Visions Unite Circle of Success

Newly formed organization for entrepreneurs, Visions Unite recently held their first event. Based in my home town of Stamford, CT, it’s always great to see organization that value entrepreneurship in a supportive way. The group’s first event, Circle of Success, was an event that brought entrepreneurs together to help each other to drive success, promote unity and empower one another to grow. Co-creators and Stamford natives Latoya Williams, Anthony Harris and Alicia Murphy (picture above) had this to say about the vision for Circle of Success:

“The goal of the event was  to have individuals who were interested in starting a business or in the midst of their business start-up to network and get ideas from one another and possibly lead into a an opportunity for two small businesses to work together in the future. Entrepreneurs provided a special presentation, introducing their business to the community.”  [click to continue…]

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My Style: Romper Fun

by Miss Mikelah on August 26, 2014

Style Target Romper

I love a good romper! The one piece is fun, playful and chic. A romper can easily be accessorized with a few pieces, but is a statement in itself. I got this vibrant tribal print romper right before my trip to Jamaica at Target and immediately snatched it up. Rompers are easy and no fuss, when they fit correctly. Luckily this one fit perfectly. Check out how I wore it on vacation and to dinner with friends! [click to continue…]

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Elsie-Augustave - The Roving Tree

The Caribbean has no shortage of authors, however unless you seek them out or a friend recommends, you may believe that our stories aren’t being told. Maybe no in the mainstream, but it’s always refreshing to read about new authors who are writing about the cultural transitions of migrating from the Caribbean, an experience shared by so many in the Caribbean.

Elsie Augustave is a teacher and first time author with degrees from Middlebury College and Howard University in foreign language and literature. Her dedication to excellence in her field has been acknowledged through numerous international grants for continued studies allowing her to pursue her passion for culture in Senegal and France as a Fulbright Scholar. Augustave currently teaches French and Spanish at the renowned Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and is also a consultant for the College Board.

Augustave has been featured in a number of publications including the New York Times, Kreyolicious.com and making Essence Magazine’s summer reading list. I featured her book as part of my Mother’s Day Gift Guide this past May and had a chance to interview the Caribbean author. She spoke about penning her first book, her proud Haitian heritage and 2nd/3rd generation Caribbean battling cultural identity.

Tell me about your Haitian upbringing?

I grew up surrounded by maternal and paternal extended family, who often visited our home in Port-au-Prince. What I remember the most is the summer vacations with those relatives in rural Haiti, where I learned to appreciate folk life.

What were some of your challenges you had to overcome migrating to a new country at a young age?

The most challenging experience for me when I came to the United States was to break language barriers. At that time, bilingual education was in vogue and since there was a relatively small Haitian community in New York, the guidance counselor assumed that I was of Hispanic descent and sent me to a class where everyone spoke Spanish. While I learned English along with them, I also learned Spanish because they became my only friends, and they only spoke Spanish among themselves. In addition to that, some of the subjects were also taught in Spanish.

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Jamaica Trip 2014

Although I was born and raised in the U.S., Jamaica always feels like home. I also have a great time visiting family and friends and make it a point to do something new every time I go there. This year my family spent a little over a week; spending half our time at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort All-Inclusive in Montego Bay and the rest of the time with friends and family in Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore.
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Back to Blogging

by Miss Mikelah on August 14, 2014

Back to Blogging

I know, it’s been forever since my last post (almost 3 months to be exact) and while I’ve gone on blog breaks before; this one I don’t feel so guilty about. So what have I been up to…LIVING! If you follow my personal page on Instagram you know I’m alive and well enjoying Caribbean-American culture without blogging about it. I know it seems counter productive seeing as how that’s the cornerstone of the blog, but enjoying the experiences has rejuvenated me to get back to blogging.

Stay tuned…I have some great content that I’ve been sitting on to share.

 

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BEM_Mother's Day Gala

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11) CEO and Founder of Billionaire Entertainment Magazine and ItsBlondelicious Michelle Blake (aka Blondie)  held her second annual Mother’s Day Gala in Queens, New York. The event honored mothers from the community and featured a children’s fashion show. As a mother of two sons, Blondie made a point to share, inspire and uplift attendees by supporting not only her readers, but her community of Caribbean and Urban children interested in modelling. This event set the tone, enabling her to launch an agency for these rising stars, adding to the Billionaire Entertainment empire, with Billionaire Babies. She also announced that Billionaire Entertainment Magazine will be launching in print soon.

