Friday, February 9, 2018

Fierce Feminists

Jen and I have talked pretty heavily about being loud & proud feminists. It's no secret intersectional feminism is our jam and as is graphic tees that proclaim our values for all to see. The only thing better than finding a good feminist tee or sweater is supporting women owned businesses. Valery Brennan is one of the coolest people I know on the internet and is the owner of  Fiercly by Valery Brennan. Not only are her tees and sweaters (and mugs!) great quality & ethically made, she also donates a portion of each sale to organizations like Planned Parenthood, End the Backlog, Sustainable Health Enterprises, Sex Workers Outreach Project, and Women's Prison Association (you get to choose which organization your purchase supports at check out too!). 

She sent me this sweater a few weeks ago and I've basically been living in it ever since. I honestly wear it almost every night when chilling after work, but I also wear it to work at least once a week. It's a my new closet staple. How did I live before this sweater was in my life? It's comfy as all heck & I never want to take it off (and I don't very often tbh). 

Look, I know there's more to feminism than wearing a shirt that says I am one. That's why one of my favorite reasons to shop with Valery is that she also cares about supporting organizations that support those beliefs. I think it's important to speak up and donate money when you can as well. I donate to Planned Parenthood & the ASLU, but I didn't even know about some of the organizations available until I saw Valery post about them. So now I'm thinking a monthly rotating donation to one of those orgs is in my future. I think it's really easy to feel powerless, unsure of how you can make a difference. Even if you only donate $10, it's still something and every little bit helps. 

You can sign up for her newsletter for a 10% off code and she even has a Valentine's deal for free shipping until 2/14. SO MANY OPTIONS GUYS. 

Also I took my style inspo from another blogger I love: Denise at Beauty and the Pleats! She styled her sweater in a similar way and I knew I didn't want to just take photos of me and my sweater and my leggings (even if that's how I'm wearing it 90% of the time). 

Outfit Details 
Sweater {Fiercely by Valery Brennan} / Skirt {Target--gone} / Tights {old from Walmart} / Wedge booties {Target

I think one of the coolest things about being friends with Heather (yah know, besides just having a bestie) is she always knows where the cool things and people are.  I always feel like I am light years behind her in coolness. In fact, she gifted me this sweater! So, of course, I wasn't surprised when she started talking about Valery's blog and instagram.  I've been following Val for probably about the last year and she also ranks pretty high on the coolness chart. I also find her foray into the feminist tee business damn inspiring. 

Y'all, Val, is doing it right. When people talk about being all inclusive, THIS is what they mean. For example, she used to offer cropped tees in her shop, but since they only go up to a certain size and she couldn't stock them in ALL sizes she quit carrying that style and provided her customers with tips to customize their own shirts into crops.  The inclusivity warms my heart like nothing else could.

Wearing super liberal things on your chest in a mainly Republican small town can bring a bit of anxiety, honestly.  You never know how the message will be received and if you will receive any snark because of it.  Sometimes people make mean comments or give you snide looks. On the other hand, I like to let people know what I'm all about in hopes of connecting with other open minded people and it happens more than I give credit.  Right after we shot these photos, a petition gatherer approached me while I was getting gas to sign a medical marijuana petition (which I gladly did). This sweater has already brought me closer to other like minded people!

I know the word "Feminism" turns a lot of people off, but y'all it only means equality for all and I'm unsure how anyone couldn't support that. 

If feminist swag isn't your jam, you should at least follow Val on Instagram. She has killer style and does such fun make up videos that it is hard to not become obsessed with her content. I won't fan girl any further but check it out!

Outfit Details 
Sweater {Fiercely by Valery Brennan} / Cat print button up {delias-olddd} / Jeggings {Old Navy} / Kicks {These were actually a Christmas present from my brother last year}{Journey} / Glasses {Glasses Lit}

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