Celebrate International Women’s Day with advice from Women Owned Businesses of the DMV

This International Women’s Day, I want to showcase some amazing women of the DMV. These women all own small businesses, but all have so much power to do good!

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and to celebrate, I have decided to only shop at women-owned businesses all day! You will be able to follow me throughout my day on Instagram stories @Danieminor13.


I was able to chat with all of the business owners about their businesses, advice for other women who want to start their own business and why International Women’s Day is important to them.

In no particular order, lets meet these leaders!

Meet the DMV Business Owners:

Sip City DC owners, Nikki Blank & Josie Gibbens

These two 20-somethings have created their version of Switchel.  As it says on their bottle, it is nature’s sports drink and a cocktail mixer. Sip City’s mission is to help people drink mindfully they way they eat and exercise! I was able to chat with Nikki, and she told me when she and Josie moved from Boston and Nashville, they saw how accurate the saying “work hard, play hard” is in DC and wanted to give them a way to still let loose on the weekend, but in a much healthier way!

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How they began Sip City:

So, I moved from Boston to D.C. in June, and Boston has Puritan drinking laws..which means you cannot make a sale on alcohol. So there is no such thing as a happy hour or a boozy brunch. You pay full price for every drink in Boston (omg!!). After college, I reassessed the drinking culture, and when I moved to D.C. I saw that people drank heavily from Friday afternoon to Sunday…but also doing it on the weekdays, too. I was not used to that, and neither was my body.

And that is sort of where the idea came from. There had to be a healthier way to [drink alcohol]. Our original mission formed around the drinking culture in D.C. and also the way people are drinking things all day and not thinking about what’s in them- whether it’s their coffee creamer or a sugary juice. We want people to re-think all of that!

What went from these two women brewing their own Switchel at home has turned into a business that is quickly become known all over D.C.



Do you have a piece of advice for other women who want to start a business?

Take a step back and think about why you are doing it. Make sure your idea is solid and that you have a support systems in place! Also, you have to make sure that you are passionate about everything.

If you are in a job that makes you unhappy, there is no reason at this age that you should be unhappy in a job, but it also doesn’t mean you have to go out to start something on your own.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

We are finally in a place where we see that women have been marginalized in every step of modern-day civilization but now it actually feels like change is happening. It’s looking back to see where we screwed up in the past and how can we move forward, that means more rights and more quality for women.

We care a lot about supporting other women, especially other local women and women in food because food can be a hard industry for women. We’ve often been underappreciated in this industry. We are spending every week of this month highlighting a different area of women’s history, so this week we are highlighting women in sports.

Follow these women at @SipCitydc on Instagram and Twitter!

Ringlet owner, Elise Crawford

Ringlet is a full-service digital marketing & branding agency, community and resource focused on serving women-owned small businesses in the D.C. area. We are a “full-service” agency because we work with clients to build their online marketing strategy and then our team can execute that strategy through social media management, email marketing, content creation, website design and event design.

We also host events that focus on providing women entrepreneurs with the education, tools and community that they need to make their businesses succeed.


How/Why did you begin Ringlet?

It was a total leap of faith! I graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Communications from JHU, and had been working for another woman-owned start-up in NYC at the time. Once I graduated, I knew that I wanted to make my dream of owning my own business a reality.
I come from a family of business owners so entrepreneurship was definitely ingrained in me from a young age. I’m fortunate to have had an amazing support system- my team, family, friends, the DC creative community- who have helped me establish RINGLET. It’s been a learning process- we’ve changed our service offerings, redesigned our website, hired and let go team members- and it’s been incredible to see how far we’ve come in two years.

What do you hope to see for the future of women in business? And do you have any advice for women who want to start their own business?

I hope women know the vast amount of options that they have for their lives. Thanks to the internet, there are so many new career options open to women. You do have the power to craft your own unique lifestyle! If you’d like to start your own business, spend a lot of time researching before you even open your doors: reach out to mentors, find a supportive community and most importantly, make sure there is a market need for the service or product that you will be offering. Don’t give up and take heart!

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day means to me a celebration of all that women have accomplished of a community so far, a reflection on what we have to change on work for and hope that we can accomplish anything we put our minds to.

Glen’s Garden Market owner,
Danielle Vogel

After getting her start in policy and working on Capitol Hill for 10 years, Danielle did not think that she would become a fourth generation grocery store owner. But the grocery business runs deep in her roots. Danielle started her grocery business for a different reason than her family members.

