Beauty and the Business (Memphis)

Last Sunday, the 16th, I was witness to a motivating and mobilizing moment. A collective energy of passion, knowledge, and  innovation, that was Beauty and the Business. It has taken me a week to process what was shared and to formulate the words to that will give a proper description of the true essence of this empowerment conference. If for nothing else you can say I am indeed empowered and made some beautiful connections.

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Beauty and the Business was held at the Jay Etkin gallery in the Cooper & Young district. This was the perfect location as  creativity, artistry, and entrepreneurship was fostered and cultivated. The event was sponsored by Ruby Ribbon, and was comprised to two power panels, an entrepreneur award, and a hair and fashion showcase. The panelists and vendors all had rich experiences that they freely shared focused on their paths in the beauty and business industries.

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The panelists were comprised of local small business owners, MUAs, designers, hair stylists, and those integral in the fashion scene in Memphis. Many had stories of giving up the security of the cooperate world to pursue their passions. The overall message was to, plan, be passionate about what you are doing, and be prepared to put in work.  It was also shared and reinforced time and time again that you are your brand and no matter where you are and what you are doing, people will associate it with your brand.
panel 1 at Beauty and the Business

Panel 1 of Beauty and the Business

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Panel 2 of Beauty and the Business

Melissa Hibbert, founder of Beauty and the Business and host of the conference, gave a  surprise entrepreneur award. Tameka Berry-Brooks owner of a Natural Affair Beauty Lounge was recognized for her work as a small business owner and of that she has done in the community. It was indeed a surprise for both the attendees and Berry-Brooks.

Takeisha Berry-Brooks  awarded  entrepreneur award.

Takeisha Berry-Brooks awarded entrepreneur award.

There were also spot lights on several other small businesses and small business owners.  Kimberly Hamond aka the Natural Nail Girl did a presentation on the benefits of taking care of your natural nails and forgoing harsh treatments such as acrylics and manicures that requires UV light. To please the naysayers, she even showed that you can rock a gorgeous mani with as much or as less designs as you like, on your natural nails. I have been following her a while on facebook and instagram as I am all about healthy beauty and skincare.

Kimberly Hammand aka the Natural Nail Girl and host Melissa Hibert

Kimberly Hammand aka the Natural Nail Girl and host Melissa Hibbert

Event sponsor Ruby Ribbon put on a mini fashion show with looks from pieces from their shapewear line and basic line. Let me tell you they totally got my attention and that of several others seated near me with their cami that replaces the need for a bra. Stephanie Owen of Ruby Ribbon even challenged me to their one day challenge of swapping my underwire bra for the cami. I’m not one to back down, so let’s just stay tuned to see how this one plays out.

Stephanie Owen with Ruby Ribbon and model wearing bra replacing cami

Stephanie Owen with Ruby Ribbon and model wearing bra replacing cami

The conference culminated with a fashion and natural hair showcase and Q and A. Whitehouse Black Market offered looks to suit any style and A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge presented some  fly and beautiful looks to effortlessly rock your natural.

Look from White House Black Market

Looks from White House Black Market

 

Hair style presented by A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge

Hair style presented by A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge

I left this conference with so much knowledge and felt truly empowered. It was an amazing experience and I am ecstatic that Melissa included Memphis in this year’s dates. This was the 2nd year for the Beauty and Business conference and I cannot wait for next year. Keep up with Melissa and the Beauty and Business conference at her website and on instagram. Check out the gallery below for more pics from the day’s event.

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{photos Elle Perry and Ariane Patrice}

 

 

 

Ariane Arnold

Ariane Arnold is a born and bred Memphian. She resides in Mid-Town and loves the cultural diversity and beauty that it offers. She currently blogs at That So Chic where she shares her adventures of having a stylish chic life without breaking the bank.

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