Curve Expo Lingerie & Swim Show Recap

By Leslie Wong

6 months ago, I came to NYC for the Curve Expo Lingerie and Swim Show without a defined business plan, a website or a single dollar sold. It was the end of February 2017, about a month after I had cut the cord of my full-time job with a company that for several years had fulfilled my entrepreneurial passion and filled me with purpose. I liken leaving a job like that to forcing yourself out of bed on a cold day, when your alarm is ringing for the 3rd time and you know you have some serious sh*t to get done. I was ready to start my own entrepreneurial journey and one of my first steps was heading to Curve Expo NYC, hoping to find answers that would help me create this new business I dreamt up. In some ways, I think I was seeking validation, that I was actually ‘doing’ this. I wasn’t just unemployed, I was an entrepreneur! That first show was great exposure to the industry, but I look back and realize how little I knew. I attended the show looking for things I thought were cute, subconsciously seeking out brands that carried straight sizing and would fit my own frame.

Fast forward to August 2017, my second time at Curve Expo, and I can say the experiences were night and day. I told a friend, I was at least 80% more prepared (I’ve still got a ways to go, and in business you can’t be 100% prepared). Since February, I have gathered a lot more information and approached the show with a new sense of direction. In the last 6 months, I have begun to understand and empathize with the needs of women who are not sized like me. To say we carry ‘all sizes’ is a both a great responsibility and a great opportunity. It’s our opportunity to match our customers with products that make them feel incredible and add to their empowered, confident life. This is not something we can afford to take lightly. 

So, I walked into the Javits Convention Center like a student, in search of products and education that would allow me to tackle this responsibility. If we talk the talk, we must walk the walk. Like a classic Virgo CEO, I take to lists, so I’ve come up with my top 3 takeaways from the show. They are: 

  1. Bras are a science. Mad respect for the bra fitters and designers out there. I grew up with a best friend who had lamented her breasts since we were 11 years old. As a 34B, I sympathized but never fully understood the physical and emotional discomfort associated with having large breasts until I started this business. I’ve heard from women with A and AA sizes, who face the same level of insecurity, scrutiny and embarrassment about their size. Just like all of us are different, so are the bras that flatter and support us. Supporting our girls the right way is a science and form of engineering that bra designers have spent decades perfecting. Bra fit is more complicated and varied than any other garment I can think of and can carry over 50 SKU’s (unique variations) of 1 type of bra in 1 color. This made me think of the criticism that bra brands and retailers receive for not offering a wider range of band and cup sizes, but that is for another post. I’m thankful to people like Hurray Kimmay and Little Miss Undie who educate consumers on bra fit. According to a 2008 survey conducted by bra manufacturer Triumph and published in the journal Chiropractic & Osteopathy, a whopping 80% of woman do not know their correct bra size. I’m also thankful to brands like Blush Lingerie, Silent Arrow and Elomi who are making trendy AF (is that proper blog form?) bras in fuller cups and more band sizes. Full figured friends, rejoice–you know we’re bringing them to a Burgundy Fox box near you. 
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  2. Lingerie is an art. One of my favorite parts of the show is meeting the fascinating designers behind the brands. I know I’m new to this industry, but I majorly geeked out when I realized mid-presentation, that I was talking with THE designers of major labels, like Linda Hartman and Flora Nikrooz. Both women are just that–women. Artful, mature, confident, strong and incredible women. As you look at these collections, you realize how unique each brand and collection is from one another. Each season, they are seeking a new form of artistic expression, reinventing how women will feel like their most beautiful selves It’s powerful stuff and it reads in every collection. I was thrilled to spend time with the designers of Silent Arrow, a Melbourne based design duo who designs from a place of ‘rad(ical)’ style and “user empathy” as technology product managers would say. A a mother of three, Kelly Barrett, created the rockstar of all nursing bras, it’s black, strappy, supportive, absorbent and has magnetic brass clasps that are sleek and close in a millisecond. Empowering mothers to confidently feed their babies anywhere? Now that’s artful, scientific and political. 
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  3. Change is our friend. I have come across brands who will not sell to e-commerce retailers or subscription boxes. Every business should do what makes sense for them, however I can’t help but want to push back. The National Retail Federation expects that online retail will grow 8-12%, up to three times higher than the growth rate of the wider industry. I was excited to meet with Natori, a staple in the lingerie industry, who not only openly welcomes e-commerce retailers but has started utilizing social media as a way to market, grow brand equity and boost sales from retailers and direct. Aside from brands adapting to the changing consumer buying landscape, I also welcome change. Change of brands and product, of how we are meeting our market’s needs, even the way we structure our business. One of my new favorite quotes is “fall in love with the problem, not the solution”. This is critical for us remember as we seek to solve problems in new ways. We’re excited to learn more information from you and to continue building Burgundy Fox together.

