Who runs the world? Girls…Quite literally. If we look around, some of the world’s strongest global brands are run by women. If you’ve ever run an organization or company yourself, you know how hard it is. So, let’s appreciate some of these ladies who are setting the trends and hitting the marks.
Reformation, Yael Aflalo
In 2009, former model Yael Aflalo created Reformation as a way for fashion and sustainability to coexist. The company rapidly expanded in its first stage of transforming vintage, thrift store finds into remarkable pieces, even landing it a project with Urban Outfitters. Despite this growth, Aflalo wanted to expand the company’s sustainability practices, so they shut their doors in 2012 and relaunched as an e-commerce site. Now, the company operates with an over 3/4 female management team in LA’s garment district. The company is fully committed to using renewable energy and is emerging as one of the few bigger named brands providing information about its environmental impact. In contrast to other brands with similar environmental commitments, Aflalo has abandoned the strategy of “buy less, use less”; in her opinion, it’s a short-sighted and out-of-touch business practice. Instead of relying on the consumer to act sustainably, she understands that it is Reformation’s duty as a fashion brand to deal with the issue and work to become better.
Outdoor Voices, Tyler Haney
It’s time to throw away those old baggy workout pants and over-sized t-shirt. Your upgrade will be graciously be made available by Outdoor Voices, a new recreational apparel brand. Tyler Haney, the brand’s 26-year-old founder, sells the brand on the premise and tagline that Doing Things is much better than not Doing Things. Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, she admits that there’s no distinction between your active-life and your ‘life-life’ — they’re simultaneously one. It was essential to be active, but not be defined by it. With this in mind, she felt an urge to develop a line that was different than Nike, Adidas, or Lululemon; she wanted a line that was not pushing for its customer to become better or stronger, just something that accentuated a person’s femininity and athleticism. Haney attended Parsons and there created the beginnings of Outdoor Voices. Today the company has earned over $8 million in venture backing and is rapidly expanding in its digital-first strategy. Having no prior experience, Haney admits the process has been difficult, but because of her persistence, it was all possible.
Aday, Meg He and Nina Faulhaber
Another emerging fitness brand, Aday is breaking the mold and developing its own niche within the fitness/wellness world. The company’s founders Meg He and Nina Faulhaber designed the brand to fit into many different contexts. Knowing how precious time is, the creators built an apparel line that can be worn in the gym and then right out into your night on the town or informal business meeting. Long are the days when workout clothes are forbidden from wearing in any other place than your Zumba class or the track. The founders met while working at Goldman Sachs in New York and quickly hit it off. Recognizing this apparel problem, the two quit their respective jobs and teamed up to start Aday. Though the company is relatively new, they’re quickly gaining coverage all over the world. The collection is simple, but its fabrics and designs are innovative and totally unique. Go check it!
Birchbox, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna
While the two were studying at Harvard Business School, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna decided that the beauty product industry itself needed a little facelift. The two had previously been involved in marketing and consulting so it seemed to be perfect marriage of their experiences and interests. The duo knew that for most customers, the industry is overwhelming and totally unfamiliar. So, in order to make things friendlier for customers, they created a subscription service where they would send product samples to those women trying to find new products to use. While at the beginning their main focus was on women, they expanded to include a line dedicated to men’s beauty products in 2012. Altogether the company has more than one million subscribers who pay $10 a month to have customized beauty products show up right at their door.
Do you desire a love so deep that you just find yourself floating and always on cloud 9? Do you find yourself constantly attracting narcissistic relationships or friends and are downright sick of it?
It can be very difficult to hold compassion and understanding for those who choose to be stuck in victim mode. There is a need for serious therapy and desensitizing from what is only an illusion.
There is power in love and if there is power in love, then why downgrade God’s love for us and the love we should have for our self. It is within our birth right that we need to claim our power and walk in what God has allowed for us. This is not Venus vs. Mars; this is about standing in your authentic truth.
