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PALACE ll: greenville’s underground art show.

Elizabeth Seward. Kayla Frost. Antonio Milan. Drew Stanley. Clair Oliver. Cassia Abbott. Alexander Harrison. Andy Warhol once said, “You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because, those are the only good things.”

Cassia Abbott’s art has so much passion + feeling. (below) “I started painting in college. I didn’t know what I was doing. I started out doing graphic design and that just wasn’t my thing. I realized that was what I wanted to do. 2004. The aviator series is based on childhood memories which is really important to me.” 

“My sister is a huge subject of my paintings. She’s beautiful and such an inspiration to me. It’s kinda a Madonna aspect + feeling.” When it comes to art she says: “Just do it. The biggest thing that’s helped me is studying it. Going to school. The progress I had made was incredible. I hadn’t had a lot of training before that. Whether it’s education or mentoring, it’s s important. Soaking it in + getting instructions.”

Most of Antonio Milan’s work imitates pain. He covers it beautifully. (below)

“As far as my paintings go, I drew a lot of them after my brother was killed. I drew all of these after my brother was killed to be honest. I kinda started exploring the idea of death, life, and trying to incorporate my feelings from him onto paper. This is from the heart.”

Alexander Harrison’s work was brilliant. (below)

“I take inspiration from many different other artists like Philip Guston. Monet, Picasso, I just take things from other artist and put them together like collages. With this show specifically I worked through different pieces in my life. My favorite piece is my piece about an ex. The symbolism.” You can contact him at alexanderharri077@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Seward is changing the game. Her floral displays show an emotion I’ve never seen before. ( below )

She started about two + a half years ago working under someone in Greenville. “I helped her out with weddings + stuff like that. I just decided to part ways with that. I started my own business in February 2016.” You can check out her shop Philo Floral at the link here.

The mind behind the PALACE? $amson. He originally went to USC Aiken to become a lawyer. Always had a thing for hip hop, so he started writing. Before he knew it he’d spent 3-4 hours just writing. “No one was making anything I liked so I started producing for myself. After that stage I dropped out, moved to Greenville. I was trying to find people to help me out, put on shows and no one wanted to do a single thing. So I started booking my own shows + doing my own set design. PALACE I was supposed to be a promotional for a show that I was doing + everything just worked out so well. That’s where PALACE II came from. After I did the first art show I decided to make like a series.”

WHAT’S NEXT?! $amson has a music festival coming up on May 27th called ‘Camp Hologram’, that he’s actually headlining! There’s 10 hours of music, there’s camping, tubing, clothes, arts and crafts, you have to be there. I’ll leave the link here.

“It came from just doing it all myself. When I had to struggle to make this work it made my talents blossom. Desperation, the need for this brought it out. I didn’t intend to make a wave of it. I like to see different groups of people come together, and like have a good time + just enjoy life + enjoy each other. I really don’t compromise. It’s just my money, it’s just my money in Camp Hologram, its just my hands in this thing. If no one gives you money then they can’t tell you what to do.

 

SHEEN Magazine Legendary Weekend ’17: the Kimmie Awards

Blue Kimble from ‘Being Mary Jane’, ‘The Game’ & ‘Devious Maids’

SHEEN has yet AGAIN, put together another successful legendary weekend. Every year continues to get better while the celebs get bigger and BIGGER! The third annual gala hosted its first Kimmie Awards as a celebratory reception for the founder and publisher, Kimberly Chapman, in which creatives and business-oriented professionals were honored in their perspective fields.

Everyone was absolutely gorgeous. The red carpet was full of high fashion + glam. There was no better location than the wild heart of Atlanta.

The night’s honoree, the TALENTED Vivica Fox.

Marlo Hampton from ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and style expert, Marlo Hampton presented Catherine Brewton, Vice President of Broadcast Music, Inc. with the Music & Arts awards which honors individuals with a background in the music/art industry and have accomplished milestones in their field and have gone on to help the creative community in the process.

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James and Bernard Bronner were presented the Outstanding Entrepreneurial Achievement award for their work in the hair and beauty industry with their company, Bronner Brothers.

With Woman of the Year honoree, actress Vivica A. Fox taking home the Kimmie Award that is set to annual honor women in the creative or entrepreneurial fields who has accomplished significant milestones and continues to strive for the African-American community and empower leaders.

