It’s been exactly one week since celebrating Galentine’s Day at Cattle & Claw in The Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. And since that day, I’ve been on a lets do whatever we can to support and celebrate and lift up other females high! Here’s a little insight into the Galentine’s Day Party that was not to be missed featuring five steps so that you can throw an event that will truly celebrate other fabulous women in your life.
#1 Pick a Great Setting/Location
The tone for this evening was already set to be a good one as the venue could not have been anymore magical that night. The patio area of Cattle & Claw at The Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills is probably a place where fairies live. In fact, I’m almost positive that one or two might’ve been in our midst spreading a sparkle that was contagious throughout every guest there that evening.
#2 Make Sure You have a Good Mindset and Invite Other Positive Women
Now that you have an AMAZING venue make sure you remember why you want to put on an event that lifts up other women. One of the main reasons I wanted to host a Galentine’s Day Event is because I was tired of seeing negative branding around Valentine’s Day for single women. I definitely am not about celebrating Single’s Awareness Day as I am not S.A.D about being single. BUT I am all about empowering other women around me as I feel that in order for women to truly get ahead in life we have to support each other! AND I didn’t want to just hang out with my single friends as I have lots of friendships with people who are in relationships with who I wanted to celebrate with as well.
I also knew that I wanted this to be an empowering environment where women felt comfortable and could truly be themselves. Which is why it was important to me to invite someone who could help set that tone. For me that was Sarah Pendrick of GirlTalk Network. Sarah has been featured on the Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Rockstars, E! and has also been awarded the WEF and United Nation's "Iconic Woman award for Creating A Better World For All." Umm yeah, I truly couldn’t have had a better woman there to help me set the tone for my first event. She set an environment where everyone felt comfortable sharing and connecting with others. I can’t wait until I’m able to do something like that as flawlessly as she did!
#3 Have Some Fun Activities
It was important to me that everyone had an activity to participate in as well. Sometimes when you’re in a room to just “network” it makes things so awkward. We naturally network when we’re in a fun environment.
I had some help with this from my friends over at Social Sparkling Wine to do a cute wine glass craft. Everyone got to take home a little plant terrarium, which will also serve as a reminder of the event for a long time after!
There was also a mini manicure bar where the ladies in attendance could get a touch up for their nails and add some XO’s embellishments. Perfect for this season of LOVE and the PERFECT girly activity. Thank You Elisa Valentina Agency for helping with this part of the evening.
Bonus: Do a gift bag! Everyone likes to be gifted during this time of year, and I thought it would be fun to give back. Thank You to Social Sparkling for donating wine to gift, and My Nail Makeover for donating mini nail files (The most perfect item to keep in your purse for times of nail emergencies!).
#4 Ask a Powerful Question (Get’s Everyone Thinking)
The Single Girl Life’s Mission Statement Word are Fearless, Empowered, Stronger and I wanted to incorporate this in the evening in some sort of way. I decided to do this by asking the below question…
“ As a Woman I Feel Fearless, Empowered, and/or Stronger When…”
I had everyone answer this question and put it into a box where they could keep their answer anonymous or state who they are. Let me tell you, some of the answers are soo powerful and I can’t wait to share this with you soon in a series that’ll truly blow you away.
#5 Wear an Amazing Outfit!
Yes, this is most definitely a step when putting together an event to celebrate women because when “We look good we feel good!” Galentine’s Day was a pretty easy theme, most came in pink, red, or black because those are just the colors you wear in February right?!
I had the opportunity to wear this pictured outfit which consisted of an AMAZING top from Eva Franco and a VERY SEXY pencil skirt from LAMade.
If you haven’t heard of Eva Franco you should’ve! I first found out about her designs when I was shopping in Anthropologie and ever since then I’ve been a fan. She designs whimsical truly feminine pieces that are unlike any other item of clothing I’ve ever seen or owned. I mean how GREAT is this top?! I love the pink and red 80’s vibe to this top. I felt like such a BADASS GIRL BOSS in this outfit. AND I didn’t have to worry about anyone having anything just like it. Make sure to check out Eva Franco you’ll become a fan. And insider tip, if you live in Los Angeles she does sample sales every know and again so make sure you sign up for her mailing list so you stay in the know.
