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The best advice I can give you today….

LuXe Jewelry

So I promised that I would tell you guys when the website for the fabulous LuXe Lifestyle Jewelry line’s website would be active. And it is! From the board room to the runway, there are ALL types of pieces to purchase. And the cool part is, the prices are WAAAAAY down! Right now there is a HUGE SALE for ALL of the LuXe Exclusive pieces, and these pieces are HOT! And did I mention that shipping is FREE in the USA?! Yes! FREE!!! So go to www.luxejewelry.net and get to shopping! 🙂 *Tell them Kimberly Renay sent you!*

Oh yeah, when you get your order, make sure you post a picture of you in your pieces. LuXe offers a give-a-way of $50 to a lucky winner!!! Good luck!! 🙂

Marisa

Hey people! Today is an exciting day because I have someone with pure talent that is shown through art. If anyone knows me, I love arts and crafty thingy stuff *if that makes sense lol* and this chick is after my own heart with her creations! Oh yeah, just as a treat she made me my OWN earrings over night, hand delivered, and CUUUUTTTEEE I might add. Marisa is a NATURAL when it comes to paint, wood, cameras, canvases, beads, brushes, make-up, fairies, should I go on?!?! She does it all folks and she has INSPIRED me beyond belief with her creative yet simple designs, check out our sit down talk:

Kimberly Renay: When did you realize that you LOVED to create things? (paintings, cakes, jewelry etc?)

Marisa: For as long as I can remember, I have always been a creative person. It started with drawing and coloring pictures for fun and evolved into a passion and need to express myself artistically. The late artist Bob Ross and my mother played a huge role in my creative side. My mom loves arts and crafts and I would always help her with projects. I think we experimented with every medium out there.

 

*Ms.Marisa @pumpkin patch thinking of the next creation for this year's pumpkin!*

 

Kimberly Renay: So what type of things did you create?

Marisa: We made play dough, painted pictures, sewed clothes, made things out of construction paper, and of course designing shirts with iron-on transfers and puff paint. Drawing was always my favorite and I remember being out on the boat with my dad all day just drawing the different landscapes I saw around the lake. As I’ve gotten older, I do more painting with acrylics, making jewelry, photography, and cake decorating. I also love to come up with creative solutions for organizing things.

Kimberly Renay: What gives you the inspiration to be so creative or make a certain pieces?

Marisa: I am constantly inspired by everything that is around me, but mainly nature. I will see the way sunlight will shine through the limbs of a tree or clouds passing through the sky and will feel a sudden urge to paint or take pictures.  I absolutely love the beach and a lot of my artwork focuses on the ocean. The little girl in me has always been fascinated by mermaids and magical forests filled with fairies so I paint a lot of those scenes.

 

*Canvas work that she painted specifically for her new place!*

 

 

*They sit right above her couch! Calgon take me away*

 

Kimberly Renay: You just sound so inspired by nature! I love it! How long did it take you do learn how to do all this?

Marisa: Show me something once and I have mastered that skill. That’s the reason why I work with so many mediums b/c as soon as I master something, I’m on to the next challenge. Chasing a challenge always inspires me to tackle different projects. My creative side is not just limited to paint and pencils but extends to power tools and wood. I’ve made window seats, tables, shelves, and fixed many things. I am not someone who reads directions. Instead, I will look at a project, decide what needs to be done, and just jump in. Sure, I make mistakes, but it always works out in the end and I look at it as a learning experience.

Kimberly Renay: I know that you have some type of classical music or zone that you get into when you are being creative!? *laughs*

Marisa: *Laughs* Well yea Kim! When I’m working on something, I listen to my favorite music and just tune the world out. Several hours can pass and I not even realize it. There is a piece I did in high school that carries a lot of emotional value for me and that is a wax batik I did of my grandparents. Wax batik involves sketching something on canvas and dipping it several times in dye. Whatever you want to remain the canvas color, you use a paintbrush and fill in with melted wax. Once you are done, you use an iron and paper bag to melt out the wax. You can use any color dye and whatever you want to remain that color, you fill in with melted wax. It is a long process, but yields great results. My particular piece was chosen to be shown at the High Museum in Atlanta.

