5 Accessories Every Girl Obsessed With Her Planner Needs

5 Accessories Every Girl Obsessed With Her Planner Needs

Whether it's your Passion Planner, Lilly Pulitzer agenda, or bullet journal, you're gonna need these few items!

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Ever since I got my Passion Planner for my birthday in June, I've spent every second planning out my weeks. I've pinned anything and everything related to planning; including all the special pens and highlighters I add to my wishlist daily. There's something about organization that gives me a peace of mind; and if you're reading this right now, it does for you too. Here are a few of my favorite planner accessories that make sucky school weeks just a little better.

1. Flair Pens

You aren't ready to organize your planner if you don't have flair pens. They come in just about every color and will change your life for the better. I love writing in my daily schedule and after-school activities in each specific time slot, which makes flair pens the perfect tool.

2. Washi Tape

Washi tape will open you up to a whole new world. Introduce fun colors and funky patterns into your planner with fun pops of tape! Washi tape is the perfect size to block out your classes in your timely organized planner or just to add a fun border to a boring week.

3. Post-It Notes

You've probably been obsessed with post-it notes since 1st grade, and for good reason! They're still the most fun and easy things to use. The best part is that you can take them out of your planner when needed. Can't fit all of your homework into your planner? Add a post-it note and you're golden!

4. Planner Stickers

You can't be a professional planner organizer without planner stickers! They make everything more fun and pretty. You can find them on Amazon for a sticker to do list, special occasions, and so much more!

5. Highlighters

The last essential is of course, highlighters! A classic tool, but also an essential. They work best for emphasizing a test or an important project coming up. With a nice pack of highlighters, it's impossible to miss an assignment or forget about an important meeting!

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10 Companies That Give Back

Helping the world one purchase at a time.
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We all love to give back, but it's hard to choose where to put our money. Why not purchase an item that shows the cause and charity you support? There are many deserving charities and companies out there, but here are 10 companies that really make a difference in our world.

1. Toms.

This well-known company sells shoes, eyewear and bags that give back to persons in need. Their slogan is "One for One," meaning that for every item sold, they will give one to a person in need in underdeveloped countries. For every shoe sold, they give a pair of shoes to a child in need. For every piece of eyewear (glasses or sunglasses) sold, they restore the sight of a person in need. For every bag sold, they provided a safe birth for a child and mother in need. Over 2 million shoes have been distributed, and there has been a 42 percent increase in maternal health.

2. Warby Parker.

Warby Parker is also a well-known eyeglass company. They not only donate a pair of eyeglasses for each pair purchased, but they train men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses at an affordable price. They also offer home try-ons where they mail you five pairs of frames to try on for five days.

3. Love Your Melon.

Love Your Melon is a company that sells beanies, hats, clothing, etc. to help children battling cancer. They give beanies to children battling cancer in the US as well as donate to organizations who help fight pediatric cancer. Colleges and communities all over the country raise money, visit sick children in hospitals in hopes that it makes their day brighter and help end cancer.

4. Pura Vida Bracelets.

Pura Vita Bracelets is a company that sells jewelry, clothing, swimwear and accessories. All of their famous waterproof bracelets are handmade by local artisans in Costa Rica. This gives those individuals a job and helps them express their creativity. Pura Vida Bracelets also features their charity bracelets that support over 200 different charities.

5. Headbands of Hope.

Headbands of Hope is a company that sells headbands and flower crowns. For every headband sold, they provide a headband to a child battling pediatric cancer. Their mission is to bring fashion into the lives of these children to help them create their own identity, especially in a hospital setting.

6. Ivory Ella.

Ivory Ella is a company that sells clothing and accessories for a good cause. That cause is to protect elephants and prevent the illegal poaching. Ivory Ella donates 10 percent of its profits to Save the Elephants and other charitable animal organizations. Their mission is to bring people together to cherish and maintain the beauty that is the elephant.

7. Sevenly.

Sevenly is a company that sells clothing and accessories for various causes. Their causes include autism, cancer, education, environment, international, military and social justice. For every product you purchase, Sevenly tells you how much of the proceeds go to that cause. They have raised over $4 million for various causes and their foundation.

8. 1Face.

1Face is a company that sells modern watches for various causes. These causes are cancer, hunger, clean water, animal rights, breast cancer, disaster relief, environmental, AIDS and education. They also offer a watch that supports all nine of their causes.

9. FEED.

FEED is a company that sells clothing, bags and accessories for various causes. For every item that you purchase, FEED will donate meals to children in school, give emergency relief and foster good mother-child nutrition. For every item that you purchase, FEED tells you what cause it is going to and how many meals it can provide.



10. The Brave Collection.

The Brave Collection is a company that sells handmade jewelry from artisans in Cambodia. These artisans are women and mostly mothers. This helps provide the women job opportunities as well as gaining creativity. The Brave Collection also donates 10 percent of their profits to helping fight human trafficking in Cambodia. Along with this, they also work with partners in Cambodia to support programs that empower vulnerable Cambodian girls and women.



Besides these 10 companies, there are thousands of companies and organizations that sell clothing and jewelry for a good cause. Which company will you choose to support?

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It’s Time To Stop Letting Victoria’s Secret Define What Is Beautiful

Glorifying and commodifying a specific type of body on a large-scale is damaging to women everywhere.

