Creating Change Wear (Where) You Are: Maryam Behrouzi

 

Changewear is committed to supporting women where they are. We believe that when we are supporting each other no matter the circumstances or story, then there is a movement that is created empowering each other to be our very best version of ourselves. One of the ways we do this is by celebrating our differences, sharing our challenges, acknowledging our wins and shining light on our tenacity and strength.


Changewear is pleased to present a series of inspiring women and the amazing books, businesses and impact they are bringing to our world. We are pleased to bring you these stories of how these women are Creating Change Where They Are.

 

Meet Maryam: 

We are pleased for you to meet the Founder of SPELA Cosmetics, Maryam Behrouzi. Maryam is the founder of SPELA Cosmetics, a Portland, Oregon based cosmetics line that is committed to creating high quality, long wearing formulas that are vegan, cruelty free, nontoxic, and made in the U.S.A.  Maryam is an inspiring woman who has turned her passion into her own business and continues to grow and thrive in the competitive cosmetics industry.



ChangewearChange is a big part of our brand and we believe in effecting change where you are and that even the smallest change can bring about huge benefits. What are some changes that you made in your life that had great impacts on you or others around you?


Maryam Behrouzi: I really believe that all of life is change, and that we have to embrace that fact in order to live well.  This involves changes that can be tangible and seen by others as well as changes that can’t be seen that have more to do with the emotional and mental experience of life, and I believe that the emotional / mental change always comes first before the tangible physical change.

It’s funny to reflect back and to feel that just a very small mental change can lead to a complete change in your life.  One of the biggest changes that I made that I can point to is the decision to move to Montreal in my early 20s. I was attending a great University in my hometown, but was really unhappy and felt a little bit boxed in by my life as though I was driven a lot by expectations that were placed on me (both by others and by myself).  I decided to start living life on my own terms and for myself, and moved to Montreal without knowing a single person there, or what I would really do (other than take french classes). It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.

 

CW: What are some ways that we can help support you? What would you like us to know?

MB: I’m not sure - I feel supported in all sorts of ways.  I feel supported when I’m inspired. I think support mostly comes in one-on-one engagement and just the ability to be real with people without feeling that you need to be a certain way / feel a certain way.  I love the group that we’re a part of - Woman Led - because I think it provides that every single week. I couldn’t do what I do without my WL group.

 

CW: What are you most looking forward to in your immediate future?

MB: It’s almost the first day of summer right now, so there’s always a lot I look forward to at this time of year!  I feel like I’m at 100% in the summer with our long days and everything in bloom. I’m looking forward to all of the plants in my garden going through their phases, and harvesting some of the many things we’ve planted.  I’m also really looking forward to a trip I have planned to Alaska around July 4th - Sunset will be around midnight and Sunrise will be at 3am.

I think lately I’ve been very inspired by nature, and especially the resilience of nature through difficult times.  It is always something that I look at and feel that is ingrained in who I am as well.

 

CW: We have met you in person and I really love the thoughtful and sustainable products you are creating. We are excited to follow you along on your path to greatness. We would love to follow you on social media, what are your links? Please tell us where you can find your Spela Cosmetics.

MB: The social media that we’re most active on is Instagram.  

We also have less active accounts on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.


To buy our products the best place to check is our website www.spelacosmetics.com.  

You can shop directly from our site or find a retailer close to where you are!

 

Maryam, Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed and sharing your greatness with our Changewear community. We wish you the very best as you embark on a fantastic life!

XOXO,

 

Michelle and The Changewear Team

 

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Think back to a time when you've tried on a pair of pants, a blouse, a bra or other article of clothing and it Just. Didn't. Fit. We've all been there. We know what it feels like to have clothing not fit, but have we all experienced a perfect fit? Our guess is that this phenomenon has been more elusive for us all.

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But bra fit doesn't always seem straightforward. We are hoping to change that. When it comes to fit, there are a few simple things to keep in mind as you are searching for the right intimates. One is the shape of the cup. 

We often overlook this important characteristic. We focus a great deal of our search on finding the correct band size and cup size, which are both very important, but we forget to consider the actual shape of the bra cup. 

