#WomanCrushWednesday: Allie

Spring has finally made it and it's heating up both outside and inside the Mod Bettie Studio! It's time to shed those sweaters... and the shirts... and the pants... just take it all off and lie around in your lingerie all day—what could be better?

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"I’ve never noticed such a rapid change in my confidence."

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Spring feels like new beginnings—it's the time of year for rebirth, new growth, and celebration. Celebrate the warmth of the sun on your skin after so many months of snow, and celebrate that stunning skin of yours! This is the time to do something exciting, something out of your comfort zone, and what could possibly be more exciting than loving yourself, and showing off how beautiful you are? 

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"I was so nervous to be flinging myself seductively on a bed and having pictures taken of not just my face but my body!

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"When she showed me a glimpse of the photos, that’s when I was like, 'oh yeah, this is bomb'".

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 "The first thing that comes to mind when I tell people about the experience was Elise’s smile, and that she made it feel so casual and easy to relax."

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The time is here—celebrate you!

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10 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Here at Mod B we're all about celebrating Mamas this Mother's Day—whether that means your mom or yourself! This list is packed with nice things to do for mom or for you (because it's extra important to throw some self-love and recognition towards your own badass self on this very special day).

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1. Book a Mod Bettie Shoot!

What better way to celebrate you and your little ones than to get dolled up and make memories that will last forever—plus you'll have the photos to look back on for years to come! Mod Bettie offers two Mother's Day sessions: Mom & Me for you and your loved ones, or Just For Mom—the best way to enjoy a little Me Time and really let down your hair. Click here for more details!

For your wife.

For your mom.

For your High School Senior.

For your Grandmother.

For your fiance.

For your sister.

For your Bestie.

For your girlfriend.

FOR YOU.

Spots are filling up quickly, so don't wait! Available dates on:

Friday, May 11th

Saturday, May 12th- SOLD OUT!

Or if she can't make one of these dates snag her a GIFT CARD on sale now!

2. Make a Card

When was the last time you made a card for your mom—not bought, but made one? Middle school? Making a card is sweet and nostalgic. Not only does it show that you preplanned, but you actually took the time to sit down and make something just for her. Plus, the message is always more personal and specific. One cute idea is "50 Things I Love About You" which I will say takes some creativity, but the outcome is darling and might even make mom cry (tears of joy of course)!

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3. Book a Getaway Weekend

If you're in West Michigan this year, a getaway sounds especially nice right now—where's Spring hiding? Weather aside, a getaway for yourself, or for you and mom, is a fun gift that doesn't necessarily have to fall on Mother's Day itself. Pick a nice Bed & Breakfast and take a weekend off! It doesn't need to be far away or exotic, just a couple of days where you don't have to do any work, and you can relax and bond with your loved ones.  

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4. Plan a Day of Relaxation

Plan an at-home Spa Day for yourself, for you and mom, or your little ones too! Sugar scrubs, chapsticks, and candles make fun homemade gifts and activities, and why not plan an entire day around it! Combine the fun of crafting with the perks of self-care, and try not to make too much of a mess (but if you do, it's all part of the fun). 

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5. Buy a New Outfit

A hot dress, some Boss Babe slacks, a set of slinky lingerie—treat yourself to something new that makes you feel as sexy and as amazing as you are! Mother's Day is the perfect time to appreciate all that you've done and thank yourself with something that's just for you. Go alone, or bring a group of Hot Mamas in your life for a day of self-appreciation!

6. Sign Up For a Class

We all have that one thing that we've always wanted to try, and whether you haven't gotten around to it, or you've been too afraid, this is your sign to just do it! Always wanted voice lessons? Want to try pole dancing, or painting, or knitting, or social media marketing for your small business dream? Whatever it is, take a class! Maybe its something for just you, or maybe you want to sign up with your mother or children—whatever it is, give yourself the gift of trying.

