I have to admit, it has to take a truly fantastic showstopper of talent to make me stop and pay attention to:  They have to be relatable, humble, and extra-driven. There are those of us who know amazing people that we wish the world consisted more of. Elaine Mensah is one of those people whom everyone should know. Not only is she is a pillar of pro-activeness, multi-tasks five different projects and make it look effortless but she does it all with an ever-present smile on her face. Everyone should know or have the chance to have an Elaine Mensah in their life. That is why I’m sharing with you this Sparkling Spotlight and for you to get to know the ever fabulous

Elaine Mensah.

 

LL: What is the impetus of the company? What is the one idea/moment that drove you to begin Elaine Mensah Inc?
EM: As a corporate executive for almost 10 years, working at some of the most renowned consulting firms, I made the life-changing decision to refocus my skills and expertise and become a full time entrepreneur.
The impetus for the shift came from my change of industry from management consulting for federal entities to the business side (creative strategy, marketing, branding and collaboration) of the fashion and lifestyle industry.
To find my where my purpose and passion most aligned with business, I spent several years exploring the creative, media, and entrepreneurial spaces. I did everything from running non-profits that spoke to my industry to, to starting one of the fashion industry’s first fashion podcast, to producing over 70 digital videos at a time before “vlogger” was a term, to styling fashion editorials and developing a byline, writing, directing, and producing a feature length documentary, creating a book that served as a resource guide for the fashion community in washington dc, to working with creative brands and startups on their brand strategy and implementations and much more.
Elaine Mensah Inc is culmination of those experiences and is a vehicle for me to help others navigate the mindfield of self development and entrepreneurship.
LL: What experience(s) in your past led you to laun​c​​h​ your business/service​ ​; Elaine Mensah Inc? 
EM: Over the years I have worked with a global portfolio of clients, ranging from emerging start-ups to established and have created various businesses and products from books to films to media entities and more.
As a result, I experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows so I created Elaine Mensah Inc with the sole purposes of sharing what I have learned and equipping creative entrepreneurs, startups, and innovative companies with strategy and inspiration to build impactful brands that matter.
LL: What is one of your favorite example of ​business that sets you apart and that ​you have established within ​the​ company or​ your​ team?
EM: The biggest thing that sets me apart and makes me fulfilled is that I am doing purpose-driven work. Which is doing what I believe is my God-given talent —taking an incredible, inconceivable idea from nothing to something, building a brand from the ground up and watching it fly, and igniting people with the fire of possibility and rallying them around a purpose.
The truth is, I love tinkering and unboxing things—technology, ideas, and brands. I love the exhilaration that comes with trying something new. I love charged, creative environments and new challenges. I love helping people to express, create, or build something that matters.
​LL: How have you most related to ​your customers and helped them based on your own experience?
EM: I am most able to relate to my clients, audiences I speak to, and partners / collaborators that I work with through my authenticity and relatability. I am unashamed and unafraid to admit failure or losses. I am transparent at all times with my intentions, and I deliver on what I say I will do.
My biggest and most important life and business mantra is “Integrity is EVERYTHING.” Never give up on it for short term gain or what seems to be an opportunity. It’s not worth it because to me if you don’t have integrity, none of the success matters.
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Spotlight on Marissa Levin: Successful Culture, CEO/Founder

 

Marissa is a mover and a shaker and has a ‘WonderWomen’ cape on her that you cannot see! Marissa is the Founder and CEO of, Successful Culture, helping leaders transition through growth. Read our 1:1 Q&A with this inspirational female leader!

LL: Leadership and Culture have had some disruption as of late: How would you posture and ‘fix’ these problematic Corporate cultures?

ML: Every corporate culture ties back to the core values. When companies lose their way, it is because they have lost sight of what they stand for…what matters to them more than profits. They’ve lost their moral compass. Values are the foundation of every organization, and ideally drive every business decision.

Regarding leadership, one of the best pieces of advice I received is “great leaders subjugate their own agendas for the greater good of the organization.” When leaders lose their way, in my experience it is because they’ve lost their focus on what’s best for the organization and are more focused on themselves.

 

LL: Who inspires and motivates you (i.e.: Who has given you the ‘food for thought’, example and/or way that your philosophies align for ‘Successful Culture‘?

ML: Tony Robbins. Elon Musk. Jeff Bezos. Tony Hsieh of Zappos –  he is covering the cots of all Vegas massacre victims, and set up a $1 million fund for their families.  (https://nextshark.com/tony-hsiehs-zappos-offers-pay-funeral-costs-las-vegas-massacre-victims/). He betters the world in countless ways.

 

 

LL: What is the mantra/quote that represents the DNA  of ‘Successful Culture“? 

ML: OMG WHAT A GREAT QUESTION.

