Sunday, October 28, 2012

Turning my HOBBY into a CAREER

The Big Event held on October 12th, is a Big Brother Big Sister of Southeast Michigan annual charitable fundraiser held at The Reserve in Birmingham.  I was the guest of its CEO and President Madame Dara Munson, whom I had the pleasure of styling for this event.  Myself, along with several hundred of metro Detroit's philanthropic society and media celebs had a fantastic time partying to the sounds of the band Hot Sauce and enjoyed a delicious New Orleans themed menu. 

Keeping with the "Big Easy Style" theme I wanted Ms. Munson's look to be appropriately festive.  This was a BIG deal for me as she was my first official client, this was a BIG event for her so she had to look amazing, and I had only 2 weeks to put it all together. 

The dress is of course an essential item of any ensemble but for me the accessories are what takes something from being an outfit to A LOOK!  When I saw the earrings I selected for her at              The Black Dress I fell in love, so everything else (Jewelry, bag, shoes, belt) had to fall in line.

This is what I came up with

Dara and MB!
Photo from Hour Detroit magazine
I look forward to more styling opportunities in the future. If you have a BIG event coming up or you just need help updating your wardrobe, look no further! Please contact me at 313-300-6307 or email
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Happy Shopping


Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Love Supreme

A Real Life Sex in the City Story........

Only this story happens in Washington, D.C. where the ratio of available men to women is 1 to 1,000.  My sister Nafeesah (Charlotte) the consummate lady in every way, who never leaves home without a fascinator, perfect poise and Virgo perfection.  In this story she is an art teacher who is as passionate about her gift as she is about her students, however there was something missing.  She longed to be a Mrs. and the chance to put some of her stern instruction that she reserved for summers with her niece and nephew to use on her own children.

So as fate would have it, Nafeesah found herself at yet another happy hour in a crowded D.C. hot spot with her regular crew of fellow teachers and administrators.  Rubbing elbows with all the "movers and fakers", where the odds of finding a Prince Charming are slim to none.  This evening the odds were in her favor.

Nicholas was there celebrating one of his fraternity brothers birthday in the VIP section doing what self-proclaimed bachelors do.....chillin.  He certainly had a type and Nafeesah did not look the part, however when she crossed his path he was taken.  Intrigued by her striking beauty, confident stride, bald head held high, and signature smile that he later found out came from her mother.  He had to say something, but all he could do was stare for what seemed like an eternity.  When he finally offered his hand and she rescued him with a smile and a warm hello they found out they had more in common than the same initials.  They were both teachers from the Midwest, belonged to Greek organizations, loved their dogs, and fancy pizza.

Nick met her family for the first time about 6 months after he met Nafeesah. After a few heated games of finger wrestling her nephew proclaimed "I want you to be my uncle!"  We all looked away and tried to talk over the innocent little 7 year old, changing the subject, while giving him the "it's too soon for this" eye.

The rest is urban fairytale history and the following are the pictures that accompany this story. Enjoy!

Introducing Team N.S.!

Lady in Waiting

A Streetcar Named Desire
"Watching our steps"
The Gentle Man
Concept: Nafeesah
Photography: Tya Anthony
Styling: Yours truly Madame Beaucoup
Location: Baltimore Trolley Museum
In typical Carrie Bradshaw fashion, I of course am uber excited about helping plan this wedding and serving as Maid of Honor.  My daughter is even more excited as this is her first opportunity to lend her support as junior wedding planner.  In an effort to foster her entrepreneurial spirit and encourage her future wedding planning endeavors I took her to a Bridal show recently.  In the midst of getting ideas and in between the "oooh that's cute" we were able to squeeze in a few photo booth shoots and the following is what we came up with!
In between goofy photo booth ops we met one half of the Bombshell Bridal Boutique team.  This boutique located in St. Clair Shores, MI specializes in dresses for curvy girls.  When the owner was disappointed in the selections available when shopping for her own wedding gown, she did what any fashionista with a Business degree would do....she opened a boutique and filled the void!

Happy Shopping!
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