Feminism is the Future

Hello Friends

I would like to share with you a letter from a woman with some great reasons why everyone should be a feminist along with some important facts about women’s rights and how we are still fighting for them!

I hope you all enjoy this article and support my view that feminism is the future!

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To my Facebook friend who proudly declared that she was not a feminist,

When I saw your Facebook post celebrating the fact that you are “proudly not a feminist” I was irritated. I was mad that you’re so willing to dismiss feminism. I couldn’t understand why you would so eagerly broadcast your rejection of a movement that has given you so much. Do you think your anti-feminist post makes you more appealing to the men on your Facebook feed? Do you think that not being a feminist means you don’t mind cooking and you’d happily make a guy a sandwich? Whether or not you eagerly don the title “feminist”, you reap the benefits of feminism on a daily basis. You may not be fighting in the fight for equality, but you are lucky that others are.

Remember that political opinion you shared on Facebook last week? You know, the one where you told everyone who you would be voting for? You should be thanking feminism for your voice. Women did not have the right to vote until 1920 when the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allowed it. The right to vote didn’t come overnight, and it wasn’t some simple oversight. Women actively fought for their right for nearly 70 years. When the issue of women’s suffrage first reached the U.S. Congress, committees were formed and the issue was debated on (by men, of course) and the amendment was eventually rejected. Keep in mind, dear Facebook friend, this was in the time after slavery had been abolished. This was a time after all men had been granted protection of their constitutional right to vote. Even after the U.S. Congress passed the amendment, it still took approximately 60 years for 12 states to ratify the amendment. Let me put that in perspective for you—Mississippi, the last state to ratify the amendment, did not do so until 1984, just 10 years before you were born.

Remember when you first began exploring your sexuality? Remember how you didn’t wait until your wedding night and when you started having sex, you certainly didn’t want a baby? In 1916, Margaret Sanger spent 30 days in jail after opening the first birth control clinic in the U.S. This was only the beginning of a string of arrests and prosecutions as she fought to keep the clinic open. Maybe 1916 seems too long ago to seem relevant to you, so how about the fact that as recently as 1965 unmarried women in 26 states were still denied access to birth control, while it was considered a part of a married couple’s right to privacy. Yes, that’s right, once a man was involved in the decision it was okay, but women could not make the decision for themselves.

I could go on and on citing notable women in history, and preaching about their fight for our rights, for your rights, but I shouldn’t have to. In fact, these examples only barely scratch the surface of the work of feminists and their positive contributions to society.

Feminism doesn’t mean you hate men. Feminism doesn’t mean you think women are better than men. Feminism doesn’t mean that you can’t like the color pink. Feminism doesn’t mean that you won’t want to be someone’s wife someday. Feminism is about giving you freedom and opportunity, not restricting you. Feminism is about giving you the opportunity to have freedom through education. Feminism is about giving you career options and dreams you can aspire towards, rather than leaving you with a predetermined list of “approved for women” careers. Feminism is about allowing you to embrace your sexuality and make decisions about your body. Feminism is about acknowledging that you are a person, a person with rights. Feminism is about equality. Feminism is about more than just you.

Sure, you can decide whether or not you want to identify yourself as a feminist. Posts like the one you made and articles like the one you shared are damaging to more than just you. It’s one thing to sit back and benefit from the work of others, but it’s another to actively try to undermine the efforts of the rest of us. You’re holding us back, and we really don’t need that.

Sincerely,

Your Proudly Feminist Facebook Friend

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Thank you all for your Love and Support!

I hope you enjoyed this letter and agree with my opinion that everyone should be a feminist!

The Future Is Female!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Model Street Style

Models are some of the most innately stylish citizens among us—after all, their very career requires them to be immersed in fashion. It’s not surprising, then, that model-off-duty has become it’s own style category.  So for your inspiration here are the models who have the best street style around!

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Though she usually gravitates toward breezy, bohemian inspired looks, the model’s willingness to try out new trends always pays off!

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Ming Xi

This sweet model has perfected quirky cool girl style. What sets her apart? Her love for interesting layers and charming accessories.

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Poppy Delevingne

This fashionable star has an affinity for sophisticated, feminine separates. Her style is playful and chic.

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Alana Zimmer

The statuesque beauty’s outfits are consistently sophisticated. Look to her if your in need of office outfit inspiration.

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Jessica Hart

This adorable model’s casual style epitomizes California cool.

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Hanne Gaby Odiele

You have to applaud the cool and confident willingness to take risks. The Belgian stunner is a bona fide street style star, thanks to her avant-garde looks.

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Larissa Hofmann

This lovely has an effortless sense of style and the ability to make anything look elegant.

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Fei Fei Sun

This model loves to mix quirkier pieces with classic staples and covets a good staple bag.

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Karlie Kloss

This trend setter is always on the best dressed lists and it’s easy to see why. The supermodels clean, all American style is polished and youthful.

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Anja Rubik

The veteran model always looks perfectly pulled together, favoring a muted color palette and minimalist looks.

