INSPIRATION: Fashion Meets Design Dinner Party

I admit. I don't follow any celebrities on social media. If truth be told, I really use social media for business. Anyway, a fellow instagrammer tagged me in the photo of a private dinner hosted by Rachel Zoe's at the Roche Bobois Showroom in West Hollywood.
Hmmmmmm, maybe I should start following celebrities a little more closely. They knew my intimate  ALL WHITE JAZZ DINNER happening this weekend and this tablescape has definitely given me some inspiration. Now if you are coming you wont see this (too expensive), but you will have something nice. lol. 

If you would like to attend you can CLICK HERE. 


*all photos above were snatched from TheGram*





3 Quick Tips For New Business Collaborations

I am preparing for ALL WHITE Jazz Dinner this weekend and the stress level is HIGH. So much to do, but I am so glad this is the last one.

While preparing for this event I jotted down my THREE TIPS to implement when being approached with a potential business opportunity or collaboration.


RESPONSE TIME
I dont know about you, but when someone respond to my business emails days late, but I see them posting on every social media channel, I immediately get frustrated. I take it that they don't want the business. It sometimes feels personal, but I try to keep it on the business and have developed this saying.



"If they can't respect your time and respond to your email, don't trust them to respect your time when doing business."

Things happen. However, if you are running a business or you want to develop a great business relationship, your timeliness in responding to correspondences should reflect your eagerness. If I don't hear from a particular business within two days, I have more than likely moved on to another business. If money is involved you should feel confident that you are getting what you are paying for.

When you get an email inquiring about your services or a potential business relationship, respond immediately. This response could be as simple as,"I am excited you reached out to me. Let me get some additional information and I will follow-up with you in the coming week." Let them know you received it.

Now let me be clear, you don't get to mandate how quick a person or business responds. Ive reached out to celebrities to invite them to speak at certain events of mine, some of them respond months later (that I don't get). Every business is different, as my mother would say, "Time is money." To that statement I will add, if you waste my time, you don't get any money.


INVESTMENT
If you are a small business and a larger business reaches out to you for a partnership, sometimes you will have to INVEST your resources to gain business. Whether you want to believe it or not, this does include rendering free services or providing free products. I think most businesses take the approach of wanting an immediate dollar return in providing a service or a product. That is not always the case.

Went I visited the Nate Berkus Show years ago and made over guests' spaces design tips, they did not pay me for that. I knew going in I was getting something I didn't not have the money to pay for. Exposure.  Do I charge for my design services? Yes I do, but I looked at what I was getting in comparison to what I already had (which was a lot of ideas but a small following), and the decision was simple.

So be willing to invest your services or products for free now and tap into a larger audience that will bring in greater revenue later on.


BE NICE
For me, Chick Fil-A food is okay. Its not amazing. I don't crave it at no time, but I find myself going there quite often. Why? It's simple their approach to customer service pales in comparison to every other fast food restaurant there is. They are going to greet you with a smile and heartfelt hello and by the time you drive away even if they gave you ranch instead of polynesian sauce, it really doesn't matter because they were so nice.

Remember to respond and interact with business in a grateful manner. Even if you bombed at responding to their email in a timely manner and the notify you that they've moved on, take the time to apologize for your lateness and appreciate them for contacting you regarding business. While they may not have used you this time, it is possible that they may need your service in the future and if you made a decent impression that will remember that.

There are businesses I will never work with because the business owner was rude and nasty. I will in fact go to someone with provides less quality of work then to deal with an ungrateful or rude business owner. I want to make sure this is a business connection I can depend on.


Well those are just my top three as I prepare to head off to bed. I have more, but I will keep them for another time.



Don't forget to the ALL WHITE Jazz Dinner is Saturday. CLICK HERE for TICKET information.

Lessons from this week...


Great Sunday Evening!

Well another weekend is closing and I have learned quite a few things about running a business and dealing with other businesses. 


1. Over the past few weeks I have been reaching out to various businesses to hire them to complete a few projects for more. One of the businesses responded after 10 days and the other one kept flaking in and out. I had an exchange with both businesses about their timeliness and their responses were rather tacky. So. I moved on. I will not give my money to no business that doesn't respect my time. 

Namely I will give a proper shout out to Jonathan Keitt in Charlotte, NC. For the last five years I have worked with him, he has always been professional and timely in business. Never late and respects the craft. I can't say that about every photographer I have worked with, but I can say that about him. 

2. Ive learned from my first random Periscope stream, that many people will simply watch what you do, but never in a million years, offer support, yet they assume support should be given. 

3. I have moved out of my old studio in Rock Hill, SC. I loved that place, but I wanted the space to moonlight as part time rental for others it there were just a few too many strikes for me to do that. So, I found something in Charlotte, NC. It is not beautiful at all, but I the fact that I get to transform it as best as I can. While I enjoyed having a workspace closer to my home, I knew it was important to be in the city to attract more clients. 

So I am EXCITED and those of you who have supported financially throughout the years will received a special invitation to the launch party!

4. I came across an article where a guy is selling potatoes with messages on them and he is sending them anon to people when you order them. He also clear $10,000 a month in profit. Apparently there are two things going on here. The first thing is, business ideas dont have to be extremely elaborate and the second thing is, people will pay for anything. 

5. Finally I learned that it is okay to talk to your close friends about what you want to do as a next business move, because you often need a trusted source to give you sound advice. 


Don't forget about my ALL WHITE Jazz Dinner happening in two weeks! 

Foodie Friday: Ice Cream Recipes

While I was browsing Facebook for the last couple of days, I saw a lot of people posting about BlueBell Ice Cream. Im not a fan of ice cream, so I really didnt get the excitement, but I did round up some ice cream recipes for you all! 
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream via Baked by Rachel
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream via One Chopping Board
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Ice Cream
Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Ice Cream via Completely Delicious
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream
Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream via Baked by Rachel
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream via Celebrating Sweets
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via Cooking Classy
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Maple Bacon Pecan Ice Cream
Maple Bacon Pecan Ice Cream via Chickpea & Rutabaga
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Cookies And Cream Ice Cream
Cookies And Cream Ice Cream via Love from the Oven
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Cake Batter Ice Cream
Cake Batter Ice Cream via Chocolate-Covered Katie
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Sea Salt and Honey Ice Cream
Sea Salt and Honey Ice Cream via Kitchen Treaty
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Spiked Eggnog Ice Cream
Spiked Eggnog Ice Cream via Whip This Up
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Raspberry Ice Cream
Raspberry Ice Cream via My Little Larder
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream via Sarah Johnson
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Baileys Ice Cream
Baileys Ice Cream via Savory Simple
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Avocado Coconut Ice Cream
Avocado Coconut Ice Cream via Some The Wiser
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Vegan Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream
Vegan Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream via Minimalist Baker
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream via Chocolate Moosey
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Eton Mess Ice Cream
Eton Mess Ice Cream via Wallflower Girl
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Gingerbread Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Ice Cream via The Live In Kitchen
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Coconut Date Ice Cream
Coconut Date Ice Cream via Healing and Eating
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream
Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream via Chew Out Loud
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Pecan Praline Ice Cream
Pecan Praline Ice Cream via A Zesty Bite
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Smooth Homemade Lime Sorbet
Smooth Homemade Lime Sorbet via Sam Tan’s Kitchen
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Mango Ice Cream
Mango Ice Cream via eCurry
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream via Buns in my Oven
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Pistachio Ice Cream
Pistachio Ice Cream via Olivia Cooks in Holland
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Caramelized Peach Ice Cream
Caramelized Peach Ice Cream via Table and Dish
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Blood Orange Sherbert
Blood Orange Sherbert via Holly and Flora
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Chocolate Cardamom Ice Cream with Roasted Hazelnuts
Chocolate Cardamom Ice Cream with Roasted Hazelnuts via Small Kitchen Chronicles
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Avocado Ice Cream
Avocado Ice Cream via Oh My Dish
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Blueberry Gelato
Blueberry Gelato via A Baker’s House
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Blueberry Ice Cream
Blueberry Ice Cream via Ice Cream Inspiration
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Mocha Ice Cream
Mocha Ice Cream via Rhubarb and Honey
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream
Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream via Ice Cream Inspiration
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Iced Coffee Ice Cream
Iced Coffee Ice Cream via Dessert Bullet
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream via Fork to Belly
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Brownie Fudge Ripple Ice Cream
Brownie Fudge Ripple Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Dark Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
Dark Chocolate Almond Ice Cream via Barefeet in the Kitchen
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt
Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt via Cooking Classy
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Green Tea Ice Cream
Green Tea Ice Cream via Manu’s Menu
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut Ice Cream via About Food
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Blueberry Pancake Ice Cream
Blueberry Pancake Ice Cream via Broma Bakery
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Butter Pecan Ice Cream via Lettuce Pray
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream
Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream via Got Chocolate
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Dark Chocolate Mint Ice Cream
Dark Chocolate Mint Ice Cream via Neurotic Baker
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via Magnolia Days
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream via As Easy As Apple Pie
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream
Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream via Drizzle & Dip
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Mocha Fudge Ice Cream
Mocha Fudge Ice Cream via Things We Make
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Black Cherry and Bourbon Sorbet
Black Cherry and Bourbon Sorbet via Toot Sweetness
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream
Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream via Tutti Dolci
50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes - Toasted Almond and Cherry Ice Cream
Toasted Almond and Cherry Ice Cream via One Sweet Mess

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