Elon Musk on His Fears, Dreams, Twitter, Morality and Mars

The New York Times has called Elon Musk "arguably the most successful and important entrepreneur in the world." It's an easy case to make: He's probably the only person who has started four billion-dollar companies – PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City. But at his core,

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Fulfilling Her Dreams as a Luxury Event Planner While Holding Down a 9-to-5

Adesola Rosiji is no stranger to the hustle. As a Nigerian-American who was raised by parents who both have entrepreneurial hearts and spirits, Rosiji is familiar with working hard.

That’s why when she had the opportunity to pursue her passion as an event planner while utilizing some of the skills she’s acquired working full-time as a project manager for a healthcare company, she went for it. 

So how does she merge her event planning business with a full-time career? In this interview with Black Enterprise, she shares some of her secrets, as well as her inspiration for launching the business, and challenges she has faced along the way.

 

(Image: Adesola Rosiji)

 

What inspired you to start ‘’AdeXperience Events”?

I have always enjoyed planning my own birthday parties, barbecues, and graduation parties. I always found a reason to celebrate just so I could throw a party. The real inspiration and drive started when two of my close friends asked if I could plan his wife’s baby shower and the other was to plan a private 30th birthday dinner. These events were both so successful I decided to turn my passion into a business and here I am now as AdeXperience!

How did you come up with the name?

I always knew I wanted my event planning business to represent luxury and I wanted to offer my clients a luxury experience. My name “Ade” means crown or royalty. So in a nutshell “AdeXperience” means a royal/luxury experience so I thought this name would best represent my brand.

In the early stages of starting your company you’ve already worked with top names in the industry, such as Karen Civil, etc. How did you establish these relationships?

Early on when I started my business I was approached to do sponsorships. Doing several sponsorships allowed me to create the relationships I needed and also allowed me to build my brand. Through these sponsorships, I was able to work with Karen Civil, Claire Sulmers, Marlo Hampton, and other leading women in the industry.

Now that you are becoming an established name in the event planning industry, what’s been your most memorable moment so far?

My most memorable moment so far was meeting Karen Civil and Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily. Sometimes in life we think things are so farfetched but when you work hard on your craft and perfect it, I’ve learned anything can happen. I literally spoke it into existence and a few weeks later I received a call to do both dinners.

What have been your biggest challenges in starting your own company and how do you work to overcome them?

My biggest challenge starting my own company is having to do everything on my own and that includes research on every item the client may want and also making things that are not available, available. There are so many logistics that go into planning an event, and as a planner you have to use what works for you. I stay positive and remain focused and always have an alternate plan to getting things complete. I also hired an intern last year to assist me with events and that has worked remarkably well.

Is it difficult for you to maintain a full-time career, along with your side-hustle?

It can be very difficult balancing two full-time jobs. I honestly wouldn’t consider my event planning as a side hustle at this point. Event planning is my career and I am currently transitioning and trying to make this “my full-time career” with a lot of other ideas I have brewing.

What’s next for AdeXperience Events?

I will officially be launching my website adexperienceevents.com. If you are reading this now check out the site. I have so many ideas brewing and so many projects that I am working on. I will be launching an e-commerce site as well in the near future so stay tuned for that.

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She was attending a meeting in New York this week

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney might have only given birth to her twins in June, but she’s already heading back to work. The 39-year-old human rights barrister met with Nikki Haley, the U.S.’s ambassador to the United Nations, as well as the the U.N. Security Council this week to continue the fight against ISIS.

The Associated Press reports that during the meeting, the security council agreed to offer Iraq the U.N’s help with their investigations and collections of evidence against ISIS, holding them accountable for war crimes.

Amal is representing Yazidi victims who have been raped and kidnapped by ISIS and reportedly told the council: ‘Yazidis and other ISIS victims want justice in a court of law, and they deserve nothing less.’

Her back-to-work outfit was impeccable – a cropped red blazer teamed with an A-line skirt, complimented with a tan bag and nude pumps.

However, it’s the bold orange pussy-bow blouse that has really got the fashpack talking.

