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Maryland Business Feature – Organize Me Professionals – Theresa Carter

Maryland Business Feature – Organize Me Professionals – Theresa Carter

Hello everybody!  This past year, I have met so many creative entrepreneurs.  These goal getters are trying their very best to make a positive difference in Maryland.  So, without further a due…let me tell you about an up and coming business…Organize Me Professionals.  They offer organization services such as decluttering, staging, downsizing and coordination for homes and businesses.  This also includes time keeping and paper solutions within an office setting.

This company was born by a Baltimorean named Theresa, who I grew up with.  Her spark started as a teenager, when she volunteered to clean and organize the homes of the elderly.  Later on, she started organizing closets, packing items and putting various items away for different ones.  One day, a friend said, ‘You should make an income doing this.’  She did thorough research and started to make it happen in 2014.

When I asked what keeps her motivated, she mentioned, ‘I like the satisfaction in my work.  I go in, see a problem and put my stamp on it.  It’s nice knowing that I made it happen.’

Like many business owners, she wants to be a leader and be in control of the outcome of her company.  But of course, family is also a key component. Many family members play different roles to assist with her vision.

In the future, Theresa would love to attain contracts with business offices and apartment buildings.  From there, it will hopefully grow to a successful franchise business.

It was a pleasure interviewing this very creative young woman.  She had so many ideas and even offered my some tips too.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to Organize Me Professionals with getting your things in perfect order!

Organize Me! Professionals

Phone (410) 484-3607

Email – info@organizemepros.com

http://organizemepros.com

 

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Blogger Love From Peer Pressure Polish

Blogger Love from Peer Pressure Polish

We want to say thanks to all who have supported our 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brand over the past year.  That especially includes the vast community of nail bloggers.

With that being said, Jennifer, who is a blogger for Peer Pressure Polish, was the first to write about our products. She mentioned, ‘I was really pleased with this polish,’ referring to our Purple Pride nail polish. It is a deep mysterious purple, with a hint of shimmer that gives tribute to the Baltimore Ravens.

Thanks for the blogger love!

Click the link below and read her fun blog…

http://www.peerpressurepolish.com/2015/03/lenora-purple-pride.html

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Fox 45 News Feature – Monday Makeover

On September 28, 2015, Lenora Nail Colors was proudly featured on Fox 45 Baltimore for the popular Monday Makeover feature.  

Being featured on local television was a little stressful, but everything fell into place.  I practiced day and night to get it right…because you only get one shot.  No retakes! But I have to say, it was a true privilege and an honor to take part in this.  Everyone was so nice and truly professional from the front desk to the reporter Candace Dodd…who picked our ‘Drinks on Me’ nail polish.  She said she love the colors, so we are sure she will love it!

Check out the link below to watch us for our first debut.  Also, professional nail tech, Crystal T. of Unitas Nails helped in the second feature sharing nail trends.

http://foxbaltimore.com/morning/monday-makeover-fall-nail-colors

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Maryland Business Feature – Chic Couture Cakes – November 2015

couturecakesHello world!  Thanks so much for being patient, since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve written in my blog.  But now…I’M BACK!  This business feature is so exciting because I get a chance to meet business minded people who have positive goals.  That is one of the things that keep me going in my journey.

You will love this blog story if you love sweets! So, get ready to read this amazing story about a local business.

I met Sherron through her IG page of Chic Couture Cakes.  I was so amazed to see so many colorful and different  things she could bake for her customers.  She recalls, ‘For as long as I can remember, I have always had a love affair with cakes. My fondest childhood memories all center around cakes.’   Sherron loved baking with her grandmother so that she could lick the spoon and eat the sweet frosting.

This Marylander started her passion for baking in 2007 when she baked her very first Southern Red Velvet Cake. By 2009 custom fondant cakes were gaining popularity.  She and her husband at the time, watched the show “Ace of Cakes” which inspired them to attempt to create a custom fondant cake for his daughters’ 16th birthday.