“Do not let your fire out, spark by irreplaceable spark. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” –Ayn Rand

“Our intention creates our reality.’  ~Wayne Dyer

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Top Trending Bridal Style: Brides & Boots

Bold brides wear boots! Southern brides are ditching tradition and choosing their favorite cowgirl boots over heels to complement their rustic wedding style. I have never seen fashion look so comfortable! There is no better way to enjoy your special day than slipping into a pair of your own cowgirl boots.

This unique idea has quickly become one of 2017’s most influential wedding trends. Not only for its aesthetically pleasing charm but because brides have found multiple ways cowgirl boots can enhance their special day.

Beyond taking the stress off your feet brides have found unique ways to literally tie in their something blue. Tying a small blue ribbon around your boot loop is the perfect accent to an already great idea.

 

There are so many different color and embellishment routes you can take when choosing your wedding boot style. Most brides have been opting for a simple boot while keeping the focus on the dress. While others hit the dance floor in a bright pink fully embellished pair to make a sassy statement.

 

 

What I love most about a cowgirl wedding is the authentic, fun, and rustic feel when looking at the wedding party. Brides typically let the bridesmaids choose their own boots to match the dress giving each member a unique appeal but overall cohesive look. Seeing the entire wedding party including the men standing in a pair of timeless boots is just another way to acknowledge the unity of the couple and the friendships around them.

 

And lastly, the incredible decor ideas that will leave every guest speechless. Gorgeous flowers in a cowboy boot vase are memorable on every level. Brides have used Zappos as a way to quickly and cost effectively create their centerpieces.

 

The simplest way to create your one-of-a-kind wedding day look is a custom Laura Lee Designs bridal handbag. Our White Stepping Out bag adds a show-stopping unique flair to every bride’s beautiful gown. This elegantly embellished bag is the perfect way to personalize your special day!

 

Works  Cited:https://www.loveandlavender.com/2014/11/wearing-cowboy-boots-on-your-wedding-day/

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https://www.theknot.com/real-weddings/cowboy-boot-photos   

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In honor of chasing an endless summer Laura Lee Design’s wants to share with you our beach/poolside checklist. When needing a quick escape to the beach we at Laura Lee Design’s grab our weekend getaway bag full of all our essentials.

 

Sitting pretty poolside is easier said than done. That is why we have made it simple using our perfectly embellished travel tote to fit all your summer amenities. The first step in creating a put-together vacation look is having an eye catching bag as the focal point then adding simple matching accessories to seal the deal.   

 

Some of our poolside must haves:

 

  • SPF 50+ CC Cream
  • Water Resistant SunScreen
  • Salt Water Hair Spray
  • Matching Sun Glasses
  • Strappy Comfortable Shoes
  • Wide Brim Sun Hat
  • LLD ‘Weekend Getaway’ handbag

 

We would love to hear more of your fun in the sun travel essentials and experiences!

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What better way to capture an accurate view of the current fashion climate then the streets of NYC? American women are transforming daytime fashion into sleek athletic (athleisure) and casual streetwear to fit their daily routines. Walking around NYC you see women choosing yoga pants and boyfriend jeans with a statement jacket and handbag over the traditional tailored daytime look. The two models above were spotted in the East Village sporting their daily go-to looks and Laura Lee Designs statement handbags.

American women are switching up their look because it gives them versatility throughout their wardrobe and their day! The effortless boyfriend jean and T-shirt is always an appropriate and flattering daytime combo. But what adds the high-fashion component is the showstopping handbag you pair with it. Reason #1 this is a smart and wearable style is because you can never wear a handbag or boyfriend jean too many times. Once you invest in the accessory and denim having a few casual tops to switch up keeps getting ready simple. One of the best designer examples of streetwear meets runway is Vetements Official partnering with classic brands such as Levi’s and Champion. You can create the same runway look using a name brand such as Laura Lee Designs handbag with streetwear styling.

The beauty behind Athleisure wear is that women are able to comfortably and elegantly transition from the gym to the rest of their daily activities. Even if you do not have gym plans Athleisure gives women the flexibility within their day to take on a multitude of activities with style. You see women running with their kids on a field trip then going out to lunch. The most fundamentally unique aspect of modern Athleisure is the glamorous accent piece. For example using Laura Lee Designs you are able to dress your simple look up while maintaining functionality with the Weekend Getaway Bag.

                                                        (LLD Streetwear)                                                          

(LLD Athleisure)

 

How to create these looks with Laura Lee Designs!

LLD Streetwear – MBag (Pink) / Mid-rise Boyfriend Jeans / Vintage T / Converse

LLD Athleisure – Weekend Getaway Bag (Magenta) / Athletic Wear Basic Set / Statement Athletic Sneaker

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