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Dinner At The Alden

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One of my favorite things to do is eating out with my love. For a while, whenever we’d go out to eat it would always be at one of three of our favorite restaurants. However, recently we’ve being exploring new restaurants. Last week we had the opportunity to visit a fairly new restaurant. Located in Chamblee Georgia, Chef Jared Hucks opened The Alden in April of this year.

An Atlanta native, Chef Hucks left the country in 2006 to begin a journey that would ultimately bring him back to Atlanta. His travels took him to quite a few interesting places, from South America to Australia, Southeast Asia and Europe. It was aboard where the chef learned from the masters. As a result you’re bound to see an array of dishes representing the world with a touch of southern cuisine.

The restaurant is nice with it’s modern touches and with the open kitchen, you get a chance to see the chef’s in the zone. The menu consists of a small or large plate option, yet both sizes come with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally and regionally. They also pair their dishes with a dynamic, high-quality wine & cocktail program. Pictured below are the dishes the Mr and I enjoyed.

If you’re looking for a new dining experience, be sure to check out The Alden.

LOCATION: 5070 Peachtree Boulevard, Chamblee, GA 30341

HOURS: Sunday: Brunch 11am – 3pm | Monday: Closed | Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm – 10pm | Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm

CONTACT: (678) 395-6982

MORE: thealdenrestaurant.com

Chef Jared Hucks The Alden

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Chef & Owner

Autumn Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Autumn Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Harissa Shrimp & Grits

Harissa Shrimp & Grits

Steamed Atlantic Salmon

Steamed Atlantic Salmon

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The Werkaholic's Behind Werk Pray Slay

Photo Credit: Huffingtonpost / The Dream Team (l to r): Alicia Fitch, event planner at Brighter Affairs; Lakia “LB” Brandenburg, author and The Wife Coach; Koereyelle, entrepreneur and creator of Werk, Pray, Slay

Photo Credit: Huffingtonpost / The Dream Team (l to r): Alicia Fitch, event planner at Brighter Affairs; Lakia “LB” Brandenburg, author and The Wife Coach; Koereyelle, entrepreneur and creator of Werk, Pray, Slay

WERK Pray Slay is an annual weekend conference created for the purposes of helping women WIN!

Hosted by Koereyelle DuBose, the founder of Werk Pray Slay, this weekend empowerment conference is a must attend event. With a series of interactive werkshops, panel presentations, networking opportunities, a big hat brunch and a champagne toast attendees are left impacted and empowered to live their best life.

A few weekends ago I attended the VIP networking mixer and met a some awesome boss babes growing and glowing in their craft. The mixer also highlighted the 2018 Werkaholic honoree’s - Mattie James, Maya Elious, Jerri Chanel of Turning Natural and India Monae. I can’t tell you how awesome of an experience it was to be in a room full of black girl magic.

Even though I wasn’t able to attend the entire weekend of events, I did get the chance to chat with the dream team behind WPS. Judging by all the instastories and IG feeds from that weekend, this team of exceptional women put together one heck of an affair.

Meet the dream team:

  • Koereyelle - Founder and creator of Werk Pray Slay, Confessions of a Werkaholic podcast, Busy at the Beach (a getaway for goal-getting women), The get money gang ( a personal coaching and consulting services that support millennial entrepreneurs with monetization strategies and her new baby Werk Mag (a media platform and quarterly publication that showcases the success stories of entrepreneurs & small businesses).

  • Lakia "LB" Brandenburg - A Certified Prepare-Enrich Instructor, aka a wife coach. LB’s mission as a wife coach is to transform married or soon to be married women into happy and successful wives. She’s also a public speaker and MC.

  • Alicia Fitch - Affectionately known as Li Li along with her husband Matthew Fitch own and operate Brighter Affairs, a full-service event and entertainment firm based in Atlanta. You can also find her in the blogosphere at lililovesit.com.


Check out my conversation with Koereyelle…

MS: When did the entrepreneur bug bite you? Was it something you always intended for yourself?

