Happy International Womxn's Day! To celebrate I'm sharing a few of my favorite female owned businesses in a variety of categories. This is in no way comprehensive - the list of businesses I love supporting could go on forever but I wanted to highlight a few that I keep returning to over and over.
Rarity by Casey
I've lost count of how many Rarity bow bands I own, but it's safe to say I have enough to match almost any outfit! Casey started the hair accessory business on her own, but now employs several other women who all hand make these adorable bows. They go really fast though, so if you happen to catch the shop when it's open be sure to stock up on all your favorite colors!
I don't remember exactly how I discovered Studio DIY's "Can't Clutch This", but I am so so glad I did. I signed up for the subscription, and receiving these fun bags each month always puts a smile on my face! Kelly, who runs Studio DIY, is such an inspiration for me. She's a style icon of mine, and a total boss with a gorgeous family!
I'm obsessed with Ban.do in every possible way. They bring so much color and joy to all of their products, and they're even fun to follow on instagram for a little inspo! They started as a hair accessory company, but now they have everything a girl could want, from teeshirts to planners, to giant heart shaped pool floaties. My dream is to same day get to design a product with their team!
Lola is an awesome feminine hygiene company that makes period products as well as intimacy products. The tampons and pads are 100% organic cotton, and can be ordered as a reoccurring subscription that arrives when you need it each month. One of my favorite things about Lola is that they care about their community, and donate the necessary feminine hygiene products to women in shelters who would otherwise be without each month. These are some of the most needed items at shelters, but are rarely donated. Since 2015 they've donated over 1 million tampons!
When am I not talking about ice cream? Molly Moon's is a Seattle favorite and the owner Molly is so rad! Not only is the line always out the door, but Molly donates to several charities and created Scout Mint in order to buy Thin Mints to send girl scouts to camp.
Bird and Stone
I've highlighted Bird and Stone a few times, because I love how they combine philanthropy with fashion! All of their bracelets represent a different social cause, and they donate some of the proceeds to relevant charities. Two that are important to me are She Should Run which helps support women in politics, and Planned Parenthood
Brit and Co
Brit and Co is a media company so as far as I know they don't sell any actual products, but I adore their instagram and all of the motivational quotes that come along with it. Their website is full of listicles, which I end up reading wayyyyy longer than I mean to.
Confete Party Box
Confete is another great Seattle-based company, and I got to meet their founder at a networking event for local creatives. They give you everything you need to decorate an adorable themed party, and I'm super obsessed with their balloon displays.
There are not enough ways to describe how awesome Glossier is. I think the first product I tried from them was Boy Brow, and ever since I've been slowly trying everything they have to offer. So far I haven't disliked a single product! I especially love all of their skincare products which I use everyday as part of my routine.
True and Co
I posted about my True and Co bra on instagram a couple months ago, and since then I've tried two other styles. I love all three bras so much, and have found the undies to be super duper comfy as well! And like I said on insta, why should men make all the money from bras?? Buy them from a female owned company and ditch those horrible underwire at the same time.
Rifle Paper Co.
I've been in love with Rifle Paper Co. and their paintings by Anna Rifle Bond for years now! Everything is so perfect and sunny and girly and there's nothing in this world that can stop me from buying their florals on everything (including this awesome pair of Keds that I have). I've been using their planners for 4 years and 100% would recommend them to anyone who is obsessed with organization as much as I am.
Another great party supply company, Studio Pep makes the cutest confetti, balloons, and even better yet: balloons filled with confetti! I used their products at my 23rd birthday party and the colors were everything I dreamed they'd be. The company was started by an awesome mama who is totally sweet, and includes "our daughters deserve the same opportunities as our sons" as a company belief. AMEN!!
I've been subscribed to Rocksbox for about a year, and I absolutely love it! I'm an affiliate, but even if I wasn't I'd still be a loyal subscriber and spread the word to my fellow jewelry lovers. Each month I usually swap my box out at least once or twice, which gives me so many options for styling my looks! I end up buying a ton of the pieces too so I can wear them over and over. If you want to try Rocksbox, use code "alhblogxoxo" for a free month!
