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All About You Day | Your Wealth Your Health Your Style

This weekend I attended All About Day. Which is a one day women’s empowerment conference. Hosted by  motivational speaker Dee Marshall (@DeeCMarshall) and held at the Prince George Ballroom and Gallery in NYC. The conference covered a few different topics with expert speakers for each. We also had a little break out session for lunch as well as a Touch Lounge to get messages and try some of the products of the sponsors.
The conference covered Self Love with speaker Sadeqa Johnson (@Sadeqasays).  Sadeqa started her own meditation class without any prior experience. (isn’t that awesome?) She started meditating after the birth of her second child.  She wrote her first novel Love in a Carry-On Handbag to be released this fall. Sadeqa lead the group in a 7 minute mediation that was so refreshing and was a great start to the conference. We chanted “So hum” one of meditations mantras to keep our minds clear.
Do you know we have about 60 thousand thoughts a day? Meditation is something that can slow your mind down and help you to destress.  Medition also works on repairing your body. As women we often forget to take the time for ourselves. We need to recharge mentally and meditation is something that do that. It’s been a while since I actually meditated. Just sat still and listened. Sadeqa’s was right on target, you have to take care of yourself and love yourself before anyone else will. Often times that is easier said than done.
After mediation our 2nd speaker was  Metra Lundy, who spoke on health. Her goal was to get us to make  being fit a habit.  She is the owner of Kinetic -Inspire me Fit in NJ. As well as the creator of Manjani Fit.  She lead us in a quick Zumba workout to get the blood flowing. We think about being fit about going to the gym, Metra stated.  Metra was there to debunk that myth. The question was asked “How do we make fitness fit?”  How can we fit fitness into our daily lives? Fitness is a  conscious habit. Metra reminded us that we can’t keep living a sedeteary lifestyle.  We make so many excuses on why not to work out or why we don’t stick to our plan.  Her advice  you have to say to yourself I want to be healthy, I want to be fit. You have to do something. You have to  train smart. Find the excercise for you. Eat well, eat real food things with the fewest ingredients. It take 30 days to make a habit, we need to make being healthy a habit. Her parting words were  Live, love, life.
Next up, we had Sakina Spruell (@KeepingItRich) who is founder of Cole Media Inc.  (Cole Media Inc. is responsible for the All About You Day)  speak on money and how to “keep it rich.” She offered 5 keys to “Keeping it Rich”
Define it {Your goal} – Your good life
Invest in your financial goal
Build your credit (pay all bills on time)
Own your own – House and/or business (have something that is yours)
Hire your staff – accountants to housekeepers (hire professionals to do things that you can’t, get some expert advice)
Sakina also advocates having  a vision board. She considers herself  a ‘practical patty” so her vision board is not one filled with a lot out “outlandish” things. Sakina wanted us to define what we’re saving for. Define our financial goal. And invest. At least  10%-15%  of money should be saved. Contribute to your 401k. You need to budget.  Sakina also hit on why it was hard sometimes for people to save.  “Its your money” she says whether  it’s in saving or checkings. It’s yours. Entrepeneurs can have a Solo 401k or SEP IRA. Building credit  is as simple as paying bills on time, and keeping credit card balances low. Find out what stocks are on sale and invest. Sakina provided practical advice with encouragement to really take a look at your finances.
We moved on to the relationship portion of the conference with Writer, Author, & Essence editor  Demetria Lucas ( @abelleinbk ). Which you’ll remember I went her pre book release party earlier in the week. There is more to life than men, Demetria stated and she was tired of the negative portrayal of Black women. I could definitely agree with her on that. “We just don’t date break up and get depressed.” as society would have us believe.  Demetria then went on to speak , on how love was viewed as a one shot deal. Because it’s like you get only get one shot and if you mess up you’ll be alone forever. Which is false.  
 She read excerpts from her book “A Belle In Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life “  where she read about meeting Suge Knight. ( according to her he looks like a cherub) She wrote book because there was something missing in the market , she got tired of waiting on material that resembled her experience. She  has a degree in journalism so she put it to use to write this book.
Our last speaker was luxury branding expert and former  publisher of UPTOWN magazine Jocelyn Taylor who was accompanied by plus size model and  correspondent for JONES magazine correspondent  Chasity Saunders. They came to speak to us about style. Fashion  thing stlye is another Create style.  I actually met these two ladies during a beauty event for  Jones magazine event, so it was good to see them again. Jocelyn brought a rack full of clothes, shoes, and accessories to show off some style tips.  And how you can use what you already have to make new outfits. She also hit on investing in key pieces that will last.
Key tips from Jocelyn
Build a warodrode  repertoire
Infuse key pieces into wardrobe.
Look into consignment shops.
 Start on the inside and work your way out.
 All about you day was exactly that. A day to focus on different aspects of life as a women and tackle those things that we can improve on to make us better.
Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

Networking Adventures| Cocktails with Belle‏ at Ink 48

I attended the lovely Cocktails with Belle  event held on the rooftop of Ink 48. The Cocktails with Belle event was hosted by Demetria Lucas creator of the blog “A Belle in Brooklyn”. This event served as a pre release party for her book A Belle in Brooklyn:  The Go-to-Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life, as well as a networking event for this ladies only crowd. 

