Women Entrepreneurs who EFFING GET IT

Lets discuss some BAMF female business owners, and the quality products that magically end up at my door.

I’ve always been a feminist, before I even truly knew what the word meant. I️ can probably trace it back to my love for the Spice Girls and all things girl power, if we are being honest. (FYI- feminism really just means equality for women. Like. So men and women can be equal. Not that men are the devil. EQUALITY. Just so we are all on the same page. Moving on). I also love shopping, jewelry, the F bomb, sarcasm, and all things girly. So when I find a company that not only incorporates all of these things and speaks to my soul but is ALSO run by a BAMF female, I lose my shit. In a good way. And I’ve found a few of them lately that not only are female run from the ground up, but have quality products. I can attest to that because I’ve bought a few from each company. (Note – this is not a sponsored post BUT DOES CONTAIN ONE AFFILIATE LINK where I can earn points if you buy from Metal Marvels, but merely me giving credit to women who are awesome and have my credit card on file)

Metal Marvels A company run by a bad ass named Katie, Metal Marvels specializes in jewelry and accessories.  Sounds pretty standard, right? WRONG. Metal Marvels has a line called Expletives (R) which features adorable bangles with a lot of curse words on them. But it’s not just random swearing all the time, so many of them sport words of encouragement and empowerment. And a few of them just have the F word all over them, which of course I love.  I even bought a necklace of hers that says the same.  If cursing isn’t your thing (in which case, I am not sure how you made it this far in my blog, but thanks for not judging!) there are many others that do not have any cusses on them, but are just are wonderful.  So many of the bangles have female positive mantras on them, while others simply say things like “Dog mom AF”, so there’s something for everyone. I currently own 2 bangles and a necklace, and have another bangle en route to me as we speak.  Its safe to say I’m a fan.

Not only do the words on these bangles (and mugs!) speak to my soul, but they are amazing quality.  They are adjustable but not the cheap kind where you tighten it once and then its ruined.  These are good quality that you can wear daily depending on whats written on them and how chill your HR department is.  She also ships SO QUICK which for an impatient brat like me, is a nice added bonus.  Plus, if you join her VIP mailing list, she sends out coupon codes so you can feel less guilty about your online shopping habit.  Metal Marvels keeps teasing some new products that are coming Black Friday, so def head over to her site and sign up ASAP.  ‘Tis the season….for shopping. Duh.

Evil QueenEvil Queen, run by Ida, makes candles with a LOT of sass. Obviously, that’s something I love and appreciate. The names of the candles are super witty (ex. Bitches who Brunch, Exhale the Bullshit, Calm Down, etc.).  But also – these smell AMAZING. Not overpowering, but also just so good.  I recently purchased two, Dog Mom (because duh) and Wisdom (because I am a huge nerd. Judge me for it, see how that one goes). The Wisdom candle is from her Harry Potter inspired line. Its a gorgeous candle, and the juniper and mint scent combo is perfection.

These candles are SUPER CUTE, and are also handmade.  Like, not mass produced.  It gives it a nice special touch, I think.  Especially since i am not that talented or patient to learn how to make candles.  And like, GOOD candles at that. They are also made from soy wax, making them vegan and non toxic. That’s PERFECT for all you bougie millennials out there. Environmentally friendly and cute – those are some wins all around. And look at the little inspirational cards with each candle! Ugh. You can never have enough candles, right? Because my room is about to be filled.

CZNDCZND is a company that is centered around strong women.  They partner with women entrepreneurs, celebs, and influencers to develop their products. And let me tell you, their products are bad. ass.  From notebooks to mugs to candles (made by Evil Queen!), they really have something for everyone.  They even have a Legally Blonde line, and of course I had to grab something from there.  I try to emulate Elle Woods on the regular so it was a must.  Not to mention a line in collaboration with Bethenny Frankel, who is a BOSS in every single right.  She’s also doing a shit ton for Puerto Rico right now, which is incredible.  Check it out.

Not only do they have cute and inspiring apparel and accessories, they just recently came out with a fitness line called “The Body Department” and you bet your ASS next payday I will be buying their “f*ck off” leggings.  If a company is really trying to get me to buy their products, this is the way to do it. Literally combine all of my favorite things into products that I will actually use.  You’ve done it, CZND.  My bank statement will start to know your name more often, That’s for sure.

And there you have it – three women centered companies that I am crushing on.  Know any other companies I should check out? Love these? Comment and let me know!

The Black Friday Pre-game: the sales before the storm

We will get to this, I promise you, but Black Friday is easily my favorite day of the year. But as we know, the Christmas Creep is REAL (and I am an integral part of that)  Your favorite stores are taking notice. The calendar JUST turned to November and my inbox is inundated with sale emails. And trust me, I am not complaining. Let’s discuss a few that are sure to make your bank balance a little lower, shall we?

Bloomingdales private sale

This one is pretty good – $25 off every $100 you spend. With of course, exceptions. But even with the exclusions, its a pretty good deal. And if you are a Bloomies Loyalist, you get a $25 gift card for every $100 you spend. So its ALMOST like they are paying you to shop. Almost. Plus, triple loyalist points.  And then you can use those giftcards to do some Christmas shopping for later.  See me justifying this for you? Good. Sale starts November 6th online, November 7th in stores.  Use code PRIVATE for the deal.  Get shopping lovies.

