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The Refresh Sesh 2016

Yesterday this sweet baby girl was officially 11 months old!

Thank you Sarah Kane Photography!

Thank you Sarah Kane Photography!

 I know its so cliche’ and cheesy but where has the time gone! It has been a whirl wind adventure, becoming a mama of two babies. This time around, I tried to slow down and really live thru all of the moments. The really amazing ones and the ones that are less appealing.

You know, the less than ideal moments that we are all guilty of rushing thru. We have all heard it and I am sure I will be saying it too, that one day I will miss these days. The days of less than stellar personal care, little to no sleep or patience, and the non-stop noise.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with my babies this last year.  I gave it my all, every day, knowing that I had plans to shift the focus at the beginning of this year.

crush-2Last year my word was Energy and this year I chose Refresh to be the theme and focus. It feels like a good word because I feel like now that Sloane is getting a bit more independent, I can redirect some of my energy back to taking care of myself and doing some things for my business that I had on hold for the last few years.

I am working on a BIG rebranding project that will blend Money Making Makeup Artist and my freelance work together to live under one new url with a name that I feel really makes a statement to what I am about. I can’t wait to show you!

 Did you give 2016 a word or a theme? I would love to know what it is and why you chose it, please share in the comments!

Sometimes I have to remind myself that taking the time to give myself (and my goals and dreams) that REFRESH energy is not selfish and that I can’t just run around like a crazy person all of the time trying to get it all done. That is another totally cliche’ mom thing that kills me. We have to take care of ourselves friends!

How do you expect to take care of your loved ones when you are not being very nice to yourself!?!?!

So I am doing it ya’ll, I am committing to this year of REFRESH! I am taking the time to give myself little doses of physical, mental and spiritual refreshment, as my time and budget allows. Now, I would adore a lavish shopping trip and month of lounging on a beach somewhere but that may not be realistic at the moment.

For about a month or so at the end of last year, I was on a major clean up kick. I hauled so much stuff to Goodwill. It felt amazing to clean out the closets and say good bye to some things that no longer served me. Here’s looking at you maternity clothes! Bye, Felicia! Am I right!?!?

One day I was chatting with my pal, Joanna Avant, wardrobe consultant, and I was telling her that I didn’t need a full on Wardrobe Revival (the 3 hour closet makeover session she offers!). I am pretty good about purging clothes that no longer fit or make me happy.  But there were a few pieces in my closet that I just didn’t know how to make work so I wasn’t wearing them but I didn’t want to get rid of them. I just needed some guidance on HOW to make them functional.

So one day, when I was popping by her house to check out the CO2 Fighting Fit boxing video that we both reviewed (click here to see & download your copy!), I brought over 2 dresses that I needed a solid outside (but legit) opinion on whether I needed to let them go to a new home OR style them in a new way for my 2016 self.

Ya’ll, these were maternity dresses! I can’t even believe I am admitting that! But I bought these 2 dresses last year at Hip to Be Round, a trendy maternity store in Richmond and they are so cute and don’t look like maternity dresses at all. I wasn’t sure if I was just trying to convince myself of something OR if they were cute. Joanna told me exactly how to bring them back to life and style them for my current bod and I have been so excited to wear them with confidence!

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Isn’t my sweet friend Joanna such a sassy broad? I love that she helped me figure out how to wear this (formerly maternity) dress and feel totally cute doing it.

Its like getting a new outfit for FREE!

And so #therefreshsesh was born!  It’s a brilliant way to get a mini version of Joanna’s Wardrobe Revival and my Makeover Your Makeup Bag session. The coolest part is that it doesn’t matter where you are, we come to you virtually!

After years of getting asked by friends and clients who don’t live near us, we have finally figured out how to share our skills using technology! We are only doing 12 of these and they are for sale thru Feb 14, or until they sell out, so they are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Buy your here!

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How fabulous would it be to have a team of pro stylists teach you how to streamline your morning routine (closet to caboodle) so you can start every day looking and feeling confident and put-together?  This service isn’t just for celebrities or the super-elite.  Joanna Avant, wardrobe consultant, and Emily Hudspeth Greenwald, make-up artist, can do this for YOU!  It doesn’t matter where you live — it’s all done via e-mail and Skype/FaceTime sessions!

Here’s what we need from you:

  • Get the ball rolling by completing a style questionnaire for each of us
  • Do some quick homework to prep for our virtual sessions
  • Hop online, and let’s “meet!”

Here’s what you’ll get from us:

  • 2 hours of virtual consultations (approximately 1 hour with each of us), during which we will answer your style questions, help you decide what to keep, what to trash/donate, what to invest in, and how to put it all together
  • A follow-up summary email with links to a few things for you to buy now
  • A printable worksheet for taking notes during our sessions
  • A huge boost in confidence that comes with feeling comfortable and put-together.  (Oh, and a good chuckle or two.  Possibly at our expense;)

Treat yourself or someone you love to The Refresh Sesh!  A Virtual Make-up and Wardrobe Edit.  

There are only 12 spots available for this Valentine’s Day special!  Available for purchase February 1-14, 2016, or until all spots are filled.




 

 

 

Katelyn James Spring 2013 Workshop

Katelyn James Workshop Experience Spring 2013.

I tell you this, every time I post photos from a workshop that I have done with Katelyn, but I will tell you again. I love Katelyn and her workshops. They give me a chance to work with other wonderful vendors, you can see Katelyns blog post for more of their work and a list of who all participated. It also gives me these beautiful photos to share with you and as an added bonus, this one was published on Ruffledblog.com here. 

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And this pink lip color!

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Oh, and this “bride/model”, love her too! This is my pal Tori, from Marvelous Things Photography. Yep, she moonlights as a model!

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Thanks Katelyn for letting me be a part of another fabulous Workshop Experience.

And thanks to Tori for another great day of working together. Check out this post of a shoot we worked on last fall.