SOUTHTOWN VINYL HAPPY HOUR SESSIONS: AMEA


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Lately I've been pretty MIA as far as blogging goes but I'm officially back in action! Last week was Free Week SA: Summer Camp and I made it to the Southtown Vinyl Happy Hour event with local R&B artist, AMEA.


I had never heard her music before but she definitely blew me away (it's also a little crazy that she's from the town I grew up in and even graduated from the same high school!) She definitely has a unique feel about her and those vocals! Seriously magical.



These next couple of shots turned out blurry but I had to include them because good moments aren't always in focus, amiright?




AMEA is actually an acronym for her full name, Ayanna Moriah-Eliza Allen. She starts her 2017 tour this July and her EP, Baggage Claim, is currently available for your listening pleasure. Which I highly recommend.



Who are some of your favorite local artists?

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SAN ANTONIO SKYLINES


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One of my favorite places in San Antonio is the Hays Street Bridge, for a few reasons. One: you have a perfect view of the city's skyline. Two: it usually isn't that crowded (especially compared to downtown.) Three: its next door neighbor is Alamo Beer (so you can enjoy the beauty of the bridge and its surroundings and then refresh with some classic Alamo Ale. In my opinion, there really isn't a better combo than that.)

Even though it has been unseasonably warm and the rain has been crazy unpredictable, I was able to sneak in a shoot with local blogger, Daresha. These pictures definitely reminded me why I love San Antonio so much (and it didn't hurt that Daresha was basically radiating beauty.) I honestly feel like the countdown city can sometimes get a bad rap but once you really take the time to explore and discover just a few of San Antonio's hidden gems, it'll be hard not to fall in love with the city I call home.


















What are some of the places/things that made you fall in love with your city?

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THE FUTURE IS FEMALE


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I have been borderline obsessed with Create & Cultivate for quite some time now. So, when I found out they would be putting on a one day version of their phenomenal conferences at their SXSW pop-up event I clicked RSVP in .01 seconds. After reading about their line-up and sponsors for this year's event I became officially obsessed with this incredible company. 

If you aren't familiar with Create & Cultivate, they are an organization who caters to women in business and puts on amazing conferences across the country with the sole purpose of connecting and educating females in the workplace (whether you work for a company or are looking to start your own.) Their official mission statement is, "Create & Cultivate is a movement for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams." Which is most definitely something that I can get behind 200%.

After waking up at 4:30 in the morning (which was really 3:30 thanks to Daylight Savings), we drove to Austin with breakfast tacos and Starbucks in tow. I'm pretty sure this is the only time that I've experienced absolutely zero traffic on i35 (even the Google Maps route was blue from start to finish, can you say goals?)


Once we got there we found the location (which was super adorable and gave me major Palm Springs/succulent garden vibes) pretty easily. Even though we got there early there was a long line of creative individuals. Can I also say that it was 47 degrees basically all day so I definitely was not prepared for that with my thin Texas sweater and leather jacket.



Once we got inside, my DIY/right-brained heart exploded. I knew who the majority of sponsors and vendors were before hand but everything was just so, for lack of a better term, Pinterest-y.


A few of the sponsors for this event included: May Designs, Brit & Co, Noosa Yoghurt, La Croix, Techstyle, Livestrong, NPR, Kendra Scott, Nubian Heritage, UrbanStems, Go Daddy, Richer Poorer, Gorjana, Baby Boy Bakery, Inked Brands, It Bed, Hormel, Crown Royal, Simon G Jewelry, Impossible Foods, Mark and Graham, Luna Bars and Sugar and Cloth.




UrbanStems had set-up a braid bar where you could get different flowers braided into your hair. That was definitely my first stop.




One of my favorite brands of all time, May Designs - located in Austin, had the most adorable booth (complete with a record player, notebooks, and their own champagne collaboration.) May Designs goes hard or goes home (even though their home is probably not too far.)





Speaking of beverages, that was most definitely something that was not lacking at this event. From the Crown Royal bar to the Livestrong Juice station to the La Croix booth, you could quench your thirst in style.




Although there was much more alcoholic options then food, in true ATX/SXSW fashion, we did not go hungry. We got to try Hormel snacks, Luna bars, Impossible burgers (which were plant-based and so unbelievably good), champagne truffles, and DIY Noosa Yoghurt parfaits from the yoghurt bar.


















There were so many amazing brands and activities at the event, we could barely keep up. There were Henna stations, necklace making booths, photobooths, Chi readings, the option to nap on a sleep number bed, and so many different vendors to choose from.













Create & Cultivate was so over-prepared that they had umbrellas at the ready when birds started to poop on the audience.




This event still has me feeling incredibly motivated and just proud of the creative and entrepreneurial community in general. Even though, this mini-conference was only one day long, I got the opportunity to talk to so many inspirational women and learned so much about not only being a confident woman in the business world but also about myself and what my passions are. The talks hit every single point that popped into my head, it was as if I was actually having a one-on-one conversation with these impactful individuals but with the additional input of the brilliant minds of the people surrounding me. I've never experienced a more nurturing and supportive environment, and it gave me so much hope for my future and the future of women in general. From bloggers and CEO's to entrepreneurs and online personalities, the amount of wisdom and innovation at this pop-up was astounding. If you would like to see a few of my favorite quotes from these amazing ladies, keep on reading!


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