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It’s Amal’s first day back since the arrival of her two tiny bundles of joy, Alexander and Ella. George Clooney has spoken publicly about what it’s like to be a new father, saying: ‘Right now my job is changing diapers and walking them around a little bit. I really didn’t think at 56 that I would be the parent of twins. Don’t make plans. You always have to just enjoy the ride.

‘I just have to clean the barf off of my tux. It used to be my barf but now it’s the twins’ barf. So it all works out.’

Although E! reported that she planned to take six months maternity leave, it looks like Amal is ready to go back to work – and, of course, she’s doing it with style.

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How Her Severance Package Funded Her Real Estate Dreams

After years working as an IT analyst with only a high school diploma, it wasn’t until  Constance Carter was laid off that she found a real opportunity—she used her severance package to finance a real estate license.

Today, Carter is the CEO and broker of Catalyst Real Estate Professionals, a Stockton, California-based real estate firm specializing in sales and lending.

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Not only is Carter on a mission to help others create wealth by evangelizing homeownership but to also teach others how to find success in the real estate business.

It wasn’t an easy start to becoming a real estate success story. As if getting laid off and starting a new venture wasn’t frightening enough, on the last day of her corporate job, Carter’s husband was also laid off. It was literally sink or swim for the Carter family.

Her husband found a job to make ends meet, while she went into massive building mode—and after six months of hard work, nothing. No sales.

“There was barely enough money coming in but I knew that actively building my business was paramount to my success.” She eventually became one of the top agents at a real estate firm and was offered a management position, which she seized to learn as much as she could about the industry.

The mission of Catalyst Real Estate Professionals is about building, educating, empowering, and sustaining legacies through real estate. Carter also says it’s about sticking to her core values.

“God is the center in everything we do. Family is why we do what we do. Business is the way we build our legacies. Giving back is essential to building strong communities.”

With her firm of 34 agents, brokers, and staff, the firm is intentional to build slowly but steadily with integrity, sincerity, and preferring quality over quantity. “We have an excellent group of agents who understand the culture and share the same core values about their business. Ideally, we’d like to train, develop, and sustain about 75 agents,” says Carter.

As stated on her company’s website, Carter boasts a transaction portfolio estimated at $ 200 million. She wants to help others become financially secure as well. Catalyst creates wealth opportunities through evangelizing homeownership—making it attainable for everyone. “We believe if you have a job, then you can—and should—own a home. We’ll help you work through the details. We don’t say you can’t, we show you how you can and provide a step-by-step blueprint on how to become a homeowner,” she says.

Catalyst also offers monthly workshops on credit, investment, and homeownership through a real estate school the company owns and operates.

Carter built her business off of being transformational and not transactional. “I just wanted to help those who felt undeserving, unqualified, and overlooked. People like me.”

 

 

 

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Gigi’s latest Tommy Hilfiger collaboration is the stuff our autumn wardrobe dreams are made of

We want it all

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Earlier this year, we learned that Tommy Hilfiger’s TOMMYNOW show was making its way to London for AW17. Following a successful run in New York and Los Angeles, the show will include the new TommyxGigi collection which is the brand’s third collaboration with supermodel Gigi Hadid.

The runway event will take place on 19th September at 7pm, and we can’t wait to see the collection in full. In the run up to the show that will close London Fashion Week, you can now browse your favourite items to curate an online wishlist in advance. With plaid silk slip dresses and chunky creeper shoes, it will definitely bring a grungy edge to our autumnal wardrobe and we want it all.

Once you’ve put together your dream payday wishlist, you’ll also be in with the chance of winning two tickets to the Fall 2017 runway show in London by visiting one of the Tommy Hilfiger stores. What better way to come to terms with the fast-approaching grey days of autumn than sitting back at one of the biggest fashion shows on the planet.

Talking about the collection, Tommy Hilfiger said: ‘My vision for TOMMYNOW was to create a global platform that could bring our shows to audiences around the globe like a rock-and-roll world tour. It’s about celebrating the connection between fashion and pop culture with experiences, performances and inspiring interactions that are designed around our consumers. We look forward to celebrating the rebellious spirit and star studded glamour of rock-and-roll in London for Fall 2017.’
The TommyxGigi collection will be showcased at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, meaning the venue will be just as rock-and-roll as the upcoming collection.

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Entrepreneurs: Here’s Your Chance to Realize Your Wildest Business Dreams

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If building a successful business was easy everyone would have one. Striking out on your own and launching your business venture is exciting, can be rewarding, and always challenging.

For some, the challenges that can crop up are so daunting that they give up their dreams of business ownership entirely. If you’re the opposite, an entrepreneur who has tackled some of the toughest challenges and keeps persevering– we want to hear from you and give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take your business to the next level.

In a partnership with Hiscox, Black Enterprise wants to know how you overcame the biggest challenge that was preventing you from moving towards entrepreneurship.

You can do that by entering our “I’mpossible” contest. Tell us in a 60-second video how you as an entrepreneur overcame your impossible—and went on to launch your venture.

The entrepreneur with the most compelling video will win an all-expense paid trip to this year’s Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit in San Francisco as well as a chance to meet and pitch your business to a Silicon Valley venture capitalist!

Enter here and read the instructions on how to submit your video. 

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CONTEST PERIOD:  Contest begins at 12:00:00 a.m. (midnight) Eastern Time (“ET”) on August 14, 2017 and ends at 11:59:00 p.m. ET on September, 14, 2017 (“Contest Period”).

METHOD(S) OF ENTRY: During the Contest Period, enter by completing all of the following:

1.)   Submit any video of your “I’m Possible” experience; and

2.)   Share on one of the following websites with hashtag #HISCOXPURPOSETOPITCH

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  • Meeting with a Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley 

 

 

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Black Men XCEL: Rae Holliday Inspires BE Researcher to Pursue Her Dreams

Rae Holliday of the 2017 BE Modern Men

In recognition of our very first Black Men XCEL Summit, celebrating the best of black male achievement, the Black Enterprise staff is sharing their stories of the men who’ve had an extraordinary impact on their own lives…

Tiamari Whitted on Black Men XCEL Freelance Researcher Tiamari Whitted

 

Who is the man in your life who’s inspired you to excel?

Rae Holliday

How would you describe the impact he’s had on you?

The impact he had on me was to encourage me to follow my dreams and to never give up no matter how long it takes you—age does not matter.

What’s your fondest memory of him?

Going to his first workshop, it was not your regular workshop. We were all supposed to meet at one location but something happened and we ended up going to an Irish pub not far from where we were supposed to meet originally. Rae went on to share his journey with us on how he got started, and I was just amazed at how he accomplished so much in such a short period and that he had hiccups as well but that didn’t stop him. The two stories that stuck out to me were 1. when he met Beyoncé and she knew who he was and 2. the story of how someone very close to him passed but she passed with her dreams not being heard. When he said that, it really touched me. I don’t want to leave this world not living my dreams and without taking a risk to accomplish them.

After the workshop, I was able to sit down with him and tell him my story and he looked at me and said, ‘I want to do a one-on-one consultation.’ Inside I was so thrilled and excited, but I kept calm. We finally met up about a month after the workshop and the consultation was an eye opener. He answered every single question I had. Rae Holliday is the most humble man I met in the entertainment industry; it blew me away how nice he was.

Rae Holliday of the 2017 BE Modern Men Rae Holliday (Photo by James Anthony)

 

What’s the biggest lesson he taught you?

To not be afraid. And that it’s OK to start over. You don’t have to know everything to get started, just do it and if you fail, get back up and try again.

What are you doing to make him proud?

I went back to school to obtain my M.B.A. in media management. And I landed my first media job in publishing. I’m a freelancer, but it’s a start, and I’m not stopping until all my dreams are fulfilled.

 

Register now for the Black Men XCEL Summit and join us for a celebration of black men!

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Are Fibroids Holding You Back From Achieving Your Professional and Personal Dreams?

