Dixon Gallery and Garden

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Yesterday my daughter and I visited Dixon Gallery and Garden in Memphis, TN. These are a few photos I wanted to share with you of the beauty we encountered. There is no wonder people have weddings here. We saw the exhibit FOLD and toured beautiful paintings and sculptures. Below are photos from FOLD.

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Mary Jo Karimnia

 

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Mary Jo Karimnia

~Nikki

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Fashion Confetti:The Weight is Over Fashion Show

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Ashley Dean of Dean of Fashion, Woman behind and in front of The Weight is Over
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GooGoo Atkins Host of WeTV’s GooRU Style WebSeries and host for the night

This is one of my favorite fashion shows in Memphis and if you are “Curvy” you should make your way to Memphis, TN around this time to catch it. I highly recommend the VIP tickets because it was well worth it. The reception, the photo ops, the food! Ashley Dean does a phenomenal job (always has), of putting this show together. Every thing was on point. The host this year was none other than GooGoo Atkins! She was amazing, live, full of fabulous-ness and down to earth! That is what I love the most…down to earth!

Dean of Fashion Info: www.deanoffashion.com  Instagram: @deanoffashion and type in #twio for more pics!

GooGoo Atkins Info: Facebook: GooGoo Atkins and Instagram: @theegoogoo

Also, on the runway was Eyani Couture with creations out of this world! I wouldn’t lie to you! So please follow her on Instagram @eyanicouture and you can find her on Facebook as Eyani Couture. She has girls line, Pink Lady Bug Couture so your daughters will be just as fly as you!

Lane Bryant and Rue 21 were also graced the runway.

 

Now on to the FASHION!

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Fashionable Guests in the VIP they were to fly to pass up! 

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Now for what I want! My picks! Brace yourself…

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This is a skirt!!! I would twirl all day and take it off and put it on and take it off and put it on lol Eyani Couture

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Basically I want everything

Vendors were in the house!

Mumsy’s Sweets

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IASO Tea and they have Coffee! With the lovely Celebrity Radio Personality Nikki French! It works! Celebrity Stylist GooGoo Atkins let us know she drinks it daily. Follow her on Facebook  and get ready for “tea time”…pinky fingers up! As for me I am sold on the coffee!! You know I am a Coffee-holic I’m listening to V101 right now and you can too on iHeart radio.

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My girl Latasha M Brown of LMB (Loving Me Better) and Initials Inc. Follow her on Facebook! Initials Inc is awesome! I could get lost in that catalog for days and days!

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Bedroom Kandi…I’m going to let you find out on your own! Those candles were smelling so seductive!

Glorious Glitz! She has my money! That’s my shirt at the bottom.You can find her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram @gloriousglitz

Well, loves my feet are up for the rest of the day!

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~Nikki

Confetti Weekend: SURPRISE! HAIR FEST

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Imagine my surprise when I showed up to Court Square to get a feel for a group performing to potentially write a blog for them and the first thing I see are the ladies below. This is when I discovered this was a hair show with a theme to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital one of my favorite charities. My mom is retired from St. Jude and I spent many summers there as a child running around in the out patient department. I snapped as many pictures as I could and I got as much information as I could. So hold on to your roots…here we go!

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First up to bat, pun intended, was Suicide Squad. A young group of hair students competing in a competition.

The next group of students and young hair stylists were just as unique and creative. They were from Empire School of Beauty School.

 

The crowd was in total awe of the students’ creations from both teams. Empire walked away winners but, really both teams were winners. Anytime you lend your talent to support a charity how can you lose?

Some of the amazing vendors on display with their products and creations:

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Representing part of the team, Clutch Clothing Collection

The link to their website: www.clutchclothingcollection.com You can follow them on Instagram @clutchseason and like them on Facebook Clutch Clothing Collection. Catch up with them this weekend, Friday at LOVE 7144 Winchester. No Cover Charge until 10 PM.

Her personality is just as vibrant and fierce as her display of accessories. Meet Jenni of J Chic Life Style. She’s a real “Style Therapist”. Keep up with Jenni on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @jchiclifestyle or www.jchiclife.style

 

What you want on a warm summer afternoon in Memphis, TN is Parker’s Water Ice. Thank goodness they were in Court Square! Strawberry lemonade please and thank you!

