There are few things I love more in life than solidarity amongst women. Nothing against dudes or anything, I’ve just always felt that sisterhood is such a powerful thing, ya know?
Another thing I love is supporting small businesses. So when I come across a small business that is founded, owned, or operated primarily by women, I want to spread the word! Scroll down for a few of my favorites and click to support these awesome women in business!!!
Daisy Natives– founded by the beautiful Sarah Eckett. My favorite product is the Girls Support Girls tee (comes in all different colors too!).
Outdoor Voices– Tyler Haney is such a badass!!! I really want a matching workout set to go with my new gym membership.
Shop Luella– founded by resident cool girl, Caroline Kolbe. Favorite product is this unicorn piñata pin! AND I LOVE THE “SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL” TEE!
Oui Fresh– founded by blogger babe sisters, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. I loooooove the daisy sunglasses and I’ve heard great things about their lipsticks too!
Aelfie– founded by a truly inspiring It-Girl, Aelfie Oudghiri. I. NEED. ALL. THE. RUGS. AND. THE. THROWS.
Cloth And Twig– founded by Karly, a mom/doula/master stitcher. How cute would a family cross stitched portrait be?! Bonus- a portion of every item sold is donated to Destiny Rescue!
Everyday Is A Holiday– Jenny Freakin’ Holiday, you are an amazing artist!!! I feel like my life won’t be complete until I have a super realistic pizza plaque!
Kertis- founder Jessica Kertis makes such elegant jewelry!
Ashely Goldberg- another one of my favorite artists. Her pattern work is simple, but beautiful!
Ban.do– this brand is all about fun and founder/CCO, Jen Gotch, simultaneously keeps it real while also being the funniest gal on Instagram.
I’m bummed I’m missing the women’s march again this year, but I’ll be there in spirit (wearing my Girl Power shirt, too)!
Anyone who comes from a family with multiple kids knows that the relationships between siblings can be, well, complex… Especially with sisters. Feelings toward sisters are notoriously contradictory; we tend to love/hate each other more than brothers. I should know, I have three. Even though I have a twin, whom I love dearly, I’ve always been the closest with my oldest sister, Annie.
Annie is the most narcissistic, pretentious, sarcastic, moody, goofy, and hilarious person I know. She may not be particularly nice to your face, but she has that low-key kindness that only truly good human beings possess. Even though we have similar long, messy blond hair (hers is natural, mine not so much), we couldn’t be more different. I am honored that she has graced my blog with her presence as my next Woman Of The Hour…
Describe your style in 1-5 words.
Dolly Parton is my spirit animal??? Not that flashy but when I do get dressed up, I like to channel the queen of country. I’ve also described my style to others as “Lesbian Trucker with a Feminine Side”.
Who is your style icon? I have a few icons- Bridget Bardot, Debbie Harry, The Olsen Twins, Alexa Chung, Aleksandra Zee, and Blake Lively.
What is your best feature? My thick af hair and some would also mention dat ass. [best hair and best butt and best hairy butt i’ve ever seen]
What beauty product can you not live without? Mascara and a good moisturizer!
If you were an inanimate object, what would you be? Probably a cast iron skillet.
What is your Myers Briggs score? It’s funny I used to be an ENFJ when I was younger. Now I am a solid INFJ. Definitely cherishing my alone time as an adult. [emphasis on the J]
What was your first aol screen name? motorcycleAC [this is because Annie once asked someone if motorcycles have air conditioning…]
Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? Not really binge watching anythings rn. There is a new Netflix series with Michelle Dockery that I will probably watch. I am watching This Is Us on a week to week basis on Hulu! Guaranteed to make me cry! [Annie used to watch a lot of fan-made Downton Abbey videos on youtube, like this one]
What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had? One year when I was little, I was little red riding hood. My twin brother was the wolf. When he wasn’t around, my grandma’s long-haired german shepherd, Annie, was his stand in. Annie the dog & Annie the girl. I came second! I remember having really curly hair and getting to wear red lipstick, too. [not sure why she answered this question like I don’t know who her twin brother, grandma, or grandma’s dog are, but whatever]
If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why? Germany!!! The week when November turns into December so I get fall and Christmas!
What is your drink of choice? Topo Chico with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and a squeeze of lime.
Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake. Biggest fashion win for me has been developing my personal style. In the last 3 years I have really figured it out. Forgoing most trends, neutral colors, and quality over quantity. Biggest fashion mistake: Walmart gaucho pants 2005.
