We’re Doing Some Early Spring Cleaning Over Here!

We have decided to do some early spring cleaning over here and wanted to show you our customized journals that we create.  I love all of our journals and each have a special meaning behind why they were created.  My ultimate goal in creating each journal was to be a source of inspiration and motivation when someone uses the journal.  The first that will be highlighted is our:

“I’m a Survivor Breast Cancer” Journal

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I created this journal to honor the women in my life, as well as, around the world who are in the fight, won the fight, or who bravely loss their fight.  This journal is dedicated to my Auntie who won her fight and my Aunt Betty who loss her battle.  Next is:

“My Bridal” Journal

IMG_5212This journal includes a look at all of your vendors numbers at a glance, along with, wedding timelines to help you stay on track.  A perfect wedding journal to fit in your purse and customized with your name.  The last journal highlighted today is the:

“Walking into my Destiny” Journal

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This is for the woman who loves shoes and who knows her purpose and is walking in it.

These could be a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift, Birthday Gift, or even Mother’s Day Gift.  You can check out these and more of our collection here.  We’ll be sharing more over the next few days.

Take Care,

Erika

 

 

 

On the Move – Brides Against Breast Cancer in Long Beach, CA

Calling All Brides!!!

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There is nothing that gives me more joy than volunteering and when it is for a great cause that’s even double the joy.  Brides Against Breast Cancer will be coming to Long Beach on October 12th at the Recreation Park Golf Course and you don’t want to miss it.  There will be awesome giveaways, awesome vendors and most of all wonderful deals on your wedding gown.

Erika’s Elegance will be there and encourage you to come out and support and spread the word.  BABC is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.

Over the past year I have had the pleasure volunteering as their LA City Coordinator and it has been so rewarding and fulfilling.

Do you want to attend the show?  Be a vendor? or even volunteer?  Please click here for more information.

Let’s make a difference together!

Take Care,

Erika

 

Spreading the Word

Having an awesome time at the Premier Bridal Show at the Hyatt in Westlake.  Out here promoting our upcoming Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gown Sale in Whittier.

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I decided to wear pink lipstick to go with the breast cancer theme.

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Check out the beautiful Alfred Angelo gown that decorated our table.  One of the many wonderful gowns you’ll find at the upcoming show in Whittier.

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Our booth was right at the forefront of all the happenings.

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And we got to meet this beauty with her gold glittered painted hooves from Enchanted Carriages.  How fun!!!

I love supporting the cause any way I can and look forward to our upcoming Whittier event.  You don’t want to miss it!

Take Care,
Erika

Erika’s Elegance Custom Journals

When I first moved out to California I was amazed at how many people kept a journal. It was fascinating and yet intriguing. I was impressed to see the many beautiful journals people had that often reflected their personality.

It wasn’t until my dear friend Shamilla reached out to me to create a journal for her that I totally got into the whole journal thing. Shamilla is an author who is an avid writer and is very passionate about journaling. I thank her for helping me to tap into my creativity to create a collection of journals that other’s may be able to enjoy.

Welcome to my collection…

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My Bridal journal, created for the Bride-to-Be.  It was designed for the bride to keep in her purse and have all of her planning information at her fingertips.  This journal has all of the vendor numbers in one place and provides 12, 9, 6, 4, 3, 2,  and 1 month  timeline checklists,

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This is my Breast Cancer journal.  A portion of the proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.  My inspiration for this was my Auntie Louvenia my mother’s sister who is like a mother and my Aunt Betty who is my dad’s sister, who lost her battle.  I wanted to honor those who have fought so bravely and to help support the cause.  This journal has all of your important doctor and cancer support numbers, cancer resources, and motivational information.

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Sophisticated Lady was inspired by my mother.  My mother is flawlessly beautiful inside and out.  She is truly a woman of God and has always taught us Godly principle growing up.  She is truly a model of a person growing old gracefully.  Her smile illuminates the room and she has style out of this world.  I can’t keep up with her, she is Mrs. Fashionista!

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The Walking into my Destiny journal was inspired by my sissy as I affectionately call her, Shawnte’.  I am so very proud of the woman she has become.  I am the oldest and am very protective over her.  I have watched her grow into a wonderful young woman. She is an awesome wife, mother and mighty  woman of God.  I just love her.  My sister and I love shoes and often try each other’s shoes on.  So what better idea than to create a journal for two of my loves.  This journal is so fun and I would definitely rock all of these shoes.

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Let your Light Shine was inspired by my little sister Lezlie.  I actually did her version with a red dress because she’s a Delta.  Lezlie is such a beautiful young woman and I have watch her grow and she just emits light everywhere she goes.  She exudes elegance, class and lovingness.  Can you tell I love my sisters :).

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The Success journal was inspired by my God sister Kim.  It speaks of stature and position.  Kim is very driven and has become so successful.  I am so proud to see her evolve into the young woman she has become.  She is running the corporate world.  This is for the person who is striving to reach their best potential.

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My Cup Runneth Over was created for the coffee lover and is inspired by one of my favorite passages Psalms 23.

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I Love Bags was designed because of my love for handbags.  It is for the person who has journeyed through life and has a story to tell.  You can go through things in life and still come out beautiful.

This last collection was designed because of my BFF Shondalette who is a die hard Delta.  I wanted to create something cute and sophisticated that she could use at her meetings.  I then expanded it to include other sororities.

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I’ve also had a chance to create a couple of custom journals for clients which is always exciting.

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The Peacock Journal which doubled as a baby book and was created for a Peacock themed baby shower I planned and the Ladybug journal that I created for my Author friend Shamilla.

I realized that in creating the journals, we all have stories that help shape and pattern our lives. Even if you aren’t an author, your story should be passed down to your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. You don’t know how what you’ve experience can help someone else.

My collection can be found on Etsy. This can make a wonderful custom gift for someone, remember Mother’s Day is coming up.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Are you journaling your journey?

Take Care,
Erika

 

Bridal Gowns and Body Types

Your wedding gown is one of the most important components to your wedding day. But how do you know if it’s the right gown?There are many elements to consider when picking a gown. Two of the most important things a bride must consider is finding a gown that fits her overall wedding theme and one that compliments her body type making her look like a million bucks! Whether you have an hour glass or pear shaped body figure, there is definitely a dress out there for you that will make you feel confident, comfortable and chic.

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Most brides are not familiar with the many styles of bridal gowns.  First you want to determine your body type and then look at the gowns that would showcase your body the best.

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1.  SHEATH – The sheath closely follows the line of the body, creating a form-fitting look.  The Sheath, ,also known as the Column Wedding Dress, runs vertically from the shoulders down; the hem does not flair out at the bottom.  These dresses are body-hugging and work best for slim brides with balanced figures.  It is also suitable for petite brides – the sheath elongates the appearance of the body.  This dress also compliments those with a slim hour glass figure.  This dress style can also be used for receptions for the bride who may want to change.

2.  A-LINE – The traditional A-line wedding dress displays a close-fitting bodice, and a skirt that gently begins to flare away from the body, starting right below the natural waist. The dress is typically made out of a heavier fabric to help sustain its structure.  This dress works well with the pear body shape.

3.  EMPIRE– An empire-style gown features a high waistline (right under the bust), falling into a slimmer, yet not body-fitting skirt.  This is a very forgiving wedding dress shape and is great for many body types, but especially flattering on pear-shaped, petite, and full-figured brides.

4.  TRUMPET – The trumpet features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that fits the body through the hips.  Most trumpet gowns begin to flare about mid-thigh.  As the name suggests, this gown’s gradual flare resembles the shape of the bell of a musical instrument.  It is very similar to a mermaid but it’s flare is more gradual than the mermaid.  This type is best for the hourglass body shape.

THE BALL GOWN – This gown is the most traditional and the one that we are most familiar with. It is characterized by a fitted bodice and a waistline leading to a very full skirt. The Cinderella Ball Gown is perfect for brides who are envisioning a fairy tale wedding. This silhouette pairs a fitted bodice with a full skirt that can either be one piece or separates. The ball gown is most appropriate for large, traditional weddings where the dress will be consistent with the formality of the event.  This gown works best for the Apple, Pear and Tall and Thin Body Shapes.

6.  MERMAID – The mermaid style contours to the body from the top to knee showing off all the brides curves and then flaring out to the hem.  This dress is perfect for the bride with the hourglass figure and those who are very comfortable in their skin.

There are so many different types of bridal gowns.  I have covered the most popular ones.  This post is just a guide to helping you pick out the perfect bridal gown.  The true way to find out what works for you is by going out and trying on gowns.

So what are you waiting for??? After all this is the most fun and exciting part of being the bride.

If you’re in need of a bridal gown contact me, I would love to recommend some bridal boutiques to you.  I have work with several boutiques and can walk you through the process.  Also, I work with an organization called Brides Against Breast Cancer a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.  This is made possible by a Nationwide Tour of Gown sale in which they offer deep discounts on bridal gowns.  Click here, to check out their site for an upcoming event near you!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Take Care,
Erika

Thanks to weddinggownssquare.com for today’s images.

On The Move…BABC Tour of Gown Sale – Anaheim

My motto’s this year will be “Going Hard” and “Busy as a Bee.”

I have been hitting the streets over the past few weeks meeting with many wonderful clients, vendors and friends, and I must admit, I am having a ball. I love people and who wouldn’t enjoy spending time connecting. I will share with you some of my adventures over the next few weeks. We just spent a fabulous weekend at the Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour of Gown Sale held at the fabulous Anaheim Marriott Suites in Garden Grove, CA. We had many wonderful brides, vendors and the volunteers where awesome.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer. I volunteer as the LA City Coordinator and I love being a part of this wonderful organization.

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We begin the weekend with a VIP event which allows the brides to mingle with vendors and then we do the gown unveiling.  It is full of excitement and it is a blast seeing the brides whisk off to the gowns once the wall is pulled back.  You better get out of the way!!!

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I also got to meet and work with some wonderful vendors.  This is always an awesome part of the day, because the vendors help set the atmosphere for the day!

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Also I had a few members of my team helping with our booth for this weekend’s event.    This show I used the peacock them.  I love anything peacock.  I designed and created the peacock floral arrangement and invitation specifically for this event.

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This weekend 15 brides said yes to the perfect dress! Whoohoo!!!

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There’s nothing like assisting a bride with finding that perfect gown and seeing her face light up when she knows that it’s the one.  One event down and now it’s time to embark on the next adventure. Bring it on!

Take Care,
Erika

On the Move…

I am passionate about many things, my faith, my family and friends, and my business. I love planning, managing, and creating event spaces for my clients. There is nothing like seeing the smile on a person’s face when you’ve captured the essence of their vision.

Another cause that I’m passionate about is cancer, specifically Leukemia and Breast Cancer, which is why I volunteer as the LA City Coordinator with a wonderful organization called Brides Against Breast Cancer.

BABC is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer. This is made possible by BABC’s Nationwide Tour of Gown sale which has over 700 designer wedding gowns, new and gently used available for purchase with savings up to 85%. You can find more about BABC at www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/

I have been volunteering for a little over a year and it has been so rewarding. Our next event is February 21st and 22nd at the Marriot – Garden Grove. I viewed the facility the other day at it is simply fabulous. The VIP hour will be on the top floor and has a direct view to Disneyland. A wonderful view in the summertime when Disney has their firework show.

If you would like to attend this event, please Register here!

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If you want to stay updated on the upcoming events please like my Facebook page.

Take Care,
Erika