Events | 3 Things I Learned from the Brown Girls Love Empowerment Brunch

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the Brown Girls Love Empowerment Brunch at Aredo + Bardeo restaurant in Washington, DC. The event was hosted by the founder of Love Brown Sugar (LBS), Christina Brown. The New York based blogger is the first blogger I followed when I started my journey. I was drawn to Christina’s warm online presence and also very intrigued with her impressive resume.

I remember reading that Christina worked for Honey and Vibe Magazines and I immediately got excited. As a former journalism major with an extensive internship/work background in print media, we had a lot in common. Once I found her blog it was evident that Christina was not only an excellent writer, but she also shared my love for fashion and style. Of course, I had follow! Attending an LBS event and hearing her speak in person was truly a dream come true. Here are 3 things I learned from Christina at the Brown Girls Love Empowerment Brunch. 

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Love Brown Sugar Founder, Christina Brown | Photo Credit: Heart, Print & Style

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1. Be Fearless | Simply put, “get over your fear and step outside of your comfort zone.” When Christina spoke those words I felt like she was literally talking to me. I’m all about being fearless and going after what I want, but there are times I’m a little nervous to step outside of what I know. Lately I’ve been ignoring the fear and going for it anyway, hence the creation of my #FearlessWomanIam movement. It’s natural to have fear, but the key is not allowing that fear to cripple you or hold you back from pursuing your purpose.

2. Be resilient | Christina stressed being flexible and being able to shift. Things don’t always go as planned and in those instances, we have to be ready to shift and change direction. In doing this, it shows that you’re capable of bouncing back from a setback. Staying the course, no matter what comes up, is a definite key to success. Christina candidly shared a few of her setbacks and to see how resilient she’s been despite those challenges is inspiring.

3. Be Confident | I think exuding confidence, in any field or industry, will take you very far. Being able to introduce yourself at an event or gathering is something Christina feels immediately showcases confidence. Something as simple as an introduction says so much about a person. It says that you take yourself seriously, you’re about your business, and it instantly makes others respect you and what you have to say. First impressions are everything.


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So tell me, which lesson resonates with you the most? Will you attend the Brown Girls Love Empowerment Brunch next time it comes to your area? Let me know!

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the brunch. Meeting Christina was a lovely and insightful experience and I’m so thankful that I was able to sit down and chat with her one-on-one about my career/blog goals. She provided me with a wealth of knowledge and I walked away from the event feeling inspired, equipped and excited for my future endeavors.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area check out her next Brown Girls Love Empowerment Brunch HERE. I promise that this event will be worth every penny! Be sure to keep up with Christina at LBSInstagram (and HERE), as well as her Twitter account for more information on this and many more events. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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#5Truths | 5 Must Visit Restaurants in Columbia, MD

This summer I promised to get out and explore Columbia, MD. Of course this means visiting the best restaurants the county has to offer. Well, I’ve been doing just that and today I want to share the 5 must visit restaurants in Columbia, MD. I know some of you may not reside in Columbia, or even the DMV. But if you find yourself in the area this summer, definitely check out these 5 hot spots for a good meal!

Resturants in Columbia, MD

1. Sushi Nari. This sushi resturant is located in Kings Contrivence shopping center and lucky for us, it’s in walking distance from our apartment! Their edamame and cinnamon tea is divine and the prices are very reasonable. My favorite roll is the Creamy Crab Lover and the Smoking Philly. It’s a small and quaint Resturant with friendly workers. If you don’t want to dine in, call in your order for takeout! I think hubby and I eat here at least twice a month!

2. Cheeburger Cheeburger. If you’re in the mood for a burger and an amazing shake, head to Cheeburger Cheeburger. This is the perfect place for late night burger runs and they’re fried pickles are the best! You can also order online to takeout and at certain locations, they deliver.

Sushi Nari, Columbia MD

3. El Azteca (Clarksville). My mom and little sister put me and hubby on to this authentic Mexican Resturant. We recently at here for date night and the chicken quesadillas and fresh guacamole hit the spot! The price points are great and I really appreciate the family-like environment.

4. The Melting Pot. I’ve been dying to try this place since moving to Columbia and on little sis’ 13th birthday, I finally got my chance! The experience was SO much fun and the food, delicious. It’s a place for couples and families; the experience of cooking and dipping your own entrees is more fun when you’re with a group. The meals can be more in the pricey side, but it’s the perfect location/experience for a party or gathering!