What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends? I hate that most of the 90s is alive again. Like, the only thing good to come from that era fashion-wise was grunge, imho. I don’t think bell sleeves are functional. Choker necklaces are stupid. Pretty much not a fan of fast fashion at all. Favorite trends? Mules and bandanas?
Go-to karaoke song? Rilo Kiley! Portions for Foxes or A Better Son/Daughter if i’m feeling angsty.
Favorite song of the moment? Most of my music tastes are stuck in 2009. I’m liking the newest Brand New album and listen to it almost every day on my commute to work when I’m not listening to Waylon Jennings. [so you could say she likes that brand new Brand New]
Who is your favorite sibling? You know who you are but I’m not going to go on the record. [IT ME.]
Best childhood memory of us? Waking up to Chumbawumba on the clock radio and jumping on our beds. The fights we had were pretty funny, too. [one of my favorite memories of Annie growing up was that she would leave for school early for Student Council meetings/Swim practice and I’d go into her room and I’d listen to her CDs while using all of her makeup/hair straightener, then I’d wear her clothes and she’d see me at school and get soooo mad… that’s what happens when you convince mom you deserve your own room and I had to share with the other two.]
Who do you think is mom and dad’s favorite kid? Whichever one of us who still goes to church. Probably you. [probably me]
Best advice you’ve ever been given and would like to pass on. Work hard and be nice to people.
It was four years a go that I decided to move to Pittsburgh, and I don’t know what I would have done if my recently graduated from Grad School sister hadn’t decided to move with me. She’s my best friend and I hate how much I love her.
I love Instagram for 2 reasons. First of all, it’s a place to get inspired (I could spend hours scrolling through the “explore” page and looking at colorful places around the world, cute triplets, and/or videos of ocean life). Secondly, it’s a place to connect with inspiring and cool people outside of the Facebook bubble of people you knew in high school.
My next Woman Of The Hour is my favorite Instagrammer/blogger, Bianca Jasmon. BJ is one of those people who, even though I’ve never met her in person (our plans to meet up when I’m in Texas always get thwarted by my dumb family [LOVE Y’ALL THOUGH]), I just know that I love her. She is a down to earth beauty queen and her colorful IG account and thoughtful lifestyle blog are sure to be your new favorites!
How/why/when did you get into blogging?I started blogging mainly to have a living log of the first few years of my marriage and to journal our travels. I started this blog in January of 2016 and I used Squarespace to get it going because I found it super easy.
Favorite part about writing your own blog?I love that I can see the evolution of things like my hair or style but also my writing and novice photography.Also, connecting with people via the internets is fun!
What is your 9-5 day job?It’s a v boring office job, insurance related. “I can’t tell you, it’s a secret.” JK
What are your most used blogging tools? (Camera, editing program, Instagram husband to take photos, etc) My phone, my husband and A Color Story!
How do you stay inspired? Staying inspired can be really tough especially with a “lifestyle” type blog. If I don’t have much going on in my life in a certain week it’s tough to come up with a post to share and I don’t ever want to force a post. But I do find good new music helps get my creative juices flowin’. Also, yoga lets me clear my head on the regular which helps!
What blogs do you read? Yours! I love Minimalist Baker for recipes. ABM from time to time. But honestly, these days it’s more about Podcasts for me. I like unsolved mysteries or crime podcasts the most (Up and Vanished, My Favorite Murder and the like). But lately, I’ve been branching out and listening to women empowerment and career driven podcasts too!
Okay I feel like I said the word “blog” too many times, so on to my other favorite questions to ask…
Describe your style in 1-5 words. easy, neutral, playful, body positive
Who is your style icon? Ohhh let’s see, growing up I’d say Selena for sure but present day I’d say Carole Radziwill always looks so incredible.
What is your best feature? I love my natural eyelashes, they’re long with a little curl- got lucky!
What song would you want to play when you walk into a room to make you feel bad ass? Currently, “Most Girls”- Hailee Steinfeld- gets me pumped to be a lady every damn time.
What beauty product can you not live without? Oooo, that’s a toss up between mascara and an eyebrow pencil. I can’t live without full brows but I’m obsessed with mascara.
If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?Hmmmmmm I have to say I’ve literally never thought about this before so I asked my husband who’s sitting right next to me and this is what he said “I think you’d be a pair of ballet shoes because you’re delicate and tough at the same time.” He’s cute. Background to that, I took dance all throughout my childhood and some in college and still love it so much.
