23 Excellent Memorial Day Fashion Deals Worth Shopping Early

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, meaning it’s high time to nail down your warm-weather wardrobe. Curious to find the best clothing sales Memorial Day has to offer? We’re right there with you.

We’re keeping tabs on the many Memorial Day sales as they roll in, and so far this month’s blowouts are shaping up to be some of the best we’ve ever seen—perfect for kicking your summer style up a notch. Sure, the long weekend is still a ways off, but you can get a headstart on your wish list with some of the best Memorial Day deals of 2022 already live (hint: slashed prices on wedding guest dresses, chic swimsuits, and comfy leggings).

Of course, with so many great places to shop from online, it can be tricky to keep track of all the sales going on, which is why we combed through the depths of interwebs to find you the best clothing sales for Memorial Day leading up to the holiday. Whether you’re eyeing a pair of sunglasses for your next getaway or cute biker shorts to (not) work out in, you can get a head start with all the best Memorial Day clothing sales, below.

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Best Memorial Day Fashion & Accessory Sales 2022

The biggest Memorial Day sales of the month are finally here, so snag all of your discounted favorites and plenty of trending styles below.

Madewell’s Memorial Day sale is the real deal: Right now, you can score 25% off sitewide with code LONGWEEKEND. Whether you’re stocking up on white tanks or hunting down the perfect wedding guest dress, you’re guaranteed to find a few gems.

Prepare your credit cards. The mega-retailer hasn’t revealed exactly what its Half-Yearly Sale will look like, but you already know what to expect: Steals on summer staples like floral dresses, denim shorts, breezy T-shirts, and designer handbags. In the meantime, you can still shop already discounted finds.

Shopbop is a destination for all kinds of cool-girl pieces worthy of a mirror snap, like this flirty dress and this woven tote (for which we may or may not already have the tracking details). Oh, and did we mention that its Memorial Day sale is currently offering up to 50% off thousands of designer pieces?

The best Memorial Day Amazon deals always come through with the home and tech steals, but discounts in the fashion department have been equally strong (if not more) lately. Below, two must-haves for the perfect summer outfit in 2022.

Designer digs rarely go on sale at MatchesFashion, but the high-end retailer’s Memorial Day sale is the exception to the rule—and, believe us, it’s good. Right now, favorites from brands like Marni, JW Anderson, and Ganni are up to 50% off, no code necessary.

Everlane’s high-quality basics—from its jeans to its V-neck tees—are the stuff of legend. And lucky for you, select items will be 25% off from May 26 through Memorial Day.  

Summer staples like dresses, shorts, swimwear, and sandals are currently up to 50% off at Urban Outfitters, making it the perfect place to pick up elevated basics to round out your warm-weather wardrobe.

Free People is offering free express shipping on every order right now, ensuring your supersoft tees, flowy dresses, and cozy loungewear will arrive before Memorial Day. While no holiday weekend sale has been announced yet, we’ll be sprinting to checkout with these clearance items in our cart.

Surprisingly, British brand ASOS knows how to do a great Memorial Day sale. One-upping last year’s sale, everything on its site—including this mini dress and these Bella Hadid–approved cargo pants—is now 25% off.

When you’re looking for something truly unique, head to Ssense, a Montreal-based retailer that sells avant-garde finds from established designers and brand-new labels alike. The site’s legendary sale is a surplus of stylish riches, all up to 50% off.

West Coast retailer Lisa Says Gah is offering shoppers 25% off all sale styles. We checked—each piece has the vibe of a vintage find, with none of the endless thrift store searching.

Size-inclusive retailer Torrid is a primo destination for party-ready dresses, tropical swimwear, and summery accessories. And now, everything—including sale items—is 30% off, just in time for the holiday weekend.

Maisonette is a goldmine for baby, kiddo, and (new) mom gifts—and for a limited time, select styles are now up to 40% off, and you can score an additional 10% off your order with code MDW10.

Old Navy has been running some amazing sales throughout May, and they’re all culminating with one huge Memorial Day blowout: up to 60% off the entire store, from wear-everywhere tanks to elevated shorts.

Anthropologie’s Memorial Day sale is worth holding out for, since the retailer is known to discount its entire sale section for the long weekend. We can’t guarantee that’ll happen this year, but we’re adding these styles to our cart just in case.