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Victoria's Secret is a retailer that thrives off of exclusion and maintains notions of beauty and attractiveness that are no longer as welcomed in the 21st century.

Frankly, capitalism will likely wipe out the brand when people stop buying their lingerie due to lack of support for the company.

That's the beauty of capitalism.

In fact, VS stock, which is now down 40% indicates that this type of change is coming to the lingerie marketplace, where women now value companies that promote bodily diversity and don't shame certain kinds of bodies for not adhering to the beauty standard set by Victoria's Secret.

While Victoria's Secret has increased its diversity throughout the years regarding ethnic backgrounds, the body type represented in the brand is incredibly homogenous.

The models in the show are all runway models outside of the Victoria's Secret show, meaning that they adhere to standard agency requirements. These requirements dictate a female model be at least 5'8 in height, and while weight is not often specified, models are usually between 105-120 pounds.

Any brief exploration into the models on the site will show that their measurements are around 31-34 inches in the bust, with a 22-26 inch waist and 34-36 inch hips. These measurements correspond to sizes 0-2, which are often used as sample sizes for the runway.

This article is not meant to attack their signature model, "Angels." They are beautiful women who fit the needs of the fashion industry they earn a living in. However, they are not the ONLY type of beautiful women to exist.

Further, this article is not meant to denigrate naturally thin individuals. I am a size 0 myself, so many people consider me a "thin" individual.

People might fail to understand why I disapprove of Victoria's Secret as a brand. After all, they cater to individuals with my body type, so what is there for me to complain about?

I don't fit their height requirement, meaning that I could never be one of their esteemed Angels. And you could ask yourself, "so why does that matter?"

The vast majority of women in the United States could never come close to achieving the bodily standards observed in Victoria's Angels that the brand emphasizes.

And which it's important for companies to cater to individual markets to ensure corporate diversity, Victoria's Secret remains a lingerie giant and has a massive ability in dictating national standards of beauty.

They also sell sizes beyond the XS or S displayed in the fashion show, yet fail to include bodies in the show that would fit their M, L, or XL sizes they sell in stores.

The problem with influence and lack representation coupled with their marketing strategy dictates to women that the Angel is the pinnacle of beauty. Therefore by wearing their lingerie, you get to supposedly feel like an Angel in the Victoria's Secret fantasy.

And yet, you don't.

Why?

Because even if you get sucked into their marketing scheme and buy their bras and underwear expecting to feel better about yourself, if you're not absolutely secure and completely love with your body already, you'll just recognize that you will never fit the Angel standard that you feel is expected of you to be considered beautiful.

And that when you look in the mirror, you not looking like an Angel makes you feel like a fraud.

Victoria's Secret further utilizes the term "sexy" often, meaning that wearing their lingerie is supposed to make you attractive and appealing to the opposite sex.

So not only is their brand about idealizing specific types of bodies but commodifying these particular bodies as objects of prime attractiveness to the opposite sex.

There is a consequence of presenting one body type as the most beautiful and categorizing it as incredibly sexy. For women, they risk feeling that a guy seeing them in lingerie will think of them as unattractive since they don't adhere to the epitomized beauty standard so endlessly praised in the media.

Victoria's Secret emphasizes that their show is a "fantasy." This notion of a fantasy can imply that it's not real. However, we as consumers know those models are still real people. And even if they're bronzed, made-up and thrust out onto the runway in perfect lighting, the bodies walking that runway wouldn't be there if Victoria's Secret didn't already consider them perfect before the show.

Further, Ed Razek, the Chief Marketing Officer of Creative Services of L Brands (the company that owns Victoria's Secret) responded to a question concerning bodily diversity in this manner:

"We attempted to do a television special for plus sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don't,"

His quote is prime evidence that the minds behind Victoria's Secret do not consider bodies outside their norms interesting, nor beautiful enough to be in the spotlight.

In the eyes of Victoria's Secret, we women who don't fit the Angel model are not valued. We are not, and never will be, as attractive or as sexy since we are not, and cannot become, Angels.


To them, we are just women who chase their notions of beauty and sexiness to try and fulfill our desires to feel that way about ourselves. We remain consumers thinking that someday, maybe we will get close to or achieve that ideal and that wearing their lingerie is somehow a way to get there.

And since the vast majority of women in the United States feel insecure about their bodies, Victoria's Secret capitalizes on women's insecurities.

Brands such as ThirdLove and Savage X Fenty have made efforts to turn lingerie from devices of body standards and external validation to objects worn by women of all backgrounds for support, self-confidence, and comfortability. They've also worked to move the notion of sexiness away from something determined by the opposite sex to instead a feeling one experiences from empowering their own female sexuality.

All in all, you get to decide what companies you support, where to put your money and who you think makes the nicest lingerie.

I, along with many other women, have decided I don't want to spend my money at Victoria's Secret anymore. I've been on too long of a journey of bodily hate and self-destruction, and I feel that it is time for me to move on and surround myself in a social movement that doesn't make me feel less of a woman.

Maybe one day, Victoria's Secret will do someone to cater to the millions of women upturning their noses at their company. And if not, they may have to settle as a smaller, specialty retailer that emphasizes clothing for smaller women.

Regardless, a change in marketing could benefit their sales and stock.

Otherwise, a lot of us women are going to go elsewhere and work to redefine what it means to be beautiful.

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