Home Decor Shopping Clothing Shoes Accessories Home & Decor Outfits Style Fashion Lookbook

12 ways to support Latinx creatives… and be very stylish while doing it

Are you trying to make more responsible purchases? Look towards supporting smaller businesses rather than large corporations? Over the past few years, there has been an influx of Latinx creatives showcasing their work on social media. and posting their creations on online stores.

By switching to supporting local entrepreneurs, you are owning original pieces. You can purchase unique bold earrings or necklaces made by organic seeds from South America. Through Etsy, you can even support Latin American creatives living in Latin America.

Here’s a list of my favorite findings that I think you’ll love!

1. Make a statement with these bold earrings

[image description: parrot earrings.]via Etsy

 Francis Zeledon is the founder of Pitahaya. They are a Nicaraguan designer who is known for making jewelry inspired by nature and her country. Francis’s collection of earrings go perfect for a night out, or even a cute indoor outfit. She makes each piece with color and love. So if you want to be bold take a chance with Pitahaya.

Get it from Etsy for $22.99. 

2. Get in touch with nature with this earthy hairpin

Aleishla jewelry and hair pins
[Image description: Echo brass hair clip] via Etsy
This hair clip is the perfect hair accessory for a loose top knot bun. The hair clip is handcrafted with attention, and love from Aleishla Lopez’s studio in Puerto Rico. She is notorious for her contemporary hair accessories and jewelry.

Get it from Etsy for $36.00.

3. Add your favorite feminist icon to your wall! Purchase these vibrant pieces.

[Image description: feminist wall art.] via Etsy
Violeta is a spunky Nicaraguan artist. She’s a mother, a feminist, and has been painting since she was 9. She is known to create colorful, vibrant illustration pieces that will save your bedroom from looking boring.

Get it from Etsy for  $38.00.

4. This illuminating painting will allow you to feel the sun in Guatemala

[image description: a painting of three Guatemalan siblings resting against each other.]via Etsy
Claudia Tremblay honors her Guatemalan ancestors with her art. You will feel like you’re eating Tapada when you buy one of her paintings.

Get it here for $33.90

5. These distinctive Yerba Mate Gourds would make a great addition to your household

[Image description: a black and yellow yerba mate gourd.] via Etsy
Do you like drinking Mate? Then Argenthings is the place for you to shop for your own original yerba mate gourd. Each mate gourd is handmade with love by Argentinean artisans. Every purchase comes with the yerba mate gourd, and 2 straws bombillas.

Get it from Etsy for $14.99.

6. These stirringly beautiful pots will light up your garden

Tropical flower pot
[Image description: Yellow Hibiscus flower] via Etsy
Are you need to give a plant a new home? Then Art by Sir has the perfect pot for you. She is a Puerto Rican artist that dedicates her time to her art, creating different types of jewelry and paintings inspired by her culture.

Get it from Etsy for $55.00.

7. Diversity your jewelry collection with these striking necklaces

La joyatagua made by Colombian women
[Image Description: Colombian women wearing tagua necklaces.] via Etsy
La Joya Tagua offers jewelry made of natural seeds. Sully Gomez a Colombian fashion designer who helps empower Colombian women who were victims of violence. She does this by teaching Colombian women the art of making jewelry by using tagua, a special seed that is found in South America. Each eco-friendly jewelry piece is made by these Colombian women. With one purchase, you uplift these women.

Get it from Etsy for $40.50.

8. Feel clarity with these purely Costa Rican pouches

I[mage description: a green and white pouch.] via Etsy
“Pura Vida” means “pure life” and it is a common saying in Costa Rica. You can purchase these from Dolores’s Shop. They come straight from Carolina Calvo studio in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica. Carolina makes sure each bag has unique fabric combinations, and at her shop, you can find unique designs.