What was your first aol screen name? Ha! I don’t remember my first one but the one I remember the most is ‘SwingForMars,’ it’s taken from a song. Anyone else love Jack’s Mannequin too (RIP)?
Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? Currently re-watching The Office for the millionth time. I also re-watch The Hills and One Tree Hill a lot too…the early 2000’s man, the golden age of TV… ha!
What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had? I’m actually not big into Halloween! I was a big scaredy cat when I was younger so I never invested a lot into my costumes but when I dressed up I’d always have a cutesy costume. A couple years ago I was an ice cream cone a la Studio DIY which was fun!
If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why? Ah! This is a hard one! I still have a bazillion places I want to visit. Top 3 places I want to visit at the moment are Italy, Greece and Hawaii.
What is your drink of choice? “Red, red wine” (had to Spotify UB40, just had too)
Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake. The biggest fashion fail I’ve had was (Dave just asked “when you were goth?” because I told him I dressed goth for a few weeks in middle school but no that’s not it) when I worked at a retail store in college and I came into work wearing a tunic that was way too fitted and short as a dress and 4 inch wedges I could not walk in. Every time I had to go retrieve something in the stock room I would pull my “dress” down. I realized after a few times of tripping on my ankles that I would never wear this combo again.
Fashion win probably should go to my latest jumpsuit purchase from Mister Zimi, it’s flowy, bright and I feel so good in it!
What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends? Favorite trend currently is probably the off the shoulder situation, it’s so flattering and so what if you can’t use your arms!? I don’t know if I have a least favorite trend… you do you!
Go-to karaoke song? Ha! Believe it or not, I’ve actually never done karaoke (wut?) but if I did there would probably be a lot of Celine Dion and Boys II Men…overall anything 90’s.
Favorite song of the moment? Oooo I like this question but I have a lot of current favorites right now… I’m going to go with 8TEEN by Khalid because it’s soooo happy and has been on repeat this summer!
Best advice you’ve ever been given and would like to pass on.
I remember an entrepreneur say that after working a 9-5 for years he realized one day that he didn’t want to work for someone’s dream anymore. That’s really stuck with me since then. I want to be my own boss someday so that all the hours I put in are a direct investment in my own dream.
AIN’T SHE THE BEST?! To see more from Bianca, follow her Instagram, like, right now… She’s in NYC with her husband and her stories do not disappoint.
In the early summer of 2012, right around the time I started blogging, I quit my job and started working at the boutique where I bought all of my clothes. Besides the brief stint working the Christmas season at Abercrombie Kids when I was 18, the only retail experience I had was being really good at shopping.
Annie Gogglyn had always been a favorite store of mine (and it’s where all the girls in my high school went to get the best knock off Chanel earrings). The store always had the coolest employees too. If you were an Annie G girl, you were special, you had that certain something… On my first day, I met Susi, a girl who had been hired the week before me. Have you ever met someone and just automatically know that you love them? I remember being taken aback not only by Susi’s beauty, but her genuine kindness and pure heart. Plus, she was hella fun both on and off the clock… After work one day, we drove up to SXSW in Austin to try to stalk Joseph Gordon Levit. Didn’t actually see him, but we had a blast!
Last year, when our bosses decided to sell the place, Susi bought it! She is the perfect fit for running Annie Gogglyn, too! Susi has an eye for fashionable pieces that others might overlook… “A light grey, faux suede shirt dress? on me? fine, Sus, I’ll try it on… OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER PUT ON MY BODY.” *proceeds to wear dress everyday and night for 2 weeks because it looks so good*.
When I was in San Antonio last month, I visited Susi and asked if she’d participate in my Woman Of The Hour blog series and she happily said yes! So without any further hooha, here are Susi’s answers to my “burning questions,” so you can get to know my favorite Girl Boss…
Describe your style in 1-5 words.
Classic, comfy and trendy.
Who is your style icon?
My style icons range from old school, classic fashion icons like Marilyn Monroe, to ‘90s fashion queen Carrie Bradshaw, all the way to modern day celebs like the Kardashians. Love them or hate them, those girls have definitely taken the fashion world by storm and I find it fascinating! For me, inspiration really depends on what look I personally am going for as well as my mood. I like to take bits and pieces of style inspo from different people and find what works for me and my everyday life. I also think Vanessa Hudgens has really awesome style- she’s creative with her looks and I love that!
