4.16.2014

ON PROFILE: STYLISHLY SWEET EVENTS



Social networking is a great place to meet others, if you're doing it right. I "met" the creative ladies behind Stylishly Sweet Events, Danae and Monica during "Alt chat" on Twitter and it's been a pleasure getting to know them and following their adventures in all things design and event planning.

Name of your business? Who is/are the mastermind(s) behind your business?
Stylishly Sweet Events--Danae & Monica are the masterminds behind SSE. We met at our day jobs in the tech world and realized we both had a love for style and events. We decided to go into business together, and the rest is history.

How did you start your company?
After much procrastination (because we wanted it to be perfect) we finally decided to just get it going! We began with our blog and then created a website from there. Now we are working on an online boutique, vintage rentals a brand new website and a really amazing concept we think is fun and innovative.

What made you go into Wedding & Event planning?
We really love planning and organizing events. The details, organization, and special projects are all wonderful parts of the process. We enjoy taking a concept and turning it into something you can see, enjoy, feel, etc. Why not take what you love to do, and do it with passion, every day? We also love to see that smile on our clients face at the end of the night.

What’s one (of many) things do you want to accomplish (business or career and personal)?
Since we’re both currently working other day jobs, we’d like to make SSE a full time business. We’d love to have a studio we can both work out of and host client visits and a warehouse to store our rentals, boutique inventory and other event details.

Danae: I just got married last year and we’re already looking forward to the family planning process and traveling all over the world together!

What’s one mistake you’ve learned from?
One (of many) mistakes I’ve learned from is comparing myself to others. We all say “don’t do it” but it’s really hard not to compare yourself to those in your industry who look super successful.  You start thinking, “What am I doing wrong? Why am I not as successful as they are?” Instead of looking at others and making comparisons, remember that you are truly unique and have something to offer that no one else in the world has. It’s good to know those in your industry, but focus on what you can bring to the table instead of what everyone else is doing. You’ll find success will come if you are true to who YOU are.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten (business or personal)?
Personal: Simple but true, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Business:  Karen Lamb said, “ A year from now you will wish you started today” That has really resonated with me.
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What’s one food you can eat for the rest of your life?
Danae: Spaghetti or anything Italian really
Monica: Potatoes. Because I love fries! Plus you can have them mashed, baked, twice baked.. there are so many possibilities!

You have to choose: living forever in sub-zero degree temperatures or blistering hot conditions (proper attire included).
Danae: Blistering hot. I love the dewy skin that heat creates and I HATE being cold. Like, serious hate.
Monica: Blistering Hot. I’m a born and raised California girl. I do not understand how others live where it snows ;) or that they chose to.  I also HATE the cold.  I would choose tropical over a winter wonderland every single time.


Routine you have to complete every day/week (the more embarrassing the better)  
Danae: I love routine. Here in my bedtime routine that I do every night. Yes, it’s a lot of work to go to bed for me.
*Take out contacts
*Wash and moisturize face
*Floss and brush teeth, put in retainer ;)
*Put on PJ’s
*Swipe on lip balm
*Put lotion on my hands
*Take a melatonin
*Read
*Pass out while reading

Monica: I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl. I don’t have a routine, I do what needs to be done and change my mind often. The only routine I can think of is I must have coffee once I get to work first thing, however, I don’t drink coffee on the weekends when I’m home? ;)

Current song you’re listening to? 
Danae: Cardiac Arrest by Bad Suns
Monica: Merry Go Round by Kasey Musgraves

Where can we find you online (Twitter, Facebook, blog, website, etc)?
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

4.10.2014

THE EASIEST BLACK BEAN HUMMUS, EVER

As most people know, I am a huge fan of hummus. I mean, if I could marry it I would. 



No I wouldn't, but it is not unheard of me eating a pound of hummus in a week--a week!

If you've ever wanted to make your own hummus but felt like it was too hard, think again. Grab your food processor or powerful blender or weak blender and a 5 speed mixer and get ready.