Get it from Etsy for $25.01

9. You can approach anything with these classy, durable clutches

[Image description: a white leather clutch.] via Etsy
You can purchase this clutch from Maracas Bags. Maracas Bags is a shop from Nicaragua that designs and manufactures leather bags and accessories with high-quality textile details. Each of their pieces is handmade with the love and dedication of Nicaraguan artisans. Maracas bags will guarantee you a unique experience through each of their creations.

Get it from Etsy for $45.00.

Free Shipping & Returns at Zola

10. Add some interlucent art pieces to your home

Kentura by Lazy beam arte
[Image description: an art piece called  Keturah by Manuela.] via Etsy
Purchase a stand-out piece from Lazy Beam Arte. Manuela Guillen is a Cuban-Salvadoran American artist and educator. She is inspired by plants, tropical colors, and her own cultural upbringing. Through her art, Manuela aims to bring awareness to art education and sociopolitical issues. Her art would be a great touch to the walls in your room, or for a gift.

Get it from Etsy for $13.00.

11. Feel the power in this boss t-shirt

JZD designs
[Image description: Latina Power Shirt.] via Etsy
Jen Zeano Designs (JZD) is a South Texas lifestyle brand with the mission to empower Latinas. Their merch is quoted with empowering messages. JZD will have you feeling like a boss.

Get it from Etsy for $30.00.

Post Your First Job for FREE in Minutes on ZipRecruiter

12. Spread awareness about the patriarchy in this irresistible t-shirt

Body positive shirt by NalgonaPositiveShop
Image description: Body Positive T-shirt: My Body Is a Decolonial Act of Resistance Against Patriarchy Decolonize Nalgona Positivity Pride.] via Etsy

Get this resistance against patriarchy shirt through Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP) – a community eating-disorder and body-positive organization. The organization was created by Gloria Lucas with the purpose of putting the spotlight on Black, Indigenous communities of color and accumulating resources for these different groups. By purchasing their merchandise, you help support the work of NPP.

Get it from Etsy for $26.00

Support Latinx creatives, and do not forget to tell your friends to do the same.

Get The Tempest in your inbox. Read more exclusives like this in our weekly newsletter! 

Career Advice Now + Beyond

What they don’t tell you about entrepreneurship

I’ve started feeling like I’m not good enough. I just feel really sad.

It’s not just loneliness- to be clear, I haven’t isolated myself. I could be with my closest friends, and all of a sudden, start feeling gloomy. Today it happened while I was in a cafe, and as my friends were discussing their senior design project, I felt a heavy anchor of sadness.

My stomach starts hurting, and my throat feels like it’s constricting. I have a lot of thoughts I want to push out, but I can’t. I’m not going to make it. I’m a failure. I’m not really good at anything. Where am I heading, with my life? Am I fit for the startup world? Will I be able to successfully close the fundraising round? Will I make it?

Nothing seems to happen fast enough, and the only thing that’s flying at a pace I can’t keep up with, is time.

Time enough to answer all my emails, to send out proposals, to meet leads and clients, to close deals, to start new projects, to finalize projects, to check-in with different departments. It feels like there’s not enough time.

But there’s a lot of work to do.

I don’t know if I can make it, to the end of the year, quarter, month, and sometimes even day. At times like these, the only thing that keeps me going is one step. I need to take one step at a time. Sometimes that one step is getting through 5 more minutes. 5 and 5, till I get through an hour. Then another, then another.

Not every episode is this bad, sometimes it’s easier to get through. Sometimes, it’s a lot worse. At the lows, I’m thankful for the people that make up my support system. It’s sometimes easier to word out all my feelings of uneasiness and anxiety, and why I feel like everything is going wrong. Other times, it’s not as simple.

Some episodes I start reminiscing, and spiral down a path of should-haves, could-haves, and what-ifs. Those are the weaker moments. I know there’s no other path I would rather have chosen, but sometimes I do wish someone had told me what entrepreneurship would be like, in the most raw and unfiltered way. I know every entrepreneur’s path is different, but I had no idea what was coming my way when I entered this ecosystem.

