When I first launched my blog in 2010, I had a weekly series called “Girl of the Moment,” or “GOTM” for those of you who are long-time readers. These posts would feature women who were doing important things that I wanted to draw attention to. Several later, “GOTM” has evolved into “Friendly Friday”. Same concept – new name.
I met Jamie O’Banion years ago and as fellow Dallas-based female founders, our paths and friend groups have continued to cross. I admire Jamie not only because I love her products (everyone has gone nuts over this roller and I am currently using her hydrating mask), but also because she is a hard-working mom who is building a (beautifully branded) global business and also actively raising smart, kind children. Jamie is someone you want to know, root for, and take inspiration from. Check out the full article on her HERE.
I first came across The Daily Edited products when the company joined rewardStyle and influencers in Australia began to promote their products. Then, while on a work trip to Australia to speak at the Vogue Codes conference in Sydney, I had the pleasure of meeting Alyce Tran, the founder of TDE.
Alyce is a magnetic founder and she has a unique founding story- moving from a very rigid industry to a very creative one to follow her passion. You have no doubt seen my collection of TDE accessories – from trunk bags to cell phone cases – read more about The Daily Edited and Alyce’s story HERE.
A few years ago I discovered Little Goodall, a Dallas-based children’s clothing company, through another mom blogger. If you have been around venzedits for long, you have undoubtedly seen Birdie in their coats, bubbles, and dresses; I adore their designs.
Molly Goodall, the founder, has attracted quite a fan club; you can now buy her designs at Anthropologie and The Tot. I am proud to say that we have been wearing her work since way back when. Check out the full article HERE.
Meet my friend Hank (and his beautiful wife, Emily & precious baby boy, Henry). We went to high school together and have stayed friends through college, marriage, businesses, and now, babies! Hank has started many successful businesses in Dallas (you may have heard of Lights All Night) and I am excited about his current venture Rosé All Day.
I love being able to support my friends, especially when they are doing such wonderful things to make our city better. And it doesn’t hurt that the wine is amazing! Truthfully, if it got into a fight with Miraval, it would win. Check out the full article HERE.
Misha Nonoo ane I have been friends for years and I came across these pictures from a shoot we did back in 2016 promoting her LIKEtoKNOW.it shoppable Spring/Summer line. Rather than doing a traditional fashion show, Misha realized before others that see-now-buy-now is what consumers were craving and led the movement in showing the current season’s collection.
If you have seen Misha’s designs, they are always so chic and classic. Check out my full article on her HERE.
A year ago, I was flipping through my screenshots to find inspiration for my brother’s surprise engagement party and I came across several events that had oversized letter installations. How cool would it be if we could do the same in our yard!
A few companies that I follow online used Alpha-Lit for their event so I got in touch with Jennifer to see if she could help. She and her team went above and beyond to make sure that the installation went well, even suggesting some additions, and then perfectly spacing the letters once they were installed. They were tedious. The Alpha Lit installation was the crown jewel of the event- check out the full article HERE.
Nearly a year ago I came across a beautiful caftan dress on social media and clicked around until I found the designer, La Vie Style House. Turns out, La Vie was created by a friend of the family, and a girl I went to high school with, Lindsey. (Her sister is also a designer and was featured here on venzedits back in 2015 – Lisa Moore of Cover Swim!)
Lindsay was always well-dressed in high school (we had math together my sophomore year), so I’m not at all surprised that she ended up at the design table making really special pieces.
I’m going to spare you more text so we can get to the point- I’m obsessed with these dresses. Learn more about La Vie Style House and Lindsey HERE.
Whitney Wolfe was one of my first GOTMs. At the time of her feature, she was a student at SMU in Dallas; I chose to share her story because of the charity tote bag line, the “Help Us Project,” that she launched in response to the environmental crisis caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Proceeds from her line of organic bamboo totes benefitted the Ocean Futures Society and every “it” celebrity had one: Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth and Denise Richards… proof of which could be seen all over US Weekly (this was before Instagram, so US Weekly is where you went for all of the celebrity fashion).
Several years later, GOTM is now Friendly Friday, and Whitney and I have remained friends and are both working on much bigger projects than we were back in 2010. See what Whitney is up to now in her full article HERE.
I first discovered Dondolo when Birdie was born and I fell in love with their products. I would buy PJs by the box full! Their garments are so high quality and so well-priced for the amazing quality. Based in Dallas, Dondolo provides jobs to single mothers in Colombia while also providing articles of clothing to Colombian children. Not only does purchasing clothing help women and children in need, but you also leave with some precious one of a kind clothing for your little ones! See my full article on Dondolo HERE.
Baxter and I became friends with Rick Smith through the digital ministry at Watermark, our church in Dallas. Among other elements of the digital ministry, Rick ran a great series called “Real Truth Real Quick” that provides a Biblical perspective on trending cultural topics – everything from birth control to politics and divorce.
Noah, Rick’s first son, was born with Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome. When Rick and his wife’s experience with the hospital upon finding out this news was less than satisfactory, he decided to do something about it.
Read their story HERE, and be sure to follow Noah (one of the most adorable kids ever!) on Instagram @noahsdaddotcom.
These are just a few of the many Friendly Friday’s I have enjoyed sharing over the years. Each and every one of them has a unique and special story to tell. If you want to read more check out this link. Enjoy!