If you were to take a browse around The Mint Sweater Boutique, you'd notice that we have a very specific look at our clothes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We don't just carry anything in our boutique, no, our items are specifically curated for a Mint Sweater Girl. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •If you are the girl who loves to follow the latest trends and keep up with what everyone else is wearing lately, we're not for you. We ARE for the girl who loves to be her own trendsetter, the girl who can take trends as inspiration and then make them her own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •If you are the girl who genuinely loves to care what others think of how you look in your clothes and will wear what others want her to, we're not for you. We ARE for the girl who'd rather wear what she wants to make herself feel happy and confident in her own skin. Who is ready to break free from the opinions of others and no longer let them dictate what SHE wears. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •If you're the kind of girl who loves having that relationship where she walks into her closet and feels as if she has nothing to wear, none of her clothes look good on her, she thrives on the frustration because it's apart of her daily routine-what would she do without it? We're not for you. We ARE for the girl who loves being able to walk into her closet and have clothes that she can throw on any day and feel effortlessly beautiful in her outfit. Clothes that are comfortable, with that casual cute style that make her feel confidently herself. She loves cultivating a relationship with her clothes that creates a positive experience in her everyday life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are for the girl who wears clothes because they make her happy, they allow her to feel undeniably herself, NOT because it's what society tells her what she should wear and what she is supposed to look like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you're that kind of girl, well friend you may just be a MInt Sweater Girl with your very own curated closet just for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can shop now via the link in bio or tap the post to see a peek at what we have in store for you.
with everything going on in the world right now, in the last few weeks if you've been feeling overwhelmed, sad-maybe even a little depressed, can't get out of bed, all the thoughts running through your head just keeping bringing you down and somehow you find yourself comparing yourself to everyone else and feeling worse about how they are handling things better than you are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If I can share anything with you today, it's that...well, that's exactly how I've been feeling the last few weeks. And then I feel guilty for being so selfish and comparing myself when there are more important things I need to be focusing on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But then I had a couple of chats with some girlfriends which started off just to catch up, then turned into sharing how hard things have been for us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's when I was reminded of something important. Something I learned from Brene Brown in her first book she ever wrote, I thought it was just me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even in the title, I Thought It Was Just Me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brene Brown writes about shame. When we get down on ourselves and we let ourselves think and think- those thoughts take us on a downward spiral to SHAME. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And in our shame, what shame thrives on, is isolation. Shame makes us feel like we are the only ones feeling our pain and we should be embarrassed and full of guilt and, well, shamed about our pain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She also shares the solution. Connection. The antidote to shame is connection. Taking the time to talk to a friend and confide in each other about how things have been hard for us and how we feel embarrassed about our hardships; talking and connecting and expressing that we BOTH feel this way alleviates us of the biggest symptom of shame- alone, isolated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Connection, talking with others, sharing and confiding- these are what allow us to draw out the darkness of our pain and shine light on our feelings, experiences, emotions, and perspectives/mindsets. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The bottom line we need one another, our connection is the answer. With connection we can find comfort & clarity.
When Jess of @blessthemessy shared this post, I immediately wanted to re-share it as she spoke way better on many of the feelings we've all been going through and put thoughts into words that a lot of us may have been struggling to find.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, I still knew that when I did first speak out it needed to come from me, in my own words, from my own heart, to share what I and The Mint Sweater were going to do, to do our part, for the Black Lives Matter Movement.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, I still go back and read her post and many others and today I did want to share her words and her post with you all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Beautiful graphic and words by Jess of @blessthemessy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dear ones,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like many of you I have seen and heard and witnessed the racial injustice making its way around our screens, again. I need you to know that while this may shock some of you it’s not new. And if these are the cases caught on video think of the countless instances of people dying in secret, in hate, in fear.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Black Friends and folks, I’m sorry we continue to fail you. That our systems continue to fail you. I’m sorry you have to be constantly triggered and retraumatized when these things come into the light.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ White Friends and folks, we need to stop sharing these unthinkable terrors and do the work. We have the privilege of looking away, swiping away, or setting down our phone when things feel uncomfortable. Don’t. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The only way to truly unlearn is to walk straight into the discomfort. Listen to POC for what we can do to change things, share plans, funds, knowledge, and our spot to speak at the table, to those who can actually teach us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Black and Brown folks already fear, they don’t need to be reminded just because we’re all of a sudden being enlightened.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Take care of each other.
