Charleston Black Girl Bloggers Brunch 

Hey y’all! I’ve been trying to wait a little while on posting about this event because I was missing a key element: pictures. A photographer was supposed to come and shoot, but never showed and I didn’t have anyone to run my social media or take pictures with my phone. I was so caught up in what was going on that I didn’t really think to take more pictures. 

My bad.


We had such a wonderful time on May 28th at Liberty Tap Room! It was disappointing that people who’d RSVPd didn’t show up or that the photographer didn’t show up or that I didn’t have extra help, but I’m so grateful to those women who thought it not robbery to come out and fellowship and talk about how we can make an impact in Charleston.

My goal for #CBGBB was to have black girl bloggers and entrepreneurs come together on a monthly basis to network and to hopefully learn something new, but I’ve realized that there’s the opportunity for so much more. I’m going to get more info prepared for our next event, but we’ve decided against meeting monthly. Just know that we’re going to make a major impact not just with blogging, but with business and the community as a whole.

I’d like so much to thank our product sponsors: Charleston Candle Co, GlōGirl Cosmetics, Lone Body Care, Dandy Boutique, and It Works distributor Keneshea Davenport. Their wonderful products were a hit with my guests!

(📸: Naye Gathers, Glam Bombshell, Inc.)

 I’d also love to thank Mac&Murphy, The Blue Root, and The Tiny Tassel for providing awesome door prizes for 4 lucky guests! 

(📸: Ireana Nathan, XOXO, I. Joelle)

Thank y’all again so much for not hesitating to help when I asked! Thank you for believing in my vision and for wanting to do something with this amazing group of black women! I also have to thank Ireana of XOXO, I. Joelle for speaking on the importance of creating our own opportunities and being our own cheerleaders. She really gave much needed words of wisdom and advice!


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 I hope y’all are following Ireana, as she’ll be hosting a blogging workshop later on this year with her brand, Flourish Blog Workshops. She’ll have more time to impart her wisdom to aspiring and current bloggers and influencers. We’re of the belief that we’ve got to make our own opportunities and not wait on any one to do it for us. From the photo shoot with The Tiny Tassel and Aneris Photography to #CBGBB to Flourish Blog Workshops–we’re making it known that we’re more than capable of holding and creating our own.

I wish I had more pictures to share amazing afternoon we had! I wanted to show off the sisterhood, the amazing door prizes, the lovely set up but I can’t. What I can share are some of the Instagram pics shared by my guests.


Feel free to follow Charleston Black Girl Bloggers Brunch on Instagram and follow the amazing guests and product and door prize sponsors as well! Check out their blogs and businesses and don’t be afraid of collaboration–it’s encouraged! It’s all about community over competition.


Thank you so much to everyone who came through like they said they would. Thank you to NaShonda Hunter who did what she didn’t have to do and without her this might not have been pulled off successfully. Thank you Liberty Taproom for providing us with such a wonderful space. Thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU!

a Black Southern Belle Easter

Or A Seat At the Table.

Hey y’all! I had the absolute honor and privilege to shoot an Easter themed shoot with some amazing creative women of color last month! I remember getting an email from Mimi of The Tiny Tassel and almost deleting it because nobody emails me. I realized it was a legit email and was wonderfully surprised. Very rarely (that I’ve witnessed here in Charleston) are women of color brought together to collaborate. It seems like there’s an unwritten rule of competition where someone’s vying to be the special snowflake. I hope you read all the way into that metaphor.

It was refreshing to be a part of something that was celebratory of women of color. It was all very supportive and uplifting–something a lot of people wouldn’t want you to believe. We shared our stories, our frustrations, our goals, so many other things and we encouraged and vowed to support each other. This what what I’ve been missing and what I feel we need more of.

With that in mind, I decided to stop procrastinating and work on a networking event for black women bloggers and entrepreneurs. These relationships need to be nurtured and expounded upon to show unity and a real commitment to community over competition. This was the first step in creating our own opportunities and now I’m taking the next. Charleston Black Girl Bloggers Brunch (@chsblackgirlbloggersbrunch) is coming soon and if you’re interested in sponsoring or hosting us, please feel free to email me.

 


Venue: #hamptonpark
Photography: @anerisphotos
Event design/coordination : @papermeetspearl
Tablescape: @westelmcharleston
Attire/Jewelry: @thetinytassel
Calligraphy: @hatchcovedesigns
Dessert: @swank_desserts
Florals: @wearepetaloso
Rentals: @snyderevents
Makeup: @rheajmua
Catered Foods: @sob_catering
Cocktails: @Sociologiewine
Bloggers: @xoxoijoelle
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#chsbloggerbesties

Hey y’all! In February I had the chance to collaborate with Kristen of Cats in My Closet and Holly (aka Dandy Byrd) of Dandy Boutique. The opportunity came to me at a great time, as I was already thinking of a way to work with both of those ladies. It all came together so quickly, yet perfectly as it coincided with Holly’s blog for skirt! magazine.

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Although I was excited to do the shoot, I was more excited to make these new connections. I’d reviewed Dandy for my fabuless boutique of the week segment and had actually met Holly a few months later. She was so sweet and open to collaboration! I met Kristen at a Charleston Blog Society meetup at Indigo Market and after talking to her, I knew she’d be super cool to work with.

I’d actually asked if she’d be open to a collaboration prior to this and she agreed. The issue was that not every brand or boutique is open to working with small bloggers. While we were all thinking of what to do, Kristen threw the idea out of working with Holly. It was early February and we were thinking Valentine’s Day, but Dandy already had an event planned. She proposed doing something for her blog.

There was no way I could say no! It was a chance to reach a larger audience–almost like an introduction into society. That’s the saying, right? A coming out a la debutantes and cotillion. Dandy provided the wardrobe, Stephanie V. Stein would be working camera magic, Angela Concepcion of Charleston Flower Girl provided a gorge floral arrangement, and Shiquan Lincoln of Beauty by Shi worked wonders on my face. I was ready for my closeup!


The best part was getting to know Kristen and Holly better. We genuinely talked and laughed and forged new relationships and created the hashtag ‘chsbloggerbesties!’ This was something that would’ve initially scared me senseless in the past. I probably would have found ways to get out of it because #anxiety. I think what was helpful was planning it and working with such great people.

This was an opportunity that I had honestly hoped would come to fruition this year. More visibility and opportunities were things that I’d put on my vision board and aside from this, I have another opportunity coming up this month. I’m proud of myself for embracing my introverted awkwardness and not letting it limit me. More great things are on the horizon for me, so stay tuned!

Read Holly’s blog here and see more pics from our shoot!