SHEEN closed out the weekend with an Empowerment Brunch and it was slammed packed with entertainment and heartfelt words from all of the special guests. From Vivica A Fox to Melody Holt, they couldn’t have celebrated the finale of such a great weekend any better. The exclusive gathering was sponsored by none other than Mielle Organics. Publisher, Kimberly Chapman and Editor-in-Chief, Sammi Haynes concluded the event in style as always. There couldn’t have been a better ending to such a legendary weekend!

 

Sabrina Carpenter | EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE + interview

February 2017: Revel Event Center (304 E. Stone Ave.) | Sabrina Carpenter performed EXCLUSIVELY in Greenville, SC for the FIRST time. You may recognize the starlet from Disney Channel’s hit TV show “Girl Meets World“. What I bet you didn’t know, is that she’s also widely recognized for her music. She performed her biggest hit “Thumbs“, as the crowd went WILD. Thumbs went up in the air while the irony + passion fumed the room. I asked her what her preshow routine was + she confidently replied: “Jamz + dancing on the tour bus!”

I’ll attach my concert video here for all you lovelies <3  Thank you ‘Revel’ for having us!

Exploration Post: Abbeville, SC

I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect to come back from Abbeville as inspired as I am. I couldn’t wait to get back home and start on this article. This town may be small, but the memories I brought back were anything but mini. I’ve never brought my mom on one of my explorations before, so I brought her + we met up w/ my friend Janae who just happens to be a local 🙂

It’s rare to go someplace you’ve never been and feel more at home than ever. Everywhere I ventured came with new experiences. HUGE thank you to Renee Smith of the Belmont Inn. I’d also like to thank William Savitz of the Village Grill along with his wife Molly. The Belmont provided us with a complementary stay for my article + the Village Grill gave us a complementary meal. They also did everything they could to give us the best experience possible <3

The history of the Belmont Inn screams from every nook and cranny. I was exploring + I found a large scrapbook. It held pictures of the Belmont Inn’s grand opening in NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR. Why is this hidden gem the perfect place? Because instead of wiping away all the history, the owners kept it updated. You’ll find antiques all over the inn. From typewriters to a gorgeous sleek black piano casually piecing the space together. It’s the cleanest + classiest place. Renee + everyone along with her made sure our stay was exceptional.

“Currently, the Inn has 25 remodeled rooms. Enjoy the dining room, serving freshly prepared food in a casual elegant atmosphere; and the “Tinker’s Alley,” serving a bar menu and libations, now open for business. The Inn also has ample meeting space for corporate retreats, meetings, and seminars, as well as wedding receptions, class, and family reunions. The Belmont Inn offers a perfect getaway for your corporate clients and family with comfortable rooms, meeting space, and exceptional food. Our room was stunning. Drapes swept over the blue walls, christened by the sun. The furniture was perfectly placed from the brown oak desk to the couches by the window. Our view was like no other, staring right out into the square.”

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For dinner, we headed out to the Village Grill (110 Trinity Street Abbeville, SC 29620) I discovered this place during my Abbeville research. They’re most popular for their homemade food + incredible service. It was Friday night + packed. Even so, the wait was only 10-15 minutes! We were led into a lovely waiting room covered in love seats. The couple across from us told us all the desserts were to DIE for. They also advised us to check out the specials! As a vegetarian, I was excited to see what options would be available.

A few minutes before our names were called, one of the workers came in to take the trash to the back. As the couple was describing the desserts the lady exasperatingly fell to the ground, expressing how amazing the food was. Y’all it was HILARIOUS + she was so sweet. We later found out she was the owner’s wife Molly!

First we all ordered a house salad. It came with iceberg + leaf lettuce topped with grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, chopped eggs, bacon and almond slivers. My mom also ordered a Ruben sandwich. It was a thin sliced spiced beef brisket topped with swiss cheese and sauerkraut, with spicy mustard and mayo. Served on grilled rye. Janae ordered the Blackened Chicken Fettuccine. The fettuccine was tossed in a rich parmesan cream sauce with cajun spiced chicken, baby spinach and mushrooms. All together I had the salad + an order of their SUPER CRISPY FRIES they were so good. BTW I know some of you guys are vegetarians like me, I asked for no bacon on my salad + it was no problem 🙂

I actually got to sit with Molly for a few minutes! She makes the desserts with REAL marshmallows + graham crackers. Also, I thought it was neat that she never buys cookies, like most restaurants do. When asking what I should order, she said “Each pallet is different, so go with your craving.” Point is, you can’t go wrong 😉

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For dessert my mom got the cheesecake with raspberry sauce + I ordered the turtle cheesecake. The pecans + caramel/chocolate on the top of my cheesecake made the whole cake extra delicious! *insert heart eyes* lol. I can HONESTLY say it was the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

Saturday was just as exceptional. Breakfast was SO good. It’s continental + they have all your favorites from oatmeal to fresh orange juice. Literally everything is fresh + the coffee is home brewed. Most of the items are in the breakfast room 24/7, which totally helped my midnight cravings haha! During breakfast I ran into a lady named Beck. I remember her so well because I recall her being incredibly sweet. I believe she said she was the inn’s event planner. Also, I thought it was neat that she was a teacher for over THIRTY years. Every employee in that hotel is so down to earth + truly care about their town + it’s history.

After breakfast I decided to do some thrift shopping. There’s a Goodwill only 20 minutes from the Belmont Inn. On my way out, Renee told me there was live music in the square that night at this place called Natty’s on Trinity! It’s right across from the Village Grill.

I heard the music AS SOON as I pulled onto the street. It was love at first sight. As soon as I walked into Natty’s everything hit me at once. Words nor pictures can do Natty’s justice. I was consumed with positive vibes as creativity poured out of every being around me. Fortunately, we got there just in time for the band to start. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard real music that strong. They bled their hearts out on the stage + I felt every emotion + every pluck. To my left, there was a table covered in food + art supplies. A notebook left open, displayed these INCREDIBLE drawings. I wanted to take a picture but I refrained out of respect for the artist.

In the back of the building there was a table set for chess, which I shamelessly destroyed my mom in. Across from that table there were a set of stairs that led to a loft. You could see the entire restaurant from up there. In the corner was a stand with every record you’ve ever wanted. Like I said, as much as I try words can’t do it justice. Lucky for you guys, I took pictures 😉 Natty’s also has open mic, trivia, karaoke, and more! If you’d like more details on events happening, feel free to call at (864) 366-6288.

Overall, I had an amazing trip. As usual thank you guys for reading + supporting 🙂 see you on my next adventure. xo, mikayla

“When you’re traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
— William Least Heat-Moon

Faces of Royalty Annual Fashion Show

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“The Faces of Royalty is a benefit Designers and Fashion show to support our youth initiatives. It combines multi-levels of cultural creativity that represent our richness in the areas of the arts, spoken language, poetry, music and clothing designs.”


I’m such a sucker for fashion. From the music to the lights to the atmosphere. This particular show happened to have an amazing cause behind it. Brie Merritt, event planner & fashion blogger, partnered with an organization called Beyond Differences.  Beyond Differences is an organization in Greenville, SC that helps high schoolers transform their lives. Photo and video production was done by NELSONMERRITT PRODUCTIONS. If you’d like to check out their work, I’ll leave the link here!

Huge shout out to the host Breylan Jones; not just because he made me belch out an R. Kelly song haha. It was so exciting sitting across from fashion blogger, Janerio. Her outfit was gorgeous, and faux fur is always a plus 😉 Last but not least Tre Chapman of Sheen Magazine was in the building! I’ll post his outfit below. In case you didn’t know, he and Brie were the power couple of the evening <3 The poet was amazing, the clothes were amazing, the drinks were amazing, and the fact that it was all for a good cause puts the icing on the cake. PLUS THERE WAS AN AFTER PARTY.

I took a few photos of my favorite looks of the night. As always, I’ll save the best for last!

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This was one of my FAVORITE models of the night. Her sophisticated looks had everyone starstruck. The casual tie-dye top clashed with the heels in the best way possible.

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Brie Merritt

Best for last: Brie’s look! It’s the same one Ericka Mena (star from “Love and Hip Hop New York”) owns! You can pick it up atinterwinecollection.com, as well as her gold ornament holiday bag. The jumpsuit was $215 and the bag was $50. She ROCKED it. The diamond choker completely pieced the entire thing together. If you wanna check out her fashion blog I’ll leave the link here. She’s absolutely incredible & such kind person. I had BLAST covering this event & I hope to do it again soon!

T. Lang’s POST: Preview Party

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As many of you guys know, one of my biggest passions is art. No matter what form. Not only was this beautiful event in the glory of the Whitespace Gallery. It’s a contemporary art gallery that features varied mediums in a converted 1893 carriage house. Pictures can’t do it justice.

