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Favorites Fridays: Bookshelves

Today is another edition of Favorites Fridays and our feature is bookshelves! We love books and reading new interesting topics and what better way to display your reading journey than a beautiful bookshelf. We found a variety of bookshelves that range from unique & quirky to elegant & simple that we had to share. One of our favorites was the T.V. book display. It is creative, retro, and a great re-use of something old. How do you display your favorite reads?

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Favorites Fridays: Fall Flower Arrangements

Today is our very first Favorites Fridays and through this series we will be sharing random things that we are in love with at the moment. This week’s Favorites Friday are Fall Flower Arrangements. We have had 2 in the last couple weeks and will officially make it a Fall tradition to always keep an arrangement around. We think that flowers are the first indicators of change and new beginnings and we have embraced this theory full force. Depending on what area you live in, flowers could be easily accessible. We are based in Southern United States (Texas) and flower arrangements are super easy to obtain. You will always find a floral section in your local grocery store and you can get a cute arrangement for as little as $5. You can easily spruce up your dinner table or office space with a simple and affordable way to bring in the fall spirit! We wanted to share some Fall Floral inspiration with you and show off our own arrangement that’s in the office now.

Photo Credits below WrkITGirl.com office arrangement: 1, 2, 3, 4

Our Fall Flower Arrangement at WrkITGirl.com office

Our Fall Flower Arrangement at WrkITGirl.com office

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Wrk IT Girl Spotlight: Rebecca Briscoe

Rebecca Briscoe holding NHL Stanley Cup at ESPYS Awards 2012

Rebecca Briscoe holding NHL Stanley Cup at ESPYS Awards 2012

It’s that time again to put the spotlight on a young woman who is confident, inspirational, determined to make her dreams come true and stylish!

This month the spotlight is on Rebecca Briscoe who is the National Entertainment Reporter for Houston Style Magazine and is a PR consultant. With humble beginnings in Port Arthur, TX she went to LSU, then she started her career as a model. She then went to TSU for her masters degree which led to a career in education, and has now found herself at her calling in the Entertainment industry bringing the latest interviews with your favorite athletes, celebrities, and covering various events around the country. We are so happy to have Rebecca as our Wrk IT Girl spotlight for the month of July. See her interview below!

Rebecca Briscoe describes her style as "Femme Fatale"

Rebecca Briscoe describes her style as “Femme Fatale”

Rebecca with Mayor Parker

Rebecca with Mayor Parker

Wrk IT Girl: When did you know or how did you come about being in PR & becoming a National Entertainment Reporter for Houston Style Magazine?

Rebecca Briscoe: I never envisioned myself in PR. My aunt actually said to me one day “you are too pretty to pay to go to these parties you go to. You need to start covering these events”. So I started doing local interviews, and then I got an interview with a grammy award winning producer. Not too long after, I was getting on a plane and a woman said she was praying for me. She said to me “always be prepared. Keep pushing. Don’t give up. Stay focused. You got your image, keep that image. You got your cute little short haircut, stay yourself.”

Wrk IT Girl: What has been your biggest obstacle in your professional career?

Rebecca Briscoe: When I first was getting started and I tried building relationships wit Media people and trying to get started in PR Consulting, I would try to ask questions to learn more and I didn’t get the reception I thought I’d get. People are not willing to help. But I look at it as, if you don’t have set backs, headaches, if you don’t have that how are you going to have a catalyst for change?

Wrk IT Girl: What is your greatest accomplishment?

Rebecca Briscoe: I am a survivor. I was honored to be one of the top 25 women of Houston. I am have been able to adapt to change and figure things out. Remaining humble is another accomplishment.

Wrk IT Girl: What advice would you give your younger self?

Rebecca Briscoe: READ! Read until it hurts. I was in magnet programs when I was in school when I was younger and school came easy to me. But once I got to undergrad I struggled because of it. I really had a hard time in college. I would tell her to read.

Wrk IT Girl: People look up to your confidence and self-assurance. Were you always this way or did you have a turning point where you developed this trait?