It’s also the same naivety I see when I’m at startup events with students pitching startup ideas. They’re so hopeful and convinced they’re going to change the world, or their industry, or that their solution is the best damn one in the market. The confidence is great, and I absolutely love seeing it, but if it was that simple, every other person in the world would have “made” it, quite literally. Based on which article you read, 60% and 90% of all startups fail. There’s a higher chance of failure than success, and yet we’re all still so optimistic that we will inevitably make it to the success stat.

Entrepreneurship is a tricky road. I’m often asked to speak about my personal journey as an entrepreneur and why more students should consider it as a career path right after university. That’s where I’m wary- because I don’t want to paint an ideal image, when the reality is so far from it. I don’t want to discourage anyone (hell, I chose this for myself), but I worry about giving the wrong impression. There is a reason you see more older entrepreneurs than younger ones, especially in this region. Not everyone can afford to have a startup, when they’re right out of college. And, while there are increasingly growing resources and initiatives to encourage and build out young entrepreneurs, more often than not, there is a long long way ahead. If you want a lot of comfort and financial security, the startup life is not for you. It’s as simple as that.

Most folks glorify the “hustle”, and the “grind.”

Most people romanticize the successful fundraising rounds, and exits. They don’t talk about the breakdowns and the panic attacks. They don’t talk about the rejections in the first phase, the criticism in the second, and the years leading up to the “overnight” success.

Not as much as they need to.

They talk about starving entrepreneurs and tell you to “do what you got to do.”

But, don’t talk enough about how to survive.

Each narrative you read has probably been changed a few times (lo and behold PR), to make it seem like a gorgeous roadmap, where each failure was a milestone to success.

That’s why I’ve built a subconscious filter to bullshit, hypocrisy, the buzzwords, and the pretense.

And in the midst of it all there’s the mental battles with myself; imposter syndrome- a curse I wouldn’t wish on anyone in the world.


Laila Alawa speaks to Entrepreneur Before 25 podcast about the story behind The Tempest

The Tempest’s CEO Laila Alawa spoke with Chelann Gienger from the Entrepreneur Before 25 (EB25) podcast. EB25 interviews inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs like Laila who began their journey whilst aged 25 or under.

[bctt tweet=”I found that I started being put in situations where my people pleasing hurt me. ” username=”wearethetempest”]

Laila talked about her background, her family, why she started The Tempest, and life as an entrepreneur.

Whilst explaining the realities of chasing your dreams, Laila also divulged some gems of advice for budding entrepreneurs. She dived in deep and discussed why being a people pleaser has the potential to destroy freedom.

“I used to live my life very afraid of hurting others, I found that I started being put in situations where my people pleasing hurt me.”

Listen to the entire podcast here.

Career Advice Now + Beyond Interviews

This CEO is changing the rules for women in business: An interview with Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham is the Founder and CEO of Mogul, an internet platform that averages over 72 million hits a month. Mogul was featured as “Top NYC Startup to Watch” in 2015 and the “Top Site for Marketing your Company Online” by Forbes. Pham also co-hosts The Positive Pushback and has co-produced Girlfriend (2010 film) and Funny Bunny as well as co-founding the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition with the Vice Mayor of Beijing. Pham has written the book “From Business Strategy to Information Technology Roadmap: A Practical Guide for Executives and Board Members” (2013).

Recently, Mogul has featured essays from the likes of Kelly Osbourne and Chelsea Clinton – which has had The Tempest wondering – where has Tiffany Pham come from… and why?

The Tempest: We want to get a feel for you as a person and learn more about your journey. So, what put you on the path towards creating Mogul?

Tiffany Pham: I was inspired by my family from the get-go. From an early age, my grandmother served as a very huge inspiration and role model for me. She had run newspapers across Asia to provide information access for those around her who needed it and worked to democratize media within Asia.

