purchase from Love Peridot. -D’Cher
Take a peek at some of my favorite items that i’ll be purchasing this Shop Small Saturday!
Fearless Bangle $22 // Hustle Water Bottle $28 // Hustle Key Chain $16 // Jet Set Go Luggage Tage $18 // Marble Passport Cover $18 // Ella Link Necklace $72 *Free shipping on all orders $50 +
Love Peridot Owner, D’Cher
If you’re in the Chicago area, come shopping with me! I’ll be swinging by The Small Business Saturday Day Party at Shop Stand Out Style Boutique and guess what? D’Cher will be in the building selling some of her goodies! The event is Free and there will be cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, beauty demos and other dope girl bosses that you can get your shop on with! Register here for your free ticket! See you there!
I wish I could list every single small business I adore in this piece, but there are just way too many amazingly talented women running ish! Which is a good problem to have! Whatever you do, make sure you go out and support a small business today.
Dipped In Sparkle Joy Letter Set $32- Brown Stone Closets // Mommy + Me Gift $70- Pretty Brown Box //Palm Frond Card Holder $30- Rkitekt // Living Over Existing $18- Alisha Nicole //She Didn’t Quit She Prayed Tote $18 -The Faith Source Shop // Citrus Lip Balm $3.50- Oh Honey Skin Care
This post was written by me– Jessica Lauren, the blogger behind #NRJ. I live in Chicago and I am super passionate about encouraging women to become Dreamers + Doers. Have any questions, want to say hi or interested in brand sponsorship? Shoot me an email over at Hello@NoRealJewelry.Com