Women of STYLE: “Eat. Drink. Be Fabulous.” Debuts in Charlotte

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The first Eat. Drink. Be Fabulous brunch featured a power panel of success-minded, empowered women who are committed to taking their business and personal relationships to the highest level. This invitation only event hosted serial entrepreneurs, bloggers, media producers, fashionistas, lifestyle experts, philanthropists, corporate powerhouses and stay-at-home rockstars for brunch at Upstream in South Park on September 21, 2013.  Invitations were designed by Dana Bly of 


Photo: Good Eye Media

Photo: Good Eye Media

Guests enjoyed a buffet brunch of fresh fruit, chilled salmon, breakfast potatoes, chef flipped omelets and more while listening to empowering speaking sessions.  The Eat. Drink. Be Fabulous power panel motivated attendees by sharing their personal and professional expertise on perseverance, branding yourself and attaining professional success while maintaining a work-life balance..

Jami Svay (Celebrity Make Up Artist, Accessories Designer, Author) encouraged guests to “go for your dreams.”  Melanie Guinn Buchanan (Founding Partner of Zander Guinn Millan, CEO, Brand Strategist) spoke to guests about branding, lettting them know that “a real brand is based on authenticity.”  Traci Zeller (Owner of Traci Zeller Designs,  Associate ASID) shared tips from Traci’s Toolbox with a message titled “Key Guidelines to a Satisfying Life as a Mom and Business Owner”.

Jami Svay (Photo: Good Eye Media)

Celebrity Make Up Artist & Creator of Raw Sugar Couture Jami Svay speaks to guests about Going for Your Dreams (Photo: Good Eye Media)


Interior Designer/Owner Traci Zeller and Zander Guinn Millian CEO Melanie Guinn Buchanan

In the spirit of Giving in STYLE, the event also brought awareness to the Junior League of Charlotte’s 2013 Cornerstone Project at Reid Park Academy Community School.

TV Reporter/Anchor Audrina Bigos and CEO / Brand Strategist Melanie Guinn Buchanan

TV Reporter/Anchor Audrina Bigos and Melanie Guinn Buchanan (Photo: Good Eye Media)


(l to r) Melanie Guinn Buchanan; PR & Communications Specialist, Rachel Sutherland; Interior Designer/ Elle & Bae Co-Founder Kim Loring

At the conclusion of the event, guests took home a myriad of gifts from Charlotte STYLE Magazine, Home Joy, The Coffee Cake Connection, Raw Sugar Couture, In2ition SKIN, The PMS Private Investigator Series, Mood Factory, Destiny Wilson of Jon Ric Hair Spa, House of Gems, Honeebee Gifts, Artistic Med Spa and Designer Duds for Dogs.

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Photo: Good Eye Media



Editor-in-Chief Brie W. greets Whitney Jackson

Guests received an invitation directly from STYLE’s Editor-in-Chief.   Limited seating is also reserved for STYLE Magazine subscribers.  Interested in joining us for the next Eat. Drink. Be Fabulous in 2014? Subscribe to Charlotte STYLE to receive an invitation to Charlotte’s 2014 brunch and Carolina STYLE to receive an invitation and dates for the brunch in other NC and SC cities.


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