Growing up, I wished to follow in my grandmother’s footsteps and dedicated my life thereafter towards doing that [not only] for her honor and my family legacy, but [with the goal in mind] to provide women all around the world with an information portal by which they can connect, exchange, and access knowledge from each other.

I made this promise to her when I was 14 years old, the day she passed away, that I was going to do this one day.

Your grandmother sounds like an amazing individual. Would you say that was the moment in which you realized you had to do something and put your voice out there – to create a platform like Mogul?


Yes, definitely. I was 14 when I made that promise, and everything that came afterwards was towards that vision and goal.

I ended up working with a number of different companies – but even before then, when I was applying to Yale at 16, I wrote in my college essays that I was going to do this. I told them that I wanted to start this company for women, to empower them and provide them with information access. The same goes for when I was 21 and applying to Harvard – I always held on to the vision that I was going to do this one day.

I [also] worked with BBC, HBO, CBS… I handled TV, radio, websites… And I took on a role simultaneously with the vice mayor of Beijing to launch new ventures in the U.S. in an attempt to bridge our marketplaces. I took on a third job producing feature films and documentaries to highlight different social issues that needed more global awareness.

As I worked in these three jobs, all of a sudden, I found myself named on different lists. Forbes’ 30 under 30, Elle Magazine’s 30 under 30 – and I found myself receiving a lot of attention from women around the world. I started receiving letters from hundreds of young girls asking for advice, asking me about the videos I was watching and the articles I was reading.

As I received these notes, I started to realize that instead of sharing all my advice one-on-one, if we had a platform whereby women all around the world could share their ideas, journeys, and advice from the ground-level, we could all gain access to more knowledge from each other. And this was going to make us [as women] that much stronger, that much better.

These are the moments that ultimately lead to Mogul’s creation.

That’s truly amazing. Is there a certain process you have to go through to post on Mogul, or is just for whoever feels the need to put their story out there?

For us, it’s about having created a platform of trust, warmth, and support that thereafter has led a lot of young girls to spread the word for us. They found Mogul to be a place for them to share their insights and stories, and as they did so, it became so valuable to them that they spread it on their own.

So that’s what we found – for every 1 million visits, we were getting 650,000 social shares on the platform. It was [a]

Why did you name your company “Mogul?”


Well, actually, it goes back to the story of my grandmother. I wanted to honor her, because she was a Mogul herself. When I was in business school, my classmates also started calling me “The Mogul,” or “The Media Mogul.” But then I graduated, and all of a sudden, I started to realize that was actually quite rare. No woman that I knew – in person at least – had ever been called a “mogul.”

It used to be when you went into Google and typed in the word “mogul,” the first [dozen or so] page results fit the “successful business man” archetype.

But now if you Google the word Mogul, we’re that number one search. Therefore [we’re] helping to redefine that word for the next generation of girls, so they know that they too can be moguls, and they realize that it’s a word that can be attributed to them too.

Your question’s pretty timely, actually, because we’ve just launched a new campaign to help redefine the word “mogul” forever.

Please tell us about the #IAmAMogul Campaign.

For the month of March, in celebration of Women’s history month, we’ve launched the #IAmAMogul campaign. [It’s] enabling us to be working in partnership with dozens of amazing, trailblazing women like Melissa Etheridge, Rosario Dawson, and Kelly Osbourne.

All these amazing women are coming together to share each day of March why they are a Mogul, and why they feel all women around the world should be Moguls as well.

The goal of the campaign is to really, truly redefine the word “mogul” so every woman knows that she too can be a mogul.

Check out all of the incredibly inspiring stories that have come from the  #IAmAMogul Campaign.

How do you feel about the current situation in regards to women in the tech/science/media/entrepreneurship industries, and how do you think we can improve it?

The lack of women in these fields is typically because there’s been a lack of support around them if they move up [in their positions]. Girls don’t realize that they can be something that they can’t see. Like, if they don’t see people at the highest level [that] they can identify with, then they won’t feel that support as they try to climb up themselves.