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7. Get a Makeover

It's time for beauty treatments! Maybe you're ready for a big change—thinking of chopping off all your hair or changing the color? Now's the time! Or try treating yourself to lash extensions, a pedicure, a new eyeshadow palette, or a facial. You're beautiful as is, but making changes is refreshing and makes us feel good, so Mother's Day is ideal for dolling up and getting glamorous with a new look. 

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8. Have a Day In

All of this celebrating can be a little tiring, maybe you should just have a day at home, lying in bed or in the bath (with a glass of wine in hand) enjoying some solitary rest. Everyone needs a day off from time to time, especially hard-working Mamas! Stay in your PJs all day! Order takeout, watch your favorite movie, and enjoy the comfort of home.

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9. Look Through Old Photos

One of the best ways I've bonded with my own mother and grandmothers over the years is just by listening. We pull out the photo albums and let the stories flowTell me about your first love, your favorite memory of your own mother, a time you got in trouble, and a time you had your heart broken. Tell me about your favorite aunt, how much you loved the dress in that photo, and your favorite cat from when you were 24. You'll easily be able to spend hours telling stories, and by the end, you'll know each other in a new way. 

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10. Say Thank You

Regardless of how you show it, Mother's Day is for giving thanks. We thank our own mothers for all that they do, and of course, we thank ourselves! This list suggests lots of ways to say thanks with our actions, but don't forget to say it out loud as well! From the ladies at Mod Bettie: Thank you!

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Tell us how you're planning on celebrating this Mother's Day!

 

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Motivation Monday: CJ Devries

Say hello to CJ—the most empowered, passionate, and glamorous business gal you'll meet.  

When you talk to CJ Devries, her passion for business and marketing is ever-present and infectious. Originally from sunny Florida, she wound up in West Michigan through Grand Valley State University and fell in love with the city of Grand Rapids. Today, she is the owner of GRNow (a website sharing local events, restaurants, things to do, etc.) and Innovative Social Exchange—a creative Grand Rapids marketing firm. 

"Marketing is an obsession, so I think of creating events all the time." 

GRNow is about eleven years old, but CJ only just recently took control of the site—having utilized the site in the past through various clients, she saw potential in expanding GRNow's resources, and she wanted to create more original content. She felt that Grand Rapids was lacking a place to showcase all of the awesome events and off-the-grid places that locals frequent, and GRNow seemed like the perfect place to build an event-based social atmosphere. 

If you're looking to advertise or have an idea for an event contact CJ at cj@grnow.com 

"It’s okay to not be perfect the all the time."

Devries is excited about working with more women in her industry, and she wants to see more badass Girl Bosses around her. She looks up to women like Dawn Baker—women who despite how much they have on their plates, handle everything with poise. CJ strives to always be calm, cool, and collected.   

What sorts of services does Innovative Social Exchange offer? 

  • Promotional Staffing, including hiring, training, scheduling, and payment.
  • Event Marketing with emphasis on planning, marketing materials and implementation, and event staffing,
  • Social Media Management: "From blogging to re-tweeting, Innovative Social Exchange has the content posted during the right times of day that gets noticed by your customers"
  • Social Media content creation, post scheduling, finding trending stories, video/photo content, and graphic design.

"From homegrown events to elitist night-outs, Innovative Social Exchange can create an experience that will be talked about for years to come."

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"This is a really male dominated industry—we need to realize that we’re worth it. "

CJ Devries & Mod Bettie = Perfection

When it comes to running your own business, online presence is crucial, and effective personal branding is a top priority. Not only can you use your photos for social media, websites, print, business cards, magazines, and for personal use, but the right photographer can help you foster confidence and self-esteem that will radiate from your photos and draw in the clientele you're searching for. 

CJ found Mod Bettie through a mutual friend, and could quickly see that Elise was a phenomenal badass. Always a bit self-conscious, CJ is naturally picky, but throughout her photoshoot with Mod Bettie, she wouldn't have changed a thing. 