5. Stanford Grill. I LOVE this place! They have the best salmon, Mac n Cheese and the bread pudding is to die for. It’s another great resturant for date night, couples night, or even a family get together. I’ve been dining here for years and I haven’t been disappointed once. The price points are higher, but trust me when I say it’s worth every penny. If you want splurge and treat yourself to a good meal, head to Standford Grill. You’ll thank me later.

Standford Grill, Columbia MD

So tell me, what are some of your favorite restaurants in Columbia Maryland? What are some of your favorite restaurants in general; I travel often? Let me know!

Event Recap | Macy’s Emme Plus Size Fashion Show in Columbia, MD

Have you ever been to an event and had the time of our life?! That happen to me last week at the Macy’s Emme Plus Size Fashion Show. Held in Columbia, MD at the Mall in Columbia, the show included plus size spring trends, cute snacks and treats, and was hosted by leading plus size model and speaker, Emme! Since participating in the #MacysEmme Twitter chats for the past few months, I was already inspired by Emme’s positive attitude and vicious personality. As an avid speaker on positive body image and self esteem, her mission to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us has been spread throughout the Twittersphere, and beyond!

Plus Size Fashion - Macy's Emme

Soft Pants Trend

Among the many trends that graced the runways, the soft pants, maxi dress and all white trends really caught my eye! It’s no secret that I’m all for comfort and chic, so these trends were perfect. From American Rag to I.N.C., each model sashayed down the runway in her stylish and trendy outfit. I was so intrigued by the prints and patterns! I actually have a pair of American Rag soft pants on during the show, so I felt right at home.

I must admit that I was surprised that the skirt trend was at the top of my list. I think the scuba material won me over! Scuba is a great material for plus size shoppers; it’s very forgiving, soft, and doesn’t cling like other materials. Emme was wearing an all white scuba-like dress during the event and looked so comfortable and fashion forward. So much so that I had to let her know after the show! 😉

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(Scuba) Skirt Trend


Macy's Emme Plus Size Fashion Show

White Trend

The all white trend is perfect for spring and summer weddings, outdoor garden parties and dressy work functions. The models even showed off a few pair of sexy white heels, like the one above. I’m usually not a fan of the white shoe, but the cut out peep-toe heeled sandals above have me reconsidering this trend! Oh yea, if you’re wondering that IS Blogalicious creator Stacey Ferguson rocking the all white belted dress; fabulous, right?!

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Blouse: Daniel Rainn, Nordstrom Rack // Pants: American Rag, Macy’s // Flats: Same & Libby, Target


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So tell me, what do you think about the plus size spring trends at the Macy’s Emme Show? Anything catch your eye? Let me know! 

It was such a pleasure running into my fellow DMV bloggers, some I’ve known for a while and others I consider my new blogger boo’s! I was also thrilled to meet new faces like Danica, Jennifer of Curvy Connect Magazine and of course of Emme, the lady of the hour. Being surrounded by these lovely ladies was nothing but sheer joy. And to have my ladies, Mom, little sis and Mama (grandma) there to join in on the fun was the icing on the cake!

Macy’s put on yet another fantastic fashion show and hearing Emme share her nuggets of body positive wisdom was priceless! Hear a snippet of her goodness, as well as some of the looks coming down the runway, below. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Event Recap | Macy’s American Icons Fashion Event

Last Thursday I made my way to Northern, VA for the Macy’s American Icons Fashion Event. From snapping my #AmericanSelfie to trying on the seasons hottest trends, I had such an enjoyable time! I was thoroughly impressed with the styles Macy’s had to offer and even more impressed with the different shapes and sizes of the models. This variety provided shoppers with a realistic vision of how certain clothing items fit.

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Photo Booth Fun! #AmericanSelfie

Another plus? The fashion show included menswear too! I got so many great ideas for hubby just by taking in the different styles. As I mentioned in this post, Macy’s also partners with veterans who served with Got Your 6. Stephanie and Melissa, both Got Your 6 activist, did a great job representing this cause and explaining in more detail what it’s all about.

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Plus size, straight size AND menswear!


