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Elevate and Amplify: A Black Business Experience

Elevate and Amplify: A Black Business Experience

Elevate and Amplify Black Business Experience 👑

There have been many Black-Owned Businesses that operated in excellence long before recent public recognition. As we navigate a new normal in the business marketplace, it is essential to continually recognize Black-Owned retail businesses that run their company with excellence even when no one is looking. Black companies deserve to be seen, heard, and met with equal opportunity. We want to create a platform to lift the presence of Black-Owned Businesses and turn up the volume for Black voices in the retail marketplace.

As I was preparing for this blog it was staggering the data that I found as it relates to Black Businesses in America. The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit research and policy group, sounded alarms in April about the Paycheck Protection Program, estimating 95 percent of black-owned businesses and 91 percent of Latino-owned businesses were tiny companies with slim chances of receiving a loan in the initial round. Most of those companies are the owner’s primary source of income, according to the report.

"Elevate & Amplify: A Black Business Experience" was created to provide an accessible platform for all to experience Black- Owned businesses and services as well as allow for consumers to utilize these businesses as resources to fulfill their potential business or professional needs. This unique event will also be a resource for consumers as it will allow for them to gain access to a diverse group of businesses, their unique offerings as well as needed learning opportunities in breakout sessions that will be available within a VIP ticket purchase.

Thursday, August 27th through August 30th, join us for an elevated virtual experience with nation-wide Black-Owned businesses.


General Admission: FREE

  • Grants you access to all vendors virtual shopping booths.

VIP Ticket $50:

  • Virtual Swag Bag made up of free digital gifts from vendors and sponsors.
  • Access to workplace-based diversity and inclusion breakout sessions
  • Virtual mixers
  • Recording of the entire experience and the breakout sessions.
  • Shopping, Health and wellness demos, and more!


Break out sessions Included with VIP Ticket:


Thursday, August 27th

"The True Meaning of Diversity & Inclusion with a certified D&I Specialist."

Included with VIP ticket

Join us our DE&I Specialist as they unpacks what it truly means to incorporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your business, or organization.

People need new ways to think about and talk about diversity. Leaders need new skills to enable equity and inclusion in the workplace. And organizations need scalable ways to ensure that their diversity & inclusion initiatives avoid common mistakes and are solid and sustainable. 



"Amplifying the Experiences of Black Business Owners in the Twin Cities" 

Come out and hear what these Black entrepreneurs have to say about owning a business in the Twin Cities and their experiences of own triumphs and challenges and how they pull on their community as they strive for success as a Black business owner. Learn how you can do your part to support, uplift, and recognize companies right in your backyard. 

Join us as we hear from Black Business Owners in the Twin Cities as they share their realities and experiences "Owning a Business While Black."


 Saturday, August 29th

"Opening the Door to Uncomfortable but Necessary Conversations Round Table w/ Nicole Jennings."

Included with VIP ticket

Join the Owner and Founder of Queen Anna House of Fashion as she has a live roundtable on ways to properly engage in uncomfortable but necessary conversations surrounding race in the business setting.


Sunday, August 30th

"How to Create Impactful Allyship in Business"

Included with VIP ticket

Join us for a roundtable discussion with Black business owners as we answer a question that is being talked about around the world; " How to be an Ally" and doing so understanding what goes into being an impactful ally as it relates to business .

 

Be sure to join us for the first of many Black Business Experiences hosted by Queen Anna House of Fashion.

"Elevate & Amplify: A Black Business Experience"

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Fit For a Queen Event Recap & Queen Anna's Next Big Thing

Fit For a Queen Event Recap & Queen Anna's Next Big Thing

One of my favorite past times is reading. And I'm not talking about magazines or small fiction dramas; not that there's anything wrong with that by any means, but I feel like my life is eventful enough that I have taken a love to books that are the exact opposite of excitement or drama. The bigger the book, the better for me. Books that resemble encyclopedias excite me the most. I often have a difficult time proving that I really am winding down and relaxing when I'm surrounded by gigantic books, mounds of sticky notes, and a pack of my favorite highlighters. A relaxed state to me often looks like a scientific research project to others, nevertheless, I enjoy it, and it makes me happy, soooooo… #shrug

I needed to start with that little nugget of information because... I recently read a book called “How Full is Your Bucket” by Tom Rath. Most people know of him from the Strength Finders series that has transformed the way that many see leadership and how they maximize the strengths of their teams. I, too, am an avid believer and fan.

In his most recent book, he focuses on making every interaction meaningful, filling “the cup of others” and making sure that you too remain filled through your daily interactions. 

I found it applicable in so many ways that I ended up using it as my daughter’s pre-game volleyball speech and now, here, in this week's blog. I believe many of us go through life “just living,” which is perfectly fine if that's what you want to do. I think the calling on my life is much higher than everyday traditional living. I know that my decisions and choices affect the things and people I'm connected to, so I try to be as thoughtful as possible in how I spend my time and energy. 

Losing my granny, even at the age of 95, reminded me of something that we all know but rarely think about. Time is a currency that you can’t earn, and once spent, you can never get it back, and the most intriguing thing is that it's held in a bank that refuses to tell you the balance until it hits zero.  

That's why it's so important to us that our clients know that we understand that their time is valuable and that everything that they leave with, whether tangible or not, is something that will be able to be used for years to come. We want every interaction that our clients have with QA to feel like they have been “filled” from the experience that they had with us at QA. 

I want our clients to know and trust that our team values their time and the fact that they're investing it with us. We want every interaction that our clients have with us to feel like they have been “filled” with a memorable experience when they come to QA. 

We recently hosted an event with Allure, an intimates apparel boutique, where they can came in and taught our clients about undergarments and received updated bra measurements. Every year we plan our events after asking a series of strategic questions to our clients. We concluded that we could bring value to our clients by partnering with a specialty boutique to come in and educate our clients about the things that hold us in place, our bras! 

Fit For a Queen: Allure X Queen Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was just as excited about it as our clients. I was shocked to find out that I've been wearing the wrong bra size for the past who knows how long, and when I found out the correct size I couldn’t believe that the bras that I was wearing could even fit! 👀 That’s a different blog for a different day, but know that having Allure at QA was a legitimate game-changer for me and my wardrobe. 

As women, we often try to dress our outer being without thinking about our inner selves, not realizing that our inner directly dictates what happens on the outside. I tell everyone, you can look at my outfit and tell exactly how I feel on any particular day. If you see me in an oversized hoodie and sweat pants, my leather jacket, hat, AND glasses, that means I need a hug, chocolate, and my favorite bottle of Domaine Serene pinot noir. My undergarments in this situation wouldn’t be an issue because being 100% honest, I'm probably not wearing a bra. #facts

Now, if you see me in my Maison de Papillion silk slip dress, it would be safe to assume that I am feeling good from the inside out.

Maison De Papillon Silk shift dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'll have put thought into all of the “details” including the undergarments. I like to think of my undergarments like my very own personal “railroad” system. It keeps my body in place and directs my clothes where to go and where not to grab. My commando shorts and my newest perfectly sized Allure bra keeps me and my silk dress sitting pretty. 

Commando Classic Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I want you to sit pretty too, here are a few of the most eye-opening things that I learned during our time with Allure:

  1. Never wear your bra more than 2 days in a row because it stretches out, and it needs time to rebound back to its standard shape. 
  2. Hand washing is best for your bras, but if you need to was them do so on gentle and in a small lingerie bag on a gentle cycle and with a delicate soap made for lingerie. 
  3. Your bra strap in the back should go in a straight line across the back of you. Smiles are made for faces, so take a mirror in hand and check the back of your bras and make sure they have a nice resting neutral face looking back at you. 😐
  4. Your straps should not be able to be pulled more than 2 inches from your body, and if they do, then you should tighten them and watch “The Lift” happen before your eyes; I was so moved I felt like I was watching the sunrise. 
  5. Snapping your bra on the first hook and only tightening as needed with the wear of your bra over time. If you have to have your bra on the very last hook, it might be time to invest in a new bra from our lovely friends at Allure. 

The information that we gleaned from them seriously changed my life. I left the event two cup sizes bigger than when I arrived, and two band sizes smaller; MIND-BLOWING! 

We strive to offer events that we know that our clients will leave with an increased knowledge of a particular area of fashion as it relates to them and be able to walk away with easy to implement skills. 

Our clients value being self-sufficient in their daily fashion walk, and we host events with valuable skills to assist with building their fashion and style knowledge. The next event we will host will be during Minnesota Fashion Week and will be April 26th here at Queen Anna House of Fashion from 3p-5p. 

I will be hosting it with my Super Bowl Champion, now bodybuilder, husband Greg. He now has a better understanding of the pain that I feel when my favorite jeans no longer fit. Although purposeful, he has a better understanding of what it takes to get dressed, knowing his body is evolving.

We are going to be coming to you with the beginning of our style series with “Style for Days: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for an Evolving Body.” He and I will be discussing the dynamics between the way I have to buy and maintain my wardrobe to deal with the evolution of my body versus his purposeful dilemma of gaining weight for bodybuilding and having to adjust his wardrobe. I'm biased, but I have to admit, my guy has SWAG for days, so it's interesting to see him have to put more thought into getting dressed.

It'll be the first time that we have worked together in this capacity, and I am excited to be able to share both perspectives with you. I'm even more excited to share with you my better half, who completely balances every side of me, which has never been done in front of an audience before, so I'm excited to see what that looks like all by itself!

I can’t wait to share and stay tuned for all of the fun behind the scenes things we have lined up for this exciting series!

Until next time, bye-bye!


Nicole

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The Art Of Leather: Exclusive Designer In-Store Appearance

The Art Of Leather: Exclusive Designer In-Store Appearance

Fashion Week Minnesota is just a few weeks away! With the upcoming festivities we’re pleased to announce a special in-store event on September 27, “The Art of Leather” with Canadian leather designer, Aleem Arif - the gentleman behind the brand Bano eeMee. 

Arif's designs are contemporary and one-of-a-kind. All pieces are crafted from genuine leather which is sourced by a by-product of the food industry. Bano eeMee specializes in using vegetable dyes to color their pieces as well as certified chemicals. They’re for the benefit of human health, as well as the environment. Another factor to admire is that Bano eeMee is using fashion to create fair-work opportunities all around the world. In addition, their pieces radiate street style! The jackets pair perfectly with dresses, denim, heels, or sneakers – a fit for all 

"The Art of Leather” is a FREE event and accommodates both men and women. You will have the chance to customize your very own jacket. This includes the color, lining and hardware. Another added feature is the opportunity to receive your jacket just before the Spring/Summer 2019 collection makes its debut in stores. Please RSVP on our Facebook page or in-store. We look forward to sharing this exclusive event with you and Fashion Week

 

 

 

 

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