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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Brightest of Days

My heart is so full (and my legs are so sore) after our first Bright Effects Day on Saturday. We received so many amazing applications from incredible women that it was nearly impossible to choose just 2. But by random choice, we chose Sylvia and Suzanne and we couldn't be happier about it! We LOVED every minute spent with these amazing, funny, strong, brave and beyond beautiful women and I'm so excited to share our experience with you!

Our day started off at noon with a very healing therapy session with our therapist, Angie Whitman. She is absolutely incredible and it honestly felt like 5 friends just sitting around and chatting about our lives. It was so humbling to get to know Sylvia and Suzanne on that deeper level. I look up to both of them and admire their strengths so much. 

Next, we headed off to our private Pilates class donated by Melissa Olsen, owner of Core Body Pilates in Gilbert, AZ. And can I just say, I'm in love. It was not only the most fun I've ever had working out but I am still crazy sore today so it most definitely works. And honestly, what better way to clear your mind than working out with a bunch of amazing women who can completely relate to you? Pilates really targets specific muscle groups yet it's low impact, leaving little room for injury. If you live in the Phoenix area, check it out! 

Isn't Angie such a babe?

Lots of love for these girls. 

Who wouldn't want to eat a sandwich the size of your face along with a cream cheese brownie after you get done working out?? Well we were definitely not above the idea so we headed over to Kneaders in Gilbert for a delicious lunch donated by Josh Tycksen (owner of Kneaders in Ahwatukee). It hit the spot and I probably could have eaten the entire pan of cream cheese brownies. Yum. :)

This next part was one of my most favorite parts of the day. Our stylist, Thom Hlavin from Epic Salon and our independent make up artist, Nella Brenner gave Sylvia and Suzanne a full make over and they looked absolutely stunning. Seriously. I honestly couldn't take my eyes off of them and Jacy couldn't stop running her fingers through their hair! Sylvia decided to cut off a couple of inches and came out with an entirely new haircut and style and Suze had her eyebrows filled in for the first time. :) They were practically new women walking out of there and it was so fun to be there with them to experience that. And to watch Thom and Nella do their work was mind blowing. They are two of the most talented beauty professionals and we are so lucky they were willing to share those talents with us. 

A picture is truly worth a thousand words and this is where our incredible photographer comes in to play. Shannon from Shannon Worley Photography offered her talents to capture Sylvia and Suzanne and all of their beauty. When Jacy and I first started talking about the idea of doing Bright Effects Days for women, the photography was one of the most important pieces in our eyes. We wanted these women to truly see how beautiful and worthy they are as JUST them. Not a mom, wife, friend, daughter or co-worker. But THEM. They were glowing and we hope they will be able to look back on these pictures and always remember how brave they are. 



I am so glad that Jacy and I have decided to start Bright Effects. We are already planning our next Bright Effects Day. I feel like this is what I was meant to do by starting this blog (Bright Stripes). I love fashion but was really craving something more real and genuinely rewarding. The feeling of love and compassion that I have for these women is indescribable and I feel so lucky to have met them. And to see their faces at the end of the day made everything that much more special to me. Lucky to call them friends. 

If you live in the Phoenix area and would like to apply or nominated someone for our next Bright Effects Day then please email:

HUGE thanks to all of our sponsors. We love you all and truly couldn't have done this day without you.

Read what Jacy had to say about our first Bright Effects Day here.
Read about Suze's experience here.

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