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Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk’s E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

When I go shopping, I want go to a store that has a bigger vision than just making money. I want to go to a place that has a soul; that really cares about the customer and knows how to have fun. A.K. Rikk’s is the rare business that has all the right personality traits!

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

If you asked me about A.K. Rikk’s two weeks ago, my reaction probably would have been “Who? What?” Lol! In just a short amount of time, however, they have made me one of their biggest fans.

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

A.K. Rikk’s is an upscale boutique located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A.K. Rikk’s is set in a sleek, modern setting that carries on-trend designer apparel from all over the world, with a focus on European style trends for both men & women. When you think about boutiques, you probably imagine a small, cozy setting. For me, A.K. Rikk’s is the size of a department store (28,000 square foot), but has the personalized, family culture you would expect from a small boutique.

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Last Thursday, I was invited to their Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk’s E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration along with other local influencers. When I walked in to the store, I was warmly greeted by A.K. Rikk’s Events Coordinator, Kelley Hughes. Right away, they offered to take my coat and get me a glass of wine from their fully stocked bar. I had read about their outstanding VIP level services on Yelp from other customers and it always feels great when I’m treated like a million bucks! Lol! While I was sipping my wine and chatting with others, I was also blown away by the beautiful interior of the store.

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Each of us got the chance to experience A.K. Rikk’s personalized shopping service firsthand, with a couple of fun personal stylists. I told my stylist, Morgan, I was looking for a pair of jeans that fits me perfectly and I wouldn’t need to shorten. Lol, if you are a petite woman like me, you know how annoying it is to hem every new pair of pants, right? Sure enough, she and another stylist, Amanda, found me the perfect pair of black jeans and a great pair of white jeans (no hemming required for either one). It didn’t take long for me to notice that A.K. Rikk’s attracted a very special type of employee. Everyone there was very stylish, modern, and edgy, but still possessed a timeless taste. Not only did they look the part, but everyone who worked there seemed to be having fun! I was so eager to find out why.

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

After a 50 minute tour in this beautiful store with President, Jim Murray, I got the answer. By the way, you can watch the whole Facebook Live below to see what I mean. When a business truly focuses on people, the goals for the business becomes very clear. A.K. Rikk’s focuses not only on their customers, but also on their staff, their suppliers, and their communities. With a focus on people, A.K. Rikk’s is able to maximize their clients personalized shopping experience, maximize each member of the staffs talents in their respective roles, find suppliers with a similar vision, and make giving back to the community more fun and stylish. Who would not like shopping or working at a business with such a warm heart, right?

Our fun continued after the tour. All the influencers did an 8 minute styling challenge. Basically, we needed to style an outfit for the same model in 8 minutes using something from the store. I didn’t win, but it was so fun to see all the fabulous outfits everyone created. After this, we visited the E-commerce center, and I was like, “They are really killing the game!”

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

With everything digitized there was no need for a photographer. The machines and iPads effortlessly took and edited the photos, and even put all the videos together. How crazy! We were all having fun taking pictures with the high tech machines that it made me wish that I had one at my house for my photos!

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

After all the excitement, we were further spoiled by getting a limo ride to our dinner before the launch party. When we got back to the store, the place was already packed. On a Thursday night, with more than 250 stylish people in attendance, it had to be a fantastic party, right?

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

I am not much of a dancer, but even I danced for about 2 hours. Lol! Did you see my dance moves?! I had so much fun! By the way, the founder of A.K. Rikk’s, Rick Gaby, was at the celebration too. He is such a stylish man himself, of course, and he started to dance when everyone else hesitated at the beginning of the party. Lol. I chatted with him and was fascinated by his story. Since this post is already super long, I am not going to talk about it in this post, but you can watch this YouTube video to learn more about him.

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Two weeks ago, A.K. Rikk ’s was a total stranger to me. Now, I know we are going to hear a whole lot about them in the near future! Watch out world, A.K. Rikk’s is coming!

Tokyo Meets Silicon Valley || A.K. Rikk's E-Commerce Site Launch Celebration

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@akrikks/@leigh.ann.cobb.photo/@bradgillette

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Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

This past April I started my soul searching journey. It all started me wanting some answers about why I lost my husband and what happens after a person passes away? I have been listening to spiritual and motivational Youtube videos every morning since then, and that is how I got familiar with Jack Canfield’s work.

Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

I took his ten-day challenge online course and loved it so much, so I signed up for one day workshop in Denver. During this workshop last month, I also signed up for a one year program with him called Train the Trainer. I am so excited to learn more from him and give a more positive impact on the world.

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So far I am reading his book called The Success Principles. I am still on the very beginning of the book, but since I have listened to his youtube channel for about a half year, I am quite familiar with the foundation. For me, the most important principle is Taking 100% Responsibility For Your Life.

Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

Before reading this book, I was just like most of us, thinking that taking 100% responsibility for my life just means I need to say sorry if it is my fault. But this is only a small part of this principle. The basic idea is “There is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live, and that person is you!” It sounds simple, but it was hard to digest for me at the beginning.

Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

I used to think I am insecure because of my damaged childhood and my abusive mom. But after I learned the E (Event)+R (Response)=O (Outcomes), my point of view has totally changed, and it brought so much peace to me. Based on this formula, my damaged childhood and my abusive mom are the life events, these are factors, and I can’t change it. Or I should say, as a five-year-old child, I was powerless to deal with those circumstances. But what outcome do I want as a 44-year-old woman? I want peace, I want to heal, and I want to feel secure and feel good about myself. How can I reach those outcomes? The event has already happened and it was just the way it was. Blaming the situation may make me feel better for a while but it will not heal me. So it all comes to my response. I choose to heal myself by seeing a psychologist, talking to wise friends, reading more related books and stopping my mom when she starts her abusive behaviors. After eight months of practice, my mom finally realized where I draw the line, and now we are getting pretty good together.

Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

Most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside of ourselves for the parts of our life we don’t like. For example, the weather, the traffic, our parents, our boss… The truth is, I don’t have the power to change any of them. They are just how the world is working. The only power I have is to change how I respond. For my understanding, taking 100% Responsibility For Your Life doesn’t mean that it’s your fault that those unfortunate life events happen. For example, I lost my late husband about two years ago. I used to think what I have done wrong to get punished so badly? Now I understand that it is no one’s fault and only I can get my desired outcome from this heartbroken life event. What are my desired results? First, I just wanted to survive. Then I realized that I could treat it as a possibility to rediscover myself while I am not attached to anyone, not anyone’s wife, just me! Now when I look back, I don’t feel sorry for myself. Instead, I thank this horrible event opened this self-empowering door for me. I know I am on the raising path and I will continue to take 100% responsibility for my life by changing my response to create the life I have always dreamed of!

Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

Share with us the latest event that you took 100% responsibility for your life! I would love to hear more from you!

You can read all the Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here and Being the Best of Me here.

Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

Photo credit: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading! If you like what you read, please comment below, or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new updates. For all the amazing fashion/beauty and lifestyle products I share, also follow me on Instagram. Remember to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion/beauty and lifestyle videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace

colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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