No #Branding Moment today due to the Labor Day Holiday…..It will back two weeks from now on Monday, Sept. 15th. Enjoy your holiday!!
Fellas: Looking for a transitional look for fall, here is a possible choice. Items from Zara, H & M & Armani Exchange…..
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In a conversation with my younger sister about my nephew, she is concerned about how he communicates his needs to her and his father. As smart as he is, they want him to be more vocal and less action oriented. For most children, they live their lives based on his or her intuition not the world. The problem is that once we hit a certain plateau as a human being, we lose our gift of intuition and focus on the world’s view on what is right and true.
With your personal brand, you want to focus how to communicate your needs and wants in a manner that is pleasing and affordable to yourself first then constitutes and competitors. I’m fond of the way my nephew communicates with us. I love to hear him speak but he shows me what kind of person he will become based on his present movements. Intuitively, he is a fighter. He doesn’t take anything from anyone even his sweet and caring auntie…..lol! My sister affectionally calls him a terrorist.
Don’t get it twisted. I’m not saying operate your brand in terrorist mode. My point is to give your audience a better view of who you truly are via your actions and movements. There is nothing wrong with showing your shortcomings along with successes. Don’t go cold. Just put reasonable actions behind your words. Let your intuition be the focus of your brand. Sometimes, the facts that you receive may not truly be real reality for your brand.
As I continued to weave through the madness as a entrepreneur, I realized that I was losing my sense of intuition because I was looking for potential success, finances and notoriety in an image that people began to present about my business and personal brand based on the past. Instead of taking things at face value, I wanted to see the brighter side of life after graduating from seminary. Fortunately, I didn’t graduate from that “prestigious” seminary in the south. Things changed. Instinctively, I had to fight back in a manner that I didn’t think I would need to.
People, concepts and ideas are constantly changing so to focus on the potential of life is never a great deal for your brand. You should have daily expectations for yourself but not for anyone else. You are the creator of your brand not your family, friends, competitors and/or naysayers. Sometimes, you have to fight through the noise to stay on track based on your intuition. Currently, I live my life without anticipation. When you anticipate things from people, you succumb to a downfall when individuals fall short of what you have expected for your personal brand.
Sometimes, to be like a child is never a bad thing. You’re acting based on no expectation of anyone and living based on your intuition not the rules and regulations of the world. To live for the world can get you caught up in living based on future goals not present achievements.
In hopes to find something special for a formal event, I found style inspiration on the red carpet of the VMAs & the Primetime Emmys.
Chanel Iman in Balmain
Kate Mara in J. Mendel
With August winding down, the dog days of summer are coming at a rapid approach. As you consider how you want to celebrate your Labor Day holiday, don’t forget about food and beverage. Especially with outside events, you want to make your cuisine selection is as festive as the theme of your party or dinner.
Since I don’t want to bore with details on how to create a phenomenal holiday event this coming Labor Day Holiday, take a peek at some concepts that I would love to see during the dog days of summer.
If I had an opportunity to handle a private dinner, I would love to try this concept. Reminiscent of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream……
When you party with me, drinks are always on deck. Check this unique ways of presenting your beverages to your guests.
You want to keep your food on chill without a hassle. Try this out……
To keep your guest available for conversation, this centerpiece might be a possibility.
Always, keep it light and simple for this holiday. Make it fun and the people will come.
Note: I felt compelled to express myself about this growing issue in my community of St. Louis, Missouri. In two weeks, I will be back on schedule. Thanks!
My biggest concern after the Mike Brown shooting was the local response of citizens, media and community leaders. It was dishearten to find that some of the general public decided to take the streets in a manner that I thought would never exist in present day St. Louis. Looting, vandalism and violent protesting has become commonplace when describing the small town of Ferguson, Missouri to the national and international media after the grueling demise of Michael Brown, Jr.
