GRATEFUL: The story behind the t-shirt

There is so much talk about living a GRATEFUL life and how it can change your perspective on challenges and imperfections if you do so.  And although it is not always easy, living a life filled with gratitude is powerful.  Accepting what is and finding things to be GRATEFUL for even when it feels like you couldn’t or shouldn’t.  This is where the shift takes place.

Every day I take a moment to find something to be grateful for.  SOMETHING.  ANYTHING.  Even when the day was filled with the worst moments, or somber emotions, I find a nugget of gratitude.  Some days it is one thing and other days it’s a list a mile long that I spew until I can not think of one more thing to be grateful for.

Making the change to focus on the positive, which is a work in progress, will lead to a lighter and happier life.

I created the GRATEFUL shirt to remind us that even on the toughest days, there is something to be GRATEFUL for.

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STRONG BEAUTIFUL WOMAN: The story behind the t-shirt

I have shared my inspiration for creating the Strong Beautiful Woman shirt before, but being the first shirt in the line and the forerunner of spreading the Strong Beautiful Woman’s Movement, it bears repeating at a little deeper level.

After doing makeup on many women over the years, I have been so honored and grateful to be a part of special days, events and moments.  Women are powerhouses.  It’s amazing all that we accomplish even on the days when we feel like we have no motivation or lack self-confidence.   Imagine all we could do if we KNEW we were POWERHOUSES!

I know these feelings because I am that woman.  I suffered, and am recovering, as a self-critic with depression and anxiety.  So when women are hesitant for me to see them without makeup or are self-conscious of imperfections, I feel their pain.  Deeply.  So much more than I could express.  I often leave makeup jobs and spend my drive home wondering if I could have done or said more to help that women feel even more AMAZING!

I am inspired by these women.  The Strong Beautiful Woman shirt was not created to be boastful, or conceded.  It was created to INSPIRE and spread a positive message.

I have been told before by a woman that she “wouldn’t wear that shirt because I don’t feel worthy of the message.”  I was floored.  I never wanted someone to feel they COULD NOT wear this shirt because they were not “up to par” to the message.  I replied that this shirt is not about that.  I said, “You put on that shirt and OWN IT! Fake it until you make it. You will come around. You already ARE that women.  It’s time for you to realize it.”

Some days when I wear my shirt I don’t feel like I am strong. Or beautiful.  I call them OVERCOMPENSATION days.  The days where you need a pick me up or a boost.  The days where putting on the shirt makes you walk a little taller and remind yourself that you ARE Strong, Beautiful and Feminine.  You are SO MUCH MORE than you even know you can be!

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NEW T-shirt Designs Added to the Shop!

I am so excited to announce NEW designs in the shop!  This line continues to inspire and spread positive thoughts about ourselves and others.  Look around and see all of the inspiration!

Get your hands on these beauties!  Stephanie Nault Makeup

 

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Voyage Phoenix Magazine: April 2018

What an honor to be featured in Voyage Phoenix Magazine this week!  I share my journey in the makeup industry and how it has evolved to create the Strong Beautiful Woman t-shirt line.  Thank you for taking the time to read the article!

Take a read: Voyage Phoenix Magazine

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Inspiration: Strong Beautiful Women

This photo shoot to celebrate and capture the t-shirts in the line was amazing!  Beautiful women, different in their own way, came together to ROCK these shirts!

Get your shirts here: Stephanie Nault Makeup

Photography: Audria, Instagram: @itsalwayssunnyinphx

 

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T-shirt Tuesday! Shireen Dooling

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I met Shireen through another designer I worked with doing makeup.  Since then we have been to New York Fashion Week together and done several photo shoots. I love Shireen’s designs and am excited about her newest separates collection!  This makeup application was WHOA. Look at her eyes! Stunning. And that lip? (Her choice.) Perfect. I am so grateful Shireen wanted to be a part of this series so I could share her story!

A little about Shireen:

Why is this your favorite t-shirt?: 40 hours of my week are spent behind a computer, a majority of the other hours are spent behind a sewing machine or in the gym. When I’m free to run errands or have a date night, I want to be comfortable and this shirt is always the winner!

Tell me a little about yourself: I am a graphic designer by day and a fashion designer by night, (and weekends). I’m currently working on a line of bridal separates and holiday outfits but I love to explore and create avant garde fashion as well. I’m also a sour candy fanatic and a lover of the starry night sky. I one day hope to help save all the endangered animals and fund science education efforts.