Below is a graphic representing the possible differences in the shapes of the inner cup line on various styles of bras:

 

 


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As you can see, the shape of the inner cup line can make a bigger difference in support than you may have realized. An outward curve tends to support larger, fuller breasts more effectively, whereas an inward curve is more advantageous for those with wider set breasts. 

If you haven't already. We encourage you to take a look at our previous blog post to learn more about the various bra fits and styles and how to determine which one is right for your unique body.

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences in cup shape, you can make a more educated decision on what bra style and fit will be best for your body. 

Take a look at the chart below. It visually lays out 10 of the most popular bra styles and which ones can benefit small breasts, full breasts, aged breasts, and breasts with special circumstances.

We hope that taking this time to learn and review some of these visual resources has helped you better understand the complexities of fit and identify which styles, sizes, and shapes will be most beneficial to you and leave you feeling supported and sexy. 

Remember, each of us are unique in our shapes, experiences and preferences. We hope to continue empowering you to embrace your individual differences and find intimates that make you feel authentic, expressive, and supported. 

 

Thank you for being a part of making our mission a reality.

 

XOXO,

Michelle, Katy & the Changewear Team

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Why Not Every Bra is Created Equally!

One of the first toys I received as a child was a shape toy. I matched a shape to a space and the block slid into place if it was the right one. Just like the toys below, shopping for clothing uses the same concept we learned with these toys. Applying one shape to another shape to make a match. It is also how products are designed. Take a moment to look at all the shapes that made your shirt. What do they look like?

 

 

Step 1: Identify your body type/shape.

Just like our personalities, our bodies are all very different, but have very similar attributes. Our bodies are a result of a genetic footprint from everything that created us, as well as how we live our lives. The human form holds biological memories. For example scars, stretch marks, and etc. The image below shows various different shaped bodies. Sometimes a person may have a different hip, but same waist as another. While you may find you have a hip/waist measure that are the same as a friend, but breast size or rib cage is different. Breasts sizing changes overtime, and they change with how a person lives their life; just like your body. For example, the memories of life that show on the breast are breast feeding, activity or exercise for this zone, growth spurts, weight gain and loss, as well as breast cancer or aging. Sometimes this is why bras are made differently from one brand to another. The chart below are more prevalent shapes for the global population. Take a moment to look at the hips, waist, and breast size , or type. So what shape does your body resemble? Is it similar to other women in your family? Is it different than your friends body? Is it the same as another person your age?

 

 

 

Part 2: Aging and how shape will change.

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3. Our diet and activity leaves its mark on the breast shape as well. For example the type of exercise you apply to the area can add lift to the upper breast. A swimmer doing the breast stroke will usually retain some upper mass and lift to the breast. Strong muscles in the upper chest are needed more as we age, and are great for posture.

Diet or more specifically the foods we eat add nourishment to various parts of the body. Foods rich in antioxidants can help the body defend itself against free radicals that age us.

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Changewear® understands that some of life's physical memories challenge us to be brave. We want women to look at these landmarks on their body and celebrate the stretch-marks from growing up, and pregnancy. Celebrate the scars, and celebrate each year you change. So what is your bodies story? How does it physically show up? How did these events transform you?

 

 

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Thank your for being a part of our Family!

 

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The Diversity of Human Form: The Science of Shape and Fit

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Dear Changewear Companions,

Welcome to April! Spring is now underway and we are enjoying warmer, longer days full of sun and joy. We hope you are enjoying the same. 

Each of us are unique. Our minds, our experiences, our emotions and our bodies are all different...that's what makes us...us! This month we hope to bring you research, images, and ideas about the science behind our bra fit and body relationships. 

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Happy April everyone! As we continue to grow and expand as a business, we have been spending more time researching fit, the diversity of human bodies, and how we can innovate products that accurately respond to these unique differences.

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Not all clothing is made equal. The human form is different depending on genetics, lifestyle, and a whole host of other factors. This is why each human is unique and beautiful! As designers and innovators, our job is to find solutions to address the complexities of the human body.

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With pride in our innovation,

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We hope that your March has been full of renewed energy and plenty of creative organization! Stay tuned for more helpful tips and tricks from the Changewear team as we move into a wonderful April! 


