Monday, February 20, 2012

Welcome Baby Kamyrn !

We had the pleasure of shooting a lovely baby shower this past weekend! This event was so fun with so many nice details!
Event Styled By Jayme Drake

Friday, February 17, 2012

Oh Nikka! {The Undercover Socialite}


I love the fresh and new, and meeting people who are living their dreams.
By day I’m a business woman, a mother, a wife, and a friend. But, by night I metaphorically transform into Oh! Nikka…The Undercover Socialite; a Diva who’s all about what’s new and happening around town.
If I had to describe myself what comes to mind is that 80’s commercial for Enjoli perfume where the jingles goes “I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan…” Only, I’m no world renowned chef in some five star restaurant. I am simply a woman who has a passion for living life in style. So in my case “bacon” would be “the story”, and “frying it up in a pan” would be like “giving you the lowdown on what’s happening around town”. I know; I know….it’s not as catchy as the Enjoli ad, but you get the picture (I hope). :-D
Growing up in Humble Texas (a real place by the way) I remember getting all glammed up just after raiding my mom’s makeup and my aunts’ shoe collection and then parading around the house. At some point we’ve all been caught with our hand in the makeup jar, and this was the makings of my story. I guess you could say I was a “Diva in training” since I loved putting trendy styles together and then flaunting my new finds in my very own mini fashion shows for anyone who would lend a willing ear to hear me sing, dance, and sashay down the runway. My family always said I had a larger than life personality. I guess I just wanted to be heard; which is ironic since I haven’t been able to keep quiet since. :-P My mother and aunt inspired me with their sense of fashion and their love for family and respect for others; and my hope is to inspire others to Live Their Dreams…in Style!!!

Nikka Shae
The Undercover Socialite
"Living the social life one event at a time."
Web: www.ohnikka.com
Facebook: facebook.com/OhNikka
Twitter: twitter.com/OhNikka

Email: ohnikkashae@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Empower Her Inc.





Kara Norman a Georgia native and 'Grady Baby'.
She is happily married to her husband of 14 years and has two daughters ages 13 and 8. Anyone that knows Kara would say that empowerment should be her middle name! Kara's strong desire to empower the lives of girls and women started mostly as a young girl when she struggled with self-esteem. After quitting college due to a lack of confidence, Kara got married and started a family with her husband. After her two daughters were born, Kara went back to earn her bachelor's of science degree in psychology and graduated summa cum laude. During her studies, she chose to focus on women's issues. A seed was planted that not only fed her growing confidence, but eventually grew into her devotion to helping girls and women face today's myriad of challenges. All of these experiences have fueled Kara's passion to empower the lives of women and girls! By day she is a physician recruiter and is in the process of launching her newest venture, Empower Her, Inc. that will focus on providing empowerment parties/events for women and girls. She also co-founded and serves as the Director of Programs for the Atlanta based mentoring group, G.E.M.S. & Jewels Empowerment Group for Girls. Kara enjoys photography, event planning, date nights with her hubby, dancing and spending time with her family.

http://www.empowerherinc.com/

Friday, February 10, 2012

1881 Event Planning and Design





1881 Event Planning & Design 
is a 
social
 event
 planning
 company
 based
 in
 Atlanta,
Georgia.

This 
company
 was 
started 
by 
three
 phenomenal
 women
 who
 bring
 over
 15
 years
 of
 event
 planning
 expertise
 to
 their clients.
 As
 graduates
 of
 Spelman
 College,
the
 ladies
of
1881
wanted
 to 
pay
 tribute
to
 the
 institution,
 which
 brought
 them
 together.
The
 name 
of 
the
 company 
lovingly
 reflects
 the
 founding
 year
 of
 their
 beloved
 alma
mater.


For
 Pamela,
 Ericka,
 and
 Renata
 nothing
 is more
 important
 than
 flawless
 execution
 of
 their
 client’s
 vision.
 Finding
 an
 event
 planner
 to
 truly
 do
 it
 all
 is
 a
 challenge
 but
 1881
 Events
 solves
 this
 problem
 by
 equipping
 each
 client
 with
 a
 team
 that
 will
 handle
 all
 of
 the
 details,
 customize
 the
 event
 with
 unique
 graphic
 designs,
 and
 evoke
 an
 experience
 guests
 will
 never
 forget.
 