Indie denim brand Still Here turns out vintage-inspired denim that is made and embellished by hand, and it’s offering 15% off select styles from May 26 through Memorial Day. You could always use another denim skirt, pair of shorts, or trusty jeans—especially some as well-made as these.

Best Memorial Day Activewear Sales 2022

You’ve come to the right place for all the yoga pants, running shorts, and sports bras you’ll need this summer and beyond. It’s still early, so check back soon for sale updates from athletic retailers and brands like Walmart, Zappos, and Bandier.

Tons of OV bestsellers are now up to 50% off, no code needed—but only through Memorial Day. We’re planning on living in these stretchy, buttery-soft leggings and skirts all season long.

Lululemon’s secret sale section is brimming with new markdowns that are perfect for outdoor workouts. Consider your yoga/run/brunch outfit sorted while you wait to see what the retailer’s Memorial Day sale turns out to be.

For the serious athletes and gorpcore enthusiasts among you, REI’s anniversary sale is one of the best places to stock up on brands like Brooks, The North Face, and Adidas (or score a Father’s Day gift) for up to 30% off.  

Spoiler: Backcountry is home to some pretty cute activewear. And right now, a huge chunk of its inventory is up to 50% off. You know the drill.

Best Memorial Day Swim Sales 2022

While this happens to be a great time of year to buy mattresses and home decor, you can score huge discounts on your most-loved swimwear brands. Dive into our favorite summer sales below.

Solid & Striped is kicking off summer with 25% off all of its beloved swimwear, plus free overnight shipping and same-day delivery in certain areas. It’s tough to narrow down exactly what to buy—for better or worse, it’s all cute—but we’re coveting these two beauties most of all.

Beach season is upon us, which is all the reason you need to buy a new swimsuit. And just in time for warmer weather, Aerie is currently offering 40% off all swimwear, no promo code necessary. (Plus, you’ll even get free shipping when you buy swim items.)

One of our favorite sustainable swimwear brands, Vitamin A is giving shoppers an extra 25% off select styles with code EXTRA25. (That translates to savings of up to 70% off of retail.) Dip your toes in with these newly discounted gems.

While Cuup is known for its minimalist lingerie, it’s also home to some of the best swimsuits available online. Through Memorial Day, the brand is giving shoppers $50 off orders of $200 or more and $75 off orders of $300 or more—great news if you’re finalizing your beach-bag packing list.

30 Amazon Memorial Day Deals to Shop This Second

Good news! The best Amazon Memorial Day deals have landed early for us to snag, stat. The timing is perfect: You can get a little shopping in before the holiday weekend by adding items to your cart from all of Amazon’s sections.

The mega-retailer is just one of the few destinations we browse for the best Memorial Day deals, along with Walmart, Best Buy, and Wayfair. That’s mostly due to the onslaught of sweet, sweet discounts; you can find them en masse only a few days a year, such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime Day. Since we saw how good the offerings were last year, we have a feeling that Amazon’s Memorial Day sales will be especially generous.

As for the deals themselves? We’ve got a few in our sights, and can confirm that Amazon’s coupons across its bigger verticals like tech and home put it among the best Memorial Day sales. Deals on earbuds and other Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-powered devices are already live, along with high-end vacuum cleaners and kitchen gadgets—in case your spring-cleaning spree was pushed back. Plus, Amazon’s growing verticals, such as fashion and sex toys, have deals on everything from activewear to wand vibrators.

Get ahead of your Memorial Day Weekend shopping (and beat the crowd) by adding these 30 Amazon deals to your cart.

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Amazon Memorial Day Fashion Deals

The Amazon fashion department is constantly evolving, and the retailer isn’t afraid to put even the best brands up for sale. Need a new pair of clean, white sneakers? Instagram-favorite brand APL has plenty of discount styles to choose from. And more wear-every-day staples like pajamas, classic leggings, and best-selling jeans are up for grabs at can’t-believe-it prices. (Psst: For more fashion discounts, make sure to check out our roundup of the best Memorial Day clothing sales.)

Amazon Memorial Day Beauty Deals 2022

Amazon has a huge beauty range—and, helpfully, even divides it between budget-friendly buys and more premium picks. Intrigued? You’re in luck, because products from both sections are on sale before Memorial Day.

