Maui was the beginning of the paradigm shift!!

In 2013, I traveled to Maui and it was the beginning of the paradigm shift in my mindset at the quality of life that I was living at that time.  Invited by my friend for over twenty years to travel with her and her daughter to visit what would be one of the most beautiful islands I could imagine visiting. I traveled from Chicago where many things that I had been going through were beginning to weigh heavily on my spirit and it wasn’t good.  Although, I was maintaining a smile on my face with a bit of happiness in my voice, the joy in my spirit was slowly draining.

I landed in Los Angeles before the final leg of my adventure as I bumped right into my friend and her daughter as I was coming out of the ladies room and since I had not seen her in many years it was one of the best hugs received from a friend and even better, we were on the same flight just a few rows apart.. She too was going through some life changes and this trip was to be the beginning of a healing process for both of us.

I knew her before she had a daughter so for me now to see how tall and beautiful her daughter had grown was exciting to see especially because now she was growing into a teen-ager. We boarded the plane and once in the air all my angst, tribulations, and all stress began to leave my body and mind. Seats and trays in an upright position, wheels up let’s go!
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We flew over the big island with clear skies and lots of beautiful white fluffy clouds all the way to Maui. As you look out of the window of the plane you see ocean colors of blue and green in various shades knowing in your head once the plane lands, you will be frolicking in those shades of blue and green waters. Once we landed, the shuttle bus from the Grand Wailea (A Waldorf Astoria Resort) picked us up and we were on our way to paradise for five days!!

The hotel staff waiting on our arrival with a lei for each of us gave lots of Hawaiian love and we proceeded to the fabulous lobby where some of the most beautiful statues and art pieces were placed throughout the lobby amongst the other fabulous wall art pieces. We immediately checked into our rooms and once we semi-unpacked while oooohhhhhing and ahhhhhhing as we looked out over the balcony to see more of the resort property, we knew it was time to hit the bar, the pool, and the beach not necessarily in that order. Continue reading “Maui was the beginning of the paradigm shift!!”

The Black Women’s Expo 2016 A great time for all!

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Black Women’s Expo 2016 was a great time. The vendors traveled from around the U.S. to participate in this 20 year-old event. They brought with them many wonderful products with an entrepreneurial spirit because many of items were created from an online business with the majority of their advertisement was via social media. They have generated their sales primarily via social media which says a lot about growth and opportunity via various platforms. There were lots of product samples being given away along with lots of bags with logos from various companies.

The samples ranged from hair care products for many Black women who no longer perm their hair or as I call us “Naturalistas” to food samples from new foodpreneurs. Product lines from both large and small business owners participated. It gave large businesses a chance to introduce new products and smaller businesses the opportunity to introduce their product to a new market-share. The best part was the bag give-a-ways the vendors were passing out so if you could not purchase any products, you still walked away with a token of appreciation.

The panel discussions being held in various rooms with topics ranging from finance, relationships, self-esteem, and many other topics in between with great panelists, along with wonderful hostesses for each of the discussions. There were lots of interesting commentary from both the panelists and the audience members which opened up the dialog for a great conversation with varying opinions. There were several celebrities who hosted some of the panels which made them fun and exciting as well. They were all friendly and took pictures with many who attended.

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America’s Beauty Show Was The Place to be in March

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America’s Beauty Show is for licensed professionals and students which showcased some new and innovative things happening in the world of beauty, nails, hair, face & body!! It was a great time for all who attended and an opportunity to meet with representatives from various product lines and see new products, new techniques, and new ways to sharpen their skills. There were tools of the trade presented, stylist showing new hair cutting techniques, nail technicians showing inventive ways to create nail art for their customers, and a hair show presented by several companies. One of the best features for the students were the classes they were able to attend and receive continuing education credits to sharpen their skills as well as the seasoned professional who perhaps wanted to enhance their skill set.

The hair product lines were plentiful although there was a lack of diversity of hair care lines for women of color who no longer use relaxers, however, the representatives from Bronner Brothers and Mizani definitely showed up and showed out with their wonderful hair care lines. Next year, hopefully, there will be a more diverse representation. Overall, the hair care lines that did participate offered many samples so others can try products they may have never heard of or used before. The nail techniques that were shown were definitely fun and fascinating to see what new products were out and how a nail salon can go from blah to fabulous!! There were demonstrations for nail technicians to learn new ways of creating nail art for their customers. It was a delight to see all the fresh ideas from other technicians from around the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. who participated.

