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Showing posts with label Small Brands. Show all posts

Unique & Sustainable Jewelry You Will Want To Wear Everywhere

unique handcrafted earrings from small brands
What’s your fashion obsession? Some people have a thing for shoes and hunt down all the latest trends to add to their growing collections. Others can't leave the house without a statement bag or belt to complement their sense of fashion. All of these items are cute, but if you’re on the hunt for the best blings money can buy, finding the perfect pair to add to your jewelry box can be one of the most exciting quests.

Colorful earrings—from vibrant yellow, ruby red, royal blue, and bold violet just to name a few, are unique and timeless statement pieces that belong in every jewelry collection. Whether you prefer to choose show-stopper earrings based on your favorites colors, interesting shapes,- or, if you simply love everything crochet wire stitched and 100% handmade, there’s chic and super versatile pairs that can complement your personal style -Who says we can't wear seals, welds, and crystals with our favorite street style outfits, am I right?

unique handcrafted earrings from small brands

Let's be honest, handmade jewelry is a great way to showcase your love for women-led businesses that offer unique styles and discreetly incorporate bolder colors that can effortlessly complement all your outfits - without acting like their rivals. From fine jewelry selections featuring the perfect crochet wire stitch to chic, bold styles with colorful crystals and everything in between, there’s definitely a unique piece for every taste and budget in the list above.

Go bright with a dazzling 18k Gold plated drop earring, or keep it simple and elegant with the right amount of red and blue sparkle—the options for sustainable handmade earrings from MIKA are limitless. Ready to cop a pair (or three) for your own collection? I got you covered, these unique styles have undergone some serious effort to be selected in this awesome brand house that is the MIKA website.

Do you need yet another excuse to stock up on some stellar exclusive jewelry? How about sustainable packaging that includes actual flowers? Yes, you heard me right. Even though leading brands carry the title of popularity, nothing beats the excitement of receiving your beautifully packaged order from two friends who met in Lisbon and fused their Canadian and Brazilian cultures, creativity, and mindset to promote women empowerment in all the small details from packaging to their selection of brands they work with. 

MIKA is powered by women, and led with bold intuition - like their slogan says: its Spirited Curiosity.  


MIKA's aesthetic is prominent in their luxury packaging, made from recyclable and sustainable material. Each order includes lavender vines from a small flower shop in Lisbon called @ohmariaflores, because they believe your jewelry should be an experience of the senses - and who could deny that. Whether you are looking for a beautiful gift idea for your friend or simply getting ready to rock a pair of gorgeous earrings this Spring, consider this your sign. Happy Shopping! 

The Best Natural Body Scrub For Soft, Glowy Skin Costs $16

affordable cruelty free exfoliation scrubs with natural ingredients
I’ve delved into the wonders of skin exfoliation and honestly, I can't get enough. Winter is definitely not my best friend- more like a distant relative that constantly tries to enforce his presence on me. It's safe to say that I would much rather prefer laying on the beach right now, sandkissed with not a care in the word, instead I' am here, indoors having to deal with dry, flaky skin and the absence of sunlight.

There is no other way to put it, dry skin sucks. Whether you are trying to apply a full face of makeup, only to get frustrated at the end, or simply cannot stand the look and feel of pasty skin, I get it! Most of us would do anything possible to get rid of it. Instead of rubbing half of your moisturizer bottle on your face and body praying for it to work, the quickest way to get your smooth, hydrated skin back is exfoliation. What's the quickest way to achieve the ultimate exfoliation? I hear you asking. Well, there is no better feeling than getting rid of all your dead cells with a nourishing body scrub during your shower.

affordable cruelty free exfoliation scrubs with natural ingredients

Even though I mostly focus on acne skin treatments, body scrubs are for everyone. The benefits of skin exfoliation are a lot, there is no excuse for stocking-up on some stellar, handcrafted scrubs to keep us all healthy and glowy from head-to-toe.

If you are an avid reader of KmeetsStyle, you probably already know that simple skincare formulas won't make the cut. Choosing a product goes beyond the brand name and price tag. I need my products to be natural, cruelty-free, and effective ( bonus point if they come beautifully packaged from a small indie brand that puts love and effort in each formula).

