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I love makeup!!

I remember around the age of 9 my mother sold Mary Kay and all her makeup, and nail polish products would set in the corner of the basement. So I figured since she wasn’t using it, that I could explore each item {smile}

Well, lets just say when she found out, she was very, very, angry. Now I don’t think she was upset with her 9 year old daughter wearing makeup, she was upset because I just wasted her expensive products by playing in it!

Needless to say in a year or two later, those Mary Kay products stayed in that same corner in the basement and my mother never sold much product. She would only allow my exploration skills to take place at Halloween or some talent show I was in.

Below I thought I would highlight some of the most hottest makeup trends and makeup “how to’s” for your own special day/occasion…. ENJOY

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Here are two of my favorite Youtube videos – I love the details on the products and tools used!

Follow me on Pinterest where Im always updating with new looks!

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Happy Valentines Day

HAPPY V DAY

Yes the snow is starting to melt away here in North Carolina {BIG SMILE}… but the ice still can be deceiving.

I hope everyone is staying warm and being safe. I also hope that you all have planned something special for your love ones – I have an idea: how about spending time with one another it may seem small now but its definitely a memory that will stay for years to come!

So while Im working from home – I am having a craft day {smile} making hearts from glitter paper. This craft takes me back to Kindergarten with Mrs. Ugolini at Alcott Elementary in Pontiac MI. I used to think she was the tallest teacher ever especially when I was the tallest girl in my class (Im still wondering where is that height – I mean we started off on a good track but somewhere along the way it just stopped lol)  But who knew that those crafts skills would be used today! Great memories {smile}

I have also pulled the name for my first giveaway and I thought I would share my process of me picking the name via by pictures {smile}

I hope to do more giveaways in the future for this one was really fun! So be on the look out for the next one!

As always LOVE2LOVE and enjoy your Valentine’s Day even if you are single you should also be enjoying this day for you have to love yourself first {wink}

 

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Snow day…

Hello everyone!!!

Well today I wanted to post about the current conditions that we are experiencing here in North Carolina.

I know that Im from Michigan but days like this come far and few so I thought I would take advantage of the situation.

Yes – we received 5 inches of snow in Winston-Salem and Greensboro received 7 inches all just from last night alone and to think more is on the way!

Im working from the home office but I took a break and put on my Michigan gear just so that I could say that I at least got my feet wet {smile}

My only advice for everyone is that since there a lot of people who don’t know how to drive in this kinda stuff – STAY HOME – unless its urgent that you have to leave. There are no more eggs, bread, and milk at the grocery stores {smile}

But if you have children take them out and play - they wont forget this kinda experience, because I will tell you that little girl from Michigan came out today! I wanted to make an angel so bad but had no one to take my picture {smile}

Side Note: what a perfect day to cuddle with your sweetheart the eve before Valentine’s day….  {wink}

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DREAMING…

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At the tender age of 9 years old – I can remember being in my bedroom trying to figure out how I was going to be a singer, a dancer, and an actress.

I would write it down, practice in my long dresser mirror that sat on the floor and leaned against the wall. I would learn every Whitney Houston song that came on the radio. But I had a love for Performing Arts and I wanted to follow that passion.

Then as time moved I wanted to own my own business. I would literally draw out my restaurant/store; I believe it had a name as well. I wrote down how many employees I would need; how many customers I would need to make money. I would draw the food and the items that I would sale, wrote down how much each would cost and what I would need to profit after the bills were paid. What’s really funny is that I still have those drawings today {smile}

As I gotten older I was strongly advised to put my dreams of Theatre to the side and focus on being able to survive in the real world by learning all that I could about computers.

Well I did just that and realized I was not happy, although I miss the IT world you have to know that I was not happy making it my life career move.

So along this journey called life – my dream got lost. This quote hit home for me and I have to agree with this quote because I did find a better one.

I may not be that actress but I’m behind the scenes volunteering with the National Black Theatre Festival since 2003 and I volunteer with the Winston Salem Twin City Stage Theatre since 2002.

I sing with my poetry and if the right song comes on I will get out there and dance like nobody is watching.

I may not own a restaurant but I do own my own business and I’m determined to do what I love by taking my clients beyond the experience of their wedding/event.

I said all that to say this – DON’T STOP DREAMING and then after that DREAM comes true, DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. That’s what I’m doing now, dreaming of another dream and I can’t wait to see it come to full manifestation.

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My First Giveaway ….

Today is February 1, 2014 and for the next 13 days we are gonna talk about the 4 greatest letters of all time L O V E

But first I want to offer something special to one person and that could be YOU!

