It takes a village to be truly successful at anything and that is just how we did it. Amanda from Un Amore joined Tannya and me in hosting the fab event. Now, this wasn't JUST a clothing swap. Oh no, babe. This was an evening of relaxing with your girlfriends and feeling rejuvenated when you left. Duque Salon made sure that everyone was having a great hair day last night. Tiffany Nash, local make up expert, had the uh-MAY-zing all natural vegan make up line Emani with her to to have the beauty within each of us reflected on our faces. Namas Day Well Spa had our hands soft as butter with USPA hand lotions and potions and salivating as we learned about her services at the well spa. The venue was smelling great from the aromatic compounds found in essential oils from doTERRA. And the food! Club Sur had us covered from light apps to delicious entrees.
Attendees got to choose from different packages. As a VIP, you received a booth or table that included sparkling wine and appetizers. But the real perk of the VIP package: being able to get first dibs on the swap! VIPs enjoyed 30 minutes of shopping in the boutique setting before general admission. Wow- sitting here now thinking about the pieces that were brought in! The shoes, the leather jackets, the Anne Klein slacks with tags still on, the buttery leather handbags, the BLING! Ladies were still finding things right up to the very last minute. Though most of the pieces went home with new owners in the perfect bags generously sponsored by Queen Anne Dispatch, the remaining pieces will be donated to Jubilee Women Center to support women in transition.
And the raffle prizes! Still blown away at the generosity of our local businesses! Just a few of the prizes were wine tasting from Girly Girl wines for the winner and 11 of her friends, spa retreat package from Hotel 1000, personal care gift certificates, golfing, and massage packages from Massage Envy.
So why did we do this anyway? Well, not only to support each other in business and to offer an great event to our local community of women, but to support a well deserving non-profit that is making education possibility to folks in Nicaragua. Adelante empowers the residents of Leon Nicaragua with educational opportunities that lead to more successful futures. This mission is very near and dear to Tannya's heart. Her mother is originally from Peru and it was due to the rare opportunity of a quality education that enabled her to move to the US and create a better future for her following generations. And at the end of the day, isn't that the point of this crazy game of life anyhow?
If you missed it, keep your ears open for next year. Women were already talking about next year last night and who they are going to be bringing! If you joined us last night, thank you for all of us collectively making a world of a difference. It made a difference for the folks in Nicaragua, for the the new friendships that were forged last night, the old ones that were rekindled, for the women who really needed last night as they may be facing stressful times in their lives, and for me - who got to contribute to creating the space for it all to happen. You have my gratitude!
See you next year.
Eli at Club Sur- you made sure that we were taken care of for the event details as well as making sure that our guests were graciously taken care of with food and drink.
Natalie at Duque- you rocked my curls, Darling, and had my hair looking like a Greek goddess.
Tiffany- once again, you had my face glowing and sparkling- reflecting what is already within me.
Dee- for your willingness to play and share that space with me.
Maureen- for your incredible support.
Tannya- I loved being a grounding force for you in creating and celebrating your first event.
Amanda- you were so on fire. Anything that needed to be taken care of, you were on it!