I am excited to spotlight theUnited Way of Broward County this month. For 80 years, this organization has united our community to tackle the most complex, critical challenges and create long-lasting positive change. United, we stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves, united we confront those who are working hard and falling short and united we fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
At this month's Fort Lauderdale Girl's Night Out, âat Terra Mare, you will have a chance to chat (and Flamingle) with the United Way of Broward team to learn more about their programs, events and volunteer opportunities!
Goodbye May- the month of the lovely Cinco de Mayo....the day where many Americans devour tacos and margaritas...which sounds like a normal Tuesday for me though!
Before we head into June, I want to share with you a TACO LOVER's dream happy hour on Las Olas that you should keep on your radar when in the mood for tequila, tacos, guacamole and margaritas!
Rocco's Tacos happy hour happens twice a day!
There are two daily happy hours: afternoons 4to7pm AND late night Midnight to close.
âThe happy hour menu is plentiful and easy on the wallet. $2 TACOS!!! $5 MARGARITAS!!
A big thank you to everyone who attended May's Girls Night Out 'Turquoise Takeover" Party at Lona on Fort Lauderdale Beach! I enjoyed meeting so many new women for the first time, hugging all the familiar faces and seeing everyone in in all the beautiful shades of turquoise as we celebrated and raised awareness for Lung Cancer. Over 220 local ladies joined in the fun! This event kicked off year number two for the Ft Lauderdale Girl's Night Out event. It is wonderful to see how much the event has grown and I am excited about all the upcoming events this year.
If you missed this month's event, I hope you can make it to the next one at Terra Mare on June 20th. For now, enjoy this beautiful photo review by this month's featured photographer Jenifer Castilla of Jenifer Michelle Photography. She is as sweet and kind as she is talented!
Ft Lauderdale Girls Night Out
May "Turquoise Takeover" at Lona inside the Westin
Shout out to all the Featured Businesses:
Subtle & Chic Boutique
Little Luxuries by Gisselle
Vital Hydration and Wellness
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Blessed Creations for the Caricature Station
The Bling Club
Tipsy Nails with Mo
Dr. Gena Chiropractic
Eve's Custom Cookies
Lis Castella Designs
A to Z Boutique
Heather Leigh Swim Wear
Young Living by Ursula
Jade Maxx Henna
Special Thanks to Angelo and Nicole Castaldi of Beautiful Blooms for all the breathetaking floral decor. And to Samantha of Paper Peacock for the pretty paper flower backdrop!
Next Girl's Night OUt: June 20th at Terra Mare
Our last morning meetup was on St. Patrick's day, so I think it's time for another SundayFunday!
On June 9th, we are having a "Mimosa Meetup" at Tarpon River Brewing. Casual atmospher,, flowing mimosas, music, local vendors.. and of course fun conversation with friends!
Just come meetup at the Housewives In The City reserved tabl between 12:30 and 2:30pm!
Follow the Mimosa Meetup Facebook Event Page to see who else is coming and get any updates that may happen!.
Did you know next week, Turquoise Takeover will be hitting the streets of South Florida? Starting this Sunday - it is a week long event advocating for Lung Cancer Awareness, the #1 cancer killer. From May 12-18th restaurants, buildings, shops, companies, and more will be turning Turquoise. Almost every day of the week you can participate in one of our tantalizing activities (INCLUDING THIS MONTH"S GIRLS NIGHT OUT) or wear Turquoise in support.
Next week, I planned the big one year Girls Night Out celebration to be part of the American Lung Association in Florida: South Florida weeklong Turquoise Takeover Campaign- if you can’t make it please consider supporting by at least changing your Facebook profile picture to the Lung Force Turquoise filter..
...because I lost a very, very special person to lung cancer 8 years ago, I chose the American Lung Cancer Association of South Florida as this month's Spotlight Chairty. I want to giveback to this wonderful organization and can do so through my events by raising awareness and money for a cancer that doesn’t get enough attention and help.
*Did you know that Lung Cancer claims more lives of Women in the US than Breast, Ovarian and Cervical cancers COMBINED?!
Working together to defeat lung cancerAmerican Lung Association's LUNG FORCE unites women and their loved ones across the country to stand together for lung health and against lung cancer. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., and every five minutes a woman in this country learns she has lung cancer. More must be done to raise awareness and the research funding needed to defeat lung cancer once and for all.
On April 25th, I hosted a Boho Block Party on Breakers Avenue of Fort Lauderdale Beach to give the ladies of the Ft Lauderdale Housewives In The City a chance to bring along their family to fun event. The weather was perfect for a night of music, cocktails, good food and shopping!
A big thank you to Plaza Bistro & Wine+Garden of North Beach Village for hosting us. And I appreciate Jenifer Michelle Photography so much for coming out and capturing the beauty of the night.
I am bringing Girl's Night Out to this area in August for our monthly social: "It's a Mermaid's Life" which will feature a sip & shop PLUS a swimsuit fashion show of local designers at the Royal Palm Pool. So RSVP now ---> get tickets <---
I met Melissa at the October 2018 Girl's Night Out event at Bluemercury. She was one of the attendees. And then she became one of the featured businesses at the November event and a regular at all Girl's Night Outs. From a casual hello, to working together at events to a friendship...I have had the pleasure of seeing Melissa grow as a business owner. She is an inspiring Lady Boss who follows her dream, uses her creativity talents and remains dedicated to her goal, which makes her story perfect for the new monthly "Leading Lady Boss" post! Here is some insight to Melissa and her business, A to Z Boutique. You can shop her store online or at one of the many local events throughout South Florida that she is at, including Girl's Night Out!