When she was in college, she learned some great nail art techniques that helped her at that time.  Sherron is very artistically talented which makes it much easier to provide beautiful designs for her customers.  Five years later and hundreds of customs cakes and thousands of cupcakes later…she is still here!  She mentioned, ‘There were many times when I wanted to just quit.  But my sanity and passion to provide happiness to others through my creations keeps me going.’

This sole operator of the Chic Couture Cakes brand, is a single parent and currently works full time.  Her goal is to complete her baking and pastry arts degree at Stratford University.  Also, she wants to fulfill the dream of opening a custom cake storefront…I hope it’s in Maryland!

Check out her motto, “Sometimes you have to lose to win.”  I love that! Simple and true.

It was a pleasure meeting this young lady who is keeping her head up and moving forward in life.  She even offered me a little advice about networking with other fabulous local business owners!  We wish her much success.  I want everyone to try her lovely sweet desserts for your next special event!

Follow IG @chiccouturecakes

For Custom cakes and cupcake Inquiries

Email – chiccouturecakes@gmail.com

photo credit: Keisha (@2live2lovebrand)

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The Best Fall Nail Polish for 2015

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Let’s Welcome the Best Nail Polish for Fall!

Hi everyone!  I’m hoping that everybody is having a nice week. Now that cooler weather is here, it’s time to change our fashion mind-set.  The runways were full of classic navy blues and cool grays.  And what about warm neutral colors?  These are far from boring!  Check out this list of perfect autumn nail polishes for this season.

  1. SunKissed by Lenora Nail Colors, 8.00 – This shimmery copper shade has the right amount of warmth and spice for the crisp weather.
  1. It’s Navy Baby by Lenora Nail Colors, 8.00 – A deep metallic navy blue that adds the perfect balance for those cool dark nights.
  1. Sand in my Pants by Lenora Nail Colors, 8.00 – This pale creamy beige polish can smooth out any look. Tip: Add a super shiny topcoat to neutrals for the perfect pop for your skin tone.
  1. Baby Daddy by Lenora Nail Colors, 8.00 – This smoky gray neutral makes it easy to compliment all skin tones. It adds the right amount of elegance to your mani for those chilly days.
  1. Flo to the Joe by Lenora Nail Colors, 8.00 – I love this neutral brown polish so much. It’s a caramel brown polish that is in perfect harmony with the current season.
  1. T.D.H. (Tall, Dark and Handsome) by Lenora Nail Colors, 8.00 – If you love the smell and taste of chocolate cocoa, this is the best option for you. The earthy cocoa brown is very versatile for this time of year.

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‘5-Free’ Nail Polish…Why is it important?

Hello! Hola! Salut!  How are you doing?  Do you have any interesting things that are taking up your time?  Well, I can definitely say, we are steadily working to be an informative and fun blog spot for all our lacquer lovers.

If you love nail polish, I’m very sure you have heard of ‘3 free’, ‘4 free’ and ‘5 free’ formulas.  It’s a hot topic, so I wanted to write about it.

Lenora Nail Colors offer a unique and quality ‘5 free’ nail polish.  This means that it is free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Toluene and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

Stated below is basic information about these chemicals.

Formaldehyde is common in the chemical industry and has many different uses, including tissue preservation in medical labs and mortuaries.  It has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).

Formaldehyde Resin is a synthetic substance used in the production of adhesives and paints.  It is a derivative or by-product of Formaldehyde.

Camphor is a flammable white substance that has a strong odor.  When inhaled in large doses, it can cause nausea and headaches.

Toluene is a clear colorless liquid used as a solvent and to make paint thinner, adhesives and nail polish.  Inhaling high levels over a period of time can cause brain damage or depression.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer and allows nail polish to be flexible.  It is also used as an additive to adhesives, printing inks and shower curtains.

