For the Love of Brides
Jan20

For the Love of Brides

Written By: Leah Olajide/ColorBlind Magazine A family bridal appointment created a wedding business partnership. Nicole visited My Dream Dress Bridal Salon in Southfield, MI owned by June Rachele to pick a wedding dress for her cousin. Rachele was so impressed with Nicole’s knowledge of dresses and styling that she decided to only insert herself in the bride’s appointment when needed. She also offered Nicole a job at her salon that same day. “I’ve done this business since 2012 with off and on help. Most people just viewed it as job,” said Rachele. “But, I didn’t meet someone who really understood the business until I met Nicole.” Ironically, Nicole’s knack for wedding dresses and fashion stemmed from her former days as a wedding planner and owner of a bridal salon for six and a half years. “I enjoy being with a young lady at one of the most special times in her life,” said Nicole. “She will always remember you and you will always remember her, so I feel like I touched her life in someway.” The partnership of Rachele and Nicole at My Dream Dress Bridal Salon is truly unique. Using their combined expertise, these businesswomen are deeply committed to helping brides “slay” on their wedding day, and they do this by offering one-on-one bridal gown selection appointments, and setting the bridal gown trend when selecting gowns at the Bi-annual Bridal Market shows they attend. “This business is my ministry on a whole ‘nother level,” admits Rachele. “Because now you are involved with engaging a woman with a man that is supposed to be for life. So you can’t take this as ‘oh it’s just a day.’ It’s your life.”     Rachele and Nicole handle their bridal business professionally, but don’t shy way from being respectful and frank (when necessary) when helping a bride be confident about the look she envisions for her wedding day. Of course, the daily work done at the bridal salon doesn’t just include the selection and selling of gorgeous, designer gowns at reasonable prices, and meeting and greeting anxious, excited brides, their families, and bridal party. At times, the ladies experience unexpected issues. “A difficult part of the job is not being able to control your inventory. I have to really rely on the expertise of my manufacturers and make sure they are just as methodical as I am. These things keep me up at night, said Rachele. There’s also internal struggles that accompany the business. “For me it’s making sure you meet that bride’s expectations. With this business you have to be a bit of an overachiever,” said Nicole. “But June and I balance...

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Oprah isn’t the Star
Jan08

Oprah isn’t the Star

The one name that needs to be googled and hashtagged today and in the days to follow is Recy Taylor. It is her name that was spoken by Oprah Winfrey during her Cecil B. DeMille acceptance speech at the 2018 Golden Globes.  While many are glorifying Oprah for the stance she took on the serious, and unfolding topic of sexual harassment and assault against women, I’d argue that in addition to it being “Oprah’s Moment,” she intentionally used that moment to educate. In true Oprah style, she gave a significant nod to a man of her heart, Sidney Poitier, and recalled the words of her dear friend Maya Angelou during her backstage acceptance speech that of “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” But as she stood on stage, clad in all black as a silent statement against the harassment and abuse revealings in hollywood and the media, she drew attention to Recy Taylor, a woman living in Abbeville, Alabama, who was abducted and gang rapped at age 24 in 1944 and ordered that she would be killed if she spoke to anyone about the incident. Taylor died in December 2017, just shy of turning 98. Instead of suffering in silence, she shared with authorities what happened, but this incident was shared during the height of the Jim Crow era, a time period when laws were enforced to undermine the freedom of African Americans. Winfrey mentioned in her speech that Taylor shared her story with Rosa Parks, who, 11 years later went on to become the staunch and fearless woman she is remembered as. Recently, the film The Rape of Recy Taylor was viewed at the New York Film Festival. This film further helped Taylor share her story with many others who may have never even whispered her name. It’s revelations such as this that are hard-hitting-in-between-the-eyes reminders that there will never be an end to the learning of stories surrounding African American history and culture. The mentioning of Recy Taylor in Oprah’s speech was meant to be a personal #MeToo moment, especially for women of color. There are stories to be told, names to be learned, names to be remembered, and triumphs to be shared. It’s more than a trending hashtag. It’s more than a collective fashion statement at a Hollywood event. It’s more than Oprah Winfrey. It’s life’s incidents and stories that beg to be told and not forgotten. For more on Recy Taylor, read the following article All Photo Credits are from Google...

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Financial Freedom in 2018
Jan06

Financial Freedom in 2018

Written by Aja Williams of Aja’s Real Life Finances  New Year, New You! Or How about New Year, New Finances?! Once the new year arrives, one of the many confessions of change is with our money. ‘In 2018 I will save more, buy a home, create and stick to a budget.’ The list goes on and on, but many times we get started and never finish. Or we never start at all! When I sit back and think about my past issues with finances and the issues I’ve helped my clients overcome, starting is the hardest thing. So here are some simple steps to help you get your financial affairs in order for 2018. That theme is GET ORGANIZED! Below are some ways to organize your finances: Set aside time to file important documents such as: birth certificates, rent/mortgage docs, vehicle paperwork including title, business paper work, bank/financial statements, etc. Also think about shredding documents and mail to alleviate clutter and identify theft. Below is a link to IRS website which explains record keeping https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/how-long-should-i-keep-records Alternative for those who prefer a paperless life or would like to transition to paperless as much as possible. Request for bills and statements to be sent via email verses mail this way you can create folders in your personal or business email to file these things Scan documents and save to your computer Use apps that fit your everyday life and organize them in groups on your phone. Make sure you have a passcode on your phone so no one can access it and also try to back the information up on a computer and/or flash drive in case your phone is lost or stolen. MANAGING YOUR DEBT! A big part of getting organized for the start of the new year is management. Pull your free credit report at annualcreditreport.com and also gather any debt letters or emails and list your debts from smallest to largest and pay them in that order. By the end of the year you should see your debt go down and your credit score go up! SETTING FINANCIAL GOALS. What are your goals for 2018? Is it getting out of debt? Saving more? Write those goals down and implement the plan. BUDGET!! The word everyone loves to hate! If you truly want to see change in your finances including where your money is going, create a budget. There are many apps, such as Dave Ramsey’s, Every Dollar app, Mint and many more that’s simple and you can also link to your bank account. GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. When it comes to changing bad habits, and...

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2018 Greetings!
Jan06

2018 Greetings!

Hi Readers! Here’s the welcome video for you all! I’m sharing what will be appeared on the website during the month of January! Enjoy! Leah Olajide

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