Monthly Archives: April 2015

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It’s that time of year again. The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit is right around the corner.  If you haven’t already registered, now is the time. The summit takes place May 13th through the 16th in Atlanta, GA.

If you remember how a little while back in early March, I went on and on about how great this year’s BE Women of Power Summit was.  That’s because it was honestly one of the few events that I've experienced that I would classify as life changing.  With that in mind, I’d be willing to bet good money that this year’s Entrepreneurs Summit will be nothing short of amazing as well, equipping you with important entreprenurial tools and helping you make the connections that will help further your business. This year the summit boats speakers like:

    • Steve Harvey
    • Lisa Nichols
    • Roland Martin
    • Cris Carter
    • R. Donahue Peebles
    • Jermain Dupri and more

Unfortunately, prior commitments mean I can’t attend this year’s conference but I can certainly help you get there.

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Khloe Kardashian's old Home Office home with Lamar Odom 2
Kardashian home office pre Odom split

 

So I’ll admit I have indulged in a couple of episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians on occasion (Don’t judge me).  Khloe generally amuses me, as she always seemed the most perplexed by sister Kim’s ridiculous rise to fame as well as disgusted by her delusions of grandeur. Khole was our inside man. Saying the things the general public were saying and wondering but from inside the Kardashian household.

One thing I noticed… wait a minute. I sense judgment. Now you can’t really appreciate where I’m going with this if you’re judging are you? Now stay with me. Okay, so one thing I noticed is that I really enjoyed their style. I’m not talking clothing. I’m talking interior design.  A girly girl like me can definitely appreciate the Kardashian's love of all things glam.  As to be expected Kris Jenner is all about the glam and so is daughter Kim Kardashian. Kortney is a bit more partial to the warm family feel but her home décor choices are still very chic. The surprise is Khloe, the down-to-earth Kardashian. I wouldn’t have expected for her design choices to be quite so elegant.

When I first got a glimpse of her home with Lamar Odom I fell head over heels over the grand entrance and stair case. The second thing to capture my heart was Khloe’s fabulous home office space. A large mirrored desk sat in the center of the room with other mirrored elements like a small coffee table and bookshelf with mirrored backing. A clear and black chandelier provides sparkle right above the desk and provides a great ambience with the light bouncing off the mirrors perfectly.

Khloe's Kardashian's current home office
Kardashian home office post Odom split

Since her split from Lamar Odom, Khloe’s moved into her new pad and moved her office décor right along with her. The room pretty much has the same feel but I actually prefer the original version. Although I do love the tray ceilings in version two, the first room seemed to have much more natural light and I prefer the darker color on the walls.

For the fans of Khole’s glam office (admittedly or not), I’ve compiled some sweet finds to help you re-create the look.

Khole Kardashian Home office collage

Khole Kardashian Home office collage

  1. Sophie Mirrored Table - ZGallerie view item
  2. Linon Carnegie Black Cevron Arm Chair – Khols  view item
  3. Mirrored Pictured Frame Set – Macy's view item
  4. Rogaska Fashionably Late Vase – Crystal Classics view item
  5. Squeeze Large Black Crystal Vase – Smartbargins.com view item
  6. Crystal Charleston Clear and Black Chandelier – Lamps Beautiful view item
  7. ORE Furniture Glass Floor Lamp - Wayfair view item

camel collection clothes and accessories collage headerThe hot new trend in color is the ever-chic looking hue of camel.  The color has been popular for a couple of years now but has recently experienced an explosion in popularity and right fully so. The smooth neutral tone has the unique ability to pair extremely well with nearly everything. Also something about the color steps up the perception of quality and luxury.  Add a classic camel, wool scarf to an ensemble and instantly make the look appear more expensive.

Though the color probably works best in fall, I’ve always been a firm believer in breaking a few fashion rules. I’ve gathered a couple of fabulous pieces that I thought you might be interested in adding to your collection.  Of course current Miami weather won’t permit me to rock that amazing wool cape but some of my friends up north are still dealing with some pretty chilly weather and could totally go for a piece like that. That is the only reason I envy you northern friends.  Have fun sporting your warm camels. I think I’ll make a move on those caged sandals.  Yup, don’t mind if I do.

