March 8th was International Women's Day. A day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women. To carry on the spirit of the day I would like to tell you about two women in my life that I love dearly and want to celebrate.
First up, of course, is my mom. My supportive, loving, creative mom. She has dedicated the last 35 years of her life to raising myself, my two younger brothers and my younger sister. She has seen me through all of the highs and the lows that make up my life and I know I can always count on her to be there for me wherever and whenever I need. Sometimes we don't even need words, just a look or a hug can say it all. My mom is talented, creative & spirited, approaching everything with a real 'we can do it, let's just try' kind of attitude. She is a constant source of encouragement and support for me, always in my corner cheering me on. I may be completely biased, but I really believe that I have the best mom in the world.
My mom can often be seen at the studio on Saturday afternoons. Even though she has a full time job of her own, she loves to spend time together and helping me out in this creative adventure. If you see this beautiful woman at the studio, be sure to say 'hi Linda - I heard you're pretty awesome'.
Did I mention she's also an incredible grandma to my sweet little boy Colton?
Next up is my bombshell of a best friend Leslie - we have known each other and been the closest of friends for the last 23 years! We have loved, laughed, cried and been there for each other through it all. I would do anything for Leslie and I know she would do the same for me.
If anyone knows style, it's this girl. Growing up, I have always gone to her for fashion, make up, hair and now home advice. Among her many other talents (cooking, hosting, styling, raising her sweet daughter), Leslie has used her sense of warmth and style to turn many houses into gorgeously inviting homes. Starting out a new venture of her own as an Interior Design consultant at The Inspiration Nest, I know she will do amazing things! Just look at these pictures from a recently transformed kitchen of hers.
Leslie will be spending more and more time at Mango Reclaimed's studio 18 as her business gets into full swing, so if you see her there be sure to say 'hey Leslie - I heard you've got great style!'
I hope you can take a moment today to celebrate and appreciate the women in your lives who you love and admire. xo