10 Woman-Owned Beauty and Fashion Brands To Shop At This Year

10 Woman-Owned Beauty and Fashion Brands To Shop At This Year

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1. Rabble and Rouse

Rabble and Rouse is a clothing company with a passion for equality and activism. They have a large selection of kick-ass shirts and tank tops for women, men, and kids. Their tees are perfect for protesting, or just as comfy, casual wear. My personal favorite is Rabble and Rouse's "Can't Catch Us" t-shirt...it is hilarious.

2. Nicolet Beauty

Nicolet Beauty's cruelty-free makeup will be your new Go-To product in 2017. They have a large selection of matte lipstick, including this gorgeous shade Britain. If you like flashier makeup, take a look at their Catnip Lip Gloss line. Use the code "ODYSSEY" to receive 10% OFF your entire order!

3. Modern Alchemy

Modern Alchemy's online shop just relaunched, and features classic, handcrafted jewelry. Their designs are crisp and minimalistic, combining earthy looks with modern fashion trends. Check out their opal chip choker for stylish, happy vibes. Also, follow Modern Alchemy on social media to find giveaways...I hear there are TWO coming up!

4. Loquita Bath and Body

Loquita Bath and Body offers the most delicious bath bombs, body scrubs, and self-care products you will EVER find. They offer unique scents, including many classic Latinx sweets such as the flan sugar scrub and their signature Concha Bath Bomb. Copy and paste the code "ODYSSEY" to receive 10% OFF any order at Loquita Bath and Body!

5. Opium Vintage

Opium Vintage's Etsy shop features a curated collection of obscure, hard-to-find vintage clothing. The store has multi-era picks, including a Japanese kimono from the 1960s, and this Whiting & Davis choker. In addition to Opium Vintage's Etsy, their vintage collections can be found at the Nashville-based store Any Old Iron; they are having a sale of 25% OFF all Japanese vintage clothing NOW!


6. OOO Polish

Created with Women of Color in mind, OOO Polish has a HUGE, colorful selection of vegan nail polish that compliments all skin tones. Their shop boast 10+ lacquer collections: The Mother Nature Collection and Oyo Empire Collection are especially worth checking out! OOO Polish is 100% nontoxic, chip resistant, and long-lasting. First time customers receive 20% OFF EVERYTHING with the code "20NOW" at OOO Polish's site!

7. Radical Buttons

From buttons to pins and patches, Radical Buttons has accessories for every fashionable feminist. Their feminist cat lady button is too cute, but Radical Buttons also has edgier options like their "Bad Bitch Club" pin (my personal favorite). Use the code "FRIDAY13" to receive 13% OFF the entire store!

8. Belleamor Cosmetics

Can't afford the latest Kylie Jenner products? Belleamor Cosmetics has high quality, cruelty and paraben free products perfect for MUAs and beginners. Their lipsticks offer a creamy or matte finish option- Belleamor's Smooth Mauve lipstick is gorgeous. Also, if you want a pink-hued eyeshadow palette that doesn't drain your wallet, check out the mini Royalty Glam Palette.

9. Gentle Riot

Calling all riot grrrls and feminists: you will LOVE Gentle Riot. Make a fashion and political statement with their Dripping Ideologies shirt or go with the more minimalistic Weird Girl shirt. Either way, Gentle Riot has something for everybody. For 15% OFF, use the code "odyssey" NOW at Gentle Riot's Etsy shop!

10. Witch's Brew Bath Co

Witch's Brew Bath Co has a great selection of handmade soaps, scrubs, and bath bombs. Made with natural scents and ingredients such as lavender and vanilla, their products are perfect for relaxation. Their Winter Wonderwitch soap will leave you feeling refreshed, and your skin hydrated. Enter the code "RETURN10" to get 10% OFF at Witch's Brew Bath Co's shop!

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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3 Lexington Boutiques To Visit Before You Leave For Break

From a Lexington native and a college student, these Lexington boutiques are the best place to go when shopping for any of your basic closet needs.

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The only thing better than going home for the summer is everyone from your hometown asking you where you got your clothes. "Some boutique in Lexington," you offhandedly reply, knowing that, at least here, you've got the wardrobe no one else does. But these Lexington shops are far from just "some boutique."

With popular shops like Bluetique, Serendipity, and Calypso right on the outskirts of campus and Peplum, Prissy Peach, and James C only a short walk away, it's easy to see why the female college students of Lexington are all so well dressed: they have the best selection.

I had the opportunity to talk with some of the owners of these popular stores, getting all information on just how hard it is to compete with all of the great shops located right here in everyone's favorite city.

1. James C

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The newest of these hot shopping spots is James C, formerly known as Fig Leaf. Owned by Carrie Burkett, a former employee of the previous store, James C has the perfect mix of style for just about everyone's taste. Carrie herself told me that after working for Fig Leaf, she wanted to expand upon the customer base and have a store where "anybody at any age could come in here and find something."

2. Peplum

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Peplum, a store just a few steps around the corner to Burkett's new business, is also a popular spot for shoppers. Peplum, being a more upscale boutique is targeted toward not only college students but also women that live here in the Chevy Chase area of Lexington. Peplum owner, Lauren West, says that despite the fact that many Lexington boutiques can tend to carry some of the same brands, she goes to market at least four times a year to keep her store stocked with new and exciting trends. Lauren says that she wants the shoppers of Lexington to know that, by shopping at Peplum, you can have the high-end brands and "don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to look good!"

3. Serendipity

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Serendipity, who will be celebrating their second birthday this December, is another local shop that competes with Bluetique's street customers. Upon entering Serendipity, it's easy to see why so many female students talk so highly of it; the clothes that store owner, Jenna Ballinger, keeps in her store show a great difference in style compared to some of the other shops that keep the same brand in them.

Despite students being a major target market for all these stores, they don't find a struggle to keep their sales from dropping during the holiday season or summer break. The shops off of Euclid keep great sales all year around being so close to Chevy Chase and keeping those customers living in the 40502. On Maxwell, the stores practically on campus keep their customers coming in since they are so close to downtown Lexington.

Each of these popular Lexington boutiques can be found on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and their own personal websites. So, if you're new to Lexington, or just haven't seen all that local Lexington shopping has to offer, stop by Bluetique, Calypso, Serendipity, Black Market, Peplum, James C, Prissy Peach, and many more! Welcome to Lexington, come shop with us.

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