Right now you can snag facial devices, like Foreo’s Bear micro-current device—about which one Glamour writer said: “After one week my cheekbones looked like they had returned fresh from a filler tweak-ment”—at a steep discount. The Dermaflash Luxe exfoliating tool is now $50 off too, and other items on sale at the moment include vanity mirrors and stylers.

Amazon Memorial Day Home Deals 2022

If you didn’t have the chance to give your space a spring refresh, it’s not too late. In fact, it’s a good thing, because you can now save some cash while you’re at it. As we dove into the rabbit hole that is Amazon’s home section, the sales did not disappoint. Need a new mattress? There are plenty of mattress sales to shop, with many clocking in below the $500 price point.

Bella Hadid’s Dress at Cannes Film Festival Has a Fascinating History

The dress was designed by Gianni Versace himself, per Yahoo! Life, for Austrian opera singer Helga Dernesch for a performance of Salomé at the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in 1987. (Here’s Dernesch in the dress; unfortunately she’s almost completely in shadow.)

Of course, we’d expect nothing less from Hadid, who wore one of the most stunning looks at last year’s Cannes as well: a black dress with an ornate Elsa Schiaparelli tree-style breastplate over her chest.

CANNES, FRANCE – JULY 11: Model Bella Hadid attends the “Tre Piani (Three Floors)” screening during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 11, 2021 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)Marc Piasecki

In addition to having a flair for the dramatic, Bella Hadid has been big into black lately, fully representing for the goth girls at the 2022 Met Gala, where she wore a caped Burberry ensemble that we could honestly see on any Alto. For the after party, she combined nipple pasties, a corset, Marie Antoinette-style sleeves, fishnets, stockings, a woven bag, and strappy sandals to create an outfit that can only be described as So Much Look, So Little Fabric. She doesn’t miss!

And she’s not the only A-lister to make a statement. The 2022 Cannes Film Festival red carpet has provided us with a bevy of looks, most of them single-color. Not a ton of patterns this year, though we are seeing volume, dramatic silhouettes, and lots and lots of jewels. Take a look at some of the other gorgeous gowns here.

6 Memorial Day Outfit Ideas You’ll Want to Wear All Summer

All of a sudden, summer is here—and with the first long weekend of the season fast approaching, it’s high time to plan your Memorial Day outfits. This year, the holiday (and unofficial start of summer) falls on Monday, May 30, bringing vacation days, backyard barbecues, and warm weather along for the ride.

With so much to celebrate, this highly-anticipated holiday is your first chance to kick off the new season in style—and shop the best Memorial Day sales 2022 has to offer. Whether you’re traveling to a new destination, hitting the beach for the first time in months, or gathering with loved ones at a picnic, you know you can’t wait to break out your favorite summer dresses, wicker totes, and straw hats.

If you need some inspiration for your Memorial Day outfits, you’ve come to the right place. And while you’ll probably be able to repurpose your existing wardrobe, you can hit up some pretty amazing early Memorial Day clothing sales to fill in the gaps. Ahead, six no-fail Memorial Day outfit ideas that’ll make you the best-dressed person at any event.

Cropped Shirt + Wide-Leg Trousers

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White-on-white is the definition of casual elegance. And since this look relies on cooling materials and loose silhouettes, it’s ideal for outdoor events. (Just watch out for mustard drips at your family’s cookout.) While tonal white clearly works well, don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite colors—you might prefer a strappy lime green top or faded blue denim instead of white jeans

White Button-Down + Jeans + Bucket Hat

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Emily Weiss Is Stepping Down as Glossier’s Chief Executive Officer

Glossier founder Emily Weiss is stepping down as the makeup and skincare brand’s CEO, effective immediately. Kyle Leahy, formerly the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, will assume the role, with Weiss staying on as Executive Chairwoman.

Weiss announced the decision in a lengthy letter to the “Glossier Community,” which you can read in full here. In the announcement, she wrote,

“I’ve had the privilege of not just being Glossier’s founder since 2014, but also its CEO…I’ve always thought of these titles as unique from one another: A founder is a forever identity, one that starts with a kernel of an idea and never ends. I will always be Glossier’s founder. But a CEO is the champion that a company looks to, to lead it into tomorrow. From my observation, the greatest companies in the world understand this distinction and make sure that the CEO seat is always filled with the right person to take it where it needs to go for its brightest next chapter. 

