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  • Treat Yourself with an At-Home Spa! 🛀💕

    There’s nothing quite like treating yourself at the spa, but sometimes it's hard to find the time and money to make it a regular habit. Your new solution: Bring the spa home to you!  A little bit of R&R is essential and showing ourselves some love is a must! We’ve put together 6 simple ways to get your relaxation on at home! Happy Relaxing! 🛀💕


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    💕Rub a dub dub: in the tub!💕

    Who doesn’t love bath time?!  Taking some time for a bath can be therapeutic in so many ways... from curing muscle aches to simply just clearing your mind after a long day in the office. We’ve found some (surprising!) things around the house that you should add to your bath.

    GREEN TEA BAGS  detox + Anti-age

    HONEY soften skin

    JELLO hydrate + elevate mood

    SALT relax muscles + reduce inflammation

    LAVENDER relieve stress

    LEMON Refresh, revive and shrink pores

    GINGER detox + Cold & Flu relief

    💕You are what you...smell!💕

    at home spaSource: Yoganonymous

    The power of smell! It is the one of our 5 senses that is so often underestimated!  There are several studies on why scents play a big role in our daily mood and how they can elevate our relaxation, happiness, energy, and more. Aromatherapy is powerful ladies! Here are some of the most popular scents that promote relaxation.

    LAVENDER

    According to a  recent study, lavender slows down activity in the sympathetic nervous system where the body responds to stress.  It is used to treat anxiety, mild stress, and insomnia giving people improved quality of sleep and relaxation.

    Source: Brooklyncandlestudio.com 

     

    BERGAMOT

    Native to Italy, Bergamot is a fruit that is similar to a lemon.  The oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit and has been shown to be useful in treating depression and uplift one dealing with anxiety and stress.  

    You can find notes of Bergamot in Harper

    SANDALWOOD

    The tree of sandalwood is one of the best fragrances that promote relaxation and induce meditative states.  Studies show that when a person smells the scent, the brain waves relax.

    You can find notes of sandalwood in Audry

    MANDARIN

    This scent gives off an uplifting, balancing, and calming effect on our bodies. Psychologists have studied the scent of mandarin and found that it creates a hypnotic effect soothing the anxious minds .  


    You can find notes of mandarin in Sofia Isabel



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    JASMINE

    “Mistress of the Night”, Jasmine, has captured poet’s imagination in the ancient times since the flower produces it's oil in the night time. Studies in Tokyo reveal that jasmine enhances mental alertness and is used often as an antidepressant.  

    You can find notes of Jasmine in both
    Audry and Sofia Isabel

    YLANG-YLANG

    Originating from the Philippines, “flower of flowers” or “fragrances of all fragrances”, Ylang ylang is an intensely sweet, floral and spicy scent that stimulates calmness. It can lower blood pressure and relieve palpitations as well.

    You can find notes of ylang ylang in Delphine

    💕Luscious Locks💕

    While you're soaking your stress away in the bathtub, treat your tresses to a hair mask! Here are 3 DIY hair masks you can make with natural ingrediant found right in your kitchen.

    at home spaSource: Sara Rose

     

    FOR SHINY + SOFT HAIR 1 avocado, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of coconut oil

    FOR STRONG + MOISTURIZED HAIR  1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp of honey

    FOR LESS FRIZZ 1 sliced banana, 1 tbsp plain yogurt, 1 tbsp Honey

    💕Treat your Skin💕

    It's not a spa without face masks (and man, are they a lifesaver! #notallheroswearcapes). Steam your face by putting a clean, steaming hot towel over your face for about 1 minute. This will open up your pores and prep your skin for best results.


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    DIY FACEMASKS

    DETOXED + CLEAR SKIN Mix 1 tsp Bentonite clay + 1 tsp warm water, 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil

    BRIGHT + BALANCED SKIN 7 strawberries + 1 tbsp raw honey Blend until paste forms

    MOISTURIZE + HEAL 1 tbsp raw honey, 1/2 tsp tumeric and a squeeze of lemon juice

    💕Quiet your Mind with Essential/Fragrance Oils💕

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    Essential Oils and fragrance oils can be used to help you find balance and relieve tension. You can use an essential oil diffuser or add some fragrance oil to your wrists. Our fragrance oils, specifically: Audry, Delphine, Harper, and Sofia Isabel all carry notes like jasmine, ylang-ylang, bergamot and more that can help you relax!

