March is Women’s History Month and today specifically, is International Women’s Day! So let me start by saying Happy Women’s Day to all of you female-identifying ladies! We deserve to be celebrated for all of our hard work and today is a day to acknowledge all of our accomplishments.
Additionally, I’ve been taking note of as many female-founded brands I could find that I think deserve some attention! Let’s celebrate today, this month and every single day here on out in the best way we know how to: by supporting other women! Here are women-owned beauty, wellness and fashion brands you should know!
Firstly, Phat Buddha is a female-founded activewear line that focuses on seamless pieces. Every item is made for your body and the way it moves. They are very fashion-forward, so you could wear their clothes from yoga to brunch and so on, you don’t need to run home and change because you can wear them as everyday pieces, rather than just at the gym. They are even safe in an outdoor workout setting because they are UPF protected! All of the pieces I have from them are so comfortable and make me feel confident while wearing them.
Photography: Phat Buddha
Where do I begin with Cleobella.. everything they create is absolutely stunning! Their core values are in sustainability and ethical practices, so I feel really good about supporting their brand! Everything they make is hand-made! They do this while maintaining traditional heritage techniques, which is the coolest thing ever. The founders love to travel and take inspiration in different cultures around the globe. You can find virtually anything there-dresses, tops, accessories and even beautiful clothes for your kids!
It’s no secret that this is my absolute favorite headband brand. My daughters take them from me to accessorize their outfits on a daily basis! I don’t mind sharing, though! Lele started out in design and actually launched the first ever jewelry collection for J. Crew. From there, she was the Design Director at Tory Burch before moving on to start her own company in 2012. With the dream beginning in jewelry design, she has expanded into all kinds of accessories, and is most known for her perfect knotted headbands, that I can totally tell you are worth the hype! There’s even a line for kids. You can find some absolutely breathtaking pieces on her site, and find some great gifts for the women in your life!
Photography: Lele Sadoughi
Let’s talk skincare! Summer Fridays was created by Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Ireland, when Lauren was pregnant and searching for safe skincare to use. Clean ingredients and immediate satisfaction are important to them and honestly, they nailed it! Their Jet-Lag Mask is a staple in my skincare routine. With teens that are getting into skincare, I feel really safe being able to give my daughters their products to start using because they are totally clean and safe to use. Not to mention the fact that they are aesthetically pleasing and can totally be put on display in your bathroom and look good!
Photography: Summer Fridays
CBD is wildly popular these days and for very good reason. It has so many benefits, such as focus, energy, skin health, sleep, balance and so much more. It was founded by Marcy Capron-Vermillion and Coco Meers, who have both had their lives forever changed by CBD. March was able to gain control over her mental health and Coco has pain relief from an autoimmune spine condition. The women joined forces to help others, especially women and our ever-changing bodies and minds. Their site offers free dosage support to help you figure out your needs and they also have joined forces with Black Girl Ventures to support Black and Brown female founders with the tools they need to sustain their businesses. An absolutely outstanding mission and company to support. Use code: STROLLERINTHECITY
Furthermore, taking care of your hair is incredibly important. Briogeo is a great brand I recently discovered that was founded by Nancy Twine, a female woman of color who experienced hair loss after mourning the loss of her mother. She wanted to change the world fill it with support and passion– and she is doing just that! She is embracing how different everyone’s hair is and her products each have different goals depending on the hair type. There are also scalp treatments, which people don’t realize are just as important as hair masks. Everything is clean and I feel so good about using these products for myself and my family! You can take the hair quiz on the site to determine which products work best for you!
Photography: Briogeo Hair
Furthermore, Razors are such a personal thing. I mean figuratively and literally. Every body is different and our skins all need different attention. Oui is a really cool company that is changing the way we view personal care. It was founded by a woman named Karen, whose mother banned beauty magazines in their home for the unrealistic standards. When it comes to personal care and shaving, there are a ton of unrealistic standards out there. Every body is different and some need a little more care than others and that is okay! Their slogan is Oui The People, their products are made for the people! They sell different razors for sensitive skin, as well as other items like shave gel, body serum, hydrating bikini line sheets and so much more. It’s a fantastic company that I can get behind 10000%!
Photography: Oui The People
Bala was started by Natalie and her husband when they couldn’t find any products where form and function lined up. They believe fashion and fitness can go well together and they are not wrong! They sell weighted bangles, rings, bars, beams and so much more in a wide variety of colors and shapes to fit your style. The Bala Bangles are perfect for wrists or ankles and can be worn in daily settings to get a little exercise in for you! They come in different weights and you can choose the best for yourself!
Henning is a plus-size fashion brand founded in NYC by Lauren Chan, who was a fashion editor having a difficult time finding luxurious clothes in her size. This is a topic that I don’t think gets the attention it deserves and it’s important that we pay attention to everyone’s needs. All bodies are different and that’s what makes them all unique and beautiful. She sells fantastic pieces that are professional, luxurious and all around great closet staples. Check out her gorgeous pieces, they are all must-needs!
Photography: Henning NYC
Finally, Nubian Skin is a hosiery and undergarment line dedicated to finding the best tone for your specific skin tone. It was founded by Ade Hassan in 2013, for the sole purpose of skin tone representation, something the world lacks. I think this business is fantastic and much needed! The shade range is perfection and the pieces are incredibly comfortable. They even make a line for men, who I never hear about skin tone representation with so snaps to Nubian Skin! They are making such a positive impact on the world. Take a look and add these to your closet!
Photography: Nubian Skin
I’ve been sharing with my readers and followers for some time now how much I truly love the olive oil from Fancy Peasant. Founded by Anastasia Ganias-Gellin, a first generation Greek-American, was inspired to share her families traditional dishes with a modern twist. From her delicious recipes to her Greek extra virgin olive oil, I really encourage you all to check out her website and support this amazing mom of three!
Jennifer Fisher is a successful jewelry maker with gorgeous pieces for all personalities, but when her love for food and cooking inspired her to branch out of her element, she said why not! Her brand now offers an array of delicious salts that I use every day in my recipes. I have gifted a lot of my friends her salt trio and they love it. It really makes for a great gift!
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