Every year I reflect on Glossier, and specifically, the ever-evolving role of the CEO in our young company’s lifecycle. I check in and ask myself the same question: Am I the best person to lead the company, for where we are and where we’re headed? And if not, who is? This year, as has often been the case with some of our proudest and most pivotal moments at Glossier, a person inspired a new direction: her name is Kyle Leahy, and I’m thrilled to announce that she’s stepping up into the CEO role.”

Weiss touted Leahy’s experience at brands like Nike, Cole Haan and American Express, and added that she, Weiss, would stay involved in the company’s major projects, like the New York flagship store, expected to open in SoHo next year.

Emily Weiss posted a picture of herself with Leahy to her Instagram as well.

Billie Eilish Says People Laughing at Her Tourette Syndrome Leaves Her ‘Incredibly Offended’

In a new interview, Billie Eilish opened up about her experience having Tourette syndrome, calling her tics “very exhausting.”

Speaking with David Letterman on his Netflix show, My Guest Needs No Introduction, Billie started talking about having Tourette syndrome after having a tic on camera. “If you film me for long enough, you’re gonna see lots of tics,” she said. 

Billie was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 11. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tourette syndrome is a condition of the nervous system that causes people to experience tics, or “sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people do repeatedly.” Since she was diagnosed, Billie said some of her tics have faded with age, while she experiences others regularly.

While Billie said many of her tics aren’t obvious to people around her, and often don’t appear while she’s onstage or moving around, she said they’re tiring to experience. “These are things you would never notice if you’re just having a conversation with me,” she said, “but for me, they’re very exhausting.”

When people do notice her tics, Billie said they often don’t know how to react.

“The most common way that people react is they laugh because they think I’m trying to be funny…and I’m always left incredibly offended by that,” she said. 

Still, Billie said she’s happy to talk about having Tourette syndrome, which is in line with her openness about her experience with her mental health overall. Billie has spoken in the past about having depression and panic attacks right around the time she started getting famous. 

“It’s funny. When anyone else thinks about Billie Eilish at 14, they think of all the good things that happened,” she told Rolling Stone in 2019. “But all I can think of is how miserable I was. How completely distraught and confused. Thirteen to 16 was pretty rough.”

Talking about having Tourette syndrome, Billie said, has led her to realize that she’s not alone.

“What’s funny is so many people have it that you would never know,” Billie said. “A couple artists came forward and said, ‘I’ve actually always had Tourette’s,’ and I’m not gonna out them because they don’t wanna talk about it, but that was actually really interesting to me.”

This post originally appeared on Teen Vogue.

Joanna Vargas Drops Her Skin-Care Routine

When a celebrity hits the red carpet, you expect a stunning outfit with flawless hair and makeup. But what really makes a red carpet appearance is healthy glowing skin. The trademark Hollywood glow spotted on our favorite stars seems to be exclusive to the red carpet, but it’s usually thanks to extensive skin care prep and treatments. Simply put: No, they did not wake up like this. 

It’s not the cameras and flashing lights, but facialist Joanna Vargas who keeps celebs looking fresh faced. Vargas, whose clients include Mindy Kaling, Vanessa Hudgens, and both Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, is one of Hollywood’s go-to pros and the founder of her own eponymous skin-care line

Despite the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Vargas believes high quality beauty products should be available for everyone, which is why she’s teaming up with Dove for the brand’s Body Love collection. “I really think that beauty should be accessible to everybody,” Vargas tells Glamour. “I always recommend high and low. I don’t think you need to spend a million dollars on product in order to get good product or have good skin.” 

In fact, achieving a celeb-worthy glow is easier than you think. “People tend to overthink the art of applying skincare,” she says. “You could just do a simple, upward motion, hand over hand application. It’s really stimulating for the skin and increases circulation. You don’t have to be an expert applier to just do that.” 

When it comes your skin-care routine, Vargas also has a simple method. “People get confused about which product goes when in the routine. It’s always lightest to heaviest: Hyaluronic acid serum, oil-based serum or moisturizer on top, and then sunscreen is the order I recommend for best penetration,” she says. 

As for Vargas herself, the unofficial queen of facials gets regular treatments at her spa, including micro needling with radio frequency, mirco currents, acid peels, and face massages. (“It’s an important blend, it’s like baking a cake.”) Her biggest skin-care concern? “The fact that I’m 51,” she says. “You want to feel like you look your best for where you are in your life. Trying to stay fresh-looking when you travel a lot or when you’re tired is really my biggest concern.”

