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insta files friday: totally cool business women

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shop through a filtered window.

As much as I love snagging a bargain piece at H&M, or stocking up on staples from Zara, there's nothing quite like supporting independent brands and shops.
Thanks to Instagram, I've been able to find the coolest stores for everything from vintage dresses to hand-stitched leather accessories.

View the gallery to check out 11 shop owners who not only have the hottest store offerings, but also totally dominate the Instagram game.
 
Fair Warning: This could be rough on your wallet.
 
Anna Bond (@annariflebond)
The artist behind Rifle Paper Co. (AKA some seriously pretty office supplies) has a lovely Instagram, filled with sneak peeks of her designs and illustrations, plus rad snapshots from her travels.
 
Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik (@fashflood)
The co-founder of Omaha-based shop Hello Holiday shares behind-the-scenes lookbook photos and killer personal style snaps.
 

Brigette Muller (@hummusbirrrrrrrd)

When she's not blogging for Free People, this bohemian babe makes earth-y trinkets for her cool Etsy shop.
 
Jen Gotch (@jengotch)
You'll have one colorful affair while scrolling through the Instagram of Jen Gotch, founder and creative director of sugary sweet accessories brand Ban.do.
 
Ashley Brown Durland (@secretholidayco)
This crafty lady stitches simple affirmation banners that are perfect for any room inside your apartment.
 
Kelly Cloninger (@girlpartyshop)
When you've got an Etsy shop filled with the coolest illustrations (think pizza, middle fingers, and Cher Horowitz quotes), you've got to have a picture-perfect Instagram to match.
 
Solanah Hernandez (@solanah)
This pink-tressed vixen makes every day life look like a celebration. Oh, and the best part is, she can help you dress the part with her shop, Le Mew Vintage.
 
Olivia Mew (@oliviamew)
This snarky illustrator's photo captions are just as amazing as her recluse-friendly shop, Stay Home Club. Bonus: cat photos galore.
 
Sandi Falconer (@sandifalconer)
Uncover a well-crafted Instagram with some fine leather goods to match when you browse Sandi Falconer's feed.
 
Stefanie Hiebert (@ohsolovelystef) & Erin Thiessen (@ohsolovelyerin)
These retro-loving partners-in-crime curate the coolest vintage shop, Rhymes with Orange, in Winnepeg, Canada. If you're not a local, never fear, they also sell some goodies through the photo platform!

Anna Bond (@annariflebond)
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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.

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