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Natural Hair: Big Chop

by Miss Mikelah on April 30, 2014

Big Chop

I cut my hair! I’ve been natural for close to 10 years, but I’ve never had my hair this short…ever! For most it came as a surprise, but amongst my close friends and my regular stylist, I’ve been obsessing over a short cut for about 2-3 years now. Turning 30, I wanted to do something different and thought this was a great time to cut it, especially with the summer season coming up, this was the perfect opportunity. To be honest, I’m still getting used to it. I love the low maintenance (I literally have wash & go hair, no diffuser needed), but I’m not quite sold on the shape of the cut. Since cutting, I’ve tried a few styles (finger coils and set on flex rods.)  I’m totally committed to rocking it and enjoying it, but there’s a tiny part of me that misses my mid-length curls. I definitely have no regrets (I’d continue to wonder “what if” if I never did it.) I’m curious to see what it will look like straight and how I’m going to maintain over the summer. Keep up with me on my personal Instagram to see my short hair journey!

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Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, getting mom something nice doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Here are 5 Mother’s Day gift ideas (all Caribbean brand owners) under $50!

1.) Lipstick – Sandra Downie ($16.00)

Moms love to look great no matter the occasion. With a great range of vibrant hues for mom to try this summer, you can’t go wrong with a lipstick (or a few) from Sandra Downie’s lipstick collection.

2.) Jewelry – The Pink Locket ($23.99)

Handmade personalized jewelry is a great way to show mom you love her!

3.) Books – The Roving Tree & Miss Ivy’s Tea Room ($12.58 – 17.99)

Avid readers will love either of these great books, both by Caribbean authors and perfect for a summer read.

4.) Body Butter - Su-Kari ($15.99)

Su-Kari has a great line of body butters, oils and scrubs with great scents (non-fragrance items available upon request) leaving skin smooth and moisturized. Prices for oils and scrubs range from $4.99 – $21.99.

5.) Coffee – Marley Coffee ($7.99 – 35.98)

Having a fresh cup of coffee (or tea) is a morning must for many moms. Marley coffee is a great gift especially if they have never tried. There are a wide variety of bold flavors available in the bean, ground, k-cup and even in a single pod.

 

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Triple the Focus Cover APRIL 2014

The April 2014 issue of Triple the Focus features reggae superstar Ziggy Marley! Check out the in depth interview as Ziggy Marley talks about his new album “Fly Rasta”, the reggae music industry, critics and his take on the work ethic of upcoming reggae artists. This issue also features a spring fashion and beauty trend report. Get to know new artists Naila and Jahmiel, discover the island of Mustique and more!

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On Sunday, May 11 2014 Billionaire Magazine and ItsBlondelicious Catering & Events will host an event dedicated to moms! The Mother’s Day Gala will not only feature a children’s fashion show, but will honor women from the community, recognizing everyday moms for with efforts in raising their children and uplifting the community. The event will take place  at 157-11 Rockaway Blvd Queens, NYC from 5pm -11pm. I’m so happy to be a sponsor for this fabulous event which will also have handpicked vendors and Get your tickets now!

As Mom’s special day draws near, why not delight mom with a gift that is unique and truly special. We have the perfect gift Billionaire Entertainment  and ItsBlondelicious invite you to join us for our annual Mothers Day Gala a indoor/outdoor event. Nothing says “Mom” like children, this year we have added a children’s fashion show to our festivities. We will always be honoring five local Urban & Caribbean Mother In Business. (Honorees To Be Announced).

There will be a live band on Deck, DJ, Red Carpet Interviews, V.I.P seating, Vendors, Food & Refreshment will be on sale. This is a great event to bring mom to! This years event will be hosted by the beautiful Madison Jaye.  Sponsors include 360styling, Toys R Us , Sajio Boutique, The Caribbean American Buzz , Styles & Vibes, Irie Jam Radio, Jetaime Shoes and Mixaholic Babes.

Billionaire Entertainment Magazine

Your Number One Urban & Caribbean Media Source Based In NYC. A Urban & Caribbean Website/Publication that features & Advertise Urban & Caribbean Lifestyle. Home of the BillionaireBoss, BillionaireBeauty, BillionaireBody. Also the home of the new cooking series (Itsblondelicious Cooking With The Stars) log to www.billionaireent.com to learn more.

About Itsblondelicious Xclusive Catering & Event Planning

Itsblondelicious Xclusive Catering & Event Planning LLC.company , has been in business for decades. We started of as Kings & Queens Restaurant in 1994 and has graduated to a full service catering company. We take great pride in working closely to understand your needs and wants as our customers.We make any and every event or celebrations our utmost priority and we never rest until you, the customers, are satisfied. Our Philosophy is every client is a celebrity and we treat you as such. No detail is too small and no problem is too big. We are backed by over 15 years of experience in the catering, party rental & event planning.

Tickets Are On Sale For $20. Early Bird Tickets Are Available for $15 now until April 5th 2014 on Eventbrite

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