Anastasia Beverly Hills Halloween Party & Meeting Anastasia Soare For The First Time!
I cannot believe that I was actually at the Anastasia Beverly Hills Halloween party. (I'm literally still pinching myself, I cried like a baby the morning after but you knew that if you saw my Instagram story LOL.) I know, I've totally disappeared off of the face of the Earth but I'm back and more inspired than ever after this amazing weekend I spent in LA. For as long as my journey has been as a beauty blogger, a dream of mine was to attend the ABH Halloween party, and I really wish I could take you all with me but since that wasn't possible I figured I would share the experience here!
I got a phone call early one morning a couple of weeks ago from my friend Theo, and even though I was still asleep I was suddenly completely awake when he told me that I would be attending the ABH Halloween party. I was extremely excited not only because I was now invited to the party of the year but I would finally meet my greatest inspiration, the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, Anastasia Soare. By this time, my images had been reposted on her page two times and her team had approached me to work on a special project (But we will get back to that special project later.). I am a big believer in the idea of manifestation, and how thinking and truly believing will bring anything you desire into reality. Nothing proved to me that this thinking was real more than this phone call. What were the chances that little old me, a small, fairly new beauty blogger would receive the opportunity to attend the party of the year! It still gives me chills because of how badly I really wanted this. I booked a flight, found a place to stay (shoutout to my amazing friend Jen Gerard, the founder and CEO of Gerard Cosmetics who let me stay in her beautiful home, I love you!), and I was off to the beautiful sunny city of Los Angeles.
I was super excited to catch up with some old friends and also some of the friends that I've never met in person! I got into my costume and with the help of my beautiful friend Rose (@roseandben) and her amazing Mama got everything just right! (You guys need to go and check out her costume as Belle from Beauty & The Beast, it was literally the most amazing costume of the night!). We drove to the party and went immediately inside to a beautiful under the sea set up. (I was an Egyptian Pharaoh but I didn't feel out of place LOL) Big names such as @makeupbyariel, @amrezy, @makeupbygriselda among others were in attendance, all dressed in elaborate costumes. I ran into familiar faces such as my friend Aaliyah (@AaliyahJay), who's a Brooklyn gal like me and my amazing friend Jess (@Jessanista) who I met in person for the first time at the party. (We twerked together the entire night LOL)
And then out of the blue, as I was casually just standing around Anastasia passed by me, smiled and said hello. I literally froze, and I NEVER freeze up. I felt extremely dumb but I was determined to say something and take a selfie the next time she came around. And five minutes later, she was passing by me again and I said hello and if we could take a selfie. She graciously accepted and I told her that she was my biggest inspiration, it was literally a moment I would never forget. This woman literally went from person to person, greeting everyone, asking if they were having fun. I admired the humility, and excellent hosting and it truly made me respect her more as a person. Rose and I left right before the party began unwinding, I was super tired since my brain was still on East Coast time and we headed back to our place.
The next morning I awoke and looked at my Instagram story and started to bawl out. It had hit me that what I wanted so badly had actually happened and it was one of those moments where you call your mom and can't even talk cause you're in the middle of the ugly cry. LOL. At that moment, I realized that anything you really want to happen in your life can happen, you just have to truly believe in it and work towards it. I know it sounds really cliche, but it is so true and I really want you to soak that bit in. Always follow your passion, be kind and appreciate every moment and you will manifest any desire into your life. I love you and believe in you!