Bloom Beauty Bar
1776 Laskin Rd, Suite 105
Virginia, United States
Starting in February of 2020, I began a series of women empowerment events named #youCANsitwithus. Aimed towards the support of women, by other women – these events were created to uplift many in our community, but also the local community as a whole. I created these events to help empower others, especially women. To help stop the rivalry, the jealousy, the mean girl tendencies… All while raising money for a good cause and to show love/support local businesses. Below is a blurb about the origin/why:
I wanted to create a community of women who want to support each other, friends, family, local businesses, all of the above. I WANT US TO COME TOGETHER and create, versus coming together and talking about each other, I WANT US TO STOP THE GOSSIP. Because there is ROOM for ALL OF US. ALL OF US. Whether we have the same job or not. There is going to be someone who loves the way you work, and someone who loves the way I work, and someone who loves us both. AND THAT’S OKAY!
So here is a safe space for us to love and support each other. I want to bring in ALL the local female-owned companies; makeup, hair, clothing, photography, videography, bakers, cooks, baristas, models, YOU NAME IT. Let’s kick this mean girl mantra and lift each other’s crowns and SUPPORT each other. Let’s help each other avoid the gossip trains and put a stop to the gossip. The more of us who avoid and shut it down, the less to be said. We are just out here trying to build a life to support ourselves and our families, we should be supporting that.
The events ARE working. Girls are creating friendships, girls are telling themselves and each other NICE things, regardless of similarities or differences. The mean girl attitude is making its way out, and the #youcanBLOOMwithus is making its way in. In no way are we perfect, I am not perfect – but I do know I want to bloom with you, I want to be a better person every single day. Let’s be better together.
These are ongoing events that began in Feb 2021! Here is a list of the events thus far:
February 2nd, 2020 – Galentine’s Shoot
March 8th, 2020 – Shoot in Support of Endometriosis Awareness / International Women’s Day
August 2nd, 2020 – VIBE Creative District Shoot, showcasing local models + hair/makeup artists
September 27th, 2020 – Shoot + Fundraising for 22 Until Valhalla (Veteran Suicide Prevention), with an online raffle we raised roughly $200. This also had a speech during it about letting go of the things we hate most about ourselves as women. We had everyone write them down, then we burned it all away.
April 22nd, 2021 – Raised $808 *split for Aid Another (Autism Awareness) and for the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This event also started with a beach cleanup, picking up trash at the oceanfront, then rolled into a flea market full of artists and vendors, most of which upcycle.
August 6th, 2021 – This was our first women’s retreat! It was an all-inclusive experience at Asheville Glamping. The women who attended all got their hair/makeup done, photography, and a big session of hyping each other up. We also went and explored downtown. This retreat was geared towards bringing women together and creating memories that would last a lifetime. Many of us left feeling a renewed sense of power and confidence.
September 26th, 2021 – This event is coming up soon! We have a Pool Paw-ty planned at a venue, where the ticket funds are going to Hope For Life Rescue, a local shelter that needs massive help. There will be raffles there the day of, so we don’t know the total yet. So far we have raised $475 in ticket sales!
We plan on having many more events in the future.