 

*Grandma and Grandpa! HARD WORK HERE...BEAUTIFUL!*

 

Kimberly Renay: WOW that is great! I know that they were happy to see that, what famous artist would you like to do a still portrait of?

Marisa: Every artist has an area of weakness and mine is painting faces. I am working on it, but I have a ways to go.  Doing a still portrait of someone scares me. I would rather travel to places like Scotland and France and paint beautiful landscapes and scenes.

 

*Picture taken by Marisa of the sunset! This is going in my bedroom*

 

Kimberly Renay: What is your favorite piece of work to date?

Marisa: My favorite work is a piece of pottery I made in high school. It’s just a simple pinch pot and I made several turtles that are crawling along the edges of it. It’s not my best work or the hardest piece I’ve done, but it just makes me happy.

 

***AWWWW TURTLE TURTLE!!! TURTLE TURTLE!!! LOL*

 

Kimberly Renay: Would you trade your talent for anything? If so, what would it be?

Marisa: I would never trade my talent for anything. I would like to add some talents though like having a great singing voice or being able to play guitar. Being creative is just who I am and have always been. It’s that one part of my life that I am completely confident in and have no fear. My hands and my talent is a gift from God.

Kimberly Renay: And I know that He is happy that you are using them to bless other people with your creations, what are your next steps with your creativity?

 

*HAHAHAHAHA!!! Napolean himself!!! COOL!*

 

Marisa: You can’t plan creativity, it just happens. I try to find some time every week to do something a little artistic like make a few pairs of earrings or draw.  I would love to get some training in stain glass and work more with pottery. With the holidays quickly approaching, I know I will be doing a lot of baking and party planning.

Kimberly Renay: *Coos* Oh yeah I think that I might have to hit you up for that pumpkin roll!!! *laughs* How can the readers get in touch with you to personalize their homes with your art or get a few baked goodies?

Marisa: I can be emailed at mjstockwell24@yahoo.com.

This talent makes me soooo happy! It is near and dear to my heart because I have seen Marisa embrace the talents that God has blessed her with and she is shining soooo bright! She happens to be one of my AVID readers who has been inspired over time to step out and be proud of what she can do! I can’t wait to see the new awesome creations that she comes up with, I have a feeling that this chick will be heard of all over! DON’T sleep on her! I just LOVE IT!!! *Takes a deep breath and smiles*

Again, this week people, I have seen the wonders of what God can do and will do through his people, just to show that He is real! Take it serious people, feel liberated with the talents that are in you by sharing it with others! **I see some people sleeping on making money around here!!!** 🙂 Until next time!

LuXe is back at it!!!

So I had the chance to attend ANOTHER LuXe Lifestyle event this weekend, and people, I am TELLING YOU, this group of masterminds are frickin’ geniuses! This time around the ladies planned and executed a BEAUTIFUL baby shower. I am SURE that the new bundle of joy was kicking his mommy because she was excited about the decor and attention to detail in the entire venue. Here are a few ooooo’s and aaaaahhhh’s:

All of the nation has been waiting on LuXe Lifestyles next jewelry event and it is coming soon….drum roll please…..IT’S OCTOBER 16, 2010!!!! And the crowd goes wild!!!

This is an exciting time ladies AND gents! It is official it is happening Saturday October 16, 2010 at 5pm. LuXe Lifestyles presents an EXCLUSIVE jewelry party and pieces will be available for purchase with prices starting attractively at $10.00!! LuXe promises that there is a piece for every taste and every budget. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Please set up your free PayPal account at www.paypal.com at least a week in advance if you plan to use plastic!! You are more than welcomed to bring a guest however, please be sure to RSVP. You can RSVP by emailing happiness.whatsittoyou@gmail.com and you will receive a reply with the LuXe Lounge location! 😉

You guys have been waiting for this and here is the opportunity to do some damage on a budget!!