Oui Fresh is ran by some of my favorite women on instagram, the ladies behind A Beautiful Mess. They have some cute apparel, an all natural beauty subscription box, and my personal favorite the daisy sunglasses! Check out their blog and shop for tons of gorgeous color and fun DIYs.
I've tried countless products over the years, and up until recently I rarely bought the same thing twice. This past year I decided to get serious about my skin, and I finally feel like I've nailed down a routine that works for me!
I've been using each of these products for a minimum of two months, and started incorporating them gradually in order to help determine what worked and what didn't. Keep in mind, I don't tend to have acne prone skin. I mostly suffer from combination skin, blackheads, and occasional hormonal breakouts on my chin. If you experience any of these problems, these are the products I feel have helped me be more confident!
1. Micellar Water - I've been using micellar water as my eye makeup remover for the past couple of years now, and really swear by it. Unlike other eye makeup removers, micellar water isn't oily and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh even if it's the only product I have on hand (ie. if I'm camping or traveling and packed lightly). From what I've experienced from trying a few different brands is that there isn't much difference between them. I frequently purchase Garnier or Simple.
Garnier actually makes two different kinds - regular strength and waterproof strength. The one pictured above is the latter, which I only use on the rare occasions that I'm wearing waterproof mascara or heavy eyeshadow/lip-stains. Because of the strength I have found that this version is slightly more oily and usually requires a water rinse after. I prefer the regular strength (comes with a pink lid) and use it everyday.
2. Glossier Milky Jelly - I usually follow micellar water with a cleanser to remove foundation, and my brow color. Milky jelly smells like rose water, and has proven gentle and light! I either wash as usual with a damp cloth, or use with my Clarisonic.
3. Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel - Witch Hazel is another product I've been using for years and have tried in multiple brands. I recently switched to Thayers after another blogger recommended it. I like that the Rose Petal mist still gives me the fresh feeling of witch hazel, while combining it with a rose water spray. I also choose the spray bottle over the usual spout, since it saves money on cotton pads, which I already use for the micellar water. I couldn't find a link to the spray bottle online, but I usually can find it in the skincare aisle of Target.
4. Glossier Priming Moisturizer - Moisturizer is hands down my favorite step of the routine. I feel like I've tried a billion different kinds, but have recently landed on Glossier's moisturizer after getting a sample in their Melrose store! The only downside is that it doesn't contain SPF. The upside is that you can buy it in a 3 pack with their cleanser and lip balm.
5. Aveda Energizing Eye Creme - Honestly does any one know if eye creams really work? I've been using this off and on since my facial at Origin Salon and haven't really figured out if I'm noticing a difference or not. This is one product I don't think I'll purchase again, but figured I should include since I've been using it more frequently lately.
6. Porefector - Besides my moisturizer, this is one step I can't go without. I discovered Porefector after the small business owner behind this solution messaged me about trying a sample, and fell in love with it immediately. Their website has a variety of uses listed, but I use it daily on my blackheads and whenever needed as a spot treatment. The black heads on my nose have been pretty persistent since middle school, and this is the first thing that I really feel has made an actual difference.
Plus whenever I experience the start of a hormonal breakout, I've rubbed a bit on the area twice a day until it disappears. Without Porefector, my hormonal breakouts would usually swell below the skin and stay there painfully for a few days, or appear bright red and obvious on my chin. Now I can usually feel them when I touch the area for a couple days until they're gone completely, but most don't ever get the chance to be visible and I haven't experience any that are painful. Unlike other strong spot treatments, Porefector hasn't ever made my skin dry or flakey, so it stays easy to apply my concealer and foundation.
*2.5. Glossier Solution - This product kinda throws a loop through my typical routine, but I use it when I'm experiencing extra dryness (which unfortunately happens more often in the winter). After my facial I stopped using exfoliants that scrub, since discovering it was making my dryness worse. I just pump a bit of solution onto a cotton round and lightly rub it on my face before moisturizing. On days when I use solution, I skip Porefector to keep from overwhelming my skin. Glossier recommends daily use if you have extreme dryness or are acne prone, but I've been using it maybe once a week or so.
