Posts in Black Owned Businesses
Defoe Studio

I’ve been a fan of illustrator Sherrill Defoe for a  few years now. Her work exudes girl power and I’ve got plans to add her work to my place soon.

One of my favorite things she just released is her 1800-DONT-TOUCH-MY-HAIR iron-on patch. Below are my top picks from her shop, check her out!

Love, TL Hayden

I use coconut oil for everything, hair, body, teeth, lol. It’s so useful. That poster of the girls, is going up in my apartment somewhere... I just haven’t figured out where. That patch is going on a hat or jacket if it doesn’t sell out before I can get my hands on one, and one of those stickers needs to be posted in my notebook💕 Like anything you see? Click below to visit her shop.

Cashmere Nicole’s Beauty Bakerie

I’m in love with Beauty Bakerie’s entire brand from the look to the sweet packaging. They are also another brand on my Christmas list. Hopefully, the hubs is reading this because I’d like a few of their treats in my stocking.

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Illustration by my girl Fisayo of LoveohLou.com

Beauty Bakerie is a banging black owned business founded by Cashmere Nicole, another plus in my book, because I’m always down to shop for the culture. She has survived many setbacks before getting to where she is now and a total inspiration to not give up. She’s a breast cancer survivor and a single mother.

I don’t even wear makeup like that, but when I see cool packaging, I swear it makes me want to purchase it, whether I’m going to use it or not. To be honest tho, their lip whip gloss and cake mix foundation is what had me at hello.

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So, here’s another cool brand to love and support during the holidays. Treat yourself or gift to a friend or family member. I’ve got a couple of make up lovers and make up artists on my list who I know I could snag a few things for.

You can shop on line for Beauty Bakerie or find them at Sephora. Take a look!

Love, TL Hayden

Greet Street Hip Hop Cards

Happy Hump Day! Ready to support a small business. Greet Street is offering all of my readers 20% off their entire order using my promo code 'LOVETLHAYDEN'

I love these cards, the illustrations, and the fresh take on Hip Hop music and movies. These days, I think people (especially millennials), are rarely into greeting cards. These are different and made all for the culture. If you want to be unique and give someone something they can really understand, laugh at, trip off of, these are it. They are less likely to be thrown away too. There’s more available in their shop but here are my favorites below.

Don’t forget to receive 20% off your entire order using my promo code 'LOVETLHAYDEN'

Love, TL Hayden

Shop Love Frankie Tees & Things

I love comfy graphic tees! I mean duh, I have a shop of my own full of them. Besides that, I love finding cute ones made by others too. Today, I’m picking my top favorite girly vinyl tees and things made by Jessica of Love Frankie Studio in Clarksville, Tennessee. Just like I, Jessica is a mom of two and a designer of a tee/accessory brand. I always love when I find a creative momma to support. Shopping from them means you’re supporting an entrepreneur and the future generation as well. Here are my favorite things below.

What’s your favorite tee? I can see my future first buy being “BOUGIE SPICE” or “SISTERHOOD OF HOTMESS MOMS”

Love Frankie Studio also has these cute iridescent keychain letters…

If that’s not enough, you can find these cool pouches too.

And if you prefer to have your own name or quote on something, she can do that too, if you ask.

Love, TL Hayden

She's The Business: Meet Erion Knighton of Cookie Sticker Co.

"THIS WORLD IS FULL OF CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS, BOSS LADIES, AND MOMPRENURS WHO'VE MADE THE DECISION TO DO WHAT THEY LOVE. I KNOW, BECAUSE I GET TO WORK WITH SOME OF THEM EVERYDAY. THIS SERIES OF MY DIARY IS ALL ABOUT SHEDDING A LIGHT ON THEM AND BRINGING SOME INSPIRATION TO GIRLBOSSES EVERYWHERE." - TL HAYDEN

 

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WHAT DO YOU DO?


I create beautiful planner goodies for women of color. When I first opened Cookie Sticker Co. my main focus was functional planner stickers. Since my opening I have grown immensely, and have expanded my shop to other items. I am now the owner of the very first washi line for women of color.

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?

I have always loved planners but I never knew how I could make my mark on the planner community. As I got older I noticed the lack of representation for women of color and decided that I wanted to change that. It all started with a wash day sticker that became very popular, I now have over 90 listings, 1000+ sales, and 200+ 5 star reviews in less than 6 months. 

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HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

I am very passionate about my craft. I literally dream about things that I want to create. Often times I will awake from my sleep and jot down the ideas going through my head. 

WAS THERE EVER A TIME YOU WANTED TO QUIT?

Once the shop got consistent sales it got a bit overwhelming. Creating stickers is a lot of hard work and it began to feel more like a 9-5. I got to a point where I was so drained for processing orders until 3am that I started to question if this was worth it. switching products saved my business. 
 

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ANOTHER YOUNG WOMAN WANTING TO START HER OWN BUSINESS?

Never give up on yourself and move in silence! I keep a very small circle. New products and ideas are shared with my husband, sister, and mom. No one else is privy to information until I have mentally prepared to share with the world. You have to trust yourself and do what's best for you! 
 

HOW DO YOU STAY ORGANIZED TO KEEP YOUR BUSINESS FLOWING?

That is a good question. I am pretty horrible at being organized honestly. It isn't my strongest point. I have created a few excel spreadsheets to keep inventory and orders organized and I use calendars to try and keep my release dates consistent.

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WHATS YOUR FAVORITE APP TO USE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

DATA EXPORT! I am a data and excel nerd! I love reports and this app has everything I need to export my data. Their customer service is amazing. I had a custom report built and it took just a few minutes. They respond quickly and are so pleasant. The reports keep me in my comfort zone. I work as an auditor in my 9-5 and have been using excel daily for the past 4 years. 

WHATS YOUR FAVORITE WORD, QUOTE, OR VERSE, FOR THIS YEAR AND WHY?


"I use the negativity to fuel the transportation into a better me" - Beyoncé 

This quote so perfectly reflects where I am right now. I've had a few people waiting for me to fail but it only made me stronger.

Love, Erion Knighton

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