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Spiraling and Cake Pops

May 3, 2012

Hey!!

I know. I’ve been off the grid a bit. Things are a little crazy, I leave for Miami soon and just trying to get a house prepared with children and a husband for a mother to be gone for a week is a task.

Lil Mama will be spending the week with her godmother so packing her  and myself up, along with the fact that I had two photo shoots last week,  three major events this week, and trying to put the final design touches on Divinitee’s summer line has made for one frazzled mama. In the words of June Ambrose, I’m slightly “spiraling” these folks better stay out of my way!!

Enough ranting…time to rave but not like that

Tuesday my very good friend Niya who is the owner and master bakestress over at Candy Cake Company did a press showing for her new cake pop flavors. So you know I am all about support and slid my way over to show my love

and eat tons of cake pops. So?

Her new flavors include Pistachio, Lavender Vanilla, Cookies and Cream, and Orange Chiffon…and they are delectable.

If you are in need of cake pops or would just like to try them please reach out to her via the web. If you are in the Atlanta area she does deliver. If you are outside of Atlanta shipping is an option.

 

I wore:

Shirt: Thrifted Jeans: Thrifted Arm Candy: Thrifted Shoes: Sole Society Purse: Thrifted!!! (it was the one I blogged about that I thought was gone)

How are you, and what has you spiraling? I haven’t been around to your blogs but I promise I’ll make my rounds. Thank you for reading!

Divinitee, Fashion, I.Wore, Weekend

Weekend Wrap Up

January 23, 2012

I’m baaaaaacccckkkkkkk!!!!

I seriously just needed to take some time and slow down and organize things in my head and get them on paper. It worked!

The shoot went great. I still don’t have any of the photos back but when I do you know you will see them. Here is a behind the scenes shot I caught with my camera phone. Yes it was real official!!
Hair and makeup

My dad is fine. All of the major tests for stroke, diabetes and other things of the sort have been run and the results yielded nothing. Thank you for all of your kind words. I truly appreciate them.

My son..we still don’t know. I am thinking of home schooling but I know my limitations and at this time I’m just not sure if I can successfully do that.

So my weekend was low key. Hung out with the family and I did a little bit of shopping down at Tanger outlet in Locust Grove, which is not far from my house. I went with the intention to buy shoes and clothes for Lil Mama and ended up getting a few things for myself as well from Old Navy. They had 50% off clearance. Ummm yes! Paid $16 for a dress, skirt and three bottles of nail polish..as if I need anymore polish. I’ll do a vlog haul at the end of the week.

I’m linking up with Glamamom for Monday Mingle. I wore:

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Shirt: Thrifted Belt: Target Clearance $3.98 Boot Socks: Marshalls

Boots: Sole Society

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Close up of my belt…trying to up my camera on the tripod skills since the Mr. only gives me 5 shots to get it right when I really need 25

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Yahhhhh!!!!!

Sunday. We laid low. I actually made some biscuits from scratch for breakfast. Yes.Me.

Mr. cooked dinner with his broke foot. I didn’t object, just put my feet up and did some blogging and tweeting. Weekend gets an A.

How was your weekend? Anything exciting in your world? Do share.

Divinitee, entrepreneurship, Faith, Making the Brand, Mompreneur

Making the Brand

December 16, 2011

Hey Y’all

I feel like I haven’t been here in forever. I scheduled the few posts that you saw this week and my reader is off the chain. I will get around to your blogs sometime this weekend. Don’t disown me!

This week has been busy. I am knee deep in pulling together the pieces to get Divinitee’s photoshoot together. I am designing new shirts while working with the printer to get them printed and back for our proposed January 6, 2012 shoot date.

There is so much work that goes into these things that it’s mind boggling. I have decided I will share with you week to week what I am doing to rebuild my business/brand . I have been so inspired by many of you who are following your dreams so I hope that maybe by me sharing with you the mistakes and triumphs that I encounter in this process you will be inclined to step out and follow your dreams in the new year.

So far the past month has been spent doing background work such as designing a new logo, getting the website created and operable, growing the Twitter and Facebook following, searching for a printer,  someone who creates swarvoski designs, applying for licenses and filing the paperwork to establish an LLC. All of this has either been done or is a constant moving piece and now I have moved on to more production oriented nuances.

Much time was spent researching costs. When dealing in quantity $.75 makes the difference. I spent nearly 2 weeks researching and researching and researching some more until I found the best price. Just when I found the right price the fit of the shirt was very small and I wanted to include my busty girls so I went on the hunt again and was very pleased to have found a cut that shows ev’ry body love….and the fact that it was $2 cheaper than my initial pick and a better quality …..*praise dances*!!