Jonathan Adler – Entertaining essentials

Are you entertaining for the holidays? In-laws planning on overstaying their welcome? Throwing friendsgiving? Holiday party? Just really festive? Any one of these is fine – head over to Jonathan Adler.  No code needed, everything is already marked down on the site from now until November 8th.  Now if you will excuse me, there is a zebra stacking dish calling my name…

Gap – friends & family

Time to stock up on those winter staples!  Currently 40% off everything online, 50% off in stores.  So if you hate people, you still get a good deal. Might be worth subjecting yourself to human contact for the discount, though…

Kate Spade – extra 30% off sale

Now, this is a good one.  Kate Spade makes SUCHHH cute things, and they make great gifts for the holidays.  Whether those gifts are for a friend or for you is not my decision nor is it my business. The choice is yours.  Act fast though, this only lasts until November 5th.  Enter in DELICIOUS at check out.

Sephora VIB event

ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR SEPHORA JUNKIES! Sephora has released the dates for their 20% off VIB sale.  If you’re a VIB Rouge, yours already started.  If you’re like me and are just a little bit poor and haven’t hit that level yet, the VIB sale starts November 10th and goes to November 15th.  So start window shopping and liking items.  Now is a good time to stock up or buy gifts.  For yourself.  Everything I will be buying from this sale will be for me, and I’m not sorry.

And this is just the warm up for the big day, girl scouts.  Get ready.  Get some early shopping done. Treat. Your. Self.

Did I miss any good ones?! Anything you’re dying to by? Let me know in the comments!

(note: this was not a sponsored post)

Trend Tuesday: the pin craze that was cool in middle school is back

Every Tuesday I’ll discuss current trends: the good, the bad, and the god awful.

Remember in middle school when you had that goth/punk phase and you had pins with quotes on them all over your bag and jackets? No? Just me? Ok. Cool. Anyway….

WHAT ARE THESE THINGS: Adorable enamel pins with the likeness of everything you can imagine. These cute little things are back – and improved! These new shops are probably popping up all over your instagram feed as often as Kylie pregnancy conspiracy theories. Basically anything you love or have ever loved, someone has made into a pin. From cartoons to cult films to a cute one I found of a La Croix can, if you love it, it’s in pin form.

WHERE TO PUT THEM: I personally have mine on a mini backpack.  I’ve seen people put them on denim jackets, backpacks, and cork boards for starters.  So really, have at it! Throw them on your gym bag to add something different to that all black tote.  Add a few cute ones to your cubical at work to remind you of your will to live.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Instead of just going to your local Hot Topic, you can hop on Etsy and find some that better suit your adult interests.  Go on insta and search any pin hashtag or whatever interests you and you’re bound to run into something, and add a little color to your wardrobe or accessories. If you’re like me, your soul is still black, but your outsides are a little brighter.  Kind of.  Ok listen my wardrobe is mostly black but I live in New York so thats our uniform, ok? I’ll link some of the sellers I’ve found that I love here, and on my Insta!

SOME I OWN:

LOOK – ITS JOEY AND CHANDLER IN THE CANOE!


And because I am a closeted  geek – some Harry Potter ones.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve collected/impulse bought at 1am. A lot of these companies are also bringing back stickers, iron on patches, and the like.  So if the pins aren’t your jam, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something else you love.

Have you found any of these adorable little pins that you love? What would YOU like to see turned into a pin? It could be a movie quote, your favorite GOT character (idk, I don’t watch), a throwback to a cartoon, whatever. Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

Trend Tuesdays:WTF is up with the stick on freckles?!

Every Tuesday I’ll discuss current trends: the good, the bad, and the god awful.

Remember the times growing up I would PRAY for my freckles to go away? Or the times when I was MERCIFULLY TEASED because I have freckles covering my face and arms? And for once, I am not exaggerating when I say COVERED. (Spoiler alert: kids are MEAN AF).

But NOW the new thing is stick on freckles….

Stick on freckles. Stick. On. Freckles.

WHAT IN THE FRESH HELL IS THIS?!

Recap: for the majority of my almost 30 years on this earth, my freckles were things I would try to get rid of and were not viewed as something that was conventionally beautiful. And now they’re a god damn beauty trend.


Look at this – it’s even being marketed as “the new makeup”. This is pretty much the equivalent of wearing colored contacts. Everyone knows you’re faking it, its usually horribly obvious, is it really worth it? And as if it wasn’t obnoxious as it is, they come in metallic versions. So you can look like you are going to a festival all the time. K.

Apparently they work in a similar manner to temporary tattoos. I say apparently, because as I have natural GOD GIVEN freckles, I have no need for these (for the record, NO ONE DOES). They last for 24-48 hours (or more if you don’t wash your face for a while – I’m not here to judge).  The kicker? These things run for $15-$25! You know what you can get with that money instead? A lot of Starbucks, for starters.

My final thoughts: if Mother Nature didn’t give you these face stars, trying to fake it isn’t a good look.

Cliche inspiration post

Finally, my first blog post.

I really had to dig deep to write this post, and had to go back to what inspired me to want to blog in the first place.  Its something I have been wanting to do for a while, but life/law school/procrastination kept getting in the way. As you can tell, its been a tough road getting here.

So, here’s a list of shit that inspires me on the regular:

  • Funny chicks like Amy Schumer, who are unapologetically themselves
  • The entire writing staff of betches.com
  • The fact that the Kardashians make millions by literally existing
  • My corporate job that pays the bills and treats me well but stifles my creativity
  • The Skimm and its founders – they left their corporate jobs and have built a little empire
  • My wonderful side hustlin’ friends

…just to name a few. But enough sappy – in the weeks to come we will discuss my dating life (or lack thereof), cult workouts, my shopping problem and the wonderful things it brings me, and reality TV. And by we, I of course mean me talking at you. This is a blog, not a gchat convo.

What inspires you? It doesn’t have to inspire you to do big things, either. It can be as simple as what inspired you to not walk out of your job today, or get out of bed.  Not all of us are saving lives here, and that’s totally ok. You don’t want me in the operating room, trust me.  So – let me know what keeps you inspired – it might just inspire me to not punch someone today.