 

I walked over to her table and said “Ooo! Make Up Candy!” You can find Pink Powder Parlor online at PinkPowderParlor.com What a vast spectrum of pink from dainty roses to electric fuchsias! And many more colors!!!

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Goddess Guleoir by Natassia Customized Earrings and Things  Like her page on Facebook!
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Models for Goddess-Guleoir mood: If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!

So, I’m under the tent finishing up my Chicken on a Stick from Runway Grill, and I look up to see more hair models getting some  Parker’s Water Ice.

I say to myself: “Is that? Yes it is honey.” Keith Turks from The Real Hairstylists of Memphis. Immediately I knew I was in for a slay. As I mentioned earlier, I had no idea what I was walking into.

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Keith Turks, The Real Hairstylists of Memphis Reality Show…the Hair King of Memphis, Hair Kingdom. You can find him everywhere on social media!

Watch them work! I tried to pick a favorite model and hairstyle but it was impossible!

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After getting my dance on in Court Square, because Keith Turks and models brought the beats, I decided now would be a good time for Cupcake Cutie. It’s only a few steps away from Court Square. Choose a a cupcake and pick an icing. I chose the lemon cupcake and strawberry icing.

One more vendor all the way from St.Louis, Brittany Raji. I am so glad I met her! @BeautyImpactAccesories on Instagram

My evening here concluded with the group I came to see,

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Hothouse Gruv took us back, and way back  with 90’s music. They came to show out with energy and a live wire performance! The dancers gave their all and talent was displayed in each member. It was great to end my evening as I headed to another even with a party on still on my mind.

Last but, definitely not least in any shape form or fashion is Stephanie Brown. She put this amazing show together and announced she will be joining Season 2 of The Real Hair Stylists of Memphis! Please stay in touch with Stephanie Brown by following her on Instagram @beautyonbeale, contacting her at Style Coach Forever  and Stephanie Brown @stylecoachforever on Facebook. She is not just a Celebrity Hair Stylist. She’s a motivational speaker and so much more!

 

~Nikki

 

Confetti Weekend: Fast Cars

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This is what I like about Memphis. You could be aimlessly wondering around Downtown and stumble upon anything! This is what happened to me as I left the Memphis Farmers Market to pick up my weekly vegetables and fruits. My daughter and I decided to drive over to Beale Street. It was blocked off and as soon as I saw the Corvettes I became ecstatic! I love cars and car shows. So, we found a parking space and walked over to the famous Beale Street and snapped away. Here you go car lovers!

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Confetti Weekend Extended 9/10-9/12

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Well, I started last weekend off with a trip to Memphis’s Farmers Market and since I was undecided on whether or not to attend the Memphis Book Festival I dressed cute and comfortable to be on the safe side. I got my fresh fruits and veggies (see Memphis Farmers Market Post) and headed down Union. A quick left into the Playhouse on the Square and a parking space magically appeared! I believe I was in sync with the Universe! (Parking spaces in midtown are hard to come by) I waltz in like I know where I am going and what class I am going to sit in but, I don’t know either. With a warm welcome and a quick read of the confused look on my face, I was handed a festival class and activity guide by a lovely volunteer.

I see the class Having It All and the description of balancing being an author and your other endeavors (blogger, running a publishing company, publicist, working professional, etc). I thought to myself “Can I have it all? Will I have to let some things go? I need balance. I don’t know what I am doing. This is the class for me!” I walk in and opt for a seat by the window so I can view the tent of authors I would visit after this class.

ALL of the authors on the panel gave us the unbridled truth about having it all, how they got where they are, where they are trying to go from there. They were very down to earth, practical, spoon feeding us truth serum in the world of Having It All all with pats on the back. You know the kind of hearty pats on the back your mom gives you after you cough from the horrible liquid night time syrup that is sure to make you better by morning.

I met Kima Jones, publicist for Natalie Baszile, the author of Queen Sugar. If you didn’t know, Queen Sugar debuted a few weeks ago as a new night time TV drama on OWN. She was the only woman on the panel and offered sound and sharp advice to women in the audience.

After I floated out of the class, I ran smack dab into a woman here in Memphis I adore. Cheryl Pesce is an angel that handcrafts jewelry with intricate details from precious stones and metals.  I follow her on Facebook and Instagram (and you should too!) because she is so inspiring, unique and gifted. She has a story to tell that will light fire under your stilettos or sneakers.

I headed on over to Belly Acres for lunch and walked right into a Junker’s Fair in Overton Square. Belly Acres is in walking distance from Playhouse on the Square along with many other restaurants and bars. It was my first time there and the food was delicious.

I went home, rested and got back out to end my night with the crooning of Eric Roberson and D. Maurice as they made a pit stop in Memphis for a fundraiser of a very special and important non-profit organization here in Memphis; SisterReach. Click here to find out more about this organization and to see how you can help:  https://sisterreach.org/about-sr/

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My Monday was a push through to a Cocktails and Connections:Building Powerful Relationships hosted by The Brown Experience and Kay Brooks at the Hattiloo Theatre. It was well worth the push through as the panel, once again, delivered sound advice on how to handle the many types of relationships you will encounter as a professional and an entrepreneur. They shared their experiences, honest mistakes, and wisdom. I needed that advice like a fashionista needs a matching clutch to complete her attire. https://www.facebook.com/thebrownexperiencemem/ Like The Brown Experience on Facebook for up and coming events!

I was beat after that but, headed over to a behind the scenes photo shoot with flip flops in tow to relieve my aching feet from those gold heels. The experience of seeing multiple models in front of the camera and how a photographer conducts shoots was priceless. I made some great connections with the owner of iHustle, a Memphis born clothing line. Photos from their fashion show coming soon.

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My I am beat but I just saw a cute guy as I walked into my condo face. That gave me brief life to strut in those heels and give a “Heeeeeeeey”. I strutted like Loretta Devine on Waiting to Exhale in the scene with her and Gregory Hines.

 

Memphis Farmers Market

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Memphis Farmers Market is an outdoor market with local farmers. Included in this outdoor market are local artisans, live music, arts and crafts,  gardeners of fresh flowers and really there are surprises there almost each week. There has been an outdoor yoga session as well! It runs every Saturday from April to about mid November and is located on Front St. This is just one of the outdoor markets in Memphis.

I can personally tell you the staff, mostly of volunteers, are always friendly. They have coffee available to aid you in waking up if you are not an early riser and literally smell the aroma of fresh flowers, citrus fruits, basil and fresh mint leaves. People in general are friendly at the market and you can ask the farmers anything about their products and they are always eager to tell you. If you come often enough you will get to know them and they will get to know you.

This week I met a young lady who was looking for sweet basil. I pointed her in the right direction and she said “Great! Now I can make pesto.” I said “Hold on. You know how to make pesto?” She happily put down her bags down and began to tell me with great joy how to. I can always tell a true foodie. I plan to make pesto, put them in ice cube trays, freeze them and have it on hand. See…you learn so much at the market. Which got me to thinking, how many recipes and tips were passed down in the days of open markets…

Here’s my healthy loot for this week:

~Nikki

 

Coffee Review: Ugly Mug, First Cup Easy

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The Ugly Mug is a coffee brand roasted in Memphis, Tennessee. It is fair trade and organic. The Ugly Mug has its own personality that stands out on the package as you can see in the photos. This is my first time trying their brand and my daughter chose the First Cup Easy which may be considered a first cup of coffee in the morning for those of us who like to EASE into our mornings or for the weekenders that sleep in. You may not always need to swing from the chandeliers first thing sunrise 😊. I’d even consider it a late evening coffee as well.

It’s light-bodied, airy and has a clean taste. A beautiful brown with a gold tinge in the light. I call that “sunrise in my coffee pot.” Also, the aroma gently wafts through the air. If this coffee could speak, (stay with me), it would say “Good morning. Did you sleep well?” An Easy like Sunday Morning-Commodores type of vibe… And it is Sunday.

🍵🍵🍵🍵🍵 for being exactly what the package says it is.

 

 

You should know my daughter solely picked this coffee for me because she thinks this seems like something I’d say. Well. I never!!!!