Thoughts become words, words become stories, stories bound into books, books become hours of discovery into worlds and minds. Some easy to understand, others needing to be dissected one word, phrase, line, sentence at a time to discover it’s meaning.  The life of a logophile and bibliophile is filled with the love of language and literature, reading and writing, a love affair with words. To think back on some of the best time that I have spent alone in life, words and books have always played a part. My first form of meditating and visioning happened inside the walls of libraries and inside the pages of books.  Inside the wall of the Enoch Pratt Library is where I fell in love with not just books and words but architecture and peaceful silence. When traveling one of the things I love to visit are libraries.

As a native of Baltimore it’s nice to know that one of the libraries that others recognize around the world is housed here in our city, The George Peabody Library.  CNN released a video sharing some of the world’s most exquisite libraries and the Baltimore Charm made the list. Not only did it make CNNs list but it has made the list of several pieces that highlight beautiful libraries around the world. Here are just a few….libraries definitely take you beyond words.

http://peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu/history/

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/3

http://www.businessinsider.com/18-of-the-worlds-greatest-libraries-2014-12

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/18-of-the-most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/10-george-peabody#top-desktop

Photo Credit: Jeff Lee

George Peabody Library photo by Jeff Lee

 

 

 

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Over Accessorized bannerA beautiful Sunday afternoon in Baltimore made way for a spectacular event at Diamondz Event Center, Over Accessorized: Girls Night Out took over the building. Katie-Marie Fickling, a genius level visionary, is the curator for this amazing event.  Not only does the dope fly young woman give small businesses a platform for exposure, she ensures that this event is multi-layered with purpose for the community. As a non-profit fund raiser, Over Accessorized donates a portion of its proceeds to an organization geared towards women and children, provides an outlet for young women to get service learning hours, gives small businesses a voice, and provide a great safe motivating environment for ladies to simply enjoy a afternoon/night out with friends.

Occupying 3 spaces with over 70 small business exhibitors, 500 attendees, amazing sponsors and a staff that in her words are “Dope”, Katie-Marie has developed and continues to evolve this event into a bigger and better format.  Ensuring to provide attendees with great resources, careful not to over saturate one specific market, simply diligent in understanding that building a business base of vendors to cover the basic needs to the more posh desires and everything in between, Over Accessorized has nailed it as a premier event in the DMV.

As if adding exposure to the many great small product and service vendors in the area wasn’t enough, Over Accessorized set the stage for local singer, song writer Kissi B to entertain attendees with her wonderful vocals. In addition, DJ Lady Mysterious created a feel good vibe with her magnificent djing skills while attendees enjoyed tasty culinary treats.  And just when you thought what more could you ask for, the icing was put on the cake.  Charreah K. Jackson, lifestyle and relationship editor of Essence Magazine, participated in an inspirational chat session with attendees. Talk about exposure and networking opportunities. Whew!!! If you weren’t familiar with this event before today, Get Familiar!!!

Katie-Marie Fickling is providing great events in Baltimore. Stay tuned for how she plans to dazzle us next!!

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Check out the fabulous exhibitors that participated in this event!

@outsasd @cherpleasures @justjet26 @whimsycakesbytaneka @blissfulmnk @destyneenbeyond @soulkuisinecafe @_art_of_moe @baltimorecake @bellasblingboutique @mimidre @scrubsbysanyia @kharismatickreations_llc @syu_fragrances @keelovesscentsy @regalclothes @newmuisallure @newvintagebysam @shopchristiancouture @shoptrielle @tyraj_fitnhealthy @tightfisted23 @bmore_balm @glamorous_plainjane @mr_greens_wife_hustles @restoration_diva @jihejewelry @love_puddin @elaine_olivia @decaloweightlossandwellness @sdumadewithlove @tlongmoney @exotichairproducts @dessertbeautyandcosmetics @blonde_embellishment @prettymuchacademy @prettykekreations @mahoganyboutique @weluv_signaturepieces @braceurself365 @allthingschocolate2015 @astonishinghandmade @bucksboutique @my_kloset_kandy @robinsjewelrybox @lenoxand5th @thriftyourfit
@fruitsoflifewineevents @crystalchocolatesandmore @gnarley_teas @dair2bdifferent @tkhdiva
@bathologiebyjamie @loveyou_chc @feeln_sassy @healthymoguls
@be_blessed_daily @knowyourstrong
@dair2bdifferent @princessmnailpolish
@stylishlyvintage_dazzlingdiva
@crystalsandcactuses
@AccessorizeYourLook
@wuayra @_divasmiles @iamlisagee @anisathall @sinfully_sweet12 @levonye_professionals @Se.henna @decatur_collections @revellekurve

 

Sports Illustrated and style experts give us the their take on the 50 most fashionable athletes. Baltimore’s own Carmelo Anthony made the list as well as Serena Williams, Misty Copeland, Victor Cruz, Cam Newton and Ciara’s boo, Russell Wilson to name a few. Check out Sports Illustrated on stands now.

Carmelo Best Dressed Athletes in Sports on SI’s Fashionable 50 ListCamelo

 

 

Why looking good means feeling good…

 

 

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Women on Wednesday’s presented by Bonneau Caprece and Over Accessorized was a powerful and inspiring series highlighting some of the dynamic woman in Baltimore. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of a setting where we could share in the accomplishments, talents and dreams of other women.

I look forward to more engaging events hosted by Caprece Jackson-Garrett and Katie Marie Fickling. These ladies are truly gems in our city

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                                    Caprece Jackson- Garrett                              Katie Marie-Fickling

 Meet the ladies from Women on Wednesdays

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Saran Fossett

Executive Director, Aziza Peace

“Fashion inspires energy. Style makes it your own”

“Validate yourself, not through someone else’s lens”

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Caprece Jackson- Garrett

Creator & CEO, Bonneau Caprece llc/Marketing Consult/Stylist-Fine Arts Programming.

“Go as far as you can wee, when you get there you will see further”

“Don’t leave a stone unturned while pursuing your dream”

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Marcy Crump

Owner, Creator & Editor, Flywire

“What’s for me is for me”

“Keep it simple, sexy, always dress for the part”