Don’t miss these Events this season

Readers and followers always ask me which events are worth attending and which are a waste of time. The events listed are also a great opportunity for network and connect with the movers and shakers of specific industries.

1. Pink Pumps and Paparazzi 7:

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Photo Credits: PPP7 Website

For seven years, PPP has revolutionized the standard fashion show with its wildly popular annual soiree. Utilizing innovative venues, community partners, bold entertainment and a unique mix of haute-couture and ready-to-wear looks, Pink Pumps and Paparazzi has created a one-of-a-kind style experience for Dallas and beyond.

When: April 23rd 2017

Where: Frontiers of Flight Museum 6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209

Tickets: Click here!

2. House of DIFFA Arabesque:

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Photo Credits: DIFFA Dallas Facebook

DIFFA/Dallas presents House of DIFFA 2017. This extraordinary fashion experience provides an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and DIFFA/Dallas’ legendary runway production for close to 2,000 Patrons enabling grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas. This is personally one of my favorite events my dear friend and mentor Rhonda Sargent Chambers will produce the runway production and she has always been able to impress 2000+ guests.

When: May 6th 2017

Where: Omni Dallas, 555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202

Tickets: Here!

3. 8th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational & Gala:

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Photo Credits: emmittsmith.com

“The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational golf tournament and gala, presented by title sponsor Healthcare Highways, marks its 8th year of grand-scale fundraising to directly impact the lives of thousands of North Texas children, families and their communities. The fundraising activities will begin with a Friday Night Gala presented by Albertsons/Tom Thumb, led by Honorary Chair Faye C. Briggs and Event Chairs Carmaleta Whiteley Felton and Otis Felton, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.” (www.emmittsmith.com/) This will be a star-studded charity gala with plenty of entertainment for a great cause.

When: May 12 & 13, 2017

Where: Omni Dallas 555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202 & TPC Craig Ranch 8000 Collin McKinney Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75070

Tickets: Here!

4. Blavity EmpowerHer 17 Conference:

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Photo Credits: Blavity Newsletter

Blavity, one of the top media outlets for black creatives is hosting a two day conference for influencers, digital creators and  entrepreneurs. With the motto of “living your best life” this premier events will offer sessions that range from intimate AMA discussions, fireside chats, and finding your tribe. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals as well as absorb knowledge from speakers such as Necole Kane editor in chief of XO Necole who was formerly known as Necole Bitchie.

When: June 9 & 10, 2017

Where: Venue One, 1034 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Tickets: Here!

5. BET Experience 2017:

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Photo Credits: bet.com

Bringing together hundreds of thousands of fans, celebrities, and thought leaders, BET Experience and the BET Awards are a whirlwind celebration of culture. The BET Experience is a mix of music, entertainment, fashion and networking every Millennial will enjoy. Whether you party it up at the free live performances in front of the Staples center, absorb knowledge  during the celebrity panels in the convention center or enjoy the actual BET awards, this 4 day experience has been an extra-ordinary festival for the past 5 years.

When: June 22 – June 25 2017

Where: LA Live (downtown LA)

Tickets: Here!

I hope after reading this you will mark a couple dates in your calendar and maybe even travel out of town to absorb new impressions and fully embrace the industry you are passionate about! Please comment and share with others!!!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

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Esé Azénabor and My Refuge House celebrate strong women while fighting sex trafficking in Dallas

Esé Azénabor debuts its new collection titled Woman X Power at the brand-new Fashion Gallery on 100 Cole Street, Dallas TX 75207 in the Design District February 7th 2016.

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Fashion Designer Esé Azénabor

The designer’s inspiration for her 8th collection stemmed from observing powerful female business, industry and community leaders all across the world that give the weak a voice. My Refuge House (MRH), a non-profit that supports and empowers girls rescued from human trafficking in the Philippines, was one of Esé’s inspirations. In particular, MRH’s Director of Engagement, Kim Jones, who has devoted her time and energy into supporting the recovery of these precious girls became one of the new collection’s muses. The designer was so touched by the heart- breaking stories and the mission of Restoring One Life at a Time through MRH that she had to get involved.

 

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My Refuge House Team & Girls Photo Credits: My Refuge House Facebook

Nigeria-born Esé created the Woman X Power collection to demonstrate that strong, confident and almost-intimidating women can be sexy as well as feminine. The entire collection pays homage to women powerhouses that lay the pavement for the following generation of women leaders to come.