Leslie Wong is the CEO and Co-founder of Burgundy Fox. You can contact her at leslie@burgundyfox.com and on Twitter and Instagram @burgundyfoxco

Prep For Your Summer Trip

By,

Natalie Holbrook

The Pre-Party

The Vacation Proclamation

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…  it is about time you took that trip and blissed out in some glorious and much deserved you time! Whether that means an adventure with the girls, your significant other, family or a solo journey, congratulations on giving yourself the time to do what life is all about: ENJOYMENT! To prep for a holiday to remember, we’ve got 3 tips to do pre-vacay to keep you feeling and looking your healthiest:

  1. Sweat!

They say the best things in life make you sweaty, ain’t that the truth! Plus, there’s way more benefits to exercise than dropping a few lbs or tightening up. Sweating will not only detoxify and clear your organs, including your largest one, ahem, your skin, it will also help you to be more focused. It could be anything: running, weight-lifting, spin class, barre, whatever your forte. Just try to sweat once a day for one full week before your trip.

  1. Detox Pre-Retox!

One of the best things about vacation is the food and drinks you’ll delightfully and guiltlessly indulge.  To enjoy and still feel fantastic with absolutely no regrets, make sure your body is a clean slate prior to the trip. I recommend Dandelion Root Oil.  The root of flower has been used in Korea, Mexico to detoxify the liver, improve digestion, strengthen your immune system and maintain blood sugar levels.I recommend adding 2-3 drops to full to a liter of water. 

Also try out Lemon Oil. I suggest lemon oil vs. the actual lemon, because it is highly concentrated, and the pressed oil includes the peel, which includes more potent benefits. This will help your body eliminate toxins, add brightness to your complexion and even lift your mood. How do you think Queen Bey looks so fierce and called her album Lemonade? Add 1-3 drops into a liter of water for one week.

  1. Hydrate!  

You remember that your body is made of 65% water, right? But what does that actually mean and why do we need to drink so much of it?  Water builds your cells, metabolizes your food, regulates your internal body temperature, insulates your brain, spinal cord and organs and lubricates joints. If we get to just a 1% dehydration level, our mental and physical coordination becomes off balance. It’s important to stay as hydrated as possible before we gear up for a big event, and drinking water can be easy.

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Get a one-liter water bottle (I slurp my daily liters up with a bottle that has a built in straw like this) and aim for three liters per day. Add in fruits and veggies that are water based: greens like spinach, arugula and celery, and benefit glowing skin and improved joints with watermelons and cucumbers.  

*Bonus tip: Avoid alcohol for a few weeks leading up to your trip to remove bloat, have a clearer mind, increased productivity and all around healthier, happier you!

Natalie Holbrook is a wellness expert. You can follow her on Instagram at @Livinggypset.

Edited by Nicole Fallert.

 

 

 

Money Tips For A European Adventure

By,

Colleen Bies

1. Know Your Exchange Rates

When you are starting to plan your trip, you typically start by setting a budget. And if you don’t — well, you probably should. However, with your budget, you must consider the current exchange rate. Depending on where you travel in Europe, the US Dollar may be stronger — or — more frequently, weaker than the foreign currency of the country you are traveling to. Therefore, you must budget according to what your trip will cost you in US Dollars + the exchange rate.

For example: Many European countries are on the Euro. This includes Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and Italy to name a few. The exchange rate is currently 1.15. This means that $1.15 USD is equal to 1 Euro. So if you plan to have a spending budget of $500 — that means spending €435

2. Get Cash

When you prepare to travel, the best and most cost efficient way to get local currency is by pulling from your ATM card. Even if there is an ATM withdrawal fee, it will still be better than exchanging your money at an airport or other exchange depot. By doing this, you get your monies at the official exchange rate.

