Amanda Holstein Built A Life Off Blogging, She Shares Her Best Biz Tips.

Amanda Holstein Built A Life Off Blogging, She Shares Her Best Biz Tips. | VERITE WOMAN, Advice from a twenty something, Amanda Holstein, SF, Blogger, How to make a living off of blogging, Boss lady tips, how to start an online business, Photography, depression, mental health, how to deal with depression.When I first met Amanda Holstein she gave me advice on starting this little creative business here called Vérité Woman. Seems totally accurate for someone who has built blossoming career from a blog called Advice From a Twenty Something. It’s successful not just because she gives really, really good guidance, but due to her open book, hustlers mentality. She’s wise beyond her years in career, self-care, and internet-entrepeuneurship but the thing that makes her most approachable is she’s authentic in her “we’re all figuring it out”  approach. I wanted to share some of her nuggets of gold with you — whether you’re starting your own company, trying to get on top of those finances in 2018, or just love a good lady success story Amanda’s your go-to girl.

Vérité Woman: What were you doing career wise when you launched Advice From A Twenty Something?

Amanda Holstein: I was working for a media company/influencer network representing bloggers in the Women’s Lifestyle category. I actually had launched a different blog prior to Advice from a 20 Something when I first graduated from college. I was having trouble finding a career path I felt passionate about, so I launched that first blog simply as a creative outlet. That first blog introduced me to a whole new world and helped me land my job at the media company. From there, I was lucky enough to get to work with some of today’s most successful bloggers just as they were launching their careers (like Gal Meets Glam, The Everygirl, Design Sponge, sfgirlbybay, Glitter Guide, and many more). Getting an insider’s look at what made these blogs successful and what brands were looking for in a partner inspired me to launch Advice from a 20 Something with a more strategic plan in mind.

VW: What made you want to jump the 9-5 ship and go out on your own?

AH: The longer I worked for a 9-5 company while simultaneously running my blog, the more I realized how much more passionate I was about working on my own projects. I just didn’t feel that same passion for the job I was doing, even though it was very much related to my blog. I just loved the ownership of running my own website. The effort I put in was directly associated with the results, and I really loved that. I was also never a fan of the arbitrary expectations of working for a 9-5 company. Getting in at a certain time, staying at the same desk all day, and leaving late enough to show your commitment — I hated all of that. It didn’t inspire me or even allow me to do my best work.

VW: How did you know you were ready to go freelance?

AH: It’s funny because I always said my goal with my blog was never to go full time. But what I realized was that I was just afraid that if I went full time, I might fail. Once I realized that fear was the only thing holding me back from doing it, it was a total wake up call. I did not want to let fear control my life so I said f*ck it and decided to take the plunge. I did it slowly, first by working part-time at a startup and part-time on my blog. But eventually, it became more and more clear that my passion for my blog was growing and once I felt comfortable enough financially, I made the jump.

VW: What are your key tactics for being financially smart in your business and in your personal life?

AH: I would say being financially smart is always something I’m working on perfecting. But I do keep track of everything when it comes to my business in google spreadsheets and that helps a ton. Every campaign, when it’s paid, etc. Keeping this type of data is helpful in so many ways. I can look back at see what I made this time last year and that helps me plan ahead, since income fluctuates monthly in the freelance world. Besides keeping track of everything, I really take the time to think about where I want to spend my money and if it’s worthwhile. For example, the first year I went freelance I decided to spend my money on a photographer, The second year, I felt it was necessary to invest in a full redesign. Those decisions were definitely worthwhile, but only because I made them at the right time.

Amanda Holstein Built A Life Off Blogging, She Shares Her Best Biz Tips. | VERITE WOMAN, Advice from a twenty something, Amanda Holstein, SF, Blogger, How to make a living off of blogging, Boss lady tips, how to start an online business, Photography, depression, mental health, how to deal with depression.VW: You share so many wonderful career and finance tips on your blog, can you tell us about some tools you’ve found that keep you on track?

AH: I use Quickbooks and I absolutely love it! It’s super helpful for tracking my income & expenses. Getting a separate credit card for my business expenses was incredibly helpful as well because I could track all of my business purchases in one place.

VW: Are you a written calendar or phone calendar girl?

AH: Phone! Which is funny because I write everything down on paper — notes, lists, you name it. But when it comes to my calendar, I like the simplicity of using my phone.

VW: I know all too well that when you’re hustling your own endeavor you’ve got your hands in everything from content creation to the tiny admin details — how do you stay focused on the tasks at hand?

