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.

Cover Image Credit: Ylley Designs / Etsy

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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5 Inexpensive Websites For Summer Clothes

If you are looking to online shop for your summer closet, check out these stores.

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Summer is here and so is a whole new category of fashion; high waisted swimsuits, mom jeans, graphic tees, chunky sneakers, and many more styles that have become popularized in 2019. If you are trying to save some money while keeping up with the latest fashion trends, online shopping on the right platforms is a great way to get the most bang for your buck!

Listed are the five most cost-effective online stores that each have their advantages and disadvantages so you can spruce up your summer lookbook. The best way to get the most clothing items on these online stores for the cheapest is to search for promotion codes online and take advantage of any email sign up deals, student discounts, and general sales they are currently promoting.

1. Zaful

If you are looking for a very cheap option so you can put the most in your cart, Zaful is your best bet. This store is stocked with everything under the sun including swimsuits, tops, bottoms, jewelry, shoes, hats, and more starting at 4.99. Zaful offers 15% off of your first order as well as free shipping for orders over $49, so you can fill your cart with more items than you think you are paying for.

2. Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is a great store for quality items that will live a very long life in your closet. Although the prices seem high at first glance, the online platform has constant deals occurring such as their current 50% off everything sale as well as their 60% off everything for students sale. Nasty Gal is a great brand to build your closet essentials due to the great condition and material of their clothing items.

3. Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing is a great online store to shop for summer events because of their beautiful dresses and tops. I recommend purchasing occasion wear from this brand because a lot of their loungewear and regular items are overpriced for what they are worth. In the sale section of Pretty Little Thing, you can find many dresses and dress pants for over 55% off. If you are looking for a few fancier outfits for summer occasions, check out the sale section of Pretty Little Thing to get some nice looks for cheap.

4. Misguided

Misguided is an online store that has a unique vibe in the clothing they sell that is worth a browse because of their eccentric and fun styles. The platform has recurring sales that range from 25 to 50 percent off, which allows you to get twice the amount that you pay for. If your style includes graphic t-shirts, oversized t-shirt dresses, and good quality loungewear, Misguided offers great quality items with low prices to spruce up your summer outfit aesthetic.

5. Boohoo

If you love rocking matching sets and co-ords, look no further that Boohoo for the best patterns, styles, and prices. Boohoo usually has a 50% off sale going on, which goes a long way when you can purchase a matching two-piece set for as low as $20. Although Boohoo sells beauty products and accessories, their sets and outfits are the best items to get your money's worth in quality and quantity.

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