Embracing Empowerment: The Importance of Looking and Feeling Good 

At our Ladies Who Long Lunch event, hosted at the Hibiscus Rooftop Bar of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Queen Street Mall, we celebrated the achievements of women in business. We highlighted our empowerment panelists’ careers and experiences, with a focus on discussing the importance of looking good and feeling good. 

In today’s world, the concept of beauty and self-care has transcended mere vanity. It has evolved into a powerful tool for empowerment, particularly for women. Beyond the surface-level aesthetics, the significance lies in the profound impact it has on one’s confidence, mental well-being, and overall quality of life. As we take a look back over last years event, let’s delve into the importance of women looking good and feeling good, both internally and externally.

Confidence Boost: 

When a woman looks good, it often translates to a boost in confidence. Feeling beautiful inside and out can empower women to take on challenges, pursue their goals, and navigate life with grace. Confidence is not just about appearances; it radiates from within and influences how one carries themselves in the world. So whether you feel good in a kickass dress or trackies and a t-shirt, just continue to grow, be confident, and live your best life. 

Self-Care Rituals: 

Engaging in self-care activities, such as skincare routines, exercise, and maintaining healthy eating habits, is an essential aspect of looking and feeling good. Taking time to nurture oneself fosters a sense of self-worth and reinforces the idea that our needs are valuable. And of course, we cannot forget the importance of taking the time to give back to yourself. This includes carving out time to hang out with friends or, even better still, attending a Ladies Who Long Lunch event! 

Positive Body Image: 

Society often imposes unrealistic beauty standards on women, leading to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction with one’s body. However, embracing one’s unique features and practicing self-love can counteract these negative messages. By cultivating a positive body image, women can appreciate their bodies for what they are, regardless of societal norms. This acceptance breeds confidence and inner peace. 

Empowerment Through Expression: 

Personal style is a form of self-expression that allows women to convey their personality, values, and creativity to the world. Whether it’s through fashion, makeup, the way we present ourselves sends a message to others and shapes how we are perceived. Embracing personal style empowers women to define themselves on their terms and break free from societal stereotypes. 

Mental Well-Being: 

Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand with mental well-being. When women prioritise self-care, it can help combat feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, ultimately leading to a happier and more fulfilling existence. This can have a profound impact on our mood and outlook on life. 

Setting a Positive Example: 

By prioritising self-care and embracing our unique beauty, we set a positive example for future generations. Young girls look up to the women in their lives and learn valuable lessons about self-esteem, resilience, and self-respect. When women exude confidence and self-assurance, they inspire others to do the same, creating a ripple effect of empowerment. 

Looking and feeling good cannot be overstated:

Beyond the surface-level benefits, it is a catalyst for empowerment, self-love, and personal growth. By embracing their beauty, both inside and out, women can unlock their full potential and thrive in every aspect of their lives. So let us celebrate the power of confidence, self-care, and self-expression, and empower women to shine brightly in a world that often tries to dim their light. 

May 2023 Empowerment Panel

International Women’s Day Empowerment Panel.

Curvy Sam – Mel Watt – Lauren Clemett

Kirsty and Jo May event

LWLL Hosts – Kirsty Fields & Jo Stevens

Meet our Empowerment Panelists  

Curvy Sam 

Sam is a lifestyle blogger with a key focus on diversity and equality in fashion, events, travel and wellbeing. Sam is also a plus size fashion model advocating for body positivity to her 30,000+ online community.  

Most recently, Sam has been busy launching a six-year project, her own fashion brand called Hildas. Hildas is the coming together of many of Sam’s ongoing fashion and blogging projects, including TikTok videos about the inadequate size of hotel bathroom robes. Named after her Grandmother, Hildas offers a size inclusive collection of unisex bath robes for men and women. 

Known for her body positive and real world commentary around what it’s like to live with body positivity and promoting inner confidence to her Followers, Curvy Sam is leading the Australian conversation on behalf of plus size consumers everywhere.  

Lauren Clemett  

Lauren is a multi-international award-winner and best selling author on business, personal and neurobranding. 

After being told she’d never be able to read or write due to word blindness as a child, Lauren went on to become a 5 time best-selling author, and is the recipient of many awards, using her dyslexia as her greatest asset.  

Lauren shares how to overcome overwhelm and get a clear direction to market and promote professional and business services, to stand out from the crowd as well known, well-paid and wanted brands as a sought after branding specialist. 

Mel Watt  

Mel is a professional portrait photographer specialising in helping women to reclaim their identity and embrace all of who they are.  

Mel’s “Empowering Women Photography Project” was started after her own mental health struggles. As she found there were a lot of women feeling similarly to her, the project was launched to help women feel more proud of who they are, instead of society dictating to them about who or what they should be like. 

Using her fabulous portraiture skills, Mel’s specialty of black & white photography combines with a “no makeup” session in her empowerment portraits. The imagery shows everyone that the idea of perfectionism is something we should be moving away from. 

The Ladies Who Long Lunch event was held on Friday 26th May 2023.

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About Ladies Who Long Lunch:

Created by Kirsty Fields the Creative Director of Social Ocean and Jo Stevens the Founder of Quirky Habits, the Ladies Who Long Lunch concept is for you if you a woman:

  • who needs friendships and connections,
  • who needs to take time out of the business for themselves,
  • who is looking to make genuine connections in business.

These events are not just for women still active in the work force or running an empire. They’re also for woman who recognise the importance of self-care and the social impact of spending time with others who inspire, support, and fill your cup.

Your Hosts Kirsty and Jo both run business networking groups in Brisbane and Redcliffe and are passionate about helping women to take time for themselves to create connections both socially and professionally with other like-minded business women.

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