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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Tips And Tricks For Thrifting For Clothes

Thrifting: cheap and cool

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Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army; thrifting for clothes is a great way to find cute looks on a college budget. Not only are things cheap, but you can also find things that are unique and one of a kind.

1. Hand sanitizer or gloves

Before you leave for your thrifting adventure, make sure you bring hand sanitizer or gloves! Clothes are usually not washed or not washed thoroughly before being put out on the rack, so it's a good idea to ensure your hands are clean after you dig through the piles of clothes.

2. Dress to try things on over it

If you're planning on trying on clothes before you buy, consider wearing leggings, a tank top, or a zip-up hoodie. When you find something you like, it's easy to slip a pair of pants on over your leggings or throw a jacket on over your tank top. This way, you won't get dirty from the clothes, as well.

3. Check clothes thoroughly for rips, tears, or stains

When you find an article of clothes, keep in mind it likely has a few blemishes. Check everywhere for torn seams, rips or holes, or stains. If there are, be sure you're ok with it the imperfections before you commit to buying it.

4. Considering altering clothes to look better

If you find something that has imperfections or just isn't quite your style, consider channeling your creativity and altering it! You can try to cut, sew, or paint to individualize your clothes and improving it. My personal favorite is cropping baggy, size XL shirts.

5. Visit often

Thrift shops will restock often with new things that people will snatch up, so be sure you frequently check. Find out when your favorite thrift store restocks so you'll be there when they cycle new items onto the shelves.

6. Reselling Apps

Consider buying from reselling apps such as Depop or Poshmark. Even though they are marked up higher, sellers on these apps have already done the searching in thrift stores for you. Even though you don't get the hunt, it's quick and easy to search for exactly what you want.

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