Oct-Nov Events for Women

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October may be half-way through, but there’s still plenty of time to get a little spooky and enjoy some Me Time this autumn! As we embrace the cooler weather and visit our favorite Halloween haunts, let’s not forget that November is right around the corner, and there are still many ways to enjoy family and fall activities next month. Check out our picks for upcoming West Michigan women’s events!

SHEvents Launch Party! @ Lions & Rabbits, Grand Rapids

19 October 2018

You do NOT want to miss out on the biggest celebration of bossbabes for the year! This event will announce the winners of the #GRbossbabes awards, and who could be nominated for bossbabe of the year?! None other than our incredible Mod Bettie queen, Elise Kutt! Vote for Elise here, and don’t forget to order tickets for this event or risk missing out on wine, snacks, and an amazing time celebrating amazing women.


Meditation & Vinyasa Flow @ Mod Bettie Studio, Grand Rapids with Gather GR

10:00 am - 11:30 am - 22 October 2018

Take a breath from hectic day-to-day life and enjoy a moment for YOU! Journey through a meditation and Vinyasa flow class, led by Anna VanAgtmael of Wandering Roots and coordinated by Gather GR. Register for your free ticket, grab your yoga mat, and wear stretchy, comfortable clothes!

Crazy Ladies Quilting Circle @ Coopersville Farm Museum

10:00 am - 12:30 pm on Thursdays

Maybe you're looking to pick up a new hobby this year, or maybe you're already an avid quilter—either way—join the fun at Coopersville Farm Museum every Thursday of the year! The primary focus may be quilting, but anyone interested in crocheting, sewing, or anything else textile related should come out and get to know the crazy ladies. Don't be intimidated if you don't have any experience; every level of knowledge is welcome to join!

Grand Wedding Expo @ Castle Farms, Charlevoix

28 October 2018

Head to Castle Farms for all your wedding planning needs—this event will feature workshops throughout the day to help you prepare for your own big day! Enjoy professional displays, door prizes, and of course, the Grand Finale Fashion Show! Brides won’t want to miss this expo!

WYCA Tribute Awards @ DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

30 October 2018

This annual event has been honoring distinguished women and trail-blazers in a number of fields since 1977! Enjoy a luncheon and celebrate the excellence of women with the women in your life. Be sure to reserve your tickets so you don’t miss out on this amazing event!

Mod Bettie Holiday Sessions!

3 November 2018

If you want the perfect Christmas present under the tree this year now is the time to book! We have just 2 spots left for this Nov date. Come play dress up and spend a few hours just for YOU. The memories of how you felt will never fade. And the look on the face of your special someone when you share the photos is one you’ll remember forever. This is about finding the beauty deep inside you and bringing it to the surface. BOOK HERE

Healing Body, Mind & Spirit Expo @ DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids

3-4 November 2018

Get in touch with your inner eye at the Body. Mind & Spirit expo. Spend a day or the weekend enjoying angel readers, tarot, aura photos, stones, crystals, pet communicators, body workers, crystal healers, spirit artists, numerology, aromatherapy, astrologists, palmistry, essential oils, holistic products, drums & flutes, jewelry, minerals and more!

Women's Only Weekend @ South Haven

8-11 November 2018

What could possibly be more fun than a Fabulous 50s themed weekend just for us gals? Don't miss out on this weekend in South Haven as the town is transformed into a fun festival! Some of the events include: 50's bands and dancing each evening, spa events, dance classes, games, contests, prizes, and more! Be sure to buy tickets soon!

Squad Bettie Styling Event @ Mod Bettie Portrait Boutique

6:00pm-9:00pm 15 November 2018

Join Mod B, Naughty B and #Squad B in welcoming Michelle Krick Style to our space for a night of shopping your favorite local retailers! We will have a fashion show, styling tips and (BONUS) have the opportunity to get ahead on that Christmas shopping! Follow our FB pages for more details on how to snag a ticket soon.

Princess Tea Party @ Henderson Castle Inn, Kalamazoo

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 18 November 2018

Though we may all have a princess inside us, this event is for the little ones! Your little princess and her friends will have the most perfect make-believe afternoon pretending to be princesses in the historic and extravagant Henderson Castle Inn. The afternoon will include photo opportunities with the princesses, storytelling, ballroom dancing, and a guided tour of the castle. Wait, are grown-ups allowed on this adventure?

