Holiday Glam with PWDR Beaute

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Greetings and happy holidays from me to you!  With this time of year some of you may have multiple occasions to get all dolled-up. When I think of holiday attire, I instinctually am drawn to sequins.  The problem with sequins is that not everyone feels comfortable when it comes to accessorizing with something that is already eye-catching.  So here are just a few ways to style one of my sequin dresses.

This first look I paired with my patch faux-fur jacket to add some warm tones to the look. Many of you may think to just wear black with red , which I love but I really adore adding warmth to looks.  I also brought the warm tones down to my shoes in order to disperse the tones evenly.

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The next few looks will now be tied in with black textures. Here, I am wearing my black faux-fur vest and then my black booties.  I love the drama black brings to this look and how cozy it feels when wearing it.  This is a good accessory to keep you warm especially with a one-sleeved dress like this.

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Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know I can never resist pairing a faux-leather jacket with just about ANYTHING.  I also love hats and pairing the two looks together to create a fun look.

IMG_0764Not a hat person?  That’s okay because this look still remains fashionable without a hat.

I have the privilege of knowing some really talented make-up artists because of my friends at the Hot Tomato Studio.  For this post I partnered with Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute who is a fellow Hot Tomato gal herself.  She and I went over what type of look we felt was appropriate and slightly different than what I usually do.  I let her take the reigns on this since she’s the expert.  My typical look is a cat-eye with a red lip so she switched up a few things to make it a little different yet staying true to myself.  I loved the outcome and found it to be perfect for a fancy shmancy party. A little glitter never hurt anyone 😉  Make sure and check out her page on instagram and facebook @PWDRBeaute if you’re looking for a make-up artist.

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A huge thank you to Abigail Gedon for utilizing her make-up craft and also The Betsy Mills Club for allowing me to use their beautiful, historic parlor for this shoot.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Edgy X 2

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You know I love edgier fashion. I especially love sharing how to switch up a few pieces to create a different look.

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The main pieces for this look are a hand-me-down maternity lace dress with my favorite Aerosmith band tee over top of it. I also paired a few pieces of jewelry from Wit & Whimzy.

The only items I switched out were my jacket and shoes to show two different variations of this look. Here I’m wearing my knee high boots and faux leather jacket from Dad’s Primitive Workbench. This jacket is fantastic. I have quite a few different faux leather jackets but this is my new favorite because it fits like a glove and I love the zipper details.

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Now for this second look I’ve switched out to my new bargain find from Talbots. Hard to believe that a coat from Talbots can be worn with an outfit such as this, huh? I adore black and ivory and this tweed fabric gives it a vintage feel. I then paired my knee high socks with my metallic booties.

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I love both looks equally! The best part about both jackets is how versatile they are. You can wear party dresses with both pieces. Going to a New Year’s Eve party and want to look sassy? Toss on the faux leather jacket. Want a more sophisticated, classy look? Throw on the tweed dress coat. Never skimp on the detail of your layering pieces.

What pieces would you wear?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

As Maria would sing, “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”

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One of my favorite movies is Sound of Music so when I have the opportunity to sing “My Favorite Things” I do it!  When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad! I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad!  So what are my favorite things you ask?  Well, let me start by saying what I love most about Christmas.  I love the magic it creates especially since I have my own little family. With that being said one of my family’s favorite spots to shop in downtown Marietta, Ohio is Dad’s Primitive Workbench. It’s even more special during any holiday because there are so many wonderful themed items!  Usually I am posting about fashion but for this time of year I want to share some of the special things that Dad’s Primitive Workbench offers that are my favorite things! 🙂

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GIVE ME ALL THE BUFFALO PLAID!!

I know I said this wouldn’t be a fashion post, but I HAD to include this cute tote bag ($19.95) and matching pouch ($9.95). And can we talk about how adorable these stockings are?!  We got four matching ones to hang by the chimney with care!

