There are few things better than a good girls trip. Seriously, think about it: you get to travel and experience a bunch of new things with your gal pals, eat delicious food and have refreshing cocktails, shop, and you don’t have to worry about anything or anyone else for a few days! This past weekend, I got to travel to Stratford, Ontario with five other Michigan bloggers: Liz (@withwonderandwhimsy), Anne (@curlsandcontours), Grace (@colorandgrace), Sarah (@sarahbrithinee) and Alleigh (@alleighchrzan). We spent three days and two nights in this beautiful little city, and I’ll be sharing all of the details in a series of three blog posts.
To me, you really set the tone for your event with the invite. While text invitations are super convenient for my generation, sometimes there’s nothing like receiving something tangible in the mail. It’s like, “Wow, you really want me to come?!” Coming up with a design for an invitation can be the most challenging part – even more challenging than putting your guest list together! That’s why websites like Basic Invite exist.
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is a big deal in Detroit. I mean, we’re known as the “Motor City” after all! This year marks the 30th anniversary of the NAIAS and the last time that the event will be held at Cobo. In 2020, the show will take place in June, sandwiched between the Grand Prix and the Ford Fireworks. Not only will the summer exhibition be more enjoyable for visitors weather-wise, but it will also allow automobile companies to showcase their new models outdoors at Hart Plaza, the Riverwalk, Campus Martius and Grand Circus Park.
All in all, my party was absolutely magical. I was in great company, my decorations looked beautiful, everyone loved the food (I'm getting better in the kitchen, y'all), my playlist was poppin', and for the first time in some weeks, I felt at ease. Being surrounded by people that love you unconditionally truly does something to the spirit. For days, I kept staring at pictures and videos from the evening because I couldn't believe how wonderfully everything turned out!
#ProjectYouToday is Liz Louize's body positivity campaign that encourages women to celebrate who they are in this exact moment. Far too often, women hold themselves back from things out of fear of not being "thin enough," "pretty enough," "smart enough," the list goes on and on. We set these unattainable expectations for ourselves, knowing that they are unreasonable and farfetched, and then tear down our self-esteem when those "goals" are not reached. Maya Angelou once said, "You alone are enough, you have nothing to prove to anybody." As women, we need to remember and understand this. We are all on this earth to serve a purpose. We are beautiful, inside and out, and we should not wait until that "perfect moment" to start enjoying our lives.
Hair is such a fickle thing. It can break off, tangle, grow longer, fall out, change colors...it's not always consistent. Why do we put so much emphasis on something that is just going to do what it wants to do when it's all said and done? Taking care of your hair is extremely important, and I believe that healthy hair should always be the ultimate goal, but hair should not be the be-all and end-all for you.
Resolution lists can be so cliché. You write out a bunch of stuff that sounds cute to do, but in the back of your mind, you know you'll already have forgotten about them before February rolls around. As I started thinking about 2018 and all that I hope it brings to me, I had a revelation: Do resolution lists fail because we're not disciplined enough to work through them?
I'm really proud of myself for all of my accomplishments. I made a list of things I wanted to get done this year, and while I didn't check off every single box, I believe that I set a good foundation that will carry me into 2018.
OK, OK...that may have been a tad bit on the dramatic side, but I've been sitting in front of my laptop for the past few hours trying to reformat this blog and I feel like an 83-year-old woman that just got an iPhone for Christmas (a.k.a. I'm so damn confused!).
I'll be 24 next week. Ahh! This year is seriously flying by. Since we all have our own agendas, my friends and I use my birthday as a time where we can all get together and have fun. For the past few years I've planned outings for us to do (it's usually a dinner at a local restaurant and then some random activity following shortly after), but last year I wasn't in the mood for some reason and didn't plan anything at all! It felt weird not seeing my girls. So I went ahead and got back to the tradition this year.