Danger Zone…Hard Hat Required!!


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It has been said that marriage is HARD work.  My response to that is always, it is WORK, but whether its hard, OR NOT, depends on you.

After being married almost 24 years (December 17 to be exact) I know first hand the amount of work that goes into cultivating and growing a healthy relationship.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not coming from a place of authority, or claim to be and expert by any means.  Learning what works for OUR relationship has come through lots of prayer and some trial and error, so I’m not offering advice on what YOU should do, I’m simply stating what has worked for us.

Think about it for a minute, generally speaking, you and your mate have come from varying backgrounds with different rules (or not) that have governed your lives.  If you’re fortunate, you collide with someone who has similar spiritual goals, values, morals, etc.  But if you don’t, then what?

If I had to offer two words to hold onto, they would be forgiveness and compromise, you can get a lot of mileage out of these two.  Nothing new right? You’ve heard this before, but application, ahh yes, application, is the key. If you continuously strive to master them, you’ll have the tools necessary to build a strong foundation, if you don’t, prepare for dilapidation.

Marriage is what YOU make it.  It’s real easy to give up, but what’s the reward in that?

–Dedicated to the love of my life, my ride or die, my baby daddy and my lovely daughter, my first born, who recently became engaged…you know who you are!!


She is Power! Denise Reese


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Director of Business Development with Endava US, Foundation Board President of Women in Technology and Power Leader at Power and PinkStripes 2014. Denise has spent more than a decade in Sales and Strategic Alliances for several major IT Services and Software organizations and has held positions both in The United States and Europe. Her experience spans multiple disciplines including Identity and Access Management, IT Security and Regulatory Compliance Management.

Denise is passionate about serving in the community and embodies the qualities of a true Servant Leader. She served as Board Chair of the University Community Academy Board of Directors from 2009-2012 Read more…

She is Power! Erica Barrett


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The business of breakfast…..Erica Barrett, CEO of Southern Culture Artisan Foods, recent presenter on ABC’s Shark Tank and Power Leader at Power and PinkStripes 2014 is taking breakfast to a whole new level. With pancake and waffle mix flavors that include red velvet cake, banana pudding and bourbon salted pecan, Erica’s mission is to totally re-invent breakfast and to make food that is great tasting and good for you, one bite at a time.

Erica’s products have quickly become a household name. Airing on QVC and gracing stores such as Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Whole Foods Read More….

Inspire girls to change the world!


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empowerment: [em-pou-er-ment] noun – Increasing the capacity of individuals to make choices that transform into desired outcomes.

For 25 years Cool Girls Inc. has helped to empower over 5,000 girls through after-school clubs, mentoring relationships, summer camps and college scholarships.

The Event Salon, Inc. is proud to partner with Cool Inc.to host Power and PinkStripes 2014She is Power event. Mark your calendars for an event that will empower women and help to change the lives of girls all around the world. Read More…

She is Power! Tierra Destiny Reid


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TDR Headshot (2)Military Spouse, Mother of two, National Speaker, Author, Educator, dedicated Philanthropist and
Power Leader at Power and PinkStripes 2014 , committed to reviving and inspiring people to design their own destiny, Tierra Destiny Reid, President of
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, is the epitome of a leader who believes in helping those around her. She is a dedicated businesswoman who after successfully selling her first Retail Storefront repositioned and anchored her brand to educate other women in business on how to utilize corporate strategies in the small business arena. TDR’s brand focuses on the following three core pillars as necessary elements to ignite personal enhancement: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Empowerment.

TDR has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America Works Spot, Fox 5 Atlanta, 11Alive, and Better Mornings. Due to her commitment to excellent customer service, her retail storefront was featured in the Atlanta Tribune as Read more…

She is Power! Kim Bearden


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Educator, Motivator, Innovator and Power Panel Leader at Power and PinkStripes 2014. Kim Bearden, Co-Founder of The Ron Clark Academy , is a force to be reckoned with. Bearden is an award-winning Educator and Author of “Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me.” Her unique combination of innovation, discipline and creativity transform average classrooms to remarkable learning centers!

Kim Bearden delivers inspiring keynote messages to thousands of educators each year. As the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Language Arts Teacher of the Ron Clark Academy, she is daily active in all aspects of the educational process. With a teaching career spanning almost thirty years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer Read More…

If it’s Hot and Happening in Atlanta, JEZEBEL’S Got it Covered!!


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JEZE_under4wide (2)Save the date, Saturday, August 24, 2013, and prepare to experience Sip.Shop.Repeat, the hottest fashion event of the summer. We’re introducing Shoe Freak, etc., a new brand of women’s apparel and accessories adorned with rhinestones–a fashionable compliment to YOUR fabulous pair of shoes. And if that isn’t enough, JEZEBEL is the official media sponsor for Sip.Shop.Repeat.

