Tim Reid’s Cultural Fashion Showcase

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An Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, and the aroma of culture, filled the venue as I walked in the door. I had finally arrived, after a one hour plus drive to the all interesting city of Richmond, Virginia.  I came for the fashion extravaganza presented by actor, producer, and first time designer Mr. Tim Reid, along with his lovely wife Mrs. Daphne Reid, who slayed the runway with her first design collection.

Perfection may be an understatement when describing Tim Reid’s Cultural Fashion Showcase. The RVA event space was lit on April 27th with local and international lovers of fashion. Well-dressed attendee’s mingled about, smiling at one another, greeting folks who’ve attended in the previous years, from my observation the event was some type of reunion amongst fashion connoisseur’s. People watcher number one, that would be Moi, was here for all of it…..insert handclap emoji three times!

The breathe taking beautiful co-producer and event host Salome was mesmerizing, wearing her beautifully unique designs as she graced the stage hosting simultaneously with Tim and Daphne Reid.

“Fashion models enhance the designers creative masterpieces”

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Step to the side while I shout out the sharp dressed male runway models, wearing designer Malcom Staples, of Malcom’s Custom Made to Fit. The women in the audience began to “oooh and ahhh”, snap fingers, while displaying the biggest smiles as the older more distinguished models hit the runway. Malcolm’s classy fitted suits gave favor to a trendy vintage look, full of pops of color, and fun patterns. I loved the sexy-sexy female tuxedo suit, well put together featuring a cute top-hat, perfect for a swanky dinner party. I haven’t worn a women’s suit in a while, however, if one can be created for a special holiday party, with a little sparkle, I’m all in for it.

Actress, producer and first time designer Daphne Reid, hit the runway with flowing color pops, floppy hats accentuated the swing jacket style, giving you the NYC street look of an older woman, out and about her business of the day. Comfy, eye-catching designs to turn heads, as you walk on by….

I’m excited to attend Tim Reid’s fashion show again, unfortunately I had a family emergency in the middle of the show, causing me to leave early. I missed a lot of amazing designers, international and local. All the fashion chatter for weeks after the event came across super positive, highlighting the charity who benefited from the proceeds, congratulations to the recipient Legacy Media Institute.

Bravo to all on a job well done…

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Dakota Somerville

 

 

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Charity Personified With Elegance

 

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February is the month of love, it is a time when giving comes second nature, the air is filled with decadence and luxury. We find ourselves thinking of others, our heart’s beat to a different drum, charity can also be described as a universal gesture of love. I stopped by to share with my readership all the juicy deets from an outstanding philanthropic event that took place in Norfolk, Virginia, held at the impressively alluring Slover Library, on Saturday, February 9th. A charity with a godly purpose will attract those who support a noble cause. I can’t begin to think of anything more important than lending a supportive hand to a single parent needing down payment assistance, while holding near and dear, a deep desire to become a home owner. Claudine L. Ellis, CEO of Dream DAP, Inc and her team are making it happen.

“HEART FOR HOMEOWNSHIP FASHION GALA 2019”

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Regina Mobley, Queen Claudine Ellis, Quenie Burnz

Hollywood hit Hampton Roads, as each and every guest was greeted with valet parking, and baby it was cold outside. Walking into the venue proved to be upscale upon being welcomed at the door by actor and model Mr. Jack Rose, adorned in white glove attire. Bellissimo, is an understatement describing the ambiance, and elegant décor, I felt so much love in the room as the jazz band played a medley of mood setting tunes. The highlight of entertainment literally flew, twirled, and flipped magnificently above the beautiful architecture, capturing stares from the balcony to the lower level. Can you imagine a beautiful aerialist, floating with the grace of a butterfly? She did just that!

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Hampton Roads has quickly become well noted on the east coast as a mega fashion hub, providing some of the best professional models in the game. I want to personally bow down and congratulate all of the event models for a wonderful job done on the runway. Special mention and all hand claps go out to the one model who turned the catwalk, and staircase into an unforgettable theatrical performance. Screaming bravo…bravo…bravo to model Shawanda Lamb, you my dear are a show stopper, with the epitome of what is commonly referred to as the “It Factor” in the industry.