Rebecca Briscoe: Yes absolutely. I’ve always been this way. My Uncle said that when I was a baby, I didn’t want to eat peas. When they tried to feed them to me, I spit them out. That when they knew I am not going to do something if I don’t want to. He said I was self-rightous at 6 months old. I went to the beat of my own drum. I drive to do what I wanted. I am never scared to go against the grain.

Wrk IT Girl: How would you describe your personal style?

Rebecca Briscoe: Femme Fatale. I use what I got to get what I need. Men love sexy, black women. Men love feminine & soft women. That’s what sells. I’ve gotten lots of love and attention for my style.

Wrk IT Girl: What future projects do you have coming up and what can we expect to see next from Rebecca Briscoe?

Rebecca Briscoe: I mean, I would love to do a reality show. So that people can see the real me. See who is Rebecca Briscoe. I would love to do more consulting, media consulting. Crisis Management. I want to get on a network eventually. And just keep making history.

Connect with Rebecca on TwitterInstagram or her Website.

 

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Wrk IT Girl Spotlight: Kris Stephens

We are starting a new series where we highlight a Wrk IT Girl of the month! This will be a woman who is chasing her dreams, breaking boundaries, and has a keen sense of fashion & beauty.

This month’s Wrk IT Girl is  Kris Stephens of T.I.’s Grand Hustle Gang. This songwriter turned singer has inviting vocals that have been compared to Aaliyah and Sade. She recently recorded “One in a Million” as a tribute to the late Aaliyah(1979-2001). She was determined and steadfast at the age of 19 when she left her secure executive assistant position and her college studies at Towson University to pursue her dreams and a world of the unknown. This ambitious and passionate artist is on a roll and we can’t wait to see what’s next from her.

Kris Stephens

Where do you draw your inspiration from when you are writing a song or singing?

I draw inspiration from experience and things that I’ve gone through in the past. I also write based on my girlfriends’ experiences and some of it is fabricated but mostly based on real life experiences.

What has been your biggest obstacle breaking into the music industry?

I wouldn’t say that I have gone through my biggest obstacle yet, but I think that so far choosing my lane and how I want to sound is the biggest challenge. I am first and foremost a songwriter so I want to stay to true to that and the real me.

What advice would you give your younger self with what you know now?

I would definitely tell her to always, always, always gather knowledge. Gather knowledge and pay attention to your surroundings. I would tell her to not act off of passion and to be patient. I would definitely tell her to Never Give Up. I mean that’s a given.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your career?

I would say that my biggest accomplishment so far is the placement I had with Shakira and Pitbull. I mean they have an international following and to have that placement was just amazing. I mean I have had some other placements that were in the urban and r&b realm but this was huge because of the international appeal.

How would you describe your style?

I would say that I have a different style depending on the event. Sometimes I’ll throw on some J’s and sweats and other times I would be in a BCBG dress and Christian Louboutins. I mean I would say that I have a polished, nice & new style. I don’t like things to be too worn. I have sort of a high fashion with urban wear feel.

So you’re kind of like a style chameleon?

Yea, exactly. I’m a style chameleon. I can wear anything depending on the occasion.

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?

My favorite place to travel is Hawaii because I feel like I can definitely go and let go. It is the ultimate level of peace. It is quiet, relaxing and I feel like I can talk to God. It is just so amazing.

A special thank you to Rebecca Briscoe of Houston Style Magazine for the connection to Kris’ team and the opportunity to interview her.

Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference

Launch Her 2013

I am so excited to announce that I have been invited to attend the Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference (AWEC) in Houston, TX this Saturday May 18th! I am so honored and I cannot wait to share with you all my experience. I am so happy that Wrk IT Girl will be able to indulge in this event that is geared towards the betterment and empowerment of women from all walks of life.
If you are interested in attending please do not hesitate to visit launchher.eventbrite.com to learn more.
xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

Meetup with Joy Sewing of Houston Chronicle

Joy Sewing Meetup

 

Joy is really an amazing woman and accomplished woman who has overcome many obstacles to get to her position today as the Fashion & Beauty editor of the Houston Chronicle. She is an inspiration and empowerment to young women because of that tenacity she had demonstrated throughout her career . Her personal testament is proof that if you work hard you’ll get to where you want to be. One piece of advice that stuck with me was to “add color to your work”. I thought that choice of words was interesting but true! If you are vibrant and colorful in our descriptions and word choices then you’ll have a more appealing article!

