Shop BIPOC-owned Businesses

As we’re upon the season of holiday shopping, I have been focusing my gift-buying and wishlisting on small businesses. As I’ve been compiling my lists, I felt these businesses would be great to share with you all as you also navigate this season. 🙂

I’m kicking off this series of lists with businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Please feel free to comment on this post or contact me if you have any additions!

Art

  • BubbleSort Zines are a monthly zine series filled with stories and hand-drawn art and diagrams. Their store offers not just zines, but apparel and pins, too!
  • Anaya Paints sells prints and t-shirts illustrated by Ananya Rao-Middleton, with a lot of them chronically ill themed.
  • Made With Care sells custom hand lettered magnets, prints, and more.
  • Fifty5 and Dime sells Disney-inspired cards.

Food-related

Health & Beauty

  • Ginger + Liz, a company started by two Black women, sells vegan-friendly and toxic-free nail polishes.
  • Nola Skinsentials makes skin products for melanin based skintones.
  • Vive Cosmetics is a Latina-owned and operated beauty brand. Their lipsticks stay on under face masks!
  • Shop Latinx is a marketplace of lifestyle, beauty, and fashion products.

Housewares

  • EcoVibe is a sustainable lifestyle brand selling plants, home decor, apparel, and gifts
  • Melanie Abrantes Designs offers handmade and sustainable products, kits and classes for woodworking.
  • Nipomo sells blankets, totes, and many other wares from traditional makers throughout Mexico.
  • Wing On Wo & Co. is the oldest operating store in NYC’s Chinatown bringing you the best quality porcelain ware since 1890.
  • Saffron offers beautiful flowers, wares, and art.

Kids

Productivity

  • Passion Planner, my personal favorite paper planner, was founded by Angela Trinidad, a Filipinx artist and entrepreneur.

Wearables

  • The Wrap Life is a Black-owned business that believes that wearing head wraps is for everyone, because it has always been for everyone.
  • David Quarles IV designs jewelry — “culturally inspired design that speaks from the soul”.
  • Hija de tu Madre celebrates the beautiful mess that is being Latina and Latinx. Mainly apparel and jewelry, but also offering goods for your desk and some beauty products.
  • Lingua Nigra offers jewelry with rich textures, vibrant colors and meaningful design
  • KAFI KAFi CO. has beautifully designed scarves, ceramics, and art.
  • Brass Arrow by Noel Bennetto, who is an Indigenous American artist that creates hand-made/hand-dyed apparel, jewelry, and more. She makes many of her items according to the Moon cycle.
  • Warren Steven Scott, a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, is a fashion designer that offers earrings on his site.

Variety

  • The B.YELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE supports Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous creatives. They believe in sharing art, fashion, and design to uplift Indigenous peoples.
  • Amano Seattle creates Mexican and Latino inspired crafts, gifts, art, and jewelry.
  • Art by Ciara sells original stickers, earrings, art prints, socks, greetings cards, enamel pins, and bandanas. Ciara’s art rooted her culture and the beautiful island of Guam.
  • Mau Loa Aloha sells a variety of face masks, as well as Hawaii-inspired jewelry, housewares, and shirts.

Additional Resources

Memory Card

With all the talk about the PS5, and Timehop presenting me with these photos this week, I thought it’d be cool to share them as a Wayback Wednesday post. Hard to believe that this was 14 years ago!

Being a part of the PS3 launch event was pretty fun, and everything I expected it to be — a bunch of geeks camping out to get a glimpse of the new shiny toy, with lots of fanfare.

As Time Goes By

As much as I resisted admitting this for a long time, I think it’s time to call a moratorium on my 2019 in Review project. I got really stuck on June 2019 because that was a really hard month, mainly because that is when we said goodbye to our sweet Ginger.

It was also a bit challenging for me during this time of pandemic to look back at a completely different time and yearn for the “old normal”. Time to embrace my new normal.

Speaking of normal, I would like to make blogging a regular, normal habit again. I am considering this post as the marker of a new chapter. Here we go again!

May 2019

Yet another post for my “2019 in Review” series! May of 2019 was fairly uneventful, which was welcome after a busy few months. I’ll share a few photos from that month with captions.

Food and drink almost always merits its own section, though. 🙂

April 2019

Picking up again on my “Year in Review” series for 2019. April started with a trip to London. I tried some new things, as well as enjoyed some time at home.

London, UK

At the beginning of the month, I took a work trip to London — my first time there!

I took a personal day at the end of my trip to explore London on my own, and visit museums! I took a LOT of photos of the exhibits so I could remember them, but I won’t share them all here — you can see them in my full trip album.

My friend Sarah happened to be in London at the same time, so we met up for dinner at The Botanist!

I then explore a little more on my own, walking around Covent Garden, then made my way to the London Cocktail Club. I happened to be there during happy hour, so they gave me two of the cocktail I ordered (a white negroni).

I had to leave early the next morning for my flight home, so I made my way back to my hotel. But before calling it a night, I had to stop by Platform 9-3/4 one more time to take a crucial photo.

Early the next morning, I walked through a practically empty tube station to make my way back to Paddington Station. Of course, I had to say hello to my friend before hopping on the train back to the airport.

Modular Synth Class

In a quest to try something new, decided to take a beginning class on modular synths at The Synth Library. It was an interesting experience, but I’m not sure if continuing with it as a hobby fits into my lifestyle and schedule right now.

Dining Out

We went to Yonder multiple times, as it had recently opened (and I was a Kickstarter backer)! In April, we also tried Radar for brunch (which we enjoyed), The Garrison for happy hour, SuperDeluxe for a casual dinner, and Eem for some delicious Thai BBQ and tiki cocktails.

Cooking

Because of travel and general busy-ness, I didn’t cook a whole lot in April. I wanted to use up some offerings from our meat CSA, so I cooked some leg of lamb and steaks later in the month.

Miscellaneous

Other photos from April without much context: