Blogmas Day 23 | Family Time for the Soul

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I love a good cabin trip and this weekend I got to spend some quality time in the cabins with my loved ones.

We stayed at the top of the mountain in Gatlinburg, TN. The view was amazing and a good time was had. I wish I would have gotten more pictures but I was truly enjoying the quality time with family.

Blogmas Day 14 | #HolidayFeels Pop- Up with Shea Moisture

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Shea Moisture hosted the best holiday event I’ve been to this season (in Atlanta, GA) today, the #hoildayfeels Pop Up at Westside Cultural Arts Center. When I tell you I had a good time, a good time was had. This was a free event. They had like 5 holiday photo booths set up, a DIY shea butter bar, a cash bar, and the first 200 people received a free Slutty Vegan meal. Oh! and they handed out goodie bags with 1 full sized Shea Moisture product. Yesssss sis, all this for FREE!!!

Happy Halloween Passionista

Hello Passionista!

It’s been ages since I’ve carved a pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds. This year I was determined to do both. So I called over my girls for a “Girl’s Night”. We sipped wine and carved our cute little pumpkins.

Honestly, it was easier than I remember it being. I can’t explain why but as a kid it felt like carving a pumpkin was the hardest thing to do. I’m overjoyed with the way my pumpkin, “Jack-o-lena” came out.

Jack-o-lena sat gracefully on my countertop with a cinnamon candle for about 5 days before I saw mold and threw her out.

Now I did try to roast the seeds from inside the pumpkin. It was an epic fail. I burnt them. I don’t even know how they burnt. They didn’t look burnt but for sure tasted burnt. Better luck next year.

Tell me (in the comments), What traditions do you like to do with your family and friends on Halloween?

Before I go, #selfcarenovember starts tomorrow. Head over to my IG (@thepassionista__) for the flyer and take the challenge with me.

Event| Spa Queen Expo by the Six Figure Spa Chick

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Last week, I got a chance to hang with Candace Holyfield also known as the Six Figure Spa Chick and CEO of the largest African-American Spa Booking community. She hosted a 2- Day Spa Expo in Atlanta for Spa Professionals. There were classes that spa professionals could sign up to take with their registration and a vendor expo for spa professional to book clients for services and sell products.

Candace shared with me about how she started in spa industry by doing massage therapy in Memphis, Tennessee after begining a waitress for 12 years. She gained a cliental of celebrities that lead her to creating a online business called, Spa Calls. The purpose of this business venture was for Candace to conduct service calls for spa professional to teach them how to run their own spa and share ways spa professionals could get more clients. By doing spa service calls she created a network and brand called Six Figure Spa Chicks. This network helped her quickly build a team as she transitioned herself, family, and business from Memphis, Tennessee to Altanta, Georgia.

In my conversation with Candace, she shared that building a team for her business was her main objective when becoming serious about branding Six Figure Spa Chicks. Most people (like myself) feel like they have to be a one-person show in the beginning stages of starting a business or building a brand. Candace saw things differently and opted to build her own network that turned her into a Six Figure Chick. By doing so, Candace is now able to retire as a massage therapist to focus mainly on her brand “Six Figure Spa Chicks” and teaching other spa professionals how to build a success spa business.

After my time with Candace, I browsed the expo to see what products and services the vendors were showcasing. I didn;t book any spa services, alothough I could have really used a massage. But I did get them opportunity to talk to lots of female business owners in the spa and beauty community. I was humbled to be able to network and support so many female entreprenurs. Linked below are the vendors that I was able to network with.

In Her Holistics: $10 Gift Card (Code:NEWHER) *for all orders over $50.00

The Detox Momma

Fleaux with Mo: $20 off first IV infusion

Sublime Spa Health and Wellness

Faces By Etosh

Beauty Kulture 101: Get 10 facials & receive 1 FREE Spa day

JoJo Stylez

Sovereignty Beauty

Dainty Chic

Soap Snob: Free Natural Soap

Bella Studio Body

Radiant Living Biz: Free Download

Crafts Wombman Waistbeads: Flat Rate Shipping

Crafty| May Creations

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May was a great month and full of celebrations. For Mother’s Day my family decided to present my Grandmother with a money bouquet. I pulled out my creativity and created this flower money centerpiece for Sunday dinner with Grandmother. This was my first time making money flowers. I watched a few Youtube videos in order to creat this master piece. Safe to save my Grandmother was overjoyed and surpised for Mother’sDay.

This month, I was given the opportunity to make some cupcake toppers for a brand launch party. This was also my first time making cupcake toppers. But easy enough, I was given the brand logo to re-create in the form of a topper for some sweet treats. These specialites were made with my Circuit Explorer Air 2.

Lastly, I booked a graduation party and I made my first balloon garland. It turned out really nice. I think this thing was about 12ft long, I didn’t mean for it to be so long. But I guess I got carried away. For this project I watched some DIY Youtube videos as well. I used a balloon maching from Amazon and fishing wire to put together the balloon garland. Then I used a gold table cloth and studio stand to bring together the complete look. The graduate enjoyed taking pictures with her family and friends in celebration of her high school graduation.

QOTD: What did you create this month?

March Creations and Event

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March has came and gone. It has been filled with so many ups and downs, but I’m grateful to enter into Spring.

This month I had the pleasure of putting together a Networking Expo along side my Millennial Moguls of Atlanta Co-founders. The Young Black Networking Expo Vol.2 was held on March 23rd at the World Congress Center – Junior Achievement Discovery Center. We had over 30 millennial business owners as vendors and a day full of networking and collaborations. Here are a few pictures of the event:

My creations the month….

I tried making my very D.I.Y dream catcher and it turned out better than I thought, so an D.I.Y blog will be coming soon.

February| Passion Palette Creations

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So, I thought I would end the month by sharing some of the custom orders and creations I’ve completed this month. As some of you may know, I am an Event Planner and I have a small business called The Passion Palette specializing in events, customer decor and gifts, and marketing consulting. One of my goals for 2019, is to expand my business by advertising and collaborating more. I want to start sharing more of my work with you all. My new challenge is to share my creations each month in a blog post and develop a web page for The Passion Palette.

This month, I completed 2 custom order and 1 event. My photographer hasn’t gotten back to me with the photos from my most recent event. But I do have picture of the custom order from this month.

Custom Order: Travel Coffee Cups

Custom Order: Personalized Wine Glass w/ Glitter

If you are in need of promotional material, gifts, or decor for your home or business, consider hiring me. I can ship to anywhere in the USA, no international inquires at this time. To place a order email passionlockedblog@gmail.com or DM on instagram.

5 Event Planning Tips

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I love planning events, everything from weddings, dinners, parties and conferences. I’ve always been a planning person. I remember when I turned 15, I started a notebook with my ideas and plans for my sweet 16. When it was time for my parents to start planning my Sweet 16 I had a notebook full of “grand” plans. Needless to say, not all of my “grand” ideas were taken serious by my parents, but it felt great to see some of my ideas put to life by an Event Planner.

Don’t think just because event planning isn’t your thing that you can’t be heavily involved in the event planning process. As a event planner, it is my job to execute every one of my clients ideas and visions for their event within reason. Some clients give me a theme and allow me the control to come up with whatever my creative leads me to, other clients give a detailed vision that I work with them to create for the entire event.

Here are 5 event planning tips to help non- event planners plan an event.

1.Organize your thoughts and ideas.

Use a notepad or journal to write down all of your ideas, no matter how big or small.

2. Create a detailed plan with a budget

List all the detailed that will take place or be needed for your event, set a budget according to the plan.

3. Make a checklist

Create a list of things that need to be completed before, during and after the event.

4. Make a schedule

Make time to complete your checklist in a timely manner.