    💕Lock in the Moisture💕

    After taking off your face mask you want to make sure to lock in the moisture. Use your favorite moisturizer!  Some trending moisturizers that many beauty gurus have been loving are:  Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream by Fresh, C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer by Sunday Riley, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion by Clinique.


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    This article was published on Posted on June 22 2017.

  • Shining Bright on the Beautified Spotlight: Markie Meghan 🦄🌙✨

    Makeup ArtistInstagram: @markiemeghan
    YouTube: markiemeghan

    So it's been a little while since we have had a chance to do a mini-interview! This feature is totally worth the wait! 😍  Love, love, love Markie Meghan! She is a total babe and a very talented make-up artist. She is sweet, genuine, a trendsetter and simply magical! 🦄✨ 

    Get to know Markie in our mini-interview! 👇💕

    🔸 How did your love for makeup begin? 🔸

    At a very early age I was just compelled by colors and glitters. I've always loved how makeup can make one feel. One swipe of glitter and you're instantly taken to a magical place. At least in my mind that's how it goes. (haha)

    🔸  Who is your favorite beauty guru or beauty icon? 🔶

    Weirdly enough I don't know if I really have a beauty icon or guru. I appreciate everyone for being themselves and taking their own beauty paths. But if I had to pick it would probably be Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. 


    🔶  What’s the beauty essential you cannot live without? 🔶

    I would say any type of moisturizing spray, I probably own one form every brand and just constantly spray myself with them all throughout the day, the funniest part is that I don't even have dry skin! 


    🔶 A beauty tip that would work for anyone…🔶

    A beauty tip that works for everyone would be trust in your own opinion. If you put on that orange lipstick and love it don't let anyone tell you it looks bad or doesn't match your skin tone or any other excuse. Love what you love and don't let anyone take that from you. 


    🔶 Love, love, love your confidence! What is one piece of advice you would give to girls? 🔶

    Aww that's so nice! I'm really glad I appear that way! I honestly think it's just being comfortable in your own skin. I was bullied a lot as a child and I just learned to accept and love myself for the things I was bullied for. Like being the weirdo, or the math nerd. (yes I'm pretty good at math, insane right? Haha) You take all of those things and you turn them into something you're proud of. Also having an outlet to express yourself really helps build confidence and internal love. 


    🔶  What’s your spirit animal? 🔶

    Well this may be entirely too obvious but my spirit animal is definitely a unicorn. I mean honestly I definitely feel like one everyday. 


    🔶 If your pets could talk what would they say about you? 🔶

    Ohhh noooo, they would be so annoyed haha! They would say I'm clingy but definitely cuddly, I'm really nice because I share my food with them even though I shouldn't, and I'm pretty comforting to hangout with especially when it's thundering out. 


    🔶 Would you rather live a week in the past or the future? 🔶

    Oh man I'm not sure! I would never want to change anything in the past because I'm happy where I am today, and only getting one week in the future doesn't seem like enough when you have to go back. And then you'll just be thinking of the future the whole time! I'll stay in the present it's cool. Haha can you tell I look into things way too much? 


    🔶 What would the world be like if it was filled with male and female copies of you? 🔶

    Umm hilariously awkward, weird, funny and loving 
    Summer is such a hard time of year to keep your makeup looking fresh…what’s your fav summer makeup products/tips?

    🔶 Summer is such a hard time of year to keep your makeup looking fresh! What’s your fav summer makeup products/tips?🔶

    Don't over do it. Less is more in the summer heat, it's better to have a light coverage BBcream with SPF on than foundation melting off your face.  Also let your skin get a little bit of sun! In small doses it can really make a healthy difference and glow! 

    This article was published on Posted on June 15 2017.

  • Toxic Thoughts You NEED and Deserve to Let Go Of

    Toxic Thoughts
    As they say…"Change your thinking, change your life." We have all had toxic thoughts and often, we don’t even realize when it's happening. Unfortunately, these thoughts become habit, affecting the way we feel about ourselves, and ultimately, the way we live our lives. But, are we stuck in this negative thought cycle? No way!

