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    1. Kenyan AA Whole Bean Coffee by Ajiri Tea, $17.00

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    In the city that never sleeps, coffee becomes our best friend, and there’s no better way to begin a good day than with the perfect cup of Kenyan Coffee. Ajiri Tea offers whole bean Kenyan Coffee, perfectly paired with subtle citrus and berry flavors to begin a morning in good taste! Ajiri Tealives up to the translation of their name: this company donates 100% of their profits to orphan education, their coffee and tea is cultivated in Kenya and every label is individually hand-designed by Western Kenyan women on dried banana leaves. Help support the effort to create an independent, self-sustainable community that isn’t functioning on unreliable international sponsorship. Ajiri now fully sponsor 29 orphans – so give the gift of giving this holiday, and help this company support even more kids! 

     

    2. Run For Office Necklace by Activated NYC, $38.00

    This bracelet speaks for itself (literally) and its message is most important in today’s age. Remind your loved ones that their voices must be heard, and that it’s time to wake up and resist! Gift awareness and motivation to those important to you. Activated NYC specializes in feminist jewelry, creating pieces to spread solidarity with this uplifting accessory for every outfit. Whether you’re resisting the policies of “Not My President” or just generally supporting women (as you should), show your voice in style.

      

    3. Purple Peacock Polymer Clay Feather Pendant by Artifacts Everyday, $65.00

    Celebrate and share the story of Aztec Goddess Xochiquetzal with this handmade clay necklace! Boston-based Artifacts Everyday creates beautiful pieces from polymer clay.  Whether it's a wave choker or a Cleopatra headpiece, designer Elle Marrone's pieces are sure to catch attention and start conversations.

    4. Dominican Republic Dark Chocolate by Dalloway, $9.00

    Share and savor the flavors of currant and sour cherry in this chocolate bar hailing from the Dominican Republic! Dalloway Chocolate is a Brooklyn-based company that swears by the power of cacao and the love it spreads. This is the first coffee company that's owned by a queer couple with a passion and mission for "building love and community with chocolate." Help spread the deliciousness of the message of love while supporting the LGBTQ community and gift these tasty chocolate bars this year.

    5. "Witches Against Hate" Button byChloe L Wilkinson$3.00

    Help witchy feminists fight against all types of hate with this pin. Adorned with sage and the moon, every focal equalist can show racists and prejudicists what's really going on without speaking a word.Chloe L Wilkinson is a New York-based artist who uses Surrealism and Victorian influences to design art prints, pins, and patches. Herphotographyis stunning and focuses on the true wonders of nature.

    6. Busy Bitches Candle by SugarBush Babes$15.00

    Show your girl you support her nonstop hustle bustle with this "Busy Bitches" candle. SugarBush Babes offers this hand-poured vegan soy wax candle. This candle offers enticing scents of green tea and lemongrass to offer a relaxing solace to the go-getter bitches. True bosses never slow down or care enough to stop, and this is a message SugarBushBabes supports and promotes.Creator Dianna Pena, a previous Motorcycle Company apparel buyer, is all about strong women who flourish in their freedom, confidence, and style. Plus: all NYC biker babes, come check out her bike garage in Ridgewood! There's storage, shopping, and a technician to assist with repairs.

    7. Nectar Fire Tonic by Hany's Fire Tonic, $15.00

    Give the gift of good health available fromHany's Fire Tonicwith this Nectar Fire Tonic.  Apple Cider Vinegar is known for its health benefits, and owner Hany has created the perfect recipe infusing this into recipes perfect for all taste preferences and lifestyles.Hany's Fire Tonic has four delectable flavors to choose from that have been handcrafted in Brooklyn. You can check out their blog to learn even more about all their tonics and learn which one is perfect for you!

    8. Designer Pussy Tee by Geneva Diva$25.00

    Help your girls let all suitors know what they're really dealingwith this shirt! This silkscreen shirt is handmade and is one of the outspoken pieces available from Geneva Diva. Whether you're in search of keychains, spunky thongs, hoodies, or crop tops, don't hesitate to scroll through theirInstagram to see what other badass products are available.

    9. Long Black Gloves by LamiaDesign, $101.00

    These open-fingered gloves from Lamia Designsare showstoppers to step up any outfit to the next level. Show off your sassy manicure or new ring collection with these, all eyes are sure to be drawn right to it! Lamia Designs has worked for years in the fashion world, and is open to your own ideas for different design ideas or material choices to make your dream gloves your own reality. Check out her blog here to see all the different styles she's mastered!