AH: That’s definitely something I’m constantly working on. It’s really about prioritizing and planning out what you’re going to work on each day. It’s so important to step back and see the bigger picture before deciding where to spend my time. One thing I’ve been trying recently is to assign each day of the week to a different category. So Monday’s I focus on social, Tuesday’s is blog content, Wednesday’s is all campaign focused, Thursday’s are for affiliate strategy, and Friday is reserved for admin stuff. Now I definitely don’t stick to this exclusively, but it’s a nice way to get my mind focused on my main priority that day.

VW: Tell us your favorite ways to decompress after a long week!

AH: Hiking! I’ve actually been starting my days off with a hike each morning, and it’s been such a great way to clear my mind. I’m also a huge napper and can’t resist a lazy Netflix day!Amanda Holstein Built A Life Off Blogging, She Shares Her Best Biz Tips. | VERITE WOMAN, Advice from a twenty something, Amanda Holstein, SF, Blogger, How to make a living off of blogging, Boss lady tips, how to start an online business, Photography, depression, mental health, how to deal with depression.

VW: What do you think of all this Millennial work ethic talk? Do you think the stereotypes ring true?

AH: I think there’s a pretty clear divide in that Millennials have gone in one of two ways. Some have seen influencers become wildly successful in a short amount of time and believe that success is instantaneous. I receive messages all the time asking how to monetize a blog that hasn’t even launched yet. However, I believe there is another group of Millennials who see the opportunity they have to create the career they want. I think seeing this wave of freelancers, startups, and and self-employed girl bosses has inspired many to go after what they want, knowing that it’s hard work and enjoying the grind.

VW: Are there any books that have changed the way you work/ think?

AH: Yes, for sure! I read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life and that was super helpful in getting me to refocus on what’s truly important to me and to take some of the unnecessary pressure off of myself. I also really enjoy Jess Lively’s Podcast, The Lively Show. She talks a lot about living in alignment and listening to your intuition. I highly recommend it! To be honest, the biggest thing that has changed the way I work/think is therapy. It’s one of those experiences that can’t be replaced by books or podcasts and can have long-term effects on the way you think and live your life.Amanda Holstein Built A Life Off Blogging, She Shares Her Best Biz Tips. | VERITE WOMAN, Advice from a twenty something, Amanda Holstein, SF, Blogger, How to make a living off of blogging, Boss lady tips, how to start an online business, Photography, depression, mental health, how to deal with depression.

VW: You’ve been candid and transparent with your followers about your struggle with depression — your openness to talk about it was beneficial for me and I’m sure so many others — and I’m wondering how you keep focused and moving forward when you’re feeling bouts of anxiety, or depression?

AH: Dealing with depression while owning our own business is definitely not easy, but what I’ve learned is to try and show myself some compassion. Rather than getting down on myself about not being productive when I’m already feeling depressed, I try to just wait it out and give myself a break. I know I’m not going to do my best work when I’m in a depressed state. My head gets cloudy, that negative voice gets really strong, and it’s just not worth struggling through those feelings just to get some work done. I try to remind myself that my health needs to come first, and mental health is part of that. I’ve also found that talking about my experience with depression openly with my readers has helped a lot. It not only makes me realize that I’m the only one putting the pressure on myself, but also reminds me that I’m definitely not alone in what I’m going through.Amanda Holstein Built A Life Off Blogging, She Shares Her Best Biz Tips. | VERITE WOMAN, Advice from a twenty something, Amanda Holstein, SF, Blogger, How to make a living off of blogging, Boss lady tips, how to start an online business, Photography, depression, mental health, how to deal with depression.

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Femme Feed | Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. One can easily feel left out of dinner conversation in the height of a movement called Third-Wave Feminism. Multi-dashed terms being thrown around like a supper rolls, and opinions spat out as quick as a mouth-full of bad pinot. We don’t want you to feel like you’ve showed up late and empty handed, so we’ve gathered together a glossary of terms you’re going to want to know in order to make it through this current cultural climate.

Ambivalent Sexism: this is a tricky term because it quite literally means both the hostile and positive treatment of women resulting in a bias. For example sexism isn’t just having negative feelings towards women, it is based in treatment of women, even putting women on a overly positive pedestal which creates a form of inequality. This type of sexism can be dealt out by men, but also by women towards themselves and other females.

Androcentric: a mindset that is slanted towards the male point of view. For example: feminists are fighting against an androcentric society.

