The ultra chic Aurum Lounge hosted LuXe Lifestyle’s Art & Industry Mixer which spotlights Atlanta’s top movers and shakers. Each month LuXe Lifestyle holds this social soiree to honor Atlanta’s innovators in the fashion, beauty, art, music, and entertainment industries.
Hosted by Andre Hill of A.H. Entertainment and the always fabulous Renee Knorr, Fashion & Beauty Director of The 19th Hole Magazine, the event highlights individuals for their humanitarian, philanthropic, and social efforts in uplifting their communities.
Honorees for the eve were (from left to right) Celebrity Photographer and Film Producer Leo Marshall, Actor Brad James, Beauty Expert Rita Patel, Fashion Designer Rafael Cox (Project Runway – Season 9), Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Guyla, Lifestyle Enhancement Specialist, Author, and Humanitarian Chloé Taylor Brown, Celebrity Stylist Kim Maxwell, HGTV’s “Design Wars” star Michael Habachy (amazing design work…OMG), and Music Artist Lil G.
The event was sponsored by Infiniti of South Atlanta, Victory H2O, and Sephora, and featured networking, a fashion expose’, wine and lite bites, artworks on display, and a live music performance by R&B artist Salakida and Pop/R&B artist Vanessa Rios.
Emceeing the event was Janice Lawrence-Clarke, President and Creative Director of JLC Productions, which is a fashion presentation and special event production and consulting company.
During the mix and mingle, I had the pleasure of meeting most of the honorees; several of whom I had met at previous events such as the always glamorous Chloé Taylor Brown whom I’d met a few weeks prior at the launching for her book “Girl-Swag”. Chloé is also CEO of Total Image Enhancement, an Image Expert, Speaker, and Founder of the Global Girls Initiative (GGI) which features programs geared towards developing and nurturing excellence in girls by encouraging them to mentor other young girls. Chloé has such a dynamic and inviting spirit, and I really enjoy talking with her. After a conversation with Chloé you feel like you’ve just embarked on some remarkable life lesson. I always walk away with some “gem” of wisdom and knowledge that seems to hold me over until the next time I see her. Well Chloé, it’s that time again…I need my wisdom fix!
I also met the wonderful and beautiful Rita Patel of MiA BelleZZa cosmetics www.miabellezza.com. I’d met Rita at the Betsey Johnson Fashion Show during Fashion Night Out, and I must say that her cosmetic products are right in line with the MAC collection. MiA BelleZZa cosmetics are mineral based, wax free, oil free, dye free, fragrance free, and paraben free. Rita explained that her cosmetics are also hypoallergenic, which is great for sensitive skin types (like mine). And judging by her flawless skin, she need not say another word…I’M SOLD!!!
One of my fav honorees for the eve was Music Artist and Actor Gary “Lil G” Jenkins. Most know “Lil G” from his crooning days as the lead singer of the multi-platinum world-renown R&B recording group Silk, while others fondly recall his performances in a string of nationally touring stage plays including Fake Friends, Perilous Times, Secret Lovers, What Men Don’t Tell, Whatever She Wants, and the hit Tyler Perry stage play “Madea’s Family Reunion.” Gary was all smiles and he has such a warm personality; AND he also needs to get back into the studio, ASAP!!! We miss that sultry voice Gary! Sorry; I got a little carried away…Hey; they don’t make “sangers” like Gary anymore (spelled correctly by the way).
The always fabulous Kelli Fair of Keesekakes by Kelli catered the sweet treats with her infamous cheesecake bites. D-lish! We had a wonderful time catching up.
Lastly, I met Casting Director Elaine Moore Kane with Company & Kane Casting Consultants which is a multifaceted film production coordination company. Such a lovely lady! It felt like we’d known each other for years.
Thanks to “Glam-Ma’am” Tamika Morrison of T.Morrison Agency for the invite.
If you don’t know by now, Tamika IS DOIN IT!!!
I had a great time meeting and networking with so many wonderful people, and I look forward to next month’s event!
* Some photos courtesy of Jai-Marie of Southern Fashionality.