LuXe Lifestyles

OMG! This is one of Atlanta’s BEST party planners, personal shoppers, and retail jeweler! LuXe Lifestyles exemplifies just that, the LuXurious life that we all want every now and then, and it’s all in one place. I had time to attend an event hosted by LuXe Lifestyles,  “The Masquerade Jewelry Ball”, that was absolutely phenomenal! There were models that modeled jewelry as they catered to guest, shrimp cocktails served in martini glasses, crab pasta served in the cutest porcelain bowls, and chocolate shooters to top off the night as dessert. Masks were also provided to all patrons to complete the ambiance, obviously desired by the masterminds behind this event! The owner, Ms. Princess took the time out to answer a few questions about her MANY talents:

Ms.Kim: What makes you happy?

LuXe: Bringing joy to someone else, joy can take on so many forms you would be surprised. Just the idea of putting a smile on someone else’s face makes me happy!

Model serving guest shrimp cocktails *CUTE!*

Ms. Kim: You know I can completely agree with you, something about someone being happy that puts an ounce of joy in all of us. What was your inspiration for the business?

LuXe: LuXe is actually an umbrella for other business entities that I’m affiliated with. LuXe is a Lifestyle and was founded by the Ice Girlz, and it’s a Lifestyle we all want to live so the inspiration was just that in itself. I’m working to live this LuXe Lifestyle and to show others that it’s possible to have anything you want in life, with a clear focus. In order to obtain and maintain that, it takes dedication. So the name is a constant reminder that I have a goal to reach and a name I have to live up to.

One of the lavish displays. *OOOHHH LA LA*

Ms. Kim: So you say LuXe is an umbrella of other businesses that you are affiliated with, give us a little bit about those businesses.

LuXe: Currently we have established LuXe Lifestyles magazine and plan on releasing our first issue January 2011! I’m really excited about that because it’s been a long time coming and it’s worth the wait! Glitsz is our Personal Styling/Shopping service. We also do event planning and of course the bling! We decided to do retail jewelry because of the high demand for the pieces we are known to wear. Every woman loves adornment, and enhancement pieces are always a plus to an outfit! And the great thing about our jewelry is that every piece is listed at a practical price. We felt jewelry parties were a good fit because it incorporates fashion with the events we are known to host.

Ms. Kim: Tell me what inspires you to create such LuXurious events?

LuXe: I love how you put that, LuXurious events!! *smiles* I am a “party planner” at heart. I planned my own sweet sixteen, every detail of it. I paid my own dj, purchased my own food and drinks, and rented the clubhouse, all on my own at sixteen. My mom had no idea I was having a party until the day of when she showed up in shock. To say the least, this is what I do, and I strive to do it well. Theme parties are my specialty and I love the small details. Such as tonight, the posters that were placed all around of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were a must for the LuXurious event. Once the theme is established I go above and beyond to bring you the experience. My team is SICK! *laughs* I am blessed to say I have a family FULL of talent and everyone has their piece in this puzzle. It’s a group effort and the results are always amazing.

Marilyn Monroe! *Cute touch to Ball*

Audrey Hepburn made an apperance too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ms. Kim: Yes I have to agree with you on this one. I have attended several of your events, birthdays, dinners, game nights, and they are ALL just amazingly planned out! And I love, love, love your centerpieces, they are always the center of your events! Would you trade your talents for anything?

LuXe:I wouldn’t! If you’re not happy with what makes you happy, then what’s the point?

Ms. Kim: How can the readers get in contact with you to create happiness for themselves, even for one day?

LuXe: I would encourage sending an email to:luxelifestyles@yahoo.com or call 770-990-6503. *smooches*

Ms.Princess *D-I-V-A*

(sign says, Talent…what’s it to you?)

I have to say sitting down with Princess and her family was a joy. The family was well into making sure that the event went on without any curve balls. From setting up jewelry displays, to making sure that customers purchases were wrapped neatly in gift bags. It takes a great God to plant these ideas and a strong woman to recognize the gift and execute! She is such a creative woman! Excited to see what the next talent will be…is it you?