5. Hire help

Build a team of vendors or hire a coordinator to manage all vendors for the event.

Passionista Bianca White | DIY Suitcase Pet Bed

Happy Friday Passionista

Introducing Bianca White as the newest Passionista. I met her about a year ago at a mentoring event we were both volunteering for. We started chatting and I found out we have a few things in common … she is a DIYer like me. While I like to DIY event decor and gifts, Bianca specializes in Home Decor, Martha Stewart like designs. I’ve followed her since we met and she is always putting together some dope decor, including this Suitcase Pet Bed.

Passionista Bianca White

Two years ago I made a super cute suitcase pet bed for my son (my dog), but he never slept it in because apparently it sat up too high for his liking. Today I swapped out the wooden legs for short furniture feet and took off the top shell to make it easier for him to get in & out of. I think he’s a lot happier with it now and plus it looks really cute in my dining room area. 🙂

Things you’ll need:

Take off The Top

1.  Open the suitcase and use a screwdriver to loosen the screws from hinges that hold the top and bottom of the suitcase together. Once the screws are completely loose, separate the pieces and keep the bottom part to use for the bed. It depends on your suitcase, but in my case the hinges came loose pretty easy and I was able to pull them out with pliers. 

Drill Holes

2. Turn the suitcase bottom up and drill a into each of the four corners. Make sure the holes are not placed near the edges to ensure the feet will fully sit underneath the suitcase once it’s flipped over.

Screw in Feet

3. Screw the furniture feet into each of the drilled holes. In some cases washers or lag bolts are needed to hold the feet in place, but in my case they were pretty secure without having to use either. I suggest using the feet I found from Home Depot or some that are similar. 

Flip it

4. Flip the suitcase back over so that it’s standing on the feet. Check to make sure it’s not wobbly and that the screws are not sticking too far out where they will bother your pet.

Place the cushion

5.  Last but not least, add in a cute cushion/pillow and add in a cute dog. Done!

See more from Bianca White, click here.

Year 3

Hello Passionista!

Today is a very special day… It’s my blogaversary !!!!

Three years ago, I stopped talking about my desires to be a blogger and actually became one. This journey has not always been easy but I am grateful for every moment. There has been some moments when I felt like blogging was not for me. I felt like my blog was not getting the response it needed in order for me to consider myself a blogger. But I continue to push through my mini anxiety attacks and focused on my desire to use this as a creative space to share with others.

Why did I start Passion Locked?

I have always been an opinionated and talkative girl. Sometime its a blessing, sometimes its a curse. For years I followed different blogs like Lauren Conrad and A Belle in Brooklyn and they gave me the desire to one day start my own blog. But I felt like I needed to be older and more established before I could start a blog. At the top of 2016, I made a goal to stop talking about what I want and go after each and every thing I want for myself. So, Passion Locked was created… I have always been a creative person, full of opinions, and big ideas. I wanted to create a space where I can share all of my creativity with the world. Passion Locked is my vault of creativity- everything from skincare and beauty (product) reviews, tips and routines to the DIY projects I share. It is my desire to use my creative space to connect with others just like me and build a community of ” Passionistas”

5 tips to starting a Blog

Now that I have been working on this passion project of mine for a few years, I’d like to offer some tips to anyone thinking about starting a blog.

  1. Don’t Second Guest Yourself. Just Do It!
  2. Set Content Calendars to follow each month
  3. Stay true to why you started
  4. Collaboration over Competition
  5. Keep it FUN!

What’s in store for Passion Locked?

I am just getting warmed up y’all. So, I hope you keep tuning in every week for new content. I want to grow Passion Locked into a creative brand as an offset to other business ventures I wish to pursue in Marketing, Brand Management and Event Planning. I’d also like to collaborate with more blogger and Passionista’s for passion projects, features and guest posts.

Thank you to all my subscribers and supporters for being apart of this journey with me!!!