"Elise is an amazing person, and you have so much fun with her. The team she puts together is so good at what they do, and when you're liking the photos before they're even edited, you know the photographer is talented." 

  

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CJ's advice to the woman trying to make it in a male dominated industry:

  1. Always be looking at what's happening in your field—read something everyday related to the industry.
  2. If you listened to what everyone else says, the world would not have half of the things we have today, and remember that failing often is how we learn.
  3. Find someone who is younger than you to be your mentor—understand that we can learn things from all age groups, not just those who are older than us.

CJ's Motivational Reading Picks:

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Connect With CJ Devries:

email: cj@grnow.com

GRNow / Facebook

Innovative Social Exchange / Facebook

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Testimonial Tuesday: Jessica VanderLaan

Hey lovely! This glamorous babe is here to show us what a little Me Time can do...

If Jessica can find the time to spend a day getting dolled up and celebrating herself, anyone can. This busy gal hails from a small farm town in West Michigan and couldn't stay away from that happy rural ambiance as she now lives on her grandparent's farm nearby. She works her booty off (figuratively) as a 911 Dispatcher and also (literally) taking pole fitness classes at Flirt Fitness

"I look up to any woman... who is not afraid to be a badass bitch."

Jessica found Mod Bettie through word of mouth—several friends from Flirt Fitness had shoots, and Jessica soon wanted one of her own. She had a blast throughout her session, and she was anxious to see the final photos. As a hard working woman, Jessica devotes much of her time to her work as a dispatcher, so taking a moment for herself was refreshing.

"It was nice to have this moment just for me to feel special." 

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Despite the fact that Jessica's hectic schedule doesn't allow a ton of wiggle room for hobbies and free time, she tries to enjoy as much Me Time as she can get, and her Mod Bettie photoshoot was exactly what she needed to celebrate her fabulous and sexy self.

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Catch Jessica on Instagram @jessica_rae4

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Mother & Daughter.

One day to remember forever.

There’s nothing more soul-satisfying than  a little quality time with mom. It’s all about showing her how beautiful she is through your eyes, and having a whole heckuva lot of fun along the way. If dressing up is wrong, we never, ever want to be right.

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Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Bartlett and Angie Miller

From the moment we open our eyes, we're watching mom for inspiration. Our mothers are our first real role models—they show us strength, kindness, and how to put our hair up. Moms teach us how to tie our shoes, wash our faces, and how to live in this crazy world.  Though we can never properly thank them for everything they do, a Mod Bettie photoshoot is a good place to start!

For those of us who know the hard work that goes in and the joy that comes out of motherhood, a glamorous, confidence-building photoshoot may be the perfect way to relax and celebrate yourself this spring! 

Two Sessions Available...

 Friday, May 11th  It’s not just a photo shoot. Or putting on a gown and getting your hair done (although those are pretty awesome things on their own). The confidence you will gain will last a life time. The memories of how you felt will never fade. This is about finding the beauty deep inside you and bringing it to the surface.   Learn more»    

Friday, May 11th

It’s not just a photo shoot. Or putting on a gown and getting your hair done (although those are pretty awesome things on their own). The confidence you will gain will last a life time. The memories of how you felt will never fade. This is about finding the beauty deep inside you and bringing it to the surface.

Learn more»

 

 Saturday, May 12th  Spend some quality time with the loves of your life and create memories that will last a lifetime. Bring your daughters, sons, mothers and grandmothers. These are the timeless portraits that will live on your walls and be passed down for generations. Continue our mission to #existinphotos.   Learn more»    

Saturday, May 12th

Spend some quality time with the loves of your life and create memories that will last a lifetime. Bring your daughters, sons, mothers and grandmothers. These are the timeless portraits that will live on your walls and be passed down for generations. Continue our mission to #existinphotos.

Learn more»

 

Want to see what the experience looks like? Give the Behind the Scenes video below a little click...