Antifeminism: is the opposition to any feminist, or women’s movement. See MGTOW.

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. Benevolent Sexism: this string of sexism is when both or either men and women hold a positively angled form of sexism which is rooted in protection, and glorification. This is probably the most difficult sexism to pin point, but the most frequent in our everyday. See Ambivalent Sexism.

Cis: short for cisgender this term relates to those who identify with the sex they were assigned to at birth. It is a term often used by the LGBT community, and intersectional feminists as an individual who may identify with their birth-given gender but may not fulfill cultural stereotypes of said gender.

Complementarianism: the idea that women and men hold complimentary roles to each other. In history this excludes women from many roles that are traditionally “male”.

Fat Shaming: the public shaming of an individual for their body size or weight.

Female Martyrdom: this is the concept of self-sacrifice by women for their beliefs in the feminist movement. This term has a lot of confusion and backlash as it is believed to have added to the justification of oppression of women in society.

Internalized Misogyny: a subconscious form of sexism that women hold within themselves due to the over use of sexism in our culture. For example girls truly believing they can’t be good at sports because it’s not for girls.

Intersectional Feminism: coined by American civil rights advocate and feminist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw this term refers to a movement that must call out privilege in our efforts and be inclusive of gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, etc. For example a white woman’s feminism must be understanding, and active to the oppression of her fellow women regardless of their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in order for it to be progressive feminism.

The Modesty Movement: according to the blog themodestymovement10.blogspot.com the movement “wants women to understand that they can be beautiful, mysterious, and sexy without showing a lot of skin. Reclaim the power of your femininity.” We see its rise from many conservative fashion bloggers across social media from Muslim bloggers, to Orthodox Jewish bloggers, to just women who choose this is their message. It’s had a trickle up effect that has shifted runway styles at houses like Dolce & Gabbana. It’s argued that this sells the idea that what you wear translates to how you are treated by the opposite sex.

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Lipstick Feminism: this is a vertical of Third Wave Feminism that reinforces the ability for women to identify as feminists while upholding their ‘girly’ side. It’s the vein of thinking that one can still fight for an equal movement and simultaneously love a good makeup tutorial.

Raunch Culture: Collins Dictionary defines the term as: “a culture which promotes overtly sexual representation of women, as through the acceptance of pornography, stripping, nudity in advertising, etc, especially when this is encouraged by women.” Raunch culture is a culture in which women are sexually objectified by the opposite sex and each other in media, advertising, and beyond. It claims that this culture has mystified our morals so that young women compete to be the sexiest.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

Mansplaining: the term refers to a condescending manner in which a man might explain something to a woman. An explanation often relayed in a patronizing and demeaning manner backing up a misogynistic, and prejudice against female knowledge.

Manterupting: the term refers to a male’s behavior to frequently interrupt a female counterpart while she speaks. This gender issue has been argued as being pseudo-science for being a cultural phenomena used by both males and females instead of a scientific gender bias.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

MGTOW: also known as Men Going Their Own Way, this is a direct counter movement to the women’s movement that, in the organizations own words, “is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty…” This movement stands for men pushing back against what they feel a women’s culture has made of them. Among many things, they hold the belief that relationships with the opposite sex should be on their terms and based in sexual engagement only. They believe in “survival and mating” but not “marriage and children”. In clearest terms MGTOW holds the belief that the women’s movement represents manipulation of the opposite sex. In a MGTOW manifesto on Reddit one can find quotes like this: “Society has lied to us in ways that have been detrimental, without regard to our freedom of thought, or freedom of actions. For the sake of preservation of ourselves, we will not try and win a rigged game, try and change the game, or make it so that we are the ones who are rigging it. We are done with lies, and we are done with the games that people play. We get up, and we leave.” and also this: “I’m tired of dealing with selfish, stuck-up women. Even fat hippos think they are entitled to some super hot, successful hunk. And dating is bullshit! They expect you to pay for everything and get nothing in return.” But all that’s for another article in itself…

The Male Gaze: refers to the portrayal of women by men first in art and literature, and now modernly in media and advertising. It is often sexualized and objectified due to the heterosexual view. This goes hand in hand with the concept of “The Gaze” which is how individuals view the subject presented.

Misandry: the hatred of men.

Misogyny: the hatred of women.

Non-Binary: non-binary refers to an individual who does not identify with a single gender. They can feel that they blur the lines between what the stereotype of each gender is defined as. They can be both multi-gendered or feel neutral-gendered — not really identifying with either.