Ahead, Joanna Vargas shares the products that keep her fresh faced. 

My cleanser

I use my own Vitamin C Face Wash for my face. I love it because it has salicylic acid in it, which reduces inflammation and is very brightening for the skin. It keeps the pores clean. I don’t feel like I need to do deep pore cleanses ever because I use that product every day and evening.

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash 40

My toner

I tend to not use toner; when I do, I use Thayers witch hazel with aloe vera or infused with rose oil because it’s super hydrated. It’s anti-inflammatory and refreshing for the skin.

Thayers Original Facial Toner

My serums

In the daytime I will do my Eden Rejuvenating Pro Serum, which is a hyaluronic acid stem cell serum, and then my Rejuvenating Antioxidant Oil Serum, which is a face oil more geared towards omega three fatty acids. It’s got argon oil, so it’s an antioxidant-rich serum. 

Joanna Vargas Eden Rejuvenating Pro Serum

Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Antioxidant Oil Serum

My moisturizer 

I do my Eden Pro Moisturizer as the finishing touch. It is a ceramide moisturizer, which holds hydration in the skin. It helps keep my skin hydrated all day long. I love to wear it under makeup.

Eden Hydrating Pro Moisturizer

My sunscreen

I use Supergoop Glowscreen. It’s easy. It goes on really well over my skincare and doesn’t make me feel too clogged up . I use their translucent powder for reapplication at the end of the day.

Supergoop Glowscreen

Supergoop (Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35

My lip balm

I’m obsessed with Sara Happ. So good. Nothing makes my lips feel more hydrated, and it’s very repairing.

Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Lip Balm

My devices

I use my own Magic Glow Wand all the time when I’m doing a sheet mask or over my exfoliating mask because it massages the skin. It’s got cryotherapy in it or a heat application for when I exfoliate, which I love. As far as another device I really love, there’s a brand called Current Body. They have the LED face mask that I really love.

Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand

Currentbody Skin LED Mask

My body care

The Dove bar of soap has always been a favorite. Dove Body Love uses premium skincare ingredients. I thought that was a little bit unusual for the price point. Normally, people just put a bunch of stuff in a bottle and sell it. But they have hyaluronic acid serum, vitamin C salicylic peptides, vitamin E, plus aloe. You can really see a difference in your skin immediately, which is one of my rules. You shouldn’t have to use a product for weeks before you notice a difference in your skin. 

Dove White Deep Moisture Beauty Bar Soap

Dove Body Love Moisture Boost

Ariana Yaptangco is the senior beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @arianayap.

So Now Everyone Loves Anne Hathaway

The main charge is not that Anne Hathaway is untalented or undeserving of celebrity. It’s an issue with her perceived personality. She has been labeled annoying, somehow both over-eager and smug, try-hard but also weirdly honest, un-funny. Consider this 2015 exchange between two hosts of the radio show Dish Nation, when the name “Anne Hathaway” came up.

Host one: I love her.

Host two: You love her, but I guess there are a lot of people—there are actually people called “Hathahaters.”

Host one: –‘Cause she’s so awesome.

Host two: No, I think it’s because they think she thinks she’s so awesome.

It’s textbook—one person is a vehement defender, the other is, under the guise of rationality, trying to catch her somehow tricking us. These critiques are clearly based to some degree in her gender. “The anti-Hathers were a stark reminder that public-facing women aren’t allowed to want things, or they’ll be sentenced to an eternity in internet hell,” Jill Gutowitz wrote in Vice in 2019. “The baseless hate was textbook misogyny.”

It’s true that Hathaway’s public tone seems to awake some ancient internal anxiety about gender. No male celebrity in recent memory has cooked up this flavor of public disdain. (Ed Sheeran might be the closest—he is a writer, so critiques of his lyrics are more fair game when it comes to analyzing his character than critiques of Hathaway’s tossed off red carpet quotes.) Vitriol towards Hathaway seems to stream from the same source as vitriol towards Katherine Heigl, and to some degree, Jennifer Lawrence. Famous people are, in general, eager to please, attention-seeking perfectionists, since that is what pays for their jets and property portfolios. One of Hathaway’s crimes seems to be that she doesn’t disguise this longing as successfully as her peers. She isn’t “chill.” She gets emotional.