We are only progressing into a new golden age and shall align with such greatness which is ours. I do not believe in giving any more energy or attention to those who are so far gone, in darkness that they choose not to come to the light.
There is a choice in the path that we choose and to take.
We need to be mindful of those who can nourish, support and love us back to match the love we give. IT doesn’t mean that we have to leave those behind with nothing. But what we leave is us being an example of standing strong and that we no longer have to cry, we no longer have to crawl and we can now stand.
Boldly professing the destiny we want to set new intentions and manifest.
We must do things sometimes that others do not do. But please call bull, when you hear or see someone who chooses to only have their blinders off, and know they can take the blinders off at any time. But it is with compassion of course, that we can help ourselves & others to move past the veil.
This is as real as it gets when it comes to realizing our worth, and our integrity. For greatness is to be trusted and may be walk aligned to our truth path and remove our self from victim hood. There is a soul bliss within, that deserves our truth, deserves our all and cry’s for us to pay attention.
The happiness that brings light to the shinning love that is within us already, but sometimes we are confused and distracted by outside people, dramas and things that end up taking us off our divine path. There is a love so deep, a love that never dies and is unconditional to our birth right. It sings to us, it is in sink & harmony fulfilling. It sounds like a fairytale, but I promise, when you are able to connect with your angels and your guides, there is a connection & bond that cannot be broken. It is the guiding light and force that we deserve to bring to the surface. This is about falling madly in love with your soul, your purpose and finding the million dollar value. This is about your feminine power, which has always been with you, but you need to reconnect to the peace that is you. Let’s intuitively connect to your heart, mind and body. Take your victim into victory; turn your love into light, radiance and empowerment. This is not about spiritual entertainment, this is about longevity.
If your soul is thirsty and hungry for the love that is true, then answer yourself this….
- Are you ready to develop a positive, open approach to SELF LOVE and healing?
- Are you ready to learn how to improve mental clarity, ENERGY levels, and physical wellbeing?
- Are your ready to learn how to move from helplessness to personal POWER?
- Are you ready to learn how to take back your power and handle stressful situations and deepen soulful relationships?
Are ready to step into your DIVINE LOVING PATH NOW & CREATE INNER PEACE + FULFILLMENT + HAPPINESS?
Latoya Beverly is an International healer, seeker of truth, love and peace. She works with all walks of life, on relationships, health and wellness and personal development. She leads those who want advancement of using the power of intuition & mindfulness together, collecting what she calls the Intuitive Minds Tribe.
Latoya Beverly, is the founder of Integrative Mindfulness Healing, LLC. Latoya is a woman of many gifts, but first & foremost a spiritual coach, counselor, and teacher. She has studied under world renowned Spiritual Teachers and Masters, setting out to make a name for herself & helping others one soul at a time.
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If you are anything like me (or any other person who found themselves living in the age of the Internet), you will routinely find yourself on a two-hour detour from your original google search.
Though a considerable amount of my valuable time might have been better off reading or doing other activities, some of these detours have led me to the most inspirational blogs, helpful resources for home decor, advice for non-profit work, and I can’t lie here – simply some snazzy lifestyle or travel blog to drool over.
Here are some of my top favorites:
Let’s be realistic: not all of us get jet-set off to some romantic European country for the weekend, let alone 12 hours. BUT- that shuoldn’t stop us from drooling over the destinations and recommendations of the blog 12hrs. It’s core mission was to highlight the best (i.e. least obvious to tourists) things in a city you could see as a traveler if only a short trip was possible, or more specifically, 12 hours. It’s romantic, modern, and beautiful. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use it as fuel for your next journey!
As you’re plotting your next international escape, here’s a little more daydreaming material for you. Mimi Thorisson’s blog Manger (or rather, her life) is dreamy: she’s got 7 children, 14 dogs, a photographer husband, a villa in Médoc, and a cookbook. Whoosh. Oh, and in addition to the marvelous backdrop pictures (AKA her home and family), she gives offers some insane recipes!
