defining beauty

Hair Styles that Ace Working and Working Out

For those of you who wake up feeling like you need another eight hours of sleep, a great way to jumpstart your energy is to hit the gym for a quick cardio session. But usually that means twice as much prep time for your hair and make up. While it is recommended to shower afterwards (come one, we’re all ladies here) we’ve got your hair covered.  Created by hair guru Lacy Redway for Refinery29, we wanted to share them with you just in case you missed ‘em the first time around. Appropriate for laid back start-ups to a high-powered corporate setting, these hair dos will have you actually wanting to go to the gym.  Yeah.

Updated Ponytail

Updated Ponytail

First, part your hair down the center so it splits into two even sections. Then, twist each section toward the base of your neck. Pro tip: use a rat tail comb to ensure the twists are especially tight and secure, just wrap the hair around the handle and slip out the comb to bind with elastic. For an even more sophisticated look, wrap a strand of hair around the hair tie and secure with a bobby pin.

First, part your hair down the center so it splits into two even sections. Then, twist each section toward the base of your neck. Pro tip: use a rat tail comb to ensure the twists are especially tight and secure, just wrap the hair around the handle and slip out the comb to bind with elastic. For an even more sophisticated look, wrap a strand of hair around the hair tie and secure with a bobby pin.

There you have it, a fun and easy style we'd wear to any occasion!

There you have it, a fun and easy style we'd wear to any occasion!

Only 4% of women worldwide think they are beautiful

According to the 2010 study by Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited, only 4% of women worldwide think they are beautiful. This staggering fact succeeds in begging the question, What is your definition of beauty?

Here, we think that beauty is expressed by a woman's intelligence.  Check out our infographic below, which serves as an introduction to our new series: This is What "It" Looks Like, with the goal of encouraging a conversation about what beauty is and an environment of self-respect. Our current cultural perception of beauty is elusive to women. Rethinking beauty to reflect an alignment of the inner self with an external appearance could result in more confident women, respected by others, and working toward healthy ideals. 

Let us know what you think. 

xo, Camilla

Beauty

I recently wrote the following for an interview and wanted to share it with you. I welcome your comments. 

 

Not your typical fashion designer, I was a successful entrepreneur in the biomedical sciences and was never satisfied with the clothing available for purchase. Too sexy, too young, too short for work. 

At the age of 53, 2007, i went back to school and earned my MFA in fashion & Textile design. Here I still found the same problems, the stores didn't want to buy anything related to the working woman. at one point i thought it was a conspiracy to keep women from advancing professionally.

Now, i am designing for "my" woman and selling directly through my own shop, online, and a partnership with the local Four Seasons Hotel. Reading Deborah Rhode's book The Beauty Bias enlightened me on the statistics. My research leads met to do the following. 

- Sell directly to women

- Talk with them.  I am recording Google Hangout conversations with several women as we discuss beauty, the biases, the fashion industry. We'll edit them into 2 minute clips and publish them eliciting discussion. soon, we can have live online conversations. 

- List policies on my website on my values, including  how we use photoshop. 

- we believe that beauty is expressed by a woman's intelligence. It's inherent in all women, we want to be trusted that we will never objectify women.