Sunday, April 14, 2019

Poppin' Up at the B.A.S.H. Brunch


On the last day of March 2019, I took part in the B.A.S.H Pop Up and Brunch hosted by Monica Byrd. I served as a panelist, discussing my passion behind my personal styling and wardrobe organization business and keeping it real about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing experience!

B.A.S.H., which stands for Beauty, Art, Style, Home, and is the brainchild of @themonicabyrd, a curator of beautiful and creative pop up shopping experiences revolving around all aspects of style and beauty. If you've followed me for awhile, you've seen me post pics from a few of her pop ups at the Ivy City location. I've met the owners of some of the cutest fashion and accessory boutiques at these pop ups - women I continue to buy from to this day.
Modeling a fly hat and kimono from @gipsylicious at one of the B.A.S.H Pop Ups
This March, Monica incorporated a brunch and panel discussion into her pop up shopping event, an idea that was right up my alley - I LOVE to throw a stylish brunch! Along with myself, the other panel members included Sade @thefashionablyfitlife, Nayoka Simone @nayokasimone, and Heather @imageconcierge, and was moderated by the incredible Brit Jones @thebritjones.
Monica, Sade, Me, Brit, Nayoka and Heather
I did not know any of the other ladies well, in fact, I'd met Brit and Sade for the first time that day, but the synergy between us panel members was perfection - talk about Black Girl Magic - I was really inspired by the power of these Beautiful Boss Babes! I also shared several of my style and wardrobe organization tips, but I left with a lot to think about from the audience questions as well as the powerful wisdom shared by the other panelists. For me, the greatest impact of the event was the "aha" moment I had when I realized that I stood in front of strangers and spoke without breaking a sweat. I've shared in previous posts that public speaking is one of my biggest fears - many people find it hard to believe but it's true. I've been working to conquer this fear by accepting invitations to speak, from my television appearances as a stylist on "Great Day Washington" to speaking to student groups about pursuing your dreams. As the B.A.S.H. brunch began, I felt that old familiar nervousness, but I took a deep breath, prayed on it and spoke from my heart.
Meech on the mic!

Thank you again, Monica Byrd, for the opportunity. Can't wait for the next time I can be a pop up panelist!
thanks Monica!

 #staystylish 💋love, Michele

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