After two memorable nights of #CreateGood, Brit + Co’s five-day pop-up in New York City, the third night did not disappoint, thanks to a lively lineup of speakers, including Jane Lauder, Rebecca Minkoff, Stacy London, and more.
Couldn’t make the #CreateGood Style panels? Check out the top five highlights from tonight. And don’t forget to check us out at 427 Broadway in SoHo, from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM October 4-8.
1. Jane Lauder gives the career advice everyone needs to hear, including why you should take the day off.
Sure, she may have joined the family business, but Jane Lauder started out at an advertising agency before becoming the global brand president of Clinique. Along the way to establishing herself as the head of 30,000 employees around the world, she picked up one v. important bit of wisdom. “You need to interview and find the boss that’s going to give you the best advice,” she said. “You need to find your mentor.”
Oh, and she supports a day off — as long as it’s for a good cause. Lauder announced the kickoff of the #TaketheDayOffChallenge initiative. To take part, post a video of yourself removing your makeup, include the hashtags #CliniqueDonates, #TakeTheDayOffChallenge, and #PinkRibbon25, and tag three friends. Clinique will donate $10 for every post to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Who’s in?
2. You may want to rethink your gel manicure.
As the entrepreneurs of cult-favorite brands, Sarah Gibson Tuttle (founder of Olive & June), Sarah Lee and Christine Chang (cofounders of Glow Recipe), and April Gargiulo (founder of Vintner’s Daughter) know a thing or two about trend forecasting. So what’s in store for our digits come 2018? “I see a natural moment of women wondering if long-lasting polish really works and if they can take a break from gels,” Tuttle said. And it’s all about ensuring the health of your hands. “If you’re not at a place that takes care of your nails, that could damage them.”
3. Rebecca Minkoff shares the secret sauce to her success — and it all starts with her mom.
She’s designed our go-to bag (hey, MAB!) and the moto jacket we can’t leave the house without, but Rebecca Minkoff credits her success to her days long before she created her brand. “The minute my mom found out I was a girl, she said, ‘I’m going to make her a fighter,’” she told moderator Stacy London (yes, that Stacy London). “I never had someone sewing my dancer shoes for me. I had to do it. So when I decided to start my own company, I had to figure it out and follow the steps.”
4. We should all be defiant girls.
When the OGs of fashion blogs, Gabi Gregg, Jade Sheldon, and Blake von D, sat down with Brit + Co Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor Zoey Washington, they were anything but shy about their meteoric rise to social media fame. And what propelled them there? Breaking the rules. “My motto’s always about going off the beaten path if that’s not where you want to be,” von D said. “I didn’t see anyone in the mainstream space who shared my story and where I wanted to go. So I created that path myself.”
And sometimes that path is not about perfection. “The more I opened up, the more response I got,” Gregg said. “People tend to gravitate to you the more you talk about your personal struggle.”
5. It turns out, you have something in common with Julia Roberts.
Hear Endlessly Enraptured’s Jade Sheldon out: “At the end of the day, we’re all people. We’re just people. Even Julia Roberts; she’s just a person. If you have a dream and you want to do something, just do it.”
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