Carolina Music Awards


I’m not even sure where to start.  I had a bucket list experience this past weekend.  I was invited by #EvelynPutnamDesigns to be the official accessory stylist for her model/presenter team, and the 10th anniversary #carolinamusicawards CMA1.jpg

This was the 10th annual awards ceremony held in the Carolinas. The Carolina Music Awards (CMA’s) recognizes the extensive talent in Hip Hop,  R&B,  Rock,  Youth, Americana, Bluegrass and Country.

“Every year we look to make this event more and more beneficial to Carolina artists and to support the great music created right here in the Carolinas.  We are focused on one singular objective, the development of the music industry in the Carolinas while encouraging growth in our music, both present and future.  The CM Awards focuses on the hottest music and artists in the Carolinas in most genres”- Carolina Music Awards

The talent was unbelievable, and the excitement palpable.

Friday night was a meet and greet with the artists and VIP’s, and was a great time to learn more about the nominees of the Carolina Music Awards.

20375915_1808549909162920_4503900979734213900_n  It was a little intimidating at first but these were some of the nicest people I’d ever met.  We heard stories of where they came from and what projects they were working on at the present time.  The talent of these young people (they’re younger than me) was amazing and I couldn’t help but admire the dedication it takes to be a performer.

preparations for Saturday evening  started at 1:45 pm.  Models arrived  to have their makeup done #blushed #blushedbynatashia www.blushedbynatashia.com and hair styled. #TriciaSterlingDesigns #RachelPalmerHair

#EvelynPutnamDesigns had arranged for #maggiescatering to come in and provide amazing food for all of us,

and #amozingoHERBALIFE  kept us refreshed with Herblife tea (super yummy and good for you too). _NK79774.NEF





As the accessory stylist, I chose and placed the jewelry with each model’s dress. I escorted the models with their dresses to the makeup chair.  I  would stay with the model until the makeup artist could see the complete outfit, with jewelry then she could create the final look.


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Natashia Pass with #blushed #blushedbynatashia www.blushedbynatashia.com did her magic, and created some stunning looks for the models.




My part was not totally unlike what I do for my clients, except my clients are not usually  heading out to the red carpet (for the most part) 😉

These women are stunning on the inside as well as the outside! It was a pleasure to work with them.


Costuming credit #pouthouse

When the models were all ready, they posed for some photos in the studio and then headed over to the venue, for more photos and the red carpet.

The team took some pics on the red carpet and interviewed in the fashion lounge with Coul Crenshaw #CoulStyle.  coulstyle

Ok, so at this moment I’m thinking. . .  “Girl, I know you were invited here but are you sure you’re supposed to be here”?  It was surreal!  After the interview we headed to the front for some more promotional pictures and then inside to wait for the theatre doors to open.

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We visited a little more in the lobby area.  I loved checking out all the dresses and outfits.  Some of the outfits were quite elaborate.

I was concerned that I didn’t have anything appropriate, but honestly, anything black always works for formal occasions.

The kick off  was a nominee, Lauren Nicole.  I truly enjoyed their performance.  The program continued on from there with more performances mixed in with the awards.

We were so excited to celebrate with Brianna Graves, her model of the year award. Congratulations, you worked so hard.


It was an amazing night and one I will not soon forget.

Thank you to all the people who made the night with all the hard work.





Pare back your closet, you’ll thank me for it!

So I took advantage of shopping my own closet this morning. Ok,  maybe it wasn’t MY closet but my BFF’s closet.  I have two events this weekend, and I didn’t have anything to wear, literally.  I headed over to my second closet and found a couple of items that she wasn’t using, didn’t like or fit.  So I came home with a bag a clothes and 2 1/2 outfits and even a couple of hats.  Yay for me!
So what I want to talk about today is the over abundance of clothes we have, and how that “can” make getting dressed harder because we have too much.

I have permission, and in fact, she gave me the idea to write about her today.  She has A LOT OF CLOTHES.  She says I wear something new every time she sees me, but I’m just good at using my entire closet and allowing my accessories to be the starring role.   She just moved, and in conjunction with pilfering  pillaging shopping her closet I helped her unpack and hang up clothes. She is one of the most generous people I know and often times she will send me home with items from her closet because she thinks it would look better on me, or it’s too short on her (did I mention she’s 6′ 1″ to my 5’3″) .  We look a bit like Mutt and Jeff 891933-muttjeffd_115

So when something is too short on her, she offers it to me.  Unfortunately, being so tall, means her shoes do not fit me.  LOL

She has an amazing closet of clothes,(picture below is not her closet) but she admitted to me she was hanging on to things for sentimental reasons.  We all do, at least, I think that is normal. She did get rid of a trash bag full of clothes she knew she’d never wear again.  I was so proud! img-thing

I did this little trick in my own closet, about 6 months ago, granted it was a different season, but it will still work.  Empty your entire closet onto your bed, so you will have to finish this before bedtime.  42f340f6f3b5728529d723dc032ee205

This is a great raining day activity.  Ha Ha After you have cleared out your entire closet, you’ll need three piles. First pile is, “I love this, and I feel amazing every time I wear it”. second pile is, “I haven’t worn this in a while, but I’m not sure I want to get rid of it yet”, the third pile is, “I haven’t worn this in a year OR MORE in some cases, and I don’t plan on wearing it EVER AGAIN!”.  The third pile, should go directly into a bag or box to be donated.

You are left with 2 piles. The first pile is easy, hang it back up in whatever way you’d like it organized, ie skirts, shirts, pants, etc. The second pile hang it back up with the hangers pointing at you and not the normal way.  This way, you’ll know you haven’t worn it and in 6 months to a  year, and when you do this again, you’ll see you don’t need it and you can go ahead and “Let it Go”



You will walk in to your closet and feel so free.  You’ll be able to see your favorites and probably wear more of your closet since you can see the items better.  Another, caveat is you’ll find where you might have wholes in your closet, such as, a white button down blouse, black pants, and a blazer (back to a previous post, the “uniform”).  This will make is so much easier to shop, you’ll know what you need to purchase and you won’t purchase unneeded items.

You can check out swap.com for any holes in your wardrobes and can shop from your couch (which you know I love).  I have two $10 vouchers for the first two ladies to reach out and claim them.

As always you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, to make your one on one FREE closet consult.

Are you holding on to anything for sentimental reasons?  What do you think of this process, could you implement it?