Shawanda Lamb – Queen of the Runway

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As I buzzed around mingling with the distinguished guest, it suddenly came to my attention everyone was smiling, dancing, chatting it up with one another enjoying all the special moments of the night. This is the foundation envisioned as a successful charity event, hashtag happy people. The V.I.P guest co-mingled with the general ticket holders, which is something special to see, in my opinion. Food galore, delicious edibles made the rounds, one tray after another, filled with crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, steak kabobs, fruit kabobs, cake pops, and my personal favorite of stuffed mushrooms. For all the foodie lovers in the room, heaven had officially landed in a scrumptious kind of way!

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“One thing is for certain, Dream DAP, Inc has arrived in a major way”

Major kudos go out to the DJ, Mr. Dave Champion for the music selections of the night. The media deserves special mention as well, I saw the lovely Ashley Dennis supporting the cause, along with many celebrities, photographers, and lets just say the who’s who tribe of Hampton Roads. We were especially honored to see the prestigious Virginia Beach City Council woman, Sabrina Wooten in the building. I have a very keen eye for celebrity spotting, without hesitation, this freelance writer made her way over to capture a quick video with Patti LaBelle’s exclusive holiday decorator, LaVoris Pace and friends, what a dapper looking trio they were. All V.I.P guest received personal catering with delicacies’, compliments of the Executive Chef from Plaza Azteca restaurant, and jaw dropping Furry Swag Bags complete with unexpected high-end goodies, including fur gloves, exotic soaps, designer glasses, and more. Don’t fret if you missed the 2019 gala, team Dream DAP has already put the wheels in motion for the Heart for Homeownership Fashion Gala 2020…..

“Congratulations Claudine, I deem you queen of the red hearts personified”

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Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Facebook, Dakota Vibe, Organixx Photography

Follow: Dream DAP, Inc. via Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Magic Exemplified

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“My heart is singing a tune of black girl magic on auto repeat, it’s like not being able to un-see the most beautiful women in Hampton Roads, Virginia”

What am I talking about, you may ask? Well, I’m talking about a vision that turned into a fabulous reality, on Sunday, September 16th in the heart of downtown Norfolk Virginia at the highly popular Slover Library. Dream Dap Inc. launched a charity program to help support single mothers and fathers with down payment assistance needed to purchase a home.

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Queen Claudine Ellis, Sequoia Youngblood and Celebrity Hip-Hop Artist NO Malice

Hurricane Florence was somewhat lurking in the midst of this successful event, but with hard work, lot’s of prayer warriors, and angels smiling down on the purpose intended, this party became the talk of the town. As I mingled inconspicuously through the huge crowd of attendees, everyone glammed in blue jeans and white tops with a lovely glow of happiness, set off with the biggest of smiles. Queen Claudine greeted her guest as if we all were celebrities in her eyes, from pictures on the red carpet to line dancing in the main room, O’ my goodness, how can I not mention the VIP lounge and its colorful ambience. From my personal perspective I deem this charity fundraiser as perfect in every way possible!!!

The Gourmet Appetizers were Impeccable 

Chicken & Waffles…Crab Balls…Cucumber Cream Bites

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We are magic when we come together as a community of intelligent beautiful women, who aspire to a level of success. Special recognition and kudos’ go out to a dedicated single mother for beating the pavement to make sure everything and everyone lined up as envisioned by the founder of Dream Dap Inc., Riika Wright you are a real MVP.

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DJ Dave Champion entertained the crowd with a diverse music sound, a bit of old mixed with the new. Group “KARAOKE” was as much fun to watch, as it must have been to participate, judging from the laughter and enthusiasm of the party goers. The fabulous stage host Ginger Savage killed her themed outfit with studded six-inch heels, every woman in the room, including myself had major shoe envy…..

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Vendor*Pink Zebra*Candle Wax Display Smells of Heaven

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When your heart is filled with a giving spirit, it becomes a vibe that will attract an awesome tribe. Let us all raise our glasses to the future success of Dream Dap Inc., single mothers and fathers who connect with this wonderful charity will forever remember Claudine Ellis, we however, like to refer to her as Queen Claudine.

