In Pics: Beauties & Brains Behind the Brands
By In Her Shoes Contributor: Brandis Snagg
(L-R) Sara Liz Pickett, Ginger Johnson, Kim Roxie, Renae Bluitt, Lisa Price, Tricia Lee, Tia Williams
As the panel started, a hush came over the room which included New York City tastemakers Michaela Angela Davis, the Curly Girl Collective, Niki Robinson of Chicagolicious, and Yahzarah, just to name a few. The “dream team” panel consisted of: Lisa Price, the fragrance-loving head of Carol’s Daughter; Kim Roxie, the spunky personality behind LAMIK Beauty; Tricia Lee, Polish Bar of Brooklyn’s brand building mastermind; Ginger Johnson and Sara Liz Pickett, the dynamic duo of non-toxic nail lacquer brand, Ginger + Liz; and walking beauty-pedia Tia Williams of Shake Your Beauty and The Fly Cut. You could literally hear a pin drop as panelists dished out the real deal behind their success and career challenges. Priceless takeaways from the night included: “determine what you’re most passionate about and decide what you want to do. You have the right to change your mind down the road” from Tricia Lee and “owning your name allows you to have leverage among noisy investors” from Lisa Price. The commonality between each woman’s story was quite simple: in order to find success, you MUST do what you love. If you’re not willing to give up many of life’s luxuries (i.e., a “normal” social life, shopping trips, vacations, and oh yes, sleep) to build your brand, entrepreneurship may not be the best fit.
Are we ready to get this conversation started?
(L-R) Tricia Lee, Tia Williams, Lisa Price, Renae Bluitt, Kim Roxie, Ginger Johnson, Sara Liz Pickett
(L-R) Tia Williams, Lisa Price, Renae Bluitt
Enjoying the discussion
Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter
Michaela Angela Davis and Renae Bluitt
Ashaka Givens, fashion designer
Res, singer and songwriter
Tia Williams, Shake Your Beauty & The Fly Cut
Carla Thomas, The Fly Girl Guide
A moment with my first example of beauty and brains, mom!
Brandis Snagg, AJ’s Corner & In Her Shoes Contributor
Niki Robinson of Chicagolicious
Ginger Johnson and Sara Liz Pickett
Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen (digital MC for the night) and Natasha Gaspard of Mane Moves
Olivia Scott, Omerge Alliances & Renae Bluitt, In Her Shoes and Crush Media
Makeup Artist Extraordinaire, Camara AUnique Beauty
Kim Roxie, Lamik Beauty
Anu Prestonia of Anu Essentials and Khamit Kinks Salon
Briana Bigham, B. Marie Style
(L-R) Tokunbo Anifalaje, Ashaka Givens, Lorraine West, Renae Bluitt, Ashaki Ward, Michi Chassagne
Zebi Williams, Lil’ Raggamuffin’ Camp
Gary Grant and Tia Williams
Simone, Charisse, and Gia of Curly Girl Collective
(L-R) Tricia Lee, Tia Williams, Lisa Price, Renae Bluitt
Michaela Angela Davis and daughter, Elleni
Brittney Blackmon, Long Legged Life
The Signature 7 brownies were sinful
The first four women to ask a question received this bag filled with the EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Collection!
Many thanks to our event sponsor, LAMIK Beauty
The gift bags were a product junky’s dream!
Evelyn’s Kitchen provided the most amazing treats!
Thanks again to our sponsors EDEN BodyWorks and LAMIK Beauty. Stay tuned for the highly anticipated “Beauties & Brains Behind the Brands” recap video by Mane Moves!
Photo Credit: Kwesi Abbensetts
Renae’s makeup by: Camara AUnique Beauty