Stephanie & Melissa

After the event there were mini makeovers and tons of socializing. There were also great snacks, including my new favorite soda from Jones. Their cream soda hit the spot! I shopped around a bit and used my $10 Macy’s gift card they so graciously handed out to the attendees. It was the perfect excuse for me to grab a few summer wardrobe pieces for my upcoming trip to Charlotte.

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Mini makeovers, & snacks!

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Spring and summer’s latest trends, and GREAT shoes too!

So tell me, did you attend one of the Macy’s American Icons fashion shows? What do you think about these summer looks? Let me know!

Always a fan of Macy’s, it was an honor to attend and cover this event. Can’t wait to share my next fashion show recap with you tomorrow! Until then, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style + Events | Macy’s American Icons Event

If you’re looking for a free style event with a great cause, join me this Thursday, May 14th at 6 p.m. at the Macy’s Pentagon City in Northern Virginia for the Macy’s American Icons event. As part of their salute to all things that make us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, Macy’s is hosting a party and you’re invited! This fashion event is perfect for the entire family. I mean, what kids don’t love taking selfies? They can do plenty of selfie snapping with the Macy’s patriotic photo booth. Just snap away and share you self with the hashtag #AmericanSelfie!

Macy's American Icons Event

Macy’s partners with veterans who served with Got Your 6. Melissa Fitzgerald, actor of the West Wing and Got Your 6 activist, will be there for talk more about this cause. Beauty blogger Stephanie Telford of All Things Beautiful XO will also be there to join in the conversation. Of course there will be a fashion show filled with the hottest fashion and beauty trends of the season afterwards. Lite bites, mini manicures/makeovers, and a chance to snap those selfies at the photo booth will also be included.

If you’re unable to attend this event in the Northern, VA area here’s a list of a few other locations:

  • 5/14   New York, NY (HSQ)
  • 5/16   San Francisco (Union Square)
  • 5/16   Miami, FL (Dadeland)
  • 5/16 Fayetteville, NC (Cross Creek)
  • 5/16 Atlanta, GA (Peachtree Mall)

So tell me, will you be attending the Macy’s American Icons event in VA with me this Thursday? Will you check out the event in your area? Let me know! 

Every event will be different and for a full list of locations and dates, check out this site! All in all the event is perfect for families, our military heroes and lovers of fashion and beauty. Come join the party snap a few selfies, learn more about Got Your 6, and enjoy the latest fashion and beauty trends at the same time. Hope to see you there!


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Event Recap | 5 Things l Learned During Blogger Week 2015

I spent time in D.C. this weekend with some of my fellow bloggers and creatives at the Blogger Week conference, held at the Impact Hub on 7th Street.  Last year I served as an ambassador and was pleased to serve in the same capacity this year. It always excites me to be surrounded by like-minded people; conversing and networking with other bloggers is such a treat! Although I was unable to stay for the entire day, I made the best of my time while there. Here are 5 things I learned during Blogger Week 2015!  

5 Things I Learned during Blogger Week

1. Share. I’ve always been good at building relationships, but the older I get I find it more difficult to trust people with certain information in regards to my vision/goals. Attending Blogger Week allowed me to not only meet new people, but also continue working on cultivating relationships with other creatives. Listening to their goals and sharing bits and  pieces of mine allowed room for growth. I was able to connect with the right people and I honestly felt we were on the same page. Sharing your visions with others can be scary, but in times like this it’s necessary. You never know who knows who and you just may be surprised how someone can help point you in the right direction.

2. Keep Writing. After listening to Danielle Belton of Black Snob it was clear that I must keep writing. Memorable content is key and figuring out how to fit certain topics and trends into your posts is very important. You have to stay relevant and you have to keep writing. Writing for free? Well, Danielle says nah. I have different views on that, but I understood her point. To me writing for pay (or not) is a personal choice and at times, the exposure you get from writing is payment. Do what works for you, just keep writing!

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3. Be Social. Social media can be intimidating, but being social on social media is a must. DC Fab creator Joi-Marie McKenzie suggested that bloggers pick 3 social media sites and stick with them. I agree wholeheartedly with this advice. Sticking to 3 sites and mastering them is better than being on 6 sites and barley engaging on any of them! Know your strengths and work with that. I’m good with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

4. Be Open. Being open to new blog topics will help your brand grow. Collaborating with other bloggers/writers is a good way to get this started. During the How Bloggers Can Help Each Other Drive Traffic panel, 5 bloggers (GG Renee, Erica Nichole , Tyece Wilkins, and Shefon Nachelle) articulated this point extremely well. Working with other bloggers is an excellent way to further connect with your readers on other topics that you may not be too familiar with. Open up and allow those bloggers to share something new with your readers. Bridge the gap and grow, together. 

