iamMichelleRena’s Holiday Gift Guide
Happy Hump Day y’all! I am so excited for this week’s Dope Woman Wednesday feature because I get to share some of my favorite DOPE Black Female business owners and their products in my first holiday gift guide for the Dope Black Woman in your life!
Each of the businesses featured are owned by Black women and are a part of my regular shopping rotation. This is not a paid promotion, simply me showing love to some of the amazing Black owned businesses that I have the pleasure of supporting. I hope you enjoy shopping with them as I am sure that you will have an amazing customer service experience with every single one!
For all things fit and healthy... check out these fitness brands created by Dope Black Women!
Melvinesha McKinney is an educator who has taken her own personal health journey and launched a brand that focuses on bringing balance to others. Balance is not something you find it's something you create. We are here to help you create balance and help provide performance wear for all your fitness needs.
Grab the Balance Fit 360 signature gym bag at www.balancefit360.com
8Figured is more than a fitness brand; it’s a representation of one's worth. 8Figured is a lifestyle. It’s about accepting who you are and being an engineer of the body you were given. When my bestie, DeBlair Tate, started her fitness journey nearly two decades ago, she knew she was always destined for something bigger. From becoming Miss Georgia World PRO Fitness to creating her own line of activewear and fitness gear, DeBlair continues to change the game for everyone around her. I credit her with helping me to lose nearly 60 lbs in the midst of a global pandemic with her 6-week beast mode fitness challenge, as well as, making sure I was cute along the way. Check out her dope workout gear and activewear.
Shop this dope fitness collection at www.8figured.com
The Body Fix, is here to provide quality BODIED sauna & contouring garments at a reasonable price with amazing and prompt customer service! I started using the waist trainers and body sauna suits from The Body Fix Store at the start of my fitness journey in 2020 and it completely changed the way I sweat. I love it! Owned by my high school classmate Jamacia and her hubby, this company is one to watch!
Shop The Body Fix Store at www.shopthebodyfix.com
Some of my favorite curvy friendly online boutiques...
Oshun Boutique has become a staple in my home. If you open up my closet you will see that majority of my threads are from this shop. From jumpsuits to maxi dresses, to comfy sets and accessories, and even shapewear this shop has got it all at an affordable price! For all my plus size beauties, you may need to bookmark this one and sign up for text alerts so you never miss a drop! Items sell out fast and ship faster! Ola Clark is the owner and a true gem to shop with every single time!
Sonya Booker set out to create the IT Girl fashion destination in 2010 and has been changing the game ever since with Shop Sonyabees boutique. Her fashion sense takes flight and ensure every #SBBBABE is the hottest on the scene. Looking for a signature piece to turn heads...look no further!
Check out her newest arrivals www.shopsonyab.com
New to the scene, Just Jeans and Tees Clothing brand has become my online go to for jeans and as a curvy girl this is major! I love the cut and the amazing customer service! Looking for something casual? Comfortable? Sexy? Miss Nena Wells has got the goods and trust me you want them!
Shop... www. justjeansandteesclothing.co
For all things skin and body...
Give your skin the love it deserves with Sirobe skincare. All ingredients used are exactly how they are found in nature. The maturity of the flower, vegetable, or fruit is what plumps your skin full of minerals, natural oils, and nutrients. Sirobe has changed my entire life with her all natural skincare line. I went from wearing a full face of makeup since age 16 to now only doing my brows on most days. Her skincare line has given me the confidence to GLOW in my own skin. It really is hard to put it into words. If you're new to having a skincare routine, Sirobe's simple 3 step process of cleanse, tone, moisturize is a real life game changer. My whole family uses the Sirobe product line, including the hubby and kids.
Grab a Sirobe Spa Box and get your spa experience at home along with your essentials at www.sirobe.com
I started using natural soaps and deodorants two years ago at the suggestion of a friend and haven't turned back. My go to for the absolute best soaps is Herb'n Eden hands down! Made from all-natural products, Herb'n Eden products are plant-based, beneficial for all skin types, handcrafted, and non-toxic. Since the beginning of civilization herbs have aided in self-healing, so let your soap be your medicine and your medicine be your soap. Some of my faves include: South African Lavender, Oatmeal Honey, The everything bar, Neem and Chlorella, Rosemary and Lavender, and Vanilla Mint Coffee. You can not miss with these soaps!