Gessie Thompson, fibroid coach

I am one of the 80% of black women affected by fibroids by age 50. I was diagnosed with fibroids—smooth muscle tumors that form in the uterus—in 2001 at the age of 30.

Gessie Thompson, fibroids coach Gessie Thompson

 

From that moment on, I began a 14-year battle to overcome fibroids, the resulting infertility, and a litany of other medical challenges. The road to my healing was a long and grueling one that included:

  • 10 surgeries—five of them for fibroids
  • 5 in-vitro fertilization cycles
  • 1 heart-wrenching miscarriage
  • 120+ days combined in the hospital
  • a high-risk pregnancy that resulted in my unborn baby fighting the fibroids that were siphoning off her blood supply at 21 weeks in utero
  • my heart stopping on the delivery table
  • and, thankfully, Nia, our miracle baby, being born at 2.5 lbs and 14 inches!

While our family enjoyed a storybook ending, my heart aches for families who are still fighting fibroids and infertility. Many of these women have their personal and professional lives derailed by infertility, hemorrhaging, life-threatening anemia, debilitating cramps, embarrassing incontinence, and so much more.

As I struggled to find out why these foreign masses kept invading my body, I grew frustrated as gynecologists repeatedly told me that the cause is unknown. Furthermore, little to no research was/is being done to unearth the answer. But one word kept popping up in my findings—estrogen. While doctors hesitated to name it as the root cause, they did agree that estrogen fuels the growth of fibroids.

In 2015, I was introduced to the work of Aboriginal Medical Association naturopathic physicians Dr. Amsu Anpu and Dr. Amun Neb. While other doctors seemed unsure, they unequivocally asserted that estrogen dominance is the root cause of reproductive diseases such as fibroids, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and more.

Through my partnership with Dr. Amsu and Dr. Amun, we co-founded the holistic 90-Day Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program. And using the four parts of our program—coaching, diet, herbal supplements, and medical qigong—we have helped women eliminate up to 50 documented fibroids, infertility after 12 years, and more without surgery. Here are two critical things every woman battling fibroids and infertility should know:

The Process:

 

Estrogen dominance develops in our bodies through…

  • Stress stemming from high-pressure working and living, spiritual and emotional factors, tidal waves of the toxin cortisol into our bodies.


  • Diets rich in estrogen. Some of the super foods that many of us trust, like green tea, flaxseeds, spinach, wheatgrass, and more, are actually growing our fibroids!
  • Pollutants, including:
  1. Prescription drugs, such as contraceptive pills and other estrogen-based synthetic drugs.
  2. Pesticides that make food products grow quickly also fuel our bodies with toxins.
  3. BPA plastics; Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor, which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function, and elimination of natural hormones. We unknowingly expose ourselves to them every day.
  4. Products that contain toxins we ingest through our nasal passages and skin, such as beauty and cleaning products.

The Solution:

 

A lifestyle of healing that reduces stress, starves the body of estrogen, and incorporates the right kinds of movement and exercises.

 

I cannot imagine what my life would be like today if I’d allowed the pain of my process to stop my pursuit of motherhood. One of the greatest lessons learned on my journey of healing was that I had to stop being superwoman and start prioritizing my spiritual, emotional, and physical health. It’s time you do the same.

 


Hope Beyond Fibroids CEO Gessie Thompson coaches women to heal their wombs from fibroids and infertility holistically. From diet to stress management, her Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program teaches lifestyle changes that have resulted in documented cases of women eliminating up to 50 fibroids and one mother giving birth to her miracle baby after being unable to conceive for 12 years!  Learn more at HopeBeyondFibroids.com.

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Millennial Women: 4 Steps to Ensure the Retirement of Your Dreams

Most retirement savings advice can be beneficial to anyone, no matter their sex. But, young women, in particular, need to start early in creating their retirement plan.

Why?

Recent research by the National Institute on Retirement indicates that women ages 65 and older typically have incomes 25% lower than men, and as men and women age, men’s income advantage widens to 44% by age 80 and older. Because of this, women are 80% more likely than men to be impoverished by ages 65 and older, and women ages 75 to 79 were “three times more likely to fall below the poverty level.”

Jennifer Streaks, money and lifestyle expert, offers ways young women can change these statistics and be proactive—and realistic—in planning how they will live out the golden years of their dreams:

 

1. First, Determine Exactly What Retirement Truly Looks Like for You

 

Self-assess and ask the important questions. “What type of life would you like to have in your late 50s, 60s, 70s?” Streaks says. “Do you love experiences over things? Do you want to quit, and have the option to do nothing but relax? Do you already have medical expenses, such as eyewear, physical therapy, fitness, or prescriptions that might carry into those years?”

 

2. Get Your Side Hustle On

 

“Look at retirement savings as a pie. There are three slices: investing, personal savings, and income from a small business or side hustle,” Streaks says. “So many millennials are now starting side businesses or becoming entrepreneurs. They’re also not staying at jobs for 10, 15, or 30 years, in order to get a pension or a fund of that nature.”

Streaks also adds that a side hustle or any money-making activity you can do part-time, such as freelancing or consulting, is great because it brings you “another level of income.”

“I have a friend who works a full-time job, and has a side business. Last year, she brought in an extra $ 29,000,” Streaks says. “If you can do something that’s sustainable and that you love today, it can be a great avenue for funding your retirement later.”

 

3. Scale Your Savings Goals and Be Flexible in Adjusting How You Save and What You’re Saving For

 

Streaks recommends setting short-term goals and focusing on those. This could include building up a rainy day fund or saving up six months to a year’s worth of living expenses to cover you, in the event of a financial emergency. Once you reach those goals, shift your savings for the long-term goal of retirement.

“It’s all in how you allocate your savings. Set up those automated drafts, where a portion of your paycheck goes to a savings account, with a specific purpose and goal amount,” Streaks says. “As you get older and become more financially stable, you can continue to re-allocating and saving for retirement.”

Also, when you get a raise, you can act like you didn’t. “Budget like you did when you made the lower salary, and save the difference, or take a percentage of the raise for yourself—as a reward—and put the rest toward saving for retirement,” she says.

 

4. Be Proactive and Ask Your Financial Advisers and Retirement Fund Administrators the Right Questions

 

“That 10-year window between 25 and 35 is a period where you can be the most aggressive with your investments. You have extra money to invest in stocks, but be aggressive in the stocks you choose,” Streaks says. Also, when it comes to an employer-provided 401k, Streaks urges young women to ask employers to match their contribution, even if working for a startup.

If you’ve consulted with or hired an adviser, ask about fees and risks associated with your investments. “You don’t want a large percentage of your money going toward fees that advisers can sometimes charge,” she says.

“Also, ask if stocks and other investments in your plan seem vulnerable. If something starts to happen with your investments, what will [your adviser] do to minimize your risk? Make sure you’re working with someone who is going to be monitoring this, and that you don’t just have your money sitting there with no one on top of watching your investments.”

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Free People Will Soon Sell Bridal Wear, For The Hippie Wedding Of Your Dreams

Rejoice, bohemian brides of the world!

Free People, faithful provider of flowy peasant tops and Coachella wardrobes, has teamed up with a number of designers, including Australia-based Grace Loves Lace on a fifteen-piece bridal collection, set to launch May 18.

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According to a release from Free People, the collection will include “delicate halters, graceful strapless pieces, dramatic long-sleeve gowns, ethereal v-necks, and romantic off-the-shoulder styles alongside distinctive sets, one-pieces, and shorter wears.” So basically, everything you have already come to expect and love from the brand, but in white.

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To celebrate, the brand will launch a wedding takeover on its lifestyle blog BLDG 25 for the week of May 18, offering readers wedding inspiration, DIYs and more. Because let’s face it, any bride who is wearing Free People to her wedding is also the kind of bride that has a slew of Pinterest boards dedicated to making her wedding as adorable as humanly possible.