Bet you’re thinking: “There isn’t a ‘fee’ when I exchange at the airport.”

This is a common misconception. When you exchange cash at an airport, although it may be true that there is no “fee,” it’s because they charge a service fee within the exchange rate. The official exchange rate may be 0.87, however, when you exchange at airports, they add another 8% on average. That means that the “new” exchange rate is 0.79 not 0.87, as we thought. So…even though it “looks” like there is no fee, you are most definitely paying more.

3. VAT tax

What is this VAT tax thingy? This is value-added tax. In a nutshell, some countries have this tax already included on everything you buy. Like a generic tax that is built into all items. It is a tax based on where you are going.

But hey, great news: when you purchase big ticket items overseas in a VAT tax country, you can actually reclaim that before you leave. Some stores will allow you to claim it immediately. Please note: you must carry your passport with you in order to qualify for it. And just because they give you the credit at the store, doesn’t mean that you can fly home scott-free. You still have to fill out and send the minimal paperwork, otherwise, your credit card will end up being charged that VAT tax.

For example, when traveling to the UK, they have a VAT tax of 20%. That means that for every $100 US Dollars that you spend on items there, you can get $17 back!! So when you are looking at a price tag that says 77£ — what it really means to you, is 64£. BUT you have to be willing to fill out and send the paperwork. If you plan on buying some really cool stuff and spending a fair amount of money, it is totally worth getting your VAT tax refund when you hit the airport.

Here is a chart to help you understand.

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77 £ 13 £ 100 – (100 ÷ 1.2) 64 £
$100 $17 $83

*calculations rounded to nearest dollar

I hope that these three money tips will help you with planning your European Adventure. Have fun!

Colleen Bies is a photographer, storyteller and traveler who founded Capture Life Moments.  Follow her on Instagram @capturelifemoments.

Seamless Episode 3: Believe In The Hustle with Dannie Fountain

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Speaking of side hustles…Dannie is also a Burgundy Fox model!

Seamless take three explores the social media strategy and career risks with Dannie Fountain, a self-defined “marketing expert, business strategist, author, educator, digital nomad and whip-smart whiskey drinker.”

In this episode, Burgundy Fox intern Nicole Fallert speaks with Dannie about how she turned a side hustle into a full-time job and still finds time for wanderlust.

Transcript

Hey! It’s Nicole and welcome back to Seamless.

In this episode, we’re talking hustle. That’s the word Dannie Fountain uses to describe her work as a marketing strategist, writer and teacher. She’s traveled the world, worked in the corporate sector and now she’s an entrepreneur helping other business owners build their brand, seamlessly.

Here’s my conversation with Dannie.

Transcript:

Nicole Fallert: Can you just tell me what you do?

Dannie Fountain: I am a marketing strategist, author and educator. I work with corporate clients and small businesses to get their house in order and come up with a marketing plan that’s going to really move the needle for them

NF: Can you tell me what you mean by strategy? On your website and your content, I feel like the word strategy is used a lot. That can really run the gamut, so what does strategy meant to you?

DF: Strategy is thinking about a direction that you want to go in. It can be a micro-direction like launching something or macro-direction like pivoting your entire business and essentially coming up with the entire game plan that you’re going to need to work through to get there.

If it’s something micro, you may think what needs to happen so people know about the launch so that it goes well. If it a macro change, you’re thinking through everything that needs to happen so the pivot is successful, be that raising awareness or making sure the brand voice from the old branding to the new brand carries over so the whole transition is seamless. It’s really more than just posting on social media.

NF: I like that you used the word seamless! I want to ask you how you get that transition to be well-layered when working with a business you may not be familiar with or content you’ve never approached. How do you jump in cold turkey and know what’s wrong or what needs to change

DF: The first step of any project I always do is an audit. The client goes through a document and lets me know what they think their business is doing in terms of marketing, PR and social media and the message their business is sending. I’m able to go through and check the reality against what they think and identify the gaps.