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The performances gave me chills in the BEST way. Not just because it was 30 degrees, but because these artists have complete control of every emotion they have ever had. I’ve never seen so much passion. One glimpse, and you can tell there’s something amazing happening here. I can promise you that this won’t be the only time you hear the name “T. Lang.” Luckily for you, I have clips. (You can watch these incredible performances here, here, here, and right here.) If you want to see the real thing, the Post premieres in March 2017. I’ll be in attendance, and you’ll wanna to be there too. If you support the arts as much as I strive to, you can donate at the link here to keep this beautiful movement alive.

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This powerful company consists of Emma LalorJacquelle Blythe, Jazmine Brooks, Scott Wheet, Indya Childs, Joshua Archibald, and Mandi B. Mpezo.

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“T. Lang Dance, an Atlanta based dance company, performs original provocative works created by artistic director and choreographer, T. Lang. Founded in 2008, Lang relocated T. Lang Dance from New York City to Atlanta; continuing to develop, direct, and produce high-impact work that blends traditional and experimental contemporary movement.”

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“Lang’s 2016 season included another commision from the High Museum of Art’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and another award from Creative Loafing Atlanta for Best Choreographer. Lang is an Associate Professor and founding Department Chair of Spelman Dance at Spelman College. Lang stays engaged with the next generation of movement artists through her summer dance intensive SWEATSHOP and as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival and the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy.”

 

Pentatonix & Us the Duo: live at Bon Secours!

I STILL can’t believe so many people showed up for an a cappella concert. Before we get to that, let’s talk about Us the Duo. Micheal & Carissa Alvarado. All they had was a piano & a mic but they were breathtaking. They truly tried to express themselves through their music. Carissa even sat on the corner of the stage and LITERALLY sang to the crowd. I can’t think of anyone better to open for Pentatonix.

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Before I knew it, Pentatonix were rising from the bottom of the stage. Screaming came from every which direction as they bounced onto the platform one after the other. Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi. What left me awestruck was the fact that each voice seemed complimented all the others. According to some nearby fans, Mitch is the fashionista of the group so he’s definitely my next “style steal” victim 😉

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WHEN HALLELUJAH CAME ON THE VIBE OF THE ENTIRE VENUE SHIFTED. Phone flashlights lit the arena as Pentatonix honored Leonard Cohen in song.

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I’ll leave the setlist and a bunch of other cool pics below! Of course, I happen to leave my camera at home so everything are compliments of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

5th Annual Samaritan’s Foot Gala: we had no shoes??

I’d never heard of the Samaritan’s Feet organization until a few months ago. This life changing organization LITERALLY help children by washing their feet and providing them with shoes. At the same time, these amazing people keep them believing that anything is possible. One step at a time. (If you’d like to check out the website, I’ll leave the link HERE.) EVERYONE was barefoot. The message was beautiful with a smudge of creativity. We checked in our shoes when we checked into the event.

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“Samaritan’s Feet is a 501 (c)(3) organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes.”

This years 5th Annual Gala was held at the Le Méridien in Charlotte, North Carolina. A GORGEOUS LOCATION along with fine dining. Jacinta Jacobs and Fly Ty on Air were our emcees for the evening. Last but not least, the founders. Manny and Tracie. They started out in their garage, with faith. Determined to make a difference, both in his homeland and around the world, Manny and his wife, Tracie began Samaritan’s Feet in 2003. Through Samaritan’s Feet, Manny has the opportunity to continue the legacy of love and hope he received when he was given his first pair of shoes and make a difference in the lives of millions.

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Did you know there are 2.2 billion people living in poverty who can’t afford education and basic articles of clothing like shoes? Did you know over 1.5 billion people are infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil? Did you know shoes and socks are reported to be in the “Top 5 Items Needed” by students in school? We take advantage of the fact that we have so much more than the average child in foreign countries. Keep them in your prayers. Although this organization has made a difference in millions of lives, there are still so many without the privilege.

A volunteer went to Nigeria and told the story of a boy. A boy in a school with no school supplies. She was washing his feet and discovered a razor in his sock. When she asked his teacher why he had such a thing, she said it was his pencil sharpener. It’s the little things. While giving ice cream to children, she noticed they weren’t eating it. Since it was their first time eating ice cream, the kids were trying to save it for later. It’s the little things.

