Moving to Atlanta

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(Photography: Dante Sims Photography)

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The universe has been sending me curve after curve on my quest to greatness! I have had such an experience on this journey and the only way I can describe it is, humbling. From the beginning of 2015, I have been planning my move to Atlanta, GA, although I’ve wanted to move there since forever, I just recently had the opportunity to make that happen. So back around the end of June, my friend and I packed our bags, jumped in my car, and hightailed it to ATL!! Once we got there it was straight to work, looking for castings, booking photoshoots and really immersing ourselves in the ATLien lifestyle.

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(Shirt – Forever 21, Shorts – H&M, Flatforms – Love Culture)

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Well that was very short lived because after four days of being there, my car was stolen! Yep that’s right, someone got into my car and drove away. Not only did they take all of the inventory and valuable property out of the car, they ripped out my ignition, stripped my oil, left anti-freeze all inside of the car and my wallet with my DL and credit cards were in the car as well. After being awaken in the middle of the night by my friend, only to find out someone had just driven away in my car, left me dazed, confused, and totally in shock. Of course, my initial feeling was devastation. I mean, my whole life was in my car, my wallet, my cards, my inventory. I was just really hurt because I felt like I was on the right track, how could this happen to me? I tried to remain positive as I reminded myself the Creator and universe has a crazy way of working things out. I’ve seen it happen too many times but I couldn’t help crying myself to sleep that night.

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Luckily, the car was found a few days later. The time I spent however, trying to get the car out of police custody, the towing company’s lot and back in my possession was pure HELL. Boy, did I have a lot of mood swings, emotional spurts, and anxiety attacks. It was really an experience that I had not prepared myself for, in which the universe was out to prove. Overall, I was able to stay positive and keep myself together to get through this with a little encouragement along the way.

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Fast forward to today and I can say the Creator will never let me down. All of the trials we go through only make us stronger. My colleagues look at me for my strength during this process but, to me, that situation exposed just how weak and ill prepared I was. Going through that showed me a lot and has put me in a place to make some major moves for my brand. So now I’m back and forth from Columbia to Atlanta. As I am just being able to lay this situation to rest, I wanted to share my experience with you guys and just get it off my chest.

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I’ve really been an example of trusting the journey and not the pain. Everything you think you have planned for your life can be changed in an instance. Life will throw you punches just to test how well you can adapt and prevail. I continue to stay and promote positivity because that is a MAJOR thing that will get you through life. I would love to hear how you stayed positive through a trying time in your life. Leave a comment below and don’t forget to share!

A Day In Charleston

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With all the planning for my website launch, HairWalk rehearsals, and getting my products shipped out, my weekends have been pretty busy. So, when my friend asked if I wanted to take a ride to Charleston, I happily obliged. I was just excited to be able to take a trip that wasn’t revolving, well you know, work. My brain needed a break and this was the perfect day trip to get my gears oiled up again.

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We shopped in the Marketplace for a while before heading to lunch at Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant, a 5th generation family owned and operated restaurant. This place is pretty popular, as my friend explained to me that there is usually a line wrapped around the building. When we got seated at our table, we noticed these nameplates stated who (famous celebrity) had sat at the table. Of course, we get the table of Sex in the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker.

I ordered their pick 3 option with shrimp scampi, fried tilapia, and fried scallops. It came with a side (of course I chose mac & cheese) and salad (for an extra charge). I also ordered a Tequila Kamikaze for a cocktail. I asked for a little blue for coloring. 🙂 If you are not a heavy drinker, like myself, you should ask that they pour light on the liquor because they like their cocktails strong! I was such a great experience and the customer service was amazing. Being that it was our first time, the 4th generation owner came over, introduced himself and made sure we were exceptionally taken care of.

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Charleston, SC has also been the scene of tragedy as 9 lives were taken in the shooting of Mother Emanuel AME Church, a heinous hate crime by Dylann Roof. While I was there, I had to go visit and pay my respects.

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A poem dedicated to the Emanuel 9.

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South Carolina Music Awards #BTS

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(Skirt: Page XVII, Shirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Rag-O-Rama, Accessories: World Imports)

As some of you may know, and for those who don’t, I was nominated for South Carolina Music Awards 2015 Model of the Year Award! Super exciting for me to be among some of the state’s top models. I recently attended the event this past weekend in Florence, SC. I loved the experience, even though I was exhausted by the end of the night. I didn’t take home the award this year but it was definitely an honor to be there. I got to meet new people in the industry and it was my first awards show!

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Rapper Freddy P and Domino J

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Model Ashley Myers, Recording Artist Mo Beats, and Domino J

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Domino J, Queen and Mani Millss

….but there’s more….

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More Money More Problems Fashion Show

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(Shirt: Thrifted, Necklace: Flaw by Jai, Boots: Shoedazzle)

Yay!! I finally have pictures from the More Money More Problems fashion show!! I hope you all enjoyed the behind the scenes look at all fun. Of course, we were running around backstage like chickens with our heads cut off but once we hit the stage, it was all good. It was such a huge success that my girl, Mani Millss is already preparing the next one! More information coming soon, so be on the lookout. I hope you guys enjoy!

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(Photography: Patrick Oates Photography)

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(Photography: Gene Breeland)

(Shirt: Fresh Gang, Shorts: Hips & Rips by Mani Millss)

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