If the recent international political and social scene has reminded women (and men who aren’t assholes) anything, it’s that we have a voice, we are powerful, and we own our individuality. We can be delicate (or not), declare our solidarity publicly (or not), and support whatever matters to us without having to explain anything…to anyone. There’s nothing reticent about any of the Crush and Covet selections this week; our contributors take a stand for what they like and they do it unapologetically.
Candace Derickx – There are two scents on this earth that make my toes curl; orange blossom and jasmine. Whenever I catch a whiff of these heavenly fragrances, I drift away to happy places. So, when I was recently walking through The Bay ( a department store that is seriously winning back my business by the way) my nose caught a small waft of orange blossom in the air and led me to The 7 Virtues kiosk. As I was falling in love with all the fragrances, one of the lovely ladies working there approached me and asked if I knew the story behind this company. Nope, but please tell me because I LOVE a good backstory. When she finished, I was speechless. Watch the video below and if you’re not moved you have no soul and Pleasantville is not the place for you. Mosey along. So here, The 7 Virtues, take all my money, just take it. You make my heart and my nose happy.
Kelli Catana – If Hillary Clinton is a ‘nasty woman’ I want to be one too! The best part about this shirt, other than proudly proclaiming that #Imwithher, is that half the proceeds from the sales of the t-shirt and sweatshirt are being donated to Planned Parenthood. In Donald Trump’s name.
Laureen Farnam – I don’t like the idea of the “Mean Girl” and I really dislike that this idea keeps getting perpetuated by movies and TV aimed at kids often using the very methods of mean we are supposed to be stopping. The snide remarks, the quick jabs, the terminator vision one-liners that hurt and never result in civilized discourse. I am not in denial. I promise. I understand there is a serious issue at the centre of it all and I know it is important to address things like bullying, online shaming, and girl-on-girl hate. It’s that I feel like the message can get lost in the medium. I love the idea that “the medium *is* the message”, however, and this #GirlLove Rafiki from WE and Lilly Singh (a.k.a. IISuperwomanII) is a great medium AND message. Let’s stop it with the mean girl stereotypes and rise above and bring all the awesome girls we know with us. Now that would be the ultimate girl power maneuver.
Glynis Ratcliffe – OK, I hate the look of fitness trackers, so I have never bothered investing in one. That said, I have a pedometer on my iPhone, so obviously I care about tracking my activity. The problem is that the apps can be pretty inaccurate, plus I don’t carry my iPhone with me when I’m at home, so I don’t have any idea what my activity is really like. However! I am coveting Kate Spade’s new line of activity trackers. This one is available now, but there are bangles coming out in November which are completely adorable, too.
Katja Wulfers – I used to say “yes” to a lot for fear of missing out and fear of disappointing others, until I realized saying yes to so many things made me miserable. Now I say “no” much more often and I feel exactly zero guilt about it. When friends ask me for help, or to join an event, or for a gin date and I say yes, it means I’m absolutely committed to it and want to do whatever they’re asking of me. There are a few Thug Life shirts that accurately represent how I feel on certain days and the Nope. Not today sweatshirt is on my wish list.