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Girl-Powered Fashion: Clothing, Accessories, and Homeware

February 5, 2017

While many are focused on their Valentine’s in February, we wanted to take some time to recognize our Galentine’s—the women in the world who get shit done and look damn good doing it. With the recent climate, we’ve seen girl-powered fashion on the rise (and we are not mad about it). New graphic t-shirts with various empowering phrases, buttons and patches to declare #girlgang status, and housewares from pillows to shower curtains have been created to celebrate nasty women.

Here’s a collection of girl-powered fashion to celebrate ladies & people who love ladies everywhere (and to preemptively kick off our Galentine’s Day Celebration—details on our party at the end of this post).

‘The Future is Female’ T-ShirtOnesie, Otherwild ($25-$30)

This classic t-shirt was first spotted in the 1970s and Otherwild has recreated it. Available in men & women’s sizes, as well as kids & babies, this t-shirt was created to be worn by all feminists in the family. Currently, Otherwild is donating a portion of the proceeds from this design to Planned Parenthood, which is definitely something we can get behind.

Girl Power Pins, Brightside Boutique ($2 each)

Baltimore’s favorite boutique brings you these girl-powered fashion pins. You can buy them individually, but at $2 each it seems like a no-brainer to buy all three and adorn your favorite jean jacket (or better yet: one of the shirts on this list).

Nasty Woman T-Shirt, Franklyn ($25)

I’ve seen a lot of Nasty Women apparel since the infamous debate, but this shirt from Brooklyn-based design firm Franklyn is at the top of my list. Also available in navy & white.

‘Fight Like a Grrrl’ Patch, CreepyGals ($8)

If Sailor Moon were to display her feminism with one thing on this list, it would be with this patch.

Friends-Inspired ‘Girls’ Crew Neck, Black Anchor Apparel ($25)

Grab a ‘Girls’ crewneck inspired by Monica and Rachel (and Susan, in a much, much earlier episode). You can stick with the red & green originals, or branch out to something new. Available in many different colors and perfect for your whole girl gang.

Feminism Animal Sticker Pack, Sarah Duyer ($5)

These feminist animals found a place in my heart the minute I saw them! This six-pack of stickers includes two of each, so you can keep one set for yourself and send a message to someone who needs to be reminded that catcallin’ ain’t cute…

‘Don’t Tell Me to Smile’ Tote, &Morgan ($18)

Don’t tell anyone to smile. And don’t waste your time telling people not to tell you to smile when this tote bag can say it for you.

‘If it isn’t Intersectional…’ T-Shirt, Feminist Apparel ($29.95)

This is probably the most important message in this whole post. If your feminism isn’t intersectional, then I want nothing to do with it, and it isn’t really feminism. Feminism needs to celebrate people from all walks of lives and the different struggles those journeys entail. We need to make sure feminism supports and represents those from marginalized groups, and privileged feminists (yes, I am talking to white women) need to make sure we are paving the way and not prioritizing our perspectives over others. Feminism is more about gender (and if you realize it, this shirt is for you and can help others realize it).

Feminist Velvet Choker, Feminisa ($8.21)

This velvet choker is perfect for the 90s inspired ladies out there, who prefer to take a more understated approach with their girl-powered fashion.

‘No Fuckboys Allowed’ T-Shirt, Look Human ($28)

This pairs well with the ‘Don’t Tell Me to Smile’ tote bag.

‘Cats Against Catcalls’ T-shirt, Feminist Apparel ($29.95)

I love all cats, but especially these little kittens who also take a stand against cat calling! Way to go, cute lil kittens. Show these kittens your support (and take a stand against cat calling) in this shirt.

‘Not Your Babe’ Baseball Cap, Impure Thought ($15)

Another very important message. For the complete look, pair this with the ‘Don’t Tell Me to Smile’ tote and ‘No Fuckboys Allowed’ T-Shirt.

Feminist Mug, Wildfang ($12)

Feminism isn’t necessarily something you can turn on and off, and this mug is perfect for the person who realizes this fact. Go with this mug if equality rules everything around you…all day, err day.

Girl Gang’ Greeting Card, All Her Glory ($3.22)

Alright, so you’ve picked the perfect girl-powered fashion item from the above list and want to give it to your favorite person who is a woman/respects women. Make sure to write a kickass note explaining why this person is an important part of your #girlgang.

