Glossier

New face, who this? Let’s talk Glossier; a brand that’s breaking the contemporary mannequin mold of beauty and makes us rethink skincare. Created by founder Emily Weiss in 2014, their philosophy is that skincare comes 1st, makeup 2nd. “Hi! We’re Glossier, a beauty company inspired by what girls need in real life. We’re creating the new essentials: easy-to-use basics that form the backbone to your unique beauty routine.” – via Glossier website Aside from the aesthetically pleasing packaging and sleek social media feed, Glossier focuses on “beauty in real life,” using women of all skin colors and ethnicities to promote…

Modern Day Woman

The other day at work, just as any day, I was going through the motions. With a stockpile of fake smiles, I greeted my tables and took their orders. One of my regulars came in, which brightened my day more than expected because after reading through my website, he sincerely told me that my personality resembled a mountain. As I’ve mentioned before, women are no longer coy, submissive, indirect or passive. The modern day woman exudes femininity through their multifaceted personality. Like a mountain’s ridges, we can be rough around the edges and deep; intellectuals with many interests, complexities and…

DIY Lavender Water

  Being a young college student, a good night’s sleep has become a rare commodity. In today’s society, we are living in a constant stress-induced environment, where our days are clouded with work, school, meetings and carrying on a social life. Our unpredicted schedules are accompanied by high stress levels and a lack of sleep, so I turned to the faithful Internet for answers; seeking out different tips to help with stress and relaxation. I stumbled across a study conducted in 2001, researching the effects lavender fragrance had on college women’s stress and depression levels. Amongst the 42 college women who participated, severity…

2017 Resolution Guide

Juggernaut — n. An overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path “2016 is the juggernaut of history.” For some, 2016 did not go as planned. A year comparable to an unstoppable vortex, taking Prince, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Debbie Reynolds, and Harambe; just to name a few. With memes and twitter hashtags exploding all over social media, we are able to see a few short sentiments of how the population really feels.     Although 2016 looked bleary, 2017 is a time for fresh starts and new promises. As cliche as it sounds, it’s…

Winter Bath Survival Guide

As the air grows crisp, wintertime brings unwanted gifts of muscle pain, lower immunity, and increased fatigue. Our golden-bronzed summer glow is merely an echo fading away, leaving us with dehydrated, worn skin. Although you are experiencing the depressing side effects of vitamin D withdrawal, one  way for rehabilitation is by soaking in a relaxing, hot bath. A soak in the tub is no longer about leisure, as it is a survival tactic during these frosty months. Baths can be very relaxing and therapeutic; they’re a luxurious way to revitalize parched, wearied winter skin. 5 Tips to Achieve the Perfect Bath →…

Dirty Girl Farming: Woman-Owned Business Takes Root in Tampa Bay

Every Sunday at the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, live music thumps, as vendors line the dirt road. Community farms surround the stands, where local crafters sell their products and fresh produce. Dirty Girl Farming is a staple at this farmers market, where they sell microgreens. Created by co-founders Rosalyne Follman and Katy Sierra, Dirty Girl Farming is a local microgreen distributor, a rare niche of farming inherently gaining popularity. The brand reflects the couple’s natural and organic lifestyle, while focusing on female empowerment and entrepreneurship. “Urban and backyard farming is really picking up in the community and throughout the whole…

5 Lingerie Brands For the Modern Woman

Lingerie allows us to freely express ourselves, even when we don’t want to project these emotions to the outside world. It enables us to express the multiple facets of personalities we have and help subtly reveal the feelings of body adornment, self-empowerment, and creativity. (I discuss this more in depth in the piece Lingerie and Female Empowerment) As women, we want to feel effortlessly sexy and nothing is as personal as what we wear underneath. There are a growing number of lingerie brands, started by entrepreneurial women, reshaping the way we look at our intimate apparel. 1. Naja Naja is an…