What DJ + Author Julie “Hesta Prynn” Slavin Swears By

When we want a dose of female empowerment, we turn to our friend, Julie. The world knows her as DJ Hesta Prynn, the DJ synonymous with girl power and dope beats. So dope, in fact, that boldfacers like The Wing, Vogue, SXSW and Twitter, to name a few, hire her to make their female-centric events even more dope.* We love her because she’s a straight-shooting, bad-ass, funny and shrewd gal who is a true and tireless supporter of other women. (It’s no coincidence that her stage name is modeled after one of American literature’s first female protagonists.) A mom of a little girl, Julie recently published her own children’s book, She Believed She Could, So She Did, an inspiring recap of female leaders and their accomplishments. It’s adorably illustrated by Nicole LaRue, is written in rhymed verse by Hesta Prynn herself, and is just what we need to make #thefutureisfemale more than a hashtag. We asked this mom/DJ/author/women’s advocate to share some of the things she swears by to keep her fast-paced, multi-tasking world moving. [*Note to my mom, the overuse of the word “dope” in this article is intentional, and meant to be slightly humorous. While it may not that funny, it wasn’t a typo.]

‎Headspace: Meditation

Headspace is a meditation for your iPhone lifestyle. I don’t use it every day, but I have been using it for a long time and I definitely like it in my life. When I’m working on so many different things for all these companies, it can get crazy. I like that it offers incentive and inspiration for you to participate by unlocking rewards when you complete sessions in a row. It’s fun and smart.

She Believed She Could So She Did!

I wrote this book after the election. My daughter and I were into Hillary, and my daughter was aware of every detail, like how Hillary presented herself, the way she spoke, the way people listened to her, clapped for her. After Hillary lost the election, it was so disappointing to me, because suddenly I had to explain what had happened to my daughter, like this unspoken belief that a woman couldn’t lead. So I did a Kickstarter campaign to write a book about female leaders from around the world. I chose 12 leaders from about 30 on my list, and I wrote it in rhyme because I wrote it like a rapper. I partnered with Nicole La Rue, who also did the artwork for the Women’s March, and I think it came out really well. I wrote it for my daughter and for other kids like her.

Sonos PLAY:1

Amazing little wireless speakers. You know how you get a legitimate speaker and you’re always trying to make it work and it never does? Sonos always works, always, and is better than Alexa for sound quality. We have three systems so you can join the rooms together on one playlist, or divide the rooms up. Sonos can be expensive, but it’s totally worth it.

‎Stationhead

It is so f*ing awesome. Stationhead is in Beta, so it hasn’t officially launched yet. You can host your own radio station in the palm of your hand. It’s live radio partnered with Spotify and Apple Music, and then you can communicate with your audience. There are a bunch of stations running now in the Beta and obviously I’m into it as a DJ, but some people are just using it to talk and connect.

PiperWai Natural Deodorant Stick

The connection between aluminum in deodorant and breast cancer is scary shit. I’ve used natural deodorants for twenty years and they’re all pretty lackluster—I think anybody who’s into natural deodorant could agree with that. No kidding, when I saw this on Shark Tank and the woman put her armpit in Lori Greiner’s face and she said it didn’t stink, I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’ I could not believe how well it worked. It’s amazing and now I totally swear by it.

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