Indie Biz Wish List

Hi readers, do you have a spare umbrella?

It has been raining all day in a very odd bout of winter weather. However, it is keeping with the whole not really feeling like Christmas atmosphere. So why not make another wish list? 😅 I don’t really like giving my money to places that already have a lot, so I’ve a couple of tags on the right there to share love and provide easy access for myself and others to these brands. Here’s some previously featured that would make great Christmas presents or stashed for a holiday down the road!

Urban | Wanderlust

I came across Judith Rojas’s URBAN | Wanderlust whilst perusing Shop Latinx for the second sharing of awesome finds from the directory. The soy vegan candles provide timeless quality, but if there’s a need for nativity, perhaps more seasonal scents like this Fraser Fir can help. Personally, I’d love to try the Bamboo Coconut.

Just Peachy

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Do you have an enamel pin collection? Just Peachy makes the cutest and most unique ones! Their shop is  perfect for the anime or video game hobbyist. And if you or a giftee prefers, Just Peachy is also home to apparel, hats (particularly some sassy berets), and other accessories. I love this mean chickie, and everyone must too because it’s hard to keep in stock! 

Honua

We’re all thinking about how our purchases can be (more) “green,” but have you thought about how they can be “blue”? I heard about it through this PopSugar story. Brands like Kapua Browning’s Hawaiian Honua are also focusing on how to reduce harm to the earth’s oceans.

Cambio & Co.

Cambio & Co. is a marketplace that connects Filipino artisans with the rest of the world. Its creators, Filipino-Canadian, Gelaine, with her partner, Jérôme, also made a directory for socially conscious businesses in the Philippines. It’s the first post I named in my Pinoy Picks series (I retroactively placed Rags2Riches in it).

Beauty Bakerie

Owned by Cashmere Nicole, Beauty Bakerie has become famous for their unmovable lipsticks. They offer other cosmetics which are vegan and don’t test on animals! When you shop at Beauty Bakerie, you support a black woman-owned business! I expand on the importance of this in my original post. An item from the shop is sure to be a great gift.

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hi readers, did your September fly by?

September 15th marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States which celebrates the contributions and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. It runs until October 15th. So it seemed a great reason for another installment of sharing some great finds from Shop Latinx!

Shop Latinx is an online directory featuring independent businesses with Latinx owners. Check out my first post about them here and find some unique items!

Area-787

Even though Area-787 is all about representing the territory with the code for which the shop is named (Puerto Rico!), I think that something like avocado love is universal. Aside from an array of cute pin buttons, Area-787 also offers tops and “chucherías,” coin purses, keychains, and tote bags. If you’re already missing summer, this fun and tropical brand will take you there all year round!

Dos Estrellas

Um, it’s not even October, and Dos Estrellas has nearly 40 Halloween products in their Etsy shop. Granted some may be from their usual offerings, but spooky goodness is not all they provide. Their page claims, “We make Ruthlessly Polite, kinda Weird but pretty Great Apparel, Home and Office goods.” Many aspects inspire Dos Estrellas from vintage design to their city upbringing.

Urban | Wanderlust

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Is Urban | Wanderlust‘s owner Judith Rojas a blogger? Because the Insta is incredible! If she wasn’t busy pouring all natural, vegan soy candles, I wish I could hire her. Urban | Wanderlust has scents like Fig + Rhubarb, Bamboo Coconut, Whiskey Blend, and from a fall collection, Snickerdoodle! And good news if you’re in the New York area: you can skip the shipping and arrange a pick up. 

Emvi Beauty

I’m a little teeny bit disappointed that these Emvi piñata soaps are in fact, soaps, and not gummies. But they’re still cute and loved! Emvi provides many skin care creations such as body sprays, bath bombs, scrubs, moisturizers, and masks. Their products are vegan, and they don’t test on animals! I like that they even provide a list of their ingredients and say what they are and their purpose.

Milk & Honey

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It was hard to decide which of Milk & Honey‘s recycled notebooks to show because they’re all so well-designed. You can customize whether you want blank space, lined paper, or a dot grid (I’m assuming like bullet journals). Their name refers to an issue to which they hope to draw attention– dwindling bee populations. There’s no us without bees! A percent of each sale goes toward their conservation and repopulation in the US.

I watch Democracy Now! (when I can manage to sit and watch the news which is rare these days), and it’s kind of weird but inspirational??? to hear that Juan González was in the Young Lords, and now he’s a professor. Listening to this Intercepted podcast, it’s pretty fucked up how the US fucks up Puerto Rico. So if you’re not into material things, hurricane relief can make a solid HHM celebration or supporting Puerto Rican sovereignty, or giving some views to another guest on that podcast, iLe.

 

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Shop Latinx Wishlist!

So I was originally going to blog about prison labor and companies to avoid, but since writing my Beauty Bakerie post, I’ve been reminded that there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism (hard to trace every factor of a product) and trickle-down economics don’t work. Furthermore, the companies benefiting from what’s being called slavery are the usual suspects like Walmart which may be difficult for poor people to boycott. Some say such protests are more about optics and energies should be put towards laws. 

TBH, I’m not sure about that given money’s influence in politics. Regardless, with tremendous racial wealth inequality and the recent pardon of noted goblin Arpaio, who was not only repeatedly found guilty of racially profiling Latinos but also ran abusive jails and quit investigating sex crimes (amongst many other things), I think we throw some support to the community! Here are some things I’m pinning and adding to my wishlist!

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Cultura Corazon

How cute are these prickly pear earrings? You can find them and a variety of jewelry and pins at Cultura Corazon which features icons like Frida Kahlo.

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Oh Comadre

It’s a bit refreshing when a shop specializes in one thing, and for Oh Comadre, that thing is the most special soy candles you’ve ever seen. Scent names include: ChurroMi Nuvio, Hot Chisme, and La Novela. I really hope she restocks Rainbow & Unicorn!

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mudShop Naturals

Did you think I could window shop without looking at some mud masks? mudShop Naturals offers a handful of sophisticated body products like scrubs, salts, and balms. I find this mask interesting because it has matcha tea, but they also have Hemp Seed Facial Serum. Apparently it’s good for anti-aging!

 

 

Mercado El Catrin

El Catrin probably has the widest mercado in this post with products ranging from jewelry and apparel to balloons! They have really cute little pins/buttons for only $1, and soap that’s supposed to smell like chocolate… omg…

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Hija de tu Madre

Hija is definitely more of a boutique with amazing sequined denim jackets that run about $80 (they have a really cool rooster one that makes me wish I was a kid!). But they do have more affordable items and are currently having a crop top and purse sale! Check out this watermelon bag!

All of these were found via the Instagram account @ShopLatinx which features small businesses owned by Latinx of all gender identities (hence the “x” rather than Latino/Latina). They’ve since expanded to a website!

I would definitely recommend a follow. And if you do prioritize legislation, check out how to defend youth and families from deportation.