When we were first introduced to Karis Support Society, it was through one of the Kelowna Women in Business luncheons. We had never heard of the organization, but were immediately taken with how passionate their team was and the amazing change they were creating within our community. Karis seeks to impact the community and the province of British Columbia by providing safe housing, support, life skills, and training for women caught in life altering addiction and mental health challenges.
One of our mandates at Carolily has always been to inspire and empower women, and to help them feel more beautiful. When we selected Karis as our 2018 charity, we knew that we wanted to do more than just donate our time and money- we wanted to have a significant impact on these women's lives and for them to know they are valued members of our community.
On Friday, April 6th, with the help of our incredibly kind, giving and creative team, we organized a makeover and photo shoot for three of the Karis ladies, Racquel, Dena and Diane.
The women began their week with a trip to Georige Girl! Angela Bricker, owner of Georgie Girl, met with the girls for a dress fitting. Each of them walked out with a gorgeous summer dress, gifted to them by Angie, and an even brighter smile!
On the day of the photo shoot, the ladies visited Crimson Hair Salon where salon owner, Tara Sebastianis, and her team pampered them and styled each of their hair. The trio was then doted upon by Sarah McIntyre and Brandie Jollimore, our two incredible make up artists, who helped to bring out their inner beauty and confidence. It was hard to not get teary eyed, but, with everyone wearing fabulous false eye lashes, there was no crying allowed!
Once their hair and make up was finished, we helped each of the ladies pick out two of our necklaces that made them feel fabulous. There is nothing quite like seeing someone light up when they find a piece of jewelry that speaks to them. And man, were these ladies beaming especially when they realized the jewelry was theirs to keep!
Apryl Stead, owner of White Willow Photograpy, opened her home and her studio to us for the photo shoot! As the team was snacking on the most delicious charcuterie board, courtesy of Breanna of Table Forty Nine, Apryl took the ladies one by one into her studio. She took the time to coach each of the them, making sure they were comfortable in front of the camera and were feeling confident. The result was some of the most beautiful photos we had ever seen of women looking and feeling their best!
We want to thank our amazing team for making this day happen. But, more importantly, we want to thank Racquel, Dena and Diana for letting us be a part of their lives and for opening up their hearts to share their stories with us. This was one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had and we plan to make this an annual get together!
Our Creative Team:
Photography: Apryl of White Willow Photography
Hair: Tara and team of Crimson Hair Salon
Wardrobe: Angela Bricker of Georgie Girl Vintage
Delicious Snacks: Breanna of Table Forty Nine
Jewelry: Carolily Finery (that's us!)
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As we sit here, writing this article, we know that we'll never experience this moment again. We'll never be this exact age again. We'll never feel this exact way again. We'll never look identical to how we do in this moment. We only have the present.
When we are struggling with the reflection we see in the mirror, feeling like it doesn't match how youthful we feel inside, we like to remind ourselves of five reasons why this is our best age ever.
How often have you heard "she looks good for her age" or had someone assume something about you because of your age? We're all guilty of it. Society perpetuates the idea that once we cross the birthday threshold into our 50s or... *gasp*...our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, that there are limitations based on a number.
We always say that age is "just" a number. But, that's not totally true, is it?