I hope this is helpful! It seems like a lot, but overall it takes about 5-10 minutes each night. In the morning I do a three step program, with just the witch hazel, moisturizer, and Porefector before applying my makeup.
When I'm considering a new product, I try to choose companies that share my values whenever possible. As a woman it's extra important to me that I support female run businesses, which is why I'm teaming up with Billie!
Billie is a "female first" razor company that makes products specifically for all who identify as a woman! The starter kit includes a handle, 2 razor cartridges, and a magnetic shower holder for just $9. Each refill pack after that is $9 for 4 replacement cartridges and the frequency can be adjusted to match how frequently you shave.
Billie understands that shaving is a personal preference, and whether you like to shave every where everyday or prefer to grow it out is left up to you. They started Project Body Hair in order to change how our hair is shown in the media saying, "Commercials show women 'shaving' perfectly smooth, airbrushed legs. Strange, huh? But everyone has short stubble, long strands, or something in between. What you do with yours is up to you - grow it, get rid of it, or comb it. It's your hair, after all." And if shaving isn't your thing, you can still stock up on their other body care products (like the Sudsy Body Wash and Dry-Bye Body Lotion) which are vegan and cruelty free!
Billie is also addressing the Pink Tax, where women are charged more for everyday products than men are. The old tradition of "pink it and shrink it" comes with a cost that results in the average woman spending an extra $1,351 per year. Whether it's the actual tax we pay on feminine hygiene, or just the increased prices we pay, it's estimated that each purchase costs an average of 7% more. While major changes to our society and legislation need to happen before this problem can be solved, Billie is working hard to do their part. The Billie subscription is cheaper than Dollar Shave Club, which charges $26 for a 4 pack of razors and a 6 ounce tube of shave butter.
If you're interested in learning more about the Pink Tax, I definitely recommend you check out AxThePinkTax.com where you can calculate your estimated spend, and read studies about gendered pricing.
To sign up for a subscription with Billie, click here
Thank you to the Billie team for collaborating on this post! The starter kit and lotion were provided to me at no cost. Promoting products that not only support women, but actively seek change is something I care deeply about and I am excited to try my Billie kit and spread the word about ending the Pink Tax!
When it comes to accessories, I love a good conversation piece! I've always gravitated toward statement necklaces and funky earrings, but recently I've started experimenting with my purses too.
Basket bags have been trending like crazy this year, so when I saw this woven cactus from Olive and Pepper I immediately fell in love. What better way to show off my crazy plant lady tendencies than with this adorable shoulder bag? And I would choose pompoms over prickles any day.
I plan to transition this bag to fall with a cute jacket and booties combo, but until then I'm turning to my trusty saltwater sandals and comfy drawstring shorts from Forever 21 for a laidback summer look. I like to pair my statement pieces with simple outfits so the muted yellow and soft cream felt like the obvious choice to debut the cactus.
Since jeans are such an important staple piece, it's really important to me that I feel confident in them! Shopping for the perfect fit can be so difficult for me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. Similar to swimsuits, it can be discouraging to try on pair after pair hoping to find one that will finally look just right. But when you do find that perfect pair, it can be so exciting!
I know when I've got a good thing going, which is why I've been turning to American Eagle for my denim since middle school. Back then I looked at fashion as something that let me fit in with others, by wearing popular brands and trends even when they didn't feel like me. Luckily I've figured some things out since then. Now fashion is an important part of how I express myself, and I gravitate towards trends that speak to my personal style! Sometimes that means stepping outside of my comfort zone to try something new. Having the perfect pair of AE jeans makes me feel fearless when I'm trying a bold shoe or a unique top!
For this look I went with asoft yellow top from American Eagle, that has the cutest embroidery and bow details. While the chunky Forever 21 heels weren't my smartest pick for the cobblestone streets of Pike Place, I loved how they were able to dress up an otherwise more casual look and bring out the flirty feeling of the shirt!
If you're interested in any of the pieces from my look be sure to check them out below, and follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.it to stay up to date.
Thank you to American Eagle for collaborating on this post! I received the jeans and top at no cost, in exchange for my honest review.
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