If you've been following along with Firefly for a while, you may remember the Love & Luxury contest I participated in for Valentines day along with the lovely Dana Holler Mook of The Image Coach, Charlottesville, Emily Mora of Emily Mora Makeup, and Erica of Top Knot Studo. The contest aimed to celebrate a woman in our community who demonstrates selflessness, motivation, and love by pampering her with some well deserved "me-time." 

Well today's feature is actually our incredible winner, Darlene! She's a single mom who's working full time and going back to school simultaneously, which is enough reason for applause. But her positive attitude and determination to show her sweet daughter about the value of education and hard work truly won us over. It was so much fun to get to know Darlene as she had her hair and make-up done among some sips and nibbles in Erica's fabulous downtown studio. Darlene's adorable daughter joined us for some girl time as well and to see her mommy get pampered! 

Behind the Scenes

The session actually took place at the beginning of the summer and somehow between website renovations and the craziness of life, it never got blogged! (#photogfail) Nevertheless, when I realized my oversight I knew I couldn't let it go by another week without sharing. What an awesome experience it was for all of us! 


The Shoot

These images were all about making Darlene feel beautiful, having fun with something outside the box, and providing her some professional shots for her resume and social media upon graduation to further her career. 

Show some love to Darlene and cheer her on in her fall semester by leaving her some love in the comments below! And be sure to visit all these fabulous vendors the next time you need/want some pampering of your own - they are pretty fabulous :-) 

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