32 episodes

Woke Beauty is a storytelling platform reimagining the everyday act of self celebration, for and by all women. This show brings you unfiltered conversations with a dynamic myriad of female visionaries who developed fulfillment and personal success, despite trauma, through grit, discernment and exceptional discoveries. Throughout our time together, we explore the messy, interwoven realities of: mental health, holistic wellness, complex family dynamics, racial adversity and identity. This is our pledge to the power of resilience and the impact of perspective.
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    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

Woke Beauty is a storytelling platform reimagining the everyday act of self celebration, for and by all women. This show brings you unfiltered conversations with a dynamic myriad of female visionaries who developed fulfillment and personal success, despite trauma, through grit, discernment and exceptional discoveries. Throughout our time together, we explore the messy, interwoven realities of: mental health, holistic wellness, complex family dynamics, racial adversity and identity. This is our pledge to the power of resilience and the impact of perspective.
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    Arielle Estoria – Sharing Words from the Soul

    Arielle Estoria – Sharing Words from the Soul

    Read Arielle's feature on the Beyond Skin Deep column: https://camillestyles.com/wellness/poet-arielle-estoria/
    Read my post on why I changed my last name: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIeIW8YM1BI/
    Follow @arielleestoria
    Keep in touch @wokebeauty @rileyblanksreed and learn more at www.wokebeauty.com
    Notable quotes from Arielle:
    "My brain responds in poetic form. It's how I process everything I experience."
    "Words not for the ears but for the soul."
    "If anything, gratitude is more of an action than it is a word."
    "For a lot of us, where you were first rooted stays a part of you, no matter how much you uproot as you change. That place will always be the place that 'grew you'."
    "Purpose is: you see a void and everything in you has a desire to fill it with something. What is it? Usually it's not what we went to school for or what we were told we would become. But rather, this innate existence and ability to fill something that we have been made and designed to fulfill."
    "To truly embody words creates a whole different appreciation for them. Being able to memorize and take in words like that is a way of paying gratitude to the word itself."
    "Other people will have ideas of who you are. We need to have our view, and to own it entirely, especially as Black people."
    "The whole process of failure starts with reframing. What is failure to begin with? The moment you said 'failure', I heard 'pivot'. It's: that didn't work. What else could work? Especially in the creative world, if we just sat in every failure, we would be buried by it. The reframing of words is really important. Ask yourself, what is this word? And why do we give it so much power?"
    The book she loves: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

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    • 55 min
    Leah Thomas – Advocating for Social Justice and Sustainability

    Leah Thomas – Advocating for Social Justice and Sustainability

    Leah Thomas is an intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator based in Southern California. She's passionate about advocating for and exploring the relationship between social justice and environmentalism. She graduated from Chapman University in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a cluster in Comparative World Religions. Leah is the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah and The Intersectional Environmentalist Platform, which is a resource + media hub that aims to advocate for environmental justice + inclusivity within environmental education + movements. Her articles on this topic have appeared in Vogue, Elle, The Good Trade and Youth to the People. Before pursuing environmentalism full time, Leah worked for the National Park Service and Patagonia headquarters. Her mission is to inspire others to explore new places, live more sustainably and practice radical self acceptance.
    This conversation was recorded last Fall on a rainy day in Austin while the sun shone brightly in Ventura.
    That was intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator Leah Thomas. You can find Leah on Instagram @greengirlleah .
    Follow @wokebeauty @rileyblanksreed
    "For me, the pen and paper... that is my microphone. I want to show the younger generation that activism doesn't need to look a certain way. We can all contribute whatever our strengths might be. It takes all of us."
    "I am just one small expression of Blackness. My methods are not the only way to practice activism. Just because I have a certain outlook doesn't mean other perspectives aren't valid."
    "I think joy is an act of radical resistance to the world that we live in."
    "I learned to appreciate failure because it taught me so much about myself—who I want to be and who I don't want to be. And I know the person I want to be isn't perfect."
    "I would rather see a million imperfect sustainability enthusiasts than five militant people living perfectly and existing off of sunshine and water alone. That's just not healthy."

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    • 47 min
    Keon Saghari – Letting Go and Skating Freely

    Keon Saghari – Letting Go and Skating Freely

    Keon Saghari is a roller skating dancer extraordinaire. She thrives off of connecting with people in her community through movement, joy and liberation. From roller skating in Venice Beach to making incredible dance films for her thriving Instagram audience…well that’s not all. Keon also manages to find time to work a 9 to 5 on the employee experience team for a tech company, developing and curating their wellness program and planning events. She recently proposed to her now fiancé (he said yes!) and continues to shine like the sun. At the end of our interview she reminisced on where she was in her career just 1 year ago…it was so beautiful to hear her expand on her evolution, I just had to throw it here at the beginning.
    Follow @neonkeon @rileyblanksreed @wokebeauty
    Learn more at www.wokebeauty.com
    Read the feature at https://camillestyles.com/wellness/roller-skate-dancing-keon-saghari/

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    • 54 min
    Hi 2021

    Hi 2021

    Happy New Year! A few notes...
    “I once heard Pema Chodron explain that no emotion lasts longer than 90 seconds. You heard that right: no emotion we feel lasts longer than a minute and a half if we let it run its course without interference. Emotions, the result of chemical response to a thought, appear, intensify, de-intensify, and subside: and they do this in less time than it takes to microwave a frozen burrito. What prolongs them isn’t emotional wiring gone awry but the stories we lay on top of them that keep our brains dumping more of those chemicals into our system. A prolonged emotional experience is the result of the stories we keep alive in our heads.” -from Holly Whitaker’s book, Quit Like A Woman
    “I don’t think we talk enough about the sadness and the grief that can come when we set boundaries with those we love.” -unknown
    Book mentioned:The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
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    • 23 min
    Heidi Childers Jones – It's Ok to Not Be Ok

    Heidi Childers Jones – It's Ok to Not Be Ok

    Heidi Childers Jones is a Birthworker, Bodyworker, & Strength Coach based in Austin Texas. She is a full-spectrum birth and postpartum doula, meaning she provides culturally-sensitive support and advocates for all birthing people across all birthing experiences and preferences. She has studied with Birthing Advocacy, Mama Glow, and Doula Training International. Heidi’s life philosophy, which carries over into all aspects of her work, is flow. It’s about shifting, transforming and being receptive and adaptable to change. What washes up, good or bad, will always wash away. She is guided by the knowledge and practices of her ancestors, with strong Thai and Southeast Asian influences found in her birth and bodywork; in an effort to keep traditions alive and respected.
    Book Heidi: flowbirthandbody.com
    Follow Heidi: @heidi.flowbirthandbody
    Follow Woke Beauty: @wokebeauty
    Follow Riley Blanks Reed: @rileyblanksreed

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Miranda Bennett – Giving Worth to Women Through Sustainability, Community Building and Allyship

    Miranda Bennett – Giving Worth to Women Through Sustainability, Community Building and Allyship

    Miranda Bennett is a pioneer of ethical manufacturing, local and transparent production models and sustainability through design and materials. A graduate of Parsons’s School of Design and Eugene Lang College, Bennett’s thesis and senior collection were rooted in local, maker economies that eschew mass production and the exploitation of workers. Bennett began her career in Fashion in 2006 with her first eponymous collection, designed, cut and ethically sewn by woman owned production facilities in New York City. Her current brand, Miranda Bennett Studio, highlights plant dyed, zero waste women's apparel, made under one roof in Austin, Texas. A pilgrim of myth, Bennett is often captured by the invisible, underlying thread that connects us all. An awareness of this connection, and that no actions exist in a vacuum, is the foundation of her approach to fashion and environmental stewardship.
    Her recommended book: After the Rain by Alex Elle
    Her morning routine: supplements, strong black tea and social media engagement
    Her lesson to her younger self: Value yourself more.
    A favorite quote: "I think at the core of all of my decision making and the intention behind all of it is how do I create environments, products, situations where women feel of value? That is always what I go back to. I consider the Earth to be one of those women."
    To learn more about Woke Beauty visit www.wokebeauty.com
    To learn more about Miranda Bennett Studio visit shopmirandabennett.com
    Follow @wokebeauty @rileyblanksreed @mirandabennettstudio

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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

leelee::: ,

Thank you

Thank you for your beautiful and uplifting voice. I am so grateful for your courage in doing this podcast and your warm and welcoming spirit. I know it’s cliche to say the world needs more people like you, but I don’t care, I’ll say it. You’re making the world better. There’s so much confusion and sadness and fear in the world and you’re helping anyone who is fortunate enough to listen with your honest conversations and view. I love fortify yourself best so far. 💗

heidiroxfit ,

Resonant

I have the distinct privilege of having met Riley in person through friends and through her art, and I was extremely excited to hear she’d started her own podcast. I’ve been an avid listener since she began releasing episodes — all of them have been beautifully captured — but the episode that has truly resonated with me the most was her episode with Elaine Almeida. Perhaps it’s because I personally identify with so much of her story (at least the parts and feelings she shared) and the fact that she’s a great podcast guest, but I also think it’s because she was able to be so candid in the first place. Perhaps it’s the friendship they already built that made this feel so real. In the end, it really exemplifies the magic of this podcast, of Riley, and of her work. It feels honest and open — even when that means things are a little (or a lot) messy and “not okay.” I look forward to seeing the breadth of guests she has on the show, as I think we’ll get to hear a side of them that may not be revealed elsewhere.

crissyfish ,

An inspirational listen

Couldn’t recommend a better podcast for getting through what’s proven to be a difficult year for many. Riley is a beautiful interviewer and has carefully curated a diverse group of women to speak on their roads to success. These diverse conversations are insightful and motivating.

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