T-shirt Tuesday! Jennifer Rzepecki

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I was introduced to Mama’s Cold Brew long before I met and talked with Jennifer officially. (If you have not tried this amazing cold brew coffee, you must!  It. Is. Delicious.) It was so nice getting to know Jennifer more when I did her t-shirt Tuesday makeup application. Seeing how her local Phoenix business has flourished is inspiring. Successful women are inspiring. Showing that staying positive, having dedication and working hard pays off.  I think this is only the beginning for this growing business, and for Jennifer!

A little about Jennifer:

Why is this your favorite t-shirt?: I love what this shirt represents, it is the foundation of everything for me in my life.  Dovetail Vintage- Fruits of the Spirit- Joy, Peace, Goodness, Forbearance, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control.

Tell me a little about yourself: I am wife to Mark for 11 years, Mom to four kiddos (Lola 7, Austin 6, Alex 3, Collins 2).  From Buffalo, New York now living in Arizona for the past 10 years.  I have owned Mama’s Cold Brew for 3 years and get to live out a lifelong passion of culinary creativity!

 

NEW Inspiring T-shirts!

I am beyond excited to expand the Strong Beautiful Woman Movement line! The outpouring of LOVE for the Strong Beautiful Woman shirt inspired me to create more shirt designs.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

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T-shirt Tuesday! Audria Trapp

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Audria and I met at a workshop in downtown Phoenix and even though we didn’t talk much during the workshop, getting to know her while planning her tshirt Tuesday makeup application showed me why our paths crossed. Audria was real, honest, so friendly and welcoming when she opened the door for me to do makeup. I felt like we had known each other for much longer than our meeting at the workshop. We related to each other and as a woman, it’s nice to know we are not alone in our thoughts. Audria is inspiring- a woman, a mom, a teacher and a student. We all wear so many hats and our strength is shown through all that we do.

A little about Audria:

Why is this your favorite t-shirt?: I started going to Sutra Midtown 2 years ago when I was a new mama and I wanted to get back to feeling good about my body. I was really drawn to the community and good vibes that Sutra has to offer. In 1 month I will be completing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program there. Being apart of this studio has fostered tremendous personal growth, new friendships, and great opportunities. I started rocking The Zen Bird headbands and met the owner Marian at a sutra event by asking her if she wanted her picture taken with her friend. I now work for her part time, and that connection has led me to meeting you at one of her workshops. Everything I’m wearing is representative of the power of connection, which is one of my passions in life.

Tell me a little about yourself: I am a mama and a wife, a believer in the every day miraculous, and a lover of music, food, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (if you didn’t catch that already). I’m actually watching “The Night Man Cometh” as I write this. I am a military brat, born in Florida, but consider myself to be an Arizona native now. I’m obsessed with house plants and a dream of mine is to have an indoor jungle in my home. I (sort of) speak Italian and can’t wait to go back to Italy someday! Another dream of mine is to open a bakery / yoga studio with my mom who is a baker and cake decorator. How amazing would it be to do yoga as you smell delicious cakes being baked?! A girl can dream, right?

T-shirt Tuesday! Marissa Flynn

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Marissa and I have known each other for years.  We first met when we worked for the same tea shop and I am grateful we became friends from the experience.  Getting together for happy hour let’s us get caught up on all of life’s crazy ride, and the meeting usually comes when we need it most. Marissa has a caring heart and is willing to help any way she can, as evident from her work in fundraising and how she is with her family and friends.  I am so glad Marissa could be a part of these T-shirt Tuesday posts!

A little about Marissa:

Why is this your favorite t-shirt?: This t-shirt represents so much more to me than just my favorite school. My whole family has always been Wildcat fans, especially my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. I would always call her after games, I loved hearing her passion. I also graduated from the UofA in 2006 which was one of my biggest dreams. Growing up, my mom was a single parent and I often watched her struggle and have to work incredibly hard. From a young age, I always promised her I would get my degree so I could always take care of myself. To achieve that goal was an incredible milestone for me. I hope my mom and grandma know what inspirations they were for me to obtain it.

Tell me a little about yourself: My name is Marissa and I work in fundraising at a local children’s hospital. I’m married to my best friend and a mama to a feisty three year old. I love to be creative and I’m helplessly addicted to Pinterest projects. I am so inspired by other women featured on #TshirtTuesday who use their talents to create and run their own businesses. I’m hoping I focus my talents to do the same!

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