What is your best feature?
I would have to say my hair! It’s really thick and (thankfully!) easy to style.
What song would you want to play when you walk into a room to make you feel bad ass?
Ooooh.. anything fun by Lady Gaga or the Weeknd for sure!
What beauty product can you not live without?
I think it really all starts with your skin- a good base that you’re confident with (moisturizer + foundation), and everything else beauty wise will fall into place! Also, I love a good poppin’ highlight, subtle cat eye and some fluttery lashes.
If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?
I am obsessed with space travel, time and the universe, so I would definitely be some type of object that transcends time, like a book or a really cool heirloom.
What was your first aol screen name?
Oh my gosh! I’m pretty sure I created a name related to my dog… like Peachy Princess or something like that, ha!
Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise?
Yesss! I am such a film person, but lately I have been on a really weird ‘90s sitcom binge- Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Fresh Prince! So cheesy but so good and a great way to destress.
What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
I was Scarlett O’ Hara in the 2nd grade! Definite fave.
If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why?
I would go to London or Paris. I love European history and architecture- those two cities radiate everything that I admire about past and present Europe! Each city has such a different atmosphere and I was in love with both before I visited them. They definitely lived up to my expectations!
What is your drink of choice?
Give me a good Michelada and I am a happy camper.
Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake.
Biggest fashion win would have to be an evening gown I got to wear for an award ceremony a few years ago. The dress was all black and fit to my body, and I had a black fur shawl to accentuate the look. It was so classic and clean, but I felt really confident and elegant the entire evening! Biggest fashion mistake (and there’s been many lol) would be anytime I have worn something where I think I can get away with being really glam and then end up being totally uncomfortable or overdressed.
What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends?
Favorite fashion trend of the moment is definitely the ‘90s look, street style look. Some of the trends don’t necessarily translate into everyday/workday wear, but certain pieces have definitely become staples in my wardrobe (mini dresses with sneakers, embroidered denim jackets, fur slides, bodysuits, really ripped denim, huge JLo hoops). Love it! Least favorite might have to be off the shoulder and stripes. I love a good OTS/striped piece, but I do find that certain pieces have become a little overkill for me when it comes to that trend.
Go-to karaoke song?
Ok so this is probably my fave question because my biggest dream is to do karaoke on the Tonight Show alongside Jimmy, ha! Love On Top by Bey is so fun, or Somebody to Love by Queen.
Favorite song of the moment?
Any track off of The Weeknd’s latest album. I love every song on it!
Favorite part of being a hashtag girlboss/ owner of a boutique?
Favorite part of running a store has to be the buying aspect, I won’t lie! I am a shopper by nature (aren’t we all?!) and I really just love getting access to the latest trends and being able to hand pick everything that is in the store. It is really exciting and inspiring.
What is the most difficult part of running your own store? Most rewarding part?
I would say the most difficult part is the accountability- I have had to learn to be more decisive, punctual, responsible and aware- every decision is yours and you have to own them, even when the outcome isn’t exactly what you wanted. The most rewarding part has to be seeing my customers happy! There is nothing more I love than seeing women fall in love with clothes the way I do. I love that people feel included and special when they shop at my store, it makes me feel like we are doing something right!
Best advice you’ve ever been given and would like to pass on.
I think it is important to be kind to people, even when you don’t feel like it. Most people think that being kind or sensitive is a sign of weakness, but I think the opposite is true- being kind takes courage. We are all human and going through life trying to figure things out. I also think that being kind applies to yourself, too.
Isn’t she the best?! Oh, if you don’t live in San Antonio, you’ll definitely need to follow Annie Gogglyn on Instagram and shop their feed…. THEY SHIP NATIONWIDE FO FREE!
I was 12 when I had my first boyfriend. His name was Chris Cressy. We “dated” for three weeks before he ghosted me just one week after my 13th birthday. For some reason, one that will remain a mystery forever, Chris decided to make the next year of my life miserable. I mean, he had already ripped out my heart and stomped on it, so why not take my already shaky teenage self esteem and drag that through the gutter too?
Chris HATED my guts. He put gum in my hair when I made the mistake of sitting in front of him on the school bus. He called me “pig face” everyday because of my stupid little upturned nose. We had “loathe” as a vocabulary word in 8th grade English, and he made it clear to the whole class who he loathed.
What had I done to deserve this treatment? Nothing.