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Michelle & the Changewear Team


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Happy Spring! Organization & Cleaning Resources

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    Changewear Family,

    Happy Spring to each and every one of you! We hope you are celebrating the changing of the seasons with plenty of joy, optimism, and excitement.

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    Creating Change Wear (Where) You Are: Kristen Carbone

    Crafting Empowerment and Comfort for Survivors

     

    Changewear is committed to supporting women where they are. We believe that supporting each other, no matter the circumstances or story, creates a movement to empower each other. By celebrating our differences, sharing challenges and acknowledging our wins, we shine light on our tenacity, resilience and strength.

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    Kristen Carbone

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    Kristen Carbone is the fabulous founder of Brilliantly a brand which aims to empower women to embrace their new self post breast cancer and/or mastectomy; to come to terms with their new normal; to say honestly how they feel, and to ask for what they need.  Kristen and her team are working to create a warming insert to help combat the cold sensation often endured with implants. Through warmth, they are hoping hundreds of thousands of women will find resilience and freedom from the distraction and confines of being cold.

     

    Changewear: Please tell us about why you created Brilliantly.

     

    Kristen Carbone: The seeds for this business were sown, much like many of the best things in my life, by my dear mother. With her passing, my mom  left behind a ghost of my own mortality and potential struggle with breast cancer, which took me years to face head on. In 2013 I had a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction. Healing was a journey through sometimes crippling loneliness, nagging body image issues, and the entire spectrum of uncomfortable sensations. But the surprising one that I’ve continuously struggled with - that has changed the way I maneuver through the world everyday- is feeling constantly cold. And, after a whole lot of research I’ve learned that I’m not alone!

     

    There are many women who struggle with this cold sensation that’s created from their implants not having any insulating tissue. With my experience and input from other women facing this issue  as a guide, my amazing product development team is designing a warming insert that will make any bra into a heated bra.

     

    While doing the research to find out if other women experienced constant and distracting coldness, I discovered that there are so many other products and services women in this community need to support their long-term prosperity and wellness. That realization was the spark for creating Brilliantly, which will unroll and ecosystem of products, services and content for this community.

     

    Our brand empowers women to embrace their new self; to come to terms with their new normal; to say honestly how they feel, and to ask for what they need. This, in turn, will have a vast emotional impact that extends to our families, friends, and communities. Through warmth, I am hoping hundreds of thousands of women will find resilience and freedom from the distraction and confines of being cold.

     

     

    CW: Change is a big part of our brand and we believe in effecting change where you are and that even the smallest change can bring about huge benefits. What are some changes that you made in your life that had great impacts on you or others around you?

     

    KC: Learning to ask for help may sounds like a small change, but it was a difficult skill for me to cultivate. As a woman who likes to believe she’s got everything under control, admitting that I needed help during recovery was an obstacle. I think that going through a process where I had very little control and needed all kinds of help made me a better communicator, easier to collaborate with, and more patient. I’ve also been able to give myself a break from constantly trying to make things perfect (or, my particular version of perfect.)

     

     

    CW: What are some ways that we can help support you? What would you like us to know?

     

    KC: I love knowing that Changewear and Brilliantly have so many wonderful overlaps in their mission to build each other up through storytelling, products and services. I’d love to stay in touch about ways we can help each other expand our reach.

     

     

    CW: What are you most looking forward to in your immediate future?


    KC: Our warming insert is coming to market in September, and I’m simply delighted that we’ll be providing relief to so many women in time for next winter.

     

    I hope to that Brilliantly will be a tribute to my mom, Lisa, and that I can create a brand, a vision, and a community that embodies her essence - smart, beautiful, authentic, supportive, and, above all, warm.

     

     

    CW: Changewear is excited to support you because of the thoughtful and impactful changes your are creating. To allow us to follow you and advocate, please share your social media and contact information.

     

    KC:     

    Thank you!  You can find us through these platforms: 

    Facebook: facebook.com/brilliantly.co

    Instagram: brilliantly.co (and follow me at kristen_brilliantly)

    Webiste: brilliantly.co

     

     

     

     

    Kristen, Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed and sharing your greatness with our Changewear community. We wish you the very best as you embark on your passionate journey!

     

     

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