A Drag Queen Christmas @ DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

24 November 2018

You won't want to miss out on this performance! This holiday extravaganza is an evening of songs and marvelous drag performance, and all ages are welcome. Plus, with the purchase of Super Fan tickets, you'll have the opportunity for a meet and greet with the queens, plus an official tour poster and other goodies. Don't skip The Naughty Tour this year!



Last chance to book our $99 Deal for the year! Don’t miss out on the hottest deal we offer once a year.

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Motivation Monday: Lauren Zulli

Lauren: the stunner with an eclectic soul, a love for the universe, and a passion for living connected.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Lauren lived and studied in several states before settling in Michigan over seven years ago. During her undergrad, she fostered a curiosity for the intricacies of the universe, studying Applied Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. Continuing along that route, she moved to Colorado to pursue a master’s degree in mathematics and came to the realization that while mathematics is a universal language connecting us all to nature, she felt disconnected to her current path.

Making the difficult decision to halt her studies, Lauren moved back to Pennsylvania to reevaluate her plans and passions. She considered her true interests and how she could integrate them: the environment, people, connections, and design. All of these interests came together through sustainable design, and Lauren followed a new path to Duquesne University where she completed her MBA in Sustainability. She has since worked in Virginia and Michigan helping organizations push their sustainability strategy, before ultimately starting her own business as HOLOS Coaching & Consulting.

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"This is such an amazing gift that we’ve been given—to have connected consciousness. The question then remains—how do we plan to use it?"

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HOLOS means whole in Greek, and wholeness is the core of Lauren’s lifestyle and business model. She believes that we come into the world as complete beings, and after existing with her life in partitions for many years, she has a renewed focus on honing the gifts of health and wellness that she has been given. She strives to redesign her relationships and eliminate those things that no longer encourage her to live her best life.

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"I felt like the world told us that we had to identify with one way of being—that’s it—but we are everything and nothing all at once."

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The mission of HOLOS is to inspire and empower individual and organizational wellbeing through integrating and embodying wholeness. HOLOS believes wholeness is living as your truest self—authentically and connected. It’s about the intersections of our humanness + beingness and that we are all one, complete and part of the grander system.

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What services does HOLOS offer? 

INDIVIDUALS:

  • Private one-on-one yoga sessions + mindfulness coaching

  • Whole-Being Coaching

  • Authentic Leadership Coaching

    ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Group + Team yoga, mindfulness, and meditation sessions + program development 

  • Group + Team Conscious Culture Coaching 

  • Conscious Leadership Coaching & Development

    ASSESSMENTS:

  • Individual, Group, and 360 Energy Leadership Index Assessment

  • Core Values + Unique Strengths Assessment 

  • Whole-Being Assessment

    RETREATS + WORKSHOPS:

  • Workshops combine knowledge, tools, and exercised to stimulate interactive group learning.

  • Conferences drive a motivational agenda through movement, stillness, or learning.

  • Retreats combine nourishment, movement, and personal development to explore our mind-body connection. Locations and dates to be released mid-November

    Curious how coaching can work for you? Book your complimentary 60-minute session to find out!

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Lauren + Mod B

Lauren discovered Mod Bettie through a women’s networking group, and she was immediately struck by the idea of getting in front of the camera. She had always been uncomfortable with being photographed, but when she met Elise, she felt relaxed. She booked the first of several sessions and never looked back.

“As a petite woman I struggled being behind the camera until I embraced my uniqueness.”  

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Lauren’s Suggested Reading:

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Lauren’s Podcast Picks:

On Being with Krista Tippet

Tribe of Mentors with Tim Ferris

Tara Brach Podcast

Follow HOLOS on FaceBook and Instagram for upcoming events, workshops, and 2019 retreat location and dates:

HOLOS / Facebook / Instagram

Contact:

email: lauren@holoscc.com

phone: 412.559.6395

 

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#SQUADBETTIE: Desserts and Divas

Desserts and Divas brought together GR women from every corner of the work world and encouraged them to mingle, shop from local businesses, and (as per Mod Bettie standards) of course TALK. ABOUT. REAL. SHIT.

Squad Assemble!

What do you get when you bring together an army of brave, bold, and beautiful Betties? You get #SquadBettie. And then what do you get when you gather the squad and add desserts, some bad ass vendors and a photobooth? You get THIS amazingness:

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A Bettie, a Bettie, and a Bettie walk into a bar.

