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How to Party While on Vacation with Family: Florida Nights

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This post has been on Vacation since we’ve returned from our vacation back in June of 2015. How you may ask? That answer will be in a whole other post later this week. LOL!

For now, I can share that there are so many things that I could talk about in our family’s recent trip to Florida this past May/June, but I’ll start with this…

May 31, 2015 after a 15 hour drive from Pennsylvania to Florida with my beautiful family, we arrive at our destination. A pretty nice neighborhood on some pretty swanky land, kind of made me feel like we could have kept driving right through to the Keys of Florida. *Bats eyelashes* It really was a lovely place. We did our usual settling in routine, then went to a few stores, lastly grabbed a quick bite to eat, before jumping into the shower/tub, and heading over to Deland, FL.

For why? What was in that section of Florida that we couldn’t just stay in our condo, walk on the beach, or lounge by the pool with my mom & our children? No way, none of that tonight! You see my husband and I had to sacrifice those things, sleeping in a bed, and winding down to enjoy the view of the beach because at the then, current dressed to impress time of 9:45-10pm a 90’s style house party with his childhood friend Carl* of 20+ years is happening. We need to be there, huntie!

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Hubby and I pull up to a house that is just rocking. Reminded me of the movie House Party (number 1 of course)! I’m kind of like jet lagged, but we drove, so it’s weird. Snapped out of that really quickly though! We haven’t seen this particular friend in about 6/7 years, so we’re pretty excited to walk into his home. Adrenaline is a powerful substance inside of the body, let me tell you. As soon as we walked through the front doors, it was like I had just finished working out. The music just jumped into my body, sleep was gone, and it was time to party!

It’s hilarious because since it had been even longer than 6/7 years since we’ve seen the rest of the family, they didn’t even recognized us walking up to the house. Between the DJ who had the house on 100 decuples of volume, the strobe/led party lights, the plethora of individuals, and the fact that we may have told them that we might not be coming because we were REALLY tired from the drive, (but it was really because we wanted to surprise them)!! Once we were inside the living room and our friendly family finally recognized my husband, that’s when the room erupted! It was really heartwarming. We handed the lady of the house (Cindy*) some flowers, the man (Carl*) his favorite bottle, and then proceeded to enjoy the rest of the night/morning.

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Needless to say, we had a really great time. And it was really worth the drive, as well as no sleep!

So, that’s “How to Party While on Vacation with Family”. You must have an awesome sauce mom/dad that will watch their grandchildren for the night. Know super cool people close to or in the city/town that you’re staying in, for sure. And last but not least, be willing to lose sleep to have a really good time with people who know how to party, as well as care for your well being!! VERY possible, all should try it at least once.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please feel free to comment. I appreciate them dearly. *Names have been changed to keep identities private! They’re cool as ever though.

As always, I humbly thank you.

Peace!

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Choices

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Living in Philly, PA. has its fair share of good & bad qualities. But that’s with every city, right? I mean it’s not really “bad” when your problem is trying to figure out which venue is The Most Beneficial for Your future to attend, or is it? And it doesn’t feel so good, when you’re not sure if you made the right choice or not. I mean let’s be honest, if you search or just keep an ear to the world, you’ll find out where almost everything that pertains to you is going on. It’s pretty cool that Philly ALWAYS has something for you to choose from to do on any given day, no matter the season, nor time of day. Believe that! The issue with choices are when you choose, you’re asking yourself questions like, is this venue the place where I’ll get discovered? Should I have gone to that pop-up meeting for potential ‘place whatever’s appropriate here’? Maybe the event downtown is packed with way more connections than the one uptown. What do I do?

All good questions for sure, as well as food for thought. Although, in my humble opinion, I suggest that you forget all of those extra thoughts. Just pick one & go! Now when you actually think about it, is it about which event you choose to attend, or is it about what you’re going to do when you arrive there? Because in today’s world being there isn’t enough anymore. What are you doing that is going to set you apart from the rest? How will the people remember you? What if you travel across town, and the event is full. Do you turn around, and take no for an answer? I suggest you absolutely DO NOT!

Yes, yes, yes, we aware that we face many choices that bombard us daily. The question is what will You choose to do when the opportunity is sitting in your lap? While you think, I’ll share with you all what I chose this past Saturday, March 14, 2015 between 3 & 4:30pm…

Nordstrom King of Prussia Mall’s MEET & GREET with Steve Madden.

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How did I get here you ask? Simple, I heard about it on the radio a couple of days earlier and said I’m going to myself instantly that’s how! Lol. The commercial also said that just for showing up, you would receive a tote bag & t-shirt. Participants could also win any pair of Steve Madden shoes that Nordstrom had in store just by filling out a raffle, there would be a DJ spinning on the one’s & two’s, and to top it off Steve Madden will autograph anything that you would like signed. WHAT! Who put this together? Steve Madden is looking more and more like a genius the longer this commercial plays. I don’t know about any of you, but that commercial had me sold to this event. See you there!

There was also a host. Did I forget to tell you all that there was also a host? Yup, Julissa Bermudez who was super friendly, professional, gorgeous, and an excellent host. Wearing Steve Madden’s Spring Collection of shoes, blue fringe look GREAT on her!

 

The line was insane when I arrived. Did everyone hear the same commercial that I had, or where they all just out shopping on a Saturday and just happen to reap the benefits of being at the right place at the right time? No time to think about that now, I need to find the line, get my tote bag, t-shirt, and raffle ticket. I get to the end of the line, there I’m told that they’ve had more people than expected and that the cut off has begun. I won’t be able to receive a tote bag, nor a t-shirt, but I can still enter the raffle. WHAT?!? I don’t only want a raffle, I came here for everything that the commercial said was available. *Deep Sigh* Is this happening right now? I was looking forward to this! This isn’t happening right now. It’s only 3:20pm, I have to take a walk. I go out of the store to sit down and collect my thoughts, all the while DJ had that store ROCKING! It seemed like it was a celebrity party, the only thing missing was a bar. I’ll take some pictures of my children, as I look into their eyes I quickly get myself together, and go back in. I’m here already, I’ll take some pictures of what’s happening around the store. That will make for some good blog footage, right? I’ll see when I get home. Let’s go!

 

I’m back in the place, and FORGET ABOUT IT. The DJ Lady FX was playing all of the classic hits mixed in with some of the latest ones too. She’s been rocking since I walked in the door let me get some pictures of her! She was polite, awesome, beautiful, and the woman could mix. YES!

 

Wait a minute, where’s Steve? I can’t leave here without pictures of him! I’m walking around several times to get the right angle. People are blocking every shot, first when I was trying to get shots of the DJ, now with Steve. I have to make my way closer. I feel the negative energy around, and there is no place for that in me today. Hey, where are Steve’s shoes? I mean that is what this event is about, correct? I’ll manage to get both him & his shoes somehow. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! My way today.

My personal favorites are the black & white wedges. I’m a sucker for a chunky heel or wedges! They not only make me look taller, I feel that my legs & feet respect my style choice for a day spent on my feet. 🙂

And surely was I on my feet. Moving around mingling and taking photos. In doing so, I had the pleasure of meeting wardrobe stylists Tye aka BernardBlainShow on Instagram. He actually styled the host’s (Julissa Bermudez) look for the MEET & GREET w/S. Madden. Nothing but good vibes from him, and I’m looking forward to what we’ll do together with fashion in the near future. I’m excited, so stay tuned!

 

What an amazing time! I’m so glad, that my kiddos helped me put things back into perspective because this turned out pretty cool. OH! Did I mention that with my new outlook on the day I received the free Steve Madden tote (which I got autographed),  the t-shirt, and a picture.

 

Have to say ‘kinda’ in the words of Ice Cube, “Saturday was a good day!” I hope that you all enjoyed the post, and that your weekend was as productive as possible.

What I’m wearing; Hat: Target, Knitted cardigan & Young men’s Denim pants: H&M, Button down Woven & Lace mix media Woman’s shirt: MoCo_Sews, Jacket & Shoes: Kohls

Click on any of the red links above if you would like to visit Steve Madden Shoes, Nordstrom, Julissa Bermudez, and the BernardBlainShow.

 

This was my personal experience for this past Saturday. I was not paid by anyone and have no affiliation with any of these companies or people. Just jotting down my day!

 

PEACE

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What A Rush

Building a “brand” is exciting! Despite all of the constant emailing, hour long meetings, networking from venue to venue, immediate updates on all of your social media outlets, face to faces with distributors, morning headaches, assembling your “dream team”, and so forth & so on. At times it may even seem daunting and bleak, like there are never ending stories of troubles and woes. But it’s YOUR DREAM. No obstacle is going to stand in the way of fulfilling this however long dream of yours. Because it’s been in the works for about a million years now, right? And it only seems to be truly stressful for you when everything seems to be falling into the exact place, and then BAM! Bad news finds you. It’s MY DREAM though. I’m not going to let this stop me, you say. So you continue on this 24 hour drive that you’ve set up for your success. Peaks and valleys in your mind, thunderstorms and bright skies in reality, none of that matters though because it’s, YOUR DREAM.

Some time has past, and now you are beginning to see your destination on the horizon. You drive even faster, work even harder, and are starting to reach for that 5 Hour Energy that you know you’ve packed for this ride somewhere. Found it, yes! There’s still about an eight hour drive left to go. I’m too close to stop now, there’s no turning back. Phone call, some good news is being received. Wonderful, you think! Now you’re feeling like this is all worth it again. I’m on my way, you say to yourself, I’m on my way.

Insert Brand Here:

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This must have been what it felt like for this gentleman, Andre’ Francois Edwards. Or at least that’s what I got from being around him as he embarked on this AWESOME journey. I’m truly happy for him!!