There is sexism implicit in collective hatred towards Anne Hathaway. But surely the end-game of sexism isn’t that no woman should ever be called annoying. Male celebrities get called annoying. Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost titled his memoir A Very Punchable Face because, well, it’s true. Benedict Cumberbatch’s hotness or lack thereof has been discussed publicly enough to surely drive him into a few hundred hours of extra therapy. Justin Bieber, for all the adoration he receives, has also been roasted to a crisp. The difference is that male celebrities get to have obvious flaws and still be widely beloved. They get to age. They get to say dumb things and be forgiven.

Anne Hathaway’s fans were always right about her talent. Her new fans like her because she finally seems perfect.

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter. 

Kristen Stewart Got an Asymmetric Lob, and It Looks Incredible

If Kristen Stewart does something with her hair, I immediately want to do that thing with my own hair. For years, I pined for short haircuts like the shaggy, white-blonde one she’s ultimately become known for over the course of her career. Last year, I bit the bullet and finally cropped all my hair off into a pixie — that’s the exact moment Stewart started growing hers out. God dammit. 

These days, Stewart has been slowly but surely letting her hair extend farther and farther past her shoulders, and it seems she’s recently cut it into an asymmetric lob that’s got me salivating for longer hair once again. I can never know peace. 

Stewart has been seen wearing the haircut on the red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival in France — as recently as today, May 24, at a photocall for her upcoming film Crimes of the Future. In a bright yellow-blonde hue with her naturally sandy brown hair color peeking through at the roots, this hair sweeps right at Stewart’s collarbone on her left side and slightly higher on the right. 

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Could this just be the result of a very extreme side-part? Potentially. One way or another… I have to have this hair now. I don’t care all that much that my current hair barely even grazes my neck it’s so short — I’ll bite the bullet and take all the Biotin and slather my entire existence in rosemary oil if it means that I can have hair that looks anything like this. It’ll take forever, but that’s the price I pay. Thanks, Kristen Stewart

This story originally appeared on allure.com.

Live Tinted’s Deepica Mutyala in Conversation With Common Heir’s Cary Lin

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On overcoming imposter syndrome

Cary: For anyone looking at starting something, that feeling of fear and butterflies and like you shouldn’t be here is actually a great signal that you should be doing this. There’s a thin line between being scared and leaning into the experience of something that’s going to be the path of highest growth and development for you, because it means you’re challenging yourself and taking up space. Enjoy the discomfort and take it as a sign that you’re doing something really special or that you’re doing something you’re not going to regret.

Deepica: You just nailed it. That’s exactly it. I’m going to remind myself what you just said all the time because it’s so real. It’s also surrounding yourself with people that remind you to knock fear out of your head, whether that’s friends, mentors, family, even coworkers. The people I work with, they snap that out of me and tell me I deserve to be here. You’re in this space for a reason. I hope you realize how much you’re meant to be here.

Cary: May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and I feel like Asian Americans and discussing mental health feels very taboo. In broader society, it’s becoming more accepted as self-care and wellness expands a bit, but even in my community with my parents, they don’t want to talk about it as much. One thing that has really helped me is therapy. Having that safe space to talk about the mental health issues that come with being on social media, or being a female founder of color, where I can be vulnerable has helped me a lot too.

Deepica: I agree. Therapy has been a game changer.

On the importance of mentorship

Deepica: I have a question for you. What can I do to help and support other founders?

Cary: I know you’re busy and folks are busy, so the things that have helped most is being really comfortable and blunt on a very specific problem, like dealing with a relationship with a manufacturer or [saying], “I’ve had a male investor do this and how am I supposed to navigate it?” It feels safer to talk to someone who has been through it. Even if that’s 15 minutes of your time, that would be so helpful. 

Deepica: I’m a big Voice Note person. So we can do Voice Notes back and forth to each other. Finding time on a calendar is difficult, but in between meetings, listening to a Voice Note and then responding when I can. I try to do those as short and concise as possible because you don’t need the fluff answers. Let’s do it. I’m in.

On staying true to your company

Cary: How do you keep true to your values when your company is growing? 

Deepica: This is what I spend my time thinking about. The special sparkle of the brand is its values. The best thing I’ve been able to do, with some mistakes along the way, is focus on who we hire because their passion and how much they love working at the brand comes through. Take the time to really get the qualified person in the role, which I know is hard at your size right now. When I was there, it was trial and error. But keep this in mind as you’re going through the interviewing process.