The 4th of July. The holiday that proves your American(ness), filled with hot dogs and fireworks, swimming and red white and blue. It’s the embodiment of every American’s pride and is a day filled with celebrating bravery, freedom, and a land of opportunity. It’s one of my favorite holidays. Except this year. I asked my husband if we could have a do-over of the Fourth of July .
It’s safe to say that I fell completely in love with the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We stayed in Rodanthe (ps don’t watch the Nicholas Sparks movie that takes place there, it was the worst I’ve ever seen ) Small towns line the island, and beaches with sand dunes that you can’t find on the west coast made me realize I had been missing out on the east coast lifestyle for too long. .
Three Years. This month marks three years since we launched Threads by The Shine Project. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by, and how much has happened since I employed a handful of youth to make bracelets out of their houses just a few years ago. To launch off our week, The Hotel Valley Ho hosted our overnight company retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of my favorite things is being .
All dresses from LuLaRoe One of our students, Stephanie, sharing her story. We’ll be releasing the video of it soon, and I can not wait for you to hear her. Stephanie Nielson, above, was our keynote speaker for the night. If you don’t know who she is, you need to. Here is her blog. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and we are so grateful that she came down from Utah to .
This week we’ve slowed down, and it was just what I needed. I’m sitting on the front porch of our small town beach house, listening to Deanne Carter, Eric Church, and Tim McGraw. My kids are sorting out their sea shells they collected today, and a storm barely passed us which means the clouds are moving through the purple and orange sunset like you wouldn’t believe. A cow ice cream truck, playing Christmas .
I know why Nicholas Sparks is a crazy romantic. It’s because his stories take place in the small beach towns of North Carolina. I’ve been dreaming of escaping here ever since I saw a couple of his movies, and I have to say that it’s even better in person. Besides New York, North Carolina is the only east coast state we’ve ever been to. I’m pretty sure that the Outer Banks are the .
shirt, pants (similar), shoes While I was in New York a couple of weeks ago, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. Just getting there was a journey in itself, but it was worth it. To get to the bridge, we had to hop on the subway… which, if you follow my Instagram or have read my last post, you know I hate the subway more than anything. I kept my eyes .
Jacket, Shirt, Pants, Shoes If you follow me on Instagram (@theshineproject), you would have seen our trip to NYC two weeks ago. We were there for 5 days for a big wholesale trade show. When I say we’re at a tradeshow, it basically means that we are showcasing our products and meeting with buyers from retail stores and chain stores to tell our story in hopes they start carrying Threads and we can hire more .