Interview with May's Leading Lady Boss: Melissa Hatten
Three words that describe you:
Tell me about your business and why you started it: I started the A to Z Boutique just about 1 year ago. It is named for my 2 stepdaughters Avery (8) and Zoe (6). I have had a business in the past and knew I wanted to have my own business again. I was selling my own used clothes on a resale site and I decided to try selling new clothes, it snowballed from there. I started a website (that has gone through 3 overhauls to date) ordered my first batch of clothing and jewelry and dove into the boutique business. I love the boutique world, but my creative side was still needing something else, so I started making all my own jewelry and bags for my site.
What motivates you to keep growing your business? I am a positive role model for my stepdaughters, they see what I am doing and have already started following in my footsteps by opening their own online store. I just have a passion and love for what I do. I am amazed at what my business has become in just 1 year and I cannot wait to see what’s to come.
How do you keep a positive outlook even when challenges arise in your life? I don’t always keep a positive outlook but I have an amazingly support family! My boyfriend helps me work through my many obstacles, doubts and frustrations. My mom is my biggest cheerleader and always there for support.
How many hours a week do you dedicate to your business? My business gets at least 60 hours a week of my time. Between the social media, website, vendor events, researching/ buying inventory and handcrafting jewelry it’s more work than any other job I have had.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Besides having someone write an article about me? Having a women recognize me out in public (eating lunch) from my social media and telling me how much she loves my stuff. I was so happy to see how excited she was talking about my stuff. I just love seeing women wearing my clothes, being happy and making their memories
What are your future goals for your business? I want to keep growing my online presence and eventually I would love to have a small store front.
What advice do you have for other women wanting to start their own business? Follow your dreams! Just do it, start where you can even if its small steps towards your dream. There will never be a perfect time to start so don’t wait. Its hard work but it’s worth it
Fort Lauderdale Based Mobile Boutique: A to Z Boutique
From handmade jewelry and bags to trendy and comfy clothes. A to Z Boutique is an online and mobile boutique in Fort Lauderdale Florida. You can find A to Z Boutique at a variety of events throughout the area or shop online!
Social media: Facebook |. Instagram
FT LAUDERDALE WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN
Here is the list of the amazing women businesses that helped make the April Girls Night Out Fort Lauderdale event even more fun; including their information to connect. This monthly event is a great opportunity to connect and support the ladies you met while networking! For a full photo review of the 'Walk on the Wild Side" Girls Night Out event at Escapology, click here!
Be sure to keep all of these businesses in mind when you get ready to shop!
Anastasia Eranse is our April Featured photographer. She is not only a talented and professional photographer, she is hard working and committed to capturing the photos you desire. Kind and easy to work with, Anastasia will be an asset to your event!
FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE
Foto Follies Photo Booth
FOTOFOLLIES, owned by Diane Rekey, prides itself on providing the best value and entertainment quality by offering the highest level of personal attention, customized services, friendly and professional attendants and state-of-the-art photo booth services.
Always rated the highest value and service by their clients, FOTOFOLLIES deliverers great fun and memories no matter the event!â And Diane is a pleasure to work with!
âFACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE
ADDRESS: 704 S. Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Tower 67 Designs
April Charity Spotlight
The Abandoned Pet Rescue was our charity choice for this month's event. Ladies brought donations to help support their mission. Read more about them here.
âFACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE
A big thank you to all the ladies who attended April's Girls Night Out Walk On The Wild Side' social at Escapology! I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful women for the first time, hugging all the familiar faces and seeing everyone in red! Over 85 local ladies joined in the fun to see what this unique escape experience is all about! It was exciting to see so many new faces too!
A huge thanks to the team at Escapology for providing a discount on the escape experience for our entire group. I tried out the ___ room and got out with only 27 seconds to spare. ---> read about my Escapology escape room experience here <-----
This month's Swag Bag sponsor was Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group.
Anastasia Eranse, this month's featured photographer, of Eranse Photography did a fantastic job capturing the fun of the night.
RSVP for the May Girl's Night Out - "Turqoiuse Takeover" at Lona
May is my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY for Fort Lauderdale Girl's Night Out! This will be a fabulous event to celebrate the growth of this empowering woman community and event. This is an important month for me, soI have partnered with a charity that is close to my heart- the Lung Cancer Association - to raise awareness of Lung Cancer among women.
There will fun experiences from henna and caricature artists to local boutique & fashion designer vendors to a massage therapist, photobooth and more!! Come SIP, SHOP, SOCIALIZE, GET SWAG AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE!!!!
Water. Sun. Nature....Peace.
aka...the Upper Keys.
During the busy season of Florida, when everyone, from all across the country, wants to enjoy our weather I have found the perfect spot to get away from the crowds but still soak up the Florida sun and activity!
The Upper Florida Keys (from Key Largo to Matecumbe Key) is the perfect spot to escape for a few days of peace and fun while still getting to enjoy the cool breeze weather before the heat of summer hits us! Key Largo is just 18 miles South of Miami, so an easy drive to make from Southwest Florida! We all know about Key West, but don’t overlook the Upper Keys when trying to plan your next Florida road trip!
here are five things to do on a trip to the upper keys:
Hi, I'm Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.