And LAMade is just as great!! They have AMAZING everyday pieces which pair well with almost anything. But these everyday pieces aren’t boring, they are slightly unique which is important because everyone likes basics but we definitely don’t want to be basic. My skirt had a double slit and ruching that truly elevated the classic pencil skirt!
And those are the five steps (And a quick look into my Galentine’s Day Evening) for how you can throw your very own “Galentine’s Day” party any day of the year. It really doesn’t take much to put together an event that will truly celebrate and bring together all of the AMAZING women in our lives. I hope that we can do this not just on Galentine’s Day but any time of the year. I know I will continue to host events like this one so that many more women can feel Fearless, Empowered, and Stronger and can’t wait to see the ripple effect this brings.
What did you think? Is this something you plan on doing? What do you like to do to celebrate the other fabulous women in your life? Comment below, I’d love to hear.
P.S. HUGE THANK YOU to Ographr for capturing all of the AMAZING photos at this event. Use code 'brand20' for 20 off your first session.
Everyone knows that I’m all about having GLOWING skin. I LOVE wearing highlighter literally all day every day, and wearing it as blush it’s definitely one of my signature looks. BUT how do you get that look without the make-up? The key is making sure you take care of your skin. That is why I was soo excited when Divante Laser MedSpa in Studio City, CA invited me to get a Microdermabrasion Facial.
So what is a microdermabrasion facial? Basically, it’s little crystals doing a deep exfoliation. The crystals take off the top layer of your skin leaving your face with a natural glow. And who doesn’t want a natural glow?
When getting any sort of treatment such as microdermabrasion, make sure you’re going to an accredited facility. Divante Laser MedSpa is definitely that if you happen to live near or around Studio City, CA, everything about this place is great! Walking into the MedSpa was like walking into spa heaven. Everything was so clean and bright but felt relaxing at the same time. To me that’s SOO important when going to any MedSpa. Especially the cleanliness as they are working with your skin.
Not only was the facility great, but so were the people who worked there. When I was greeted at the door I felt so welcomed, and Kira (the lady who did my treatment) was so nice! She immediately made me feel comfortable which is also so important when having someone working so closely with your face. She also left me with some great tips on how to keep your skin hydrated during the wintertime.
Read below for three quick tips!
Now, a little bit about the the treatment itself. It was SOOO relaxing!! The room itself is soo calming and the treatment was fun! It was kind of an interesting feeling having the crystals run over my face.
Quick Fact: There are no set amount of times for going over your skin with the crystals. It’s all dependent on how your skin looks after each pass. Your esthetician should be watching to make sure not too much skin is taken off and your face is not too red after the treatment.
After the microdermabrasion part, I got a facial as well! The treatments are sold separately but I feel it’s important to do the facial after as well. And their products are amazing! Everything felt so great and smelled so nice against my skin. This also gives you another reason to stay in your treatment room for as long as possible. Trust me, you’ll want to it’s soo relaxing!
On a whole, my time at Divante Laser MedSpa was WONDERFUL. I would definitely come here again and I’m now SUCH A FAN of microdermabrasion. It left my skin looking so fresh with a natural glow. All things that are so important to me. And I’ll definitely be using the tips from Kira to make sure I maintain that glow by keeping my skin hydrated.
Galentine’s Day is just around the corner! Yes, that’s Galentine’s and NOT Valentine’s. Although, I LOVE everything having to do with Valentine’s Day. All the pink clothes, pink roses, romantic dinners, those conversation hearts, and all those sappy cards. I LOVE Galentine’s Day even more because it’s all about “Ladies Celebrating Ladies!” AND what could be better then that? All the fun of Valentine’s Day but without the stress. AND you can still wear pink, because really that’s the most important part.
Never heard of Galentine’s Day and wonder where it comes from? Well, it comes from one of my favorite comedic shows starring Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation. Here’s how Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler’s character on the show) describes Galentine’s Day.
“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
How could you not like the day? And ever since this show made Galentine’s Day a hit companies across the US have picked up on this holiday such as Sprinkles Cupcakes and Too Faced to name a few.
