WPS Look Recap

Some more goodies! So for the next three days, you will see each of my looks from this past weekend. So here’s my WPS Look Recap!

I have to give a quick shoutout to my wardrobe stylist Shaquanna Chappelle for creatively styling each of my outfits too! You all, she came to my home and helped me fulfill everything. If you are ever in need of a dedicated stylist, consider using her services for all of your image needs.

First, this look was my Friday night look for Glam Night Out. It was just right for me because I love comfortable and chic clothes.

All in all this was one of my favorite looks. It complimented my curves with the right amount of sass. And as always, I HAVE to have a pop of color between the basics.

Check out my other pictures from WPS Look Recap!

FULL LOOK INSIDER

Top: Ashley Stewart

Pants: Gap Legging 

Shoes: Payless Shoe Source

Purse: Ashley Stewart

Natural Hair Specialist: Lashae Myart

Photo Credit: Darryl K. Godwin 💋

Lashes: Kiss Cosmetics “Date Night”

Location: Clayton County International Park

Thanks for sticking with me! As always be great and all that you do. Most importantly, go out there and SLAY! 👠

Werk Pray Slay Recap

WERK PRAY SLAY RECAP!

Coming to you like Jerome in the house! What’s up, what’s up, what’s up!? I am so glad to be back to give you all a juicy Werk Pray Slay Recap! This event was like no other. I was truly honored to have been in the presence of so many influential women. I’m going to keep it short, sweet and to the point so check it out here.

First of all, I would like to be honest. I almost bailed on Werk Pray Slay because I was so discouraged. Ya’ll I was in a frump and I couldn’t shake it. I was so worried about my outfits, this big thing called life and crap I almost talked myself out of it. But nah! I don’t go down like that. If you’ve read my most previous post, I said I will always win. I will never succumb to these “emotions” and I won. AGAIN

Now, this event exceeded my expectations. We started out on Friday night and closed on Sunday. Friday was the Glam Night Out and those ladies came ready to slay. Hunnay, everyone was gorgeous. There were complimentary massages, facials and so much more! Thankfully, I snagged a massage and I am so glad I did. I had a knot on my left side that was driving me crazy! But, the entire setting was absolutely perfect.

Everyone had fun, danced, sang, networked and literally enjoyed a Glam Night Out.

Next, on Saturday, we had our breakout sessions. This day was dedicated to attending three selected sessions and gaining more insight on the business aspect of things. Now, each session I attended were awesome. I had a sprinkle of marriage class, learning how to travel and get paid to travel and lastly learning to increase my influence and income. All topics I needed.

This year was the first year Werk Pray Slay has ever done breakout sessions and I believe these should continue.

Lastly, on Sunday’s we brunch. This was my FAVORITE event as part of the Werk Pray Slay Recap. This was the day for the Big Hat Brunch. Everyone came in and showed out with their hats. I loved it! We enjoyed a lovely panel speaking on love and marriage while dining on a lovely breakfast selection complimented with mimosas. Oh y’all, we even played a game called “Date Him or Diss Him.” Really interesting but fun! This was the best event ever

In conclusion, if you have never attended an event like this, mark your calendars to attend next year! You will enjoy the variety of information offered, the company of amazing women, and a day weekend to treat yourself. Everything I learned will be applied everyday I decide I want to give up. People are always watching and I can’t wait for next year to roll around. I will be there better than this year.

Special thanks to my mentor Priiincesss for all she has done training me and Jojo for snapping some super cute pics! 

Love you all and thanks for sticking with me 💋

Motivational Sprinkle

Happy Thursday! Today I am switching things up a bit. I’m doing a little “Motivational Sprinkle” to add some happiness to your day. We are going dive in uncut and unfiltered.

I’m going to be very honest with you all. I have been having a rough week balancing my blog, life, and coming up with new fresh ideas.

One thing I don’t allow in my life is depression or discouragement anymore. BUT, I found myself battling with it.

Why?

I was stressed the heck out. I’m usually the person hooping and hollering about great things happening for others except myself. I do believe good things will happen for me, it was simply harder for me accept.

Recently, I hit FACE FLAT. I had such a hard reality check in life I had to go back to the drawing board. Y’all, I was literally burnt out.

Now, let me be transparent for a second.

I struggled with depression severely. Now please do not think I claimed that over my life because I did not. Consequently, I had life facing me head on. As a result, I succumbed to my own obstacles instead of being reminded how strong I really am. Rule number one about me, I will never lose.