Let's be real, networking can be hard. Whatever it is you call work, it's always important to make connections and find sources of support, inspiration, and camaraderie in the community around you. But how?! It's so easy to "heart" someone's post to show support, or to stalk their account for inspo from behind a screen. But we challenge women to network in the flesh. Shake hands, exchange business cards, mingle! Ask questions and take notes with one hand, while eating a mini bundt cake with the other. That's how!  There's nothing more empowering than complimenting another woman's accomplishments to her face.

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#SquadBettie

SLAYED

in the Photo-booth!

Thank you to our Associate Photographer Hayley Sikorski for these gorgeous images!

 
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Past Event Media Mentions:

GR Now

616 Media

WOTV 4 Women

Women'sLifestyleMagazine.com

GR Magazine Online

EightWest

Gather GR


Join Squad Bettie!

An exclusive online community for women supporting women.

 Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (<-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through.  SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.

Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (<-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through.

SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.

Shop our November Holiday Deals!

Snag a spot before they sell out! These are our last discount sessions for the year!

Motivation Monday: Anna VanAgtmael

Oh, hello Anna! Meet the gorgeous boss babe who has literally done it all.

Scientist turned yoga instructor? That's just the beginning; Anna has always been a practical gal, and from a young age she had aspirations to go into medicine. Motivated and hardworking, she held a full-time job while also studying full-time at Michigan State University.  After graduating, she earned a spot as a lab manager at a small biotech company in Grand Rapids and stayed there for the past six years. But then...  

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"I woke up and had the realization that I had everything that I thought I wanted but none of it was actually making me happy."

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Three years ago, bored with the repetitive routine of her lab work, Anna made a commitment to practice yoga every day for a year. With a renewed focus on self-care, she felt everything shift. The truly life-changing moment came when Anna signed up for yoga instruction classes and realized she could help people through yoga and travel. She made a plan to quit her job and launch Wandering Roots, a place for self-care through yoga, travel, and retreats—a place to check out of work and in with yourself.  

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"I'm really passionate about yoga and travel; I feel the most connected to myself when I'm traveling and on my mat."

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Anna's mission is to help remove the obstacles that prevent you from living your best life. Having spent so much of her adult life going through the motions of work without passion or drive, she wants to help others turn away from that monotony. Through Wandering Roots, she can provide the time and resources for people who are intimidated by travel to get away with ease. 

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What services does Wandering Roots offer? 

YOGA:

  • Pop-Up Yoga: Hosted at Fight 2 Get Fit (Check here for current pop-up schedule and locations)

  • Private Yoga Classes for those who may be just beginning their yoga journey, who may not feel comfortable practicing yoga around others, or who just want one-on-one training.

  • Special Event Yoga: A tailored yoga event to highlight birthdays, fundraisers, corporate wellness, bachelorette parties, or any other occasion.

TRAVEL:

  • Are you motivated to travel but don't have the time to plan a getaway?

  • Are you dying to take a dream vacay but don't know where to start?

  • Are you looking to travel with a large group but struggling to find accommodations and activities to satisfy everyone?

YOGA+TRAVEL=RETREAT:

  • Retreat activities are curated to provide a fun, engaging, and relaxing environment

  • All activities are suggested and absolutely nothing is required of you.

  • Choose your own adventure—whether you participate in everything or nothing.

"Most people take care of themselves last. The majority of us think it's selfish to spend time or money on ourselves. It's not."

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Anna + Mod B

Anna talked herself out of scheduling a shoot with Elise for two years before pushing outside her comfort zone and going for it. During her first two years practicing yoga, Anna decided she would say "yes" to everything she wanted to do despite the fear. 

"I felt so empowered by the shoot and when I got to see my images. It was one of the best gifts I've ever given myself!"  

  

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Upcoming Events:

Banff Retreat

 Oct 7-11

This trip includes accommodations, yoga, meditation, hiking, hot springs, park admission, transportation to and from planned activities and Calgary International (YYC) airport, and most meals.

Body & Mind Workshop

Sep 23

Thirty minutes of WERQ followed by forty-five minutes of yoga and meditation. Stay for a goal setting workshop discussing how to successfully set attainable goals to finish 2018 strong.

Yoga @ Fight 2 Get Fit

Various Dates

Click here for details

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Keep Up With Anna:

email: anna@yourwanderingroots.com

Wandering Roots / Facebook / Instagram

 

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AFAB & Fab AF!