Post-Feminism: Post-feminism of 4th Wave Feminism is a muddied term in history but is most commonly known has a backlash against feminism. It is a movement that supports a non-gendered culture. Some supporters of Postfeminism believe we have already achieved the equality needed through first and second wave feminism, and that third-wave feminism is obsolete.

Post-Structuralist Feminists: stems from the theory of Post-Structuralism. Post-structural feminism goes hand in hand with intersectional feminism in its belief that it’s not as simple as women and men, there are many other elements at play in searching for equality. All of them must be identified in order to succeed.

Queer Theory: Queer Theory was an extension of the post-structuralist theory from the 90s’. It pushes back against the privilege that comes with being heterosexual, and studies the equality of all sexual orientations. In 1998 Professor Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick was quoted in The New York Times as “It’s about trying to understand different kinds of sexual desire and how the culture defines them.”

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Third-Wave Feminism: third wave feminism is the most modern string of the feminist movement. Birthing around the 1990s’ from the work of the first, and second waves. Third wave represents equality for race, social class, transgender rights, and creating a safe, equal environment for all. As a feminist one must be aware, and represent all aspects of women’s issues not just the ones that effect them. See Intersectional Feminism.

Toxic Masculinity: a social ideology that believes a stereotypical format of masculinity including machoism, violent tendencies, predatory.

Tumblr Feminism: originally used as a term to shame feminism, but soon adopted by the movement itself, this Millennial feminism school of thought was born on the scrolls of the site Tumblr. It represents a specific group of young feminists who choose to use the platform to share beliefs and art that can’t find a home on any other social outlet due to their strict code of conducts on content (specifically nudity). Tumblr feminism is often identified as overtly sexual, satirical content and sending the message that we as women will portray ourselves — and our sexuality — on our own terms.

Victim Feminism: cictim feminism is defined as women who do not take their movement, or actions into their own hands. They can be seen as a women’s group who chooses to feel victim in the shadow of male power, instead of working towards a common ground together. This can be seen in feminists throwing blame towards their male counterparts instead of engaging them in the movement for equality.

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Feng Shui For Dating: A Bedroom That Manifests Love.

Simply stated, the ancient art form of feng shui is two-fold: welcoming beautiful energy into your life, and making it feel at home. When you walk into a space and feel an immediate sense of reverence — that’s feng shui. It’s powerful. And it’s communicated thru the language of metaphor, with our homes as metaphors for our (love) lives. If walls could talk, what would they say about your dating life?  

As I continually refine my feng shui practice, subtlety reigns; more sensuality than suncatcher crystals. Chanel had it right when she declared, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” Apply this to interiors, for open space is vital when manifesting change. Fresh energy needs a place to rest. Single friends (or those looking to ramp up an existing relationship) contemplate on how much space you have in your life, and for the focus of this article, your bedroom. If you were a guest, would you feel comfortable? A potential partner needs to sense that you have space for them, in all ways.

I remember someone telling me to always sleep in your own guest room. Now that I’m dating again post-divorce, I lost the guest room but kept the adage, and apply it thru the lens of romance. When I invite a man over, I want him to relax, lounge and leisure with me, get grounded, and feel open enough to bare his soul. I set up my house to reinforce these desires. What are your relationship desires? As you apply the following steps, infuse your intentions into each action. In feng shui, the ‘cure’ and the intention work in delightful tandem.

How to use feng shui to activate your bedroom for dating in six easy steps:

  1. Place your bed in a power position.

‘Power position’ is a feng shui term for the most beneficial placement of a high-use piece of furniture. For a bed, a power position entails:

  •  a solid wall behind the headboard
  • space to enter the bed from either side
  • a clear view of the bedroom door, without being in line with the doorway

Basically, position yourself so that no one can sneak up behind you, and you can see who is coming into the room. Considering the energy flow in such a manner leads to a feeling of safety, which translates into peaceful sleep. I’ve seen many a single sleeping with their bed pressed up against a wall. I ask them: “How is your lover supposed to get in and out? Over your sleeping body?” Not very considerate.

BONUS: Think fresh sheets for fresh action. Treat yourself to a new set of linens (or even pillowcases) for better juju.  Red is the color of passion, purple of abundance and green of growth…

  1. Clean under your bed.

You are literally sleeping with anything you keep under your bed. Think about that. If you keep old shoes there, then you are sleeping with those shoes — and with all of the places they have walked, all of the dirt they have acquired. Tax records, sleeping with them. Winter clothes, sleeping with them. Whatever is under the bed becomes activated as a metaphor in your love life; likely not the threesome you fantasize about. Keep it clean and clear under the bed, for better sleep, sex and dreaming.