I hate to even share the source, knowing that my secret will be no more, but I must! This blog is incredible. Jude takes all of IKEA’s already hip, modern furniture and twists it into something even cooler! Her designs are inventive and relatively intuitive, making the how-to journey easy and fun. It’s a unique way to give your space some charm and character. You can get ideas from her creations or maybe take inspiration and do your own thing!
I couldn’t make it through the list without throwing on a food blogs! Founded by the two sisters, Danielle and Laura Kosann, The New Potato creates a one-stop destination for all things good, fashion, design, and media. As the founders have stated themselves, the lines between these fields are no longer so rigid — instead, now, they’re bringing them all together. The site has everything from restauranteur interviews, city guides designed by models and chefs alike, and, of course, recipes!
Hands down, Justina Blakeney has one of the most distinct interior design styles. In comparison to the mainstream’s push for minimalism, Justina is definitely a refreshing take on art and the possibility of color! On top of her eye for design, she is one fierce lady; in many of her interviews, she has repeatedly boasted that her goal is to inspire women to be creative, messy, and a little wild! If you grew up along coast like I did, you will probably appreciate her (colorful) jungle meets bungalow style that’s reminiscent of the palm tree-covered streets of childhood.
Look around your house today. Count how many things are NOT made in China, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, or Vietnam. Now, compare it to the number of things you own that are produced in those countries. The number will undeniably be astounding. It is safe to say that many of those products were made in factories which operate under abhorrent working conditions and its employees are paid next to nothing ($2 dollars on average for a 12-14 hour day).
It is important to ruminate on these things, but it is even more important to do SOMETHING about it. Whatever that means for you – supporting your local artisans, boycotting goods made in those particular countries, or trying your hand at making more of what you own – do it. For me and my lifestyle, it’s a bit of all of those things, but what I find to be most important is to focus on supporting brands that are socially and environmentally conscious. Over the years I’ve generated a list of companies and non-profits that work to divert away from fast fashion and instead embrace women’s empowerment and craftsmanship – be it from a different culture or place or somewhere familiar. Though the following few companies are only a small preview into the vast world of fair-trade, ethical production, it is a start!
Piece & Co
Though micro-loans and women’s empowerment classes have become a popular focus for many artisan-focused non-profits, Piece & Co. cuts out all the fluff: they believe that sustainable employment for female artisans is the only way to keep these women (and their families) out of poverty – for good. After working for other globally minded non-profits, Piece & CO.’s founder Kathleen Wright started the company in response to a wave of larger fashion brands seeking authentic alternatives to fast-fashion, assembly-line creations. The result has been momentous: top global fashion brands like Nike, Tory Burch, and Opening Ceremony have teamed up with Piece & Co. have partnered with Piece & Co. to make exquisitely unique pieces for each respective brand. Let’s hope this trend continues to grow and means a forever goodbye to fast fashion and a hello to further investment into women’s empowerment!
After her years plugged into the high fashion world, designer Carol Miltimore decided that it was time to step away from that world. She knew that more could be done to steer the world of fashion towards socially conscious practices, and additionally, there were artisan communities with who could be employed to make shift this happen. And, Seek Collective was born. The company works with artisans skilled in hand-block printing, hand loom weaving, and natural dyeing both in northern and central India. Carol works diligently to ensure the groups she works with earn a fair, dignified income and that the communities these artisans come from are also prospering from this work; with the help of Seek Collective’s production, the artisan communities have set up various health and education initiatives for those in the nearby area. A major bonus point — the majority of the silk and cotton fabric and dyes used in their production is organic and non-toxic!
