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Hair’s To You, Alli Webb

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I’ve always been obsessed with innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirt. Along the way, I learned that many entrepreneurs are successful after finding a solution within their current industry. Alli Webb of Drybar is a perfect example of this. Starting out as stylist and stay-at-home mom, she has made a multimillion-dollar business out of just blowouts. Here is why she is the ultimate girl boss:

She found her niche:
Alli discovered a need women had for simply having their hair styled (and not cut).  She decided to own this and made them affordable and accessible for everyone.

It started as a family affair: She leaned on her marketing expert brother to start the business and used her ad executive husband to develop the creative assets. She was also able to acknowledge when the business grew too big for her and hired a CEO to run the company.

She expanded wisely: Alli recognized the room for expansion beyond the salons. Since opening, Drybar now has its own line of tools, liquid products, and even a book!

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9.30.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We couldn’t get enough of the pint-sized royals’ trip to Canada:
“Princess Charlotte has proved to be quite a character following her debut play date in Canada. The pint-size royal had everyone at a children’s party in stitches when she sat on a rescue dog called Moose and made a dash for a display of balloons. Prince George—perhaps more sensibly—chose to ride a small pony during the fun-filled children’s party, which was laid on for the royal children this morning in the grounds of Government House in Victoria where the family have been staying during their tour.”

Tory Burch is making sure her employees make it to the polls come November:
“As the CEO of a company, I can ensure that our employees have one less impediment to voting—time off to vote. We are giving our employees time off on Election Day, Nov. 8, and we are making voter registration materials and information available. We call on our fellow corporate citizens to do the same. #TimeOffToVote”

One retailer is pushing brands to adopt the “see now, buy now” retail strategy:
“On Monday’s conference call with investors, Neiman Marcus Group CEO Karen Katz praised Tom Ford and Burberry for holding back their collections from the press until deliveries, but added that the company — which also owns Bergdorf Goodman and MyTheresa.com — knows it is going to take time for these changes to permeate the industry.”

You can’t help but respect these celebrities and their side hustle:
“Jessica Biel, restaurateur? This actress is just one of the many stars who has a business outside of showbiz. The star, who opened up the kid-friendly L.A. restaurant, Au Fudge, earlier this year, joins the ranks of celebs like George Clooney are pursuing a career outside of acting. So what exactly are these unexpected side hustles? Clooney has his own brand of tequila, and Ellen DeGeneres has a line of clothing and home furnishings, while Lenny Kravitz heads a design firm.”

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8.12.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We can’t get enough of superstar swimmer Katie Ledecky:
“Katie Ledecky set an Olympic record during her 800-meter freestyle preliminary race Thursday. Ledecky has already won four medals—including three gold—at the Rio games. During a heat for the 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky finished the race in an Olympic-record time of 8:12.86. Earlier this week, Ledecky won gold in both the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle. She also has a gold medal from the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and a silver from the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.”

Power couple Kate and Andy Spade are back in business with a new project:
“The quiet arrival of Frances Valentine, which sells shoes and handbags directly to consumers online and through a handful of retailers including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Shopbop, took some industry pros by surprise. Created by Kate and Andy, along with Kate Spade partner Elyce Arons and former shoe design director Paola Venturi, the company has an impeccable fashion pedigree. But instead of going big and bold, the founders wanted to bring their new brand forward slowly. ‘[We thought]: We’re going to make mistakes,’ says Kate. ‘Let’s make them on a smaller scale.’”

Arianna Huffington is shifting her focus – and we can’t wait to follow along:
“Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington said on Thursday she would step down as editor-in-chief of the online news site that bears her name to focus on running her new venture, health and wellness startup Thrive Global. It will offer services to companies to improve the well-being of employees by providing training, seminars, e-courses, coaching and other support.”

Starbucks will offer almond milk, proving it really is about celebrating the little things in life:
“There is finally a non-dairy almond milk option at Starbucks with 25 percent of the sugar contained in natural 2% milk. More than 96,000 Starbucks users online requested that the company add almond milk before it was added to the menu.”

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8.5.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We got some serious Snapchat vibes from one of our favorite apps:
“Introducing Instagram Stories, a new feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos and videos, they appear together in a slideshow format: your story. With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed.”

The Queen of Pop will reign again soon:
“With a new album, Glory, slated for release on August 26, and a new hit, ‘Make Me. . .,’ currently climbing the charts, Spears is back in a big way. Calling the project the ‘beginning of a new era’ on her social media accounts, Spears is primed for resurgence.”

One of our favorite fashion designers proves being kind is always in style:
“For Christian Siriano, inclusivity isn’t a buzzword – it’s a lifeline.Though the inclusivity movement—the idea that any person, of any size or color, should be able to find clothes they love—is trending, few well-known brands actually take the steps required to augment the blueprint. He’s chosen to favor real world transparency over fashion fiction. Clearly his everyone-is-welcome business model is keeping the lights on.”

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