Virtual & IRL Pop Out: These Black-Owned Shops Will Have You Looking Right This Semester

AS THE SUMMER COMES to an anti-climatic closure, people are either returning to campus this fall, attending virtual classes (i.e Da Crib University), or doing a hybrid of both.

While some of us find ourselves taking 8 A.M Zoom classes in our old hoodies and grease-stained sweatpants, some like to do a virtual pop out every once in a while. A little cut crease never hurt anybody.

With the addition of people who still have to go to work or attend school in person, many have found themselves returning to their a new-normal that includes social distancing and finding the right mask to wear.

It can be challenging to find the inspiration to get dolled up when many of us have been wearing the same t-shirt and sweatpants combo since March (and since many of us are too worried about merely surviving), but nevertheless, I got y'all. These are some of my favorite Black-owned businesses that will have you looking right this fall--so you can make a virtual or in-real-life pop out.

1. Clutch by Tia Dash

Who: Tia Hobby

What: Mini Bags

Where: Online (Some Pop-Up Shops in Maryland [Closed due to Covid-19])

$$$: $35-$40


2. Couture Cabello:

Who: Shantia J./Terril W.

What: High Fashion Clothing (Dresses, Jumpsuits, Masks, etc.)

Where: Online



The owner also has a cosmetics line and a wig shop!

3. X-Girlfriend *Owned by a Howard Alumna*

Who: Jarry the Worst

What: Thee Cutest Heels, Fur Slides, Pigments, and Purses ;)

Where: Online (No International Shipping)

$$$: $30-$90


4. Mented Cosmetics

Who: KJ Miller & Amanda E. Johnson

What: Cosmetics for Brown/Black Girls

Where: Online



5. Worthy of It All Boutique *Owned by a Howard Student*

Who: Naijah Durant

What: Tops, Dresses, Acessories, etc.

Where: Online

$$$: $33-$50


Now that you've got the resources to make the best out of your virtual experience, go out there and conquer the world! In a time where being Black and happy seems like an anomaly, it's essential that we maintain our happiness. I know for me that's finding the hottest Black-owned brands and learning new makeup tips. For you, it may be something different, but in the words of Audre Lorde:

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

How do you maintain your happiness in these times? Let me know.

XOXO Makenna Grace