Monday, October 23, 2017

The weekend Warriors !

Hey all,

Whew ! Another  crazy weekend.  Today it's Monday and I find myself a little overwhelmed...... I'm pushing through that with great tools around me as I recoup from a Weekend Warrior position.... It's times like these we need to take a step back and reflect on what we do.... You can't keep all your frustrations, your hopes, your drive bottled up. You can't run on all 4 cylinders and not take a break. Even when you drive your car for long distances, and those of you that know me, know I love the road trip.... I LOVE to drive.... that car still needs a break and a time to relax..... that said, let's take a look at this weekend and fill our cups with MY weekend warrior and the warriors with me that made it so special.....

First..... Friday ... Our mastermind series continues "  A KNIGHT'S OF THE ROUND TABLE HAPPENING" This time with MASTERMIND AND A MOVIE.... All I can say is WOW... at our discussions after the movie  and continually over the weekend, we heard several different views on the subject matter from the movie. That is what makes us all human and feel something. It was definitely an emotional journey.... I just want to give a shout out and thank you to our movie/mastermind attendees:  Lisa Diane Hall, Sylvia Henderson, Marco Panting, Doreen Prinzo, Michelle McLaughlin, Michelle Verbit, Gabby Verbit, Tamar MacLean and Wren, Marcia and Ed Moser, Raymond Tyler and Angel Anes....
What started this journey was meeting Author Ron Hall at the eWomenNetwork conference this year in Dallas, Texas.

There we were treated to a wonderful interview with Founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork , Sandra Yancey. Seen here interviewing Ron. ( If you visit my Face Book page, you can watch the 45 minute interview...very compelling)

Ron shared an incredible journey of his life. He wrote the best selling book along with his real life mentor Denver Moore over a 3 year period . The  book was made into a major movie with Greg Kinnear playing Ron.  Through this journey, Ron has helped to revitalize shelters for the homeless and raise much needed funds. He also sells packs that people purchase to give to shelters which include a back pack filled with things like socks, water bottles etc... If you can , catch the movie
 'THE SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME".  I can't really give away the movie by telling you more.... yet you can watch the interview ( which goes a little deeper than the movie) or even read the boo. It was a great evening of mastermind-ing with our special guest Sylvia Henderson.

Sylvia is an Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Radio/TV Host and good friend.... She came in from the D.C. area to view the movie with us and facilitate discussion as well as talk about how and what we do with our ideas once we have them..... ( Possibly as Ron's real life wife Debbie saw in her dream).... We then took Sylvia with us on some of our "roller coaster weekend warrior adventures" . We even squeezed  in  a little time to walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and take in some ice cream and a few sites....

That night, Saturday, we were honored to be able to tape my new TV Show at the beautiful Arts Garage in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There we were invited to the first "Art of Fashion" event brought to the facility by Designer and Entrepreneur Tonya Khadijah Wright . My TV show airs on line on the 4th Thurs. of each month at 2:00 PM EST....

After the taping, we were able to  interview various people on our media platforms including our friends and affiliates of  Awesome T.V.  

With that I'd like to talk a little bit about Mark Legrand and the Mark Legrand Boutique .
As you may have already heard, Mark is our manufacturer for Ava's Eye Bagz and we are so excited to have them made in the USA and right here locally at the Mark Legrand Boutique.
Mark specializes in all types of events and designs and makes clothing from the Couture Wedding Gown to African American Attire.... check out his web page at 
If you are in the area, stop into the shop at 711 N. Main Street Pleasantville, NJ and tell Mark that Ava sent you !

Moving on to the main event Saturday evening.... it's all TONYA KHADIJAH WRIGHT
Find her on Face Book at Khadijah Wright of WrightTouchProduction
Making her debut at the Noyes Arts Garage with ART OF FASHION

I had the opportunity to chat a little with Tonya as we were taping my TV show for the WBTVN. Shout out to Marco Panting, Mr. Panting Photo/Video who tapes all of our shows and makes the team behind the scenes look very well.... 

                                                                       Mr. Panting (above)
                                                                  Lisa Diane Hall  (below)

Shout to John Staples , lead photographer for this event.. JBMS 1 Photography  and Gerald Triglia 
Lead Videographer   World Fashion Photographer and Videographer. 
Shout out to Lisa Diane Hall of LD TV and Shalanda.... Guests on my show ...

Getting back to Tonya now...

....What a blessing to experience this first event with her. The runway was set, the models were changing and the vendors were prepping for a great night as we taped our show from the Oriental Arts Studio of Kenny Ho

Tonya incorporated 9 designers into this first show including Mark Legrand and a couple of youth designers.... It was an amazing event with gorgeous clothing gracing the runway surrounded by Art.

Part of Stockton University, the Noyes Arts Garage of Atlantic City features a varied palate of artists and artisans throughout the garage space right off the Atlantic City Expressway. 
Tonya partnered with the garage for the Saturday evening event. She brought in 13 vendors including Sweet E's cakes . A fun evening for all ages. Youth designers and models as well as Heather Hires who does body art and graced the runway with  2 hand painted shirts....
.(that's the shirt made of all paint directly on the skin)..... AMAZING !
So hat's off, heels up, sneakers jumpin' and capes flowing to Tonya Khadijah Wright 
We look forward to more from her as she grows ! Here are some more photos from the show including designers Tonya Wright/ Mahindini Jain/ Mark Legrand  before we move onto Sunday.....
Photography by John Staples
Shout out to ALL  the beautiful models and designers !

Mahindini Couture

Painted Body Art shirt by Heather Hires

Below:  Tonya Khadijah Wright

Sunday  -  Wedding event at  Greenbriar Oceanaire in Heritage Circle , Waretown , NJ

We were a vendor at this event promoting our brand new Bridal Tour Excursions

This event was put on by the great people at JSWA 
 of which I am a member.... reserve your seat now for the Nov. Bridal tour

A great time had by all .... including a 10,000.00 give away to one lucky couple ! Door prizes, food and wonderful vendors !

AND IF ALL THIS WEREN'T ENOUGH FOR A WARRIOR ..... I even found time to drop off a green screen to the fabulous Alyssa Lego ( courtesy of Tim Devine )

Alyssa Lego and Amanda Witowski have partnered up to create Autism awareness among our youth and then some.... being teens themselves my hats go off to them too as they are bringing not only awareness yet powerful messages of positivity  to the forefront of a Society in desperate need of that !

Alyssa Lego crowned miss Northern Lakes Outstanding Teen 2018 and Amanda Witowski crowned National American Miss N.J. are no strangers to the scene. 
With the creation of  "Shop , Sell, Strut" these fabulous young Women are turning heads to causes and creations that are made for the public eye !

Stay tuned for more about "Shop, Sell, Strut" Season 2 coming sometime in April..... 

In the meantime, find your Weekend Warrior, your Warrior friends...tear it up to the World and then take a step back to relax and take it all in !

See you next week !

Enjoy !

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