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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Summer Street Style

Check out the Summer St. Style of Women who are Doing what you Do — going to work, running errands, and partaking in some weekend fun with buddies. Now that’s inspiration you can take right to the steaming sidewalk!

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She’s ready to rock in a breezy patterned dress that is feminine and fun! Keeping it monochromatic, she lets the textures of her outfit do the talking. Show off your girly charm in a cute patterned dress and add edginess with black ankle boots!

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Allie rocks this casual yet chic look with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans, basic white tee, and cropped jacket. Get a pair of jeans that hugs your curves just right!

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Lorraine brings some edge to her cozy, all-jersey outfit with fresh accessories. A pair of mirrored sunnies make any outfit — no matter how simple — look extra-fancy.

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Buddies Olga Kavardakova and Klara Widing complement each other in soft chambray.

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Taylor Bagley’s throw-on-and-go patterned dress is in a shape and style that’s a must-have this season.

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This simple, all-black outfit gives Taylor a unique and edgy look. There is no need for lots of colors or accessories to be fashionable. Remember, sometimes less is more! Rock a simple black tank with a surprise in the back.

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This yellow romper is loose, lightweight and totally chic. She accents the one-piece with all black accessories.

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Kym Ellery keeps things in check with a scarf-print pair of pants. Simple, black pairings let those pants really shine.

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Orange you glad you wore that outfit? Elizabeth looks fab in a caged-sleeve, orange top with matching flats! She styles her look with equally cool dotted distressed denim.

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We’d love to look like we’re on the way to a fashion workout. Thanks for the gymspiration, Michelle Wilson.

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Combining a patterned pant with a simple tee is a staple, but adding a vibrant blazer makes for a fun and flirty statement. Nude flats and an oversized bag complete the look. Paint the town with this turquoise jacket!

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Lola Odetola is tomboy on top, girly girl below. The key is to make sure the lines of each are pared-down and on the more structured side.

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If you haven’t noticed, orange is so in style! Spark up your outfits by adding a bright statement piece such as an orange bag  for a splash of color!

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Take on the city streets in a must-have pair of combat boots! Just like Alex, Holly and Kyra, no matter what color you choose, you can take on the world in style. Strut your stuff in these boots!

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Textured black shorts are subtle yet unique. Grab a black bag to complete your outfit!

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The skort is a must have for summer! The beaded top dresses up the look, allowing her to look fierce and fabulous.

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Hadar’s different hued pieces pull her look together seamlessly! Her blue pants, white tee, coral sweater, and beige scarf give her the perfect laid-back look that is right on trend! Drawstring pants are casually chic!

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At a length that is just right, this dress is perfect for transitioning from the office to a night out with your girls. Get a classy black and white knit dress!

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Brown wedges go with almost any outfit!

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Elena Moussa introduces the “daytime robe.” Wear yours with a shorter-length dress and casual sneakers.

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Printed maxi dresses are an easy way to wear something different and unique. With so many options with different patterns and colors, make sure you have a jean jacket that you can use to complete your outfits!

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Keeping it simple with a black tank and brown bag, she shows that faded jean shorts aren’t going anywhere. A summer favorite, she knows how to rock it with gladiator sandals and some shades to keep her looking cool and sophisticated even in the hot summer sun.

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The Suarez sisters bring boho to Brooklyn. Don’t be scared of clashing patterns, as long as you’re doing them in like, neutral hues.

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Thando Hadebe shows us a great way to wear a pair of overalls …. with a printed shirt, simple sandals, and a smile.

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Sometimes it’s hard to look both sexy and cute, but this outfit accomplishes just that! The chevron halter top shows her entire back, but isn’t overly sexy paired with some black shorts, a small clutch, and casual sandals.

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With an oversized denim vest and slick shades, this stylish civilian knows how to keep a collared dress casual and proves denim looks good with polka dots! Mix a dotted dress with a denim vest for a grunge yet girly look.

What’s Your Summer Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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What To Wear: Bachelorette Party

A once in a lifetime party with your favorite gal pals calls for equally epic outfits. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Whether your upcoming bachelorette party involves club hopping, a tropical getaway, or a relaxing wine tour, dressing for the occasion is key. Here’s what-to-wear for the bride and her bachelorettes.

Wine Country

A weekend soaking in sweeping vineyard landscapes, world-renowned wines, and your closest friends sounds like the perfect excuse to indulge in a flowy frock. Check out this assortment of dresses that will have you tasting wine stylishly!

For the Bride

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Tibi Ultra Matte Poplin Combo Dress ($398)

​This mid-calf sheer sundress will make you want to frolic in the sunshine, wine glass and best friends in hand.

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Mango Guipure Dress ($100)

​Long-sleeve lace is flattering and feminine. Wear this delicate mini-dress with ballet flats and a low ponytail for a subtle bridal vibe.

For the Girls

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NO. 6 Button Back Dress ($365)

​Opt for a longer dress in a calming hue if you’re going for a revealing neckline!

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French Connection Blue Ash Denim Dress ($198)

​Chambray in a girly dress silhouette, paired with a mini-bag and sandals is a go-to winetasting uniform.

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Reformation Kenya Dress ($218)

​Not only is this the perfect dress silhouette for wine tasting, you’ll also wear it all summer long!

The Big Easy

New Orleans is the South’s bachelorette weekend destination. In addition to cool gin fizzes and hot jazz, the sweltering city calls for barely-there clothes that still look chic, of course. Take your style cues from this romantic, historical city with feminine details and colorful floral prints.

For the Bride

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Free People Turn Back Time Dress ($98) in Ivory. Available here in Ballet.

This frock is perfect for the bride-to-be. The sweet lace and sultry back cover all the bachelorette dress bases.