I haven’t had too many hiccups in the process. I did make one mistake that will  cost money. I set up an LLC under a broad name to encompass some other businesses that I want to start next year and the blog. I found that you have to file a trade name request to do business under another name.

In Layman’s terms. I set up the LLC as Essence of Glam LLC but I wanted Divinitee to fall under it. Well I have to pay $197 to see Divinitee as a tradename so that it would appear as Essence of Glam LLC doing business as Divinitee. Got it? Well the LLC only cost $100. So more than likely what I will do is see if I can change the name from Essence of Glam LLC to Divinitee LLC. If I can’t I will just spend the $100 for a new one. The other will get used, and since I saved so much money on the shirts I’m still on budget. All of this LLC business is necessary for tax purposes so I need this to be right starting at the beginning of the year. I’ll update you next week on how that goes.

Word of advice: If you plan on filing an LLC make sure you do your homework and read the fine print guidelines for your state. Set your business up the correct way first. I hear it’s a headache to move backwards.

This week the press release was sent out!!!!!!!

Today I will drop these off to the printer. Uber excited!!!

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This is the paper I was working off of #bootleg

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I’ll give you a bit of a sneak peek when they come back!

Please make sure you are following on Twitter, and Facebook. Giveaways may or may not be on the horizon ;-) You can find the links on the website…that is now live!!! You can’t purchase and the photos are old but will be updated after the shoot. The designs there will be in the new collection but they will be amped up a bit!!!

Divinitee.com

 Thank you from the bottom of my heart Christina of Visual Luxe and Being Mrs. Jones for all of your help. You are appreciated.

I’ll be back next week. Have a great weekend!

What steps are you taking to make your dreams come true in 2012? < !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Divinitee, Faith

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

December 14, 2011

With the pending relaunch of Divinitee, I have been doing some research regarding my target audience and events that I should be attending for networking or vendor opportunities. One that came to my attention was the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Who knew?

This year the Super Bowl will be held in Indianapolis and the concert will kick off the weekend festivities on Friday, February 3, 2012 and will be held at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Football players and gospel singers in one place. Who knew?

Some pretty heavy hitters have made appearances in the past…Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis and Tony Dungy are just a few NFL representatives that have attended the event along side Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Hezekiah Walker.

Tickets are currently on sale through Ticketmaster and the official roster of performers and guests will be released next month. A portion of the concert proceeds go to local and national charities.

I know I have a few readers in that area, and I know back in the day the girls and I used to travel to the Super Bowl without a ticket between us to hang out and kick it. If you are going to be anywhere near during Super Bowl time go get your praise and party on. Wish my funds would allow me to be there.

If you want more information you can follow along on Facebook and on Thursday there will be a Twitter party from 9p – 10p with prizes. Follow on Twitter and use the hashtag #SuperBowlGC to join in the fun.

Tim Brown and Antwaan Randle

I don’t know about you but I’ve been struggling with making time for God. Such a priority that I’ve been putting on the back burner for far too long. In the new year this MUST change. I always get so flustered when I feel disconnected and that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I digress.

Have you ever been to a Gospel Concert? Who did you see?

Crafting, Divinitee, entrepreneurship, Fashion, I.Wore, Mama's Babies, Mompreneur, NaBloPoMo

Weekend Wrap Up

November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving went well. As the weekend rolled around we just laid around and enjoyed each others company. Friday evening we headed out to visit my bestie. They had a cookout as a wrap up for their family that was leaving to head out of town after Thanksgiving. We swung by had some eats and chatted it up.

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Mama's Babies

Saturday, laid around some more, cleaned, nothing exciting. Headed out to have dinner with my good friend Kelli who is also doubling as my PR person for the Divinitee relaunch. I normally wouldn’t do business with friends but Kelli gets it and she gets me. We go way back. Our lives are so similar its eerie. She has been here since the very beginning and since I have decided to go all out this time she understands my passion and urgency. She recently launched her own PR firm..Kelli Flournoy PR..yes, that was a not so shameless plug feel free to make what you wish of that.

I digress. We ate at Via. The food was good and set the mood for boring but necessary things such as business strategy and photo shoot visions. I am so excited!

Sunday, I headed out to Dollar Tree and Michaels to scrape up some material to finish off some Christmas decorations. I may or may not blog the final results depending on how it turns out. Please…I’m new to crafting and I’m sensitive about my ish.

I’m hooking up with Mom Trends for Monday Mingle. I wore:

Friday:
IMG_9366                      Blazer: Thrifted Blouse: Liz Claiborne Belt: Target Jeans: Gap Earrings: Macy’s Boots: Sole Society

Saturday:
IMG_9406 Blouse: Thrifted Belt: Thrifted Jeans: Papaya (teeny bopper store) Shoes: Steve Madden Ring: Macy’s

How was your weekend. Did you get any shopping done. Are you tired of leftovers yet?