10 Woman Of Color-Owned Businesses To Shop From In Honor Of Black History Month

10 Woman Of Color-Owned Businesses To Shop From In Honor Of Black History Month

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1. So Refreshed

So Refreshed is a natural skincare line including face cleansers, lotion, bath salts, and more. Try their bestselling French green clay mask to detoxify and purify your skin. Or, if you need some time for self-care, So Refreshed's bath salts (scents include orange, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, and lime) are a great option. Receive FREE shipping on orders of $49 or more!

2. Ylley Designs

Ylley Designs was made to empower and remind Women of Color how beautiful their Black Girl Magic is! Their Etsy shop features cute tees with powerful messages, like this Being Myself African print shirt. Currently, Ylley Designs is offering 30% OFF custom tees at their shop and will be releasing a special shirt in for Black History Month!

3. Aeren Waters

Aeren Waters has a gorgeous selection of wallets, purses, pouches, and clutches made from upcycled materials and faux leather. Their designs are sleek, sophisticated, and stylish- check out this affordable and customizable tan wallet. In addition to the online shop, Aeren Waters offers in-house workshops to empower artists and aspiring designers. Sign up for Aeren Waters' email list to receive EXCLUSIVE DEALS and offers for the month of February!

4. MikMont Creations

Want a cute and unique greeting card for Valentine's Day? Skip Hallmark and check out MikMont Creations' online store of greeting cards for all occasions. MikMont Creations' cards are vibrant, well-designed, and feature relatable phrases unlike many larger companies. First-time customers: use the code "yasss" to receive 10% OFF your entire order!

5. Nirvana Wild

Nirvana Wild's shop features beautiful jewelry, accessories and loose crystals- they have products for everyone. I absolutely LOVE this Cosmic Journey Moonstone Choker, but if you're not sure what to buy, browse their bestsellers section. Don't forget to follow Nirvana WIld on Insta, and use the special code "ODYSSEY15" to receive 15% OFF your order of $20.00 or more!

6. Pascale's Body Care

Pascale's Body Care offers chemical free and 100% organic body products made with your healing in mind. Keep your lips moisturized with their natural hemp an honey lip balm, or try Pascale's vanilla body butter (YUM) for winter skin and natural hair. For 10% OFF your purchase, use the code "ODYSSEY" on Pascale's Etsy shop!

7. Kimberly New York

Inspired by her time as a MUA and writer in Manhattan, Kimberly Walker created Kimberly New York, a line of fine fragrances. Kimberly New York features perfume collections created with quality, sustainable ingredients such as 100% organic oils. Not sure which fragrance to choose? Figure out your fragrance personality on their website or try Kimberly New York's NEW scent Poetry- a peachy, Spring ode to spoken word. Use the promo code "POETRY" to receive 20% OFF your purchase at Kimberly New York!

8. Adorned By Chi

Adorned By Chi is a super cool clothing, accessory, and homegoods store perfect for fashion-forward feminists, Woman of Color, vocal babes, and quirky girls. They have everything from graphic tees, like this Super Fly shirt, to a hella adorable Chance The Rapper pillow. First-time customers receive 10% OFF their order when they sign up for Adorned By Chi's mailing list!

9. Wisdom of 7

Wisdom of 7 features amazing artwork and portraiture created by artist Yvette M Sutton. Using many different mediums such as pencil and paint, Sutton makes detailed pieces you can check out on her Instagram as well as her online photo galley. Visit Wisdom of 7's site to commission artwork and receive a special discount!

10. Limegreen

Limegreen's vegan, essential oil-infused products are made for your skin, hair, AND home. Their shop includes all multi-use items... check out this lemongrass hair and body oil that is also makeup remover, or try their Lavundula candle that transforms into luscious massage oil. Limegreen is perfect for relaxation and creating vacation vibes in the comfort of your own home.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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5 Of The Worst 2019 Grammys Looks

A star isn't born looking like this

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This past weekend we experienced the 2019 Grammys which in my case was pretty great. The performances blew me away, I only found myself bored a few times, and some of the fashion was incredible. Some of the fashion though didn't cut it for me. Here are some of the absolute worst dressed from the 2019 Grammys.

1. Anna Kendrick

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Ann Kendrick walked up on the Grammy stage and I audibly gasped. It looked as if a pink bird was shredded and bejeweled to make her dress. I really don't understand this and Anna Kendrick could do so much better.

2. Charlie Puth

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Charlie at Grammy!😍 • [@charlieputh ]

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Now don't get me wrong, I love Charlie Puth just as much as the next guy, but this Grammys ootd wasn't cutting it. In this brown suit and bright red flamenco shirt, he looks as if he is some old retiree trying to dress up for the first time in sixty-three years so he puts this on. I am not impressed and a little disappointed in the incredibly talented Charlie Puth.

3.Tayla Parx

You actually can't wear your converse with your GRAMMY DRESS. The dress already looks like one of those DIY fabric rugs that your stepmother made you for Christmas and then she goes and adds the CONVERSE. Ugh. Sorry Tayla, this just didn't work for me.

4. Rashida Jones

Rashida, you are going to the Grammys not your baby shower! This baggy dress literally looks like it could be her maternity dress. From the sagging stomach area, which I know she doesn't have, to the non-existing top, this dull navy washes her out and makes her look flat as a pancake.

5. Katy Perry

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I saved the worst for last. What's up with all these horrible dresses being pink? This dress literally looks like there's a hula hoop underneath this packing peanut skirt with a tin foil top. Baby, you're not a firework tonight.

The 2019 Grammys was definitely one to remembers, but the outfits were to forget.

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