NF: Do people have conceptions of their successes and failures are when they self-evaluate?

DF: Folks undervalue themselves! They don’t see that a part of their business is really powerful and people are resonating with it or they think that a piece that’s actually performing well is a waste of time.

NF: What kind of businesses and organizations do you like to work with?

DF: The most fun that I have is in projects where a business is trying to turn an industry on its head. They’re in an industry where the conversation, the way the industry sells and the products have been the same for a really long time and they’re looking to challenge the pre-defined norms through messaging.

NF: How does your background and personal life inform your professional life?

DF: It’s seamless hand in hand. For better or for worse. there isn’t really a separation. I’m a big traveler and I think my wanderlust and desire to find the hidden treasures helps when performing audits and finding ideas that are fresh and new. It’s about the diamonds in the rough in the business world.

In my corporate time, I worked for Whirlpool company, which was a103-year- company old trying to innovate the market while competing solely on price. Flipping that industry so that price wasn’t even a question was a huge learning lesson and there were a lot of takeaways for me.

NF: Leaving that corporate structure and going into your own business was a risk. Was there a point when you said, “I’m doing the right thing.”  

DF: My skip from corporate to full-time entrepreneur was an accident. I had been side hustling all along and then in 2016, I got laid off twice in three months. For me, it was a case of, “If the corporate world doesn’t trust me, why don’t I try trusting myself?”
NF: What did it feel like to trust yourself?
DF: I went from having a steady corporate income and a reliable side hustle income to just my side hustle income overnight. It was believing in the the hustle before I believed in myself.

I had to find value in the hustle so I could find value in making the leap.
NF: Okay, so what does “side hustle” mean?

Google defines hustle as busy movement and activity. But what does the word mean in the context of business?

I’ve heard the term “hustle” or “side hustle” more often than not lately,  and this may be due to the fact that 44 million American adults have a source of income other than their day job, according to a July 2017 report by Bankrate.

This fact stems from the idea that extra cash means paying off student loans and capital investment for your future. With one quarter of millennials with side hustles making $500 dollars a month, according to Bankrate, why not take on another job?

There’s evening side hustle nation.com, an online source dedicated to the creation of your side hustle. It’s a complete guide to creating a part-time business that’s passion-driven and most importantly, paid.

Now I’m thinking about my own side-hustle possibilities. I have always been good at posting that perfect Instagram…Now, back to Dannie

NF: One thing I’ve noticed on your website is that you’re a really good writer. You have a very strong voice, and I want to know how writing has informed your work. Do you find your voice is changing as you’ve developed your business?

DF: In the beginning, I wrote very safely. I educated, but I educated in a way that would not turn anyone off. The longer I’ve been here, the more willing I am to infuse my personality in my writing, which is interesting. The more I’ve infused my personality in my writing, the better it’s gotten. I was almost doing myself a disservice in the beginning. I would say that trusting my voice has helped my business, and the reason I decided to rebrand from an agency name to my name.

NF: What’s your advice for someone who is considering skipping out of a corporate job structure but doesn’t feel ready to take that leap?

DF: There is no one-way to go from the corporate world an entrepreneur.

It’s one-third guts, one-third planning and having a process and one-third trusting yourself.

The gut piece being, “Do I know I can actually sit down and get work done, because if I need the pressure of something else in my life to perform, don’t do it.”

The planning piece is, “Do I know where I want my risk to go long-term?” If you don’t have an answer,stay in your corporate job.

The third piece, that’s the hardest, but that’s the piece that connects it all

NF: What’s something that you’re most proud of?

DF: Being willing to be myself in business. To dance the line between corporate and entrepreneur, while owning the fact I side hustled for so long and being an entrepreneur was never really the goal. It used to be something I did to travel.

NF: One thing I’ve noticed a lot is even just my behaviors in my purchasing and my absorbtion of social media are reflected in the advertisements I see on my laptop screen.  I’d like to know your perspective on social media advertising.

DF: I was having a conversation about this recently. Take an influencer for example. People are not upset if they partner with a brand. They get upset when this influencer don’t disclose that it was a partnership. I think we’ll see a movement towards honest advertising. We’re going to see brands that can be unafraid to share the painful parts. These will be the brands that do really well.