  1. Choose matching bedside tables.

Equality in relationship is a beautiful goal. Set the mood for this equality to be revealed with matching bedside tables. Yes, it can be that simple! The tables should fit the look and scale of your bed. If a lamp is on one, a matching lamp should be on the other. For singles, I like to stack the deck by placing something symbolic on a future partner’s table: an empty notebook for the adventures you will write together or a book of erotic poetry.  And how about your side? Every surface has the potential to be an incognito altar.  

BONUS: Minimize electronics (EMFs) beside the bed for healthier sleep. Charge your phone somewhere else at night.

  1. Remove mirrors that directly face the bed.

Mirrors bounce around energy and double what they reflect. Struggling with insomnia, nightmares or infidelity? Take down the mirror(s) facing your bed, or cover at night if removal is not an option. Go mirrorless for a more harmonious environment.

  1. Create room in your closet.

Okay, so your dream lover is chilling in bed, leaning against that solid wall and reading you erotic poetry: but where will they hang their hat? If dreamy weekends together sound nice, give your guy or gal a place to hang up a few items. Keep a handful of empty wooden hangers in your closet. I promise you will smile when you see these hangers, picturing the stylish mate en route to you.

BONUS: Do the same in your medicine cabinet.  

  1. To be in a couple, decorate in pairs.

Look around your room, art included, and look for themes. A few years back I kept meeting men with whom I would really connect, only to learn that they were in an open relationship. I checked out my house. Sets of three were abound, which makes sense as a single mama with two sons. I remedied and the pattern stopped. As Aristotle stated, “the chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry.” Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, as well as to the heart. Add life with a pair of plants. Hang a painting of union. Get creative and embed happy twosomes around your bedroom.

To close, try this exercise with me to uncover your ‘Love Corner.’ Walk thru the doorway of your bedroom and go to the back right corner. What do you find here? Very telling! Love on this zone and place something symbolic here, or better yet, two somethings. But more on this in Feng Shui & Dating, Part Two: The Love Corner, coming soon.

Meghan Wallace James is at the Spiritual Advisor in residence at VÉRITÉ.  She is pleased to offer VÉRITÉ readers a special rate for virtual feng shui consults.  Email Meghan at mwj@meghanwallacejames.com for more details!

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Editor Essentials | 12 Things That Are Clarifying Our New Year!

Editor Essentials | 12 Things That Are Clarifying Our New Year! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Vita Goods, Essential Oils, What does Bergamot essential oil do, what does cedar wood essential oil do, moonology, sunglasses, le labo, rose 31, alchemy of herbs, the power of now, elkhart tolle, ester perel, clarify, new year's resolutions, herbivore botanicals, dry winter skin treatments.With the best intentions you, me, and everyone else greet the new year readying to step into our higher selves. You would think as a cohesive collective it would make the transition seamless — however there are always a few bumps in the first month as we banish bad habits, and call in our best self. Personally, I’m pretty ready to embody my most Divine Feminine state and live my most cool, calm, collected life in the midst of creating content, and shipping Vérité Woman purchases. Let’s make this year a little easier, and keep each other accountable shall we? Here are my top 12 essentials for gaining clarity, and keeping my self-care on lock as I jump into 2018.

Vita Goods Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood is used to call in abundance, and for 2018 that’s sort of my thing. This essential oil has all kinds of practical uses as well, aside from smelling cozy, it aids with focus. It’s also an anti-inflammatory if you’ve been over-indulging over the holidays.

Vita Goods Bergamot Essential Oil
This beautiful scent goes with pretty much any other oil — it just seems to add a little extra life to any blend. However, it runs a whole lot deeper than just a good perfume high-note. This oil can work wonders for those finding themselves with some winter blues as a natural antidepressant. It can also be very useful if you find yourself with a seasonal cold as it fights congestion. I’m using it to energize my mornings as I set out for a happy, productive day.

Vérité Woman Sabina Sunglasses
Since I stocked these on the Vérité Woman shop, I haven’t stopped wearing these chic sunnies. It may not be the season, but it doesn’t matter — these beauties even look good on the slopes.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
To gear up for a more focused, driven, and purposeful year I delved deep into Eckhart Tolle’s teachings. The Power of Now was suggested by a friend and could not have come at a more appropriate time. I realized I am plaguing myself by obsessing with the future, trying to set everything up for the unfolding of a perfect plan, stressing royally. The reality is the only time we can really be sure of is the moment we are in. I highly suggest this book for those who want to learn how to manage their obsessive thoughts, and owning self-fulfilling prophecies.  

