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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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8 Reasons I'll Take In-Store Shopping Over Online Shopping Any Day

In-store shopping shouldn't be disregarded.

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Lately, there have been many department stores closing due to the rise of online shopping as opposed to in-store shopping. According to Fox Business, this includes department stores such as Payless, Gymboree, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Dress Barn. The close of so many retail stores has led to more questions as to whether online shopping will become the only method of shopping.

However, just like with reading on a Kindle versus reading an actual book, not everyone prefers shopping online. At least, I don't prefer online shopping, and yes, I have tried shopping online for almost everything.

Here are eight reasons why shopping in the store will always be better than online shopping, no matter what other people have stated.

1. You can try on clothes

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This is one of the biggest problems I have with online shopping! You can't try on the clothes before buying them online. Sure, you can try on the clothes you get once they've been shipped. But if you have trouble finding the right size, especially since for women every size in almost any store varies, then it becomes more of a hassle.

Yes, a lot of online shopping sites have a "find the right size" menu where it gives you multiple measurements that match certain sizes. But most of those measurements include waist, hip, stomach sizes, and who has time to measure all of that?

2. You can expect what you're going to get

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With in-store shopping, you usually know what you get with buying an item. You know what the item looks like from seeing it in person, or with clothes you've felt the fabric and seen what it looks like in person. With online shopping, you basically don't know for sure what to expect until you receive the item in the mail. There are a lot of sites that may try to scam you where they'll present you with a clothing item that looks nice on the model until you receive it and it looks nothing like what you saw online. At least with in-store shopping, this doesn't happen as often.

3. No shipping expenses

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The nice part with in-store shopping is you don't have to spend extra expenses on shipping. Although there are times when online shopping sites offer free shipping, on some sites, it's hard to find free shipping. And on a lot of sites, they will try to offer free shipping only if you buy items that are $50 or more, which means you have to pay for more to receive free shipping.

4. No wait to receive what you buy

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The great part about in-store shopping is you get the item right away, unless you ask for the item to be ordered in the store. With online shopping, you have to wait for the item to be sent. And although there are some shipping options that allow one-day shipping, you'll sometimes be charged more to receive the item early. With in-store shopping, at least you get the outfit you want or item you need as soon as you pay for it.

5. You can avoid additional shipping hazards

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There are a lot of other shipping hassles that you have to go through besides waiting for the item to be shipped and the cost of shipping. You also have to worry about the item getting lost in the mail or if you'll receive it at the right address. And sometimes the item can get damaged during transit, which makes you feel like you wasted all of your money on buying the it.

6. You can speak to a sales representative in person

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This is especially helpful for buying bras or a dress. With in-store shopping, you can talk to a sales representative and get their opinion before buying the item. Sure, online shopping has someone you can talk to online, but it's not the same since you aren't talking to them in person or trying on the clothes in front of them. With in-store shopping, they can give you advice when you try on the item and offer you alternatives if it doesn't fit, whereas with online shopping, they can only offer you general advice without seeing you try on the item.

7. The option to pay with cash

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If you hate paying with a debit card, then you probably would prefer in-store shopping. The problem with online shopping is that you can't pay with cash since you can't exactly transfer real money online except through a debit card. With in-store shopping, you at least always have the option of paying with cash.

8. You miss the experience of shopping in person

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Lastly, what most people don't seem to understand is that with online shopping, you don't get the whole experience with in-store shopping. You don't get to walk through a mall, try on clothes, finger through the fabric, or see clothes or items in person. Instead, you have to sit behind a computer and shop. Though many people may like online shopping because you don't have to go through the hassle of dealing with people or lines in a store, you still miss out on real experiences with shopping.

So many people are already found in their houses behind a computer screen or buried in their phones. We already miss out on real experiences because we're too caught up in the digital world. So why should we do the same with shopping?

As you can see, shopping in person can have its own benefits to it. I'm not saying that online shopping is completely bad where you may not be able to purchase the item in the store. However, I also don't think that in-store shopping should be disregarded for online shopping. Not everyone enjoys shopping online completely, and by getting rid of in-store shopping, we miss out on the many different experiences that come with it.

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