Five Things I Loved at the Essence Best In Black Beauty Awards

Scandalous Beauty Covers Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards

As you may recall, Essence Magazine held its first Best in Black Beauty Awards in the May issue (and online). I was elated to receive an invitation to the event, so in true Erin form, I jetted up to NYC that afternoon, and came back the same night.

Have you ever seen someone that you think you know, but aren’t sure, and semi-stare and look creepy trying to figure out if it’s them? Yep, I totally did that in a random coffee shop near the event. Who was the person? Chescaleigh! I’ve followed her on Youtube for years, and was definitely excited to meet her! Janelle Monae presented an award to Ted Gibson, Rosci Diaz was there, June Ambrose was a co-host. Every one of these ladies is pint-sized.

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Get Inspired: By Invitation Only–The Story of Gilt’s $1 Billion Business

Gilt By Invitation Only

The “Get Inspired” series is all about the things that push me to be better. I’ll share all kinds of things with you, and hope they inspire you to keep your dreams and goals going!

Today, we’re going to take a look at a book I’m reading, “By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop” by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. I’ve never really been much of a recreational reader, but I’m absolutely a motivational reader. This is an exciting read for me because I am a firm believer in sample sale shopping! I bought one of my favorite dresses ever from Gilt. It’s also a top pick for me because it’s about leadership, risk-taking and innovating.

A Few “launch lessons”:

  • Don’t try to prove to the world that you did it all on your own and instead rely on the power of relationships with others from our business partners to your network.
  • Establish confidence in your own leadership style rather than trying to lead the “right” way.
  • Prioritize word-of-mouth marketing to build a trusting and engaged customer base.

As I continue to read, I’m sure I’ll be letting you know via twitter. For more information, check out the hardback and Kindle versions of the book on Amazon.

Note: This book was sent to me for blogging consideration. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, so I decided to share. The Amazon links are affiliate links.

10 Things Mikki Taylor Taught Me + Highlights From Her Book, Commander in Chic

Mikki Taylor and Erin Bailey, Scandalous Beauty

Warren and I went Mikki Taylor’s book signing last Friday in the District. It’s been months since I’ve felt so excited or so eager to learn. Her book, Commander in Chic, is an homage and guide to Mrs. Michelle Obama’s style. The book gives loads and loads of tips on style and beauty. I tried to purchase the book over and over again for Kindle, but it didn’t work. Luckily, I purchased it at Barnes and Noble so I could have it signed. Sweet. This book came out at the perfect time for me, as I am looking to get my work chic look together.

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Former Essence Editor Mikki Taylor Debuts New Book Today– Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing her Style Like a First Lady

Mikki Taylor Commander in Chic on Kindle for Ipad

It’s a great day in the world of fashion! Style Connoisseur Mikki Taylor’s new book, Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing her Style Like a First Lady, debuts today! Her book release party was held at Tracy Reese, and looked even more fab than we could have imagined. Soledad O’Brien was there along with fellow bloggers and editors. I was stuck in Maryland, in class. Grr. Take a look at the party pics here and here.

Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing her Style Like a First Lady is about to be my new fashion guide. I am a firm follower of Mikki Taylor. Whatever she says is golden to me. I’m crazy excited about this book because my wardrobe is full of clothes that don’t and pieces that I’ve had that no longer fit my style. I’m into dresses and skirts along with loads and loads of prints. I don’t own many of any of these. Can’t wait to hit the purchase button and add it to my collection of fashion books! I’ll be purchasing on Kindle for Ipad, pictured above.

I’m Inspired by Oprah’s Lifeclass

Oprah's Lifeclass Webcast

So listen. Oprah is awesome. People melt like buttah when it comes to her opinions, likes and dislikes. It’s insane. I enjoyed The Oprah Winfrey Show as much as the next person. Here’s how it works. Oprah’s Lifeclass show comes on Monday through Friday on Own. She then has a live webcast with additional thoughts, comments and questions.

Lifeclass is the TRUTH.

I was hooked on episode #3, You Become What You Believe. When Jim Carrey said he would sit in his dream neighborhood and just dream…I almost lost it. I’ve been doing the same thing for nearly 3 years now. Just a few months ago, I went to the very development and snapped several pictures, just to keep me inspired. My short term goal is to live in the home that I grew up in in downtown Baltimore. Super spacious, urban, full of sentimental value. That image of that home is the first thing I see anytime I pick up my phone, 40 or 50 times a day. It’s constantly on my mind, and that picture (and my vision board) pushes me to work harder to make those goals happen all the time. It’s all about the law of attraction. I’ll be re-watching that webcast tonight.

I tape all of the episodes, and catch up on the ones that I’m interested in. Last night, I watched the people that were “living a financial lie”. Come on, son. You have 6 kids, spend $400 on Starbucks a month, get your hair and nails done faithfully–but none of your kids have health insurance?

That Starbucks part kicked my butt, though. I’m a chronic eater-outer. It’s the dumbest thing in the world, because I absolutely love to cook! I even started a food blog, Funky Brown Foodie, to document the yummy foods that I make. I can’t worry about new clothes and stuff like that. I’m trying to save up to move into that home. I need to pay off these student loans. I need to see the world. I want to be my own boss.

Well, enough preaching. I highly advise you to go back and watch as many clips and reruns of Lifeclass as humanly possible. Many of these ideas aren’t new, but they are reinforced. It’s something we can all benefit from.