    Jennifer, CEO + Founder of DefineMe Fragrance, began this line to empower girls by helping them replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Our fragrances are wearable reminders that us females are capable of anything! We have the power to change our lives, simply by interrupting the toxic thought process and replacing it with some positive self-talk!

    Here are 6 common toxic thoughts along with suggested positive replacements and a fragrance recommendation to help inspire more self-love!

      

     “I am not lovable. No one shows me that they love me.”

    Oh, if I had a nickel for every time I thought this after a break up or ending a long-time friendship! So much of what we believe about ourselves is derived from how we think others perceive us. We think, "How can someone that I loved so much, not love me? There must be something wrong with me." We draw the conclusion that we are not lovable.

    But, if you were the only person on this planet would you think this way about yourself? You are the person who knows you best and you deserve your love and affection more than anyone! Love yourself first and it will start to rub off on others. Once you realize how amazing you are, you will notice how many others think so too! Knowing that you truly are worthy of love, will give you the strength to kick anyone to the curb that thinks otherwise.

    Replace with: "I deserve all the love! First from myself, and the rest will follow."
    Fragrance: Audry - She inspires love and is a reminder that love is the answer!  

     

    “If only I was richer, prettier….”

    We tend to think that the grass is always greener on the other side. We tell ourselves, "If only I was as pretty as that girl I would be happy," or "If only I was as rich as that guy I would be happy”. But, as the saying goes, “The secret to having it all is knowing you already do!"

    Try to live each day with gratitude and be thankful for all the good in your life. Spending too much time wishing you had what others have will make you forget the abundance of things you already have going on in your life. When you stop comparing yourself to others you will realize that you already have everything you need to be happy...and more.

    Replace with: "I am grateful for all the good things in my life…I have everything I have ever wanted!"

    Fragrance: Clara - She inspires gratitude and is a reminder that there is always something to be grateful for!


    “I don’t know what to do with my life.” 

    Finding your passion is not an end goal…it’s an endless journey! You should always feel inspired and creative. Your passions should regularly evolve so they don’t grow stale and boring. Get creative, find new hobbies, and try new things! Finding things you love to do can be a huge source of fulfillment. Discovering new and different passions makes life fun and keeps it interesting. Know that this is what life is all about!

    So, instead of thinking you don't know what to do with your life, just start living! What are you waiting for?! You are missing all the action and adventure.

    Replace with: "I will find inspiration and creativity in new things and I will continue to pursue new passions!"

    Fragrance: Delphine - She inspires creativity!


    “I’m scared of failing.”

    If you never try, you'll never know! We have all been overcome with the fear of failure at one point or another. How many times has fear stopped you from trying something that you later regretted not doing? Well my friends, the only real regrets in life come from the chances you did not take.

    Who cares if you go for something and fail? All that matters is that you try your best. Life is full of lessons and sometimes the only way to learn is to fall flat on your face. Life goes on and remembering the times that you failed will only make future victories that much more glorious!

    Replace with: "I’m going for it! I will try my best because I am fearless!"  

    Fragrance: Harper - She is a reminder that you are fearless and she will awaken your sense of adventure!


    “Everything is going wrong, I don’t think I can handle this.”

    Well…you’ve made it this far! There have been - and will be - so many situations that feel unbearable, like it’s the end of the world. But here we are! Alive and kickin’. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?

    So yes, things go wrong but it’s not that way forever. Without the lows, we will never feel the highs! We become stronger with each obstacle that we overcome. So, stick it out, you're stronger than you think! The best is yet to come!

    Replace with: "I’m a badass! I am capable of anything, I will get through this!"
    Fragrance: Payton - She inspires strength!


    “I don’t like my body, it’s not good enough.”

    YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! If you feel like you don’t like your body, chances are you are comparing yourself to someone else - and you shouldn't! Everyone’s body is different and that’s okay! Be grateful to have a body that is home to all the things you need to survive…your brain, your heart, your soul! Your body deserves positive thoughts. If you want to see a little improvement in your body give it love and cherish it. Be sure to exercise and get rest… you’ll be surprised how your body repays you!

    Replace with: "My body is awesome and keeps me together, literally. I will love and cherish it!"