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FOLLOW THE SIGNS

I  love wall décor and the personality it can bring to your home.  These two specifically speak to me because I will forever be a dreamer and encourage others to do so.  Then when I saw this cute sign, “2+2=Love” I fell, well in love!  Perfect timing.  With our new addition coming along soon it was the perfect buy. Only $8.00 and you can request custom pieces from this vendor (ask Charlie about it).

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YUMMY GOODNESS

Apple butter ($5.95) has always reminded me of childhood because my Mawmaw used to make it homemade.  Sadly, I never learned how to myself so when I came across this apple butter at Dad’s Primitive my heart instantly warmed because the joy it gave me when I was a kid.  And for those of you that don’t know, my husband is diabetic and when there are options that have “no sugar added” that’s a huge plus!

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CARRYING ON THE TRADITION

For as long as I can remember, my mom and I would bake candy cane cookies from scratch and leave them for Santa along with a tall glass of milk.  We’d place them on our coffee table by the tree.  It was my absolute favorite thing to do and I’m honored to carry on the tradition in my home.  There was nothing more magical than waking up to find that some of the cookies had been eaten and the milk was gone! Then to find a letter from Santa thanking me for the cookies.  It honestly brings a smile to my face just writing about it.  So how perfect are these cuties to implement in this type of tradition?!  These ceramic pieces are adorable and so appropriate for something such as this.  I also love the spatula with the cookie cutter because it’s themed and could be labeled as “magic” if you wanted to ONLY use it to bake Christmas cookies.  On the other side of the spatula it has a table of measurements too!

(Cookie Plate: $9.95 Milk Carton: 9.95 Spatula $7.95)

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And look!  A cute snowman mug ($9.95) for parents to enjoy while watching their kids open presents on Christmas day.  I LOVE hot chocolate so check out Frosty’s pouch that can hold marshmallows or even peppermints if you like those to melt in your drink too! Yum, yum, yum!  Great, now I want some hot chocolate.

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PERFECTLY PINK-ALWAYS LOVELY

It’s probably no secret that I am a fan of Perfectly Pink products because the smells are absolutely intoxicating.  This Moscato scent is perfect for this pregnant mama since I can’t drink wine right now.  At least I can enjoy bathing in it (lol)!  These products can be found across the MOV and beyond including Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

(Polish $15.00 Hand Soap $8.00)

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Now excuse me while I enjoy my view from the couch right now.  Oh, so cozy!  Thank you, Charlie for always offering an eclectic mix of product.  Perfect fit for my eclectic life!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Sweater Haul-Get Ready Ladies!

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I don’t know about you but I love me some cozy sweaters but sometimes people get stuck on how to wear them in a non-typical way.  For instance, for this first look I am wearing two tops from Dad’s Primitive Workbench in Marietta, Ohio.  I love this shop’s selections of sweaters because they are unique, comfortable and versatile.  This crop plaid button-down paired with my distressed sweater provides an edgy look but also  warmth because of the layers.  This crop plaid piece is so great and I can’t wait to wear it after the baby bump is gone and rock it all buttoned up.  I also love the agate necklace to add a special piece of jewelry.

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Here’s a side-view to show off some more of the plaid top.  I also paired it with earrings from the same place.  In fact, everything in this post that I mention is from Dad’s Primitive Workbench!  With this pose you get a nice view of Baby Sawyer too 😉

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As you know I adore accessories and think they truly help complete a look.  In case you don’t notice some of the jewelry I am wearing with these looks, here’s a close-up for you.   I didn’t rock the Mama Bear earrings but couldn’t NOT feature them because I think they are so darn cute!

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If you’ve spoken to me this season I keep talking about how much I love the chenille fabric for sweaters because I feel like a swaddled up baby.  And then when you pair it with a blanket scarf? Psh!  Forget about it.  You’ll find me in random corners of rooms cozied up taking a nap! LOL. But in all seriousness, this look would be super cute for casual Christmas parties.

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This sweater is a beautiful royal purple which is a gorgeous hue but not one that I personally gravitate towards until this time around.  And are you kidding me with this beautiful orange scarf?  The mixture of textures is my favorite.