FAB PIC GIVEAWAY

I’ve created the Ultimate Fabulosity Beauty  giveaway, which will include:

  • Kenneth Cole hand bag, some arm candy {wink}

Some wonderful smell goods:

  • Vera Wang – Be Jeweled perfume
  • Marc Jacobs – Honey perfume
  • Sweet Pea Bath & Body Works set (shower gel, body cream, & lotion)

And to top the beauty of it all we must take care of the nails and the lips:

  • Physicians Formula Rx for Glamour – Endless color nail trio and since I couldn’t settle on one set I’ve included 3 different sets total from my favorite beauty store ULTA
  • MAC Cosmetics lipglass – Viva Glam VI and Viva Glam Rihanna

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All this for the value of $200.00 totally yours but you have to do this:

1) Like my Facebook business page E’MAGINE

2) Share the picture (the one that is on my Facebook page) of these wonderful giveaway goodies to your personal or business page.

3) Subscribe to my blog with a legitimate email address. This email address will be submitted in a drawing that will take place on Valentine’s Day 2/14/14 and the winner will be sent the entire Ultimate Fabulosity Beauty  giveaway via USPS. I will then contact you via email and obtain all the information needed to make sure you have your wonderful goodies in hand!

Please NOTE: Men you are welcome to participate, as well! This could be a gift for your significant other, mother, aunt or mentor and if your name is selected as the winner having this to give to them after Valentine’s Day is truly a way of saying just because

I look forward to all of the entries and may the best man or woman win!

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My Throwback Thursday…

Today is what we call Throwback Thursday ….

I remember getting ready for this segment on WXII12, and they wanted me to talk about love and how it could work in this industry. I thought about how one could come up with a DIY moment to propose to his soul mate. Typically a lot of engagements take place over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.  So November through February is high months for getting that ring!

I thought it would be a nice way to show the guy how to set up the table for the proposal. I mean with linens, flowers, and something sweet and even used the cake to store the engagement ring. Ok I give… let me share this funny moment – I had 4 flameless candles to be placed in the lovely floral display that Bennett’s Basket and Bows provided for me for this segment, but while setting up the table that morning, somehow one of the four candles was still sitting on the kitchen table and that was 20 minutes away from home and I was going on air in 7 minutes O___O yeah that is how my face looked when I realized what I had did. As a planner we think quick on our feet and come up with a plan B, and I didn’t want to leave the glass empty, so I found the next best thing in my emergency bag, I just wish I had a knife to cut it down lol … it was soooooo taller than the other three candles.  I was upset with myself then but today I can just laugh about it. Just so you know I own up to my own mistakes, there is no one perfect {smile}

I love the idea of coming up with a coupon booklet. Fellas this is a great idea even if you are not planning a proposal. If you have wife and you have children, to have a coupon book from you and for her to use at her own leisure, man…. I could hear my friends now saying – if I could only have a day for me, or a break for just US. You have to come up with creative ways to keep the fire going {smile}

Well here are a few pics of my own throwback and also a video to share my ideas of “Valentine” and a possible proposal.

Enjoy!

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Its Wednesday and I know I should be speaking on some kind of wedding advice but today I feel like speaking about what’s to come … February 14th that is …

There are a lot of men who feel like Valentine’s Day is over rated (even some women) or feel that it should be celebrated on a daily level.

But ladies (even some men) please admit – when he (or she) does something really special and it’s on the 14th day of February – there is a sparkle that glows all over you … humph … I know I would be smiling may even be cheesing (lol)

Valentine’s is on the way and whether you are single or have a significant other LOVE2LOVE:

  • Share love to a child inside a foster home
  • Share love to a teenager living inside a group home
  • Pay it forward the next time you’re in a drive thru, i.e. Starbucks {smile}
  • Matter of fact put on a performance for the elderly inside a residence community

However you celebrate February 14th consider sharing love outside your norm. This day comes every year and will continue to come for the rest of our lives, so do something different.

{LOVE2LOVE}

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The Aisle…. the walk down ….

Hey you guys!!!!

Well there is something shifting in the wedding industry when it comes to ceremony’s and it could have already been discussed but I’m catching hold of it after watching the wonderful wedding that my idol Mindy Weiss and her wonderful team of wedding professionals put together for the one standing with the last rose from ”The Bachelor” and I’m just loving the way it’s being done.

Back in the day to give the bride away it would be the father of the bride, and if he wasn’t living some male figure in the bride’s life, whether it’s her brother or uncle or god-father. Then there was a shift in the way this was done, we started seeing mothers being a part of ceremony and walking down the aisle.  This is why a lot of mothers moved to having a smaller bouquet verses the old school corsage. Then another shift came where there was both parents giving the bride away as well. But as we all know, weddings change on the same level as technology changes – DAILY.

I always said that when I get married I would want my mother to give me away although my father is still living. Yes my father was there before the split/divorce, but I spent my entire teenage and adult life under the wings of my mother. But then the family would be angry with me and folks would say they weren’t coming and I could foresee a lot of family drama on something that is supposed to be a joyous occasion. But after watching Sean and Catherine’s wedding – I saw something that I’ve observed before but really didn’t hit me until Sunday night.

I love the fact that her parents met her half way down the aisle! I love how it gave her a chance to walk solo then meet her parents and walk the rest of the way to be greeted by her groom.

