beauty & fashion: May Must-haves

April showers bring May flowers. And boy oh boy are we ready for those May flowers. Per usual, I have put together the top 4 Must-Haves for the month of May. This month I focused on finding amazing pieces that are from Minnesota small businesses that are also women-owned and operated. As you read, you may realize that all the Must-Haves this month can also be used as gift ideas. With Mother’s Day just around the corner I wanted to help you out, as well as bring some inspiration! From fashion to beauty, you are certain to find a fun new addition to either your life, or your mother’s. Don’t forget to let me know down in the comments which Must-Have you are loving most this month!

#1 Babes Against Bullshit Tee

What better way to make a statement this month than with a cool graphic tee. Not only is tee cool, but it speaks truth! How many of us women are over the bullshit we deal with, day in and day out?! You can bet, here at The Volk, we are totally over it. Which is why we are so excited to welcome this graphic tee to The Volk Boutique! With a crisp white base color, and black lettering, this shirt is essential for the warmer weather to come. What’s really cool about this tee is the fact that it is available from sizes S-2XL so snag yours now, before they are all gone! Have a badass mom who would love this tee? Why not get her one too, since Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Don’t forget to snap a pic in the tee and tag us @thevolkmagazine with #ShopTheVolk. We want to show off all of our amazing babes, but especially the ones who stand against bullshit!

#2 Sideways Cross Necklace

In need of a new necklace?! Bring light and love into your life with this beautiful, handmade in Minnesota, necklace by KKay Designs. This gorgeous accessory is made of 14k gold and created with nothing but love. Fall in love with the unique twist on a classic cross necklace and notice how this this gold-filled pendant lies horizontal at the nape of the neck, making this piece perfect for higher necklines, basic crews or deep v-necks. This piece symbolizes the freedom and liberty that comes with letting go of the burdens you carry and crosses you bear. Wear it as a reminder of your faith and trust in God’s plan. This beautiful necklace would also make a wonderful gift during this Mother’s Day season, helping bring strength and wisdom to your mother, or mother-like figure. Whether you purchase this necklace as an everyday necklace or want to save it for special occasion, you’re certain to earn compliments! How would you style this piece?!

#3 Travel Essentials Tins

Do you have any travels coming up? Or maybe you are simply a woman on the go, regardless, this travel tin definitely needs to be added to your purse, helping keep you feeling and smell fresh all day long. Essence One has created a fantastic travel size package filled with self-care essentials keeping you at your best, no matter where you are and no matter the occasion. Inside this tin you will find a honey mint lip balm (this is the chapstick I swear by!), a Refresh body and linen mist spray, a roller ball that helps boost your immune system and a couple of bandaids. What is so great about this combination is that all of the products are small enough to fit into your purse, making it easy to fit right into your life. Snag one for yourself, or gift one for Mother’s Day, because this little kit will change your life. Use code: Volk15 for a discount at checkout!

#4 The Volk Magazine

In this issue you will notice a very strong “woman empowerment” theme. Whether it be an all-female team creating an editorial, or special features of incredibly strong women, you are certain to see femininity as you flip through every page. With our dynamic mother-daughter duo on the cover (Angela and Grace Wethor) we can ensure that empowerment and inspiration are destined to find you. Since we are all about women, you will also find a Mother’s Day gift guide as well as a beautiful tribute from the women on Team Volk to their mothers and daughters. Per usual there will be plenty of eye-catching fashion and intriguing articles captivating all of your creative senses. Become a 1-year subscriber and receive all of the 2019 issues at a discounted price. Another option is to order on demand, where you can choose to receive this issue as a pdf or receive a print issue with either economy paper or premium paper, providing all of our readers a variety of options, perfect for almost any lifestyle. If this isn’t the perfect gift or addition to your home for month of May, I don’t know what is!

Whether you use this list as a gift guide for Mother’s Day or simply looking for something nice to treat yourself, while also supporting other women owned businesses, I assure you, you won’t be disappointed! Which Must-Have item are you going to incorporate into your life this month?! Let me know in the comments!


Meghanlee Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Volk Magazine. With a passion for fashion, a love for writing and her lifestyle focused around mental health; she has been able to bring all three together to create the mid-western fashion/lifestyle magazine, The Volk. Keep up to date with her and her vibrant style by following @msmeghanlee (Instagram)