First, I must say the venue was beautiful. It was the perfect spring evening great view of the city. I have to return when summer is in full swing. Being that this was my first Belle event I was little intimated. Everyone seemed to know each other. So I had to scan the room see if I knew any familiar faces. I even had a chance to speak with Radio and TV personality, Egypt Sherrod who I have met of a few occasions. She is really a sweet person. I did make it a point to go introduce myself to Ms. Lucas and hand her a business card.

I have to say going to networking events solo can be a bit intimidating so I try to give myself little pep talks to calm my nerves. The event went on without a hitch.  I met some new ladies from various industries, which I liked. Most events often have a dominate industry represented either media, or IT, or finance. This event provided a good blend of women.  I did speak to some familiar faces that I new which is always good to catch up and be introduced to their friends.

I also played the role of connector for one of my new-found friends from the evening. introducing her to some people who I thought she would benefit from knowing. I think I helped make some good connections.

All and all it was a fun night, though I don’t really do the advice book thing I may actually pick up Ms. Lucas’ book. I encourage everyone to get out this Spring/Summer and network. Make new friends, new connections, find new venues.

Check out more  pictures from the event

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

This day in Women’s History | Celebrating Women’s History Month

This morning I was reading an article from Mary Claypool, that I decided to share. It provides some good insight on how Women’s History Month grew from a week to a full month.  And surprisingly to me Women’s History Month is a relatively new thing started back in 1978.  For me its always good to learn why we have these months dedicated to certain issues or causes. I like to know how they came about.  
Take a read: 
March is Women’s History Month, and the theme is our strength is our history. Women’s History Month began as a grassroots effort because women’s contributions were largely ignored by the U.S. educational system up through the 1970s.The purpose of Women’s History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women’s history, to take a month to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hope that the day will come when it’s impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women was the first organization in the U.S. to successfully promote the idea of a Women’s History Week. In 1978, the group selected the week of March 8 for Women’s History Week because it coincided with International Women’s Day.In 1980, a group founded by five women in Santa Rosa led an effort to have the celebration expanded to include the entire month. In 1981, the first Joint Congressional Resolution declaring a National Women’s History Week was co-sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.
President Barack Obama stated in his 2011 proclamation of Women’s History Month, “They scale the skies as astronauts, expand our economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders, and serve our country at the highest levels of government and our armed forces.”In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day. This month reminds us that, while enormous progress has been made, there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity. Women have, and continue to be, a force in shaping the world. Women have proven their value and abilities in all areas of sports and the professional arena.
It has not always been easy or socially acceptable, but many have persevered and paved the way for all of us: from Josephine Baker, an African-American international star, civil rights activist and World War II heroine, to Carrie Chapman Catt, suffragette and founder of the League of Women Voters, to Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to get a pilot’s license.While the U.S. has yet to elect a female president, many other countries and territories are governed by a woman. In the U.S., there have been 39 women in the Senate. Thirteen of the women who have served were appointed and seven of those were appointed to succeed their deceased husbands. The first woman served in 1922; 17 current senators are women.The thought of women working for complex, multi-national companies was once unheard of.

Today, women are running companies. Progress has been made, but much work is still needed. Even though women make up more than half of America’s labor force, 2009 statistics reflect that only 12 Fortune 500 companies and 25 Fortune 1000 companies have female CEOs or presidents.Locally, the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women honors the diversity of women in Monterey County, their work and the contribution they make throughout our county. Celebrate Women’s History Month by thanking a woman you know for her contributions to your life, our community and the nation.

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About Mary Claypool 

Mary is an adviser with Claypool Consulting and former executive director of the Monterey County Business Council. She can be reached at or 917-3777.

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

 Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. relaunches as a new interactive website where beauty & glamour meet social responsibility

***MEDIA ALERT*** relaunches as a new interactive website where beauty & glamour meet social responsibility

Who:, now, is a new concept in websites that not only focuses on fashion and entertainment but more importantly promotes awareness of the pressing social issues of America. Created by Filmmaker and Human Activist Jacquelyn with hosts Celebrity Hairstylist George Ortiz, Supermodel Hall of Fame Founder Linda Morand, and Beauty Director David Frank Ray is one of the newest and unique destinations on the web for fashionistas with a social conscience.

 What: Launch of a brand new site that offers a behind the scenes look into the celebrity lifestyle as well as promoting awareness of various social issues, charity events, and organizations making a difference.

