Dare To Bare New York City

by Leslie Wong

On October 1st, hundreds of women, girls and a few good men will meet in Union Square Park, New York City, to sweat it out in the name of self-empowerment through movement. This bi-coastal event is called Dare To Bare and is hosted by Movemeant Foundation. Read more about Movemeant Foundation and why they are one of the non-profits we donate to. The goal of this event is to raise $20,000 for Movemeant Foundation which goes to support physical activity programs and athletic scholarships for girls from public middle schools–a time when girls physically mature and become more aware of how their bodies are perceived by media and society. We support Movemeant Foundation for their efforts on promoting a narrative of women’s bodies and minds that is one of strength, action, power and community.

20160217_sheplayswewinhailee425Meet us in New York City at Dare To Bare and help Movemeant Foundation reach their goal. Register here! Every class you sign-up forgets us closer to building a society that promotes active and strong females. Can’t make it to Dare To Bare? Donations are accepted, too.

Burgundy Fox donates 10% of all profits to non-profits that empower women and girls. When you purchase from Burgundy Fox, you choose the non-profit from a list of vetted partners, including Movemeant Foundation. Learn more about Movemeant Foundation on their blog and website.

Movemeant Foundation enables women to feel confident about their bodies by empowering them with the tools to be active.  By using fitness and physical movement as the primary platform for social change, we strive to be a catalyst for creating a new era of healthy, strong and self-assured young women.

 

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