    Fragrance: Sofia Isabel - She is a free-spirit that inspires confidence!

    This article was published on Posted on June 09 2017.

  • 8 Audiobooks for your Summer Road trip! 🎧🚙💨✌️ 💕

    Audiobooks for Roadtrips

    Summer is right around the corner and it's time for some adventure! Here are 8 easy-listening audiobooks that will keep you laughing, reminiscing and motivated. Enjoy them on your road trips or anytime you have some time to listen and relax. 🎧   


    As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    Best Audiobooks


    If you loved The Princess Bride and have watched it at least 100 times over the span of your lifetime like we have...then you will LOVE this audiobook. Narrated by Cary Elwes (
    Westley), he takes us behind-the-scenes of the movie. He reveals never before-told stories and interviews with Billy Crystal and more!  


    Yes Please, Amy Poehler

    Best Audiobooks


    Amy Poehler is here if you need a good laugh. Her memoir is inspirational and you can find a little bit of everything with a twist of humor. This audiobook is filled with stories, poetry (
    Plastic Surgery Haiku 😂), mantras and advice. Here is your feel-good book of the summer! 🌟


    Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

    Best Audiobooks


    We all have noticed how technology has effected modern love and romance.

    "Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”  

    Aziz digs deep into how much modern romance has changed over the last few decades and is taking it to another level.In his audiobook, he teams up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to conduct a major research project including hundreds of interviews and focus groups held all over the world! Pretty interesting and hilarious stuff.

    So if you've binged watched Parks and Recreations then these last two books are a dream come true! 

    Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Best Audiobooks


    Need some inspiration? Elizabeth Gilbert has some inspiring words for you! We all know and love Elizabeth from Eat, Pay, Love. In her new book she digs deep and shares her wisdom and unique perspective on creativity.

    "She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us." She has the best narrator voice too!  


    Elanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

    Best Audiobooks


    Grab a couple of boxes of tissues for this one. This is a young adult book that has people of all ages wiping away tears. This is a fictional story of two teenagers in high school who are in love and are struggling to make things work...as we all did with our first love in high school. One of those books that is so well written, you are immersed in the story and fall in love with the characters. It truly makes us reminisce about our first love and all the feels that came along with that time in our lives.    


    Harry Potter Series

    Best Audiobooks

    If your going on a cross-country road trip this is the perfect audiobook(s) to dive into. Harry Potter never gets old! 


    The Great Gatsby

    Best Audiobooks


    First and foremost, Jack Gyllenhaal is the narrator...um that is all! 😍 Besides that, this book is a classic and a great story you can listen to again and again. 


    Not Working Lisa Owens

    Best Audiobooks

    Get ready for a great laugh! You'll meet Claire who has just quit her job and is trying to find her new passion in life. This pursuit leads her to unexpected hard truths and hangovers. She's the new Bridget Jones!  

    This article was published on Posted on June 01 2017.

  • The Connection Between Fragrance and Well-being: Continued!

    well-being and fragrance

    ...and we're back! We're continuing the topic from our previous blog post about the connection between fragrance and well-being. Smelling any citrus is a natural "pick-me-up" and can boost energy and alertness. This is why our citrus fragrances inspire you to find that fire in your soul to take on anything that comes your way and to push yourself out of your comfort zone! 💪 Check out how the notes in our citrus fragrances inspire you to feel strength, fearlessness and live freely with confidence! 

    Fragrance and well-being

    Grapefruit: This scent has magical powers that will make you want to take on fresh new adventures! Grapefruit has activating effects and is often used to lift the spirits and gives the impetus to "clean up" your lifestyle. This might involve exercising, enjoying fresh air, meditating and reflecting- anything that can increase vitality and well-being. 

    Bergamot: The aroma of bergamot is usable for the treatment of anxiety states and, according to the aromatherapy, it is a valuable antidepressant. Get rid of that anxiousness and take on the world! 💪 

    Honeysuckle: This flower's sweet scent is known for warding off evil! Don't worry...it's all good vibes on your next adventure! 🌟

    Amber: Amber creates a very familiar and friendly sense of warmth, well-being and energy to its wearer. Gives you a sense of reassurance and strength...you got this! 👊 

    fragrance and well-being

    Orange Blossom: This flower is usually associated with women (mostly used in weddings) and their softness and innocence. It takes strength to be soft and vulnerable...a quality women naturally have and something that should be embraced!  