So what did I do to defend myself or retaliate to Chris’s incessant bullying? Also, nothing.
Even though my feelings were being constantly battered, I was nice to Chris. It was in December 2003 that he decided to cut it out and call off his verbal dogs. I was best friends with his sister and decided to give the entire family Christmas gifts, and when he saw that I gave him my own coveted NOFX tee shirt, he said something along the lines of “Sarah is just so nice. I think I’m going to be nice back.” It was a Christmas miracle!
I know that compared to others’ experiences, my middle school situation was really NBD. Nevertheless, it had a profound effect on my life. I learned that kindness, genuine kindness, cannot be beat. I learned that patience truly is as virtuous as they say. I learned that taking the high road can be a real pain in the ass, but it is absolutely necessary.
After we got over that blip, Chris and I became friends, and remain friends to this day, almost 15 years later! He’s actually a great person, he was just an asshole teenager. (HI, CHRIS! I told you I was gonna use your full name!)
The inspiration to write this stemmed from a collaboration I have with a company called Little Words Project. I love looking down at my wrist and seeing the reminder to simply “be kind,” because I know from personal experience just how important that is. I suppose if you’re reading this post and are looking for something to take away from it all, hear me now: Kindness will always win.
Now this is stuck in my head: “Be kind to your web footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mother”
Do you feel more confident when you make the time and effort to do your make-up, fix your hair, and dress up? I know I do, but getting there can be a major struggle. All I think about is how comfortable my yoga pants and oversized t-shirt is. And as long as I don’t run into anyone I know, I’m in the clear. Unfortunately, that never works out.
Anytime I decide to stay in my slums, I always without a doubt run into someone I wasn’t expecting. Not only that but anytime I don’t clean up, I don’t feel good. All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix or just sleep. I’ve realized it’s not healthy for me so I’ve decided to put more effort into my everyday routine.
Looking Good, Christina
After applying a hefty amount of dry shampoo and scraping out the rest of my “Full Coverage” foundation to cover up my hormonal breakouts, I’m finally looking and feeling better. When I feel more confident in myself, I have more energy to get out of the house and be productive. Even though it sounds like more work, it’s really not—once you’re done, you get things done.
So take on the challenge. Put in the extra effort, and look GOOD! Don’t do it for anyone other than yourself. You Go Girl!
In case you haven’t noticed the big change I made to my blog recently, I now have a co-author, my vivacious and bubbly cousin, Christina. It is now our blog. I will continue to write essays about whatever pointless/silly things I happen to be thinking about and regularly post about what I’m wearing and why, while Christina might actually teach you something (she’s a total natural at writing DIY posts).
When I read blogs, I tend to favor posts that help me get to know the person I’m reading about. I always crack up when I get to read posts with random facts about people (like this one that my friends wrote), so without further adieu, here are 20 random ass things about us that you didn’t even realize you need to know.
I like how skunks smell.
If I could trade places with any fictional character, it’d be Rip Van Winkle because I love sleeping so much.
I may act like a literary snob, but most of the things I know about literature were learned from the 90’s PBS show, Wishbone.
I didn’t have cable TV or at-home Internet access growing up, which explains why I watched so much PBS and had to go to the library to keep up with my Myspace correspondents.
I think that Samson from the Old Testament (you know, of Samson and Delilah) might be my spirit animal because I too feel powerless without my hair extensions.
I wish I could carry a tune, but am frequently asked to stop every time I begin to sing.
My husband and I have been together for 6 years, and we’ve still never openly farted in front of each other.
Eight is my lucky number. No it’s not, I don’t have a lucky number I just couldn’t think of anything to write.
If I could only listen to 5 bands for the rest of my life they’d be: Abba, ACDC, Styx, Queen, and idk Drake or something.
I once ate a few bites of undercooked chicken because I didn’t want to hurt the chef’s feelings. I’ve been working on being less passive ever since.
I’m 27 and I can still do the splits.
If I could paint my house like a rainbow, I would, but my husband has some say in the matter.
My hair is always changing color. I prefer fashion colors (pink, purple, silver) over natural ones.
My right leg is one inch longer than my left.
When I sneeze or hiccup, it sounds like a squeaky dog toy.
I was in the hospital the week of my wedding for an emergency gall bladder removal surgery. I honestly thought I was going to get married in the hospital.
I’m a direct descendant of Henry V (as is Sarah).
I had both of my children unplanned.
I play the viola.
I can have an entire conversation using only movie quotes.