Esther Perel’s Podcast Where Should We Begin
Esther Perel has long been a woman I admire greatly — so when I heard the relationship therapist had a new podcast out I couldn’t wait to binge. Only, I switched it on and was overwhelmed with all the feels. Emotions overload, this podcast touches on real people and the issues their marriages face — all common, relatable topics. It’s beautiful, and sad,  raw, and human. With warning, and a box of tissues I say go forth and learn a few things.

Health & Beauty Dead Sea Minerals – Powerful Cream – Olive & Honey 250ml
For years my mother has brought these products back from Tel Aviv with her — and during the holiday offers up the most luxe foot and hand massages with this olive and honey moisturizing cream. The smell is divine, and you’ll want to keep it close for bouts of winter dryness.

The Vérité Woman Aphrodite Hoops
The newest item on the shop is giving all the feels. The Aphrodite Hoops are the definition of a staple piece that any woman, at any age should own. More so, they are a token of worship to the goddess of love herself, and we could always use a bit of that on our side.

Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles
Ever since I realized my period was synched with the full moon I have felt an extra charge of power and curiosity to learn all things about the moon and our cycles. More so, just the moon and our lives. 

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
I’m not much of a chef so there should be no surprise that in place of cookbooks I have this book. It’s a wonderful reference for healing, and creating on the spot! One of my resolutions was to learn much, much more about Herbalogy, this is my favorite place to re-learn the basics. 

Le Labo Rose 31 in 15ml
There’s nothing rose that I wouldn’t love, but this scent really does hit home.

Herbivore Botanicals – All Natural Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio
I use almost only clean ingredient products on my skin and hair, but there’s always room to grow! I’ve long been an avid user of Herbivore Botanicals, but when my lips go through stages of seriously Hollywood-makeup-frost-bitten-hiker I turn to this lip scrub. Seeing there was a set — almost too good to be true.

Two Two Shoes Vince Slide
I bought these slides on a whim and they have become high on my rotation ever since. They  add a refined, but playful element to any outfit!

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Femme Feed | Oprah Won The Golden Globe’s When She Shared Her Wish For Girls

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Oprah Won The Golden Globe’s When She Shared Her Wish For Girls.

 

The world’s eyes were trained on Hollywood tonight for the 2018 Golden Globe’s and not just for its usual tinsel town charades. A.K.A shit finally got real. With all that went on last year the industry feels like a kettle ready to boil over, and it seemed like the red carpet would be an appropriate place to do so. Leave it to Oprah however to bring tears to our eyes, inspiration to our hearts, and put a few big wigs in their places.

Oprah Winfrey was presented with the Cecil B Demille, an award that celebrates “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” (not to mention outstanding contributions to all of our personal morale over the years). She took her moment at the mich. to stand by those who bravely spoke out against sexual predators, and thank the press who gave them a platform to speak from.

She reminded us that is it the press’s “insatiable dedication to uncovering the truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice.”
This ignited something in us as we heard her familiar, motivating voice come through our screens. In a world of paralyzing current events, fake news, and Twitter rants, women have used what can often toxify our lives to free themselves.

With the recent appearance of the Time’s Up initiative on social media to send the message that abuse in the workplace will no longer be tolerated, we could feel a big win approaching for women of Hollywood, one better than a trophy no less. We couldn’t help but hope that a trickle down effect would ensue. Actresses from all races, places, and ages stood in solidarity and clad in all black to unite against the abuse of power that has plagued their industry and our reality for far too long. “This is not a moment, it’s a movement,” said Eva Longoria of the initiative. With the turn out tonight, it very much feels she is right.

“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Oprah went on to say. It resonates with us long after the lingering of her standing ovation — how proud we are of those in any industry, any situation who have found their voice and spoken their truth. After years of being molded and manipulated into sex symbols, shallow figures, and linear female stereotypes the women of Hollywood are finally taking back the microphone.  They  are setting the new standard for the girls who will follow. The impact the movie and TV industries have on the general public is no secret, but by addressing our suppression openly, and directly we can begin to act on change.

Vérité is the French word for truth, and here we promise to always share our truth’s with you, and be your platform if you are in need of telling your own story. Let’s not lose this momentum for a new day.

 

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