Well, Darnell Nicole from WAGS Miami who referred to herself as “A big bitch” was selected as a brand ambassador for the trendy denim brand which expanded its product offering to sweats, bodysuits, jackets, and sweaters. Darnell is definitely one of my favorite WAGS not only because she is tall like myself but also because she lives in her truth, is authentic, remains natural (no plastic surgery) despite all the pressure and embraces her curves. GOOD AMERICAN’s mission statement is “to celebrate curves with clothing designed to flatter and flaunt”. Who better to pick than Darnell? You guys should definitely check out her profile on GOOD AMERICAN. I had no idea she was a dancer. While you’re at it check out her Podcast Dear Darnell.
Now to the event… I follow Darnell on SnapChat and saw that she was coming to Dallas. The pop-up shop will take place tomorrow Friday 11-17-2017 at the Nordstrom in the Galleria Mall in Dallas (13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240) from 1:30pm until 2:30pm. Shoppers will enjoy over 300 pieces on the floor and receive styling tips from Co-Founder Emma Grede (@EmmaGrede), Darnell Nicole (@DarnellNicole) and other ladies from the #GoodSquad such as Delilah Belle (@DelilahBelle) and Kim Johansson (@KimJohannson).
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:
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
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
3.8th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational & Gala:
“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.
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
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.
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!!!
Tonight I attended the”FIRESIDE CHAT WITH TORY BURCH” presented by Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation. The event started with a short film about women entrepreneurs typically not asking for capital when it is time to do so. The video also showed different options on how to acquire capital (personal, family&friends, banks, third party institutions, angel investors, or venture capitalist). A statistic that stuck with me was only every 23rd dollar loaned goes to women entrepreneurs.
Then followed a panel discussion with two female entrepreneurs that became part of the Tory Burch Foundation Network and received funding through one of the foundation’s partners, the People Fund. What both business women had in common was the fact that their demand was exceeding their supply and it was time to grow. They were turned down by financial institutions but thanks to the People Fund they obtained capital at lower interest rates and on top of that received the necessary guidance and financial education to maintain a thriving business.
Highlight of this evening was Tory Burch‘s advice for women entrepreneurs:
Social Media is a great way to advertise your business, this powerful tool wasn’t available back in the day. But when using social media be authentic, people nowadays are so tech-savvy that will notice when you are being dishonest.
Develop a culture based on your values early on, make it known to your employees why you started your business. Be transparent! It was her goal to establish a lifestyle brand to fund a foundation for less fortunate.
When going through rough times, just go through them, don’t over-stress. Look forward and never back! Tory Burch went through a divorce and not long after through a very public law suit, while her business was still in the beginning stages. She knew it would eventually be over and kept the bigger picture in mind.