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The collection will run a reasonable $ 700 to $ 1,600 and will be available exclusively on Free People’s US and UK sites, that is, unless Vanessa Hudgens wipes the site clean first.

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Ditch The Trends, Liberate The Risque, And Create A Wedding Of Your Dreams

Tell me, honestly, how many times have you seen the image of the same floral peony bouquet wrapped in blush tulle on your Facebook feed or bridal magazines or the wedding blogs you follow? Too many, right? After a while it seems as if you are looking at the same wedding over and over again on all the different social media channels. But, really, they are not the same wedding.

So, how about we drop the notion that we need to follow the trends in order to make our wedding look incredibly gorgeous? How about we embrace the ‘un-think’ and work towards creating a little bit of ‘ish’ so that those photos that we look at years down the road remind us of what we were made of, and who we really were.

As a photographer, I always encourage my couples to talk to me about things, places and colors that inspire them, and that they enjoy together. We then work out a details of a session (both engagement and wedding) that allows them to explore those passions and interests. We work together to create a comfortable camaraderie so that there is room for a little adventure and authenticity.

To all the engaged couples out there, please know that your most special day, your wedding, doesn’t have to be color coordinated to the rhythm of popular trends. It should instead represent your silliness, your quirkiness, your crazy awesome love. And, when it comes to photographs, rest assured, you will be proud to show those photos to your grandkids.

So, how about I help you find out a few ways you can achieve that:

1. Erase the trend, and fill in with your passion
When you sit down to plan your wedding, the first thing you need to do is block the word “trendy” or “trends” from your planning dictionary. Instead, list out the places you’ve traveled together to and pick out your favorite from them and what aspects about that place made it your favorite. Maybe you want to include some elements of that place in your wedding. Or if you like to go to museums together, bring in elements from that in your wedding, such as, small terrarium boxes as favors (tons of vendors on etsy), decorate with vines and leaves instead of flowers or buy mini canvas from a craft store and create your own masterpieces for your guests as favors.

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[The bride and groom crafted this stunning gold backdrop for their wedding]

2. Be bold
Honestly, what makes a wedding memorable are the photos. So, look for a photographer who can capture your beautiful relationship as is. Have your engagement session in a trapeze studio if you like flying, and during the wedding day, allow the photographer to really get in and dirty with all the emotions exploding around. Don’t go for the safe shots, go for those photos that scream “you” and allocate enough time for the photographer to create those sick bride and groom portraits for your during sunset. You will be thanking me later.

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3. Keep it close, keep it personal
Sometimes the best settings are when you have the time and energy to celebrate your wedding with each and every soul who made the effort to attend it. So, don’t worry about numbers. If you have only 30 people to invite, then rock on! For instance, charter a boat and celebrate in style with those who really matter. Everyone else can enjoy via those super awesome photos!

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4. Unique venues, with unique voices
Yes, a venue sets the mood and expectations for the day. So, don’t let that go dry in a ballroom. From yachts to zoos to state parks to public libraries to old mining mills…the possibilities are endless. Let the venue speak uniquely of your unique love story.

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5. Dress up, dress right or dress left
What’s in a wedding dress? A lot, that I agree with. But, again, who says that a gold sequined gown with your grandmother’s lace is any less gorgeous than that $ 20,000 couture one that every bride has already worn. And, who says that bridesmaid wearing pant suits is a total shocker? That’s right…no one. So, don’t let the fashion gods dampen your fashionably forward spirit. If it feels right, guess what, it probably is right.

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Listen, I am no expert at wedding planning, but after having been in the industry for a while I can safely say that following your heart and liberating its power in the planning process can do wonders. From the details to the glorious photos – you will be truly see your love shine. And, who wants to see the same peony bouquet wrapped in blush tulle for the millionth time?


[crickets]


Anyone? Anyone?

Cheers,
Shhivika

All photos via SHHIVIKA CHAUHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Your 40 Day Guide to Planning the Wedding of Your Dreams: Your Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide and Wedding Planning Checklist That Will Make Sure You Plan the Perfect Weding in 40 Days Flat!

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