    Mimosa: Mimosa symbolizes sensibility and literally means to "expand" your life whether referring to family, career or travel planning. You can do it! Find the strength and go the extra mile! Mimosa is  also the official flower of "Women's Day"! 💕

    Cove Buds: Clove buds are healing! They are a natural remedy for toothaches, help heal sore muscles and arthritis...Healing requires strength.  

    fragrance and well-being

    Mandarin: Mandarins universally symbolize abundance in wealth and good fortune. Free spirits know that all the wealth and good fortune is within! 

    Black Currant: The black currant scent is said to "produce a perfume of outstanding individuality and beauty." This scent inspires confidence! ✨

    Jasmine:  Its pristine beauty and heady fragrance speaks of love and evokes positive feelings. Let love and positive vibes lead the way! 


     

    This article was published on Posted on May 18 2017.

  • The Connection between Well-Being + Fragrance: It all Makes Scents🌹💕

    Well-being and fragrance

    We all associate certain scents to memories! That's because, "our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff." No wonder we get the feels when we find an amazing fragrance we love! Not only do scents and smells bring back memories they can contribute to our well-being. This is where we come in! 

    The purpose of our fragrances is to make you feel empowered and inspire you to feel special qualities each fragrance represents. We're looking into the
    notes of our floral scents and how they tie into making you feel love, gratitude and creative! (We'll continue with our citrus fragrances on another post!)  


    Fragrance and well-being

    Rose: Having notes of rose, Audry is probably the easiest to guess which personality she represents. Roses seem to be the symbol of love! What guy doesn't know to get a girl they love roses?!  Almost every mom or grandma has had a rose garden and the scent of roses can bring back memories of love.

    Peonies: It is said that peonies embody romance, an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 

    Jasmine: Studies say that the smell of jasmine not only creates a sense of alertness, it can also serves as a way to help with depressive thoughts. Jasmine uplifts your mood, just like the feeling of love!

    Sandalwood: The smell of sandalwood is effective in reducing anxiety and a natural aphrodisiac. 😉  

    Basically, smelling Audry all day will put you in the best mood ever making you want to spread the LOVE ❤️

    fragrance and well-being

    Violet: In the middle ages, violets were used by healers to heal heart disorders and to ease emotional struggles...reminding you that there is always something to be grateful for. 🙏 

    Lilac: Seeing lilacs bloom is usually a sign that spring has sprung! With spring usually comes a time for fresh starts and feelings of gratitude! 

    Hibiscus: Such a pretty flower...it's not a surprise that it symbolizes the outward expression of happiness and joy. Smile! There's so much to be grateful for! 

    Lily: In some cultures, lilies represent wealth and prosperity...when you stop and think about all the good things in your life you realize you are much wealthier than you ever thought! ❤️  

    Clara's scent will remind you that you have so much to be grateful for and can get you through the bad days and enhance your happiness on the best days!

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    Lilac: Like in the Clara description...seeing lilacs bloom is a sign that spring has sprung! Thinking about all the pretty colors spring brings is the best inspiration for creativity!

    Freesia: This flower is the "ultimate flower of trust"! Trust yo'self! When you trust yourself you allow room for creativity! Don't worry about what others are doing...do you boo! 😘

    Ylang Ylang: Is associated with significant declines in pulse rate and blood pressure and with an increase in alertness and attentiveness. A relaxed and focused mind can help you think of the best ideas!  

    Coconut: Who can't get their creativity flowing with the reminiscent smell coconut has of tropical beaches. Coconut takes your mind to beautiful places! 🌴   

    Rosewood: Helps to accent the innate qualities of compassion and love...when you're inspired by love, anything is possible! 💕

    This article was published on Posted on May 11 2017.

