Yesterday I attended a Bridal Brunch hosted by BlackBride.com - the premier online source for women of color. The Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn opened its doors to the Harlem Renaissance inspired event that served as an intimate and informative look at everything that’s involved with planning a wedding. Catered by Tom Cookery, ladies (and gentleman) were welcomed into with jazz age music from Margi and the Dapper Dots. While sipping on mimosas, sponsored by Moreno, brides and bridesmaids had an opportunity to have their questions answered by a panel of wedding experts, moderated by Essence Magazine Editor, Charreah Jackson.
Sherria and Essence Magazine’s Relationships Editor, Charreah Jackson
In addition to a lovely panel discussion and a ton of wedding vendors, the was also a fashion show featuring wedding dress designs from Therez Fleetwood Bridal. See some of her designs below:
If you are in the process of planning a wedding, below are a few resources and sponsors from yesterdays event to help get you started:
Need help writing your wedding vows? Love Ink is a full service special occasions writing service that offers one-on-one custom consultation to assist you with all of your writing needs.
Planning a traditional wedding, a destination wedding or a big romatic wedding in Paris? Fallon Carter Weddings is a full service wedding planning service.
The best way to capture the essence of the bridal experience is through floral decor, Makini Regal Designs, can help you plan floral arrangements for your wedding and offer advice on decor.
Tom Cookery creates new comfort dishes inspired by the American South and the Caribbean to create memorable dining experiences tailored for your special event.
Need more recommendations? Ask me questions in the comments section or send an email to email@example.com.
Saying ‘No’ to someone may be saying ‘Yes’ to peace of mind. (Photo: Moi!)
I envy toddlers and their ability to adamantly refuse to do anything that they don’t want to do. Somewhere between the age of two and this vague stage of adulthood, I’ve learned that ‘No’ is a bad word. Until recently, I’ve accepted every invitation, fulfilled every favor, and answered every call. Pretty soon, I found myself overwhelmed and overextended, with time set aside for everyone and everything except myself. Currently, in the process of unlearning this people-pleasing strategy, I came across a powerful piece of advice on Tumblr:
“Never again do anything you don’t want to do.”
This quote is now a part of my life and I use the phrase as a litmus test before making a decision to do anything, even things that I have to do. Not rushing to say ‘Yes’ to things means that I can prioritize obligations, organize my schedule, and reserve some time for myself.
I’ve been doing some research to gather more inspiration for this new ‘No’ way of life. Check out some helpful articles on the beauty of ‘No’:
As Mother’s Day approaches, many are booking spa appointments, sending flowers or planning a brunch to show their mothers how much they appreciate everything that she’s done for them throughout the years. If you are having a hard time figuring out what to wear to any of the activities you have planned, then I suggest taking a dive into your closet now to figure it out before Sunday.
A silk shirt and a pair of brightly colored jeans or patterned pants is my top pick for this weekend. Whereas floral patterns were once an obvious choice for dresses and skirts, they are now being used for bottoms. I noticed the trend when celebrities such as Beyonce, Solange, and Katie Holmes were spotted wearing them. But, now they can be seen on the shelves of Forever 21, Macy’s, and Zara (for us common folk!).
If you’d like to sport the trend, below are a few options.
Celebrities did their best
or worst to embody the Met Gala 2013 theme: “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” Here are the top looks of the night:
Actress Rooney Mara wins the night in Givenchy.
Jennifer Lopez stuns in a Michael Kors gown that fits perfectly in all of the right places. This hair fits the theme without being over-the-top.
Taylor Swift shows us that you don’t have to sacrifice glamour to be edgy in this J. Mendel cut-out dress.
It’s coming! It’s coming! I’m so excited that ‘The Great Gatsby’ is coming to movie theaters nationwide next Friday, May 10th. I’ve been dying to see this movie since last year!
Last night, stars of the film graciously walked the red carpet. I wish I could have been there. I’m in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. But, since I couldn’t make it (or wasn’t invited…sad face), below are a few websites that reported on the event.
‘The Great Gatsby” New York Movie Premiere
StyleCaster: ‘The Great Gatsby” New York Premier: Red Carpet Recap
OK! Magazine: Red Carpet Fashion from “The Great Gatsby” Premiere
PopSugar: The Great Gatsby Gets A Star-Studded NYC Premiere