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own head and heart and hands, and then work outward from there.” -Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

If you’re interested in hope for mankind, check out this beautiful article HERE. xo

OFA’S 2nd Annual Spotlight Gala: walking the red carpet + speaking out on human trafficking

When I found out about OFA, I was ECSTATIC. OFA stands for Operation Freedom Awareness. It’s a non profit organization dedicated to raising awareness in local communities and ultimately preventing Human Trafficking, beginning inside the United States. The long term goal of OFA is implementing prevention, and later introducing and operating a rescue and rehabilitation shelter. Mallory Charette is the official founder. She currently works in the Marketing & Public Relations Department for a prominent restaurant group in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Her determination has made such a huge difference for victims everywhere.

The Spotlight Gala shed a light on the progress & success this dedicated organization has made. As we arrived, a sparkling red carpet led the way into a club no other than the Poinsett Club. A glamorous spot for most charity events in the Greenville, SC area. Vintage patterned wallpapers & gorgeous tan drapes made the perfect vibes for an event so powerful. The guest speaker’s name was Tajuan McCarty. She was trafficked all the way to Greenville. She started selling drugs at a young age to make her quota every night. She began to depend on her pimp. Soon, she started drugs herself. Hard drugs. She eventually developed Stockholm Syndrome. It’s where you defend your abuser because you’ve come to depend on them so profusely.

OFA has saved 115 children from sex trafficking. 15 just in the upstate. There have been 10 pimps arrested & 11 victims helped. Currently, there are 10 cases being investigated. If there was anything I absorbed that night, it was that human trafficking is happening EVERYWHERE. All over the United States. The hotspots are carnivals, fairs, truck stops, and sites such as Craigslist.

Greenville, SC is in between the #1 hub for sex trafficking in the U.S. (Atlanta, GA) and another city in the top 20 (Charlotte, NC).

For more information about this hard working organization, I’ll leave the link HERE. In the mean time, scroll down for a picture of a pretty cool ceiling I saw at the gala 🙂 THANKS FOR READING LOVESSS. (Huge thank you to OFA for giving me the privilege to cover the event & another to Janae Hunter for makeup and hair.)

“There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”

The Time I Crushed Jesse McCartney’s Foot

2014 was the year I met Jesse McCartney. As I dragged my little brother along, my heart was beating at an agressive rate. Every 10 year old girl grew up with Jesse & the fact that I had the opportunity to see him live was insane. As we poured into the B93.7 Studio, I could feel the anticipation. My brother grumpily crossed his legs, upset that I pulled him away from his bed. Finally it was time & all cell phones were prepared for that first glimpse. As soon as he walked out my heart sunk. Jesse was old. His wrinkles painted his face, but his smile was just the same. He was no longer that heart breaking teenage boy from the J-14 posters on our walls. He was a grown man promoting his new album.

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His girlfriend was parked in the corner of the room the entire time. I remember asking about her, and apparently she was some actress on some show. She looked annoyed & gloomy. To her I’m sure we were just a roomful of kids. But Jesse. He was just like everything I’d seen on TV & his music videos that I watched on repeat. He poured his heart into his songs & you could feel the energy he gave off.

As we formed a line for the meet & greet, my brother was just about fed up. I made sure we had everything ready to take our picture & go. When security gave the okay, we headed into the room. Words can’t explain how enchanting that moment was. I’d been imagining that moment for YEARS. He addressed us & thanked us for coming out. I headed for the right side of him, while my brother sluggishly stayed on the left. The photographer told us to lean in & in my starstruck state, I CRUSHED HIS FOOT. I’m not talking stepped on his foot, I had on combat boots. I could barely walk in them myself. All the weight on my body shifted his way. I could hear a sharp gasp in pain as his girlfriend & his publicist, startled, jumped up at the same time. Nonetheless, he still managed to take a great picture & I’ve never bolted out of a room so fast. We bumped into his guitarist on the way out & I made sure to grab a picture before we left. I don’t have it anymore because my phone got stolen in Myrtle Beach (which you can read about here if you haven’t already).

The only thing I thought about that entire day, was how I was probably the conversation of his night. I’m sure he didn’t expect to show up to a meet and greet & leave with a killer limp. Still, one of the most memorable meet and greets I’ve been to & I have no regrets 🙂 hopefully he still thinks I have a “Beautiful Soul”.

You can watch the entire performance here. In fact, the concert made it on Jesse’s official website here which was kinda cool. love you xx thanks for reading