Koe: I started my first business in high school as a nail tech/cosmetologist.  Up until Single Wives club, I had 5 failed businesses.  Not that I intended to be an entrepreneur, I guess it was my calling.

MS: How did you come up with the idea for Werk Pray Slay?

Koe: Transitioning from my original empowerment event, the Single Wives Club ( a “club” for single women who wanted more than just to be a side chick or a bae) I wanted to create an atmosphere for all women to be able to gain the necessary tips and tools needed to be successful.

MS: Tell me about your proudest achievement?

Koe: I met an attendee who flew in from out of the county. She even purchased a VIP ticket for the entire weekend.  While there she gave her testimony and expressed how WPS was life changing for her and that she would be back and would bring others with her.

MS: What’s the most challenging moment in your career so far?

Koe: Realizing I can’t do it all by myself.  And trusting my discernment when it comes to who to allow into this space to help bring this vision to fruition.

MS: What’s your biggest piece of advice you have for female entrepreneurs?

Koe: Know what you want.  In order to chase your dreams/visions you have to know yourself enough to know what you want.

MS: What’s unique about WPS ?

Koe: Unlike most women empowerment conferences, WPS offers both a lifestyle and spiritual aspect.  There aren’t any conferences (to my knowledge) that aims to grow you both spiritually and naturally.  At WPS not only can you get advise on how to run a successful business or how to manager finances, WPS will also breath life back into your soul.      


Check out my interview with LB…

MS: What’s your contribution to WPS?

LB: I bring the relationship piece (being a wife coach) and I’m the official MC for the weekend. I love public speaking and being able to just be me.

MS: Tell me about your role as a Wife Coach.

LB: After being happily married for over 9 years, my objective is to show and tell women (married or single) that a happy marriage can and does exist.

MS: Where did you get the idea to write Picture Perfect?

LB: This book is really about my husband and I. Having two people who come from two different backgrounds with different views on marriage and bringing them together to with the intentions of creating a solid foundation for a health marriage. A perfect marriage is based on a lot of imperfections. I’m not perfect and he’s not perfect, but together we are Picture Perfect.

MS: Being a Wife Coach, how have you dealt with “failures”?

LB: I kind of like the word failure in terms of using it for lessons. There’s always a lesson to learn hidden in whatever we’re going through. Practicing what I preach. If I’m going to be out here telling women how to be a great wife, I have to lead by example.

MS: What’s unique about what you bring to the table from a wife coach perspective?

LB: I sell happiness. I sell the happy wife life. Being a happy wife has nothing to do with the husband, but has everything to do with you. I help women to understand what makes them happy and understanding that they shouldn’t rely a their spouse to always make them happy.


I didn’t get the opportunity to talk with Li Li, however, I’m told that she’s really a “success story” of what the Single Wives Club, now Werk Pray Slay weekend was created for. She applied the tools and tips that Koereyelle’s empowerment events offered and now sh’e living out her dream. She’s also a soon to be mom, Congratulations Lili!

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Going Back In Time At The Red Phone Booth - Atlanta

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If I could go back in time, I’d have to stopped in the 20’s, if only to be able to sashay around town in a fancy flapper dress. And just to prove that I’m down for whatever, you’d catch me hanging out in speakeasy clubs enjoying a good bootleggers’ spirit all while looking over my shoulder just in case the law came barging in because Prohibition was in full effect. Although the Prohibition era was abolished you can still experience a speakeasy atmosphere at the Red Phone Booth in Downtown Atlanta.

Getting into these illicit establishments was no easy feat, you needed a secret code.  Meaning you would’ve needed to know the woman, who was dating the man, who’s friends with the guy around the corner, who’s momma’s husband was the plug.  RPB keeps the tradition going, because you’ll need to know the secret passcode (which changes btw) to enter.  With the passcode in hand you’re on your way to an evening of soothing jazz, burning cigars and delicious eats.  Oh, did I mention that the phone is an old rotary phone that really works!