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The history of drag is fascinating, but this isn't a history lesson. This is about the future and how the art of drag needs to change, because everything needs to change as we become more enlightened and move into the future.

There is a big misnomer that the LGBTQA+ community is one happy family, but really there is a lot of in-fighting and non-acceptance.

If you are not familiar:

L - Lesbian

G - Gay

B - Bisexual

T - Transgender

Q - Queer/Questioning

A - Asexual

+ - Is everything else...

 

And there is a lot of everything else. For instance, I identify as Pansexual, Non-Binary—Pansexual, means I love all combinations of genders and genitals, and am more attracted to someone’s mind and personality then gender/genital combination. Non-Binary means that I don't conform or identify as one gender, even though I was assigned female at birth.

Within the community there is a lot of segregation. I'm going to use some us/them terminology for a bit to get a point across, I assure you I do not feel this way, but it illustrates the point the clearest. Straight society has a tendency to throw all the “others” together and is often clueless to the fact that the “others” do not always support each other; the larger the city the more in-fighting there seems to be. Gay men do not always stand up equally for lesbians, bisexual folks are often ridiculed for their perceived indecision, and transgender people often wonder where they fit in.  So, we find safe pockets. Grand Rapids is a wonderfully sized city—not so big that we are radically divided, not so small that we don't exist.

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I grew up thinking I was bisexual because I was attracted to both genders, but I always felt there was more to my sexuality that than just that. Pansexuality, and the vastness of the gender spectrum, was not yet on my radar. As I have learned more about the trans community—concepts, terminologies, and identifying factors—I have been able to find a place and identity where I feel at home.

Part of that journey is the story of how I started performing in drag.

I have many traits that are traditionally considered male, often prefer to play a traditional male role in my sex life, and for most of my life have felt empathically connected to gay male culture. But, as an AFAB* individual, I also felt that the gay male community wasn't my community or place. I think in many cases when AFAB individuals feel this way, they end up transitioning to male. Although I have considered hormone therapy, the part of transitioning that interests me most is genital reassignment.  Currently, those surgeries are far from perfect and the risk and results are not worth the high costs: physical pain, recovery time, money, and mental anguish.

The first time I saw/heard about a BioQueen my mind was blown a little bit. The question of "Why not me?" was born. I think all people should ask that when they see something they want. Why not me? You may be the first one you know to do it, but if you feel that way, there are (or will be) others who also feel that tug. Be a trailblazer. Be the brave one to stand up first. As queerness becomes more and more visible, more people will come forward to be themselves.

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There are plenty of people around the world that think that what I’m doing in drag is wrong, disrespectful, or offensive because I’m not ‘male.’ Persons of that opinion would tell you that drag is for gay men, and that they are creating a ‘female illusion.’ And I say to them… What female do you know looks like a drag queen? Drag is its own art form. I identified as female for 36 years, and I can count on one hand the amount of times I put as much effort into a look as I do as a drag queen, and somehow I don’t think that Halloween counts.

Next week, we’ll talk more about birth assigned genders, drag, and competing. Until then here’s some vocabulary to work on:


 

*AFAB:  Assigned female at birth. this is traditionally determined by genitals.

AMAB:  Assigned male at birth, determined by genitals.

Non-Binary:  Not identifying as one gender, gender fluidity.

Trans-female/transwoman/MTF:  AMAB, but has transitioned to Female (either with or without hormones).

Trans-male/transman/FTM:  AFAB, but has transitioned to Male (either with or without hormones).

Cisgendered: Identifying as the gender you were assigned at birth and conforming to societal standards of two genders male and female, determined by genitals.

Straight/Heterosexual: Attracted to the opposite gender in a binary gender society.

Traditional Drag Queen: AMAB, predominantly identifying as gay male,  who impersonates a female, or feminine traits to an exaggerated degree. Often trying to create the illusion of being female.

Diva/BioQueen/FauxQueen:  AFAB, identifying as female portraying a hyper feminine persona. Sexual identity non-important.

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#ManCrushMonday: BJ

Did you know ModBettie does personal branding shoots for men too?! Gasp! Of course, when you have a subject as cool as BJ Johnson, you know you're going to capture some great shots.

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BJ Johnson is a tattoo artist, tattoo machine builder, metal smith, and mixed media artist. He's always been passionate about making things and has dabbled in many creative fields over the years. Tattooing and machine building is the area he's stuck with the longest and where he focuses most of his energy.  

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"It really has never mattered what it is, I just have always felt the need to create."

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BJ began his tattooing career in 1997 working out of the original Purple East building. Since then, he has worked in and owned a number of other shops. Today he shares his own private space, GreenLion Studios with his wife Jill (check out Jill's ModB experience here).  

GreenLion contains space for tattoos by appointment, a metals workshop where BJ creates tattoo machines and small metal sculptures, a gallery, and space for yoga classes taught by Jill.   

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"I am inspired by anyone who is creating something with passion."

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BJ found ModBettie through his wife, Jill, and he loved how the photos from her shoot had turned out. He was on the hunt for some current photography of his art and workspace to update his website and social media. Like many of us, he wasn't super keen on having his own photo taken.

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"I was still apprehensive about having my pictures done, but Elise made it so fun!"

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Connect with BJ:

BJ on IG // GreenLion Studios on IG

Facebook // Website

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Haute Cakes: Part IIII of a Grand Rapids Body Positive Event Series

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We laughed, we cried,

(one of us sang) and,

WE ATE CAKE.

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Lights, Camera, ASSASSIN! 

We’ve all noticed a lack of diversity in most runway shows and Haute Cakes mission was to highlight this huge miss in the fashion world. This time around BOPO maven Latesha Lipscomb hosted a body-inclusive fashion show to prove that there isn't a "one-size-fits-all image of beauty." 

There was fur, flowers, glitz and glamour galore at Sunday’s body positivity event and every single woman in that room looked truly stunning in confidence. 

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The show was meant to celebrate women, instead of serving up "aspirations" that no one can really relate to.

Real women, with real bodies came to strut their stuff on our runway. Here are a few snaps from our time together:

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Some girls brought friends, some came solo and made new ones. They showed up in their favorite beach wear or summer attire and celebrated EVERY BODY.  Women of all shapes and sizes who are body positive or working their way there. It was a day party for divas, local leading ladies, single moms, shy girls, fashion assassins and any woman who needed to be reminded of her own unique beauty! 

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Self-love isn’t always the easiest, but sometimes, it’s important to look at yourself in the mirror and just be thankful for one thing you really love about you. Me? I love my squinty, all gums smile. Some years ago I was incredibly self conscious about smiling too big, but now I’ve learned to be happy with who I am and truly believe my squint eyed smile is completely unique to me.

XoXo, Elise

Take Latesha Lipscomb's #BOPO with you wherever you go.

Share her positive affirmations with every Bettie you meet...


 

#WHOISLATESHALIPSCOMB

 

Thank you POSH Innovative Event Management for one hell of a good time.

 

#SquadBettie

SLAYED

in the Photo-booth!

Thank you to our Associate Photographer Hayley Sikorski for these gorgeous images!

 

THANK YOU!

The internet does so much to bring us together, and yet it sometimes seems a poor substitute for real human connection. I’m lucky that isn’t the case here. I love you so much for supporting our mission. The little online world we share is truly the cherry on life’s proverbial sundae, so danke schön! Bolshoi spasibo! THANK YOU for being HERE.

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Past Event Media Mentions:

GR Now

616 Media

WOTV 4 Women

Women'sLifestyleMagazine.com

GR Magazine Online

EightWest

Gather GR


Are you following Mod B on IG?!

Join Squad Bettie!

An exclusive online community for women supporting women.

 Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (&lt;-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through.  SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.

Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (<-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through.

SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.

Haute Cakes

Sunday, July 22, 2018

3pm-6pm at Mod Bettie Portrait Boutique

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Oh hey #SquadBettie!

Sip cool cocktails, savor sweet treats, shop with our local bad ass vendors, indulge in Henna Art and flick it up at our Mod Bettie photo booth all while enjoying our babe-a-liscious Summertime soundscape during Haute Cakes: a summer soiree for ALL hot bodies!

We encourage you to arrive picture perfect in your favorite beach wear or summer attire and let’s celebrate summer, fashion and ALL things Body Positivity! Tell a friend to tell a friend... to tell a friend... its ANOTHER gathering for the Grand Rapids #BOPOWARRIORS and you are ALL invited!

Body positivity is defined as acceptance and appreciation of all human body types. It is a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, and be accepting of their own bodies as well as the bodies of others.

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Grab your ticket below...

We are so grateful that the beautiful, amazing women who are perfect in every way answered the call to be models in our Runway show! We represent all ages, all races... all girl power! Come support these gorgeous gals strut their stuff! 

THE MODELS:

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Jesten Myers

Nicholette Driggs

Jenna Arcidiacono

Daevwana Holden

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Becky Wildeboer

Elizabeth Stoffers

Chrystal Drewitt-Rike

Debra Williams

Bux Dhyne


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This event wouldn't be possible without the support of some incredible sponsors who equally support and believe in our mission.

THANK YOU!

 

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MATTHEW AGENCY - BOPO Warrior Sponsor

Shannon Cohen - Tough Skin, Soft Heart!

Love’s Ice Cream

Mamas Got Mugs

Posh Innovative Event Management and I Got Face Cosmetic Concierge

Boxed Water

Posh Petals

 

 

 

Peek at images from our first installment of Let Them Eat Cake!

Be prepared to do a little shopping with...


Matthew Agency

Muse GR

Mod Bettie Portrait Boutique

SOA Productions

Fashion Assassins Plustique

MK Thrifty Gal - Helping Hands Mission Thrift

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Past Event Media Mentions:

GR Now

616 Media

WOTV 4 Women

Women'sLifestyleMagazine.com

GR Magazine Online

EightWest


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Join Squad Bettie!

An exclusive online community for women supporting women.

 Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (&lt;-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through.  SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.

Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (<-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through.

SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.

Motivation Monday: Jillian Johnson

Here's Jill—inspiring life coach, energized yoga instructor, and stunning boss Bettie

A Grand Rapids native, Jill has known she wanted to help others for most of her life. After college, Jill put most of her focus into being the best parent she could be and her work as a dental hygienist. While she loved working with people, learning their stories, and making them feel comfortable through her work as a hygienist, she wanted to help people in a more directed way, and thus, her interest in life coaching was born.   

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"I chose life coaching, because in my own life what had been most helpful for my growth was courageous action, and to me that is what coaching is—courageous action."

Following her certification in life coaching, Jill fell into yoga and realized it was the physical component she wanted to offer alongside her coaching services, and a year later she received her Registered Yoga Teacher 200 certification. 

"Jillian J Coaching came out of me wanting to provide the services of life coaching and yoga with my own personal spin on them."

Jill believes that our society lacks support for people to put themselves first, and she wants to change that. Within her coaching and yoga classes, Jill puts an emphasis on creating a path to turn your life around and end the suffering that comes with neglecting oneself. 

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What sort of services does Jillian J Coaching offer? 

  • Weekly Yoga Classes: "I guide you through this union by offering small, intimate, vinyasa classes that give you space to breathe, move and connect to yourself in an authentic way."

  • Private Yoga Classes for those who may be just beginning their yoga journey, who may not feel comfortable practicing yoga around others yet, or who just want one-on-one training.

  • Single Coaching Sessions for clarity on a specific situation.

  • Insightful Action Package: A four-session journey to start on your path to a life that feels more free, connected, and mindful.

  • Enneagram Personality Test: Jill is trained through the Enneagram Institute and can administer the test to help those wanting to get to know themselves deeper.

"I am flexible with working with people where they are and creating sessions and programs for individual needs instead of a 'one size fits all' format."

"I find inspiration in anyone who is on the path to living an authentic life based on reality rather than social conditioning. "

Jillian J + Mod B

Jill first met Elise when the Mod Bettie diva came to Jillian J Coaching for a bit of life guidance, and the relationship grew when Jill purchased a generational photoshoot package for her mom's birthday. Jill loved the Mod Bettie experience that she shared with her daughter and her mom, and had to come back for her personal branding. 

"Elise made all of us feel like there was no one else more beautiful ... We felt so special."  

  

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Jill's advice to the woman who needs confidence to make a big life change:

  1. Remember that change is difficult, and know that change is a process that continues even after you've decided to do something.

  2. "If you can allow and prepare for you brain to try to work against the next big move then you will have more success in the long run."

  3. Coaching will help with staying resilient; "A life coach is someone who will walk alongside you and has no preconceived notions of what you should or shouldn’t do like a well meaning friend or family member can."

"Trust yourself, believe in you and MOVE FORWARD! "

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Jill's Inspirational Reading Picks:

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Connect With Jill:

email: jillianj616@gmail.com

Jillian J Coaching / Facebook

Instagram / Yoga Stats

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#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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