As of today, the following entities were either burglarized and/or vandalized due to the shooting:
Now, this is not a complete list of businesses, large and small, that were tampered with during the tragedy. Don’t forget the many entrepreneurs who had to close their doors due to the street closures on the W. Florissant strip due to the erratic behavior of citizens and law enforcement officials.
After the “Black Rage” in Ferguson is over, who is ultimately hurt by the downfall of these businesses? Currently, the US Dollar is weakening. Presently, we can say that St. Louis has taken an active part in destroying the national economic development due to the irrational actions of citizens and community leaders in Ferguson. I’m not saying be passive but think intellectually about this situation. Now, we do not have any dollars funneling through the local economy effectively because we are not making sense in the county and city of St. Louis due to unjust issues between citizen, business owner, law enforcement and elected official.
Currently, Ferguson is doing well in the housing market. With the lack of revenue hitting the streets, where will Ferguson and other nearby municipalities be in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or even 24 months? It will take up to 15 years for this area to show its former glory, if that.
Photo: Associated Press
One of my favorites from the upcoming Altuzarra for Target collection.
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In the aftermath of the Mike Brown Shooting, I’m still very shocked and disappointed. In a matter of one weekend, my personal brand and business is jeopardy due to the irrational actions and motives of a community of citizens, community leaders, media and law enforcement in the city of St. Louis. I never thought that I would be sitting here reevaluating my plan of action and finding myself rethinking movements and changes that placed me living in the current state of business in St. Louis. I realized that all things happen for a reason but the inconsistency in the county and city of St. Louis is deafening today. In my mind, it doesn’t make sense that a city of this size still lives in a past era of glory and affluence and has yet to embrace present achievements and future goals. The death of “Mike Mike” has shown me a definite digression in the community, government officials and law enforcement of St. Louis along with the State of Missouri that I didn’t normally noticed. His demise was not in vain though.
This past Tuesday, I took a moment to go into Prayer in a corporate setting and found myself having a flashback of when I was living in Memphis. While sitting in the church, the ministry leader talked about vocation and focusing on what we as people should do to fulfill our calling. I realized that back in Memphis when I heard the same conversation, I was an overzealous Christian willing to give and serve without recourse. Now, that I am back in St. Louis, I am a skeptical Christ Believer who thinks that church and state should not mix. I sat in near tears trying to regain focus after such a defying event in local history.
After that moment, I realized I need to come to terms with my ideology and the philosophy of the city. We’re not on the same page. I believe in diversity and focusing on cultural growth. It appears that the city and county doesn’t. I believe in women in entrepreneurship, ministry, and upper lever corporate positions. The city and county doesn’t. I believe in the respect of all people regardless of level of influence, financial bearings and misfortunes. The city and county doesn’t.
From a business standpoint, the city is not equipped to handle sole proprietorships nor do they create environments to foster relationships on an amicable and communal level. “You have to be done with the clique” is what I used to hear as a young 20 something in the city. I still hear it now as a thirty-four year old business owner. I had never been a groupie. My foundation made me act and handle situations as a “Daughter of the King” not a princess of the supposed affluent. As rumors would circle about my parents’ validity and financial status, I went to Memphis and started to hear everyone singing my praises publicly not behind closed doors. For a moment, it was a place where I flourished and grew into a person who was focusing on her vocation not the words of the past.
Right now, I have made a hard decision and will be taking action to flourish in a manner that will help me go back to focusing on my vocation in a positive and healthy manner. I pray for the family of Michael Brown, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, and those handling the investigation and aftermath of the shooting in the city and county of St. Louis. May God reign in the proceedings…..
Until Next Time,
This what I wake up to this morning in the #STL…I stole it from a fellow St. Louisian. This image is showcasing the looting in the North St. Louis County area after the #MikeBrown shooting. The thief was outside of Quiktrip on W. Florissant. I wonder if he realized that he has defeated all chances of economic freedom for his family & community due to his decision to lift some bottles of wine? #Stlouis