Over all my experience was good. The ambiance was sophisticated.  The food was delicious, especially the fried calamari and lamb meatballs (surprisingly since I’m not a red sauce fan).  Judging from the empty glasses, it might be safe to assume that the drink selections weren’t too shabby either.  The wait staff was friendly and the service was great. 

The next time you’re up in the air about what to do for date night, girl’s night out or if you happen to be vising Atlanta you should check out Red Phone Booth - 17 Andrew Young International Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 || (404) 228-7528

Thanks to Nikka Shae of Drink.Dine.Do for inviting me.

Blogging Beauties Media Girls On Tour Atlanta Honor's Creator Of RHOA, Princess Banton-Lofters & Married To Medicine’s, Quad Webb-Lunceford

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Blogging Beauties Media Girls On Tour. The event was held at Kiss Studios and sponsored by Event Services & Lottabody. All I can say is the event was very empowering. It was an amazing gathering that highlighted some of Atlanta’s most influential women in media. I also had the opportunity to meet instafriends in person and connect with new media influencers.

Awarded with the"Outstanding Women In Media" Award were creator of RHOA, Princess Banton-Lofters & Married To Medicine’s, Quad Webb-Lunceford.

Hosted and moderated by Anisa Brenee, the other panelists included journalists Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, Fox 5 Atlanta Anchor, Marissa Mitchell, 11Alive News Anchor, Neima Abdulahi, Dash Radio Personality, Kierra Wagstaff, Lori Jay, SVP Marketing at TV One Networks, Jazzy Mcbee of Streetz 94.5.

During the panel discussion these ladies dropped so many gems and nuggets that I left motivated and encouraged. At the tender age of 40 I’m still trying to get a good foot hold into the fashion and media industry and at times the journey can be discouraging. If I had to point out one moment during the discussion that made the biggest impact was the part where Lori Jay and Jazzy Mcbee both encouraged the crowd to keep pushing. No matter your age, always be willing to learn. Be teachable and willing to listen. And don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to receive a complimentary massage from Six Figure Spa Chick. Shop with vendors Arelia’s Dream, Atl Henna, J Dow Fitness, Bodi Glaze, and Treasures & Trinkets and live music by DJ Baby Drea.

In case you missed this one, be sure to follow Blogging Beauties on Instagram to keep up with what they have going on. Photo recap below.

TP² Menswear Fashion Show || Recap

Melodie Stewart, Atlanta Style Blogger, TP Squared Menswear Fashion Show

Discover the new Menswear Fashion Collection of TP² Men’s Fall/Winter 2019 fashion show sponsored by Christopher Metzler, CEO of Mannish W

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the “Press Play” runway show hosted by menswear clothing designers Tim Parks and Toney Powell at the Ambient Plus Studios in Atlanta.  The show displayed styles and fashion pieces that brought to the stage a unique mixture of colors and textures that are not only fashion forward but would be perfect for today’s modern man who’s looking to serve a bold look at their next board meeting or for a photo opt on the red carpet.

During the fashion show, the duo showcased pieces from their Spring/Summer swimwear collection, mens fashionable underwear and introduced us to their new Fall/Winter line.  Toney and Tim are not novices to the fashion scene.  Their pieces continue to grace the runway of high-end stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.  In fact, I’m proud to say that I was given the opportunity to style the women’s collection at their first fashion show in 2015.

The presentation also featured the collections of womenswear Fashion Designer Isaac Spry and Hat Designer Otis Damon.

Check out some pics from the event and be sure to follow TP² on Instagram via tp2atlanta.      

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You're Invited To The Next Kläzit Raid

Having a moment of nostalgia for my event a few weeks ago.  And really excited to be hosting another one in just a few short months.  Yes you read right!  I'm hosting another Kläzit Raid on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  

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Now that I've dipped my big toe in to test the water, I'm ready to jump in and grow this idea into something amazing.  This is uncharted territory for me, but I'm so here for whatever I need to do in order to defeat my fears and succeed by achieving my dreams.  Mattie James coined the phrase "David Your Goliath." Which is exactly what I intend to do. 