Next, let’s move on to you. MY AUDIENCE. I had this topic on my heart so much for a specific reason. I have observed so many young people struggle terribly with finances, emotional and spiritual support and LIFE. Let us dissect the root of these things.

Where does most of our pain come from?

  • Anger: a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

It doesn’t have to be rage with screaming and shouting, but our pain definitely stems from it.

How are our emotions defined?

  • Emotion: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with
  • instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

The Limbic System of the brain is our source for emotions. It is made up of several structures which are all located in the cerebral cortex.

So why are so many young children and young adults prone to fighting depression? From my listening, I gathered many have so many “things” they want to accomplish, but the lack in their life no matter what it is plays a huge role.

What I am saying is, they try to juggle this, that, and the third it begins to overwhelm them. Personally, I was juggling work, life at home, missing family, trying to start my blog and whatever else was thrown at me. But some people have another life at home where the household may not be stable or a stability but no means of providing for themselves. I notice young adults try to avoid asking for help until they are posing a risk to themselves. Don’t have too much PRIDE.

Now, I know prayer works because I’m evidence of the result. A lot of things that happened were simply a trick of the enemy. Nothing new. Recently at church, we had a sermon speaking on how our past is always reminding us. Whatever “fear” or “regret” you have from your past, it tends to creep back up and say “REMEMBER.”

I do believe in the times where young children and adults are pushing the hardest, those emotions brew.

I want to be a source of motivation for all but most importantly for people my age. Realizing where my strength lied and how hard I needed to fight for my dreams was evident. Each blockade began falling and I was able to chisel portions off of my body that kept me bound.

Please do not allow yourself to fall flat on your face and remain bound. Take a step back and look at things in a different perspective. Whether you regret a decision from the past or you don’t have the ability to say no, YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.

What will it take for you to feel better? Will it be anonymously chatting or having a therapy session? It is perfectly fine seeing a therapist FYI. If you are in need of anything be it a prayer or encouraging words, I want to extend my comments section for questions and comments. Also, submit an inquiry on my form to contact anonymously too. 

Together we stand and together we conquer. Those dreams aren’t going to be achieved by themselves! 

Go get ’em! I hope a little motivational sprinkle over your day helped. 

Pop Shop Dine

Pop Shop Dine. Now, I do believe those three words ought to raise some curiosity. Let me go a bit more into detail about this. You definitely are in for a treat!

In all honesty, I am quite corny with puns if you caught my previous sentence and the picture associated. (LOL) But, any who Happy Monday! I do hope it is magnificent as it is the beginning of the work week. Remember to keep pushing and remain positive in all that you do. Now, let’s get to reading shall we?

First of all, I would like to give you all a little backstory as to how I met the beauty behind this Pop Shop Dine event. Also, at the end I’ll reveal the hilarious events leading up to my arrival. Sit back and enjoy!

Everyone, I would like you to meet Ebony Monique from “Monique Shoe Studio.” This is the brilliant mind behind the gorgeous shoes. I loved the picture above taken by another photographer that I had to insert it into this post! I love Monique’s personality that is coupled with her creativity so I believe this picture is perfect! But, I digress. Here is a little about how we met!

I met this beauty covering the “She Writes” brunch by Lillie Mae. It was absolutely amazing how we both met honestly. At the conclusion of “She Writes”, Monique and I encountered each other as she was going around the room passing out her business card. With a sudden glance of her work, I immediately established a relationship with her. We began talking more in detail as I learned about her shoe line and I was absolutely fascinated. This woman is truly talented.

She began a luxury shoe line both for men and women. She is a small business making a huge impact. And two, she is a successful minority stamping her name in the fashion industry. After speaking, we exchanged our information and remained in touch. I told her if she ever came back to Atlanta, I would love to cover her event! Low and behold, she took my offer and granted me an amazing opportunity.

All of Monique’s shoes are handmade and custom designed. They are classically designed with a trendy and edgy approach.

Due to the ambitious drive Monique possesses, she has been featured on a variety of fashion shows and NBC. Most noteworthy is the amazing collaboration she landed with the upcoming Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo! You will see her shoes featured at this event and as a bonus, you get free tickets on her! Simply visit www.atlantawomensexpo.com/exhibitorcomp

Check out this awesome ‘About Me’ from her website

“Ebony Monique grew up like most little girls, playing in her mother’s closet. Her love for shoes can be traced back to when she was two-years-old while most toddlers are busy getting into everything, Ebony was busy playing with her mother’s shoes, trying them on, falling in them and modeling them for anyone who would give her their attention.

