My Favorite Women – October

I’m writing this in the Nashville airport at 5am. My flight has been delayed two hours and Real Housewives of Orange County won’t load, so here we are! I’m rolling out another list of incredible women that did some really cool things in October.

1. Alyssa Milano

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Alyssa Milano recorded a video in January for her daughter, addressing the #MeToo movement and sharing her own story. This past month, Milano shared that video with the public on the one year anniversary of tweeting, #MeToo herself. Talk about vulnerability, people! Too often women are criticized for showing too much emotion or being “too emotional”, but Milano didn’t hesitate. Since sharing her story, she has advocated for survivors of sexual assault relentlessly.  To watch the video, click here.

2. Rihanna

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My queen. Rihanna does it again. After being asked to perform at the Super Bowl, the superstar passed on the opportunity to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

3. Taylor Swift

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I have never been a Swiftie (and probably never will be) BUT, I was proud of “American’s Sweetheart” for finally stepping out and speaking her mind when it came to politics. She encouraged others to vote and even caused a spoke in voter registration in the state of Tennessee. What a time to be alive. You can read Taylor’s full statement below!

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Petit Vour Box Review – September

It’s almost November! You know what that means! That means that you’re about to read a post that’s a month late!!! Bet you’re so pumped! If you’ve been following along at all, you know that one of the things we try to do over here at AllisonRanting.com is empower women. Part of that empowerment is educating women and giving them access to products that are significantly better for their health, than what they’re currently using. If you don’t think the make up you’re wearing now is that that bad, you’re going to want to put a pause on this, and read up on the Five Toxins on Your Face Right Now.

Petit Vour has been a super helpful part of this clean beauty journey for me and I’m really pumped to tell you all about what came in my September subscription box! Honestly, I wasn’t super impressed with the August box. I really loved the Eye of Horus Brow Pencil that came in it, but the rest was just kinda “meh” to me.

BUT SEPTEMBER’S BOX GUYS!! SO GOOD!! 

The September box came with a lip crayon, bath oil, shampoo + conditioner sample, and lotion! I’ll go product by product telling you exactly what I thought of each one!

1. Axiology Lip Crayon – $26
Impressed immediately by the packaging. I love the triangle shape and the shimmery gold. I received the color Enduring. *peep that swatch pic*. This crayon went on SO SMOOTHLY. It was like butter. I did feel like it plumped and moisturized my lips, and wasn’t drying at all. Now, it is a color I don’t normally wear, so I’m not sure how often I’ll use it. My only critique would be that it didn’t stay as bright or last as long as I wanted it to.

 

Processed with VSCO with m5 preset2. Olverum Bath Oil – $13
YA’LL I felt so fancy. Now normally, I wouldn’t buy something that is going to
literally just go down the drain (#bathoil) but this felt so luxurious. I mean, just look at that glass bottle. Made up of organic essential oils, it smells SUH GOOD. After soaking for a while, my skin was left so soft and smooth. You only need about a third of the bottle per bath (or shower if you prefer) so there’s plenty left. If you want to give something luxurious to a friend that won’t break the bank, I recommend this!

 

 

3. Evolvh Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner – $5 Processed with VSCO with m5 preset
THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY FIVE DOLLARS I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE IT IS MAGIC. Seriously. Made for all hair types, this duo is voluminizing (yas), frizz-dimenishing (yas yas), and color-protecting (yas yas yas). My hair felt so clean and so healthy. Not to mention, it left my hair with an incredible shine. I cannot stress enough how surprised I was by this. I mean, they didn’t send a very big sample, and I’ve got a lot of hair on my head. I didn’t expect to notice a difference at all, but my hair felt genuinely clean, smelled great, and looked great. I will absolutely be purchasing this again.

4. Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter- $2 
When I tell you that this lotion could not have come at a better time, I mean it. The Processed with VSCO with m5 presetNashville cold snuck up on all of us this year and dry skin is slowly killing me. But this lotion has been everything I needed. Without leaving my skin greasy, this lotion makes my skin so so soft. Not to mention, it smells like cake batter (and if you don’t think that’s a good thing, UM BYE). Safe to use all over, this is the perfect lotion to have in your bag. Will definitely be purchasing again BECAUSE DID YOU SEE THAT IT’S ONLY TWO DOLLARS!!!

 

 

 

 

Keep your eyes peeled for an IGTV video review as well! In the meantime, you can keep yourself entertained with the last IGTV review that I’d consider only a partial failure.

My Favorite Women – September

It’s almost November. 2018 has been one of the fastest years of my life. I’d say the last two years have been absolute whirlwinds with major personal change and major political change. Obviously, not all change is great and not all change is bad. While our country still sits in a divisive climate, I’m going to keep celebrating. So here’s to the strong women of September!

  1. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

    Dr. Blasey Ford came forward with allegations of sexual assault against a man who had been nominated to a life long position of power. Regardless of the outcome, 266cbad29ec45928cca5238dda9767d5.jpgBlasey Ford faced copious amounts of hatred and harassment, both in person and online. Despite threats against her well being and that of her family, Blasey Ford did what she could to raise a red flag against potential corruption. 

2. Serena Williams

Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes, ever. unnamed.jpgThis past September, Williams faced criticism when the tennis pro defended herself against cheating allegations during the US Open final.
Headlines spread like wildfire and many quickly placed Williams into the angry-black-woman stereotype, brushing aside her anger and chalking it up to female “emotions”. Williams is on our September list for speaking up on behalf of herself and refusing to placate herself. Get it, girl.

3. Dr. Elina Berglund

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Dr. Elina Berglund is the co-founder of a holistic birth control algorithm and app, called Natural Cycles (used by yours truly *post coming soon). Natural Cycles was recently approved by the FDA to be recognized in the states as a form of birth control. SO CONGRATS, DOC! Dr. Berglund is on our September list for being super smart, innovative, and for standing up for women’s health.