Southern Women’s Show April 21st-23rd

Need an event to go to this weekend? Check out this year’s Southern Women’s Show! Yes I know this is last minute but I just attended the preshow event tonight and I had to share. This year Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars and Laurie Hernandez an Olympic Gymnast will be in attendance. You don’t want to miss it! Plus there will be over 100 vendors under one roof. This event isn’t just for women, men you’re more than welcome to attend. 

In my video below you’ll hear about some of the vendors that will be at this event plus you get to see what goodies I received tonight. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to follow and like this post! 

Event location:

1025 Blue Ridge Rd

Raleigh, NC 27607

United States

Ticket Info:

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Shop Local: Liberation Threads


This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an event at Liberation Threads which is a fair trade and American made boutique in Durham, North Carolina. At this particular event Rebecca the owner wanted to highlight Nepal this month and give her customers 30% off of all Nepal made products.

Opening a fair trade and American made boutique was dream of Rebecca’s for awhile and her and her husband came together to make Rebecca’s dream a reality. Liberation Threads has only been open for about two months and from what I saw and overheard at the event I can see Liberation Threads customer base isn’t going anywhere but up. Rebecca wanted to make the products affordable for her customers with the price point going no higher than $200. Everything that was displayed in the store had a feeling of reason and purpose.


One piece that stood out to me was a t-shirt saying “Be you”. I took that simple messaged and relayed it to my life and my future goals because for you to get where you want to go you have to be yourself. While talking to Rebecca she’s soft spoken but her responses came across so clear and you can hear the passion she has for Liberation Threads from the product knowledge to greeting her customers that comes into the boutique. I’m excited to see what the future brings from Rebecca and Liberation Threads. If you’re ever in Durham, North Carolina go check out Liberation Threads at 405 E Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701 United States . In early February Liberation Threads will be launching their e-commerce site. In the meantime check them out on their Instagram @liberationthreads

I hope you enjoyed this month’s Shop Local feature and if you want to be feature as a local shop or featured in general feel free to contact me. In the meantime check out the additional pictures I took at Liberation Threads down below.

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Shop Local Event

Want to support local shops? Want to give back on a global scale? Want to support women on their path to success? You’ll be able to find all of this at @liberationthreads. This weekend in Durham, NC Liberation Threads in their supports for Nepal.

I’ll be there and hope you will be too! 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Shop Local! Violets in Raleigh, NC

Hi Aspirers!

I know most of you all do not live around my area but I wanted to share with you all a local shop I came across recently called Violets. What I loved most about Violets is that they show pride in their community by having vendors in the surrounding area.

A great way to give back to the community is shopping local. I know I’m guilty of this for shopping big franchises that focus on their personal gains verses helping the community. Some reasons people shop franchises more:

  1. Accessible because those franchises are everywhere even online
  2. Popular brand
  3. More affordable

To shop local you have to be willing to go out into the community and find these places. When shopping local there is a greater chance you can’t order some products  when they run out because they work with smaller vendors that send out certain number of stock. At the same time with limit selection could equal:

  1. Better quality because it’s not massed marketed
  2. Less of a chance everyone on the street will be wearing your shirt ( one of a kind pieces)

Just because it isn’t a popular brand doesn’t mean you can’t rock it at work, a party, or the grocery store.

Also, shopping local can mean increase in price because it cost more to make products domestically. To me when I see a tag that is made in my country even my state, I take so much pride in that. People can be so money hungry to get products made internationally because it’s cheap to make and produce but when it get to your state or country they spike up the price way more than it’s worth. When you shop locally and you see a t-shirt costing $45-$50 and we think OMG that’s so expensive but you’ll spend $300 on a purse. That makes no since. A lot of people want a product just for the name and to be seen wearing that brand. I’m not telling you to stop shopping at franchises, I’m asking you to spend your money locally too. We see those local shop owners everyday when you are going out, going to shopping, or running errands. Support them because they are helping to support the community you are living in.

When you are out and about and you see a random store just pop in because you might be surprise of what’s behind that door.

To visit Violets in Raleigh, NC they are located at 8480 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615 in the Lafayette Village. If you live in Cary, NC they are located at 302 Colonades Way, Suite 211, Cary, NC 27518 in Waverly Place. Check out their website here to get more information on their products.

I hoped you enjoyed reading about Violets Boutique and reasons why you should consider shopping locally. Don’t forget to like and share this post.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee


Fashion in Greensboro

It’s finally here Fashion Week in Greensboro, NC!!

Have you purchased your tickets? Have you picked out a cute outfit for the event?
Is your phone and camera charged so you can take a lot of pictures of your night?

I hope you answered YES to all those questions but if not tickets are still available. Check out the flyer I uploaded for details. For your outfit of choice “show out” because this is Greensboro’s 1st fashion week! I know you don’t leave the house without your phone.

The line up for tonight’s show September 5th will be local designers.

The line up for Saturday’s show September 6th will be:
Ivy & Leo
Rare Denim and Lounge
David’s Bridal
Altar’d State

The models, makeup artists, designers, volunteers, etc are ready and all we are missing is YOU! Get your tickets you’ll be disappointed you missed it.

Keep checking for pictures of from the event.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee


Spotlight Interview: Aminah Lawson

This weekend I had a great opportunity to attend a salon opening called Crie Natural which is a local business in Greensboro, NC. There I met and interviewed the owner and creator of the salon. I wanted to take the time to know the owner and find out what inspired her to become a business owner and who is inspired by her.

Name: Aminah Lawson

Occupation: Licensed Cosmetologist, Natural Hair Stylist, and a Product Manufacture in Greensboro, NC

Q1: A lot of people think that hair makes the person, and since you decided to cut of all your hair how do you feel about that comment?

Answer: How you would wear your hair is a reflection on how you feel about yourself. I cut my hair because i feel comfortable not having hair. To me how a person chooses to wear their hair long, straight, curly, short is a reflection on who they are as an individual.

Q2: Who inspires you in natural hair or as an individual in a daily life?

Answer: Definitely my mother, she’s an entrepreneur. She has never worked for anyone else. She inspired me to work for myself. When it comes to me being a stylist I have so many people I am inspired by in the beauty industry. My aunt is a hairstylist and my hairstylist when I was a child. They were the ones that inspired me to want to be in the beauty industry.

Q3: Are there a few people that are currently looking up to you right now?

Answer: My assistant. She actually will be starting cosmetology school soon and I have been doing her hair since she was about 11 years old. I think I have inspired her to want to be in the beauty industry.

Q4: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Answer: By the grace of God having more than one salon Crie around the country.

If you are interested in her services or products she is located

Crie Natural

Downtown Greensboro

351 Martin Luther King Dr

Greensboro, NC 27406

Phone: 336- 232-8391



I hope you enjoyed reading my Spotlight Interview. You might be my next spotlight!


Sincerely, Courtney Renee