  • The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide! 💐💕

    Mother's Day is around the corner and it's time to celebrate their beauty and strength! We have put together the ultimate Mother's Day gift guide! Find unique gift ideas that are perfect for any mom in your life. 💕



    Clara Fragrance Mist
     ($68): Give the gift of gratitude with Clara! She is a soft floral with notes of lilac, violet, hibiscus, lily, and soft musk.Clara is a wearable reminder to be grateful for all the good things in life. 🙏

    Mother's Day Gift

    Josie Maran Illuminizer ($26): The one and only facial product a mom-on-the-go needs! This illuminizer is infused with Argan Oil to hydrate and nourish the skin and gives skin a beautiful natural glow! ✨

    Mother's Day GiftImages: Face-to-Curls & Ipsy


    VitaJuwel Gemwater ($78-$120): The mom in your life will appreciate this gift of health and happiness! This water bottle has interchangeable pods that contain a combinations of gemstones for any preference of mood. Pick from smooth and balancing wellness with the rose quartz, amethyst and clear quartz combo to motivation and energy in the Magnesite and Red Jasper combo! 🌟

    Mother's Day Gift

    Images: VitaJuwel Instram & VitaJuwel.com



    Lush's "Thank Mom" Gift Set
     ($36): All moms deserve spa treats! Lush made it easy gift wrapped 4 of their best products. This set includes the Charity Pot Body lotion...with every purchase lush donate $7.95 to their Charity Pot fund, which supports grassroots organizations working to protect people, animals and the environment. Yay! 🐰💕

    Mother's Day Gift

    Images: PinterestLush


    Bee Free Honee ($9): Know a mom that loves her tea and honey?! She will really love this plant-based, vegan honee. This company is women-owned too! Save the bees! 🌼 🐝 

    Mother's Day Gift

    Images: Bee Free Honee & Pinterest

     

    Flowers from Bouqs.com ($40+): What mom doesn't appreciate a bouquet of fresh flowers?! She would appreciate these even more knowing that this company reduces flower waste by picking the flowers the day that they're ordered. They also only work and support farms that practice sustainable and eco-friendly farming. 💐



    Mother's Day Gift

    Image: Bouqs Instagram & Bouqs.com



    Hand-painted Floral Jewelry Box by Matr Boomie ($26): How cute is this box for a mom that need something to put her jewelry in?! This fair trade box is also a gift of women empowerment being hand-painted by a women artisan in India! 🌸💕

    Mother's Day Gift

    Images: The Little Market



    Inspirational Bracelet by MantraBands ($35): A busy mom needs some inspiration through out the day! This beautiful bracelet is just what she needs! Every bracelet has an inspirational message that brings "optimism, positivity and mindfulness" into your life! ❤️



    Mother's Day GiftImages: Mantra Bracelets Instagram



    The Happiness Planner ($56): Busy moms need order in their lives! This planner does not only help you get organized but "it focuses on “your happiness”. It is designed to help you cultivate happiness by embracing the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. The focus is on making each day a positive experience, building introspection into your routine and increasing self-awareness." 🌈💕 

    Mother's Day Gift Guide

    Images: The Happiness Planner Instagram


    Tom's Embroidered Backpack ($168): Moms need their hands free to multitask which is why a mom would appreciate the cutest backpack ever! Of course your not only buying a backpack but your purchase provides training for skilled birth attendants and the vital materials needed to help a woman safely give birth. 💕



    Mother's Day GiftsImages: Toms.com

     

    This article was published on Posted on May 04 2017.

  • 5 Female-Fronted Bands You Should Be Listening to + How Their Teaching us to Blaze our own Path 🤘💕

    We love women who are all about breaking molds and proving that they have the power to be successful in anything. We are highlighting 5 female-fronted girl bands that are using their voice to empower and show that they don't have to fit the stereotypes of women in music. There is definitely nothing more powerful than a women with a voice! 💪 These ladies are confident, strong, creative and so many awesome things we all aspire to be. ❤️  Check out what they have to say about being empowered in a dominantly male scene.    


    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs


    Karen O is definitely breaking the mold and not afraid to be unique. She's edgy and a badass and embraces everything with confidence. What's the secret to her confidence? "
    Just pretend like you’re the shit, you’re the biggest fucking thing to happen to this city.”- SPIN Interview Thanks Karen O, you truly are "bigger than the sound". ❤️

    Hinds

    The girls in Hinds are too cute and are all about having fun. We love that they find it important to reflect who they truly are and are not worried about being perfect.  

