Vintage Holiday Photoshoot

Monday, November 30, 2015

Weee! I am FULL of the Christmas spirit this year- I could not wait to get our tree up and start decking the halls.

Every year since 2012, we have taken the dogs for a Christmas photo with Santa!




For 2015, we wanted to do something a little different! I found a photographer here in Tampa who was doing a VINTAGE holiday shoot. Ashlee Hamon sign us up! My imagination started to go wild hehe

I scoured Rent the Runway for some vintagey dresses and decided on the black polka dots
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And paired it with these gorgeous, feminine Klub Nico cutout sandals 
As far as makeup and hair...I have a very specific comfort zone. Nude lips, smokey eyes, full wavy hair or a fancy pony one woman GLAM SQUAD talked me into finger waves and RED lips!
On to the photoshoot! 

Meet Ashlee Hamon- our creative photog!
We were SO lucky to have a whole team of people there helping to capture some amazing moments. Lala snapped some really fun "behind the scenes" shots! 

I snagged all of the phone pics from Lala, threw on a filter and I think we have an exciting preview of what is to come! I am dyinnnggg to see the profesh pics Ashlee took!
And I'm really happy we decided to go with a totally different look this year!

I will update this with the professional pics once I get them back! yay! 

They say it takes a village- and they aren't lying! haha We had amazing help!

I just wanted to give a special shoutout to everyone who make our family Christmas pictures possible! And while Small Business Saturday has passed...they deserve a big virtual hug!

-- Lala Todorovic The one woman GLAM squad!! Thank you for making me feel like a million bucks!

-- Ashlee Hamon for her incredible creative vision! And one of the most FUN (and air conditioned) photoshoots we've ever done!

-- FairyTail Planning (Ilana & Kelly) for helping wrangle the dogs. You guys did an amazing job and took a huge weight off our shoulders! Thank you for making sure they had water, love, kisses and toys during the photos!

You can tell from this pic how tired they were! haha

Black Friday: Dream Facilitator

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Can we talk about BLACK FRIDAY for a min?  

I've seen a lot of posts in my newsfeed today about insane fist fights...or cautioning you not to feed the corporate machine ...etc..

I wanted to share my experience and how this crazy shopping event actually really helped me at a time in my life when I was feeling STUCK 

First and foremost, I agree that it's outrageous (and disgusting) that anyone would throw punches or hurt another person to get a sale. 
I also agree that you shouldn't shop just to fill an emotional void or rack up credit card debt just to buy STUFF.

For MANY years (EIGHT in fact), I not only worked Black Friday but I was one of the crazy people out shopping before my shift LOL

My mom would buy a few newspapers...spread out all of the ads and coupons...and we would plot out our game plan. Mom is a MASTER at shopping the sales and would knock out most of our family gift shopping that night. 
For me, it was an EXCITING/invigorating experience spent standing in line with my mom and cocoa in hand...laughing...talking....and having the best time. 

I have some of the fondest memories waking up BEFORE the crack of dawn with my family. For a family of insomniacs, we thrive in late night/early morning shopping sprees haha

In 2010, I had JUST signed up as a coach. Trying to use my phone (in my PRE-Iphone days) to build my Beachbody business was so frustrating. 
I was STUCK in my retail job- but I saw Beachbody as my way out.
I desperately needed a computer ...but I didn't have a lot of money just floating around. Since I wasn't able to get a credit card or finance a computer, I had to figure something out. 

Thankfully I was able to work quite a bit of overtime and I earned a holiday bonus from work. 
Laptops were still well out of my price range... so I waited until Black Friday... recruited my mom and siblings to help me... and they braved WALMART on Black Friday with me.

I was able to purchase this HP laptop for about $300! Yes, missed out on sleep that night to go to a store....yes I waited in crazy lines...
But...I got to spend time with my family and they helped me purchase this tool so I could work toward my goals. 
 I'm forever grateful to my brother for helping me snag this baby!

I was able to use this $300 brick to build a SIX FIGURE INCOME business from my KITCHEN TABLE. 
This computer lasted me well over 3 years (which in laptop world is an ETERNITY haha)
It helped me lay a solid foundation for my PASSION helped connect me to other women who needed help with their fitness or who wanted to become their own boss.  

I guess what I'm trying to say is...YES...a lot of awful things can happen on Black Friday.  And can promote a culture of consumption... 

BUT I prefer to think about the people whose dreams became tangible because they are able to afford a much needed computer or piece of equipment... or the family who can afford to buy the stove they desperately need because it's marked down... or the christmas gifts  (they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford) under the tree for their children/ loved ones 

Do you have a "laptop story"? Something you were able to purchase during a holiday sale that made a world of difference for you?  =) 

 To make Legal Happy: =) 
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