5. Ask Questions. Never be afraid to ask questions. There were so many bloggers and so many different sessions to learn from, so of course people had questions. I for one was so happy to see people ask! How will you ever know if you don’t ask? The panelists were open and honest with their responses, which made the Blogger Week environment comfortable and safe. I had a few questions jotted down in my notebook under each session I planned to attend. Being prepared with questions helps keep me on track and 9 times of of 10, the speakers end up answering those very questions during their speech.

Blogger Week 2015

So tell me, what are your thoughts on what I learned during Blogger Week 2015? Were you able to attend? Let me know!

Huge thanks to Jessica for allowing me to be an ambassador once again this year. And shout out to my BLM Girls Jonna and Kim for serving as speakers at the event. You ladies are inspiring…keep it up! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…xo!


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#BeautyBesties Recap with SPANX & Clinique 

This weekend I had the pleasure of heading to Nordstrom at Towson Town Center (MD) to find my Power Pair of SPANX, as well as test out Clinique’s latest spring must have foundation + concealer. Both consultations, free of charge, were part of the #BeautyBesties event they had going on all weekend!

I haven’t worn a pair of SPANX in a while, but after my consultation I was ready to try a pair of the power shorts! This pair goes perfectly under spring and summer dresses, skirts and even jumpsuits. Wearing SPANX ensures smooth lines and no bunching; I can get with that! I can’t wait to show you all the before and after pics when I wear mine. I’m all about clean, smooth lines!  By the way, the sales associate also let me know that SPANX offered knee highs too. Never knew that!

#BeautyBesties - SPANX

After browsing and learning about SPANX, it was time to head to the Clinique counter for my next consultation. I was a bit skeptical because I’m not really a makeup girl. But the associate (Jessica) was extremely patient with me and very helpful and knowledge about the product. The new Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer was so smooth, lightweight and perfect for my complexion.

#BeautyBesties with SPANX and Clinique

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Jessica used number 18 Sand and the color matched my skin tone perfectly! I took her advice and wore the foundation for the rest of the day; just to get a feel for it. I was nervous about sweating and rubbing it off, but I didn’t have any of those issues. I literally forgot I had it on! To me, that’s good makeup.

#BeautyBesties - Clinique Foundadtion

So tell me, did you go to the #BeautyBesties event at Nordstrom this weekend? Have you tried the new Clinique foundation + concealer or any of the SPANX products? Let me know! 

It’s safe to say that I’ll be purchasing the foundation + concealer ASAP, and I can’t wait to show you my smooth silhouette when I wear my SPANX. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO


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Events | Macy’s Emme Fashion Show in Columbia, MD

I’ve really enjoyed seeing the latest trends Macy’s has to offer, but I’m thrilled about the upcoming Macy’s Emme Fashion Show in Columbia, MD. This show, featuring plus size supermodel Emme, is sure to be a treat! I invite you to join me on May 16th at 2 p.m. for a look at the season’s hottest plus size during the runway show. Afterwards you’ll get the chance to meet plus-size supermodel Emme during a discussion, highlighting positive body image. Can’t beat that!

Macy's Emme Fashion Show

There will be refreshments and a chance to receive an exclusive cosmetics travel bag with any Macy’s Women purchase of $75 or more (while supplies last)! If you’re anything like me, it won’t be hard to spend at least $75 on a few new spring items. If you can’t wait until then, or you’re unable to attend, you can always join our Twitter chat! Embrace your curves and join me and Emme on May 11th at 1 p.m. for the #MacysEmme  #PlusSizeFashion chat! Be sure to RSVP for the chat, here!

I hope you’re able to join me at the Columbia, MD Macy’s! Being able to pick the brain of a leading voice in the fashion industry and a globally recognized advocate for self-esteem is just a wonderful opportunity! I’m really looking forward to the Q&A session, as well as the twitter chat. Let me know if you’ll be joining one or both of the events. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…xo!


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