International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHercampaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Sasha Plavsic, founder of one of our favorite all-natural makeup brands, Ilia Beauty.  We have long admired Sasha for what she has developed at Ilia and stand behind everything they stand for – Performance Driven. Effective. Safe. This is the heart of Clean Beauty. Because we love beautiful product that is created with care on the inside and out, and believe you shouldn’t have to compromise on performance, or luxury. Being mindful that not every natural ingredient is good for the skin, nor is every synthetic bad. It’s about finding a balance and falling in love with beauty all over again, so you can feel empowered by a sense of choice.

She has developed some of the most insanely gorgeous products and we are so honored to be able to sit down with her to find out more about her incredibly inspiring journey.

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about my job is to create products that I hope people will fall in love with and push the boundaries in what is possible for creativity in clean beauty. 

Which women inspire you the most and why?

Cher, because she achieved success in so many areas and truly is authentic in every way. Coco Chanel for her dedication to her craft and creating one of the most iconic brands in fashion. And most recently Emma Gonzalez, from the Parkland shooting and standing up for what she believes in.

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career?

Trust your gut, don’t give up, and believe in yourself. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Nurse my 6 week old baby! And if I am lucky find my way to the shower with usually both kids. 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Make a wish to get at least a 4 hour stretch of sleep (other moms will understand this answer). 

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

Ensuring that history doesn’t keep presenting itself. I think it is a very interesting time to be a woman. Some things have come so far over the last half a century while others are starting to regress. I think it’s important to fight for what is fair and right without loosing what has already been won.

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far?

To take a risk and believe I could create something from nothing. From there truly believing that there is a solution to every problem, because in a business there are many, and they constantly need to be solved.

What are the worst?

Listening to too many other people’s opinions and doubting myself. It’s important to work collaboratively, yet if you don’t listen to instinct it will come back with a vengeance.

What is your self-care routine?

A shower everyday, followed by a quick skincare and makeup routine. With a newborn that is a major feat. 

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International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHer campaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Rachel Temko, founder of Whimsey & Row, an eco-conscious lifestyle brand founded in 2014 and based in West Los Angeles. Birthed out of a love for quality made goods and sustainable practices, our mission is to provide ease and elegance for the modern, creative woman (one of our favorites as everything is SO tres chic!).

Dive in deeper with us as we share an intimate sit down with Rachel on how and what keeps her motivated and inspired.

Tell us the story of how you started your business? 
Finally fed up with the dishonest and harmful practices within the fashion industry, I went my own way and launched Whimsy + Row in 2014. I was inspired to create a brand without excess waste and egos, so I decided Whimsy + Row would be an (eco)friendly, accepting, loving brand and community. We started by popping up at Flea Markets every weekend selling vintage. Yes, every weekend for 2 years we trucked a mini boutique full of whimsical goodies all over America. We started with vintage, then purchased other brands, which lead us to create our own eco-friendly clothing brand. 

Which women inspire you the most and why? 
I am inspired by women entrepreneurs and our customers the most. It takes a lot of passion and courage to start a company and make it successful, so I have a ton of respect for other ladies who are hustling just like me. Everything I do for the company is to help woman and their feedback is what drives me. 

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? 
Everything important is worth fighting for! Don’t let “no” stop you, if you’re passionate about something, visualize it and don’t take no for an answer. Make it happen! You got this!

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 
Take three deep breaths. 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is? 
I stretch to unwind from the day.

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you? 
They need to be conscious about the fashion that they’re purchasing. It’s easier to walk into Forever 21 than to seek out the brands that are sustainable and eco-friendly. The younger generation will need to take it upon themselves to be educated about the brands they support and the materials that they wear.

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far? 
Always following my intuition, making our clothing line eco-conscious, moving to LA, Staying true to myself and remaining a kind/generous person, opening up our first storefront in West LA, and Hiring hard working badass ladies who believe in what we are doing!

What are the worst? 
Thinking I could do everything on my own. It takes a village!

What is your self-care routine? 
Yoga, massage, netflix & chill.

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHer campaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Caitlin Engel – Producer. Project Manager. 

Cailtin is an integral team member of the innovative,  @its_clearasday  team. Specializing in serving global culture-minded brands, Clear as Day develops marketing strategies and seamlessly brings them to life through multi-platform campaigns, branded events, experiences, and content. Continual innovative projects authentically connect brands to consumers through their passion points of music, fashion, film, art, sustainability and eSports. Caitlin in a true jane of many trades and helps brands, companies and individuals dreams come to life she’s a Producer. Project Manager. Truth Seeker.

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is the fact that I get to work across so many different facets of a project. Experiential marketing and events can really run the gamut, one day I could be developing an idea for turning a gas station into a 90s inspired hype kid fashion destination and the next day I’m researching emerging female creators for a limited edition print magazine that we may be developing for a project. I also love that I work with a small enough team that everyones ideas are often considered and heard. 

Which women inspire you the most and why?

I’ve been lucky enough to have some incredible women in my life. From both my grandmothers, who really were such strong matriarchs in my family. My mother’s mother was a life long teacher, in the classroom and out, growing up she made me want to be a teacher and value the importance of education.  My own mom was really quite inspirational in that she is the type of person that does not deal with anyone’s shit. With age, I’ve gotten better with demanding more for myself and not feeling bad about it. She definitely inspired that, even if it was at my expense! lol… Lastly, any woman that is creating a life for themselves on their own terms. I think in 2019 there are so many ways to express yourself, your passion, build a career, live your life, etc. that any woman in my opinion that is doing it their way and ok with figuring it out along the way, bc we are always growing, is incredibly inspiring to me. Fortunately, I have so many women around me that are doing just that, whether it’s my boss who is a badass entrepreneur, wife, and mom or a good friend who is one of the most brilliant writers I know and who also happens to be a queer black woman that unapologetically dedicates her work to always amplifying the voices of those that have not been seen. It’s really an exciting time to be a woman and for me, especially a WOC. I’m finally seeing so many women and especially those that look like me that are doing amazing work and that visibility makes me feel like so much is possible. 

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career?

Impact doesnt come without sacrifice. That’s what I’ve learned. If we want to have a career that is impactful, whether that is on the larger culture or within our own lives, it’s most likely going to take time, so be ok with that and it is most likely going to demand a lot of you, so be ok with that too. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Pray 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Pray and take one long deep breath 

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

I think to continue to push boundaries around a woman’s place and for women to be the ones to lead those conversations.

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far?

Quitting the previous job that I had in health care two years ago and moving to California to dive head first into entertainment. I’ve known for a long time my heart wasn’t in my previous work. Making the change has been one of the most challenging things I’ve done, but also the most rewarding. I’ve grown so much as an individual since then. It’s been really difficult at times and I still don’t have it all figured out but I’m becoming ok with the journey. 

What are the worst?

Going with what’s safe. I’ll never make that decision again. 

What is your self-care routine?

Ahh.. oh man so many!! I’ve recently discovered the joy of a giving myself a Gua Sha facial courtesy of the holistic beauty guru, Britta Plug. I love face oils!! They make me glow! Doing this on a Saturday night in my robe while watching a film with my fiance makes me feel soo good. In the mornings, I love preparing myself a morning shake full of delicious fruits & veggies. I was an athlete growing up, playing highly competitive basketball for most of my teenage years, so I love to exercise. Living in LA is great as there are so many ways to be active and there are so many great boutique gyms with training geared to whatever you want. Lastly, this may sound weird, but getting up on the weekend and hitting up the grocery store to food shop is really therapeutic to me. 🙂