Welcome to Dumbbells & High Heels. Thanks so much for stopping by!
As a magazine-style blog site for women, we strive to provide a fresh perspective on fitness, fashion and beauty. Our mission is to inspire and encourage you to step into your power and become the best version of yourself by integrating self-love and self-care practices into your daily life.
Dumbbells & High Heels was created by our editor-in-chief, Laura Jackson. The idea to create an online publication exclusively for women came to her when she was about to go on stage at a fitness competition. She was doing the impossible: a set of push ups while wearing a pair of stilettos and a bikini! As a side note, fitness competitors pump-up prior to going on stage to make their muscles more visible.
Laura says this was a breakthrough for her. She had never felt so empowered in her life! In this “a-ha moment”, she realized how physical fitness could give women of all ages, body types and ethnicities an equal opportunity to feel confident, beautiful and sexy in their own skin.
This inspired her to create an online resource for professional women who want to look and feel their absolute best, whether they’re working out in yoga pants or meeting a girlfriend for coffee in skinny jeans and heels. “I don’t believe it’s about the male gaze or how others perceive us. It’s about how taking care of ourselves make us feel on the inside,” says Laura. “It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing sneakers or stilettos. Both can be equally empowering in very different ways.
At D&H, our goal is to provide a credible, reliable resource that not only uplifts and empowers our readers, but also connects us to them through a mutual love of fitness, fashion and beauty.
Although we know that beauty stems from the inside, we believe there is so much power in taking good care of ourselves. When you eat well, exercise regularly and occasionally trade in your sweats for stilettos, you will have the energy, confidence, strength and stamina to thrive in all other areas of your life.
We dare to be different: We create content that’s inspiring, empowering and up-lifting. Our goal is to break through the stereotypes and unrealistic ideals that leave us feeling powerless. Instead, we choose to use fitness, fashion and beauty to enhance our best features and improve our self-confidence.
Self-love is a true art: We believe “self-love” is a conscious daily effort that takes practice, consistency, hard work and dedication. Once you master this skill, your life will begin to transform before your eyes. You will discover and align with your true purpose; attract what you want with ease; learn to find joy in the mundane; no longer sweat the small stuff; improve your relationships with others and get beyond the barriers that may be holding you back from becoming your best self.
Self-Care isn’t selfish: When you take care of “you” first, you are better able to serve others. Self-care is about eating healthy, engaging in daily exercise, getting enough sleep, practicing yoga, meditating, staying well-hydrated and embracing anything else that makes you feel beautiful, confident, powerful and uniquely you. Whether it’s spending the day at the spa, putting on a pair of high heels, wearing bright red lipstick or getting into downward dog, we say go for it! Do whatever it is that makes you feel like the goddess you were born to be.
We’re real people with real-life advice: We admit, we’re a little obsessed with tracking the latest fashion trends and trying out anything new like an organic juice cleanse or a ballet-inspired barre class. And we equally love when we discover a life-changing beauty treatment; a yummy new recipe or simply get lost in a great book. Our goal is to provide you with advice that leaves you feeling empowered, inspired and totally zen.
We wear our journalism hats: To ensure our content is accurate, informative and timely, we conduct interviews with leading industry experts, cite the latest studies from scientific journals and share anecdotes from real-life women. From time to time, we may also give you some “sisterly advice” when it comes to ‘must-have’ beauty products, go-to shopping destinations, great reads and podcasts, fun apps, workout tips, delicious recipes and more!
We are a sisterhood: In addition to providing interesting and newsworthy content, we strive to create a sense of community among our readers. We believe in fostering conversation around real-life issues as a way to support and empower one another to become the best version of ourselves.
We sincerely hope you enjoy our online publication. If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Wishing you an abundance of health and happiness,
The D & H Editorial Team
Dumbbells & High Heels is a new movement that was created to empower women to live their best life without fear of judgement. This new-age magazine is all about authenticity, female empowerment, self-care, self-love, strength, self-confidence, feminism, sisterhood and collaboration.