 

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Sneak Peek of one of the new pieces Photo Credits: Malek Photo Films

Esé Azénabor is known for its beadwork, but in this collection the envelope was pushed even further by creating 3D beadwork that will tell a story of its own. One can expect simple and clean lines. However, be prepared to gasp over beautiful green, white, gold, silver, and blush tones with some dark tones to complete the color palette. The runway show will also feature Esé’s first bridal couture collection, created after several of her bridal designs went viral on the internet.

February 7th won’t be your typical fashion show, in celebration of strong women, 30 Influencers will walk the runway to showcase that powerful women come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. These are as follows:

Esé Azénabor, Stephania Schirru, Mebrat Pahlavan, Kim Jones, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Christine Butcher, Erika Salter, Joanne Herda, Carinthia Kishaba, Brooke Branagan, Cathy Vieth, Phyllis Comu, Jennifer Cassidy, Emily Cassidy, Hillary Kennedy, Ruqaya Hamza, Carmen Surgent, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken, Dawn Mellon, Yana Greenstein, Melissa Rountree, Melissa Enriguez, Donna Richardson, Ilana Narosov, Jessica Chinyelu Anibowei, Tama Tran, Shabnam Pahlavan, LaToya Jones and Naila Malik.

Empress Gilbert, CEO of Expressive Geo Design will entertain the audience with her southern charm as the evening’s emcee.

Silent auction items, light bites, treats by Pudding on Smiles, and an open bar sponsored by Kruto Vodka will be available for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to My Refuge House to help support their work of restoration.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.womanxpower.eventbrite.com

For press and sponsorship inquiries please email sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com

 

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder celebrate Unlikely Heroes in Dallas

I was in for a treat this past Saturday, as I had the opportunity to interview one of Hollywood’s hottest couples Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder (who actually live in Atlanta). They had flown out to Dallas, TX to celebrate Unlikely Heroes, a non-profit dedicated to rescue girls from sex-trafficking.

First, let me eliminate any kind of rumors in regards of these two love birds having  any trouble in paradise. They were very affectionate with each other, holding hands, and cuddling up on one another, anyone was able to tell how much they were in love with each other.

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Host Nikki Reed with Ian Somerhalder (Photo Credits: Peter Larsen / Getty Images)

Nikki wore a beautiful floral-patterned bohemian style gown with black suede Jimmy Choo stilettos. Her husband kept it simple yet stylish with a crisp white shirt, black jeans and a grey blazer.

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Event Chair Kenyon and Katie Colemn, hostes Savanna Chrisley special guest Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, CEO of UH Erica Greve and Hostess Anjejah Johnson (Photo Credits: Peter Larsen / Getty Images)

After a few shots on the red carpet they came over to me for the interview. Nikki explained that she met Erica Greve (founder and CEO of Unlikely Heroes) very organically on a mutual friend’s back patio, they instantly connected after Reed learned what Unlikely Heroes stood for. From that point forward unconditional support and love was born between two powerhouses. Reed and Somerhalder don’t only lend their names and faces to the organization but also get actively involved with the girls. They visited the  rescue homes, rode bikes with the girls, took them to get manicures done with the goal of building a relationship with them. When Ian and Nikki can’t physically be present they facetime the girls to show them that they are loved and cared about.

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Rikki Reed with Husband Ian Somerhalder (Photo Credits: Demarcus Mitchell / The Breeze Life)

To my question of what the everyday person can do to support this cause Nikki responded instantly with “We need to talk about it”. Sex slavery is still a very uncomfortable topic, many believing this atrocity only happening overseas or somewhere else. But it is happening right now right here in the U.S. with Atlanta, New York, and Las Vegas being the largest hubs in our country emphasized The Vampire Diaries Star.

The power couple is very passionate about the cause, believes in Erica, her team and the infrastructure Unlikely Heroes is building to change the world. UH has grown tremendously in the past 5 years having established 4 rescue homes globally. There is also one here in Dallas and I encourage everyone to get involved with it!!!

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Quick outfit change for the evening Dress by Asos and Shoes by Lola Shoetique (Photo Credits: Chunte Foster)

The 4th Annual Recognizing Heroes Charity Benefit sponsored by Sumits Yoga Colleyville and sponsored by iHeart Media and KISS FM later on in the evening was beautiful yet very emotional. The stories shared in the ball room of the Ritz-Carlton in uptown Dallas were heartbreaking but also hopeful. I can’t imagine what these little girls have been through but I also admire their strength and resilience to survive. To read some of the incredible rescue stories click here. Dallas gave wholeheartedly as always and Jordin Sparks let the night end with an outstanding performance!

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Jordin Sparks killing her performance (Photo Credits: Peter Larsen / Getty Images)

Please comment and share this post with your friends and following. We need to get this message out to FUCKING end SEX SLAVERY!!!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded