The Empowerment Exchange

As cliché as it sounds, we truly run shit...and by shit, I mean everything. I dare you to argue with that. 

I've had an Audible account for a few months now, and while perusing my archive recently, I realized that I've been a self-help, girl boss, lady power fanatic as of late. From Shonda Rhime's Year of Yes (literally the best thing I've read (listened to?) this year), Mindy Kailing's Why Not Me? to Cara Alwill Leyba's Girl Code and all dozen podcasts I listen to weekly, I've been in total awe lately thinking about how much power we have at the tip of our fingers... at our disposal. 

When I stop to think about how many times I've envied another woman or even counted another woman's success as my failure, I'm almost ashamed of myself. It's so natural for us to want to compete. To think that because someone else gets ahead, it means you're behind. It wasn't until recently that I realized how abundant opportunity is. There is truly enough for all of us.  

You know a woman is strong, beautiful, and secure by the way she empowers and inspires others.
— Alwill Leyba Cara, Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

I've been so fortunate to have navigated my way through the world wide web and to have crossed virtual paths with women I might not have ever connected with otherwise. The internet has given us the medium to reach up and reach out -- and so many good things are born from the death of envy and competition. 

When fellow blogger and dear friend Melody of Blingaholic88 shared her idea to replicate an image from The New Stereotype she stumbled upon on instagram, there wasn't a question of if I would be interested. It was more like when? What should we wear? Who else will be involved? Through a random search on instagram for other Dallas-based bloggers that caught my eye, I shared some suggestions with her and the rest speaks for itself. 

We partnered with a local Dallas-based consignment boutique, Refinery Consignment, to pick out our favorite summer/fall transitional pieces and shot with Angie Garcia in downtown Dallas. This was hands down the most fun shoot I've ever done. Even at the butt crack of dawn (try wearing fall clothes at any other time of day in August in Texas). 

My dress is c/o Refinery Boutique. Shoes are from Love Culture (I love these and these... oh and these). And my bag is from Just Fab (love this one, this one AND this one more than my own. 

The best part of this shoot and the ladies involved is that they each have their own awesome blogs! In order of the picture above, you can check out Chaunie of Southern Fashion Doll, Deanna at Deanna Fierce, Melody at Blingaholic88, Taryn of Glamorous Versatility, Tanika of Alwayz Fashionably Late and Marrica of Flaunt Your Fro

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Xo, 

Aquia