Of course, this is not an extended list of all the uses of these chemicals.  I wrote about this because many people wonder what it means and we love that our customers are informed.

At Lenora Nail Colors, we are committed to provide products that is safer and affordable to everyone.

Talk to you later!

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Maryland Business Feature – Battle Stage Plays – Ursula V. Battle – September 2015

Maryland Business Feature – Ursula V. Battle – Battle Stage Plays

Hello everyone and welcome back!  Being a business owner can take you on a very interesting journey.  Sometimes, you may need to take a break and laugh a little.

With that being said, I’ll introduce you to an amazing journalist and stage play writer, Ursula V. Battle. She is the CEO and Founder of Battle Stage Plays.  I met her because she wrote the beautiful article in The Baltimore Times about my company.

It all started when Ursula and her mother saw the play Beauty Shop.  Afterwards, her mom said, ‘You should write a play about educators, people need to see that.’  That was the inspiration behind the first highly acclaimed production in 2002, ‘The Teacher’s Lounge.’  Last year, actress and singer D’Atra Hicks headlined the popular production. This play has been performed many times over the years because people simply love it!   When you visit the website, check out other plays, such as For Better or Worse, Widows in the Hood and Dischord in The Choir.

Ms. Battle’s plays are drawing sell-out crowds.  She thanks God for her loyal supporters, and all that they do to spread the word about her productions.

Ursula is a lover of the Bible and is determined to use her productions to send positive and encouraging messages…with a little comedy of course. Her motivation comes from hearing the laughter, seeing the tears and hearing the words of inspiration.  Her favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:7, which says, ‘walk by faith, not by sight.’  These words keep her focused on God and everything else falls into place.

Future goals for Battle Stage Plays include touring her stage plays nationally, and offering salaries and internships to aspiring performers and volunteers.

Ursula has been dubbed as the ‘Female Tyler Perry.’  Well, I think she has rightly earned it!  Let’s support Battle Stage Plays newest production, My Big Phat Ghetto Wedding in December 19th and 20th 2015!   If you can’t make it to the play, support the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover developmental costs to take these awe-inspiring plays on the road.

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http://www.battlestageplays.com for tickets and info

Phone – (443) 531-4787

Email – battlestageplay@gmail.com

 

 

 

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5 Nail Problems and 5 Easy Solutions

Hi everybody!  So good to be back!

Since we are a business that offers quality nail polish, many people ask me questions about nail care.  So, I’m happy to share with you 5 nail issues and the easy answers to have the best manicure.

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1. Problem: Your cuticles and hands are dry and cracked all the time. What can you do to help this?

Solution: Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize.  I personally apply natural products from Koche and Shea Butter to my hands, and especially my cuticles every night.  I find that raw, unbleached and organic types of  Shea Butter works the best.  It has many benefits for skin conditions, such as eczema, sunburn and dry skin.

  1. Problem: When you polish your nails, you see air bubbles on the nail.

Solution: Some people shake the bottle before use, which cause air bubbles in the bottle.  Instead, roll the bottle in between your palms, back and forth to prevent this problem.

  1. Problem: Your nail polish cap is stuck to the bottle. How can you open it?

Solution: Use a rubber band and wrap it around the cap to get a better grip to enjoy your polish.  I have done this personally and it really works.

  1. Problem: Your nails are splitting and breaking. What could be some of the reasons?

Solution: When filing your nails, only file in one direction. Filing back and forth can cause a jagged and weak nail edge.  Also, it could be a vitamin deficiency.  Talk to your physician.  (just a side note…I’m not a doctor.)

  1. Problem: Your nail polish always chip in 1-2 days. What can help?

Solution: Use a quality base coat, and apply a top coat with each manicure. Also, be sure to swipe the nail tip for added protection.  We offer a great 2 in 1 base coat in our collection that adds super shine to your nails.  I also love Sally Hansen top coat products as well.

So, that’s that!  I hope that were able to take something away from these tips to help your next manicure become healthier and drama free.  That is very important to us at Lenora Nail Colors.

Until next time,

Lenora

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Maryland Business Feature – LaRhonda Leigh Mobile Shoe Boutique – August 2015

LaRhonda Leigh Shoe Mobile Boutique – Women’s  and Men’s shoes

imageWell, here we go again!  Sharing with the world about a local unique business. I haven’t met a female who doesn’t love quality cosmetics, nail polish and especially shoes. Personally, I love colorful flats or wedge heels to spice up my look.

With that in mind, I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Leigh, Owner of a mobile shoe boutique in Maryland.  Phinesse Demps, a journalist at The Baltimore Times, mentioned her business to me.  She is a very well-spoken professional that comes from a family of entrepreneurs.

The beginning of the business started while she was recovering from a very serious car accident.  One of her cousins was visiting and said, ‘You need to get rid of these shoes, you should open a store.’  From that one statement, she got the ‘spark’ to move on with it.

LaRhonda started with only 3 pairs of shoes in her inventory!  (I laughed in amazment when she said that!)  She sold them out of her trunk, yard sales and to coworkers. Year by year, the business grew and she proudly took the business on the ‘road’ to events up and down the East Coast.

Her inspiration comes from a close knit family and young females that look up to her. Her goals are to continue to care for her parents and encourage young ones to make a true difference in their lives. Also, she would love to open a store front location one day.

If you ever get a chance to meet LaRhonda…you will not leave without a big hug!  And if you purchase a pair of her cool shoes, she guarantees you will ‘WALK AWAY HAPPY!’

 

Contact info 410 905-8646

www.larhondaleigh.com

www.shoptique.com

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Maryland Business Feature – Twon Lyles – July 2015

Twon Lyles – NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

Hello to everyone again! It’s that time to introduce another unique small business.

Warmer weather pushes some to become more aware of body image  Sounds familiar?  Well, this is where Twon Lyles come into play.

Mr. Lyles got started 14 years ago in the body builder industry.  He mentioned that from a previous relationship and health issues of his mother, pushed him to focus on his self-esteem.

His motivation is found in changing people’s lives and helping them reach physical goals.  Twon mentioned, ‘Sometimes, I may have a bad day, but when my clients push through a session, it keeps me going.’

If you set up an appointment with Mr. Lyles, be prepared to give your absolute best and use your body to the fullest.  His professional goals includes branding himself, motivational speaking and opening a gym in the future.

If you can’t come out to him, don’t worry, he can flex his schedule and meet you at a desired location. Or, attend one of his Xtreme Abs classes every Tuesday at Reinvent U Boot Camps.

So, are you ready? Check out the contact info to whip your into shape!

 

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Email – iamfitness410@gmail.com

IG – @twonlylesbeast

FB – Twon Lyles

Reinvent U Boot Camps

1501 Reistertown Rd, 2nd Floor, Pikesville, MD 21208

(443) 304-7099

 

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Polish of the Month – Moody – June 2015

Polish of the Month – Moody 

Description: hologram microglitter nail polish, brown/gray base

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Our ‘Moody’ polish came about about after many other names were considered in the collection. It’s the perfect fit because moody means unpredictable, changeable or frequent changes in mood. Staring at this radiant lacquer too long, will certainly confuse your vision.

When I’m in a weird mood, I tend to keep my distance from others.  Drinking some green tea, reading a good book or going for a drive serves as a calming effect.  Enough about me, let’s indulge in this color.

The best way to use ‘Moody’ is to apply a dark solid shade as the base coat. I suggest using our T.D.H., Power Suit or Baby Daddy.

Next, apply 2 coats of Moody for a multi-dimensional sparkly manicure.

I hope this was helpful to all who are interested in high quality micro-glitter nail polish.

Any comments or questions…feel free to ask me!

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Until the next time…

Lenora

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Maryland Business Feature – Koche – June 2015

Koche – All-Natural, Handcrafted Hair & Skin Care

imageHello! Hope all is well and that everyone is having a good week so far. Today, I’m sharing exclusive information about a company named Koche.  I started following them on IG earlier this year.  As a side note…this business owner was my very first online customer!

This brand was born because of a mother’s quest to find a natural skin solution for her son.  Koche specializes in all-natural hair and skin products.  Organic soaps, curl puddings, lotions and sugar scrubs are just some of the beautifully handmade products offered.  This fact is very important to me because my skin is very sensitive.

I personally use several of the products and very pleased with them.  The ‘Pure’ lotion is my absolute favorite. It’s hypo-allergenic and steroid free.  It’s part of my nightly routine, with a little shea butter, to keep my skin and cuticles in tip top shape.  Moisture is a very important key to beautiful and healthy skin…and Koche can help us on that journey!

You have to try some today!  Visit Koche online now to see the entire collection. 

Shop http://www.koche.com

Follow IG @koche

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Later!,

Lenora

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Easy Ways to Use Glitter Nail Polish

Hello world!  Welcome back! Many women have asked me, ‘What is the best way to apply glitter nail polish? It’s a good topic to blog about.  I’m going to show some simple ways of what I have done, to get a glitzy mani, using my collection.

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Description: small silver confetti in a sheer base

  1. Apply a base coat to nails.
  2. I used 3 coats of glitter as an accent on the ring finger for a jeweled effect.
  3. Apply a fun solid color such as our ‘Drinks on Me’ (creme berry pink) 2 coats
  4. Apply a top coat for super shine and protection.

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Ready, Set, Gold

Description: chunky gold glitter in a sheer base

  1. Apply a base coat to nails.
  2. Apply a nude or neutral as the base color.  Try our ‘Sand in my Pants,’ or ‘Flo to the Joe.’ I used 2 coats of our ‘T.D.H’ (tall, dark and handsome:-)
  3. I applied the the glitter to the tip of nail and stroked the brush down for a gradient effect.
  4. Finish with a glossy top coat for protection. goldglit-1024image

Well, there you have it! Do you think you can handle these tips for your next mani or pedi?  Of course!

Thank you and please come again to visit us for the next topic!

Lenora

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Embrace Spring Fashion Trends – 2015

Yes! Spring is here everybody!  What do you connect with springtime?  Some of the things I enjoy this time of year is warmer weather.   Also, exploring current bright colors and low-cost looks for my closet can add a pop of ‘spring’ to any ensemble.  Let’s review some Spring Fashion Trends that are in right now!

A cool look for Spring 2015 is the kimono. I bought 2 floral print tops about 5 years ago. These robe-like tops are so comfy and can go from the office to a nice dinner seamlessly.

Remember, affordable accessories, such as scarves can bring your look to life.  You can knot, drape or tie it up for a unique look.  Wear it around your neck, as a belt or jazz up a boring purse. 

Lastly, LOVE DENIM!  Celebrities are rocking denim these days.  Have fun and search for some new or used jeans, dresses and jumpers and you can’t go wrong.  Try wearing some chic flats or high-heels to add some glam to indigo blue.  Check out this local fashionista, Unae Johnson, with this fun denim Summer dress!  Don’t you love it?

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Now, you have been informed of some fun and easy fashion ways to connect with Spring!  Have fun and don’t forget to love color, fashion and nail polish…such as our ‘Morning Mimosas.’

Until next time,

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Maryland Business Feature – Image By Alex G. – May 2015

Image by Alex G. – Beauty/Fashion Expert and Photography

Welcome back everyone!  Some of you may know that Baltimore has been in the media lately.  But, I’m determined to continue to share some positive things about Maryland.  So, let’s get to it!

As promised, I have another exciting small business to feature. I came across Alexandra and her company via IG. Her goal is for every woman to accept their individuality through makeup tips, styling trends and photography.  What I find to be so special, is that she is a self-taught professional.

Her website is very interesting, easy to understand with a fun layout.  It includes beauty, lifestyle, fashion and photography sections.  Alex uses any outlet to acquire current and fresh techniques.  In turn, she quickly shares these topics with her clients and social media family.  I had the pleasure of meeting her personally, and guess what?  She had some great tips for me too! Lol!

When you need to look your best, she is available for any special occasion, including runway modeling.  Also, you can schedule a personal consultation to refine your entire image.  If you connect with Alexandra, you will definitely see that this local fashionista loves to spread confidence to others. image

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IG @imagebyalex

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Last, but not least, several local businesses with Lenora Nail Colors will join and do a special give away!  Stay tuned for details and how to be a winner!

 

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News Press Feature in Blackbusiness.org

Lenora Nail Colors is very happy to share with you our feature in the very popular Blackbusiness.org.  This website features countless articles about entrepreneurs, business and current statistics. Check it out below in the link or view images below. 

http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2015/04/10-successful-black-entrepreneurs-baltimore-not-thugs.html#.Vko15XarTIU

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Nail Polish Review – Hard Candy – Pop-arazzi – 4/2015

I’m back everybody!  Tonight, I’m blogging about a fun nail polish I picked up at Walmart.

Polish Name – Hard Candy, Pop-arazzi

Description – a multicolored confetti finish with a clear base coat

First, I prefer using a solid color with using a textured or glitter finish.  2 coats of ‘Power Suit’, a super glossy black nail polish by Lenora Nail Colors was perfect.

Second, I applied Pop-arazzi as an accent. The application was quite easy and the formula wasn’t gooey.  The smell was a little stronger than I’m used too. (But, as we know…use nail polish in a ventilated area)

All in all, I’m quite happy with this confetti nail polish. It reminds me of colorful party decorations!  Check out my photo below of this simple and elegant look.  What do you think?

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Polish of the Month – Sweet Peaches – April 2015

Polish of the Month – Sweet Peaches – April 2015

Hello everyone!  I’m working on writing more information for my blog. When things get out of place, I have to remind myself that everything in life needs the proper attention.

Polish Name: Lenora Nail Colors, SWEET PEACHES

Description: a fun, bright and shimmery peach nail polish

It has a special place in my heart because my Mom named this one.  She loves peaches so much that she planted a peach tree in her back yard. The tree is so huge, that the limbs are close to the ground because of the weight of the peaches.

Now that the days are warming up, more lacquer lovers have purchased SWEET PEACHES for their collection.

For best results, use 2-3 coats for your sweet manicured look.  Don’t forget to use our 2 in 1 top/base coat for needed protection and shine.

Thank you!

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Maryland Business Feature – BeMoShe – April 2015

BeMoShe – Children’s Clothing

Hello world!  It’s that time again…business of the month!  I follow so many great small stores on IG, FB and Twitter.  It’s a great way to show products and network worldwide.

Today, I’m pleased to blog about a children’s clothing store called BeMoShe. We don’t have little ones in the family at the moment, but it’s so fun to watch the trends.  Let me tell y’all a little about them.

Moses and his wife were inspired to get into children’s apparel when their son was born.  These parents have a great sense of style, which you can see in the lively collectiom.  As creative director of BeMoShe, Moses uses his unique artistic skills from working in several huge east coast cities.   Every distinct design you see, is personally screen printed  by this hardworking duo.

It’s very crucial to them that every single item, is as special as a the little one wearing it.

I love what they are doing to keep our young ones looking fresh…does anyone still use the word ‘fresh’ anymore?

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Follow BeMoShe on IG, Shop Etsy (image credit-BeMoShe)

Go Shop at – www.bemoshe.storenvy.com

Email – bemoshesales@gmail.com

 

Until next time!

Lenora

 

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