NF: Let’s say I’m your average Instagram user with a pretty good presence. What would be your advice if that user wanted to build his or her brand and collaborate with actual products?

DF: Be consistent. As you build what you’re working on, you want to be an evangelist. Be the person known for one thing. Even though I’m an entrepreneur, an author…I this, I that, when you ask someone on Instagram what they know me, for it’s my whiskey. I’m always talking about whiskey.

That is the way to build engagement. People come back to see what I’ve tried recently, or if i found something new that I liked. That’s how you build consistent recurring engagement. Virality is good, that’s what gives you hundreds of followers, but it’s not sustainable. It’s not what gives you recurring following.

Got comments or suggestions for our new podcast?  Email partnerships@burgundyfox.com.

 

August Theme: Travel

This month is all about the wanderlust.

Whether its a staycation or a international journey, August is the time to pack up and take a trip. This is the time to don that high-rise one-piece suit we all fell for or make the moves for a healthy picnic with some besties. Or maybe take a drive to the tune of our August playlist.

This is the time to turn the tables and treat yourself with the same amount of attention you may give your career. Take the pressure off the trip by remembering it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be intentional.

Here are a few ways to make your travel #mindful:

  1. Unplug

Surely use your phone to catch up on podcasts, but leave it behind taking a walk on the beach or visiting a museum. Turn off you phone and appreciate the present. Otherwise, you may find yourself more occupied with posting photos than absorbing your destination.

2.  Express Gratitude

Everyone travels differently, whether it’s your mother or your significant other. Sometimes travel plans go awry or you can’t pick a restaurant. Keep in mind how lucky you are to be going on a trip. It helps to start or end a meal by listing favorite memories from the day with your travel companions.

3. Set Goals

Real life will resume upon you’re return, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or sad after a memorable trip. Take the time toward the end of your travels to set goals for yourself after arriving home. This way, you are looking forward to your return. Remember that your life at home can be just as fulfilling as your life on the road.

 

Burgundy Fox Announces Co-Founder, Alexis Jenkins

Hey Fearless Foxes, 

I’m Alexis, and I’m ecstatic to be joining the Burgundy Fox team and community. I’d like to take this opportunity to share who I am. I’m from the East Coast, born and raised (a Jersey girl to my core, I don’t pump my own gas, sorry not sorry.) After attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts, I spent a couple of years on a journey learning more about myself and then moved to San Francisco.

My time in San Francisco was crucial in helping me to discover the type of person I want to be. I realized that I wanted to build something larger than myself and help others achieve their full potential.

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Co-founders, Alexis and Leslie

Growing up I wasn’t allowed to read fashion magazines; it was my mother’s fear that I would see tall, thin, white models and think I’m not thin enough or pretty enough or worthy enough. Those feelings and thoughts crept into my mind without the magazines, thanks to television and movies.

However, I was blessed to grow up with a strong line up of female mentors. Each mentor was an authority in their field, and their beauty came from within. I learned that self-love is one of the most significant types of love to have. In high school (and sometimes still today), I would write words of encouragement on post-its and scatter them throughout my room. Every day as I’d walk out my bedroom door, on a neon green post-it, I would read, go get ‘em, girl!

My promise to every member of the Burgundy Fox community is as follows:

I am here to support you, advocate for you, be an empathetic ear, learn from you and be your cheerleader. It is a privilege to be building a company that believes in the celebration of all women. I’m looking forward to the days ahead :-).

Yours,

Alexis

Alexis Jenkins is a co-founder and the Head of Product for Burgundy Fox. Over the past five years, she has built a reputation in building a solid and scalable customer experience for companies. As the seventh person to join HoneyBook, she helped to build an award-winning company culture and a reputable customer experience. At Burgundy Fox, her mission is to build a community with diverse, confident and empowered women. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband.

5 Ways To Bring Joy To Your Wardrobe

By, Laura Tully

We feel the moment when it happens. That “I love myself” reaction when you’re wearing an outfit that makes you do the happy dance. It’s one of those moments that I encourage my clients to replicate in every outfit that they wear.

