2020 Small Business Holiday Shopping List

The holiday shopping season is officially upon us and while it may be tempting to just get it all done with Amazon, this year more than ever, we really should consider shopping small and local for our gifts. After all these are the businesses that were hit the hardest with the pandemic and they need support.  So with that in mind, here are some of my favorites that I’ve shopped before and thought you may love as well.

1.) Rebel Moon Magic Candles

This is a brand started by my best friend, Brooke (@rebelbmagick) who is also the inspiration behind this post. She launched this small business at the very start of the pandemic with her first two candles being just the beginning of what she plans to offer so be sure to follow her on IG to see what RMM releases next.

Though I plan to get “Magick” sometime soon, “Moon Petal” is my personal favorite. I have it on my desk and light it whenever I need to wind down from a stressful work day. If you’re looking for a luxury gift for that virtual Secret Santa or even if you want to treat yourself make sure to get one of these.

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Dressed to Chill

When it comes to spending the holidays at home, with just my immediate family, I tend to go for something simple. Not because the occasion isn’t special, but since most of my relatives actually live in Panama we really don’t go all out like most other (Latinx) families do. We keep things pretty low key, unless we invite some friends over, and this year was no different.

Just sitting around reading a book and drinking tea until it was time to cook.

This is why I went with complete comfort over style with this year’s Thanksgiving outfit – just a cute knit sweater and leggings.  I am currently obsessed with this plum/grape shade of purple and Torrid seems to be the one place that actually has anything in this color in my size so this drop shoulder cable knit tunic-length sweater was at the top of my “must buy” list as soon as I saw it online. Other than the color,  I really love the strappy lace up front detail that brings some sass to what would otherwise be considered a fumpy top. Unfortunately this sweater is sold out in this color but the style is still available in black in limited sizes.

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Golden Hour Royal Treatment

Since quarantine started, I’ve taken to shopping  for more lounge and sleepwear as I rarely leave the house now. This changed once fall came around and I found myself styling more outfits even if it is just to go around the corner to pick up something from the supermarket. And I’ll admit that sometimes I over do it, like this time, but its still nice to dress up every once in a while, even if you literally have no special event or place to go. 

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Curl Definition and Color – Review of CURLSMITH Hair Makeup

It didn’t take very long for me to start playing around with my hair once Quarantine started. For one thing I cut my hair a grand total of 7 times, though to be clear these weren’t big chops but rather small cuts to give my hair a different shape. I managed to give myself some sort of layers which was a nice change of pace as I’ve had the same asymmetrical hair cut since 2016 –  being shorter in the back and longer in the front.

I’ve since decided to grow out my hair, if only to try something new. I also got my first ever dry hair cut at the Miss Rizos Salon in Manhattan the weekend before last, (and I will be sharing that experience on the blog soon as well),  however, that (final, for now) hair cut provided me with more traditional layers and greater volume, so I basically have a new canvas to play with and that also got me to trying CURLSMITH’s  Hair Make up for the second time. Yup, second time, but we’ll get to that.

If you haven’t already heard about CURLSMITH’s  Hair Make up it is a temporary color and styling gel all in one, created specifically for curls. It does NOT dye your hair, but provides a layer of color pigment around hair strands that will wash off with water and shampoo. As someone who loves hair color but doesn’t like the commitment and is scared of bleach ruining my curl pattern, this sounded like an amazing product that would allow me to play a bit with color without much consequence. How did it go? Well, let’s just say it had its highs and lows so I’m sharing them with you today just in case you’re looking to trying something new with your own hair while we are still in this Quarantine/Lockdown period. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. 

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