So how can you celebrate? Well if you’re in Los Angeles, come celebrate Galentine’s Day with me and The Single Girl Life team. VERY EXCITED to announce that I’ll be throwing my first Galentine’s Day Party hosted by the very magical outdoor setting of Cattle & Claw at The Sofitel Hotel. It’ll be a fun night full of Drinks, Appetizers, Dancing, Craft-ing, Gift Bags, and listening to someone who not only Talks the Talk for women empowerment but Walks the Walk Sarah Pendrick of GirlTalk Network. Excited to have you join me!!
$20 Early Bird Tickets Available Until February 6th, 2019.
Can’t WAIT to see you there!!
I recently got told that I was viewing a potential relationship as a “whirlwind romantic fairytale”. My response? “I’m pretty sure fairytales don’t start with you cancelling our first date and showing up three hours late to the next one.” Take a second to ponder that one. (And yes, I had a reason for dealing with it.) But, after my response to him, I started wondering if fairytales do exist anymore. I think they do, they’re just packaged a little differently.
All Fairytales have three components that specifically stand out to me. The Princess. The Prince. The Obstacle.
Lets start with…
The Princess - That’s You! I think Women (Princesses) these days are completely different from the “traditional fairytale”. We are no longer Damsels in Distress we are Women on a Mission. We know what we want and we go after it. We don’t take no for an answer or fall for excuses. We can run a household and a company and look good doing it. Because of all these things, we have ALOT more power. With power comes decisions to decide who we are going to date and what we are going to put up with. I personally find that there are a lot of women I speak with who live in “Big Cities” that are single and focusing on themselves and their careers well into their 30s and really aren’t too worried about when their Prince will come along. They still want “The Prince” but they are much more focused on becoming Queens who will then find a King that they can be equally matched with.
The Prince - Just like the Princess has evolved, so has the Prince. No longer are we in the days where people will commit easily. And chime in if you think I’m wrong, but I think our “Princes” commit even less these days. Between all the different dating apps, there are almost TOO MANY options. What’s also interesting about Men these days is that they are also working equally as hard if not harder at their careers too. Do you think it’s because they fear a Female Rising?! Or is it just the way our world has changed? Between tech start-ups and the entrepreneurial spirit being alive and well, do they just have more pressures to find their own place in the world? Now we can’t put all men in the same box. I also feel males are just re-finding their place in a society where now they are expected (or should be) to be Feminist Men,, especially Millennial Men. And even though they don’t outwardly admit it, some of these guys still want the fairytale too, they’ve just realized the Princess has changed and therefore their game has changed too. Just remember, good men are out there we just may have to kiss a few more frogs to find them.
The Obstacle - In fairytales it’s the Wicked Step Mother, in real life it can be a variety of things. The most common obstacles I see these days are…
A. Waiting for a Better Option - So They Typically Don’t Commit (Darn You Dating Apps!)
B. Too Busy with Work or Friends - Or Maybe Just Too Busy for You (Hmmm…)
C. Non-Commital Sex - Hate to say it, but when there are soo many people doing it just to do it, why would anyone want to commit to just one person? Especially when there are so many options?! (Also Hmmm……)
D. Just Want To Be Single - Short and Sweet (Everyone Seems to be Finding Themselves These Days)
Obstacles in my opinion are just excuses that when you find the right person it won’t be a problem at all. And that’s really all I have to say about that.
So do Fairytales still exist? Yes. Are they different? Most Definitely Yes! Do I still want one? Yes, I want one. Doesn’t mean I want Cinderella’s story but I would like to be the Princess in my own Fairytale and that will be different for everyone because we are all growing and changing outside of the typical fairytales we all grew up with AND that’s a good thing! And, what’s great about these new rules is that you can write your own story and what can be better then that.
What are your thoughts on The Princess, The Prince, and The Obstacle? Tell me below, I’d love to hear.
Single. LA Living. Loves: Traveling, Fashion, and Beauty. Has A Really Cute Doggy. Constantly Navigating my Crazy Thoughts on Dating and Men. Ready for the Journey?