~BRAVO JOB WELL DONE

For information: Visit Dream Dap Inc. via Facebook

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Dakota Vibe and Facebook Attendees

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Sexy Beard Conversations!

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Rugged Evolution, CEO – Arrington Gavin and Creative Director – Patrick Lewis

…..RUGGED IS THE NEW SMOOTH

I have so much ink to spill, and so many awesome beard life moments to share with the men who aspire to a healthy natural beard life, not excluding the women who love to admire the touch of a sexy clean beard. Hampton Roads, Virginia, along with Rugged Evolution Beard Care Products have set the bar very high on the conversation of growing and maintaining the best version of your beard. Saturday, May 19th, renowned leading Trichologist, Dr. Prenik James presented two life changing training session, captivating each audience, both men and women with educational tips on how to master the perfect beard.

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Trichologist – Dr. Prenik James and Rugged Evolution Beard Care Line 

Impromptu Interviews are the essence of a good writer

Impressive may be an understatement, I’m very rarely at a loss for words, let’s just say the Rugged CEO, Arrington is a twenty-three year old entrepreneur with a very bright future. As a young advocate for natural hair products, with such a beautiful humble spirit, it was well understood why he had such a top-notch group of supporters in the room. Celebrity icons from Los Angeles and Georgia attended the Rugged Evolution launch event, held at the exclusive Westin Hotel, Virginia Beach, Va, on May 19th.

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Celebrity Stylist – Patrick A. Lewis, Rugged Models, and CEO Arrington (center)

Sangria and chit-chat with a distinguished daytime Emmy Award winner, who also happens to be a top branding expert, film producer and the brain extraordinaire of money-making conversations, was the highlight of my night. When someone of his caliber of creative knowledge catches a flight to come into town just to offer support and authentic coaching, you can tell the world Rugged Evolution has arrived.

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Kamal S. Rollins Celebrity Cake Designer (left) – Mr. Rushion McDonald (producer) 

Congratulations to Team Rugged Evolution on a successful launch…

The Essence Of A Well Groomed Man Is Admired By Many

…..ON A LOCAL LEVEL

The Virginia Beard Festival Day Party #2 was held in the middle of a terrible rainstorm, but nevertheless, May 19, 2018 should be noted as the day sexy bearded men came out to partake in a very successful event. Congratulations to the handsome Mr. Markie Riddick on being crowned Beard King, I knew, the moment he walked in the door, something epic was about to take place.

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Ms. Keyzia Nikole – Beauty and the Beard and Mr. Markie Riddick (winner)

Congratulations to team Beauty and the Beard, can’t wait for the next event….

Todays blog post is merely a snippet of all the informative spilled ink I have waiting to hit the pages, stay connected with me via my social media platform.

Twitter: @dakotasomervill

Instagram: @IAMDAKOTASOMERVILLE757

Facebook: DakotaVibe

photo credit: event attendees

author: Dakota Somerville

 

 

 

 

The Legend and Newbies

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The Legend – Marcus Clark

A “Phenom” amongst the model industry, still in the game of runway modeling with a twenty year career presenting the most sought after men’s fashion. This year Marcus will be the first male model to receive the “Living Legend Male Model” award, presented at the 6th annual Black Men Rock Image Awards. Should we bow down, shake his hand, give two snaps, or just shower him with never-ending hand claps.

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Vintage Runway Captures – Marcus Clark

The first male model to sign with Jacobby Debouvier in 1998. I personally love the vintage still shots of young Marcus, the swag in his walk was pure fire, along with those sexy facial expression’s; Ladies…what say you?

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Model – Christian Samonte Cimafranca

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Model – Miguelito Ortiz

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Model – Rich Micucci 

The “NEWBIE” talent for season two of Male Fashion Week Virginia left the audience speechless, even maybe a little mesmerized. I like to refer to the newest aspiring models as newbies, please consider this a term of endearment. I’m sure all of the many runway designer’s would agree with me as I scream…Bravo, you guys added a indescribable element of ~Je Ne Sais Quoi~ to each and every show. Pictured above, may be the ones to watch, however, all the newbies were amazing.