 Although
 their
 planning
 experience
 has
 crossed
 the
 gamut,
the
primary
focus
of
1881 Event Planning & Design
is
on
small
social
events
of
75
guests
or
less.
Each
of
 these
ladies
has
unique
strengths
which—when
 combine—makes
them
a
dream
team
of
event
planners. Pamela
Franklin
Stegall
is
a
native
of
Atlanta.
She
holds
a
Bachelors
degree
in
Theatre
from
Spelman
College
and
has
 extensive
 experience
 in
 backstage
 management.
 She
 is
 often
 asked
 to
 manage
 the
 backstage
 events
 for
 high
profile
theater
productions
and
was
most
recently
asked
to
assist
with
the
tribute
to
the
unveiling
of
the 
Martin 
Luther
 King, 
Jr.
national
 monument,
entitled
“A
Monumental
Life,”
at
 Constitution
 Hall
in
 Washington
D.C.

In 
April
 2010,
 she
 added
 filmmaker
 to
 her
 list
 of
 accomplishments
 in
 her
 production
 of
 the
 documentary
 Fly, Sista, Fly,
which 
chronicled 
the 
lives
of 
three 
Pauline
E.
Drake
Scholars—“seasoned 
women”
who 
chos e
to 
attend
 Spelman
 College.
 
Pamela
 believes
 that
 all
 events
 are
 just
 productions
 in
 disguise.
 
 She
 designs
 events
 the
 same
 way
 a
 Broadway 
producer
approaches
a
theatrical
production—making
sure
that
the
stars
shine
and
the
guests
are
glad
they
came!
Ericka
 A.
 Thomas
 is
 a
 native
 of
 Atlanta.
 She
 holds
 a
 Bachelors
 degree
 in
 Environmental
 Science
 from
 Spelman
 College
 and
 a
 Masters
 of
 Business
 Administration
 degree
 from
 the
 University
 of
 Phoenix.
 She
 absolutely
 loves 
every 
aspect
of 
planning
 an 
event.
Ericka 
has
 a 
passion 
for 
graphic
design 
and 
is 
able 
to 
quickly 
conceptualize 
a 
theme
 and
 use
 creative
 elements
 to
 generate
 visual
 presentations
 for
 our
 events.
 Her
 easy‐going
 personality,
meticulous
 attention
 to
 detail,
 and
 amazing
 budget
 management
 skills
 prove
 to
 be
 a
 valuable
 asset
 to
 the
 1881
Event
 Planning 
&
Design 
Dream
Team.
 Renata 
Hilson 
is 
 a 
native 
of 
New
 Orleans 
but 
has 
called
Atlanta 
home 
for 
quite 
some
time.
She 
holds 
a 
Bachelors 
degree
 in
 Psychology
 from
 Spelman
 College
 and
 a
 Master
 of
 Public
 Health
 degree
 from
 Emory
 University.
 Her

passion 
for 
event 
planning
 began 
during 
graduate
 school,
where 
she 
was 
enrolled 
full‐time,
had
several 
part 
time 
jobs,
and
 pulled 
all‐nighters 
planning 
her 
own 
wedding! 
If 
hiring
 an 
event
planner 
were 
in 
her 
budget 
at 
the 
time,
she 
would 
have 
gladly
 done
 so.
This 
is 
why
 she
 is 
so
happy 
to 
be 
part 
of 
an 
event 
planning
 company
 that 
caters 
to 
a 
wide 
range
 of 
budgets 
and
 client
needs 
Renata 
is
 the
“research 
detective”
for 
all 
of 
our 
events.
Her 
logistical 
skills,
creativity,
and 
fun 
personality 
make
 her 
an 
extraordinary 
member 
of 
their 
team.Their 
motto
“Relax…and 
let
 us
 handle 
the 
details!”
says 
it 
all. 
From
 innovative 
concepts 
to 
flawless 
execution,
their 
goal 
is 
to
take 
the 
stress 
out 
of 
planning 
so 
their 
clients 
can
 enjoy 
every 
moment 
of 
their 
special 
occasion.



1881 Events
phone 404.919.1881
email:info@1881events.com
www.1881events.com

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

AlterEgo Makeup Bar {Entrepreneur of the Day}

Monica Parrott is the owner of AlterEgo Makeup Bar.
She began her Makeup and Fashion Stylist career almost five years ago; she quickly established a reputation for flawless makeup application and unique styling abilities. More recently, she has become known for offering Atlanta’s most recognize courses and mixer in Makeup Application. She is a consummate professional whose attention to detail has enabled her to touch many famous faces while building a clientele of high profile professionals.


Monica Parrott

MUA & Stylist

678-438-5453

Alter Ego

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A picture of Love

I photographed Love today and it was amazing!
Happy Tuesday!