Lucky for us there are many handcrafted, all-natural body scrub formulas ready to turn our homes into a makeshift spa, here are some of my favorites.
Natural plant based body scrub for sensitive skin

These candy-like body scrubs are not only super moisturizing due to their all-natural ingredients, but they also help you treat skin discoloration. IFURU Honey Sugar Scrub, the gentle moisturizing scrub treatment for your body is made with the perfect blend of pure honey, Tumeric, and everyone's favorite oil, Jojoba - known for their abilities to activate microcirculation & improves your skin's elasticity. The fresh Warm Vanilla Sugar and Midnight Floral scents exfoliate and brighten the skin thanks to their easy-to-melt formula.

Currently, IFURU offers 4 different body scrubs that promise to leave you with the most beautifully scented skin. Each product is jam-packed with moisture-rich, key ingredients such as brown sugar, pumping seed oil, shea butter, Kukui Nut, aloe vera, and many more. Don't worry, you can start putting items in your cart because these skincare miracles are all under $16.


Independent LGBTQ+ Brands To Support All Year Round

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand

Every once in a while, especially during pride month or at the start of the New Year I receive beautifully crafted press releases from a wide range of brands showcasing new collections in support of the LGBTQ+ community. While I am always happy to see established brands advocating for the community, I can't help but emphasize more on those rising LGBTQ+/Ally designers that are not afraid to embrace their individuality through high fashion Pride Lifestyle apparel and accessories. I don't know about you but personally, I like to feel like every month is pride month.

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand

Although today more and more brands are casting queer people in their campaigns and runway shows, I am finding it really hard to spend money on those who blindly disregard the importance of diversity and inclusivity. 

Don't get me wrong, it's great to see the LGBTQ+ community getting the support and recognition it deserves but, big brands need to go way deeper than rainbow-colored merch and Instagram ads. Queer-led fashion brands are the way of the future. That's why today I am rounding up some of my most favorite LGBTQ+ apparel and accessories, not this Christmas, but 365 days a year.

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand

That's right! The most innovative labels help u to better understand the meaning behind gender identity and sexuality. Plus, they don't hold back when it comes to mental health awareness and the importance of speaking out about our traumatic experiences and life journey. Inclusivity in all forms has always been at the center of LGBT AF collections. Their wide variety of clothing styles, from the rainbow squad kids line to election, parental, and wedding lines feature actual people- most often not only models but LGBTQ+ activists- allies and leaders and champions for diversity.

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand


Why You Should Rock Custom-Made Streetwear This Winter

custom made streetwear

After shopping from the same old multinational corporations that always seem to be at the top of the fashion scene, we all feel the need to explore other options and try out something new. The mainstream fashion industry is definitely a crowded one and in recent years more and more fast fashion brands are popping up left and right. Even though I do understand people's need to get their hands on the latest, trendiest outfits without breaking the bank, the humanitarian and environmental consequences are way too severe to ignore.


custom made streetwear

So, can we actually stay away from fast fashion? No, unfortunately, even though there are plenty of resources, we cannot 100% be certain about the ethics of all of our favorite brands. I have been an advocate for second-hand shopping for quite some time now. Even though it takes a bit of time and energy, finding a hidden gem between the racks can be such a joy. As you can see from my Instagram page, I often try to alter my thrift finds to better compliment my personal style. And that is exactly the subject of this article.

Custom clothing that goes beyond the "basics". Indie brands offering streetwear styles that are blessed with the artist's unique touch are the new craze. Underground fashion labels are known for their creative flow, innovative ideas, and raw artistic skills. 8smilez is a newly founded brand based in New York with a very clear message. His limited edition styles are here for those who want to differentiate from the social norms and reflect their personality.


custom made streetwear

In this consumer-driven era of seasonal trends, custom made styles are a long-term investment. You will always have in mind that this particular piece of clothing was made just for the few who were quick to hit the order button. There is something great about limited edition screen-prints or hand-painted designs. From made to order Dickies logo work pants to hoodies and truckers 8smilez offers many streetwear styles you definitely won't be able to find anywhere else. 


custom made streetwear


The Best Illustrated Tarot Decks To Buy On Etsy Right Now

Illustrated Tarot Decks
 
New age-y spiritual practices like healing crystals, readings, and astrology are now more than ever in demand. Forget all about the previous stigma surrounding this subject. You no longer have to visit a self-proclaimed professional in the sketchiest part of town to receive the answers you seek-or to try out the process for the first time. Tarot readings are certainly amongst the top 3 most popular New age practices and, luckily for us, easily accessible. No matter if you are a pro at reading decks or simply looking for an easy way to start your spiritual journey, there are many different ways to dive into the mystic world.