If you're a Style Kläzit newbie or haven't visited in a while, I hosted the first Kläzit Raid back in July (recap here).  And while I want to say it was a disaster, it wasn't as bad as my imagination lead me to believe.  Even though I experienced the shoulda, woulda, coulda's I'm all in at this point.  

So in saying that, please Save The Date for the next Kläzit Raid this October 21st.  Aaannndddd, did I forget to mention that I've started a Facebook Group as an extension of the the actual event?  Forgive me!  If you're interested in joining the group >>> click here.  If you're a style blogger or style influencer and you'd like to participate or what more info on the next closet sale... email me at contact@thestyleklazit.com.  

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Barbie&Ken's BIG 30: Charity Fashion Show || Event Recap

I've done something this past weekend that I haven't done in a while.  I was in these Atlanta streets for four days straight.  All I can say is that I'll have to limit my weekend shenanigans to one weekend a month, because I'm tired...

One of the highlights of my weekend was attending the birthday celebration/charity fashion show for one of Atlanta's dopest indie designers.  Shenae Johnson of The Blonde Hair'd Girl debuted her Unicorn Dreams Collection at her Barbie & Ken Big 30 Charity Fashion show.  The event was held at one of the coolest venues in Yomi Gaming in Atlanta.  The runway was a yellow brick road.

Also gracing the runway were the likes of some other awe-inspiring designers like Wildlyfe Clothing, fashion designer Marcia Maxwell the creative behind b.young_couture, Mia Carreras of gi.gi.carreras, Amir James of amirjamesclothiers, Haze DevlinStress Me Down By Leah R and 5ive Eleven Clothing.  

This was one of The Best fashion shows I've been to in awhile.  My only regret is that due to the paparazzi of other photog's, I didn't get that many good shots, so the slide show doesn't give the pieces coming down the runway any justice.  At the rate that Shenae is going, I wouldn't be shocked to see her on the runway of NYFW.    

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Dropping In To Say Hello!

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Hi guys!  I'm wanted to drop in to say hiiii!  Since the more experienced bloggers say you should blog at least twice a week if not more.  This is my weekly post and I can't promise another one for this week.  If I'm honest with you, I really haven't felt motivated enough to blog about anything.  

Building a brand when you're only 75% sure about what it is you're doing is not fun.  When you know you can do it but the 'how' seemly eludes you is the frustrating part.  I was feeling like crap yesterday, I actually ranted on my instastories.  I think one of the reason's for my anxiety is that I'm planning an event Kläzit Raid - Shop The Bloggers Closet} next month and the nightmare is that no one will show up.  But I'm not going to give in to those thoughts.

Part of my rant on IG was about the repeating cycle from generations past.  I am so determined that the complacency of mediocrity stops at me.  It has been my pray that what has prevented my loved ones, including me at one point, from wanting more and putting in the work to get it will no longer be an issue going forward.  And for added measure, my event will be Ah-Maz-Zing! 

Okay, okay!  I'm ranting again.  I was only dropping in to say hello since I haven't blogged in over a week.  Consistency is king, right?!

WAIT!  Before I go, if you're in the Atlanta area on Saturday, July 22 and you're looking for something fun to do, join me and 9 other bloggers for a day filled with eating, networking and shopping.   

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Bubbles, Bliss & Blowouts || Event Recap

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Who doesn't like to be pampered every now and then?  I love and look forward to my bi-weekly nail salon visits.  And my nail tech Ha (that's her name) is amazing.  So when I got the invite to Bliss W Hotel Downtown's -- "Bubbles, Bliss & Blowout's" post Mother's Day Spa Treat, I was like, heck yea! 

The treats included -- Oxygen Blasts, Mini Hand and Arm Massage, Neck and Shoulder Massage, Chair Massage, Hair Blowouts, Champagne and Lite Bites all complimentary.  The evening also included sultry sounds by female jazz saxophonist Kimberlye McKinney.  Her music really helped drown out the noise of the day.    

