5 Things I Have Learned From Women Who Lunch Brunch  

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my second Women Who Lunch Brunch, which took place at  Benchmark Restaurant near downtown Brooklyn. Women Who Lunch Brunch is a vibrant online community joined by a group of multifaceted professional women who refused to be boxed in.

Curated by Roodelyne Jean Baptiste, Digital Marketer & Owner of RSocks, this event discussed topics ranging from entrepreneurship, finances to relationship, and also self-love. Honestly there is nothing more that I enjoy in life besides pancakes and mimosa then being surrounded by open-minded individuals with not just dreams but set plans to achieve them. Unlike many brunches that I’ve attended over the past couple of years, this one is by far one of my favorite for a few reasons: everyone is welcoming, they give out hugs, and the attendees are very transparent about their experiences.

Guest speaker Lisa Francoeur Mesa of LinkedIn & owner of Fancyfied dropped some powerful gems during the course of our brunch that definitely helped us shaped our mindset for the upcoming year. The passion in her voice when discussing her lifestyle brand Fancyfied was truly inspiring. The crowd came from diverse background; doctors, professional photographers, designers, and real estate agents who despite their busy schedules are looking to grow and achieve more in their life

Check out these gems Lisa dropped during the bi- annual Women Who Lunch Brunch

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“People within your network can help or diminish your dreams.”

I can’t stress this enough, you are the sum of the people with whom you spend the most time. As  Kanye said, “Too many Urkels on your team, that’s why your wins low.” If you have movers and shakers well trust me, you too will find way to be one as well. However, as Lisa mentioned if your environment is toxic, no matter how long you’ve been friends with them DROP THEM.

“Carve out time to devote to your dream.”

Despite your job, make time for the side thing until it can become your full-time thing. Rome wasn’t build in one day nor will your dreams. We create excuses faster than we create our goals, but if it’s something that you want to achieve make time.

 Procrastination: You eat what you kill.

Is procrastination inevitable? No, however, don’t let it cripple you nor your dreams. Lisa’s solution to procrastination is quite simple: “Think about all the things you’ve achieved in your life and use that feeling to keep you going.” 

“How you show up anywhere is how you show up everywhere.”

For most of us, we tend to hide our personality when we are at work. However, Lisa mentioned that by being authentic to your values, others will be able to see you shine through. As my mom would say, “The right people will be attracted to you and your essence, so go out there and  be you!

Write down your goals.

What have you done to realize your goal today? Let the reminders and goals you set for yourself haunt you. I know it can sound daunting but don’t let circumstances nor time take away from achieving your purpose in life.

Let me know how you’re planning to wrap up this year’s goals and be on the lookout for the next Women Who Lunch Brunch.

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On The Rise: Personal Style Blogger, Tiffany Battle

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Tiffany Battle’s bold and unapologetic sense of style has caught the attentions of many.  Her striking silhouettes and prints are every girl’s #closetgoals. However, besides inspiring your fashion style, she recently launched a passion project, This Space is Reserved, an uplifting platform helping others push through any negative experience they face and how to overcome them. Let’s find out more about Tiffany and her latest adventure.

Tell us about a little bit about yourself.

I’m Tiffany Battle, the Personal Style Blogger and Online Influencer of The Werk! Place. My background is in Chemical Engineering, and I’ve worked in the industry for over 9 years!

By nature, I’m a very logical and methodical person. Couple that with being able to conquer math and science successfully, engineering seemed like the perfect fit. I struggled throughout my career to find creative outlets within the engineering field, so The Werk! Place was a great option. I started blogging back in 2012 and I haven’t looked back since.

 How did you get into the world of fashion blogging?

The Werk! Place was started back in October 2012 after a monumental international birthday trip and a short visit to Paris during Fashion Week. Paris Fashion Week was such a movie! I immediately went to purchase a DLSR camera, bought a domain name, created the site, put on a cute outfit and created my first blog post.

thewerkplaceetchegolucabomberjacket10You’ve turned your passion into profit, what are some obstacles you faced in the early stages?

I’m still knee-deep in it! I’m facing obstacles right now in terms of what to prioritize and where to invest money. I’m in the risk taking phase. Everything that I’m doing right now is a toss-up, and I just pray that it works out. That’s the real real.

Tell us about your latest project This Space is Reserved.

I started This Space Is Reserved (thisspaceisreserved.tumblr.com) the week of my 4th Blogiversay. It’s a passion project that celebrates ridding yourself and your life of negative influences. I would see these ‘No Parking’ signs all around the city and they started to become symbols of telling the negativity that it could not park here in my life any longer. I wanted to share that power.

How important was it for you create this platform?

The platform is a very important reminder to take control of your thoughts and your life. Sure, life happens to all of us but it’s how we react to those moments in life that will make the difference. Thoughts become things. The moment that you can start to see the positive in any situation, you’ve won.

I can’t pass a ‘No Parking’ sign without feeling liberated. It’s a gentle reminder to rise above those thoughts and keep on keeping on.

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On The Rise: Sara Crawford

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Sara Crawford is the Jill of all trades. As a wife, entrepreneur, blogger, fashion designer and stylist, she is focused on helping others to stylishly put their best foot forward. She is the curator behind the popular lifestyle blog Blondie Jones, a platform she uses to share her creative fashion views with the world. Let’s find out more about Sara journey.

1.Tell me a little bit about yourself (i.e.: education, career, personal interests, etc)

I am a designer and stylist for my brand Anara Original. I am the editor for Blondie Jones Life & Style Blog and author of The Playbook to Essential Style. I have an AS & BA degree in Fashion Design and Marketing, which  I completed in 3 years. I love all things fashion, however I also love to write, I love music, I love visual merchandising – I create a career and life that I love filled with all the things I love. In my spare time I love watching Big Bang Theory, Cooking & entertaining, Planning Parties, Singing, and Traveling.

2.How did you fall into the fashion industry?

I was always around well-dressed people; I believe this made it easier to love fashion. From the time I was about 11 or 12 I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. My fondest memory as a child was going to Donna Karan Outlet with my family and I  immediately fell in love with her designs. It was at that moment I knew I was going to be in the fashion industry and that I had expensive taste.

3.You are a serial entrepreneur; how do you stay on top of things while managing your personal life?

I am still learning how to balance and separate the two. However, I have a to-do  list handy, and I have a schedule of what tasks should happen on their scheduled day. This strategy keeps me pretty focused. Prioritizing is definitely key to getting my duties completed.

4.Tell me about your book?

The Playbook to Essential Style is all about the essential garments and accessories you should have in your closet. The book offers strategies on how to build your wardrobe from the ground up. I discuss play by-play tips and directions on how to define your look, exploring your style, and executing pairing and versatility option effortlessly.

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