Her whole life’s work was climate change progress. After noticing congress started becoming more conservative and needing to continue progress without them, Danielle opened Glen’s Garden Market in 2013 on Earth Day! During the 5 years they have been open, Danielle has helped launch 78 local food businesses, 43 of them founded by women!


Mission: Make incremental climate change progress by selling good food from close by and fostering relationships with farmers who treat their land, animals and ingredients with respect.

And every decision that is made for Glen’s, they keep that mission in mind, no matter how large or small the decision is! “You walk into Glen’s and it’s a very pretty grocery but every single way it is an intentional climate change progress agent.”

Tell me about your new AccelerateHer DC program:

This is the first time we are doing it! This is for our 5 year anniversary. Our notion is to get to 50 women-owned small businesses that are launched here at Glen’s by the time we turn 5.

I was thinking how we could really double down on our committment to growing women-driven small batch food companies in our region. And we came up with this idea of doing a business pitch competition. The application went live on March 1, and there are SO many prizes.

They include:

  • A $10,000 investment with no strings from Glen’s
  • A year-long professional mentorship with Danielle, the marketing director, Shana Mohamed, their grocery department head, Merrill
  • Free entry to the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn in July
  • Monthly HR and strategic analysis consulting services

What is your advice for women who want to start a business?

My advice is starting a business requires an amazing amount of resiliency. First of all, no matter what you’re doing you’re not going to be embraced or understood from day one, even if you’re the coolest grocery store that anyone has ever conceived.

Also, take your projections for how much you think it’s going to cost, and double it! And figure out how to get the help from people who have strengths where you have weaknesses. So, I am a lawyer…math skills NOT great- so, I hired the world’s most spectacular accountant! Build your team so it’s complementary to your skill set.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Women bring exactly the same amount to the table. We are equally as aggressive, we’re equally analytic, we’re equally forward-thinking, we’re visionaries.

It’s really cool to get together to celebrate our accomplishments, but I personally don’t believe there is any implicit differentiation [from a man]. I am just as ambitious as any man I went to law school with, practiced law with, worked in the senate with and we would be well-served to remember that.

Alexasmind.com blogger, Alexa Garcia

Alexa is from NOVA, and is a great blogger that I met through the blogging network, InfluenceHer Collective. In addition to being a wonderful blogger, she runs a hand-lettering shop through her blog and on Etsy. You can tell that each product is truly made with love!


Your blog is absolutely beautiful! How long have you been blogging?

Thank you so much! I’ve actually only been blogging since October 2017. I had flirted with the idea of blogging for a few years leading up to it, but it wasn’t until October that I decided to fully take the leap into blogging.

What inspired you to begin your blog/custom design shop?

I love writing and being creative, and I always have wanted an outlet for my creativity. Blogging seemed like the best way to do that! I really love it.

 How long have you been doing hand-lettering?

Growing up, I always had neat handwriting and played around with writing in different fonts. Around two years ago, I found out about calligraphy and hand-lettering and I fell in love with the process of creating hand-lettered items.

How important is it to you to shop at other local/small shops?

I think it is SO important to shop at local shops and support small business owners. Being a small-business owner myself, I’ve grown to understand how valuable hard work is and I want to support others as much as possible.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a day to recognize women of all ages, races, ethnicity, and religions. It’s super important to me, because I believe that oftentimes, women are not fully recognized for all the amazing things they accomplish.


OneMillionWonders, Etsy shop owner, Amanda Beall

OneMillionWonders is a business where Amanda promotes the sense of well-being while aligning you with your higher self through handmade jewelry.

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Why did you want to start your business?

I started my business back in 2013 when I was bored in one of my college classes, it started out as doodles to keep myself busy and pretty soon it came to life. I have always wanted to be able to make a living from what I can create with my own hands.

What is a piece of advice you have for other women who want to begin their own business?

For other women who want to start their own businesses- just go for it! It has been the most wonderful experience for me. I beleive if you pour your heart and soul into something there is no way you can go wrong.

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How important is supporting other small businesses to you?

Supporting other small businesses is extremely important to me. I go out of my way to do it. I purchase many supplies for my own business from other small businesses.

Why do you think it’s important to have International Women’s Day?

I think International Womens Day is important because it is a day to honor all the amazing things women have done, to show our strength and how far women have come as a whole.

I cannot explain how amazing it has been to learn more about these five businesses. I hope you enjoyed learning about them too! All of these women are from the DMV, and are fufilling their life-long dreams of creating a business, and if you have this dream too, listen to their advice.
Happy International Women’s Day to all of my boss babes! Thank you so much for supporting me every time you read one of my articles, share a post and helping me further my blogging dream!
Thank you to all of the women who have come before me for fighting for women’s equality and for the women and men who are still fighting with me for our rights!





Paper Source’s Galentine’s Day Mixer + Why Creativity Helps your Mental Health

If you follow me on Instagram (@Danieminor13 ;)), you saw that I spent my Valentine’s Day at Paper Source in Annapolis. They hosted a Galentine’s Day Mixer, which was a blast! I learned a few new crafting tricks- hello heat embossing?! How have I never learned about you before?

While I had a blast last night, I learned something more than that. If you’ve followed Defining Danie for a while, you may know that I struggle with anxiety. But, something you may not know, because I haven’t talked about it is that I have been struggling with the job hunt. Recently, because of the job search, I have felt extremely anxious and have had a few panic attacks because of it.

So you may be wondering why am I talking about this while writing about my fabulous time at Paper Source? Well, last night was the first night in a week that I haven’t felt a panic attack come on, and I really think it’s because of how awesome the Galentine’s Day mixer was! Crafting, photo booth pictures, and a scavenger hunt? It was the perfect, stress-reliever that I have been searching for! While a couple of girls who work there and I talked about my job search, it still did not bring me down, because we talked about it in a positive manner.


The night was full of laughter and life goals!

My new life goal may be to become a professional heat embosser? Who knows?!

What I do know is that I will be making some frequent stops to Paper Source’s next workshops! While I was there I had a blast, and I really think craft nights should be required for every adult in the world.

A “craft night” may sound childish, but not everyone gets to have a creative element in their day-to-day lives, so it will give you two hours of creativity that you may not even know you needed. Allowing myself those two hours last night helped my anxiety a ton and if you struggle with anxiety, it may help with yours, too! While I 100% know that crafting will not cure my anxiety, I am always looking for new ways to lower those anxious feelings.

Also, I bought a few really cute items. I will link them down below!


Banana Mitt/Pitholder


Sugarfina Margarita Gummies


Never Stop Growing Mug

Shout out to the lovely ladies who hosted the Galentine’s Day Mixer last night, Dani, Ashley and Jacie- thank you for celebrating Valentine’s Day with me!


My Black Friday Finds!

Can we talk about the great sales that hit stores this weekend? One store in particular had the best sales in my opinion… One of my favorites had daily sales leading up to Black Friday, and then the whole store was 50 percent off on Black Friday!

Do you know what store I’m talking about?


For the past three years, my mom and I always make sure to hit Old navy on Black Friday and for the past two years, we’ve gone after Thanksgiving dinner- it has become one of my favorite traditions!

I also purchased some online that I have not received yet, but I will post screen shots below of the items! I purchased everything in an XXL in store.

Here’s what I got (make sure you check them out on Cyber Monday too, because I know they are continuing to do 40 percent off.).


Jacket/ Shirt/ Jeans




Shirt / Jeans/ Scarf


Scarf/ Vest/ Shirt






Dress (I am wearing as a shirt) 






Because I did this photoshoot in the middle of D.C., I could not change into this beautiful jumpsuit I got, but here is a photo from Old Navy’s website:

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I purchased this in an XXL, and it fits me PERFECTLY! It actually is a little longer on me than on the model because I have short legs!


What I purchased online and still waiting to receive: 

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I got bottoms to a swim suit because I started aqua classes and only have boring black ones! Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 7.45.32 PM

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My mom got me this scarf in store, but it’s for Hannukah 😉

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I know everyone is asking, how much was all of that?! After adding up everything and I got everything for LESS than $200!! I got it for $199.20 😉

I am so happy with all of my purchases! I hope you love everything too and check out Old Navy’s Cyber Monday deals.



Making The Most Of The End Of Summer

I cannot believe it, but the summer is sadly winding down. I recently invited a few friends of mine over and we had a whole day of what summer is really about: sunshine, being outside (of course in a pool) and making memories!


In 10 days I head back to my second home, Kent State, for the next four months, which is why I have decided to make the most of my time while still at home.

Most of my plans for the rest of the summer consist of spending a lot of time in my pool, but I also have plans to see as many of my friends from home as possible because I don’t get to see them often.

I am also planning on going up to Baltimore this weekend with one of my best friends, Jake, my sister, Payton and my mom to a peach festival! I do not really know what this peach festival entails… but I am hoping there will be some awesome peach cobblers and homemade ice cream!

It is so important for college students to have some relaxation time during the summer because we know as soon as we get back to school, it is time to hit the books again. I cannot even begin to think about the group projects that are ahead me this semester!


Annapolis, Baltimore and D.C. have so much to offer in the sweet summer time. I live so close to Annapolis, and go everyday, so I have decided in my final week at home, there is one thing in D.C. I want to do and one thing in Baltimore I want to do before I head back to Kent.

In D.C. I want to head down to Georgetown to shop and then grab dinner in Dupont Circle at my favorite restaurant called  Mission. And in Baltimore I want to go with my mom to this awesome place my mom showed me on Instagram, Graffiti Alley.

Although I definitely enjoyed the  majority of my summer in NYC , I could not ask for more for the end of my summer in Annapolis.

Now I am going to go jump into the pool in this heat wave!



Why Nashville Should Be on YOUR bucket list!

Do you dream of visiting the home of country music? The home of the Ryman? Don’t know what the Ryman is… well that’s the reason you definitely need to go!

Nashville has a young vibe with a certain charm that cannot be compared to any other city I’ve been to. My sister, dad and I went to Nashville for four days, which was just the right amount to see Nashville and a couple of surrounding cities around it!


Broadway Street 

Broadway Street is the main tourist street. It has all of the Honky Tonk bars, where people are performing live music all day. You can walk into any of these bars and there will be a great performance! Along with the Honky Tonk bars are pieces of history, amazing restaurants and many stores that sell cowboy boots.

You will not miss this on your trip to Nashville! It is in the heart of downtown.

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Broadway at night time! The purple building is the infamous Tootsies Orchid Lounge. 

Nashville is definitely a Yuppie/Yopro City 

Yuppie/Yopro: Young Professional

In every area, Nashville had some sort of building going on. Whether is was a new apartment complex or a new bar, there were many new things coming there, which is always a good sight to see! A lot of the city was renovated, which is what many millennials love to see but it had a southern charm.

I never thought I could see myself in a southern city before. I have always dreamt of living in Washington D.C. or NYC, but now Nashville has been added to this list!

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Something that I loved was an area called “12 South,” which is where Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James is. Reese Witherspoon’s hometown is Nashville, so of course she had to have her store in one of Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods!

Right next door to Draper James is Sprinkles cupcakes, which included their Cupcake ATM (I was in heaven!). If you haven’t experienced the Cupcake ATM, then you must get to your closest Sprinkles Cupcakes pronto!

On every corner there was another cool store to go into including White’s Mercantile. While walking past White’s Mercantile my sister and I weren’t sure what the store was going to be so it made it even more exciting. We walked into a young adult’s heaven. It was a clothing store and a gift store stocked with unnecessary things. They had adorable clothing, real leather purses, jewelry, Hudson Bay blankets… you can basically see that my sister and I were in heaven while this was not my dad’s ideal spot, haha!

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12 South is also home of the “I believe in Nashville” wall! This wall was painted in 2012 by an artist named DCXV to create a unifying symbol for Nashville, for native and newcomer alike.


Some of the History 

We did two touristy tours to learn more about the rich history that Nashville holds. My family and I toured the Ryman and we visited Hatch Printing.

Visiting the home of Hatch Printing was my favorite out of the two. Hatch Printing is the company who makes the iconic posters for advertising for many artists who came to Nashville. Hatch printing still currently makes posters for artists to sell at their shows! They have made posters for anyone from Elvis to Kanye.

It was so neat to be able to see the old machinery they use to hand-make all of these posters. They all become individuals, which is so great!

Me being the public relations major that I am, I loved getting to see the early advertising  that these artists used to promote their shows. My family and I even got to make our prints at the end of the tour.



I had some of the best food while visiting! Whether it was at one their local coffee shops, Frothy Monkey, Merchant’s, a southern bistro (that is on Broadway!) or it was at Pancake Pantry, a legendary breakfast spot.

Definitely add Nashville to your bucket list! 

Even if it’s only for two days, you will not regret getting to this great city!