Mother Essentials: Candice Cox
Written by Erin Feher
Ready for some more Mother Essentials? Today’s list comes courtesy of Candice Cox, the Oakland-based founder of Candid Art, an outlet for Candice’s ever-expanding creativity. What started out as a jewelry brand (with all covetable, colorful earrings, necklaces, and hair clips made by Candice herself) has now evolved to include quilts, stationary, throw pillows, and more—all inspired by African visual culture, indigenous design vernacular, and cosmic geometry. Also mama to 2-year-old daughter Zadiyah, Candice spills her current essentials for mama and toddler below. Check ’em out!
Statement Earrings. “These earrings stand out with big hair, they’re lightweight, have hypoallergenic post, and are bold in style.” Candid Art Lena Earrings, $70, Candid Art.
Urembo Asili Cashmere Body Custard. “It smells soooo good and goes on your skin like silk to keep you moisturized.” Urembo Asili Cashmere Body Custard, $45, Urembo Asili.
Iyoba Hair and Body Butter. “I used this butter on my belly when I was pregnant, and as a result I didn’t get any stretch marks. It’s also great to use on my and my daughter’s hair, so it serves a dual purpose.” Iyoba Hair and Body Butter, $15, Iyoba.
Candid Art Greeting Cards. “I love blank greeting cards with great imagery, so I can add a personal message for any occasion. These are my go-to cards and they are sold individually or in a boxed set.” Greeting Cards, $25 (set of 6), Candid Art.
Ade Dream Kobina Mini Backpack. “We use this as my daughter’s diaper bag— it is super stylish and soft, can be washed in the washing machine, and my daughter can carry on her own two-year-old back! Such a fashionable piece, and it is used almost everyday.” Kobina Mini Backpack, $45, Ade Dream.
Boy Trouble. “I love a red lip and this vegan lipstick in the shade of ‘Boy Trouble’ is the perfect hue of red and orange together. It lasts all day, makes my lips pop, and doesn’t dry them out.” The Lip Bar Vegan Liquid Matte Lipstick, $13, Amazon.
Beija Flor Naturals Creme Creme Brulee for Kinks Curls and Coils. “The best hair cream ever for me and my daughter’s 4c hair. It smells so dreamy and love how it sets my curls when I do a rod set.” Beija Flor Natural Creme Creme Brulee for Kinks Curls and Coils, $18, Beija Flor Naturals.
Name Puzzle. “This personalized name puzzle falls right in line with Montessori learning and has been great for teaching my daughter how to spell her name.” Fat Brain Toys Personalized Name Puzzle, $26.95, Amazon.
Mary Had a Little Glam. “My daughter loves this book! I think it’s the way the author pairs rhymes and dramatic pictures. And, of course, she loves fashion like me!” Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer and Vanessa Brantley-Newton, $10.98, Amazon.
Eye See Me Quilt. “This is my daughter’s go-to blanket. She grabs it every time she’s about to get her hair done or play on the floor. It’s colorful, made with 100 percent natural cotton, and features images of hairstyles of black women throughout the African diaspora. I use it as a blanket and play mat, and eventually it will be a wall hanging.” Eye See Me Quilt, $165, Candid Art.
Coconut Wax Candle. “This Suxela candle can burn forever, and with scents of coconut and vanilla it makes my house smell so good. Plus, I love that it’s made using natural coconut wax, which is biodegradable.” Afterglow Suxela Candle, $30, Afterglow.
Mane Choice Leave-In Detangler. “This conditioner leaves my hair and my daughter’s hair feeling so soft and moisturized. We both have 4c hair and it is hard to find products that actually work for us.” Mane Choice Soft As Can Be Revitalize & Refresh 3-in-1 Wash, Leave-In Conditioner, and Detangler, $12.33, Amazon.
Taylor Jay Cardigan Wrap. “It’s chic, comfortable, and feels great on the skin. It is great for travel and can even serve as a little blanket when necessary!” Taylor Jay Cardigan Wrap, $149, Taylor Jay.
For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Rachel Zoe, Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Atwood, and Taylor Jay, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta Doshi, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, Shahidah Zareef of Bossmom Nation, Joanne Encarnacion, LaTonya Yvette, Morgan Walker of Make.do, Iguehi James, and more!
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