If you would have told me four months ago today, when I launched this blog, that I would one day share the stage with the founder of the top multicultural fashion blog around, at the #1 conference in the nation for bloggers of color, I…probably would’ve believed you…but I certainly would not have thought it would happen so soon.
But last week, that’s exactly what went down when I was invited by Toyota to not only attend the 2014 Blogalicious conference, but to close it out as the host of “Cocktails and Conversation with Claire”—Claire Sulmers, that is, founder and editor-in-chic of the Fashion Bomb Daily.
My connection to Toyota runs deep, so I was delighted when I heard they were the presenting sponsor of Blogalicious this year, and even more thrilled when the Vice President of African American Business Strategy asked me to be their conference spokesperson alongside Claire. Claire is someone I have admired for years who embodies my blogger dream of having a thriving platform doing something she loves that inspires women around the world, while getting paid well for it.
And the theme of our chat was appropriately “Be Bold. Be Great.” Part of achieving great things in life is taking bold steps. One bold choice does indeed lead to another, and “boldness” is at the cornerstone of walking in your greatness. Claire’s story is a great example of this.
Now, since I was tasked with getting my Oprah on with one of the top fashion bloggers out there, I had to bring my own A-game in the fashion department for the occasion. I knew Claire was going to bring it, so I had to come with my own “slayage,” as my good friend calls it.
I turned to Zuvaa, an online marketplace inspired by African fashion. You know I love a good print, so I set out to find a dress in an eye-catching pattern. I didn’t have to browse for long before I came across a winner by Tribal Groove, an Etsy shop by a lovely New Yorker named Stella that was featured on Zuvaa.
This mid-length, v-cut back, flowy dress was nothing short of sheer perfection!! Stella was even so sweet to feature my image from the evening as the primary photo for the dress on her Etsy shop! This dress definitely took the top spot in my wardrobe, so don’t be surprised if you catch me in it for every special event from not until eternity. Lol.
A big thank you to all the people who helped make last week so memorable, including the lovely ladies at PRecise Communications who put the entire Cocktails event together. Be Bold. Be Great. Be Blogalicious!