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This Brand Launch/Trunk Show took place at F.A.N (Friend and Nemesis Salon Boutique) in the Kensington/Fishtown section of Philadelphia, PA. On display and for sale this past “first” Friday, March 6, 2015 were his original graphic designed artwork, super soft, recycled, organic cotton mix sweat & V-neck shirts. (Sweatshirts are being worn by both Andre’ & model pictured above) Each one with a little flair of humor, strong masculine touch, and yet gentle approach to his aesthetic, as well as what he stands for as a designer/entrepreneur. It’s young, fresh, and new. Isn’t that what we all want to be inside & clearly outside, forever young!

What a night, what a RUSH! There was shopping, music, drinks, family, friends, mingling, and of course more networking. Above all of that thought, it was surely about the brand A.F.E. (Andre’), and what an amazing job he has done with the introduction to his line of clothing. Round of applause, Sir!

All of A.F.E.’s clothing that you see here on this blog, and items that you haven’t seen yet throughout the store are still available at F.A.N Salon Boutique while they last. So go check them out!!

As for me, I’ll be keeping my eye on this A.F.E. guy, I see great things in his near future! Again, congratulations, and I’m kind of glad that we met. Thank you for allowing to be a part of this event. 🙂

For more information on what Andre’ Francois Edwards and Friends and Nemesis (F.A.N) are up to click on their links above, or check them both out on Facebook.

All of these statements are my own genuine opinion, and I was not paid in any shape or form for any of them.

Until next time,

PEACE

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Unexpected Surprise

Good morning, afternoon, and evening to all who may read my thoughts, facts, and opinions!! How are you all?

I have a little trivia question for you. Can anyone tell me what the Q, the V, and the C, stand for in the brand network QVC?

Well, yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting QVC in West Chester, PA. And let me tell you it was something awesome.

IMG_0261I’ll begin with the décor of this establishment. No expense was spared when they built/remodeled/renovated the building. It was truly warm, inviting, exciting, and most importantly (to me anyway), it was very friendly. From the colors choices/palettes, to their layouts, and over to their state of the art technology, it really showed how far they have come to where they are going next. I wasn’t expecting it to be sooo modern, yet for all the things that I learned they do on site, I wouldn’t expect any less!

If by any chance you’re anything like me you probably thought oh, QVC is the channel that sells jewelry and mature women’s clothing. That’s about it, well YOU’RE WRONG, as was I. They sell everything under the kitchen sink, behind the garage door, and more! It was an unexpected surprise to me how much they sold, and also how organized they are with their company. No stone is left unturned.

You see people/children of a certain age (like myself), go shopping for everything at the mall, second-hand stores, and mostly because it’s convenient, online. Television shopping is a thing of the past, right? Uh, yes and no! Not only does QVC sell a plethora of items via the TV in America, Italy, China, the UK, Japan, Germany, and a few other countries, they also have an online shopping network connected to the their television broadcasting network. Which by the way is almost all on site. This company is the real deal.

IMG_0254This also seems like a great time to let you know that the Q stands for Quality.  A word that doesn’t seem to just be there for the fun of it. They test EVERYTHING!!! Even the host before they get to broadcast live on the air. Which the host will do for 364 days out of the year. They rotate, of course! The only pre-taped show is the Christmas show.  All of the items sold on any of the live shows must meet QVC’s standards of quality before they will even let you sell one item on their IMG_0253network/website. You go through an application process, interview, and any other bells & whistle they need. The great thing is that they are always looking for some new, fresh, innovative, and exciting new products. And if you happen to fail to meet their standards of quality the first time around, but listen to their feedback, and make the appropriate adjustments with your product. QVC will get you a second chance to show/interview for their network. And products placed on QVC’s platform have a reputation of sending your sales through the roof! Just be sure that you’re ready for what they are expecting from you as the distributor because they value their customers.  At least that’s what I got out of the tour!

This seems like another good time to let you know that the V stands for Value. Since that tour was so valuable! Our tour guide Mrs. Susie was amazing! She knew everything about the company, the business, the production, the sets, as well as the employees. I’m sure that she has some type of stock in this company because it all seemed quite natural, very sincere, and still easy peezy.  Mrs. Susie was truly a pleasure and I thank her for that.  🙂 Here she is telling us a brief story about some of the older reward tactics QVC used in order to stay on top of all of the competition back in the day, and also keep their consistent, loyal customers happy with discounts or coupons.

IMG_0270Overall, I had a very informative day that made me consider taking some time out of my day to see what QVC is selling online. Which is convenient for me, and also brings me to what the C stands for Convenience!!

Stay tuned for more of my chronicles from QVC! I had the honor of meeting some outstanding people there. That concludes my experience for the night/day, I do hope that you all enjoyed my little snippets from inside of the warehouse. I couldn’t take pictures of everything, but there will be more from me IMG_0268and this gentleman here Angelo Vellucci, IMG_0288 as I journey through this thing called life/bloggin’.

Until next time,

 

PEACE.