It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and boy was it an incredible year. For me, 2016 was a year of self-discovery and growth. My event planning business has blossomed, I had the opportunity to take over Philadelphia Housewives in February (almost a year!) and have made so many meaningful new friendships because of it.
Goal-setting is something that I'm a firm believer in, and I hope that by putting my goals out into the universe I'll be even more motivated to manifest them. Anyone who sets goals knows that they are constantly evolving and changing, but here's my start...
1. Surround yourself with positive energy.
I've always been someone that tolerates things for the sake of not wanting to lose them. Whether it be a friendship or an activity that just isn't making me happy anymore, I vow in 2017 to try to resolve any negativity and if it cannot be resolved to be comfortable with letting it go.
2. Grow my businesses.
This is broad, but I have really exciting goals for both my event planning + Housewives businesses that I can't wait to make happen. Stay tuned ;)
3. Visit Charleston.
You guys (or should I say, y'all?), this has been a dream of mine for so long. I always joke that I was a Southern woman in a past life. I am a firm believer in southern hospitality, cobblestone streets and butter. I dream of pedaling down the streets of Charleston (I hear this is the way to do it) and getting lost in all of the historic knooks and crannies of the city.
4. And Savannah.
Because apparently they are closer than I thought.
5. Pick up an active hobby again.
Did you know that I used to dance and play tennis? Yeah, I almost forgot too. I'd like to either pick one of these back up or find a fun new hobby that'll get me moving.
6. Learn to frost a cake.
You guys, this is so serious. I make delicious cakes, but they always look like a monkey iced them. One of these days, I'll make a pretty cake. *Note to my planning clients: This is why we hire professional bakers and don't DIY the baked goods, LOL.
The rain couldn't keep us away on December 6, 2016 as we took over Avenue Kitchen in Villanova. Ladies got some of their holiday shopping done, chose pigs (keep reading) and made gourmet s'mores... fun was had by all!
Our December charity partner was Adopt a Pig. Adopt a Pig is a program designed to help children and their families cope as they face pediatric cancer. At our event, the organization brought along piggy banks that were decorated by pediatric cancer patients and survivors that were then purchased by GNO-goers. The purpose is for sponsors to adopt the banks and collect donations, and when each bank is full the change inside gets counted and sent to the organization. You then get to keep your piggy bank as a personal reminder of a child's fight against cancer. The program focuses on coping through Art Therapy and Coping Kits. Adopt a Pig provides local children's hospitals, oncology clinics and summer camps with art supplies and piggy banks which we saw a sampling of at our Girls Night Out event. The Coping Kits are provided to families shortly after a child's diagnosis is received and contains items that will aid in the physical, emotional and financial struggle that takes place from the time of a pediatric cancer diagnosis and beyond. To learn more, please visit www.adoptapig.org.
True You Health Solutions
LuLaRoe by Kirby Jackson
Adopt a Pig
Tara at Home
Mallow & Co.
Chloe + Isabel by Kristin N.
Photo Credit: Pangia Pangia
I anxiously stood on the escalator that took me to the second floor of Bloomingdale's in King of Prussia, specifically to the cosmetics department. I had arrived early to get my makeup done before our event began, and wasn't sure what to expect.
Almost immediately, I was greeted enthusiastically by a group of GORGEOUS women who were excited for the night ahead. I was quickly informed that I'd be starting off my night with a complimentary facial in Bloomingdales' private spa room (did you know that this was there?!). Nina, the young woman who handled my facial was super sweet and was knowledgable about all of the products that she was using on me (Kiehls... I'm a new fan!). Not only did the facial help me to relax a little pre-event, but it helped to prep my skin for makeup application.
After my facial, I walked over to the Bobbi Brown counter and Kristen glammed me up. Right away, I could tell that she was passionate about her work. She tried a few shades of foundation on my cheek before settling on one that matched me perfectly, and only after making sure it went with the natural tones of my neck/chest. She asked what my favorite feature was and if I'd want to play it up a bit (my eyes, and boy did we play those up!). I got glimpses of what was to come in a handheld mirror, but I truly wasn't prepared for the end result.
For those who know me, I'm not particularly risky with my cosmetics. I'll use a little bronzer and blush and occasionally a lipstick, but that's about it. Our evening at Bloomingdale's showed me that it's ok to take risks with your makeup. When I first looked in the mirror, I will admit that I was totally shocked. My eyes had multiple layers of winged liner, highlighter graced my cheeks for the first time and my lips had a matte pink lipstick that I never would have chosen for myself, but that actually complemented my complexion.
It took me about 30 seconds to realize I was in love with this new look. I would have never experimented with a look like that for myself, and am so grateful that I had the opportunity to see that I could pull this off. I advocate for stepping outside of your comfort zone with everything else... so why haven't I ever tried with cosmetics!?
I'm not the only one who had an 'AHA!' moment that night. I engaged in conversation with other women who joined us and who had the opportunity to get their makeup done by artists in the department who also said the artists who did their makeup looked at them and saw a beauty that they didn't see in themselves everyday. This is when it really hit me: makeup isn't just for covering up flaws, it's for taking a beautiful blank canvas and highlighting it. For me personally, it took more guts to wear all of the make up and be confident with rocking it than it did to walk into a mall with no makeup on.
When I first rode up that escalator for our Glow All Out For Girls Night Out, I didn't expect that I'd be leaving with a new inner glow too. Thank you to the ladies of Bloomingdale's Cosmetics for making us look and feel even more beautiful!
Special shout out to California Pizza Kitchen for providing tasty treats for us to nibble and for DJs Available Sound and Light for the upbeat music that had us seat-dancing in our makeup chairs.
All of our guests left with fabulous swag provided by Bloomingdale's King of Prussia cosmetics department. Thanks for treating the Philadelphia Housewives for such a fabulous evening!
Photo Credit: Miriam Sandler Photography