Living Out Loud
Big bows, heart-shaped keyholes, and lots and lots of ruffles are a few of the hallmarks of Romanian designer Patricia Luiza Blaj and her ultra-femme line Loud Bodies. When the former influencer couldn’t find clothes she liked in her size, she decided to make them, which is why her romantic pieces ($60 to $355, loudbodies.com) come in sizes XXS to 10XL. –lisa butterworth
We first shouted out sustainable, vegan beauty brand ĀTHR when they launched in early 2020, and they’ve finally released the prod I’ve been waiting for. The Big Bang Mascara ($28, athrbeauty.com) gives great lash and features a biodegradable wand housed in 100 percent recycled ocean plastic. –l.b.
“Herbalist, heathen, and hedgewitch” Janine Hagal is the Oakland-based alchemist behind Black Earth Botanica, which makes intoxicating all-natural anointing oils inspired by astrology, the zodiac, the elements, and even pagan holidays ($35 to $45, blackearthbotanica.com). The rosewood, orris, almond, and orange blossom of Libra is my go-to, but Air’s palo santo, lavender, clary sage, and mint is a close second. –l.b.
Claws, clips, barrettes, headbands, and more—Chunks makes them and I want them all ($5 to $18, chunks.shop). Tiffany Ju launched the Seattle-based hair accessories brand in 2019 and she designs all the bright, chunky (duh) pieces—made of plant-based acetate instead of standard plastic—that are like serotonin for your tresses. –l.b.
L.A.-based jewelry designer Laura Estrada has been breaking the bounds of face jewelry since 2018. Though her most conceptual pieces are custom made, she also creates beautifully rendered earrings, necklaces, rings, and more ($65 to $278, lauraestradajewelry.com). Inspired by nature and art history, Estrada uses ancient metalsmithing techniques to create sculptural adornments that are both delicate and edgy, worn by everyone from Zendaya to Tess Holiday to Rico Nasty. –nina karina
This article originally appeared in BUST's Winter 2021/2022 print edition. Subscribe today!
Lisa Butterworth is BUST’s West Coast editor, soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. She’s probably eating a taco right now.