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Lily Aldridge

This beauty switches from simple, classic ensembles to ladylike, refined outfits with ease. She also has an eye for statement accessories that add some sass to her look.

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Miranda Kerr

Her polished, on-trend ensembles have earned her worldwide trend-setter status, and it’s fully deserving.

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Jourdan Dunn

This stunner is fond of experimenting with figure hugging silhouettes and downtown chic pieces. The result? Glamorous, sexy outfits that are also tasteful and cool.

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Liu Wen

This major supermodel favors edgy looks with menswear inspired touches.

You’ve Got Style!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Wear White Lace!

Like chiffon and tulle, lace is one of those ethereal fabrics that gives your look feminine flair, especially when it’s in a refreshing shade of white. Here are some of the best ways to wear white lace and get the look yourself!

Pencil Skirt + Large Florals

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On Jamie Chung of What The Chung: Storets top and Dolce Dolce Lace Skirt ($158).

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Pixie Market Josephine Lace Skirt ($76)

Sexy Silhouette

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On Nicola Peltz: Stella McCartney bodysuit.

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For Love & Lemons Lulu Mesh-Inset Lace Dress ($230)

Midi Dress + Metallic Pumps

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On Keira Knightley: Valentino Resort 2015 dress.

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Collette by Collette Dinnigan Lacey Days Dress ($606)

Romantic Tank + Circle Skirt

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On Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise: Club Monaco Masey Lace Tank ($99) and Lyn Faux Leather Skirt ($150).

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Loft Petite Lace Tank ($70)

Matching Set

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On Jessica Alba: Tanya Taylor Bora Floral Mesh Crop Top ($575) and skirt; Lanvin Sugar Lambskin Shoulder Bag ($2190); Sarah Flint Lisa Black Nappa Flats ($545).

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Little White Lies Daisy Lace High Neck Top ($80) and Shorts ($93)

See-Through Blouse + Ripped Jeans

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On Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage: Lover top; Nobody Denim jeans.

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Alexis Anguilla Open Back Lace Blouse ($319)

How Do You Wear White Lace?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Summer Style Tips

Summer is here, Yay! As we eagerly anticipate all the fun in the sun, it’s time to explore this seasons most exciting fashion trends. With these tips you’ll be in style for whatever adventure comes your way this summer!

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Add a pop of color

Find a brightly colored bag or shoes to pair with your wardrobe basics—it’ll infuse a little summer into an otherwise neutral outfit.
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Get a dressier pair of shorts

They don’t have to break the bank, but have a pair of shorts in a more tailored silhouette on hand. In the right cut and fabric, they can work for a casual office look or a dressy night out.
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Do try overalls

Overalls are no longer just for kids— Style them with anything from a button-down to a tank top. Most important, find a fit and length that flatters you.

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Don’t be afraid to show some skin

The crop-top trend is wonderful for summer. Pair a loose version of the trend with a high-waisted bottom to avoid showing a little too much tummy.
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Go girly with a lace top

You can dress up a lace top with a skirt and heels or dress it down with denim shorts and sandals. Even try pairing it with moto boots and a leather jacket to turn the feminine piece into something more edgy.
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Wear your boots

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you can’t wear boots anymore. Sure, they’re heavier than a summer sandal, but they add a little edge to sweet summer shorts or a sundress.
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Continue to layer

Layering isn’t just for cold months. Simply adding a T-shirt under a sundress or a bustier over a button-down is ideal for summer. Try this styling trick when you’re totally bored with your favorite summer outfits.
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Don a classic white shirt

Classic shirting gets praises for all seasons, and summer is no exception. Basically, every outfit looks polished when you start with a crisp white shirt—you can even throw it over a bathing suit at the beach.
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Own a T-shirt dress

The throw-on-and-go T-shirt dress is perfect for summer. Wear yours from day to night by transitioning into slightly fancier footwear and accessories. Bonus: T-shirt dresses rarely wrinkle so they are a great piece to pack for your summer getaway!
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Don’t be afraid to wear all white

White is the ultimate summer neutral and feels so light and airy that you should totally try styling it head-to-toe.

Whats your Summer Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend: Dress Skirts & T-Shirts

They just might be fashion’s ultimate odd couple. Yet, their high-low love affair feels so right. Chances are you already have both pieces in your wardrobe. Check out these inspirations and then put the two together!

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A plain white tee is the perfect foil to an embellished skirt like stylist Kate Foley’s.

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Channel your inner Black Swan with a tulle maxi like The Blonde Salad Chiara Ferragni’s Alberta Ferretti version.

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St. Style: Play match-maker with a coordinating top and bottom.

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Sophia Loren, is that you?! Nothing feels more feminine than a full skirt.

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A pencil silhouette, especially in a striking fabric, works equally well. Here, Atlantic-Pacific blogger Blair Eadie wears a Milly Hologram Leather Edith Skirt ($625), and Madewell Linen Paris Tee ($45).

Have a Trendy Day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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