  1. Doubleweave Wool Cape – Leon Max view item 
  2. Floppy Hat With Contrast Band  - Cartazi view item
  3. Classic Swayze Leather Belt – DAILYLOOK view item
  4. Russell & Hazel Mini Clutch - Casa view item
  5. Graham Portfolio Holder Case - Mark and Graham view item
  6. Stella Dutti Handbag – Stell Dutti  view item
  7. Ernesto Esposito Sandals – Ernesto Esposito view item
  8. Brielly Pump – Guess by Marciano view item
  9. Hettie Heels - Dolce Vita view item
  10. Pointelle Knit Bolero – The Limited view item

 

Sarah Thomas NFL 1st female official

I'm not the biggest fan of football. Frankly, I know very little about the sport. I cheer for the home team (Yay, go Dolphins!). Maybe I'll watch a game or two during the season but really that's about it. Even with my limited knowledge, if you had asked me a little more than a week ago about the status of female officials in the league, I would have been pretty confident in saying that there aren't any female officials in the NFL and I would have been totally correct. However, I'm happy to report that as of last week that statement would be wrong.

So the NFL recently announced that it was bringing on Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female official. Thomas will join the league as a line judge. Surprisingly (at least to me) she won't be the first female to officiate an NFL game. Shannon Eastin filled in as a line judge for three games during the 2012 lockout.

Though she’s less concerned with being a trailblazer and more concerned with being the best official she can be, like the Mo'Ne Davis story, this gives me the warm fuzzies. Stories of young women and women achieving greatness in male-dominated sports are some of the most inspiring types of motivational stories when it comes to achieving great success. We're built differently, we think differently and we're playing a game of catch up in nearly all aspects of life so when a few of us actually do catch up or even surpass our male counterparts, I feel like it's cause for celebration.

Anywho, I'll wrap up this post right here because I'd be pushing it if I spoke anymore about football, but I just want to congratulate Ms. Thomas and thank her for setting a great example for women everywhere, even if that isn't her intention.

Thank you for reading. Now... "Let the power moves continue."

Success hungry tiger web

Hungry. The picture and the word say it all, really. Like a tiger, I feel like I’m on a constant mission for food. Only my sustenance is success. I’m determined but there are always tons of obstacles. I start stalking a group of yummy looking opportunities. I hang low, identify my prey and follow closely. I see the distance between myself and the opportunity gradually narrow and I lie in wait for the precise moment to pounce.

I take off running and this little sucker decides to sprint off.  It zags to left and I zag to the left. It makes a hard right and I make a hard right. I stay with it for as long as I possibly can but today’s just not my day and I’m unable to catch it. Some days this totally messes with my sprit but even with a momentary feeling of defeat, I can’t get the thrill of the chase out of my mind and most importantly I’m still hungry. My constant quest for food is what fuels me daily and until I can catch my prey, there’s no lying on my back and basking in the sun with my friends. I have to get ready for the next chase.  Funny thing is even when the big catch is made, the satisfaction is temporary. Soon enough, there’ll be a different chase. Why? Because I'm always hungry... just sooo hungry.

girl what's your number

I was watching a Ted Talk not too long ago entitled The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get by Susan Colantuono.   The Talk, which was targeted to a female audience, focused on building a reputation where you are known for your leadership skills. What Susan meant by “leadership skills” wasn’t the common notion of leading a project, delegating responsibility or decision-making.  Leadership skills, as she defined them are determined by results. Oh, so you have great leadership skills do you? How good are you at achieving and sustaining extraordinary outcomes? This isn’t just about looking like you’re working really hard or doing a seemingly great job. It’s about being able to share the numbers that prove it.

Though this isn’t a foreign concept (many of the career development materials I’ve read advocate tooting your own horn to some degree), it’s still not a very popular idea to most women. What men get that women often don’t is how important it is to show off your business, strategic and financial acumen. For a business leader your personal greatness and ability to engage your reports is great but what does that mean in terms of the bottom line to my business.

I once Googled one of my bosses. Actually, he was my boss’s, boss’s boss. I stumbled on a panel he sat on with another gentleman and two other women, all from notable organizations. Right off the bat I noticed a distinct difference in the way the two men presented themselves. The women were sort of closed in while the men took up space. The men called attention to themselves with their disposition and gestures and made sure to call out their numbers. When asked to introduce themselves, they proudly informed the audience of recent business successes and what that meant to their respective companies in dollars and cents, when clearly no one had asked them, but this is the disposition of what we recognize as great leaders in business.  If you’re doing great work and achieving extraordinary outcomes, people need to know about it. Go ahead and give out your numbers girls. Don’t be shy. It doesn’t mean you’re fast, pretentious or self-absorbed. It just means you’re a great leader who can prove it.

To view Susan Colantuono’s Ted Talk click here.

 

Thank you for reading. Now… "Let the power moves continue."