When: March 14, 2011


EDGEWATER, NEW JERESEY – Dubbed the site for the “Socially Conscious Fashionista” has launched with a media rich site that caters for fashionistas and activists alike. At, the goal is to provide their visitors with a captivating interactive experience in fashion coverage and social awareness. With plenty of rich content already, RBRW continually strive to add more information regularly to update their visitors with the latest coverage of fashion, events, causes and social issues. features sections that cover Fashion, Beauty & Self-Esteem, True Life Stories, Red Carpet Media Events, Celebrity Interviews, Behind the Scenes, Fashion Shows, Charity Events, Music Videos and coming soon will be How to Videos. Additionally, users can watch the full award winning documentary, Not In My Backyard, created by founder Jacquelyn Aluotto, which tackles the issue of domestic abuse in America.

Celebritites recently interviewed by the RBRW team are: Tim Gunn, Sofia Vergara, Gayle King, Jay Alexander, Russel Simmons, Selita Ebanks, Veronica Webb, Wendy Williams, Debra Cox and many more… The social issues and organizations covered on the site range from issues of domestic abuse to the exploitation of women and children. Organizations featured on the site include Strengthen Our Sisters, Redlight Children, Seven Bar Foundation, GMHC, United Cerebral Palsy and more…

In addition to the site’s informative content, the design and interface are developed in a way so as to provide excellent user experience. The topics are well defined and categorized. will be of interest to a wide audience group from students to working adults. is the one website where you can satisfy your fashion craving but also learn how you can make a difference.

About is a website, created by filmmaker and human activist Jacquelyn Aluotto, that offers web savvy, fashion forward viewers, the latest in beauty, entertainment, fashion trends and topics from their favorite celebrities; while promoting awareness of social issues facing abuse victims and survivors, battered women, teens, and children daily. And that is not the end, continually work to add more topics and diversify the website to create a hub for the socially conscious fashionista.


Media Contact:

Sandra Florent

 Solo Dove Public Relations 862-234-9136


I am beyond excited happy, proud to have the new website up. Thank you to everyone involved. You can follow RBRW on twtter at @RBRW or Facebook

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

Michelle O Brunch – An Entrepreneur’s Legacy

My second Michell O  Bruch was just as fun and informative as the first one that I attended. This brunch was dedicated to the entrepreneur and held at Red Rooster in Harlem. Our host was  Nicole Valentine-Moody, Esq. and featured Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon a book that looks at the style of First Lady Michelle Obama and the substance that she brings. I even won a copy the book during a raffle.

Me w/ Author Kate Betts of Everyday Icon and Tina Wynn of The Brown Wynn Agency

Since this brunch was centered around entreprenuers  the list of  questions that we had centered around that idea. One of the questions was “What do you want your legacy to be?” Ironically this is the same question I have asked the women I’ve been interviewing for this blog.
So my answer was/is I want to be remembered for the  being a positive impact and example for the different parts of me.   When I say different parts of me I mean all that I represent. I am an only child, first generation American, member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, publicist, etc. When I die I want to be remembered as a person who helped shatter whatever negative stereotypes are associated with those things that I represent. I want to be the best representation that I can be.  I want to be an inspiration.  I want to be great.

The Red Rooster in Harlem served as the venue for this Michelle O Brunch

All of these wonderful ladies came together in various stages of their entrepreneurial journey and it was great to network with them. We enjoyed a good brunch. Hear from Author Kate Betts about what it was like writing her book Everyday Icons about First Lady Michelle Obama. Did a brief Q&A with her. We had the opportunity to speak the larger body by going over the questions that each group was given as well as doing an ask and give segment.

All and all this was another fabulous Michell O Brunch. I am looking forward to the one taking place in my home state of New Jersey

Another table shot

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

Client News | Filmmaker and Human Activist Jacquelyn Aluotto D Stripped Magazine Interview

You can read client Filmmaker and Human Activist Jacquelyn Aluotto’s  interview with  D Stripped Magazine.

Thanks to for the feature.

Client interview with D Stripped Magazine

   For additional interview inquiries please email


 ~Solo Dove PR~

{Fashion} Saks OFF 5TH Reopens New Store in Bergen Town Center‏

I attended the reopening of OFF 5th. Ironically I used to frequent the  Bergen Town Center while I attended school. I remember when they started remodeling, I am very pleased at what they have done. For those that don’t know New Jersey is a mall magnet. There are literally 2 other malls within miles of Bergen Town Center. But I digress.

  To celebrate the relaunch, the Paramus OFF 5TH store will hosted an exclusive opening party   This event was nice one to do some retail therapy. Attendees were the first to shop the new product assortment and enter giveaways to win a piece of Stephen Webster Jewelry, shoes and a $500 gift card. Oh and did I mention they gave you coupons to use during the event.  I am happy I left when I did or my poor debt card would never have forgiven me.

 Of course no event is complete without h’orderves and wine. Which was readily available to make your shopping experience just that more enjoyable. Eat,Shop. and Be merry.

It should be noted:  Paramus is one of the largest shopping meccas in the country with over $5 billion in annual retail sales boasting the single-largest retail zip code in the country.* Located between 15 to 20 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan and 8 miles west of upper Manhattan this is a convenient location for New York shoppers.

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

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