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Now this next cutie is my favorite fall color and I love the fringe detail.  The neckline is perfect because it’s not quite a mock turtleneck but it wraps around your neck to provide more warmth.  I also love it paired with leopard print.

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And you know I can’t resist mixing some more patterns 🙂

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Lastly, this green number is one of the softest fabrics yet.  I could sleep in this one quite easily too (definitely a tie between the chenille sweater and this one for softness).  You could belt this look with a braided belt if you wanted to, but I actually liked the looseness of it. The length is typically something I wouldn’t go for because of my lack of height (being only 5’3″) but I love it with my tall boots.  The print on the boots gives the eye something new to concentrate on but is still complimentary to the look.

If you don’t already know my posts for Dad’s Primitive Workbench are sponsored which means that you get a coupon code to use at the shop!!  There’s always a Buy One Get One 50% off for the boutique shop items but when you give the code: Randomosity 740 you will receive an extra 10% off on top of that!  Perfect timing for the holidays and dropping temps.

Which sweater was your favorite?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

MOV Fashion Hop 2018

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Last Saturday a really cool thing happened.  I hosted my first fashion event here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  I called it MOV Fashion Hop.  The purpose of this event was to share two of my passions with the area; fashion and the options we have locally as far as shopping small businesses.  I love when I have the opportunity to promote fellow entrepreneurs.  This also gave me the chance to demonstrate any styling advice I can provide to clients for a personal wardrobing consultation such as personal shopping, curating one’s own style, coordinating clothing for group photos, or anything else along the wardrobe spectrum.

I mentioned that my passion was fashion, but it means so much more than the vain connotation that can come with it.  I love making people feel confident and that is what fashion does for me.  Many times we get in style ruts or think we can’t wear or “pull-off” certain styles because of our age or the area we live in, “we live in a small town, I would look silly wearing that HERE!”  I’ve heard it all.  I always like to refer to my next statement as “the psychology of fashion.”  We get inside our own heads and create this doubt, or lack of self-worth when we are shopping for clothing.  Just because we live in a small town doesn’t mean we have to stick to wearing a certain style of clothing and put ourselves in a made-up box.

Also, Mama Bears (yes, I’m talking to you)  you work super hard on making sure you’re taking care of your family and that is amazing and kudos to you!  But don’t forget to celebrate yourself and remember to allow yourself to feel beautiful and confident. I can speak from experience, especially with another one on the way.  I care about fashion because of the way it makes me feel.  I HATE not feeling good about myself so I take the extra time in the morning to take care of me; coordinate an outfit, do my make-up and curl or straighten my hair.  Do I wake up earlier? Yes, because it’s worth it to me.  Do I think everyone should feel this way?  No, but if you feel crappy about yourself when you look at other women, then I highly recommend taking the time but only if it’s for YOU.  If you don’t care about fashion, that’s okay but I’m assuming you at least care a little since you’re reading my blog.  I highly doubt it’s my mediocre writing skills that draws you in (LOL).

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The next images that I’m sharing are from MOV Fashion Hop.  This shows you a glimpse of what I can teach you personally, amongst other things.  These are still images of videos that were taken during the event.  If you’re interested in watching you can view them here.

In each of the videos I’m teaching different ways to wear things.  In Peyton & Peppy Boutique I showed how to wear a flutter sleeve and mix different, unexpected tones to create a polished look for a day-to-night look.  When we went into Schafer Leather I went over how to wear ponchos and capes along with not being afraid to wear a hat.  I can’t get over how many people feel silly wearing a hat simply because of where we live.  Be bold and go for it! 🙂

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At Wit & Whimzy I taught how to accessorize and layer jewelry with neutral tones by using clothing from Sabela Chic.  Another lesson was sharing how to mix patterns in a subtle way while I was in Emleigh’s and Mama B’s.

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While in Sugar Maple Boutique I shared my love of leopard print, my favorite neutral pattern.  I also demonstrated how to wear a different style pant along with a vest that had fun colors and how to pair it with a less obvious choice for a pant.  Next up was Teri Ann’s, a staple fashion destination here in Marietta.  I taught how to wear a printed pant and pairing the perfect top and layering piece along with not worrying about getting the perfect match of colors as long as things blend nicely.