There needs to be some structure in place that enables that support and enable[s] them to be able to climb up to the top while feeling like they won’t be judged or discriminated against.

For that reason, [there are a couple of ways] in which we’re working to solve the issues women face within the various areas that you just named. One of which is through a platform addressing girls education. We created Mogul Courses, which is essentially an educational tool consisting of different courses every Mogul subscriber can access. These courses cover subject matters women are passionate about, including both the softer and harder skill sets like finance, entrepreneurship, engineering, and career education.

All of these subjects are part of the “norm” on the Mogul platform. We want our subscribers to realize it’s okay to be passionate about all these subject matters. We’re normalizing them so that all women can take part in them.

Mogul is an international platform, and you’re currently reaching women and girls all across the world – but is there a specific region that you think needs the most help or that you’re getting the most feedback from?

Absolutely. I think one of the very first letters I ever received was from Pakistan, and it read something like, “Hi, I just wanted to say that where I live, a girl’s life is all about marriage. I’m just sixteen years old, but Mogul helps me out by pointing out that I can be more than what others say. I’m a feminist now and I love your platform.”

It was one of the sweetest letters I have ever received.

Many of the letters we receive at Mogul speak to how girls from Pakistan, India, and the Middle East are learning to be more than what their societies dictate. They’re learning that their rights are just as valuable as others – that they can overstep the boundaries society has put up for them – boundaries they might not have even noticed before.

Is there a certain age you think you’re speaking to the most?

I believe age 18-34 is truly the demographic that feels especially empowered by our platform. At that age range especially, you have girls who are entering and exiting school, entering their careers, and finally moving up. It’s the Mogul platform that’s giving them the courage to speak up and to realize that their insights are just as powerful, given the leverage they find themselves having while being contributors to the site.

What else have you seen Mogul do?Tiffany5

We’re creating economic opportunity for our users. What’s happening organically is that they’re placing their products and jobs on the internet for our audience to enjoy and interact with. They’re uploading their own products from Etsy, Ebay, and Kickstarter – thereby generating free traffic back to their stores, increasing their sales, and bringing economic opportunity. Forbes even named us among one of the top three sites for marketing your company online in 2015.

In terms of job creation – what’s naturally transpiring is that our users (be it the United Nations, Prudential, etc.) are posting job opportunities in search for female millennial talent – and are finding them at a much faster rate. We’re hoping this will accelerate the rate at which women are put into the workforce and higher-up positions. [It’s also] helping us to reach parity with men and improve current rate. At the current rate, it’ll take us until 2085 to get an equal footing.

Do you mind giving me an example of a businesses that one of your users advertised on the site and ultimately found success with?

Absolutely. I already have so many anecdotes floating in my head, but I can point to one particular woman. She baked cakes in jars, sold them from Etsy onto Mogul, and started spreading the word amongst her community on Etsy because she was getting so much traffic from our site. She ultimately more than doubled her sales.

On the Kickstarter front, I remember a woman in her 30s writing to us who was trying to get a second career going. She’d invented a new eyelash curler, and had put it on Kickstarter. After putting it on Mogul, it became the #1 trending item and brought in thousands of dollars for her campaign.

Make sure you check out Mogul for groundbreaking, exclusive content, produced by women like you and me.

Tiffany Pham can be found on Twitter at @tifftpham and on her Facebook page. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


Get The Tempest in your inbox. Read more exclusives like this in our weekly newsletter!

Tech Now + Beyond

Serial entrepreneur Jennifer Chizua is breaking stereotypes in Nigeria


Nigerian-born entrepreneur and inventor Jennifer Chizua is an incredibly interesting woman. Like me, she’s a graduate of the University of Exeter in the U.K. Unlike me, she graduated with degrees in human biosciences and sport science. She calls herself a “serial entrepreneur.”

This lady loves to create something out of nothing, finding gaps in the market to create jobs and products that can revolutionize the industries.

