Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two Date Nights at the Bright Shawl

I've been a member of the JLSA for several years, and my husband and I have been to a few League events together, but I don't think we've ever been to two JLSA events in the same week. Plus, the demands of work and kids make it hard for us to get away for a little time for ourselves. This week, Ryan and I attended a member credit shift together in the ball room at the Bright Shawl, and it was so fun and interesting. Taryn Little, JLSA Training Manager, organized a class for couples focused on finding their Gallup Strengths and learning how knowing each other's strengths can improve a relationship. Ryan and I learned a lot (Ron & Jennifer Soos were such dynamic and engaging speakers!), and we had a good time doing it.

 Ryan and I discovered we had some of the same individual strengths 
and learned about how our strengths impact our relationship.

After the class, we decided to grab a bite to eat. We headed just a few blocks down the street to The Brooklynite. It was Tiki Tuesday! And the pink Tapa Tapa truck was parked outside, enticing us to try some really unusual and tasty bites. If you and your significant other (or your JLSA girlfriends) are looking for a fun place to visit after a meeting, I highly recommend you head down the street to The Brooklynite. Who knew Ryan and I could have such a fun date night at and around the Bright Shawl on a windy Tuesday night in February?

My "Painkiller" cocktail in a kitchy tiki glass paired perfectly
with Tapa Tapa's "Mac n' Cheezits." Fun!

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we had a glass of wine during our class at the Bright Shawl.... Speaking of wine, Ryan and I will be heading BACK to the Bright Shawl this Saturday for Fete du Cuvee. Two date nights in one week is relatively unheard of for Ryan and me, but the fact that both date nights are JLSA events occurring at the Bright Shawl is pretty amazing! Hope to see you at Fete!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guest Blog: Feteworthy Fashions at Julia's Attic!

A big welcome and thank you to this week's guest blogger, Ariana Barbour (Community Council Chair). Ariana and and Erica Ellis (Communications Council Chair) went on a hunt for that perfect dress at four of the Goodwill Locations participating in JLSA's annual Rummage Around Goodwill Event on Saturday, February 23rd. Take it away, Ariana!

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect dress for Fete du Cuvee (on March 2nd) or the Patron Preview Party (on February 21st), you don’t need to look any further than your closest Goodwill featuring a Julia’s Attic. Erica and I went out to discover the treasures of Julia’s Attic and found lots of options for even the most formal occasion.  Dark and long, or short and bright, you can find something you like at a price that’s right!

We visited the following locations and loved the selection at every single one:

Erica found this sweet frock, that's a little sassy because it's strapless. This is a perfect option for the Patron Preview Party.  

The color on this dress is subtle at first, but you'll light up in every picture when the flash hits it just right at Fete du Cuvee.

Shimmery and a little spunky, this pink number lets you be the life of Fete! I'd have bought it, if it was my size. If you're lucky it might still be there! 

Does the man in your life refuse to invest in a dark suit for special occasions? Or did he spend his clothing allowance on a new Yeti cooler? Well, you can get him all spruced up for your Fete date night here. 

Your main squeeze doesn't have to be the one getting all the attention! You can sparkle, literally, in this sequined number.  

Erica went home with this gold and black fun find. It's a little rock 'n' roll and still appropriate for a night out on the town, like the Patron Preview Party! 

I considered this dark blue gown with a sparkly flower detail. Matching shawl included! Unfortunately, the fit was not quite right. 

Another cute dress that wouldn't quite fit, so I did the next best thing. It's a cute sequined number that can make the right girl glow at Fete. Maybe it's you? 

Erica had all the luck on this excursion with another great find! Now she has two options in her closet for the Patron Preview Party! 

More treasures will await you at these and other locations participating in the Rummage Around Goodwill Event: 

Hope to see you at the JLSA Rummage Around Goodwill event on Saturday, February 23rd!