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Three Floor White Isle Dress ($332) in White & Black

The details on this lace-trimmed dress are so interesting and flattering. All of the attention will be on the wearer of this dress.

For the Girls

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Style Stalker Sweetheart Dress ($189) in Print

This sleek, floral dress will keep you cool, and looking sexy.

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ASOS Lace Insert Halter Skater Dress ($67) in Yellow

A yellow dress is the perfect Southern summer essential, and in this fit-and-flare version, you’ll fit right in.

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Club Monaco Harper Dress ($229) in Flowerburst Dots

The bow at the waist, pink and purple abstract floral design, and subtle sweetheart neckline join forces to create the perfect dress for a night of adventures.

Girls’ Night In

Crazy clubs, elaborate dinners, and outdoor tours not your thing? Try a staycation—a casual night full of BFFs, comfortable clothes, and homemade cocktails. This is the perfect attire for this laidback bachelorette celebration!

For the Bride

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Eberjey Golden Girl Metallic Lace-Trimmed Jersey Pajama Set ($120)

Celebrate your night wearing this sweet and sexy loose-fit lace set.

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Bodas Cotton-Twill Pajama Top ($100) and Shorts ($65) in White

This breezy button-up top and chic boxer shorts are sure to keep you cool if the night starts to heat up!

For the Girls

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J Crew Scalloped Pajama Short Set ($65) in Ripe Persimmon

Make it a night to remember in this peachy pajama set.

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Equipment Lillian Pajama Set ($385) in Periwinkle Blue

This striped silk set is sure to make you the chicest friend of the night.

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Piamita Melanie Pajama Top ($265) and Nan Pants ($285)

Enjoy hours of laughs in this floral night pant set.

Vegas Baby

Veteran Vegas-goers know the scene demands your most alluring outfit, whether that means a slinky cut-out frock or a form-fitting mini. You may forget your key card, phone, and I.D., but with these picks, you can bet no one will forget your dress.

For the Bride

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STYLESTALKER Hold My hand Dress ($198)

​This frock is a no-brainer for the sweet bride-to-be with a taste for lace.

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AQ/AQ Hannah Mini Dress ($160)

Sophisticated, yet scintillating, this dress was made for the Strip.

For the Girls

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Olcay Gulsen Cross Back Mini Dress ($400)

This is the sort of dress that was made for double takes.

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Nasty Gal Hyper Threat Tweed Dress ($128)

Always say yes to a Proenza Schouler-inspired dress.

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McQ Alexander McQueen Crocodile Body Con Dress ($645)

Who said you need a high hemline to turn heads?

Tropical

These easy, breezy dresses are perfect for a tropical getaway!  Whether you opt for a mini, midi, or maxi, you’ll want to be in something lightweight, that goes with flats AND heels, so that nothing holds you back while enjoying mojitos and margaritas with your girls at the poolside bar!

For the Bride

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H&M Flared Dress ($70) in White

This classic silhouette will look great in your pictures—today, tomorrow, forever.

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Helmut Lang Cotton Dress ($345) in Optic White

The sheer panels on this maxi dress are perfectly placed so you show just enough skin.

For the Girls

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Mango Floral Asymmetric Dress ($40)

A colorful, floral-print dress screams tropical vacation!

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Lovers + Friends Sweet Sensation Dress ($143) in Pink

Treat this simple pink dress like a blank canvas for all of your favorite summer accessories!

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See By Chloé Cutout Striped Cotton Dress ($395)

This lightweight midi is great to wear by the beach with flats, or style with platforms for a dressed-up, party ready look.

Party like a Celebrity!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Kick-Ass Style

kickassInspired by Chloë Grace Moretz and other on-screen Heroines–Check out these ladies wearing hit looks and get some Kick-Ass Style!

kickass-starwarsThe perfect white wardrobe, the perfect amount of attitude, and that perfect hair! Get your best buns and braids with this texture spray: Jonathan Product Dry Dirt Texture Spray ($22)

kickass-tombraiderNo matter what movie Jolie stars in, she just oozes notes of bad-assery. In Tomb Raider she balances the perfect distressed tees and short shorts with killer weaponry and espionage: Obesity and Speed Destroyed Tee ($120) in Black

kickass-barbarellaJane Fonda, you gave us the coolest chick around, Barbarella. Not ready to take on the world in a bikini-inspired outfit? Try these luxe motorcycle boots instead: Christian Louboutin Chelita 85 Metal-Detailed Leather Boots ($1795) in Black

kickass-killbillThurman opened up a huge can of whoop ass in this violent drama. If a yellow bodysuit is a little too much for the office, kick off your inhibitions with these yellow sneaks instead: Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Yellow Sneakers ($110)

kickass-charliesangelsWith their multiple costume changes and their perfectly feathered hair, these Angels saved the day… bikini-clad of-course! Heidi Klein Soleil Bandeau Bikini Top ($136) and Side Ring Bikini Briefs ($123) in White

kickass-hungergamesOur saint of heroine chic looks just as smokin’ in her Games gear, like this fitted quilted jacket, as she does in her whimsical dresses that took The Capitol by fire—literally. Barbour Fuel Diamond Quilt Jacket ($279) in Black

kickass-wonderwomanGolden cuffs? Check. The iconic Lynda Carter in all of her patriotic glory. Charles Albert Alchemia Shine Cuff ($75) in Gold

kickass-kickass2This precocious teen crowned herself a super hero. Her take-no-prisoners attitude and fierce purple hair have made Moretz an unlikely role model. Masquerade as a caped crusader at your next cocktail party with this awesome mask: LME Masks Glossy Black Leather Eye Mask Super Hero ($32) in Black

Kick-Ass!

D-Anna

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