Paid to Write

I love to write. Since I was young I've always felt it was easier to get my thoughts out on a piece of paper, that's why I fell in love with blogging. It's a blank canvas to express my thoughts, ideas and emotions, I was hooked. I've revealed secrets and expressed my most honest thoughts in blog posts, hitting "publish" without thinking twice.
 
I've never been paid to write however, until now.
 
A few weeks ago I started doing PR and marketing for a race team here in Charlotte. All of the sudden I have deadlines and topics I have to write about. My "stories" are being distributed to people, lots of people, and it makes me nervous. I find myself double checking every single word and sentence.
Does it sound right? Did I miss anything? Are my facts correct?
 
I love that I'm getting paid to do something that I love, and I'm learning and being challenged daily. I'm finally in a place in my career that I've always wanted to be, and because of that, work has been my number one priority.
 
Learning balance is the next thing I'm working on, and I'll be back to blogging beauty finds and dating stories soon enough. For now though, I've got a few more press releases to focus on.
xoxo BRI

Grand Reopening Celebration at Apricot Lane

If you're a fashion-loving gal living in the Charlotte-area, there's an event this weekend that you do not want to miss. It's the grand reopening celebration of the Birkdale Village boutique, Apricot Lane.
Apricot Lane is a women's boutique that has some of the latest trends, at an affordable price.
Their Grand Reopening Celebration is tomorrow, March 23rd, and they'll be offering some great perks just for stopping by, including...
  • Complimentary  nail polish changes from a local spa company and a photo both for shoppers to capture fun photos from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Participation in the Birkdale Village fashion show beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Complimentary ApricoTinis at the store after the fashion show from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
If you can't make it to the celebration on Saturday don't worry. Everyone who visits the store from Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24 will receive...
  • 20% off storewide
  • A complimentary 3Strands Bracelet (an $18 value)
  • The chance to enter to win a $500 shopping spree
  • Gift bags with local coupons and goodies, while supplies last
I unfortunately won't be able to make it to the event on Saturday, but you can guarantee that I'll be stopping by on Sunday to check out all their cute stuff!
Apricot Lane is located in Birkdale Village between Dressler's Restaurant and Sunglass Hut on the corner of Lindholm Drive and Birkdale Commons Parkway.
 (photo credits to George and Carol Toulas)
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In other news: my fabulous roomie is officially a blogger! Head on over to show her some love, I promise you won't be disappointed.
xoxo BRI

Pooch Party

I'm pretty sure my pup had the day of her life this past weekend. The Charlotte Checkers (a minor league hockey team here in Charlotte) hosted a "Pooch Party", where you could take your dog with you to the game. There were probably over 300 dogs there, and Nina was in heaven!
I think it's safe to say that Nina is now a hockey fan. She couldn't take her eyes off the ice, and was just amazed with every single noise and thing going on around her. I loved it. I hope they do it again next season because we will definitely be going!
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Color Crush: Mint.

I woke up this morning to blue skies and the sun shinning, but was shocked when I walked outside and was greeted with 30 degree weather. I'm itching for spring to get here. I'm anxious to see the dogwood trees bloom, and for weather that's warm enough to take Nina to the dog park, or to enjoy lunch dates outside.
 
I'm ready to ditch the dark tones of fall, and to welcome all things bright and colorful! I'm currently in love with everything Mint. It's the perfect transition hue for spring, and I'm loving that you can find anything and everything in this cheerful shade.
Below are some of my favorites pieces...
Mint.


What are some things you're loving about spring?
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The Daytona 500

I've spent this past week recovering from a whirlwind trip down to Daytona for the Daytona 500. A friend of mine had two guests going down for the race, but he had a last minute emergency so I told him I'd go down to make sure they had a great Daytona 500 experience!
 
I spent the day with Karen and Len, they both work in USA Track and Field and were thrilled to go behind the scenes of a different kind of racing.
 They got to sign the start/finish line (which I think was a great idea on the tracks part), and rode around in the pace car!
 It was a great weekend, and I was able to spend some time catching up with old co-workers and friends. I even ran into some of the guys from the Drive for Diversity Crew Member Program, they make me look small!
I can't believe another race season is here, and I can't believe it's already March 1st! It's my birthday month, and I'm slightly panicking at the thought of turning 24...
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