Her love for shoes started her on a long journey to find stylish and affordable shoes. Each time a lovely pair of shoes caught her eye, she did what most shoe-crazed women do – Buy them! At one time, this led to Ebony seeking an extra bedroom just for shoes.

Ebony truly respects great shoe designers, but she has often wanted a shoe to have that special something to make it truly perfect.

Determined to locate that perfect shoe, she launched a shoe boutique in 2013. She never found it. Soon, she decided to fashion her own shoe line and bring her vision to life. She started describing her ideal shoe in detail to sketch artists and began working with a manufacturer to fabricate affordable and quality shoes.

Her obsession for shoes has helped her create shoes with personality that all women and men will love. Ebony’s journey to becoming a shoe designer has truly been a labor of love. She has designed her shoe collection all while being a loving wife to her husband and proud and energetic mother of three, a toddler and twin infants.

Ebony holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in communications management and is working toward her PhD in leadership and management with a focus on organizational change.

Monique’s Shoe Studio features an Ebony Monique Collection. Luxury styles are all hand-made and designed specifically for the every day woman or man who appreciate quality footwear. Ebony Monique’s approach is to combine classic designs with a trendy and edgy approach. Ebony Monique’s Men’s Footwear is just as fashionable and well thought out.

Be sure to use #ebonymonique when posting to your social media sites.”

 

In addition to such a successful event, I cannot continue on without highlighting another powerful woman Monique partnered with to make this experience worth the while.

Stacia of “Soul2Sole Boutique” also brought her touch of fashion and they are definitely a dynamic duo with the products they have to offer. Stacia is based out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She specializes in ladies apparel, handbags/clutches, shoes, hats and accessories.

Ya’ll this event was so great, there were some women peeping through the glass trying to see the commotion. I saw them walk away and thought to myself “let me go get them before they miss this opportunity.” Well, they came in, enjoyed themselves so much and made a purchase or two! Again, SUCCESS is the key word for these businesses.

(Note to Stacia and Monique: I have my eyes on the Sequin Lips Dress,, Obama Tote, and the Gem Shoes!)

Another note!

The Pop Shop Dine event was held at the cutest popcorn shop called Indulge Popcorn. It is located on 177 Peters St. SW Suite B, Atlanta, Georgia 30313. The owner Amy was so sweet and informative about the process they go through to flavor their popcorn and boy was it detailed. She had flavors ranging from Pumpkin Pie Popcorn to Garlic Parmesan. This popcorn is no joke! I even ate a caramel chocolate pecan popcorn that melted so softly in my mouth. If you are ever in search of a quick sweet treat, this is the place to go! All products are 100% organic with non-GMO ingredients keeping the flavor true to it’s name.

Lastly, let me fill you in about the adventure trying getting to the event. Boy was it a riot!

Have you ever had everything go wrong in one day on one of the most IMPORTANT days?! Well, that happened. My car battery died, I needed an oil change and this all happened directly before the time I needed to leave. In addition, my battery didn’t die once, it died twice! The second time I promise my car became lifelike and did everything EXCEPT what I needed it to do. As a result, my keys were stuck in the ignition, wipers were going crazy and my window was stuck down.

Oh, and do not think for a second it stopped there! My car started ticking and ALL of my gear lights were going off like a siren. Ya’ll, I was ready to ball out like a baby. But, after all of those moments transpired, my husband asked our neighbor for help a second time. She came to the rescue, my car was up and running and to my surprise my husband accompanied me to this event. Needless to say, I pushed and conquered and I am so thankful I made it to this event. It is a blessing to do what I do!

My mother always taught me to pray for a ram in the bush and favor was definitely working on my end. Though it may seem a bit trivial to speak about, I needed all of the prayer and encouragement because there was no reason for this to happen. Special thanks to my mom, aunt Janet and my dear best friend Makala reminding me where to seek my help. I was ready to give up and call it quits on this event with a sour heart but in the end God prevailed!

In conclusion, thank you so much for hanging around and checking out Pop Shop Dine along with these awesome business owners! Make sure you go support these businesses! Below you will find all links to social media and websites for purchase. Enjoy the gallery of Monique Shoe Studio Pop and Shop! Philippians 4:13

Ebony Monique:

Stacia Mcneil:

Oh real quick! I met a personal trainer too. Check her out if you are looking to be summer time fine for 2018

Nicole H. :

Empowering Beauty Within Oneself

Empowering Beauty Within Oneself

Empowering beauty within oneself. What does that mean to you? Let us sit and have a lovely chat about the importance of this topic. So, grab you a cup of coffee and let’s dive on in!