The V. Day Love Challenge

The V. day love challenge... You ready to be creative with your love ones... here's the challenge....
Using any music genre use song titles , verses of song and chorus to create a Valentine story of love exchange with your love one. It could be your spouse , significant other, friend child or anyone you are wanting to exchange confessions of love with. See who can put together the best story being as creative as you can... You ready... 123.... let's get started.... Enjoy!
Download your free printable Here!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Life is a Gift Baby Shower {In Purple}

Beautiful day with Beautiful people. Beautiful Life is a Gift baby shower styled for such a wonderful couple! I was so glad to be able to assist with the styling of the shower.



Theme inspired by the Life is a Gift Baby Shower featured on the Hostess with the Mostess Blog!

Friday, February 3, 2012

From Pain To Purpose


Amber Lyons is an Ordained Pastor, who preaches and teaches the unadulterated gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Being a strong woman of faith and diligently serving in ministry to assist in birthing the visions and dreams of others, did not exempt her from living a secret life filled with years of abuse. She wore a mask to hide the pain and suffering, however, she yet remained faithful to her call to the Lord and her spiritual leaders. Amber emerged from that dark place in her life as a successful Survivor and Thriver with a Passion to help others suffering in silence.
She is the Founder & CEO of From Pain To Purpose, which is an organization that provides Domestic Violence Awareness Advocate (DVAA) services within the community. From Pain To Purpose was originally birthed with the vision to aid and support domestic violence victims and children suffering in silence. However, it has since become so much more. Our work is now a community based resource working with organizations and churches to Educate, Equip, Empower and Encourage the community at large pertaining the intervention and prevention of domestic violence and abuse. We provide Motivational Speaking, Workshops, Q&As, Panel Discussions, Mentorship, Poetry Reading and various other Events through Partnerships and Projects.
Amber is a Brooklyn, New York native. The first couple of years of her organization’s work was established within the New York City area, with organizations such as The New York City Mayor’s Office To Combat Domestic Violence, The New York City Family Justice Center (of which she transitioned from a former client to volunteer helping other DV victims), The Avon Foundation For Women, The Urban Justice Center-DV Project, and other organizations. She was the Coordinator of her former church’s (New Life Cathedral) 1st Domestic Violence Awareness Day in October 2010.
Over the past six months since being an Atlanta resident, she has transitioned very smoothly into the community. From Pain To Purpose has become a viable resource to many organizations and churches in the Metro Atlanta Area. We have presented Domestic Violence Awareness Film Screenings at organizations and churches, various Workshops, Broadcasted as a Weekly Co-host on A Woman’s Heart Blog Talk Radio, appeared as a DVAA Guest on Various Blog Talk Radio Shows, been featured on various Blog Sites, filmed a One Hour Domestic Violence Awareness WAIN TV Show, as well as working with organizations on Violence In Teen & Young Adult Dating. We are presently working with Virtuous Styls to bless two Stinson & Associates Clients with a Styling & Makeover Session at the end of February. Atlanta, we are just getting started!
No one ever deserves to be abused. Domestic violence is a cycle that just gets worse, and Yes, it is a crime. Never believe that being abused is your fault. Find the strength to seek help if you are in an abusive relationship. Children who suffer in silence sustain so much damage that may take years to recover from, so if you can’t seek help for yourself, do it for your children (if you have them). Also, domestic violence is a Public Safety issue, therefore, it behooves everyone to become knowledgeable and aware of available resources to offer others (family member, co-worker, etc.), who may be suffering. You are Not Alone!!!! You can transition From Pain To Purpose!!!!
Amber Lyons is the proud mother of three children; NaQwanna Thomas, Janelle Lyons and Emmanuel Lyons. She has enjoyed her entrance into Grandmotherhood and cherishes her one year old grandson; Torian Thomas. Another one of her passions, is to manage and nurture the career of her youngest child, Emmanuel Lyons, who is a 13 year old Professional Actor and Inspirational Rapper & Songwriter. To her delight and surprise; one of his songs is a DVA song, entitled “Elmo”, which he wrote to add his voice to speak out against Domestic Violence

For more information about services email : alyons.frompain2purpose@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February 1... It's Black History Month

In Honor of Black History Month....

Wow its February 2012 Already.... My year is already going by rather quickly....
Well its Black History Month...

For the third year in a row I will feature a variety of different minority owned business on the blog . All types..... Event Planners, Hair dressers, Make-up artist, Promoters, Lawn Care services and more... Please check in each day for the featured entrepreneur of the day!