These days, it’s hard to imagine the world without the web. When we’re planning a trip, we head to a travel blog. When we want the latest news, we log on instead of turning to the television. And that’s because there are so many fantastic sites out there. With that in mind, we set out to find the very best lifestyle websites for women. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh or learn, check out these amazing lifestyle sites, stat.
Grace Bonney launched Design*Sponge way back in 2004. In the years since, the site has become our home on the web for all things décor, design, DIY, travel, food, and more. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way; Design*Sponge reaches more than a million readers each day. Despite the huge readership, there is a real sense of community, almost as though you’re among friends. Plus, Bonney maintains a mini-blog on Design*Sponge’s Instagram, where you’ll find snippets of her life and sneak peeks at the latest Design*Sponge projects.
Category: Home décor and design
Maybe you’re a foodie. Maybe you’re a newbie in the kitchen. Maybe you need new cooking tips and tricks. Either way, you’ll be right at home at The Kitchn. The website – a sister to Apartment Therapy – is devoted to making home cooking fun (or fun again). The articles are short and snappy, easy to read, and user-friendly. There’s kitchen organisation hacks, recipes for the busy woman-on-the-go, and a huge list of how-tos. By the time you’ve subscribed to the site and read the book, you’ll be a home cooking pro.
Category: Home cooking, recipes, food
New York magazine’s The Cut blog takes a deep dive “into a woman’s world,” but in its own way. Nothing is off limits at The Cut. One article might cover workplace inequality, while another might cover Kate Middleton’s latest outfit. Whatever the topic, The Cut makes it its mission to inject intelligence and a heavy dose of humour. (Trust us, you will laugh out loud.) We particularly appreciate the in-depth essays and celebrity profiles. The Cut is one of the rare publications that isn’t afraid of telling the truth, and that’s never a bad thing.
Category: Style, wellness, love, culture
Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.
Women & Tech
The concept behind Women & Tech is a little different. Here’s how it works: Women & Tech will, over a period, invite 50 women in the tech world “out for coffee.” These women might be developers, founders, designers – it doesn’t matter. On said coffee date, they’ll be interviewed on the ins and outs of the tech scene. Then, Women & Tech will publish the interview. As a reader, you can follow along and show your support for the concept and the women – and you can even launch your own series. Trust us: this is a movement.
Think about why you love Vice. Investigative journalism? Deep dives into countercultures and taboos? Moving documentaries? Broadly, a Vice vertical, encompasses all these elements (and more) but with a women-centric bent. Broadly is a learning experience. On any given day, you might discover how gender stereotypes affect your diet or watch a short documentary on how young women in Nepal are becoming living goddesses. One thing is for sure: you’ll never leave without something to think about.
Category: Sex, drugs, politics, culture
Tiny Atlas Quarterly.
Tiny Atlas Quarterly
The feeling you get when you receive a personal postcard. The incredible beauty of a travel photograph. And the instant gratification of the web. If you combine those three things, you’ll get Tiny Atlas Quarterly. Founded by a group of creatives, Tiny Atlas Quarterly features stunning travel photography and stories, usually revolving around a theme or season. The only problem? By the time you’ve finished clicking through, you’ll have a severe case of wanderlust. Proceed with caution (and a sense of adventure).
If you’re not already familiar, UN Women is the United Nations organisation dedicated to empowering women and ensuring gender equality around the world. On the organisation’s website, you’ll find a rundown of the primary issues that are fundamental to women’s equality, from political participation to ending violence against women. The jewel in the crown, though, is the “Get Involved” section. Here, you can find out how to join a campaign, donate, or raise awareness. Adding this site to your bookmarks? It’s a no-brainer.
Category: Women’s rights
Years ago, in an iconic speech, Hillary Clinton reminded the world that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Everyday Feminism is your go-to site for carrying on that message. Here, you can read stories that will teach you how to incorporate and apply feminism to your everyday life. By doing so, Everyday Feminism believes everyone will be free “to be who we are, love who we love, and live in peace.” If that’s not reason enough to add this site to your bookmarks, we don’t know what is.
Category: Women’s rights
The Dodo’s motto is short and sweet: for the love of animals. If you love animals – and more important, care about their wellbeing – make The Dodo a go-to site. Every day, guaranteed, The Dodo will publish a story that will move you, inspire you, or empower you. It might be a story about bears who are finally living a life free from chains. Or maybe it’s an image of a cat who has convinced a flock of sheep to follow him. Either way, you’ll leave with a smile on your face – and maybe the compulsion to change an animal’s life.