JEZEBEL magazine is a product of Modern Luxury Media, based in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the premier publication for the Atlanta Screen shot 2013-06-17 at 3.13.43 PM Modern Luxurymarket aimed at “the perfect luxury demographic,” a highly engaged audience with a strong interest in fashion, style and luxury goods. For more than 14 years, JEZEBEL has served as the “go-to” publication for Atlanta’s most sophisticated and successful residents. Residents who expect only the best, which is what JEZEBEL delivers in every issue. JEZEBEL is luxury living, with editorials that feature witty and inviting writing, coupled with award-winning photography. So if it’s happening in Atlanta, you can be sure JEZEBEL has it covered in their pages.

Check us out in the “Event” section of JEZEBEL and be sure to mark your calendars for the hottest fashion event of the summer, Sip.Shop.Repeat! You never know who’s going to be there!!


Embrace Your Inner Diva…


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Sip_shop_logoFINALLadies, grab a pair of your sexiest stilettos, your favorite cocktail, and prepare yourself for a totally unique shopping experience―over and over again! On Saturday, August 24, 2013, The Event Salon, Inc., is excited to produce Sip.Shop.Repeat―a fun, fabulous, and exciting trunk show, introducing a new brand to the Atlanta market called (wait for it) Shoe Freak, etc.

Freak\frēk\ (n.): an ardent enthusiast; a person who is obsessed with something.

In case you’re wondering, Shoe Freak, etc., is NOT a shoe design company; it is a new line of women’s apparel and accessories, adorned with rhinestones―a fashionable compliment to YOUR  fantastic pair of shoes.

There’s a fine line between being a fan and a freak. When you are a freak for something, there is absolutely no doubt about it—and you want everyone else to know it, too!

Shoe Freak, etc., embraces your obsession―allowing you to wear it proudly. Shoe Freak, etc., celebrates your innate sense of sophistication, style, sexiness and confidence. From fun to flirty, classic to trendy, casual to elegant, and every fabulous step in between, Shoe Freak, etc., allows you to proudly proclaim your love affair, with shoes, to the world!

At our upcoming Sip.Shop.Repeat trunk show here’s what you can expect: First, experience a relaxing and stimulating Reflexology foot massage by Happy Feet Oasis (complimentary for VIP attendees). In addition, you will marvel at the beautifully crafted sterling silver jewelry collection by Silpada. Moreover, a host of exclusive merchants, like Shoe Freak, etc., will be on hand, showcasing various brands that compliment the entire experience. Finally, you will enjoy signature cocktails, provided by GNO Margaritas, and decadent desserts, while shopping the night away and embracing your inner Diva!!

You won’t forgive yourself if you don’t save the date for this fantastic event. So whether you make an appearance with your best girlfriends, sip and shop with your beau before hitting the town, or just flying solo―be sure to get your tickets now, mark your calendar, then join us as we Sip.Shop.Repeat.

Inspiring Girls to Change the World.


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A local non-profit organization in Atlanta is doing big things. With the help of an extensive volunteer network that includes community partners and mentors, Cool Girls’ Inc. endeavors to support girls in all aspects of development by breaking the cycles of poverty, enhancing self-esteem, and eliminating teen pregnancy. The following life skills programs develop girls into confident women through education and exposure to a broader world of opportunity:

Cool Girls Club is a weekly after school program that provides academic support and life-skills development for girls in 2nd to 8th grades.

Cool Fitness is a structured, early intervention fitness and nutrition program that fosters physical activity and health lifestyles.

Cool Sisters is a one-to-one mentoring program that matches female community volunteers with a Cool Girl to act as a role model and provide friendship and personal support.

Cool Connections are monthly off-site field trips designed to broaden girls’ horizons in arts, culture and athletics.

A Beautiful Me! A year-end age-appropriate pregnancy prevention workshop that educates more than 200 Cool Girls, parents and volunteers about health and wellness and raises awareness about prevention of pregnancy, abuse, and exploitation.

Cool Futures serves as our leadership program for high school girls.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to support this amazing organization; purchase your tickets to Power and Pinkstripes – Unveil the Power of Women today (only a few remain). A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cool Girls Inc.

See you soon and thank you for your support!!

Our Sponsors are Making it Happen!


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The 2nd annual “Power and Pinkstripes – Unveil the Power of Women” is a little more than a week away and The Event Salon Inc. is super excited to host this truly fantastic affair. In addition to all of the spectacular women leaders who will attend and participate in this year’s event, a number of corporate sponsors are also helping to make this occasion happen! They do so with genuine intent, amazing clarity, and definitive purpose.

Thus, it is with special consideration and exceptional thanks that we acknowledge the following proud sponsors whose contribution and presence at this year’s upcoming “Power and Pinkstripes – Unveil the Power of Women,” is much appreciated:

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