Posture Holiday Gift Guide

One of the most powerful vehicles of change we have access to is how we spend our dollar. The purchases we make sanction the pursuits of the company from which we buy from. We unknowingly support bad businesses simply because we want the product then and now. We end up sacrificing more than we would care to do in our right minds simply out of impatience. With a little research, there is no need for this.

At Posture, we strongly desire to support and encourage the growth of brands owned by women, people of color, and queer identifying individuals. With this in mind, we sought out items that were making a positive impact on our bodies and the world around us.

Give gifts this holiday season with heart and intention that reaches wider than just the hands they are intended for.

 

Renewing Oil Serum: Intelligent Nutrients / $65

 

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A true does-all for any skin type, this is a winter must! Made only of clean oils like argan, acai, and active essentials, it instinctively delivers what any skin needs. Dry skin drinks it in. Oily skin finds clean balance. Dull skin lights up. Redness fades.

Intelligent Nutrients is a USDA certified organic health and beauty company created by the founder of Aveda; this female owned company is setting the standards for organic wellness and green practices in the beauty industry. The company combines state of the art plant stem cell technology and ancient aryvudic practices to create.

 

George boot: SYRO / $185

 

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Syro is a queer POC business based in New York City that refuses femme oppression and seeks to be liberators of femme expression. Heels designed for men in male sizes only, a unique bucking of the gender fluid exploitative marketing most brands are now adopting.

The boots are named after hyper masculine names for yet another knife in belly of the toxic masculinity culture that has plagued our community for years. This gorgeous caramel coloured boot is the “George”.

 

Cocktail tonics & tinctures: 18.21 Bitters  / $18.99

 

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Atlanta-based couple Missy and Kristin Koefod offer a tantalizing selection of craft cocktail mixers, bitters and tinctures. Beautifully unique flavours like personal favorite “Lavender Sea Salt” simple syrup.

 

“Laurel Canyon” votive candle: Tatine Candle / $19

 

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Margo Breznik, the owner of the Chicago based candle company, creates the candles in her industrial studio space in the heart of the windy city and uses natural essential oils and clean burning soy waxes in recycled glass jars.

Laurel Canyon is a beautiful balanced aroma that isn’t overpoweringly sweet or musky- the notes of cannabis, wildflowers, apricots, and suede are perfectly balanced.

 

“Un” cover-up concealer: RMS Beauty / $36

 

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Makeup artist Rosemary Swift created her own natural makeup line after becoming ill from the various makeup in her own kit. She is a worldwide sensation and this creamy coverup leaves the skin looking fresh and healthy without the appearance of actually having makeup on.

 

Sister Resister Long Sleeve T-Shirt: Otherwild / $45

 

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Perhaps the strongest message to come after the 2016 election, January’s Inauguration Day and all the moves made by the US Government since, has been resist—and persist. Otherwild has taken note and even taken it a step further by donating a portion of the sale of each of these cotton made-in-the-USA shirts to the ACLU.

Otherwild is Rachel Berk’s boutique/graphic design studios in Los Angeles and New York which sells wares from over 100 indie makers in stores and online as well as offering an inclusive space for the LGBTQ community, hosting workshops, readings, and parties.

 

The Rainforest Trust: Save an acre of rainforest on someone else’s behalf  / $10+

 

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The Rainforest Trust was voted to be one of the top non-profit organizations for their efficiency and transparency. And for as little as $10, you can help save a whole acre of rainforest. The Rainforest Trust works with indigenous people who are on the front lines of deforestation to help them protect their lands and all the beautifully diverse creatures within them. Give a gift that truly makes the world a better place.

Reflective collar & leash: Zoomies / $32

 

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Zoomies — founded by queer owners Susan Bartholomew and Angelique M. Graux — is a specialty pet store featuring healthy food and treats for dogs and cats, as well as a full line of in-house created accessories for your beloved furry friends. One of our favorites includes a very street-friendly reflective leash and collar enhances the visibility of your pet at night or in low-light conditions.

 

Unique flavored chocolate bars: Haute Chocolate Brooklyn / $8

 

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Haute Chocolate Brooklyn features handmade organic dark chocolate for “goddesses, bad girls and femme fatales.” This brand was created by Beryl Fine, a photographer who also creates gorgeous girl centric packaging and advertising for her brand. Her dream was to create a world where one can indulge in sweets without sacrifice, and thus Haute Chocolate was born. Clean, fabulously flavored treats await you!

 

Me And My Higher Self: A Book of Memes to Channel Your Inner Wisdom by Bunny Michael / $25.31 (US)

 

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Inspired by the wildly popular “Evil Kermit” memes, NY based rapper and artist Bunny Michael turned their instagram double self portraits into an enlightening sentiments in a series of memes that has recently become a break out craze.

The book is a hilarious romp through the human psyche pushing memes from merely sartorial enjoyment into powerful tools to discover parts of yourself in an unpretentious and unique way that speaks to all people in this modern way.

 


Posture Issue 04

Posture’s fourth print issue — The Infamous Issue — is now available for sale in our online shop.

This 168-page issue showcases original photography and exclusive interviews with creators whose fame is rooted in controversy, radicality, and rebellion. Features include Mykki Blanco, Nadya Tolokno, Andres Serrano, Gavin Rayna Russom, Chitra Ganesh, Amazon Ashley, Pandemonia, and more.

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Douglas Cornwall
Douglas Cornwall

This Detroit native has been writing since he was 13 years old. His first paying gig was dialogue scripts for an online role playing game he played obsessively. Since then, he has made wardrobe styling, costume design, hair coloring, and creative direction of brands his calling as well. He is at his most happy highest self when his schedule brings something different every day.

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