Another Lu Roo & Co collaboration with Marie Grace Photography was the "Gimme Some Lovin'" giveaway. Late last winter, we opened up to have women nominate someone they know and love or even themselves to win a pampering session! As women ourselves, we know how important it is that we take care of ourselves and take time for a little self care. Of course, that's always easier said than done. Sometimes there just isn't enough time. Or enough help. Or enough money.
We get that.
So we wanted to give back to five women in the community. To give them a little time to feel special and appreciated. To feel seen.
Each of these five women won the opportunity to have a spray tan, professional hair and makeup done, TWO ENTIRE (yes, from head to toe) outfits and a photo shoot.
The nominations poured in. In fact, I believe there were over 200. It was so humbling to go through them and read the stories of the nominations. And it was SO hard to choose. So, so hard. Somehow we managed to get it done, and we set the date to have the lovely ladies come in for their pampering day.
On a gorgeous May Saturday, five incredible women came in to the store. And each one of them touched our hearts. Their stories had a mix of struggle, determination and sheer heartbreak. But on this day they got to feel appreciated. They felt beautiful. And their smiles were so big.
It was an honor to be a part of this collaboration and I am grateful to all of the businesses and to the 5 wonderful, strong women.
"The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women will live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will." -Amy Tenney
The girls with the spirit of giving back herself, Miss. Stephani.
"She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings." - Ariana
"A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey... But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong." -Unknown
"And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire. And that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears." -Mark Anthony
"This is for the woman alone, wide awake but tired. This is for the woman who sits in darkness under the moon reading this with tears in her eyes. You're strong. You're good enough. You will be ok." -r.h. Sin
"Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've imagined." -Unknown
And my personal favorite:
"I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story - I will." -Amy Schumer
I hope each and every one of these ladies remember how special they felt this day. Whether they were one of the nominations or whether they helped to make this day special. Hold that feeling and keep it with you, always.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO:
Stephani & Colette of Lu Roo & Co
Brooke Bryan of Sully Tans
Monica Hudnut of Impressions Salon
ChyAnne & Dylann Huyser
Marie Grace Photography
Sigourney, Iowa's Professional Photographer