Mother's Day Gift Cards: 20% off Sessions

Treat your mom, sister, bestie, or daughter to an afternoon of pampering and empowerment. Give that Mom in your life the gift of Self-Love. use your gift card and savings anything in the next year!

Shop the sale »

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Motivation Monday: Kim Trathen

Meet Kim—the fierce, hard working, gorgeous woman who just might change your life.

Who is the woman behind Kim Trathen Coaching? She’s a West Michigan native, a hard worker, a business owner, a mother of three young boys, a loving wife, and so much more. As you can imagine, she’s a busy lady.

"I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit." 

Over the years, Trathen has run her own fitness classes, started a nonprofit, and considered a number of other small business ideas (including opening a small art boutique, a custom t-shirt shop, an eCommerce store, and a French fry cart). She had so many ideas for her own businesses, but there was one thing that continued to get in the way: fear.

"I finally reached a point where my fear of REGRET was much larger than my fear of FAILURE."

Trathen became an advocate for women’s interests through her work with Safe Haven Ministries following the loss of a friend due to domestic violence in 2010. She developed a passion for supporting women, which led to the launch of Kim Trathen Coaching. The business became the perfect way for her to combine her professional knowledge with her desire to help aspiring female entrepreneurs.

"You know how so many women are stuck in the corporate world, hating their jobs, but too afraid to give up the paycheck that goes with it? My mission is to help these women move from employee to entrepreneur by helping them launch or grow their online service-based businesses. I help these women turn their passions into profits to create the freedom filled lifestyle they desire."    

What can Kim help you with? 

  • Kim Trathen Coaching offers a variety of services for women at all levels in their entrepreneurial journey.
  • Each client receives a  custom package tailored to her needs.
  • if you haven't already launched your business, Trathen helps you take the business from an idea to fully launched by working through the technicalities of defining your ideal client, validating your business idea, your social media presence, creating your website and securing your first client.
  • Whether you're ready to elevate your existing business, or turn a business idea into a reality, it's time to create a plan that fits your lifestyle.

Kim Trathen Coaching would love to offer the Mod Bettie readers a free 30 minute coaching call to talk about your business dreams, goals, or a struggle you're currently dealing with.

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"There are so many amazing women that have, and continue to, grace this planet."

Kim Trathen + Mod Bettie = Instant Love

Trathen began her search for a photographer with a specific vision in mind—branding photos are especially important for online businesses, and Kim needed a photographer who could portray the "high vibe, energetic, and fun side" of herself and her business that she was looking for.

When Kim stumbled across Mod Bettie's images, she was instantly in love. Both Kim Trathen Coaching and Mod Bettie share a mission of female empowerment, and Kim was quickly certain that Elise was her "soul mate photographer."   

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Kim's advice to the woman who dreams of launching her own business….

  1. One of the biggest fears women have when launching a business is that they don’t think they know enough to charge for their services. But, you don’t need to be at an expert level to help others. You are completely qualified to serve the woman who is a half-step behind you. Your knowledge is valuable to others.
  2. You will hear outside negativity from others telling you why your idea won’t work. But, remember – so often the people telling you you’re crazy to launch your own business are the ones that were too afraid to pursue their own dreams.

Kim's Helpful Reading Picks:

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Connect With Kim Trathen:

email: info@kimtrathen.com

Kim Trathen Coaching

Facebook

 

Click the video below for a Behind the Scenes look at our Personal Branding Session!

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Cake For Breakfast

BOPO Bend + Brunch

BOPO =

Body Positivity

 

If you search #BOPO on Instagram you'll find an empowering and brave collection of text and images celebrating the diverse beauty of the female form. Saturday we came together in celebration of our beautiful bodies. These bodies that take us from one place to another and connect us through touch.

Your health is not defined by size.

We spent the morning connecting with each other, sipping mimosas, laughing in the photo booth and putting our dreams down on paper. Feral Yogi lead us in an inspiring flow focused on body awareness and appreciation that brought tears to my eyes. Latesha Lipscomb of I Got Face and POSH Innovative Event Management lifted our hearts with her empowering words of self love and forgiveness.

