In honor of International Women’s Month.
Williams Sonoma Photoshoot. Left to right: Jenn, Me, Melissa, Candice, Neyda
Unfortunately, I was going through an unexpected divorce (although I don’t speak publicly about this painful time, it actually turned out to be one of the greatest blessings of my life. Perhaps I’ll share more details at a later date…). Immediately following the shoot, I was going to meet with my now ex-husband to sign off on our house, close out all of our joint bank accounts and get our divorce papers notarized. I was an emotional mess to say the least. Because I am always professional, I composed myself through the shoot, but broke down when everything was over, and I was placing my items in my car’s trunk. I did not know Candice and had never met her before that morning. However, I’ll never forget her walking over to me with great concern on her pretty face and asking, “What’s wrong?” I briefly told her what was happening and that I had to leave right away. She said, “Girl, you will be OK. Let’s get wine tonight!” As I got in my car, she suggested meeting at Postino (a wine restaurant in Phoenix). Because of her compassion, I was able to get through the next painful hour and a half because I had plans in place and something to look forward to! That night, we became fast friends and I realized she has a very kind soul. Throughout our fun friendship we have traveled and gone to many blogging events together, such as attending New York Fashion Week, Sedona, Happy Hours, fabulous dinners and I even helped host a baby shower for her darling daughter Nixon, who is now 7 months old….as you are reading this, Candice and I are boarding a plane for a few fun filled days in Napa!
At a St. Jude event
As we all know, social media is a great platform and is truly the heart of my business. Unfortunately, because people can be anonymous, this can help breed online bullying. While I have been the recipient of such ugly behavior (and it feels terrible) it has only made me more determined to show true kindness and support to other women. The Blogger/ Influencer world is full of competition, however if we choose kindness over jealousy, great friendships can form.
Fun times while in NYC for New York Fashion Week where we stayed at The Surrey (where Meghan Markle just stayed!)
Some of my best friends have actually come out of my years working at The Bubbly Blonde. You never know what private battles a person is going through. Candice held out a kind hand when my world was falling apart, and I learned a great deal from her empathy. I want to thank her for being a true friend.
At a country concert for KNIX Radio
Why should we try to tear each other down, when we can actually enjoy and learn from one other? Candice and I often share contacts and advice to help each other grow our blogs. Be happy for other people because someday, it will be your turn to succeed and you will want people building you up, not tearing you down.
At a Phoenix Suns Game
If there are women who refuse to show kindness to you, reconsider their place in your life. When I see negativity, I get out of the way! Enjoy National Women’s Month and use these 30 days to learn more about the beautiful women around you. Your heart will thank you.
At a Bruno Mars concert
I’ll leave you with these wise words by Anthony T. Hicks: “There will always be someone better looking, better off, smarter, richer, thinner, taller, shorter, have more friends than you, a better car or a better house. You might not have what they have, but when you look in the mirror, that’s you! And that’s something that they don’t have and will never have!”
At an event for The Palmeraie at Hanger One in Scottsdale
Last week, I made an appointment with David’s Bridal to try and find an affordable cocktail dress for an upcoming wedding.
I don’t know if you’re aware, but David’s Bridal sells a LOT more than just bridal gowns. If you visit their website, you’ll see there are prom dresses, cocktail dresses and even evening gowns that are reasonably priced!
On the day of my appointment, I arrived at David’s Bridal and was immediately greeted by 3 of their friendly staff, cheerfully asking if I had an appointment. I said I did, gave them my name and was quickly introduced to Delaney, my personal stylist. Delaney was kind, knowledgeable and asked me what I was considering. I explained that I will be attending a wedding in mid-February and am looking for a great (yet affordable) classic dress. Delaney listened carefully, then took me around the (well stocked) store.
As we passed the color coordinated racks in the dress department, when I would stop to admire a dress, Delaney would add it to my “try on” selection. Once we had gathered more than a few gowns, Delaney took my measurements to make sure she had my perfect size.
She took the dresses into the back and came out with my correct size. I began trying on some really beautiful dresses and gowns, that fit me perfectly!
Honestly, my first try on was this GORGEOUS red cocktail dress!! Since the wedding is formal and has a Valentine’s Day theme, I knew I had found the perfect dress! I love that it has pockets (brilliant!) which will hold my cell phone, lip gloss and leave my hands free during the reception.
I also found a darling cream lace dress that is perfect for a luncheon I have coming up….it’s simply beautiful.
David’s Bridal is not just for a wedding dresses and everyone needs to know that!
They have an amazing shoe collection, lingerie, jewelry and gifts for the bridal party. I can now say that David’s Bridal will be one of my “go to” stores when I have an event- especially if I want to keep my purchases affordable, while creating an expensive finished look.
Thank you David’s Bridal for partnering with me on this post, I can’t wait to wear my new red cocktail gown next month!
*Thank you Cavit Wine for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Cheers to the Holidays!
I love this time of year and the all the great party invitations! If you’re like me, I always wonder what to bring as a hostess gift though.
I recently came across Cavit Wine (for myself) and realized this would be the perfect hostess gift! Like me, most people love receiving a lovely bottle of wine.
One of my favorite Italian wines is Cavit’s Pinot Noir (pictured), which has a distinctive balance with bright cherry notes and hints of red berries. It is big, bold, complex, and the #1 Imported Pinot Noir in America.* Cavit Wine is the source of America’s #1 Italian wine. Now, can you understand why it is a favorite of mine? It is delicious!
If you are looking for a great glass of wine or for a great holiday gift, look no further than Cavit Wine.