    “There are a lot of girls in pop, but pop is about perfection,” says Carlotta. “We’re the opposite. We get messages on Instagram from girls – and boys – in their rooms, listening to our songs and just being free. They feel they can do it, too. They see us and see that it’s OK not to be perfect” -theguardian.com interview

     

    The Coathangers

    The Coathangers have been making music for the last 10 years and have proved that anything boys can do girls can do better! 😝  Not only can they can hang with the boys but they are showing that girls can do anything that make them happy and feel empowered by it. So what do you think their definition of "girl power" is? 

    What’s your definition of girl power?

    Crook: The power of girls to do anything they want to do. Whether you want to be a mother or a lawyer or a stripper; if that’s what you want to do, get empowered by it. Don’t let anyone pressure you to be a certain way. Just do it and be happy and be empowered by being a female. 

    Rusty: And not taking anyone’s shit. The more they put you down, that should make you try even harder. Wear what you want to wear, act how you want to act, and have no apologies. Girl power means empowering your counterparts – other females. Women need to build each other up because society pins women against one another.

    Crook: We’re supposed to be in a fight with every other girl band out there and it’s like, why? You don’t see Coldplay and U2 in a fucking fight because they’re both boys!
    -galormag.com Interview

      

     

    Cherry Glazerr

    Cherry Glazerr are really using their voice to show that they are not a stereotype and are really pushing some boundaries! Their song "Told You I'd Be With the Guys" is getting the message across of how women should stick together and spread the love! ❤️ After all women are strong and powerful but together we're unstoppable! 💪 Check out what Cherry Glazerr has to say about female solidarity... 

    On lead single “Told You I’d Be With the Guys,” you’re singing “Where are my ladies?” I can see one lady right there.

    Sasami: Here I am. I’m over here, Clem! No, that actually happens in the video, though. Where Clem is being absorbed by males, and she’s looking for me, and I’m like, “I’m just going to keep playing my synth because no one seems to care about me over here.”
    Clementine: It’s just an ode to female solidarity and how important that is socially and economically and politically and in every facet of the world. So female solidarity is something that I strive for in my everyday life and, both of us, in our everyday lives.
    -NYLON Interview

     

    The Ting Tings

    The Ting Tings have the catchiest songs and you can tell they are having fun being creative! They use their music to show that there is freedom in breaking stereotypes. 

    Is there a vein of feminist power in your music?

    Katie White: I think it’s definitely an empowering thing for girls, yeah. We wrote [‘That’s Not My Name’] about feeling invisible…and trying to empower yourself. I’m a girl in pop music, trying not to run around stage just selling sex. We’ve got more creativity than that.
    - Chicago Innerview

    This article was published on Posted on April 26 2017.

  • 5 Women-Owned Beauty Brands that Empower by Giving Back 💪

    Happy Wednesday Babes! 💋  Want to know how you can support women, feel empowered, and give back all while shopping for beauty products? Ummm...

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    There are so many women entrepreneurs in the beauty industry paying it forward. These ladies do not only have amazing beauty brands that provide the best products, but they are finding ways to empower by giving back to women in need. Feel good, look good, and do good with these 5 beauty brands!  

    DefineMe Fragrance - Jennifer McKay Newton

    As you know, DefineMe Fragrance is powered by inspirational #girlboss, Jennifer McKay Newton👑  Her purpose is to create more than just a fragrance company but a community of women who feel empowered while rocking their favorite scents and feel encouraged to kick ass in anything they do! 💪👊 

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    Jennifer also created the DefineMe Dollar Program to pay it forward to girls in need. For every fragrance purchased $1 goes to "She's the First", a non-profit that provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries.  


    To learn more about Jennifer check out her mini-interview featured on Rank & Style's "Talking Top Tens"


    Honest Beauty - Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba is not only a celebrity but quite the entrepreneur! Her company Honest Beauty has really branched off and offers hair, skincare and makeup products that are mostly natural.

