by Meghan McAllister
The term ‘girl boss’ has existed in our vocabulary ever since Sophia Amoruso put out her book by the same name in 2014.
It's 2017 and the #girlboss trend isn’t going anywhere. Now more than ever, women feel empowered to be themselves and kick ass in and out of the workplace. So what's a girl boss?
A girl boss knows who she is and actively adds meaning to her life. Nothing defines the term, #girlboss better a woman who owns her own business, right?
That's why we've rounded up four girl bosses who are totally killing it on Etsy that you need to know about. Check 'em out below!
Cat Coquillette of Cat Coq
Cat is originally from Kansas City but now travels the world as a location-independent artist who currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand (talk about dream job)! Her Etsy shop and business, CatCoq is an illustration and design brand where she offers her work in a variety of mediums.
On her shop, you'll find colorful and abstract prints that catch your eye, perfect to be framed for your gallery wall. More recently, she designed the spring FabFitFun box, which has already shipped to half a million people. She's also worked with fun brands like Urban Outfitters and ModCloth. Killin' it.
Olivia Luko of Hats by Olivia
The original pom-pom hat came from the brains of Olivia Luko, the CEO and Founder of Hats by Olivia. If you didn’t already know, Hats by Olivia took Instagram by storm last year over summer. It seemed like every influencer had a token post in one of her hats.
The beautiful handmade hats are the perfect addition to any summer beach outfit. In March, Olivia made the decision to leave her full-time corporate job in order to properly pursue Hats by Olivia. We don’t see her growth slowing down anytime soon.
Lindzi Shanks of The Trendy Sparrow
If you love cozy sweatshirts and playful sayings, you’ll love the Trendy Sparrow. Lindzi was initially a psychology major with the intent to get a PhD to become a professor. The Trendy Sparrow started as her side job in college but it took off and quickly grew into more than she expected.
Eventually, Lindzi postponed getting a PhD to run her store full time. Today, her shop includes adorable prints, coffee mugs, and apparel having recently extended her line.
Not only is Lindzi the owner and CEO of one company, but two! She also co-owns XO Marshmallow, a gourmet marshmallow company opening a café in Rogers Park this summer.
She even blogs on the side. That’s a #girlboss.
Alexandra of GloryBoon
These days, beautiful cosmetics certainly aren't hard to come by but Alexandra has elevated her offering to a whole 'nother level with GloryBoon. Not only are Alexandra's cosmetic products pretty —they're organic and vegan!
In 2012, a battle with acne and eczema led her to realize that the ingredients in her favorite products were the cause of her skin trouble. By combining her art and science education, she created her own cosmetic line after a failed search for other organic makeup brands.
Her latest collection, Passport to Paradise, features all the summer beauty items you need in beautiful, palm print packaging. We can't wait to see whatever she comes up with next!
Meghan McAllister is a Chicago-based twenty something, soon-to-be DePaul graduate and aspiring publicist. She is also the founder of the life and style blog, Lincoln Park Minute, where she combines her love for all things lifestyle.