I took a personal day on Friday.

I started the day with coffee on my balcony, then a run in the 70-degree temps, then (not pictured) met with a recent Loyola grad for lunch to answer questions about a career in digital marketing.

But the real reason I took the day off was so I could participate in my friend Kelly’s Grateful 4 Her project.

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Because it’s a video project, my involvement was to be interviewed by Kelly about women I am grateful for. And being on camera = getting my make-up done by a professional.

The project itself sounds pretty awesome, it’s described as “a Thank You Note to women everywhere. It is a movement in gratitude. A celebration of powerful and loving women we are grateful for.” I talked about my mom because she’s awesome and a great example of a strong, smart woman. I also talked about Dita Von Teese and Red Hot Annie for their role in the modern burlesque movement and encouraging women to express what they find beautiful and sexy. Anyway, it was fun to participate and I can’t wait to see the final product!!  

I’m also glad I took Friday off (from work, anyway) because my weekend was pretty active – I signed up for the first annual Chorus Girl University, which took place on Saturday and Sunday.

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Chorus Girl U was put on by the Galaxie Girls (performing above) to teach vintage dance styles and other tips for costuming, hair, make-up etc, and give participants a taste of being a Chrous Girl. I got to hang out with Nina (aka Kitty Von Royall) at most of the sessions I attended.

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It was a fun weekend and I learned some new things for both dance and hair & make-up. I got to put some of the make-up tricks to the test for my performance on Saturday night:

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Backstage selfie as Kitten Von Purr 😉 

Saturday night’s show was another good one! You have two more chances to see the Scream Queens at Vaudezilla’s Silver Screen Striptease!

What were you up to this weekend? 
What women are you grateful for and why? 

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