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Women rule the world…duh. So I’m sharing my favorite women-owned businesses of the moment, including everything from swimsuits to jewelry to sustainable cosmetic cases and more. So if you’re a woman reading this, def treat yourself to some online shopping – you’ve made it far despite so many men telling you to smile through the years.
Modern Picnic is so genius, you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. But then you realize we can’t all be as bright as founder Ali Kaminetsky, who wanted to create a chic and functional way of carrying her lunch to work each day. So she gave the traditional lunchbox a makeover, and Modern Picnic was born. Now you just have to learn how to cook, sweetie.
These days, everyone’s foaming at the mouth for sustainable brands, and DaniJayne founder Danielle Kaplan hit the nail on the head with her handmade, upcycled cosmetic cases. Those Lululemon bags you always say you’ll use but never do? DaniJayne uses recycled materials like those to make her toiletry bags. They’re so high-quality and sturdy that you’d never know she’s making them from her professional bedroom sewing studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
These gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sugar, and certified low FODMAP* bars are just it. Founder Katie Wilson struggled with IBS and wanted to create a baked bar free of any triggers and processed sugars, so BelliWelli was born. Flavors include fudge brownie, cinnamon swirl, birthday cake, and more. They’re perfect for dessert or a midday snack. Might I add that her merch is also kind of iconic? Hot girls have IBS!
*If you don’t know what low FODMAP is, then move on and be glad you don’t have IBS. 😘
Founded by Alisa Metzger and Jen Shane, this brand makes skincare fun again. It’s clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and affordable. The packaging is so interesting to look at (unlike you, Kourtney K); when I use it at the gym, everyone always asks me what brand it is – perfect for an attention whore 🙋♀️. I’m also obsessed with their lip glazes – each of the different colors actually smells like their flavor (Frosé is my personal fave). I’m iNN.
Viera Swim is great not only because of its super-flattering designs, but also because of its sustainable practices for fabrics, packaging, and everything in between. Founder Giselle Viera is passionate about making swimsuits for everyone, evident in her wide variety of designs like the Thumper Suit and the Earth Bottoms/Top. It’s April, so we’ll be in swimsuits in no time, right? *ignores the cold rain outside my window*.
Paintlab is hands down the brand I’m raving to my friends about the most these days. Founded by beauty entrepreneur Karina Sulzer, Paintlab offers innovative press-on nails, nail stickers, fun fake lashes, eye stickers, and more. Why did I ever pay $60 to sit and schvitz in a tiny New York City nail salon? I’m never going back.
Lauren Schneider is a designer and leather painter based out of NYC. She can paint anything and is best known for her designs on jean/leather jackets and bags. Brides-to-be particularly love her designs, but customization is the best gift for any occasion. Those overly preppy monogrammed beach bags are getting old, so please switch over to cool-as-hell Lauren Schneider’s designs.
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Erin Carpenter founded Nude Barre to revolutionize nude. Remind me why nude was once only considered beige? Embarrassing. Anyway, Nude Barre offers bodywear solutions like underwear, bralettes, tops, tights, etc. They also offer an online quiz to find your shade easily, which is excellent because we love using the absolute least amount of brainpower possible when shopping.
My love affair with Maggie Villamaria’s jewelry line began where all good things do: TikTok. Her pieces range from bold and in-your-face (e.g., these ‘I Hate You / I Love You’ earrings) to small and dainty, like this heart necklace. Villamaria is a true artist, and I’m genuinely ~obsessed~ with her collection.
Founded by Jazmin Veney in 2018, ARCH NYC is a “footwear brand for fashion enthusiasts.” As someone obsessed with anything bright and fuzzy, her Mules are to-die-for. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re super comfy. She also offers slingback heels, plush slippers, and fun as hell socks. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
I have yet to find a Wander Beauty product I’m not obsessed with. Divya Gugnani, a serial entrepreneur and mom of two, and Lindsay Ellingson, a supermodel and a mom, wanted to create a brand of beauty “multitaskers” that were not so freaking complicated to use. Most importantly, their skincare and makeup quality can’t be beat — multitasking ftw.
Founder of Fancy Troubles, Gabrielle Saifi, believes that sunglasses are the ultimate enhancement. So she founded Fancy Troubles, soon to be rebranded as Sunclub. A true creative, Saifi has an amazing eye for what’s on-trend. I’m pretty picky about sunglasses, but every style of hers seemed to look good (or maybe that’s just my gorgeous face?). Either way, I’ll take one of each, plz.
Sisters Dr. Hedieh Asadi and Hasti Asadi, along with Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Gunvor Ekman Ordeberg, created DeoDoc after Hasti was told there was nothing she could do for her intimate odor. They made their own solution, and now DeoDoc exists as the first and only intimate care brand founded and run by women doctors. They offer everything from organic tampons to spray to shaving kits and more. Your vulva deserves the best—don’t you forget that.
The founder of Codex Beauty, Barb Paldus, is kind of a huge boss. She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford and, by the age of 34, had founded two Silicon Valley companies. NBD. After working in biotech for 12 years, she dedicated herself to working on incredibly effective plant-based biotech ingredients for beauty.
In need of everyday gold jewelry? Look no further. Founder Gwen Beloti wanted to create a minimalistic jewelry line with subtle statements. My fave is the Pave Love Charm Necklace—it’s super sparkly in person. Beloti is also super passionate about making jewelry that fits comfortably on everyone, so she’s launching custom length chains this season.
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native Canadian cosmetics company. They’re known for creating high-quality, cruelty-free beauty products for low environmental impact and maximum wearability. The colors they use are pretty amazing… *adding a blue eyeshadow pencil to check out right now*.
