i dress for me
We were lucky enough to be able to attend an event in Grand Rapids this past weekend called "Boutiques of West Michigan". It was a fashion show/shopping event and really just an awesome GNO! The message behind the mission of this event really felt empowering and inspiring. We were there to support the 35 female entrepreneurs that owned and operated the boutiques that were represented. It was a night to celebrate women and fashion, the perfect event for Jenae and I to attend right now.
The fashion that was presented was completely on trend, both in conservative and edgy ways. It was so interesting to see multiple eras on the front line as far as 70s, 80s and my personal favorite, 90s fashions. Many of the styles left you wanting the whole ensemble, which really probably worked out well for the vendors.
Beyond the fashion show we were able to shop the looks at each of the boutique's pop up shops. So during the show we each took notes of the pieces we just couldn't live without and then we were able to find them and try them on to be sure. I can't think of a better way to shop, see it on the runway and then swipe away. Of course it was another great way to learn about wonderful boutiques we hadn't heard of before.
Aside from promoting local women in fashion, this event also raised awareness and funds for the Mid West's largest sheltered no-kill sanctuary called Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary. The proceeds from ticket sales were donated to Mackenzie's and attendees were encouraged to bring donations from a list of needed items.
I love events that support and celebrate women for who we are and what we are good at, what we do and what we love. At the end of the fashion show a group of models ventured back out all carrying framed signs that encased very truthful and liberating quotes about women and fashion. The best quote was that pictured above "Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and for each other." This was the quote that lead the way and we couldn't have agreed with it more. We agreed that when our husbands tell us we look nice or compliment us on our outfits, we love it and it definitely does not go unappreciated. However, when a compliment about something you're wearing comes from another woman, there's this "nailed it!" sort of feeling. It's funny, but it's true, we dress for us, we get fashion, and dang it, if we're feeling it, we're wearing it and when someone else who gets fashion notices, that speaks volumes.
We are definitely looking forward to attending this event again and we'll be recruiting even more friends to join. I can't think of a better way to spend a night out with your fashion, shopping loving girlfriends.
Participating boutiques were Marie La Mode, Gina's Boutique, Denym, Feather & Birch Trading Post, Lennon & Willow Boutique, LA Miller, jb and me, Covet Leisure, Lee & Birch, To and Fro, Sparrow Boutique, Ivy Castle, Second Dance, Pink Lemonade, Iris Boutique, The Kyra Danaya Collection, The Found Cottage, Therd and Co. Studio, and Michelle Krick, personal stylist.
Special thanks to these beautiful models from Michelle Krick Style
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Melissa here! I'm all about trying to stay young, happy and on trend. I have a love (borderline obsession) for all things leopard and can't wait to chat about fashion with you!
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