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The Perfect Summer Aesthetic

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The Perfect Summer Aesthetic

Earlier this week I received a message from a friend requesting that we go on a hot girl walk and get food this week. Excited, I said yes of course! Due to life truly lifing for each of my friends, I have not seen my girls in months and I must admit, I really miss them. The request reminded me of some of the spring and summer days she and I had last year. Hot girl walks, nearby city day trips trying new food, beaching, and expresso martini hangouts were in full effect. Last year I claimed my summer as...

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A List of Things Every Woman Should Have Before 30

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A List of Things Every Woman Should Have Before 30

Thirty is the age when you are a fully-formed adult. You have made it through the confusing decade of your twenties. You have moduled your personality and identified what you stand for.  Have are 10 things you should have before 30 (or work on now! Continue reading for blog access and private society members.

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Lessons I Learned As A Debutant

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Lessons I Learned As A Debutant

"Black American debutante balls can be traced back to 1778 in New York, when the first debutante was recorded by a newspaper, with the first official ball occurring in 1895 in New Orleans" (New York Times). Black debutante balls present young girls from Black communities to society. Young ladies are encouraged to exemplify good manners, grooming, and social etiquette. But unlike other debutante balls, whose primary goal is to prepare and present young women for marriage, Black debutante balls prepare debutantes for the world outside of the protection of their social circles and communities. Within Black communities, the spotlight is...

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Charm, Beauty, and Grace

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Charm, Beauty, and Grace

In 1948 Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, former model, agent, charm-school director and newspaper publisher, opened the first black charm school to teach African-American women etiquette, self-preservation and confidence.  Long before the phrase “Black is beautiful” gained currency in the 1960s, Mrs. DeVore-Mitchell was preaching that ethos by example. In New York in the 1940s — an age when modeling schools, and modeling jobs, were overwhelmingly closed to African Americans — Ophelia helped start the Grace del Marco Modeling Agency and later founded the Ophelia DeVore School of Self-Development and Modeling. As a charm-school director, Mrs. DeVore-Mitchell taught dress, diction and deportment to thousands of students,...

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your High Class Girlfriend

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your High Class Girlfriend

Gentlemen, Curious as to what to get your high maintenance wife or girlfriend this Valentine's Day? Prestige School of Protocol's Valentine's Day gift guide is a small lovely curated list of recommendations!   1. Van Cleef & Arpels: Sweet Alhambra Heart Pendant.  This item is 18K Rose Gold with a chain length of 40 cm. Item has a Hallmark clasp with a carnelian stone. Van Cleef & Arpels enchants your orders with its elegant case, signature box and bag. For a less expensive option, we recommend the Swarovski Matrix Tennis bracelet. This item is round cut, pink, and rhodium plated. 2. Tom Ford: Vanilla...

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