First things first. Not everyone interested in having a collection of crystals or reading cards is actually invested in spirituality. There are plenty of individuals who love to collect unique tarot decks that feature delicate artwork from independent artists. I, even though new to the world of predictions and interpretations, have been focused on creating healing crystal art for quite some time. That's probably the main reason that I instantly fell in love with @le.sinex, the artist behind the "Botanical Sword" Oracle card deck. Whether you are on a journey of self-discovery or in it for the aesthetics one thing is for certain, the practice of tarot reading demands respect.

Illustrated Tarot Decks

As opposed to many other practices that focus on future prediction more definitively, tarot reading seems to push us further into self-reflection while taking many different angles and perspectives into consideration. Below you can find the perfect illustrated tarot deck that will not only satisfy your need for mental clarity, it will also look fantastic spread across your coffee table as part of your decor.

Not only this illustration deck comes in a set of 40 beautiful blackwork illustrations on textured paper, but it also comes with a mini guide book to further help you with your interpretations along with a detailed online version. Sounds awesome, right? Well, there is more. " In the name of “Botanical Sword”, Sword as a visual feature captured the essence of masculine heroism inside and the Botanical imagery expresses the feminine part from fantasies." the creator explains. Each card in this set is designed to help you overcome difficulties, inspire mental clarity, and guide you through difficult life decisions via its insightful illustrations.


Illustrated Tarot Decks

Maybe you are like me, someone who can get enough of minimal, spiritual illustrations. Lesine offers The Botanical Sword 2021 Calender, either as a full set with the tarot deck or on its own (many as a gift for your New age-y best friend too?). Is there a better way to decorate your home other than having a new Oracle illustration wall art through the year?

The Best Pool Float That Will Help You Step Up Your Instagram Feed Game. This Is How You Can Support Black-Owned Businesses In 2021

black owned brands inflatable pool

 If you are fortunate enough to have a pool or have unlimited access to one, you will know that having a summer gathering with your best mates is much more enjoyable in the water. You probably already know that pool parties require the right amount of space, delicious cocktails, trendy swimsuits, and of course, the cutest pool floats. You know exactly what I am talking about. The ones that not only manage to gain a ton of likes on Instagram but also help you relax and have fun in the water.

What if I told you that you can impress your friends (and neighbors!) and support the first black-owned pool inflatable startup at the same time? Keep on reading.

I have lived my whole life close to the sea, cute pool floats were a must amongst us kids. Later on, we kept this tradition going ( yes, we still hunt down the most unique designs every spring and summer). Let's not forget that one time we decided to place an actual floating pool in our living room and almost ruined half of our furniture after a few not-so-careful attempts to have fun in it. The point is I am obsessed with these adorable floats and when it comes to pool parties - not during the pandemic of course- I am more than ready to recreate the best moments of my childhood with some unique inflatable floats.


black owned brands inflatable pool

Pool floats have been a huge Instagram trend for years, and they aren't going out of style any time soon. But we are not kids anymore. There are many more factors we should consider before making our decision. You all know how huge I am on sustainability, upcycling, and supporting small businesses. I highly encourage you to stock up on the Alma Ocean floats so you can rock this summer and still support the cultural-inspired styles made for you to tap into a new look and mood. I rounded up all the info for you.

Sustainability, Diversity & Creativity

Danielle Hodge, the founder of Alma Ocean, enjoys pool floats so much she decided to create her own. "I searched high and low, extensively, without success and couldn’t find any floats that appealed to my personal taste" she mentioned. "I wanted a product that spoke to my culture. I wanted to see and feel inspired by the inflatable designs, so I created my own!”. So in 2020, during the global pandemic, she decided to create her own line, aiming to inspire women -and men- of color to enjoy their time in the water and celebrate their culture at the same time. Sounds great, right? Well, there is more.

black owned brands inflatable pool

She offers upcycling services to transform your old products into one-of-a-kind accessories. You are not confident enough in the water? No prob, you can find many resources to help you enjoy your days at the ocean -or pool- in the safest way possible.

How can you support this black-owned business?

Danielle Hodge is crowdfunding with IFUNDWOMEN the entire month of November to raise funds before her launch in summer 2021. Let's all honor creativity and diversity- You can thank me later after you have the most trendy pool party of all times.
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