Saturday, October 29, 2011

Relax, Release & Refresh!

It's vacation time and it came right on time and SO divinely! We are closing the office down for one week beginning on Monday, October 31st and will be kicking off the Halloween holiday on a party cruise in foreign waters!

Guess what?! We absolutely had no clue until seven (7) days ago this would be happening! A client, who values our partnership and sees the value we add to their brand GIFTED US! That's right?!! When you commit yourself to your passion, knowing it's your calling, despite the distractions, the "Debbie Downers" and those who may not even know how to value themselves to understand how to value you; TRUST and KNOW you WILL BE  justly rewarded if you FAINT NOT.

Sayonara baby we'll see you in one week and in the meantime, enjoy catching up on our wins!

On October 27th, celebrity designer, Jennifer Van Galder & William "Bryan" Rose launched their Inerior Design Showroom in Atlanta - For nearly two decades, California-based Maudlin, has been providing the highest quality in interiors to residents. Maudlin, founded by one of the original Doublemint Twins, Jennifer Van Galder, is situated on the design savvy stretch of Girard Avenue in La Jolla. Van Galder is now opening her Atlanta location, Maudlin et al, with business partner, William "Bryan" Rose who is owner of Artifactual, an international antique furniture store that has been serving the area for nearly...(click here to read more)

We had a blast! The support from my media friends is ALWAYS greatly appreciated! Jai Marie (Southern Fashionality), Nikka Shea (Oh Nikka!), Courtney Luv (I Am Courtney Luv), Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Lori Ray, Bervette (CNN), Candra (KRAZE Magazine), Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle thanks for coming out and SPECIAL THANKS to Paul Biagui of Paul Biagui Photography, he's THE BEST as well as Vincent of Food Lovers Catering
Jai Marie/Southern Fashionality, Tamika/T.MORRISON Agency, Nikka Shae/Oh Nikka!

Tamika/T.MORRISON AGENCY, Debra, guest, Bervette/CNN Producer

Mimi Long/MAUDLIN, Tamika/T.MORRISON AGENCY, Jennifer Van Galder/Bryan Rose of MAUDLIN et al 

Delicious food from Food Lovers Catering,

Atlanta-based Social Media Expert, Robin M. Ware (The Ware Agency) hosts conference for Independent Event and Meeting Planners in November - For the fifth (5th) year in a row, The Ware Agency will host its annual event and meeting planners training conference, rebranded as Inspire! Imagine! And Ignite! The Event Mastery Conference taking place November 11th and 12th at the Westin Buckhead. With a heavy emphasis on social media, the conference always attracts planners and event producers from all across the nation and internationally. Click here for details on how to register for this "You Need to Be There" conference!

Bishop Paul Morton, Robin Ware and The Gospel Tribune - Sept 2011

Robin M. Ware, CMP/The Ware Agency

AND there's more to come, so STAY TUNED!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

T.MORRISON Agency client, Maudlin et al Prepares for Grand Opening!

Former Doublemint Twin, Jennifer Van Galder & William "Bryan" Rose of
Maudlin et al
For nearly two decades, California-based Maudlin, has been providing the highest quality in interiors to residents. Maudlin, founded by one of the original Doublemint Twins, Jennifer Van Galder, is situated on the design savvy stretch of Girard Avenue in La Jolla. Van Galder is now opening her Atlanta location, Maudlin et al, with business partner, William "Bryan" Rose who is owner of Artifactual, an international antique furniture store that has been serving the area for nearly a decade. Celebrating their grand opening on Thursday, October 27th, with an open house for customers from 1pm - 5pm and a press party from 7pm - 9pm located at 1700 Defoors Ave NW in Atlanta, guests will enjoy light bites from Food Lovers Catering. Media interested in attending should RSVP no later than Thursday at noon.

Some of Maudlin's esteemed shoppers include A-list designers such as Peter Dunham of Hollywood at Home; exclusive designer and store owner of Coup D'état in San Francisco; Blackman Cruz in LA, an Elle Décor preferred store and celebrity favorite, Rooms and Gardens out of Santa Barbara. Hollywood celebrities like Heidi Klum also find Maudlin the 'go-to' place for home décor. If it sounds like a list of bragging rights, it's not, Van Galder explains, "We just want Atlanta to know just how much of a gem this place is." All have sought her out for Maudlin's classic European inspired designs and down to earth services. Now Van Galder and William "Bryan" Rose are in Atlanta's West Midtown Design District on DeFoors Avenue. Located near DeFoor Center with plenty of parking, Maudlin et al offers creative design options for interior designers and lovers of home decor. To learn more, click here or visit their website at 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Tale of Two Birds

Recently I saw two cardinals. A male and female and I was awestruck.  Not because I saw the cardinal, although, seeing one should be a gleeful reminder of the miracles in the world around us, but I was awestruck because it was the first time I'd ever seen a pair...together!

I believe God uses the sight of this particular bird to communicate with me.  It began our way of communicating years ago, so when I see one, it's not out of the ordinary, rather, it's quite ordinary for me.  It's my constant reminder of goodness, mercy and favor available to me at any given moment.  But this time...seeing the cardinal "partnered" I wasn't sure what it meant, all I know is that it signified something BIG, something meaning 'double!' It has to!

It was quite significant since I was leaving a meeting that was a pretty big deal with a woman by my side, who by all accounts, is a pretty big deal. So I KNEW it meant something very meaningful.  I was stuck in 'awe' for at least 5 minutes that seemed like 10 or 15 because those birds paraded themselves so gloriously allowing my business acquaintance and I to experience their presence and remark how unusual it was to find them in such an odd place.  We both acknowledged the significance of the moment and claimed it as evidence of BIG things and "Double" victories to come! Stay tuned (Big Smile!)