Yes! Your wardrobe can make you feel all that and then some.  Style is about self expression and can release a serious dose of happy when you love what you wear. So here’s a few tips for major joy when it comes to getting dressed

1. Your Mama as been trying to tell you this all your life…Your awesome starts from the INSIDE

Buying a new item will make you feel amazing…temporarily. However, I want the “I feel great about who I am” to last beyond the purchase. This starts with acknowledging all that you love about yourself and allowing those to override the things that we aren’t so crazy about. It’s real life, we’re not perfect and that’s okay. That’s the beauty of it all. You get to bring you and all that makes you special, unique and different. The styles you choose are anchored by your self confidence and your “I love who I am, just as I am.” This is powerful because you are dictating what you put on your body with a mindfulness that is all yours.

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2. It’s ALL FOR YOU

So much about style is dictated to us. Ugh! No more. I want you to wear what makes you feel your most awesome self. If that’s all black…rock it. If that’s mixing prints, get it girl!! We have this idea that in order to be more of who we are (especially when it comes to style) we must look like each other. Style isn’t about duplicating. Fashion is about inspiration and ownership.

3. Celebrate the LOVES

We all have parts of our body that we love. Great shoulders, long legs, toned arms, curves for days, full breasts, stacked booty…I could go on. The point is to celebrate those areas that we love. A slip dress can show off those great arms and a high waisted denim can show off that waist and those curves.

4. Don’t forget the FUN!

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Dress: J.Crew Shoes: Loeffler Randall 

Adding a dose of fun and play makes the process less serious, takes out the “ugh” and makes it all less about perfection. For example, these silver loafers with a leather tassel tie. They bring fun and a bit of edge to a sweet dress. Play with accessories and don’t overthink it. My go-to is usually simple makeup with a pop of red on my lips. It never fails. 

You can learn more and contact Laura at www.lauratully.co. She’ll be sharing style tips regularly on the Burgundy Fox blog and you can follow all her fashionable adventures on Instagram at @lauratully.co   

Raw and Empowering Boudoir

We connected with photographers, Smith & Smith, who are creators of the women empowerment community, Cuddle Bunny Coven. They host traveling boudoir pop-ups all around the nation that help women discover and promote positive feelings about their bodies, exactly as they are.  This boudoir shoot is from a recent Cuddle Bunny Coven and features Sasha, whose intention was to love her body unconditionally.

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Cuddle Bunny Coven Manifesto

We understand that self-love is complicated so we don’t presume to tell you how you should feel, look or be.

We are a coven because:

The world has been using our bodies for centuries reducing us to our basic parts that only tell a fraction of our stories.
Because our bodies are used to sell everything from men’s deodorant to car insurance
Because there is so much scrutiny, shame, attention and competition imposed on our bodies that we want to create a safe space to commemorate, communicate & heal.
Because being in our bodies is being connected to our inner world and we are entitled to explore our thoughts, dreams and pleasures.
Because there is a gold mine of experiences under our skin that make us who we are presently.
Because one dimensional binaries are rules we enjoy breaking.
Because loving ourselves is a revolution
started within to protest a world that wants us to believe we are not worthy as is.
Because nothing is more intimate or powerful than vulnerability
Because our skin holds the cosmos underneath
Because we carry our ancestors history
Because our eyes have seen joy and pain and keep seeing
Because our hair hides the story of our greatest pleasures and insecurities
Because my fucking body is never yours
it’s mine to give, to love and to celebrate.

Photographers: Rabbit Hearted Girls, Alicia Diamond & Perry Fish

Model: Sasha

To learn more about The Cuddle Bunny Coven, visit their site and follow them on Instagram at @cuddlebunnycoven 

Casual Boudoir – A Different Take

Boudoir has it’s stereotypes. Hear from a professional boudoir photographer, why you should ignore all of those notions, and make your boudoir session all about you.

By Colleen Bies, Capture Life Moments Photography

Often when I say the word “boudoir”, people start to imagine overly sultry and erotic poses decorated with corsets, garter belts and fishnet tights. OR – they imagine feather boas and pearl necklaces and the overuse of costume jewelry. Well, here is the thing, boudoir does NOT have to be any of this. It’s exactly who you are at your core. If you are a bubbly person and want that light and fun, playful look, then go for it. If not, then choose a different look that appeals to who you are and what you want to project to the world.

