Lashes: Virago Babe
Wow! Incredibly honored to receive the Community Star award from Dress for Success Phoenix at tonight’s gala! This isn’t the prettiest photo, but I’ve been ugly crying tears of gratitude and joy. So this is real life! 😉
Warmest thanks to EVERYONE who lifts women up. When you invest in a woman she will reinvest 80% of her income back into her family and her community. It doesn’t take much to make a big impact and help a woman break the cycle of poverty.
You know how it’s hard to find friends that both you and your spouse are equally close to? JJ Virgin is one of those friends. I introduced her to my hubby and now they are besties. (Although I was the one she got the ‘something borrowed’ from for her big day….So suck it Alan). 😉
She’s kind. She believes in lifting everyone in the health field up. And she is beyond generous when it comes to damn near everything. We’ve witness a few of her boyfriends – all nice guys. But when she met Tim, we all knew he was “the one” for her. And we were THRILLED to be there for their wedding weekend. Because if you’ve ever met JJ, you know she loves to celebrate with her friends. So she had 3 days of events – we could stay for 2 of them.
Friday night was the pre-wedding outdoor party in gorgeous Rancho Santa Fe. We were told the theme was California Casual Chic. Naturally I wore a vintage chiffon and crinoline dress because nothing says casual like essentially a vintage tutu.
Saturday was the wedding and we were asleep and in bed by 9 because only true party animals go to bed before the party really starts. I can’t even blame our desire to sleep on the time zone. All I can say is we were ready to go to bed after the vows, a delicious dinner, and a little dancing. A vintage pink dress that had a Sex in the City vibe was the perfect thing to wear. Along with a cashmere sweater that shrunk in the drier – but it was the PERFECT shape and size. So hooray for turning lemons into lemonade!
And yes, EVERY single thing I wore was previously owned. Either vintage or consigned. Shoes, sweaters, dresses, even my earrings. Sometimes you just want to stand out and embrace your personal style – and for me that’s not often found in a store that has 10 of the exact same thing. I love things that are more unusual and hard-to-find. To me, it makes it more special.
Wishing you a beautiful day.
PS – I’m not posting here as much because I’m working more on recipes, encouraging, and inspiring those on their health journeys on DrChristianson.com. You can try more of my recipes there!
September 2017 – Modern Luxury Scottsdale (Pgs. 28 & 131) |
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Honored and thrilled to be named one of the “Women of Style: 5 Valley Trendsetters You Need to Know” in Modern Luxury Scottsdale Magazine!
The funny thing is at first I didn’t want to do it because I had just retired from modeling (and embracing stepping OUT of the spotlight) and even with running several businesses with my husband, Dr. Alan Christianson, there is still a part of me that feels I’m not special enough to highlight. (Being very vulnerable and transparent here). Additionally, I argued that I wasn’t about ‘luxury’ – I’m about purpose, glamour and vintage….but I don’t focus on brand names. (Case in point I’m always selling my designer things – or buying them on consignment – because I feel GUILTY for spending too much money on myself when I feel it can go towards others who need it more)!
But then I look at our annual donations….or I look at the time I spend volunteering and then I chill out a little. And really, what’s wrong with wanting to feel beautiful when you are lifting others up???
And the irony is, ALL of the women of style who are featured have big hearts, are in charge of amazing organizations or businesses that serve others….and they happen to look good doing it. So yes, it’s an honor and a privilege to stand along-side the women in this issue. Thank you Modern Luxury Scottsdale for selecting women who “wear” compassion…and fabulous shoes!
Our son has all of the words from Hamilton memorized. He LOVES Hamilton. And I love that he loves history, musicals, and something out of the box.
Early this year it was announced that Hamilton would come to Arizona in another year or so….however, I was unable to get tickets. So I began searching for other places to see Hamilton (because I’m not the kind of girl that gives up easily). Chicago was too far and too expensive just to see a show. So was New York.
San Francisco was better, but then I found out it was coming to Los Angeles….a 1 hour plane ride or a 6 hour drive. Easy. But still more expensive than seeing it locally.
So we made our son a deal. If he could get a 3.5GPA the 2nd semester of his new, challenging school, then I would take him to see Hamilton in LA for his birthday. (He didn’t know I already purchased tickets as soon as they went on sale. (Good thing too because they sold out within the hour!)
Because we are trying to give presents that are experiences instead of things, he was perfectly fine that spending the day in LA was his present.
We started off at brunch. Then went the La Brea Tar Pits. Followed by the LA County Museum of Art. Then walked around Hollywood Blvd. Wandered into a farmers market and found delicious street food for lunch. We saw Hamilton. Met some of the cast from Hamilton (the only time I could get a photo of him smiling!). Followed by the Griffith Observatory. And then dinner at a cool British pub on Sunset Blvd. It was quite the day!
Happy 14th Birthday Ryan!