So in the spirit of "Big" and "Double", I share with you the great accomplishments of our client, Mrs. Linda Cox, an author and humanitarian who's been given her fair share of goodness, mercy and favor - and RIGHTFULLY so!
Author & Humanitarian, Linda Cox

Linda is the author of the children's book They Had to Run, which tells the real-life story of her Rwandan friends Simon and Kedress Nizramakenga.  Having had to escape the early rumblings as orphans of what became known as the Rwandan Genocide, Simon and Kedress returned to their native land as adults helping to build restoration in Rwanda and their partnership with Linda, her family and friends, they created the nonprofit organization, One Hundred Days, which is dedicated to helping to rebuild Rwanda, namely, through the construction of the first pediatric hospital in that region.

We are grateful to all of the wonderful media partnerships they have garnered the past couple of months and wish to share their accomplishments with you.
Nikka Shae covers "Fashion's Night Out Atlanta" featuring MARKET RWANDA
One Hundred Days' MARKET RWANDA featured in "SHOP ATLANTA"

Linda's on pages 30 - 31 in Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine. Roger Bobb of Bobb Cat Films on front cover
Enjoy and do support their work by becoming one of their lucky "birds" or requesting Linda and her team to come for a book reading or have a jewelry party and get your own signature jumbo beaded necklace being sported by Nikka Shae of Oh Nikka! and now Candra Jolly, Publisher of KRAZE Magazine.

Yellow Jumbo Beads - Aren't they Gorgeous?!!
Also, check out Linda's fab pictures taken by the wonderful Paul Biagui of Paul Biagui Photography at LuXe Lifestyle event on October 12th where Linda was honored along with the below fabulous women!  Linda is standing beside Grammy-nominated songstress, songwriter, producer/director Nicci Gilbert formerly of the R&B group Brownstone.

Special thanks to Modern Luxury, Jezebel Magazine, Oh Nikka, KRAZE Magazine, Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine, Total Education Network, LuXe LifeStyle, Nicci Gilbert and Renee Knorr for their support of the great work of Linda Cox & One Hundred Days! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs...Job WELL DONE

When I heard about the passing of Steve Jobs, the innovative creative brilliance behind the APPLE brand, I began to reflect. 

I know the natural emotion for most of us is either one of shock, sadness, disbelief and even numbness.

Well....I smiled. I knew Steve Jobs performed a wonderful job while he was with us in physical form. He dedicated his life to living his passion. He changed our lives through technology many of us DEPEND on!  And even more significant like his last name, he also created JOBS, thousands of them, wow!  That isn't ironic, that was Destiny, he was destined. He understood his true calling/purpose in life and that's commendable. It's to be admired, respected and followed. He deserved to get his WINGS, his riches that he's truly racked up on!

You can tell by reading his quotes, there was something inherently understood about the true meaning of life.  We are to be thankful he left us these great quotes and guides to consider and live by...

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” – Wikiquote, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal (Summer 1993).
“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

But this is the one that did draw tears from my eyes. I dare not paraphrase or summarize, but simply share and ask you to mediate on it for a while and allow it to sink in...

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Think Different, narrated by Steve Jobs

Mr. Jobs, I salute you and I thank you for being such a fearless inspiration of what it LOOKS like to be a GREAT example of creativity, brilliance and confirming what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:27 "but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” 

DARE to be different. DARE to soar and live your dreams. YOU only have ONE LIFE and YOU ARE MEANT to change this world and make it better. Know that. Feel it. Paraphrasing from Oprah, it doesn't necessarily mean you need a stage to make a difference, you can start in your home, at your school, in your sphere of influence around you, but make YOUR mark! No else can do it but YOU, YOU were called to leave an impact in the world with YOUR unique gifts and talents.

As Steve Jobs did, let us ALL allow our lights to shine. Make no apologies and YOU TOO shall receive the greatest gift of all, when your time comes to go on to another journey, meet your Creator and hear the most loving words of acceptance, "Job Well Done."


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Power to the PINK in SheEO!!

In this installment, we salute the "pink" in the boardroom as well as the "pink" in power and healing against any ill forms of dis-ease resulting in cancers, such as breast cancer supporting "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". Although not personally affected (thank God), we salute, support and love on those that have and encourage them, there is a HEALING for this too!

Without further adieu, our SheEO's rocking out to pink include:

Jersey Girl Sports, the number one global online multimedia website and lifestyle brand for female sports fans presenting sports news, information, entertainment and sports lifestyle content from a female perspective, headquartered in Atlanta, these ladies are redefining the sexy in sports and this month is paying homage to the "pink". During the month of October Jersey Girl Sports will give you beauty and fitness buys that can help support the efforts to finding a cure for Breast Cancer. Check out their JGBody Must Have by NewBalance. The official Komen-edition lightweight walking shoe will take you through your workout in perfect comfort.

Google's 'number one' happens to be a fellow SheEO, Marissa Mayer. The 36-year-old Wisconsin native is a head decision-maker for the more than $150 billion company and the brains behind such projects as Google Instant and iGoogle. Check her out in this week's edition of The Little Pink Book (another "must-have" for any SheEO or aspiring SheEO). Google's No. 1 Girl:
A warm shout-out to fellow SheEO creator, Nocola Hemphill who's brilliant mind originally coined this cute term!  Check the SheEO's out on Facebook and become a friend!

Honorable mentions go to: Cordie Moore of Pink Stiletto Valet, Renee Knorr of The 19th Hole Magazine, and Dr. Nathaniel "Hello Beautiful" Johnson of the Hello Beautiful Weightloss Centers.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Knock! Knock! It's Time for Change! | skirt!

Check out this blog from a post our very own Tamika Morrison wrote on Skirt!.com.

We love that Tamika's tapping into her true love of writing by writing for Skirt! ...uh...when she can!