CAUTION: May Cause F.L.A.M.E.s - Introducing F.L.A.M.E. Boutique

Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in , , ,

Recently, we were given the honor of having a sneak peek of an up & coming fashion boutique by the name of F.L.A.M.E. Boutique!  It's not often that we turn this kind of opportunity down, especially when it's involving individuals that are following their dreams! We initially connected with these ladies via twitter and took an instant liking to them.  They are professional, hardworking, creative, and above all else Fashionistas! Who wouldn't love them.  We were eager to introduce them to you and were lucky enough to interview them and provide you all a first look at some F.L.A.M.E. Boutique pieces! So without further ado.....

D.O.L.L.S:  If you could, please introduce yourselves to our readers.

F.L.A.M.E:  At F.L.A.M.E. Boutique we strive to be a distinguished clothing boutique that incorporates quality, individuality, and versatility in the latest trends and fashion settings.  The F.L.A.M.E. woman is one who embraces fashion with an open heart and mind. She follows trends but she's not afraid to set her own. Her style represents youth, sexiness, femininity, eccentricity, and individuality. 

F.L.A.M.E. Boutique is owned and operated by Brandi Henderson, Karis Battle, and Micaela Davis. While we all share an interest and love for fashion, we have different backgrounds, expertise and skills. Brandi has a MBA in Human Resources, Karis has a degree in Graphic Communication Systems w/ a focus in Printing & Publishing and pursuing a Fashion Marketing degree, and Micaela has a BA in Accounting and is pursuing a MBA in Accounting & Management Systems. Luckily our differences work in our favor and allow us of to each to take on certain roles and responsibilities in the company. To sum up things up we are simply three girls who love anything related to fashion. One day we decided to take our love for fashion and create a business opportunity for ourselves.  

D.O.L.L.S:  How was the name FLAME Boutique created?

F.L.A.M.E:  We all sat down and came up with numerous names to describe what we felt set us apart and also describe all of us.  We all agreed we were in LOVE with “love” and decided it should be in our name and what stands out the most about our brand.  A good acquaintance helped us incorporate love and fashion and presented us with Fashion Loves All Minds & Egos and we fell in love with the name and decided to use the acronym F.L.A.M.E.

D.O.L.L.S:  How did you ladies team up and decide start your boutique together?

F.L.A.M.E:  F.L.A.M.E was started in April 2010 by 3 dynamic women who shared similar interest with different backgrounds, expertise and skills.  After hearing business owners Brandi Henderson and Micaela Davis’ personal goals, business owner Karis Battle, felt all three women could benefit from each other in a common business.  All three women were very interested in the Fashion Industry and wanted to take part in this industry starting with Charlotte.  Karis Battle then scheduled a meeting with the women and discussed what God had laid on her heart.  All three women were in complete agreement and enticed to embark upon this journey.  Brandi Henderson had previous interest in starting her own Fashion Line and working in the entertainment or sports industry and presented that to other owners as a possible start.  Karis Battle and Micaela Davis agreed this would be a great starting point for the dynamic company we wanted to begin.  Micaela Davis felt that this would be a great start handling the business’ finances in hopes to start her own Accounting Firm in the future.  Karis knew this would be a great opportunity to utilize all skills to brand the business and also in hopes to become a well known Stylist and Event Manager.  We also felt that there were not a lot of boutiques that cater to our type of women: professional yet fashion forward, but also not interested in spending drastic amounts of money just for a label.  We wanted to offer something to women like us, and show that you can be fashionable and trendy without spending your rent and bills money.

F.L.A.M.E. Boutique is nowhere the end of the things F.L.A.M.E. is striving to be.  We want to branch into many different aspects and our Online Boutique is just the beginning!

D.O.L.L.S:  What were some of the first steps you took in bringing your dream to life?

F.L.A.M.E:  Some of the first steps we took were doing MASSIVE research on exactly what we wanted to do and how feasible it would be to accomplish this goal.  We began researching a year ago and building the foundation so we had no choice but to succeed.  We also registered out business name and applied for a business license so that there was no turning back and we knew this was something we were committing to.  We also were blessed to have Bridgette Wright of Charlotte Style Magazine and Carolina Style Magazine to help mold and shape us.  We pricked her brain for any and all information and she never hesitated to assist with whatever we needed in hopes to see us succeed. 

D.O.L.L.S:  So far, what have been some of the highlights of owning your own fashion boutique?

F.L.A.M.E:  The biggest highlight is knowing that just a year ago owning our own fashion boutique was just a dream that we were working really hard to make reality. And today we can say that our dream came true. The second biggest highlight is being able to shop almost every day. We are all shopaholics but now we get the chance to shop for F.L.A.M.E. We are constantly looking for new apparel and accessories that we think women will fall in love with.

