Who better to inspire us here at Gwynnie Bee than our own amazing members? Each month, we’re turning the spotlight on our community to share their stories and flaunt our styles (after all, who would we rather see than the women who really wear them?).
Meet the Member!
Name: Nancy Leeds
Location: Washington, D.C.
Member Since: July 2014
Q: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself!
A: My professional passion is electing women and inspiring women to be politically active. I spent the first eight years of my career working directly for candidates on political campaigns in 10 different states and then getting my Master’s degree in gender and public policy. A couple of years ago I moved from New York (the best city in the world) to D.C. to help other people run successful campaigns. On top of that I sit on the board of a women’s networking non-profit, write a popular blog about campaigns and elections, and am an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay.
I love being busy, but I also think that silliness is really important. People in my industry tend to take ourselves very seriously because we do serious work, so I’m always trying to make people laugh. Having moved around so much for work, I have friends all over the country so I am always up for a good road trip. My secret nerdy hobby is visiting national historic sites, particularly Presidential homes, and I love activities that help me explore our country’s natural beauty like whitewater rafting and apple picking.
Q: What inspired you to become a Gwynnie Bee member?
A: When I worked on the ground for candidates, a lot of times my work outfit was jeans and a campaign shirt. Then I moved to Washington, and everyone was in dark colored suits and shift dresses. I wanted to elevate my wardrobe without being boring, and GB has definitely allowed me to do that!
Q: What has your Gwynnie Bee experience been like thus far?
A: Fantastic. I feel like Gwynnie Bee is such a natural fit for me because we’re both committed to empowering women. It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are—you are always more confident when you feel beautiful and comfortable in your own skin. I love having a closet full of options to express myself and the freedom to try something without committing to it.
Q: How has Gwynnie Bee changed the way you approach fashion?
A: I’m definitely taking more risks. Before Gwynnie Bee, the idea of a crop top or a jump suit would have been laughable to me, but thanks to GB I tried and rocked both this summer. The member photos and reviews are extremely helpful in determining how a piece will look on my particular shape, but even when something doesn’t work I can just pop it in the blue bag and try something else, so there’s virtually no downside to going outside my comfort zone!
Q: How would you describe your sense of style? What influences your fashion sense?
A: I wear a lot of dresses. I think I own maybe 2 pairs of pants. My fall fashion resolution is to try more separates and I’m excited that I have Gwynnie Bee to help me do that.
In terms of my style, I gravitate toward classic silhouettes and bold patterns or colors. Coco Chanel said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I like to wear clothing that feels elegant and effortless to help me make a powerful statement.
Q: Who are the women who inspire you?
A: There are a number of women one or two generations older than me–Barbara Mikulski, Shirley Chisolm and Hillary Clinton come to mind– who helped paved the way and shaped what it means to be a woman in public life, but my greatest inspirations both personally and professionally are my peers. I mentioned above that I am on the board of a women’s networking non-profit and I am continually amazed and humbled by the women I get to spend time with. These are women who are running major non-profits, managing high-profile electoral campaigns and advising the US military and the United Nations. They are also yogis, triathletes, accomplished chefs and artists, and some of the most fun and caring people I know. It would be difficult not to be inspired.