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We couldn’t be more grateful for your relentless support of this Body Positivity Movement in West Michigan! You ladies make us better! For additional images on Social Media  search the following hashtags:

#letthemeatcakegr #eatmorecakegr #cakeforbreakfastgr

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Ciao for now Bettie's! We’ll be back soon to open arms to teen girls and the strong women who raise them!

Baby Cakes! {Coming Soon!}
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Thank you Letasha Draper of LDraperJ Events for the gorgeous and super tasty cake!

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Mod B's BOPO Warrior Photo Booth

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I need to take a moment to express thanks to our amazing sponsors for going out of their way to help our mission...

Shefit for the #BoPoWarrior raffle prize.

Posh Petals for the beautiful floral centerpieces.

Renew Skin Spa for the guest coupons and chapstick.

Mamas Got Mugs for providing our Bettie's with the empowering glassware.

Citizen for the delicious raffle prize.

Boxed Water for providing us with water for a cause.

Feral Yogi for leading our Yoga flow.

Lions and Rabbits for providing the beautiful space.

Malamiah Juice Bar for providing delicious and healthy juices for our bellies.

WANNABE for a most swanky raffle prize.

Happy 18th Birthday Megan and Alexandra

Roses are red

And violets are blue.

Happy, HAPPY Birthday

To you and to YOU.

These are my baby sisters.

Scratch that... were my baby sisters.

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Slow down little ones.

Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Bartlett
1st Assistant and Behind the Scenes Video by Hayley Sikorski

Body Positivity and Female Empowerment Event

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Hey Sleeping Beauties! We're still dreaming up new ways to help you stretch your mind and body to higher heights in 2018! So we invite you to Rise Up and join us for the first ever Body Positive Bend + Brunch in West Michigan!

Join us for an ultra- fab morning of mimosas, mixing, mingling, meditation, and light fare with a few of your favorite local leading ladies. In the first hour there will be an opportunity for you to HAM it up (pun intended) in our empowerment photo booth with Mod Bettie Portrait Studio. So arrive comfy-cute with makeup wipes in tow, because you can expect to bend a little out of your comfort zone with an amazing Yoga instructor from Lions & Rabbits! And if that's not enough, you can tame your tastebuds with some incredible light fare from local eateries.

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Prepare for a life changing morning of making connections and seeking inspiration from some fierce female health and wellness experts.

 

The Schedule is as follows:

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Mix, mingle, and sip mimosas while taking a moment to pose in the Mod Bettie photo booth!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Bend, relax, and meditate with the Feral Yogi!

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Brunch it up and eat your cake too, all while enjoying the company of the best local body positive babes and community partners.

A massive shout out to our darling sponsors:

Check out our first two BoPo (Body Positivity) & Female Empowerment Events

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Refresh Workshop

An afternoon of Self Care

Hosted by Posh Petals

Elizabeth, Elyse and Abbie lead the way helping each guest create these beautiful, one of a kind living hair pieces.

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Photos by Jennie King

These gals came to be inspired. It’s easy to see the beauty of life moving through seasons. But it isn’t always so simple when we see those patterns occurring in our own lives. Maybe now is not your springtime, but there’s so much beauty in believing that it’s just on the other side. Trust the Winter. Shed your skin. Breathe that air.

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Photos by Jennie King

Amber Kilpatrick from Mindful Vinyasa School of Yogaguided us through a flow to feed our souls.

 Photos by  Jennie King

Photos by Jennie King

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Photo by Jennie King

We were thrilled to bring our talents to these deserving ladies alongside a few other fabulous #Bossbabes. Natasha from The Emporium Salon
gave these nails a fabulous makeover with her completely non toxic beauty products.

 Photos by  Jennie King

Photos by Jennie King

Brittney Von Erck of Sacred Circle Healing opened our hearts and minds to life's beautiful possibilities.