Let feminism ring

Amal Clooney knows a thing or two about human rights; as an international human rights lawyer, she’s handled cases on behalf of Julian Assange and even to seek justice for the Armenian genocide. But now she’s asserting another facet of human rights: that women’s rights are human rights.

When Clooney spoke at the Texas Conference for Women, The Cut reports that the lawyer made explicit her disdain for misogyny, encouraging women to engage in “‘everyday acts of feminism’ for each other and to support each other at work as in everyday life.”

The Cut reports that Clooney continued her remarks this way:

“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do — women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another.”

But in case anyone missed her point the first time around, The Cut says she simplified her point even further by putting women’s rights in a global context.

Speaking on behalf of women spanning the globe, Clooney said, “Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world.”

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SJP brings holiday sparkle to new shoe collection

There’s nothing that can elevate an outfit more than a killer pair of shoes — that is, except their heels from Sara Jessica Parker’s new holiday collection.

According to InStyle, the Sex and in the City alum recently released an exclusive 16-piece holiday shoe collection with Net-a-Porter that encapsulates “SJP’s envy-inducing style, her onscreen character Carrie Bradshaw’s wonderfully eclectic-chic aesthetic, and the holiday spirit.”

InStyle says the collection features metallic styles, T-strap silhouettes, jewel tones and even “Art Deco embellishments,” all to infuse a little holiday cheer into your look.

So how much will a pair of SJP heels set you back? InStyle says a pair from the actress’ collection costs between $355 and $585.

To shop the exclusive line, click here.

Heard lets her voice be heard

Sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes to convey a very powerful message.

According to Glamour, Amber Heard — who divorced actor Johnny Depp in May and filed for a domestic violence restraining order shortly after — partnered with the #GirlGaze Project to do a short PSA on domestic abuse. In the two-minute video, Glamour says Heard is “revealing, raw, and honest as she opens up about her experience with domestic abuse.”

From explaining how victims usually cannot believe that they are being subjected to such treatment to detailing how complex abuse situations can be, Glamour says Heard said that the first step in removing yourself from the toxic situation is telling someone you feel safe with.

“It’s the only way that people are going to feel comfortable in coming forward, raising their voices, standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet,” she said in the video, according to Glamour. “Speak up. Speak up. Raise your voice. Your voice is the most powerful thing, and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder, cannot and will not any longer accept silence.”

The project was created by #GirlGaze, a multi-platform project that seeks to show “how girls see the work” by supporting female photographers.

To watch the full PSA, click here.

Rowling gifts books to young Syrian girl

J.K. Rowling just made a young girl’s wish come true — and it was all made possible because of a single tweet.

According to TIME, 7-year-old Bana Alabed’s mother took to Twitter to ask the Harry Potter author how she could get her hands on a Harry Potter book; after watching the film, she said her daughter wanted nothing more than to read the text.

Based in Aleppo, Syria — the center of a heated civil war — TIME says the books are not available in the war-torn area for Alabed to read. But after reaching out to Rowling, Alabed’s wish of reading Harry Potter came true: TIME reports that Rowling and her team were able to send her an e-book. Alabed even shared a photo on Twitter  on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to send her thanks to the author.

Never underestimate the power of a single tweet — or of one generous heart.

To see Alabed’s Twitter exchange with Rowling, click here.

 

GLAM4GOOD provides for those in need

While fashion’s primary purpose is to help women feel stylish and beautiful, it had a dual-purpose on Saturday, Nov. 19 when when GLAM4GOOD hosted its BKLYN BUNDLE UP event.

According to the New York Daily News, fashion and charity combined when GLAM4GOOD gave almost 350 women-in-need a “shopping spree for free,” allowing them to choose a warm, yet fashionable winter coat to get them through the winter in style. Staged as a party of sorts, GLAM4GOOD founder Mary Alice Stephenson told the Daily News that the event is about “honoring courage, empowering self-esteem and helping people in need,” but without making women and girls in need “feel like a charity case.”

Taking place at Downtown Brooklyn’s new City Point venue, the Daily News says the BKLYN BUNDLE UP featured a DJ, fresh-baked donuts from Sweet Dreams Bakers and coats from over 50 designers and companies who donated their goods to the cause.

Perhaps board member of GLAM4GOOD and former host of TLC’s What Not to Wear Stacy London captured the essence of the effort best when she explained it to the Daily News this way:

“We try to give back. Glamor is about self-esteem, self-worth, and how you carry yourself in the world.”

To learn more about GLAM4GOOD, click here.

Giving thanks

Life is rarely perfect. We may experience fleeting moments that seem too good to be true, but seldom are they perfect; there is always something that could be better, something that could elevate that fleeting moment, bringing it one step closer to our idea of perfection.

But here’s the thing — perfection is elusive. In fact, perfection’s evasive nature may suggest that it doesn’t even exist, leading us in pursuit of something that we will never attain. It is this pursuit of perfection, this drive to have more that can sometimes blind us to what we already have. We — myself included — tend to get swept up in this chase, setting out in search of more while neglecting to take stock of what we currently have in the palms of our hands.

So when Thanksgiving Day comes, it reminds me to pause, to consider the countless blessings I have in my life already. To think about all of the people in my life that I am lucky to know and love, to reflect on the opportunities that have come my way, to remember what a gift it is to be alive, healthy and happy.