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    Most importantly, Jessica is finding ways to give back through her company. Honest Beauty contributes to "Code.org" which is a non-profit that creates high school AP computer science curriculums focused on young women. Honest Beauty is always involved in good causes and finds ways to partner with organizations. Check out their @inside_honest page to see what good things their up to! ❤️

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    Earth Tu Face - Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm

    Sarah and Marina started Earth Tu Face in their kitchen and herbal garden! They now offer several skincare products for your face, eyes and body. All their products are created with natural and organic ingredients and are cruelty-free! 🐰💕

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    Sarah and Marina have introduced the "Change-Makers Initiative" and have aligned all of their products to give-back to different organizations:

    • To honor women and mothers, five percent of the sale of each Body Butter will be donated to Planned Parenthood
    • To honor all humankind, five percent of the sale of each universal Face Serum will be donated to the ACLU
    • And to further our total devotion to the planet, five percent of each sale of our zero-waste Skin Stick will be donated to the Center for Biological Diversity


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    Thrive Causemetics - Karissa Bodnar

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    Loving the term "Causemetics" first and foremost! ❤️ Thrive Causemetics is a makeup line that includes vegan eyelash strips! 😍 Thrive is founded by Karissa who was deeply impacted by the loss of her friend to cancer at the age of 24. Thrive Causemetics "is Beauty with a Purpose: for every product you purchase, we donate one to empower a woman thriving through cancer or domestic violence." 



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    Yllo - Jaz Fenton and Jamil Bhuya 

    Yllo offers a Turmeric Face Scrub that is all natural, vegan and cruelty-free! Jaz and Jamil are raising awareness of child marriages that happen in many South-Asian cultures. In most of these cultures, the haldi ceremony is performed before weddings. Turmeric makes up the majority of this vibrant yellow paste, which is applied to the bride and groom's bodies. Haldi is believed to ward off evil spirits, promise a life of prosperity, and make the couple have a beautiful glow on their wedding day.

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    Unfortunately, in India alone it is estimated that 47% of girls are married before their 18th birthday. The haldi ceremony is often associated with child marriage. Yllo donates 10% of all profits to "Girls Not Brides" that help educate and empower girls.

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    This article was published on Posted on April 19 2017.

  • 6 Must-Have Spring Beauty and Accessory Essentials 🌸💕

    Spring is finally here, and we can finally start adding some color back into our lives. Here are 6 spring beauty essentials that will help you get out of the darker, warmer tones of winter and into the freshness of Spring! 🌸💕

    Pastels, Pinks and Nudes, oh my!  

     

    Time to bring on the rosy pink and nude tones! 💄💅  Using these Spring time colors for your lip and nail color can give you just the touch of brightness you need. 

    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics introduced their Lip Tar Spring Collection and it has the perfect Spring time tones for anybody and everybody! The cool thing about OCC is that they are one of the few beauty lines that are Vegan and Cruelty-free! 🐰💕  (@occmakeup)

    Spring Lips                                   Photo Credit: (@noirojos, @trendmood1)

    Londontown "Lakur" Nail Polishes have the best selection of pastel, pink and nude tones! Their nail polishes have so many great natural ingredients and vitamins that help your nails recover from the dry winter weather! Another great vegan and cruelty-free brand! 🙌  (@londontownusa)




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    Winter is over but don't think the layering is over! Layered necklaces are the perfect Spring time accessory! Dogeared Jewelry has done the hard work for you and has layered necklace sets ready to go! You can choose from 5 different styles here! (@dogearedjewelry)

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    No excuse needed to wear a flower crown but it is a must-have accessory for Spring! There is never a bad time to wear a crown, after all, we are all queens! 👑
    Crowns by Christy offer the prettiest faux and real flower crowns for any occasion! (@crownsbychristy)

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    Look Good, Smell Good! 🌸

    Floral notes are perfect for spring! DefineMe Clara is a soft floral with notes of lily, lilac, violet, hibiscus and soft musk. Clara is refreshing and will make you feel amazing and like a breathe of fresh air! 🌼💕 Shop Clara Fragrance Mist here

    Lush Cosmetics have come out with the cutest Easter/Spring collection! They have so many things to choose from to pamper yourself with. From bath bombs and scrubs to face wash and shower gels, you'll leave the shower smelling like Spring goodness! 🌷💐Check out their Easter/Spring Collection here! (@lushcosmetics)

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    This article was published on Posted on April 12 2017.

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