Another weekend bites the dust. Sigh.
And can I just share how incredibly sore I am from Body Pump on Saturday? It kicked my arse big time! Not only did I kink my lower back, but then I think overcompensated by bad form and my thighs are paying for it. Oye.
But the weekend started early for me as it was an off-Friday (which just meant I could work from home versus going in ;P). Thursday night was our 4th Women of Silicon Valley night!
This time our host was the lovely Mojan, but truly the real host was Clarence:
Yes this is a blurry picture. No I didn’t have too much wine (at this point). Clarence likes to move just as the picture is being taken. He is one neurotic Puli (and I say that with love). He has the most amazing dreaded fur and could easily dress up as a mop for Halloween
Anyway, the food and wine spread was lovely:
And now I must show you something you may never see again. A dish made by Mojan. Mojan does not cook. She admits it. She owns it. She buys everything from Marie Calendars for Thanksgiving But for us ladies, she went out of her way to make this pasta salad (go Mojan!):
And let’s not forget about sweets, shall we?
So aside from all the food and (way too much) wine, we had a dual purpose for this get together. Alice (originator of our Women nights) wanted to do a dress exchange / donation. Each girl was to bring how ever many old dresses they had in their closets (bridesmaids dresses, party / cocktail dresses, summer dresses, etc) dry cleaned and ready to swap. Those dresses that we couldn’t ‘recycle’ within would go to Caitlin’s Closet (check our her mission here! “Building self-esteem one girl at a time”). Caitlin recognized that every girl, no matter their economic situation or current life situation deserved to take part in life’s many parties (Prom, Homecoming…). So she started this foundation in 2006 as a 17 yr old! How inspiring is she?!?!
About 12 of us in total were at Women’s night and most brought a dress to share. I did take a picture, yet it’s beyond blurry (this I do blame on the wine). We all gathered in Mojan’s bedroom and started throwing dresses around. The most prevalent were old bridesmaids dresses and I’m happy to say that one I recently wore was snapped up by the host herself. I also donated my wedding rehearsal dress — a cute Kensie dress that really needed a second chance
I think after all was said and done, we donated maybe 6 dresses, which isn’t so bad. And we completely agreed that this is something we want to do again, but maybe with purses and shoes!!!
Oh and just to show you how ridiculous we started to get, we even dragged out Mojan’s wedding dress and started trying it on…ha!
Another fantastic get together, with more new women to add to the fold. It’s inspiring to be around so many fascinating ladies who share similar interests of food, vino, clothes, and work!
Have you done a dress exchange?
Do you have dresses to donate to Caitlin’s Closet? Is there another foundation you’d also recommend?