    10.Awaken the Scorpion Ring byMERCURY HOUR, $110.00

    This breath-taking ring is sure to startle some, but let it be a forewarning to foes of your true strength within. Mercury Hour incorporates the strength of power and rebirth into this ring, and have been incorporating all that scorpions stand for into their masterpieces since 2014. This ring holds a story itself, and there's little better gift than an incomplete story to partake on a journey. Plus, labradorite, the stone of transformation, is embedded in the center, making sure to guide and protect your friend to holding their consciousnesses strong. See all the stunning work done by Scarlett C. Dancer in her lookbook!

    11.The Dark Amethyst Crown byJudy & Madeleine, $44.99

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    Become the literal feminist goddess that you are with these magical and mystical crowns from Judy and Madeleine. These handcrafted headpieces are inspired by infamous paintings, films and books and every piece is made-to-order. This means that you can be the envy of everybody and anybody while wearing your unique headpiece as you strut down the runway of the city streets and smash the patriarchy with every step. 

     

     

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    The gray days are here! You know, that time of year when a gray sky means it’s daytime. When the air is so cold and dry, walking outside feels like a slap in the face. As temperatures drop, my sartorial choices are based solely on warmth. Any degree below 50 means I need to be the most comfortable I’ve ever been in my life. All I can think about it outsmarting the weather.

    From November to March, my style can be described as hibernation dressing. I will wear anything that could have been a blanket at some point. Who wouldn’t want to be swaddled in a cashmere adult onsie? Or one of your grandma’s afghan blankets that she crocheted herself? But even though I want to feel like I’ve been in bed all day, I don’t necessarily want to look like it.

    Luckily, many people seem to share these sentiments considering the oversized sweater trend never gets old, like this pic of Lenny Kravitz or Lenny Kravitz himself. Maybe at the end of the day we all want to feel like adult babies, so here are some options that go maximum on comfort but don’t skimp on style.

    il 570xN.848173147 rxxr bcbaeOff White Asymmetrical Sweater in Ivory by FloAtlelier, $45.50, XS-XXL, etsy.com 

    This beauty is handmade in Bulgaria. The asymmetry elegantly offsets the roominess of the sweater and the sleeves are to die for. The cut affords you to get creative with layering and proportions.

    il 570xN.1638000322 ji97 60e12Vintage Teddy Jacket in Navy by ThePinacoladaShop, $35, One Size, etsy.com 

    I want to live in this sweater/jacket/cocoon for the rest of my life. Perfect for running errands, I’m getting overwhelmed just thinking of all the things I’d accomplish in this wearable cushion.

    000003660017 4259123f 82ba 4848 accc 83318624197d 2000x ea5c8Julliard Mohair Sweater in Multi Stripe by Ganni, $440, XS-M, lisasaysgah.com 

    If it looks like cotton candy, I want it in my closet. Love how this sweater is styled with a chiffon maxi skirt and lacquered pumps.

    red sweater b9d65Micha Turtleneck in Crimson by Ulla Johnson, $485, P-L, ullajohnson.com 

    Ohh, one can dream. They’re not cheap, but Ulla Johnson makes the most glorious knits. The orange-red color reminds me of a Renaissance painting. I’d wear this to the Met Ball with a long, high-waisted skirt, and then after, I’d change into some high-waisted denim flares and go back in time to Studio 54. Yes, one can dream.

    1086886 023 1 775bePuff Sleeve Sweater in Red by Eloquii, $69.90,14-28, eloquii.com 

    One can also purchase the more moderately priced lookalike. We’ve got the same gorgeous color with the same statement sleeves. Only difference is you can purchase all three of the colors it comes in for a third of the price of its more expensive counterpart.

    il 570xN.1644191334 fby3 f1ca3High Neck Cozy Knit Sweater in Beige by BLUEBLUEUS, $54.88, One Size, etsy.com 

    This color and cut screams minimalism of the late '90s. When you mashup Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Donna Karan, Ally McBeal, Calvin Klein, and Gwyneth Paltrow, you get this sweater.

    p02rk102504w 02c33 Extreme Tassel Jumper in Gray by Neon Rose, £45,14-26, simplybe.co.uk 

    The tassel details provide just the right amount of festivity without crossing over into Christmas sweater territory. The loose, rolled-over neckline and trending balloon sleeves make for optimal burrowing.