First of all, where are my manners? Happy Friday to you! I do hope it has been wonderful and prosperous because you have made it to see another full week! Now, let’s get back to business.

This event was held at Georgia State University by “The Ambitious Chapter of College Girls Rock Inc.“, “Embrace Your Crown Foundation” and “The Be Naked Campaign.” It was filled with fun, laughter and happiness.

First, I have to applaud EVERY SINGLE YOUNG WOMAN who attended this event. It was emotional, inspiring, empowering, and  relieving. You may ask yourself how can an event be “relieving” of all words to describe such? Let me explain.

  • Emotional: relating to a person’s emotions, arousing or characterized by intense feeling

This event was emotional because of the beauty that engulfed the room. Each young lady I laid eyes on possessed a level of unlocked elegance that hasn’t scratched the surface yet. Also, the time we had speaking to one another and sharing events through our lives, I witnessed a deep connection throughout the space. Although, there wasn’t a tearful emotion, the depth of understanding shared was beyond elevating.

Some young lady’s openly asked questions without any pride about what anyone would think and some listened to the words of our speakers. No matter, they all were poured into and I believe ones that may have felt alone grasped refuge in another beautiful soul to be reminded that they are never alone.

Next, let us cover inspire. What inspires you?

  • Inspire: Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Next, this event was inspiring simply by the fact that each speaker had an innumerable amount of unfiltered advice to share. So understand that they did not hold back, they allowed themselves to be transparent, and continued to backup their words with scripture.

I am unable to fly over the importance of having Christ centered in your life. Consequently, everyone will not understand ones walk, but knowing where you may exercise your faith is amazing. If I go down the line, Nikki, Zakiyrah, Bianca, Andre’ and Ashley ALL reminded us ladies why we should continue to push for ourselves. They also showed us that it is alright to have our emotions but we must snap back into who we are within ourselves. Most noteworthy, we must not become susceptible to the pain, anger and sadness that surrounds us in life.

Unfortunately, it is very easy to allow things to consume our attention and time away from our passion and purpose, but once you find who you are and who’s you are, things start to fall in place.

Finally, we are on to the last two.

  • Empower: Give (someone) the authority or power to do something

So this is quick, easy and to the point. We were all empowered to take authority over our lives and support one another. Simple as that.

Lastly RELIEVING.

  • Relieve: cause (pain, distress, or difficulty) to become less severe or serious

Ultimately, this event was relieving because so many ladies were in search of “something” and received their answer either from their neighbor or a topic that was discussed. For example, one speaker covered depression in the African American community which followed by a few questions. In addition, one young lady waited patiently to ask her question then revealed she just received her answer by listening to a response for another question. It’s the sense of relief that creates such a feeling. Furthermore, I was relieved that so many young women stepped out and sought guidance from one of the speakers. Whether it be a mentoring relationship or therapeutic help with a situation they are going through. Not one soul left the same way they walked in.

In conclusion, “Branding the Beauty in You” was absolutely amazing. I see this form of empowerment and networking stretching across the globe for many young women. There is always someone hoping for help, a friend, or a gateway to escape reality but they don’t seem to know where to find it. Because of this foundation, it can be the answer to many prayers. I thoroughly relished the moments along with overwhelming joy meeting everyone. Also having the opportunity to capture this through my lens. Finally, I look forward to the next chapter! Hence the importance of Empowering Beauty Within Oneself?!

Also, below you may find all links and social media to each speaker and the hosts of the event. Thanks for tuning in to Empowering Beauty Within Oneself. Make sure you remember, there is beauty within yourself. So tap into it. It’s something powerful.

Note to Shaquanna, Angela, and College Girls Rock Inc: You all are beautiful souls and as a result succeeded in pulling this event off. I pray unlimited blessings for all of you with my continued support. I’m glad to have met you all!

Andre’ Josey: Curator of The Secret Garden Party and The Beauty Campaign

Bianca Danielle: Founder of The Crying Voice Project, Philanthropist, and Master Life Coach

Nikki Woolfolk: Personal Stylist to Professionals/Fashion Advisor

Zakiyrah Ficklin: Voice of the Millenials/Author of Her 20SomeTHINGS and Founder of Her Foundation Inc.

Ashley Sistrunk: Master Stylist/Creator and Educator of the “Lace Me Up Tour/Pulp Riot Color

Shaquanna Chappelle: Image Coach and Confidence Enthusiast/Founder of “Embrace Your Crown”

Angela Young: Founder of the “beNAKED Campaign”