Girls Pennant Pin, Tuesday Bassen ($10)

Who run the world? Girls, obviously. Tuesday Bassen, the designer of this pin, also runs the world. Her art was stolen by a big corporate clothing company and stood up for herself in a badass way. Girls truly do run the world. Don’t fuck with us.

Boobs Shower Curtain, Gravel & Gold ($120 Preorder) 

I really love the Boobs collection from San Francisco-based Gravel & Gold, and this shower curtain brings that admiration to another level. And as much as I love this, it is important to note that not all women have boobs and not all people who have boobs are women.

Have some favorite girl-powered fashion not posted above? Share it with us in the comments below or tag us on Instagram.

We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Galentine’s Day Party and we’d love to see you there!
Monday, February 13th 7-10 PM
Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar
RSVP on Facebook

This year, Galentine’s Day is benefitting the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

 

Baltimore

Things to Do in Baltimore Before Summer Ends

September 1, 2016

Today is September 1st, which officially makes Summer 2016 the *fastest* moving summer I think I’ve ever experienced. School has started for a lot of people an summer vacations are winding down. To those who hate the heat and can’t wait to break out their boots and scarves, the beginning of September means that fall is on its way. But to those like me who would rather move across the country then experience another East Coast winter (lol), September brings about a lot of sadness about the warm weather ending. I mean, don’t get me wrong I don’t love sweating for hours on end in the Baltimore humidity, but I also don’t love navigating snow and ice and cold and all the “joys” that winter brings.

Although September has now ended, I want to be very clear that summer is NOT over yet! There is still time to enjoy the end of this season and for our readers who are local to Baltimore, I’ve compiled a small list of things to do so you can really enjoy the last of summer.

WTMD First Thursday Concert Series (Thursday, September 1st)

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via Baltimore Magazine

TONIGHT is the last First Thursday Concert Series, hosted by WTMD. Join musicians OJR, Joseph Arthur, and the Slanted Sound at Canton Waterfront Park for some outdoor tunes, food, and drinks. Admission is free and doors start opening at 6:30.

End-of-Summer Twilight Swim at the Patterson Park Pool (Friday, September 2nd)

The Patterson Park Public Pool is hosting an adult-only twilight swim to say goodbye to our sweet summer. Admission is $5 and you can bring food & drink into the pool (of course, no glass). They’ve got a DJ spinning for the entire night—get your swim on TOMORROW from 8-11 PM.

 

Bengie’s Drive-In Theater 

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via Bengie’s

Enjoy the final few nights Bengie’s Drive-In this Labor Day weekend. Bennie’s has been open for the past 60 summers just outside Baltimore. You can hang out in your car and catch the movie, or bring blankets/chairs and enjoy the films under the starts. Make sure to READ THE RULES before heading out there—I’m almost certain that Bengie’s has more rules than the most chaotic Kindergarten classroom…

Hampdenfest (September 17th)

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Hampdenfest is a free neighborhood festival in Hampden. Musicians play throughout the day and local vendors and foodies line. Beer provided by locals Union Brewery & The Brewer’s Art, and if you’ve got the stomach for it, enter the pie eating contest hosted by Dangerously Delicious Pies!

Maryland State Fair (Until September 5th)

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The Maryland State Fair brings together live music, carnival rides, and festival food and the huge fairgrounds in Timonium. Tickets are available through the MD State Fair website!

Maryland Sunflower Festival (September 11th & 12th)

The Maryland Sunflower Festival allows guests to enjoy the beauty of one of Maryland’s most historic sunflower farms. Local artists & musicians will be at the festival, and food & drink available from local vendors. It’s also a great opportunity to get that classic instagram pic of you standing amongst the sunflowers.

Que at the Zoo (Saturday, September 10th)

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Que at the Zoo brings musicians and DJs together for a day-long concert experience at the Maryland Zoo. Drinks & BBQ available for purchase

Outdoor Dining

Photo of the patio at Blue Pit BBQ, via Baltimore Magazine

Photo of the patio at Blue Pit BBQ, via Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore has a great deal of sidewalk cafes and outdoor dining experiences, and September is a great time to take advantage. As it begins to cool down, being outdoors is still enjoyable. Some of my favorite outdoor spots in Baltimore include the back patio at Blue Pit BBQ in Hampden, the outdoor seating at Barcocina in Fell’s Point for daily brunch, and the seating at Gertrude’s which allows you to eat by the sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Farmer’s Markets

Although the Farmer’s Markets in Baltimore stay open well into the end of fall, I personally find them much more enjoyable when the weather is nice out. Allow yourself to linger at your favorite Baltimore market a little bit longer than you  typically would—grab some lunch and stay a while. The Jones Falls Farmer’s Market is a great one to stay and enjoy—you can release your inner child and do some hula-hooping, enjoy whatever music is playing, and do some non-food shopping with other local vendors.