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Lastly, we ended our tour at Dad’s Primitive Workbench which is one of my favorite places to find unexpected fashion pieces.  I taught how it’s okay to kick outdated fashion rules to the curb like “not mixing blue and black.”  It’s perfectly acceptable to do so as long as you pair the right things together.

I hope if you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s MOV Fashion Hop that you get to next time.  I plan on doing this every fall season but people have already asked me to do it again in the springtime, so who knows?  Stay tuned and make sure and follow me on my facebook page so you can watch for other Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0 events! Also, if you’re interested in my personal wardrobe consultations, hit me up!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

FALL-ing in Love

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Okay, so the weather is still hot but we are officially seeing fall trends in the stores and the sale sections for summer are dwindling down.  I absolutely adore fall; give me all the layering pieces!  I collaborated with Dad’s Primitive Workbench to share some of my favorite looks for fall and a few tips to share for the transitioning weather.

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Pants and Top from Dad’s Primitive

For this look I wanted to show you how to wear it now.  These teal pants with accent colored stripes blend perfectly with this pumpkin colored tank. In order to transition to fall all you’ll need to do is throw on a jean jacket.

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Dress and Scarf from Dad’s Primitive

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Next, I’m showing three ways to wear this cute little maxi dress.  Now this dress is PERFECT for all those expectant mothers like me or ladies that just want a comfy maxi dress.  You could also belt this look too or combine the scarf with the jacket for an extra layered look. Speaking of scarves, I have always been a fan of blanket scarves and this one here has a beautiful array of colors for fall.  I am always so cold in the cooler months and scarves like these are my best friend because they are nice and “snuggly wuggly’ as me and my daughter would say (this dress and scarf are also available in other colors).

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Top and Jacket from Dad’s Primitive

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Now this next top comes in two colors but this one was my favorite because of the color combo.  I love a mustard color for fall.  I also love any reason to wear my fedora 🙂  You can fully tuck this shirt, front-tuck it or just leave it out.  Me?  I will front tuck till the baby bump doesn’t allow it anymore ha ha!  I also love this jean jacket because it’s not a typical jean jacket due to the length along with the distressed detail.  Both of these are super cute for fall.  If you want to wear the shirt now, you could wear it with shorts and sandals or heels.

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Top from Dad’s Primitive

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Lastly, I am in love with this distressed top!  It’s so soft and I love how the holes create an edgy, rocker look.  And of course with a rocker vibe I threw on my faux leather jacket.  This is such an easy top to wear and is great for just about anything from running errands or going out.  I mean how cute would this top be with a faux leather skirt paired with something like these heels or booties for a night out!?  And hello?  I LOVE wooden jewelry and these earrings are marvelous.  The tones make it easy to wear with so many things!

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Now you know when I have my little side-kick with me during my little photo shoots that it constitutes for some photo bombs and some “huggies” from my special little lady.

Make sure and shop at Dad’s Primitive Workbench and share the code: Randomosity740 to get an additional 10% off of the BOGO 50% off clothing!! 🙂

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Photo shoot location: Hot Tomato Studio

 

 

 

 

A Hidden Gem

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Top, earrings and pants from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

Have you ever walked down Front Street in Marietta, Ohio and come across a storefront with the name, Dad’s Primitive Workbench?  I’m personally not into primitive décor so I never really paid a lot of attention to the clothing that was featured in the window.  It wasn’t until a friend of mine told me about the cute styles that were offered inside that I decided to walk in and check it out myself.

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Bottoms and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

There are trendy pieces that are versatile especially for my growing tummy.  Most of the clothing I’ve been drawn to have a bohemian, slouchy feel which works out well for me trying to not have to purchase many maternity clothes this pregnancy. The colors are thoughtful and the assortment flows nicely.  Not only is the clothing bright and cheerful but so is Charlie, the owner of this hidden gem.