I often push the style of “casual boudoir”, because this style is changing the way we see women and the boudoir industry. Casual boudoir is a form of boudoir that involves a less sensual feel to your boudoir photos and session. The word “casual” says it all. Casual can be slipping into a nightgown before bed or sitting at the breakfast nook in your silk pajamas reading a book. I believe in boudoir as a way to empower women of all bodies and all minds. Let’s not allow boudoir to be an object of a partner’s desires, but an object of empowerment and self-confidence.

I believe in this casual and realistic style of boudoir that allows you to enjoy what you are wearing and feel confident in your outfit selections. Casual boudoir is choosing what you love and what you feel comfortable in, not what society thinks you should wear and look like. We’ve all seen lingerie models in magazines, TV and online. These women are beautiful, too. But, the thing is…the standard they help create isn’t realistic.

Casual boudoir is a way for women to wear things that are realistic and functional in their everyday lives. If your every day is coming home and lounging around the house in your underwear with a t-shirt that says #bosslady…then unapologetically throw that on in your boudoir shoot! Let’s get on a mission to make ‘casual boudoir’ the new face of boudoir. Let’s choose functional attire that not only allows us to feel great and look great, but empowers our bodies and minds. This is the future of women empowerment through boudoir.

Colleen Bies is a photographer and owner of Capture Life Moments Photography. Follow her on social media @capturelifemoments

 

Meet the Burgundy Fox Interns

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Nicole Fallert

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Who she is

I’m a digital marketing intern at Burgundy Fox who focuses on blog and podcast content. I curate every part of this blog, from the homepage design to the writing to the graphics. I also work with contributing writers, brainstorm upcoming material and research new brands to feature in Burgundy Fox boxes. In addition to managing our blog, I’ve taken advantage of the exciting opportunity to launch our brand new podcast, Seamless! On Seamless, I interview accomplished and up-and-coming women entrepreneurs and creative thinkers who have inspiring stories to share. I study journalism at Northwestern University and am originally from Pennsylvania.

Why she chose Burgundy Fox

I trained in classical ballet for seventeen years. When I was a little girl, I always thought all women were petite like the prima ballerinas. It took me a long time to accept my body as it was, even if it meant I didn’t have the “perfect” dancer’s form. I love that Burgundy Fox is championing empowerment of the mind and body. I think one of this company’s biggest strengths is its focus on the celebration of all women.

3 Fun Facts
  1. I have traveled to Europe and Asia
  2. I studied ballet from the ages of 3 to 17
  3. I’m passionate about bookstores, art museums and vintage shopping

Stephanie Aguilar

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Who she is

I’m a born & raised Chicago girl. I’m passionate about making people smile–It gives me great joy to know I had a part in adding a little shine to someone’s day, through my work, creating something new, dancing, or cracking jokes. I’m a Digital Marketing Intern for Burgundy Fox, and I absolutely love it! Meanwhile, I am in a Master’s program at DePaul University studying digital marketing and communications.

Why she chose Burgundy Fox

I love Burgundy Fox because I am a firm believer in good karma and doing something that can change the world. The values Burgundy Fox has are honest & what our generation needs right now. Being able to do good & being mindful of all women’s bodies is empowering. This summer I’ll be working on optimizing our website, email marketing, Facebook and Pinterest marketing.

3 Fun Facts

  1. I can ballroom dance and have competed in the past
  2. I’m a proud pug mom, her name is Foxy Cleopatra!
  3. I’ve recently started learning how to DJ

Kourtnie Nunley

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Who she is

I’m the Social Media Intern at Burgundy Fox. I help curate the content for our social media platforms and manage relationships with our brand ambassadors.

Why she chose Burgundy Fox

I chose to work for Burgundy Fox because it is a start-up that has so much potential for growth. Burgundy Fox also aligns with my own personal goal of starting my own e-commerce business. I knew that a position with this company would be a stepping stone in the right direction for me.

3 Fun Facts

  1. I am a very proud big sister
  2. I have at least one piece of chocolate every week
  3. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss no matter my career field