Sep 24, 2017

5 Business Lessons Learned Cruising With Carnival

When I took an 8 day Caribbean voyage this summer with my family (see post here), I had no intention of doing any business much less thinking of it. But as a business owner, business just has a way of creeping into the brain like rock doves finding their way home. But analogies aside---successfully hosting  approximately five thousand (staff and passengers) on a ship for eight full days takes logistical know how. May eight days at sea with Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) reinforced so many business principles---here are my top five.

1. Know Your Customer Base - Fun for all. All for fun. It's Carnival's slogan. And rightfully so. Carnival is known as the fun ship and after speaking to many cruise travelers, they've made it clear that this is their number one reason to cruise with Carnival. And during my 8 days aboard the Splendor---I got to experience this for myself. Those aboard seemed to have come to have just that, fun. From toddlers to retirees---there were infinite activities for all. There's even Camp Ocean, a kids camp where parents can drop off their precious cargo for some kiddie time. I was so happy to have this option for my son. The hubs and I had some much needed time to ourselves.
2. Value Systems and Processes - I was fortunate to have a private tour of the galley where the head Chef aboard the Carnival Splendor explained the very detailed and in-dept process of providing passengers with nightly palatable three-course meals. From the procurement of food and supplies, food prep or personnel management--one thing is for sure, there were solid systems and processes in place to support this complex operation. This is key to the success of any solvent and profitable business. Applications to support staffing, procurement to passenger booking are all essential in supporting business operation and process automation. Documenting business processes for the sake of business continuity is just as critical should there be unexpected disruption. Having all of your business policies and procedures in your head does no good to the success of your business and puts your business at great risk.

Sep 17, 2017

Harvest Goods|Thanksgiving Wish List

It is about that time of year where families are making holiday plans. Thanksgiving is certainly my favorite time of the year. It is when the domestic diva in me is at her most happiest. My inner Martha Stewart can bring out the fine china and finally put to use countless recipes pinned throughout the year on my Pinterest food boards. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home in years, but this year could be the return. I am officially in the spirit and have plenty to be thankful for.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? What is on your dinner menu?Until next time. . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

Sep 4, 2017

Head Wrap Happenings

Hey Beauties,

There use to be a time when time was in abundance. But with greater responsibility comes sacrifice. And in many cases, that sacrifice is time. With only three months left in the year, I've found myself in panic mode as of late. Trying to figure out how to get as many items checked off that proverbial resolutions list. So just like everything else that's needed---what do you do? Buy time. Yep. I've hired help. House cleaning help. Business help. You name it. In order to be proficient in the areas of importance-- outsource when necessary. Because it really takes a village. And a head wrap too. Until next time...peace, love & blessings.

Aug 26, 2017

Closet Organization | Organize in Style

You know the good ole saying, "Less is More"? Well...I like it. In my 20s, if you'd show me a photo of a sprawling 900 sf walk-in closet filled with all the material things a woman could ever desire---I'd be lying if I told you that it wasn't appealing. Fast forward to my 30s and oh how things have changed. That 900 sf walk-in is no longer appealing. Why? Because I've become a much more smarter consumer. One who realizes that the most fashionable girl isn't the one with the biggest closet, but the one with the biggest and most creative imagination. She chooses her pieces wisely, could care less about what is trending and simply beats to her own creative drums. Yes! Her. Oh how I love her. Closet organization is key whether you are working with modest space or square footage large enough to store the football equipment of an entire football team. The fact is, if your closet isn't organized---you will never have anything to wear, you'll continue spending unnecessarily and chances are, you haven't shopped your closet in a very long time.
Closet Organization | Organize in Style
------------------------------------Here are a few tips to organizing your closet----------------------------
  • Get Rid of the Junk: Prior to organizing, getting rid of the unwanted items should be the first step to organizing your closet. It is the perfect time to donate to charity, sell on Poshmark, Etsy or at your neighborhood yard sale.
  • Develop a Closet Layout and Design: Start planning out a design for your new or renovated closet space. There are plenty of professional custom closet design companies out there. Many of them offer budget-friendly design options. Easy Closets is a popular closet organization company that many rely on for custom closet projects. The other option is to do-it-yourself. 
  • Get to Work: Start by organizing your items by season, then by functional group (blazers, jeans, tops, skirts, etc) and by color. You will need to establish a storage mechanism for shoes, jewelry, scarfs, belts, hats, sunglasses, etc. No worries, I've provided a couple of my favorite storage and closet must-haves below.
  • Reevaluate the System: Once you've implemented this new system, give it some time before evaluating its success. If it works, perfect. If not, determine what aspects within the design and process you'd like to change. As your wardrobe and lifestyle needs change, there will be a need to make changes to your existing closet infrastructure. 
I hope you find these tips and resources helpful for your closet organization efforts. Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Aug 19, 2017

5 Spirit Lifting Inspirational Songs

Music is said to be the universal language. I've always been one to believe that the three most fundamental things to understanding and embracing worldly culture are music, food and fashion. So it is by no surprise that all three of these art driven expressions help to bring tremendous balance to my life. My music choices are as versatile as my fashion. There is a little bit of everything in my iTunes library, and I do mean everything. So please don't judge me when you see me riding out to my trap music. LOL. My music choice at any given time is driven by my mood and what inspires me at the present moment. But when I'm stuck in a rut and inspiration calls--- I can turn to any of the below songs for that extra boost of inspiration. what are some of your favorite inspirational tunes?
PLAYLIST: Blessed - Patti Labelle | Optimistic - Sounds of Blackness | Get Up Get Out - Goodie Mob | Try Again - Aaliyah | Stronger - Kanye West | Survivor - Destiny's Child | I Can - Nas |  Keep Your Head Up - 2Pac | Everything is Everything - Lauryn Hill | The Day After - Goodie Mob

Okay, so it was a bit hard to just leave you with just five--- so I threw in a few extras. To all my moms, I hope you have some great plans for the weekend. I'm just going to soak in some much needed sun at the beach. Until next time....Peace, Love Blessings!