This post has been on my To-Do List for a few days but it’s official posting actually came on the perfect day. How are Stronghold, Tutus, Women’s Running and Autism Awareness Day related in this post? You’ll find out in just a moment!
I was a tomboy growing up. When I found out I was having a daughter (and then a second daughter), I asked the sonographer to check again (and again). I was never a huge fan of girly things and I even firmly told family and friends not to buy dresses, dolls or anything pink when they were born. Over time that changed a bit, and I soon found myself doting on the girliest clothes and toys for my little girls. Tutus were now on my must-have list, and my oldest daughter has grown a bit of collection for playtime at home and for dance class. I have been wanting to buy them Royal Blue tutus for awhile to match their Stronghold shirts (we wear these shirts at Jiu Jitsu Competitions and are known as the “Stronghold Sea of Blue”). When my 1st daughter was young, she was always mistaken for a boy even when she was wearing pink pants! Now my youngest daughter is going through the same thing so when I was first messaged by Elizabeth Reininger of A&E Custom Tutus (and also a local San Diego mom), I was so excited! Elizabeth first started making tutus for her own daughters in 2013 for their Halloween Costumes. One of her good friends was a runner and asked her to make her a tutu. One thing led to another and soon enough, Elizabeth also started running and making tutus for other running friends, and A&E Custom Tutus was born.
Tutus for runners actually have been growing in popularity and actually gained more exposure when an article by Self Magazine backfired. Apparently, two runners were doing a marathon donning their tutus and a photo was taken by the marathon. Self asked the ladies if they could use the photo for an article, and runners Taramae Baize and Monika Allen, thinking it would be for something positive, were greatly shocked when the magazine turned around and made fun of them for wearing them for running. What Self didn’t know was that both ladies were the founders of Glam Runner, a company that makes tutus to raise money for Girls on the Run San Diego. Monika is also a Brain Cancer survivor and that in itself is an amazing story! Needless to say, there has definitely been some negative feedback from the running community but this has only benefited Glam Runner and other Tutu Companies nationwide. I’m excited to host a Tutu Giveaway thanks to A&E Custom Tutus, and you can enter yourself to win below!
Lastly, how does Autism Awareness Day come in to play? I was invited by a few friends to “Light it Up Blue” today and it’s perfectly fitting that my girls are sporting blue in honor of many of our family members and friends who are living or affected by someone with Autism. Spread the word to everyone you know and wear Blue!