It was Friday August 12th, 2016 and I was done with my shoot. I went to the hotel and put on my all black attire. I wanted to dress up sharp but simple. I made my way to the heart of Atlanta to take part in the TCFStyle Mixer held by the esteemed Marie Denee (IG: @mariedenee), founder of TheCurvyFashionista.com and the TCFStyle Expo! Marie is a curvy fashion blogger that keeps you informed on anything and everything for the plus-size women from fashion to fashion tech. Knowing of her work and reputation I was eager and thrilled to have been given the honor to attend her networking mixer at the Georgia Freight depot in Atlanta. The mixer was part of a larger Expo, which included over 40 vendors, Industry panels with notable guests, and fun fashion shows showing the latest in curvy fashion!
As I walked up to the building I noticed Marie aka Marie Leggette on Facebook, stitting outside with Fallon, owner of IPM management (IG: @ipmmodels) in deep conversation. Business never sleeps with these two awesome individuals. I greeted Marie and gave her a big hug. I then proceeded to enter the building when I was met with a sea of beauty and pageantry. Models, bloggers and the industry's who's who were in the building. The DJ on the scene was playing all the right tunes to keep the crowd bustling with excitement. I was driving but I had to have one rum and coke, which lubed up my social gears. Seeing so many familiar faces made me feel at home. Making some new friends was on my agenda, because you can’t have too many clients. Marie set up the perfect event for people to rub elbows and start conversations on new projects and current industry events and news. I had two interesting conversations with industry pros Alexandra Boos of TRUE Model management (IG: @alexandra_boos) and Runway Coach Debbie Shannon (IG: @mpa2004) in particular. Its always good to meet my Facebook friends in real life. I was also pleased to see the models I had just finish shooting for my Atlanta tour at the event all decked out in their finest! The beauty surrounding me was humbling. I enjoyed mingling and interacting with the guests at this mixer and seeing business cards exchange hands all around me. It really showed the importance for all of us coming together and setting aside any competition and coming up with solutions to further promote the plus industry through positive events and gatherings. And as in any event where the guests are having a good time, the line dancing began and the atmosphere bloomed with even more delight. That’s when I took out my little pocket camera and began shooting away. Thank you Marie for an amazing mixer. Cheers!
Scroll down for images and live Facebook video recorded that night.
Short Facebook live video from the mixer.
Founder of Full Figured Fashion Week Gwen DeVoe and model Nedra Phillips.
Atlantas own Nedra Phillips and Telethia Penn.
Fallon Sinclair and Gwen DeVoe.
The Original Runway Diva herself Sharon Quinn
Mel O. Faison and Kateea Scott with friend.
Model Nikki Carter.
Amber McCulloch of stylepluscurves.com
Radio personality and host Chenese Lewis.
Our gracious host Marie Denee!
And who said curvy ladies can't wear crop tops? Well who cares because Marie did and she rocked it!
Blogger Ty Alexander
The Best west coast fashion stylist Reah Norman and the Best east coast fashion stylist Meaghan O'Connor in the same picture. Classic.
Famed fashion Queen and book author Susan Moses (right) with Chenese Lewis.
Runway coach Debbie Shannon.
Fresh face on the scene Alex Kairington who I met at Liris Crosse mini bootcamp class in Atlanta.
Photo Tour 2016 Atlanta alumni Wondrea Gilmore.
My beautiful friend and client the Latina bombshell Christina Mendez.
Susan Moses with TRUE Model Managements own Alexandra Boos.
Freind and colleague the ever stunning Liris Crosse.
Finally got Christina Mendez and Liris Crosse in the same picture! Next time on set! That would be magical!
Ashley Stewarts own the ever sexy Tamara Ivey.
Marie Denee and Shannon celebrating a successful event.