She’s an award-winning entrepreneur with firms in two sectors: Elite Sports International Clubs is a sports business and management firm, and the other is Startpreneurs, an entrepreneurial ecosystem based out of Abuja, Nigeria.

It was a bit of a challenge to juggle the six-hour time difference between us, but Jennifer answered some of my questions about being a young woman blazing a trail in the entrepreneurial world.

The Tempest:  What is the mission of your business?

My current firm is Startpreneurs. It is a seed-fund and accelerated program that allows entrepreneurs to incubate, and we also match them with industry experts. It’s also similar to the tech clusters in Silicon Valley. At the moment, we don’t have a website but we will be going live in January. In the meantime, I want to do a pilot video and compile videos of the entrepreneurs before that happens.

Back in 2013, I created my own product, Chijen Beauty Limited, which is the world’s first automated cleaning machine. It uses innovative technology to clean, dry, and disinfects makeup brushes for professional makeup artists. It was with the financing of the U.K. government that I was able to do this, and now I’m hoping to get a licensing deal with L’Oreal.

The idea for the product came about in university, when I had to do two dissertations while studying at Exeter University. One of these was called “A Chemical History of Cosmetics.” I realized then that there is a lot of bacteria on our makeup brushes. I heard one horrible story of a woman who became paralyzed after sharing makeup brushes with her friend due to lack of hygienic care.

What’s your background in business and how did you start as an entrepreneur?

While I was in the U.K., I also started to work at Manchester United as well. This lead to me doing a lot of networking and finding out about Business Growth Hub in Manchester, so I started taking classes for my master’s degree there. I grew up with parents who were entrepreneurial – for example, my mother is an entrepreneur. I also knew that I wanted to be independent and rely on myself, and always knew I wanted to create my own company. So I took it and ran with it.

Have you faced any difficulties being a female in the business?

With starting Startpreneurs, I have faced difficulties. This is because in Nigeria, for example, women are not equal to men. The general idea is that we should be at home. I have to break that stereotype.

I also meet investors who buy shares into the company, and a lot of these are men. A lot of times they will treat you differently because they feel like you don’t have enough experience or that you don’t know your place. I’m almost overly prepared when I meet them – in fact, I’m the very best I can be when I meet them. It’s very sexist here. Very sexist. I’ve been told, “Why are you working so hard, don’t you have a boyfriend or husband who takes care of you?” Even in business, if you’re a married woman, people tend to take you more seriously because you have ‘settled down’ in comparison to being single and working.

The greatest challenges by far are that women are being put in a box by society, and I have to break out of that stereotype. It’s more of a cultural thing, really. When you’re a female, you’re expected to know your place as a woman. But I see people as equals. I can still be female and be assertive at the same time. But here in Nigeria, the society doesn’t allow you to have a personality and be a female simultaneously. For me, I’m very much out there as a woman. Every day is a fight for me as a professional. But for men who do what I do, they don’t have to fight so much.

What are your plans for the future?

I’d like to see Startpreneurs grow and support entrepreneurs in Nigeria. I’d also like to create international exposure for Nigerians. If they have software or hardware ideas, it should be visible to the international market. I’d like to export technology in and from Nigeria.

What advice would you give to young women looking to become entrepreneurs?

My advice would be to have their own identity and career path, as well as being an expert and having great knowledge in what you’re going into. Tenacity goes a very long way. As entrepreneurs, we have the highest highs and the lowest lows, and your tenacity will get you through these things.

Along with consistency, remember that it’s going to be a long, hard, rocky road, once their vision is clear and they know what they want to do. Also, I can’t stress this point enough, but it is so important to have a mentor or mentors. You need to have industry experts around you, especially when it comes to offering you free advice. You’ll have to self-learn, always be curious, and learn to teach yourself too. Understanding every part of the business is critical as well as being very knowledgable.

Don’t let yourself be confined by cultural restrictions, because in the end they will celebrate when you make it.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Find out more about Jennifer Chizua here.