The Face and Body Spa Conference & Expo was a delightful treat for those who attended as well. This area covered new product lines for spa and wellness centers along with showing new product lines from as far away as Australia. There were demonstrations on new skin and body machines, skin care lines that were new to the market to help heal the skin that has been injured, going through a renewal process, or in the need of rejuvenation. This was a wonderful time to meet and greet others in the spa wellness industry and network with one another. Also, the demonstrations were fabulous for those who wanted to see for themselves how the treatments would feel for their customers and the benefits of their usage.

In conclusion, if you did not attend this year, be sure to attend next year because truly it is for those licensed professionals and students who want to be innovative in their technique!! Great time for all who attended!! America’s Beauty Show simply beautiful!! Check out their website http://www.americasbeautyshow.com for info on next year’s event!!

You Haven’t Heard Jazz Until You’ve Been to the Richmond Jazz Festival

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the beautiful city of Richmond, VA to attend the Richmond Jazz Festival in Maymont (August 8 – 9, 2015) sponsored by Altria with electric service provided by Dominion electrical.
It was by far the best time at an outdoor jazz festival I have attended in several years. The beautiful area of Maymont in Richmond is a beautiful part of town, the venue is host to a beautiful scene of rolling hills and spacious areas to comfortably see all the acts at the four different stages hosting various artists. There several food trucks with a variety of delicious food items to purchase as well as vendors selling products and merchandise. Dominion electric’s charging stations for phones and plenty of port-a-potties for attendees made this venue one of my favorites for live outdoor music!
The food trucks were a mix of local business and some out of town vendors including one from my city of Chicago. I was excited to see them being a part of this great festival. My favorite was the seafood truck from Richmond. I think I ate there at least three or four times during the two day festival — yummyliciousness all the way around. I also visited several marketplace vendors where I purchased hats, natural haircare products from Adiva Naturals, and a few cigars from Havana Connections to take back to Chicago.
The venue was set up so everyone in attendance could enjoy many artists of their liking and walk around the beautiful landscape while venturing to the various stages. We got up early on Saturday because we did not have tickets and so waited early in line before the venue opened. While in line we met several wonderful people from the Richmond area and many who were jazz aficionados who have attended the D.C. Jazz Festival along with other festivals around the United States. The Richmond Jazz Fest had has many friendly people for working it as they did attending it.

Once the venue opened there was a mad dash for the perfect sitting spot with our chairs and blanket to enjoy the festivities under a beautiful majestic tree which gave us shade for the afternoon. There were three stage areas — all with great artists — and so listeners had to manage their time accordingly because there was always the possibility your favorite act was playing at the same time as another favorite act.
The first day was overcast in the morning, but by mid-day the sun began to shine and so did the musical acts. Then the decision of who we wanted to see most at the different stage venues was upon us (we decided to see as many as possible without to much overlap).
We had the pleasure of listening to Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everett Harp, and Chuck Loeb, Rebirth Brass Band, Kamasi Washington, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kirk Whalum with Kevin Whalum and Will Downing. I was especially fond of listening to local favorite JTucker and the Krew! We tried to stay for New Edition but it took longer than expected for them to come to the stage due to the sound system needing some adjustments. That was the only negative aspect of the venue, that the sound system set up sometimes took longer then expected in between the acts.
On Sunday, we got up and did the same thing all over again. We lined up early before the venue opened, met new friends in line and interacted with new staff members to purchase our tickets. We found our same location area that we sat in on Saturday and made new friends in surrounding area. There was such warmth and friendship amongst the attendees it felt like old friends gathering for fun, sun, and a great day of music. We were able to see Sweet Honey in the Rock, Anthony Hamilton, Natalie Cole (we stayed briefly but so glad we did because it would be the last time we would see her perform before her death), and for the grand finale we watched Lauryn Hill as the last act of the festival and it was fabulous!
If you or someone you know is looking for a new and exciting jazz festival to attend this year, The Richmond Jazz Festival Maymont is a must! Be sure to visit the website for more information and vendor application to be a part of this growing festival with a gorgeous backdrop of trees and rolling hills with the stage venues set amongst the beauty of the Richmond, Virginia.

Article originally published: February 3rd, 2016 Slant News:

https://www.slantnews.com/story/2016-02-03-you-havent-heard-jazz-until-youve-been-to-the-richmond-jazz-festival

Welcome to The WaughSome Group Blogsite!

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Welcome to The WaughSome Group Blogsite!! This blog will be filled with lots of information on a variety of topics from travel, entertainment, music, fashion, beauty, festivals, and events. This blogsite was created to share my experiences with others who have an interest in the topics that will be featured. Many of these experiences will be told from a first time experience adventure to sharing many years of behind the scenes fun facts about places to go, things to do, and people to see.  We will share helpful tips, interviews, and new ways to enjoy places to go, things to do, & people to see!!!