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Friendsfavz at Lauren Ashton Cellars

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We are filming live at Lauren Ashton Cellars Thursday May 12th at 6pm!

Join us for a wine tasting experience at Lauren Ashton Cellars in the Hollywood District of Woodinville at the live filming event with Friendsfavz on Thursday May 12th from 6pm to 8pm.

Meet Kit Singh and Riinu Rammal of Lauren Ashton Cellars. Kit’s journey into the history of winemaking around the world combined with his background in chemistry led to the creation of Lauren Ashton and the great wines we’ll be tasting at the event.

Leigh Henderson from Alexa’s Cafe will be sharing her catering talents and tips. Alexa’s Café is a hip little restaurant located on main street Bothell.

Willows Lodge, selected as one of the Best Hotels in the world by Richard’s Picks, will also be featuring their The Spa at Willows Lodge. Marsha, the Spa Manager, will be giving away a 60 minute Gold Facial to one lady in the audience as a gift from Willows Spa!

If you can’t join us we will be posting the show soon after the event!

Cheers, Karen!

Friendsfavz Web Show @Kestrel Vintners

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Friendsfavz Web Show @Kestrel Vintners

Hi friends,

It is time to film our Friendsfavz Web Show  live at Kestrel Vintners! I hope you can join us on Thursday, June 25th at 6pm as we visit with some fantastic guests!

Carolina Warwick, the assistant wine maker at Kestrel Winery, will be coming over from Yakima to visit with us. She will be introducing their Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre and Cabenet Franc wines.

Laura Wentworth form Elle W hair design and makeup is going to be giving us some tips for “Makeup for Women over 40 for Photographs”.  With all the pictures and selfies taken of us, we could all use a few tips to look our best!

Rebecca J. Clark a USA Today Best Selling Author will be sharing her book The Checklist Diet. Her book is for all of us who do not like or want to “diet” but maybe need to shed a few pounds or just need to eat healthier. She gives us an easy Checklist to follow and guess what, we do not need to be perfect! Rebecca is also a highly sought out personal trainer in her area and guides many in their health and fitness needs.

I hope you can come and join us as we have a fun filled evening planned! We also have some terrific giveaways for the ladies in the audience from our featured guests as well as local artists, chefs and photographers. Make sure you RSVP  at Friendsfavz Facebook Group Page and get your name in for a special gift provided by Calypso Fused Glass and Artist Cindy Duvall.

Other Gift Giveaways for the audience:
Cheryl King Art has donated 2 lovely giclee prints for gift giveaways for our audience – Cheryl is a premier oil painter from the Puget Sound area and  has studied extensively around the world.

Beautiful Butterfly Photography: Yamileth Swearingen is a local photographer and is giving a Portrait Mini Session to one lucky lady in the audience.

Each of our wonderful featured guests will also be giving a special gift to one lady in attendance.

We also have swag bags for the first 40 ladies who arrive!

Agenda for the evening

Doors open at 6pm

Light Appetizers served presented by Chive Catering

Wine by the glass available for purchase

Filming begins at 6:30

Evening ends at 8pm

See you on Thursday June 25th at 6pm!

Cheers! Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendsfavz Coffee Hour with Guest Carol Ryan

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Friendsfavz Coffee Hour with Guest Carol Ryan

Hi friends,

If you love lattes, cappuccinos, mochas or anything with coffee, we have a special Friendsfavz Coffee Hour for you! Come join us once a month at Brew of Bothell , located in picturesque downtown Bothell.

Join a fun and uplifting community of friends!  We will be bringing in some favorite authors, artists, beauty, health, clothing, coaching and other special guests to share their talents with us. Friendsfavz is the place to be!

Our featured guest at our first Coffee Hour:

Carol Ryan of Carol Ryan Consulting gives us a peek into her Vibrant Visioning Workshops that she has developed to help you make your visions a reality. I love her passion for helping people discover their unique qualities. She is truly empowering and possesses such insight to identifying your passions and bringing them to reality.

If you would like to connect with Carol Ryan and her Vibrant Visioning workshops you can find her at carolryanconsulting.com . Make sure you mention you saw her on Friendsfavz Coffee Hour!

Join us next time on Friendsfavz Coffee Hour on April 17th, 2015 at Brew Coffee in Bothell at 9:30 am. Or find the video on friendsfavz.com.

Come feel beautiful with us, here at friendsfavz! Karen

Special thanks to:

Brew of Bothell for hosting our Coffee Hour

Stephanie Richter for swag

A Visit With My Grandmother

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A Visit With My Grandmother

I was reading an article this morning in Blueprint for Life about a woman who was visiting her hometown and she was asked by a friend,“Is there anything you will regret not doing if you don’t do it before you leave?”

This resonated with me because my husband and I had a discussion recently on the same topic. I had been talking about visiting my 91 year old grandmother for some time and kept putting it off because of time constraints, cost ……. So many excuses. My husband finally told me to plan the trip to visit her and we would make it work.  My niece, in the meantime, told me that her daughter’s dance troupe was invited to dance in the Disneyland parade one week before Christmas. Since my grandmother lives in the LA area, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see both my grandmother and my grandniece all on the same vacation.