    green sweater 84a11Fluffy Fine Knit Cardigan in Forest Green by Curves, £19.99, 18-28, newlook.com 

    This cardigan is so soft and fluffy, you won’t be missing out on warmth. But it’s still lightweight enough for layering and transitioning temperatures. Pair it with some high-waisted jeans and a plain tee and sneakers for a day of errands, or layer it over a cocktail dress to add some edge to a classic ensemble.

    il 570xN.1664091833 kblz 825e7Knit Tunic in Black by BLUEBLUEUS, $55.12, One Size, etsy.com 

    The perfect sweater for the person who looks like animated birds help them get dressed each morning. The person who fancies an afternoon of bookstores and museums before returning to their pied à tère with a spiral staircase. The scalloped edges are so romantic in contrast with the classic shape.

    il 570xN.1637774380 gnvl 5258eOpen Front Teddy Coat Jacket Cardigan in Army Green by AChicMinimalist, $27, XS-L, etsy.com 

    A reinvention of the day-to-evening look. You can take this sweater from your bed to your job interview by throwing on some black jeans and those red pumps you keep under your desk for such occasions.

    KULE d5001The Remus Sweater in Sand by KULE, $498, XS-L, kule.com 

    With a range of silhouettes and color combinations reminiscent of the '70s, KULE is a stripe lovers' paradise. I like to call these investment stripes, as KULE is definitely on the pricey side. But the website is definitely worth perusing, whether you're an avid collector or stripe rookie. This 100% cashmere cardigan would make Bert and Ernie proud. 

    10103408 color and character cardigan blue multi MAIN 7a75aColor and Character Cardigan by ModCloth, $59, XXS- 4X, modcloth.com

    Business in the cut and party in the fit, this cardigan marries comfort and party attire with its rich, navy hue and playful multi-color stripes. Pair it with some ankle-length black pants and gold heels for your office’s holiday party.

    image 1ca740b8 a53e 421d b0d6 1e0c667dd86f 900x 8d3e9Crop Turtleneck Sweater in Lapis by First Rite, $286, S-L, shopnanin.com

    There’s something so theatrical about a billowy sleeve. The rich color and thick hoops really amp up the drama. All that’s missing is a bold lip.

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     In BUST's Fashion Nation series, we talk to women about their personal style. 

    Janeth Gonda
    BUST Event Planner and Musician
    Brooklyn, NY

     

    Tell me about this outfit.

    This is one of my favorite shirts. I love how sexy it is, revealing yet mysterious. I really like how much it makes me feel like a woman. I’m just starting to become in tune with my body, my age, and my womanhood.

    How would you describe your personal style?

    Definitely gothic and sleek. I like to wear a lot of lace, a lot of straps. Pretty much everything I wear is black, but also comfortable. I have to be able to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing, which makes me feel confident.

    How has your personal style evolved?

    My fashion over the last few years has just gotten a lot sexier. For a long time, I don’t think I really felt like I could be so bold or sexy. It is only recently that I realized I can, and as I’ve grown into more of a woman, my fashion sense has grown up, too.

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    What do you wear when you hit the stage with your band, Espejismo?

    It depends on the show, really. I actually have a handmade belly dancing outfit that I wear a lot, but if we’re playing more of our heavier songs, I’m usually wearing high boots with black pants, something that makes me feel like I’m in command.

    Do you have any go-to places to shop around Brooklyn?

    I like affordable things. I have a lot of luck with thrift stores like Beacon’s Closet. Most of my favorite clothes are actually from Colombia, where I’m from. I really love the style that they have in Bogotá, and you can get really high-quality things at a fraction of the price you’d find here. If it looks good and it feels good, then I like it.

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    Copy Janeth's wild style with these badass buys:

    Faux Leather Satchel, $27.90, forever21.com

    Life II Necklace, from $130, ktferriscreations.com

    NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “initiator”, $9 for a set of 3 colors, ulta.com

    Super High Waist Denim Skinnies in Black, $29.99, fashionnova.com

    Alexis Buttoned Up Bodysuit, $19.99, fashionnova.com

    Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Brianna Platform Booties, $37.99, target.com

    By Lydia Wang

    Photographed by Seher Sikandar

    Hair and makeup: T. Cooper/crowdMGMT using ECRU New York

    This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    Need more feminine rage and lovely outerwear in your Instagram feed? Look no further.

