Hi loves! I haven't written in a while (sorry!), but I wanted to provide you with a list of great goodies for gifts during this holiday season (for yourself and others!). So, without further ado... here's my list! I've split them up into 5 different categories: Handmade, Poetry, Music, Sex Toys, and Art. Tell me what's on your list in the comments!
Mooncraft Emporium: Everything is handmade by a badass woman in Austin, TX named Brittany. She calls the store: "Arcane Outfitters, herbalist, apothecary, and bathworks." Her store on Etsy has a 5-star rating with over 500 reviews of happy customers (and I'm one of them!)
Starchild Stela: The amazing Canadian feminist graffiti artist has a store on StoreEnvy with so many fun, cute, and beautiful things! From t-shirts with their artwork on them, to buttons, stickers, and zines, you'll be sure to find something fabulous for you or a loved one.
GrowWildStudio: Started by a mother of two, this shop is a design and screen printing studio based in Washington, D.C. It has beautifully crafted feminist apparel for adults and babies! They're rated 5-stars on their Etsy page.
Nayyirah Waheed: Few poets have changed my life quite like this one has. Reading Waheed's, Salt (again and again), feels like therapy. When I bought her second book, Nejma, I knew it would have a similar profound effect on me. Waheed's words are healing and radical.
Rupi Kaur: I don't remember when I first came across one of Kaur's poems, but needless to say, I was hooked! Reading her book, Milk and Honey, lulled my anxious thoughts. Kaur splits the book into four sections: "the hurting", "the loving", "the breaking", and "the healing." I would suggest buying this book for anyone going through a difficult time. Kaur will make you feel less alone in the world.
Ijeoma Umebinyuo: I started following this poet on Tumblr, and was pulled into her world immediately. Her book of poems, Questions For Ada, is raw, powerful, and vulnerable. My favorite line from hers is: "I am too full of life to be half-loved."
Lachrista Greco: I have to put my own book of poetry in here, ok? I self-published Leftovers in May 2015. It was a year's worth of poetry after an intense and prolonged breakup. Leftovers... the stuff that comes out after a relationship ends; when a death happens; when you become yourself fully. These poems are my leftovers--strength and vulnerability I never knew I had.
Do people still buy cds anymore? Either way... whether you want to go out and buy the cd, or buy songs, here are some musicians/bands that I think are worth checking out!
Missy Elliott - "WTF (Where They From)"
Grimes - "Art Angels"
Betty Davis - "They Say I'm Different"
CHVRCHES - "Every Open Eye"
Melanie Martinez - "Crybaby"
Adele - "25"
Girlpool - "Before The World Was Big"
Alessia Cara - "Know-It-All"
Shamir - "Ratchet"
4. Sex Toys
So... I'm only going to share about toys that I specifically use/used or have heard good things from dear ones about. Enjoy!
Hitachi Magic Wand - y'all. Y'ALL. If you want to have several intense orgasms--BUY THIS (or, better yet, have someone else buy it for you, because it ain't cheap!) Sometimes I worry my clit with be burned off from this, but then I orgasm 500 times, and I don't care anymore. Needless to say, this here is my number one pick for a vibrator. Be warned though: this thing is not super quiet. Bonus points: it's now rechargeable!
Ina 2: This one looks really rad (and I've heard good things about it). I haven't used it personally, but it says it's a dual action designed to hit your G-spot. It has 8 different vibratory functions. I really like Lelo (the makers of this), so I bet this one is pretty damn good. I have this one, which I like a lot.
Rabbit Pearl: I have a version of the Rabbit, and it's pretty damn good for clitoral and vaginal enjoyment.
Angelique Houtkamp: She is, hands down, my favorite tattoo artist, and you can buy her artwork on her website. She's based in Amsterdam. My Joan of Arc tattoo is based off of one she did. I would love to get tattooed by her some day...
Nikki McClure: A fab artist based in Olympia, Washington, McClure's pieces are often understated, but powerful.
Jasu Hu: A Chinese illustrator based in New York. Her artwork is vibrant with color, and is often architectural.
There's my list! Tell me what's on yours in the comments!