Shop Herb'n Eden for your natural soap needs www.herbneden.com
If you know me or have ever watched any of the Tribe of Dope Black Women conversations, then you know important I believe Yoni/reproductive health to be. Yoni care is essential to overall health care and She Blends Natural, LLC is my go to for all things Yoni! All products are Handmade by Stephanie Dort-Brown, a Certified Birth/Postpartum Doula, and a Yoni specialist. She provides a holistic approach in healing oneself from the inside out. Ingredients are sourced from the Caribbean, Africa, Egypt, Asia, South America, and each product has been specially formulated for quick and lasting results. Treat your Yoni with a gift from the Yoni Goddess!
Shop SheBlends Natural www.sheblendsnatural.com
Candid Beauty is a Black owned cosmetic company developed by one of my favorite makeup artists, Brittany Ingram. Creating my favorite multi-use micro-powder that helps simplify my makeup routine with just one product. She is also the creator of my absolute favorite stay all day lippies.
Shop Candid beauty at www.beautybybrittany.biz/
For all things hair...
When my friend Ameka started her company a few years ago she probably didn't realize how much of a masterpiece she was creating but she totally did that. Strands of Faith is a beauty and lifestyle company built upon faith principles that formulates and creates rich, handcrafted, non-toxic products serving multi-cultural hair types with an emphasis on hydrating, revitalizing, and moisturizing the strands to healthy hair. The products help naturals to grow longer hair by retaining their length through moisturized strands. The products are free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, and paraffins. No use of pure coconut oil for those who may be indifferent to it.
Try out the Holy Grail Collection and trust me you will not be disappointed! www.strandsoffaith.com
The absolute best hair oil I have ever used comes from my sisterfriend, Niyoka Cime-King and her company Braided-Roots LLC! She prides herself on promoting healthy hair with tension free installs all while educating her clients on the up keep of their hair. Niyoka has her own braiding hair line and a nourishing hair oil that is top tier!
Grab some Cime nourishing hair oil and watch your hair blossom. www.braided-roots.com
Shaunell Kennard is a boss entrepreneur and the CEO of Koil LLC. Koil is the creator of my favorite edge control. As a natural girl it is essential that I have an edge control that holds and doesn't leave a residue. Koil's extra hold brown hair pomade has been the best for my 4C hair.
Try this out along with the full line of products offered at www.shopkoil.com
Whether you rock a wig, braids, or your natural hair, every girl needs a good bonnet to protect her hair. Texture Tamer Luxury Custom Satin Bonnets are customized to preserve hairstyles for all women. This product prevents dryness, matting, split ends, sparse edges and most importantly, stays on the entire night.
Shop the collection at www.divastyleseleganthair.com
Thoughtful gift ideas...
NinaBayandCo is a mother and daughter duo creating beautiful handmade originals. My good friend Schelli Jones sews & her mom Nina crotchets! They are passionate about their shop and ensuring that they provide only quality products. From custom bags using beautiful Ankara prints, team faves and desirable crochet items! Need a bag? NinaBayandCo is your answer!
Shop their Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/NinabayandCo
Bath and Body who??? Y'all...I have never burned a candle so smooth and calming. Sheeann candles are carefully handcrafted to perfection with love and passion. These candles are tested with every batch and each scent is carefully chosen creating nontoxic candles that are made with soy wax and phthalate free oils. Now you can enjoy mellow, vibrant smell throughout your home. Grab yourself some Sheeann!
Sweethoney’s LLC is a lifestyle and creative brand, aimed to offer inspiration and encouragement through uniquely designed coffee. My sweet Soror and friend Natoya took her love for coffee and mugs and created a brand that represents for the culture. Grab a mug and represent!
Shop Sweethoneys Designs here www.sweethoneysdesigns.com
Han.s.ee creator Sheena Hansbrough is half of a dynamic wife duo responsible for all sorts of dope creations. Sheena is an artist in every sense of the word and Han.s.ee is her baby. For all of your custom crochet needs. Check out my favorite crochet artist han.s.ee and all of her dope designs.
Looking for original Black art on canvas and on clothing? Kandyd.Art has it all. Kandyce Hansborough is the other half of the dynamic Hansbrough wife duo. Also an artist, Kandyce specializes in the visual aspects. Her original art pieces are a true representation of how dope and how amazingly talented she is.
Grab some original prints or represent for the melanin creative in a signature hoodie from Kandyd.Art. www.kandydart.com
Last, but certainly not least, is my friend Regina's dope Etsy shop. Looking for African American gift wrap, wrapping paper, gift boxes, holiday cards, planners, sweatshirts, earrings, or anything else for the culture? Holy Mother of Monkeys has everything you need to wrap up or create the perfect gift for any occasion. Everything is created by her for you! Check out my girl's Etsy shop for all of your gift giving needs!
Shop Holy Mother of Monkeys! www.etsy.com/shop/holymotherofmonkeys/
Be sure to share this gift guide and support these amazing Dope Black Women this holiday season!