I saw an image on social media of a woman holding a sign at a Black Lives Matter march that read, All mothers were summoned when George Floyd called out for his momma.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And it reminded me of some thoughts I've been having lately as we are working to make changes here within The Mint Sweater and how we hope to help make changes in our industries and other businesses we see/follow on social media.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A popular hashtag used is #womensupportingwomen #womenempoweringwomen and this sisterhood proclaimed among us in the creative/influencer/blogging/female entrepreneur world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My thought was, just like that sign, as a sisterhood- as a league of women- when one of us is struggling, is negatively impacted by our society, by racism, by the systems herein place- we are all called to stand with her. We have always been called to stand by her. Not because she asks, not out of obligation, not because of guilt, not because it's a rule or how it will makes us look, and not because she may or may not need it, but because we love her, because she matters to us, because if we can do anything we want to.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are so many other thoughts we could add here, but we want to just simply say that if you are using these hashtags, if you are proclaiming to be a part of this sisterhood, feminism, and standing to support women and each other we hope you stand by your words. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have all been called to the frontlines to stand with one another when it comes to sisterhood here. When one of us is fighting a battle we are all here to fight with her and we hope the women of the Black Lives Matter community and female Black-owned businesses who see these hashtags know that they are not just hearing words, we are here to stand by them and to face these challenges to make systematic changes...because as women we really do have a special bond to be there for each other- that's what makes our connections, our relationships so beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That is truly the meaning of sisterhood and those hashtags.
Today is Juneteenth day also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day. Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, the day that federal troops arrived in Texas to ensure that all enslaved people were freed. A day of importance in U.S. history that we celebrate, but can also learn from. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have included some slides to show how we can all learn more and educate ourselves more on the history of Juneteenth and as we celebrate today and remind ourselves of the importance of freedom and equality for the Black community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let today also be a reminder to continue taking action no matter how small and regardless if you won't see the fruition of your actions immediately or in your lifetime. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What matters is that you do your little bit of good where you are as you continue along your journey to learn, grow, and expand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The good bits of the world, small or large, matter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do it, not for the reward you receive or the attention it provides you or the recognition, do it because making this world a better place matters. Do it for others because they deserve to live in a better world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do your little bit of good for the world because it has nothing to do with you, but it has everything to do with changing the lives of others, their wellbeing, and this world for the better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Know that every little bit of good you do can make a difference even if you don't see the results or receive anything in return, take action as if every bit of good you do and send out into the world can make a difference. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Slides by @_thistlethings and graphics by @eyeswoon and ending slides by @theeverygirl (read their blog post by heading to their profile for link)
this cutie summer set- named after this cutie @eli_bang - is going to be your new go-to outfit for the next couple months.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hot? Humid? want to be comfortable but still cute? Want to look effortlessly stylish like you just threw something on but still look amazing- almost as if you don't even have to try to look cute?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yeah, welcome to the Eli Bang world. Always the stinkin' cutest in the bunch without even trying.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Snag your own set and go out with a bang this summer by shopping via link in bio or tap post for details.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by our boutique photographer: @cshmidtphoto
a huge topic that keeps popping up online and in our personal conversations outside of social media, defunding the police.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What does that mean? what does that entail? Is it possible? What will it mean for us?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had the same questions when we wanted to educate ourselves more on Defunding the Police. That's why we had to share this resource from @the.wing -You can watch the replay on the discussion with Josie Duffy Rice & Derecka Purnell where they talk and educate on the details of Defunding the Police.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you find yourself hearing about discussions related to this topic, but you aren't sure what it means? Or, honestly, we'd just like to encourage anyone to do their research and educate themselves like watching this video before speaking on the topic or sharing an opinion...OR if you want to help educate others and want to point them in the direction to learn for themselves as well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUC_PSyy7G8⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or you can head to @the.wing to learn more about their resources and topics they cover regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.