These are the things that matter the most. These are the things that the chase for more, for perfection can obscure, yet these are the things that will always — no matter what — bring me the most comfort and the most joy. These are the things for which I am grateful, not just this Thanksgiving Day, but every single day.

While I admit that I have at times been blinded in my own pursuit of more, I also know that this quest has allowed another blessing to take root in my life: Take Her Lead.

Almost a year and a half ago, I created this site in the hopes of inspiring women and girls of all ages, shedding light on those working to make our world a better place while also (hopefully) spurring readers to action. It is through THL that I’ve had the chance to speak with some incredible people; from the Just, Girl Project’s Ilana Harkavy, to mentor and former Senior Vice President of Global Communications for DKNY International Aliza Licht, to the Creator and “Chief Fire Starter” of activewear company SparkFire Active Samantha Hodgkins, I’ve been lucky enough to share their stories in an effort to inspire others to be the change they wish to see in their communities and in their lives.

However, their stories haven’t just been for the benefit of the readers; they have — in every way — shaped, changed and touched my life in a way that I could have never imagined. They have given me the fuel to keep writing, to keep trying to incite change through my writing. And you, dear readers, have further sparked my passion; by commenting, following and interacting with this site in any way, you have added so much to this site and to my life. Allowing THL into your lives in turn allows me to do what I love every single day, and I could not be more thankful for this unique opportunity.

So yes: I have pursued more, yet it has added more to my life. I have pursued better because I hope to make the world a better place, one article and one interview at a time. I know perfection is unattainable, but knowing that I have so much to be grateful for feels pretty perfect to me.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. I hope you’re spending it with those who mean the most; I know I am.

XO,

Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Glamour’ debuts Packham X David’s Bridal

Jenny Packham is one of the most revered names in the bridal industry. With elegant designs that transcend time and trends, Jenny Packham gowns are the essence of timeless sophistication. And now, they’re within your bridal budget.

According to Glamour, the designer is releasing a collection of wedding and special occasion dresses with David’s Bridal. With everything from A-line gowns to one-shouldered looks and embellished styles, these dresses are sure to fulfill all of your wedding and special occasion style needs.

The best part: Glamour reports, “Bridesmaid dresses are priced at $199.95, while “wedding dresses will range from $1,058 to $1,258.”

With such style now made more accessible, finding a fashionable yet affordable design for your wedding or special occasion just became a whole lot easier.

Ready for some Jenny Packham dresses? Glamour says the collection will be available in David’s Bridal stores and online beginning in early 2017.

To see a sneak peek of the styles, head over to Glamour now.

Anita Ko upgrades online presence

Not all jewelry is created equal, and celebrity jeweler Anita Ko‘s designs certainly stand out among the rest. Now, the fine jewelry brand has a web presence to match.

InStyle sat down with the jewelry designer to learn more about the upgrade and what it could mean for future designs and collaborations. While Ko explains that she worked with a creative team that designed sites for the likes of Chanel and Dior, there were other behind-the-scenes upgrades made to enhance the customer experience, such as improving the ordering system and staff-to-client communication.

Also new to the site is the brand’s first celebrity-based campaign, says InStyle, which stars model and actress Amber Valletta. Explaining her decision to use the model for her latest campaign, Ko told InStyle that Valletta is “a legendary beauty” who “represents the modern woman I design for.”

But Ko’s relaunched website hasn’t shown all of its new features just yet; Ko explained to InStyle that while new (and amazing) jewelry is to be expected, “there are some really cool things that the photographer Ben Hassett came up with that have never been done on a jewelry site before.”

Check out the site here.

Flying into history

NASA’s Peggy Whitson may have just taken off on a mission to the International Space Station, but the astronaut isn’t just flying into outer space — she’s flying into history.

According to Women in the World, she became the oldest woman (at the age of 56) to embark on a mission into space on Thursday, Nov. 17, beating out previous record holder Barbara Morgan, who made the journey in 2007 at the age of 55.

But that’s not the only way Whitson made history. She is also “the first woman to ever assume control of the ISS for a second time — in 2007, when Whitson first took control of the space station, she became the first woman ever to do so,” reports Women in the World.

Witnessing her history -making mission were fellow astronauts Oleg Novitskiy of Russia and Thomas Pesquet of France, who Women in the World says represented the European Space agency.

 

Rent the Runway arrives at Neiman Marcus

If you’ve ever wanted to achieve high-fashion looks without having to pay a high price, Neiman Marcus is about to make your dreams a reality.

According to InStyle, luxury fashion loaner Rent the Runway is partnering with the department store to make shopping for designer looks even more accessible. Opening in select Neiman Marcus stores across the United States — starting with the Stockton Street location in San Francisco — InStyle says the inclusion of Rent the Runway stores within Neiman Marcus stores “allows customers to borrow parts of their look from Rent the Runway, then purchase other item to complete it from Neiman Marcus’s giant inventory.”

Not only do customers get the chance to decide which items to rent or purchase to complete their looks, InStyle also says Rent the Runway will offer appointments with stylists who will select pieces for your look based on your online customer profile. Other features of the collaboration will include the ability to secure last-minute rentals and an in-person customer service area for help with orders and returns.

Ready to rent the runway with Neiman Marcus? Forbes reports that the first location opened on Nov. 18, while future locations will be unveiled throughout 2017.