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Top and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

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Charlie also seems to really pick up on people’s styles too.  When I walk in the store he knows exactly what I am going to be drawn to and let me tell you something, not many people have that ability because I am pretty unpredictable with some of the things I like sometimes.

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Top and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

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There are a few things that you should know about this special shop, and that is that Charlie always offers buy one get one half off on his clothing and he offers style boxes that he sends out once a month to customers that are interested.  It’s called the, DPW Style Box for $49.95/ month and you get 4 curated pieces inside. Another fun fact is that he offers plus-size styles.

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Did I mention he offers cute accessories like these?  Yea, he does!  I hope you learned something new about a local business and will check out the fashions Dad’s Primitive Workbench has to offer.  And make sure and tell Charlie I said hello or go like and follow his social media pages;

@dads_primitive_workbench on Instagram

Dad’s Primitive Workbench on Facebook) 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Let’s Chat About that Hat

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I’ve been obsessed with finding a cute spring/summer hat. However, anytime I purchase one I end up not wearing it very often because the fit isn’t quite right. I’m determined to find the right hat and experiment with a variety of shapes and sizes until I find what I’m looking for.

When I’m in a hurry and don’t want to grab some things from a big store, I’ll stop in a place like Dollar General so I can run in and out. Well, I happened to notice a sale section that had the above hat on the rack. I’ve been wanting a sun hat but knew I wouldn’t wear it often because I don’t spend an extended amount of time in the direct sunlight. So here I am faced with the perfect scenario for a hat trial and for only $3.00! Nothing to lose there.

I got home and decided to put a few looks together to share how you can easily style a sun hat.

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Perfect little white dress from Emleigh and Mama B’s with a little dash of color to add some interest.

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A chambray dress from TJ Maxx with my black booties and white denim jacket to tie in the black and white from the hat.

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A silk neck scarf from Talbots and a faux leather pencil skirt to add some more texture and the studded shoes to produce an edgier look.

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Lastly, for my denim wearing gals, my denim with the bows from Talbots and a black and white striped top paired with a turquoise statement necklace.

So there you have it! 4 easy looks with the same sun hat. What accessory are you on the hunt for this season? You never know when you might find the perfect practice accessory 😁.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Get it Girl!

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I love pairing the unexpected. Take for instance this top. It would be easy for me to pair this with white pants or denim.

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I chose red pants to bring out more color. I added my black leather jacket and black flats to bring some edginess and drama to the look.

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Keep in mind when I mention other ways to “edge things up” it’s just to show you a more unique way of pairing things and seeing things differently. There’s nothing wrong with going with the instinctual item, but don’t forget to challenge yourself and have fun! As my daughter and I say all the time while dancing around and raising the roof, “Oh yea! Get it girl!” 😂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

A Sisterhood Event

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I think us ladies can all agree that life can be very stressful. Some of you may be mothers, wives, business owners, work professionals, college students, or maybe all of the above. Well this weekend there’s an amazing retreat that’s taking place at The Betsey Mills Club in Marietta, Ohio. It’s called the MOV Red Tent.

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Right about now each trade member is planning on how they will be setting up their tents and anxiously awaiting to share things with women like us. I had the pleasure of having a Fashion Tent the first year and really enjoyed myself. Something about sharing your passion with others is a great feeling especially when you see an attendee discover that in them too!

During the MOV Red Tent experience I was introduced to what all is offered to us ladies in the MOV. There’s yoga of all sorts, natural remedies, dance, drumming, painting, henna, learning about self-love and how to express it, and so many other things that help you celebrate being a woman.

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There’s so much to say about the MOV Red Tent, and the best way for me to share more with you is for you to click this link and see the list of activities and schedules.

I like to think of being a woman as being part of a sisterhood. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if every woman viewed it that way? You know, like we’re all in this whole thing called life together and that it’s not always easy? Well I can tell you that the women that are involved in this event feel the same way.  They will assure you that you’re not alone and if you need a friend this is the perfect event to find one! So step outside your comfort zone and try something new to relax and learn all about self-care in many ways.

Maybe I’ll see you there?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney