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!





My 7 Must-have Beauty and Skin Care Products of the Moment!

Happy weekend! I hope your Saturday is off to a great start. I love the weekend because it’s the best time for running errands and self care! Does anyone else LOVE running errands or is it just me?

While running errands, I always end up finding some great products that I have to try out! Recently, I’ve picked up six products that I know you also NEED!


It’s truly crazy to me how much one product can change your life (or in this case– seven products!). These six products are a part of my everyday routine.



The first product is the Defense Refresh (makeup) Setting Mist. What makes this setting spray different from others is this product has 50 SPF! What’s also amazing about this product is a great refresher for you to use throughout the day, especially around the late afternoon when you’re starting to feel tired; spritz this on your face and it will help wake you up!

We all know to use a makeup primer, but we a lot of us forget to use SPF, which is what actually is going to save our skin in the long-run! Supergoop also refrains from using sulfates and parabens in its products, so this product is good for your skin!


The next product that I am loving right now is Too Faced’s PB & Honey palette! I think this palette is a perfect everyday palette, but could also be used for a fun night time look, especially with that yellow! I purchased mine new from Poshmark, for less than at a Sephora/Ulta, and it had never been used! I found this great one discounted on Poshmark for you if you’re interested!

I love this palette because I think it complements my green eyes and blonde hair, but I think it would look great on any eye color.


For this look, I started with Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair makeup primer. This has CHANGED how my makeup looks and I will never not use it from here on out. I usually hate makeup primers because of the gross feeling they would leave during the day, but with this one I can’t even tell that I am wearing anything, which I LOVE!


I think I am late to the game on the It Cosmetics CC cream, but let me tell you, I am SO happy I have finally arrived with everyone else. This CC cream is light on the skin, but still provides full coverage. In addition to the beautiful coverage, it also has 50 SPF! No wrinkles for me! 😉

I am in their second shade, Light. I do recommend wearing a powder with this because of the SPF, it can leave a slight shine.

Skin Care

After your long day, it is finally time to take all of your makeup off, and the best way to do it is with Neutrogena’s Ultra Light cleansing oil. What’s also amazing is this greatness is less than $10! I originally got this in my seasonal BeautyCon box!

It removes all of your makeup and also cleans your skin. My skin feels so fresh each morning and night.

Three to four days a week, I make sure to use my new scrub from The Body Deli. I use their Blueberry Fusion Scrub. A friend of mine commented that she thinks my skin looks like it’s glowing, and I know it’s because of this scrub! It added the radiance that I longed for.

I also tend to get clogged pores, which makes them look so large. When I got a facial about five weeks ago, I asked why my pores get so large, and she told me it was because I wasn’t using a scrub! The week after, I stopped by Blush Med Spa in Bethesda and they recommended I try this, and I am forever thankful!

Pro-tip: If you want to try this scrub, keep it in the fridge because the products used are organic, and it will last longer!



And last, but definitely not least, my perfume must-have product is this new Apricot Bloom from Target! This is from Target’s new Good Chemistry line. I love the description for the perfume from Target’s website.

“Good Chemistry is know-how meets nature; a just-right composition of instinct and identity that lets your true beauty bloom from the inside. Fragrance notes of apricot, neroli and amber make our Apricot Bloom perfume thoughtful + true with a free spirit.”

I’ve worn this perfume every day for the past two weeks, and have received compliments every day! It’s the perfect spring perfume.

What are a few of your must-haves of the moment? Share them with me on social media @danieminor13. <3 Also, please let me know if you love any of these products as well!


Why clothing from Agnes and Dora can fit into ANY woman’s lifestyle!

Recently, I was sent two great shirts to try from Agnes and Dora, a company that is based on comfortability and confidence. With an array of sizes, prints and styles, this clothing company is made to fit into anyone’s lifestyle.  This brand intends to make women feel good about themselves!

Today, I am reviewing the Frill Sleeve Top Black Whispers top and the Essential Tank Navy Preppy Floral top:

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I decided to try the shirts with a few different pants options to show they can be dressed up and dressed down. These shirts are perfect for anyone, because they are so comfortable and versatile. I could definitely see these being great for class, brunch or even work!


I think pairing this shirt with jeans and little block heels makes this the perfect outfit for dinner with friends or a casual date night!

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By switching into this skirt and putting on this grey floppy hat, this outfit was totally transformed! I definitely suggest this shirt because of the pop of color that it can add to any outfit- it also looks GREAT in these pictures, so get ready for some Insta-ready pics. I felt great in this shirt because it was so soft and breathable. I also loved that the sleeves have frills on the sides, so it adds a little extra!

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This is the Essential Tank in Navy Preppy Floral. This paired perfectly with white jeans and my block heels. I also felt so comfortable in this shirt as well. The colors in this shirt are also so beautiful. When taking these pictures, I got a ton of compliments and women were asking me where I got it, and I was excited to tell them about this new fun company !


I really enjoyed working with Nikki and Emilia who are two local representatives of Agnes and Dora. If you want to shop with them to see what fun clothing you can find, you can find their page here! I like that Agnes and Dora allows you to shop online unlike a lot of clothing brands that go through representatives. If you are wondering what items to try first, Nikki’s go-to piece is the Capri and Love Tunic and Emilia’s is the Ball Skirt!

Thank you to my friend Amanda who is a wonderful photographer for these fun photos! Here are a few of my other favorites from this shoot:





This post is sponsored by Agnes and Dora Representatives, Nikki and Emilia. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Defining Danie possible!




Warby Parker lets you try glasses at HOME for free before purchasing!

If you don’t have Warby Parker on your list of businesses you purchase from, you are not living life right!  Warby Parker is a one-for-one prescription eyewear and designer sunglasses company that gives you stylish glasses and gives back to the community, what more could we want? #AmIrightladies?

I heard about their new free Home Try-On and wanted to see if there were any sunglasses that I liked so I could try this out to share with all of you! They have a quiz on their website to help you find which glasses you like, but if you go under their sunglasses category, you can find the Home Try-On buttons underneath each pair!

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With Warby Parker’s Home Try-On, you can choose five pairs of glasses you like and then you receive them at home to see which pair you like the best! So, I chose pairs that were good for wide faces and had tortoise shell and I found this pair below! I am obsessed with this pair. I really love the blonde tortoise, and I have never seen other brands with this blonde tortoise, so I became really obsessed with these!




After looking through the pictures I took, I realized I did not take any pictures of the glasses actually on myself, but I can tell you the pair that actually suited me well were the pair that I loved, the Reilly! (What’s funny is my middle name is Rylee, so it must be a coincidence? 😉 )

You can see the other pairs I tried on here:

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Griffin / Sheridan / Banks / Reilly / The Ellison are no longer available, but here is a similar pair!


After having a few days to try them on, you ship them back, Warby Parker sends you an email with each pair that you tried and then you can purchase the ones you loved the most! They really make it super simple for you.

In addition to already having amazing products, the company just came out with its new collection called the Sculpted Series where all of the glasses are handmade in Italy! Each pair of glasses are all various rich and stone-inspired hued colors, which are beautiful! My favorite pair from this collection is the Stella, because they are huge and rose-colored! Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 11.43.17 AM.png


Hope everyone loves these glasses as much as I do!

If you already have your favorite pair of Warby Parker sunglasses, share them with me on social @Danieminor13!






I am obsessed with Spicy Mustard- the color, not the condiment!

I want to talk about the color trend for fall 2016 that I have been loving and hope to see carried over some into winter.

First off, I want to start by saying: Who told so many people they couldn’t wear yellow? Whoever it was cannot be my friend (just kidding). As so many people know, my favorite color is yellow! One of the top color trends for fall 2016 is Spicy Mustard by Pantone.


Pictured above, you can see my friend Alyse and I wearing the color. We are different hair colors, different skin colors and are wearing it differently, but we are both still rocking the color!

There are many ways to also wear the color. I decided to wear my new red ballet flats with my spicy mustard cardigan, which I purchased at the Goodwill in Kent, Ohio and Alyse is rocking her spicy mustard skirt with more earthy toned jacket and scarf.


I matched my outfit with my favorite Rebecca Minkoff Sofia Clutch purse.  As you can see, Minkoff added a touch of spicy mustard into the design by including a tassel that is spicy mustard! There are so many ways that you can this goldish color into your wardrobe without making it the main focus of your outfit.


My favorite way to wear this color is definitely with a berry lip and gold accents, such as my watch in the picture above.


Curious to see if you can also rock this color, head into your favorite stores right now because this color can be found almost anywhere this season. Also, don’t Alyse and I look like an American Eagle ad? (LOL)

I’m excited to hear what your thoughts are on the color, Spicy Mustard! Share them with me in the comments below or on social media @Danieminor13 <3