Dove being a premium conference sponsor was one of the best things we could’ve asked for. Our community enjoyed having them — and their amazing products — onsite, and wasted no time revealing that on social media. The #SpeakBeautiful hashtag twists and turns between photos, live videos, and blog posts from our beloved bloggers and influencers. We took some time to reflect on the impact Dove made at #Blogalicious8 and wanted to share 5 things we learned from the beauty company.
5 lessons we learned through Dove
Women are powerful
Dove’s Speak Beautiful campaign resonated because it’s one that empowers women and girls to love themselves and uplift one another when the world chooses not to. Reading so many beautiful blog posts, and hearing friends like Luvvie and Marie Leggette share their stories, proved how important it is for women to be confident in their power.
Our power starts with self-care
Luvvie spoke beautifully when she told our audience that, “you are enough when you wake up in the morning.” That version of yourself that you hide from others or leave at home every morning is more than enough and holds value. Before we can properly start our journeys to daily self-care, it;s important that we love who we are sans masks for work, society, family, and friends. Marie shared sage advice to get there and that is to “write beautiful words about yourself on the mirror.”
No intro necessary: @luvvie kicks off the #SpeakBeautiful discussion with our #Blogalicious8 premium sponsor @dove. Beauty standards represented in social media are unrealistic, according to 82% of women surveyed by @Dove. Where do we go from here?
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Learn what you need
In Dove’s Hospitality Suite, attendees basked in a friendly atmosphere were makeovers, massages, and desserts were in heavy rotation. It was obvious that when women walked out of the Suite, they felt better about themselves because they’d devoted at least 20 minutes to personal care. We noticed that some women walked out with a #BeatFace thanks to Atlanta makeup artist Ashley Greene, while others walked lighter because they’d gotten an amazing foot or back rub. Seeing our attendees choose how they wanted to take care of themselves in thar moment drove home the importance of learning what you need when you need it, and making sure you receive it by any means necessary.
@thecrunchymommy repping the @beblogalicious #bStore #Blogalicious8 tee with her fly pencil skirt (handmade by @thecrunchymommy, of course!). 5 secs after @reese_b_ snapped this @jessicamcfadd ran to the #bStore to get hers. Snap your own ensemble in the @Dove pampering suite after your complimentary facial & pro makeup 💄 artistry! #SpeakBeautiful #ShakeSprayGo
It’s okay to feel special and beautiful
The community roared after Dove’s surprise room drops. Everyone received beautiful backpacks filled with full-sized products for the whole body. We felt the love traversing through the hotel’s hallways, and honestly, it was a great feeling. That small act of kindness reminded us that it is okay to feel special and that we don’t always have to do anything extraordinary to feel that way.
Life really is a party!
Thanks to Dove, we ended a long-weekend conference to an amazing all-white rooftop Day Party! At every turn, we found laughter, dancing, photo ops, long hugs, and fantastic drinks about the deck. Many of us are conditioned to celebrate only when we’ve accomplished something. And if we fail, there’s no cake or ice cream or balloons to make us feel better. Instead, we deprive ourselves of feeling good until said accomplishment is achieved. Dove’s Day Party was a catalyst in teaching us that you don’t always have to earn something to party. Taking a break in the middle of the day to just celebrate is what life really is about. And that is okay!