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Inspiration

Charity Fall Fashion Show at Twin Hills

September 20, 2011

Charity Fall Fashion Show at Twin Hills

We love a woman with a good pair of shoes and great heart. That's why when Jen Santos asked Ode to participate in a Fall fashion show at Twin Hills Country Club in East Longmeadow, benefiting "Dress for Success," we couldn't resist. Champagne and maxi dresses flowed, and our beautiful models (Sarah, Kayla, Bridgette and Thurraya) rocked the runway with style, poise, and heart. Jo Chattman, our ever-muse and artist extraordinaire, captured the love. Thanks to all who came, saw, and cared.

Charity Fall Fashion Show at Twin Hills
Charity Fall Fashion Show at Twin Hills
Charity Fall Fashion Show at Twin Hills

Inspiration

GLI Brings BEAUTIFUL To Ode

September 12, 2011

GLI Brings BEAUTIFUL To Ode

In April we teamed up with Rachel Simmons and The Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) of Northampton through our "Fashion With Compassion" program. GLI offers camps and workshops designed to teach girls, educators, and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression. Five percent of our profits for the month went toward a scholarship fund.

In July, we teamed up again for a project the girls were working on called Operation Beautiful. The mission of Operation Beautiful is to end negative self-talk or, "Fat Talk" by anonymously placing sticky notes on mirrors. Caitlin Boyle, the founder and editor of the Operation Beautiful website started with the idea that even small acts of kindness invite a smile. Girls and women tend to tear themselves down in front of a mirror, disliking body parts and zoning in on the slightest imperfection. Armed simply with a pen and paper, Caitlin would post notes in public restrooms, take photos, and upload them to her site. Word spread and soon women and girls everywhere were inspired to pay forward the compliments, some even starting clubs at school.

We went up to the Smith College campus to talk to the young ladies in Rachel's summer program about how we strive to create a space where women feel comfortable in their clothes and confident in their bodies. Together we worked on our own version of the Operation Beautiful sticky notes to display in the store. The girls came up with the affirmations on paper they hand dyed. We all had a great time creating our individual color combinations.

These affirmations continue to grace our dressing rooms and compliment women. Thanks to the girls of GLI for helping Ode's customers feel deserving of beauty, love, and inspiration. We'll see you next year!

GLI Brings BEAUTIFUL To Ode
GLI Brings BEAUTIFUL To Ode
GLI Brings BEAUTIFUL To Ode