    BUST friend and contributor Sara Benincasa has created our favorite new Instagram account of the week, @excellentcoatsonirritatedwomen. At only five days old, the account already has over 6,000 followers and shows no signs of slowing growth. The pull? Fierce women and fierce coats.

    The account began with a picture of Nancy Pelosi. "Pelosi's Max Mara coat became my burnt sienna North Star the other day. It was great to see Democratic leadership step up and throw Trump's crap right back in his face," Benincasa told BUST. "I tweeted that it was a great day for excellent coats on irritated women, and some folks suggested it should be a motto or a website or something. I decided it should be an Instagram account."

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    Other current political figures can be found on the page, as well as political figures from yesteryear. Women from the arts also grace the page, and so you can scroll from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Rosa Parks, Beyoncé to Bette Davis. Little-known male-passing pirate Mary Read is also featured with drawings from the 18th century.

    Benincasa's favorite coat, though, is the cloth coat donned by Dolores Huerta. "In that photo, she's doing extraordinary work on behalf of marginalized people who work their asses off, and this is a woman who still works her ass off today. I admire her so much, so of course that's influencing her decision," Benincasa said. "But it just looks like the right coat for the job."

    Check out a just a few from Benincasa’s growing collection below.

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    Benincasa seeks out submissions over Instagram DM or email (excellentcoatsonirritatedwomen@gmail.com).

    All photos from ExcellentCoatsOnIrritatedWomen on Instagram.

    Published December 17, 2018

    By Casey Seline and Lydia Wang

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    See the light with a sunny yellow lamp with retro styling, handcrafted in the U.S.

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    STUDIO DESK LAMP IN INDUSTRIAL YELLOW, 
$249, SCHOOLHOUSE.COM

    Keep your tech and specs as clean as your hands.

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    BETTER DAYS SCREEN CLEANSING TOWELETTES, 
$6, STAYWELLKEPT.COM

    Vegan leather ear pads and a built-in mic for those endless video calls.

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    THE TROUBADOUR WIRELESS OVER EAR HEADPHONES, $179.99, LSTNSOUND.COM

    Walk tall using practical 
step-by-step exercises from former nurse Harriet Griffey.

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    SIT STRONG: EVERYDAY EXERCISES TO STRETCH AND STRENGTHEN YOUR POSTURE BY HARRIET GRIFFEY, $14.99, BARNESANDNOBLE.COM

    Dream of the wild outdoors with a calming coastal scene, perfect for printing at home.

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    OCEAN PRINTABLE WALL ART, $6.71, ETSY.COM/SHOP/DIAMODERNDESIGN

    Get green-fingered with hand-pinched porcelain planters by 
East Coast artist Elizabeth Benotti.

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    DAYBREAK ROUND PINCHED 
PLANTER WITH STRIPES, FROM $44, 
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    Work from anywhere with a cool case for your computer, cables, and cards.

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    TYPO MOBILE LAPTOP FOLIO IN DUSTY ROSE PERF, $49.99, COTTONON.COM/US

    Breathe freshness into your space with pure essential oils.

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    ROOM SPRAY IN AMBER BERGAMOT, $12, 
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    Get juice on the go with a gorgeous portable phone charger.

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    SONIX EDEN PORTABLE CHARGER, $40, REVOLVE.COM

    Plan ahead in this neat green diary with 
vegan leather cover.

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    SIMPLE PLANNER IN GREEN, $36, POKETO.COM

    Wake up and wind down—this clever 
light-up clock, featuring eight color options, 
also includes an old-school FM radio.

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    HOMELABS SUNRISE ALARM CLOCK, $21.99, AMAZON.COM

    By Stephanie J.

    This article originally appeared in BUST's Fall 2020 print edition. Subscribe today!

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    As a professional stage manager for more than 17 years, Jen Kahn has seen a lotof theatrical sets—and watched many of them get thrown away. “It broke my heart to see all of that art just go in the trash can,” Kahn says. This waste, combined with her passion for eco-friendly fashion, inspired Kahn to launch Scenery Bags, a line of one-of-a-kind totes, clutches, and fannypacks ($35 to $85) handmade from retired backdrops from Broadway shows like Mamma Mia and Hairspray. “It’s been really fun to design a new bag every time we get a new drop in,” Kahn says. Even cooler, a portion of the proceeds go to the nonprofit Theater Development Fund, making theater affordable for young people. “With arts being taken out of school curriculums, we’re losing a younger generation,” says Kahn. “Access has always been important to me.”

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    By Lydia Wang
    This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

     

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