If I wanted to use this as a metaphor, I would use my own life. My father was there with me from day one until my parents split, So to make sure I was able to include the both of them in my new life journey and no one to feel “left out” – I would say to them let me start this walk alone and as I make my way down - I would love for the BOTH of you to join me on my new journey!

Simply love it!

I thought I would share the photos I snapped as I was watching the show (smile) so don’t laugh at my photographic skills … I was using my iPad to make this happen. Lol

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And I had to share a pic of the lady responsible for putting together such a grand event Mindy Weiss… Check out her work via her web page http://mindyweiss.com/ - she is every planners idol in this industry. Thanx also to ABC for sharing her work on national television!

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did in writing it!

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Decision time…

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Hello… Hello… Hello…

Today I want to talk about the decision process… this is process that happens right after the HIGH of the engagement has soothed down and you are like “I’m engaged so now what do I do?”

I’m asked this question all the time with new brides “How do I even create a budget?”

It was in 1999 when I learned this method and I wasn’t planning weddings on a professional level at that time I just picked up on the stress that other friends were having while planning their weddings {smile}. Your budget is determined by how many people you have at your wedding.

You could minimize your guest list by not inviting children or coworkers. If you invite single friends unless they are in a serious relationship with someone, you don’t have to put a + guest on the invitation and just explain to them by phone that due to the budget we aren’t allowing any casual dates.

So now you will need to create an A list and then a B list. The A list means that they are coming for sure and B is if someone from the A list declines and you can move their name(s) over to you’re A list.

You could also control your guest count with the wording you place on your RSVP, for example:

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I believe another realistic approach to this is to think that every person you invite will cost you at least $100 per person (This is just a starting point, because that dollar amount could be $1,000 it just all depend on what you are willing to spend for your wedding).

Your food & beverage alone could run you around $35-$65 per person. So now subtract that from your $100.00 per person and now you have around $65-$35 left for rental of the Venue, Floral, Linens, DJ/Band, Photography, Photo Booth, and Stationary etc. That’s not a lot of room if you are on a tight budget.

Therefore chose your guest WISELY – is this someone that I would call on any given day and say hey do you want to go out and eat? OR if your family is contributing such as your parents and they have a guest list of their own, then consider asking for your parents to contribute to cover their guest(s), this leaves your less room to stress over the budget!

There are other ways to SAVE on the budget but this is definitely the one I would start with!

HAPPY PLANNING

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Faith walking 2014….

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It’s a new year and I’m going to start off with the right frame of mind.

I had recently learned that my local competitor(s) were undercutting my prices to nail the client. Or whatever I was charging in  my services then they would offer that service for free. At first I was angry about it,  also very shocked that these were folks that I would hold regular conversations with and smile with at business functions etc.. BUT (and there is always a but lol) then I went back to what I have a degree in and realized this is the nature of being in business.

YES – I do believe in karma, and my silent business partner would always tell me “All money isn’t good money” BUT I do believe in this – when a door is shut another one is going to open up – So I just want the right frame of mind and to be ready when it happens!

So I’m not going to focus on the shoulda, coulda, woulda…. I’m going to aim higher!

I know my self-worth, and I know that I’m good at what I do – planning weddings & events!

So today’s inspiration is for YOU & ME …. Let Go and walk with your head held HIGH – keep the faith and know that all things cometh together for your good!

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Created by You

2014 NEW YEAR

Hello 2014!

I want to share with you the new things that are taking place here at E’MAGINE weddings & events. I have been doing weddings for friends and family since 2005 but I didn’t approach this path on a professional level until the year of 2010. So I’ve been in this business professionally for three full years now, I’m done with the terrible two’s and walking into my 4th year.

I have a passion to serve all! Since 2005 I feel like every bride should enjoy their wedding day without the drama or at least minimalize it. Of course something will go wrong, a groomsmen is running late, one of the bridesmaid forgot her earrings that you just gave to her at the rehearsal dinner, or the new Mother-n-law decided to wear a different dress then what you expected etc. etc. etc.

Those things are small but when you don’t have a DJ or Photographer to show up or they are 2 hours behind schedule those, my dear are major!

As a planner my role is to provide you with the best service a bride could ever receive taking her most memorable and life changing day – her wedding – beyond the experience.

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Because I have a niche with working very well on budgets, I feel that with this new service that I’m offering it will help all brides no matter what kind of budget you have for your wedding. Now don’t get me wrong anyone providing a service to you should be paid accordingly but I created this to help you make the right decisions on what that service should be FOR YOU.

You could be that bride who only needs someone at the end of the planning phase and I come in and tie all the loose ends together.

You could be that bride who needs someone to help pull the vision together and that’s where my design and concept service could help you.

You could be that bride that has done it all, and even mastered the whole planning of it but you don’t want your Mom or Aunt or a friend to run around like a chicken with their head cut off the day of your wedding so you hire me to come in the day of – and run for you – this way you and your family become a guest at your event.

 

Either way, I would like to introduce to you this new A ’La Carte way of planning that is totally Created By You!

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I’m looking forward to our chat and I will dish out all the details of this service – until then ….

Make your 2014 one banging year!

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