Category: Animals and pets
If you want to add a little cosmic guidance to your life, head to Astrostyle for a generous helping. Here, Ophira and Tali Edut, better known as the AstroTwins, share horoscopes, charts, and books for every sign. You can check out your daily, weekly and monthly horoscopes. You can learn about your particular star sign. You can do a free birth chart. And if all this isn’t enough, you can schedule a one-on-two reading with the AstroTwins from anywhere in the world. (Yes, your reading can be done over Skype.)
Category: Astrology and horoscopes
The Great Discontent
When you’re craving inspiration, make sure you stop in at The Great Discontent and settle in for some reading. This online magazine features conversations with “today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers.” Each interview covers how the subject started out in their chosen field; how they feed their creativity, and how taking risks factors into their work. The site mostly focuses on rising stars and up-and-comers, which means the reader feels like they’re being let in on a well-kept secret. Who can say no to that?
Category: People and profiles
Sara Dietschy, profiled on The Great Discontent.
You don’t have to look far on the web to encounter a negative comment, trolling, or worse. If you hate it as much as the rest of us, head to Hello Giggles. Hello Giggles aims to create a positive space on the web for women. The editorial team covers a plethora of topics, from friendship to style to careers – even the tricky stuff. But every piece of content is published with a positive spin. The ethos is simple: to inspire a smile. Thankfully, Hello Giggles has gone above and beyond to accomplish their mission.
Category: Culture, positivity, female empowerment
In this day and age, with new artists and music popping up by the second, it can be hard to keep up. Thankfully, the team behind EarMilk keeps its ears to the ground and does the work for us. EarMilk is a group of “journalists, musicians, and fanatics” who share their latest discoveries on the site. With a quick read, you could easily discover more new artists than a flick through your Spotify account. Plus, editorial series such as Flashback Friday and Mashup Mondays help make old tunes feel new again.
When Refinery29 launched in 2005, they were an online fashion destination. These days, the site is a full-fledged lifestyle site covering a little bit of everything. An article featuring fruit punch recipes might sit alongside an essay on what it feels like to switch political parties. And that’s exactly what makes Refinery29 a website to know and love. You never know what you’re going to get, but as Refinery29 says, they will deliver “nonstop inspiration to live a more creative life.”
Demi Lovato, profiled on Refinery29.
It’s no big secret that the web has changed the way we consume the news. Now, we have 24/7 access to global events and current affairs, and we can dive deeper into the issues that matter to us. This is where Mic.com comes in. The online-only brand tracks breaking news in real time, publishing multiple stories every day. The editorial team also covers the bigger issues at play in the world with in-depth reports and videos. You can consider Mic.com a one-stop shop for anyone looking to make sense of this changing world.
Autostraddle is run by a small editorial team of just six full-time staff. But you wouldn’t know because the site is teeming with articles for “multiple generations of kickass lesbian, bisexual and otherwise inclined ladies.” New pieces arrive every day, including some fantastic magazine-style feature articles. That’s the good news. The even-better news is that no topic is off limits. From relationships to TV shows to politics, Autostraddle applies a “queer sensibility to everything.”
Category: Feminism and LGBT
Looking for a recap of the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Searching for an interview with Ryan Gosling? New York magazine’s entertainment sub-site, Vulture, has it all (and then some). Better yet, the fun never stops. Vulture publishes around the clock. If you’re battling insomnia, you can log on and be the first to know about Solange’s new album. If you’re an early riser, you can jump in and kickstart your day alongside an Emily Blunt video. If you’re obsessed with pop culture, it is the only place to be.
Category: Entertainment and pop culture
Style Me Pretty
For the modern bride-to-be, there’s one resource that outshines the others: Style Me Pretty. The website is overflowing with resources, tips, proposal stories, DIY projects – and best of all, real wedding profiles. Yes, no matter what type of bride you are and what kind of wedding you want to have, you’ll find the inspiration you need to plan your day. A casual summer wedding? No problem. A romantic winter wedding? Consider yourself covered. A destination wedding in Australia? As easy as pie.
The Huffington Post is a publishing machine, which can mean it is hard to keep up. Happily, the site devotes a section to women’s voices and the stories that matter to women. Covering everything from rape culture to politics to women’s rights, HuffPost Women is no joke. (We wouldn’t expect anything less from a site founded by Arianna Huffington, though.) The site hits hard and makes you feel all the feelings, but fills the gaps with lighter fare such as a list covering what The First Wives Club taught us.
Category: News and opinion