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Models – Jared Jalil Howe and Rich Micucci Relaxing before the next show…

Congratulations again to the legend Marcus Clark, we wish you the happiest of moments when you accept your award this year. 

Author: Dakota Somerville

Inspiration: Male Fashion Week Virginia 2018

 

 

 

 

 

MFWVA “2018” Fiercely Snatched My Edges

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Men’s Fashion Week Virginia had a very successful run for its season two, the weather co-operated making it inviting to get out and attend many of their fashion events. Virginia is officially on the map as one of the hottest locations for fashion extravaganzas. Special hand claps go out to designer/stylist Roxanne Smith, being the only female presenting her designs was truly a black girl magic moment.

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Models: Dapper Luq, Erik Castano, Marcus Clark, Rich Micucci, Sanford Gunn, and the Newbies 

The 2018 kick off event Good Life – Still Life was presented at Upscale Men’s Fashion, hosted by The Dapper One and Erik Suave. When I tell you my edges got snatched all the way out, baby girl was in awe…the spring colors, diversity and male model inclusion had me literally and figuratively captivated to the fashion gawds.

I was unable to attend every event on the fashion weeks schedule due to my nine to five obligations, however, according to social media, it looks like every designer and stylist hit their mark.

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The beautiful Pagoda Gardens in the historic neighborhood referred to as Ghent located in Norfolk, Va., was a perfect setting for an outdoor fashion show. All the attendees swooned at the sight of each classic models attire, accompanied by every mans best friend. I absolutely fell in love with the floral backdrop, adding a touch of elegance as each model stepped onto their separate pedestal for viewing. 

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The Finale: Models line up and final walk

The “Collector Norfolk” hosted the grand finale of Men’s Fashion Week 2018 in eclectic style, just what “Saturday Nights” are made for. Vibrant colors, trendy patterns, sexy designs hit the runway bringing the audience to a complete stare. Special snaps to all the designers who presented their hard work for season two, you all are the talent behind the fashion scene. 

BRAVO…BRAVO…BRAVO, Men’s Fashion Week Va, you have let the world know we are popping with talent, style and class!!!

Author: Dakota Somerville

Designers:

Alfa Custom Clothier’s, Upscale Men’s Fashion, Stark & Legum, Andrew Nowell, Reckless Clothing Line & Others

Photo Credit:

Jacobby Debouvier, Sherry Henry & Diana Ramos

Stylist: Patricia Rountree & Others

 

Healthy Spring Mindset

 

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Four More Days till Spring arrives….

Are you mentally ready to put in the work it takes to get that sculpted spring body? It all begins on your plate dear lovebugs, what you put into your body is exactly what builds the groundwork for your spring fling results.

I have work to do, beginning with my thought process on healthy spring eating. For the last month or so my focus has been centered on self care, self love and manifesting my woo!!

You know that ahh-ha moment when you attend a big event and folks haven’t seen you in a while, because you’ve been hibernating inside the crib avoiding the winter month’s…that is when you bring your best woo! followed by the infamous cliche “girl you look damn good”.

I’m ready; mind, body and soul all in with small meal portions, healthy salads, mindset change, low impact workouts and a lovely vision of moi in a pink-hott pink two piece swimsuit.

~Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: fooduniq-IG

 

Tips On Celebrating New Years Eve “Solo”

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While binge watching one of my favorite relatable movies the other night, “Single Moms Club”. I became inspired to share five of my must have safety tips on celebrating solo, or sometimes referred to as dolo. 

Oftentimes, we as single Moms get bogged down in the funk of picking up the pieces for our so-called absent parent, forgetting to enjoy one of life’s most celebrated moments.

So ladies, rather than sit at home alone, go out and absorb the spirit of new beginnings. Stay safe, get your glam on and enjoy what the night has to offer.

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1) Secure a babysitter: Choose that special someone to take care of your children, someone who won’t be out of sorts if the evening lingers well into the next morning.

2) Pick your holiday venue: One word seriously, ✴UPSCALE✴ I’ve always felt comfortable going out solo to a local upscale spot. Select a place offering lots of ambiance, laughter, art, as well as diversity.

