Week in Review: 1/15-1/21


Lots of great stuff this week on Beautyskew.  Take a look:
The important role of beauty talk Weekend Observations: Are Conversations About Beauty Among Friends Just Fun Talk or Something Deeper?
Haute Couture is going modest Pic of the Week: Modest Couture
Follow Karen into week 8 of her weight loss plan, and read about how she learns more about herself and how she can better succeed in her quest 30in30 Week 8: Embrace Your Blues
Fashion runways are showing models from all walks of life and, as such, opening people’s minds and hearts to people different from themselves. Can Fashion Runways Serve as Geopolitical Platforms
More stimulating beauty-in-culture reading More to Love: Additions to the reading List

Stay warm and rest up this weekend!

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Weekend Observations: Just Say These Few Words and You’ll Be Popular

It was the first day of Rosh ha-Shana, the Jewish New Year.  Being that it’s one of the most important days of the Jewish calendar, people tend to  go to synagogue decked out in their finest duds.  I wouldn’t say that where I pray is full of fashionistas but people do make an extra effort.

When I arrived at synagogue, I sat in front of an elegant woman in her 50’s whom I had never seen before.  When my daughter came over to sit by me, the woman behind me exclaimed that I looked so young to be a mother.  (Ahh, amazing what a hat and some make-up can do!)  I was so thrilled by her comment that I immediately struck up a conversation with her.

And then I realized something.

Complimenting one’s beauty isn’t  just an amazing ice breaker.  It’s guaranteed to make someone feel great.

Right then and there I made it a mission to compliment every woman I recognize in synagogue that day and the next.

Now, we all know that not everyone is gorgeous.  But there’s always something — her glasses, dress, hairstyle, shoes — that can be fawned over.  And these little compliments make a huge difference.  Whether I whispered it to someone during the rabbi’s speech or gushed over another’s new blouse during a much-needed break from praying, I saw my friends light up and smile.

And I felt great doing it.  I could tell that such compliments bonded me that much stronger with whomever I offered them to.

As it’s the New Year, I tend to think  little bit harder about how to improve my life and the lives of those around me.  Of course that includes being nicer to my family and friends.  And this year I’m adding another goal: to try to compliment at least one person everyday on his or her beauty.

I put this mission to the test.  I was on the subway when an African-American woman in her 60’s sat down next to me.  She was wearing a leopard sweater that added a fashionable and feminine touch to her look.  I complimented her on her sweater.  Her face lit up and we immediately bonded.  She even offered to share her pistachios with me!

Take it from me.  Try a a few beauty compliments.   It will make you instantly more popular and happy too.

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Weekend Observations: What Women Have That Men Don't

If men have sports, we have beauty.  In other words, even if they don’t know one another, men can strike up a conversation around sports and it could last hours.  Whereas women from all walks of life can launch into discussions about beauty and it can keep them chatting for the rest of day.
OK in many ways this is SO cliché.  After all, plenty of men actually ready this blog…a big “thank you” to all of you!  And I’ve written about the growing interest among men in their beauty.
But, let’s face it, there’s still a difference between men and women in the attention they place on and the excitement they have for all things beautiful.
What I didn’t expect, though, is how bonding the topic of beauty is among women.  In fact, when I first launched the blog, I was sensitive that maybe a lot of women would shy away from wanting to discuss it because it could be regarded as old fashioned or superficial.  And, indeed, a few do change the subject when my blog comes up.
But for the majority, the blog and the topic of beauty is an ice breaker.  For example, while I realize the importance of networking, I wouldn’t call myself a “natural networker.”  But I had one of my typical Luxury Marketing Council networking events this weekend, and I had to play the part.  The first hour or so felt stiff, but as soon as I was able to gracefully (or maybe not so gracefully) work my blog into the conversation, the vibe loosened up and a sense of excitement, passion, and authenticity among the different women I met started to materialize.
You could argue we women bond around beauty because society oppresses us all with the expectations on how we should look and smell.  But my take is that beauty binds us because it’s creative, transformative and fun!

Weekend Observations: What Women Have That Men Don’t

If men have sports, we have beauty.  In other words, even if they don’t know one another, men can strike up a conversation around sports and it could last hours.  Whereas women from all walks of life can launch into discussions about beauty and it can keep them chatting for the rest of day.

OK in many ways this is SO cliché.  After all, plenty of men actually ready this blog…a big “thank you” to all of you!  And I’ve written about the growing interest among men in their beauty.

But, let’s face it, there’s still a difference between men and women in the attention they place on and the excitement they have for all things beautiful.

What I didn’t expect, though, is how bonding the topic of beauty is among women.  In fact, when I first launched the blog, I was sensitive that maybe a lot of women would shy away from wanting to discuss it because it could be regarded as old fashioned or superficial.  And, indeed, a few do change the subject when my blog comes up.

But for the majority, the blog and the topic of beauty is an ice breaker.  For example, while I realize the importance of networking, I wouldn’t call myself a “natural networker.”  But I had one of my typical Luxury Marketing Council networking events this weekend, and I had to play the part.  The first hour or so felt stiff, but as soon as I was able to gracefully (or maybe not so gracefully) work my blog into the conversation, the vibe loosened up and a sense of excitement, passion, and authenticity among the different women I met started to materialize.

You could argue we women bond around beauty because society oppresses us all with the expectations on how we should look and smell.  But my take is that beauty binds us because it’s creative, transformative and fun!