Images: Karsten Winegeart / Unsplash; Modern Picnic; DaniJayne; BelliWelli; iNNBeauty Project; Viera Swim; Paintlab; @thelaurenschneider / Instagram; Nude Barre; Maggie Villamaria Jewelry; ARCH NYC; Wander Beauty; Fancy Troubles; DeoDoc; Codex Beauty; Gwen Beloti Collection; Cheekbone Beauty.
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, I wanted to put together a list of 10 amazing Black Women-Owned Businesses with exceptional products that promote inclusivity, are incredibly creative, and celebrate Black culture. Whether it be fashion inspired by Elizabeth Keckly, the personal dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln, hair care products inspired by Madam C.J. Walker, or sex toy lines, these business owners continue to carry on the legacy of Black women who were pioneers and broke barriers for future female entrepreneurs. Women have and will continue to make amazing contributions to entrepreneurship to be enjoyed by many.
The Nu Bamboo
Owned by one of my favorite Twitter users, Jusme Kamil (@earringdealer1), The Nu Bamboo sells what they call a modern twist on the classic bamboo earring. With several styles to choose from, including double braided neon earrings, bright-colored earrings, and metallic style earrings, you are sure to find the perfect earring for you or a loved one. The “Ari” earring, affectionately named after Ari Lennox, who wore the earring, is a show stopper.
Created by powerhouse influencer and entrepreneur Jackie Aina, Forvr Mood is a luxury candle brand sure to have your space smelling amazing. With different collections tailored to your vibe at the moment (sensual, spring, etc.), you’re sure to find the right candle for you. A personal favorite is the Matcha Business candle with hazelnut, coffee, lavender, and vanilla tones.
Matcha Business candle
Alikay Naturals, created by Rochelle Alikay, is a beauty and lifestyle brand known for its hair care products that ensure and promote hair growth and healthy hair. The Honey and Sage deep conditioner, one of their best sellers, is suited for those with dry or damaged hair. It contains babassu, sage, and extra virgin olive oil, perfect for those needing deep conditioning.
Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner
Founded in 2011 by Cashmere Nicole, the Beauty Bakerie was created with the intention of having makeup products that were health conscious and good for our bodies. Beauty Bakerie makes great cosmetics, and trust me (I’ve asked friends) when I say their Lip Whips do not come off, in a good way. They also smell as good as they look and come in super cute packaging. In addition to the eyes, lips, and face products, they also just came out with skin care. Think moisturizer, glycolic facial peel cleanser, a coffee exfoliator, and chai tea toner.
Lip Whip in Cake d’Ivoire
BCakeNY makes some seriously impressive cake designs, and is currently offering Women’s History Month cupcakes adorned with the faces of some v influential figures, like Michelle Obama and Frida Kahlo. Even if you don’t live in Brooklyn, you can get BCakeNY’s delicious cakes, cake jars, and customizable cookies shipped straight to you. What if I order one of everything…
Cake Jar Gift Box
Nina Parker Collection
Known for her excellent hosting skills and killer fashion, television personality and journalist Nina Parker created her eponymous fashion line, promoting body inclusivity and unique styles. This collection embodies versatility from polished jumpsuits, high-waisted skinny jeans, and the perfect party dresses. The Mesh Midi dress is one of the best-sellers of the collection and is stunning.
Trendy Plus Size Mesh Midi Dress
If you know anything about Kandi Burruss, a hit songwriter, producer, and Real Housewife, then you know that she is a serial entrepreneur. One of her many endeavors is Bedroom Kandi, a sex toy line that embodies inclusivity and sexual liberation. From LGBTQ+ toys, sex toy collections curated by Black women, and a collection of sex education books, Kandi’s line is a good destination for those who want to know themselves more sexually. The Turbo-Waterproof Massager is perfect for those who want to enjoy themselves discreetly and, as described on their website, is the ideal “starter” vibe for those starting with vibrators.
Turbo Waterproof Massager
EthereallPrincess is an Afrocentric sustainable fashion company specializing in jewelry, based in PG County, Maryland. Led by designers Tylair and Lailah, this jewelry company is perfect for those who want to explore different types of jewelry and other miscellaneous accessories. From crystal waistbeads to jade bracelets, there is something for everyone. The Crystal Bracelet Bundle comes with two bracelets ranging from Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, and Smoky Quartz.
Crystal Bracelet Bundle
Heavenly Beauty ATL
Created by the hilarious and highly successful Dr. Heavenly Kimes from Married To Medicine, Heavenly Beauty Supply is a beauty and health business in Atlanta, Georgia. The store, which also ships online, offers a range of health and beauty products, from bundle wigs to white teeth whitening products and candles. The BYD Lace Lavy has an undetectable RHD lace and pre-tweezed hairline and sells for $39.99. It’s perfect for someone who wants to try an HD lace without breaking the bank.
BYD Lace Lavy Wig
Kaleidoscope Hair Products
Created by Jessica Harris-Dupart, Kaleidoscope Hair Products has absolutely everything you could wish for. This versatile and inclusive haircare brand is made for everyone, from hair care for kids to people with dry hair and hair loss. The Miracle Drops remove excessive build-up, stimulate the hair follicles, and add shine to the hair.
Image: ohlamour studio /Stocksy.com; The Nu Bamboo; Forvr Mood; Beauty Bakerie; Alikay Naturals; BCakeNY; Nina Parker; Bedroom Kandi; Ethereallprincess; Heavenly Beauty ATL; Kaleidoscope Hair Products