All the fun was held in WetBar, the hotel's rooftop bar with indoor pool.  Of all the times I've attended events here, I've yet to dip my toe in the pool.  One day...  Although I didn't get an opportunity to experience a facial, blogger boo Cristi of The Brand Noux Life said it was wonderful.  The atmosphere was very relaxing and the staff was very friendly.  After chit chatting for a bit, even running into one of my IG followers, I gracefully made my exit.  But not before grabbing a swag bag with my favorite candy of all times, Smarties and a sample of their Soapy Suds body wash, body butter and lip balm.  

Thank you Bliss W Hotel for the invite, it was truly awesome.

Duster (really a robe) -- Thrifted // Jeans -- Thrifted // Shoes -- Charlotte Russe // Bag (bought in store, one color available online) -- H&M

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Naturally Pretty - The Art of Curl || Event Recap

There's one thing about going natural that I hate....  And that's that I didn't do it sooner.  I decided in March 2012 that I wanted to go all natural.  October of that same year I did the BC.  I'll admit, I had no idea what to do with my new texture.  I hadn't done any research on how to manage my hair or even what products to use.  Moreover, hubs HATED it :-(

Last Thursday I attended the 6th Annual Naturally Pretty Event, hosted by Atlanta MUA Mimi J and Dr. Mae a.ka. Natural Chica where this years theme was The Art of Curl.  Attendees had the opportunity to silently participate in the auctioning of three pieces of art from - CP The Artist, Andrea Pippins and Dana Bly of Pardon My Fro.  One thing I've really enjoyed about the NP events is seeing and meeting so many naturally beautiful women embracing their true self.  Although there are several natural hair events in Atlanta each year; Naturally Pretty is by far only one I look forward to attending each.  Check out my recap video below.  

It's Celebration time!!!!!

Ohh-Mmm-Geee!  I am sooooooo EXCITED!!! 

About 7 years ago I started playing with the idea of me owning a boutique.  But that's all it was, just an idea.  Until May 2013 when I opened my online boutique.  When I first opened, sales were slow and I thought that maybe I had made a mistake, but my husband wouldn't allow me to quit.  After a while my sales picked up and business was good.  About 1.5 into it, I realized that an online store really wasn't what I wanted.  I desired an actual physical location.  In October 2014 I attended a friends boutique opening.  In helping her celebrate, I envisioned myself in the same situation.  To top it off, she had on her wall these words - Wish it... Dream it... DO IT!  So I did!  On November 7th, 2015 I will be celebrating the Grand Opening of my boutique.  If you live in or will be visiting the Metro Atlanta area on this day, please don't hesitate to drop by.  

Kami Cosmetics Mix, Mingle & Makeup Affair || Event Recap

"I believe that all women are pretty without makeup, but can be pretty powerful with the right makeup - Bobbi Brown."

It's been said time and time again, that beauty comes from within.  But it doesn't hurt to enhance one's outer appearance.  A few days ago I attended another one of Kami Cosmetics Mix, Mingle & Makeup Affair's.  This time around it was hosted by Shaunell Robinson Kennard or Ms. Conceited owner of Conceited Inc Lashbar.  s/n - The decor inside inside the Conceited lash bar is A-Maz-Ing job.  From the walls, to the ceiling, to the rooms - absolutely stunning.  

Being new to the makeup world, I wanted to start off basic.  So I purchased my first nude lip gloss from Kameka.  I'll admit I'm still trying to get the hang of applying any type of makeup correctly.  Aside from sampling a few of the products, enjoying the delightful good treats and networking; I look forward to the swag bags or in this case the swag Butterfly Box.  This box was loaded with goodies from varies business.  

Interested in Kami Cosmectics beauty products, shop online or the store The Glamatory.  Oops! I almost forgot to let you see what I wore to this event.  I almost didn't add my #ootn because the photos weren't up to par, but what the heck... 

Top - Thrifted // Shorts - DIY // Shoes - ShoeDazzle