Experiencing the DNC 2012

VIP pass for the DNC 2012 Media Party

The Democractic National Convention was held in Charlotte, NC a few weeks ago.  I’m not much into the intracacies of politics, but the city was buzzing with all things DNC, so I just had to be in the mix!  Luckily, I have great friends with fantastic connections that were generous enough to invite me to some fun events. As a novice of a journalist, I was elated to meet some news writers from other states, influential politicians and some fashionable tastemakers.

I had such a fun time mingling amongst the movers and shakers in politics. Take a glance of my time experiencing the DNC through my many iPhone pics…

Barack Obama custom-made sneakers

Dancers performing on suspended fabric above the dance floor…A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

“Light up the Night” event held at the Nascar Hall of Fame, with a special performance by John Legend

DJ Nick Cannon provided the soundtrack for the evening

After town hall meetings and seminars, the DNC Delegates danced the night away

*All images taken by Alexis Young

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Volunteering at the Youth Empow”her”ment Summit 2012

One of my good friends who is heavily involved in our local community, asked me to assist her at the Youth Empow”her”ment Summit this year.  We spoke about building positive images via social media and personal branding. The day’s program was filled with seminars, guest speakers and even a choreographed dance class. The girls were so sweet and receptive–we all had a blast! The whole day was about encouragement and everyone who attended, including myself felt every bit of it. Participating in events such as this, really allows me to give selflessly and the feeling is great.

For more information about this event and the youth organization T.I.M.E. (Taking Initiative Moving Efficiently), visit TIMEtoEmpower.com.

What are your favorite charities or volunteering events have you partaken in?

Wedding planning, Sangria & Caprese!

First things first, the wedding planning was not for me (insert smirk here), but it was for one of my very good friends. It was a blistering hot Saturday afternoon outside, but inside my cozy domain, it made for a very chill day. The bride-to-be, and a fabulous mutual friend of ours, my wonderful Mother and myself, recently gathered around my dining room table to hash out some important wedding details. I threw together an assortment of light snacks — fruit, salami, select cheeses and pita crisps along with chocolate-covered pretzels for something sweet. We also had salsa and guacamole with tortilla chips and…fresh caprese salad (deliciously prepared by the fiance of the bride-to-be). The cocktail du jour was a homemade red sangria, which turns out to be one of the most easily prepared, crowd-pleasing beverages. (In addition to my homemade version, there are also many bottled sangria versions sold in stores, which we also tried!)

Many magazines were strewn about, items from the to-do list were crossed off and more importantly, many laughs took place. Truth be told, wedding planning appears to be a bit daunting, no matter the size of the guest list.  However, with a few good friends, great food, a little music and a refreshing summer beverage, it was actually a stress-free, hilarious afternoon.

Have you ever been a part of a wedding and/or wedding planning?

(The collage above was created from some pictures I took from that afternoon)

*Images taken by Alexis Young