Kate Spade coffee table book spotlights strong women

It can be hard to get some of the strongest and brightest women in the same spot at once, but thankfully, Kate Spade New York just put all of their stories in the same book.

According to ELLE, the fashion company recently debuted a new coffee table book called  She: Muses, Visionaries and Madcap Heroineswhich “highlights all the badass women you already know and love.”

Incorporating a selection of profiles, photos and quotes from some of the strongest women around, WWD says the book takes readers on a tour of iconic women — both real-life and fictional — who have made their mark on the world, ranging from Gloria Steinem, Leandra Medine and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Miss Piggy and Carrie Bradshaw.

“The book’s mini-profiles are interspersed with pages dedicated to words of wisdom, personal essays and the brand’s signature ‘she’ statements,” reports WWD. “‘She does everything she can and everything she can’t,’ reads one quote next to a blurred photo of a woman twirling in a pink ballgown.”

This book of badassery was just released on Oct. 10 and is available on Amazon for $25.47.

Take a time out with THL

We are 27 days into 2017, and the new year has already ushered in a host of new challenges. But don’t let the stress get you down — take a time out with THL to recharge and gear up to tackle head on whatever concerns are plaguing you.

Take some R&R time

If you’re too busy to head to a nail salon, try pampering yourself with an at-home manicure and pedicure. Better yet, use a nail polish with an empowering name so every time you look down out at your nails, you’re reminded to keep calm and carry on.

THL recommends: Essie’s “Power Clutch,” available at Ulta for $9.

Take some creative time

If makeup and spa days aren’t your thing, relax your mind with a little art therapy. A new trend, adult coloring books offer a brief respite from the daily grind and allow grown ups to be a kid once more. But make no mistake: adult coloring books aren’t all roses, sunshine and puppies designed to numb your mind. Some incorporate your favorite television shows, while others may even teach you something new while you’re coloring away.

THL recommends: “The Badass Feminist Coloring Book,” available at Barnes & Noble for $25, is complete with images of “40 badass feminists and bonus essays on feminism” that are sure to simultaneously relax you and inspire you.

Take some alone time

Everyone loves to read something that is both enlightening and engaging, so there’s no better way to steal a little time for yourself than by curling up with a good book. Whether you decide to read something brand new or choose to revisit an old favorite, reading allows you to escape from the present or become engrossed in a new tale — or may even make you aware of a previously unconsidered point of view.

THL recommendsWe Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, available at Amazon for $6.39 (or $2.99 for the Kindle Edition). This short essay, which was adapted from Adichie’s famous TEDx talk, lays out the basic premise of feminism and explains the logic behind an inclusive feminism.

These recommendations will surely provide an escape from the stresses of the new year. But don’t rest for too long — those challenges won’t resolve themselves.

Adichie stars in new campaign by Boots No7

Makeup is not about covering up; it’s about getting ready to make your mark on the world — that seems to be the message behind a new beauty campaign starring author and feminist icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

According to Mashablethe Nigerian novelist is the face of British beauty brand Boots No7‘s latest ad campaign called,”READY to Speak Up,” which “aims to recognize that female beauty is about more than just looking pretty.”

Mashable says a statement explains the campaign this way: “Women use cosmetics to be ready for something: to show up, speak up, and make an impact in their world in their own way.”

But for Adichie, wearing makeup is all about doing what makes her happy instead masking her true appearance:

“I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for temporary transformation. And I also love my face after I wash it all off,” she said in a statement, according to NY Magazine. “There is something exquisitely enjoyable about seeing yourself with a self-made new look. And for me that look is deeply personal. It isn’t about what is in fashion or what the rules are supposed to be. It’s about what I like. What makes me want to smile when I look in the mirror. What makes me feel slightly better on a dull day. What makes me comfortable.”

The campaign may help remove some of the falsehoods present in current beauty advertising, says Adichie, who’s involvement in the campaign may present one positive step forward in achieving this goal.

“I think much of beauty advertising relies on a false premise — that women need to be treated in an infantile way, given a ‘fantasy’ to aspire to,” she said, according to NY Magazine. “Real women are already inspired by other real women, so perhaps beauty advertising needs to get on board.”

 

 

 

TEDxFeminism

What all started with a TEDxEuston talk in 2012 has now resulted in the widespread distribution of a book on feminism.

According to The Washington PostAmericanah and Half a Yellow Sun author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most recent title, We Should All Be Feminists, will be distributed to 16-year-old girls across Sweden.

The 64-page book is an adapted essay of her 2012 TEDxEuston talk — the talk that eventually found its way into Beyoncé’s “***Flawless.” Her now-famous speech, which has now been viewed over 2.3 million times on Youtube, defined a feminist as “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

The Washington Post reports that Adichie filmed a Youtube video for her new Swedish readers, explaining why she is passionate about feminism.

“For me, feminism is about justice,” she offered. “I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world that is more just. I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world where a woman is never told that she can or cannot or should or should not do anything because she is a woman. I want to live in a world where men and women are happier. Where they are not constrained by gender roles. I want to live in a world where men and women are truly equal. And that’s why I’m a feminist.”

In reflecting on when she was 16, Adichie said that she didn’t know the meaning of feminism, but she now recognizes that she was a feminist then, even without understanding the word’s meaning. Expressing her hopes for the 16-year-olds in Sweden who will be reading her book, she said, “I hope that the 16-year-olds that will read this book in Sweden will also decide that they’re feminists. Mostly, I hope very soon that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal.”

This initiative will move over 100,000 of We Should All Be Feminists to secondary schools across Sweden, says The Washington Post. Adichie’s publisher, Johanna Haegerstrom, tweeted her excitement over the project,  adding, “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains why feminism could make us all happier. Not just women.”