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

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“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

 

 

 

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What’s On Your Christmas List?

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday the Holiday season is in full gear.  I’m sure you have heard me scream time and time again, I love this time of the year, and share in the sentiments of singer Andy Williams “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

People are shopping and making their list and checking them twice.  What do you have on your Christmas list?  Have you been looking for that unique Christmas gift?  Check out our journals customized with name and tagline.  This book is sure to help anyone get a  jump start into writing their New Year’s Resolutions and Goals out.

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Our I Love Purses Journal
Our Leopard Pair Journal
Our Leopard Pair Journal
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Our Walking Into My Destiny Journal
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Our Sophisticated Lady Journal
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Our Letting My Light Shine Journal
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Our Success Journal
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Our My Cup Runneth Over Journal
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Our A Strong Sisterhood Journal
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Our I’m a Survivor Journal
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Our Bridal Journal

Ready to start securing that perfect gift?  Hop on over to our Etsy Shop for more details.  We are busy over here planning holiday parties and prepping for Christmas.  Stay tune for some of our upcoming holiday posts.

Take Care,

Erika

Purses and Shoes Rule!!!

I started my blog because I am an event planner who loves everything about events, from the planning process to the décor.  But there are other things that I love as well, that play a big part in shaping my creative mind.

I have always been a girl of fashion.  It started with my mother, she always dressed my sister and I so well.  I even get my friends calling me or texting me today, saying, “girl your mother was sharp today.”  I never knew how she did it, but my mother’s philosophy was to get up every day even on a Saturday, take her bath and get dressed because you never know what the day will bring.  And I don’t mean jogging pants and tennis shoes, she would put on what I call “street cloths.”  But I love her for this because it taught me how to clean up.

Well in addition to being able to clean up, she taught me to have a love for clothes, jewelry and especially purses and shoes!  I love a good purse and an awesome shoe.  I find myself often buying shoes with nothing to wear with them, however, my philosophy is if you have a shoe and a purse throw on a white t-shirt and some jeans and rock your shoe!!!  I have found myself doing this many times.

Some of my favorite designers are Michael Kors (I’ve been told I could be a walking advertisement for him), L.A.M.B., Ralph Lauren, BCBG, Max Studio, and Coach just to name a few.  If I continued, my list would be longer than my blog post :).

I pay a lot of attention to detail when dressing, finding the right shoe, with the right outfit, and the right accessories.  This habit too has bled over into my event planning life which makes it so much fun.  I can coordinate the venue, with just the right accessories whether its linens, a DJ, a photobooth, a place setting, or even a flower arrangement.  I think that’s why I have fun doing both.

Well I wanted to share just a little bit more about who I am and some things that inspire me.

As you can see me having fun with one of my favorite shoe brands.

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