On July 27th, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a topnotch premier event, The Charlotte Tastemaker Summit, hosted by Black Southern Belle. It was a panel of creative professional women ranging from interior decorators/designers, event planners, publishers, entrepreneurs, DIY crafters, stylists and bloggers who joined forces for an inspiring display of influential women. Black Southern Belle/Black Southern Belle Collective was founded by Editor in Chief, Michiel Perry, who noticed while she was planning her wedding and decorating her home, women of color were not represented enough in the media, so she decided to create a platform to showcase the collective group of African-American women who are achieving their goals in this field.
I was so excited as I took the drive up to Charlotte, (aka Queen City) ready to meet the Belle behind the brand Black Southern Belle. The event took place in one of Charlotte’s upscale design showrooms called TUFT. Upon walking into Danielle’s beautifully eclectic designed boutique we were greeted with warm hugs, smiles and sweet treats and swag bags.
This was definitely my kind of welcoming station! Michiel and her staff not only planned one of the best events, but left no stone unturned as for creating style and grace. The simple mere use of all vintage glassware was the complete pièce de ré·sis·tance for me. The delectable sweet treats were the baked goods of Grey Ghost Bakery
The buffet table was equally appeasing with catered dishes from Gravy Waltz Catering Services
The bar cart was refreshingly stocked with Pure Leaf iced tea (looking just as sweet as she could be)
To start the program, Michiel presented her opening remarks on how she started BSB, her goals, objectives and along with her future vision.
Next were guest speakers talking to the attendees about their businesses, blogs, and designs. We all listened attentively as they spoke of testimonies on starting their businesses, the ups&downs, highs&lows and gratifications of being an entrepreneur and how it affects their lives and livelihoods.
All of the ladies were graciously answering any and all questions that were posed.
In addition, we also were shown demonstrations on tablescaping and along with how to create flower arrangements
And this lovely belle (along with some of the other photos) was photographed by Michelle Flowers
No classy event is complete without a swag gift bag…
Michiel and her staff created the most tasteful, elegant, and informative affair and I look forward to attending more. Learn more about Black Southern Belle/Black Southern Belle Collective and their chica-power upcoming Atlanta and Charleston events by clicking here.
The “A” list Vendors
Thanks to Michiel for creating this hub for women to connect and inspire one another. As always… until next time…happy hunting and continue thrifting your house into a home!