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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dare 2 Aspire

Exactly a week ago today I attended the Dare to aspire Business conference in Atlanta Georgia. This was its 8th anniversary and boy was it an eye opening experience for me and many in attendance. 

Founder Tosi a motivational speaker, business owner had a well rounded panel of speakers; who in their own right are successful business owners. 

Here are some of the pointers I learned from some of the speakers


Vanessa Parker 

owner of a Lucrative business called pink Boss  spoke on how you have to know who exactly your customers or what demographic your brand wants to reach and maximize on that. She further elaborated on the importance of having a business card because the average person kept one for 8 months. Lastly and believe most importantly she emphasized on having a merchant account such as PayPal, cash app, etc and researching further on which ever picked. Read the FINE PRINTS!!! 

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Bonus: As your business grows to international levels, avoid credit union accounts and use named brand banks such as Chase, Bank of America, Capital one etc  as these cater to international business account laws



Arnesha BOBO

An account for top 100 fortune companies such as st Jude and owns her own firm. She by far in my opinion was the most eye opening speaker for most of us in attendance. I mean she spoke on business taxes, difference between an Llc and a corporation and how all this affected how Uncle Sam would come after a business depending on how it was registered with the revenue authority. Also different states had different tax laws. 

Lastly she gave a website for any aspiring business owners or current owners to get free mentoring at 

score.org

Jea Nash 

Radio personality spoke on how to get your brand noticed. She advised on partnering with a non profit or having an extension of a non profit to any brand. Also the power of networking but smart networking with people that match your brand or what you stand for



Kesha Denise 

A boutique owner was straight and to the point. Alibaba or Ali express were not sites she recommended for products for any boutique. She instead advised on going to markets, where u could look at fabric and touch it. Also going to business conferences such as dare to aspire 


Marlo Hampton 

Guest of owner, Reality Tv personality of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and owner of simply Marlo Llc .Being a huge #RHOA fan and how she is portrayed on the show, One would conclude that she is stuck up. But she is the sweetest most down to earth Diva who loves everyone as much as she loves her labels ( I joke I joke) But seriously she brought so much positive input during the panel discussion. She talked about how her past motives her, how she feels women need to stick together uplift one another. Her non profit partners with well know designers in ATL to dress high school graduates for prom


Tosi Ufodike 

Owner of hair yum and founder of dare to aspire. The most sweetest person and is doing everything to help women realize their God given potential. Her advice on juggling being a mother, business owner and all around boss. Was that something will give in but to be done in moderation. And her motivating force were her beautiful kids. In a way I related to her. ( not on a business level but personal side) I am a mother, have a full time job as a Nurse my daughter is my motivation, I love blogging and I sometimes feel guilty not being with my daughter but I most certainly try my best to juggle. That’s why there is a lapse in content on my gram. 



Miss Mykie 

Project Rehab owner as Tv personality 

Spoke on how she is using her story of a recovering alcoholic to impact anyone suffering from addiction. She spoke on how the entertainment business can get to you and make you feel like you have to play catch up and keep up with everyone. And yet somehow through all that she has managed to find peace and stay sober for over a year. Go Mykie











I know this was long post so thank you for reading and I hope my recap gave you a few ideas on how to open or improve your business or brand. I highly encourage visiting Dare to aspire for a more detailed write up of each speaker and they offer online seminars 

Thanks for reading: Picture credit from my blogger boo 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fashion X Austin: a Decade of Head turning Fashion



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Fashion x Austin Celebrated a decade of  high fashion infused shows during this years Austin Fashion week. The venue, The vault space was transformed into a glamorous high fashion lovers dream. The back drop to the 90ft runway being the most defining of this vibe


Friday’s show featured collections from Dan Richtere with vibrant Blue sleek pastels, Miles Davis pieces had an effortless chic tone to them. While Maison Jolie spoke to that inner summer glamorous girl with beach wear pieces. 

My favorite of the night was project Runways season 9 and 10 alumni Gunner Deathrage with androgynous chic pieces. Katie Kime ( also designer of the runway backdrop) closed off the show with pieces that were  a marriage made in floral heaven. 









Saturday’s show opened with League of Rebels where FAshionx and Austin fashion week founder Matt Swinney graced the runway. Linden Meyer Couture line show cased flowy glamorous gowns. Perfect for prom and any black tie event. 



Capsule collection included Ankara prints pieces from Nomzee designs, Chic Jackie Kennedy cashmere looks from Amber leaf was all Retro slay from Lika Steel 


Then the audience witnessed history in the making when Creed Voyles the youngest designer in Austin Fashion Week history walked his collection. His pieces had a futuristic/ fashion forward vibe to them with sequins and leather pieces. 


And finally my favorite Britney Nichole closed the night. Her pieces spoke I mean spoke words to me. She is every millennial fashionista’s dream designer. Chic, want to standout, effortless, Daring, polkadots, tulle, color blocking and well tailored pieces walked that 90ft runway. 







 And with that, it was a wrap for the decade marking fashion shows of Austin Fashion Week. Congratulations to FAshionx.co here is to more years of amazing fashion Weeks 








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