1 can black beans
1 can La Costena in Adobe Sauce Chipotle Peppers
1 table spoon of Cumin
Lime Juice
  • Drain and rinse your beans really well and add them in the blender/processor. 
  • Add at least 2 tablespoons of chipotle peppers (adjust for taste), cumin and lime juice
  • Blend for 30 seconds. Use a spoon get hummus from the side and blend again for another 30 seconds. Make sure the consistency is smooth and if not, blend a bit more until you get it to what you want.
  • Enjoy!

That's it. I told you it was easy :) -C 

4.03.2014

OWL STATIONERY (NEW WORK)


I was asked to design stationery featuring owls and I was excited to do so. I have this weird relationship when I see them, because they're both beautiful and creepy at the same time.




I went from sketchbook to computer (I usually just mess around in Illustrator) and it's a soothing process. It also helped to use Pinterest to gather ideas and refer to during the process.  

If you want something customized to you, feel free to send an email and we can start from there. -C

4.02.2014

ON PROFILE: DEANDRÉ UPSHAW

A fellow Baylor alum, DeAndré (Sic 'Em!) is everything a good Baylor Bear should be: a social media personality, a foodie, and a Beyoncé enthusiast. Most importantly, he uses his love of all three to tell other people's stories in his own way.




Name of your business? Who is/are the mastermind behind your business? 
The State of Awesome. I’m the main mastermind behind this crazy scheme.

How did you start your company? What made you create The State of Awesome?
I’ve worked in web video production for the past 5 years, and I really wanted to create something that would allow me to bring something new to the table in terms of spotlighting business in the DFW area. I act as the host, producer, editor, sound guy - whatever needs to be done.

What’s one (of many) things do you want to accomplish (business or career and personal)?
My dream used to be to host 106 & Park, but nowadays I just want to tell people’s stories. That’s sort of the unifying theme of all the work I do - everyone has a story, lets figure out the best way to tell it.

What’s one mistake you’ve learned from?
Don’t undervalue your work. If someone cares enough to reach out to you to get something done, they should be willing to pay for it.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten (business or personal)?
Invest in yourself, because no one else will.

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What’s one food you can eat for the rest of your life?
PIZZA. TIMES A MILLION.

You have to choose: living forever in sub-zero degree temperatures or blistering hot conditions (proper attire included).
Sub zero all the way. I despise being too hot.

Routine you have to complete every day/week (the more embarrassing the better)? 

I use Pharell’s beauty regime, which he learned from Naomi Campbell: Wash your face with cold water every morning, cleanse with Cetaphil. I moisturize everyday and exfoliate once a week. I’m not anal about it, but I do believe in taking care of my skin, mainly to balance out all of the horrible food I eat.

Current song you’re listening to?
Rocket by Beyoncé. Don’t hate.

Where can we find you online?

About DeAndré | The State of AwesomeTwitter | LinkedIn

3.31.2014

APRIL GOALS

I’ve seen a few bloggers do this for whatever reason (maybe accountability) but nonetheless, I enjoy reading them so I thought, “Why not write/publish some of my own?”


1. Get healthy. Spring is the beginning of all new things. Flowers bloom, the grass is greener, brightness ensues and after a rough start to 2014, I’m taking it in. Saying that, the stress of life has interfered with my goal to be a healthy person. Sure I run, but the eating is out of control.

The goal here isn’t to do this or that to be healthy as much as it is to make healthier choices. I’m no longer going to restrict myself too much, though I want to pick up being vegan again. We’ll see.

2. Connect offline.
Connecting online hasn’t been a problem. I’ve “met” some amazing people, introduced others, overall, expanding my network and set for some upcoming new ventures on that end.

But I have to move offline and go to mixers and mingle with people to make local connections (that social anxiety though. Drink please?). It’ll do me good, just have to put on my big girl panties and do it.

3. Take more photos.
The design portion has been amazing, but the photo part has been lacking (except any projects/work I’ve done on the blog). I miss taking photos not on my phone, so alas, I need to get out there and shoot some things.

4. Dabble in video/vlogging.
Video is a really great way for you to reach your audience, no matter what you do. Saying that, I’ll get over my, “My voice doesn’t sound that great on video,” set up my tripod and figure out what I’m going to do a video on. A recipe? New DIY? Who knows? Either way, you’ll get a kick out of it for whatever reason. :)