We schedule a time to visit my Grandmother and I asked her if we could do a little mini photo shoot with Image
her.  I coordinated the vacation with my son Cameron so he could meet us in LA during his Christmas break. Luckily, Cameron has a photo business, Cameron Baughn Photography, and I could put his skills to work for the photo shoot. My Grandmother has always loved getting her picture taken and was happy that we were coming for a visit.

My Grandmother, Opal, still has a lot of spirit in her and is a lovely Redhead. I love her attitude and and when she gets passionate about a story she is telling her Oklahoma accent gets stronger and stronger. My Grandmother is half Choctaw Indian and has the most amazing cheek bones and defined jawline which she inherited from her Indian side.  She has always had amazing skin that she attributes to staying out of the California sun. Raised in poverty in Oklahoma, she later moved to LA and raised six children with my Grandpa. She has been married to Ivan, her second husband and love of her life as she describes him, for 54 years. Grandma is well loved by her 15 grandkids, 29 great grandkids and 12 great great grandkids!

Image 6My Grandmother was telling me that she loves her hats and showed us her hat collection. She was telling us that nobody at her current church wears hats so her hats stay in their hat boxes. She is going to be starting a new church soon and hopes that the ladies there wear hats so she can pull hers out and wear them too. Each hat has a matching outfit and my favorite was the one in the picture below. She has a velvet coat with fur that she wears with this hat, which thought was very stunning. I suggested to her that her hats are so wonderful that she should wear them regardless if anyone else is wearing a hat and she should start a trend. She was telling me a story about a young boy who came up to her one day when she was wearing the hat in the photo with the beautiful plush coat with fur. The boy told her she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen. She was so flattered and it brought a smile to her face.

My hope for you as we close 2014 is to live intentionally. Is there someone you have been meaning to visit or a friend you have put off calling? Well now is the time! Live intentionally in 2015 and cross off all those things that you keep saying you should do in the future and put them in your schedule now. I am so happy that I took the time to visit my Grandmother and had an opportunity to visit and take photos of her.

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I love hats too! Come join us in 2015 and feel beautiful with us! Lots of love as we close out 2014,  Karen Rae

friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

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friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

What is HOTflash designs all about? It is the vision of two artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, who have collaborated to create a unique union of painting and fused glass art.

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So excited for Cheryl and Cindy to be presenting their art at the filming of friendsfavz Web Show on Thursday November 20th! We are having a girls night out and invite all ladies to come and join us to be a part of the studio audience. There is no cost to attend and we will be tasting some delectable treats by The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and wine tasting with Market Vineyards. The Refinery Salon will be popping in to share some tips from “ask the expert” and Jenn will be glitzing it up with her bag of tips and tricks.

I hope you can join us and if you RSVP at the Facebook event page your name will go into a drawing for a gift giveaway. You must be present to win.

See you at the filming!

Karen

friendsfavz Web Show! Filming at The Bistro

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friendsfavz Web Show! Filming at The Bistro

Hi friends,

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse is going to be hosting our second filming of friendsfavz Web Show. Come join us and be a part of our studio audience on Thursday November 20th from 5:30-8:00pm. We will be featuring The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse, Market Vineyards and HOTflash Designs, plus some other holiday favorites.

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You will have a chance to taste appetizers at the Bistro created by Chef Frank as well as meet Cali and the rest of the staff. I came upon The Bistro one afternoon while I was out discovering new wineries and needed a bite to eat. I was so happy to see a new spot in Woodinville and was pleased by the variety on their menu. The french onion soup is fantastic and I have been back several times just for the soup!

We will be tasting Market Vineyards wines and talking about some of their new releases. Rhonda will be sharing information about the 2010 Dividend Syrah and 2012 Liquidity plus some of their other favorites.

You will also have the opportunity to view the  unique blend of painting and fused glass art by HOTflash Designs! It is like nothing else out there in the art world! The artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, will be sharing insights into their collaboration that resulted in this exclusive art form.

I hope you will be able to join us and enjoy a girls night out. Make sure you reserve your spot and RSVP to have your name entered into a special gift giveaway! You must be present to win.

Click here to RSVP

Look forward to seeing you on November 20th!

Karen Rae

 

friendsfavz, Blog Challenge – Passion

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friendsfavz, Blog Challenge – Passion

Today Alex Beadon is challenging us to dig deep and explore the reasons why we are blogging. What is our passion and what is our story. I ventured outdoors in the wind and rain for some inspiration!

Everybody has a story and my blogging story starts with a transition in life. It is a  time where I was reevaluating my purpose in life and what my new “job” would be as an empty-nester. I thought my transition from mom to Karen would be easy. As time would tell, it is not so easy.

I had to evaluate what I thought were my strengths: being a mom, having fun, being creative, meeting and empowering new friends,  and helping others feel beautiful. Put this all together and I came up with creating a video blog and web show for women. I am hoping to empower women to feel more beautiful and share our favorites! And to have lots of fun along the way!

Do you have a passion? Would love to hear what you are passionate about in the comments below.

Come Feel Beautiful with us at friendsfavz!

Karen Rae