When it comes to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) women only make up for about a quarter of the workers within the field. Despite the fact that the industry is growing rapidly, it's only in the last few years that women have been more actively pursuing and being recognized for advancements in STEM.
I had a chance to chat all things STEM with Alison Crumblehulme, co-founder and president, and Jessica Kizovski, co-founder and lead formulator at Veriphy. Veriphy is a natural skincare line featuring a superstar ingredient, Photoglycogen. Photoglycogen is a 100% plant-based form of glycogen that boosts the skin’s natural ability to produce elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid for optimal hydration and a youthful, healthy glow.
Veriphy also tackles the lack of women in STEM head on with their scholarship, "The Veriphy Skincare Award for Women in STEM" to encourage women to pursue STEM careers where it is awarded each fall to a young woman at the University of Guelph.
AND the brand is Canadian!
Another photo of me in my underwear to add to the internet. You're welcome. This bra is from Sokoloff Lingerie.
Wow - another ethical brand round up even though every time I attempt one of these it exhausts all of my energy. But let's get real, I love talking ethical fashion and I am always down to shop for lingerie. I probably have over 50+ bralettes and while I might not always be wearing a matching set, my bra and underwear either always match or are complimentary to one another.
I love intimates. So much so that I used to routinely post racy photos of me on the internet and only stopped because I needed to be able to monetize my content so maybe this post is my excuse to post a pic on Instagram.
To me, wearing cute lingerie is like having your toes painted. No one needs to see it for me to feel extra put together and extremely sexy.
Let me also preface this by saying that pretty much all of the pieces I own are not to impress any guy. You think the average man knows the difference between a bralette the size of a napkin that costs $70+ and some cheaply made, fast fashion, plastic bra-holster from a drugstore? Get real.
I'll also be sharing the size range and unless indicated I normally wear a size large bralette, size medium panty. For reference I normally wear a 34DDD (I know, it's outrageous) and size 28 denim.
It "fits" me in the sense that my boobs fit into it. Look, no bralette is going to have the same amount of support as a bra does and I have had someone laugh at me once when I claim that these bralettes "fit" me. I personally like my bralettes on the skimpy side.
(Also anyone can wear lingerie, regardless of gender identity - in fact I recommend that everyone find out what makes them feel sexiest and wear the fuck out of it. Or fuck in it. Whatever floats your boat, you do you.)
At long last, a proper carry on luggage case for travelling. Up until very recently I was using a travel duffle bag for all my travels, no matter how much stuff I had to bring with me. Whether I was on a weekend getaway or a week-long trip all of my belongings had to fit in a duffle bag that my shoulder then had to hold the brunt of. I moved slowly through airports, had constant neck and back pain while travelling and had to completely unpack the entire bag to be able to find anything.
I had been interesting in buying a proper carry-on suitcase for quite some time but overwhelmed by the multitude of options available. Do I go budget friendly and opted for a soft shell or is hard shell the way to go? A house brand from a department store or one of the many Instagram-hyped brands? Do I need one of those fancy schmancy suitcases that also has a portable charger?
Because of who I am as a person, I naturally wanted something Instagramable aka: one of the stylish hard shell luggage carry-ons I had been seeing online. When Monos gifted me one of their carry-ons I was excited to take it with me to California to see if it was really worth all the hype.
Also I recognize that this might not be the typical luggage review because: a) I've never written one and b) I've never read one before. So I am sure there are some features I should be speaking to that I am missing, but this is what I kept an eye on when it came to deciding what I want in a carry-on case.
Who doesn't feel cozier with a candle lit and their home smelling delicious? With scents like Chai and even Cereal (smells like Froot Loops) it's no wonder why I was smitten with Mala at first sniff. Over the past few weeks I've been lucky enough to get to know the maker behind Mala more and it's safe to say that knowing Melody has made me even more of a Mala fan. Melody is down to earth, hard-working and is genuinely passionate about sustainability and the type of maker that makes supporting local easy!
I had a chance to catch up with her earlier this month to chat with her about Mala, self-care and sustainability! (Plus we're doing a giveaway!)
Me and my cute feet in my Stori shoes.
Woah, Vicki are you doing another ethical fashion round up even though the last one took you weeks to complete? I SURE FUCKING AM. I love doing these ethical footwear brands because I love sharing my favourite brands with all y'all. TYSM for all the love on the swimwear piece, you helped make it one of my most popular posts ever.
So here we are! Round two: footwear. In the last few years I have been investing more in footwear due to the fact that I want shoes that will last and because my feet are wide and flat so important footwear does wonders for my fallen arches. I tend to invest in higher-end pieces made of leather because they fit best and I find they last the longest. I don't have every shoe on this list. But ideally (one purchase at a time) I can use this as reference the next time I decide to go shoe shopping.
(Also I decided to do this as 10 brands instead of 20 like my swimwear one because that one took me an embarrassing long time to finish.)