For more on Joy Sewing visit her blog Shop Girl.

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

Joy Sewing meetup

Day 22 of the 28 day challenge I wore a white button down with navy blue pants and nude heels. You can’t see my heels but you can see the top portion. My full body pic was super blurry. Sorry guys.

What I’m Wearing:

  • Pants: Zara
  • Top: Banana Republic
  • Heels: Steve Madden

Saks Prom Blogger Fashion Presentation

6 bloggers on panel for the Saks Prom Blogger Fashion Presentation

6 bloggers on panel for the Saks Prom Blogger Fashion Presentation

A couple fridays ago I went to the Saks Prom Blogger Fashion Presentation and I had the best time! There were light bites, drinks (virgin of course for the youngsters), a dj, and makeup presentations by MAC cosmetics. I was actually on panel talking about the latest trends for prom (seen in the pictures below). The models graciously walked the runway in some of the most popular looks selected by the 6 bloggers.

With the ladies of MAC Cosmetics at Saks

With the ladies of MAC Cosmetics at Saks

 

with photographer for Houston Style Magazine

with photographer for Houston Style Magazine

 

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Prom trends: sheers and sparkle

Prom trends: sheers and sparkle

Prom trend: high low dresses & ombre

Prom trend: high low dresses & ombre

Saks Prom Blogger Fashion Presentation

Prom trend: cut outs and short dresses with a see through bottom

Prom trend: cut outs and short dresses with a see through bottom

With Lauren Farina from Saks

With Lauren Farina from Saks

Having fun in the photo booth!

Having fun in the photo booth!

Saks Prom Blogger Fashion Presentation

Prom trends: black and metallic gold

Prom trends: black and metallic gold

The event was to support Mia’s Closet, which is a non-profit organization that helps provide clothing to underprivileged children. The dresses that were donated were for the young ladies of Lil Audrey’s Safe Place Foundation to provide them with a dress for prom. I had the pleasure of meeting the Executive Director of Mia’s closet, Chelsea Coffey. She was so sweet and I was so happy to be apart of such an amazing cause.

With Chelsea Coffey Exec. Director of Mia's Closet

With Chelsea Coffey Exec. Director of Mia’s Closet

I also had the pleasure of connecting with Rebecca Briscoe who is the National Entertainment Reporter for Houston Style. She is an amazing woman and inspiring woman. I cannot wait to give you guys a more in-depth look into these women. They totally evoke “Wrk IT Girl” status. Fearless, ambitious, and doing it all with grace.

With Rebecca Briscoe (left) of Houston Style

With Rebecca Briscoe (left) of Houston Style

Thank you so much to Saks Fifth Avenue at the Houston Galleria for inviting me to be apart of such an amazing event!

Thanks for visiting and see you next time!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

Celebrating Black History Month with Dr. Mae Jemison!

I wanted to bring Dr. Mae Carol Jemison to the Black History Month party of amazing women. Mae is a brilliant woman who is a physician and NASA Astronaut. She is the first black woman to travel in space on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She is such a gorgeous being. I recreated her astronaut look with a orange blazer, galaxy skirt, a simple black top and a bright blue shoe. I added the Moschino belt to break up the top and skirt. Pink nails are a staple of mine so adding the glitter is totally appropriate for the NASA and space theme!
How will you recreate this look?
xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

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Celebrating Black History Month with Madame CJ Walker!

Today I wanted to celebrate another day in Black History Month by shining light on Madame CJ Walker. I actually did a project on her in the 10th grade. Her story is so inspiring. She started by selling her homemade beauty products door to door to help supplement her household income for her and her child after her husband passed. She didn’t know it would turn into the hair phenomenon that it did.
In her picture she is wearing a white ruffle top and simple jewelry. I recreated her look with a LuLu Frost twist! I absolutely LOVE LuLu Frost jewelry so I had to include it in this set. I also added some funky flare with polka dot denim and white wedge sneakers. I included some bronzer to keep the makeup simple.

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