In college our lives are comprised of dreams, dreams, dreams…and more dreams. Dreams of what we could be and what our lives could be like. It’s raw and it’s real, and it all feels possible. With this brimming momentum of hope, four college students found their way to Uganda but quickly discovered that the limitless world they knew was not known by many. They met women their age who had grown up without an education, stripped of freedoms and opportunities due to poverty, war, and corruption. What these women did have, however, was a skill; they made beautiful beaded jewelry out of the few things they had access to, old papers and posters. After proposing their business plan to these women, the project quickly blossomed and has grown exponentially since then — they are in over 300 stores worldwide! In addition to these growing business initiatives, a five-year holistic development program was also implemented to provide each woman with health education, finance and business training, and counseling. Over 120 women have graduated from the program, with many more to come!
Raven and Lily
Based out of Austin, Texas, Raven + Lily is a certified B-Benefit Corporation committed fair trade company working to alleviate poverty among female artisans. Similar to many other artisan focused non-profits, its founder, Kristen Dickerson, came from a mixed background of fashion and international humanitarian work. After 15 years split between the two fields, she created Raven + Lily not only to marry her skill set but more importantly, to empower marginalized females by offering fair employment and furthered opportunity. Each product is a unique reflection of the woman, the region in which she comes from, and traditional craft she has learned throughout her life. Sourcing from all over the world, the company strives to work with only eco-friendly practices and organic, non-toxic materials in its production. Over 1,500 at-risk women are employed, subsequently strengthening their respective communities and generating opportunities for accessible health care and education.
Matt & Nat
A little different than the others here, Matt & Nat is a accessories-focused company which explores the synergy between MAT(T)erial and NATure, i.e.- they refrain from using leather or any other animal-based materials in their products. Instead, the company is committed to exploring the possibilities available through recyclable materials, such as bike tires, cork, plastic bottles, and cardboard. In fact, 100% of their linings are made from recycled plastic bottles. What does that actually look like, you might ask? About 120,000 recycled bottles a year. Talk about a doozy. Looking at their bags, you wouldn’t even be able to distinguish the difference between a bag of theirs (no animal products used) and another leather bag; the quality is high and the aesthetic is beautiful. So, next time you are trying to decide what your next handbag might be, opt for the sustainable choice and try Matt & Nat.
*To be totally transparent, some of their production has been recently sent off to China, but they have made great strides in building personal relationships with each and every member on their production team.
A few years ago, the two co-founders of Naja Catalina and Girald Gina Rodriguez met while filming “Nine Up and Coming Nueva Latinas.” Advocates of body positivity and women’s empowerment, the two quickly bonded and hoped to combine forces to create a company that might embody these passions. Truly an untraditional lingerie company, Naja abandons conventional tactics of objectifying women and instead seeks to empower them both in their marketing campaigns and production. For instance, single mothers or female heads of households are the largest demographic employed in Naja’s factories, AND two perfect of every purchase is invested into a local sewing program for women. In addition to their social commitment, Naja has incorporated digital printing into their production, leaving their water usage next to none.
A teacher by trade, I left the classroom in 2010 to stay home with my son. I began working from home managing marketing and social media for small businesses. Clients ebbed and flowed; I began falling in love with the social media connections aspect of it all.
Early in 2014, I started to feel God moving me toward something, but I didn’t know what. That July, as we were on our way home from a beach trip, I blurted out, “Purpose Box!” from the passenger seat. We fleshed it out on the way home, and by the time we pulled into our driveway, I had a logo, an email address, and an Instagram account.
That evening, I emailed several companies to see if they wanted to be part of #mailthatmatters. Friends and family were behind me, companies were ready to join in, and we were off to the races!
Purpose Box is a mail subscription box that contains for-purpose items (think the TOMS shoes model) and also has a featured purpose. All proceeds of each box are donated to the featured purpose.
It has been so incredible getting to know other business owners who are looking to give back with their products. My favorite emails are those that I get from people telling me they have changed a shopping habit or given back that day because of something they have seen via Purpose Box’s social media channels or in our boxes.
You can also find more information on The Purpose Box here.
Jolie Gray is a wife and mother striving to live every day loving Jesus and sharing His grace with others. She enjoys writing, reading, and coffee. All the coffee. She founded Purpose Box is 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, her blog, or in the nearest Target.