Sunday at the Mill

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Last but not least, a shameless plug for our end-of-summer celebration, Sunday at the Mill. Come out to the Union Mill Courtyard in Hampden and enjoy the last days of summer. We have a great line up of local Baltimore acts, artists & vendors from the Baltimore area, and food & drink provided by Artifact Coffee. Tickets can be purchased HERE! This year, we’ve got a VIP ticket that includes unlimited dranks as well as festival admission. RSVP on Facebook.

Have an outdoor event you’re looking forward to in September (besides Sunday at the Mill, of course…)? Let us know in the comments below!

Thoughts

Navigating a Long-Distance Relationship

August 10, 2016

At the end of March, my partner-in-crime/better half/biggest fan/etc was offered an amazing opportunity to move to California for the summer doing work that puts his talents to good use. If you know me in real life or follow my personal social media presence, this isn’t news. I haven’t been able to shut up about it for the past few months. While he took his time making this decision, for me it was a no-brainer—take the damn job! We talked it through and, although it wouldn’t be the fun summer together we wanted, we were both confident it was something we were equipped to handle. My love for this person is bigger than a four-month period and while I miss him like crazy, I’ve instead decided to focus on the fact that the current situation is fleeting while my feelings for Devlin certainly are not. He left at the end of April and these past almost-three+ months have proven to be a learning experience, to say the least.

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Let me say this: this post isn’t about survival. The working title for this post was ‘how to survive a long-distance relationship’ but as I wrote it I realized that that puts a negative spin on a situation that already can feel negative. Instead, this post is about focusing the energy felt from these feelings of sadness and loneliness and turning it into something productive. It has been incredibly easy for me to feel sorry for myself this summer and only see the bad. Sometimes, I need to feel sorry for myself but when I look at this summer as something I need to survive, it just sets me up to feel like there will be no good moments, just bearable ones. This also isn’t me trying to give anyone ‘tips’, but rather my own personal journey in navigating a long-distance relationship. I am sorry to say this isn’t going to be an easy-to-read listicle. I tried writing that post because it’s easy but it wasn’t genuine (and when talking about feelings, something I’m already really really bad at, I think it’s important to be genuine). This post is intended to help navigate the very real and very valid feelings associated with not having your partner with you by your physical side (important to note: if they are truly your partner, you don’t need to be in the same city/state/coast/country to be there for one another).

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There are people in this world to whom the reality of a long-distance relationship is much more permanent who could probably provide a great deal of wisdom on this topic but I already feel like I’ve learned so much about myself throughout these three months. For the first time in my life, I am living alone and am learning how to live with myself. It’s easy to binge watch every Netflix Original series on a day off but easy isn’t productive. I let the dishes pile up in the sink without having someone to hold me accountable and I’ve learned that dealing with a two-week old sink of dishes is way way way worse than just putting the damn dishes in the dish washer at the end of the day. I also very quickly was hit with the reality that the person I lean on for emotional support more than anyone else wasn’t physically there with me but that he could still be there emotionally. Within the first week of Devlin being gone, our kitten Franklin got very sick and had to be put down. Franklin was my first pet and we had adopted him just seven months prior. This wasn’t something we were expecting to have to deal with so soon, and certainly not something we expected to go through apart. I learned to lean on my friends and other people in my life who care about me for that physical support. I also learned to work through some of these feelings on my own.

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I’ve learned that It’s okay to feel sad/lonely/lost/etc. Like, it sucks. Yes, it’s important to see the good in every situation, it’s totally okay for me to take a minute and say “hey, I’m lonely right now, and this fucking sucks”. I don’t ever want this to consume me, but it’s also a feeling I’ve found is very important to acknowledge.

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I’ve also learned that it’s also okay to feel happy and have fun. Your world does not stop because your partner is not next to you. At first, I would feel this sense of guilt for going out with friends and having fun. I started to process that guilt and I realized I was feeling that way not because I actually felt guilty about enjoying myself but because I wanted to share it with Devlin. I wanted him to be there when I was doing something fun to enjoy it with me. I would see something that would’ve made him laugh (or would imagine some commentary he would have on a situation that would would crack me up) and I’d get upset he wasn’t there to experience it. It was incredibly important for me to remember that my life is multifaceted and enjoying my summer is 100% allowed!