3) The infamous outfit: This may very well be the most important of all five tips. Select your outfit based on what type of people you hope to attract. Keep it age appropriate, sexy, trendy and fun. 

4) Choose your transportation: Take into consideration traffic will be out of control, in addition to an over abundance of state troopers on the road. Do yourself a favor, with all the holiday cheer ahead for the night, set up a Uber or Lyft ride. You can always secure a designated driver, or maybe you feel comfortable driving on New Year’s Eve, in that case I would highly recommend taking advantage of the venues valet parking. For me, I love the thought of not parking two blocks away, then strutting down the street in my sexy club throw down heels…

5) Smile: Ladies, never underestimate the power of a beautiful smile. After arriving with all of your holiday awesomeness intact, mingle around inside until you find that comfortable spot giving you 100% visibility. Order your favorite cocktail -or- a no thank you alcoholic beverage, sit back and watch some real magic happen!!! ~DakotaVibe

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Google Images

 

 

VA *Battle of the Beards* Launch Party

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VIP Balcony Beard Aficionado’s

Hampton Roads kicked off its official battle of the beards competition on Saturday, December 2nd at the soulful Jhane’s lounge, located on Granby street in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Upon entry, all female guest were greeted with a warm ambience filled welcome from the classic man himself, Mr. George Berry, followed by event directives from a very organized team including a professional photographer.         BEARD9

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This is just the beginning of the beard lifestyle events here in the area, stay linked via social media and be sure to come out and enjoy the quarterly celebrations, beard contest, music and food, all leading up to the ultimate beard festival in October 2018, slated to be the biggest bearded event in all of Hampton Roads.

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…BATTLE OF THE BEARD CONTESTANTS GAVE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES AN EYE POPPING EXPERIENCE AND I PERSONALLY ENJOYED EVERY SINGLE SALACIOUS MOMENT.

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A well-groomed beard attracts the attention of many who appreciate the art of beard life connoisseur’s, it’s all a matter of taste and style.

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…The ladies in the building displayed a level of energy you might compare to a front row seat at the hottest NBA Basketball game.

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HOSTESS ALIROSE PATTERSON & BATTLE OF THE BEARDS CONTESTANTS

…Bravo to the fabulous queen in all white, the impeccable Alirose Patterson, as she sashayed the event floor, slaying every movement with her black girl magic.

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Congratulations to the Virginia Beard Fest committee for an unforgettable night of great food, hip shaking music, laughter and not to mention a top-notch “grown and sexy” social setting.  

Everyone was dressed to impress the beard of their particular choosing, while placing a monetary bid during the bachelor charity auction.

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…We are looking forward to the next battle of the beards event here in Hampton Roads, Va., featuring more beards of all ethnicities from each and every one of the seven cities.

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Until the next time, keep those beards healthy and poppin…

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Val Garnes Gregory

#battleofthebeards #beardlife #beardlovers  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bo Didly and Good O’le Eats

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Friday Night Lights…

PBRNorfolk, easily located in the newly renovated downtown Norfolk, Virginia Waterside District, did not disappoint on it’s fun filled V.I.P. Happy Hour guest invitation. I was welcomed with the utmost level of customer appreciation by Nikki, the public relations manager. And then I saw him…Wowzers the cool colorful mechanical bull, I like to refer to as “Bo Didly”, well, okay-okay that may sound a bit extreme, but I can’t wait to visit him again!

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Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse was in full effect…

Just on the other side of PBRNorfolk’s  curtain is the fabulous aroma of Good O’le Eats, I’m talking the renowned Guy Fieri’s restaurant and bar. I enjoyed the excitement and flow of non-important bar chatter and gorgeous smiling faces. The menu is extensive, my favorite for the night was a sharable dish of “Ju-Ju” BBQ Crispy Chicken Wings, to pair with my sassy margarita libations!

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Professional Bull Riders has a country western vibe, a very large dance floor and the coolest staff members on deck.

I would reccomend stopping by on your next visit to downtown Norfolk and be sure to check out the entire Waterside District, you too can have that big city bright light experience.

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Dakota Somerville