D.O.L.L.S:  What have been some of the challenges?

F.L.A.M.E:  Some of our challenges have been a blessing in disguise. Since none of us had ever ventured out in starting our own business we all were pretty blind to most things so it was trial and error.  But every mistake we’ve made has been a learning lesson and helped us on what not to do in the future.  One of the biggest challenges is that we have completely financed the start-up of our business without any outside help.  This is also one of our biggest accomplishments! We can’t say that we have had many challenges because we gave our business to God first and foremost and through it all He has looked out and made sure that even when we didn’t see it we were very well taken care of.

D.O.L.L.S:  Who are your biggest inspirations in the fashion world?

F.L.A.M.E:  We are inspired mostly by women who aren’t afraid to play with fashion so we would have to say Rihanna, Solange Knowles, June Ambrose, and Angela Simmons. When we see these ladies on the red carpet they rarely ever disappoint. And they aren't afraid to play with color, mix high end fashion with low end, or just have some fun with fashion. Their style represents the ideal F.L.A.M.E. Boutique woman.

D.O.L.L.S:  Tell us a little about some of the pieces you’ll be offering at FLAME Boutique.

F.L.A.M.E:  We feel we have a piece in our collection for every fashionista.  We have also featured many current trends; our favorites are color blocking and peplum!  We are all about color and bringing a touch of color into any outfit.  One of our goals is showing women how to bring color into the workplace.  You don’t have to feel that to be professional you are restricted into wearing only neutral colors.  We want our women to be able to feel professional and fashionable when going to work.  We also offer a lot of versatile looks.  You can easily turn a day look into a night look by removing a blazer, switching shoes and/or adding a statement accessory piece.

D.O.L.L.S:  What advice can you offer others who may be dreaming of opening their own fashion boutique?


1.      Do research, do research, and then do more research
2.      Be patient. Everything truly happens in due season.
3.      Be willing to do the work.
4.      Keep the faith even when the dream seems impossible.
5.      Make sure you are surrounded by a strong team. There is strength in numbers.
6.      And always remember that dreams do come. So if you want it, claim it, then go out and do the work that it takes to get it.

Check out some of the fabulous pieces below!

Follow these ladies on twitter: @FLAMEBoutique
Visit their site & shop on March 20th:  http://shopFLAMEBoutique.com

What do you think ladies? Ready to shop?

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March Doll of the Month: Sierrah

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in , , ,

Getting know our Doll of the Month...

D.O.L.L.S: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Sierrah: I would like to see Wendy Raquel Robinson play the lead role as myself. 

D.O.L.L.S: If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Sierrah: If someone wrote a biography about me, I think the title should be, Encourage Yourself. Plenty of people can encourage you to do great things, but if you don’t believe and encourage yourself, then you will never get to where you truly want to be in life.  
D.O.L.L.S:  If you were a car, what kind would you be?

Sierrah: If I were a car, I would be a 2012 Audi since it is so classy. 

D.O.L.L.S: How would you describe yourself in three words?

Sierrah: I would describe myself in three words as exciting, hilarious, and enthusiastic. 

Looking towards the future with our Doll of the Month...

D.O.L.L.S: What dream are you currently pursuing?

Sierrah: I am currently pursuing the dream of becoming an attorney.
D.O.L.L.S: What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?

Sierrah: The first step I took in order to follow my dream was studying for the Law School Admission Test, which is a standardized exam administered as a part of the law school admission process.  
D.O.L.L.S: What are some roadblocks that you have come across?

Sierrah: The first roadblock that I have come across was not getting into law school this past year. I was disappointed, but I decided to work as a Paralegal in order to get some experience with the law. 

D.O.L.L.S: Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?

Sierrah: I admire Johnnie Cochran, but unfortunately I will not get the chance to work with him. I also admire and would like to work with Judge Toni King because she stepped out on faith in order to help and encourage me to never stop pursuing my goal of becoming an attorney. 

D.O.L.L.S: Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?

Sierrah: I would like for the readers to know that positivity is a very important part of life. If you think positive, you will have a positive life. Life is what you make it, so keep striving for success. God has a plan for you. As long as you believe in Him and yourself, there is nothing that you cannot achieve. 
D.O.L.L.S: What advice do you have for young women your age?

Sierrah: Young women my age should make sure they find their purpose in life because everyone has a different calling to pursue. Don’t ever give up on what you believe in and always keep God as the head of your life. 

D.O.L.L.S: At this point in your life, what makes you happiest?

Sierrah: At this point in my life my family truly makes me happy. Not only does my immediate family make my life so much more complete, but my friends are also an important part of why I am so happy.
D.O.L.L.S: What motto do you live by?

Sierrah: The motto that I live by comes from Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” 

D.O.L.L.S: How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?

Sierrah: I stay motivated to accomplish my goals by praying and receiving encouraging words from my family and friends.  
D.O.L.L.S: What can we look forward to from you in the future?

Sierrah: You can look forward to me being myself and enjoying life. I don’t know what God has in stored for me, but I know it is something very special.

Special thanks to Sierrah for being our Doll of the Month!

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March Man of the Month: Angelo

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Getting to Know our Man of the Month

D.O.L.L.S: What was the last movie you went to see?
Angelo: Limitless.  It was such an amazing movie

D.O.L.L.S: If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
Angelo: I would be an orange. You have to peel back the outer layer before you get to the heart of who I am.

D.O.L.L.S: If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Angelo: I would make sure my family was financially stable, pay off my student loans and invest the rest in some mentoring projects I’m working on

D.O.L.L.S: How do you tackle stress 
Angelo: Praying daily and separating myself from potential stressors. 

Looking Towards the Future with our Man of the Month

D.O.L.L.S: What dream are you currently pursuing?
Angelo: I’m currently pursuing a few dreams. My main dream is to spread my music and poetry to the world by becoming a recording artist. My other dream is to become a Vice President at a college/university.

D.O.L.L.S: What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?
Angelo: In order to pursue my music and poetry dreams I have released a mixtape entitled “Eye Declare War” and participated in regional and national poetry competitions. To pursue my career in higher education I currently work at a junior college as an Academic Specialist and plan on starting my Masters program in Higher Education in 2012.

D.O.L.L.S: What are some roadblocks that you have come across?
Angelo: I’ve had people offer false promises and attempt to discourage me but I just use that as fuel
 to keep pushing.

D.O.L.L.S: Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?
Angelo: In the realm of music I admire Phonte, Musiq and J Cole. They are all inspirations to me. In the spoken word field I greatly admire CP Maze and Black Ice, both of whom I’m good friends with. And lastly, in higher education I look up to Boyd Jones, the Director of Campus Programming at Winthrop University.

D.O.L.L.S: Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?
Angelo: I’d want them to know that the only limits to what we can do are the ones we put on ourselves.

D.O.L.L.S: What advice do you have for young men your age?
Angelo: My advice is to realize that we’re the next generation of great male role models and live life like the world is watching.

D.O.L.L.S: At this point in your life, what makes you happiest?
Angelo: Being able to wake up every morning and to have loving friends and family around me.

D.O.L.L.S: What motto do you live by?
Angelo: “An appetite for success can only be fueled by the hunger of ambition”

D.O.L.L.S: How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?
Angelo: I stay motivated by being around others who are also motivated and concentrated on their goals.

D.O.L.L.S: What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Angelo: This year I plan to release a poetry cd and 2 music projects and am co-founding a mentoring program entitled Project D.R.E.A.M. with my good friend Doug Pearson. Every day I post life snacks on twitter which are affirmations and inspirational quotes I come up with.  My Eye Declare War mixtape is available for FREE download at melodikrukus.bandcamp.com. Follow my moves.
 Twitter: @EyeAmBic; facebook.com/angelothegreat

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Keep Sitting Pretty (Even When The Seat is Hard)

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in , ,

Many of you know that I have started a new blog Keep Sitting Pretty and will soon be selling my own handmade jewelry, what many of you don't know however is how afraid I was to step out on my own.  I've played with the idea of starting my own blog for a few years now (yeah it took me that long), and finally one day I just did it.  Everyone has been showing me lots of love and I truly appreciate it!  My new blog for me represents a promise to myself not to let anything get in the way of my greatness.  I hope you'll make the same promise to yourself.

I had to get out of my own way in order to step out on faith and just do it.  I was talking with Kirsten about my blog and she jokingly said that the tagline to my blog should be, "Keep Sitting Pretty, even when the seat is hard."  We laughed so hard at that statement, but honestly it's the truth!  You have to keep going and keep striving to be great even when life gives you a hard seat to sit in.  If you've never sat in a hard seat, then you'll never be able to appreciate just how comfortable a cushioned seat is.

The hard seat I was dealing with was fear.  I motivate you all so much on a daily basis that I had gotten comfortable doing just that, motivating everyone else but myself.  You might even say I was hiding behind it.  My friends and loved ones were constantly pushing me to sell my jewelry and to start my own blog, but for some reason I was afraid to do it.  I just didn't think I could do it on my own, and I was afraid that people would not support me.  I've come to learn through the process of making jewelry and creating my own blog,  that you have to believe in yourself and the support will come.  I'm already seeing so much support and love for my blog that I am looking forward to sharing my Keep Sitting Pretty creations with you all as well!

I hope you all will check out my blog and my creations that I will be showing a preview of tomorrow!  I look forward to sharing more of this growing process with you!  I also hope that you will step out of fear and into faith.  Work on your dreams, they are sure to come true if you believe they will.

XO Kelley

Twitter: @justsitpretty

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Persistence & Hard work

Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in ,

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~Bill Bradley

Thanks to Drake when I hear the word success, I automatically hear Trey Songz singing, "I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful."  In fact I hear that a lot from just about any and everyone these days.  Everyone wants to be successful, but not everyone will do what it takes to actually be successful.  That doesn't mean that you have to join the crowd by any means though.  

If you're reading this then maybe you've come to the point where you're ready and willing to put in some hard work and persistence.  If that's the case then here are some tips that will help you stay focused and successful.

Rule of P&H 1.  Protect Your Ideas.

If you have a new and amazing idea work with it until you've developed it completely.  Don't go telling the whole world you're idea until you've figured it out.  You will be saving your idea from being stolen and jaded.  Not everyone wants to see you happy and not everyone will support you.  This is why you need to spend some time alone with your idea so that you can not only develop it, but so that you can make sure that you believe in it enough to keep at it when times get tough!

Rule of P&H 2. Use Bricks Not Hay

When you are developing your idea into a brand, make sure you are actually putting in effort.  Don't go for instant gratification or get rich quick schemes.  If you do your idea/brand will surely collapse like the the tree little pigs home they built from hay.  Instead, take your time, do research and build a solid foundation on which to stand and grow.  Remember, you're building your legacy not trying to be a one hit wonder.

Rule of P&H 3. Go For It

In the words of Nike, "Just do it."  Hard work really does pay off, but not if you never put yourself out there!  You can have the greatest idea in the world and putting in major work to make sure it is a success, but if you never share it with anyone then what good is it?  Sure it's scary to put yourself and all of your hard work out there, but it's SO worth it.  Yeah, you'll encounter nay sayers, but it's more likely that you'll gain support and see the reality of your dreams.  Now what sounds better? Going for it of course!


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February Doll of the Month: Melissa

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in , , , ,

Getting to know our Doll of the Month...

D.O.L.L.S:  If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find?

Melissa: A bunch of nothing..hahaha. but for sure a Pepsi and some turkey.

D.O.L.L.S:  If you are given a chance to travel past where would you go and specifically why?
Melissa:  Paris of course. I took 8 years of French between high school and college so I would want to put it to use and also because of the FASHION .... I LIVE for it!
D.O.L.L.S:  How do you tackle stress?

Melissa:  I was taught early to "Let Go and Let GOD" ...I pray about it and let him handle the rest.

D.O.L.L.S:  If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Melissa:  After volunteering at a local food bank in my area I've fell in love so I would give them a chunk of it, travel the world of course, start my own clothing line, move to NYC and live like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. LOL.

Looking towards the future with our Doll of the Month...

D.O.L.L.S: What dream are you currently pursuing?

Melissa:  I have a dream to work in fashion so I am currently pursing that and grinding in every way possible.

D.O.L.L.S: What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?

Melissa:  Setting realistic goals for myself.

D.O.L.L.S:  What are some roadblocks that you have come across?

Melissa:  Not many road blocks just trying to tell my mind what my heart wants is hard sometime.

D.O.L.L.S:  Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?

Melissa:  Rachel Zoe I think she's awesome at what she does, I love her style, and her show and also Angela Simmons, I think we have some of the same style and would love to work with her... she's my "woman crush" :-) .

D.O.L.L.S:  Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?

Melissa:  Just that hard work pays off always remember that.

D.O.L.L.S:  What advice do you have for young women your age?

Melissa:  I would tell them to always follow your dreams even when others may not see them as clear as you!

D.O.L.L.S:  At this point in your life, what makes you happiest?

Melissa:  Waking up every morning makes me happy! Knowing that God gave me another day to live is everything to me.

D.O.L.L.S:  What motto do you live by?

Melissa:  "Live life to the fullest, never know when it's your last"

D.O.L.L.S:  How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?

Melissa:  Knowing what I want and when I'm able to do it I won't feel like its work it'll be a hobby I get paid for keeps me motivated.

D.O.L.L.S:  What can we look forward to from you in the future?

Melissa:  I hope in the future some people may be wearing something that was designed by ME!!! Also great things coming from my fashion/natural hair blog http://www.melissachanel.com


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