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It helps to have something to look forward to. I took a trip to the Bay Area this summer and for while I was mentally counting down to that. Then, Devlin came out to visit. I also always look forward to our FaceTime calls at the end of the day, or a phone call while I waited for the bus. And of course, I look forward to non-bae related things. This entire summer I’ve looking forward to all of the awesome 30th & Weldon stuff going on this summer—the launch of our store, the amazing events we attended, our feature in the Baltimore Sun, and the two events we’re hosting (BMORE Babes & Sunday at the Mill).

The ability to take time to myself at home is not something I’ve gotten to do before. and like I said before, at first it was this incredibly lazy “I’m going to watch TV until 1am and not do the dishes and have laundry piles all over the house and order takeout 4 times a week” but now it’s turned into something much more positive. Although not spotless, I have started to take the time to clean and organize the apartment. I have taken the time to make cold brew and do some real cooking and meal prep. I’ve been reading (what? me?! reading??) and have been journaling. I’ve spent a ton of time on doing a lot of back-end work for the business too (which is important, because *maybe* one day this can be a full-time thing so the more time I put in the better).

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While it hasn’t been an easy summer, it has definitely been an important one. I’ve learned a lot and will continue to learn every day. I’m so grateful that this has an end date and truly celebrate folks who deal with distance in a relationship on a much more permanent basis. It has been a summer of ups and downs but it has also let me appreciate my relationship so much more. I’ve spent more time on the phone than I ever have (I’m looking at you, nights of 5 hour phone calls).

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For any readers who are currently going through this or have in the past, how do you navigate a long-distance relationship? I’ve got about a month left and am still learning—I’d love to hear from you.

Baltimore

30th & Weldon x Brightside Boutique x Aesthetic Distance

August 4, 2016

We teamed up with local shop Brightside Boutique and photographer Eliza Romero-Kovalsky of Aesthetic Distance for an on location shoot throughout Fell’s Point. We chose some of our favorite outfits from Brightside’s current collection and created some magic—we’re excited to share them with you.

Join us for BMORE Babes: A Summer Sip & Shop Event at the Fell’s Point location of Brightside Boutique on August 20th to scoop up all the outfits featured in this shoot. Punch will be served plus 20% off all clothing! Brightside will also be releasing a new custom-designed Baltimore print that is absolutely gorgeous!

Make sure to RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming & check out the photos from the shoot below.

Photography: Aesthetic Distance
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Wardrobe: Brightside Boutique
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Hair & Make Up: Courtney McCormick
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Maxi and Midi Dresses for Summer

July 24, 2016

Welp, summer took its sweet ass time getting here but these past few weeks have proven she’s here to stay/slay. This past week has been the hottest yet with no plans of cooling down in the near future. While it is tempting to want to leave the house in a bathing suit in this heat, I find them to be less than practical in my day-to-day. Sun dresses are fun, but when I’m trying to stay cool but also want to look more polished, I turn to maxi and midi dresses for summer.

Maxi and midi dresses look fantastic on everyone. They’re simple to style and require minimal effort. These styles are easy to move in and are breathable. They can be worn to your cousin’s wedding, a friend’s birthday, the beach, to work, a picnic, etc… I love a long flowy dress in the summer—I immediately cool down while still feeling appropriately clothed for most situations.

Here are some of my favorite maxi and midi dresses for summer heat.

Lush, High Neck Maxi Dress, $28

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Ecote, Ashley Lace Up Maxi Dress, $119

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Lou & Grey, Luster Cutout Midi Dress, $78

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ASOS Curve, Beach Maxi Dress with Tie Shoulder, $52

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Forever 21, Crochet Halter Dress, $28

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Lovestitch, Summerland Mila Maxi, $56

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Forever 21, Strappy Maxi Dress, $28

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Torrid, Floral Chiffon Knit Maxi Dress, $68

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LOFT, Petite Blouson Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $60

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City Chic, Metallic Plait Trim Stripe Maxi Dress, $84

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Free People, Crepe Tie Black Dress, $268

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Milly, Strappy Stripe Maxi Dress, $475

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Forever 21, Floral Ruffle Maxi Dress, $25

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Free People, Tropical Escape Maxi, $168

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Have you been staying cool in longer styles this summer? Share your favorite maxi and midi dresses for summer on instagram with #30thandweldon.